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Chapter 1: Birth and parentage early education West Point enters the army services in the Mexican War The name of McClellan, common in many parts of the United States, is borne by the descendants of a Scotch family, the head of which was Lord Kirkcudbright. The last nobleman of this name died April 19, 1832, when the title became extinct. Three brothers of the name emigrated to America about the middle of the last century. One went to Maine, one to Pennsylvania, and one to Connecticut: from the last of these the subject of this memoir is descended. George Brinton McClellan was born in Philadelphia, December 3, 1826. He was the third child and second son of Dr. George McClellan, a distinguished physician, a graduate of Yale College, and the founder of Jefferson College, who died in May, 1846. His mother, whose maiden name was Elizabeth Brinton, is still living. The eldest son, Dr. J. H. B. McClellan, is a physician in Philadelphia; and the youngest, Arthur,
; and for several weeks the relatives of Captain McClellan mourned him as dead. Captain Marcy's n Captain Marcy's expedition had ceased, Captain McClellan was ordered to Texas as chief engineer o where they arrived October 24. Here Captain McClellan found orders relieving him from duty on ports and maps. On the 18th of April, Captain McClellan addressed to General Totten a report of amine the passes of the Rocky Mountains. Captain McClellan, at the head of a separate party, was tos of falls in its passage to the ocean. Captain McClellan's course from Fort Vancouver was in a nokima to its junction with the Columbia. Captain McClellan himself, with Mr. Minter and six men, ma63, by the blowing up of the Westfield. Captain McClellan selected the bay and promontory of Samantary of War remarks upon it as follows:--Captain McClellan, of the Corps of Engineers, after the coith submitted. In the spring of 1855, Captain McClellan received the appointment of captain in t[10 more...]
re Major — now Colonel — Delafield, of the Engineers, Major Mordecai, of the Ordnance, and Captain McClellan. The last was by some years the youngest of the three, Colonel Delafield having been gradfully, your obedient servant, Jefferson Davis. Major R. Delafield, Major A. Mordecai, Captain G. B. Mcclellan, United States Army. The officers composing the commission sailed from Boston on thon to St. Petersburg, where they arrived June 19. A few extracts from a letter written by Captain McClellan to his younger brother — now Captain Arthur McClellan--the day after his arrival in the Ruable links; but the whole chain is no stronger than its weakest link. In January, 1857, Captain McClellan resigned his commission and retired from the army. He had then been fifteen years in the onduct of suits and other professional services on behalf of the company. In May, 1860, Captain McClellan was married to Miss Ellen Marcy, daughter of General R. B. Marcy, his former commander in <
William Dennison. He at once turned to Captain McClellan for assistance, and sent a request to Wation of public affairs. Early in May, General McClellan received applications for protection froto occupy Parkersburg. On the same day, General McClellan issued the following proclamation and adou remain true to the Stars and Stripes. Geo. B. Mcclellan, Major-General U. S. A., Commanding Dep'and. Hardly six weeks had elapsed since Captain McClellan had been first called upon by Governor D was severely wounded, but recovered. General McClellan now pushed the Ohio regiments on into Vined at Grafton. Before leaving Grafton, General McClellan issued the following proclamation and adof July. Before advancing on the enemy, General McClellan had to give directions regarding an inde troops, to say the least, was doubtful, General McClellan's plan was to turn Colonel Pegram's posier order, constantly to communicate with General McClellan, General Rosecrans does not seem to have[18 more...]
n Europe. On the 4th of August, 1861, General McClellan addressed to the President of the Unitedsuch supplies as may there be obtained. George B. Mcclellan, Major-General. General McClellan, General McClellan, speaking of this memorandum in his Report, written two years after, says,-- I do not think the ets have been made to connect the name of General McClellan with this affair; but the facts in the c Upon the retirement of General Scott, General McClellan, by a general order dated November 1, wasy to see how trying was the position of General McClellan during the closing weeks of the year 186in an enemy's country,--just such an army as McClellan had in the Peninsula. --From Three Great Batwept into the gulf of polities; and thus General McClellan's military capacity, his courage, even hent Lincoln announced the appointment of General McClellan to the post of commander of the army, ineemed such an organization necessary. General McClellan was in favor of an organization into cor[12 more...]
