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2 in stock  <b>Eugene Blackford, 5th Alabama Infantry

One of the famous Blackford brothers of Virginia!

Commander of the 5th Alabama Sharpshooters</b>

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

Who was Eugene Blackford?

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

An article of interest about Major Eugene Blackford:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Scott #7. Block of 3, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.      All original and complete this massive old leather bound 1456 page 1851 published medical reference shows good age with desirable evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition with a tight binding and is complete with no loose or torn pages.  The cover, end papers and fly pages front and back are festooned with period medical notations (mostly prescription formulas) which appear to be in Dr. Morrison’s hand.  Most important are the inscriptions <I><B>Dr. S. B. Morrison</I></B> in the center of the first front fly leaf and Dr. Morrison’s signature on the second fly leaf. 

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

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

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Block of 3 Five Cents Confederate Postag $75.00


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

All original and in excellent original, even unused, condition save a small shallow dent on one side, (could be pushed out but we’d leave it as found) this little lamp is a bit unusual in that while the body is pewter, the fanciful applied handle is of tinned sheet iron and the bottom of the lamp is also of tinned sheet iron.  The two slender burner tubes are of brass.  Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  .  The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device.  Commonly thought solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured caps were in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Nestled in its 29 X 36 inch gilt frame, our photo illustrations will provide the best description of this impressive Battle of Waterloo oil on canvas except to advise that the work dates in the first half of the 20th century and remains in excellent, ready to hang, condition with strong color and no condition issues.  

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

 As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference <I> American Military Headgear Insignia</I> (Fig. 290) this <I>false bullion </I> or <I>false embroidered</I> die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition.  While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device.  Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires.  An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase type.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 28, 1862

General Orders No. 34

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

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



Excellent condition. Scarce.

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


Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Water $695.00


extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00


General Butler Orders His Commanders To $15.00

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

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

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

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

Friend Eastwood,

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

Yours truly,

From your friend,

E.S. Farnsworth

Capt. & A.A.A.G.

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

Yours &c,


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By William H. Herndon, For Twenty Years His Friend and Law Partner, and Jesse William Weik, A.M. Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 of a 3 volume set. Belford-Clarke Co., Chicago, 1890. Copyright, 1889, By Belford, Clarke & Company. Illustrated front piece of a beardless Mr. Lincoln from the photograph by Hesler, Chicago, 1860, with a printed facsimile inscription and signature of Lincoln below his portrait. Other illustrations in both volumes. Blue cloth hard covers with gold embossed signature of A. Lincoln on the front cover, and gold embossed illustration of Lincoln on the spine. Vol. 1 is 199 pages, and Vol. 2 is 213 pages. Gold gilt end pages on the top. Patterned endpapers. The pages are evenly, lightly age toned, and the covers show light wear. Very tight bindings. Very nice pair.  All in fine original condition after decades of local attic storage, this pair of 1700 very early 1800s bronze shoe buckles measure approximately 2 7/16 inches by 1 3/8 inch wide.  With that eye appealing natural age color that comes to bronze only with time, these wonderful old buckles clearly saw little period use as evident by the crisp corners and bold hand tool marks of the period maker. (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Missis $7.00


32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter $95.00


Herndon's Lincoln


original ! 18th century bronze SHOE BUCK $135.00

This nice looking early Civil War import leather shako, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG / Uniforms of the Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field)  unlike so many found today, retains its shape and is complete with  original die struck brass American eagle over infantry horn plate as illustrated in Stanley Philip’s, <I> Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I>.  All original and complete, this example even retains the chin strap with original strap retainer in the crown.  Both original features are generally long since gone.  Known to have been imported early in the Civil War, the use of this handsome shako has been well established by virtue of camp site and battle field excavations with records of use by Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York regiments.   A <I>showy</I> example of Civil War era headgear, this <I>as found</I> all original leather shako offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition with nice original finish and solid construction even to its original 2 ¾ inch wide sweat band.  An attractive piece of Civil War head gear at a reasonable price!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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

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

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

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

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

Confederate marine relics are considered rare and quite desirable. 


