MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 02/07/1884 - HFSID 30290
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
On the advice of a former member of his staff, he endorses a former soldier's application to join the Signal Service.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 2 pages (integral leaf), 10x8. Governor's Island, New York, 1884 February 7. To Andrew S. Donnan, National Hotel, Washington, D.C.in full: "Your favor of the 3rd of November was received on my return from California, dear Mr. Donnan. Colonel N. T. Milan, late of US A[rmy] and formerly of my staff, speaks of you in high terms; he says in his endorsement of your letter to me, which was handed him for his recollection of you: 'This man was a first class clerk and of good habits when with the General (General Hancock) in 1866. His term of enlistment expired, and he did not re-enlist.' In view of the above statement I recommend you as a fit applicant for the Signal Service, USA. 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 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. The U. S. Army Signal Corps, established in 1860, originally using signal flags but soon supplemented by the telegraph, served the Union well during the Civil War. The national weather service was established within the Signal Corps in 1870, later transferred to the Department of Agriculture. Two horizontal folds. Slightly creased. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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