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Raleigh, Sept. 1, 1862. Uncirculated condition.  


<b>Turned cover using the blank side of a bond</b>


[P]aid 3 cents, Fayetteville, N.C., Sept. 22, 1865. Lt. Col. C.W. Broadfoot, Care of Rev[eren]d T.G. Haughton, Salisbury, N.C., Direct Via Raleigh. This homemade cover was implemented by using a printed bond and reversing it and folding it to create an envelope. Edge wear and small tears. 


The recipient of this envelope, 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.


Salisbury, North Carolina was a major railroad hub, military depot and home to Salisbury Prison during the Civil War.  

 


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


(1802-68) Born near Halifax, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1821, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and commenced a law practice in Halifax. Served as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, 1832-34, and as a U.S. Congressman, 1841-53. He was the chairman of the Committee on Claims. He moved to Louisiana in 1860 and settled near Shreveport where he resumed his law practice and also was engaged in planting.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 3/8, in ink, J.R.J. Daniel, Halifax, N.C.    


<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 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, Dec. 4th/63</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 15th on yesterday and I also recd. that box today although it had been here for 8 days, but I suppose they could not get them distributed any sooner although some few things had got moldy, but be sure I was very glad to get it although we have had plenty to eat from boxes got by others of our mess.  Well Dear I fear that we are not going to get out of this very soon which is no very pleasant feeling for none can tell except they were in the same place.  How bad I want to get out.  Dear try and keep your spirits up hoping that it is all for the best and may the good Lord give you help in this your hour of need.  I have had a very bad cold for a few days but it is getting better although I am quite nervous today.  Pray for me my dear wife and may the Lord bless you and the children is the prayer of your ever loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed to: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Light age toning, staining and 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.

1862 State of North Carolina $1 Note

 

Cover Addressed to Confederate Lieutenan $95.00

 

Autograph, John R. J. Daniel $15.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter




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


(1804-75) Born in Columbia, Hamilton County, Ohio, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Batavia, Ohio. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-51.


<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 3/4, in ink, J.D. Morris.    


(1805-86) American historian and linguist. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was one of the founders of the Providence Athenaeum, and was a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In 1842, he helped Albert Gallatin found the American Ethnology Society. Bartlett is well known in the field of lexicography for his "Dictionary of Americanisms," a pioneering work that is still a valuable tool today. He served as the U.S. Boundary Commissioner from 1850-53, and was responsible for surveying the boundary between the United States and Mexico. He published "A Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora and Chihuahua" which contains much valuable scientific and historical material. He served as Secretary of Rhode Island from 1855-72.  He was the father of John Russell Bartlett, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.


Authentic, original 19th century portrait engraving with printed facsimile signature below his likeness. Engraved by J.C. Buttre from a photo by R.A. Lewis. 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent.  


Raleigh, Jany. 1, 1863. Vignette of Ceres at left. Very fine.  


Scott #7. Top edge, block of 2, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of President Jefferson Davis. There is a 3/4 inch portion of the original sheet at the top of the stamps. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.

Autograph, Jonathan D. Morris $10.00

 

John Russell Bartlett $10.00

 

1863 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $40.00

 

Pair of Five Cents Confederate Jeff Davi

      Complete and entirely original is this <B>COLORED SERVANT’S TICKET issued by WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD Co.</B> for <I>ONE SEAT FROM WILMINGTON, N.C., to NEW YORK </I>.  The ticket measures approximately 17 ½ x 4 5/8 inches wide printed on one side only on yellow newspaper type stock .  With  a small <I>chip</I> of the upper left corner and some period horizontal folds (all visible in our illustrations) the ticket remains entirely original with no rips, tears, separations, repairs or stains.  The top section of the ticket provides space for the ticket holder’s <I>Name, Color, Age, Height, Marks,<B>Owner’s Name</B> </I> and <I>With whom traveling</I>.  The ticket was printed by the <I>Daily Journal Job Office, Wilmington, N.C.</I>.  The ticket provides for nine transfers necessary for rail travel from Wilmington, North Carolina to New York, the appropriate section to be cut from the ticket and retained by a rail road agent at each transfer site. 

      Well known to American Rail Road enthusiasts, antique collectors, antebellum South and Civil War collector / historians, the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad was, at the time of its completion in 1841, the longest railroad in the world.  A key Confederate resource throughout the American Civil War, students of the Union siege of Petersburg will be familiar with the part taken by the Wilmington & Weldon Rail Road in that action.  An outstanding Americana collectable, this offering will frame up nicely or will lay in to enhance any number of collectable categories. 

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 Our photos should offer the best description of this desirable period cooking outfit, so suffice it to say here that it consists of a large bail handle camp cook pot that stands approximately 10 ¼ inches not including the bail, and is 11 inches in diameter.   This master pot <U>houses a complement of seven pieces</U> of period mess gear.  All components are original to the period and except the forged iron skillet,  are crafted from tinned sheet iron, lead soldered and iron riveted, in the classic fashion of the Civil War era tin-smith.  The content of the master cook pot consists of a forged black iron <U>hanging skillet</U>, a large 6 inch diameter <U>cook / eating tin</U> with cup handle, a tin <U>drinking cup / dipper</U>, an issue size tin <U>boiler / cup</U> with lid, a <U>condiment tin</U> with lid for flower or cornmeal and an oval lidded <U>cook or storage tin</U> for salt pork or what have you and finally a  <U>shaker</U> for salt, cinnamon &c.  A wonderful display item common in the period but nearly always broken up and seldom found intact.  <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>


 This exceptional ring is hand carved of beef bone with the red diamond of the hard fought Union Army’s , 3rd Corps, 1st Division.  A popular folk art form of the Civil War soldier who utilized readily available beef bone to carve all manner of decorative fair to include pendants, fobs, rings and other trinkets either for personal use, to send home or to trade with fellow soldiers.  In some cases an enterprising artisan would colorfully embellish his work by melting stationer’s sealing wax into the bone design.  In the instance of this ring, red sealing wax was applied to the carved diamond of the 3rd Army corps to designate the device as 1st Division.   All in nice original condition with good evidence of age.  <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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 All original and period, this 21 inch hard rubber ladies neck and cross pendant remain in pleasing to the eye with no cracks, chips or other condition issues and with that nice dark chocolate patina that comes to this material with honest age and originality.  A nice lady’s accessory for the period hard rubber enthusiast , mourning jewelry collector or simply for a lady who would appreciate an original Civil War piece to wear.  <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!

Antebellum SLAVE SERVANT’S - WILMINGTON $550.00

 

Original and as found! Civil War vintag $575.00

 

Civil War vintage - 3rd CORPS 1st DIVISI $195.00

 

Civil War era Lady’s Hard Rubber CHAIN & $95.00

With good remnants of the old <B> LAMSON & GOODNOW MFG. Co. – PATENTED MARCH 6. 1860 </B> markings on the knife blade this bone mounted knife and fork set was made by the forerunner to Lamsom, Goodnow & Yale who held Union arms contracts during the Civil War for manufacture of the <I>'L.G. & Y'</I> rifled musket.  A matching set, each piece with attractive age colored bone grips pinned to tapered shanks.  Bone mountings <U>remain solid</U> with a single shrinkage crack along the bottom side of the fork grip as evidence of age and period use. 

A simple remnant of Civil War era daily life, matching sets seldom survived.  <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting our catalog!!




 


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Presided over the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators!


Document Signed regarding a War of 1812 Veteran!</b>


(1830-89) A lawyer by profession, at the beginning of the Civil War he was colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry. Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at the 1st battle of Bull Run. He then undertook the organization of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, and was commissioned their colonel on Nov. 16, 1861, and led them in General Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition to the North Carolina coast in 1862. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 12, 1864, for gallant services rendered at the battle of Spotsylvania, and commanded a division during the Petersburg campaign. He was appointed special provost marshal for the trial of the President Lincoln conspirators, and presided over their hanging on July 7, 1865.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.


Auditor General's Office

Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 1866


To William H. Kemble,

State Treasurer:


Application having been made to me by Catharine Freyberger, widow of George Fryberger of Berks Co., a soldier of the war of 1812, for the Gratuity and Annuity authorized by the act of March 30, 1866, entitled, "An Act to provide for the payment of Gratuities and Annuities to the soldiers of the war of 1812." I hereby certify, agreeably to the provisions of said act, that she has furnished satisfactory evidence to me that she is entitled to the benefits of said act, and the State Treasurer will please pay to her order Forty Dollars Gratuity, and Twenty Dollars Annuity, for six months due July 1, 1866. 


J.F. Hartranft

Auditor General


There are dockets on the reverse of the document.


The document has been cut cancelled in three places. None of them touch upon the autograph of General Hartranft which is very large and bold.


Desirable Medal of Honor and Lincoln Conspirators related autograph.  


Raleigh, Sept. 1, 1862. Vignette of Ceres at left. Fine.  


