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H 48in. x W 32in.  

(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838. Brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was in command at Charleston, S.C., in April 1861, during the bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter and rose to instant fame in the Confederacy. He also saw action at 1st Manassas, Shiloh, the 1863-64 Charleston, S.C. campaign, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg. Beauregard was a railroad executive in the 1860's and early 1870's and later served as Commissioner of public works in New Orleans and Adjutant General of Louisiana.

<u>Card Signature With Year</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/8, in ink, G.T. Beauregard, 1888. Mounted to archival mat board. Excellent and very desirable Confederate autograph.  H 40in. x W 50in. x D 22in.  H 29in. x W 24in. x D 1/2in.



Autograph, General P. G. T. Beauregard $350.00


Bar unit $850.00



H 39in. x W 37in. x D 1 1/2in.  H 84in. x W 32in. x D 2in.

H 79in. x W 32in. x D 2in.

H 84in. x W 38in. x D 2in.

3 doors of various sizes shown above  H 76in. x W 48in. x D 40in.

CA 1950  SIGNED BY ARTIST  H 17in. x W 17in. x D 3in.








H 14in. x W 24in. x D 60in.  H 36in. x W 58in.  H 54in. x D 22in.

30 IN STOCK  H 38in. x D 14iN









H 17in. x W 16in. x D 40in.

MORE AVAILABLE  H 52in. x D 14in.  

<b>Governor of Massachusetts</b>

(1847-1900) Born in Boston, Mass., he was descended from Connecticut Founding Father Oliver Wolcott, and his older brother was killed in the Civil War. He graduated from Harvard in 1870, attended Harvard Law School, graduated in 1874, and was admitted to the Suffolk County bar the same year. Wolcott opened a law office in Boston in 1875. He won a seat on the Boston Common Council in 1877, a position which he held for three years. He served as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature from 1881–1884, and was offered the Republican Party nomination for Mayor of Boston in 1885, but refused on account of his father's poor health. Wolcott cared for his father until his death in 1891. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893-97, and Governor of Massachusetts from 1897-1900. When the Spanish–American War broke out in 1898, Wolcott immediately put Massachusetts on a war footing, securing legislative authorization for military expenditures in just 25 minutes. The state was one of the first to supply militia troops to the war effort. In 1899, Wolcott decided not to run for reelection, and was offered a variety of diplomatic posts by President William McKinley, but refused them, and embarked on a trip to Europe with his family in May 1900. After his return he campaigned for Republicans in the 1900 elections. He fell ill with typhoid fever in mid-November, and died in Boston on December 21, 1900.

Antique photogravure, 2/3 standing view with one hand posed on top of an open book. Copyright, 1900, by E.C. Chickering. Published by A.W. Elson & Co., Boston. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness and the imprint below, "Engraved for The Colonial Society of Massachusetts from a portrait from life." 4 x 6 5/8, tipped to an album page with hand drawn black ink borders. Overall page size is 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent portrait.   Measuring approximately 4 1/8 inches in length with a <U>flared lip</U> and <U>open pontil</U> this <I>medical</I> bottle dates from approximately 1845 with use into the Civil War.  The bottle bears a bold <B> Dr. McMunn’s Elixir of Opium</B> embossing and remains in excellent condition with only a very minor flake on the flared lip.  Not to be confused with more common, post pontiled, examples of the later 1800s, the earlier open pontil container was fashioned in two neck types, a <U>rolled lip</U> and the more delicate <U>flared lip</U>.  Fragile as they were, the flared lip type seldom survived intact.   A mainstay pain killer of the 19th century medical bag, extract of opium and its offspring <I>laudanum</I> (a tincture of opium mixed with alcohol and water) were all too available in the period as the <I>pure</I> elixir of opium and dilute <I>medical remedies</I> were offered over the counter by apothecaries, hawked from the back of medicine wagons and offered <I>under the counter</I> by the most popular camp sutlers North and South. (See: <I>SS Republic Artifacts & Treasures</I> for relics of the Civil War era sidewheeler <I>Tennessee</I> lost in a hurricane off the Georgia coast in 1865.)  As is true of this offering, most surviving, intact examples of these desirable little bottles are found in the walls of period dwellings where small cashes accumulated as individual <I>empties</I> were poked through a crack in the wall and discarded away from prying eyes.  A nice companion item for the Civil War medical enthusiast and an attractive period conversation piece for the personal item 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>

H 17in. x W 16in. x D 40in.


Art Deco Pendant Light $2400.00


Photogravure, Roger Wolcott $20.00


early Open Pontil -Dr. McMunn’s ELIXIR O $75.00

Offered here, individually price for the collector who would like a single example, are tinned sheet iron, brass capped, spouts for use in country tin shops in the fabrication of earlier to mid 19th century tin ware.  Not a big deal to most as we are not sure if there are any folks out there besides Gunsight Antiques who collect 19th century country tin, but if so, here is your chance to acquire a neat, period fabricated, spout as was sold by tinsmith suppliers who carried all manner of material necessary to country tinsmiths.  Besides tinned sheet iron stock, lead solder &c, spouts such as this, cast lid knobs and the like who’s fabrication required more intricate equipment and special tools than was commonly found in small country tinsmith shops. A neat item to lay in with any 19th century tin grouping or occupational display.  Seldom seen today, these are the only pre utilization examples of such we have ever seen.  If you are new to our catalog and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!  A scarce find for the outdoorsman as well as the antique lighting enthusiast, this <B>Patent 1878</B> <I><B>Ferguson's Universal Reflecting Lamp</I></B> oil lamp was merchandised to hunters and fisherman by Thomas J. Conroy of New York as <I>perfect for hunting, fishing, traveling, or driving at night</I>.   Offered here complete even to it’s cap harness and in pleasing all original condition, this neat old lamp retains a good measure of its original black enamel finish.  Standing approximately 9 inches Ferguson’s <I>Universal Reflecting Lamp</I> offered a myriad of carrying options with fastening provisions to an included head harness, suspension ring for hanging, bail handles and belt suspension. (Kind of a 19th century <I>Swiss Army Knife</> of oil lanterns.)  A nice companion piece for the outdoorsman collection, this piece will also fit well in any antique lighting display.  <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>  Equally in their proper place on a Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Artillery Carriage or suspended from the side of a western bound prairie schooner, the 1700s early 1800s with use into the Civil War era grease horn was an integral utility used in the day to store and carry lubricant for applicant to the heavy wooden wheel hubs.   Intact examples such as are offered here are seldom encountered on today’s collector market as discarded or stored horn pairs invited insect and animal damage all attracted by the <I>grease</I> once contained within.  Hand crafted from steer horn and blacksmith bound in black iron with forged attachment suspension chain, the mouth of each horn was plugged with a small corked access hole for application and refilling.  Stoutly made for rough usage and exposure to the elements this all original pair of grease horns measure 18 from tip to butt and remain as found with good evidence of period use and a deep natural age patina to iron and horn.  The exceptional iron work with fancy integral chain will set this pair will set them in good stead in any period display.   <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>United States Congressman from South Carolina

