Lot 76: 1-page letter in pencil, octavo. Sandy Hook, MD, September 14, 1864. After rushing from Washington, where he had enjoyed a few brief days with his wife, Libbie, to join Gen. Philip Sheridan at Harpers Ferry, WV, he wires back to Mr. Stires at the Metropolitan Hotel asking him to "Call at the National and get an express package for me." Sheridan had summoned his daring cavalry commander in haste after General Ulysses S Grant ordered Sheridan to get back to the business of neutralizing Confederate General Jubal Early, who had been making raids into West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, The armies soon clashed for a third time at Winchester, VA on September 19th. Sheridan and Custer were victorious in the battle, after which the Union would have the upper hand in the Shenandoah Valley, ultimately earasing the threat posed by Early's forces. PROVENANCE: General George A and Elizabeth Custer, Margaret Flood (Libbie Custer's personal assistant), Spink Smythe,sale.
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