Addressed to Capt. Josiah Martin, Shreve, Wayne Co., Ohio, with C.D.S., New Orleans, Mar. 16/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Light age toning and edge wear.


Josiah Martin served in the 16th and 166th Ohio Infantry Regiments, 1861-64.

Pat. 1860 Lamson & Goodnow Mfg. Co. MES $45.00

 

Autograph, General John F. Hartranft $95.00

 

1862 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $35.00

 

1864 Cover From New Orleans, La. Sent to $15.00




<b>United States Senator from Georgia


Attorney General of the U.S. in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson</b>


(1781-1856) Born at Rocky Hill, near Princeton, N.J., he graduated from Princeton in 1796, studied law in Savannah, Ga., was admitted to the bar and practiced in Louisville. Served as judge of the eastern judicial circuit of Georgia, 1810-21. Was captain of the Georgia Hussars, a Savannah volunteer company that fought in the War of 1812. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, 1822-23, and was elected as a Jacksonian to the U.S. Senate and served from 1825-29. Was appointed Attorney General of the U.S. in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson and served from 1829-31. He served again as a U.S. Senator from 1841-45, and 1845-52. Was chairman of the Committee on Judiciary during the 20th, 26th and 27th Congresses. He was the president of the American Party convention at Milledgeville, Ga. in 1855.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Jn. Macpherson Berrien.    Born in New York, Dr. Lorenzo Traver was a Massachusetts resident who opens his service journal as he receives his commission from Gideon Wells in the U. S. Mail on November 23, 1861.  Dr. Traver would remain in the Union Navy through the Civil War and beyond receiving his discharge on October 18, 1868.  A fine penman and an articulate writer, readers of Dr. Traver’s daily journal will agree that he possessed an exceptional ability to capture the detail and drama of his Civil War service aboard the USS DELAWARE, USS BIBB, USS PROTEUS and USS TALLAPOOSA in the East Gulf Squadron, Gulf Squadron and the Potomac Flotilla.  Surgeon Traver’s 411 page bound journal is penned entirely in the author’s easily read hand.  The journal measures approximately 8 ¼ X 10 inches X 1 1/16 thick with an embossed leather spine, <B>American Rebellion Journal – U. S. Navy – 1861 / 68 – Traver</B>.   An important Civil War Navy journal with excellent content, Dr. Traver was ever a meticulous observer who chronicled daily activity of note and many important military actions.  Active in veteran groups in the post Civil War years, Surgeon Traver read his <I> Burnside Expedition in North Carolina : Battles of Roanoke Island and Elizabeth City</I> from  personal narratives before the <B>Rhode Island Soldiers & Sailors Historical Society</B>.  Published by N. B, Williams & Co. in 1880 the original of that work is held by the Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC.  Surgeon Traver’s war recollections are quoted in <I> BLOOD & WAR AT MY DOORSTEP</I> by Brenda Chambers McKean and <I> DIVIDED WATERS</I> by Ivan Musicant.  Traver’s Civil War journal will come with a signed album card mount <I>gem</I> tintype portrait a word document transcription and a photocopy of his Burnside Expedition paper noted earlier.   Below we are including some excerpts from journal entries simply as a guide with respect to writing style and quality of Traver’s work.  They were selected at random from early entries in an effort to do some modicum of justice to Travers chronicling effort in this limited presentation.  If the reader likes what is offered in these limited excerpts we feel confident a review of the journal will be positive.  As protection of content, the word document transcription will be forwarded to the purchaser after our usual three day inspection policy is concluded. (See <B>no questions asked</B> return below.)


