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<b>Autograph Document Signed</b>


(1809-73) A planter and lawyer in Clarke County, Va., Underwood was a Free-Soiler in politics and was virtually driven from Virginia for his attacks on slavery during the presidential campaign of 1856. A Republican office holder during the Civil War, he became a U.S. district court judge in Virginia, in 1864. In this capacity he asserted the right of the United States to confiscate property of persons in rebellion and treated Confederate President Jefferson Davis with great harshness during and after Davis' indictment for treason in 1866. He presided over the Virginia constitutional convention which met at Richmond in December 1867.


<u>Autograph Document Signed</u>: 8 x 2 3/4, manuscript in ink. Received of Mrs. E.E. Jackson one hundred eighteen Dollars & seventy five cents it being a portion of four hundred & seventy five Dollars recently received by her from the estate of Col. George Jackson for the benefit of her children. John C. Underwood for Maria G. Underwood. 


Light age toning and wear.


E.E. Jackson and Col. George Jackson were kinfolk of Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This document came out of a Jackson family collection I had many years ago. 


Comes with an original newspaper clipping titled, "The Funeral of Judge Underwood," that is dated Washington, Dec. 14, 1873.  


 


3 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 3/4, imprint.


House.....No. 8


Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Office of Pension Agent, 29 Pemberton Square

Boston, January 1, 1894


To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled:


I have the honor to submit my sixth annual report for the year ending December 31, 1893.


The business of this office, since the change of administration, is much more perplexing than it has been in previous years. One reason is from the fact that many claims which had been prosecuted, claimants examined, and the testimony necessary to establish the claim under the Act of June 27, 1890, had been forwarded to the Department and placed upon the completed files ready for the certificates to be issued, the rulings of the new Commissioner, in which a different construction was placed upon the Act of June 27, 1890, made it necessary for these claimants to again furnish the testimony with some additions to comply with the new ruling of the Commissioner.


Much more content including a detailed statement of the business of the office during the year. Signed in print by J.B. PARSONS, State Pension Agent. Click on the enlargements to see the complete content of the document.


Light wear. There is a small chip out of the paper at the upper corner of the last page which does not affect any of the content. Interesting Massachusetts pension document concerning Civil War soldiers and their families.  


HT-66. The obverse has a vignette of the phoenix rising from the flames with the date Nov'r 1837. "Substitute For Shin Plasters" is printed around the edges. The flames symbolize that the only use for paper money, "shin plasters," was for it to be burned.  The rising of the phoenix was meant to symbolizes the resumption of specie payments. The reverse side of the token has a wreath design with the date "May Tenth 1837." The slogan "Specie Payments Suspended" is printed around the edges. Very fine.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Battle of Shiloh. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major campaigns. Thus you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches and artifacts. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable.  Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Samuel T. Carrico of the 61st Illinois Infantry described his introduction to battle at Shiloh: "I did not realize a sense of danger until a man named Robinett, in Co. G, a few feet to my right, fell dead with a bullet through his brain, for I had for some time been looking for bees, not knowing, being a green soldier, that the buzzing and zips were made by bullets." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication; where they were transferred into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are extensively chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 

 

So you hold in your hands living testimony from the Shiloh battlefield.  As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was Shiloh.


Cover photograph: Private W.J. Coker of the Confederate 3d Tennessee was captured at Fort Donelson in February 1862. He spent several grueling months as a prisoner before being exchanged after the Shiloh campaign. In the photograph Coker holds a Model 1822 smoothbore musket converted from flintlock to percussion.

Autograph, John C. Underwood $75.00

 

Report of the State Pension Agent of Mas $10.00

 

1837 Hard Times Token, Substitute For Sh

 

Voices of the Civil War; Shiloh

Whether you prefer to consider them <I>child’s</I> or, in consideration of their adult style and apparently unworn condition, as <I>sales samples</I>,this exceptionally nice pair of Civil War vintage boots measure 6 3/8 inches heel to toe and stand 9 ½  inches high.  With classic Civil War period design and construction that will be familiar to collectors of period military ware, these boots will serve well as a demonstration of the larger examples worn into the Civil War.  Remaining in exceptional original condition, with no evidence of wear, these boots sport the <B>Pat. Nov. 29, 1853 </B> marked brass toe caps as found in so many Civil War site excavations. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)   While there are no maker markings, the classic style with the toe caps and set in patent leather panels with <I> Warranted</I> embossing, are most consistent with the work from the John Batchelder Holliston, Mass. <I>’ten by ten’*</I> cobbler shop.  (So called by 1850s and first half 1860s locals of Holliston, Mass. where nearly one half of the working population labored in a number of small 10 X 10 foot cobbler shops that dotted the countryside.)   Typically as many as a half dozen artisans plied their trade in each <I>ten X ten</I> making boots and shoes under the direction of the owner who marketed the footwear.  In excellent original condition with no <I>issues</I>, this classily styled pair of Civil War era boots are sure to please!  <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!  


<b>Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives


Governor of Iowa


Member of the 1861 Peace Convention


United States Senator from Iowa


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1816-72) Born in Deering, N.H., he graduated from Hampton Academy, attended Dartmouth College, studied law, moved west and commenced practice in the "Black Hawk Purchase," Wisconsin Territory. Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives, 1838-39, and 1843-44. Governor of Iowa, 1854-58. He was a member of the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C. which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Served as U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1859-69, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia, and also served on the Committee on Naval Affairs.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, J.W. Grimes, Iowa.  


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. June 27, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 7, 18 and 73. Uncommon.  


Plate CXLIII. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored topographical map of South Carolina and Georgia. 29 x 18 1/2.

outstanding! Civil War era ‘Quarter Size $425.00

 

Autograph, James W. Grimes $25.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00

 

Civil War Topographical Map of South Car




<b>Governor of Rhode Island


United States Senator from Rhode Island


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1815-84) Born in Coventry, R.I., he graduated from Brown University in 1833. Was editor of the Providence Journal in 1838, and afterwards became one of its owners. Served as Governor of Rhode Island, 1849-50. Served as U.S. Senator, from 1859-84, including the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. He was President pro tempore of the Senate (41st to 43rd Congresses) was chairman of the Republican Conference (37th to 49th Congresses) and served on the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/8, in ink, H.B. Anthony, R.I.  <b>Headquarters, Franklin's Corps Falling Back, June 29, 1862</b>


Authentic, original hand tinted in color woodcut engraving that was published in the August 16, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Sketched by Mr. A.R. Waud, one of the Civil War's most famous illustrators. 15 3/4 x 11. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.  


Bust of General George B. McClellan in uniform on the obverse with his name above and the year 1863 below, with Army & Navy within wreath on the reverse and crossed sabers at the bottom. Fine.  


<b>United States Senator from Florida</b>


(1806-81) Born in Gilbertville, Otsego County, New York, he graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. in 1822. He was engaged in mercantile pursuits in New York City from 1822-50. He moved to St. Augustine, Florida in 1865, and served as a U.S. Senator from 1869-75.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 1/4, in ink, Abijah Gilbert, Florida.

