War Date Autograph Letter Signed (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General N. P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms. War Date Autograph Letter Signed : 7 5/8 x 9 3/4, in ink. Head Quarters, 28th Regt. P.V. Point of Rocks, Md. December 4, 1861 S.R. Hilt, Esq. Dear Sir, I am in receipt of your three letters relative to your son. As yet there has been no promotion in the Regiment. All that are to be made must from necessity of prescribed regulation undergo strict military examination, and the candidates can only receive a commission as an officer to fill a vacancy after passing successfully. This order is strictly enjoined by the Major General Commanding. I will notify David to prepare for the ordeal if anything can be done for him. If his advancement proves successful I would be pleased to announce it to you. Yours very respectfully, Jno. W. Geary Col. 28th Regt. P.V. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Very nice early Civil War letter written by then Colonel John W. Geary to a Pennsylvania friend. Mr. Hilt's son David was a private in Colonel Geary's 28th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.
The father-in-law of Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart War Period Signature With Rank (1809-95) Born in Leesburg, Va., he graduated in the West Point class of 1827. He served in the Black Hawk War, led the celebrated Mormon battalion from Sante Fe to California during the Mexican War, took part in the Utah expedition of 1857-58, wrote a treatise on cavalry tactics for the army, and was an observer of the Italian War of 1859-60. In 1861, Cooke's family divided over the issue of secession; two daughters and their husbands (one being the legendary Confederate cavaly commander General J.E.B. Stuart) and one son (General John Rogers Cooke) joined the Confederacy, the elder Cooke and his other daughter and her husband remained loyal to the Union. He was commissioned brigadier general in the Regular Army, November 12, 1861. During the early part of the war he commanded the brigade of regular cavalry in the Washington defenses and led a division in the Virginia Peninsular campaign of 1862. He was later employed on court martials, in district command, and was general superintendent of recruiting services. War Period Signature With Rank, Etc. : 3 1/4 x 1 3/4, in ink, Very respectfully, Yr. obt. Servt., P.S. Geo. Cooke, Brig. Gen., U.S.A. Small surface blemish on the S. in the signature.
(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the Young Napoleon, he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam. He was defeated for president in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln. Signature With Sentiment : 3 5/8 x 1 3/4, in ink, In haste very truly yours, Geo. B. McClellan.
(1818-1893) A lawyer, he was elected to the Massachusetts house of Representatives in 1853, and to the State Senate in 1859. The following year Butler was a delegate to the Democratic Convention which met in Charleston, where he voted 57 consecutive times to nominate Jefferson Davis for President of the United States. As a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts Militia, Butler entered the war in dramatic fashion; five days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter he lifted the blockade of Washington with the 8th Massachusetts. He was the first volunteer general appointed by Lincoln. He was badly defeated at Big Bethel. Butler was the first to apply the term contraband of war to slaves. He commanded the successful attack on Hatteras Inlet and later became the vilified military governor of New Orleans. In 1863 he was given command of the Army of the James which he saw action with at Bermuda Hundred and the Petersburg campaign. Elected to Congress in 1866, he played a prominent role in the Andrew Johnson impeachment. He later became Governor of Massachusetts. Signature : 4 x 2 1/8, in ink, Benj. F. Butler, Mass. Light age toning and creasing.
Card signature with date and place (1818-1898) Graduated from the celebrated West Point class of 1841 which contributed 20 general officers to the Civil War. He was seriously wounded in the Mexican War at the battle of Churubusco, and won the brevets of captain and major. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was in San Francisco as adjutant of the Department of the Pacific. He was commissioned brigadier general, on May 17, 1861, and upon his arrival in Washington, he helped to train and organize the Army of the Potomac. Buell was selected to lead the Army of the Ohio from Kentucky into eastern Tennessee, but because of the lack of railroads he urged an alternate route via the Cumberland and Tennessee Rivers towards Nashville. His plan may have been a contributing factor to the victories of General U.S. Grant at Forts Henry and Donelson which enabled Buell to march unopposed into Nashville. He arrived at the battle of Shiloh in time to stem the Rebel assault of the first day and turn almost certain defeat into a Union victory. He served under General Henry W. Halleck in the Corinth campaign, and on March 22, 1862, was promoted to major general. In June he was detached with four divisions to advance on Chattanooga and to repair the Memphis & Charleston Railroad. In September, he moved into Kentucky to resist the invasion by Generals Braxton Bragg and E.K. Smith and occupied Louisville. On Oct. 8, 1862, he fought the bloody battle of Perryville, Kentucky. Card Signature With Date And Place : 4 1/2 x 3, in ink, D.C. Buell, Airdrie, June 3, 1885. Light age toning and wear. Nice bold autograph. Airdrie, the place General Buell has written on this card, was the town in Kentucky where he lived and died in 1898.
War Date Autograph Letter Signed (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General N. P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms. War Date Autograph Letter Signed : 7 3/4 x 9 7/8, in ink. Camp De Korponay Point of Rocks, Md. Aug. 31st, 1861 S.R. Hilt, Esq. Dear Sir, Yours of 23rd inst. is just handed to me by your son. Your former letter was replied to by me, but I suppose the letter was lost. Mr. Geimmey is authorized by me to rent the house, No. 614, North 16th Street, but before doing so I wish him to consult with my wife who has a blank power which can be filled up to authorize someone to act for me in the matter. She may also have made some arrangements about renting the house which it would be well to ascertain before any final action be made by Mr. Geimmey. Please give your attention to this matter and you will do me a great favor. I will give attention to the affairs of your son at once. He is well- much improved in appearance. Your friend, Jno. W. Geary Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Nice early Civil War letter written by then Colonel John W. Geary to a Pennsylvania friend. Mr. Hilt's son David was a private in then Colonel Geary's 28th Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry. Camp De Korponay was named for Colonel Gabriel De Korponay.
War Period Autograph Endorsement Signed (1822-1880) Graduated in the West Point class of 1842 which was to contribute twelve corps and army commanders to the Union and Confederate armies. Following his graduation he fought Indians in Florida, won a captain's brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War, and served on the frontier of New Mexico and Texas. At the 1st battle of Bull Run, Sykes commanded a battalion of Regulars which gave the best performance on the Union side, covering the panic stricken retreat of the volunteers. In the Peninsular campaign he commanded a brigade and then a division. His troops were heavily engaged at 2nd Bull Run, and he saw action at Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He succeeded General George G. Meade in command of the 5th Corps, after Meade was named commander of the Army of the Potomac, and at Gettysburg played a crucial role. Later that year he took part in the Rappahannock and Mine Run campaigns, and was later sent west to command the Department of Kansas. He remained in the Regular Army after the Civil War and died on duty at Fort Brown, Texas in 1880. War Period Autograph Endorsement Signed : 3 1/8 x 2 1/8, in ink. Approved & resply. forwarded, Geo. Sykes, Brig. Genl., Comdg. Divn. Very desirable Civil War A.E.S.
Attended President Lincoln on his deathbed! Card Signature With Rank (1817-83) After attending school in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Harvard University, he studied medicine and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1838. Barnes was appointed to the medical corps of the army in 1840. He saw three years of service against the Florida Seminoles, was with the Army of Occupation which crossed the Rio Grande during the Mexican War, and was later with General Scott's forces in the capture of Mexico City. When the Civil War opened, he was ordered east from Vancouver barracks. In 1862, while on duty in Washington as a surgeon with the rank of major, he was noticed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, who was looking for a replacement for Surgeon General William A. Hammond. Barnes first was appointed acting surgeon general and was later appointed brigadier general and surgeon general on August 22, 1864. Barnes conducted himself admirably, and attracted a group of brilliant men to the army medical service. He officiated at the deathbeds of two presidents of the United States. He closed the eyes of Abraham Lincoln, and sixteen years later attended the mortally wounded James A. Garfield. Card Signature With Rank : 3 3/4 x 2 1/4, in ink, Jos. K. Barnes, Surg. Genl., U.S.A. Very desirable President Lincoln assassination related autograph.
Colonel 4th New York Cavalry Wounded and captured at Aldie, Virginia, June 17, 1863 Medal of Honor Recipient Autograph Letter Signed (1832-1904) Luigi Palma di Cesnola was a native of Italy and the son of an Italian Count. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy of Turin and served as the youngest commissioned officer in the Sardinia Army of Revolution, being promoted for bravery on the field of Novara, on March 23, 1849. He came to New York in 1860, taught Italian and French, and founded a military school. On September 11, 1862, he enlisted at New York City, and was commissioned colonel of the 4th New York Cavalry. During the battle of Aldie, Va., on June 17, 1863, he was wounded and captured after leading a charge that rallied his command. For his heroic actions he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He remained in a Rebel prison until early 1864 when he was exchanged, it was said in a trade for a personal friend of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. He later served in the 1864 Virginia campaigns, and was discharged in September 1864. After the war he served as the U.S. Counsel at Cyprus, from 1865-77. It is said that he excavated over 35,000 objects of art, and sold the bulk of them to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He was appointed director of the museum in 1879, and held the position until his death in 1904. Autograph Folded Letter Signed : 2 pages, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet, written in French, with C.D.S., New York, Aug. 11/85. English translation : New Castle Westchester Co., N.Y. August 11,1885 My Dear Sir, Please accept my apologies for not replying any sooner to your letter of the first of the current month. I have been so terribly busy up to now, that I did not even have the time to respond before today. I have in my possession, many maps of Cypress, and among others, one made in Amsterdam, in the year of 1590, which seems to be a replica of the one that you have in your possession. It has the Coat of Arms like yours, that is to say, it has three half moons and another containing three lions, and the Cross of Jerusalem! The very first time that you pay me a visit at the museum, I will show it to you. Trust me, Your devoted, L.P. Di Cesnola This is a folded letter whereby the letter was folded in half and the reverse panel was used for the mailing address. It has an imprinted return address of Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Central Park, New York, with a C.D.S. New York, Aug. 11, 4 P.M., '85. Addressed to 239 West 19th Street, [New York] City. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Scarce. Luigi Palma di Cesnola Aldie, Virginia, June 17, 1863 A Dramatic Incident on the Battlefield Colonel, you are a brave man. You are released from arrest. Here is my own sword. Take it and bring it back to me, red with the enemy's blood. General Kilpatrick unsheathed his sword and handed it to Colonel Luigi Palma di Cesnola, while a whole regiment in silent reverence witnessed the impressive scene. It was just before the battle of Aldie, June 17,1863. General Kilpatrick had been sent with his brigade in advance of the main body of the Union troops. The rebels occupied high ground and were behind rails encircling large stacks of hay. Their guns were doing considerable damage to the Union cavalry and the necessity to silence or capture them became urgent. Colonel di Cesnola's regiment formed part of General Kilpatrick's brigade. On the very morning of the battle an unpleasant episode marred the feeling of comradeship in the Northern ranks. A junior officer had been promoted over Colonel di Cesnola and the latter felt offended. He did not attempt to conceal his injured feelings, but bluntly walked up to General McGregg and protested against the promotion. For this act of indiscretion he was ordered under arrest. In the meantime the general ordered a charge on the enemy's position. Colonel di Cesnola's regiment in a body refused to obey orders. Not a man would stir unless led by his own, dearly beloved commander. For a second the general was nonplussed, but for a second only. Colonel di Cesnola gave him no time to form any conclusion. The honor of his own regiment was now at stake. Without a moment's hesitation Kilpatrick rushed at the head of his men, ordered the charge to be sounded and led his regiment against the rebels. Three times he made an attempt to capture the guns on the crest of the hill. Three times he was forced to retire. General Kilpatrick could not observe the dashing courage of the brave New Yorkers and their fearless leader and remain unmoved. After the third charge he stepped up to Colonel di Cesnola and addressing him in the language afore mentioned, handed him his own sword. A fourth charge was made. Though the guns were not captured, the enemy had no desire for further attacks and retreated to a safer position. But the Union troops, too, paid dearly for the advantage gained, and the gallant New Yorkers especially mourned over an almost irreparable loss. Colonel di Cesnola had been severely wounded and taken prisoner. His horse had been killed under him. After nine months confinement at Libby prison he was exchanged, and returned to his colors. Colonel di Cesnola was a born soldier and a remarkable man. Of noble family, he was a count, born in Rivarolo, Italy, June 29, 1832. He entered the Sardinian Army at the age of sixteen, and distinguished himself in the war against Austria. He also participated in the Crimean War, at the conclusion of which he bade the old continent farewell and crossed the ocean to find a new home and serve a new country and a new flag. He was one of those warriors of whom the poet says that they are: Every inch a soldier. Source: Deeds of Valor
Medal of Honor Recipient Presided over the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators! Governor of Pennsylvania (1830-89) A lawyer by profession, at the beginning of the Civil War he was colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry. Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at the 1st battle of Bull Run. He then undertook the organization of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, and was commissioned their colonel on November 16, 1861, and led them in General Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition to the North Carolina coast in 1862. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 12, 1864, for gallant services rendered at the battle of Spotsylvania, and commanded a division during the Petersburg campaign. He was appointed special provost marshal for the trial of the Lincoln conspirators, and presided over their hanging on July 7, 1865. It was General Hartranft who led Mary Surratt, Lewis Thornton Powell, a.k.a. Paine, David Herold, and George Atzerodt to the gallows to be hung. He served as Governor of Pennsylvania, 1873-79. Signature : 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, J.F. Hartranft. Light age toning and wear.
War Date Document Signed Orders Sent to Brigadier General Alfred N. Duffie while a paroled prisoner of war! Robert Williams : (1825-1901). Williams graduated from West Point in 1851, and was assigned to the dragoon branch of the U.S. Army where he served on the frontier. He later taught cavalry tactics at the U.S. Military Academy. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he was promoted to Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, and he first served in the Department of Annapolis, and later in the Department of the Shenandoah. On October 7, 1861, he was commissioned Colonel of the 1st Massachusetts Cavalry, which he led in the battles of Secessionville, and James Island, S.C. After serving briefly with the Army of the Potomac, his duties were in the Adjutant General's Office for the remainder of the war. Continuing his service in the Regular U.S. Army, he retired in 1893 with rank of Brigadier General. War Date Document Signed : 8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, February 25, 1865. Special Orders, No. 93. Brigadier General A.N. Duffie, U.S. Volunteers, now a paroled prisoner of War, has permission to proceed to Cincinnati, Ohio, and there await his exchange. By order of the Secretary of War, (Signed) E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. Official R. Williams, Assist. Adjt. General. Addressed in red ink at lower left to, Genl. Duffie. This was the copy of the order that was sent to General Duffie. The document also bears the signatures of five different U.S. Army Paymasters. They include: Daniel M. Adams, William C.H. Sherman, Coates Kinney, Eli Van Valkenburgh and John A. Pitzer. The signature of E.D. Townsend is clerical. Light age toning and wear. Fold separations have been repaired with old tape. Rare. General Alfred N. Duffie : (1835-80) Born in Paris, he was the son of a French count. He graduated from the military college of St. Cyr in 1854 and won four decorations in the Crimea. Wounded in the battle of Solferino against the Austrians, he took leave of absence to come to the U.S. in 1859, where he met and married the daughter of a prominent Staten Island family. When the Civil War broke out he resigned his commission in the French army and offered his services to the U.S. On Aug. 2, 1861, he was commissioned captain of the 2nd N.Y. Cavalry and was promoted to major in October. In July 1862, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry which he led in the 2nd Bull Run campaign. In March 1863 his distinguished services at the battle of Kelly's Ford got the attention of General Joe Hooker who requested his promotion to brigadier general which was granted. He commanded a division of the Cavalry Corps under General Alfred Pleasanton during the Chancellorsville campaign and the early phases of the Gettysburg campaign. After this he was ordered to the Department of West Virginia and his subsequent service was in that department under Generals' Benjamin F. Kelley, Franz Sigel, David Hunter and George Crook. In October 1864, he was captured by Confederate partisans near Bunker Hill, Va., and was not paroled until the end of February 1865.
