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151st NEW YORK INFANTRY - GETTYSBURG MANEUVERING -
letter dated June 28, 1863 Maryland Heights (Harpers Ferry) from
Zephram Larvier to his wife. Mentions building fortifications on the
Heights, mounting heavy guns. Have given up all ideas of being
attacked. Expecting a heavy battle to come off soon - Rebs are on the
old Antietam battleground and he expects a heavy battle to come
soon. Mentions supposed to go to Williamsport to destroy a Reb
pontoon bridge. Excellent Letter - peiod ink and vgc.
GREAT 1856 LETTER PREDICTING THE ELECTION AND THE
WAR - dated August 8, 1856 from John C. Nelson to a Captain. He
writes: "...You may set down for sure for Buchanan every Southern
State, making 120 electoral votes, and with Penn. and California he
will have just enough to elect him 149, but I predict in less than two
years we are (to) have Civil War, which will last ten years. Slavery is
to be legalized in every free(?) state by a decision of the Supreme
Court in the care of Passamore Williamson (?) and then look out for
music - the North won't submit - so get your "bayonet" ready - you
must fight . . ". Great letter, period ink and in vgc.
SURGEON CHARLES H. CRANE - LINCOLN
ASSASSINATION ATTENDING SURGEON - Assistant
Surgeon General Charles Henry Crane (later Surgeon General)
on document dated May 28, 1864 to surgeon of 56th Colored
Troops Infantry (5" x 7 1/2"). When Abraham Lincoln was shot
and taken to the Peterson House, there were three surgeons
attending him that had all probed Lincoln's brain for the bullet.
Crane was one of those three. E. Lawrence Abel in his book, "A
Finger in Lincoln's Brain - What Modern Science Reveals About
Lincoln . . ." has a very good description and time line on what
occurred during those hours. Document is in good condition
with age toning on several edges. This was in a Civil War
Surgeons personal privately bound book of printed orders that he
was involved with, some signed by various surgeons. The binding
was falling apart with some damage to a number of the
NON REGULATION FIELD OFFICER'S SWORD -
German made for Civil War US use, has an iron guard
with the cut out eagle and 'US' with the motto 'E Pluribus
Unum'. Grip is wood with fish skin and wire wrap (some of
the thin single strand wire loose, twisted wire is tight).
Blade is very nice with etched floral, eagle with motto and
'US'. Some light rust near ricasso and a few areas of light
pitting near point of blade (see photos). Metal hilt and
scabbard have deep brown patina (see photos for better idea
of finish). Sword is not pristine but is a very good example
of these imports. Etching on the blades isn't usually seen
this nice which helps to make up for the other
MICHIGAN REGIMENTAL 'BROWN BOOKS' - I have
just purchased a large hoard of Michigan 'Brown Book'
rosters. These were printed in about 1902 for the State of
Michigan. Each volume covered a particular regiment with
several of the later volumes covering perhaps all the
Artillery batteries, Special Units, etc. These are priced
separately depending on the regiment and condition of the
books. Most all are vgc on the inside, for the most part
bindings are tight and the covers have varying degrees of
scuffs and / or light soiling. Even the 24th Infantry and
Custer's 1st, 5th, and 6th Cavalry regiments are available.
E-mail for regiment availability and pricing. At this time
every volume is available.
M-1836 WATERS SINGLE SHOT MARTIAL PISTOL
CONVERTED TO PERCUSSION DATED 1843 -
Produced by Asa Waters in Millbury, Mass. It is a .54 cal.
smoothbore, was originally made as a flintlock and was as
so many were, converted to percussion, the majority of
which were done in the 1850's. This one is dated 1843
which was the second to last year of production on these.
Action is strong on the hammer, cartouche on the left side
of the stock is very light but visible. Very minor amount of
light pitting around nipple as is common. Most of the
metal has a partial brown patina.
CDV - 22nd MICHIGAN INFANTRY LT. COL. HENRY S. DEAN -
Image of Henry Dean as Lt. Colonel, no photographer's back stamp but has
tax stamp dating image to later in the War. Nice ID on reverse in period ink
"Yours Truly / Henry S. Dean / Lt. Col 22' M.V.I.". He enlisted as 2nd
Lieut on 7/28/62. He was promoted to Captain on 7/31/62, Major on 1/5/63
and Lt. Colonel on 6/7/64. He received a Bvt. Colonel commission in
March, 1865. He was also promoted to the Staff of Brig. Gen. Granger as
Asst IG in June, 1864. Carte is in vgc with just several light spots on front.
1903/4 STEREO VIEW OF THE HIGH WATER MARK AT
GETTYSBURG - Very clear stereo view by Underwood &
Underwood copyrighted on front 1903 and on the back
1904. View shows what appears to be a veteran sitting on a
flank marker next to the Rhode Island Light Artillery
monument. In the backround is the Copse of Trees and
High Water Mark monument. What appears to be a horse
drawn tour buggy is also in the back round. Image is very
15TH WEST VIRGINIA INFANTRY HONORABLY DISCHARGED
MEDAL - Given by the State of West Virginia to the veterans, this
Honorably Discharged medal was issued to Martin Cordry of Co. C,
15th West Virginia Infantry. Cordry was in from start to finish. The
15th participated in the battles of Cloyd's Mountain, Va., Meadow
Bluff, Va., Snicker's Gap and Snicker's Ferry, Va., Ashley's Gap, Va.,
Winchester, Cedar Creek and Petersburg. The medal is missing the
backing ribbon and pin on the pin bar. The mount is loose on the
medallion (as most of them are due to the nature of the clasp). Cordry's
name and unit are stamped in the side of the medal.
CDV - 62nd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - LT. LEWIS R. STICKLE - Image of
Stickle as Lieutenant. Has a Matoon, Illinois photographer's backmark and
also two tax stamps. ID on reverse is in pencil. He enlisted in the 62nd as a
Corporal on 2/1/62 and was mustered in on 4/10/62. He re-enlisted on
3/3/64, was promoted to 1st Sergeant then 1st Lt. on 6/21/64. He mustered
out on 4/14/65. The only major action the 62nd saw during this period was
Holly Springs, Mississippi where the regiment suffered 1 killed, 2 wounded
and 14 POW. Carte has top two corners clipped and has minor scuffs of
133RD INDIANA INFANTRY -
CERTIFICATE OF HONORABLE SERVICE
IN THE VOLUNTEER SERVICE -
Handsome certificate (approx. 13 1/4" x 15
7/8") that were mainly given to the short term
regiments (100 days, etc.). this is made out to
Winfield Geiger, Co. I - 133rd Indiana
Infantry. It was a 100 day enlistment, from
May 17, 1864 to Sept. 5, 1864. The 133rd was
sent to Nashville and guarded the Nashville &
Chattanooga, Tennessee & Alabama and the
Memphis & Charleston Railroad lines,
keeping Sherman's supply route open. The
signatures of Lincoln and Stanton are in the
typeset. Has folds and some staining.
46 STAR US FLAG - OKLAHOMA - Approx. 11
3/4" x 17" silk flag - perfect size for framing &
hanging on a wall. Colors are vibrant - this one has
been stored away in a good spot. This flag was active
from 1908-1912 for the State of Oklahoma. One
area does have an issue, on the top edge where the
canton meets the stripes the silk has some splitting
as can be seen in the photos. The rest of the silk in
the flag is strong. This bad area would be
minimized of course if this is framed or remaining
between glass, plastic, etc.
5TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY BRIGADE -
Reunion held in Owosso, Michigan on October 19, 1895. One of the 4 Michigan
Regiments (1st, 5th, 6th, & 7th) that made up Custer's Michigan Cavalry
Brigade with the Army of the Potomac. This brigade has been credited with one
of the main reasons why the Union forces were victorious at Gettysburg,
intercepting the Confederate Cavalry trying to swing around and pinch the
Union forces from behind as Pickett came in from the front. Ribbon has some
light type transfer and light staining that can be seen in the photos otherwise the
ribbon is very solid.
29TH OHIO VETERAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Reunion held at
Sturgeons Point in Geneva, Ohio in August, 1898. The ribbon here tells it all
with the battle honors listed: Winchester, Port Republic, Cedar Mountain,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Dug Gap, Resaca, New Hope Church, Pine Knob,
Kenesaw Mountain, (P)Beach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Savannah, North Edisto
River, Goldboro. A busy and battle tested regiment. Whitehead & Hoag sticker
still on reverse - very nice badge in extremely good condition.
CDV - 14th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - HARVEY SMITH - Image of Harvey
Smith, most likely of the 14th Michigan Infantry as it was in the album
belonging to John Burgoyne of the 14th with the above 77th Pa CDV
presented to Burgoyne. ID is in pencil on reverse and there was in fact a
Harvey Smith in the 14th. One other soldier's image was in the album and
assume it may be Burgoyne but has no ID. The person I purchased these
from was an antique dealer and had unfortunately split up the album
instead of keeping it together so this information is all I have. Nashville, Tn
photographer. CDV has clipped corners as can be seen in photos.
CDV - U.S. GRANT & HENRY WILSON 1872 PRESIDENTIAL
CAMPAIGN - Nice campaign carte with an albumen image of Grant and
running mate Henry Wilson. Has a positive campaign note on bottom
mentioning a plus for Grant's previous term " Despite the annual large
reductions of the rates of taxation., the public debt has been reduced
during General Grant's Presidency, at the rate of one hundred million
dollars a year " (wouldn't it be nice if we were working in that direction
today). Carte has rounded corners and fading of text near the bottom.
Pencil note on the back mentioning that the owner's mother gave this to
an uncle at 11 years old.
1815 U.S. ARTILLERY PAY ROLL SHEET - ACTIVITY
IN WAR OF 1812 - Approx. 15 1/4" x 20" on laid paper.
Pay roll sheet of a Company of Artillery commanded by
Capt. John B. Walbach. Document shows the enlistments
in 1814 & 1815 and this pay roll is dated April 30, 1815.
The document is in very good condition with only some
separation at edges of folds.
CDV - MINNESOTA WAR OF 1862 - INDIAN PARTICIPANT - CUT
NOSE - Image of Cut Nose, of the Dakota Sioux. Photo was taken by J.E.
Whitney, famous Indian & western photographer dated 1862. CDV has a
tax stamp from St. Paul but unfortunately can not read the year (1864-67).
In 1862, in Minnesota what started as a dispute over hunting lands, a
Dakota from a small hunting party murdered a white family of five and as
a result the Dakotas decided to attempt to run out the settlers by raiding
other white settlements. Death tolls range from 500-800 settlers killed.
Abraham Lincoln ordered General John Pope to Minnesota to suppress the
uprising. This resulted in the arrest and conviction of over 300 Dakota
Sioux that were sentenced to hang. Lincoln stepped in and reduced that
number to 38, who were hanged on December 26, 1862 in the largest mass
execution in US history. Cut Nose during the massacre murdered 18
Women and Children and 5 Men. Strange enough he was not one of those
that were hung. Carte is in VGC but does have dark area on bottom of
CITIZENS BANK OF LOUISIANA - $100.00 Unissued -
c-1850's. Printed by Hawden, Wright, Hatch & Edson - New
Orleans. Colorful maroon colored reverse. Very Good Condition.
1845 TRANSFER OF OWNERSHIP - GARRARD COUNTY,
KENTUCKY - Approx. 4" x 7 3/4" Transfer for a slave boy
named Jacob and worth $300. dated June 13, 1845. Trimmed as
to amount of paper needed for the document. Very good
1813 MILITIA OF MASSACHUSETTS AND WARRANT -
CAVALRY COMPANY- Approx. 7 3/8" x 11 3/4" Hand written
warrant from Captain Jacob Batchelder's Cavalry Company
directing those listed in the company to appear at a designated
location for inspection and review. Cavalry documents from the
War of 1812 are very hard to come by. Laid paper - Some
separations at folds but otherwise in very solid condition.
C-1830-60 FOUR LENS GREEN TINTED EYEGLASSES- This
pair of glasses once belonged to the author of the book
'Spectacles of the American Revolution' - though they don't date
that early. Glasses have four panels of lenses, two of which can
be moved to the side of the eye to block the light. Brass frames
with a 'PFau' hallmark. Nice Pair.
C-1830-60 EYEGLASSES WITH CASE - Good period pair of
glasses with case (there is no patent date or 'Parker' on the case).
Frames are made of steel and show imperfections and light rust
stains. Clear lenses - good solid pair.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD 'SHARPSHOOTERS' GLASSES - The
jury is still somewhat out on these. Francis Lord in the
Encyclopedia of the Civil War' and the antique spectacle
collectors on their sites list them as sharpshooter's glasses due to
the frosted amber lenses with a round clear amber center. Many
believe these were developed for a medical eye condition. Either
way it seems every Civil War collection has a pair. Good
MUSIC BOOK - TRUMPET OF FREEDOM - 1864 - 63 pages
containing 46 songs. Approx 6 3/8" x 9 3/4". Desirable music
book with patriotic songs. When this can be found the price is
normally in the $400 range and in 50 years of collecting and
dealing has been the first one I've had. There is staining and
some rough edges but is intact which is a wonder considering
the fragile nature of the paper.
MICHIGAN STATE MEDICAL SOCIETY RIBBONS (4) -
Four ribbons from the 1891, 1892, 1894 and 1895 Michigan
State Medical Society conventions. Good condition with some
stains as can be seen in photos.
CDV - 1st ILLINOIS CAVALRY / 83rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of
Wesley B. Casey - no photographer's back mark. Bust view shows Casey as a
1st Lieut., it is ID'd in pencil on the bottom of the front and in period ink
on the reverse. Casey enlisted into the 1st Illinois Cavalry but his Company
was detached to the 83rd Illinois Infantry where he fought most of his entire
time in the army. He joined the 83rd and was with them from 7/5/62 until
8/5/64 when he resigned. While in, the 83rd took part in the battles of
Waverly, Tn., Stones River, Tn., Fort Donelson, Tn., Clarksville, Tn. and
Uniontown, Ky. While not listed in the data base, in the Wall's 'History of
Jefferson County', Casey is noted to have been wounded at Fort Donelson
(shot through the arm) and having a horse fall on him, crushing his leg.
The CDV is a bit dirty and does have a very light crease in the lower section,
lightly noticed on the reverse.
