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CDV - 13TH MASS. INF. & 3RD MASS. H.A. WIA WALTER BEAUMONT -
Image of Walter P. Beaumont who was in the 13th Mass. Inf. as a Corporal and
Sergeant from July, 1861 to August, 1863 then transferred for promotion into
the 3rd Mass. H.A., where he eventually rose to the rank of Captain. This view
was as a Corporal which would still place him in the 13th, when he was wounded
in action at 2nd Manassas. Carte has a Boston photographer's back mark and is
signed very lightly in pencil on the bottom of the reverse.
CDV - 25TH MASS. INF. - SGT. CHARLES HALL - Image of Charles Hall who
was in the 25th Mass. Inf. as a Sergeant in September, 1861. He was promoted to
1st Sergeant in November, 1862. Hall was wounded on June 3, 1864 at Cold
Harbor, Va., with a severe wound to the left arm which was amputated and taken
to Fairfax Seminary Hospital where he died of his wounds on June 13, 1864.
Carte has a Fitchburg, Mass. photographer's back mark. Image shows a clear
'25' on his kepi.
TINTYPE - THREE UNION BROTHERS (?) - Beautifully clear
and crisp tintype (1/6 plate) of three soldiers. The information
that came with it is that they were from the LaRue family and
they were supposed to be brothers. I've done limited research on
this to no avail. Good research project. Tintype has a revenue
stamp on the reverse which places it in the 1864-65 time frame.
Case has a detached cover.
HAMILTON, OHIO GAR POST GRAVEYARD - Early image
(approx. 4 1/4" x 6 1/2") of the Wetzel - Compton GAR Post 96
Burial Ground. Nice written description on the reverse along with
the Hamilton, Ohio photographer's stamp.
CONFEDERATE 1864 $500. NOTE - Iconic note from Keatinge &
Ball, Columbia, SC, Series of February 17, 1864 with just about
everything you want on a Confederate note, The seal with
Washington, 3rd National Flag and Stonewall Jackson. Partial
Treasury stamp in lower left corner. Faded red coloring and of
course a blank reverse on these notes.
CDV - GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER AND WIFE LIBBY - K-32 - Image of
George Custer and Libby taken by Matthew Brady and has Brady's stamp on
obverse and reverse. Image was taken by Brady on February 15, 1864. Period ink
notation on reverse "Gen. Custer & Lady'. Contrast on back round is a bit dark.
CDV - UNION CAVALRY - LEADERS AND RAIDERS - INCLUDES GEORGE
A. CUSTER - K-29 - Image of George Custer along with the other Union Cavalry
Generals. The image of Custer on this CDV was taken in the February 15, 1864
Brady sitting. Carte was produced by E. & H.T. Anthony who, for a good part
used original Brady's.
CDV - GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER - K-33v - Image of George Custer
taken by Matthew Brady and has Brady's stamp on obverse and reverse. Image
was taken by Brady on the February 15, 1864 sitting. Reverse has glue residue
from being glued onto another surface.
CDV - GENERAL GEORGE A. CUSTER - K-29 - One of the more common
images of Custer taken by Matthew Brady and was produced by E. & H.T.
Anthony using Brady's plates. Image was taken by Brady on the February 15,
1864 sitting. Reverse has a period ink id 'General Caster' (sic) and on the obverse
'Genl Caster' (sic). Some spotting on image.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF CALIFORNIA / NEVADA - RVery nice souvenir
badge for the April 19-23, 1910 - 43rd Annual Encampment of the
California - Nevada Department of the GAR held in Oakland, California.
Still retains the Whitehead and Hoag label on reverse.
STEREO VIEW - GETTYSBURG AMPUTATION SCENE
- From a series on the 'Sights and Scenes from the
Battlefield of Gettysburg'. Scene shows an Amputation
Tent with a patient on the table, surgeon with knife in
hand. Image is not in the best condition and lacks great
clarity in the image.
STEREO VIEW - GETTYSBURG ARTILLERY SCENE -
ROUND TOP - Stereo taken by W.H. Tipton of
Gettysburg showing a camp scene (obviously post battle)
of an Artillery Unit - with horses, wagons, tents and
soldiers. Card is dirty but a great image just after the
STEREO VIEW - GRUESOME GETTYSBURG DEAD
SOLDIER- Stereo by Taylor and Huntington of one of the
more gruesome images you may see. This is not one of
the questionably staged photos. This poor soldier was hit
with an artillery round which ripped away a good portion
of his stomach area. His detached hand is also shown
several feet from the body. Very good condition.
2 VOLUME SET - INFANTRY TACTICS - MORRIS - Nice two volume
set by Brigadier General William H. Morris on Infantry Tactics. This was
a very late War printing (1865 New York) and these were mostly used
during the Indian Wars years. These are in very good condition, one
volume having a small tear on spine (as shown in 'Additional Images').
Each has a 6 digit number stamped on a blank page inside (former
library??) and each volume has a few pages where the corners of the page
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.
GAR CABINET PHOTO - US NAVY VETERAN - I obtained a
group of GAR cabinet photos that all came from the same GAR
post in New York. Most are ID'd to New York regiments but some
from regiments in different states. This is an image of Carl E.
Randrup. The General Navy Register only notes that he was
Acting Ensign on Feb. 17, 1865 and Honorably Discharged on
Sept. 15, 1865. His inscription on the reverse states 'Carl E.
Randrup / Acting Ensign U.S.N. / Ex-officer Gunboat Currituck /
Potomac Squadron'. Rarely do you see an ID'd Navy Officer id'd
to a GAR Post.
GAR CABINET PHOTO - 10TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - I
obtained a group of GAR cabinet photos that all came from the
same GAR post in New York. Most are ID'd to New York
regiments but some from regiments in different states. This is an
image of Lafayette L. Deming of the 10th Michigan Infantry -
Co. G. He entered as Captian on Oct. 21, 1861 at the age of 35.
