Medal of Honor Recipient
Typed letter signed with rank regarding a memoir written by one of his veterans!
(1819-1914) Controversial New York State senator and congressman. He first achieved national notoriety in 1859 when he shot down, in the shadow of the White House, his young wife's lover, who was the son of the author of the "Star Spangled Banner." His lawyer during the lurid trial was none other than Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's future Secretary of War, who got him off. During the Civil War, Sickles fought in the Virginia Peninsular, Antietam, and Fredericksburg campaigns. At Gettysburg he commanded the 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac, and was severely wounded on July 2, 1863, the result being the amputation of his right leg. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Gettysburg. He was very instrumental in forming the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Typed Letter Signed: 8 1/4 x 11, signed in ink.
23 Fifth Avenue, New York
May 10, 1912
Torrance Parker, Esq.,
18 Tremont Street
My dear Mr. Parker:
I have received and have read with a great deal of pleasure the story of "A Chatauqua Boy" by your father, David B. Parker. It is an admirable production, and I am sure will be read with much interest not only by all his comrades of the Third Army Corps, but by all those of the general public who are interested in war stories.
I trust the book will have a large sale. It deserves it.
Vert truly yours,
Major General U.S.A., Retired
Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Nice letter regarding the book written by a Civil War veteran from Sickles' Excelsior Brigade.
The book that General Sickles is writing about, was titled, "A Chatauqua Boy in '61 Reminiscences and Afterward," by Lieutenant David B. Parker, 72nd New York Infantry. The 72nd New York Infantry was part of Sickles' Excelsior Brigade.