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Quincy Adams Gillmore graduated first in his class at West Point in 1849.  Commissioned into the Engineer Corps.  Well respected as an advocate for the use of the newly developed rifled naval guns at the Siege of Fort Pulaski.  Gillmore was widely credited with changing the landscape of siege warfare.   Given Command of the Department of the South and the X Corps, Gillmore was in command of the troops in the recapture of Fort Sumter, the capture of Battery Wagner where he ordered  integration clearing the way for African-American soldiers such as those of the 54th Mass. to set their part in history.  Gilmore played a role in the Bermuda Hundred operations and was credited in the crucial raising of units around Washington when CS Gen. Jubal Early threatened the Capitol City.    Promoted to Maj. General in March of 1863 this earlier Anthony view depicts Gilmore as a Brigadier General and bears a hurried but clearly period penned signature <B><I>Q. A. Gillmore</I></B>.  <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 just under 10 inches in total length with a double edged 5 5/16 inch blade, this attractive old knife offers good evidence of age by virtue of  construction with its nicely shaped, repurposed file blade, set into a stag grip and secured with a pewter casting and copper rivet.  These typically 19th century  construction features in combination with a pleasing natural age patina over period wear offer good evidence of age and originality.  Attractive scrimshawed fouled anchor and sea-horse figures demonstrate good age but may have been added some time in the past postdating the earliest days of this classic old belt knife.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Not a big deal but worthy of continued preservation is this delicate aqua glass cologne bottle.  A nice example of the make do culture of the 1700s, this little bottle offers a period sealing wax repair of a fractured corner as the original owner thought enough of what was likely a gift, to repair the piece for continued use.  Of significance lost in time is the fact the repaired bottle never was cast aside but found its way through the years to now serve as an attractive addition to someone’s 18th century collection.  A neat little piece without spending a lot of money. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This all original brown ink penned and docketed Confederate document was executed on December 31, 1861 by the hard fighting Confederate Captain <B>William K. Bachman</B> in command of <B> BACHMAN'S Company of GERMAN LIGHT ARTILLERY, HAMPTON'S LEGIONS</B> and bears his signature.  

<CENTER> Our transcription of the document is as follows: </CENTER>


<I>I hereby certify that a quart of oil recd. Of Capt. Baldwin act. Ord.  officer in Richmond in Sept. /61 was used for cleaning and keeping in order the small arms in my possession  up to  Nov. q, 1861, also that the packing box received Sept. 7, 1861 from Capt. Child’s ord. officer at Charleston was used in a ___?____-superfluous accoutrements and was left behind by me for want of transportation.  December 31, 1861    Wm. K. Bachman    Capt. Co. B. Art. Bat. H. Legion    S. C. V. </I>


Before the close of the Civil War this battery commander would lead his South Carolina company as Hampton’s Legions left their mark on such battlegrounds as the Seven Days Battles, Second Manassas, South Mountain, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and at <FONT COLOR=#FF0000 ><I><B> GETTYSBURG</B></I></FONT> where as part of Hood’s Division 1st Corps, Capt. Bachman’s battery fought gallantly firing toward <U>Meade's Union center in support of Pickett and Pettigrew.</U>     In the fall of 1863 Bachman’s Co. of ‘German Light Artillery’ returned to South Carolina.  Here Capt. Bachman and his brave mounted artillerists would fight out the war  participating in the Carolina Campaigns with Wright’s Div. Dept. of S.C., Ga. & Fla.   A desirable Confederate document in pleasing condition with no tears, stains or repairs and with a hard to find signature.  (see: Confederate Military History, The Official Records, The Confederate Veteran, Time / Life’s – The Civil War, Sifakis’ Compendium of the Confederate Armies and more.)  <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>

Civil War vintage SIGNED Gen. Q. A. Gill $335.00

 

nautical theme – hand crafted Antique Be $295.00

 

18th century COLOGNE BOTTLE $35.00

 

Capt. Wm. K. Bachman – SIGNED - S. C. V. $155.00

 A most essential accoutrement for the Civil War Cavalryman, Mounted Artillery or in the pocket or saddlebag of any mounted troop, the hoof hook was designed to aid in the removal of a stone lodged between hoof and iron horseshoe.   Difficult to find on today’s market we acquired this example some years ago here in Maine and set the piece aside until now.  All original and in unusually nice condition with a near full complement of its period nickel finish, our photos will do best to speak for condition.   


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 How often have those of us who enjoy such things read a Civil War soldier’s letter, a page from a winter camp journal or other first-hand life account, where the writer  phrases the arrival of a carefully got up package of home preserves, or has lamented the fact that he received such but alas the glass preserve jar had been broken in transit spilling the content?  This offering of a quart size preserve jar, boldly marked <B> MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR</B> on one side and  <B>WHITALL’S PATENT JUNE 18th 1861</B> on the other will make a wonderful companion piece in any Civil War collection and will go especially well in any winter camp, medical and sanitary fair grouping.  Much more difficult to find than the more common MASON preserve jar of the period, this nicely marked and dated Whitall jar retains its equally well marked and dated glass lid and its cast iron lid clamp.  All in nice condition with that pretty light aqua bubbled glass the jar remains in fine condition with no chips.  A scarce collectable complete with original components each as collectable as the jar its self.   An exceptional example of period everyday life seldom seen today.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 This little handmade pocket note book measures approximately 4 X 4 ¾ inches and is made up of a 12 page, brown ink penned personal record of the 1853 muskrat hunting and trapping record of three hunting buddies identified only as William, Edward and John.  A wonderful relic of country Americana, the pages record such statistics as <I>DAY OF THE MONTH – NUMBER OF SHOTS</I> and</I><I> NUMBER KILLED</I> by each of the three.   A record of the number shot and the number trapped by each is augmented by a record of <I>NUMBER OF SHOTS – NUMBER KILLED – EACH WEEK</I> and <I>NUMBER SHOOT – NUMBER KILLED</I> December through May of 1853.  Finally a list of total <I>SHOTS & NUMBER KILLED</I> by each in the season.  Not a bug deal but a really nice piece of hunting and trapping Americana worthy of an appreciative home. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


