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WILLIAM T. SHERMAN(1820-1891) Union major general declared by the press to be "insane", he led his army in their March to the Sea, taking Atlanta, Savannah and Columbia along the way. Archive of three A.L.S.'s and one L.S., 11pp. total, all 4to., Nov. 1888 to July 1890, each written from New York and addressed to General William Strong regarding the casting, construction and unveiling of a statue of Ulysses S. Grant. The Nov. 27, 1888 L.S. states, in part: "...In my judgment the horse and rider are excellent, and reflect great credit on the designer. I am glad you made such progress in this matter. Ours at St. Louis was the first done, but you are entitled to great praise notwithstanding...". The second letter, an A.L.S., March 27, 1890 reads, in part: "...I have received your letter of the 24th and am embarrassed by the long delay in the publication of the proceedings of the...Army of the Tennessee at Cincinnati last September not yet received...My remembrance is that when the local committee had reported a specific date for the completion of the statue, I as President was to call the society together to participate in the ceremony...". The next letter dated April 3, 1890 reads, in part: "...In the absence of the usual annual report of proceedings of the Society of the Army of the Tennessee I much accept...that his oration for the Sept 1890 in connection with the ceremony of...general Grant's statue at Chicago included only the usual oration...I will not undertake to attempt an oration...of General Grant. In any event especially since he himself participated and published his own memoirs almost up to the moment of death. I wish however to retain the good opinion of such men as gen'l Strong and Hickenlooper, therefore will aid them in every way...". The last letter, written July 15, 1890 reads, in part: "...The Society of the Army of the Tennessee adjourned last meet in Chicago at the time of the unveiling of the Equestrian statue of General Grant due notice of the time to be published...Now it appears, from causes, not unusual, this statue cannot be moulded and placed in position till advice is to give the artist and founder all the time they want, only remembering that the Society of the Army of the Tennessee, the first army which General Grant commanded, have been publicly invited to participate in the necessary ceremonies of the dedication of this statue...". The monumental statue of Grant on horseback, created by Louis Rebisso was erected in Chicago's Lincoln Park in 1891. A wonderful group of letters, all very good or better.
Estimate $ 5,000-6,000

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