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Marshall in Fauquier County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

McClellan Relieved From Command

McClellan Relieved From Command Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 16, 2007
1. McClellan Relieved From Command Marker
Inscription.  At Rectortown, four miles North, General George B. McClellan received the order relieving him from command of the Army of the Potomac, November 7, 1862. As Burnside, his successor was present, McClellan immediately turned over the command to him.
Erected 1942 by Virginia Conservation Commission. (Marker Number FF-8.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is November 7, 1804.
Location. 38° 51.987′ N, 77° 51.273′ W. Marker is in Marshall, Virginia, in Fauquier County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (John Marshall Highway) (Virginia Route 55) and Rectortown Road (Virginia Route 710), on the right when traveling west on East Main Street (John Marshall Highway). Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marshall VA 20115, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Salem (within shouting distance of this marker); Mosby’s Rangers Disband (about 300 feet away, measured
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in a direct line); Mosby’s Rangers Disband Site (approx. 0.2 miles away); Campaign of Second Manassas (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lee’s Narrow Escape (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Number 18 School (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Rosenwald School in Rectortown, "No. 12" (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marshall.
Rectortown Station image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, June 16, 2007
2. Rectortown Station
McClellan was camped near this station when the relief message arrived.
George B. McClellan image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen C. Browne, November 29, 2015
3. George B. McClellan
This 1888 portrait of George B. McClellan by Julian Scott hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“After the Union army's defeat at the First Battle of Manassas on July 21, 1861, President Lincoln appointed thirty-four-year-old General George B. McClellan to command federal operations in Virginia. Within weeks, "little Mac" transformed the remnants of a demoralized volunteer army into a disciplined fighting machine and christened it the Army of the Potomac. But achieving victory required engaging the enemy in battle, and in this McClellan procrastinated, much to Lincoln's exasperation. When he did lead his troops into battle, he was slow to advance and quick to retreat. Finally, after McClellan failed to pursue Robert E. Lee's army following the Union's victory at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862, Lincoln relieved him of his command. McClellan emerged briefly in national politics in 1864 as the Democratic Party's unsuccessful presidential candidate.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,152 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on December 5, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 17, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   3. submitted on December 5, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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