(1818-1893) A lawyer, he was elected to the Massachusetts house of Representatives in 1853, and to the State Senate in 1859. The following year Butler was a delegate to the Democratic Convention which met in Charleston, where he voted 57 consecutive times to nominate Jefferson Davis for President of the United States. As a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts Militia, Butler entered the war in dramatic fashion; five days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter he lifted the blockade of Washington with the 8th Massachusetts. He was the first volunteer general appointed by Lincoln. He was badly defeated at Big Bethel. Butler was the first to apply the term contraband of war to slaves. He commanded the successful attack on Hatteras Inlet and later became the vilified military governor of New Orleans. In 1863 he was given command of the Army of the James which he saw action with at Bermuda Hundred and the Petersburg campaign. Elected to Congress in 1866, he played a prominent role in the Andrew Johnson impeachment. He later became Governor of Massachusetts. Signature : 3 1/4 x 1 1/8, in ink, Benj. F. Butler. Mounted to 4 1/2 x 2 1/4 piece of an album page. Light staining.
United States Senator from Nebraska Governor of Wyoming Territory Governor of Nebraska (1820-1906) Graduated from Brown University in 1841, studied law, and commenced practice in Worcester, Mass. Thayer moved to Nebraska Territory, and when the Pawnees became troublesome, he was commissioned the first brigadier general of the territorial militia and soon demonstrated adeptness as an Indian fighter. When the Civil War broke out he was commissioned colonel of the 1st Nebraska, a regiment recruited as infantry but designated cavalry in 1863. He served with distinction in the capture of Fort Donelson, and in the battle of Shiloh, where he commanded a brigade in the division of General Lew Wallace. He commanded the 1st Division of the 15th Corps in the Vicksburg campaign, and then accompanied General Frederick Steele west of the Mississippi, taking command of the District of the Frontier with headquarters at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He also took part in Steele's Camden campaign. When Nebraska gained statehood in 1867, Thayer was elected as one of its first two senators, serving as a staunch Radical Republican, and supporter of U.S. Grant. In 1871, President Grant appointed him as governor of Wyoming Territory, and in 1886, he was elected governor of Nebraska, and was re-elected in 1888. Signature With State :5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, John M. Thayer, Nebraska. Huge signature. Light age toning. Very nice!
Medal of Honor Recipient Colonel of the 37th Illinois Infantry United States Congressman from Illinois Typed Letter Signed (1839-1915) Born in Holmes County, Mississippi. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Black was a student at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He quit school and enlisted in the Union Army on April 14, 1861, as a sergeant major, and was mustered into the field and staff of the 11th Indiana Infantry. He was mustered out of this 3 month's regiment on August 4, 1861. On August 15, 1861, he was commissioned major, of the 37th Illinois Infantry. He was severely wounded on March 7, 1862, in the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, and was promoted to lieutenant colonel, on July 7, 1862. He was severely wounded again, on December 7, 1862, in the battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, his heroic actions earning him the Medal of Honor. He was promoted to colonel, February 1, 1863, and brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for gallantry in the storming of Fort Blakely, Alabama. He resigned on August 15, 1865. After the war he returned to his education, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1867, and commenced a practice in Danville, Illinois. He was appointed U.S. Commissioner of Pensions by President Grover Cleveland, and served from 1885-89; served as U.S. Congressman, 1893-95; U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Illinois, 1895-99; Department Commander of the Loyal Legion of Illinois, 1895-97; Department Commander of the Illinois G.A.R., 1898; Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R., 1903-1904; member of the U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1904-13, and served as its president. Typed Letter Signed : 5 1/4 x 6 1/2, signed in ink. United States Civil Service Commission, Washington, D.C. February 13, 1906 Gen. Eugene B. Payne, Bureau of Pensions, City Dear General: I have been examining your Digest with interest, and desire to compliment you upon its completeness, and also the excellence of its execution. Very sincerely yours, John C. Black Light age toning. Very fine. Footnote: The publication that General Black is referring to in his letter was titled, Digest of Decisions of the Department of the Interior, by Eugene B. Payne, (1905).
Commander of the famous Hawkins' Zouaves Card Signature With Rank, etc. (1831-1920) He fought in the Mexican War and at the beginning of the Civil War organized the famed Hawkins Zouaves, which mustered into the Union army as the 9th New York Infantry, with Hawkins as their colonel. They saw action at Big Bethel, Fort Hatteras, Roanoke Island, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Suffolk. Hawkins was wounded in action on April 19, 1862, at Camden, N.C. Promoted to rank of brevet brigadier general for meritorious and gallant Civil War service. Card Signature With Rank : 4 x 2, in ink, Rush C. Hawkins, Brevet Brigadier General, U.S.V. Commanded Ninth N.Y. Vols., First Brig., 3rd Division, Ninth A.C., and Third Division, Ninth A.C. Excellent. Very desirable.
War Date Document Signed Also includes autograph endorsements signed by future Brigadier General Horace C. Lee, Commanding Brigade, and Colonel John Kurtz, Commanding 23rd Massachusetts Infantry (1823-1874) Graduated 4th in the West Point class of 1846. He won two brevets and was severely wounded in the Mexican War. As chief engineer of the fortifications of Charleston Harbor, he was a leading participant in the bombardment of Fort Sumter. He later took part in General Burnside's North Carolina expedition, and commanded the Department of North Carolina, the Department of Ohio, the Department of the South, and the Department of Florida respectively. War Date Document Signed : 7 3/4 x 11, in ink. Newbern, N.C., July 16th, 1862 To: Genl. J.G. Foster, Comdg. Dept. North Carolina [the document was originally addressed to John A. Andrew, the Governor of Mass. and it was crossed out]. Dear Sir, I am obliged on account of an unfortunate association to ask for my discharge from the office of 1st Lieut. of Company I, 23d Mass. Vols.; had I consulted my feelings, this would have been the result before leaving Annapolis, but I decided to put up with it, rather than return until I had seen some service. Just recovering from a Billious attack, my health admonishes me that it needs recuperation which can only be had by a change of climate, as soon as possible. I remain your most Obedient Servant, Wm. J. Creasey Lieut., Co. I, 23 Mass. V. Head Quarters, 23rd Mass. Vols. Newbern, N.C., July 16th, 1862 Approved for the reasons set forth above, and respectfully forwarded. John Kurtz, Col. Comdg. Head Qts. 1st Brig., 1st Div., Dept. N.C. Approved and was promoted to colonel, on October 23, 1861. Horace C. Lee, was a 39 year old city clerk from Springfield, Mass., when he enlisted on September 3, 1861, as a colonel, and was commissioned into the 27th Massachusetts Infantry. He was captured on May 16, 1864, at Drewry's Bluff, Va., and confined at Macon, Ga., and Columbia, S.C. He was exchanged on August 3, 1864, at Charleston, S.C. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865.
1865 Appointment of sergeant, 77th Illinois Infantry (1836-91) Born in Danville, Pa., he was a grain merchant by occupation. He enlisted on June 20, 1861, as a colonel, and was commissioned into the 8th Missouri Infantry. He was discharged on September 12, 1862, and commissioned colonel of the 77th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 26, 1865, for meritorious service in the campaign against Mobile, Alabama. 1865 Document Signed : 14 1/2 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Vignette at top center of a spread winged eagle and American shield. The Commanding Officer Of The Seventy Seventh Regiment Of Ills. Vol. Inft., To all who shall see these presents, greeting: Know Ye, That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities of Henry S. Morris, I do hereby appoint him Fourth Sergeant in Company K, of the 77th Regiment of Illinois Vol. Inft. in the service of the United State, to rank as such from the Seventh day of July, one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of Fourth Sergeant by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto belonging, And I do strictly charge and require all Non Commissioned Officers and Soldiers under his command to be odedient to his orders as Fourth Sergeant, And he is to observe and follow such orders and directions from time to time, as he shall receive from me, or the future Commanding Officer of the Regiment, or other Superior Officers and Non Commissioned Officers set over him according to the rules and discipline of War. This Warrant to continue in force during the pleasure of the Commanding Officer of the Regiment for the time being. Given under my hand at the Head Quarters of the Regiment at Springfield, Ills., this twenty seventh day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty five. By the Commanding Officer, D.P. Grier, Bvt. Brig. Gen., Commanding the Regiment. Also signed by the Adjutant of the Regiment. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. The 77th Illinois Infantry saw action at Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Champion's Hill, Black River Bridge, Vicksburg, Jackson, Mansfield, Sabine Cross Roads, Forts Gaines & Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakeley and Mobile.
Autograph Letter Signed (1841-1906) He served as a lieutenant in the 1st South Carolina Artillery. He also served respectively on the staffs of Generals' G.W. Smith and David R. Jones, and was aide-de-camp of General James Longstreet during the battle of Fredericksburg. Colonel Haskell lost his right arm at the 1862 battle of Gaines' Mill, Va., while in command of an artillery battalion, was in command of General John Bell Hood's artillery at Gettysburg, and was much distinguished in his services at Petersburg. His accounts of the Appomattox campaign were extensively used by author Douglas Southall Freeman and others. He wrote of his wartime experiences in his book, The Haskell Memoirs. A lawyer after the war, he also served in the South Carolina legislature. His father-in-law was General Wade Hampton. Autograph Letter Signed : 2 pages, 6 x 9 1/2, in ink, on 2 imprinted letter sheets. Virginia, Tennessee And Carolina Steel And Iron Company, South Atlantic & Ohio Railroad Company, Office Of President, John C. Haskell, President. Bristol, Tenn. And Va., June 24/97. Haskell writes about business matters. Very nice large signature, under his Yrs. truly closing, John C. Haskell. Light age toning and wear.
Governor of Louisiana Document Signed (1834-1912) Born at Donaldsonville, Louisiana, he graduated in the West Point class of 1855. He studied law at the University of Louisiana, now Tulane University, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Napoleonville. At the outbreak of the War Between the States, he entered the Confederate Army as captain of the Phoenix Guards, but was soon elected lieutenant colonel of the 8th Louisiana Infantry. He fought with the regiment at the 1st battle of Manassas, and in Stonewall Jackson's Shenandoah Valley campaign, and was wounded and captured at Winchester. He lost his left arm as a result of this wound; and at Chancellorsville, his left foot was torn off by an artillery shell. Having been promoted to brigadier general, on October 14, 1862, he commanded one of the Louisiana Brigades at Chancellorsville. Unfit for further field command, he was appointed commander of the post at Lynchburg, Va. He was later put in charge of the volunteer and conscript bureau of the Trans-Mississippi Department, a post he held for the remainder of the war. After the war, Nicholls returned to his law practice, and he later served as Governor of Louisiana, 1877-80, and 1888-92. He was chairman of the Louisiana Constitutional Convention of 1879, and returned the state Capitol from New Orleans to Baton Rouge. He also accepted an appointment from President Grover Cleveland to serve on the Board of Visitors for the U.S. Military Academy. Nicholls became Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court in 1892, a post which he held until 1911. He also grew sugar cane and other crops on his Ridgefield Plantation near Thibodaux. Document Signed : 15 1/2 x 13 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. To His Excellency, Francis T. Nicholls, President of the Funding Board: Herewith please find submitted the following obligations of the State which wish exchanged for New Consolidated Bonds, under the provisions of Act. No. 3, of 1874, Funding Bill. Itemized list of bonds with quantity, denomination, rate of interest, etc. Dated at New Orleans, July 31, 1877. Approved: Francis T. Nicholls, President. Rec'd of Thos. H. Hunt, Twenty Five hund. & Sixty Three & 33// Dolls. in Old Bonds to be exchd. under Act 3 of 1874. Rec'd one hund. & Eight & 50// Dolls. in Certificate fundable at par, N.O., Augt. 8/77. The document has also been signed by Tho. H. Hunt, New Orleans, La. Light staining, fold wear, and a couple of paper chips at the edges. Some archival tape repair on the folds on the reverse. Very large, nice signature of Nicholls.
Confederate Congressman Experience in the Supreme Court of the United States, with Some Reflections and Suggestions as to that Tribunal; Third Term Presidential; Experience in the Supreme Court of the United States; and Treatise of the Constitution and Jurisdiction of the United States Courts. On January 26, 1899, while arguing a case before the Supreme Court, Garland suffered a stroke and died a few hours later in the Capitol. Signature With Date : 3 x 2 1/4, in ink, Truly &, A.H. Garland, May 6/87. Thin cut in the bottom of the paper has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. This does not affect the signature.
War Date Document Signed Muster In Roll, 1st Ohio Light Artillery (1821-1911) Barnett was a 40 year old merchant from Cleveland, Ohio, when he enlisted on September 3, 1861, and was commissioned colonel commanding the 1st Ohio Light Artillery. He served as Chief of Artillery, Department of the Cumberland, and was promoted to brevet brigadier general in 1865. War Date Document Signed : 17 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Muster-In Roll of One Officer, Co. C, in the 1st Regiment of Ohio Art. Volunteers, commanded by Colonel Barnett. For 2nd Lieut. James Stover. Includes his muster and pay information. Signed by Asa Holt, Paymaster, U.S.A. Also signed by J.B. Hayes, 1st Lieut., 19th Infantry, Ass't Commissary of Musters, and James Barnett, as Col. Comdg. Regt. Nashville, Tenn., January 30, 1864. Light age toning, fold wear with a few small chips, and some archival tape repairs on the reverse. Asa Holt, served as a Paymaster during the Civil War, 1862-65, and was mustered out of the service with rank of brevet lieutenant colonel. John B. Hays, served in the 19th U.S. Infantry, 1861-65. He was mustered out of the service with rank of brevet major.
