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


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. 


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


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


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


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

Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, Februa $75.00

 

Union $5.00

 

original! antique Native American Bow $245.00

 

early 19th century - SNUFF BOX $125.00

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



 


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


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


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


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


7 1/2 x 6, in ink.


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


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


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


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


 H 101in. x W 56in. x D 3 1/2in.

fine condition – America Revolutionary W $145.00

 

Autograph, Philetus Sawyer $10.00

 

1863 Promotion For Lieutenant in 6th Sou $250.00

 

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

H 104in. x W 57in. x D 2 1/2in.  H 25in. x W 4in. x D 17in.  H 25in. x W 5in. x D 30in.  H 33in. x D 15in.

ANTIQUE ENTRY DOORS $0.00

 

5 ANTIQUE CORBEL BRACKETS LANRGE $0.00

 

LARGE CORBEL BRACKETS $0.00

 

H 33in. x D 15in. $0.00

H 82in. x W 28in. x D 1in.

STRUCTURAL CHICKEN WIRE EMBEDDED  H 101in. x W 79in.  H 86in. x W 90in. x D 30in.  H 13in. x W 36in. x D 24in.

WAVY GLASS PARTION OR CANOPY PANELS CA. $0.00

 

H 101in. x W 79in. $0.00

 

KITCHEN CABINETRY CA 1940 $0.00

 

CURVED GLASS SHOWCASE $0.00

H 132in. x W 60in. x D 3in.  


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


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


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


 


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


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


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

 H 44in. x W 56in.

IRON GATES FROM FRANCE $0.00

 

CDV, General Robert Anderson $50.00

 

Autograph, George F. Hoar $10.00

 

H 44in. x W 56in. $0.00




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Clothing Account For Louisiana Infantry $100.00

 

CDV, General Winfield Scott $35.00

 

1861 Cover Sent From Marietta, Ohio to B $8.00

 

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




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


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


Authentic, antique 1800's post Civil War period playing cards. Includes: 2 of hearts, 3 of diamonds, 4 of diamonds, 6 of clubs, 8 of hearts and 10 of hearts. Printed on thick card stock with two different styles of red backs. Excellent condition. These would be nice for a river boat or old west gambling display.  


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


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


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


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


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress


Governor of Illinois</b>


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


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

CDV, General Ambrose E. Burnside $45.00

 

Group Lot of 6 Antique Playing Cards $15.00

 

Autograph, William P. Frye $10.00

 

Autograph, Shelby M. Cullom $25.00




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


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


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


To his Excellency


Jos. E. Brown


Dear Sir,


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

 

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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


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

 

Let me hear from [you].


Respectfully &c,


J. Henry Hammond


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


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


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


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


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


<b>United States Attorney General


United States Secretary of State


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


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


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

 


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


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

 


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

1862 Letter to Joseph E. Brown, Governor $450.00

 

Autograph, William M. Evarts $25.00

 

Up Boys and at 'em $5.00

 

1864 State of Louisiana 50 Cents Note $45.00




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


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


<b>1863 Siege of Charleston


Firing on Fort Sumter


Battle of Fort Wagner, South Carolina</b>


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


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

 

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


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


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


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


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


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




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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Walthall Junction, Va., May 7, 1864.

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

Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 16, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., June 20, 1864.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fort Gregg, Va., April 2, 1865.

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


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

  An unusual piece for the American Revolutionary War / Colonial Americana enthusiast, this massive blacksmith wrought knife is reminiscent of the classic period <I>hook bill</I> fascine knife best known for Rev. War military use (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) except that the cutting edge on this variation is on the opposite side than the typical <I>hook bill</I>.  With clear evidence of originality this knife measures approximately 20 in total length with a 15 inch blade measuring 2 1/5 inches at its widest point.  The blade and classic turned maple grip sport a pleasing natural age patina while the iron offers good evidence of hand forging with period use evident by virtue of the unmistakable marks left by the slow turning hand crank or foot treadle stone sharpening wheel.  All this is set off by the classic  tang <I>pig tail</I> securing the blade to its grip.  Whether utilitarian, intended as a weapon, or both this is an outstanding piece of Americana.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This important uniform grouping of U. S. Army career officer Francis Hamilton Farnum (graduated West Point with Douglas MacArthur in 1903) is best described by our illustrations except to say that each piece remains in fine condition in every respect with several components inscribed to Farnum.  Acquired directly from descendants, this offering is as a group only and will come with our letter of provenance.   


