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Totally un-marked as to maker yet clearly the distinct work and unique design of Milton, Pennsylvania gunsmith, Samuel Morrison Sr. (1826 – 1844)  The forged lockplate, (measuring approximately 5 inches long X 1 inch wide) forged hammer <I> and <I>side-hammer</I> design with unusual <U>external</U> mainspring, sear spring and sear, will satisfy the knowledgeable Upper Susquehanna long rifle collector of the lock’s origin.  Best described by our photo illustrations, the lock remains complete and would likely be functional with application of a little gun oil.  We leave that decision to the new owner preferring to offer the piece here pure and as found with an untouched rich age patina.   A desirable example of the work of Samuel Morrison, by itself, hopefully someone will have one of these rare long rifles in need of an original lock.  <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 nice original old 1800s pickle bottle stands approximately 11 inches.  Absolutely no condition issues, with lots of character and nice color.  An attractive decorator without spending a lot of money.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 Our illustrations will likely do best to describe this beautiful Civil War vintage mourning / memorial ring except to advise that it is entirely original with a bold old English <B><I>IN MEMORY</I></B> over black enamel on the outer band with a hand engraved  <I><B>Elizabeth Baker obit. 2 Dec. 1864 a. 63 </I></B> inscription on the inner surface along with deep artisan markings.  The ring is a rather massive size 14 ½ and remains in excellent condition yet with good evidence of period wear.  <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>Prominent American newspaper correspondent


Major 8th Massachusetts Infantry during the Civil War</b>


(1820-87) Born in Newburyport, Mass., he was a prominent American newspaper correspondent, editor and author, and was considered to be one of the most prolific journalists of his era. He was editor of the Southern Whig, in Athens, Ga., served as the attache of the American legation at Brussels, was foreign correspondent of the Boston Atlas, and editor of the Boston Bee and Sunday Sentinel, and in 1854 he was a Washington correspondent where he earned national recognition. He also served as clerk of the committee of the U.S. Senate on printing records, where he edited the Congressional Directory and the Biographical Directory of the U.S. During the Civil War he organized a battalion of riflemen that formed the nucleus of a company in the 8th Massachusetts Volunteers, in which he served for a time as major. In 1885, he organized the Gridiron Club and served as its first president. Among his writings were Campaign Life of General Zachary Taylor; The Rise and Fall of Louis Philippe, Ex-King of the French; Early Life of Napoleon Bonaparte; The Conspiracy Trial For The Murder of Abraham Lincoln; Federal and State Charters; Life of Burnside; and Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis.


<u>Signature With Sentiment</u>: 5 1/8 x 1, in ink, Yours Very Faithfully, Ben Perley Poore.

early Pennsylvania Long Rifle - Samuel M $225.00

 

19th century aqua PICKLE BOTTLE $45.00

 

18K Gold memorial ring - IN MEMORY Eli $365.00

 

Autograph, Benjamin Perley Poore $35.00




<b>For a sergeant who served in the 2nd Regiment Maryland Volunteers</b>


8 1/4 x 11, imprinted form, filled out in ink, with a very nice vignette of the Maryland State seal at the top.


STATE OF MARYLAND


I, Eliza J. Latta, a resident of Balt. and wife of Saml. M. Latta, Comy. Sergt., belonging to Company of the Second Regiment Maryland Volunteers, who was enlisted 21st May 1861, and is now in the service of the United States, do solicit under the provisions of Act. No. 276, of the Legislature of Maryland, passed March, 1862, allowance for myself and two children under twelve years of age; and at the time of his enlistment and now, dependent upon him for support.


Signed, Eliza Jane Latta

April 22nd, 1862


This day, personally appeared before me the above Eliza Jane Latta and made oath for herself, and Husband that, on the 21st day of May 1861, the day of enlistment of the above mentioned Saml. M. Latta, was dependent upon his services, and still is so, for support.


W.H. Maynard, Justice of the Peace

April 22nd, 1862


We hereby make affidavit that we are acquainted with Eliza Jane Latta, the applicant above named, and that the facts alleged and sworn to by her are true. 


Mary E. Ball

Mary E. Cloke


Very fine. Maryland Civil War items are scarce.


Sergeant Samuel M. Latta, served in Company A, 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers, until his muster out of the Union Army on June 18, 1864.


<u>Civil War Service of the 2nd Maryland Infantry Volunteers</u>


Duty at Baltimore, MD., until March, 1862. Ordered to North Carolina March. Duty at Roanoke Island, N.C., until June. Expedition toward Trenton May 15 - 16. Skirmish at Young's Cross Roads May 15. Expedition to New Berne June 18 - July 2. Moved to Newport News, VA., July 6 - 10; thence to Aquia Creek and Fredericksburg, VA., August 2 - 7. Pope's Campaign in Northern Virginia August 16 - September 2. Battles of Groveton August 29. Bull Run August 30. Chantilly September 1. Maryland Campaign September 6 -22. Battles of South Mountain, MD., September 14. Antietam September 16 - 17. Stone Bridge September 17. Duty in Pleasant Valley until October 27. Movement to Falmouth, VA., October 27 - November 19. Battle of Fredericksburg, VA., December 12 - 15. Burnside's 2nd Campaign ("Mud March") January 20 - 24, 1863. Moved to Newport News February 11, thence to Lexington, KY., March 26 - April 1. Duty at Frankfort, KY., until September. Rejoined Corps September 10. March to Knoxville, TN., September 12 - 20. Action at Blue Springs October 10. Operations in East Tennessee until November 14. Knoxville Campaign November 4 - December 23. Loudon November 15. Campbell's Station November 16. Siege of Knoxville November 17 - December 4. Repulse of Longstreet's assault on Fort Saunders November 29. Pursuit of Longstreet December 5 - 29. Duty in East Tennessee until March, 1864. Moved to Annapolis, MD., March 30 - April 7. Campaign from the Rapidan to the James May 4 - June 15. Battles of the Wilderness May 5 - 7. Spotsylvania May 8 - 12. Po River May 10. Spotsylvania Court House May 12 - 21. Assault on the Salient May 12. North Anna River May 23 - 26. On line of the Pamunkey May 26 - 28. Totopotomoy May 28 - 31. Cold Harbor June 1 - 12. Bethesda Church June 1 - 3. Before Petersburg June 16 - 18. Siege of Petersburg June 16, 1864 to April 2, 1865, Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864. Weldon Railroad August 18 - 21. Poplar Springs Church September 29 - October 2. Boynton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27 - 28. Fort Steadman March 25, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28 - April 9. Assault on and fall of Petersburg April 2. March to Farmville April 4 - 10. March to City Point April 20 - 24, thence moved to Alexandria April 24 - 28. Grand Review May 23. Duty in the Department of Washington until July. Mustered out July 7, 1865.  


<b>1864 Endorsement Signed as Colonel Commanding


Document Regarding the 2nd Virginia Cavalry</b>


(1831-1918) Born in Richmond, Va., his father Colonel George W. Munford, was Secretary of the Commonwealth for many years, and his mother, Lucy S. Taylor, was a relative of President Benjamin Harrison. Thomas T. Munford graduated from V.M.I. in 1852. On May 8, 1861, he was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 30th Virginia Mounted Infantry, later reorganized as the 2nd Virginia Cavalry. Munford's career as a cavalry officer was brilliant, literally spanning the war from Manassas to Appomattox. He was promoted to colonel, April 25, 1862, and led a cavalry brigade attached to General Richard S. Ewell's division in Stonewall Jackson's 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, eventually succeeding to the command of all of Jackson's cavalry. He suffered two saber wounds during the 2nd battle of Manassas, and a musket wound at Turkey Ridge. Munford's gallantry at the battle of Aldie was conspicuous. He also fought at Sharpsburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and many other fields of honor eventually being given command of General Fitz Lee's old cavalry division which he led until the end of the war. At Appomattox, Munford's troopers refused to surrender. They were able to side step the Yankee trap before it closed on the Confederate army, and made their way to Lynchburg where the division was disbanded. Munford is considered to be a Confederate general by many sources including Confederate Military History, Confederate Veteran, Heitman, and in the Official Records of 1865 where he is often times mentioned as general. His promotion to brigadier general was recommended by General Robert E. Lee himself, on March 23, 1865, to date from November 1864, however, no official confirmation of the appointment by President Jefferson Davis has been found this probably due to the fact that General Lee initiated this recommendation only 2 weeks before the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia surrendered at Appomattox when the army was in chaos and facing destruction by General Ulysses S. Grant's Army who were closing in on them. Davis and some members of his cabinet and staff would flee Richmond shortly after this document was written.


