Clipped ink autograph of Winfield Scott Hancock, known as “Hancock the Superb” for his skill and bearing in combat in the Civil War. Measures 3” by 1 ½”.
Winfield Scott Hancock (February 14, 1824 – February 9, 1886) was a United States Army officer and the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1880. He served with distinction in the Army for four decades, including service in the Mexican–American War and as a Union general in the American Civil War. Known to his Army colleagues as "Hancock the Superb," he was noted for his personal leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. His military service continued after the Civil War, as Hancock participated in the military Reconstruction of the South and the Army's presence at the Western frontier. Hancock's reputation as a war hero at Gettysburg, combined with his status as a Unionist and supporter of states' rights, made him a potential presidential candidate. When the Democrats nominated him for President in 1880, he ran a strong campaign, but was narrowly defeated by Republican James A. Garfield. Hancock's last public service involved the oversight of President Ulysses S. Grant's funeral procession in 1885.
Winfield Scott Hancock - Graduate USMA 07/01/1841. Enlisted on 11/7/1855 as a Captain. On 11/7/1855 he was commissioned into US Army Quartermaster's Dept. He was discharged for promotion on 8/12/1864. (Prior service in US Army since 07/01/1841). On 9/23/1861 he was commissioned into US Volunteers General Staff. He was discharged for promotion on 8/12/1864. On 8/12/1864 he was commissioned into US Army General Staff (Subsequent service in US Army until his death).
Promotions: * Brig-General 9/23/1861, Major-Gen 11/29/1862, Brig-General 8/12/1864, Major-Gen 3/13/1865 by Brevet, Major-Gen 7/26/1866.
Other Information: Born 2/14/1824 in Montgomery Square, PA. Died 2/9/1886 in Governors Island, NY. Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, PA.
Comes housed in a 5 x 6 inch display case with red velvet backing and descriptive card.
Inventory Number: AUT 055 / Sold