CDV - 1st ILLINOIS CAVALRY / 83rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of
Wesley B. Casey - no photographer's back mark. Bust view shows a bearded
Casey as a Lieut. wearing a kepi, it is ID'd in period ink on the bottom of
the front and in pencil on the reverse. Casey enlisted into the 1st Illinois
Cavalry but his Company was detached to the 83rd Illinois Infantry where
he fought most of his entire time in the army. He joined the 83rd and was
with them from 7/5/62 until 8/5/64 when he resigned. While in, the 83rd
took part in the battles of Waverly, Tn., Stones River, Tn., Fort Donelson,
Tn., Clarksville, Tn. and Uniontown, Ky. While not listed in the data base,
in the Wall's 'History of Jefferson County', Casey is noted to have been
wounded at Fort Donelson (shot through the arm) and having a horse fall
on him, crushing his leg. The CDV is a bit dirty and does have several
M-1855 (Second Type) BRASS TIPPED .58 CAL. TOMPION -
Most tompions you see these days are all wood. This is a
variation of the M-1855 Second Type. It has a brass head
screwed through the top into the maple body. It is shorter than
the 4 13/16" length listed in the Gun Tool Book (actual length
approx. 3" (more like the normal all wood tompions seen) and
has a cruciform slot but O.D. of the Brass head is right on the
money. Deep patina on the brass and age shown on the wood
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - MIDDLE STREET IN TOWN
- Large format stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Not
often do you see photographs of the town of Gettysburg. Mostly
seen are the battlefield, veteran and monument views.
Fortunately the identification of Middle Street can be barely
made out on the labeling (bottom of the right side photo) but no
idea of which direction the camera is pointed and which
intersection but with most of the original buildings still intact, it
may be possible to identify just where on Middle Street it was
taken. Card is in very good condition, has two black spots as can
be seen but these are in the actual photograph.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 14TH CONN. INF,
ANDERSON'S MASSACHUSETTS SHARPSHOOTERS AND
1ST RHODE ISLAND LIGHT ARTILLERY - Large format
stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view looking
down Hancock Avenue with the three monuments listed above.
Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 93RD NEW YORK
INFANTRY MONUMENT - Large format stereo by Webster &
Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view taken from Meade Avenue.
Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - 15TH AND 50TH NEW
YORK ENGINEER'S MONUMENT - Large format stereo by
Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view taken between
Stannard's Column and Hummelbaugh's. Card is in very good
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - FELLED TREE BY
ARTILLERY ON CULP'S HILL - Stereo view by L. Mumper of
Gettysburg. Early view taken on Culp's Hill with huge tree torn
down near base from an artillery shell. Not a real sharp photo
but still fairly detailed. Several black spots on photo look like
period ink but are in the actual photo. Card is in good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - RAILROAD CUT - Large
format stereo by Webster & Albee of Rochester, NY. Early view
looking down the railroad cut where so many lives from both
sides were lost mainly on the first day of the battle. Card is in
very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - ARTILLERY ON
CEMETERY HILL WITH TOWN IN THE DISTANCE - Stereo
view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg. Early view taken on Cemetery
Hill showing several Parrott cannon on the old original park
iron carriages and the town of Gettysburg in the backround.
Card is in very good condition - contrast a bit dark.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - DEAD CONFEDERATE
SOLDIERS AT THE WHEAT FIELD - ROSE WOODS - Stereo
view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg. Early view taken near the
Rose Woods showing the Confederate dead gathered for burial.
This was originally attributed to Gardiner and the wagon in the
backround is supposed to be his. Card is in very good condition.
GETTYSBURG STEREO VIEW - LITTLE ROUND TOP -
LOOKING NORTH - Stereo view by L. Mumper of Gettysburg.
Early view taken on Little Round Top showing the view that the
Union forces had looking north. Card is in good condition but
has a wrinkle in the right side of the photo.
CDV - 125TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of Capt. George W. Holloway
- Danville, Illinois photographer's back mark. Bust view shows Holloway as
a Captain, it is ID'd from an identical image on the Civil War Data Base
website (plus one that I had in the past). He joined the 125th and was with
them from 9/3/62 until 6/9/65 when he was mustered out. While in, the
125th took part in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw
Mountain, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Louisville, Ga. and Bentonville. The CDV is
in good condition but has been trimmed on the top end.
CDV - 1ST MASSACHUSETTS BATTERY - HEAVY ARTILLERY - CO. A
- Image of Corporal George L. Tebbitts (Tebberts on the data base) -
Woburn, Mass. photographer's back mark. Seated view, it is ID'd on the
reverse in period ink with full name and unit. He enlisted on 2/25/62 until
10/20/65 when he was mustered out. Company 'A' of the 1st Heavy Artillery
was stationed in the Boston Harbor forts during the War, guarding the
harbor. CDV is in good condition with several spots that can be seen in the
CDV - MINNESOTA WAR OF 1862 - INDIAN PARTICIPANT - LITTLE
CROW - Image of Little Crow, of the Dakota Sioux. Photo was taken by
J.E. Whitney, famous Indian & western photographer dated 1862. In 1862,
in Minnesota what started as a dispute over hunting lands, a Dakota from a
small hunting party murdered a white family of five and as a result the
Dakotas decided to attempt to run out the settlers by raiding other white
settlements. Death tolls range from 500-800 settlers killed. Abraham
Lincoln ordered General John Pope to Minnesota to suppress the uprising.
This resulted in the arrest and conviction of over 300 Dakota Sioux that
were sentenced to hang. Lincoln stepped in and reduced that number to 38,
who were hanged on December 26, 1862 in the largest mass execution in
US history. Little Crow, according to the inscription on the image, was the
leader of the uprising. Strange enough he was not one of those that were
hung. Carte is in fair condition , shows much wear, clipped corners and
damage to the left side of the carte, all of which can be seen in the photos.
M-1850 FOOT OFFICER'S SWORD - EMERSON & SILVER
- Nice attic condition sword, purchased from an estate in
Michigan - owner not known. Nice patina on brass, sharkskin
grip with triple wire wrap. Grip may have been re-fit ages ago
as the sharkskin just barely overlaps the front of the guard and
tang has been re-peened. Metal scabbard a chocolate brown
with deep patina on the brass mounts and drag - missing the
throat. Has one dent in lower scabbard bending scabbard
slightly (could be straightened). Lightly etched bright blade
has maker's name on ricasso - Emerson & Silver / Trenton.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, floral designs, flags
and a fancy script US. Frosting on blade is partially worn
down but still looks good. Sword was made by Emerson &
Silver for private purchase. Extremely light speckled water/rust
stains on lower part of the blade.
M-1850 STAFF OFFICER'S SWORD - HORSTMANN - Good
looking Staff sword (worn by Majors, Colonels and Generals).
Bright blade still retains all of the etching, Typical sharkskin
grip with wire wrap (wire loose at end), US in guard. Metal
scabbard a chocolate brown with pleasing patina on the brass
mounts and drag. Lightly etched bright blade has maker's
name near ricasso - W.H. Horstmann & Sons / Philadelphia.
Etching on blade also has typical eagle, motto "E Pluribus
Unum', floral designs, US. Sword was made by Horstmann for
private purchase and heavily used as is evidence from the worn
scabbard drag. Extremely light surface rust stains with some
light pitting on lower part of the blade all of which can be seen
in the photos. Sword was cleaned (50+ years ago ??) but has
been untouched since, allowing a nice light mellow look to the
brass. Some whitish area on sharkskin near both ends - looks
like residue from that early cleaning.
STATE OF GEORGIA - $10.00 January 15, 1862 Engraved by
Douglas - New Orleans. Light red overprint. Very Good
Condition but uneven cut.
