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<b>War Period Signature With Rank</b>


(1819-1893) Famous for his association with the invention of the game of baseball. At Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, the baseball diamond there is named after him. From a prominent New York family, his grandfather fought in the American Revolution, his father was a two term Congressman and both his brothers were colonels in the Civil War. He graduated from the West Point class of 1842, and served in the Mexican War with the artillery branch of service. In April 1861, Doubleday served in the garrison at Fort Sumter, and he was said to have aimed the first gun to reply to the Confederate batteries. Appointed a brigadier general, he commanded a brigade of McDowell's corps during the 2nd Bull Run campaign. At Antietam and Fredericksburg, he commanded a division of the 1st corps. His greatest performance of the war came at Gettysburg when he assumed command of the 1st corps after the death of General John F. Reynolds. Doubleday remained in the U.S. Army after the Civil War, retiring in 1873.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 4 x 1 1/4, in ink, A. Doubleday, Major Genl. Vol.  


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view of a young Confederate soldier wearing a shell jacket and kepi with the brim turned up. He poses with his hand on a studio table with table covering at his side. No imprint. Possibly a Confederate cavalryman or artilleryman. Light age toning, and wear, and  a surface abrasion to the reverse of the card.  


Gold hanger at the top of the badge with straight pin fastener on the reverse. Attached to the hanger is a large 1 3/4 x 1 3/4 celluloid button with color vignette of a mounted cavalryman holding his saber. Blank reverse. Attached to the hanger is a gold ribbon with black imprint, 10th N.Y. Cavalry Veterans 43rd Anniversary And Reunion At Hotel Crandall, Binghamton, N.Y. Sept. 21-22-23, 1904. The overall length of the badge is 7 1/4 inches. The celluloid button is slightly discolored, there is a small 1/4 inch tear near where the ribbon and hanger connect, the ribbon shows a few small red and blue ink spots at the bottom left, some discoloration and wear, and the bottom of the ribbon is frayed. Comes displayed in a 6 x 8 1/4, glass faced case with blue velvet background.  


Among the most important engagements of the 10th New York Cavalry were Leesburg, Beverly Ford, Middleburg, Gettysburg, Shepherdstown, Sulphur Springs, Auburn, Bristoe Station, Todd's Tavern, Haw's Shop, Trevilian Station, King and Queen Court House, St. Mary's Church, Deep Bottom, Lee's Mill, Reams' Station, Poplar Spring Church, Boydton Plank Road, Prince George Court House, Stony Creek Station, Hatcher's Run, Dinwiddie Court House, Sailor's Creek, Farmville and at Appomattox Court House. [Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2].

    


<b>From Headquarters Army of the United States</b>


5 1/4 x 3 1/2, with imprint at upper left, Headquarters Army Of The United States. Postmarked, Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 6 A.M., with 2 cents red/brown George Washington postage stamp. (A57-effective date October 1, 1883). Addressed to Mr. Wilmer Moore, No. 20 Cane Street, Atlanta, Ga. Partial circular date stamped on the reverse, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 25, 1885, Recd.,12 P.M., with a docket in pencil, "Sheridan," presumably written by the recipient. The envelope is not addressed by Sheridan himself, but most likely was written by one of his aides. The time period fits as Sheridan was appointed Commanding General of the U.S. Army in 1884, and he was probably in Washington, D.C. on the date  this cover was mailed. An interesting footnote about Mr. Moore is that he received an envelope sent to him by General Winfield S. Hancock at about the same time as the Sheridan correspondence. [an item I recently sold]. Although I have not been able to find out any information about Mr. Wilmer Moore, one can fairly speculate that he might have been someone connected to, known by, or of some other importance to have received correspondence from two of the highest ranking Generals in the U.S. Army, General Philip H. Sheridan and General Winfield S. Hancock, within a matter of a few days. Light age toning and wear. 


<u>General Philip H. Sheridan</u>: (1831-88) A prominent Civil War commander, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers, on September 13, 1862, and major general, on March 16, 1863. He fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, the Chattanooga campaign, Missionary Ridge, Yellow Tavern, Trevilian Station, the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign including the battles of Winchester, Fisher's Hill, and Cedar Creek, and in the 1865 Appomattox campaign which resulted in the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by General Robert E. Lee, to name but a few of his battle honors. General Ulysses S. Grant summed up Sheridan's performance in the final days of the Civil War as, "I believe General Sheridan has no superior as a general, either living or dead, and perhaps not an equal." During the Indian Wars General Sheridan saw much action against the Plains Indians in the 1870's. Upon the retirement of General William T. Sherman in 1884, Sheridan became commanding general of the United States Army.

Autograph, General Abner Doubleday

 

CDV, Confederate Civil War Soldier $125.00

 

10th New York Cavalry Reunion Badge

 

Cover Sent by General Philip H. Sheridan $25.00

Best described by our photo illustrations we offer this <I>if only it could talk</I> earlier to mid-1800s hat with some trepidation as we have had it for some time as witness to our weakness for such colorful old headgear. Time to move it on though, as we continue our attempt in <I>weeding out</I> a 50 + year accumulation.  Measuring 13 inches across the brim front to back with an 8 inch diameter crown standing 7 ¼  inches high this character rich old <I>stove pipe</I> shows a good amount of period wear and age while remaining sound and with no holes, tears or separations.  The extra wide split leather sweat band indicative of the period remains intact.  An eye pealing classic, the clearly period red, white and blue cockade sets this piece of as a most appealing example of classic 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Best described by our photo illustrations, this attractive period used tobacco pipe will make an attractive  personal item addition set in with any quality Civil War / Indian Wars grouping.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


<b>Signed by Lieutenant of the 66th Illinois Infantry, who was Acting Ordnance Officer, 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, Department of the Tennessee</b>


7 x 9 3/4, in ink.


Received in the Field, Ga., this 24th day of June 1864, of Lt. Col. Chas E. Brown, Comdg. 63d O.V.I., the following Ordnance and Ordnance Stores, as per Invoice dated the 24th day of June 1864.


51 Springfield Rifle Muskets Cal. .58

39 Gun Slings

42 Cartridge Boxes

33 Cartridge Box Plates

34 Cartridge Box Belts

11 Cartridge Belt Plates

39 Waist Belts

39 Waist Belt Plates

39 Cap Pouches

41 Bayonet Scabbards


S.J. Smith, Lieut. 66th Ill. Vol. Infy.

and A.[cting] O.[rdnance] O.[fficer], 4th Div., 16th A.[rmy] C.[orps]. 


Docket on reverse: Abstract No. 1, Voucher No. 15. Receipt for Issues, S.J. Smith, Lieut. and A.O.O. 4th Div., 16 A.C., on the 24th day of June 1864, as per Invoice dated the 24th day of June 1864.


Light age toning and wear.


The recipient of the ordnance stores listed in this invoice, Lieutenant Colonel Charles E. Brown, 63rd Ohio Infantry, enlisted as a Captain in the 63rd Ohio Infantry, on September 2, 1861. He was promoted to Major, March 20, 1863; Lieutenant Colonel, May 17, 1863; and Brevet Brigadier General, March 13, 1865, for gallantry during the Atlanta campaign. He was severely wounded, July 22, 1864, at Decatur, Ga., resulting in the amputation of his left leg. He was mustered out of service at Louisville, Ky., July 8, 1865.


Lieutenant Samuel J. Smith, who issued these stores, and signed this document was on this date the acting ordnance officer, of the 4th Division, 16th Army Corps, serving in Georgia. A resident of Bridgeport, Illinois, he enlisted on November 22, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. I, 66th Illinois Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant, September 9, 1862; 1st Lieutenant, November 18, 1863; and Captain, December 22, 1864. He was mustered out of the Union Army at Camp Logan, Ky., July 7, 1865.       


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


(1813-1872) Born in Prospect (now Searsport) Maine, he attended Maine Wesleyan Seminary   at Readfield, studied law, admitted to the bar in 1838, and commenced practice in Camden, Knox County, Maine. He was appointed postmaster of Camden in 1838, was a member of the Maine State Senate in 1841-42, and was appointed aide-de-camp with the rank of lieutenant colonel on the staff of Governor Fairfield in 1842. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-49, and 1851-53. Smart established the Maine Free Press in 1854, and served as its editor for 3 years. Served as a member of the Maine State House of Representatives in 1858, and the Maine State Senate in 1862. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Maine in 1860.

 

<u>Signature with Place</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Ephm. K. Smart, Camden, Maine.

earlier through the Civil War era Beaver $495.00

 

19th century - brier & hard rubber TOBAC $55.00

 

Springfield Rifle Muskets Issued to the

 

Autograph, Ephraim K. Smart




<b>150th Anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg


President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address</b>


6 1/2 x 3 1/2, envelope. First Day of Issue of the Gettysburg Forever U.S. postage stamp with vignette of the battle of Gettysburg (Pickett's Charge) and date Gettysburg July 1-3, 1863. The Gettysburg Forever postage stamp is tied on with a printed vignette of the 5 cents, 1963 U.S. postage stamp honoring the centennial of the 1863 battle. Printed below that is a quote from President Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, "We can never forget...what they did here," and the postmark date of the first day of issue of the Gettysburg Forever stamp, November 19, 2013, Gettysburg, PA 17325. At the left is a vignette of President Lincoln delivering his immortal Gettysburg Address. Printed below the vignette is, The Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863. First Day Cover is stamped on the reverse flap. Excellent.     


