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★★ Hancock, Winfield S.

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gentlemanrob

Brigadier General
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Winfield Scott Hancock

Born: February 14, 1824
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Birthplace: Montgomeryville, Pennsylvania

Father: Benjamin Franklin Hancock 1800 – 1867
(Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania)​

Mother: Elizabeth Hoxworth 1801 – 1879
(Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania)​

Wife: Almira Russell 1832 – 1893
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri)​

Children:

Russell Hancock 1850 – 1884​
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri)​
Ada Elizabeth Hancock 1857 – 1875​
(Buried: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania)​

Education:

1844: Graduated from West Point Military Academy – (18th in class)​

Occupation before War:

1844 – 1846: Brevet 2nd Lt. United States Army, 6th Infantry Regiment​
1846 – 1853: 2nd Lt. United States Army, 6th Infantry Regiment​
1847: Brevetted 1st Lt. for Gallantry in two battles in Mexican War​
1853 – 1860: 1st Lt. United States Army, 6th Infantry Regiment​
1855 – 1863: Captain United States Army, Assistant Quartermaster
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1855: Assistant Adjutant General, Department of the West​
1856 – 1857: Quartermaster Duty at Fort Myers, Florida​
1859 – 1861: Chief Quartermaster, Southern District of California​

Civil War Career:

1861 – 1862: Brigadier General, Union Army Volunteers​
1861 – 1862: Served in the Defenses of Washington, D.C.​
1862: Served in the Siege of Yorktown, Virginia​
1862: Served in the Battle of Antietam, Maryland​
1862 – 1866: Major General, Union Army Volunteers​
1862: Served in the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia​
1863: Served in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Virginia​
1863: Commander of 2nd Army Corps, Army of the Potomac
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1863: Wounded during the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania​
1863 – 1864: Major United States Army Quartermaster​
1864: Commander of 2nd Army Corps Army of the Potomac​
1864: Served in the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of Spotsylvania, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of North Anna, Virginia​
1864: Served in the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia​
1864 – 1866: Brigadier General, United States Army​
1864: Served in the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia​
1864 – 1865: Organizer of 1st Army Corps of Veterans
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1865: Supervised Execution of Lincoln Assassination Conspirators​
1865: Commander, Department of West Virginia​
1865: Brevetted Major General for duty at Spotsylvania​
1865 – 1886: Major General, United States Army​
1865 – 1866: Commander of the U.S. Army, Middle Department​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1886: Major General, United States Army​
1865 – 1866: Member of Board of Retiring Disabled Officers​
1866 – 1867: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of the Missouri​
1867 – 1868: Commander of Fifth Military District
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1868 – 1869: Commander of U.S. Army, Division of the Atlantic​
1868 – 1869: Member Court of inquiry on General Dyer Case​
1869 – 1872: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of Dakota​
1870 – 1871: Member Board to examine officers unfit for discharge​
1872 – 1886: Commander of U.S. Army, Division of the Atlantic​
1872 – 1873: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of the East​
1877 – 1886: Commander of U.S. Army, Department of the East​
1880: Unsuccessful Democratic Presidential Candidate​

Died: February 9, 1886

Place of Death: New York City, New York

Cause of Death: Malignant carbuncle and diabetes

Age at time of Death: 61 years old

Burial Place: Montgomery Cemetery, Norristown, Pennsylvania
 
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Seduzal

Brigadier General
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Location
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Wow! This soldier had an awesome adventure in an interesting career of military history from graduating from West Point 18th in class to before the war and after.. Happy Birthday Commander!
 

Polloco

2nd Lieutenant
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Location
South Texas
His critical flank attack at Williamsburg during the Peninsula Campaign earned him the sobriquet "Superb".
 
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Polloco

2nd Lieutenant
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His wounding in the thigh at Gettysburg by a nail and a piece of wood led a bystander to remark that the Rebels must be desperate for ammo if they have resort to shooting nails. It is however very probable that this nail came from Hancocks saddle.
 

Polloco

2nd Lieutenant
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Location
South Texas
When Gen. Richardson was killed in the battle of Antietam his division in the 2nd Corps was filled by Hancock. This started his association with the 2nd Corps.
 
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