Daniel Edgar Sickles (October 20, 1819 – May 3, 1914) was one of the most well known generals in the North during the Civil War, for all the wrong reasons. As an antebellum New York politician, Sickles was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key. He was acquitted with the first use of temporary insanity as a legal defense in U.S. history. From there, he became one of the most prominent political generals of the Civil War. At the Battle of Gettysburg, he insubordinately moved his III Corps to a position on Day 2 that created a salient in the Union line. Although he would constantly defend his maneuver, the move destroyed his corps and nearly ruined the Army of the Potomac’s left flank. Sickles’ move continues to generate controversy and debate among historians today. Moreover, his combat career ended at Gettysburg when his leg was struck by cannon fire.
After the war, Sickles commanded military districts during Reconstruction, served as U.S. Minister to Spain, and eventually returned to the U.S. Congress, where he made important legislative contributions to the preservation of the Gettysburg Battlefield. He also continued to vocally defend his war record.
Before Gettysburg, Sickles’ corps participated in the Chancellorsville campaign. Sickles wrote an official account of the Battle of Chancellorsville that became part of The War of the Rebellion: Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. This edition of his account includes illustrations and maps of the Chancellorsville Campaign, and it also includes pictures of the important commanders of the battle.
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