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7 3/4 x 2 3/8, in ink, written by William G. Broadfoot, a Confederate Treasury Official, to his son Charles who later in the war would be a Confederate colonel.

The combat deepens- Be Brave, vigilant & sober- After we have suffered a while, deliverance will come at the Grace of God- May his shield be over my boy- 

Yr. af[fectionate],


Excellent patriotic content.

This undated note was written by William Giles Broadfoot, (1806-72), the father of Confederate soldiers Charles W. Broadfoot and George B. Broadfoot, (1844-85) (5th North Carolina Cavalry). The elder Broadfoot was a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina. 

The recipient of this note, Charles Wetmore Broadfoot, (1842-1919), was an 18 year old student at the University of North Carolina 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, also known as the "Cumberland Plough Boys," 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, who was his uncle.** 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. After the war, in 1870, Charles was elected to the state legislature. He served as Dean of the Cumberland County Bar, and was elected as a trustee of the University of North Carolina in 1911. 

*This note came out of a small grouping of Broadfoot family letters and documents that I acquired a couple of years ago. It was oftentimes the habit of Mr. Broadfoot to include a note to Charles in the same letter that his mother wrote to him.

** Frances "Fannie" Rebecca Wetmore Broadfoot (1825-92), was the wife of William G. Broadfoot, and the mother of Charles W. Broadfoot. Fannie's older sister, Laura Jane Wetmore, was married to Confederate General Theophilus H. Holmes.  


Antique color lithograph of the famous surrender scene of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to Union General Ulysses S. Grant in the parlor of the Wilmer McLean house at Appomattox Court House, Va. Caption: The Surrender Of General Robert E. Lee To General U.S. Grant At Appomattox Courthouse, Va., April 9, 1865. 7 1/4 x 10 1/2. Sketched by Alex O. Levy. Circa 1912.  

(1818-80) Born in Iberville Parish, Louisiana, he had a brilliant scholastic career graduating #1 in his class at Jefferson College in 1836, and he held the same distinction at the U.S. Military Academy four years later where two of his classmates were future Union Generals William T. Sherman and George H. Thomas. He fought in the Mexican War with great distinction earning the brevet rank of colonel for his gallantry in the battle of Molino del Rey. He was elected governor of Louisiana in 1852, and was said to have been the youngest governor ever elected in Louisiana. A Democrat, he supported railroad construction, public education, and the improvement of navigable waterways. Hebert helped get his former West Point classmate William T. Sherman appointed superintendent of the Louisiana Seminary of Learning and Military Academy. During the 1860 secession crisis, Hebert was appointed to the military board responsible for preparing Louisiana's defenses if war broke out. At the commencement of hostilities in 1861, he was appointed colonel of the 1st Louisiana Artillery, but soon afterwards was promoted to brigadier general of Louisiana State Troops. Then on August 17, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier general and given command successively of the Department of Texas, the Galveston defenses, and the Sub-district of North Louisiana. He supposedly saw action at the battle of Milliken's Bend, La., on June 7, 1863, but some historians disagree that he was actually engaged. In August 1864, Hebert replaced General John B. Magruder as commander of the District of Texas, and in 1865 he was given command of the Trans-Mississippi Department. He surrendered to General Gordon Granger on May 26, 1865. After the surrender Hebert returned to his plantation in Louisiana, took the oath of allegiance, and through an endorsement by his old West Point friend William T. Sherman received a presidential pardon from Andrew Johnson. He became a Liberal Republican during Reconstruction which angered many of his fellow Louisianans, and he supported the carpetbagger governor Henry Clay Warmouth. Later President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him to various engineering boards, and Hebert worked as a state and federal engineer in postwar Louisiana.

Antique silver print photograph in uniform wearing a hat with artillery insignia and plume. This pose is the only known image of Hebert in uniform and is thought to have been taken early in the war while he served as colonel of the 1st Louisiana Artillery. No imprint. 2 3/8 x 3 1/2. Circa early 1900's. Hebert is very scarce to find in an original war date image.       

Antique engraving that has been hand tinted in color showing negro soldiers bringing in captured Confederate cannon. Caption: Hinks's Division Of Negro Infantry Bringing In The Guns Captured From The Confederates At Baylor's Farm, Near Petersburg, Va., June 15th, 1864. From a Sketch by E.F. Mullen. 10 x 9 3/4. From "The Soldier In Our Civil War." Circa 1880's-1890's.

There is another partial illustration on the reverse which is a battle scene that has also been hand tinted in color. Caption: The Battle Of Cold Harbor, Va., June 1st, 1864. The Eighteenth Corps.

Anything related to negro troops in the Civil War is highly desirable and hard to find.

Patriotic Note Written to Confederate No $65.00


The Surrender of General Robert E. Lee a


Photograph, General Paul O. Hebert $25.00


Hinks's Division of Negro Infantry Bring

War Between the States envelope addressed to Mrs. D.S. Stocking, Charleston, S.C., with C.D.S., Richmond, Va., Oct. 17, 1861, and hand stamped Due 5. Endorsed at the upper left, Priv. Jno. D. Munnerlyn, Georgia Hussars, Capt. J.F. Waring. Scarce and very desirable war date cover from the elite "Georgia Hussars."

The Georgia Hussars. Organized 13 February 1736. This troop of Mounted Rangers was raised by General Oglethorpe to patrol and protect the Colony of Georgia from the Spaniards and Indians. It fought at Bloody Marsh in 1742 and at the Siege of Savannah in 1779. Its record during The War 1861-1865 is unsurpassed as was its service in Mexico, World War I, World War II and Korea. It remained Horse Cavalry until October 1940. From Colonial times to Vietnam, Hussars have represented Savannah in all our Wars. It is still an active unit in the Georgia Army National Guard. [Inscription on The Georgia Hussars Marker located in Savannah, Georgia].

During The War Between the States, The Georgia Hussars, raised two companies to fight for the Confederacy; Company A, became Company F of the Jeff Davis Legion, and Company B, served as Company D, 2nd Battalion Georgia Cavalry.

Private John D. Munnerlyn, served in Captain Joseph Frederick Waring's company in the Jeff Davis Legion. Munnerlyn enlisted as a private on September 17, 1861, and served with the unit until being discharged on December 26, 1862, by reason of physical disability.

Captain Joseph Frederick Waring, was born in Savannah, Ga., on February 13, 1832. He graduated from Yale in 1852, studied law, and became a successful planter in Georgia, as well as being an Alderman in Savannah. When the war commenced in 1861, Waring was a Captain in the Georgia Hussars, and he took his company to Richmond, Virginia to report for duty. Originally assigned to the 6th Virginia Cavalry, this assignment did not last long. Captain Waring was seriously wounded in the face on December 4, 1861, near Annandale, Va., when he led a night raid in an attempt to capture a Union picket post. He received a gunshot wound to his right cheek, another bullet grazed his head, and he had a dozen holes shot through his cape and uniform coat, but he managed to survive. A few days later, Waring's company was assigned as Company F, of the Jeff Davis Legion. He was promoted to major in early 1862, and after seeing action in both the Virginia Peninsular campaign and the Maryland campaign, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant colonel of the Jeff Davis Legion, on December 2, 1862. When Colonel William F. Martin, the original commander of the Legion was promoted to brigadier general, and transferred to the western theatre of the war, Waring was appointed commander of the Jeff Davis Legion. His unit then served in General Wade Hampton's command where Waring led his troops through all of the major cavalry battles of the eastern theater of the war, including Brandy Station, Gettysburg, where he was wounded for the second time, and Trevilian Station. He was promoted to colonel in July 1864, and when General Hampton was ordered to South Carolina in February 1865, the Jeff Davis Legion commanded by Colonel Waring accompanied them south. They participated in the 1865 Carolinas campaign against General William T. Sherman, and Waring and his remaining troops surrendered at Bennett's Place, on April 26, 1865, with the army of General Joseph E. Johnston.              



