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Prisoner of War

Hancock Memorial
By Gary Casteel

Image Size: 14 1/2" x 20"
Mini Image Size: 8 1/2" x 11"

150 Limited Edition Paper Giclee
100 Limited Edition Mini Paper Giclee

On the afternoon of July 3rd as the Confederate divisions of George Pickett, J. Johnston Pettigrew, and Isaac Trimble struck the Union line Hancock was riding back and forth, checking and rechecking defenses, moving artillery and infantry units to better defend the ridge. As he was adjusting Brigadier General George Stannard's Vermont Brigade to move against the right flank of Brigadier General James Kemper's Brigade of Pickett's Division, he was struck be a Confederate minie ball that went through the pommel of his saddle and embedded eight inches into his right thigh. As he fell into the arms of officers standing near his horse he cried, "Don't let me bleed to death, get something around it quick." (Gettysburg Magazine #6, p. 91) Stannard offered his handkerchief to use as a tourniquet to stop the blood. General Hancock returned to the army, but was troubled by the wound for the rest of his life. In a strange sort of way he was a Prisoner of War having had his life formulated by it and remembered for it.

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