First Lieutenant Richard Dernard Hancock
Company K (the “Elm City Rifles”), 2nd Regiment N.C. State Troops
Richard Dernard Hancock (born ca. 1843), by occupation a clerk, resided with his parents and five siblings in the 2nd Ward, City of New Bern, Craven County. His father was a mechanic, and owned substantial real estate as well as seven slaves and one slave house.
In May 1861 Richard received the appointment of second lieutenant in the “Elm City Rifles,” a prominent antebellum militia company in New Bern whose members now volunteered for three years service and were subsequently designated Company K, 2nd Regiment N.C. State Troops.
Richard was promoted to first lieutenant in late 1862 and served until he was wounded in action at Chancellorsville on May 3, 1863. He was granted a furlough to recuperate, but, his home town occupied by the enemy, he convalesced at Goldsboro. Hancock returned to duty in November-December 1863.
He was often in command of Company K in 1864 but was reported on sick leave on February 25, 1865. Nevertheless he returned to duty and was one of 56 members of the 2nd Regiment N.C. State Troops paroled at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
The image of Richard is from the Clark templates at the N.C. Museum of History. Another photograph of him, probably made just after the war ended, can be seen online at http://scvcamp47beaufortsc.com/ancestors.html
Image: N.C. Museum of History.
1860 U. S. Census, New Bern, Craven County, North Carolina, population schedule, page 87-88, dwelling 697, family 691, Robert Hancock household; 1860 U.C. Census, New Bern, Craven County, slave schedule, p. 34, Robert Hancock, slave owner; Manarin et. al., North Carolina Troops 3:471; Mast, “North Carolina Casualties”; service record files of Richard D. Hancock, 2nd Regiment N.C. State Troops, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers from the State of North Carolina (M270), RG109, NA.