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2 1/2 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., August 16, 1864


No. 29

This document contains extracts from Circulars that were issued from the U.S. Treasury Department which are published for the information of Acting Assistant Provost Marshal Generals of States, and Provost Marshals, for their governance in making up accounts of persons employed by them.

Very detailed and interesting document that has been signed in print by J.M. Brodhead, Comptroller, Joseph J. Lewis, a U.S. Treasury Department Commissioner, and by James B. Fry, Provost Marshal General of the U.S. Army. Please click on the enlargement illustrations to read the entire content of this Provost Marshal General's imprint. There are 2 tiny punch holes at the edge of the documents which do not affect any of the content. Ink notation at the bottom of page 1, "Received Trenton, Aug. 18, 1864." Very fine.  

Civil War patriotic envelope with bronze vignette of a female figure holding an American shield and feather with badge and Ninth A.[rmy] C.[orps] at upper center. Desirable.  

Civil War patriotic envelope with satirical vignette of Confederate President Jeff Davis being represented by a monkey wearing a slouch hat, guiding a cat that represents the State of Virginia, who is lighting the fuses of bombs, with C.S.A. First National flag in the foreground. Published by D. Murphy's Son, 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts., N.Y. Light age toning.  

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

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

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General

"as I sit in my camp  door I can see a part of the N.Y. Regt. playing ball.  It does not appear much like a N.[ew] England Sunday.  Some of the boys are washing clothes, some writing to dear ones at home, some mending clothes, some cooking their food, some singing, some drinking and I presume some gambling.  The army is made up of all kinds of men some good and many bad."</b>  

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

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

4 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink. Comes with the original cover addressed in the hand of Edwards, "Mrs. C.S. Edwards, Bethel, Maine," thus his signature. Partial Alexandria, Va., postmark with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp affixed. Docketed at left edge, Oct. 21, 1861.

<b><u>Camp Franklin, Sunday Afternoon, Oct. 27/61</b></u>

Dear wife,

I thought I would write you today but still I have but little to write.  I sent you a letter yesterday that I wrote while on picket.  There has not [been] anything of importance transpired in camp.  Since I was field officer of the day yesterday and was up quite late last night had to visit camps of this Brigade last night after eleven o’clock.  It is quite a place to fill.  I take some officers with me, one sergeant and send them ahead to notify the guard that I am coming so when I get into their camp the guard is all turned out and in line when I ride up in front of them and they present arms.  I then see that all is right in their Regt. and go into another and so on till I get through the whole Brigade, that is four Regts., and if there is any of the Brigade on picket the Field Officer of the day has to visit them once through the day, but my duty of yesterday was not very hard as there is none from our Brigade on picket at the present time.  I just got a letter from Chas. & one from James but none from you.  James wrote me his family are all well and that he wants to go on or rather come out here with me.  If I go home as he expects I shall.  Chas. wrote me that recruiting is the main business in Maine.  He wrote that he would like to come this way if he could get business.  If he or Seth could get the appointment of sutler in one of the new Regts. it would pay better than anything else.  I had no doubt but our sutler makes two hundred dollars per month.  The place will pay better than mine.  Tell Chas. it is the best paying place in the Regt.  The Bartlett’s take two hundred dollars per day some days after they are paid off and they double on almost everything they sell and there is but little risk of losing anything by the men.  I shall write Chas. as soon as I have time.  I have a dozen letters to answer.  Now as I sit in my camp  door I can see a part of the N.Y. Regt. playing ball.  It does not appear much like a N.[ew] England Sunday.  Some of the boys are washing clothes, some writing to dear ones at home, some mending clothes, some cooking their food, some singing, some drinking and I presume some gambling.  The army is made up of all kinds of men some good and many bad.  It is now quite cold.  We had a heavy frost last week and it is cold enough for a frost tonight.  I think we shall suffer here some with cold if we remain here in tents, but I think we may move in a short time by the appearances, but everything is kept still.  We may have orders to match within one day.  All is kept a secret.  I was in hopes we might go down to Kentucky or N.O., but I have not heard anything about it of late, but the order may come yet.  If I go there I shall try to go to Iowa and Ill.  I hope if we stay here we shall go into barracks in Alexandria or some other city.  I wish it might be Richmond.  If I do not go home I shall send you some money by the last of next week as I shall not want to keep much on hand.  O shall try to send you $175 or 200 Dollars.  We are to be paid off I understand next week.  I hope it is so as I am getting short.  It cost me a good deal to live, butter 30 to 40 cts, apples from 3 to 6 cts a piece, potatoes from 80 to 120 cts per bush[el] and almost everything the same rate and honey does not cost much especially when on picket.  If I go home I will fetch home some old clothes of mine that will work up for the little one and I have some to fix over for myself such as government pants, shirts, &c.  I have been expecting C.M. Wormell here for some time.  I think if he is coming back at all it is time he was here.  He has not been with the company for some ten weeks or nearly that time.  There is some feeling about his staying at home when he is able to be here.  If he does not come back soon they will try to slip him out of his place.  If I go home I shall try to get some recruits for this Regt.  It is now quite small.  I do not get only about forty or forty five out on dress parade.  My company is as large as any of them.  Some ten of the company are sick all the time so they are off duty.  I was in hopes Mon would fetch some at home but I guess he has been home for a good time.  I should like to have gone home but so many of the company is at home I am ashamed to go.  I want to see you all probably as much as any that has gone home but I shall never play sick to get away.  If I am sick I shall go but as long as I am well I shall stay unless I can go honorably.  Tell my friends I should be glad to hear from them all.  See to the little ones and make them do right.  If I do not go home in a few weeks I will send my beautiful miniature [his photograph] to Hans up in the Hubbard as that was the place I visited most when at home.  Kiss all the little ones.  Think I could enjoy myself as well as here in this cold camp.  I could tell you a few long yarns.  You tell Mon if he intends to come back he had better come soon as delays are something dangerous.


