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T-37. Richmond, September 2, 1861. Vignette of Sailor seated next to cotton bale at center with ship in background, C.G. Memminger at left, and Ceres and Justice at right. Small areas of paper loss at bottom of the note, and two tiny pinholes.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 13, 1863


General Orders

No. 367


The members, recorder, and witnesses of and before Boards instituted under Section 17, act of August 3, 1861, to determine the cases of Officers recommended for the Retired List, will be allowed the same extra pay and traveling allowances as in the case of a General Court Martial. This regulation will take effect from the passage of the act herein cited.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


There is a small stain at the upper right corner which does not affect any of the content.  Important Dutch 19th Century Burl Veneer Long Case Grandfather Clock with Roman Chapter Ring with inset classical figures and moonfaced on dial.  Below is lovely hand painted scene of Holland and windmills.  Waisted case has center bronze open cartouche on outstepped base, resting on carved plinth and detailed claw feet.



Dimensions:  98" H x 24" W x 18" D  


Civil War patriotic imprint with large vignette of General George B. McClellan within a wreath design with banner below with his name. 4 3/4 x 2 3/4.

1861 Confederate $5 Note $35.00

 

1863 Order Regarding the Retired List of $7.00

 

Dutch Long Case Clock Stamped AJ Van Ber $65000.00

 

General George B. McClellan $15.00

Very sleek cast aluminum Vintage mid-Century swivel chair in great condition.


Dimensions:  35" H x 23" W x 23" D  Cast Aluminum Mid Century Secretarial Swivel, re-upholstered in leather, great condition, and the back and seat are adjustable.  Great Condition Mid Century Modern Vintage Thonet Armchairs, c. 1940, currently upholstered in brown leather.  Amazing Set of 4 Thonet Armchairs, constructed in solid walnut.  Currently upholstered in original green and red vinyl, in great condition.

Mid Century Cast Aluminum Swivel / Secreta $950.00

 

Mid-Cent. Industrial Aluminum Secretari $600.00

 

Mid-Century Modern Set of 4 Thonet Chair $4000.00

 

Set of 4 Mid-Century Thonet Arm chairs, $5850.00

Pair of American Renaissance Revival gilt-incised rosewood and walnut pedestals with ebonized details, white inset marble tops, raised gilt-incised panels.  Beautifully detailed matching pair.  American Renaissance Revival Parcel-Gilt and Ebonized Folio Stand, c 1870 New York.  Rectangular drop flap inset with gilded carved circular plaque with wildlife scene. The stand is decorated overall with gilt-incised foliate and floral carvings and decorations.

 Exquisitely detailed Louis XVI Gilt-Bronze Three Piece Figural Clock Garniture, 19th century French, with circular white enamel dial, flanked by putti and floral garlands.  Clock and candelabras have detailed central relief plaque.  This is a truly formidable set. 


Dimensions

Clock: 29"H x 29"W x 10"D 

Candelabras: 34"H x 20"W x 20"D  


Civil War patriotic imprint with colorful vignette of a large eagle in flight with American flags, shield, stars and riband with the motto, E. Pluribus Unum. Published by J.R. Hawley, Cincinnati. 5 1/2 x 3.

Pair of American Renaissance Revival Ped $5500.00

 

Renaissance Revival Parcel-Gilt & Eboniz $6000.00

 

6993 Louis XVI Gilt Bronze 3-Piece Figur $45000.00

 

Eagle, American Flags and Shield

<b>Without Special Permission of the War Department</b>


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 30, 1863


General Orders

No. 383


I. Commanders of Geographical Departments are authorized to grant leaves of absence in accordance with the General Regulations of the Army; but all officers, of whatsoever grade, are prohibited from visiting the city of Washington without the special permission of the War Department.


II. To serve as a check upon the abuse of the authority conferred by the foregoing paragraph, a report of all leaves granted will be made monthly to the Adjutant General of the Army, stating their length and dates, and the reasons for granting them.


III. No application for extension of leaves of absence will be granted by the War Department unless such extension is recommended by the officer granting the leave.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General 


Light age toning.


 


2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, from a brother to his sister.


<b><u>Bermuda Hundred, [Va.], July the 12th [1864]</b></u>


Dear Sister,


I received your letter of the 5th and was glad to hear from you. I answer it with a short letter as I wrote to you the other day.  I am in the Hospital yet, but am better than I was when I wrote to you last. There is a good many of the boys sick with the fever. This hot weather is hard on us. I will be glad when cold weather comes. I am much obliged to you for that photograph and stamps. I will be glad when you send that photograph of yourself. I have not got any letter from Matt for a long time. I don't know why he don't write. I won't write to him until he writes to me. I suppose that baby takes up a good deal of his time. You say he is a going to stop driving the wagon. What is he going to do after he quits that. I can't write much of a letter the flies bother me so I will write a longer one the next time. Give my respects to all the girls of my acquaintance. No more at present except my love to mother and all the family.


Your Brother,

John


There is a short note written on the bottom of the second page of this letter in another hand. It is dated 1864 to Bloomington, Ill. Apparently this letter sheet was reused to send another note. This was not an uncommon practice due to the occasional shortage of paper and other regular necessities during the Civil War.  


Light age toning and wear.  

 


City of Richmond, April 14th, 1862. State of Virginia, City of Richmond, The City of Richmond will pay to Bearer on demand, Seventy Five Cents. The note shows staining and wear. Good.  A patinated and silvered bronze, frosted glass and ivory 'Harlequine' lamp. Cast and carved from a model by Marcel-André Bouraine, circa 1925.


Born in Pontoise (Seine-et-Oise), Marcel-André Bouraine studied at the École des Beaux-Arts under Jean-Alexandre-Joseph Falguière, who had reintroduced and emphasized realism in nineteenth century sculpture. He was captured in Germany during the First World War and interned in Switzerland. After the war, he returned to France and exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1922. The following year Bouraine joined the Société des Artistes Français, exhibiting regularly at their Salons in Paris, as well as at the Salon d'Automne. He executed small-scale sculptures in bronze, ivory and ceramics for several French firms, including Susse Freres, Max Le Verrier, Etling and Arthur Goldscheider, often exhibiting with the latter's La Stele and L'Evolution groups in various international exhibitions, including the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Moderne, which gave its name to Art Deco.

