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Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a padlock with the word "Slavery" printed on it. The barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet is being put into the key hole of the lock. Printed just below the barrel of the rifle is "U.S. Rifled." "The Lock and Key" is printed below the illustration. A couple of small stains and some old mounting remnants on the reverse.  Measuring just over 10 inches in diameter with impressed <B>CPB CO</B> this nice old mess plate was die struck from tinned sheet iron.  Eminating from some long forgotten biscuit company, we have been told the Central Paciffic Biscuit Co., but have not been able to verrify that?  With good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing condition, this tin mess plate will do well with any mid 1800s, very early 1900s mess grouping.  (Use the key word <I>mess</I> in our search feature to locate companion tin mess gear.) <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 


Civil War patriotic envelope with illustration of a Confederate soldier with a bone in his mouth. Caption: A rebel attack on pickin's. Imprint of S.C. Upham, 310 Chestnut St. [Philadelphia]. This cover has a double theme. Beside the obvious reference to Confederate food or [pickin's] it also refers to the Rebel attacks on the U.S. military fort on Santa Rosa Island, Fort Pickens, Florida.


WBTS Trivia: Despite repeated Confederate threats, Fort Pickens was one of only three Southern forts to remain in Union hands throughout the War Between The States.  Untouched and as found, this exceptional pair of spectacles feature non-corrective green lenses in their original late 18th early 19th century iron wire frames.  Seasoned collectors will appreciate the retention of original fire blue finish on the old iron frames.  (The process of <I>tempering</I> by heating and quenching the delicate wire frames offered additional strength and gave the iron a dark blue / black finish.  <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!

Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key $15.00

 

Original! later 19th century tin MESS PL $75.00

 

Patriotic Cover, A Rebel Attack on Picki $15.00

 

Late 1700s-early 1800s Colored Iron Fram $125.00

Our illustrations should offer the best description of this Civil War vintage entwined <B>USA</B> bridle rosette.  All original and as found with an honest age patina and solder filled back.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Remaining in pleasing all original condition with no tears or repairs and in an easily displayable 11 3/8 X 17 inches, this attractive broadside advises of an 1884 <I>EXECUTOR’S SALE & PUBLIC AUCTION</I>  at the Bedford, New Hampshire store of James R. Leach.  The auction will offer <I>4 Shares of the Parsonage Association, 1 Pew in the Presbyterian Meeting House</I> and <I>1 Horse Shed at said Meeting House</I>  A nice piece of decretive Americana!  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This outstanding all original Civil War vintage man’s cotton pullover shirt is hand and machine sewn of a heavy cotton loomed material, with an attractive striped design and a slight violet coloration.  A classic reversible design is utilized.  Popular in the era, the reversible pattern offers a three button throat on one side  that can be worn open and can be worn <I>turned around</I> with a single button at the throat as more formal <I>Sunday go to meeting</I> attire.  The shirt measures 20 inches across the shoulders, with sleeves that measure 22 inches from shoulder seam to cuff.  The shirt remains in pleasing condition with some fading from age and washing.  The seams and material are all solid with only a small dark stain on one sleeve just above the cuff (see photo) and three small tatter holes (about the size of a dime) on one side below the belt line.  These could be easily repaired by <I>darning</I> or simply closing with period thread but we’d leave all original and as found after decades of trunk storage.  To say such examples are difficult to find is an understatement as men’s every day attire was mostly well used up in the period with the material relegated to the <I>rag bag</I> for mending use and larger swatches saved for repurposing.   

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 Truly an item for the discriminating collector / historian who demands highest quality with regard to originality and condition, this rarely seen mounted artillery driver’s saddle tree remains in all original, un-issued condition yet offers the eye appeal and satisfaction of unquestionable age and originality.  The attractive cream rawhide cover remains in exceptional condition sporting the original bold inspector’s marking of <B>P. V. HAGNER / LT. COL. ORD.</B>  ( Lt. Col.Peter Valentine Hagner became supervisor of the Watervliet Arsenal, one of the main points of supply for artillery gear to the Union army, in 1863.)   A West Point graduate in 1836 Hagner  would attain the rank of Bvt. Brig-General before the war’s closing.  This impressive Grimsley pattern saddle tree bears the original brass maker's tag of <B>E. Waters of Troy, N.Y. </B>  Waters supplied saddle trees under government contract, which would be shipped to the Waterviliet Arsenal where they were finished with the addition of  stirrup straps, stirrups, &c.  This offering is a rare example of the Waters contract work just as it would have appeared at the Arsenal after inspection and approval marking, ready for finishing additions.  An outstanding display item for the Civil War Mounted Artillery collector or horse equipment enthusiast, this is only the 2nd of such that we have seen in nearly fifty years of seeking out such things. 


<B>*</B>  Civil War mounted or light artillery rigs required special saddles for the harnessing of  six horses to draw the guns, limbers, and caissons.  Grimsley pattern saddles were utilized for <I>drivers</I> with a <I>driver</I> required for each pair of horses on the gun team.  Drivers were mounted on the left controlling his mount and the horse on his right. 


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Civil War bridle ROSETTE $55.00

 

Original! 1884 Bedford, N. H. - AUCTION $55.00

 

Original! Civil War era man’s COTTON SHI

 

Civil War Mounted Artillery - Grimsley p $695.00




Montgomery, Jan. 1st, 1863. Will Pay To The Bearer In Confederate States Treasury Notes When presented at the State Treasury. Vignette of a wagon load of cotton at center, tree and map of Alabama at left, and 25 Cts printed in red. Crisp uncirculated condition. 

