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H 23in. x W 14in.  

<b>Regarding an incident that happened at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841</b>

5 pages, 8 x 12 1/2, in ink. These are contemporary handwritten copies of a correspondence that took place between Andrew W. Johnson, Commander, U.S. Navy, and George M. Robeson, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, concerning an incident that occurred when Johnson was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. There are two letters from A.W. Johnson to Secretary Robeson, and one from Robeson to Johnson. Based on examples of Commander Johnson's signature, those on his two letters appear to be in his own hand. Johnson was on active duty as Lieutenant Commander during the Civil War.

<u>The letters are as follows</u>:

Washington City, D.C.

January 21, 1873

To the Hon. Geo. M. Robeson

Secretary of the Navy


While at the Naval Academy from October 1848 to August 1849- preparing for final examination, certain mischievous acts of a few of the Midshipmen of the date of 1841- of whom I was one- were punished by order of the Secretary of the Navy- Mr. Preston- with reduction of their general average on the final merit roll, thus affecting for life their advancement and rank in the service.  My average on that roll stood 83.70 and the reduction made was 20.75, leaving it at 62.96 to be considered in assigning me position in my date.

At the commencement of the Rebellion there were but two officers in the Navy who had been thus reduced in rank- Lieutenant, now Commander Luce, and myself.


After the capture of Port Royal, S.C. in which Lieutenant Luce participated, Secretary Welles, at the instance of friends of Lieutenant Luce reversed the decision of Ex-Secretary Preston and recommended the nomination of that officer to his proper number on the Navy list, accompanying this recommendation with a communication setting forth the injustice of the proceeding.  This was favorably acted upon and Lieutenant Luce was assigned to his rightful position.

Shortly after the commission of the offenses referred to by the midshipmen, promises of the future good behavior of the class were accepted by the Superintendent of the school, and the matter was presumed to have been satisfactorily concluded, but at a later date, the Secretary of the Navy disapproved the arrangement, and immediately before the final examination, a Court of Inquiry was convened by his order to investigate the circumstances.  No specific charges were brought against any Midshipman, but all were suspected, and the questions put to each separately, obliged those concerned to implicate themselves indirectly by refusal to answer.  Neither counsel, nor the right of defense, were permitted, but the degree of guilt was predicated upon the obstinacy of their declining replies to interrogation intended to criminate.


The Court, after the conclusion of its inquiries became examined, and, with an accession to its number, decided the relative merit of the entire class.

In view of the facts above stated, I respectfully solicit from the Department the same consideration which was shown Lieutenant Luce.

I have the honor to be,

Very respectfully,

Your Obed. Svt.,

A.W. Johnson, 

Commander, U.S. Navy

Washington City, D.C.

January 22, 1873

Hon. Geo. M. Robeson

Secretary of the Navy


With the view of answering your verbal interrogation of the 21st instant- referring to an application for restoration to my academic position on the Navy list- based upon a precedent established by one of your predecessors in the case of Lieutenant, now Commander Luce- I respectfully submit the following:


The lengthy interval which has elapsed since my reduction in rank by Ex-Secretary Preston and my written application to the Department for redress, is due to the fact that immediately after his decision, I was ordered on active service afloat for two years.  On my return to the United States, Secretary Wm. A. Graham declined to reverse the acts of Mr. Preston.  After the completion of this duty the entire reorganization of the Navy under Secretary Dobbin, engaged Congress and the Department; and for the greater part of Secretary Toucey’s term I was at sea. The existing and busy period of Secretary Welles administration of the Department was not the time for such an application-  moreover.  I was absent on active duty.

Lieutenant Luce, who had frequently made the effort, succeeded after a lapse of thirteen or fourteen years in securing his proper number.  Lieutenant Luce was not awarded his original place for any conspicuous act of gallantry, although he was so fortunate as to participate in one of the earlier naval engagements- the capture of Port Royal, S.C.- and no other advancements by number on the Navy Register were made on that occasion.

By reference to the letter of Secretary Welles- now on file in the Department- it will be seen that he reversed the action of Ex-Secretary Preston, principally on the ground of its injustice.

In 1866, Special promotions were made by Act of Congress for services in the Rebellion, in which I was not included; and until I could establish my claim to consideration for the same, I could not consistently approach the Department with the application now submitted.

I have the honor to be Sir,

Very Respectfully,

Your Obed. Svt.,

A.W. Johnson

Commander U.S. Navy

Navy Department

Washington, 25th February 1873


Your letters of the 21st ultimo, reciting the circumstances under which you were reduced in your relative standing in your class at the Naval Academy in 1848-49, and asking the consideration of the Department in your case have been received.

Although the Department has full appreciation of your character and services, it does not feel justified in attempting the investigation and remedying of a wrong said to have been some more than twenty years ago, to a student at the Naval Academy, particularly when action in this behalf would affect rights of other officers long considered settled.