Autograph, Henry B. Anthony $25.00

 

Scene Near Trent's House, Formerly Gener

 

1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, General $75.00

 

Autograph, Abijah Gilbert




8 1/4 x 4 1/2, 1865 imprinted form, filled out in ink. Co. F, 10th Regiment Michigan Cavalry. Paymaster authorization to deduct $62.65 owed to the sutler from the named soldier's pay. Docketed on the reverse by the soldier attesting to the correct amount owed to the sutler and that he was treated fairly. Issued at the muster out of the regiment at Jackson, Michigan. Unlisted in Keller. Very fine.


The 4th Michigan Cavalry served extensively in the Tennessee theater of the war chasing the cavalry forces of General John Hunt Morgan and General Joe Wheeler. On the 4th of September 1864 the regiment participated in the surprise rout of General Morgan's forces at Greenville. In this engagement General Morgan was killed and a large number of his men were captured, among them several members of his staff.   


Civil War patriotic imprint with waving American flag with bust views of General Winfield Scott and General Robert Anderson. Slogans printed below: "My Last And Best Campaign." Scott. "Trusting In God We Must Succeed." Anderson. Minor age toning. 


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


Civil War patriotic imprint of the seal of the City of Hartford, Connecticut, with the Latin inscription in the riband below, "Post Nubila Phoebus," which means, "After the clouds, the sun." Flag below with liberty cap. Mounting stains on the reverse.


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


<b>The Companion Volume to the Celebrated PBS Television Series by Ken Burns</b>


By Geoffrey C. Ward, With Ric Burns and Ken Burns. Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1991. Large 9 1/2 x 11 1/4, hardcover edition with dust jacket. 425 pages, illustrated, index. New condition. If you enjoyed the monumental Ken Burns documentary, "The Civil War," you will love adding this companion book to your collection! 


With more than 500 illustrations; rare Civil War photographs, many never before published, as well as paintings, lithographs, and maps reproduced in full color.


It was the greatest war in American history. It was waged in 10,000 places- from Valverde, New Mexico, and Tullahoma, Tennessee, to St. Albans, Vermont, and Fernandina on the Florida coast. More than three million Americans fought in it and more than 600,000 men died in it. Not only the immensity of the cataclysm but the new weapons, the new standards of generalship, and the new strategies of destruction- together with the birth of photography- were to make the Civil War an event present ever since in the American consciousness. Thousands of books have been written about it. Yet there has never been a history of the Civil War quite like this one.


A wealth of documentary illustrations and a narrative alive with original and energetic scholarship combine to present both the grand sweep of events and the minutest of human details. Here are the crucial events of the war; the firing of the first shots at Fort Sumter; the battles of Shiloh, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg; the siege of Vicksburg; Sherman's dramatic march to the sea; the surrender at Appomattox. Here are superb portraits of the key figures: Abraham Lincoln, claiming for the Presidency almost autocratic power in order to preserve the Union; the austere Jefferson Davis, whose government disappeared almost before it could be formed; Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant, seasoned generals of fierce brilliance and reckless determination. Here is the America in which the war was fought: The Civil War is not simply the story of great battles and great generals, it is also an elaborate portrait of the American people- individuals and families, northerners and southerners, soldiers and civilians, slaves and slaveowners, rich and poor, urban and rural- caught up in the turbulence of the times.


An additional resonance is provided by four essays, the work of prominent Civil War historians. Don E. Fehrenbacher discusses the causes of the war; Barbara J. Fields writes about emancipation; James M. McPherson looks at the politics of the 1864 election; C. Vann Woodward speculates on how the war has affected the American identity. And Shelby Foote talks to filmmaker Ken Burns about wartime life on the battlefield and at home.


A magnificent book. In its visual power, its meticulous research, its textual brilliance, and the humanity of its narrative, The Civil War will stand among the most illuminating and memorable portrayals of the American past.


Jacket photograph: The 5th Vermont at Camp Griffin, Virginia, at the beginning of the war. Its men would see action at Yorktown, Savage's Station, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, in the Shenandoah, and at Petersburg- and 338 of them would not return when the fighting ended.

10th Michigan Cavalry Sutler Script

 

General Winfield Scott & General Robert $10.00

 

Seal of the City of Hartford, Connecticu $8.00

 

The Civil War; An Illustrated History $50.00




8 pages. AFFAIRS BEFORE RICHMOND. Further Details of the Events of Last Week. Interesting Particulars from Our Special Correspondent. The Operations of Stonewall Jackson on Our Right and Rear. Developments of Deserters from His Command. Rebel Plans of Attack on Our Right, Left and Centre. Their Plans Defeated by the Strategic Movements of Gen. McClellan. Scenes at White House. Up The York River. List of the Sick and Wounded at Fortress Monroe. Important From Washington. Call For Three Hundred Thousand Additional Troops. Correspondence Between the Governors of the States and the President. Our Dealings With the Rebels. Important From the Southwest. Gen. Curtis' Army Believed to be in a Critical Condition. Probable Bombardment of Vicksburg. The Submission Party. The Haters of Negroes and Yankees in Council. Great Mass Meeting at the Cooper Institute. Speeches of Messrs. Chauncey, Wickliffe, Duer and Brooks. Mayor Wood on the Stand. More news. Edge wear.  


<b>United States Congressman from Massachusetts


Governor of Massachusetts</b>


(1784-1864) Born in East Freetown, Mass., he graduated from Brown University in 1804. He studied law at Tapping Reeve's law school in Litchfield, Connecticut where he was a schoolmate of John C. Calhoun, who served as a mentor and friend for many years. He was admitted to the Norfolk County bar in 1807, and opened a practice in Taunton, Mass. Was clerk of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1811. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1817-21. He was Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 1824-25; and Acting Governor of Massachusetts, 1825; Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 1825-40; Governor of Massachusetts, 1840-41, and 1843-44. In 1845, President James K. Polk appointed Morton collector of the port of Boston, and served from 1845-49. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853 and was a member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1858.


Antique portrait engraving with his name and state printed below his likeness, "Marcus Morton of Massachusetts." Engraved by J & H.G. Langley, New York. 4 1/8 x 7. Tipped to 6 x 9 1/4 album page with black ink border around the engraving. Circa mid 1800's.  


Plate XLVII. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, includes eight individual maps on the same side of one large sheet that measures 29 x 18 1/2. Laminated for protection. Chipping at upper edge which does not affect any of the content.


