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<b>Signed by prominent Pennsylvania merchant, coal operator & land speculator</b>


6 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted document, filled out in ink. Drawn on The Pittston Bank, Pittston, Pa., March 19th, 1863. Pay $10.70 Dollars to J.P. Schooley. Signed at lower right by J.B. Schooley. Minor age toning and wear. Cut cancelled. Very fine Civil War dated check from coal mining country in Pennsylvania about 3 1/2 months before the epic battle of Gettysburg.   


WBTS Trivia: Jesse B Schooley, (1811-85). He grew up on a large farm in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and was a land speculator, merchant, and coal operator in the Wyoming Valley. He had many holdings and agreements in Pittston, Jenkins Township, West Pittson, Exeter, Wyoming, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and many other areas in the state.


Interesting facts about Pittston, Pa.:  Pittston is in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, situated between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The city gained prominence in the mid 1800's and early 1900's as an active anthracite coal mining town. 


Located in the Wyoming Valley on the east side of the Susquehanna River, and the south side of the Lackawanna River, it was  named after the famous British statesman William Pitt, and was settled around 1770.


During the Revolutionary War, the Wyoming Valley was an active battleground between the British and the Continental Army. On July 3, 1778, a force of British soldiers, with the assistance of about 700 Indians, attacked and killed nearly 300 American Patriots. Connecticut Continentals, led by Captain Jeremiah Blanchard and Lieutenant Timothy Keyes, held and maintained a fort in Pittstown. On July 4, 1778, one day after the Battle of Wyoming, a group of British soldiers took over the fortress and some of it was destroyed. Two years later, the Continentals stormed the fortification and recaptured it. From then on it was under Patriot control until the end of the war in 1783.


  Measuring approximately 3 9/16 X 5 5/8, this 1864 Vermont Directory & Farmer’s Almanac was published in wraps by S. M. Walton (<I>Walton’s Steam Press</I> and remains in most pleasing condition with no missing, lose or torn pages while offering good evidence of age and originality.  Pocket size and made to carry the fragility of these little guides in combination with their heavy use has left few nice examples for today’s Civil War era personal item collector or period advertising and ephemera enthusiast.   This 128 page Vermont Register & Almanack offers all manner of information to include a roster of the officers of each Vermont Regiment and a listing of State and Federal political figures to include President Abraham Lincoln (lists his salary of $25,000. while recording Maine’s Hannibal Hamlin at $6,000. for VP).  A wealth of period advertising graphics are also included.  <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>



 Dating from the later heyday of the Grand Army of the Republic,  this well aged but solid old 48 star GAR flag is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze and measures a nicely displayable, 18 X 10 1/2 inches.   Recovered from a defunct G A R Civil War veteran hall some years ago and set it aside for its eye appeal and charm of the early printed construction and weather beaten appearance. (After about 1913 these memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)    <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 Recognizing that beauty and value in antique pewter is in the judgement and eyes of the beholder with most knowledgeable collectors preferring an untouched age patina while others choose a light cleaning and polishing (<I>horrors!</I>), this attractive vintage pewter, lidded creamer, is offered here untouched and period original save a tiny collection inventory number incised on the bottom.  While we’d preserve it as is save a mild soap and water bath we will leave that decision to the new owner.   Unmarked as to maker, this pleasing antique creamer stands approximately 6 inches high and remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality yet with no <I>dings</I> or gouges and a nicely aligned lid.  <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>

1863 Pittston, Pennsylvania Bank Check $5.00

 

Walton's Vermont Register & Farmer's Alm $38.00

 

early 48 Star G. A. R. FLAG $65.00

 

antique PEWTER CREAMER $85.00




<b>1862 Civil War dated image</b>


(1815-81) Graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1835. On August 9, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers and fought throughout the Virginia Peninsular campaign in command of a brigade of General Heintzelman's 3rd Corps. He was military governor of Washington, D.C., and later commanded a division of General "Baldy" Smith's 18th Corps at Cold Harbor, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg, subsequently commanding the corps itself until health problems forced him to resign. He was brevetted major general for his gallantry at Malvern Hill, Va.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. 1862, J.E. McClees and R.W. Addis imprint on the front mount. Backmark: J.E. McClee's, Philadelphia. Bottom 2 corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Very fine.  


<b>Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute


Wounded at the 2nd battle of Manassas, Va.</b> 


(1826-95) Born in Southampton County, Va., he studied engineering and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., in 1847. He then taught military science at the Rappahannock Military Academy, 1848-49. In 1853, the newly established Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad hired Mahone as its chief engineer, and construction began. He designed and built drawbridges across the busy Eastern and Southern Branches of the Elizabeth River near Norfolk. Mahone, who had gained previous experience building plank roads, is credited with the design and implementation of an innovative roadbed through the Great Dismal Swamp near Norfolk, employing a corduroy log foundation laid at right angles beneath the surface of the swamp. Still in use today, his design withstands immense tonnages of coal traffic through the swamp. He is responsible for engineering and building the famous 52 mile-long tangent track between Suffolk and Petersburg. By the time the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad was completed, the clouds of war were quickly forming with Mahone having become the president and superintendent of the railroad. Soon afterwards, he was commissioned colonel of the 6th Virginia Infantry, and participated in the capture of the Norfolk Navy Yard, and he later commanded the Norfolk District until its evacuation. Mahone fought with great distinction in the Army of Northern Virginia from the battle of Seven Pines to the surrender of General Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House. Other battles he participated in were the 1862 Virginia Peninsula campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the 1864 Overland campaign. The only time Mahone was absent from his command was when he was convalescing from wounds received at the 2nd battle of Manassas in the summer of 1862. He also played a very prominent role in the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Va., on July 30, 1864. General Robert E. Lee had very high praise for General William Mahone, saying he made a large contribution to the organization and command of the Confederate army. After the war ended, he returned to his first love, railroad engineering, and became president of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. He later served in the U.S. Senate from 1881-1887, and was the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee for Public Buildings and Grounds. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 1895, and is buried in Petersburg, Va.


<u>Signature with Title</u>: 4 1/2 x 1 3/8, in ink, Wm. Mahone, next to the imprinted title of President. Vignette of a spread winged eagle sits to the left of Mahone's autograph. This was cut from a railroad bond when he served as president of the company. Large and bold signature. Very desirable Confederate general.     


7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted blank form, with vignette of the Boston City seal with 1636 date and motto at the upper left. Mayor's Office, City Hall, Boston, 1862. Frederic W. Tracy, City Treasurer. Sir: Pay to ____ of BOSTON, a recruit accepted and mustered into the service of the United States by ____ for the ____ Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, the sum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS bounty, as per order of the City Council, passed July 14, 1862, he being a part of the quota of troops to be furnished by the City of Boston, for three years, unless sooner discharged by proper authority. There is a place for the Mayor of Boston to sign, and a certification of enlistment information at the bottom of the document. There is an 1862 imprint on the reverse where the recruit would have acknowledged receipt of his bounty. The general condition of this document is very fine with some light wear and archival tape repairs to the folds on the reverse. Desirable 1862 Boston, Massachusetts military related imprinted document. Uncommon.


