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Civil War patriotic imprint with colorful vignette of President Abraham Lincoln surrounded by American flags, spread winged eagle, cannon, drum, etc.  5 1/2 x 3 1/8.  




<b>Ellsworth's Avenger


Medal of Honor Recipient</b>


(1840-94) Member of Co. A, 11th New York Infantry. On May 24, 1861 Union troops in Alexandria, Va. took exception to a Confederate flag that flew on the roof of the Marshall House hotel, which was visible to President Lincoln from the White House. Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth, leading a squad of his 11th New York Fire Zouaves, decided to pull the flag down. Having removed it, Ellsworth was shot dead as he started down the stairs from the roof by the hotel's owner James T. Jackson. After a brief struggle, Jackson was then shot and killed by Francis E. Brownell who had accompanied Ellsworth on his mission. Brownell was promoted to 1st lieutenant, Oct. 24, 1861, and was discharged on Nov. 4, 1863. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exploit of having avenged the death of Colonel Ellsworth.


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of Lieutenant Brownell wearing kepi within wreath design. Imprint below his likeness, Lieut. Frank Brownell, Who shot Jackson. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 1/4 x 3 1/8.   


<b>Written by Clark S. Edwards, Colonel of the regiment


He commanded the 5th Maine during the battle of Gettysburg!


Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General


War Date Letter With Cover</b>


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.


The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with the envelope addressed in the hand of Edwards to his wife, Mrs. C.S. Edwards, [thus his full signature] Bethel, Maine, partial C.D.S., Washington, D.C., with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp.Docket at left edge, March 30/62. As was her custom, this docket was written by Mrs. Edwards so that she knew the date the letter was written without having to take it out of the envelope.


<b><u>Camp Franklin, [Va.], Sunday Morning, Mar. 30/62</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


Yours of March 10th, also of March 25th and one of March 20th by Sergt. Sanborn, so you see that they are getting along, the one of March 10th came in from Alexandria.  I was very glad to rec. the miniature [photograph] of Waldo.  I think it is a perfect one, the little rogue was a little uneasy when he sat to have it taken.  I will send you in this five Dollars in money and five Dollars in Secesh stocks, the five of Secesh I want you to let [?] have for taxes or offer it to him for pay for goods, of course he or Jacob Holt would take it as money.  We are still here yet and likely to be at present from all that I can see.  I was in Alexandria yesterday.  The city is full of troops, ten or twelve thousand came down from Washington to embark night before last.  The Maine 11th was one of the Regts.  Some of them stopped in our camp last night, or till one o’clock, and then was routed out to go to Alexandria to go aboard this morning at six o’clock, so you see there is not much peace for the poor soldiers.  There is now within three miles from our camp more than twenty five thousand men that have nothing but the canopy of heaven for a cover, that is no tents but a few with the shelter tent which is but little better than nothing.  I saw yesterday in town lots of poor men on the sidewalks asleep.  This morning it rains hard so you see the poor fellows are having a hard time, but it will be warmer soon, and then it will not be as bad.  [?] arrived here night before last, is a looking much better, but is far from well yet.  I shall let him off duty for a time longer.  Lieut. F[’s] papers came yesterday.  He is off for home in a few days.  I am in hopes that [?] will have his place, and I have no doubt but he will.  I am feeling well this morning with the exception of a slight touch of the rheumatism in my back.  If I had been where there was any women I should lay it to that, but it has been so long since I spoke to a woman that I should not know how to act.  I saw some on the street in town yesterday that took my fancy.  They were dressed in fancy calico, but it looked to me to be worth seventy five cts. per yard.  I must write quick as the mail is off in a few moments.  I will write you again soon, perhaps tonight.  The boys are getting along well.  I expect we will leave soon, but perhaps not for a week.  I believe you better direct yours to Was.[hington]. There is to be a line of steamers put out from Washington to Fortress Monroe that will run regularly.  I am now writing in my tent with some dozen or more talking so you will see how I am situated for writing.  Love to you all and many kisses for you all.


Yrs.,

Clark


Light wear. Very fine letter.  


Civil War patriotic imprint titled Off For The War with color vignette of a Union officer on horseback doffing his cap to a young lady who is presenting him with a bouquet of flowers. Light staining and wear. 5 1/4 x 3 1/8.

President Abraham Lincoln

 

Lieutenant Frank Brownell

 

5th Maine Infantry Letter $95.00

 

Off For The War




<b>United States Senator From South Carolina</b>


(1825-1906) Born near Winnsboro, Fairfield County, S.C., he graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1843. Engaged as a planter, he served as a member of the South Carolina State Constitutional Convention in 1865, and upon the readmission of South Carolina to the Union in 1868, was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate, serving, 1868 to 1877. Was Chairman of the Committee on Manufactures. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, T.J. Robertson, South Carolina.

 


<b>United States Senator From Louisiana</b>


(1825-1906) He was engaged in the mercantile business from 1849-1863, moved to Natchez, La., in 1863, and by the close of the War Between the States was one of the largest cotton planters in Louisiana. He served as a member of the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention in 1868, being chosen one of a committee of seven to conduct the affairs of the State until the constitution could be adopted. Was a member of the Louisiana State Senate in 1868, and upon the readmission of Louisiana to the Union was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from 1868 to 1871. He was appointed Surveyor General for Montana by President Chester Arthur in 1881.

 

<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 1 3/4, in ink, J.S. Harris, La.  


<b>U.S. Senator from Kentucky


Governor of Kentucky


U.S. Attorney General


Very important War Date Autograph Letter Signed, to Kentucky Governor Beriah Magoffin, regarding violations of Kentucky laws and the rights of Kentucky citizens by the Union Army!</b>


(1786-1863) Born near Versailles, Ky. Graduated from William and Mary College in 1806, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Woodford County, Ky. Fought in the War of 1812. Was a member of the Kentucky State House, 1811-17. Served as United States Senator, 1817-19; 1835-41; 1842-48; and 1855-61. Was Governor of Kentucky, 1848-50. Served as United States Attorney General, in the President Millard Fillmore administration, 1850-53. The Crittenden Compromise of 1860, which proposed the extension of the Missouri Compromise line to the Pacific Ocean, was unacceptable to both the north and the south. The Civil War literally split the Crittenden family apart as one of his sons, George, was a general in the Confederate army, while the other, Thomas, was a Union general. The elder Crittenden was opposed to secession, supported Abraham Lincoln and worked hard to keep Kentucky in the Union.


<u>War Date Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink.


Washington, June 10, 1862


Hon. B. Magoffin

Govnr. of Ken'ty


In my last I informed you that agreeably to your request, I had laid before the Secretary of War, your communications to me complaining of certain acts of the military as violations of the laws & authorities of the State of Kentucky & of the rights of its citizens.


To these communications I received last evening from the Secretary of War the reply which I herewith enclose to you. It contains all that I have heard from him on the subject.


I remain,

Very Respectfully,

Yrs. &c,

J.J. Crittenden


Very important war date letter written by Crittenden, to the Governor of Kentucky, Beriah Magoffin, acknowledging receipt of his complaints against the U.S. military, and that he has presented them to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton. Magoffin declared Kentucky a neutral state during the Civil War, and he had been vehemently complaining to the Lincoln government about violations by Federal troops against the laws and authorities of the State of Kentucky as well as violating the rights of its citizens!


