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Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly which has been hand tinted in color. Caption: The Rebels Destroying The Chesapeake And Ohio Canal. 9 3/8 x 7 1/2. Although undated, this illustration appeared in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly.  

2 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written to Lieutenant Charles W. Broadfoot, by his Mother.

<b><u>April 18th</b></u>

My Dear Son,

After anxiously looking for a letter from you I have received yours from Camden.  I was glad to know that the worst of your journey was over, but disappointed that you had not reached Little Rock long before.  I have just been putting up some biscuits &c., & send to George & wishing that I could send some to you.  G.[eorge] has gone to Bertie County.  I do not know what for, but I am doubly anxious now about the war knowing that fighting will be going on everywhere, yet I believe that will end the war sooner than anything else.  George has been paid off & sent me $00 of his $100.  His rations have been cut down to ¼ lb. of meat a day, but he is in a plentiful country & can buy provisions.  There is a chance of his being detail Apothecary to the Regt.  Lieut. Nott tells me it will add a little to his pay.  It gives me great pleasure to hear such good accounts of G.[eorge].  We are getting along much as usual- all well & hearty- times harder- provisions higher- yet we do very well & have no cause to complain.  There was a threatened raid among the women, some 200 of them last week, but it passed off.  I really felt that I wanted the ring leaders, whoever they were, punished, for the women of Cumberland County have no cause for complaint.  Your Father has no time to stay at home now.  His new office of Depositary keeps him busy.  He does not know what it may be worth, more I hope than the Pension Agency was.  James Baker wants William to go to school.  I do not know whether he will go or not.  Your cousin George expects to marry Miss Kate Miller (daughter of the late Henry M- of Raleigh) this week.  They will make a bridal visit here.  You may know Mat is busy & things will be good & nice at your Aunty’s.  We are planting the garden with unusual corn & I hope it will pay us.  If you had been home the last month you might have seen hams on my table, not salt enough- not of my curing however, but bought.  I have eaten very little of my bacon- want to save it as long as possible.  We got an extra hog a few days since & enjoyed the sausage &c.  Hardy has a calf so we will have milk & some butter which is a great help.  Grandma sends love to you.  She hopes to come down next month.  Willie Hybert is in the Hospital in Raleigh sick.  Did you give me your water proof coat if there is no danger of its ever being wanted by you or the other boys.  I might cut it up for something else.  I have sent Uncle Jon 2 pieces of factory cloth & twice as much dress homespun as he wrote for, thinking he might be glad to get it or could dispose of it to some friend.  We have not had a shad this season & it is nearly over.  The prices are so terribly high& there is such a demand for them.  I spent a day at Mrs. Hybert’s a week or two since & enjoyed it very much.  Met Lieut. Lutterbols there who is quite attentive to Miss F.  You know she is thought to be engaged to Dr. Sandford.  Mrs. Deal made May a present of a pr. of shoes which are a treasure coarse as they are.  I do wish you would see her.  All will be obliged.  The girls have become quite industrious making their own dresses.  Do write as I know you will.  Love to the **Gen.  & the boys.

God bless you,

Your aff. Mother

Very fine condition. Well written letter circa 1863.

** The General that Mrs. Broadfoot is referring to is General Theophilus H. Holmes. He was commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department and later the District of Arkansas and her son Charles served on the general's staff.

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

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

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

  <b>Eugene Blackford, 5th Alabama Infantry

One of the famous Blackford brothers of Virginia!

Commander of the 5th Alabama Sharpshooters</b>

Confederate war date envelope endorsed and addressed in the hand of "Capt. Eugene Blackford, 5th Ala. Regt." sent to his father, "Wm. M. Blackford, Esq., Lynchburg, Va." The cover has a partial 1861 Tudor Hall, Va. postmark, and hand stamped Due 5. Light staining and wear. The envelope bears the authentication docket on the reverse of one of the country's leading Confederate philatelic experts, Brian Green. Extremely desirable Confederate autograph in war date format with rank and regiment!! Comes with a glossy copy photograph of Blackford in his Confederate uniform holding sword. 

Who was Eugene Blackford?

Eugene Blackford was an aristocratic young Virginian who served throughout the Civil War and wrote about much of what he saw. A prolific correspondent, his remarkably complete set of letters spans most of the war and provide a unique opportunity for the modern reader to see the conflict in Virginia through the eyes of someone who lived it. 

Blackford left vivid accounts of the battles at First Manassas, Seven Pines, Gaines’s Mill, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg. He also described the 1864 Shenandoah campaign, including the raid on Washington; the battles of Second Kernstown, Third Winchester, and Cedar Creek; and a host of smaller actions.


The battles, however, are only a part of the story. Blackford also wrote about camp life, food, foraging, the hardships of the picket line and the marches, and much more. He makes candid, often acerbic, comments on his leaders at all levels, and is not shy about criticizing the ones he finds wanting, such as Earl Van Dorn, D.H. Hill, and Jubal Early. He is, however, unstinting in praise of those he admires, especially generals Robert E. Lee and Robert Rodes. Blackford and Rodes, both Virginians serving in an Alabama regiment, formed a friendship early on that was severed only by Rodes’s death at Third Winchester in the fall of 1864. 


Blackford also gives the modern reader a rare inside look at regimental politics–the competing personalities, the elections, and the jockeying for rank and position. Although usually portrayed after the war as selfless bands of brothers interested only in serving their country, Civil War regiments were often anything but. Many of their officers were strong-willed, ambitious men: captains who wanted to be colonels, and colonels who wanted a general’s stars. This hunger for advancement often put Blackford, who was genuinely devoted to his duty and as a gentleman disdained the grubby business of politics, at a disadvantage. 


