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William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed During Civil War Sells for $9,582

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William Sherman Autograph

A William Sherman autograph can have all different price points.  A simple William Sherman autograph letter signed during the Civil War can sell for $2,500 while an excellent one can sell for $10,000, plus or minus, depending on how great the content is.  A William Sherman autograph endorsement signed during the Civil War is worth $800 – $2,500.  A William Sherman autograph on a photo is worth $800 – $2,500.  A William Sherman autograph on a letter, after the Civil War is worth $200 – $500 with routine content and just a basic William Sherman autograph on paper or a card is worth $200 – $350.  Here are all of the William Sherman autograph items that we at NateDSanders.com Auctions have sold recently:

General William Sherman Autograph on His Civil War Dated February 1865 Surprisingly Racist Letter, Well After the Emancipation Proclamation, That He Is Opposed ”to the policy of arming negroes…”

General William Sherman autograph letter signed: ”W.T. Sherman / M.G.” on Military Division of the Mississippi Headquarters stationery. In a letter datelined ”In the Field, 4 miles S of Hickory Hill, 1 February 1865”, the infamous Civil War figure writes to General John Gray Foster: ”…I cannot modify my orders relative to General Saxton having the charge of recruiting blacks…I think the impression at Washington is that both you and I are inimical to the policy of arming negroes, and all know that Saxton is not, and his appointment reconciles that difficulty. If anything serious occurs correspond directly with Mr. Stanton…Let Grant know I am in motion, and telegraph to Easton that if Slocum has to wait for provisions it will be dead loss [sic], as we are eating up ours. Let Hatch continually feel the Salkehatchie, and the moment the enemy lets go, get the railroad broken back to the Edisto…” By this time in the war, approximately 10% of Union regiments were composed of black soldiers, and public opinion, including that held by officers and soldiers, had accepted the concept of arming former slaves in the war effort. This letter clearly shows that General Sherman was one of the remaining hold-outs in his opposition. Written in pencil, single page measures 7.75″ x 9.75″. Near fine.  Sold for $9,582.
General William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed During the Civil War — 1864
William Sherman autograph letter signed to Major General O.O. Howard, Commander of the Army of the Tennessee. Composed on “Headquarters, Military Division of the Mississippi” stationery and datelined 5 December 1864, “In the field, Ogeechee Church,” 2.5pp. letter boldly signed “W. T. Sherman/ Maj Genl.” Written less than three weeks before Sherman sent his famous telegram presenting President Lincoln with his Christmas present of “the city of Savannah.” While on his way there, Sherman writes this letter to coordinate his total war against the South. In part, “…Since sending the messenger to you this a.m. Gen’l Blair has entered this place almost unopposed. Some Field works are fresh. And so far as I have examined would be such as would be thrown up by 5,000 inexperienced hands…he [Slocum] has not heard from Davis and Kilpatrick since he heard their firing yesterday morn’g. Davis has orders to move from the point where he separated from Slocum, namely Buckhead Church, to Halley’s Ferry abreast of this on the Savannah via Sylvania. I have sent a courier to Slocum to communicate with Davis at once and report to me at what moment he will be ready to move on. You will observe that with Davis at Halley’s we threaten South Carolina. And to that extend will confuse our enemy…Only we must move in concert, or else will get lost…Blair can burn the bridges and culverts and also enough cotton gins and barns to mark the progress of his head of column. I don’t want him to start till I know Davis is abreast.” Letter measures 7.75″ x 9.75″. Some overall light toning. Typed transcription hinged to blank verso of page 3. Fine condition.  Sold for $7,339.

William Sherman Autograph

William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed

William Sherman Autograph on a Letter Which He Writes From Camp Shiloh Right After the Shiloh Battle in 1862 Regarding War Strategy and Mentioning Working With U.S. Grant.  Because of the Mentioned Associations of Sherman and Grant & Sherman and Battle of Shiloh Plus Detailed, Outlined War Strategy, This is a Very Desirable Civil War Dated Letter
War-dated William Sherman autograph letter signed “W. T. Sherman, Brig Genl” right after Shiloh, where Sherman writes of picket strategy and references Generals Grant and Buell. To Maj. General Wallace from Camp Shiloh on 19 April 1862, in full: “Yours dated 17 (should be 19) is just received. I will at once conform to your request – yesterday I sent scouts out 6 miles on the Rudy Road and now have a Cavalry picket of 1 officer and 25 men at Vick’s Lane. I will keep a strong Infy. Guard at the Fork of the road with pickets…As soon as this rain slackens I will come and visit your Lines and so engage my Guard & pickets…Yesterday with General Grant I passed your new camps and went on to Buell’s advance pickets – for supposed you very busy else would have stopped. You may always take it for granted that I will accede to any plan of picketing you may suggest.” Single page measures 8″ x 9.75″.  In near fine condition, with a few light creases and a uniform block of mild toning over text and signature from previous display.  Sold for $3,032.