Member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession</b>

(1798-1882) Born in Laurens, S.C., he graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1816. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and began practice in Pendleton, S.C. He served as a major during the Seminole War in 1835. Was a member of the South Carolina State Senate, 1835-41. Served as a Democratic U.S. Congressman, 1843-49. He was a member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 5/8, in ink, R.F. Simpson.

WBTS Trivia: The State of South Carolina was the first to secede from the Union when she adopted the ordnance of secession on December 20, 1860.

country tin smith – lamp oil tin &c: CAP $30.00


Pat. 1878 ‘Ferguson's Universal Reflect $275.00


18th early 19th century iron bound GREA $325.00


Autograph, Richard F. Simpson $45.00

(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with 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 a U. S. Senator. 

<u>Autograph With State</u>: 4 3/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, A.E. Burnside, R.I.  

<b>Killed in Action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Va.</b>

Postally used patriotic envelope that is trimmed in red and blue with an embossed American shield with spread winged eagle and the motto, Union And Constitution on the reverse of the envelope. Partial postmark from New Orleans, [La.] with the month of Jul visible and it is also stamped [due] 3 at upper right. Addressed to Mr. Danl. H. Cutter, Newburyport, Mass. Signed at left, "Soldier's Letter, F.G. Ogden, Adjt. 48 Regt. Mass." Irregular right edge where the envelope was opened. Very fine.

Francis G. Ogden, the sender and signer of this envelope, was a 23 year old clerk from Boston when he enlisted as a corporal, on October 9, 1861, and was mustered into Co. F, 24th Massachusetts Infantry. He was discharged on March 8, 1863. He was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 48th Massachusetts Infantry with whom he served until being mustered out of the service on September 3, 1863. He was then commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry on November 27, 1863. He was killed in action during the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., on May 12, 1864.      This exceptional pair of carriage lamps show little if any evidence of use while offering unquestionable age and originality both in condition and unmistakable mid 19th century tinsmith construction of the matching lantern bodies.  Each lamp measures approximately 12 inches in height with heavy, approximately ¼ inch thick, beveled glass <I>lenses</I> measuring 3 7/16 X  3 7/8 inches each.  Outer surfaces are of black enamel with naturally patinated brass trim and chimney.  Internal reflector surfaces are bright nickel silver plate with plated burner marked <B>E. MILLER & Co. Meriden, Conn. </B>  [ Edward Miller began manufacturing and selling camphene and lantern fluid burners in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1840's.  By the 1860’s  <I>E. Miller & Co.</I> had become a successful manufacturer and marketer in the kerosene lamp and lamp burner business with the latter being merchandized to private lighting makers.  In 1866 Miller reorganized under the name <I>Edward Miller & Co.</I> or <I>E M & Co</I>. ]  Easily displayed utilizing original mounting sockets, this exceptional matching pair of carriage lamps remain complete and in exceptional condition with pleasing evidence of age and originality.  <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 approximately 19 inches in length and remaining in immaculate all original condition with a pleasing smooth age patina, these desirable old pipe or <I>ember</I> tongs offer an interesting combination of two very different utilitarian tools.  The idea of <I>combination</I> of purpose in tools of the period, especially such diverse purpose as demonstrated here, makes one wonder if this combination was truly intended for dual purpose or were these pipe tongs simply made by an artisan who made sugar nippers.  At any rate a rare form that will go well on the hearth or 18th century kitchen. <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!

Autograph, General Ambrose E. Burnside $75.00


Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts $45.00


exceptionally nice mid 1800s CARRIAGE LA $325.00


1700’s very early 1800s SUGAR NIPPER / $195.00

Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an original tortoise shell mounted folding surgical retractor as seen in the period traveling surgical instrument kits. (see: <I>Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment</I> by Damman )  This example is <I>Sheffield</I> marked and  remains in fine original condition. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded at Ford's Theater, on 10th Street, Washington, D.C., by the famous actor John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street  to a back bedroom in the Petersen boarding house where he died at 7:22 A.M. on April 15th.

Included in this display is a fragment of a gauze bandage that was used in the care of President Lincoln. The bandage fragment originated from the Herman Rudd Collection in Buffalo, New York, and was previously in the collection of the Holland Purchase Historical Society where they presently have another piece matching this example. This fragment measures approximately 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. 

Also included in the display are some small pieces of hair that originated from a lock of Lincoln's hair sold at Christie's in 2002 from the famous Forbes Collection. 

This handsome display measures 11 x 14 and is double matted in scarlet suede and gold Florentine trim. The relics are housed in small magnifying cases, and the display is nicely highlighted with a copy photograph of a seated President Lincoln at the upper left, and a copy portrait engraving of the famous Lincoln death bed scene at the upper right.

Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Please note that the display has nice full borders. The image on the website is cropped because the display is larger than our scanner bed. Very desirable President Lincoln collectible.  

(1818-1902) He served in both houses of the South Carolina legislature, 1852-61. In 1861, he was reputed to be the largest landowner in the South. He organized and equipped at his own expense the famed "Hampton Legion," taking them to Virginia in time to fight in the battle of 1st Manassas, where he was wounded. He commanded an infantry brigade in the Virginia Peninsular campaign, and then in the summer of 1862, was assigned a cavalry command under General J.E.B. Stuart. He participated in most of their actions from 1862-64, and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg. After the death of Stuart, Hampton took over command of the cavalry corps. In the post war South, he was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1876, and later U.S. Senator, 1879-91.

<u>Signature With State</u>: 7 1/2 x 3 1/4, in ink, Wade Hampton, So. Ca. Excellent.  