The bad blood that developed between Blackford and another of his superiors eventually led to his being court-martialed and cashiered for trumped-up charges of misconduct at Cedar Creek in the fall of 1864, which was followed by a lengthy and ultimately successful effort for reinstatement, although the war ended before Blackford could secure the promotion he sought to lieutenant colonel. 

One of the most interesting and important matters Blackford was involved with was the formation and training of the Army of Northern Virginia’s light infantry sharpshooters. Blackford organized the first battalion in January 1863, at the behest of General Rodes. Drawn from the best men in the brigade and intended for scouting, screening, and picketing, the sharpshooters assiduously practiced skirmish drill and marksmanship, attaining an unprecedented level of skill and proficiency. Blackford and Rodes worked closely together on the sharpshooters, which were eventually organized as a "demi-brigade" of four to five battalions at division level. Blackford became "chief of outposts" for Rodes’s division, responsible for its security in the presence of the enemy. Therefore, his letters and diary/memoir form an invaluable source of information about these important but hitherto virtually forgotten units. They also give us a close look at general Robert Rodes, one of the army’s best combat leaders.

Source: Sharpshooter: The Selected Letters and Papers of Major Eugene Blackford, C.S.A., by Fred L. Ray.

An article of interest about Major Eugene Blackford:

Battle of Gettysburg: Major Eugene Blackford and the Fifth Alabama Sharpshooters

On the hot afternoon of July 1, 1863, a 24-year-old Confederate officer and his elite unit stood very much in harm’s way. Major Eugene Blackford ordered his corps of sharpshooters to deploy off the eastern side of Oak Hill to screen and protect the division of Major General Robert Rodes as it tackled the Union I Corps west of Gettysburg. Along with the brigade of Brigadier General George Doles, Blackford’s men had to maintain a connection across more than a mile of open valley floor that stretched eastward to the Harrisburg-Heidlersburg Road, the avenue of approach for Major General Jubal Early’s division. The Federal XI Corps, determined to prevent the capture of the town, advanced north of Gettysburg to contest the Confederate assault.

Blackford was a Virginian by birth, born in Lynchburg, and was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom rose to positions of rank and responsibility in the Confederate military. Miraculously, they would all survive the Civil War. He moved to Alabama before the conflict, beginning his Southern military service on May 15, 1861, as a captain in Company K of the 5th Alabama Infantry, just 10 days after the regiment was organized at Montgomery. He was made major of the regiment on July 17, 1862. In an era when a certain amount of flamboyance seemed required of regimental officers, Blackford carried out his duties with quiet competence. The few mentions of him in The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies are positive and praiseworthy. In a memoir of Stonewall Jackson, James Power Smith speaks approvingly of the ‘well-trained skirmishers of Rodes’ division, under Major Eugene Blackford,’ and he places Blackford alongside Jackson when Stonewall gave his fateful order to Rodes at Chancellorsville: ‘You can go forward then.’

By the Battle of Gettysburg, Blackford had been placed in charge of a select battalion of marksmen culled from the ranks of the 5th. The first day of that fight may have been his finest hour as a combat commander. His sharpshooters were instrumental in driving back Colonel Thomas C. Devin’s cavalry videttes thrown north of the town to guard the approaches from Carlisle, Harrisburg and York. Throughout the early afternoon, Blackford’s thin screen did yeomen’s work parrying efforts by the XI Corps to gain advantageous positions north of town. In the general attack begun upon Early’s arrival on the field, Blackford’s command initially assisted Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s brigade, entered the town and then attached itself to Brig. Gen. Stephen Ramseur’s brigade. After standing in reserve during most of July 2, the sharpshooters were slated to take part in Rodes’ miscarried attempt to launch an attack on the east face of Cemetery Hill. Blackford’s handpicked men then earned their pay by infiltrating and occupying homes as close as possible to the enemy’s lines during the night, and at dawn on July 3 opening a galling fire upon Union artillery and skirmishers. In his report of the action, Blackford claims his men even drove off a Federal battery after they shot down most of its crew.

Captain William W. Blackford, the oldest of the Blackford boys, served on the staff of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at the time of the Gettysburg battle, and the cavalry commander ordered him to take a message to General Robert E. Lee on July 3. After delivering the communication, the elder Blackford rode into the Confederate-controlled town, where he managed to find Eugene and his marksmen. William recounted their visit in his memoir, War Years With Jeb Stuart, remembering that he encountered his brother and his fellow officers in a home along ‘main street on the side next Cemetery Ridge’ where, in a room ‘pervaded by the smell of powder … and the growl of musketry,’ they were incongruously ‘lolling on the sofas,’ enjoying wine and ‘all sorts of delicacies taken from a sideboard.’

After sharing some of the food and drink with his brother, Eugene obligingly took him on a tour of the sharpshooting lair, which consisted of the second floors of several houses. William described the location in detail: ‘Eugene’s men had cut passways through the partition walls so that they could walk through the houses all the way from one cross street to the other. From the windows of the back rooms, against which were piled beds and mattresses, and through holes punched in the outside back wall, there was kept up a continuous rattle of musketry by men stripped to the waist and blackened with powder. It was a strange sight to see these men fighting in these neatly … furnished rooms, while those not on duty reclined on elegant sofas, or … upon handsome carpets.’

Cavalryman Blackford also noted that feathers pervaded every room, the results, he concluded, of Federal shells exploding in the upper floors and shredding feather-stuffed mattresses. Union snipers had also been worrying the Alabamians with gunfire, and the ‘pools of blood’ William noted on the floors and carpets indicated that some of their shots had been true.

After Gettysburg, Eugene Blackford receded into the curious anonymity that had cloaked him prior to the battle. Following the Battle of Cedar Creek in October 1864, he was relieved from his command for poor conduct during the fight, but was reinstated by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who was heavily lobbied by Blackford’s peers, subordinates and superiors. Although the 5th Alabama surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Blackford’s name does not appear on the parole roster for either the regiment or the brigade. After the war he settled in Maryland, working as a farmer and a teacher, before dying on February 4, 1908.

The following excerpt of Eugene Blackford’s memoir is located in the Civil War Miscellaneous Collection of the United States Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. It details the activities of a promising young officer and the marksmen of the 5th Alabama sharpshooters.

July 1st 1863. At 7 a.m. we moved on and about 10 heard firing in front, tho’ some miles away. An hour after I was sent for hastily by Gen. R[odes] who told me that we were close up on the enemy in the town of Gettysburg and that [Lt. Gen. A.P.] Hill had blundered, and it was feared w[oul]d bring on a general engagement before any body was up. Early’s Division was 15 miles behind and [Maj. Gen. Edward] Johnson’s nine. I was directed to deploy my corps across the valley to our left, and do my best to make the enemy believe that we had heavy infantry supports, whereas there was not a man.

This we did driving off the cavalry opposing us in the pike. They repeatedly charged but my men rallying coolly & promptly sent them back every time with more empty saddles. Repeatedly during the day would they advance lines of battle against us, but our men knowing what was at stake, stood firm behind a fence, and made so determined a front that the Yankees were persuaded that we were heavily supported. All this could be seen by the whole Div. in the hills to our right, whose position would have been turned at once if the enemy had gotten [wind of] this. I was afterwards mentioned in Gen. R[odes]’s report of this battle. Thus did we fight it out until the sun was well nigh down, and I almost exhausted by running up & down the line exhorting the men, and making a target of myself. My loss was considerable, mostly however in wounded.

About 6 o’clock the enemy advanced a triple line on my left. I rushed up there and did my best, but it was useless to do more than give them what we had, and then run for it. So we kept up a terrible popping until they came within 200 yards, the Yankees not firing again, expecting to meet a heavy force of rebels over the hill. Then sounding the retreat away we went at our best speed. I was much concerned, but could do nothing against that mass. We had not gone more than 100 or so yards, when ‘Halt, Halt’ was heard, and just in front of me to my infinite delight could be seen a long line of skirmishers of Early’s Division sweeping on to the front.

Soon afterwards we met his dusty columns hurrying up. I knew then that all was safe. Sounding the rally my men were soon around me, and allowing them a little time to [rest], I too went to the front close after Early. We overtook them as they were entering the town, and my men took their own share in the plundering that went on. I employed myself with the aid of such men as I had with me in destroying whiskey, of which there was an enormous quantity in the town. [In] half an hour many men were dead drunk, and others were wild with excitement. It was truly a wild scene, rushing through the town capturing prisoners by hundreds; a squad of us would run down a street and come to a corner just as a whole mass of frightened Yanks were rushing up another. A few shots made the whole surrender, and so on until we caught them all.

In what was the great error committed the troops should have been pushed on, but no, no one was there to take the responsibility, and in the morning the enemy were strongly fortified. The result of this day had been glorious, 5,000 prisoners for us, and much plunder. That night I slept with my men in a barn in the outskirts of the town. In it there were countless [illegible], of which we made a great soup, thickened with artichoke. This was made in the boiler used to prepare food for the cattle, but it was as good as any I ever saw.

In the morning [July 2] the enemy now crowded on the heights, our lines were drawn around, and my men thrown out into the meadow between the lines. Here we lay in the broiling sun until about 1 p.m. when beginning to feel hungry, I sent a detail to catch chickens, which they cooked in a large pot found in a cottage, thro’ which my line went. This soup contained about 60 chickens, and the entire contents of the garden in the way of onions & potatoes. Saw it was necessary to feed the men as no rations had been issued since the morning before, and none could be obtained soon. As soon as it was ready a detail from each company came up and received its share. Thus were 150 men fed.

Just after we had eaten it, that awful cannonade began between our batteries and those of the enemy, we being just between them, received the benefit of all the’shorts,’ and had a vast number of shell to pass away [over] us. I have never in my life seen such things so awful. Many of the men … went to the side to get out of the range. At 6 p.m. it cleared, and I restored my line. About dusk I was recalled and joined the column marched towards the town from the heights.

I must state however an incident which occurred just after I had re-established my line as I have stated. I went back on the heights in my rear where our line had been stationed, and found that very little damage had been done by the artillery fire of the enemy, tho’ as we afterwards learned, ours being converging was fearfully destructive. I went at once to a fine house on the Cashtown Road, which I had visited in the morning under these circumstances: I went to the well to get water, and noticing a greenhouse, I stopped to admire some flowers. The ladies within, observing this mark of humanity in a smoke-begrimed soldier, and being ready to grasp at straws eagerly, now sought my protection against some of the Yankee soldiers wounded within; their feeling were very intense, one had drawn his pistol and threatened to shoot them, the poor creatures were too much scared to see what they had but to keep out of the room where he lay and they would be safe enough as he had lost a leg.

I went in however and had then discovered it to be a hospital, whereat they were very artful; upon inquiring my name they were very much struck by it, and asked me at once if I were related to Mrs. Caroline B. of Lynchburg. They there told me that their name was Smooker and that they were related to the Steenburgers. After some [time] passed I asked them did they not dread the artillery fire?; this was a new idea, and threw them into much consternation. I advised them [what] … was best to be done, I asked if they had any yellow flannel, whereof a hospital flag could be made. After much search they produced a red flannel petticoat inch, which I connected to the top of the house and tied it to the lightning rod, whence I afterwards saw it waving from afar. The presence of one of the Yankees within too dangerously wounded to be moved justified me in this. I would not otherwise have done it, even for the protection of the women. From the top of the house I had a splendid view of the position of the enemy and would have enjoyed it had I not been a mark for the enemy’s sharpshooters.

In the evening when I returned after the cannonade I found the house deserted. The enemy rarely respected the red flag, and indeed conducted the war in an altogether barbarous manner. I should here mention that when we advanced into the town the evening before I captured a beautiful Solinger saber, very light and elegantly made. It belonged to a Yankee Col. of infantry who surrendered it twice. I soon valued this blade more than all my other possessions, and wore it constantly until the end of the war, when I was enabled to preserve it safely.

I have said that we moved towards the town about dusk. I soon found that it was for the purpose of making a night attack. When I heard this my heart beat more quickly than I ever knew it to do before, and I had seen some cruel fights. I knew well enough what a night attack would be with troops as badly disciplined as ours, or indeed with any save veterans, and they equipped with white shirts, or some uniform visible at night. When the column was formed we moved silently with bayonets fixed close up beneath the enemy’s works. There in two lines we gave our instructions to the men. I well remember what feelings I had as I fastened my saber knot tightly around my wrist. I knew well that I had seen my last day on earth … .It was to be a bayonet affair, the guns were all inspected to see that none were loaded. Then we lay silently waiting the word to advance, when to my relief I must say, I saw the dark masses of men wheeling to the rear — the idea had been abandoned. I was ordered to remain where I was with my corps & await orders.

In about 1/2 an hour Gen. R[odes] came to me saying that he wished me to draw a skirmish line as closely across the enemy’s works as I possibly could, and when daylight came annoy them within all my power. I was more in my element, and went diligently to work to comprehend the ground, and mature my plan. Meanwhile the men went to sleep; I only keeping one or two with me as a guard. I found that the enemy were on a hill shaped like a V with the apex towards the town, and almost in it … .In that angle where were nearly 100,000 men, all massed densely so that every shot from our side told.

This hill was about as high as the tallest house in the town, I soon laid my plan and began deploying my men at ‘A’ moving on the line designated toward ‘B.’ It became necessary to break passages thro’ nearby houses, and thro’ every thing else we met, so that there was a great deal of labor undergone ere this line was established. By daylight however all was ready. My orders were to fire incessantly without regard to ammunition and began as soon as my bugle sounded.

The day [July 3] broke clear, and as soon as it was light there lay just before us on the slope of the hill a battery of six Napoleons; they were not more than 400 yards off. Men and horses were all there, standing as if on parade. One signal from my bugle and that battery was utterly destroyed. The few survivors ran back to their trenches on up the hill. The poor horses were all killed. The guns did us no good as we could not get there, but they could not be used against our men, and that was a great deal.

The firing now was incessant. To supply them with ammunition I kept a detail busy picking up cartridge boxes full of it, left by hundreds & thousands in the streets. These they brought in a small bakers cart, found in a bakery just across the street. They were then sent along the lines and piled near each marksman. The men soon complained of having their arms & shoulders very much bruised by the continual kicking of the muskets but still there could be no rest for them. The Yankees were as thick as bees not more than 500 yards off and could not do us any great harm as they were afraid to shell us out, lest they should burn up the town, and the brick walls protected us very well from the minnies. If I had a good many casualties, it was a mere trifle compared to with the enormous damage they inflicted. The enemy’s papers alluded [to] this in all their accounts of the battles. I had every thing now in good order, the line was well established, and they … .Many of the men were on the roofs of houses behind chimneys, whence they could pick off the gunners.

Complaint being made that the men had nothing to eat, I detailed my four buglers who had nothing to do to get the bakery in operation and make biscuits. The result was the manufacture of several thousand pretty fair biscuits. They then went in pursuit of meat, and after a while returned loaded with every delicacy for a soldier: hams, cheese, fish, pepper spices — and reported such a strike that I went myself to see. I found a family grocery well stocked which had some how escaped the plunderers. My men took an abundance of sugar, coffee, rice &c to last us some days, and served them out to my poor hungry fellows. I never heard such a cheer as they gave in seeing the sumptuous repast sent them. My Hd Qrs were in a pine house, thro’ which the line ran, and there finding an abundance of crockery, spoons &c, the buglers prepared an elegant dinner for me, for which I wished the officers to come. There we dined luxuriously, and afterwards went to our works with renewed vigor.

About 10 a.m. an officer reported to me from my left saying that he commanded the skirmishers of [Brig. Gen. Harry] Hays’ Louisiana Brig. and had been ordered to receive directions from me. I showed him where to connect with me, and left him. About an hour or more after I went over to see what he was about, and found a truly amusing scene. His quarters were in a very [nice] house, and he had selected the parlor as his own bivouac. Here one was playing the piano, which sounded sadly out of harmony with the roar of musketry. Without several men were laying around on the sofas, and the room was full of prints & engravings which the rude fellows examined, and then threw down on the floor. On the table there was have a doz. brands of wines and liquors of which all partook freely. The commanding officer thought it was very strange that I at once insisted upon his visiting his posts, and making the men fire. I ran rapidly back across the street. A Yankee fired at me, but I was behind the wall in time, the ball having struck the … post & … struck me on the knees, hurting me very much for a trice, but not by any means disabling me.

I could write a month of the nice events of this day, but must stop, only narrating my intense excitement when I saw [Maj. Gen. George] Pickett’s Division during … the charge, their waver, when almost in the works, and finally fall back. How my heart ached when I saw the fearful fire with which they were received. I could scarcely contain myself. The attack made the enemy mass more than ever, and so expose themselves to our fire more plainly. I fired 84 rounds with careful aim into their midst, one gun cooling while the other was in use. My shoulder pad became so sore that I was obliged to rest. Now and then the enemy’s gunners would turn a gun or two on us, and give us a shot, but this was too destructive of the lives of gunners, so it was soon stopped. A Yankee sharpshooter established himself in a pit in the street to which I have alluded, and keeping his gun ready cocked, fired away at any one attempting to cross at our end. Many of the men of mine, and of the adjoining battalion, amused themselves by drawing his fire, running quickly across, seeing how much behind the bullet would be which was sure to follow. At this reckless sort of sport, where a stumble or fall would have been almost certain death, they carried themselves as … children at play.

