[42] On November 13, he snubbed the president, who had come to visit McClellan's house, by making him wait for 30 minutes, only to be told that the general had gone to bed and could not receive him. CRAFTS (1868) p1.194 GEO. [80] Prior to his return in September 1868, the Democratic Party had expressed some interest in nominating him for president again, but Ulysses S. Grant became the Republican candidate in May 1868, and this interest died. [22], At the start of the Civil War, McClellan's knowledge of what was called "big war science" and his railroad experience suggested he might excel at military logistics. A major contributing factor in this decision was McClellan's failure to pursue Lee's Army following the tactically inconclusive but strategic Union victory at the Battle of Antietam outside Sharpsburg, Maryland. George McClellan served as general-in-chief of the Union Army from 1861 to March 11, 1862. 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[5], McClellan initially intended to follow his father into the medical profession, and attended a private academy, which was followed by enrollment in a private preparatory school for the University of Pennsylvania. George Bernard McClellan, 82, of Elkton, Va., went to be with the Lord Feb. 12, 2011. McClellan's wife, Ellen, died in Nice, France in 1915 while visiting May at her home "Villa Antietam". This plan, which would require considerable patience of the Northern public, was derided in newspapers as the Anaconda Plan, but eventually proved to be the outline of the successful prosecution of the war. Major General George B. McClellan. The New York Evening Post commented in McClellan's obituary, "Probably no soldier who did so little fighting has ever had his qualities as a commander so minutely, and we may add, so fiercely discussed. He chafed at the boredom of peacetime garrison service, although he greatly enjoyed the social life. [60] Lincoln and Stanton also offered command of the Army of the Potomac to Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who refused the appointment.[61]. Young George entered school at the age of 5. Seen from a longer perspective, General McClellan could be both comfortable and successful performing as executive officer, and also, if somewhat less successfully, as grand strategist; as battlefield commander, however, he was simply in the wrong profession. In March 1852, he was ordered to report to Capt. He established a supply base on the Pamunkey River (a navigable tributary of the York River) at White House Landing where the Richmond and York River Railroad extending to Richmond crossed, and commandeered the railroad, transporting steam locomotives and rolling stock to the site by barge.[52]. [83], In March 1877 the Governor of New York, Lucius Robinson, nominated McClellan to serve as the first state Superintendent of Public Works,[84] but the New York State Senate rejected him as "incompetent for the position". On May 31, as McClellan planned an assault, his army was surprised by a Confederate attack. McClellan blamed the story on "a set of scoundrels, who seek to keep up agitation on the frontier in order to get employment from the Govt. Dezember 1826 - 29. Despite being a tactical draw, Antietam is considered a turning point of the war and a victory for the Union because it ended Lee's strategic campaign (his first invasion of the North) and it allowed President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, taking effect on January 1, 1863. McClellan's rapid promotion was partly due to his acquaintance with Salmon P. Chase, Treasury Secretary and former Ohio governor and senator. The American soldier George B. McClellan was born in Philadelphia on the 3rd of December 1826. [82], McClellan was appointed chief engineer of the New York City Department of Docks in 1870. The son of American Civil War general and presidential candidate George B. McClellan, he was the 93rd Mayor of New York City, serving from 1904 to 1909. That night, McClellan decided to withdraw his army to a safer base, well below Richmond, on a portion of the James River that was under control of the Union Navy. His father's family was of Scottish heritage. This was a risky move for a smaller army, but Lee was counting on his knowledge of McClellan's temperament. [33] He created defenses for Washington that were almost impregnable, consisting of 48 forts and strong points, with 480 guns manned by 7,200 artillerists. George B. McClellan lahir di Philadelphia, Pennsylvania pada tanggal 3 Desember 1826. He sought the position of Secretary of War in Cleveland's cabinet, but Senator John R. McPherson, who had opposed McClellan for governor in 1877, succeeded in blocking his nomination. B. McLELLAN.jpg 1,373 × 1,653; 1.98 MB. That fall, for example, Confederate forces ranged from 35,000 to 60,000, whereas the Army of the Potomac in September numbered 122,000 men; in early December 170,000; by year end, 192,000. B. McLELLAN.jpg 1,373 × 1,653; 1.98 MB. In so doing, he missed three greatly superior passes in the near vicinity, which were eventually used for railroads and interstate highways. "[72] However, the veracity of this supposed statement is in doubt. There is no man in the Army who can man these fortifications and lick these troops of ours into shape half as well as he. ISBN 0-87338-603-5. In all his months as army commander, Major General George Brinton McClellan fought just one battle, Antietam, from start to finish. After passing two years (1840-42) in the university of Pennsylvania, he entered the United States military academy, from which he graduated with high honors in July 1846. The Confederate forces under General Joseph E. Johnston withdrew from their positions before Washington, assuming new positions south of the Rappahannock, which completely nullified the Urbanna strategy. The appointment was controversial in the Cabinet, a majority of whom signed a petition declaring to the president "our deliberate opinion that, at this time, it is not safe to entrust to Major General McClellan the command of any Army of the United States". However, historians note that Lee's victory was in many ways pyrrhic as he failed to destroy the Army of the Potomac and suffered a bloody repulse at Malvern Hill. At Antietam, where there was nowhere for him to flee to, he fell into a paralysis of indecision. In 1861 and 1862, he was in charge of the Army of the Potomac. He claimed to have defeated an attempt at vote fraud by Republicans by ordering the delay of a train that was carrying men to vote illegally in another county, enabling Douglas to win the county. McClellan's son, George B. McClellan Jr. (1865–1940), was born in Dresden in the Kingdom of Saxony during the family's first trip to Europe. eBook Details. McClellan asked for the opinion of his chief engineer John G. Barnard, who recommended against an assault. The result was a level of extreme caution that sapped the initiative of McClellan's army and dismayed the government. At age 34, he outranked everyone in the Army except Lt. Gen. Winfield Scott, the general-in-chief. Abraham Lincoln and George B McClellan in the general's tent, Oct 1862.jpg 6,115 × 7,500; 3.08 MB. — The series consists primarily of photos of George B. McClellan and his various activities, especially during the time he served as Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and as Ombudsman for Alberta. His family moved within the upper ranks of Philadelphia society. 