 

In 1928, Gabriel Argy-Rousseau (1885-1953) commissioned several figurines from Bouraine, mostly female nudes, but also a large fountain and an illuminated group, all of which were executed in translucent pâte-de-cristal in lusciously rich colors such as purple, green, and pink. Bouraine executed two major commissions for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition: a polychrome cement low relief (twelve square meters in size) for a fountain at the crafts center and an earthenware statue representing ceramics for the Sevres Pavilion.

 

The female Harlequin figure is a character from the Italian Comedia del'Arte, whose mime tradition is the basis for much Western theater. The semi-circular base on which the figure stands is intended to evoke one of the many romantic bridges of Venice, while the woman herself reminds one of the costumed revelers at festive balls. The diamond pattern outfit worn by the figure alternates cold-painted sections with parcel-silvered ones, and the triangular designs on the metal sections of the light fittings echo the color combination of the marble base. The sculpture is cast by Etling.


Dimensions:  24"H x 16"W x 6"D

Officers Are Prohibited From Visiting Wa

 

Union Civil War Soldier Letter From Virg $45.00

 

1862 State of Virginia, City of Richmond $20.00

 

" Harlequin" by Marcel-André Bo $2500.00

Antique Empire garniture black and burgundy clock set.

       Commonly referred to as a <I>lace makers</I>lamp this classic blown lighting device was designed to magnify and focus candle or lamp light for  all manner of intricate handwork and would be as perfectly at home among watch and clockmaker equipment, jeweler, engraver, or any such surrounding for precise work.  The lace maker or needle work table would be no exception but certainly would not be the only application for the water filled lighting device. This original one piece blown glass example stands 13 1/2 inches high, its tapered neck with everted rim and bulbous body resting on a spreading pedestal base with folded rim.  The piece remains in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.  A particularly scarce and desirable item in this size. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  

 

 Clearly a specialty item for Vicksburg collectors, Civil War paper collectors or enthusiasts of scarce News Papers and Newspaper reprints this is a 12 ¾ X 19 inch republication of the July 2, 1863 wallpaper edition of <B><I>The Vicksburg Dailey Citizen</B></I>.  This particular example was published in Maine on February 2nd 1889 as a souvenir supplement of <I>The Bath Independent</I>.  The <I>Bath Independent</I> was published weekly 1880-1902 .  Reprinted in the 1880s by a number of the countries better known, higher circulation newspapers, the collecting of even the reprints by various papers has become a collectors category  with the surviving examples of smaller, lesser known papers of special interest in the category.  Offered here just as we retrieved from a collection some years ago, the old wallpaper sheet is sandwiched between two sheets of plexiglas.   We’ll do our best with our photos to accurately demonstrate condition so look closely and as always we offer a three day inspection with return as purchased for a no questions asked refund of your purchase price.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 Fashioned from recovered wood from the post Civil War restoration of George Washington’s Mount Vernon, this appealing turn of the century souvenir hatchet remains in excellent original condition offering  good evidence age with hand sawed construction.  Nice color with its original old natural <I>bug</I> shellac finish is set off by the retention of its original graphic entitled <I>Mount Vernon /  Home of Washington</I>.  The little hand constructed souvenir measures 8 5/8 inches in total length. Not a big deal but an attractive piece for the Americana enthusiast without spending a lot of money.  <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.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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20th C. Empire Bronze & Marble Clock & G $6000.00

 

original 18th century early 19th century $495.00

 

rare ! Bath, Maine 1889, republished – 1 $145.00

 

vintage MOUNT VERNON SOUVENIR WOODEN HAT $75.00

One of those every day utilities of the mid to later 1800s that has seldom survived to reach todays collector market, this hard rubber desk pen remains in appealing original condition and will be of special interest to the collector as it is of that rarely seen marbled orange rubber.  Now a scarce collectable for the writing instrument collector or antique hard rubber enthusiast, this mixed color  example offers good evidence of age and originality that comes to this material with period handling and decades in time.  Will go well with any Civil War era pen holder, ink well or ink bottle. <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. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


       Offered here as found and as photographed is this 16 X 20 inch portrait signed by listed 19th century Massachusetts artist Helen M. Hinds. (see: <I>Who Was Who in American Art, 1564-1975</I> by Peter H. Falk & Audrey M. Lewis)  A penciled name on the canvas back reads <I>Guy C. Goss</I>.  Our quick google search for another likeness took us to the Maine Historical Society, MaineMemory.net site and their photo portrait of Goss.  A search for additional images for comparison produced several photographs of a name sake three misted ship but no additional views of Goss himself who has a different beard configuration in the Historical Society image than in the oil portrait.   (We ask bidders to do their research, look and compare for their own satisfaction.)

      Guy C. Goss was of the shipbuilder firm of Goss & Sawyer later Goss, Sawyer & Packard said to be one of the most prolific shipyards of Bath, Maine.  (see:<I> A Maritime History of Bath, Maine and the Kennebec River Region</I>, by William A. Baker)  Born in 1822 Guy Carlton Goss was first a school teacher then, in the 1860 U. S. Census he is listed as a Bath, Maine <I>mariner</I> & <I>shipmaster</I>, in 1870 and 1880 as a<I>shipbuilder</I>.  He died in 1890 having been a principal of one of the most successful 19th century American ship-building companies in the world.  

      As to condition, there is a small ½ inch puncture tear in the canvas just above the shoulder seam of the subject’s shirt.  The oil on canvas portrait is otherwise solid with some stretcher wear but with pleasing color and an eye appealing <I>look</I>. We do take special care in presentation of our photographs and apologize for our host’s insistence of the distracting watermarking of enlargement. Please inspect our illustrations carefully however and if you have any questions please let us know.       


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By Mark E. Neely, Jr., and R. Gerald McMurtry. Published by Southern Illinois University Press, 1986, hard cover with dust jacket, 203 pages, index, illustrated. Autographed by both authors. Excellent condition. 


