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George Brinton McClellan
Birth: Dec. 3, 1826
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1885
Orange
Essex County
New Jersey, USA

Civil War Union Major General, New Jersey Governor. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, He graduated from West Point in 1846 and was a commissioned an officer in the US Army Engineers. At the start of the Civil War, he was active in politics when the Governor of Ohio commissioned him Major General of the Ohio militia on April 23, 1861. After the defeat of the Union forces at Bull Run in July 1861, President Lincoln appointed him commander of the Army of the Potomac responsible for the defense of Washington. For his failures in actions with the Confederates during the Peninsula Campaign, President Lincoln removed him from field command in March, 1862. For the remainer of the war, he served in a staff position organizing tactics and reequipping the Union forces on the battlefield. After the war, he worked in civil engineering and in 1878, he was elected as a Democrat the 24th Governor of New Jersey, serving until 1881. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  George McClellan (1796 - 1847)
  Elizabeth Steinmetz Brinton McClellan (1800 - 1889)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan (1835 - 1915)*
 
 Children:
  Mary McClellan Desprez (1861 - 1945)*
  George Brinton McClellan (1865 - 1940)*
 
 Siblings:
  Frederica Sophia McClellan English (1821 - 1899)*
  John Hill Brinton McClellan (1823 - 1874)*
  George Brinton McClellan (1826 - 1885)
  Mary Phillips McClellan (1832 - 1895)*
  Arthur McClellan (1839 - 1904)*
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Heart failure
 
Burial:
Riverview Cemetery
Trenton
Mercer County
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section B, Lot 639-704
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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George Brinton McClellan
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Although you were a timid general who was whipped badly by Lee you still did a great job in training and organizing the Army of the Potomac.However, your disregard for your commander-in-chief and your arrogance were your downfall. No knowledgeable Civil W...(Read more)
- US Grant
 Added: Aug. 18, 2015
After watching the Civil War program on PBS, I have concluded that you were a true patriot who loved your country and saw a tremendous amount of death and destruction. Your letters and opinions on Lincoln were actually refreshing and candid. I wish we ca...(Read more)
- Chief Disciple of Poker
 Added: Jul. 18, 2015
Rest In Peace, General McClellan!
- Eman Bonnici
 Added: May. 2, 2015
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