Geo. M. Robeson

Secretary of the Navy

[to] Commander

Andrew W. Johnson

U.S. Navy

Washington, D.C.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

Naval Record of Andrew W. Johnson: Midshipman, October 19, 1841; Passed Midshipmen, August 10, 1847; Master, September 14, 1855; Lieutenant, September 15, 1855; Lieutenant Commander, July 16, 1862; Commander, July 25, 1866; and Captain, April 5, 1874; Retired List, February 8, 1884.  Source: List of Officers of the U.S. Navy, and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900.

WBTS Trivia: William B. Preston, who was U.S. Secretary of the Navy, during the time Andrew W. Johnson was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy, was from Virginia, and served as a Confederate Senator during the War Between The States. 


13 3/4 x 16, imprint on vellum, with vignettes and a large red embossed seal affixed at the bottom.

The President of the United States of America. To all who shall see these Presents, Greeting: Know Ye, that, reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Patriotism, Valor, Fidelity and Abilities of Augustus F. Thompson, I do appoint him Gunner in the Navy of the United States, from the 3rd of March 1849.

He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge all the duties of a Gunner, and I do strictly charge and require all Officers, Seamen and others under his Command, to be obedient to his Orders. 

And he is to obey the Orders and Directions which he shall receive from the President of the United States, or his Superior Officers, according to the Rules and Discipline of the Navy. This Warrant is to continue in force during the pleasure of the President Of The United States.

Given under my hand at the City of Washington, this Sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty, and in the Seventy Fifth year of the Independence of the United States. By the President, Millard Fillmore. Wm. Ballard Preston, Secretary of the Navy. Registered L.B. Hardin.

"Copy" at upper left. This is an 1800's period copy, with the signatures being secretarial. Light age toning and wear. Very fine condition.

Augustus F. Thompson was appointed, Gunner, March 3, 1849, and appears on the Retired List, December 3, 1881, so apparently he served in the Civil War. He died on December 3, 1890. Source: List of Officers of the U.S. Navy, and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900.  An especially nice <U>serial numbered</U>, (#V6145) Grand Army of the Republic membership medal with <I>Post Commander Device</I>.  This especially attractive Patent of 1886 marked Civil War veteran medal is offered here direct from years of storage and is untouched with, sharp edges, a rich natural age patina and original  suspension ribbon.  Per G. A. R. requirements, these handsome medals were cast from the bronze of Confederate cannon.  ( This medal will come with a nice color facsimile of an original issue envelope face attesting to use of captured Confederate cannon metal.)   An attractive memento from a time when the G.A.R.  was the most influential group in the country. <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!



Correspondence Between Naval Commander & $50.00


Presidential Appointment For Gunner, U. S $75.00


Civil War Vet. - GAR MEMBERSHIP MEDAL $225.00

H 37in. x D 10in WITH CURVED GLASS

CIRCA 1920

REWIRED TO CODE  H 28in. x D 8in.











H 9in. x W 8in. x D 15in.

GREAT INDUSTRIAL PIECE  H 28in. x W 48in. x W 14in.

HEAVY DUTY DOUBLE HEADED  Height:	29 in. (73.66 cm)

Width:	50 in. (127 cm)

Depth:	50 in. (127 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Contemporary	

Year:	c. 1890

Perfectly Scaled American round 60" 

Walnut Dining Table.   Elegant and substantial. Beautifully grained with classic base.    

Leaves may be for an additional cost.  Height:	93 in. (236.22 cm)

Width:	63 in. (160.02 cm)

Depth:	19 in. (48.26 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	American Aesthetic

Maker:	Pottier & Stymus

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1870

An important American Aesthetic ebonized and paint-decorated parlor cabinet bearing an ink inscription of five a digit inventory number and "Pullman", by Pottier & Stymus, New York circa 1870. This fine cabinet features beveled mirror backs, a stepped superstructure with central pediment and anthemion crests, columnar supports and arched mirror plates. The breakfronted base with blocked frieze and cabinet doors is adorned with Muses.





Antique Classic Round Pedestal Dining Ta $3500.00


Antique American Aesthetic Ebonized Parl $28000.00

Liberty encircled by stars on the obverse. M.F. Beirn, Magnolia Hotel, 100 So. 8th St. and 416 Library St., Philadelphia on the reverse. Very slightly clipped at one edge, otherwise very nice. Quite scarce.  

3 pages, 6 1/4 x 9, imprint. 

LINCOLN MEMORIAL CONCERT. Fifty-Third Anniversary Of Emancipation Proclamation. Tuesday Afternoon, February Fifteenth, Nineteen Sixteen, Two O'Clock. "His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong." Emerson. Congregational Church, Norfolk, Connecticut. Josef Hofmann, Pianist. Page two has a verse titled "On Music" by Walter Savage Landor, and page three gives the details of the Programme which includes musical selections of Beethoven, Stojowsky, Sternberg, Strauss and Chopin. It also notes that a Steinway Piano is being used. Page four is blank. Very fine. A desirable Abraham Lincoln related item with a quote on the front page from the famous American poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

