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<b>Discusses life on board their "floating tub," their last two fights, receiving praise from the Rebs, General Gillmore, Admiral Dahlgren, Fort Wagner and more!</b>

4 pages, 6 1/4 x 8, written in ink, by Engineer Alfred Hedrick, U.S. Navy. 

<b><u>U.S. Iron Clad "Lehigh," October 4th, 1863</b></u>

Dear Friend,

As I have a few moments I have concluded to let you know how we get along in the floating tub which I can assure you is delightful in the extreme.  The water is dashing over the deck constantly which is perfectly delightful & to add to all this the decks leak like a riddle so that we have a shower bath in our rooms at all times.  I have canvas spread over head which makes it look more like a gypsy’s tent than a stateroom in a man of war.  You can’t imagine how delightful it is to go splashing around the room with a quarter of an inch of water on the floor, but as I am in good health & spirits I get along very well.  In the passage down I did not happen to be in such good spirits as we all came near being numbered among the dead, but sailor like I have forgotten all that & now only think of pies & roast beef.  I take my regular allowance with none to molest or make me afraid.  I don’t think the navy gets the credit it deserves as there is hardly any mention in the papers of the two last fights which were hard ones & lasted five hours.  We fought at about two hundred yards which is the nearest yet.  The rebs give us more praise than the people at home.  I see they mentioned the black & red demons as being the most conspicuous which I am proud to say is the Lehigh & if she goes into action again you will hear more from her as she has the fighting commander.  The reason I speak of this is that [General Quincy A.] Gillmore is praised for his activity & we are blamed for doing nothing when the truth is he is doing as little as [Admiral John A.] Dahlgren.  The fortifications are about the same as when the rebs evacuated them with no more guns mounted. To speak the truth I think both branches of the service are doing very little, but the old boy & one of his imps arrived here yesterday so I presume with his assistance we ought to do something.  If I should tell you that the officers sometimes go on deck while under fire you would hardly believe me, but the pieces of shell take the same direction as it would if it had not burst & by watching a discharge from the gun there is ample time to run to the opposite side of the turret at a distance of a thousand yards.  Sometimes [Fort] Wagner is lined with men & all disappear before the shot or shell reach[es] them.  Some of our officers paid them a visit last Sunday & found some on the ground reading  & some eating with the shot striking near them & they hardly taking any notice.  Give my love to all the family & to ______  as I left a wide space for you to exercise your imagination upon when I wrote last.  I suppose you can be trusted this time.  Write soon & direct to this vessel off Charleston & I will be sure to get it.

Very sincerely,

A. Hedrick

Light age toning and wear. Some archival tape repairs on the folds. Bold and neatly written. Civil War letters written from iron clad gunboats are extremely difficult to find. This one has excellent content regarding the U.S.S. Lehigh while serving on active duty off Charleston, S.C.

Alfred Hedrick was commissioned 3rd Assistant Engineer, U.S. Navy, May 13, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Assistant Engineer, February 19, 1863. He resigned from the navy on August 9, 1865. The "List of Officers of the U.S. Navy and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900," adds and "s" to the spelling of his last name. [Hedricks]. 

The U.S.S. Lehigh was a 1,335 ton "Passaic class" ironclad monitor built at Chester, Pa., and commissioned into the U.S. Navy in April 1863. During the ensuing three months she patrolled the waters in the vicinty of Hampton Roads, and the James River, Va. She then took part in an expedition up the James River to threaten Richmond. The intention of the mission was to divert Confederate forces away from the Army of Northern Virginia during their invasion of the North which ultimately culminated in the battle of Gettysburg. In August 1863, the "Lehigh" was ordered to join the Union naval forces operating off Charleston, S.C., where she participated in the bombardment of various Confederate fortifications, being struck herself several times by Rebel shells. She also saw action hunting down Rebel blockade runners. In October and November the ironclad attacked Fort Sumter and remained in the Charleston area during the remainder of 1864. Afterwards she was ordered back to the James River where she served until the end of the war.  

<b>He died while on active service in 1863!</b>

(1806-63) He entered the navy in 1822, and sailed in the West Indies, off Africa, and along the China coast. He was appointed commander of the western flotilla at the beginning of the Civil War, and in Feb. 1862, with the cooperation of Gen. U.S. Grant, captured Fort Henry on the Tennessee River. In the ensuing capture of Fort Donelson, Foote was wounded. He aided Gen. John Pope on the Mississippi River, but his wound was not healing and he was obliged to take leave of his command. Having proved himself a gallant fighter on the rivers, he was awarded the Thanks of Congress, and appointed Rear Admiral, June 16, 1862. While still recuperating from his wound, he was put in charge of the Bureau of Equipment and Recruiting, and on June 4, 1863 was given command of the fleet off Charleston, S.C. Unfortunately, Foote's wound never healed properly and he died enroute to his assignment on June 26, 1863.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view in naval uniform with epaulettes and holding his chapeau under one arm and cradling his sword in the other. No imprint. Beautiful period ink identification on the reverse, 1862, Commodore Foote, "Fort Henry" "Island No. 10." Excellent.  This wonderful old antique kettle is unusual in that is constructed of <U>forged sheet iron</U> as opposed to the more frequently encountered copper kettles of this style.  Displaying the same construction methods as the coppersmith examples, this blacksmith forged iron kettle offers the same bow handle with swan neck spout and <U>dovetailed seams</U> one expects of 18th century sheet metal work.  <U>Ready for display</U> with that desirable black patina on all outer surfaces that comes to iron with age and exposure to  open fire.  All in nice original condition with no rust, holes, or repair, we have left this desirable old kettle as found after decades of attic storage leaving the new owner to choose whether or not to clean the inside of old stains.  We’d leave it as found though with an internal scrubbing the piece could be put back in service if you are fortunate enough to have an open hearth or country kitchen complete with a wood stove.   <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. 

 Ordinarily not a big deal individually  but when integral with each other as one, certain of these die struck regimental numbers are of special interest.  Such is the case with this antique one piece <B>64</B>.  Clearly a period union, of the numerals, this remnant of the fighting 64th New York emanates from an old insignia display and remains in excellent condition save the replacement  of one fastening wire that could be more properly done but we’ll let the new owner decide that. One of the most hard fought regiments of the Civil War.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <U>key word</U> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

1863 Letter Written From the Union Iron $225.00


CDV Admiral Andrew H. Foote $35.00


18th early 19th Century FORGED IRON KETT $165.00


Civil War 64th New York Infantry HAT DE $75.00

This all original ceramic pot offers a colorful 1851 Worlds Fair midway scene depicting a trained bear demonstration with a group of men, women and children watching the action. A caged flamingo, tigers and in the background, the well known domed glass building of the 51 Fair complete the scene.  The bottom of the stone container is marked  for  X.BAZIN (see: Bazin, steam fancy soap works and perfumery / period Philadelphia Directories)  With good evidence of age and chipping from period use but with no cracks or flaws in the lid graphics which remain in excellent condition with bright  rich colors. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !         <I>Wait Till The WAR LOVE Is Over </I> – words by <B>A. J. Andrews*</B> – music by C. W. Burton. The original Richmond, Virginia publication by West & Johnson, lithograph by Geo. Dunn & Co., <I>Entered according to Act of Congress in the year 1864 / Confederate States of America</I>.  With an archival reinforcement at the fold,(could be removed) this rare example of war time Confederate sheet music remains in solid condition with good evidence of age and originality but with no rips or tears.  

      <B>*</B>see: Andrew Jackson Andrews an eighteen year old clerk in Richmond when he enlisted and was mustered in as Pvt. of Virginia’s <B>3rd Co. Howitzers Light Artillery</B>.  He is listed as <I><B>wounded at Gettysburg</I></B>and taken prisoner, exchanged 7/6/1863, hospitalized in Richmond’s Chimborazo hospital 6/15/1864.  Years after the war he wrote <I>A sketch of the boyhood days of Andrew J. Andrews, of Gloucester County, Virginia, and his experience as a soldier in the late war between the states</I> published in 1905.  A. J. Andrews died in 1914 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, VA

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<b>Medal of Honor Recipient</b>

(1837-1902) Commanded a militia company known as the "Governor's Grays," whose services he tendered to President elect Abraham Lincoln. His first Civil War service was as captain of the 1st Iowa Infantry fighting with them in the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo. In September 1861, he became lieutenant colonel of the 9th Iowa Infantry, and for his extraordinary heroism at Pea Ridge, where he was wounded and captured, he was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his exploits there. For his deeds at Prairie Grove, he was promoted to major general. He also served during the siege of Vicksburg and commanded at Brownsville, Texas, and the northern District of Louisiana. At the close of the war he was appointed to negotiate treaties with the Indians.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Superb seated view in uniform with rank of major general, with his sword propped up against the backside of his chair. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Very sharp image. Rare.  