 


Civil War envelope addressed to Mr. Samuel E. Bacon, Strafford, Vermont, Orange County. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Jul. 8, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  


<b>United States Congressman from Georgia


Commissioner of the Confederate States of America in Europe</b>


(1800-64) He attended Westfield Academy, read law with his brother John Floyd King, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Waynesville, Ga., in 1823. He later settled on St. Simons Island, Ga., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, in 1832, 1834, 1835 and 1837. Was a delegate to the Georgia State constitutional convention in 1833 and to the State Whig conventions in 1835 and 1843. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-43; 1845-50, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1844. He was appointed by President Millard Fillmore as collector of the port of San Francisco, Ca., and served 1850-52. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate in 1859. Was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860. Appointed a commissioner of Georgia in 1861 to visit Europe in the interest of trade, and was a commissioner of the Confederacy in Europe, serving 1861-63. He did not live to see the end of the War Between the States, dying in Waynesboro, Ga., on May 10, 1864.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, T. Butler King, Georgia. Light age toning.     


Civil War envelope addressed to Mr. William Fay "At" Head Quarters of Maj. Genl. Ord, Dept. of the James, Va. C.D.S., Mar. 1, New York, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. Very fine.


<u>Union General Edward O.C. Ord</u>: (1818-1883) 1839 graduate of West Point. In 1859, he participated in the expedition which suppressed John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. He was severely wounded at Corinth, Mississippi, in 1862, fought in the Vicksburg campaign, and subsequently had commands in Louisiana and in the Shenandoah Valley. In the operations before Richmond, Ord was again seriously wounded during the successful attack on Fort Harrison. He recovered in time to accompany General Ulysses S. Grant during the Appomattox campaign and was at the official surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee at the McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Va.

1863 State of Alabama 25 Cents Note

 

1863 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O

 

Autograph, Thomas Butler King $45.00

 

Civil War Cover Addressed to the Care of $15.00




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


(1804-53) Born in Kentucky, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Served as judge of the circuit court. Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth U.S. Congress serving 1847-49. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy. Moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, P.W. Tompkins, Vicksburg, Miss. Cut slightly irregular.  


Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1863. Vignette of hornet's nest at the center. Crisp uncirculated.  


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, June 2, 1862


General Orders No. 37


All officers and others collecting money for and in behalf of the United States will make a full and explicit return of such moneys up to the 1st of June current, to this office; also of their expenditures and doings in that behalf.


By Command of MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


R.S. DAVIS, CAPT. AND A.A.A.G.


Excellent condition. Scarce.  


Civil War patriotic envelope with an illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis holding a small boat with a  skull and cross bones flag and a rebel flag. He is standing next to a large wooden bucket no doubt to sail his ships in. His hat has the initials "J.D." on it. Slogan below the vignette, "Master Jeff- and his Navy." Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Sts., N.Y. Light age toning and edge wear. Old mounting traces on the reverse.

Autograph, Patrick W. Tompkins $10.00

 

1863 State of North Carolina 10 Cents No

 

Officers Collecting Money in New Orleans $15.00

 

Patriotic Cover, Master Jeff and his Nav $15.00




Raleigh, Oct. 1st, 1861. Very good.  Measuring approximately 2 7/8 wide and 7 inches long this cream colored silk <B> GRAND DIVISION OF VIRGINIA – DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY</B> ribbon remains in fine original condition and comes with its original card and Pat. 1883, <I>Whitehead & Hoag Co. </I> storage envelope.  An exceptional Daughters of the Confederacy, United Confederate Veterans, Auxiliary display item with brightly colored 2nd National Confederate flag and Virginia State banner.  Clearly period and original, yet remaining in especially nice condition, this Civil War Confederate veteran, ladies auxiliary memento is worth consideration in the best of collections.  <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!  An especially nice pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and blue tinted lenses.    Sometimes referred to as <I>artillerist’s glasses</I>, these goggles were frequently used by an eye injured wearer to protect against further damage.  An example of such use may be seen in a period portrait of nearly blind Confederate General Adam R. Johnson.  (see: Time / Life <I>TOUCHED by FIRE</I> vol. II page 248 )   There is also a period photograph by Gardner of Blackfoot Indian Chief <I>Sitting Crow</I> wearing a pair of these spectacles, no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>  This all original pair remain in excellent <I>plus</I> condition with velvet trim. and fire blued iron side pieces.   A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison our photos will do best to describe these nice early carved horn needle protectors except to advise that the set remains in excellent condition with no cracks or chips and remains all original and as found even to include the original silk ribbon. An estate sale recovery found nestled away in a period sewing basket. The classic earlier to mid 19th century deer hoof design with original natural hide application will set these off in any period sewing grouping. A nice sewing collectable. <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.

