(1824–1886), known as ‘Thunderbolt of the Army of the Potomac’ served with distinction in the army for four decades, including service in the Mexican-American War and as a major general in the Civil War. Known to his army colleagues as ‘Hancock the Superb’, he was noted in particular for his personal leadership at the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863. He was the Democratic nominee for President of the United States in 1880, but was defeated. military historian wrote, “No other Union general at Gettysburg dominated men by the sheer force of their presence more completely than Hancock.”
Sculptor(s):Ward, John Quincy Adams
(1830 –1910) was an American sculptor.
The statue is part of the Smith Memorial Arch and stands atop the north pier (the statue of George B. McClellan stands atop the south pier).
Smith Memorial Arch is an American Civil War monument at South Concourse and Lansdowne Drive in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Built on the former grounds of the 1876 Centennial Exposition, it serves as a gateway to West Fairmount Park. The Memorial consists of two colossal columns supported by curving, neo-Baroque arches, and adorned with 13 individual portrait sculptures (2 equestrians, 3 figures, and 8 busts); two eagles standing on globes; and architectural reliefs of 8 allegorical figures.