<b>Discusses the capture of a Confederate Blockade Runner off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina, their rumored attack upon Fort Sumter, and more!</b>

4 pages, 5 1/2 x 6 3/4, written in ink, by Engineer Alfred Hedrick, U.S. Navy. 

<b><u>U.S.S. Lehigh, Off Charleston, Feb. 4th, 1864</b></u>

Dear Friend,

I would have answered your interesting letter before but as nothing of interest has happened it was impossible.  I am very much obliged to you for the pamphlet you sent me & read it with a great deal of pleasure.  We have been up firing at a rebel blockade steamer which ran aground three nights since in attempting to run into Charleston.  We were the advanced picket on that night & had five or six small boats, besides three tugs, sailing & steaming between us & the shore & none knew anything about it until daylight.  She is said to be the Petersburg freighter with drugs & clothing & of course very valuable.  We were only a mile & a half from shore so you may see how hard it is to catch them.  We never presumed that they would try anything of the kind at this place.  We had a good watch on deck looking out for torpedo boats & rebel rams as the report is that they are coming down.  I think that you will hear of something interesting soon as all the deserters that come from here bring the same report.  It is rumored here that we are going to attack [Fort] Sumter again & if we do I suppose that we will be defeated as they have a battery of very heavy guns on the side towards Charleston, but I sincerely hope that it will be otherwise.  While we were firing on the steamer the batteries on Sullivan’s Island opened on some tugs alongside of us that were supplying us with ammunition.  Most of the shot went over us.  One struck our side but did no damage.  If they had hit the tugs they would have gone  down alongside of us immediately.  The men on the tug did not seem to relish the performance much as they rushed around wildly.  I suppose they thought we were better provided for as we could run behind the turret.  If anything interesting happens I will write again.  It is said that there are eight or nine boats besides the rumors.  Give my love to all my friends.  I presume you meet my friends in ____ St.*  If so just remember me to them.  Write soon & give me all the news.

Very truly your friend,

A. Hedrick

* The underscore is representative of the way Hedricks wrote his letter. He purposely left out the name of the street as though he was protecting its identity.

Light age toning and wear. The folds have been repaired with archival document tape. Bold and neatly written. Civil War letters written from iron clad gunboats are extremely difficult to find. This one has excellent content regarding activity off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.

Alfred Hedrick was commissioned 3rd Assistant Engineer, U.S. Navy, May 13, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd Assistant Engineer, February 19, 1863. He resigned from the navy on August 9, 1865. The "List of Officers of the U.S. Navy and of the Marine Corps, 1775-1900," adds and "s" to the spelling of his last name. [Hedricks]. 

The U.S.S. Lehigh was a 1,335 ton "Passaic class" ironclad monitor built at Chester, Pa., and commissioned into the U.S. Navy in April 1863. During the ensuing three months she patrolled the waters in the vicinty of Hampton Roads, and the James River, Va. She then took part in an expedition up the James River to threaten Richmond. The intention of the mission was to divert Confederate forces away from the Army of Northern Virginia during their invasion of the North which ultimately culminated in the battle of Gettysburg. In August 1863, the "Lehigh" was ordered to join the Union naval forces operating off Charleston, S.C., where she participated in the bombardment of various Confederate fortifications, being struck herself several times by Rebel shells. She also saw action hunting down Rebel blockade runners. In October and November the ironclad attacked Fort Sumter and remained in the Charleston area during the remainder of 1864. Afterwards she was ordered back to the James River where she served until the end of the war.

1851 World’s Fair - Pictorial Soap Pot L $85.00




CDV General Francis J. Herron $250.00


Letter Written From the Union Iron Clad $250.00

<b>The man who shot and killed Lincoln Assassin John Wilkes Booth</b>

Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett was born in England in 1832 and came with his family to New York in 1839.  His occupation was that of a hatter working in Troy, N.Y. He married but his wife tragically died in childbirth, and he afterwards moved to Boston, Mass. where he continued to work as a hatter. He became a reborn evangelical Christian while in Boston from which he took his  new name ("Thomas" was his birth name). Reform then became his main purpose in life. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Corbett eagerly joined the Union army. He re-enlisted three times finally becoming a sergeant in the 16th New York Cavalry. On April 24,1865, he was selected as one of the 26 cavalrymen from the regiment ordered to pursue Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. On April 26th they cornered Booth in a tobacco barn on the Virginia farm of Richard Garrett. The barn was set on fire, and Booth's accomplice, David E. Herold, gave up without a struggle. Booth remained inside and as he moved about the burning barn, Corbett shot him with a Colt revolver through a large crack in the barn.  Corbett, a religious fanatic, explained his actions by saying, "God Almighty directed me." Booth's body was dragged from the barn, and he died a few hours later. Corbett was placed under technical arrest, but the charges were dropped by Secretary of War Stanton. Stanton said, "The rebel is dead. The patriot lives." Corbett received his share of the reward money which amounted to $1,653.85. In his official statement of May 1, 1865, Corbett claimed he shot Booth because he thought Lincoln's assassin was getting ready to use his weapons. After the war Corbett returned to being a hatter, first in Boston and later in Connecticut and New Jersey. At a soldiers' reunion in Caldwell, Ohio, in 1875, he flashed his revolver in the faces of several men who had alleged Booth was not really killed by Corbett. In 1878 he moved to Concordia, Kansas. There Corbett lived in a dugout a few miles outside town. His home was nothing more than a hole in a steep hill with a brown stone front and a roof made of brush, clay, and clapboards. Corbett slept on a homemade bed and kept a variety of firearms. Sometimes he gave religious lectures which often turned into wild incoherent ramblings. In 1887 he was appointed assistant doorkeeper of the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka. Overhearing a conversation in which the legislature's opening prayer was mocked, he jumped to his feet, pulled out his revolver, and waved his gun. Corbett was arrested, declared insane, and sent to the Topeka Asylum for the Insane. On May 26, 1888, Corbett escaped and went to Kansas, and stayed briefly with Richard Thatcher, a man he had met during his imprisonment at Andersonville during the Civil War.   Although a few stories exist, there is no absolute proof that Boston Corbett was ever heard from again. His final demise still remains a mystery. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view wearing a four button sack coat and posing with his arm resting on a studio table draped with an American flag. His kepi is visible on the top of the table. The painted background behind him has an ironclad gunboat on it. His name is imprinted on the front mount. No backmark. 2 cents orange George Washington Internal Revenue tax stamp on the reverse with 1865 cancellation date written in ink. Period ink ID on the reverse, Corbett, Boston. Excellent card.  Presented is a lovely and early dark blue transfer deep sipping saucer measuring 5 1/2 inches wide by 1 inch deep.

 The center is very flat so the vase-and-flower image against a stippled ground displays beautifully. The surround has flowers and scrolls.

 I believe this is the product of the Stevenson and Williams pottery; however, it might be another of the early potters. It bears an imprinted H. It is finely potted with pearlware glaze evident.

Condition is excellent.  I have three of these in fine condition plus one with a hairline that is listed separately.  

Stereo view. Pair of wet plate, albumen photographs, mounted to 6 3/4 x 3 3/8 card. Imprint on the front mount, General Meade's Headquarters. Backmark: Gettysburg Battlefield Views, Published by Mumper & Co., Photographic Artist, 25 Baltimore St., Gettysburg, Pa. Also lists the various views in their Gettysburg battlefield series. The edges of the mount are chipped. This does not affect the images.

Located on the Taneytown Road, General Meade selected the house of Mrs. Lydia A. Leister, as his personal headquarters because of its central location, just south of Cemetery Hill, and at the eastern base of Cemetery Ridge. A council of war with Meade and his commanders was held in the house on the evening of July 2, 1863.      

