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H 13in. x W 19in.  H 22in. x D 14 1/2in. x D 1/2in.  H 67in. x W 13in. x D 2in.  H 63in. x W 18in. x D 1/2in.

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TEA SIGN $300.00







H 18in. x W 36in. x D 1/2in.  H 36in. x W 9in. x D 16in.  H 323in. x W 29in.  H 46in. x W 22in. x D 54in.

HUGE Sconces....from Kansas City Star newspaper building in Kansas

Would make a great overhead feature for a garden pathway etc

Total of 8    PRICE PER ITEM



BOAT MOTOR $250.00


MILK SIGN $100.00



H 50in. x W 46in. x D 18in.  H 22in. x W 30in. x D 22in.  H 24in. x W 21in. x D 21in.  H 42in. x D 16in


Color in picture is off...they are green








H 54in. x W 35in.  H 29in. x W 24in. x D 1/2in.  H 84in. x W 32in. x D 2in.

H 79in. x W 32in. x D 2in.

H 84in. x W 38in. x D 2in.

3 doors of various sizes shown above  H 76in. x W 48in. x D 40in.









H 54in. x D 22in.

30 IN STOCK  H 38in. x D 14iN

MORE AVIALABLE  H 17in. x W 16in. x D 40in.


Price is for 1 pair  H 52in. x D 14in.



INDUSTRIAL PENDANT LIGHTS #1867. . . . . . $450.00




Art Deco Pendant Light #616 $1800.00

<b>Governor of Massachusetts</b>

(1847-1900) Born in Boston, Mass., he was descended from Connecticut Founding Father Oliver Wolcott, and his older brother was killed in the Civil War. He graduated from Harvard in 1870, attended Harvard Law School, graduated in 1874, and was admitted to the Suffolk County bar the same year. Wolcott opened a law office in Boston in 1875. He won a seat on the Boston Common Council in 1877, a position which he held for three years. He served as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature from 1881–1884, and was offered the Republican Party nomination for Mayor of Boston in 1885, but refused on account of his father's poor health. Wolcott cared for his father until his death in 1891. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893-97, and Governor of Massachusetts from 1897-1900. When the Spanish–American War broke out in 1898, Wolcott immediately put Massachusetts on a war footing, securing legislative authorization for military expenditures in just 25 minutes. The state was one of the first to supply militia troops to the war effort. In 1899, Wolcott decided not to run for reelection, and was offered a variety of diplomatic posts by President William McKinley, but refused them, and embarked on a trip to Europe with his family in May 1900. After his return he campaigned for Republicans in the 1900 elections. He fell ill with typhoid fever in mid-November, and died in Boston on December 21, 1900.

Antique photogravure, 2/3 standing view with one hand posed on top of an open book. Copyright, 1900, by E.C. Chickering. Published by A.W. Elson & Co., Boston. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness and the imprint below, "Engraved for The Colonial Society of Massachusetts from a portrait from life." 4 x 6 5/8, tipped to an album page with hand drawn black ink borders. Overall page size is 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent portrait.   Offered here, individually price for the collector who would like a single example, are tinned sheet iron, brass capped, spouts for use in country tin shops in the fabrication of earlier to mid 19th century tin ware.  Not a big deal to most as we are not sure if there are any folks out there besides Gunsight Antiques who collect 19th century country tin, but if so, here is your chance to acquire a neat, period fabricated, spout as was sold by tinsmith suppliers who carried all manner of material necessary to country tinsmiths.  Besides tinned sheet iron stock, lead solder &c, spouts such as this, cast lid knobs and the like who’s fabrication required more intricate equipment and special tools than was commonly found in small country tinsmith shops. A neat item to lay in with any 19th century tin grouping or occupational display.  Seldom seen today, these are the only pre utilization examples of such we have ever seen.  If you are new to our catalog and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!  Equally in their proper place on a Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Artillery Carriage or suspended from the side of a western bound prairie schooner, the 1700s early 1800s with use into the Civil War era grease horn was an integral utility used in the day to store and carry lubricant for applicant to the heavy wooden wheel hubs.   Intact examples such as are offered here are seldom encountered on today’s collector market as discarded or stored horn pairs invited insect and animal damage all attracted by the <I>grease</I> once contained within.  Hand crafted from steer horn and blacksmith bound in black iron with forged attachment suspension chain, the mouth of each horn was plugged with a small corked access hole for application and refilling.  Stoutly made for rough usage and exposure to the elements this all original pair of grease horns measure 18 from tip to butt and remain as found with good evidence of period use and a deep natural age patina to iron and horn.  The exceptional iron work with fancy integral chain will set this pair will set them in good stead in any period display.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina

Member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession</b>

(1798-1882) Born in Laurens, S.C., he graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1816. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and began practice in Pendleton, S.C. He served as a major during the Seminole War in 1835. Was a member of the South Carolina State Senate, 1835-41. Served as a Democratic U.S. Congressman, 1843-49. He was a member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 5/8, in ink, R.F. Simpson.

WBTS Trivia: The State of South Carolina was the first to secede from the Union when she adopted the ordnance of secession on December 20, 1860.

Photogravure, Roger Wolcott $20.00


country tin smith – lamp oil tin &c: CAP $30.00


18th early 19th century iron bound GREA $295.00


Autograph, Richard F. Simpson $45.00

<b>Killed in Action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Va.</b>

Postally used patriotic envelope that is trimmed in red and blue with an embossed American shield with spread winged eagle and the motto, Union And Constitution on the reverse of the envelope. Partial postmark from New Orleans, [La.] with the month of Jul visible and it is also stamped [due] 3 at upper right. Addressed to Mr. Danl. H. Cutter, Newburyport, Mass. Signed at left, "Soldier's Letter, F.G. Ogden, Adjt. 48 Regt. Mass." Irregular right edge where the envelope was opened. Very fine.

Francis G. Ogden, the sender and signer of this envelope, was a 23 year old clerk from Boston when he enlisted as a corporal, on October 9, 1861, and was mustered into Co. F, 24th Massachusetts Infantry. He was discharged on March 8, 1863. He was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 48th Massachusetts Infantry with whom he served until being mustered out of the service on September 3, 1863. He was then commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry on November 27, 1863. He was killed in action during the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., on May 12, 1864.      This exceptional pair of carriage lamps show little if any evidence of use while offering unquestionable age and originality both in condition and unmistakable mid 19th century tinsmith construction of the matching lantern bodies.  Each lamp measures approximately 12 inches in height with heavy, approximately ¼ inch thick, beveled glass <I>lenses</I> measuring 3 7/16 X  3 7/8 inches each.  Outer surfaces are of black enamel with naturally patinated brass trim and chimney.  Internal reflector surfaces are bright nickel silver plate with plated burner marked <B>E. MILLER & Co. Meriden, Conn. </B>  [ Edward Miller began manufacturing and selling camphene and lantern fluid burners in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1840's.  By the 1860’s  <I>E. Miller & Co.</I> had become a successful manufacturer and marketer in the kerosene lamp and lamp burner business with the latter being merchandized to private lighting makers.  In 1866 Miller reorganized under the name <I>Edward Miller & Co.</I> or <I>E M & Co</I>. ]  Easily displayed utilizing original mounting sockets, this exceptional matching pair of carriage lamps remain complete and in exceptional condition with pleasing evidence of age and 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


4 1/8 x 6 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 28, 1863

General Orders

No. 239

In mustering troops into the service of the United States, the non-commissioned officers of Companies must not be mustered in until their respective Companies have the number of enlisted men required by General Orders, No. 110, current series, from this Office.

Until the muster of a Company (under par. 86, Mustering Regulations) has been completed, the non-commissioned officers thereof cannot be appointed. (See par. 73, page 18, Army Regulations of 1861).



Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.  

