Sickles, Daniel E. (Dan")

1899 card signed by the scandalous and controversial politician-soldier as Major General, US Army

Price: $135.00

Description:
(1819-1914) US Rep (D-NY) 1857-61 & 1893-95, sponsored legislation to form Gettysburg National Military Park, buy up private lands, and erect monuments. In 1859 shot his wife’s lover, US Attorney for DC Philip Barton Key, Francis Scott Key’s son, and was 1st person ever acquitted with defense of temporary insanity, Edwin Stanton his lawyer. He was one of the war's most prominent political generals, recruiting New York regiments that became known as the Excelsior Brigade in the army of the Potomac. Despite lack of military experience, served as a brigade, division, and corps commander (only corps commander without a West Point military education) in early Esatern campaigns. Major Genl. USV 1862, lost leg at Gettysburg commanding III Corps after disobeying orders and seeing his command virtually destroyed. On the anniversary of the battle, he would visit his donated leg bones and the cannonball that cost his leg, at the Army Medical Museum in Washington. He received the Medal of Honor in 1897 for his Civil War service. Led Dept. of So. Carolina, Dept. of the Carolinas, Dept. of the South, and 2nd Military District 1865-67. In 1866, he was appointed Colonel, 42nd US Infantry (Veteran Reserve Corps), retired as Major General 1869. Minister to Spain 1869-74. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 card signed by Sickles as Major General US Army, New York, January 6 1899.

Condition: Very good, light overall toning
Type:Signed card






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