WBTS Trivia: President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, freeing the slaves in those states that were in rebellion against the United States. It is estimated that this freed 3 million slaves at the time. The Proclamation also ordered that suitable persons among those freed could be enrolled into the paid service of United States forces, and ordered the Union Army, and all parts of the Executive branch, to "recognize and maintain the freedom of" the ex-slaves. This concert was being held in honor of Lincoln's Proclamation.   Height:	65 in. (165.10 cm)

Width:	53 in. (134.62 cm)


Country of Origin:	USA

Style:	Victorian

Maker:	William R. Hamilton

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c.1854

William R. Hamilton Family Portrait of Upper Class New York Family,  c.1854. Portrait of the Wife and younger children of Alexander Masterton, who like Hamilton, was Scottish born. Masterton was a prominent and wealthy architect/builder, with a prosperous marble quarrying firm.  Hamilton was known for his group portraits of Important East Coast families, some of which incorporated landscapes, such as his notable piece in the Los Angeles Museum of Art.      

William R Hamilton emigrated from Scotland in the early 1830s with the help of Alexander Masterton, as a trained artist in both London and Paris, and was associated closely with America's National Academy from 1834 to 1841.  His works are housed in both the New York Historical Society and the Los Angeles Museum of Art. 

Dimensions: 65" X 53" (Painting)

Dimensions: 78" X 67" (Frame)

 Height:	30 in. (76.20 cm)

Width:	43 in. (109.22 cm)

Depth:	22 in. (55.88 cm)

Country of Origin:	USA


Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1890

Description:	Beautiful Two Drawer Walnut Serving Cart with carved drawer front, curved handle, and two wheels at front.  A charming piece.

Civil War Merchant Token, Magnolia Hotel $20.00


Abraham Lincoln Memorial Concert Program $25.00


William R. Hamilton Family Portrait c. 1 $25000.00


Kreiss Quality Walnut Serving Cart $796.00

Height:	21 in. (53.34 cm)

Width:	21 in. (53.34 cm)

Depth:	21 in. (53.34 cm)

Style:	Industrial

Condition:	Restored

Year:	c. 1920

Description:	Original cast red brass holophane light fixture circa 1920. These fixtures are also available in nickel plating. Multiples available.

Available Sizes

21"H x 21"Diameter (7 pcs.)

25"H x 23"Diameter (7 pcs.)  An original complete issue of the Newspaper "La Presse", Paris,  August  6, 1914 headlining the Battle between the Germans and Belgians, with the text of the August 2  German Ultimatum to Belgium,  the August 4  British Declaration of War with Germany, the British Ambassador leaves Berlin, excitement in London, the King's Message, The Royal Navy & Sir John Jellicoe, etc.  2pp Complete, French text. VG.  Mike Brackin Civil War thanks you for visiting  our website  An historic original World War One special edition of the  newspaper, "La Presse", Paris, France, August 7, 1914, w huge headlining the German Invasion, the Heroic defense of the forts at Liege  by the Belgian Army, Germans are executing  Belgian civilians, the Germans Invade Luxembourg, British Prime Minister Asquith announces England will come to the aid of France, Lord Kitchener the new Minister of War for Britain, etc. French  text.  2pp. VG.complete issue.  Mike Brackin Civil War thanks you for visiting  our website  A nice pair of original CDV photos of a couple- 1) Chestview of a young officer with double breasted military coat, pencil inscr on reverse "Cooper Dec 1862", 2) Full standing view of a young woman, rev also pencil inscr "Cooper Dec 1862". Photo imprint on reverse  for JW Hurn & by Rehn & Hurn, Philadelphia. The coat indicates the officer held the rank of a major or higher. Both images VG. The pair

21in Red Brass / Nickel Plated Holophane L $950.00







Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a large American shield with the motto, "Our Nation's Shield." Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3 1/8.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   Lovely carved RJHorner Sideboard with Rare Cresting Piece


Beautifully executedRJ Horner sideboard in quarter sawn oak with very unique cresting piece ofcarved female face, framed by floral and foliate carvings ending in outwardflowing acanthus leaves and scrolled carvings.  Upper portion has carvedcolumns flanking open mirrored back shelves with central bombe beveled glassdoors revealing a mirror back above open serving area with mirrored back. Bottom portion has three drawers, with the center drawer above carvedrelief panel of intricate face of the Northwind, flanked by two bombe cabinets.Large Bottom drawer has two carved pulls.


 Dimensions: 94" H x 60" W x 25" D  Classic Welsh OpenShelf Pine Hutch with 3 shelves over base with 3 drawers and lower shelf.

Perfect piece to displayChina or collectibles. 