Thus the sun went down the same steady fire being kept up from my line. This evening also another tremendous cannonade occurred, the [greatest] ever known on this continent certainly, probably the greatest that ever occurred. It is a low estimate to say that 500 pieces were in action. I enjoyed its grandeur this time more than that of the day before, not being under range. At night little was done, I kept up a very vigil watch, making rounds frequently.

Towards day I was awakened by a staff officer, who told me to withdraw my men at daylight, and fall back thro’ the town to the base of the ridge in which the main line was stationed and there deploy. At dawn therefore with a heavy heart I called in the men silently, and sullenly drew slowly out of the town, returning the sour looks of the citizens with others equally as stern. The enemy did not molest us at all, tho’ I was in hope that they would, being in a savage mood. A heavy rain was falling too, and just then I remembered that it was the 4th of July, and that the villains would think more than ever of their wretched Independence Day.

Soon after we formed our new line, a battalion of Yankee skirmishers came out of the town and deployed in our front. They used the bugle, the first I had seen with them. Their signals sounded clear & [distant], thro’ the damp air. I moved against them at once, but they slowly withdrew, and evidently were but overseeing us. A squad of them however came forward and gained unobserved a small house filled with hay midway between our lines, from which they began to annoy us with their fire. Taking a few men I went forward at a run, and came up quite close before the rascals could get out of the rear. They lost no time then in scudding away to their lines, but one of my men brought one down before they reached it … I fired the hay, and soon there was a magnificent blaze.

So we went on all the day, but seeing work ahead of me, I slept most of it away, leaving the command to one of my subordinates. At nine I reported to Gen. R[odes] who directed me to assume command of the sharpshooters from each of the Brigades (4) and line our rear when the army moved, which it would begin to do at midnight. I was to keep my line until day or longer if I saw fit, and then follow keeping a half mile or more in the rear, and acting as rear guard. Accordingly by 11 p.m. the troops all disappeared on the proscribed route and I was left in sole command at Gettysburg. It was the first time I had ever commanded more than one battalion and now I had five. My only embarrassment was in not knowing the officers but this I soon remedied, and got on quite well.

At sunrise I quitted my positions, and followed the main body. I continued my route unmolested until about 12 o’clock when some cavalry appeared, but they did not molest us. At 2 p.m. so many came up that I halted and deployed. They then brought up a field piece but did not use it. Seeing that they now wished to molest us, I hit upon this plan. All the front rank men kept their round & fired away, the rear rank men meanwhile retired to some good positions in the rear. I then formed a new line leaving vacancies for those of the first. I here would seize a favorable occasion after the new line was formed, and retreat at a run, suddenly disappearing before the enemy. These would then come in quickly thinking our men had been routed, they would be checked by the fire of the new line, snugly posted behind trees, stone fences &c. My worry had been that when I wished to retire, the enemy would push us so that we were in danger of being broken, but by this arrangement I [avoided] all difficulties — I had read of it in [General Sir William F.P.] Napier’s Peninsular War, as being a dodge of Marshal [Nicolas Jean de Dieu] Soult.

The men towards evening became worn out for food, so seeing that we would not hear from our [commissary] for a week or more, as it had gone to the Potomac, I sent orders to the officer to take all the provisions they could find in the houses by which we passed. In one occasion, riding along at the head of my own battalion marching quickly in retreat, we passed a cottage situated some distance from the main road & not visited by stragglers — around it were countless fowls, my hungry fellows looked eloquently to me for leave, I told the bugler to sound the ‘disperse,’ and then shouted ‘one minute.’ Instantly a hundred cartridges were drawn which thrown skillfully at the heads of the fowls bringing them down by scores; these fellows were used to the work evidently, but now they knew that it was for their actual subsistence as we had nothing, and were following in the rear of a great Army, which would leave us nothing. When the ‘Assembly’ sounded two minutes afterwards, every man had one, two or more chickens slung over his gun, and the march was resumed without delay.


Source: This article was written by Noah Andre Trudeau and originally appeared in the July 2001 issue of America’s Civil War magazine.



Scott #7. Block of 3, 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 Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.

The Rebels Destroying The Chesapeake And


Letter to Confederate North Carolina Off


War Date Cover Endorsed & Addressed by C $165.00


Block of 3 Five Cents Confederate Postag $75.00

    All original and complete this massive old leather bound 1456 page 1851 published medical reference shows good age with desirable evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition with a tight binding and is complete with no loose or torn pages.  The cover, end papers and fly pages front and back are festooned with period medical notations (mostly prescription formulas) which appear to be in Dr. Morrison’s hand.  Most important are the inscriptions <I><B>Dr. S. B. Morrison</I></B> in the center of the first front fly leaf and Dr. Morrison’s signature on the second fly leaf. 

     Best remembered as being in attendance at the death of Confederate General Thomas <B><I> Stonewall Jackson</I></B>, the presence of Surg. Morrison had been requested as Jackson’s recovery from his wounding and left arm amputation took a marked turn for the worse five days post-surgery.  Summoned not only as relief for the weary Dr. McGuire who performed the amputation and post-operative care, Dr. S. B. Morrison’s presents at Jackson’s bedside was quickly approved by Gen. Robert E. Lee.   Dr. Morrison was a kinsman of Mrs. Jackson and had been the Jackson family physician in the post-Civil War years.  Additionally Surg. Morrison’s medical expertise had been well established when he successfully amputated Confederate Gen. R. S. Ewell’s badly wounded leg after the Battle of Groveton.  Surgeon Morrison  would provide the best of medical aid to the seriously ailing  General Jackson and provide comfort to the fallen General’s wife Mary Anna Jackson and five month-old baby Julia who had been rushed to <I>Stonewall’s</I> bedside..  It would fall to Dr. S. B. Morrison to advise Mrs. Jackson that <I>the end was near</I>.  Educated at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and the University of Virginia, Dr. Morrison enlisted in the <B>17th Virginia Cavalry</B> at the outbreak of the Civil War.  Later made Surgeon of the <B>58th Virginia</B> then <U>Chief Surgeon of Gen. R. S. Ewell's Division. </U>  On April 18,1863, he was made <U>Chief Surgeon to Gen. Early's Division</U> then October 10, 1864 assigned as <U>Medical Director Army of the Valley.</U>  After the war, Dr. Morrison established a lucrative medical practice in Kerrs Creek, Virginia.  Dr. S. B. Morrison died in 1870 at Rockbridge Baths, Virginia.

