Tag Archives: Winfield Scott Hancock

BookChat with Tom McMillan, author of Armistead and Hancock

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time with the new book by author Tom McMillan, Armistead and Hancock: Behind the Legend of Two Friends at the Turning Point of the Civil War (Stackpole Books, 2021). You can find out … Continue reading

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Petersburg Day One: Wednesday, June 15, 1864

On June 15 the Army of the Potomac began to cross the James River. It was an emotional moment. A. M. Judson of the 83rd Pennsylvania likened the army’s arrival at the James to Xenophon and his 10,000 Greeks reaching … Continue reading

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Maine at War: April 2021

Here’s what our friend Brian Swartz was up to in April at his blog, Maine at War: April 7, 2021: Maine’s largest cannonball is in … Hodgdon? Although he served only 16 months with the 6th Maine Battery, Aroostook County … Continue reading

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Generals in the Garden?

The first day of spring was March 20, and signs of spring are definitely starting in Virginia. As I’ve been watching my little window-box plants sprout, I remembered some stories about Civil War generals who liked to garden. I’m sure … Continue reading

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Missed Opportunities in the Race to the North Anna

On the evening of May 20, 1864, Ulysses S. Grant sent Winfield Scott Hancock’s II Corps south from Spotsylvania Court House to Massaponnax Church, with orders to march onward toward Bowling Green, Milford Station, and—if Hancock thought he could make … Continue reading

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Ending The War: General Hancock & The Execution (Part 2)

Part 1 is available here Lincoln’s assassination changed everything. The ending of the Civil War might have merely been the surrender of Confederate armies and a prolonged discussion and action about Reconstruction with reconciliation at the forefront. With Booth’s bullet, … Continue reading

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Ending The War: General Hancock & The Surrender? (Part 1)

He had won his general stars on the battlefield, held the lines at Gettysburg, and been a trusted corps commander during the Overland Campaign. He had survived painful injury and returned to field command. He was a Democrat in politics … Continue reading

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Two Union Veterans: The Election of 1880, Part 2

Part 2 of 2 in a short series. Find Part 1 and details about the presidential candidates here. During the presidential campaign that followed, both Garfield and Hancock attempted to follow the era’s tradition that candidates did little actual campaigning. … Continue reading

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Two Union Veterans: The Election of 1880, Part 1

Ever heard the old joke that in order to be President of the United States after the Civil War, you only needed to be Republican, be a Union veteran, and have a beard? You can be forgiven for thinking it … Continue reading

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Historic Pianos and Music – Postscript

There’s one more story about music and a piano in Mrs. Hancock’s book. It’s not quite clear when this event took place, but since she references President Pierce, it probably happened in Missouri when Winfield Hancock was still a captain. … Continue reading

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