4 1/8 x 6 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 28, 1863

General Orders

No. 239

In mustering troops into the service of the United States, the non-commissioned officers of Companies must not be mustered in until their respective Companies have the number of enlisted men required by General Orders, No. 110, current series, from this Office.

Until the muster of a Company (under par. 86, Mustering Regulations) has been completed, the non-commissioned officers thereof cannot be appointed. (See par. 73, page 18, Army Regulations of 1861).



Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.



President Abraham Lincoln's Hair & Death $550.00


Autograph, General Wade Hampton $250.00


Mustering Of Troops Into The Union Army $10.00

<b>Severely wounded at Gettysburg resulting in the amputation of his leg

Medal of Honor Recipient</b>

(1819-1914) Controversial New York State senator and congressman. He first achieved national notoriety in 1859 when he shot down, in the shadow of the White House, his young wife's lover, Philip Barton Key, II, who was the son of the author of the "Star Spangled Banner." His lawyer during the lurid trial was none other than Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's future Secretary of War, who got him off. During the Civil War, Sickles fought in the Virginia Peninsular, Antietam, and Fredericksburg campaigns. At Gettysburg he commanded the 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac, and was severely wounded on July 2, 1863, the result being the amputation of his right leg. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Gettysburg. He was very instrumental in forming the Gettysburg National Military Park.

<u>Signature</u>: 2 x 1, in ink, D.E. Sickles, mounted to 3 3/8 x 2 period card. Desirable Gettysburg personality.  

<b>Medal of Honor Recipient

Signed on the back of the business card of former Colonel George H. Starr, 104th New York Infantry, who was captured at Gettysburg! Starr escaped from 3 different Rebel prisons!</b>

(1837-1921) Born in Huntingdon, Pa., he was the son of David R. Porter, a Governor of Pennsylvania, and was the first cousin of, Andrew Porter, a Union Civil War general. He graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1860. During the Civil War he served as Chief of Ordnance of the Army of the Potomac, the Department of the Ohio, and the Army of the Cumberland. He also served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 20, 1863. He was able to rally enough men to hold the ground at a critical moment in the battle when the Union lines had been broken. Exposed to heavy fire by the enemy, Porter held his position long enough to facilitate the escape of numerous wagon trains and batteries. Besides the MOH, Porter was cited for gallantry in the siege of Fort Pulaski, Ga.; the battle of the Wilderness, Va.; and in the action at New Market Heights, Va. He received promotion to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War services in the field. After the war, he served as Private Secretary to President U.S. Grant, 1869-73; Vice President of the Pullman Palace Car Company; was President of the Union League Club of New York, 1893-97, being a major influence in the construction of Grant's Tomb, in N.Y.C.; and was the United States Ambassador to France, 1897-1905. He was awarded the Legion of Honor, by the French government in 1904. Porter was also the author of two books, "Campaigning With Grant," and "West Point Life."

<u>Card Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, boldly signed in ink, Horace Porter. This autograph was signed on the reverse of the imprinted business card of George H. Starr, a New York attorney, and former Civil War officer who served in the 104th New York Infantry, and was captured at Gettysburg. The imprint reads: "Geo. H. Starr, Counsellor at Law, 56 Pine Street, New York City."  Very fine. Desirable item related to both the battle of Gettysburg and General Ulysses S. Grant!

Colonel George H. Starr, enlisted as a private at Geneseo, N.Y., on November 23, 1861, and was mustered into Co. D, 104th New York Infantry. He was promoted to sergeant on the same day; 2nd lieutenant, on March 6, 1862; and captain, on September 12, 1862. He was captured in action at the battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 1863, and confined at Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va. Starr was one of the over 100 men who escaped through a tunnel on February 9, 1864, but was recaptured. He was then sent to Macon, Ga., where he was confined on April 1, 1864, and once again escaped, this coming on August 15, 1864. He was re-captured a third time, and confined at Camp Sorghum, Columbia, S.C., on September 1, 1864. He escaped again on October 10, 1864, after having been moved to Charleston, S.C.  He was discharged from the army on January 6, 1865; and promoted Colonel, N.Y. Volunteers, by brevet. After the war Starr studied law and practiced in New York City, and in Yonkers, N.Y.  

(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va. Son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the U.S.A., Winfield Scott, who said Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1852-55, and commanded the detachment that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Turned down the command of the Union Army in 1861, as he said he could never raise his sword against his native Virginia. Instead he was appointed commander of all military forces of Virginia, and soon after general in the Regular Army of the Confederate States of America. During the War Between The States, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia at such battlefields as 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. His reputation became legendary and he might very well be the most famous soldier in American history! In the last years of his life, he served as president of Washington College at Lexington, Va. (now Washington & Lee Univ.) where he is buried in the chapel.

Antique 1800's portrait engraving of General Lee in his Confederate uniform with Gen. R.E. Lee printed below. Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 4 3/4 x 8 3/4. Light age toning.  

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

Autograph, General Daniel E. Sickles $75.00


Autograph, General Horace Porter $75.00


General Robert E. Lee $15.00


1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso $20.00

7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.

Warren County, December 30th, 1842

For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.

Given under our hands & seals the date above.

Signed by the administrators.

Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver the within named slaves to Mrs. Ann Brabston.  Witness my hand & seal this 29th day of December, 1843.

Jas. M. Brabston

Light age toning and wear. 


Criswell #122. Richmond, February 20, 1863. Vignette of the legendary Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and steamboat at the bottom. Printed on pink paper by Archer & Daly of Richmond, Va. 7 of the original coupons still attached. Very fine. One of the most popular Confederate bonds.  A neat Civil War vintage advertising broadside for <B>HOLLIS’S, Vegetable Pectoral Syrup</B>, a cure for Coughs, Colds, Hooping Cough. (see: 1863 Boston Business Directory)  In a nice size for easy display (8" X 7") and in fine original condition after decades of storage, this boldly printed (one side only for posting) broadside will set well in any period grouping.  We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased  guarantee ! please note:  ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!.  If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!         Our illustration will likely do best to describe this nice old open hearth or camp fire hanging fry pan except to advise that it is completely original even to a telltale period<I>crust</I> on the underside.  A hard accumulation from many a meal from over an open fire.  The sheet iron pan measures approximately12 3/4 inches across the mouth with 2 ½  inch sides tapering to an 10 5/8  inch diameter bottom.  The heavy hand forged black iron handle is fitted with a swiveling iron ring to facilitate occasional turning of the pan while cooking or serving.  An attractive piece of antique cookware appropriate to a period ranging from a colonial open hearth to a 49ers camp on through use in a Civil War troop bivouac or winter camp. A classic piece of antique forged cookware pure and untouched.  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 !