     This historic old medical reference by Wood & Bache was published in 1851 and was the standard pharmaceutical authority of its day.  We acquired the piece years ago when it was brought in at John Dugan’s <I>Virginia Relic Hunters</I> Civil War Show and offered for sale by descendants of Dr. Morrison. We have had it set aside in our fifty plus year accumulation of <I>stuff</I> since that time.

<B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old parade torch remains in excellent condition but with good evidence of age and originality.  Fashioned of tinned sheet iron, hand soldered with period telltale flat bottom and lapped seam the torch features a period commercial burner manufactured for sale to tinsmiths for such use.  An iron wire bail allows the body of the torch to remain safely upright while suspended on a pole for carrying.  A nice item for the antique lighting collector, Civil War Americana or political enthusiast.  A classic for the <I>WIDE-AWAKE</I> Lincoln Campaign era!  <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 in excellent original, even unused, condition save a small shallow dent on one side, (could be pushed out but we’d leave it as found) this little lamp is a bit unusual in that while the body is pewter, the fanciful applied handle is of tinned sheet iron and the bottom of the lamp is also of tinned sheet iron.  The two slender burner tubes are of brass.  Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  .  The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device.  Commonly thought solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured caps were in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use.  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 !  This hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 9 7/8 X 14 inches in its dovetailed and pegged joint construction wood frame.  The natural slate offers good evidence of period construction methods with the telltale, slightly uneven, surface of earlier to mid 1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed <B>BROADWAY LANDING</B> across the top with a place the <B>WARD No.</B>.  Broadway Landing Army Field Hospital was situated on the south side of the Potomac River a little more than a mile west of City Point and about four miles from the northern end of the Union trenches before Petersburg. (see: <I>Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War</I> p.266 also  PBS / Ken Burns <I>THE CIVIL WAR</I>) We were fortunate enough to acquire a group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. We have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection.   We came across this remaining example from the group this last winter as we have been going through some of our accumulation. A wonderful item for the Civil War medical 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

1851 Dispensatory of CS Surgeon S. B. Mo $875.00


pro UNION decorated Civil War vintage PA


c. 1850 / 1860s pewter & tin camphene –L $155.00



A nice display item with its bold <B>LINCOLN</B> embellishment, this silk GAR ribbon measures approximately 2 X 6 inches and remains in nice condition with evidence of age and originality but with no splits. Bearing the dates 1891 and 1892  for the Detroit, Michigan <B>NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT</B>. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


Full color vignette of a star burst, spread winged eagle, American flags and interlocking U.S.A. in an oval. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Feb. 13, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. Sarah G. Ewell, Rockville, Maine. Light age toning. Very fine war date used patriotic envelope.  

Raleigh, Oct. 4th, 1861. Very fine plus.  Nestled in its 29 X 36 inch gilt frame, our photo illustrations will provide the best description of this impressive Battle of Waterloo oil on canvas except to advise that the work dates in the first half of the 20th century and remains in excellent, ready to hang, condition with strong color and no condition issues.  

      A mounted Napoleon Bonaparte is astride his favorite horse Marengo and is accompanied by his staff of officers  as they move through the tumult of the Battle of Waterloo.  A popular subject of artists through the decades since the historic defeat of Napoleon’s French army at the Battle of Waterloo 1815, this rendering captures the color and diversity period military attire.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Civil War Vet’s – 1892 Detroit National $75.00


1863 Patriotic Cover Postmarked at New O


1861 State of North Carolina $2 Note


Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Water $695.00

Measuring approximately 7/16 inch square, we have the advantage of being able to unquestionably date the period of these hand cut bone dice by virtue of the remains the faint* <B>CROWN</B>&</B> G. R.</B> marking on each of the two gaming pieces.  (These marks were required by British export law during the American Civil War era to record and enforce payment of export tax on gaming devices sent to the American market.)  A staple of the Civil War camp, period saloon or gambling parlor, this original pair remain in excellent condition and yet demonstrate all the characteristics of period hand cut bone gaming pieces.  Clearly hand cut with dots that are somewhat irregular and a natural age patina, these dice will be quickly recognized for what they are in your collection display.  [ *Please note that these original CROWN & GR tariff marks were small and were impressed into the bone with red pigment rubbed into the light impression.  With time and use most if not all of the original red pigment has been worn away in most cases leaving the faintest trace of the original CROWN & GR.  Identification of the remaining tariff marking will requiring close examination of the rare old hand cut die.]  A scarce find! <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!  As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference <I> American Military Headgear Insignia</I> (Fig. 290) this <I>false bullion </I> or <I>false embroidered</I> die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition.  While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device.  Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires.  An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase type.   <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!


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 28, 1862

General Orders No. 34

The Commanders of all Regiments and Corps will make their Muster Rolls for payment up to the 1st of May, and forward them immediately to Major Locke and Hill, at the Quartermaster's Office.

The promptness and correctness with which the proper Rolls are furnished will insure priority of payment. 



Excellent condition. Scarce.  

Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Catherine Stebbins, Rochester, New York, with partial C.D.S., Natchez, Miss., Oct. 21/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington (Scott #64) postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Back flap is torn where the envelope was opened.

Civil War era tariff marked BONE DICE $65.00


extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00


General Butler Orders His Commanders To $15.00


1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Missis $7.00

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

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>

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

<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 12th/64</b></u>

Dear wife,

After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am still in reasonable health although I don’t think confinement agrees with my constitution so well as exercise in the open air, but I ought not to complain, but oh, I am so anxious about you that I don’t see much peace.  I see you in my dreams every night and only awake disappointed to think of you by day.  We have acquired a supply of provisions from the Sanitary Mission and I have enough to do me a month or six weeks, but I do hope and pray that I may not have to stay here until it is gone.  We have had a very cold spell of weather for about 10 days, but we are very comfortable, but I fear some of our poor soldiers must suffer from cold if not soon exchanged.  We have a bible class that meets once every day which helps to pass the time.  We are daily in expectations of hearing from our government, but there has been no beat up since Christmas, but expect one today.  I write a letter each week to you but they don’t go very regular.  Pray for me dear and may the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.

Lt. Levi Lupton

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


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

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

<b>Written by an officer wounded in action during the battle of Gettysburg</b>

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Captain Ezra S. Farnsworth, to Chaplain James Eastwood.

<b><u>Head Quarters, 3d Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Corps, March 10th, 1865, Near Hatcher's Run, Va.</b></u>

Friend Eastwood,

I arrived from Mass.[achusetts] on the 1st day of March and here I am ready for action again.* I should have called and seen you on my return if I had had time, but I did not have the time. Everything seems about the same in Mass. as usual. I am still at these Hd. Qtrs. Brevet Major General Jos. J. Bartlett is in command now. If you should desire, the bearer will bring up a package for the 32nd [Mass.]. If you have one of those nice quilts to spare you may loan it to me, or if you will take pay for it, & if so you can send it by the bearer. Do not send it unless you have one to spare. When you come this way call and see me. I shall be glad to see you at any time, and when I visit City Point I will call on you.

Yours truly,

From your friend,

E.S. Farnsworth

Capt. & A.A.A.G.

P.S. Just as I was closing up my letter I received a large package from you. I will see that it gets to the 32nd [Mass.].

Yours &c,


Very neatly written letter from this Massachusetts officer who was wounded at Gettysburg in 1863, and at Laurel Hill, Va. in 1864. Very desirable.

Ezra S. Farnsworth, was a 32 year old broker from Newton, Mass., when he enlisted on July 14, 1862, as a 1st sergeant, and was mustered into Co. K, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, March 19, 1863; was wounded in action at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863;** wounded in action on May 12, 1864, at the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.; promoted to 1st lieutenant, June 15, 1864; promoted to captain, July 20, 1864; promoted to brevet major, April 9, 1865; discharged from the service, May 30, 1865.

The recipient of this letter was the Reverend James Eastwood, a Chaplain at City Point, Va., who served as part of the Soldiers Mission of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention. Eastwood supplied the troops with not only religious material, but also "comfort bags" containing much needed personal items which made him extremely popular with the men.     

*Farnsworth had been convalescing in Massachusetts after having been wounded for the second time in the war, this coming on May 12, 1864, during the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.

**During the second day's battle at Gettysburg, Pa., on July 2, 1863, the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry was heavily engaged while supporting the 3rd Corps in the Devil's Den area. Out of the 227 men that went into action that day, the 32nd Mass. lost 81 men, 22 of whom were either killed or mortally wounded. 

The 32nd Massachusetts Infantry saw action at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the Wilderness, North Anna River, Shady Grove Church Road, Bethesda Church, Va., Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Springs Church, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run, and Five Forks, Va.  

Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1863. State Capitol at center. Very fine plus.


<b>The True Story of a Great Life. The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln</b> 

By William H. Herndon, For Twenty Years His Friend and Law Partner, and Jesse William Weik, A.M. Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 of a 3 volume set. Belford-Clarke Co., Chicago, 1890. Copyright, 1889, By Belford, Clarke & Company. Illustrated front piece of a beardless Mr. Lincoln from the photograph by Hesler, Chicago, 1860, with a printed facsimile inscription and signature of Lincoln below his portrait. Other illustrations in both volumes. Blue cloth hard covers with gold embossed signature of A. Lincoln on the front cover, and gold embossed illustration of Lincoln on the spine. Vol. 1 is 199 pages, and Vol. 2 is 213 pages. Gold gilt end pages on the top. Patterned endpapers. The pages are evenly, lightly age toned, and the covers show light wear. Very tight bindings. Very nice pair.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter


32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter $100.00


1863 State of North Carolina $2 Note


Herndon's Lincoln

Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. J. Pike, East Salisbury, Mass. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., May 26, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  All in fine original condition after decades of local attic storage, this pair of 1700 very early 1800s bronze shoe buckles measure approximately 2 7/16 inches by 1 3/8 inch wide.  With that eye appealing natural age color that comes to bronze only with time, these wonderful old buckles clearly saw little period use as evident by the crisp corners and bold hand tool marks of the period maker. (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) <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 nice looking early Civil War import leather shako, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG / Uniforms of the Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field)  unlike so many found today, retains its shape and is complete with  original die struck brass American eagle over infantry horn plate as illustrated in Stanley Philip’s, <I> Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I>.  All original and complete, this example even retains the chin strap with original strap retainer in the crown.  Both original features are generally long since gone.  Known to have been imported early in the Civil War, the use of this handsome shako has been well established by virtue of camp site and battle field excavations with records of use by Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York regiments.   A <I>showy</I> example of Civil War era headgear, this <I>as found</I> all original leather shako offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition with nice original finish and solid construction even to its original 2 ¾ inch wide sweat band.  An attractive piece of Civil War head gear at a reasonable price!  <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 !

