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Civil War patriotic imprint with ornately designed vignette of General Winfield Scott with a banner above with title, "Our Commander In Chief" and American flags and shield below. The motto, "The War For The Union" is in stars and stripes letters at the upper right. Staining at the corners. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   <b>the Hero of Pea Ridge</b>

Vignette of General Franz Sigel on horseback with his sword in the charge position. Hero of Pea Ridge is printed above the vignette and F. Sigel is printed below, on the obverse. The slogan, "Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned" within a wreath with star above is on the reverse. Very fine. Scarce.

<u>General Franz Sigel</u>: (1824-1902) Was born in Baden, Germany. He graduated from a military academy at Karlsruhe in 1843, and became a subaltern in the service of Grand Duke Leopold. During the 1848 insurrections he acted as minister of war for the revolutionary forces which were overthrown by the Prussians. He fled to New York in 1852. During the years before the war he taught school and held a major's commission in the 5th New York Militia. Sigel became a brigadier general on August 7, 1861, and a major general on March 22, 1862. Despite his military shortcomings, he did much to unify the large German population of the Northern states and contributed thousands of recruits to the Union ranks. "I fights mit Sigel," became almost a password among the Dutch and his influence with them never waned. He performed well at the capture of Camp Jackson, and the engagement at Carthage, Mo. At Elkhorn Tavern he contributed greatly to the Union victory. He saw action in the 2nd Bull Run campaign, and later commanded the Department of West Virginia. In 1864, he had the misfortune to fight the battle of New Market, Va., against the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, by whom he was soundly trounced. 


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the March 8, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Hand to Hand Fight Over Schwartz's Battery at Fort Donelson. 16 x 11. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.  

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the March 8, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption as above. 16 x 11. There is a small thin hole in the margin.

General Winfield Scott $8.00


Civil War Patriotic Token, General Franz


Hand to Hand Fight at Fort Donelson, Ten


Seeking the Wounded by Torch Light After

An original Civil War veteran prisoner of war national reunion ribbon bearing an illustration of a prison stockade and a bloodhound attacking an escaping POW. The 6" yellow silk ribbon is marked "Re-Union of the Union Ex-Prisoners of War Chicago December 10, 1889". The ribbon has average wear but is sound and Overall VG.  An original Civil War veterans item worn at funerals of GAR comrades, circa 1890s.  A handsome 8" black silk  ribbon w GAR pin bar & color illus of 5th Corp badge, with red ball center. The ribbon has a gilt tassel on the tip. The ribbon is marked "Bartlett Post, No. 668 Binghamton, NY. In Memoriam Honor the Noble Dead".  Reverse with maker label by Torsch & Lee, Baltimore, Maryland. Ribbon wear and age stains, red corp badge ball missing some paint, reverse w archival repair, Overall Fair. Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- 

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 large format Civil War to 1870s  albumen photograph of a  cavalry officer wearing a regulation officers overcoat and cape and his slouch hat resting on an adjacent studio pillar. the hat shows the crossed cavalry sabers and numeral 8. The photo is approx 15.5 x 11.5", with excellent tonality.  A few small edge scrapes and edges worn, Overall VG.  Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  An original Civil War Proclamation Broadside issued by President Andrew Johnson, May 2, 1865-   "Rewards Offered for the Arrest of Jefferson Davis and others May 2, 1865"-  as the "atrocious murder of the late President Abraham Lincoln was incited by Jefferson Davis, "late of Richmond" and others named, Presdent Johnson orders descriptions of said persons & notice of rewards published- $100,000 for Davis, etc  The Proclamation is printed on light green stock, approx 33 x 21 cm. Age stains on edges & wear on edges, overall VG.  Only 1 copy is listed in the World Catalog.  I am told this came from the estate of a New York Civil War congressman. Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- 

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.








Second Edition. By O. Henry Mace. Identifies, catalogs and values 19th century cased images and photographs. Updates trends in restoration, conservation and pricing. Contains values for hundreds of images. Published by Ktause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, 1999. Large format, 8 1/2 x 11, soft covers, 214 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Like new condition.

With interest in collecting and preserving 19th century photographs at an all time high, this new edition of a popular guide helps beginning and experienced collectors succeed in the field of early image collecting.

Covering every important element of image collecting, Collector's Guide to Early Photographs is a reference guide that describes the historical and technical background of all the major early photographic types. It also features more than 200 black and white photographs and 16 full color images.  A bit out of our usual scope but so neat we couldn’t resist the acquisition of this WW II mechanical pin.  A whimsical presentation depicts Uncle Sam and Adolf Hitler. A pull on the string and the <I>Fuhrer</I>meets his demise.   Measuring approximately 1 19/32 of an inch in diameter the colorfully lithographed button pin is maker marked on the rim<B>PAT APPLIED FOR – EVANS NOVELTY CO. CHICAGO</B>.  All in pleasing condition. The pin offers good evidence of age and originality while retaining strong graphics with no chips, dings or scratches and the mechanical mechanism functions smoothly.  <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 !

