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<b>United States Senator from Virginia and West Virginia


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1811-1900) Born in Monongalia County, Va., he graduated from Madison College in 1831, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1833 and commenced practice in Morgantown, Va. (now West Virginia). He was appointed clerk of the county court of Monongalia County in 1841 and later clerk of the circuit superior court and held both positions until 1852. He was a delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention in 1850 and 1851. Elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate from Virginia to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of James M. Mason and served from July 9, 1861, to March 3, 1863. He was the chairman of the Committee on Enrolled Bills. Was a delegate to the State constitutional convention of West Virginia and upon the admission of West Virginia as a State in the Union, he was elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate. He was reelected in 1865 as a Republican and served from August 4, 1863, to March 3, 1871, which included the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was chairman of the Committee on Engrossed Bills, and served on the Committee on Patents and the Patent Office.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 7/8, in ink, W.T. Willey, West Va.   


8 pages. IMPORTANT FROM CHARLESTON. Arrival of the Mary Sanford with News to Saturday. Rebel Reports to Tuesday. Our Forces Expecting Batteries on the Upper End of Morris Island. Forts Moultrie and Johnson Firing on the Working Parties. Explosion of a Rebel Magazine, The Military and Naval Situation in Charleston Harbor. The Failure of the Gallant Attack on Fort Sumter. Alleged Barbarity of Beauregard. Details of Operations. The Storming of Fort Sumter. How the Enterprise Was Planned and Why it Failed. Gallantry of Our Naval Forces. Inhuman Threats From Beauregard. Torpedoes at Fort Wagner. How the Negroes Fight. B.C. Tilghman of the Third U.S.C.I. Writes from Morris Island. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. The Position on the Rapidan Unchanged. One Hundred and Fifty Prisoners Taken by Gen. Pleasanton. A Military Suggestion as to Lee's Movements. Perils of General Burnside's Army. Our Cavalry Operations. Gen. Pleasanton's Advance. Gen. Rosecrans' Army. Rebel Reports of the Situation. Skirmishing Near Dalton and Lafayette. A General Engagement Expected. Reported Junction With Burnside. A Voice From North Carolina. An Eloquent Plea for Peace and Reconstruction. A Declaration that it will be Better to Live with than Under the Northern People. The Subjugation of Mississippi and Louisiana Acknowledged. General Lee Stumping the North. The Rebel Military Movement. Parrott Guns Modern Artillery. Gen. Dix and Gov. Seymour. Employment of Slaves in the Army, and more war news. Some edge chipping at extreme left border which does not affect any of the content. Very fine 1863 issue.        Inscribed on the fly,<B><I>C. G. GOULD / Washington, D.C.</B></I>, this 1864 Vermont Adjutant & Inspector General’s report was acquired from the Vermont estate library of Major Charles Gilbert Gould, <U>Congressional Medal of Honor</U> recipient who served in the <B>5th Vermont Infantry</B> and the <B>11th Vermont Infantry </B>.  The original 1864 publication covers the period between October 1, 1863 and October 1, 1864.  The book is leather bound at the spine with board covers and remains in excellent original condition, tight at the spine with no rips, tears, folds, stains or loose pages.  The cover and spine show evidence of period use and handling yet with no major issues and is sound at the spine with no splits or separations in the leather.  (Our illustrations will best describe condition.)  Both a personalized relic of a Civil War Medal of Honor hero and wonderful resource on all Civil War related Vermont <I>goings on</I> in the period to include recruiting, Vermont troop action in the field, killed wounded & missing totals, Commander reports by Regiment, Regimental Rosters with individual particulars and more.  

       Charles G. Gould enlisted 8/13/62 as a Private of Co. G 5th Vermont Infantry; promoted to Cpl. 12/27/63; Sgt. Mjr. 2/12/64; and was commissioned Lt. Co F of the 5th Vt. Vols. before transferring on 12/22/1864 to be commissioned into  Co. E  11th Vermont Vol. Infantry.  Wounded 4/2/1865 at Petersburg, Virginia Gould was awarded the Medal of Honor for Gallantry in assault and capture of Petersburg on that date. He was promoted Major 4/2/1865 by Brevet. Mustered Out on 6/19/1865.   

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 Our photos will likely do best in describing this exceptionally nice Victorian era microscope.  Unmarked as to maker, the microscope remains in fine, as new condition.  Its original 8 x 3 7/8 x 3 hinged case remains in solid condition and is pleasing to the eye while it does offer evidence of age and period use.  A nice item for the optical enthusiast, this old Victorian microscope will set in well with period scientific or medical collectables.  <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!