WBTS Trivia: Joseph M. Wightman, served as the 17th mayor of Boston from January 7, 1861, until January 5, 1863. So Mayor Wightman would have signed this document had it been used.    An outstanding find for any 1800s era personal item or tobacco display, whether a single example or two or three in a period cigar case, we have a small quantity of period hand rolled cigars direct from attic storage where they had remained for decades in their 1800s palmetto marked slide top box.   Well dried out as you would expect of an original hand rolled 19th century cigar, but otherwise solid with lots of character, each is offered by the piece and <U>individually priced</U> for the Civil War era personal item or tobacciana collector who would like a single example for their collection.  Not a big deal at first blush the existence of such on today’s market will represent a rare opportunity to the appreciative collector.  <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>

CDV, General John H. Martindale $125.00

 

Autograph, General William Mahone $75.00

 

1862 Imprint, Mayor's Office, City of Bo $10.00

 

rarely encountered! original & individua $30.00




Includes frame of a small buckle which measures 7/8 x 3/4, a cuff size Massachusetts Volunteer Militia uniform button complete with the shank. The face of the button has a vignette of an arm wielding a sword, and Mass. Volunteer Militia around the edges. Manufacturers imprint on the reverse is D. Evans & Co., Extra. Also includes three .58 caliber 3 ring bullets commonly known as minie' balls. These Civil War artifacts were recovered at Secessionville, South Carolina, and come displayed in a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 glass faced case with red velvet interior.


WBTS Trivia: The Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina was fought on June 16, 1862. In the Union army's only attempt during the war to capture Charleston by land, they were soundly defeated by the well fortified Confederate forces. Union casualties totaled 685 while the Confederates lost 204 in the battle.   


1 3/4 x 1 3/4, two sided, full color, celluloid button, manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. One side has a Union camp scene with officers on horseback, soldiers standing at right with stacked muskets at their side, large flag pole with an American flag flying at the center, and several tents and soldiers in the background. Imprint at the bottom, Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. The opposite side has the New Jersey State Seal with riband below and the motto, Liberty And Prosperity. Imprint at the bottom, Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. Fastening hook at the top. Circa late 1800's. New Jersey Civil War related items are always in high demand. Very nice condition.


WBTS Trivia: The horse's head at the top of the state seal represents speed and strength and is the state animal. The N.J. seal was designed in 1777.   


<b>A Piece of Civil War History!</b>


Civil War flag fragments display. Nicely set in an 8 x 6 1/4, lucite frame, are original red, white and blue flag fragments, which measure about, 4 x 3 1/2 inches, with descriptive text, and a copy photograph of a Civil War soldier posing next to an American flag. The description reads in part: A Piece of Civil War History. The above red, white and blue flag fragments were once part of a large 34 star United States flag that flew during the Civil War. The 34 star patterns were flown from July 4, 1861, until July 3, 1863, when West Virginia was admitted as a state to the Union. While the flag was in tatters, it measured approximately 10 feet x 16 feet. The copy photo above shows a similar sized flag being used as a background prop. Excellent Civil War relic with large authentic flag fragments.    


Scott #13, green. Features a full face portrait of Revolutionary War General-in-Chief, and 1st U.S. President George Washington. These stamps were printed by Archer & Daly, in Richmond, Va., and their earliest known use was on June 1, 1863. Very fine.

Civil War Relics From the Battle of Sece $45.00

 

New Jersey Celluloid Badge $10.00

 

Civil War Flag Fragments $50.00

 

1863 Twenty Cents, George Washington, Co $25.00




<b>Lost an arm at Fair Oaks, Virginia


Medal of Honor recipient</b> 


(1830-1909) Graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1846. Was Colonel of the 3rd Maine Infantry, in June 1861. He saw action at 1st Bull Run, Yorktown and Fair Oaks where he received two serious wounds, lost his right arm and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg [where he was voted the Thanks of Congress] and in the Atlanta campaign. He founded Howard University for negroes in Washington, D.C., and served as it's president from 1869-74. Continuing in the Regular Army, he was peace commissioner to the Apaches, participated in Indian fighting and served as superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.


<u>Card Signature</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4, in ink, O.O. Howard. Minor age toning. Small areas of mounting traces at the 4 corners of the reverse. Very nice signature with large borders for framing.  Best described by our photo illustration, this exceptionally well done knife, fork and spoon was carved from birch wood and will lay in nicely in any Civil War era  personal item or mess grouping.   A nice 19th century hand craft!   <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>



 Though examples of Civil War Infantry issue may be found in period photography, shoulder scales emanated out of circa 1850 regulation pressed into early Civil War issue primarily to Cavalry and Mounted Artillery troops.  They fell from the scene fairly early on as the early supply was used up not to be replaced as their lack of popularity practicality became evident.   Maker marked <B>HORSTMAN PHILA.</B> for the well-known period military supplier, this original pair remain un-touched and as found with a soft age patina and good evidence of age and period use.  Best described in detail by our photo illustrations, the pair will <I>wipe-off</I> nicely for display going well on the proper uniform jacket or just laid in with period Civil War accoutrements.  <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>  Seldom seen today save in advanced collections (see: Newman & Kravic's <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I>) the lowly flintlock boot was a true <I>personal item</I> individually crafted from hide to fit over the a flintlock action offering protection from rain and snow.  This rare period example was made from untanned deer hide with a natural <I>bug shellac</I> coating inside and out so as to maintain rigidity and improve water resistance.  This rare relic of the past remains in unbelievably nice original condition, the inside surface even retaining sporadic remnants of deer hair imbedded in the shellac waterproofing.  The boot measures approximately 11 ¾ inches in length and retains its period jute cord.  A true rarity!   <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, General Oliver O. Howard

 

antique - carved Knife, Fork & Spoon WHI $40.00

 

Civil War era - SHOULDER SCALES $275.00

 

rarely surviving! 18th early 19th centur $225.00

Measuring 5 7/8 X 5 inches and remaining in its original frame even to the old <I>bubbled</I> glass and vintage textile still applied to the back, our illustrations will likely speak best for this offering.  Offered here pure and as found, this charming little period attempt at pen and ink art offers a pleasing reminisce of Civil War patriotic fervor. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


<b>Civil War Governor of Pennsylvania


United States Congressman from Pennsylvania</b>


(1817-94) A lawyer by occupation, he was active in Whig politics before the Civil War. In 1860, he was the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania, the hope being that his election would help carry the state for Abraham Lincoln. An active supporter of the Federal government, he supplied many troops and much material for the Union war effort. Curtin organized the Pennsylvania Reserves into combat units, and oversaw the construction of the first Union military camp for training militia. In an effort to coordinate the Union war effort, he convened the Loyal War Governors' Conference, September 24-25, 1862, at Altoona, Pa. This event was one of his most significant contributions during the war. Re-elected in 1863, Curtin was well known for the exceptional care he took of the dependents of his Pennsylvania troops. He formed the Pennsylvania State Agency in Washington, and later formed another branch in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide support for wounded Union soldiers, and also founded the state-funded Orphan's School to aid and educate children of military men who had died for the Union cause. Unlike most Northern governors, he faced the tremendous trauma of the Confederate invasion of his state, this occurring during the 1863 Gettysburg campaign! Curtin was very active in working with Major General Darius N. Couch to delay General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, and try to prevent it from crossing the Susquehanna River. The Rebels were brimming with confidence as they recently had a great victory at Chancellorsville, Va. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Governor Curtin was a principal force behind the establishment of the National Cemetery there. He sat with President Abraham Lincoln on the platform when Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address, on November 19, 1863. Shortly after the war, Curtin was elected a Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in recognition of his support for the Union Army during the Civil War. In his post war career, he served as Minister to Russia in the President Ulysses S. Grant administration, and later served 3 terms as United States Congressman from Pennsylvania, from 1881-87. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was a member of the Committee on Banking and Currency.


