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WILLIAM McKINLEY MEMORIAM TABLET - Approx. 9 1/2" X
12" and up to 5/8" in thickness - white plaster. Nice memoriam
relief of McKinley wearing what is clearly a GAR membership pin
on his lapel (doesn't show up well in the photos) and wreaths that
adorn the lower edge of bust. No cracks or chips but there are dirty
areas as can be seen in the photos. Amazing it lasted this long in
this condition.
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INDIAN WARS PERIOD DISCHARGE SIGNED BY 24TH 3/4" x 9
3/4" 1882 US Army discharge signed by 24th Michigan Infantry
commander (of the immortal Iron Brigade) - Colonel Henry A.
Morrow. After the Civil War Morrow, who was severely wounded at
Gettysburg, remained in the regular army as Colonel of the 21st US
Infantry at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory. The discharge is
for Sgt. Frank B. Jones of Attica, New York. Unfortunately the
discharge has water damage and much of the filled in areas are
faded and light. The paper is a bit on the wrinkly side.  
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NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1893 - Reunion ribbon for the
17th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
Weirs (located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee) in August, 1893.
The ribbon has the likeness of Capt. Orlando W. Keyes. Keyes was enlisted in the
12th New Hampshire Infantry and was killed on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville.
Badge is in very good condition and still retains the vibrant red color.
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NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1904 - Reunion ribbon for the
28th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
The photo button has the likeness of David A. Brown. Brown served for one year
in the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry as a musician. His comrades must have
thought a lot of him to name a camp after him. Badge is in good condition
though a little bit of the gold text has come off of 3 letters in the text. The
original Whitehead & Hoag Co. label is still on the reverse side..
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FANCY POCKET KNIFE FROM VIRGINIA BATTLEFIELD - While looking
through the many boxes of battlefield relics in stock, I came across this little
gem. This is a very fancy pocket knife - handle only as the blades had been
busted out somehow. it is approx. 4" in length. the middle section is bone
(missing on one side) and the fancy ends look to be brass. When you look in
the sides you can see there are no blades. Unfortunately I don't have the name
of the exact location for this one but as I stated did come from a Virginia
battlefield.
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1858 PATENT GUTTA PERCHA GROOMING SET -  This is
one of the more attractive grooming sets I have seen for the
period. The brush has Patent dates of Sep. 8, '58, Jul 19, '66 and
the patent dates is the name 'Florence'. I don't know if this was
the company or the pattern. The pattern on all pieces is identical.
Condition is very good though there is one tiny chip in the gutta
percha of the brush. There is one small crack in the gutta percha
of the mirror and several in the handle of the hair brush. This is
due much to the material. None of the cracks look to have ever
been through to the point that a repair was necessary yet I
wouldn't place a lot of stress on them. Perfect for a woman's
personal Civil War period display.
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UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERANS PROCEEDINGS 1917 - Book of
proceedings of the Washington DC Reunion - United Confederate Veterans
held on June 4-7, 1917. 99 pages - printed in Washington by the
Government Printing Office in 1918. Cover has some water stained spots as
can be seen in photos. Inside pages are fine, binding still decent.
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CDV - 3rd & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Major James
Prentiss Richardson. New Orleans photographer's back mark. He enlisted in
April, 1861 into the 3rd Mass. Inf. then in August, 1862 commissioned into the
38th and mustered out in June, 1865. He was severely wounded in September
19, 1864 at Winchester, Va.  The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and
participated in the battles of Port Hudson, La.,  Brashear City, La., Winchester,
Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period
ink on reverse "J.P. Richardson / Major 38th Mass". Very good condition with
light smudge on reverse.
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CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Lieut. Timothy Ingraham,
Jr.. No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in April, 1861 into the 3rd Mass.
Inf. then in August, 1862 as Sgt. Major and mustered out in July, 1865. He was
wounded on April 13, 1864 at Snaggy Point, Red River, La.  The 38th fought in
both theatres of the War and participated in the battles of Port Hudson, La.,  
Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va.,
among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "Lieut. T. Ingraham / Co D 38th
Mass". Very good condition with light stains on reverse.
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CONFEDERATE BRIDLE CUTTER PIKE HEAD - DUG
- One of approximately 700 that were recovered in 1980
along the tracks of the Wilmington & Manchester
Railroad in South Carolina. A Confederate supply train
that contained the pikes was captured and burned. No
doubt the Union forces had absolutely no use for these
and left them to burn. Approx. 18" in length and 5 3/4"
in height.
