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EARLY 1 PC. MEXICAN ARMY BUTTON- Very tough to find
these. Brass, approx. 16mm dia. cuff button. One piece,
missing shank and appears to have been dug. Has the correct
English backmark "Warranted / Best Quality". These date
between 1824 and 1830, early enough for those Alamo
CORPS BADGE (2nd CORPS) OF WILLAIM D. LYTLE OF THE
105TH PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Badge is made of sheet silver with a
T-bar pin approx. 1 1/4"(H) x 1 5/16"(W) and has the black
tarnishing in places. Inscribed "Co. C / 105th / P.V/ W.D. Lytle".
Lytle was originally in the 2nd US Sharpshooters from 10/1/61 to
12/24/63. During that time the regiment was in every major battle
with the Army of the Potomac, including Gettysburg. He
transferred to the 105th PV on 12/24/63 and was discharged on
CORPS BADGE - EITHER FOR THE 12th OR 20th ARMY
CORPS - Badge made of sheet silver with a T-bar pin, approx. 1
7/16"(H) x 1 7/16"(W) and has black tarnishing in places. There
are flourishes engraved on the face.
CORPS BADGE - RARE ENGINEER CORPS - Badge made of a
thicker sheet silver with a loop pin, approx. 1 7/16" Dia and has
darkened tarnishing in places especially on reverse. This badge is
listed and shown in Phillips' book "Civil War Corps Badges" on
page 151 and those with these badges are believed to have been
attached to the 23rd Corps due to the 23rd Corps badge that the
Engineer's Castle is mounted to.
U.S. SANITARY COMMISSION FAIR STAMPS - FULL SET
OF 3 - These stamps were printed and sold at the Sanitation
Fairs as fund raisers and also used as postage when mailed
from the fairs. The postmarked covers mailed from the fairs
are commanding prices in the tens of thousands with these
stamps. Near mint. Denominations in 10, 20 and 30 cent
INFANTRY TACTICS MANUAL BELONGING TO GENERAL
WILLIAM HUMPHREY - Volume 2 only of Casey's 'Infantry
Tactics' with a great period ink inscription on the title page:
"Capt. Wm. Humphrey / 2nd Mich Inf / Upton's Hill, Va /
Sept 4th, 1862". Humphrey was wounded twice at
Spotsylvania C.H., Va. He was commissioned as Capt. in the
2nd Michigan Infantry on 5/25/61, promoted to Major 6/8/62,
Colonel 2/16/63 and Brigadier General by Brevet on 8/1/64.
He signed this manual as Captain three months after his
promotion to Major - for whatever reason but the ID is
ironclad. Opposite the title page with the ink ID is a late life
photo of Humphrey. Good used but not abused condition.
CIVIL WAR SUTLER SCRIPT - Unused script for William
S. Wilder, Sutler to the 1st District Cavalry. Predated 1864
and approx. 2 7/16" x 7 3/16". Excellent condition.
THE LEGENDARY U.S. GREENBACK - 1862 $1. NOTE-
Well used, with an abrasion on the middle of the reverse.
Received the nickname from the heavily green reverse
side. These notes near 4 figures when in great condition.
AUTOGRAPH OF CS PRISONER AT FORT WARREN - One page
approx. 4 7/8" x 7 5/8" signed in period ink by "John F. Gray / Maj.
48th Tenn Regt / Centreville / Tennessee / Surrendered at Fort
Donelson / Tennessee Feby 16th 1862 / Fort Warren June 20th
1862". This probably coming from a guard's autograph book.
Excellent condition except for light discoloring at edges.
CDV - 21st MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WIA - Image of Sanford W.
Lyon, Co B, 21st Michigan Infantry. ID'd on reverse in period
pencil. Photographed at Gallery Point Lookout at Lookout
Mountain, Tn. Lyon mustered in on 9/3/62, was wounded in action
at Bentonville, NC and mustered out on 6/8/65. Image has a chipped
corner and has typical soiling.
CDV - 21st MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WIA - Image of Amherst B.
Cheney, Co B, 21st Michigan Infantry. ID'd on front in period
pencil. and on reverse in what appears to be just post war ink. No
photographer's backmark. Cheney mustered in on 9/2/62, was
wounded in action at Bentonville, NC and mustered out on 6/8/65.
Image has typical soiling and a water stain as can be seen in photos.
