MY LIFE THROUGH MY T-SHIRT COLLECTION- GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK

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I am at Gettysburg today- and the hero of Gettysburg for the Union was the general in the t-shirt above- General Winfield Scott Hancock. His nickname was “Hancock The Superb.” At Gettysburg early on the first day of the three day battle Hancock’s friend General John Reynolds who was in command of the I corps was killed and the new commanding general of the Army of the Potomac George Meade sent Hancock ahead to take command of the situation and to assess the situation at Gettyburg. Hancock wasn’t the senior officer- General Oliver Howard was but after a brief discussion over who was in command- Hancock prevailed. He saw the importance of Cemetery Hill and made the decision to stay and fight.

Hancock’s II Corp was positioned in the center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge and on the third day of the battle it would be his troops who bore the brunt of the famous Pickett’s Charge. He was on horseback reviewing and encouraging his troops even after he was shot and received a severe wound, he would not be evacuated until the battle was decided. He would live with the pain from his injury the rest of his life.

Winfield Scott Hancock ran for president in 1880 and was the Democratic nominee but lost to James Garfield in the general election. He would die in 1886 at the age of 61.

I bought this t-shirt on a visit to Gettysburg last summer.

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2 responses to “MY LIFE THROUGH MY T-SHIRT COLLECTION- GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK

    • We didn’t do the charge this time- due to rain and wet conditions but we have done it about a half dozen times over the years. Lots of rain in Gettysburg this spring!

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