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MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/26/1862 - HFSID 253394

MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES A report, handwritten and signed in 1862, on the physical and mental health of one of Sickles' men Autograph letter signed "D.E. Sickles", 2 pages, 8x9¾. Headquarters Sickles' Division, 3rd Corps, Camp near Falmouth, Va., December 20, 1862. Addressed to Governor E.D.

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MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES
A report, handwritten and signed in 1862, on the physical and mental health of one of Sickles' men
Autograph letter signed "D.E. Sickles", 2 pages, 8x9¾. Headquarters Sickles' Division, 3rd Corps, Camp near Falmouth, Va., December 20, 1862. Addressed to Governor E.D. Morgan of New York, who had asked for information about Private Charles H. Davids, Co. C 5th Excelsior (74th N.Y. Vols). In part: "I am happy to say that the commanding Officer and the Surgeon of the Regiment unite in representing that Davids is entirely fit for Duty - although I regret to add that they report his conduct to be such as would not justify them in recommending him for a furlough...." Six months after writing this letter, on the evening of July 2, 1863, while riding horseback during the second day of fighting at Gettysburg with the 3rd Corps, Major General Sickles had his right leg shattered by a solid 12-pound cannonball. He quieted his horse, dismounted and was removed to a sheltered area where his leg was amputated just above the knee. Daniel Sickles (1825-1914), born in New York City, had gained notoriety before the Civil War when he shot Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key, because he believed Key and his wife were lovers. (Sickles was tried for murder but acquitted, the first successful "temporary insanity" defense in U.S. history.) During the American Civil War, he rose from colonel to major general in command of a brigade at Gettysburg. Sickles, thinking that his position was vulnerable, moved his 3rd Corps from Cemetery Ridge to the battlefield's Peach Orchard without orders. His action drew criticism, but he was later credited with staving off disaster by blocking a surprise attack led by General James Longstreet against the Union Army's left flank at Little Round Top. Sickles lost a leg in the fighting, but won the respect of General Winfield Scott Hancock, in command at Little Round Top. Sickles' brigade, however, had the fifth most killed and wounded of all brigades in the war. He represented New York in the U.S. Congress (1857-1861, 1893-1895) and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1897. Lightly toned. Stray ink blot and tackhead-size stain at blank left margin on first page. Indelible blue pencil note (unknown hand) at upper left of first page. Letter has been folded in three and unfolded. Light shading at folds. Otherwise, fine condition.

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