Upon the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861, Sickles became one of the war's most prominent political generals, recruiting the New York regiments that became known as the Excelsior Brigade in the Army of the Potomac. Despite his lack of military experience, he served as a brigade, division, and corps commander in some of the early Eastern campaigns. His military career ended at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863, after he moved his III Corps (without orders) to an untenable position where his Corps was decimated, yet slowed General Longstreet's flanking maneuver. He was wounded by cannon fire and had to have his leg amputated. He was eventually awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.
Sickles devoted considerable effort to trying to gain credit for helping achieve the Union victory at Gettysburg, writing articles and testifying before Congress in a manner that denigrated the intentions and actions of his superior officer, the army commander, Maj. After the war, Sickles was appointed as a commander for military districts in the South during Reconstruction. He also served as U.
Later he was re-elected to Congress, where he helped pass legislation to preserve the Gettysburg Battlefield. The item "Civil War General Dan Sickles as Member of Congress" is in sale since Saturday, December 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Autographs\Military". The seller is "civil_war_photos" and is located in Midland, Michigan.
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