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REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - CONNECTICUT
LINE - 1781
- Approx. 5 1/2" x 6 3/4" - Dated April 7, 1781
for Oliver Burnham's service in the Connecticut Line of the
Continental Army of the United States. All hand written,
normally you find these pre-printed and filled in. Burnham
was the brother of the signer of the document, Wolcutt
Burnham. Very good condition with the bottom torn as was
common practice during the period.
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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.
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IDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR PERIOD NAVAL EPAULETTES &
CASE
- Nice set of epaulettes belonging to Chief Engineer
George Walter Roche. Made by the English maker Starkey (whose
label is on the case) and sold by the Boston agent A.W. Pollard
(whose tag is still on one epaulette and remnants of the glue still
on the second). An old darkly faded tag is glued on the top of the
case, barely visible in normal light but with a bright light (as the
photo shows) in period ink, can be read "Chief Engr / Geo W.
Pollard tag would indicate that the set was sold sometime in the
1862-3 period as the company changed its name in 1863 and
again in 1867. With the ID tag reading 'Chief Engr' it would
seem that Roche purchased these when entering the Navy in 1862
and kept them throughout his career as he did not become Chief
Engineer until after the War (Roche's service record can be seen
in the 'Additional Images' page). War time cases have the velvet
lining as does this set. Outside of the case looks to be black paint
while the inside is japanned tin. The outside, as can be seen in
the photos is scraped up a bit exposing the bright tin and black
paint specks will fall off with handling. Overall a Nice identified
Civil War set.
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CORPS BADGE - 4TH CORPS 1ST DIVISION-  Approx. 7/8" from
flat to point, has cut out in center for material to designate division.
This is not like the usual badges seen as instead of a pin, this badge
has three soldered loops on the reverse to attach to (probably) a hat.
The red wool is cut to slip into the loops. Red wool appears to be period
but may have been  replaced. Metal is brass that has been silver plated
(now wearing off), much like the Colt M-1849 Pocket revolvers that
had the silver over the brass hardware. The Fouth Corps was attached
to the Army of the Cumberland by the consolidation of the 20th & 21st
Army Corps. Very good condition
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FDR SHEET MUSIC - 1939 CAMPAIGN - Nice piece of sheet
music, coptrighted in 1939 with the urge to have Roosevelt run for
yet a unprecedented third term (of course he was the only and will
be the only President to get four terms). Condition is good but a
little 'wear' dirt on the back cover.
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BRUCE CATTON HONORARY DOCTORATE - WAYNE
STATE UNIVERSITY
-  Approx. 6 1/2" x 8 1/2" (when closed)"
May 15, 1959 For many of us that grew up in the 60's during the
Civil War Centennial, the Pulitzer Prize winning Bruce Catton
was darn near a household name. He is greatly responsible for
bringing the general history of the Civil War to the masses.
Catton resided in Northern Michigan and this was obtained by a
collector / dealer here in the state. It was bestowed on him from
the Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He is truly a
legend in the literary field. Very good condition
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SOLDIER'S PERIOD FOLDING PEWTER CUP WITH CASE-  
The japanned tin case is approx. 2 3/4" in diameter and 1 1/4"
in height. The pewter cup extends to a height of approx. 3 1/4".
Many soldiers carried these with them in addition to the tin cups
they used for meals. Top section of cup has a little distortion and
the case soldering has come loose through the years but has no
real problem keeping together.
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MEXICAN WAR SHEET MUSIC - SMITH'S MARCH - Approx 9
7/8" x 13 1/4" Written to General Persifor Smith - Hero of
Contreras - 1848. Smith was an officer in both the Mexican and
Seminole Wars and one time Military Governor of California.
During the Mexican War he took part in the battles of Veracruz,
Cerro Gordo, the Battles around Mexico City and received a
General's commission for the Battle of Contreras. Has been
trimmed on the spine edge causing all the pages to be detached -
otherwise in very good condition..
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4th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
TO MAJOR
- Approx. 15 1/2" x 19 1/4" on vellum. Commission
for John P. Barre of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Promotion to
Major to rank from March 13, 1865 for "Distinguished Gallantry
During the Campaign Before Richmond, Virginia" and so stated
on the document. Unfortunately the document was exposed to
moisture which wrinkled the vellum and faded the filled in areas so
those areas are weak. Presidential seal is intact and the printed
signature of Andrew Johnson is still strong. Document was issued
May 10, 1866. Damage but still an impressive looking document.
many battles. To name a few: Antietam, Kelly's Ford, Culpepper,
Cold Harbor, Trevillian Station, Petersburg, Hatcher's Run,
Sailor's Creek and many more.