Atlanta, Ga., Sculptor's Sketch Model for Central Group. Foldout display that features 11 different full color views. Also includes a large panoramic view of Stone Mountain and the central group of figures as they will appear when carved. Descriptive text: Stone Mountain: Stone Mountain sixteen miles northeast of Atlanta, Ga., is the largest solid body of granite in the world. It stands alone in the midst of a plain, nearly 1,000 feet high, seven miles around the base, and a mile to the summit up the sloping side. It is older than the Rocky Mountains, the Appalachian Mountains, the Alps, or the Himalayas. On the north side, which is an almost perpendicular precipice, the greatest monument of all time is now being carved in memory of the soldiers of the Southern Confederacy. It will consist of a central or reviewing group, representing the Confederate High Command, and groups of infantry, cavalry, and artillery. The equestrian figures in the central group will be as tall as a ten story building. Below the central group, a great Memorial Hall, to be dedicated to the women of the Confederacy, will be carved out of solid granite at the base of the mountain, every architectural detail consisting undetached from the mother lode, so that Memorial Hall will endure as long as the mountain endures. Pictures of designs and models herein contained are copyrighted by Stone Mountain Confederate Monumental Association, and are reproduced by permission.  Also comes with a 2 page printed sheet titled, "A Brief History of Stone Mountain and the Confederate Memorial."

CDV Sergeant Boston Corbett $495.00


Early Dark Blue Transferware Sipping Sau $35.00


General George G. Meade's Headquarters,


Souvenir Folder of Stone Mountain Confed

By William Woods Hassler. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 1960. Hardcover, dust jacket, 185 pages, index, illustrations, maps. Excellent.

"Worthy of a place on the shelf of all libraries." Civil War Press Corps

"It's about time we had a solid biography of the Confederacy's boy wonder...and we are fortunate that a veteran Civil War scholar like William Woods Hassler has produced Colonel John Pelham." Civil War Times

Even before the Civil War had ended, Colonel John Pelham was a legendary figure of the Confederacy. "The gallant Pelham," General Robert E. Lee called him, and on seeing the young artillerist in action at Fredericksburg he exclaimed, "It is glorious to see such courage in one so young."

Shortly after the outbreak of hostilities in 1861, Cadet Pelham slipped away from West Point to join the Confederacy. He fought at Stonewall Jackson's side during the fierce Battle of First Manassas. Afterward he was assigned to organize the Stuart Horse Artillery. This mounted unit provided General Lee's army with valuable mobile firepower.

In more than sixty battles Pelham's guns blazed against Union infantry, cavalry, artillery, gunboats, and even locomotives. Although he often fought against tremendous odds, Pelham never lost an artillery duel or a single gun.

His officers praised him. "It is really extraordinary to find such nerve and genius in a mere boy. With a Pelham on each flank I believe I could whip the world," Jackson said.

Stuart claimed that "John Pelham exhibited a skill and courage which I have never seen surpassed. I loved him as a brother." Major John Esten Cooke, a fellow officer and tentmate, said that Pelham was "the bravest human being I ever saw in my life."

The modest, boyish-looking commander of the Horse Artillery was popular and respected. One of Pelham's veteran gunners said, "We knew him, we trusted him, we would have followed him anywhere, and did."

A colorful and exciting story, <i>Colonel John Pelham</i> also features maps, illustrations, descriptions of artillery, and a glossary.  <b>and Wounded Soldiers</b>

Measures 29 x 18 1/2. Features 39 different illustrations with descriptions. Titled, Diagrams Illustrating The Principal Means Used in Transporting the Sick and Wounded and Medical Supplies During the War of the Rebellion, 1861-65. This print was part of the series that was issued with the Atlas to Accompany The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865. Age toning, and edge chipping in the margin area. A previous owner had this print laminated which protects it and gives it firmness for easier handling or display.  

Late 1880's photographic print, being an artist's rendering of the famous visit made by President Abraham Lincoln to General George B. McClellan's army at Antietam, Maryland, in early October 1862. The title, "Lincoln Visiting McClellan At Antietam" and the names of the officers in the view are printed at the bottom. Includes Hancock, Griffin, Sykes, Hooker, Morrell, Webb, Meade, Warren, Custer, Hunt, Porter, Locke, Humphreys, Burnside, and of course the two principal figures, Lincoln and McClellan. "L.P. Ames, [18]88" is printed in the image at lower left corner. Very tiny chip out of the border area at upper left edge. Creased at upper left and lower right corners. Horizontal crease at top of the print, above the large tent, in the trees. Light edge wear. For those familiar with the iconic image taken by Alexander Gardner on October 3, 1862, you will notice that some of the generals in this artist rendering did not appear in the original photograph! Very interesting view for the Antietam or Lincoln collector. 5 3/8 x 4 7/8.


<b>U.S. Senator from South Carolina

Card Signature</b>

(1836-1909) Son-in-law of South Carolina Governor Francis W. Pickens, and a member of the S.C. legislature, he accepted a captain's commission in Hampton's Legion at the outbreak of the War Between The States. Promoted to colonel in August 1862, he was appointed commander of the 2nd South Carolina Cavalry, and was severely wounded at the battle of Brandy Station, Va., resulting in the amputation of his right foot. Commissioned brigadier general, to rank from September 1, 1863, and major general, September 19, 1864, he greatly distinguished himself as a brigade and division commander under Generals' J.E.B. Stuart and Wade Hampton. His post war career saw him as U.S. Senator, and in 1898, he served as Major General, U.S.A., in the Spanish American War.

<u>Card Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, M.C. Butler. He has added his state of S.C. below his autograph. Light age toning. Very fine.

Colonel John Pelham; Lee's Boy Artilleri


Diagrams of the Principal Means Used to


President Lincoln Visits General McClell


Autograph, General Matthew C. Butler $75.00

Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "Sheridan At Five Forks, April 1, 1865." Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association. Measures about 9 x 12.   The gothic white ironstone pitcher presented measures 10 inches tall.  Copper lustre banding decorates the rim, base, and handle.

One would call this size a dresser pitcher - a bit smaller than the ewer paired with a basin but larger than the pitchers used for tea service.  This size was used for drinking water.

The shape is one of the earliest of ironstone shapes - octagonal with clean, classic lines.  It dates to the 1840 decade and bears the Livesley & Powell imprinted stamp.

There are no chips or cracks.  A few glaze rubs can be fond on the high points with close inspection.  

(1832-82) At the outbreak of the Civil War he became major of the 19th New York Infantry, subsequently named the 3rd New York Artillery. Ledlie was promoted lieutenant colonel, colonel, and later brigadier general to rank from Oct. 27, 1863. Meantime he had served on the Carolina coast commanding an artillery brigade under General John G. Foster and at various points in the Department of Virginia and North Carolina. In the course of the fierce fighting around Spotsylvania Court House in May 1864, Ledlie joined the Army of the Potomac and was assigned to the command of a brigade in Burnside's 9th Corps. The following month he became commander of the 1st division of the corps. At the end of July his division was selected to lead the Union assault upon the Confederate works after the explosion of the celebrated mine, which became known as "the battle of the Crater." At 4:45 A.M. on the morning of July 30, 1864, 170 feet of Confederate entrenchments were disintegrated, creating a crater 60 feet across and 30 feet deep.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view profile in uniform with rank of brigadier general, wearing sash, and holding his kepi with hat wreath insignia and braiding on the top. Backmark: C.D. Fredricks & Co., New York. Very sharp image.  

<b>Fabric from a chair belonging to Robert E. Lee that was given to his Godchild</b>

The fabric in this display once covered a rocking chair that belonged to Robert E. Lee. It was found in an old envelope noted, "General Robert E. Lee, button and material from his rocking chair which he presented to his friend Stanton...Grosse Isle." The Stanton mentioned was the fifth son of General Henry Stanton who served with Lee in the Mexican War, Robert Lee Stanton [1842 - 1932]. Robert Lee Stanton was named after Robert E. Lee and was his Godchild. He moved to Grosse Isle, Michigan in 1880 and became a farmer. Measures 11 x 14. Handsome display using red and gray archival mats with a copy photograph of General Lee in Confederate uniform. The fabric is displayed at the center in a small magnified box, with story below. Comes with certificate of authenticity. Very scarce.