1. Map of the Fall Campaign of the Army of Missouri, Maj. Gen. Sterling Price Commanding 


2. Map of the Battle of Chickamauga Showing the Positions of the Confederate and Federal Armies on the 19th September 1863


3. Map of the Battle of Chickamauga Showing the Positions of the Confederate and Federal Armies on the 19th September 1863


4. Lost Mountain


5. "Thomas" by General Sherman


6. Mine Run, Va. and Vicinity


7. Map of the Battle of Chickamauga Showing the Positions of the Confederate and Federal Armies on the 18th September 1863


8. Map of the Engagement at Wauhatchie, Tenn. 

 


<b>United States Senator from Oregon


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


Attorney General of the United States</b>


(1823-1910) Studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice at Fort Madison, Iowa Territory. Was judge of the first judicial district of Iowa, 1847-52; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1852; chief justice of the Territory of Oregon, 1853-57; reappointed by President James Buchanan but declined; member of the State constitutional convention of Oregon in 1858; served as a Republican U.S. Senator from 1865-71, which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. He served as U.S. Attorney General, 1872-75, in the cabinet of President Ulysses S. Grant. He was nominated as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1873, but subsequently his name was withdrawn. Was the mayor of Portland, Oregon, 1902-05.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 1/2, in ink, Geo. H. Williams, Oregon.

The New York Times, July 2, 1862

 

Marcus Morton $10.00

 

Atlas Map, Battle of Chickamauga, etc.

 

Autograph, George H. Williams




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


"Well we have good news from Vicksburg and I hope that it true for if it is the South has pretty near gone up which would please me awfully.  There is still some small parties of the enemy scouting about, stealing horses, and doing little dirty tricks, but our scouts are picking them up.   There was one of our Captains’ out scouting last Friday and a woman struck him with a stone in the breast and hurt him pretty smart and she cursed him awfully."</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on regimental patriotic stationary, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Head Quarters, 116th Reg't Ohio Inf., Co. C, Camp Fort Acknoe, June 1st, 1863</b></u>


My Dear and loving wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am in very good health still and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  Well Dear, I have not recd. a letter from you since Andy Morris came back and it does seem a long time.  It almost makes me sick when the mail is brought in day after day and I do not get a letter, but I shall have to wait until tomorrow as we got no mail today.  Well dear, it is two months last night since I got to camp from home and it does seem like a mighty long time since I have seen you, but I hope it will not be a great while until I can come home to stay.  Well Dear, yesterday was Sunday and I went to town to friend’s meeting.  It was in a private house as their meeting house was destroyed.  It was small and very quiet.  I am so tired of the noise and turmoil of camp that it does me good to get away for a time where there is quietness especially on Sunday.  I go out into the woods by myself sometimes and read or look at your likeness until I can almost fancy myself with you.      I know it would tickle anyone to hear me talking to your likeness sometimes, but I would rather talk to you if you were in hearing.  Well dear, I am going to send you some of our memorials.  I want you to keep one or two and if you are willing you may give one of them to Susan & Phil Tipton and one to Amanda J. Lauren for their kindness to you and the children and the balance you may sell to those that want to buy.  They are worth one dollar and twenty five cents a piece and if you can get one dollar and a half I don’t care.  I sent one to R.F. Minor and one to George and one to Lydia.  If I could sell 10 or fifteen more or if you could I would get them printed, but I expect that there will be enough for all that want.  Well we have good news from Vicksburg and I hope that it [is] true for if it is the South has pretty near gone up which would please me awfully.  I don’t think there will be any [thing] done here very soon if at all.  There is still some small parties of the enemy scouting about, stealing horses, and doing little dirty tricks, but our scouts are picking them up.  There was several brought in this last week.  There was one of our Captains’ out scouting last Friday and a woman struck him with a stone in the breast and hurt him pretty smart and she cursed him awfully.  Well Dear, I think if nothing happens I will be at home for good in time to eat one of those pears that you spoke about and maybe sooner.  Well Dear, I must bring my letter to a close as I have nothing more to write, but I do want to hear from home so bad, so good by Dear.  Kiss the children for me and may the Lord bless you is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. L. Lupton           


Light age toning and wear. Scarce regimental letter sheet. 


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.     


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Battle of First Manassas. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the humor- of the Civil War's first major clash. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and, especially, images of the people. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable.  A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Corporal James E. Hall of the 31st Virginia Infantry, on the death of Brigadier General Robert S. Garnett, said, "It is said authentically that the Northern Commander Gen. McClellan shed tears of sympathy over the body of our brave but fallen hero. They having fought together, side by side on the plains of Buena Vista, were reared together, and were warm personal friends until the present war. Truly from the dawn of man's existence he is a creature of change. Mutation is surely a cardinal principle of his being." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication; where they were transferred into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are extensively chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. 

 

So here you find living testimony of the battle that many on both sides believed would end the war before it had scarcely begun, with a glorious victory for their cause. As you look into the eyes and read the words of soldiers and civilians experiencing their first taste of the extremes of war, perhaps it will be possible to understand what two armies of innocent citizen volunteers learned that day on the banks of Bull Run. 


Cover photograph: A soldier stands by the ruined hearth of Judith Henry's house in the spring of 1862. Scene of some of the fiercest fighting at First Manassas, the house was ravaged by rifle fire and shellfire before being stripped of wood for Confederate campfires during the winter of 1861-1862.  


<b>Civil War Governor of Illinois


United States Senator from Illinois


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1818-73) Graduated from Illinois College, Jacksonville, Illinois, in 1835, studied law at Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., was admitted to the bar in 1837, and commenced practice in Jacksonville, Ill. He served in the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1842-45, and 1848-49. Served in the U.S. Congress, 1851-55, as a Whig, before joining the new Republican party. He was elected governor of Illinois in 1860, serving in that position throughout the Civil War. He was very active in raising troops for the Union war effort and in suppressing the activities of Southern sympathizers in his state. He later served in the U.S. Senate, 1865-71, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress, and was the chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, Richd. Yates, Ills.  


<b>United States Civil War Senator from Michigan


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1805-71) Graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1830; studied law; moved to Detroit in 1832; admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Detroit. He was the city attorney of Detroit in 1834; was a member of the Michigan State House of Representatives in 1838; and served as a U.S. Congressman, 1841-43. He helped draw up the platform of the first Republican convention in 1854. Was attorney general of Michigan, 1855-61. Served as U.S. Senator 1862-71. He was the chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3, in ink, J.M. Howard, Mich.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Voices of the Civil War; First Manassas

 

Autograph, Richard Yates $45.00

 

Autograph, Jacob M. Howard $20.00




<b>United States Senator & Congressman from Pennsylvania


United States Secretary of the Treasury</b>


(1761-1849) Born in Geneva, in what is now present day Switzerland, he immigrated to America in the 1780's. He was naturalized in Morgantown, Va., and ultimately settled in Pennsylvania. He served as U.S. Senator 1793-94; U.S. Congressman, 1795-1801; U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, 1801-14; U.S. Minister to France, 1816-23; and U.S. Minister to the United Kingdom, 1826-27. Gallatin then settled in New York City, where he helped found New York University in 1831 to offer university education to the working and merchant classes as well as the wealthy. He became president of the National Bank in New York City from 1831 to 1839. His last great endeavor was founding the American Ethnological Society in 1842, and serving as its president until 1848. With his studies of the languages of Native Americans, he has been called "the father of American ethnology." At his death in 1849, Gallatin was the last surviving member of President Thomas Jefferson's Cabinet and the last surviving senator from the 18th century.


Antique, portrait engraving. Seated view of Gallatin holding his top hat and cane. Overall size is 5 7/8 x 9. Circa mid 1860's.    A scarce <U>first patent example</U> of the much more frequently encountered later Pat. 1861 / 1864 variation with pen holder, this earlier <B>Patent June 4, 1861</B> inkwell remains in excellent all original and as found condition after decades of attic storage.  The spun brass base measures approximately 5 inches in diameter with a glass ink reservoir set in with a patent dated hinged pewter top.  With pleasing evidence of period use and the charm of the period addition of a political cartoon of <B><I>CONFEDERATE  CAT  Jeff Davis</I></B> likely trimmed from a <I>Harper’s</I> or <I>Leslie’s</I> and pasted over the plaster base surface, this will be neat piece for the Civil War personal item or antique writing instrument collector. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Emanating from the neighboring coastal Maine location of the <I>Portsmouth Navy Yard</I> in Kittery, Maine, this <B>NAVY STORE - INSIDE KEY -  TO IRON ROOM</B> key would have secured the iron component storage area at the Navy Shipyard there.   The Federal Government established the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1800 and the <I>Kittery Yard</I> (to locals) launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS Washington, in 1814.  An additional ten war ships were commissioned to the outbreak of the Civil War when a surge in activity at the old yard produced sixteen ships for the Union Navy.  The shipyard remains active today constructing and overhauling some of the most sophisticated war ships of our modern Navy.  Of interest to is that the location of the historic old shipyard fostered a vigorous boundary dispute between Maine and neighboring New Hampshire that was not settled until the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case in 2001. Measuring just over 8 ½ inches in length, this heavy iron antique key with its deeply patinated copper identification tag is an exceptional piece of historic 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!


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 A classic piece of original Americana, this 1842 dated silk temperance ribbon measures approximately 6 5/8 inches long by 2 1/16 wide.  Pleasing to the eye. natural age patina and some tattering at the ends only add charm and good evidence of originality. <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!

Albert Gallatin $15.00

 

Civil War era Pat. 1861 – INKWELL $195.00

 

Original! early 19th century (Kittery, M $345.00

 

original c. 1842 COLD WATER ARMY – Temper $65.00

Offered here as a group are three Civil War soldier rendered 8X10 inch pencil drawings on period stationary.  The drawings depict military activity associated with the key Potomac River crossing known as the <B>Chain Bridge</B> and were sent home by <B>3rd Vermont Infantry</B><U>Musician Seymour O. Cook</U>who became <B> Principal Musician</B> of the <B>7th Vermont Infantry</B>. The three drawings depict the upper and lower batteries protecting the Chain Bridge and nearby <I>Camp Lyon</I> which was occupied by the 3rd Vermont Regiment.  Included with the drawings will be our letter of record depicting the drawings with period notation of provenance. (see photo illustrations)

      The so called <I>Chain Bridge</I> of Civil War notoriety had been built to replace the number of chain suspension bridges that had served in this location between 1808 and the last which collapsed in 1852. During the American Civil War, the wooden crossbeam and truss replacement structure continued to be known as the <I>Chain</I> Bridge and was a crucial access point of the Union Army into Fairfax County, Virginia while the same time offering considerable potential for invading Confederate troops with an eye on attack of the Union capitol city of Washington, D. C.   Accordingly, the bridge crossing the Potomac at Little Falls, Washington, D. C. became a well-known site not only among the many Union soldiers assigned to protect the land mark crossing. but to the folks at home who’s loved ones wrote home of their service here.  References to the Chain Bridge to include detailed engravings in such as <I>FRANK LESLIES ILLUSTRATED NEWSPAPER</I> gave the location a place in history that is still remembered today.  (Based on similar views of the area published in <I>Leslies</I> and the time that Musician Seymour Cook’s 3rd Vermont Volunteers were assigned to guard the Chain Bridge, it is most likely that the drawings were done early summer, 1861.) 

      Seymour O. Cook who sent the drawings home, was a resident of Springfield, Vermont (also the home of Leonard Redfield who, per period notation, received the drawings) when he enlisted on June 1,1861 and was mustered in as a musician, Field & Staff, 3rd Vermont Volunteer infantry.  Discharged on June 18, 1862, Cook re-enlisted on August 18,1863 as a Private in Co. B, <B>7th Vermont Infantry</B>.  He was promoted to <B>Principal Musician</B>, Field & Staff of the 7th on August 29,1864. 

      <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!

 Measuring approximately 6 1/4 inches from the back to the cutting edge, this eye appealing belt axe  would have offered a stout cutting tool or formidable personal weapon in hands of a willing frontiersman.   In pleasing condition while displaying good evidence of age and originality, this attractive 18th earlier 19th century hand forged axe head will go well in any American colonial, Revolutionary War grouping.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


<b>Killed at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia in 1864


U.S. Army Document Signed</b> 


(1835-64) Graduated in the West Point class of 1858. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Harker was engaged in drilling Ohio troops and became colonel of the 65th Ohio Infantry. He fought with General Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio at the battle of Shiloh. By the time of the battle of Perryville he was a brigade commander and helped chase Confederate General Braxton Bragg out of Kentucky. At the battle of Murfreesboro, his conduct was so distinguished that he was promoted to brigadier general. At Chickamauga, Harker conducted the famous defense of the hill on which the Snodgrass home stood, which helped earn the nickname of the "Rock of Chickamauga" for his superior General George H. Thomas. In the Atlanta campaign he commanded a brigade in General O.O. Howard's IV Corps. Undaunted by the fact that he had four horses shot out from under him in battle, Harker went into the battle of Kennesaw Mountain on horseback. Becoming a conspicuous target for Rebel sharpshooters, he was mortally wounded during the attack and died a few hours later. 


<u>Document Signed</u>: 15 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.


This is the Monthly Summary Statement of Lieutenant Charles G. Harker, when he served in the 9th U.S. Infantry. It is dated November 30, 1859. 


I certify that the above is a true statement of all the moneys which have come into my hands, on account of the Quartermaster's Department, during the month of November 1859, and that the disbursements have been faithfully made. The balance due the United States is deposited in the Sub Treasury, San Francisco, Cal. C.G. Harker, 2nd Lt. 9th Inf., A.A. Quartermaster, U.S.A. Very fine. Desirable autograph.  


(1836-96) Born at Spartanburg, South Carolina, he moved with his parents at a very young age to Bartow County, Georgia. His early education was obtained at the Georgia Military Institute, and he was later admitted to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1857, but resigned upon the secession of Georgia only a few months before he would have graduated. He was commissioned 2nd lieutenant of artillery in the Regular Confederate Army, on March 16, 1861. He rose rapidly to lieutenant colonel of Cobb's Georgia Legion and was appointed commander of its cavalry. He was attached to General Wade Hampton's brigade of General J.E.B. Stuart's Cavalry Corps, and greatly distinguished himself in the Maryland campaign of 1862. He was promoted to colonel, November 1, 1862, and brigadier general September 28, 1863. During part of 1864 he commanded General Hampton's old division, and in November he was sent to Augusta, Georgia, to collect troops and to aid in the defense of the city then being threatened by Yankee General William T. Sherman. He was subsequently promoted to major general and under the command of Hampton resisted Sherman's advance through the Carolinas. After the war General Young became a prominent politician serving five terms in the U.S. Congress, from 1868 to 1875. He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1872, 1876 and 1880, and also held several consular and diplomatic posts.


Antique silver print photograph in Confederate uniform. This pose dates to the 1863-64 period. No imprint. 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. Circa early 1900's.

3 Civil War DRAWINGS - sent home by: 3rd $345.00

 

1700s earlier 1800s hand forged - BELT A $165.00

 

Autograph, General Charles G. Harker $195.00

 

Photograph, General Pierce M. B. Young $15.00




5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, Sept. 6, 1862


General Orders No. 67


All commanders of Regiments, Batteries and detached Companies, in this Department, having discharged soldiers or men entitled to go home, will repor[t] the same to the Quartermaster immediately, so that they may be sent by the first transport.


By command of

MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


R.S. DAVIS, Capt. & A.A.A.G.


Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint. Excellent.  


<b>8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment


Also includes doctor's letter</b>


8 1/2 x 14, two sided imprinted form, filled out in ink.


Application For Pension


How Made; What to Contain; Description of Disabilities; Oath Prescribed


Form No. 6


General Prorate Class 


Application for Indigent Widow of Soldier or Sailor of the late Confederacy, Under Chapter 102, Code of 1906, as amended by Laws of April 5th, 1910 and Laws March 24th, 1916. Sec. 1 of Laws 1916 being as follows: "Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Mississippi that all applications for pensions heretofore made and filed, be and same are hereby declared void, and any person desiring to share in the future distribution of the pension fund, shall on or before the first Monday in September 1916, file a new application, using blanks to be furnished by the Auditor of Public Accounts through the Chancery Clerks of the various counties."


Applications must be filed with the Chancery Clerk on or before the first Monday in September 1916, and no application will be entertained not on the printed form. 


This application is for Matilda Long, age 67, a resident of Jasper County, Miss., and the widow of James C. Long who enlisted in the service of the Confederate States in Jasper County, Mississippi in the Fall of 1863, and served in Company E, 8th Mississippi, commanded by Captain B.F. Moss, and that he was honorably discharged in 1865. Much more information. The document has been signed by numerous people and witnessed and is dated July 20, 1916. Embossed seal at the top of the Chancery Court of Jasper County, Miss. 


Included with this application is a manuscript doctor's letter, 5 x 7 3/4, written in ink as follows:  To the Honorable pension board Jasper Co., Miss. This is to certify that I am the family physician of Mrs. Matilda Long and that she is totally unable to do any thing to earn a support. W.C. Lamb, M.D. Aug. 6, 1915. Light age toning and wear. Archival tape repair on the reverse.


The 8th Mississippi Infantry Regiment was organized during the spring of 1861. The unit served in Florida and Mississippi, then was assigned to General J.K. Jackson's, Gist's and Lowery's Brigades respectively, in the Army of Tennessee. They participated in the campaigns of the army from Murfreesboro to Atlanta, were with Hood in Tennessee, and saw action in 1865 in North Carolina. The regiment lost 47 per cent of the 282 that participated in the battle of Murfreesboro, and 23 per cent of the 375 engaged at Chickamauga. In December 1863, it totaled 287 men and 169 arms. Their casualties in the battle of Atlanta were 13 killed, 71 wounded, and 3 missing, and very few were still in the ranks at the surrender of the regiment in 1865.      


HT-33. The obverse has a vignette of a tortoise with the year 1837 and "Federal Agent" below it. On the back of the tortoise is a treasure chest with "S.B. Treasury" on it. This refers to the "Sub Treasury" which the U.S. government established. The legend around the outer edges of the token is "Executive Experiment." The reverse has a vignette of what is known as "Jackass Running." This is one of the first instances of the use of this symbol to represent the Democratic Party of President Andrew Jackson whose veto of the bill to continue the existence of the Bank of the United States began the controversy that eventually led to the economic depression that started in 1837. The issuer of this "hard times token" was very critical of President Jackson's policy. The legend on the reverse is "I Follow In The Steps Of My Illustrious Predecessor." Very fine.



Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States from 1829-37. 


"Hard Times" tokens were issued privately when banks suspended payments and would no longer issue coins in change.  


<b>45th Pennsylvania Infantry


Twice Wounded; at the battle of Jackson, Mississippi, in 1863, and at the battle of the Wilderness, Virginia, in 1864</b>


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


Seminary U.S.A. Hospital

Georgetown, D.C.

June 3, 1864


Major,


Will you please pay the Bearer Chas. H. Coombs, Hospl. Steward, the pay due me on the Company rolls for the Months of March & April as I am in want of it and am unable to leave my room on account of wounds.


Very respectfully,

William Chase

Capt. Co. I, 45 Pa. Vol.


Light age toning. Very fine.


William Chase, was a resident of Tioga County, Pa., when he enlisted as a sergeant, on September 21, 1861, and was mustered into Co. I, of the 45th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, September 14, 1862; and captain, April 1, 1863. He was wounded in action on July 11, 1863, at Jackson, Miss.; and wounded again on May 6, 1864, in the battle of the Wilderness, Va. He was discharged on January 18, 1865.


The 45th Pennsylvania Infantry saw action on James Island, S.C., South Mountain and Antietam, Md., Jackson, Miss., Blue Springs, and Knoxville, Tenn., the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and Poplar Springs Church, Va., to name a few of the battles they participated in.

1862 Orders Issued by General Benjamin F $15.00

 

Application of Widow of Deceased Confede

 

1837 Hard Times Token, Executive Experim

 

1864 Hospital Letter From Wounded Yankee $50.00




<b>The first Governor of West Virginia 


Elected during the War Between The States in 1863!


Later served as United States Senator from West Virginia</b>


(1823-96) Studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1843, and commenced a practice in Parkersburg, Va. He served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1855-61, and presided over the convention of Union supporters from the counties of northwestern Virginia, held at Wheeling, on June 19, 1861, to form the new state of West Virginia. Elected judge of the circuit court of the 19th circuit of Virginia, serving 1861-63. Served as the first Governor of West Virginia, from 1863-69, when he resigned to accept the nomination as U.S. Senator, serving 1869-75.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 3/4, in ink, Arthur I. Boreman, West Virginia. Very desirable autograph.

 


<b>Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court</b>


(1819-91) American lawyer and jurist who served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Born in Taunton, Mass., he was the son of Massachusetts Governor Marcus Morton. He graduated from Brown University in 1838, and from the Harvard Law School in 1840. He was admitted to the bar in 1841 and practiced in Boston for 17 years. He was a member of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1853. He served in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1858 where he was chairman of the committee on elections and rendered reports on important questions regarding election law, which the House came to follow. His judicial service began with his appointment in 1858 to the superior court of Suffolk County and continued unbroken for over 32 years. During these years he was one of the original ten members of the state superior court, organized in 1859; Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts from April 15, 1869; and Chief Justice from January 16, 1882 to August 27, 1890, at which time he resigned because of ill health.