<b>Served as an officer in the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War


Wounded and captured during the war!


Postmaster of Gettysburg</b>


8 1/2 x 4 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. 


Gettysburg, Pa., Sep. 21, 1882. A.C. Creswell. To H.S. Benner, Dr., Produce Dealer And Forwarding Agent, Col. Buehler’s Warehouse, Carlisle Street. Terms Cash. To Freight. 200. 50. Recd. paymt. Signed at lower right by, H.S. Benner. Light age toning and wear. Very desirable item for collectors of material related to the town and citizens of Gettysburg, the site of the greatest battle of the Civil War.


<u>Henry S. Benner</u>: (1830-1904) Born in Straban Township, Adams County, Pa., he received a good education in the schools of Gettysburg. As a resident of Gettysburg, he learned the granite cutting trade which he worked in for 10 years, and then was employed as a railroad agent until the Civil War commenced in 1861. Benner enlisted into Co. K, 101st Pennsylvania Infantry, on September 28, 1861, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant. He was wounded in action on May 31, 1862, at Fair Oaks, Virginia. He was promoted to Captain, February 5, 1863, and captured on April 20, 1864, at Plymouth, North Carolina. Major Benner was confined in several Confederate prisons starting at Macon, Ga., for three months, at Savannah, Ga., for a month, two weeks at Charleston, S.C., five months at Columbia, S.C., then at Charlotte, N.C. where he escaped. Recaptured he was sent to Saulsbury, N.C., and paroled, March 1, 1865. He was promoted to Major, June 1, 1865, and mustered out of the Union service, June 25, 1865, at New Berne, North Carolina. In 1868, he worked as a teller at the Gettysburg National Bank, and served in this position for 5 years. He then went into the produce and warehouse business in Gettysburg. Appointed Postmaster of Gettysburg by President Grover Cleveland in 1885. Major Benner was a proud member of the Corporal Skelly, G.A.R. Post #9, in Gettysburg, Pa. He is buried in the famous Evergreen Cemetery in Gettysburg. Major Benner was esteemed and held in high honor by everyone who knew him.


<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: The 101st Pennsylvania Infantry suffered 14 killed, 60 wounded, and 4 were taken prisoner, at the battle of Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862. The regiment lost 7 killed, 24 wounded, and 429 captured at the battle of Plymouth, North Carolina, April 20, 1864.


Located just east of Gettysburg is Benner's Hill, which played a prominent role in the 3 day battle of Gettysburg. At the time of the battle, the hill was part of the 200 acre farm of Susan and Christian Benner, the parents of Major Henry S. Benner.      

 


<b>Block of four Confederate postage stamps</b>


Scott #13, green. Block of four Confederate postage stamps. Features a full face portrait of Revolutionary War General-in-Chief, and the 1st President of the United States, George Washington. These stamps were printed by Archer & Daly, in Richmond, Va., and their earliest known use was on June 1, 1863.

 


<b>Postmarked at Springfield, Illinois</b>


6 1/2 x 3 1/2, envelope. First Day of Issue, of the 42 cents U.S. postage stamp with large bust view of Lincoln at right, and vignette of Lincoln seated with General U.S. Grant & General W.T. Sherman. Stamped First Day Of Issue, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, February 9, 2009, Springfield, IL., 62703, with vignette of President Lincoln wearing his stovepipe hat. Choice condition.

Gettysburg First Day Cover $5.00

 

Gettysburg Merchant, H. S. Benner, Signed $35.00

 

1863 Twenty Cents, George Washington, Co $125.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln First Day Cove $5.00




<b>Signature With Rank as Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade</b>


(1820-95) Brother of the celebrated engineer Charles Ellet. In 1861, he served as a captain in the 59th Illinois Infantry. The following spring when his brother was ordered by the War Department to purchase vessels and convert them into rams, Alfred was commissioned lieutenant colonel and aide-de-camp to his brother Charles. They completed their fleet at Cincinnati, Ohio, and steamed down the river to Memphis, defeating the Confederate fleet there on June 6, 1862, and sinking or disabling eight of the nine enemy ironclads. Charles received a mortal wound here and Alfred took over the command. With the Monarch and the Lancaster he steamed up the Yazoo River and discovered and reported the presence of the Confederate ram Arkansas. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from November 1, 1862, he was assigned to the Department of the Mississippi and placed in command of the Marine Brigade in 1863. After running the Vicksburg batteries in March 1863, Ellet was engaged for some time in moving General Ulysses S. Grant's troops to the east bank of the Mississippi. In retaliation for information furnished to the troops of Confederate General Chalmer's command, he burned Austin, Mississippi.


<u>War Period Signature With Rank</u>: 3 3/4 x 1, in ink, Alfred W. Ellet, Brig. Genl., Comdg. M.[ississippi] M.[arine] Brigade. Light wear.


 


<b>The second eldest son of General Robert E. Lee who was severely wounded at the battle of Brandy Station, Virginia 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.  


<b>Celebrating the 72nd Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address</b>


6 1/2 x 3 3/4, envelope. First Day Of Issue, of the 3 cents, President Abraham Lincoln, U.S. Postage stamp celebrating the 72nd anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Light blue U.S. postage stamp with a portrait of President Lincoln, and a quote from his immortal Gettysburg Address, "That Government Of The People, By The People, For The People, Shall Not Perish From The Earth." Tied on by stamped "First Day Of Issue," and C.D.S., Gettysburg, PA., Nov. 19, 1948- 9 AM. Excellent.


WBTS Trivia: President Abraham Lincoln gave his immortal Gettysburg Address during the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery, on Thursday, November 19, 1863.      


<b>United States Senator from Vermont</b>


(1793-1855) Born in Litchfield, Conn., he graduated from Yale College in 1811, studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Middlebury, Vt. Served in the War of 1812. He was a member of the Vermont State House of Representatives, 1821-32; Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, 1832-38; and served in the Vermont State Senate, 1838-39. Served as U.S. Senator, 1839-51, and 1853-54. He was chairman of the Committee on the Militia. Also served on the Committee on Revolutionary War Claims, Committee on Pensions, Committee on Patents, and the Committee on Territories.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 1/2 x 1 1/4, in ink, Saml. S. Phelps, Vermont.

Autograph, General Alfred W. Ellet $125.00

 

CDV, General William Henry Fitzhugh Lee $250.00

 

Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg First Day Cov $8.00

 

Autograph, Samuel S. Phelps

A wonderful Civil War era display item in an especially desirable color, this all original and unopened textile dye packet measures approximately 2 ¾ X 1 ¾ X 1 inch thick  with classic patriotic graphic and nomenclature of <B> HOWE & STEVENS – Dye Color – MAIZE</B> with <B> Patented October 13, 1863</B> and the reminder that the content is for <I>Dyeing Silk, Woolen & Cotton Goods, Shawls, Scarfs, Ribbons, Dresses, Feathers, Bonnets, Hats and all kinds of Wearing Apparel, with perfect FAST COLORS.</I>   Pleasing with its period <I>Lady Liberty</I> patriotic graphic and <I>MAIZE</I> color (a subdued natural yellow) this every day relic of the Civil War period will make a nice companion in any 19th century textile related grouping. (see: Civil War vintage Boston Business Directories)   <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 and a bit out of our usual lane but worthy of a good home is this neat little sales sample miniature  W & B, rubber composition, padded horseshoe.  Founded in the third quarter of the 19th century the Whitman and Barns Co. soon became most well known as a hand tool and agricultural equipment manufacturer.   With good evidence of age yet remaining in decent condition our photos will offer the best description.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 


<b>War date signature with rank, place & date, plus photograph in uniform</b>


(1825-88) Born in Black River, Lorain County, Ohio, he graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1849. Appointed to the Engineer Department, of the U.S.A., he was engaged in constructing the fortifications at Hampton Roads, Virginia, 1849-1852. His next assignment was as instructor of Military Engineering at West Point where he also designed a new riding school. Gillmore was chief engineer of the Port Royal expedition in 1861-62, which affected an important Union lodgment on the Carolina coast. His greatest moment in the Civil War came when his brilliant plan reduced Fort Pulaski, Georgia, the Confederate stronghold which guarded the approaches to the Savannah River. A staunch advocate of the relatively new naval rifled guns, he was the first officer to effectively use them to knock out a stone fortification. More than 5,000 artillery shells fell on Pulaski from a range of 1,700 yards during the siege, which resulted in the fort's surrender after its walls were breached. The result of the efforts to breach a fort of such strength and at such a distance conferred high honors on the engineering skill and self-reliant capacity of General Gilmore. He then traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, where he supervised the construction of Fort Clay situated on a hilltop commanding the city. Gillmore commanded a division in the Army of Kentucky, and though long associated with engineering and artillery, Gillmore's first independent command came at the head of a cavalry expedition against Confederate General John Pegram. Gillmore defeated the Confederates at the battle of Somerset for which he was brevetted for gallantry. In 1863, he commanded the Department of the South and was in charge of the Charleston, S.C. campaign. It was said that his operations constituted a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery. In 1864, he served under General Benjamin F. Butler, and was involved in the Bermuda Hundred, Virginia campaign. In February 1865, he returned to the command of the Department of the South until the end of the war.


<u>Signature with Rank, Place & Date</u>: 3 3/4 x 5, in ink, Q.A. Gillmore, Maj. Genl., Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 14th, 1864. Comes with an antique portrait photograph, of General Gillmore, in uniform, with rank of Major General. 3 3/4 x 5 1/2.  Circa late 1800’s.


WBTS Trivia: The Gillmore Medal is a military decoration of the United States Army which was first issued on October 28, 1863. The medal is named after Major General Quincy A. Gillmore who commanded Union troops attempting to seize Fort Wagner, S.C. in 1863. Also called the Fort Sumter Medal, the Gillmore Medal commemorates the men who served in the fighting around Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863, and was presented to all Union soldiers who had served under General Gillmore's command.  


<b>Imprint of  Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville, Tennessee</b>


(1826-86) Nicknamed "Black Jack," he served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant of Illinois Volunteers; and was perhaps 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 the battle of 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, in the Atlanta campaign where he was wounded again, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. After the war he returned to politics and served as U.S. Congressman and 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 in uniform with rank of major general, Backmark: Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, 25 Cedar St., opposite the Commercial Hotel, Nashville, Tenn. Excellent. Very desirable image with this Tennessee back mark. Scarce.

unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vint $75.00

 

19th century Salesman Sample PADDED HORS $45.00

 

Autograph, General Quincy A. Gillmore $125.00

 

CDV, General John A. Logan $150.00




<b>United States Congressman from Connecticut


Delegate to the Constitutional Union Party Convention in 1860</b>


(1803-1861) Born in Norwich, Conn., he graduated from Yale in 1822, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Norwich. He served in the Connecticut State Senate in 1839, and was judge of the county court. Was a U.S. Congressman, 1845-1849. He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Claims. He was later engaged as a lawyer before the Court of Claims of the United States at Washington, D.C. He joined in the call for the Constitutional Union Party Convention in May 1860, and was appointed a delegate for Connecticut to the National Committee.

  

<u>Signature</u>: John A. Rockwell, in ink, mounted to a 5 3/4 x 2 1/4, piece of an autograph album page. 

 Frequently referred to as <I>gold</I> scales and sometimes as <I>apothecary</I> or <I>medical</I> scales, these little balance scales, once relatively common, are like so many every day treasures of the 19th century, becoming quite difficult to acquire in complete original condition.  A nice display companion item in any number of period categories, this set is offered untouched and as found  leaving the decision to lightly clean or not (we wouldn’t) to the new owner. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this  nice period staff grade hat insignia.  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired the piece from Francis Lord from his personal collection. Veteran collectors who are fortunate to have known Dr. Lord will remember that Francis had a habit of gluing things to display boards for <I> show & tell</I> at the old Civil War shows.  Remnants of that glue remains on the back and can be easily removed but we’d leave it as is with the old man’s tracks on the back.   We acquired this relic several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) 



 A bit of a departure from our usual fare, we couldn’t resist the acquisition of this late 19th early 20th century classic Bobby Helmet.  All complete and in pleasing original condition while offering desirable evidence of period use and age, this <I>Kingston upon Hull</I> police helmet retains its original <B>HULL POLICE</B> plate and sports the classic London hatter marking <I>Christy’s London</I> embossed into the leather sweat band.   Now defunct for some years, the Hull police are most frequently remembered today for their public efforts during the catastrophic World War I  German Zeppelin attacks on their city. <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>

Autograph, John A. Rockwell

 

earlier to mid-1800s BALANCE SCALES $65.00

 

Lord collection – Civil War Staff – HAT $235.00

 

late 1800s early 1900s British Bobby Hel $235.00




<b>United States Congressman from Connecticut


United States Postmaster General</b>


(1799-1855) Born in Middletown, Conn., he graduated from Yale in 1819, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Middletown, 1823-37.  He served as a U.S. Congressman, 1845-49.  He served as the 15th Postmaster General of the United States in the administration of President Millard Fillmore, 1852-53.

 

Signature: 4 3/4 x 1/2,  in ink, Sam' D. Hubbard.  


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient for gallantry in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee where he was wounded</b>


(1828-1902) Born in Cedar Valley, Wayne County, Ohio, he graduated in the West Point class of 1852. His first assignment was on the western frontier where he was engaged in surveying railroads which ultimately led to him fighting Indians. Promoted to captain in 1861, he was on duty at Fort Washita, Indian Territory when the Civil War broke out, and he thus led his men to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Stanley fought in the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, on August 10, 1861, after which President Lincoln appointed him brigadier general. He also saw action at New Madrid; Island No. 10; Iuka; Corinth; Stone's River; Murfreesboro; Tullahoma; Chattanooga; and in the Atlanta campaign. Stanley was appointed major general to rank from November 29, 1862. He was wounded in the battle of Franklin, Tennessee, November 30, 1864, earning himself distinction, and  the Medal of Honor for gallantry. While leading a counterattack against the Rebels, General Stanley was wounded in the neck at the same time that he had his horse shot out from under him.  Stanley remained in the United States Army after the Civil War, serving throughout the postbellum years on the Indian frontier, commanding in the Dakota Territory, in the Yellowstone Expedition, in Texas where he crushed Indian raids, and in Santa Fe where he commanded the District of New Mexico. He later commanded the Department of Texas from 1884-92. From 1893-98 he was governor of the Soldiers' Home in Washington, D.C. General Stanley was interred at the United States Soldiers' and Airmen's Home, National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. His only son, David Sheridan Stanley, named after his friend General Philip H. Sheridan, and five of his grandsons would all graduate from The United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.


<u>Signature with Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 2, in ink, D.S. Stanley, Major Genl. Comes with a 3 1/2 x 4 1/2, antique silver print (circa 1900) photograph of General Stanley in uniform.  


<b>United States Senator from New York


Lieutenant Governor of New York


Attorney General of the State of New York


Appointed United States Attorney by President Abraham Lincoln in 1864</b>


(1800-1866) Born in Goshen, Conn., he moved with his parents to New York in 1806, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1828, and commenced practice in Guilford, N.Y. He served as Postmaster of Guilford, 1827-1832. Moving to Binghamton, N.Y., he was elected the first president of Binghamton, in 1834.  He was a member of the New York State Senate, 1837-1840. He served as Lieutenant Governor of New York and ex-officio President of the State Senate and President of the Court of Errors, 1842-1844.  Was a United States Senator from 1843-1851.  He served as the Chairman of the Committee on Finance, and on the Committee on Manufactures, and the Committee on Private Land Claims. Elected Attorney General of the State of New York in 1861. He was appointed United States commissioner for the final settlement of the Hudson Bay and Puget Sound agricultural claims in 1864. Dickinson was appointed as United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, by President Abraham Lincoln, serving 1865-1866.

      

<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 1/2, in ink, D.S. Dickinson.

 


Stamped brass hat wreath insignia with G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic] in silver colored letters attached to the center of the wreath. These were worn by Civil War veterans on their slouch hats or kepis. Measures 2 1/2 inches in width. Complete with straight pin fastener on the reverse. Comes beautifully displayed in a 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 glass faced display case with blue velvet liner. Excellent piece of G.A.R. memorabilia.

Autograph, Samuel D. Hubbard

 

Autograph, General David S. Stanley $95.00

 

Autograph, Daniel S. Dickinson

 

G. A. R. Hat Wreath Insignia $45.00




<b>United States Senator from Connecticut


United States Postmaster General</b>


(1787-1856) Born in Windsor, Hartford County, Conn., he studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1817, and commenced practice in Hartford. He established and edited the Hartford Weekly Times newspaper. Served as Associate Judge of the Hartford County Court, 1821-1825, and was a member of the Connecticut State House of Representatives in 1826. He was the Postmaster of Hartford, 1829-1836.  Served as a U.S. Senator, 1835-39; and 1843-49. He was the U.S. Postmaster General in the Cabinet of President Martin Van Buren, 1840-41. He served as chairman of the Committee to Audit and Control the Contingent Expenses, and served on the Committee on Post Office and Post Roads.

  

<u>Signature with State</u>: 5 x 1 3/4, in ink, John M. Niles, Conn.  


7 1/2 x 9 3/4, imprinted form.


By Authority of ___ a safeguard is hereby granted to ___ 


All officers and soldiers belonging to the Army of the United States are therefore commanded to respect this safeguard, and to afford, if necessary, protection to ___  


Given at Headquarters, the ___ day of ___ 1864.


By command of the General,


Asst. Adjt. General


"55th Article of the Rule and Articles of War"


"Whoever belonging to the Armies of the United States in foreign parts, or at any place within the United States or their Territories, during rebellion against the Supreme Authority of the United States, shall force a safeguard, shall suffer death."