Re resigned and was Honorably Discharged on Sept. 3, 1862.
Inscription on reverse 'L.L. Deming / 10th Mich / Infantry'.
GAR - ALBUMEN - NY POST 32 - ANNUAL MASQUERADE -
Approx. 5 1/4" x 7 3/8" This is just a great shot of what appears
to be the reception tent for the 20th Annual Ball Masquerade of
Koltes GAR Post 32 held on February 9, 1887. Tent, cannon, rifle
stand, drum with the tables set up in the back round. The
Smithsonian has this same image in its collection. Minor crack in
mount & image near date.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD FIFE - MARKED 4TH VT.
INF. - Approx. 16" in length placing it in between
the keys of C and Bb -so can't promise the key
accuracy. It is unsigned as far as maker but is
marked with '4 / VT. / INF'. Unfortunately these
markings are considered to be post-War, placed on
the fife by a surplus dealer to increase sales. Has
straight short ferrules, one of German silver, the
other looks to be a possible replacement.
CDV - 111TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - Image of D. Hayes Strickland
of the 11th PA. Infantry. Addis, Washington, D.C. photographer. Strickland
enlisted in April, 1863 as an Assistant Surgeon and was promoted to Surgeon
in May, 1865. He was mustered out in July, 1865. During his service the 111th
fought in the battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Ringgold, GA, Resaca,
GA, Dallas, GA, Kennesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta as well as
others. Very good condition.
CDV - GENERAL DANIEL BUTTERFIELD - Image of General Daniel
Butterfield - Anthony from Brady's negative. Butterfield rose quickly in the
ranks. Brigade Commander in the 5th Corps in 1861. He was wounded at
Gaines's Mill and later awarded the Medal of Honor for that action. He was
involved in 2nd Manassas, Antietam and was severely wounded at Gettysburg.
EARLY 1800'S PATRIOTIC WALLET - EAGLE ON
GLOBE DESIGN - Pressed leather wallet, darkened and
worn on the outside and as you get into the inner layers it
gets lighter and shows less wear. There are 10 embossed
eagle on globe designs throughout the wallet - outside
being more worn. No identification or other markings.
CDV - SAM HOUSTON - Image appears to have been taken from an albumen
as the oval mat phantom lines are visible. Photographer is Fredericks of New
York and the image has an 1861 date. Houston, of course was the ultimate
Texan. A Congressman and Governor of Tennessee, he later became the first
President of the Republic of Texas and later Senator from Texas and was
removed from that office for not supporting the Confederacy.
CDV - 12TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Image of Corpoal Charles M.
Powell, Company E of the 12th Michigan Infantry. Powell enlisted in Niles,
Mi. in December, 1861 and re-enlisted in December, 1863. He was
promoted to Corporal in April, 1865 and mustered out in February 1866 at
Camden, Arkansas. CDV is a bit dirty looking but has a great period ink
inscription on reverse: 'Corp. C.M. Powell / Co. E 12th Mich / Vet Vol at /
Washington, Ark / Remember Me When / this you see / While far from
home / and far from the(e)'. Also has a De Vall's Bluff, Ark.
photographer's back mark.
LATE 1800'S MILITARY SHAKO - William H.
Horstmann Company - Philadelphia. Brown felt body
with pressed leather top and bill. This style shako was
used during the latter half of the century and even, but
rarely into the 1900's. the tag on the inside is that of
the Horstmann Company which under this name was
in business from 1894 into the 1947. The shako is very
solid and is basically the body only, missing the side
buttons, chin strap and pompom. Would look great in a
display. Tag on inside identifies it to a Lieut. J.E.
M-1860 AMES CAVALRY SWORD - Ames - Chickopee,
Massachusetts Cavalry Sword, dated 1865. Nice looking
sword from late War and mainly used during the Indian
Wars and this one did see use. Rack numbers are stamped
on the branch of the guard and on the drag of the
scabbard. Same 'C7' on both but sword has '34' and
scabbard '66' so during use the scabbards must have been
swapped. Drag of the scabbard is worn. Grip is complete
and I would estimate that the leather is about 80%
original finish with the 20% worn off. The blade looks to
have had a flash of nickel - nothing heavy.
C-1820-50 INFANTRY / ARTILLERY OFFICER'S
SWORD - German import of a c-1820-50 Militia style
Infantry / Artillery Officer's sword. Typical bone grip,
brass eagle head pommel grip with half clam shell guard
displaying a spread eagle. Blade is etched with stand of
flags and floral motif. German maker's stamp on ricasso.
Blade is gun metal gray and clean with exception of a few
small pitted spots. Very slight and very minor shake in
grip. No scabbard.
MAYNARD CARBINE - SECOND MODEL - .50 Cal.
single shot breech loading carbine made by the
Massachusetts Arms Co. in Chicopee Falls, Mass. Very
nice and deep makers markings and inspectors stamps on
metal as well as the cartouche stamps in the stock. Barrel
has beautiful bluing still intact, wood still retains many
sharp edges. Frame shows little left of the case hardened
coloring. Total produced over 20,000. Extremely nice
SMITH CARBINE - .50 Cal. single shot breech loading
carbine. Smith carbines were produced by three
companies, this was produced by the American Machine
Works in Springfield, Massachusetts. Carbine is in
beautiful condition with nice case hardened coloring on
the frame, good bluing on the hex portion of the barrel
and again near the muzzle with the bluing feathering out
at the end of the fore stock - my guess where the soldier
may have been holding it. Very fine light peppering (more
discoloring than pitting) on the barrel locking bar.
Walnut stock is in very nice shape with exception of fine
hairline crack on left side of wrist as can be seen in
photos. May have been a state contract or private purchase
as there are no cartouche on stock.