Antique portrait, steel engraving. Imprint of J.A.J. Wilcox, Boston. Printed facsimile autograph under his likeness. 6 x 9 1/4. Circa 1860's.        


Thomas Porter slave button. 3/4 inches in diameter with "T.Porter" on the face. Excavated example with shank. This button dates from the early 1800's and is a relic from the slavery trade era. It was manufactured for the slave trader Thomas Porter who sold slaves in the Caribbean area during the turn of the 19th Century. This button originated in Antigua, British West Indies and was produced in London. The name Porter may have been an Anglo version of Porteous as there was a French family who ran slave ships during that era. These buttons were reportedly found off the Georgia coast and were worn by his slaves for advertising purposes when sold at auction.

 


Numbered limited deluxe edition. By Hubert C. Skinner, Erin R. Gunter and Warren H. Sanders. Published by Bogg & Laurence Publishing Co., Inc., Miami, Florida, 1986. Autographed by the three authors, Hubert C. Skinner, Erin R. Gunter and Warren H. Sanders. Also autographed by publishers William G. Bogg and Kenneth R. Laurence. This is book #188 out of a limited edition of only 300 published. Blue padded leatherette covers with gold gilt imprint on front cover and spine. Printed on high quality gloss paper. Comes in its original hard card board slip case. 270 pages, profusely illustrated. New condition. Includes chapters on United States Postal Issues Used After Secession. Provisional Adhesives and Postal Stationary. Hand stamped Provisionals and Other Markings. Confederate Regular Issues. Color Plate Section. Essays and Proofs. Fakes and Counterfeits. Official Envelopes. Imprinted Envelopes. Blockade Run and Express Mails. Prisoner of War and Flag of Truce Covers. Postmarks and Cancellations. Confederate Patriotic Covers. College Covers and Postmarks. Packets and Steamboats. Confederate Stamp Money and Related Currency. Miscellaneous. Register of Historical Data. Superb reference book on Confederate Postal History. A must have for any serious collector or library.


Few areas of philatelic endeavor inspire as much dedicated interest, affection, and passionate devotion as does the collecting of stamps and postal history of the Confederate States of America.

Autograph, Arthur I. Boreman $50.00

 

Marcus Morton

 

Thomas Porter Slave Merchant Button $50.00

 

The New Dietz Confederate States Catalog




Antique 19th century fleam which was a bloodletting medical device. The brass case contains three foldable hinged steel blades. When closed the brass case or handle measures 3 1/2 inches in length. When the blades are fully opened the device measures about 6 1/2 inches in length. All three blades are stamped with the makers name which I can't make out. Very fine.    


(1783-1853) American lawyer, jurist and professor, born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 1801, he joined the law office of Ezekiel Whitman who was later the Chief Justice of Maine, and in 1806 he was admitted to the Cumberland County, Maine bar, commencing a practice at Standish. He later relocated to Gray where he practiced law for 12 years, and then moved on to Portland. He was reporter of the Supreme Court of Maine from 1820-32, and published nine volumes of Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Maine. In 1833, he was named to the Royall professorship, and in 1846 was named Dane professor of law at Harvard. Greenleaf contributed extensively to the development of Harvard Law School, including the expansion of the Harvard Law Library. He tried cases in the U.S. Supreme Court. His well known work, "A Treatise on the Law of Evidence," is considered a classic of American jurisprudence. Greenleaf prepared the original constitution of the Colony of Liberia. Greenleaf served as President of the Massachusetts Bible Society, and is an important figure in the development of that Christian school of thought known as legal or juridical apologetics. This school of thought is typified by legally trained scholars applying the canons of proof and argument to the defense of Christian belief. Greenleaf's Testimony of the Evangelists set the model for many subsequent works by legal apologists. He is distinguished as one who applied the canons of the ancient document rule to establish the authenticity of the gospel accounts, as well as cross examination principles in assessing the testimony of those who bore witness to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Antique portrait engraving with printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Imprint of A. Trochsler, 116 Washington St., Boston. 6 x 9 1/4. Circa mid 1860's.    


<b>The Cradle of Liberty</b>


In 1740, at a meeting held in Boston, merchant Peter Faneuil offered to build a public market house at his own expense and donate it as a gift to the city. His offer was accepted and the building which was partly funded by profits from slave trading was begun in Dock Square in September 1740, and completed in 1742. Built in the style of an English country market by artist John Smibert, the ground floor served as a market house with an assembly room above. Faneuil Hall was the site of several important speeches by Sam Adams, James Otis and other patriots encouraging independence from England thus earning the nickname, "the Cradle of Liberty." Through its illustrious 275 year history many other famous orators have spoken here among them Daniel Webster, Edward Everett, Wendell Phillips, Charles Francis Adams, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. In 1806, the hall was expanded by Charles Bulfinch which included the addition of a third floor.  


Antique steel engraving of the famous market house and meeting hall in Boston. Executed by W.H. Bartlett & H. Griffiths. Overall size is 9 1/4 x 6. Circa mid 1800's. Excellent.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Charleston campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's longest and most excruciating campaigns. Thus you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, and artifacts. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Luther G. Billings, paymaster of the U.S.S. Waterwitch, described a Union naval bombardment of Battery Wagner, a Rebel island bastion outside Charleston: "It was a magnificent sight to behold the black threatening hulls of the ships moving into position, to the thunder of hundreds of Rebel cannon, and still more stirring to hear the roar of the immense fifteen inch guns with witch the monitors were armed, and to watch the huge missils go hurtling through the air until, burying themselves deep in the sand around the doomed fort they would explode and tear enormous pits."


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials," drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication; where they were transferred into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are extensively chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end.

 

So here you find living testimony of the struggle to possess Charleston, birthplace of secession. As you look into the eyes and read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was the Charleston campaign.


Cover photograph: Mammoth coastal guns, situated in White Point Gardens at Charleston's East Battery, are trained on the harbor entrance. A ring of forts around the harbor made Charleston the Confederacy's strongest coastal city.

Civil War Era Brass Medical Bleeder $150.00

 

Simon Greenleaf

 

Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts $15.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Charleston




<b>United States Senator from Indiana


Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service</b>


(1813-77) Studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Logansport, Indiana in 1836. Served as a member of the Indiana State House of Representatives 1851-1853. He was elected in 1868 as a U.S. Congressman, but resigned on January 27, 1869, before the beginning of the congressional term, having been elected to the United States Senate. Served as a Republican U.S. Senator from Indiana, 1869-1875. He was chairman of the Committee on Pensions. In 1875, President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 1/2, in ink, D.D. Pratt, Indiana.    