Confederate and United States Politician (1809-87) After graduating from the University of Virginia, he practiced law and entered politics, serving as legislator, U.S. Congressman, Speaker of the House, and U.S. Senator. He was a close friend and political ally of John C. Calhoun and favored not only states rights but also slavery. Resigning as a U.S. Congressman, he sat in the Confederate Provisional Congress and succeeded Robert Toombs in July 1861 as Secretary of State. He later served as C.S.A. Senator. In the final days of the Civil War, he attended the Hampton Roads Peace Conference, and was arrested by Federal authorities after the Confederate surrender. Signature With State : 3 1/8 x 2, in ink, R.M.T. Hunter, Virginia. Very fine.
Governor of Virginia during the War Between the States United States Congressman from Virginia (1813-1884) Born in Lexington, Va., he attended Randolph-Macon College, and graduated from Washington Academy (now Washington Lexington Valley Star, newspaper from 1840-50. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850. Served as a U.S. Congressman from 1851-59. Elected Governor of Virginia in 1860, he served until 1864. He was prominent in the organization of the peace convention that met in Washington, D.C., on February 8, 1861, in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; he discouraged secession, but was active in sustaining the ordinance passed by Virginia, on April 17, 1861. Once war came, Letcher supervised the organization of the Virginia army and naval forces and their incorporation into the Confederate service. One of his chief accomplishments was the appointment of such officers as Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. Jackson. His home was burned down by Federal forces in June 1864, and he was imprisoned for several months after the Confederate surrender. After his release, he resumed the practice of law in Lexington; served as a member of the Virginia State House of Delegates, 1875-1877; was a member of the board of visitors of the Virginia Military Institute, from 1866-1880, serving as president of the board for ten years. Signature : 3 x 1, in ink, John Letcher. Very fine.
Vice President of the Confederacy United States Congressman from Georgia Governor of Georgia Autograph Note Signed (1812-1883) A Georgia lawyer, he served in the state legislature and U.S. Congress, believing in personal liberty, local sovereignty, and peace. He formed, with Howell Cobb and Robert Toombs, a triumvirate leading the South away from secession. By 1860, Toombs and Cobb were for secession, but Stephens was still opposed to it. However, when his native state of Georgia seceded, he went with it, and became a leader in the Confederacy. Named Vice President, the only one to ever hold that position in the Confederacy, he was the leader of the moderates and was an early advocate of peace, but after the failure of the Hampton Roads Peace Conference, he had to admit that such a compromise was not possible. Imprisoned for five months in Fort Warren, Boston, after the war, he returned to Georgia where he was elected almost immediately to the Senate, although unable to take his seat. He later served in the U.S. Congress and became Governor of Georgia in 1882. Autograph Note Signed : 5 1/4 x 9. This apparently was originally a blank page in the beginning of a book that Stephens presented to a Genl. Earlington. The presentation reads as follows: This Volume with the kindest personal regards and highest esteem is presented to Genl. Albert C. Earlington By Alexander H. Stephens, Liberty Hall, 27 April 1871. Light age toning and small stain. Very fine.
Prominent U.S. and Confederate Statesman Captured in 1861, this international event became known as the Trent Affair Free frank signature (1798-1871) Descended from a very prominent Virginia family, he studied law and later served as a U.S. Senator and Congressman. While a senator, he drafted the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. As a member of Confederate Congress, he was sent to France in 1861 with John Slidell, to try and gain the support of France for the Confederate cause. The two diplomats were seized on the high seas while onboard the British mail steamer Trent, which resulted in what is called the Trent Affair, a highly publicized event that almost started off another war between the U.S. and England. This episode also created a great deal of sympathy for the Confederacy in Great Britain. Free Frank Signature : 4 3/4 x 2 3/4, postal envelope that has been signed at the upper right, Free, J.M. Mason. Addressed to Miss Chew, Germantown, Philadelphia Co., Pennsylvania. C.D.S., Free, Jan. 26. Detailed docket on the reverse, Rec'd Jany. 1852, J.M.M. note enclosed dated Jany. 20th, 1852, note for $5.00. Much more content. Apparently the envelope was used as an account ledger by the recipient. Includes a red wax seal with the initial M on it no doubt for Mason.
Served in the Confederate Coast Guard during the War Between the States United States Congressman from South Carolina (1832-80) He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Charleston, S.C. During the War Between the States, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served throughout the war as a captain in the Coast Guard. After the war he resumed his law practice in Charleston. He was a member of the Republican State convention at Charleston in 1867; was the first chairman of the Republican State central committee; delegate to the State constitutional convention in November 1867; upon the re-admission of South Carolina to the Union, he was elected U.S. Congressman, and served from 1868-71; served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1871-72; and was elected sheriff of Charleston in 1872. Signature With Place : 5 1/4 x 2 1/2, in ink, C.C. Bowen, Charleston, S.C. Excellent.
War Date Document Signed (1832-1909) Born in Harrison County, Ohio, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed Lieutenant, 2nd U.S. Artillery, he saw action in the Florida Indian Wars. He wrote a Sketch of South Florida, which was used in the final campaign against the Indians, and received the thanks of the general-in-chief. He was appointed Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Army, in July 1861. He saw action at 1st Bull Run, and during the remainder of the Civil War remained in Washington doing yeoman work in charge of the organization and business of the Volunteer Armies of the United States. His persistent attempts to return to active field service were turned down by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton because the secretary felt that Vincent's presence was an absolute necessity in the War Department. He was promoted to rank of Brevet Brigadier General, on March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious Civil War service. He continued in the Regular Army after the war and retired in 1896. War Date Document Signed : 7 3/4 x 8, partial imprint, filled out in ink. This is actual two related documents that were glued together during the Civil War period. The top portion is as follows: The Adjutant General will please give a statement of services & date last payd. J.P. George, 1 Lieut. Co. K, 11 Pa. R.V.C., P.M. Gen's Office., Aug. 18, 1862. Signed by E.H. Brooke, Chief [?]. The attached portion reads as follows: It appears from the records of this office that James P. George was enrolled June 7/61 and mustered into service Aug. 19/61- a 1st Lieut. of Co. K, 11th Pa. R.C. Thomas M. Vincent, Asst. Adjt. Gen. A.G.O., Aug. 18/62. Also included with this lot is an 1862 war dated autograph of the officer who this document refers to, 1st Lieut. J.P. George. It is signed with name, rank, company and regiment. James P. George, a resident of Jefferson County, Pa., enlisted on June 7, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. K, 40th Pennsylvania Infantry, also known as the 11th P.R.C. He was captured on June 27, 1862, at the battle of Gaines Mill, Va., and confined in Libby Prison. He was exchanged on August 27, 1862, for Thomas E. Stake, of the 2nd Kentucky Regiment. George was promoted to captain on April 10, 1863. Edmund H. Brooke, was a Major and Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, of the U.S. Paymaster's Department. Light age toning and wear. The 11th P.V.R.C. (40th Pennsylvania Infantry) was in the heat of battle during many of the engagements of the Army of the Potomac including Gaines's Mill, Charles City Cross Roads, 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg to name but a few of their fields of honor.
U.S. Congressman from Virginia Autograph Letter Signed (1807-1891) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1825. One of his classmates was Robert E. Lee. He served with great distinction in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, in which he was wounded and brevetted repeatedly. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in May 1861. The forces he commanded at Harpers Ferry linked up in time to fight with General Beauregard at 1st Manassas, turning the tide of battle in favor of the Confederacy. This performance earned him a full generalcy and the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. He fought against McClellan in the Peninsular campaign and was severely wounded at the battle of 7 Pines, Va., in May 1862. He was later given the command of the Army of Tennessee which he led in the early stages of the Atlanta campaign. He later opposed General William T. Sherman in the 1865 Carolina's campaign and eventually surrendered his army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. From 1879-81, Johnston served as a U.S. Congressman from his native state of Virginia, and was U.S. Commissioner of Railroads from 1885-91. He died in Washington, on March 21, 1891, supposedly as a result of a cold contracted while marching bareheaded in the rain in the funeral procession of his old Civil War adversary, General William T. Sherman. Autograph Letter Signed : 5 1/2 x 8 3/4, in ink. Richmond, Dec. 7, 1877 R. Worthington, Esqr. Dear Sir, Please send me by express the books mentioned in your recent note. If I understand, their prices are: For Dunlop's History of Fiction $2.50 Browne's Highland Clans (2/3 of 28.00) 18.67 Wordsworth's Greece (Pictorial &c) 16.50 $37.67 A check on the National Union Bank of Maryland for the same is enclosed. Do you import to order (small)? Most respectfully yours, J.E. Johnston Very fine letter from one of the Confederacy's most prominent generals.
Attorney General of Missouri, 1859-60 U.S. Congressman from Kentucky Governor of Kentucky (1830-1911) Born in Marion County, Ky., he studied the law and was admitted to the bar in 1851. He served as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives in 1857-59, and was the Attorney General of Missouri in 1859-60. He served as a U.S. Congressman from Kentucky, 1867-71, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress; and he returned to Congress serving from 1875-83. He was the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary, and was one of the managers appointed by the House of Representatives in 1876 to conduct the impeachment proceedings against William W. Belknap, the ex-U.S. Secretary of War. Knott served as Governor of Kentucky, from 1883-87. Signature With Place : 5 1/4 x 2 1/2, in ink, J. Proctor Knott, Lebanon, Kentucky. Very fine.
Assassinated while serving as 20th President of the United States (1831-81) Elected to the Ohio Senate as a Republican in 1859. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he helped recruit the 42nd Ohio Infantry, and became their lieutenant colonel, and later colonel in December 1861. He won an engagement at Big Sandy Valley in Jan. 1862, and was promoted to brigadier general. He also fought at Shiloh, Corinth, and Chickamauga, and earned promotion to major general. Garfield served 9 terms in the House of Representatives and was elected 20th President of the United States. Four months after his inauguration, he was shot down in the Washington Railroad depot, on July 2, 1881, and died 11 weeks later. Signature With Place : 5 x 2 1/2, in ink, James A. Garfield, Hiram, Ohio. Excellent full name signature.
United States Congressman from Ohio (1828-1914) Born near Sandusky, Ohio. In 1854, he established the Beatty Brothers Bank, in Cardington, Ohio, with his brother. He served as a Republican presidential elector in 1860. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he raised a company, and was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Ohio Infantry. He saw action in McClellan's western Virginia campaign, and was promoted to colonel on Feb. 12, 1862. He participated in General Ormsby M. Mitchel's raid into Tennessee and Northern Alabama, and then saw action in the battle of Perryville, Ky. At Murfreesboro, Beatty, the recently appointed brigadier general, was in brigade command, and had 2 horses shot out from under him. He then fought gallantly in the Tullahoma, Chickamauga and Chattanooga campaigns, before joining General W.T. Sherman in aiding General A.E. Burnside at Knoxville. He served as a U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1868-73, and was president of the Ohio Chickamauga and Chattanooga Military Park Commission. Signature With Place : 5 1/4 x 3, in ink, John Beatty, Cardington, Ohio. Excellent.
United States Congressman from New York (1831-1906) Born in Dutchess County, N.Y., he served as a New York State Senator, 1860-61. He mustered into service in 1862 as colonel of the 150th New York Infantry. After doing guard duty at Baltimore, Ketcham's regiment joined Lockwood's Brigade, of Slocum's 12th Corps, and were engaged at Gettysburg. In September 1863, Ketcham and his men went west, and were stationed along the Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad between Murfreesboro and Bridgeport. Joining the 20th Corps in the spring of 1864, Ketcham led his regiment through the battles of Resaca, Cassville, Dallas, Kennesaw, and the battles around Atlanta where he was wounded and promoted to brigadier general. Shortly after rejoining the army in front of Savannah, he was again severely wounded. In March 1865, he resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Congress, and during the next 40 years he was elected to the House of Representatives 17 times. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 2 1/4, in ink, J.H. Ketcham, New York. Excellent.
United States Congressman from Pennsylvania (1826-1901) He served in the Mexican War as a private in the 1st Pennsylvania Infantry. Soon after he became well known in the field of gardening, meantime maintaining an interest in military affairs by a continuing association with the local militia. He rose to brigadier general of the 18th division and in 1861 was put in charge of organizing and equipping volunteers in the Pittsburgh area. That summer he served under General Robert Patterson and on February 6, 1862, was appointed a brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers. Meanwhile he was sent to Kentucky and served with General Don Carolos Buell's army until the fall of 1862, when General Braxton Bragg's army invaded Kentucky. Buell marched northward leaving Negley to defend Nashville. At the battle of Stone's River, Negley commanded a division under General George H. Thomas and was promoted to major general for his services. His capabilities were again ably demonstrated when Bragg was driven out of Tennessee. At the battle of Chickamauga however, Negley was criticized by his fellow division commanders which all but ended his military career. Negley was a U.S. Congressman during his post war career, serving 1869-75, and 1885-87. Signature : 5 1/4 x 2 1/2, in ink, Jas. S. Negley. Excellent.
Brigadier General of Massachusetts Militia Colonel 22nd Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War United States Senator from Massachusetts Served as Vice President of the United States in the Grant administration and died in office (1812-75) A strong supporter of abolition, he entered politics as a Whig and in 1840 was elected to the Massachusetts legislature. He served in the state senate from 1844-46, and 1850-52. Was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1855 and served until 1873. In the Senate he served on the committee on military affairs and with the outbreak of the Civil War, became committee chairman, a post in which he demonstrated exceptional ability in making necessary preparations for war. In his capacity of brigadier general of the Massachusetts Militia, he worked effectively to promote recruitment in his state. He also took a commission in 1861 as colonel of the 22nd Massachusetts Infantry. Following the war he joined forces with the Radical Republicans to impose harsh Reconstruction terms on the South, although several visits to the South convinced him of the wisdom of being more conciliatory. He served as Vice President of the United States in the President Ulysses S. Grant administration, from March 1873 until his death in office in Washington, D.C., on November 22, 1875. He lay in state in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol, November 25-26, 1875. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 2 1/4, in ink, Henry Wilson, Mass. Excellent.
U.S. Congressman and Senator from Connecticut (1823-75) Born in Bethel, Conn., he graduated from Yale in 1844, where he distinguished himself as an orator and editor of the Yale Literary Magazine. In 1846 he was admitted to the bar and began a practice in Norwalk. He later served as probate judge, state attorney, Connecticut Senator, and U.S. Congressman. He was commissioned colonel of the 5th Connecticut Infantry in July 1861, and brigadier general, March 17, 1862. He took part in the Shenandoah Valley campaign, the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and served under General Benjamin F. Butler in the Army of the James. After the war he served as a U.S. Senator, 1867-75, where he voted for the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, O.S. Ferry, Conn. Excellent.