Autograph, Waitman T. Willey $25.00

 

The New York Times, September 17, 1863 $45.00

 

1864 Vermont Adjt. & Ins. Gen. Report of $235.00

 

cased Victorian MICROSCOPE $125.00

Our illustrations will do best to describe the sharp focus, crisp contrast and overall condition of this just pre or early Civil War  cased 6th plate ambrotype.  A Maine find where late 1850s and early Civil War issue forage caps of the  configuration and light color as is worn by our subject were in vogue, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG  / Uniforms of Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field) this image of a well-dressed young boy in oversized military cut forage cap and ivory headed walking stick will lay in well with any Civil War era grouping and will be of special interest to the just post and early Civil War enthusiast as well as the collector of children photos of that period.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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 All in nice original condition save two or three small fraying spots to the braided cord as evidence of period use and originality. (see photos)  Complete and eye appealing, retaining its original soft infantry blue without the usual fading to blue / gray as is so common with these infantry cords, this turn of the century U. S. Army issue aiguillette will make a nice companion piece with a period infantry spike helmet without spending a lot of money.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Now and again we are fortunate enough to acquire a special item we have had before thus affording us the opportunity of renewed enjoyment in owning an especially nice relic and placing it in an appreciative home.    The offering of this all original excavated silver identification badge is just such a case. As recovered at Deep Bottom, Virginia and as photographed and illustrated in Wm. C. Davis’s  best-selling publication <I>Battlefields of the Civil War</I>, our illustrations should do best to describe the physical characteristics of this wonderful old silver badge so we will focus here on the service history of the <B>183rd Pennsylvania Infantry </B> troop who wore it until he was <U>wounded and lost his badge at Deep Bottom</U>.  <B>John S. Clark</B> mustered in on  November 12, 1863 as a Private in Co. C, of the  183rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry.  The Regiment was in its’ infancy with official organizational efforts only about to commence.  Though his health never seemed to be good and with frequent bouts of hospitalization for maladies to include typhoid fever and gonorrhea, Clark  remained with the 183rd P. V. I. until he mustering out with the Regiment on July 13, 1865.  During Pvt. Clark’s term of service the 183rd PVI  saw action in campaigns from the <B>Rapidan</B> to the <B>James River</B>  The hard fought 183rd P.V.I. saw action at the <B> Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Po River,  Spotsylvania Court House, Assault on the Salient, North Anna River, Totopotomoy, Cold Harbor and Petersburg</B>.  Clark’s regiment was present at the <B>Siege of Petersburg</B> and participated in action at <B> Jerusalem Plank Road, Weldon Railroad</B> and at <B>Deep Bottom</B> where per <U>records now in the National Archives</U>, Pvt. Clark was wounded.  It was here at Deep Bottom sometime before the wounded soldier was moved North to be hospitalized that Clark’s silver identification badge separated from the breast of his Army  blue coat and would lay where it fell until being<U> recovered in 1983 by veteran <I>digger</I> Civil War historian, John Duggan of Virginia.</U>   The history of the exact circumstances of the Clark’s loss of the little silver shield will, at this point, have to be left to supposition though further research could shed more light on the likelihood, based on the condition of the badge, that it came free from Clark’s breast when struck and wounded to the degree that he would not return to his Regiment until March or April 1865. (Records indicate that he was a patient at the 1st Division Field Hospital, Virginia.)  The particulars of Clark’s wounds suffered at Deep Bottom are key to completion of the story of the inscribed silver shield that would fall at Deep Bottom, Virginia where it would lie for decades before discovery and ultimately being featured in Wm. C. Davis’s – <I>BATTLEFIELDS of the CIVIL WAR</I> .    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>  <b>from Secession to Surrender</b>


Expanding and Revising the Earlier Works of Marjorie Crandall & Richard Harwell. By T. Michael Parish & Robert M. Willingham, Jr. Jenkins Publishing Co., Austin, Texas & Gary A. Foster, Katonah, N.Y. No publication year, but circa late 1980's I believe. Hard cover book with gray dust jacket and blue imprinted title information with a firing cannon with full color 1st Confederate National flag on the front cover. 991 pages, index, illustrated. Some minor wear and light age toning to the dust jacket. The book itself is extremely tight, clean and in like new condition. Out of print.


The first definitive bibliography of Confederate imprints, this formidable reference work will prove indispensable to all scholars, libraries, collectors, and booksellers interested in the Civil War era. Completely revising, correcting, and extending by forty percent the imprints listed in the standard works of Marjorie Crandall and Richard Harwell, the new "Confederate Imprints" provides a detailed listing of 9,500 books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, pictorial prints, and sheet music produced throughout the South during the war, including Texas and all Confederate held territory in the Trans-Mississippi West.


A comphrehensive index, the first of its kind, provides references to all authors, titles, proper names, major subjects, printers, and places of publication. Location references are given for holdings of imprints in hundreds of libraries across the country, as well as many private collections. A useful appendix provides complete cross references to Crandall and Harwell numbers that correspond to new numbers.


Printed on acid free paper, Smyth sewn, and cloth bound.

