George Brinton McClellan Biography

General (1826–1885)
General George Brinton McClellan commanded Union forces during the Civil War. President Lincoln removed him from command after he failed to claim Richmond.


George Brinton McClellan, born on Dec. 3, 1826, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy. He served in the Mexican War and worked in the railroad industry until the Civil War broke. He was placed in command of the Union's Department of the Ohio. Despite early success, President Lincoln was discouraged by McClellan’s inability to claim Richmond and he removed McClellan from command.

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