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CDV - 27th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - KIA - STONES RIVER - Image of Colonel
Fazillo A. Harrington of the 27th Illinois Infantry. There is a Nashville, Tn.
photographer's stamp on the reverse. Harrington enlisted in April, 1862 and died
of wounds received at Stones River, Tn. on January 1, 1863. Image is ID'd from
an identical image in the Civil War Data Base. Good condition but light in some
areas.
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CDV - CHAPLAIN - 8th NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - Chaplain Daniel P.
Cilley of the 8th New Hampshire Infantry. Boston, Mass. photographer's back
mark. He enlisted in December, 1861 as Chaplain and mustered out in January,
1865. His jacket shows the dark shoulder strap. The 8th participated in the
battles of Bisland, La., Port Hudson, La., Baton Rouge, La., Sabine Cross
Roads, La., Alexandria, La. and numerous others. Signed in period ink on
reverse "Respects of D.P. Cilley / Chaplain 8th NH / Natchez Jan. 10, 1865".
Very good condition with trimmed corners.
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AUSTIN BLAIR - WAR TIME GOVERNOR OF MICHIGAN -
ANS on the Governor's letterhead stationery, dated April 14,
1864. This is a simple note from the Governor in response to a
gentleman that had asked for his autograph. Very good condition.
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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 condition.
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CDV - STEPHEN DOUGLAS - Famous for his pro-slavery stance and his
against Lincoln. E. & H.T. Anthony, New York back mark. Has a blemish to the
right of his head which seems to be in the photographic plate and not in the CDV
itself. Very good condition.
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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Luman Wadhams of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Wadhams enlisted in August, 1862 and died on June 3, 1864 of wounds
received at Cold Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut.
Wadhams of Co. A / 19th Conn. Regt. 1863 / He was promoted to / Capt /
wounded at Cold Har / bor on Wednesday June 1st / Died June 1864". Good
condition but some smudging (perhaps water) on the right border.
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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Elisha S. Kellogg of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Kellogg enlisted in August, 1862 and was killed on June 1, 1864 at Cold
Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut. Col. Kellogg / 19th
Conn. V. 1863 / Promoted to (to) sic Col.". Very good condition.
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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY / 2nd CONN. HEAVY ART. - Image of
Eben L. Oakes of the 19th Connecticut Infantry / 2nd Connecticut Heavy
Artillery. There is an Alexandria, Va. photographer's back mark on the reverse.
Oakes enlisted in July, 1862 and was mustered out July, 1865. Image has a
period pencil ID on reverse "Age 21 1863 / Oben L. Oakes / Company A 2nd
C.V.A.". Nice armed shot. Very good condition.
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CONFEDERATE TELEGRAPH - 28TH MISSISSIPPI CAVALRY -
Approx 4 1/4" x 8" Southern Telegraph Company message to Capt
J. Shelby (Capt. E.J. Shelby) of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry
(Mayson Dragoons). Through research I'm finding this is the only
CS Captain Shelby that works for location, name and date. It is not
dated by month, only the day, 5, 1864. From Jonesboro (GA), to
Capt Shelby and reads: "Hasten articles for exchange can do much
with cotton & salt. Speculations are forestalling us = send more
wagons" and is simply signed "Orr". More research indicates that
this would be Capt. Charles W. Orr of the 3rd Mississippi Cavalry
(killed at Atlanta July 22, 1864) which would date this telegraph to
July 5, 1864 as the 28th Miss Cav was in Fayetteville, Ga (approx. 6
miles from Jonesboro. Good condition with some light fading of the
pre-printed area on right side.
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1884- JAMES G. BLAINE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Blaine with "JAMES
G. BLAINE" and on the reverse "REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR
PRESIDENT 1884 / BORN 1830 / IN (Relief of G. Washington) CO. /
PENNA." Overall good condition but does show wear on high reliefs.
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LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE DOCUMENT - 1815 - Approx. 7
1/2" x 12 1/4"  Appears to be an assessment on the land and property
for tax purposes for a Stephen Thompson and his 353 acres land
known as 'Little Kentuck'. Mentions 2 slaves, one male and one
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WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1849 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4 1/8"  Small hand written receipt on taxes for
Martha Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
condition.
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WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1842 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4"  Small hand written receipt on taxes for Martha
Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
condition.
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DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN BROS & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'Horstmann Bro. &
Allien NY' rmdc back mark. Button shows wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
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DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN & SONS - Approx. 21
mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.H. Horstmann & Sons Phi.'
rmdc back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
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RIFLEMAN - OFFICER'S - STEELE & JOHNSON - Approx.
