Oil on canvas
21-7/8 x 18-1/8 in. (55.5 x 46 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock, 1824-1886
Hancock’s reputation as a war hero at Gettysburg, combined with his rare status as a prominent figure with impeccable Unionist credentials and pro-states’ rights views, made him a quadrennial presidential possibility in the years after the Civil War. His noted integrity was a counterpoint to the corruption of the era, for as President Rutherford B. Hayes said,
… “If, when we make up our estimate of a public man, conspicuous both as a soldier and in civil life, we are to think first and chiefly of his manhood, his integrity, his purity, his singleness of purpose, and his unselfish devotion to duty, we can truthfully say of Hancock that he was through and through pure gold.”
This nationwide popularity led the Democrats to nominate him for President in 1880. Although he ran a strong campaign, Hancock was narrowly defeated by Republican James A. Garfield.
Tucker, Glenn. Hancock the Superb. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Co., 1960
Jordan, David M. Winfield Scott Hancock: A Soldier’s Life. Bloomfield: Indiana University Press, 1988
- Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
Alabaster stele of Ushamgal
Sumerian, early dynastic, 2900-2700 BC.
Found (probably) in Umma
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Forest fire burns through neighborhoods in Valparaiso, Chile
Reuters: A forest fire burned more than 100 homes in Valparaiso, Chile, on Saturday. The fire, which prompted a red alert for the area, forced thousands of residents to evacuate.
People reported minor injuries and residents were treated for smoke inhalation as the fire burned through the port city.
Photo: Houses go up in flames during a fire in Valparaiso about 70 miles west of Santiago, Chile, on April 12, 2014. (AFP – Getty Images)
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One Ukrainian state security officer has been killed and five others wounded in an “anti-terrorist” operation on Sunday against pro-Russian separatist militants in a city in the east, the interior minister said.
On the side of the separatists there had been an “unidentifiable number” of casualties during the operation in the town of Slaviansk, the minister, Arsen Avakov, said on his Facebook page. ”There were dead and wounded on both sides,” Avakov said. Full story
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