Cokesbury, SC: 1878.
Large signature on a 5.5" x 2.5" autograph page, as a newly elected member of the United States House of Representatives: "D. Wyatt Aiken - Cokesbury - South Carolina Mach 11th 1878" . Fine condition.
South Carolina secessionist who, as a Colonel, led a regiment of the 7th South Carolina Infantry in the Peninsula and Northern Virginia Campaigns; and was severely wounded by a shot through the lungs at the Battle of Antietam in September 1862. After a lengthy recovery, he commanded his regiment in the Gettysburg Campaign as a part of Joseph B. Kershaw's Brigade, seeing action near the dreaded Peach Orchard. During the Reconstruction-era he publicly called for the assassination of a black state legislator, Benjamin R. F. Randolph, who was murdered by three men in broad daylight. Though arrested on suspicion of being an accessory, and released on $5,000 bond, no one was ever brought to trial.
Condition: Very Good