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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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The man who wounded General Hancock
4/21/2020 11:22:45 AM
Browsing Gettysburg related news items today and came up with this gem. Never saw this article before. From the Salina Weekly Herald. Salina Kansas. April 20, 1889

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Gregory C. White
Canton GA USA
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4/21/2020 12:11:33 PM
Was the 56th Virginia in the vicinity where Hancock was wounded ?
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scoucer
Berlin  Germany
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4/21/2020 12:12:47 PM
Where is the "Like" button ?

Trevor
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Larry Purtell
Little Meadows PA USA
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The man who wounded General Hancock
4/21/2020 12:23:41 PM
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Was the 56th Virginia in the vicinity where Hancock was wounded ?


The 56th VA infantry was part of Kempers brigade so depending on their place in he brigade formation it's possible that this story is true.

Larry
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Michigan Dave
Muskegon MI USA
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The man who wounded General Hancock
4/22/2020 10:15:33 AM
Hi Larry,

Great article and follow up, I admire soldiers who pass on a chance to kill a valiant leader, like Hancock the Surpurb, didn’t something similar happen to Joshua Chamberlain? It’s kind of like humanity, and sportsmanship on the battlefield. I just read, The Battle of New Market, by William C Davis, very moving how Gen Breckenridge did not want to commit the teenage cadets, some as young as 15, of VMI, to the battle, but in the heat of the conflict, he had no choice! He did so with tears in his eyes, they suffered 47 casualties, 10 killed, but helped win the battle! They are honored to this day every May, 15th. Breckenridge like Stonwall is very well respected as an officer in Virginia!

Thanks again,
MD
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Gregory C. White
Canton GA USA
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The man who wounded General Hancock
4/22/2020 12:01:24 PM
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Hi Larry,

Great article and follow up, I admire soldiers who pass on a chance to kill a valiant leader, like Hancock the Surpurb, didn’t something similar happen to Joshua Chamberlain? It’s kind of like humanity, and sportsmanship on the battlefield. I just read, The Battle of New Market, by William C Davis, very moving how Gen Breckenridge did not want to commit the teenage cadets, some as young as 15, of VMI, to the battle, but in the heat of the conflict, he had no choice! He did so with tears in his eyes, they suffered 47 casualties, 10 killed, but helped win the battle! They are honored to this day every May, 15th. Breckenridge like Stonwall is very well respected as an officer in Virginia!

Thanks again,
MD



MD,

In your travels be sure to visit the New Market battlefield. One of my favorite, and the museum is also great !

Greg
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scoucer
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4/22/2020 4:43:43 PM
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I admire soldiers who pass on a chance to kill a valiant leader, MD


During the chaos of following up a successful attack Frederick the Great was trying to gauge events from his horse on a small rise. Suddenly a Pandura ( Hungarian Light Infantryman ) stepped out from behind a bush and raised his musket up at the King. Frederick stared down the barrel and said " Don´t you dare". Both of them remained frozen for a few seconds then the Pandura lowered his musket, saluted and ran off.

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Phil Andrade
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The man who wounded General Hancock
4/23/2020 4:33:33 AM
What did more damage to Hancock, the bullet or the nail from the pommel of his saddle ?

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john hayward
Allenstown NH USA
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4/23/2020 7:45:01 AM
Phil
Hancock's wound remained open during the Overland Campaign and finally proved too much for by the time the AoP reached Petersburg. This might explain part of the II Corps poor showing.
He returned home to recover. Upon reaching his home near Philadelphia, he consulted a new doctor who took a different approach to treating the wound. Previously the doctors had probed the wound with Hancock lying down. This doctor placed a chair on a table and had Hancock sit on it, facing the back of the chair. He then probed the wound. He discovered and removed a small piece of bone which had embedded in it a nail. The wound was allowed to drain out and heal, allowing Hancock to completely recover
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Jim Cameron
Ossining NY USA
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The man who wounded General Hancock
5/5/2020 3:22:01 PM
So, Augustus Michie, who wrote the letter, wasn't actually at the battle. He brother Henry supposedly gave the order. And the sergeant who fired the shot was the only man with a round of ammunition left?
As with many such claims, it doesn't bare close examination.
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