22+ mm. Rifleman's button with 'Steele & Johnson' back mark.
Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and is in
VGC.
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DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - W.G. MINTZER - Approx. 21 mm.
Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.G. MINTZER - PHILD' rmdc back
mark. Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and
is in VGC.
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KENTUCKY STATE SEAL - HORSTMANN & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. KY1D War period 1860-65 'Horstmann & Allien
N.Y.' flat back back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high
relief points and is in VGC. Difficult to find this border state
button with a War dated back mark.
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ARMY OF THE POTOMAC MEMBERSHIP RIBBON - Ribbon for the members
of the Army of the Potomac, which has seen better days (which is the reason for
the price). The ribbon itself has a stain on the bottom and has several separations
in the ribbon. Will look alright in a case. Original 'safety pin' is attached to the
back of the bow.
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1860 - LINCOLN / HAMLIN REPUBLICAN TICKET - Approx. 3 3/4" X
5 3/4" - For the 1860 campaign that basically started the War (not seen
as often as the 1864 campaign tickets). Paper is solid but is a bit
'wrinkled' and does have staining or age toning as can be seen in the
photos.
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PERIOD MOUTH (OR JEWS) HARP - Unusual design of a
liar on the body of this harp - two piece construction with very
visible file markings on the reed. Body is cast metal. Popular
with the soldiers in camp. These have been around for over 400
years with the first known written account in 1595 England.
Very good condition.
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M-1840 CAVALRY SWORD - SPANISH FORT, AL -
Full length M-1840 Cavalry sword with a steel guard
(highly suggesting this was a product of Tiffany). It was
recovered from the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. All metal
parts are present (with exception of the wrap). Guard and
blade have a good amount of pitting on them as would be
expected but there are areas of minor pitting also. What
remains of the wood grips have been wired on.
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SOUVENIR SPOON - 1902 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT- Approx. 4 1/4" in length,
plated but doesn't appear to be a silver plate - made for the 1902 GAR National
Encampment in Washington, DC. Produced by the George E. Homer Company in
Boston. Contains the mottoes "We Drank Together from the Same Canteen" and
"Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot". Good condition.
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CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - 2nd Lieut. Vivian K. Spear.
No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the  38th and
was discharged in November, 1863. He was wounded on June 14, 1863 at Port
battles of Port Hudson, La.,  Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek,
Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "V.K.
Spear / 2nd Lieut. 38th Mass Vols". Good condition with light contrast on the
image.
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CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Capt. J. Henry Wyman. No
photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the  38th and was
discharged for disability in October, 1864. Nice shot cradling his sword in his
arms. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the battles
of Port Hudson, La.,  Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and
Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "J.H. Wyman /
Capt. Co. B / 38th M Vol". Good condition with good contrast on the image.
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7TH MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Two page letter
in period ink from Henry Welch of Co. F, 7th Maine Infantry written on
March 25, 1863. Welch would later be killed in action on May 12, 1864 at
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Average letter home from camp speaking of
drilling and meals Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
good condition.
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69TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (IRISH BRIGADE) - Two page letter written
December 7, 1863 in period pencil and addressed to Col. Grimshaw of the
4th Delaware Infantry from three men who had intended to enlist in the
69th NYI and were instead placed into the 39th NYI. They, as a group are
asking that this be rectified and that they be placed into the 69th. On the
back, in period ink is the message that the letter was forwarded to Gen.
Corcoran. It looks that nothing was ever done in this matter as the three
remained in the 39th. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
good condition.
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CONFEDERATE P.O.W. LETTER - 10TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY - 1 +
page letter written December 27, 1863 Wheeling, Va. in period ink from
Lieut. Daniel Greene Martz to his wife as he was being transported to Camp
Chase. He spends the majority of the short letter trying to comfort her fears
and is expecting to be exchanged soon. Martz was captured in Rockingham
County, Va on December 17, 1863 and confined in Wheeling on Dec. 20,
Camp Chase on Jan. 15, 1864, Fort Delaware on April 15, 1864 and finally
exchanged on Oct. 11, 1864 and Paroled on April 20, 1865 at New Market,
Va. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition.
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STATE OF FLORIDA - 10 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TEN' overprint. Excellent Condition on
this desirable Florida note.
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STATE OF FLORIDA - 25 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TWENTY-FIVE' overprint. Excellent
Condition on this desirable Florida note.
