Sunday, August 9, 2009

Daniel Edgar Sickles

Major Dan Sickles was prone to scandal both on and off the battlefield. Sickles's prewar career was marked by numerous scandals, the most notorious of them involving his young wife, Theresa, whom Sickles suspected of having an affair with Philip Barton Key, ( the son of Francis Scott Key). When Sickles saw Key outside his Lafayette Square home attempting to signal Theresa by waving a handkerchief, Sickles charged out into the street and shot the unarmed Key to death in broad daylight. In his trial he was found not guilty by reason of temporary insanity (the first time an American court accepted such a defense). His famous attorney who won the case was Edwin Stanton, (later Lincoln's secretary of war). BOB ARAMINI