RICHARD NAPOLEON BATCHELDER - DS - Civil War
General and Medal of Honor Winner. 1883 QM
Document signed by Batchelder. Chief Quartermaster of
the Army of the Potomac. Medal of Honor won at
Fairfax Station, Va (Oct. 13-15, 1863) - successfully
fighting against heavy odds and bringing his wagons
through without the loss of a wagon. Document is in
Good Condition. Medal of Honor winners signatures very
OLIVER OTIS HOWARD - SC - Was Colonel of 3rd Maine
Inf. As General commanded a Brigade in the 2nd Corps,
lost his right arm at Battle of Seven Pines (obvious card is
signed as a lefty), he was Commander on the field on the
first day of Gettysburg after Gen. Reynolds was killed, was
also instrumental in establishing Howard University. VGC
MAJ. GEN. ROGER JONES - Jones began his career as a
Lieutenant in the Marines in 1809 and remained as such
until the War of 1812. He then was commissioned Captain
of Artillery in the Army. He held the rank of U.S. Adjutant
General from 1825 till his death in July, 1852. This
document dated April 16, 1850 is written in period ink and
signed as Adjutant General is written to the widow of a
soldier killed in the Mexican War instructing her on who to
contact concerning extra pay due her late husband. Letter is
in Very Good Condition. A signature not easily obtained.
GENERAL AMIEL WEEKS WHIPPLE - ALS - 1858 letter
in his hand as Capt. in Topographical Engineers. Clear
period ink (7 3/4" x 9 3/4") Very Good Condition. Whipple
as a General in the Civil War was killed at Chancellorsville
in 1863. Graduated from West Point in 1841, became an
officer in the Top. Eng's.. Surveyed the U.S. -Mexican and
Canadian Boundries, Surveyed the railroad route through
Arizona to California and when Arizona became a Territory
the seat of Government was named Fort Whipple or
Whipple Barracks in his Honor. In the 1850's he was in the
Great Lakes Region removing obstacles for navigation and
overseeing the Light-House building and supplying. As a
General in the War was under the command of McDowell
and Hooker. Letter is written from Detroit from the
Engineers Office of the Tenth Light-House District. His
signature desirable for his accomplishments in a short life.
Some folds and staining mainly on reverse. Otherwise good
EDWARD O.C. ORD - Endorsement with rank on a 41st
U.S. Colored Troop Inventory & Inspection Report Dated
March 8, 1865. Severely wounded at Corinth, took part in
Vicksburg and Fort Harrison where he was again severely
wounded. Very good condition with some minor
separations at the folds and some light staining at several
THORNTON A. JENKINS - Naval Lieutenant during the
Mexican War, Admiral Farragut's Chief of Staff during
the Civil War and Rear Admiral in 1870 along with Naval
Secretary of the Light House Board. Letter signed is on
Light House Board Stationery written April 2, 1870. The
letters content has to do with procuring oils to use for
testing the oil at Detroit delivered by contractors. Letter
has age toning around edges and some minor soiling.
CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
MAJOR GENERAL SETH WILLIAMS - Letter dated
Sept. 5, 1862 on Army of the Potomac stationery.
Williams writes on request of General McClellan that
preparations be made for the visit of George H. Stewart -
Chairman of the U.S. Christian Commission to the Army
of the Potomac. It is signed S. Williams Assistant
Adjutant General. Williams was Adjutant General for the
Army of the Potomac under Generals McClellan,
Burnside, Hooker, Meade and when Grant became
commander he made Williams his Inspector General.
Letter is in very good condition.
CS GENERAL MILLEDGE LUKE BONHAM - Approx. 1 1/2"
x 4 1/2" cut from a autograph album. Resigned from the US
Congress at secession to become Maj. General, resigned to fill a
seat in the First Confederate Congress, which he resigned to
become Gov. of South Carolina. At the end of this term he was
again appointed as Brig. General in 1865. Paper is waterstained
and ink is light but legible.
BVT. BRIG. GEN. LANGDON C. EASTON- From Missouri. Signed as Lt.
Colonel and Chief Quartermaster on a 2nd Minnesota Inventory and
Inspection Report document dated June 8, 1864. Graduated West Point in
1838, served in the Seminole and Mexican Wars with QM experience and
was William T. Sherman's Chief Quartermaster on the March to the Sea.
CONFEDERATE GENERAL PIERRE G.T. BEAUREGARD - Approx.
5" x 7" - New Orleans - June 16, 1867 Autographed note signed,
written to a woman (girl) in Aiken, SC in response to her request for
Beauregard's autograph. He also mentions that he has none of the
other General's signatures to send her also. Along with his General
status in the Confederate Army, he was also a West point graduate
and one time Superintendent of West point. Paper does have very light
staining - shown in photos. This is a folded sheet of paper (basically
for a 4 page letter) and had been mounted with tape as seen in photos,
but tape was on '4th' sheet - which is not on the reverse side of the
letter. Small bit of separation on the center fold at the top edge.
AUTOGRAPH OF CS PRISONER AT FORT WARREN - One page
approx. 4 7/8" x 7 5/8" signed in period ink by "John F. Gray / Maj.
48th Tenn Regt / Centreville / Tennessee / Surrendered at Fort
Donelson / Tennessee Feby 16th 1862 / Fort Warren June 20th 1862".
This probably coming from a guard's autograph book. Excellent
condition except for light discoloring at edges.
TWICE SIGNED DOCUMENT - FONTAINE BECKHAM
- MAYOR OF HARPERS FERRY, VA - KILLED BY
JOHN BROWN IN 1859 RAID - Approx. 6" x 7 1/2"
Jefferson County legal document dated May 13, 1847
which has 2 signatures of future Harper's Ferry Mayor
Fontaine Beckham. Beckham was one of four civilians
killed during John Brown's raid on the Harper's Ferry
Arsenal in 1859. Many consider this action by John
Brown as one of the stimulants of the Civil War to come.
Document is in good condition.
SURGEON CHARLES H. CRANE - LINCOLN
ASSASSINATION ATTENDING SURGEON - Assistant
Surgeon General Charles Henry Crane (later Surgeon General)
on document dated May 28, 1864 to surgeon of 56th Colored
Troops Infantry (5" x 7 1/2"). When Abraham Lincoln was shot
and taken to the Peterson House, there were three surgeons
attending him that had all probed Lincoln's brain for the bullet.
Crane was one of those three. E. Lawrence Abel in his book, "A
Finger in Lincoln's Brain - What Modern Science Reveals About
Lincoln . . ." has a very good description and time line on what
occurred during those hours. Document is in good condition
with age toning on several edges. This was in a Civil War
Surgeons personal privately bound book of printed orders that he
was involved with, some signed by various surgeons. The binding
was falling apart with some damage to a number of the
ROBERT TODD LINCOLN - Son of President Abraham
Lincoln, Secretary of War under President James Garfield
and Minister to Great Britain under President Benjamin
Harrison. This note was written as Minister to Great Britain to
Miss Florence Ruth Sherman in London, March 3, 1893.
Someone in Sherman's family probably added the notation on
the bottom outlining Lincoln's life to that point. For a
displayable autograph, this is a nice one.
PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CIVIL WAR
COMMISSION FOR INDIANA EX-ACTING LT. GOVERNOR
- Approx. 23" x 27" frame containing Abraham Lincoln
signed Military Commission dated July 2, 1862 (to rank from
June 30, 1862) for Additional Paymaster to John Robert
Cravens of Indiana. Cravens was an Ex-acting Lieut.
Governor of Indiana at the beginning of the War. He was also
an Organizer of the Republican Party, Indiana State Senator,
President of the Madison & Indianapolis Railway and
President of the Shelbyville & Columbus Railway. The
document of vellum is in very good condition but the filled in
ink and signatures are light. Signed with full name of
President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton
and Adj. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. Information from previous
owner has document in acid-free mounting with UV protected
glass. This is an original document that our celebrated
President Lincoln actually held in his hand and signed.
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT APPOINTMENT
FOR ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF WAR - Approx. 17 1/2"
x 21 3/4" on heavy paper stock dated December 21, 1901 -
Theodore Roosevelt signed appointment for Assistant Secretary
of War, William Cary Sanger. Sanger graduated from
Harvard in 1874 and Columbia Law School in 1878. He held
many offices in the military for the State of New York.
During the War with Spain, Sanger volunteered and was
commissioned Lt. Colonel of the 203rd Volunteer Infantry,
USA. When William McKinley was elected, he appointed
Sanger as Assistant Secretary of War under Elihu Root but
McKinley was assassinated before he was able to sign the
appointment, thus Theodore Roosevelt signed it just three
months after McKinley's assassination. The document is in
extremely nice condition with very strong signatures to the
point of them bleeding through the paper and seen on the
GEORGE CLYMER - DOUBLE SIGNER - DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION -
Approx. 7 3/8" x 8 3/4" 3 page ALS - folded cover. 1793 letter
from George Clymer to his Brother-in-law Samuel Merideth
(also a signer of the US Constitution) who at the time was the
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in New York (cover is addressed
as such). Letter addresses what appears to be personal business
deals (as they were business partners) and other items (see
transcript on 'Additional Images' link). Clymer, as one of the
Founding Fathers was a Delegate from Pennsylvania. Along
with signing the Declaration of Independence, he would later
sign the U.S. Constitution and served as a Representative in
the First Federal Congress from 1789-1791. Letter is in very
good condition, especially considering the age, is written in
period ink on laid paper. There is some separation on the
main fold (approx. 50%) but both sides still intact. Wax from
cover seal is still present. Letter mentions a 'Hamilton' but
unsure whether that is reference to Alexander.
