George Brinton McClellan

George Brinton McClellan

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 29 Oct 1885 (aged 58)
Orange, Essex County, New Jersey, USA
Burial Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, USA
Plot Section B, Lot 639-704
Memorial ID 2765 · View Source
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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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