Robert E. Lee
Confederate General and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, arguably the most brilliant commander of field armies in American history. Early Handwritten Autograph Letter Signed, 1 page, oblong octavo., Washington, dated March 6, 1833. In part: "...If you can use advantageously to your business the Interest. of the $9600..on the 8th trust. I will thank you to do so. And in order to make an even sum I have added $844. As will be done by the above check. My wish is for the whole amount to be returned at the same time as the date I mentioned in the deed Let me know if this arrangement is perfectly convenient to you. I had intended to have mentioned it to you before but always forgot it. I will bring the deed in with me one of these days and get you to arrange it." Signed " Yours very truly and in haste, R.E. Lee". Lee was came from one of the most prestigious and wealthiest families in the South. As this document shows, he was transferring huge amounts of money, I believe $9600 before the Civil War would translate into millions today. The letter is entirely in Lee's hand. Ink just a tad lightened.
Item Number: 10600
Robert E. Lee
Famous Civil War General. Original 2.25" x 4" carte-de-visite photo by Boude and Miley of Lexington, Virginia, signed on the image in black ink, “R. E. Lee.” The CDV portrays the classic head and shoulder image of Lee in suit and bow tie. A few scattered spots but overall in very good condition. One of the most coveted of Civil War personalities, with a particularly bold signature.
Item Number: 13797
Battle of Gettysburg
19th Century Stereoview card bearing a double 6" x 3" photograph showing the rocks of Devil's Den at Gettysburg with soldiers with rifles in the image. Verso identifies the scene as: "Dead at Little Round Top, position of Berdan's Sharpshooters". Published by W. H. Tipton, Gettysburg on yellow mount from an original negative by the Weaver brothers in late 1863. Minor edge wear, with upper left corner crease, minor soiling, overall very good.
Item Number: 9435
Tintype Civil War
A large Civil War 3/4 plate tintype, measures 5" x 7", of a Navy chaplain in full uniform with his sword pulled out of his rapier and in his hand. He has his dress uniform chapeaux with feathers on his head and a white sash with a chaplain medal in the center. There are crosses on his cuffs, sash and belt buckle. A clean image with some minor cracking to the emulation barely noticeable. In an oval matte and original oval wood frame.
Item Number: 11351
Civil War Rodman Cannon
Original Civil War half plate (4.5" x 7") tintype showing a Rodman naval and siege cannon with 6 unidentified individuals posing by the cannon. Rodmans were among the heaviest and most powerful guns of the Civil War. Due to their size and weight these cannons were used during the civil war in fixed positions in batteries and forts to protect the waterways. These weapons weighed 42,500 pounds, and could hurl a 450 pound shot over 4 miles. Rodman's process permitted larger guns to be manufactured, guns that were previously impossible. The Union ordered 8, 10, 13, 15, and 20 inch caliber Rodman Columbiads. The 15 inch Rodman was the largest actually used by the Union during the Civil War. In this tintype we see the backside of the bottle shaped cannon sitting on its metal mount that would hold the 20 ton cannon, with 2 men sitting on the mount and 1 standing next to it. Rodmans such as the one pictured here, were among the largest of the guns of the period and used in defenses and fortifications. They were capable of firing a large shell or ball up to several miles. Even today these remain some of the largest cannons ever made. A small white flaw underneath the cannon mount does not detract noticeably from the image. In very good condition
Item Number: 12639
19th C. Photo [Civil War]
CDV. The Dictator was one of the busiest post-war ships on the coastal run from Charleston to Florida from 1865 to 1878; W. Hammant, Jacksonville, is noted on verso as photographer of the Dictator. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10490
Manuscript "Constitution," for a Confederate Veterans Association in Walnut Grove (possibly Tennessee or Missouri?), no date, 5½ pages folio. The constitution states that "All Confederate veterans who was honorable discharged from service is eligible to membership in this Association." The objectives of the association are set forth: "...the Conservation of Confederate memories the formation of fellowship and the Cultivation of friendship between the veterans of the late Confederate War the Exhibition of loyal respect to the recollection and Impulses of a Confederate past the Encouragement and practice of manly virtues the Extension of reasonable aid and sympathy to fellow members in time of sickness and distress and in case of death the rendition of suitable funeral honors. The titles of the officers, their duties, and the order of business are noted. There is much concern about members who become ill or die. A few members of one committee are written on verso of the last page; some research might tell more about this interesting and touching document.
