MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED - HFSID 253688
MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES
Invitation, handwritten and dated by the Civil War Major General, to attend a fundraiser for disabled and sick soldiers
Autograph letter signed "DSickles". 2 pages (1 sheet front and verso), 5x8, inlaid to 5¼x8¼. To Mr. S. B. Chittenden. In full: "Dear Mr. Chittenden: I beg to com-mend to your patronage an Entertainment gotten up under the auspices of the 'Grand Army of the Republic' in aid of its Charity fund for the relief of disabled and sick soldiers and their destitute families - Will you not help us by taking a few tickets & honor the occasion with your presence?" "S. B. Chittenden" is probably Simeon B. Chittenden, a businessman who was vice-president of the New York City Chamber of Commerce from 1867 to 189 and served as a United States Representative for New York from 1874 to 1881. Chittenden also made an unsuccessful Congressional run in 1866. Daniel E. 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 and creased. Page has been folded in eights and unfolded. One fold just touches the last "s" in Sickles. Otherwise, fine condition.
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