Scarce George McClellan and James Pendleton Ferrotype, 1864
Double-sided political badge, 25 mm., containing tintype portraits of George McClellan and James Pendleton set with its original gilded brass shell. McClellan's ferrotype is surrounded by a shield-shaped opening on the right and left with olive wreaths and six stars. It is set in a circular metallic frame. Pendleton's ferrotype is also set in a circular metallic frame surrounded by an olive wreath.
President Lincoln fired McClellan as general-in-chief after his embarrassing defeats at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Bitter, McClellan attempted to write a lengthy report against the administration and ran against Lincoln in the 1864 election. The Democratic party nominated him for their presidential candidate and Ohio Senator, James Pendleton for vice president, but neither of them were able to secure enough votes. Lincoln won the election by a land-slide, securing almost 70 percent of the Army of the Potomac votes.
Very good condition with some minor soiling.