ORDNANCE DOCUMENT ON THE SPRINGFIELD RIFLE
MUSKETS - Ordnance document (August, 1864) explaining
how to order repair parts for the Springfield Rifle Muskets.
This explains the difference between the Model 1855, 1861,
1863 and 1864 Rifles. Great piece for the Springfield
collector. (8.15" X 10.1") All pre-printed and in Very Good
7TH VERMONT INFANTRY - ABSTRACT OF MATERIALS -
2nd Qtr., 1864 - Shows the expenditure of ammunition - 500
.58 cal. cartridges used in practice firing and guard duty.
Signed by Lt. Gilbert and is in Very Good Condition.
(40) FORTY DOCUMENTS U.S. SIGNAL CORPS -
WAR DEPT. CONCERNING THE ALPENA,
MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSE STATION - All dating
from January to December of 1883 communications
from the War Department to the Signal Officer at
the Signal Station, Alpena, Michigan. Back then the
Signal Corps was in charge of the Great Lakes
LightHouses. All are in very good condidtion only
several have separation at folds and several have
64TH OHIO INFANTRY - Handwritten Special Orders No.
131 from Headquarters - Army of the Ohio at Huntsville,
Alabama August 12, 1862. Accepting the resignation of
Lieut. A.M. Goldsboro. Good condition but does have an
20TH INDIANA INFANTRY MUSTER OUT ROLL -
Document approx. 10 1/2"x 30 1/2" mustering out
3 soldiers from Satterlee U.S. Army hospital in
Philadelphia by hospital Surgeon and a V.R.C.
Captain. It is dated May 24, 1865 and contains the
names of Edmund B. Gainey, Orin Bryant and
Jeremiah Hammel. According to records, Bryant
was wounded at Spottsylvania Court House and
Hammel was wounded at Petersburg. It is unknown
as to why Gainey was in. Document is in very good
CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
EARLY NEW YORK MILITIA WARRANT TO
CORPORAL - 1849 - 8 1/4" x 13 1/2" document dated
Sept. 8, 1849 Warrant to Corporal for L.D. Simons for
the Thirteenth Regiment of Infantry - Washington
Life Guards. Very good condition with only minor
separation of paper at folds for about 1/2" from edges..
EARLY NEW YORK MILITIA ENLISTMENT
DOCUMENT - 1848 - 7 3/4" x 12 3/8" document for the
enlistment of L.D. Simons to Private in Company D of
the Thirteenth Regiment of Infantry - Washington Life
Guards dated September 14, 1848. Document has
several pages - one being Extracts from the Laws of the
State of New York pertaining to military regiments.
Blue paper with some lighter spotted areas - very good
CONFEDERATE PAROLE OF HONOR - Pre-printed on
crude brown CS paper, unissued, these were filled out
for Union prisoners on their capture promising not to
bear arms, etc. until regularly exchanged. Very good
1860 GEORGIA BALLOT INCLUDING THE REPRESENTATIVES
VOTING FOR SECESSION AND 1863 CITIZENSHIP AFFIDAVIT
WRITTEN ON REVERSE - Pre-printed and partially hand filled in
1860 Walton County, Georgia voting ballot that includes the
preprinted names of the county representatives that were sent to the
Convention to vote on secession!! On the reverse is an 1863 hand
written affidavit from the Clerk's Office of the Superior Court
attesting to the Georgia and Confederate citizenship of a county
citizen. Must have used the ballots when paper supplies ran low. Some
staining as can be seen in photos.
GUARANTEE OF PROTECTION DOCUMENT- Unissued
Guarantee Dated August, 1863 - Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Handwritten document that has empty space for name to be
filled in at a later date. These documents were issued to loyal
citizens to the US and provided them and their property full
consideration and respect by Union forces. Very good condition.
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT - Approx. 7 3/4" x 9
5/8" dated February 13, 1864 this is a list of Clothing, Camp and
Garrison Equipage preprinted document - list of items include
lined blouses, Paris booters (don't ask), boots and haversacks.
All for use by the 2nd Minnesota Infantry. Very good condition.
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT - Approx. 7 3/4" x 9 5/8"
dated September 28, 1862 this is an invoice of Clothing, Camp and
Garrison Equipage hand written document - Listed are pants, shoes,
shirts, socks, drawers,canteens, hats, blankets and blouses . Very
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY COLONEL
PHILIP GEORGE - Approx. 7 3/4" x 12 1/4" dated for the month of
July, 1863 this a hand written List of Articles Lost or Destroyed
document. The list includes camp kettles, camp hatchets and shelter
tents that were destroyed while stored at Manchester, Tennessee.
Very good condition.
LETTER OF INTRODUCTION TO WILLIAM G.
"PARSON" BROWNLOW FOR MAJ. JOHN C. SMITH
OF THE 96TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Approx. 6 3/8" x
7 5/8" dated Shelbyville, July 24, 1863 and written by
Isaac B. Holt (a court justice in Shelbyville) introducing
Maj. (later to become Brig. General) Smith to the
famous 'Parson' Brownlow, attesting to his character.