US BREAST PLATE - RECOVERED FROM FORT FISHER, NC-
Front of plate in good condition, reverse has seen better days -
loops having rusted off.
US CARTRIDGE BOX PLATE - RECOVERED FROM
SPOTSYLVANIA, VA- Front of plate in good condition, still has a
bit of gilt shining through along the rim. Reverse has about 50%
of lead missing and loops rusted off.
US BREAST PLATE - RECOVERED FROM WASHINGTON,
D.C. AREA- Front of plate in very good condition, great detail
still showing. Reverse is in decent condition, retains loops but
they are bent.
CONFEDERATE SHEET BRASS WAIST BELT PLATE - Approx. 2
1/2" x 3 3/4". Front of plate in very good condition. Reverse shows
where 'wire hooks' were attached although the actual hooks are
missing. Good patina.
CIVIL WAR 'SEGARS' - You always see tobacco plugs and twists,
when did you last see a period cigar? These vary in size but are
approx. 1/2" in dia. x 4 1/4" in length. Tightly wrapped and a rich deep
brown color of leaves that are 150 years old. Previous owner had
taken information from a label on the container they were taken
from: "Grown and Made in Richmond by Noah Merrill - 1864". These
are being sold as antique and curiosity items and not as usable tobacco
products for human use.
ACTUAL PERIOD 'CARPET BAG' WITH LOCK AND KEY -
Nearly identical in every way to the period example shown in
Lord's Encyclopedia of the Civil War. Approx. 14" wide by 10" in
height (without the flap and strap). It has the round lock and best
of all the key which works. Short top flap and what looks to be a
sewn in pocket. Strap has been repaired (ages ago with thread).
Some worn areas but otherwise in darn good condition. Have only
owned two period carpet bags in the past 36 years.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD EMBROIDERED ORDNANCE HAT INSIGNIA
- Approx. 1 3/8" x 2 3/8". Front typical wire and 'flake' bullion in
very good condition. Reverse has one of two type backings you like to
see on period insignia - the lightly tarred paper backing, missing
paper in several areas.
CIVIL WAR METAL BACKED PERIOD EMBROIDERED
CAVALRY HAT INSIGNIA - Approx. 2 3/16" x 3 5/16". Front
typical bullion in very good condition. Reverse has one of two
type backings you like to see on period insignia - the brown
polished cotton backing, all there. These don't show up much
anymore and this is about as good as they come.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 34 STAR SILK FLAG - Dates
from 1861-63- Approx. 20" x 29 1/2" perfect size to
hang on the wall. Old nail holes clearly visible on the
staff border along with the name of the owner in Civil
War period ink. Retains both ties but does have some
condition issues as you would expect on a silk flag (I
have tried to highlight these in the photos) mostly in
the stripe area, the canton is pretty solid and void of
slits. Bottom stripe is narrow. Would look great in a
frame. Color still bright.
GAR CLOTH EMBROIDERED HAT INSIGNIA - Approx. 1 7/8"
x 2 7/8". Front typical bullion in very good condition. Reverse
has the brown polished cotton backing. This is a very nice and
CIVIL WAR NICKEL SILVER BUGLE (CLARION)
WITH CDV OF THE BUGLER HOLDING SIMILAR
BUGLE - Typical American made (but unmarked)
Clarion bugle with the single loop with the pigtail
adapter (to change key from C to B) in the very
hard to find nickel or 'German' silver. Has the
period 'dental tooth' construction. This includes the
CDV of the Cavalry Bugler holding a similar bugle.
This CDV was advertised by the previous owner as
2nd Michigan Cavalry but I have my suspicions as
to the regiment. On the back of the CDV is a very
light name in period pencil. I have outlined the
name in pencil and attempted blow up photos to try
to ID the image without definite success. Perhaps
someone out there can fare better. Great set.
LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SHEET MUSIC - 1865 - 'A
NATION WEEPS - DIRGE ON THE DEATH OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN'. Published in 1865. Separation on the bound end
and some foxing, otherwise in very good condition. Would
look good framed.
118th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - ARMY DIPLOMA -
VICKSBURG - Approx. 11 1/4" x 14 1/4". Very
attractive certificate in very good color for
Corporal Jasper White (from Wythe, Ill), Co. H
118th Illinois Infantry due to his bravery at
Vicksburg. Signed by the Captain of his Company.
