MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 30338
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK On black-bordered mourning paper, he writes to Californian Phineas Banning about the sadness occasioned by his daughter's death. Autograph Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 4½x7¼. No place, no date. On black-bordered mourning paper to General P.
Sale Price $680.00
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
On black-bordered mourning paper, he writes to Californian Phineas Banning about the sadness occasioned by his daughter's death.
Autograph Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 4½x7¼. No place, no date. On black-bordered mourning paper to General P. Banning, Wilmington, California, in full: "Be pleased to remember me to Mrs. Banning and the children in which Mrs. Hancock joins me. My wife is very gloomy and unhappy still, a very little change in that respect since the death of Ada. 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 very narrowly to James A. Garfield by a margin of fewer than 40,000 votes out of 9 million cast. (The Electoral Vote margin was wider, but far from a landslide: 214-155.) Hancock was Commanding General of the U.S. Army's Department of the East, headquartered on Governor's Island, from 1877 until his death. Both children of Winfield and Almira Hancock pre-deceased their parents. Their daughter Ada Elizabeth (b. 1857), mentioned in this letter, died of typhoid fever in 1875. Their son, Russell (b. 1850), died in 1884. Mrs. Hancock (d. 1893) outlived her husband, as did Russell's three children. Phineas Banning (1830-1885) founded the town of Wilmington, California, naming it for his Delaware birthplace. Banning, a self-made staging and shipping magnate, has been called "Father of the Port of Los Angeles." A brigadier general of California militia during the Civil War, he preferred to be addressed with his military rank for the rest of his life. One vertical and one horizontal fold. Lightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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