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

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

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

<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 Negley $50.00

 

10th Connecticut Infantry Letter $125.00

 

massive Colonial / Revolutionary War era $195.00

 

IMPORTANT ! 40TH Div. CHIEF OF STAFF $0.00




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


<b>Lieutenant Colonel in the Union Army


Civil War Congressman from Iowa


United States Senator from Iowa</b>


(1829-1908) An early leader of the Republican Party in Iowa, he was a delegate to the 1860 Republican National Convention in Chicago that nominated Abraham Lincoln for president. During the Civil War and was on the staff of Governor Samuel J. Kirkwood, who ordered him to help the state raise regiments for the war. He personally helped to raise four regiments and was given the rank of lieutenant colonel. In 1862, in the midst of the war, he was elected U.S. Congressman from Iowa, serving until 1870. He then served consecutive terms as U.S. Senator, 1873-1908. He was the chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and he also served on the Committee on Appropriations, and the Committee on Engrossed Bills.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 3 /4, in ink, W.B. Allison.

 


<b>United States Congressman & Senator from New York</b>


(1834-1914) Born in Pompey, Onondaga County, N.Y., graduated from Pompey Academy, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1855, and commenced practice in Tully, Onondaga County. Served as district attorney of Onondaga County, 1860-1863. He was a member of the State constitutional convention in 1867. Served as U.S. Congressman from 1877-1887. Served as U.S. Senator from 1887-1893, serving as the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations and was also the chairman on the Committee on Organization, Conduct and Expenditures of Executive Departments.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 1/2, in ink, Frank Hiscock.  


<b>News of the War of 1812</b>


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. Internal Improvement; Report of the commissioners appointed by the legislature of New York, on the 8th of March, 1814, to provide for the internal improvement of the state. Trial of General Hull, of the United States Army, having been submitted to the President of the United States, for the charges of treason against the United States, cowardice, neglect of duty, and un-officer like conduct all during the War of 1812; Outlines in great detail all of the charges and specifications, etc. (9 pages of content). Unprovoked War. A General Statement Of the several stocks transferred to the United States to the 31st December, 1812, the interest which on which, by the acts of the 8th May, 1792, and the 3d March, 1795, is appropriated for the redemption of the Public Debt. (Includes full page itemized statement). Statement Of the Debt of the United States, on the 1st of January, 1813. Events of the War; Aiding the Enemy, Convention For The Exchange Of Prisoners, Head Quarters, Montreal; Sackett's Harbor; Victory Over The Creek Indians (with battle formation diagram). From the North, Extract of a Letter from General Wilkinson; Naval Action, The Pique, The Essex, The Adams, Blockade of the Chesapeake. Congressional Report. Mary Ann Clarke. The New York Election. Scattered light staining and wear.


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

The New York Times, August 18, 1863 $35.00

 

Autograph, William B. Allison $15.00

 

Autograph, Frank Hiscock $10.00

 

Niles Weekly Register, Baltimore, May 7, $50.00

A neat item for the game board collector or Indian War era personal item enthusiast, this original <B><I>ECLIPSE STATIONARY PACKET</B></I> measures approximately 7 5/8 X 5 X 1 ½ inches closed opening to offer a 10 X 7 5/8 inch writing surface, checker board and, on the inside, a backgammon board.  Fine print in several locations advises that the piece was <I>Entered according to Act of Congress in the year <B>1871</B> by J. C. Clark & Co.</I>.  <U>The packet retains a full complement of 30 original baked clay game pieces</U>, an unused ream of period stationary and a red-cedar graphite pencil.  A really nice writing and game box combination we have had this piece set aside in our own accumulation for years and have never seen another, complete or otherwise.  A really special item for the right 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>



 


<b>Served as Major General of the Colorado Militia during the Civil War


United States Senator from Colorado


United States Secretary of the Interior</b> 


(1830-1914) Born in Granger, Allegany County, N.Y., he studied law and was admitted to the bar in Binghamton, N.Y. in 1858. Moving to Colorado, he became a leading figure in that territory and served as major general of Colorado Militia, 1862-64. Upon the admission of Colorado to the Union in 1876, he was elected as U.S. Senator, serving 1876-82. He served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior, 1882-85, then returned to the U.S. Senate where he served until 1909. He was known as an outspoken advocate of silver remonetization, and for the government's regulation of big business. The "Teller Resolution" which pledged the United States to an independent Cuba was named for him. He strongly opposed U.S. policy in the Philippines as well as President Theodore Roosevelt's policy toward Panama. During his time in the senate, he served as chairman of the Committee on Civil Service and Retrenchment; and the Committee on Mines and Mining. He also served as a member of the Committee on Pensions; Committee on Patents; Committee on Privileges and Elections; Committee on Claims; Committee on Private Land Claims; and the U.S. Monetary Commission. 




<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 1/2, in ink, H.M. Teller.  


<b>United States Congressman from Ohio


Civil War Senator from Ohio


United States Secretary of the Treasury


United States Secretary of State</b>


(1823-1900) Brother of Union Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1844. Elected as a Republican United States Congressman from Ohio, serving 1855-1861; and United States Senator, 1861-1877, and 1881-1897. During his distinguished political career he served as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee; Chairman of the Committee on Agricultural; was a member of the Committee on Finance; member of the Committee on Foreign Relations; Secretary of the Treasury, 1877-1881, in the Cabinet of President Rutherford B. Hayes; and Secretary of State, 1897-1898, in the Cabinet of President William McKinley. A moderate Republican, he supported President Andrew Johnson during his impeachment proceedings, and authored the Anti-Trust Act and the Silver Purchase Act, both bearing his name.


<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 1/2, in ink, John Sherman. Very nice, bold autograph.

 


<b>Signature With Rank</b>


(1810-78) Born at Newburyport, Mass., he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps, 1834-37. Transferring to the 8th U.S. Infantry, he was cited for gallantry in the campaign against the Florida Seminoles. During the Civil War he served with the 1st, 11th and 7th U.S. Infantry Regiments, rising to rank of colonel in the latter regiment. When stationed with the 1st U.S. Infantry in Texas at the beginning of the war he was taken prisoner by General David Twiggs, but was later released on parole. He also served as Chief of Staff to General John Pope. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1865, and was the son-in-law of Mexican War General William J. Worth.


<u>Signature With Rank</u>: 8 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Your Obt. Servant, John T. Sprague, Colonel 7th U.S. Infantry, Commanding. The signature only is in the hand of Sprague.

c. 1871 STATIONARY / GAME BOX $275.00

 

Autograph, General Henry M. Teller $15.00

 

Autograph, John Sherman $35.00

 

Autograph, General John T. Sprague $25.00

<b>of the Gulf


1864 Orders Issued by General Hurlbut at New Orleans, Louisiana</b>


4 1/2 x 8 imprint.


Cavalry Tactics


Headquarters, Department Of The Gulf


New Orleans, November 20th, 1864


General Orders

No. 166


In accordance with instructions from the Major General Commanding the Military Division, Par. II General Orders No. 43, series of 1863, from these Headquarters, is hereby revoked.


The U.S. Cavalry Tactics of 1841 will be adopted as speedily as the interest of the service will permit.


By Command Of Major General Hurlbut:

GEORGE B. DRAKE

Lieut. Colonel and Assistant Adjutant General


Official:


J.C. Stone

Captain & Assistant Adjutant General


The signature of Captain Stone has been handwritten in ink. 


Light age toning and wear.


