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George Brinton McClellan and wife Ellen Marcy McClellan

Catalog Data

Attribution:
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Sitter:
George Brinton McClellan, 3 Dec 1826 - 29 Oct 1885  Search this
Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan, 6 May 1835 - 13 Feb 1915  Search this
Medium:
Glass plate collodion negative
Dimensions:
Plate: 9 × 5.9 × 0.2 cm (3 9/16 × 2 5/16 × 1/16")
Type:
Photographic Negative
Place:
United States\New York\Kings\New York
Date:
c. 1864
Exhibition Label:
Both born Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
George McClellan was twenty-seven when eighteen-year-old Mary Ellen Marcy rejected his first proposal of marriage in 1854. He later renewed his efforts to gain her affections after she bowed to her parents’ wishes and ended her engagement to future Confederate General A. P. Hill. In October 1859, she accepted McClellan’s proposal, and they were married on May 22, 1860. Mary Ellen McClellan was pregnant with the couple’s first child in April 1861 when her husband accepted the first of his Civil War military commands. She did not join him in camp, but he candidly shared with her his wartime experiences and frustrations in almost daily correspondence from the field.
In 1862, General McClellan’s procrastinations and battlefield failures led President Lincoln to relieve him as commander of Army of the Potomac. Mary Ellen McClellan later stood by her embattled husband when he failed to wrest the presidency from
Ambos nacidos en Filadelfia, Pensilvania
George McClellan tenía veintisiete años cuando Mary Ellen Marcy, de dieciocho, rechazó su primera propuesta de matrimonio en 1854. Más tarde, volvió a esforzarse por ganarse sus afectos después de que ella cediera ante los deseos de sus padres y pusiera fin a su compromiso con el futuro general confederado A. P. Hill. En octubre de 1859, Mary Ellen aceptó la propuesta de McClellan y se casaron el 22 de mayo de 1860. Mary Ellen McClellan estaba embarazada del primer hijo de la pareja en abril de 1861 cuando su esposo aceptó el primero de sus cargos de comandante en la guerra de Secesión. Aunque Mary Ellen no podía visitarlo en el campamento, McClellan compartió con ella sus frustraciones y experiencias de guerra en la correspondencia que le enviaba casi a diario desde el campo de batalla.
En 1862, los aplazamientos y fracasos del general McClellan en el campo de batalla llevaron al presidente Lincoln a relevarlo de su cargo en el Ejército de Potomac. Más tarde, Mary Ellen McClellan se mantuvo firme junto a su esposo cuando este fracasó en arrebatarle la presidencia a Lincoln en las elecciones de 1864.
Collection Description:
The Frederick Hill Meserve Collection comprises more than five thousand Civil War-era portrait negatives from the Mathew Brady photography studio in New York City. The collection, which the National Portrait Gallery acquired in 1981, includes portraits of generals, politicians, diplomats, painters, and performers. It also contains depictions of “Human Curiosities” at P. T. Barnum’s American Museum in New York City, that, although highly exploitative, help to document the historical representations of disability in the United States.
La Colección Frederick Hill Meserve contiene más de 5,000 negativos de retratos de la época de la Guerra Civil provenientes del estudio fotográfico de Mathew Brady en la ciudad de Nueva York. Adquirida por la National Portrait Gallery en 1981, la colección incluye retratos de militares, políticos, diplomáticos y artistas. También contiene imágenes de “curiosidades humanas” exhibidas en el American Museum de P.T. Barnum en Nueva York. Estas últimas, a pesar de su índole degradante, nos ayudan a documentar la representación histórica de las personas discapacitadas en EE.UU.
Topic:
Costume\Jewelry  Search this
Costume\Jewelry\Earring  Search this
Interior  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture  Search this
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Architecture\Column  Search this
Mary Ellen Marcy McClellan: Female  Search this
George Brinton McClellan: Male  Search this
George Brinton McClellan: Politics and Government\Presidential candidate  Search this
George Brinton McClellan: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\General  Search this
George Brinton McClellan: Politics and Government\Governor\New Jersey  Search this
George Brinton McClellan: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Major General  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
NPG.81.M151
Restrictions & Rights:
CC0
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Location:
Currently not on view
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery
GUID:
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/sm408f4e585-66a1-44da-b0ae-c02b30104546
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:npg_NPG.81.M151