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A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the January & Woods Inc. <I> Maysville Cotton Mills </I> in Kentucky.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from turn of the century American grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the historic old Maysville, Kentucky cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Kentucky milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  

      Prior to its recent demolition the historic old Maysville Cotton Mill had been a leading producer of carpet warp, rug yarns, cotton twine, twisted cord and tent rope.  It had been in continuous operation since the first building was erected about 1834 with the exception of several months during the Civil War, when due to the inability to secure cotton, the mill closed from November, 1861 to March, 1862. J&W was one of only a few cotton mills in the country that continued operations throughout the Civil War.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the <I> LILY MILLS - SHELBY, N. Carolina</I> cotton mill.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from early 1900s North Carolina grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the old Shelby, North Carolina cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Southern milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  Lily Mills located in Shelby, on the edge of cotton country in North Carolina was founded in 1903 as part of growing industry in the post- Civil War, Reconstruction South. It was one of several mills which began to flourish in the region as they processed locally grown cotton in local mills.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 


Very rare historical display which includes strands of President Abraham Lincoln's hair, wood from the gallows where the Lincoln conspirators were hung, a piece of the cloth that bound the arms of Mrs. Mary Surratt during her execution and a strand of Mrs. Surratt's hair. 


On July 7, 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 tried and found guilty as conspirators in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, and U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, on April 14, 1865. 


14 x 11, with burgundy suede outer mat and a gold Florentine inner mat, with four separate windows displaying the artifacts. The photographs in the display are high quality modern copies of original Civil War period images. Please note that the illustration of the display on my website is cropped as it is larger than my scanner.


This very rare historical display highlights Mary Surratt who was one of the four conspirators executed on July 7, 1865. The strand of Lincoln's hair originated from a well documented lock given to Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of the Governor of Indiana by Mary Lincoln. The documented wood fragments originated from relics obtained by a soldier stationed as a guard in the prison yard. Mary Surratt's hair was included in the effects of Samuel Curtis another guard at the prison and found in his 1865 diary. The remnant of cloth was included with a period note attesting that the wood came from the gallows and the cloth originated from the bindings that held her arms during the execution. These bindings had been made from material from a shelter tent at the same time the executioner, Christian Rath, made hoods from the same material. The latter is an incredibly rare relic of that faithful 1865 summer day, an extremely important day in American history! Mrs. Mary Surratt was the first woman ever executed by the United States Government! Provenance papers on all artifacts are included with the display.        


<b>United States Congressman from Pennsylvania


Civil War Governor of Minnesota


United States Senator from Minnesota


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


United States Secretary of War</b>


(1815-1903) Born near Harrisburg, Pa., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839, and began practice in Harrisburg. Served as U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1843-47, and as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota, 1849-53. He was elected as the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10, 1863. Ramsey is credited with being the first Union governor to commit troops to the war effort during the Civil War. He resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863, and served until 1875. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. Was Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Hayes. He was the Chairman of the Edmunds Committee dealing with the question of Mormonism and polygamy in Utah, 1882-86. He was a delegate to the centennial celebration of the adoption of the Federal Constitution in 1887. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/8, in ink, Alex. Ramsey, Minn.

vintage -Maysville, Kentucky – Cotton Mi $20.00

 

vintage LILY MILLS - Shelby, N. Carolina $20.00

 

The Execution of Lincoln Conspirator Mar $595.00

 

Autograph, Alexander Ramsey $35.00

      Dated May 1867 this check is drawn on the account of the state of Wisconsin in the amount of $100.00 and is signed by then Wisconsin Secretary of State <B>Bvt. Brig. General Thomas S. Allen</B> who served in the <B>2nd Wisconsin Infantry</B> then as Colonel in command of the <B>5th Wisconsin Infantry</B>.  The check is made to Allen’s clerk <I>Richard Lester</I> who served as <U>1st Sgt.- 2nd Wis.</U> (Sgt. Lester was wounded at Bull Run, Virginia)      

      Though Thomas S. Allen entered the Civil War in April 1861 as a private in the Governor’s Guards (Co. K, 1st Wis. Inf.)  by the end of June he was serving as Captain of Co. I, 2nd Wisconsin which he had raised at the request of the Governor.  A month later Allen led his troops at the <B>Battle of Bull Run</B>, then over the next several months was promoted through the ranks to Lt. Colonel.  Allen led his troops into the <B>Battle of Gainesville</B>, where he was <U>wounded in the neck and the wrist</U>, but refused to leave the field. He was again wounded at the <B>Battle of South Mountain</B>.  In January 1863 Allen was promoted to colonel of the <B>5th Infantry</B>. On May 3, he commanded the regiment at the bloody attack on <B>Marye's Heights</B>, during the <B>2nd Battle of Fredericksburg</B>. On November 7 he was <U>wounded</U> again, during the <B>Battle of Rappahannock Station</B>. When the 5th Infantry’s term of service was up in the summer of 1864, Allen volunteered to reorganize it with new recruits, and served through the end of the war.  He was brevetted <B>Brig. Gen. U.S. Volunteers</B>. In the post-Civil War years Gen. Allen served as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State, was a driving force in the organizing of the <B>Grand Army of the Republic</B> in Wisconsin, and <U>served as its commander, 1869-1870</U>.   A nice item for the autograph enthusiast or Wisconsin in the Civil War items. <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!

 This outstanding Civil War era advertising game board was put out by <B> SNOW & BROWN, 29 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama</B>.  The board measures 12 inches square when open and remains in excellent condition, strong at the hinge with a game surface that remains bright and nearly as new.  The back which is exposed when closed, remains in pleasing condition while offering wear as good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying.  While we have not been able to date the establishment of the partnership of Snow & Brown at 29 Dauphin, Street, we found that Snow (J. H. Snow) commenced business at that address in 1855 and that the partnership business of Snow & Brown at the same location burned in 1874.   One period description advised that the Dauphin Street establishment <I>’was an elegantly arranged and handsomely fitted up temple of music filled with pianos, organs, and musical instruments’</I>.  Equally well known in Mobile as a music teacher, Snow was a prolific publisher of popular Confederate sheet music from this same address on Deuphin, Street.  (see: <I>CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC</I> by E. Lawrence Able)   Among the several such was the <B>JEFFERSON DAVIS GRAND MARCH</B> published in 1861.  An exceptionally nice item to set in with any Civil War era gaming or personal grouping, this neat old advertising game board will be of special interest to the collector of period Southern items.  <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!

