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A very scares and desirable item for the Civil War collector who has a special interest in medical related items or uniform insignia, this little known and seldom seen <I>Army Hospital Patient Tassel</I> was issued to patients to be worn as a badge of their status and quick identification as such by staff members.  Clearly seeing very limited use for a short period or in a small number of facilities, reference to use of such and existing examples is extremely limited.  Our introduction to the existence of the badge came many years ago when we acquired an identified tintype of a hospitalized 20th Maine troop wounded on Little Round Top, Gettysburg.  Though we knew our man had been wounded, the significance of the light colored tassel wasnít immediately known to us. It wasnít until sometime later when our old friend Dr. Francis Lord published Vol. III of his <I>Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia</I> that such a badge became known to us.  Some years later we were fortunate enough to acquire a large lot of Civil War surplus insignia that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia <I>Army Surplus</I> firm of <B>Stokes / Kirk</B>.  All items remained in as new, unissued condition many remaining in the original wrapping. In the latter was a bright orange / yellow wool tassel suspended from a blue cord.  The paper wrapper bore a period penned notation <B><I>U.S. Army Hospital Badge</I></B>.  That identified tassel was <U>identical to the example offered here</U> and will come with our letter to preserve the above.  This original example remains in fine, as new and unissued condition.  <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 is an original tortoise shell mounted folding surgical retractor as seen in the period traveling surgical instrument kits. (see: <I>Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment</I> by Damman )  This example is <I>Sheffield</I> marked and  remains in fine original condition. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 


Antique portrait engraving of our 16th President "Honest Abe" Lincoln. Engraved by W. Wellstood & Co. from the 1863 photograph commonly referred to as the $5 bill pose. Printed facsimile signature, "A. Lincoln," below his portrait with the title, "President 1861-1865." 5 3/4 x 9 1/4. Some age toning at the edges. Very popular illustration.   


On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded at Ford's Theater, on 10th Street, Washington, D.C., by the famous actor John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street  to a back bedroom in the Petersen boarding house where he died at 7:22 A.M. on April 15th.


Included in this display is a fragment of a gauze bandage that was used in the care of President Lincoln which shows a "dark-colored spotting reminiscent of blood." The bandage fragment originated from the Herman Rudd Collection in Buffalo, New York, and was previously in the collection of the Holland Purchase Historical Society where they presently have another piece matching this example. This fragment measures approximately 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. 


Also included in the display are some small pieces of hair that originated from a lock of Lincoln's hair sold at Christie's in 2002 from the famous Forbes Collection. 


This handsome display measures 11 x 14 and is double matted in scarlet suede and gold Florentine trim. The relics are housed in small magnifying cases, and the display is nicely highlighted with a copy photograph of a seated President Lincoln at the upper left, and a copy portrait engraving of the famous Lincoln death bed scene at the upper right.


Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Please note that the display has nice full borders. The image on the website is cropped because the display is larger than our scanner bed. Very desirable President Lincoln collectible.

Rare! original - Civil War Army Hospital

 

Civil War vintage SURGICAL RETRACTOR $65.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln

 

President Abraham Lincoln's Hair & Death $550.00




<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Rare full first name signature with rank of Major General</b>


(1830-1909) Graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1846. Was appointed Colonel of the 3rd Maine Infantry, in June 1861. He saw action at 1st Bull Run, Yorktown, and Fair Oaks where he received two serious wounds and lost his right arm. He later fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Atlanta campaign. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Fair Oaks, and the Thanks of Congress for his role at Gettysburg. He founded Howard University for negroes in Washington, D.C., and served as it's president from 1869-74. Continuing in the Regular Army, he was peace commissioner to the Apaches, participated in Indian fighting and served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy.


<u>Card Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 2, boldly signed in ink, Oliver O. Howard, Major General U.S. Army. Excellent condition. Rare full first name (Oliver) signature. Most of the autographs you find of Howard are signed with his initials, "O.O."

 


(1818-1902) He served in both houses of the South Carolina legislature, 1852-61. In 1861, he was reputed to be the largest landowner in the South. He organized and equipped at his own expense the famed "Hampton Legion," taking them to Virginia in time to fight in the battle of 1st Manassas, where he was wounded. He commanded an infantry brigade in the Virginia Peninsular campaign, and then in the summer of 1862, was assigned a cavalry command under General J.E.B. Stuart. He participated in most of their actions from 1862-64, and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg. After the death of Stuart, Hampton took over command of the cavalry corps. In the post war South, he was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1876, and later U.S. Senator, 1879-91.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 7 1/2 x 3 1/4, in ink, Wade Hampton, So. Ca. Excellent.  


<b>Killed in action at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee</b>


(1825-64) Born in Nashville, Tenn., he graduated from West Point in 1846, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Dragoons. He fought with this regiment during the Mexican War receiving a brevet for gallantry at the battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales. Afterwards he served on frontier duty in Minnesota, California and in the Southwest. Promoted to captain on November 30, 1856. He resigned from the U.S. Army on May 31, 1861, and was at once appointed a captain of cavalry in the Regular Confederate Army and assigned to command at Memphis. He was promoted to colonel in May 1862, and was commissioned brigadier general to rank from December 20th of that same year. Given command of General Lloyd Tilghman's old brigade of Mississippi regiments, he led this brigade under General Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg campaign, and under Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk in Mississippi. Adams later joined the Army of Tennessee at Resaca, Georgia, and fought with great distinction throughout the Atlanta campaign. He accompanied General John Bell Hood to Tennessee, and on November 30, 1864, at the bloody battle of Franklin, was seriously wounded in the right arm. Refusing to leave the field, he led his troops up to the Federal breastworks where he attempted to jump over the works on horseback. General Adams was riddled with Yankee lead and fell dead on the battlefield while at the head of the Rebel assault.     


Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 1/8. Chest up view in civilian attire. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.  


4 1/8 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 28, 1863


General Orders

No. 239


In mustering troops into the service of the United States, the non-commissioned officers of Companies must not be mustered in until their respective Companies have the number of enlisted men required by General Orders, No. 110, current series, from this Office.


Until the muster of a Company (under par. 86, Mustering Regulations) has been completed, the non-commissioned officers thereof cannot be appointed. (See par. 73, page 18, Army Regulations of 1861).


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine.

Autograph, General Oliver O. Howard $100.00

 

Autograph, General Wade Hampton $250.00

 

Photograph, General John Adams

 

Mustering Of Troops Into The Union Army $10.00




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


Antique portrait engraving of General Beauregard in his Confederate uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by H.B. Hall, Jr. 4 1/8 x 5 7/8. Mounted to a piece of archival mat board.

 


<b>Severely wounded at Gettysburg resulting in the amputation of his leg


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 Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Gettysburg. He was very instrumental in forming the Gettysburg National Military Park.


<u>Signature</u>: 2 x 1, in ink, D.E. Sickles, mounted to 3 3/8 x 2 period card. Desirable Gettysburg personality.  


<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>


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


<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 21st, 1864</b></u>


Dear Wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am in reasonable health at present.  I recíd two letters from you yesterday which was a great treat to me for I had not heard from you for some time and was dated on the 23rd of Dec., the other on the 1st of this month.  I was very sorry to hear of your sickness and I am afraid that you have suffered more than you stated in your letter, but I can do nothing for you but pray to our Heavenly Father that he will make you well again.  Tell Susan Tipton I am much obliged to her for her information in regard to those marriages, but I do think that Wes Thomas was certainly in a great hurry considering his situation and besides the girl must be very young.  Tell the children that I thought of them on Christmas and will bring their gifts when I come if that time ever comes.  Give my good wishes to Amanda Laurence and I thank her for her good will to me.  Dear you wanted to know what kind of fire we have here.  We use wood stoves all together.  I get up in the morning, make some coffee, fry some meat or boil some potatoes for breakfast and about the same for dinner, but besides I have the fruit and butter that you sent me so that I live well enough if that was all.  I recíd a letter from brother George, one from sister Lydia and from Capt. Mann, and one from Father.  He wants to know how we spend our time.  Well playing cards, chess, checkers, backgammon, dice & dominoes, and we have a Lyceum Court of Common Pleas, preaching, prayer meeting, a bible class, English grammar, French & Latin classes, theatrical performances, dancing and fencing school and whatever else can be thought of, but it is a very dull place after all.  Oh how I want to hear little L.L. say pop.  The Lord only knows how, but I want to see you all so good by my Dear wife.  May the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lt. Levi Lupton


P.S. Dear, I am not so weak but that I could make a good dayís march if I had the privilege in going home.  Dear, I did not find my postage stamps until today.


Addressed on the reverse: [To] Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Scattered staining and light wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the 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.


WBTS Trivia: Prisoner of War letters were usually limited to 1 page by order of the captors so this letter is unusual in its length.    


(1816-1894) He was Speaker of the Massachusetts House, presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1853, and the same year was elected to Congress, the first of ten terms. Elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1856, Banks showed moderation in deciding among factions during the bitter slavery debates. In 1858 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, serving until January 1861, when Abraham Lincoln appointed him a Major General of volunteers after Banks offered his services. Many West Point officers could not understand this appointment considering that Banks had substandard military qualifications for the job of a field commander. He did contibute immeasurably in recruits, morale, money and propaganda to the Federal cause however. He was defeated by Stonewall Jackson in the celebrated Valley campaign with the loss of 30% of his force, and again by Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Banks commanded the siege and capture of Port Hudson, La., and also commanded the Red River campaign. After the war Banks returned to his political career.


Portrait engraving of a seated General Banks in uniform with rank of major general with epaulets, his sword cradled over his arm, and high black leather boots with his chapeau hat sitting on top of the table at his side. Executed from the original painting by Alonzo Chappel. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Imprint below that reads, "Likeness from a recent Photograph from life. Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1863 by Johnson, Fry & Co. in the clerks office of the district court for the southern district of N.Y." Overall size is 8 x 10 1/2. Very fine.

General P. G. T. Beauregard

 

Autograph, General Daniel E. Sickles $75.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Infantry

 

General Nathaniel P. Banks $15.00




<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Signed on the back of the business card of former Colonel George H. Starr, 104th New York Infantry, who was captured at Gettysburg! Starr escaped from 3 different Rebel prisons!</b>


(1837-1921) Born in Huntingdon, Pa., he was the son of David R. Porter, a Governor of Pennsylvania, and was the first cousin of, Andrew Porter, a Union Civil War general. He graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1860. During the Civil War he served as Chief of Ordnance of the Army of the Potomac, the Department of the Ohio, and the Army of the Cumberland. He also served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 20, 1863. He was able to rally enough men to hold the ground at a critical moment in the battle when the Union lines had been broken. Exposed to heavy fire by the enemy, Porter held his position long enough to facilitate the escape of numerous wagon trains and batteries. Besides the MOH, Porter was cited for gallantry in the siege of Fort Pulaski, Ga.; the battle of the Wilderness, Va.; and in the action at New Market Heights, Va. He received promotion to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War services in the field. After the war, he served as Private Secretary to President U.S. Grant, 1869-73; Vice President of the Pullman Palace Car Company; was President of the Union League Club of New York, 1893-97, being a major influence in the construction of Grant's Tomb, in N.Y.C.; and was the United States Ambassador to France, 1897-1905. He was awarded the Legion of Honor, by the French government in 1904. Porter was also the author of two books, "Campaigning With Grant," and "West Point Life."


<u>Card Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, boldly signed in ink, Horace Porter. This autograph was signed on the reverse of the imprinted business card of George H. Starr, a New York attorney, and former Civil War officer who served in the 104th New York Infantry, and was captured at Gettysburg. The imprint reads: "Geo. H. Starr, Counsellor at Law, 56 Pine Street, New York City."  Very fine. Desirable item related to both the battle of Gettysburg and General Ulysses S. Grant!


Colonel George H. Starr, enlisted as a private at Geneseo, N.Y., on November 23, 1861, and was mustered into Co. D, 104th New York Infantry. He was promoted to sergeant on the same day; 2nd lieutenant, on March 6, 1862; and captain, on September 12, 1862. He was captured in action at the battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 1863, and confined at Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va. Starr was one of the over 100 men who escaped through a tunnel on February 9, 1864, but was recaptured. He was then sent to Macon, Ga., where he was confined on April 1, 1864, and once again escaped, this coming on August 15, 1864. He was re-captured a third time, and confined at Camp Sorghum, Columbia, S.C., on September 1, 1864. He escaped again on October 10, 1864, after having been moved to Charleston, S.C.  He was discharged from the army on January 6, 1865; and promoted Colonel, N.Y. Volunteers, by brevet. After the war Starr studied law and practiced in New York City, and in Yonkers, N.Y.  


(1815-1872) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. Won a brevet in the Mexican War. Meade fought in the Peninsular campaign and the Seven Days battles being very severely wounded at Glendale. He recovered in time to see action at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Elevated to command of the Army of the Potomac, he defeated General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg and went on to fight in all of their battles culminating in the surrender at Appomattox Court House.


Antique portrait engraving of General Meade in uniform with rank of major general. Printed facsimile autograph with rank below his portrait, "Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl., U.S.A."  Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 5 1/2 x 9. Very nice.  


(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va. Son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the U.S.A., Winfield Scott, who said Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1852-55, and commanded the detachment that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Turned down the command of the Union Army in 1861, as he said he could never raise his sword against his native Virginia. Instead he was appointed commander of all military forces of Virginia, and soon after general in the Regular Army of the Confederate States of America. During the War Between The States, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia at such battlefields as 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. His reputation became legendary and he might very well be the most famous soldier in American history! In the last years of his life, he served as president of Washington College at Lexington, Va. (now Washington & Lee Univ.) where he is buried in the chapel.