6th plate ambrotype – Boy in early (gray $135.00

 

Indian Wars / Spanish American War - U. $85.00

 

'Battlefields of the Civil War' featured $895.00

 

Confederate Imprints; A Bibliography of




Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Light age toning. Fine illustration of "Little Mac" one of the commanders-in-chief of the Union Army during the Civil War.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   <b>of the Soldiers' of the Northwest


Written on Third Annual Encampment, Soldiers' Reunion Northwest imprinted letter sheet</b>


8 1/4 x 10 3/4, imprinted letter sheet, filled out in bold pencil hand on the reverse by General Hiram Hilliard.


Headquarters, Third Annual Encampment, Soldiers' Reunion Northwest. President's Office, 103 State Street, Chicago, Ill., 1880. Includes vignette in red of G.A.R. membership badge, and list of officers printed in blue.


The letter written by General Hilliard is what I believe to be a mock battle communication written to General S.B. Sherer. It was not uncommon for the veteran Civil War soldiers who attended these reunions to put on a mock battle for the education and enjoyment of the people attending the encampment. 


The letter reads as follows:


Fort Lee, near Galesburg, Ill.

August 6, 1880


General S.B. Sherer

Comdg. Federal forces


General,


Having defended the position I hold with a persistence unparalled and having exhausted my supplies and finding that you are about to organize an assault upon my works, in order to spare the effusion of blood consequent upon such an assault which will prove equally destructive to both sides, I have been constrained to enquire as to the terms you are prepared to make should I see proper to surrender.


I Am Sir Very Respectfully,

Your Obt. Servant,

H. Hilliard

Maj. Gen. Comdg.


It is my opinion that the lines drawn on the imprinted side of the sheet represent Hilliard's position, or works as he describes them, at the top, and Sherer's troops, or battle line, at the bottom.


Light age toning and wear. Very fine and desirable imprinted letter sheet with some very neat content.  


Samuel B. Sherer, the recipient of this communication, was a resident of Aurora, Illinois, when he enlisted on August 20, 1861, as a 1st Lieutenant, and was commissioned into Jenks Company, Illinois Independent Cavalry. He was promoted to Captain, July 9, 1862. On December 15, 1862, he was transferred into Co. I, 15th Illinois Cavalry; promoted to Major, July 29, 1863, and mustered out of service on August 25, 1864. After the war he was prominent in G.A.R. affairs, and was a General in the Illlinois National Guard.


Hiram Hilliard, who sent this communication, was a resident of Chicago, and fought as major of the 17th Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. He ended the war with rank of lieutenant colonel.  


<b>Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!


"I wish you could be here for a few days to see how many ways the boys have to help pass away the time for it is mighty tiresome some times for the want of something to do.  You may see some writing letters, some reading, some playing cards, some playing dominoes, others playing marbles or ball, some dancing, playing the fiddle, some scuffling, some playing chess which is the only game that I have ever played since I have been out here."</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his daughter. 


<b><u>Fort Ackenoe, June 9th, 1863</b></u>


Margy J. Lupton


Dear Daughter,


In reply to your letter of the 5th which I recd. this afternoon and which I read with delight for it does me lots of good to get a letter from my children, I will just say that I am well and was glad to hear that you were better than you were when Mother wrote, and I am in hopes that you will soon be well again.  I was sorry to hear that John was so bad, but I am in hopes that he may soon get well and was also sorry to hear of E. Tipton’s sickness.  Well Sis I should have been very glad to have stepped in and eat supper with you but did not start in time.  Well Sis our pay rolls has come and we have to sign them so I will have to quit till morning.

  

<b>Wednesday, June 10th- 3 o’clock morning</b>


Well Sis being on guard and having a little time between visiting the pickets I thought that I would finish this letter while all was quiet the most of them being asleep.  Matt Harris is on guard outside of our tent so there is no danger of being surprised or disturbed.  Well we will    get a little more money this morning I expect and I was in hopes that I would get to come home, but for the present it seems doubtful, but I hope it will not be long before I get home.  I must stop and go and wake up the guards as it is half past three o’clock and the second relief has to go on guard.  Well I have waked them up.  It is pretty hard on men to have to get up every 2 or 3 hours and go on guard, and I tell you I don’t like it a bit myself.  I would much rather be at home and wait on you when you are sick for then it would seem like I was doing some good, but to get up every other night at 1 o’clock and sometimes every night, and wander about in the dark is what I don’t like.  There is nine of our men that goes to three places, 3 in a place, and one stands and watches for two hours while the other two lay down on the ground and goes to sleep, and when his time is out he wakes one of the others up and he lays down, and that is the way they do every night.  Sometimes when we wake them up they will say it is not their turn and that they have not been in bed more than half an hour.  The time goes so much faster while they are asleep than it does when they are awake, but enough of standing guard for this time.  I wish you could be here for a few days to see how many ways the boys have to help pass away the time for it is mighty tiresome some times for the want of something to do.  You may see some writing letters, some reading, some playing cards, some playing dominoes, others playing marbles or ball, some dancing, playing the fiddle, some scuffling, some playing chess which is the only game that I have ever played since I have been out here, and that not much.  Well Sis it is getting day light and I must bring my letter to a close for I don’t think you can read what I have wrote for my pen is not good and I am nervous so good by Sis.  Kiss Mother and the baby for your Pop and may the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving Father.  Write often.


