General Hancock


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Civil War Harper's Weekly, May 24, 1862

This site contains an archive of all the Harper's Weekly newspapers published during the Civil War. Sit back, relax, and dive into this incredible resource. These old newspapers contain intriguing details of the war you simply will not find anywhere else.

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Norfolk, Virginia

British Sympathy, Trent Affair

British Support of the South

McClellan Criticism

McClellan Criticism

Capture of New Orleans

Capture of New Orleans

Battle of Williamsburg

Battle of Williamsburg

General Hancock

General Hancock

Jeff Davis Cartoon

Jeff Davis Cartoon


New Orleans Naval Battle

New Orleans Naval Battle

New Orleans Expedition

The New Orleans Expedition

Fort John Morgan

Fort John Morgan

Battle of Williamsburg

Battle of Williamsburg Pictures

Yorktown, Virginia

Yorktown, Virginia









MAY 24, 1862.]




BRIGADIER-GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK is a native of Pennsylvania, from which State he was appointed a cadet to West Point Military Academy in the year 1840. He graduated on the 30th of June, 1844, standing number eighteen in his class—in which was Simon Bolivar Buckner, the notorious rebel General of Fort Donelson fame. He was promoted to a brevet second lieutenancy in the Fourth United States infantry on the 1st of July, 1844; and on the 18th of June, 1846, received his commission as full second lieutenant in the same regiment. He served gallantly in the Mexican war; and in August, 1848, was brevetted first lieutenant for gallant and meritorious conduct in the battles of Contreras and Churubusco, his brevet dating from August 20, 1847. During the years 1848 and 1849 he filled the position of regimental quarter-master, after which he became regimental adjutant of the Sixth United States infantry. In January, 1853, he was promoted to a

full first lieutenancy; and on the 7th of November, 1855, was appointed an assistant quarter-master in the Quarter-master General's Department, with the rank of captain. This position he held at the breaking out of the rebellion in 1861, and still holds that rank in the regular army of the United States. On the 23d of September, 1861, he was appointed a Brigadier-General of Volunteers, and ordered to report to General McClellan. He has been since his appointment entirely in the Army of the Potomac, and his brigade formed part of the force that occupied Lewinsville on the 9th of October, 1861. He has also been engaged in several grand reconnoissances, which have generally been attended with success. The manner with which he advanced, attacked, and captured the redoubts of the rebels at Williamsburg has merited and obtained from General McClellan special mention and praise. General Hancock is much liked by his command, and his acquaintances speak of him as being a perfect gentleman in his manner and a pleasant companion.



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