Excellent condition. Uncommon. Very desirable 1864 blank Civil War document which includes the printing of the "55th Article of the Rules and Articles of War."   


<b>Civil War signature with rank of Major General


Wounded at Fort Donelson and in the Atlanta campaign!


General Logan was instrumental in founding Memorial Day!</b>




(1826-86) Nicknamed "Black Jack," he served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant of Illinois Volunteers; and was perhaps 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 the battle of 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, in the Atlanta campaign where he was wounded again, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. After the war he returned to politics and served as U.S. Congressman and Senator from Illinois almost uninterruptedly until his death. He was greatly involved in veteran's affairs and was instrumental in founding Memorial Day.


<u>Signature With Rank</u>: 3 x 1 1/2, in ink, John A. Logan, Maj. Genl.  Popularly used through the 1860s and today a special classification among vintage lighting enthusiasts, these little lamps have drawn all manner of speculation as to their purpose.  Not the least of these and most widely favored, thus their designation as <I>sparking</I> lamps, is that they were courting lamps, the limited oil reserve gauging when the visiting suitor should leave.  Another theory and in our view likely the most probable, is that the little lamp with its limited burning time was simply a night light used while preparing for bed.  Placed on the night stand the lamp would provide just enough necessary light then self-extinguish.  This attractive little example stands a mere 4 ½ inches with its original milk glass chimney and remains in excellent condition with all original and no issues.   <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>

Autograph, John M. Niles

 

1864 U. S. Army Safeguard Pass $15.00

 

Autograph, General John A. Logan $95.00

 

antique ‘Sparking’ or ‘Night’ LAMP

Best dscribed by our photo illustrations, 18th early 19th century tobacco <I>box</I> measures 3 5/16 inches in diameter and stands 3 3/8 inches.  Wood pegged to its base with a unique cut and fitted side seam, the body of this wonderful old primitive is of birch bark with its original press fit wood cover.  All with an eye appealing deep age patina this attractive 1700s early 1800s container will make a wonderful companion set with any period tobacco pipe.  A desirable item for the early American primitives enthusiast.    <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>Signature with rank


United States Congressman from Kentucky</b>


(1818-69) Born near Stanford, Kentucky, he was elected to the Indiana State Legislature in 1844. He served with distinction during the Mexican War as a captain of the 2nd Indiana Volunteers, which he led at the Battle of Buena Vista, where he helped rally the Indiana troops at a key point in the battle. He was a member of the Indiana State Senate from 1847 to 1849. He then went to Louisville, Kentucky, to practice law, and in 1860 was elected to the Kentucky State Senate. A dedicated opponent of secession, as the Civil War was becoming more and more likely, Rousseau decided in favor of maintaining state government in Kentucky and helped keep it from seceding from the Union. He resigned from his seat in the senate in June 1861, and applied for a commission to raise volunteers. Against the opposition of many prominent figures in Kentucky, he succeeded in raising two regiments composed entirely of Kentuckians at Camp Joe Holt, across the Ohio River from Louisville in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They were known as the "Louisville Legion." With the help of a battalion of the "Louisville Home Guard," the regiments saved Louisville from being captured by Confederate troops. On September 9, 1861, he was mustered in as colonel of the 3rd Kentucky Infantry. Promoted to brigadier general on October 1st, and major general on October 22, 1862, he commanded a brigade at the bloody battle of Shiloh, and gallantly led a division at the battle of Perryville, Ky. He also served with distinction as a division commander at Murfreesboro, and in the Tullahoma campaign. He afterwards commanded the districts of Nashville and of Tennessee. On the orders of General William T. Sherman, Rousseau carried out a very successful raid on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad in July 1864. Rousseau was elected as an "Unconditional Unionist" to the United States Congress serving from 1865-1866. As a former military officer, he served on the Committee on Military Affairs. In June 1866, relations between Rousseau and Iowa Congressman Josiah Bushnell Grinnell became very tense. The two had a series of debates over a bill intended to give more power to the Freedman's Bureau. Rousseau opposed it having seen and heard about rebellious and illegal actions by agents working for the bureau, whereas Grinnell strongly supported the bill as a former active abolitionist, and aide to runaway slaves. The debates eventually turned into mudslinging, Grinnell questioning General Rousseau's military record and insulting his performance in battle as well as a few comments on his state of Kentucky. On June 14, 1866, Rousseau approached Grinnell in the east portico of the capitol building after a session of congress. He told Grinnell that he wanted an apology from him for the insults he made about him before the House. Grinnell pretended not to know what Rousseau was talking about, enraging Rousseau who struck him repeatedly with the iron handle of his cane until it broke. He struck him mainly in the face, but a few blows hit Grinnell's hand and shoulder. A committee was organized to investigate the incident which was composed of Nathaniel P. Banks, Henry J. Raymond, Rufus P. Spalding, M. Russell Thayer and John Hogan. General Rousseau was reprimanded for his actions and later resigned. He was elected back the same year to fill the vacancy caused by himself and continued to serve until 1867. After leaving the United States Congress, Rousseau was appointed brigadier general in the U.S. Army with the brevet rank of major general, and was assigned to duty in Alaska on March 27, 1867. General Rousseau played a key role in the transfer of Alaska from the Russian Empire to the United States on October 18, 1867, today celebrated as Alaska Day. On July 28, 1868, he was placed in command of the Department of Louisiana. He died in this capacity in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 7, 1869. 


<u>Signature with Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/8, in ink, Lovell H. Rousseau, Brig. & Bvt. Maj. Genl., U.S. Army. Excellent autograph.

 <b>of Facts for an Award of a Cross of Military Service</b>


4 pages, 8 1/2 x 14, blank imprinted document. This was the form that was used by the UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY as a Memorandum of Facts for an Award of a CROSS OF MILITARY SERVICE, for the ancestor of a Confederate Veteran who served honorably in a Foreign War. Very fine. Nice document to pair up with one of these commemorative medals.



WBTS TRIVIA: The United Daughters of the Confederacy was established on September 10, 1894, in Nashville, Tennessee. These patriotic Southern women were responsible for organizing burials of Confederate soldiers, establishing permanent care of these cemeteries, organizing commemorative ceremonies, and sponsoring the erection of monuments. The Southern Cross of Honor was a commemorative medal established by the U.D.C. for members of the United Confederate Veterans, and was established in 1898.


The Cross of Military Service is awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of worthy descendants of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors, and is considered the most prestigious award presented by the U.D.C. It was originally issued to U.S. Veterans of Confederate lineage that fought in the Spanish-American War (1898-99), the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902), and World War I (1914-19), all of which are printed as options to be filled in on page one of the document. This dates the form to be from the early 1900's. In later years, the U.D.C. extended the issue of this medal to include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Global War on Terror.    


<b>LEE, LONGSTREET & PICKETT</b>


Includes 8 x 10, black & white advertisement photograph featuring stars of the movie, Martin Sheen, as General Robert E. Lee, Tom Berenger, as General James Longstreet, & Stephen Lang, as General George E. Pickett all wearing their Confederate uniforms. Advertising imprint below the images, GETTYSBURG, the Turner Pictures Civil War epic whose scale, drama and moving performances touched audiences and critics alike, comes to TNT in its full theatrical length as a two-part miniseries. The sweeping film adaption of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, stars Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Sam Elliott. GETTYSBURG.  <u>PREMIER</u>: Part I, Sunday, June 26, 8:00 PM (ET). Part II, Monday, June 27, 8:00 PM (ET). 1992 Turner Pictures, Inc. Photos by Erik Heinila. TNT. Comes with a pair of large size Gettysburg note cards, 5 x 7, when folded in half, featuring the color image of the Confederate and Union battle lines, flags flying, facing off against each other. This was the advertising photo used inside the movie theaters, on posters, television ads, DVD's and CD's of the movie and film score. 2 blank interior pages give you plenty of room for writing notes. The back page of the card has the advertising imprint from the movie, GETTYSBURG, which includes the names of the star actors, producers, directors, screenplay writers, music credits, and much more. Group lot of three very nice Gettysburg items.


<u>Includes a bonus item</u>: Vintage postcard published by Blocher's, Gettysburg, Pa., of the Virginia Monument which features a bronze equestrian statue of General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. General Lee sits proudly atop his gallant war horse, "Traveller," on a granite pedestal, with depictions below in bronze of the sons of Virginia represented by seven soldiers who came from various occupations to join the Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry of the Confederate Army. The statue was created by sculptor Frederick Sievers, and on June 8, 1917, Virginia governor Henry C. Stuart presented the completed memorial to the Assistant U.S. Secretary of War. This iconic equestrian memorial, the largest Confederate monument on the battlefield, is located on West Confederate Avenue, Gettysburg National Military Park.

early primitive BIRCH BARK TOBACCO BOX $135.00

 

Autograph, General Lovell H. Rousseau

 

United Daughters of the Confederacy Memo $12.00

 

Gettysburg Advertisement Lot $20.00




4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1863


GENERAL ORDERS,

No. 258


All applications of quartermasters, commissaries, and paymasters, for changes of stations, or to be exempted from the operation of orders of assignment to stations, on the score of ill health, will be hereafter taken as confessions of inability to perform official duty on account of physical incapacity, and equivalent to tenders of resignations. The officers concerned will, in ordinary course, be mustered out of service hereupon as in cases of accepted resignations.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:


E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine 1863 War Department orders.  