 A gem for the sewing and needlework enthusiast is this attractive delicately stained umbrella needle case.  Gathered up and set aside some years ago from a Victorian era sewing basket, this delicate miniature umbrella is carved from bone with a turned, threaded shaft all remaining in fine original condition and will lay in nicely with any ladies sewing implement grouping.    <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 !  We are going to let our photographs do most of the description on this one to include any conclusion as to exactly what the cryptic subject in its Massachusetts state seal embossed case is intended to address. The colorful reverse painting on glass is backed with a thin sheet of copper foil to give the subject plunging dagger and heart a bright crispness. All is encased in a brass 9th plate photo mat and frame and housed in a photo case with the Massachusetts state seal in the velveteen cover lining. All is pleasingly period original with no condition issues save some separation of the black paint backing which surrounds the main subject.  We would guess this has some fraternal connotation but that is only a guess on our part.  Please send us a note if you are able to offer anything further.   

<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 !

Collector's Guide to Early Photographs


‘Let’s Pull Together’ – WW II mechanical $125.00


stained bone - Victorian Needle Case $45.00


antique reverse painting miniature – Mas $125.00

These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !



Civil War patriotic imprint with red and white stripes with the motto, "Liberty And Union" and a pillar shaped like an archway with the names of each state in the U.S. at the start of the Civil War. At the base of the left pillar is the motto, "Union" with hands clasped in friendship, and at the right base is the motto, "Constitution" with a sailing ship. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.

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

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

(1831-86) Born in Harrisburg, Pa., he graduated from Yale in 1851, and then attended Heidelberg and Berlin Universities. Served as United States attaché of the legation at Paris in 1853 and later occupied similar positions at St. Petersburg and Vienna. He returned to Harrisburg and purchased the Daily and Weekly Patriot and Union and was its editor until 1860. He was a delegate to the historic Democratic Conventions at Baltimore and Charleston in 1860. He served as a U.S. Congressman, 1869-73.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 x 2 3/4, in ink, T.J. Haldeman, 15th Dist., Penna. Very fine.  

<b>Brigadier General in the Missouri Army during the Civil War

United States Congressman from Missouri</b>

(1817-77) He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Shelbyville, Missouri in 1848. Served as a member of the Missouri State House of Representatives, 1850-52. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of 1856. He entered the Union Army as a private in 1861 and was subsequently promoted to the ranks of captain, major, lieutenant colonel, and brigadier general, serving stints in the 11th and 2nd Missouri State Militia Cavalry. He served as provost marshal of the 8th District of Missouri in 1863-64. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1865-71, and was the chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions. 

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, J.F. Benjamin, Shelbyville, Missouri. Very fine.

Civil War ‘NOT ONE CENT’ Indian Head - ‘ $45.00


Liberty & Union


Autograph, Richard J. Haldeman


Autograph, John F. Benjamin

<b>in the Navy & Marine Corps</b>

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

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 21, 1864


No. 23

I..To prevent misspprehension, it is announced that the joint resolution of Congress, approved June 3, 1864, and promulgated in Circular 21, current series, from this office, does not act to prevent the enlistment of substitutes in the Navy or Marine Corps for men drafted under the Enrollment Act.

Neither does it forbid the crediting of men enlisted in the Navy or Marine Corps, as provided for under Sections 7, 8, and 9, of the Act, approved February 24, 1864, amendatory of the Enrolment Act.

Men enlisting in the Navy or Marine Corps, as substitutes for drafted men, must enlist as such for three years. Exemption will not be granted to the principals until they bring to the Board of Enrolment certificates, from the authorized Naval or Marine recruiting officers, of the facts that the substitutes have been actually accepted and received into the Navy or Marine Corps for three years.

II..Circular No. 19, dated May 26, 1864, was issued to accommodate persons actually absent from their residences, and who, being themselves liable to military duty, might desire to furnish substitutes, without being put to the inconvenience of returning to their States or homes in order to do so. It is not to be construed, or used, as authorizing recruiting for the Army, Navy, or Marine Corps, in one State for the credit of another, through brokers, or otherwise, nor for any other purpose than the one as herein explained.


