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Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. The dust jacket shows very light edge wear. A tear in the spine area of the dust jacket has been repaired on the inside with archival tape. The book is in brand new condition.


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


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from 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able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more.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. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Corporal Nicholas Weeks of the 3d Alabama described the fray at Chancellorsville: "What a din. What a variety of hideous noises. The ping of the Minnie ball, the splutter of canister, the whistling of grape, the where are you, where are you of screaming shells and the cannon's roar from a hundred mouths went to make up the music for the great opera of death."  


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or specials, drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few 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. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Captain Andrew J. Russell, who captured images of the Chancellorsville campaign, spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Mathew 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 fighting fields of Chancellorsville. As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was the Chancellorsville campaign.  


Cover Photograph: In a photograph by Andrew J. Russell taken on May 1 or 2, 1863, two Union officers standing just beyond enemy musket range survey Rebel positions southwest of Fredericksburg while their infantrymen take cover in captured rifle pits. On May 3 these troops of William T.H. Brooks' division would advance toward Chancellorsville and suffer a bloody repulse at nearby Salem Church.


Cover quotation: "Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees." Lieutenant General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson.  A bit of a departure from our usual fair but we couldn’t resist when we found these in an old sewing basket.   An attractive  group of 8 buttons each fashioned from an original buffalo nickel pressed so as to be convex with a loop fastener.  Three are Indian head and five are buffalo side out.  The classic American <I>buffalo nickel</I> was minted between 1913 and 1938 and remains a favorite among Americana enthusiasts.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  A nice all original hand carved <I> Jack Straws</I> (a.k.a. <I>pickup sticks</I>) game still housed in their period slide top box.  A popular game of the Civil War era such handmade <I>pickup sticks</I> games as this may be found in many of the best known Civil War museum collections such as the Gettysburg Visitor’s Center, and Museum of the Confederacy collection in Richmond.  Not part of the game but included just as we found the set is a folk art carved knife and fork. All original and in excellent condition just as it was set aside in attic trunk storage decades ago.    As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  


<b>United States Senator from New Jersey


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


(1816-94) Born in Salem, N.J., he was elected to the New Jersey state assembly in 1840; served as clerk, 1842-44; and was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1844. He moved to Philadelphia in 1846 where he was engaged in business and banking; served as a member of the Philadelphia Common Council, 1848-54; and organized the Corn Exchange Bank and was president 1858-71. He moved to Merchantville, N.J. in 1863; was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from 1866 to 1871 which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Served as chairman of the Committee on the Library. He was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant as a member of the first United States Civil Service Commission and served two years, resigning to accept a position of United States financial agent in London, serving 1874-74. Served as a member of the New Jersey Board of Tax Assessors 1884-91, and was president 1889-91. He was appointed a member of the State board of Education in 1891 for a term of three years.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, Alex. G. Cattell, New Jersey.

Voices of the Civil War, Chancellorsvill $25.00

 

8 BUFFALO NICKEL BUTTONS $65.00

 

Civil War era folk art – Jack Straws - G $95.00

 

Autograph, Alexander G. Cattell $20.00

Published by William H. Hortsmann and Sons, Philadelphia, this 1851 folio (11 ¾ X 14 7/8 x ½ inch thick) 1st edition of 1851 is Illustrated from the <I>Original Text and Drawings in the War Department. </I> Drawn by G. C. Humpries.  Nine pages of text outline and describe the new (1851) uniform and dress code for artillery, infantry, riflemen, insignia, swords, and dragoons; officers and enlisted.  Detailed illustrations cover all manner of dress to include buttons, swords and sashes as well as horse furniture for <I>General Officers</I> and the <I>Cavalry Corps</I>.  This highly collectable volume offers seven finely colored plates from chromolithograph printing and four additional original hand colored plates. Thirteen additional lithographic line drawing plates show uniform details.  The volume is rebound with new boards and black <I>library</I> covering, new brown end papers and retaining its original gold embossed <I><B>UNIFORM AND DRESS OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY</I></B> on the front board.  All else original and as published with good evidence of age, originality and moderate period use but no tears, repairs or objectionable condition issues.  An outstanding item for the <I>deep dish</I> Civil War enthusiast this piece has been in our own library for over thirty years.  <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!

