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


<b>Killed at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia in 1864


U.S. Army Document Signed</b> 


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


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


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


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


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


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


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, Sept. 6, 1862


General Orders No. 67


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


By command of

MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


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


Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint. Excellent.

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

 

Autograph, General Charles G. Harker $250.00

 

Photograph, General Pierce M. B. Young $10.00

 

1862 Orders Issued by General Benjamin F $15.00




<b>45th Pennsylvania Infantry


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


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


Seminary U.S.A. Hospital

Georgetown, D.C.

June 3, 1864


Major,


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


Very respectfully,

William Chase

Capt. Co. I, 45 Pa. Vol.


Light age toning. Very fine.


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


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


<b>The first Governor of West Virginia 


Elected during the War Between The States in 1863!


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


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


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

 


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

 


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

1864 Hospital Letter From Wounded Yankee $50.00

 

Autograph, Arthur I. Boreman

 

Thomas Porter Slave Merchant Button $50.00

 

Civil War Era Brass Medical Bleeder $150.00




<b>The Cradle of Liberty</b>


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


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


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


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


United States Senator from North Carolina


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


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


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


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Vermont


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


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


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, J.S. Morrill, Vt.

Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts $10.00

 

1841 Mississippi Tax Receipt Listing Sla $75.00

 

Autograph, General Joseph C. Abbott $35.00

 

Autograph, Justin S. Morrill $20.00

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this natural horn ladies comb sports a period <I>LADY LIBERTY</I> embellishment that we’d guess was added in the patriotic furor of the period.  (Upon close examination the red and blue, two color printing, period typically poor indexing of the colors, one running over the other, and the figure its self is clearly reminiscent of the work seen on Civil War patriotic mailing envelopes so popular all during the war.)  All in wonderful as found condition, this piece offers good evidence of age and originality by virtue of its period construction methods, material used and eye appealing natural gage patina.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 This neat little traveling <I>field</I>microscope is entirely complete and functional while at the same time offering good evidence of age and period use.  This offering will set in well with any period scientific or medical grouping.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Measuring approximately 9 ½ inches in length, this slender hand forged curling iron remains in eye pleasing original condition and will set in nicely in any quality colonial Americana or Revolutionary War personal grouping.   <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  


Large two piece iron backed coat size Confederate artillery uniform button with shank. No back mark. Good sharp face with large "A" and no indentations.

Civil War vintage ladies - PATRIOTIC HOR $95.00

 

turn of the century antique Pocket or Fi $65.00

 

1700s early 1800s CURLING IRON $65.00

 

Confederate Artillery Uniform Button $200.00

A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the January & Woods Inc. <I> Maysville Cotton Mills </I> in Kentucky.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from turn of the century American grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the historic old Maysville, Kentucky cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Kentucky milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  

      Prior to its recent demolition the historic old Maysville Cotton Mill had been a leading producer of carpet warp, rug yarns, cotton twine, twisted cord and tent rope.  It had been in continuous operation since the first building was erected about 1834 with the exception of several months during the Civil War, when due to the inability to secure cotton, the mill closed from November, 1861 to March, 1862. J&W was one of only a few cotton mills in the country that continued operations throughout the Civil War.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the <I> LILY MILLS - SHELBY, N. Carolina</I> cotton mill.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from early 1900s North Carolina grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the old Shelby, North Carolina cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Southern milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  Lily Mills located in Shelby, on the edge of cotton country in North Carolina was founded in 1903 as part of growing industry in the post- Civil War, Reconstruction South. It was one of several mills which began to flourish in the region as they processed locally grown cotton in local mills.  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 !

 


Very rare historical display which includes strands of President Abraham Lincoln's hair, wood from the gallows where the Lincoln conspirators were hung, a piece of the cloth that bound the arms of Mrs. Mary Surratt during her execution and a strand of Mrs. Surratt's hair. 


On July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt, Lewis Powell, David Herold and George Atzerodt were hanged from a wooden scaffold in the yard of the Old Arsenal Penitentiary in Washington, D.C. They had been tried and found guilty as conspirators in the plot to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln, and U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward, on April 14, 1865. 


14 x 11, with burgundy suede outer mat and a gold Florentine inner mat, with four separate windows displaying the artifacts. The photographs in the display are high quality modern copies of original Civil War period images. Please note that the illustration of the display on my website is cropped as it is larger than my scanner.


This very rare historical display highlights Mary Surratt who was one of the four conspirators executed on July 7, 1865. The strand of Lincoln's hair originated from a well documented lock given to Mrs. Caroline Wright, the wife of the Governor of Indiana by Mary Lincoln. The documented wood fragments originated from relics obtained by a soldier stationed as a guard in the prison yard. Mary Surratt's hair was included in the effects of Samuel Curtis another guard at the prison and found in his 1865 diary. The remnant of cloth was included with a period note attesting that the wood came from the gallows and the cloth originated from the bindings that held her arms during the execution. These bindings had been made from material from a shelter tent at the same time the executioner, Christian Rath, made hoods from the same material. The latter is an incredibly rare relic of that faithful 1865 summer day, an extremely important day in American history! Mrs. Mary Surratt was the first woman ever executed by the United States Government! Provenance papers on all artifacts are included with the display.        