Provost Marshal General

Ink notation at the bottom: Received, June 22nd, 1864

There are 2 tiny punch holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content. Light age toning and wear. Uncommon.   Not a big deal but worthy of a good home is this c. late 19th / early 20th century silver plate U. S. Grant souvenir spoon.  A popular souvenir item of the period, as visiting tourists and Civil War veterans now gathering as members of the G. A. R. at a growing number of Battlefield Parks, were eager collectors of such as remembrances of their visit.  Fashioned with the patriotic flair of an armed military figure, U. S. A. in a shield, and the profile of U. S. Grant, this souvenir spoon would have been a natural keepsake for the period.  Offered unpolished and as found after decades of storage, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and a full complement of its original silver plate.  <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 !!


 Likely the most popular and widely visited site among aging Civil War veterans both Union and Confederate, the market for souvenirs of the Gettysburg Battlefield has left todays collectors with a myriad of related collectables from the earliest 1900s.  Ageing veterans who flocked to the location of the key battle, created a souvenir  market that could no longer be satisfied by the limitations of original battle relics or even cut and quickly marked <B>GETTYSBURG</B> canes from local growth.  The <I>A. C. Bosselman</I> company of New York was a primary post card publisher and souvenir supplier importing all manner of saleable items to the eager veteran market.  Collectors generally date their goods as between 1905 and 1914.   This classic example of Bosselmans’ offerings is a small <I>pot metal</I> tray.  Measuring 4 ½ X 3 ¾ inches the little cast tray is embellished with figures of the <B>Gen. Meade Headquarters</I> and the <B>Jennie Wade House</B> under a bold <B>SOUVENIR OF GETTYSBURG PA.</B> heading.  All in nice condition with good A. C. Bosselman & Co and import marking on the back, the original silver finish is untouched and tarnished with age.  A nice relatively inexpensive collectable for the enthusiast of Civil War Veteran material.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Not a big deal but a nice companion item for any number of earlier to mid 1800s collectables from lighting equipment, medical and pharmaceutical to country tin.  This little tinned sheet iron funnel is of hot dip sheet iron and offers lapped and lead soldered seams all indicative of the 19th century country tinsmith. A neat all original little companion piece without spending a lot of money.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

1864 Provost Marshal Genral Circular Reg


late 19th / early 20th century U. S. GRA $45.00


early 1900s Gettysburg Souvenir $45.00


antique tinned Funnel $35.00

<b>With front page quote from John Hay, one of Lincoln's private secretaries during the Civil War!</b> 

6 1/8 x 9 1/2.

LINCOLN MEMORIAL CONCERT. Saturday Afternoon, February Twelfth, Nineteen Hundred And Ten, At Quarter To Two O' Clock. "What but lifetime schooling in disappointment; what but the pioneer's self-reliance and freedom from prejudice; what but the patient faith, the clear preceptions of natural right, the unwarped sympathy and unbounded charity of this man with spirit so humble and soul so great, could have carried him through the labors he wrought, to the victory he attained!" John Hay. Congregational Church, Norfolk, Connecticut. Artist: Mischa Elman, Violinist. Percy Kahn, at the Piano. Page two has a verse titled "Violin Music: Is it that Nature draws a well-strung bow, O'er all the human hearts, whose quivering strings Die near her breast, and for an answer brings A cry of passion vaster than we know, An endless vibrating of love and woe! Is it the gathered sadness of the sea? Or all the wind says in its agony? Is it the tread of men who feel they go To certain death? Yes! all of these and more; Beyond the sweeping storm, the depth of calm; Beyond the maddened waves, a quiet shore; Beyond the anguish of the wound, a balm. Hid in that resonant refrain Lie joy and victory beyond all pain." Page 3 gives the details of the programme noting that one of the numbers is a minuet by Beethoven. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Desirable Abraham Lincoln related item with a nice quote from John Hay, one of his private secretaries during the Civil War.    

Ninth plate tintype of a Union soldier wearing a shell jacket, over the shoulder leather belt, rectangular eagle belt plate, a Colt pistol is prominently displayed tucked inside of his belt and he holds a cavalry saber at his side. Comes in a full leather covered case with red velvet liner, brass mat, keeper and glass. Very fine double armed Yankee cavalryman.  