1. by on June 11, 2020. Debates were held as to whether the army should be evacuated or attempt to resume an offensive toward Richmond. Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside assumed command of the Army of the Potomac on November 9, 1862. Glendale and Malvern Hill found him at the peak of his anguish during the Seven Days, and he fled those fields to escape the responsibility. Early in the conflict, McClellan was appointed to the rank of major generaland played an important role in raising a … [8] He graduated at age 19 in 1846, second in his class of 59 cadets, losing the top position to Charles Seaforth Stewart only because of inferior drawing skills. [74] McClellan wrote to his wife, "Those in whose judgment I rely tell me that I fought the battle splendidly and that it was a masterpiece of art. McClellan claimed he could not trust anyone in the administration to keep his plans secret from the press, and thus the enemy. She was designed by Harry deBerkley Parsons, as … The men cheered him until they were hoarse ... and some broke ranks to swarm around the martial figure and indulge in the 'most extravagant demonstrations'. [18] In March 1855, McClellan was promoted to captain and assigned to the 1st U.S. Cavalry regiment. Photos:203. Although he complimented McClellan and expressed his "great confidence in your intelligence, zeal, science, and energy", he replied by letter that the 80,000 men would be better used on a river-based expedition to control the Mississippi River and split the Confederacy, accompanied by a strong Union blockade of Southern ports. 1864 US election poster.jpg 489 × 640; 87 KB. "[55] Fortunately for McClellan, Lincoln never saw that inflammatory statement (at least at that time) because it was censored by the War Department telegrapher. They expressed their confidence to varying degrees. [69], The Union army reached Antietam Creek, to the east of Sharpsburg, on the evening of September 15. Such a villain as he is ought to bring defeat upon any cause that employs him. He accepted the nomination, won the election, and served a single term from 1878 to 1881, a tenure marked by careful, conservative executive management and minimal political rancor. An English observer remarked that it was the "stride of a giant". George B. McClellan, in full George Brinton McClellan, (born December 3, 1826, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.—died October 29, 1885, Orange, New Jersey), general who skillfully reorganized Union forces in the first year of the American Civil War (1861–65) but drew wide criticism for repeatedly failing to press his advantage over Confederate troops. George Brinton McClellan Jr. (November 23, 1865 – November 30, 1940), was an American politician, statesman, author, historian and educator. McClellan also developed a disdain for volunteer soldiers and officers, particularly politicians who cared nothing for discipline and training. Yardley, Penna. For this reason, some of his Southern colleagues approached him informally about siding with the Confederacy, but he could not accept the concept of secession. As Swinton notes "It is possible, however—and there is a considerable volume of evidence bearing upon this point—that General McClellan, during all the earlier portion of the month before Yorktown, had it in his mind, even without McDowell's corps, to undertake the decisive turning movement by the north side of the York. The president expressed his concern about the "vast labor" involved in the dual role of army commander and general-in-chief, but McClellan responded, "I can do it all. Lee divided his forces into multiple columns, spread apart widely as he moved into Maryland and also maneuvered to capture the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry. In this event, it would not only be in the direction of his plan to make no attack, but it would play into his hands that his opponent should accumulate his forces on the Peninsula. McClellan's son, George B. McClellan Jr. (1865–1940), was born in Dresden in the Kingdom of Saxony during the family's first trip to Europe. [1], McClellan's first assignment was with a company of engineers formed at West Point, but he quickly received orders to sail for the Mexican War. In the course of a disagreement about defensive forces on the Potomac River, McClellan wrote to his wife on August 10: "Genl Scott is the great obstacle—he will not comprehend the danger & is either a traitor, or an incompetent. – Orange, New Jersey, 1885. október 29.) Like other observers, though, McClellan did not appreciate the importance of the emergence of rifled muskets in the Crimean War, and the fundamental changes in warfare tactics it would require.[19]. [1], Because of his political connections and his mastery of French, McClellan received the assignment to be an official observer of the European armies in the Crimean War in 1855. He served as the leader of the Army of the Potomac during the American Civil War, and briefly as the General-in-Chief for the United States Union Army.McClellan was well known for being an incredibly meticulous general, a trait in large part a result of his OCD. McClellan's antipathy to emancipation added to the pressure on him, as he received bitter criticism from Radical Republicans in the government. Basing artillery on a strategic bluff high above a bend in the river, and sinking boats to create an impassable series of obstacles in the river itself, the Confederates effectively blocked this potential approach to Richmond. President Lincoln visits General George B. McClellan and his staff at his camp near Sharpsburg, Maryland, on October 3, 1862, a few weeks after the Battle of Antietam. Records:591. 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