Brownlow was a Methodist circuit rider in thew early
1800's (from which he received his nickname of
'Parson', was editor of the newpaper 'The Whig' in the
1840's, he opposed secession for Tennessee and was
forced North in exile for a short while. After the War he
became Governor of Tennessee from 1865 to 1869.
Letter is in very good condition and shows the folds from
being carried. No doubt Brownlow held and read this
letter when Major Smith came calling to Nashville.
13TH REGT. RHODE ISLAND MILITIA DOCUMENT- Approx. 4 1/4" x
7 1/4" document ordering James Dockray to appear for Battalion
Parade. Dockray was originally in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, was
wounded at 1st Bull Run and discharged for disability in Nov., 1862. He
obviously wanted to continue serving his country by joining the local
Militia group after his discharge as shown by this October, 1863
document. This was at one time mounted in a Rhode Island related
scrapbook. Good condition.
2ND RHODE ISLAND DOCUMENT- Small (approx. 3 3/8" x 5") hand
written document allowing one James Dockray to march in the rear of
the column until he has recovered from his lameness. Dockray enlisted
in the 2nd RI in June, 1861 and was discharged for disability in Nov.,
1862. He was wounded at 1st Bull Run. The note is not dated so hard to
know if this was a result of the Bull Run wound. This was at one time
mounted in a Rhode Island related scrapbook. Good condition.
EARLY STATE OF TEXAS DOCUMENT - 1848 - 7 3/4" X 8" Hand
written document concerning of a parcel of land in Lamar County,
Texas. Few holes and a small amount of paper missing at a few folds
but not bad. Fair condition.
REPUBLIC OF TEXAS DOCUMENT - SIGNED BY JOHN BEVIL -
1839 - 7 7/8" X 12 1/2" The photos tell the whole story on the
condition of this document. It has paper missing and it's water
stained but the real value on this piece other than the Republic of
Texas connection is the signer John Bevil. Bevil was considered one
of the first - if not the first settlers in eastern Texas in the early
1820's. The settlement he founded, 'Bevil's Settlement' would later
be renamed 'Jasper' on Bevil's request to honor a Revolutionary War
hero. He would go on to become a very involved official in Eastern
Texas and Nacogdoches and Jasper area. Poor condition but signature
CONFEDERATE QUARTERMASTERS DEPARTMENT DOCUMENT -
COLUMBUS, GA. 1862 - 7 3/8" X 13 7/8" pre-printed on blue paper
and filled in Indenture between Capt. F.W. Dillard A.Q.M. and the
firm of Harrison, Adams & Co. concerning the delivery and tanning
of leather which will ultimately be delivered and purchased back by
the CSQMD. Has missing paper at a few folds as can be seen in the
photos. Some have been repaired with archival tape (on the reverse
side). Interesting document. Fair condition.
1865 CALIFORNIA MILITARY COMMISSION - Approx 15 7/8"
x 19 5/8" rarely seen as they had so few troops in the military.
Dated April 17, 1865 to rank from February 17, 1865 for Captain
Stephen Parker in the Sherman Guard, Second Brigade of the
California Militia. This unit was out of San Francisco. Signed by
Governor Frederick F. Low. Retains the gold seal of the State of
California and looks like it had another that was removed to see
the entire document although in that area it does feel embossed.
There is one important drawback with this document as it has
been dry mounted to an old acidic and brittle board. It was
mounted well, if there is such a thing when they do this, as it has
absolutely no wrinkles and looks to be solidly 100% glued to the
board. Edges have been trimmed.
21ST MICHIGAN INFANTRY CAPTAIN'S COMMISSION -
ARTHUR C. PRINCE - Very nice commission with Michigan
State Seal intact, signed by Governor Austin Blair for Capt.
Arthur C. Prince, dated September 11, 1863. Prince enlisted
into Co. E of the 21st on August 12, 1862 as Sergeant and rose
through the ranks to Captain and was given a Brevet Major's
commission in 1865.He mustered out on June 8, 1865. The
21st michigan was involved in the battles of Perryville,
Lavergne, Stewart's Creek, Stone River, Tullahoma, Elk
River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and battles on Sherman's
March to the Sea and through the Carolinas. A few small
separations at edges of the folds but otherwise in VGC.
133RD INDIANA INFANTRY -
CERTIFICATE OF HONORABLE SERVICE
IN THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE -
Handsome certificate (approx. 13 1/4" x 15
7/8") that were mainly given to the short
term regiments (100 days, etc.). this is
made out to Winfield Geiger, Co. I - 133rd
Indiana Infantry. It was a 100 day
enlistment, from May 17, 1864 to Sept. 5,
1864. The 133rd was sent to Nashville and
guarded the Nashville & Chattanooga,
Tennessee & Alabama and the Memphis &
Charleston Railroad lines, keeping
Sherman's supply route open. The
signatures of Lincoln and Stanton are in
the typeset. Has folds and some staining.