 

 


Thomas Porter slave button. 3/4 inches in diameter with the initials "T.P." on the face. Excavated example. This button dates from the early 1800's and is a relic from the slavery trade era. It was manufactured for the slave trader Thomas Porter who sold slaves in the Caribbean area during the turn of the 19th Century. This button originated in Antigua, British West Indies and was produced in London. The name Porter may have been an Anglo version of Porteous as there was a French family who ran slave ships during that era. These buttons were reportedly found off the Georgia coast and were worn by his slaves for advertising purposes when sold at auction.

 


6 x 1 3/4, red and black imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. May 19, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 14, 48 and 74. Choice condition. Uncommon.

Gen. Thomas S. Allen 2nd & 5th Wisconsin $65.00

 

mid 1800s advertising checkerboard – SNO $295.00

 

Slave Merchant Button $50.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00




<b>United States Senator from Missouri


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


(1811-92) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky., in 1823-24, and Patridge's Military Academy, Middletown, Conn., 1824-25, and was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, in 1825 and served four years. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in Cincinnati in 1833, moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1834, where he continued the practice of law. Served in the Missouri State House of Representatives, 1859-60. Was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865. He served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1867-70, which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. He was the chairman of the Committee on Education. Appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Claims, serving 1870-75.


<u>Signature With Title and State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2, in ink, C.D. Drake, U.[nited] S.[tates] S.[enate] Mo. [Missouri].    


Silver coin with the Roman numeral III with stars around the edges and an olive branch above and a bundle of 3 arrows beneath is on one side, and on the opposite side is a six pointed star with an American shield inside of it and United States of America around the edges. The year, which is at the bottom center, has faded. It looks to me like it might be 1857. Very good.

 

Footnote: This was the smallest of United States silver coins, called the "trime" by the Treasury Department, and it was authorized by Congress, on March 3, 1851.  


Excavated, State Seal of Virginia, Civil War, coat size uniform button with Virtus' spear resting on Tyranny. Missing shank. Backmark: Canfield Bro. & Co., Baltimore. Excavated in Virginia.   


<b>United States Senator from Delaware


United States Secretary of State


Ambassador to Great Britain</b>


(1828-98) Born in Wilmington, Delaware, to a family long prominent in public affairs, Bayard studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1851. He soon built up a large practice and served as U.S. Attorney for Delaware 1853-54. A peace Democrat, he opposed both secession and the Civil War. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1869-85, a seat held by his father and grandfather before him. Possessed of great ability and integrity, he was widely mentioned as a presidential possibility in 1880 and 1884. Upon the election of Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884, Bayard resigned his senate seat to become Cleveland's secretary of state. Bayard later was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4, in ink, T.F. Bayard, Delaware.

Autograph, Charles D. Drake

 

United States 3 Cents Piece $20.00

 

State of Virginia Button $75.00

 

Autograph, Thomas F. Bayard $25.00

<b>State Cavalry Battalion</b>


7 1/2 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink, dispensing ammunition to Major H.D. Ogden, Comdg. 1st La. State Cavalry Battalion, itemized list includes 6000 Enfield rifle cartridges in two different calibers, 840 buck & ball shot, 1800 caps, and six packing crates, signed by Major R.L. Robertson, Major & Ordnance Officer. Dated June 27, 1863. On brown necessity paper. Exceptional condition. Rare.



<u>Henry D. Ogden</u>


The First Black Troops in Confederate Service, The Louisiana Native Guard


In May of 1861, 1,500 "Free Men of Color," gathered at an assembly in New Orleans with the intent of assisting the new Confederate Government in the defense of their city. On May 2, 1861, Governor Thomas O. Moore of Louisiana, accepted the regiment as part of the Louisiana Militia. All the line officers were men of color and the Governor appointed Militia Colonel Henry D. Ogden as the white commander of the regiment. Creoles had been used in the past by both the French and Spanish as militia troops during the previous century and free men of color fought with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. These men were educated and most had trades such as doctors, silversmiths, carpenters, architects, tailors, etc. These free men of color were property owners and identified closer to the white population than the non-white sector of the city. They had two grand reviews which took place November 23, 1861, and January 7, 1862. Enthusiasm waned as Confederate authorities gave the regiment few supplies and support. On February 15, 1862, the Legislature effectively disbanded the unit but they were quickly reinstated by Governor Moore on March 24th as Admiral Farragut entered the Mississippi River. On May 1, 1862, Union forces under General Benjamin F. Butler occupied the city and the regiment melted into the population. Butler soon became aware of a threat to the city from Confederate forces and asked to create a regiment of the free blacks who had previously been in the Louisiana Militia. On September 27, 1862, the two regiments of the Louisiana Native Guard were organized to fight for the Union. Colonel Henry D. Ogden, upon the surrender of New Orleans, had joined the staff of General Mansfield Lovell and had evacuated with Lovell from the city. He was assigned to Camp Moore, La., and was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on Governor Moore's staff, and he served in various capacities in the Trans-Mississippi Department in Northern Louisiana. He surrendered at Natchitoches, La., in May 1865, and returned to New Orleans. His involvement in organizing the first Black troops to serve the Confederacy is little known, but it is documented that he was the first and only white officer of this unit in 1861-62.  


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. July 7, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 38, 55 and 72. Uncommon.  


(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838. Brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was in command at Charleston, S.C., in April 1861, during the bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter and rose to instant fame in the Confederacy. He also saw action at 1st Manassas, Shiloh, the 1863-64 Charleston, S.C. campaign, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg. Beauregard was a railroad executive in the 1860's and early 1870's and later served as Commissioner of public works in New Orleans and Adjutant General of Louisiana.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. No imprint. This portrait was taken in Charleston, S.C., on March 31, 1861, 2 weeks before General Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter. Excellent.  We will let our photographs do the talking on this offering except to advise that it measures approximately 15 ½ inches from butt to spout and is about 2 7/8 inches across its base.  With lots of period green stain, an attractive yellow patina with eye appealing evidence of period use and carrying, this especially attractive old powder horn will <I>fit the bill</I>for the collector who will appreciate its originality and beauty without spending a lot of money.   <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!