<u>Signature as Governor of Pennsylvania</u>: 3 x 1 1/2, in ink, A.G. Curtin, Gov. Penna. Scattered age toning and staining. Desirable Gettysburg related personality.   This original memorial is by period lithograph J. Baillie and bears the ink penned inscription <I>IN MEMORY OF <I><B> Benj. F. Carter of the Fourth Virginia who died July 1863</I></B>.  A bit of a paradox that will require some research as our own extensive effort produced  but a <U>single</U> <I>Benj. F. Carter</I> serving the Union or Confederacy who died in July of 1863 and that was <B>Lt. Col. Benjamin Franklin Carter</B> who was mortally wounded and captured July 2nd 1863 while fighting with the <B> 4th Texas</B> as that regiment took on the Union left flank and the <B>20th Maine Infantry</B> under the command of <B>Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain</B>. Carter died in captivity on July 21, 1863 and was buried at the Methodist Cemetery in Chambersburg, Pa.

      Is the <I>4th Virginia</I> designation simply the product of a mix-up on the part of the calligrapher who penned the memorial inscription, or is there another <I>Benj. F. Carter</I> who’s record of existence and service with the <I>4th <U>Virginia</U></I> has been lost?  As serious collector / historians of Maine history for over fifty years (see: MaineLegacy.com ) we had set side this <I>Brimfield find</I> years ago when such treasures could be <I>picked</I> at estate auctions, antique shows and outdoor markets.  As time passes and we downsize though, it is time to pass this <I>find</I> on to an appreciative home.  All in pleasing condition save a chip at the lower right corner of its original12 3/8 X 16 3/8/inch mid-19th century frame, this offering will come <U>without glass</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>

 Best described here by our photo illustrations this Civil War vintage <I>UNION</I> photo case remains in pleasing condition, tight at the hinges with crisp edges.  A desirable collectable in and of itself, this attractive case houses a nicely matted military albumin photo of a seated Civil War 1st Sargent.  Likely taken from a CDV, trimmed and matted in the period for inclusion in this patriotic case, our <I>well got up</I> 1st Sgt. wears early war issue shoulder scales and holds a Mod. 1840 NCO sword across his lap with regulation white cotton gloves tucked in his NCO waist belt. All toped of by a watch chain and watch tucked between the buttons of his frock.   A pleasing Civil War photo in its original patriotic case.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Civil War era patriotic– Union For Ever $125.00

 

Autograph, Andrew G. Curtin $35.00

 

July 1863 – Benjamin F. Carter - MEMORIA $235.00

 

Civil War vintage 9th plate Gutta Percha $175.00

      This desirable grouping is of Spanish American War veteran <U>Pvt. Ernest M. Swett</U> of Co. D, <B>1st Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  The group consists of the following military issue and personal items:  Pvt. Swett’s uniform <B>CAP</B>, 5 button <B>SACK COAT</B>, issue <B>TROUSERS</B>, issue <B>LEGGINGS</B> and his issue <B>DRESS GLOVES</B>.   Swett’s personal items include: his service period <B>Journal</B>, knit wool <B>Socks</B>, shaving <B>Mirror</B>, lab / <B>Scalpel Kit</B>, period <B>map of Cuba</B>, his <B>Presidential Service Certificate</B>, family <B>Bible Registry Pages</B> and news clippings to include a mustering in roster of Swett’s Co. D, an account of mustering out and other miscellaneous related paper. 

Best described here by our photo illustrations, suffice it to say Pvt. Swett’s regulation issue uniform cap, sack coat, trousers and leggings remain in all original and pleasing condition, without mothing or other objectionable condition issues while offering good evidence of period use and age.   Like these items, a look at our illustrations will best describe Swett’s personal relics with the exception of his journal offering a firsthand account of the horrors Georgia’s Camp Thomas.  Swett’s journal  content is highlighted here:  

      Covering his primary period of service from the April 25, 1898 decision to <I>go to war</I> to his discouraged July 25 entry <I>dirt and dust, no use writing anymore</I> then a single August 21, 1898 notation expressing the dejection of a postponement of leaving the Chickamauga camp, Swett’s penciled journal is easily read as it offers the reader a sample snap-shot of a simple time in American history. A time not too unlike the Civil War military camp experience.  Foraging for food <I>one of the fellows got us a goose</I>,  heat of the South, a packages of goodies from home, drilling, more drill, eagerness to <I>get into the fight</I>, sickness, death, fighting among troops in camp, court martial and execution, more sickness, then more military life despair at Spanish American War, Camp Thomas, Georgia near the old Chickamauga Civil War battlefield.       In his simple, short on words, country style, Pvt. Swett chronicles the atrocious living conditions in a place that would become known in American history as one of the most abusive military facilities ever to be maintained in this country.  As related to camp life worse conditions than experienced by troops of the Civil War.  Swett notes drinking water so dirty that one could not see the bottom of his dipper.  Hard-tack and rotten meat was the usual mess.  Overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions result in camp wide dysentery.  Pvt. Swett sets up at night with his ailing Captain while he himself suffers from the same malady.  Recording the death and shipment home of his Captain’s body Swett seems to fall to despair as he weakens in his own battle to survive.  At one point (July 25, 1898) he is so weak and discouraged that closes his daily record with <I>No news, dirt and dust, no use writing anymore</I>.    It is not until Aug 16th that Pvt. Swett is moved to write in his journal </I>Tomorrow we are to have the largest review since the Civil War.  There will be over 40,000 soldiers in line.</I>   Shortly after, <I>a train with 178 sick boys of the 1st Maine</I> will be sent home.  Swett’s entries become sparse after this with rumors of being sent home, typhoid fever.  Finally on Sunday, August 21 the discouraged soldier makes his last journal entry, <I> They say we are not going home until Thurs. Probably something will come up to prevent us going then.  It is offal hot here now.</I>  Earlier notations in the back of the little book leave record of the serial number of his issue Mod. 1884 Springfield <I>trap-door</I> rifle, a list of letters received, addresses and the like.  

      A newspaper clipping, hand dated <I>Oct. 31 1898</I>, records the mustering out of Pvt. Swett’s Co. D, 1st Maine Volunteer Infantry at its home armory in Norway, Maine.  The paper records our Pvt. Swett as <I>unable to be present on account of sickness</I>.

