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On this day in the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln is reelected to a second term with Andrew Johnson as his running mate.

Lincoln defeats Democratic candidate George B. McClellan, winning 212 electoral college votes compared to McClellan’s 21.


Campaign poster for the election of 1864

(Credit: Library of Congress)

On this day in the Civil War, Federal General George B. McClellan is relieved from command of the Army of the Potomac by President Lincoln. McClellan’s reluctance to pursue General Lee’s Army ultimately led to his removal.

President Lincoln is purported to say, “Sending reinforcements to McClellan is like shoveling fleas across a barn.”


George B. McClellan

(Photo Credit: Library of Congress)