2 pages, 6 x 8, in ink, war date document, regarding a condemned horse of Private Robert Meade, Co. A, 2nd Virginia Cavalry. States in part that Private Mead is detailed to go home to Bedford County, Va. for that purpose and he will return to his Regiment at the expiration of Twelve days. Signed by R.C. Wilson, 1st Lt. Comdg. Co. A, 2nd Va. Cav. Further states that the undersigned, a board appointed to condemn horses have examined Pvt. Mead's horse and find him unserviceable. Signed below in pencil by W.F. Graves, Capt. Co. F.


The reverse side of the document bears an endorsement signed in ink by Colonel Munford as follows: Hd. Qrs. Wickham's Brig., Sept. 31st, 1864. Appr. for ten days & respy. forwarded, Thomas T. Munford, Col. Commdg. There is another endorsement below Colonel Munford dated Oct. 2nd, 1864, and signed by a Lieutenant Hatcher, Comdg. Squad. [I was not able to positively identify this particular Lieutenant Hatcher as there were 13 Hatcher's who served in the 2nd Virginia Cavalry during the war. Since the document refers to Private Robert Mead, a member of Company A, I did find 7 of the 13 Hatcher's on the roster who served with Co. A of the 2nd Virginia Cavalry, but only one who ever achieved the rank of lieutenant, Abner U. Hatcher. He was wounded on May 15, 1864, and again on June 30, 1864. He died from his wounds on October 15, 1864. Not sure if this is that same Lieutenant Hatcher that signed the document]. 


Robert C. Wilson, was a 23 year old tobacconist when he enlisted on May 11, 1861, at Liberty, Va., as a 2nd lieutenant; and was promoted to 1st lieutenant, April 25, 1862. He was wounded on August 23, 1862, at Bristoe Station, Va.; was wounded again on August 30, 1862, at 2nd Manassas, Va.; wounded a 3rd time on May 15, 1864, the exact place is not stated; he was wounded and captured on April 6, 1865, at High Bridge, Va.


William Fountain Graves, was a 28 year old farmer, when he enlisted on May 28, 1861, at Davis Mills, Va., as a 1st sergeant. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, August 1, 1861; captain, September 17, 1861; captain April 24, 1862 (re-elected); major, December 7, 1864; lieutenant colonel, April 1, 1865. He was wounded at Spotsylvania, Va., on May 7, 1864; was wounded a second time at Nance's Shop, Va., June 24, 1864; he commanded the regiment on August 31, 1864. He surrendered with the Army of Northern Virginia, at Appomattox Court House, Va., on April 9, 1864.  


Private Robert Mead, Co. A, 2nd Virginia Cavalry, enlisted on February 3, 1864, at Liberty, Va. He was hospitalized with illness in May and June of 1864 spending time in Confederate hospitals at Richmond, Farmville and Liberty, Va. He was back on active duty on the muster rolls dated August 31, 1864, and was armed with a Sharps carbine. His date and method of discharge are unknown.


The document shows some scattered staining which causes the loss of some words. It also has some fold damage and two pieces of tape repair on it.


* Please note that Colonel/General Thomas T. Munford is considered very desirable and scarce in Confederate war date signatures. His signature alone, with rank only, usually sells for $325 to $350. This item we offer is an endorsement signed with the date, and it also includes signatures of other prominent Confederate officers who were wounded during the war, and although there are some condition flaws with the document, the endorsement itself is not affected, and you do get a complete document regarding the hard fighting 2nd Virginia Cavalry! Others may have cut out the endorsement and sold it alone with a $350 price tag on it. Here you get the complete document.  



       

 While our photo illustrations will do best in assessing condition, suffice it to say this regulation of 1839 US oval waist belt plate remains in exceptional, unissued condition, while offering good evidence of age and originality.  The die struck sheet brass face has never been polished or cleaned and retains its sharp edges with no dents, scratches or dings and offers a soft untouched natural age patina. The solder filled back is in compatible condition with an even natural age patina and sports the regulation die struck single arrow clasp and hook.  With federal and state use from inception through the advent of the more familiar and much larger <I>two arrow</I> US plate of the same basic design, most of these small sized plates were manufactured in the 1840’s and 1850’s.  With a rich history, this small US oval plate is most quickly associated with the Mexican War and frontier West yet a good many found their way into the Civil War by virtue of early war state issue from existing state arsenal stores. (see: <I>AMERICAN MILITARY BELT PLATES</I> by O’Donnell & Campbell) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  A remnant of a time when horticultural grafting was a necessary aspect on the farm as nearly all had at least a small grove of fruit trees for personal use, the grafting knife was a necessary piece of equipment to the practicing craftsman many of whom traveled from farm to orchard practicing their specialized <I>art</I>.   As the practice of grafting was a major factor in sustaining productive apple, peach, pear and other fruit trees and as the success of getting grafts to <I>take</I> as they would say, could be an iffy effort taking some time before success could be determined, the <I>grafter</I> was a well-paid craftsman highly respected and much in demand in 18th and 19th century farm communities.  This good old grafting knife was, as was the case with many <I>grafters</I>, hand made with an eye toward their personal preferences.  This knife was hand forged from a period <I>single-cut</I>mill file, a favorite source that would take the keen edge necessary in accomplishing a successful graft.  This knife measures 10 inches in total length with a 5 inch blade mounted through a brass ferrule to a stout turned ash-wood grip.  Demonstrating desirable evidence of age, period use and originality, yet remaining untouched and in nice condition, this early grafting knife will go well in any number of period collecting categories.  <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>

Application for Support by the Wife of M $75.00

 

Autograph, Colonel & General Thomas T. M $250.00

 

exceptional! pattern of 1839 U. S. BELT $335.00

 

early 1800s handcrafted GRAFTING KNIFE $65.00

Measuring approximately 50 inches in total length, this pair of <I>make do</I> with what is available, handcrafted crutches will stir the imagination as one ponders the circumstances of their creation.  Crafted from natural cherry wood staffs, each split with a hand saw to within approximately a foot from the end and left rough with the bark on, the sections of green and still supple wood each was reinforced at the end of the cut with strips of available sheet tin wrapped around the circumference.  The strips were spread with a board cut in the shape of a wedge and secured in place above the tin reinforcements.  About half way up a short section of the sapling is secured in place as a hand grip utilizing square iron nuts, classic of the period.  Finally a full round section of the cherry sapling is secured across the top end of the spread wood sections.  With a bit of common skill, ingenuity, and some work, a matched pair of crutches was created from what was available.  Remaining in excellent condition yet with evidence of period wear.  An eye catching companion item in any number of Civil War venues.  <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>  Another find among our fifty year accumulation of scouring the countryside for <I>neat old stuff</I>, the oval body of this hand crafted tinned sheet iron hip flask measures approximately 4 7/8 (not counting the spout) X 3 inches wide X 1 ¼ thick.  Best described by our photo illustrations, a close look at the face of this obviously period used personal utility, reveals a light but clearly discernable  scratch engraved  palmetto tree with the letters <I>S C</I>.  This relic of the past shows good evidence of age and originality with period use, yet remains solid with no splits at the soldered seams, rust or holes.  Tough to find such these days, this will be an especially pleasing personal item for the Civil War collector and will be of special interest to the Confederate 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>  Measuring just under 6 inches, heel to toe, this pair should not be confused with child’s shoes as they demonstrate the qualities of stout work shoes or brogans by style, weight of construction and their Pat.1853 scuff plates, as are unearthed by Civil War site <I>digger</I>/ historians.   In a period when private purchase foot wear was most commonly made by order by local cobblers who were not eager to  expend labor and materials on inventory, such <I>sales samples</I> as are offered here were a common choice for the selection by <I>in the shop</I> buyers and were distributed to country stores, traveling sales persons and yes even sutlers who would measure the troop who would undoubtedly cherish a pair of private purchase shoes over the notoriously ill-fitting issue brogans and pass his order back to the cobbler for construction.  This sales sample pair likely started out as black however have turned a very dark brown with age.  They are without piercing for laces as would have been required of shoes for wear and even retain the cobblers heel string, one to the other, to keep the pair together.  These features offer further assurance that the pair came directly from the cobbler shop as sales samples.  Entirely original and remaining in excellent condition yet, with good evidence of age, this eye appealing pair will go well in any quality Civil War era collection.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 An attractive <I>General Grant</I> board game turned from American walnut with a full complement of 32 period handcrafted clay marble game pieces.  This example measures approximately 8 7/8  inches in diameter and remains in pleasing condition yet with good evidence of period use.   A similar to the old <I>Fox & Geese</I> peg board solitaire game that was so popular in the period of the American Revolution, this game was played utilizing marbles rather than pegs as with its earlier cousin but with the same principal of jumping one game piece with another.   A successful player would finish the game with only one game piece left on the board.  A popular solitaire game of strategy among the military, the Civil War era marble variation became commonly known as the <I>General Grant Game</I> as it was a favorite diversion of the hard drinking cigar smoking Civil War Union Commander.  This  outstanding example is in pleasing condition with a <U>full complement of period clay marbles</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>

