V.p. [Virginia, Washington, D.C., et al]: ca. 1861-1865, printed ca. 1870s.
Each photograph tipped onto a 14 x 11 in. card. Various sized, from approx. 4 x 6 in. to 11 x 8 in. With Two Mathew Brady Images from the Field. Damage to lower corner of one image, else fine. Laid into a contemporary quarter green morocco portfolio with morocco label on front cover reading “W.S. Hancock”. Provenance: Thomas F. Bayard. Item #264745
A collection of vintage photographic portraits of General Winfield Scott Hancock (1824-1886) dating from his service in the Union Army, from the estate of Thomas F. Bayard, against whom Hancock ran and won the 1880 Democratic presidential nomination. Hancock went on to lose the general election to Garfield by only 20,000 votes.
Hancock distinguished himself in the Battle of Gettysburg and won Grant’s praise for his conduct in the Wilderness Campaign. Grant wrote of him in his Memoirs, “Hancock stands the most conspicuous figure of all the general officers who did not exercise a separate command. He commanded a corps longer than any other one, and his name was never mentioned as having committed in battle a blunder for which he was responsible. He was a man of very conspicuous personal appearance … His genial disposition made him friends, and his personal courage and his presence with his command in the thickest of the fight won for him the confidence of troops serving under him. No matter how hard the fight, the 2d corps always felt that their commander was looking after them.”
The collection includes at least 3 photographs by Mathew Brady: a large group shot of Hancock, David Bell Birney and their staffs, ca. 1864; and Hancock with three of his division commanders — Francis C. Barlow, David B. Birney and John Gibbon — during the Wilderness campaign. Three of the other images bear a close resemblance to known Brady images, and we suspect they are variant poses.
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