General George McClellan: Civil War Facts & Timeline


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At what age did George McClellan enter the Military Academy at West Point?

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1. Which state militia did McClellan take command of in April 1861 for his first Civil War command?

2. Which state did McClellan serve as governor of in his post-Civil War life?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

You can use this quiz and worksheet to familiarize yourself with General George McClellan and a number of Civil War battles in which his strategy and tactics were of great importance. Among the topics on which you'll be quizzed include McClellan's early life, his actions during the War Between the States, and his politics.

Quiz & worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • McClellan's age when he entered West Point
  • McClellan's first Civil War command
  • The battle during which McClellan did not command the Army of the Potomac
  • McClellan's post-Civil War political life
  • McClellan's age when he became General-in-Chief of all Union armies
  • The document over which McClellan and Lincoln had strong disagreements
  • The year in which McClellan ran for President of the United States

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson related regarding General McClellan's role in the Civil War
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine McClellan's role during the War Between the States in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the general's performance while in command and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding General McClellan's role before, during and following the war

Additional Learning

To learn more about George McClellan, review the accompanying lesson General George McClellan: Civil War Facts & Timeline. The lesson covers the following topics:

  • Investigate McClellan's early years and his immediate participation in conflict following his West Point graduation
  • Discuss when and where McClellan first began making a name for himself during the Civil War
  • Talk about the situation that soured McClellan's reputation in Washington
  • Describe the characteristic that made McClellan hugely popular with his men
  • Learn about the battle that allowed Lincoln to issue a proclamation that radically changed the complexion of the war