Melville's poem may refer to a photographic portrait of Maj. Gen. Winfield S. Hancock, one of the heroes of the Union victory at Spottsylvania. How does this image of Hancock compare with Melville's presentation of the narrator's "Chief"? For a larger version, click on the image and open your browser to full screen.

Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, DIGITAL ID cwp4a40351

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