Saturday, July 26, 2008

George McClellan

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.

5 comments:

  1. He looks very handsome and distinguished in this photo

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  2. Opps, one button missing, had mom been there, she would have noticed.
    I am amazed at the great photography of this era. I grew up on the "new and imporved" instamatic cameras of the '70s and '80s so that meant 20 years of the sorriest snap shot possible. I can appreciate the good stuff. Your blog is WOW!

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  3. That missed button was probably left open for the hand to go inside the coat in a different photo. That was a common pose in that era.

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  4. How the North won the War, with this man in military leadership, is beyond me. Indecisive, paranoid to the point of delusional, some say he was God's greatest gift to the Confederacy.

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  5. Lincoln's first choice was actually Robert E. Lee, who had to turn down the job due to other commitments.

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