American shield with anchor, New York, and the year 1863 on the obverse. Edw. Scharf, 14 & 16 Division St. on the reverse. Near uncirculated.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a globe with "Our Country" and an American flag on it. Verse below, "The Union of Lakes, And the Union of Lands- The Union of States None can sever; The Union of Hearts, And the Union of Hands, And the Flag of our Union Forever!" The motto, Union Forever! is at the upper right. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

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

1910, President Abraham Lincoln Memorial $35.00


Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Cavalryman $495.00


1863 Civil War Merchant Token, Edward Sc $35.00


Our Country, Union Forever

Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General John A. Dix. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   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 10</U> blue 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!  Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is this brass in-line or <I>straight</I> percussion capper.  A handy item for loading any of the period percussion hand guns, these little gadgets were especially useful in charging percussion revolvers. All in pleasing condition with nice natural age patina to the brass and original blue on the spring steel clip.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Though they could be properly utilized by militia through the Mexican War era, these are the larger strap buttons utilized with the regulation <I>bell crown</I> cap of 1821 through 1832.  Acquired many years ago in a collection of early American military insignia, this <U>pair</U> remain in fine <I>as new</I> condition as a reflection of what was available from the large 1940s and 50s military surplus dealers. Nicely die struck from brass and lightly gold gilded with soldered on wire fasteners this fine example of the type should not be confused with the smaller counterparts of the 1870s and 80s or lesser quality modern reproductions. <U>Priced for the pair.</U>  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I> All direct sales are backed by </I> <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased !</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

General John A. Dix


antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (10 rolls) $35.00


in-line Percussion Revolver CAPPER $35.00


c. 1821 – 1832 BELL CROWN HAT CHIN STRA $75.00

A classic style iron ball mold best described by our photos except to advise the viewer that it measures about 6 7/8  inches in overall length and offers an especially desirable cavity size suitable for and most often related to, use with a heavy military musket rather than the more common and much smaller ball mold of the period hunter.  The mold is marked with the <B>#15</B> which, consistent with the early smooth-bore ball sizing system, indicates that the mold casts balls  at twelve to the pound.  With a patch this ball would load appropriately in a #16 bore. (Approximately 11/16 inch in diameter.)  A nice companion piece with an antique powder horn, with a period musket or with a nice hunting bag.  (Illustrated here with a vintage quarter for size comparison. )  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 A classic sewing implement of the Civil War period, frequently referred to as a sailor’s sewing palm by nautical enthusiasts but just as at home in the harness makers box or among the working tools of any artisan who may have occasion to stitch heavy material, this extra heavy antique hand stitched leather palm will go well in any period artisan grouping.   Many a section of tent, sail and wagon cover canvas was hand-stitched by benefit of a palm such as this one. Harness and leather workers too used the palm to force needle and thread through heavy work. This example remains in nice original condition with good evidence of age, period use and originality. (If you would like an original heavy period needle to go with the palm use our search feature to see # 3023.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 This attractive 48 star GAR stick flag, is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze measuring 18 X 10 1/2 inches with the original 30 inch stick. Recovered from a defunct G. A. R. Civil War veteran hall some years ago, we have had a small number of these flags in storage since.  They remain in excellent unused condition yet offer the charm of the early printed construction on coarse gauze expected of these flags from the 1860s through to the earliest c.1912, 48 star flags.  (After about 1913 these stick memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)  Anyway as part of our <I>clean out / pick up</I> effort we are offering the few that we have individually priced while they last.   A nice all original decoration piece without spending a ton of money.  <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 !


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published on the front page of the October 18, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Major General Franz Sigel, Commanding Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac. From a Drawing by Mr. Emil Sigel. 11 x 16. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated masthead at the top. Thin mailing label at lower left edge not affecting the subject.

American Revolutionary War through Civil $95.00


early SEWING PALM $50.00


c. 1912 G. A. R. STICK FLAG $45.00


General Franz Sigel $15.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of an American flag and ship with the slogan, "Thou too sail on, O Ship of State, Sail on, O Union, Strong and great!" Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3.

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

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an eagle in flight carrying an American flag. The motto, "Union & Liberty" in stars and stripes letters adorns the upper right. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.    An original group of 50 photos of the newly constructed Panama Canal Zone and US Military posts  circa 1920s, a few dated, , incl views of the Canal & Locks, Forts Randolph, DeLesseps, Davis, the 14th US Infantry, US Army officers, generals, sights incl San Blas Island, Cruces, Cristobel, Bruja Point, Colon, Chiriqui Volcano, Gaton Railroad,  military commanders, prominent visitors, soldiers, scenery, jungles, military maneuvers, soldier R&R,Taxi Dancers,  barracks scenes, Spanish ruins, etc. Most images are approx 10 x 7.5", w linen back, some w stamped Signal Corp imprint and some w pencil id. The group are all G-VG, w exc detail and tonality; many w edge wear and some w age spots, Overall VG. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  The Minnesota Correctional Facility was built at St Cloud in 1889. An original photo of a group of 14 men wearing military coats, many hold stetson hats. A distinguished  man in the foreground is wearing his hat, perhaps the warden. These stern looking men look like lawmen, and are posed in front of a huge granite archway, adjacent a steel barred window. The front mat has the photo imprint of " ES Hill, St Cloud, Minn", and I believe this is a circa 1889 view of the Minnesota Correctional Facility at St Cloud.  The 9 x 8" photo is mounted on a 14 x 11" mat. The image is nicely toned and clear, with light age spotting, Overall VG. The mat corners are worn. Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques

Ship of the Union $8.00


Union & Liberty





An original pair of brass rosettes from a horse bridle, made of stamped brass with iron backs and loops. These were not military issue but have been dug in Civil War Union & Confederate camps in Virginia and Tennessee. Uncleaned brass with small dents and green patina. The iron backs & loops are rusty but sound,  approx 2" diameter.  Thanks for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques  A handsome original cherrywood ballot box with turned wood handle and sliding lid, as used to vote by soldiers- each cast a vote by dropping a black or white ceramic ball into hole.   (The origin of the term "blackballed"). The box is approximately 9 x 6 x 3.5", the handle is approx 6" long  VG with nice original finsih and still contains 24 original black & white glass balls.Thank you for visiting Mike Brackin Civil War Antiques- 

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.


<b>The notorious Missouri duelist who was supposed to have killed 15 men!</b>

<u>John Smith T</u>

John Smith "T" first settled in Saint Genevieve, Missouri in about 1800 then later moved to Shibboleth, in what is now Washington County. He was a wealthy, well educated and prominent Missouri businessman. Smith "T's" principal business was mining but he also manufactured guns and his weapons were considered the finest in the country. He was originally from Georgia and after residing in Tennessee he came to Missouri. Having a common name like "Smith" he devised a very ingenious way to differentiate his name from all other Smiths. He added the "T" to his name. "T" stood for Tennessee, indicating that he was John Smith "T" from Tennessee.

John Smith "T" had a notorious reputation as a duelist and carried on a long career of violence and intimidation.  It was rumored that during his lifetime he had killed as many as 15 men. He was tall and slender with courteous manners and did not give the impression of being at all dangerous. He was described as "as miled a mannered man as ever put a bullet into the human body." He had a quick temper and when aroused he was considered one of the most dangerous men in the state of Missouri.

John Smith "T" had a mania for firearms and was a skilled weapons maker and an excellent marksman. Rumor had it that he traveled, ate, and slept with his rifle beside him which he called "Hark from the Tombs." He carried two pistols in a belt around his body, two pocket pistols in a side coat pocket, and a dirk in his bosom. His house, which resembled an arsenal, was filled with a variety of guns.

Smith "T" kept a number of slaves who were expert at making weapons. His slave gunsmith, Dave, had five mechanics working for him in a shop built expressly for his use. The slave's only duty was to keep the rifles, guns, and pistols in order. A dueling pistol made by one of Smith "T's" slave gunsmiths is on display in the Saint Genevieve Museum.

Smith "T" and Moses Austin were the two most powerful men in Washington County and became lifelong adversaries. Will Carr once advised Moses Austin, "Beware of that man! He is the spirit of faction and exists only in the element of discord!" Smith "T" as like Moses Austin, had "supporting gangs of thugs" in his employ.

In 1804 Smith "T" was made a justice of the Saint Geneviere district which included Washington County. He was also a Lieutenant Colonel of Militia and Commissioner of Weights and Levies. 1806 was quite a year for Smith "T." He was appointed as one of the Territorial Judges of the court of General Quarter Sessions. He became a business partner of William H. Ashley, and Smith "T" had a showdown with Moses Austin. At one time Smith "T" had demanded that Austin surrender the three pound cannon which Austin had been keeping for several years by Dunham Hall in Potosi. Smith "T" threatened to attack the mansion if Austin did not relinquish it voluntarily. When Austin did not comply Smith "T" carried out his threat on July 4th, 1806.

Also in 1806 Smith "T" attempted to join Aaron Burr's scheme for invading Mexico but upon learning it was illegal he returned to Saint Genevieve. Upon his return he was presented with a warrant issued against him for treason. Smith "T" drew his pistol, defying lawmen to place him under arrest and he was not arrested. However, for being implicated in the Burr conspiracy, preventing the execution of a warrant and resisting a public officer the acting governor of the Territory of Louisiana, Frederick Bates, removed John Smith "T" from all public offices in 1807. For the next several years Bates interfered in some of Smith "T's" extensive mineral speculations; finally, in 1812, an angry Smith "T," on Christmas eve, actually sent a challenge to Governor Bates for a duel, however, Bates declined stating that he was accountable only to the government.