<u>Beriah Magoffin</u>: (1815-85) Born in Harrodsburg, Ky., he graduated from Center College, Danville, Ky., and the law department of Transylvania University. He was elected to the Kentucky Senate in 1850, and was a presidential elector in 1844, 1848, 1852, and 1856. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1848, 1856, and 1860. In 1859, he was elected as Governor of Kentucky, to serve four years. In his governor's message of February 1861, he recommended a convention of all the border states. When President Lincoln called for 75,000 troops in April 1861, Magoffin replied that Kentucky would furnish no troops for the wicked purpose of subduing her sister southern states. In May he issued a proclamation forbidding either the United States or the Confederate government to undertake any movement of troops or occupy any post on Kentucky soil, and warned the citizens of his state against taking part in the hostilities. In August, he sent letters to Presidents Lincoln and Davis declaring the neutrality of Kentucky, and requesting Lincoln to withdraw Federal troops from the state. When General Leonidas Polk occupied Columbus, the legislature passed a resolution directing the governor to demand by proclamation the evacuation of Kentucky soil by the Confederate forces. After the war he served in the Kentucky House of Representatives.  A Shaker oval Finger Box. This box came out of a FL. that was inherited from her grandmother who was an antique dealer in NH. Measuring 7 1/2 x 5 inches, 4 inches H. with 3 fingers.  Excellent condition with no breaks. Oxidation difference on the top where it has been stacked for decades.

Autograph, Thomas J. Robertson $10.00

 

Autograph, John S. Harris $10.00

 

Autograph, John J. Crittenden $250.00

 

SHAKER OVAL FINGER BOX $225.00

Three(3) white ironstone salad plates in the Corn + Oats shape. Measuring 7 1/2 inches D. Two are marked Davenport, one Wedgwood. Ca. 1863. Mint condition with no chips or hairlines. Excellent color and detail. Price is for all 3.  


<b>Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the President Abraham Lincoln Administration


Acting Secretary of the Treasury in 1864


United State Minister to Switzerland


War Date Free Frank Signature With Title</b>


(1815-92) A native of Georgia, he served in the United States Treasury Department under President Abraham Lincoln, as well as in other preceding administrations. He was a delegate from the District of Columbia at the Republican National Convention of 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. He served as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury during the Civil War, and was appointed Acting Secretary of the Treasury Department in 1864 by President Lincoln when Secretary Salmon P. Chase left office. He was authorized by Lincoln to perform all of the duties as head of the Treasury Department until a successor was chosen. He served as U.S. Minister to Switzerland, 1865-69. He was the partner of the famous inventor, Thomas A. Edison, in the American Telegraph Works in Newark, N.J., 1870-73.


<u>War Date Free Frank Signature With Title</u>: 3 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, with partial imprint, Treasury Department, Geo. Harrington, Asst. Secretary. Partial Washington, D.C. postmark with [18]65 date visible. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.



<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: President Lincoln invested virtually all of his presidential salary in governmental bonds and relied on Treasury officials to take care of the transactions. Treasury official Levi Gould recalled that "After the seven-thirty bonds were offered for subscription, he came over, I should think, about once a month, sat down beside me, counted out what money he was able to spare from his salary, and invested the same in these bonds, while they lasted, or in a second issue of similar character. He waited until they were duly issued to his order, and then took them away."


Mr. Lincoln paid little attention to these investments, however, until he visited the Treasury Department on June 10,1864 to straighten out his finances. "By this time, Lincoln's purchases of government securities had become confusing to him. With problems of the war occupying his every waking minute, he had not time for personal affairs. Therefore he asked Salmon P. Chase to have his purchases consolidated into one type of government bonds. Chase promised to have this done. Lincoln made a list of his holdings, pocketed everything at hand, walked over to the Treasury Department and emptied the contents of his pockets on Chase's desk," according to Harry E. Pratt, author of The Personal Finances of Abraham Lincoln. 


Maunsell B. Field, of the Treasury Department, described Lincoln's arrival:


"I happened once to be with the Secretary when the President, without knocking, and unannounced, as was his habit, entered the room. His rusty black hat was on the back of his head, and he wore, as was his custom, an old gray shawl across his shoulders...I said good morning to Mr. Lincoln, and then, as was the established etiquette when the President called, withdrew...In less than five minutes I was summoned to return to the Secretary. Mr Schuckers, his private secretary entered the room at the same time that I did. The President was gone, and there was lying upon one end of Mr. Chase's desk a confused mass of Treasury notes, Demand notes, Seven-thirty notes, and other representatives of value. Mr. Chase told us that this lot of money had just been brought by Mr. Lincoln, who desired to have it converted into bonds."


Lincoln's holdings in government obligations totaled $54,515.07, and he brought along a bag of gold amounting to $883.30. Chase turned the securities over to <b>George Harrington, Assistant Secretary, for investment. In addition to the gold Harrington found five different kinds of assets: $16,000 of 7-30 notes; $26,181.40 of Certificates of Deposit; $8,000 of 5-20 bonds; $4,044.67 in salary warrants, and $489 in greenbacks.</b> Field noted that the President's assets totaled "$68,000", which was certainly a large sum for Mr. Lincoln to have saved from his salary in three years. Possibly a good deal of this money may have been anonymous gifts. However, it may be said that there was very clever financiering done in the White House in those days, about which the President was supposed to have little or no knowledge. He only knew that the establishment was conducted in a marvelously economical manner."  Source: Mr. Lincoln's White House  


<b>Civil War Congressman from New York


Civil War Governor of New York


United States Senator from New York


War Period Signature</b>


(1819-85) A powerful New York politician, he served as a Democratic U.S. Congressman, 1853-55, and quit his party over the issue of slavery. In 1855, he presided over the first Republican state convention. Served as Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-64, Governor of New York, 1864-68 and U.S. Senator, 1869-75.


<u>War Period Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, R.E. Fenton. Beautiful, large autograph. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.   


<b>Civil War Governor of Pennsylvania


United States Congressman


1865 Signature as Governor of Pennsylvania</b>


(1817-94) A lawyer by occupation, he was active in Whig politics before the Civil War. In 1860, he was the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania, the hope being that his election would help carry the state for Abraham Lincoln. An active supporter of the Federal government, he supplied many troops and much material for the Union war effort. Re-elected in 1863, Curtin was well known for the exceptional care he took of the dependents of his Pennsylvania troops. Unlike most Northern governors, he also faced the trauma of a Confederate invasion of his state, this occurring during the 1863 Gettysburg campaign. Curtin's decisive action called "Emergency Troops" into active service to defend Pennsylvania soil! He served as Minister to Russia in the President U.S. Grant administration and later served 3 terms as a United States Congressman, 1881-87. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was a member of the Committee on Banking and Currency.


<u>1865 Signature as Governor of Pennsylvania</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, A.G. Curtin, Govnr. Penna, June 17, 1865. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.


Comes with an authentic, original woodcut engraving (4 3/4 x 6 1/4) of Governor Curtin, circa 1863.

3 IRONSTONE PLATES, CORN + OATS $50.00

 

Autograph, George Harrington $25.00

 

Autograph, Reuben E. Fenton $35.00

 

Autograph, Andrew G. Curtin $50.00




<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(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.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 2 3/8, in ink, Jno. W. Geary, Bvt. Maj. Genl., U.S. Vols. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.   


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1824-1903) Known in the army as "Baldy," he graduated in the West Point class of 1845 ranking #4. As an engineer officer he spent his years before the Civil War in a variety of surveys and exploration duties, as an instructor at the Military Academy, and as a member and secretary of the lighthouse board. In July 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 3rd Vermont Infantry and saw action at the 1st battle of Bull Run. On August 13th of that year he was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a division of the 6th Corps in the Peninsular and Antietam campaigns, and commanded the corps in the battle of Fredericksburg. Sent to the western theatre, he was chief engineer of the Department of the Cumberland and later held the same position in the Military Division of the Mississippi. Praised by Grant, Sherman and Thomas, he made a valuable contribution to the assault on Missionary Ridge. Grant brought him east in 1864 and gave him command of the 18th Corps of Butler's Army of the James. His corps was later attached to the Army of the Potomac in time to take part in the bloody battle at Cold Harbor, and in the Petersburg campaign.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8, in ink, I remain Your Obt. Servt., Wm. F. Smith, Maj. Gen., U.S.V. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>War Period Autograph Note Signed With Rank</b>


(1811-87) His grandfather was a veteran of the American Revolution, and his father a veteran of the War of 1812. Emory graduated from West Point in 1831 and later distinguished himself in the Mexican War earning two brevets for gallantry. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Emory was stationed in Indian Territory and is said to have been the only officer in Confederate territory who brought out all his troops without the loss of a single man. Commissioned brigadier general on March 17, 1862, he took part in McClellan's Virginia Peninsular campaign; commanded a division under General N.P. Banks in 1863; commanded the 19th Corps during the Red River campaign of 1864; and was transferred to Virginia where the 19th Corps served under General Phil Sheridan in the Shenandoah Valley campaign. In 1865, he commanded the Department of West Virginia. He married the great-granddaughter of Benjamin Franklin.