request, of several hours' duration. General McClellan had been taken ill at Christmas-time, 18dy quoted, announcing the appointment of General McClellan as commander in-chief,-- It has been mind, was done without consultation with General McClellan:-- (President's General War orderapparently in force. But from this time General McClellan's plan of attacking Richmond by way of tlexandria, to be embarked. It was while General McClellan was absent on this brief reconnoissance Abraham Lincoln. Whatever emotions General McClellan may have felt on reading this order, hisn M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Major-General George B. Mcclellan. On the 14th day of March, Gdays before sailing for Fortress Monroe, General McClellan met the President, by appointment, on boake General Blenker's division from his (General McClellan's) command and give it to General Fremonnerals were better than one good one. General McClellan could only acquiesce in the latest decis[41 more...]
d Gloucester. This was contrary to what General McClellan had been led to expect, and a serious deaccomplished Swiss officer who served on General McClellan's staff during the Peninsular campaign. lace, later, for prudential reasons. General McClellan, on the 7th of April, sent a long telegrt. Yours, very truly, A. Lincoln. Major-General McClellan. To these considerations General and not employed for some days. It was General McClellan's purpose to act on Gloucester by disembield with his dead. At this very moment General McClellan, who had been detained at Yorktown, appetled the affair. Then it was that I saw General McClellan, passing in front of the Sixth Cavalry, n our men, and the news then spread that General McClellan, with the main body of his army, had arrOur men could no longer stand their ground. McClellan, in person, led on his troops into the midstplace and at the time when most needed. General McClellan, during the forenoon of the day, was at [15 more...]
dy of troops. On the next day, Thursday, the 26th, General McClellan had intended to make a final attack; but he was anticy moment growing darker and more menacing, determined General McClellan to pat into immediate execution that plan of transfermight be expected from an active and vigilant enemy. General McClellan, in short, was attempting one of the most difficult aours were gained. In accordance with orders given by General McClellan to his corps commanders, assembled by him at his Head as to cover the movement of the trains in the rear. General McClellan occupied himself in examining the whole line, rectifyropelled. And the conduct of the army was, to borrow General McClellan's own expression, superb. The whole retreat was one uth and do the right; and for the coming of that time General McClellan can afford to wait. But the saddest of all experiehe confidence of his army. That cup was never put to General McClellan's lips. His soldiers were intelligent enough to unde
, will sooner or later determine whether General McClellan was right or wrong. As to the Army ofd States. This was the position held by General McClellan before he left Washington to conduct thessible, and advise me of their removal. General McClellan began immediately to execute this order, own officers. This was a heavy blow to General McClellan; and he earnestly protested against it ik replied in a letter dated August 6. General McClellan's arguments against the removal of the acidedly in favor of the movement. All General McClellan's plans required reinforcements; but rei time; but in spite of this, in spite of General McClellan's repeated and emphatic assertions to thf departure and arrival,--upon all which General McClellan had, and General Halleck had not, the merk to be done and the means to do it. General McClellan, happily for his peace of mind and healtf official life. On the 12th of August, General McClellan's Headquarters were at Berkeley, seventy[18 more...]
eat safe, should that become necessary. George B. Mcclellan. Major-General Porter. General Portorces in the neighborhood of Washington, General McClellan proceeded to inspect the troops and fortt between him and Washington. I thought General McClellan should keep more on the Potomac, and pre South Mountain, to await the advance of General McClellan. At the same time he detached a portionf to the persistent hostility with which General McClellan was pursued by the general-in-chief, in ion fully concur. Upon these charges General McClellan quietly and pertinently remarks in his Rd that is, the rate at which the army of General McClellan marched during the Maryland campaign. Garently forgotten, when he was censuring General McClellan before the commission for moving only sind concerted plan — responded exactly to General McClellan's hopes and wishes; and the close of theas frequently renewed during the day. General McClellan's plan was to attack the enemy's left wi[30 more...]
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