The Civil War, Day by Day

Gen. George McClellan


General George B. McClellan Born

He appeared reluctant to do battle, however, and when he failed to pursue General Robert E. Lee’s retreating Confederates after the Battle of Antietam, President Lincoln permanently relieved him from command.

An energetic, talented officer, only thirty-four years old, McClellan soon won the sobriquet of “The Young Napoleon” from his admirers. In Washington he took hold with a firm grasp during those summer and fall months of 1861. He organized and trained the Army of the Potomac into a large, well-disciplined and well-equipped fighting force. He was just what the North needed after its dispiriting defeat at Bull Run. When the aging Scott, suffering from dropsy and vertigo and unable to mount a horse, stepped down as general-in-chief on November 1, McClellan took his place.





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