1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale $250.00


1863 Confederate $1, 000 Bond, General St $175.00


Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE $65.00


earlier to mid 1800s hanging FRY PAN $145.00

Confederate envelope with partial Charlotte, N.C. postmark and Scott #11, 10 cents, Confederate States of America postage stamp, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Addressed to Mr. W. Robinson, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The handwritten ink address has faded but it is all readable. Age toning. Fine, war period, postally used, stamped Confederate envelope.   

Unused 5 1/2 x 2 1/4, imprint. Sutler's Office, 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers. Paymaster U.S.A. for 6th Regt. Ohio Volunteers pay to the order of E. Kelsey, Sutler..........Dollars, and deduct the amount from pay due me. Excellent condition. These checks were filled out by soldiers of the 6th Ohio Volunteers as an I.O.U. to the regimental sutler towards the purchase of his goods. Then on pay day the appropriate amount would be deducted from that particular soldier's pay and given to the sutler. The hard fought 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers saw action at Fort Donelson, Nashville, Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Resaca, to name a few places. Desirable.  

<b>Signed by an officer of the Association who marched in the funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.</b>

4 7/8 x 2 3/4, imprint, filled out in ink. New Orleans, November 1884. Receipt for dues and fines for S. Le Gardeur of Guibet's Battery Benevolent Ass'n. This Association was composed of members of Guibet's Battery who served with General P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C. Signed by R.B. Flores, Coll.[ector]. Very fine early Confederate Veteran's item. Age toning and a very tiny punch hole cancellation at the center.

WBTS Trivia: Members of Guibet's Battery marched in the celebrated funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1889 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. A delegation of twenty five members were in line including several officers of the organization; B. Rouen, President; J.F. Meunier, Vice President; L.F. Boisdore, Recording Secretary; L. Aleix, Financial Secretary; L.A. Dupont, Treasurer; and R.B. Flores, Collector. The funeral of Jefferson Davis was one of the largest ever held in the South. Davis was first entombed at the Army of Northern Virginia Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans. Mrs. Varina Howell Davis then had her husband's remains reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., in 1893.    

<b>Colonel of the 37th & 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments

Mortally wounded in action during the Atlanta campaign</b>

(1820-64) Born in Williamson County, Tennessee, he was the nephew of U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. He later settled in Holly Springs, Mississippi where he became a prominent lawyer, politician, and publisher of The Mississippi Times newspaper. He served in the Mississippi State Legislature and was a member of the 1861 secession convention where Mississippi voted to secede from the Union. When war broke out in early 1861, he served as captain of the old 9th Mississippi Infantry, a 12 months regiment. Elected colonel of the 37th Mississippi Infantry in early 1862, later reorganized as the 34th Mississippi Infantry, he served under General Earl Van Dorn during the Corinth, Miss. campaign, and the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., where Benton and his regiment earned high praise. The 34th Mississippi Infantry then accompanied General Braxton Bragg's army to Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1862, then in August they joined Major General William J. Hardee's Corps in Middle Tennessee, and into Kentucky, where they fought at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky. The 34th again fought gallantly but at a great cost. Benton was wounded, and his lieutenant colonel and major were both permanently disabled. After recovering from his wounds, Benton was back in command at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, where the regiment was on the picket line at the base of the mountain. The 34th was overrun by four columns of Union infantry, and around 200 men were captured. In the Atlanta Campaign, he commanded the 29th, 30th and 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments at the Battle of Alt's Gap, then the 34th in Major General Edward C. Walthall's brigade at the Battle of Resaca. The brigade was flanked by Union artillery, and the war has few if any cases of greater losses (unit-proportional) by artillery fire than Walthall's Brigade at Resaca. But the brigade was immovable and gallantly defended the position for two days. When Major General Walthall was promoted to division command, Colonel Benton was given command of the brigade. At the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864, while commanding the brigade, he was severely wounded in the chest by a shell fragment and wounded in the right foot, causing the loss of his leg. He died six days later at a hospital in Griffin, Georgia. He had been promoted to brigadier general two days before his death, but the promotion never reached him before he died.      

Antique silver print photograph, 2 3/8 x 3 3/8. Chest up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.

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Headquarters, Department of the South,

Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 9, 1865

General Orders,

No. 17

The following named Officers are hereby announced on the Staff of the Major General Commanding, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Lists 16 officers by name, rank and position held on General Gillmore's staff. By Command Of Major General Q.A. Gillmore, W.L.M. Burger, Assistant Adjutant General. Staining around the edges. Light edge wear. Uncommon Department of the South imprint.


<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina</b>

(1803-48) Born in Brunswick County, Va., he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1823, and he read law with General Dromgoole in Brunswick Co., Va. where he practiced. He moved to South Carolina in 1826 and settled in Darlington where he took charge of the Darlington Academy. He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1829 and began a practice in Darlington. He served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1840-43. Elected as a Democrat to the 29th and 30th Congresses, he served from 1845 until his death, after having been reelected in 1848 to the 31st Congress. He is buried in the First Baptist Cemetery, Darlington, S.C.

<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 5/8, in ink, A.D. Sims.    Not to be confused with later and more common examples with the wire keeper, this shako pom-pom is fitted with a wooden keeper shaft and will go appropriately with the 1820’s through Mexican War era leather shako.  A <I>find</I> for the military headgear enthusiast as the majority of surviving period shakos are missing the pom-pom and individual examples are seldom available.  This one remains in excellent condition with no mothing issues.  The wool is a bit dingy with age and while it will clean to the condition appropriate to the finest condition, we have left that to the discretion of the of the buyer. <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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2 in stock  <b>Eugene Blackford, 5th Alabama Infantry

One of the famous Blackford brothers of Virginia!

Commander of the 5th Alabama Sharpshooters</b>

Confederate war date envelope endorsed and addressed in the hand of "Capt. Eugene Blackford, 5th Ala. Regt." sent to his father, "Wm. M. Blackford, Esq., Lynchburg, Va." The cover has a partial 1861 Tudor Hall, Va. postmark, and hand stamped Due 5. Light staining and wear. The envelope bears the authentication docket on the reverse of one of the country's leading Confederate philatelic experts, Brian Green. Extremely desirable Confederate autograph in war date format with rank and regiment!! Comes with a glossy copy photograph of Blackford in his Confederate uniform holding sword. 