Light age toning and wear. Excellent early war letter written by this future Union Brigadier General with mention of Civil War soldiers playing baseball.

WBTS Trivia: The 5th Maine Infantry left Maine for Washington, D.C., on June 26, 1861, fully equipped and armed with Springfield muskets and bayonets. On its way through New York City it was the recipient of a beautiful flag, presented by the loyal sons of Maine there resident.  It remained in camp at Meridian Hill, Washington, until July 5, 1861, when it commenced its march to the battlefield of Bull Run.  During its three years of severe service, it was engaged in eleven pitched battles and eight skirmishes, prior to its participation in the terrible campaign of the Wilderness under Grant. Source: The Union Army, Vol. 1

1864 Circular Issued by Provost Marshal


Patriotic Cover, 9th Army Corps


Patriotic Cover, Jeff Uses Virginia as a


5th Maine Infantry Letter

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of five Zouave soldiers forming a gallows to hang a figure representing C.S.A. President Jeff Davis holding a Confederate flag. Titled, The New Zouave Drill. Choke Secession. (Three motions).  

Civil War patriotic imprint with American flags at each end bordered with red and blue lines and the motto, "Liberty And Union Forever" at the top. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

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

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a spread winged eagle perched on top of an American shield. Motto below, "The Union, The Constitution And The Enforcement Of the Laws." Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

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Presented by the United States Christian Commission. 2 3/4 x 4 1/2, imprint. Published by the American Baptist Publication Society, 530 Arch Street, Philadelphia. 12 pages, string bound. Interesting Civil War era religious tract. These kinds of publications were issued to comfort Civil War soldiers in the field, this one issued by the benevolent U.S. Christian Commission. Light age toning, staining and wear. Desirable.

Patriotic Cover, The New Zouave Drill, C


Liberty And Union Forever


The Union, The Constitution & The Enforc


Booklet, The Explosion $20.00

By Howard R. Crouch. SCS Publications, Fairfax, Va., 1995. Hardcover with front cover color illustrations, 237 pages, index, profusely illustrated. New condition. An excellent reference book.  

Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate cavalry horses. Vignette of a very under nourished horse with barking dogs at his feet, a pair of vultures sitting in a tree, and one vulture hovering above. The slogan reads, Rice Straw! Effect of "feed" on the Cavalry Horse in the Secession Army. Executed by W.J. Baker. Uncommon.  Housed in its period 15 1/8X 18 1/4 inch deep walnut frame, this photograph measures approximately 6 ¾ X 9 1/2 on its original 10 X 13 inch mount and remains in excellent original condition.  The photograph mount offers a period brown ink penned title identifying the subject as <B><I> Co. C 10th Veteran Reserve Corps / Washington D. C. April 1865</B></I>.  A rare view obviously taken on the same occasion as a similar view preserved on glass negative in the Library of Congress, this view records the presence of a small <U>Black Drummer Boy</U> standing with his drum at left of the enlisted formation.  Standing at the right forefront of his Co. C 10th V. R. C. is Lt. Walter F. Halleck.  A veteran of the <B>11th Michigan Infantry</B>, Lt. Halleck sports an eye patch won at Stone’s River (Murfreesboro) Tennessee when he lost an eye and was taken prisoner by Confederates as a result of action there on 12/31/1862.  (A period portrait complete with eye patch may be found on <I>Find a Grave</I>. Halleck is buried at Arlington plot section 3, grave 1783)  The 10th Veteran Reserve Corps was initially organized in New York City in the fall of 1863 and was primarily a consolidation of the 12th NY Infantry, 13th NY Infantry, 14th NY Infantry, 15th NY Infantry, 19th NY Infantry and 57th NY Infantry.  A bit of research will likely offer additional individual identification particularly of the officer at Halleck’s right. A rare photograph, well documented by a <I>same sitting</I> collodion plate negative in the Library of Congress.  <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>A Friendly Set To</b>