Item Number: 10483
Historic newspaper. The Press, July 7, 1876 issue, Philadelphia, PA. The first front-page story reports on the Battle of the Plains and General Custer's consequent demise. In part: "Despatches to Generals Sherman and Sheridan which show that the first reports were only too true - an intimation that Custer sacrificed himself and his command by blundering hardihood... The name Custer is a household word. It was marked deep on the hearts of our people during the brightest and darkest hours of the late rebellion... Custer fell- fell at the head of his command; fell where Death's sickle cut close and sure; fell, and around him were gathered the gallant men of his commend, who illustrated their bravery a full appreciation of Espirit du corps and amor patria." Front page is war-related. Slight wear and small tears around the edges. Only includes the front page spread, pages 1,2,7,8. A rare copy (even incomplete). In very good condition.
Item Number: 14379
Civil War Rodman Cannon
Original Civil War half plate (4.5" x 7") tintype showing a Rodman naval and siege cannon with 6 unidentified individuals posing by the cannon. Rodmans were among the heaviest and most powerful guns of the Civil War. Due to their size and weight these cannons were used during the civil war in fixed positions in batteries and forts to protect the waterways. These weapons weighed 42,500 pounds, and could hurl a 450 pound shot over 4 miles. Rodman's process permitted larger guns to be manufactured, guns that were previously impossible. The Union ordered 8, 10, 13, 15, and 20 inch caliber Rodman Columbiads. The 15 inch Rodman was the largest actually used by the Union during the Civil War. In this tintype we see the backside of the bottle shaped cannon sitting on its metal mount that would hold the 20 ton cannon, with 3 men and a dog sitting posed around it. Rodmans such as the one pictured here, were among the largest of the guns of the period and used in defenses and fortifications. They were capable of firing a large shell or ball up to several miles. Even today these remain some of the largest cannons ever made. A crease runs vertically half way up from the bottom of the image, and a green stain on the bottom margin, likely where it was glued into an album. Nevertheless, in good condition.
Item Number: 12638
Cannon Civil War CDV
Civil War Carte de Visite Photo by J.A. Williams of training troops at the U.S. Naval Academy, Newport, R.I. A dozen soldiers, in full Naval uniform with Naval Officers Caps, One of them is holding the cannon swab stick in his hand, preparing to swab the cannon. One of the soldiers is holding his sword, while the others surround the cannon. Printed on verso "J.A. Williams, Cartes de Visite Gallery, Tourno Street, Newport, R.I." Full board and in excellent condition.
Item Number: 11902
Civil War Brady Gallery
Civil War Photograph from Brady's Album Gallery, dated 1862 Titled on verso: "Brady's Album Gallery No. 375 - Battery No. 4 - Near Yorktown, Mounting 10 13-inch Mortars, each weighing 20,000 pounds. East South End." The soldiers are dwarfed standing next to the huge 20,000 pound mortars. An impressive image of union soldiers in uniform with kepi, arms against 3 giant mortar cannons. copyright on bottom of mount reads "1862, Barnard & Gibson," one light, vertical crease at middle. Otherwise in very good condition.
Item Number: 11903
Group of two partly-printed tax receipts,two receipts collected by Sheriff Farrar of Mecklenburg County and Aylor, Sheriff of Madison. Both receipts are dated 1861. 1 is for "Slaves and money $6.80" and "War Tax of $1.36." Dated August 23, 1861 and signed by Sheriff Farrar. The other is signed by Sheriff Aylor. In excellent condition. A nice group of slave tax receipts.
Item Number: 12584
Inkwell Civil War
Civil War Antique Traveling Inkwell. The Inkwell measures 2” in diameter by 1 ½” tall and is marked on the inside lid with a double Eagle Head. The leather piece in this Civil War traveling Inkwell is in very good condition as is the glass inkwell itself. The Nickel Plated Brass Case is also very good condition including the leather.
