|Birth: ||Jan. 28, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1898|
Asbury W. Hancock
Was born 28 Jan. 1842, to William A. and Eliza F. Hancock and was reared in a part of Marshall County that is now in Tate County.
Asbury W. "App" Hancock served as both a private soldier and as a scout and a courier. In this capacity it was his fortune to be at "the Bloody Angle" of the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, in Virginia.
By this time, May 1864, "App" was a veteran of many fights, with several commendations, but for him and the other participants. Private Asbury W. "App" Hancock was awarded the Confederate Medal of Honor, posthumously, in August of 1979, for his heroism at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House.
"App" Hancock is buried in the Eason Cemetery, on Wall Hill Road, about 2 1/2 miles west of the Marshall-Tate County line.
Feb. 19, 1898 one of Marshall County's great military heroes died. His obituary in the Feb. 24, 1898 edition of the HOLLY SPRINGS REPORTER states that:
Hancock died at his residence near Chulahoma. He had enlisted in Co. "I" of the 19th Mississippi Infantry in 1861 and had served as a private in "the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia from the first skirmish of the regiment to the close of the war".
His obituary continues to say he "won from both officers and men of his command the credit of being the most fearless and intrepid of all that gallant band.
He served on the staffs of Generals Featherston, Posey, and Harris, and from each was accorded the highest commendation for duty well performed".
CONFEDERATE MEDAL OF HONOR
PRIVATE ASBURY W. HANCOCK
19TH Mississippi Infantry, C.S.A
"During the desperate struggle for the salient, with much of the fighting hand-to-hand and even the fate of the army hanging in the balance, Private Hancock voluntarily left the cover of the traverses and braved a terrific storm of musketry - - perhaps some of the most intense of the war - to bring badly needed ammunition to his exhausted comrades in arms. Although detailed as a courier to the brigade commander, he repeatedly risked his life to cross the bullet-swept terrain in the all-day fight in the rain, promptly returning each time with more cartridges for the men in the works with little concern for his own safety. Private Hancock's unselfish action, despite witnessing the death or wounding of so many others in the same attempt, was valor of the highest order and marked him for special notice from the brigadier general commanding."
William A. Hancock (1802 - 1879)
William E Hancock (1828 - 1852)*
Thomas Preston Hancock (1830 - 1905)*
Asbury W. Hancock (1842 - 1898)
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