<B>November 23rd 1861</B>  This A.M. received by mail from Secre¬tary Wells, my commission as Acting Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, ----------------------------------------  -Dec. 16th.  I received --- a full and ample supply of instruments, medicines, surgical appliances &c consisting of the following articles, a beautiful amputating case which cost some $55.00, a pocket case, seven tourniquets, lint, cotton cloth for bandages, flannel, materials for splints, medicines, a great variety, a book of formulas &c, the whole costing the snug little sum of $212.  ------------------  <B>Dec. 26th. </B>   Rumor says we are to make one of the Burnside expedition, our destination is of course kept a profound secret. We have removed one of our 32 pounders and substituted an 80 pounder rifle gun, which is quite a formidable looking weapon.  ----------------------------------------  <B>Dec. 29th. </B>   7 o'clock A.M. orders came from Flagship Minnesota for us to get immediately underway, and proceed toward Norfolk to engage a rebel steamer that had run down ---- a federal schooner and was with its prize steaming for Norfolk.  Accordingly, we slipped our anchor and in company with seven other gunboats started in chase.  Unfortunately, the rebels had to much the start of us, for before we could overhaul them, they with their prize were safely in port under the guns of their batteries.  In the meantime, four batteries opened fire upon our little fleet.  We immediately engaged their fortifications and had a smart skirmish for two hours. ---------------------------------------------------------- <B> Jan. 10th. </B>   We are still lying at Newport News directly opposite to Camp Butler.  The <I>secesh</I> schooners that are continually plying to and fro on the opposite side of the river are a perfect eye sore to us.  They have batteries along the banks.  -------------------------------------- <B>Jan. 12th. </B>   Today all is bustle, occasioned by the arrival of numerous gunboats, crafts of all kinds, transports & c.  I should think there are at least 1800 or 2000 troops lying in the stream on board the transports.  All of these are designed for the Burnside Expedition.  It is a beautiful sight at night to witness these numerous vessels that lay at anchor upon the smooth surface of the water.  These numerous lights reflecting upon the water gives the whole bay the appearance of one field of light, intermingled with the soft strains of martial music which comes floating over the water from a thousand instruments ------------------------------------------ February 7th   Are still lying at anchor, cloudy and some little fog.  9 A.M.  It is now clearing, warm and fair prospects for a fair day.  10 A.M.  Are now underway running up to make an attack.  The enemy is in sight with their steamers, some say there are eight in number, others twelve.  Com. Goldsborough has just signaled and repeated the following, <I>Our country expects every man to do his duty. </I>   11 A.M.  Are proceeding along slowly.  Our Capt. has just been signaled and received the following order.  If the Captain of a certain gunboat did not come up as fast as he ought, to turn around and go back and have him put in irons".  11 1/2 A.M.  The first gun has just been fired from the flagship.  12 N - We are close to them.  They have fired some half dozen shots but all fell short of us.  We can see eight steamers and four schooners.  The rebel shots still fall short of us.  Some of ours strike very near their masked batteries.  The Delaware fired her first gun at 15 minutes past 12.  The firing is rapidly increasing and the day is beautiful.  The crew are in excellent spirits, having had an extra supply of grog.  Their jokes and laughter can be distinctly heard between the discharge of the artillery.  My room is full of smoke caused by the repeated discharge of our 32 pounder, which makes the whole vessel shake.  The air is pregnant with the odorous fumes of burning gun powder, anything however, but disagreeable.  The second discharge of our 32 pounder jarred the skylight out, which came tumbling down on my head as I sat writing.  My first thought was that the rebels made a good shot that time.  No damage was done Ä we have not been hit as yet, but several shot and shells struck within a few feet of us.   Mr. Hammond's last shot cut the rebel's flagstaff off.  Three cheers for Hammond.   12 1/2 P.M.  A huge shell has just burst over our vessel, no was injured.  It is getting to be pretty hot work.   12 3/4 P.M.  We have just taken one of the rebel schooners and cut away the fore rigging of one of the steamers.  I have just been up on deck, saw a shell strike within a rod of the Steamer Morse.  Two of the launches has started.  All of the rebel steamers keep close under the protection or cover of their batteries.  It is one continuous roar of cannon and the deafening noise produced by the bursting of shells.  The rebels are running from their batteries and it is said that they have hauled down their flag.  Gen. Burnside is here with his fleet, and will land as soon as the batteries are silenced.  Two new forts have just opened fire on us, making five in all.  I have just been up on deck to see the burning fort, it is a grand sight.  The burning fort was one of the masked ones.  It is now 1 1/2 P.M.  We are anxious to get through before night so as to land the soldiers.  No one hurt on the Delaware as yet.  The rebels succeeded in quenching the fire in the Fort but at 2 P.M. another shell burst in it and in a few minutes the whole fort was in a blaze.  The burning fort is some one half mile from where we lay.  The rebels have several large Columbiads and they are working them with good effect.  3 1/2 P.M.  The battle still continues and we are now lying two rods from the shore.  One of our small boats has just returned from the shore with a rebel tent taken from the Island.   4 1/2 P.M.  The troops are now landing.  One shot struck under our wheel but did no damage.  I just learned that one had been killed and one wounded on the gunboat "Hetzel".  There are several buildings near where the troops are landing that were occupied by the rebels cavalry, who fled on our approach. Soon after the action commenced the rebel fleet retreated some four miles from their batteries; and of course could not render them any assistance.  It was evidently their intentions to cooperate with the batteries. 6 P.M.  The rebels, as well as our gunboats keep up the firing.  7 P.M.  It being dark, all firing has ceased.  The action today continued eight hours and it will no doubt be renewed on the return of daylight.  Some 5000 or 6000 troops have landed and their campfires are burning which makes a beautiful sight in the darkness.  We have just moved up to a large steamer and taken some 800 troops aboard which we will land on the Island.  The troops on shore will tomorrow move up towards the batteries and attack them in the rear, and if the rebels stand this, they are made of very different material from what I think they are.  I understand that one of our steamers is somewhat disabled, most of us however escaped without injury.  During the action one of the quarter gunners who has charge of the magazines had a key which fitted the spirit room, unlocked the door and helped himself.  I chanced to go below and found him and another gunner intoxicated, using threatening language about blowing the ship up.  I hauled him out and shut the door; they were reported to the Captain, who had them put in double irons.  Fortunately, no accident occurred, but the thoughts of having an intoxicated man in the magazine is anything but pleasant.  They no doubt will receive a punishment in proportion  to their offence.  Our Capt. is very strict and enforces naval discipline to the very letter.  We landed some 800 troops from our vessel, and covered the landing of 5000 more; we ran close to the shore and lay there until the rebels began to get pretty correct range of us, then we left.  In action the boats are kept in motion, hence the difficulty in hitting them.  While this bombardment by the warships and gunboats was going on, the transports were landing, near the southern end of the island, the army which was to cooperate with the fleet.  A boat, with a reconnoitering party had first been sent towards the shore. They were fired upon by the rebels, concealed in the forest.  The Delaware instantly pitched a few dozen of nine inch shrapnel shell into the woods.  No mortals could stand this and the rebels fled like sheep before the hound and the disembarkation continued unmolested.  Two thousand rebels with rifles and three heavy guns had stationed themselves at this point to prevent the landing.  The shrapnels of the Delaware were so destructive that in their flight the rebels abandoned their cannon and even threw away many of their muskets, that they might run more swiftly. ----------------------------------<B> February 8th</B>   The weather is warm and rainy.  The landing of troops continued all last night and towards morning the whole 18,000 were encamped near the shore.  We lay a short distance off to protect them.  9 A.M.  The rebels made an attack upon our troops.  The noise from thousands of muskets and field pieces could be distinctly heard from where we lay.  The rebels have masked batteries in the woods.   Our Paymaster's Steward and one or two others went ashore and reported that one man had been killed, and one with his arm shot off.  We have one more fort to take and expect some hard fighting today.  Gen. Burnside will make his attack in the rear.  I learned this A.M. that the engineer on board of the U.S.S. Seymour had his let shot off in yesterday’s action.  Gen. Burnside and staff paid us a visit this morning.  Two of our boats were ashore this morning reconnoitering. They found numerous relics, such as guns, canteens, bridles, powder horns &c.  One of the party presented me with a powder horn minus the cap and a rebel pipe.  12 N. News has just been received that our troops have been victorious and taken all the rebel batteries, also that Col. Jefferies has been killed.  From our vessel, we can see the soldiers busy carrying off the wounded.  They are mostly conveyed to the building which was occupied by the rebels and have been converted into temporary hospital.  Also, the wounded are being put aboard the Steamer Cadett to be conveyed out in the stream to the New Brunswick which is to be used as a hospital ship for the present. The Cadett lays near us.  This P.M. the Capt. gave me permission to go aboard of her and help attend to the wounded.  While I was on the Cadett, our Paymaster went up to the house on shore above mentioned.  There he found some 40 or 50 wounded in every conceivable manner and no Surgeon or anyone to attend them except the Chaplain who was doing all that his very feeble power would admit of in administering to their wants.  I regretted very much that the Capt. had not sent me there instead of sending me to the Steamer Cadett.   After taking the masked batteries above mentioned, the troops of Gen. Burnside and Foster marched up to the fort which we bombarded, came upon them rather suddenly and immediately demanded Gen. Hill's sword, shook hands and complied with the request, and remarked to Gen. Burnside that all of Roanoke Island was his.  One of the forts which they surrendered we expected to take tomorrow.  The rebels blew up one fort on the opposite side of the island, about the time Gen. Burnside was raising the "Stars and Stripes" over the one he had taken.  In the meantime, the rebels had set fire to one of their disabled steamers and burnt it to the water’s edge.  The coast is clear.  Roanoke Island is ours, including some 2000 prisoners. Rumor says that ex. Governor Wise and son were here. The gallant Governor escaped, his son less fortunate, was mortally wounded.  We expect to move on up to Elizabeth City and take possession there, and then "on to Richmond" if possible. ------------ <B>Sunday Feb. 9th </B> We work today, we scarcely know of such an institution here as Sunday.  This A.M. a steamer ran along side of the Delaware and put a man aboard for me to attend to.  This man is a gunner and in yesterday's action while ramming down a cartridge the gun was prematurely discharged with ramrod in hand. His forearm was badly burned, and some of his fingers of his right hand were numb and he could with difficulty, raise his arm.  On further examination, I found his shoulder was dislocated forward and downward in the axilla.   I reduced the dislocation by placing the heel of my right foot in his axilla, pulling forward and downward, the same time carrying his arm across his body.  I slung his arm up in the most approved manner and he is doing well.  -----------------------------------  We had but 30 killed at Roanoke Island and took 2000 prisoners.  In the distance we see three rebel steamers and the whole fleet are in pursuit.  7 P.M.  It is now dark and we have given up the chase and shall lay at anchor in a position to watch their movements during the night.  8 P.M.  Our fleet, consisting of 14 gunboats, have come to anchor in the mouth of Pasqoutank River, 15 miles below Elizabeth City.  Tomorrow we will probably pay them a visit.   February 10th  7 o'clock A.M.  We left our anchorage and now 8 1/2 A.M. we are in sight of the fort and seven rebel steamers. The rebels have opened fire on us but the distance prevents them from doing us any serious damage.     ----------------------         Directly opposite this fort on the other side of the river there was a sort of floating battery, mounting two rifled guns.  Through this narrow passage but half a mile in width, the fleet must pass to reach the rebel gunboats.       The flagship "Delaware" led the van and paying no regard to fort or battery, plunged through the gauntlet of their shot, followed by the whole national troops with shouts and sabre blows and bayonet plunges were upon their decks.  It was a short but a bloody conflict.  It lasted but fifteen minutes.  Nearly every rebel was killed or captured with the exception of a very few who set fire to their vessels and escaped to the shore in their boats.  The Union loss in this truly heroic action was but two killed and twelve wounded.  ------------------------------------<B>February 11th</B>  (Albermarle Sound N. C) The two rebel steamers that have a mark across them, were burned and sunk by the rebels.  The one nearest to Cobbs Point is the "Fanny", which vessel was captured from us last summer.  ------------------------Elizabeth City<B> Feb. 12th</B>   Truly things are in a deplorable state here. The people threaten to burn the city, the whites are fleeing in the country panic stricken, the negroes  are coming in from the country and help themselves to the personal property of their rebel masters, a general rising of the slaves is feared. -------------------------------------------- <B>Feb. 13th   </B>     4 gunboats to get underway and go down to North River and from thence proceeds up the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal to capture a boat and destroy the locks.  On arriving there they found the mouth of the canal blockaded and a company of rebel Cavalry along the banks.  A few shells were thrown among them killing several and putting the remainder to flight.  -------------------------          We are now near the Virginia line.  The river here is very narrow and crooked with beautiful plantations lining its banks as far as the eye can reach.  The little negroes are running to and fro as if undetermined what to make of the gunboats.  This expedition is a private one that is it is unknown to the remainder of the fleet.     The officers of the Delaware being all on deck including myself and Col. Hawkins of Hawkins Zouaves. His regiment was on the rear vessel, viewing the scenery along the banks and looking at the country with their glasses.  Col. Hawkins being at the mast head cried out rebels ahead and came down.  We immediately went below for safety. The same time a shower of rifle balls came tumbling down from some 500 rebels secreted behind the hill and in the woods.   -----------------------------           At the point where the attack was made a small schooner had been drawn up on the beach, and near it stood an old colored woman, from whom we afterwards ascertained that the rebels had forced her to remain there for a decoy, thinking we of course would land and then we would fall  an easy prey to their treachery.  -----------------<B>Feb 22d.</B>  We are still at the Island, but shall leave as soon as the mail arrives which is expected every moment by the Str. Stars and Stripes.  I have just returned from a schooner where I have been buying provisions for our mess.  I have paid out some $400. for that purpose, since leaving Philadelphia.  I find the papers give very incorrect account of the doings here; give credit where no credit is due and leaving many things unnoticed which are the most deserving of praise.  As an example, the Str. Stars and Stripes is said to have done fearful execution at the battle of Roanoke Island. She being aground during most of the action and out of the range of the enemy's shot, she fired but few shots and they falling far short of their mark.  I do not wish to complain, but believe in giving unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar's.  I went ashore a few days ago to visit the ruins and uninjured forts on the Island.  In some places, there was indelible marks of hard fighting.  I visited one very strongly built and heavily fortified fort which was surrounded without firing a gun. It contained 12 large guns besides some few smaller ones.<B>Feb. 26th</B> This A.M. there are some twenty vessels coming up the harbor with troops to reinforce Gen. Burnside.  After they are landed we will probably make a dessent upon some one of the numerous places down in rebeldom.   I had a talk with Dr. Mann of the Valley City this morning in relation the wounded --------  I am informed that the amount of rebel property destroyed in taking Elizabeth City will amount to some $221.000, my share of the prize money will amount to some $400. or $500.  -----------------------------------------------------<B>March 1st </B>   After we return from Middleton we, in connection with 12,000 troops, will make another excursion up Chowan River for the purpose of destroying the bridge on the Seaboard and Roanoke R. Road.  This Sunday March 2d.  We take aboard two small schooners and 4 men dressed in the garb of fishermen.  It was a great mystery to me who and what they were.  10 A.M. the Capt. was ordered to get underway and with sealed orders was to start on a secret expedition with orders to run ten knots per hour.  We left 10:10 A.M. for Pamlico Sound.  Arrived at Hatteras 2 P.M. distance 45 miles and left immediately for the mouth of Neuse River where we arrived  at 6 P.M. distance 40 miles. We accomplished our object and immediately started for Hatteras, passing the town of Portsmouth where there were several rebel steamers and was fearful they might attempt to cut off our return as we were alone,      ----------------------------------------------  <B>March 4th</B>  We are now on our way down to Pamlico Sound, are going to finish up our secret expedition which we commenced on the 2d. inst.  This affair is kept a secret to all. The men we took aboard are going up Neuse and Trent rivers to carry into execution a little plan which if proves successful, they will be rewarded with several thousand dollars, the risk however is in proportion to the pay for if caught they would undoubtedly be hung.  --------------------------------------------------------   The former was the Captain of the nameless prize, was a unique specimen of Southern Chivalry.  His long, flowing locks, his fierce moustache and beard, his aspect a la <I>John Brown</I>, his venerable age (sixty five) and his <I>tout ensemble</I>, reminding one of a hero of that class which boys love to search after in that prohibited literature known as <I>Yeller Rivers</I>.   The negro who served as mate, cook and crew, it is useless for me to describe.  Like all slaves uncared for by their masters, his clothing of the coarsest kind, was somewhat similar to the celebrated <I>lime kiln man of your city</I>, all <I>tattered and torn</I>, but the information which we obtained from him was invaluable and I think can be relied upon.  He seems delighted at the idea of obtaining his freedom and the only request he makes is that we will not send him back to  <I> Massa Insle, Kase all he broderes and sisters be dune gone (to Hatteras) and he been trying right smart chance to get dare he self</I>.  <B>March 9th</B>  This A.M. we weighed anchor, took a cruise around the harbor and  bought a supply of provisions and  then returned to our old anchorage for the night.  The object of the secret expedition above mentioned was to destroy the Railroad Bridge across the Trent River thereby cutting off the retreat of the rebel army.  The bridge was well guarded and to destroy it was an undertaking requiring much caution and courage.  The four men why came on our vessel dressed as fishermen, as above mentioned, were the party employed to do the work.  After landing they proceeded up the river in two small boats, traveling always by night.  On the approach of daylight, they drew their boats out of the water and secreted them and themselves in the grass and shrubbery a short distance from shore.  In this way they finally reached the bridge undiscovered and after executing their errand, they dropped down the stream and escaped, traveling under the cover of darkness.  Unfortunately for the success of the expedition the sentries who were watching the bridge discovered the flames and gave the alarm in time to extinguish the fire before much damage was done.   <B>March 12th  </B>     ----------------------------------- 6 1/2 A.M. We are all making preparation for a start, The gunboats are arranging themselves in diversions and the transports in the rear.  We are ordered to proceed ahead as fast as steam well carry us and anchor at the mouth of the Neuse River. Com. Goldsborough left for Fortress Monroe last evening and Com. Rowan is in command of the expedition, which consists of 13 gunboats, including transports, coal boats &c 65.  The day is warm and beautiful, not a ripple is seen upon the placid surface of the briny waters. As we proceed majestically along, it is a beautiful sight to look through the fleet and witness the movements of the  numerous crafts and the perfection of their arrangements.  10 A.M.  We are some three miles in advance of the remainder of the fleet and making good headway.  4 P.M.  We are now slowly proceeding up Neuce River in which we learned the rebels have planted torpedoes for the purpose of elevating our ideas, if not ourselves, a few degrees.  Fires were built along the banks as signals to inform the rebels of our approach.  These signals are made by lighting a fire at one point and as soon as it is seen at another point nearer the city another one is set and so on to the end of the chapter.  5 P.M.  We discovered a small schooner ahead and gave chase. She ran under the protection of rebel batteries.  About this time another small sail was seen near the shore. We fired a shot across her bow.  She immediately lowered her sails and remained stationary.  Another shot producing no effect, she commenced to move toward the shore, when a second gunboat coming up gave her a shot and started towards her.  She however, being so close to the shore we did not deem it prudent to go after her for fear she might have been placed there as a decoy in front of a masked battery.  At different points along the shore flags of truce could be seen, for what purpose they were exhibited were unable to tell, as we paid no attention to them.  8 P.M.  We have anchored for the night some ten miles below the city of .  It is a calm, beautiful moonlight evening. All Nature is hushed to quietness, not even a ripple is to be seen ruffling the smooth surface of the water.  Our fleet lies within the circuit of a mile like a floating city up the sluggish waters of the Neuse.  A sound is heard in the distance, nearer and clearer as it floats over the water until the whole atmosphere is impregnated with sweet sounds.  The regimental bands has struck up and the soul stirring air Star Spangled Banner is elevating the spirits of all the inhabitants of our floating town, followed by Columbia and other National airs.


