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Gen. G. B. McClellan, who has the reputation of being the ablest officer in the Federal Army, is a native of Philadelphia, and still comparatively a young man, having been born on the 3d of December, 1826, and graduated at West Point with the class of 1846. He served with distinction in the war with Mexico, and in 1855 was appointed a member of the Commission which went to the seat of war in the Crimea and in Northern Russia. The other members of the Commission were Col. Richard Delafield, now an officer of the Confederate Army, and Major Alfred Mordecal, of North Carolina, who some time ago resigned the Superintendency of the Troy Arsenal. A report, embodying the result of his observations in the Crimea, was made by McClellan, which added to his reputation as a scientific soldier. In January, 1857, he resigned his position in the army to become Vice-President and Engineer of the Illinois Central Railroad, which post he held for three years, when he accepted the Presidency of the Ohio and Mississippi Railroad, with the shug salary of $12,000 per annum. On the 14th of May last, Lincoln appointed him Major General, and he accepted the appointment upon the condition that his salary as President of the Railroad should not be stopped. Having made this judicious provision for Number One, he was placed in command of the Department of Ohio, which includes besides Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, that part of Virginia lying North of the Great Kanawha River and the Maryland line, with so much of Pennsylvania as lies West of a line drawn from the Maryland line to the Northwest corner of McKean county. Such are the principal interesting points of McClellan's history, as we condense them from an article in the Petersburg Express.--He is probably the ablest military man in the Northern Army. We know nothing of his character as a man that can raise him in public estimation. His bloodthirsty proclamation threatening to hang Southern guerillas, and the wilful lying of which he was convicted in his correspondence with Gen. Buckner, of Kentucky, proves that he is not a gentleman. His late success, gained by tremendous odds, and the villainy of the traitors in the West, will not add much to his laurels. We predict that when he emerges from that treacherous soil in Northwestern Virginia, which gives way beneath the footsteps of an honest man, and comes out upon true Virginia ground face to face, with a force of half his own number, the conceit will be taken out of him in the most summary manner.
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