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This early hard rubber framed magnifying glass remains in excellent, all original condition, and is maker marked <B>V.O.I.Co.</B>   <I> Vulcanite Optical Instrument Co.</I>, a forerunner of the optical instrument maker <I>Bausch & Lomb</I> was founded by spectacle makers J. J. Bausch and Henry Lomb who started the firm the year following the Civil War manufacturing hard rubber eyeglass and magnifier frames. The firm name was changed to the <I>Bausch & Lomb Optical Co.</I> in 1874.  A nice item for the hard rubber collector, medical and scientific instrument enthusiast or just to lay in with period righting or reading material.  .    <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.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 An attractive item for the bottle collector or simply a colorful companion piece set in with period eating and cooking gear or winter camp personals, this colorful condiment bottle remains in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other flaws.  <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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  As found with a good measure of <I>barn-dust</I> but remaining pleasing to the eye with virtually no condition issues, we have left this rare old fixed globe lantern totally as is for the collector who appreciates the purity of such a find.  This <B>SARGENTíS PATENTED SEPT. 17, 1861</B> retains its original name and date brass tag with <I>Clasped Hands</I> lead soldered to the body.  As this Massachusetts  maker was one of the more prolific lantern manufacturers,(see: <I> National Museum of Civil War Medicine</I> collection) the Sargentís Patent identification will be familiar to experienced period lighting collectors, thus we are promoted to remind the reader that this offering should not be confused with the more frequently found Sargentís Pat. lantern seen with the same Patent date.  The difference here is that while Sargentís patent addressed construction specifics of both the exhaust portion at the top of the globe (Q, R, & C in the pat. drawing) as well as the lantern body and burner, yet lanterns manufactured under the patent are <U>rarely found which incorporate the Sargentís Patent chimney (exhaust) design</U>.  Whatever the reason, it appears that with the exception of a very few examples, construction of the Pat. 1861 lantern incorporated  only the body and burner <I>improvements</I> of the patent, utilizing the common exhaust features of the day. (Reluctant to use the coveted <I>only known example</I> claim, we will advise that this lantern is the only such Sargentís Pat. 1861 we have ever seen and with the exception of the earlier internet offering of this same lantern, this is the <U>only</U> like example we can find.)   An exceptional  opportunity for the Civil War era lighting collector.   <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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Sought after as being among the best of artifacts to set off any quality antique grouping, or simply to set in with period surroundings, nothing seems to offer more personality to any antique setting than a period hat.  Difficult to acquire in any condition as most seem to have been used up and cast away in the period, a fashionable gentlemanís hat of straw is always of particular interest.  Far less durable than headgear of more substantial material, the light summer or southern climate straw <I>stovepipe</I> seldom survived.  In exceptional condition yet with an occasional fray in the weave at the edge of the crown, we feel our illustrations will speak best for this striking piece.  As always we encourage the shopper to look well at quality illustrations and if you like what you see  you will be pleased with your purchase.  A plus in addition to its striking style and pleasing condition is a wonderful orange label declaring the hat the latest of <I><B>New York Ė Spring Style for 1851</I></B>.  The hat measures 7 ľ inches across the crown 11 7/8 across the brim and the crown stands 9 inches high, its inside circumference is approximately 22 inches.  The sweat band has been lost in time leaving only the dark markings of the original oil cloth band.  The black silk ribbon remains in fine condition and is original to the hat.  An exceptional piece backed by our usual satisfaction guarantee.  <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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

mid 1800s Vulcanite Optical Instrument C $95.00


original teal green Ė PEPPER SAUCE BOTTL $45.00


rare variant ! Sargentís Pat. 1861 LANTE $525.00


original ! ĎN. Y. Spring Style for 1851í $525.00

French Art Nouveau poster, Savon Blanche Leigh, c. 1899, original, beautiful condiiton.   

"Savon Blanche Leigh  EN VENTE PARTOUT" 8' H. Blanche Leigh was a cosmetics company, specializes in soaps, founded by Madame Blanche Leigh, an English woman.  Blanche Leighís soap creations were noted in the Pharmaceutical Journal of 1899 for the ground breaking process she used to create and package her soaps. It was a rarity a woman at the time in history not only founded and was the sole operator of her own business, but created and hand made most of the products herself. Madame Blanche Leigh was known for both flawless soaps and packaging, for instead of using rice paper, she used parchment paper to wrap her soaps as to not allow the precious perfumes to escape. Her shop was on Rue De Lorraine in Paris.  

4 1/4 x 6 3/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 14, 1863

General Orders

No. 216

I..All able bodied men, between the ages of eighteen and forty five years, who have heretofore been enlisted and have served for not less than nine months, have been honorably discharged, and can pass the examination required by the Mustering Regulations of the United States, may be enlisted in any Regiment they choose, new or old; and, when mustered into the United States service, will be entitled to all the benefits provided by General Orders, No. 191, for Recruiting "Veteran Volunteers."

A Regiment, Battalion, or Company shall bear the title of "Veteran" only in case at least one half its numbers, at the time of muster into United States service, are "Veteran Volunteers."

II..The benefits provided by General Orders, 191, for Veteran Volunteers, will be extended to men who re-enlisted prior to the promulgation of that order, provided they have fulfilled the conditions therein set forth.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.  H 36in. x D 18in.  

(1833-1908) Born in Charleston, S.C., he graduated in the West Point class of 1854. He resigned his commission in the U.S. Army on Feb. 20, 1861, and joined the Confederate army with rank of captain, and his early war service was that of aide-de-camp to Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard. An artilleryman, he served with that branch of service through all the early Virginia campaigns and at Sharpsburg, with rank of colonel. On Nov. 6, 1862, he was appointed brigadier general and was assigned to the command of Gen. Pemberton's artillery at Vicksburg. He was captured with the garrison and exchanged in July 1863. Promoted to major general in Aug. 1863, he was assigned command of the cavalry in the Dept. of Mississippi, Alabama, West Tennessee and East Louisiana. Promoted to lieutenant general in early summer of 1864, he took over command of Gen. John Bell Hood's old corps of the Army of Tennessee, which he led during the Tennessee and 1865 Carolina campaign. After the war he lived in Mississippi where he became a senator, and the first president of Mississippi State College. He was also prominent in the United Confederate Veterans, serving as commander-in-chief from 1904 until his death at Vicksburg, Miss., in 1908.

