Hancock The Superb

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Pickle Partners Publishing, 6 lis 2015 - 366
This is the life story of a great fighting general of the Civil War, Winfield Scott Hancock.

In the early fighting on the Peninsula, when the Confederates were flanked out of Fort Magruder, McClellan reported, “Hancock was superb.” Before long people were referring to him as Hancock the Superb, and for the next three years he re-earned the sobriquet in battle after battle. He was able to distinguish himself equally in disastrous defeat, as at Chancellorsville, and m victory, as at Gettysburg. Tucker feels personally that some of Hancock’s work with Grant—in the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania—was the most fascinating of his career, and he makes a good case for this view.

Glenn Tucker chose to write about Hancock primarily because of his interesting personality and remarkable career. These are reason enough.

He also had another reason. For more than three years, while a succession of commanding generals came and went, Hancock was a growing power in the Army of the Potomac. Along with his study of Hancock, Tucker also presents a graphic picture of the Army of the Potomac.

It was a much maligned army. Because of its inept, bumbling commanders, it took some crushing and much publicized defeats. But in spite of Pope, Burnside, Hooker and others not much better, it weathered the worst blows Lee could inflict on it, preserved a bloody stalemate and at last wore down the enemy.

Hancock and the Army of the Potomac fought together right up to the end. Never seeking top command, Hancock was the best and most trusted of the subordinate generals. Under good commanders and bad, his steadiness, unfailing courage and incisive military judgment many times helped to preserve the Army of the Potomac as an efficient fighting force.

Glenn Tucker’s reporting skill puts you right in the action. You are at Hancock’s elbow in a score of battles in Virginia and you are there for three cataclysmic days at Gettysburg.

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Hays Is Carried Out of the Woods 162
Old Peter Staggers Motts Division 167
Lee Expects Grant at Spotsylvania 172
Lee Has the Guns Withdrawn 178
Hancocks Men Crash Through the Lines 182
The Battle Rages Until Midnight 187
General Steuart Refuses His Hand 191
It Was Not War It Was Murder 197

Heavy Duties on the Alligator Run 40
Some Benefits Gained from the Garrison Years 44
Setting a Guard on Guns and Powder 49
Sounding the Call of No Retreat 53
Hancock Whispering to His Brigade 58
Our Country and No One Man 75
A Testy General Will Not Be Countered 82
Picking a Battlefield 106
Hancock Likes the Gettysburg Position 119
Geary Sent to Occupy Round Top 123
A Happy Inspiration Holds Cemetery Hill 131
A Gallant General Rides the Lines 134
Hancock Felled by Nail and Bullet 139
Armisteads Alleged Recantation Challenged 144
Recovery and High Honors 147
Congress Gives Its Thanks to Others 151
The Corps Was Never Surprised 154
Sleeping with the Chancellorsville Ghosts 159
The Wounded Are Left Where They Fell 202
Grant Neglects to Tell His Orders 208
Oh That They Had Attacked 212
De Trobriand Sees Political Aims 216
Defeat Has Bitter Dregs 220
Sharp Words over the Defeat 224
Parting with the Second Corps 227
Mosby and Mrs Surratt 231
Hancocks Consideration for Mrs Surratt 234
A Trial in Statesmanship 239
A Novel Order Electrifies the Country 244
Even Acrimonious Talk Is Legal 248
Grant Incensed by a Cool Hancock 251
Parade and Taps 255
The Civil Courts Have Precedence 259
Governors Island and More Losses 266
Bibliographical Note and Acknowledgments 282

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