George B. McClellan

Date:
1904-1960s
Creator:
Edward O. Clark

New York City fireboat GEORGE B. McCLELLAN, built in 1904.

Location:
1029 Waterman Avenue East Providence, Rhode Island 02914
Identifier:
SSHSA_EOC_SL_01011

General George McClellan USA (1826-1885)

Date:
C. 1860s

After the defeat at Second Manassas, Northern soldiers needed an inspirational figure to lead them against the first Confederate invasion of the North. The various Union forces in the east also needed a skilled organizer to mold them into an efficient military machine. Against strong opposition from several members of his cabinet, President Abraham Lincoln returned General George B. McClellan to command. Read more »

Location:
West Virginia,Harpers Ferry,25425
Identifier:
2011.5.0036
Institution:
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Envelope

Date:
c. 1862

Union General George McClellan’s images graces the envelop that Amos Lapham, Company D, 5th Maine Infantry addressed to his sister. It was postmarked in Louisville, Kentucky. Popular stationary was adorned with military and patriotic motifs.

Description (physical):

Paper. L 13.2, W 8.0 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0044
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Letter

Date:
September 24, 1861
Creator:
A.E. Lapham

Transcription: "Eagle Hill, Sept. 24/ 61 / I received your kind leter baring date of 16. Was verry glad to heer from you and heer fro(?) that you well. I received a leter from DHL. She wrote that _J was verry sick with the fever though it a doutful case if he recovers. I hope that the next mail will fetch me a leter stating that he is getting well but I feer it will be that he is gon to the land of the sperrits. If it is gods will to take him why should I murmer. I should not but since I herd that he was so sick I havnot slept seers (?) enny perhaps that I mid hav slept better but I am quite sick myself. I expect to come home next weak if I am not beter but I haap that I shall bee better soon fore thare would not bee mutch fun in cumming home sick for the goverment is obliged to pay mi bills unless thay discharge me from the rigement. I will cloas by wishing you good by, this from AE Lapham to his sister HH Lapham, Derect to AE Lapham Co. D, 5 Rig., ME, Alaxandria, VA, Pleas write soon". Written on unlined bi-fold paper with the upper half of the front page taken up by a woodcut portrait of General George B. McClellan in black inside an oval frame of alternating red stripes and blue stars, blue spread eagle at top of frame with E PLURIBUS UNUM banner, crossed US flag and muskets with wreath and banner at bottom, wreath reads "Gen'1 McClellan"; folded, slightly soiled and yellowed on front and back pages.

Description (physical):

L 20.5, W 12.5 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0050
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Mcclellan’s Pistol

Date:
1850

This first model Colt Dragoon revolver was carried by General George B. McClellan during the Civil War. Colt made approximately 7,000 of these .44 caliber, six-shot repeaters between 1848 and circa 1850.

Location:
Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Sts. NW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
0.01
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

General McClellan’s Sword

This saber and scabbard were owned by Major General George B. McClellan, U.S. Army. It is a cavalry officers’s saber, Model 1840. This model sword was used by cavalry officers, Union and Confederate, during the Civil War.

Location:
Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Sts. NW Washington, District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
0.023
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Dead Rebel Gunners At Dunker Church After Battle Of Antietam

Early in the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, General George B. McClellan concentrated his forces on this church in an attempt to prevent General Robert E. Lee's Confederates from advancing further into northern territory.

Description (physical):

H: 8 1/16", W: 9 15/16"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0019
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Spot On Maryland Heights Where The Union Troops Surrendered

Creator:
Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891)

Reproduction of sketch. On September 12-15, 1862, Union and Confederate forces confronted one another at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. On the final day of battle, the Union Col. Dixon S. Miles began to doubt that reinforcements from Gen. George B. McClellan would arrive in time and surrendered. After deciding to surrender, he was mortally wounded by an artillery shell.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10". Original: Pencil on buff paper touched with whit. H: 5 3/8", W: 10 3/8"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0025
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Dunker Church Dead

Creator:
Walton Taber

Reproduction of a sketch of a photograph of Confederate dead near Dunker Church after the Battle of Antietam. Early in the battle on September 17, 1862, General George B. McClellan concentrated his forces on this church in an attempt to prevent General Robert E. Lee's Confederates from advancing further into northern territory.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0027
Institution:
American Heritage Archives