Antique photograph, 3 x 4 1/2, displayed inside of a 6 x 7 3/4 antique mat. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Light crease. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print.

7828 French Art Nouveau Savon Blanche Le $15000.00


1863 Orders Regarding Veteran Volunteers


H 36in. x D 18in. $0.00


Photograph, General Stephen D. Lee

<b>to the President Who Approves the Order</b>

4 1/8 x 6 3/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 11, 1863

General Orders

No. 215

Under the 65th Article of War, the proceedings of the General Court Martial, which convened at the Headquarters 1st Division, 5th Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, March 4, 1863, by virtue of Special Orders, No. 60, Headquarters, Army of the Potomac, camp near Falmouth, Va., March 2, 1863, in the case of Brigadier General E.B. Tyler, Volunteer service, have been submitted to the President of the United States, who confirms the same, and approves the order of promulgation by the Major General Commanding the Army of the Potomac.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. Townsend

Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine. 


Plate XLIX. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, includes 5 individual maps on the same side of one large sheet that measures 29 x 18 1/2. Laminated.

1. Map of the Battlefield of Chattanooga Prepared to Accompany Report of Maj. Gen. U.S. Grant, by direction of Brig. Gen. W.F. Smith. 

2. Map Accompanying the Report of Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard.

3. McPherson's Crossing at Roswell.

4. C.W. Skinner, Major 3rd Ohio Cav., Top. Engr. 2nd Cav. Div., Accompanying letters of Brig. Gen. Garrard, U.S. Army.

5. Marked "Schofield" from the original in possession of Gen. W.T. Sherman. 

    Offered here (main picture) is a <U>single</U> original Civil War vintage <U>surgical splint and period bandage roll</U> from the medical grouping described below.  An outstanding Civil War medical display item. We added the (Quarter for size comparison.) Should you want more than the <U>one splint and bandage</U> offered send us an e-mail and we will let  you know what we have. 

The box is not available.

     Some years ago we were fortunate enough to acquire a Civil War vintage slide top box containing itís period content of rolled <I>home spun</I>bandages.  Each bandage is of the period loomed cotton sheeting commonly provided by home front volunteers who came together, particularly in the Eastern textile mill region, to tear and roll strips of available textile for use as bandages by Army medical providers at the front.   Most of these bandage rolls are secured with a paper band* wrapped round with a protective seal. (*see photos: We were curious enough to sacrificed one of the bandage rolls to open the paper band. They are Odd Fellow Lodge dues certificates.  The one we opened was dated 1849 and was from a Newburyport, Mass. I.O.O.F. chapter.  Oddly enough the wood box containing the bandages bore a stenciled Masonic device.  Obviously repurposed to band the bandage rolls, it seems more than likely the then obsolete dues certificates were pressed into service by volunteers gathered in the local lodge hall.)  

      The splint is fashioned of birch wood backed with cotton flannel, the thin wood being in narrow strips so as to conform to and immobilize the injured limb when wrapped with a textile bandage. 

Please note that while the bandage and splint as found the bandage unopened and unused while the splint, as was common in the field, saw repeated use. <U>This example is blood stained from period use.</U> <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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 <b>in New Orleans</b>

Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, November 3, 1862

General Orders No. 89

If there are any soldiers in this Department who are acquainted in any way with telegraphic operations, they will at once report to Lieut. J. Elliott Smith, at his office, corner of St. Charles and Gravier streets. Commanding officers of regiments, batteries and unattached companies will examine the men of their commands and send those they think will be useful to Lieut. Smith.


R.S. Davis, Capt. and A.A.A.G.

Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint. Excellent.

The Case of General E. B. Tyler Has Been $10.00


Atlas Map, Battlefield of Chattanooga, T


an original! Civil War era - BANDAGE ROL $165.00


General Butler Sends Out Call For Telegr $15.00

H 30in. x D 18in.  

<b>United States Congressman from New York 

Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>

(1814-86) Born in Salina, N.Y., he served as a member of the New York State Assembly in 1846; was the mayor of Syracuse, N.Y., in 1853; served as a U.S. Congressman, 1867-71, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress; served in the New York State Senate, 1876-85, and was president pro tempore in 1885; served as Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1885-86.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/2, in ink, D. McCarthy, Syracuse, N.Y. Excellent.  

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: "I am happy to inform you that, in spite both of blandishments and threats, used in profusion by the agents of the government of the United States, the Indian Nations within the Confederacy have remained firm in their loyalty and steadfast in the observance of their treaty engagements with this government." The above Extract is from Jeff Davis's last Message will serve to explain the News from Minnesota. Note the jug at bottom left with "Agent C.S.A." on it. 7 1/4 x 5 1/4. Circa 1862.   A Fine example of Tiffany Studios iconic "Laburnum" floor lamp. A Favrile glass and patinated bronze floor lamp, c. 1910. Vibrantly-colored floral pattern shade, with detailed bronze base. A "Laburnum" sold at Sothebyís for $842,500 in recent years and another table lamp sold at Bonhams in 2014 for $425,000.

H 30in. x D 18in. $0.00


Autograph, Dennis McCarthy


Indians Loyal to the Confederacy


7523 Antique Tiffany Laburnum Floor Lamp $500000.00

H 26in. x W 7in. x D 18in.  H 36in. x D 6in.  H 26in. x D 20in.  H 10in. x W 8in. X D 14in.

H 26in. x W 7in. x D 18in. $0.00


H 36in. x D 6in. $0.00


H 26in. x D 20in. $0.00


H 10in. x W 8in. X D 14in. $0.00

H 16in. x W 12in. x D 14in.  H 10in. x W 5in. x D 8in.  H 13in. x W 11in. x D 5in.  

4 1/4 x 6 3/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 10, 1863

General Orders

No. 214

By direction of the President of the United States, Major General E.O.C. Ord is appointed to the command of the Thirteenth Army Corps, in place of Major General John A. McClernand, relieved, to date from June 18, 1863.

By Command Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.