BANK OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - The odd $4.
note - May 16, 1855 Bald, Adams & Co. New York / Bald,
Cousland & Co. Phila. Light red 'FOUR' overprint. Good
Condition but uneven cut and has been circle cut cancelled.
BANK OF THE STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA - $10. note -
October 18, 1861 Printed by Rawden, Wright, Hatch & Edson,
New York. Red 'TEN' overprint. Bank stamp on reverse. Good
Condition but uneven cut and has been 'X' cut cancelled.
CONFEDERATE - $100. note - June 20, 1862 - J.T. Paterson,
Columbia, SC. Printed on white paper - no watermark. Good
4TH MICHIGAN VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Company H & I 33rd reunion held
at Lamb, Michigan in St. Clair County on June 15, 1905. The 4th Michigan was a
good hardened regiment that lost heavily at Gettysburg in the Peach Orchard.
Other battles included Malvern Hill, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Spottsylvania among many others. Nice badge in
DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN - REPRESENTATIVE - Representative badge
for the 16th Annual reunion held at Owosso, Michigan on March 20-22, 1894.
Ribbon is in good condition but has several places where material and paper are
stuck to the badge where it had at one time been mounted to something.
1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS AND MECHANICS - Celluloid pinbar and
drop for the 34th reunion held at Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 11,
1899. The 1st Michigan E&M was an active regiment that took part in
building bridges, roads, etc., but also participated in the battles of
Perryville, Stone River, Lavergne, Bentonville and the Surrender of
Johnston's Army. The badge also has the somewhat strange motto of "We
Don't Surrender Much". Badge is in good condition.
2nd (17th MICHIGAN INFANTRY) MICHIGAN INFANTRY
DISCHARGE - Private Eli Lezotte was originally in the 17th Michigan
Infantry from February, 1864 to May 31, 1865 and on May 31 was
also mustered into the 2nd Infantry to be mustered out on July 28,
1865. It was common with Michigan troops to be basically transferred
to another regiment to await discharge and would be recorded as
discharged out of that last regiment. While in the 17th Michigan
Infantry Lezotte was taken prisoner at Spotsylvania Court House, Va.
Document does have missing paper at some areas of the folds.
1st MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Martin E. Warren was in the 1st
Michigan Cavalry from August, 1864 to July, 1865. Not much is
known about him but at the time of his discharge he was at the US
Hospital in Frederick, Md. During his time in service the regiment was
involved in the battles of Front Royal, Weldon Railroad, Winchester,
Port Republic and Cedar Creek among many others. Document is in
28th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - Corporal William
Monroe was in the 28th Michigan Infantry from September, 1864 to
June, 1866. While in the 28th Michigan Infantry the regiment took
part in the battles of Wise's Forks and Kinston, NC. One of his
pension papers is included with the discharge. Document is in good
10th MICHIGAN INFANTRY DISCHARGE - Private Darwin Reid was
in the 10th Michigan Infantry from November, 1861 to February, 1864
and then re-enlisted, becoming Corporal and finally discharged in
July, 1865. This is his first discharge in February, 1864. While in the
10th Michigan Infantry the regiment took part in the battles of
Buzzard's Roost, Ga, New Hope Church, Ga, Dallas, Kennesaw
Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Bentonville -
among others. Document has some missing paper and separation at
118th US COLORED INFANTRY DISCHARGE (and 148th NYI) -
Private Charles B. Randolph was in the 148th New York Infantry
from December, 1863 to December, 1864 and during this time was
taken prisoner at Petersburg, Va., paroled and promoted to Sergeant.
In April, 1865 he was commissioned as Captain in the 118th USCT
until he mustered out in February, 1866. While in the 118th USCT
the regiment took part in the siege operations of Petersburg and
Richmond before moving to Bravos Santiago, Texas until the
expiration of service. Document is in good condition and is signed by
Bvt. Brig. General John C. Moon who was Captain in the 85th and
88th Ohio Infantry then Colonel in the 118th USCT. Document is in
7th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE DISCHARGE - Private Henry Godfrey was in the 7th
Michigan Cavalry from February, 1864 to June, 1865. During his
time in service the regiment was involved in the battles of Wilderness,
Todd's Tavern, Yellow Tavern, Hawes' Shop, Cold Harbor, Trevillion
Station, Front Royal, Berryville, Winchester, Cedar Creek and Five
Forks among many others. Document is in good condition.
INDIAN DEPARTMENT BUTTON - (U.S. FEDERAL DEPARTMENT -
23mm Dia. Coat - Has Motto - 'God Helps Those Who Help Themselves' -
Back mark is 'U.S. Indian Department' - VGC
TINTYPE - ENGINEER - 1/9 plate tintype in geometric gutta
percha Union case. View is a bit dark and shows engineer seated,
holding a Hardee hat with Engineer castle. He is also wearing a
foot officer's sword. He is also wearing a jacket with shoulder tabs
and of all the engineer uniforms I have checked on, the 1st
Michigan Engineers and Mechanics are the only ones I've seen with
both the Hardee hat and tabs on the jacket - this is not to say that it
is Michigan for sure (but did come from a Michigan collection).
The tintype is also a period copy - with a tintype being a one shot
deal, if duplicates were desired later then the photographer would
photograph the photograph. That's what this appears to be. There
is a blotchy appearance in places as can be seen in the photos. The
Union case does have a crack (shown in the photos) and as
expected is weak in that spot. As a result the case will not clasp -
not a big deal if displaying the image in an open case.
2nd NEW JERSEY VOLUNTEERS - SPAN-AM - There are generally two types of
ribbons, printed and tapestry. The tapestry are as beautiful as they come. This is a
large ribbon (approx. 3" x 10 1/2") made by Warner Woven Label Co., in
Paterson, N.J. It is a 1923 ribbon to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of
the departure of the 2nd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry for the Spanish American
War. The festivities were held in Paterson, NJ on May 1-2, 1923. The ribbon has
great graphics and is as nice as you will ever see one - that is if you can find
another one. Photos don't do it justice.
1864 UNION LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TICKET - Years back a
good number of these from Ohio surfaced. They used to bring well over $200
but since the discovery have dropped to a more reasonable rate. This is one of
those, a Mahoning County, Ohio ballot but it has been altered for use in Lake
County. It is in very good and clean condition with a small stain in upper left
corner. (approx. 3 3/8" x 7 1/2")
TWO TICKETS FOR THE U.S. INTERNATIONAL EXPO - 1876 -
Not one but TWO Package Tickets for the United States International
Exhibition held in Philadelphia between May 10 and November 10,
1876. Printed by the Philadelphia Bank Note Co. The graphics are
beautiful. There is a red overprint on the obverse of 'FIFTY CENTS'
. Printed on ticket stock. The two tickets allow you to display both
sides. (approx. 2 1/4" x 3 3/4" each) Each ticket is serial numbered
and I do have a number of these sets to offer, so the exact serial
numbers shown in the photos may not be the same but the condition
is guaranteed to be as good as those shown in the photos
42 STAR U.S. PARADE FLAG - c-1890 - Cotton parade flag, approx.
11 7/8" x 17 3/8" - great size for display. For the admission of
Washington in November, 1889. Four states came in the same cycle
year making the official flag go from 38 to 42 stars but Washington
was actually the 42nd admitted to the Union. Bottom red stripe just a
bit narrow, due to the printing. Very nice condition.
CDV - WOUNDED SPAN-AM SOLDIER WITH ARM IN SLING - Image of
soldier with arm in a sling. Photographer - Fotografia La Paz - Manila.