Civil War vintage handcrafted Cherry Woo $165.00

 

Civil War vintage - South Carolina Palme

 

original Civil War vintage pair - BROGAN $345.00

 

Original ! Gen. GRANT Civil War era BO $225.00

This US oval cartridge box plate is in as found condition with a deep, rich age patina with a period milk paint identification <B>WILDERNESS</B> crudely printed across the face edge.   A look at the reverse reveals the remains original lead filling the majority melted away. A prophetic testament to the horrors of the fires that erupted in the dry and tangled foliage of the Wilderness battlefield leaving wounded on the field, exposed to potentially inescapable flames.  An early recovery relic <I>‘eyeballed’</I> long before the advent and advantages of modern relic hunting equipment, we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. Like new condition.


This book is a mosaic of the daily life of soldiers during the American Civil War. Encamped in winter, on campaign, or in lulls between battles, soldiers wrote. Their letters and diaries, even their sketches, testify that survival required more than beating the odds in combat. It meant keeping body and soul together against a conspiracy of circumstances. Through this album of emotions and recollections, you can experience the idealism, tedium, petty grievances, jokes and gibes, camaraderie, and desolation of the boys and men who were now soldiers.


Whenever possible these excerpts- collected from hundreds of published and unpublished sources- have been painstakingly matched with photographs, sketches, or artifacts associated with the writer. To do this we had the assistance of an extensive network of expert consultants who have contributed to other Time-Life projects, notably our 28 volume series The Civil War and its companion work, Echoes of Glory. With these diverse resources and access to materials in libraries, archives, and historical societies across the country, we compiled a dramatic account of daily life in the army.


There are several reasons for the abundance of first-hand sources from the Civil War. Postage was relatively cheap, only three cents. And the mail systems were remarkably effective: Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. Above all, a surprising number of soldiers, not only officers but recruits as well, could write, describing their plight with simple eloquence. From camp near Chattanooga, Tennessee, Private Benjamin F. Jackson of the 33rd Alabama wrote: "Ma, I want to see you all the worst I ever did before in my life, but I don't know when I can hear from you for we are fixing to take another march. We got orders yesterday to throw away all our clothing but one suit. We aren't allowed to have but one pair of pants and have them on, one pair of drawers, two shirts, and one pair of socks. We have been in a line of battle or fighting...for fifteen days and it has not missed but one day but what it rained. I have...waded creeks up to my arms without anything to eat for three days at a time. It has been hard times with us and worse a coming I am afraid."


Many soldiers were capable artists who recorded scenes in diaries and sketchbooks. And professional artists, employed by magazines such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly, traveled with troops to collect eyewitness views of events for readers. Besides battle scenes, these correspondents, or "specials," drew everything of possible interest to the people back home: soldiers busy at their mess, makeshift theatricals, field hospitals, the long wagon trains of armies on the march. These sketches were taken by courier to the publications, where small teams of engravers transferred them to woodblocks for printing. 


Contemporary photographs also bring these accounts to life, animating the voice on the page with an image. Technical innovations at midcentury enabled the fledgling craft of photography to record the Civil War extensively, the first such use of the camera for an event of this magnitude. Transporting cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds, men like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months traveling with the army, recording with unforgiving faithfulness the ecpectant gaze of new volunteers and the haggard expressions of weary veterans. 


So between these covers is the enduring testimony of men trapped by war. Men who faced not merely enemy soldiers, but far more constant foes; boredom, hunger, disease, and fear. Here to is a cross section of society in the second half of the 1800's; boys barely in their teens, farmers, freed blacks, devout Presbyterians, plantation owners, mechanics, schoolteachers, deserters and malingerers, heroes and cowards.


As you read the words of individuals struggling to cope with the effect of events swirling around them- trying to make sense of an unknown and unknowable fate- perhaps it will be possible to understand better the shattering toll of the Civil War.


On the cover: Waging the soldier's never-ending struggle for comfort, three Union men capture what warmth they can from a small fire. The title above the photograph reads, "Fancy the comforts of such a life as this!"     


Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of a Union Zouave soldier holding an American flag and his musket with pistol and knife inside belt, and a sign post in the background, "To the end of REBELLION." The slogan, "REMEMBER ELLSWORTH" is printed below the illustration. Minor staining. 5 1/2 x 3.


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


WBTS Trivia: Elmer E. Ellsworth was famous before the Civil War for organizing the Chicago Zouaves and staging spectacular drill exhibitions throughout the country. In August 1860, he performed on the lawn of the White House. He later accompanied President elect Abraham Lincoln to Washington for the inauguration. He raised the "Fire Zouaves," the 11th New York Vols., and led them into Washington in May 1861. He was shot down and killed by James T. Jackson, the proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel in Alexandria, Va., on May 24, 1861, after having removed a Confederate flag from the roof of that building. It was claimed to have been seen from the White House and Ellsworth found it to be an insult to President Lincoln. Jackson was immediately killed by Private Francis E. Brownell. A correspondent of the New York Tribune was on the scene, and the episode caused an immediate sensation which contributed greatly to the war sentiment in the North. The Lincoln family, who had become close friends with the young Ellsworth, took his death extremely hard, and Colonel Ellsworth became the first national martyr of the Civil War.    


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a standing Union Zouave soldier holding his musket with fixed bayonet, bayonet scabbard on his belt, kepi, shoulder scales and gaitors. Motto: "Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union." Very minor corner staining. Published by J.E. Tilton Co., Boston. 5 3/8 x 3.


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

WILDERNESS - Civil War BATTLEFIELD PICKU $95.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Soldier Life $25.00

 

Remember Ellsworth $10.00

 

Our Nation's Honor The Bond Of Union $10.00




<b>Confederate General captured at Vicksburg</b> 


(1821-1907) Born in Alabama, he studied law at Tuscumbia and was admitted to the bar in 1842. His brother, John J. Pettus, was the war time Governor of Mississippi. At the outbreak of the War Between the States, he helped to raise the 20th Alabama Infantry and was elected their lieutenant colonel, and later colonel. A fearless fighter, he distinguished himself on many of the battlefields in the western theatre of the war. Captured at Vicksburg, Mississippi, he was later promoted to brigadier general on September 18, 1863. Afterwards, he continued to fight with conspicuous bravery from Chattanooga to Bentonville and was wounded in the 1865 Carolinas campaign. His post war career saw him return to Selma where he resumed his law practice, becoming prominent in Democratic politics and he later served as U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1897-1907. He was the last of the Confederate brigadiers to sit in the upper house of the national Congress.


Antique photo engraving of Pettus in Confederate uniform. 2 1/2 x 4. Tiny chip out of the upper left hand corner which is well away from the subject. Light edge wear. The same portrait is published in the Encyclopedia of Alabama. Scarce to find in a war date image. Circa late 1800's.  


<b>The Life And Photographs Of Alexander Gardner


The Story Of Abraham Lincoln's Photographer, Who Changed The Way America Viewed THE CIVIL WAR</b>


By D. Mark Katz. Published by Rutledge Hill Press, Nashville, Tennessee, 1991. Hard cover, 9 x 12, with dust jacket, 305 pages, index, illustrated. Long out of print. Brand new condition. A truly magnificent book; a must for every Civil War photograph enthusiast.  


"This album of Gardner's work is nothing less than sensational." Booklist


Alexander Gardner, an artist with a camera and America's first photojournalist, photographed American history from the time of the Civil War through the settlement of the wild West. Gardner's photographs show the fatigue and emotion in Abraham Lincoln's face, the gruesome reality of battlefield death, and the starkness of the execution of the conspirators in Lincoln's murder. In later years Gardner took portraits of many Indian delegations visiting Washington, D.C.


Initially a student and partner of Mathew Brady, Gardner broke away in the middle of the Civil War to found his own studio and to become a covert operative for the new Secret Service under fellow Scotsman Allan Pinkerton. Mathew Brady developed a reputation for chronicling the Civil War by placing his name on photographs taken by others, but it was Alexander Gardner who took many of Brady's most famous pictures. Gardner's pictures from the battlefields were the basis of the engravings in Harper's Weekly and it was these images that brought the horror of the war home to the American people. His photographs (many attributed to Brady) are among the most memorable images of the war.