H 16in. x W 12in. x D 14in. $0.00


H 10in. x W 5in. x D 8in. $0.00


H 13in. x W 11in. x D 5in. $0.00


General Ord is Appointed Commander of 13 $15.00

16 1/2 x 10 3/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. For 2nd Lieutenant George C. Brown, Co. B, 13th Wisconsin Infantry, for the period 31st day of October 1863, to the 30th day of November 1863. He is owed $101.89. Includes a listing for his black servant Jim. There is a lengthy endorsement signed in the remarks section stating that 2nd Lieutenant Brown was on Recruiting Service by authority of Special Orders No. 180 at Madison, Wisconsin. The document is also signed by Silas B.A. Haynes, Paymaster, U.S.A. Very fine. 

George C. Brown, a resident of Janesville, Wisconsin, enlisted on September 9, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. B, 13th Wisconsin Infantry. He was mustered out of the service on November 19, 1864.

The 13th Wisconsin Infantry Regiment was organized at Camp Treadway, Janesville, Wisconsin, and was mustered in on October 17, 1861. It left the state January 18, 1862, for Leavenworth and moved from there to Fort Smith, Arkansas to join the Southwestern expedition.

It was sent to Columbus, Ky., where it was placed on railroad guard duty, and later garrisoned Forts Henry and Donelson, in Tennessee.

It accompanied an expedition against Clarksville Tenn., where it routed the Confederates and captured a quantity of army stores. It was then employed in scouting and was engaged in a skirmish near Garretsburg, defeating the enemy. It drove General Nathan Bedford Forrest's forces through western Tennessee, then marched to Stevenson, Ala., where it captured a supply depot and held it until re-enforced.

It assisted in the successful defense of Huntsville against Forrest and of Decatur against General John Bell Hood. A detachment of the regiment dispersed the 4th Alabama Cavalry at New Market, and they fought Hood in his attack on Nashville.

Lieutenant Wagoner and 35 men of Co. G were captured at Paint Rock River, and after the fall of Richmond, the regiment was ordered to Indianola, Texas, and afterwards to San Antonio, a march of 145 miles with the thermometer at 100 degrees and many broke down.

Through all their hard marches, the conduct of the men was admirable and Adjutant General Gaylord says: "The tireless vigilance which relaxes not, day by day, and week after week, cannot fail to command our admiration and respect for the 13th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry."

Silas Bates Augustus Haynes, enlisted on June 30, 1862, and was commissioned major, U.S. Volunteers Paymaster Department. He was mustered out of the army on April 15, 1866, with the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel.  

4 1/8 x 6 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 9, 1863

General Orders

No. 213

Brigadier General Robert Allen is announced as senior Quartermaster of the Department of the Northwest, Missouri, and Tennessee. All officers of the Quartermaster's Department, serving in those Departments, will respect and obey his orders accordingly.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.  

4 pages. Report From the Naval Commissioner's Office; Live Oak Timber, Navy Sloop Clothing For The Year 1838, Beef and Pork For 1838. Report From the Office of Commissary General of Subsistence. Proposal For 4,500 Indian Rifles. Patriotism of the Federal Party. North Carolina Elections. Prospectus of the United States Magazine and Democratic Review. $200 Reward Advertisement For Runaway Slave. Much more interesting news and advertisements from our nation's capital in 1837.   

4 pages. This is the first masthead of The Daily Picayune and has a seated female with ships in the background. The Conquest of Mexico. General Zachary Taylor and the Presidency. Naval news from Pensacola. Military ads. Hire ads for colored female cooks. Numerous Runaway Salves Ads with Rewards listed, description, etc. of the slaves, and an illustration of a  slave holding a pole over their shoulder with their possessions tied on the end.

One of the slave advertisements reads as follows: $50 Reward for the boy Isaac who ran away March last, if delivered at the plantation of the subscriber in West Baton Rouge, or to Messrs. A. Leloux & Co., New Orleans. Said slave is a mulatto of about 25 years of age, singularly marked by a white spot on his forehead, which is concealed by his hat when worn, another on his shoulder and back, has a sore leg and limps slightly in walking. He is a brick mason by trade, was raised in New Orleans, and is doubtless concealed there still, as he was seen about the packets running in the Bayou Sara trade some days after he left home. Ira Smith.

Light age toning and wear, some edge chipping, ink lines drawn through some of the ads, and a small archival tape repair. Own an authentic piece of American history!

13th Wisconsin Infantry Officer's Pay Vo


General Robert Allen is Named Senior Qua $10.00


The Globe, City of Washington, August 11 $20.00


The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, July 17 $25.00

8 pages. Beautiful large illustrated mast head with eagle, warship, cannon, and soldier's in battle. Large woodcut engraving on the front page titled, "Virginia Farmer Coming From The Mill" with a slave riding on the back of a horse drawn sled with his master. The Tattered Flags. The War in Virginia. How Kilpatrick Scouted and Scored the Country. Fighting in the Suburbs of the Rebel Capital. Richmond Shelled. Attempt to Free the Prisoners. Confederate War Secretary Seddon's Property Burned. A Negro Traitor Hung. Capture of Colonel Dahlgren. Narrative of Colonel Streight. The Horrors of Rebel Captivity Fully Confirmed. Charges Against General Meade. General Meade and His Accusers. The Late Battle in Florida. The Black Soldiers in Florida. Montgomery's Black Men. General Seymour's Bravery. List of Killed and Wounded in the Battle. Our Troops in a Formidable Position in Florida. The Enemy Refuses to Give up our Wounded. The Rebels Acknowledge a Loss of 2,200 in the Late Battle. Reconstruction in Arkansas. Address of General Steele to the People. The Loyal Equality of the Negro. The Chickamauga Campaign. Ravages of the Pirate Alabama. The War in the Southwest. Sherman's Force Marching From Jackson to Vicksburg. Rumored Death of the Rebel Forrest. The Presidency. Managing Affairs of the Nation. Description of Important Positions in Georgia. Medal to General Grant and much more. Light age toning, light staining at top edge, edge chipping to the margin not affecting any of the content, and a few small archival tape repairs. Overall very fine with plenty of great war news.     

