MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 02/15/1877 - HFSID 5454
Sale Price $573.75
The Civil War hero and Presidential candidate sends thanks for a bottle of champagne.
Autograph Letter signed: "Winfield S. Hancock, Commanding", 1 page, 5x8. New York, 1877 February 15. To William A. Seaver, in full: "I received your note and the bottle of champagne. I had it tonight. It is good and very cheap. I will keep a memorandum of the name and agent and will remember you for your kind attention. I am very truly yours". Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886), a highly successful Union Corps commander during the Civil War and a hero of the Battle of Gettysburg (1863), was the Democratic Party's candidate for President in 1880, losing to James A. Garfield 4.45 million (214 electoral) votes to 4.44 million (155 electoral) votes. He was Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Department of the East, headquartered on Governor's Island, from 1877 until his death. General Hancock must have been considering a purchase of champagne in bulk, perhaps for the officer's mess or for ceremonial events. Why else would he have complimented Seaver for a wine that was "good and very cheap"? Normal mailing folds. Lightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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