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1910 George Patton Jr. Autograph Letter To His Father
Starting Bid - $500.00, Sold For - $1,740.00
Four-page autograph letter signed by George Patton Jr. (1885-1945), American general. In his letter, dated October 2, 1910 and written while he was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Illinois (as a member of the 15th Cavalry), Patton writes to his father and brings him up to date on the events of his life. Penned in black ink on two separate unlined sheets (four sides total) Patton writes in part: "Dear Papa: I have been having a lot of fun with my foot ball team. Saturday we played a short practice game with Lake Forest College and beat them five to nothing. To day we played the town team from Waukegan and beat them by a similar score...they protested every decision and talked all the time. Two of them ran in to me [illegible word] to keep me out of a play. I did not try very hard to hurt them but kept running hard and laid both of them out in a heap. One with my knee in the belly and other hit me in the head with his nose and smashed it. The nose bent into my head some but I did not notice it much. You ought to have [heard] the soldiers laugh for the two of them were left piled on each other and I kept right on going...This morning Capt. Marshall and myself laid out the trail ride for the officers it is a thirty mile course and they have to ride it for three consecutive days. I think I will make expert pistol shot this year. I have only to make sixteen points out of eighty on the mounted course to do it. I bought a blood hound pup the other day he has not come yet but is a beauty at least his brother is and I hope he will be also...I have always wanted one. I think this will be a fine place to train him. We are awfully behind with our rifle practice God knows when we will get through at the rate we are going. I must presently stop and read a book in [illegible word] that Mrs. Ayer sent me. If I can work it I am going to take a course in that and in public speaking at the Northwestern University this winter. I hope I can manage it as it would give me some thing to do and might be of value to me. I am very well as is B. With much love your devoted son - George S. Patton Jr." Below his signature he has added the postscript "P.S. What are you doing in politics. GSP." Both the text and signature have been boldly penned in black fountain pen and grade "10." The Mrs. Ayer mentioned in the letter is Patton's mother-in-law, while "B" refers to his wife Beatrice, whom he had just recently married. As this letter illustrates, Patton, during his younger years, was both an exceptional athlete and talented marksman. In 1912 he represented the United States in the Olympics held in Stockholm, Sweden. Patton competed in the pentathlon, were he finished fifth overall, and also set a world's record during practice for the pistol competition. He later fought with Pershing in World War I and then rose to fame as commander of the Third Army in World War II. Unfortunately, he died prematurely in 1945 due to complications from an automobile accident. Although his infamous "slapping" incident of a wounded soldier in 1943 cost him a higher command, the man referred to as "Old Blood and Guts" remains one of America's most legendary military leaders. Each of the two sheets (7.75 x 10 inches) bears a single horizontal and vertical mailing fold and is in Excellent condition. LOA from Steve Grad & Zach Rullo/PSA DNA. Reserve $400. Estimate $800/$1,200. SOLD FOR $1,740.00
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