8 pages. The Latest News From General McClellan's Army. Letter From Gen. Pope's Division. Gen. Curtis at Helena. He Disperses the Rebels in Several Engagements. From Fortress Monroe. Latest From Gen. Halleck's Army. The Emancipation Scheme. Reply of the Border State Congressmen. Large War Meeting in New York. Important From Washington. Prolongation of Congress. The Confiscation Act. Congressional Doings. Emancipation in the Senate and Mileage in the House. Morgan's Raid Into Kentucky. Further From Richmond. The War in Missouri. From New Orleans. Arrival of a Cargo of Sugar and Cotton. What the New Orleans Papers Say. Fredericksburg News. The Twenty-third in the Late Battles. Casualties in the Ninety-fifth Pennsylvania Regiment. Latest From the South. Rebel Views of McClellan's Position. Situation of the Two Armies. Important From South Carolina. The Defeat on James Island and Who Should be Responsible. Gen. Stevens Vindicated. Important Documents Giving the Secret History of the Affair. News From Charleston, and much more. Light age toning and edge wear.   

7 3/4 x 3, imprinted document with patriotic vignette, of Liberty, eagle and shield, filled out in ink. Grenada, Miss., Feby. 2nd, 1861, payable in the amount of $369.26. Very fine Mississippi promissory note dated a little over 2 months before the country would be embroiled in the bloody War Between the States.   

<b>Mortally wounded at the battle of Gettysburg!</b> 

(1815-63) Born at Montford's Plantation, Wilkes County, Ga., he served as captain of the Columbus Guards, a state militia unit, from 1846-61. Elected colonel of the 2nd Georgia Infantry at the commencement of the Civil War, and brigadier general, March 11, 1862, he saw action at Yorktown, Williamsburg, the Seven Days battles, Crampton's Gap, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863, he was mortally wounded during General James Longstreet's attack on the Round Tops. Carried to Martinsburg, Va. by ambulance, Semmes died there on July 10, 1863.

Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 7/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Rare.

Forney's War Press, Philadelphia, March


The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 16, 1862


1861 Grenada, Mississippi Promissory Not


Photograph, General Paul J. Semmes

Pair of large French Louis XVI cabinets with bronze trim and heavy, one-inch thick rose marble tops. These stately cabinets feature beautiful bronze detailing and bronze clawed feet.  

(1818-1898) Graduated in 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 contributuing 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.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bottom 2 corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Half view, seated pose in uniform with rank of major general. No imprint. Very fine image.  

8 pages. From Washington. The War in Kentucky. No Battles Since That of the 9th. Reports Concerning the Rebels in Virginia. The Harpers Ferry Surrender Investigation. Reconnoissance in Force to Aldie. Rebel Attacks Repulsed. Gen. Sigel and the 33rd Massachusetts. Interviews With the Officers-The Speeches. Death of Capt. Tallmadge. Account of his Life and Services. From Gen. McClellan's Army. Stuart's Cavalry Raid. How the Rebels Escaped. Apologies For Not Capturing Them. Arrival of Paroled Prisoners. The Effect of the Rebel Defeat at Corinth. From Missouri. Rebels Driven from South-Western Missouri. McBride Retreating From the Southeast. The Situation in the Interior Improved. The Political Aspect. The Congressional Canvass. Emancipation Issues Debatable. Review of the Militia. Incidents of Secession Poison. The Fight at Newtonia. Full Particulars by an Eye Witness. The Rebels Behind a Stone Wall. Gallant and Determined Attack. Bayonet Charge. The Rebels Receive Reinforcements and Outflank Us. Our Indians Fight Like Devils. The Election in Pennsylvania. A Glorious Union Victory. Two-thirds of the Congressmen Elected. Handsome Majority on the State Ticket. Important From Charleston. Two Formidable Rams Ready. The Draft. The War in Kentucky. The Battle of Perryville. Great Conflict Between McCook's Division and Bragg's Army. The Rebels Two to Our One. The Enemy Defeated. Heavy Loss on Both Sides. Important Rebel Correspondence. The Plan of the Campaign in the West, and much more. Light age toning and wear.   

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of American flags and the motto "Union And Liberty Forever." Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. 5 3/8 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.

5969 Pair of French Louis XVI Cabinets w $76000.00


CDV General Don Carlos Buell


Daily New York Tribune, October 15, 1862


Liberty and Union Forever $8.00

(1807-71) known as "Prince John," he was born at Port Royal, Va., and graduated from the West Point class of 1830. He was brevetted three times for gallantry during the Mexican War while an artillery officer. He resigned from the U.S. Army on April 20, 1861, and was appointed brigadier general in the Provisional Confederate Army on June 17, 1861, and major general on Oct. 7, 1861. He distinguished himself in the early part of the Peninsula campaign, completely deceiving General McClellan as to the size of his forces at Yorktown. He was less successful during the Seven Days battles, and was later assigned to command the District of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Here he was successful in the recapture of Galveston, Texas and the dispersal of the Federal blockading fleet. After the war he went to Mexico without being formally paroled and joined Emperor Maximilian's Imperial forces with the rank of major general. 

Antique photograph, 4 x 5 1/2. Bust view in uniform. No imprint. Light age toning. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print.  

(1823-1914) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1844. He was wounded and brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War. Appointed a brigadier general in the Confederate Army on September 14, 1861, he saw action at Fort Donelson where he was forced to surrender the fort to his old friend and West Point classmate, General U.S. Grant. He was confined at Fort Warren prison for 5 months. After his release, he led a division in Bragg's Kentucky campaign, and a corps at Chickamauga, and later received promotion to lieutenant general to rank from September 20, 1864.

Antique, silver print photograph, 2 1/2 x 2 3/4. Bust view in Confederate uniform with rank of major general. No imprint. Light wear. Circa early 1900's.  

5 x 8, imprint.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, October 1, 1862

General Orders No. 77

Every officer, not a disbursing officer of the United States Government, who has collected public funds in this Department, will make an immediate return of all collections and disbursements previous to this date. This return will be made to D.C.G. Field, Financial Clerk, at these Headquarters, and all balances will be turned over to him.



Excellent. Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint.   

4 pages. Charleston, S.C., Wednesday, April 5, 1876. The Columbia Election. Agnew Chosen Mayor With a Mixed Council. The Complexion and Politics of the New Board. A Close but Quiet and Orderly Contest. Deplorable Apathy of Some of the White Voters. The Successful Candidates. The Elections. The Work at Washington. The Investigations Continue. Merrill's Misdeeds. Custer on the Stand. Proceedings of Congress. Protecting the Frontier. Moving Against Belknap. Defending Dana. The Indians and The Army. The Blue Ridge Railroad. Charleston and the West. The Convention at Anderson. The Democratic Lawyers and the Radical Rascals. Hot Times in Chester. Courts and Juries at Loggerheads. The Trial of Lloyd. The State Democratic Convention, and much more. Interesting 1876 Charleston, South Carolina newspaper, the Centennial year of the United States. It also includes some interesting army news which mentions General George A. Custer who would be killed in the battle of the Little Big Horn in about 2 1/2 months from the date of this paper.