<b>United States Congressman from Pennsylvania


Civil War Governor of Minnesota


United States Senator from Minnesota


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


United States Secretary of War</b>


(1815-1903) Born near Harrisburg, Pa., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1839, and began practice in Harrisburg. Served as U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania, 1843-47, and as the first Territorial Governor of Minnesota, 1849-53. He was elected as the second Governor of Minnesota after statehood and served from January 2, 1860 to July 10, 1863. Ramsey is credited with being the first Union governor to commit troops to the war effort during the Civil War. He resigned the governorship to become a U.S. Senator, having been elected to that post in 1863, and served until 1875. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. Was Secretary of War from 1879 to 1881, under President Rutherford B. Hayes. He was the Chairman of the Edmunds Committee dealing with the question of Mormonism and polygamy in Utah, 1882-86. He was a delegate to the centennial celebration of the adoption of the Federal Constitution in 1887. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/8, in ink, Alex. Ramsey, Minn.

vintage -Maysville, Kentucky – Cotton Mi $20.00

 

vintage LILY MILLS - Shelby, N. Carolina $20.00

 

The Execution of Lincoln Conspirator Mar $595.00

 

Autograph, Alexander Ramsey $35.00

      Dated May 1867 this check is drawn on the account of the state of Wisconsin in the amount of $100.00 and is signed by then Wisconsin Secretary of State <B>Bvt. Brig. General Thomas S. Allen</B> who served in the <B>2nd Wisconsin Infantry</B> then as Colonel in command of the <B>5th Wisconsin Infantry</B>.  The check is made to Allen’s clerk <I>Richard Lester</I> who served as <U>1st Sgt.- 2nd Wis.</U> (Sgt. Lester was wounded at Bull Run, Virginia)      

      Though Thomas S. Allen entered the Civil War in April 1861 as a private in the Governor’s Guards (Co. K, 1st Wis. Inf.)  by the end of June he was serving as Captain of Co. I, 2nd Wisconsin which he had raised at the request of the Governor.  A month later Allen led his troops at the <B>Battle of Bull Run</B>, then over the next several months was promoted through the ranks to Lt. Colonel.  Allen led his troops into the <B>Battle of Gainesville</B>, where he was <U>wounded in the neck and the wrist</U>, but refused to leave the field. He was again wounded at the <B>Battle of South Mountain</B>.  In January 1863 Allen was promoted to colonel of the <B>5th Infantry</B>. On May 3, he commanded the regiment at the bloody attack on <B>Marye's Heights</B>, during the <B>2nd Battle of Fredericksburg</B>. On November 7 he was <U>wounded</U> again, during the <B>Battle of Rappahannock Station</B>. When the 5th Infantry’s term of service was up in the summer of 1864, Allen volunteered to reorganize it with new recruits, and served through the end of the war.  He was brevetted <B>Brig. Gen. U.S. Volunteers</B>. In the post-Civil War years Gen. Allen served as Wisconsin’s Secretary of State, was a driving force in the organizing of the <B>Grand Army of the Republic</B> in Wisconsin, and <U>served as its commander, 1869-1870</U>.   A nice item for the autograph enthusiast or Wisconsin in the Civil War items. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Acquired as a pair and so offered here together are these all original examples of enlisted insignia.  Fashioned of die struck, lead soldered sheet brass with loop retainers, both remain in exceptional condition worthy of the finest period insignia collection.  The early engineers castle is especially difficult to acquire on today’s market, in this 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!  This outstanding Civil War era advertising game board was put out by <B> SNOW & BROWN, 29 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama</B>.  The board measures 12 inches square when open and remains in excellent condition, strong at the hinge with a game surface that remains bright and nearly as new.  The back which is exposed when closed, remains in pleasing condition while offering wear as good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying.  While we have not been able to date the establishment of the partnership of Snow & Brown at 29 Dauphin, Street, we found that Snow (J. H. Snow) commenced business at that address in 1855 and that the partnership business of Snow & Brown at the same location burned in 1874.   One period description advised that the Dauphin Street establishment <I>’was an elegantly arranged and handsomely fitted up temple of music filled with pianos, organs, and musical instruments’</I>.  Equally well known in Mobile as a music teacher, Snow was a prolific publisher of popular Confederate sheet music from this same address on Deuphin, Street.  (see: <I>CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC</I> by E. Lawrence Able)   Among the several such was the <B>JEFFERSON DAVIS GRAND MARCH</B> published in 1861.  An exceptionally nice item to set in with any Civil War era gaming or personal grouping, this neat old advertising game board will be of special interest to the collector of period Southern items.  <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!

 

 


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

Gen. Thomas S. Allen 2nd & 5th Wisconsin $65.00

 

exceptional! Civil War vintage enlisted $300.00

 

mid 1800s advertising checkerboard – SNO $295.00

 

Slave Merchant Button $50.00




6 x 1 3/4, red and black imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. May 19, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 14, 48 and 74. Choice condition. Uncommon.   


<b>United States Senator from Missouri


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


(1811-92) Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he attended St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Ky., in 1823-24, and Patridge's Military Academy, Middletown, Conn., 1824-25, and was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, in 1825 and served four years. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in Cincinnati in 1833, moved to St. Louis, Mo., in 1834, where he continued the practice of law. Served in the Missouri State House of Representatives, 1859-60. Was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1865. He served as U.S. Senator from Missouri from 1867-70, which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. He was the chairman of the Committee on Education. Appointed Chief Justice of the Court of Claims, serving 1870-75.


<u>Signature With Title and State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2, in ink, C.D. Drake, U.[nited] S.[tates] S.[enate] Mo. [Missouri].    