Alexandria Arsenal Supplies Ammuntion to $250.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00

 

CDV General P. G. T. Beauregard $125.00

 

antique country POWDER HORN

Offered here with some consternation as we have had this impressive pair for years and would like them to stay together, but alas as we clear away some of our treasures it is time to offer this impressive pair a new home.  Acquired years ago framed together just as you see them here, are these approximately 2 1/8 X 3 1/2 inch tintypes both remaining in excellent condition with crisp focus and sharp contrast.   Best described by our illustrations we will only offer here that a classic 1870s era Peace Officer stands before the photographer’s camera well <I>got up</I> with felt hat, classic string tie, and brass button uniform components of vest, jacket and outer frock.  At his side is likely the more impressive of a pair who seem to belong together just as they were set in the period in the attractive double mat with gold wash frame.  Our impressive peace officer’s long time mate is an attractive <I>wasp waisted</I> lady offering up an impressive collection of arms to include a <B>revolver</B>, and <B> dagger</B> while brandishing the business portion of a <B>sword cane</B>.  A wonderful addition to any Americana collection in any number of collecting categories. <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!

 A popular item sent home from the front these little ladies rings became the prized keepsake of many a Civil War era young lady left at home.  Such items carefully worked, popularly from bone, or a dried peach pit, were once relatively common to New England attic chest storage.  (see examples from our personal collection at <I><B> MaineLegacy.com</I></B> pages 46 – 49)  Popularly collected in the <I>good old days</I> of antique shows and estate sales of years past, nice examples of these delicate treasures are few and far between on today’s collectors market.  This example is exceptionally well made and likely the product of a careful craftsman who as the habit was, fashioned such for trade to buddies for other goods or services. Not much different than the enterprising military folks of today, a soldier of old who had the ability to fix a boot, cut hair or carve a better than average token for sending home, frequently did so as barter. The example offered here is exceptionally delicately done with fine inletting of classic figures of love and remembrance.  A period jeweler repair only adds the charm of wear and cherishing by the original owner.   <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!  A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today.  A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise  as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock  The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War.  The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War.  (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such <I>surplus </I> arms.)  With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War.  (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price.  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>


<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE SUPPORT RESPONSIBLE CONTROL OF MODERN FIREARMS AND EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>

 


7 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $25.15. Received of R. Newman, Estate. Twenty five Dollars and 15 cents Tax for the year 1837. His taxable property consisting of 320 acres of land, and 15 slaves. Signed by the Warren County Tax Collector.

c. 1870s Peace Officer & Well Armed Lady $425.00

 

hand crafted Civil War era PEACH PIT RIN $155.00

 

Civil War era percussion conversion - U. $895.00

 

1837 Warren County, Mississippi Tax Rece




<b>United States Congressman from Illinois


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


(1820-97) Admitted to the bar in 1841, he commenced practice in St. Charles, Illinois. Elected as U.S. Congressman in 1856, Farnsworth served to March 1861, and was described as a full blown "Lovejoy abolitionist." In September 1861, he recruited the 8th Illinois Cavalry and was commissioned their colonel. The regiment saw action under him during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign. During the Antietam campaign, Farnsworth held brigade command in General Alfred Pleasanton's division. Promoted to brigadier general, November 29, 1862, he was with his brigade at Fredericksburg. In March 1863, he was re-elected to Congress, and resigned his military commission. He was re-elected successively and held his congressional seat until 1873. He aligned himself with the Radical Republicans and voted for every extreme Reconstruction measure put before congress including the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Served as Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. His nephew was General Elon J. Farnsworth who was killed in action at Gettysburg.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 1/4, in ink, J.F. Farnsworth, St. Charles, Illinois.  


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Kentucky


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


(1822-90) Graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1846, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lexington. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1867-75, and U.S. Senator, 1877-90. Was a member of the commission appointed to define the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia, served as the Democratic Chairman, 1885-90, and was chairman of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, Jas. B. Beck, Lexington, Kentucky.

 Shown here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old late 1800s glazed tobacco pipe remains in all original as new and unsmoked condition with no chips, cracks or breaks.  Upon the closest inspection there is a desirable fine age crazing of the glaze as evidence of age and originality.  The bowel is decorated with raised fraternal symbols, <I>Love – Truth – Friendship</I> with the familiar Odd Fellows seeing eye, skull & cross bones, and chain links.  The shaft is impressed on one side with <I>SMOKE TALK PIPE</I> and on the other <I>GERMANY</I> and sports a wound string mouthpiece.  An attractive piece for the fraternal, tobacciana or 19th century personal item.  <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 !!

      This <I>R. W. ROBINSON * EXTRA RICH</I> back marked <B><I>LG</B></I> uniform coat button was used by the <B>Detroit Light Guards</B> in the pre Civil War era then was carried into the war as volunteers of that home guard became members of Co. A <B> 1st Michigan Volunteers</B>.  Removed from its display card for our photography and to show the maker markings, the button was then placed back on its mount utilizing the same wood sliver to secure it in place as when we acquired the piece. The button came to us on the <I><B>William A. Throop  Detroit Light Guards</I></B> display card emanating from a G.A.R. grouping.

     William Alexander Throop was a 23 year old resident of Detroit, Michigan when he enlisted as a 2nd Lieut. on April 18,1861 and was commissioned into Co. A <B>1st Michigan Infantry</B>.  At the culmination of his service with the early war three month regiment, Throop was promoted to Captain and commissioned into Co. F of the three year <I>1st Michigan Infantry Regiment</B>. He was wounded 6/27/1862 at Gaines' Mill, Virginia then promoted to Major on 8/30/1862 then Lt. Colonel on March 18, 1863.   <U>Wounded 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg</U>, Throop was discharged for promotion on November 15, 1863 and commissioned into the Field and Staff <B>118th Pennsylvania Infantry</B>. Wounded once again on 5/30/1864 at Cold Harbor he was  Breveted as Colonel on 8/1/1864.  Wounded at Petersburg on July 30, 1864 Throop was promoted full Colonel on December 22, 1864 and Brig. General by Brevet on March 13, 1865.  At the close of the Civil War William A Throop who had responded to Lincoln’s call to arms early as a member of the Detroit Light Guards (CO. A. 1st Mich.) had been wounded in four major battles and was Breveted to the rank of Brigadier General. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Autograph, General John F. Farnsworth $50.00

 

Autograph, James B. Beck

 

