• Gen. Sherman's Wife, Ellen, Seeks Bounty For Dead Soldier's Mother

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    ELEANOR BOYLE EWING SHERMAN (October 4, 1824 – November 28, 1888) was married to Gen. William T. Sherman on May 1, 1850, in a ceremony attended by President Zachary Taylor and other political luminaries. Although women did not have the right to vote, Ellen declared herself in favor of Abraham Lincoln in advance of the 1860 election and was a fierce supporter of the Union.  Three of her four brothers became Union generals.  Ellen worked to protect her husband’s military standing, especially in 1862 during a Washington meeting with Lincoln, when a newspaper charged that he was insane.  Mrs. Sherman died in New York City on November 28, 1888, survived by her husband and six of their children.


    One-page, 4 ¾ x 7 ¾, ALS on Headquarters Army of the United States stationary, Washington, DC, June 13th, 1872, from Ellen Ewing Sherman to the Honorable E.B. French, an auditor in the Treasury Department.  The government stationary was obviously available to Mrs. Sherman due to her Gen. Sherman’s placement.


    She writes to French, “My dear sir, Will you have the kindness to let me know if the Bounty has been paid on the within Discharge [not included]. The man is dead and his Mother is in need of the money.


    “I have the honor to be


    “Very respectfully yours,


    “Ellen Ewing Sherman”


    Written at the bottom in another hand is “Mrs. General Sherman.”


    Folds, light foxing, mounting residue on verso.


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