Photograph, General John B. Magruder $10.00


Photograph, General Simon B. Buckner


1862 Orders From General Butler at New O $15.00


The News and Courier, Charleston, S. C.

<b>Territory, January 21, 1854</b>

4 pages. Very interesting newspaper from the days before Washington was a state of the United States. Published in 1854 from Olympia, the capital city of the Territory. Includes articles about the organization of the U.S. Congress; Linn Boyd re-elected Speaker; John W. Forney re-elected Clerk; Atchison President of the Senate; the Message of President Franklin Pierce; Meeting of the U.S. Supreme Court; news from the U.S. Senate; news from Washington City; the Death of the Queen of Portugal; Progress of the War on the Danube; Battle of Oltenitza; Defeat of the Russians by the Turks; Retirement of the Turks Across the Danube; A Contrast, Democratic and Whig Nominees for Congress; Judge Lancaster and Colonel Wallace; Candidates Before the Convention; Horrible Massacre on the Plains; Active Operations; and much more news and some interesting advertisements. Light age toning, some scattered staining and wear. Scarce early Washington Territory newspaper.

Trivia: The Territory of Washington was an organized incorporated territory of the United States that existed from March 2, 1853, until November 11, 1889, when the territory was admitted to the Union as the State of Washington.   

By William C. Darrah. W.C. Darrah, Publisher, Gettysburg, Pa., 1981. Hardcover with dust jacket, 221 pages, profusely illustrated, index. Like new condition. An excellent reference book. 

This book is a comprehensive and authoritative survey of cartes de visite, the most popular type of photographs in the nineteenth century. The narrative is divided into three parts: The History and Diversity of Cartes de Visite, a guide to seventy subjects that were extensively photographed in carte format, and The Documentation and Interpretation of Cartes de Visite.

There are chapters on the photographer and his business, portraiture, portraits of celebrities, native peoples of the world, The Civil War, scenic cartes, and reproductions of works of art. There are 448 illustartions.

The works of nearly a thousand photographers are cited in the book. The photographers are indexed alphabetically and geographically. There are also a subject index, bibliography and footnotes.

Cartes de Visite, a major contribution to the history of photography, will be useful to archivists, librarians, historians, collectors, and others who are interested in photographica or history of photography.

Cartes de Visite were the most influential and diverse type of photographs produced between 1860 and 1900. Almost without exception every photographer in the world made them. The format revolutionized the business and profession of photography and brought about a far reaching social revolution. Within a single decade, the 1860's, carte de visite photography invaded every aspect of daily life and placed the photographic image on par with the printed word in human communication- before it was possible to illustrate newspapers, magazines, and books with photographic reproductions.

While most familiar as family album portraits, cartes de visite were incredibly diverse, ranging from advertising to zoology, from Civil War and native peoples of the world to propaganda and reproductions of the great works of art. These photographs are indeed an inexhaustible source of information about the people and events of the second half of the nineteenth century.   

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an American flag, Indian wearing headdress, soldiers, horse, etc. Verse below: Columbia! Columbia! to glory arise. The queen of the world, and the child of the skies, Thy genius commands thee, with raptures behold, While ages on ages thy splendor unfold. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

<b>Killed at the battle of Sharpsburg!</b>

(1820-62) Born in Enfield, N.C., he was a U.S. Congressman from 1855-61, and declined the positions of Secretary of the Treasury and Postmaster General which were offered to him by President Buchanan. When North Carolina seceeded from the Union, Branch was appointed quartermaster and paymaster general of his state, a position he soon resigned to become colonel of the 33rd N.C. Infantry. He was promoted to brigadier general on Nov. 16, 1861, and commanded the troops which defended New Bern, N.C. against General Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition. Later ordered to Virginia and attached to Gen. A.P. Hill's division, Branch commanded a brigade with distinction from the Seven Days battles until Sharpsburg where he was killed by a Yankee sharpshooter.

Antique, 1800's photograph, 4 1/8 x 5 7/8. Printed on thick photographic paper. Bust view pose in civilian attire. No genuine uniformed pose of Branch is known to exist. The only one I've ever seen of him in uniform is the typical artist painted on pre war uniform. This portrait is thought to have been taken in the late 1850's while Branch was a member of the U.S. Congress. Very fine. Scarce. This would be an excellent photograph to frame with an autograph.

Washington Pioneer, Olympia, Puget Sound


Cartes de Visite In Nineteenth Century P


Columbia, Columbia


Photograph, General Lawrence O'Bryan Bra

(1816-86) Born at Natchitoches, La., he graduated in the West Point class of 1838. His service in the U.S. Army was extensive. He saw action in the Seminole War 1838-39, duty in the Utah expedition against the Mormons, and was brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War. He also was the inventor of the Sibley tent which saw much use in the early years of the Civil War by the armies of both sides. Commissioned brigadier general in the Confederate army on June 17, 1861, he was the commander of an expedition designed to secure New Mexico for the Confederacy. After the battles of Valverde and Glorietta Canon he was forced to retreat since he could not subsist his command off the country. Under incredible hardships he reached El Paso, Texas in May 1862, and subsequently retired to San Antonio. Thereafter he served in Louisiana and the Trans-Mississippi Department. After the Civil War, Sibley went abroad and was a general of artillery in the Egyptian Army. He spent the last years of his life in ill health and comparative poverty and died at Fredericksburg, Va. where he is buried.

Antique photograph, 2 5/8 x 3 1/2. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print.  