1861 State of North Carolina 5 Cents Not

 

extra nice! GRAND DIVISION OF VIRGINIA – $295.00

 

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $125.00

 

Victorian era HORN KNITTING NEEDLE PROTE $125.00

A classic personal arm of the American West <I>49er</I>, gold rush, with use through the Civil War, the menacing appearance of a belted or brandished, cluster of the six .31 caliber barrels of the Allen & Thurber pepperbox likely settled many a dispute.  This percussion pistol is marked <B>ALLEN’S PATENT</B> on the bar hammer and <B>ALLEN & THURBER</B>and <B>WORCESTER</B> with <B>PATENTED 1837 CAST STEEL</B> in the flutes of the clustered 4 inch barrels.  The arm has walnut grips with engraved steel frame and fittings.  It remains in pleasing operable condition yet with appealing evidence of age, period use and carrying.   The steel frame and trigger guard are <I>in the white</I> with even age patina and the barrel flutes retain traces of original blue. These revolvers were made between 1847 and 1865.  A nice display if you want to lay an impressive personal arm in any quality gold rush, frontier Americana or Civil War grouping.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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


 


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


Civil War period engraving of a battle scene depicting the death of Union Colonel Edward D. Baker at Ball's Bluff, Virginia. Imprint: F.O.C. Darley, and H. Wright Smith. Overall size is 10 3/8 x 6 7/8. Very fine. 


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



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


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


There was no patriot like Baker,

So noble and so true;

He fell as a soldier on the field,

His face to the sky of blue.


His voice is silent in the hall,

Which oft his presence grac'd,

No more he'll hear the loud acclaim,

Which rang from place to place.


No squeamish notions filled his breast,

The Union was his theme,

No surrender and no compromise,

His day thought and night's dream.


His country has her part to play,

To'rds those he has left behind,

His widow and his children all,

She must always keep in mind.


William W. Lincoln, 1861    


Civil War patriotic envelope with beautiful large full color illustration of a spread winged eagle holding arrows and an olive branch in its talons while perched on top of a Union shield with stars and stripes and the motto, "Nationality & Protection" on the front edge of the shield and a large waving American flag in the background. Imprint on the reverse, "Harbach & Brother, No. 36 North Eighth Street, Philadelphia." Very desirable Civil War patriotic envelope.  


<b>Wounded and captured at Chancellorsville, Va. in 1863


War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1819-75) Graduated in the West Point class of 1840 with classmates and future Civil War generals, William T. Sherman, George H. Thomas and Richard S. Ewell. He fought in the Mexican War at the battles of Contreras, Churubusco and Chapultepec, earning the brevets of captain and major. Hays commanded a brigade of horse artillery in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and was an artillery commander with the Army of the Potomac in the important battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg earning promotion to brigadier general, Dec. 27, 1862. He commanded an infantry brigade of the 2nd Army Corps at Chancellorsville where he was wounded and captured on May 3, 1863. However, 2 weeks later he was delivered at Fort Monroe. On July 3, 1863, at Gettysburg, Gen. Meade appointed Hays to command the 2nd Corps after the wounding of Generals' Hancock and Gibbon, a command he held until Sept. 1863. From Nov. 1863, until Feb. 1865, Hays served as Provost Marshal, and he then commanded a division in the 2nd corps during the siege of Petersburg and the pursuit of Gen. Robert E. Lee towards Appomattox.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, William Hays, Brig. Gen. Vols. Excellent. Very desirable.

Allen & Thurber PEPPERBOX PERCUSSION PIS $675.00

 

The Death of Colonel Edward D. Baker

 

Patriotic Cover, Nationality & Protectio

 

Autograph, General William Hays




Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1863. Vignette of Liberty and Peace. Very fine.  


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


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


1 plus pages, 4 3/4 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.


<b><u>Libby Prison, Aug. 14th, 1863</b></u>


My Dear wife,


After my love to you I will just say that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  I recd. a letter from you dated on the 28th of July which I answered and have not heard from you since.  It is just two months today since I was captured and I don’t seem to be any nearer home than I was then, but I hope it will not be long until I shall get there.  Until that time comes I can only trust in God and pray for deliverance.  I want you to try and keep up as well as you can.  You know where to go for help, so good by Dear.  Pray to God for me and may he bless you.


Lieut. L. Lupton


[Postscript written on the reverse]:


Dear make your letters short for they object to long letters as it takes too much time to read them.*  If they will parole me I will agree to fight no more.


Lt. L. Lupton


Light age toning and wear.


*Lieutenant Lupton is referring to the Confederate censors who read the prisoner of war letters before giving them to the confined Yankee prisoners.


Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive this cruel war!


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.   H 30in. x D 16in.  H 12in. x W 16in. x D 10in.

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1863 State of North Carolina 5 Cents Not

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $100.00

 

COOL PENDANT LAMP $550.00

 

Pair custom wall sconses $1200.00

H 24in. w/o chain. x D 10in.  H 50in. x D 32in.


QUANTITIES AVAILAVBLE  H 26in. x D 30in.  H 15in. x D 4in.

ANTIQUE LIGHT FIXTURE $550.00

 

LARGE PENDANT LIGHT $1000.00

 

STEAMPUNK LAMP $850.00

 

VINTAGE TABLE LAMPS 1 PAIR $650.00

H 46in. x D 22in.  H 54in. x D 42in.  H 18in. x W 36in. x W 8in.  H 30in. x W 18in. x W 9in.

