Daniel Edgar Sickles "Devil Dan"

Kat Jones

Basic's About Daniel E. Sickles

Birth Date: October 20, 1819

Death Date: May 3, 1914

Relationship: Married to Teresa Sickles

Political View: Daniel Sickles was in the union side and was against slavery.

Friends: Ulysses S. Grant, George Mead, John Buford, Joshua Chamberlain, John Reynolds, Nathaniel Banks.

Religion: Christian Based

Hometown: New York City.

Quote: , “Key, you scoundrel, you have dishonored my house- you must die!” Dan produced a gun and fired at close range. The first shot only grazed Key, who still cried out “Murder!”

Events Involved In

On February 27, 1859 Sickles shot and killed his wife's lover, Francis Barton Key ll. This victim was Francis Scott Key's son. Sickles discovered his wife was having an affair with Francis Barton Key ll.

In 1853 Sickles was appointed Corporation Counsel for New York City. Although he remained in this position for a short period of time he soon took the position of Secretary to the US legation to London.

Due to the outbreak of war in 1861 Daniel began to work with troops to raise them for the union. He raised five regiments and since he knew he would not be elected to Congress again he sought out a military position. He was promoted to Colonel until the rise of Abraham Lincoln.

During the Sevens' Day Battle later that summer, Sickles proved that he was a great commander even though he had barely any military experience. He left his troops at the brigade after the battle of Malvern Hill, then returned to New York in search to recruit new troops. This leaded to Sickles not being present at the Second Battle of Manassas. When he returned he was given the command of brigade's division in lll Corps.

Sickle's moving North Daniels lll Corps reached Gettysburg early on July 2, a day after fighting had commenced. Upon arriving, Sickle's received an order from General Meade to place his corps on the lower section of Cemetery Ridge with his right joining with Major General Winfield Scott Hancock's ll Corp and his left anchored on a rocky hill known as Little Round Top.

Sickle's retired from the U.S. army in 1869 and he took the post of US minister to Spain he remained in this position for quite some time until 1874 when he married Carmina Creagh a couple of years after he arrived in in Madrid. Later returning to New York he held many types of civil service positions until he was elected Congress in 1893.

Daniels Hobbies and Favorite Activities

Daniel liked to write letters to his friends in other towns

He also liked to play games with his children. Games such as tag, hide and go see, and catch with their rag balls.

Daniel also liked to attend church services on Sunday's

Picnics were enjoyed, dances (balls), Horse racing


Sickle's worked in the Corporation Counsel for New York City. He then took the position of Secretary to the US legation to London. When the war was over Sickle's tool the position of Minister to Spain. When he returned to New York he kept many civil service positions. He then was elected to Congress in 1893.

Major Accomplishments

Daniel Sickles accomplished the fact the he fought very hard during the civil war and was strong even when his leg was blown off by a cannon ball. Some claim that his greatest accomplishment was his lost leg in Gettysburg, he was the only man in the Civil war that lost his leg and found it. He donated it to a Union Medical Museum, in which he himself visited his own leg. Daniel not only lost his leg while on his horse he calmly smoked a cigar while he had lost his leg.

Daniel also completed college and graduated from New York University with a degree in law.

Current Address and Contact Information

Daniel Sickles was born on October 20, 1819 in New York City.

Daniel Sickles was buried at Arlington National Cemetery in 1914.

Daniel's primary means of communication was US Postal Service.