  H 8in. X W 36in. X D 19in.  H 8in. x W 36in. x D 19in.  

Antique color lithograph of the 3rd day's battle at Gettysburg. Caption: Battle Of Gettysburg, July 3, 1863. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4. Sketched by Alex O. Levy. Circa 1912.

1861 Confederate Cover From The Elite Ge $150.00


H 8in. X W 36in. X D 19in. $0.00


H 8in. x W 36in. x D 19in. $0.00


The Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Antique color lithograph of the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Caption: Battle Of Fredericksburg, Va. Throwing The Pontoons Across The Rappahannock In The Face Of The Confederate Sharpshooters, Dec. 11, 1862. Sketched by Alex O. Levy. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4. Circa 1912.  

Antique color lithograph of Admiral Porter's Flotilla arriving below Vicksburg, Mississippi. Caption: Rear Admiral Porter's Flotilla Arriving Below Vicksburg Night Of April 16, 1863. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4. Circa 1912.  

Antique color lithograph of the historic bombardment of Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, South Carolina; the shots that started the American Civil War, the bloody conflict that would last four long years and cost over 622,000 American lives. Caption: The Bombardment Of Fort Sumter, April 12-13, 1862. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4. Executed by Alex O. Levy. Circa 1912.  

<b>Future Confederate Colonel of the 41st Virginia Infantry, and commander of General William Mahone's Brigade during the 1862 Maryland Campaign

He was severely wounded in action at the battle of Malvern Hill, Va., and was wounded again at the battle of Sharpsburg, Md.</b>

7 3/4 x 7 3/4, manuscript in ink, written by William A. Parham, while serving at the time as Provost Marshal at Norfolk, Va. in 1862. The recipient, Captain Archibald Campbell Godwin, was a fellow Confederate Provost Marshal stationed at Richmond, Va., and who would later be promoted to the rank of Brigadier General.

<b><u>Norfolk, Va., Apr. 28/62</b></u>

Capt. Godwin

Pro. Marshal, Richmond


You will please inform me what pay the different grades of employees in y[ou]r  office receive (passport clerks & detectives) & oblige.

Very Respy

Yr. obt. Svt

W.A. Parham

Pro. Marshal

Bold and neatly written letter. Light wear and a tiny paper chip at lower right edge which does not affect any of the content. Very interesting and scarce content referring to the pay for Confederate detectives in Virginia. With his gallant Confederate war record, Colonel William Allen Parham is an extremely desirable Confederate officer to have an A.L.S. [autograph letter signed] from.

William Allen Parham was a prominent planter in Sussex County, Va., when the War Between the States commenced. He soon organized the "Sussex Sharpshooters," an elite unit which eventually became Co. A, of the 41st Virginia Infantry, and was elected their first lieutenant on May 24, 1861. Having been ordered to Norfolk he was soon assigned to duty as Provost Marshal of that city, and discharged the duties of that post with conspicuous effectiveness, moderation and good sense. During the reorganization of the army he was elected lieutenant colonel of the 41st Virginia Infantry, on May 3, 1862. He was severely wounded at the battle of Malvern Hill, Va., a wound which was thought to be fatal. Shortly thereafter he was promoted to the rank of colonel, on July 25, 1862, and he returned to the army in time to command his regiment at the battle of 2nd Manassas. After General William Mahone was wounded at 2nd Manassas, Colonel Parham took over command of Mahone's brigade, and he  participated in all of the marches and battles of the 1862 Maryland campaign leading them into the battle at Sharpsburg. Colonel Parham was known to be a glorious, brave man, a good fellow and the best curser when he chose to be. Even before reaching Sharpsburg, the brigade under Colonel Parham was fighting doggedly. General Stuart described Parham's role at Crampton's Gap on September 14th in his official report as follows: "Colonel Parham, commanding Mahone's brigade, soon after arrived with the Sixth and Twelfth Virginia Infantry, scarcely numbering in all 300 men, and this small force for at least three hours maintained their position and held the enemy in check without assistance of any description from General Semmes, who (Colonel Munford reports) held the next gap below and witnessed all that took place. General Cobb finally came with two regiments to the support of the force holding the gap. At his request Colonel Munford posted the new regiment, when the infantry which had been engaged, having exhausted their ammunition, fell back from their position. The enemy took advantage of this circumstance and suddenly advanced, and the fresh regiments broke before they were well in position. General Cobb made great efforts to rally them, but without the least effect, and it was evident that the gap could no longer be held." Parham, now serving as Brigadier, was wounded again at the battle of Sharpsburg. Here he commanded Mahone’s Brigade, consisting of the 6th, 12th, 16th, 41st, and 61st Virginia. Arriving on the battlefield at 9 A.M. the morning of the battle, September 17, 1862, he filed his men into the sunken road where they fought off successive attacks all morning. When it was over, there were only 15 men present for duty. Still suffering from the wounds he received at Malvern Hill, and Sharpsburg, Colonel Parham was compelled to return home to convalesce, but by the time of the battle of Fredericksburg General "Little Billy" Mahone was back in command and Colonel Parham was again in command of the 41st Virginia. Parham still suffering from his earlier wounds, continued in command of his regiment during the glorious Confederate victory at the battle of Chancellorsville where on May 1st Yankee cavalrymen moved through the underbrush, their footfalls muffled by rain and matted leaves.  Confederate pickets peered into the forest, waiting for something to happen. Suddenly, Federals surged out of the bushes. A quick exchange of fire rent the air, and then, "utter silence".  Confederate Brigadier General William Mahone "was puzzled to understand this," and sent an orderly to investigate. The mounted soldier ventured into the woods without spotting friend or foe. Upon returning to Mahone, the general "made some impatient exclamation" that caught the ear of Colonel Parham, of the 41st Virginia Infantry. The Colonel dashed into the woods to reevaluate the picket line. He had barely entered the trees when he was greeted with a volley from the Federal cavalry. The Colonel miraculously avoided being hit, but his horse bolted, almost leaving the rider behind. At the same time, a low tree limb swept Parham’s kepi from his head.  Galloping up to General Mahone, Parham unleashed a slew of curses on "the damn Yankees".  According to General Mahone, Colonel Parham was everywhere, and performed bravely. The 41st advanced to Chambersburg, Pennsylvania and then fought at Gettysburg, Bristoe, and in the Mine Run campaign. Parham was still listed in command as of August 1864, but was assigned duties as Provost Marshal at Richmond, in October and as commandant of a post at Hicksford, Va., on November 30th.  He had returned to command of his regiment by the end of January 1865, but was retired to the invalid corps and put in charge at Weldon, N.C.  He officially retired on March 31. 1865, but he continued to serve and surrendered at Raleigh, North Carolina on May 29, 1865. He then returned to his wife’s home in Warrenton, North Carolina, where he died on July 2, 1866, his death distinctly traceable to the ball that shattered his side on the 1st day of July 1862 during the battle of Malvern Hill. He was known as a generous, brave, high spirited gentleman, a good citizen, a faithful soldier, and an honest man. [Sources: The New York Times, July 7, 1866, and Old South Military Antiques, who owns Colonel Parham's original Confederate officer's frock coat].

The Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia


Admiral Porter's Flotilla Arriving Below


The Bombardment Of Fort Sumter


1862 Autograph Letter Signed From Willia

<b>The celebrated and most collected sketch ever done by the famous artist Winslow Homer!</b>

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the November 15, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Army Of The Potomac- A Sharpshooter On Picket Duty. From a Painting by W. Homer, Esq. 16 x 11. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. There is a small stain in the left margin area near the outer edge of the border which does not even come close to  touching upon any of the content and can be easily matted out. Minor age toning in the border area and minor edge wear. EXTREMELY DESIRABLE!! Winslow Homer at his best!

This celebrated Winslow Homer illustration is the most sought after and most difficult to locate of all the Homer Civil War prints. He is probably best known for this image more than any other one that he ever sketched. A Union sharpshooter sits perched on a tree limb with his telescopic rifle in place as he takes aim on his next Confederate victim. The soldier is wearing a kepi with his Company letter "A" on top of his hat as he is locked in intense concentration as he draws a bead on his target. His canteen is hanging on a nearby branch. Homer's details are flawless as you can see the concentration in the soldier's face as well as the needles, pine cones and bark of the tree he sits atop. I have seen this same print selling in other shops for $750.   

<b>Murdered at his headquarters in 1863 by a jealous husband!

With imprint of Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, Va.</b>

 (1820-63) Graduated in the West Point class of 1842 with James Longstreet. He saw service in the Indian campaigns and was brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He resigned from the U.S. Army on Jan. 31, 1861, in order to join the Confederacy. Commissioned brigadier general on June 5, 1861, he was assigned to Texas where some of the Union forces there surrendered to him. Promoted to major general on Sept. 19, 1861. The following January he was appointed commander of the Army of the West in the Trans-Mississippi theater where he fought at Elkhorn Tavern. Transferred to the Army of Mississippi, he served at Corinth and Vicksburg. Placed in charge of General John C. Pemberton's cavalry, he destroyed General Grant's supply depots at Holly Springs, Miss., an important achievement in disrupting Grant's Vicksburg operations. He was murdered in his headquarters on May 7, 1863 by Doctor James B. Peters, who alleged Van Dorn had violated the sanctity of his home! While stationed at Spring Hill, General Van Dorn was often seen in the company of Jessie McKissack Peters, the young wife of Doctor Peters who was in his late forties. The dashing Van Dorn was considered to be a ladies' man and Mrs. Peters was frequently seen as the general's riding partner. The jealous Doctor Peters decided to pay a call on General Van Dorn at his headquarters in the Martin Cheairs home and shot the general dead as he sat behind his desk. Peters immediately fled the area and found sanctuary within the Union lines at Franklin, Tennessee, and justified the murder of General Van Dorn for violating the sanctity of his home. The general was originally buried at Spring Hill in the family plot of his wife, but his remains were later sent to Port Gibson in 1902 and he was re-interred in Wintergreen Cemetery.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 13/16 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform. Bottom of the mount is slightly trimmed. Light age toning and minor wear. Backmark: Vannerson & Jones, Photographic Artists, No. 77 Main St., Richmond, Va., with a pair of 1 cent, U.S. Inter. Rev. Proprietary tax stamps with bust view of George Washington and 1865 date handwritten in ink on both stamps.  Scarce and very desirable with the Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, Va. imprint. This is probably the best known portrait in uniform of General Van Dorn, and most likely the last photograph he ever had taken!   

 Once one of the most common of Grand Army of the Republic relics, as aside from the membership medal, the gold wash GAR belt plate and white cotton web waist belt, was the most commonly used G. A. R. accoutrement.  Like everything in the Civil War veteran collectors field though, complete waist belt rigs, particularly rigs in nice condition, are becoming difficult to find.  This set remains in excellent original condition with 100% of the bright plating on the plate and a white web belt that while showing good evidence of originality remains in excellent condition.  A good opportunity for the GAR collector who hasn’t set one of these aside. <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!

 Not a big deal but worthy of appreciation, these late 18th through mid 19th century US print blocks were fashioned in rock maple offering a bold 3 5/16 high <B>US</U> in classic period font.  Will go nicely in a display or on the wall. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

A Sharpshooter on Picket Duty, 1862 $350.00


CDV, General Earl Van Dorn $395.00


original Civil War veteran – G. A. R. WA $135.00


late 1700s to mid 1800 U S Print Blocks $35.00

Antique color lithograph of the battle of Antietam, Maryland, the single bloodiest day in American history. Caption: Battle Of Antietam, September 17, 1862. 7 1/4 x 10 1/2. Executed by Alex O. Levy. Circa 1912.  

Antique color lithograph of the famous first battle between ironclad warships, The Monitor (Union) and The Merrimac (Confederate). 10 1/2 x 7 1/4. Caption: Battle Between The Monitor And Merrimac. Hampton Roads, March 9, 1862. Very minor age toning in the border area. Circa 1912.    

<b>Sent to Major in the 11th New York Cavalry</b>

Stamped Civil War envelope addressed to Maj. G.W. Richardson, Box 420, New Orleans, La., with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with C.D.S., Aurora, N.Y., Feb. 28.

George W. Richardson, age 36 years; enrolled on December 16, 1861, at New York City, to serve 3 years; mustered in as Captain, Co. K, 11th New York Cavalry, March 19, 1862;  as Major, November 1, 1862; mustered out, July 21, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee; not commissioned Captain; commissioned Major, March 1, 1864, with rank from November 1, 1862, original. [Source: New York in the War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865, Compiled by Frederick Phisterer].   

<b>Commander of the Atlantic Destroyer Flotilla in 1913

First Captain of the Battleship U.S.S. Nevada, the most powerful ship in the U.S. Navy in 1916

President of the U.S. Naval War College

Senior U.S. Naval Representative in London during World War I

Vice Admiral in command of all U.S. Naval forces operating in Europe in 1917-1918

Pulitzer Prize Winner for his book, "Victory at Sea"</b>

(1858-1936) Born to American parents in Port Hope, Canada, he graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1880.  In March 1897, he was promoted to rank of lieutenant and assigned as military attaché to Paris and Saint Petersburg.  It was during this assignment that the Spanish American War was fought and he was able to use his diplomatic contacts to gather intelligence on Spain and their high ranking commanders.  As a young U.S. naval officer he tried to reform naval gunnery by improving its target practice, but ran into resistance by his superior officers.  Not taking no for an answer, Sims who was unfazed wrote directly to President Theodore Roosevelt, the former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy, who was intrigued by the young officer’s ideas and assigned him to the position of Inspector of Naval Gunnery.  He was promoted to rank of lieutenant commander on November 5, 1902, and commander on July 1, 1907.  He then attended the Naval War College in 1911-1912, being promoted to the rank of captain on March 4, 1911.  He was appointed Commander of the Atlantic Destroyer Flotilla in July 1913, and on March 11, 1916, he became the first captain of the battleship U.S.S. Nevada, the largest, most modern, and most powerful ship in the entire U.S. Navy.  His selection as the ship’s captain showed the great esteem in which he was held by the brass of the U.S. Navy.  Shortly before the commencement of World War I, then Rear Admiral Sims was assigned as the president of the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island, and then was sent to London by President Woodrow Wilson where he served as the senior naval representative of the United States.  In April 1917, Sims was promoted to command over the U.S. naval forces operating in Britain and a promotion to the rank of Vice Admiral.  The biggest threat he faced was a very strong and effective German submarine campaign against freighters bringing in vital supplies, food and ammunition to the Allies.  The combined Anglo-American naval war against the German u-boats in the western approach to the British Isles in 1917-1918 was a success due to the ability of Sims to work smoothly with his British counterpart, Admiral Sir Lewis Bayly.  He ended the war as vice admiral in command of all U.S. naval forces operating in Europe.  After the war he served a second tour of duty as president of the Naval War College, 1919-1922.  While holding this position Sims wrote and published his book, "The Victory at Sea," which describes his experiences in World War I.  In 1921, "Victory at Sea" won the Pulitzer Prize for History.  Admiral Sims retired from the navy on October 1922 having reached the retirement age of 64.  He was promoted to full admiral on the retired list in 1930.  Admiral Sims died in Boston in 1936 at the age of 77.  He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

9 x 12, color lithographic portrait of Sims in naval uniform wearing naval cap with insignia and braiding. Imprint on the front at bottom right, Western Newspaper Union Photo Service, Pub. Taber Prang Art Co. Stamped on the reverse, No. 2118, Admiral Sims, Published by Taber Prang Art Co., Springfield, Massachusetts. Bottom right corner is worn and there are light surface tears at upper corners and edges.  None of these flaws touch upon the subject which would look nice matted and framed. Desirable portrait of this United States naval hero.

WBTS Trivia: 

<u>Military Awards Earned by Admiral Sims</u>:

Distinguished Service Medal

Spanish Campaign Medal

Philippine Campaign Medal

Mexican Service Medal

Victory Service Medal

Honorary Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael & St. George

Grand Officer of the Legion of Honor

Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy

<u>Civilian Medals</u>:

Pulitzer Prize For History

Theodore Roosevelt Association's Distinguished Service Medal

American Legion's Distinguished Service Medal

The Battle of Antietam


The Battle Between The Monitor And Merri


Cover Addressed to Yankee Major in New O $15.00


Photograph, Admiral William H. Sims, U. S $45.00

<b>Colonel of the 35th Ohio Infantry

War Date Envelope Signed With Rank as Colonel and Brigade Commander</b>

(1823-92) Born in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, he was educated at Farmer's College, studied law, and had begun a law practice when he enlisted to fight in the Mexican War. On May 31, 1846, he was mustered in as first sergeant in the 1st Ohio Infantry and served with this regiment until being mustered out on June 12, 1847, having been promoted to first lieutenant on Sept. 2, 1846, and to captain on Oct. 5th of the same year. During the war he was cited for gallantry when he commanded an assaulting column at the Battle of Monterrey. When the war ended he returned to Ohio and continued to practice law, and also served as Sheriff of Butler County. At the commencement of the Civil War, he was commissioned colonel of the 35th Ohio Infantry, which was organized at Hamilton, Ohio, to serve three years. Two days later the regiment moved to Covington, Ky., and on the same night took a train on the Kentucky Central Railroad. Colonel Van Derveer then placed sentries at all the bridges along the road and made his head  quarters at Cynthiana. With his regiment he participated in some of the skirmishes during the siege of Corinth and was among the first to enter the works at that place. In the movement against General Braxton Bragg, the fight at Perryville and the pursuit to Crab Orchard, he bore an honorable part, and for a time he commanded a brigade in the Army of the Ohio. All through the ensuing campaign, which began at Murfreesboro and ended at Chattanooga, with his regiment he was in the front of the marching and fighting. On the first day of the fight at Chickamauga, the 35th Ohio and the other regiments composing the brigade were stationed on the extreme left of the Federal line, where they engaged and, after several hours of a fair, stand-up fight, repulsed and beat back  several attacks of the elite troops of the Confederate army. On the next day Colonel Van Derveer again brought his regiment early into action, and it fought all day, firing the last shots that were fired by friend or foe on the battlefield of Chickamauga. The regiment with its gallant colonel in the lead was on the front line at Missionary Ridge, and was among the first to reach the enemy's works on the crest, from which it drove the Confederate force and captured three pieces of artillery. Van Derveer was engaged at the first battle at Buzzard's Roost, after which his regiment was stationed at Ringgold until the beginning of the Atlanta campaign. He saw action at Dalton, Resaca, Pine Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek, and several other fights in the bloody Atlanta campaign, and he was mustered out of the service with his regiment on Aug. 26, 1864. He was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers on Oct. 4, 1864, and served in that capacity until June 15, 1865, when he resigned. General Van Derveer then returned to his home in Butler County, and served as a judge until his death, on Nov. 5, 1892. He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Ohio.

<u>War Date Cover Endorsed</u>: Addressed to Mrs. Marsh Wms. D. Camp, Sommerville, Butler County, Ohio. Docket at corner edge: Soldier's Letter, and endorsed, "F. Van Derveer, Col. Comdg 3 Brig." Partial C.D.S., Nashville, Ten., Jul 30, 1863. Stamped Due 3. Light stain. Desirable Union commander who gallantly fought with the western army throughout the Civil War.

WBTS Trivia: The hard fought 35th Ohio Infantry originally consisted of 921 men, 750 of whom came from Butler County, including Colonel Ferdinand Van Derveer. During the war the regiment lost nearly half of its men who were either killed or wounded.  

<b>Signed and presented photograph</b>

(1831-1916) Organized a militia company called the "Council Bluffs Guards" in 1856. On July 6, 1861, he was mustered in as colonel of the 4th Iowa Infantry. He served in Missouri under General John C. Fremont; commanded a brigade in the Army of the Southwest; and took part in the battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas, where he had 3 horses shot from under him and he was severely wounded. Promoted brigadier general in 1862, and major general in 1864, Dodge was given steadily increasing responsibilities, first as commander of the District of the Mississippi and later as leader of the XVI Corps during the Atlanta campaign, where he was again wounded. In December 1864, U.S. Grant put him in command of the Department of Missouri and in February 1865, of the Department of Kansas. In these areas he operated against bands of guerrillas and hostile Indians with success.

Excellent chest up view photogravure of a determined looking General Grenville M. Dodge in civilian attire. Imprint Henry M. Taylor, Jr., Chicago. Overall size is 8 x 10 1/2, image area is 5 x 7 1/2. Small tear at the upper right corner, repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. The tear is well away from the subject and can be easily matted out if framed. Large signature, "Grenville M. Dodge" below his portrait. There is also a beautiful presentation added  above the signature, "To my friend Miss Ada Tanner with compliments of." Dodge apparently added the inscription at another time as it is in a much bolder hand. Desirable Union general with an excellent Civil War fighting record while serving with the western Union armies.    