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


U.S. Senator from Louisiana


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


Governor of Louisiana</b>


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


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 7/8, in ink, Wm. P. Kellogg, Louisiana.  


Silver coin with the Roman numeral III with stars around the edges and an olive branch above and a bundle of 3 arrows beneath is on one side, and on the opposite side is a six pointed star with an American shield inside of it and United States of America around the edges. The year, which is at the bottom center, has faded. It looks to me like it might be 1857. Very good.

 

Footnote: This was the smallest of United States silver coins, called the "trime" by the Treasury Department, and it was authorized by Congress, on March 3, 1851.

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00

 

Autograph, Charles D. Drake

 

Autograph, William P. Kellogg

 

United States 3 Cents Piece $20.00




Excavated, State Seal of Virginia, Civil War, coat size uniform button with Virtus' spear resting on Tyranny. Missing shank. Backmark: Canfield Bro. & Co., Baltimore. Excavated in Virginia.   


<b>United States Senator from Delaware


United States Secretary of State


Ambassador to Great Britain</b>


(1828-98) Born in Wilmington, Delaware, to a family long prominent in public affairs, Bayard studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1851. He soon built up a large practice and served as U.S. Attorney for Delaware 1853-54. A peace Democrat, he opposed both secession and the Civil War. He was later elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1869-85, a seat held by his father and grandfather before him. Possessed of great ability and integrity, he was widely mentioned as a presidential possibility in 1880 and 1884. Upon the election of Grover Cleveland to the presidency in 1884, Bayard resigned his senate seat to become Cleveland's secretary of state. Bayard later was appointed U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4, in ink, T.F. Bayard, Delaware.   <b>State Cavalry Battalion</b>


7 1/2 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink, dispensing ammunition to Major H.D. Ogden, Comdg. 1st La. State Cavalry Battalion, itemized list includes 6000 Enfield rifle cartridges in two different calibers, 840 buck & ball shot, 1800 caps, and six packing crates, signed by Major R.L. Robertson, Major & Ordnance Officer. Dated June 27, 1863. On brown necessity paper. Exceptional condition. Rare.



<u>Henry D. Ogden</u>


The First Black Troops in Confederate Service, The Louisiana Native Guard


In May of 1861, 1,500 "Free Men of Color," gathered at an assembly in New Orleans with the intent of assisting the new Confederate Government in the defense of their city. On May 2, 1861, Governor Thomas O. Moore of Louisiana, accepted the regiment as part of the Louisiana Militia. All the line officers were men of color and the Governor appointed Militia Colonel Henry D. Ogden as the white commander of the regiment. Creoles had been used in the past by both the French and Spanish as militia troops during the previous century and free men of color fought with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. These men were educated and most had trades such as doctors, silversmiths, carpenters, architects, tailors, etc. These free men of color were property owners and identified closer to the white population than the non-white sector of the city. They had two grand reviews which took place November 23, 1861, and January 7, 1862. Enthusiasm waned as Confederate authorities gave the regiment few supplies and support. On February 15, 1862, the Legislature effectively disbanded the unit but they were quickly reinstated by Governor Moore on March 24th as Admiral Farragut entered the Mississippi River. On May 1, 1862, Union forces under General Benjamin F. Butler occupied the city and the regiment melted into the population. Butler soon became aware of a threat to the city from Confederate forces and asked to create a regiment of the free blacks who had previously been in the Louisiana Militia. On September 27, 1862, the two regiments of the Louisiana Native Guard were organized to fight for the Union. Colonel Henry D. Ogden, upon the surrender of New Orleans, had joined the staff of General Mansfield Lovell and had evacuated with Lovell from the city. He was assigned to Camp Moore, La., and was then promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on Governor Moore's staff, and he served in various capacities in the Trans-Mississippi Department in Northern Louisiana. He surrendered at Natchitoches, La., in May 1865, and returned to New Orleans. His involvement in organizing the first Black troops to serve the Confederacy is little known, but it is documented that he was the first and only white officer of this unit in 1861-62.  


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. July 7, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 38, 55 and 72. Uncommon.

State of Virginia Button $75.00

 

Autograph, Thomas F. Bayard $25.00

 

Alexandria Arsenal Supplies Ammuntion to $250.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00




(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838. Brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was in command at Charleston, S.C., in April 1861, during the bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter and rose to instant fame in the Confederacy. He also saw action at 1st Manassas, Shiloh, the 1863-64 Charleston, S.C. campaign, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg. Beauregard was a railroad executive in the 1860's and early 1870's and later served as Commissioner of public works in New Orleans and Adjutant General of Louisiana.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. No imprint. This portrait was taken in Charleston, S.C., on March 31, 1861, 2 weeks before General Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter. Excellent.  We will let our photographs do the talking on this offering except to advise that it measures approximately 15 ½ inches from butt to spout and is about 2 7/8 inches across its base.  With lots of period green stain, an attractive yellow patina with eye appealing evidence of period use and carrying, this especially attractive old powder horn will <I>fit the bill</I>for the collector who will appreciate its originality and beauty without spending a lot of money.   <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 with some consternation as we have had this impressive pair for years and would like them to stay together, but alas as we clear away some of our treasures it is time to offer this impressive pair a new home.  Acquired years ago framed together just as you see them here, are these approximately 2 1/8 X 3 1/2 inch tintypes both remaining in excellent condition with crisp focus and sharp contrast.   Best described by our illustrations we will only offer here that a classic 1870s era Peace Officer stands before the photographer’s camera well <I>got up</I> with felt hat, classic string tie, and brass button uniform components of vest, jacket and outer frock.  At his side is likely the more impressive of a pair who seem to belong together just as they were set in the period in the attractive double mat with gold wash frame.  Our impressive peace officer’s long time mate is an attractive <I>wasp waisted</I> lady offering up an impressive collection of arms to include a <B>revolver</B>, and <B> dagger</B> while brandishing the business portion of a <B>sword cane</B>.  A wonderful addition to any Americana collection in any number of collecting 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!