<b>United States Senator from New Jersey</b>


(1826-1900) Born in Princeton, N.J., he graduated from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University, in 1843, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1846, and practiced in Princeton and Trenton, N.J. He served as U.S. Minister to Italy, 1858-1861. He served as a Democratic Senator-elect to the United States Senate from March 15, 1865 to March 27, 1866, when, the election being in dispute, the Senate declared his seat vacant. He was elected again and served in the U.S. Senate from 1869-1875. He was the Attorney General of New Jersey, from 1877-1897.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 3 1/8, in ink, John P. Stockton, New Jersey.   Here is a heavy and large white ironstone pitcher measuring 12 inches tall.  It was once paired with a large basin and could be found in the bed chamber before the proliferation of indoor plumbing.  It is unmarked, but by its shape and feel we would think this was American made.  It is not as stark white as Staffordshire (antique English) pitchers of the same era.  We have added a picture  that shows it with a very white antique ewer to show its tone.


The jug is in great condition with no chips or cracks.  



Be it vintage ironstone or its elder, antique ironstone, these relics add charm to country home or farmhouse chic décor.  Creating a vintage kitchen, vintage dining room, or other room calls for authentic vintage china rather than modern day pieces that try to look old.  Antique French ironstone and antique English ironstone both do the trick.  Actually, many English pieces are misidentified as French in antique style offerings. 


Décor suggestion:  try adding a high shelf with ironstone pitchers on top and ironstone sauceboats on the pegs to ramp up an antique kitchen. The possibilities are vast.  


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


"We have had very good news from Vicksburg for two or three days and I hope by this time that our men have taken that place and if that is the case I think it won’t be long until the war will be over and that would be a joyful time for all the soldiers and especially for me.


"the doctor was telling us this morning about a distressed little slave that came to our old camp yesterday. Her mistress has struck her with a poker and broke her arm and then sent her to the poor house where she had been some time. She said she was almost starved and her arm was in an awful condition and almost rotten and he thought it would have to be taken off. He said it was the hardest job he ever done to dress it.""</b>


6 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on regimental patriotic stationary, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Head Quarters, 116th Reg't Ohio Inf., Co. C, Camp Fort Acknoe, May 29th, 1863</b></u>


My Dear and loving wife, 


For two days I have been looking for a letter, but as there has none come I thought I would write you a few lines.  I wrote to you on Sunday and to the girls on Tuesday.  I recd. your letter of last Sunday sent by L.J. Morris and answered it on Wednesday so that I have kept it up pretty well this week for it is the most of my enjoyment either to read your letters or to write to you.  I keep your letters in my pocket and read it over and over until I get another and then I lay the old one away for future use.  You can’t think what good it does me to look at your likeness although it would do me a heap more good to look at you, but I go out of sight of the men and sit and look at that picture and wish it was you and kiss it and sometimes cry over it and wish I was at home with you for I feel very lonesome here while the boys are enjoying themselves dancing and playing football.  I feel that I would give something pretty to be at home with my quiet little family for I cannot enjoy their sports although I like to see them enjoying themselves so well for I would much rather see them lively than to see them sitting around stupid and lifeless.  Well Dear, I have not got much to write about at this time for there is not much going on at present.  We are still making more fortifications around here and there has two more Regts. of troops came in and two more coming.  The 87th Pennsylvania and the 18th Connecticut are here and the 106th New York and 151st Pennsylvania are on their way and things look like we were going to spend the summer here.  We have had very good news from Vicksburg for two or three days and I hope by this time that our men have taken that place and if that is the case I think it won’t be long until the war will be over and that would be a joyful time for all the soldiers and especially for me.  Well our Captain over staid his time by two days and Gen. Elliott placed him under arrest out of spite for he could have been here in time if the cars had made the connection, but the fact was Gen. Elliott was not willing for him to go home but Gen. Milroy sent him.  Elliott’s signing the _____ makes him _____ the meanest trick that he could have done and he has made a great many enemies both amongst the officers and privates.  The chaps has nothing to do but lay around the camp and eat, drink and sleep.  Well the doctor was telling us this morning about a distressed little slave that came to our old camp yesterday.  Her mistress has struck her with a poker and broke her arm and then sent her to the poor house where she had been some time.  She said she was almost starved and her arm was in an awful condition and almost rotten and he thought it would have to be taken off.  He said it was the hardest job he ever done to dress it.  Well I must close this letter.  I have got some memorials to send home but I have been expecting that George Mitchell would go home soon and I would send them.


3 1/2 o’clock, Silence


Well Dear, keep this to yourself, as the other sheet would not hold all I had to say, I thought I would write a few lines more on this.  You wanted to know when I would be at home.  Well it is hard for me to tell for I cannot get off yet without doing something that is dishonorable to myself.  There is some that resign because they are afraid of their men but it is not that way with me for I would be almost afraid of them if I should resign, but that is not the reason that I do not do it, it is just this, I cannot get off at this time without feigning to be sick and my looks would give that the lie, but I think if they go on promoting officers as they have done that I will have a good excuse before long and then I will pitch in.  I don’t want you to say anything about what I am going to tell you in regard to J.J. Blower, is the way he got off was this, he complained of his health and sent in his resignation, but the Colonel would not sign it so one day he was on duty and he went to town and got as drunk as a fool and was put under arrest and then the Colonel was so mad that to save trouble and get him out of the way he signed his papers for him.  The 2d Lieut. told me this and he swears that if he ever sees him again he will whip him half to death for he went off and did not pay his debts as common and he sneaked off without waiting to bid them good by.  I don’t think he has a friend in the company and Dear I don’t want to leave that way, so good by my loving wife.


Lieut. L. Lupton           


Light age toning and scattered light staining. There is a piece of the stationary torn off at the bottom of what is pages 3 and 4 of the letter. This causes the loss of a few words on both pages. Very interesting slave related content! Scarce regimental letter sheet. 


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.

Autograph, Daniel D. Pratt

 

Autograph, John P. Stockton

 

Large American White Ironstone Water Pit $100.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $125.00




HT-70. Vignette of Andrew Jackson in uniform holding a sword in one hand and a money bag in the other, while coming out of a money chest. "I Take The Responsibility" is printed around the edges of the obverse. The reverse has a vignette of a jackass at the center with "The Constitution As I Understand It," printed around the edges and "Roman Firmness Veto" above the jackass and "Veto" below it. Circa 1833-34. Very fine.


Footnotes: Andrew Jackson served as the 7th President of the United States from 1829-37. 


This "Hard Times token" mocked President Andrew Jackson for his economic policies.


"Hard Times" tokens were issued privately when banks suspended payments and would no longer issue coins in change. 


The theme of this token was to express the idea that it is bad for the executive to control both the treasury and the army. Because Andrew Jackson was not a good speaker and poorly educated, he was sometimes portrayed as a jackass especially when Harvard gave him an honorary LL.D degree. "I Take Responsibility" is what Jackson said after he put the funds of the Bank of the United States into twenty-five state "pet banks." His explanation was, "The Constitution As I Understand It." "Roman Firmness" was a taunt of the day to describe him. The word "Veto" below the jackass referred to Jackson's veto of the Third Bank of the United States.  