<u>War Period Autograph Note Signed With Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 2 1/8, in ink, Wishing the Sisters of the Poor all success in their noble charity, I am Madam with high regard, Yr. obt. S[ervan]t., W.H. Emory, B.[revet] Major General. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1818-93) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843 and won the brevet of 1st lieutenant during the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, Ingalls was appointed Chief Quarter Master of the Army of the Potomac. He served successively under Generals' McClellan, Burnside, Hooker and Meade, rendering outstanding service to each of them in this position of great importance, a task which must be highly praised. In 1864, his intimate friend and classmate, General U.S. Grant, appointed him chief quartermaster of all Union armies operating against Richmond. He remained in the U.S. Army after the Civil War retiring in 1883 after 40 years of service to his country.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, on a partial piece of his personal imprinted stationary with is intertwined initials, "R I" at the top, Rufus Ingalls, Brig. Genl., Chief Qr. Master, Armies op.[erating] ag.[ainst] Richmond. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.

Autograph, General John W. Geary

 

Autograph, General William F. Smith

 

Autograph, General William H. Emory

 

Autograph, General Rufus Ingalls




<b>Severely wounded at the battle of Antietam!


War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1830-74) Graduated in the West Point class of 1852. He fought against the Florida Seminoles and was severely wounded in a skirmish near Fort Drane, Florida. In 1861, he went with the expedition which secretly reenforced Fort Pickens, Fla. During the fall and winter of 1861-62, he was chief of staff to General William S. Rosecrans in West Virginia, and on April 15, 1862, was appointed brigadier general. He fought gallantly at 2nd Bull Run, and was severely wounded at the battle of Antietam. He was promoted to rank of major general to rank from Nov. 19, 1862, and then commanded the 23rd Corps until being incapacitated again by his wounds. In March 1865, he took command of the Bermuda Hundred front for the siege of Petersburg, between the James and Appomattox rivers. After the evacuation by the Confederates he commanded the District of Nottaway with headquarters in Petersburg.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 3/4 x 1 3/4, in ink, Geo. L. Hartsuff, Maj. Genl. Vols. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1803-65) Appointed a midshipman in 1815. He fought prominently during the Mexican War, operating on the Pacific coast where he quickly showed his skill as a naval combat commander, taking or destroying thirty enemy ships and clearing the Gulf of California in the process. Du Pont transported Major John Fremont’s troops to San Diego, where they captured the city. Du Pont then continued operations along the Baja coast, including the capture of La Paz, and burnt two enemy gunboats in the harbor of Guaymas under heavy fire. He led the main line of ships that took Mazatlán on November 11, 1847, and on February 15, 1848, launched an amphibious assault on San José del Cabo that managed to strike three miles inland and relieve a besieged squadron, despite heavy resistance. He was given command of the California naval blockade in the last months of the war and, after taking part in further land maneuvers, was ordered home. Du Pont served most of the next decade on shore assignment, and his efforts during this period are credited with helping to modernize the U.S. Navy. He studied the possibilities of steam power, and emphasized engineering and mathematics in the curriculum that he established for the new United States Naval Academy which he was appointed superintendent of. He was an advocate for a more mobile and offensive Navy, rather than the harbor defense function that much of it was then relegated to, and worked on revising naval rules and regulations. After being appointed to the board of the United States Lighthouse Service, his recommendations for upgrading the antiquated system were largely adopted by Congress in a lighthouse bill. Du Pont was appointed commandant of the Philadelphia Naval Yard in 1860, and expected to retire in this post, but the outbreak of the Civil War altered not only his plans but the course of history. When communication was cut off with Washington at the start of the Civil War, Du Pont took the initiative of sending a fleet to the Chesapeake Bay to protect the landing of Union troops at Annapolis, Maryland. In June 1861, he was made president of a board in Washington formed to develop a plan of naval operations against the Confederacy. He was appointed flag officer serving aboard the steam frigate Wabash as commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, leading from Norfolk, Virginia the largest fleet ever commanded by an American officer at that time. On November 7th, Du Pont led a successful attack on the fortifications at Port Royal harbor in South Carolina. This victory enabled Union naval forces to secure the southern waters of Georgia and the entire eastern coast of Florida, and an effective blockade was established. Du Pont received commendations from U.S. Congress for his brilliant tactical success, and was appointed rear admiral on July 16, 1862. Towards the end of 1862, Du Pont became the first U.S. naval officer to be assigned command over armored "ironclad" warships. Though he commanded them ably in engagements with other ships, they performed poorly in an attack on Fort McAllister, due to their small number of guns and slow rate of fire. Du Pont was then given direct orders from the Navy Department to launch an attack on Charleston, South Carolina which was the site of the first shots fired in the Civil War with the fall of Fort Sumter and the main area in which the Union blockade had been unsuccessful. Though Du Pont believed that Charleston could not be taken without significant land troop support, he nevertheless attacked with nine ironclads on April 7, 1863. Unable to navigate properly in the obstructed channels leading to the harbor, his ships were caught in a blistering crossfire, and he withdrew them before nightfall. Five of his nine ironclads were disabled in the failed attack, and one more subsequently sank. The Secretary of the Navy, Gideon Welles, blamed Du Pont for the highly publicized failure at Charleston, and made him the scapegoat. Du Pont himself anguished over it and, despite an engagement in which vessels under his command defeated and captured a Confederate ironclad, he was relieved of command on July 5, 1863, at his own request. Though he received the help of Henry W. Davis, a U.S. Congressman from Maryland, to get his official report of the incident published by the Navy, an ultimately inconclusive congressional investigation into the failure essentially turned into a trial of whether Du Pont had misused his ships and misled his superiors. Du Pont's attempt to garner the support of President Lincoln was ignored. However, subsequent events vindicated Du Pont's judgment and capabilities. A later U.S. naval attack on the city failed, despite being launched with a significantly larger fleet of armored ships. Charleston was finally taken only by the invasion of General Sherman's army in 1865. Du Pont died on June 23, 1865.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4, in ink, Respectfully Yrs., S.F. Du Pont, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor. 

 


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 x 1 1/2, in ink, Very Sincerely, Your obt. Servt., Robert Anderson, Maj. Gen., U.S.A. Cut on an angle at lower left corner not affecting any of the writing. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.   


<b>Wounded twice during the Civil War!


War Period Autograph With Rank</b> 


(1818-1883) Graduated in the West Point class of 1839. In 1859, he participated in the expedition which suppressed John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. He was severely wounded at Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, fought in the Vicksburg campaign, and subsequently had commands in Louisiana and in the Shenandoah Valley. In the operations before Richmond, Ord was again seriously wounded during the successful attack on Fort Harrison. He recovered in time to accompany General Ulysses S. Grant during the Appomattox campaign and was at the official surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Va.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, E.O.C. Ord, M[ajo]r. Genl. Vols. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.