In 1875 Robert Todd Lincoln caused his mother, Mary Todd Lincoln, to be committed to an insane asylum. Based on newly discovered manuscript materials, this book seeks to explain how and why.


In these documents- marked by Robert Todd Lincoln as the "MTL Insanity File"- exists the only definitive record of the tragic story of Mary Todd Lincoln's insanity trial. The book that results from these letters and documents addresses several areas of controversy in the life of the widow of Abraham Lincoln; the extent of her illness, the fairness of her trial, and the motives of those who had her committed for treatment. Related issues include the status of women under the law as well as the legal and medical treatment of insanity.


Speculating on the reasons for her mental condition, the authors note that Mrs. Lincoln suffered an extraordinary amount of tragedy in a relatively few years. Three of her four sons died very young, and Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. After the death of her son Willie she maintained a darkly rigorous mourning for nearly three years, prompting the president to warn her that excessive woe might force him to send her to "that large white house on the hill yonder," the government hospital for the insane.


Mrs. Lincoln also suffered anxiety about money, charting an exceptionally erratic financial course. She had spent lavishly during her husband's presidency and at his death found herself deeply in debt. She had purchased trunkful's of drapes to hang over phantom windows, 84 pairs of kid gloves in less than a month, and $3,200 worth of jewelry in the three months preceding Lincoln's assassination. She followed the same erratic course for the rest of her life, creating in herself a tremendous anxiety. She occasionally feared that people were trying to kill her, and in 1873 she told her doctor that an Indian spirit was removing wires from her eyes and bones from her cheeks.


Her son assembled an army of lawyers and medical experts who would swear in court that Mrs. Lincoln was insane. The jury found her insane and in need of treatment in an asylum. Whether the verdict was correct or not, the trial made Mary Lincoln desperate. Within hours of the verdict she would attempt suicide. In a few months she would contemplate murder. Since then every aspect of the trial has been criticized- from the defense attorney to the laws in force at the time. Neely and McMurtry deal with the trial, the commitment o Mary Todd Lincoln, her release, and her second trial. An appendix features letters and fragments by Mrs. Lincoln from the "Insanity File." The book is illustrated by 25 photographs.


Mark E. Neely, Jr., and R. Gerald McMurtry are two of the foremost Lincoln authorities.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 30, 1863


General Orders

No. 384


Complaints having been made of interference by military officers in the running of trains and the transportation of troops and supplies on railroads, such interference is positively prohibited. Any neglect of railroad companies to furnish proper transportation will be promptly reported to the War Department.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General.


Light age toning.

19th century Orange Marbled Hard Rubber $95.00

 

oil portrait - 19th Century Maine Ship B $450.00

 

The Insanity File; The Case of Mary Todd

 

1863 Order Regarding the Running of Rail

<b>of Prostitution</b>


2 pages, 4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

December 7, 1863


General Orders

No. 389


I. Before a General Court Martial, which convened at St. Louis, Missouri, August 26, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders, No. 28, dated Headquarters, St. Louis District, St. Louis, Missouri, July 23, 1863, and of which Lieutenant Colonel S.S. Curtis, 3d Colorado Infantry, is President, was arraigned and tried-


Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry.


Charge I. Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.


Specification- In this; that he, Second Lieutenant John Miller, of Company D, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, <b><i>did engage in selling liquors and keeping and attending bar in a house of prostitution and ill fame; and this in the uniform, and while wearing the emblems of his rank and position as an officer, of the volunteer service of the United States.</b></i> This in the city of St. Louis, Missouri, on or about the 30th day of March, 1863.


Charge II. Absence without leave.


Specification- In this; that he, Second Lieutenant John Miller, of Company D, 14th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, did absent himself from his camp and Company at Camp Peoria, at Peoria, Illinois, without leave of absence from his Commanding Officer, and did so remain absent till on or about the 30th day of March, 1863, when he was arrested in St. Louis, Missouri. This on or about the 28th day of February, 1863.


To which charges and specifications the accused, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, pleaded, Not Guilty.


Finding


The Court, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, finds the accused, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, as follows:


Charge I. Of the Specification, Guilty, except the word "keeping."


Of the Charge- Guilty.


Charge II


Of the Specification- Not Guilty


Of the Charge- Not Guilty


Sentence


And the Court does therefore sentence him, Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, To be dismissed the service; to forfeit all pay and allowances now due or may become due him from the Government; and to be forever disqualified from holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States; this sentence to be published in the public journals of St. Louis, Missouri, and Peoria, Illinois. 


II. The proceedings of the Court in the above case have been approved by the proper Commanders, and forwarded for the action of the President of the United States. The sentence awarded Second Lieutenant John Miller, 14th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, is approved, except so much of it as inflicts forfeiture of pay and disqualification for holding any office of trust or profit under the Government of the United States, which, not being authorized by the Article of War under which the accused was convicted and sentenced, is disapproved. 


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very desirable. Interesting document highlighting the legal mind of President Lincoln, the lawyer, who this case was forwarded to for his action. Lincoln realized that part of the sentence pronounced on Lieutenant Miller was not authorized under the Articles of War, and it was thus eliminated from his sentence. Rare.   


March 3, 1863. Bust of George Washington. VG.  


July 17, 1862. Bust of Thomas Jefferson. Receivable for postage stamps at any Post Office in the U.S. VG.  This is a beautiful Mandarin weave Art Deco Chinese design rug from the 1910s. It measures 8'11" x 11'6". It has a dusty rose to pink field with eight wreaths of flowering vines and scattered flower blossoms. This is all encompassed with a striking lemon yellow border with flower heads in purple Chinese iconography. The condition is excellent. This rug is clean and ready to go!