Wounded soldier's images always a focus in a display. CDV does not have great
contrast and is in fair condition with spotting that can be seen in the photos.
CDV - LIBBY PRISON - RICHMOND PHOTOGRAPHER - Image of Libby
Prison in Richmond, Va. with the photographer's marking of Anderson -
Richmond, Va. Believe this image to have been taken shortly after Richmond
was taken as there are what appears to be Union soldiers outside guarding.
Clothes can be seen hanging out the windows probably after washing. Interesting
image. CDV has a bit light contrast and is in good condition.
PHILIPPINE INSURRECTION HANGING - c-1902 - Mounted
albumen, approx. (6 3/8" x 8 1/2" mount - 4 1/2" x 6 3/4" image).
Shows the hanging of two bandits at Tayabus Province (now Quezon),
Philippines by the United States Army during the Philippine
Insurrection. This along with other views of the same event have been
published. Partial description in period ink on reverse. Mount has been
trimmed as seen in photos and in one spot on reversed - taped.
Contrast is a bit light.
16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY 1913 GETTYSBURG REUNION
WATCH & GROUPING - Watch of Horace Eldred of the 16th
Michigan Infantry, hand painted on the dial face commemorating
the 1913 reunion at Gettysburg and nicely done. The watch is a
large, gold filled Hampden Watch Co. piece made in 1883 (by the
serial number) and unfortunately needs attention mechanically as
it does not run. Grouping also has a post-War photo of Eldred
showing him wearing a GAR lapel pin, his marriage certificate,
newspaper article and his life history typed on onion skin paper and
done while he was still alive as the history speaks of him in the
present text. Condition on all pieces is as shown - the paperwork not
in great shape. Eldred was mustered in the 16th on August 24, 1861
and discharged May 8, 1864 due to wounds received in action at
GAR - MERRILL HORSE BATTALION - MICHIGAN - The Merrill Horse was
a 3 unit group of Cavalry (known as Troop H, I & L) raised in Michigan and
offered directly to Maj. Gen. John Fremont in Missouri. They were under the
command of Col. Lewis Merrill, were mustered in and as an independent
regiment was assigned to the State of Missouri and designated as the 2nd
Missouri Cavalry. They took part in the Battles of Memphis, Mo., Moore's Mills,
Mo., Kirksville, Mo. and Little Rock, Ar. Ribbon is in excellent condition.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD ID'd PRESENTATION POST-MORTEM
SURGEON'S KIT - DATED 1863 - Wade & Ford, NY post-mortem
kit - case approx. (5 3/4" x 10 3/4" x 3"H) Engraved presentation on
top: "DOCTOR H.J. DEVLIN / FIRST PRIZE FOR / CLINICAL
RECORD / SESSION 1862-63 / FROM PROFESSOR JOHN T.
METCALFE". Metcalfe was a graduate of West Point in the 1830's
and grew to be a major player in medicine. Henry J. Devlin, for all
his talent unfortunately died in April, 1864 of Typhus Fever while a
house physician at Bellview Hospital in New York at the age of 25.
This is a partial set, many pieces marked Wade & Ford, NY (1860-66)
and there are also pieces that are unmarked or substituted and several
spots missing instruments. There are two pieces that are post War. The
case is missing one of the re-enforced corners but otherwise in very
good condition. Pieces marked Wade & Ford include: Lifting
Backbone Saw, Bowel Scissors, Costotome (Hammer), severasl
scalpels tenaculeum. One piece is a period Tiemann (Post-Mortem
Knife). Set also includes Disection Tweezers, Suture Needles, Reaction
Chains & Hooks.
EARLY TO MID-1800'S MEDICINE CHEST OR APOTHECARY
CHEST - Chest approx. (6 5/8" x 9 1/4" x 8"H) Pressed leather
designed chest, is missing lock, hinges and top strap. Top tray holds
the medicine bottles and has 19 inserts for bottles. I believe that of the
14 bottles included, at least 9 are original to the case and perhaps as
many as 11. These bottles fit very well to each of the pockets and 9
have an embossed "N.S" on their sides. Pulling out the bottle tray
there are several items in the case, a Medicine Glass in the original
glass case, a leather pouch, an early wallet with writing that I can't
make out, scalpel / eraser, partial balance scale, 2 trays and an old
Loewy Drug container (this may date much later than the chest).
Neat looking chest for a medical display.
24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - IRON BRIGADE - One page letter written
in period pencil from Timothy O. Webster to his wife and friends. Dated
September 3, 1862 after arriving in the Washington area. He explains his
trip from Michigan, how there has been much fighting in the area and that
he has lost his knapsack. Webster would be killed in 1864 at the Battle of
Petersburg. Full transcription of the letter shown in 'Additional Images'
link. Good condition.
5TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - CUSTER'S MICHIGAN CAVALRY
BRIGADE - Four page letter written in period ink from QM Sergt. Carlton
Hawks to the wife of deceased comrade Ashley R. Jackett. Dated July 8,
1864, Hawks answers Mrs. Jackett about an inquiry of her husband's
watch. Hawks goes on to explain the regiment's recent movements and the
state of the War at that time - Lee's suspected movements, the 2nd Corps'
movements, etc. Full transcription of the letter shown in 'Additional
Images' link. Good condition but does have some separation at folds.
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - Large document
(approx. 16 7/8" x 22") appointment of Carlos Burroughs for
Postmaster of Collinwood in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Document is
dated January 16, 1902 and signed on February 5, 1902.
Roosevelt's signature is good and reasonably strong. Post Office
Department foil seal and ribbon still intact - many times you see
these missing. Document has some discoloration, some small tears
along edges and several chipped edges which can be seen in photos.
Roosevelt was one of our most admired Presidents. During the
Spanish American War he was of course, Lt. Colonel of the Rough
Riders, famous for their charge of San Juan. As a conservationist
he set aside large amounts of land for National Forests and Parks
and also won the Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt was a big game
hunter and naturalist. He enjoyed quoting the proverb "Speak
softly and carry a big stick" and also felt that the President was a
'steward of the people'.
GUNPOWDER KEG LABEL - AMERICAN POWDER MILLS C-1883 -
these are often mistaken to be Civil War Period labels but with A.O. Fay as
President they are actually circa 1883. It is approximately 6 1/16" in
diameter and in extremely good condition. The graphics are very appealing.
DRUM IDENTIFIED TO THE 18TH MICHIGAN
INFANTRY - Drum belonging to Squire Johnson, musician
in the 18th Michigan Infantry. The top head has his name
"S Johnson" in pencil and inside the drum, opposite the
vent hole, also period pencil is the repair notation
"Whitehall Sept. 16th 1876 / Repaired by O.W. Horton / for
M.B. Johnson / 18th M.V.R.". It was common practice for
instrument repairmen to place these notations inside the
drums when repairing them. M.R. Johnson was Miles R.
Johnson, also of the 18th Michigan Regiment (and
previously in the 7th Michigan Infantry). I have been unable
to confirm whether this was a brother, cousin, etc.. Squire
Johnson enlisted in the 18th at Monroe, Mi as a musician
on August 14, 1862 and was discharged on June 26, 1865.
The drum appears to have a maple shell with brass tack
design and a bone (?) vent piece. It is approx. 16 1/2" in
diameter and 11' high. There is a repaired crack in the side
that can be seen in the photos and probably the one
responsible for the repair notation inside. The drum has
been restrung, has several replaced ears, repaired torn heads.