 Published by <I>C. Bohn 568 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington D. C.</I> with <I>Lithograph & Print </I> by  E. Sachse & Co., Baltimore, this original print measures 11 ½ X 16 inches and was <I>entered by act of Congress in the year 1861</I>.  Upon close inspection of the lithograph one notes tiny brown ink penned numbers (1 through 15) scattered about the illustration which are keyed to a finely hand printed identification reference in the bottom margin, right and left.  In addition to other points of interest the key identifies the<I> HORSES & WAGONS OF THE <B>16th MASS. REGT.</B>TENTS OF THE <B>16th MASS., 20th N.Y. REGT. - N. Y. NAVAL BRIGADE – 48th PENN. – 20th IND. </B></I>  All solid and original with some foxing and discoloration could be removed with proper archival technique but we’d leave it as is as evidence of age and originality.  Our photographs will do best to describe condition.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Our Nation's Shield $8.00


7797 19th century American Oak Sideboard $7950.00


7798 Antique Welsh Traditional Pine Hutc $3500.00


1861 Camp Hamilton – Fortress Monroe Vir $195.00

Standing approximately 8 ½ inches and just under 3 inches in diameter, this  classic old stoneware bear bottle is marked <I>BUCHAN – PORTOBELLO – EDINBURGH</I>.  With good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing original condition this classic old 1800s bottle will display well.  An attractive period item without spending a lot of money.  Now that is a rarity!  <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 !   

Pair of 1865 dated Union patriotic envelopes published by Charles Magnus. Both covers are a deep lavender color with a gilded imprint, one in silver and one in gold. Each have an eagle vignette with the caption "U.S. Armies Operating against Richmond, Va." with places to write in the Company, Regiment, Brigade, Division and Army Corps. The silver printed cover is quite attractive, the gold imprinted cover has oxidized  somewhat. Both have the 1865 Magnus, New York imprint at the bottom. These are quite rare to find!       Measuring 3 ½ X 2 3/8 inches and remaining in excellent condition with no scratches or other issues, our photo illustrations will likely speak best for this tintype as our subject stands for his portrait in full uniform with the classic Army spiked helmet, enlisted rectangular U. S. waist belt plate and issue U. S. embossed Mckeever  cartridge box. <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 neat all original and period tumbler to use with your favorite beverage or to set out for display is this heavy 3 ¾ inch high tumbler fashioned from an iron pontiled <I>blob top</I> bottle circa 1850s early 1860s.  Boldly embossed <B>J. SIMONDS – BOSTON – MINERAL WATER</B> this relic of the Civil War era, pressed into service from a damaged or discharged bottle, offers an attractive example of the typical <I>make-do</I> attitude of the period.  <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 !

19th century STONEWARE BEER BOTTLE $35.00


Patriotic Covers, U. S. Armies Operating $50.00


Indian Wars vintage U. S. Infantryman TI $145.00


Civil War vintage MAKE DO TUMBLER $60.00

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 1926 and was issued to veteran representatives attending the 60th  National Encampment in Des Moines, Iowa.  The medal carries the figure of GAR National Commander <B>John B. Inman </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 !

 Illustrated here with a quarter as size comparison, our photos should do best to describe this excavated Civil War vintage 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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Equestrian statue of George Washington on horseback with the slogan, "First in War, First in Peace," and the year 1863 on the obverse. "The Union Must And Shall Be Preserved, Jackson" on the reverse. Clipped edge. Fine.  

4 pages, 3 3/4 x 5 1/4, in ink, written by a women who identifies herself as Sarah S.P. This original manuscript was written by Miss Sarah on New Year's Day, 1863, the day that President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became effective. It is noted by Sarah at the top of the sheet, "Air- the Banks of Brandywine." This was a popular folk song of the era, and apparently Sarah fancied herself as a lyricist, and intended for her original words to be put to the music of The Banks of Brandywine. The words she has written on this sheet of paper in 1863 are not those of that song, but are her own.

(Air- The Banks of Brandywine)

Jan. 1st, 1863, New Year

Today the bondsman’s chain is broke; Today the slaves go free; Today he’ll rest the tyrant’s yoke; For ‘tis 1863.

They long have suffered, toiled & died; In hopeless misery; But God has listened when they cryed; And gave them liberty.

He’s warned the nation of her crimes; He’s bid the slaves go free; O! tremble now ye Southern chimes; For ‘tis 1863.

Jeff Davis says he’ll hang our men; And thinks he’ll scare the North; But we will drive him to his den; And there we’ll drag him forth; The Union men will not be beat; By Jackson, Jeff nor Lee; The rebel foe they’ll bravely meet; In 1863.

The contraband will bravely fight; Nor flinch at cannon ball; For they are bound to gain their right; Or make creation fall; The stars & stripes will proudly wave; O’er all the land’s sea; Our army will the Union save; In 1863.

Saw soldiers bleed & die & when the dreadful fight was done; You’ve heard their mournful cy; You’ve visited the lonely fires; Where wives & mothers mourn; The absent husbands, sons or sires; Who cowardice would scorn.

You’ve seen the lover fondly pray; The maid he did not adore; Unto his noble throbbing breast; Then leave her for the war; And you have seen the tender maid; In secret weep & pine; For he who from her love had strayed; And joined the battle line. 

You’ve visited the drunkard’s cell; Where famished children cry; Where want & woe together dwell; You’ve saw the drunkard die; You’ve witnessed deeds of sin & woe; So deep and dark that some would tremble if the world should know; That they such deeds had done. 

You’ve been a kind & faithful friend; Though sometimes stern and proud & as your life draws to an end; Stern winter weaves your shroud.