Joseph Champlin Stone, was appointed Hospital Steward in the 1st Iowa Cavalry, August 29, 1861; promoted to 1st lieutenant and regimental adjutant, 1st Iowa Cavalry, October 7, 1861; resigned April 10, 1862; commissioned captain, a.a.g. vols., February 27, 1863; promoted brevet major and lieutenant colonel, July 14, 1865, for faithful and meritorious Civil War service.  <b>to Richmond, Virginia 


Mailed to Captain Will O. Crutcher of the "King Cotton Guards" of Mississippi</b>


War date, Confederate cover, addressed to Captain Will O. Crutcher, King Cotton Guards, Box No. 1041, Richmond, Virginia, with Nov. 20, Vicksburg, Miss., double circle postmark and matching PAID 10 stamped in black. The envelope measures 5 3/8 x 2 3/8. Scarce. Very desirable war date Confederate Vicksburg cover.  


William O. Crutcher was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi, on September 8, 1838. He enlisted in the Confederate Army on May 6, 1861, at Vicksburg, and was elected captain of a Warren County infantry company called the "King Cotton Guards." The "King Cotton Guards" were attached to the Second Battalion, Mississippi Infantry, at Jackson, Mississippi, on October 16, 1861 by an order issued from the Confederate War Department. While stationed at Fredericksburg, Virginia in November 1862, they were joined with other small units and re-designated the 48th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, the "King Cotton Guards" comprising Company E. Fighting under General Robert E. Lee in his immortal Army of Northern Virginia, Captain Crutcher, and the "King Cotton Guards" distinguished themselves in the bloody battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Cold Harbor. Captain Crutcher would also endure the dangers and privations of the Petersburg & Appomattox campaigns, and surrender with General Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House, on April 9, 1865. Returning home to his native Vicksburg to try and pick up the pieces of his broken life, Crutcher died on November 29, 1866, in Vicksburg. He is buried in Cedar Hill Cemetery in that city.


WBTS Trivia: The 48th Mississippi Infantry had 10 men killed and 44 wounded at Fredericksburg, and 31 out of the 256 engaged in the battle of Gettysburg were disabled. This hard fought regiment surrendered at Appomattox with 11 officers and 87 men, Captain William O. Crutcher among them.


Vicksburg, Mississippi, located atop a high bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, and thought to be impregnable by the assault of Union forces, was surrendered on July 4, 1863, after a 47 day siege specifically intended to starve the city into submission. This victory gave the Federals complete control of the Mississippi River. 


The Confederate forces were commanded by General John C. Pemberton, and the Union forces by General Ulysses S. Grant.



 


Used Civil War envelope with double C.D.S. Fredericksburg, Va., Jun. 7, with embossed 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. Addressed to Mrs. L. Lewis Taylor, Williamsport, Point Coupee Cty., [Parish], Louisiana. Very fine.


WBTS Trivia: Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana is located near Baton Rouge. The Battle of Baton Rouge was a land and naval battle fought on August 5, 1862. The Union victory halted Confederate attempts to recapture the capital city of Louisiana.  This attractive light aqua hand blown whiskey bottle stands approximately 9 1/4 inches and sports a patriotic motif of clasped hands over <I>UNION</I> on one face with EAGLE & BANNER on the other.   The calabash style flask sports a classic iron pontil which retains a good portion of its original graphite residue.  Topped by an applied double collar mouth this period flask saw considerable popularity in the Civil War era.  All original and period with no chips, cracks or condition issues this colorful patriotic flask will set well in any 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

U. S. Cavalry Tactics of 1841 Will be Ado $15.00

 

Confederate Cover Sent From Vicksburg, M $185.00

 

Cover Sent From Fredericksburg, Va. to P $15.00

 

Union & Clasped Hands - PATRIOTIC WHISKE $165.00

A highly collectable matched pair of salesman sample rubber boots each maker marked <I>CANDEE</I> and each remaining in excellent original condition, pliable with no flaking, tearing or other issues yet offering good evidence of age and originality.  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, these miniature boots were intended as a sales sample for boots by <I>L. Candee & Co., Rubber Works</I> established in New Haven, Connecticut  in 1842.  Leverett Candee (1795-1863) manufactured the <I>new-fangled</I> rubber boots under licenses held by Charles Goodyear and was first in the world to manufacture rubber footwear.  An interesting collectable in a number of Americana categories. (see: Bart & Hickcox: <I>India Rubber & Gutta Percha Goods</I> 1860 catalog)  <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 !!

