Property of a Descendant of Henry Warner Slocum
THE SHERMAN-SLOCUM CORRESPONDENCE
Henry Warner Slocum (1826-1894), who enlisted at the outset of the Civil War as Colonel of the 27th New York Infantry, emerged as one of the Union's most consistent and trustworthy officers, a reputation which earned him a promotion to Major General by War's end. A West Point cadet of the class of 1852, Slocum quickly concluded that civil life offered greater opportunities than army life, and resigned his commission to practice law. The onset of civil war brought him back to the ranks, however, and he participated in many of the most decisive battles of the war including Antietam and Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg, Slocum, now commander of the XII Corps, was given command over the entire right wing of the Union Army and his decisions helped assure the eventual victory. In 1864, he was given command of the XX Corps in the army of William T. Sherman. Slocum performed well during Sherman's Atlanta Campaign and was rewarded with command of Sherman's left wing during the March to the Sea and in the Carolinas. Sherman and Slocum established a close relationship during these campaigns. The following 6 lots, a selection of letters sent by Sherman to Slocum during the post-war years, reflect their warmth and comraderie.