Who was Eugene Blackford?

Eugene Blackford was an aristocratic young Virginian who served throughout the Civil War and wrote about much of what he saw. A prolific correspondent, his remarkably complete set of letters spans most of the war and provide a unique opportunity for the modern reader to see the conflict in Virginia through the eyes of someone who lived it. 

Blackford left vivid accounts of the battles at First Manassas, Seven Pines, Gaines’s Mill, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg. He also described the 1864 Shenandoah campaign, including the raid on Washington; the battles of Second Kernstown, Third Winchester, and Cedar Creek; and a host of smaller actions.


The battles, however, are only a part of the story. Blackford also wrote about camp life, food, foraging, the hardships of the picket line and the marches, and much more. He makes candid, often acerbic, comments on his leaders at all levels, and is not shy about criticizing the ones he finds wanting, such as Earl Van Dorn, D.H. Hill, and Jubal Early. He is, however, unstinting in praise of those he admires, especially generals Robert E. Lee and Robert Rodes. Blackford and Rodes, both Virginians serving in an Alabama regiment, formed a friendship early on that was severed only by Rodes’s death at Third Winchester in the fall of 1864. 


Blackford also gives the modern reader a rare inside look at regimental politics–the competing personalities, the elections, and the jockeying for rank and position. Although usually portrayed after the war as selfless bands of brothers interested only in serving their country, Civil War regiments were often anything but. Many of their officers were strong-willed, ambitious men: captains who wanted to be colonels, and colonels who wanted a general’s stars. This hunger for advancement often put Blackford, who was genuinely devoted to his duty and as a gentleman disdained the grubby business of politics, at a disadvantage. 


The bad blood that developed between Blackford and another of his superiors eventually led to his being court-martialed and cashiered for trumped-up charges of misconduct at Cedar Creek in the fall of 1864, which was followed by a lengthy and ultimately successful effort for reinstatement, although the war ended before Blackford could secure the promotion he sought to lieutenant colonel. 

One of the most interesting and important matters Blackford was involved with was the formation and training of the Army of Northern Virginia’s light infantry sharpshooters. Blackford organized the first battalion in January 1863, at the behest of General Rodes. Drawn from the best men in the brigade and intended for scouting, screening, and picketing, the sharpshooters assiduously practiced skirmish drill and marksmanship, attaining an unprecedented level of skill and proficiency. Blackford and Rodes worked closely together on the sharpshooters, which were eventually organized as a "demi-brigade" of four to five battalions at division level. Blackford became "chief of outposts" for Rodes’s division, responsible for its security in the presence of the enemy. Therefore, his letters and diary/memoir form an invaluable source of information about these important but hitherto virtually forgotten units. They also give us a close look at general Robert Rodes, one of the army’s best combat leaders.

Source: Sharpshooter: The Selected Letters and Papers of Major Eugene Blackford, C.S.A., by Fred L. Ray.

An article of interest about Major Eugene Blackford:

Battle of Gettysburg: Major Eugene Blackford and the Fifth Alabama Sharpshooters

On the hot afternoon of July 1, 1863, a 24-year-old Confederate officer and his elite unit stood very much in harm’s way. Major Eugene Blackford ordered his corps of sharpshooters to deploy off the eastern side of Oak Hill to screen and protect the division of Major General Robert Rodes as it tackled the Union I Corps west of Gettysburg. Along with the brigade of Brigadier General George Doles, Blackford’s men had to maintain a connection across more than a mile of open valley floor that stretched eastward to the Harrisburg-Heidlersburg Road, the avenue of approach for Major General Jubal Early’s division. The Federal XI Corps, determined to prevent the capture of the town, advanced north of Gettysburg to contest the Confederate assault.

Blackford was a Virginian by birth, born in Lynchburg, and was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom rose to positions of rank and responsibility in the Confederate military. Miraculously, they would all survive the Civil War. He moved to Alabama before the conflict, beginning his Southern military service on May 15, 1861, as a captain in Company K of the 5th Alabama Infantry, just 10 days after the regiment was organized at Montgomery. He was made major of the regiment on July 17, 1862. In an era when a certain amount of flamboyance seemed required of regimental officers, Blackford carried out his duties with quiet competence. The few mentions of him in The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies are positive and praiseworthy. In a memoir of Stonewall Jackson, James Power Smith speaks approvingly of the ‘well-trained skirmishers of Rodes’ division, under Major Eugene Blackford,’ and he places Blackford alongside Jackson when Stonewall gave his fateful order to Rodes at Chancellorsville: ‘You can go forward then.’

By the Battle of Gettysburg, Blackford had been placed in charge of a select battalion of marksmen culled from the ranks of the 5th. The first day of that fight may have been his finest hour as a combat commander. His sharpshooters were instrumental in driving back Colonel Thomas C. Devin’s cavalry videttes thrown north of the town to guard the approaches from Carlisle, Harrisburg and York. Throughout the early afternoon, Blackford’s thin screen did yeomen’s work parrying efforts by the XI Corps to gain advantageous positions north of town. In the general attack begun upon Early’s arrival on the field, Blackford’s command initially assisted Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s brigade, entered the town and then attached itself to Brig. Gen. Stephen Ramseur’s brigade. After standing in reserve during most of July 2, the sharpshooters were slated to take part in Rodes’ miscarried attempt to launch an attack on the east face of Cemetery Hill. Blackford’s handpicked men then earned their pay by infiltrating and occupying homes as close as possible to the enemy’s lines during the night, and at dawn on July 3 opening a galling fire upon Union artillery and skirmishers. In his report of the action, Blackford claims his men even drove off a Federal battery after they shot down most of its crew.

Captain William W. Blackford, the oldest of the Blackford boys, served on the staff of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at the time of the Gettysburg battle, and the cavalry commander ordered him to take a message to General Robert E. Lee on July 3. After delivering the communication, the elder Blackford rode into the Confederate-controlled town, where he managed to find Eugene and his marksmen. William recounted their visit in his memoir, War Years With Jeb Stuart, remembering that he encountered his brother and his fellow officers in a home along ‘main street on the side next Cemetery Ridge’ where, in a room ‘pervaded by the smell of powder … and the growl of musketry,’ they were incongruously ‘lolling on the sofas,’ enjoying wine and ‘all sorts of delicacies taken from a sideboard.’