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

Civil War era POCKET - FOLDING HOOF HO $125.00

 

Pat. 1861 - MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT $135.00

 

hand crafted - season of 1853 MUSKRAT HU $55.00

 

1863 Confederate $100 Bond $125.00




<b>Ran for president against Abraham Lincoln in 1864</b>


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


Wet plate, albumen cabinet card photograph, mounted to 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 card. Bust view in civilian attire. Warren's imprint on the front mount. Period ink inscription below the portrait, "Genl. George B. McClellan, U.S." Backmark: Warren's Portraits, 465 Washington St., Boston. Excellent.  


<b>United States Senator from New Hampshire


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


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


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


<b>Civil War Senator from Nevada


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


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


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

 <b>and the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by J.N. McBee, to his children.


<b><u>Putnam, O.[hio], July 8, 1863</b></u>


Dear Children,


Yours of week before last was received on Wednesday and the letter to Harry mailed the same day. We had one from Newton about the date of yours- none from John since I wrote you last. We are well though Mother has just recovered from an attack of neuralgia. Mother & I were at Dillson Monday last from noon till night. I guess it was that cured her though she was better when she went. They have fruit in abundance. The wholesale merchant Scott is said to be a Copperhead. I didn’t go to Columbus on the 17 cause I was sick in the forenoon. I finished enrolling two Townships yesterday week ago. I had no serious trouble with anyone, but was somewhat annoyed by a few Butternuts with lies & evasion, but I believe I got them all. I was 22 days employed. That colt Etta wrote about is about 2 months old, very beautiful. I have a halter for it & lead it when I ride or drive. Tell Harry to come & see it. I am at a great loss for pasture for them. <b><I>We have had stirring times here for a week past especially since last Saturday. Gen. Meade who superseded Gen. Hooker fought Lee’s whole force, 100,000 strong, on the 1, 2, 3 & on the 4 [July] utterly routing him or at least driving his whole force capturing 30,000 prisoners & 118 guns. On Sunday night at Church it was our Quar. Meeting when I was reading the closing hymn, and a dispatch was handed me saying Gen. Meade had taken 15,000 prisoners & 108 guns. The J. Elder stopped us to sing the Doxology.  After prayer we closed amid general rejoicing and joyful greetings. Yesterday about 2 P.M. a Herald drove furiously through town [he is referring to a Herald newspaper wagon] saying Vicksburg is fallen- surrendered on the glorious fourth- so the 4th is now rendered thrice glorious. Some were afraid we might be deceived, but I got our flags out & the bells ringing & the steam whistle we kept up for over half an hour. Last night we had some sky rockets. Tonight we are to have more. I wish Harry was here to see the sights. About noon today we had a dispatch saying another great fight is going between Lee & our forces. Meade is driving them again with great slaughter. The Potomac is up & there are hopes that Meade will capture or disperse Lee’s whole army. That would naturally end the rebellion. There is intense interest to hear the result of these terrible battles. Over 12,000 wounded Rebels are in our possession. This news drives the Copperheads to their dens, not one of them can rise again.</b></I> We had heavy rain on Friday-Saturday last. The first thorough rain since you left. Don’t be so slow about writing. Our love to you all. Here is a paper for Harry by Etta & the magazine.


As Ever,

J.N. McBee


J.N. McBee, is an Ohio enrolling officer who is enlisting soldiers to fight for the Union cause. Great account of the news from Gettysburg and Vicksburg as battle reports are coming into Ohio with the glorious news of the catastrophic Rebel defeats at Gettysburg and Vicksburg which was the turning point of the war! Also has some very interesting content regarding Copperheads in Ohio. Great event letters like this one regarding General Lee's defeat at the battle of Gettysburg are getting rarer and rarer to find. Once these letters get into private collections or institutional archives they seldom come back on the market again.

Photograph, General George B. McClellan $45.00

 

Autograph, William E. Chandler $15.00

 

Autograph, William M. Stewart $15.00

 

Letter, Great News of Rebel Defeat at th $450.00




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


(1823-1903) Born in Steuben County, New York, he attended Elmira Academy, moved to Illinois in 1838, and settled in Mount Morris. He was employed in government surveying and farming until 1844, when he engaged in the real estate business and banking in Chicago. Served as clerk of Cook County, 1853-61. Was chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Cook County in 1868. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1871-75, and was chairman of the Committee on Manufacturers. Served again in the U.S. Congress, 1875-76, and 1881-83. Served as U.S. Senator 1887-91, serving on the Committee on Enrolled Bills.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 1/2, in ink, C.B. Farwell.  


<b>"damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"</b>


(1801-1870) He entered the navy as Midshipman in 1810 after having been virtually adopted by Commodore David Porter. The friendship between the two families began when Porter's father was buried on the same day as Farragut's mother in New Orleans. He fought in the Mexican War and was awaiting orders at his Norfolk, Va. home when the Civil War broke out. Told that a person with Union sentiments could not live in Virginia, he packed up his family and Virginian wife and moved north. He was given command of the New Orleans expedition in December 1861, and helped capture the city in the spring of 1862. Promoted Rear Admiral in July 1862 for his success in opening up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg, he spent the next year in operations against Port Hudson, La., and returned to NYC in August 1863 to a hero's welcome. He returned to the Gulf in January 1864 to prepare for the assault on Mobile Bay, taking the port on August 5th. It was during this attack that Farragut was to have coined the famous expression, "damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead." He again returned to NYC, this time in failing health. The city gave him a public reception and $50,000 to purchase a home there, and on Dec. 23, 1864, he was promoted to Vice Admiral, the rank just having been established. He was one of the first to enter Richmond after it's capture. On July 25, 1866, he was promoted to full Admiral, the first in the U. S. Navy to ever hold that rank!


Wet plate, albumen cabinet card photograph, mounted to 4 1/4 x 6 1/2 card. Standing view wearing his United States naval uniform, naval cap, 2 piece belt plate, with sword attached to belt. Backmark: Sarony & Co., Photographers, 680 Broadway, N.Y.  Napoleon Sarony. Alfred S. Campbell. Light age toning and edge wear with a tiny thumbtack hole in the extreme upper border edge. Very desirable Union naval hero.  


<b>The second son of General Robert E. Lee, he was severely wounded at the battle of Brandy Station, Va., and captured</b>


(1837-1922) The second son of General Robert E. Lee, nicknamed "Rooney." A Harvard educated gentleman, he promptly entered the Confederate service upon the secession of his native Virginia, and became colonel of the 9th Virginia Cavalry. He served with the famous Confederate cavalry General J.E.B. Stuart through virtually all of the cavalry campaigns of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from September 15, 1862. He was severely wounded during the battle of Brandy Station, Va., and was captured while he was recuperating. He was not exchanged until March 1864. Promoted to major general on April 23, 1864, the youngest in the Confederate service, he continued to play an important role in the Army of Northern Virginia until the army's surrender at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1865.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform. Brig. Gen. W.H.F. Lee, C.S.A., is written in period ink on the front mount. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. Excellent. Very desirable.  


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


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

Autograph, Charles B. Farwell $10.00

 

Photograph, Admiral David G. Farragut $50.00

 

CDV, General William Henry Fitzhugh Lee $200.00

 

CDV, General Joseph Hooker $50.00




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


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


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. 


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


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


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


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.        This earlier to mid 1800’s bottle stands approximately 7 1/2 inches high and remains in excellent condition with no chips, cracks but with a minor bit of staining to the inside as evidence of period use. (Could be easily removed and cleaned but we would leave it as is.)  One of a very small number acquired years ago when such treasures popped up from time to time, the face of this attractive pharmaceutical bottle sports the period label of <B>G. W.   AIMAR</B>/<B>CHARLESTOWN, S. C.</B> identifying the bottle’s content as ‘OXALIC ACID’.  Used in solution for cauterization to stop bleeding, this strong oxidant had many applications applicable to the Civil War era hospital ward to include a 6% solution in sugar syrup as an insecticide.  Of special note is the fact that  during the Civil War<U> George W. Aimar’s apothecary housed the <B>Confederate dispensary</B> in Charleston and on the second floor, provided space for a hospital.</U> Like so many others of all walks of life, Druggist G. W. Aimar stepped forward in a military way serving as senior 2nd Lieutenant, Kanapaux's Battery, Lafayette's Artillery, South Carolina Volunteers.  A really nice Medical / Apothecary item with Confederate association.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

The New York Times, August 27, 1863 $35.00

 

Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, Februa $75.00

 

Union $5.00

 

Confederate Hospital & Dispensary site - $195.00

Untouched and just as it came from decades of attic storage some years ago, our photos will speak best for this attractive antique bow except to advise that it measures approximately 62 inches in length and retains its period stout twisted hide draw string.  The body of the bow retains an attractive period red finish all displaying good evidence of period hand crafting with use and carrying, yet remains in excellent condition with no <I>issues</I> and lots of eye appeal.  A highly sought item, original vintage examples are worthy of a special place in any 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>  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, our photos will likely do best to describe this attractive little early 1800s ivory snuff box except to advise that it remains in excellent original condition with tight hinge and lid and no chips or cracks.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



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



 


(1808-75) Congressman, Senator and Governor of Tennessee. He was nominated and elected vice president on the Union Republican ticket in 1864. Upon Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865, he became our 17th president and resolved to follow Lincoln's plans for reconstruction without bitterness or malice. His reconstruction plan clashed drastically with that of the Radical Republicans in congress, and Johnson's term was one humiliation after another, culminating on Feb. 24, 1868 with a resolution of impeachment against him. This failed by one vote to pass, and he served out his term.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view pose. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery, with 2 cents orange revenue tax stamp. Tiny chip out of the albumen print at upper left corner which is well away from the subject. Age toning and light wear.

original! antique Native American Bow $495.00

 

early 19th century - SNUFF BOX $125.00

 

fine condition – America Revolutionary W $145.00

 

CDV, President Andrew Johnson $45.00




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


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


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


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


7 1/2 x 6, in ink.


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


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


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


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


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Autograph, Philetus Sawyer $10.00

 

1863 Promotion For Lieutenant in 6th Sou $250.00

 

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

 

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

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<b>The Hero of Fort Sumter</b>


(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825.  He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry.  In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession.  Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card.  Bust view in uniform. There is a tiny chip out of the photographic paper at the upper right edge, well away from the subject. Backmark: R.A. Lewis, 152 Chatham Street, New York, with a 2 cents, George Washington, revenue tax stamp. Period ink inscription written on the reverse, "Major Anderson of Fort Sumter." Light age toning and wear.   


 


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


(1826-1904) From a famous political family, he was the son of Samuel Hoar and the brother of Ebenezer R. Hoar. Born in Concord, Massachusetts, he was educated at Concord Academy and at Harvard, where he graduated in 1846.  He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1849, and began a practice in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He was a member of the Massachusetts house of representatives in 1852, and of the state senate in 1857, and was then elected Republican U.S. Congressman, serving from 1869-1877.  He declined a renomination to congress, was elected United States Senator, taking his seat March 5, 1877, and was reelected in 1883.  He was a delegate to the Republican national conventions of 1876, 1880, and 1884, one of the managers on the part of the house of representatives of the William W. Belknap (President Grant's Secretary of War) impeachment trial in 1876, and a member of the electoral commission in that year.  He was an overseer of Harvard in 1874-80, and regent of the Smithsonian institution in 1880.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 1/2, in ink, Geo. F. Hoar. 

 H 44in. x W 56in.

SCREEN DOOOR GRILLE $0.00

 

CDV, General Robert Anderson $50.00

 

Autograph, George F. Hoar $10.00

 

H 44in. x W 56in. $0.00




12 x 7 1/2, two sided imprinted form, filled out in ink.


The Crescent Consolidated Regiment of Louisiana. Lists four Louisiana soldiers from Company G, by name, date of enlistment, and clothing given to them during their enlistment, and its value. Also listed are the dates of distribution. Includes accounts of Peter McGrath, E.W. Knight, P.J. Verchon, and B.H. Breaut. McGrath was formerly a member of the 24th Louisiana. "This state militia regiment transferred to Confederate service in New Orleans on March 6, 1862, for ninety days with 945 men. The regiment went immediately to Corinth, Mississippi, to reinforce General P.G.T. Beauregard's army. On April 6, the regiment played an important role in the capture of two Union divisions at the Hornet's Nest during the battle of Shiloh. The next day, the men supported the 5th Company, Washington Artillery, and prevented the enemy from capturing three of the battery's guns. In the battle, 23 of the regiment's men were killed, 84 were wounded, and 20 were missing. Retreating with the army to Corinth, the regiment was disbanded on June 3rd by General Braxton Bragg at the expiration of their term of service. Most of the men then went into the 18th Louisiana Regiment. On September 17th, the Confederate War Department reorganized the regiment and ordered it to report to General Richard Taylor in south Louisiana. The reorganization occurred at New Iberia on October 16th, when Colonel McPheeters reclaimed the men serving with the 18th Louisiana. On October 27th, the regiment fought in the battle of Labadieville and retreated with the army to the lower Bayou Teche. After spending several weeks at Bisland, the men moved to Avery Island on December 19th. The regiment went to Butte a la Rose on January 11, 1863. On February 16th, Companies F, G, and H, while on picket on Grand River, fired on and drove off the enemy steamer Grey Cloud. The regiment returned to Bisland on April 7th and fought in the battle there on April 12th and 13th. Retreating with General Taylor's army through Opelousas and Alexandria to Natchitoches, the regiment returned to south Louisiana in June. The men garrisoned Brashear City in June and July while the army conducted operations on Bayou Lafourche. During the next three months, the regiment marched with General Alfred Mouton's brigade back and forth across south Louisiana. On November 3rd, the 11th and 12th [Confederate Guards] Louisiana Infantry battalions were added to the regiment at Simmsport to form the Consolidated Crescent Regiment." The regiment played a major role in the battle of Mansfield, on April 8th. In the attack on the enemy, more than 175 of the regiment's men were killed or wounded; and the regiment became the only Louisiana regiment to lose all 3 field officers in one battle. The next day, April 9th, at the battle of Pleasant Hill, the regiment saw limited fighting since its division constituted the army's reserve force. Pursuing General Nathaniel P. Banks' army back down the Red River, the regiment participated in the battle of Yellow Bayou, on May 18th. Portions, if not all, of the regiment supported the 2nd Louisiana Battery in a skirmish with enemy gunboats on the Atchafalaya north of Simmsport on June 8th. When the army marched through north Louisiana into southern Arkansas in the fall, the regiment remained at Alexandria and then marched to Shreveport. After several months in the garrison at Shreveport, the regiment returned to Alexandria. The brigade joined the regiment there in January 1865, and occupied camps in the vicinity until spring. In May, the brigade marched to Mansfield; it disbanded there on May 19th, prior to the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department."


The paper is very crisp and in excellent condition and is written in a very neat hand. Very nice war date Louisiana document. [Please note that the left and right edges of the document appear to be closely cropped. This is because the document is slightly larger than my scanner bed. The original document is full and none of the words are cut off as they appear here].      


(1786-1866) A year older than the Constitution, the venerable Scott, hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, became General in chief of the U. S. Army in 1841, a position he still held at the start of the Civil War. A true professional soldier, he was one of the very few men in the country who saw the need to prepare for a major military effort. His Anacondona Plan proved to be very sound. Succeeded by General George B. McClellan in Nov. 1861, he retired to write his memoirs, and died at West Point in 1866 where he is buried. A Virginian, he was the only non-West Pointer of Southern origin in the Regular Army to remain loyal to the Union.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 3/8 card. Seated view in uniform with epaulettes, sword and holding his chapeau hat. No imprint. Excellent condition.  