GAR - MICHIGAN VETERAN - Cabinet photo of a Civil War
Veteran wearing his membership badge. Photographer from
Kalamazoo, Michigan. Very good condition.
UCV - 1896 BRISTOL, TN - Reunion ribbon for the eighth annual reunion of
the Confederate Veterans Association of East Tennessee and Southwest
Virginia held on September 24, 1896 in Bristol, Tennessee.Vibrant color on
the Confederate flag, ribbon has weak sections on top and lower right as can
be seen in photos.
MICHIGAN BATTALION MERRILL HORSE - 2ND MISSOURI CAVALRY -
Ribbon for the 25th reunion of the Michigan Battalion of the Merrill Horse
(2nd Missouri Cavalry) held on Sept. 22, 1908 in Battle Creek, Mi. The Merrill
Horse spent most of their entire service in Missouri and fought in the battles of
Kirksville, Moore's Mills, Lexington, Knob Noster, Independence and Roanoke.
Ribbon is in extremely good condition.
U.S. 3 CENT FRACTIONAL CURRENCY - Note from the Act of
March 3, 1863 for the denomination of 3 cents. During the Civil
War there became a change shortage - everyone hoarding the
metallic coins. This was the government's answer to both stop the
hoarding and quench the need for change. This coupon size note is
in absolutely beautiful condition.
CDV - U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY - Image identified as Charles William Jarboe
with photo taken at the U.S. Naval Academy. the Navy Register shows Charles
W. Jarboe as a Midshipman on 9/20/1864, Graduated June, 1868, Ensign
4/19/1869, Master 7/12/1870, Lieutenant 9/11/1873 and died on 3/17/1880.
Carte has been trimmed down, probably to fit in an album.
CDV - NEW YORK ENGINEER - Soldier standing with an Enfield rifle &
bayonet, cartridge box strap, eagle breast plate and waist belt with cap box and
scabbard. On his kepi there is an engineer's castle insignia. Rochester, NY
photographer's back mark with tax stamp - placing this shot in the late War.
Top corners trimmed.
TINTYPE - BLACK INDIAN WARS SOLDIER - 1/6 plate tintype black
soldier standing in Indian Wars 5 button sack coat. I can't tell you enough
how bad this image is - condition wise. It is very wrinkled, very dark, it has
been trimmed to a bit less than a full 1/6 plate but has no issue what so ever
staying behind the mat, has deep wrinkles on the finish as can be seen in
the close ups and is in a half case. I have some altered images on the
'Additional Images' link that has it lighter so you can see the actual image
clearly and also the flaws. At the end of the day it still is a black Indian
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.
AMBROTYPE - SOLDIER WITH RIFLE & FIXED BAYONET - 1/4 plate
ambrotype of full standing soldier in four button sack coat, rifle at side with
fixed bayonet. He wears his leather gear, belt with US plate and cap box,
cartridge box strap with eagle breast plate and wearing kepi. His cheeks are
lightly tinted. His body may have been moving a bit during the photo as the
accoutrement plates are blurred. Facial area is clear and a bit dark near the
bottom where the dark trousers don't show much contrast against the dark
carpet. Full case.
AMBROTYPE - NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - 1/9 plate ambrotype of
what appears to be (with high magnification on the kepi) a Corporal of
Company C, 18th New Hampshire Infantry. Showing the kepi, it clearly
shows the Infantry insignia, the letter 'C' , 'NHV' and what looks to be '18'
inside insignia. Full case but loose repaired spine. Contrast a bit dark.
GAR - 5TH NEW YORK CAVALRY - Cabinet photo of German
L. Coffin, Co. B, 5th New York Cavalry. Coffin enlisted in the
5th 6/2/1864 and mustered out 7/19/1865. While Coffin was in
the 5th they participated in battles such as, Cold Harbor, Bethesda
Church, White Oak Swamp, Wilson's Raid, Ream's Station,
Winchester, Cedar Creek and many other actions. Nicely ID'd in
ink on reverse. Very good condition.
GAR - 4TH NEW YORK BATTERY - WOUNDED
GETTYSBURG - Cabinet photo of Frederick W. Watkins, 4th
New York Volunteer Battery (also later with the 107th US Colored
Infantry). Watkins enlisted in October, 1861 and discharged to the
5th Battery on December 12, 1863. No discharge date given from
there. While in the 4th, the unit took part in the battles of
Williamsburg, James River and Gettysburg where Watkins was
wounded on July 2. Nicely ID'd in ink on reverse. Very good
MINOR'S 1865 PATENT FOLDING CAMP LANTERN - Nifty
camp accessory for the soldier where the less space taken the
better. This is the japanned tin Minor's Patent folding lantern
(folded dimension 5 1/8" x 3 1/8" x 1"). When unfolded in
operating position, the lantern has two mica lenses which are still
intact, a compartment in the rear that has provisions for matches,
a swing out candle holder which still retains a candle and a fold
out handle.Some of the decorative stenciling can still be seen but
the name and patent date are basically worn off the side. In the
right light and angle a portion of it can be made out.
18TH CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - POW - SURGEON -
LIBBY PRISON - Letter written on September 15, 1863 by Dr.
Lowell Holbrook of the 18th Connecticut Infantry captured at
Winchester, Va. on June 15, 1863 and paroled on Nov. 26,
1864. The previous owner misidentified the name as S.
Holbrook instead of L. Holbrook. In researching this, he
addresses the letter as 'Mrs. Dr.' and mentions in the letter that
he is a 'non-combatant' and as such is hoping he's paroled
soon. Lowell Holbrook of the 18th Ct. is the only Doctor in the
rosters that matches as POW in the correct time range and
location for Libby. In the letter, the 'L' in 'Libby' at the top of
the page matches the style on the cover to 'Mrs. Dr. L
Holbrook' and is very similar on his signature on the letter.