LARGE HOLOPHANE GLOBE LIFGHT $0.00

 

HUGE PENDANT IN VINTAGE MESH $950.00

 

INDUSTRIAL BARN LIGHT $1500.00

 

INDUSTRIAL PENDANT LIGHTS $1800.00




<b>Document Signed Twice


Medal of Honor Recipient</b>


(1819-1914) Controversial New York State senator and congressman. He first achieved national notoriety in 1859 when he shot down, in the shadow of the White House, his young wife's lover, Philip Barton Key, II, who was the son of the author of the "Star Spangled Banner." His lawyer during the lurid trial was none other than Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's future Secretary of War, who got him off. During the Civil War, Sickles fought in the Virginia Peninsular, Antietam, and Fredericksburg campaigns. At Gettysburg he commanded the 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac, and was severely wounded on July 2, 1863, the result being the amputation of his right leg. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Gettysburg. He was very instrumental in forming the Gettysburg National Military Park.


<u>Document Signed Twice</u>: 7 3/4 x 3 1/8, imprinted bank check made out to Sickles himself, filled out ink. Signed by Sickles on the front of the check, and endorsed by him on the reverse. New York, May 13, 1887. Bank of the Metropolis, made out in the amount of Three thousand Dollars. Typical cut cancellation and small punch hole at the left. Light age toning and wear. Very desirable Union Gettysburg autograph.    Though we collect Maine related Civil War things (see: MaineLegacy.com) we have held on to this wonderful old carpet bag, <I>haversack</I> for years, mostly because it had been a favorite in of our old friend Dr. Francis Lord who was kind enough to let us acquire it from his personal collection. (Our letter preserving this origin will come with the artifact.)  Time to repeat the kindness though and pass the historic old haversack along to a good home as we down size some of our accumulation.  Quite faint with age but still desirable under a strong light is the stenciled <B>H ROBERTSON  CO  E  2 NHV</B> identification tag crudely stitched to the inside lining.   

     Harrison Robertson was a nineteen year old resident of Warner, New Hampshire when he mustered into the military on June 3, 1861 as a Private of Co. E <I> 2nd New Hampshire Volunteers</I>.  Listed as <I>discharged for disability</I> in Washington D. C. on August 1, 1861, (needs research ?), Robertson appears next on September 9, 1861 when he is recorded as having mustered in as Pvt. Co. E <B>1st U.S. Sharpshooters</B>.  Under the command of Col. Hiram Berdan, Robertson was promoted to Corporal on July 1, 1863 just one day before the opening salvo at Gettysburg.   It was here at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863 that Corp. Robertson was wounded.  He was mustered out September 9, 1864. (see: Gvt. Microfilm #M549 roll 10)

      As for the haversack, it measures approximately 12 X 13 3/4 inches and remains in pleasing condition as you can see.  With good evidence of period use and carrying to include a small bit of crude hand stitched mending to keep the clasp secure to the bag and seems solid for use. The haversack retains its original colorful cotton lining and its original clasp and key.  Clearly a period personal modification to convert an <I>as made</I> carpet bag into a haversack by removing the stock carpet grip in favor of a sling to facilitate hands free carrying (we have seen this before).  Robertson utilized a length of cotton rope with a piece of leather at the shoulder for comfort.   With good evidence of use despite his limited tenure with the 2nd New Hampshire we’d guess the bag was acquired and identified while a recruit with that regiment and saw continued use through his service with the 1st U.S. Sharp Shooters.  This opinion is buttressed by the fact that Robertson was discharged from the 2nd NHV and re-enlisted directly into the Sharp Shooters in Washington D. C., without the benefit of returning home.  Such a valuable personal utility surely would not have been simply discarded but would serve on with its owner.      

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5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 27, 1862


General Orders No. 39


No person coming as a commissioned officer, to join the troops of this Department, shall be assigned for duty until such person shall have first reported himself to these Headquarters.


By Command of MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


R.S. DAVIS, CAPT. AND A.A.A.G.


Excellent condition. Scarce.  


2 plus pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written to Lieutenant Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother. Comes with cover addressed to Mr. C.W. Broadfoot, Fort Fisher, Confederate St.[ates], Care of Capt. T.D. Haigh. With  Fayetteville, N.C. postmark, and partial Confederate postage stamp.


April 12th [1864]


