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MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE SYKES - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/10/1862 - HFSID 266392

GEORGE SYKES The Union General writes a letter of condolence to the widow of a doctor who had been on his staff. War-date ALS: "Geo Sykes", 1½p, 5x8. Camp, 1862 December 10. To Mrs. Dr. Bigelow. Begins: "My dear Madam". In full: "I have just heard thro' Mr.

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GEORGE SYKES
The Union General writes a letter of condolence to the widow of a doctor who had been on his staff.
War-date ALS:
"Geo Sykes", 1½p, 5x8. Camp, 1862 December 10. To Mrs. Dr. Bigelow. Begins: "My dear Madam". In full: "I have just heard thro' Mr. Barton of the great loss you have recently sustained. It is not for a stranger to invade the sorrows of a wife, but I beg you will permit me to offer, and beg you will receive my most sincere sympathy in yr affliction. Your late husband served a considerable time on my Staff, and endeared himself to my military family by his many estimable qualities. His kindness and generosity were conspicuous, while his professional accomplishments were acknowledged by all. He was often communicative to me, & his wife, children & home were ever in his thoughts. I trust Madam, that God in his Mercy will give you strength to bear the burden He has seen fit to impose." Written less than two weeks after Sykes had been named Major-General of Volunteers (November 29, 1862). At the time of this letter, Sykes was the commander of the 2nd Division, 5th Corps, Army of the Potomac (March-December 1862). Union General George Sykes (1822-1880), a veteran of the Seminole and Mexican Wars, had commanded the only regular Army infantry at Bull Run. In reserve at Antietam, Sykes fought at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville before taking charge of the 5th Corps prior to Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863, just seven months after he wrote this letter). Lightly creased with folds, horizontal fold underlines signature. Shaded and nicked at upper blank edge and stained at lower blank margin of first page. 1-inch diameter hole at lower right blank corner of signature page from removal of wax seal, ½x¾-inch paper loss at upper right edge affects 3 words. Overall, fine condition.

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