19th century Odd Fellows fraternal - SM $95.00

 

important! Gen. Wm. A. Throop -- Detroit $195.00




<b>Colonel 24th Missouri Infantry


United States Congressman from Missouri</b>


(1828-94) Born near Nashville, Tenn., he moved with his parents to Missouri in 1840 where they settled on a farm near Springfield. He was educated by private tutors and moved to California in 1849 where he prospected for gold and taught school. Returning to Missouri in 1854, he was clerk of the court of Greene County, 1854-56; he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and commenced practice in Springfield. Served as mayor of Springfield in 1856. During the Civil War he raised the 24th Missouri Infantry in 1861 and served as their colonel until his election to Congress as an Unconditional Unionist, serving 1863-65. Appointed judge of the court of the fourteenth judicial district in 1865. Served as a member of the Republican National Committee, 1864-68. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He once again served in the U.S. Congress, 1869-71, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary War Claims. Appointed Minister Resident and Consul General to Siam by President Harrison, serving 1890-92. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4, in ink, Sempronius H. Boyd, Springfield, Mo.   A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original caps for the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 5 </U> red paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Some considerable time ago we were fortunate enough to acquire a small number of original pasteboard spools containing the most wonderful early polished satin ribbon.  This offering from that grouping is an all original un-used 10 yard spool of 1 3/8 inch wide ribbon. (If you would prefer more narrow 7/8 inch wide ribbon enter <B>3160</B> in our search feature.) An exceptional find for the textile collector or conservator who would appreciate such a rarity either for display or use in a restoration.   The spool is complete and as it was sold with a full complement of 10 yards of 1 3/8 inch wide polished satin ribbon wound with a paper liner as was the custom in the time and secured at the end by a small straight pin.  The ribbon is that rich chocolate brown that Civil War era collectors will appreciate.  The spool measures approximately 3 3/16 inches in diameter and will make a wonderful companion piece as is for any period sewing or textile grouping.   A classic process of the Victorian era ribbon maker was to stiffen the finely loomed satin with such as starch, shellac or bee wax.  The ribbon was then passed through pressurized and  polished hot rollers.  This process was called calendaring and produced a durable high metallic gloss on the ribbon.  (Likely more than you needed to know.)   A wonderful find for the Civil War era textile enthusiast !  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 


<b>U.S. Congressman and Diplomat


Autograph Letter Signed</b>


(1807-86) Was the grandson of John Adams and the son of John Quincy Adams, the 2nd and 6th Presidents respectively of the United States. He graduated from Harvard in 1825, studied under the celebrated Daniel Webster, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1829. He served five years in the Massachusetts state legislature, 1840-45, and put his state on record as being abolitionist in sentiment. He founded the Boston Whig in 1846, and was editor until 1848, when he became the vice presidential candidate of the Free-Soil party. With the formation of the Republican party, he represented his father's old district in Congress, 1859-61, and became a party leader. Abraham Lincoln appointed him as minister to the Court of St. James, a very delicate diplomatic position with England whom the Federal government was trying to keep out of the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. His great wisdom and dignity in the face of mounting British support for the South was instrumental in maintaining the neutrality of England. In 1871-72, he was a member of the five man tribunal that met in Geneva to settle the Alabama claims. American success in the case was wholly attributed to his skillful diplomacy. Adams received support for the presidential nomination at the 1872 Republican party convention, but lost to Horace Greeley.


<u>Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 5 x 8, in ink.


Messrs. D. Appleton & Co., New York


Boston, 6 March 1877


Gentlemen,


In accordance with your note received this morning I send you herewith six dollars & a quarter and your bill- the said remittance being at your wish.  


Yours &c,

Charles Francis Adams


There are some notes regarding his account in the upper margin. Stamped on the reverse, Paid Mar. 1877, D. Appleton & Co. Very fine.


D. Appleton & Co., founded by Daniel Appleton, was a general store that sold books, and later photographs.

Autograph, Sempronius H. Boyd $25.00

 

antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (5 rolls) $22.00

 

Victorian era POLISHED SATIN RIBBON – or $45.00

 

Autograph, Charles Francis Adams $150.00




<b>Judge Advocate of the Union Army


Special Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators!


One of the managers in the President Andrew Johnson impeachment trial</b>


(1815-1900) Served as U.S. Congressman, 1855-63. He appointed George A. Custer as a cadet to the U.S. Military Academy. Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Judge Advocate of the Union Army in 1864. He also served as Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators. Re-elected to the U.S. Congress, he served 1865-73. Served as one of the managers in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson, and made the three day closing speech at the trial. Served as Minister to Japan, 1873-85.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted bank check filled out and signed in ink. M.R. Penn, General Merchandise, Means, Harrison Co., Ohio. Cadiz, O.[hio], Dec. 8, 1896. The Fourth National Bank. Pay to the order of Henry Kimball, $18.50. Jno. A. Bingham. Stamped Paid. Endorsed on the reverse. Light age toning and wear. Desirable Lincoln related signature.        We’ll depend on our photographs to describe this wonderful little group of 4 carte de vistes except to advise that they have been accurately reproduced here without enhancement and remain in nice original condition with no bends, folds, trimming or clipping.  <U>In order of appearance are:</U> #1 – <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B> <U>BUGLER</U>, <B><I>Orlando T. Bliss</B></I> is seated with <B>109th New York Infantry </B> <U>DRUMMER BOY</U><I><B>William Miller</I></B> standing at his side.    #2 – Young <I><B>Delavan S. Miller</I></B>,lied about his age when he enlisted as a 12 year old in 1862, <U>DRUMMER</U> <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B>.  #3 – Young Delavan lounges with mascot.  #4 -  <B><I>Pvt. James Broderick</B></I> Co. H <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B> (later served :Veteran Reserve Corps) is seated with dog at his side.  

      <U> identification note:</U> We acquired this group together several years ago and have always been satisfied with the period pencil identifications (same hand writing on each and as was used throughout the original N.Y. album) Thanks to the miracle of the internet and google we found three additional CDVs  of Orlando T. Bliss (one with Willie Miller at his side) and an identified CDV of Delavan S. Miller.  All 4 CDVs and the afore mentioned internet views <U>display the same hand writing</U>.  An additional internet find, and likely the most important was the availability of a 1905 publication  of war reminiscence by Drummer, Delavan S. Miller.  <I><B>DRUM TAPS IN DIXIE</I></B> (republished and readily available).  A worthwhile addition to the library of any Civil War historian, Delavan Miller’s ramblings offer considerable insight to include the identity of the <B>dog BILLY</B>.  <I>Just a plain every day sort of dog with chopped off tail and clipped ears</I> offers the drummer boy, adding ,<I>but in some respects the most knowing little fellow I ever saw</I>.   Delavan offers some considerable detail of the life of Billy to include his separation from the Regiment at Bull Run and haggard return some two weeks post battle. Needless to say the insight into this group of images  provided by the Drummer’s book and additional material available on the internet is to lengthy to offer here however our research notes including links to the images found on the internet will come with the CDVs.