7 1/2 x 3, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $19.00. Received of R.H. Whittaker, Estate. Nineteen Dollars and __ cents Tax for the year 1841. His taxable property consisted of 275 acres of land, valued at $1100; and 9 slaves. Signed by the Warren County Tax Collector. Very fine.   


<b>United States Senator from Vermont


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


1880 United States Presidential Candidate</b>


(1828-1919) Born in Richmond, Vermont. Studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849, and commenced practice in Burlington. Served as a member of the Vermont House of Representatives, 1854-59, being Speaker of the House for 3 of those years. Served in the Vermont State Senate, 1861-62, as President pro tempore. Served as United States Senator, 1866-91. He took an active part in the attempt to impeach President Andrew Johnson, was influential as a member of the electoral committee that decided the disputed presidential election of 1876, was a candidate for president at the Republican National Conventions of 1880 and 1884, served as President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate, 1883-85, was chairman of the Republican Conference of the Senate, 1885-91, was chairman of the Senate Committee on Pensions, 1869-73, chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, 1872-79, and 1881-91, chairman of the Senate Committee on Private Land Claims, 1879-81, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 1881.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 1/4 x 3, in ink, Geo. F. Edmunds. 

 


<b>Colonel of the 7th New Hampshire Infantry during the Civil War


United States Senator from North Carolina


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1825-81) Born in Concord, New Hampshire, he graduated from Phillips Academy in 1846 and was a lawyer, businessman, and newspaper editor. He served as Adjutant General of New Hampshire, 1856-61. He began his Civil War career on December 13, 1861, when he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 7th New Hampshire Infantry. Promoted to colonel on November 17, 1863, he commanded the 2nd Brigade, 24th Corps. He later commanded Abbott's Brigade, Terry's Provisional District, and the 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 10th Army Corps. Abbott was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on January 15, 1865, for gallantry in the capture of Fort Fisher, N.C., and for a time was the commandant of the city. He was a delegate to the North Carolina State constitutional convention in 1868, and upon the readmission of the State of North Carolina to the Union was elected U.S. Senator serving from 1868-71. He served as collector of the port of Wilmington under President Ulysses S. Grant, and was inspector of posts along the eastern line of the southern coast under President Rutherford B. Hayes. He established the town of Abbottsville, in Bladen County, N.C. He was employed as a special agent in the United States Treasury Department. Served as the editor of the Wilmington Post newspaper. 


<u>Signature With States</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, Joseph C. Abbott, N.C.

President Andrew Jackson Hard Times Poli

 

1841 Mississippi Tax Receipt Listing Sla $75.00

 

Autograph, George F. Edmunds

 

Autograph, General Joseph C. Abbott $45.00




<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Vermont


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1810-98) Born in Strafford, Vermont. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, 1854, as an antislavery Whig, he began an unbroken service of 12 years in the House and almost 32 years in the U.S. Senate, to which he was first elected in 1866. In the House he became an important member of the Ways and Means Committee of which he served as chairman, 1865-67; in the Senate he served as a member of the Committee on Finance, of which he was chairman, 1877-79, 1881-93, and 1895-98. He also served on the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds. A conscientious and fair minded protectionist and an authority on finance, he was very influential throughout his congressional career in tariff legislation, especially in the acts of 1861 and 1883; he consistently opposed inconvertible money and financial inflation. He made his greatest contribution in the Morrill Act, for the creation of land grant colleges, first introduced in 1857 and vetoed by President Buchanan, but signed in a similar form by President Abraham Lincoln, in 1862. He served as regent of the Smithsonian Institute, 1883-98, and was a trustee of the University of Vermont, 1865-98.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, J.S. Morrill, Vt.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this natural horn ladies comb sports a period <I>LADY LIBERTY</I> embellishment that we’d guess was added in the patriotic furor of the period.  (Upon close examination the red and blue, two color printing, period typically poor indexing of the colors, one running over the other, and the figure its self is clearly reminiscent of the work seen on Civil War patriotic mailing envelopes so popular all during the war.)  All in wonderful as found condition, this piece offers good evidence of age and originality by virtue of its period construction methods, material used and eye appealing natural gage patina.  <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 neat little traveling <I>field</I>microscope is entirely complete and functional while at the same time offering good evidence of age and period use.  This offering will set in well with any period scientific or medical grouping.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Measuring approximately 9 ½ inches in length, this slender hand forged curling iron remains in eye pleasing original condition and will set in nicely in any quality colonial Americana or Revolutionary War personal grouping.   <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Autograph, Justin S. Morrill $20.00

 

Civil War vintage ladies - PATRIOTIC HOR $95.00

 

turn of the century antique Pocket or Fi $65.00

 

1700s early 1800s CURLING IRON $65.00

Best described and appreciated by virtue of our illustrations we can add only that this piece should not be confused with more common later 1800s versions or even later signal cannons which were turned rather than cast.  The tube of this earlier to mid 1800s cannon is just under a foot in total length and a .60 caliber ball with patch would fit the bore nicely.   Nicely hand cast of bronze in the form of the period with trunnions cast integral with the tube as one would expect of earlier examples. Untouched and not polished after decades of storage, a thin coat of period <I>bug</I> lacquer has preserved much of the rich contemporary luster of the bronze barrel. The carriage shows good age commensurate with the tube.  An extremely nice antique signal cannon with exceptional eye appeal, guaranteed to please.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

  

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



 <b>at Weehawken, New Jersey</b>


Authentic, original hand tinted color woodcut engravings that were published in the August 24, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. #1- Colonel Berdan, of the Berdan Sharpshooters, Practicing at a Target at Weehawken, New Jersey. 14 3/4 x 6 1/4. Harper's Weekly is printed in the margin. #2- Colonel Berdan's Rifle, and Target "Jeff Davis" after Half an Hour's Firing. The date August 24, 1861 is printed in the margin. 3 x 5 1/2. Tear at upper right edge. Mounted to mat board. Includes a lengthy printed article titled, "Colonel Berdan And His Sharpshooters." This article accompanied the above listed illustrations in the August 24, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly.  


Large two piece iron backed coat size Confederate artillery uniform button with shank. No back mark. Good sharp face with large "A" and no indentations.  A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the January & Woods Inc. <I> Maysville Cotton Mills </I> in Kentucky.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from turn of the century American grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the historic old Maysville, Kentucky cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Kentucky milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  

      Prior to its recent demolition the historic old Maysville Cotton Mill had been a leading producer of carpet warp, rug yarns, cotton twine, twisted cord and tent rope.  It had been in continuous operation since the first building was erected about 1834 with the exception of several months during the Civil War, when due to the inability to secure cotton, the mill closed from November, 1861 to March, 1862. J&W was one of only a few cotton mills in the country that continued operations throughout the Civil War.  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 !

antique cast bronze SIGNAL CANNON

 

Colonel Berdan of Berdan's Sharpshooters

 

Confederate Artillery Uniform Button $225.00

 

vintage -Maysville, Kentucky – Cotton Mi $20.00




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