GENERAL WILLIAM T. SHERMAN - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 08/02/1875 - HFSID 283753
Sale Price $450.00
WILLIAM T. SHERMAN
After a visit to Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, he signs an autograph letter (1875) to a woman he met there.
Autograph Letter signed: "William T. Sherman", 8 x 6¼ overall. Two 4 x 6¼ pages bound together. Geneva Lake, Wisconsin, 1875 August 2. To Mrs. F. Alda Ellis, Chicago. In full: Dear Madam- I avail myself of the first leisure moment to fill the small sheet enclosed for my autograph- I trust that the beautiful exhibition in Geneva Lake & the same in the Grove at Kay's Rock will rest in your memory as long as mine. Since we parted I have heard that you are one of those ladies who donates their time to the ministries of the Lord, and I therefore assure you that you may command me at any time. With such respect and affection." Typed biography of Sherman affixed to blank facing pages. William Tecumseh Sherman (1820-1891), a West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, served as a corps commander under General U. S. Grant in successful Union campaigns down the Mississippi and in Tennessee, then took command of the western armies when Grant was reassigned to the Virginia theatre of war. His capture of Atlanta and subsequent "march to the sea" through Georgia, followed by a swift campaign north through the Carolinas to force the surrender of the last major Confederate army, are praised for their military skill but condemned to this day for their "scorched earth" approach to occupied territory. After the war, Sherman applied similarly harsh but effective methods in campaigns against Amerindian tribes of the Great Plains. As commanding general of the U. S. Army (1869-1883), Sherman established the Command School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Sherman, who personally shunned politics ("If nominated, I will not run; if elected, I will not serve."), was the brother of U. S. Senator, Cabinet member and presidential candidate John Sherman. The year he signed this letter, Sherman also published his memoirs. Geneva Lake, Wisconsin developed after the civil war as a resort and summer residence for wealthy Chicagoans. Adhesive residue on front and verso. Horizontal crease through center. Good condition.
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