Autograph, General George L. Hartsuff

 

Autograph, Admiral Samuel F. Du Pont $95.00

 

Autograph, General Robert Anderson

 

Autograph, General Edward O. C. Ord




<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1835-84) Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1855. In the spring of 1862, he was appointed as the chief engineer of Gen. Butler's expedition against New Orleans. After the occupation, Weitzel became 2nd in command and acting mayor, and was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a division under Gen. Banks at Port Hudson and then returned east to become chief engineer of Butler's Army of the James operating against Petersburg. In 1864, now promoted to major general, he successively commanded the 18th and 25th Corps, the latter composed entirely of negro troops. In early 1865, he served under Butler in the attacks on Fort Fisher and in April commanded in the Appomattox campaign.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 2, in ink, G. Weitzel, Maj. Genl., U.S. Vols. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>President Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy</b>


(1802-78) A former newspaper editor, he held various minor political offices and had been in the Navy Department before joining the Republican party in 1855. Named Secretary of the Navy by President Lincoln, he served with great efficiency. Completely loyal to Lincoln, his support of Andrew Johnson as well made him a steadying influence in the presidential cabinet. Resigning in 1869, he later wrote "Lincoln & Seward" and published his own, "Diary of Gideon Welles."


<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4, in ink, Respectfully, Gideon Welles. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>War Period Autograph With Rank</b>


(1823-1903) Graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1843. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War at Buena Vista. As an engineer officer, he was in charge of the construction of the new Capitol dome in Washington, D.C. He commanded a brigade at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, and led a division, and subsequently the 6th Corps, with distinction in the Virginia Peninsular campaign. During the Maryland campaign, he commanded the forces which penetrated Crampton's Gap at South Mountain, and his corps at Antietam. At the battle of Fredericksburg, he commanded the "Left Grand Division." He later commanded the 19th Corps in the expedition to Sabine Pass and in the ill fated Red River campaign in which he was wounded.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 x 2, in ink, W.B. Franklin, Maj. Gen. U.S. Vols. Excellent. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1822-92) He was a collateral descendant of George Washington and was connected by marriage to Mary Todd Lincoln. Graduated in the West Point class of 1842 which furnished 17 full rank generals in the Civil War. Won two brevets in the Mexican War. Appointed brigadier general, June 14, 1861, he captured New Madrid and Island No. 10 on the Mississippi River in a series of well executed movements. Promoted to major general March 22, 1862, he saw action in the Corinth campaign. Ordered east, he took command of the Army of Virginia and fought the battle of 2nd Bull Run. He later went to the Department of the Northwest and served creditably during the Sioux uprising in Minnesota.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 5/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, Jno. Pope, Maj. Genl., U.S.A. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.

Autograph, General Godfrey Weitzel $75.00

 

Autograph, Gideon Welles $75.00

 

Autograph, General William B. Franklin $75.00

 

Autograph, General John Pope




<b>War Date Autograph Letter Signed


Written to Colonel William Birney praising him for his gallantry at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va.!</b>

 

(1823-1903) At the age of 18 he enlisted in the U.S Army. From 1842-47, he served successively as private, corporal, sergeant, and sergeant major in the 7th U.S. Infantry, taking part in the siege of Fort Brown, was wounded at Monterey, and was present at the capture of Vera Cruz, where he subsequently was wed to one of the belles of the town. When the Civil War broke out he was commissioned colonel of the 38th New York Infantry, which he led at 1st Bull Run, and in all of the battles of the Virginia Peninsular campaign, and at 2nd Bull Run and Chantilly. On October 4, 1862, he was promoted to brigadier general and placed in command of a brigade in the 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac. He fought at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (where he was wounded) and in the Wilderness and Spotsylvania (where he was also wounded). He was universally eulogized by his superiors for bravery and ability. He met a tragic death in 1903 when he was run over by a train while vacationing in Monroe, N.Y.


<u>War Date Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 2 plus pages, 7 x 9, in ink.


Head Quarters, 2nd Brigade,


1st Division, 3rd Corps,


Centre Grand Division,


Camp near Falmouth, 


Dec. 19th, 1862


Lieut. Col. Wm. Birney,


Dear Sir,


As you are about to leave my command where you have been so favorably known, I cannot permit you to depart without expressing my sentiments towards you as a soldier and a gentleman.


When I first took command of the Brigade, I found you in command of the 57th Penn. Vols. having been assigned to it in consequence of the absence of field officers from a state of demoralization in that regiment, you brought order out of chaos.  An order from the War Department had directed its disbandment, but your untiring energy induced the authorities to reconsider their determination, and the benefit they derived from your teaching was made manifest on the field in front of Fredericksburg where the regiment behaved so gallantly. When I was promoted to the command of this Brigade I asked and obtained an order assigning you to the command of the 38th N.Y.V. and I am free to say that its discipline and effectiveness is still the same.  Your constant, untiring devotion to the regiment is deserving of all praise.  You had prepared them for their brilliant deeds in front of Fredericksburg and led by yourself performed prodigies of valor.

  

Colonel, I cannot express to you in language sufficiently strong my admiration of your conduct on that occasion, and although wounded in the outset, you disdained the thought of leaving the field while your regiment was engaged although I had directed you to do so.  Would that the service had many such officers.


That circumstances require our separation, I sincerely regret and in this sentiment I am joined by the whole command.


I am Sir, your obedient Servt.,


J.H. Hobart Ward


Brig. Gen.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Superb content. This letter came out of the Birney family archives. Scarce and extremely desirable. 


<u>General William Birney</u>: (1819-1907) He was the elder brother of Union General David B. Birney, and the son of antislavery leader, James G. Birney. He was commissioned Captain, of the 1st New Jersey Infantry, on May 22, 1861; Major of the 4th New Jersey Infantry, in September 1861; and subsequently Colonel of the regiment, on Jan. 13, 1863. Birney took part with these two New Jersey regiments in all of the battles and campaigns of the Army of the Potomac through Chancellorsville. On May 22, 1863, he was simultaneously appointed Colonel of the 22nd U.S. Colored Troops, and Brigadier General of Volunteers. In this dual capacity he enlisted seven Negro regiments, freed the inmates of the Baltimore slave prisons, expedited emancipation in Maryland, and served in Florida. During the latter part of the war he commanded a division of Negro Troops in the 10th Corps, and during the Appomattox campaign he commanded a division of the 25th Corps, and was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia.  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with Apaches in 1849. He resigned his commission in 1853, invented a breech loading rifle, was appointed a Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, becoming their Colonel. He was in command of a brigade at 1st Bull Run. Having become a Lincoln favorite, he was given command of the expedition against the coast of North Carolina, fought at Antietam, and in December of 1862 commanded the Army of the Potomac during their bitter defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside also saw action at Knoxville, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. In his post war career he was elected Governor of Rhode Island three times, and later a U. S. Senator. 


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 3/8, in ink, Yours truly, A.E. Burnside, Maj. Genl. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.   

 


<b>Montgomery, Alabama issue</b>


Criswell #7. Montgomery, May 1, 1861. Arabic "500" in ornate green scroll at center. With 10 coupons attached. Very fine.


Please note that the bond is larger than our scanner so we have illustrated it here in sections.   A Yellow ware Pie Plate with Rockingham decoration. It is 9 1/2 inches D., 1 inch H. Beautiful coloration. Excellent condition with no chips or hairlines. Wear on the inside as expected. Ca. 1800s.

Autograph, General John Henry Hobart War

 

Autograph, General Ambrose E. Burnside

 

1861 Confederate $500 Bond $125.00

 

YELLOW WARE PIE PLATE , ROCKINGHAM GLAZE $75.00

A Yellowware bowl decorated with 2 white and 2 rust slip bands. Ca. 1880. It is 8 inches D., 4 inches H. near mint condition with a chigger on the foot(pictured) and the normal stilt marks on the interior. Great mellow coloration. We have graduated sizes of these.  