Lieut. Lupton           


Light age toning and wear. Very interesting content describing how the picket guards are posted as well as how the soldiers entertain themselves in camp. 


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.     


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Antietam campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major campaigns. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, and artifacts. 


To compile this volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from a network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. William F. Goodhue of the 3d Wisconsin Infantry described his fellow soldiers at dawn on the day of the Battle of Antietam: "How pallied were the faces of all, with unkempt hair, thus giving them the appearance almost, of wildmen. They did not have the rosy hues of days in the past when arising from the clean and restful bed under the home roof, yet these men standing in battleline were scarcely old enough to be men and voters at home. They had grimy, sallow features and muscular bodies, lean and gaunt as hounds...for this was their third campaign since the spring flowers had bloomed." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the Union armies to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials" drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled. Travel was tedious, with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 


So you hold in your hands living testimony from the battlefields on the route of Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North. As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was the shattering experience that was the Antietam campaign.


Cover Photograph: Several days after the battle, Federal soldiers relax by a dead tree on the Mumma farm. At the foot of the tree is the new grave of Private John Marshall of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry.


WBTS Trivia: September 17, 1862, the day the battle of Antietam was fought, (called the Battle of Sharpsburg in the South) was the bloodiest single day in all of American history!

General George B. McClellan $8.00

 

Battlefield Communication From 1880 Enca $35.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $95.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Antietam $50.00




<b>Served in the 148th Pennsylvania Infantry


Wounded twice during the Civil War and had his hand amputated!


Pennsylvania State Congressman


Autograph Letter Signed with cover</b>


Meyer was a 21 year old resident of Rebersburg, Pa., when he enlisted on August 25, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. A, 148th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was wounded in action on May 3, 1863, at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va. He was promoted to corporal on November 16, 1863. He was wounded a second time this coming on May 10, 1864, at the battle of Po River, Va., which resulted in the amputation of his left hand. He was discharged for wounds on September 10, 1864, at Campbell Hospital, Washington, D.C. After the war he served as a Pennsylvania State Congressman. 


<u>Autographed Letter Signed</u>: 5 1/2 x 9, in ink, on imprinted Pennsylvania House of Representatives letter sheet with State seal and his name and district printed at the top. Comes with the original imprinted cover with House of Representatives, State of Pennsylvania, Henry Meyer, Centre County, and State seal, C.D.S., Harrisburg, Pa., Feb. 12, with 3 cents green George Washington postage stamp. Addressed in the hand of Henry Meyer, to his wife, Mrs. Mattie J. Meyer, Rebersburg, Centre County, Pa.


Harrisburg, Pa. 

Feb. 10, 1883


Dear Mattie,


We had a Saturday's session today, but about seventy five members were absent, nearly all have gone home now. It is snowing fast tonight and no doubt till tomorrow there will be a deep snow. Brechbil and I had bad luck on Monday, his horse fell and broke a shaft of the sleigh. I suppose I will get to Coburn next Saturday till noon- or till 10 o'clock A.M. If our horse will be fit to drive then. Suppose you ask Woodling about it, and if Birds' eyes are not bad, perhaps he could send some one for me. There is nothing new. Please drop a note.


Yours &c,


H. Meyer


Very fine letter and cover with nice Pennsylvania House of Representatives imprints.

 


8 pages. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. Continued Advance of the Cavalry. Fighting at the Rapidan. Our Passage at Raccoon Ford Disputed. The Main Body of the Rebels Reported at Richmond. The Cars Running to Culpepper. THE SIEGE OF CHARLESTON. Important Reports. Half of James Island Said to be in Our Possession. A White Flag Flying Over Fort Moultrie. Two Monitors Lying Between Sumter and Moultrie. PRESIDENT'S PROCLAMATION. The Habeas Corpus Suspended Throughout the United States in Certain Specified Cases By the President of the United States. [Signed in print by Abraham Lincoln].  The Rebel Rams and Pirates. The Rebel Pirates. Ironclads in the Mersey. The Privateer Florida. Interesting News From Memphis. Another Pirate Afloat. A Bark rigged Cruiser in the South Pacific. Her Attempt to Capture the Clipper Ship Snow Squall. Interesting Narrative of Captain Dillingham. The War in Arkansas. Gen. Blunt's Brilliant Successes. Progress of General Steele's Expedition. One Hundred Thousand Square Miles Reclaimed From Rebel Rule. News From the Department of the Gulf and The Kansas Border. Much more war news. Some edge chipping which does not affect any of the content. Very nice bright and clean 1863 issue with important Lincoln Proclamation on the front page.  <b>Junction, Va., etc.</b>


Plate XCI. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, includes five individual maps on the same side of one large sheet that measures 29 x 18 1/2. Edge chipping with a few very tiny holes in the margin area which do not affect any of the content.