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of two cats hanging upside down by their tails from a branch and engaged in a vicious fight. The cat at the left is representing the state of South Carolina while the cat at the right is representing the state of Massachusetts. Uncommon.

Civil War Artifacts, A Guide for the His


Patriotic Cover, Rice Straw, Confederate $20.00


rare variant !! original Civil War photo $695.00


Patriotic Cover, Massachusetts Vs. South

<b>Member of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteers who was killed in the Baltimore riots of 1861</b>

Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of Luther C. Ladd, of the 6th Massachusetts Volunteers, in uniform, with American flag flying over his head and tents in the background. The text below reads: Luther C. Ladd, of Alexandria, N.H., was shot in the Baltimore riot, April 19th, 1861, and bled to death on the same day. He was only 17 years of age. Just before he expired, he exclaimed- "All Hail To The Stars And Stripes." Sixth Regiment Mass. Volunteer Militia is printed along the left edge. Light wear. Scarce. Very desirable.

WBTS Trivia: Luther C. Ladd became one of the first martyrs of the Civil War.  <b>at Newport News, Va.</b>

Civil War patriotic envelope with hand tinted scene of the Union encampment at Newport News, Virginia with a side wheeler ship in the river. Uncommon.  

<b>Assassinated while serving as 20th President of the United States</b>

2 1/8 x 5 3/4. White ribbon with black mourning borders and imprint. In MEMORY Of Our Late PRESIDENT J.A. GARFIELD. Chapin Post No. 2, G.A.R. No pin. Light staining and wear. Very fine. Circa 1881.

Chapin Post No. 2 was a Grand Army of the Republic Post in the Department of New York and was located in Buffalo, N.Y.

<u>General & President James A. Garfield</u>: (1831-81) Elected to the Ohio Senate as a Republican in 1859. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he helped recruit the 42nd Ohio Infantry, and became their lieutenant colonel and later colonel in December 1861. He won an engagement at Big Sandy Valley in Jan. 1862, and was promoted to brigadier general. He also fought at Shiloh, Corinth, and Chickamauga and earned promotion to major general. Garfield served 9 terms in the House of Representatives and was elected 20th President of the United States. Four months after his inauguration, he was shot down in the Washington Railroad depot, on July 2, 1881, and died 11 weeks later.


Civil War patriotic envelope with illustration of a 9th Corps flag with fouled anchor and cannon barrel and imprint 2nd Div., 9th A.C. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut Street, Phila., with 1864 date. Very desirable.

Patriotic Cover, Luther C. Ladd


Patriotic Cover, Encampment of U. S. Troo


President James A. Garfield Mourning Rib


Patriotic Cover, 9th Corps Flag

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a spread winged eagle on top of an American shield. Verse below: "A million brave spirits all shout with one voice, We will die for the rights we demand; Let traitors beware, by their dark plots we swear, That no treason shall rest in our land." Light staining. 5 x 2 3/4.

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


Civil War patriotic envelope with full color vignette of Liberty standing on the Constitution with an American flag draped around her. She is holding a wand with a Liberty cap on it and is placing a wreath on the head of a bust of Major Robert Anderson of Fort Sumter fame, the fort visible in the background. Quote below, "General Beauregard is already acquainted with my only terms." Uncommon.   

<b>United States Congressman from Kentucky</b>

(1819-87) Born in White Oak, Rutherford County, N.C., he graduated from Princeton College and from the law department of Harvard University. Admitted to the bar in Columbia, S.C., in 1846, he commenced practice in New York City in 1847, moved to Newport, Ky., in 1849 and continued to practice law. He served as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1853-55. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1867-71, and 1875-77. He was the chairman of the Committee on Railways and Canals.

<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3, in ink, Thos. Laurens Jones, Ky.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Liberty holding an American flag and sword with the motto above, "Liberty and Union, now and forever." There is a box printed at the upper right corner where the postage stamp was to be affixed. It also has lines printed at the center where the sender would write in the name of the soldier, their company, regiment and captain, as well as their camp and the state it was in. Light staining. 5 1/4 x 3 1/8.