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1815-1872) Graduated 3rd in the West Point class of 1839. An assistant professor while still an undergraduate at the Military Academy, he first worked upon the fortifications of New York Harbor, and in 1844 inspected those of France. Upon his return to the U.S., he wrote a Report on the Means of National Defense, which was published by Congress and won him an invitation from the Lowell Institute of Boston to deliver a series of lectures. These were published as Elements of Military Art and Science, a work which enjoyed wide circulation among soldiers for many years. He received a brevet as captain in the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott recommended to Abraham Lincoln that Halleck be appointed major general in the regular service. In November 1861, Halleck relieved General Fremont at St. Louis and in a demonstration of his talents as an administrator quickly brought order out of the chaos in which his predecessor had plunged the Department of the Missouri. A series of successes by his subordinates at Forts Henry & Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island No. 10 and Shiloh, caused Halleck to shine in reflective glory, and his domain enlarged to include Ohio and Kansas. President Lincoln later recalled him to Washington to serve as general in chief of the U.S. Armies. 


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2, in ink, H.W. Halleck, Major Genl. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.   


<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1813-91) He sailed with his father, Commodore David Porter, to the West Indies to suppress piracy in 1824, and joined the U.S. Navy in 1829. He served in the Gulf during the Mexican War. On April 22, 1861, he was named commander, and with his mortar fleet joined his foster brother, David G. Farragut, in March 1862 for the capture of New Orleans. He took command of the Mississippi River Squadron in Sept. 1862 with rank of Acting Rear Admiral and in cooperation with Gen. W.T. Sherman captured Arkansas Post in Jan. 1863. He was present during the Vicksburg surrender and served in General N. P. Banks's Red River campaign of 1864. Sent east, he commanded the North Atlantic Squadron and fought at Fort Fisher for which he received his fourth Thanks of Congress. Promoted Vice Admiral in 1866, he was superintendent of the Naval Academy and appointed Admiral of the Navy in 1870. He was the brother of Commodore William D. "Dirty Bill" Porter and the cousin of General Fitz John Porter.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 5 x 2 1/4, large ink autograph, David D. Porter, Rear Admiral. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. Light staining.  This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor.  


<b>Provost Marshal General of the Army of the Potomac


War Date Signature With Rank</b>


(1811-1888) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. Patrick served for 5 years in the Florida War against the Seminole Indians and for 2 years in the Mexican War, where he was promoted to rank of brevet major. During the next decade he was instrumental in the promotion of the New York State Agricultural College. At the outbreak of the Civil War he became inspector general of the state of New York; and was later commissioned a brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers at the specific request of General George B. McClellan. He commanded a brigade of the 3rd Corps during the 2nd Bull Run campaign, and when his brigade was transferred to the 1st Corps, he saw action at South Mountain and Antietam. Patrick's outstanding ability as a disciplinarian got him appointed as provost marshal general of the Army of the Potomac, a position he held under all it's successive army commanders; Burnside, Hooker, Meade and Grant.


<u>War Date Signature With Rank</u>: 5 x 3, in ink, on partially imprinted sheet, Head Quarters Army of Potomac, Office Provost Marshal General, 17 March 1865. Respectfully, M.R. Patrick, Prov. Mar. Gen'l, Army of Potomac. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor. Excellent item! Very desirable in this format.

YELLOWWARE BOWL, RUST + WHITE SLIP $75.00

 

Autograph, General Henry W. Halleck

 

Autograph, Admiral David D. Porter

 

Autograph, General Marsena R. Patrick




<b>Wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg


War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. Played a gallant role in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the 1862 Maryland campaign which climaxed into the battle of Antietam. He greatly distinguished himself in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped to save the strategic Culp's Hill for General Meade's army. On July 3rd, his corps became the focal point for the celebrated Pickett's Charge in which he was seriously wounded. After his recovery, he went on to fight in the bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned the sobriquet "Hancock The Superb." In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. He was narrowly defeated by another ex Civil War General, the soon to be assassinated, James A. Garfield. 


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 card, beautifully signed in ink, Winfd. S. Hancock, Major Genl. U.S.V., Comg. M.[iddle] M.[ilitary] Department. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor. Very desirable.  


Unused patriotic envelope with vignette of Confederate General Gideon Pillow with two soldiers charging him with their muskets and fixed bayonets. The slogan reads, Gen. Pillow on the wrong side of the Ditch. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut Street, Philad'a. This is a satirical theme based on General Pillow's escape from Fort Donelson, Tenn. before the fort surrendered in 1862. Excellent.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of President Abraham Lincoln and American shield with slogan, Secession! non est. Published by E.K. Kimmel, 59 Nassau St., N.Y. Light staining. 5 3/4 x 3 1/4. 


Translated from the Latin, "non est" means to escape performance of an agreement. In this case it means that the Lincoln Government will not agree to the Southern States seceding from the Union.  


<b>Judge Advocate General


He tried the Lincoln assassination conspirators, and Andersonville commandant, Captain Henry Wirz


War Period Signature With Rank</b> 


(1807-94) A renowned lawyer and Democratic orator in Kentucky, he was President Buchanan's Commissioner of Patents (1857), Postmaster General (1859), and Secretary of War (1861). When President Lincoln was inaugurated, he returned to Kentucky to try to turn that state from a policy of neutrality. He then was named colonel and the first Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862, holding the prerogative of certain civil powers of arrest and of holding persons in arrest without writ of habeas corpus. Promoted Brigadier General U.S.V., Judge Advocate General, June 22, 1864 upon the establishment of the Bureau of Military Justice, he tried General Fitz John Porter as well as the Lincoln assassination conspirators, and Andersonville commandant, Captain Henry Wirz. He was severely criticized for obtaining Mrs. Suratt's death warrant by keeping the military commissioners plea of clemency for her from President Andrew Johnson.


<u>Card Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, nicely signed, J. Holt, Judge Adv.[ocate] General. Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor. Very desirable Lincoln related autograph.

Autograph, General Winfield S. Hancock

 

Patriotic Cover, General Pillow on the W $20.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln, Secession! no

 

Autograph, General Joseph Holt




<b>War Date Autograph Note Signed With Rank</b> 


(1807-83) The half brother of Union cavalry general John Buford of Gettysburg fame. After receiving an education in the plantation schools of Kentucky, he was appointed to the West Point class of 1827. His most distinguished classmate was Confederate General Leonidas Polk who wrote of him, "[Buford] is as good a fellow as ever lived, and most devotedly my friend; a true Christian, a true soldier, and a gentleman, every inch of him." In 1861, Buford recruited the 27th Illinois Infantry and became their colonel. He was promoted to brigadier general on April 15, 1862, and saw action in the battles of Belmont, Island No. 10, Corinth, Vicksburg and he later commanded the district of Arkansas.


<u>War Date Autograph Note Signed With Rank</u>: 7 3/4 x 5, in ink, on imprinted letter head. Head Quarters, District of Eastern Arkansas, Helena, Arkansas, Jany. 20th, 1865. Geo. W. Read, Esq. I have the honor to be Your obt. Servt., N.B. Buford, Brig. Genl. Comdg. Excellent condition. Scarce.  


<b>Confederate Senator


U.S. Congressman and Senator from Arkansas</b>


(1814-79) Born in Scott County, Ky., he moved with his father to Arkansas in 1821. He attended the Choctaw Academy and St. Joseph's College, in Bardstown, Ky., studied law, was admitted to the bar and started a practice in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1835. He served as prosecuting attorney for the Little Rock circuit, 1840-42, and was State Attorney General; he served as a U.S. Congressman, 1847-53, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs; served as U.S. Senator, 1853-61, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Printing, he also served on the Committee on Public Lands, and the Committee on Military Affairs and Militia; he served as a delegate to the Provisional Government of the Confederate States of America in 1862; and was a member of the Confederate Senate, 1862-65.


<u>Signature with Place</u>: 6 x 2 1/2, in ink, R.W. Johnson, Little Rock, Arks. Light age toning.  


<b>Written by an officer captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.


