Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    William T. Sherman writes that his "mind is firmly made up to keep out of all societies of whatever kind, social or political"

    William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signedz "W. T. Sherman / General." Three pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", Washington, D.C., March 23, 1871, on letterhead reading, "Headquarters Army of the United States." In this letter, the Union general firmly declines an invitation from Colonel William C. Church to become the Loyal League's Grand Commander. General Sherman writes in part, "I again thank you for your kind wishes about associating me with the Loyal League, but my mind is firmly made up to keep out of all societies of whatever kind, social or political. Sooner or later, I will be forced to choose a home, and as a matter of course, I must turn to the West whence I came and whence I really belong. This may occur at any time and most assuredly in a very few years. There are many members of your order fully as well qualified as I am. And no one occurs to me more appropriate than General Meade whose fortunes belong to the East. I am glad that your Constitution forbids you from choosing as Grand Commander any one except a full member and that a previous application for membership is indispensable." This letter bears smoothed folds and some toning.

    Colonel William Church had resigned his position as a Washington correspondent for the New York Times prior to the Civil War to become a captain in the U.S. Volunteers in 1862. After the war, he co-founded the National Rifle Association (1871) and was one of the original members of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion. Near the end of the nineteenth century, the Legion boasted 8,000 members.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2015
    12th-13th Friday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 362

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 December 9 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The resulting auction of my property overwhelmed me. I want to thank Tom Slater and the Heritage team for a very satisfactory experience and profitable result with my historical consignment.
    Henry L.,
    Lexington, KY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2018 June 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $640,615