George Brinton McClellan won early battles in West Virginia and was quickly appointed commander of units that formed the Army of the Potomac. He was instrumental in training and organizing forces after the Union defeat at Bull Run. Adored by his soldiers, McClellan’s mistaken belief was that the Confederate Army outnumbered him, which led to his reluctance to engage them in battle. It was for this reason, Lincoln relieved him of command of the Army of the Potomac. When Lt. General Scott retired, President Lincoln made McClellan Commander in Chief; however, after four months he removed McClellan from that top position. In 1864 McClellan ran for president on the Democratic ticket but lost to Lincoln. In 1887 he was elected governor of New Jersey.
This George McClellan mug is part of our Civil War Series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.