Thankfully he started a word in the letter with a capital 'S' (left
margin, half way down under the fold) which in no way
matches the cover or signature. There is also a Dr. Lowell
Holbrook in the marriage records of Connecticut that matches
the town that the rosters for the 18th have him listed as
residence. Cover has Libby Prison as a return address and has
cancellation from Point Comfort. It is addressed to Warren, RI
where the letter mentions her as though it were temporary -
perhaps family or a friend.
M-1858 SMOOTH SIDE CANTEEN - Nice, solid M-1858
canteen issued to Company 'F' of the 71st Regiment -
which state is a mystery but there weren't that many states
with that many regiments. Canteen is not signed by
maker. Sewn seam is still very tight. Strap may have been
re-sewn at the ends but hard to say. Brown cloth cover has
a few holes as can be seen on the 'Additional Images' link
but a good looking piece.
CDV - 148TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - SURGEON - Image of Surgeon
Calvin H. Carpenter of the 148th New York Infantry. There is no
photographer's back mark. Carpenter enlisted September 9, 1862 and
promoted to Surgeon on August 14, 1863 and was mustered out on June 22,
1865. While he was in the 148th, the regiment had participated in Yorktown,
Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg, Chafin's Farm,
Fair Oaks and Appomattox Court House. Has a very nice period ink ID on the
front "Your Obt Sevt / C.H. Carpenter / Surgeon / 148th NY"
GAR - 1894 CORPS BADGE CALENDAR - I think without a doubt
the coolest calendars I've seen. Approx. 8 3/4" x 13 3/4" colorful
lithographed calendar, complete with all the months. Each month is
done the same with those dates that had a corresponding corps
badge, that badge is on those dates. Society badges of the different
Army Corps are also shown at the bottom of each page. The front
page (January) shows age toning and a little speckling but every
other month is pristine. This would look great on the wall of your
GAR display room!!
GAR - 1892 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
PROMOTIONAL - Approx. 4 1/2" x 7 1/2", 7 page and very colorful
pamphlet handed out to the Veteran's during the 1892 GAR National
Encampment held in Washington, D.C.. The Republican National
Committee had these printed to commemorate the service of the
Veterans but to also promote Benjamin Harrison for a second term as
President. Patriotic quotes inside by Benjamin Harrison and Robert G.
Ingersoll. Some age toning on cover as can be seen in photos.
115TH OHIO INFANTRY PHOTO ALBUM - 21 Images - gem size tintypes on
CDV stock mounts. Of the 21 images, 19 are identified (18 in period ink and 1
in pencil) on either the front or back of the mount. Most are identified just
with name but two of those include the regiment. Of those that are identified
every one enlisted in 1862 and those that survived the War were mustered out
in 1865. One soldier died of disease and another was killed in the Sultana
explosion on the Mississippi River, bringing back Prisoners of War in 1865. All
the cards have the photographer's id of ' Artist / Field / 112 W. 5th St. /
Cincinnati'. The album itself is in good condition and also has a blind
embossed stamp inside the front cover of 'Andrew Price / Bookseller / Ohio'
(can't quite make out the city). On the 'Additional Images' link, all images are
shown along with the best of the ID's. Some images have condition issues
(spider cracks). Regimental albums are getting increasingly harder to find
TINTYPE - TWO MUSICIAN SOLDIERS - 1/6 plate tintype showing two
seated soldiers with their instruments - one with a violin, the other with a
guitar. Line crossing the face of the violin player is not a scratch in the tin
surface - more of a mar. Unfortunately no identification. Case has detached
cover. Overall a very nice camp musician image.
CDV - MINNESOTA MASSACRE - LITTLE CROW - Image of Sioux Chief
and Leader of the 1862 massacre in Minnesota also known as the Dakota War
of 1862. Land treaties and the encroachment of settlers on their land led to an
uprising. Little Crow was one of the leaders of this retaliation but retreated and
escaped while 303 Dakotas were tried for the offense. Of those, Lincoln
pardoned 264 and the remaining 38 were hung at Fort Snelling, Minnesota.
The following year in 1863 Little Crow would be killed by settlers who then
scalped him and took his body in where it was mulilated by other settlers.
Beautiful condition, photo taken by St. Paul photographer J.E. Whitney
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
TINTYPE - 1864 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - McCLELLAN - 1/16 plate
tintype in a half case with a bust view of McClellan meant to promote his
Presidential aspirations. These small images were also meant to be placed
on ribbons, pins, etc. and worn on the clothing as well. This one was placed
in an image case. It was trimmed a tad short so it has a small pad under it
to prevent it from sliding around.
MOUNTED ALBUMEN OF THE RICHARDSON LIGHT
GUARD - Small albumen (approx 4 5/8" x 6 1/4" mount)
showing the Richardson Light Guard in 1862 at South
Reading, Mass. It has a period ink inscription on reverse
"Parade of the Richardson / Light Guard at South Reading /
Mass. in 1862 / H.D. Degen, Captain". The Richardson Light
Guard was designated as the 5th and 6th Regiment Militia
Infantry - both were 3 month regiments. Then Co. G was
designated as the 7th Independent Battery (for three years). The
5th participated in the battle of 1st Bull Run, The 6th,
stationed in Baltimore for the riots. The records state that it
then became the 7th Ind. Battery but Henry H. Degen was an
officer in the 50th Massachusetts Infantry from 1862-65 as 1st
Lieut., and does not mention Captain. Perhaps a bit more
research can be done on this image. Image is a bit dirty as can
ALBUMEN OF J.W. KITTLE - 15TH & 2ND IOWA INF. -
Albumen (approx. 6 1/2" x 8 1/8" mount) of Josiah W. Kittle
signed below image "J.W. Kittle". At the time this image was taken
he was enlisted in the 15th Iowa Infantry ('15' on his kepi) where he
served from Nov., 1861 to Nov., 1862. During that time the
regiment took part in the battles of Shiloh and Corinth. Prior to his
service in the 15th he was enlisted in the 2nd Iowa Infantry where he
resigned to take the promotion in the 15th. While in the 2nd that
regiment took part in the battles of Russellville, Al, Charlton Bridge,
Mo., and Ironton, Mo.. The image is a tad light and the mount has
been stained from the frame mounting it was previously in.
