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Unknown [Albumen portrait of Winfield Scott Hancock]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00731.01 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: circa 1860 Pagination: 1 albumen : b&w ; 41.5 x 30.0 cm.

Summary of Content: Half length portrait of Union General Winfield Scott Hancock in Union uniform, with an impression of cracked glass negative at lower right corner. An 1844 graduate of West Point, Hancock earned the recognition of his superiors early in his career for demonstrating gallantry in the Mexican-American War and the Third Seminole War, among other campaigns. In September 1861, when Hancock arrived in the East to begin service in the Union Army, General George B. McClellan immediately appointed him as a brigadier general of volunteers. By November 1862, he had risen to the rank of Major General. Hancock is most celebrated for his tactical decisions at the Battle of Gettysburg, including putting up an impressively strong front against onrushing Confederates on the first day of battle and repulsing the famed Pickett's Charge on the second.

People: Hancock, Winfield Scott, 1824-1886

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Military HistoryCivil WarUnion GeneralMilitary PersonnelMilitary UniformsUnion Forces

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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