Gardner photographed leading public figures of his day and took more portraits of Abraham Lincoln than any other photographer. Gardner's photographs were used in apprehending and identifying the conspirators in Lincoln's assassination. Gardner documented their execution as well as the execution of Captain Henry Wirz, commander of the Andersonville Prison camp.


After the war, Gardner traveled west with the Kansas expedition, recording the construction of the railroads and railroad towns, and was asked by government officials to accompany the Fort Laramie Councils delegation in 1868.


This fascinating volume is filled with powerful, memorable images, many reproduced directly from original Gardner prints. <i>Library Journal</i> says, "As these photographs demonstrate, Gardner's genius was truly extraordinary: photographing the Civil War, the assassination of President Lincoln, the Indian delegations to Washington, the Fort Laramie Treaty Council, the West, and the Union Pacific Railway Expedition of 1867, he gives us painstaking records of a most significant era in American history."  


  <b>In The Civil War</b>


By Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. Published by The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1998. Hard covers with dust jacket, 380 pages, illustrated, brand new condition.


Texans fought in every theater of the Civil War, from Gettysburg to Shiloh to Pea Ridge and Glorietta Pass, and also helped prevent Federal invasion of their home state. Still on the developing frontier, they struggled with multiple threats to their way of life- Indians to the west, dissidents within, Yankees to the north. 


The Civil War presented the first major opportunity for Americans to photograph these fighting men and the places they battled and to create an extensive visual record of war. Most collections of such photographs, however, have focused on the leaders of the conflict and have treated the images merely as illustrations for traditional narratives.


By carefully matching available written sources to the 250 photographs, the authors have created a unique opportunity for the reader to see the war on a very human scale. Centering on the common soldier, "Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic History of Texas in the Civil War," the seventh volume in the University of Arkansas Press's award-winning series, tells the stories of the actual people, rich and poor, whose lives were changed forever by the nation's great drama.  Worthy of a home in someone’s fire collectables, Civil War Alexandria or just <I>neat stuff</I> collection is this December 7, 1864 check issued and signed by war time <U>Mayor Charles A. Ware of Alexandria, Virginia</U> to <U>Richard F. Tatsapaugh</U> who was <U>Alexandria’s Fire Department Chief Engineer.</U>  The check is issued for $18.00 for repair of fire apparatus and is signed by Mayor Ware with the Fire Chief’s endorsement on the back.  Interestingly enough the check bears a Federal Revenue stamp complete with its <I>Dec. 7 / 64</I> penned cancellation. We have left the check as we acquired it, tipped at the top corners to art board.  An interesting war time South relic without spending a lot of money.   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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Photograph, General Edmund W. Pettus $10.00

 

Witness To An Era

 

Portraits of Conflict, A Photographic Hi

 

c. 1864 - Alexandria Virginia Mayor - Sig $65.00

     A candle holder as is with potential use as a finger lamp with the addition of a burner, this Civil War vintage <I>make-do</I> will occupy a special place in someone’s lighting device or personal item collection.  Fashioned from a now rarely seen period <I>condensed milk</I> tin that, while showing good age and period originality, remains in excellent condition with all the telltale construction features that knowledgeable antique tin collectors like to see.  Flat, lap seamed top and bottom with that telltale lead <I>spot</I> seal and lead soldered, side, lap seal, all offer good evidence of period construction of the Borden, Eagle Brand tin.  A true example of the ingenuity of some skilled mid 1800s <I>tin-knocker</I>, the light gauge of the tinned sheet iron used to fashion the neck and finger loop modification tells us that the material used was likely cut from another milk can.     

     As a bit of history regarding the significance of Borden’s then <U>ground breaking</U> process of preserving milk:  Gail Borden introduced Eagle Brand in 1856 to fight food poisoning and other illnesses related to lack of refrigeration and preservation techniques.  Borden’s method of producing vacuum packed (thus the lead solder spot seal applied to the heated tin of condensed milk) cows milk quickly became popular as it offered a wide range of nutritional uses while being easily transported and stored without spoilage.  The Civil War brought about Union Army contracts that made Borden’s condensed milk a nationally recognized commodity. With the vast majority having been used up and cast aside existing examples are a rare relic of 1850s / 1860s daily life.

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 An outstanding example of the 19th century curry comb so well documented by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well.  Picked out of an accumulation of antique harness, grooming and other period <I>horse barn</I> gear, we have left this <I>Wheeler Pat. 1861</I> curry comb  as found and as is reflecting its excellent natural age condition.   Most frequently associated with Cavalry by Civil War enthusiasts this Wheeler’s Patent equine tool with the <I>main comb</I> feature as a variation of the more common version will be of special interest .  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques  With the exception of some age staining on its <B>EVANS</B> marked single blade, this tortoise shell mounted, folding medical fleam remains in excellent condition and remains in its original pressed paper mache case.  A nice addition to any Mexican War / Civil War era medical grouping.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  This attractive light aqua hand blown whiskey bottle stands approximately 9 1/4 inches and sports the patriotic figure of a Mexican War era militiaman on its face.   The calabash style flask sports a classic iron pontil  and is topped by an applied  mouth.   The calabash shaped whiskey flask saw considerable popularity in the 1840s through the Civil War era with most surviving examples emanating from the later period.  This early example with the Mexican War period military figure is offered as acquired with a painted collection inventory number on the base which could be easily removed.  All original and period with no chips, cracks or condition issues this colorful patriotic flask will set well in any period grouping.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Civil War vintage Condensed Milk Tin - $165.00

 

Civil War / Indian Wars - Pat. 1861 CUR $65.00

 

Earlier through mid 1800s - CASED MEDICA $55.00

 

c. 1840s - PATRIOTIC MILITIA figure - WH $225.00

All in the original board with leather spine binding, this volume is a collection of <I>Mother’s Assistant & Young Lady’s Friend</I> published in Boston by William C. Brown.   With good evidence of age and period handling yet remaining in pleasing condition over all, tight at the spine with no torn, missing or loose pages, this bound collection of issues spans from January 1843 through July 1850.  A nice collection of entertaining sonnets, poetry, illustrations, good advice and guidance for the Victorian young lady and mother. .  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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Housed in a period turned oak dice cup, this pair of vintage hand cut bone gaming dice hold a secret advantage to the wily user as upon a close look each gaming piece offers two sided featuring 5 dots with the all important extra 5 panel set in place of the correct panel of six.  A neat original gaming item for the old West gambling collector or enthusiast of  the Civil War military camp <I>sharpie</I>.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Our illustrations will provide the best description of this wonderful old lantern except to say that it is entirely original  and complete even to its classic double wicked whale oil burner.  (The two wick design is credited to Benjamin Franklin who discovered that the burning characteristics of  two wicks placed closely adjacent will produce more than double the light.)  The body of the three sided lantern measure approximately 7 ¼ X 8 ¾ inches on a side and the lantern stands about 17 inches including the bail handle.  The hinged door retains its original brass reflector.   All original and period with good evidence of age and period use yet remaining in pleasing condition.   <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 outstanding unsigned 19th century <U>seven</U> string <U>fretless</U> banjo has been strung with modern nylon strings with a natural skin head and is ready to tune and play or will make a wonderful display item in any Civil War / early minstrel musical grouping.  Featuring a 11 ½ inch diameter rim with lots of nicely aged original finish, this period <I>clawhammer</I> banjo sports a well-shaped walnut fretless neck with its original friction tuning pegs and tailpiece.  The body offers 12 stout, all original brass brackets and tension hoop.  With its early development largely in the American South, the California Gold Rush moved the early fretless banjo West as it could be heard aboard ship bound for the Horn and up the Pacific coast where it became the most prolific musical instrument of the Western gold fields.   The instruments flow into the Civil War military camp was a natural one, Union and Confederate.  The most widely known application was by a fellow named Sam Sweeny whose only job during the war was to play the banjo for Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart his officers and guests.   As a boy his younger brother, Joel Walker Sweeney of Appomattox Court House, learned to play the four string banjo from his father’s black workers and was later credited with the development of the standard five string banjo as he traveled through central Virginia in the antebellum period.  When Joel Sweeny died in 1860, brother Sam stepped in and with the outbreak of war became famous for playing his banjo for Gen. Stuart and his Army of Northern Virginia  headquarters staff.  Difficult to find today even in relic condition as most saw lots of hard service in the period, a nice original playable example of a period fretless banjo in the scarce 7 string variation is a treasure.