 A popular item sent home from the front these little ladies rings became the prized keepsake of many a Civil War era young lady left at home.  Such items carefully worked, popularly from bone, or a dried peach pit, were once relatively common to New England attic chest storage.  (see examples from our personal collection at <I><B> MaineLegacy.com</I></B> pages 46 – 49)  Popularly collected in the <I>good old days</I> of antique shows and estate sales of years past, nice examples of these delicate treasures are few and far between on today’s collectors market.  This example is exceptionally well made and likely the product of a careful craftsman who as the habit was, fashioned such for trade to buddies for other goods or services. Not much different than the enterprising military folks of today, a soldier of old who had the ability to fix a boot, cut hair or carve a better than average token for sending home, frequently did so as barter. The example offered here is exceptionally delicately done with fine inletting of classic figures of love and remembrance.  A period jeweler repair only adds the charm of wear and cherishing by the original owner.   <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!

CDV General P. G. T. Beauregard $125.00

 

antique country POWDER HORN $125.00

 

c. 1870s Peace Officer & Well Armed Lady $425.00

 

hand crafted Civil War era PEACH PIT RIN $155.00

A nice honest piece with appealing evidence of age and period use, this Springfield U. S. Model 1840 remains in excellent all original condition with an appealing deep chocolate natural age patina overall and that untouched but issued and used quality that is so hard to find today.  A Maine attic find of some years ago, this honest old .69 caliber smooth bore musket is complete with the exception of its ramrod (easily replaced if you wish) and remains otherwise  as issued with its nicely marked and 1841 dated SPRINGFIELD lock  The Mod. 1840 musket enjoyed a long run in the military with use in the Mexican War through the American Civil War.  The .69 caliber smooth-bore Mod.1840 was the last of the flintlocks and as such was found in considerable supply in both Northern and Southern armories at the outbreak of the Civil War.  (Conspiracy enthusiasts find it more than interesting that in the late days prior to secession, then Secretary of War Jefferson Davis was said to have caused the filling of Southern States arsenals with such <I>surplus </I> arms.)  With arsenal conversion to the percussion system, the old Mod. 1840 musket saw considerable service by both Union and Confederate troops remaining a common site on the battlefield through 1863 with many remaining in action for the duration of the Civil War.  (see: Coates & Thomas Civil War Small Arms) An all too scarce opportunity to acquire a good honest example of one of these U. S. Springfield made and converted Civil War Springfield muskets at a less than prohibitive price.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked </U>three  day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>


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

 


7 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $25.15. Received of R. Newman, Estate. Twenty five Dollars and 15 cents Tax for the year 1837. His taxable property consisting of 320 acres of land, and 15 slaves. Signed by the Warren County Tax Collector.  


<b>United States Congressman from Illinois


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


(1820-97) Admitted to the bar in 1841, he commenced practice in St. Charles, Illinois. Elected as U.S. Congressman in 1856, Farnsworth served to March 1861, and was described as a full blown "Lovejoy abolitionist." In September 1861, he recruited the 8th Illinois Cavalry and was commissioned their colonel. The regiment saw action under him during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign. During the Antietam campaign, Farnsworth held brigade command in General Alfred Pleasanton's division. Promoted to brigadier general, November 29, 1862, he was with his brigade at Fredericksburg. In March 1863, he was re-elected to Congress, and resigned his military commission. He was re-elected successively and held his congressional seat until 1873. He aligned himself with the Radical Republicans and voted for every extreme Reconstruction measure put before congress including the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Served as Chairman of the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads. His nephew was General Elon J. Farnsworth who was killed in action at Gettysburg.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 1/4, in ink, J.F. Farnsworth, St. Charles, Illinois.  


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Kentucky


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


(1822-90) Graduated from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky., in 1846, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Lexington. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1867-75, and U.S. Senator, 1877-90. Was a member of the commission appointed to define the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia, served as the Democratic Chairman, 1885-90, and was chairman of the Committee on Transportation Routes to the Seaboard.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, Jas. B. Beck, Lexington, Kentucky.

Civil War era percussion conversion - U. $895.00

 

1837 Warren County, Mississippi Tax Rece $75.00

 

Autograph, General John F. Farnsworth $50.00

 

Autograph, James B. Beck

Shown here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old late 1800s glazed tobacco pipe remains in all original as new and unsmoked condition with no chips, cracks or breaks.  Upon the closest inspection there is a desirable fine age crazing of the glaze as evidence of age and originality.  The bowel is decorated with raised fraternal symbols, <I>Love – Truth – Friendship</I> with the familiar Odd Fellows seeing eye, skull & cross bones, and chain links.  The shaft is impressed on one side with <I>SMOKE TALK PIPE</I> and on the other <I>GERMANY</I> and sports a wound string mouthpiece.  An attractive piece for the fraternal, tobacciana or 19th century personal item.  <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 !!

