Size: 5" x 5" x 11"
1863 Signed and Numbered Limited Edition Monument Replicas
The 2nd United States Corps was also known as Hancock's Corps. The unit was commanded by Winfield Scott Hancock, and was a career U.S. Army officer and also the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1880. He served with distinction in the Army for four decades, including service in the Mexican-American War and as a Union general in the Civil War. Known to his Army colleagues as "Hancock the Superb", he was noted in particular for his personal leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. One military historian wrote, "No other Union general at Gettysburg dominated men by the sheer force of their presence more completely than Hancock."
During the massive artillery bombardment of the Union lines on Day 3 of the Battle, Union Major General Hancock road slowly along the lines, greatly inspiring his men as shot and shell rained all around. After conferring with General Stannard, a searing pain shot through Hancock's leg. Although painfully wounded in the upper right thigh with debris, possibly from his saddle, lodging itself eight inches into his flesh, he refused to be borne from the field until he knew that Pickett's Charge was repulsed. Hancock would later say, "I was myself wounded, but was enabled to remain on the field until the action was entirely over, when I transferred the command to Brigadier-General Caldwell." The wound would never completely heal and would affect him for the remainder of his life.
The monument was dedicated in June of 1913 and is located on the north side of Pleasonton Avenue just north of the State of Pennsylvania monument.