Hancock The Superb
The Irish Brigade at Antietam, September 17, 1862
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So many times, he was there when decisive leadership was so desperately needed. In the Peninsula Campaign. At Chancellorsville. Antietam. Gettysburg. There, and on other bloody fields of fire and fury, General Winfield Scott Hancock distinguished himself in defense of the Union. Named for General Winfield Scott – hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War – he graduated from West Point in the class of ’44 in time to serve under his namesake in Mexico. There he earned honors for valor in action. Further service to his country followed: in the Seminole War, in Kansas and California.
When friends in uniform went South on the eve of the Civil War, he remained fully devoted to the Union. Early in the conflict he distinguished himself in the Army of the Potomac, winning praise at the Battle of Williamsburg during the Peninsula Campaign. His courageous conduct led the army commander, General George B. McClellan, to praise him as “Hancock the Superb”.
At the Battle of Antietam, where he commanded a division, he filled the gap of fallen leadership on the front line. At Gettysburg, he restored order among fleeing Federal troops when the first day’s fighting turned against them, and his selection of defensive positions at that decisive battle was pivotal to the Federal victory at Gettysburg. He was present, too, in the final bloody fighting — at the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, and Petersburg. Throughout the full fury of the war, he displayed exceptional leadership, and made a mighty contribution to the often-battered, but eventually victorious, Army of the Potomac. At war’s end he would be a hero to his Northern countrymen. But heroics were not his motivation. Foremost always to Winfield Scott Hancock was a higher calling — a determined devotion to duty, honor and country. To the men in blue who served under his command, he would always be “Hancock the Superb.”