MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - LETTER SIGNED 01/08/1885 - HFSID 30310
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WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
He tells a veteran concerned about his military records to apply to the Adjutant General.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 5½x8½. Governor's Island, New York, 1885 January 8. To Mr. John F. Glennon, South Norwalk, Connecticut, in full: "Your favor of the 23rd Dec. last, was duly received. In order to have your name properly recorded on the records of your former Regiment, you must apply to the Adjutant General of the Army, Washington, D.C. I have no control over such papers. 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 narrowly to James A. Garfield 4.45 million (214 electoral) votes to 4.44 million (155 electoral) votes. He lost the popular vote by fewer than 40,000 votes out of a total of nearly 9 million. A swing of 20,000 votes in New York would have made him President. Hancock remained at Governor's Island, in New York Harbor, as Commanding General of the US Army's Atlantic Division, until his death. Two horizontal folds. Ink stain from signature at center of text. Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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