Dimensions:  107 in. (271.78 cm)W x 138 in. (350.52 cm)H

Court Martial of Officer For Selling Liq $95.00

 

1863 United States 10 Cents Note $25.00

 

1862 United States 5 Cents Postage Curre $25.00

 

6971 Art Deco Chinese Rug circa 1910 $6500.00

<b>for the U.S. Signal Corps</b>


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 5, 1863


General Orders

No. 388


The following named enlisted men having passed the examination prescribed in paragraph 4 of General Orders No. 106, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, dated April 28, 1863, are, in accordance with authority granted in paragraph 11 of same Order, transferred to the Signal Corps, U.S. Army, and will be dropped from the rolls of their respective Regiments, and will report without arms, and with descriptive lists, to the Commanding Officer, Signal Camp of Instruction, Georgetown, D.C.:


Sergeant Charles S. Page, Battery M, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Sergeant William H. Sherman, Company D, 4th New York Heavy Artillery


Corporal Charles Price, Battery G, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Henry A. Webster, Company I, 15th Massachusetts Volunteers


Private John Hudgen, Company D, 12th Pennsylvania Reserve Volunteer Corps


Private George H. Stone, Battery M, 2d Artillery, Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Joseph N. Chums, Company K, 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Nathan A. Perkins, Company D, 18th Massachusetts Volunteers


Private Doam B. Colcord, Company G, 18th Maine Volunteers


Private Thomas F.Reyner, Company M, 112th Pennsylvania Volunteers


Private Alfred Godfrey, Company F, 17th Connecticut Volunteers, who will report to Captain L.B. Norton, Chief Signal Officer, Army of the Potomac.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning.   


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 9, 1863


General Orders

No. 391


Commanders of Departments are authorized to grant furloughs to enlisted men in the General Hospitals within the lines of their command, upon the approval of the Medical Director or Chief Medical Officer. The number allowed to be absent at one time to be limited to five (5) per cent, and the period not to exceed thirty (30) days, and to be graduated according to the distances of the applicant from his home. The good conduct of the applicant to be made the rule of the Medical Officers in recommending the furloughs.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with vignette of sailing ships, light house and men rowing in a boat. Caption: "The "Union Boys" after Jeff Davis's Pirates, Off Charleston Harbor." 5 1/2 x 3.  


Roy Meredith, 350 Brady Photographs, Dover Publications, Inc., New York, large 8 1/4 x 11 1/4 format, soft covers, 368 pages, brand new condition. A must for every Civil War library!


<u>Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man; Mathew B. Brady</u>


Mathew Brady, one of the foremost early American photographers and one of the earliest war photographers, was "official photographer" for the Union Army in the Civil War. With his assistants and his horse drawn photographic wagon, Brady accompanied the troops and recorded the war firsthand. His war pictures are among the greatest war photographs ever taken, and constitute a prized pictorial record of American history. 


A photographer much in demand by statesman and celebrities, Brady amassed a gallery of distinguished portraits. Most famous of these is the "Brady Lincoln," the photograph used for the engraving of the Lincoln head on the five dollar bill. There are even photographs of Brady himself. But the heart of the book is the Civil War photographs: Battle Smoke, Union Wounded at Fredericksburg, Burnside's Bridge over the Antietam, Death of a Rebel Sniper, Remains of the Dead at Chancellorsville, Embalming Surgeon at Work, Atlanta, Ga. Just After Its Capture, and others. Meredith's text tells the story behind many of the photographs and gives a lively account of Brady's life and times.


In this Dover edition almost all the photographic prints have been reproduced directly from negatives and photographs on file at the Library of Congress- they are sharper and clearer than the reproductions in the first edition; numbers for all negatives are now included- a great boon to Brady picture research; and corrections have been made in the attributions of some of the photographs. 


Second revised, 1974 edition. Corrections. List of negative numbers. Over 300 photographs and other illustrations. [from the back cover of the book].

1863 Orders Naming Soldiers Who Have Pas

 

1863 Orders Regarding Furloughs For Sold

 

The Union Boys After Jeff Davis's Pirate

 

Mr. Lincoln's Camera Man; Mathew B. Brad $35.00




Plate CLIV. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, measures 29 x 18 1/2. Light age toning.

 Imposing American Mahogany Executive Victorian Desk with raised Rosa La Vanta marble panels, ebonzied and gilt details with four columns, detailed spindle gallery, bronze hardware and gold tooled burgundy leather top.  Incised spindle gallery 2 etched glass panels with Victorian/ bird motif.  Spacious kneehole, incredible attention to detail including Hidden returns, and hanging files in large drawers.


Dimensions: 31" H (To the Leather Writing Surface) x 75" W x 40" D 

Leather Writing Surface: 66" W x 33" D (Pull out Surfaces: 14" W x 17" D) 

Knee-hole: 27" H x 33" W x 34" D 

Gallery: 11" H (At Highest Point)  American Victorian library table executed in Walnut and burl with gold tooled leather top, and two functioning drawers.  Detailed stretcher and legs, with gilt and ebonized incised details.  A lovely Thomas Brooks piece, ideal with desk in home or office.


Dimensions:  28" H x 72" W x 30" D  American Victorian walnut dining room table with Gothic Revival influences with (1) original leaf and columnar supports circa 1900. 


The table opens up to 115" W so it can accommodate three leaves total.  The two additional leaves can be made for an additional cost.  


Dimensions(closed): 29" H x 57" W x 51" D


Dimensions(open): 29" H x 76" W x 51" D


Dimensions(leaf): 19.5" W  x 51" long

Topographical Map of Tennessee, Mississi

 

7746 Executive Victorian Desk with Rosa $16500.00

 

12. 7210 19th C. American Victorian Libra $10000.00

 

6931 Gothic Walnut Dining Room Table $3750.00




Trenton, La., May 1st, 1862. Vignette of steamboat in green. J.P. Crosley, Commission and Forwarding Merchant, and Dealer in Western Produce, Groceries, Dry Goods, and Hardware. Will pay to bearer on demand in Confederate or Louisiana Bank Notes, Two Dollars. G-VG. Scarce.


WBTS Trivia: Captain Joseph P. Crosley, (1815-76) was a merchant and planter from Trenton, La., and he served in the Confederate army during the War Between The States.  


Shreveport, March 10, 1863. Personification of the South striking down the Union. Pelican feeding her young at left. Fancy green reverse. Extra fine.  


Milledgeville, Ga., January 15th, 1862. James Oglethorpe in military dress at center. Red overprint at center, with black Treasury Seal on the reverse. Uncirculated condition.  


