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<b>Sending the remains home of their gallant colonel who was mortally wounded at Vicksburg!</b>


2 pages, 8 x 12 1/4, in ink, written by Lieutenant Cyrus D. Kendall, 11th Missouri Infantry.


<b><u>Camp at Young’s Point, La., July 1, 1863</b></u>


Mrs. Rovilla Kendall,


Dear Rovilla,


I wrote you yesterday and I told you that I was going over to Gen. Grant’s Head Quarters, and that I would write as soon as I returned. Well I have returned so I will drop you a few lines as I have a few moments leisure. I did not start from there till dark last night. I waited all day for a boat. We have to go 15 miles up the Yazoo River & it is eight miles from the landing to Gen. Grant’s Head Quarters. I did not get there until 2 in the morning. I got a leave of absence for Lieut. Weber and Thomas Hackett (the orderly) (you will remember him) for 20 days. They will start up the River tomorrow with the remains of Col. Weber.* I will send this letter by them and it will be mailed at Cairo or St. Louis. Your letter bearing date June 17 came to hand today. All the letters you have written between the 5 & 17 I have not received. I think it very curious. I was somewhat surprised to hear that you would be off on a visit before I would receive your letter but strange things will happen. I have no objection to you going up north on a visit. I am perfectly willing for you to go but I would rather you had not gone in such a hurry. You said if I did not like it you did not want me to say so for you had too much trouble now. If I did not like it you could be certain that I would tell you so, but I guess I shall not find much fault with my little Pet about it for I want her to enjoy herself whether I do or not. I fear you will not get this as you will be far away before this gets to Louisville. I am not going to write you long letters after this for you will not tell me- you know what, so I am going to spite you a little for once. If you are so afraid of telling me what I asked you I will say no more about it. So I suppose I shall be deprived of that laugh. You say you want $150 more before you can pay for the house & lot. When you get back from the north let me know and I will send the money. I shall not write again until I hear where you are. No more. Good by. My love to all your friends at Louisville & up north. I hope they will get to see me some day.


C.D. Kendall

11th Mo. Vols.


P.S. I asked you in my last for some letter stamps. You said nothing about them. I have none. I have to borrow one for this letter. You are forgetful.


Dear Pet good by again,

Cyrus


Age toning, fold wear, and a small paper chip at one of the folds, with some archival tape repairs on the reverse. Neatly written letter with regimental ID. Very fine content. Missouri Civil War units are scarce to find material on.


Cyrus D. Kendall, enlisted on August 1, 1861, at St. Louis, Mo., as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 11th Missouri Infantry Volunteers. He was promoted to captain however the date of his promotion is unknown. He was mustered out of the service on June 18, 1864.


*Andrew J. Weber, born in Springfield, Mo. in 1840, enlisted on August 1, 1861, at St. Louis, Mo., as a captain, and was commissioned into the 11th Missouri Infantry. He was promoted through the ranks as major, lieutenant colonel and colonel, and was mortally wounded in the fighting at Vicksburg, Miss., on June 30, 1863. He succumbed to his wounds and died the next day, and as mentioned in Lieutenant Kendall's letter the colonels remains were being sent home.  


WBTS Trivia: On the very day that Lieutenant Kendall wrote this letter the first day of the epic three day battle of Gettysburg was taking place on the farmlands of Pennsylvania.  





 With period pocket wear under a rich natural chocolate age patina this attractive 1836 dated R. & W. Robinson trade token was issued with the figure of an American Institute Excellence Medal on its face with the following on the obverse: <B><I>Awarded to</I> R. & W. ROBINSON<I> For the Best</I> MILITARY, NAVAL, <I>Sporting & Flat Buttons</I> 1836</B>  Catalogued as a <I>Hard Times</I> token in the Smithsonian national collection, the name of the Attleborough, Mass. button manufacturer is synonymous with period military uniform buttons, federal as well as state.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  With a history of having been recovered from the Boston, Mass., Charlestown Prison, at the time of its closing in 1955, this prison guard baton retains its original, solid but stiff with age, leather lanyard bearing the name of Boston equipment supplier Henry K. Barnes & Co.   Well known as a supplier of police and fire equipment as early as the mid 1890s, the company reaching its zenith during the <I>roaring 20s</I>.  Turned from white oak, the baton measures  approximately 24 inches and was plainly constructed, as a no frills enforcement utility.  Surely a formidable weapon in the hands of a 1920s prison guard.  First opened in 1805 the Charlestown Prison had a long and infamous history stretching through the tumultuous mob activity of the 1920s on into the 50s housing an impressive roster of local Boston area notables in this period, until it was closed in 1955.  The last execution (1947) in Massachusetts occurred within the walls Charlestown Prison which also housed such well knowns as Sacco & Vanzetti with one Malcom Little holding fourth there from 1946 until he was paroled in 1952 and, under the name of <I>Malcom X</I>,  quickly became the public face of the Nation of Islam.   We will include our letter preserving the history of having emanated from the Charlestown Prison closure. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Described in period catalogue listings as <I> Portable gold scales, field use beam scales comprising of a central metal support and two metal dishes attached by three metal chain each to a metal beam</I> this beautiful set of c. 1830s gold scales still retains its original suspension cord for hand holding as was used <I>in the field</I>.  The iron balance beam is marked AVERY in two places and measures approximately 10 ½ inches in length and remains untouched and as found with a touch of fine surface rust with a rich chocolate patina over all.  Suspended from the beam by brass chain are two 5 3/16 inch diameter brass pans.  Unpolished with attractive natural age patina, each bears the all-important <B>W. & T. Avery / late T. Beach PATENTED</B> marking.      <B>Dating :</B> Founded in 1731 by James Ford the company passed to Thomas Beach and Joseph Balden, husband of Mary Avery.   In the early part of the nineteenth century the business was passed to the Avery family who expanded the firm from a small local business to worldwide sale. The firm name became synonymous with quality and their portable patent balance scales were used in gold fields around the world.  When Thomas Beach died in the <U>early to mid-1830s the firm used the name <B>W & T Avery / late T. Beach</B> in transition.</U> The partnership on W & T Avery was dissolved in 1865.  All original and as found this wonderful set of early field use, portable gold scales should not be confused with the general use and much smaller boxed <I>pocket</I> scales on the period.  This set will make a nice addition to any quality period display.

