Raynors HCA 2019-01
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VAN WYCK, Charles Henry (1824- 1895) was a Representative from New York, a Senator from Nebraska, and a Union Army brigadier general in the American Civil War. Van Wyck delivered a harsh anti-slavery speech on the House floor on March 7, 1860, which denounced the Southern states for the "crime against the laws of God and nature." The speech was widely reported. On February 22, 1861, Van Wyck was assaulted near the United States Capitol by three men in an assassination attempt, an attack which was reported as related to the prior year's speech.Van Wyck fought off the attack, surviving only because a notebook and copy of the Congressional Globe which he had kept in the breast pocket of his coat had blocked the blade of a Bowie knife. The three men fled and were never identified. This was also the same night as an alleged attempt was made to assassinate president-elect Abraham Lincoln in Baltimore, Maryland. Franked Cover “C.H. Van Wyck MC” not postally used. Fine condition.
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He Survived an Attempted Assasination

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