Composed by Sarah S.P.

Light age toning, soiling, scattered light staining, and wear. Neatly written. Desirable 1863 manuscript regarding the freeing of the slaves.

1926 Des Moines G. A. R. National Encamp $185.00


Lord collection Excavated Civil War Arti $85.00


1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, First in $10.00


1863 Manuscript Regarding the Emancipati $50.00

<b>United States Senator from Missouri

United States Secretary of the Interior</b>

(1829-1906) Revolutionary, orator, ambassador, senator, editor, and major general of U.S. Volunteers all describe the Prussian born Carl Schurz. A proponent of abolition, he vigorously campaigned for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Commissioned a brigadier general, April 15, 1862, his appointment had a positive effect on many loyal German-Americans who had taken up arms for the Union. He was immediately assigned to command of a division of John C. Fremont's Army, then in the Shenandoah Valley. He fought most creditable in the 2nd battle of Bull Run, but at the key battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg his division was routed. Having been promoted to major general to rank from March 17, 1863, he was then sent to the western theater to serve under General Joe Hooker. He spoke throughout the North on behalf of Lincoln's re-election in 1864, and served as chief of staff to General Henry W. Slocum during the Carolina's campaign. For 40 years after the Civil War he was a lecturer, Senator, and editor of 5 different publications. He was a tireless advocate of negro equality and had a large influence on every presidential election from 1860 to 1904.

<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, C. Schurz.  

<b>Known as the orator who saved the nation!

Autograph Letter Signed</b>

(1824-64) Born in New York, N.Y., he was a Unitarian clergyman, lyceum lecturer, and Pastor in Charlestown and Boston, Mass., 1840-60, and in San Francisco, Ca., 1860-64. Influential in California politics during the Civil War, his eloquent and zealous speeches were  credited by President Abraham Lincoln as a prime factor in keeping California loyal to the Union.

<u>Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 4 1/2 x 7, 2 pages, in ink.


Dec. 11, 1858

Dear Sir,

I have just returned from a week's absence & find your kind letter.

Alas, I have not a single evening I can give to a new engagement before March. It grieves me that I cannot respond to so flattering a request, but I am already weighed down by the duties I have undertaken & so can only thank you & remain,

Sincerely yours,

T.S. King

[to] F.B. Goss, Esq.

Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Desirable California Civil War related personality.    

Vignette of panoply of flags, wand with liberty cap on top of it, drum, and crossed cannons with Union on the barrel. Army & Navy with crossed sabers and wreath on the reverse. There is a very tiny hole in the token, otherwise very fine. Circa 1863.  

<b>The legendary Confederate cavalry commander!

Acquired from the great-granddaughter of General Forrest</b>

(1821-1877) A self made man with little formal education, he had acquired by the time of the Civil War a substantial fortune as a planter and slave dealer. He enlisted as a private in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry and raised and equipped at his own expense a battalion of mounted troops, of which he was elected lieutenant colonel in October 1861. As the war progressed, he took part in numerous engagements, and his fame as a cavalry commander became legendary and his exploits went unabated until the end of the war! Union General William T. Sherman was quoted as saying, "That devil Forrest must be hunted down and killed if it costs ten thousand lives and bankrupts the Federal Treasury." During the course of the Civil War, Forrest had 29 horses shot out from under him, killed or seriously maimed at least 30 enemy soldiers in hand to hand combat, and himself suffered 4 wounds. In April 1867, he was elected Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Clan. In 1868 he became President of the Selma, Marion & Memphis Railroad.

<u>Signature</u>: in ink, N.B. Forrest, mounted to piece of an old period album page. Overall size is 4 1/2 x 2. This signature was purchased directly from Forrest's great-granddaughter in 1971 when his personal effects were sold to Dr. Roland Bill of Memphis, Tenn. who had amassed a huge Forrest collection. A letter of provenance from Dr. Roland Bill dated 1986 accompanies this signature. Very desirable.

