MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1880 - HFSID 30311
Sale Price $552.50
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Advising a job-seeker that he has "no situation vacant," he refers the fellow to the local army recruiter.
Manuscript Letter signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x8. Governor's Island, New York Harbor, 1880 December 30. To Mr. John Geary, New York City, in full: "I have your recent note. There is no situation vacant here. In fact I understand that some of the employees are about to be discharged by the Quartermaster's Department on account of there being no further reason for their services. If you wish to enlist, you should call at the office of the Superintendent General Recruiting Service, Army Building, corner of Houston and [?] Streets, New York City. 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. One vertical and two horizontal folds. Slightly worn at folds. Otherwise, fine condition.
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