My Dear Son,


I received yours of the 9th today.  Your Father knowing I was anxious to hear from you sent it up by a special messenger.  I am much obliged to you for telling just how you were.  It is always the best plan.  I had heard that you had a chill from going in bathing & was afraid it was even worse.  I hope the quinine will strengthen your system to assist them & that you will have no more, but if you do you must let me know.  I told you in my last that I feared sickness more than the Yankees (having ceased to expect them for the present) & I fear the moral evils of camp life more than either.  You have passed through one season of it I have reason to believe unscathed.  God grant that you may continue so.  I feel doubly anxious for George & can only look to our Heavenly Father to carry him safely through.  Advise him all you can in a kindly way.  Let me hear all the good you can & withhold not that which may be otherwise for like the bodily sickness I want to know the true statement.  I hope to continue proud of all my sons & my daughter too.  On Thursday I sent a box with the things you wrote for.  I put an extra pillow in for George, but do not know whether I sent any directions or not.  I was so hurried I divided the crockery & supposed you would anything else that was dividable.  Today I have employed the confection in making some ginger cakes which I hope to send with some biscuits for you both.  I have rebottled some of each kind of wine to send.  If you get it safely & it is good enough please give some of it to Mr. Hale for me.  We have very little in the eating line worth sending.  I tried to get some butter but failed.  Can send more of what I have sent if you wish it & if I can get anything else will do so.  Do you have plenty of bacon, molasses, sugar, etc.  The coffee that I got from Lizzie improves by packing it myself.  I received a letter from Grandma today.  She says when she thinks of the journey she never expects to see us again in this world.  I hope the impressions of the journey will wear off by the time she makes a good long visit.  I have not been to Mrs. Hyberts & the prospects is bad for my going.  Lizzie will not propose it again as she has no horse of her own & I expect to be tied at home for 6 weeks to come for I think the 4 younger children are taking the whooping cough.  Frank looked gratified at your message.  He is devoted to Miss Mary.  William does not like a correspondence all on one side.  I will try & persuade Tom to write.  Mr. Beal is working again at the arsenal.  I have not had speech of his yet.  He has sold manure which does not look well for his farming.  I wish I had been the purchaser for I am very anxious to buy some.  Benny was here this afternoon with a load of wood & wanted to take the sow out.  I told him to come by on his way out (he was going down town) & ask his Father to come with him, but he failed to do so.  I shall feel right fidgety until he has it in charge & am perfectly willing to send Billy out with it if Benny will come by in the day time.  It has just occurred to me having your letter before me that as you did not finish it & George did by saying you had missed your chill that you may have missed it & still been quite sick with fever, so I shall be anxious until I hear again.  If you should be right will you say Ma is foolish about me, but what have I to care for or think of more than you all & your welfare.  Gen. Holmes has demanded St. Mary’s for a hospital so I suppose Fanny will be home in a few days.  Will I ever see the end of this cruel war & things settled & quiet.  I hope so.  Do write whenever you can.  God bless you.


Your affectionate Mother


Very fine newsy Confederate letter with its original envelope.


Captain T.D. Haigh, whom the envelope is addressed in care of was a Confederate Surgeon.


The George that Mrs. Broadfoot is referring to in her letter was George B. Broadfoot, her other son in the Confederate army, and the brother of Charles. George was a 17 year old student when he enlisted on June 19, 1862, and was mustered into the Confederate army as a private in Company A, 5th North Carolina Cavalry. He was transferred out of this regiment on May 4, 1864, and was mustered into Company B, 13th Battalion North Carolina Light Artillery. He was paroled on April 29, 1865 at Greensboro, N.C.


The father of Charles and George Broadfoot was W.G. Broadfoot, a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina.


The recipient of this letter, Charles W. Broadfoot, was an 18 year old student when he enlisted as a private on July 15, 1861, and was mustered into Company H, 1st North Carolina Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on November 12, 1861. He then served in Company D, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, and was discharged for promotion on September 7, 1862, being commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on the staff of General Theophilus H. Holmes. On July 1, 1864, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Reserve Infantry, with rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel. His date and method of discharge are unknown.

Autograph, General Daniel E. Sickles

 

Lord collection identified 1st U. S. Shar

 

Commissioned Officers Must Report to Gen $15.00

 

Mother Writes to Her Confederate Officer




<b>Document Signed


Wounded and captured during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg!</b> 


(1823-95) Born in Madison County, Va., he graduated from Washington College in 1842. He served in the Mexican War as captain of Virginia Volunteers and later practiced law. He served five terms in the Virginia house of delegates, during which time he was speaker of the house, chairman of the committee on military affairs, and president of the board of visitors of Virginia Military Institute. He was commissioned colonel of the 7th Virginia Infantry, and led his regiment from 1st Manassas to Williamsburg. He was then given a brigade and promoted to brigadier general on June 3, 1862. With this command in Pickett's division he rendered most valuable service until the battle of Gettysburg, where he fell desperately wounded on July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge, only a few feet from the historic stonewall. Captured by the Yankees, he was subsequently exchanged, but was unfit for further field command as a result of his wounds. Promoted to major general on Sept. 19, 1864, he commanded the reserve forces of Virginia until the close of the war. After the war, Kemper returned to his law practice and was elected Governor of Virginia, serving 1874-77.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 3/4 x 2 1/2, imprinted check, signed in ink. The State Bank of Virginia, Richmond, Va., 31 Dec. 1881. Pay to the order of Mrs. Virginia F. Carter, Seven hundred and twenty seven and 36/100 Dollars, acct. of R.A. Banks estate. Signed, J.L. Kemper. Oval blue rubber stamp, The State Bank of Va., Paid, Jan. 3, 1882. Endorsements on the reverse.  Very desirable Confederate General's autograph.

 


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


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


2 pages, 4 3/4 x 8, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton to his wife.


<b><u>Libby Prison, August 9th, 1863, Sabbath Morning</b></u>


My Dear and loving wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I recd. a letter from you on yesterday dated on the 29th of July.  I was glad to hear from you but sorry to hear that Maggy keeps so poorly but I hope that the good Lord will keep you safe until I get home again.  I have not been very well myself for the last week or ten days but I am about well again.  I got vaccinated and have had a very sore arm which I believe was the cause of my sickness besides I had a couple of bites which hurt me pretty bad, but they have all got about well and I begin to feel about right again, that is if I could get paroled and get out of this place for I don’t see how any person can feel right here, and I do hope that it will not be long before we can get away for   I think we will be exchanged before long. Well our enjoyments here are very limited. The most we miss is fresh air and good water. We have the river water. One thing we have to attend to every day is to hunt the gray backs* off of our clothes which is no small job although I have not many clothes to trouble me as I lost all but what I had on when I was taken, and I don’t wear any more until I get out of here.  Good by my dear wife.  May the good Lord bless you and keep you and the children safe is the prayer of your loving husband.  Kiss Sigel for me.