      One could consider Pvt Ernest Swett a casualty of a war he never got to serve in directly as he seems never to have regained the young man’s health and vigor lost at Camp Thomas, Georgia.   Records of the National Soldiers Home at Togus, Maine document his death as a patient there some years later. 


This historic Spanish American War grouping will come with our research notes to include the following Ernest M. Swett pertinent site links:

<CENTER>patient register: U.S. National Homes for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers, 1866-1938</CENTER>

<CENTER>pension document: U.S. Veteran Pension Files</CENTER>

<CENTER>1898 New York Times: HORRORS OF CHICKAMAUGA; The First Maine Regiment Returns with Tales Resembling Those Told of Andersonville. </CENTER>

<CENTER>Lewiston Sun: A Ride For Life. Sick Maine Soldiers On The Way From Chickamauga</CENTER>

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Antique portrait engraving of General "Fightin' Phil" Sheridan in uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed name and rank below the portrait, "Maj. Gen. P.H. Sheridan." 6 1/8 x 9 1/2.


<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.  A nice little desk or counter bell standing about five inches high on its original milk glass base.  This bell itself is of nickel silver with a nicely figured brass  stand and clapper.   All in pleasing condition with no breaks, chips or cracks all offered as found, pure untouched and unpolished.   The bell is patent dated <B>Aug. 8, 1856 - Aug 25 1863</B>.   An example of this style had been housed for viewing for many years in the old Robert E. Lee Headquarters Civil War Museum in Gettysburg.  This example is in excellent functioning condition with the expected evidence of period use and lots of charm.  <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 here by our photo illustrations, this 40 X 34 inch <I>bolt end</I> linen remnant remains in attractive, untouched and entirely original just as it was folded and put away decades ago.  With good age and color, that distinctive texture and weave produced by the narrow 40 inch wide 19th century textile loom, and with the rarely surviving <I>bolt – end <B>*</B></I> <B>Continental Soldier</B> with <B>CONTINENTAL SHEETING</B> textile stamp this textile remnant will make a nice addition to any antique textile collection or would serve well as a backdrop to any number of collectable categories from the late 1840s through the Civil War era and on into the late 1870s.

      <B>*</B> As the finished textile sheet passed from the loom it was wound on a shaft to form a roll or <I>bolt</I> as it was referred to in the industry.  The exposed sheet end or <B>bolt</B> end received a stamped or stenciled <I>mill marking</I> to identify the mill product and grade.   As the large textile rolls were later formed into traditional flat bolts for sale, the printed sheet end was removed and was most frequently recycled back into the manufacturing process or sold for reuse in paper manufacturing.   This rare, seldom surviving remnant of that process is believed to have originally emanated from the Bates Textile Mill (a major supplier to the Civil War effort) in Lewiston, Maine. 

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important! identified Spanish American $1650.00

 

General Philip H. Sheridan $15.00

 

Civil War era Pat. 1856 & 1863 - Desk o

 

mid19th century textile mill marked: CO $165.00

Remaining in especially nice condition with its deep natural age patina, this little tinned camphene lamp stands approximately 2 ¾ inches including its 1 1/8 inch brass camphene burner.  The lamp measures about 2 11/16 across its <B>PAT APPL’D FOR</B> base.  With its telltale elongated, brass burner tubes especially designed to handle the volatile camphene fuel (made from distilled turpentine) and early patent application marking this lamp would have been manufactured in or shortly after 1837 when camphene was first introduced as lighting fuel.   The use of camphene fell away in favor of kerosene in the early 1860s.  A nice little lighting device with use from the late 1830s through the Civil War era.  <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>  


 Somehow surviving in all original and clearly unused condition, even to retaining its original <I>red lead</I> painted inner surface, this hospital  size, 13 3/7 inch diameter  sheet tin bedpan offers the well-established construction characters of the mid-19th century as well as the Civil War vintage Boston surgical instrument and medical equipment firm name <B>Codman & Shurtleff</B>.   Not for everyone for sure but a rarely surviving hospital necessity for the <I>deep dish</I> medical collector.  <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>  Originating in Europe well before the 1700s the game of skittles was a mainstay of English pubs well before immigrating to America where the ten-pin version is now considered a forerunner to modern bowling.  Popular in ten, nine and four pin versions both as a parlor game where the pins were set-up in diamond fashion on the wood of carpeted floor, the game of skittles was also played out of doors and was popularly played by children as well as adults.  Emanating from a history as an English pub or drinking game, by the time of the American Civil War the game was popularly played by common folk and high society alike, indoors and out by children and adults.  ( A period example a skittles game had been on display as part of the period memorabilia of the Jefferson Davis, <I>White House of the Confederacy,</I> home section of the old <I>Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond<I>.)  This scarce scaled down <I>traveling</I> skittles game is complete with ten turned  6 inch <I>pins</I> and the original ball. Equally appropriate to home, pub or Civil War winter camp, this traveling skittles game offers good evidence of age and period use yet remains pleasing to the eye with its original raw turned hardwood finish and will go well in any quality period grouping.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


4 pages, The Log Cabin, New York, Saturday, January 23, 1841, with vignette of a log cabin at upper center with an American flag flying with the motto, "Retrenchment And Reform." Published by Horace Greeley with his name printed in the upper left margin. Stories include: Government Officers, Agents, And Salaries. Besides the story it gives an itemized list of positions with their salaries. It is interesting to note that Major Generals in 1841 earned $5,000 annually, while Brigadier Generals received $3,150. The list includes all ranks right down to private, and includes The Naval Department salaries as well as government officials. Debate On The Preemption Bill. There is a very lengthy and interesting article regarding the Funeral Of Napoleon and Re-Entombment in Paris. Much more news. Edge wear, small paper chips at edges, age toning, and small archival tape repairs. Ink name of the subscriber for this newspaper is written in the margin at upper right. Very fine content from 1841.

early Patent Applied For marked - Camphe

 

Civil War medical equipment supplier: CO

 

Scarce scaled down - 19th century 10 pin $95.00

 

The Log Cabin, New York, January 23, 184 $15.00




<b>Twentieth Annual Meeting And Dinner</b>


St. Denis Hotel, October 20, 1906. 4 pages printed on extremely thick card stock. 7 x 9 1/2. Tied together by red, white and blue ribbons. Excellent photograph of General Nathaniel P. Banks on the front cover with the following caption: As He Was In 1862. Our First Commander. Major-General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks. Died September 1, 1894. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. Page 2: 1864-1906. Twentieth Annual Meeting And Dinner. Society of the Nineteenth Army Corps. St. Denis Hotel. Cor. Of Broadway And Eleventh St., New York City. Saturday Evening, the 20th day of October, 1906, at 8 o'clock sharp. Forty-second anniversary of the Battle of Cedar Creek, Va., October 19, 1864. Illustration of flag. Lists the various officers of the society for 1906, the Reception Committee, the Floor Committee, and the Committee of Arrangements listing them with their names, rank and positions.  Page 3: Includes the Menu, Grace by Rev. Joshua Kimber, Music by Professor Edwin D. Lewis, No. 54 Gardner Avenue, Jersey City Heights, New Jersey, and the program will close with "Auld Lang Syne" and a Hope to meet again in 1907. The back cover has an excellent photograph of General Philip H. Sheridan with the following caption: As He Was in 1864. Our Second Commander. Major-General Philip Henry Sheridan. Appointed Lieutenant-General U.S. Army, March 4, 1869; appointed General June 6, 1888; died August 5, 1888. Photographed by Mr. Brady, New York City. There is a small chip at the lower edge of the front cover with some paper loss. This is in a border area so it does not affect any of the content on any of the pages. There is also a small edge tear just below this paper chip. It does not touch upon any of the content. Small tear to back edge. Otherwise the program is very clean and nice looking. Very desirable 1906 Nineteenth Army Corps program.    