Snares are present. The 18th was not in an extremely active
combat unit but did participate in actions at Snow's Pond,
KY., Danville, KY., Nashville, Decatur, AL., Courtland, AL.
and Athens, AL. They had 8 KIA, 3 Died of Wounds, 208
Died of Disease, 12 Died in CS Prisons and 68 that Died in
the Explosion of the Sultana.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - 1781 - 6TH
REGIMENT NEW YORK DUTCHESS COUNTY MILITIA -
Voucher for Connecticut resident John Willson (Wilson)(spelled
both ways on the voucher) for the sum of twenty seven pounds and
twelve shillings for his service in the Army. Supporting
documentation shows Connecticut resident Wilson served as
Captain in Col. Morris Graham's Regiment (6th Regiment
Dutchess County Militia) during the War. Document is approx. 6
1/4" x 7" and printed on laid paper. Period ink notation on reverse
notes the 6th Regiment. Very good condition.
PRE-WAR M-1851 COLT NAVY .36 CAL. NAVY REVOLVER -
1858 - Early date fourth model made in 1858. All matching serial
numbers with exception of the loading lever which shows no serial
number but is a very good looking match. The wedge has the same
number but looks to have been re-blued - the die stamps look to be
the same as on the rest of the gun. There is a stress crack on the
front of the brass trigger guard and a hairline crack on the left side
of the frame right above the trigger. Grips are heavily worn and
have a worn edge at the bottom of each. No cartouche but there is
a inspector's 'M' on the left side of the trigger guard. Very little
(5%-) left of a cylinder scene. Mechanically the cylinder rotates
with the cocking of the hammer but is as you might expect, loose.
There is also a bit of wiggle between the frame and barrel. Colt
address legible but has nicks as can be seen in photos. Decent
representative and early production piece.
1863 CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR IN
AMERICA - LOADED WITH HAND COLORED MAPS - Approx. 6
1/4" x 8 3/4" Johnson & Ward - New York - 1863 - Spectacular
book in fantastic condition giving the events of the War in
chronological order from the beginning up to January of 1863.
This is complete with 8 Johnson and Collier hand tinted maps of
the Southern States along with 2 fold out maps of the United States
and the Richmond, Virginia area. The state maps are in excellent
condition, the fold out maps have a few minor tears. I have only
owned two of these books and actually think this may be the same
one I owned years ago as it is in the same condition - good tight
binding and just a few worn areas on the spine and corners.
11 STEREO VIEWS OF HARRISBURG, PA - CIRCA
1860-1880 - Large format stereo views in excellent condition
of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania street scenes. There is one
duplicate so ten different scenes. They include Market Street
from the Railroad tracks, County Jail, National Hotel (2),
The Lochiel House, The Leland House, Opera House, Safe
Deposit Building, Pennsylvania Railroad Bridge, Fountain at
the State Capitol and West State Street.
EARLY 1793 LAST WILL PASSING SLAVE TO HIS WIFE - Dated
June 29, 1793 Approx. 7 1/4" x 12" - 1 page - front and back. Last
will and testament - Lincoln County, Kentucky lists his individual slave
by name Jacob, leaving him to his wife and to be sold after her death.
Document is in good condition.
CITIZEN'S BANK OF LOUISIANA - $100. note - American Bank
Note Company with a Patent date of June 30, 1857. Green overprint
on obverse, strong orange reverse. Unissued & Great Condition, light
signatures, good looking note.
CITIZEN'S BANK OF LOUISIANA AT SHREVEPORT - $50. note -
American Bank Note Company with a Patent date of June 30, 1857.
Green overprint on obverse, strong orange reverse. Unissued & Great
Condition, good looking note.
1781 CONNECTICUT DOCUMENT - From the State
Pay-Table Office October 9, 1781, the order to pay the
Quartermaster for charges to the State. Document is approx.
3 3/4" x 6 3/4". Good condition..
CIRCA 1880-90's NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD JACKET -
107th INFANTRY ID'd - Nice National Guard jacket with honest
light amount of wear (mainly to piping and collar areas), inside
very much intact and good condition. Some small repairs. Label
inside identifies it to Company C of the 107th New York National
Guard. That label is stitched over the manufacturer's label. There
are also three names in period ink (one on the tag and three more
in the lining - one the same as on the tag). Buttons are marked
Scovill Mfg. Co. - Waterbury, Conn. 7th Regt - Standard. Jacket is
missing only one button, that being on the collar. There are 49
buttons on the jacket, all the same Excelsior National Guard New
York State Artillery. Epaulette tabs are still intact.
CIRCA 1880-90's MARYLAND NATIONAL GUARD JACKET -
Nice Maryland National Guard jacket with light amount of wear
(mainly to piping areas and collar), inside very much intact and has
sewing repairs as can be seen in photos. There are several small
holes in the jacket. There is no manufacturer's label and there is a
stencil on the lining identifying it to Company C of the 22nd
Regiment. Buttons are marked Horstmann & Bros. & Co., Phil..
Jacket is missing only two buttons. There are 44 buttons on the
jacket, all the same 5th Regiment Maryland National Guard.
Epaulette tabs are still intact.
M-1851 RECTANGULAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH - Good looking plate with the
applied wreath, no keeper and has bench mark of 536 on the reverse.
Front of plate appears to have been cleaned many years ago but has a
43rd MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - LARGE ALBUMEN -
1863 - (12 3/4" X 13 5/8" mount - 9 1/2" X 11 1/8" albumen
image size). There were a number of these shots taken by
Lieut. G.H. Nickerson on March 13, 1863 at Camp Rogers in
Newbern, N.C.Most of what you see are the distant views of the
troops in a square formation - not a close view as this one.
There is a pre-printed description and title on the mount.
Unfortunately this one has some water damage as can be seen
in the photos. The image itself is not too bad but does have
areas of spotting in the lower left and upper right edges. There
is a bit of waviness in the mount due to the water.
CDV - 10th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT JONESBORO - Image of
2nd Lieut. John Algoe of the 10th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted in the 10th
October 21, 1861 and was discharged March 8, 1865 for wounds received at
Jonesboro. Michigan State University has a letter from Alex. Campbell of the
10th where he writes about visiting Algoe in the hospital and describes the visit as
such, "Allen and I went to see Lieut. Algoe who is here wounded. He had his
right under jaw shot away by a minie ball. It has been a very painful wound but
he is not nearly well and will probably be home in a month or so, poor fellow.
His Country owes him and other wounded heroes a debt she never can repay".
The CDV is in very good condition and has a period ink ID on the front..
CDV - 11th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT DALLAS, GA. - Image of
Private Sydnor Tutewiler of the 11th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted in the 11th
December, 1863 and was mustered out in September, 1865 as a Corporal.
Tutewiler was wounded in action near Dallas, Ga., on May 27, 1864. His full ID
is pre-printed in gold ink on the reverse side. I have had other 11th images done
the same way so there must have been a photographer that offered this service.
This particular photographer is in New Albany, Indiana. The CDV is in very
good condition and has a period ink ID on the front.
