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President Lincoln and Gen. McClellan on Battle-Field of Antietam

President Lincoln and Gen. McClellan on Battle-Field of Antietam
Artist
Alexander Gardner, 17 Oct 1821 - 10 Dec 1882
Sitter
Delos Bennett Sackett, 14 Apr 1822 - 08 Mar 1885
George Montieth, 04 Nov 1839 - 13 Nov 1904
Nelson Bowman Sweitzer, c. 1828 - 07 Mar 1898
George Webb Morrell, 08 Jan 1815 - 11 Feb 1883
Alexander Stewart Webb, 15 Feb 1835 - 12 Feb 1911
George Brinton McClellan, 3 Dec 1826 - 29 Oct 1885
Scout Adams
Jonathan Letterman, 11 Dec 1824 - 15 Mar 1872
Unidentified Man
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Henry Jackson Hunt, 14 Sep 1819 - 11 Feb 1889
Fitz John Porter, 31 Aug 1822 - 21 May 1901
Unidentified Man
Frederick Thomas Locke, 17 Aug 1826 - 04 Feb 1893
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys, 02 Nov 1810 - 27 Dec 1883
George Armstrong Custer, 5 Dec 1839 - 25 Jun 1876
Date
October 3, 1862
Type
Photograph
Medium
Albumen silver print
Dimensions
Image/Sheet: 17.6 × 22.6 cm (6 15/16 × 8 7/8")
Mount: 23 × 22.6 cm (9 1/16 × 8 7/8")
Mat: 35.6 × 45.7 cm (14 × 18")
Topic
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Weapon\Sword
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache
Costume\Dress Accessory\Glove
Architecture\Building\Tent
Costume\Headgear\Hat\Top hat
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Beard
Nature & Environment\Plant\Grass
Exterior\Military Camp
Costume\Footwear\Boots
Costume\Dress Accessory\Belt
Unidentified Man: Male
Fitz John Porter: Male
Fitz John Porter: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
Fitz John Porter: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Fitz John Porter: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Brigadier General
Alexander Stewart Webb: Male
Alexander Stewart Webb: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Henry Jackson Hunt: Male
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Henry Jackson Hunt: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Brigadier General
George Armstrong Custer: Male
George Armstrong Custer: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Nelson Bowman Sweitzer: Male
Nelson Bowman Sweitzer: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
George Brinton McClellan: Male
George Brinton McClellan: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate
George Brinton McClellan: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\General
George Brinton McClellan: Politics and Government\Governor\New Jersey
George Brinton McClellan: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Major General
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys: Male
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor
Jonathan Letterman: Male
Jonathan Letterman: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War
Jonathan Letterman: Health and Medicine\Physician\Army
Abraham Lincoln: Male
Abraham Lincoln: Law and Law Enforcement\Lawyer
Abraham Lincoln: Military and Intelligence\Soldier
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\President of US
Abraham Lincoln: Society and Social Change\Reformer\Environmentalist
Abraham Lincoln: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Merchant
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\US Congressman\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Surveyor
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\State Senator\Illinois
Abraham Lincoln: Politics and Government\Government Official\Postmaster
Abraham Lincoln: Crafts and Trades\Boat builder
George Webb Morrell: Male
George Webb Morrell: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
George Webb Morrell: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Brigadier General
Delos Bennett Sackett: Male
Delos Bennett Sackett: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Colonel
Delos Bennett Sackett: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Frederick Thomas Locke: Male
Frederick Thomas Locke: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Frederick Thomas Locke: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Brigadier General
George Montieth: Male
George Montieth: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Captain
George Montieth: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Scout Adams: Male
Scout Adams: Military and Intelligence\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union
Portrait
Place
United States\Maryland\Washington\battlefields\Antietam
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Restrictions & Rights
CC0
Object number
NPG.80.106
Exhibition Label
More accurately, this photograph should be titled Abraham Lincoln and George McClellan and Staff. Dissatisfied with General McClellan’s nonresponsiveness after Antietam—he did not pursue Robert E. Lee’s army, nor did he convey any urgency in getting his own army back into action—Abraham Lincoln went out to Maryland in October to meet with him. (McClellan had a habit of making the commander in chief come to him, which Lincoln tolerated but also noted as a sign of the officer’s arrogance.) In this portrait, McClellan, diminutive and in a forage cap, faces the figure of the president who, complete with trademark stovepipe hat, towers over him and the rest of the officers. Standing at the far right is cavalry captain George A. Custer.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery