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By Richard W. Murphy and the Editors of Time Life Books. Published by Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1987. Hardcover with embossed gray leatherette cover with illustration of a pair of old soldiers; one in gray, the other in blue, shaking hands at the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, in July of 1913. Also has U.S. and C.S. belt plates, stars, crossed cannons, swords and cannon balls with the title printed in blue. Title is also printed in blue on the spine. Large 9 x 11 size, 176 pages, index, maps, profusely illustrated. Brand new condition.

ANTIQUE FOYER LIGHT FIXTURE $8500.00

 

ANTIQUE FOYER LIGHT FIXTURE $8500.00

 

DECO PEDANT LIGHT FIXTURE. . . 2 AVAILABLE $1500.00

 

The Nation Reunited, War's Aftermath $20.00

Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of New England antique <I>picking</I> it is time to move this treasure on to a deserving home.  Measuring approximately 10 ¾  inches from butt to spout, this well patinated old powder horn is quite rudimentary at a casual glance.  Nice age for sure, with pleasing color but relatively crudely fashioned and plain with the exception of brass tack embellishment on the butt plug.  What we’d call a <I>working man’s</I> horn by construction and likely use.  A closer look however offers up the clearly period scratch engraved inscription <I><B>With JAMES FRYE </I></B> and a nearly obliterated from wear <I><B> Ju 17 1775</I></B> still discernable with close inspection.   Enthusiasts of American Revolutionary War history will recognize the date as that of the battle of Bunker Hill with a quick resource check confirming that Col. James Frye was in command of troops there on June 17, 1775.   While some time on the internet will offer all the particulars of the action recorded as the Battle of Bunker Hill and Col. James Frye’s roll in the continental military, the identity of the colonist who so proudly preserved his presence on that date has been lost to history.  A desirable relic of our American past!  <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!

  

 Standing just under 3 niches and measuring 2 ¾ inches in diameter, this neat little tinned sheet iron cup would have been just the thing for personal use.  Large enough to offer a good drink or helping of soup or stew for the luckier troop yet lighter and more easily carried on the march, such sturdily fashioned iron cups are well documented in period photography and public and private Civil War collections.  The cup is fashioned of heavy sheet iron rolled and soldered with the classic flat bottom, a durable handle is secured by swaged  iron pins with all then <I>hot-dipped</I> in molten tin to produce a campaign worthy personal utility.  We discovered three of these period <I>tin</I> cups here in an early 19th century Maine attic where they had been set aside for decades and are offering each here individually for the collector / historian who would like one.  Each is entirely original and hand crafted in the period and remains in fine, likely unused condition with lots of still bright tin finish yet with age patches and lots of good evidence of un-touched period originality.      



 This attractive little hunting utility measures approximately 4 inches in diameter and is of hand stitched leather with a carved wooden spout and stopper.  All in excellent, even useable condition containing a full complement of antique <I>dropped</I> shot. (Irregular in size such shot was made by sprinkling molten lead into cool water, <I>dropped-shot</I>.) The leather remains pliable and all is original even to some remaining teeth marks on the carved stopped.  A neat companion item to go with a period fouler or to lay with a period hunting bag or powder horn.  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Patterned after the well-known wartime photo of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee taken in the Richmond, Virginia studio of <I>Vannerson & Jones</I>, this cast iron doorstop is reminiscent of the turn of the century casting by the John Wright Co. (founded in the 1880’s) yet a close examination of this piece reveals a crudeness with pronounced cast marks not found with the finer Wright Co. examples.  We believe this piece is either an early pre-production example of the John Wright, Lee doorstop or a much earlier sand casting taken from the 1863 Richmond pose and rendered by an entirely different foundry.    Standing approximately 7 ½ inches the figure offers a natural age patina as it was acquired in a Virginia estate some twenty years past.  Upon the closest examination, a few tiny flex of black enamel show that the piece was originally painted.  A bit of an enigma but whether a very early pre-production casting by John Wright or (wouldn’t we like to think so) a war time casting inspired by the Richmond photographer’s image of General Lee, this old cast iron doorstop is deserving of a new home as we clear away some of our many years accumulation.  <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!

Revolutionary War relic- June 17, 1775 $1400.00

 

Civil War era personal TIN CUP $55.00

 

hand crafted Antique Shot Pouch $45.00

 

antique sand cast - Robert E. Lee DOORST $145.00

Still housed as found in a period dovetailed slide top box from the pharmaceutical company <B>POWERS & WEIGHTMAN, Philadelphia</B>, this nice old chess set remains in fine condition and is offered here untouched just as it came from a country Maine attic.  Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, the game pieces are of turned white birch with the black pieces of the same material, stained.   A staple of the 19th century era turning mills here in Maine as they produced clothespins, spools, dowels and all manner of goods from this tight grain <I>North Woods</I> white birch.  An extra nice period chess set, complete and ready to set in any Civil War era grouping.  The identification to <B>J. H. Griffin</B> will be of special interest  as the set came out of a Freeport, Maine where <B>James H. Griffin</B> of the <B>30th Maine Infantry</B> lived.  The only Maine <I>J. H. Griffin</I> serving in the Civil War, Griffin enlisted and was mustered in on December 18, 1863 as a Private of Co. B 30th Maine Vols.  He mustered out in Savannah, Georgia on August 20, 1865.  Not as tight a provenance as is most desirable but a probable connection to a good, hard fought, Maine regiment worthy of passing along to be preserved with this nice chess set.  <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 all manner of state of Maine Civil War MILITARY paper! (Muster Rolls, Equipment Issue & Military Stores, Commissions, Discharges &c ) If you have a special interest in someone in any of the following <B>Maine Regiments</B> let us know who you are looking for with <U> Regiment</U> & <B><U>name of the specific person you are seeking</B></U> and as time permits we will check for your wants. If we have something we will get back to you with price and particulars.