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Raleigh, Jany. 1, 1863. Illustration of a large sailing ship at the center. About uncirculated.  


<b>From a Vermont soldier who died during the Civil War</b>


Vignette of Columbia holding an American flag and pointing to a large star burst at the upper center of the envelope with the motto, "Save The Union." C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Jun. 9, 1862, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. L.W. Streeter, Danbury, Rutland Co., Vt. Light edge wear and staining. Desirable war date, used patriotic envelope with stamp.


WBTS Trivia: The sender of this envelope was Civil War soldier, Private Lucius W. Streeter, a resident of Huntington, Vt., who enlisted on January 16, 1862, and was mustered into Co. E, 7th Vermont Infantry. He died of disease on September 26, 1862.

Autograph, John Macpherson Berrien

 

OUTSTANDING !! Dr. Lorenzo Traver - Civi

 

1863 State of North Carolina 50 Cents No

 

1862 Union Patriotic Cover Mailed From N $45.00




<b>United States Congressman from Tennessee


Member of the 1st Confederate Congress, 1862-64</b>


(1806-84) Born in King and Queen County, Virginia, he moved with his parents to Tennessee and settled in Fayetteville where he received a common school education, and became an apprentice in the saddler's trade. He then served as justice of the peace, 1832-35; was a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1835-39; and the Tennessee State Senate, 1839-41. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress serving, 1843-59. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Rules, and he also served on the Committee on Roads and Canals. He was a delegate to the peace convention of 1861 in Washington, D.C. which was held in an effort to prevent the start of the cataclysmic American Civil War. He was elected from Tennessee as a Member of the House of Representatives in the First Confederate Congress, and served from February 18, 1862, to February 18, 1864. He died in Fayetteville, Tenn., and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1/2, in ink, G.W. Jones, Fayetteville. The paper is cut slightly irregular but this does not affect any of the letters in the autograph.     


<b>GEN. LEWIS A. ARMISTEAD, CSA


Autographed by the author</b>


By Wayne E. Motts. Afterword by: Lewis B. Armistead. Published 1994, Farnsworth House Military Impressions, Gettysburg, Pa. Soft covers, 64 pages,  illustrated, notes. Signed and presented on the title page to "Len Rosa, I hope you like this small volume. Best Wishes, Wayne E. Motts, 17 Nov. 1994." An excellent work on Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead who was mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge, on July 3, 1863. This book was given to me by my friend Wayne back in the days when he was working at the Gettysburg National Military Park as a licensed battlefield guide. During the winter months, after the invasion of tourists had left, and our sleepy little town returned to its peaceful serenity, the monuments on the battlefield were always a vivid reminder to us of what momentous actions occurred here on these hallowed Pennsylvania farmlands in July 1863. Wayne and I use to spend hours talking about the whys and what ifs about the epic battle of Gettysburg. I remember the many years that I lived in Gettysburg with much fondness.  


Addressed to Lieut. J. B. Babcock, Co. A, 95th Regt. Ills. Vols. Via Cairo, Illinois, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64), with cancellation, and C.D.S., Marengo, Ill., Nov. 11, 1863. Light wear at right edge where the envelope was originally opened. Very fine Civil War used cover. It no doubt carried an important epistle to this Illinois officer in the field of war from a loved one at home in 1863.


John B. Babcok, was a 32 year old clerk from Marengo, IL., when he enlisted on August 8, 1862, at Marengo, as a 1st Sergeant, and was mustered into Co. A, 95th Illinois Infantry. Babcock stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and had fair complexion, blue eyes and black hair.  He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, on January 24, 1863, and 1st lieutenant on June 18, 1863. He resigned from the service on January 29, 1864. After the war he served as a member of G.A.R. Post 169 in Marengo, Illinois. He died on March 15, 1910.


<u><b>Highlights of the Civil War Record of the 95th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry</u></b>:


It held an important position in its brigade during the charge of May 19th on the works at Vicksburg.


During the assault of May 22nd it gained an advanced position on the crest of the ridge near the enemy's works and encountered one of the most sweeping and destructive fires to which troops were ever exposed.  The total loss to the regiment in these two charges, was 25 killed, 124 wounded and 10 missing.


It was engaged in the capture of Fort De Russy and in the battles of Old River, Cloutierville, Mansura, Yellow Bayou and all the movements of the Red River expedition, fighting a portion of the time in the battle of Yellow Bayou under one of the severest fires of artillery it ever experienced in a field fight. 


It was in the thickest of the fray at Guntown and fought with undaunted bravery.  Finally both flanks of the regiment were turned by overpowering numbers of the enemy and it was obliged to fall back or suffer entire capture.  In this engagement the 95th was nearly annihilated and on this account it was given a few weeks' rest on its return to Memphis.  


It took part in the battle of Nashville and in the pursuit of Hood's defeated army to the Tennessee River. During the summer of 1864 a detachment of the regiment, 100 men, participated in the battles of Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. 


Source: The Union Army, Vol. 3

  




   This unusual old camp fry-pan measures approximately 9 1/8 inches across its mouth tapering to about 6 7/8 inches in diameter at the base.  The pan is formed of a medium gauge sheet iron so as to be lighter in the pack than the traditional cast iron pan and sports a folding handle held in place by iron rivets.  This neat old camp fry-pan remains in excellent original condition with a pleasing age patina set off by a period blackening from an open fire.  A nice camp mess item with good age, this unusual cook pan demonstrated all the characteristics that will fit well in any later 1800s personal or camp gear grouping.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Autograph, George Washington Jones $35.00

 

Trust In God And Fear Nothing

 

War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenan $25.00

 

19th century folding – FRY PAN $95.00

All in nice original condition with no alterations or repairs yet with pleasing evidence of period use and wear this U. S. Army regulation <I>5 button</I> blouse is offered with its original, as worn, 1st Lt. of Infantry officer straps still intact.  (Most frequently removed for separate sale, we like to see things stay together.) With its full complement of <I>HORSTMAN</I> back marked buttons, this unlined version (except for the sleeves) is a regulation example of the light weight Army wool blouse issued to troops serving in warm climates such as the American Southwest and later in Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. No fading, nice dark blue material and a scarce US Army sack coat of the late 1880’s, these lighter versions generally got <I>used up</I> in service with few surviving to reach todays collector market.  A rare opportunity to acquire an honest to goodness period used but not abused 5 button blouse. <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!  This scarce original Civil War edition of the <B> National Anti-Slavery Standard</B> is dated July 20, 1861 and was published in New York by the <I>American Anti-Slavery Society</I> and the <I>Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society</I>. the newspaper remains complete and in pleasing condition with no tears or stains. It contains a host of contemporary Abolition material to include a complete transcript of William Lloyd Garrison, July 4th 1861 (his first public oration in over ten months).  Lengthy articles such as <I>What The Contraband Doctrine Will Do?, The South As Seen By A Resident </I> and <I> The Real Condition Of The South</I> offer considerable insight into period opinion of the Northern Abolitionist.  Articles such as <I>Conduct of the War,  The Cotton Supply</I> the latest from correspondents in England offer interesting reading.    Military and political news is well addressed with an especially interesting <I>Obituary</I> section which offers an account of the passing of <I> Elizabeth Barrett Browning</I> as well as a detailed account of the passing of the wife of <I>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow</I> to include the details of the tragic fire that took her life and left the Poet severely burned. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques  Our photo illustrations will likely offer the best description of this outstanding figural clay tobacco pipe of the 1820s through late 1840s  American political leader, Kentuckian, Henry Clay.  In excellent all original condition with absolutely no condition issues yet offering good evidence of age and originality.  Henry Clay (1777-1852) served in both the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives.  He served three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.  Clay ran for President in 1824, 1832 and 1844.  An outstanding item for the Political Americana collector or  antique tobacciana  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!


 We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage regimental numerals (#<B>1</B>) and letters (<B>I</B> and <B>C</B> and are offering them priced individually for the insignia collector who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap.  These are the 1 inch die struck sheet brass type with single loop fastener. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Indian War era U. S. Army Fatigue Blouse $725.00

 

July 1861 paper: National Anti-Slavery S $65.00

 

rare period Henry Clay FIGURAL TOBACCO P $225.00

 

Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS $35.00

All original and complete from front to back, this charming, leather bound, 1814 American printing of Bunyan’s classic <I> Pilgrim’s Progress</I> was published in Philadelphia by <I> B. & T. Kite</I> and printed by <I>Griggs & Dickinsons, Printers</I>.  A period brown ink inscription on the fly leaf offers the menacing omen <B><I> Steal not this book – my honest friend – for the GALLOWS – will be your end. </I></B>   Well-worn with some tattering at page edges, the binding is tight with no loose or missing pages.  Our several photo illustrations will do best to describe condition.  A nice companion piece set in with period Americana.  <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!


 Acquired from a vintage collection of <B>U. S. S. Constitution</B> 1927-1931 restoration project material, this wonderful old caulking mallet with accompanying calking irons had been maintained with a history of having been used in that well-known dry-dock of <I><B>Old Ironsides</I></B>.  Emanating from a collection primarily of U. S. S. Constitution souvenirs fashioned from wood planking removed during restoration, (gavel sets, walking sticks, desk sets, book-ends, &c) the calking mallet and irons were part of some considerable effort to gather tools necessary to appropriate restoration of the 18th century ship’s hull. (The 1927-1931 restoration was the first time souvenirs made from the ship’s materials were sold to the public to raise funds for her restoration. By the time of the restoration effort, even the tools needed for the restoration were difficult to find. Materials were especially difficult to find until a long-forgotten cash of circa 1850s milled live-oak was uncovered at the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station.) Of interest to the collector will be that the calking mallet is complete, remains in pleasing condition while offering good evidence of period use and conforms with <I><U>U.S. NAVY CAULKING MALLET CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS:</U> The heads of these mallets shall be reinforced at each end with a hardened and tempered tool steel ferrule having a nominal width of 1-3/8 inches and with walls not less than 1/16 inch in thickness. The middle diameter of the head shall be reinforced with two soft steel bands each 1/2 inch wide and not less than 1/16 wall thickness. These soft steel bands shall be spaced not more than 2-1/2 inches center to center and equidistant from the center of handle socket. The bands and ferrules shall be firmly fastened to the mallet head. Each mallet shall be slotted longitudinally in two places, the slots extending through the axis from two ends of the mallet and in the direction of the handle hole.</I>   The calking irons remain in nice original condition with a pleasing age patina.  Each is maker marked with <I>Billings Union Trowel Works</I> of Newark, N.J., <I>J. Tyza – Sheffield</I> and two <I>Drew & Co.</I> of Kingston, Mass. represented.  This grouping will come with our letter as preservation of the above.  <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!




 This carved folk-art whimsy offers the finely written old cursive inscription: <I><B>’Made by the Capt. of the Ship Herald of the Morning in the North Pacific Ocean August 5th 1868’</I></B> with fine block letter initials <B><I>A W</B></I>.  The product of a past Skinner Auction where it came out of a little decorative box lot containing an assortment of small period carved ivory, hardstone, bone, silver, and wooden trinkets, the period inscription on this piece offers the American Clipper Ship enthusiast fruit for rewarding research.  Thanks to the wonders of Google we found a lot photo and description of this carved whimsy from a 2010 <B>SKINNER</B> Americana & Decorative Arts auction, we also learned the following:  The clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> was built in Medford, Mass. in 1853.  She was one of only few clipper ships with a passage from New York to San Francisco in less than 100 days.  Commencing May 6 through September 1, 1868 the <I>Herald in the Morning</I> under command of <B>Capt. Alexander Winsor</B> of clipper ship <I>FLYING CLOUD</I> notoriety, made passage from New York, around the horn and up the North Pacific to San Francisco.      The period inscription date of <U>August 5th 1868</U> tells us that Capt. Winsor was carving this little <I>do-dad</I> in the closing days of the historic 118 day Clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> voyage, New York to San Francisco.  A popular, time passing, hand craft, especially among seaman of the sailing era, existing, original examples of the folk-art form offer an interesting collectable category in and of themselves or set in nicely as companion to nautical Americana items.  This historic example will be a standout in any such collection.  <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>  


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Georgia</b>


(1798-1873) Born in Liberty County, Georgia, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1820.  He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Clinton, Jones County, Ga.  He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1827-30.  He was Judge of the Georgia Superior Court, 1835-37,    and 1850-54.  Served as a Georgia State Senator, 1843-44.  Was a Democratic Presidential Elector in 1844.  Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1847-49, and U.S. Senator, 1855-61.  During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Claims.  When his native state of Georgia passed the Ordinance of Secession, he resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate.  At that time Iverson gave a very defiant farewell speech in which he stated that Southerners would never return to the Union, "short of a full and explicit recognition of the guarantee of the safety of their institution of domestic slavery."  After leaving the senate, Iverson resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ga. until 1868, when he bought a plantation in Macon, Ga., and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death in 1873.  His son was Alfred Iverson, Jr., a Confederate General during the War Between The States.