"I am afraid some times that I have not done right in leaving you but I pray God to forgive me for what I have done amiss and also that he may take care of you and finally make you all well, and that we may once more be permitted to meet again in peace and happiness for it is not much happiness that I can enjoy separate as I am from all I hold dear to me on this earth, but I try and put my trust in my heavenly Father knowing that he does all things well.  Good by Dear and may God in his infinite goodness have you in his holy keeping and if we meet no more on earth we will meet in Heaven."</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, to his wife and children.


<b><u>Camp near Gallipolis, Oct. 9th, 1862</b></u>


My Dear wife,


I recd. your very acceptable letter of the 7th this morning which found me in the enjoyment of good health and oh how I wish that this might find you all enjoying the same blessing.  Mr. Booth gave me a letter last night from you and I was in hopes from what you stated in it that Margy would not be very bad, but your letter of the 7th destroyed that hope.  It does seem too hard to think of your troubles and I cannot help you any.  I would give almost anything in reason if I could get off and come home and stay with you until you all got well again.  I lay and study about you at night and during the day I do not think that there is one hour but that I think of my little family.  I am afraid some times that I have not done right in leaving you but I pray God to forgive me for what I have done amiss and also that he may take care of you and finally make you all well, and that we may once more be permitted to meet again in peace and happiness for it is not much happiness that I can enjoy separate as I am from all I hold dear to me on this earth, but I try and put my trust in my heavenly Father knowing that he does all things well.  Good by Dear and may God in his infinite goodness have you in his holy keeping and if we meet no more on earth we will meet in Heaven.


My Dear Daughter Margy,


It makes me sick at heart to think of you being so sick and me not there to help your poor Mother take care of you for it is so hard for her having so much to do, but I hope the good Lord will take care of you all.  Sis I want you to pray for yourself and for your poor Father for the Lord will hear and answer the prayers of his children, so good by my dear sick child, hoping to hear that you are better soon for which I will pray.


From your loving Father,


Levi Lupton


Willy Dear, I want you to be a good boy and not say bad words and mind your Mother and help her all you can and you too Laura, try and help Mother and take care and not expose yourself and get sick, so good by my Dear children and may God bless you all.

  

Dear Libby, about those pigs, I think you had better get John or someone to fix a pen and put the sow by herself and I think they would fatten.  I think you had better kill the pigs this fall if they get in order as it will not pay to keep them over winter and do dear try and get a girl to help you no odds what it costs until the children get better, and then if you can get one to stay the winter, it will be better as I do not want you to stay by yourself, so farewell Dear.


From your loving husband,


Lieut. L. Lupton


P.S. Just state in your next what you think of the way J.L.H. is doing and get board at the girls for that man if he comes.


Scattered staining and light wear. Fine letter. 

    

Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va.  He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.


Levi Lupton married Elizabeth Minor on March 16, 1848, and they were residents of Jerusalem, Ohio.  


Unused, 5 3/4 x 3 3/8, imprinted envelope from the 1864 presidential election campaign. Imprint on the front, For President, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, Of Illinois, For Vice President, ANDREW JOHNSON, Of Tennessee. Key Note-- "UNION & LIBERTY." 


UNION PARTY PLATFORM is imprinted on the reverse. Integrity of the Union to be maintained at all hazards; Paramount authority of the Constitution and Laws; Suppression of the Rebellion by Force of Arms; Unconditional Surrender the only Terms; Condign punishment of Rebels and Traitors; Gratitude to our patriotic soldiers and sailors; and permanent provision for benefit of survivors. 


Admiration of President Lincoln's practical wisdom- his unselfish patriotism- his unswerving fidelity- his singular fitness for responsibilities of the Presidential office- his determination to carry out all Constitutional Measures.


Complete extirpation of Slavery; Approval of the Emancipation Proclamation, and the Employment of Negro Soldiers; and of Amendment of the Constitution to Annihilate Slavery.


Vigorous and just Taxation, Faith to be maintained with Creditors; Encouragement to Foreign Immigration; Speedy construction of Railroad to the Pacific; Prudent Economy-- Rigid responsibility of officials; Countenance and support of the National Currency; Fidelity and Protection to all Union Soldiers alike; Endorsement of the Monroe Doctrine.


Copyright secured by Wm. P. Lyon & Whittemore.


Excellent condition. Rare. Extremely desirable.

Autograph, General Napoleon B. Buford

 

Autograph, Robert W. Johnson $35.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Abraham Lincoln & Andrew Johnson 1864 El $250.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union vivandiere pouring water from a wooden canteen to a wounded Zouave with bandaged head who is lying on the ground with his musket. Battle scene in the background. Light staining at the corners. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8.     


<b>Montgomery, Alabama issue</b>


Criswell #6. Montgomery, May 1, 1861. Vignette of Commerce and Agriculture. Printed on thick paper, with 8 coupons attached. Very fine.


Please note that the bond is larger than our scanner so we have illustrated it here in four sections.       Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this neat little pipe is maker marked C. P. F. for the Colossus Pipe Factory, sometimes erroneously  referred to as <I>Consolidated</I> Pipe Factory. The pipe bowl is of hard rubber and sports its original turned bone stem. All in as new and unsmoked condition yet with subtle but all important age patina as evidence of vintage originality. Tobacciana collectors particularly pipe and cigar holder enthusiasts will recognize the distinct C. P. F. in oval as the logo of the New York maker, established in 1851.  (We’ll let the experts hassle over weather this is intended as a pipe or cigarillo holder.)  With its early hard rubber bowl of classic Civil War era design and bone stem this piece will lay nicely in any period personal item or tobacco related collection.   (A number of hard rubber tobacco pipe variations may be found in <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques and remember as with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>




 Our photo illustrations will best describe this beautiful early spoon except to advise that the bowl measures approximately 2 3/16 inches in width.     This spoon is finely handcrafted with a rich natural color and raised grain over fine line engraved decorative design.  Untouched natural features that come only with time.    It bears a deep maker brand in a style that will be familiar to collectors of early American woodwork. (see: <I>EARLY AMERICAN ANTIQUE COUNTRY FURNISHINGS</I> by Neumann also Valley Forge Museum collection) .   <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>

Vivandiere Comforting Wounded Zouave Sol

 

1861 Confederate $100 Bond $125.00

 

mid 1800s pocket TOBACCO PIPE or CIGARI $75.00

 

c. 1700s early 1800s antique carved DECO $145.00

Those who remember us from the major Civil War shows in years past can attest to how partial we are to personal items and our reputation as likely buyers in those days.  Though most interested in Maine items, our passion for neat personal items brought lots of treasures to our display and sales tables over the years and many of these purchases got set aside as a <I>rainy day</I> research project only to lay in a storage tub mix of relics waiting to be rediscovered.  The nice thing is that now days the internet cuts the time and effort of research to the point that we are encouraged to dig some of this <I>stuff</I> out and properly discover what we have. 

This little marking kit is a prime example of the frequency of nice things showing up at the old shows as it was the second stencil outfit to come to us over the years at the old Wheaton, Illinois Civil War show.   Offered here in its original untouched tin pocket case with dabbing brush and ink vile is a personal marking stencil cut to identify the original owner simply as <B>L. A. Brown</B>.  Our purchase notes of family verbal history was simply that the kit <I> Len</I>Brown an <I>Ohioan who died in the Civil War and was buried in Georgia</I>.   Not much to go on in the pre internet days (no wonder we chose to set it back for that <I>rainy day</I>.)  but by the magic of HDS and a search for L. Brown from Ohio who didn’t survive the war, up pops <B>Leonard A. J. Brown Co. D 97th Ohio</B> .  Enlisting as a Private on August 12, 1862, Brown served with the hard fought 97th   until June 22, 1864 when he was killed at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.   Under <I>other information</I> he is recorded as <B>Buried: Marietta National Cemetery, Marietta, Georgia</B>.  (Just to be sure and because of the J. as a second middle initial, we checked the National Park Service and Broadfoot’s databases.)  Our Leonard A. J. Brown is the only Civil War, Ohio, L. A. Brown to match the descendant history of having been buried in Georgia.   In a quick review of the 97th Ohio we found that at Kennesaw on June 22 when 153 men of the regiment was ordered forward against Confederate outposts 112 were either killed or wounded in the space of 30 minutes.   A lot to say about so little a history provided by the folks we got the stencil kit from but we feel an obligation to preserve such and will pass our letter to the new owner to preserve the above. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  

 


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color battle vignette of U.S. soldiers with muskets and a flag bearer leading the charge with the enemy visible on top of the parapet and a cannon has just been fired through the embrasure. 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.  


