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George McClellan

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Definition: Union general whose Peninsular Campaign was turned back by Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He won an important (but accidental) victory at Antietam. A meticulous organizer, he prided himself on examining all the possibilities. This caution and willingness to believe that he was overmatched even though his numbers were far superior to the Southern armies', however, led him to a road out of the army in November, 1862, as Lincoln's confidence in him to deliver waned. McClellan resurfaced as a Democratic candidate for president in 1864 but lost badly to Lincoln.

Related Resources:
The Civil War
The Civil War was one of the most devastating events in American History. Read about the causes, see the heroes, and share the horror. Start here.

Elsewhere on the Web:
George McClellan
Straightforward biography of the man, with lots of primary sources.

George McClellan: The Young Napoleon
Analysis of the young general and his actions.

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