George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) Major general during the American Civil War. He organized the famous Army of the Potomac & served briefly as the general-in-chief of the Union Army. McClellan played an important role in raising a well-trained & organized army for the Union. Although he was meticulous in his planning & preparations, these characteristics may have hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment.
Exhibition: 'Experience Civil War Photography: From the Home Front to the Battlefront' at the Smithsonian Castle, Washington, DC http://wp.me/pn2J2-40Q "It is very strange that I, a boy brought up in the woods, seeing as it were but little of the world, should be drifted into the very apex of this great event." Abraham Lincoln, on the Civil War, July 1864. Photo: Alexander Gardner [Antietam, Md. President Lincoln with Gen. George B. McClellan and group of officers] (detail) 3rd October 1862
Gen. George B. McClellan and staff of eight; recognized -- Gen. Martin T. McMahon, Gen. George W. Meade, Col. Albert V. Colburn, Gen. Nelson B. Sweitzer, Capt. Prince de Joinville, Capt. Count de Paris. (1860-1865)