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By Ronald H. Bailey and the Editors of Time Life Books. Published by Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1984. Hardcover with embossed gray leatherette cover with photograph of Confederate dead lying beside an abandoned limber on the Antietam battlefield east of the Dunker Church. The men were killed during the early morning fighting on September 17, 1862, as this position was being defended by the Confederate artillery battalion led by Colonel Stephen D. Lee. Also has U.S. and C.S. belt plates, stars, crossed cannons, swords and cannon balls with the title printed in blue. Title is also printed in blue on the spine. Large 9 x 11 size, 176 pages, index, maps, profusely illustrated. Brand new condition. Excellent book on the 1862 battle of Antietam, Maryland.  Nice early wick trimmer shears.  Unmarked as to maker, as is most commonly the case in American country made products, these iron trimmers remain in excellent condition and are the style of the 2nd quarter of the 19th century.  A nice companion item for the 1812 through Civil War eras. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  If you are new to our catalog and wish additional ordering information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.  Thanks for visiting our catalog!!

extra nice! Civil War era turned birch C $145.00

 

Civil War MAINE DOCUMENTS – MISCELLANEO $0.00

 

The Bloodiest Day, The Battle of Antieta $25.00

 

Early iron WICK TRIMMER $55.00

A nice Civil War vintage crochet cotton 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, this classic example of period ladies or men’s fare remains solid and suitable for careful use or will fit well in any period accessory or personal item collection.  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 !  


By Champ Clark and the Editors of Time Life Books. Published by Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1987. Hardcover with embossed gray leatherette cover with photograph of President Lincoln, U.S. and C.S. belt plates, stars, crossed cannons, swords and cannon balls with the title printed in blue. Title is also printed in blue on the spine. Large 9 x 11 size, 176 pages, index, profusely illustrated. Brand new condition. Excellent book on the 1865 assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.  


(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with Apaches in 1849. He resigned his commission in 1853, invented a breech loading rifle, was appointed a Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, becoming their Colonel. He was in command of a brigade at 1st Bull Run. Having become a Lincoln favorite, he was given command of the expedition against the coast of North Carolina, fought at Antietam, and in December of 1862 commanded the Army of the Potomac during their bitter defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside also saw action at Knoxville, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. In his post war career he was elected Governor of Rhode Island three times, and later a U. S. Senator.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Very fine view in uniform with rank of major general. No imprint. Light wear and age toning.  


Grayson Co., Va., June 28, 1862. The County of Grayson Will Pay FIFTEEN CENTS. Very fine. This is one of the scarcest of all Virginia county Civil War date notes to obtain. Very desirable.

CIVIL WAR era MISER’S PURSE $75.00

 

The Assassination, Death of the Presiden $35.00

 

CDV General Ambrose E. Burnside $65.00

 

1862 Grayson County, Virginia 15 Cents N $95.00

Packed away since we acquired them years ago when Maine country attics held a myriad of such 19th century remnants of everyday use, we have uncovered a small lot of earlier through mid 1800s clothes pins and are offering them here <U>priced by the pair</U> for the collector who would like a couple for display.  These antique clothes pins were hand cut from a sapling or small tree branch which was split then bound with a strip of tinned iron to form what must have been a very effective clothes pin.  We have seen this style in years past but like most everyday utilitarian items of the period, they seem to have mostly vanished. With pleasing age and originality, a pair of these original will go well with other period country items or in any grouping of Civil War vintage personal things. <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This attractive sheet brass embroidery stencil remains in fine original condition untouched and retaining that rich patina that comes to this material only with decades of age.  Hand cut, measuring 8 ¾ X 2 7/8 inches the delicate brass sheet remains in pleasing condition untouched condition and the finely cut patriotic design is without flaws of any kind.  A beautiful piece to lay in with period sewing material or textiles, from the War of 1812 through the Mexican War and Civil War. 

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Confederate patriotic cover with vignette of the South Carolina flag with palmetto tree and moon and slogan below, "We Are Seven." Light wear. "Necessity" cover which looks like it was made out of a piece of stationary. Very fine.  Based on the French 1862 fire helmet but with considerable redesign, this fire helmet style was first used by the London Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1868 the design was quickly adopted by the vast majority of London fire brigades then by nearly all British fire brigades to become an iconic symbol of the later half, 19th century fire fighter.  With good evidence of period use, yet remaining in pleasing original condition with a soft natural age patina and its rarely found original split leather sweat band, this classic fire helmet with its high relief fire breathing dragons and torch crest of crossed fire axes with entwined hose, this impressive brass fire helmet will display well by itself or set in any firefighting 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!

hand crafted Civil War vintage CLOTHES P $35.00

 

Civil War vintage Patriotic Embroidery S

 

Confederate Patriotic Cover, South Carol $50.00

 

Antique LONDON FIRE BRIGADE HELMET $425.00




The Battle of Shiloh, also known as the Battle of Pittsburg Landing, was fought April 6-7, 1862, in southwestern Tennessee. A Union army under Major General Ulysses S. Grant had moved via the Tennessee River deep into Tennessee and was encamped principally at Pittsburg Landing on the west bank of the river. Confederate forces under Generals' Albert Sidney Johnston and P.G.T. Beauregard launched a surprise attack on Grant there. On the first day of the battle, the Confederates struck with the intention of driving the Union defenders away from the river and into the swamps of Owl Creek to the west, hoping to defeat Grant's Army of the Tennessee before the anticipated arrival of Major General Don Carlos Buell's Army of the Ohio. The Confederate battle lines became confused during the fierce fighting, and Grant's men instead fell back to the northeast, in the direction of Pittsburg Landing. A position on a slightly sunken road, nicknamed the "Hornet's Nest," defended by the men of Brigadier Generals' Benjamin M. Prentiss's and W. H. L. Wallace's divisions provided critical time for the rest of the Union line to stabilize under the protection of numerous artillery batteries. The Confederates were forced to retreat form the bloodiest battle in United States history up to that time. 