CDV - PROBABLE 66TH ILLINOIS, CO. D (A MICHIGAN COMPANY) -
Image of an unknown soldier that accompanied a grouping that included
Michigan members of Company D, 66th Illinois Infantry - Birge's Western
Sharpshooters. Many images of the Michigan Company found show them
wearing their 15th Corps Badges and ID tag with an eagle pinbar as this image
has. There is no photographer's back mark but there is a tax stamp which would
date it no earlier than 1864. CDV is in good condition but does have several
GAR - 97TH PENNSYLVANIA INFANTRY - REUNION PROGRAM - 1912 -
Program (approx. 4 3/4" x 7 3/4" - one sheet folded for four pages) for the
29th Annual Reunion held on Saturday, October 26, 1912 - Place not listed.
Program has folds but is in very good condition and shows the battle torn
flag of the regiment on the front..
CLARKE'S CONFEDERATE ALMANAC - 1864 - (approx. 4 5/8" x 7 1/2"
- 24 pages including front & back covers). This is the "Cheap Edition" of
Clarke's Confederate Almanac for the year 1864, calculated for the latitude
and meridian of the Richmond, Virginia region. Sold by Bell & Co. of 55
Market Street in Lynchburg, Virginia. Like most almanacs of the day it
notes previous historical events and that also includes battles of the War
fought in the previous years of 1861-62 but not 1863. Completely intact on
poor quality paper as most later War years books and periodicals were.
Faded on covers and two small areas on back cover with holes.
IRON BRIGADE LADDER BADGE - 19TH INDIANA INFANTRY - One of
the most sought after Brigades of the War. The legendary Iron Brigade, made
up of the 24th Michigan, 2nd, 6th & 7th Wisconsin and the 19th Indiana.
This badge was for a member of Company B of the 19th Indiana Volunteer
Infantry. The regiment took part in the Battles of; Gainesville, Va., 2nd
Manassas (Bull Run), South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Yellow Tavern, Spotsylvania Court
House, North Anna River, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. The Iron Brigade
suffered the most casualties of any Brigade during the War - proportionately.
The name of the Iron Brigade it is said, came from an exchange between
Generals Hooker and McClellan, when, at South Mountain McClellan asked
Hooker who was holding a position. Hooker replied that it was a western
brigade, McClellan stated that they must be made of iron, of which Hooker
responded with a comment on how they fought at 2nd Bull Run. The name
stuck and they were considered one of the best Brigades in the Union Army
1864 UNION McCLELLAN - PENDLETON DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTION TICKET - This ballot is for Darke County, Ohio and is in good
condition with only some light staining. Approx. 2 1/2" x 5 3/8".
CDV - INDIAN CHIEF HOLDING A RIFLE - Image of lightly tinted Indian
Chief with head dress and holding the barrel of a rifle. There is no
photographer's backmark but image looks to be a period second generation photo
due to the clarity as can be seen in photos. Looks good until you put a loop on it
then you notice the fuzziness. There is an abrasion in the albumen paper near the
hand holding the gun. At one time the back had been glued to some kind of
board and there was a lot of material left on the reverse but I have removed that.
RUBY AMBROTYPE OF INFANTRY SOLDIER NEXT TO HIS
HARDEE HAT - 1/6 Plate ruby ambrotype with great clarity showing
the soldier sitting next to a table that holds the Hardee hat with
Infantry insignia. To me this guy looks a bit familiar and of course
when it comes from Michigan and you see that Hardee hat, the 24th
Michigan Infantry of the Iron Brigade automatically comes to mind.
As far as I have been able to check, I have been unable to confirm even
a slight chance of that. The image has a few small scratches and the
leatherette case has been repaired on the hinge though it is still shakey.
Overall a beautiful image.
ROBERT TODD LINCOLN - Son of President Abraham Lincoln,
Secretary of War under President James Garfield and Minister to
Great Britain under President Benjamin Harrison. This note was
written as Minister to Great Britain to Miss Florence Ruth Sherman
in London, March 3, 1893. Someone in Sherman's family probably
added the notation on the bottom outlining Lincoln's life to that
point. For a displayable autograph, this is a nice one.
EDWIN STANTON - NOTIFICATION TO THOMAS McCURDY
VINCENT ON HIS PROMOTION TO BVT. BRIGADIER
GENERAL - Typical form letter to Vincent and signed by Secretary
of War Edwin Stanton, informing Vincent that the President has
appointed him to Brevet Brigadier General as of March 13, 1865.
Vincent graduated from West Point in 1849, started as a Captain at
the outbreak of the War in the 2nd U.S. Artillery. He was engaged
in the first Battle of Bull Run and was instrumental in
organizational efforts during and after the War. Stanton himself
felt it necessary to keep him in Washington for as much as possible.
1960 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - JOHN F. KENNEDY -
PT-109 - Approx. 1 3/4" in length - Jacket pin in the shape of
the famous Torpedo Boat PT-109 that John F. Kennedy
served on during World War II. This was made for the 1960
Presidential election and has "KENNEDY 60" on the side.
FIELD ARTILLERY FRICTION PRIMER TUBE BOX - The only
Union accoutrement box finished in brown leather and this is a
nice, used but not abused box. Clearly marked "US /
WATERVLIET / ARSENAL". A vent pick has been added as a field
alteration. Still has drilled wood insert and tight stitching. The flap
tab has some loose stitching but that's it. Good solid box that
doesn't show up every day.
1860 LINCOLN - HAMLIN FERROTYPE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION-
Approx. .730" (Just Under 3/4") in diameter - one of the smallest of the
ferrotype portraits for this early 1860 campaign. Most of what's seen are the
larger (approx. 1" in diameter) and these smaller 3/4" are not often
encountered. This is the first I've owned in almost 40 years in dealing. Both
sides have "LINCOLN & HAMLIN * * * " along the outer edge with the
ferrotype of the beardless Lincoln on one side and Hamlin on the other.
Unfortunately the ferrotype portraits are anything but perfect and there is
damage in varying degrees to both - as can be seen in the 'Additional Images'.
CONFEDERATE GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET - One of
Lee's Lieutenants, graduated from West Point in 1842 and fought in
the Mexican War. Lee referred to him as "my old War Horse". He
fought in most of the largest battles with the Army of Northern
Virginia and after the War was accused of loosing the battle at
Gettysburg by failing to attack at daylight of the second day, per
Lee's orders. He was also outspoken on his feelings against Pickett's
charge. After the War he was appointed Minister to Turkey in 1880.
Signature is on approx. 2 1/8" x 4 1/4" slip of paper and includes a
1973 billing when it was sold at the time for a mere $15.
CDV - LINCOLN ASSASSINATION MEMORIAM - Published by E&HT Anthony
- New York, carte shows 9 different Lincoln images taken throughout the War
and in the center, a monument with the inscription "IN MEMORY / OF /
ABRAHAM LINCOLN / PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
/ BORN FEBRUARY 12, 1809 / DIED APRIL 15, 1865 / WITH MALICE
TOWARD NONE, WITH CHARITY FOR ALL / SECOND INAUGURAL
ADDRESS / REQUIESCAT IN PACE". Carte is in very good condition.
CDV - MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE B. McCLELLAN- Published by E&HT
Anthony - New York, from Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Nice 3/4 standing
view of McClellan on pre-printed mount with his name and 1861 date. McClellan
was in command of the Army of the Potomac until right after Antietam when
Lincoln replaced him for not pursuing Lee after defeating him on the
PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - SPAN-AM WAR
COMMISSION - Very strong signature on military commission for
2nd Lieut. of Cavalry to Guy Cushman. Dated December 6, 1899 to
rank from April 10, 1899. Cushman was originally in the 1st
Missouri Volunteer Infantry then transferred to the 1st Ohio
Volunteer Cavalry, appointed to 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in
April, 1899 then transferred to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry in May, 1899.
