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

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

By Authority of ___ a safeguard is hereby granted to ___ 

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

Given at Headquarters, the ___ day of ___ 1864.

By command of the General,

Asst. Adjt. General

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

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

Excellent condition. Uncommon. Very desirable 1864 blank Civil War document which includes the printing of the "55th Article of the Rules and Articles of War."   Best dscribed by our photo illustrations, 18th early 19th century tobacco <I>box</I> measures 3 5/16 inches in diameter and stands 3 3/8 inches.  Wood pegged to its base with a unique cut and fitted side seam, the body of this wonderful old primitive is of birch bark with its original press fit wood cover.  All with an eye appealing deep age patina this attractive 1700s early 1800s container will make a wonderful companion set with any period tobacco pipe.  A desirable item for the early American primitives enthusiast.    <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  <b>of Facts for an Award of a Cross of Military Service</b>

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

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

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

G. A. R. Hat Wreath Insignia $45.00


1864 U. S. Army Safeguard Pass $15.00


early primitive BIRCH BARK TOBACCO BOX $135.00


United Daughters of the Confederacy Memo $12.00


Also includes a vintage postcard of the Virginia Monument on the Gettysburg battlefield featuring a bronze equestrian statue of General Robert E. Lee</b>

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

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

4 x 6 5/8, imprint.

War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1863


No. 258

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



Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine 1863 War Department orders.  

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

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

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

<b>Delegate to the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention

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

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

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

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

Gettysburg Advertisement Lot $15.00


Change of Stations for Quartermasters, C $5.00


CDV, General George B. McClellan & Wife $75.00


Autograph, General John Echols

<b>Colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry

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

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

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

Stereoscopic, cabinet size photographs of the National President Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. Features a full standing statue of President Lincoln on a pedestal flanked by statues of a cavalry group, and a stone obelisk rising up from behind Lincoln. Imprint on the reverse, National Lincoln Monument, Springfield, Illinois with descriptive text. Photographed by J.A.W. Pittman, for J.C. Power. Signed in print by the Executive Committee, and dated April 18, 1882. Wear to the edges of the card mount with some chipping. 7 x 4 1/2. Sharp images.   Standing approximately 5 inches and measuring about 4 inches in diameter this rarely surviving sheet iron ration can remains in excellent original and untouched condition with a <U>light</U> surface rust and chocolate patina that the new owner will want to leave as found.  With good evidence of age and period construction in the form of its surface and material, with led soldered, <I>lap</I> seams, and telltale <I>spot</I> <U>final seal*</I> of led solder, this rare example of the all-important common <I>tin</I> can will make a wonderful seldom seen companion to any Civil War grouping.  ( <B>*</B> The secret of maintaining the vacuum seal necessary to preservation was to heat the filled can and applying a spot of molten led solder sealing a small vent hole in the lid.  As the can cooled a sealed food preserving vacuum was created.)  We note to the charm of the <I>knife opened</I> top as evidence of period <I>pre-can-opener</I> utilization.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This desirable old grease /<I>lard</I> lamp stands approximately 7 1/2 inches and remains in pleasing all original and <I>as used</I>.  A neat old country lighting device will be familiar to collectors as a scarce example of the Samuel Davis Pat. May 6, 1856 Grease Lamp  ( US Patent 14806).  With a full complement of its original japanning turned dark with age and period use, the original wick adjusting iron <I>pick</I> remains with the lamp.  A small museum inventory number remains on the base underside.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

CDV, General Jacob G. Lauman $150.00


President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00


rarely surviving Civil War vintage - RAT $125.00


Museum Deaccession - Samuel Davis Pat. M $225.00

<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

<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, Abraham W. Venable $45.00


CDV, General James A. Mulligan $125.00


Autograph, General Thomas Ewing $50.00


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

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

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

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

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

3 term Governor of Wisconsin</b>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


The Battlefield Photographer, Gettysburg, Pa.

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

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

Civil War Dated Check from Cooperstown,


Autograph, General Lucius Fairchild $95.00


Advertisement, W. H. Tipton, Gettysburg B


turn of the century – Byfield Snuff Co. $15.00

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

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

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

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

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


George G. Meade Post, No. 1,

Department Of Pennsylvania, G.A.R.

No. 1100 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, April 15, 1889

Mr. John H. Geissinger,

Dear Sir,

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


A.C. Johnston


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

<b>United States Congressman from Georgia

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Governor of Georgia

United States Secretary of the Treasury

Very strong candidate for president of the Confederacy!

Presiding officer at the 1861 Montgomery, Alabama Confederate secession convention  

President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States

Confederate battlefield general</b> 

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

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

<u>Cobb Family Trivia</u>: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

CDV General Henry M. Naglee


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


1861 Civil War Tax Receipt $15.00


Autograph, General Howell Cobb $65.00

<b>Colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry

Represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress</b>

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

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

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

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


<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.

  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>

Photograph, General Henry Gray $10.00


124th New York Infantry at Gettysburg $15.00


1863 Pittston, Pennsylvania Bank Check $5.00


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.  

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>  

Includes frame of a small buckle which measures 7/8 x 3/4, a cuff size Massachusetts Volunteer Militia Civil War period 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 insert. Very nice and desirable collection.

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.

CDV, General John H. Martindale $125.00


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


rarely encountered! original & individua $30.00


Civil War Relics From the Battle of Sece

<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.

 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>

Civil War Flag Fragments


1863 Twenty Cents, George Washington, Co


antique - carved Knife, Fork & Spoon WHI $40.00


Civil War era - SHOULDER SCALES $275.00

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>  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: ) 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>

rarely surviving! 18th early 19th centur $225.00


Civil War era patriotic– Union For Ever $125.00


Autograph, Andrew G. Curtin $35.00


July 1863 – Benjamin F. Carter - MEMORIA $235.00

      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.        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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 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>

important! identified Spanish American $1650.00


General Philip H. Sheridan $15.00


mid19th century textile mill marked: CO $165.00


Scarce scaled down - 19th century 10 pin $95.00

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.     

<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 !

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


1906 Program, Society of the Nineteenth $15.00


Autograph, General Carl Schurz $35.00


vintage military button - LADIES HATPIN $55.00

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!  

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.

Blacksmith forged - 18th century artisan $45.00


General U. S. Grant Statue, Brooklyn, New


Pursuit To Appomattox, The Last Battles $15.00


1863 Ten Cents Jefferson Davis Confedera $20.00

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.   

<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.



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.

President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00


Death Sentence in Murder Case is Found I $15.00


Autograph, James W. Bradbury $8.00


1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket

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.

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

 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.



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 republic 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. Archival repair to the centerfold on the reverse. Excellent content. Very desirable, hand tinted, historical late 1864 illustration of President Abraham Lincoln. Scarce. This would look very nice in your collection matted and framed.

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 $250.00

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