  

 First merchandised in the Civil War period as one of a number of combination mess utensils designed for easy carrying and sales appeal to a growing camp sutler and individual sales market, this popular design has been well documented Civil War camp site <I>diggers</I> who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well.  Recently acquired from an old collection put together when such quality could be found this exceptionally nice 19th century example is maker marked <B>F. ASMAN & Co.  SHEFFIELD </B> and remains in crisp, as new and unused condition yet with good evidence of age originality.  With no evidence of sharpening or use, this piece will appeal to the discriminating  antique knife collector as well as the Civil War buff looking for an especially nice example of the type. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>




 Our photos will offer the best description of this wonderful old <I>Apple Lady</I> but for the <I>word search</I> folks we will advise that this classic view of a grizzled old street lady remains in pleasing condition with strong contrast and sharp focus.  The back bears only a period penciled title<I>Apple Stand</I> with no photographer identification. An outstanding occupational and wonderful insight into a piece of 1800s Americana.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  A most desirable instrument in style, condition and maker, this beautiful fife remains in wonderful condition measuring 17 inches in length with the classic 2 inch long silver ferrules indicative of the time.  Despite some wear from period use and carrying the marks of the Civil War era New York musical instrument maker  <B><I>GEO. Cloos</B></I> with the intertwined <B><I>G. C.</B></I> familiar to period musical instrument collectors is clearly desirable.  (see: Garofalo & Elrod’s <I>Civil War era MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS</I> )  Of special interest  to the <I>deep dish</I> collector will be that the fife retains its boldly signed <I>THE CLOOS</I> cheater.  With use of these pewter cheaters well verified by Civil War relic hunters, signed examples are extremely scarce.     All original and in outstanding condition with just enough evidence of careful period use to add to its charm and desirability. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. (located at the top of the thumbnail page)   A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best.

c. 1800s miniature - Salesman Sample Rub $165.00

 

19th century traveling Knife & Fork – SH $175.00

 

mid 1800s Apple Vendor STEREO-VIEW $65.00

 

Civil War era Geo. CLOOS signed FIFE w $225.00

This <U>complete</U> set of old hand cut bone dominos remain in excellent condition and are housed in their original partitioned slide top game box along with a pair of period bone dice.  Extremely difficult to find on today’s market despite the popularity of the game of dominos in the era, it seems that as such miniature sets did not lend themselves to the conveyance of play of full size sets, thus were not preserved once the easy transport of the miniature sets was not a popular need.   This rare set will go especially well in any quality Civil War vintage personal item or gaming 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 !  These little penny sized coins were struck in the early years of the American Civil War to fill a commercial need when people began hording hard currency.  By July of 1862 even the lowly copper cent had all but disappeared from public circulation.  Though the U. S. Mint began issuing substitute paper money in the usual coinage denominations and folks began using postage stamps to augment that effort, commercial needs demanded something more familiar and more durable. The private minting of what collectors refer to as <I>HARD-TIME</I> TOKENS began to appear in the fall of 1862.   These private issue coins fell in two categories, the <I>patriotic token</I> which did not carry the name of a specific redeemer and the so called <I>store-card</I> type which carried the name of a specific merchant.  The little private issue ‘penny’  filled the commercial need and soon enjoyed general acceptance as a means of exchange usually allotted the value of one cent.  The little copper cent was minted in several variations and designs (usually patriotic) and were almost immediately a collectable accounting for some limited availability of nice condition examples still available on today’s collectors market.  Not a common find outside of collector circles though, as the short lived Civil War token was outlawed by act of Congress in 1864 when the issuance of currency in any form by private individuals was forbidden.  We have acquired a small collection of these little relics and are offering them individually in our online shop for the collector who would enjoy a nice original example to go in a Civil War grouping or coin collection.  The patriotic example offered here remains in pleasing, uncirculated condition with a natural age patina.  (Will make a neat original Civil War vintage gift without spending lots of money.)You may view all of these that are currently on our site by entering <I> patriotic token </I>  in our search feature.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 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 – LT. FAWN DRAB</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>Light Fawn Drab</I> color (a.k.a. <I>BUTTERNUT</I>) this every day relic of the Civil War period make a nice companion <I>small</I> in any 19th century 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>  A classic <I>make-do</I> for want of iron, this nicely shaped knife measures 8 ½ inches in total length and is hand forged from a well-worn cast away horse shoe.  Stout enough to stand up to any task wheather carried as a belt knife or used around camp this product of blacksmith ingenuity will go well as a <I>user</I>or in any period collection as a display piece.  <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>