Antique portrait engraving of General Lee in his Confederate uniform with Gen. R.E. Lee printed below. Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 4 3/4 x 8 3/4. Light scattered age toning.  


Antique engraving published by J.W. Orr, Sr., N.Y., titled "Gathering Cane." Scene of slaves picking cane and loading it into a mule driven wagon. 6 x 7. Light age toning.

Autograph, General Horace Porter $100.00

 

General George G. Meade

 

General Robert E. Lee $25.00

 

Slaves Gathering Cane




Scott #11. 10 cents, Confederate States of America, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.  


Imprinted Union eagle discharge with vignette of a spread winged eagle on top of shield with American flags, and stars in the background. 8 1/2 x 11, filled out in ink. For Sergeant Lewis S. Gingrich, of Captain Jacob P. Embich's Co. A, 93rd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was enrolled on the seventeenth day of September, 1861, to serve three years, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this second day of October 1864, in the field, by reason of expiration of term of service. Said Lewis S. Gingrich was born in Lebanon in the State of Pennsylvania, is twenty years of age, five feet 4 1/2 inches high, light complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair. Given in the field this second day of October 1864. The discharge has been signed by Robert L. Orr, Capt. & A.C.M., 2nd Div., 6th A.C., Mustering Officer, by Joseph Houck, 1st Lieut., 93 Pa. Vols., Comdg. Co., and at the top right next to the illustration by William M. Wiley, P.[ay] M.[aster] as being Paid in full, Oct. 13, 1864. Rubber stamped in blue at the upper right by C. Holmes, P.M., U.S.A., indicating that Gingrich's additional bounty as per an Act dated July 28, 1863 has been paid. Age toning, fold and edge wear, a couple of tiny edge chips, and light remnants of archival mounting tape at the upper edge. One small piece of clear archival document tape can be found on a fold on the reverse.


The hard fought 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry saw action at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Salem Heights (Chancellorsville campaign), Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. They were also present at Antietam and Fredericksburg serving in a reserve role.



Joseph Houck was a resident of Lebanon Co., Pa., when he enlisted on September 21, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to 1st sergeant, July 22, 1862; 1st lieutenant, December 26, 1862; and was mustered out of the Union army on October 15, 1864.



William M. Wiley, a native Pennsylvanian, was a Paymaster of U.S. Volunteers from September 7, 1861, until his discharge from the service on March 15, 1866. He was promoted to the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel on March 13, 1865, for his faithful and meritorious Civil War record. He died on November 21, 1875.


WBTS Trivia: Captain Jacob P. Embich, whose company Lewis S. Gingrich served in, was mortally wounded in action at Petersburg, Va., on June 18, 1864. He died from his wounds the next day.  


      


7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.


Warren County, December 30th, 1842


For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.


Given under our hands & seals the date above.


Signed by the administrators.


Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver the within named slaves to Mrs. Ann Brabston.  Witness my hand & seal this 29th day of December, 1843.


Jas. M. Brabston


Light age toning and wear. 

 


Criswell #122. Richmond, February 20, 1863. Vignette of the legendary Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and steamboat at the bottom. Printed on pink paper by Archer & Daly of Richmond, Va. 7 of the original coupons still attached. Very fine. One of the most popular Confederate bonds.

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso $20.00

 

93rd Pennsylvania Infantry Discharge $95.00

 

1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale $250.00

 

1863 Confederate $1, 000 Bond, General St $185.00




T-66. Richmond, Feb. 17, 1864. Bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Reddish network background. Fancy blue reverse. Very fine.  


Vol. XVI. No. 5, May 1908. Front page illustration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Published Monthly In The Interest Of Confederate Veterans And Kindred Topics. S.A. Cunningham, Proprietor, Nashville, Tenn. 7 3/4 x 10 1/2. 64 pages, illustrated. Articles include: Jefferson Davis Home Association. The Birthplace of Jefferson Davis. The Hundredth Birthday of President Davis. Birmingham Reunion. Major Henry Wirz, The Commander of Andersonville Prison (article includes a very fine full standing portrait of Wirz in his Confederate uniform). Medical Officers Association. Southern History; Tennessee. United Confederate Choirs of America. Forrest's Cavalry Corps in Birmingham. Glimpses of Birmingham, Alabama. Rules For Burying The Dead Of The Enemy. Address of Brig. Gen. James E. Rains. (includes a portrait of Gen. Rains in his Confederate uniform with the article). General Rains's Speech. Objects to U.S. Pensions of Confederates. Monument at Corsicana, Texas. St. Andrew's Cross poem. The Bail Bond of Jefferson Davis (includes printed facsimile of the historic document). New Englander on Jefferson Davis. Vivid Experiences In Prison by A.J. Cantrell, McMinnville, Tenn. Union Prisoners at Andersonville. Extracts From Captain Page's Book. Photograph of Louis Schade, Voluntary Attorney For Major Wirz. The Trial of Major Wirz. Union Officer On Johnson's Island Prison. What General Thomas Wrote Gov. Letcher. Experience in Richmond Hospitals. The Illinois Confederate Company. Battle of Perryville, Ky. by Col. Thomas Claiborne, Nashville, Tenn. Ordnance Matters At The Close. Dead Angle, Rules For Burial Of Dead. Great War Song. Forrest's Chief of Artillery. Battle of Marks Mills, Arkansas. Memorial Day- Wilson's Creek Fight. Dr. R.D. Baskervill, A Virginian. Reunions, State and General, in Virginia. The Confederate Bible Association. The Last Roll. Judge John W. Childress. Colonel George E. Purvis. The Artillery Of Forrest's Cavalry Projected History by Capt. John W. Morton. (includes an illustration of Capt. Morton in his C.S.A. uniform). General Ashby, The Centaur of the South. Robert E. Lee. About Lee And His Cause. The True Story of Andersonville Prison, and much more. There is a small chip out of the upper right corner of the front cover which does not affect any content. Light age toning and wear. Superb content.    


8 pages. THE LATE REBEL RAID. Rumored Interception by Our Forces. Capture of Prisoners and Wagons. The Retreat-The Pursuit-Probable Fighting-Rebel Losses. Rebel Raid Into Kentucky. The Enemy in Strong Force. Preparations to Repel the Invasion. Eastern Kentucky Again Alarmed. Late Rebel News. News From Sherman's Army. The Defense of Atlanta. Guerrillas in Missouri. Sacking of Parkville, Mo., by Bushwackers. Atrocities Committed by Them. A Fight in Prospect. A Rebel View of the Situation. Attack on A.J. Smith Repulsed. Grant Can Have His Own Way. Aid For The South. Ship Building in New York, Brooklyn and Jersey City. Indian Atrocities. Call For Five Hundred Thousand Men by the President of the United States. The Case of the Stolen Negroes. The Kearsarge Watching the Rebel Steamers. Kentucky Loyalty. Fourth of July at the House That Jeff Built. The Great West. The Emigrants and Settlers Guide to the New States and Territories. Arrival of the Sick and Wounded. (List of many soldiers by name, company and regiment). How to End the War. The Workingmen of New York. Protest Against Mayor Gunther. Much more war news. Light edge chipping. Very fine.  