<b>Medal of Honor Recipient

Signed on the back of the business card of former Colonel George H. Starr, 104th New York Infantry, who was captured at Gettysburg! Starr escaped from 3 different Rebel prisons!</b>

(1837-1921) Born in Huntingdon, Pa., he was the son of David R. Porter, a Governor of Pennsylvania, and was the first cousin of, Andrew Porter, a Union Civil War general. He graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1860. During the Civil War he served as Chief of Ordnance of the Army of the Potomac, the Department of the Ohio, and the Army of the Cumberland. He also served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 20, 1863. He was able to rally enough men to hold the ground at a critical moment in the battle when the Union lines had been broken. Exposed to heavy fire by the enemy, Porter held his position long enough to facilitate the escape of numerous wagon trains and batteries. Besides the MOH, Porter was cited for gallantry in the siege of Fort Pulaski, Ga.; the battle of the Wilderness, Va.; and in the action at New Market Heights, Va. He received promotion to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War services in the field. After the war, he served as Private Secretary to President U.S. Grant, 1869-73; Vice President of the Pullman Palace Car Company; was President of the Union League Club of New York, 1893-97, being a major influence in the construction of Grant's Tomb, in N.Y.C.; and was the United States Ambassador to France, 1897-1905. He was awarded the Legion of Honor, by the French government in 1904. Porter was also the author of two books, "Campaigning With Grant," and "West Point Life."

<u>Card Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, boldly signed in ink, Horace Porter. This autograph was signed on the reverse of the imprinted business card of George H. Starr, a New York attorney, and former Civil War officer who served in the 104th New York Infantry, and was captured at Gettysburg. The imprint reads: "Geo. H. Starr, Counsellor at Law, 56 Pine Street, New York City."  Very fine. Desirable item related to both the battle of Gettysburg and General Ulysses S. Grant!

Colonel George H. Starr, enlisted as a private at Geneseo, N.Y., on November 23, 1861, and was mustered into Co. D, 104th New York Infantry. He was promoted to sergeant on the same day; 2nd lieutenant, on March 6, 1862; and captain, on September 12, 1862. He was captured in action at the battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 1863, and confined at Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va. Starr was one of the over 100 men who escaped through a tunnel on February 9, 1864, but was recaptured. He was then sent to Macon, Ga., where he was confined on April 1, 1864, and once again escaped, this coming on August 15, 1864. He was re-captured a third time, and confined at Camp Sorghum, Columbia, S.C., on September 1, 1864. He escaped again on October 10, 1864, after having been moved to Charleston, S.C.  He was discharged from the army on January 6, 1865; and promoted Colonel, N.Y. Volunteers, by brevet. After the war Starr studied law and practiced in New York City, and in Yonkers, N.Y.

Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts $35.00


exceptionally nice mid 1800s CARRIAGE LA $225.00


Mustering Of Troops Into The Union Army $10.00


Autograph, General Horace Porter $75.00

(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va. Son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the U.S.A., Winfield Scott, who said Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1852-55, and commanded the detachment that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Turned down the command of the Union Army in 1861, as he said he could never raise his sword against his native Virginia. Instead he was appointed commander of all military forces of Virginia, and soon after general in the Regular Army of the Confederate States of America. During the War Between The States, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia at such battlefields as 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. His reputation became legendary and he might very well be the most famous soldier in American history! In the last years of his life, he served as president of Washington College at Lexington, Va. (now Washington & Lee Univ.) where he is buried in the chapel.

Antique 1800's portrait engraving of General Lee in his Confederate uniform with Gen. R.E. Lee printed below. Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 4 3/4 x 8 3/4. Light age toning.  

<b>General Stonewall Jackson</b>

Criswell #122. Richmond, February 20, 1863. Vignette of the legendary Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and steamboat at the bottom. Printed on pink paper by Archer & Daly of Richmond, Va. 7 of the original coupons still attached. Very fine. One of the most popular Confederate bonds.  A neat Civil War vintage advertising broadside for <B>HOLLIS’S, Vegetable Pectoral Syrup</B>, a cure for Coughs, Colds, Hooping Cough. (see: 1863 Boston Business Directory)  In a nice size for easy display (8" X 7") and in fine original condition after decades of storage, this boldly printed (one side only for posting) broadside will set well in any period grouping.  We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased  guarantee ! please note:  ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!.  If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!         