 


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


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the battle of Fredericksburg. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of this pageant of unimaginable courage and bloodshed. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and, especially, images of 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. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Private Alexander Hunter of the 17th Virginia Infantry, on the hopeless Federal assault against Marye's Heights, said, "From the hill back of the heights the division of Pickett watched the advance, filled with wonder and a pitying admiration for men who could rush with such unflinching valor, such mad recklessness into the jaws of destruction...Across the plain, with no martial music to thrill them, only a stillness that would strike terror into spirits less gallant- across the plain still onward sweeps the dauntless brigade with serried lines and gleaming steel. It was superb!" 


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 Union armies to depict events for readers. Present at Fredericksburg were not only the best Northern artists but an Englishman working for the Illustrated London News who sketched some rare views behind Confederate lines. Such sketches, dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were 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, capturing powerful images of battlefields already transformed into hallowed ground.  


So here you find living testimony of the sanguinary clash of titanic forces at the quiet town of Fredericksburg, Virginia. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers who fought there and the townsfolk caught between the two armies, perhaps it will be possible to understand the extremes of tenacity, heroism, and folly on display during these fateful days.


Cover Photograph: Colonel Robert Nugent, commanding the 69th New York Infantry, fell seriously wounded in the celebrated attack of the Irish Brigade at Fredericksburg. His men, although repulsed, were among the fallen who came closest to the Rebel held stonewall on Marye's Heights.  


8 pages. IMPORTANT FROM CHARLESTON. Arrival of the Mary Sanford with News to Saturday. Rebel Reports to Tuesday. Our Forces Expecting Batteries on the Upper End of Morris Island. Forts Moultrie and Johnson Firing on the Working Parties. Explosion of a Rebel Magazine, The Military and Naval Situation in Charleston Harbor. The Failure of the Gallant Attack on Fort Sumter. Alleged Barbarity of Beauregard. Details of Operations. The Storming of Fort Sumter. How the Enterprise Was Planned and Why it Failed. Gallantry of Our Naval Forces. Inhuman Threats From Beauregard. Torpedoes at Fort Wagner. How the Negroes Fight. B.C. Tilghman of the Third U.S.C.I. Writes from Morris Island. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. The Position on the Rapidan Unchanged. One Hundred and Fifty Prisoners Taken by Gen. Pleasanton. A Military Suggestion as to Lee's Movements. Perils of General Burnside's Army. Our Cavalry Operations. Gen. Pleasanton's Advance. Gen. Rosecrans' Army. Rebel Reports of the Situation. Skirmishing Near Dalton and Lafayette. A General Engagement Expected. Reported Junction With Burnside. A Voice From North Carolina. An Eloquent Plea for Peace and Reconstruction. A Declaration that it will be Better to Live with than Under the Northern People. The Subjugation of Mississippi and Louisiana Acknowledged. General Lee Stumping the North. The Rebel Military Movement. Parrott Guns Modern Artillery. Gen. Dix and Gov. Seymour. Employment of Slaves in the Army, and more war news. Some edge chipping at extreme left border which does not affect any of the content. Very fine 1863 issue.  Our photos will likely do best in describing this exceptionally nice Victorian era microscope.  Unmarked as to maker, the microscope remains in fine, as new condition.  Its original 8 x 3 7/8 x 3 hinged case remains in solid condition and is pleasing to the eye while it does offer evidence of age and period use.  A nice item for the optical enthusiast, this old Victorian microscope will set in well with period scientific or medical collectables.  <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!

Rarely seen! Horstman & Sons 1851 - U $2350.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Fredericksburg $25.00

 

The New York Times, September 17, 1863 $45.00

 

cased Victorian MICROSCOPE $125.00

Our illustrations will do best to describe the sharp focus, crisp contrast and overall condition of this just pre or early Civil War  cased 6th plate ambrotype.  A Maine find where late 1850s and early Civil War issue forage caps of the  configuration and light color as is worn by our subject were in vogue, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG  / Uniforms of Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field) this image of a well-dressed young boy in oversized military cut forage cap and ivory headed walking stick will lay in well with any Civil War era grouping and will be of special interest to the just post and early Civil War enthusiast as well as the collector of children photos of that period.   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 !


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 All in nice original condition save two or three small fraying spots to the braided cord as evidence of period use and originality. (see photos)  Complete and eye appealing, retaining its original soft infantry blue without the usual fading to blue / gray as is so common with these infantry cords, this turn of the century U. S. Army issue aiguillette will make a nice companion piece with a period infantry spike helmet 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 !  


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Light age toning. Fine illustration of "Little Mac" one of the commanders-in-chief of the Union Army during the Civil War.


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


<b>Served in the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry


Wounded twice during the Civil War and had his hand amputated!