Entered in According to Act of Congress in 1863
and Published by McMullen & Gates - Cincinnati.
Some minor condition issues but overall VGC.
SHEET MUSIC - COLONEL ELLSWORTH FUNERAL
MARCH - Published in 1861. Ellsworth was a good friend of
Lincoln and it was said that Lincoln took the death badly. He
met his fate at the start of the War and became a martyr in
Alexandria, Virginia where he was shot by the owner of the
Marshall House after entering the establishment to tear down
a Confederate flag flying from that building. Separation on
the bound end and some foxing, otherwise in very good
condition. Would look great framed.
SHEET MUSIC - TRIBUTE TO COLONEL BROADHEAD OF
THE 1st MICHIGAN CAVALRY - (CUSTER'S MICHIGAN
CAVALRY BRIGADE) - Published in 1863. Col. Broadhead
was mortally wounded at the Battle of 2nd Manassas on
August 30, 1862. As he lay dying he wrote a very moving
letter to his brother which was highly publicised afterwards
and is the basis for the song. Separation on the bound end
and some foxing, otherwise in very good condition.
UNIDENTIFIED CIVIL WAR MARINE CORPS SERGEANT
TINTYPE - Full Plate tintype Approx. 5 7/8" x 7 7/8 - frame
approx. 9 1/4" x 11". Hand tinted tintype of the same Marine
shown on page 149 of the book: "The Civil War Uniforms of the
United States Marine Corps - The Regulation of 1859" by
Cureton & Sullivan and owned by Mike McAfee. The image in
the book has not been tinted thus showing more detail and the
sergeant's stripes. He is wearing the M-1859 uniform cap with
one of the two different hat plates - unmistakable even with the
coloring. Was originally in an oval matted frame as can be seen
on the tin, moved to a period rectangular frame which allows the
entire photo to be seen. Very good condition.
GAR POST BADGE - FAIRBANKS POST 17 - DETROIT - Approx. 2 1/2"
x 8 1/4". Very attractive badge retaining a good amount of color. Some
small pin holes at top from being pinned to Veteran's clothes but
GAR 12th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - Approx. 1 7/8" x 5 3/4". For the 21st
Annual - October 12-13, 1905 reunion held in Cassopolis, Michigan. The 12th
took part in the battles of Shiloh, Middlesburg, Vicksburg, Capture of Little
Rock among other numerous actions. Ribbon is in VGC
GAR 67th VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Approx. 2 3/16" x 5 3/4".
For Visiting Comrades for the 36th Annual - September 5, 1912 reunion
held in Swanton, Ohio. The 67th took part in the battles of Winchester,
Port Republic, Morris Island, Fort Wagner, Drury's Bluff, among other
numerous operations and actions. Ribbon looks like it may have been cut
GAR 38th VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Approx. 2 5/8" x 8
3/16". For the 38th Annual - September 4, 1912 reunion held in Delta,
Ohio. The 38th took part in the battles of Mill Springs, Perryville,
Stone's River, Resaca, Bentonville and numerous actions and
operations especially on Sherman's March to the Sea. Ribbon is in VGC.
GAR 38th VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Approx. 2 1/4" x 8
5/8". For the 30th Annual - September 1-2, 1904 reunion held in
Wauseon, Ohio. The 38th took part in the battles of Mill Springs,
Perryville, Stone's River, Resaca, Bentonville and numerous actions
and operations especially on Sherman's March to the Sea. Ribbon is in
RARE BERDAN'S SHARPSHOOTERS OFFICER'S CUFF RUBBER
BUTTON - Approx. 15mm+. General pattern GI-94 Officer's Infantry 'I'
cuff button made of rubber. B/M - N.R. Co. / Goodyear's P=T. These were
used strictly by the two regiments of Berdan's U.S. Sharpshooters.
Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and is in VGC.
3BN GAR PIN - Approx. 11/16" high x 9/16" wide. Among the
earliest of the GAR pins. Appears to be gold (probably no more than
10K) and enameled in red, white, blue and black. Unfortunately
there are chips in the enamel work but the rarity of these pins can
excuse the issues. There is also a small hole on the lower right side
and looks to have been for a small chain perhaps to drape something
from the pin itself.
TRAVELING ROSEWOOD INKWELL - Approx. 1 1/8" dia x 2" high.
Rosewood with screw off top that contains a glass vial for the ink. Many
a soldier would carry these to compose letters home. VGC.