83RD ILLINOIS INF. ASST. SURGEON - Effects of
Assistant Surgeon William L. Cuthbert of the 83rd
Illinois Infantry. Included in this grouping is a CDV of
Cuthbert as well as a gem sized tintype of his wife with
the caption on reverse in ink 'Chloe Cuthbert / taken in
1862 / I think this was taken at Fort Donelson, Tenn',
an extremely hard to find Medical Staff embroidered
hat insignia, metal 'M' & 'S' letters (lead filled) for
shoulder straps and two Rush Medical College course
cards for the session years 1861&2. The images are a
bit worse for wear as can be seen on the 'Additional
Images' link.The course cards are in good condition
though one has paper pasted to the back (was perhaps
in an old scrap book?). The metal MS letters are in very
good condition as is the embroidered Medical Staff hat
insignia. On Jan. 2, 1863 Cuthbert mustered in to the
Field & Staff of the 83rd Illinois as Second Asst.
Surgeon. It states he was on detached service and
promoted to Assistant Surgeon on May 5, 1865.
Judging by the inscription on his wife's image they
were at Fort Donelson during that time.
5TH ILLINOIS CAVALRY REMINGTON NEW ARMY
REVOLVER - Remington .44 cal. New Army Revolver SN
39918. This is not a direct hit on the Springfield Research
Service but everything hundreds above and below of those
known issued were issued to the 5th Illinois Cavalry. What
solidified this one was the name on the bottom strap of
the grip "A C Tigner". When checking the rosters of the
5th Illinois Cavalry his name comes up as Archibald C.
Tigner. Tigner, from Bloomington, Illinois mustered in to
Co. C of the 5th Cav. on Dec. 10, 1861 as a Private. He
re-enlisted on March 10. 1864 and was mustered out on
October 27, 1865. He was also promoted to Trumpeter
(date not listed). The 5th Cavalry fought in the Western
Theatre during the War and show 21 engagements
including Helena, Pocahontas, Smithville and Little
Cypress, Arkansas as well as Clinton, Jackson, Port
Gibson, Black River, Coldwater and Ellisville, Mississippi
among others. There is a name also carved in the left grip
but that one does not come up in any rosters (may be a
post War addition). There is the remnant of a cartouche
on the left grip amidst the carving. The gun itself is in
poor condition. Mechanically it does not work, the
cylinder pin grip is broken off and there is a replaced
screw in the loading lever but at the end of the day we
know who had it and the unit he was in and it will display
HOSPITAL NURSE - 48TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY -
Letter written on July 24, 1864 by John H. Olewine of the 48th
Pennsylvania Infantry as the Head Nurse of a tent of eighteen
wounded soldiers. Written to his cousin, he mentions a raid
that came within 4 miles of the hospital and how the hospital
is set up with him as head nurse. Mentions going to the City
and the surprisingly dull Fourth of July celebration. The
Mount Pleasant Hospital was on the outskirts of Washington,
D.C. Letter is in ink and has the cover. Full transcript and view
of the hospital on the 'Additional Images' link.
GAR REUNION IN KEENE, NEW HAMPSHIRE - Approx.
6 7/8" x 8 7/8", Albumen of a number of veterans
(including one in a wheelchair and one amputee) standing
in front of a Civil War monument in the middle of Keene
(the statue and the church in the back round still stand).
The photos shown seem to have reflected the light poorly due
to the waviness on the albumen and mount. It was a poor
mounting of the albumen paper to the mount and would
look much better framed. There are several creases (in the
albumen paper only - due to the mounting).
GAR - 157TH PA & 89TH NY AMPUTEES - CDV of Corporal
George W. Brown (seated) of the 157th Pennsylvania Infantry and
Private Edwin S. Kellogg of the 89th New York Infantry (standing
with flag) in one of several sittings done together. Both soldiers were
wounded at Petersburg, resulting in the amputation of their arm.
CDV shows Kellogg wearing his GAR membership badge.
CDV - CIVILIAN PATRIOTIC - Nice looking patriotic image of a husband /
wife (?) standing in front of a massive draped flag. Photographer is J.W.
Black of Boston.
TINTYPE - SOLDIER LOOKING VERY RELAXED - 1/6 plate tintype in
case looking very laid back in his kepi, checkered shirt and suspenders. Shirt
has an ever so light red tinting on the checkered pattern as does his cheeks.
Case has detached cover.
STEREO VIEW - CONFEDERATE WOUNDED
PRISONERS AT GETTYSBURG - Stereo by Mumper &
Co. of Gettysburg. Image shows a large grouping of
Confederate wounded prisoners. Very good condition.
GAR MEMBERS BEFORE GAR HALL - VERMONT -
Approx. 5" x 8", Albumen of a number of veterans standing
in front of their GAR Hall. There is no photographer's
marking. There is a note on the reverse stating 'somewhere
in Vt' and that's about all the information I can give.
1862 PASS THROUGH LINES TO YORKTOWN - Pre-printed and
filled in pass for a Mr. Jones for one trip though the lines to
Yorktown, Va. Dated Nov. 1, 1862 By Command of Major General
Dix and stamped by his Aide de Camp, Captain William E. Blake.
Blake was originally in the 3rd New York Infantry from April of
1861 until October, 1862 when he resigned for the Aide-de-Camp
post. He was mustered out in July, 1866 and was promoted to
Major by Brevet in March, 1865. Pass is in a well used condition
and as they were usually destroyed after use, not often seen.