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

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

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



Souvenir From Confederate General Stonew $250.00


Relics From The Confederate Blockade Run $15.00


Autograph, James I. McKay $15.00

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover Addressed to Confederate Lieutenan $95.00


Autograph, Jonathan D. Morris $10.00


John Russell Bartlett $10.00


1863 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $35.00

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

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

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 Our photos should offer the best description of this desirable period cooking outfit, so suffice it to say here that it consists of a large bail handle camp cook pot that stands approximately 10 ¼ inches not including the bail, and is 11 inches in diameter.   This master pot <U>houses a complement of seven pieces</U> of period mess gear.  All components are original to the period and except the forged iron skillet,  are crafted from tinned sheet iron, lead soldered and iron riveted, in the classic fashion of the Civil War era tin-smith.  The content of the master cook pot consists of a forged black iron <U>hanging skillet</U>, a large 6 inch diameter <U>cook / eating tin</U> with cup handle, a tin <U>drinking cup / dipper</U>, an issue size tin <U>boiler / cup</U> with lid, a <U>condiment tin</U> with lid for flower or cornmeal and an oval lidded <U>cook or storage tin</U> for salt pork or what have you and finally a  <U>shaker</U> for salt, cinnamon &c.  A wonderful display item common in the period but nearly always broken up and seldom found intact.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 This exceptional ring is hand carved of beef bone with the red diamond of the hard fought Union Army’s , 3rd Corps, 1st Division.  A popular folk art form of the Civil War soldier who utilized readily available beef bone to carve all manner of decorative fair to include pendants, fobs, rings and other trinkets either for personal use, to send home or to trade with fellow soldiers.  In some cases an enterprising artisan would colorfully embellish his work by melting stationer’s sealing wax into the bone design.  In the instance of this ring, red sealing wax was applied to the carved diamond of the 3rd Army corps to designate the device as 1st Division.   All in nice original condition with good evidence of age.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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 All original and period, this 21 inch hard rubber ladies neck and cross pendant remain in pleasing to the eye with no cracks, chips or other condition issues and with that nice dark chocolate patina that comes to this material with honest age and originality.  A nice lady’s accessory for the period hard rubber enthusiast , mourning jewelry collector or simply for a lady who would appreciate an original Civil War piece to wear.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



Original and as found! Civil War vintag $575.00


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


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

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

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


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient

Presided over the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators!

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

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

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

Auditor General's Office

Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 1866

To William H. Kemble,

State Treasurer:

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

J.F. Hartranft

Auditor General

There are dockets on the reverse of the document.

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

Desirable Medal of Honor and Lincoln Conspirators related autograph.  

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

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

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

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


Autograph, General John F. Hartranft $95.00


1862 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $30.00


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

<b>United States Congressman from Tennessee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 3


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


 All in nice original condition with no alterations or repairs yet with pleasing evidence of period use and wear this U. S. Army regulation <I>5 button</I> blouse is offered with its original, as worn, 1st Lt. of Infantry officer straps still intact.  (Most frequently removed for separate sale, we like to see things stay together.) With its full complement of <I>HORSTMAN</I> back marked buttons, this unlined version (except for the sleeves) is a regulation example of the light weight Army wool blouse issued to troops serving in warm climates such as the American Southwest and later in Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. No fading, nice dark blue material and a scarce US Army sack coat of the late 1880’s, these lighter versions generally got <I>used up</I> in service with few surviving to reach todays collector market.  A rare opportunity to acquire an honest to goodness period used but not abused 5 button blouse. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Autograph, George Washington Jones $35.00


