Military Reconstruction under Sickles

Mark L. Bradley

in Bluecoats and Tar Heels

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125077
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135120 | DOI:
Military Reconstruction under Sickles

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Maj. Gen. Daniel Edgar Sickles was the Second Military District's commander, and was recognized by many to be one of the most flamboyant participants in various American issues during the period. Sickles initiated a scandal when he killed Francis Barton Key—son of composer Francis Scott Key and lover of his young wife. Although he was eventually acquitted through temporary insanity, it is important to note that he also played no small part during the secession crisis as he expressed support for the nonintervention policy and defended the departing southern states. After the fall of Fort Sumter, Sickles served as a War Democrat, initiated an infantry brigade, and was assigned as the Union army's brigadier general. This chapter attempts to explain some of the measures taken by Sickles in reconstructing the military.

Keywords: Maj. Gen. Daniel Edgar Sickles; secession crisis; War Democrat; Fort Sumter; Union army; brigadier general; military reconstruction

Chapter.  8663 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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