If an election were ever held for the title “Bad Boy of American History,” Dan Sickles would be a serious contender.
He served in Congress; married a woman half his age; publicly murdered her lover, then beat the rap by pioneering a legal defense that’s still used today; became a Civil War general, losing a leg while nearly losing the Battle of Gettysburg at the same time; dabbled in diplomacy and fooled around with a queen; filled his pockets with money that wasn’t his; received the Congressional Medal of Honor; and lived to the ripe old age of 94.
Oh, and he did something very weird with his lost leg, too.
That’s a heap of living. So let’s meet one of the most complex, contradictory characters to ever grace the American scene. Continue reading