Saturday, July 26, 2008
This is a portrait of General George B. McClellan. It was on this day, July 26, in the year 1861 that President Abraham Lincoln put McClellan in charge of the Army of the Potomac in the Civil War. This was done after the embarrassing defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. High Society in Washington DC had thought that the battle would be a rout, so many of Washington's finest citizens took picnic lunches down to Bull Run to watch the Rebels get a spanking. The Rebels, however, had a different idea, and stood firm, and fought with such valor that the Union Army's lines broke, and a chaotic panic retreat occurred, with virtually the entire army running back to Washington DC, trampling over many of the fine citizens who had turned out to watch the battle.