1937 SELFRIDGE FIELD, MICHIGAN - Probably more for the
local historian, 37 photos and a 1937 Christmas Dinner menu /
program for the 27th Pursuit Squadron at Selfridge Field, Mt.
Clemens, Michigan (north of Detroit on the shores of Lake St.
Clair). Named for Thomas E. Selfridge who was the first man killed
in a power aircraft crash in 1908 while flying with Orville Wright in
Virginia. It became a World War I aircraft training center in 1916.
Charles Lindbergh was stationed here just before and after his
famous Atlantic flight in 1927. The base has quite a history and in
1971 the Air Force turned it over to the Michigan Air National
Guard who occupies it today. Photos show numerous aircraft from
the biplane to the late 30's modern aircraft as well as the original
buildings (that still stand today). Menu has bends & wear.
AMBROTYPE - NAVY ENGINEER - 1/6 plate ambrotype in case with
patriotic mat. His hat insignia has the 1861 newly adopted cross of laurel
designating an Engineer. Image has gilt on insignia, hat band and buttons,
has a dark contrast and case has a repaired hinge.
MICHIGAN BATTALION MERRILL HORSE - 2ND MISSOURI CAVALRY -
Ribbon for the 12th reunion of the Michigan Battalion of the Merrill Horse
(2nd Missouri Cavalry) held on Sept. 19, 1895. The Merrill Horse spent most
of their entire service in Missouri and fought in the battles of Kirksville,
Moore's Mills, Lexington, Knob Noster, Independence and Roanoke. Ribbon is
in rough condition and has tape holding ribbon to pin bar.
MICHIGAN BATTALION MERRILL HORSE - 2ND MISSOURI CAVALRY -
Ribbon for the 3rd reunion of the Michigan Battalion of the Merrill Horse (2nd
Missouri Cavalry) held on Sept. 1 - 2, 1886. The Merrill Horse spent most of their
entire service in Missouri and fought in the battles of Kirksville, Moore's Mills,
Lexington, Knob Noster, Independence and Roanoke. Ribbon is in good condition
but has tape which looks like it was applied for some kind of mounting or display.
8TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Ribbon for the 46th anniversary reunion of the
8th Michigan Infantry held on June 16, 1916 in Flint, Michigan. The 8th
Infantry spent most of their entire service in the eastern theatre but did spend a
short time in Tennessee and Mississippi. They fought in the battles of 2nd
Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, Jackson, MS, Blue Springs and
Campbell's Station in Tennessee, Wilderness, Spotsylvania C.H., Cold Harbor,
Petersburg, Weldon Railroad among others. Ribbon is in very nice condition.
LAPEER COUNTY, MI. - Ribbon for the 10th anniversary reunion of the Lapeer
County Veteran's Association held in 1889. Ribbon is in very good condition.
DEPT. OF MICHIGAN - GRAND RAPIDS, 1900 - Badge for the 22nd Annual
Encampment of the Department of Michigan held on June 7-9, 1900. Badge
is in good condition but has wear to the ribbon and is missing the small drop
that hangs from the middle of the pin bar.
DEPT. OF MICHIGAN - PETOSKEY, 1899 - Badge for the 21st Annual
Encampment of the Department of Michigan held on June 21-22, 1899.
Badge is in fair condition but has a replacement ribbon and has a clip holding
the medallion to the ribbon.
DEPT. OF MICHIGAN - FLINT, 1901 - Badge for the 23rd Annual
Encampment of the Department of Michigan held on June 12-13, 1901.
Badge is in very good condition.
AMBROTYPE - SOLDIER & FATHER (?) - 1/6 plate ambrotype in case.
Soldier only wearing military kepi with infantry insignia and has a cigar
in his mouth. His clothing is civilian. His father (?) sits beside him
wearing a nice suit and top hat. There is a problem with the image as it
has a large water (?) spot over most of the soldier's head and chest. As
you can see in the photos, straight on it is not so noticable but at an
angle it does become visible. Has full case.
8TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Ribbon for the 31st anniversary reunion of
the 8th Michigan Infantry held on June 19, 1901 in Detroit, Michigan. The
8th Infantry spent most of their entire service in the eastern theatre but did
spend a short time in Tennessee and Mississippi. They fought in the battles
of 2nd Manassas, South Mountain, Antietam, Jackson, MS, Blue Springs
and Campbell's Station in Tennessee, Wilderness, Spotsylvania C.H., Cold
Harbor, Petersburg, Weldon Railroad among others. Ribbon is in very nice
condition, has the maker's tag on the reverse and a brass swooping eagle pin
MICHIGAN MONUMENT DEDICATION AT GETTYSBURG -
Approx. 6 3/8" x 8 1/4" invitation for the dedication of the Michigan
monuments at Gettysburg on June 12, 1889. This invitation went to
Hon. Aaron T. Bliss, who at the time was U.S. Congressman and
would later become the Governor of Michigan from 1901-1904 and
was also a Department Commander in the GAR. The invitation is on
brittle board and paper, has several partial separations at the folds and
one chip out of the paper portion on the lower right corner. The
ribbons for this event are highly desirable and are difficult to find and
the invitations are almost impossible to find.
TINTYPE - ARMED SOLDIER - 1/6 plate tintype in half case. He is armed
with what looks like a Colt pistol in his belt. His US plate, eagle breast plate
and cap box all clearly visible. Image is a tad dark and has a halo around
the outer edge.
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE - SU408 - Approx. 21mm
diameter. Back mark - R & W ROBINSON with eagle. Very nice
pre-Civil War period button with wear on high relief areas. Very
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE SEAL - SC15 - Approx. 23mm
diameter. Back mark - HT& B / MANCHESTER. Virtually no wear
and still retains approx. 99% original gilt . Excellent condition.
