MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES - CLIPPED SIGNATURE - HFSID 22197
MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES The Major General in the Civil War signs his name in black ink Clipped signature: "Truly/DSickles". 2x¾. Daniel E. Sickles (1825-1914) had
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MAJOR GENERAL DANIEL E. SICKLES
The Major General in the Civil War signs his name in black ink
Clipped signature: "Truly/DSickles". 2x¾. Daniel E. Sickles (1825-1914) 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 gained 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 spotted. Adhesive residue on verso, which has discolored paper slightly; discoloration touches signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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