Item Number: 12726
CDV UNION OFFICER
Civil War date Carte-de-visite photograph of Lt. George W. Kennedy of the 10th N.Y. Cavalry, a Gettysburg unit, showing him in a bust portrait in uniform. Back stamp by Brady. Corners clipped away from image, very good. Kennedy was discharged in October, 1864 by reason of disability
Item Number: 6210
South Carolina the first state to secede from the Union. Thus Starting the Civil War- 1860 newspaper
Secession South Carolina
South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union. ORIGINAL Civil War newspaper, the NY Journal of Commerce dated Dec 27, 1860. Front page headline and 4 columns of text on the South carolina Secession Comvention and the announcement of the secession of South Carolina from the Union. Front page printing of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession !! This has a VERY DETAILED word for word transcript of the SC Secession Convention as well as a front page printing of the Ordinance of Secseeion !! Great display newspaper to frame. Charleston ranked as the 22nd largest city in the United States according to the 1860 census, with a population of 40,522. Long feared as a target for foreign invasion, the harbor was ringed with a series of forts, bastions, and floating batteries to protect it from an enemy fleet. On December 20, 1860, the South Carolina General Assembly made the state the first to ever secede from the Union. They asserted that one of the causes was the election to the presidency of a man "whose opinions and purposes are hostile to slavery." Secession of South Carolina South Carolina adopted the "Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union" on December 24, 1860. It argued for states' rights for slave owners in the South, but contained a complaint about states' rights in the North in the form of opposition to the Fugitive Slave Act, claiming that Northern states were not fulfilling their federal obligations under the Constitution. At issue were: The refusal of Northern states to enforce the fugitive slave code, violating Southern personal property rights; Agitation against slavery, which "denied the rights of property". Assisting "thousands of slaves to leave their homes" through the Underground Railroad. The election of Lincoln "because he has declared that that 'Government cannot endure permanently half slave, half free,' and that the public mind must rest in the belief that slavery is in the course of ultimate extinction". "...elevating to citizenship, persons who, by the supreme law of the land, are incapable of becoming citizens". Most Northerners opposed the Dred Scott decision, although only a few New England states allowed blacks an equal right to vote. South Carolina became the first state to secede from the Union on December 20, 1860. South Carolina troops also fired the first shots of the Civil War in 1861 when they fired on Union troops in Fort Sumter. In very good condition. This listing includes the complete entire original Civil War newspaper.
Item Number: 12730
Fitz John Porter
Union major general who fought at Antietam and Second Bull Run. He was later accused by Pope for "disobedience and disloyalty" and relieved. Good grouping of two Handwritten Autograph Letters Signed, octavo, New York, 1869-1893, to fellow Gen. Henry L. Abbot, some with excellent content, in part: "Graydon is finishing his efforts to raise companies on his guns - his shells & his fuses...Please tell me...if you consider Lieut. Graydon's system of torpedo defense - with wire cable, anchors, steam boilers & engines & c practicable and likely to lead to any application..." Comes with an ALS, 3 pages, octavo, 1892 from his daughter requesting an autograph. 3 items, overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 8118
Carte de Visite of three young children, with caption at bottom 'These Children Were turned out of the St. Lawrence Hotel, Chestnut St., Philadelphia, on account of Color.' Verso with 'The nett proceeds from the sale of these Photographs will be devoted to the education of Colored People in the department of the Gulf, now under the command of Major General Banks.' J.F. McClees, Philadelphia back mark. Sepia toned, 2 1/2" x 4". In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10994
Documents Civil War
2 Civil War Documents. General Orders No. 2 signed by Leander Blanden ("L. Blanden") as Col. 95th Ill. Infty, "Head Qrs. 2nd Brig. 3rd Div...Camp 'Battle field' Near New Orleans," Feb. 24, 1865., regarding reports to be sent to headquarters, including "Descriptive List of Deserters." Show-through from mounting strip on verso. Second document is a pay order from U.S. A. Genl. Hospital Readville, Jan. 28, 1865, to Col. William Fitch, Paymaster-General of Connecticut, to pay $10 to Charles S. Higgins of Co. B. 2nd Reg. Ct. Vols. In excellent condition.
Item Number: 10556
photographs Civil War
Civil War related Stereoview photograph of an oil painting. Stereoview card bearing a double 7" x 4", sepia toned photograph of wounded soldiers in trenches, "From the Chicago Panorama of the Battle of Gettysburg. 1st headquarters of Gen. Geo. G Mead July 2nd". Part of a series of stereoviews representing different sections of an oil painting of the Cyclorama of Gettysburg by French artist Paul Dominique Phillipoteaux. From Bennett's series "Wanderings Among the Wonders and Beauties of Western Scenery." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 11300
Newspaper Abolition of Slavery
Front Page Headline reads "The Bill Abolishing Slavery in the District of Columbia Passed the House." Newspaper "The Detroit Free Press", April 12, 1862. 19" x 26", 2 pages. Has a blow by blow account of the debate among the members of the House and the various amendments associated with the bill. It concludes "The bill was passed, 93 agains 39." Also includes local, national and international news, as well as "News From the South." Some small tears at the left hand margin, not affecting text. A diagonal crease runs across the top half of the paper, and a small piece of yellow tape has adhered to the top margin. Overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 12719
Slavery Handwritten letter signed. Silvanus Patch, 1 page, March 1823, in which Mr. Hatch writes in somewhat phonetic English to a John Bourding concerning the sale of one of his slaves, in part "...I wish you to assist Mr. Nicholson in the gitten [sic] of the money from the sale of Davis, and the 50 of Collens as I am in det [debt] to Mr. Nicholson..[use] every excursion to git [sic] that from him [and] you will obliage [sic] your well wisher..." Foxing, in very good condition.