30th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - This is a
discharge from a Michigan regiment of which not too much is
found. It was a late War muster and they didn't really take
part in much at all. They were mustered in for the purpose of
guarding against an anticipated raid from agitated Canadians
against eastern Michigan towns. Corporal Thomas H. Lucas
was originally in the 1st Michigan Lancers Cavalry Brigade
(another short lived regiment) in late 1861-early 1862. On
Nov. 30, 1864 he again enlisted into Co. C of the 30th
Michigan Infantry and was discharged on June 17, 1865.
Some partial minor splits in paper at folds.
2nd (17th MICHIGAN INFANTRY) MICHIGAN INFANTRY
DISCHARGE - Private Eli Lezotte was originally in the 17th
Michigan Infantry from February, 1864 to May 31, 1865 and on
May 31 was also mustered into the 2nd Infantry to be mustered
out on July 28, 1865. It was common with Michigan troops to be
basically transferred to another regiment to await discharge and
would be recorded as discharged out of that last regiment. While
in the 17th Michigan Infantry Lezotte was taken prisoner at
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Document does have missing
paper at some areas of the folds.
1st MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Martin E. Warren was in the
1st Michigan Cavalry from August, 1864 to July, 1865. Not
much is known about him but at the time of his discharge he
was at the US Hospital in Frederick, Md. During his time in
service the regiment was involved in the battles of Front Royal,
Weldon Railroad, Winchester, Port Republic and Cedar Creek
among many others. Document is in good condition.
118th US COLORED INFANTRY DISCHARGE (and 148th
NYI) - Private Charles B. Randolph was in the 148th New York
Infantry from December, 1863 to December, 1864 and during
this time was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Va., paroled and
promoted to Sergeant. In April, 1865 he was commissioned as
Captain in the 118th USCT until he mustered out in February,
1866. While in the 118th USCT the regiment took part in the
siege operations of Petersburg and Richmond before moving to
Bravos Santiago, Texas until the expiration of service.
Document is in good condition and is signed by Bvt. Brig.
General John C. Moon who was Captain in the 85th and 88th
Ohio Infantry then Colonel in the 118th USCT. Document is in
7th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Henry Godfrey was in the 7th
Michigan Cavalry from February, 1864 to June, 1865. During
his time in service the regiment was involved in the battles of
Wilderness, Todd's Tavern, Yellow Tavern, Hawes' Shop, Cold
Harbor, Trevillion Station, Front Royal, Berryville, Winchester,
Cedar Creek and Five Forks among many others. Document is
in good condition.
3rd NEW YORK CAVALRY STATE
COMMISSION TO SECOND LIEUTENANT -
Handsome vellum certificate (approx. 11 3/4" x
16 5/8") dated December 1, 1864 promoting
Jonathan W. Kent to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant
of the 2nd NYC (this was a mistake as Kent was
actually in the 3rd New York Cavalry). This may
be the reason that the certificate has 'Duplicate'
written vertically across the middle of the
document. Filled in writing is a bit weak as is
Governor Horatio Seymour's signature. Still
retains the State Seal - good looking document.
24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY OF THE IRON
BRIGADE - KILLED AT GETTYSBURG -
Certificate (approx. 4 3/8" x 8") dated August 9,
1864 signed by Michigan Adjutant General John
Robertson attesting to Sergeant George Pettinger's
service in the 24th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted
on August 7, 1862 at Detroit. He was killed in action
on July 1, 1863 and is buried at the Soldier's
National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Not going to
sugar coat this, it is ugly, folded, wrinkled, has been
taped (long ago) as can be seen on the reverse, with
some tape residue on the front. Also across the
front, in faint red period ink are those desirable
words, "KILLED IN ACTION GETTYSBURG, PA /
JULY 1st 1863"
5TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY PRE-PRINTED
PASS - Not often kept by soldiers as they were
generally handed back to the guards when
returning. (approx. 2 3/4" x 3 1/2") dated Oct. 22,
1861 from Camp Jackson in Concord, NH. Made out
for Simon Dorr and hand signed by Capt. Edward E.
Sturtevant (who was wounded at Fair Oaks and
killed at Fredericksburg, Va. Signed in print by Col
Edward E. Cross who was wounded 3 times at Fair
Oaks, Antietam and Fredericksburg and died of
wounds at Gettysburg.
96TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY PASS - FRANKLIN, TN
- Written one month after the battle of Franklin,
this half page hand written pass allows Major John
C. Smith and men to procure lumber for use at a
hospital in Franklin. The 96th Illinois was involved
in the Battle of Franklin with minor casualties.
Smith would go on to become a Brevet Brigadier
General. By the looks of the back of the pass, it was
folded and in the bottom of his baggage for a while.