Milledgeville, April 6th, 1864. Vignette of Moneta seated by chest with States Arms in the background. Very fine.

1862 J. P. Crosley $2 Merchant Note, Tren

 

1863 State of Louisiana $5 Note

 

1862 State of Georgia $5 Note $50.00

 

1864 State of Georgia $5 Note




Milledgeville, Ga., January 1st, 1863. State Arms at bottom. Extra fine.  


Civil War patriotic imprint with spread winged eagle on top of globe with an American flag in its mouth and a riband in its talons with the motto, Forever Wave! Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


Memorandum to correct General Orders, No. 390, dated War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, December 8, 1863.


The employment of either males or females as cooks or nurses is authorized in all General Hospitals.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very small stain at extreme upper right edge.  


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 1, 1863


General Orders

No. 387


The time for enlisting Veteran Volunteers, in the respective States, under the provisions of General Orders, No. 191, current series, from this office, is hereby extended to January 5, 1864.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very small stain at extreme upper right edge.

1863 State of Georgia 5 Cents Note

 

Spread Winged Eagle on Globe With Americ

 

1863 Memorandum Regarding Cooks & Nurses $10.00

 

1863 Order Regarding Enlistment of Veter $7.00

Carved executive desk executed in walnut. Panels and green leather top. Plenty of room for a swivel chair or armchair. This is the best of the best!  


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Full standing view of a Union private wearing a kepi and four button sack coat and posing in front of a backdrop with tent. No imprint. Age toning, scattered staining, and light wear to card.  


Bust of Robert Walker, Secretary of the Treasury, and red seal on obverse. Fancy green reverse. Act of March 3d, 1863. Patented July 23, 1866. Series of 1874. Columbian Bank Note Co., Washington, D.C. Crisp about uncirculated condition.  <b>10 Cents Note</b>


Sing Sing, Sept. 30th, 1862, with vignette of spread winged eagle and American shield at center, Indian brave at left, and maiden at right. Fancy green reverse with "10" inside of a star shaped design. Very fine. Scarce.

7703 Antique American Executive Desk Exe $12500.00

 

CDV Union Civil War Soldier $39.95

 

1874 United States 25 Cents Note

 

1862 Banking Office of C. F. Maurice & Co




Barrytown, N.Y., Nov. 1st, 1862. Vignette of dog at center and maiden at left. Fancy green reverse with "10" inside star shaped design. Imprint of Nathan Lane & Co., 69 Wall St., N.Y. About uncirculated condition. Rare.  


<b>United States Congressman from New York


Civil War Congressman</b>


(1810-73) Graduated from Waterville College in Maine in 1831 and studied law. He was editor of the Portland Advertiser and in 1832 was its Washington correspondent. Served as a member of the Maine State House of Representatives in 1835. He moved to New York City in 1836 and established the New York Daily Express newspaper of which he was the editor in chief, a position he held for the rest of his life. He served in the New York State Assembly in 1847. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1849-53, 1863-66, and 1867-73. He was censured by the U.S. House of Representatives, on February 27, 1873, for attempted bribery in connection with the Credit Mobilier scandal. Member of the New York State Constitutional Convention in 1867. Appointed a Government Director of the Union Pacific Railroad in 1867.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 1/2, in ink, James Brooks, New York.   


<b>United States Congressman from Pennsylvania</b>


(1821-91) Born in Reading, Burks County, Pa., he was one of the founders of the Reading Gazette in 1840. He purchased the Jefferson Democrat and merged the two papers under the name of the Reading Gazette and Democrat. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846. Served as a member of the Pennsylvania State House of Representatives in 1856-57, and was Speaker of the House during the latter year. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1867-73. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 1/2 x 2 1/4, in ink, J. Lawrence Getz, Reading, Pa.  


<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina</b>


(1831-96) Born in Salem (now Winston-Salem) N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1851, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1853, and commenced practice in Salisbury, N.C. He was a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons in 1862 and 1864, and served in the North Carolina State Senate in 1865. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1869-73. Was a delegate to the State Constitutional Convention in 1875. Served as Judge of Rowan County, N.C., in 1877-78. Upon the death of Secretary John C. Burch in the 47th Congress, Shober was appointed Acting Secretary of the Senate, and served from October 24, 1881, to March 3, 1883. He was appointed Chief Clerk of the U.S. Senate in the 54th Congress. Served as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1880 and 1884. Was again a member of the North Carolina Senate in 1887. 


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 3/8, in ink, F.E. Shober, Salisbury, N.C.

1862 Bank of Poughkeepsie, New York, 10

 

Autograph, James Brooks $15.00

 

Autograph, James Lawrence Getz $7.00

 

Autograph, Francis E. Shober $10.00




4 x 6 1/2, imprint. 


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 14, 1863


General Orders

No. 395


The Paymaster General is, under the direction of the Secretary of War, charged with the military responsibility of the Pay Department in all its duties. The subordinate officers, being confined exclusively to the disbursement of public money, are subject only to the orders of the Secretary of War, the Paymaster General, and the senior officers of their own Department, except that they are liable to arrest by the senior officer of the Department, or command, to which they may be assigned for the regular payment of troops. The arrest of a paymaster will be immediately reported to the Paymaster General, in order that the case may be brought before the Secretary of War for such action as he may direct.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine.  


<b>Written by Clark S. Edwards, Colonel of the regiment


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


Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General


"We shall strike our tents about midnight and march into the city and take the boat for Alexandria. We shall go into camp again tomorrow night I think, but do not know certain as this is nothing you can depend on in war, only you will get a good report from me as soon as I get a chance to have a fight, if I do not get killed.    "</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 battle flags 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.


2 plus pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with cover addressed in the hand of Edwards to Bethel, Maine, with partial Washington, D.C.  postmark, and piece of a 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp. 


