MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 10/09/1880 - HFSID 30329
Sale Price $552.50
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Brief letter written late in his Presidential campaign
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 1 page, 5½x8½. Governor's Island, New York Harbor, 1880 October 9. To N. W. Weideman, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in full: "Thanks for your letter of the 7th instant. 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. Two horizontal folds. Lightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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