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W. S. Hancock
W. S. Hancock

Federal (USA)

Brigadier General

Winfield Scott Hancock

(1824 - 1886)
Home State: Pennsylvania
Command Billet: CO, Brigade (then Division)
Branch of Service: Infantry
Unit: 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, VI Corps

see his Battle Report


Before the Antietam Campaign:
Graduated from the USMA in 1844, did frontier duty, saw action in the Mexican war, and in "Bloody" Kansas. He was on the Utah expedition, and in the Quartermaster service. In September 1861 he was appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, and commanded the 1st Brigade/2nd Division/Fourth (IV) Corps on the Peninsula and at the Seven Days battles.

In the Antietam Campaign:
He commanded the 1st Brigade of the 2nd Division/Sixth (VI) Corps and assumed command of the 1st Division/Second (II) Army Corps after MGen Richardson was wounded.

The remainder of the War:
In November 1862 he was promoted to MGen. of Volunteers, and remained in command of the 1st Division/Second (II) Corps, which he led at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He then commanded the II Corps at Gettysburg (wounded), the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. In August 1864 he was appointed BGen. in the Regular Army, and commanded the Department of West Virginia.

After the War:
Career Army service; commanded Deptartment of the East, and was US presidential candidate in 1880 (lost to James Garfield). Generally considered to be one of the greatest eastern generals by War's end.

Birth Date: 2/14/1824    Place of Birth: Montgomery Square, Pennsylvania    
College: US Military Academy, West Point, NY    Graduating Year: 1844    
Death Date: 2/9/1886    Death Place: Governor's Island, New York    Burial Place: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, PA

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