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    General George B. McClellan Carte de Visite Signed "Geo B McClellan Maj Genl USA." 2.5" x 4.25", with a J.W. Black, Boston imprint on verso. A beautifully clear image showing a thoughtful McClellan reading a book. The general is seated and shown wearing a long frock coat. George McClellan (1826-1885) graduated second in his class at West Point in 1846. When the Civil War broke out, McClellan was commissioned a major general and soon became commander of the Army of the Potomac. Although he greatly improved army morale and initially saw success in the field, McClellan frequently got into quarrels with fellow officers and the president about the Union's military strategy. By early March 1862, President Lincoln, who had become impatient with McClellan's slowness and his insubordination, demoted the general from general-in-chief to commander of the Army of the Potomac. Later that month, McClellan began his Peninsula Campaign, which had as its mission to march Richmond. However, after being defeated by Lee at Gaines' Mill, McClellan decided to abandon his march toward Richmond. The relationship between McClellan and Lincoln deteriorated even further, and four months later Lincoln removed McClellan from command, following the Battle of Antietam. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Toning throughout, with a small area of dampstaining at the top left corner. Minor soiling on verso, along with a pencil notation that reads, "CDV 1718."

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    Auction Dates
    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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