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    Daniel E. Sickles Autograph Manuscript with Signed and Annotated Imprint. The autograph manuscript is four written pages, 5.5" x 8.5", April 1911, n.p. It is entitled "Notes for Address before the Legislature of New York to be delivered in the Capital at Albany on the Evening of April 12, 1911 the fiftieth anniversary of the firing on Fort Sumner the beginning of The War of the Rebellion". Sickles lists twenty-one points to cover in his address, including: "Echoes Over All the World (Election Day)", "Lincoln - his piety & faith hand of God - McClellan - Grant - Stanton", and "Lincoln and his Gettysburg Prayer". Fine. Also included is a signed and annotated printed imprint, Leaves From My Diary, reprinted from the Journal of the Military Service Institution of the United States, 30pp, Octavo, original paper wrappers, n.d., n.p.. Signed, "Compliments of the Author Sept. 15th '85 ".

    Sickles was an extremely colorful and controversial politician, Union general in the Civil War, and diplomat. A New York politician prior to the Civil War, he was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, the son of Francis Scott Key. With his wife watching, Sickles shot Key in Lafayette Park across from the White House. His attorney, Edwin Stanton, won an acquittal with the first use of temporary insanity as a legal defense in U.S. history. He became one of the most prominent political generals of the Civil War. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he insubordinately moved his III Corps to a position in which it was virtually destroyed. His combat career ended at Gettysburg when his leg was struck by cannon fire. When his leg was amputated, he donated it to a medical school where he would pay visits to the severed limb.

    After the war, Sickles commanded several military districts during Reconstruction and served as U.S. Minister to Spain. He was rumored to have had an affair with the deposed Queen Isabella II of Spain. While serving with the embassy in London, Sickles left his pregnant wife at home and took a prostitute to a court ball, presenting her to Queen Victoria.

    Sickles lobbied for the Congressional Medal of Honor, which he finally received, thirty-four years after the Battle of Gettysburg. As a member of congress, he sponsored legislation to form the Gettysburg National Military Park, buy up private lands, and erect monuments. Of the principal senior generals who fought at Gettysburg, virtually all have been memorialized with statues on the battlefield. Sickles is a conspicuous exception. There was, in fact, a memorial commissioned to include a bust of Sickles, the monument to the New York Excelsior Brigade. It was rumored that the money appropriated for the bust was stolen by Sickles himself. He died in 1914 at the age of 94.


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