Postally used envelope with 1861 Marietta, Ohio postmark, and 3 cents embossed George Washington postage stamp with bulls eyes cancellation. Addressed to Miss Susan R. Fiske, C. Johnson, Esq., Chestnut St., Boston, Mass. Docket at left edge, Sister, April 25th, 1861. Light edge wear.  


Unused Union patriotic envelope with vignette of soldiers and dogs chasing rats which represent the Confederates. Imprint, "Scott's Tactics, Stopping Up The Rat Holes! When I want to catch a rat, I first stop up all the holes- W. Scott. Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1861, by Grant & Pittman, in the Clerk's Office of the Southern District of Ohio. Sold by Mumford & Co., Cincinnati." The "Scott" referred to is General Winfield Scott. Very fine condition.


<u>General Winfield Scott</u>: (1786-1866) A year older than the Constitution, the venerable Scott, hero of the War of 1812 and the Mexican War, became General in chief of the U. S. Army in 1841, a position he still held at the start of the Civil War. A true professional soldier, he was one of the very few men in the country who saw the need to prepare for a major military effort. His Anacondona Plan proved to be very sound. Succeeded by General George B. McClellan in Nov. 1861, he retired to write his memoirs, and died at West Point in 1866 where he is buried. A Virginian, he was the only non-West Pointer of Southern origin in the Regular Army to remain loyal to the Union.

Clothing Account For Louisiana Infantry $100.00

 

CDV, General Winfield Scott $35.00

 

1861 Cover Sent From Marietta, Ohio to B $8.00

 

1861 Patriotic Cover, Scott's Tactics, S $15.00




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


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 7/8 card. Half view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: D. Appleton & Co., N.Y. Mount is slightly trimmed. Light age toning and edge wear.  


Recovered at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. 1 inch in length. These are larger and heavier than your typical .58 caliber 3 ring minie.  


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from Maine</b>


(1831-1911) Born at Lewiston, Maine, he was a lawyer by occupation, and served as a Republican Congressman from Maine, 1871-81, establishing himself as a top debater and an industrious committee worker. Elected U.S. Senator in 1881, he served until his death. He was one of the "Old Guard" under Presidents' Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, serving for a long period as the chairman of the Committee on Commerce, and a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. 


<u>Signature</u>: 3 3/8 x 1/2, in ink, Wm. P. Frye.  


<b>U.S. Congressman and Senator from Illinois


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


Governor of Illinois</b>


(1829-1914) Born in Monticello, Wayne County, Kentucky, he moved with his father to Tazewell County, Illinois, in 1830. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1855, commenced a practice in Springfield, IL., and was elected as city attorney. He served as a member of the Illinois State House of Representatives, 1856, 1860-61, and served as Speaker of the House. Served as U.S. Congressman from Illinois, 1865-71, including the 40th U.S. Congress which was the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Territories. Went back to the Illinois State House, serving 1873-74, serving as the speaker in 1873. Was the Governor of Illinois, 1877-83. Served as U.S. Senator, 1883-1913. Was Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures of Public Money. He also served on the Committee on Interstate Commerce, and the Committee on Foreign Relations. Served as Republican Conference Chairman, 1911-13. He was Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, 1885-1913. Served as Chairman and Resident Commissioner of the Lincoln Memorial Commission, 1913-14. Was a member of the commission appointed to prepare a system of laws for the Hawaiian Islands. He is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois, the same final resting place as President Abraham Lincoln.


<u>Autograph</u>: 3 3/4 x 7/8, in ink, S.M. Cullom.

CDV, General Ambrose E. Burnside $45.00

 

. 69 Caliber 3 Ring Bullet $8.00

 

Autograph, William P. Frye $10.00

 

Autograph, Shelby M. Cullom $25.00




<b>Extremely rare communication detailing "a plan for making a new kind of [Confederate] gun that we will call a packet cannon!"</b>


2 pages, 7 3/8 x 9 1/2, in ink, written by J. Henry Hammond, (12th Georgia Artillery)  to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, with a diagram of the gun at the center of page 1.


<b><u>Camp Jackson, Savannah, [Ga.], Feb. 24th, 1862</b></u>


To his Excellency


Jos. E. Brown


Dear Sir,


Below find a plan for making a new kind of gun that we will call a "Packet Cannon." It suggested itself to my mind as the best weapon that can be used against our foe among the mountains of our northern borders. If it meets your approval, let me hear from you. My aims would be satisfied if I had a battery of 20 pieces & 100 men & was allowed to meet the vandals on the north with them. Take the plan for what it is worth. [there is a diagram of the gun at the center of page 1 of the letter].

 

a= The gun, 36 inches long, 3 inches in diameter at the muzzle with the proper proportion of increase  for the first- "reinforce," 1 inch or 1 ¼ inches in caliber, rifled & shooting the minie balls & having 2 good sights, without trunnions; to lay in the trunnion irons- f- f- weighing 150 or 200 pounds.

 

b= A universal joint- made to adjust the piece & give facility in firing ability.