4 pages with an illustration of an American flag at the upper left hand corner of the front page. EXTRA. GRANT'S ARMY. Official Dispatch from Secretary Stanton. Late & Important News. Dispatches from General Grant's Headquarters. General Attack Upon Our Lines and Repulse of the Rebels. Gen. Stannard Wounded. Arrival of Reinforcements. News From Sherman. BEFORE RICHMOND. A Battle On Friday. The Rebel Lines Assaulted. The Enemy Driven Within Their Intrenchments. The Ground Gained Held by Our Troops. Three Hundred Prisoners Taken. Our Loss About Three Thousand. Gen. R.O. Tyler Wounded. The Fighting of Tuesday and Wednesday. The Enemy's Dead and Wounded Left on the Battlefield. Gen. Butler's Army. A Skirmish Wednesday. The Fight of Thursday. The Rebels Make a Dash at our Rifle Pits. How the Dash Was Circumvented and the Rebels Captured. Deserters Coming In By Squads. The Ninth Army Corps. Incidents of the Battlefield. Death of Lieut. Col. Chandler. The March Across the Pamunkey. Department of the Gulf. Great Fire in New Orleans. Eight Steamers Burned. The Constitutional Convention. The Speech of Gen. Banks. The Meeting Yesterday. The Nation's Gratitude to Its Brave Defenders. The War to be Fought Out on This Line to the End. Letter from President Lincoln, Speeches, Etc. Much more excellent war news. This newspaper is incomplete. It includes the front page with much battle news and bold headlines, page 4, page 5 and page 8. Light age toning and wear. Although incomplete, this is still a very nice partial 1864 newspaper filled with much battle news from General Ulysses S. Grant's  1864 Virginia campaign! If complete this would easily be a $45.00 newspaper. Priced accordingly.

1864 Confederate $50 Note

 

Confederate Veteran Magazine, May 1908

 

New York Daily Tribune, July 19, 1864

 

The New York Times, June 5, 1864 $15.00




Unused patriotic envelope with illustration of President Abraham Lincoln with his name printed below his likeness. Very fine.  A neat Civil War vintage advertising broadside for <B>HOLLISíS, Vegetable Pectoral Syrup</B>, a cure for Coughs, Colds, Hooping Cough. (see: 1863 Boston Business Directory)  In a nice size for easy display (8" X 7") and in fine original condition after decades of storage, this boldly printed (one side only for posting) broadside will set well in any period grouping.  We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased  guarantee ! please note:  ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!.  If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!         Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of seeking out and setting aside such, this outstanding mid 1800s two drawer, wooden bodied telescope remains in excellent condition with lots of period finish on the brass components and fine optics with all the original finish on the wood.  Measuring 8 ľ inches closed and 19 inches fully drawn, this wonderful old telescope remains in near new, unused condition yet with good evidence of age and originality. A good size for personal field use in the Civil War era military, this piece will also fit well with mid 19th century nautical collectables.  An especially nice vintage telescope!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Our illustration will likely do best to describe this nice old open hearth or camp fire hanging fry pan except to advise that it is completely original even to a telltale period<I>crust</I> on the underside.  A hard accumulation from many a meal from over an open fire.  The sheet iron pan measures approximately12 3/4 inches across the mouth with 2 Ĺ  inch sides tapering to an 10 5/8  inch diameter bottom.  The heavy hand forged black iron handle is fitted with a swiveling iron ring to facilitate occasional turning of the pan while cooking or serving.  An attractive piece of antique cookware appropriate to a period ranging from a colonial open hearth to a 49ers camp on through use in a Civil War troop bivouac or winter camp. A classic piece of antique forged cookware pure and untouched.  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 !

Patriotic Cover, President Abraham Linco

 

Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE $65.00

 

Extra nice, original! Civil War era TE

 

earlier to mid 1800s hanging FRY PAN $145.00




By Bruce S. Bazelon and William F. McGuinn. Published by REF Typesetting & Publishing Inc., Manassas, Virginia, 1990. Blue cloth hardcovers, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with gold illustrated imprint on the front, 180 pages, illustrated. A comprehensive listing and discussion of the makers and suppliers of military goods in America during the period from 1785-1915. Selected contractors are included for the period 1817-1865. This directory also covers selected makers and dealers of military goods in the Confederate States of America. Excellent reference book.  


<b>Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills</b>


This is a late 1800's or early 1900's advertising imprint (NOT a modern reproduction) utilizing the T-67, 1864 Confederate $20 note, with vignettes of the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee, and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens on the obverse. The reverse is an advertisement imprint for Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. It reads as follows: This is presented to you in order to impress on your mind the fact that DR. MORSE'S INDIAN ROOT PILLS Have been before the public for more than sixty years, and today are the most popular family Pill in the market. To those who have used them we need not say one word- they stand on their merit. To those who have not used them we simply say they are the best Pill that skill, money and experience can produce. They are a specific cure for most of the Blood, Stomach and Liver Diseases. They absolutely remove all Dyspepsia, Giddiness, Headache, and are most useful in female disorders. Don't forget! Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. W.H. Comstock, Sole Proprietor, Morristown, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. There are several small tears along the edges of the note which have been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. Very interesting antique advertising imprint. Very scarce.


WBTS Trivia: William Henry Comstock, was the son of Edwin P. Comstock, who founded a drug company in New York City sometime before 1833. The Indian Root Pills were first formulated and manufactured in 1854, and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills were one of the most successful products to be manufactured in North America as part of the patent medical industry. The manufacturer of these pills claimed that they would cleanse the blood which was thought to be the cause of many diseases.  

 


<b>Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Civil War at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., in 1861</b> 


(1836-1918) Wherry was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. He was brevetted for gallantry for his actions in the Atlanta campaign, at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and at Wilmington, N.C., receiving promotion to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. He was the bearer of the rolls and terms of surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's Army to Washington, D.C. He fought in the Spanish American War participating in the battle of San Juan Hill and the capture of Santiago.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, imprint signed in ink. 


Headquarters Military Division of the Pacific, 


San Francisco, Cal., January 13, 1872


Special Orders, No. 10 


I..Lieutenant Colonel Cuvier Grover, 3d Cavalry, will proceed to Omaha, Nebraska, and report in person to the commanding general, Department of the Platte.


