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    Daniel Edgar Sickles 1861 Autograph Letter Signed Two pages, 8.25" x 10", Washington, August 1861, to Edward D. Morgan, governor of New York. Written from the Headquarters of the Excelsior Brigade, it reads in part: "I am anxious to add to my command a small force of Artillery and Cavalry. It is in these arms that the Union Army is weakest, and I am satisfied that with your Excellencys cooperation I can raise and organize five companies of Artillery and two squadrons of Cavalry in a very short time and composed of such officers and men as will reflect credit on the state and the service..." Sickle was an interesting character. A heavy drinker and womanizer, he was one of the first men acquitted of a murder charge on the grounds of temporary insanity after shooting his wife's lover in 1859. During the war, he fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and lost a leg at Gettysburg. After the war, he was appointed Minister to Spain and later served in the Congress. Fine condition. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
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