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DescriptionWilliam T. Sherman Autograph Letters Signed and Assorted Ephemera. A small group of eight items, including: three autograph letters signed "W.T. Sherman", one transmittal cover addressed in his hand sent July 23, 1876 (repaired tears top and right), an engraved calling card, a cabinet card of Sherman, neatly dressed in a suit (trimmed at bottom), a small 1876 handbill signed in type by Sherman setting the time and location for the Society of the Army of Tennessee re-union, and a newspaper clipping of Sherman's obituary.
The first letter is four pages of a bifolium, 5" x 8", St. Louis, Missouri; November 1, 1875. Written on Headquarters Army of the United States stationery and addressed to General R. P. Buckland, the letter conveys Sherman's disappointment that neither of them were consulted on the location of a monument to their comrade-in-arms General McPherson (referenced in the aforementioned handbill). He writes in part: "This was all news to me – I had not been advised beforehand, & felt hurt thus to be ignored, but I supposed there had been a long correspondence with you on the subject. I now find that you also have been ignored. Thus newer friends are doing what is denied his oldest friends."
There is a similar letter written to Buckland the following year. Three pages, 5" x 8", Washington, D.C.; July 25, 1876. In this letter, Sherman asks Buckland that materials related to McPherson's early career be provided to John Logan for his dedicatory speech on October 16-17. He writes in part: "...I know of no one who could or would furnish these more promptly than you. You know exactly what he wants, and if you will compile them for him, he will be under great obligation...I am glad the body remains where he wanted it, and where his family want it. The monument here will be for the world – that at Clyde for his personal friends."
The final letter is two pages, 5" x 8", Washington, D.C.; December 28, 1881. The letter is mounted within an album-page window. Addressed to Herbert Hill of Boston, Sherman expresses his satisfaction at the disposition of his donated saddle and the raising of $50,000 "for a noble and patriotic purpose", concluding "Sympathy with you fully in your enthusiasm over old war times & memories."
Condition: All of the letters have flattened mail folds, with light soiling and toning. There is bumping and chipping to the edges of the cabinet card. Usual wear to the transmittal cover. The newspaper clipping is moderately toned with flattened folds.
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