<b>United States Senator from Missouri


United States Secretary of the Interior</b>


(1829-1906) Revolutionary, orator, ambassador, Senator, editor, and Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War all describe the Prussian born Carl Schurz. A very staunch proponent of abolition, he vigorously campaigned for Abraham Lincoln in 1860. Commissioned a brigadier general, April 15, 1862, his appointment had a positive effect on many loyal German-Americans who took up arms for the Union. He was immediately assigned to command of a division of John C. Fremont's Army, then in the Shenandoah Valley. He fought most creditable in the 2nd battle of Bull Run, but at the key battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg his division was routed. Having been promoted to Major General to rank from March 17, 1863, he was then sent to the western theater to serve under General Joseph Hooker. He spoke throughout the North on behalf of President Lincoln's re-election in 1864, and served as chief of staff to General Henry W. Slocum during the 1865 Carolina's campaign. For 40 years after the Civil War he was a lecturer, Senator, and editor of 5 different publications. He was a tireless advocate of negro equality and had a large influence on every presidential election from 1860 to 1904.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 2, in ink, C. Schurz. Large bold autograph.  This attractive all original hatpin is reminiscent of a time when ladies wore fanciful feathered or furred hats requiring a long shafted pin.  There is more than one account of one of these hefty pins offering more than the security of <I>my lady’s</I> hat as the long sharp shaft provided a quick and easy deterrent.  This example was fashioned from a vintage infantry uniform button, back marked <I>OAK HILL CLOTHING CO. BOSTON</I>.   Now relatively scarce except in older collections these uniform button keepsakes were once a relatively common find in antique shops and estate sales.   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Hand crafted from black iron the branches of this pleasing 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 5 7/16 inches in length.   With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of the skill of an 18th century blacksmith as he plied his trade.  A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

1906 Program, Society of the Nineteenth $15.00

 

Autograph, General Carl Schurz $35.00

 

vintage military button - LADIES HATPIN $55.00

 

Blacksmith forged - 18th century artisan $45.00




Used, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 postcard, with full color illustration. C.D.S., Warrensburg, N.Y., Sept. 1, 1915, with 1 cent George Washington postage stamp. Handwritten note in ink on the reverse and addressed to Troy, N.Y. Published by The American News Company, New York.


<u>General Ulysses S. Grant</u>: (1822-1885) Graduated in the West Point class of 1843. Fought with distinction in the Mexican War. Commander-in-Chief of all Union armies during the Civil War, 1863-65. He fought in the battles of Belmont, Fort Henry, Fort Donelson,  Shiloh, Corinth, Iuka, Chattanooga, Vicksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, and in the Appomattox campaign where he defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee receiving the surrender of Lee's Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. Served as the 18th President of the United States 1869-77. 

 


By Jerry Korn and The Editors of Time Life Books. Published by Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1987. Hardcover with embossed gray leatherette cover with full color illustration of veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia surrendering. Also has a U.S. and C.S. belt plate, stars, crossed cannons, swords and cannon balls with the title of the book printed in blue. The title is also printed in blue on the spine. Large 9 x 11 size, 176 pages, index, maps, profusely illustrated. Excellent Appomattox Campaign content. New condition.


The Cover: Tearful veterans of the Army of Northern Virginia furl their flag at Appomattox on April 9, 1865. "With a reluctance that was appealingly pathetic, the torn and tattered battle flags were laid upon the ground," wrote General Joshua Chamberlain, who accepted their surrender. "Some of the men who had carried and followed those ragged standards through four years of strife rushed from the ranks, bent about their flags, and pressed them to their lips."  


Scott #11. 10 cents blue, Confederate States of America, with bust of C.S.A. President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.  


Stereoscopic, cabinet size photographs of the National President Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. A full standing statue of President Lincoln on a pedestal is the central figure. He is flanked by statues of an artillery group and a cavalry group, and a tall stone obelisk rises up behind and above Lincoln. A large ornately designed base with stairs leading up to a platform rounds out this impressive monument to our 16th President. Imprint on the front mount, "Entered by John Carroll Power, in 1883, in the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington." Much of the descriptive label on the reverse of the card has been damaged (lifted off) from an old mounting. Wear to the edges of the front of the card mount with some paper lift off, chipping and age toning. 4 1/2 x 7. The images are sharp and clear.

General U. S. Grant Statue, Brooklyn, New $5.00

 

Pursuit To Appomattox, The Last Battles $15.00

 

1863 Ten Cents Jefferson Davis Confedera $20.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00




Union patriotic envelope published by Charles Magnus, New York. Deep lavender color with a gilted silver imprint with a vignette of a spread winged eagle on a shield with the motto, E. Pluribus Unum, and imprint across the top, "U.S. Armies Operating against Richmond, Va." with imprint below providing places to write in the Company, Regiment, Brigade, Division, and Army Corps.  Imprint at the bottom, Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1865 by C. Magnus, in the Clerks Office of the Southern District of N.Y. Quite attractive. These are rare to find, especially in lavender.  


<b>President Lincoln orders the release of a prisoner who was sentenced to death</b>


4 x 6 5/8, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1861


General Orders,

No. 257


The sentence of death in the case of John W. Sailor, tried on the charge of murder before a Military Commission, which convened at Winchester, Virginia, February 6, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 17, dated Headquarters, Milroy's Division, Winchester, Virginia, February 5, 1863, is inoperative, on account of informality in the proceedings of the Commission. It does not appear from the record that the order convening the Commission was read to the prisoner, or in his hearing; that he had an opportunity to object to any member of the Commission; that the charge against him was in writing; or that he had, in advance of the examination of the witnesses, any knowledge of the offence for which he was to be tried; nor is it shown that the prisoner was allowed to plead to the charge against him as recited in the order convening the Commission.


In a proceeding involving life, such irregularities are wholly inexcusable, and make the execution of the death sentence legally impossible. The President directs that the prisoner, John W. Sailor, be released from arrest.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning and wear.  


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


(1802-1901) Born in Parsonfield, Maine, he graduated from Bowdoin College, in Maine. He was the principal of Hallowell Academy, and founder of the first normal school in New England, at Effingham, N.H., in 1829. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830, and commenced practice in Augusta, Maine, serving as a prosecuting attorney, 1834-38. He was a U.S. Senator, from 1847-53; serving as the chairman of the Committee on Printing, and he also served on the Committee on Retrenchment. He was president of the Maine Historical Society, from 1867-87.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 6 x 1 5/8, in ink, James W. Bradbury, of Maine. The upper loop of the "J" in "James" is slightly cut off.