<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 3/8, in ink, Alfred Iverson.

1814 Philadelphia published - PILGRIM’S $95.00

 

turn of the century Ships Caulking Malle $425.00

 

c. 1868 CARVED WHIMSY - of Capt. Alexan $235.00

 

Autograph, Alfred Iverson, Sr. $25.00




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


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 20th/64</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 4th of this mo. on yesterday.  It found me very much improved in health in fact almost well except that I am weak.  I did expect to start home this week but have been again disappointed but I think I will get off before long.  Well Dear in regard to selling my property you may just do as you and Father think best, but don’t throw yourself out of a home this summer.  I think that I ought to have about sixteen hundred dollars for my property as it is or fifteen at least.  Dear try and keep your spirits up as well as you can and we will hope for the best.  May the good Lord bless you is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed on the reverse: From Lt. Levi Lupton, To Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Light age toning, staining, wear and tiny chip at left edge.  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.     


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


(1812-60) Born in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Ga., he attended Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) at Athens, and Yale College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Rome, Ga. Served as the private secretary of his uncle, Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia. Served as a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives and Solicitor General of the Cherokee circuit. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1843-49, and 1855-57. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1857. Served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston, S.C., in 1860, which led to the secession of South Carolina from the Union.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 3/4, in ink, John H. Lumpkin, Rome, Ga.  More common in the smaller 12 oz size, this pleasing approximately quart size, mid 1800s stoneware bottle, remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, good evidence of age and even retains remnants of the period foil seal around the neck. The bottle stands approximately 10 inches and is about 3 5/8 inches in diameter. A nice Civil War display item as seen in any number of period military camp scenes. <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>  This 240 page Government publication was produced in 1864 and is titled in part: <I> ORGANIZATION of the ARMY OF THE POTOMAC & its CAMPAIGNS in VIRGINIA & MARYLAND – Under The Command Of Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan – July 26, 1861 / Nov. 7, 1862 </I>  This, complete in one volume book, contains the official reports of Mjr. Gen. McClellan to Sec. of War Edwin Stanton.  The volume shows little wear and remains in good condition with a tight binding and no loose, torn, marked up, or folded pages.  A deassessed library volume, the book retains a plate in the back identifying it as having been <I>Presented To The Bridgton</I>(Maine) </I><I>Public Library by Samuel Conant Smith 1912 </I>.  Samuel C. Smith enlisted and was mustered in as a Sergeant of Co. I <B> 1st Maine Cavalry</B>.  Promoted to 1st Sgt. in 1862 then commissioned to 2nd Lt. in 1863, Smith was engaged with the 1st Maine Cavalry at Gettysburg.  At Rappahannock Station Smith’s mount was killed and he was wounded in the arm. Lt. Smith was mustered out on Nov. 25, 1864.  This book was passed to the library when he passed away in 1912.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Autograph, John Henry Lumpkin

 

Quart - Stoneware Beer Bottle $40.00

 

1864 Pub. - Organization of Army of the $55.00

Our photo illustrations will do best as a description of this colorful old <I>trade bead</I> necklace.  For full appreciation of this classic bead work please take the time to look at the close-ups for definition of the beads and old dark brown lacing.  Remaining entirely complete with no missing, loose beads, frayed thread or weak spots, this attractive old trade bead necklace will make a nice decretive piece for display or wear.   <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 OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC by Robert B. Thomas is for the year 1835.  Lots of wear and evidence of age and period use but complete with no missing pages.  Embellished in period brown ink by its period owner ,<I>Samuel Leavitt’s Almanac</I> the almanac is hand stitched at the binding to secure a period wallpaper cover.  Not a big deal but a nice original piece with lots of character to set out on a period table as a companion piece with period collectables.  <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 !!  Our illustrations will offer the best description of this especially nice U. S. Breast Plate except to advise that it was acquired from the late Civil War relic collector and authoritative author, Stanley Phillips. ( <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> Vol. 1 & 2 by Stanley Phillips)  Acquired years ago from Stanley Phillips as a <I>Fairfax Court House </B> recovery, this plate was found two blocks from the court house in a lady’s front yard. (We have been told it is now a law office.)  All in exceptional condition with both staples and an attractive deep chocolate patina, this piece will go well in any Civil War collection. <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!  All original and complete with no condition issues save period pencil notes of prices and page folds at the lower right corners that may be easily ironed out, this original Bangs, Merwin, & Co. book auction catalogue offers 19 pages with 263 lots of early through mid 1800s <I>Americana, Local Histories & Rebellion</I> volumes.  A well-known auction house to early and current collectors of fine Americana books the Bangs family managed the longest-lasting New York book-auction firms of 19th-century remaining in the business from 1837 to 1930.  A nice remnant of early book collecting and a valuable reference.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

vintage Native American Trade Bead Neckl

 

wallpaper bound 1835 OLD FARMER’S ALMANA $40.00

 

Stanley Phillips - Fairfax Court House e $165.00

 

Bangs, Merwin & Co. – 1875 AUCTION CATAL $50.00

Our illustrations will likely speak best for this attractive pattern of 1872 forage cap. Some minor mothing in the form of a few very small holes will not be objectionable in light of the desirable Indian Wars pattern and over all condition. Nice infantry <B>I</B> buttons and the correct (smaller than Civil War) infantry device set this classic off nicely.  It should be noted that the infantry device attachment wires are <U>under</U> the lining rather than passing through the lining as they would on later embellishment. (Always a concern!)  A nice brown cotton lining is set off by a <B>J. A. Joel & Co. 88 Nassau St. N.Y.  MILITARY SUPPLIES</B> label.   As an aside, Joseph A. Joel was an Ohio resident prior to the Civil War.  He enlisted at the age of nineteen as a Private in Co. F 23rd Ohio.  Wounded at South Mountain, MD, was discharged for disability before the wars end. He shows up in New York as early as 1867 where he is listed as a clerk. By 1891 Joel had formed a military supply business which he ran until 1911 when his sister is listed as chief operator.  Tough to find in any condition with far fewer examples manufactured than the earlier Civil War pattern, this scarce 1872 pattern remains in pleasing condition and  will lay in nicely with any period 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 


<b>Colonel of the 5th Maine Infantry


Commander of the regiment during the battle of Gettysburg!


War Date Autograph Cover Signed</b>


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


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


<u>War Date Autograph Cover Signed</u>: Docketed at the top, Soldier's Letter, and below that, Aug. 63, and at the left edge, Aug. 14/63. Addressed in the hand of Edwards to his wife, Mrs. C.S. Edwards, Bethel, Maine, (Oxford Co.) C.D.S., Washington, D.C., Aug. 1[?], 1863. Stamped Due 6. There is also a cross written notation at the postmark, Jewett Execution.** This is a reference to the content of the letter that this envelope once contained. Light staining and edge wear.


** Thomas Jewett was a private of Co. D, 5th Maine Infantry, and a resident of Rockland, Maine at the time of his enlistment. He was court martialed for desertion at Salem Church, Virginia, was found guilty, and executed by a firing squad on August 14, 1863.   


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


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 6th, 1864</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you and the children I will just say I recd. your letter of the 17th of last mo. and was glad to hear that you were all well.  It found me better than I was when I wrote last but not well.  I am gaining a little every day and I think I will soon be as well as common or I should if I could only get out of this.  The prospect is pretty fair for exchange at present but I am afraid of being disappointed again.  Dear I wish you would get Father or Lt. Tipton to go and see Wm. Hunter and get him to write to Jim Morris at Washington to try and get me exchanged.  Do not fret yourself about me any more than you can help.  Pray for me and may the Lord bless you and keep you safe until we meet again is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


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

      

Light age toning, staining and fold wear. Small chip out of the paper at the left edge. 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.     


Raleigh, Oct. 20th, 1861. Ceres standing at left, with a tiny sailing ship at the center. Very fine.