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CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN - RECOVERED AT 2ND
MANASSAS
- About 30-35 years ago when I was collecting 2nd Manassas
(Bull Run) items, I had the opportunity to purchase items that were dug by
Sydney Kerksis, author of the Belt Plate Book. Along with plates and other
items was this completely flattened CS canteen. The nice thing about his
recoveries was that he would always mark the battle and location of the
recovery. This was recovered in 1954 north of the Railroad Cut and so marked
on the tape. This same canteen (along with other items from my collection) is
also shown in the Time-Life book - "Voices of the Civil War - Second
Manassas", when they published that series. The canteen is solid, with holes
and a great relic from 2nd Bull Run.
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CDV - CONFEDERATE QUAKER GUNS AT CENTREVILLE - This
shot is by Mathew Brady in 1862 of the "Fortifications on the Heights
of Centreville" and designated as No. 300 in Brady's Album Gallery.
On the front in period ink is 'Lee Rebs Wooden Guns'. These fake
cannon gave Lee extra time to evacuate the fortifications, while several
nicks on the edges.
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CDV - THE SULTANA - TAKEN 19 HOURS BEFORE EXPLOSION
- Parker's City Gallery, Cairo, Ill back mark with tax stamp. This
photograph, taken while docked in Memphis just 19 hours before the
explosion that took just under 1200 lives. The Sultana was carrying
ex-POW's back from southern prisons in April, 1865. It was designed
to carry less than 400 people yet it was loaded with 2,300 Union POW's
heading home to the north. Seven miles upriver on April 27, 1865 the
Sultana would explode, killing so many that had gone through so
much to outlast the War. Image is in very good condition and rarely
seen for sale.
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CDV - ELMIRA PRISON CAMP - ELMIRA, NY - Moulton & Larkin,
Elmira, NY back mark with tax stamp. This photograph, taken from
an elevated position to show over the stockade and into the camp
showing the masses of Confederate prisoners and the Union guards on
the stockade walls. The prison was only in existence from July, 1864 to
July, 1865 and housed approximately 12, 100 prisoners of which 2,970
died while in captivity, mainly from disease. It was dubbed by the
prisoners "Hellmira". Carte does have several minor issues, a nick on
the edge of the mount and a few small wrinkles on the albumen paper,
otherwise very nice.
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CDV - TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN NASHVILLE -
Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville back mark with tax
stamp. This well known photograph, taken of the Capitol Building on
the hill in Nashville, which if you have ever been there appears to be
the highest elevation in the city proper. There are similar views that
show troops and tents on the grounds but this appears to have been
taken after the troops left, as there are what looks like boxes strewn
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CDV - IDENTIFIED PLANTATION VIEW - No Photographer's back
mark. This is an image with subject matter that few have the
opportunity to obtain. They are rarely offered for sale. This is a view of
a Plantation grounds with over 50 slaves (to my count) and what looks
like perhaps 3 soldiers (one slave appears to be wearing a kepi). There
is a very faint ID in period pencil on the reverse which looks to be
either "Bucland (or Bulland) Plantation / 1864". On the 'Additional
Images' page I have experimented with contrast adjustments on the
scans to try and draw out better clarity - you may decide for yourself.
There was a well known North Carolina Plantation known as
'Buckland' but of course without something better in the image to
compare, it is tough to say for certain.
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CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP CARD - 4TH
MICHIGAN CAVALRY
- Approx 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" Membership card
for the Catholic organization made out for Benjamin F. Sherman,
Company C, 4th Michigan Cavalry. Sherman was drafted on
November 2, 1863 at the age of 27, joined the regiment on February
28, 1864 and was mustered out on August 15, 1865. He is listed as
present on the expedition that captured Jefferson Davis. The
membership card is dated June, 1865 and signed by the Chaplain,
C.S. Armstrong. Front has wear as shown causing it to look a bit
dingy. This is the only one of these I recall ever seeing.
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LINCOLN ASSASSINATION MEMORIAM POEM - MAGNUS -
Approx 5" x 8" Poem 'THE NATION MOURNS' published by
Charles Magnus of New york - a popular publisher of music song
verse sheets, patriotic covers, leaflets, etc., well known for the quality
of their graphics and printing. Has a beautiful header showing
women and a soldier in mourning. In very good condition but does
strip of tape on the strip of tape on the
rear siderear side top. It looks
like someone had  top. It looks like someone had used it to used it to
keep the sheet in place, perhaps in a frame or display. Nicely done
memoriam of the recently assassinated President.
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JAMES A. GARFIELD - 1876 - DS (approx. 10" x 16") dated
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 the edges..