 With trimmed corners for insertion in its period photo album page, this classic Mathew Brady portrait of the Confederate military commander retains a clarity that seems to carry the character of the man through the ages.  A period brown ink caption penned under the figure offers charm and appeal.  A nice companion piece with any Civil War era grouping, this offering remains in its period photo album mounting.   <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 <I>R. W. ROBINSON * EXTRA RICH</I> back marked <B><I>LG</B></I> uniform coat button was used by the <B>Detroit Light Guards</B> in the pre Civil War era then was carried into the war as volunteers of that home guard became members of Co. A <B> 1st Michigan Volunteers</B>.  Removed from its display card for our photography and to show the maker markings, the button was then placed back on its mount utilizing the same wood sliver to secure it in place as when we acquired the piece. The button came to us on the <I><B>William A. Throop  Detroit Light Guards</I></B> display card emanating from a G.A.R. grouping.

     William Alexander Throop was a 23 year old resident of Detroit, Michigan when he enlisted as a 2nd Lieut. on April 18,1861 and was commissioned into Co. A <B>1st Michigan Infantry</B>.  At the culmination of his service with the early war three month regiment, Throop was promoted to Captain and commissioned into Co. F of the three year <I>1st Michigan Infantry Regiment</B>. He was wounded 6/27/1862 at Gaines' Mill, Virginia then promoted to Major on 8/30/1862 then Lt. Colonel on March 18, 1863.   <U>Wounded 7/2/1863 at Gettysburg</U>, Throop was discharged for promotion on November 15, 1863 and commissioned into the Field and Staff <B>118th Pennsylvania Infantry</B>. Wounded once again on 5/30/1864 at Cold Harbor he was  Breveted as Colonel on 8/1/1864.  Wounded at Petersburg on July 30, 1864 Throop was promoted full Colonel on December 22, 1864 and Brig. General by Brevet on March 13, 1865.  At the close of the Civil War William A Throop who had responded to Lincoln’s call to arms early as a member of the Detroit Light Guards (CO. A. 1st Mich.) had been wounded in four major battles and was Breveted to the rank of Brigadier General. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 


<b>Colonel 24th Missouri Infantry


United States Congressman from Missouri</b>


(1828-94) Born near Nashville, Tenn., he moved with his parents to Missouri in 1840 where they settled on a farm near Springfield. He was educated by private tutors and moved to California in 1849 where he prospected for gold and taught school. Returning to Missouri in 1854, he was clerk of the court of Greene County, 1854-56; he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and commenced practice in Springfield. Served as mayor of Springfield in 1856. During the Civil War he raised the 24th Missouri Infantry in 1861 and served as their colonel until his election to Congress as an Unconditional Unionist, serving 1863-65. Appointed judge of the court of the fourteenth judicial district in 1865. Served as a member of the Republican National Committee, 1864-68. Was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1864. He once again served in the U.S. Congress, 1869-71, and was the Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary War Claims. Appointed Minister Resident and Consul General to Siam by President Harrison, serving 1890-92. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/4 x 4, in ink, Sempronius H. Boyd, Springfield, Mo.

19th century Odd Fellows fraternal - SM $95.00

 

Civil War vintage Confederate Gen. Rober $145.00

 

important! Gen. Wm. A. Throop -- Detroit $195.00

 

Autograph, Sempronius H. Boyd $25.00

A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original caps for the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 5 </U> red paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Some considerable time ago we were fortunate enough to acquire a small number of original pasteboard spools containing the most wonderful early polished satin ribbon.  This offering from that grouping is an all original un-used 10 yard spool of 1 3/8 inch wide ribbon. (If you would prefer more narrow 7/8 inch wide ribbon enter <B>3160</B> in our search feature.) An exceptional find for the textile collector or conservator who would appreciate such a rarity either for display or use in a restoration.   The spool is complete and as it was sold with a full complement of 10 yards of 1 3/8 inch wide polished satin ribbon wound with a paper liner as was the custom in the time and secured at the end by a small straight pin.  The ribbon is that rich chocolate brown that Civil War era collectors will appreciate.  The spool measures approximately 3 3/16 inches in diameter and will make a wonderful companion piece as is for any period sewing or textile grouping.   A classic process of the Victorian era ribbon maker was to stiffen the finely loomed satin with such as starch, shellac or bee wax.  The ribbon was then passed through pressurized and  polished hot rollers.  This process was called calendaring and produced a durable high metallic gloss on the ribbon.  (Likely more than you needed to know.)   A wonderful find for the Civil War era textile enthusiast !  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 


<b>U.S. Congressman and Diplomat


Autograph Letter Signed</b>


(1807-86) Was the grandson of John Adams and the son of John Quincy Adams, the 2nd and 6th Presidents respectively of the United States. He graduated from Harvard in 1825, studied under the celebrated Daniel Webster, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in 1829. He served five years in the Massachusetts state legislature, 1840-45, and put his state on record as being abolitionist in sentiment. He founded the Boston Whig in 1846, and was editor until 1848, when he became the vice presidential candidate of the Free-Soil party. With the formation of the Republican party, he represented his father's old district in Congress, 1859-61, and became a party leader. Abraham Lincoln appointed him as minister to the Court of St. James, a very delicate diplomatic position with England whom the Federal government was trying to keep out of the Civil War on the side of the Confederacy. His great wisdom and dignity in the face of mounting British support for the South was instrumental in maintaining the neutrality of England. In 1871-72, he was a member of the five man tribunal that met in Geneva to settle the Alabama claims. American success in the case was wholly attributed to his skillful diplomacy. Adams received support for the presidential nomination at the 1872 Republican party convention, but lost to Horace Greeley.


