MAJOR GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK - MANUSCRIPT LETTER WITH AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED 06/28/1883 - HFSID 30295
Sale Price $552.50
WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK
Manuscript note welcoming a visit from a friend, with handwritten postscript by Hancock apologizing that his haste to mail it required dictation.
Manuscript Letter with Autograph Note signed: "Winfield Scott Hancock", and initialed "w. s. h." 2 pages (integral leaf), 5x8. Governor's Island, New York, 1883 June 28. To C. Johnson, Columbus, Ohio, in full: "Yours of June 26th is received. I shall be pleased to see you on your return home. General Mitchell's loss was a severe blow to me. I thank you for your sympathy. With best wishes I am very truly yours." Hancock initials an autograph postscript: "Please pardon dictation. It seems necessary that you get an early reply. This note would have reached you earlier if addressed to New York, but I have not at this moment your addreess." 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. Slightly soiled. Otherwise, fine condition.
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