      Outstanding photographs that history dictates should stay together. An active regiment, a record of service will include such familiar actions as : Bull Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient,  North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, . Mine Explosion, Weldon Railroad, Ream's Station, Poplar Springs Church, Peebles' Farm, Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Assault on and fall of Petersburg, Appomattox Court House and Grand Review

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 Our photos will offer the best description of this eye appealing offering.  This die struck <I>false bullion</I> Light Artillery hat insignia with battery number fashioned on velvet covered sheet tin remains entirely original and period,.  While this piece remains in excellent condition it offers good evidence of period originality and will satisfy the most discriminating 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!  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a zouave soldier holding a sword in one hand and the American flag in the other while standing on a C.S.A. 1st National flag on the ground.  Motto printed at top: "We Have Planted Our Standard And Are Prepared To Defend The Right." 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.


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

Autograph, John A. Bingham $125.00

 

CDV group of 4 - 2nd N. Y. Heavy & 109t

 

original! Civil War Mounted Artillery Ha $235.00

 

We Have Planted Our Standard $5.00




A National Historical Society Photographic Portrait of the Civil War. In Association With Civil War Times.  William C. Davis, Editor. William A. Frassanito, Photographic Consultant. Published by Blackdog & Levanthal Publishers, New York, 1997. Hardcover with dust jacket. Large 10 x 10 1/4 size. 647 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Excellent.


In this striking chronicle, the American Civil War comes to life through the lenses of such extraordinary photographers as Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, J.D. Edwards, J.W. Petty, A.J. Russell, Mathew Brady and his numerous assistants, and scores of others. Found in attics, old albums, on forgotten shelves in libraries and archives, the images of real faces and places in "Touched by Fire" reveal the underlying drama, tragedies, and pain of a war that split one nation in two. Essays by eminent Civil War scholars and the entertaining, informative captions accompanying each picture highlight the viewpoints of citizens and soldiers often neglected in history texts and illuminate in detail the nature of Civil War leadership and command, the spirit of the individual regiments, the role of the oft-forgotten navies on both sides, and the continental scope of the war and its impact on the land and on communities large and small.


"Touched by Fire" is at once a panoramic overview of the conflict and an album that focuses our attention on the personal, human aspects of a nation at war. Pictures of peaceful landscapes that would be transformed into battlefields, of humble churches and elegant plantations in the South that would soon vanish, remind us of the profound, far-reaching destruction of the war. Photographs of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Antietam- the bloodiest single day in American's entire military history- of Fredericksburg, Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, and thousands of other lesser-known engagements, not only present graphic evidence of the realities of battle but highlight how the tactics used during the Civil War almost inevitably led to immense suffering and appalling death counts among the triumphant armies as well as the vanquished. Mighty battleships are seen side by side with hospital ships, the first ever built to care for the naval wounded. The faces of the two presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and of their political allies, of the Blacks who went to war as soldiers, paid laborers, and servants, and of women who disguised themselves as fighters, served as nurses, and brought the comforts of home to desolate army camps, make it clear that the Civil War was unquestionably "everyone's war."


The story of the war is perhaps most starkly, and most poignantly, recorded in the hundreds of photographs of the men and boys- soldiers ranged in age from as young as thirteen to well over fifty- who offered their lives for the land they loved. Evocative portraits of the men charged with leading the troops- including Union officers Grant, McClellan, Burnside, Farragut, Custer, and Sherman, and, across the line, Lee, Beauregard, Longstreet, and Hood- are accompanied by concise and candid evaluations of their performances. From group photographs of the hundreds who enlisted in small towns throughout the country as the war began, to shots of newly trained regiments posing proudly with shiny new ceremonial swords or with antiquated weapons brought from home, to men shown crowded in the squalor of such notorious prisoner-of-war camps as Andersonville, to horrific depictions of the dead and dying stretching as far as the eye can see, "Touched by Fire" presents the fate of the common soldier in matchless, unforgettable images.


The result of an historic collaboration between the National Historical Society and Civil War Times, "Touched by Fire" offers an unprecedented view of the Civil War and brilliantly captures the emergence of photography as the truest and most authentic record of the passions and the horrors of war.



A magnificent and moving portrayal of America at war and of a generation "touched by fire."


1,200 rare black and white photographs, many reproduced from recently discovered original glass plate negatives.


Haunting scenes of tranquil encampments and of battlegrounds steeped in blood.


Portraits of the men in the ranks and of the men who led them.


A fascinating gallery of ships and seamen.


A revealing look at the industries that fed the war efforts, from railroads to weapon production.


Enlightening essays by some of today's foremost historians.      


4 1/4 x 6 5/8, imprint, 7 pages.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 9, 1863


General Orders

No. 212


I..The Invalid Corps will be organized in Companies of two classes of Battalions.


II..Those men enlisted in, or transferred to, the Invalid Corps, who are most efficient and able-bodied, capable of using the musket, performing guard duty, making light marches, &c, &c, will be assigned to Companies of the First Battalion. Those of a minor degree of physical efficiency, or who possess special qualifications as cooks, nurses, or clerks, and whose services are required in hospitals, will be assigned to Companies of the Second Battalion.


III..Companies of the First Battalion will be employed mainly as provost guards, and guards in cities, &c. They will be armed with muskets, and will not be liable to active campaigns with the field armies.


IV..Companies of the Second Battalion will be armed with side arms only, and will be employed in hospitals as cooks, nurses, clerks, orderlies, &c., and as guards to hospitals or other public buildings.


Much more informative content. Issued by order of the Secretary of War and signed in print by E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. Very fine.  


<b>Badly wounded during the battle of Perryville, Kentucky</b>


(1823-91) He was born at Florence, Alabama, graduated from the Jesuit College of St. Joseph's at Bardstown, Ky. in 1841, studied law, and started a practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and later moved his law office to Florence. He served as solicitor of the fourth judicial circuit of Alabama from 1851-57. He later became the editor of the Florence Gazette and strongly supported the 1860 presidential campaign of former U.S. Vice President and future Confederate General John C. Breckenridge. Upon the commencement of the War Between the States Wood entered the Confederate Army as captain of the "Florence Guards," and upon the organization of the 7th Alabama Infantry, was elected their colonel on May 18, 1861. He served with his regiment at Pensacola, Florida until February 1862, having been promoted to brigadier general on January 7th, and was ordered to take his command and join General Albert Sidney Johnston's army in Kentucky. After fighting bravely at Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Simon B. Buckner's division at the battle of Perryville, Ky., where he was severely wounded by an artillery shell fragment. He served in General Patrick Cleburne's division at the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. After the war he served in the Alabama legislature in 1882-83, was a member of the law faculty at the University of Alabama, and later served as attorney for the Alabama Great Southern Railroad. 