Item Number: 10137
Bayonets, Musket Civil War Document
Civil War document regarding arms and ammunition "Return of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores received, issued, and remaining on hand in Company E, 42nd Regiment Mass Vols Infantry, for First Quarter 1863" Great descriptions of ordnance. "Springfield rifled muskets, caliber .58, Springfield Smooth Bore Musket caliber 69/100, Bayonet scabbards for sword bayonets..." and more like this. Includes cartridges, numbers of each, etc., Signed by John W. Emerson, Capt. 42nd Mass. 31 March 1863. Some slight wear but overall in very good condition.
Item Number: 12756
1864 Civil War ALS " the union folks will give the rebels such a thraching that they never will need an other.."
Letter Civil War
Man writes to his sister in Michigan from Grizzly Bear House, CA in July of 1864. He learns of his father's death. He writes of the ice and its affects on the peach trees. In part : The news from the war is verry good but some what to slow to suit me but I don't know as I ought to complain for the hart I take in it is not verry hard just pay taxes and stay at home well taxes is one necessary part of the war and some one has to fight while others pay but I do hope our folks that is the union folks will give the rebels such a thraching that they never will need an other and then there will be peace at home and abroad---- Letter is signed; From your Brother John. Written on a sturdy cream color paper. Has a few splits where at folds, also minor creases and stains, otherwise in very good condition. Envelope with original stamp included
Item Number: 12729
Historic Civil War newspaper . The New York Times, October 7, 1864 issue, New York, NY. The first front-page story is on a clash between rebel forces and Sherman's garrison at Allatoona. In part: "At 6 o'clock yesterday morning the enemy attacked with artillery and infantry ... every move of the enemy was handsomely repulsed with severe loss to the rebels... leaving their dead and 400 to 600 wounded in our possession..." Front page is war-related. Slight wear, small tears and stains around the edges. In very good condition.
Item Number: 6432
Historic Newspaper with Large Civil War Illustrations including General Grant and Lincoln as a Marble Bust
Historic Newspaper. Harper's Weekly, June 24, 1865, New York. Cover has large illustration of General Grant meeting with General Scott at West Point. Inside are numerous Civil War illustrations, including a whimsical portrayal of Lincoln as a marble bust with female personifications of liberty, justice and victory (or possibly the union?) around him. Liberty has her foot on the back of what appears to be a white slaveholder. To Lincoln's left a slave is in the act of rising up, while broken shackles lie at his feet. Great content articles on the civil war throughout. Minor stains and very small tears around the edges. In very good condition and still very strong for a paper of this age.
Item Number: 6446
Congress Civil War
Group of 7 Congressional documents, all war-date, octavo, some multi-paged, most with good content, in small part: Discharge of Soldiers, and Forts and Means of Defence. A nice grouping of U.S. government documents pertaining to the War.
Item Number: 12714
Congress Civil War
Group of 5 Congressional documents, all war-date, octavo, some multi-paged, most with good content, in small part: regiments that have not been paid and the expenses of the military establishment. A nice grouping of U.S. government documents pertaining to the War.
Item Number: 12715
Congress Civil War
Group of 8 Congressional documents, all war-date, octavo, some multi-paged, most with good content, in small part: pensions to widows of deceased chaplains and soldiers, transportation of troops, new recruits for old regiments and armament of fortifications. A nice grouping of U.S. government documents pertaining to the War.
Item Number: 11070
Civil war Photography
Lot of Keystone Civil War Stereoviews. One stereoview is The "Bloody Angle" where Pickett's charge was repulsed. Gettysburg, Pa. Another stereoview is where Lincoln made his Gettysburg Address. The third stereoview is where Gen. Thomas made his headquarters, Chimamauga Park, TN. Another stereoview is of the cabin where Lincoln was born.
