HANCOCK, Frank E. 1839-1862
Posted By: Diana Diedrich (email)
Date: 10/27/2005 at 20:23:14
We are pained to announce the death of another gallant son. Mr. F. Hancock, son of Moses Hancock of Waukon, died at Annapolis, Md., a few days since.
We learn that starvation and the misserable treatment he received at the hands of the rebels was the cause of his death. God comfort the parents!
The Lansing Weekly Union November 13, 1862 pg 3
Transcribed by Diana Diedrich
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Added by Connie Ellis on 11/8/2017:
Frank Edward Hancock was the son of Moses and Sally L. (Alger) Hancock. Frank was born on August 24, 1839 in Winchenden, Massachusetts. Moses Hancock and his family left Massachusetts in 1856 and settled in Allamakee County in Waukon, Iowa. Frank enlisted on October 10, 1861, serving with Company B, 12th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of Third Corporal. Hancock’s regiment was one of the three regiments to hold the “hornet’s nest” during the first days of fighting at Shiloh, Tennessee. On April 6, 1862 after heavy fighting and being outnumbered by the Confederate Rebels, the regiments were forced to surrender (which included many volunteers from Allamakee County). All were taken as prisoners beginning a six and a half month ordeal of being moved from place to place to various imprisonments, finally ending up at a prison in Macon, Georgia until an exchange was made. The now freed group of men arrived at Annapolis, Maryland on October 26, 1862. On October 27, 1862, Private Frank E. Hancock died at Annapolis, Maryland. He was buried in the National Cemetery at Annapolis, Maryland, Plot: Section E – Site 1677 but there is also a tombstone for him at the Oakland Cemetery in Waukon, Iowa in the family plot. Frank was a brother to Ellery M. Hancock, the man who compiled the book, “PAST AND PRESENT OF ALLAMAKEE COUNTY, IOWA HISTORY, Volume I, Volume II”, published in 1913. Ellery included in Volume I, Chapter 23, ALLAMAKEE COUNTY IN THE CIVIL WAR, extracts (Pages 510 – 518) from the diary of Corporal Frank E. Hancock, from January 12, 1862 through the campaign of Donelson and Shiloh and his trying experience of the six month confinement with the Rebels. The diary is followed by an alphabetical list of the various companies from Allamakee County of men who volunteered to serve during the Civil War. (Note: These volumes can be found on the Allamakee co. IaGenWeb website under the Military section for the Civil War). Ellery Moses Hancock was born on July 11, 1850 in Winchendom, Massachusetts and died on August 20, 1929 in Waukon, Iowa. He was 12 years old when his older brother died.
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