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    Impeccably Provenanced Gauntlets of Major General Philip H. Sheridan Presented by Him to Captain Augustus C. Paul. These white buff leather gauntlets, which measure 16" from the tip of the middle finger to the longest extension of the cuffs were likely produced by the famed New York outfitters Schuyler, Hartley & Graham. The corner of each cuff is exquisitely embroidered in gold bullion with a foliate design surrounding and intertwined with an old English "US". The impression of a single star is clearly visible above the "US". These stars were removed by Paul during his subsequent use of the gauntlets in the American west with the 3rd United States Cavalry.

    The gauntlets are accompanied by an ink script letter from Paul, dated October 25, 1892, on stationary of the US Post Office of the National Soldier's Home in Virginia which states, "My dear Colonel, Please accept these gloves. They are 'Historic'. They were worn by Genl. P. H. Sheridan, and presented to me by him when I was Adjutant general U.S. Vols. on the staff of Genl A. A. Humphreys commanding 2nd Corps Army of the Potomac. I took the 'stars' off when I was an officer of the 3d US Cavalry, and have misplaced them. Should I find them I will send them to you. Yours very truly, Augustus C. Paul".

    Sheridan's illustrious career as one of the greatest cavalry commanders of the American Civil War requires no embellishment. He was appointed brigadier general in September 1862, doubtless when he acquired these gauntlets, as evidenced by the single star. It was during the Overland campaign in mid-1864 that Sheridan encountered Paul and presented him with these gauntlets. Thus they were most certainly used by Sheridan through the battles of Perryville, Stones River, and Chickamauga and, subsequently by Paul for the remainder of the war. The gauntlets accompanied Paul into the New Mexico and Arizona territories after the war, during his service with the 3d US Cavalry. Paul's later service in Wyoming and Nebraska, from 1872 to 1876, resulted in a noteworthy brush with history. The 3d US Cavalry was part of the Big Horn/Yellowstone Expedition commanded by General George Crook. Leaving for the Big Horn Mountains with General Crook, Paul was to meet with two other columns, including the one led by Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer. Due to not only the massacre at Little Big Horn, but their own near disastrous fight with a large contingent of Sioux and Cheyenne at the Rosebud River, neither Paul nor Crook were ever able to join forces with Custer. In the possession of Sheridan during some of the hardest fighting of the Civil War, and subsequently cherished and used by Paul in the latter stage of the war, as well as in the American west, these historic artifacts bear mute but moving testimony to some of the most important moments in American military history.


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    June, 2008
    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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