Autograph, General Carl Schurz $45.00


Autograph, Thomas Starr King $100.00


Civil War Patriotic Token, Army & Navy $10.00


Autograph, General Nathan Bedford Forres $995.00

Hand crafted from horn in a classic style of the American Revolutionary War period, this distinctively shaped (see: Valley Forge Museum collection and <I>EARLY AMERICAN ANTIQUE COUNTRY FURNISHINGS</I> by Neumann ) spoon remains solid with a pleasing natural age patina over some worming from decades of New England attic storage.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <U>key word</U> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 With lots of good evidence of period use and some age foxing and light staining, this 1852 edition of The <I>New American Practical Navigator</I> by Nathaniel Bowditch remains complete in its 458 pages with the additional page of advertisements and fold out chart all with no tears or repairs.  On the inside front cover is the small period stationers label of <I>J. S. Kellogg DEALER IN Books & Stationary, Mobile, Alabama</I>.  On the flyleaf a the bold period brown ink signature <B><I>J. D. Johnston</B></I> with a pencil notation: <I>C.S.S. Tennessee</I>. Well accounted for in such early histories as DeLeon’s <I> Navies in War and the Confederate Navy in the War Between the States</I> and such as <I> Addresses Delivered Before the Confederate Veterans Association of Savannah</I> by United Confederate Veterans, Georgia Division and the <I>Official Records of the Confederate Navy</I>, <B>James D. Johnston</B> is recorded as Commander Provisional Navy, June 2, 1864, to rank from Oct. 4, 1863;  Comm. <B>C. S. S. Baltic</B> 1861-63.  Johnston was second in command of the iron clad ram <B>C. S. S. Tennessee</B>under Admiral Buchanan at the Battle of Mobile Bay where he was captured Aug.5 1864; prisoner at Ft. Warren; exchanged, Oct. 18, 1864; Mobile Station, 1864-65; surrendered May 4, 1865; paroled May 10, 1865.  (Note: Capt. Johnston’s Confederate Navy sword is housed in the Hargrett Manuscripts Library Museum, University of Georgia; col:# ms508(m).)  We found an 1896 obituary account as follows: <I>J. D. Johnston died at Savannah, Ga., age 98; he is said to have been the surviving ranking officer of the Confederate Navy and the senior ranking officer by date of commission of the old United States Navy.</I>   Previous to the Civil War Johnston served in the U. S. Navy as Midshipman 30 June 1832; Passed Midshipman 23 June 1838; Lt. 34 June 1843.  He resigned to join the Confederacy 10 April 1861.   A neat item for the Confederate States Navy enthusiast. <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!  French Art Nouveau Color Lithograph, "Maiden with Flowers", by Mary Golay. Provenance: La Belle Epoque Vintage Posters, New York

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 24.5" H x 22" W x 2" D  French Art Nouveau Color lithograph by Mary Goday, "Portrait of a Woman with Flowers and Earrings" (from Tetes de Femmes)

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions:24.5" H x 22" W x 2" D

American Colonial era - Eating Spoon $85.00


Confederate Navy identified: c. 1852 New $750.00


Mary Golay “Maiden with Flowers” (from T $3500.00


Mary Golay“Portrait of a Woman w / Flower $3500.00

Exceptional Art Nouveau panel, "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not", by Mary Golay.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 46.5" H x 22"W x 2" D

 Gorgeous and Detailed "Elegante’"Color Lithograph by Mary Golay.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 46.5" H x 22" W x 2" D  Beautiful Art Nouveau decorative panel, "Saison Nouvelle", by Mary Golay.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 45.5" H x 22.25" W x 2" D  Color Lithograph, lovely Art Nouveau piece, Woman in Dress.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 42" H x 22" W x 2" D

Mary Golay “He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not $4500.00


Mary Golay “Elegante’”, A French Art Nou $4500.00


Mary Golay “Saison Nouvelle” French Art $4500.00


Mary Golay $4500.00

Mary Golay "Adorned with Poppies" lithograph with brilliant colors and detail.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 46" H x 22.25 " W x 2" D  Vivid Mary Golay Color lithograph, "Iris Seduction", a lovely French Art Nouveau decorative panel by Mary Golay, c. 1899.

Mary Golay, 1869-1944, was a British artist recognized for Art Nouveau paintings and color lithographs used for postcards in the early 1900s.  She was well known for her portraits and paintings of flowers and birds.

Dimensions: 45.5 " H x 21.25" W x 2" D

 Beautiful Turn of the Century Austrian Iridescent Glass and Cast Metal table lamp, attributed to Loetz, with flattened glass diffuser, threaded decoration, with highly detailed base raised on four tapering legs joined by stretcher, with intricate lily decoration.  

Height overall 23 1/2 x diameter of shade 16 inches. 

Dimensions:  23.5 in. Height x 15 in. Diameter  <b>of the State of North Carolina</b>

5 x 7 3/4, imprint.

Headquarters, Department of the South

Hilton Head, S.C., January 16, 1865

General Orders,

No. 4

The State of North Carolina, having been attached to this Department, the undersigned hereby assumes command of the same. It will, in future, be designated the District of North Carolina, Department of the South.

The Commanding Officer of the District of North Carolina will make the usual returns and reports, required by regulations, to these Headquarters.


Maj. Gen. Commanding


Wm. L.M. Burger

Assistant Adjutant General

Staining around the edges of the document. Scarce South Carolina field printed order.

Mary Golay “Adorned with Poppies” A Fren $4500.00


Mary Golay “Iris Seduction’ A French Art $4500.00


Austrian Iridescent Glass & Cast Metal T $8500.00


General John G. Foster Named Commander $15.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Zouave holding an American flag in one hand and a knife in the other with bombs bursting nearby. Slogan below, "The Spirit of the North Aroused." 5 x 2 3/4. Light staining and wear.

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7 3/4 x 10, manuscript in ink.

Account Sales of part of the personal property of the Estate of Edward C. Melke, Deceased. Sold on the 4th day of Jany. 1847. Negro Boy Crump sold to A. Burwell- 500.00. Negro Boy Washington sold to C. Ryan- 605.00. Negro Boy Nelson, Diana & 4 Children sold to H.C. Vale- 1,600.00. $2,705.00. A.H. Laurin, Administrator of E.C. Melke, Decd.

