★ ★  McClellan, George B.

George Brinton McClellan

Born: December 3, 1826

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Father: Dr. George McClellan 1796 – 1847
(Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Elizabeth Steinmetz Brinton 1800 – 1889
(Buried: Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)​

Wife: Mary Ellen Marcy 1835 – 1915
(Buried: Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey)​

Married: May 22, 1860 at Calvary Church, in New York City, N.Y.


Mary McClellan Desprez 1861 – 1945​
George Brinton McClellan Jr. 1865 – 1940​
(Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia)​

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Attended University of Pennsylvania​
1846: Graduated, West Point Military Academy – (2nd in class)​

Occupation before War:

1846 – 1847: Brevet, 2nd Lt. United States Army Engineers​

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1847: Served in the Siege of Veracruz, Mexico​
1847: Served in the Battle of Cerro Gordo, Mexico​
1847 – 1853: 2nd Lt. United States Army Engineers​
1847: Brevetted, 1st Lt for his role at Contreras and Churubusco​
1847: Declined Brevet as Captain for his role at Molino Del Rey​
1847: Brevetted Captain for his role at Battle of Chapultepec​
1851 – 1852: Assistant Engineer for building Fort Delaware​
1852 – 1853: In charge of survey of Rivers Gulf Coast of Texas​
1852: Translator of French manual of Bayonet Exercises for Army​
1853 – 1855: 1st Lt. United States Army Engineers​
1853 – 1861: Member of many Scientific Associations​
1854 – 1855: Collector of railroad statistics for U.S. War Dept.​
1855 – 1857: Captain, United States Army, 1st Cavalry​
1855 – 1856: Member of military commission in Europe
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1857: Resigned from United States Army on January 16th​
1857 – 1858: Chief Engineer for Illinois Central Railroad​
1858 – 1860: Vice President of Illinois Central Railroad​
1860 – 1861: President of St. Louis and Cincinnati Railroad​

Civil War Career:

1861: Major General of Ohio State Volunteers​
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1861: Commander, Department of the Ohio​
1861 – 1864: Major General of United States Army​
1861: Served in the Battle of Philippi, West Virginia​

1861: Union Army Commander at Battle of Rich Mountain​
1861 – 1862: Commanding General of United States Army​
1861 – 1862: Commander of Army of the Potomac​
1861 – 1862: Organizer of Union Army of the Potomac​
1862: Union Army Commander during Peninsula Campaign​
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1862: Commander of Union Army Defenses in Washington, D.C.​
1862: Commander of Army of the Potomac in Maryland Campaign​
1862: Removed by President Lincoln as commander on Nov. 9th​
1862 – 1864: waiting on orders stationed in Trenton, New Jersey​
1863: Declared his entrance into politics as a Democrat​

1864: Unsuccessful Democratic Party Presidential Candidate​
1864: Resigned from United States Army on November 8th​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1868: Lived in Europe not returning until 1868​
1868 – 1869: Engineer for completion of Stevens Ironclad Floating Battery​
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1868: Declined the Presidency of University of California​
1869: Declined the Presidency of Union College​
1870 – 1872: Engineer – in – chief NYC Department of Docks​
1871: Appointed and declined Controller for City of New York City​

1878 – 1881: Governor of New Jersey​
1881 – 1885: Member board of managers National Disabled Soldiers home​

Author of McClellan’s Own Story memoirs printed after his death​

Died: October 29, 1885

Time of Death: 3:00 AM

Place of Death: Orange, New Jersey

Cause of Death: Heart Attack and chest pain

Age at time of Death: 58 years old

Last Words: “I feel easy now. Thank you”

Burial Place: Riverview Cemetery, Trenton, New Jersey

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First Sergeant
Jul 20, 2019
I found it interesting that he was one of three American officers chosen to go to Europe and observe the armies fighting the Crimean War. Just what knowledge he obtained there and what use he put it to I am not aware. Not sure how much his saddle was influenced by his Europen military observations either.

Thanks gentleman