<b>Mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey during the Civil War


United States Congressman from New Jersey</b>


(1829-96) Was a member of the board of aldermen of Jersey City in 1861-62, serving as its president in 1862; served as mayor of Jersey City, 1864-66; was a U.S. Congressman, 1869-71; was an unsuccessful candidate for the nomination for Governor of New Jersey on the Democratic ticket in 1880; served again as mayor of Jersey City, 1886-91; and was one of the organizers of the board of trade of Jersey City in 1888, and its first president.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 1/2, in ink, O. Cleveland, N.J.  


<b>Written by Clark S. Edwards, Colonel of the regiment


He commanded the 5th Maine during the battle of Gettysburg!


Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General


War Date Letter With Cover</b>


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.


The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with the envelope addressed in the hand of Edwards to his wife, Mrs. C.S. Edwards, [thus his full signature] Bethel, Maine, partial C.D.S., Williamsport, Md, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. Also stamped Due 3. Docket at left edge, Apl. 1, 1862. As was her custom, this docket was written by Mrs. Edwards so that she knew the date the letter was written without having to take it out of the envelope.


<b><u>Camp Franklin, [Va.], Ap[ri]l. 1st, 1862</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


I take this time to write you a few lines.  I am as usual with nine of my company in my tent.  It has been one of the finest days of the season, warm as summer in the north.  We are still here in camp and likely to be for anything that I can see.  We are the only Corps of troops that are left.  I should judge that there was about forty thousand troops left here yet, and the finest of the army.  We have not got paid off as yet, but if we do not leave shall be on Thursday next.  I shall send you some as soon as I have a chance as I know you are in need of some at the present time.  I sent you some, one five Dollars of good, and a five Dollar Confed.[erate] script.  I hope you will offer that to pay [?] or some of the Secesh.  I received a number of letters from you last week, but none this week, but it is only Tuesday night.  The boys have had a great time in April fooling one another.  They are all as well as usual.  Jim is here, is very much better than he was the day he came.  Went on duty tonight for the first time.  I think there is but little doubt but he will be 2nd Lieut. of my comp.[any].  I hope he will any way as he is deserving of it.  I have not heard much from home of late.  Is he not doing anything since he got home or is he housed up with his beautiful wife.  I hope she is cooled off some by this time as she was in bad plight as he went home.  Lee Sawyer is in my camp tonight.  He has not received any letters from home.  You say you think she is a fair little woman.  I think so too, but I guess she suffers a little, but she is steady.  I do not think he troubles the women any, but attends to his own business.  A.J. Bean is still in the cook tent, is very steady and find by all the boys are the same.  We are within three miles of Alexandria and none of my boys have had passes there since I came back from Maine.  Charley Dunbar is still at the Hospital, also Sid and Bean of W. Bethel, but all of them are doing well.  I have not seen Sid for a week or so, but hear from them all most every day.  John is about the same as ever.  John Wormell is well.  There is not much [to] write of late.  I will close this in the morning so good night.


Wednesday Morning, Apr. 2nd


One of the finest mornings I ever saw.  I am alone in my camp for the first time for a week.  I have but little to write.  I think you would like [it] here now as the mud is mostly gone and the weather is beautiful.  I can hear some eight or ten bands a playing, but ours of the Fifth can beat the best of them.  You would think we should get sick of so much band playing but it always sounds just as good to me.  I should like to be at Maine about this time and have a lump of maple sugar, but that cannot be at present.  I will write you again soon.  I do not hear when we leave here but think within a day or two.  Our boys say they are waiting to have it rain as it always rains when we leave on a march.  Write often and long.  Keep nothing back.  Love to you all.  Kiss the little one for me, also save one for yourself.


Yrs fondly,

Clark


Light age toning and wear. Very fine letter.

Civil War STENCIL KIT with family histo $235.00

 

U. S. Troops Charging a Fort

 

Autograph, Orestes Cleveland $10.00

 

5th Maine Infantry Letter $95.00




An eye catching display with color graphic of a Civil War battle scene, and featuring an authentic brass infantry hat insignia mounted on authentic red & white remnants from a 34 star U.S. Civil War flag used during the war. Descriptive text about Civil War infantry rounds out the presentation. Double matted in cream and red mat boards. Overall size is 11 x 14.


Please note that the display is larger than our scanner so it does have full wide borders.  


<b>Montgomery, Alabama issue</b>


Criswell #5. Montgomery, May 1, 1861. Vignette of two female figures representing Commerce and Agriculture. Printed on thick paper, with 14 coupons attached. Very fine.


Please note that the bond is larger than our scanner so we have illustrated it here in four sections.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union officer carrying an American flag with a cannon firing at the bottom of the illustration. The U.S. Capitol building can be seen in the distance. Light staining at the corners. 5 3/4 x 3 1/4.  


<b>United States Congressman from Missouri


Appointed Military Governor of Arkansas during the Civil War by President Abraham Lincoln


Governor of Missouri</b>


(1814-86) Congressman and Governor of Missouri. In 1844, he was elected to the U.S. Congress where he served for 18 years. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, he went home to Springfield, Mo., and organized and recruited what became known as "Colonel Phelp's Regiment," which he led at the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas. In July 1862, President Lincoln appointed him military governor of Arkansas, with rank of brigadier general of volunteers. He returned to his law practice in 1864, and served as governor of Missouri, 1877-81.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/4 x 1, in ink, John S. Phelps, Springfield. Very fine.

Civil War Infantry Display $150.00

 

1861 Confederate $50 Bond $125.00

 

Union Officer Carrying an American Flag

 

Autograph, General John S. Phelps $35.00




<b>Fought in the War of 1812 as a  Colonel of Tennessee Volunteers!


United States Senator from Missouri</b>


(1782-1858) A leading U.S. Senator and prominent national figure during the Jacksonian era. He served as Aide-de-Camp to General Andrew Jackson and was Colonel of a regiment of Tennessee Volunteers during the War of 1812. He served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 39th U.S. Infantry, 1813-15. Upon the admission of Missouri as a state into the Union, he was elected U.S. Senator, serving 1821-50. He was the father-in-law of presidential candidate and Union Civil War General John C. Fremont. 


<u>Signature With Title and State</u>: 5 1/2 x 1 3/8, in ink, Thomas H. Benton, U.S. Senate, M.[issou]ri. Very bold and desirable autograph.  


11 x 14, display, double matted in brown and gold Florentine archival mats.

Includes strands of President Abraham Lincoln's hair as well as wood fragments from the scaffold that the conspirators were hung from. Included are copy photos of President Lincoln, the hanging scene, and a view of the reward poster for John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators. Descriptive text reads: The Execution Of The Conspirators. On July 7th, 1865 Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold, and George Atzerodt were hanged from a wooden scaffold in the yard of the Old Arsenal Penitentiary in Washington, D.C. They had been found guilty as conspirators in the plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln and William Seward on April 14th, 1865. Displayed above are strands of Abraham Lincoln's hair and wooden fragments from the scaffold used in the execution secured as a souvenir by a soldier acting as a guard serving in the 1st United States Veteran Volunteers. Following the execution, souvenir hunters quickly sought wood and rope from the scaffold. Comes with a certificate of authenticity and provenance documentation. Very desirable! 


*Please note that the original display has nice, even, wide borders. The view in our catalog is cropped because the display is larger than our scanner. 