* Please note that the actual display is larger than the scan shows with wider borders at the top and bottom.

General Philip H. Sheridan at Five Forks $25.00


Livesley & Powell Gothic White Ironstone $100.00


CDV General James H. Ledlie


General Robert E. Lee Display $250.00

     Two June 14, 1861 telegrams from recently inaugurated Vice President Hannibal Hamlin (one is signed by Hamlin) regarding a meeting with U. S. shipping magnate and <I>colonizationist</I> (A supporter of the settlement of Liberia as an African American colony.) Daniel Walker Lord.

     The American Telegraph Co. documents advise:

<CENTER>Received at Kennebunk (Me.) 6/4/1861 by telegraph from Boston</CENTER> <CENTER>to D. W. Lord</CENTER> <CENTER><I> I will be at U. S. Hotel, Portland this evening<CENTER</><CENTER> H. Hamlin</I></CENTER> 

<CENTER>Received at Portland (Me.) 6/14/1861 by telegraph from Bangor </CENTER> <CENTER>to D. W. Lord</CENTER>  <CENTER><I>Will see you in Bangor on arrival of cars</CENTER>

<CENTER</> H. Hamlin </CENTER></I>

The personal connection between the Kennebunk, Maine shipping baron and the Bangor, Maine politician becomes an interesting subject of historical speculation as one considers the just post inauguration meetings between Hamlin as Abraham Lincoln’s first term Vice President  and the wealthy and influential benefactor of the American Colonization Society.  (Some historians hold that the ACS was a racist society bent on <I>colonizing</I> contraband and emancipated slaves while others, who recognize the support of such contemporaries Abraham Lincoln himself, hold that, while misguided by modern standards, supporters on the colonization Liberia were men of compassion and vision.  When considering the broader potential it seems more likely that the meeting of the pair held far less potential for historical controversy than colonization of the Blacks. Both were native Mainers who’s wealth and influence likely carries them in the same social circles.  We know for example that Lord was personally acquainted with Lincoln Cabinet member William Pitt Fessenden of Maine as well as other Washington leaders.  In introducing Lord to President Lincoln one Congressman wrote Lincoln that <I>any suggestions which Mr. Lord might make would be worthy of consideration</I>.    It was in the early 1860s that D. W. Lord would construct two fine commercial ships which he named the Hamlin and Lincoln. 

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By W.G. Bean, with a new foreword by Robert K. Krick. University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, N.C., 2000. Softcover, 252 pages, index, illustrated front piece. New condition.

"In his perceptive biography of this talented and widely admired young Confederate officer, Bean takes the reader behind the scenes in the headquarters of Jackson, R.S. Ewell, and Jubal A. Early, the three generals under whom Pendleton served." Saturday Review

This biography tells the story of Alexander "Sandie" Swift Pendleton, a high spirited and intelligent Confederate staff officer from Virginia who, at the age of twenty-two, won the confidence, admiration, and affection of Stonewall Jackson. Pendleton began as ordnance officer of the Stonewall Brigade of the Army of the Shenandoah in the spring of 1861. By January of 1863, he had become chief of staff of the famed Second Corps of the Army of Northern Virginia and was recognized as a brilliant staff officer- even as "Stonewall's Man." Wounded in the battle of Fisher's Hill, Pendleton died five days before his twenty-fourth birthday.

Based on diaries, letters and manuscripts, the poignant and revealing story of Pendleton's life and Civil War experiences is set against a background of the campaigns in which he participated.

W.G. Bean was Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History at Washington and Lee University.  

Fold out, full color battle lithograph. Measures 6 x 4 when closed, and 28 x 6 when fully opened. Printed on both sides. Descriptive text under each of the panels describes the action in the famous Atlanta cyclorama painting. The main introductory description reads: The Cyclorama. Since 1921 the Cyclorama Building, located in Grant Park, Atlanta, Georgia, has been the home of the World's Largest Painting. The Cyclorama painting of the Battle of Atlanta is the most moving and impressive memorial of this battle which sealed the fate of the Confederacy on July 22, 1864. Sherman's blazing march through Georgia began at the northwest boundary of the State when Federal forces from Tennessee defeated the Confederates at Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. The Confederate Army withdrew to Dalton in North Georgia. Sherman's movement against Dalton was the beginning of the Battle of Atlanta and the subsequent fall of the city. The decisive battle in this conquest of the South's great city was fought in East Atlanta. This battle, The Battle of Atlanta, is depicted in the Cyclorama painting.  

Measures 29 x 18 1/2. Features 8 different sepia tone lithographic prints. Included are views of Chattanooga, Tenn. from Cameron Hill; U.S. Military Bridge Over The Tennessee River at Chattanooga; Part of Missionary Ridge, Tenn.; Government Wagon Yard at Chattanooga, Tenn.; Blockhouse for Defense of R.R. Yard at Chattanooga; and the Tenn. River Below Chattanooga. This print was part of the series that was issued with the Atlas to Accompany The Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-1865. Very fine.

June 1861-Vice President H. Hamlin: Tele $265.00


Stonewall's Man; Sandie Pendleton


The Cyclorama, Atlanta, Georgia


Views of Chattanooga and Missionary Ridg

8 x 9 1/4, imprint, filled out in ink.

Certificate To Be Given To Volunteers At The Time Of Their Discharge To Enable Them To Receive Their Pay, &c.  For Private John H. Bollin, Company B, 74th Regiment of Infantry Volunteers of the State of Ohio, born in Greene Co., State of Ohio, aged 18 years; 5 feet 7 inches high; light complexion, grey eyes, dark hair, and by occupation a laborer, having joined the company on its original organization at Yellow Springs, O[hio], and enrolled in it at the muster into service of the United States on the 16 day of Oct. 1861, or was mustered in service as a recruit, by F.J. Tedford, at Yellow Springs, O[hio], on the 16 day of Oct., 1861, to serve in the Regiment for the term of 3 years; and having served honestly and faithfully with his Company in U.S. Army, to the present date, is now entitled to a discharge by reason of Surgeon's Certificate according to provisions of General Orders No. 36, A.G.O., April 7th, 1862. The said John H. Bollin was last paid by Paymaster Whitney to include the 28 day of Feb. 1862, and has pay due him from that time to the present date...and he is entitled to pay and subsistence for traveling to place of enrollment, and whatever other allowances are authorized to volunteer soldiers, or militia, so discharged.  He has received thirty nine & 60/100 dollars advanced by the United States on account of clothing.  Columbus, O.[io] 21 day of July 1862.  Signed by Albert B. Dod, Capt. 15 U.S.I. and by a 1st Lieutenant and A.D.C.

Light wear and age toning.  Top of document is trimmed.  

(1819-98) Graduated #5 in the West Point class of 1842. Known as "Old Rosy," he was promoted to rank of brigadier general in 1861. He commanded a brigade under McClellan in the western Virginia campaign at the battle of Rich Mountain. In May 1862, he directed the left wing of General Pope's Army of the Mississippi in the advance on Corinth. When Pope was ordered east, Rosecrans took over command of the army and fought at Corinth and Iuka. He later commanded the Army of the Cumberland at Murfreesboro, Chattanooga and Chickamauga. He was promoted to major general to rank from Mar. 21, 1862.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Schwing & Rudd, Photographers, Army of the Cumberland. Light age toning and wear. Desirable card with the Army of the Cumberland backmark.  A well-documented <I>must have</I> utility for the 1700s early 1800s field engineer, nautical or land bound, such period cased <I>drafting</I> instrument sets are difficult to come by today.   This paper-mache case measures 6 ¾ inches in length and houses a complement of engineering and map making instruments to include an ivory scale, a wonderful period protractor of natural horn shaved thin so as to be opaque and an array of brass and iron instruments.  While the protractor is chipped on one corner and all components offer good evidence of age and period use, the outfit remains in pleasing condition, solid and will make a nice addition to any collection or companion piece with a period nautical chart, land map, or military fortification drawing.  (see: Valley Forge Museum - Revolutionary War collection )  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>

