WILLIAM T. SHERMAN (February 8, 1820 – February 14, 1891) served as a General in the Union Army during the Civil War. He was renowned for his military strategy, but was highly criticized for the harshness of his “scorched earth” policies that he implemented in the Confederate States. Sherman served under Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1862 and 1863 during the campaigns that led to the fall of the Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg and culminated in routing the Confederate armies in Tennessee. He succeeded Grant as the Union commander in the western theater of the war after Grant became President in 1869. He led his troops to the capture of Atlanta, a huge military success that led to the re-election of President Lincoln. He accepted the surrender of all the Confederate armies in the Carolinas, Georgia and Florida in April 1865. Following the Civil War, Sherman was responsible for the Army’s engagement in the Indian Wars during the next 15 years in the western United States.
Offering two ALSs by Sherman and two covers addressed by him. One of the letters is in the form of a response to a request for an introduction.
The first letter, written and signed by someone other than Sherman, 4 ½ x 7, reads, “My Dear Mr. Murray, a party...are going to Ft. Monroe for New Year’s Day. Could you get from Gen. Sherman a letter of introduction...” Sherman responds on the verso in pencil, “Murray is President of the U.S. National Bank, New York – Brother of Gen. Eli Murray who served with me in Gov. W.T.S. Dec. 29, - 86”
The second letter, 5 ½ x 9 ¼, Dec. 18, 1886, 5th Avenue Hotel, New York, ALS from Sherman to Gen. J.C. Tidball, Comd Fort Monroe, VA.
“A party...under the leadership of Mrs...Alexander of this city are on the point of starting for the Hygeia [Hotel]...
“Will you be good enough to call on them and order a detail of handsome beaux to look after them till they have time to take care of themselves.
“Hoping that you and Mrs. Tidball are in good health and condition.
“I am as always yours
JOHN CALDWELL TIDBALL (January 25, 1825-May 15, 1906) was noted for his service in the horse artillery in the cavalry of the Union Army during the Civil War. Tidball received five brevet commissions for gallant and meritorious conduct on the field. He was complimented personally by President Abraham Lincoln for his actions in the Battle of Gettysburg, where he was in command of the Second Brigade Horse Artillery under Maj. Gen. Alfred Pleasonton. He served in most of the major campaigns in the Eastern Theater, from the First Battle of Bull Run through the Siege of Petersburg.
Folds, expected toning. Stamps removed from covers. Two Sherman signatures, one in full and one with initials.
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