William Sherman Autograph

William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signed

Rare 1861 General William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Arms Supply — “…You are fully aware of the difficulty of providing any better arms at this time…”
General William Sherman autograph letter signed, dated 27 December 1861 from “Headquarters / Camp of Instruction / Benton Barracks”. Letter is addressed to Colonel C.J. Wright and discusses the limited amount of firearms. Reads in full: “Sir, the petition of the several Capts. of Companies for better arms for your Regiment is received. You are fully aware of the difficulty of providing any better arms at this time, and I have knowledge from the Arsenal that there are none on hand. Whenever I learn that arms are subject to our control, I will notice you. I am…W.T. Sherman / Bridg. Gen. Comdg.” Letter on one page measures 7.5″ x 9.5″, framed to an overall size of 28″ x 22″. In near fine condition with nice signature at close of letter.  Sold for $2,674.

William Sherman Autograph

Rare General William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed Regarding Arms Supply from 1861– “…You are fully aware of the difficulty of providing any better arms at this time…”

General William T. Sherman Autograph on His CDV — Boldly Signed to Verso

General William T. Sherman autograph on his CDV. Three-quarter portrait image of Sherman in uniform boldly signed to reverse, “W.T. Sherman / Maj Genl.” Backmark reads, “Carte de Visite by J. Carbutt, / Photographic Artist. / 131 Lake St. / Chicago.” Image measures 2.5″ x 4″. Overall toning and some soiling and edgewear. Very good condition.  Sold for $1,807.

William Sherman Autograph

General William T. Sherman Autograph on a Carte de Visite (CDV) on Verso

William T. Sherman Autograph Letter Signed — ”…I am willing to State to you…that my family is Strongly Catholic, but that I am not…the public has no claim to question me further…”

General William Sherman autograph letter signed ”W.T. Sherman”. The Civil War General writes to magazine editor Edward W. Bok, on 15 March 1886, in full: ”Yours of March 13 is received and in Answer I am willing to State to you, but not for publication – that my family is Strongly Catholic, but that I am not – Until I ask Some favor, the public has no claim to question me further. Truly your friend, W.T. Sherman”. Single page letter on a sheet of 912 Garrison Avenue, St. Louis letterhead measures 5.5” x 8.5”. Light toning and wear and very light creasing, else near fine condition.  Sold for $1,540.

Civil War General William Sherman Autograph on His Large Cabinet Card — Portrait of Sherman Looking Stoic and Determined

William Sherman autograph on his large cabinet card. Signed “W.T. Sherman / General / 1888” on mount of photograph of Sherman in full military uniform. Imprint of photographer Napoleon Sarony in red font upon mount. Moderate wear to edges and margin, and chips to corners. Very good condition.  Sold for $1,500.

William Sherman Autograph

Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman Autograph on a Large Cabinet Card — Portrait of Sherman Looking Stoic and Determined

General William Sherman Autograph Letter Signed — From 1845, as a Young Lieutenant Shortly Before War Breaks Out in Mexico

General William Sherman autograph letter signed from Fort Moutrie, South Carolina dated 31 October 1845. As Lieutenant, Sherman writes to the Quartermaster General: “I herewith enclose my Summary Statement for Oct 1845. Report of Persons and Articles hired, Muster Roll of soldiers employed on exten. duty for the same month and Capt. Millers Report of Persons and Articles hired during the month of September…W.T. Sherman / 1st Lieut…” Docketing upon verso. Light toning and folds, overall in very good condition.  Sold for $1,343.

General William Sherman Autograph Note Signed & Civil War-Dated– ”…There are Plenty of negro soldiers on leave and I cannot detail any…unless there be some very good news today…”

Civil War-dated William Sherman autograph note signed in 1862, written upon the verso of a letter regarding Teamster (or wagoneer) soldiers, a job often performed by black soldiers. Just weeks before the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, original letter is written by Captain J. Condit Smith, datelined ”Quarter Master Office 5th Division / Memphis Tenn. Oct. 21st 1862”. Addressed to ”J.H. Hammond / Maj. & A.A. Genl.” letter reads: ”Will you have the kindness to detail as teamster A W Daisey Private Co. ‘D’ 40th Ill. and Moses Robinson Private Co. ‘C’ 40th Ill. and oblige.” Sherman responds to note: ”There are Plenty of negro soldiers on leave and I cannot detail any as teamstirs [sic] unless there be some very good news today. / W.T. Sherman / Maj G. Cmd”. Sheet measures 8” x 7.5” with two folds creating a small .25” tear to top, and toning throughout. Archivally repaired. Very good condition overall.  Sold for $1,250.

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