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    U.S. General Daniel Sickles Autograph Letter Signed "D. Sickles Maj Genl U.S.A.". 2¼ pages, 5" x 8" plain paper, City of Mexico, October 24, 1884, to a John M. Kranth of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. In response to a letter apparently about the exact time of day that Sickles had been wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sickles writes, in full: "Dear Sir: Your letter of the 5th inst. forwarded from New York was received by me here day before yesterday on my return from the South. Col. B. is mistaken as to the hour in the afternoon of the 2nd of July '63 when I was wounded. I received my wound between half-past five and six o'clock. The last memorandum in my field book was made at five thirty-eight p.m. Thanking you for the interest shown in a matter which I had supposed was forgotten by almost every body I remain, dear Sir..." Sickles had been wounded in the leg by a cannon ball at Gettysburg on July 2 and had his right leg amputated that afternoon. He preserved the bones from his leg along with the offending projectile and donated them to the Army Medical Museum. It is reported that he visited his amputated leg on anniversaries of the amputation. Mailing folds, else fine condition.

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