<u>Autograph Letter Signed</u>: 5 x 8, in ink.


Messrs. D. Appleton & Co., New York


Boston, 6 March 1877


Gentlemen,


In accordance with your note received this morning I send you herewith six dollars & a quarter and your bill- the said remittance being at your wish.  


Yours &c,

Charles Francis Adams


There are some notes regarding his account in the upper margin. Stamped on the reverse, Paid Mar. 1877, D. Appleton & Co. Very fine.


D. Appleton & Co., founded by Daniel Appleton, was a general store that sold books, and later photographs. 


 


<b>Judge Advocate of the Union Army


Special Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators!


One of the managers in the President Andrew Johnson impeachment trial</b>


(1815-1900) Served as U.S. Congressman, 1855-63. He appointed George A. Custer as a cadet to the U.S. Military Academy. Appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Judge Advocate of the Union Army in 1864. He also served as Judge Advocate during the trial of the Lincoln Conspirators. Re-elected to the U.S. Congress, he served 1865-73. Served as one of the managers in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson, and made the three day closing speech at the trial. Served as Minister to Japan, 1873-85.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted bank check filled out and signed in ink. M.R. Penn, General Merchandise, Means, Harrison Co., Ohio. Cadiz, O.[hio], Dec. 8, 1896. The Fourth National Bank. Pay to the order of Henry Kimball, $18.50. Jno. A. Bingham. Stamped Paid. Endorsed on the reverse. Light age toning and wear. Desirable Lincoln related signature.

antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (5 rolls) $22.00

 

Victorian era POLISHED SATIN RIBBON – or $45.00

 

Autograph, Charles Francis Adams $150.00

 

Autograph, John A. Bingham $125.00

      We’ll depend on our photographs to describe this wonderful little group of 4 carte de vistes except to advise that they have been accurately reproduced here without enhancement and remain in nice original condition with no bends, folds, trimming or clipping.  <U>In order of appearance are:</U> #1 – <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B> <U>BUGLER</U>, <B><I>Orlando T. Bliss</B></I> is seated with <B>109th New York Infantry </B> <U>DRUMMER BOY</U><I><B>William Miller</I></B> standing at his side.    #2 – Young <I><B>Delavan S. Miller</I></B>,lied about his age when he enlisted as a 12 year old in 1862, <U>DRUMMER</U> <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B>.  #3 – Young Delavan lounges with mascot.  #4 -  <B><I>Pvt. James Broderick</B></I> Co. H <B>2nd New York Heavy Artillery</B> (later served :Veteran Reserve Corps) is seated with dog at his side.  

      <U> identification note:</U> We acquired this group together several years ago and have always been satisfied with the period pencil identifications (same hand writing on each and as was used throughout the original N.Y. album) Thanks to the miracle of the internet and google we found three additional CDVs  of Orlando T. Bliss (one with Willie Miller at his side) and an identified CDV of Delavan S. Miller.  All 4 CDVs and the afore mentioned internet views <U>display the same hand writing</U>.  An additional internet find, and likely the most important was the availability of a 1905 publication  of war reminiscence by Drummer, Delavan S. Miller.  <I><B>DRUM TAPS IN DIXIE</I></B> (republished and readily available).  A worthwhile addition to the library of any Civil War historian, Delavan Miller’s ramblings offer considerable insight to include the identity of the <B>dog BILLY</B>.  <I>Just a plain every day sort of dog with chopped off tail and clipped ears</I> offers the drummer boy, adding ,<I>but in some respects the most knowing little fellow I ever saw</I>.   Delavan offers some considerable detail of the life of Billy to include his separation from the Regiment at Bull Run and haggard return some two weeks post battle. Needless to say the insight into this group of images  provided by the Drummer’s book and additional material available on the internet is to lengthy to offer here however our research notes including links to the images found on the internet will come with the CDVs.

      Outstanding photographs that history dictates should stay together. An active regiment, a record of service will include such familiar actions as : Bull Run, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient,  North Anna, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor, Bethesda Church, . Mine Explosion, Weldon Railroad, Ream's Station, Poplar Springs Church, Peebles' Farm, Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, Assault on and fall of Petersburg, Appomattox Court House and Grand Review

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

 Our photos will offer the best description of this eye appealing offering.  This die struck <I>false bullion</I> Light Artillery hat insignia with battery number fashioned on velvet covered sheet tin remains entirely original and period,.  While this piece remains in excellent condition it offers good evidence of period originality and will satisfy the most discriminating collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a zouave soldier holding a sword in one hand and the American flag in the other while standing on a C.S.A. 1st National flag on the ground.  Motto printed at top: "We Have Planted Our Standard And Are Prepared To Defend The Right." 5 3/8 x 3 1/8.


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


A National Historical Society Photographic Portrait of the Civil War. In Association With Civil War Times.  William C. Davis, Editor. William A. Frassanito, Photographic Consultant. Published by Blackdog & Levanthal Publishers, New York, 1997. Hardcover with dust jacket. Large 10 x 10 1/4 size. 647 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Excellent.


In this striking chronicle, the American Civil War comes to life through the lenses of such extraordinary photographers as Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan, J.D. Edwards, J.W. Petty, A.J. Russell, Mathew Brady and his numerous assistants, and scores of others. Found in attics, old albums, on forgotten shelves in libraries and archives, the images of real faces and places in "Touched by Fire" reveal the underlying drama, tragedies, and pain of a war that split one nation in two. Essays by eminent Civil War scholars and the entertaining, informative captions accompanying each picture highlight the viewpoints of citizens and soldiers often neglected in history texts and illuminate in detail the nature of Civil War leadership and command, the spirit of the individual regiments, the role of the oft-forgotten navies on both sides, and the continental scope of the war and its impact on the land and on communities large and small.