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58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - BATTLE OF QUEEN'S HILL,
MISS.
- Approx. 7 5/8" x 12 5/8" voucher List of Camp and
Garrison Equipage Return for February 29, 1864 resulting in the
loss of equipment in the Battle of Queen's Hill, Mississippi (while
on the march to Meridian) on February 4, 1864. Captain Healy of
the 58th (who would later rise to the rank of Brevet Brigadier
General), goes on to list the items lost at that engagement. Very
good condition.
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58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL,
LA
- Approx. 7 3/4" x 9 7/8" voucher List of Camp and Garrison
Equipage Return for April 30, 1864 resulting in the loss of
equipment in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, La. where his Company
lost 6 men on April 9, 1864. Captain Healy of the 58th (who would
later rise to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General), goes on to list the
items lost at that engagement. Very good condition.
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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
near excellent condition with a strong Grant signature.
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ALBUMEN - 150TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - WIA - Beautiful 8
3/8" x 10" mount with albumen of Lt. Charles P. Barlow, ID'd in
period ink around perimeter of image. Barlow was in the 150th
from Sept., 1862 to June, 1865. He was wounded in action on July
20, 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia. The 150th NY was a also
good Gettysburg Regiment. Very good large format image with only
light scuffing on mount.
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ALBUMEN - 150TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - WIA - Beautiful 8
3/8" x 10" mount with albumen of Lt. William H. Bartlett, ID'd in
period ink around perimeter of image. Bartlett was in the 150th
from Sept., 1862 to June, 1865. He was wounded in action on June
22, 1864 at Culp's Farm, Georgia. The 150th NY was also a good
Gettysburg Regiment. Very good large format image with only light
scuffing on mount.
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TINTYPE - WHITE & BLACK(?) WOMEN WITH AN
INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP
- Crisp tintype of the two women
and a strange note in a somewhat ominous tone, behind the image
in the case. The note is dated August, 1861 and it looks like the
"Louisa, When shall we meet again? Changes must need be in that
I fear changes unlooked for, dark - sorrowful. Whatever, wherever
I may be live thou true to thy womanhood, thy friend and thy God /
M Alice G / Aug 1861 / Hyde Park 1859". Could this be in reference
to the beginning of War, Friendship between races / is slavery
implied? Interesting to say the least! Unfortunately the case is
damaged and cover detached but the note is fine and image near
perfect. More shown in 'Additional Images' link.
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CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope
companies produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters.
Thousands of different types were produced. Few were made for the
Southern cause but there were some such as this. Nearly the entire
front of this cover is of the first national Confederate flag. This one
had been mounted in a period scrap book and I believe I actually
saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into the Nashville show
when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as
I recall about 600 different covers - one of the best groupings I have
seen. I believe it is from that book that this and others I purchased
in a group originated from - due to the greenish blue page residue
on the back of the covers. I recall that book having the same color
pages. Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages
it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope companies
produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of
different types were produced. This has a beautiful engraving of
Washington on horseback with drawn sword and the motto "The
Union Mast and Shall be Preserved". This one had been mounted
in a period scrap book and I believe I actually saw this book about
25 years ago. It walked into the Nashville show when it was held at
the Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as I recall about 600
different covers - one of the best groupings I have seen. I believe it is
of the covers. I recall that book having the same color pages.
Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages it was
mounted to and is also missing a small portion of the lower right
corner.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - MASSACHUSETTS STATE
HOUSE
- During the War envelope companies produced patriotic
envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of different types were
produced. This is dated 1861 and has an engraving of the
Massachusetts State House (Capitol Bldg) with the caption "No
Traitor's Flag Shall Tarnish Thy Golden Dome With It's Rebellious
Shadows". This one had been mounted in a period scrap book and I
believe I actually saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into
the Nashville show when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period
scrapbook that had as I recall about 600 different covers - one of the
best groupings I have seen. I believe it is from that book that this
and others I purchased in a group originated from - due to the
greenish blue page residue on the back of the covers. I recall that
book having the same color pages. Condition of front is good, back
has the remains of the pages it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - SCOTT VS. HARDEE - During the
War envelope companies produced patriotic envelopes for mailing
letters. Thousands of different types were produced. This is dated
1861, published in Cincinnati and shows two soldiers with others in
the back round with the caption Charge Bayonets! Close Quarters /
Scott vs. Hardee / Designed Expressly for Soldiers "Or Any Other
Man"". This one had been mounted in a period scrap book and I
believe I actually saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into
the Nashville show when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period
scrapbook that had as I recall about 600 different covers - one of the
best groupings I have seen. I believe it is from that book that this
and others I purchased in a group originated from - due to the
greenish blue page residue on the back of the covers. I recall that
book having the same color pages. Condition of front is good, back
has the remains of the pages it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope companies
produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of
different types were produced. This was published in New York and
shows an Elephant wearing and carrying the flag and has the
caption "What if a Hungry Rat Should Cross the Path of an
Elephant, Squelch it, By Heaven, Squelch it". The rat wears the
name of 'Jeff' (Jefferson Davis). This one had been mounted in a
period scrap book and I believe I actually saw this book about 25
years ago. It walked into the Nashville show when it was held at the
Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as I recall about 600
different covers - one of the best groupings I have seen. I believe it is
from that book that this and others I purchased in a group
originated from - due to the greenish blue page residue on the back
of the covers. I recall that book having the same color pages.
Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages it was
mounted to.
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GROUPING GEORGE A. REED - 24TH, 31ST & 32ND MAINE
INFANTRY
- Nice grouping belonging to George A. Reed of
Richmond, Maine. This group covers several units. He enlisted in
the 24th Maine in October, 1862 and mustered out in August,
1863. In April, 1864 he re-enlisted into Co. G of the 32nd Maine,
transferred out on Dec. 1, 1864 to the 31st Maine where he stayed
until July, 1865. There are 5 pieces in this group. In somewhat
chronological order - No. 1 - His New Testament Bible from the
New York Bible Society, Dated Nov., 1862 and inscribed "George
A. Reed / Co. A 24 Me / Richmond / Me". Bible is in good
condition with scuffs and chips as can be seen in 'Additional
Images'. No. 2 - Folding wallet/housewife(?) - looks like a wallet
without the compartments but doesn't really look like a
housewife. Made of tarred canvas. Has his name written in
period ink and in two places has his stencil "G.A. Reed. / Co. A.
24 ME.R.". No. 3 - Inside the pocket is a receipt from 1863 from
a clothing store in Maine with notation that this was his clothes
shopping between his terms of service. No. 4 - 1865 Diary
identified to Reed and deep inside on one page he identifies his
unit as the 31st. It is a very abbreviated diary only containing 4
1/3 pages of daily life from January 1 to February 28. He
mentions that he read that Samuel Clements is sentenced to be
shot on February 10th. No. 5 - Sixth plate tintype of Reed in a
frock coat, I'm guessing being taken either as a member of the
32nd or early with the 31st as there is a tax stamp on the back of
the tin and Reed was promoted to Corporal & Sergeant later and
there is no evidence on the coat of either. Nice grouping.
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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.
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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.
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58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - 6 COMMISSIONS FOR ROBERT
W. HEALY
- Robert Healy entered the 58th Illinois Infantry as a
Captain in December, 1861 as Captain and through the years made
it up to Brevet Brigadier General. This grouping contains six of his
commissions for varying ranks. 1) His initial commission at
enlistment for Captain (on paper) (12/24/61) signed by Gov.
Richard Yates (this is the duplicate copy - many times they were
given two). 2) Commission for Major (10/10/64) signed by Gov.
Richard Yates (has some wrinkling on the vellum). 3) Commission
for Lieut. Colonel (on paper) (3/27/65) signed by Gov. Richard
Oglesby. 4) Commission for Lieut. Colonel (on vellum) (3/27/65)
signed by Gov. Richard Oglesby (this is the duplicate copy). 5)
Commission for Colonel (on vellum) (9/5/65) signed by Gov.
Richard Oglesby. 6) Presidential Commission for Brevet Lieut.
Colonel (on vellum) (to rank from March 26, 1865 "For Faithful
and Meritorious Services During the Campaign Against the City of
Mobile and it's Defenses" with a stamped Andrew Johnson
signature. All but the one wrinkled vellum commission are all in
spectacular condition. The 58th Illinois took part in the battles of
Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Sabine Cross Roads, La., Pleasant
Hill, La., Nashville, Fort Blakely, Al. as well as with others.
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CDVs - 4TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - 2 CARTES - Image of Lewis
B. Hopkins from Flushing, Mi. Louisville, Ky. photographer's back
mark - signed and dated 1864 in period pencil. Along with this is
the mount for a R.M. Linn of Gallery Point Lookout - Lookout
Mountain, 1864. Looks as though Hopkins liked the card and
somehow obtained one. He made comments on the card in period
pencil: "Chattanooga, Tenn June 3d, 1865", "Liberty & Union",
"O isant that a pretty flag", "Lewis B. Hopkins". On the opposite
side probably written by a relative: "Chattanooga, Tennessee June
3rd 1865 Brought from Lookout Mountain by L.B. Hopkins when a
soldier in the 4th Mich Cavalry Co. H". Hopkins enlisted in the 4th
on January 4th, 1864 and was discharged on August 15, 1865.
