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1864 Presidential Campaign George B. McClellan Tintype Portrait “McCLELLAN” Perpetual Calendar with 34 Stars
c. 1864 Civil War & Period Presidential Campaign Usage. George B. McClellan Perpetual Calendar, with central Tintype Photographic Portrait with 34 Stars in the frame, Very Fine.
42mm. George B. McClellan became the unsuccessful Democratic Party Presidential nominee, opposing Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 Presidential election. This extremely rare George B. McClellan Perpetual Calendar was utilized for his run as the Democratic Party Candidate for President in 1864. It measures 1.5" (42mm) in diameter, and retains a substantial amount of its Original Silvering.
Obverse: Central Photographic Portrait of McClellan, surrounded by 34 Stars in the frame and with an outer ring Legend that reads: “The Constitution and Union Forever - Ellis & Read, Springfield, Mass.” Reverse: Calendar numbered 1 thru 31, with a Paddlewheel Sailing Ship Vignette with surrounding Legend that reads: “Perpetual Calendar - Entered According to Act of Congress in the Year 1853 - by S. Smith in the Clerk’s Office of the District Court of Mass.” being its design type.
The circular frame has been somewhat flattened primarily on its reverse side, thus the moveable panel is stationary. The obverse portrait has a small blister to the right of McClellan's mustache which is hardly noticeable viewed straight on. One of only a few known to exist, examples has sold for several thousand dollars in some auctions. This extremely rare c. 1864 George B. McClellan Portrait Presidential Campaign Perpetual Calendar is an exciting Political Campaign item, directly tied to the Civil War, that is needed by virtually every collector.
George Brinton McClellan (December 3, 1826 – October 29, 1885) was a Major General during the American Civil War and the Democratic Party Candidate for President in 1864. He organized the famous Army of the Potomac and served briefly (November 1861 to March 1862) as the General-in-chief of the Union Army. Early in the war, McClellan played an important role in raising a well-trained and organized army for the Union. Although McClellan was meticulous in his planning and preparations, these characteristics may have hampered his ability to challenge aggressive opponents in a fast-moving battlefield environment. He chronically overestimated the strength of enemy units and was reluctant to apply principles of mass, frequently leaving large portions of his army unengaged at decisive points.
McClellan's Peninsula Campaign in 1862 ended in failure, with retreats from attacks by General Robert E. Lee's smaller Army of Northern Virginia and an unfulfilled plan to seize the Confederate capital of Richmond. His performance at the bloody Battle of Antietam blunted Lee's invasion of Maryland, but allowed Lee to eke out a precarious tactical draw and avoid destruction, despite being outnumbered. As a result, McClellan's leadership skills during battles were questioned by President Abraham Lincoln, who eventually removed him from command, first as General-in-chief, then from the Army of the Potomac. Lincoln offered this famous evaluation of McClellan: "If he can't fight himself, he excels in making others ready to fight." Indeed, McClellan was the most popular of that army's commanders with its soldiers, who felt that he had their morale and well-being as paramount concerns.
General McClellan also failed to maintain the trust of Lincoln, and proved to be frustratingly derisive of, and insubordinate to, his Commander-in-chief. After he was relieved of command, McClellan became the unsuccessful Democratic Party nominee opposing Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election. His party had an anti-war platform, promising to end the war and negotiate with the Confederacy, which McClellan was forced to repudiate, damaging the effectiveness of his campaign. He served as the 24th Governor of New Jersey from 1878 to 1881. He eventually became a writer, defending his actions during the Peninsula Campaign and the Civil War. (From Wikipedia)