"Touched by Fire" is at once a panoramic overview of the conflict and an album that focuses our attention on the personal, human aspects of a nation at war. Pictures of peaceful landscapes that would be transformed into battlefields, of humble churches and elegant plantations in the South that would soon vanish, remind us of the profound, far-reaching destruction of the war. Photographs of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Antietam- the bloodiest single day in American's entire military history- of Fredericksburg, Harpers Ferry, Gettysburg, and thousands of other lesser-known engagements, not only present graphic evidence of the realities of battle but highlight how the tactics used during the Civil War almost inevitably led to immense suffering and appalling death counts among the triumphant armies as well as the vanquished. Mighty battleships are seen side by side with hospital ships, the first ever built to care for the naval wounded. The faces of the two presidents, Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, and of their political allies, of the Blacks who went to war as soldiers, paid laborers, and servants, and of women who disguised themselves as fighters, served as nurses, and brought the comforts of home to desolate army camps, make it clear that the Civil War was unquestionably "everyone's war."


The story of the war is perhaps most starkly, and most poignantly, recorded in the hundreds of photographs of the men and boys- soldiers ranged in age from as young as thirteen to well over fifty- who offered their lives for the land they loved. Evocative portraits of the men charged with leading the troops- including Union officers Grant, McClellan, Burnside, Farragut, Custer, and Sherman, and, across the line, Lee, Beauregard, Longstreet, and Hood- are accompanied by concise and candid evaluations of their performances. From group photographs of the hundreds who enlisted in small towns throughout the country as the war began, to shots of newly trained regiments posing proudly with shiny new ceremonial swords or with antiquated weapons brought from home, to men shown crowded in the squalor of such notorious prisoner-of-war camps as Andersonville, to horrific depictions of the dead and dying stretching as far as the eye can see, "Touched by Fire" presents the fate of the common soldier in matchless, unforgettable images.


The result of an historic collaboration between the National Historical Society and Civil War Times, "Touched by Fire" offers an unprecedented view of the Civil War and brilliantly captures the emergence of photography as the truest and most authentic record of the passions and the horrors of war.



A magnificent and moving portrayal of America at war and of a generation "touched by fire."


1,200 rare black and white photographs, many reproduced from recently discovered original glass plate negatives.


Haunting scenes of tranquil encampments and of battlegrounds steeped in blood.


Portraits of the men in the ranks and of the men who led them.


A fascinating gallery of ships and seamen.


A revealing look at the industries that fed the war efforts, from railroads to weapon production.


Enlightening essays by some of today's foremost historians.

CDV group of 4 - 2nd N. Y. Heavy & 109t $1650.00

 

original! Civil War Mounted Artillery Ha $235.00

 

We Have Planted Our Standard $5.00

 

Touched by Fire $45.00




4 1/4 x 6 5/8, imprint, 7 pages.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 9, 1863


General Orders

No. 212


I..The Invalid Corps will be organized in Companies of two classes of Battalions.


II..Those men enlisted in, or transferred to, the Invalid Corps, who are most efficient and able-bodied, capable of using the musket, performing guard duty, making light marches, &c, &c, will be assigned to Companies of the First Battalion. Those of a minor degree of physical efficiency, or who possess special qualifications as cooks, nurses, or clerks, and whose services are required in hospitals, will be assigned to Companies of the Second Battalion.


III..Companies of the First Battalion will be employed mainly as provost guards, and guards in cities, &c. They will be armed with muskets, and will not be liable to active campaigns with the field armies.


IV..Companies of the Second Battalion will be armed with side arms only, and will be employed in hospitals as cooks, nurses, clerks, orderlies, &c., and as guards to hospitals or other public buildings.


Much more informative content. Issued by order of the Secretary of War and signed in print by E.D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General. Very fine.  


<b>Badly wounded during the battle of Perryville, Kentucky</b>


(1823-91) He was born at Florence, Alabama, graduated from the Jesuit College of St. Joseph's at Bardstown, Ky. in 1841, studied law, and started a practice in Murfreesboro, Tenn., and later moved his law office to Florence. He served as solicitor of the fourth judicial circuit of Alabama from 1851-57. He later became the editor of the Florence Gazette and strongly supported the 1860 presidential campaign of former U.S. Vice President and future Confederate General John C. Breckenridge. Upon the commencement of the War Between the States Wood entered the Confederate Army as captain of the "Florence Guards," and upon the organization of the 7th Alabama Infantry, was elected their colonel on May 18, 1861. He served with his regiment at Pensacola, Florida until February 1862, having been promoted to brigadier general on January 7th, and was ordered to take his command and join General Albert Sidney Johnston's army in Kentucky. After fighting bravely at Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Simon B. Buckner's division at the battle of Perryville, Ky., where he was severely wounded by an artillery shell fragment. He served in General Patrick Cleburne's division at the battles of Murfreesboro and Chickamauga. After the war he served in the Alabama legislature in 1882-83, was a member of the law faculty at the University of Alabama, and later served as attorney for the Alabama Great Southern Railroad. 


Antique, silver print photograph, 2 x 4. Half view wearing double breasted Confederate brigadier general's uniform coat with over the shoulder belt, rectangular belt plate, and the hilt and top portion of his sword visible. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.     