Handsome 11 x 14 display, double matted, in gray and red, and ready to put in a frame. Includes a small remnant of a captured Confederate flag with white and red cloth visible. A rare relic from the Battle of Shiloh. Comes with COA and copy of the original note found with the flag fragment.  


Includes a 3 3/4 x 3 inch piece of tide water cypress which originated from a beam from Libby Prison. Handsomely displayed within double mat boards of cream and red, and highlighted with two modern copy photographs, and descriptive text. The photo at the top of the display is a Civil War period view showing Libby as a Confederate prison. Captain Turner, the commandant of Libby Prison, is one of the men standing in front of the tents in the foreground. The bottom photograph is a view of the reconstructed interior of Libby Prison as it appeared on display in Chicago in the late 1800's showing the cypress beams. Overall size is 11 x 14. Comes with documentation. Very neat original Civil War relic from one of the war's most infamous prisons! 


Libby Prison, established March 26, 1862, was situated on the corner of Cary and 20th streets, on the James River in Richmond, Virginia. The building was the warehouse of Libby and Sons, ship chandlers, before the Civil War. Outside of Andersonville Prison, Libby Prison was perhaps the most notorious Confederate Prison. 


*Please note that our scan is cropped as the display is too large to fit it in entirely on our scanner. The original display has nice full borders.   


Authentic, original piece of the Confederate battle flag that flew over Fort Morgan, Alabama, when it was captured by Admiral David G. Farragut in 1864. Handsomely displayed within cream and red, double mat board design. Includes a copy vignette of the naval battle of Mobile Bay, in the upper window opening, while the original Confederate battle flag remnant is prominently shown at the center of the display. The following descriptive text highlights the display at the bottom: Confederate Battle Flag of Fort Morgan, Battle of Mobile Bay. The Battle of Mobile Bay was a naval battle fought on August 5, 1864. Commanding the Union forces was Admiral David Farragut, while Admiral Franklin Buchanan led the Confederate fleet. The battle took place off the coast of Alabama, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, which was defended by two Confederate forts, Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines, and by a torpedo field (in modern terms, a minefield) that created a single narrow channel for blockade runners to enter and exit the bay. The biggest challenge for Farragut was entering the bay. With eighteen vessels, he commanded far greater firepower than the Confederate fleet of four. The Union fleet suffered the first major loss when the U.S.S. Tecumseh was critically damaged by an exploding torpedo after it wandered into the field. Within three minutes, the vessel was completely submerged. 94 men went down with the ship. Under fire from both the Confederate fleet and Fort Morgan, Farragut had to choose between retreating or risking the minefield. He then issued his famous order, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!" Farragut took his flagship through the minefield safely, followed by the rest of the fleet. When Union fleet reached the bay, they defeated the Confederate flotilla led by the giant ironclad, C.S.S. Tennessee. Buchanan surrendered to Farragut aboard the U.S.S. Hartford. After several weeks of bombardment from land and sea resulting in severe damage to Fort Morgan with the citadel being burned and the walls severely damaged by shot and shells, the Confederate Commander, General Page surrendered Fort Morgan on August 23, 1864 to Federal forces. This flag relic came from a small section of the Confederate flag shot down over Fort Morgan and retrieved by Fleet Surgeon James C. Palmer upon entry into the fort by Union forces and is authenticated by his note (a copy of which is) seen on the accompanying certificate. Included with the display is certificate of authenticity which incorporates a computer copy of Surgeon Palmer's original note which was pinned to the original flag relic. Overall size of the display is 11 x 14. Rare and very desirable Confederate flag relic from this famous fort! Please note that our scan is cropped because the display is larger than our scanner. The original display has nice full borders.  


<b>Third President of the United States</b>


(1743-1826) Among the many highlights of "Founding Father" Thomas Jefferson's political career were; principal author of the Declaration of Independence, a representative of Virginia in the Continental Congress, 2nd Governor of Virginia, United States Minister to France, 2nd Vice President of the United States, and 3rd President of the United States.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view portrait. No imprint. Very fine, and a desirable card of one of our "Founding Fathers."

Battle of Shiloh Captured Confederate Fl $295.00

 

Libby Prison Display $125.00

 

Fort Morgan, Alabama, Confederate Battle $295.00

 

CDV President Thomas Jefferson $15.00




<b>First President of the United States


1862 Civil War dated card</b>


(1732-99) "The Father of Our Country." George Washington was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and served as the first president of the United States.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 1/4 card. Bust view portrait. Backmark: Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1862, by David Nichols, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court, of the District of Massachusetts. Printed legend on the reverse: "G. Washington. This was done in New York 1790 and is acknowledged by all to be a very strong likeness. B. Goodhue." Some surface scratching to the front of the card none of which touch the subject. Light age toning. Uncommon to find with this 1862 imprint. Very desirable. No doubt some proud American, North or South, displayed this image of George Washington in a parlor album or possibly on a mantle in plain view to show their patriotism!  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this commercially prepared ink well remains in pleasing original condition.  Fashioned from soldered sheet iron around a plaster encased glass bottle with a natural cork stopper, the piece retains its period label on the bottom.  Couldn’t make it show in the illustrations but under proper light the print <I> Improved Non-Conducting Metallic Ink - Patent ??</I>.

Will go well with a period quill, dipping pen or  traveling writing desk. <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 !  


 


8 pages. Important From New Orleans. Capture of Alexandria by Admiral Porter. General Banks' Forces in Possession. Previous Bombardment and Capture of Fort De Russy. The Great Cavalry Raid Through Mississippi. Safe Arrival of Col. Grierson's Command at Baton Rouge. Detailed Account of Their Exploits. Immense and Irreparable Damage Inflicted Upon the Enemy. Only One of Our Men Killed and Six Wounded. Proposed Organization of a Corps D'Afrique by Gen. Banks. The Great Raid in Mississippi. A Detailed Narrative of the Exploits of Our Cavalry. Wonderful Cavalry Exploit. Important From General Grant. The Rebels Report That he Has Captured Jackson, Miss. The Cavalry Raid in Virginia. Operations by the Force Under Command of Lieut. Col. Davis. From the Army of the Potomac. Visit of Senators Wade and Chandler to Falmouth, and much more. Nice 1863 issue with exciting news of Colonel Benjamin H. Grierson's cavalry raid.  <b>of the Gulf to be Paid</b>


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, August 27, 1862


General Orders No. 65


Commanders of Brigades in this Department will have their respective commands mustered for pay on the last day of this month.


