Rarely has a subordinate general played such a key role in a multi-day battle resulting in victory as did Winfield Scott Hancock at Gettysburg. Here’s how the commander looks in Gods and Generals:
and in Gettysburg:
Yet I also suspect that Hancock’s high water mark came at Gettysburg. In 1864, faced with being a corps commander on a long-term basis (Hancock had been more of a second-in-command/jack-of-all-trades at Gettysburg,with John Gibbon serving as corps commander), Hancock’s performance, while superior to that of his fellow corps commanders, suffered, in part due to the lingering effects of his Gettysburg wound. That said … was he the best corps commander the Army of the Potomac ever had?