In the year 1819, John Smith "T" evidently made some sort of derogatory remark about Aaron Burr. Lionel Browne, former sheriff of Washington County, and a nephew of Aaron Burr, apparently took offense and challenged Smith "T" to a duel. It was the custom of the times and area that duels were fought on an island in the Mississippi River. This duel took place on an island opposite Herculaneum, Jefferson County, and on September 20th, Lionel Browne was shot through the head in the first fire and fell dead on the ground. Smith "T" was unhurt. 

In July, 1821, the first person indicted for murder in the Washington County Circuit Court was none other than the notorious John Smith "T." He claimed that Mr. Richard Rose had tried to persuade some of his slaves to leave him. When Smith "T" and Rose happened to meet at Samuel Thompson's still house, four miles northeast of Potosi, Smith "T" shot and killed Richard Rose. John Smith "T" was never punished for the murder.

In September of 1830 John Smith "T" was up to more mischief. While drinking at the bar of William McArthur's tavern in Saint Genevieve he became involved in a quarrel with a stranger named Samuel Ball. Smith "T" shot Ball, killing him instantly.  Smith "T" was acquitted of the murder and was not punished.

Despite his turbulent life-style, John Smith "T" died a quiet, non-violent death while on a trip to Tennessee. He contracted a fever in 1836. His body was returned to Missouri and he is believed to be buried at "The White Cliffs" of Selma on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Jefferson County. There is no tombstone to mark his grave. (The above biographical sketch was researched and written by Esther M. Ziock Carroll).   

7 1/2 x 6 1/2, manuscript, in ink. For value received we promise to pay Matthew McPete or order three hundred and forty one dollars and fifty cents within one month from the date hereof, July 27th, 1811. Jno. Smith T & Co. Age toning and edge wear with some slight paper loss. This does not affect any of the content. This note may very well be written in the hand of John Smith "T." Desirable early 1800's manuscript directly connected to the notorious John Smith "T."


Liberty surrounded by stars and the year 1863 on the obverse. Army & Navy within wreath design with crossed sabers at the bottom on the reverse. Very fine.





1811 Promissory Note, John Smith T $45.00


1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, Liberty,

<b>Unfit For Military Duty</b>

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

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., June 26, 1864


No. 25

Persons not fit for military duty and not liable to draft, from age or other causes, have expressed a desire to be personally represented in the Army. In addition to the contributions they have made in the way of bounties, they propose to procure at their own expense, and present for enlistment, recruits to represent them in the service. Such practical patriotism is worthy of special commendation and encouragement. Provost Marshals, and all other officers acting under this Bureau, are ordered to furnish all the facilities in their power to enlist and muster promptly the acceptable representative recruits presented, in accordance with the design herein set forth.

The name of the person whom the recruit represents will be noted on the Enlistment and Descriptive Roll of the recruit, and will be carried forward from those papers to the other official records which form his military history.

Suitably prepared certificates of this personal representation in the service will be forwarded from this office, to be filled out and issued by Provost Marshals to the persons who put in representative recruits.


Provost Marshal General

Notation in ink at the bottom of the document, Received Trenton, June 27, 1864.

There are 2 very tiny punch holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content. Light age toning. Very fine. Uncommon. 


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

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

<b><u>Fort Arckenoe, Winchester, [Va.], Thursday, May 14th, 1863</b></u>

My Dear wife,

After my love to you I will inform you that I am in good health hoping these may find you in the enjoyment of the same blessing.  I felt very much disappointed this afternoon when the mail was brought in and I did not get a letter.  I have not recd. one since Sunday and it seems a long time since I heard from you although I cannot expect you to write more than twice or three times a week yet I cannot see the mail brought in without looking for a letter, and when I miss getting one for three or four days it makes me feel very lonely and bad, but I will have to put up with it the best I can hoping that it will not be long until I will be permitted to come home and stay with my little family for I am very tired of being away.  My thoughts both waking and sleeping is about you.  We have still the same old monotony of camp life which is getting very tiresome.  We have plenty to eat.  We can get butter for 30 cents per lb. and milk for about 10 cents per gallon, but some of it tastes of wild onions which grows here in the pasture fields.  I got so tired of laying around today that I started out and went about 3 miles over farms and through woods and had a very pleasant walk all by myself.  Well I am so nervous I will quit till morning as I cannot send it off until tomorrow.

