Sickles is considered by many to have been one of the most competent but, unfortunately, controversial of the Civil War generals. His uncanny ability to attract controversy, and his combative, almost hostile attitude towards superiors has undeniably detracted from his admirable military record. A prominent democrat prior to the war, Sickles served as secretary of the U.S. legation in London (1853-55), and as a U.S. Congressman (1857-61). For Sickles' service in organizing a brigade at the outbreak of the Civil War, a grateful President Lincoln appointed Sickles brigadier-general in September 1861. Sickles fought with distinction at many of the early battles of the war - the Peninsula Campaign, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville - and, in late 1862, was promoted to major-general. His actions at Gettysburg, however - his last battle - were the basis for one of the most bitter controversies of the war. Sickles' 3rd Corps was ordered to cover the Union left near Round Tops. During the battle, and on his own initiative, Sickles advanced his troops to an exposed position that bore the brunt of Confederate James Longstreet's assault. Sickles was severely wounded during the assault, and lost his right leg, his command, and some portion of his reputation. For the rest of his life, he loudly blamed Union general George Meade for the results of his failure and, without foundation, charged Meade with incompetence. After the war, Sickles served as military governor of the Carolinas (1865-67), U.S. Minister to Spain (1869-73) and, again, as a U.S. Congressman (1892-94). In 1897, Congress awarded Sickles the Medal of Honor for his "gallantry in action" at Gettsyburg.


A Fine Association Of Banker August Belmont And Civil War General Daniel Sickels

AUGUST BELMONT (1813-1890) Financier; Diplomat. At the age of fourteen, Belmont began working at the office of the Rothschilds in Frankfurt, Germany. His skill for finance won him numerous promotions within the company until in 1837, during the financial panic, he formed his own company in New York with his only tangible asset being that of his agency in the U.S. for the Rothschilds. Within a few years, Belmont was one of the leading bankers in the nation.Partially PRitned “Bank of the Metropolis” Check Signed on verso, “August Belmont.” Check is also signed as maker by DANIEL SICKLES (1819-1914) American soldier and diplomat. 8” x 2 3/4”. New York. January 28, 1884. Orange revevenu underprint. “Certified Stamp of the Metropolis” stamp at left edge. Punch and pen cancelled. Very Fine. This item has been encapsulated by PASS-CO and is accompanied by a Certified Silver PASS. Fine.
Catalog: # AM-1357
Topic: Signed Checks
Price: $350.00