 

c= The arms of the gun, like the tripod of a common transit, the front arms about 3 ½ feet & the rear arms 5 feet in length, stout enough to support the piece & stand the firing.


d= A bolt fastened in the rear arms & placed in notches in the gun to brace it- & prevent a rebound in firing. These braces would give the piece sufficient solidity- & prevent its kicking over.


e= The frame of the universal joint of iron, 16 inches long & the pieces at the end of the frame 2 inches high.


f= Trunnion irons, or bed for the gun. Any alteration founded upon judgment & preserving the intention of the weapon would be allowed.


Designed to be manned by 5 gunners- 2 to carry the piece on their shoulders any short distance with speed during the engagement & to perform the flank movements easily & to mask without trouble, 1 to transport to "pads," 1 the powder & rammer & 1 to carry the balls.

 

Let me hear from [you].


Respectfully &c,


J. Henry Hammond


Written at the right edge of page 1 is: Address- J. Henry Hammond, Savannah, Care of Col. W.F. Wright.


Written at the left edge of page 2 is: J. Henry Hammond, and cross written below that is Plan of Gun, Feby. 25/62.


Light age toning and edge wear. There are 4 small pieces of old tape repairs at the top of page 2. Extremely rare content written to the war governor of Georgia discussing detailed plans for the invention of a new Confederate gun! These types of letters are rarely found.


The author of this letter, J. Henry Hammond, was born in 1836 in South Carolina. By 1860, he was a resident of Newnan, Georgia, in Coweta County, and lists his occupation as a mechanic. At the time of his letter, it appears he was working at Camp Jackson in Savannah, and on May 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company A, 12th Georgia Artillery at Newnan.


Colonel W.F. Wright was a local political figure, also of Newnan, Georgia. It is believed his military title was honorary. In January 1865 he was elected to the Georgia Assembly, and during reconstruction he was a leading figure in the re-building of Newnan.    


<b>United States Attorney General


United States Secretary of State


U.S. Senator from New York</b>


(1818-1901) Grandson of Roger Sherman, he graduated from Yale in 1837 and was admitted to the New York bar in 1841. He had a successful private law practice when he entered public life as assistant U.S. attorney for the southern district of New York, serving 1849-53. His public career included service as chairman of the New York delegation to the 1860 Republican National Convention and as secretary to the Union Defense Committee. He went to England in 1863 and in 1864 to halt, if possible, the building and equipping of Confederate naval vessels. He served as Attorney General in President Andrew Johnson's cabinet 1868-69, Secretary of State in President Rutherford B. Hayes's cabinet, 1877-81, and as a U.S. Senator from New York, 1885-89.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 3/4, in ink, Wm. M. Evarts.

 


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of a crowing rooster and the slogan, "Up boys and at 'em!" printed above. 


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

 


Shreveport, March 1, 1864. Vignette of three ships and fort at center. Liberty at left. About uncirculated condition.

1862 Letter to Joseph E. Brown, Governor $495.00

 

Autograph, William M. Evarts $25.00

 

Up Boys and at 'em $5.00

 

1864 State of Louisiana 50 Cents Note $45.00




(1826-1901) He served in the Mexican War as a private in the 1st Pennsylvania Infantry. Soon after he became well known in the field of gardening, meantime maintaining an interest in military affairs by a continuing association with the local militia. He rose to brigadier general of the 18th division and in 1861 was put in charge of organizing and equipping volunteers in the Pittsburgh area. That summer he served under General Robert Patterson and on February 6, 1862, was appointed a brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers. Meanwhile he was sent to Kentucky and served with General Buell's army until the fall of 1862, when General Braxton Bragg's army invaded Kentucky. Buell marched northward leaving Negley to defend Nashville. At the battle of Stone's River, Negley commanded a division under General George H. Thomas and was promoted to major general for his services. His capabilities were again ably demonstrated when General Bragg was driven out of Tennessee. At the battle of Chickamauga however, Negley was critcized by his fellow division commanders which all but ended his military career. Negley served in Congress during his post war career.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. Very fine.  


<b>1863 Siege of Charleston


Firing on Fort Sumter


Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, to his wife.


"on the morning of the 17th August 1863 the siege of Charleston commenced. Our batteries opened at daylight. Apparently the Reb’s all the later part of the night had made up their minds something was up. Forts Johnson & Gregg fired as though they were mad. Our siege opened in fine shape fairly making things howl around [Forts] Wagner & Gregg and occasionally giving [Fort] Sumter rather a hard knock. About 8 o’clock the gun boats moved up and opened fire. Their fire was mostly directed to Wagner which did everlastingly take it. She and Gregg fired whenever they got a chance. Sumter did not reply at all until near noon when she fired a few shots at the gun boats. Most of their firing was from Johnson and vicinity and from some new batteries they opened on James Island. They did us but little damage however part of their guns would not reach across the marsh to the siege. If I were the Rebs before I unmasked any more batteries I would try my guns and see if they throw far enough to do us any damage. I think our loss through the day must have been very small. I have heard of casualties on the land. One had occurred on the monitor, Capt. Rogers killed by a bolt in the pilot house. Our on & two hundred pounders did well on Fort Sumter. At night we could see plainly the effect on the fort, the back part of the Fort begins to look pretty rugged. Today’s work has demonstrated the fact that Fort Sumter can be battered down and that it will be done if it takes a month to do it, but I have no idea that it will take anything like that time. I think that by Saturday night if the firing is kept up through the week the old thing will come down. Tonight we are to mount a 300 lb. Parrot which I think will give them some. The shots it fires are about 30 inches long. The Rebs will think we are throwing light artillery. It is the first one that has been cast its weight is 27,030 pretty heavy piece of metal. About noon the firing about ceased until about night when it was commenced again. A good part of the day I lay out by the bridge where I could see the whole performance. We are just where we wanted to be.