<b>Medal of Honor Recipient

War Period Signature With Rank</b>

(1824-1905) Graduated in the West Point class of 1849. He fought against the Seminoles in Florida, instructed for six years at West Point, and served on the Texas frontier. He was under the command of General Daniel Tyler at 1st Bull Run, and later took part in the 1862 Peninsular campaign at Yorktown and Williamsburg. Appointed a brigadier general on April 28, 1862, his subsequent career was in the western theater, as a division commander under Generals' Rosecrans, G.H. Thomas and W.T. Sherman. He played a prominent role in all the operations of the forces which swept Braxton Bragg out of Tennessee, held the famous Horseshoe Ridge at Chickamauga, maneuvered Joseph E. Johnston from Dalton to Atlanta, and moved through Georgia to Savannah on Sherman's march to the sea, and then up the coast until the final surrender in North Carolina. Baird was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry at Jonesboro, Ga.

<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 2 1/2 x 7/8, in ink, A. Baird, Brig. Gen. Comdg., Maj. Genl. Vols., 1st Div., 14th A.C.  We will let our photo illustrations do the talking for this offering.  A common American worker of the mid 1800s, this early 6th plate ambrotype remains in pleasing condition and comes in its original case which is solid with no splits at the hinge.  A classic occupational. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autograph, General Ferdinand Van Derveer $50.00


Autograph, General Grenville M. Dodge $150.00


Autograph, General Absalom Baird $95.00


Occupational AMBROTYPE $275.00

A classic 18th century / early 19th century personal item referred to by collectors as salt or snuff horns in line with their most frequent use. As a small screw top container measuring approximately 3 inches long, these little traveling containers of natural cow horn with turned bone cap would have served well to carry the usual personal bit of salt or other food seasoning, snuff, herbs or other medical preparations.  Practical use would have been limited only by imagination. This scarce original example remains in excellent condition with no cracks or splits as usually found in existing period examples.  <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>

 A rare companion piece to a nice 18th early 19th century apothecary flask or bottle, we have three original cast lead caps and are selling them <U>individually priced</U> for the collector who would like an example for display or to complete a nice period medical bottle or flask.  Seldom seen today except in the oldest collections, the shaft of the cap fit loosely into the neck of the bottle with the weight and flat surface of the rounded cap providing a seal against the lip of the bottle.  Easily removed for dispensing and quickly dropped back in place to make the seal, these cast lead caps were a handy utility in the 1700s early 1800s apothecary.   Seldom surviving, I suppose to some extent, because of the multiplicity of lead use and the common re-purposing of the material by virtue of a simple charcoal fire and casting ladle original period examples are rarely seen today.  <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 !!  

<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina

1861 South Carolina Commissioner who conferred with the Federal Government to try and prevent hostilities</b>

(1796-1867) Born in Charleston, S.C., he graduated from Yale College in 1815, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Charleston. Served as a member of the Charleston city council. Was a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1826-29, and 1832-33. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-51, was chairman of the Committee on Commerce and also served on the Committee on Naval Affairs. In 1861, he was appointed a commissioner of the State of South Carolina to confer with the Federal Government in an attempt to prevent hostilities. He died in Charleston in 1867 and is interred in Circular Church Yard.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 x 1, in ink, I.E. Holmes, Charleston, So. Ca.   

(1801-1870) He entered the navy as Midshipman in 1810 after having been virtually adopted by Commodore David Porter. The friendship between the two families began when Porter's father was buried on the same day as Farragut's mother in New Orleans. He fought in the Mexican War and was awaiting orders at his Norfolk, Va. home when the Civil War broke out. Told that a person with Union sentiments could not live in Virginia, he packed up his family and Virginian wife and moved north. He was given command of the New Orleans expedition in December 1861, and helped capture the city in the spring of 1862. Promoted Rear Admiral in July 1862 for his success in opening up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg, he spent the next year in operations against Port Hudson, La., and returned to NYC in August 1863 to a hero's welcome. He returned to the Gulf in January 1864 to prepare for the assault on Mobile Bay, taking the port on August 5th. It was during this attack that Farragut was to have coined the famous expression, "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." He again returned to NYC, this time in failing health. The city gave him a public reception and $50,000 to purchase a home there, and on Dec. 23, 1864, he was promoted to Vice Admiral, the rank just having been established. He was one of the first to enter Richmond after it's capture. On July 25, 1866, he was promoted to full Admiral, the first in the U. S. Navy to ever hold that rank!

Wet plate, albumen photograph, mounted to 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 card. Standing view wearing his naval uniform, cap, 2 piece belt plate, with sword attached to belt. Backmark: Sarony & Co., N.Y. Light age toning and edge wear with a tiny thumbtack hole in the extreme upper border edge. Always a very desirable Union naval hero.

original 18th early 19th century Condime $95.00


earlier through mid 1800s cast lead APOT $45.00


Autograph, Isaac E. Holmes $25.00


Photograph, Admiral David G. Farragut $75.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of an eagle with an American flag, and the names of all of the states of the United States printed around the edges of the oval design. Motto below: "One Flag, One Country, One Government." Light age toning.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  A bit apart from our usual period but worthy of a place on any military site, we are pleased to offer this outstanding relic of the WWII Army Air Corps. <U>Brigadier General, United States Army Air Forces</U>, <B>Frederick Walker Castle</B> (U. S. Military Academy class of 1930)  was posthumous recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in aerial combat while leading a bombing mission over Belgium, December 24, 1944.  Castle was co-pilot aboard the lead aircraft of the 487th Bomb Group’s 30th combat mission when aircraft was attacked by a German ME- 109 fighter. Castle's bomber fell away from the formation almost immediately as the B-17 struggled with control and moved some distance away from the protection of the bomber force, where it was again attacked. A third attack set both engines on the right wing on fire. As Castle ordered the bomber abandoned it spun into a dive. As control was recovered seven of the nine crewmen parachuted. The pilot was observed in the nose of the airplane hooking on his parachute, <U>with Castle still at the controls</U>, when the fuel tank in the burning right wing exploded, and the B-17 went into a spin from which it did not recover, crashing near Hods, Belgium. Of the nine crewmen, five survived the crash.  In addition to the CMOH Castle was the recipient of the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal and the Croix deGuerre, Legion of Honor Order of Kutuzov.

    We will rely on our photo illustrations to describe this historic tail coat except to reassure the viewer that the garment remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality.  An exceptional acquisition for the WWII vintage Army Air Corps 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>

 An outstanding pair of blacksmith forged telegraph climbing irons, all original with classic period construction even to the forged on spurs and original harness leather foot straps complete with original iron roller buckles.  A desirable companion item to set with any early Civil War Signal Corps, frontier West, telegraph or Railroad grouping. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This eye appealing old iron padlock is just as you might expect to unearth at a Civil War camp site (see: Howard Crouch’s (Excavated) <I>Civil War Artifacts - A Guide for the Historian</I>) except this one, while it shows good evidence of age and period use, remains in excellent smoothly functioning condition and retains its original key.  Difficult to find in any condition and virtually always missing the key when you do see one, this offering will make a nice addition to any Civil War period grouping and will go especially well with a period chest or lock box. 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 !

One Flag, One Country, One Government $5.00


West Point tail coat of WWII Army Air Co $1895.00




Original Civil War era ‘Pat. Applied For $85.00

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

(1802-83) Born at Clouds Creek, near Edgefield, S.C., he completed preparatory studies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and practiced in Pendleton, and Abbeville, S.C. Served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, 1834-35, and 1838-41. Elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress, he served from 1843-53. He was chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, and was Speaker pro tempore of the House of Representatives in 1848. Served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention of 1868.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 1/2, in ink, Armistead Burt.  

7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted letter sheet, filled out in ink.

Office Quartermaster of Cavalry,

Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, La., April 1st, 1865


I take pleasure in recommending to your favorable consideration the bearer Mr. John Dickie, who applies for a position in your office.

Mr. D will I feel confident fill to your entire satisfaction any position with which he may be entrusted. 

I have the honor to be Colonel,

Very Respectfully,

Your Obt. Servt.,

C.B. Chittenden

Capt., A.Q.M. Vols.

[To] Col. S.H. Pierce

Qr. Mr. Dept.


186 Julia St.

Very fine. Uncommon imprinted cavalry letter head.

Charles B. Chittenden, was 26 years old, when he enlisted on August 25, 1862, at Hudson, N.Y., as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. G, 128th New York Infantry. He was discharged for promotion on July 10, 1863, when he was commissioned captain in the U.S. Volunteers Quartermaster's Department. He was promoted to brevet major and lieutenant colonel, on March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the service on May 11, 1866, and died on September 18, 1867.     H 70in. X W 60in. X D 2in.  

<b>The legendary Confederate Partisan Ranger</b>

(1833-1916) A lawyer by occupation before the War Between the States, he became a private in the 1st Virginia Cavalry and fought at 1st Manassas in 1861. Commissioned a 1st lieutenant in February 1862, he began scouting for General J.E.B. Stuart shortly afterwards, guiding him on his famous ride around Union General George B. McClellan in June. In January 1863 he organized his "Partisan Rangers" and engaged in guerrilla warfare around the Loudon Valley of northern Virginia, an area that became known as "Mosby's Confederacy." In March 1863, he captured Union General Edward H. Stoughton from his bed. Uncovering the sleeping general he slapped him on his behind. A great deal of energy was spent by the Union army trying to track the elusive Mosby down, and many historians credit him for helping to prolong the life of the Confederacy. By war's end Mosby had attained the rank of colonel. Wearing a gray cape lined with scarlet, and a ostrich plume in his hat, he became one of the legendary figures of the Confederacy. After the war he returned to his law practice and became involved in Reconstruction politics.

<u>Signature</u>: 2 3/4 x 1 3/4, on thick card mount, in ink, Jno. S. Mosby. Extremely desirable Confederate autograph.

Autograph, Armistead Burt $10.00


Letter From Office Q. M. Cavalry, Departm $35.00


H 70in. X W 60in. X D 2in. $0.00


Autograph, Colonel John S. Mosby

<b>United States Congressman and Senator from Connecticut

Governor of Connecticut

Attorney General of the United States

United States Secretary of the Navy</b>

(1792-1869) Born in Newtown, Conn., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and commenced practice in Hartford, Conn. He was the prosecuting attorney of Hartford Co., 1822-35, and 1842-44; served as U.S. Congressman, 1835-39; elected Governor of Connecticut by the legislature in 1846; appointed U.S. Attorney General, in the Cabinet of President James K. Polk, 1848-49; served as U.S. Senator, 1852-57; appointed U.S. Secretary of the Navy, in the Cabinet of President James Buchanan, 1857-61.

<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink. </u>: Very respectfully, y[ou]r. ob[edien]t. s[ervan]t., I. Toucey.      

<b>Commanded the 32nd Missouri Infantry during the Civil War and was wounded at Vicksburg

Governor of Louisiana

Louisiana State Congressman</b>

(1842-1931) He studied law, was admitted to the Missouri bar in 1860, and established his legal career while serving as a district attorney in Missouri. During the Civil War he was lieutenant colonel of the 32nd Missouri Infantry seeing action with them at the capture of Arkansas Post, and at Vicksburg where he was wounded. He was dishonorably discharged from the army for allegedly exaggerating the number of Union casualties, but after his personal appeal to President Abraham Lincoln he was reinstated to his former military status. After rejoining the army he commanded the regiment at the battle of Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, took part in the Atlanta campaign, and reinforced General N.P. Banks at the Red Cedar retreat. He was later commissioned as judge of the Department of the Gulf Provost Court. Henry C. Warmoth was the 23rd Governor of Louisiana, from 1868 to 1872.** Facing criticism from some Republican leaders for supporting weakened civil rights legislation and for endorsing a Democratic/Fusionist ticket in the 1872 election, Warmoth's term culminated in impeachment proceedings and suspension from office. Lieutenant Governor P.B.S. Pinchback assumed office during Warmoth's absence, becoming the first African-American governor in the United States. The impeachment charges against Warmoth were dropped after his term of office ended. He was the first elected Reconstruction Governor of Louisiana; later, he was elected as a Louisiana State Representative, serving one term from 1876 to 1878 while Reconstruction ended and the federal government withdrew its troops from the state. In 1888, Warmoth challenged former governor and ex-Confederate General Francis T. Nicholls in a gubernatorial contest and narrowly lost to the Democrat in an election noted for widespread voter fraud. In 1890, Warmoth was appointed U.S. Collector of Customs in New Orleans and served in that capacity for several years. He published his memoirs, "War, Politics and Reconstruction," in 1930. It is well regarded and considered a classic of the genre. Warmoth died in New Orleans in 1931, at the age of 89.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 3/4 x 1, in ink, H.C. Warmoth.

** WBTS Trivia: Henry C. Warmoth was sworn into office as Governor of Louisiana on July 13, 1868. Elected at the age of 26, he was one of the youngest governors in United States history. Stevens T. Mason, the first governor of Michigan, was the youngest state governor, elected at age 24. 


<b>Commanding 9th Vermont Infantry

1864 Endorsement Signed with rank</b>

Valentine G. Barney, was a resident of Swanton, Vermont, when he enlisted as a sergeant, on May 2, 1861, and was mustered into the 1st Vermont Infantry, a three months regiment. He was mustered out of this regiment at Brattleboro, Vt., on August 15, 1861. On June 14, 1862, he was commissioned captain, and mustered into Co. A, 9th Vermont Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, on May 24, 1863, and was mustered out of the Union Army on June 13, 1865. While serving with the 9th Vermont, Barney's regiment saw action at Winchester, Va.; Harpers Ferry, W.V.; Bogue Sound, N.C., where on Feb. 2, 1864, they had 3 men killed, 14 wounded, and 49 captured; Chaffin's Farm, Va., where on Sept. 9, 1864, the regiment had 7 men killed, and 45 wounded; and at Fair Oaks, Va., where they had 1 man killed, 5 wounded, and 6 captured, on Oct. 27-28, 1864.

<u>Endorsement Signed</u>: 6 1/4 x 3 1/2, in ink, I hereby certify that the position of Capt. in Co. G is vacant caused by resignation of Capt. E.A. Kilbourne to date Sept. 22d, 1864. "V.G. Barney, Lt. Col." signed above his printed title of Commanding.           

8 x 10 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. The United States To W.W. Sherman, Pay Master, U.S.A. 1863. For Transportation as per appended statement. $119.50. 

