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Major General George McClellan’s Coat Worn at Antietam
National Museum of American History, Behring Center

Major General George McClellan’s Coat Worn at Antietam

Catalog #: 17433    Accession #: 61384
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 35.5" H x 18.5" W

Physical Description

Blue wool frock coat, non-regulation.

General History

General Robert E. Lee’s first invasion of the North culminated in the Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day battle in American history. More soldiers were killed or wounded at Antietam than all the American dead in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Mexican War and the Spanish-American War combined. On 17 September 1862 General Robert E. Lee and 30,000 Confederate troops faced Major General George McClellan and 60,000 Union troops. It should have been a clear victory for McClellan, especially since his army had captured Lee’s Special Orders No. 191 which directed Stonewall Jackson to march on Harper’s Ferry. McClellan failed to use this information wisely, choosing instead to remain cautious. Jackson took Harper’s Ferry and moved his 45,000 troops on to Antietam to reinforce Lee’s troops. McClellan was recalled to Washington and was relieved of his command.


Keywords

Country: United States
State: Maryland
War: Civil War
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