(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, in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American military history. He was the Democratic nominee for president in 1864, and was defeated by President Abraham Lincoln. 


<u>Ellen Mary Marcy</u>: (1836-1915) Was the daughter of General Randolph B. Marcy, McClellan's former commander, and future subordinate. Ellen, known to her family and friends as "Elly," had turned down George's first proposal of marriage. A very popular young lady, she was courted by several young men and received some nine marriage proposals, one of which came from McClellan's West Point classmate and future Confederate General A.P. Hill. Nelly had actually accepted Hill's proposal in 1856, but her family did not approve of the Virginian, so he withdrew. Ellen and George B. McClellan were eventually married at the Cavalry Church, in New York City, on May 22, 1860.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. General McClellan, seated and holding a newspaper, is in uniform with rank of major general. His wife Ellen is standing behind him. Backmark: Published by Thurston, Herline & Co., Nos. 630 & 632 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Card is trimmed. Light age toning and wear.  


<b>Delegate to the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention


Colonel of the 27th Virginia Infantry of the "Stonewall Brigade"


Severely wounded at the 1st Battle of Kernstown, Virginia in 1862</b>


(1823-96) Born at Lynchburg, Va., he graduated from Washington College, [later named Washington & Lee] Lexington, Va., studied law at Harvard, and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He served as attorney to the Commonwealth of Virginia, was a member of the Virginia General Assembly, and a delegate to the Virginia secession convention in 1861. A tall imposing man, standing 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Echols quickly became a leader among his peers. At the 1st battle of Manassas, Echols commanded the 27th Virginia Infantry, of the Stonewall Brigade, and he was seriously wounded at Kernstown during General Jackson's famous 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 16, 1862, he served in western Virginia until 1864, as commander of the Department of Southwestern Virginia, and later as a brigade commander under General John C. Breckenridge. He took part in the Confederate victory at the battle of New Market, Va., in May 1864, where the gallant actions of the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute forever recorded their name in the highest annals of American military history. General Echols also saw action with General R.E. Lee's army at Cold Harbor, Va., during the Petersburg campaign. On April 2, Echols, with nearly 7,000 men, began a hasty march to unite with General Lee. He reached Christiansburg, Virginia, on April 10, where he received a telegram announcing General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. At a solemn council of war, General Echols decided to march to unite with General Joseph E. Johnston's army, and he led two brigades southward towards North Carolina. Subsequently, he accompanied President Jefferson Davis to Augusta, Georgia. He served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1878–1881.  


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 1 1/2, bold autograph, Jno. Echols.  


<b>Colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry


Severely wounded at the battle of Belmont, Missouri in 1861</b>


(1813-67) Commissioned as colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry, on July 11, 1861. He served under General Ulysses S. Grant, and was severely wounded while cutting through the Confederate lines at the battle of Belmont, Mo., on November 7, 1861. He distinguished himself at the capture of Fort Donelson, where, in command of a brigade of General Charles F. Smith's division, he was one of the first to enter the Confederate works. For his gallantry he was appointed brigadier general. At the battle of Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Stephen Hurlbut's division, which sustained 458 casualties. During the Vicksburg campaign he directed the 4th Division of the 16th Corps. Lauman accompanied General William T. Sherman's forces on it's mission to capture Jackson, Miss. and his men were badly cut to pieces by the intrenched Confederates, one of his brigades losing 465 out of 880 men present for duty. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Very sharp image. Rare.

Change of Stations for Quartermasters, C $5.00

 

CDV, General George B. McClellan & Wife $75.00

 

Autograph, General John Echols $75.00

 

CDV, General Jacob G. Lauman $150.00




Stereoscopic, cabinet size photographs of the National President Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. Features a full standing statue of President Lincoln on a pedestal flanked by statues of a cavalry group, and a stone obelisk rising up from behind Lincoln. Imprint on the reverse, National Lincoln Monument, Springfield, Illinois with descriptive text. Photographed by J.A.W. Pittman, for J.C. Power. Signed in print by the Executive Committee, and dated April 18, 1882. Wear to the edges of the card mount with some chipping. 7 x 4 1/2. Sharp images.   Acquired by us some years ago from a highly respected Portland, Maine antiquarian book dealer who purchased it in the later 1940s from a small Portland area 19th century playhouse cleanout, this prompt book bears <U>two</U> penned identifications on the title page <B><I>Wilkes Booth</I></B> and <B><I>J. Wilkes Booth</I></B>.  A second J. W. Booth signed prompt book emanating from the same source was acquired by  the Boothbay Theater Museum to be included in their prestigious theatrical history collection.  While the circumstances that brought Booth’s prompt books to Portland have been lost in time, we know that the actor spent several weeks in Portland, Maine in the spring of 1861, leaving the city upon word of the firing upon Fort Sumter. 

     An extremely rare item (the J. W. Booth Collection : Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas claims <I><U> the only prompt book of John Wilkes Booth's known to still exist)</I></U> this <I>French’s Standard Drama No. XXXIII</I> prompt book is titled <I>A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS</I> and is a five part comedy by Philip Massinger published in New York by Samuel French.  It measures approximately 4 ½ X 7 3/8 inches and bears the book seller / stationer stamp of T. B. Pugh, <I>cor. Sixth & Chestnut, Phila</I> ( see: 1850s / 1860s directories).  The prompt book is of 75 pages, tight at the string binding and all complete with no condition issues save normal wear and age.  The soft cover is as seen here, complete with no tears, repairs or stains yet with some separation at the spine.

      As we thin out part of our fifty year plus personal accumulation, we have looked toward our Abraham Lincoln memorabilia treasures (which include a full lock of the fallen presidents hair (see our <FONT COLOR=#0000FF><B>MaineLegacy</B></FONT>.com museum site), and we have decided to offer this important play prompt book from the group to a deserving new home.  An important item and a major purchase, <U>we have made every effort here to offer illustrations sufficient to making accurate evaluation of the prompt book and signatures</U>.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Standing approximately 5 inches and measuring about 4 inches in diameter this rarely surviving sheet iron ration can remains in excellent original and untouched condition with a <U>light</U> surface rust and chocolate patina that the new owner will want to leave as found.  With good evidence of age and period construction in the form of its surface and material, with led soldered, <I>lap</I> seams, and telltale <I>spot</I> <U>final seal*</I> of led solder, this rare example of the all-important common <I>tin</I> can will make a wonderful seldom seen companion to any Civil War grouping.  ( <B>*</B> The secret of maintaining the vacuum seal necessary to preservation was to heat the filled can and applying a spot of molten led solder sealing a small vent hole in the lid.  As the can cooled a sealed food preserving vacuum was created.)  We note to the charm of the <I>knife opened</I> top as evidence of period <I>pre-can-opener</I> utilization.   <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 desirable old grease /<I>lard</I> lamp stands approximately 7 1/2 inches and remains in pleasing all original and <I>as used</I>.  A neat old country lighting device will be familiar to collectors as a scarce example of the Samuel Davis Pat. May 6, 1856 Grease Lamp  ( US Patent 14806).  With a full complement of its original japanning turned dark with age and period use, the original wick adjusting iron <I>pick</I> remains with the lamp.  A small museum inventory number remains on the base underside.   <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>

President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00

 

JOHN WILKES BOOTH – Identified PLAY PROM

 

rarely surviving Civil War vintage - RAT $125.00

 

Museum Deaccession - Samuel Davis Pat. M $225.00




<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina


Presidential elector on the 1860 Democratic ticket for John C. Breckenridge


Served in the Confederate Congress, 1861-1864</b>


(1799-1876) Born in Springfield, Prince Edward County, Va., October 17, 1799; graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, in Va., in 1816; studied medicine for two years; was graduated from Princeton College in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821, and commenced practice in Prince Edward and Mecklenburg Counties, Va. He moved to North Carolina in 1829; served as a presidential elector in 1832, 1836 and 1844. Served as United States Congressman, 1847-1853, and was a presidential elector on the 1860 Democratic ticket of John C. Breckinridge, and Joseph Lane. Served as a  delegate from the State of North Carolina to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861; and as a member of the House of Representatives of the Confederate States Congress, 1862-1864; died in Oxford, N.C., on February 24, 1876; interment in the Shiloh Presbyterian Churchyard, Granville County, N.C.


<u>Signature with place</u>: 5 3/4 x 2, in ink, A.W. Venable, Brownsville, Granville, [County], N. Carolina.