Antique, silver print photograph, 2 x 4. Half view wearing double breasted Confederate brigadier general's uniform coat with over the shoulder belt, rectangular belt plate, and the hilt and top portion of his sword visible. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.     


<b>Signature With Rank as Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade</b>


(1820-95) Brother of the celebrated engineer Charles Ellet. In 1861, he served as a captain in the 59th Illinois Infantry. The following spring when his brother was ordered by the War Department to purchase vessels and convert them into rams, Alfred was commissioned lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to his brother Charles. They completed their fleet at Cincinnati and steamed down the river to Memphis, defeating the Confederate fleet there on June 6, 1862, and sinking or disabling eight of the nine enemy ironclads. Charles received a mortal wound here and Alfred took over the command. With the Monarch and the Lancaster he steamed up the Yazoo River and discovered and reported the presence of the Confederate ram Arkansas. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 1, 1862, he was assigned to the Department of the Mississippi and placed in command of the Marine Brigade in 1863. After running the Vicksburg batteries in March 1863, Ellet was engaged for some time in moving General U.S. Grant's troops to the east bank of the Mississippi. In retaliation for information furnished to the troops of CSA General Chalmer's command, he burned Austin, Miss.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, Alfred W. Ellet, Brig. Genl., Comdg. M.[ississippi] M.[arine] Brigade. Very fine.

Touched by Fire $45.00

 

Order Concerning the Organization of the $15.00

 

Photograph, General Sterling A. M. Wood $25.00

 

Autograph, General Alfred W. Ellet $100.00

An attractive apothecary label for GARRIGUE’S VEGETABLE WORM CONFECTIONS, sold by E. B. Garrigue, Philadelphia.   Nicely printed on colorful blue stock so typical of the period, this 7 ¾" X 5 3/8’ uncut label extols the wondrous virtues of Mr. Garrigue’s little vegetable pills in ridding one of stomach worms.  A common affliction of the Civil War era and an especially frequent malady of the Southern camp where warm weather and flies took their toll from Yankee soldiers who’s systems and personal habits were not accustom to sustained heat and close living.  All original and in fine condition, this is a nice original item for the Civil War, medical, sutler or country store collector.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!       An especially crisp 2.75 x 2.75 inches period albumen photograph was among the earliest Civil War photographs published by E & H T Anthony.  Originally published by Anthony as part of their <I>War Views,/I> stereo view series, this  original was part of a long ignored cash of original unmounted photographs from Anthony archives  acquired by Culver Pictures.  This period albumen was mounted by Culver Pictures Inc. as part of their stock photo collection sometime in the in the earlier 20th century and bears their mark on the reverse.  ( A long surviving family business Culver Pictures maintains a large inventory of pictures in varying categories for use by publishers of books, magazines, newspapers, websites, films, and television productions.)

           Known as the <B>Fighting Sixty-Ninth</B> a name said to have been given by Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, this New York Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. the <I>Fighting Irish</I>) would see action at such as Bull Run, The Seven Days Battles, Malvern Hill and Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and <B>Gettysburg</B>, Petersburg and Appomattox.  An outstanding period New York city street scene, this view offers building and business detail while capturing the patriotic fervor of the day.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !



 A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton, cut steel decorated misers purse.  Narrow in the middle and closed at both ends, miser's purses ranged in the course of their history from 8 to 10 inches long.  A knitted or crocheted <I>tube</I> with short slit in the narrow midsection to let the carrier drop coins or other small objects into either end of the tube.  The purse was closed by moving the rings, or sliders toward the ends, gathering the fabric snugly around the contents. The <I>toes</I>or ends were usually tasseled, one end was generally square the other rounded.  Frequently categorized by collectors as being exclusively for ladies use, the misers purse was an equally popular personal item of both sexes.  All in excellent original condition, we’d expect the considerable cut steal decoration on this example would more likely place it in the ladies us category. While the cut steal embellishment shows some rust as evidence of age and originality, this classic example remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item collection.  <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!  Our photos will do best to describe these nice Civil War era die-struck brass hat letters except to offer that they are completely original and in fine unissued condition with a mellow natural patina as evidence of age and originality.  The letters stand approximately 1 inch (illustrated with a quarter for size comparison) and sport original soldered on fastening wires.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired these letters several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976.  Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk, like Bannerman in New York, purchased large quantities of all manner of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility today but seasoned collectors can remember the two outfits offering original Civil War material as late as the 1960s and early 1970s.  This small grouping of Co. insignia offers a now rare opportunity as we make the letters available here <U>individually priced</U>for the collector who would like a single example as a companion piece or more than one for display.  We have just a few each of letters <B>A</B> through <B>G</B> with <B>K</B> and <B>L</B>. Just indicate in your order which letter or letters you would like. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.)  <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!

Civil War era WORM CURE APOTHECARY LABEL $65.00

 

69th New York –‘Fighting Irish’-1861 ret

 

CIVIL WAR era LADIES MISER’S PURSE $95.00

 

original ! Civil War era enlisted Hardee $35.00

Measuring 4 3/4 inches in diameter, these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain in original even seemingly unused condition.  Wonderful patina and a single fine age crack along the grain of one side offer good evidence of age and originality. (see illustration insert)   Commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts, the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era.  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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


4 x 6 5/8.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 226


The County of St. Mary's, Md., is detached from the Middle Department, and will form a separate Military District. Brigadier General G. Marston is assigned to the command of St. Mary's District; Headquarters at Point Lookout.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine.


Trivia: St. Mary's County is where Francis Scott Key, the author of a poem which became The Star Spangled Banner, grew up.


Over 600 African Americans from St. Mary's County served in the Union Army during the Civil War; two were awarded the Medal of Honor.


 <b>For Exchange of Prisoners After Being Wounded at Gettysburg</b>


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 23, 1863


General Orders

No. 227


Brigadier General S.A. Meredith will repair to Fort Monroe and relieve Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow of the duties of Agent for exchange of prisoners. After turning over to General Meredith all papers connected with his office, Lieutenant Colonel Ludlow will report to the Adjutant General of the Army.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine and desirable. 