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Jan. 1843 through July 1850 bound - MOT $65.00

 

vintage hand cut bone DOUBLE FIVE / CHEA $125.00

 

earlier to mid 1800s Whale Oil LANTERN $245.00

 

Civil War era antique 7 string – FRETLES

Most frequently seen in original casings of percussion Colt revolvers as were made famous in the Civil War and American West, these little <B>ELEY BROs LONDON</B> percussion cap tins are always in demand as they are sought after by collector historians as a companion to a period Colt revolver.  This one shows good age and originality yet contains a good amount of its original <I>japaning</I> finish and even sports a hint of its original blue-green paper seal.  Offered as found with a content of a small number of approximately .36 caliber led balls.  Once relatively common, original examples are more and more difficult to find.  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 !  Frequently referred to as a <I>gunsmith’s</I> or <I>clock maker’s,</I> vice or any number of specialty applications, the use of this handy old black iron hand vice was as broad as the imagination.  Age to is set at variations from the American colonial / Revolutionary War period through use into the Civil War era with specialty references documenting existence of such hand vises as this on through each time frame.  Examples such as this one are most accurately referred to simply as an <I>artisan hand vice </I> of the 18th through mid-19th century.  Easily distinguishable from the post mid-19th century examples by virtue of design and construction, this little artisan hand vice remains in all original, functional condition and will lay in well with any number of specialty period artisan groupings.  A nice period item without spending a lot of money. 

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 A remnant of the sand casting methods of earlier post Civil War iron and bronze casting foundries, this carved wood foundry pattern was for use in casting GAR markers so widely used to mark the graves on Civil War veterans.  Such <I>patterns</I> were hand carved by craftsmen who duplicated each component of a casting in wood.  The artisans finished component was then used to form an impression in fine damp sand then used as a mold in casting with molten iron or bronze.  Hard to imagine with today’s rapidly accomplished injection casting methods, in the time of traditional sand casting, even the multiple individual components of a cast iron stove would be first carved of wood, painted or shellacked and used over and over indefinitely in the process.  All original and period and in nice condition while offering good evidence of age, this pattern would have been used to cast the standard G.A.R. device measuring approximately 7 inches across.   Will display nicely on the wall or set in with other veteran items.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

  

 This <I>spear point</I> style flag staff finial measures 11 ½ inches in total length and is made of stout cast brass in classic Civil War fashion. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)  Emanating from a defunct Maine G. A. R. post, Civil War relic collection, this eye appealing finial remains in excellent as found condition retaining a good amount of original guiding while offering good evidence of age and period use to include an attractive natural age patina and a bit of a bend at the tip of the <I>spear head</I>.  As was relatively common to <U>period design</I> these finials breaks down in two and sometimes three sections depending on design.  This example is of the three component type, flag staff ferrule, ball and spear point.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

original ELEY BROs LONDON – PERCUSSION C

 

1700s through early 1800s – Artisan’s HA $75.00

 

Rare! G. A. R. marker FOUNDRY PATTERN $325.00

 

Civil War vintage Flagstaff Finial

<b>In The Civil War</b>


By Anne J. Bailey & Walter J. Fraser, Jr. With a Foreword by the General Editors, Carl Moneyhon and Bobby Roberts. Published by The University of Arkansas Press, Fayetteville, Arkansas, 1996. Hardcover with dust jacket, 410 pages, index, illustrated, brand new condition.


From the first Georgians to march north to fight under Robert E. Lee, through the Battle of Chickamauga, the Atlanta Campaign, the March to the Sea, and the awful conditions of Andersonville, Anne J. Bailey and Walter J. Fraser, Jr., have compiled 260 photographs, four maps, and related documents that detail the physical and spiritual suffering of soldiers, slaves, and civilians in their fight for their country, land, and their own freedom.


The Civil War presented the first major opportunity to photograph fighting men and the places they fought and to create an extensive visual record of war. Most collections of such photographs, however, have focused on the leaders of the conflict and have treated the images only as illustrations for traditional narratives.


Centering on the common soldier, Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic History of Georgia in the Civil War, the fifth volume in the University of Arkansas Press's award-winning series, tells the stories of the actual people, rich and poor, whose lives were changed forever by the nation's great drama.  A nice period <I>Double Eagle</I> one pint patriotic whiskey flask. All in pleasing condition with no chips, flakes, cracks or condition issues, this beautiful hand blown aqua flask with its classic hinged mold marks and applied top will sit well in any earlier to mid 1800s antique grouping. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Complete with finely inlayed bone teeth setting off detail of the figure and skill of the craftsman who created this fine old tobacco pipe, we will let our photos provide the description for this offering.  With a chip or two to the bill of the cap as remnant of period use and carrying, this exceptionally well carved figural pipe bowl remains in pleasing original condition and will set well in any Civil War personal grouping or tobacciana collection.      <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 A neat Civil War vintage personal item this <I>cloth stretcher</I> was designed to stretch and stabilize a section of cloth for identification with a common dipping pen.  Made of turned birch wood the round <I>plug</I> piece was placed under the cloth and the corresponding wood <I>hoop</I> was placed over the cloth covered <I>plug</I> and pressed down stretching and holding the material firmly for easy marking with a dipping pen. Only the second of such we have seen in our all too many years of paying attention to Civil War vintage personal item marking equipment, we have the other example in our own collection.  (That example retains the original label which is <B>patent dated 1856.</B>)  A scarce little personal item ! <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!

Portraits of Conflict; A Photographic Hi

 

original! patriotic DOUBLE EAGLE WHISKE $135.00

 

Civil War era - CARVED TOBACCO PIPE $525.00

 

Civil War era cloth stretcher – MARKING $95.00

This outstanding pair of original 17 1/2 inch high, fancy stitched <I>cowboy boots</I> are approximately size 10 ½ or 11 and remain in excellent condition with the eye appeal that comes only with age and period use.  Demonstrating all the characteristics of popularly frontier west footwear that collectors commonly refer to as the <I>Wellington boot</I>these boots sport 1 inch stacked leather heels with 16 inch straight tops of decoratively stitched high-grade leather, lined with soft <I>kid</I>leather and sporting 7 inch cotton web pulls.   With the vast majority eventually <I>used up</I> and cast aside in the period with the tops cut off to be repurposed as scrap, original period examples are seldom seen in any condition with well-preserved examples such as these with still pliable leather and solid stitching being extremely rare on todays collector market.  Unmarked as to maker as was common to such period examples most frequently made for the wearer by a local cobbler, our photos will do best to show off the appeal of these classic boots.  


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Postal envelope addressed to James C. Mayer, 8th Company, 7th Regiment, N.Y.S.M., Washington, D.[C.]. Care Col. Lefferts. C.D.S. New York, May 27, with 3 cents rose (Scott #64) George Washington postage stamp. Rough edges where the envelope was opened. 


WBTS Trivia: The 7th New York State Militia was one of the America's most famous military units. Commanded by Colonel Marshall Lefferts, they were one of the first regiments to answer President Lincoln's call for troops after the bombardment of Fort Sumter and immediately left New York City (April 19, 1861) for Washington at the commencement of the Civil War. They also saw duty during the July 1863 New York City draft riots, and participated in the funeral cortege of President Lincoln through New York City.   Remembered primarily for his April 12,1862 gallantly when, under fire, he replaced the American Flag that had been shot away from the Fort Sumter flag pole, the interesting  <I>back story</I> of how the New York City policeman turned <U>civilian</U> aid to the besieged garrison is to lengthy to recount here but well worth a google search.  In short Peter Hart, had served with Major Anderson as Sgt. Peter Hart and personal orderly in the Mexican War.  The two men had developed a special rapport in that time and while Hart had left the military to serve as a New York City Policeman, the Major’s wife Eliza was committed to reuniting the pair as a means of bolstering her husband’s spirits as the Major struggled with what surely must have seemed a <I>no win</I> circumstance in the days culminating in bombardment of his command and the beginning of Civil War.  No small feat as Eliza had to locate and convince Peter Hart to rejoin her husband, then tackle the political bureaucracy of a time and place headed for all-out war.  This required a trip to South Carolina where Mrs. Anderson would personally take on Governor Pickens of that state.  In the heat of the crises the Governor had restricted any access to the Fort that could be seen as upgrading the strength of the garrison.  Again <I>in short</I> Mjr. Anderson’s feisty wife was successful in her effort such that by the time of the attack on Fort Sumter, Peter Hart was present as aid to the beleaguered commander and well accounted for as the first shots of war rained on Sumter.  Peter Hart earned a place in history as when hot shot fired into the fort caused parts of Sumter to catch fire, he repeatedly led a detail of soldiers through suffocating smoke to extinguish flames threatening the fort’s powder supply.  In consideration of this and other action to include replacement of the fort’s fallen flag, Peter Hart’s bravery during the bombardment of Fort Sumter was acknowledged by all members of the garrison when Anderson and later presented him with a gold watch from Tiffany’s. Hart resumed working as a New York City policeman and died in1892.  A rarely seen remnant of Hart’s notoriety in the opening days of the Civil War, this E. Anthony / Brady blackmarked CDV remains in excellent condition with strong contrast.   <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!


