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    General Daniel E. Sickles War-Date Autograph Letter Signed with Cabinet Card. Two items, as follows: (1) A one page ALS on Depot Quartermaster's Office letterhead, 5" x 8", Washington, May 18, 1862, a letter of recommendation for William W. Wirt. In full: "Washington, 18 May 1862. I have known William W. Wirt several years during my service in Congress. He was officially employed in the H[ouse] of Rep[resentatives] & since I have been in the Army he has held a position in the office of the Depot Quartermaster. His industry, good address & intelligence have made him a favorite with all whom he has had intercourse & while his zeal & integrity make him valuable to the public service. I commend him to my friends. D. E. Sickles, Brig. Gen. U.S.A." Folds, very fine. (2) A cabinet card portrait photo on a Falk mount (New York). Pencil marks possibly where it was used for publication, else fine.

    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.


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    Auction Dates
    June, 2014
    7th Saturday
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