By command of

MAJOR-GENERAL BUTLER


WM. H. WEIGEL, 1st Lieut. And A.A.A.G.


Excellent. Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint.

CDV General George Washington $25.00

 

earlier to mid 1800’s Ink Well $65.00

 

The New York Times, New York, May 18, 18 $35.00

 

General Ben Butler Orders Soldiers in th $15.00




8 pages. IMPORTANT REBEL NEWS. Progress of the Siege of Charleston. Cummings Point Severely Bombarded by the Ironsides and Two Monitors. Fort Sumter and Two Rebel Batteries Engaged. A Counter Bombardment of Our Works on Morris Island. The Expedition in North Carolina. The War in Tennessee. An Expedition Into the Enemy's Country. The War in Indian Territory. Movements of the Blockade Runners. Arrival of the Florida. Quarrelling Over a Wrecked Rebel Prize. The Doings of the Rebel Pirates. The Law of the Blockade. Liability of Vessels Proceeding to Neutral Ports to Load for Blockaded Ports. Opinion of the Attorney General. Ship Building for the Rebels. Views of a Southern Paper on the Negro Question. The Negroes and Colonization. The Metropolitan Police. Their Services During the Riot Week. Their Honorable Record, and more news. Age toning and light wear.     


Unabridged reprint of the 1866 edition. Published by Dover Publications, Inc., New York. 100 photographs, all original size, with lengthy descriptive text for each photo, also includes an index. Introduction by E.F. Bleiler. Paperback, 10 5/8 x 8 1/4. New condition. A must have book for every Civil War photograph collector and library.


Second only to Mathew Brady as the foremost early American photographer was Alexander Gardner, the one time manager of Brady's Washington salon and Brady's chief photographer in the field during the early days of the Civil War. Indeed, Gardner- who later photographed the War independently- often managed the famous horse-drawn photographic laboratory and took many of the pictures that used to be attributed to Brady. He accompanied the Union troops on their marches, their camps and bivouacs, their battles, and on their many hasty retreats and routs during the early days of the War.


In 1866 Alexander Gardner published a very ambitious two volume work which contained prints of some 100 photographs which he had taken in the field. A list of them reads like a roster of great events and great men; Antietam Bridge under Travel, President Lincoln and General McClellan at Antietam, Pinkerton and His Agents in the Field, Ruins of Richmond, Libby Prison, McLean's House Where Lee's Surrender Was Signed, Meade's Headquarters at Gettysburg, Battery D, Second U.S. Artillery in Action at Fredericksburg, the Slaughter Pen at Gettysburg, and many others. This publication is now among the rarest American books, and is here for the first time republished inexpensively.


Gardner's photographs are among the greatest war pictures ever taken and are also among the most prized records of American history. Gardner was quite conscious of recording history, and spared himself no pains or risk to achieve the finest results. His work indicates a technical mastery that now seems incredible when one bears in mind the vicissitudes of collodion applications in the field, wet plates, long exposures, long drying times, imperfect chemicals- plus enemy bullets around the photographer's ears. It has been said of these photographs; photography today, one hundred years later, is far easier, but it is no better.   


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 167 pages, illustrated, index. Some thin scratches to the back of the dust jacket. The book itself is in brand new condition.


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


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


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Private William J. Oliphant of the 6th Texas Infantry remembered the horror of fighting at night at Chickamauga; "It was now quite dark but just ahead of us was a brilliant light. A field was burning and we were ordered to charge through it...The fence was on fire and the tall dead trees in the field were blazing high in the air. Dead and wounded men were lying there in great danger of being consumed." 


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


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


So here you find living testimony from the battlefield of Chickamauga. As you look into the eyes of these soldiers and civilians, as you read the words of those dazed by the violence around them or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was Chickamauga. 


Cover Photograph: Lee and Gordon's Mills, about 12 miles south of Chattanooga, was the scene of some of the early skirmishes that started the two day Battle of Chickamauga. 


Cover quotation: "We must drop a soldier's tear upon the graves of the noble men who have fallen by our sides." General Braxton Bragg.  


<b>Fought in the War of 1812


Fought in the Mexican War in a Kentucky Cavalry Brigade and was captured in 1847


United States Congressman from Kentucky


Governor of Oregon</b>


(1795-1857) Born in Augusta, Va. (now West Virginia), he moved to Boone County, Ky., studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Walton, Ky. He was a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives for many years. Fought in the Mexican War as a major in the cavalry brigade of General Thomas Marshall. He also served as aide-de-camp to General Winfield Scott. He was captured at Incarnacion in January 1847, and spent several months as a prisoner in Mexico City. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-49, and was the Governor of Oregon, 1850-53.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 4 1/4 x 1, in ink, Jno. P. Gaines, Kent[uck]y.

The New York Times, August 4, 1863 $25.00

 

Gardner's Photographic Sketch Book Of Th $15.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Chickamauga $25.00

 

Autograph, John P. Gaines $35.00




<b>U.S. Congressman & Senator from Ohio


Governor of Ohio


U.S. Secretary of the Treasury


U.S. Minister to Mexico during the War Between The States</b>


(1794-1865) Studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1817, and practiced in Lebanon, Ohio. Served as a member of the Ohio State House, 1822-23, 1829; U.S. Congressman, 1831-40; Governor of Ohio, 1840-42; U.S. Senator, 1845-50; appointed Secretary of the Treasury, by President Millard Fillmore, serving 1850-53; U.S. Congressman, 1850-61; appointed by President Abraham Lincoln as Minister to Mexico, serving 1861-64.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 3/4 x 1, in ink, Thos. Corwin.  