Pennsylvania State Congressman


Autograph Letter Signed with cover</b>


Meyer was a 21 year old resident of Rebersburg, Pa., when he enlisted on August 25, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. A, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded in action on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. He was promoted to corporal on November 16, 1863. He was wounded a second time this coming on May 10, 1864, at the battle of Po River, Va., which resulted in the amputation of his left hand. He was discharged for wounds on September 10, 1864, at Campbell Hospital, Washington, D.C. After the war he served as a Pennsylvania State Congressman. 


<u>Autographed Letter Signed</u>: 5 1/2 x 9, in ink, on imprinted Pennsylvania House of Representatives letter sheet with State seal and his name and district printed at the top. Comes with the original imprinted cover with House of Representatives, State of Pennsylvania, Henry Meyer, Centre County, and State seal, C.D.S., Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 12, with 3 cents green George Washington postage stamp. Addressed in the hand of Henry Meyer, to his wife, Mrs. Mattie J. Meyer, Rebersburg, Centre County, Pa.


Harrisburg, Pa. 

Feb. 10, 1883


Dear Mattie,


We had a Saturday's session today, but about seventy five members were absent, nearly all have gone home now. It is snowing fast tonight and no doubt till tomorrow there will be a deep snow. Brechbil and I had bad luck on Monday, his horse fell and broke a shaft of the sleigh. I suppose I will get to Coburn next Saturday till noon- or till 10 o'clock A.M. If our horse will be fit to drive then. Suppose you ask Woodling about it, and if Birds' eyes are not bad, perhaps he could send some one for me. There is nothing new. Please drop a note.


Yours &c,


H. Meyer


Very fine letter and cover with nice Pennsylvania House of Representatives imprints.

6th plate ambrotype – Boy in early (gray $135.00

 

Indian Wars / Spanish American War - U. $85.00

 

General George B. McClellan $5.00

 

Autograph, Henry Meyer $35.00




8 pages. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. Continued Advance of the Cavalry. Fighting at the Rapidan. Our Passage at Raccoon Ford Disputed. The Main Body of the Rebels Reported at Richmond. The Cars Running to Culpepper. THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON. Important Reports. Half of James Island Said to be in Our Possession. A White Flag Flying Over Fort Moultrie. Two Monitors Lying Between Sumter and Moultrie. PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION. The Habeas Corpus Suspended Throughout the United States in Certain Specified Cases By the President of the United States. [Signed in print by Abraham Lincoln].  The Rebel Rams and Pirates. The Rebel Pirates. Ironclads in the Mersey. The Privateer Florida. Interesting News From Memphis. Another Pirate Afloat. A Bark rigged Cruiser in the South Pacific. Her Attempt to Capture the Clipper Ship Snow Squall. Interesting Narrative of Captain Dillingham. The War in Arkansas. Gen. Blunt's Brilliant Successes. Progress of General Steele's Expedition. One Hundred Thousand Square Miles Reclaimed From Rebel Rule. News From the Department of the Gulf and The Kansas Border. Much more war news. Some edge chipping which does not affect any of the content. Very nice bright and clean 1863 issue with important Lincoln Proclamation on the front page.  


<b>War Date Orders Signed regarding the discharge of firearms!</b>


(1836-67) Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Colonel John J. Abert, Chief of the Army Topographical Engineers. Commissioned 2nd lieutenant of the 4th U.S. Light Artillery, on June 18, 1855, and promoted to 1st lieutenant, on March 31, 1857. On May 14, 1861, he was commissioned captain of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, and he was transferred to the 6th U.S. Cavalry, on August 3, 1861. He served for a time as Aide-de-Camp to General George B. McClellan, and as Inspector General on the staff of General Nathaniel P. Banks. He was promoted to brevet major, on May 27, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Hanover Court House, Va., and brevet lieutenant colonel, on September 17, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Antietam, Md. On November 17, 1862, he was appointed assistant inspector general. He was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, on November 16, 1864. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service. Mustered out of the volunteer service on September 18, 1865. After the war, Abert served in the Regular U.S. Army, dying on active duty, on August 25, 1867, at Galveston, Texas.


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink.


Head Quarters Rockville  Expedition,

Rockville, [Md.], June 12th, 1861


General Orders

No. 3


The discharge of firearms in camp or on the march except by order or by a sentinel on post in the discharge of his duty is strictly prohibited and orders for firing will be given only as against the enemy and for the purpose of cleaning arms in case of necessity.  In the latter case the order of the commanding officer of the regiment or corps will be required and that will be given only between the hours of 10 to 12 A.M.