War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenan $25.00


19th century folding – FRY PAN $95.00


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

This scarce original Civil War edition of the <B> National Anti-Slavery Standard</B> is dated July 20, 1861 and was published in New York by the <I>American Anti-Slavery Society</I> and the <I>Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society</I>. the newspaper remains complete and in pleasing condition with no tears or stains. It contains a host of contemporary Abolition material to include a complete transcript of William Lloyd Garrison, July 4th 1861 (his first public oration in over ten months).  Lengthy articles such as <I>What The Contraband Doctrine Will Do?, The South As Seen By A Resident </I> and <I> The Real Condition Of The South</I> offer considerable insight into period opinion of the Northern Abolitionist.  Articles such as <I>Conduct of the War,  The Cotton Supply</I> the latest from correspondents in England offer interesting reading.    Military and political news is well addressed with an especially interesting <I>Obituary</I> section which offers an account of the passing of <I> Elizabeth Barrett Browning</I> as well as a detailed account of the passing of the wife of <I>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow</I> to include the details of the tragic fire that took her life and left the Poet severely burned. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques  Our photo illustrations will likely offer the best description of this outstanding figural clay tobacco pipe of the 1820s through late 1840s  American political leader, Kentuckian, Henry Clay.  In excellent all original condition with absolutely no condition issues yet offering good evidence of age and originality.  Henry Clay (1777-1852) served in both the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives.  He served three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.  Clay ran for President in 1824, 1832 and 1844.  An outstanding item for the Political Americana collector or  antique tobacciana  enthusiast.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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

 All original and complete from front to back, this charming, leather bound, 1814 American printing of Bunyan’s classic <I> Pilgrim’s Progress</I> was published in Philadelphia by <I> B. & T. Kite</I> and printed by <I>Griggs & Dickinsons, Printers</I>.  A period brown ink inscription on the fly leaf offers the menacing omen <B><I> Steal not this book – my honest friend – for the GALLOWS – will be your end. </I></B>   Well-worn with some tattering at page edges, the binding is tight with no loose or missing pages.  Our several photo illustrations will do best to describe condition.  A nice companion piece set in with period Americana.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

July 1861 paper: National Anti-Slavery S $65.00


rare period Henry Clay FIGURAL TOBACCO P $225.00


Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS $35.00


1814 Philadelphia published - PILGRIM’S $95.00

This carved folk-art whimsy offers the finely written old cursive inscription: <I><B>’Made by the Capt. of the Ship Herald of the Morning in the North Pacific Ocean August 5th 1868’</I></B> with fine block letter initials <B><I>A W</B></I>.  The product of a past Skinner Auction where it came out of a little decorative box lot containing an assortment of small period carved ivory, hardstone, bone, silver, and wooden trinkets, the period inscription on this piece offers the American Clipper Ship enthusiast fruit for rewarding research.  Thanks to the wonders of Google we found a lot photo and description of this carved whimsy from a 2010 <B>SKINNER</B> Americana & Decorative Arts auction, we also learned the following:  The clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> was built in Medford, Mass. in 1853.  She was one of only few clipper ships with a passage from New York to San Francisco in less than 100 days.  Commencing May 6 through September 1, 1868 the <I>Herald in the Morning</I> under command of <B>Capt. Alexander Winsor</B> of clipper ship <I>FLYING CLOUD</I> notoriety, made passage from New York, around the horn and up the North Pacific to San Francisco.      The period inscription date of <U>August 5th 1868</U> tells us that Capt. Winsor was carving this little <I>do-dad</I> in the closing days of the historic 118 day Clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> voyage, New York to San Francisco.  A popular, time passing, hand craft, especially among seaman of the sailing era, existing, original examples of the folk-art form offer an interesting collectable category in and of themselves or set in nicely as companion to nautical Americana items.  This historic example will be a standout in any such collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  

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

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

<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 3/8, in ink, Alfred Iverson.  More common in the smaller 12 oz size, this pleasing approximately quart size, mid 1800s stoneware bottle, remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, good evidence of age and even retains remnants of the period foil seal around the neck. The bottle stands approximately 10 inches and is about 3 5/8 inches in diameter. A nice Civil War display item as seen in any number of period military camp scenes. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This 240 page Government publication was produced in 1864 and is titled in part: <I> ORGANIZATION of the ARMY OF THE POTOMAC & its CAMPAIGNS in VIRGINIA & MARYLAND – Under The Command Of Maj. Gen. Geo. B. McClellan – July 26, 1861 / Nov. 7, 1862 </I>  This, complete in one volume book, contains the official reports of Mjr. Gen. McClellan to Sec. of War Edwin Stanton.  The volume shows little wear and remains in good condition with a tight binding and no loose, torn, marked up, or folded pages.  A deassessed library volume, the book retains a plate in the back identifying it as having been <I>Presented To The Bridgton</I>(Maine) </I><I>Public Library by Samuel Conant Smith 1912 </I>.  Samuel C. Smith enlisted and was mustered in as a Sergeant of Co. I <B> 1st Maine Cavalry</B>.  Promoted to 1st Sgt. in 1862 then commissioned to 2nd Lt. in 1863, Smith was engaged with the 1st Maine Cavalry at Gettysburg.  At Rappahannock Station Smith’s mount was killed and he was wounded in the arm. Lt. Smith was mustered out on Nov. 25, 1864.  This book was passed to the library when he passed away in 1912.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

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


Autograph, Alfred Iverson, Sr. $25.00


Quart - Stoneware Beer Bottle $40.00


1864 Pub. - Organization of Army of the

This OLD FARMER’S ALMANAC by Robert B. Thomas is for the year 1835.  Lots of wear and evidence of age and period use but complete with no missing pages.  Embellished in period brown ink by its period owner ,<I>Samuel Leavitt’s Almanac</I> the almanac is hand stitched at the binding to secure a period wallpaper cover.  Not a big deal but a nice original piece with lots of character to set out on a period table as a companion piece with period collectables.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Our illustrations will offer the best description of this especially nice U. S. Breast Plate except to advise that it was acquired from the late Civil War relic collector and authoritative author, Stanley Phillips. ( <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> Vol. 1 & 2 by Stanley Phillips)  Acquired years ago from Stanley Phillips as a <I>Fairfax Court House </B> recovery, this plate was found two blocks from the court house in a lady’s front yard. (We have been told it is now a law office.)  All in exceptional condition with both staples and an attractive deep chocolate patina, this piece will go well in any Civil War collection. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  All original and complete with no condition issues save period pencil notes of prices and page folds at the lower right corners that may be easily ironed out, this original Bangs, Merwin, & Co. book auction catalogue offers 19 pages with 263 lots of early through mid 1800s <I>Americana, Local Histories & Rebellion</I> volumes.  A well-known auction house to early and current collectors of fine Americana books the Bangs family managed the longest-lasting New York book-auction firms of 19th-century remaining in the business from 1837 to 1930.  A nice remnant of early book collecting and a valuable reference.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


<b>Colonel of the 5th Maine Infantry

Commander of the regiment during the battle of Gettysburg!

War Date Autograph Cover Signed</b>

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

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

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

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

wallpaper bound 1835 OLD FARMER’S ALMANA $40.00


Stanley Phillips - Fairfax Court House e $165.00


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


Autograph, General Clark S. Edwards $50.00

An especially nice enlisted waist belt complete with brass keeper and pattern of 1839 lead filled U. S. oval plate.  In overall near unissued condition this buff leather waist belt remains in the vintage brown coloration on the face with a beautiful cream back as appropriate to pre 1851 regulations.  (By the time of the Civil War the majority of these belts had been stained black to comply with the 1851 regulations.) As some limited issue of brown buff belts were known to have been utilized by the earliest of Civil War responders these belts are considered to be appropriate to late Seminole War and Mexican War through the early Civil War.  With some minor storage marks on the face of the plate and a pleasing mellow patina plate and brass keeper, the condition of all components will please.  A tough one to find in any condition!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 A nice antique dental instrument grouping of eleven early <B>S. S. WHITE</B> explorers, drills and files, a single <B>S. HANNETY</B> file and an additional maker marked but unidentified explorer.  (Dr. S. S. White founded his firm in Philadelphia in 1844.) All instruments are fashioned of iron, remain in nice original condition and are nicely maker marked.  Of interest to the Civil War medical / dental enthusiast is that at the time of the War one of the few physical requirements of prospective recruits was that they have six upper and six lower teeth. (It has been stated that this requirement was to insure the ability to bite off the end of a black powder cartridge? )  As the Civil War period head of the fledgling American Dental Association (founded in 1859)<B>Dr. Samuel S. White</B> met with Abraham Lincoln with a proposal to provide dental services to the Union soldiers.  No surprise in the turmoil of the War <B>S. S. White’s</B> proposal was lost in the shuffle.  A neat Civil War dental / medical grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 An attractive item for the country store or writing instrument enthusiast, this original circa 1840 broadside is printed on one side for posting and measures 10 ¼ X 6 ¾ inches promoting Boston Apothecary and Chemist, Thomas Hollis’s (see Mexican War through Civil War era Boston Business Directories) <B><I>BLACK WRITING INK for steel or quill pens</B></I>   Remaining in excellent original condition with no rips tears or repairs, there is some age staining that could be easily removed by proper restoration methods but we would leave the piece as is.  With lots of eye appeal and a good size for display, this scarce old advertising broadside will set in well in any number of period collectable categories.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

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

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

<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!

unissued condition - Pattern of 1839 enl $545.00


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


original c. 1840 – HOLLIS BLACK INK / Fo $95.00


rare non-excavated American Revolutionar $595.00

<b>Autographed by the author</b>

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

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

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

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

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

 This all original pewter medicine spoon is marked <B>JAMES DIXON & SON</B> (1823 – 1835 ) and remains in pleasing all original condition with that deep patina that comes to pewter after decades of use and handling.   Invented by C. Gibson and sometimes referred to as the <I>Gibson medicine spoon</I> the device was manufactured by one maker or another through the first half of the 19th century with the design clearly seeing use through the Civil War.  An 1842 reference we found describes the Gibson medical spoon as <I>a convenient instrument for administering fluid medicine to children or to patients in recumbent position</I> &c.  <I>The bowl is longer and deeper than that of the common spoon and is completely covered excepting a small aperture at the end.   The handle is short and consists of a tube opening at one end into the bowl and capable of being closed at the opposite end by application of the thumb.  The medicine is poured in at an opening in the lid which is then closed with a tightly fitting cover </I> &c.  One of the advantages of the spoon is that by positioning it at the back of the throat before lifting the thumb to allow the medicine to flow from the spoon it may be <I>swallowed with very little annoyance from disagreeable taste.</I>  A scarce medical item suitable for display in any earlier 1800s through Civil War era medical grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  

<b>12th Vermont Infantry

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

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

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

Gettysburg; A Journey In Time $25.00


Autograph, General William R. Boggs $100.00




Autograph, Lieutenant George G. Benedict $75.00

<b>Medal of Honor recipient

Autograph with rank</b>

(1825-1912) Hungarian born, he was forced to leave the country in 1849 when the rebellion for independence was suppressed. He came to America in 1859, and for the two years leading into the Civil War he was employed by a German language weekly in New York City. In 1861, he and Louis Blenker recruited the 8th New York Infantry, with Stahel becoming their lieutenant colonel. At the 1st battle of Bull Run, they aided in covering the Union retreat, and on Aug. 11, 1861, Stahel was promoted to colonel of the regiment, and on Nov. 12th, was appointed brigadier general. He fought against General Stonewall Jackson in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and at 2nd Bull Run he commanded a division. On Mar. 17, 1863, he was promoted to major general and given command of the cavalry in the Washington defenses. During the spring of 1864, he led a division of cavalry under General David Hunter in the Shenandoah Valley, and in West Virginia. He greatly distinguished himself at the battle of Piedmont, on June 5, 1864, and was awarded the Medal of Honor. 

<u>Card Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, Jul. Stahel, Maj. Genl. Excellent.


Civil War patriotic envelope with vignette of a padlock with the word "Slavery" printed on it. The barrel of a musket with fixed bayonet is being put into the key hole of the lock. Printed just below the barrel of the rifle is "U.S. Rifled." "The Lock and Key" is printed below the illustration. A couple of small stains and some old mounting remnants on the reverse.  Measuring just over 10 inches in diameter with impressed <B>CPB CO</B> this nice old mess plate was die struck from tinned sheet iron.  Eminating from some long forgotten biscuit company, we have been told the Central Paciffic Biscuit Co., but have not been able to verrify that?  With good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing condition, this tin mess plate will do well with any mid 1800s, very early 1900s mess grouping.  (Use the key word <I>mess</I> in our search feature to locate companion tin mess gear.) <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>

 Untouched and as found, this exceptional pair of spectacles feature non-corrective green lenses in their original late 18th early 19th century iron wire frames.  Seasoned collectors will appreciate the retention of original fire blue finish on the old iron frames.  (The process of <I>tempering</I> by heating and quenching the delicate wire frames offered additional strength and gave the iron a dark blue / black finish.  <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!