<b>Fought in the War of 1812 as a lieutenant in the 13th Kentucky Infantry


United States Congressman and Senator from Kentucky


Member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives during the Civil War</b>


Born in Goochland County, Va., he graduated from Transylvania College, in Lexington, Ky., in 1811, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Glasgow, Ky. He fought in the War of 1812 as a lieutenant in the 13th Regiment Kentucky Infantry. Served as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1816-19, and 1825-26. He was Judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, from 1828-35. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1835-43. Was Chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia. Served as a Presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1844. He returned to the Kentucky State House serving as a representative in 1846, also holding the position of Speaker of the House. He was a U.S. Senator from 1847-53. Once again he returned to Kentucky where he served as a member of their State House of Representatives during the Civil War years of 1861-62-63. Afterwards he returned to his law practice while also engaging himself in agricultural endeavors. He died near Bowling Green, Ky., on August 23, 1876, and is interred in Fairview Cemetery, in Bowling Green.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, J.R. Underwood, Bowling Green, Ky.  


<b>United States Congressman from Kentucky


Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives</b>


(1800-59) Born in Nashville, Tenn., he moved with his parents to Trigg County, Ky., where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He served as a member of the Kentucky State House of Representatives, 1827-32. Was a U.S. Congressman, from 1835-37, and 1839-55, serving as Speaker of the House for the 32nd and 33rd Congresses. Served as Chairman, of the Committee on Accounts, and he also served on the Committee on Territories. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky in 1859, but was too ill to serve and died in Paducah, on December 17, 1859.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 3/8, in ink, Linn Boyd, Trigg Co., Ky. Light age toning.    


5 x 7 3/4, imprint


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, Sept. 10, 1862


General Orders No. 68


From and after this date, all applications for discharged soldiers, or furloughs for soldiers or officers, or resignations of officers, will be forwarded to the Medical Director, Dr. Chas. McCormick.


By command of

MAJOR-GENERAL BUTLER


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


Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint. Excellent.

Autograph, Thomas Corwin $25.00

 

Autograph, Joseph R. Underwood $25.00

 

Autograph, Linn Boyd $20.00

 

1862 Special Orders From General Butler, $15.00

<b>Society of the Nineteenth Army Corps</b>


St. Denis Hotel, October 20, 1906. 4 pages printed on extremely thick card stock. 7 x 9 1/2. Tied together by red, white and blue ribbon. Photograph of General Nathaniel P. Banks on the front cover with the following caption: As He Was In 1862. Our First Commander. Major-General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks. Died September 1, 1894. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. Page 2: 1864-1906. Twentieth Annual Meeting And Dinner. Society of the Nineteenth Army Corps. St. Denis Hotel. Cor. Of Broadway And Eleventh St., New York City. Saturday Evening, the 20th day of October, 1906, at 8 o'clock sharp. Forty-second anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864. Illustration of flag. Lists the various officers of the society for 1906, the Reception Committee, the Floor Committee, and the Committee of Arrangements listing them with their names, rank and positions.  Page 3: Includes the Menu, Grace by Rev. Joshua Kimber, Music by Professor Edwin D. Lewis, No. 54 Gardner Avenue, Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, and the program will close with "Auld Lang Syne" and a Hope to meet again in 1907. The back cover has a photograph of General Philip H. Sheridan with the following caption: As He Was in 1864. Our Second Commander. Major-General Philip Henry Sheridan. Appointed Lieutenant-General U.S. Army, March 4, 1869; appointed General June 6, 1888; died August 5, 1888. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. There is a small chip at the lower edge of the front cover with some paper loss. This is in a border area so it does not affect any of the content on any of the pages. There is also a one inch edge tear just below this paper chip. It does not touch upon any of the content. Otherwise the program is very clean and bright. Desirable 1906 Nineteenth Army Corps program.    <b>Stores, New Orleans</b>


7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, signed by Captain Andrew Jackson McCoy.


Office Chief C.S.

New Orleans, Jany. 27, 1864


Captain Jacob Mahler,

A.Q.M.


The barque Hazeltine failed to deliver and should be charged of her Commissary Stores as follows:


36 lbs. soap 8 1/4 [$]2.97

5 [lbs] candles 23 1/2 [$] 1.18

$4.15


Very resply.,

Your obt. Servt.

A.J. McCoy

Capt & C.S.


Very fine.


Andrew Jackson McCoy, who signed this document, was a resident of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, when he enlisted on June 3, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 4th Wisconsin Cavalry. He was discharged for promotion on May 20, 1863, and commissioned captain, U.S. Vols. Commissary Dept. He was promoted to the ranks of brevet major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, on March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the service on August 3, 1865.


Jacob Mahler, the recipient of this letter, enlisted on July 21, 1862, as a captain, and was commissioned assistant quartermaster, in the U.S. Vols. Q.M. Dept. He was mustered out of service on June 29, 1865.



 


16 x 9 3/4, two sided, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Return of Captain Chas. W. Boothby, Company D of the First Regiment of New Orleans Vols., Army of the United States, Colonel C.W. Kilborn, for the month of April 1864. Gives an itemized account of the soldiers present and absent for duty. Also includes the names of three enlisted men who are on extra duty, two who are absent without leave and one who is in the hospital. The reverse of the document lists the names and rank of two officers, one who is serving as post adjutant by Special Orders No. 21, and another who is on recruitment service for the regiment. Signed by H.F. Hatch, 2d Lt., 1st N.O. Vols., Commanding the Company. Station: New Orleans. Date: April 30th, 1864. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Uncommon New Orleans Civil War unit.