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

A Million Brave Spirits All Shout With O


Patriotic Cover, Liberty, The Constituti


Autograph, Thomas Laurens Jones


Liberty and Union, Now and Forever

Civil War patriotic envelope with two full color vignettes. The one at the left shows Jeff Davis brandishing a sword while jumping into a line of Union infantrymen with their muskets and fixed bayonets, one soldier holding an American flag. The verse below reads: "There was a man in our town, And he was wondrous wise. He jumped into a bramble bush, And scratched out both his eyes." The vignette at the right shows Jeff Davis jumping into a group of devils with pitchforks and flames. The verse below reads: "Now when he saw his eyes were out, With all his might and main, He jumped into another bush, And scratched them in again." There is an 1861 dated imprint on the back flap by Samuel C. Upham, 310 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. Scarce.   

<b>Addressed in print to General James B. Fry, Provost Marshal General, U.S.

This individual document was sent on to Colonel Robert C. Buchanan, a Provost Marshal General in New Jersey</b>

4 1/2 x 7 1/2, imprint, 1 1/2 pages.

War Department

Solicitor's Office

Washington, D.C., August 6, 1864

To General James B. Fry

Provost Marshal General U.S.:

The question propounded in the telegram this day referred to me is "Whether substitutes can, before or after draft, select the regiment and arm of service in which they may prefer to serve?" 

The Act of March 3, 1863, section 34, provides "That all persons drafted under the provisions of this Act shall be assigned by the President to military duty in such corps, regiments, or branches of the service as the exigencies of the service may require." Substitutes for persons drafted were required to take the place of such drafted men in the military service, and could be assigned in like manner with them as above provided.

The Act of February 24, 1864, amendatory of the Enrollment Act, provided for the introduction of colored soldiers into the volunteer service, and made them a part of the military forces of the United States. In reference to the mode of organizing them, it contains the following provision, (section 24):

"But men of color, drafted or enlisted, who may volunteer into the service, while they shall be credited on the quotas of the several States or sub-divisions of States, wherein they are respectively drafted, or shall volunteer, shall not be assigned as State troops, but shall be mustered into regiments or companies as United States colored troops."

Much more interesting content.  There are 2 tiny punch holes at the edge which do not affect any of the content. Signed in print by William Whiting, Solicitor of the War Department. The ink inscription at the top of page 1 indicates that this particular document was sent to "Col. R.C. Buchanan, A.[Acting]  A.[Assistant] P.[rovost] M.[arshal] G.[eneral], N.[ew] J.[ersey] for his information & government." Ink notation at the bottom, "Rec'd Trenton, [N.J.], Aug. 24/64." Scarce.

The recipient of this document was Robert C. Buchanan, who was born in Baltimore, Md., on March 1, 1811. He graduated from West Point in 1830, and subsequently served in the 4th U.S. Infantry, and was promoted to the rank of brevet major for gallantry in the Mexican War battles of Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma; and to brevet lieutenant colonel for gallantry in the battle of Molino del Rey. During the Civil War he was promoted to brevet colonel for gallantry in the battle of Gaines Mill; and brevet brigadier general for gallantry in the battle of Malvern Hill; and brevet major general for gallantry in the battles of Manassas and Fredericksburg. He retired on December 31, 1870, and died on November 29, 1878, in Washington, D.C.      


Civil War patriotic envelope; spoof theme on the Confederacy with an illustration of a floating, broken cup with a  C.S.A. flag design on the outside. Three men are within the vessel; the officer at the rear is leaning over the side and vomiting, the man standing at the center is using a whiskey bottle for a telescope to look at the Union warship in the background, while the seated man at the front is holding a whiskey bottle. Titled, "The Impending Crisis." Uncommon.    

Soldiers' And Sailors' Hand Book Of Army and Navy Information, Relating To The Collection Of Claims Against The United States Government. By Wm. E. Sheldon, Attorney and Counsellor at Law, 29 Broadway, New York. Preserve this book, read carefully, and circulate it among your friends. New York: French & Wheat, Printers, 18 Ann Street, 1865. 16 pages, 2 3/4 x 4 1/2, imprint. Includes an Introduction to the Soldiers and Sailors by William E. Sheldon, Attorney at Law, New York. Other sections cover U.S. Army Claims of Discharged Soldiers; Bounties- Regular Army; Volunteer Force; Veteran Volunteers; Hancock's Corps; Bounty to Men Transferred to Navy; Bounty to Drafted Men; Colored Troops; New York State Bounty; Officers; Deceased Soldiers; Bounty; Deceased Three, Six and Nine Months Volunteers; Army Pensions; Table of Army Pensions- Total Disability; U.S. Navy Bounties, Marine Corps; Prize Money; Deceased Officers and Sailors; Navy Pensions; and Table of Navy Pensions- Total Disability. Age toning and wear. Desirable 1865 Soldiers and Sailors handbook.

Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Jumping


1864 Imprint From the Solicitor's Office


Patriotic Cover, The Impending Crisis $25.00


1865 Soldiers' And Sailors' Hand Book

Vignette of General Franz Sigel on horseback with his name Sigel below. Counter stamped "W.C.P." on the obverse. Union For Ever with American shield and the year 1863 on the reverse. Fine. Scarce.  A bit of a departure from our usual fair, this outstanding mid 1800s court sword will fill the bill for the right collector.   High relief, chiseled bronze furniture retains virtually all of its original heavy gold plating over a laurel motif set off by the classic figure of a patriotic eagle.  Beautifully colored natural mother of pearl grips offer a pleasing age patina.   Overall length is 36 ¾ inches with a slender 30 ½ inch,  three fuller triangular blade which retains much of its original fire blue embellishment over decorative line engraving.  Of special note is that the slender leather scabbard with its furniture remains in excellent original condition commensurate with the pleasing condition of the sword.  Of <I>special note</I> because as experienced collectors will attest, the delicately slender leather scabbard of these court swords are nearly always broken or missing furniture or both.  An outstanding, all original example of a classic style seldom surviving in collectable condition, a good look our photos will offer the best description.  <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 Liberty holding an American flag and sword with the motto, "The Union Forever" in large stars and stripes letters at upper center. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut Street, Phila. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

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


Civil War patriotic envelope with a full color vignette of a Union officer holding an American flag, Columbia wearing helmet and holding an American shield while thrusting a lance at the fleeing Devil who has a snake coiled around him and is holding a Confederate First National Stars and Bars flag. Slogan below, "Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you."

1863 General Franz Sigel & Union Forever $65.00


exceptional 2nd Empire French – Officer’ $2250.00


The Union Forever


Patriotic Cover, Resist The Devil

<b>1864 Presidential Election period imprint</b>

2 1/2 x 4, imprinted card. There are two illustrations at the top with captions, "Uncle Abe" and "Little Mac." Printed below is the following: "Now LITTLE MAC, you have of your own choice, ceased to be a WARRIOR, (By joining the "Peace Party.") I will gratify your amiable disposition with a FREE PASS on Your Favorite GUNBOAT, THE GALENA, UP SALT RIVER, (there is an illustration of the ship at center of the card). You have the prerogative of inviting all Turncoat Misguided Politicians, Copperheads, Union Splitters, Sons of Liberty Traitors, Deserters, Canada Raiders, Escaped Rebel Prisoners, and all who have sympathy with the devoted "Armistice Party" to accompany you. You will have a faithful Pilot, Valandigham who once visited the South. And a good Captain, Gov. Seymour. Period pencil date is written at the lower right corner, Nov. 9/64. Printed on thick carte de visite type card stock. Uncommon and desirable.    

Civil War patriotic envelope with hand tinted battle scene. Published by Chas. Magnus, 12 Frankfort St., N.Y. Light age toning and wear.  

March 3, 1863. Bust of George Washington with fancy green reverse. "10" stamped at the four corners on the obverse. Large "10" stamped on the reverse. Extra fine.  Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Renaissance Revival

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1880

Description:	Spectacular antique 19th C. four-piece American Victorian/Aesthetic Movement King Size bedroom suite. This epic bed has been expanded to a king size by AT. Set consists of a bed, dresser, and 2 night cabinets.  This set belongs to Steven Segal and the night cabinets were custom made to fit the style of the bed.  The dresser has a 2" beveled mirror. and the entire set has been impeccably restored and is now ready for its new home.  


Bed: 105"H x 89"W x 58"D

Dresser: 109"H x 64"W x 21"D

Nigth Stands (2): 28"H x 22"D x 41"W

Anti George B. McClellan Card


Patriotic Cover, Civil War Battle Scene


1863 United States 10 Cents Note


4-Pc Victorian Aesthetic Movement King S $30000.00

An 1833 dated large cent (shown here with a quarter for size comparison) as was originally worn as a badge of identification by members of the frequently militant <B>Peace Democrats </B> or <B><I>Copperheads</I></B> of Civil War era notoriety.  This pierced U.S. large cent retains a rich age  patina and good evidence of period wear.  The <I>Copperheads</I> were so-called by their opponents in recognition of their practice of wearing a pierced  copper penny  as a badge of identification as a Peace Democrat. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Stanley Phillips)  Offered as found some years ago when we were able to pick one up on occasion here in Maine where the <I>Copperheads</I> were extremely active in certain areas throughout the Civil War years. A neat item for political collectors ! please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

