Colonel John Hancock

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Collection Hancock
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Description Lithographic print of Colonel John Hancock.
Year Range from 1862
Event Civil War
Film Size 4" x 5"
Year range to 1863
Medium Paper/Ink
Neg # 20601/20150
Notes Bust view of Colonel John Hancock. He wears a double-breasted field officers uniform coat with colonel's rank insignia on the shoulders.
John Hancock was born August 12, 1830 in Athens, Bradford County, Pennsylvania, the son of Jesse H. and Louisa M. Hancock. He resided at Athens prior to removing to Oshkosh, Winnebago County in 1856. John was engaged at Oshkosh as a partner in the law firm of Eighme, Kennedy & Hancock. He was listed twice in the 1860 federal census as residing in the city of Oshkosh. He was married in 1861 to Jennie Reardon. Jennie was born in Ireland about 1839, the daughter of Sarah C. Dwyer and Michael H. Reardon. John enlisted at Oshkosh on Apr. 21, 1861 and was assigned as Private in Company E, 2nd Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry He was commissioned as 1st Lieutenant in that company on April 23, 1861. John was then commissioned as Major in the 14th Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry on Oct. 3, 1861, which was formed at Camp Wood in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel of that regiment on April 7, 1862 and Colonel on June 17, 1862. He lead the regiment at the Battle of Shiloh and at the Battle of Corinth. He resigned his commission on Jan. 23, 1863 due to a disability. John returned to Oshkosh and his law practice. He was listed in 1868 as a partner in the law firm of Freeman & Hancock and was residing at 100 Washington Street in Oshkosh. He sold his property and removed to the state of Oregon in 1870 but not liking that country, he soon returned to Oshkosh. John was then elected as a Justice of the Peace. He removed to a farm near City Point, Jackson County in 1884. John was still listed as a member of GAR Post #10 at Oshkosh in 1888. He died on April 9, 1894 at City Point. He was survived by his widow and four children: John; Maude; Lee; and Louise Hancock. He is buried in the Old Catholic Section at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh.
Object ID P2008.13.1
Object Name Print, Lithographic
People Hancock, John
Place Oshkosh, WI
Print size 9" x 12"
Subjects Portrait prints
Civil War
2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
14th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Title Colonel John Hancock
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