Lt. Levi Lupton


*Gray backs was a term used by Yankee soldiers to humorously refer to lice.


Age toning, staining and light wear.


Very desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive this cruel war!


As a general rule of thumb, prisoner of war letters were limited to one page and subject to censorship. Confederate and Yankee prison guards and authorities were also known to accept bribes from the prisoners and sometimes allowed longer letters to slip through the censors.


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.   


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


(1808-92) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1831, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833 and practiced in Cincinnati. Served as a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives, 1835-39, and was the speaker in 1838 and 1839. He served in the Ohio State Senate, 1839-43, and was its presiding officer, 1841-43. He was the associate editor and proprietor of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper, 1844-81. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1845-49, and was chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. Was the mayor of Cincinnati, 1855-57. Appointed by President James Buchanan, Postmaster of Cincinnati, 1855-59. Delegate to the Democratic Convention of 1860.


<u>Signature with City and State</u>: 5 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink. Jas. J. Faran, Cincinnati, Ohio.  


T-54. Richmond, December 2, 1862. Vignette of Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin. Edge chipping and light stain. Good.

Autograph, General James L. Kemper

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $185.00

 

Autograph, James J. Faran $15.00

 

1862 Confederate $2 Note

We have a small quantity of mid 1800s vintage tallow soap acquired some years ago and are offering the individually wrapped personal size cakes individually for those who would enjoy having an example of the real thing to display with their collection of Civil War personal items.  All original and period from decades of attic storage each cake comes wrapped in brown butcher paper secured with period twisted jute string.  Pan made from tallow and wood ash lye, mixed together and allowed to cool before being cut into individual cakes measuring approximately 2 1/8 X 1 ¼ X 3/8 inches thick.  A simple every day item seldom surviving and a wonderful complement to lay in with any personal grouping without spending a lot of money.  Will go especially well with a shaving cup and brush!  We have unwrapped one for illustration, yours will come as originally offered, wrapped and bound with natural twine.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Photographed here with a quarter for size comparison is a scarce military issue combination screwdriver for the Indian War era Sharps 50 / 70 cartridge conversion.  The piece remains in excellent untouched and all original condition retaining its period blue – black military finish. (see: Shaffer, Rutledge & Dorsey <I>GUN TOOLS HISTORY & IDENTIFICATION</I>) A nice companion piece for the early post Civil War cartridge conversion carbine or cartridge box.  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!


            Best described by our illustrations, this neat little tiddlywinks game is complete with a full complement of natural bone game pieces and its original heavily lacquered cup.  Initially a popular skill game of adults  particularly of the gambling persuasion, later versions became more frequently associated with children.  In any case vintage bone tiddlywinks games are seldom complete and will be of special interest.  Ready to play or display.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Founded in 1844 Lamson & Goodnow is the oldest American cutler still in business.  Well known to Civil War collectors as contractors for the manufacture of the <I>Lamson – Goodnow & Yale</I> infantry rifle musket, the Shelburne Falls cutler has produced all manner of cutting utensils since its inception with one of the most enduring products being their classic serrated backed, clip point <I>fish knife</I> with the bold diamond checked American walnut grip.  While the basic blade design of the Lamson fish knife is still in production, the grips are now smooth. Aside from the classic <I>look</I> of the earlier knife, many a wet handed old-timer has lamented the lack of the course diamond cut of the vintage grips.  We have acquired two <I>old-model</I> Lamson fish knives from old store cutlery stock and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced.  Original and as new measuring 8 7/8 inches in total leingth with the just post war <I>LAMSON STAINLESS STEEL / MADE IN U.S.A.</I> blade marking and original early grip design, this knife will make a welcome <I>user</I> addition to the tackle box or is worthy of display as a collector among period fishing gear or cutlery.  <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 !!

original 19th century - tallow CAKE SOA $45.00

 

post Civil War Military Issue Sharps 50 / $65.00

 

antique TIDDLYWINKS GAME $53.00

 

old model - Lamson FISH KNIFE $65.00

The Model 1834 enlisted crossed cannon artillery hat device is appropriate for use through the Seminole Indian War in Florida through the Mexican War with  use of the <I>left overs</I> and examples from old armory stock pressed into service into the Civil War.  (The post 1851-1872 insignia example is easily desirable as the cannon tubes are more slender than the earlier type offered here.)  Measuring 3 ½ inches wide, die struck from sheet brass and remaining in fine condition, this two fastening loupe variation is tough to find and will please the most discriminating collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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ITEM CODE: 5747

ITEM NAME:

Civil War CDV - Identified! 8th Maine Infantry Officer – DIED OF WOUNDS

SELLING PRICE: 100.00

DESCRIPTION:

A photo from our own collection of Maine Civil War items, we discovered this duplicate while doing some research for our <I>MaineLegacy.com</I> Civil War Maine Display site and decided to move it along to a good home.  Back marked by period Portland, Maine photographer J. U. P. Burnham, this photo is a full standing view of <B>1st Lt. Charles F. Monroe</I>of Livermore, Maine.  Monroe enlisted and was mustered in on September 7, 1861 as Sgt. Co. C <B>8th Maine Volunteer infantry</B>. Promoted to 2nd Lieutenant then 1st Lieut. in 1862, Lt. Monroe was severely wounded at the battle of <B>Cold Harbor, Virginia</B> on June 3, 1864 and <U>died three days later on the 6th on June, 1864. </U>   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 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. 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 course 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. 