<b><u>Meridian Hill, [Virginia], July 8th, 1861</b></u>


Dear Wife,


I leave here tonight for Falls Church below Alexandria.  I wrote you this morning but did not know then that we were to leave so soon, but every day brings something new.  We shall strike our tents about midnight and march into the city and take the boat for Alexandria.   We shall go into camp again tomorrow night I think, but do not know certain as this is nothing you can depend on in war, only you will get a good report from me as soon as I get a chance to have a fight, if I do not get killed.  I have not much to write you now only I would say that it is very hot and the Reg. is in confusion.  The Maine 4th is now taking down their tents, leave in a few minutes for the city.  There was a New York Reg. passed here a short time ago.  It is always here.  Nothing else.  Mr. Burbank has just come from Portland.  He has been stopping at Camp Preble with the Maine little Reg.  Lieut. Sawyer left this morning for Portland.  He has had a nice time here, been in the city every day.  The boys that [are] in my Company gave him about sixty dollars.  I cannot write you any more now, but will write you again as soon as I get into camp.  Kiss the children for me & keep yourself easy and I will come home when the war is over. 


The letter is not signed, but you can tell by the way he ends it that it is complete. It came out of a large Civil War period correspondence of Clark S. Edwards and I guarantee it to be written by him. Plus the cover further corroborates the ID. Very fine early war letter written by this gallant and famous Maine officer.  <b>Within the Union lines</b>


2 1/2 pages, 4 x 6 1/2 imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, December 16, 1863


General Orders

No. 397


I..Before a Military Commission, which convened at Fort McHenry, Maryland, October 14, 1863, pursuant to General Orders, No. 78, dated Headquarters, 2d Separate Brigade, 8th Army Corps, Defenses of Baltimore, Fort McHenry, Maryland, October 12, 1863, and of which Colonel P.A. Porter, 8th New York Volunteer Artillery, is President, were arraigned and tried-


1. Daniel Davis, now or late a Lieutenant in the so called Confederate Army.


Charge- "Recruiting men within the lines of the United States forces for the so called Confederate Army."


Specification- "In this; that Daniel Davis, now or late a Lieutenant in the so called Confederate Army, on or about the 18th day of April, 1863, was arrested within the lines of the United States forces, near Clarksburg, Harrison County, State of Virginia, engaged in recruiting men for the said so-called Confederate Army."


To which charge and specification the accused, Daniel Davis, now or late a Lieutenant in the so called Confederate Army, pleaded "Guilty." 


Finding: 


The Commission, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, finds the accused, Daniel Davis, now or late a Lieutenant in the so called Confederate Army, as follows: 


Of the Specification- "Guilty." 

Of the Charge- "Guilty."


Sentence:


And the Commission does therefore sentence him, the said Daniel Davis, "To be confined at hard labor in Fort Warren, or such other prison as the Secretary of War may direct, for the term of fifteen (15) years."


2. Thomas D. Armesy, now or late a Major in the so called Confederate Army.


Charge- "Recruiting men within the lines of the United States forces for the so called Confederate Army."


Specification- "In this; that the said Thomas D. Amrmesy, now or late a Major in the so called Confederate Army, on or about the 18th day of April, A.D., 1863, was arrested within the lines of the United States Army, near Clarksburg, Harrison County, State of Virginia, acting under authority from the War Department of the so called Confederate States of America, conferred by an order of said Department, bearing date, "War Department, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Richmond, Virginia, February 3, 1863, empowering him, the said Armesy, to raise a battalion of volunteers within our lines for the army of the so called Confederate States of America, and that the said Thomas D. Armesy was actually engaged, at the time of his said arrest, and before that date, in recruiting men within the lines of the United States forces for said battalion of volunteers, and for said so called Confederate Army."


To which charge and specifications the accused, Thomas D. Armesy, now or late a Major in the so called Confederate Army, pleaded, "Not Guilty."


Finding:


The Commission, having maturely considered the evidence adduced, finds the accused, Thomas D. Armesy, now or late a Major in the so called Confederate Army, as follows:


Of the Specification- "Guilty."

Of the Charge- "Guilty."


Sentence:


And the Commission does therefore sentence him, the said Thomas D. Armesy, "To be confined at hard labor in Fort Warren, near Boston, or such other prison as the Secretary of War may direct, for the term of fifteen (15) years."


II..The proceedings of the Military Commission in the cases of Daniel Davis and Thomas D. Armesy have been approved by the Brigadier General commanding, and forwarded for the action of the War Department. The sentences are approved, and the prisoners will be sent, under proper guard, to Fort Warren, and delivered to the Commanding Officer.


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Light age toning. Very fine.    


 

     <b>and Men Wounded and Horses Killed in the battle of Gettysburg


Report of losses at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863!


Endorsement Signed by Brevet Brigadier General Charles H. Whittelsey</b>


7 3/4 x 12 1/4, manuscript in ink. 


Voucher No. 1


<i>I certify on honor that on the Second day of July 1863 the Stores Enumerated below were lost under the following circumstances. On the Evening of the 2d inst. while hotly engaged with the Enemy Artillery (at the battle of Gettysburg) in which we lost some ten men wounded and twelve horses killed, we were compelled by a flank movement of the Enemy's Infantry to change position under fire, and it being dark were unable to bring these stores off the field.</i>


One Sponge Bucket

Four Tar Buckets Iron

Six Gutta Percha Watering Buckets

Three Fuze Gouges

Two Gunners Haversacks

Three Trail Handspikes

Four Priming Wires

Four Light 12 pdr. Sponges & Rammers

One Worm & Staff

Nineteen Curry Combs

Nineteen Horse Brushes

One Axle Body (complete)

One No. 1 Wheel

Twelve Wheel Traces

Twenty Six Whips

Five Felling Axes

Three Pick Axes

Six Spades 


Sd. E.B. Dow, Lt. Comg. 6 Me. Bty.


The undersigned, being duly sworn, deposes and says that he is cognizant of the facts as above set forth, and that they are correct to the best of his knowledge and belief.


John G. Deane

Sergeant in Charge of Ordnance Stores


Sworn to and subscribed before me, at Brandy Station, Va., this 21st day of January 1864,

 

C.H. Whittelsey, Capt. & A.A.G.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine.


Extremely desirable 6th Maine Battery and Gettysburg related document! It describes the circumstances of how the battery lost the equipment listed on this voucher on the Gettysburg battlefield while "hotly engaged with the enemy's artillery" on the evening of July 2, 1863. It also states the number of men wounded, and horses killed!


