Sherman's shoulder straps worn at Shiloh
"Dear Stuart, I send you two pairs of shoulder straps. Those wrapped in paper worn by me at Shiloh. I commit them to your care with absolute knowledge that they are fully merited and will be appreciated. Yr. friend, W. T. Sherman Maj. Genl Memphis Dec. 16, 62". "Stuart" is Col. David Stuart who commanded the 2nd Brigade of Sherman's Division at the Battle of Shiloh, where he was wounded while holding the far left flank of the Union line. Stuart refused to leave the field and received Sherman's accolades for his bravery. Stuart was originally commissioned Lt. Col. of the 44th Illinois on July 22, 1862, and then Colonel of the 55th Illinois on October 31, 1861. Sherman's high regard for his competency led to the brigade command at Shiloh.
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