11th Missouri Infantry Letter

 

1836 R. & W. Robinson / Military Button $55.00

 

late 1800s / early 1900 Charlestown Pris $95.00

 

W. & T. Avery / T. Beach - PATENT BALANC $145.00

A bit out of our usual period but we couldn’t resist this scarce all original and untouched Camillus mess combination knife and spoon.  Dating in the WWI era, we have left this superb example uncleaned and as found for the collector who will appreciate the originality of an example that remains tight at the joints with good <I>snap</I> and a blade that has never seen use or a whetstone.   With only natural age as testimony to its WWI era origin this old standby will clean to near <I>as new</I> in the proper hands (shudder) but we would leave it as is.  Well known to collectors, the Camillus Cutlery Company was one of the oldest knife manufacturers in the U. S. with roots dated to its founding in Camillus New York in 1876.  With its <B>CAMILLUS CUTLERY Co. / CAMILLUS N, Y. / U. S. A.</B> found on many working and defense knives the now defunct manufacturer is among the most widely collected of the type.  A <I>workhorse</I> in its day, nice uncleaned and unused <I>out of the box</I> examples of this knife and spoon mess combination are seldom found today.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This outstanding vintage carved meerschaum tobacco pipe offers that eye appealing rich honey color that comes only with time, handling and lots of pleasant period smoking.  It’s intricate detail, quality of carving and immaculate condition, is set off by its natural amber stem and will best be described by our illustrations.  In addition to it’s fine condition with no breaks, chips or cracks this beautiful equine motif antique tobacco pipe remains in it’s original hinged, fitted case.  Left as found, the case remains in excellent condition and will show as fine with a light application of proper leather dressing (we would leave it as is).  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 The product of a <I>cleanout</I> as we go through our 50 year accumulation in an attempt at gaining some <I>drawer space</I>, this vintage tinned iron spoon will be especially appreciated by the Civil War era mess gear or personal item collector.  Unlike the usual personal size spoons, machine fashioned from thinner die struck sheet iron, this example was hand crafted in one piece from heavier iron stock with die struck bowl and hand wrought handle.  All hot dipped in molten tin, this example remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age, hand construction and period use with an appealing natural age patina. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Printed on one side only, by D. Hooton, Merchants Hall, Boston, this original old medical cure broadside was published in the 1830s and measures approximately 12 X 8 ½ inches extoling the virtues of <B>Thomas Hollis’s OINTMENT FOR THE ITCH</B>.  With directions for use and pledging the virtues of the concoction  against all manner of <I>humours and eruptions of the skin</I> to include ring worm and <I>scald head</I>, this broadside is printed on <I>rag paper</I> and remains in excellent condition save an obviously period water stain.  (Easily removed but we would leave the piece as found and as is.)  No tears folds or separations and a nice size for display.  .  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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

scarce original – Camillus Cutlery Co. - $165.00

 

antique natural amber stem - carved mee $235.00

 

especially nice Civil War vintage – hand $65.00

 

c. 1830s Thomas Hollis – OINTMENT FOR TH $65.00

Illustrated here with a period quarter for size comparison, this attractive handmade beef bone ring is embellished with 2nd, 3rd and 20th Army Corps devices set in red sealing wax.  A nice original example of a common folk art / hand craft utilizing readily available bone from a <I>foraged</I> beef roast or stew, many an hour of dreary in winter camp was expended in such crafting.  This example remains in excellent condition with no cracks and offers good evidence of age, originality and period ware.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


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 An original 5 1/8 X 10 1/8 inch, January 1861, <B>L. M. Hoffman & Co.</B> auction bid card complete with bidders penciled in notations on the back.  The commodities auction will offer 371 hogsheads of <B>PRIME NEW ORLEANS SUGAR</B> and <B>50 Barrels of Molasses</B> . A family busies founded in 1795 with the commission auction house of Hoffman & Seton doing business at No. 67 Wall Street.  Hoffman continued business with various partners until 1822 / 23 when L. M. Hoffman joined the house with the addition of & Co. to the firm name.  The old firm continued to grow under various partner combinations always including a Hoffman until 1834 when the firm became L. M. Hoffman & Co.  The auction house continued under that name under the watchful eye of L. M. Hoffman until his death in 1861.   (see: The Old Merchants of New York City: By Walter Barrett )  While early commodity auction catalogues appear rarely as they were sometimes preserved in firm records, bid cards utilized by bidders to manage and launch their bids very rarely survived as they were cast away at the closing.  This just pre Civil War auction of New Orleans Sugar represented one of the last before secession and one of the final auctions under the direction of L. M. Hoffman before his death in 1861. A rare piece of late antebellum Americana from one of the country’s earliest and most successful commission auction houses.  Entirely original with good evidence of age and originality the back bottom of the card shows some separation of the pasteboard and some tattering of one layer.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Our photo illustrations will best describe this attractive poker hand from a selection of original Civil War era American <B> Samuel Hart & Co.</B> playing cards.  With good evidence of period use, these cards show careful wear and some expected soiling (could be removed with the delicate use of an art gum eraser but we would leave them as original.  With the charm of the original and with no folds, chips, tears or other of the expected maladies that befell period playing cards, this hand will lay in well with any period grouping of personal items, frontier saloon or gambling related items without the significant cost of a full deck. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


<b>For a sergeant who served in the 2nd Regiment Maryland Volunteers</b>


8 1/4 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink, with a very nice vignette of the Maryland State seal at the top.


STATE OF MARYLAND


I, Eliza J. Latta, a resident of Balt. and wife of Saml. M. Latta, Comy. Sergt., belonging to Company of the Second Regiment Maryland Volunteers, who was enlisted 21st May 1861, and is now in the service of the United States, do solicit under the provisions of Act. No. 276, of the Legislature of Maryland, passed March, 1862, allowance for myself and two children under twelve years of age; and at the time of his enlistment and now, dependent upon him for support.


Signed, Eliza Jane Latta

April 22nd, 1862


This day, personally appeared before me the above Eliza Jane Latta and made oath for herself, and Husband that, on the 21st day of May 1861, the day of enlistment of the above mentioned Saml. M. Latta, was dependent upon his services, and still is so, for support.


W.H. Maynard, Justice of the Peace

April 22nd, 1862


We hereby make affidavit that we are acquainted with Eliza Jane Latta, the applicant above named, and that the facts alleged and sworn to by her are true. 


Mary E. Ball

Mary E. Cloke


Very fine. Maryland Civil War items are scarce.


Sergeant Samuel M. Latta, served in Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers, until his muster out of the Union Army on June 18, 1864.