II..Second Lieutenant A.D. Bache Smead, Company "C," 3d Cavalry, has authority to remain in this city till his company arrives from the Department of Arizona.

 

By Order Of Major General Schofield


J.C. KELTON, 

Assistant Adjutant General 


Very nice, large ink signature at the bottom, Wm. M. Wherry, above his printed title as Aide-de-Camp


Rubber stamped in blue at bottom right of the document, Capt. G.C. Smith, A.Q.M., San Francisco, Jan. 15, 1872.


Addressed in red ink at bottom left, G.C. Smith, A.Q.M.


Light age toning and wear. Tiny paper chips at the bottom corners.    



Lieutenant Colonel Cuvier Grover, the subject of the first section of this order, served as a volunteer Union general with a very commendable record during the Civil War. He graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1850. His most important antebellum duty was in connection with the Northern Pacific Railroad exploration in 1853-54; he also served in the Mormon expedition and in frontier garrison duty. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was a captain of the 10th U.S. Infantry, stationed at Fort Union, New Mexico. He was appointed a brigadier general, April 14, 1862, and won two brevets in the Regular Army for his gallant conduct during the Peninsular campaign, where he led a brigade of Hooker's division, in Heintzelman's corps. Grover's Brigade sustained 486 casualties in the 2nd Bull Run campaign, mainly at Groveton, in the assault on Stonewall Jackson's position. Transferred west, he led the right wing of General Banks' army during the Port Hudson campaign. Returning east, he fought at Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, where he was wounded. His gallantry earned him the brevet of major general. At the end of the war he commanded the District of Savannah, Ga.  


<b>Plus voucher for travelling expenses from Washington, D.C. to New York</b>


Pair of related documents that were issued upon the discharge of Private Delivan Hutchens, Co. C, 92nd New York Infantry. #1: 7 1/2 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This is the Certificate To Be Given To Volunteers At The Time Of Their Discharge To Enable Them To Receive Their Pay, &c. Includes description of the soldier, date of his last pay check, and that he was discharged at Washington, on the 26th day of April 1862, by Command of Gen. Wadsworth. #2: 8 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This document is a voucher for Private Hutchens travel expenses from Washington to Potsdam, N.Y. It is glued at the corner to the back of the first document. You can lift up the first document to view the second document. Age toning, staining, wear, edge chips and fold tears have been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. 


Delivan Hutchens was 21 years old when he enlisted at Potsdam, New York, as a private, and was mustered into Co. C, 92nd New York Infantry. He was discharged for disability on April 26, 1862, at Washington, D.C.

A Directory Of American Military Goods D

 

Confederate Facsimile $20 Advertising No $15.00

 

Autograph, General William M. Wherry $50.00

 

Certificate Issued at Discharge, 92nd Ne $15.00




<b>Journalist, Famous Poet and U.S. Army officer during the Civil War


War Date Document Signed</b>


(1826-1904) Born near Penn Yan, New York, he moved with his parents to Ohio in 1840. He studied law with Thomas Corwin, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and practiced in Cincinnati as a partner of Thomas Spooner. However, a few years earlier, he had written a poem titled, "Rain on the Roof," which first appeared in the Cincinnati Great West. Its extraordinary merit was instantly recognized and the seeds of a literary pursuit had been sown in Kinney's heart. He gave up the law and became editor of The West Liberty Banner. He later became editor of a literary magazine called the Genius of the West. When the Civil War broke out he was elected captain of a company that was raised in Greene County, but before he could be mustered in, President Lincoln, through the recommendation of Salmon P. Chase, appointed Kinney, Major & Paymaster, U.S. Army. He was commissioned on June 1, 1861, and he served throughout the war being mustered out of service on November 15, 1865, with the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel. After the war he became owner and editor of the Xenia Tourchlight, and was subsequently the editor of the Cincinnati Times, and he also wrote for the Ohio State Journal. He later became owner and editor of the Springfield Globe Republic. He was elected as a delegate of the Republican National Convention in Chicago that nominated Ulysses S. Grant for president, and served as the Ohio State Secretary for the convention. He served as an Ohio State Senator, 1882-83. Kinney's career in civil and military life entitles him to the high rank that Ohio has given him among her distinguished sons. His attainments as a classical student, critic and thinker, exhibited by his strong, clear writings in prose, and his eloquent speeches, give him a high position among American scholars, writers and orators. But his reputation rests mainly on his extraordinary originality as a poet. His "Rain on the Roof," "Emma Stuart," "End of the Rainbow," "Discontent," "Threnody," belong to popular literature. A volume titled, "Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real," contain some of his best productions. Source: Dictionary of American Biography. 


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted check with female figure holding sword and shield, filled out in ink.


Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1864. Third National Bank of Cincinnati, Designated Depositary of the U.S. Pay to C.F. Adae & Co., or bearer, Nine Hundred & Fifty three and 80/100 Dollars. $953.80. Coates Kinney, Paymaster, U.S.A. Small punch hole cancellation at the center. Very fine.      


Confederate envelope with partial Charlotte, N.C. postmark and Scott #11, 10 cents, Confederate States of America postage stamp, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Addressed to Mr. W. Robinson, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The handwritten ink address has faded but it is all readable. Age toning. Fine, war period, postally used, stamped Confederate envelope.   


Unused 5 1/2 x 2 1/4, imprint. Sutler's Office, 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers. Paymaster U.S.A. for 6th Regt. Ohio Volunteers pay to the order of E. Kelsey, Sutler..........Dollars, and deduct the amount from pay due me. Excellent condition. These checks were filled out by soldiers of the 6th Ohio Volunteers as an I.O.U. to the regimental sutler towards the purchase of his goods. Then on pay day the appropriate amount would be deducted from that particular soldier's pay and given to the sutler. The hard fought 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers saw action at Fort Donelson, Nashville, Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Resaca, to name a few places. Desirable.  


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that have been hand tinted in color and published in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. #1: Caption: The Rebels Robbing The Flour Mills in Maryland. #2: Caption: The Rebels Pillaging at the Hagerstown Depot. 10 1/2 x 4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Coates Kin $25.00

 

Stamped Confederate Cover Postmarked at $75.00

 

6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers Sutler Chec $50.00

 

The Rebel Army Robbing & Pillaging in Ma




<b>Signed by an officer of the Association who marched in the funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.</b>


4 7/8 x 2 3/4, imprint, filled out in ink. New Orleans, November 1884. Receipt for dues and fines for S. Le Gardeur of Guibet's Battery Benevolent Ass'n. This Association was composed of members of Guibet's Battery who served with General P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C. Signed by R.B. Flores, Coll.[ector]. Very fine early Confederate Veteran's item. Age toning and a very tiny punch hole cancellation at the center.


