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    William Tecumseh Sherman: His Shoulder Straps, 1872. When U. S. Grant was inaugurated President on March 4, 1869, he appointed Lt. Gen. W. T. Sherman to succeed him as General of the Army - and to wear the appropriate insignia of rank, a row of four stars on each shoulder. In 1872, Sherman redesigned the insignia to be two stars flanking the National Eagle coat-of-arms. His successor as Commanding General, Philip Sheridan, was not promoted to the four-star rank of General of the Army until shortly before his death in 1888 at which time both the rank and the design were retired.

    Sherman ordered the stars to be made of sterling silver thread and the Eagle and frame to be embroidered in bullion and the stars. Sherman wore this pair of shoulder straps until his retirement from command on November 1, 1883. They remained with and were acquired as part of the collection described in adjacent lot. See Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, pp. 180-181.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.

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