Enlisted Infantry - Pattern of 1872 For $495.00

 

Autograph, General Clark S. Edwards $50.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

1861 State of North Carolina $1 Note




4 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2, in ink, written to Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother.


<b><u>Sep. 16th</b></u>


My Dear Son,


Your letters by Uncle G were rec’d & glad we were to hear from you.  I ought to have sent letters to Raleigh to go by Uncle G, but did not think much that he would be at [?]  May is still confined & has been rather pitiful the last week, but the weather is so very warm it is enough to make older ones fret.  She is a great pet among the children of the neighborhood & had a great many visitors last week.  She attended a party at Mrs. Worth’s which she enjoyed much.  We were all glad to hear from Col. A.  You must remember us to him when you write.  I will deliver the message to H.  I should judge from indications that she would be married shortly.  John has left.  Uncle L has returned.  He was treated very kindly while away & that is what all our people say that go on.  Aunt E. is a little sick.  Her cook is sick also & the girls are very smart about the work.  I very seldom see the town papers.  If I could, would send it to you, for I expect you would like its tone.  Gen. H. came down about 10 days ago & he is talking of renting the Strange place.  (Myrtle Hill).  He told me to say to you that he had 2 horses at Tom’s Hill which you could ride when you feel like coming down & says to tell you for him to study law hard, get a license, & then go out to Arkansas.  By that time things will be settled.  At present they are in a bad state.  Mrs. Jordan has lost everything.  I think it was her that put the torch to her own cotton.  Mr. Wright has lost nothing.  The Gen. sent me some green tomatoes which I have been pickling & hope they will keep better than my onions did.  Will Baker looks very well, but has not gained his strength yet.  James expects to be married early in October.  George has written to you.  I don’t suppose he could give you a decided answer now, but have no doubt that if he speaks of selling his home he is now trying to see if it is profitable to keep one he has here.  He hauls a load nearly every day & sells some.  The pea vines have been partly cut & if it does not rain tonight will be hauled in tomorrow.  They turned out remarkably well.  The corn is tolerable.  We are now eating some new corn meal out of the field.  I have not been able to keep up feeding the cows so they do not do so well, but we sell from 2 to 3 lbs of butter a week at 50 cts. a lb. [that] Grandma churns.  Mr. Hooper has concluded to remain here this winter.  He could not get accommodations for his family when he thought of going.  Do you ever hear from your friends in the 43rd Regt.  It was in Halifax Cty. When Mr. H. had a good situation offered him that brought your old friends to my mind.  Are they not in that part of the state.  I wish George had a good situation.  He earns a living at home & somehow or other we all make out right comfortably.  I have no doubt but the bank will pay your Father something, but the last yr. ended all that pay that he knew of certainly.  He has something to do every day & goes down every morning.  He has been suffering with a sore leg but it is now nearly well.  Did I write you word about getting flannel shirts for yourself.  You must have them when cold weather comes on.  Some of my blackberry vines that I have bottled turns out first rate.  I only made 3 gal. of grape wine of the purple grape.  Scuppernongs** are very cheap & I know you will be disappointed at my not making any but it is such an undertaking & sugar is scarce.  The purple grape skins poisoned my hands.  The pigs are pretty well gone.  Sophy Williams is spending some days with me.  She has been poorly all summer & I want to see if I can’t [?] her up here.  Walter H. is still alive & still refusing to eat.  Our merchants do not seem to find any difficulty in getting goods.  So many goods are arriving that the wonder is where are the purchasers to come from.  I am glad to be able to say that my wants in the dry goods line are few.  May has amused herself for hours today with a doll that has been given to her.  She sometimes fixes out my work box.  She has insisted on having a spelling book & if the boys will learn her I’m no doubt she will learn fast.  She could soon be of assistance to me if she could walk & I trust she will yet be able to do so.  Isn’t it in Oct. that your term will expire.  I am so glad that Ga. & Epps are doing so well & have no doubt that the Gen. thus far turns proud for their good.  We have not heard from Selma yet.  Grandma keeps up astonishingly.  You would think she was a Union woman until she hears of some of the Yankees doings & then she lets out.  God bless you.


Your aff.[ectionate] Mother


Very newsy, interesting letter.


**A variety of grape that is found in the basin of the Scuppernong River in North Carolina. Wine was made from these grapes. 


The recipient, 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.       

 


Scott #11. 10 cents, Confederate States of America, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.  An especially nice enlisted waist belt complete with brass keeper and pattern of 1839 lead filled U. S. oval plate.  In overall near unissued condition this buff leather waist belt remains in the vintage brown coloration on the face with a beautiful cream back as appropriate to pre 1851 regulations.  (By the time of the Civil War the majority of these belts had been stained black to comply with the 1851 regulations.) As some limited issue of brown buff belts were known to have been utilized by the earliest of Civil War responders these belts are considered to be appropriate to late Seminole War and Mexican War through the early Civil War.  With some minor storage marks on the face of the plate and a pleasing mellow patina plate and brass keeper, the condition of all components will please.  A tough one to find in any 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!


 A nice antique dental instrument grouping of eleven early <B>S. S. WHITE</B> explorers, drills and files, a single <B>S. HANNETY</B> file and an additional maker marked but unidentified explorer.  (Dr. S. S. White founded his firm in Philadelphia in 1844.) All instruments are fashioned of iron, remain in nice original condition and are nicely maker marked.  Of interest to the Civil War medical / dental enthusiast is that at the time of the War one of the few physical requirements of prospective recruits was that they have six upper and six lower teeth. (It has been stated that this requirement was to insure the ability to bite off the end of a black powder cartridge? )  As the Civil War period head of the fledgling American Dental Association (founded in 1859)<B>Dr. Samuel S. White</B> met with Abraham Lincoln with a proposal to provide dental services to the Union soldiers.  No surprise in the turmoil of the War <B>S. S. White’s</B> proposal was lost in the shuffle.  A neat Civil War dental / medical 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!

Letter to Confederate North Carolina Lie

 

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso

 

unissued condition - Pattern of 1839 enl $545.00

 

Civil War era – S. S. White, Phila. - DE $155.00

An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <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!


       Offered here is an extremely rare example of an original non excavated cast iron grenade.   Known in the period as a <I>smokepot</I>or <I>grenadoe</I> (old spelling) this hollow cast, iron sphere of approximately 3 inched in diameter, and weighing roughly 4 pounds, was the forerunner of the modern hand grenade.  This original non excavated example retains its carved wooden fuse plug and glazed cotton and black powder fuse.  (<U>The powder cavity is empty.</U>) Well documented by virtue of site excavation, existing examples when found are generally fragmented and scattered.  The rare exception of a complete shell is to be found only as a result of <I>miss-fire</I> with failure of the original to explode.  Examples of complete excavated spheres may be found in only the best public and private collections (see: American Revolutionary War artifact collections of Valley Forge and the Smithsonian)  and are seldom offered on the open market.  As to original,  non-fragmented, <U>non-excavated</U>, period grenades, this is the only such example we have observed in over fifty years of paying attention to such things in every venue imaginable to include public and private collections, auctions, antique shops, shows et all. 

      Crudely cast of black iron in the classic open hearth, two piece sand mold method, the end result was a tennis ball size hollow iron sphere with thick walls and a ¾ inch hole which allowed the sphere to be filled with black powder.  The <I>touch-hole</I> was then secured by insertion of a wood plug fitted with a heavy black powder fuse.  Too heavy to be thrown very far, a heavy iron <I>grenade</I> with lighted fuse when lobed over a revetment wall, tossed into a troop placement or over the gunnels of a Man of War would surely offer a devastating effect.  While we have categorized this example as <I>Revolutionary War</I> based on the thickness of the casting and size of the opening in comparison with known period examples, Civil War collector historians will be reminded of the Confederate so-called <I>Selma</I> grenade produced at the Selma, Alabama Confederate arsenal.  That hand grenade seems virtually identical except that examples we have seen have thinner walls and a bit larger opening.  They apparently saw some service as battlefield recoveries occasionally turn up.  (see: <I>ARMS HERITAGE</I> Feb. 2015 issue) 

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Civil War patriotic envelope with spoof theme on Confederate President Jeff Davis & General P.G.T. Beauregard. Depicts the pair seated back to back and wearing dunce caps. Davis has a C.S.A. Stars and Bars flag coming out of the top of his, while Beauregard has the black skull and cross bones flag. Slogan below, "J-ackass Davis and G-asconade Beauregard backing each other. Imprint of D. Murphy's Son, 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl St., N.Y. Staining and light wear.  


<b>Autographed by the author</b>


By William A. Frassanito. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1975. Softcovers, 248 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Autographed and presented on the title page, "Gettysburg, Pa., December 17, 1984. To Len- With best wishes, William A. Frassanito." Wear to edges of the covers and spine with light aging. The pages of the book are very fine. Excellent Gettysburg reference book!