 A bit late for our usual fare but when this came out of a lot of 1930s & 40s Civil War veteran (G. A. R. & U. C. V.) we felt it worthy of a good home.  Measuring approximately 34 X 17 ¾ inches and printed on coarse linen.  Packed away out of the light for decades, the colors remain vivid and especially attractive as they reflect the period red and blue printing shades one expects of the 1930s & 40s.  Solid and in fine condition, upon the closest inspection one can detect a small pin or tack piercing at each corner indicating use as a banner.  A nice farmable size or displayed on the wall or on a table top as is, this colorful <I>Stars & Bars</I> Confederate banner will go well in any Civil War collection room. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

outstanding early mid-1800s - fancy stit $625.00

 

Cover Addressed to Soldier in the 7th N. $25.00

 

scarce! Civil War vintage – Hero of Fort $235.00

 

c. 1940s Confederate Stars & Bars - BAN

As with so many utilitarian items common to the period the lowly sheet iron <I>cow-bell</I> with its distinctive dull <I>’thunk- thunk’</I>, found its way to the front.  As with so much of this neat <I>stuff</I> we can thank the modern day <I>digger</I>/ historian for verification of field use of such.  (The excavated bell shown here [NOT FOR SALE] is from our own collection. It was found in a Falmouth, Virginia, Maine camp.)    Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, the sheet iron bell offered here remains in excellent plus condition with a deep natural age patina over a full complement of original finish.  Remnants of the original label remain on one side.  Not a big deal but the condition alone will make this piece a welcome addition to any quality Civil War grouping.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


        A rarely surviving relic of the early post-Civil War <I>those were the days</I> when government military surplus <I>treasures</I> were offered for sale en-masse, this original 9 ¼ X 11 ¾ sales broadside offers <B> $100,000</B> in war surplus <B>Army Goods</B> from <B>United States Government Auctions</B> for sale.  A listing of available items includes everything from a large assortment of single and double harnesses and all manner of horse equipage such as bridles, halters, curry combs, horse blankets &c with <B>Cavalry, Artillery </B>and <B>Officers Saddles</B> to <B>India Rubber Tent Blankets, Ponchos </B> & <B>Overcoats</B> with <B>Canvas & India Rubber Horse Covers</B>.  Uniforms include <B> Infantry, Cavalry & Navy Over Coats, Blue Pants</B> and lined and unlined <B>Blouses</B>.   The list of military surplus includes <B>Army Tents</B> of three sizes with <B>Officers Mess Chests</B> and <B> Axes, Picks</B> and other camp gear.   <I>Heavy hand sewn</I> <B>Army Shoes</B> are <U>offered by the case</U> with <B>Dress & Musicians Coats, Forage & McClellan Caps, Haversacks, Knapsacks</B> and <B>Canteens</B> are offered for sale on the J. C. Collins broadside as well as <B>Iron Bedsteads, Linen Sheets</B> and hospital <B>Stretchers</B> along with <B>Camp Kettles</B> and a number of additional items.

      James C. Collins began his life as a Philadelphia merchant in the mid-1840s and is recorded as a <I>middle-man</I> in the rag and scrap iron business around 1849.   Collins got his big start in the military goods business during the Civil War and while remaining largely behind the scenes, he became a significant buyer at post-Civil war government surplus auctions and was a supplier of military surplus to the likes of <U>Francis Bannerman</U> and other well-known dealers of Civil War  military surplus.

     On news print type paper, printed on one, side this original just post-Civil War broadside is in a conveniently displayable size and remains in excellent condition save a small chip at the top center not impacting on text (see photo- We have laid a small section of like paper in the chip.) this original broadside will serve as a wonderful companion piece in any number of Civil War collectable categories.   Most frequently torn down and discarded after the sale, these broadsides were relatively fragile and not the kind of thing one would be inclined to preserve in the period such broadsides as this are seldom seen today and are very rarely offered. 

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Criswell #124. Vignette of C.G. Memminger at top center and a cotton plant at the bottom. Authorized by the Act of Congress, C.S.A., February 20, 1863. Lithographed by Evans & Cogswell, Columbia, S.C. Eight coupons still attached. Very ornate Confederate bond that is in excellent condition.  


(1816-94) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. After fighting against the Seminoles, he resigned to study law and afterwards began practice in Rocky Mount, Va. He became a member of the house of delagates, and the commonwealth's attorney, and when war broke out with Mexico he was a major of Virginia volunteers. At the start of the Civil War he was promptly appointed as colonel of the 24th Va. Inf., which he led at 1st Manassas. He was promoted to rank of brigadier general to rank from July 21, 1861, and took part in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862-64. Promoted to major general to rank from Jan. 17, 1863, he was prominent at Salem Church during the Chancellorsville campaign, and at Gettysburg. At the Wilderness he commanded Gen. A.P. Hill's corps for a time, and was promoted to lieutenant general from May 31, 1864. He later saw action in the Shenandoah Valley at Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. "Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early, C.S.A.," is written in a nice period ink script on the front mount. Excellent condition. Very desirable. Early is considered scarce to find in a cdv.

Civil War vintage SHEET IRON BELL $50.00

 

J. C. Collins - Civil War Surplus – earl $395.00

 

1863 Confederate $500 Bond- C. G. Memming $125.00

 

CDV, General Jubal A. Early $250.00




<b>Includes Letters From General Andrew Jackson, President James Madison and Statesman James Mason</b>


16 pages, 6 x 9 1/2. 


New England Convention. Difference in favor of Southern States. The Olive Branch. Legislature of Massachusetts. Glorious News From New Orleans. 3 Letters From Major General Andrew Jackson to the Secretary of War Regarding Recent Action. Inspector General A.P. Hayne Reports the Killed, Wounded and Prisoners Taken at the Battle at Larond's Plantation. Proclamation From the President of the United States James Madison. Letter From James Mason. Military Report. Letter From Commodore J.H. Dent, U.S. Navy to the Secretary of the Navy Benjamin W. Crowninshield. Proceedings of Congress and more. Light age toning and wear. Very desirable New Orleans and General Andrew Jackson related issue.   


Trivia: The War of 1812 was fought between the United States and England from June 1812 to February 1815. One of the casualties of this war was the burning of the White House in Washington, D.C. by British forces on August 24, 1814.         Complete and original with all the brass fixtures, no breaks or weak spots but with some crackling in the surface finish as evidence of age and originality, this leather accoutrement is offered from a Bannerman Island military goods salvage sail of many years past.  Per text offered in their 1903 Francis Bannerman Military Goods Catalogue, the Mod. 1873 carrying brace was worn over the shoulders with straps for attaching haversack, knapsack or other load to be carried.  The piece is Rock Island Arsenal marked and offered as found after decades of storage.  While the new owner may want to apply a light coat of Lexol or other <U>appropriate</U> preservative we’d leave this now rare accoutrement just as it is, untouched and <U>still tied with hemp twine just as it came from Bannerman Island.</U>  An exceptional Indian War vintage item!   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 !