1. Chief Engineers Office D.[epartment] N.[orthern] V.[irginia], Maj. Gen. J.F. Gilmer Chief Engineer, Map of Spotsylvania County 


2. The Vicinity of Hanover Junction, Va. And Its Defenses, Made Under the direction of Capt. A.H. Campbell, P.E., D.N.Va., In charge Top. Dep., Lieut. D.E. Henderson, Prov. Engrs. C.S. Army 


3. Sketch Showing Route Pursued In The Advance To Goldsborough, N.C. In December 1862


4. Sketch Showing Position Of Boyd's Neck, Honey Hill, And Devaux's Neck, S.C., In December, 1864


5. Sketch Of Spanish Fort Defenses Made During The Siege By Lieut. J.A. Chalaron, 5th Co. Wash. Artillery, Comdg. at Battery No. 3 

 


<b>War Date Orders Signed regarding the discharge of firearms!</b>


(1836-67) Born in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Colonel John J. Abert, Chief of the Army Topographical Engineers. Commissioned 2nd lieutenant of the 4th U.S. Light Artillery, on June 18, 1855, and promoted to 1st lieutenant, on March 31, 1857. On May 14, 1861, he was commissioned captain of the 3rd U.S. Cavalry, and he was transferred to the 6th U.S. Cavalry, on August 3, 1861. He served for a time as Aide-de-Camp to General George B. McClellan, and as Inspector General on the staff of General Nathaniel P. Banks. He was promoted to brevet major, on May 27, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Hanover Court House, Va., and brevet lieutenant colonel, on September 17, 1862, for gallantry in the battle of Antietam, Md. On November 17, 1862, he was appointed assistant inspector general. He was commissioned colonel of the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery, on November 16, 1864. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service. Mustered out of the volunteer service on September 18, 1865. After the war, Abert served in the Regular U.S. Army, dying on active duty, on August 25, 1867, at Galveston, Texas.


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 10, in ink.


Head Quarters Rockville  Expedition,

Rockville, [Md.], June 12th, 1861


General Orders

No. 3


The discharge of firearms in camp or on the march except by order or by a sentinel on post in the discharge of his duty is strictly prohibited and orders for firing will be given only as against the enemy and for the purpose of cleaning arms in case of necessity.  In the latter case the order of the commanding officer of the regiment or corps will be required and that will be given only between the hours of 10 to 12 A.M.


The discharge of firearms will be considered an evidence of the presence or approach of the enemy and all guards within hearing will be immediately formed and measures taken by them to ascertain the cause of the alarm.


This order and the 49th Article of War will be read at the head of each Company of the expedition and commanders of regiments and Corps will enforce the strictest observance of both in their respective commands.


By order of Colonel Stone

Wm. S. Abert

1st Lieut., 4th Arty.

A.A. Adjt. Gen.      


Light age toning. Excellent content.

Autograph, Henry Meyer $55.00

 

The New York Times, September 16, 1863 $45.00

 

Atlas Map, Spotsylvania County, Vicinity

 

Autograph, General William S. Abert $95.00




Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1995. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who personally experienced the Second Manassas campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major engagements. Thus, you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, and artifacts. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these writers to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Andrew Coats of the 5th New York Infantry recorded, "War has been designated as Hell, and I can assure you that where the Regiment stood that day was the very vortex of Hell. Not only were men wounded, or killed, but they were riddled." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the Union armies to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials" drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men, who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious, with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 


So you hold in your hands living testimony from the battlefield at Manassas. As you look into the eyes of these soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the experience that was the shattering experience that was Second Manassas.


Cover Photograph: A Federal train lies burned to the wheels by Confederate forces near Manassas Junction.  


2 1/2 pages, 4 1/8 x 6 1/2, imprint.


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, November 6, 1863


General Orders,

No. 359


Gives details for Musters Out Of Service, Re-Enlistments And Re-Musters, and Payments. Issued by Order Of The Secretary of War. Has the stamped signature of E.D. Townsend, above his rank as Assistant Adjutant General. Small stain at upper edges of the document. Trimmed at edge not affecting any of the content. Click on the enlargements to read full content of the order.  


<b>Endorsement Signed</b>


Appointed Paymaster, United States Volunteers, on February 19, 1863; promoted to brevet lieutenant colonel, on March 13, 1865, for faithful and meritorious Civil War service. Remained in the U.S. Army until his retirement in 1875.


<u>Endorsement Signed</u>: 3 1/2 x 7 3/4, in ink. Respectfully referred to the Adjutant General with order enclosed. Can this order be looked on as sufficient authority to keep the officer in the Service of the U.S. after the m/o [muster out] of his Regt.? Was his m/o because his services were no longer required? J.W. Nicholls, P.M.U.S.A. [Pay Master U.S. Army]. July 14/66. Circular stamp in black with Jul. 17, 1866 date. Light age toning and wear.