WBTS Trivia: The 1st Regiment New Orleans Infantry Volunteers were organized at New Orleans, Louisiana, and served from 1864-66. Attached to the Department of the Gulf, they were part of the garrison that defended the city of New Orleans and the District of La Fourche.  This hand wrought belt knife is in a style and size commonly referred to in the 18th and early 19th century as a <I>rifleman</I> knife as its large size and stout construction served the bearer well both as a military or frontier sidearm.  The knife measures 15 ¾ inches in total length with a stout 10 ½ inch long, 1 ½ inch wide spear point blade.  The iron ferruled grip is of dark green horn.  With lots of evidence of age, period use and originality, the knife remains solid with no loose components and is pleasing to the eye.  Housed in its scabbard of heavy leather with typical pressed geometric design of the period, the scabbard is fitted with a stitched on, studded frog for carrying with waist belt.  The scabbard, like the knife, offers good evidence of age with period use and carrying yet remains in solid and pleasing condition with good seams.  The belt stud appears to be from the tip of a deer antler. With all this said, a good look at our illustrations will serve best in describing this attractive old knife.  <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!

1906 Program Twentieth Annual Meeting An $25.00

 

1864 Letter From the Office of the Chief $25.00

 

Return of the 1st Regiment of New Orlean $35.00

 

Revolutionary War / Frontiersman - Rifle $650.00

Measuring just over 15 inches in length, these slender black iron tongs should not be confused with later copies but are original and of the period.  We have left them just as they came to us after decades of storage offering a pleasing natural age patina and a bit of carbon <I>crust</I> on the jaws from period use.  Frequently referred to as <I>pipe tongs</I> this early utility was indeed popular among period smokers and are a favorite of modern day tobacciana collectors.  A more appropriate term though may be <I>ember tongs</I> as the tool was in fact used in retrieving a hot ember from the hearth not only to light ones pipe but to light a candle, lamp or for any use requiring additional fire. A nice companion item on the hearth in the kitchen or on the smoking table.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 An outstanding piece of Americana, this original <B>Boston Theater</B> broadside measures an easily displayable 21 ¾ X 8 inches wide and remains solid and in pleasing condition with no rips tears or stains and only some chipping at the edges.  This wonderful old entertainment broadside announces the <B>GLORIOUS ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICAN INDEPENDENCE - JULY 4TH 1850 </B> celebrated with the appearance of the famed <B> RAVEL FAMILY</B>of gymnasts, tight rope performers, skaters, ballet dancers and pantomimists.   First appearing in the U. S. in 1832, theater critics and even rival theater managers held the Ravels as unsurpassed variety performers.  Renowned the world over Boston quickly became one of their most successful venues. In 1850 the Ravel Family brought a troop of in excess of forty performers appearing at both the Boston Theater on Federal Street and the Boston Anthenaeum.   An outstanding piece of Americana!  Our illustrations will do best to describe this nice old Civil War period oil tin except to advise that it stands 8 inches high and retains an unusual brass caped, slip on spout to aid in fueling smaller lighting utensils.  All original, period and remaining in pleasing condition, this piece of 19th century tinsmith work will display well.  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>With imprint of Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, Va.</b>


(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. Backmark: Vannerson & Jones, Richmond, Va., with 2 cents orange George Washington tax stamp. Light age toning and wear.

18th / mid 19th Century hand forged PIPE T $85.00

 

July 4th 1850 - BOSTON THEATER BROADSIDE $195.00

 

Civil War era LAMP OIL TIN $75.00

 

CDV General P. G. T. Beauregard $150.00




C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Feb. 21, 1863. The large black stamped "3" at the center indicates that 3 cents postage was due on the mailing of this envelope. Docketed at left edge, "Soldier's Letter, A.J. Willets, Surgeon, 176th Regt. N.Y. Vol." Addressed to, "George Leacole, care of Thaddeus Davids & Co., 127 William St., New York." Edge wear. Fine war date cover sent by a New York surgeon from New Orleans, Louisiana.


WBTS Trivia: The 176th New York Infantry Volunteers were known as the "Ironsides" regiment.


The regiment left the state under command of Colonel Charles C. Nott on Jan. 11, 1863, and embarked on transports for New Orleans, La.  On its arrival it was stationed in the defenses of New Orleans for several weeks and was attached to General Christopher C. Augur's division of the 19th corps, when that corps was organized.


It formed part of the garrison of New Orleans during the siege of Port Hudson, La., and took an active part in repelling the advance of the enemy under General Richard Taylor. During June, 1863, detachments of the regiment participated in the skirmishes at Pattersonville, La., Fourche Crossing, Thibodeaux, Fort Buchanan, Bayou Boeuff and Brashier City, La.


In the action at La Fourche Crossing, the regiment was commanded by Major Morgan and behaved most gallantly, in the actions at Fort Buchanan, on the Atchafalaya, and at Brashear City, the regiment met with serious disaster, over 400 men being captured. This 

disaster was not due to lack of bravery on the part of the men.


There was no one in command, but the men fought with all the bravery that could be expected. The loss of the regiment in the above actions amounted to 464 killed, wounded and captured or missing. In the spring of 1864, they were attached to the 3rd brigade, General Cuvier Grover's division, 19th army corps, it took part in General N.P. Banks Red River campaign, being engaged at Mansura and Simsport.


In July it returned to Virginia with the first two divisions of the 19th corps and took an active part in General Philip H. Sheridan's brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley against General Jubal A. Early, including the battles of Berryville, the Opequan, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar 

Creek, Va.


Its loss at the Opequan was 47 killed, wounded and missing, and at Cedar Creek, 53. In the assault on Fisher's Hill it captured 4 guns from the enemy. It remained in the valley until January, 1865, when it was ordered to Savannah, Ga., with General Grover's 

division.


In March it was ordered with the division, now commanded by General Henry  W. Birge, to North Carolina, where it was temporarily attached to the 10th corps and took part in the final campaign of the Carolinas, ending with the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston at Bennett's House, N.C.