<b>Killed in the battle of Hatcher's Run, Va.</b>

(1832-65) Born at Petersburg, Va., he graduated in the West Point class of 1854. Resigning his commission in the U.S. Army on May 10, 1861, he served as a lieutenant colonel under General Robert S. Garnett in the Rich Mountain campaign, and was captured. After his return to the army, he was promoted to colonel and served under Generals' Beauregard, Bragg and Kirby Smith respectively, being chief of staff to the latter during the invasion of Kentucky. Appointed brigadier general to rank from Nov. 7, 1862, he was then assigned a cavalry brigade, and fought at Murfreesboro, and at Chickamauga he led a division of N.B. Forrest's corps. He was subsequently transferred to the Army of Northern Virginia, and given command of an infantry brigade in Jubal Early's division of the 2nd Corps, which he led with distinction and gallantry at the battle of the Wilderness, where he was wounded, and in the Shenandoah Valley. After the death of Robert Rodes, Pegram took over as division commander. In the battle of Hatcher's Run, Feb. 6, 1865, he was struck near the heart by a musket ball, and killed instantly. His funeral took place at St. Paul's Church, in Richmond, where only 3 weeks earlier he had been married!

Antique photograph, 4 x 5 3/4. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Very fine.


<b>The Emancipation Proclamation</b>

1863 print of Presidents' Lincoln and Davis and a slave in caricature titled "Scene From The American Tempest." Imprint below the title, Caliban (Sambo) "YOU BEAT HIM 'NOUGH MASSA! BERRY LITTLE TIME, I'LL BEAT HIM TOO." Shakspeare. (Nigger Translation). This engraving appeared in the January 24, 1863 issue of Punch Magazine, and depicts President Abraham Lincoln wearing a uniform with kepi with plume on it, striped pants, high boots, and holding a sword. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, also in uniform, with a slouch hat with feather and a sword attached to his belt stands at the left with his arms folded and looking rather perplexed. At the center is a jubilant slave holding a copy of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation hand in hand with President Lincoln. Imprint at the top, Punch, or The London Charivari-January 24, 1863.  10 3/4 x 8 1/4. Scarce and extremely desirable Civil War date Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis and slave print.

WBTS Trivia: This classic Civil War print appeared in Punch Magazine not long after Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The jubilant slave holds the proclamation with Lincoln while showing eagerness to fight his former master Jeff Davis representing the Confederacy. And indeed they fought! Some 180,000 freed blacks joined the Federal Army and became a critical element in the Union victory.  

(1821-97) Born at Augusta, Ga., he was a nephew of General & U.S. President Zachary Taylor by marriage. He graduated from West Point in 1842 along with his future corps commander, James Longstreet. He fought in the Mexican War and resigned his U.S. Army commission on Mar. 23, 1861.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he helped organize the 10th Georgia Infantry, and was appointed their colonel. He was then promoted to brigadier general on Sept. 25, 1861, and major general on May 23, 1862. He fought in the Peninsular campaign, and at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and Knoxville. McLaws was commanding troops under Gen. J.E. Johnston when the latter surrendered near Durham Station, N.C., April 26, 1865. After the war, he settled in Savannah, Ga., and served with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and as Postmaster of Savannah. He also was  very active in Confederate veteran's organizations for many years.

Antique photograph, 4 x 5 3/4. Bust view in Confederate uniform with the rank of brigadier general. No imprint. Printed on thick photographic paper. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Very fine.

Photograph, General Henry H. Sibley $10.00


Photograph, General John Pegram


Scene From The American Tempest, Lincoln $125.00


Photograph, General Lafayette McLaws $20.00

5 x 7 3/4 imprint. 

Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, Sept. 23, 1862

General Orders No. 75

No officer or soldier serving in this Department will be allowed to bring hither his family, or any member thereof, without special permission.



Excellent. Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint.  

(1824-1904) A lawyer, born near Glasgow, Ky., he was elected three times to the Kentucky legislature. He was commissioned colonel of the 6th Kentucky Infantry, C.S.A. in Sept. 1861. He fought in the battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and was commended repeatedly by General John C. Breckenridge. Upon the death of Benjamin H. Helm, he succeeded him to the command of the Orphan Brigade, and was promoted to brigadier general to rank from Sept. 30, 1863. After the capture of Atlanta, his brigade was mounted and attached to Wheeler's cavalry corps, serving with them against General William T. Sherman on his march to the sea and in the 1865 Carolina's campaign. Lewis was captured as part of President Jefferson Davis' escort and paroled at Washington, Ga., May 9, 1865. In his post war career, he served in the Kentucky state legislature, congress, and was Chief Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 5/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform with the rank of brigadier general. No imprint. This is the only uniformed pose of General Lewis known to exist. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Scarce.  

(1809-1865) Illinois lawyer. 16th President U.S.A., 1861-65. Led the Union through the Civil War. Famous for The Emancipation Proclamation, freeing the slaves, and the Gettysburg Address, at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery. His second term in the White House was cut short when he became the first American President to be assassinated. He was shot by the famous actor, John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., on the evening of April 14, 1865, dying early the next morning.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. The famous $5 bill pose. Backmark: E.J. Palmer, Photographer, Toronto. Very fine. A very desirable pose. Uncommon to find with this Toronto imprint.  

(1808-1889) Graduated from West Point in 1828. He married the daughter of General and President Zachary Taylor, but she died only 3 months after their marriage. Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1845, he resigned to fight in the Mexican War, serving under General Taylor, and being severely wounded at the battle of Buena Vista. He declined the appointment of brigadier general in the U. S. Army to re-enter politics, serving as a U. S. Senator from Mississippi. In 1853 he was appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce. He was chosen as provisional president of the Confederacy and inaugurated in February 1861, at Montgomery, Alabama, and was later inaugurated as president of the permanent government at Richmond, on February 22, 1862. Fleeing from Richmond with his cabinet at the end of the war, he was captured on May 10, 1865, at Irwinsville, Ga., and held in prison for 2 years at Fort Monroe, Va.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform. Backmark: C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York, Paris and Habana. Very fine.

1862 Orders From General Butler at New O $20.00


Photograph, General Joseph H. Lewis $35.00


CDV President Abraham Lincoln


CDV President Jefferson Davis


President Lincoln disagrees with the decision of the Court and directs that Colonel Tait be dismissed from the Union Army!</b>

2 1/2 pages, 4 1/8 x 6 3/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, September 28, 1863

General Orders

No. 327

I. Before a General Court Martial, which convened at Alexandria, Virginia, February 27, 1863...and of which Colonel Gabriel De Korponay, 28th Pennsylvania Volunteers is President, was arraigned and tried-

Colonel James A. Tait, 1st District of Columbia Volunteers, Provost Marshal General, Defences South of the Potomac.

Charge I- Neglect of duty.