 


<b>Colonel 23rd Illinois Infantry of the "Irish Brigade"


Mortally wounded at the 2nd battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Virginia in July 1864


As Mulligan's life blood was being spilled  on the field of battle, he saw that the colors were about to be captured by the Confederates, and he shouted to his men, "Lay me down and save the flag!"</b>


(1830-1864) Born in Utica, N.Y., his parents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Moving to Chicago, he studied law in the offices of Isaac N. Arnold, a U.S. Representative from that city, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the "Chicago Shield Guards," and was appointed Colonel of the 23rd Illinois Infantry, of the western "Irish Brigade," a regiment which he raised. Captured at Lexington, Missouri, September 20, 1861, he was not exchanged until November 1862. He served as the Commander of Camp Douglas Military Prison in Chicago in 1862. At the 2nd battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Va., on July 24, 1864, Mulligan was wounded in action. With Confederates closing in from all sides, Mulligan stood up in his saddle to spur his men on, and Confederate sharpshooters concealed in a nearby stream bed managed to hit the Union commander. As his men were removing him from the field, he saw that the colors were about to be captured and shouted, "Lay me down and save the flag!" As they hesitated, he repeated his cry. His men reluctantly obeyed, but before they could return he was captured, and died from his wounds 3 days later while in Confederate hands. On February 20, 1865, the United States Senate confirmed the posthumous appointment of Mulligan to the rank of brevet brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers to rank from July 23, 1864. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bottom corners of the mount have been trimmed. Seated view, in civilian attire. Mulligan appears to be holding what may be a small pistol, with a hat resting on his lap. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., New York, Habana and Paris. Light creasing to the card surface. Light age toning. There are no known from life images of Mulligan in uniform. Scarce and desirable Union officer.   

 


<b>United States Congressman from Ohio</b>


(1829-1896) Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he was the brother of Generals' Charles Ewing, and Hugh B. Ewing, and foster brother of the famous Union Civil War General William T. Sherman, who later became his brother-in-law when General Sherman married Ewing's sister, Eleanor. At the age of 19, while his father was U.S. Secretary of the Interior, he became the private secretary of President Zachary Taylor, from 1849-1850. He then studied law, graduated from the Cincinnati Law School, and commenced a practice in Cincinnati. In 1856, Ewing moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was an antislavery advocate and had much to do with preventing the admission of Kansas to the Union as a slave state. He served as a member of the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention of 1858, and was a delegate from Kansas at the Peace Conference of 1861 in Washington, D.C., which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Ewing was the first Chief Justice of the Kansas State Supreme Court. In 1862, he recruited and became colonel of the 11th Kansas Cavalry seeing action at Cane Hill and Prairie Grove, Arkansas. On March 13, 1863, he was promoted to rank of brigadier general, and soon took command of the District of the Border, comprising Kansas and western Missouri. In an effort to suppress the bushwhackers who roamed that area, General Ewing issued his notorious Order #11, which decreed expulsion of the inhabitants, loyal or disloyal, from the Missouri counties of Jackson, Cass, Vernon, and Bates. It was issued in retaliation for Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, where 450 raiders shot and killed 150 civilians. During Confederate General Sterling Price's famous Missouri Raid in 1864, General Ewing distinguished himself at the battle of Pilot Knob. On February 23, 1865, Ewing resigned his army commission to return to his law practice, tendering his resignation directly to his good friend, and confidant, President Abraham Lincoln, a little over a month before President Lincoln's assassination. Ewing was founder and first president of the Ohio Society of New York, a trustee of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home. He served as U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1877-1881.


<u>Signature with place</u>: 4 1/8 x 2, in ink, Thomas Ewing, Lancaster, O.[hio].  


       Best described here by our illustrations this exceptionally nice Grand Army of the Republic uniform consists of trousers, vest, coat and slouch hat complete with War time wool 6th Corps device as stitched in place by then Civil War veteran Bvt. Brigadier General Stephen Hart Manning.  Emanating from direct descendants of the General along with his ink signed CDV as <B><I>Col. & Chif. Q. M. Dept. of Texas</B></I> and family lore regarding the 6th Corps device, this magnificent GAR uniform offers the General’s identification in the right shoulder lining along with the label of the General’s home town Lewiston, Maine clothier. 

      Born in 1834 to a family of <I>poor patronage</I>  Stephen H. Manning was largely self-educated until 1858 when the industrious Lewiston, Maine youngster entered Bowdoin College as a sophomore in 1858, leaving college in April 1861 to join the <B>1st Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  Entering service as a Private Manning would be named Quarter Master Sargent of the 1st  Maine and would, notwithstanding his absence, be awarded a full diploma from Bowdoin’s  class of 1861.    In September 1861 he was Commissioned by the Governor as 1st Lieut. and Regimental Qr. Master of the <B>5th Maine Infantry</B> a position held until August 1862 when he was appointed acting Quarter Master, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.  In October 1862 the fast rising Manning was named acting Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps’ 1st Division and on November 26, 1862 was <B>Commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln</B> as Captain and A. Q. M., U. S. Volunteers, a position he held until May 1864 when he was appointed acting <I>Chief Quarter Master, 6th Army Corps</B>.  Brevetted Major by Lincoln <I>for faithful and meritorious service in the campaigns before Richmond and in the Shenandoah Valley</I>, Manning would continue his rise to Lieut. Colonel and Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps then Chief Q. M. <I>Provisional Corps</I> Army of the Potomac.  Appointed Colonel and <B>Chief Q. M. Dept. of Texas</B>.  Breveted to <B>Brig. General</B> to date from March 13, 1865, upon his mustering out on October 5, 1866 Gen. Manning had <U>participated in all the Civil War battles of the Army of the Potomac in which the 6th Corps had been active.</U>   Some short time after the Civil War Gen. Manning located in Wilmington, North Carolina where he operated a merchandising business until 1874 when he was elected <B>Sheriff of New Hanover County</B>   Gen. Manning eventually returned to his family home in Lewiston, Maine where he was an active member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Grand Army of the Republic and the 5th Maine Regimental Association.   He died in 1911 at age seventy-six.

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Autograph, Abraham W. Venable $45.00

 

CDV, General James A. Mulligan $125.00

 

Autograph, General Thomas Ewing $50.00

 

Civil War Veteran G. A. R. uniform of $1895.00




<b>The Major League Baseball capital of the world !</b>


6 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form on blue paper, filled out in ink. No. 50. Cooperstown, N.Y., Nov. 22d, 1861. Otsego County Bank, Pay Self or, Bearer, One Hundred & One Dollars, 45 Cents. $101.45. J. Joshua Story. Circular cancellation. Very fine. Desirable Cooperstown, N.Y., Civil War dated document.


Historical Trivia: Cooperstown, N.Y., established in 1786, is a small village, located at the southern end of historic Otsego Lake in Central New York State, and is the county seat of Otsego County. Cooperstown is best known for being the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum which was established there in 1944. It is located on what was once farm land that had been owned by the famous American author, James Fenimore Cooper.  


<b>Commander of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry of the famed "Iron Brigade" at the epic battle of Gettysburg, where he was very severely wounded resulting in the amputation of his arm!


3 term Governor of Wisconsin</b>


(1831-96) He enlisted 5 days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C., as a private in the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Later elected captain, he took part in the skirmish at Falling Waters, Va., against General Thomas J. Jackson's "Stonewall Brigade." In August 1861, he became lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, which won fame as a unit in the celebrated "Iron Brigade." He greatly distinguished himself at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville. On July 1st, at Gettysburg, Fairchild now colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry,  distinguished himself at Seminary Ridge during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, his regiment being the first infantry troops to make close contact with the Confederate Army. During the fighting, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry delivered a striking blow by capturing the very first Confederate general of the war, General James J. Archer. Almost immediately after their success, the regiment was ambushed by an attack on their right flank, losing 77 percent of their ranks, including most officers. Fairchild had his left arm badly shattered, requiring amputation, and he was captured by the Confederates. After attending to his wounds the Confederates released him back through the lines to the Union army. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from October 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln, but saw no further active field service due to his wounds and resigned his commission in November 1863. He was soon appointed Secretary of State of Wisconsin, serving from 1864–1866, and then was elected as a three term Governor of Wisconsin, serving from 1866–1872. Afterwards he was appointed U.S. Consul to Liverpool in 1871, and U.S. Minister to Spain, 1880-1881. Fairchild served as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1886–1887, and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 1893-1895.


<u>Check Signed as Secretary of State of Wisconsin</u>: 7 x 3 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. $25.00. Madison, April 10th, 1865. TO THE STATE TREASURER: Hon. Wm. Palmer of the Assembly, is entitled to per diem for ten days, from the first day of April to the tenth day of April 1865, inclusive. Attest, John S. Dean, Chief Clerk. Wm. W. Field, Speaker. Countersigned, L. Fairchild, Secretary of State. No. 3410. Payable from the General Fund. On the reverse is: PER DIEM OF THE ASSEMBLY. $25.00. Received, Madison, April 10th, from the State Treasurer, the amount of the within Certificate. Wm. Palmer, with 2 cents orange, George Washington Internal Revenue stamp. There is a small punch hole cancellation. Slightly irregular left edge from when this check was torn out of the check book. This affects the first letter of 2 words which you can still easily figure out ("entitled" and "to"). Light staining. Very desirable "Iron Brigade," and Gettysburg general severely wounded in the great battle that was one of the major turning points of the Civil War.