WBTS Trivia: Members of Guibet's Battery marched in the celebrated funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1889 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. A delegation of twenty five members were in line including several officers of the organization; B. Rouen, President; J.F. Meunier, Vice President; L.F. Boisdore, Recording Secretary; L. Aleix, Financial Secretary; L.A. Dupont, Treasurer; and R.B. Flores, Collector. The funeral of Jefferson Davis was one of the largest ever held in the South. Davis was first entombed at the Army of Northern Virginia Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans. Mrs. Varina Howell Davis then had her husband's remains reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., in 1893.    


<b>Colonel of the 37th & 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments


Mortally wounded in action during the Atlanta campaign</b>


(1820-64) Born in Williamson County, Tennessee, he was the nephew of U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. He later settled in Holly Springs, Mississippi where he became a prominent lawyer, politician, and publisher of The Mississippi Times newspaper. He served in the Mississippi State Legislature and was a member of the 1861 secession convention where Mississippi voted to secede from the Union. When war broke out in early 1861, he served as captain of the old 9th Mississippi Infantry, a 12 months regiment. Elected colonel of the 37th Mississippi Infantry in early 1862, later reorganized as the 34th Mississippi Infantry, he served under General Earl Van Dorn during the Corinth, Miss. campaign, and the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., where Benton and his regiment earned high praise. The 34th Mississippi Infantry then accompanied General Braxton Bragg's army to Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1862, then in August they joined Major General William J. Hardee's Corps in Middle Tennessee, and into Kentucky, where they fought at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky. The 34th again fought gallantly but at a great cost. Benton was wounded, and his lieutenant colonel and major were both permanently disabled. After recovering from his wounds, Benton was back in command at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, where the regiment was on the picket line at the base of the mountain. The 34th was overrun by four columns of Union infantry, and around 200 men were captured. In the Atlanta Campaign, he commanded the 29th, 30th and 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments at the Battle of Alt's Gap, then the 34th in Major General Edward C. Walthall's brigade at the Battle of Resaca. The brigade was flanked by Union artillery, and the war has few if any cases of greater losses (unit-proportional) by artillery fire than Walthall's Brigade at Resaca. But the brigade was immovable and gallantly defended the position for two days. When Major General Walthall was promoted to division command, Colonel Benton was given command of the brigade. At the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864, while commanding the brigade, he was severely wounded in the chest by a shell fragment and wounded in the right foot, causing the loss of his leg. He died six days later at a hospital in Griffin, Georgia. He had been promoted to brigadier general two days before his death, but the promotion never reached him before he died.      


Antique silver print photograph, 2 3/8 x 3 3/8. Chest up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.  


<b>Autographed Limited Edition</b>


By Richard J.S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman. Published by Hired Hand Press, Dover, Massachusetts, 1979. Published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies of which this is No. 79. Nicely signed in ink at the back of the book, below the above imprint, by its authors, Richard J.S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman. 87 pages, illustrated with every known view of Lincoln Assassin and famous 19th century actor, John Wilkes Booth. Includes an introduction, notes relating to the photographs, a chapter titled, "Photography and John Wilkes Booth," a great section titled "Catalog of the Photographs," giving details of each of the images, and of course the photographs of the notorious John Wilkes Booth which are beautifully reproduced in a sepia tone with each one being numbered to correspond with their descriptive text. Also includes an appendix giving a further explanation of several of the photographs, and one photograph in particular is reproduced front and back because of its direct ties to the assassination. It belonged to William B. Wilson, a military telegraph operator for the War Department, which was sent to him in the field during the manhunt for Booth the assassin. This pose was widely circulated while Booth was on the run and appeared on the official wanted posters. 8 1/2 x 8 1/2, tan cloth hardcover with gold embossed imprint of the title of the book on the front cover and a full standing photograph of John Wilkes Booth. The title of the book, its authors and the publisher are also printed in gold lettering on the spine. Includes the original illustrated dust jacket. The jacket shows light edge wear with some minor chipping and very small tears. The book itself is in excellent condition. The pages are very clean and unmarked and in great condition, while the spine is very tight. Extremely desirable book and the bible on the photographs of Lincoln Assassin John Wilkes Booth. RARE!      


5 x 8, imprint.


Headquarters, Department of the South,

Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 9, 1865


General Orders,

No. 17


The following named Officers are hereby announced on the Staff of the Major General Commanding, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Lists 16 officers by name, rank and position held on General Gillmore's staff. By Command Of Major General Q.A. Gillmore, W.L.M. Burger, Assistant Adjutant General. Staining around the edges. Light edge wear. Uncommon Department of the South imprint.

Guibet's Battery Benevolent Association $25.00

 

Photograph, General Samuel Benton $25.00

 

John Wilkes Booth Himself

 

General Quincy A. Gillmore Announces His $15.00




<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina</b>


(1806-85) Born in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began a practice. Served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1834-35, and 1840-41. Was a United States Congressman from 1843-53. Declining to be a candidate for reelection, he moved to Talladega, Alabama where he practiced law until his death.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 1/4 x 3/4, in ink, J.A. Woodward.  


<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina</b>


(1803-48) Born in Brunswick County, Va., he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1823, and he read law with General Dromgoole in Brunswick Co., Va. where he practiced. He moved to South Carolina in 1826 and settled in Darlington where he took charge of the Darlington Academy. He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1829 and began a practice in Darlington. He served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1840-43. Elected as a Democrat to the 29th and 30th Congresses, he served from 1845 until his death, after having been reelected in 1848 to the 31st Congress. He is buried in the First Baptist Cemetery, Darlington, S.C.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 5/8, in ink, A.D. Sims.    


<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 1/4 pages, 7 3/4 x 10, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, Richmond, June 26th, 1863</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  We arrived here on Tuesday but there has been no chance of sending a letter until now.  Brother Brady [1] is here and expects to leave tomorrow and I send this by him to Washington.  We have plenty to eat of plain fare but no extras.  Our captors have treated us very well, but it is very tiresome here and I do hope that they will exchange us or parole us soon.  It is not much difference which for I am coming home to stay as soon as I get away from here and the sooner they let me off the sooner they will have one less in the army.  There is about 250 officers here in prisoners.  There is about 30 of our men here, among them is Evans, [2], Adams, [3], Booth, [4], Beardmore, [5], Preshaw [6], and a number of others.  Capt. Arckenoe [7] is dead.  [Sgt.] Heck [8] and two others are wounded.  I must stop for the present.  May the good Lord bless you and keep you safe through the many trials you have to endure is the daily prayer of your loving husband.


Lt. Levi Lupton


I want you to write soon and direct to Libby Prison, Richmond and then enclose it in another envelope and direct to Colonel Ludlow, Commissioner of Exchange, Washington City.


Yours,


Lt. Lupton   


Age toning, staining and light wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the 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.