Specification- that Colonel James A. Tait...did, while acting in his official capacity, approve a certificate of goods, in the hands of one W.A. Stewart, to pass said goods into the enemy's country, which certificate read as follows:

Alexandria, Virginia, February 14, 1863

Four (4) trunks containing articles of merchandise not contraband, and which have been examined.

Approved: James A. Tait

Provost Marshal General

Which trunks were subsequently seized, and found to contain about four thousand packs of playing cards. This at Alexandria, Virginia, February 14, 1863.

Charge II- Disobedience of orders.

Specification- that Colonel James A. Tait...did, while acting in his official capacity, and in disobedience of orders, grant a pass or passes to one W.A. Stewart, to enable him (Stewart) to pass the line of pickets into the enemy's country. This at Alexandria, Virginia, February 14, 1863.

Charge III- Violation of the fifty-sixth Article of War.

Specification- that James A. Tait...did, while acting in his official capacity, grant certain documents to one W.A. Stewart, to enable him (Stewart) to convey to points in the Confederate States, tea, sugar, coffee, and other articles, whereby aid, comfort, and relief would be furnished the enemy.

To which charges and specifications the accused, Colonel James A. Tait..., pleaded, "Not Guilty."

Finding- The Court, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, finds the accused, Colonel James A. Tait...Not Guilty...on all three charges.

And the Court does therefore most honorably acquit the accused.

The proceedings, findings, and acquittal of the accused by the Court were disapproved by the Major General commanding the Department of Washington, on the grounds that "the evidence adduced shows each charge and specification conclusively proved." The case was then transmitted to the War Department for the action of the President of the United States. The full acquittal, by the Court, of Colonel Tait, was, in view of all the testimony adduced, quite unaccountable, and justly received the disapproval of the reviewing officer.

The President directs that Colonel James A. Tait, 1st District of Columbia Volunteers, be dismissed from the service of the United States, from the 21st day of September 1863.



Assistant Adjutant General

Excellent content.    

(1822-1901) Cousin of Union Admiral David D. Porter. Graduated in the West Point class of 1845. Won the brevets of captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. From 1849 to 1855 he was the assistant instructor of artillery at the U.S. Military Academy, and from 1857 to 1860, he served as Albert Sydney Johnston's adjutant in the Utah expedition. In the Peninsular campaign of 1862, Porter led a division of the 3rd Corps, and during the 7 Days battles he commanded the 5th Corps where he demonstrated some of the finest defensive fighting of the entire Civil War. He also saw action in the 2nd Bull Run campaign and at Antietam. Porter became the unfortunate scape goat for the anti General George B. McClellan faction in the army & the government headed by Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton, and was tried on trumped up charges by a military commission for his actions in the 2nd Bull Run campaign. With the odds greatly stacked against him by virtue of defective maps, perjury and hearsay testimony, Porter was found guilty and dismissed from the army in 1863. He spent the rest of his life in an effort to vindicate his name and have it reinstated on the army roster. Sixteen years later a board headed by General John M. Schofield completely exonerated Porter from the charges brought up against him and cited him as the savior of the Army of Virginia at 2nd Bull Run. The ruining of the career of this magnificent soldier simply for his devotion to his friend and commanding officer, General McClellan, was a disgraceful chapter in the history of the Army of the Potomac.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Outdoor view standing in front of an American flag wearing a double breasted frock coat with epaulettes and rank of brigadier general. He holds his sword and chapeau. Backmark: E. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable pose.  

(1813-90) Known as the "Pathfinder," he played a leading part in the conquest of California. In 1850 he was elected as U. S. Senator from the newly admitted state and in 1856, Fremont was selected as the presidential candidate of the newly formed Republican party. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln appointed him major general in the Regular Army in command of the Department of the West with headquarters at St. Louis. His forces were defeated at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., and he later was sent east to take command of the newly established Mountain Department where he unsuccessfully opposed General Stonewall Jackson in his celebrated Shenandoah Valley campaign. He was the Governor of Arizona 1878-81. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in uniform with rank of major general and holding his sword. Backmark: Brady's National Photographic Galleries, Washington, D.C., and New York. Very fine.  

<b>He died while on active service in 1863!</b>

(1806-63) He entered the navy in 1822, and sailed in the West Indies, off Africa, and along the China coast. He was appointed commander of the western flotilla at the beginning of the Civil War, and in Feb. 1862, with the cooperation of Gen. U.S. Grant, captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. In the ensuing capture of Fort Donelson, Foote was wounded. He aided Gen. John Pope on the Mississippi River, but his wound was not healing and he was obliged to take leave of his command. Having proved himself a gallant fighter on the rivers, he was awarded the Thanks of Congress, and appointed Rear Admiral, June 16, 1862. While still recuperating from his wound, he was put in charge of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, and on June 4, 1863 was given command of the fleet off Charleston, S.C. Unfortunately, Foote's wound never healed properly and he died enroute to his assignment on June 26, 1863.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view portrait wearing naval uniform with epaulettes and holding his sword. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., 587 Broadway, New York. Small cut in the extreme lower right edge of the mount. Light edge wear.

Court Martial of Colonel in the 1st Dist


CDV General Fitz John Porter


CDV General John C. Fremont


CDV Admiral Andrew H. Foote $75.00

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: Charleston, South Carolina- From a Sketch by A.P. Palmer, 21st South Carolina Volunteers. 9 x 3. Harper's Weekly is printed in the margin.  

<b>Killed at the battle of Ball's Bluff, Va. in 1861</b>

(1811-61) He read law and was admitted to the bar at the age of 19. A private during the Black Hawk War, he moved to Springfield, Illinois where he became a close friend of Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln later named his second son, "Eddie," after Baker. Attaining prominence as a great orator, he soon became involved in politics and became a representative of the Illinois general assembly; defeated Lincoln to become a representative in Congress; served in the Mexican War as colonel of the 4th Illinois Infantry; was again elected to Congress; was a presidential elector in 1848; and four years later moved to California where he became a prominent lawyer and public speaker. In 1860, Baker moved to Oregon at the request of the Republican Party of the newly admitted state and in October of that year was elected to the U.S. Senate. He did much to hold the Pacific coast in the Union by delivering several remarkable speeches. Shortly after Lincoln's inauguration he raised a regiment in New York, and Pennsylvania, named the 71st Pennsylvania Volunteers and became their colonel. He was appointed major general of volunteers, Sept. 21, 1861, and was killed in action while commanding a brigade at Ball's Bluff, Va., on Oct. 21, 1861.