BEAUTIFUL SPAN-AM WAR RIBBON SHOWING THE USS MAINE -
Approx. 3" x 9 1/2" high. The ribbon played havoc with the scanner on
this. The ribbon is absolutely beautiful showing an eagle with draped
flags on top, the Maine and then the caption "One Flag One Land /
One Heart One Hand / One Nation Evermore". VGC.
ID'd SPAN-AM WAR CANTEEN - 33rd MICHIGAN
INFANTRY - Canteen belonging to and marked in ink on
cover: "L.C. Avery / Co. K 33d / Mich". The 33rd was sent to
Cuba and took part in battles while there but Mr. Avery was
the first sick casualty with appendicitus and was sent to
Harper Hospital in Detroit before the Cuban departure where
he underwent successful surgery. He was not able to rejoin his
unit until their return from Cuba. Canteen is solid and has
strap with condition issues.
WAR OF 1812 PERIOD CANTEEN - - Approx 7" dia x 2
7/8" wide good solid period cheese box style canteen. Is
painted black but the paint under the black is a very light
pastel colored green as can be seen in the photos. the
only marking is a 'T' on the side (perhaps the owner's
initial or perhaps a state such as Tennessee and
Jackson's troops??) There are four leather strap loops
nailed on - all intact. Good early canteen - VGC.
BEAUTIFUL REVOLUTIONARY WAR SOUVENIR RIBBON - Approx.
2 1/2" x 10 1/4" high. The ribbon played havoc with the scanner on this.
The ribbon is fantastic showing Washington on horseback, crossed flags
and the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The captions: "
Souvenir / of the / Independence / of / America . . . George
Washington / First president / of the / United States 1789 . . . Signing of
the / Declaration of Independence / July 4th 1776". VGC.
BEAUTIFUL CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION RIBBON - BATTLE OF
LEXINGTON- Approx. 2 1/4" x 8" high. A Committee member's badge
for the Centennial of the Battle of Lexington held on April 19, 1875.
Ribbon is partially separated from the pinbar but otherwise in GC.
GAR LAPEL PIN - Approx. 15/16" high. Appears to be gold and has
hallmarks on the back which I have not seen before on a GAR pin and
99% of enamel still intact. VGC
LADIES OF THE GAR LAPEL PIN - Approx. 1" high. Appears to be gold -
perhaps 10k as many of these are but is not marked and would say 99%
of enamel still intact. VGC
WWI - 129TH MGB ID BRACELET / NO CHAIN - Approx. 1 1/8"
high X 1 15/16" long. Sterling silver ID bracelet tag without the
chain for Lieutenant R.W. Atkeson - Co. A, 129th Machine Gun
Battalion. Some tarnishing - VGC
1865 CALIFORNIA MILITARY COMMISSION - Approx 15
7/8" x 19 5/8" rarely seen as they had so few troops in the
military. Dated April 17, 1865 to rank from February 17, 1865
for Captain Stephen Parker in the Sherman Guard, Second
Brigade of the California Militia. This unit was out of San
Francisco. Signed by Governor Frederick F. Low. Retains the
gold seal of the State of California and looks like it had another
that was removed to see the entire document although in that
area it does feel embossed. There is one important drawback
with this document as it has been dry mounted to an old acidic
and brittle board. It was mounted well, if there is such a thing
when they do this, as it has absolutely no wrinkles and looks to
be solidly 100% glued to the board. Edges have been trimmed.
WWI - 30TH DIVISION PAINTED HELMET WITH ID - Helmet
has painted 30th Division insignia on front, retains headband
liner and chin strap. Also has a painted ID on the underside of
the rim which I can't quite make out but might be easier for
others. The 30th Division was part of the AEF taking part in the
battles of La Selle, St. Mihiel and Meuse-Argonne. Twelve Medal
of Honors were awarded to their membership.
GAR - BADGE - 3RD NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - Badge with
celluloid '3' disc and pinbar for the 39th reunion of the 3rd New
Hampshire Infantry held at the Weirs, NH from August 29 - September
1, 1911. The 3rd took part in Secessionville, Morris Island, Fort
Wagner, Bermuda Hundred, Darbytown Road among others. VGC
PRE-PRINTED SLAVE DOCUMENT - SOUTH CAROLINA
1864 - Approx. 5 5/8" x 8 1/2" South Carolina claim, dated
only 'Columbia, 1864' for the loss of a slave named Allen
for the sum of $1450. compensation to the owner Jesse H.