2 o’clock, Friday Morning- 15th.  Well Dear as I am on guard and feel kind of lonesome I thought I would try and finish this letter while the rest were sleeping.  We have had an awful blustery night of it.  I don’t think that I ever saw the wind blow much harder but it has fell some since midnight.  I slept until one o’clock and I had a great time of dreaming about you and the children and in fact I thought that I seen nearly all the people about home, but when I woke up I found myself here in my cotton house laying on the soft side of a board that is if there is any soft side to it, but as Lieut. Mann says it is mighty hard on a fellow’s hip bones especially if he is no fatter than I am.  O how I wish that I could slip into your bed and take a nap this morning for I think that I could sleep very comfortable there although I sleep warm enough but it is rather a hard bed.  Well I must go and wake up Corporal Maris and his relief.  I tell you the boys do hate to be woke up out of a good sleep and I do not wonder at it for I hate to get up myself, but they are up and I will try and finish this scribbling for it is so mixed up that I don’t know whether you can read it at all.  I wish that I was near enough to talk to you for I think you could understand me better than you can this.  Well my dear I have not much to say that will interest you for there is nothing new here.  It is the same old thing day after day without any variation.  The friends have a quarterly meeting about five miles from here on next Sabbath and if I can get leave of absence I think I will go out to it but I don’t know whether they will let me go or not but I think I shall try.  Well my dear I must conclude.  Pray for me my Dear wife that I may ever walk as I should and may the good Lord bless you and my dear little children is the prayer of your loving husband.

Lieut. L. Lupton

Light age toning, staining and wear.

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

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


By Thomas Truxtun Moebs. Confederate Naval Imprints Described and Annotated, Chronology of Naval Operations and Administration, Marine Corps and Naval Officer Biographies, Description and Service of Vessels, Subject Bibliography. Specifically Compiled for Collectors, Historians and Librarians. Published by Moebs Publishing Company, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1991. First Printing, 1 of 500 Copies. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, dust jacket, 578 pages, illustrated. Excellent condition. Great reference source for the Confederate States Navy. A must for all Confederate naval collectors. Rare.  

Sixth plate tintype of a gentleman sporting a thick mustache. He is nicely dressed in a jacket, vest, white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. Minor bend in the tintype. Very fine image.

1864 Provost Marshal General Circular Co


116th Ohio Infantry Letter


Confederate States Navy Research Guide $95.00


Tintype, Gentleman Sporting Thick Mustac $45.00

Full color bust view illustration of President Lincoln on the obverse. This is what is known as the $5 bill pose. Measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter. With the original pin on the reverse. Circa 1909. 


Civil War patriotic imprint with beautiful vignette of a spread winged eagle and American shield. The banner reads, "God Speed The Right." Red stars with the names of each state in the U.S. border the imprint. Light staining. 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   H 19in. x W 7in. x D 14in.  H 20in. x W 40in. x D 1in.

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $25.00


God Speed The Right





H 37in. x W 12in. x 13in.

PORCELAIN OVER IRON  <b>For The Use Of All Officers, Volunteers, And Militia In The Service Of The United States, In The Camp, Field, Or On The March</b>

Compiled From The Latest Authorities, Issued Under Orders Of Simon Cameron, Secretary of War, And Lieut. General Winfield Scott, General-In-Chief Of The U.S. Army. Published by T.B. Peterson And Brother, 306 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 1861. 80 pages, imprint. 4 1/2 x 7 1/2. Here is a partial list of the content: Directions to Volunteers, Camp Receipts For The Army, Duties of all Officers of Companies, Rations, Allowance of Clothing, Forms of Payment, Deserters, Soldier's Mess, Laundresses, Quarter Master's Department, Barracks and Quarters, Forage, Troops on the March, Formation of Camps, Head Quarters, Orders, Dispatches, Forms of Parade, Guard Mounting, Picket, Arrests and Confinements, Bearer of Flags, The Death of an Officer, and much, much more excellent content. There are no covers or wraps on this imprint, and the pages are loose.  The pages are lightly and evenly age toned, but in excellent condition. Very interesting and informative Civil War dated manual.    

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view of Yankee soldier sporting a thin mustache and wearing his shell jacket open to show his checkered shirt. Backmark: Gorgas & Mulvey, Photographers, Madison, Ind. There is a period ink identification written on the back, D. Doile. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  

Brass store token with an excellent vignette of a building and Boy's Clothing, Shirts, Fine Trunks, Umbrellas, &c. on one side, and Robt. Pitkin, Clothing And Furnishing Goods, 15 Camp St., New Orleans on the opposite side. With some of its original luster still showing. Circa 1850-1860. Scarce Antebellum New Orleans merchant token.



