Daniel Sickles (1825-1914) was a controversial and colorful politician, a Union general in the Civil War, and diplomat. Sickles was the first to successfully use a plea of "temporary aberration of mind" to win acquittal on charges of murder. He shot Philip Barton Key (Feb. 1859), son of Francis Scott Key, because of attentions Key was paying to Mrs. Sickles. He also was instrumental in securing Central Park for New York in 1852. At the onset of the Civil War, Sickles raised the Excelsior Brigade, and rose through the Union ranks to commander of the 3rd Corps, until he lost half his troops and his right leg at Gettysburg, and subsequently his command.
Condition:CDV lightly soiled, with scuffs or small stains on Sickles' gloves, mouth, and above his head.
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