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Running head: HISTORY OF GEORGE MCCLELLAN
History of George McClellan
HISTORY OF GEORGE MCCLELLAN
George B. McClellan (1826-1885) was a U.S. Army officer, railroad president and politician
who served as a major general during the Civil War (1861-65). McClellan organized the Army
of the Potomac in 1861 and briefly served as general-in-chief of the Union Army. McClellan
was well liked by his men, but his reticence to attack the Confederacy with the full force of his
army—despite a significant numerical advantage—put him at odds with President Abraham
Lincoln. In 1862, McClellan’s Peninsula Campaign unraveled after the Seven Days Battles, and
he also failed to decisively defeat Robert E. Lee’s Confederate Army at the Battle of Antietam
later that year. Frustrated by McClellan’s overly cautious tactics, Lincoln removed him from
command of the Army of the Potomac in late 1862. McClellan would go on to mount a failed
George McClellan built the most famous Union army of the war, the Army of the Potomac, and
led the army to victory at the Battle of Antietam. He also ran for president in 1...
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