The Armies of Europe: Comprising Descriptions in Detail of the Military Systems of England, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sardinia....

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Classification Archives
Collection Civil War Small Collections
Dates of Accumulation 1861
Abstract Book containing the report of General George B. McClellan on his observations in Europe of the Crimean War in his official capacity as Military Commisioner from the United States Government from 1855 through 1856. The book examines troop organizations, equipment used by the different armies, and tactics used. The book contains many illustrations of these subjects. Inscribed in front, "J. Hancock/Major/14 Wis Regt Inf/January 20th 1862/Camp near Fond du Lac Wis".
Event Civil War
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Notes 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 SC411.5.93
Object Name Book, Instruction
People Hancock, John
McClellan, George Brinton
Subjects Civil War
Military education
Military tactics
Military training
Military art & science
Military life
Military maneuvers
Military rations
Military uniforms
Artillery (Troops)
Artillery (Weaponry)
Military camps
Military cookery
Military leadership
14th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry
Crimean War
Title The Armies of Europe: Comprising Descriptions in Detail of the Military Systems of England, France, Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sardinia....
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