WBTS Trivia: This check was drawn the day after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia, to General Ulysses S. Grant, at Appomattox Court House, Va.    


3 3/4 x 6, imprint. Copyrighted 1887 By W.H. Tipton, with his trademark logo which incorporates the interlocking initials "W.H.T.," and "Established 1859, Artistic Photography." Below the logo is their archival photograph number and title, "No. 734. John L. Burns." It continues with a detailed biographical description regarding Mr. Burns: "At the commencement of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1st, 1863, John L. Burns, then past 70 years of age and a citizen of the place, inspired by the spirit of true patriotism, shouldered his trusty flint-lock rifle and went out to meet the enemy, who were then advancing toward Gettysburg, and within a short distance of the town. Entering the ranks of the 7th Wisconsin regiment, he fought with unflinching bravery. In the early part of the engagement he was wounded twice, and although suffering greatly from his wounds, he faltered not, but pressed on, taking an active part until near 4 o'clock, P.M., when he fell badly wounded by a ball in the ankle. Soon after his fall the loyal army retreated, leaving him on the field in the enemy's lines, where he remained until the following morning.


John Burns was for many years the Borough Constable of Gettysburg, and was very strong willed and positive. He died February 4, 1872, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.


In his official report General Doubleday says: "My thanks are specially due to a citizen of Gettysburg named John Burns, who although over seventy years of age, shouldered his musket and offered his services to Colonel Wister, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Colonel Wister advised him to fight in the woods, as there was more shelter there; but he preferred to join our line of skirmishers in the open fields. When the troops retired he fought with the Iron Brigade." 


This picture has been prepared from our original card photograph taken of him before full recovery from his wounds.


W.H. TIPTON,

The Battlefield Photographer, Gettysburg, Pa.


Choice condition. This original unused photographic label was meant to be affixed to the back of the John L. Burns photograph described above. It's dual purpose was to advertise for both the Burns image as well as W.H. Tipton's Gettysburg gallery, and enhance his reputation as the Gettysburg Battlefield photographer. Very desirable Gettysburg related imprint.


WBTS Trivia: William H. Tipton, was born in Gettysburg, and was most noted for his extensive early photography of the Gettysburg Battlefield, and the borough of Gettysburg, Pa. Becoming quite popular, he probably took more images at Gettysburg than any other photographer, and was considered one of America's best known landscape and portrait photographers. Tipton served on Gettysburg's town council, and also in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.        A bit late for our usual fare but a nice piece for the tobacciana collector, this <I>as-new</I> condition, period stock label will make a nice companion collectable in any number of categories without spending a bunch of money.   Finally closed in the mid-1980s, the Byfield Snuff Co. was the <U>oldest and perhaps the last water powered snuff mill in the country.</U>  The Pearson manufacturing legacy began in 1647 when John Pearson built the first fulling mill in the country.  The founder was followed by ten generations of Pearson’s in operation of the Byfield Snuff Co. in Byfield, Massachusetts.  This crimson label is printed on period typical thin stock and will date to the company turn of the century roll-out of <B>PEARSON’S – RED TOP SNUFF</B>  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Civil War Dated Check from Cooperstown, $10.00

 

Autograph, General Lucius Fairchild $95.00

 

Advertisement, W. H. Tipton, Gettysburg B $10.00

 

turn of the century – Byfield Snuff Co. $15.00

An especially nice pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and green tinted glass lenses.   Sometimes referred to as <I>artillerist’s glasses</I> due to their use as eye protection by mounted artillery,  these goggles were frequently used by an eye injured wearer to protect against further damage.  An example of such use may be seen in a period portrait of nearly blind <B> Confederate General Adam R. Johnson</B>.  (see: Time / Life <I>TOUCHED by FIRE</I> vol. II page 248 )   There is also a period photograph by Gardner of Blackfoot Indian Chief <B><I>Sitting Crow</I></B> wearing a pair of these goggles no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>   This pair remain in pleasing condition with period adjustable cord and good evidence of period use and carrying while remaining in excellent condition with original black lacquer finish.  A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


(1815-86) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. He served in the Washington defenses during the first winter of the war, and was promoted to rank of brigadier general on February 12, 1862. In General George B. McClellan's 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign Naglee commanded a brigade of General Eramus D. Keyes's, 4th Army Corps. Upon the retirement of the Army of the Potomac from the Richmond vicinity, General Naglee was retained in the Departments of North and South Carolina, and Virginia and North Carolina. In the summer of 1863, he was in command of the District of Virginia at Norfolk. 


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Chest up view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, and wearing his overcoat. Backmark: F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia. Very fine image.  


<b>This regiment was later changed from infantry to artillery and became the very hard fought 3rd Vermont Heavy Artillery who suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War!</b>


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


This Order Is To Be Signed By A Member Of The Soldier's Family, And to be held by the Selectmen until called for. $7.00. Monkton, Oct. 27, 1863. Received of the selectmen of the town of Monkton, Vermont, Seven dollars, the same being one months "Extra Pay," due to Julius Stilson, a soldier now in the service of the United States in Company B, of 11 Regiment Vermont Volunteers. Signed by Mary E. Stilson, probably the soldier's wife. Staining and light wear.


Julius Stilson, a resident of Monkton, Vermont, enlisted on August 7, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. B, 11th Vermont Volunteers. The regiment was later changed to heavy artillery, becoming the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. He was mustered out of the  service on June 29, 1865. 

  

The 11th Vermont Volunteers were originally organized in the summer of 1862, as an infantry regiment. They were assigned to duty in the defenses of Washington, and mainly employed in constructing and garrisoning the 3 well known fortifications; Fort Slocum, Fort Stevens, and Fort Totten. The 11th Vermont Regiment became noted for its high proficiency in drill and discipline. They were later changed from infantry to heavy artillery by order of the War Department, and were outfitted with red chevrons and shoulder straps of the artillery branch of service, and added an artillery flag to its colors, with crossed cannons on a yellow field. Their enlargement to the heavy artillery standard was then authorized. Further recruiting took place giving them twelve companies, called batteries, each with 150 men, 3 Majors, and 4 Lieutenants to each battery.

   

The 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery saw action at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Weldon Railroad, Fort Stevens, D.C., Charles Town, W.V., Opequan, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.


This hard fought Union heavy artillery regiment suffered tremendous casualties during the Civil War, all during a 2 year period. 


<u>Casualties of the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery, 1864-1865</u>


Spotsylvania, Va.: 24 wounded

Cold Harbor, Va.: 24 killed, 159 wounded

Petersburg, Va.: 7 killed, 72 wounded

Weldon Railroad, Va.: 9 killed, 28 wounded, 266 captured

Charles Town, W.V.: 5 killed, 25 wounded

Opequan, Va.: 7 killed, 81 wounded

Cedar Creek, Va.: 15 killed, 77 wounded, 20 captured    


<b>Written by the Adjutant of the post Albert C. Johnston


Adjutant Johnston had the distinction of disinterring "Old Baldy," General George G. Meade's gallant war horse, who was put on display in the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia</b>


6 x 9 1/2, in ink, written on an imprinted letter sheet with the logo of Meade GAR Post 1, Philadelphia at upper left. A.L.S., A.C. Johnston, Adjutant of the Post. Also comes with a vintage postcard published by Blocher's, Gettysburg, Pa., of General George G. Meade, Commander of the Army of the Potomac during the battle of Gettysburg. General Meade sits proudly atop his gallant war horse, "Old Baldy." Erected by the State of Pennsylvania, on June 5, 1896, this iconic equestrian memorial is located on Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg National Military Park. Please note that the 1863 black & white image of "Old Baldy" is for display purposes only. It is not for sale. 


Head-Quarters

George G. Meade Post, No. 1,

Department Of Pennsylvania, G.A.R.

No. 1100 Chestnut Street


Philadelphia, April 15, 1889


Mr. John H. Geissinger,


Dear Sir,


On the above date you was duly elected a member of this Post. You will please report for Muster, on Monday Eve, April 22d at 8 o'clock.


Respectfully,

A.C. Johnston

Adjt.


Age toning with some edge and fold wear. Neatly written. The author of this letter has a very interesting background history. 



<u>Some trivia about Adjutant Albert C. Johnston</u>:


Albert C. Johnston, a resident of Philadelphia, served in Co. H, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War.


The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry, saw action at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg.


On Decoration Day, May 30, 1891, President Benjamin Harrison came to Philadelphia as the guest of the George G. Meade Post No. 1, G.A.R., to participate in their memorial ceremonies. President Harrison was greeted at the train station by a committee from the Post which included their Adjutant Albert C. Johnston. 



<u>"Old Baldy," General George G. Meade's gallant Civil War horse, and his connection to Adjutant A.C. Johnston</u>:


"Old Baldy" was born and raised on the western frontier and at the start of the Civil War was owned by General David Hunter. His name during this period is unknown. It is said that he was wounded anywhere from 5 to 14 times during the Civil War, starting at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, where he was struck in the nose by a piece of an artillery shell. Soon after, in September 1861, he was purchased from the government by General Meade in Washington, D.C., for $150 and named "Baldy" because of his white face.