United States Senator from Missouri United States Secretary of the Interior (1829-1906) Revolutionary, orator, ambassador, senator, editor, and major general of U.S. Volunteers all describe the Prussian born Carl Schurz. A proponent of abolition, he vigorously campaigned for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Commissioned a brigadier general, April 15, 1862, his appointment had a positive effect on many loyal German-Americans who had taken up arms for the Union. He was immediately assigned to command of a division of John C. Fremont's Army, then in the Shenandoah Valley. He fought most creditable in the 2nd battle of Bull Run, but at the key battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg his division was routed. Having been promoted to major general to rank from March 17, 1863, he was then sent to the western theater to serve under General Joe Hooker. He spoke throughout the North on behalf of Lincoln's re-election in 1864, and served as chief of staff to General Henry W. Slocum during the Carolina's campaign. For 40 years after the Civil War he was a lecturer, Senator, and editor of 5 different publications. He was a tireless advocate of negro equality and had a large influence on every presidential election from 1860 to 1904. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 2 1/2, in ink, C. Schurz, Missouri. Excellent.
Civil War Governor of Rhode Island Civil War Senator from Rhode Island (1830-1915) He was from an extremely wealthy and politically influential Rhode Island family. Served as Governor of Rhode Island from 1859-63. He commanded a Rhode Island regiment, one of the first to answer the call for troops in 1861, and a battery of light horse artillery, at the 1st battle of Bull Run where he had his horse shot out from under him. He later served at Williamsburg and Yorktown. He was a U.S. Senator from 1864-75, and was chairman of the Committee on Manufacture. He also served on the Committee on Public Lands. Sprague married Washington socialite, the vivacious Kate Chase, daughter of Lincoln cabinet member, Salmon P. Chase. Kate had high ambitions for her father to become President of the United States, and she spent a great deal of energy politicking for him. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 2 1/4, in ink, W. Sprague, R.I. Excellent.
Medal of Honor recipient for gallantry at Chancellorsville Document Signed (1837-1922) Gilmore enlisted at Potsdam, N.Y., as a captain, and was commissioned into the 16th New York Infantry. He was promoted to major, on September 29, 1862, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry during the battle of Chancellorsville, when on May 3, 1863, he seized the regimental colors and rallied his men who were under devastating Confederate fire. He was mustered out on May 22, 1863, upon the expiration of the regiment's term of service. He re-enlisted on March 24, 1865, and was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 193rd New York Infantry. He mustered out of the volunteer service on January 18, 1866. Gilmore subsequently served in the Regular U.S. Army from 1866 to 1901. He saw duty on the western frontier, he served as Assistant Adjutant General of the U.S. Army, and during the Spanish American War he served as Chief of Staff to Lieutenant General Nelson A. Miles, serving in both Puerto Rico and Cuba. He was also a member of the board of officers who prepared the Infantry, Cavalry, and Light Artillery Drill Instructions and Manual of Guard. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Document Signed : 11 x 8 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This is the pay voucher of Captain John C. Gilmore, 24th U.S. Infantry, for the period 1st of January, 1874, to the 31st of January, 1874. It notes that he has over 10 years of service. I certify on honor, that the amounts charged in the foregoing account are correct and just, as authorized by law, and that they are rightfully due me as stated; and that I am not in arrears with the United States on any account whatsoever. I was last paid to December 31, 1873, by Paymaster Maj. J.W. Nicholls, U.S. Army, and I acknowledge to have received this 31 day of January, 1873, of Paymaster J.W. Nicholls, U.S.A., in full of this account, the sum of one hundred & eighty, $180.00 dollars, by check No. Cash. Jno. C. Gilmore, Captain, 24 Infty. Light wear. Very fine.
188th Pennsylvania Infantry War period endorsement signed Samuel Irvin Given served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 188th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was twice wounded in action; first on June 1, 1864, at Cold Harbor, Va., and secondly on September 9, 1864, at Fort Harrison, Va. He was mustered out on Dec. 14, 1865, at City Point, Va. Given served previously in the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery. War Period Endorsement Signed : 3 1/4 x 3 1/2, in ink. There is no such man as that mentioned in report of Col. Gregg now in the Regt. S. Irvin Given, Lieut. Col. 188th P.V., Comdg. Sub Dist. Very fine
United States Senator from Illinois He challenged Abraham Lincoln to a duel! (1810-79) Born in Ireland, the highly educated Shields spoke 4 languages fluently. Immersed in Democratic politics and the practice of law, he became a member of the Illinois legislature in 1836, served as state auditor, became a justice of the state supreme court, and was commissioner of the land office. In the course of his political career he almost fought a duel with Abraham Lincoln. During the Mexican War he was a brigadier general of Illinois Volunteers and received the praise of General Winfield Scott. He served in the U.S. Senate 1849-55. On August 19, 1861, he was commissioned a brigadier general U.S.V. by his old antagonist and now close friend President Lincoln. He fought against Stonewall Jackson in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Signature With State : 6 x 1, in ink, Jas. Shields, Ills. Large autograph.
Vice President of the United States Ran for president in 1860 against Abraham Lincoln Confederate Secretary of War (1821-75) After attending Centre College and Transylvania University, he began practicing law in his home town of Lexington, Ky. in 1845. A member of the Kentucky legislature from 1849-51, he became Vice President of the United States in 1856 in the Buchanan administration. He was defeated by Abraham Lincoln in the 1860 presidential election. On November 2, 1861, he accepted a commission as brigadier general in the Confederate army, and was promoted to major general to rank from April 14, 1862. He served at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Murfreesboro where he distinguished himself, Chickamauga, and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign including the battle of New Market, Va. where the VMI cadets received their baptism in battle. In February 1865, President Jefferson Davis appointed him Confederate Secretary of War. After the fall of the Confederate capital at Richmond, he ensured the preservation of Confederate military and governmental records. He then fled to Cuba, Great Britain, and finally, to Canada. In exile, he toured Europe from August 1866 to June 1868. When President Andrew Johnson extended amnesty to all former Confederates in late 1868, he returned to Kentucky, but resisted all encouragement to resume his political career. Signature With Place : 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, John C. Breckenridge, Lexington, Kentucky.
The Commander of Watervliet Arsenal orders 10,000 fuze plugs War Date Autograph Letter Signed (1815-93) Born in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Norwich Military Academy in 1832, and from West Point in the class of 1836, and served in the Seminole War. He fought in the Mexican War; was wounded, and earned brevets for gallantry, in the battles of Cerro Gordo and Chapultepec. During the Civil War, 1861-63, he served as Inspector of Contract Arms and Ordnance Stores. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, on June 1, 1863, he was appointed commander of the Watervliet Arsenal, a post he held for the remainder of the war. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious service in the Ordnance Department. He remained in the U.S. Army after the war and retired on June 1, 1881. War Date Autograph Letter Signed : 5 x 8, in ink. Watervliet Arsenal April 6th, 1865 Messrs. Gurley & Bro.: Troy, N.Y. Gentlm., Please increase the number of 10 in. fuze plugs ordered by me to 10,000. Very Respectfully, Yr. obedt. servt. P.V. Hagner Lt. Col. U.S.A. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
Autograph Letter Signed (1827-95) Born in Florida, Benet graduated third in the West Point class of 1849. Appointed to the Ordnance Corps as a brevet 2nd lieutenant on July 1, 1849, he was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, on July 10, 1851, and 1st lieutenant on July 1, 1853. He served at the Watervliet Arsenal, the Frankfort Arsenal, and the St. Louis Arsenal respectively. In 1859, he was appointed Assistant Professor of Geography, History and Ethics at the U.S. Military Academy. He was promoted to captain on August 3, 1861, and from 1861 to 1864, he served as instructor of Ordnance and the Science of Gunnery at West Point. He commanded the Frankford Arsenal from 1864 to 1869, and received the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel, on March 13, 1865. In 1869, he was appointed assistant to the Chief of Ordnance, and in 1874 was promoted to Chief of the Ordnance Department with rank of brigadier general. General Benet was famous for his progressive development of cartridge cases and primer design which contributed greatly to the early success of the Gatling gun and other manually operated machine guns. He wrote a book on electro-ballistic machines and one on Military Law and the Practice of Court Martial's. He held the position of Chief of Ordnance from 1874 to his retirement in 1891. Autograph Letter Signed : 5 1/4 x 8 1/4, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet with Ordnance Dept. logo. Comes with the original cover addressed in the hand of General Benet to Mr. Otto L. Levy, 315 California St., San Francisco, California. C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Mar. 21, 1884. There is also a C.D.S. on the reverse, San Francisco, Ca., Mar. 28, 1884. The postage stamp has been cut off. Ordnance Office, War Dept. Washington, March 21/84 Mr. O.L. Levy 315 Cal. St. San Francisco, Cal. Sir, Your favor of the 14 rec'd & request noted. Yours truly, S.V. Benet Brig. Genl. Chief of Ordnance Very fine.
United States Senator from Louisiana Confederate officer during the War Between the States (1801-70) Born near Bordeaux, France, he studied law, and practiced in Paris. His father was a lieutenant general under Napoleon. He engaged in journalism and was imprisoned for publishing revolutionary articles in 1825, but he escaped to England, and eventually to the United States ending up in New Orleans, La., where he practiced law. He was a member of the Louisiana State Senate in 1846, and then served as a U.S. Senator, from 1847-53. He was the chairman, of the Committee on Agriculture. He served as Minister to Spain from 1853-55, and authored the famous Ostend Manifesto, a declaration of American expansionism. Although opposed to secession, he backed Louisiana when she seceded from the Union. When New Orleans was captured in April 1862, he earned the wrath of General Benjamin F. Butler, and was arrested and confined at Fort Lafayette, N.Y., for several months. He was then sent to Boston on parole. While there he escaped, and ran the blockade back into the Confederacy. He became part of the inner circle of General P.G.T. Beauregard, and served on his staff during the 1863 siege of Charleston. Beauregard made him a brigadier general, but his appointment was never officially confirmed by Jefferson Davis. The Confederate president, a confirmed enemy of Beauregard, was not about to reward one of Beauregard's intimate associates with a general's commission. However, Soule carried the title of general throughout the remainder of the war. (Soule is listed as a general in the reference book, More Confederate Generals. ) Late in the war he left the Confederacy, and ran the blockade to Havana, Cuba, where he was when the Confederacy collapsed. After the war he tried to organize a Confederate Veteran's colony in Sonora, Mexico, but subsequently returned to New Orleans where he died on March 26, 1870. He is buried in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, in New Orleans. Signature : 7 x 2 1/8, in ink, Pierre Soule. Louisiana has been added above in another hand. Very nice, large autograph.
Civil War Colonel United States Diplomat Autograph Letter Signed (1821-1900) A native of New York City, he graduated from Harvard in 1841, and was a lawyer by occupation. He began his Civil War career as aide-de-camp to Governor Edwin D. Morgan of New York and inspected New York troops at Fortress Monroe in 1861. In March of 1862, Hoffman was commissioned assistant adjutant general and served on the staff of General Thomas Williams. He was with General Williams during the capture of New Orleans, the siege of Vicksburg, and the expedition to Baton Rouge where General Williams was killed. He was then ordered to join the staff of General William T. Sherman with whom he served until late 1863 when he was ordered to join the staff of General William B. Franklin whom he accompanied on the expedition to Sabine Pass, Texas, and throughout the Red River campaign. He next served on the staff of General Quincy A. Gillmore in Virginia, and was then assigned by General Benjamin F. Butler as the assistant adjutant general of the District of Eastern Virginia and North Carolina. In March 1865 he was assigned to duty in New Orleans as chief of staff to General E.R.S. Canby. He was commissioned colonel on March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious services during the Civil War. After the war, Hoffman was appointed assistant secretary of the Legation at Paris by Secretary of State William H. Seward. He became first secretary in 1867 and served through the 1870 siege of Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. He later served in London, and St. Petersburg, before being appointed Ambassador to Denmark in February 1883. Autograph Letter Signed : 2 plus pages, 4 1/2 x 7, in ink, written to General William B. Franklin, on imprinted Legation of the United States Copenhagen, letter sheet, dated Sept. 30th/84. Mentions that he sent him a check in the amount of $125.00, Frank writes that the gun suits him exactly and that he hopes to give a good account of it among the quails, just got back from a week's trip in Denmark which he took to make himself better again, and he sends his kind regards to Mrs. Franklin. Signed with closing, Wickham Hoffman. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
Confederate Secretary of War Confederate Secretary of State (1811-84) His early career found him practicing law in New Orleans and holding minor political offices. Later elected to the U.S. Senate, he resigned his seat on February 4, 1861, to become Attorney General in the provisional Confederate government, serving in that position from February 25, 1861 to September 17, 1861. He then succeeded Leroy Pope Walker as Secretary of War, serving until March 18, 1862, then became Secretary of State, holding that post until the Confederate surrender in 1865. Refusing to surrender, he fled through Florida to the Bahamas and from there to England. He took up the practice of law there and became Queen's Counsel in 1872. Signature : 6 1/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, J.P. Benjamin. Light age toning.
Prominent Virginia Confederate Politicians James M. Mason : (1798-1871) Descended from a very prominent Virginia family, he studied law and later served as a U.S. Senator and Congressman. While a senator, he drafted the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850. As a member of Confederate Congress, he was sent to France in 1861 with John Slidell, to try and gain the support of France for the Confederate cause. The two diplomats were seized on the high seas while onboard the British mail steamer Trent, which resulted in what is called the Trent Affair, a highly publicized event that almost started off another war between the U.S. and England. This episode also created a great deal of sympathy for the Confederacy in Great Britain. Robert M.T. Hunter : (1809-87) After graduating from the University of Virginia, he practiced law and entered politics, serving as legislator, U.S. Congressman, Speaker of the House, and U.S. Senator. He was a close friend and political ally of John C. Calhoun and favored not only states rights but also slavery. Resigning as a U.S. Congressman, he sat in the Confederate Provisional Congress and succeeded Robert Toombs in July 1861 as Secretary of State. He later served as C.S.A. Senator. In the final days of the Civil War, he attended the Hampton Roads Peace Conference, and was arrested by Federal authorities after the Confederate surrender. Signatures : 7 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, J.M. Mason and R.M.T. Hunter. Virginia is written above the two signatures in another hand. Desirable pair.
Served as Abraham Lincoln's Vice President, 1861-64 U.S. Congressman & Senator Governor of Maine (1809-91) A Maine lawyer, he served in the state legislature, U.S. Congress, and the Senate as a Democrat. His anti-slavery sentiments however brought him to the new Republican party in 1856. He was elected Governor of Maine in the same year and later resigned to take a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he became increasingly prominent. Chosen as Abraham Lincoln's running mate in the 1860 presidential election, he served capably in that position from 1861-64. He was elected again to the Senate in 1869, supporting the reconstruction policies of his party, serving until 1881 when he was named Minister to Spain. His sons, Cyrus and Charles both attained rank of general in the Union army during the Civil War. Signature With State : 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, H. Hamlin, Maine. Excellent.