Autograph, General Julius Stahel $75.00


Patriotic Cover, The Lock and Key $10.00


Original! later 19th century tin MESS PL $75.00


Late 1700s-early 1800s Colored Iron Fram $125.00

Remaining in pleasing all original condition with no tears or repairs and in an easily displayable 11 3/8 X 17 inches, this attractive broadside advises of an 1884 <I>EXECUTOR’S SALE & PUBLIC AUCTION</I>  at the Bedford, New Hampshire store of James R. Leach.  The auction will offer <I>4 Shares of the Parsonage Association, 1 Pew in the Presbyterian Meeting House</I> and <I>1 Horse Shed at said Meeting House</I>  A nice piece of decretive Americana!  <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 !!  Truly an item for the discriminating collector / historian who demands highest quality with regard to originality and condition, this rarely seen mounted artillery driver’s saddle tree remains in all original, un-issued condition yet offers the eye appeal and satisfaction of unquestionable age and originality.  The attractive cream rawhide cover remains in exceptional condition sporting the original bold inspector’s marking of <B>P. V. HAGNER / LT. COL. ORD.</B>  ( Lt. Col.Peter Valentine Hagner became supervisor of the Watervliet Arsenal, one of the main points of supply for artillery gear to the Union army, in 1863.)   A West Point graduate in 1836 Hagner  would attain the rank of Bvt. Brig-General before the war’s closing.  This impressive Grimsley pattern saddle tree bears the original brass maker's tag of <B>E. Waters of Troy, N.Y. </B>  Waters supplied saddle trees under government contract, which would be shipped to the Waterviliet Arsenal where they were finished with the addition of  stirrup straps, stirrups, &c.  This offering is a rare example of the Waters contract work just as it would have appeared at the Arsenal after inspection and approval marking, ready for finishing additions.  An outstanding display item for the Civil War Mounted Artillery collector or horse equipment enthusiast, this is only the 2nd of such that we have seen in nearly fifty years of seeking out such things. 

<B>*</B>  Civil War mounted or light artillery rigs required special saddles for the harnessing of  six horses to draw the guns, limbers, and caissons.  Grimsley pattern saddles were utilized for <I>drivers</I> with a <I>driver</I> required for each pair of horses on the gun team.  Drivers were mounted on the left controlling his mount and the horse on his right. 

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<b>United States Congressman from Georgia

Commissioner of the Confederate States of America in Europe</b>

(1800-64) He attended Westfield Academy, read law with his brother John Floyd King, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Waynesville, Ga., in 1823. He later settled on St. Simons Island, Ga., and engaged in agricultural pursuits. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, in 1832, 1834, 1835 and 1837. Was a delegate to the Georgia State constitutional convention in 1833 and to the State Whig conventions in 1835 and 1843. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1839-43; 1845-50, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs. Was a delegate to the Whig National Convention in 1844. He was appointed by President Millard Fillmore as collector of the port of San Francisco, Ca., and served 1850-52. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate in 1859. Was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860. Appointed a commissioner of Georgia in 1861 to visit Europe in the interest of trade, and was a commissioner of the Confederacy in Europe, serving 1861-63. He did not live to see the end of the War Between the States, dying in Waynesboro, Ga., on May 10, 1864.

<u>Signature With State</u>: 4 7/8 x 1 1/2, in ink, T. Butler King, Georgia. Light age toning.     

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

(1804-53) Born in Kentucky, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Served as judge of the circuit court. Elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth U.S. Congress serving 1847-49. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Navy. Moved to California during the gold rush of 1849.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, P.W. Tompkins, Vicksburg, Miss. Cut slightly irregular.

Original! 1884 Bedford, N. H. - AUCTION $55.00


Civil War Mounted Artillery - Grimsley p $695.00


Autograph, Thomas Butler King $45.00


Autograph, Patrick W. Tompkins $10.00

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