Soon after this it returned to Georgia and was finally mustered out of the U.S. service at Savannah, Ga., on April 27, 1866.  The regiment lost during service 2 officers and 31 men killed and mortally wounded; 4 officers and 177 men died of wounds and other causes of whom 1 officer and 17 men died in the hands of the enemy.


Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2  


Light blue ribbon with black imprint and gold bullion tassels at the bottom. 53rd Massachusetts Co. "K" Vol. Inf., 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 19th Army Corps, Army of the Gulf. No pin. Light wear and aging.   


<b>Civil War Congressman and Senator from Illinois</b>


(1811-75) Born near Lexington, Ky., he attended Centre College at Danville, Ky., and Transylvania University, at Lexington, Ky., taught school, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1831 and practiced in Shelbyville, Illinois. He served as a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1836-38, and 1844-46, and was speaker in 1844. Was a member of the Illinois State Senate, 1838-42. Was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1844. He fought in the Mexican War as a captain and was promoted to the rank of major. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-56, and 1861-63. Was the Chairman of the Committee on Territories. Served as U.S. Senator, 1863-65.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 x 1 1/2, in ink, W.A. Richardson, Rushville, Ill. Cut slightly close at the top. Bold autograph.    


Used, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 postcard, with illustration of monument with Confederate soldier holding musket. Confederate Lot, Lexington, Ky. C.D.S., Lexington, Ky., Feb. 8, 1909, with 1 cent Ben Franklin postage stamp. Light age toning and wear.

War Date N. Y. Surgeon's Envelope Sent Fr $20.00

 

53rd Massachusetts Infantry Ribbon $35.00

 

Autograph, William A. Richardson $20.00

 

1909 Postcard, Confederate Monument, Lex $9.00




Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, postcard, with beautiful full color embossed illustration. Female figure in robes with laurel wreath and a bronze tablet with striking bust view of President Abraham Lincoln and his birth and death years, 1809-1865. Floral display in the foreground. Minor edge and corner wear. Overall light wear. Very fine. International Art Publ. Co., New York-Berlin. Divided back era card from the "Golden Age of Postcards." Circa 1907-1915.  <b>and Medical Departments</b>


5 x 8, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, May 14, 1861


General Orders

No. 20


I..There will be added to the General Staff of the Army, four Quartermasters and eight Assistant Quartermasters, to be promoted and selected according to existing Laws and Regulations.


II..There will be added to the Medical Department of the Army, ten Surgeons and twenty Assistant Surgeons.


The Surgeons will be promoted according to existing Laws and Regulations from the Senior Assistant Surgeons, and the Assistant Surgeons will be appointed from civil life after having passed the usual examination by a Board from the Medical Department of the Army.


Due public notice of the appointment and time and place of meeting of the Board will be given.


By Order:


L. THOMAS

Adjutant General


Official:

Assistant Adjutant General


A couple of light stains and a vertical fold. Very early war Federal Army orders signed in print by Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. 


 


Used, 5 1/2 x 3 1/2 postcard, with full color embossed vignette of a banner with spread winged eagle, crossed cannons artillery insignia, American flag, and the slogan, In Loving Memory. Copyright 1909, L.R. Conwell, N.Y. No postage stamp. C.D.S., Poughkepsie, N.Y., May 30, 1913.  


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the February 21, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Effects of the Proclamation; Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at Newbern, North Carolina. 15 1/2 x 10 3/4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. Historical 1863 illustration. 


WBTS Trivia: The Proclamation referred to in the caption is President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation which was issued on January 1, 1863.

President Abraham Lincoln Memorial Postc $6.95

 

1861 Orders Regarding Adding Officers to $10.00

 

G. A. R. Postcard, In Loving Memory $5.00

 

Freed Negroes Coming Into Our Lines at N $45.00

<b>Are Confined


Original 1860 woodcut engravings of slaves</b>


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published in the June 2, 1860 issue of Harper's Weekly. Captions: #1- The Princess Madia-[From A Daguerreotype]. #2- The Only Baby Among The Africans-[From A Daguerreotype]. #3- An African-[From A Daguerreotype]. #4- The Barracoon At Key West Where The Africans Are Confined-[From A Daguerreotype]. Includes some printed text regarding these illustrations. 10 1/2 x 16. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. Rare.   Harkening back to the days when folks gathered together in darkened country halls and city theaters to marvel at beautifully hand colored views offered by the turn of the century traveling <I>Magic Lantern</I> projectionist, this nicely slide show travel case offers its original content of 28 <B>McAllister Magic Lantern Slides</B>.  Each hand colored glass slide remains in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or condition issues.  As most of these patriotic sets have been broken up with individual views offered separately, <I>show</I> sets of the most popular and now most collectable Historic Americana and Patriotic War views are seldom found.  Included in this set are illustrative historical views from Columbus, the landing of the Pilgrims, Revolutionary War views to include Washington at Valley Forge, battle views and the Surrender Of Cornwallis.  Included are Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans then Civil War views to include Confederate artillerists active in the  Bombardment of Fort Sumter, Lincoln rallying the troops the Battle of Gettysburg and finally peace as illustrated by a pair of Union and Confederate veterans shaking hands before the American flag. 

With a sprinkling of attractive  Lady Liberty and Stars and Stripes views the collection is concluded by Spanish American War views.  Explosion of the Battleship Maine in Havana Harbor then views of land and sea battle round out the grouping with views current to the time in which the show would have been presented. 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>1863 Philadelphia imprint</b>


(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. 1863 imprint on the front mount, F. Gutekunst, 704 & 706 Arch St., Philadelphia. Backmark: F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia, with 2 cents blue George Washington U.S. Inter. Rev. tax stamp. Very fine, sharp quality image.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a tree with numerous American flags in its branches with the names of the states of the U.S. on them. "Union" is in large red, white and blue stars and stripes letters to the right, and a verse below the tree reads, "Traitor! spare that Tree, Cleave not a single bough, In youth it sheltered me, and I'll protect it now." Published by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati. 5 1/2 x 3 1/4. 