<b>Signature With Rank as Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade</b>


(1820-95) Brother of the celebrated engineer Charles Ellet. In 1861, he served as a captain in the 59th Illinois Infantry. The following spring when his brother was ordered by the War Department to purchase vessels and convert them into rams, Alfred was commissioned lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to his brother Charles. They completed their fleet at Cincinnati and steamed down the river to Memphis, defeating the Confederate fleet there on June 6, 1862, and sinking or disabling eight of the nine enemy ironclads. Charles received a mortal wound here and Alfred took over the command. With the Monarch and the Lancaster he steamed up the Yazoo River and discovered and reported the presence of the Confederate ram Arkansas. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 1, 1862, he was assigned to the Department of the Mississippi and placed in command of the Marine Brigade in 1863. After running the Vicksburg batteries in March 1863, Ellet was engaged for some time in moving General U.S. Grant's troops to the east bank of the Mississippi. In retaliation for information furnished to the troops of CSA General Chalmer's command, he burned Austin, Miss.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 1, in ink, Alfred W. Ellet, Brig. Genl., Comdg. M.[ississippi] M.[arine] Brigade. Very fine.


 An attractive apothecary label for GARRIGUE’S VEGETABLE WORM CONFECTIONS, sold by E. B. Garrigue, Philadelphia.   Nicely printed on colorful blue stock so typical of the period, this 7 ¾" X 5 3/8’ uncut label extols the wondrous virtues of Mr. Garrigue’s little vegetable pills in ridding one of stomach worms.  A common affliction of the Civil War era and an especially frequent malady of the Southern camp where warm weather and flies took their toll from Yankee soldiers who’s systems and personal habits were not accustom to sustained heat and close living.  All original and in fine condition, this is a nice original item for the Civil War, medical, sutler or country store collector.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Order Concerning the Organization of the $15.00

 

Photograph, General Sterling A. M. Wood $25.00

 

Autograph, General Alfred W. Ellet $100.00

 

Civil War era WORM CURE APOTHECARY LABEL $65.00

     An especially crisp 2.75 x 2.75 inches period albumen photograph was among the earliest Civil War photographs published by E & H T Anthony.  Originally published by Anthony as part of their <I>War Views,/I> stereo view series, this  original was part of a long ignored cash of original unmounted photographs from Anthony archives  acquired by Culver Pictures.  This period albumen was mounted by Culver Pictures Inc. as part of their stock photo collection sometime in the in the earlier 20th century and bears their mark on the reverse.  ( A long surviving family business Culver Pictures maintains a large inventory of pictures in varying categories for use by publishers of books, magazines, newspapers, websites, films, and television productions.)

           Known as the <B>Fighting Sixty-Ninth</B> a name said to have been given by Robert E. Lee during the Civil War, this New York Infantry Regiment (a.k.a. the <I>Fighting Irish</I>) would see action at such as Bull Run, The Seven Days Battles, Malvern Hill and Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and <B>Gettysburg</B>, Petersburg and Appomattox.  An outstanding period New York city street scene, this view offers building and business detail while capturing the patriotic fervor of the day.  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 !



 A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton, cut steel decorated misers purse.  Narrow in the middle and closed at both ends, miser's purses ranged in the course of their history from 8 to 10 inches long.  A knitted or crocheted <I>tube</I> with short slit in the narrow midsection to let the carrier drop coins or other small objects into either end of the tube.  The purse was closed by moving the rings, or sliders toward the ends, gathering the fabric snugly around the contents. The <I>toes</I>or ends were usually tasseled, one end was generally square the other rounded.  Frequently categorized by collectors as being exclusively for ladies use, the misers purse was an equally popular personal item of both sexes.  All in excellent original condition, we’d expect the considerable cut steal decoration on this example would more likely place it in the ladies us category. While the cut steal embellishment shows some rust as evidence of age and originality, this classic example remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item 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!  Our photos will do best to describe these nice Civil War era die-struck brass hat letters except to offer that they are completely original and in fine unissued condition with a mellow natural patina as evidence of age and originality.  The letters stand approximately 1 inch (illustrated with a quarter for size comparison) and sport original soldered on fastening wires.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired these letters several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976.  Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk, like Bannerman in New York, purchased large quantities of all manner of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility today but seasoned collectors can remember the two outfits offering original Civil War material as late as the 1960s and early 1970s.  This small grouping of Co. insignia offers a now rare opportunity as we make the letters available here <U>individually priced</U>for the collector who would like a single example as a companion piece or more than one for display.  We have just a few each of letters <B>A</B> through <B>G</B> with <B>K</B> and <B>L</B>. Just indicate in your order which letter or letters you would like. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Measuring 4 3/4 inches in diameter, these turned fruitwood traveling candlesticks remain in original even seemingly unused condition.  Wonderful patina and a single fine age crack along the grain of one side offer good evidence of age and originality. (see illustration insert)   Commonly referred to as <I>donut</I> candlesticks by Civil War collectors and antique lighting enthusiasts, the vast majority of surviving examples of the type are of spun brass though finely turned wood examples such as offered here are known to have seen use from the period of the American colonial and Revolutionary War period through the Civil War era.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

69th New York –‘Fighting Irish’-1861 ret $85.00

 

CIVIL WAR era LADIES MISER’S PURSE $95.00

 

original ! Civil War era enlisted Hardee $35.00

 

antique turned fruitwood TRAVELING CANDL $225.00




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