1864 Muster Roll, 27th Wisconsin Infantry (1828-97) Born in Landau, Bavaria, he was educated at the Universities of Munich and Heidelberg, and was a lawyer, politician and poet. He enlisted on September 2, 1862, as a colonel, and was commissioned into the 27th Wisconsin Infantry. He saw action at Okalona, Prairie D'Ann, Jenkins Ferry and Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and at Spanish Fort, Alabama during the Mobile campaign. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 26, 1865, for gallantry in the Mobile campaign. War Date Document Signed : 30 x 21, two sided, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Muster Roll of Captain Julius Schlaich, Company B, of the Twenty seventh (27th) Regiment of Wisconsin Inf. Vol., United States Army, Colonel Conrad Krez, from the 30th day of April 1864, when last mustered, to the 30th day of June 1864. Also includes the Pay Roll of the Company, from the 31st day of December 1863, when last paid, to the 30th day of June 1864. Includes detailed information for 48 men of the company. There are individual details for many of these soldiers in the remarks section of the muster roll including such details as promotions, and absent on sick leave. The Pay Roll section of the document bears the signatures of most of the men. Two soldiers are listed as dead, one having drowned in the Arkansas River, at Little Rock, on May 12, 1864; and one dying from disease at the U.S. General Hospital, at Little Rock. The Muster Roll is dated June 30, 1864, Little Rock, Ark., and has been signed by Julius Schlaich, Capt. Commanding the Company, and Conrad Krez, Col. 27 Rgt. W.V.I., Inspector and Mustering Officer. Also states that the discipline of the company is very good, instruction is very good, military appearance is very fair, arms are good and serviceable, accoutrements are good and serviceable, and their clothing is very good. Light age toning and wear. Typical fold splits as is normal on these large folded documents. Julius Schlaich, enlisted on September 1, 1862, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 27th Wisconsin Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant, on June 13, 1863; captain, on November 30, 1863; and brevet major on November 24, 1865. He was mustered out of the service on March 7, 1866.
Governor of Ohio U.S. Secretary of the Interior (1828-1900) He entered the army on April 23, 1861 as a brigadier general; took part in the 1861 western Virginia campaign under General George B. McClellan; fought at South Mountain and Antietam; commanded the District of Ohio; saw action in the Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville and North Carolina campaigns; elected Governor of Ohio in 1866. Served as President U.S. Grant's Secretary of the Interior, 1869-70. He also served as President of the Wabash Railroad, and as Dean of the Law School and President of the University of Cincinnati, 1891-97. Signature as U.S. Secretary of the Interior : 5 x 4, in ink, Very Resp'y, Your obdt. servt., J.D. Cox, Sec. of Int. Excellent.
Commander of Battery D, 1st New York Light Artillery during the Civil War U.S. Senator from Florida (1833-98) Graduated from Madison (now Colgate) University in 1860, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1861. He enlisted as a captain on August 10, 1861, and was commissioned into the 1st New York Light Artillery. He was promoted to major on March 7, 1863, and was mustered out of the service on August 6, 1866. He served as assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees and Freedmen for Florida, 1865-1866. He was a member of the Florida State constitutional convention in 1868. Upon the readmission of Florida to the Union, he was elected U.S. Senator, and served from 1868-73. He served as United States commissioner at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pa., in 1876. Signature With State : 4 3/4 x 2, in ink, T.W. Osborn, Florida. Excellent. Battery D, 1st New York Light Artillery saw action at Williamsburg, Chancellorsville, the Wilderness, North Anna River, Bethesda Church, the Weldon Railroad and Petersburg.
Document Signed (1821-97) Born in Sackets Harbor, New York, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1837, and was promoted to passed midshipman in 1843. During his long naval career he served in the West Indies Squadron, the Mediterranean Squadron, the Home Squadron, the U.S. Coast Survey, the East India Squadron, and the Pacific Squadron. During the Mexican War, he participated in the siege of Isla de Sacrificios off Vera Cruz, the surrender of the Castle San Juan de Ulua, was on patrol in the Gulf of Mexico, and took part in the seizure of Tuxpan. He was promoted to master in 1850, lieutenant in 1851, and commander in 1862. He served as the commanding officer of the steam gunboat, USS Penobscot in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1863, and later that year of the sloop of war, USS Juniata in the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. His next assignment was as commander of the side wheel gunboat, USS Osceola in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, which he led in the battles of Fort Fisher, N.C., in December 1864, and January 1865. Rear Admiral David D. Porter complimented Clitz for his actions at Fort Fisher in his January 28th dispatch and recommended him for promotion. After the war Clitz continued with his prominent naval career, and was promoted to captain in 1866; he commanded the sloop of war, USS Pawnee, in the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, 1868-69; commanded the steam frigate, USS California in the Pacific Squadron, 1870-72; promoted to commodore in 1872; he commanded the Naval Station at Port Royal, S.C., 1876-77; was lighthouse inspector, 1878-80; promoted to rear admiral in 1880; was commander-in-chief of the Asiatic Squadron, 1880-83, and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1883. Document Signed : 6 1/2 x 2 5/8, imprinted form, filled out in ink. United States Navy Yard, New York, March 1st, 1860. Received, from Charles Murray, Purser United States Navy, One hundred & fourteen Dollars, eighty seven Cents, on account of my Pay, &c. J.M.B. Clitz. $114.86. Very fine.
War Date Autograph Endorsement Signed (1823-1910) Born in Canandaigua, N.Y., he was a civil engineer engaged in railroad construction before the war. During the Civil War he served as Lieutenant Colonel, of the 2nd Michigan Infantry; Captain, of the 11th U.S. Infantry; Captain Captain Colonel of the 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry; promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. After the war he remained in the Regular U.S. Army retiring in 1887. War Date Autograph Endorsement Signed : 4 1/8 x 1 1/2, in ink. I certify that my servant Frederick Costin, a soldier, has subsisted at my table from the 1st of November 1862, to the 31st of December 1862, and has not drawn rations with his company for the time above stated. Henry L. Chipman, Capt. 11th Infantry. Age toning and wear. Fold split running through the signature. Repaired on the reverse with archival document tape.
Captured by General Nathan Bedford Forrest War Date Document Signed (1828-1909) Born in Madison County, New York, he was a farmer, court clerk and banker. He was commissioned colonel of the 119th Illinois Infantry, on October 7, 1862, and was captured by General Nathan Bedford Forrest on December 24, 1862, near Rutherford Station, Tenn. He led the 119th Illinois during the Meridian, Miss. campaign, he occupied Alexandria, La., fought in the battles of Pleasant Hill, Nachitoches, Yellow Bayou, Nashville, and in the Mobile, Ala. campaign. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 26, 1865, for gallantry in the capture of Mobile. War Date Document Signed : Muster-Out Roll for Captain Peyton C. Smith, of the 119th Regiment of Illinois Infantry. 31 x 10 1/2, filled out in ink. Dated Jan. 28, 1865, at Eastport, Miss. Signed, Thomas J. Kinney, Col. 119th Ill. Infty. Vols. Includes muster and pay information, etc. for Captain Smith. Also signed by Geo. W. Fetterman, 1st Lieut., 15th U.S. Inft. and A.C.M., 2nd Divn., D.A.T., Mustering Officer. Light age toning and wear. George Washington Fetterman, was brevetted captain for gallantry in the battle of Nashville, and brevetted major for gallantry in the capture of Mobile, Alabama. Peyton C. Smith, enlisted as a captain on October 7, 1862, and was commissioned into the 119th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted to major on August 27, 1864, and mustered out of the service on August 26, 1865, at Mobile, Alabama.
U.S. Congressman from Texas (1831-1905) A lawyer by occupation, he was a resident of Davenport, Iowa, when he enlisted on Nov. 2, 1861, and was commissioned 1st lieutenant lieutenant colonel, Feb. 10, 1863; brevet brigadier general, July 22, 1864, for gallant and distinguished services at the battle of Atlanta, where he served as adjutant of Gen. James B. McPherson; promoted to full brigadier general, May 31, 1865; and later brevet major general, for gallant and meritorious Civil War service. After the war Clark organized a bank in Galveston, Texas, he served as U.S. Congressman representing reconstructed Texas, was Postmaster of Galveston, served as chief clerk of the Internal Revenue Department, and later as a special inspector. Signature With State : 4 x 2, in ink, W.T. Clark, Texas. Very fine.
Brigadier General of Missouri State Militia during the Civil War U.S. Congressman from Missouri (1819-81) Born in Hardinsburg, Breckenridge County, Kentucky, he studied law and moved to St. Joseph, Mo., where he commenced a law practice in 1840. During the Civil War he served as Brigadier General, Missouri State Militia, 1861-63. Elected to the U.S. Congress, he was one of Missouri's representatives serving from 1863-69, including the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. He was chairman of the Committee for Revolutionary War Pensions. He was a delegate to the 1876 Republican National Convention. Signature With Place : 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, B.F. Loan, St. Joseph, Mo. Excellent.
(1839-1902) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from Farmer's (later Belmont) College, in 1858, and was a lawyer and author. He had a gallant Civil War career serving in the 6th, 51st and 74th Ohio Infantry Regiments respectively. He later served on the staff of General William S. Rosecrans, and on the staff of General George H. Thomas. He was brevetted brigadier general on March 13, 1865, for gallantry in the battles of Stone's River, and Chickamauga. Postal Receipt Signed : 5 x 3, two sided, imprinted card, filled out in ink. This is a return receipt for a registered letter that Cist received from a W.R. Benjamin, from New York. Stamped date of Dec. 9, 1889. Signed in ink, Henry M. Cist. Light age toning and wear.
(1822-86) Born in Charleston, South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1840, studied law, and became a prominent Charleston lawyer. He also served as Secretary of the South Carolina Treasury, and was a five time representative in the South Carolina State Assembly. During the War Between the States, he served as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Regiment of Artillery of the 4th Charleston Brigade. After the U.S. garrison evacuated Fort Moultrie, on December 26, 1860, and withdrew to Fort Sumter, in Charleston Harbor, De Saussure's regiment occupied the fort. He commanded the batteries on Morris Island during the April 12, 1861 bombardment of Fort Sumter. Appointed brigadier general in August 1861, he succeeded General James Simons in command of the 4th Brigade and led that brigade throughout the war. In the summer of 1861 South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens appointed De Saussure Secretary of the Treasury. Among other actions, he deposited state money into Richmond banks for the aid of South Carolina soldiers stationed in Virginia. On April 12, 1862, he was elected State Adjutant General and Inspector General of Militia. During the 1863 siege of Charleston, General De Saussure commanded part of the Charleston defenses, leading a mixed force of militia and Confederate troops, which guarded the rear of the city. In late 1864, he was ordered away from the seacoast in order to oppose General William T. Sherman's army in its invasion of the Carolinas. He had a distinguished post war career resuming his Charleston law practice, being active in civic affairs, serving as President of the Huguenot Society, President of the Sons of Cincinnati, and writing several books on South Carolina history. It was said of De Saussure that as a lawyer, a writer, a legislator, and a soldier, he discharged his duty with eminent ability and entire fidelity. Signature as Attorney : 4 x 3, in ink, Wilmot G. De Saussure, Pltf. Atty. Very fine.
(1821-89) Graduated in the West Point class of 1842, and fought in the Mexican War earning two brevets for gallantry. Was the brother-in-law of General Stonewall Jackson. Before the Civil War he served as superintendent of the North Carolina Military Institute. At the outbreak of the war he became Colonel of the 1st North Carolina Infantry. Soon afterwards he was appointed general, and on June 8, 1861, won the first land battle of the war at Big Bethel Church. He fought with distinction at Yorktown, Williamsburg, the Seven Days battles, 2nd Manassas, South Mountain and Sharpsburg. While The Army of Northern Virginia was invading Pennsylvania and fighting at Gettysburg, D.H. Hill defended Richmond and was promoted to lieutenant general on July 11, 1863. He then fought with the Army of Tennessee, commanding a corps at Chickamauga. In 1864, he served at Petersburg and ended the war as a division commander under Gen. J.E. Johnston in the 1865 Carolina campaign. Autograph Note Signed With Initials : 4 3/8 x 7. It reads: P.S. I open my letter to correct a possible incorrect statement. I stated that Gorham was killed at Sharpsburg. It now flickers across my mind that it might have been Shepherdstown Light age toning and wear. Uncommon. Anything related to General D.H. Hill is desirable. Footnote: I don't know if this is the same Gorham referred to in General Hill's note, but I did find a Sergeant James S. Gorham in the North Carolina rosters. He fought with the 3rd North Carolina Infantry, and was mortally wounded in the battle of Sharpsburg, on September 17, 1862. So it is possible that General Hill's original assessment may have been correct.
Civil War Governor of Michigan U.S. Congressman (1818-94) Blair, a lawyer by profession, served as a Michigan State Congressman, 1846-49, he helped to form the Republican party in Michigan, and served as a Michigan State Senator, 1855-56. He was a delegate at the 1860 Republican National Convention that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. A strong opponent of slavery and secession, he served as war Governor of Michigan, 1861-65. He also championed human rights by leading the effort to ban capital punishment and supporting efforts to give women and black citizens the right to vote. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1867-73, and was a member of the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. There is a statue of Austin Blair located in front of the Michigan State Capitol building. Signature With Place : 5 x 2 1/4, in ink, Austin Blair, Jackson, Michigan. Very fine.
Free frank signature as Member of Congress (1818-1893) A lawyer, he was elected to the Massachusetts house of Representatives in 1853, and to the State Senate in 1859. The following year Butler was a delegate to the Democratic Convention which met in Charleston, where he voted 57 consecutive times to nominate Jefferson Davis for President of the United States. As a Brigadier General of the Massachusetts Militia, Butler entered the war in dramatic fashion; five days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter he lifted the blockade of Washington with the 8th Massachusetts. He was the first volunteer general appointed by Lincoln. He was badly defeated at Big Bethel. Butler was the first to apply the term contraband of war to slaves. He commanded the successful attack on Hatteras Inlet and later became the vilified military governor of New Orleans. In 1863 he was given command of the Army of the James which he saw action with at Bermuda Hundred and the Petersburg campaign. Elected to Congress in 1866, he played a prominent role in the Andrew Johnson impeachment. He later became Governor of Massachusetts. Free Frank on Cover : 6 1/4 x 3 1/2, signed in ink at upper right corner, Benj. F. Butler, M.[ember] C.[ongress]. The cover is addressed to Col. Henry Ware, State House, Boston, Mass. Light age toning and wear. Very nice strong signature.