Hart for the loss of the slave by reason of employment by
authorities of the Confederate Government for the military
fortifications of South Carolina. Very good condition.
GAR - BADGE - 12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - Badge for the
44th reunion of the 12rd New Hampshire Infantry held at Concord, NH
on September 24, 1909. The 12th took part in the battles of
Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Drewry's Bluff, Cold
Harbor, Petersburg among others. VGC
3RD & 5TH NEW JERSEY - VETERAN'S NJ AWARDED MEDAL -
WIA AT GETTYSBURG - Approx. 2 1/4" in height - awarded to
Veterans by the State of New Jersey. This one presented to George
W. Trauger - 3rd NJI, Co. E and 5th NJI, Co. A. Trauger was
wounded in the hand on July 2, 1863 at Gettysburg. (CW Database
has his name misspelled as 'Tranger'). Medal does not have his name
on it but it is serial numbered. Included is a letter from the State of
New Jersey stating that this number was indeed awarded to Trauger.
Also included are Trauger's documents from the National Archives.
UNION CIVIL WAR I.D. TAG BLANK - Approx. 1 1/16" Dia. Blank
is one of the more common style ID tags showing the eagle and
"War of 1861 / United States' on the obverse and a blank reverse
where the sutler would stamp the soldier's name, regiment, etc.
Some gilt still remaining. Good condition.
TINTYPE - SOLDIER (CAVALRY OR ARTILLERY)
ON HORSEBACK - ARTILLERY BACKROUND -
Approx. 4 7/8" x 7" Between a half and whole plate
tintype. Interesting outdoor view with artillery in
backround. This shot looks to be a close to period copy
(tintypes were a one shot deal, if copies needed to be
made they were placed on a board, etc and another
tintype would have been taken of the original). There
is a bend running right down the middle from top to
bottom but no cracking or flaking as a result and
there are also a few other minor bends. The edge of
the original image and lines from exposure in a frame
can also be seen. You can see where the original had
gilt on the brass of the sword, etc. Good condition.
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION MEMBERSHIP
BADGE - 14K GOLD - Approx. 5" in height. Beautiful badge for the
General John A. Sutter Post in California. Both top pin bar and bottom
drop are marked 14K (middle bar is not). It is engraved on the reverse
of the drop as belonging to Henrietta Horton along with her
membership number. Ribbon good and solid. Very good condition.
CIVIL WAR CARBINE SLING SWIVEL - MARKED U.S. AND MAKER
- Standard US sling swivel, marked on the bottom of the belt roller
"U.S. / T.J. Shepard / E. Gaylord / Chicopee". These signed units are
getting tougher to find. Most are unmarked. Some light pitting on
areas of the metal as can be seen in the photos. Good condition.
INTERESTING AND RARE PATRIOTIC MESS SET -
FORK / SPOON - Approx. 6 3/8" long on the knife and
5 1/2" long on the fork. Very light duty, I can see why
there may not have been many purchased. The
May-June, 1993 issue of North South Trader shows a
photo of a knife like this one that was dug in Bowling
Green, Ky and ID'd to 3rd Ky Lieutenant. These are
non-dug, Have a flag on each of them and retains
probably about 70% of their original finish. Mess gear
that is out of the ordinary is desirable and this is just
that. I would have questioned the use if there hadn't
been a recovered example. No doubt they were sold by
sutlers. Copy of the NST photo included. Good
CONTINENTAL CURRENCY - 1776 CC-45 - Approx. 2 3/4"
x 3 5/8" $8.00 Note issue date of July 22, 1776, only 18 days
after the Declaration of Independence. Signed by Sellers
and Watkins (Watkins signature is very light). Printed by
Hall and Sellers 1776. Good Condition.
UNITED STATES CURRENCY - 1779 CC-88 - Approx. 2
13/16" x 3 5/8" $2.00 Note issue date of January 14, 1779,
only 2 1/2 years after the Declaration of Independence. Has
red overprint on graphic and 'UNITED STATES' on left
border. Printed by Hall and Sellers 1779. Fair Condition.
MARYLAND COLONIAL CURRENCY - 1774 MD-62 -
Approx. 2 7/16" x 4 5/8" $2.00 Note issue date of April 10,
1774, only 2 years before the Declaration of Independence.
