" Hancock and his staff made a dramatic entrance to the battlefield galloping between his troops and the enemy parallel to the Sunken Road. Command in the East and political ambitions
In 1872 General Meade died leaving Hancock the army's senior major general. By the second ballot Hancock received the requisite two-thirds and William Hayden English of Indiana was chosen as his running mate.
his tactical skill had won him the quick admiration of adversaries who had come to know him as the 'Thunderbolt of the Army of the Potomac'. " As another wrote ". His noted integrity was a counterpoint to the corruption of the era for as President Rutherford B.