 

18th: Very quiet through the night, the Rebs firing but very little. Did not get the 300 lbr. up last night, but mounted 3- 100 lbrs. One man killed this morning by a piece of shell from [Fort] Johnson. Not as much firing through the day as yesterday, most of the firing [is] heavy guns at [Fort] Sumter which looks ragged tonight- the battery in the marsh was finished last night for mounting the gun which will probably be mounted tonight. The Rebs have tried to shell the battery today from one of their James Island batteries, but they have done it no hurt- just about as all their shelling has been. Yesterday we cut the ______ to the flag on Sumter and let the old flag down twice. Today we did it again. Won't there be a cheer when it is hauled down and a white flag run up in its place. The prospect is fine for rain tonight which is good for our works although rather unpleasant for us who have to be out."


Very fine condition. Superb content. Fort Wagner and Fort Sumter related content are always extremely desirable.


This letter is not signed, and is obviously incomplete as it has no typical place of origin written at the top of the first page. However, based on the opening line, the content, and the second date written, I can easily ascertain that it was written on August 17th and 18th, 1863, during the Union siege of Charleston, South Carolina and has details of the second assault on Fort Wagner, and action against Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. I guarantee that it was written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright in his very distinctive handwriting style. It came out of a large group of his war date personal correspondence that I bought many years ago. I will supply you with Xerox copies of a group of other interesting items related to Benjamin Wright some of which have been signed by him with his full name and regiment to corroborate the ID.


Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, was a resident of Greenwich, Conn., when he enlisted on September 13, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. I, 10th Connecticut Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, January 8, 1863; 1st lieutenant, June 6, 1864; and mustered out of the service on October 17, 1864.


Fort Wagner or Battery Wagner as it was commonly referred to was a Confederate beach fortification on Morris Island, South Carolina. It covered the southernmost  approach to Charleston Harbor, and it was the site of two Civil War battles in the Federal operations against the Rebel defenses of Charleston in 1863, and was considered one of the toughest defenses constructed by the Confederate army during the War Between the States.


During the second battle of Fort Wagner, a Union attack occurred on July 18, 1863, which was led by the gallant 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, one of the first major American military units made up of black soldiers. Its first commander, Bostonian Colonel Robert Gould Shaw led the 54th Massachusetts on foot during the charge, and was killed in the assault. Colonel Shaw was unceremoniously buried in a mass grave by the Confederates, literally thrown in with many of the black troops he led into battle, and who were also killed during this furious fight. 




<u>PRINCIPAL ENGAGEMENTS OF THE 10TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY</u>:


Roanoke Island, N. C., Feb. 8, 1862.

Newbern, N. C., Mar. 14, 1862.

Kinston, N. C., Dec. 14, 1862.

Whitehall, N. C., Dec. 16, 1862.

Goldsboro, N. C., Dec. 18, 1862.

Seabrook Island, S. C., Mar. 28, 1863.

Siege of Charleston, S. C., from July 28 to Oct. 25, 1863.

St. Augustine, Fla., Dec. 30, 1863.

Walthall Junction, Va., May 7, 1864.

Drewry's Bluff, Va., May 13 to 17, 1864.

Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 16, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., June 20, 1864.

Strawberry Plains, Va., July 26 and 27, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 1, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 14, 1864.

Deep Run, Va., Aug. 16, 1864.

Deep Gully and Fuzzells Mills, Va., Aug. 28, 1864.

Siege of Petersburg, Va., Aug. 28 to Sep. 29, 1864.

Fort Harrison, Va., Sep. 27, 1864.

Laurel Hill Church, Va., 0ct. 1, 1864.

Newmarket Road, Va., Oct. 7, 1864.

Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 13, 1864.

Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864.

Johnson's Plantation, Va., Oct. 29, 1864.

Hatcher's Run, Va., Mar. 29 and 30, and April 1, 1865.

Fort Gregg, Va., April 2, 1865.

Appomattox Court House, Va., April 9, 1865.


Source: Connecticut: Record of Service of Men During War of Rebellion    

  In <I>as new</I>, never used condition with a nice string wound reed stem, this Virginia clay tobacco pipe is one of those created and sold by the United Daughters of the Confederacy in the 1940s as a promotional and fund raiser for the UDC.  A nice original Confederate Veteran organization memento hard to find in any condition today.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!



 An unusual piece for the American Revolutionary War / Colonial Americana enthusiast, this massive blacksmith wrought knife is reminiscent of the classic period <I>hook bill</I> fascine knife best known for Rev. War military use (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) except that the cutting edge on this variation is on the opposite side than the typical <I>hook bill</I>.  With clear evidence of originality this knife measures approximately 20 in total length with a 15 inch blade measuring 2 1/5 inches at its widest point.  The blade and classic turned maple grip sport a pleasing natural age patina while the iron offers good evidence of hand forging with period use evident by virtue of the unmistakable marks left by the slow turning hand crank or foot treadle stone sharpening wheel.  All this is set off by the classic  tang <I>pig tail</I> securing the blade to its grip.  Whether utilitarian, intended as a weapon, or both this is an outstanding piece of 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!

