Skip to main content Smithsonian Institution

Catalog Data

Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894  Search this
Chicago Albumen Works  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock, 14 Feb 1824 - 9 Feb 1886  Search this
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Image: 8.9 × 6 cm (3 1/2 × 2 3/8")
Sheet: 12.8 × 10.3 cm (5 1/16 × 4 1/16")
Mat: 35.6 × 28.1 cm (14 × 11 1/16")
c. 1862 (printed 2011)
Exhibition Label:
Born Montgomery Square, Pennsylvania
By the time the Union and Confederate armies met at Gettysburg in July 1863, Winfield Scott Hancock had served in the Peninsula Campaign with General George McClellan and ably led troops in heavy fighting at Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. On the first day at Gettysburg, Hancock claimed much of the high ground for Union forces by establishing a line of defense that snaked around Culp’s and Cemetery Hills and continued to the south, along Cemetery Ridge to Little Round Top. Despite repeated Confederate assaults, Hancock’s defenses held and were a deciding factor in the Union army’s victory. Often in the thick of the fight, Hancock was badly wounded during Pickett’s charge and did not return to duty for some months. He served in the Virginia campaigns of 1864—from the Battle of the Wilderness to the siege of Petersburg—until poor health forced him to give up his field command.
Home Furnishings\Furniture\Seating\Chair  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Mustache  Search this
Costume\Dress Accessory\Button\Brass  Search this
Personal Attribute\Facial Hair\Goatee  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Male  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Politics and Government\Presidential Candidate  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Military\Army\Officer\General  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Military\Army\Officer\Civil War\Union  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Military\Army\Officer\Brigadier General  Search this
Winfield Scott Hancock: Military\Army\Officer\Major General  Search this
Portrait  Search this
Credit Line:
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number:
See more items in:
National Portrait Gallery Collection
Data Source:
National Portrait Gallery