Signed by Eddis & Clapham. Printed by A.C. and F. Green.
SAGINAW (MI) CITY BANK - 1837 - $10.00 Note issue
date of December 26, 1837, shows a side wheeled steam
boat scene. Several small pin sized holes. Good Condition.
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH (VA) - 1861 - $1.00 Note issue
date of October 7, 1861, shows Virginia State Seal scene.
Printed on the reverse of City of Portsmouth Stock paper.
Some staining and foxing. Fair Condition.
STATE OF LOUISIANA - SHREVEPORT 1863 - $50.00
Note issue date of March 10, 1863, has likeness of
Confederate General L. Polk. Light blue reverse. Good
CONFEDERATE LETTER & COVER - TRYING TO CLEAR A
DISTRUST FROM A SENIOR OFFICER - One page letter with
cover from a Capt. E.W. Morse of Col. Claiborne's Regiment to Col.
Seaborn Jones of Phillip's Georgia Legion. Dated August 10, 1862
from Camp French. Morse lets Jones know that a letter to him has
been received and he feels that Jones is not treating him with the
respect he feels he deserves and as soon as Col. Claiborne returns
he will ask for leave for the purpose of traveling to Georgia,
attempting to straighten out any misunderstandings. The postmark
on the cover looks like an N.O. but believe it is N.C.. Records and
names as they are, I believe from the research I have done that the
regiment Morse is from is the 7th CS Cavalry under command of
Col. W.C. Claiborne camped at Camp French (which I found a Camp
French which was located behind Fort French south of Wilmington,
NC which is also south of Wilson, NC). There is a possibility
Claiborne's regiment may have been in Louisiana (as there is a
Wilson, La. close by). Morse only shows up as an Assistant Surgeon
in the CS Army. Good Condition.
M-1840 NCO SWORD - IDENTIFIED & INSCRIBED - 12TH NEW YORK
STATE MILITIA - Very nice looking Ames NCO sword dated 1860. Inscribed
on the clamshell "SERGT. THOMAS HOUSTON / CO. F / 12 REG NYSM
1861". Inscription does have some scratching over it done long ago but still
very legible and rich patina covers all - some areas with a reddish and some
areas with a brownish coloring. Felt washer still intact, leather scabbard very
solid and sound with no separation on seam and no creases. Brass on drag has
several dents. Overall a nice looking sword. The 12th NYSM was a busy 3
month regiment and Thomas Houston is listed in the rosters. They sailed
from New York City to Fortress Monroe, Va. on April 21, 1861 arriving on
April 23. Later the regiment moved to Annapolis and Washington, D.C.. They
were assigned to General Mansfield's command, mustering in on May 2. They
advanced into Virginia on May 23 and occupied Arlington Heights, Va on May
24. They were ordered to join General Patterson's Army and did so on July 6.
They took part in a skirmish near Martinsburg on July 12 and near Bunker
Hill on July 15. They were mustered out in New York City on August 5, 1861
with the expiration of their term of service. There may also be ties to the 8th
NYHA and / or the 186th NYI but can't confirm this. Very Good Condition.
BEST GAR REUNION PHOTO I'VE HAD - 140TH
PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - 1911 - Approx. 11" x 13
7/8" mount. Titled 'Survivors of the 140th Pa. Vol.', this
photo was taken at the residence of J.B. Johnson in
Canonsburg, Pa on Sept. 12, 1911. It shows flags,
banners with battle honors, a banner in memory of Col.
Richard P. Roberts and the fallen heroes (Roberts was
killed on July 2 at Gettysburg), a soldier's memorial - all
kinds of things going on. The banner shows the battles of
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run,
Wilderness, Todd's tavern, Spotsylvania, North Anna,
Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox and more. A bit
soiled and mount has been trimmed but a great shot!
NICE GAR POST PHOTO - POST 31 - TIFFIN, OHIO -
Approx. 10" x 14" mount. Photo shows 11 members of
the Leander Stem Post 31. Leander Stem was Colonel of
the 101st OVI (killed at Stone's River). The post banner
can be read (with a little help). Interesting that a wreath
surrounding the photo of who I suppose is Stem, has
been colored in pink (several flowers only). Nice view,
some soiling and corner chips on the mount.
