preview

George McClellan

Good Essays
George Brinton McClellan was a Union general during the Civil War. He was born December 3, 1826 in Philadelphia, PA. He was also commander of the Army of the Potomac twice, which was the Union’s largest army. He fought as the General-in-Chief of the Union army until 1862, when he was removed by Abraham Lincoln, who thought he was a coward. This was because although he had many more men in his army, he often thought that he was outnumbered. This is a reason why Lincoln fired him. McClellan was a meticulous organizer and was very cautious about his war strategies.
McClellan graduated second in his class from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1846. Right after he graduated, he served in the Mexican war until 1848. He received two brevets for his service. Between 1852-1854, McClellan worked as an Army surveyor in western territories, on the Red River, and on railroad routes. After that, he was sent to observe the Crimean war. In 1857, he resigned from the Army to be chief engineer of the Illinois Central Railroad, and in January of 1858, McClellan was promoted to vice-president of the railroad company.
On May 22, 1860, McClellan married Ellen Marcy in New York City. A year later he accepted command of Ohio’s militia and reentered the U.S. Army. McClellan became a major general around this time. In July of 1861, Lincoln called McClellan to D.C. to be given command of Union troops. In August, he formed the Army of the Potomac and became its first and best loved commander.
McClellan replaced Winfield Scott as general-in-chief of Union armies in November, and a month later was infected with typhoid fever and at the same time was under pressure to give war plans to Lincoln. In January of 1862, McClellan came up with a plan to take...

... middle of paper ...

...support of the men he was commanding. He was also good at logistics, tactics, and strategy. His problem was that he had no confidence when facing an enemy. He was unable to deal with his superiors in Washington. People also believe that with more time, he would’ve fixed his flaws, but his ambition, ego, and the fact that Lincoln wanted to find someone who could win quickly, made that impossible to do.

Works Cited

"George B. Mcclellan." Council on Foreign Relations. Council on Foreign Relations, n.d. Web. 22 Apr. 2014.
"George McClellan." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014.
"George Brinton McClellan Biography." George Brinton McClellan Biography. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.
The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. "George B. McClellan (United States General)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.
Get Access