General William Tecumseh Sherman and his family were living in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1885, when he wrote this fond and self-deprecating reply to a letter from Margaret Middleton, a friendly acquaintance with whom he had reconnected the prior year, due to the death of their mutual good friend, Mary Thompson Hunt. That the photograph exaggerates the wrinkles and strong lines of a man's face. Still if you will accept it with the assurance that I desire to keep a?Place in your heart & memory, I will feel the compliment. " Sherman continues by giving Middleton his travel schedule for the next several weeks, ending "in Chicago by Sept. 9-10, when we have one of our traditional Army Meetings. What a relief it was to have Mary Hunt in whose sympathetic notions a man could repose with absolute confidence, but she is gone and we must subsist.
Please assume her office and assure me that though banished I have a place in the memory of one so dear to her. I assure you that it is & will always be a pleasure to comply with any request of yours.
Autograph letter signed written on all four pages of a sheet of Sherman's stationery, with his 912 Garrison Avenue address pre-printed at the top of page 1. He rejoined the military for the US Civil War, becoming one of its most famous generals for leading Union troops across the south in "scorched earth" campaigns. After the War he continued his military career and was promoted to General of the Army, his troops primarily fighting Native Americans along the wagon trails and railroads. In retirement, he was a constant presence at New York's theatres, lectures, and galleries, and also occasionally thrilled audiences at speaking engagements. She also dedicated a portion of her time to work with charitable organizations.
Like Sherman, she was an aficionado of theatre and the arts. Although she was nearly three decades younger than Sherman, the two struck up a close relationship in the 1880s based on their common interests, and often attended events together.It seems they may have been introduced by mutual friend, Mary Thompson Hunt. Condition : Fold lines; a prior owner wrote "of Mary Hunt" in pencil at the right edge of page one; generally in very good condition. Wonderful insight into Sherman's personal life and self image.
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