This endorsement is referring to a Civil War soldier named George Sanderson who served in the 8th Illinois Infantry during the war. This information was acquired from the reverse of the endorsement.


George Sanderson was a resident of Cairo, Illinois when he enlisted on July 25, 1861, as a sergeant, and was mustered into Co. G, 8th Illinois Infantry. He re-enlisted in the regiment on February 1, 1864, as a veteran volunteer, and was promoted to 1st lieutenant on November 14, 1864.     


<b>Gettysburg campaign issue!</b>


8 pages. THE REBEL INVASION. Reported Return of the Rebels. Marching on Chambersburg in Force. What They Did While in Chambersburg. Chambersburg Drug Stores Cleaned Out by the Rebels. Several Farmers Taken Off by the Rebels. The Evacuation of Chambersburg. They Take Possession of Harpers Ferry. Our Forces Shell Them Out Again. Lee's Main Army Believed to be Still in Virginia. 200 of Gen. Milroy's Command Missing. Eight Thousand Rebels Advancing. Flight of 1,000 of Milroy's Forces. Lee's Forces Recruiting From the Blackwater. The Enemy in Force at Cumberland, Md. The Occupation of Hagerstown. Investment of Harpers Ferry by the Rebels. Our Forces Retire to Maryland Heights. Advance in Pennsylvania. A Skirmish Near Chambersburg. Proclamation of Governor Bradford to the People of Maryland. The Very Latest Reports From Harrisburg, Pa. Cavalry Fight at Thoroughfare Gap. The Rebels Repulsed With Severe Loss. Eight Officers Captured and Many Killed and Wounded. Sixty of Our Cavalry Wounded. Reports of Bragg's Intentions. Preparing to Invade Kentucky. Buckner to Co-operate With Him. A Movement to Secure the Wheat Crops. The Siege of Vicksburg. Change in the Position of the Enemy. Our Position Equal to 100,000 Men. The Enemy Preparing to Take up an Interior Line. Our Prospects Growing Brighter Daily. Capture of the Ship Crown Point by the Florida. She is Burned. Much more war news! Light age toning and some scattered light staining. Very nice Gettysburg campaign newspaper!

Voices of the Civil War, Second Manassas $45.00

 

1863 Orders Regarding Musters and Re-enl $15.00

 

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel James W. N $8.00

 

Daily New York Tribune, June 19, 1863 $65.00

This early black transferware platter dates to the 1815 - 1830 period, a time when hand-transferred Staffordshire designs were at their best - skillfully transferred and intricately designed.  The flower and vase pattern in the center is surrounded with more flowers on the surround accented by a lovely feature - embossed florets at each juncture of the scalloped edge.  Love it!  The platter is unmarked, as was the case with many early pieces.  The Davenport pottery did use such florets on some of their early designs, but since other potteries did also, I cannot be sure of the exact pottery that produces this antique. It is in great shape, free of all cracks and chips.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Shenandoah Valley campaign of 1862. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of Stonewall Jackson's dazzling war of movement. Thus you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches, and artifacts. 


To compile this volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Sergeant Samuel Breck of the 13th Virginia Infantry described the aftermath of a struggle over a Union battery at Port Republic: "It was a sickening sight; men in grey and those in blue piled up in front of and around the guns and with the horses dying and the blood of men and beasts flowing almost in a stream. Major Wheat was as bloody as a butcher, having cut some of the horses throats with his knife." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the Union armies to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials" drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. 


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men, who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious, with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 


So here you find living testimony from the battlefields of the Shenandoah. As you look into the eyes of these soldiers and civilians, as you read the words of people dazed by the violence around them or the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the experience that was the Valley war in 1862.


Cover Photograph: Stonewall Jackson sat for this photograph, his first during the war, in Winchester late in 1862. Preoccupied with driving the Yankees from Virginia and with no fondness for the camera, he would pose just once more before his death in May 1863.  Packed away since we acquired them years ago when Maine country attics held a myriad of such 19th century remnants of everyday use, we have uncovered a small lot of earlier through mid 1800s clothes pins and are offering them here <U>priced by the pair</U> for the collector who would like a couple for display.  These antique clothes pins were hand cut from a sapling or small tree branch which was split then bound with a strip of tinned iron to form what must have been a very effective clothes pin.  We have seen this style in years past but like most everyday utilitarian items of the period, they seem to have mostly vanished. With pleasing age and originality, a pair of these original will go well with other period country items or in any grouping of Civil War vintage personal things. <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Some years ago we acquired a small number of earlier 1800s through Civil War era <B>straight shank</B> (eyeless) fish hooks with original <B>hand tied cotton cord leader</B> and are offering them here <U>individually</U> priced for the antique fishing gear enthusiast or Civil War collector who would enjoy having an example.   Remaining in original to the period, unused condition after decades of storage, this example of a once so common piece of basic fishing equipment will lay well in any period fishing grouping.  A handy item in the haversack or <I>ditty</I>bag of any well prepared Civil War troop.   As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Early Staffordshire Black Transferware F $175.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, Shenandoah 1862