[1] Ebenezer Walker Brady, was the chaplain of the 116th Ohio Infantry and was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He resigned on October 28, 1863.


[2] Private Eli Evans, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863.


[3] Musician Clarkson W. Adams, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 6, 1863.


[4] Private Miller Booth, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863.


[5] Corporal Emon H. Beardmore, was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863. He was wounded in action at Piedmont, Va., on June 5, 1864.


[6] Private James H. Preshaw, was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863. He was wounded in action on June 5, 1864, at Piedmont, Va.


[7] Captain Frederick H. Arckenoe, was killed in action on June 14, 1863, at the battle of Winchester, Va. He is buried in the Winchester National Cemetery, Gravesite- Sec. 20.


[8] Sergeant Oswald Heck, was wounded in action on June 14, 1863, at the battle of Winchester, Va. He died from his wounds on June 23, 1863.      Not to be confused with later and more common examples with the wire keeper, this shako pom-pom is fitted with a wooden keeper shaft and will go appropriately with the 1820ís through Mexican War era leather shako.  A <I>find</I> for the military headgear enthusiast as the majority of surviving period shakos are missing the pom-pom and individual examples are seldom available.  This one remains in excellent condition with no mothing issues.  The wool is a bit dingy with age and while it will clean to the condition appropriate to the finest condition, we have left that to the discretion of the of the buyer. <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>

Autograph, Joseph A. Woodward

 

Autograph, Alexander D. Sims $10.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

earlier to mid-19th century - wool SHAK $175.00

This original manufacturerís bundle of graphite and natural cedar pencils retains 11 pencils of its original dozen Benjamin Ball writing instruments offered here as a lot for the collector / historian who would like the bundle for display.  Per the Harvard, Mass. Historical Society Benjamin Ball set up shop in Harvard in 1830 as the <I>Ball Pen and Paper Co.</I>.  His little two story mill manufactured paper  on one floor and pencils on the other until shortly before the Civil War.  Ballís pencils were sold in bundles of a dozen cedar pencils with square leads,  The pencils were tied together with thread and with a paper label that reads <B>Superior Warranted Black Lead Pencils Manufactured by B. Ball, Harvard, Mass.</B>.   The pencils, which are shorter and thinner than the standard pencil produced today, are only approximately round, and no two have the same cross-section. While the leads in some of the pencils are approximately centered, some of the leads are well off center suggesting that there was a component of individual hand crafting in the making of Ballís pencils.    Mass production of lead pencils began in the U.S. after the Civil War.  <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!


 One of the special thrills of the truly appreciative collector / historian is to hold one of those distinct period photographs in hand and admire that crisp detail and rich contrast that seems to give life to a long past moment in time.  In this image, such quality has frozen the moment of the shutter flash as it allowed the detail of our subjects image to be preserved such that he nearly comes to life as he peers from under a sheet of glass back toward his admirer.   This will all sound a bit overdone to all but the true aficionado of quality antique photo portraiture.  We usually simply say <I> Our illustrations will do best to describe this one</I> and let it go at that.  Please forgive our enthusiasm with respect to this 6th plate ruby-glass ambrotype of a serious looking middle aged troop as he sits before the camera in his regulation mounted jacket with its lightly tinted but distinctive crimson embellishment of a light artillery bugler.  Acquired from an old collection where it had been maintained untouched and as is, still nestled in its case, we were pleased to find a light penciled notation on the case behind the ambrotype identifying the photographer as <I>Griswold Photographic Artist, Racine, Wis.</I>   Some diligent research of Wisconsin light artillery buglers may be fruitful as it would seem a good chance that our subjectís obvious middle age (late 30s / mid to later 40s) may set him aside from most if not all others.  <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!



 Ordinarily not a big deal individually  but when integral with each other as one, these die struck regimental numbers are of special interest as they were made for a specific regiment rather than using separate individual numbers to make up the two digit regimental designation.  We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage one piece regimental numerals in numbers <B>12</B>, <B> 58</B>, <B> 64</B> and <B>70</B> and are offering them priced by the individual set for the insignia collector or specific regiment enthusiast who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap.  These difficult to find double numerals measure ĺ inch high and are of die struck sheet brass, un-used and period, in fine condition with the original attachment wires. A nice find, just let us know the number you wish when ordering.  <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>



 Prepared by  Nottingham chemist H. J. MANFULL, this scarlet crystal dye in its attractive little stoneware bottle will set well in any 19th century grouping in any number of collector categories and will be of special interest to vintage textile, needle work, and sewing enthusiasts. The original label offers mixing instructions and advises that the dye is for <I>Silks, Ribbons, Woolen Goods &c. &c.</I>   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Original! c. 1830 / 1861 Ball, Harvard, $150.00

 

6th plate ruby-glass - Wisconsin photogr

 

Original Civil War Ė one piece / two di $55.00

 

original! 19th century STONEWARE DYE BOT $55.00




Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was hand tinted in color and published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Rebels Retreating With Their Plunder Across The Potomac River. 10 x 3 1/2. Although undated, this illustration appeared in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly.  


Scott #11. 10 cents, Confederate States of America, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.  


<b>Former Union General writes to a former Confederate Colonel


Autograph Letter Signed</b>


(1823-1917) Born in Wilkesville, Vinton County, Ohio, he was an early pioneer of Minnesota. William G. Leduc was promoted to brevet brigadier general in the Union Army in March 1865 for his "efficiency, intelligence and zeal in the discharge of his duties" as Chief Quartermaster of the 11th and 20th Corps. He served as United States Commissioner of Agriculture in the President Rutherford B. Hayes administration. In 1862, during the Civil War, Leduc started construction of a Gothic Revival Mansion in Hastings, Minnesota. It is one of the finest examples of its kind in the midwest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When General LeDuc's life in public service ended, he moved his family from Washington, D.C. back to their home in Hastings. His family dabbled in spiritualism and it is said that many spirits reside in the home including that of General Leduc himself.    


2 pages, 5 3/4 x 7 1/2, A.L.S. in ink, written by ex-Union General William LeDuc to ex-Confederate Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot.