Confederate envelope with partial Charlotte, N.C. postmark and Scott #11, 10 cents, Confederate States of America postage stamp, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Addressed to Mr. W. Robinson, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The handwritten ink address has faded but it is all readable. Age toning. Good war period, postally used, stamped Confederate envelope.

General Robert E. Lee $15.00


1863 Confederate $1, 000 Bond


Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE $65.00


Stamped Confederate Cover Postmarked at $65.00

Unused 5 1/2 x 2 1/4, imprint. Sutler's Office, 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers. Paymaster U.S.A. for 6th Regt. Ohio Volunteers pay to the order of E. Kelsey, Sutler..........Dollars, and deduct the amount from pay due me. Excellent condition. These checks were filled out by soldiers of the 6th Ohio Volunteers as an I.O.U. to the regimental sutler towards the purchase of his goods. Then on pay day the appropriate amount would be deducted from that particular soldier's pay and given to the sutler. The hard fought 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers saw action at Fort Donelson, Nashville, Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Resaca, to name a few places. Desirable.  

5 x 8, imprint.

Headquarters, Department of the South,

Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 9, 1865

General Orders,

No. 17

The following named Officers are hereby announced on the Staff of the Major General Commanding, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Lists 16 officers by name, rank and position held on General Gillmore's staff. By Command Of Major General Q.A. Gillmore, W.L.M. Burger, Assistant Adjutant General. Staining around the edges. Light edge wear. Uncommon Department of the South imprint.


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

(1803-48) Born in Brunswick County, Va., he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1823, and he read law with General Dromgoole in Brunswick Co., Va. where he practiced. He moved to South Carolina in 1826 and settled in Darlington where he took charge of the Darlington Academy. He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1829 and began a practice in Darlington. He served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1840-43. Elected as a Democrat to the 29th and 30th Congresses, he served from 1845 until his death, after having been reelected in 1848 to the 31st Congress. He is buried in the First Baptist Cemetery, Darlington, S.C.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 5/8, in ink, A.D. Sims.    Not to be confused with later and more common examples with the wire keeper, this shako pom-pom is fitted with a wooden keeper shaft and will go appropriately with the 1820’s through Mexican War era leather shako.  A <I>find</I> for the military headgear enthusiast as the majority of surviving period shakos are missing the pom-pom and individual examples are seldom available.  This one remains in excellent condition with no mothing issues.  The wool is a bit dingy with age and while it will clean to the condition appropriate to the finest condition, we have left that to the discretion of the of the buyer. <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>

6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers Sutler Chec $50.00


General Quincy A. Gillmore Announces His $5.00


Autograph, Alexander D. Sims $10.00


earlier to mid-19th century - wool SHAK $175.00

Ordinarily not a big deal individually  but when integral with each other as one, these die struck regimental numbers are of special interest as they were made for a specific regiment rather than using separate individual numbers to make up the two digit regimental designation.  We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage one piece regimental numerals in numbers <B>12</B>, <B> 58</B>, <B> 64</B> and <B>70</B> and are offering them priced by the individual set for the insignia collector or specific regiment enthusiast who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap.  These difficult to find double numerals measure ¾ inch high and are of die struck sheet brass, un-used and period, in fine condition with the original attachment wires. A nice find, just let us know the number you wish when ordering.  <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>

 H 30in. x W 12in. x W 12in.  H 19in. x W 19in. x W 10in


Shades pivot  H 46in. x W 48in. x W 22in.


Original Civil War – one piece / two di $55.00







H 30in. x W 24in. x W 9in.  H 46in. x W 48in. x W 20in.  H 40in. x D 16in.  H 62in. x D 25in.

2 in stock     sold as a pair only





Bare Bulb pendant light #231 $700.00



<b>Eugene Blackford, 5th Alabama Infantry

One of the famous Blackford brothers of Virginia!

Commander of the 5th Alabama Sharpshooters</b>

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

Who was Eugene Blackford?

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

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


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


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


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

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

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

An article of interest about Major Eugene Blackford:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



Scott #7. Block of 3, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.  As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference <I> American Military Headgear Insignia</I> (Fig. 290) this <I>false bullion </I> or <I>false embroidered</I> die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition.  While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device.  Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires.  An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase type.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 28, 1862

General Orders No. 34

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

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



Excellent condition. Scarce.