1800s pocket or haversack size – Traveli $175.00

 

Civil War ARMY & NAVY Patriotic / ‘HARD- $35.00

 

unopened - Howe & Stevens Civil War vint $65.00

 

KNIFE - Blacksmith Forged from a Horse $125.00

Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is nice old pair of buttonhole shears marked <B><I>B S & Co.</I></B>(BARNARD - SON & Co. Waterbury, CT) <B><I>PATDE. 1864</I></B>.  A nice pair of scissors, dated with good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing, functional condition.  A nice sewing basket or soldiers <I>house wife</I> item.  ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!! Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques ! 


 This cover is postmarked Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 5, 1858, retains its original stamp, and is <U>self-addressed in Shaw’s hand</U> <B>Abner. O. Shaw Esq.</B> <I>Portland, Maine.</I>  As surgeon of the <B>20th Maine Infantry Regiment </B>, Maine physician, Abner O. Shaw had a distinguished Civil War record and is best remembered for his night long work in a Petersburg field hospital when he was brought to the aid of the horribly wounded <B>Col. Joshua L. Chamberlain</B> by the fallen hero’s brother, Capt. Thomas Chamberlain.  <U>Surgeon Abner O. Shaw would be credited with saving the life of the Colonel, soon to be Brigadier General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain.</U>   The skilled regimental surgeon remained a close friend and the lifelong personal physician to Chamberlain.  A nice Chamberlain, 20th Maine  related Civil War relic without spending a lot of money.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 The Civil War history of Brig. General George F. Shepley can best be found in the first pages of our on line personal collection site <B>MaineLegacy.com</B> but suffice it to say here that Maine native George Foster Shepley entered service in the Civil War as Colonel of the <B>12th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B> and was commissioned Brig. General, U. S. Volunteer General Staff ,US Volunteers General Staff on July 18, 1862.  During his tenure in Louisiana Shepley served briefly as <B>Acting Mayor of New Orleans</B> and was appointed <B>Military Governor of the occupied parishes of Louisiana</B> from 1862–1864.  He was appointed <B>Military Governor of the fallen Confederate Capital City of Richmond, Virginia</B> April 3, 1865 serving in that post until he returned to civilian life and Maine.  This Civil War vintage Carte de Visite remains in excellent condition with strong contrast and will be best described by our photo illustrations.   <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>


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<b>United States Congressman from Tennessee


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


(1833-1903) Born in Maury Co., Tenn., he attended Amherst College, studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced in Columbia, Tennessee. He was a member of the constitutional convention of Tennessee in 1865; served in the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1865-66; was a U.S. Congressman, 1866-71, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress; served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State; also served on the Committee on Education and Labor; he was Postmaster of Columbia, Tenn., 1879-84; and superintendent of schools, 1884-86.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 3/4, in ink, Samuel M. Arnell, Tenn. Excellent.

Civil War era - Pat. 1864 BUTTONHOLE SC $45.00

 

20th MAINE SURGEON Dr. Abner O. Shaw - $125.00

 

Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley – Anthony / $155.00

 

Autograph, Samuel M. Arnell $15.00




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