MAJ. GEN. DANIEL SICKLES POST-WAR DOCUMENT SIGNED

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This framed piece consists of a pre-printed check drawn on an account at the Bank of the Metropolis, 17 Union Square, New York City. Written entirely in Sickles’ hand, it is dated Jan. 10, 1885 and is made out to M.N. Smyth for $20.15.  Signed “D Sickles”.

The check measures 8 ¼” x 2 3/4”. Normal bank stamps and cancellation holes. Date stamp in red ink is partially on top of signature but does not obscure it in any way. Lightly yellowed with age, minor edge wear, otherwise in fine condition.

The check, along with a modern copy of a war time image of Gen. Sickles, is housed in a navy blue mat. The blue mat has been cut to frame the image and document and to expose the red mat around each. The modern frame meas. approx. 12 1/2 x 15 1/2 inches, and has an attractive engraved nameplate along the bottom edge.

Daniel Edgar Sickles was an American politician, soldier, and diplomat. As an antebellum New York politician, Sickles was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key. He was acquitted with the first use of temporary insanity as a legal defense in U.S. history.

Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Sickles became one of the war's most prominent political generals, recruiting the New York regiments that became known as the Excelsior Brigade in the Army of the Potomac. Despite his lack of military experience, he served competently as a brigade, division, and corps commander in some of the early Eastern campaigns. His military career ended at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, after he insubordinately moved his III Corps to a position where it was virtually destroyed. He left the battle with an amputated leg, struck by cannon fire, and was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. He devoted considerable effort to establishing his role in achieving the Gettysburg victory, writing articles and testifying before Congress in a manner that denigrated the intentions and actions of the army commander, Maj. Gen. George G. Meade. After the war, Sickles commanded military districts during Reconstruction, served as U.S. Minister to Spain, and eventually returned to Congress, where he made important legislative contributions for the preservation of the Gettysburg Battlefield.

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