Major General George McClellan

George Brinton McClellan (shown here with his wife, Ellen Mary Marcy) was the second Commander of the Army of the Potomac. The soldiers gave him the nickname "Little Mac", while others called him "Young Napoleon".

A superb organizer of troops he transformed the Army of the Potomac from a rag-tag mob into a disciplined army. Unfortunately he was hesitant to use the Army effectively (some would say "at all."). President Abraham Lincoln once remarked that he would have liked to "borrow" the Army if McClellan wasn't using it and, after the Battle of Antietam described the Army of the Potomac as "McClellan's Bodyguard." After Antietam, McClellan was replaced by Ambrose Burnside as Commander, Army of the Potomac.

McClellan was the Democatic nominee for President in 1864, losing the election to Abraham Lincoln.

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Photo credit: Library of Congress
Created 20 DEC 1996; Revised 23 JUL 2014