Colonel of the 2nd and 137th Ohio Infantry Regiments Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1863-67 Autograph Letter Signed (1824-90) He enlisted on April 17, 1861, as captain, and was commissioned into the 2nd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to colonel, on August 6, 1861 but resigned on December 24, 1862 due to poor health. In the meantime, he was elected mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1863 serving in that capicity until 1867. He distinguished himself by advising Governor Brough regarding the drafting of the 100 day men, which raised and sent over 40,000 National Guard troops from Ohio into the field. On May 10, 1864, he once again joined the ranks of the military when he was commissioned colonel of the 137th Ohio Infantry. He was mustered out of the service on August 19, 1864. After the war he was Vice President of The National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Autograph Letter Signed : 2 pages, 8 x 10 1/2, in ink, on two separate imprinted letter sheets. The National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers (Includes a list of the various managers and officers. Notables on the list are Civil War Generals' William B. Franklin, George B. McClellan, James S. Negley and John C. Black). Cincinnati, Ohio, Feby. 25, 1886 My Dear Genl., I enclose you letter from Negley. The letter which he enclosed was from the chronic grumbling class, but did not amount to much. The writer seemed to be well enough satisfied with the accommodation at the Dayton Branch for which we should be thankful but he is a Congressman & of course the soldier's friend so I guess he will have to stand it. Wolley & I start for the South tomorrow night. I will remain till about meeting time then I will work my way to Washington via Old Point. Very truly yours, L.A. Harris Light age toning and wear.
War Date Document Signed (1835-1904) Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he was commissioned as 1st lieutenant of the 10th Massachusets Infantry and he was selected as aide-de-camp of Gen. Darius N. Couch. In this capacity Edwards rendered gallant service during the Peninsular campaign. On Sept. 4, 1862, he was commissioned colonel of the 37th Mass. Inf. and with it took part in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. After duty in New York City quelling the draft riots, Edwards and his unit were returned to the Army of the Potomac. In the course of Grant's Overland campaign of 1864, he was advanced to the command of a brigade and at the battle of Spotsylvania is said to have held the Bloody Angle for 24 continuous hours of fighting while in command of 21 Union regiments. He was with Gen. Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley and was promoted to brigadier general for gallantry at Spotsylvania and Winchester. In the final assault on the Petersburg lines in April 1865, Edwards' brigade was in the front and he personally received the city's surrender. At Sayler's Creek, on the road to Appomattox, he captured Generals Richard S. Ewell and G.W.C. Lee and an entire brigade of Confederates for which he was brevetted major general. War Date Document Signed : 8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Special Requisition for Company K, 37th Massachusetts Infantry. Itemized list of articles issued to the company to replace those worn out in the service. Includes forage caps, cap numbers, trowsers, flannel sack coats, knit shirts, drawers, bootees, stockings, great coats, rubber blankets, woolen blankets, picket shovels, haversacks, canteens, camp kettles, mess pans, and shelter tents. Received at Warren Station, Virginia, on the 28th of February, 1865. The requisition has been signed twice by Captain George B. Chandley, who served in the regiment from 1861-65. It has also been endorsed as approved by O. Edwards, Col., Comdg. 37th Mass. Vols. Very fine.
Confederate Cover Addressed By General Richard S. Ewell
(1817-1872) Richard S. Ewell graduated in the West Point class of 1840, and earned a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederacy on May 7, 1861 and major general on January 24, 1862. He fought with distinction at 1st Manassas, in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, in the 7 Days battles, and in the 2nd Manassas campaign, where he lost a leg at the battle of Groveton. After the death of Stonewall Jackson in May 1863, he was promoted to rank of lieutenant general and he commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Spotsylvania. He was subsequently in charge of the Richmond defenses and was captured at Sayler's Creek, Va., on April 6, 1865. After the war General Ewell retired to his wife's farm located near Spring Hill, Tennessee, and became a gentleman farmer. War date, hand carried Confederate envelope, 5 1/2 x 3, addressed in ink in the hand of General Richard S. Ewell to his future wife, Lizinka C. Brown, in Nashville, Tennessee. Notation at lower left, Introducing Captain Harris, Eng.[ineer] Corps, C.S.A. Docketed at the top, Gen. Ewell, Jan. 30, 1862. Light age toning and wear and some minor staining. Desirable war date cover.
War Period Signature With Rank ((1821-95) Born in Walnut Hill, Pa., he attended Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., and was a lawyer before the war. Jordan served as an aide-de-camp for General William H. Keim, with rank of major, and later was commissioned colonel of the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry. He also commanded the 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, Cavalry Corps, Army of the Cumberland. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general on February 25, 1865. After the war he worked at the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia. War Period Signature With Rank : 4 1/2 x 2, in ink, Thos. J. Jordan, Col. 9th Penna. Cavalry, Comdg. Post, Frankfort, Ky. Light age toning.
War Date Document Signed (1820-1910) Born in Davisville, Pa., he graduated from Norwich University in 1842, and attended Harvard Law School. He fought in the Mexican War and was a lawyer, newspaper editor, and author. He was commissioned captain of the 25th Pennsylvania Infantry on April 18, 1861, and colonel of the 104th Pennsylvania Infantry on September 5, 1861. Davis commanded a brigade in the 18th Corps, Department of North Carolina, and in the 10th Corps, Department of South Carolina. He led various forces at St. Helena, Port Royal, Folly Island and Morris Island, and eventually commanded the District of Hilton Head, S.C. One of the regiments in his command was the 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry. Davis was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 13, 1865, for meritorious services during the operations against Charleston, S.C. War Date Document Signed : 8 x 12 1/4, in ink. Consolidated Report of the Inspecting Board of the Several Regiments of Davis' Brigade for November 8th, 1863. The report includes the 104th and 52nd Pennsylvania Vols., and an Independent Battery of N.Y. Vols. Head Quarters Davis Brigade, Morris Island, S.C., November 9th, 1863. Signed by W.W.H. Davis, Colonel 104th Penn. Vols., Commanding Brigade. The document has also been signed by Edward Eddy, Jr., Major 47th New York Vols., Act. Asst. Adjt. General. Light age toning and wear. Edward Eddy, Jr. enlisted on July 6, 1861, at New York City, as a 1st lieutenant and was commissioned into the 47th New York Volunteers. He was promoted to captain, on June 14, 1862; was captured on March 26, 1863, the place is not stated; promoted to major, on November 1, 1863; and brevet colonel, on March 13, 1865.
War Period Signature With Rank (1829-81) Born in Nashua, N.H., he studied law, practicing first in Galena, Illinois, and later in Toledo, Ohio, where he became a partner of future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, M.R. Waite. He was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 14th Ohio Infantry on April 24, 1861, and became their colonel on November 20, 1862. The regiment fought at Philippi, Laurel Hill and Corrick's Ford in (West) Virginia and later in the battle of Mill Springs, Ky. He took part in the Tullahoma campaign, and commanded a brigade in the 14th Corps throughout the Atlanta campaign and subsequent March to the Sea under General William T. Sherman. At Jonesboro, Ga., his horse was shot out from under him and he was wounded. He received special commendation of his division commander, General Absalom Baird for having made as gallant a charge as ever was made, losing 346 men of his brigade. He saw action with Sherman's army during the 1865 Carolina's campaign and was promoted to full brigadier general. He resigned from the army on December 4, 1865. After the war he returned to the practice of the law. War Period Signature With Rank : 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, Geo. P. Este, Lt. Col. Comdg., 14 Ohio Vols. Light age toning. Very fine 1861-62 signature.
War Date Document Signed Muster Roll for Ohio officer who was killed in 1864 (1819-66) Born in Newville, Pa., he was a lawyer and judge by occupation. He enlisted on August 18, 1862, and was commissioned colonel of the 102nd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 13, 1865, and mustered out of the service at Nashville, Tenn., on June 30, 1865. War Date Document Signed: 17 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Muster Out Roll of Major Jonas D. Elliott, 102nd Regiment Ohio Infantry. Dated May 2, 1864, Nashville, Tenn. Signed by W.H. Eckels, Capt. 9th Pa. Cav., Ass't Commissary of Musters, 4th Div., 20th Army Corps, and Wm. Given, as Col. 102nd O.V.I. Major Elliott is being mustered out as major to accept promotion to lieutenant colonel of the 102nd Ohio Infantry. Very fine. Jonas D. Elliott, whose muster roll this was, enlisted on July 23, 1862, and was commissioned captain, Co. H, 102nd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to major on March 6, 1863, and lieutenant colonel, on April 23, 1864. He was shot in the head on September 24, 1864, while leading his troops in battle at Athens, Alabama. He died of his wounds on October 13, 1864. The 102nd Ohio Infantry were organized and equipped at Mansfield, Ohio, in August and September 1862, and soon after were ordered to Kentucky where they served in the defense of Covington, against General Edmund Kirby Smith, and in the defense of Louisville, against General Braxton Bragg, and in the pursuit of Bragg's army. Ordered to Nashville in September 1863, the 102nd Ohio remained there for the next six months, and on April 26, 1864, they were sent to Tullahoma, Tenn., where they guarded the railroad from Normandy to Dechered, until June 6th. They then moved across the Cumberland Mountains to Bellefonte, Alabama, arriving on June 10th, and continued its march to Dodsonville, where it was employed in the defense of the Tennessee River from Stevenson to the foot of 7 Mile Island, a distance of 50 miles. During the summer of 1864, the regiment had frequent engagements with the enemy, and in September, they were sent in pursuit of General Joe Wheeler, but were soon ordered into camp at Decatur, Alabama. On the evening of September 23rd, all of the available men at that place were ordered to re-enforce the garrison at Athens, Alabama against an anticipated attack by General Nathan Bedford Forrest. When within 3 miles of Athens they were met by General Forrest with a greatly superior force. Although they fought gallantly, most of the Ohioans who were not killed were captured and sent to Cahaba Prison where they sat out the rest of the war. Footnote: After the men of the 102nd Ohio Infantry who were captured at Athens were paroled, they were placed on board the ill-fated steamer Sultana, and as near as can be ascertained some 70 men perished in that disaster.
4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Previously served as Lieutenant Colonel 35th Massachusetts Infantry Wounded in action at Antietam War Date Document Signed (1818-82) Born in New York City, he attended Yale University and Union College, graduating in 1837. He was a lawyer by occupation. He enlisted on August 4, 1862, and was commissioned captain, 35th Massachusetts Infantry; was wounded in action on September 17, 1862, in the battle of Antietam; promoted to major, December 15, 1862; lieutenant colonel, April 25, 1863; discharged for promotion and commissioned colonel, 4th Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, November 22, 1864; brevetted brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for gallant and meritorious Civil War service, mustered out of service, June 17, 1865. War Date Document Signed : 8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Requisition for Stationary for Lieut. G.D. Brown, stationed at Fort Ward, Va., for the Second Qtr. commencing on the First of April 1865, and ending on the 31st of June 1865. Itemized account for letter paper, envelopes, quill pens, sealing wax, office tape, etc. Signed twice by Geo. D. Brown, 1st Lieut. Co. M, 6 Pa. H.A. Received at Fort Richardson, Va., on the 20th of April, 1865. Stamped Approved, with ink signature Wm. S. King, and stamped Col. 4th Mass. H.A., Com'd'g 3d Brigade, De Russy's Div. Very fine.
Eldest son of General Robert E. Lee Captured at Sayler's Creek, Va., in 1865 Signed cabinet card photograph with inscription (1832-1913) The eldest son of General Robert E. Lee, he graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1854. As a captain of engineers in the Confederate army, he engaged in the construction of the fortifications around Richmond and later served on the personal staff of C.S.A. President Jefferson Davis with rank of colonel. He was promoted to Brigadier General, on June 25, 1863, and Major General on October 20, 1864. Custis, as he was known to his family and friends, was entrusted with numerous important missions by President Davis, and he was captured at Sayler's Creek, Va., on April 6, 1865. He was named president of Washington University (later Washington & Lee) in Lexington, Va., in 1870, upon his father's death. Signed Photograph : Wet plate, albumen photograph, mounted to 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 card. Wear to edges and corners of the mount. Handsome chest up portrait with blind stamp imprint of Miley, Lexington, Va. on the front mount. Beautifully autographed in ink on the reverse, G.W.C. Lee, Washington & Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. Sharp image. Large, bold signature and inscription. Very desirable.
Signature With Rank (1826-1902) Known as Fighting Jim Jouett of the American Navy, he was born near Lexington, Kentucky, and was appointed a midshipman in 1841. He served on the African coast on the Decatur with Matthew C. Perry and on the John Adams during the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War he was captured by Confederate forces at Pensacola, Florida. After his parole he joined the blockading forces off Galveston, Texas, distinguishing himself during the capture and destruction of the Confederate schooner, Royal Yacht. Jouett later commanded the Montgomery and R.R. Cuyler and in September 1863 he was appointed commander of the Metacomet. He led the Metacomet in the battle of Mobile Bay, on August 5, 1864, where he was sent after two Confederate gunboats, and in a short chase Jouett riddled the Gaines and captured the Selma. He had various commands ashore and afloat after the Civil War, taking command of the North Atlantic Squadron in 1884. In 1889, he commanded a naval force which forced the opening of the Isthmus of Panama, threatened by insurrection. Admiral Jouett was named President of the Board of Inspection and Survey, serving 1886-90. He retired in 1890 and a special act of Congress granted him full pay for the rest of his life as a reward for his brilliant naval service. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. Admiral Jouett had three U.S. Navy ships named in his honor. Signature With Rank : 5 x 2 1/2, in ink, Very respectfully, Jas. E. Jouett, Rear Admiral Comdg., U.S. Naval Forces on North Atlantic Station. Age toning, staining and wear.
1865 Endorsement Signed as Adjutant General of New York (1820-82) Born in Whitney Point, N.Y., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and practiced in Corning, N.Y. He served as a U.S. Congressman, from New York, 1859-61. He enlisted at Elmira, N.Y., as a lieutenant colonel, on November 25, 1861, and was commissioned into the 10th New York Cavalry. He was brevetted brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. He served as Adjutant General of New York, 1865-67. Afterwards he moved to California where he resumed the practice of law. 1865 Endorsement Signed : 3 1/2 x 4, in ink. S.N.Y. Adjt. Genls. Office, Albany, May 23, 1865. I certify the within to be a correct extract from the original Roll on file in this office. Wm. Irvine, Adjt. Genl. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
(1826-1905) Graduated from Hamilton College in 1847, became a lawyer in the 1850's, was one of the organizers of the Republican party in Connecticut, and also became the editor of the Hartford Evening Press. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Hawley recruited the first company of the 1st Conn. Inf., and was commissioned its captain leading them in the 1st battle of Bull Run. He became the lieutenant colonel of the 7th Conn. Inf. in Sept. 1861, colonel in June 1862, and on Sept. 13, 1864, brigadier general. With his regiment he took part in the Port Royal expedition, the capture of Fort Pulaski, the battles of James Island and Pocotaligo, S.C., and the Florida expedition. He commanded a brigade on Morris Island during the siege of Charleston, and in the battle of Olustee, Florida. He then came north and became a brigade commander in Gen. Alfred H. Terry's division seeing action throughout the Petersburg campaign, and when Terry went to North Carolina, Hawley took over command of the division. In 1866 he was elected governor of Connecticut, and in 1881 was elected to the U.S. Senate where he served until his death. Card Signature : 3 1/4 x 2 1/2, boldly signed in ink, Jos. R. Hawley, Conn. The word Autograph is written above in another hand. Very fine.