Gettysburg; A Journey In Time is a unique example of photographic detective work in which the famous battle is re-created almost as if it were a contemporary news event. The reader is transported to the battlefield by the photographs and through the analysis of the photographs to the battle itself. We watch it unfold, action by action. In meticulous close up fashion, with documentary force, we see the terrible encounters of men at war. (Taken from back cover of the book].


"Fascinating reading...a remarkable book...will delight Civil War buffs, those interested in the history of photography, and all who have ever walked over an historic battlefield.  It should also provide a thoughtful lesson for historians who tend to underestimate what can be learned from a close study of photographs, for Frassanito has given us more than a book of pictures; he has produced a valuable work of scholarship. He is perhaps uniquely qualified to do this; not only does he have a vast knowledge of early photography and of this particular battle, but he also has an intimate knowledge of the terrain and possesses a detective skill that would be a credit to Lieutenant Columbo." Byron Farwell, The Washington Post.

original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $65.00

 

rare non-excavated American Revolutionar $595.00

 

Patriotic Cover, Jackass Davis and Gasco

 

Gettysburg; A Journey In Time $25.00




Civil War patriotic envelope with a clever Yankee spoof illustration of Confederate President Jeff Davis with the slogan "Jeff Davis Going To War." When you view the cover normally it looks like a soldier in uniform wearing a hat, but when you turn it sideways it turns into a donkey eating leaves, with the slogan "Returning." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati, O.[hio]. Light age toning.  


3 pages, 7 1/4 x 9 1/2, in ink, written to Lieutenant Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot by his Mother. Comes with cover addressed to Lt. Col. C.W. Broadfoot, Care of Rev'd T.G. Haughton, Salisbury, N.C. 


<b><u>August 21st, [1864]</b></u>


My Dear Son,


I received your letter dated 22d July on Saturday almost one month after it was written.  I suppose before now you have received some of my letters.  We are all getting along as usual.  Mary just the same- her general health is good & that is a great blessing.  Your Father is at work in the garden.  George has been stripping fodder.  He is very willing to work & I should hate to have him leave home unless I was sure it was for the best.  Today I gathered at last 3 pecks of figs- had no market for them so sent them to my friends.  I sold some last week & Sarah will take some down tomorrow.  I sold most of the quinces.*  It is right convenient to get a little change.  Up to the end of this quarter the Bank has allowed your Father something which he has spent freely.  There is no prospects yet of the Bank going into operation.  Hardy has a calf & next week we will have as much milk as we can use.  The garden still yields us something & we are still comfortable.  I gave the Gen.[eral] your letter.  He has had one from Ga. & seems to be much relieved at G & W being able to take care of themselves.  Uncle L was to have gone north today, but was detained by John’s coming home from [?] with a fever on him.  The rest are well.  Mat Baker expects to visit Raleigh soon with George’s wife Sophia.  W is recovering from an attack of fever.  There is a great deal of sickness & of course it will not abate any before frost.  Mary Hale has lost her fine boy Eddy.  I was with her when he died- could not leave Mary at night but went in the day.  <u>Our garrison as yet consists of 2 officers & 4 negro soldiers.</u>  They say no more are coming but the freedmen say a whole regt. is on the way.  The garrison occupy the Latta house.  We never see anything of Lucy.  George Nott & Archie are still making money.  I hear that Elsie is to learn music so she can be an organist.  She has tried one school but it didn’t suit & she is waiting for a northern teacher.  Cousin M. Hooper made me a present of a dress the other day.  She has had some money sent her by her Pennsylvania kin & wanted her friends to share it.   Aunty has had a letter from Miss Isabella Donaldson.  She did not touch on the times but was to send her a package.  I hope you keep well & are comfortable.  I should think you could supply yourself with cheese & crackers in Salisbury.  Mrs. Banks’ establishment is better than ever.  We do not patronize her much, but whenever May’s limb is re-bandaged she calls for a long stick of candy.  She has two invaluable friends in Stella & Lizzie Lutterboh- who came & stay with her by the hour.  All the children in the neighborhood come to see her.  I took her down to Aunty’s last week but the ride jolted her too much.  She enjoys her little wagon.  I have spun you out a long letter.  Give a great deal of love to Uncle G & Aunt R.  I do love them both.


God bless you,


Your aff.[ectionate] Mother


* A hard, acid, pear-shaped fruit used in preserves or as flavoring.


Very interesting letter with a mention of  negro soldiers in their garrison.

 

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.  


(1829-1911) Born in Augusta, Georgia, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1853. Boggs resigned his U.S. Army commission as 1st lieutenant of ordnance in February of 1861, and was immediately appointed captain and ordnance officer and assigned to the command of General P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C.  He was later transferred to Pensacola, Florida, where he was assigned to the staff of General Braxton Bragg with duties as chief of engineers and artillery.  He served as chief engineer of the state of Georgia for most of 1862 being promoted to rank of brigadier general on November 4th of that same year. His next assignment was that of chief of staff of General E. Kirby Smith who he accompanied to the Trans-Mississippi Department where he served for the remainder of the War Between the States.  After the war General Boggs resided in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was engaged as a civil engineer.  He later taught mechanics from 1875-81 at Virginia Polytechnic Institute.  Upon his retirement he settled in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where he spent his last years writing his military memoirs  which were a very valuable documentation of operations in the Trans-Mississippi theater of the war.  The general is buried in Salem Cemetery, in Winston-Salem.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 7 1/2 x 2 3/4, imprinted bank check filled out in ink.  St. Louis, Mo., March 20, 1872.  Central Savings Bank, No. 312 North Third Street.  Made payable in the amount of Fifty Dollars.  Signed at the lower right, W.R. Boggs.  2 cents George Washington tax stamp affixed at left.  Endorsed on the reverse.  Typical cut cancellations which do not touch upon the signature.  Very nice item.

 This all original pewter medicine spoon is marked <B>JAMES DIXON & SON</B> (1823 – 1835 ) and remains in pleasing all original condition with that deep patina that comes to pewter after decades of use and handling.   Invented by C. Gibson and sometimes referred to as the <I>Gibson medicine spoon</I> the device was manufactured by one maker or another through the first half of the 19th century with the design clearly seeing use through the Civil War.  An 1842 reference we found describes the Gibson medical spoon as <I>a convenient instrument for administering fluid medicine to children or to patients in recumbent position</I> &c.  <I>The bowl is longer and deeper than that of the common spoon and is completely covered excepting a small aperture at the end.   The handle is short and consists of a tube opening at one end into the bowl and capable of being closed at the opposite end by application of the thumb.  The medicine is poured in at an opening in the lid which is then closed with a tightly fitting cover </I> &c.  One of the advantages of the spoon is that by positioning it at the back of the throat before lifting the thumb to allow the medicine to flow from the spoon it may be <I>swallowed with very little annoyance from disagreeable taste.</I>  A scarce medical item suitable for display in any earlier 1800s through Civil War era medical 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!

Patriotic Cover, Jeff Davis Going To War

 

Letter to Confederate North Carolina Lie

 

Autograph, General William R. Boggs $100.00

 

Antique - PEWTER MEDICINE SPOON $125.00

A nice pattern of 1874 U. S. Army waist belt.  While the cast brass <B>US</B> plate was adopted in 1872 army experimentation on exactly how (where required) a solder brace strap and saber sling straps were to be fastened led to some variation until in 1874 this pattern was adopted.  Issued to the Infantry, Artillery and Cavalry universally, additional components, when called for, were added by virtue of sliding leather loops.  A <I>basic</I> for the collector of American Indian War memorabilia, this all original belt rig remains solid and pliable with good evidence of age and originality by virtue of some surface crackling and a reassuring bit of  green verdigris around the brass rivets.  A nice piece at a more than reasonable price! 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 !  


<b>12th Vermont Infantry


Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry at Gettysburg!</b>


(1826-1907) Born in Burlington, Vermont, he was a 35 year old newspaper man when he enlisted on August 23, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. C, 12th Vermont Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant, January 23, 1863, and was awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in the battle of Gettysburg. On July 3, 1863, during Pickett's Charge, he passed through murderous fire to deliver an order to reform the Union lines.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 1/4 x 3, imprinted Merchants National Bank check, Burlington, Vt., filled out in ink, $94.25 payable to J.M. Chenery. Stamped date, Jan. 31, 1891. Large signature, G.G. Benedict, above printed title, Collector & Disb'g Ag't. Counter stamped on the front, Payable At The Fourth National Bank of the City of New York, and signed by the cashier. Cut cancelled which does not touch upon Benedict's signature. Endorsements and rubber stamps on the reverse. Very fine. Desirable Gettysburg M.O.H. autograph.  


Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Davis B. Stacey, Chester, Delaware Co., Pa., C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Sep. 19, 1862, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  

 


Scott #7. Corner block of 4, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.

Indian War vintage Pattern of 1874 U. S. $225.00

 

Autograph, Lieutenant George G. Benedict $75.00

 

1862 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O

 

Block of 4 Confederate Five Cents Jeff D




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