SHERIFF PAT F. GARRETT - KILLED BILLY THE KID -
DS / ANS Subpoena for 7 men to appear in the Third Judicial
Court, Lincoln County in the Territory of New Mexico on
November 14, 1881. On the reverse is Pat Garrett's notation of
serving the subpoena and the costs of his services, signed by
him. He dated the notation on November 14, 1881 - exactly
four months to the day after he killed Billy the Kid. Has the
blind embossed stamp of the "U.S. District Court / Third
Judicial District / New Mexico" in lower left corner.
Document is approx. 7" x 8 1/2" and in very good condition
with exception of the chip on bottom edge.
VERY EARLY WILLIAM T. SHERMAN - 1845 - ALS dated
June 17, 1845 Fort Moultrie, SC from Lieut. William T.
Sherman to General Roger Jones, Adj. General U.S. Army.
Letter subject matter has to do with the Court-martial of T.S.J.
Johnson in Key West and others involved in embezzlement. The
document is signed twice, once at the end of the letter then once
on the back as it looks like Sherman placed the particulars on
the back for filing purposes. Jones then just dated the delivery
and response. Sherman graduated from West Point in 1840,
fought in the Seminole Wars and spent his early military career
in the Carolinas before going to California during the Mexican
War. Not often do you see an early Sherman letter.
Transcription on the 'Additinal Images' page. Very good
JAMES A. GARFIELD - 1876 - DS (approx. 10" x 16") dated
September 16, 1876 a certificate for 'THE ARMY OF BOYS IN
BLUE' ( a post-War political Union Veterans organization).
Good clean signature of Garfield, who as 'President' is the
second most difficult 'Presidential' signature to obtain - due to
his assassination in 1881. Certificate is made out for Robert W.
Healy who enlisted as a Captain in the 58th Illinois Infantry
and rose through the ranks to Brevet Brigadier General.
Cowan's Auction House sold one of these in April of 2012 for
over $1100 in not nearly as good condition. Very good to near
excellent condition with only small separations on folds near
ULYSSES S. GRANT - PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT -
1871 - DS (approx. 10 3/4" x 15 1/2") dated February 28, 1871
an appointment for Robert W. Healy (late officer in the 58th
Illinois Infantry and Bvt. Brigadier general) for Marshal of the
Southern District of Alabama for a period of four years. Along
with the appointment are 7 letters of endorsement addressed to
President Andrew Johnson (who was in office when this
process began) and others. These letters are period copies (of
course since xerox machines weren't around back then, when
you sent off an important letter, you wrote two of them, one
being for your own records) of those sent by various notables in
Illinois. Very good to near excellent condition with a strong
HANNIBAL HAMLIN - LINCOLN'S FIRST VICE
PRESIDENT - Franked cover (approx. 2 7/8" x 5 1/4")
undated , which apparently held a letter of introduction for a
Mr. Isaac H. Merrill. Cover does have several small smudges
but otherwise very good condition. Hamlin was a US
Congressman and Senator before the War as a Democrat but
he left the party and joined the new Republican Party due to
his anti-slavery stance.
DOLLEY MADISON - WIFE OF PRESIDENT JAMES
MADISON- Clip (approx. 7/8" x 2 5/8"on a laid paper mount
approx. 2 1/4" x 3 5/8") One of the most beloved First Ladies
and an American Hero during the War of 1812. It was she that
refused to leave the White House when the British were
advancing on the City until she could get Treasures safely
removed - including the portrait of George Washington. This
she was successful with before the British burned the White
House. Looks to be a later signature that was mounted on a
piece of laid paper and displayed for quite a while as the paper
shows signs of fading. Included is a portrait engraving of
Dolley that looks like it may have been displayed with the
signature due to the old glue on the reverse.
MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT CAPT. DANIEL DAVIS
WHEELER - 4TH VERMONT INF.- Signed document dated
October 11, 1864 as Asst. Provost Marshal, 18th Army Corps
concerning 3 men of the 11th Connecticut Infantry that were
confined. Wheeler was awarded the Medal of Honor for
Distinguished Gallantry in Battle at Salem Heights, Va. May 3,
1863 where he was wounded and had a horse shot out from
under him. Afterwards on June 30, 1864 he was commissioned
into the US Volunteer Adjutant General Department in the
18th Army Corps where he worked in the Provost Department.
