About McClellan

George Brinton McClellan was born in Philadelphia on December 3, 1826. His father George founded Jefferson Medical Center in Philadelphia and his son George served as mayor of New York City and arranged for the creation of Times Square. McClellan married into the Marcy family of Philadelphia.

Mac rendered by strangers at the London Illustrated NewsHe was General-in-Chief of Union Armies after Winfield Scott retired. He was commander of the Army of the Potomac and twice named commander of Washington defences. He attempted to prevent Kentucky's defection to the CSA through negotiation and he liberated what is now called West Virginia. He innovated more extensively than any general since Washington and many of his innovations remain in force.

He ran for president against Lincoln in 1864 and served as governor of New Jersey starting in 1878. He died October 29, 1885, and is buried with the Marcys in Riverview Cemetery in Trenton.

McClellan Firsts are listed on a separate page.

Best reading, by topic:

McClellan and the Lincoln Administration -- Lincoln the President by J.G. Randall

McClellan the Strategist -- Combined Operations in the Civil War by Rowena Reed * Sealed with Their Lives: Battle of Crampton's Gap, Burkittsville, MD, Sept. 14, 1862 by Timothy J. Reese

McClellan's run against Lincoln -- Reelecting Lincoln by John C. Waugh

McClellan's ordeal -- Report on the Organization and Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac by G.B. McClellan, Freeport NY 1970, Books for Libraries Press * McClellan's Own Story by McClellan and Prime * General George B. McClellan, Shield of the Union by Warren W. Hassler, Jr. * Little Mac: Demise of an American Hero by James Ridgway Jr. (Jim Ridgway is a member of the McClellan Society.)

McClellan and the AoP -- The Army of the Potomac: Birth of Command, November 1860-September 1861 by Russel H. Beatie * Army Of The Potomac: McClellan Takes Command, September 1861-February 1862 by Russel H. Beatie

McClellan in the Maryland campaign - Taken at the Flood: Robert E. Lee and Confederate Strategy in the Maryland Campaign of 1862 by Joseph L. Harsh

McClellan and modern historians -- George B. McClellan and Civil War History: In the Shadow of Grant and Sherman
by Thomas J. Rowland

McClellan for kids -- George B. Mcclellan: The Disposable Patriot by Michael J. McHugh


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