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Winfield Scott Hancock, 1824-1886

Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 1824
Place of Birth: Montgomery Square, Montgomeryville, PA
Date of Death: 1886
Place of Death: Governor's Island, New York Harbor, NY

Identity:

He was the son of Benjamin Franklin and Elizabeth (Hexworth) Hancock.

Life:

A graduate of the USMA, West Point, NY in 1844, Hancock was a brave soldier who became General Major of the US Army in 1866. During the Civil War he commanded a corps in the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863 and at Spottsylvania Court House, where he took 4000 prisoners in 1864.

Bibliography:

Walker, Francis A., Biography of General Winfield Scot Hancock, New York, 1894; Cullum Memorial Edition, Register of Graduates and former cadets, United States Military Academy, West Point, 1980, No. 1223; Johnson, Rossiter (ed.), The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans, 10 vols., Boston, 1904, vol. 5; Who Was Who in America, Chicago, 1963, p. 232.