 An outstanding example of the 19th century design curry comb so well documented by Civil War site <I>diggers</I> who’s study and excavation efforts have served the collector community so well.  This same design was well utilized in the military through the Indian Wars era.  Acquired while poking through likely <I>antiquing</I> sites and collections in Montana and the Dakotas (we were supposed to be on vacation) we have left this <I>Wheeler Pat. 1861</I> curry comb  as found and as is simply to preserve its excellent natural age condition.   That <I>untouched</I> and <I>as found</I> quality is of particular value here not only as presentation of honest condition with traces of original lacquer finish on the metal but as presentation and preservation of the <B>U S 7</B> marked in the turned maple grip.  Picked out of an accumulation of antique harness, grooming and other period <I>horse barn</I> gear, the piece was offered with no price consideration or notation of the marking but only as a nice example of a Civil War era design.  Alignment of the characters are clearly indicative of a <U>single stamp</U> as opposed to individual character stamps.  This and other considerations offered here offer good evidence of the originality of an exceptional relic of the Indian Wars era. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  As with all of our items, 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>  Somewhat crude in appearance yet clearly period this scarce Confederate marking stencil is that of <B>Daniel A. Atkinson</B> a Sargent of Co. C 1st Virginia State Reserves (a.k.a. <B>1st Battalion  2nd Class Virginia Militia of the City of Richmond</B> ).  A bit of an enigma as Daniel A. Atkinson is also recorded in period military records (see illustration) as <I>Daniel <B>H.</B> Atkinson</I>.  A check of a period Richmond Directory found Atkinson listed twice, once as Daniel A. and again as Daniel H.  Both listings are for a <I>cabinet maker</I> and <U> both are for the same address</U> in the historic old Church Hill district of Richmond.  (see illustration)   The National Park Service database lists <I>Daniel A. Atkinson</I>  as a primary name with <I>Daniel H. Atkinson</I> as an <I>Alternate Name</I>.  (A copy of our research notes will come with stencil.)  While little is written on the history of this outfit we did find that it was formed in Richmond 1862 and was composed primarily of young men between sixteen and eighteen with some forty-five to fifty-five aged members.  Clearly an effort to make non-draft age men available for local duty thus releasing <I>Regulars</I> for more argues duty in the field.   The Regt was largely employed as guards for <B>Castle Thunder</B>, and the Treasury Department as well as other posts within the city of Richmond.  A scarce item, we have had this stencil tucked away for years having acquired it when it walked into a Richmond Civil War show back in the day.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

Niles' Weekly Register, Baltimore, Febru $75.00

 

U. S. Army Mod. 1873 KNAPSACK CARRYING B $145.00

 

Civil War / Indian Wars - Pat. 1861 CUR $195.00

 

Confederate marking stencil of – Daniel $425.00

Easily dated to the earlier 19th century, this attractive old oil lamp offers that distinctive look and feel of the heavier <I>lead</I> glass common to better 18th century glass yet has the seam marks of a bit later two seam mold.  This and the early straight burner with the cylindrical wick, the absence of any mechanical wick adjustment and no provision for a chimney will make the old oil lamp appropriate to the earlier 1800s with use through the Civil War era.  All in nice original condition with the early burner and lots of telltale ware on the bottom from period use.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 This rarely found battlefield recovered <B>pair</B> of Union issue spurs emanated from the late pioneer Civil War relic collector and authoritative  author, Stanley Philips. ( <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> Vol. 1 & 2 by Stanley Phillips)  Acquired years ago from the respected Phillips as a <I>Battle of the Wilderness</B> recovery, this rare pair of Union spurs is matching in all respects but most importantly with respect to being a legitimate pair, show a matching, <U>identical</U>, patina on each spur.  Experienced relic collectors will be appreciative of this as good evidence of a common recovery site.  As to condition, the spurs are in pleasing shape while the iron rowels show expected detrition from the elements.  An opportunity to acquire a rare matching pair of excavated spurs, knowledge of the conditions  and aftermath of the Wilderness battle, where so many casualties were never recovered, will only enhance the interest of the Civil War historian.  Upon request we will include our letter preserving origin as emanating from the Stanley Philips collection. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  


7 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink. $3.33 Received of Mary Oliver, Three dollars and 33 cents, Tax for the year 1831, her taxable property consisting of 160 Acres of land. Also lists 1 Slave at lower right just above the signature of C. Steele, the tax collector of Warren County, [Mississippi]. Endorsed by Mary Oliver on the reverse. Light age toning and wear. Very fine early 1800's tax receipt listing a slave as taxable property.  


<b>Depredations are being committed against Southern citizens in North Georgia by Confederate raiders!</b>


2 pages, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by Captain J.M. Carden, Commanding Scouts, to General Joseph Wheeler, Commanding Cavalry Corps.


<b><u>Grahamville, Jany. 8th, 1865</b></u>


General,


I have the honor to inform you that whilst upon duty collecting stragglers & deserters under orders from Brig. Genl. Reynolds, in North Georgia, I have found twelve men with authority from Gov. Joseph E. Brown to raise Regts., Battalions, or Companies, who are using this authority to enlist men from other regular commands, thus offering a premium for desertion. These parties followed Genl. Sherman’s line of march robbing citizens of horses, mules, knives, forks, spoons, ladies dresses, bed clothing, &c, &c, whilst doing so claiming to belong to Genl. Wheeler’s Cavalry. I captured a number of these parties with all the kinds of stolen property specified above & know them to belong to the parties raised by the men having authority from Gov. Brown as specified above. Their custom is to retreat to North Georgia with their stolen effects.


I am General Very Respy.,

Your obt. Svt.,

J.M. Carden

Capt. Comg. Scouts


To:

Maj. Genl. Jos. Wheeler

Comg. Cav. Corps


Docket:

Grahamville, Jany. 8th, 1865

J.M. Carden

Capt. Comg. Scout

Depredations in North Ga.


Very bold and neatly written. Superb Confederate scouting report that was sent to General "Fighting Joe" Wheeler informing him of depredations that were being committed against Georgia citizens by Confederate deserters who have followed the infamous march of Union General William T. Sherman and they are using General Wheeler's name to commit these crimes! Knowing of  Wheeler's volatile personality it's a pretty safe assumption to say that the general was not pleased to learn of this news! This report was published in the book, "Campaigns of Wheeler and His Cavalry, 1862-1865," by W.C. Dodson. This rare Confederate document has been in a private collection for the last 25 years! Extremely desirable!

earlier to mid-1800s – FINGER LAMP $75.00

 

Stanley Phillips collection - Battle of $225.00

 

1831 Mississippi Tax Receipt For Land & $75.00

 

Confederate Scouting Report Sent to Gene $595.00




<b>Letcher Light Artillery of Virginia


Wounded in action at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va. in 1862


Major General and Commander of the Virginia Division of the U.C.V.


With imprint of Anderson & Co. Richmond, Va.</b>


A resident of Henrico County, Brander was commissioned into the Letcher Light Artillery of Virginia, on February 17, 1862. He was wounded in action at the battle of Fredericksburg, Va., on December 13, 1862. Served as Commander of the Virginia Division of the U.C.V., with rank of major general. Buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 card. Bust view in Confederate uniform with rank of major. Imprint on the front mount, Anderson & Co., Richmond, Va. Backmark: Anderson & Co., 1311 Main St., Richmond, Va.


In the official account from U.C.V. Headquarters, New Orleans, La., January 29, 1900, General Moorman states of General Brander:


A noble old Virginian, Major General Thomas A. Brander, commanding the Virginia Division of the United Confederate Veterans, has been gathered into the harvest of death.  The great soul of this brave old soldier, patriotic citizen, and good man passed into the land of beauty, where he will again enjoy the companionship and enlist under the banner of glory which waves over Lee and Jackson, and Stuart and Heth, and Early and Pickett, and others of his immortal comrades who have preceded him into eternity. The General Commanding joins with the Confederate survivors of the Old Dominion who mourn for the loss of the noble old Confederate soldier whom they so often honored as their beloved Division Commander. Brave, modest, gentle, and chivalrous, his life work is ended, his name is inscribed upon the Roll of Honor, and his story is eloquently told in the annals of his State and of the Confederacy.


The following tribute is by his personal staff:


Richmond, Va., January 29, 1900.


Among those who today mourn the death of General Thomas A. Brander, late Commander of the Virginia Division of the United Confederate Veterans, perhaps none will do so more sincerely, or feel his loss more keenly, than we, the members of his personal staff. All of us were his old comrades, his lifelong friends and companions, and thus linked to him by ties which could be broken only by the rude hand of death. Deeply impressed with our sorrows, we cannot allow this occasion to pass without conveying to his family this imperfect testimonial of our appreciation of our chief, our comrade, and our friend, as well as of the loss sustained by us in his death. The old saying, "The bravest are the tenderest," was rarely more perfectly exemplified than in the life and character of our dead friend. 


At the outbreak of the late civil war he entered the ranks of the Confederate army, and on almost every field on which the Army of Northern Virginia was engaged he bore a noble part. He returned from the war a major of artillery in Peagram's Battalion, a body conspicuous for gallantry even in that splendid army, and among all that host of patriot "braves" there was none accounted braver or truer than he whose loss we mourn today. We cannot here recount either the stirring and stormy scenes of war which shaped his military life, or those through which he passed as a citizen, so often checkered by experiences both of sunshine and of sorrow; but suffice it to say thar throughout his eventful life he bore himself as only the brave, true man and Christian gentleman that he was could have done, and the epitaph of one of England's bravest and best soldiers might well be his; "He feared man less because he feared God more." As the ranking officer of the United Confederate Veterans in this department, he was at the head of all the movements and of all the processions formed and led to do honor to the Confederate cause, and to the memory of those who died for that cause, and we cheerfully bear testimony to the fidelity and ability with which he performed every duty imposed by these often recurring and sometimes mournful events in our city. 