After sharing some of the food and drink with his brother, Eugene obligingly took him on a tour of the sharpshooting lair, which consisted of the second floors of several houses. William described the location in detail: ‘Eugene’s men had cut passways through the partition walls so that they could walk through the houses all the way from one cross street to the other. From the windows of the back rooms, against which were piled beds and mattresses, and through holes punched in the outside back wall, there was kept up a continuous rattle of musketry by men stripped to the waist and blackened with powder. It was a strange sight to see these men fighting in these neatly … furnished rooms, while those not on duty reclined on elegant sofas, or … upon handsome carpets.’

Cavalryman Blackford also noted that feathers pervaded every room, the results, he concluded, of Federal shells exploding in the upper floors and shredding feather-stuffed mattresses. Union snipers had also been worrying the Alabamians with gunfire, and the ‘pools of blood’ William noted on the floors and carpets indicated that some of their shots had been true.

After Gettysburg, Eugene Blackford receded into the curious anonymity that had cloaked him prior to the battle. Following the Battle of Cedar Creek in October 1864, he was relieved from his command for poor conduct during the fight, but was reinstated by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who was heavily lobbied by Blackford’s peers, subordinates and superiors. Although the 5th Alabama surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Blackford’s name does not appear on the parole roster for either the regiment or the brigade. After the war he settled in Maryland, working as a farmer and a teacher, before dying on February 4, 1908.

The following excerpt of Eugene Blackford’s memoir is located in the Civil War Miscellaneous Collection of the United States Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. It details the activities of a promising young officer and the marksmen of the 5th Alabama sharpshooters.

July 1st 1863. At 7 a.m. we moved on and about 10 heard firing in front, tho’ some miles away. An hour after I was sent for hastily by Gen. R[odes] who told me that we were close up on the enemy in the town of Gettysburg and that [Lt. Gen. A.P.] Hill had blundered, and it was feared w[oul]d bring on a general engagement before any body was up. Early’s Division was 15 miles behind and [Maj. Gen. Edward] Johnson’s nine. I was directed to deploy my corps across the valley to our left, and do my best to make the enemy believe that we had heavy infantry supports, whereas there was not a man.

This we did driving off the cavalry opposing us in the pike. They repeatedly charged but my men rallying coolly & promptly sent them back every time with more empty saddles. Repeatedly during the day would they advance lines of battle against us, but our men knowing what was at stake, stood firm behind a fence, and made so determined a front that the Yankees were persuaded that we were heavily supported. All this could be seen by the whole Div. in the hills to our right, whose position would have been turned at once if the enemy had gotten [wind of] this. I was afterwards mentioned in Gen. R[odes]’s report of this battle. Thus did we fight it out until the sun was well nigh down, and I almost exhausted by running up & down the line exhorting the men, and making a target of myself. My loss was considerable, mostly however in wounded.

About 6 o’clock the enemy advanced a triple line on my left. I rushed up there and did my best, but it was useless to do more than give them what we had, and then run for it. So we kept up a terrible popping until they came within 200 yards, the Yankees not firing again, expecting to meet a heavy force of rebels over the hill. Then sounding the retreat away we went at our best speed. I was much concerned, but could do nothing against that mass. We had not gone more than 100 or so yards, when ‘Halt, Halt’ was heard, and just in front of me to my infinite delight could be seen a long line of skirmishers of Early’s Division sweeping on to the front.

Soon afterwards we met his dusty columns hurrying up. I knew then that all was safe. Sounding the rally my men were soon around me, and allowing them a little time to [rest], I too went to the front close after Early. We overtook them as they were entering the town, and my men took their own share in the plundering that went on. I employed myself with the aid of such men as I had with me in destroying whiskey, of which there was an enormous quantity in the town. [In] half an hour many men were dead drunk, and others were wild with excitement. It was truly a wild scene, rushing through the town capturing prisoners by hundreds; a squad of us would run down a street and come to a corner just as a whole mass of frightened Yanks were rushing up another. A few shots made the whole surrender, and so on until we caught them all.

In what was the great error committed the troops should have been pushed on, but no, no one was there to take the responsibility, and in the morning the enemy were strongly fortified. The result of this day had been glorious, 5,000 prisoners for us, and much plunder. That night I slept with my men in a barn in the outskirts of the town. In it there were countless [illegible], of which we made a great soup, thickened with artichoke. This was made in the boiler used to prepare food for the cattle, but it was as good as any I ever saw.

In the morning [July 2] the enemy now crowded on the heights, our lines were drawn around, and my men thrown out into the meadow between the lines. Here we lay in the broiling sun until about 1 p.m. when beginning to feel hungry, I sent a detail to catch chickens, which they cooked in a large pot found in a cottage, thro’ which my line went. This soup contained about 60 chickens, and the entire contents of the garden in the way of onions & potatoes. Saw it was necessary to feed the men as no rations had been issued since the morning before, and none could be obtained soon. As soon as it was ready a detail from each company came up and received its share. Thus were 150 men fed.

Just after we had eaten it, that awful cannonade began between our batteries and those of the enemy, we being just between them, received the benefit of all the’shorts,’ and had a vast number of shell to pass away [over] us. I have never in my life seen such things so awful. Many of the men … went to the side to get out of the range. At 6 p.m. it cleared, and I restored my line. About dusk I was recalled and joined the column marched towards the town from the heights.

I must state however an incident which occurred just after I had re-established my line as I have stated. I went back on the heights in my rear where our line had been stationed, and found that very little damage had been done by the artillery fire of the enemy, tho’ as we afterwards learned, ours being converging was fearfully destructive. I went at once to a fine house on the Cashtown Road, which I had visited in the morning under these circumstances: I went to the well to get water, and noticing a greenhouse, I stopped to admire some flowers. The ladies within, observing this mark of humanity in a smoke-begrimed soldier, and being ready to grasp at straws eagerly, now sought my protection against some of the Yankee soldiers wounded within; their feeling were very intense, one had drawn his pistol and threatened to shoot them, the poor creatures were too much scared to see what they had but to keep out of the room where he lay and they would be safe enough as he had lost a leg.

