Abraham Lincoln and George
This is a photograph of President Abraham
Lincoln and General
George McClellan. It was taken on October 3, 1862, shortly
Battle of Antietam. The relationship between Lincoln and
McClellan was stormy throughout the war. Lincoln, while impressed
with McClellan's work in building the Army of the Potomac, was endlessly
frustrated with McClellan's hesitancy to take the initiative.
McClellan was popular with his troops for perhaps the exact reason that
frustrated Lincoln. McClellan had built a grand army, and he was
not eager to see it destroyed.