Light age toning. Very fine. 

Edward C. Melke lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  

(1816-87) Born near Louisville, Ky., he saw action during the Mexican War as Lieutenant Colonel of the 4th Kentucky Infantry. He served in the Kentucky State Legislature, and was appointed Minister to Spain by President Buchanan in 1858. Preston was prominently engaged in inducing Kentucky to join the Confederacy, and served on the staff of his brother-in-law, General Albert S. Johnston, with rank of colonel, until the latter's death at Shiloh. Commissioned Brigadier General, April 14, 1862, he fought in the battles of Corinth, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga. In 1864 he was appointed Confederate minister to the Imperial Mexican government but never reached Maximilian and instead spent the last months of the war in the Trans-Mississippi Department. 

Albumen photograph, on 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 mount, with contemporary pencil ID at the bottom. No imprint. Taken after April 1862, this view shows Preston in Confederate uniform with rank of  brigadier general.   

This sloop of war was launched on March 20, 1862, at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Civil War.  Assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, the "Juniata" was first stationed at Norfolk, Va., where her guns protected the navy yard.  Ordered to join the West Indies Squadron, she departed Hampton Roads on April 26, 1863, and captured the schooner "Harvest" loaded with Confederate cotton that was bound for Nassau.  Joining the squadron on May 5th, she continued to play havoc on Confederate commerce capturing four ships including the schooner, "Fashion" which had a cargo of chemicals that were critical to the Confederacy.  She continued to cruise in the West Indies convoying California bound ships to safe water and alertly watching for signs of Rebel cruisers and blockade runners until she was ordered to set sail for New York on November 24, 1863.  The "Juniata" was under repairs during the first half of 1864 at Philadelphia, and she departed on August 12th in search of the Rebel cruiser, "Tallahassee" which was reported off the New Jersey coast near Sandy Hook.  She then served again with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron until steaming to Wilmington, N.C., in early December to take part in the forthcoming Union naval operations.  She was in the thick of the fighting during the first attack on Fort Fisher, and her daring upon this occasion cost her two officers and three men killed, and eleven men wounded.  In the second attack on the fort five more of her crew were killed, and ten wounded, but the Rebel stronghold fell, thus effectively sealing off the Confederacy from further foreign aid.  Transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, on January 18, 1865, she docked at Port Royal, S.C. to repair damages received in the furious action at Fort Fisher.  She then participated in the expedition to Bull’s Bay in support of General William T. Sherman during his advance in the Carolina’s campaign.  After receiving repairs again at Port Royal, S.C., she was ordered to cruise along the coast of Brazil as far south as Buenos Aires where her duty was to protect American citizens and their interests.  Departing Port Royal on June 17, 1865, she arrived at Bahia, Brazil on August 8th bringing with her the new United States consul.  With the exception of a cruise to the coast of Africa from June 12th to September 30, 1866, she remained in South American waters until April 30, 1867, when she sailed from Rio de Janeiro for home, arriving at Philadelphia on June 24, 1867.  In late 1882, with Commander George Dewey in command, the "Juniata" departed from the New York Navy Yard, on a voyage which took her around the world through the Strait of Gibraltar, the Suez Canal, to Bombay, Batavia, Singapore and Hong Kong, among her many ports of call.  She returned to New York on December 10, 1885, and operated from that port until she sailed for the Pacific on August 16, 1886.  She returned to New York on February 4, 1889, and was decommissioned on February 28, 1889.  The "Juniata" was sold at the Portsmouth Navy Yard, on March 25, 1891.

Wet plate, albumen photograph, mounted to 5 1/4 x 4 1/4 card. View of the ship in port. Period ink identification on the reverse, "U.S.S. "Juniata" taken off Cob Dock, New York Navy Yard." "G.P. Hunt, [1] U.S.S. "Juniata," Staten Island, New York, June 22, 1886." Light age toning and wear.

[1] George P. Hunt, who once owned this photograph, was commissioned Third Assistant Engineer, July 1, 1861; Second Assistant Engineer, December 18, 1862; First Assistant Engineer, January 30, 1865; and Chief Engineer, July 4, 1880. He died April 5, 1887.

The Spirit of the North Aroused $8.00


1847 Account Sales of Estate Including E $175.00


Photograph, General William Preston $125.00


Photograph, Union Warship, U. S. S. Juniat $250.00

<b>Killed in the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri in 1861</b>

Civil War patriotic imprint with black bordered mourning illustration of General Nathaniel Lyon with name printed below. Published by J.G. Wells, cor. of Park Row Beekman St., N.Y. Light staining. 

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<u>General Nathaniel Lyon</u>: (1818-61) Graduated from West Point in 1841 ranking #11. During the years before the Civil War he fought against the Florida Seminoles and was brevetted captain for gallantry in the Mexican War. More than any other man he saved Missouri for the Union in 1861. He was killed in action at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., August 10, 1861.


