3 Months Prior to Gettysburg, Genl. Sickles Receives Notification that he is been made Major General! – ALS with War Department Envelope from Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton
This wonderful 8 x 10 inch letter is written on official “War Department, Washington D.C.” stationery. It is dated March 27th, 1863 and is all in the hand of Stanton, as well as the envelope. Stanton was having it hand delivered by honorable William Whiting.

Stanton first states: “General I desire to introduce you to my friend Mr. Whiting Solicitor of the War Department who visits Headquarters to see an “Army with banner.” (which means excellence… Sickles 3rd Corps was composed of many of the finest brigades in the Army of the Potomac)

Stanton then goes on: “I avail myself to his visit to acknowledge yours of the 22nd (which reached me today) and to say that you shall have a sight of that “interesting document” very speedily if it has not already reached you. I signed it on the 20th of this month. Yours truly, Edwin M. Stanton”

NOW, HERE IS WHAT MAKES THIS LETTER REAL SPECIAL – AT THE TOP SICKLES HAS WRITTEN: “My promotion to be Major Gen’l U.S.V. (dating from Nov. 1862) D.E.S.”

Condition of letter is fine with minor aging. The envelope has opening tears at the top, but it’s remarkable that it was still kept with the letter. Both pieces have been professionally framed, overall measuring 20 x 23 inches.

A truly remarkable letter written to one of the Civil War’s most colorful (and controversial) Generals who would lose his leg at Gettysburg 3 months later.

#G174 - Price $3,950