Bowdoin College Trivia: Famous Civil War General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, former Colonel of the 20th Maine Infantry, was an alumni of Bowdoin College as was James W. Bradbury. Chamberlain served as a professor and president of the college. During the war Chamberlain earned the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the battle of Gettysburg.    


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. To be Drawn at Covington, Ky., June 27, 1863. Messrs. John A. Morris & Co., Managers, Covington, Ky. The winning numbers on this ticket are 7, 18 and 73. Very fine. Kentucky Civil War items are considered to be desirable and uncommon, and I can't recall see many Civil War date lottery tickets for sale in my career.


WBTS Trivia: Covington, Kentucky was named in honor of General Leonard Covington, who was killed at the Battle of Crysler's Farm during the War of 1812. Stewart Iron Works was established at Covington in 1862, and it was the largest iron fence maker in the world. The city also prospered in Kentucky's tobacco and cigar industries.

Patriotic Cover, U. S. Armies Operating A $25.00

 

Death Sentence in Murder Case is Found I $15.00

 

Autograph, James W. Bradbury $8.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $20.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of a spread winged eagle perched on top of an American shield with a star on top with the slogan, Union. Below is the motto, E. Pluribus Unum. Published by J.R. Hawley, Cincinnati.


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 4 x 6 3/4, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1863


General Orders,

No. 259


Veterinary Surgeons of Cavalry, under the act of March 3, 1863, will be selected by the Chief of the Cavalry Bureau, upon the nomination of the regimental commanders. These nominations will be founded upon the recommendation of the candidate by a regimental board of officers, to consist of the three officers present next in rank to the commander of the regiment. The names of candidates so recommended and nominated to the Chief of the Bureau of Cavalry, will be submitted by him to the Secretary of War for appointment. A record of the appointments so made shall be kept in the Adjutant General's Office.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


 Popular in the patriotic fervor of session and the outbreak of the American Civil War, such little printed flags were worn as a popular expression of patriotism and solidarity with the original 13 colonies.  This example  offers the unusual vertical 3-2-3-2-3 thirteen star pattern of the time and while remaining in solid condition shows  good evidence of age and period construction from the material used and water base printing with distinctive moisture staining to the period common <I>mourning</I> style pin fastener.  We found 2 of these tucked away for decades in a period stationary box and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced for the collector / historian who would like one.

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Authentic, original woodcut engraving that has been hand tinted in color and was published in the October 1, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. Full double page centerfold illustration. 15 1/2 x 22. President Abraham Lincoln is the central figure in this patriotic scene as he holds a wooden flag pole with a large waving American flag. He is surrounded by Union soldiers and sailors with a ship's mast visible in the background. A sailor standing next to Lincoln brandishes his sword above his head. A soldier at left is in the charge position with his musket and fixed bayonet. A Union drummer boy is in the right foreground. Printed verse below the illustration: Rally round the Flag, boys! Rally once again; There are traitors in the camp boys, And foes across the sea, Who hate the proud republican and scoff at you and me. Rally Round the Flag boys! Rally in your might; Let the nations see how freemen, Can battle for the right; Make the throbbing mountains echo with the thunder of your tread; With music sweet of martial feet, Salute our gallant dead. Rally round the Flag, boys! Rally with a cheer; For all that hold you dear, Defend the brave old banner, Unsullied from the earth- Within its folds enshrined it holds all that this is worth. Then rally round the Flag, boys! Tally, rally still! Rally from the valley, And rally from the hills; Rally from the ship, boys, And rally from the plow; Now or never is the word- Never! failing now. Light age toning and wear. There is some staining on the reverse which does not affect the front of the print and centerfold repair. Excellent content. Very desirable, hand tinted, historical late 1864 illustration of President Abraham Lincoln. Scarce.

E. Pluribus Unum $5.00

 

Order Regarding Veterinary Surgeons of C $10.00

 

period Civil War pattern - 13 star LAPEL $45.00

 

Abe Lincoln Rally Round The Flag Boys $150.00




Civil War patriotic imprint with a nice full color vignette of an American shield, wand with Liberty cap, riband with motto, "Liberty Or Death," scrolled "Constitution," the bible, and a snake with "Secession" printed on it and an arrow piercing through its body. Published by J.M. Whittenmore & Co., Boston.


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 Guaranteed to please would be the product of this 5 X 4 ¾ inch <I>Hops Bitters</I> recipe laced with a <I> half-pint of Alcohol</I>.  This period penned prescription will set well in any Civil War period medical or personal item 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 !


 Best described here by our photo illustrations, this attractive 19th Corps badge was hand cut from sea shell (<I>mother of pearl </I>) and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of age and originality to its original pin fastener set in with period sealing wax.  An appropriate piece for wear by any Civil War 19th Army Corps soldier or by his sweetheart or mother back home.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in the December 23, 1865 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Hand tinted in color. Illustrated by the renowned Civil War artist Winslow Homer. Union soldier standing on crutches with his leg amputated at the knee is prominent at left of the view. Caption: Thanksgiving Day- The Church Porch. 10 1/2 x 15 1/2.

Liberty or Death $5.00

 

19th century penned HOPS BITTERS RECIPE $40.00

 

Civil War vintage Mother of Perl - 19th $165.00

 

Thanksgiving Day On The Church Porch $75.00




<b>Front page map of Colonel Dodge's Expedition</b>


New York, Monday, May 11, 1863. 8 pages. Headlines and stories include Our Cavalry Raids. Success of the Tuscumbia Movement. Reported Capture of Colonel Streight and His Whole Command in Northern Georgia. Additional Details of Col. Grierson's Operations. Immense Damage To The Rebels. Interesting From Rosecrans' Department. Movements of Wheeler's Cavalry. Confirmation of the Shooting of Van Dorn. Arrival of Deserters from the Rebel Army. Their Statements as to Intended Operations on the Part of Bragg's Forces. Movements on the Mississippi. Bombardment of Grand Gulf and Haines' Bluff. Names of the Gunboats Engaged. The Killed And Wounded. The Batteries Passed By Moonlight. Interesting From Vicksburg. Destruction of Union Vessels Running the Batteries. Twenty Persons Supposed to Have Been Lost on One Boat, Including Six Newspaper Correspondents. The Rebel Retreat From Vicksburg Reported to be Cutoff. Rebel Accounts of the Positions of the Union Forces. Interesting From North Carolina. Arrival of the Steamship Dudley Buck. Military Operations of the Department. Resistance to the Rebel Government Assessment Law. Governor Vance Threatens to Call Home the State Troops. Interesting From the Pamunkey. Activity of Our Forces on York River. The Rebel Bridges at White House Destroyed. The Return of General Dix. The Army of the Potomac. Interesting Details and Incidents of Hooker's Campaign. (Chancellorsville). Stoneman's Famous Expedition. Dispatch From the Rebel General Lee. <i><b>Amputation of Stonewall Jackson's Left Arm.</i></b> Letter From [General] Carl Schurz. The Richmond and Tennessee Railroad Reported Cut by Buford's Cavalry. General Pleasanton Again South of the Rappahannock. Much more. Light wear and age toning. Lots of 1863 war news! Desirable issue with front page battle map.   