 A nice <B>single</B> example of the pattern of 1872 U. S. Cavalry Sgt. stripes.  All original and in ‘minty’ condition after decades of storage, this example should not be confused with the lighter fabric type of a later period that are more frequently seen.  With their heavy yellow / orange wool felt and higher quality chain stitch trim, these original issue artillery stripes will add quality and color to any Indian Wars era or U.S. insignia grouping. A relatively common item only a few years ago, real examples are getting harder to find with demand fostering the fabrication  of cheaper reproductions.  <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  All in excellent condition with bright original ribbons (no splits or weak spots), this attractive Civil War veteran GAR National Encampment Representative medal is dated 1928 and was issued to veteran representatives attending the 62nd National Encampment in Denver, Colorado.  The medal carries the figure of GAR National Commander <B>Elbridge L. Hawk</B>.  Hawk served as Captain, <B>114th Ohio Volunteer Infantry</B>. <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 !  With an attached lanyard and a practiced eye, a hand forged black iron grapple hook such as this one was light enough to be twirled like a lariat and thrown some distance with considerable accuracy.  Once in place and securely <I>dug in</I>such a grapple was stout enough to offer a secure tether.  Though surely applicable to the scaling of fort walls and other land applications, such grapples as this are most commonly related to nautical use where two or three well placed hooks could be used to draw a crippled ship in for access by a boarding party and ultimate capture. Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, this example retains a short piece of period knotted cord all showing good evidence of age and originality and will make a neat addition to any Revolutionary War, nautical or American frontier collection. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !



1872 Pattern Cavalry SERGEANT CHEVRON $65.00


1928 Denver G. A. R. National Encampment $195.00


early hand forged GRAPPLE HOOK $75.00

Civil War patriotic envelope with full color vignette of a Union soldier holding an American flag and waving his cap while standing on a Confederate 1st National "Stars and Bars" flag, with musket with fixed bayonet lying on top. Verse at upper right: "There are fields yet to win, there are conflicts to fight, Till the foes of our Union are vanquished forever! But the flag that was nailed over Sumter's red height, From the staff that upheld it, no traitor can sever." Uncommon. Very desirable.  <b>Institute

To aid the orphans of deceased Union soldiers and sailors</b>

7 1/4 x 3 1/2, imprinted receipt, with nice vignettes of the Riverside Institute at the center, two sailors onboard ship at left, and an officer on horseback at right. Grand Enterprise In Aid Of The United States Volunteers Orphan Institute. Subscriptions $2.00 Each. Every Subscriber Gets A Gift & An Engraving. Licensed By The U.S. Government. Unused, with stub attached at left. Published by Saml. Bechtold & Co., Philadelphia, Pa. Excellent condition. Scarce.

The Riverside Institute, located in Riverside, Burlington County, New Jersey, was founded for the purpose of gratuitously educating the sons of deceased Union soldiers and sailors.     

<b>The first martyr of the Civil War!</b>

Civil War patriotic envelope with beautiful full color vignette of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth within an oval wreath with American flags above and banner below. There is a verse at the upper right titled, "Memorial To Col. Ellsworth. Thou noble warrior, young and brave, Sleep sweetly in thy silent grave, For Millions praise thy name. Thy courage ne'er shall be forgot. A nation weeps. Thy mournful lot But adds unto thy fame. G. Gumpert." 1861 imprint of J. Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. on the back flap. Very fine. Scarce and desirable. 

<u>Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth</u>: (1837-1861) He was famous before the Civil War for organizing the Chicago Zouaves and staging spectacular drill exhibitions throughout the country. In August 1860, he performed on the lawn of the White House. He later accompanied President elect Abraham Lincoln to Washington for the inauguration, having become very close to the Lincoln family. He raised the Fire Zouaves, the 11th New York Vols., and led them into Washington in May 1861. He was shot down and killed by James T. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Va., on May 24, 1861, after having removed a Confederate flag from the roof of that building. It was claimed to have been seen from the White House and Ellsworth found it to be an insult to President Lincoln. Jackson was immediately killed by Private Francis E. Brownell. A correspondent of the New York Tribune was on the scene, and the episode caused an immediate sensation which contributed greatly to the war sentiment in the North.