General Meredith had been wounded less than 3 weeks earlier at Gettysburg and was being sent to Fort Monroe, Va. on prisoner exchange duty while he convalesced from his wound.




<b><u>General Solomon A. Meredith</u>


Commander of the famous Iron Brigade</b>


(1810-75) Served as sheriff of Wayne County, Indiana and was later elected to four terms in the state legislature. In 1849, he was appointed U.S. Marshal for the district of Indiana. Meredith had a most distinguished Civil War career, first being elected colonel of the 19th Indiana Infantry. In 1862, he saw action in the second battle of Bull Run where he was severely wounded. He was promoted to brigadier general on Oct. 6, 1862. At the battle of Chancellorsville, his brigade of one Michigan, two Indiana, and three Wisconsin regiments, known as the "Iron Brigade," fought in Gen. John F. Reynold's 1st Corps. Meredith's and Cutler's brigades opened the infantry fighting at Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, and he was wounded again and knocked out of action until November of that year. In early 1864 he was assigned to command the post at Cairo, Illinois, and in September of that year to the post at Paducah, Kentucky.

 


<b>War Date Endorsement Signed</b>


(1822-1905) Graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in the Mexican War. At the battle of Cerro Gordo he was so severely wounded that he was left for dead until picked up by a burial detail 36 hours later. On October 2, 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Minnesota Infantry, which he commanded at the battle of Balls Bluff, Va. In the spring of 1862, now a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade in the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. At the battle of Antietam, September 17, 1862, he was very severely wounded which left him incapacitated for several months. Promoted to major general to rank from November 29, 1862, he successively commanded the defenses of Philadelphia, the operations at Brazos Santiago Pass on the Texas Gulf Coast, the 13th Corps, and various districts along the Mississippi River. In December 1864, he was given command of the Department of the Mississippi, which he held until the end of the war.


<u>War Date Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/2, in ink, Head Quarters U.S. Forces, Matagorda Bay, Feb. 2, 1864. Approved, other articles will be disposed of as recommended in this report. N.J.T. Dana, Maj. Genl. Light age toning.

antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDL $225.00

 

General Marston Assigned to Command $15.00

 

General Solomon A. Meredith is Ordered t $35.00

 

Autograph, General Napoleon J. T. Dana $125.00




<b>Killed at the battle of Shiloh, Tennessee</b>


(1803-62) Graduated in the West Point class of 1826, saw action in the Black Hawk War, was Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas, fought in the Mexican War as a colonel of Texas Volunteers, served as colonel of the 2nd U.S. Cavalry on the Texas frontier, led the Utah expedition against the Mormons, was appointed a full general in the Confederacy in 1861, commanded all C.S.A. troops west of the Alleghenies, and was mortally wounded during the battle of Shiloh, on April 6, 1862, dying on the battlefield.


Antique, silver print photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 3/4. Half view wearing double breasted uniform coat with epaulets. The hilt of his sword and sash are visible at the bottom of the view. No imprint. Light horizontal crease across the center. Circa early 1900's print.  An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, August 8, 1862, with a large  front page  Map "The Field of Battle near Dranesville, Va, Friday Dec 20, 1861", w headlines & account of the Battle, rebel Dead & Prisoners, also war news etc. The Battle of Dranesville took place between General EOC Ord and JEB Stuart in Fairfax County, Virginia. A very scarce original map illus Battle of Dranesville paper. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

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I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


  An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Sept 15, 1862, w front page 7 x 7" Map "The Seat of War in Maryland" , Hagerstown, Sharpsburg, South Mountain, w headlines "Good News from Frederick", "Retreat of the Rebels", "US Troops occupy Frederick", Also The Battle at Harpers Ferry, Jackson at Chambersburg, Defense of Fort Ridgely, Minnesota, Battle of Mumfordsville, Kentucky, Philadelphia  Corn Exchange recruiting ad etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts  and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge repairs, cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, June 14, 1862, w detailed front page Map of "Richmond the Rebel Capital and its Surroundings" incl Gaines Mills & Coal Harbor, Williamsburg road, White Oak Swamp,  14 x 11", War news incl  Battle  of Cross Keys w casualty List, 81st Pennsylvania news, The Occupation of James Island. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts and unusually fine cover illustrations seldom seen in other major newspapers of the era. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

Photograph, General Albert Sidney Johnst $10.00

 

BATTLE OF DRANESVILLE VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR $85.00

 

ANTIETAM MARYLAND CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS N $85.00

 

RICHMOND VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR 1862 SIEGE M $85.00

Confederate Forts Walker & Beauregard defended Port Royal Sound, Hilton Head & Beaufort South Carolina during the Civil War.  An original Nov 15, 1861 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, with front page maps of Fort Walker & Fort Beauregard & headline news of the Battle at Port Royal, w details of Captain John Rodgers Union Navy capture of the forts, names of casualties etc, also schematic diagram of the positions of the Union Fleet during the Battle, Confederate Accounts of the Battle, reaction to the loss of Beaufort, etc. 8pp. Complete issue, Disbound, VG.

     Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan 2, 1862, w front page a full page map  "The Siege of Yorktown"  incl Williamsburg & Yorktown, Big Bethel incl small illus of Professor Lowes Balloon,  Hampton Roads, Norfolk, Portsmouth, etc, in cl sites of rebel rifle pits, forts, etc, w 8pp of War news incl latest from Yorktown, also Beaufort, NC & Siege of Fort Macon, Bombardment of Fort Jackson, Louisiana, etc. The Inquirer is notable for its first hand battlefield accounts. The complete 8pp issue is disbound with small edge cuts, suitable for framing. Overall VG condition.

   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original complete 8pp Civil War  newspaper, the Philadelphia Inquirer  October 4, 1862  with a nice 7 x 10" front page map titled "Seat of War in Virginia and Maryland" showing the battle sites from Hagerstown & Sharpsburg to Harpers Ferry with the latest from the Battlefield at Antietam, Maryland- President Lincoln's Review of the  Army at Antietam & details of his vist to Harpers Ferry, Battle Report minors Hill & Bolivar Heights, Lincoln's First Emancipation Proclamation, etc. VG, disbound with small edge cuts. The Inquirer was one of the few Civil War papers that routinely showed fine front page illustrations of War events and these illus issues are suitable for framing.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

 An original historic issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb 20, 1862, w 8 x 7" front page map of "Columbus And Its Vicinity " showing  Columbus, Kentucky & Belmont, Missouri, incl the Confederate defenses & water batteries.  The 8pp complete issue announces Columbus has been evacuated, w details of the town defenses, and  headlines the Union Capture of Fort Donelson, Tennessee w details of the assault, gun boat attacks, Commodore Foote, Navy casualties, Capture of General Price, etc. The map shows exc detail of the Confederate batteries and defenses, now part of Columbus-Belmont State Park. Edge cuts, disb, Overall VG.