VIRGINIA STATE SEAL - VA7A1 - Approx. 22.5mm diameter.
Back mark - SCOVILL MFG. CO. / WATERBURY - RMDC. Nice
even wear - mellow color. Definitely saw use. Very good condition.
MISSISSIPPI - INFANTRY - MP4A - Approx. 21mm diameter.
Back mark - HYDE & GOODRICH / N.O. - RMDC. Nice even wear
- mellow color with some dark brown areas. Definitely saw use. Very
POW DOCUMENT - ELMIRA PRISON - 23RD VA.
INFANTRY (?) - Form sent to J.W. Bull in Alexandria, Va., a
cousin of Richard A. Oakes (Oaks), stating that Oakes was a
Prisoner at Elmira and able to receive articles to aid his
comfort and that this form should be attached to the package
sent to Oakes. There is only one Richard Oaks (not Oakes) in
the Confederate Rosters and that is one of Richard A. Oaks of
the 23rd Virginia Infantry. His record states he was AOL on
Jan. 15, 1862, Returned on April 15, 1862 and Discharged for
disability on August 30, 1862 with no other information listed.
This form is dated October 13, 1864 so I would guess that
Oakes re-enlisted and the records are not available (as so much
was, especially on the Confederate end).
CDV - GEORGE A. CUSTER - Image of G.A. Custer originally taken on
April 23, 1876, just several months prior to his death at Little Big Horn. As
well as dressed in his Indian Wars period uniform he is also wearing his Army
of the Potomac badge. Photographer is Howell in New York from the original
Mora. Period ink 'Gen. Custer' across the bottom not affecting the image and
also one small pin hole on the mount at top and another at bottom as can be
seen in the photos.
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.
SIGNED DEPOSITION ON SUSPECT IN LINCOLN'S
ASSASSINATION - Deposition taken at Camp Butler, Illinois on
April 21, 1865. Apparently everyone was of suspicion and no rock
unturned. The deposition states that William Anderson, a citizen of
Sangamon County, Illinois was passing the residence of Charles
Warner on Mechicsburgh Road and heard Warner say to another
man that 'he was gladder of the President's death than he would be
to have found five hundred dollars' or words to that effect. Good
strong ink and very good condition.
2ND WISCONSIN INFANTRY OF THE IRON BRIGADE - Invoice
of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores turned over on August 20, 1863 -
just six and a half weeks after Gettysburg. Document includes items
as Enfield Rifles, bayonets, cartridge box plates, belts, cap boxes,
etc.. Hand written document is from Lt. William Noble who was
himself a POW at Gettysburg (was later killed at the Wilderness).
This appears to be as he was detached and in command of a
detachment of paroled prisoners - perhaps those taken at Gettysburg.
Good condition but does have a toning line as can be seen in the
photos as a bit darker than it actually is.
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.
U.S. 5 CENT POSTAGE FRACTIONAL CURRENCY - Note from
the Act of July 17, 1862 for the denomination of 5 cents. During the
Civil War there became a change shortage - everyone hoarding the
metallic coins. This was the government's answer to both stop the
hoarding and quench the need for change. This coupon size note is
in good condition but has several small stains as can be seen in
STATE OF GEORGIA - 1864 $10. NOTE - GA-24 - Note from
April 6, 1864 - Milledgeville, Ga. - Engraved by Howell. Note is in
fair condition with a few small pin holes and expected rough edge
along bottom as seen in photos.
CONFEDERATE 1864 $20. NOTE - Series of February 17, 1864
with great red color on obverse and slightly faded blue on reverse.
Decent note for the price.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - 1863 - 50 CENT Fractional
Note issue date of February 1, 1863. W T & C watermark. Very good
ALBUMEN IMAGES OF LINCOLN'S SPRINGFIELD,
ILLINOIS C-1858 - Six mounted albumen images (c-1858) of
Springfield, Illinois showing not only the Old State Capitol
Building, but different sides of the Main Square in the middle
of town. Lincoln's Law Office is located at the end of the block
on one of these images (though no sign, etc., is visible).
Looking at modern day images of the square certain buildings
are still discernible. Each albumen on mount is approximately
5 3/8" x 7 3/8" with rounded corners. It looks like they had, at
one time been glued in a book or on a display board. They are
as seen in photos with some with lighter contrast than others
MAGNUS PATRIOTIC SONG SHEET C-1863-4 - Patriotic verse song
sheet 'Hail Columbia' (c-1863-4) by the well known engravers Charles
Magnus in New York (approx. 4 7/8" x 7 7/8") lithographed view of
Washington with his horse. Reverse has a Magnus ad of available
engravings. Heavy paper stock in very good condition.
CDV - 76TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - WIA GROVETON - ARM IN A SLING
- Image of Capt. Charles L. Watrous of Company D, 76th New York Infantry
more than likely taken after his being wounded at the battle of Groveton (2nd
Bull Run) on Aug. 29, 1862 as he is shown wearing a cape and his arm in a
sling. On the table next to him his hat is clearly shown with the regimental
numbers '76'. He was discharged due to wounds received on December 19,
1862. Signed on reverse in period pencil 'Chas. L. Watrous / Freetown / N.Y.'.
Warrenton, Gainesville and 2nd Bull Run were all fought when Watrous was
in the seventy-sixth. Brady, NY photographer.
TINTYPE - SOLDIER SEATED WEARING GREAT COAT - 1/9 plate
tintype of soldier seated with arm on table wearing a great coat and kepi.
Coat is lightly tinted which looks like more of a reddish tint. Scratch on the
far left edge near mat, otherwise good condition. Case is complete but cover
GAR - VETERAN WEARING MASON PIN ON TIE - Cabinet photo
- no photographer's mark. Veteran is shown wearing his GAR
membership badge and a Mason's pin on his tie.
