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George B McHugh by Michael J McHugh George B McHugh by Michael J McHugh is a biography of one of the most complex and controversial figures in American history The goal of this book is to set forth a balanced and true history of a great American without resorting to extremes George Brinton McClellan was born in Philadelphia Pennsylvania On December 3 1826 His ancestors came from Scotland to the American Colonies in the early 1700s When George was growing up his mother made every effort to see that little George and other children received the best possible education At the age of five George was sent to an infant school and then spent four years in a private school run by Sears Cook Walker After that he was tutored by many more and in 1842 he started the American Military Academy at West Point Shortly after arriving there he began to feel depressed and homesick In the letters to his parents he wrote that he felt as alone and abandoned as if in a boat in the middle of the Atlantic Slowly however he began to gain confidence as his marching and physical prowess began to improve During the spring of McClellans final year he began to think about what branch of military service would be appropriate for him He was quite certain that he would graduate at or near the top of his class and would therefore have his choice of assignments At this same time rumors of war were beginning to move through West Point as government leaders in the United States began to argue with Mexico about the territory of Texas Soon enough the thoughts of all Americans quickly turned to war in May 1846 as president James Pouc requested that congress declare the United States at war with Mexico In early July of 1846 the newly commissioned officer of engineers George McClellan
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