 All complete and in nice condition save a small period chip at the base flange, this antique <B>NILES DRINKING CUP * PATENTED * JUNE 5TH 1860</B> marked telescoping cup retains its faintly discernible <I>Goodyear’s Patent</I> marks on the upper ring.  On the base of the hard rubber cup are the initials F. N. P.  Acquired some time ago  from the personal collection of a Vermont, Civil War scholar /  collector who’s hand written identification tag remains with the cup. <I>F. N. P. </I> are the markings of <I>Francis N. Prevost of Pittsford, Vt., Co. B 7th Vermont, Regt.</I>says he with <I>enlisted 1/15/62 – re-enlisted 2/24/64 as a musician – discharged 8/5/65 for disabilities </I> added.    Our own research found corresponding  information on the <I>HDS</I> db for<I>Francis Prevost</I> with no middle initial given.  A nice item for the Civil War <I>smalls</I>, personal item or hard rubber collector, priced with the identification as a bonus. <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <U>key word</U> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Certificate Issued at Discharge, 74th Oh


CDV General William S. Rosecrans $135.00


18th Century early 19th Century Engineer $235.00


7th Vermont attributed NILES Pat. 1860 – $235.00

Made in the familiar fashion of the common Civil War cup with the riveted on finger loop and hot dipped tinned sheet iron body, this example measures a full 5 5/8 inches across the mouth.  A handy cup that would easily double as a mess bowl for stew or beans, as well as for coffee, this neat period cup remains untouched and as found after decades of attic storage. All in excellent original condition with no holes and a solid handle.  A nice Civil War vintage personal item!  ( Illustrated here with a Civil War vintage quarter for size comparison. ) Thanks for visiting our Gunsight Antiques!  This classic early American tinned sheet iron lamp stands approximately 6 ¼ inches and remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of period use and a wonderful rich natural age surface that has escaped the wire brush treatment that befalls most of these early tin lamps as they fall into the wrong hands.  The spun brass single wick burner has escaped the ravages of some eager soul with a polish cloth and retains a pleasing natural finish along with its period wire pick for wick adjustment.  A beautifully preserved and untouched example of early American tin lighting.  Attic found!  please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting our catalog!!  Our photographs will likely do best to describe this nice old G. A. R. uniform hat,  Lots of good age and evidence of period wear but solid with no mothing original linger and leather sweat band.  A nice display item for the GAR collector!  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  

4 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Benjamin Wright, to his wife Abbie.

<b><u>Camp 10th C.[onnecticut] V.[olunteers], Seabrook Island, [S.C.], May 12th, 1863</b></u>

My Dear Abbie,

This morning is still and hot.  It is clouding up a little now and I hope we shall get a little breeze.  It will be almost too hot to live here and do anything down here these still days this summer, but mostly the days thus far we have had a cool breeze.  Some days last week I was real cool.  There was an order issued from Headquarters some days ago for all the troops on the Island to have Co.[mpany] drill of no less than two hours each day, and a dress parade each day.  The 24th had the order read, but we have not yet, have been looking for it for two or three days.  We had the first dress parade we had held since leaving St. Helena Sunday night.  We did not suppose we should have a very good Parade as it was so long since the men had been through, the manner they are apt to get careless, but it was pronounced to be splendid by a great many spectators from other Regts., and by Navy officers!  I don’t know but that we did so well that it was thought to be useless for us to have company drills.  If we have company drill it should be early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  Sunday afternoon Mr. Van Wyck preached, gave us quite a discourse from the text, "The Lord is my Shepherd, I should not want."  There was more out then I have seen out to service in a long while.  Our Regt. was well represented.  Then there was a number of companies from the 24th and a large delegation from the 56th.  Their Col. was with them.  The 24th have no chaplain at all.  In the evening we had an excellent prayer meeting.  Sergt. Salter took charge.  There was several present from the 24th and took part in the meeting.  One young man said it had been the happiest day he had spent in a long while since leaving Newbern.  He had not been permitted to attend worship.  We welcomed them to our meeting and invited them to come again.  I think at our meeting tonight we shall probably have quite a number over, and I think will have a good meeting.  Remember us in your prayers that God’s spirit may be poured out upon us.  You probably remember a short time after I was promoted I told you I signed a petition to the Governor to commission Atherton in the Regt. again.  I did it not because I liked the man, but that we might have one more officer of principal in the Regt., another one who would be ready and willing to take notes in the prayer meetings, but I must confess I was told I was never so surprised in a man in my life.  He seldom attends any of the meetings unless it be a preaching service, and he is ready to take a glass of beer with any of the officers.  Since he came he has made himself obnoxious to nearly the whole Regt.  I have repented again and again that I ever signed the paper.  I think most of the other officers have done the same thing.  Lieut. Tomlinson, who is in command of our company, and who of course I have to associate with is a poor companion for me.  He is very smooth tongued, soft soap you from head to foot, but he is dreadful, deceitful.  I get along with him very well however as I never have any words with him whatever, although I dreadfully want to at times, such dreadful swearing and hard conversation  I can’t get along with.  He seems to delight in it.  He is also a regular Sharper.  He is just the man to ruin young men, and I think that it his study.  He carries obscene pictures and cards.  I hope there may be a change some ways before a great while.  He is 1st Lieut. of Co. C.  Came out a Sergt. in our company the effects of which is apparent on many a young man who when leaving home was thought to be not far from the Kingdom of God.  O how much such a man will have to answer for at the [?] of God.  After all he is a man that has such a way about him that he can get any place he wants.  He can talk about Col., Chaplain, and everyone else but me.  I can read him just like a book.  Capt. Atherton seems to like his company quite well.  There has been quite an excitement amongst the boys for two or three days about the furloughs.  They were sent to the Head on Saturday to be approved and have not returned yet.  They will not be able to go on the Arago as she was to leave today.  They will have to possess themselves with patience until the next boat goes.  I hardly think our orderly will be able to do that as he has got in a great thither about going.  Capt. Bird, Co. I, received intelligence by the last mail of the death of his Father.  I wish he might have got home before he died.  I think he might if he had made an effort to get a furlough two or three weeks ago when he heard he was very low.  Some days ago the boys in one of the Co’s put up a box on a poll in his street, in a short time some [?] came and took possession.  Since then there has been boxes put up in most of the streets and on the trees in the camp.  As soon as they are put up they are occupied, and such a noise night and morning as they make is pretty loud.  I never seen them so tame.  I think they would be afraid of wild soldiers as we are.  The wind has breezed up and it is very pleasant in my tent now.  I shall try and write several letters today.  I commenced to write a letter to Uncle White some days ago, but was not able to make out much, although I have made several attempts.  I think I will destroy what I have written and commence again today and see if I cannot make out something.  I did not think I should make out quarter as much this morning tho[ough] I commence to write to you.  I thought I would begin a letter and keep adding to it until the mail leaves writing something each day.  The furloughs never came back from the Head approved.  The boys will probably go to the Head on the first boat, that is if there is any chance of a boat coming north in a few days.  Capt. Goodyear goes to the Head on the first boat to get transportation to Newbern to bring our things and what men we left there.  That looks as though we were going to remain in this department sure.  Capt. White was down to Beaufort last week.  He was very much pleased with things there.  They are supplied with a great deal more than we ever were in North Carolina.  In fact this is a great deal better conducted department than the department of North Carolina in every respect, but the thing of it is they never do anything that amounts to anything here, but so far it has been a great deal more healthy here than it ever was there.  Last year at this time we had men dying every day and the hospital was full running over with men having the typhoid fever.  Now we have but few that are sick, none I think dangerous.  Have not had a case of the fever since we left Newbern.  How long we shall be thus blessed God only knows.  I hope it may continue.  I shall send a little box of shells to you by some of Co. I’s boys.  I am going to get some more of those small shells and string and [send] you by the next lot that go home.  I have seen some a little larger that are prettier.  I have promised one [of] the boys a pass in the morning to get some.  Perhaps I may get them and get them strung before the boys get away.  A deserter came down on the shore near the monitors last night and gave himself up.  He brought the news that Hooker was defeated and had re-crossed the Rappahannock.  Both armies were dreadfully cut up, the Rebels so badly as not to make any demonstrations over the victory, considered it almost as bad as a defeat.  Hope it is not true, but I am fearful of it.  Such a great loss of life to no purpose.