MOUNTED PHOTO - WASHINGTON'S TOMB - Mounted
image approx. 6 3/8" x 8 3/8" (mount size) circa late 1800's,
showing men standing in front of George Washington's tomb
in Mount Vernon, Va. Hard to tell but the black man to the
right appears to be wearing a uniform under his coat and
there's a badge of some sort on the front of it.
MOUNTED PHOTO - LEE'S MANSION IN ARLINGTON -
Mounted image approx. 6 3/8" x 8 3/8" (mount size) circa late
1800's, showing men standing along side the columns of the
mansion. There are some small abrasion spotting between the
middle two columns otherwise good condition.
MOUNTED PHOTO - ALEXANDRIA - CONFEDERATE
STATUE - Mounted image approx. 6 3/8" x 8 3/8" (mount
size) circa late 1800's, showing men standing with the statue
dedicated to the Confederate dead of the War on Kings Street in
ORDNANCE CUFF BUTTON - Not often seen as a battlefield
recovery, an Ordnance Department cuff button. Recovery site unknown
other than in Virginia. Much ground action and very dark, remarkably
the back is detached and was also recovered - no shank.
UNION BREAST PLATE - Has that fresh 'out of the ground'
look - completely uncleaned, recovery site unknown other than
Virginia. Loops still present - slight concave bow and small crack
in lead reverse as can be seen in 'Additional Images' link.
GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE - 4TH STYLE - Medal of Honor pattern, these
were made by A. Demerest in New York and made from captured Confederate
cannon. His name is visible below the two Veterans shaking hands. On the
lower point of the star on the reverse side, along the edge is 'Patent / Dec. 28,
1869'. Still has a good finish, ribbon has been repaired at bottom along a
portion of the star 'suspension bar' with either a glue or maybe nail polish (?)
- actually doesn't look too bad.
SHIELD STYLE LADDER BADGE - 8TH MICH. INF. - POW - Shield style
ladder badge of Eugene D. Young of the 8th Michigan Infantry. Has an
interesting card attached with old ink 'from '61 to '65. 13 months / a Prisoner
of War at / Danville, Va., Andersonville, Ga., / and Florence, SC, wounded /
in left leg 6th of May at the / Wilderness, Va'. The rosters show Young as
going into the service in Sept., 1861 and mustered out in 1863 with no
mention of wounds or a POW. I did however find on the internet a post from a
decendant, that says Young enlisted under age and confirms the above
information and states the family has letters from prison written by Young.
GAR - 1909 MEDALLION OF LINCOLN STRUCK FOR THE GAR - 3'
diameter medallion of copper (doesn't look like bronze to me) that has a
strikingly like the Lincoln penny on the front and on the reverse stating that
this was struck for the GAR in honor of Lincoln's 100th birthday. .
GOODYEAR CHILDREN'S SHOES - Approx. 6 1/2" in length pair of
leather shoes with Goodyear patent rubber soles. Each shoe has stamp
in sole of 'Goodyear's / I.R Co. / Mfg. Co. / New York'. There is no
patent date in the mark so hard to say when this may have been
produced but believe it c-1860-70's. They are in good condition with
very small tears in several places but overall in solid condition.
MOUNTED PHOTO - COWBOY CAMP - 4 1/2" X 7"
Mount. Publisher: Gillingham's Rocky Mountain Views,
Colorado Springs. View shows at least 10 cowboys with
their horses (mounted and dismounted) and has a chuck
wagon open for business, showing pots, pans & cooking
utensils. Contrast is light, card has smudges and is dirty
but a great shot.
CABINET PHOTO - THREE MEN IN COMEDIC SHOT - C-Late
1800's Showing three men in a staged view showing four guns
between the three of them. Two of the three are id'd in pencil on
reverse as Uncle John Pruett and Theodore Pruett. Image has some
abrasions and mars along edge of the mount. Interesting photo.
MOUNTED PHOTO - 1890 - CATALINA PARTY - 5 1/4"
X 8 1/2" Mount. Publisher: Jarvis of Pasadena, Cal. View
shows a load of people, mountains and tents in the back
round. Some with instruments. On the reverse everyone
is identified, from what city and is titled as 'The Catalina
Party Aug. 30, 1890. It sure looks like they are ready for
a party. Smudges and some stains on the photo, worn
edges on mount.
MOUNTED PHOTO - SAN MIGUEL CHURCH - SANTA
FE, NM - Approx. 4" X 7" Mount. Publisher: Unknown.
View shows what appears to be a fireman standing in the
doorway of San Miguel Church. The church is the oldest
church structure in the continental US and was built
between 1610 & 1626. This 1800's view shows the near
ruins of the church. It has since been rebuilt
GAR 1898 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT SOUVENIR - Souvenir badge for the
1898 National Encampment held in Cincinnati, Oh. Good condition.
FLAG AND LIBERTY CAP STICK PIN - Small stick pin with a 34 star flag and
Liberty Cap on staff top. Entire pin approx. 1 3/4" and display portion approx. 3/4" in
height. Good condition but some enameling chipped off of flag.
NEW JERSEY POST 94 BADGE - Badge for the John M. Wheeler Post 94 in
Montclair, NJ. on Memorial Day, 1918. The Wheeler Post was in existence
from May, 1885 till June, 1925. Good condition though ribbon was captured
on button a little off center.
GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE - 1886 PAT. DATE - GAR membership badge -
patent date on rear of eagle June 22, 1886. Ribbon is a bit longer on this than
on most and is a bit faded but is solid.
CDV - TWO MUSICIANS - c-1870-80's - LIKELY MILITIA - Image of two
musicians with a Norristown, Pa., photographer's back mark. The seated
subject appears to be wearing the later style of the M-1851 US belt plate but
the two look to be likely Pennsylvania Militia. Using a high power glass there
is one button that shows a resemblance to a New York button but not clear
enough to positively identify. Very good condition.