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Near Mabie in Randolph County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

General George B. McClellan

Rich Mountain Battlefield

 
 
General George B. McClellan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
1. General George B. McClellan Marker
Inscription. General McClellan marched three brigades of Federal troops into position along nearby Roaring Creek. He ordered a strong scouting party up this road to test the Camp Garnett defenses on July 10, 1861. Withering infantry and artillery fire from the Confederate fortifications convinced McClellan that a direct attack was folly. Instead he plotted to strike Camp Garnett from two directions.

"I have been looking at the camps with my glass - they are strongly entrenched..."
George McClellan
 
Location. 38° 52.214′ N, 79° 57.362′ W. Marker is near Mabie, West Virginia, in Randolph County. Marker is on Rich Mountain Road / Files Creek Road (County Route 37/8), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Located in the Rich Mountain Battlefield's Camp Garnett section. Marker is in this post office area: Mabie WV 26278, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Camp Garnett (a few steps from this marker); Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike (within shouting distance of this marker); Fortifications (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Camp Garnett (about 400 feet away); Artillery
General George B. McClellan Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, October 11, 2009
2. General George B. McClellan Marker
(about 400 feet away); Rich Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battle of Rich Mountain (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Stable Yard (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mabie.
 
More about this marker. On the left is a sketch depicting Federal troops on the march. On the lower right is a portrait of McClellan. Major General George B. McClellan, USA, a West Point graduate of great promise, rose to stardom here as the "Young Napoleon." He proved indecisive in battle, however, and relied on a flank march by Gen. W.S. Rosecrans to defeat the Confederates.
 
Also see . . .  General George B. McClellan. Biography from the Rich Mountain Battlefield site. (Submitted on October 25, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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