I certify that the above account is correct and just, that the services were rendered as stated; and that they were necessary for the public service; and that the services have been reported by me, according to the Army Regulations. W.W. Sherman, Paymaster.

Received at New Orleans, La. the 22 of June 1863 of Capt. J.W. McClure, Ast. Qr. Mr. United States Army, the sum of One hundred nineteen dollars and Fifty cents, in full of the above account. W.W. Sherman, Paymaster.

Light age toning and wear with a small riveted hole at the upper center which does not affect any of the content.

William W. Sherman, a native of New Jersey, twice penned his large and bold signature to this document. Sherman enlisted on June 1, 1861, as a major, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Paymaster Department. He was dismissed on January 4. 1864.

Autograph, Isaac Toucey $25.00


Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Henry C. W $45.00


Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Valentine $10.00


1863 Transportation Payment to U. S. Paym $25.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of Columbia holding an American flag and a cornucopia, with spread winged eagle at lower left. Verse above, "We must keep that Flag where it e'er has stood, In front of the Free, the Wise, and the Good!! And fight and fall, at our Country's call, To defend the Flag of the People!" Light age toning.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a Revolutionary War officer resembling George Washington holding his sword aloft in one hand and an American flag in the other. Motto above, "Death To Traitors. Light age toning. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

 <b>to U.S. Officer Stationed in New York City Harbor</b>

Civil War date envelope with C.D.S. New Orleans, Sep. 4, 1862, with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Lieut. M.H. Stacey, Fort Hamilton, New York. The envelope is torn along the upper edges where it was opened. Red wax seal on the back flap. 

May Humphreys Stacey, a Pennsylvania native, enlisted on May 14, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 12th U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to captain on August 18, 1864, for gallantry in action on the Weldon Railroad, Va.; brevet major, and brevet lieutenant colonel, April 9, 1865, for gallantry in the campaign that resulted in the surrender of the insurgent army under General Robert E. Lee. 

WBTS Trivia: During the Civil War, Fort Hamilton's garrison protected the New York City harbor against the possibility of Confederate raiders. It also provided troops to help put down the 1863 New York City Draft Riots, and served as a prisoner-of-war camp.    

This is a 5 x 4 1/2 piece of an album page with two Civil War date autographs of Union nurses neatly written in ink that came out of a soldier autograph album that was long ago broken up. #1: Clara Norris, Fortress Monroe, Va., January 1, 1865. #2: Nellie Norris, Washington, D.C., August 15, 1864. Very fine.

We Must Keep That Flag $5.00


Death to Traitors $5.00


1862 Cover Sent From New Orleans, La. $10.00


Autographs, Union Civil War Nurses, 1864 $25.00

(1820-1891) Graduated #6 in the West Point class of 1840. Rising to be one of the Union's most renowned military leaders, Sherman saw action at 1st Bull Run, Shiloh, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, the infamous March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. He received the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. Sherman continued in the Regular Army after the war and became a Lieutenant General on July 25, 1866, and Full General, on March 4, 1869.

<u>Signature With Rank, Place & Date</u>: 4 3/4 x 2 7/8, in ink, W.T. Sherman, General, Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 1887. Very nice and an extremely desirable autograph.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color illustration of a female figure wearing an American flag dress and holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. Slogan below: "No North, no South, No East, No West But Equal and Exact Justice to all."  Light age toning and a small tear at bottom right edge that has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

 Standing 6 3/4 inches and 4 13/16 inches in diameter with a 2 1/2 inch wide opening at the mouth, this attractive 19th century oyster jar remains in pleasing condition with no cracks, chips or other detracting issues and is nicely maker marked GEORGE SKEY – WILNECOTE – TAMWORTH.  George Skey established his stoneware works in Tamworth in 1860 and quickly became a world leader in the manufacture of all manner of stoneware containers.  His stoneware beer bottles will offer Civil War collectors the most prevalent example of his product with oyster jars such as this one showing up in far less quantity.   A coveted culinary treat of the Civil War camp, period photographic examples of these stoneware oyster jars seem reserved to the officer’s mess table.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our photo illustrations will do best as a description of these nice old 18th century scales.  Untouched and completely original even to the original green cotton suspensions, the iron beam is nicely shaped in the classic style of the 18th century.  The brass pans offer an attractive deep age patina.  The original sharkskin covered pocket case remains sound at the hinges and while one of the closure clasps is missing, remains in nice condition commensurate with age and period use.  The inside cover retains its period silk lining under an attractive printed guide to weight of various gold coins.  All original and pleasing to the eye, this little scale will lay in nicely with Colonial / American Revolutionary War relics.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Autograph, General William T. Sherman $350.00


No North, No South, No East, No West $5.00


19th century -- Skey’s - Wilnecote Works $65.00


18th century CASED BALANCE SCALES $195.00

With hand stitched leather and white cotton cord with decorative hand rendered macramé embellishments in a familiar patriotic style of the earlier 1800s, this attractive antique girth strap remains in exceptional, seemingly unused condition while offering good evidence of age and originality. [A bit of blue milk paint in one place (see photo) can be easily removed if the new owner wishes.]  This outstanding piece of Americana measures approximately 37 inches in length by 7 1/2 inches wide and will display well on a wall, with antique western or equestrian  equipment or as companion to a nice period antique saddle, military or civilian..  <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!  Set aside in our own accumulation for years, this offering is a product of our many years of searching out such treasures from estate sales, antique shows and the now all but extinct antique orientated weekly markets, this desirable Old & New Testament Bible was published in four leather bound volumes by the New York Bible Society 1859.  The fly leaf of each bears the period brown ink inscription <B><I> Return to Chaplain’s tent Camp Letterman</B></I>.  No real Maine connection beyond being found here in Maine, we none the less set this aside years ago as part of our state of Maine related Civil War relics, (You can see a small portion of that accumulation at <FONT COLOR=#0000FF> </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>)  All complete and in pleasing condition with solid bindings and  yet with good evidence of originality and careful period use, we need not <I>go on</I> here about the roll of  Letterman Army Hospital as more than 14,000 Union and 6,800 Confederate wounded of the Battle of Gettysburg were treated there.  A favorite for years, it is time to pass this desirable set on where it will be preserved, appreciated and hopefully set among other Battle of Gettysburg or Civil War medical material.    <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


<b>Colonel of the 7th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War

U.S. Senator from Louisiana

Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress

Governor of Louisiana</b>

(1830-1918) Presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860. Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Territory of Nebraska in 1861. Served as Colonel of the 7th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War until ill health forced his resignation. Appointed by President Lincoln as collector of the port of New Orleans in 1865. This launched Kellogg's notable 20 year political career in Louisiana. Served as United States Senator, from Louisiana, 1867-72. Served as Governor of Louisiana, 1873-74. Re-elected as U.S. Senator, serving, 1877-83.

<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2, in ink, Wm. P. Kellogg, Louisiana.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of George Washington within an oval design with points around the oval with the names of all of the States of the United States at the commencement of the War Between The States. Light age toning.  