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CDVs - 1ST MICHIGAN LIGHT ARTILLERY (13TH BATTERY) - Image of
Erastus Tower - Washington, DC photographer's back mark - signed  in
period ink. Tower enlisted on August 29, 1864 and was mustered out on July
1, 1865. During Tower's time in the battery he was mainly stationed in
various forts in the DC area. In 1865 they were in Maryland as mounted
cavalry chasing down guerrillas and after the assassination of Lincoln, the
battery, still acting as cavalry patrolled roads in the Dc area and assisted in
the capturing of two conspirators - Harold and Mudd.  
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MERRILL HORSE - MICHIGAN BATTALION RIBBON - Governor Blair of
Michigan at the time not having the authority of accept additional troops, there
were two companies of Cavalry in Battle Creek that then offered their services to
General Fremont and along with troops from Ohio, Missouri and Indiana
formed the Merrill Horse, operating mainly in southern Missouri. The Michigan
men making up Troops ' H ' & ' I '. Ribbon is for the Reunion held in Battle
Creek in 1901. Very good condition.
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PENNSYLVANIA - JOHN W. McLEAN POST 102 - UNION CITY - Double
sided badge for the John W. Mclean GAR Post 102 in Union City, Pennsylvania.
The front side is the standard membership badge and the back side is the Post
Memoriam badge which could be flipped to the front to wear at funerals.
Celluloid pin bar and circular drop. Some stains on flag ribbon and on celluloid.
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NEW YORK - GAR NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT - BUFFALO - 1897 - Badge
appears to be for the New York delegation to the National GAR Convention that
was held in Buffalo in 1897. This is a nicely made badge with a sewn border,
celluloid pin bar and drop, flag ribbon and tassle. It does show it's age and has a
small hole which is located to the lower right of the 'R' in G.A.R.
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INDIANA - DELONG POST 67 - AUBURN- Membership badge for the Delong
Post 67 in Auburn, Indiana. Badge has celluloid pin bar and drop. Good
condition.
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MICHIGAN - 1911 - YPSILANTI - State Delegate badge for the 50 year
anniversary of the start of the Civil War. This state encampment was held in
Ypsilanti, Michigan from June 21-23, 1911. The badge has the reiiefs of the
State Normal college (now Eastern Michigan University) and Governor Blair.
Good condition.
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UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN REUNION GLASS - 1899 - Souvenir
glass approx. 3 5/8" in height and 2 3/4" in diameter at the top rim. Has a
frosted etching on the side "Confederate Veterans Reunion / 1899 / Charleston,
S.C." Also has crossed Confederate and South Carolina flags. Very good
condition - no cracks or chips.
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C-1840's TEMPERANCE TOKEN - Approx. 15/16" in diameter,
brass token of 'THE COLD WATER ARMY', a young man's
organization that preached abstaining the use of alcohol. The motto
on one side "We are pledged to abstain from all that can
intoxicate". Shows wear on high reliefs.
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12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - REUNION CAST IRON
SPRINGFIELD RIFLES
-  Just shy of 16" in length, these very
heavy cast iron, great likeness of a Springfield rifle has on the
reverse side of the stock '12 N H / VOLS' in the casting. These
have been made from two separate castings as there are slight
differences in detail. These are not often encountered - some have
been known to have a bayonet although these don't appear to
have ever had them. Old gold paint, half worn off and some
condition issues as can be seen in photos. These are being sold
separately so if ordering one please designate either the top or
bottom. The 12th New Hampshire Infantry was a hard fought
unit participating in the battles of Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor,
Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred as well as others.
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CAST IRON CAMPAIGN HAT REUNION SOUVENIR - 1915
WASHINGTON, D.C.
-  Approx. 3 1/4" x 4" at the outside edges.
Cast iron souvenir campaign hat for the 1915 Washington, D.C.
National Encampment. Has an applied GAR hat wreath on the
front. Good condition.
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CAST IRON CAMPAIGN HAT GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR - . -  
Approx. 3 1/4" x 4" at the outside edges. Cast iron souvenir
campaign from Gettysburg c-1910-20. Bottom has embossed
"Gettysburg, Pa / '65 Campaign Hat". Good condition.
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