<u>Civil War Service of the 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers</u>


Duty at Baltimore, MD., until March, 1862. Ordered to North Carolina March. Duty at Roanoke Island, N.C., until June. Expedition toward Trenton May 15 - 16. Skirmish at Young's Cross Roads May 15. Expedition to New Berne June 18 - July 2. Moved to Newport News, VA., July 6 - 10; thence to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, VA., August 2 - 7. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16 - September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6 -22. Battles of South Mountain, MD., September 14. Antietam September 16 - 17. Stone Bridge September 17. Duty in Pleasant Valley until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, VA., October 27 - November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, VA., December 12 - 15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign ("Mud March") January 20 - 24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 11, thence to Lexington, KY., March 26 - April 1. Duty at Frankfort, KY., until September. Rejoined Corps September 10. March to Knoxville, TN., September 12 - 20. Action at Blue Springs October 10. Operations in East Tennessee until November 14. Knoxville Campaign November 4 - December 23. Loudon November 15. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17 - December 4. Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Saunders November 29. Pursuit of Longstreet December 5 - 29. Duty in East Tennessee until March, 1864. Moved to Annapolis, MD., March 30 - April 7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 4 - June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5 - 7. Spotsylvania May 8 - 12. Po River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12 - 21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23 - 26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26 - 28. Totopotomoy May 28 - 31. Cold Harbor June 1 - 12. Bethesda Church June 1 - 3. Before Petersburg June 16 - 18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865, Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18 - 21. Poplar Springs Church September 29 - October 2. Boynton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27 - 28. Fort Steadman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28 - April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. March to Farmville April 4 - 10. March to City Point April 20 - 24, thence moved to Alexandria April 24 - 28. Grand Review May 23. Duty in the Department of Washington until July. Mustered out July 7, 1865.

Civil War era beef bone – Corps Device D $145.00

 

1861 - L. M. Hoffman & Co. - AUCTION BID $95.00

 

original Civil War vintage poker hand of $65.00

 

Application for Support by the Wife of M $75.00

While our photo illustrations will do best in assessing condition, suffice it to say this regulation of 1839 US oval waist belt plate remains in exceptional, unissued condition, while offering good evidence of age and originality.  The die struck sheet brass face has never been polished or cleaned and retains its sharp edges with no dents, scratches or dings and offers a soft untouched natural age patina. The solder filled back is in compatible condition with an even natural age patina and sports the regulation die struck single arrow clasp and hook.  With federal and state use from inception through the advent of the more familiar and much larger <I>two arrow</I> US plate of the same basic design, most of these small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  With a rich history, this small US oval plate is most quickly associated with the Mexican War and frontier West yet a good many found their way into the Civil War by virtue of early war state issue from existing state arsenal stores. (see: <I>AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES</I> by O’Donnell & Campbell) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  A remnant of a time when horticultural grafting was a necessary aspect on the farm as nearly all had at least a small grove of fruit trees for personal use, the grafting knife was a necessary piece of equipment to the practicing craftsman many of whom traveled from farm to orchard practicing their specialized <I>art</I>.   As the practice of grafting was a major factor in sustaining productive apple, peach, pear and other fruit trees and as the success of getting grafts to <I>take</I> as they would say, could be an iffy effort taking some time before success could be determined, the <I>grafter</I> was a well-paid craftsman highly respected and much in demand in 18th and 19th century farm communities.  This good old grafting knife was, as was the case with many <I>grafters</I>, hand made with an eye toward their personal preferences.  This knife was hand forged from a period <I>single-cut</I>mill file, a favorite source that would take the keen edge necessary in accomplishing a successful graft.  This knife measures 10 inches in total length with a 5 inch blade mounted through a brass ferrule to a stout turned ash-wood grip.  Demonstrating desirable evidence of age, period use and originality, yet remaining untouched and in nice condition, this early grafting knife will go well in any number of period 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Measuring approximately 50 inches in total length, this pair of <I>make do</I> with what is available, handcrafted crutches will stir the imagination as one ponders the circumstances of their creation.  Crafted from natural cherry wood staffs, each split with a hand saw to within approximately a foot from the end and left rough with the bark on, the sections of green and still supple wood each was reinforced at the end of the cut with strips of available sheet tin wrapped around the circumference.  The strips were spread with a board cut in the shape of a wedge and secured in place above the tin reinforcements.  About half way up a short section of the sapling is secured in place as a hand grip utilizing square iron nuts, classic of the period.  Finally a full round section of the cherry sapling is secured across the top end of the spread wood sections.  With a bit of common skill, ingenuity, and some work, a matched pair of crutches was created from what was available.  Remaining in excellent condition yet with evidence of period wear.  An eye catching companion item in any number of Civil War venues.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Measuring just under 6 inches, heel to toe, this pair should not be confused with child’s shoes as they demonstrate the qualities of stout work shoes or brogans by style, weight of construction and their Pat.1853 scuff plates, as are unearthed by Civil War site <I>digger</I>/ historians.   In a period when private purchase foot wear was most commonly made by order by local cobblers who were not eager to  expend labor and materials on inventory, such <I>sales samples</I> as are offered here were a common choice for the selection by <I>in the shop</I> buyers and were distributed to country stores, traveling sales persons and yes even sutlers who would measure the troop who would undoubtedly cherish a pair of private purchase shoes over the notoriously ill-fitting issue brogans and pass his order back to the cobbler for construction.  This sales sample pair likely started out as black however have turned a very dark brown with age.  They are without piercing for laces as would have been required of shoes for wear and even retain the cobblers heel string, one to the other, to keep the pair together.  These features offer further assurance that the pair came directly from the cobbler shop as sales samples.  Entirely original and remaining in excellent condition yet, with good evidence of age, this eye appealing pair will go well in any quality Civil War era collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

exceptional! pattern of 1839 U. S. BELT $335.00

 

early 1800s handcrafted GRAFTING KNIFE

 

Civil War vintage handcrafted Cherry Woo $165.00

 

original Civil War vintage pair - BROGAN $295.00




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


This book is a mosaic of the daily life of soldiers during the American Civil War. Encamped in winter, on campaign, or in lulls between battles, soldiers wrote. Their letters and diaries, even their sketches, testify that survival required more than beating the odds in combat. It meant keeping body and soul together against a conspiracy of circumstances. Through this album of emotions and recollections, you can experience the idealism, tedium, petty grievances, jokes and gibes, camaraderie, and desolation of the boys and men who were now soldiers.


Whenever possible these excerpts- collected from hundreds of published and unpublished sources- have been painstakingly matched with photographs, sketches, or artifacts associated with the writer. To do this we had the assistance of an extensive network of expert consultants who have contributed to other Time-Life projects, notably our 28 volume series The Civil War and its companion work, Echoes of Glory. With these diverse resources and access to materials in libraries, archives, and historical societies across the country, we compiled a dramatic account of daily life in the army.


There are several reasons for the abundance of first-hand sources from the Civil War. Postage was relatively cheap, only three cents. And the mail systems were remarkably effective: Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. Above all, a surprising number of soldiers, not only officers but recruits as well, could write, describing their plight with simple eloquence. From camp near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Private Benjamin F. Jackson of the 33rd Alabama wrote: "Ma, I want to see you all the worst I ever did before in my life, but I don't know when I can hear from you for we are fixing to take another march. We got orders yesterday to throw away all our clothing but one suit. We aren't allowed to have but one pair of pants and have them on, one pair of drawers, two shirts, and one pair of socks. We have been in a line of battle or fighting...for fifteen days and it has not missed but one day but what it rained. I have...waded creeks up to my arms without anything to eat for three days at a time. It has been hard times with us and worse a coming I am afraid."


