• Scorched Earth Gen. William Sherman Grateful For Christmas Gift Of Oysters

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    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 a 2 pp, 5 x 8, ALS, on Headquarters Army of the United States stationary, Washington, D.C., December 25, 1879, in which Sherman writes to Capt. L.E. Campbell about a gift of oysters, a highly unusual letter.


    “I am just in receipt of your letter of Dec. 3 accounting for the receipt yesterday at my house of Two barrels of oysters – one of which you sent – The other I infer comes from O.E. Babcock. I thank you for thinking of my family at this Christmas time and assuring you that both oysters…will be appreciated by my children who [are] enjoying it now with all the extravaganza of this festive occasion. [Remember] me kindly to your wife & family…Your friend W.T. Sherman”


    ORVILLE ELLIAS BABCOCK was a general in the Union Army and an aide to Grant during the war. He became President Grant’s private secretary after the war.


    Folds, toning. One small piece missing from the bottom, affecting nothing.  A fine ALS from a great general on an unusual topic.


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