Bust view, portrait engraving, on 2 1/2 x 4 card. Imprint on the front, "On steel by John Sartain, Phil'a., after Germon's Pho[tograp]'h." Card is trimmed. Very fine.    

WBTS Trivia: Edward D. Baker had known "Willie" Lincoln since he was a baby in Springfield. When Baker was killed at Ball's Bluff, Va., the entire Lincoln family was grief stricken, and Willie wrote a tribute to the fallen Baker in the form of a poem, and wrote the following note to the editor of the Washington National Republican: "Dear Sir, I enclose you my first attempt at poetry. Yours truly, William W. Lincoln." 

The editor thinking the lines quite creditable, especially for one so young, published them in his newspaper on November 4, 1861.

There was no patriot like Baker,

So noble and so true;

He fell as a soldier on the field,

His face to the sky of blue.

His voice is silent in the hall,

Which oft his presence grac'd,

No more he'll hear the loud acclaim,

Which rang from place to place.

No squeamish notions filled his breast,

The Union was his theme,

No surrender and no compromise,

His day thought and night's dream.

His country has her part to play,

To'rds those he has left behind,

His widow and his children all,

She must always keep in mind.

William W. Lincoln, 1861    


<b>First Union officer killed in battle during the Civil War!</b>

(1828-61) Born and raised in New Haven, Conn., he came from a prominent New England family, a direct descendant of John Winthrop, first governor of Massachusetts. Theodore Winthrop graduated #2 in the Yale class of 1848. During the years prior to the Civil War, he traveled widely, and in 1856 took an active role in the presidential campaign of John C. Fremont. Winthrop afterwards retired to Long Island, N.Y., where he wrote two travel books and three novels. None of these volumes found an immediate publisher, but Winthrop did sell a short story titled, "Love and Skates," to the Atlantic Monthly in 1861, which seemed to secure his future as a writer. Then the Civil War broke out and Winthrop became a military man, enlisting in the 7th N.Y.S.M. After his initial term expired he secured a position on the staff of General Benjamin F. Butler, who commanded the Union forces at Fort Monroe, Va. and vicinity. On the morning of June 10, 1861, Butler sent troops to attack a Rebel position at Big Bethel, a cross roads village some 12 miles west of Fort Monroe. In the ensuing battle, Major Winthrop tried to rally his retreating troops and help stop a Union defeat. He jumped on top of a fence rail, brandished his sword, and earnestly encouraged his boys to fight on. "One more charge and the day is ours!" he shouted. But moments later his life would come to a tragic end as a Rebel sharpshooter's bullet found its mark and pierced the chest of the gallant officer, killing him instantly. Thus he held the distinction of being the first officer killed in battle during the war. Winthrop was widely mourned in the North and there became an enormous public demand for his writings. Soon after many of them were published, but his death brought home the stark reality that the war of words had ended and the killing war had begun, and that the talented Winthrop's best books would forever remain unwritten. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 card. Bust view portrait in uniform. Backmark: C.W. Woodward, Rochester, N.Y. Very fine.  

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

"a few of the rebels dashed on to the railroad and done some little damage which kept us from getting any mail for two or three days, but it is in running order again, but they have done a good bit of damage between Grafton and Petersburgh, but Gen. Milligan, Gen. Kelley and Gen. Roberts are after then with a vengeance and I think that they will gobble up some of the horse thieves and guerrillas and maybe put an end to the destroying of railroads in this section of country.  </b>

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 

<b><u>Winchester, [Va.], May 3rd, 1863</b></u>

My Dear wife,

After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am well at this time and I do wish that this might find you enjoying the same blessing, but from your letter of the 26th which I recd. on the 1st of this month and also one that Maggy wrote on the 28th which I got yesterday it appears that your health is very poor.  I fear that you have had so much trouble and over work to do that it has been too much for your strength.  I wish you would keep a girl to help you awhile and send to the Dutch Doctor for I think if you could take some rest and get some medicine it might make you well again, and oh how I do wish that you could have health once more.  Well Dear, a few of the rebels dashed on to the railroad and done some little damage which kept us from getting any mail for two or three days, but it is in running order again, but they have done a good bit of damage between Grafton and Petersburgh, but Gen. Milligan, Gen. Kelley and Gen. Roberts are after then with a vengeance and I think that they will gobble up some of the horse thieves and guerrillas and maybe put an end to the destroying of railroads in this section of country.  I got a letter from A.J. Lloyd last week.  He is well and in good spirits but like the rest he is anxious to get out of the war.  He said that they had been under marching orders for some time and that the prospect was that Gen. Hooker was going on to Richmond, and it appears from the Baltimore paper of yesterday that he had crossed the Rappahannock and was going to attack Gen. Lee, and I do hope that he may be successful and that he may be enabled to take Richmond and that the war may soon be over. [1]   Well dear, we have but very little time to write or do anything for ourselves for we are on duty almost all of the time.  Since we returned from our scout we had one dayís rest and this is the second Sunday that I have not been on duty since I was at home and today we have to take our tents down and clean everything out which is no small job.  Orderly Riddenharn is putting a floor in our tent today so that we will have quite a nice house.  I told him to put the soft side of the boards up for us to sleep on.  Well we have been working on the fort here for two days.  They have detailed 250 men out of our regiment every day until further orders.  They are at work today.  We are making things very strong here and we have a first rate place to hide if they ever attack us here which I think is not very likely.  It looks like we were doing a heap of unnecessary work but it may be all for the best.  Well dear, just as soon as I can see a chance to get off I am going to do it, but donít let anybody know anything about it for it might be that I will have to act the possum in order to get off for I am very tired of being from home and my little family.  I do want to see the little Gen. very bad and all the rest but worst of all I want to see my Dear wife.  I feel very thankful that L. is mending so fast and I hope she will soon be well.  Dear I must conclude.  We have just been ordered to move our tents to the fortifications Ĺ mile from camp so good bye Dear.  May the Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.

Lieut. L. Lupton

Very fine.

[1] Lieutenant Lupton is referring to the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. 

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.

Charleston Harbor, South Carolina


General Edward D. Baker


CDV Major Theodore Winthrop


116th Ohio Infantry Letter

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