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I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.

SOUTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR PORT ROYAL & B $85.00

 

YORKTOWN VIRGINIA CIVIL WAR SIEGE ILLUS $85.00

 

CIVIL WAR MAP ILLUS NEWS LINCOLN VISITS $85.00

 

FORT DONELSON BELMONT & COLUMBUS CIVIL $85.00

An original group of 97 brass artillery coat buttons captured from the Spanish in 1898- I obtained these non-dug buttons years ago from Bannerman's Arsenal. Francis Bannerman purchased the captured Spanish Army ordnance and uniforms, insignia, etc from the US government circa 1900. The handsome 2pc brass coat buttons w crossed cannon, cannon balls and the crown of Castile.  The brass buttons  have silvered iron backs and copper button hooks. The buttons bear Barcelona and Paris maker  backmarks.  All are Good to Exc condition, a few with minor  rust spots on reverse only. The group.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 General William Sidney Graves was a Wyoming Frontier infantry officer but is best remembered as Commander of the Siberian Expedition  American Expeditionary Forces, keeping the Trans-Siberian railroad open and providing safe conduct for the Czech Legion during the Allied peacekeeping effort. He was called "the only honorable man" in the catastrophic affair. An original circa 1929 Photo of General Graves taken in Panama where he commanded US Forces on the canal, 1927-29 . General Graves is seated at his desk, with major general rank straps and AEF campaign bar. 8 x 6" w linen back, blue pencil idd "Gen Graves Cristobel (Panama)".  VG. Comes w bio info.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance


 US Navy Lieutenant Frank K Hill was an officer on the Cruiser USS Brooklyn during the Battle of Santiago Bay, Cuba 1898. An original signed chestview photo of Lt Hill wearing his campaign medals including the USS Brooklyn Medal given by the Citizens of Brooklyn, and also the Battle of Santiago Bay WT Sampson Medal. The 8 x 10" sepia tone photo is ink signed on the lower margin "With Love F. K Hill".  Reverse w a circa 1898 "War Department" imprint. Age dark at margins, Overall Exc.


   Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance


  An original India Proof Engraving of Illinois General John Logan, winner of the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Vicksburg; Logan was a brilliant combat commander, from Belmont & Fort Donelson, to Resaca, Dallas & Atlanta. One of only 100 copies made, publ by Vertue & Yorston, NYC, 1865, at the Civil War's End. 16 x 12" waistview. This Series was unmarked, & I will provide copy of the gallery fronts-piece. This is not  one of the small bookplate images often encountered. Edge wear, age spots, Overall VG.

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  I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn.  

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CAPTURED MILITARY BUTTON GROUP CUBA PHIL $125.00

 

US GENERAL WILLIAM S GRAVES SIBERIAN EXP $95.00

 

SIGNED PHOTO BATTLE OF SANTIAGO BAY CUBA $135.00

 

GENERAL JOHN LOGAN ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR PO $95.00

An original pair of binoculars, typical Civil War era constructed brass tubes with , black enamel finish, tubes micely etched  "US Signal Glass Day & Night" The eyepieces  bear the makers marks "Chevalier Opticien Paris".  extends to 7"'. The leather covers are gonewere replaced with  and old dark green paint, showing wear and brass underneath. They are similar to a pair shown in WC Davis "Commanders of the CW" The optics & mechanism are VG overall.

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 Joab Nelson Patterson of Hopkinton, New Hampshire was a notable Civil War Colonel of the 2nd NH Volunteers, wounded at Gettysburg, Brevet Brigadier General and postwar United Sates Marshal in New Hampshire, 1860s-80s. An original group of 27 US Marshal Account documents for Patterson, 1867-1886, most in the 1870s, Most are 2pp 16 x 13" ptd/ink Account Lists for compensation for jurors, deputies,  witnesses, support of prisoners, marshal's expenses , District of New Hampshire and each signed by Patterson as US Marshal. All G-VG, some w age staings, edge cuts. The group comes w Pattersons Civil war service info. The group

Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 An original Civil War CDV photo of a young noncom officer standing with hand in coat like Young Napoleon. The very serious young man has a light stripe on his coat lower sleeve. The CDV has lower corners clipped, but the image is sharp & clear & Overall VG. This is only the 2nd Decorah, Iowa soldier image I have seen, despite the fact that over 300 volunteers, many of Norwegian heritage enlisted from Decorah, Winnesheik Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- www.mikebrackin.com 

I have been collecting and selling original American Civil War & US Military memorabilia for 35 years.  All items are unconditionally guaranteed to be authentic and in the condition as described.  I am a longtime member of the Company of Military Historians, the New England Antique Arms Association, the Ephemera Society of America & the Civil War Veterans Historical Assn I ship only USPS priority mail with insurance.


 General Truman Seymour commanded the Florida Expedition of February, 1864, resulting in the Capture of Jacksonville and Battle of Olustee where the Union Forces were defeated in one of the heaviest fought battles of the war. An original order issued by General Seymour at his HQ, "Hilton Head, Pulaski, Tybee and St Helena Islands", Hilton Head, SC. Jan 30, 1864 ordering his command to drill with marching gear  "to  assure steady marching under fire".   This Order was issued for Seymour's Florida Campaign and 3 weeks later resulted in the decisive Battle of Olustee. 2pp 8 x 5" ptd. Edge wear & age stains, folds, 2 punch holes in left margin, Overall VG.

General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. 

General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the  regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape"). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers.

Usually, American Military Orders of the 19th century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5" sheet of quality rag paper.

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CIVIL WAR US SIGNAL CORP GLASSES $150.00

 

UNITED STATES MARSHAL DOCUMENTS GROUP 1 $135.00

 

DECORAH IOWA CIVIL WAR SOLDIER CDV PHOTO $85.00

 

BATTLE OF OLUSTEE FLORIDA CIVIL WAR CAMP $150.00




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