Autograph Letter Signed Twice (1839-1906) Son of President Lincoln's Secretary of the Treasury, William P. Fessenden, and younger brother of Union General James D. Fessenden. He was born in Portland, Maine, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1858, studied law at Harvard and was appointed to the bar. Appointed captain of the newly authorized 19th U.S. Infantry at the start of the Civil War by Secretary of War Simon Cameron. He was wounded in the battle of Shiloh. After his recovery he was commissioned colonel of the 25th Maine Infantry, and later colonel of the 30th Maine Infantry. He took part in General N.P. Banks' Red River campaign serving in brigade command. Fessenden directed a charge at Monett's Ferry which saved the retreating Union army. He was severely wounded on April 23, 1864, at Cane River Crossing, La., which resulted in the amputation of his right leg. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 10, 1864. He served as a member of the military commission which tried and condemned Henry Wirz, the Confederate Commandant at Andersonville Prison, and was assistant commander of the bureau of refugees, freedmen and abandoned lands. Autograph Letter Signed Twice : 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink. Portland, Maine, August 2d, 1870 I, Francis Fessenden, herewith certify that in the month of April A.D. 1862, I being then in command of Company E 1st battalion, 19th U.S. Infantry, joined the said battalion at Columbia, Tennessee; that I accompanied the said battalion on the march from Duck River, Tennessee, to Savannah on the Tennessee River and was with the said battalion in the second day's battle at Pittsburg Landing; that I found Henry C. Parry, acting in the capacity of Surgeon in said battalion; that I saw him on the said march; that he appeared at that time to be in good health and was attending to his duties; that I never heard that he was not in good health at that time; that the weather was very stormy & cold for some days after the battle and that many officers and men around me were suffering from diarrhea and kindred diseases. Francis Fessenden Brig. Gen. U.S. Army Light age toning and wear. The letter is signed by Fessenden in the opening line of the letter, as well as at the end where he includes his rank. There is a docket on the reverse identifying that this is a letter from Brig. Genl. Francis Fessenden regarding the health of Dr. Parry in 1862. It has also been stamped in red by the War Dept.
Signature With Rank (1840-1907) A native of Pennsylvania, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1859. From 1859-61, he served as an acting master off the coast of Africa and was engaged in suppressing the slave trade. He brought in a captured slaver, the Triton, with no other officer and a crew of only 10 men. During the Civil War he served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher, N.C. He was promoted to lieutenant commander in 1865; commander in 1872; and commodore in 1897. On March 16, 1889, he was wrecked in a hurricane off Samoa, but saved his entire crew of 450 men from drowning. He served as commander-in-chief of the North Atlantic Station and was a rear admiral from 1899 until his retirement in 1902. Card Signature With Rank : 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, V.H. Farquhar, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy. Very fine.
Mother of the United States Army and Navy Autograph Letter Signed Plus signed newspaper clipping with photograph 4 pages, 5 3/8 x 7, in a bold pencil hand. Minerva's Fort California State Highway San Mateo County, Calif. My Dear Sir, Yours of July 2nd, 1931, just at hand. Many thanks for your congratulation for my 100th Birthday anniversary. I do not expect to see the 100th Birthday. I am quite much surprised to receive a communication so far away as St. Paul, Minn. You state that the picture is not a very good one. Well you surely could not get one that would be better looking as I have not got a pretty face. I am just a plain old fashioned lady, so the face not know. Ah! I think that you know that some of them are such provocators. I have said that when I traveled in England, while in London, I met Florence Nightingale Mother of U.S. Forces, and her photo below, which she has signed in pencil, Minerva B. Hartman. The caption reads: In her cottage on stilts beside El Camino Real, just south of San Francisco, Mrs. Minerva Ballou Hartman, veteran battlefield nurse, celebrated her ninety-ninth birthday recently. The American flag has flown over her home since 1907 when, by Act of Congress, she was named as official Mother of the United States Army and Navy. She served in the Civil War and the Philippine Insurrection and, according to the San Mateo Historical Society, is perhaps the last living battlefield nurse. Here she appears about to hoist the colors. Mrs. Hartman has written the following notation at the bottom of the clipping: Float Day and Night. The clipping shows some light age toning and wear, and bears a solid, large signature. Nice pair of items related to Mother Minerva, Civil War battlefield nurse.
Signature with rank (1830-1914) Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, he graduated in the West Point class of 1852, and served mainly on the northwestern frontier. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was sent to St. Louis where he was appointed assistant commissary. Afterwards he served as chief commissary of the District of Southwest Missouri, inspecting commissary of the Department of Missouri, chief commissary of the XIII Corps, and chief commissary of the Army of the Tennessee where he served under General U.S. Grant in the battle of Shiloh. He was promoted to rank of brigadier general, on April 13, 1863, and was assigned command of a brigade of negro troops, and was also appointed commander of the District of Northeastern Louisiana. In February 1864, he was in garrison at Vicksburg commanding a negro division which he later led during the siege and capture of Mobile, Ala., earning the brevet of major general for gallantry during the campaign. He was mustered out of the volunteer service on February 1, 1866. He was the brother-in-law of General Edward R.S. Canby. Signature With Rank : 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, John P. Hawkins, Brigadier & Bvt. Maj. Genl. Vols. Light age toning. Very fine.
Autograph Letter Signed (1822-1903) Grandson of Revolutionary War hero, Alexander Hamilton. Graduated in the West Point class of 1841. He won two brevets for gallantry in the Mexican War and was twice critically wounded, once by a ball in the stomach and once by a lance which passed entirely through his chest, piercing his lung. He served as aide-de-camp to General Winfield Scott for seven years and resigned his commission in 1855. At the outbreak of the Civil War he returned to Washington as a volunteer private in the 7th N.Y. National Guard, in April 1861. Soon after he was serving with General Scott again, this time as military secretary with the rank of colonel. After Scott's retirement, Hamilton joined his brother-in-law, Henry W. Halleck, in St. Louis as assistant chief of staff of the Department of Missouri. He was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers to rank from Nov. 12, 1861. In the operations against New Madrid and Island No. 10 he commanded a division under General John Pope and then participated in the siege of Corinth under Halleck. Hamilton commanded the left wing of the Army of the Mississippi. Autograph Letter Signed : 4 1/2 x 7, in ink. New York City Park Ave. Hotel April 17, 1888 Hon. M.C.D. Borden President &c, &c Dear Sir: I enclose a note of my son Hon. Robert Ray Hamilton introducing me to you. I am well known to Hon. Waldo Hutchings. I have asked him to assist me in procuring for David Graham of No. 147 East 32d St., N.Y. City, as painter in the N.Y. Central Park. He was employed by Genl. Charles P. Stone as a painter on the Bartholdi Statue of Liberty and has strong recommendation from him. He is also strongly recommended for employment in a different capacity by Genl. Danl. Sickles. He is a nephew of Hon. Joseph Gordon, N.Y. Assembly, XVIII District. He will be able to submit a recommendation from a painter of standing in this city, Mr. Cary, I think by whom he has been employed. I feel a strong personal interest in Mr. Graham & would be glad if he could be gratified. I remain, With high respect, Your Obdt. Servt. Schuyler Hamilton Maj. Genl. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
Signature With Rank (1809-79) Born in Philadelphia, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1819, and was promoted to passed midshipman in 1827. Promoted to lieutenant in 1836, he served on the Ohio, the flagship of Commodore Issac Hull's Mediterranean Squadron, 1839-41. He saw action in the Mexican War in command of the Vesuvius at the reduction of Vera Cruz in 1847. Promoted to commander in 1855, he commanded the steam sloop of war Mohican in the African Squadron, and captured the slaver Erie on August 8, 1860, off the Congo, and forced the ship to unload its captive cargo at Monrovia, Liberia. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he sailed home, was promoted to captain, and took part in the attack on Port Royal, S.C. under Admiral Dupont. Promoted to commodore in 1863, he commanded the 4th Division of Admiral Porter's fleet at the battles of Fort Fisher, N.C., in December 1864 and January 1865, and was highly praised in the battle reports. He was promoted to rear admiral at the end of the war and commanded the South Atlantic Squadron, 1866-67. He served as commandant of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, 1868-70, and retired in 1871. Signature With Rank : 4 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, Very respectfully, S.W. Godon, Rear Adml. and Commandant. Light age toning.
Autograph Letter Signed Twice (1823-1910) Born in Canandaigua, N.Y., he was a civil engineer engaged in railroad construction before the war. During the Civil War he served as Lieutenant Colonel, of the 2nd Michigan Infantry; Captain, of the 11th U.S. Infantry; Captain Captain Colonel of the 102nd U.S. Colored Infantry; promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. After the war he remained in the Regular U.S. Army retiring in 1887. Autograph Letter Signed Twice : 3 5/8 x 5 7/8, in ink. Cincinnati Avenue San Antonio, Texas February 28th, 1899 J.G. Dennis, Esq. Dear Sir: I send you autograph as requested: Henry Laurens Chipman, Bvt. Brig. General, U.S. Volunteers. Yours truly: H.L. Chipman Lieut. Col. U.S. Army Light age toning and wear.
Signature With Rank (1819-99) Born in Germantown, Pa., he graduated from West Point in 1842, and fought in the Mexican War earing brevets for gallantry at Monterey and Buena Vista. During the Civil War he served as Colonel, Chief Commissary of Subsistence, Department of the Ohio; Chief Commissary of Subsistence, Department of the South. Promoted to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865. Remained in the Regular Army after the war retiring in 1882. Signature With Rank : 3 x 1 1/4, in ink, C.L. Kilburn, B.B.G. & A.C.G.S. Tipped to 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 piece of card stock. Very nice.
Lieutenant Governor of Ohio U.S. Congressman from Ohio 1840-1918) Born in Bellefontaine, Ohio, he attended Geneva College, in Northwood, Ohio, and was studying at Yale University when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted on June 1, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 23rd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on February 9, 1862; and was discharged for promotion on October 7, 1862; and commissioned captain & A.A.G., on the staff of General Kenner Garrard. Later was promoted to major & A.A.G. on the staff of General George Crook. Promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel, on November 17, 1864. Commissioned colonel, 196th Ohio Infantry, on March 25, 1865. Promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. Mustered out of the service on September 11, 1865. After the war, Kennedy resumed his studies, was admitted to the bar in 1866, and commenced a practice in Bellefontaine. He was appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes as collector of internal revenue for the fourth district of Ohio, serving 1878-83. He was the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio from 1885-87. Served as U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1887-91. Card Signature : 3 1/2 x 2, in ink, Robt. P. Kennedy. Age toning and light wear.
(1828-1913) Born in Utica, New York, he was a dry goods merchant. At the outbreak of the Civil War he served as colonel of the 6th Massachusetts Militia, from April 22, 1861, to August 2, 1861. He was commissioned colonel of the 26th Massachusetts Infantry on August 28, 1861, and was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 13, 1865. Served as Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1886-92. Signature : 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, Edward F. Jones.
Document Signed (1807-77) Entering the navy as a Midshipman in 1823, he served in the Pacific, the Mediterranean, and the South Atlantic. Promoted to Captain in November 1861, he was Chief of Staff and Fleet Officer in the Port Royal expedition. He was promoted to Flag Officer of the Mississippi flotilla, in May 1862, fighting at Fort Pillow, Memphis, Vicksburg, and the Yazoo River. As Commodore, in July 1862, Davis was made chief of the Bureau of Navigation and promoted to Rear Admiral in February 1863. Staying in the U.S. Navy after the Civil War, he was superintendent of the Naval Observatory, and commander of the South Atlantic Squadron, dying on active duty. Document Signed : 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet. U.S. Flag Ship Guerriere (1st Rate) Rio de Janiero, Aug. 1st, 1867 Sir: You will report to Captain M.B. Woolsey as a member of a General Court Martial for the trial of such persons as may be brought before you. Respectfully, C.H. Davis Rear Admiral Comdg. S.A. Squadron Commander J.B. Creighton, U.S.N. Comdg. U.S. Str. Kansas Rio de Janiero Brazil Reported, 2d August, 1867 M.B. Woolsey, Captain Presiding Officer Very fine. Melanchton B. Woolsey: (1817-74) During the Civil War he was engaged in the bombardment of Fort Pemberton and Secessionville on James Island, S.C. He was promoted to Commodore in 1871 and died of yellow fever while on duty at Pensacola, Florida.
Signature With Rank (1831-92) Born in Kerhonkson, Ulster County, New York. By occupation he was a lawyer, newspaper editor and municipal official. Enlisted on April 23, 1861, as adjutant, and was commissioned into the 20th New York State Militia; promoted to major, on June 15, 1861; mustered out on August 2, 1861. Re-enlisted on September 5, 1861, as a major, and was commissioned into the 80th New York Infantry. Promoted to lieutenant colonel, on September 12, 1862; colonel, on November 23, 1864; brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865; and was mustered out of the service on January 29, 1866. Signature With Rank : 3 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, J.B. Hardenbergh, Bvt. Brig. Genl. Vols., tipped to 5 3/4 x 3 3/4, card stock. Very fine.
Governor of Idaho Autograph Document Signed (1813-95) Born in Buffalo, New York, at the age of 17 he was an apprentice to a printer and 5 years later he became editor of the Buffalo Bulletin. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in New York in 1836. Moving west in the 1840's, he became city attorney in Monroe, Michigan, a newspaper editor in Illinois and Kentucky, and then settled in Springfield, Illinois where he practiced law with Jesse B. Thomas, Jr. He became friends with Abraham Lincoln and Stephen A. Douglas, was in charge of the Baptist Publishing Society, and was also active in the temperance movement. In 1844, Brayman gained statewide prominence by accepting a commission from Governor Ford to revise the Illinois legal code. Two years later he was commissioned as a special prosecutor to deal with incidents occurring during the Illinois Mormon War. In the 1850's he was general solicitor for the Illinois Central Railroad. Brayman was commissioned major of the 19th Illinois Infantry on August 19, 1861, and was promoted to colonel of the regiment on April 19, 1862, after having fought gallantly in the battles of Belmont, Fort Donelson and Shiloh. He was appointed brigadier general to rank from September 24, 1862, and commanded the post at Bolivar, Tenn., until June 1863. Thereafter, he commanded Camp Dennison, Ohio, and during the last year of the war, the post of Natchez, Mississippi. Brevetted major general for gallant and meritorious Civil War services, he retired to private life. He lived in Missouri and Arkansas for a time in connection with some railroad interests. He then became editor of the Illinois State Journal. He was Governor of the Idaho Territory, serving 1876-80. Autograph Document Signed : 5 3/4 x 9, tipped to a slightly larger album page. This is an imprinted form that was filled out by Mason Brayman in ink. It's purpose was to provide biographical information about Brayman. He signs his full name within the body of the text. He also writes his father's name down, (Daniel Brayman), under the parents section of the form, so Brayman has written his last name twice on this document. Very fine.