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 Our photographs will speak best for this crisp cased 6th plate tintype.  A nice item for the medical collector, this image dates in the later 1860s through the early to mid 1870s.  A nice Indian Wars / Western Frontier era piece for enthusiasts of that 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 !!

c. 1834 – 1851 U. S. Regulation ENLISTED $195.00

 

Civil War CDV - Identified! 8th Maine In $100.00

 

c. 1912 G. A. R. PARADE / MEMORIAL FLAG $40.00

 

post Civil War cased 6th plate NURSE TIN $165.00

A little out of our usual fare but unusually surviving in today’s world is this Robert E. Fruin and Thomas Tobin, Pat. May 4,1915 cushion tread horseshoe.  The shoe is maker marked by the Fruin Drop Forge Co. of Chicago, Illinois.  Fashioned of cast iron with a heavy rubber cushion these shoes were intended to protect heavy horses from injury and lameness.   A neat item for the equine 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!


 Original Civil War vintage lighting commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks because of their appearance and size when collapsed and screwed together for travel.  This offering is a complete four piece set from spun brass with the two screw together drip pans and two holder pieces.   These traveling candleholders are approximately 3 5/16 inches in diameter and are complete and in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age, originality and careful period use and carrying.  A favorite of the space and weight conscious soldier who carried all he had on his back or in his haversack, original examples  have become equally prized by lighting, Americana and Civil War collectors wishing to round out a display with that special personal look.   Relatively available just a few years ago the popularity of original examples of these <I>donut</I> candlesticks have become difficult to find on today’s collector market. <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!



 We have a number of original Maine Civil War Lithograph Memorials printed in the period and are offering them here to the collector / historian who has a special interest in one of the Maine Regiments included in our offering.   They average 17 X 21 inches and offer good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition once framed.  Most have one degree or another of age staining which is removable by a conservator. (We’d leave the age as original with the charm of decades of exposure to old pine frame backings.)   Each will come loosely rolled in a protective tube.  Most are colored and all will make an attractive showing, framed up and mounted on the wall.   If you see something of interest from among the memorials listed here below send us an inquiry regarding the specific one and we will send you a photo with particulars and price.

<CENTER><B><U> MAINE</U></CENTER>

<CENTER><B> 3rd Inf. Co. F    5th Battery Lt. Art.    7th Battery Lt. Art.  

 11th Inf. Co. G   13th Inf. Co. C    16th Inf. Co. F 17th Inf. Co. F    23rd Inf. Co. G    25th Inf. Co. C    

27th Inf. Officers  & NCOs    27th Inf. Co. G  </B></CENTER>


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 Our photographs will likely do best to describe this striking mother of pearl gold nibbed ink dipping pen.  An exceptionally attractive antique writing instrument remaining in fine original condition even to its as new  <I>Norton & Co. No. 2</I> gold nib. 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!

vintage RUBBER CUSHION HORSESHOE $45.00

 

Civil War era TRAVELING ‘DONUT’ CANDLES $235.00

 

SPECIAL! Original Civil War Maine REGIM $265.00

 

antique Mother of Pearl / Gold nibbed DI $95.00

All original and ready to play yet remaining in excellent condition, this staple of the Civil War camp has been well documented by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> and offers lots of eye appeal and period charm. With clear evidence of period construction and a rich age patina this old  <I>Jews Harp</I> will be neat relic for the personal item collector or musical enthusiast. <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  We have rediscovered a small number of antique hard rubber cigar holders acquired years ago when such neat items showed themselves from defunct  lodge and G.A.R. hall cleanouts. Offered here individually priced for the collector / tobacciana enthusiast who would like one. We have used a quarter here for size comparison.  These old <U>hard rubber</U> holders are, despite their obvious age, in new, unused condition and came from the final cleanout of the <B> BOSWORTH MEMORIAL Post #2 G. A. R.</B> which had been located in Portland, Maine.

      One of the last of the functioning Grand Army of the Republic halls in Maine, I remember watching the historic old building fall to the wrecking ball in the 1960s.  Maine collectors since then, we have been fortunate to acquire a number of Maine in the Civil War and Maine Veteran treasures since that time.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>




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 V-AFM419510 

ITEM CODE: 5704

ITEM NAME:

5 Civil War Cavalry letters: exchanged between Co. D 1st U. S. Drag. then 18th NY Cav. friends. 

SELLING PRICE: 365.00

DESCRIPTION:

This group of five soldier’s letters consists of 4 letters by Sgt. then <B>Lt. Wim. Dubois</B>, a veteran of Co. D <B>1st U. S. Dragoons</B> now serving in the <B>18th New York Cavalry</B>, to <I>Friend</I> <I>Solomon O’Rielly</I> (needs research but clearly had some connection to the <I>old Co. D,</I> 1st Dragoons) and one letter on <U>Christian Commission Stationary</U> comes from <B>Sgt. Wm. Shackelford</B> to Solomon O’Rielly. Also a veteran of Co. D 1st Dragoons, Shackelford in now a member of the 18th N. Y. Cavalry but has been hospitalized at Jefferson Barracks by virtue of a gunshot wound for nearly a year.  Best described by our photos and a brief synopsis of each, below, the letters are penned in ink and are relatively easy read.  All remain in decent condition save one that though complete is torn in half.  Dubois’s letters offer a sprinkling of the usual between friends but offers an interesting insight into Cavalryman life in Texas among the deeply pro Confederate population.  Other friends of D Co. and the 18th Cavalry are mentioned with salutations passed along.   <B>Sgt. George Rork</B> (<I>old Rork</I>) of the 1st Dragoons then 18th Cavalry is mentioned along with the shooting of the 18th’s Capt. Nowlan (Henry James Nowlan) by a <I>local desperado</I>.  (Lt. Dubois seems quite contrary to life in Texas except for the abundance of <I>plenty of Mexican girls</I>.)  Sgt. Shackelford’s letter on Christian Commission stationary from Jefferson Barrack’s Hospital may be a favorite of this group as it is penned in light blue ink in a pleasing hand and is devoted almost entirely to a lament of the recent loss of <B>President Abraham Lincoln</B> 





#1  January 18, 1865 - La Fourche, La. : Sgt. Wim. Dubois to "Friend Sol" (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)   : Has been <I>out on scout for the last two weeks and just returned to this place</I>.  Reports on the wellbeing of mutual friend Wim. Shackelford who is not doing well <I>laying in hospital so long</I> (We learn in another of these letters that their friend had been shot). Dubois encourages <I>Sol</I> to write their ailing friend <I>Sergt. William Shackelford</I> at <I>Ward C Jefferson Barracks, Missouri</I>.  Advises that <I>old Rork is well</I> and wishes to be remembered.  ( Geo. Rork Co. G 18th N.Y. Cavalry, like Dubois and Shackelford, had prior service in D Co. 1st U. S. Dragoons) It is clear that Solomon O’Rielly was a veteran of D Co. as well as Dubois inquires of him if he had <I>heard anything from the old Co</I>.   (additional general interest content)



#2 March 4,1865 – Kennerville, La.: Lt. Wim. Dubois to "Friend Sol" (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)  : Advises "Sol" he has received a commission to 2nd Lt. mentions mutual friend George Rock again and advises that he has made Sargent.  Received a letter from Shackelford and advises that "it has been eleven months today since he was shot".  "That is a good while to lay in a hospital" says Dubois.  He expresses doubt as to the optimism of his friend that "the war is almost over".  "There will be a good deal of hard fighting yet" exclaims Dubois penning his opinion that the "Rebs will have to be well whipped".  He advises of a buildup of Union troops in the area and rumors of an impending "expedition".  He expects that "Mobile is the place".



#3 April 24, 1865 – Jefferson Barracks Hospital, Missouri (on U. S. Christian Commission stationary) : Sgt. Wim. Shackelford to Solomon O’Rielly :  The long hospitalized Sgt. Shackelford expresses distress at the death of Abraham Lincoln "all the world will mourn him" writes Shackelford.  "We all looked to him as a father; a heavy blow to our country exclaims.  The obviously distraught wounded Cavalryman expresses his pleasure at the letter he has received from his friend Solomon yet devoted the majority of his letter mourning the loss of the President.  He does mention Dubois and pleasure at receiving a letter from Sgt. Geo. Rock. Sgt. Shackelford closes with assurance that <I>my wound is about healed up</I>. 


#4 Aug. 24, 1865 - San Antonio, Texas : Lt. Wim. Dubois to ‘Friend Sol’ (Solomon O’Rielly needs research) :  Has been on the move and now has been in San Antonio about ten days; <I> We came from New Orleans, La. to this place by land and a long march it has been.</I>  Lt. Dubois reports that <I> There are a good many troops in this state and at present, what they are going to do with us is more than I can say</I>. He advises that <I>the talk is that we are going to Mexico to fight the French</I>.  Seems to like the place in general though all are eager for discharge.  <I>Plenty of Mexican girls here</I> says he.   As always remembers mutual friends Rock and Shackelford.

 


#5 April 1, 1866 San Antonio Springs, Texas : Lt. Wim. Dubois to ‘Friend Sol’ (Solomon O’Rielly needs research)   The Lieutenant’s  opinion of Texas seems to have waned somewhat since his arrival in August of 1865.  <I>Still laying in this old camp doing nothing of any impotence.  Dull</I> says he though they did have some excitement recently when Capt. Nowlan of the 18th NY Cavalry was shot by a local <I>desperado.  The people in this state with few exceptions are as much rebels now as they ever was.  For my part I would rather fight them than to try and live in peace and hear them curse the Yankees every day.  The very worst Rebels here get the best deals.</I>  Lt. Dubois writes of a corral master in the place that is paid $100.00 a month who was Captain of a band of gorillas.  The man boasts of the number of Yankees that he and his band murdered. Dubois writes of a dispute with the man over retrieval of horses from x-gorilla Captain’s corral.    <I>I hit him over the head with a six-shooter and fetched him to his knees</I>.  The fallen Reb soon threatened that he would shoot our Lt. Dubois next time he saw him but the Lieutenant advises that there is little danger. 

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Civil War vintage JEWS HARP $55.00

 

Mid to late 1800s antique hard rubber – $35.00

 

5 Civil War Cavalry letters: exchanged b $365.00

 

Two Dandies – DAGUERREOTYPE




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