1861 Imprint, The Soldier's Companion


CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $50.00


Merchant Token, Robert Pitkin, New Orlea

<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin

Appointed U.S. Consul General to the British Province of Canada by President Lincoln in 1863</b>

(1817-99) Nicknamed "Bowie Knife Potter," he was born in Augusta, Maine, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in East Troy, Wisconsin. He served as Judge of Walworth County, Wisconsin, 1842-46, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1856. He served as a delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1852 and 1856, and to the Republican National Conventions of 1860 and 1864. Served as a Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-63.  He served as the Chairman on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands. President Lincoln appointed him Consul General of the United States to the British Provinces in Canada and he served in that capacity from 1863 to 1866, residing in what was then the capital city of Montreal.

<u>Signature With Title</u>: 3 3/4 x 2, signed in ink by Potter while he was serving as U.S. Consul General.  

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

War Department

Provost Marshal General's Office

Washington, D.C., August 31, 1864


No. 31

Deserters from the rebel army are not subject to enrollment or draft, nor are they acceptable as substitutes or recruits.


Provost Marshal General

Note- Amended Circular- The one of the same number previously issued to be destroyed.

Ink notation at the bottom, Received Trenton, Sept. 1st, 1864.

There are 2 tiny punch holes at the left edge of the document. They do not affect any of the content. Otherwise very fine. Uncommon.


Sixth plate daguerreotype photograph of a well dressed gentleman wearing jacket with silk vest and tie. Comes with a brass mat with the imprint of W.A. Reed, Quincy, Ill. stamped at the bottom, keeper, glass, and full leather covered case with red velvet liner with floral design. The outside of the case shows light wear and pieces of the leather have chipped off at the bottom and top edges (the underneath portion) of the case. The case is missing the closing hook. Nice quality early image.

Warren A. Reed opened a photographic gallery in Quincy, Illinois in 1848.  

Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.

Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00


Provost Marshal General's Circular Conce


Daguerreotype, Well Dressed Gentleman Ph


Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $50.00

Top portion of the famous detective agency's imprinted letterhead. 8 x 3. Pinkerton's National Detective Agency. Founded by Allan Pinkerton 1850. Includes the various names and addresses of their officers and divisions. Listed at the top are Rob't A. Pinkerton, New York. Wm. A. Pinkerton, Chicago Principals. Allan Pinkerton, Ass't General Manager, New York. Light age toning and wear. There are 2 tiny punch holes at the top that affect the top portion of the "a" in National, and the "e" in Detective. Although incomplete, someone back in the day thought enough about it to keep as a souvenir. This is still a very neat item from the world's most famous detective agency. The Pinkerton's were closely associated with the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, and other important chapters in American history.    

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

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, Sept. 19, 1863

General Orders

No. 318

Court martial document detailing the charges, specifications, findings and sentences, for two separate cases. The first case is against Private James Vaughn, Company B, 13th Ohio Volunteers, who is charged with desertion. He was found guilty and sentenced to be shot to death. The second case is against Captain William W. Woodbury, 2nd Minnesota Volunteers, who is charged with using disloyal language, insubordination, and drunkenness while on duty. He was found guilty and sentenced to be dismissed from the service of the United States.

However, the sentence of Private Vaughn was commuted to confinement for three months, at hard labor, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances due or to become due until the expiration of his sentence. The sentence of Captain Woodbury was also commuted to forfeiture of three months pay.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War, and signed in print by E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. Trimmed at left edge, not affecting any of the content. Very small stain at upper right edge, again not affecting the content.


<b>United We Stand, Divided We Fall</b>

The slogan, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall" with thistle plant on the obverse. Drugs, Dry Goods, Groceries, Hardware & Notions on the reverse. The token retains a good amount of its original red luster. About uncirculated condition. Very desirable.  

7 1/2 x 9 3/4, 3 imprinted forms, unused. Office of Receiver of Commutation Money. The receipts read in part, "the sum of three hundred dollars ($300) to obtain, under section 13 of the "Act for enrolling and calling out the national forces, and for other purposes," approved March 3, 1863, discharge from further liability under that draft. There are places to write in the name of the drafted man, what district he hailed from, when he was drafted, the date the $300.00 was received, etc. You've probably heard the expression, "rich's man war, poor man's fight." That saying was certainly true during the Civil War with exemptions that allowed the wealthy to avoid military service by paying the sum of $300.00 to get out of serving. This blank form is an original form from the Civil War that was intended to be used for that purpose, but it was never filled out. Trimmed at the top, and with 2 very tiny punch holes which do not affect any of the content. Interesting Civil War document.

Pinkerton's National Detective Agency


1863 Court Martial Cases in the Union Ar


Civil War Patriotic Merchant Token


Civil War Commutation of Money Forms

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