 <b>Concerning Boards of Enrollment, etc.</b>

1 1/2 pages, 4 1/2 x 7 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 25, 1864


No. 24

The circular reads in part, "And be it further enacted, That Boards of Enrollment shall enroll all persons liable to draft under the provisions of this Act, and the Act to which this is an amendment, whose names may have been omitted by the proper enrolling officers; all persons who shall arrive at the age of twenty years before the draft; all aliens who shall declare their intention to become citizens; all persons discharged from the military or naval service of the United States who have not been in such service two years during the present war; and all persons who have been exempted under the provisions of the second section of the Act to which this is an amendment, but who are not exempted by the provisions of this Act; and said Boards of Enrollment shall release and discharge from draft all persons who, between the time of the enrollment and the draft, shall have arrived at the age of forty-five years, and shall strike the names of such persons from the enrollment."

The circular continues on page two, "Permanent disability, of such degree as to render the person not a proper subject for enrollment under the law and Regulations. Civil officers, clergymen, and all other prominent citizens are invited to appear at all times before the Board to point out errors in the lists, and to give such information in their possession as may aid in the correction and revision thereof."

Signed in print by JAMES B. FRY, Provost Marshal General. Ink notation at the bottom, Received Trenton, June 27, 1864.

More content. There are two tiny punch holes at the edge which do not affect any of the content. Light age toning. Uncommon.

Patriotic Cover, There Are Fields Yet To


Imprint, Subscription For Riverside Inst


Patriotic Cover, Memorial to Col. Ellswo


1864 Provost Marshal General's Circular

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of American flag, soldiers, Indian with headdress and the following verse: "Our Volunteers a noble band Of men, prepared to fight, They'll drive all treason from the land, And put the foe to flight." Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this offering except to advise that it is a size seven and while it offers good evidence of age and originality, remains in pleasing condition.  An exceptional 19th century felt hat! <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!


Quarter plate tintype of a Union officer posing with his wife and son. The officer, at the left, is wearing a frock coat with shoulder straps, vest and tie. His son, at the center, is wearing a zouave style jacket, while his wife, at the right, is holding a thermoplastic image case in her hand. There is a small dark spot in the emulsion at the upper edge of the image. This does not affect the subjects. Comes with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with green velvet liner. Although the case looks like it has been together for the past 150 plus years, as I can see no sign of repair on the riveted hinges, it is a mismatched case with two very scarce themes, one on each half of the case. One half has the theme titled, "Cupid and the Wounded Stag." [Krainik #36]. Casemaker: Littlefield, Parsons and Company. Quarter plate, 4 7/8 x 4. The center design on this case suggests that Love (Cupid) has conquered the male heart (the stag). Although this design suggests a classical or mythological allusion, we have been unable to locate a source illustration. The other half of the case has the design titled, "The Music Lesson." [Krainik #37]. Die engraver: Anthony Schaefer. Casemaker: Littlefield, Parsons and Company. Quarter plate, 4 7/8 x 4. The central design on this case shows three figures in eighteenth century dress. The young woman seated at the harpsichord is receiving musical instruction from a gentleman beside her. Another musician stands slightly behind the pupil and takes apparent interest in her progress. A small stringed instrument leans against a chair in the background. The origin of this case has not been located. It may have first appeared as an engraving in one of the numerous periodicals of the mid-nineteenth century. An imprint inside of the case identifies it as having been made by Littlefield, Parsons & Co., with 1856 & 1857 patent dates. Since both of these designs were made by the same casemaker, Littlefield, Parsons & Company, this case may have been put together by the manufacturer or image gallery back in the 1860's using what parts were available at that particular time, or an expert repair was made to the case at another time putting these two very scarce halves together to make one complete case? The case shows some small areas of edge chipping and some slight discoloration spots. Overall a nice example of Krainik cases #36 and #37 with a very fine Civil War officer's family image.

Source: Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics. By Clifford and Michele Krainik with Carl Walvoord.         

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a Union sailor sitting on the railing of a ship while holding an American flag in one hand and his cap in the other. 5 1/4 x 3.

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



original c. 1800s DANDY’S FEDORA $175.00


Tintype, Union Officer and Family $400.00


Union Sailor With American Flag

<b>Includes rape charges brought against a Union officer!</b>

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

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, April 4, 1864

General Orders

No. 140

This document details the Charges, Specifications, Findings, and Sentences in three different court martial cases against Ohio soldiers. 

1. Captain John Ganson, 9th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had four charges brought against him including violation of the 99th Article of War, absence without leave, violation of the 14th Article of War, and violation of the 23rd Article of War. He was sentenced to be cashiered from the army.