The document is signed as Captain & Asst. Provost Marshal,
FREDERICK W. SEWARD - WOUNDED ON NIGHT OF
LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION - Signed letter as Assistant
Secretary of State dated February 26, 1863 on Department of
State stationery to the Hon. Amos Tuck regarding to an
application by Tuck and others for a Mr. Dodge as US Consul.
Frederick Seward was the son of William Seward, Secretary of
State and was badly wounded trying to protect his father from
conspirator Lewis Paine who's assignment it was to kill
Seward. Frederick Seward was also the person that took the
message to Lincoln about an assassination attempt planned as
he was to go through Baltimore on way to the inauguration.
REAR ADMIRAL JOHN LORIMER WORDEN -
COMMANDER OF THE USS MONITOR - Signed card
approx. 2 1/16" x 3 1/2" dated 1888 as Rear Admiral USN.
Worden was captured in 1861 taking secret orders to Fort
Pickens and released months later and took command of the
new ironclad Monitor. In 1862 at Hampton Roads, Virginia the
Monitor under his command fought the first naval battle
between ironclads when he engaged the CSS Virginia
GENERAL BENJAMIN F. BUTLER - Signed pass for a
Disabled Volunteer Soldier (approx. 2 1/4" x 4") for passage
from Washington, D.C. to Norfolk. This is undated but Butler
was the Manager for the National Asylum for Disabled
Volunteer Soldiers from 1866 to 1880 and the Steamer 'Lady
of the Lake' (on which passage was given) burned in 1875, that
would date this between 1866-75. As General during the War
his success rate was far from stellar. Most noted as Military
Governor over New Orleans and his tiffs with the ladies of N.O.
RUSSELL ALGER - AS SECRETARY OF WAR TO
EX-COLONEL OF 5TH MICH CAVALRY - TLS Russell
Alger, Secretary of War under William McKinley on a March 9,
1898 letter to Colonel Smith Hastings, former Colonel of the
5th Michigan Cavalry and Congressional Medal of Honor
recipient, thanking Hastings for sending him information.
Russell Alger was also Governor of Michigan from 1885-87
and during the Civil War was Lieut. Colonel of the 6th
Michigan Cavalry and Colonel of the 5th Michigan Cavalry.
He and Smith Hastings (who moved to Colorado after the War
and was a public servant there) remained in touch after the
War. Letter also retains the cover.
GENERAL GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER - Clipped
signature from a document dated January 21, 1864, Head
Quarters / 3rd Cav. Division / Respectfully Forwarded /
Approved / G. A. Custer / Brig. Gen.. Signature has some
smudging that looks to be from either the blotter or the sand.
Good strong autograph. Custer led the Michigan Cavalry
Brigade (1st, 5th, 6th & 7th Michigan Cavalry) during the War
and played a large part in the Battle of Gettysburg. After the
War he became Lt. Colonel in the US 7th Cavalry which of
course had their issues at Little Big Horn in 1876 where Custer
(as well as his brother Tom and 3 other family members) lost
his life at the hands of forces of Sitting Bull.
MAJOR GENERAL 'FIGHTING' JOSEPH HOOKER - Letter
signed by Hooker, dated December 12, 1869. He is responding to an
invitation to attend the first re-union of the 24th Michigan Infantry
of the Iron Brigade, regretting that he can not attend due to health
reasons. Hooker at one time lead the First Army Corps which of
course contained the famous Iron Brigade. The ink on the letter,
which includes Hooker's signature is very light.
MAJOR GENERAL JOHN POPE - Letter signed by Pope. One
of the interesting things on this letter is the stationery as the
'Department of the Lakes' is not often seen. This is a letter in
response to an invitation for the first reunion of the 24th
Michigan Infantry. The letter is dated December 13, 1869 from
Detroit and he is sending his regret for health reasons. In June,
1862 Pope was given command of all the troops in the eastern
theatre designated as the Army of Virginia (except those
commanded by McClellan) but lost that after the Battle of
Second Manassas (Bull Run). Ink is good and (with the
exception of penmanship) is easy to read.
BRIGADIER GENERAL EDWARD S. BRAGG - IRON
BRIGADE - Letter dated August 16, 1864 from Lt. Col. Albert
Edwards of the 24th Michigan Infantry (Iron Brigade) to AAG
of the 5th Corps concerning men better suited to be detached
for the Ambulance Corps. On the reverse is a lengthy
endorsement from Brig. Gen. Edward S. Bragg, who
commanded the Iron Brigade. He was originally a Captain in
the 6th Wisconsin Infantry, promoted to Colonel in March,
1863 then to Brigadier General in June, 1864. Signature is
strong and dark. Document has dark ink (?) stains along edge.