The discharge of firearms will be considered an evidence of the presence or approach of the enemy and all guards within hearing will be immediately formed and measures taken by them to ascertain the cause of the alarm.


This order and the 49th Article of War will be read at the head of each Company of the expedition and commanders of regiments and Corps will enforce the strictest observance of both in their respective commands.


By order of Colonel Stone

Wm. S. Abert

1st Lieut., 4th Arty.

A.A. Adjt. Gen.      


Light age toning. Excellent content.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1995. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who personally experienced the Second Manassas campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major engagements. 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 writers 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. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Andrew Coats of the 5th New York Infantry recorded, "War has been designated as Hell, and I can assure you that where the Regiment stood that day was the very vortex of Hell. Not only were men wounded, or killed, but they were riddled." 


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 Union armies to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials" drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were 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. Travel was tedious, with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 


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


Cover Photograph: A Federal train lies burned to the wheels by Confederate forces near Manassas Junction.  Some years ago we acquired a small number of earlier 1800s through Civil War era <B>straight shank</B> (eyeless) fish hooks with original <B>hand tied cotton cord leader</B> and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced for the antique fishing gear enthusiast or Civil War collector who would enjoy having an example.   Remaining in original to the period, unused condition after decades of storage, this example of a once so common piece of basic fishing equipment will lay well in any period fishing grouping.  A handy item in the haversack or <I>ditty</I>bag of any well prepared Civil War troop.   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 !

The New York Times, September 16, 1863 $45.00

 

Autograph, General William S. Abert $95.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Second Manassas $25.00

 

Original Civil War era FISH HOOK with ha $30.00

We have a small number of these 19th century glass dice and are offering them here <U>priced by the pair</U> for the collector who would like a set.  Classic period hand crafting of each individual piece is made obvious by the irregularity of dot placement and <I>out of square</I> shape of each game piece as it was hand sheared  from hot, square drawn, glass stock.  Difficult to find and nice companion item for any earlier to Civil War era personal, or gaming 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 !!  Not a big deal but a nice honest utility to display with Civil War vintage personal items without spending a lot of money.  A <I>must have</I> in the days before plastic bags and cellophane wrapped snacks, the days when a hand full of black walnuts or pecans served as a welcome treat, a <I>nut pick</I> (also a handy tool to loosen a knot) was a common utility carried in pocket or haversack. This antique bone mounted iron pick remains in pleasing condition with a telltale age <I>shrinkage</I> crack in the bone as good evidence of age and originality.  Solid and ready for use!   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  Boldly marked on one side for vertical display this colorful U. . V. banner measures 12 inches wide at the top and is 22 inches in total length.   Stencil printed on cotton in the fashion common to the turn of the century the banner remains solid with some tattering yet bright in color and appears never to have been exposed to the weather or bright sun while offering good evidence of age and originality. Just rediscovered three of these (use our search see # 5656 & 5657) as we rummage through our long ago tucked away <I>stuff</I>, this old banner was recovered as part of a small grouping from, of all places, the attic remains of a long ago defunct <I>Yankee</I> G. A. R. hall. (Those were the days!) How the banner came to Maine Civil War veteran hall storage can only be left to the imagination though it seems more than likely that the piece was a souvenir of a trip South for one of the joint G. A. R. – U. C. V. reunions common in the waning years of first generation Civil War veterans.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Measuring 24 1/8 x30 ¾ inches on its original stretcher, this oil on canvas beardless Lincoln portrait is signed (<I>A. Aloisi</I>) and offers good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition save an easily restorable  small tear just above the ear and some natural age thin spots that are likewise easily restorable. (All easily seen in our illustrations, we have chosen to leave the painting as found to preserve originality.) The painting is taken from a photograph by Alexander Heslet during a June 3,1860 sitting while Lincoln was campaigning for the presidency.  A popular image of the <I>Rail Splitter</I> in the early campaign, Heslet’s Lincoln and images taken from his work, became well known in the period and are especially sought by todays collectors.  Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, commented that the image was <I> so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it.</I>  Nicely done yet offering a crudeness not seen in the work of a trained artist, the special charm of this old piece will place it in the <I>folk art</I> category to most.  An exceptional piece of Americana, this early presidential campaign rendering from the Springfield, Illinois photographer’s  a beardless Abraham Lincoln photograph will show off well.  <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!

earlier to mid 1800s – hand cut white gl $35.00

 

19th century bone mounted Nut Pick $30.00

 

