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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. Good content A.L.S. 4pp. 4to., New York, Sep. 5, 1889 to a Mr. Pantolette. In part: "...The Society [of the] Army of the Cumberland has made extensive arrangements for a Grand Reunion at Chattanooga commemorative of their great battle of Chickamauga Sep. 18, 19 & 20 and almost command my presence. Early in the year I chose out of the innumerable Army meetings for 1889...[a reunion at] Milwaukee was very trying because I had two special engagements to attend...my visit to the Soldiers Home, the only place where I spoke. I did not attempt at the National Encampment...". Sherman then discusses a disagreeable situation he had encountered concerning seating arrangements on a train, adding: "Many a time do I hold the strap standing in our elevated cars close by a strong Irish maid, or a ten year old Negro boy who has paid his five cents for his seat...The girl who Bacon has chosen for his wife is a superb piece of flesh and blood - what the future may develop, no man knows...". Indeed! Two file holes in margin, with some toning thereat, else very good.
Estimate $ 300-400

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