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

Slaves & The Barracoon at Key West, Flor $75.00

 

MAGIC LANTERN SLIDE SHOW– Pilgrims – Re $335.00

 

CDV General George B. McClellan $100.00

 

The Union Tree $5.00




<b>Autographed by the author</b>


By William A. Frassanito. Published by Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Hardcover with dust jacket, 304 pages, profusely illustrated. The dust jacket shows light discoloration and light wear. This book is from my own personal library and it has been autographed and presented to me by my old Gettysburg colleague, Bill Frassanito as follows, "Gettysburg, Pa., December 17, 1984, To Len- With best wishes, William A. Frassanito." My personal embossed library stamp is below the signature at the bottom corner of the page, "Library Of Leonard Rosa." The book is in excellent condition. An extremely desirable book which is a must have for any Antietam or Civil War Photographic library. This hardcover edition is long out of print.


In September of 1862, following Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's victory at Second Manassas, the Southern army turned northward in its first great invasion of the Civil War. The opposing Union army was commanded by Gen. George B. McClellan. In the battle that ensued in the fields and woods surrounding Sharpsburg, Maryland, and along Antietam Creek, 26,000 Union and Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded, making September 17, 1862, the bloodiest single day in American history- a distinction that has never been equaled.


Immediately following the battle two seasoned photographers, Alexander Gardner and James F. Gibson, recorded ninety five scenes of the freshly scarred battlefield and its environs. Their studies of dead soldiers were the first the American public had ever seen depicting the true carnage of war, and an exhibition of their work in a New York art gallery a month after the battle prompted a reporter to comment that if the photographers had not "brought bodies and laid them in our door-yards and along streets, they had done something very like it."


With the same analytical skill and meticulous historical research that earned his first book, Gettysburg, so much critical acclaim, William A. Frassanito re-creates the battle of Antietam through its photographs. By documenting the photographer, date, and camera location for each view, Frassanito provides a definitive report on the Antietam photographs and highlights Antietam's role as a landmark in the visual documentation of war.


Frassanito's treatment of the Antietam photographs, however, goes beyond the battle plan and the history of photography. To convey the personal tragedy that lies behind each photograph of the "Dead at Antietam," the talented author presents vignettes of some of the common soldiers who fought and died in the battle. Offering glimpses into men's private lives- their activities before the war, their military training and experiences, how their families coped with their deaths- Frassanito introduces us to the true subjects of Gardner's and Gibson's work at Antietam.


William A. Frassanito has been studying Civil War photography since the age of nine. He was educated at Gettysburg College and received his master's degree in American cultural history from the Cooperstown Graduate Program. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army in both Germany and in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star, he was assigned to the Joint Chiefs of Staff as an intelligence analyst. He is also the author of Gettysburg; A Journey in Time.


Front cover illustration: The grave of John Marshall, Company L, 28th Pennsylvania, by Alexander Gardner, September 19 or 20, 1862.


Back cover illustration: Antietam National Cemetery, Sharpsburg, Maryland.


  


<b>Original 1859 woodcut engravings of slaves!</b>


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were published on the front page of the November 19, 1859 issue of Harper's Weekly. EFFECT OF JOHN BROWN'S INVASION AT THE SOUTH! #1: "Much Obliged To Dar Ar Possum Wattomie For Dese Pikes He Gin Us- Dey's Turrible Handy To Dig Tatters Wid." #2: "What's Dem Fool Niggers Fraid On? I'd Like Ter See One O' Dem Folks Ondertake To Carry Me Off, I Would!" #3: A Southern Planter Arming His Slaves To Resist Invasion. 11 x 15 3/4. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated mast head at the top. Historic and extremely desirable 1859 dated John Brown Invasion related illustrations on the entire front page of Harper's Weekly. Suitable for framing or display. RARE!  


<b>With Rare Vicksburg, Mississippi Imprint</b>


(1827-1894) He graduated in the West Point Class of 1852. Commissioned Colonel 27th New York Infantry in May 1861. He fought at 1st Bull Run where he was wounded, and later commanded a division in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the battles of 2nd Bull Run and Antietam. Promoted to the command of the XII Corps, Gen. Slocum led them at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He went west to command the District of Vicksburg, and then took part in the Atlanta campaign, General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Washington Gallery, Odd Fellows Hall, Vicksburg, Miss. Light age toning and wear. Card mount is slightly trimmed. Rare to find with this Vicksburg imprint.  


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


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the struggle for Vicksburg. Through their words and images you can relieve the intense emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the humor- of this protracted, bloody campaign. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and especially, images of the people.


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


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Lieutenant Samuel H.M. Byers of the 5th Iowa Infantry, on the fierce fighting of Champion's Hill, said: "Pretty soon a musket ball struck me fair in the breast. I am dead, now, I said, almost aloud. It felt as if someone had struck me with a club. I stepped back a few paces and sat down on a log to finish up with the world...My emotions I have almost forgotten. I remember only that something said to me, It is honorable to die so. I had not a thought of friends, or of home, or of religion. The stupendous things going on around me filled my mind." 


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


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


So here you find living testimony of the grim, drawn-out struggle for the geographic linchpin of the Confederacy. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers who fought over Vicksburg, and the townsfolk who endured in the midst of the strife, perhaps it will be possible to understand the extremes of emotion to which combatants and civilians alike were pushed.  


Cover Photograph: Union bombproofs and dugouts riddling the once beautiful grounds and bountiful gardens of Wexford Lodge on the outskirts of Vicksburg typify the underground shelters resorted to by people on both sides during the 47 day siege of that key Mississippi city. 


Cover quotation: "War, terrible war, had come to our very hearthstone." Alice Shirley.

Antietam, The Photographic Legacy of Ame $35.00

 

Effect of John Brown's Invasion at the S $125.00

 

CDV General Henry W. Slocum $150.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Vicksburg $25.00




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