I went in however and had then discovered it to be a hospital, whereat they were very artful; upon inquiring my name they were very much struck by it, and asked me at once if I were related to Mrs. Caroline B. of Lynchburg. They there told me that their name was Smooker and that they were related to the Steenburgers. After some [time] passed I asked them did they not dread the artillery fire?; this was a new idea, and threw them into much consternation. I advised them [what] … was best to be done, I asked if they had any yellow flannel, whereof a hospital flag could be made. After much search they produced a red flannel petticoat inch, which I connected to the top of the house and tied it to the lightning rod, whence I afterwards saw it waving from afar. The presence of one of the Yankees within too dangerously wounded to be moved justified me in this. I would not otherwise have done it, even for the protection of the women. From the top of the house I had a splendid view of the position of the enemy and would have enjoyed it had I not been a mark for the enemy’s sharpshooters.

In the evening when I returned after the cannonade I found the house deserted. The enemy rarely respected the red flag, and indeed conducted the war in an altogether barbarous manner. I should here mention that when we advanced into the town the evening before I captured a beautiful Solinger saber, very light and elegantly made. It belonged to a Yankee Col. of infantry who surrendered it twice. I soon valued this blade more than all my other possessions, and wore it constantly until the end of the war, when I was enabled to preserve it safely.

I have said that we moved towards the town about dusk. I soon found that it was for the purpose of making a night attack. When I heard this my heart beat more quickly than I ever knew it to do before, and I had seen some cruel fights. I knew well enough what a night attack would be with troops as badly disciplined as ours, or indeed with any save veterans, and they equipped with white shirts, or some uniform visible at night. When the column was formed we moved silently with bayonets fixed close up beneath the enemy’s works. There in two lines we gave our instructions to the men. I well remember what feelings I had as I fastened my saber knot tightly around my wrist. I knew well that I had seen my last day on earth … .It was to be a bayonet affair, the guns were all inspected to see that none were loaded. Then we lay silently waiting the word to advance, when to my relief I must say, I saw the dark masses of men wheeling to the rear — the idea had been abandoned. I was ordered to remain where I was with my corps & await orders.

In about 1/2 an hour Gen. R[odes] came to me saying that he wished me to draw a skirmish line as closely across the enemy’s works as I possibly could, and when daylight came annoy them within all my power. I was more in my element, and went diligently to work to comprehend the ground, and mature my plan. Meanwhile the men went to sleep; I only keeping one or two with me as a guard. I found that the enemy were on a hill shaped like a V with the apex towards the town, and almost in it … .In that angle where were nearly 100,000 men, all massed densely so that every shot from our side told.

This hill was about as high as the tallest house in the town, I soon laid my plan and began deploying my men at ‘A’ moving on the line designated toward ‘B.’ It became necessary to break passages thro’ nearby houses, and thro’ every thing else we met, so that there was a great deal of labor undergone ere this line was established. By daylight however all was ready. My orders were to fire incessantly without regard to ammunition and began as soon as my bugle sounded.

The day [July 3] broke clear, and as soon as it was light there lay just before us on the slope of the hill a battery of six Napoleons; they were not more than 400 yards off. Men and horses were all there, standing as if on parade. One signal from my bugle and that battery was utterly destroyed. The few survivors ran back to their trenches on up the hill. The poor horses were all killed. The guns did us no good as we could not get there, but they could not be used against our men, and that was a great deal.

The firing now was incessant. To supply them with ammunition I kept a detail busy picking up cartridge boxes full of it, left by hundreds & thousands in the streets. These they brought in a small bakers cart, found in a bakery just across the street. They were then sent along the lines and piled near each marksman. The men soon complained of having their arms & shoulders very much bruised by the continual kicking of the muskets but still there could be no rest for them. The Yankees were as thick as bees not more than 500 yards off and could not do us any great harm as they were afraid to shell us out, lest they should burn up the town, and the brick walls protected us very well from the minnies. If I had a good many casualties, it was a mere trifle compared to with the enormous damage they inflicted. The enemy’s papers alluded [to] this in all their accounts of the battles. I had every thing now in good order, the line was well established, and they … .Many of the men were on the roofs of houses behind chimneys, whence they could pick off the gunners.

Complaint being made that the men had nothing to eat, I detailed my four buglers who had nothing to do to get the bakery in operation and make biscuits. The result was the manufacture of several thousand pretty fair biscuits. They then went in pursuit of meat, and after a while returned loaded with every delicacy for a soldier: hams, cheese, fish, pepper spices — and reported such a strike that I went myself to see. I found a family grocery well stocked which had some how escaped the plunderers. My men took an abundance of sugar, coffee, rice &c to last us some days, and served them out to my poor hungry fellows. I never heard such a cheer as they gave in seeing the sumptuous repast sent them. My Hd Qrs were in a pine house, thro’ which the line ran, and there finding an abundance of crockery, spoons &c, the buglers prepared an elegant dinner for me, for which I wished the officers to come. There we dined luxuriously, and afterwards went to our works with renewed vigor.

About 10 a.m. an officer reported to me from my left saying that he commanded the skirmishers of [Brig. Gen. Harry] Hays’ Louisiana Brig. and had been ordered to receive directions from me. I showed him where to connect with me, and left him. About an hour or more after I went over to see what he was about, and found a truly amusing scene. His quarters were in a very [nice] house, and he had selected the parlor as his own bivouac. Here one was playing the piano, which sounded sadly out of harmony with the roar of musketry. Without several men were laying around on the sofas, and the room was full of prints & engravings which the rude fellows examined, and then threw down on the floor. On the table there was have a doz. brands of wines and liquors of which all partook freely. The commanding officer thought it was very strange that I at once insisted upon his visiting his posts, and making the men fire. I ran rapidly back across the street. A Yankee fired at me, but I was behind the wall in time, the ball having struck the … post & … struck me on the knees, hurting me very much for a trice, but not by any means disabling me.