Many soldiers were capable artists who recorded scenes in diaries and sketchbooks. And professional artists, employed by magazines such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly, traveled with troops to collect eyewitness views of events for readers. Besides battle scenes, these correspondents, or "specials," drew everything of possible interest to the people back home: soldiers busy at their mess, makeshift theatricals, field hospitals, the long wagon trains of armies on the march. These sketches were taken by courier to the publications, where small teams of engravers transferred them to woodblocks for printing. 


Contemporary photographs also bring these accounts to life, animating the voice on the page with an image. Technical innovations at midcentury enabled the fledgling craft of photography to record the Civil War extensively, the first such use of the camera for an event of this magnitude. Transporting cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds, men like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months traveling with the army, recording with unforgiving faithfulness the ecpectant gaze of new volunteers and the haggard expressions of weary veterans. 


So between these covers is the enduring testimony of men trapped by war. Men who faced not merely enemy soldiers, but far more constant foes; boredom, hunger, disease, and fear. Here to is a cross section of society in the second half of the 1800's; boys barely in their teens, farmers, freed blacks, devout Presbyterians, plantation owners, mechanics, schoolteachers, deserters and malingerers, heroes and cowards.


As you read the words of individuals struggling to cope with the effect of events swirling around them- trying to make sense of an unknown and unknowable fate- perhaps it will be possible to understand better the shattering toll of the Civil War.


On the cover: Waging the soldier's never-ending struggle for comfort, three Union men capture what warmth they can from a small fire. The title above the photograph reads, "Fancy the comforts of such a life as this!"     


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a standing Union Zouave soldier holding his musket with fixed bayonet, bayonet scabbard on his belt, kepi, shoulder scales and gaitors. Motto: "Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union." Very minor corner staining. Published by J.E. Tilton Co., Boston. 5 3/8 x 3.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   Worthy of a home in someone’s fire collectables, Civil War Alexandria or just <I>neat stuff</I> collection is this December 7, 1864 check issued and signed by war time <U>Mayor Charles A. Ware of Alexandria, Virginia</U> to <U>Richard F. Tatsapaugh</U> who was <U>Alexandria’s Fire Department Chief Engineer.</U>  The check is issued for $18.00 for repair of fire apparatus and is signed by Mayor Ware with the Fire Chief’s endorsement on the back.  Interestingly enough the check bears a Federal Revenue stamp complete with its <I>Dec. 7 / 64</I> penned cancellation. We have left the check as we acquired it, tipped at the top corners to art board.  An interesting war time South relic without spending a lot of money.   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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 This attractive light aqua hand blown whiskey bottle stands approximately 9 1/4 inches and sports the patriotic figure of a Mexican War era militiaman on its face.   The calabash style flask sports a classic iron pontil  and is topped by an applied  mouth.   The calabash shaped whiskey flask saw considerable popularity in the 1840s through the Civil War era with most surviving examples emanating from the later period.  This early example with the Mexican War period military figure is offered as acquired with a painted collection inventory number on the base which could be easily removed.  All original and period with no chips, cracks or condition issues this colorful patriotic flask will set well in any period 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 !

Voices of the Civil War, Soldier Life $15.00

 

Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union $5.00

 

c. 1864 - Alexandria Virginia Mayor - Sig $65.00

 

c. 1840s - PATRIOTIC MILITIA figure - WH $175.00

All in the original board with leather spine binding, this volume is a collection of <I>Mother’s Assistant & Young Lady’s Friend</I> published in Boston by William C. Brown.   With good evidence of age and period handling yet remaining in pleasing condition over all, tight at the spine with no torn, missing or loose pages, this bound collection of issues spans from January 1843 through July 1850.  A nice collection of entertaining sonnets, poetry, illustrations, good advice and guidance for the Victorian young lady and mother. .  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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Housed in a period turned oak dice cup, this pair of vintage hand cut bone gaming dice hold a secret advantage to the wily user as upon a close look each gaming piece offers two sided featuring 5 dots with the all important extra 5 panel set in place of the correct panel of six.  A neat original gaming item for the old West gambling collector or enthusiast of  the Civil War military camp <I>sharpie</I>.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Frequently referred to as a <I>gunsmith’s</I> or <I>clock maker’s,</I> vice or any number of specialty applications, the use of this handy old black iron hand vice was as broad as the imagination.  Age to is set at variations from the American colonial / Revolutionary War period through use into the Civil War era with specialty references documenting existence of such hand vises as this on through each time frame.  Examples such as this one are most accurately referred to simply as an <I>artisan hand vice </I> of the 18th through mid-19th century.  Easily distinguishable from the post mid-19th century examples by virtue of design and construction, this little artisan hand vice remains in all original, functional condition and will lay in well with any number of specialty period artisan groupings.  A nice period item without spending a lot of money. 

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 remnant of the sand casting methods of earlier post Civil War iron and bronze casting foundries, this carved wood foundry pattern was for use in casting GAR markers so widely used to mark the graves on Civil War veterans.  Such <I>patterns</I> were hand carved by craftsmen who duplicated each component of a casting in wood.  The artisans finished component was then used to form an impression in fine damp sand then used as a mold in casting with molten iron or bronze.  Hard to imagine with today’s rapidly accomplished injection casting methods, in the time of traditional sand casting, even the multiple individual components of a cast iron stove would be first carved of wood, painted or shellacked and used over and over indefinitely in the process.  All original and period and in nice condition while offering good evidence of age, this pattern would have been used to cast the standard G.A.R. device measuring approximately 7 inches across.   Will display nicely on the wall or set in with other veteran 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!

Jan. 1843 through July 1850 bound - MOT $65.00

 

vintage hand cut bone DOUBLE FIVE / CHEA $95.00

 

1700s through early 1800s – Artisan’s HA $75.00

 

Rare! G. A. R. marker FOUNDRY PATTERN $195.00

A nice period <I>Double Eagle</I> one pint patriotic whiskey flask. All in pleasing condition with no chips, flakes, cracks or condition issues, this beautiful hand blown aqua flask with its classic hinged mold marks and applied top will sit well in any earlier to mid 1800s antique grouping. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 


Postal envelope addressed to James C. Mayer, 8th Company, 7th Regiment, N.Y.S.M., Washington, D.[C.]. Care Col. Lefferts. C.D.S. New York, May 27, with 3 cents rose (Scott #64) George Washington postage stamp. Rough edges where the envelope was opened. 