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.

fine antique - Saddle Girth Strap $175.00


Gettysburg – Camp Letterman Chaplain’s T $795.00


Autograph, William P. Kellogg $35.00


George Washington $5.00

<b>Civil War period signature as Major General</b>

(1831-88) A prominent Civil War commander, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers September 13, 1862, and major general, March 16, 1863. Fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox campaigns, to name but a few. Sheridan also saw action against the Plains Indians in the 1870's. 

<u>Signature With Rank:</u> 3 3/8 x 1 1/8, in ink, Phil. H. Sheridan, Maj. Genl. There is a light vertical tear in the paper. It runs downward in between the "a" and "n" in Sheridan, and loops down around the outer side of the "l" in Genl. It has been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. Still a very fine example of a Civil War period Sheridan autograph with rank. 

***Please note that all Sheridan autographs that are signed with the rank of "Lieutenant General" are post Civil War. Major General Philip H. Sheridan was not promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General until March 4, 1869.    

<b>Mortally wounded at Chancellorsville, Va. in May 1863</b>

(1824-1863) He graduated in the West Point class of 1846, a class that was to furnish 24 general officers to the Union and Confederate armies during 1861-65. He won the brevets of captain and major during the Mexican War. Resigning his U.S. Army commission, he became an instructor at the Virginia Military Institute in 1852. He earned the sobriquet "STONEWALL" for his gallant stand at the battle of 1st Manassas in 1861. He waged a magnificent campaign in 1862, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Jackson was mortally wounded on the evening of May 2, 1863, at Chancellorsville, Va., accidentally shot by his own men as his made a night reconnaissance. His left arm was amputated and he died on May 10th. His loss to the Confederacy was catastrophic. General Robert E. Lee lost not only a friend, but his best general.

Antique portrait engraving of "Stonewall" Jackson in Confederate general's uniform with printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. 6 x 9.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Columbia holding a sword and an American flag. Motto above, "Never let that Flag be Dishonored." Light age toning. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a zouave officer holding a sword and an American flag while standing on a Confederate stars and bars flag. Slogan below, "Remember Ellsworth." Published by King & Baird, Philadelphia.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.

Autograph, General Philip H. Sheridan $200.00


General Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson


Never Let That Flag Be Dishonored $5.00


Remember Ellsworth $10.00

Offered in fine, <I>as new</I> condition after decades of storage, we have a very limited number of <B>Dr. CHILTON’s FEVER and AGUE CURE Manufactured by COMSTOCK & BROTHER, New York</B> labeled pill boxes of turned birch wood, each containing a complement of pills.   Founded in New York in 1853 the Comstock & Brother apothecary firm was a colorful outfit to say the least, spending as much time in court fighting off charges that they had invented doctors such as <I>Dr. Chilton</I> out of thin air simply to promote their <I>cures</I>. In one instance court records show they not only created an cure creator but invented a history to include family members and life among the Indians where the secrets of the <I>cure</I> were learned.  By 1863 the brothers Comstock had parted ways and their apothecary business ceased to exist. More than anyone needs to know we suppose but an interesting bit of Americana.  Priced here individually for the collector who would enjoy one, this offering will go well in any period apothecary, early <I>quack</I> medicine or Civil War era personal grouping.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  This US oval cartridge box plate is in as found condition with a deep, rich age patina with a period milk paint identification <B>WILDERNESS</B> crudely printed across the face edge.   A look at the reverse reveals the remains original lead filling the majority melted away. A prophetic testament to the horrors of the fires that erupted in the dry and tangled foliage of the Wilderness battlefield leaving wounded on the field, exposed to potentially inescapable flames.  An early recovery relic <I>‘eyeballed’</I> long before the advent and advantages of modern relic hunting equipment, we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Our photographs will likely do best to describe this colorful multi-dimensional Victorian picture puzzle.  Offered here as attic found, stored in a wonderfully labeled <B>CRANDALL’S - Great Show Acrobats – Pat. 1867</B> dovetailed, game box.  The slide top pine box remains in excellent condition measuring approximately 9 7/8 x 6 1/8 x 2 inches.  The puzzle consists of 20 wood blocks each 1 ¼ inch square. Each covered on four sides by colorfully illustrated lithograph paper, each side a portion of one of six detailed scenes. (see photos).  Two period printed sheets remain in the box as a guide to scenes.  (We will include laser printed views to each of the additional scenes.)  The blocks remain in eye appealing condition with bright colors but with wear at the edges as evidence of period use of the toy.  An attractive mid 1800s play item, the owner will have a tough time deciding which of the colorful illustrations to display.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!        An opportunity for the Civil War collector historian, especially one with a bent towards Civil War Cavalry, to acquire an original issue weapon that, by virtue of not just a single serial number but by period happenstance a second serial number, <U>both of which</U> fall in the serial range of known <B>4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry</B> Burnside carbines offers a solid link to that regiment.  As is our usual habit and to preserve the historic integrity of the piece, we have left it untouched so as to preserve its natural age with a patina that comes with period field use followed by decades of attic storage.  This all original Burnside remains in pleasing to the eye, functional condition, yet offers the charm of period issue with the added appeal of ties to a specific regiment.  A good look at our carefully rendered photos will provide the best physical description.   

<CENTER><FONT COLOR=#008000><B>A Word About Serial numbers. </B></FONT></CENTER>

<CENTER>This Carbine offers the serial # <B>16168</B> on the breach block & serial #<B>34616</B> on the receiver  frame and barrel. </CENTER>

<CENTER> Of the serial numbers recorded # <B>16114 & 16174</B> and #<B>34576 & 34677</B> were issued to the 4th Wisc. Cavalry </CENTER>

<CENTER> As both primary arm numbers <B>34576 & 34677</B>went to Co. K it is most likely that this arm was issued to that Co. K as well    </CENTER>

      While mismatched serial numbers are not pleasing to firearms collectors, the circumstance of the mismatching can offer important information to the Civil War collector / historian with respect to the weapons issue history.  That is to say, when the mixed serial numbers each fall in the range issued to the <U>same</U> regiment, it is most likely that the misnumbered component was inadvertently mixed when the weapon was <I>broken down</I> for cleaning.  (A task frequently accomplished by a group cleaning their arms together or in some situations certainly by one or two troops who drew the <I>short straw</I>.)  In our experience, such mixing of components occurred most frequently with the cavalry issue Colt percussion revolver and Burnside cavalry carbine, the mixing of components occurring with revolver cylinders and in the case of the carbines the inadvertent switching of breach blocks, one arm to another.  The likelihood of switching of these specific components quite high when one considers that cleaning of the revolver required removal of the cylinder from the frame just as cleaning of the Burnside carbine required removal of the breach block.  When several arms were cleaned together it is not difficult to understand a likelihood of mixing of these the numbered components.  When the mismatched breach and frame both fall in a known issue serial range of the same regiment, the origin of the <I>mismatched</I> arm is well established. 

<CENTER>In this instance both serial numbers are in the range to the <B>4th Wisconsin Volunteer Cavalry</B> with the primary serial number of the carbine (that is the frame and barrel number) falling in the range of Co. K of that regiment. </CENTER>

<CENTER>As preservation of the history of this arm a copy of our research notes (to include a roster of Co. K) will be provided under our letterhead</CENTER>

<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>


Original! c. 1853 / 1862 Dr. CHILTON’S $45.00




attic find Antique Wood Block PICTURE PU $125.00


Civil War Burnside CARBINE – 4th Wiscons $1450.00

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