I could write a month of the nice events of this day, but must stop, only narrating my intense excitement when I saw [Maj. Gen. George] Pickett’s Division during … the charge, their waver, when almost in the works, and finally fall back. How my heart ached when I saw the fearful fire with which they were received. I could scarcely contain myself. The attack made the enemy mass more than ever, and so expose themselves to our fire more plainly. I fired 84 rounds with careful aim into their midst, one gun cooling while the other was in use. My shoulder pad became so sore that I was obliged to rest. Now and then the enemy’s gunners would turn a gun or two on us, and give us a shot, but this was too destructive of the lives of gunners, so it was soon stopped. A Yankee sharpshooter established himself in a pit in the street to which I have alluded, and keeping his gun ready cocked, fired away at any one attempting to cross at our end. Many of the men of mine, and of the adjoining battalion, amused themselves by drawing his fire, running quickly across, seeing how much behind the bullet would be which was sure to follow. At this reckless sort of sport, where a stumble or fall would have been almost certain death, they carried themselves as … children at play.

Thus the sun went down the same steady fire being kept up from my line. This evening also another tremendous cannonade occurred, the [greatest] ever known on this continent certainly, probably the greatest that ever occurred. It is a low estimate to say that 500 pieces were in action. I enjoyed its grandeur this time more than that of the day before, not being under range. At night little was done, I kept up a very vigil watch, making rounds frequently.

Towards day I was awakened by a staff officer, who told me to withdraw my men at daylight, and fall back thro’ the town to the base of the ridge in which the main line was stationed and there deploy. At dawn therefore with a heavy heart I called in the men silently, and sullenly drew slowly out of the town, returning the sour looks of the citizens with others equally as stern. The enemy did not molest us at all, tho’ I was in hope that they would, being in a savage mood. A heavy rain was falling too, and just then I remembered that it was the 4th of July, and that the villains would think more than ever of their wretched Independence Day.

Soon after we formed our new line, a battalion of Yankee skirmishers came out of the town and deployed in our front. They used the bugle, the first I had seen with them. Their signals sounded clear & [distant], thro’ the damp air. I moved against them at once, but they slowly withdrew, and evidently were but overseeing us. A squad of them however came forward and gained unobserved a small house filled with hay midway between our lines, from which they began to annoy us with their fire. Taking a few men I went forward at a run, and came up quite close before the rascals could get out of the rear. They lost no time then in scudding away to their lines, but one of my men brought one down before they reached it … I fired the hay, and soon there was a magnificent blaze.

So we went on all the day, but seeing work ahead of me, I slept most of it away, leaving the command to one of my subordinates. At nine I reported to Gen. R[odes] who directed me to assume command of the sharpshooters from each of the Brigades (4) and line our rear when the army moved, which it would begin to do at midnight. I was to keep my line until day or longer if I saw fit, and then follow keeping a half mile or more in the rear, and acting as rear guard. Accordingly by 11 p.m. the troops all disappeared on the proscribed route and I was left in sole command at Gettysburg. It was the first time I had ever commanded more than one battalion and now I had five. My only embarrassment was in not knowing the officers but this I soon remedied, and got on quite well.

At sunrise I quitted my positions, and followed the main body. I continued my route unmolested until about 12 o’clock when some cavalry appeared, but they did not molest us. At 2 p.m. so many came up that I halted and deployed. They then brought up a field piece but did not use it. Seeing that they now wished to molest us, I hit upon this plan. All the front rank men kept their round & fired away, the rear rank men meanwhile retired to some good positions in the rear. I then formed a new line leaving vacancies for those of the first. I here would seize a favorable occasion after the new line was formed, and retreat at a run, suddenly disappearing before the enemy. These would then come in quickly thinking our men had been routed, they would be checked by the fire of the new line, snugly posted behind trees, stone fences &c. My worry had been that when I wished to retire, the enemy would push us so that we were in danger of being broken, but by this arrangement I [avoided] all difficulties — I had read of it in [General Sir William F.P.] Napier’s Peninsular War, as being a dodge of Marshal [Nicolas Jean de Dieu] Soult.

The men towards evening became worn out for food, so seeing that we would not hear from our [commissary] for a week or more, as it had gone to the Potomac, I sent orders to the officer to take all the provisions they could find in the houses by which we passed. In one occasion, riding along at the head of my own battalion marching quickly in retreat, we passed a cottage situated some distance from the main road & not visited by stragglers — around it were countless fowls, my hungry fellows looked eloquently to me for leave, I told the bugler to sound the ‘disperse,’ and then shouted ‘one minute.’ Instantly a hundred cartridges were drawn which thrown skillfully at the heads of the fowls bringing them down by scores; these fellows were used to the work evidently, but now they knew that it was for their actual subsistence as we had nothing, and were following in the rear of a great Army, which would leave us nothing. When the ‘Assembly’ sounded two minutes afterwards, every man had one, two or more chickens slung over his gun, and the march was resumed without delay.


Source: This article was written by Noah Andre Trudeau and originally appeared in the July 2001 issue of America’s Civil War magazine.



Scott #7. Block of 3, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.  All original and in excellent original, even unused, condition save a small shallow dent on one side, (could be pushed out but we’d leave it as found) this little lamp is a bit unusual in that while the body is pewter, the fanciful applied handle is of tinned sheet iron and the bottom of the lamp is also of tinned sheet iron.  The two slender burner tubes are of brass.  Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  .  The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device.  Commonly thought solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured caps were in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use.  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 !



War Date Cover Endorsed & Addressed by C $150.00


Block of 3 Five Cents Confederate Postag $75.00


c. 1850 / 1860s pewter & tin camphene –L $155.00

As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference <I> American Military Headgear Insignia</I> (Fig. 290) this <I>false bullion </I> or <I>false embroidered</I> die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition.  While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device.  Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires.  An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase 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>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.

Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 28, 1862

General Orders No. 34

The Commanders of all Regiments and Corps will make their Muster Rolls for payment up to the 1st of May, and forward them immediately to Major Locke and Hill, at the Quartermaster's Office.

The promptness and correctness with which the proper Rolls are furnished will insure priority of payment. 



Excellent condition. Scarce.  

Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Catherine Stebbins, Rochester, New York, with partial C.D.S., Natchez, Miss., Oct. 21/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington (Scott #64) postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Back flap is torn where the envelope was opened.   All in fine original condition after decades of local attic storage, this pair of 1700 very early 1800s bronze shoe buckles measure approximately 2 7/16 inches by 1 3/8 inch wide.  With that eye appealing natural age color that comes to bronze only with time, these wonderful old buckles clearly saw little period use as evident by the crisp corners and bold hand tool marks of the period maker. (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) <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!

extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00


General Butler Orders His Commanders To $15.00


1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Missis $8.00


original ! 18th century bronze SHOE BUCK $135.00

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