Confederate Congressman U.S. Congressman from Missouri (1819-86) Born in Buckingham County, Virginia, he was educated in the private schools in Lynchburg, studied law, and moved to Kentucky where he was admitted to the bar. He later settled in Missouri in 1847 where he practiced law in New Madrid and served in the Missouri State House of Representatives, in 1850-51. During the War Between the States he served in the Confederate Army as a major and a.d.c. to General Alexander P. Stewart, who commended him for his actions in the battle of Chickamauga. He served in the 2nd Confederate Congress, 1864-65. He was a U.S. Congressman from Missouri, 1873-79, and served as Chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures. Signature : 2 1/8 x 1/2, in ink, R.A. Hatcher.
Autograph Letter Signed (1819-93) Born in Brownville, New York, he was the son of Major General Jacob Brown of War of 1812 fame. During the Civil War he served as Lieutenant Colonel; Deputy Paymaster General; Chief Paymaster, Department of the Missouri. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general for meritorious services during the war. He remained in the Regular U.S. Army after the Civil War, with rank of Brigadier General and Paymaster General, retiring in 1882. Autograph Letter Signed : 7 3/4 x 10, in ink. Brownville, Jeff. Co., N. York Sir, Your post is assigned to me for payment. I have to request you to keep the rolls until I visit you about the 3d July. Respectfully Your obt. Servant N.W. Brown Paymaster U.S.A. [to] Maj. J. Symington Ordnance Dept. Watervliet Arsenal Light age toning and wear.
Served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Indiana Cavalry during the Civil War U.S. Congressman from Indiana (1829-91) Born in New Paris, Ohio, he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and commenced practice in Winchester, Indiana. Elected prosecuting attorney for the thirteenth judicial circuit in 1855, and was reelected in 1857 and 1859. Was secretary of the Indiana State Senate in 1861. Assisted in organizing the 7th Indiana Cavalry and went to the field with that regiment as captain. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, October 1, 1863; colonel; and brevet brigadier general by President Lincoln, March 13, 1865; mustered out of service, February 18, 1866. Appointed United States Attorney for the district of Indiana in 1869, serving until 1872. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; served as U.S. Congressman, 1877-91; was chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions, and also served on the Committee on Revision of the Laws. Signature With Sentiment and Place : 5 x 2, in ink, Yours very truly, Thomas M. Browne, Winchester, Indiana. Light age toning.
Autograph Letter Signed (1800-82) A native of Maryland, he was commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 8th U.S. Infantry, on January 28, 1820; transferred to the 1st U.S. Infantry, on June 1, 1821; transferred to the 3rd U.S. Artillery, on June 12, 1823; promoted to 1st lieutenant, on May 1, 1828; captain, on December 1, 1838; major, 2nd U.S. Artillery, November 11, 1856; lieutenant colonel, 3rd U.S. Artillery, on August 28, 1861; he commanded Fort Lafayette, New York Harbor during the Civil War. He was brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War battles of Contreras, Churubusco and Molino del Rey. Promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. Autograph Letter Signed : 7 3/4 x 9 1/2, in ink. Fort Monroe, Va. 5 Dec. 1832 Sir, Enclosed you will receive duplicate receipts to correspond with your Invoice as directed to me of the 23 last month. I Have the honor to be Sir Your Obt. Svt. Martin Burke 1Lt., 3 Art. Comd. H Comp. To Major Bender Docket on the reverse: No. 296 Lieut. Martin Burke Fort Monroe December 5, 1832 Enclosing Receipts for clothing for Company H, 3rd Artillery Light age toning and wear.
Signature With Rank (1795-1874) Born at Rahway, New Jersey, he graduated from West Point in the class of 1818, and fought in the Mexican War. He served as Lieutenant Colonel, 4th U.S. Artillery; Colonel 5th U.S. Artillery; Commander of Fort Pickens, Florida; and Commander of the defenses of New York Harbor. Promoted to brevet brigadier general, November 23, 1861, for gallantry during the engagement between Fort Pickens and the Rebel batteries. Promoted to brevet major general, for supression of the New York City draft riots of July 1863. Buried at Hazelwood Cemetery, Rahway, N.J. Signature with rank : 6 x 2, in ink, Yours very truly, Harvey Brown, Bt. Major Genl., U.S.A. Light age toning.
Commander of Hilliard's Confederate Legion Autograph Letter Signed (1808-92) Born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he graduated from South Carolina College in Columbia in 1826. He studied law, moved to Athens, Georgia, and was admitted to the bar in 1829. He was a professor at the University of Alabama, from 1831-34, and resigned to practice law in Montgomery. He served as a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives, 1836-38; was a member of the Whig National Convention in 1839; and served as a Whig presidential elector in 1840. He served as Chargé d'Affaires to Belgium from May 12, 1842, to August 15, 1844; was a U.S. Congressman, from 1845-51; and was a presidential elector on the National American ticket in 1856. In 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis appointed Hilliard as a Commissioner to Tennessee with his mission being to persuade Tennessee to secede from the Union. Hilliard's Legion, organized at Montgomery, Alabama, in June, 1862, consisted of five battalions. The Legion, nearly 3,000 strong, under the command of Henry W. Hilliard, was placed in McCown's Brigade. It took part in the siege of Cumberland Gap, and spent the fall and winter in Kentucky and east Tennessee. They later fought at Chickamauga losing 45 percent of the 902 engaged. After the war Hilliard moved to Augusta, Georgia, where he resumed the practice of law. He served as Ambassador to Brazil from 1877-81. Autograph Letter Signed : 7 3/4 x 10, in ink. This is a folded letter whereby the back panel of this folio letter sheet was used as the envelope to mail the letter. It is addressed to Benj. Poor, Esq., 193 Pearl Street, New York, and has a stamped postmark from Montgomery, Ala. Part of the original red wax seal is still present. Montgomery, Ala., June 29th, 1842 My Dear Sir, I was happy to learn your safe arrival at Athens, and the satisfactory performance of that notable Canadian. As to your Son, I can only repeat what I have heretofore said to you, that it will be very gratifying to me to be accompanied by so intelligent a young gentleman as I am sure he is, but I very much regret that there is no provision made for a Secretary to the Mission, and in the event of your Son residing in Brussels as my Secretary, I should be able to compensate him in no other way than by those kind offices which my position might enable me to render him, of these however he may rest assured. I leave tomorrow night on the cars for Washington where I shall probably remain a week before proceeding to New York. There I hope to meet you. I am very sensible of your kindness in offering to engage this passage & c. Do meet me in New York. Very truly Yours &c H.W. Hilliard [to] Benj. Poor, Esq. Light age toning and wear. Some fold splits and edge tears have been repaired with archival document tape on the reverse. Very fine letter written at the time Hilliard served as Chargé d'Affaires to Belgium.
War Date Document Signed (1827-97) Born in Kentucky, he graduated in the West Point class of 1849, a class that produced 13 generals in the Civil War. He was appointed a brigadier general of volunteers on October 11, 1861, and assigned to command a brigade in the Army of the Ohio. During the summer of 1862, Johnson had boasted that he would capture Confederate raider, General John Hunt Morgan, and bring him back in a band box. Instead Johnson and his force were defeated and forced to surrender near Gallatin, Tenn. Exchanged in December, he was given command of the 12th Division of the Army of the Cumberland and took part in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and the opening operations of the Atlanta campaign. On May 28, 1864, he was seriously wounded at the battle of New Hope Church. Upon his recovery he was appointed chief of cavalry of the Military Division of the Mississippi, serving as such until October, after which he commanded a division under General James H. Wilson in the campaign against General John Bell Hood which culminated in the battle of Nashville. War Date Document Signed : 7 7/8 x 12 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Appropriation for deceased corporal of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry. Treasury Department Second Auditor's Office August 16, 1862 I certify, That I have examined and adjusted the claim of Michael Goodwin, (decd) Corp. Co. D, & Q.M.S., 2d U.S. Cav. and find there is due him from the United States the sum of Two Hundred & thirty two dollars and Eighty nine cents, being for Pay from March 1/60 to January 21/61, as appears by the account and voucher herewith transmitted for the decision of the Second Comptroller of the Treasury thereon. To be paid to R.W. Johnson, Executor under will, or his order, by any Paymaster of the Army. Signed, E.B. French, Second Auditor. Second Comptroller's Office Aug. 18, 1862 The above claim of Two Hundred & thirty two dollars and 89 cents, is admitted. Signed, J. Madison Cutts, Second Comptroller. Witnessed by- Asa Holt Paymaster, U.S.A. R.W. Johnson Brig. Genl. Vols. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
War Date Autograph Endorsement Signed (1828-96) Born in Huntingdon County, Pa., he was a lawyer by occupation. He enlisted on September 6, 1861, as 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the field and staff as adjutant of the 59th New York Infantry. He was discharged on March 26, 1862, and promoted to Captain promoted to Major promoted to Colonel, on February 12, 1864, and Principal Assistant to the Provost Marshal General; and Brevet Brigadier General, on March 30, 1865, for faithful and meritorious services in the recruitment of the armies of the United States. He mustered out of the service on August 26, 1866. After the war he served as Register of U.S. Treasury, 1868-69. War Date Autograph Endorsement Signed : 3 1/4 x 2 1/4, in ink. Head Quarters, 8th Army Corps, Baltimore, March 22, 1863. Respectfully returned disapproved, By Order of Maj. Genl. Schenck, N.L. Jeffries, A.A.G.
Autograph Letter Signed (1818-91) Commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 4th Artillery, he was awarded the brevets of 1st lieutenant and captain for gallantry at Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec in the Mexican War. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was a captain in the regular army and was highly commended by General McClellan during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign for his conduct at Malvern Hill winning the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel. He commanded the guns of General A.E. Burnside's army on the left at Fredericksburg, and he was commissioned brigadier general to rank from May 23, 1863. He later commanded the defenses of Washington south of the Potomac. Autograph Letter Signed : 2 plus pages, 5 x 7 3/4, in ink. Ft. Niagra, N.Y. July 20, 1875 Major Genl. H.L. Abbot Corps Engineers, U.S.A. Willett's Point, N. York D[ea]r. General, I know you to have continued your communication with members of the Connecticut regiments which served so efficiently under your command in [?] places- If among them you number Surgeon Skinner, who served on my staff at Arlington, please give me his address, or procure it for me if not certain of it yourself. The [?] of Captain Thompson, [?] A.A.G., is striving for a pension and thinks Dr. Skinner may serve his interests by certificates relating to facts within his knowledge. Mrs. De Russy unites with me in kind regards to Mrs. Abbot and best wishes for your prosperity and happiness. Sincerely Yours, G.A. De Russy Major 3rd Arty. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.
War Period Signature With Rank (1827-1894) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Saw service during the Mexican War and was adjutant of the United States Military Academy from 1854 to 1859. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was commanding a battery of light artillery in Washington. He served as General Irvin McDowell's chief of staff during the 1st Bull Run campaign, and for a year was General Don Carlos Buell's chief of staff in the Army and Department of the Ohio. During the last year of the war, Fry was appointed Provost Marshal General of the United States Army. General U.S. Grant was quoted as saying that Fry was the officer best fitted to direct it. War Period Autograph With Rank : 4 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, James B. Fry, Pro.[vost] Mar.[sha]l. General, U.S., June 9, 1865. Very fine.
Signature With Rank (1810-76) Born in New Bedford, Mass., he was a merchant and U.S. Customs official. During the Civil War he served as captain of the 3rd Massachusetts Militia; lieutenant colonel of the 18th Massachusetts Infantry; Colonel of the 38th Massachusetts Infantry; Provost Marshal General of the Defenses North of the Potomac; promoted to brevet brigadier general, on October 2, 1865. After the war, he served as Deputy Governor of the Central Branch of the National Home For Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, in Dayton, Ohio. Signature With Rank : 3 x 1 3/8, in ink, T. Ingraham, B. Brig. Genl., Col. 38 Mass. Vol. Light staining.
War Date Document Signed Muster Roll of 15th Maine Infantry in Florida (1820-1913) Born and died in Skowhegan, Maine. Was 41 years old when he enlisted on December 17, 1861, as Lieutenant Colonel, of the 15th Maine Infantry. He was promoted to Colonel, on August 26, 1862, and Brevet Brigadier General, on March 13, 1865. He was discharged on September 13, 1865. 30 x 21, two sided, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Pensacola, Florida, Dec. 31, 1862. Muster Roll of Captain John B. Wilson's, Company H, 15th Regiment Maine Volunteers, U.S. Army, Colonel Isaac Dyer, Comdg., for the period 31st October, 1862, to 31st December 1862. Account of the men and officers in this company, giving their muster and pay information, and in the remarks section it lists those who died including one poor soldier who fell off a building while on picket duty. Signed by Harrison G. Prescott, Lieut. Commanding the Company, and Isaac Dyer, Colonel. Some minor fold splits have been repaired with archival document tape. Overall in very fine condition. Scarce Florida muster roll. The 15th Maine Infantry saw action in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Arkansas and Texas, and finished the war in the eastern theatre, serving in Virginia.
Signature With Rank (1805-73) Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of a chief clerk of the U.S. Navy Department. He received his lieutenant's commission in 1825, and saw service during the Seminole and Mexican Wars. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed commander of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. He earned the Thanks of Congress in 1862 for the capture of Roanoke Island and the closing of the North Carolina sounds. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in August 1862. In June 1865, he was appointed as the first commander of the European Squadron. He took command of the Washington Navy Yard in 1868, and served there until his retirement in 1873. Signature With Rank : 5 x 3/4, in ink, L.M. Goldsborough, Rear Adml. & Presiding Officer. Boldly signed.
Wounded and captured at Port Hudson, La. Candidate for President of the U.S. in 1880 (1804-97) Born in Portland, Me., he was known as the Napoleon of Temperance, and the Father of Prohibition. An ardent abolitionist, his home was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Appointed colonel of the 13th Maine Infantry in November 1861. The following February he was assigned to the command of General Benjamin F. Butler's expedition for the capture of New Orleans. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 28, 1862 and assigned to command the captured Rebel forts of Jackson and St. Philip. After serving for a time as commander of the District of Florida, he took part in the siege of Port Hudson, La. During the Union assault on May 27, 1863, he was wounded and taken prisoner. He was a P.O.W. for eight months at Richmond and Mobile before being exchanged for General Robert E. Lee's son, General Rooney Lee, in March 1864. His health was badly degraded from his prison experience and he resigned from the army in November 1864. He is well known as a staunch advocate of temperance and the Father of the Maine anti-liquor law. He served as mayor of Portland, Me., and was the Prohibition Party's candidate for President of the United States in 1880. Book Page Signed : 3 1/2 x 5 1/4, imprinted on both sides of the page. Signed in ink, Neal Dow. He has also added the year of his birth, 1804.