<u>Edwin B. Dow</u>: Was a 26 year old resident of Portland, Maine, when he enlisted on February 6, 1862, and was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Maine Light Artillery. He would rise to the rank of Captain, and at Gettysburg his name would be etched forever in stone as commander of Dow's 6th Maine Battery. Dow's Battery was Battery F of the 6th Maine Light Artillery, and was part of the 4th Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve. Dow was attached to Freeman McGilvery's 1st Volunteer Brigade during most of the battle of Gettysburg. Thrown into action on July 2nd as the Union Third Corps withdrew, the battery fought east of the Trostle Farm. It later relocated to Cemetery Ridge, where it participated in the heroic action of July 3rd. The battery brought four 12 pounder Napoleon guns into the battle, and lost none. In the U.S. Adjutant General's Report on Gettysburg, it said that Dow's Battery indeed played a pivotal role in the outcome of the war. At Gettysburg, under the command of Lieutenant Edwin B. Dow, the battery won an enviable reputation. It stemmed the Rebel onset when the 3rd Corps fell back. Success was due to the fact that the battery was well directed and produced rapid fire, which both broke the Rebel column and also prevented the Confederates from securing the guns of two batteries they had previously captured. Dow's Battery was just six cannons; four 12 pound brass Napoleons, and two 10 pound parrot rifles. Many of the other units in the area had run short of ammunition, but Dow's Battery had been held back as a reserve unit and they were fresh and ready for action, and had plenty of ammunition. Then, on that fateful, sultry Friday afternoon of July 3, 1863, Dow's Battery were among the gallant Union soldiers positioned on Cemetery Ridge ready to defend their country from the onslaught of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. What happened next was some of the most vicious and brutal fighting that took place during the entire Civil War. The Pennsylvania farmlands ran red with the blood of the blue and the gray, and when the smoke of battle cleared the flower of General Lee's Army was destroyed in what became forever immortalized as Pickett's Charge!    


<u>Charles H. Whittelsey</u>: (1832-71) Born in New Haven, Conn., and an 1853 graduate of Yale University, his first Civil War experience came as a lieutenant in the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery in 1862. He later served on the staffs of General Robert O. Tyler, and General Horatio G. Wright. He received promotion to brevet major for his services in the 1864 campaign before Richmond, Va. and the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign; brevet lieutenant colonel for gallantry in the battles before Petersburg, Va.; and colonel for gallantry in the Appomattox campaign; and brevet brigadier general for his gallant Civil War service.


<u>John G. Deane</u>: Was an 18 year old resident of Portland, Maine, when he enlisted as a private on September 3, 1862, and was mustered into the 6th Maine Light Artillery. He rose to the rank of sergeant in 1863, 2nd lieutenant in 1864, served for a time on the staff of Major Hazard, and was mustered out of the service on June 17, 1865.

1863 Order Regarding the Paymaster Gener $10.00

 

5th Maine Infantry Letter $85.00

 

Court Martial of Confederate Officers Fo

 

6th Maine Battery Report of Artillery Eq $750.00




<b>War Date Document Signed


Ordnance Requisition for the famous 6th Maine Battery who helped repulse Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg!


Also signed by Gettysburg hero Lieutenant William H. Rogers, 6th Maine Battery</b>


<u>John C. Tidball</u>; (1825-1906) Born in Ohio County, [West] Virginia, he graduated from West Point in 1848, and was a career Army officer. Tidball served throughout the Civil War being brevetted several times for gallantry on the battlefield. <i>He was also personally complimented by President Abraham Lincoln for his bravery and conspicuous conduct at the battle of Gettysburg,</i> where he was in command of the Second Brigade, Horse Artillery under General Alfred Pleasanton. He served in most of the major campaigns in the Eastern Theatre of the war, from the 1st battle of Bull Run, through the siege of Petersburg, and fall of Richmond. At the outbreak of hostilities, he served as captain in the 2nd New York Artillery, and after the promotion of William F. Barry, he became the unit's commander. Tidball served with what became known as the "flying artillery" with his battery attached to the famed U.S. Horse Artillery Brigade serving from its inception in 1861 until June 1863. With slow advancement in the ranks of the regular U.S. Army, especially the artillery, Tidball sought higher responsibilities and accepted a commission in the U.S. Volunteers as Colonel of the 4th New York Artillery, in August 1863. He later commanded the artillery of the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac during the Overland Campaign, including the bloody battle of the Wilderness. He took a brief respite from the field and served as commandant of cadets at the U.S. Military Academy from July through September 1864, and then returned to active field duty leading the artillery of the Ninth Corps from October 1864 until April 1865 during the Appomattox Campaign. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general on March 13, 1865, having earned brevets for gallantry at the battles of Gaines Mills, Va.; and Antietam, Md.; during the battles of the Po; Spotsylvania Court House; and the operations before Petersburg, and Richmond, Va.; including action at Forts Stedman and Sedgwick, Va. He continued to serve in the regular U.S. Army after the Civil War, retiring in 1889. He was the son-in-law of Union Major General Napoleon J.T. Dana. John C. Tidball is buried at the Post Cemetery at West Point, Section 25, Row B, Grave 35.


<u>Lieutenant William H. Rogers</u>: Was a 21 year old resident of Stockton, Maine, when he enlisted as a private, on May 28, 1861, and was mustered into Co. B, 2nd Maine Infantry. He was discharged for promotion on February 18, 1862, and commissioned 2nd lieutenant, of the 6th Maine Battery. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant, on March 12, 1863, and took over command of the battery some time in 1864. He was promoted to captain, on February 15, 1865, and mustered out of the service on June 17, 1865.


