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Biography of Winfield Scott Hancock


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Hancock, Winfield Scott. An American general. Born in Pennsylvania in 1824. After graduating from West Point in 1844, Hancock served with great gallantry during the Mexican War. Appointed brigadier-general of volunteers in 1861, Hancock took part in the campaign on the Potomac, fought at Antietam, and commanded a corps in the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was wounded in 1863. In August 1864, Hancock became brigadier-general in the regular army. In 1880 he was the Democratic nominee for president. Died 1886.