 


<b>U.S. Congressman, Senator & Secretary of State


One of the greatest orators of the 19th century!


Autograph Letter Signed</b> 


(1782-1852) American statesman, lawyer and orator. Served as a United States Congresman, 1813-17, and 1823-27; United States Senator, 1827-41, and 1845-50; and United States Secretary of State, 1841-43, and 1850-52. He was one of the greatest orators of his time, well known for his brilliant speeches and eloquent public addresses. His son was Colonel Fletcher Webster, who served in the 12th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War. Fletcher Webster was killed in action on August 30, 1862, in the 2nd Bull Run campaign.


<u>Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 5 1/4 x 7 1/4, in ink.


Boston, Oct. 2/[18]47


My Dear Sir,


I thank you for your kind invitation to Bridgewater & to your home on the occasion of the Cattle Show.  Should the weather be fair & my health continue good I shall hope to have the pleasure of being with you.


Yrs. Truly,


Danl. Webster


[to] Mr. Hale


This also comes with a handwritten dinner invitation from Daniel Webster to Mr. [Artemas] Hale, the recipient of the above letter. Hale was a U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, 1845-48. The invitation is not written in Webster's hand.


It reads: "Mr. Webster asks the favor of Hon. Mr. Hale’s company to dine on Monday at 5 o’clock. Saturday, Feb. 17/[18]49."


Light age toning and wear. Very nice pair of related items including an A.L.S. from America's great orator!



<u>Some important quotes from Daniel Webster regarding secession</u>:


"Secession! Peaceable secession! Sir, your eyes and mine are never destined to see that miracle. The dismemberment of this vast country without convulsion! ... There can be no such thing as a peaceable secession. Peaceable secession is an utter impossibility...We could not separate the states by any such line if we were to draw it."


Daniel Webster, March 7, 1850, A Plea for Harmony and Peace.



"I shall stand by the Union...with absolute disregard of personal consequences. What are personal consequences...in comparison with the good or evil which may befall a great country in a crisis like this?...Let the consequences be what they will.... No man can suffer too much, and no man can fall too soon, if he suffer or if he fall in defense of the liberties and constitution of his country."


Daniel Webster, July 17, 1850, address to the U.S. Senate.



  

  


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


War Date Autograph Letter Signed to General Birney


"I rejoice that you are to command in Florida for I believe that a good Providence will prosper your Administration there, the first one that has ever had a thought of justice to the colored man."</b>


(1824-1908) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1849. He served with the artillery against the Florida Seminoles, was on the Northern Pacific Railroad survey and coast survey in the East, was an instructor of artillery tactics at West Point, and served on European duty. During this period he patented a self registering thermometer for deep sea soundings. When war broke out in 1861, Saxton was in command of an artillery detachment at the St. Louis Arsenal. After assisting General Nathaniel Lyon in dispersing the disloyal Missouri State Guard at Camp Jackson, he became Lyon's chief quartermaster. He then joined McClellan's staff in West Virginia, and later accompanied the Port Royal expedition. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 15, 1862, and commanded the defenses of Harper's Ferry in May and June. During the remainder of the Civil War he commanded at various points in the South; however his principal occupation was the enlistment and organization of negro troops, principally ex-slaves for service in the Union army. He was also military governor at Beaufort, South Carolina and assistant commissioner of the Freedmen's Bureau, an organization to assist ex-slaves. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his gallant defenses of Harper's Ferry against superior Confederate forces on May 26 and 30, 1862.


<u>War Date Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 2 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, on imprinted letter sheet.


Beaufort, South Carolina


April 25th, 1864


My dear General,


I was sorry not to say farewell to you before you left this place and to assure you of the great satisfaction I had derived from your conduct of affairs at this Post while you were in command.  I rejoice that you are to command in Florida for I believe that a good Providence will prosper your Administration there, the first one that has ever had a thought of justice to the colored man.  The policy you propose to advocate for them meets my entire approval.  If you can enforce such a policy you will lay a broad and sure foundation for the future prosperity of that state and I wish you God speed in your noble work.  My wife presents her best regards.


Your friend sincerely,


R. Saxton


[to] Brig. Genl. Wm. Birney, U.S. Vol.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Excellent content as General Saxton refers to justice for the "colored man." This letter came out of the Birney family archives.


<u>General William Birney</u>: (1819-1907) Was the elder brother of Union General David B. Birney, and the son of antislavery leader, James G. Birney. He was commissioned Captain, of the 1st New Jersey Infantry, on May 22, 1861; Major of the 4th New Jersey Infantry, in September 1861; and subsequently Colonel of the regiment, on Jan. 13, 1863. Birney took part with these two New Jersey regiments in all of the battles and campaigns of the Army of the Potomac through Chancellorsville. On May 22, 1863, he was simultaneously appointed Colonel of the 22nd U.S. Colored Troops, and Brigadier General of Volunteers. In this dual capacity he enlisted seven Negro regiments, freed the inmates of the Baltimore slave prisons, expedited emancipation in Maryland, and served in Florida. During the latter part of the war he commanded a division of Negro Troops in the 10th Corps, and during the Appomattox campaign he commanded a division of the 25th Corps, and was present at the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia.

Autograph, Thomas H. Benton $75.00

 

The Execution of the Lincoln Conspirator $395.00

 

Autograph, Daniel Webster $495.00

 

Autograph, General Rufus Saxton

A gorgeous set of Counter Scales decorated in red and gold on a black background. there is pinstriping, lettering and scroll work throughout. Complete with 5 weights. Each are molded with numbers 1,2,4,8,1. The smallest and the largest are both marked one(oz. + lb.) It is 10 1/2 inches lg. x 4 1/2 inches deep. The tin pan is 12 x 8 inches.  A beautiful white ironstone Octagonal Platter. Potted by J. Meir + Son. Ca. 1850s. Crisp detail and nice color. Excellent condition with some minor wear on one area of the rim and a glaze imperfection(both pictured). It is 15 x 11 1/2 inches.  


<b>Victorious Union commander at the battle of Gettysburg


War Date Signature With Rank</b>


(1815-1872) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835, and won a brevet in the Mexican War. He fought in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and the Seven Days battles being very severely wounded at Glendale. He recovered in time to see action at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Elevated to command of the Army of the Potomac, he defeated General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg and went on to fight in all of their battles culminating in the surrender at Appomattox Court House.


<u>War Date Signature With Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 3, in ink, written below imprint, Head-Quarters, Army of the Potomac, Mar. 20, 1865. Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl. Comd., A.[rmy] P.[otomac]. Light age toning. Large bold autograph signed less than 3 weeks before the surrender of General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox! Affixed to a 5 x 7 1/2 album page. This came directly out of an 1865 dated autograph album whereby prominent Union generals, admirals and politicians sent their autographs to be sold for charity for widows, orphans and the poor. Extremely desirable in this format!

 


<b>War Date Autograph Letter Signed</b>


(1804-75) Graduated in the West Point class of 1823. He served in the campaigns against the Florida Seminoles and in the Mexican War. From 1853 to 1861, he served as chief of staff to the commander-in-chief of the U. S. Army, General Winfield Scott. In August 1861, Thomas became adjutant general of the Union army with rank of brigadier general. In 1863 he organized and raised negro troops in the Military Departments of Louisiana and Mississippi.


<u>War Date Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 5 x 6, in ink.


Lexington, Ky.

February 27, 1864


My dear Sir,


I have received your note of January 19th requesting my autograph. With pleasure I subscribe myself your obedient servant.


L. Thomas

Adjt. Genl. U.S.A.


[to] Mr. Albert Daggett

Troy, N.Y.


Light age toning. Very fine Civil War date autograph.

DECORATED COUNTER SCALES $95.00

 

WHITE IRONSTONE OCTAGONAL PLATTER $125.00

 

Autograph, General George G. Meade

 

Autograph, General Lorenzo Thomas $125.00




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