<u>Gettysburg Trivia</u>: During the battle of Gettysburg, Captain Edwin B. Dow, commanding the 6th Maine Battery, gave Lieutenant William H. Rogers credit for saving several cannons on the battlefield. Dow stated in his battle report, "I was ably seconded by Lieutenant Rogers, to whom we owe much of our success." According to Captain Dow, Rogers ventured out after the repulse of the Confederates and discovered abandoned cannon. They belonged to Watson's Fifth U.S. Artillery, and had fallen into the hands of the enemy early in the action. Dow summoned as many men as he could spare and sent them out under Lieutenant Rogers command to bring the guns back. "With the aid of the Garibaldi Guard, of New York, Rogers brought off, under a fire from the enemy's sharpshooters, four 3-inch rifled guns and two limbers," Dow reported, "which we immediately limbered on our caissons and ran to the rear." Captain Dow credited the heroic actions of Lieutenant Rogers and the men of the 6th Maine Battery with saving the guns in his official battle report. On the next day, July 3, 1863, the Sixth Maine Battery gallantly participated in the devastating repulse of Pickett's Charge, and then went on to serve in all of the major campaigns of the Army of the Potomac.


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 8 1/2 x 13 3/4, two sided, imprinted form, filled out in ink. Requisition for Ordnance and Ordnance Stores for the use of Company Sixth Maine Regiment Battery, commanded by 1st Lt. Wm. H. Rogers. Station: Fort McGilvery, Va. Corps and Dept.: Ninth Corps. Date: December 2, 1864. Number of Men in the Command: 1 Sergeant, 2 Musicians and 167 Corporals and Privates. The Articles named are an Elevating Box and Rear Assembly Bolt for 12 pounder cannon. It is noted that these articles are to replace articles broken & worn out in the service. Signed by Wm. H. Rogers, 1st Lieut., Comd. 6th Maine Batty., and Jno. C. Tidball, Col., Commanding Brig. Light age toning and wear. Very desirable Gettysburg related signatures. Very desirable Union artillery battery.       



 


By Ruth Painter Randall. Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1953. Hard cover, with dust jacket, 399 pages. Light wear and edge tears to the dust jacket, pages are evenly age toned. Solid and clean condition, very fine.


Mary Todd Lincoln is probably the most maligned of famous women in our nation's history. The truth about the President's wife has for years been hidden under a mountain of myth built up largely by Lincoln's biographer and law partner, William H. Herndon. Now for the first time the true woman beneath that myth is presented in a warmly sympathetic biography based on new research. When the veil of legend surrounding her is torn aside, an entirely new picture of a woman and a marriage emerges.


People said Lincoln really loved Ann Rutledge, that his marriage was a cross he had to bear, that he had tried to avoid it, that his wife hurt him politically though she drove him to the Presidency, that she embarrassed him financially as well as socially and inflicted on him agony of adjustment to her psychopathic personality. Here is the evidence which restores Mary Todd Lincoln to her rightful place in history and in the affections of the American people- as a wife and mother who possessed, and fully earned, the love and admiration of her husband.


Through the eyes of the people who knew the Lincolns, through the long lost telegrams and letters they sent each other, this is the story of their day to day family life together. It begins with Springfield, Illinois, and the stormy Lincoln courtship. Then they are married and neighbors come to visit. Mr. Lincoln comes to the door in shirt sleeves, wearing an apron. But often he is off riding the legal circuit and Mary sits at home alone. Lincoln is elected to the Presidency and the Lincolns enter the excitement and fear of wartime Washington. 


Now Mary must entertain not her Springfield friends, but the official friends and opponents of the Administration. She refurnishes the White House and spends more than her $20,000 appropriation- much to her sorrow and Mr. Lincoln's. And a far deeper sorrow overwhelms the Lincolns when their beloved son Willie takes sick and dies. Mary is grief stricken; the days when Mr. Lincoln reports that she "is not well" become more frequent. Finally, Ford's Theatre, and the Presidential couple sit, holding hands, in the last minutes of Mr. Lincoln's life. Alone, Mary travels to Europe and back. For years Congress delays giving her the pension she feels she deserves. And even her son Robert turns against her and she is tried twice for her "insanity." Then at last she returns to her home in Springfield.      This  wonderful jeweler made Civil War silver 19th Army Corps badge measures approximately 1 3/16 inch square and sports a tintype image of its’ owner in the center where the division color would usually be seen.  The piece came out accompanied by three 31st Massachusetts Regimental Association ribbons and we surmise that the original owner placed the Civil War photograph in his old corps badge for post war wear at Association reunions.   A desirable piece in excellent all original condition and still accompanied by the 1883, 1884 and 1885 31st Mass. Regimental Association reunion ribbons.  An especially nice item for the Port Hudson enthusiast.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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By Ruth Painter Randall, Published by Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1955. Hard cover, no dust jacket, 270 pages, bibliography, illustrated, very fine.


From the Foreword:


After I had completed "Mary Lincoln; Biography of a Marriage," it seemed logical to continue the narrative of the Lincoln family with a special study of the second generation. This book attempts to recover, strictly from historical evidence, the personalities and lives of the sons of Abraham and Mary Lincoln. It is the story of four boys born into a typical American family in the eighteen forties and fifties and their growing up, first in a primitive little town in Illinois and then in the White House, the storm center of the nation engaged in a great civil war. It was against the backdrop of one of the most colorful and dramatic periods of our history that these young personalities developed and family relationships were maintained.


After the assassination of Lincoln the strangely tangled lives of the eldest and youngest sons are followed to the end. The last three chapters are devoted to the later life of the enigmatic Robert Lincoln. The main events are given and I have tried to answer the questions people usually ask about him. The primary purpose here is to present Robert Lincoln's personality through its varying phases to its ripe maturity and to deal with that personality in relation to his father and mother. The fact that he was his father's son conditioned his whole life. The question could be raised as to whether Abraham Lincoln did not have more effect upon Robert after his death than he did while living.


One of the leading topics of the book is Lincoln as a father. When I adjusted the focus of my study on the Lincoln sons and attempted to relegate the father and mother to a minor role as mere parents, I found that Mr. Lincoln firmly refused to take a back seat. His fatherhood was so basic a part of his life that he remained prominently in the picture.


Ruth Painter Randall

Urbana, Illinois

February 1955

Autograph, General John C. Tidball $195.00

 

Mary Lincoln, Biography of a Marriage

 

31st Mass. Vol. Infantry 19th ARMY CORPS $995.00

 

Lincoln's Sons




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