Light age toning, staining and wear, and a couple of small tape repairs. Very newsy letter.

The letter is unsigned, but I fully guarantee that it was written by Lieutenant Benjamin Wright, of the 10th Connecticut Infantry. It came from a larger group of his Civil War letters, documents, photos, etc. that I purchased. [see my website for other Wright letters]. I will supply you with some xerox copies of other items to help corroborate the ID. Several letters in the Wright collection were unsigned which is quite common when you deal with large letter groupings. Sometimes soldiers were rushed to get a letter in the mail before the mail left camp and they simply sent them as is.

Benjamin Wright, was a resident of Greenwich, Conn., when he enlisted on Sept. 13, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. I, 10th Connecticut Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, Jan. 8, 1863; 1st lieutenant, June 6, 1864; and mustered out of the service on Oct. 17, 1864.


Roanoke Island, N. C., Feb. 8, 1862.

Newbern, N. C., Mar. 14, 1862.

Kinston, N. C., Dec. 14, 1862.

Whitehall, N. C., Dec. 16, 1862.

Goldsboro, N. C., Dec. 18, 1862.

Seabrook Island, S. C., Mar. 28, 1863.

Siege of Charleston, S. C., from July 28 to Oct. 25, 1863.

St. Augustine, Fla., Dec. 30, 1863.

Walthall Junction, Va., May 7, 1864.

Drewry's Bluff, Va., May 13 to 17 (inclusive), 1864.

Bermuda Hundred, Va., June 16, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., June 20, 1864.

Strawberry Plains, Va., July 26 and 27, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 1, 1864.

Deep Bottom, Va., Aug. 14, 1864.

Deep Run, Va., Aug. 16, 1864.

Deep Gully and Fuzzells Mills, Va., Aug. 28, 1864.

Siege of Petersburg, Va., Aug. 28 to Sep. 29, 1864.

Fort Harrison, Va., Sep. 27, 1864.

Laurel Hill Church, Va., 0ct. 1, 1864.

Newmarket Road, Va., Oct. 7, 1864.

Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 13, 1864.

Darbytown Road, Va., Oct. 27, 1864.

Johnson's Plantation, Va., Oct. 29, 1864.

Hatcher's Run, Va., Mar. 29 and 30, and April 1, 1865.

Fort Gregg, Va., April 2, 1865.

Appomattox Court House, Va., April 9, 1865.

Source: Connecticut: Record of Service of Men During War of Rebellion

antique tin MESS CUP $75.00


early 19th century tin OIL LAMP $195.00


Civil War Veteran’s Grand Army of the Re $225.00


10th Connecticut Infantry Letter $75.00

The large white ironstone pitcher presented was made in the Henry Alcock pottery.  It operated from 1861 through the end of the nineteenth century.  This Plain Shape pitcher is typical of the 1870s style.  It bears the pottery's backstamp on its underside. It was once paired with a large bowl and was used for bathing prior to the prevalence of indoor plumbing.  It measures 12 inches tall.

Condition is great - no chips or cracks, and nice shiny glaze.  A little slightly discolored spot appears on the interior as pictured in the 4th shot - faint and minor.  

(1815-1872) Graduated 3rd in the West Point class of 1839. An assistant professor while still an undergraduate at the Military Academy, he first worked upon the fortifications of New York Harbor, and in 1844 inspected those of France. Upon his return to the U.S., he wrote a Report on the Means of National Defence, which was published by Congress and won him an invitation from the Lowell Institute of Boston to deliver a series of lectures. These were published as Elements of Military Art and Science, a work which enjoyed wide circulation among soldiers for many years. He received a brevet as captain in the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott recommended to Abraham Lincoln that Halleck be appointed major general in the regular service. In November 1861, Halleck relieved General Fremont at St. Louis and in a demonstration of his talents as an administrator quickly brought order out of the chaos in which his predecessor had plunged the Department of the Missouri. A series of successes by his subordinates at Forts Henry & Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island No. 10 and Shiloh, caused Halleck to shine in reflective glory, and his domain enlarged to include Ohio and Kansas. President Lincoln later recalled him to Washington to serve as general in chief of the U.S. Armies. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Excellent half view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery.  

(1818-79) Graduated in the West Point class of 1838. He served during the Mexican War as aide-de-camp to General William J. Worth. He fought the Seminoles in Florida and helped pacify the warring factions in Kansas. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Barry served first in the defense of Fort Pickens, Florida. Ordered north, he then served as chief of artillery to General Irvin McDowell at 1st Bull Run and held the same position under General George B. McClellan. Appointed brigadier general on August 20, 1861, he took an active part in the Peninsular campaign and was later chief of artillery of the huge defense system which encircled Washington, D.C. In 1864, he was assigned as chief of artillery on the staff of General William T. Sherman participating in all the actions of the Atlanta campaign, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign which terminated in the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Superb quality half view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. No imprint. Very sharp image. Excellent.  

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, postcard, with raised embossed gold medallion with an excellent bust view portrait of President Lincoln, backed with a full color American flag. Circa early 1900's.

Alcock White Ironstone Lg. Water Pitcher $125.00


CDV General Henry W. Halleck $125.00


CDV General William F. Barry $125.00


Abraham Lincoln Medallion and American F $15.00

Unused, patriotic envelope with bronze colored vignette of Confederate General Gideon J. Pillow surrounded by an oval chain, with imprint, No. 17 Secesh Chain, Maj. Gen. G.J. Pillow. Chas. Magnus, 12 Frankfort St., N.Y.  This was one of a series done by Charles Magnus in New York depicting Generals of the Confederacy.

<u>General Gideon J. Pillow</u>: (1806-78) Graduated from the University of Nashville, and was a law partner of James K. Polk, future President of the U.S.A., in Columbia, Tenn. Serving as a major general in the Mexican War, he was twice wounded in the Mexico City campaign. Upon the secession of Tennessee in 1861, Pillow was named senior major general of Tennessee's provisional army, and on July 7th, he was appointed brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederacy. He was at the battle of Belmont, Mo., and during the battle of Fort Donelson, Tenn., he managed to escape before the surrender of the fort. Afterwards he was assigned to the conscript bureau in Tennessee and was commissary general of prisoners. In his post war career he went back to his law practice, this time in Memphis, and was a partner of former Tennessee Governor Isham G. Harris.  

<b>Medal of Honor Recipient for gallantry against Mosby's guerrillas in 1863!

Document Signed</b>

(1832-1901) Born in Lakeport, N.H., he enlisted on April 30, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 1st New Hampshire Infantry. He was mustered out of the regiment on August 9, 1861, and immediately re-enlisted, and was commissioned captain, U.S. Volunteers, Quartermaster's Department. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, January 1, 1863; colonel, August 2, 1864; and brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in action against Mosby's guerrillas on October 13-15, 1863, at Catlett & Fairfax, Va. The citation reads: "Being ordered to move his trains by a continuous day and night march and without the usual military escort, armed his teamsters and personally commanded them, successfully fighting against heavy odds and bringing his trains through without the loss of a wagon." After the Civil War, Batchelder remained in the Regular U.S. Army until retiring in 1896, with rank of Quartermaster General, U.S. Army. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

<u>Document Signed</u>: 2 pages, 8 1/2 x 14, imprinted document, filled out in ink.

Contract for Coal- Fiscal Year 1891-1892. Articles of Agreement entered into at Omaha, Nebraska, this twenty fifth day of May, one thousand eight hundred and ninety one, between Lieutenant Colonel Wm. B. Hughes, Deputy Quartermaster General, United States Army, Chief Quartermaster Department of the Platte, of the first part, and J.S. Tebbets of Denver, County of Arapahoe, State of Colorado, of the second part.

The document gives details of the agreement which states that J.S. Tebbets will supply 1,400 tons of good merchantable bituminous coal, of the best quality, to be taken from mines at Rock Springs, Wyoming, and be delivered to the Post Quartermaster, at Fort Sidney, Nebraska. The contract is signed and witnessed by the parties at the bottom of page two including Wm. B. Hughes, as Lieut. Col. and Deputy Qr. Mr. General, U.S.A. There are dockets on the reverse one of which bears the approval and signature of R.N. Batchelder, as Quartermaster General, U.S. Army.    