 

hand crafted Civil War vintage CLOTHES P $35.00

 

Original Civil War era FISH HOOK with ha $30.00

We have a small number of these 19th century glass dice and are offering them here <U>priced by the pair</U> for the collector who would like a set.  Classic period hand crafting of each individual piece is made obvious by the irregularity of dot placement and <I>out of square</I> shape of each game piece as it was hand sheared  from hot, square drawn, glass stock.  Difficult to find and nice companion item for any earlier to Civil War era personal, or gaming grouping.  <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 !!  Not a big deal but a nice honest utility to display with Civil War vintage personal items without spending a lot of money.  A <I>must have</I> in the days before plastic bags and cellophane wrapped snacks, the days when a hand full of black walnuts or pecans served as a welcome treat, a <I>nut pick</I> (also a handy tool to loosen a knot) was a common utility carried in pocket or haversack. This antique bone mounted iron pick remains in pleasing condition with a telltale age <I>shrinkage</I> crack in the bone as good evidence of age and originality.  Solid and ready for use!   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  A bit of a departure from our usual fair but we couldn’t resist when we found these in an old sewing basket.   An attractive  group of 8 buttons each fashioned from an original buffalo nickel pressed so as to be convex with a loop fastener.  Three are Indian head and five are buffalo side out.  The classic American <I>buffalo nickel</I> was minted between 1913 and 1938 and remains a favorite among Americana enthusiasts.   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!  


<b>Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!


"I have been on guard 5 nights out of the last six and it makes me feel kind of stupid.  I would much rather be at home watching my dear children at night than out here watching for the rebels, but all we have to do is to watch for them for we do not get to see them, and I hope we won’t see them very soon."</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Camp Fort Ackenoe, June 7th/63</b></u>


My Dear and loving wife,


I have just recd. and read your letter of Wednesday and Thursday and was very glad to hear from you, but sorry to hear of your afflictions and of Margy being so poorly, but hope that you will all soon be well again.  I also got a letter from R.A. Dowd.  They are all well as common.  Well dear I am in good health but feel very lonesome.  This is Sabbath here but it does not appear much like it.  I am on duty as officer of the guard.  I have been on guard 5 nights out of the last six and it makes me feel kind of stupid.  I would much rather be at home watching my dear children at night than out here watching for the rebels, but all we have to do is to watch for them for we do not get to see them, and I hope we won’t see them very soon.  Well we have very dry weather here and it is very cool almost every night.  It is very cool today but some days it is very hot and it is quite dusty.  I want to know whether the locust are doing much damage to the country out there and whether they are hurting any of our little fruit trees or not for I would be sorry to have them hurt and I want to come and get one of those pears that you spoke of.  We have no locust here this summer.  Well Dear, I go out in the woods and look at your likeness and talk to it and cry over it but it cannot talk to me and as you say I kiss it but it does not do me much good.  I sent you my likeness and also a copy of yours in a locket where they are face to face.  I have not got them likenesses of the children yet, but hope to get them before long.  Well there was two soldiers with their wives and one of them had a little baby about as old as Seigel.  It made me feel bad to see them going about.  I wish you would come out and see me if I do not get to come home pretty soon or if we are not ordered to leave this place which I don’t think is very likely.  If you think you could come send me word and I will go and see old Gen. Milroy and see whether he thinks there would be time for you to come or whether he thinks we will leave at all or not.  Well it does not surprise me to hear of Jerry’s being drunk for I think he has made a practice of it for a good while.  He is just about as ornery as they make.  I don’t think that he will show himself here very soon if at all for I think he is afraid to come back here.  I am sorry to hear of John’s injury for it may be that he will never get over it, but if he does I think that he will have learned a good many things that he has not known before.  I think that Father has a pretty hard time of it this summer if he has the farming to do instead of doing nothing for he is most too old to hire by the month.  Well Dear, if I do not get off pretty soon I will commence in time to be at home this winter for if I live I shall not stay away another winter, but I think from the news and the present prospect that we will all get home before winter.  Well dear I must quit for my hands are so cold that I can hardly write a bit so good by my dear and loving wife.  May the good Lord bless you and the children, is the prayer of your loving husband.  Write as often as you can and tell me everything so good by.


Lieut. Lupton           


Light age toning, staining and wear. 


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.

earlier to mid 1800s – hand cut white gl $35.00

 

19th century bone mounted Nut Pick $30.00

 

8 BUFFALO NICKEL BUTTONS $60.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

This outstanding pair of Smith Patent straps offer good evidence of age and originality with a pleasing natural patina yet remain in fine otherwise as <I>as new</I> condition.