<b><u>Hastings, Minn., May 3rd, 1900,

Col. Chas. W. Broadfoot, Fayetteville, N.C.</b></u>

 

Dear Col.,

 

I want to meet you and have a viva vole concert, and canít accomplish it in any way but by pen and ink and some old cotton rags macerated in a form called paper.  Why you have been specially on my mind at this time I donít know but you have all the same, and the thought has been what can I do to give pleasure to Col. Broadfoot if anything.  Are you vibrating any of the Hertzia waves of the ambient ether in my direction with your wireless mental auditors, or how else may I account for this persistent desire to greet you.  No matter, such is and for the past two or three days has been my wish to hear from and concerning you and yours.  In a letter from Col. Starr he told me you put him wise about Mrs. Slocumís ride in 1778 or thereabouts when Floraís husband was captured which was a comfort to me who had forgotten the name, altho I might have associated it with that of the Fayetteville Mrs. Slocum of the present days.  I am very sorry for Col. Starrís disability in sight and fear I may come to a singular misfortune as I have but one eye now that is serviceable, the other being covered with [a] cataract the result of being killed by a street car in Los Angeles in 1899 or thereabout.  I manage to get along with the one thus far.  Yesterday asking myself what if anything I could do to pleasure anybody in the world, I was overhauling some papers and with you in my [mind], that naturally your daughter Kate came and I said to myself if I send this little bundle to Miss Kate maybe she can see the plot for a little story in them, if she is writing any stories for magazines or papers, any how it may interest her parents as well as herself and "Aunt Fanny" enough to read.  To have been complete, I should have kept a copy of my letters to those people on the James, but I only have a copy of one written to the daughter to read to her mother while she was in the hospital, poor woman and if Miss Kate donít like the one sided correspondence she can put herself in my place and write the letters as she thinks I ought to have written them to a memory of the frightened child whose slumbers I disturbed that August midnight in 1882 down in Virginia.  I have her in my mind as a beautiful maid just blossoming into womanhood and she is a grandmother as you will see. She offered to send me a photo of herself taken now which I declined as I wish to remember her as she was then.  After Miss Kate has gotten all the pleasure from the perusal of the papers they are capable of giving, if the value thereof has been equal to that of return postage she may please return them. If I had a Wright Bros. flying apparatus handy I might "lite out" and go down to see you all someday.  Meanwhile commend me to your excellent wife & family and believe me as of old, your friend.


Wm. G. Leduc


Light age toning, staining and wear.


The recipient of this letter, Colonel 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.     

 


<b>Colonel 1st Florida Infantry, C.S.A.


Wounded in action during the Atlanta campaign</b>


(1822-72) Born in Franklin County, Tenn. He studied and practiced medicine in Hernando County, Miss., from where he raised and commanded the 1st Battalion Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War as their lieutenant colonel. After serving a term in the Mississippi State House of Representatives, he was appointed United States marshal for Washington Territory by President Franklin Pierce. He was a United States Congressman from Washington Territory, 1855-57. He was appointed governor of the territory by President James Buchanan in 1857, but declined the office. He was a member of the First Confederate Provisional Congress. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Anderson was in Florida and served as a member of the Florida state secession convention. Commissioned colonel of the 1st Florida Infantry, his first Civil War action was with General Braxton Bragg at Pensacola. Promoted to brigadier general on Feb. 10, 1862, he fought gallantly as a brigade and division commander at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, and was promoted to major general, Feb. 17, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta campaign battles of Ezra Church and Jonesboro, being severely wounded at the latter place. He rejoined the army during the North Carolina campaign and surrendered at Greensboro. 


Antique silver print photograph, 2 3/8 x 3 1/2. Chest up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.

The Rebels Retreating With Their Plunder

 

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso $20.00

 

Autograph, General William G. LeDuc

 

Photograph, General James Patton Anderso




Civil War cover addressed to Miss Natalie R. Stacy, Chester, Delaware Co., Penna., C.D.S., New Orleans, La.,  Aug. 4, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  


By Carl Sandburg. Illustrated Edition. Copyright 1954 by Carl Sandburg, 1970, The Reader's Digest Association, Pleasantville, New York & The Reader's Digest Association LTD, Montreal, Canada. 640 pages, index, illustrated. Gold gilt printing on the spine and the front cover which includes a large gold A. Lincoln facsimile autograph on the front cover. Large 8 1/2 x 11 hard cover edition. Excellent condition.


What sort of man was Abraham Lincoln? What mysterious force was there in the pioneer farm boy that made him America's most beloved President? Why did so many cartoonists attack him, or a European diplomat declare "you Americans don't appreciate your President?" How did a man so gentle endure some of the greatest burdens ever placed on any man's shoulders?


Thousands of books have been written to answer these questions. But amongst them all, one book stands out as the best and truest portrait: Carl Sandburg's immortal Abraham Lincoln. Originally published in six volumes, it was a nation wide best seller, hailed as one of the finest books of our time. The final one volume version was rewritten by Sandburg himself; critics and readers alike have found it the author's crowning achievement and a truly unforgettable book.


"Poet that he is, Carl Sandburg comes as close as could any mortal man to sensing the soul qualities and penetrating the impenetrable. His portrait of Abraham Lincoln is a monument that will stand forever- a monument to subject and author alike. Robert E. Sherwood."


"Throughout this book, by multitudinous human touches, the author builds up his overshadowing image of a great people in resolution, agony and triumph. Allan Nevins."    H 30in. x W 24in. x W 9in.  H 62in. x D 25in.

1863 Envelope Postmarked at New Orleans, $10.00

 

Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years & The

 

H 30in. x W 24in. x W 9in. $0.00

 

H 62in. x D 25in. $0.00




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


From the Libby Prison Hospital, Richmond, Virginia</b>


1 page, 7 1/2 x 9, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 13th, 1864</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I am still in the Hospital but mending slowly.  The most I need now is fresh air and out of door exercise which I hope I shall be able to get soon.  I expected when I wrote on last week to have been on my way home before this but was disappointed as usual, but I do hope that the time is drawing near when I shall be released and I think that perhaps I shall get off in the course of this week.  Try dear and keep your spirits up and donít fret about me if you can help it.  Pray for me and may the good Lord bless you and my dear children and have you in his Holy keeping is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed on the reverse: [To] Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Scattered staining and fold wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the 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.     


Unused Civil War patriotic envelope with the above title below a vignette of a man riding on an alligator's tail with a box on top of its back with the imprint, "For New Orleans And A Market." Mounting traces on the reverse. Uncommon.   


<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina


Delegate to the North Carolina State secession convention in 1861</b>


(1820-67) Born in New Bern, he attended New Bern Academy and Yale College, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1839, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1840, and commenced practice in New Bern. He served as a U.S. Congressman 1847-49. Donnell was a delegate to the North Carolina State secession convention in 1861, and to the State constitutional convention in 1865. Served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons during the War Between the States in 1862 and 1864, and served as speaker.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, R.S. Donnell, New Berne, North Carolina.  


<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina</b>


(1806-68) Born near Windsor, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1824; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825, and commenced practice in Windsor. He served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1831-34, 1854, and 1858. Was a delegate to the North Carolina State constitutional convention at Raleigh in 1835, and to the Whig National Convention in 1844. Outlaw served as Colonel of the Bertie County Regiment of State Militia. Served as U.S. Congressman from 1847-53. He was a North Carolina State Senator in 1860 and 1866.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, David Outlaw, Windsor, N. Carolina.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Patriotic Cover, Running The Blockade

 

Autograph, Richard S. Donnell

 

Autograph, David Outlaw




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