CDV, General John Negley $50.00

 

10th Connecticut Infantry Letter $150.00

 

Daughters of the Confederacy – R. E. LEE $125.00

 

massive Colonial / Revolutionary War era $235.00

Our photo illustrations will do best to describe this nice old Revolutionary War / colonial era pewter spoon except to advise that it is that typically <I>country</I> alloy pewter, rich in lead with a measure of tin and. little if any, antimony. The period <I>country cast</I> spoon is therefore softer than the pewter alloy of period commercial makers.  All original and in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and period use.  The spoon measures 6 7/8 inches in length with a desirable period classic 2 ½ inch diameter <U>round</U> bowl.  Less durable and made in far fewer quantity than its <I>manufactured</I> pewter spoons, this piece will go especially well in a period <I>country</I> setting.  <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 !!


 This important uniform grouping of U. S. Army career officer Francis Hamilton Farnum (graduated West Point with Douglas MacArthur in 1903) is best described by our illustrations except to say that each piece remains in fine condition in every respect with several components inscribed to Farnum.  Acquired directly from descendants, this offering is as a group only and will come with our letter of provenance.   


Born in Norristown Pa., 1881, Francis Hamilton Farnum devoted over twenty years to a career in the military.  Following is a compilation of that service from official army records:

     Graduating from the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1903, Farnum served in the <B>Philippines</B> and in <B>Cuba</B> in the early 1900 before being assigner as <U>Instructor of Tactics at West Point</U> in 1907.   Recorded with the 24th Infantry in 1909 we find Farnum back in the Philippines in 1911 through the later part of 1914 when he is transferred to the 23rd Infantry.  We next find our man in Augusta, Maine where, in 1915 he is designated in official records as <U>Inspector / Instructor, Maine National Guard.</U>  Apparently now on a fast track, Farnum is promoted to Captain of Infantry , July 1, 1916 then to Major of Infantry and Assistant Chief of Staff, 40th Division at Camp Kearny, Cal.,  August 1917.  He is promoted to Lt. Colonel in July 1918 and in September 1918 he is <B>Acting Chief of Staff, 6th Depot Division</B> (40th Div.) La Guerche, France then at Revigny, Meuse, France, <B>Acting Chief of Staff, 1st Replacement Division</B> (40th Div.).  Upon the close of World War I in 1918 we find Lt. Col. Farnum en route back to Camp Kearny, California for muster out of the 40th Division until April, 1919.  Additional Post War service is recorded as Inspector / Instructor Maine National Guard to October, 1919.  

      This uniform group of Francis H. Farnum contains:  <B>1 West Point Tail Coat with Trousers, 1 Dress Cape, 3 Dress Coats, 1 pr Dress Trousers, 2 Dress Vests, 4 Un-dress Coats, 4 Un-dress T 1trousers, 1 pr Dress Capt. Shoulder Boards, 1 Dress Waist Belt</B>Reasonably priced so as to keep this historic uniform grouping together we invite serious inquiries at:                            <CENTER><B>  info@GunsightAntiques.com  </B></CENTER>

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8 pages. Front page headlines: AFFAIRS IN THE SOUTHWEST. Gen. Grant and the Trade Regulations of the Mississippi. Proposed Opening of the Cotton Trade to all Loyal Citizens. A Cavalry Expedition From Corinth. Rebel Conscripts Reporting for Duty in the National Army. The War in the Far West. Gen. Blunt's Position. Danger Thereof. A Battle Imminent. Rebel Officers. Union Men in Arkansas. Sufferings of the Loyalists. Important From North Carolina. Shameful Inefficiency of the Blockade at Wilmington. Seventeen Large Steamers Arrived There Within a Few Days. Immense Stores For the Rebel Army. A Speech by General Burnside. Later From Charleston. Our Batteries on Morris Island Trying Their Range on Fort Sumter. The Monitors Ready For Action. The Fight Expected to Take Place on Saturday or Sunday Last. Proclamation by Governor Seymour. A Warning Against Resistance to the Draft. European Intelligence. Arrival of the City of Washington and the Bremen. Further Captures by the Rebel Pirates on the South American Coast. English Views of American Affairs. The Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Anticipating Peace. A British Cooperhead's Estimate of Archbishop Hughes' Speech to the Rioters. The American Question. View of the English Press. Vallandigham. Other headlines and news: News From Washington: Further Reports of the Demoralization of Lee's Army. Stuart's Cavalry Defeated by Deserters. No Movement of the Rebels by Way of Dumfries. The Case of General Milroy. News From Fortress Monroe. Funeral of Commodore Morris, U.S. Navy. Loses by Running the Blockade, and much more. Very fine.  


(1826-86) Nicknamed "Black Jack." He served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant of Illinois volunteers; and was perhap's the Union's premier civilian general during the Civil War. Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1858 and 1860, he attended the Democratic National Convention in Charleston as a supporter of Stephen A. Douglas. After fighting at 1st Bull Run, he returned to Illinois to recruit the 31st Illinois Infantry of which he was commissioned colonel. An instant success as a field commander, he saw action at Belmont, and Fort Donelson where he was wounded. Promoted to rank of brigadier general, March 21, 1862, and major general March 13, 1863, he fought at Corinth, Shiloh, Vicksburg, the Atlanta campaign where he was wounded again, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. After the war he returned to politics and served as congressman or senator from Illinois almost uninterruptedly until his death. He was greatly involved in veteran's affairs and was instrumental in founding Memorial Day.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view of a beardless Logan in civilian attire. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York. Very fine.

18th century Pewter SPOON $65.00

 

IMPORTANT ! 40TH Div. CHIEF OF STAFF $0.00

 

The New York Times, August 18, 1863 $35.00

 

CDV, General John A. Logan $35.00




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