Despite "Old Baldy's" unusual, uncomfortable pace, Meade became quite devoted to him and rode him in most of his battles. The horse was wounded in the right hind leg at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, and at Antietam, he was wounded through the neck and left for dead on the field. He was later treated and the stubborn warrior miraculously survived. At Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863, "Old Baldy" was hit by a bullet that entered his stomach after passing through General Meade's right trouser leg. He staggered and refused to move forward, defying all of Meade's directions. Meade commented, "Baldy is done for this time. This is the first time he has refused to go forward under fire." "Old Baldy" was then sent to the rear for recuperation. In 1864, having returned to duty for the Overland Campaign, and the Siege of Petersburg, was struck in the ribs by a shell at the Weldon Railroad, and General Meade decided that "Old Baldy" should be retired. He was moderately active in retirement and General Meade rode him in several memorial parades. His last parade was as the "rider less horse" in the funeral procession of his old friend General George G. Meade, in Philadelphia. Meade, the 1835 West Point graduate, died in Philadelphia while still on active duty, on November 6, 1872. His elaborate funeral was attended by President Ulysses S. Grant, Generals' William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, Irvin McDowell and many other notable Civil War figures. A great equestrian statue of General Meade and his beloved "Old Baldy" can be seen on Cemetery Ridge, in the Gettysburg National Military Park. A similar statue honors him in West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. The United States Army installation, Fort Meade, in Maryland, is named for him. His legacy is commemorated today by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia.  

  

"Old Baldy," Meade's gallant war horse was euthanized on December 16, 1882, at the age of 30, when he became too feeble to stand. On Christmas Day of that year, two Union Army veterans, <b><i><u>Albert C. Johnston,</b></i></u> (the above letter writer) and H.W.B. Harvey disinterred "Old Baldy's" remains and decapitated him, sending the head to a taxidermist. "Old Baldy's" head was mounted on a plaque and put in a glass case and displayed in the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $95.00

 

CDV General Henry M. Naglee $125.00

 

1863 Extra Pay Voucher, 11th Vermont Vol $20.00

 

Letter, George G. Meade G. A. R. Post, Phi $35.00




6 x 2 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. WAR TAX RECEIPT. $55.30. Received of Est.[ate] E.D. Divine [?] the sum of Fifty Five 30/100 dollars, being the full amount due by him for the year 1861. R.U. Gould, Collector of War Tax for District No. 29. Dated May 14/61. There are 2 small punch hole cancellations near the top of the document, one of which goes through part of the last name, Divine. [?]. Docket on the reverse, "Voucher No. 1." Minor wear. Fine condition. Printed on what is known as brown necessity paper, a type commonly used in the Confederacy during the war years. Nice early Civil War dated, "War Tax Receipt."   


<b>United States Congressman from Georgia


Speaker of the House of Representatives


Governor of Georgia


United States Secretary of the Treasury


Very strong candidate for president of the Confederacy!


Presiding officer at the 1861 Montgomery, Alabama Confederate secession convention  


President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States


Confederate battlefield general</b> 


(1815-68) One of the most prominent figures in Confederate politics! Born in Jefferson County, Ga., he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1834, and was admitted to the bar two years later. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1843 to 1851, and was Speaker of the House from 1849 to 1851, when he was overwhelmingly elected governor of Georgia. He returned to Congress in 1855, and was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President James Buchanan in 1857. Upon the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States in 1860, Howell Cobb advocated immediate secession.  He was probably best known as one of the founders of the Confederacy being one of the leaders of the secession movement. Delegates of the Southern states declared that they had seceded from the United States and created the Confederate States of America. He was a strong candidate for president of the Confederacy and was the presiding officer at the Montgomery, Alabama convention held on February 4, 1861. He served as President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, and when the war erupted he took to  the field as a soldier, being appointed Colonel of the 16th Georgia Infantry. On February 12, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier general and was assigned command of a brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. During the months of February through June of 1862, he represented the Confederate authorities in their negotiations with Federal authorities trying to reach an agreement on the exchange of prisoners of war.  General Cobb saw action in the 1862 Virginia Peninsula campaign and in the Seven Days battles.  His brigade played a key role in the fighting during the battle of South Mountain, Maryland, especially at Crampton's Gap. Cobb’s brigade arrived at a critical moment and were able to delay the Union army’s advance through the gap which came at a very bloody cost. His men also fought in the single bloodiest day in American military history at the Battle of Sharpsburg, Md., on September 17, 1862. He was promoted to major general on September 9, 1863, and placed in command of the District of Georgia and Florida. He suggested the construction of a prisoner of war camp in southern Georgia, a location thought to be safe from Union invaders, and thus the notorious Andersonville prison, known as "the hellhole" was created. When Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's armies entered Georgia during the 1864 Atlanta campaign and its subsequent March to the Sea, Cobb commanded the Georgia Reserve Corps. General Sherman’s army camped one night near Cobb's plantation. When Sherman discovered that the house he planned to stay in for the night belonged to Cobb, whom Sherman described as "one of the leading rebels of the South, then a general in the Southern army," he dined in Cobb's slave quarters, confiscated Cobb's property and burned the plantation, instructing his subordinates to "spare nothing."  In the spring of 1865, with the Confederacy clearly on their last breath, General Howell Cobb and his troops were sent to Columbus to help in the opposition of General James Wilson's raid, and he led the hopeless Confederate resistance in the battle of Columbus, Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865. General Cobb surrendered 4 days later at Macon, Georgia. After the war he returned home and resumed his law practice. Despite pressure from his former constituents and soldiers, he refused to make any public statements about President Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction policy until he received a full presidential pardon. He received his pardon in early 1868, and then began vigorously opposing the Reconstruction Acts and made a series of speeches that bitterly denounced its policies. On October 9, 1868, at the age    of 53, while vacationing in New York City, he died of a heart attack. His body was returned to Athens, Georgia, and was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery. 


<u>Signature with Date</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, "Howell Cobb." This is a free frank signature that was cut from the top of an envelope as is evidenced by the imprinted C.D.S., "Jun. 14, 1859, FREE." At the time Cobb signed this he was serving as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Scattered staining, age toning, and light wear. Large bold autograph. Very desirable Confederate historic figure.



<u>Cobb Family Trivia</u>: 


The Cobb family included many prominent Georgians from before and after the War Between the States. 


Cobb's uncle and namesake, also Howell Cobb, was a United States Congressman from 1807–1812, and served as an officer in the War of 1812.


Cobb's younger brother, Thomas R.R. Cobb, was a politician and soldier. He served as a Confederate General and was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862.


Thomas Willis Cobb, a member of the United States Congress and namesake of Georgia's Cobb County, was his cousin.


His niece Mildred Lewis "Miss Millie" Rutherford was a prominent educator and leader in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 


Howell Cobb's daughter, Mrs. Alexander S. (Mary Ann Lamar Cobb) Erwin, was responsible for creating the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Southern Cross of Honor in 1899, which was awarded to Confederate Veterans.  


<b>Colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry


Represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress</b>


(1816-92) Born in Laurens District, South Carolina, he graduated from South Carolina College in 1834, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. Shortly afterwards he settled in Mississippi where he served for many years as the district attorney of Winston County, and he later served in the Mississippi legislature. He moved to Louisiana in 1851, and was a James Buchannan Presidential Elector in 1856, and a member of the Louisiana state legislature in 1860. When Mississippi seceded from the Union, Gray enlisted as a private in a Mississippi regiment, but his intimate friend, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, recalled him from that duty, and he was elected colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry which he organized at the request of the president. Colonel Gray led his regiment at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana during the Red River campaign, and was at times in brigade command. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1865, and later represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress. After serving as a Louisiana state senator after the war, he retired from public life.   


Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 5/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War period image.  


<b>The famous "Orange Blossoms" Regiment from Goshen, New York</b>


Veteran Henry M. Howell on Gettysburg. 6 x 9 3/4 imprint. Middletown, N.Y., July 12, 1913. Editor Daily Argus. Discusses the action on July 2, 1863, near Devil's Den, making his point that it was the pivotal point in the battle of Gettysburg. Signed in print by H.M. Howell. Excellent condition. From the personal estate of Henry M. Howell. He enlisted in Co. E, 124th New York Infantry, "The Orange Blossoms," on August 9, 1862. He fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg; was wounded in the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., on May 12, 1864; and was mustered out of the service at Lincoln Hospital, Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1865. The 124th New York Infantry was one of the hardest fighting regiments in the entire Union army. Their Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, and their Major James Cromwell, were both killed on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg. This unit is highly sought after by collectors! Very desirable Gettysburg related imprint. Issued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.

1861 Civil War Tax Receipt $20.00

 

Autograph, General Howell Cobb $75.00

 

Photograph, General Henry Gray $10.00

 

124th New York Infantry at Gettysburg $15.00




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