ID'd GROUPING OF SGT. BENJAMIN F. BLATCHFORD
- 50th MASSACHUSETTS INF. & 2nd MASSACHUSETTS
HEAVY ARTILLERY - Fantastic patriotic housewife,
19th corps badge and diary. Housewife has name and
50th MA ID sewn into the cover and a nice flag pocket
that holds some rubber buttons and needles. The 19th
Corps badge (looks to be post-War) does not have his
name on it but does have the regiment and Department
of the Gulf stamped in. Has a Boston maker's name on
the back of the pinbar. The diary is an 1864 diary when
Blatchford was in the 2nd MA Heavy Artillery. His name
and regiment is in the front of the diary and someone
else's is in the back. I would guess at this maybe being
10% filled in as far as entries. Most of the diary is empty
(as seen in the final photo). He does write and mention
the battles or actions at: Laurel Hill, Petersburg, Cox
Bridge, Wilmington, bombardment of Fort Fisher as well
as the execution of a deserter by firing squad. He only
gives the bare minimum for information when he writes.
Most is in period ink. Nice small grouping of a
HISTORY OF THE 10th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - by Luther S.
Trowbridge - late Colonel of the regiment. 67 pages. Detroit, 1905.
This is a very tough regimental to obtain. Short, sweet and very well
done also if you're looking for photos of the officers, showing 98
members of the regiment and one reunion photograph along with a
fold out map. Presented by a member of the 10th Cav., Charles E.
Souie. Binding is tight, minor scuffing on cover.
CONFEDERATE BOWIE- Approx. 17 5/8" overall length
with an approx. 12 3/4" blade which is approx. 1 1/2" in
height and a bit over 1/4" thick at the guard. Original
handle, by the peened tang doesn't look as though it was
ever apart - sturdy guard. Hard to tell but looks like the
blade may have been constructed from a file. Grip is very
tight to the blade. The one issue with this is that it appears
long ago the blade was sharpened and dulled at the point but
also priced to suit.
1913 GETTYSBURG 50th ANNIVERSARY PHOTO -
CS AND US VETERANS - TIPTON - Approx. 10" x 12"
mount. Nice outdoor shot of 3 Confederate Vets and 3
Union Vets, looks like with their sons. All 3 CS Vets
wearing the Southern Cross of Honor and one of them
wears a 1913 Gettysburg Virginia Vets badge along
with a CS Battery badge. There is one U.S. Zouave in
the group. All 3 US Vets wearing some sort of GAR
badge with one wearing the New York Gettysburg 1913
badge. Tipton photographers stamp on reverse. Pretty
clean image with a small stain on the lower right side
TWICE SIGNED DOCUMENT - FONTAINE BECKHAM
- MAYOR OF HARPERS FERRY, VA - KILLED BY
JOHN BROWN IN 1859 RAID - Approx. 6" x 7 1/2"
Jefferson County legal document dated May 13, 1847
which has 2 signatures of future Harper's Ferry Mayor
Fontaine Beckham. Beckham was one of four civilians
killed during John Brown's raid on the Harper's Ferry
Arsenal in 1859. Many consider this action by John
Brown as one of the stimulants of the Civil War to
come. Document is in good condition.
7th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY DIARY AND 39th PA INF
DOCUMENT GROUPING - THOMAS RAY - Diary is 1865,
written mostly in ink (actually looks as though he wrote it
very lightly in pencil then when he had the time copied over it
in period ink) - very legible. Every day from January 1 till mid
September has an entry, after September it is basically empty
except for several 'extra' entries such as one shown in the
photos. All troop movements, camps, etc., a perfect diary for a
relic hunter to use to locate camps. Mentions small
skirmishes and battles around Selma, Ala., a Michigan
Cavalry in his Brigade that Captured Jeff Davis, the end of
the War, Johnston's surrender, etc.. Strangely enough he
doesn't mention Lincoln's assassination. He makes one
comment in late April about receiving news of no importance
which makes me wonder if he was no fan of Lincoln. The
other paperwork has to do with Ray when he was in the 39th
Pennsylvania Infantry (a regiment specially raised to defend
against Lee's invasion in June of 1863. Ray was a Captain in
the 39th and the documents contain his signature. One small
portion of a Muster In Roll, a complete Muster Out Roll with
signatures of more than 50 members of that company
(somewhat ragged) and Ray's muster out paperwork.
