2nd Manassas - Aug. 1862
A Postscript for General McClellan

Campaign button for George B. McClellan - 1864Major General George B. McClellan would not be called again to active service during the remainder of the war. He would however run on the Democratic ticket for the Presidency in 1864 but would do so somewhat uncomfortably due to some of the peace related planks in the overall Democratic platform. His supporters hoped that the esteem with which his former commands still held him would help with his election and the ouster of President Lincoln. This was not to be however and Abraham Lincoln would be elected to a second term. Although unsuccessful in his bid for the presidency, and despite being a native Pennsylvanian, McClellan would serve as New Jersey's 24th Governor from 1878 to 1881. He would die of heart failure on October 29, 1885 at the age of 58.

Despite his opponents and detractors from the war, many worked to pay tribute to the general and friend that they loved. Pictured below is the McClellan Arch at Arlington National Cemetery. Also pictured here is the monument standing vigil over the grave site of General George Brinton McClellan and his wife Mary Ellen Marcy. One side of the monument reads, "Erected as a tribute of respect and affection by personal friends."

  The McClellan Arch at Arlington National Cemetery Monument on the grave of General George Brinton McClellan and his wife.


Major Genderal George Brinton McClellan and his wife Mary Ellen Marcy.