Item Number: 11140
Artillery Button Civil War
One Dug Civil War Gilded Eagle "A" Artillery Button in Coat size. Nice, smooth chocolate brown patina with Gold Gilt outlining design. It does have a punch over the Eagle's left wing, but still a nice Civil War Artillery button. Dug at battle site.
Item Number: 8439
Cavalry Button "C" Civil War
One Dug Civil War Gilted Eagle "C" Cavalry Button with shank in Coat size. Nice, smooth chocolate brown patina with no dents , pushes, or repairs with nice upright shank . Gold Gilt outlining design. It does have some ground action, but still a nice looking Cavalry button. Dug at battle site.
Item Number: 8440
Congress Civil War
Four page Civil War date Congressional document regarding the cavalry forces of the United States. Printed on short pages. In very good condition.
Item Number: 12666
Editor of the Republican Banner in Nashville, Tenn., in 1861; during the Civil War entered the Confederate service; aide to Gen. N.B. Forrest; was on the staff of Gen. Leonidas Polk. Autograph on card “Henry Watterson” with Kentucky added in another hand. 1894.
Item Number: 11004
Large $1000 Confederate Bond Certificat originally issued by the Confederate government to fund the war effort. The 1000 Bond certificat has 60 coupons attached. The overall size is 26"x16". All coupons are present, though as you can see from the picture, many have become damaged by age, and two are seriously damaged with paper loss. Issued by the "Confederate States of America" on February 17, 1864 and get 6 percent per annum. Each individual coupon is for $30. There is also paper loss and a long tear along the top of the sheet. Browning and foxing throughout. Priced based on its condition issues.
Item Number: 14120
"The Battle of Cedar Creek" Civil War Pamphlet. October 19, 1864. Printed with the header "Liberty and Union Forever" with two American flags and a red and blue border. In blue type. In part: "Old Early camped at Fisher's Hill. Resolved some Yankee blood to spill; He chose his time when Phil. was gone, The Yankee camp to fall upon. Get out of the way says Gen. Early, I've come to drive you from the valley. At night, like theif, of sense bereft. He marched his troops around our left, With orders strict unto his boys, To nothing take't would make a noise." While they were on their mission bent, We Yanks were sleeping in our tents; Until the Rebs with rousing volley, Warned us to sleep was death and folly. Get out, &c." 8" by 4.75." In excellent condition.
Item Number: 14404
2 Civil War era Stereoview photographs. Stereoview card bearing a double 6" x 3", sepia toned photograph of 530 Congress Hall, Sarratoga, NY by Stereoscopic Gems of Sarratoga and one sepia toned Stereoview of Senate Chamber by J.F. Jarvis Stereoscopic Views. Some soiling, otherwise in very good condition.
Item Number: 11304
Historic newspaper printed during the Civil War. The New York Times, November 22, 1864 issue, New York, NY. The first front-page story in this issue is on General William Sherman and his army's movement. In part: "Sherman's Movement...A Mistake of the enemy at Atlanta, the Rebels rush in for plunder, Nine Hundred of them are captured...The morale of the entire army is unequaled, and the vigor and determination of Gen. Sherman will push it triumphantly through the glorious work it has to do..." Most of the articles on the front page are war-related. Slight wear. Overall in excellent condition.
Item Number: 5677
Newspaper Civil War
Vintage newspaper printed during the Civil War. The New York Times, December 13, 1864 issue, New York, NY. The entire front page of this historic war-dated paper has stories of the War including "The War in Tennessee." In part: "...Seventy-four shots were fired at it, doing, however, no damage...Our troops attacked and routed the enemy. The Federal loss was four killed and forty wounded. The enemy's loss is unknown..." Slight wear and light foxing. Overall in excellent condition.
Item Number: 5678
Civil War Siege Ball
Civil War unexploded 1" siege ball from the U.S. Navy. Ball was found October 1970 in the side wall of Confederate Fort Huger near Suffolk, Virginia. The fort was built by some 1000 slaves and free blacks in 1861. It took ten months to build and was captured 10 months later. Fort Huger was named after Thomas B. Huger, CSN who had served in the US Navy for 20 years before the war. He commanded a battery at Morris Island in Charleston Harbor, SC, in 1861 and was on the CSS McRae in New Orleans' defense. He was mortally wounded on April 24,1862. Siege ball most likely fired between April and May of 1963 during the Siege of Suffolk.
Item Number: 12958