<b>Autographed cabinet card with rank


Colonel 207th Pennsylvania Infantry</b>


(1823-1901) Born in Montoursville, Pa., he was a farmer and lumber merchant before the war. He enlisted on November 19, 1862, as major, and was commissioned into the field and staff of the 171st Pennsylvania Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on August 8, 1863. He was commissioned colonel of the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry, on November 9, 1864; promoted to brevet brigadier general, April 2, 1865, for gallantry at Fort Stedman and Fort Sedgwick; and he was mustered out of the service on May 31, 1865. He participated with the 207th Pennsylvania Infantry in the siege of Petersburg, the battles of Hatcher's Run and Fort Stedman and Fort Sedgwick, and in the Appomattox campaign. After the war he was a lumber merchant and county court official. He was also active in G.A.R. Post #315, in Wellsboro, Pa.


<u>Signed Photograph With Rank</u>: 4 1/4 x 6 1/2, wet plate, albumen cabinet card photograph. Bust view pose. Signed on the front mount in ink, Robert C. Cox, late Col., 207 Regiment Penna. Vols. Commissioned Brig. Genl. June 5, 1865- Commissioned Major Genl. Nat. Guard of Penna. Scattered staining none of which touch the subject with some age toning. No imprint. Ink ID on the reverse. Very nicely autographed card. 


 


4 x 6 3/4, imprint.


War Department,

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, August 3, 1863


General Orders,

No. 266


The Department of West Virginia will include all of the State of Maryland west of the Monocacy river, including that part of Virginia in the vicinity of Harper's Ferry.


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:


E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General  Per Paul J. Davis in his classic reference <I>’C. S. Armory Richmond’</I>, the Richmond Short Rifle is the rarest of all Confederate long arms produced there representing a mere 4% of the total rifle production.  Indeed when considering the output of all prominent Confederate rifle manufacturers, rarity of the Richmond Short Rifle will compare at least equal to any.  In accordance with the very latest scholarly effort in the field of Confederate made arms, (see: Dr. John M. Murphy <I>’Confederate Rifles & Muskets’</I>) many if not all of these Short Rifles were produced from a <U>conglomeration of parts</U> to include those of Richmond Arsenal manufacture and captured components from the  April 18, 1861 Harpers Ferry raid along with used, salvaged, field captured and scavenged parts including locks, stocks, barrels, barrel bands, miscellaneous furniture, rear sights, ramrods, et al.  Indeed aside from general over all configuration, many individual examples are quite likely to be <U>one of a kind.</U>   No exception to the rule, this arm displays expected variation and uniqueness while offering unquestionable features of the Confederate Richmond Short Rifle.  Likely best described by our photo illustrations we will offer specifics of this example as follows:


With an overall length of 49 inches, the barrel length of this arm is <U>32 inches</U> as opposed to the more usual 33 inch variation of this rare arm with 30 and 36 inch examples known to exist.  (see: Murphy p.604 plt.#9 and p.609 from Springfield Armory museum collection)   As is correct with the Richmond application the captured barrel offers V P and eagle  proof markings <U>with no date</U>. Most crucially, the barrel features the classic <B>Richmond Armory <I>’pinched’</I> front sight</B>.  A feature of Richmond Short Rifles and carbines utilizing captured Harpers Ferry barrels, this sight did not accept a bayonet.  The rear sight is a U.S. marked <I>long range</I> example commensurate with Harpers Ferry acquisition.  It is important to note here that the 32 inch barrel length is clearly and unquestionably  original to the period <U>as are all features of this offering</U>.  The captured early production U.S. Mod. 1855 walnut stock measures 45 ¼ inches, sports the correct early production U. S. marked iron butt plate for this arm and displays a light inspection cartouche opposite the lock.  The stock features the all-important  <B><I>’Richmond’</I> brass nose cap</B>.   The spring retained flat barrel bands are  <U>devoid of the </U><B>U</B> <U>markings</U> as is indicative of <B>Richmond Arsenal manufacture</B>.  The forward band offers no provision for a sling and the sling swivel component was ground off the trigger guard.  The lack of any sling hardware in is of interest as the only identified example of the Richmond Short Rifle found (see: Cowan Auctions - 10/31/2018- Lot #697)  was carried by a 10th Virginia Cavalry troop.  As one would expect of a cavalry used arm, it too is without provision for use of a common rifle sling.  With a length useful to both cavalry or infantry, it is known that as a result of a short supply of carbines  261 Short Rifles manufactured of <I>’old parts’</I> were issued to the Virginia Cavalry.   The U. S. Model 1855 lock plate Maynard tape cover was clearly broken off in the period yet the original internal mechanism remains.  This and the Springfield marking would indicate the lock was salvaged or field captured.  <U>Per Dr. Murphy’s <I> Confederate Rifles & Muskets</I> some Springfield marked locks were used in early production Richmond Short Rifles.</U>  The 1858 dated lock functions crisply.   Ever true to its heritage of mixed components with a good representation of C. S. Richmond features in combination with U. S. rifled musket parts, this rifle has what is likely a <I>battlefield pickup</I> Tower ramrod.    As to general condition this piece offers good evidence of age and originality with a deep brown patina on all metal components with wood showing the expected evidence of period field use and carrying while remaining solid with period finish and no repairs.  While our photos will offer the best <I>feel</I> for condition let it be said here that this piece will be special treat and a rare find for the knowledgeable collector / historian  as it projects <U>untouched period originality in all respects.</U>   


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The New York Herald, May 11, 1863 $45.00

 

Photograph, General Robert C. Cox $45.00

 

1863 Order Announcing the Department of $10.00

 

rare! early Confederate Arsenal producti $3750.00

Another <I>back corner</I> find from a winter perusal of our 50+ year accumulation this early Civil War issue Mod. 1858 <I>bullseye</I> canteen will best be described here by our illustrations except to advise that it was <I>picked</I> several years ago from an old <I>on site</I> Bangor, Maine area country estate auction.  With good evidence of field use yet retaining its original Co.<B>G 2nd Infantry</B> marked cover with <I>herring bone</I> cotton strap and original stopper, this neat old canteen will be a special acquisition with its 2nd Maine Infantry association and potential use in the 20th Maine.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison, this attractive hand blown peg lamp offers lots of figure in the glass and sports the period classic pewter collar with double wick whale oil burner.  No condition issues and ready for display this is an especially nice earlier 19th century through Civil War era lighting device.   <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>  No guarantee of a cure as the title would indicate, the application of this 6 ¾ X 7 ½ inch brown ink penned <I>Cure for Dysentery</I> would surely bring emotional relief from the taking of the concoction with its considerable content of laudanum <I>every hour until better</I>.  (<I>Laudanum : an alcoholic solution containing morphine, prepared from opium) The bane of soldiers from the American Revolution through the Civil War, this period penned prescription will set well in any period medical or personal item 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 !  Best described by our photo illustrations, this stack of twenty 1800s  bone poker chips will make a worthy addition to any playing card display Civil War or Wild West. 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 !

