3 15/16 x 2 7/16in." /> McCLELLAN, George B. (1826-1885), <I>Union General</I>. Carte-de-visite signed ("Geo. B. McClellan Maj. Gen."), as commander of the Army of the Potomac, <I>3 15/16 x 2 7/16in.</I>|
  • Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

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    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 213

    McCLELLAN, George B. (1826-1885), Union General. Carte-de-visite signed ("Geo. B. McClellan Maj. Gen."), as commander of the Army of the Potomac, 3 15/16 x 2 7/16in.

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    McCLELLAN, George B. (1826-1885), Union General. Carte-de-visite signed ("Geo. B. McClellan Maj. Gen."), as commander of the Army of the Potomac, 3 15/16 x 2 7/16in.

    "LITTLE MAC" IN A RARE, FINE, SHARP IMAGE, HIS BOLD SIGNATURE ALONG THE BOTTOM EDGE. The General stands in full dress uniform, hands folded behind his back, his weight resting on his back foot. This rarely scene image has the effect of making McClellan look both determined and fretful, as if bracing for something unpleasant. It perfectly captures the man's fateful contradiction--great pride and self-confidence matched with crippling fears and doubts. He turned the Army of the Potomac into a highly professional, disciplined fighting force then refused to fight with it. Always misjudging the strength of his opponent, he would keep his army immobile until Lincoln sent him more reinforcements. "Sending reinforcement to McClellan," Lincoln once grumbled, "is like shoveling flies across a barn."


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