General Meade and General Hancock are two Union generals that have been greatly overlooked in the study of the Civil War. Gen. Meade had only been commander of The Army of the Potomac for four days before the Battle of Gettysburg, and was the first Union general to defeat he Confederacy's General Robert E. Lee.
General Winfield Scott Hancock was born in Montgomery County and attended what we now call Norristown High School. At Gettysburg, Gen. Hancock commanded Union troops on Cemetery Ridge and his troops held the middle of the line during Pickett's Charge. In 1880, Gen. Hancock was the Democratic nominee for President. He ended his public career by overseeing the funeral of President Ulysees S.Grant.