Stamped Union Pacific Railway Co. at the top of page one. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.

William B. Hughes, was an 1842 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He served in the pre-war U.S. Army as a lieutenant, in the 4th and 9th U.S. Infantry Regiments respectively. He served as a quartermaster during the Civil War, and remained in the Regular U.S. Army afterwards, dying on active duty on September 22, 1896, having attained the rank of colonel.  

(1824-1881) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847. Mexican War veteran. Serving on the western frontier, he was wounded in a skirmish with Apaches in 1849. He resigned his commission in 1853, invented a breech loading rifle, was appointed a Major General of the Rhode Island State Militia and was elected to Congress as a Democrat. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he organized the 1st Rhode Island Infantry, becoming their Colonel. He was in command of a brigade at 1st Bull Run. Having become a Lincoln favorite, he was given command of the expedition against the coast of North Carolina, fought at Antietam, and in December of 1862 commanded the Army of the Potomac during their bitter defeat at Fredericksburg. Burnside also saw action at Knoxville, the Overland Campaign, and Petersburg. In his post war career he was elected Governor of Rhode Island three times, and later U.S. Senator.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Seated view on a camp chair in uniform wearing his slouch hat and gauntlets. Backmark: T.M. Schleier, Nashville, Tennessee. Period ink inscription on the reverse, Gen. Burnside on duty at Knoxville. There is a tiny piece of the albumen print that has chipped off at the upper right corner. This is well away from the content. Rare view.  

5 x 7 1/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, June 25, 1863

Generals Orders,

No. 192

Section 35, Act of March 3, 1863, entitled "An act for enrolling and calling out the National Forces, and for other purposes," does not exclude enlisted men employed as clerks and messengers in the military offices in Washington, and at the several geographical division and department headquarters, from receiving the extra pay heretofore allowed them.



Assistant Adjutant General

Some small holes at left edge which do not affect any of the content. This order came out during the Confederate invasion of Pennsylvania which resulted in the battle of Gettysburg.

Patriotic Cover, General Gideon J. Pillo $50.00


Autograph, General Richard N. Batchelder $100.00


CDV General Ambrose E. Burnside


1863 Orders Regarding Calling Out The Na $15.00

Full color print. Copyright, 1901, by Perrien-Keydel Co., Detroit, Mich., executed from an original painting by J. Guthrie. 10 3/4 x 7 3/4.  

Unused, patriotic envelope with vignette paying tribute to the slain Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth. Ellsworth Memorial. Youthful Integrity, Temperance, Patriotism. Published by N. Tibbals & Co., 120 Nassau Street, [New York]. Mounting traces on the reverse.  

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, postcard, 1809 -  Lincoln Centenary - 1909, with a beautiful sepia tone portrait of President Lincoln, with the caption below, Lincoln During His Presidency. From a photograph by Brady. Also includes illustrations of the young Lincoln sitting under a tree reading a law book, and Lincoln at a slave market. Descriptive text: "If I ever get a chance to hit that thing [slavery], I'll hit it hard." <i>Lincoln's remark on coming out of a slave market, at New Orleans. Published by The Century Co., 1908.</i>  

By Jean H. Baker. Published by W.W. Norton & Co., New York. Originally published in 1987, this is the revised and updated 2008 edition. Softcover, 429 pages, index, illustrated. Excellent.

"A striking success...the account of the White House years is absorbing." New York Times

"Beautifully crafted, entertaining as only the best biographies can be, and rich with superb insights and wonderful anecdotes about nineteenth century family and domestic life. This is a complex and moving character study of a woman tragically out of step with her time and place." Chicago Tribune

"This exciting and important book is a major contribution to Lincolniana. Absorbing and convincing, this is one of the few books that deserve to be called definitive." David Herbert Donald, author of Lincoln

"A richly documented and sympathetic study." Publishers Weekly

"In the thriving cottage industry of Lincoln studies Baker's readable and sympathetic biography is easily the definitive account of the troubled former First Lady. Baker's principal contribution is in recognizing Mary Todd Lincoln on her own terms." Library Journal

Early Morning Work For Troopers $15.00


Patriotic Cover, Ellsworth Memorial


Abraham Lincoln, If I Ever Get a Chance $25.00


Mary Todd Lincoln, A Biography $15.00

<b>of Sumter's Flag</b>

Unused, patriotic envelope with spoof theme on the Confederacy depicting Fort Sumter and its broken flag pole with an American flag falling and figures representing Jeff Davis, General Beauregard and the state of South Carolina. Titled, Unexpected results arising from fall of Sumter's flag.  Beautiful vintage Art Deco glass window circa 1920. This window features heavily etched glass with a classic Art Deco design.  

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, postcard, 1809 - Centenary - 1909, with beautiful sepia tone portrait of President Lincoln, with caption below, Lincoln During His Presidency. From a photograph by Brady. Also includes illustrations of his early log cabin home and the White House. Descriptive text: "If I could save the Union without freeing any slave, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing all the slaves, I would do it; and if I could save it by freeing some and leaving others alone, I would also do that." <i>Lincoln's letter to Horace Greeley, Aug. 22, 1862.</i> Published by The Century Co., 1908.  

<b>Written by Clark S. Edwards, Colonel of the regiment, and signed by him three times!

He commanded the 5th Maine during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General</b>

(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.

The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

4 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink and pencil. 

<b><u>Camp Cameron, No. Cambridge, [Mass.], [1861]</b></u>

Dear Wife,

I am here in camp this [?] day.  I got into Boston last night at half past seven and expected to have gone through to N. York, but by order of Capt. McKim, U.S.Q.M., I had to stop here till six o’clock tonight, and then should go through to N.Y.  I have sixteen men in charge and they are rather hard, but I think I can get along with them, but some of them have yet a little on the beer.  I stopped here with the officer that commands the post.  I got bread and coffee for supper last night, and coffee, bread & meat for breakfast.

Saturday evening- I left camp at two o’clock & came into Boston.  Went to the American House & got my trunk & box and then went to the Fall River & Old Colony Depot, and stop till half past five, then took the cars for New York, arrived at Fall River at ½ past eight, took a state room with an Adjt. of the Maine Eighth Regt.  After getting aboard and rid of my baggage I then went below and took supper.  I never saw a nicer table set.  We had all you could think of to eat.  I am now writing in the saloon.  It is now past ten o’clock.  The boys are all nicely, but one Irishman who is drunk, but has gone to bed.  I will close this in the morning so good night.  You see I bid you good, but I thought I would write a little more.  It is now eleven o’clock at night.  We are at Newport.  The boat has stopped for a few moments.  All is quiet on the boat.  We are now off so I will close this till morning.

Sunday noon- I am still aboard of the steamer Empire State.  We got into N. York at 9 o’clock.  I then took the boys to a saloon & gave them a breakfast.  They are all here with me now.  We shall stay here till 6 o’clock tonight and then leave for Washington.  It is now twelve at noon.  It has rained all the morning.  I expect it snows at your place and is as cold as Greenland.  I think of you at home around the stove perhaps a writing to me.  Freeman is with me.  He is able to do anything so he thought he would take a boat ride to Washington.  I shall mail this as soon as I get to the office in town.  I shall come back as soon as I can obtain a coffin for poor [Charles G.] Young.  It will be a hard blow to his wife.  I shall come back to this place tonight and go to camp if possible.  Alexandria is an old looking place.  I think it is the oldest place in the state.  I was in the room where [General George] Washington had his quarters in the days of the Revolution.  The boat is now moving towards Washington.  I shall be there in twenty five minutes.  It is a beautiful ride, a lot of people on the boat all talking about the late engagement.  I see some of the Maine First.  They are going home the first of the week.  They have not done much honor to itself or the State.


Four o’clock- I am now writing this is the War Department at Washington.  I am waiting for a pass to Young’s corpse, and two attendants to Portland.  This is a beautiful building, hundreds of Generals and others passing the steps I am writing on.  I shall get back in the next boat at five o’clock.  The last letter I got from you was dated 17th.  Hain’t you to write two or three a week, or if you can not write let Kate and Frank write.  I must now close as it is time to go.  Good by.  Kiss the children for me.