WBTS Trivia: The 7th New York State Militia was one of the America's most famous military units. Commanded by Colonel Marshall Lefferts, they were one of the first regiments to answer President Lincoln's call for troops after the bombardment of Fort Sumter and immediately left New York City (April 19, 1861) for Washington at the commencement of the Civil War. They also saw duty during the July 1863 New York City draft riots, and participated in the funeral cortege of President Lincoln through New York City.   As with so many utilitarian items common to the period the lowly sheet iron <I>cow-bell</I> with its distinctive dull <I>’thunk- thunk’</I>, found its way to the front.  As with so much of this neat <I>stuff</I> we can thank the modern day <I>digger</I>/ historian for verification of field use of such.  (The excavated bell shown here [NOT FOR SALE] is from our own collection. It was found in a Falmouth, Virginia, Maine camp.)    Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, the sheet iron bell offered here remains in excellent plus condition with a deep natural age patina over a full complement of original finish.  Remnants of the original label remain on one side.  Not a big deal but the condition alone will make this piece a welcome addition to any quality Civil War 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 !!


 


<b>Confederate Secretary of the Treasury C.G. Memminger</b>


Criswell #124. Vignette of C.G. Memminger at top center and a cotton plant at the bottom. Authorized by the Act of Congress, C.S.A., February 20, 1863. Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell, Columbia, S.C. Eight coupons still attached. Very ornate Confederate bond that is in excellent condition.

original! patriotic DOUBLE EAGLE WHISKE $135.00

 

Cover Addressed to Soldier in the 7th N. $15.00

 

Civil War vintage SHEET IRON BELL $50.00

 

1863 Confederate $500 Bond $125.00




<b>United States Colored Troops lead the charge!</b>


Multi-color lithograph, done by Kurz & Allison, 76-78 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Copyright 1894. Titled, "Battle Of Olustee, Fla." Imprint below the illustration at lower left, "Feby. 26, 1864. Union: (Gen. Seymour). 8 U.S., 54 Mass., 1st N.C. Col. T. Loss: 193 K'd, 1175 W'd, 460 Miss. Conf. (Gen. Finnegan). Loss Abt. 660." Overall size approximately 23 3/4 x 18. This is a reprint of the original Kurz & Allison 1894 edition done on heavy paper stock with vivid colors. There are wide white borders on all sides. Circa 1960. These were printed for the Civil War Centennial celebrations using the original plates. There were other reprints done much later (1979) of these Kurz & Allison Civil War battle scenes which are much smaller in size (about 12 x 15). Excellent battle of Olustee, Florida lithograph prominently featuring gallant United States Colored Troops in the forefront of the action. Would look great framed. Very desirable Florida and African-American Civil War troops related item.


WBTS Trivia: The Battle of Olustee, Florida, which took place on February 20, 1864, was the only major battle of the Civil War that was fought in the state of Florida. Union General Truman Seymour landed troops at Jacksonville, Fla., whose main objective was to disrupt the food supply that was subsisting the Confederate army. Meeting little resistance, he proceeded towards the state capital of Tallahassee, against orders, assuming that he would only face the small Florida militia. Unknown to General Seymour, Confederate forces at Charleston, S.C. sent reinforcements to the support of General Joseph Finnegan in Florida led by General Alfred H. Colquitt. Instead of the light militia resistance Seymour expected, he ran into strong Confederate opposition near Ocean Pond in Olustee, where the Union and Confederate armies collided and the ensuing battle of Olustee was desperately fought. Distinguished among the Union soldiers that fought that day were numerous regiments of U.S. Colored Troops including the now famous 54th Massachusetts Infantry who had earned immortality at the battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina in August of 1863. The Union forces were repulsed at Olustee and retreated back to Jacksonville where they stayed for the remainder of the war.   


<b>Includes Letters From General Andrew Jackson, President James Madison and Statesman James Mason</b>


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. 


New England Convention. Difference in favor of Southern States. The Olive Branch. Legislature of Massachusetts. Glorious News From New Orleans. 3 Letters From Major General Andrew Jackson to the Secretary of War Regarding Recent Action. Inspector General A.P. Hayne Reports the Killed, Wounded and Prisoners Taken at the Battle at Larond's Plantation. Proclamation From the President of the United States James Madison. Letter From James Mason. Military Report. Letter From Commodore J.H. Dent, U.S. Navy to the Secretary of the Navy Benjamin W. Crowninshield. Proceedings of Congress and more. Light age toning and wear. Very desirable New Orleans and General Andrew Jackson related issue.   


Trivia: The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and England from June 1812 to February 1815. One of the casualties of this war was the burning of the White House in Washington, D.C. by British forces on August 24, 1814.         Complete and original with all the brass fixtures, no breaks or weak spots but with some crackling in the surface finish as evidence of age and originality, this leather accoutrement is offered from a Bannerman Island military goods salvage sail of many years past.  Per text offered in their 1903 Francis Bannerman Military Goods Catalogue, the Mod. 1873 carrying brace was worn over the shoulders with straps for attaching haversack, knapsack or other load to be carried.  The piece is Rock Island Arsenal marked and offered as found after decades of storage.  While the new owner may want to apply a light coat of Lexol or other <U>appropriate</U> preservative we’d leave this now rare accoutrement just as it is, untouched and <U>still tied with hemp twine just as it came from Bannerman Island.</U>  An exceptional Indian War vintage item!   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 !



 This rarely found battlefield recovered <B>pair</B> of Union issue spurs emanated from the late pioneer Civil War relic collector and authoritative  author, Stanley Philips. ( <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> Vol. 1 & 2 by <B>Stanley Phillips</B>)  Acquired years ago from the respected Phillips as a <I>Battle of the Wilderness</I> recovery, this rare pair of Union spurs is matching in all respects but most importantly with respect to being a legitimate pair, show a matching, <U>identical</U>, patina on each spur.  Experienced relic collectors will be appreciative of this as good evidence of a common recovery site.  As to condition, the spurs are in pleasing shape while the iron rowels show expected detrition from the elements.  An opportunity to acquire a rare matching pair of excavated spurs, knowledge of the conditions  and aftermath of the Wilderness battle, where so many casualties were never recovered, will only enhance the interest of the Civil War historian.  Upon request we will include our letter preserving origin as emanating from the Stanley Philips 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!

The Battle of Olustee, Florida

 

Niles' Weekly Register, Baltimore, Febru $75.00

 

U. S. Army Mod. 1873 KNAPSACK CARRYING B $145.00

 

Stanley Phillips collection - Battle of $225.00




7 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $3.33 Received of Mary Oliver, Three dollars and 33 cents, Tax for the year 1831, her taxable property consisting of 160 Acres of land. Also lists 1 Slave at lower right just above the signature of C. Steele, the tax collector of Warren County, [Mississippi]. Endorsed by Mary Oliver on the reverse. Light staining, age toning and wear. Very fine early 1800's tax receipt listing a slave as taxable property.  