2. 2nd Lieutenant Harry H. John, 49th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, had three charges brought against him including rape, assault and battery with intent to commit rape, and straggling from his command while in the field in Tennessee. He was sentenced to be cashiered, to forfeit all pay and allowances due him from the Government, and to be confined for the period of two years in a penitentiary, or military prison, to be designated by the General commanding.

3. Private Charles K. Thompson, Company C, 57th Ohio Volunteers, had one charge brought against him which was misbehavior before the enemy. He was sentenced to a stoppage of his monthly pay for a term of four months, and to be publicly reprimanded by the Commanding Officer of his regiment. 

By Order Of The Secretary Of War and signed in print by E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. 

Much more content as the specification section of each case gives full details of the charges.

Light age toning. Very fine. Rare to find with rape charges as most of these cases went unreported while in enemy territory.     A popular utility of the colonial era, Revolutionary War period with use through the Civil War era these blacksmith forged iron crackers were reversible with a lesser gap one way than the other so as to accommodate large and smaller nuts.  The cracking surfaces are textured so as to provide a firm grip. An attractive companion piece in a period setting, this pair measure about 5 ¾ inches in length and remain in nice solid , even usable condition but with a pleasant natural age patina. <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 !  Illustrated here with a quarter as size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this excavated Civil War vintage enlisted infantry hat insignia except to advise that it is entirely original and as photographed.   Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors who are fortunate to have known Dr. Lord will remember that Francis had a habit of gluing things to display boards for <I> show & tell</I> at the old Civil War shows.  Remnants of that glue remains on the back and can be easily removed with solvent but we’d leave it as is with the old man’s tracks on the back.   We acquired this relic several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  (Our letter will come with this relic to preserve a record of its origin. A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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 <B>Not</B> to be confused with the usually encountered reproduction in this pattern this example is the <U>real thing</U>.  This genuine antique, cast iron trivet, with its classic patriotic shield design, crossed cannons, cannon balls and crossed swords, measures 8 ½ inches long and is 4 1/8 inches wide.  Never painted this desirable original remains in excellent condition and will make a pleasing addition to any collection. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

1864 Court Martial Cases in the Union Ar


1700s early 1800s forged iron NUTCRACKER $65.00


Lord collection Excavated Infantry Devic $75.00


original - antique cast iron PATRIOTIC T $95.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of Columbia wearing a helmet with Liberty on it, a star burst above and she is holding a sword with Union on it. Published by Mumford & Co., Publishers, Cincinnati. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   A style initially made popular in this country by German immigrants, the use of this classic type by American Civil War troops has been well documented by period field photos and military camp excavation.  The elongated porcelain bowl was joined to the cherry wood stem by means of a hollow V-shaped secondary bowl, this component intended to collect moisture and tobacco tar making for a fine smooth smoke. The mouthpiece is of natural horn and the bowl is generally capped by a hinged metal lid.   Popular from the earlier 19th century and Civil War era through the later 1800s, the earliest of these bowls were hand painted <U>as is this offering</U>.  The advent of color transfer printing in the later, mid 1800s, and the nearly universal use of that newly available medium to decorate these pipes, is a primary feature in determining whether such a pipe is pre or post-Civil War with hand painted examples as is offered here falling in the just pre and Civil War era.  Especially desirable by virtue of the colorful and especially well done military battle scene, its overall condition and completeness this example will make an attractive addition to any tobacco and smoking grouping or simply as a stand-alone in a period personal grouping.   <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!

 The head of this little blacksmith made axe was fashioned from two pieces of iron formed as one ( high carbon for the blade for a keen edge and lower carbon, less brittle, for the pick) just as the full sized working examples.  Some period ink stains on the original <I>white ash</I> wood haft may indicate that the piece served a practical purpose as a quill sharpener.  We have seen such miniatures in period writing desks. (see: Valley Forge museum collection)  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  H 8in. x W 8in. x D 11in.

Liberty & Union


Civil War era Military Motif - import PO $225.00


vintage hand wrought - MINIATURE HATCHE $65.00



H 15in. x W 10in. x D 14in.-29in.  H 9in. W 6in. x D 16in.  H 9in. x W 5in. x D 8in.  H 9in. x W 12in. x D 20in.

H 15in. x W 10in. x D 14in. -29in. $0.00






H 9in. x W 12in. x D 20in. $0.00

H 20in. x D 9in.

nickel stem available in any length

original prismatic industrial glass  H 46in. x D 52in.  H 14in. x W 56in. x 33in.  H 32in. x D 19in.

Halophane pendant light fixture $450.00


Huge prism fixtures $6500.00


H 14in. x W 56in. x 33in. $0.00


Brass pendant fiture $650.00

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