A Union major general, Hancock is also Armistead’s close friend, having served with him, Longstreet, and others in the Mexican War. He is a commanding presence and “picture-book soldier.” Stalwart in battle, he opposes Meade’s desire to withdraw and heroically leads the Union in hanging onto Cemetery Hill during the final Confederate offensive. Though badly injured in battle, he survives, unlike Armistead, with whom he is never reunited.
Winfield Scott Hancock Character Timeline in The Killer Angels
The timeline below shows where the character Winfield Scott Hancock appears in The Killer Angels. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Monday, June 29, 1863: Chapter 4: Longstreet
Armistead, however, isn’t interested in talking tactics and returns to the subject of Hancock. Longstreet encourages him to see his friend should the opportunity arise—he can simply get a... (full context)
Wednesday, July 1, 1863: Chapter 7: Buford
Thursday, July 2, 1863: Chapter 5: Longstreet
...a sentimental Irish song. It especially touches Armistead, who remembers playing the same song with Hancock the spring before the men went their separate ways for the war. Armistead remembers telling... (full context)
Friday, July 3, 1863: Chapter 2: Longstreet
Friday, July 3, 1863: Chapter 3: Chamberlain
...army to withdraw that morning, but had been voted down by all the corps commanders, Hancock standing especially firm. Pitzer places Chamberlain’s regiment in reserve behind the crest of Cemetery Hill. (full context)
...him up the crest of the hill, and Chamberlain finds himself in the presence of Hancock, a “picture-book soldier.” He perks up and straightens his uniform before passing him. Hancock is... (full context)
Friday, July 3, 1863: Chapter 4: Armistead
...the solidity of Longstreet’s unmoving presence in the distance; it reminds him of his friend Hancock, but he cannot think about that now. As the attack looms, though, he can’t help... (full context)