Late 1880s / early 1900s UNITED CONFEDER $125.00

 

c. 1860 Abraham Lincoln - FOLK ART OIL P $525.00

This set of 11 antique  vegetable ivory buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U>two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition and are of a nice size comparable to those used with the period frock or coat.  This set will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 9 antique  burl walnut buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U> two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition with the exception of one which has a period chip.  A nice size comparable to those used with the period military frock or waist coat, these buttons would go especially well on a Southern style garment.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut </I>vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

1700s early 1800s VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTO $35.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $35.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $25.00

 

late 1700s early 1800s hand-cut BURL WA $35.00

We have acquired a nice lot of original antique black iron <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here individually priced for the collector / historian who would like an example for use or display.  Originally emanating from the clean out of 19th century harness and leather work shop where the harness maker cut the buckles from used leather and threw them into a large wood box for reuse.   From this mix we have separated a number of classic <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here in <U>two sizes</U> all remaining in pleasing <I>as found</I> and usable condition many even retaining remnants period black paint finish.  We have buckles sized to accept 1 3/8 and 1 ¼ inch wide straps so <U>be sure and note the size you need</U> when ordering.  Wider waist belts were frequently cut down on the leading end to accept the standard 1 3/8 inch buckle.  (<I>see illustration</I>)   A classic design of the Civil War era we have seen these heavy black-iron roller buckles in use back to the Mexican War vintage <I>Grimsley</> U. S. Dragoon saddles.   Wide Civil War military use on all manner of leather accoutrements, horse equipment, waist belts and more has been well documented. 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 !  Lots of folks may file this offering under <I>who cares</I> but for the serious mess gear collectors offering will be meaningful.  A nice all original and period example of F. Grosgean’s <B>Patent January 28, 1862</B> two piece mess spoon.  Fashioned from light, tinned sheet iron, die struck with overlapping sections of the handle and bowl soldered together to form the finished spoon.  Grosgean’s design claimed a stronger yet lighter eating utensil.  This rarely surviving example remains in pleasing all original condition yet with good evidence of age and period originality.  (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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 unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.   (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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 unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.     (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Original! Antique! ROLLER BUCKLES $32.00

 

F. Grosgean’s Patent 1862 – two piece t $85.00

 

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 – table spoo $65.00

 

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 - MESS SPOON $85.00




<b>Autograph Document Signed</b>


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


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


Light age toning and wear.


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


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


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


<b>Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives


Governor of Iowa


Member of the 1861 Peace Convention


United States Senator from Iowa


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


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


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


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

Autograph, John C. Underwood $75.00

 

outstanding! Civil War era ‘Quarter Size $295.00

 

Autograph, James W. Grimes $25.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00




<b>Governor of Rhode Island


United States Senator from Rhode Island


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


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


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/8, in ink, H.B. Anthony, R.I.  


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


<b>United States Civil War Senator from Michigan


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


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


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

Autograph, Henry B. Anthony $25.00

 

1863 Civil War Patriotic Token, General $75.00

 

The Civil War; An Illustrated History $35.00

 

Autograph, Jacob M. Howard $20.00

Emanating from the neighboring coastal Maine location of the <I>Portsmouth Navy Yard</I> in Kittery, Maine, this <B>NAVY STORE - INSIDE KEY -  TO IRON ROOM</B> key would have secured the iron component storage area at the Navy Shipyard there.   The Federal Government established the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1800 and the <I>Kittery Yard</I> (to locals) launched its first product, the 74-gun warship USS Washington, in 1814.  An additional ten war ships were commissioned to the outbreak of the Civil War when a surge in activity at the old yard produced sixteen ships for the Union Navy.  The shipyard remains active today constructing and overhauling some of the most sophisticated war ships of our modern Navy.  Of interest to is that the location of the historic old shipyard fostered a vigorous boundary dispute between Maine and neighboring New Hampshire that was not settled until the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed the case in 2001. Measuring just over 8 ½ inches in length, this heavy iron antique key with its deeply patinated copper identification tag is an exceptional piece of historic Americana.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 A classic piece of original Americana, this 1842 dated silk temperance ribbon measures approximately 6 5/8 inches long by 2 1/16 wide.  Pleasing to the eye. natural age patina and some tattering at the ends only add charm and good evidence of originality. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Measuring approximately 6 1/4 inches from the back to the cutting edge, this eye appealing belt axe  would have offered a stout cutting tool or formidable personal weapon in hands of a willing frontiersman.   In pleasing condition while displaying good evidence of age and originality, this attractive 18th earlier 19th century hand forged axe head will go well in any American colonial, Revolutionary War grouping.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


<b>Killed at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia in 1864


U.S. Army Document Signed</b> 


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


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


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


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

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

 

original c. 1842 COLD WATER ARMY – Temper $65.00

 

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

 

Autograph, General Charles G. Harker $250.00




5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

New Orleans, Sept. 6, 1862


General Orders No. 67


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


By command of

MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


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


Scarce Department of the Gulf imprint. Excellent.  