War Date Cover Endorsed & Addressed by C $125.00


Block of 3 Five Cents Confederate Postag $75.00


extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00


General Butler Orders His Commanders To $10.00

All in fine original condition after decades of local attic storage, this pair of 1700 very early 1800s bronze shoe buckles measure approximately 2 7/16 inches by 1 3/8 inch wide.  With that eye appealing natural age color that comes to bronze only with time, these wonderful old buckles clearly saw little period use as evident by the crisp corners and bold hand tool marks of the period maker. (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  

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

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

11 x 14, display, doubled matted in Confederate gray and red archival mat boards. The coverlet is nicely displayed at the center with copy photographs of General Jackson, his wife and daughter, and the house above, and descriptive text below. Comes with COA. Shrink wrapped. Please note that this handsome display has complete full borders.          Complete and entirely original is this <B>COLORED SERVANT’S TICKET issued by WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD Co.</B> for <I>ONE SEAT FROM WILMINGTON, N.C., to NEW YORK </I>.  The ticket measures approximately 17 ½ x 4 5/8 inches wide printed on one side only on yellow newspaper type stock .  With  a small <I>chip</I> of the upper left corner and some period horizontal folds (all visible in our illustrations) the ticket remains entirely original with no rips, tears, separations, repairs or stains.  The top section of the ticket provides space for the ticket holder’s <I>Name, Color, Age, Height, Marks,<B>Owner’s Name</B> </I> and <I>With whom traveling</I>.  The ticket was printed by the <I>Daily Journal Job Office, Wilmington, N.C.</I>.  The ticket provides for nine transfers necessary for rail travel from Wilmington, North Carolina to New York, the appropriate section to be cut from the ticket and retained by a rail road agent at each transfer site. 

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

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

original ! 18th century bronze SHOE BUCK $135.00


Relic From Confederate General Stonewall $250.00




Original and as found! Civil War vintag $450.00

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 3

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


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


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


War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenan $15.00

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

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

 This carved folk-art whimsy offers the finely written old cursive inscription: <I><B>’Made by the Capt. of the Ship Herald of the Morning in the North Pacific Ocean August 5th 1868’</I></B> with fine block letter initials <B><I>A W</B></I>.  The product of a past Skinner Auction where it came out of a little decorative box lot containing an assortment of small period carved ivory, hardstone, bone, silver, and wooden trinkets, the period inscription on this piece offers the American Clipper Ship enthusiast fruit for rewarding research.  Thanks to the wonders of Google we found a lot photo and description of this carved whimsy from a 2010 <B>SKINNER</B> Americana & Decorative Arts auction, we also learned the following:  The clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> was built in Medford, Mass. in 1853.  She was one of only few clipper ships with a passage from New York to San Francisco in less than 100 days.  Commencing May 6 through September 1, 1868 the <I>Herald in the Morning</I> under command of <B>Capt. Alexander Winsor</B> of clipper ship <I>FLYING CLOUD</I> notoriety, made passage from New York, around the horn and up the North Pacific to San Francisco.      The period inscription date of <U>August 5th 1868</U> tells us that Capt. Winsor was carving this little <I>do-dad</I> in the closing days of the historic 118 day Clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> voyage, New York to San Francisco.  A popular, time passing, hand craft, especially among seaman of the sailing era, existing, original examples of the folk-art form offer an interesting collectable category in and of themselves or set in nicely as companion to nautical Americana items.  This historic example will be a standout in any such collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  More common in the smaller 12 oz size, this pleasing approximately quart size, mid 1800s stoneware bottle, remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks, good evidence of age and even retains remnants of the period foil seal around the neck. The bottle stands approximately 10 inches and is about 3 5/8 inches in diameter. A nice Civil War display item as seen in any number of period military camp scenes. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS $35.00


1814 Philadelphia published - PILGRIM’S $95.00


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


Quart - Stoneware Beer Bottle $40.00

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