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General George B. McClellan

George B. McClellan
"Geo. B. McClellan. Maj. Genl. U.S.A. And Staff." Cincinnati: Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co., ca. 1862. Ca. 12 1/2 x 9 1/2. Lithograph by Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. Very good condition.

From the early days of the war, Cincinnati printmakers Ehrgott, Forbriger & Co. began to issue a series of portraits of Civil War figures: politicians as well as military and naval officers. They included this striking image of McClellan, with his staff, boldly pointing his troops forward. $275
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McClellan
"Major Genl. McClellan." Cincinnati? Small folio. 11 3/8 x 8 3/4. Lithograph. Original hand color. Very good condition.

The publisher is not identified, but this print seems to be related in some way to the Ehrgott & Forbriger prints listed below and it is similar to some Civil War prints by Gibson & Co. $250



McClellan
Maj.-General Geo. B. McClellan. From Prang's Officers of our Union Army and Navy. Their Lives, Their Portraits. Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1862. Lithograph Ca. 3 1/2 x 2 1/2. Very good condition. Denver.

A rare portrait of McClellan from an unusual series of small portraits of Union officers issued early in the Civil War by Louis Prang from Boston, better known for his later chromolithographs. The title page says that this was "Vol. 1" and Prang talks in the preface about future volumes, requesting officers to send him photographs and biographies, but this was the only volume issued. Based on a photograph, this portrait comes with a short biography, which Prang says was supplied either by the subject himself or "their intimate acquaintances and person friends." $45
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General McClellan
"Genl. Geo. B. Mc.Clellan And Staff. Before Yorktown, Va. April 1862." New York: Currier & Ives, 1862. Small folio. 11 7/8 x 9. Lithograph. Original hand color. Some repaired marginal tears and light rub at top. Overall, very good condition. C:2260.

Currier & Ives published portraits of many of the most popular Civil War generals. At one time McClellan was very popular and his image was used on a number of the firm's prints. $250



Little Mac
"'Little Mac' Out Again." From Harper's Weekly. New York, January 25, 1862. Cover illustration, 9 x 10 3/4. Wood engraving. Very good condition.

A portrait of the proud General from Harper's Weekly. $30



W.L. Ormsby. "Maj. Gen. Geo. B. M'Clellan, Late Commanding United States Army." New York: Joseph Lang, ca. 1862-63. 22 1/4 x 16 7/8. Steel engraving by W.L. Ormsby. Excellent condition.

A handsome, full length portrait of George McClellan mounted on a horse in full uniform. The image was drawn and engraved by W.L. Ormsby, who issued a number of historical images around the middle of the century. This is a second state of this print, which has "Late" added to the title. This shows that the print was original issued when McClellan was commanding the army, but was reissued, with the addition, even after he had been dismissed in early 1862. $350



McClellan
Christian Schussele. "Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan on the Battlefield of Antietam." Philadelphia: William Smith, 1863. Copyrighted by John Dainty, 1863. Steel engraving by A.B. Walter. 24 x 18 1/2. One expertly repaired tear at left, just into image. Else very good condition.

A strong full portrait on horse of the former commander of the Army of the Potomac, beautifully engraved by A.B. Walter. McClellan was popular with the military because he built a strong force and provided well for his officers and men. He had to be replaced because the civilian leaders saw that he did not pursue his enemy to a conclusion of hostilities. Having every advantage at the Battle of Antietam, he failed to pursue Lee's defeated army and lost an opportunity to end the war. This steel engraving might also have been used in 1864 when McClellan ran for the presidency on a ticket calling for peace. The 1863 date of Schussele's painting adds a sad note because that was the year when the artist, best known for his "Washington Crossing the Delaware," was struck with palsy and could paint no more. A strong and lovely piece of American history. $525



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