<b>Depredations are being committed against Southern citizens in North Georgia by Confederate raiders!</b>


2 pages, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by Captain J.M. Carden, Commanding Scouts, to General Joseph Wheeler, Commanding Cavalry Corps.


<b><u>Grahamville, Jany. 8th, 1865</b></u>


General,


I have the honor to inform you that whilst upon duty collecting stragglers & deserters under orders from Brig. Genl. Reynolds, in North Georgia, I have found twelve men with authority from Gov. Joseph E. Brown to raise Regts., Battalions, or Companies, who are using this authority to enlist men from other regular commands, thus offering a premium for desertion. These parties followed Genl. Sherman’s line of march robbing citizens of horses, mules, knives, forks, spoons, ladies dresses, bed clothing, &c, &c, whilst doing so claiming to belong to Genl. Wheeler’s Cavalry. I captured a number of these parties with all the kinds of stolen property specified above & know them to belong to the parties raised by the men having authority from Gov. Brown as specified above. Their custom is to retreat to North Georgia with their stolen effects.


I am General Very Respy.,

Your obt. Svt.,

J.M. Carden

Capt. Comg. Scouts


To:

Maj. Genl. Jos. Wheeler

Comg. Cav. Corps


Docket:

Grahamville, Jany. 8th, 1865

J.M. Carden

Capt. Comg. Scout

Depredations in North Ga.


Very bold and neatly written. Superb Confederate scouting report that was sent to General "Fighting Joe" Wheeler informing him of depredations that were being committed against Georgia citizens by Confederate deserters who have followed the infamous march of Union General William T. Sherman and they are using General Wheeler's name to commit these crimes! Knowing of  Wheeler's volatile personality it's a pretty safe assumption to say that the general was not pleased to learn of this news! This report was published in the book, "Campaigns of Wheeler and His Cavalry, 1862-1865," by W.C. Dodson. This rare Confederate document has been in a private collection for the last 25 years! Extremely desirable! 

 


Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "McClellan at Antietam, September 17, 1862." Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association. Measures about 9 x 12. Very fine.  


8 pages. THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON. Arrival of the Arago, with Advices to the 10th. The Grand Assault Expected to be Made Yesterday. Reports of a Deserter from Fort Wagner. Guns Removed from Fort Sumter to James Island. The Fall of Sumter Regarded as a Certainty. Great Improvements in the Health of Our Troops. Progress of the Siege Operations. The Rebel Works. List of Deaths in Hospital from Port Royal Including Colored Troops From the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Military News to be Suppressed; A Stringent Order From General Gillmore. The Big Gun; What the Three Hundred Pound Parrot is Expected to do. News From Fortress Monroe. Reports of an English Doctor Escaped from Richmond. A Mass Convention of Unionist Called in North Carolina. A Delegation to be Sent to Washington. The Draft. It Will Re-Commence on a Week from Next Monday. The Metropolitan Police; Their Services During The Riot Week, Their Honorable Record. The Hanging of the Negro in Clarkson Street. How the Rebels Carry on War. Gerritt Smith on the War. Affairs at Vicksburg. The Task of Cleaning the City of Confederate Nastiness. Usefulness of the Contrabands, and more news. Edge wear.

1831 Mississippi Tax Receipt For Land & $45.00

 

Confederate Scouting Report Sent to Gene $595.00

 

General George B. McClellan at Antietam $15.00

 

The New York Times, August 14, 1863 $35.00




<b>Lieutenant Colonel, 15th New Hampshire Infantry


Twice wounded during the battles at Port Hudson, Louisiana


United States Congressman & Senator from New Hampshire


Dwight M. Sabin, United States Senator from Minnesota</b>


<u>Henry W. Blair</u>: (1834-1920) Born in Crampton, Grafton County, N.H., he attended the common schools and private academies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Plymouth, N.H. He was appointed prosecuting attorney for Grafton County in 1860. He enlisted in the Union army at Plymouth, N.H., on October 2, 1862, and was commissioned major of the 15th New Hampshire Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on April 8, 1863, and was severely wounded on May 27, 1863, and again on June 14, 1863, during the battles of Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was mustered out of the service on August 13, 1863, at Concord. In 1866, he served as a member of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives; and was a member of the state senate, 1867-1868. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1875-1879; and was a member of the U.S. Senate, from 1879-1891. He was the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China by President Benjamin Harrison, on March 6, 1891, but he was objected to by the Chinese Government as being persona non grata, and subsequently tendered his resignation which was accepted on October 6, 1891. He served once again as a U.S. Congressman, 1893-1895. 


<u>Dwight M. Sabin</u>: (1843-1902) Born near Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois, he moved to Connecticut with his parents in 1857; attended the country schools and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War; employed as a clerk in Washington, D.C. He returned to Connecticut in 1864 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and also in the lumber business. He moved to Stillwater, Minnesota in 1868, engaged in lumbering and the general manufacture of railroad cars and agricultural machinery. Served as a member of the Minnesota State Senate, 1872-1875; and in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1878 and 1881. He was chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1883-1884. Served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, from 1883-1889, serving as the chairman on the Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service, and was also on the Committee on Railroads.


<u>Signatures</u>: Both senators have signed a 3 3/4 x 1 1/8 slip of paper in ink, H.W. Blair and below D.M. Sabin.   


<b>Famous Union Cavalry Commander during the Civil War</b>




(1824-1897) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1844. In 1846, he was awarded the brevet of first lieutenant for gallantry in the Mexican War. He later served on the Indian frontier and in Florida against the Seminoles as an officer of the United States  dragoons. Distinguished service in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign gained him notoriety and a promotion to brigadier general. He commanded a division of the Cavalry Corps in the Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville campaigns. Promoted to major general in June 1863, he took over command of the Cavalry Corps and directed 10,000 Federal horsemen in the battle of Brandy Station, Va., the biggest cavalry fight of the Civil War. The battle was said to have made the Union Cavalry. He served in the Gettysburg campaign, and also led the cavalry corps at Beverly Ford, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Culpeper Court House and went west in 1864 to the Department of Missouri. Pleasanton resigned from the U.S. Army in 1868 and served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue under President Ulysses S. Grant.


<u>Signature With Title</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, Very respectfully, A. Pleasanton, Commissioner. Very neatly written autograph.  

