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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.

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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

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McClellan with Lincoln: President Abraham Lincoln with General George McClellan (third from left) at his headquarters in Antietam, Maryland in 1862. (Photo Credit: Bettmann/CORBIS)

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House used as a Headquarters by General George B. McClellan and General P. G. T. Beauregard - Fairfax Court House, VA

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Museum of the City of New York - [Mrs. George B. McClellan (neé Georgiana Heckscher.)] 1889

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On September 17, 1862, George B. McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

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US Union Army, Brigadier General Martin T. McMahon (aide-de-camp to General George B. McClellan. c.1865.

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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)

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Headquarters of General George B. McClellan, Camp Winfield Scott - Near Yorktown, VA, May 1862

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