In the Ohio Cavalry hee didn't make it out of the country during the
Spanish American War but in the U.S. service was stationed at
Placetas Barracks in Placetas, Cuba. Document is vellum and in
extremely nice condition - clean. Again, strong McKinley signature
and Elihu Root signature. War Office seal still intact. Approx. 15
3/4" x 19 1/2"
EARLY WOOD COMPASS FOUND AT CHANCELLORSVILLE - Approx. 2
1/8" square x 1/2" in height when closed.ID is written very lightly on the
bottom in period pencil. The best I can make out as I see it is " Joseph
Laninly Lebanon County Kentucky (?) July 14". Case is missing clasp,
mahogany looking finish and has a hand colored dial. Good early piece.
SUGAR CANE NIPPERS - c-1800 Approx. 7 1/2" in height - back in the late
1700's - early 1800's sugar was sold in cone shaped sugar loafs and sold by
weight. In order to then use it in the kitchen, sugar cane or loaf nippers were
used to cut off the needed amount. These nippers are rather early, crude and a
very interesting item for the early Colonial and American household. Very
good condition but missing a wire that would normally be attached to the end
of the handle to keep them closed.
U.S. BELT PLATE - CHANCELLORSVILLE - Nice rich brown face -
arrow hook belt plate recovered from the Chancellorsville battlefield. Good
amount of ground action on lead reverse and one blemish in the 'S' of the
M-1851 RECTANGULAR EAGLE SWORD BELT PLATE WITH
APPLIED GERMAN SILVER WREATH 3PC- Dug plate - recovery place
unknown. Originally had a 3 pc. applied wreath but the two tips have been
dislodged and are missing.
C-1850 U.S. MILITIA EAGLE BELT PLATE - Kerksis-226 - Nice sheet
brass militia belt plate considered by Kerksis to be a Rarity of 4. Thirteen
stars along border. From being worn, plate has some minor bends / twists
- nothing major.
PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CIVIL WAR COMMISSION
FOR INDIANA EX-ACTING LT. GOVERNOR - Approx. 23" x 27"
frame containing Abraham Lincoln signed Military Commission
dated July 2, 1862 (to rank from June 30, 1862) for Additional
Paymaster to John Robert Cravens of Indiana. Cravens was an
Ex-acting Lieut. Governor of Indiana at the beginning of the War.
He was also an Organizer of the Republican Party, Indiana State
Senator, President of the Madison & Indianapolis Railway and
President of the Shelbyville & Columbus Railway. The document of
vellum is in very good condition but the filled in ink and signatures
are light. Signed with full name of President Abraham Lincoln,
Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and Adj. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas.
Information from previous owner has document in acid-free
mounting with UV protected glass. This is an original document
that our celebrated President Lincoln actually held in his hand and
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT APPOINTMENT FOR
ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF WAR - Approx. 17 1/2" x 21 3/4"
on heavy paper stock dated December 21, 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt
signed appointment for Assistant Secretary of War, William Cary
Sanger. Sanger graduated from Harvard in 1874 and Columbia
Law School in 1878. He held many offices in the military for the
State of New York. During the War with Spain, Sanger volunteered
and was commissioned Lt. Colonel of the 203rd Volunteer Infantry,
USA. When William McKinley was elected, he appointed Sanger as
Assistant Secretary of War under Elihu Root but McKinley was
assassinated before he was able to sign the appointment, thus
Theodore Roosevelt signed it just three months after McKinley's
assassination. The document is in extremely nice condition with
very strong signatures to the point of them bleeding through the
paper and seen on the back.
FLAG - 7TH OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Approx. 69" in height x
74" in length - not including the gold fringe. Reproduction 34 star flag in
double layered nylon (two layers sewn together so the printed stars and the
"7th OHIO VOL. INF." is seen correctly on both sides. Does have some
staining. These flags are not cheap to make, especially when it comes to
specialty canton arrangements.
GEORGIA STATE SEAL BUTTON - MINTZER - Approx. 24mm+. Desirable
Georgia State Seal with the W.G. Mintzer - Phila 1861, rmdc back mark - one of
the few Civil War buttons actually dated. Button shows very minor wear on the
high relief points and is in VGC.
MICHIGAN STATE SEAL BUTTON - SCOVILL - Approx. 22mm+. Nice
Michigan State Seal with the SCOVILL MFG CO. WATERBURY back mark .
Button shows minor wear on the high relief points and is in VGC but does have
an ever so slight push on the high point of crown.
U.S. ARTILLERY OFFICER'S BUTTON - HORSTMANN - RMDC - Approx.
21mm. Nice Artillery Eagle 'A' with the W.H. HORSTMANN & SONS - PHI,
rmdc pre-War back mark . Button shows minor wear on the high relief points
and is in VGC.
87TH INDIANA INFANTRY LADDER BADGE - NAMED - German silver
badge of the 87th Indiana Infantry, Company A - John A. Walker of the 14th
Corps. The 87th Indiana participated in the battles of Chickamauga,
Missionary Ridge, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta. Walker was a substitute
and joined the 87th in September, 1864 and was mustered out in June, 1865.
Badge is in very good condition.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR PAY VOUCHER - CONNECTICUT
LINE - 1781 - Approx. 5 5/8" x 7 3/8" - Dated June 5, 1781 for
Ephraim Parrish'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. Very good
GROUPING - 27TH NEW JERSEY INFANTRY -
INCLUDES A MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT'S
SIGNATURE AND CDV (When with the 61st
Pennsylvania Infantry) - Large grouping of items from
Sgt. Nelson Stoddard of Co. G, 27th New Jersey Infantry
(CLICK ON THE 'ADDITIONAL IMAGES' TO SEE
FULL LIST AND PHOTOS). The 27th was a nine
month regiment organized in September, 1862 and
mustered out in July, 1863. Notarized list from a family
member from the sale in 2007 is included.
104TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - CAMP SCENE - Approx.
10 3/8" x 14 3/4" overall with the bordered image being
approx. 7" x 13 3/4". This is a War period hand watercolored
illustration of the 104th NYI camp scene at Belle Plain, Va.
no doubt in the winter months of 1862-63. These were many
times purchased by the soldiers from the suttlers. Paper does
have typical light creasing from being rolled up for such a
long time and does have two rips (repaired with archival tape).
The 104th was a battle hardened unit, taking part in many
hard fought battles including 2nd Manassas, South Mountain,
Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg,
Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna, Cold
Harbor, Petersburg and Weldon Railroad.
CDV - 3RD MICHIGAN CAVALRY - Image of 1st Lieut. James H. McCormick
- has a tax stamp but no photographer's back mark. Bust view shows
McCormick as a 1st Lieut., it is ID'd from an image from the same sitting on
the Civil War website Seeking Michigan. He joined the 3rd Cav. and was with
them from 10/16/61 until 2/12/66 when he was mustered out. While in, the 3rd
took part in the battles of Farmington, Ms, Blackland, Ms., Iuka, Ms.,
Coffeeville, Ms., Jackson, Tn., Memphis, Tn., New Albany, Ms., Corinth, Ms.,
Ripley, Ms., Brownsville, Ar. and Mobile Bay, Al., among other actions. The
CDV came in a large group of 3rd Michigan Cavalry images and is in very good