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    William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signed as Commanding General of the United States Army "W. T. Sherman". Four pages, 5" x 8", Headquarters Army of the United States letterhead, Washington, July 30, 1881, ink, to Mrs. Mary Audenreid, the widow of his aide-de-camp, Joseph Audenreid.

    Scarcely four weeks after President James A. Garfield was shot by Charles J. Guiteau and as he lay dying in the White House, Sherman writes the widow of his former aide-de-camp "Washington is dull now, the more so because the President still lies on his bed of pain & anguish - Think of his case & contrast it with your own - I think his life is safe but the Doctors will not fix a time when he can be moved to a safer climate." In fact, Garfield was moved to the Jersey Shore later that September in hopes that the fresh air would speed his recovery but he succumbed to his wounds (and his doctors' incompetence) on September 19, 1881.

    The remainder of the letter is an attempt by Sherman to brighten the spirits of the widow Audenreid who appears unable to reconcile herself to her husband's death. Sherman reminds the widow that "You have father, mother, brother, sisters and friends without number & ought not to be lonely."

    An excellent association letter between the Civil War hero Sherman and the mortally wounded president. The letter is slightly toned and bears the usual fold creases, otherwise it is fine.


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