 Patented as a <I>medical / invalid</I> spoon, this scarce and desirable item for the 19th century medical collector, the maker marking on this medicine spoon, <B>PAT. 1885 – HOLMES, BOOTH & HAYDENS </B>, will be familiar to period collectors in a number of fields. Incorporated in 1853, Holmes, Booth & Haydens of Waterbury, Connecticut were instrumental in the manufacture of lighting equipmentmen, all manner of table ware and silver plate, photography items such as daguerreotype plates, photo cases, mats & frames and all manner of die-cut and embossed items such as paper fasteners, tokens, buttons and more. Unpolished and in nice original condition, this neat old silver plate special purpose spoon will fit well in any period medical collection or as an association piece in any number of collecting fields. <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>

1863 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O $10.00


original ! 18th century bronze SHOE BUCK $135.00




Holmes, Booth & Haydens – Pat. 1885 MEDI $65.00

All in nice apparently unused condition, this little antique oven is a bit of an enigma.   Is it a journeyman tinsmith test piece commonly constructed to demonstrate skill in the trade?  Was it intended as a drummer’s sales sample, or is it intended for use as an easy to carry personal size oven for warming a morsel of meat or biscuit on a camp hearth or open fire?  Whatever the intent, this scarce example of earlier to mid 1800 tinned sheet iron ware offers a wonderful demonstration of period tinsmith method and skill.  Will fit well in any earlier 19th century through Civil War era 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>


This piece of coverlet was owned by Colonel Elijah W. Penny who had service in three Indiana Union regiments and was wounded six times. The period note that came with this relic identifies the coverlet as being taken out of Stonewall Jackson's house after the "U.S. Civil War in 1865." A Xerox copy of the original note is included with the COA. Colonel Perry was discharged in Charlotte, N.C. in late 1865 and obviously obtained this souvenir during his return home west either personally or from an officer friend. During the Civil War the house was vacant or possibly rented, but no evidence is known to state Mary Anna Jackson rented it during the war, but she did later as records show. General David Hunter's troops raided Lexington, Va. in June 1864, but there is no evidence that they entered the house. Penny would have passed through Lexington or nearby as the 130th Indiana Infantry Regiment headed home from the Carolinas in late 1865. A vacant house of a notable Confederate General would have been a temptation for troops to enter into looking for souvenirs.

The house was constructed in 1800, by Cornelius Dorman. Dr. Archibald Graham purchased the house and significantly expanded it in 1845 by adding a stone addition on the rear and remodeling the front and interior to accommodate his medical practice.  Dr. Graham sold the house to then Major Thomas J. Jackson, a professor at the nearby Virginia Military Institute, on November 4, 1858, for $3,000. It is the only house Jackson ever owned. He lived in the brick and stone house with his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, until the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. It housed Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital from 1907 until 1954; when it was converted into a museum. In 1979 the house was carefully restored to its appearance at the time of the Jackson's occupancy. The house and garden are owned and operated as a museum by the Virginia Military Institute.

11 x 14, display, doubled matted in Confederate gray and red archival mat boards. The coverlet is nicely displayed at the center with copy photographs of General Jackson, his wife and daughter, and the house above, and descriptive text below. Comes with COA. Shrink wrapped. Please note that this handsome display has complete full borders.    

Relic card with 3 brass pins and 1 ceramic button recovered from the wreck of the Georgiana. 5 x 3, gray card with illustration of a sailing ship at the top left, and imprint that reads: Georgiana. Brass sewing pins and ceramic button that were manufactured in England and taken from the wreck of the CSA blockade runner named the "Georgiana" which sank off the South Carolina coast in 1863 while trying to run the Federal blockade into Charleston from Bermuda. Brass pins were unavailable in the South and imported pins were a prized commodity. 

The reverse of the card has a printed history of the Georgiana as follows. "The Georgiana was built in 1862-63 in England for the Confederate States. She escaped from British jurisdiction for Nassau on January 22, 1863. She was detected trying to run the blockade into Charleston on March 22nd, 1863. Her Captain ran her ashore on Long Island Beach off the South Carolina coast. Her valuable cargo being arms and supplies was mostly lost due to shelling. Aside from the cargo loss, the destruction of the Georgiana was a blow to the Confederacy as she was the fastest cruiser and would have made a superb man-of-war."  

Confederate marine relics are considered rare and quite desirable. 


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

(1793-1853) Born near Elizabethtown, Bladen County, N.C., he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced a law practice in N.C. Appointed United States attorney for the district of North Carolina in 1817. Served in the North Carolina State Senate, 1815-19, 1822, 1826, and 1830. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1831-49. Was Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, and also served on the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War, and the Committee on Ways and Means.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/8 x 1 1/4, in ink, Jas. I. McKay, Slade Co., N. Carolina.

earlier through mid 1800s downscaled OPE


Souvenir From Confederate General Stonew $250.00


Relics From The Confederate Blockade Run $15.00


Autograph, James I. McKay $15.00

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


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.        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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Autograph, Jonathan D. Morris $10.00


John Russell Bartlett $10.00


1863 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $40.00



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!

 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!!

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


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

<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.  

<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.

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


Autograph, John 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.  

<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.

OUTSTANDING !! Dr. Lorenzo Traver - Civi


1863 State of North Carolina 50 Cents No


1862 Union Patriotic Cover Mailed From N $45.00


Autograph, George Washington Jones $35.00


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 !!


 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!

Trust In God And Fear Nothing


War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenan $25.00


19th century folding – FRY PAN $95.00


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

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 !

 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!

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


1814 Philadelphia published - PILGRIM’S $95.00

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.  

<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.

turn of the century Ships Caulking Malle $425.00


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


Autograph, Alfred Iverson, Sr. $25.00


116th Ohio Infantry Letter

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