MINNESOTA BRACKETT'S CAVALRY - CDV of Captain Erwin Y.
Shelley, Company C of Brackett's Cavalry Battalion (AKA Minnesota
Light Cavalry later fighting in with the Curtis Horse and later 5th
Iowa Cav). CDV has St. Paul, Minn. backmark. Image is identified in
the Civil War Research data Base. Shelley enlisted in St. Paul on
Nov. 4, 1861 and discharged on March 24, 1865. This unit participated
in the battles of Fort Donelson, siege of Corinth, Fort Henry, KY,
Lockridge Mills and later fought Indians in the Dakota Territory
where Shelley was mentioned in the battle reports for his actions.
Clipped corners and some minor soiling otherwise GC. Minnesota
CDV's getting harder to come by.
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - 13th MICH ?? -
Carved bone ring usually made by soldiers to pass the time in
camp or as prisoners of war. This ring has the initials L.Y.C.,
with a 13 on one side and what appears to be a 'Co H' on the
other. A tag that accompanied the ring stated that it was
found in Louisville, Ky. I went through the rosters of every
13th regiment in both the Union and Confederate armies and
checked for those soldier's with the known initials of L.Y.C.,
and found only one, L.Y. Cady of the 13th Michigan Infantry,
a unit that did muster out in Louisville, Ky. The only part that
does not match is the company. The roster states that Cady
was in Co. B., the ring looks to be Co. H. The records do not
state if Cady transferred for a period of time to Co. H so of
course there is speculation that the ring could not be his. This
is the closest I could come. Could be a nice research project.
SOLDIER'S HAND CARVED BONE RING - Carved bone ring
usually made by soldiers to pass the time in camp or as
prisoners of war. This ring has the initials W.U.S., with a
heart carved on both sides. Not sure if this could be meant for
the corps badge of the 23rd Army Corps or just meant as a
75th NEW YORK INFANTRY GROUPING - KIA AT
PORT HUDSON, LA - Group belonging to 2nd Lt.
Luther T. Hutchinson of the 75th New York
Infantry. He enlisted on Sept. 17, 1861 and was
killed in action at Port Hudson, La. on June 14,
1863. Group consists of his officer's sash, epaulettes,
an 1861 diary, historical 1862 War Map, pocket
knife, patent vista lights container, thimble and a
pewter traveling inkwell by a Boston Maker. The box
with this group has old ink writing that states: "This
sash was on my uncle Luther T. Hutchinson when he
was killed in battle June 14, 1863 at Port Hudson,
La. / Francis W. Foster". There is also an addition in
old pencil that states: "Also Buckle and Epulets".
The buckle was not in the group, somehow getting
lost in the last 150 years but in the box were these
other items. The sash is in very decent condition,
has had several repairs but good and solid - some
staining. The epaulettes are in very nice condition
though one of them has a loose piece of silk on the
underside. The 1861 diary only has 16 days of entries
in April and May, 1861. The rest is pretty much
empty. Written in pencil he writes about the talk of
War, troops leaving for battle, Rebels nearing
Washington and how he almost enlisted. There is
also the entry of his death in the back. An 1862 War
Map, many soldiers as well as family members at
home bought these to follow the battles during the
War. The last battle covered is Perryville and the
entire map is present but some separation at folds.
The pocket knife is a period Union Knife Co.
Naugatuck marked, well used and sharpened many
times during the period, there is an old piece of tape
with old ink which ID's it to Luther. The thimble,
traveling inkwell and vista lights container round
out the group.
M-1851 RECTANGULAR SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
INITIALS ON REVERSE - Dug M-1851 eagle sword belt plate
with applied German silver wreath. Recovery sight unknown.
Plate has owner's initials of "T.I.P." stamped in reverse side
of plate - unknown. Small bend in the belt keeper side but
U.S. EAGLE GENERAL SERVICE COAT BUTTON WITH
UNIFORM CLOTH STILL ATTACHED - Dug eagle coat
button with a section of the uniform still attached. Recovery
sight unknown. Cloth is in a fragile state as you could imagine
and one small piece is detached. Cloth is a brown color at this
U.S. EAGLE GENERAL SERVICE CUFF BUTTON WITH UNIFORM
CLOTH STILL ATTACHED - Dug eagle cuff button with a section
of the uniform still attached. Recovery sight unknown. Cloth is in
a fragile state as you could imagine. Cloth is a brown color at this