C.S. Edwards

Write me all about the folks at Bethel.  Tell them I shall be at home this fall if I do not get to far into Va.  I think I can obtain a pass to Maine in Sept. or Oct.  I will ask Mr. Dunnell in a few days and see what he says about it.  Capt. [William A.] Tobie I do not think will ever come here again.  His health is very poor.  Mr. Tibbetts told me yesterday Uncle Thompson was chaplain of the 6th Regt.  I hope it is so, but I fear Geo. Was killed in the fight at Bulls Run.  I spoke to some one of the Mass. 5th that told me that there was a man shot by that name.  I cannot write more now, but still are waiting for the pass.

From your Husband,

C.S. Edwards

I am almost out of money.  I will close this before I leave.

It is now about time to leave.  I am in hopes by this time tomorrow to be at camp.  It has been one of longest days I ever saw.  I have been a reading about all day.  I should like to look in on you at this time.  Give my love to all the good people of Bethel.  Kiss the little ones for me.  I will write again as soon as I get to camp.

C.S. Edwards

Light age toning and wear.

Charles G. Young, died on July 26, 1861

Captain William A. Tobie, who was 50 years old when he enlisted, was discharged on September 20, 1861.

Mr. Dunnell, was Colonel Mark H. Dunnell, of Portland, Maine, who commanded the 5th Maine Infantry in 1861.

The 1st Maine Infantry was a 90 days unit and they were mustered out of the service on August 5, 1861.

Patriotic Cover, Unexpected Results Aris


6973 Art Deco Etched Glass Window c. 192 $8500.00


Abraham Lincoln, If I Could Free the Uni $25.00


5th Maine Infantry Letter $125.00

Full color H.A. Ogden print titled, "McClellan at Antietam, September 17, 1862. Copyright 1912, by The War Memorial Association. Measures about 8 1/2 x 12.  

Measures about 1 x 3/4, hand made bone ring with an engraved palmetto tree design, highlighted by some ochre tint, flat head crown. Very fine. Made by Private John A. James, of Ferguson's South Carolina Battery. Comes in a 3 3/8 x 2 1/2 glass faced display case, with blue and gray archival mat boards. From the James family collection.

See our Confederate documents and letters for other James family items.  

Montgomery, Jan. 1st, 1863. Wagon load of cotton at center, tree and map of Alabama at left, 25 Cts in red. Crisp uncirculated condition.  

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, ornately designed postcard, with portrait of President Lincoln as the central theme. Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Issued January 1st, 1863. Four Millions of Slaves were liberated from bondage that had existed from the beginning of the National life. Henceforth a Government without a Master and without a Slave. Abraham Lincoln, The Martyred President. February 12th, 1809. April 14th, 1865. Circa early 1900's.

General George B. McClellan at Antietam $25.00


Bone Ring Hand Made by South Carolina Co $175.00


1863 State of Alabama 25 Cents Note


Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamat $20.00

<b>Signature as Secretary of War</b>

(1829-90) A lawyer by profession, he served as a member of the Iowa legislature in 1857-58. He was commissioned major of the 15th Iowa Infantry in 1861. Belknap rendered gallant service with the western armies on every field from Shiloh, Tennessee to Bentonville, North Carolina. Meantime he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in 1862, to colonel in 1863, to brigadier general on July 30, 1864, and brevet major general on March 13, 1865. He was repeatedly commended for bravery and personal disregard of danger, and commanded the 4th Division, of the 17th Corps, in the Atlanta campaign, the March to the Sea, and the Carolina campaign. In 1869, President U.S. Grant appointed him his Secretary of War. Belknap became embroiled in a corruption scandal which led to his impeachment by unanimous vote of the House of Representatives in 1876. The specific charge was that Belknap had received $24,000 in kick backs from the post trader at Fort Sill in order for him to remain in his position at the fort. This was a sad ending to the military career of an officer with such a gallant Civil War service record, and certainly an embarrassment to President Grant.

<u>Signature as Secretary of War</u>: 5 x 4, signed in ink, below imprint of War Department, Washington City. Feby. 10th, 1871. Yours Very Respectfully, Wm. W. Belknap, Secy. of War. Very fine.   

By General James Longstreet. Barnes & Noble, New York, 2004. Softcover, 632 pages, index, maps, illustrations. Brand new condition. Essential reading and a must for any Civil War library.

To read <i>From Manassas to Appomattox</i> is to traverse some of the most fought over and hallowed ground in American history. Second in command to General Robert E. Lee, General James Longstreet offers a unique insider's account of the operations of the Army of Northern Virginia. His memoirs also provide a broad prospective on the Civil War and the soldiers who fought in it. 

James Longstreet was one of the Confederacy's most successful generals. Born on January 8, 1821, he was the son of a modest Georgia farmer and graduated from West Point. General Robert E. Lee affectionately referred to Longstreet as his "old War Horse," but because of his performance at Gettysburg, combined with his acceptance of the Reconstruction, this Civil War icon remains a figure of controversy.  

5 x 7 1/4, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, May 14, 1863

General Orders

No. 123

The Acting Signal Officers of Departments or Armies are authorized, the consent of the Generals Commanding being first obtained, to appear before the Examining Board now in session at Washington, D.C.

These officers will, at the discretion of the Commanding Generals, be temporarily relieved from duty and ordered to Washington for this purpose, and each will return to his station as soon as his examination is completed.



Assistant Adjutant General

Small hole and slash at left edge which do not affect any of the content. Fine.  

Unused, 3 1/2 x 5 1/2, postcard, with beautiful full color illustration. Female figure in robes with laurel wreath and a bronze tablet with striking bust view of President Abraham Lincoln and his birth and death years, 1809-1865. Floral display in the foreground. Circa early 1900's.

Autograph, General William W. Belknap $95.00


From Manassas To Appomattox $15.00


1863 Orders Regarding Acting Signal Offi


Female Adorning Abraham Lincoln With Lau $15.00

(1822-1885) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1843. Fought in the Mexican War. Commander-in-Chief of all Union armies 1863-65. He fought at Shiloh, Vicksburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and the Appomattox campaign. Served as 18th President of the United States 1869-77. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view in uniform with rank of major general. Corners of the mount are trimmed. Backmark: M. Witt, Photographer, 81 So. High St., Columbus, Ohio. Scarce card.  

5 x 7 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, May 21, 1863

General Orders

No. 140

Members and Judge Advocates of Military Commissions will be entitled to the same extra pay and traveling allowances as in the case of General Court Martial.



Assistant Adjutant General

Two tiny holes at the left edge which do not affect any of the content. Fine.  

8 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

Invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores turned over by E.N. Stebbins, P.M. & M.S.K., Washington Arsenal, to Lieut. J.C. Bradford, Asst. Quartermaster, for transportation to Harpers Ferry, Va., in obedience to Order for Supplies, No. 1226. Gives an itemized listing for the stores that were shipped to Capt. Bartlett, [1st] R.I. Arty., Harpers Ferry, Va. I certify that the above is a correct invoice of Ordnance and Ordnance Stores turned over by me this 4 day of March 1862 to Lt. J.C. Bradford, Assistant Quartermaster, for transportation to Harpers Ferry, Va. E.N. Stebbins, P.M. & M.S.K. Very fine.

The 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery saw action at Frazier's Farm, Malvern Hill, 2nd Bull Run, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Kelly's Ford, Spotsylvania, the Wilderness, and Petersburg.  

30 x 18, two sided imprint, done in full color, with illustrations. Published by the Tidewater Oil Company with the Flying A Service logo, crossed sabers and U.S. and Confederate flags. Includes a detailed Chronological List of Planned Observances for 1961-1965, list of Major Battles and Events of the Civil War, Map of the Civil War Area with legend of battlegrounds and naval engagements, Map of the Area of the Virginia Campaigns with legend, Pertinent Facts About the Civil War, and individual battle maps of Gettysburg, Richmond, Antietam, Petersburg, Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania, and Manassas, each with detailed descriptions of what happened during each battle. Light age toning and wear. Very fine. Original 1961 imprint. This is not only a neat Civil War related collectible, but it is also a nice item for an oil and gas collector.

CDV General Ulysses S. Grant $195.00


1863 Orders Regarding Military Commissio $10.00


Ordnance Invoice, 1st Rhode Island Artil $35.00


Civil War Centennial Map

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