In short, no man loved the Confederate cause or did more, as far as was able, to attest that love, both during and since the war, than he; therefore, be it 


Resolved: 1). That in the death of General Thomas A. Brander the survivors of the Confederate armies have lost a comrade as conspicuous for fidelity to duty and bravery in war as he was for fidelity to principle and manly bearing in times of peace; that our city has lost one of its best citizens, one who exemplified in all the walks of life that nobility of character which marks the true man and Christian gentleman; and that we, the members of his personal staff, feel with peculiar poignancy the grief now universal in our midst occasioned by his death. 


2). That we hereby tender to his family our deepest sympathies, together with the assurance that in the sorrow which death has brought to the household of our comrade, friend, and chief we, and each of us, share a common grief, akin to that only of those who were "nearest and dearest" to him in life.


Signed: George L. Christian, George J. Rogers, James H. Capers, Joseph V. Bidgood, J. Taylor Ellyson, William M. Evans, Joseph Bryan.   


Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "McClellan at Antietam, September 17, 1862." Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association. Measures about 9 x 12. Very fine.  


8 pages. THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON. Arrival of the Arago, with Advices to the 10th. The Grand Assault Expected to be Made Yesterday. Reports of a Deserter from Fort Wagner. Guns Removed from Fort Sumter to James Island. The Fall of Sumter Regarded as a Certainty. Great Improvements in the Health of Our Troops. Progress of the Siege Operations. The Rebel Works. List of Deaths in Hospital from Port Royal Including Colored Troops From the 54th Massachusetts Regiment. Military News to be Suppressed; A Stringent Order From General Gillmore. The Big Gun; What the Three Hundred Pound Parrot is Expected to do. News From Fortress Monroe. Reports of an English Doctor Escaped from Richmond. A Mass Convention of Unionist Called in North Carolina. A Delegation to be Sent to Washington. The Draft. It Will Re-Commence on a Week from Next Monday. The Metropolitan Police; Their Services During The Riot Week, Their Honorable Record. The Hanging of the Negro in Clarkson Street. How the Rebels Carry on War. Gerritt Smith on the War. Affairs at Vicksburg. The Task of Cleaning the City of Confederate Nastiness. Usefulness of the Contrabands, and more news. Edge wear.  


<b>Colonel of the 26th North Carolina Infantry, 1861-62


Civil War Governor of North Carolina


U.S. Senator from North Carolina


With Raleigh, North Carolina backmark</b>


(1830-94) Born in Buncombe County, N.C., he was the younger brother of C.S.A. General Robert B. Vance. He studied law and began a practice in Asheville, N.C., in 1852. When North Carolina passed the ordnance of secession, in May 1861, Vance was a captain commanding a company known as the "Rough and Ready Guards," that was part of the 14th North Carolina Regiment. In August 1861, he was elected colonel of the 26th North Carolina Infantry which he led in the battle of New Bern, N.C., in March 1862, and in the battles around Richmond, Va. in the spring of 1862. In September 1862, Vance was elected Governor of North Carolina, and he was re-elected for a second term in 1864, earning the sobriquet, "War Governor of the South."  He was arrested by Federal forces on his birthday in May 1865, and confined in prison in Washington, D.C., until he was paroled in July 1865. He served once again as Governor of North Carolina, 1877-79, and was a United States Senator, from 1879-94.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 card. Chest up view. Backmark: J.W. Watson, Raleigh, N.C. Light age toning, with a couple of surface scratches and minor abrasions. Desirable to find with a North Carolina backmark.

CDV, Major Thomas A. Brander $250.00

 

General George B. McClellan at Antietam $15.00

 

The New York Times, August 14, 1863 $35.00

 

CDV, Zebulon B. Vance $75.00




Relic card with 2 brass pins recovered from the wreck of the Georgiana. 5 x 3, gray card with illustration of a sailing ship at the top left, and imprint that reads: Brass sewing pins manufactured in England that were taken from the wreck of the CSA blockade runner "Georgiana" which sank off the South Carolina coast in 1863 while trying to run the Federal blockade into Charleston from Bermuda. Brass pins were unavailable in the Confederacy and imported pins were a prized commodity in the South. 


The "Georgiana" was built in 1862-63, in England for the Confederate States. She escaped from British jurisdiction for Nassau on January 22, 1863. She was detected trying to run the blockade into Charleston on March 22nd, 1863. Her Captain ran her ashore on Long Island Beach off the South Carolina coast. Her valuable cargo being arms and supplies was mostly lost due to shelling. Aside from the cargo loss, the destruction of the "Georgiana" was a blow to the Confederacy as she was the fastest cruiser and would have made a superb man-of-war. 


Confederate marine relics are considered rare and quite desirable.  


<b>Lieutenant Colonel, 15th New Hampshire Infantry


Twice wounded during the battles at Port Hudson, Louisiana


United States Congressman & Senator from New Hampshire


Dwight M. Sabin, United States Senator from Minnesota</b>


<u>Henry W. Blair</u>: (1834-1920) Born in Crampton, Grafton County, N.H., he attended the common schools and private academies, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Plymouth, N.H. He was appointed prosecuting attorney for Grafton County in 1860. He enlisted in the Union army at Plymouth, N.H., on October 2, 1862, and was commissioned major of the 15th New Hampshire Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on April 8, 1863, and was severely wounded on May 27, 1863, and again on June 14, 1863, during the battles of Port Hudson, Louisiana. He was mustered out of the service on August 13, 1863, at Concord. In 1866, he served as a member of the New Hampshire State House of Representatives; and was a member of the state senate, 1867-1868. He served as a U.S. Congressman from 1875-1879; and was a member of the U.S. Senate, from 1879-1891. He was the chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to China by President Benjamin Harrison, on March 6, 1891, but he was objected to by the Chinese Government as being persona non grata, and subsequently tendered his resignation which was accepted on October 6, 1891. He served once again as a U.S. Congressman, 1893-1895. 


<u>Dwight M. Sabin</u>: (1843-1902) Born near Marseilles, La Salle County, Illinois, he moved to Connecticut with his parents in 1857; attended the country schools and Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He served in the Union Army during the Civil War; employed as a clerk in Washington, D.C. He returned to Connecticut in 1864 and engaged in agricultural pursuits and also in the lumber business. He moved to Stillwater, Minnesota in 1868, engaged in lumbering and the general manufacture of railroad cars and agricultural machinery. Served as a member of the Minnesota State Senate, 1872-1875; and in the Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1878 and 1881. He was chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1883-1884. Served as a U.S. Senator from Minnesota, from 1883-1889, serving as the chairman on the Committee to Examine Branches of the Civil Service, and was also on the Committee on Railroads.


<u>Signatures</u>: Both senators have signed a 3 3/4 x 1 1/8 slip of paper in ink, H.W. Blair and below D.M. Sabin.   


<b>Famous Union Cavalry Commander during the Civil War</b>




(1824-1897) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1844. In 1846, he was awarded the brevet of first lieutenant for gallantry in the Mexican War. He later served on the Indian frontier and in Florida against the Seminoles as an officer of the United States  dragoons. Distinguished service in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign gained him notoriety and a promotion to brigadier general. He commanded a division of the Cavalry Corps in the Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville campaigns. Promoted to major general in June 1863, he took over command of the Cavalry Corps and directed 10,000 Federal horsemen in the battle of Brandy Station, Va., the biggest cavalry fight of the Civil War. The battle was said to have made the Union Cavalry. He served in the Gettysburg campaign, and also led the cavalry corps at Beverly Ford, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Culpeper Court House and went west in 1864 to the Department of Missouri. Pleasanton resigned from the U.S. Army in 1868 and served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue under President Ulysses S. Grant.


<u>Signature With Title</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, Very respectfully, A. Pleasanton, Commissioner. Very neatly written autograph.  

 


Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "Sherman At Kenesaw Mountain, October 4, 1864." Imprint below the illustration, "Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association." Signature of H.A. Ogden is in the print at lower right. 9 x 12 1/2. Very fine.

Brass Pins From The Confederate Blockade $7.00

 

Autographs, Henry W. Blair $25.00

 

Autograph, General Alfred Plesanton $75.00

 

General William T. Sherman at Kenesaw Mo $15.00




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