 


Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "Sherman At Kenesaw Mountain, October 4, 1864." Imprint below the illustration, "Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association." Signature of H.A. Ogden is in the print at lower right. 9 x 12 1/2. Very fine.  Measuring just under 10 inches in total length with a double edged 5 5/16 inch blade, this attractive old knife offers good evidence of age by virtue of  construction with its nicely shaped, repurposed file blade, set into a stag grip and secured with a pewter casting and copper rivet.  These typically 19th century  construction features in combination with a pleasing natural age patina over period wear offer good evidence of age and originality.  Attractive scrimshawed fouled anchor and sea-horse figures demonstrate good age but may have been added some time in the past postdating the earliest days of this classic old belt 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Autographs, Henry W. Blair $25.00

 

Autograph, General Alfred Plesanton $75.00

 

General William T. Sherman at Kenesaw Mo $15.00

 

nautical theme – hand crafted Antique Be $295.00

Not a big deal but worthy of continued preservation is this delicate aqua glass cologne bottle.  A nice example of the make do culture of the 1700s, this little bottle offers a period sealing wax repair of a fractured corner as the original owner thought enough of what was likely a gift, to repair the piece for continued use.  Of significance lost in time is the fact the repaired bottle never was cast aside but found its way through the years to now serve as an attractive addition to someone’s 18th century collection.  A neat little piece 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This little handmade pocket note book measures approximately 4 X 4 ¾ inches and is made up of a 12 page, brown ink penned personal record of the 1853 muskrat hunting and trapping record of three hunting buddies identified only as William, Edward and John.  A wonderful relic of country Americana, the pages record such statistics as <I>DAY OF THE MONTH – NUMBER OF SHOTS</I> and</I><I> NUMBER KILLED</I> by each of the three.   A record of the number shot and the number trapped by each is augmented by a record of <I>NUMBER OF SHOTS – NUMBER KILLED – EACH WEEK</I> and <I>NUMBER SHOOT – NUMBER KILLED</I> December through May of 1853.  Finally a list of total <I>SHOTS & NUMBER KILLED</I> by each in the season.  Not a bug deal but a really nice piece of hunting and trapping Americana worthy of an appreciative home. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


<b>Confederate officer leaning against a tree</b> 


Criswell #120. February 20, 1863. Vignette of a Confederate officer leaning against a tree and gazing into a valley. Steamboat at the bottom. Lithographed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Black ink printed on pink paper. Seven coupons still attached below. Very fine.  


<b>United States Senator from New Hampshire


U.S. Secretary of the Navy</b>


(1835-1917) Born in Concord, New Hampshire, he graduated from Harvard Law School in 1854, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Concord. Was a member of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives, 1862-1864, serving as speaker of the house. He was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln solicitor and judge advocate general of the Navy Department. Appointed First Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, serving 1865-1867. Was a member of the New Hampshire State constitutional convention in 1876. Served again as a member of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives in 1881. Appointed by President Chester Arthur as Secretary of the Navy serving 1882-1885. Served as a U.S. Senator, 1887-1889, and 1889-1901. He was the chairman of the Committee on Immigration, and also served on the Committee on Census, and the Committee on Privileges and Elections. President William McKinley appointed him as president of the Spanish Claims Treaty Commission, 1901-1908.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 1/2, in ink, W.E. Chandler.

18th century COLOGNE BOTTLE $35.00

 

hand crafted - season of 1853 MUSKRAT HU $55.00

 

1863 Confederate $100 Bond $125.00

 

Autograph, William E. Chandler $20.00




<b>Civil War Senator from Nevada


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


(1827-1909) Born in Wayne County, N.Y., he attended Yale College in 1849-50, moved to San Francisco in 1850 and was engaged in gold mining in Nevada County, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1852, and commenced practice in Nevada City. He served as district attorney in 1852; attorney general of California, 1854; moved to Virginia City, Nevada, in 1860; involved in early mining litigation and in the development of the Comstock lode; was a member of the Territorial council in 1861; member of the state constitutional convention in 1863; upon the admission of Nevada as a State into the Union was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1864, serving until 1875; was re-elected in 1887 and served until 1905. Served as chairman of the Committee on Pacific Railroads; and chairman of the Committee on Mines and Mining.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 1/2, in ink, Wm. M. Stewart.

 


(1814-1879) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. He displayed a gallant record in the Mexican War. A solid combat officer, Hooker fought in the Peninsular campaign, the Seven Days battles, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, where he commanded the Army of the Potomac, and the Atlanta campaign. His sobriquet was, "Fighting Joe" Hooker.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery, with 2 cents orange revenue tax stamp. Age toning and light edge wear to bottom of the mount.  


8 pages. European News. Three Days Later by the Persia at this Port. A Suspicious Sale of Three of Her Majesty's War Steamers. Another Privateer---Perhaps. Aspect of the Mexican Question. The Archduke Maximilian Accepts the Crown of Mexico. The Polish Revolution. The Draft. List of Names Drawn Yesterday in the Fifth, Eighth and Ninth Districts. The Rebel Privateers. Destruction of the Brig W.E. Nash by The Florida. The Lawrence Massacre. Account of the Terrible Tragedy. Another Guerrilla Trapped. North Carolina and the Union. A Rebel General Captured; Jeff Thompson and His Staff Captured at Pocahontas, Arkansas. The Siege of Charleston. Detailed Reports From Our Own Sources and From Rebel Papers. Shells Passing Through Fort Sumter. Interesting Statements by Deserters. The Rebels Preparing to Evacuate the Place. Beauregard Given 48 Hours to Remove the Women and Children From Charleston. Interesting From the South. Operations on the North Carolina Coast. A Rumored Raid of Our Forces Towards Staunton, Va. Important From the Southwest. Large Capture of Confederate States Cotton Near Natchez. General Herron on an Expedition up the Red River. Reported Death of General Pemberton, and more. Edge wear.   


<b>News of General Andrew Jackson, the War of 1812 and the important battle of New Orleans</b>


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. 


Legislature of Pennsylvania; Inaugural Address to the Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania given by Simon Snyder. Brevet Appointments; Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, 1st December, 1814. (Long list by name, rank and date of appointment). List of officers brevetted for gallantry by the President. Events of the War; Lengthy accounts (several pages) of the battles of New Orleans and St. Mary's, signed in print by Andrew Jackson, Maj. Gen. Comdg. (multiple times), among others. Unofficial accounts of the action at New Orleans. Extract of a letter to his excellency Governor Blount from Colonel Andrew Hynes. Loss of the President's Frigate. Proceedings of Congress in the Senate and the House of Representatives, and more. Light wear and edge staining. Very desirable New Orleans related issue.   


Trivia: The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and England from June 1812 to February 1815. One of the casualties of this war was the burning of the White House in Washington, D.C. by British forces on August 24, 1814.

Autograph, William M. Stewart $15.00

 

CDV, General Joseph Hooker $85.00

 

The New York Times, August 27, 1863 $35.00

 

Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, Februa $75.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of Liberty wearing an American flag dress and holding a sword in one hand and the scales of justice in the other. UNION in stars and stripes letters printed above. 


