MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 09/19/1883 - HFSID 30314
Sale Price $595.00
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Confined to his home by an illness, he invited a US Navy Commodore John Upshur to visit him there.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x8. Governor's Island, USA, 1883 September 19. To Commodore John H. Upshur, US Navy, Brooklyn, New York, in full: "I have been confined to my house with laryngitis [?] contracted at Sandy Hook since last Thursday. I suppose I shall be out in a few days. If you will come down today about 5 o'clock I shall be pleased to see you at my house. Pardon the dictation of this letter. I am not very well." 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. Commodore John H. Upshur (1823-1907), later an admiral, had served the Union on blockade duty and assaults on coastal fortifications during the Civil War. One vertical fold. Ink stain from signature at top of text on page one (barely visible). Slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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