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Union Generals

Mathew B. Brady, 1823? - 15 Jan 1896
William Farrar Smith, 1816 - 1876
William Buel Franklin, 1823 - 1903
Samuel Peter Heintzelman, 30 Sep 1805 - 1 May 1880
Andrew Porter, 1820 - 1872
Irvin McDowell, 15 Oct 1818 - 4 May 1885
George Brinton McClellan, 3 Dec 1826 - 29 Oct 1885
George Archibald McCall, 1802 - 1868
Don Carlos Buell, 1818 - 1898
Louis Blenker, 1812 - 1863
c. 1862
Albumen silver print
Image: 22.4 x 39.5cm (8 13/16 x 15 9/16")
Mat: 55.9 × 71.1cm (22 × 28")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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Hopes for a short war had already waned months before President Lincoln’s new commander, General George B. McClellan, posed for this photograph. Shown with ten of his senior generals at Fortress Monroe, Virginia, in the spring of 1862, prior to the start of the Peninsula Campaign, McClellan stands beside and to the left of his predecessor, General Irvin McDowell. McClellan was called the “young Napoleon” for the self-confidence he exuded following his minor victories of the previous summer in western Virginia. Although a brilliant organizer of the Union army in northern Virginia, he was proving to be slow at engaging the enemy, and he would soon demonstrate a proclivity for retreating. In the fall of 1862, Lincoln would sack him for not pursuing General Robert E. Lee’s army after the Battle of Antietam.
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National Portrait Gallery
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