Image: 9.1 x 5.4 cm (3 9/16 x 2 1/8 in.)
Mount: 10.2 x 6.1 cm (4 x 2 3/8 in.)
Purchase, Alfred Stieglitz Society Gifts, 2013
Not on view
In this unusual portrait in profile by C. D. Fredricks, one of Brady’s principal rivals in New York, General George McClellan poses with a pair of binoculars. After the brutal battle of Antietam (September 1862), when McClellan failed to further advance on the weakened enemy, President Lincoln lost confidence in his general and removed him from service as head of the Army of the Potomac; two years later Lincoln defeated McClellan, who ran against him as the Democratic Party candidate for president.