<b>45th Pennsylvania Infantry


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


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


Seminary U.S.A. Hospital

Georgetown, D.C.

June 3, 1864


Major,


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


Very respectfully,

William Chase

Capt. Co. I, 45 Pa. Vol.


Light age toning. Very fine.


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


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


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


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


United States Senator from North Carolina


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


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


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

1862 Orders Issued by General Benjamin F $15.00

 

1864 Hospital Letter From Wounded Yankee $50.00

 

Civil War Era Brass Medical Bleeder $150.00

 

Autograph, General Joseph C. Abbott $35.00

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



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


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

Civil War vintage ladies - PATRIOTIC HOR $95.00

 

turn of the century antique Pocket or Fi $65.00

 

1700s early 1800s CURLING IRON $65.00

 

Confederate Artillery Uniform Button $195.00

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

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

 A 800 yard unopened, original label, turn of the century, spool of 8oz. <I>CARPET WARP FOR WEAVING</I> from the <I> LILY MILLS - SHELBY, N. Carolina</I> cotton mill.  A bit apart from our usual fare but when we had an opportunity to acquire a few spools of this wonderful old cord from early 1900s North Carolina grown and milled cotton we could not resist.  Besides those textile collector / historians who would enjoy an early unopened display spool from the old Shelby, North Carolina cotton mill, there are other <I>Antiquers</I> who will recognize the practical use potential of 800 yards of turn of the century Southern milled, 8oz cotton warp. (Easily distinguishable from <I>modern</I> spun cotton twine, this material will do well in any number of antique applications.)  Lily Mills located in Shelby, on the edge of cotton country in North Carolina was founded in 1903 as part of growing industry in the post- Civil War, Reconstruction South. It was one of several mills which began to flourish in the region as they processed locally grown cotton in local mills.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 


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


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


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


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


<b>United States Congressman from Pennsylvania


Civil War Governor of Minnesota


United States Senator from Minnesota


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


United States Secretary of War</b>


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


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

vintage -Maysville, Kentucky – Cotton Mi $20.00

 

vintage LILY MILLS - Shelby, N. Carolina $20.00

 

The Execution of Lincoln Conspirator Mar $595.00

 

Autograph, Alexander Ramsey $35.00

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

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

 This outstanding Civil War era advertising game board was put out by <B> SNOW & BROWN, 29 Dauphin Street, Mobile, Alabama</B>.  The board measures 12 inches square when open and remains in excellent condition, strong at the hinge with a game surface that remains bright and nearly as new.  The back which is exposed when closed, remains in pleasing condition while offering wear as good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying.  While we have not been able to date the establishment of the partnership of Snow & Brown at 29 Dauphin, Street, we found that Snow (J. H. Snow) commenced business at that address in 1855 and that the partnership business of Snow & Brown at the same location burned in 1874.   One period description advised that the Dauphin Street establishment <I>’was an elegantly arranged and handsomely fitted up temple of music filled with pianos, organs, and musical instruments’</I>.  Equally well known in Mobile as a music teacher, Snow was a prolific publisher of popular Confederate sheet music from this same address on Deuphin, Street.  (see: <I>CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC</I> by E. Lawrence Able)   Among the several such was the <B>JEFFERSON DAVIS GRAND MARCH</B> published in 1861.  An exceptionally nice item to set in with any Civil War era gaming or personal grouping, this neat old advertising game board will be of special interest to the collector of period Southern items.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 

 


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


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

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

 

mid 1800s advertising checkerboard – SNO $295.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00

 

State of Virginia Button $75.00




<b>United States Senator from Delaware


United States Secretary of State


Ambassador to Great Britain</b>


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


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


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



<u>Henry D. Ogden</u>


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


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


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


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


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. No imprint. This portrait was taken in Charleston, S.C., on March 31, 1861, 2 weeks before General Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter. Excellent.

Autograph, Thomas F. Bayard $25.00

 

Alexandria Arsenal Supplies Ammuntion to $250.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $25.00

 

CDV General P. G. T. Beauregard $125.00




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