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    General William T. Sherman 1870 Signed Letter William Tecumseh Sherman was born in Lancaster, Ohio and orphaned at age nine. Raised by a prominent Ohio politician, he attended West Point, served in Florida and then, during the Mexican War, in California. He resigned from the army in 1853 and became a banker there. When his bank failed (as many did) in 1857, he moved to Louisiana, becoming Superintendent of the Louisiana Military Academy. When Louisiana seceded in 1861, he left and re-entered the army. Sherman participated in the First Battle of Bull Run, served in Kentucky and led large units at Shiloh, Vicksburg and Chattanooga. Advocating an unrelenting war on multiple fronts ("War is cruelty and you cannot refine it") he set off on his "March to the Sea" through Georgia and the Carolinas. He later succeeded Grant as commander-in-chief of the army from 1869 to 1883. It was during this period that he wrote the letter up for bid, signed "W. T. Sherman," one lined page, 5" x 8", on Headquarters, Army of the United States letterhead, dated March 9, 1870, to a gentleman informing him of an address change. In full, "The Honorable T. Ewing senior is now residing with his son at no. 12 North A. Street, Capitol Hill, Washington. A letter there addressed will reach him." In fine condition. Maybe some Gone With the Wind fan will want to bid on this item. Sherman, after all, played a fairly large (off-screen) part in the plot of this legendary movie. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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    April, 2005
    13th Wednesday
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