early Civil War Mod. 1858 ‘BULLSEYE’ Ca

 

earlier to mid-1800s hand blown PEG LAMP $85.00

 

earlier through the Civil War era : DYS $55.00

 

twenty original 19th century - BONE POKE $75.00

A classic 18th century / early 19th century personal item referred to by collectors as salt or snuff horns in line with their most frequent use.  As a small screw top container measuring approximately 3 ¼ inches long, these little traveling containers of natural cow horn would have served well to carry the usual personal bit of salt or other food seasoning, snuff, herbs or other medical preparations.  Practical use would have been limited only by imagination.  This scarce original example shows good evidence of age with a small <I>chew</I> (a common melody that will be familiar to early horn collectors) located just at the mouth of the horn and of no significance when the bone cap is in place.   Pleasing originality and period use yet remaining in nice condition with its original turned bone screw cap.  With no cracks or splits as usually found in original examples, this one displays a most attractive age patina.  (see: Newman & Kravic's <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 Measuring a mear 5 3/8 inches from toe to heel, this early shoe maker’s form is a bit of an enigma when considering its classic 18th early 19th century <I>adult</I> style.  With that long instep, square toe and without a left or light distinction we are inclined to identify this neat old form as specific to the construction of an adult footwear sales sample as was displayed in period country shops and by traveling salesmen.  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 !


 Another product of a winter search of our 50 plus years accumulation, this attractive high grade bullion hat cord with the netted acorns is from a small acquisition of some years ago when we were fortunate enough to acquire a grouping of Civil War surplus <I>smalls</I> that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia <I>Army Surplus</I> firm of <B>Stokes / Kirk</B>.  No exception to the other items in the lot, this officers hat cord remains in fine, as new and unissued condition yet offers good evidence of age and originality and will please the most discriminating collector.  This <I>extra rich</I> grade cord is of the gold bullion, single cord type with netted caps and slide with extra thick 3/16 inch diameter cord and acorns that measure a full 1 3/8 inch in length.  A variation of the type is referred to in the 1864 Schuyler, Hartley & Graham Military Goods Catalogue as a General Officers cord though they are seen on the better officer slouch hats of all grades (see: Don Troiani's <I>REGIMENT'S & UNIFORMS of the CIVIL WAR</I> p. 252, see also: Gen. Thomas G. Stevenson slouch hat, p. 185 Time Life’s <I>ECHOES OF GLORY – Arms & Equipment of the Union</I>.)  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>        This rarely seen Mod. 1854 factory decorated <I>Luxury</I> Mod. 1854 LaFaucheux revolver sports the telltale finger rest trigger guard with the <I>Chinaman’s Hat</I> oval diamond but cap indicative of early production of the popular so called <I>Cavalry Model</I> 12mm pin-fire. The arm offers Gothic lettered <I> E. Lefaucheux, B té in Paris</I> markings on it’s 155mm / 6 1/8 inch barrel and classic Lefaucheux marking with the serial number <B>LF2923</B>  of approximately Sept. / Oct. 1857 manufacture. In the <I>white</I> with no evidence of ever having been blued, this rare revolver was referred to as the <I>Luxury</I> model by the manufacturer reflecting its heavy engraving with rare <U>black ebony</U>  carved grips. The gun remains in pleasing as found condition with good age and evidence of originality. Complete save the ejector rod, this pinfire revolver is tight and indexes but doesn’t lock up due to a slightly week or dirty trigger return spring which functions but lacks adequate pressure.  (The cylinder and hammer lock up if pressure is placed on the trigger pushing it forward when drawing the single action hammer.)  A little oil may correct this but the arm is offered entirely as is in order to preserve historic integrity and obvious period originality of its identification to  New Orleans <B>Colonel Gustave A. Breaux</B>  commander of the <B>30th Louisiana Infantry</B> (Sumter Regiment).  As shown in our illustrations the frame bears, after manufacture but clearly period, die marking <I>Gust. A. Breaux</I>.

      A common import into heavily French connected Louisiana, it is not surprising that this highly ornate Lefaucheux was destine for use and carrying by a member of the New Orleans elite such as Gustave Breaux.  One of the several biographical references we found, this one from <I> A History of Lafayette Parish, Louisiana</I>by Harry Lewis Griffin, advises that <I>Colonel Breaux represented the best traditions of the old French stock of Louisiana</I>  Born of well to do stock Breaux graduated from Harvard with high honors, returned to New Orleans to establish a highly successful law practice.  At the outbreak of the Civil War he entered Confederate service and through rapid promotion was made colonel of the 30th Louisiana Infantry.  Appointed to command of the so called <B><I>Sumter Regiment, Louisiana Militia</B></I> Col. Breaux was actively engaged in all the battles of his regiment and was wounded several times.  Col. Breaux’s 30th Louisiana fought at Baton Rouge and Port Hudson where it was captured in July, 1863.  Exchanged and reorganized, the regiment subsequently served with the Army of Tennessee in the Atlanta Campaign and Hood’s Tennessee operations.

      After the war Col. Breaux returned to New Orleans and his law practice eventually dividing his time between management of his Lafayette plantation and his library which consisted of the most complete French collection in New Orleans.  Writings reflecting the Colonel’s earlier and Civil War era life offer insight as to his post Civil War experience as well as his war time popularity with the ladies. (see: <I> The Sweetness of Life: Southern Planters at Home</I> by Eugene D. Genovese and <I>Keep the Days: Reading the Civil War Diaries of Southern Women</I> by Steven M. Stowe 

      A rare and desirable arm in and of itself, this highly ornate LaFaucheux offers unquestionably, period original, identification to the most experienced eye.  With its connection to one of the most prominent New Orleans social and military leaders of of the era, this Mod. 1854 pin fire offers lots of good fodder for further research. 

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<U>A note about firearms:</U>   WE EMPHASIZE HERE THAT THIS PIECE IS CONSIDERED AN ANTIQUE / COLLECTABLE AND IS THEREFORE OUTSIDE  FEDERAL RESTRICTIONS APPLICABLE TO COVERED (MODERN) FIREARMS. THE PIECE IS OFFERED AS A HISTORICAL COLLECTABLE ONLY AND THOUGH MECHANICALLY OPERABLE, IS NOT TO BE CONSIDERED  FIREABLE UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. THE PURCHASER ASSUMES ALL LIABILITY FOR PURCHAS, CONTROL AND OWNERSHIP.  <U>PURCHASE OF THIS ITEM WILL CONSTITUTE A FULL UNDERSTANDING OF AND AGREEMENT WITH  THE ABOVE. </U>

Antique SALT or SNUFF HORN $75.00

 

1700s early 1800s - Cobbler’s salesman’ $55.00

 

original! Civil War- Extra Rich- STAFF G $165.00

 

rare! LaFaucheux - ‘LUXURY’ Mod. 1854 of $5500.00




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