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photos will likely do best to describe this attractive little early 1800s ivory snuff box except to advise that it remains in excellent original condition with tight hinge and lid and no chips or cracks.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 All in outstanding original condition with that sweeping hand forged iron blade and peened on turned maple grip, so indicative to the American Colonial and Revolutionary War era, this all original period sickle measures 13 5/8 inches across (from maple grip to blade tip) the sweep of its 1 ½ inch wide blade.  The grip remains solidly in place with a rich natural patina and the hand wrought iron blade is free of chips and dings even retaining telltale carbon patches that result from working the hot high carbon iron as required for bladed tools and weapons.   Forged with a heavy 3/16 inch thick <I>ribbed</I> back for extra strength, this heavier than the usual grass sickle, was clearly intended to handle clearing light brush with the heavier growth requiring use of the classic fascine knife.  Felling axes, fascine knives and hand sickles such as this were critical tools of the colonial farm and as implements of war they were used by the military in clearing land for the building of fortification, campsites and movement of troops and equipment. How such a relic can survive in such condition is commensurate to the rarity of such a fine period <I> working tool</I>.  An outstanding display item on the wall or set in with period treasures of the period.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!



 


<b>United States Congressman and Senator from Wisconsin</b>


(1816-1900) Born in Whiting, Rutland County, Vermont, he moved with his parents to Crown Point, New York, in 1817, attended the common schools, moved to Fond duc Lac County, Wisconsin, in 1847, and engaged in the lumber business. He served as a member of the Wisconsin Assembly in 1857 and 1861, and was the mayor of Oshkosh, 1863-64. He was a U.S. Congressman, from 1865-75, serving as the chairman of the Committee on Public Expenditures, and he also served on the Committee on Pacific Railroads. Elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate in 1881, he served in this position until 1893. During his term in the Senate he was the chairman of the Committee on Railroads, and also served on the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 3/4, in ink, Philetus Sawyer.

Union $5.00

 

early 19th century - SNUFF BOX $125.00

 

fine condition – America Revolutionary W

 

Autograph, Philetus Sawyer $10.00




<b>Signed by a South Carolina officer who was severely wounded at Sharpsburg and who carried the Confederate flag of truce to General George A. Custer at Appomattox!</b>


7 1/2 x 6, in ink.


These are Special Orders No. 59 that were issued from the headquarters of General Micah Jenkins on Sept. 9th, 1863, giving a field promotion to Lieutenant John Stewart, of Co. B, 6th Regt. S.C. Vols., to date from the 30th of June 1863. Ordered By Command of Brig. Genl. M. Jenkins. The order has been signed by R.M. Sims, as Jenkins' A.A. Genl. Light age toning and wear. Very fine, neatly written manuscript. The signature of Captain R.M. Sims on a war date document is extremely desirable by virtue of the historic role he played in the war including the surrender of General Robert E. Lee's celebrated Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, to the Federal forces commanded by future president of the United States, the hard fighting General Ulysses S. Grant.


The 6th Regiment South Carolina Volunteer Infantry were active in some of the key battles of the War Between the States. Ordered from Columbia, S.C., to Richmond, Va., on July 10, 1861, they were engaged at Dranesville, under J.E.B. Stuart, then were brigaded under Generals' R.H. Anderson, Micah Jenkins, and John Bratton. The 6th fought with the Army of Northern Virginia from Williamsburg to Fredericksburg, served with General James Longstreet at Suffolk, and later moved with General D.H. Hill to North Carolina. Again serving with General Longstreet they were engaged at Knoxville, Tenn. Returning to Virginia, they participated in the conflicts at The Wilderness, Spotsylvania, and Cold Harbor, endured the hardships of the Petersburg trenches, and saw action around Appomattox. The regiment reported 18 killed, and 45 wounded at Dranesville, and in April, 1862, contained 550 officers and men. It lost 27 at Williamsburg and fifty-two percent of the 521 engaged at Seven Pines, then sustained 100 casualties at Gaines' Mill and Frayser's Farm, 115 at Second Manassas, 58 during the 1862 Maryland campaign, and 16 at Wauhatchie. In 1864 the unit lost 9 killed and 85 wounded during The Wilderness Campaign, and from June 13 to December 31, there were 26 killed, 176 wounded, and 16 missing. On April 9, 1865, it surrendered 30 officers and 328 men at Appomattox Court House. [Source: Units of the Confederate States Army]. 


Robert Moorman Sims: (1837-1898) Born in Fairfield District, South Carolina, he had quite a distinguished military career during the Civil War. He graduated from the Citadel (South Carolina Military Academy) in Charleston, S.C., in 1856. He enlisted in the Confederate army as a first sergeant in Company A, 9th South Carolina Infantry Regiment. He subsequently was commissioned first lieutenant in Company B, 6th South Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was severely wounded at the battle of Sharpsburg, Maryland, on September 17, 1862. Upon his return to active field duty, Sims was promoted to captain and appointed as Assistant Adjutant General on the staff of Brigadier General Micah Jenkins. Captain Sims later was wounded a second time this occurring at the battle of Wauhatchie. Sims then served on the staffs of Brigadier Generals' John Bratton and Martin W. Gray. On December 14, 1864, Captain Sims was selected to be General James Longstreet's Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General. Sims was chosen by General Longstreet and General John B. Gordon to carry a flag of truce into the Union lines in April 1865. Sims utilized his fringed towel and tied it to his sword to use as an improvised flag of truce. When Captain Sims reached the Union lines he asked to be conducted to General E.O.C. Ord. Instead he was brought to General G.A. Custer. The flag of truce was confiscated and cut in half with a portion of it given to General George Armstrong Custer's wife, Libbie. Mrs. Custer later bequeathed her towel portion of the flag to the Smithsonian Institute. After the war Captain Sims returned to South Carolina where he had a long and successful political career serving as a South Carolina State Representative & as the South Carolina Secretary of State. He died on December 9, 1898, and is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia, South Carolina.


***The black and white illustration shown here was sketched by famous Civil War artist, Alfred A. Waud, and was used in the book, "Appomattox 1865: Lee's Last Campaign," with the caption, Confederate Captain Robert M. Sims carries a white towel on his sword as a flag of truce as he approaches General Custer in this sketch by Alfred A. Waud. In response to Sims request for a ceasefire, the Union cavalry commander replied, "We will listen to no terms but that of unconditional surrender." [Sources: Library of Congress; Appomattox 1865: Lee's Last Campaign].      


 H 101in. x W 56in. x D 3 1/2in.  H 104in. x W 57in. x D 2 1/2in.  H 25in. x W 4in. x D 17in.

1863 Promotion For Lieutenant in 6th Sou

 

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

 

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

 

5 ANTIQUE CORBEL BRACKETS LANRGE $0.00

H 25in. x W 5in. x D 30in.  H 51in. x D 25in.  H 33in. x D 15in.  H 36in. x W 24in. x D 14in.

LARGE CORBEL BRACKETS $0.00

 

LARGE PENDANTS $0.00

 

INDUSTRIAL PENDANT LIGHTS X 5 $0.00

 

SET OF 4 HUGE WALL SCONCES $0.00




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