Group lot of three stereoscopic cabinet size photographs of the National Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. View #1: Complete view of the impressive monument. Imprint on the front mount, "Entered by John Carroll Power, in 1883, in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington." Much of the descriptive label on the reverse of the card has been damaged (lifted off) from an old mounting. #2: Close up view of the cavalry group which is on one of the side pedestals below Lincoln. Imprint on the reverse gives a complete description of the sculpture, and a message from The National Lincoln Monument Association, dated April 18, 1882. #3: Close up view of the Artillery Group. As above with descriptive imprint on the reverse of the card. The images were photographed by J.A.W. Pittman, for J.C. Power. They show various degrees of age toning and wear. An interesting group of three images for the Lincoln collector.  

(1825-1901) A native of Kentucky, he saw action in the Mexican War as a lieutenant in the 3rd Kentucky Infantry. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Taylor was appointed lieutenant colonel, of the 1st Kentucky Infantry, and colonel to rank from Oct. 14, 1861. After service in the Peninsular campaign, the 1st Kentucky, one of the 12 months regiments, was mustered out in the summer of 1862. Taylor then reported to Kirby Smith in East Tennessee and commanded a brigade in Stevenson's division at Cumberland Gap and in Kentucky. While serving under General John C. Pemberton at Vicksburg, he was captured and paroled, and after his exchange he commanded the District of South Mississippi and East Louisiana. At the end of the war he was post commander at Mobile, Ala.

Wet plate, albumen photograph, on 4 1/8 x 5 3/4 mount. View as brigadier general. No imprint. Light age toning and wear. 


<b>At Gettysburg his 130 guns pounded General George E. Pickett's advancing Confederate columns as they attempted to storm Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863</b>

(1831-74) A nephew of Union General Daniel Tyler, he graduated from West Point in 1853, and joined the artillery branch of the service. In 1861 he was a spectator at the bombardment of Fort Sumter being a member of the expedition that was sent to relieve the fort. He later saw yeoman service in McClellan's 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, in the battle of Fredericksburg he commanded the artillery of Hooker's "Center Grand Division," and he was in charge of the Artillery Reserve at Chancellorsville. At Gettysburg his 130 guns pounded George E. Pickett's advancing Confederate columns as they attempted to storm Cemetery Ridge on July 3, 1863. Tyler commanded a brigade of Gibbon's division, 2nd corps at Spotsylvania, and at Cold Harbor he was cited for great gallantry and was struck in the ankle by a ball which not only lamed him permanently but brought about his death a decade later. By the end of the war Tyler was a major general in the Regular Army.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of colonel. Period ink ID on the front mount, R.O. Tyler, Col. 1st C.V.A. [Connecticut Volunteer Artillery]. Backmark: R.W. Addis, Photographer, 308 Penna. Ave., Washington, D.C. Corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Age toning and light staining. Scarce early war view.

General Nathaniel Lyon $15.00


Photographs, National Lincoln Monument, $65.00


Photograph, General Thomas H. Taylor $150.00


CDV General Robert O. Tyler $125.00

7 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Received of Job. Palmer, Three Dollars and Ninety Three Cents, Taxes for the year 1845. States that he has a town lot valued at $1,000. Signed by the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff. Note the printed word and space for  "Slaves." Very fine.  

Montgomery, Jan. 1, 1864. Governor Watts with cotton bolls at center. Tree and map at lower right. TEN in green overprint. Extra fine plus.  

<b>The Traitor

Ran for President against Abraham Lincoln in 1860</b>

1861 period patriotic imprint with illustration of John Bell with his printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Quote printed to his left, John Bell, in a recent secession speech at Knoxville, said, "For himself he had taken his position. The noose was probably around his neck, but he was frank to declare himself a rebel!" TRAITOR has been printed across his forehead in red.

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<u>John Bell</u>: (1797-1869) Born near Nashville, Tenn., he graduated from the University of Nashville in 1814, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1816, and commenced practice in Franklin, Tenn. Served as a U.S. Congressman from Tennessee, 1827-41. Was Speaker of the House, and Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs. Served as U.S. Secretary of War in 1841 under President William Henry Harrison, and U.S. Senator, 1847-59. He was defeated for President of the United States in 1860 by Abraham Lincoln.  

4 1/2 x 8, imprint, with vignettes of sailing ships at the bottom.

Adams Express Co.,

59 Broadway, New York

To Bankers And Others.

Prompt Attention Given To The Transportation Of

Soldiers' Packages,

Between The

Northern States


Federal Camps South and West.

All Such Parcels Are Required

To Be Pre-Paid.

Bankers And Brokers,

And All Persons Having

Valuable Parcels To Despatch,

Will Find That Our Lines Will Afford Them Every

Facility, At Low Rates.

This Company's Coastwise Express,

For Freight And Parcels,

To be delivered at Newbern, Port Royal, New Orleans,

&C, &C, will be despatched weekly.

Light age toning.

1845 Mississippi Tax Receipt $50.00


1864 State of Alabama $10 Note $150.00


Statesman John Bell $50.00


Imprint, Adams Express Company, New York $15.00

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