The eagle insignia are of silvered, die struck brass with wire fasteners. All unmistakably original and of the period, this set of desirable Colonel shoulder insignia fill set in nicely in any quality Civil War grouping.  <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!

 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this fascinating example of <I>Yankee Ingenuity</I> was developed by one Joseph Ives, a Bristol, Connecticut craftsman.  Listed in government records as a <I>Clock Maker</I> or simply as a <I>Mechanic</I> Ives held at least one clock patent and is credited as the developer / maker of the first <I>wagon spring</I> clock.   The Ives patent mechanical tinder lighter is fashioned of tinned sheet iron with an <B> IVES’S / PATENT / BRISTOL</B> marked sliding lid that opens to reveal three compartments.  The first contains a bit of tinder the second a small bit of finely shaved or splintered wood (kindling) the third section, extra kindling and a bit of flint.  Adjacent to the first compartment is a wheel of high carbon tempered iron.  A brisk pull of the cord wrapped round the striker wheel shaft causes the wheel to spin rapidly.  The flint is then held against the spinning <I>striking wheel</I> producing a shower of sparks into the tinder compartment.  A gentle breath brings the tinder to a bright glow which is then transferred to the kindling compartment.  Another gentle breath and (with knowhow and lots of luck) a flame is produced for transfer to a bit of rush or a candle. Offered here just as it was set aside decades ago, this little early 19th century fire starter remains in excellent original condition retaining its cord still wrapped round the striker shaft spindle and period content of tinder, kindling and flint.  (For those deep dish history buffs <I> Clockmaker / Mechanic</I> Joseph Ives died in 1862 at age 80 and is buried in <I>Old North Cemetery</I> Bristol, Connecticut.)  A neat piece of Americana, this old tinder lighter will go well on a hearth or set in with early lighting.  <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!  Crisp in focus and contrast, this photograph measures approximately 4 ¼ X 4 ½ inches on its original mount. Back marked by period Dansville, New York photographer E. J. Betts, this image is one of the less common photos of Clara Barton and will set well in any quality collection, historic photography, Civil War, medical, humanitarian  and more. <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!

 Boldly marked on one side for vertical display this colorful U. . V. banner measures 12 inches wide at the top and is 22 inches in total length.   Stencil printed on cotton in the fashion common to the turn of the century the banner remains solid with some tattering yet bright in color and appears never to have been exposed to the weather or bright sun while offering good evidence of age and originality. Just rediscovered three of these (use our search see # 5656 & 5657) as we rummage through our long ago tucked away <I>stuff</I>, this old banner was recovered as part of a small grouping from, of all places, the attic remains of a long ago defunct <I>Yankee</I> G. A. R. hall. (Those were the days!) How the banner came to Maine Civil War veteran hall storage can only be left to the imagination though it seems more than likely that the piece was a souvenir of a trip South for one of the joint G. A. R. – U. C. V. reunions common in the waning years of first generation Civil War veterans.  <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!

extra nice! Civil War vintage - Smith’s

 

early 19th Century Ives Patent TINDER LI $225.00

 

period albumin - Civil War Nurse & Foun $175.00

 

Late 1880s / early 1900s UNITED CONFEDER $195.00

Measuring 24 1/8 x30 ¾ inches on its original stretcher, this oil on canvas beardless Lincoln portrait is signed (<I>A. Aloisi</I>) and offers good evidence of age and originality while remaining in pleasing condition save an easily restorable  small tear just above the ear and some natural age thin spots that are likewise easily restorable. (All easily seen in our illustrations, we have chosen to leave the painting as found to preserve originality.) The painting is taken from a photograph by Alexander Heslet during a June 3,1860 sitting while Lincoln was campaigning for the presidency.  A popular image of the <I>Rail Splitter</I> in the early campaign, Heslet’s Lincoln and images taken from his work, became well known in the period and are especially sought by todays collectors.  Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, commented that the image was <I> so essentially Lincolnian; no other artist has ever caught it.</I>  Nicely done yet offering a crudeness not seen in the work of a trained artist, the special charm of this old piece will place it in the <I>folk art</I> category to most.  An exceptional piece of Americana, this early presidential campaign rendering from the Springfield, Illinois photographer’s  a beardless Abraham Lincoln photograph will show off well.  <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!  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1997. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and sailors who fought the battles of the Peninsula campaign. Through their words and images you can relieve the intense emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the humor- of this first contest between the Union's massive new Army of the Potomac and the Confederacy's smaller Army of Northern Virginia. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and especially, the images of people. 


To compile this volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Private Edmund D. Patterson of the 9th Alabama Infantry, Wilcox's brigade, on the fighting at Williamsburg, said: "In front of us and to our right the artillery thundered forth death, the day dark and gloomy and the rain falling steadily. The smoke settled down over the hills and valleys and added to the general gloom. I can never forget my thoughts as I stood there and looked around, though they were feelings rather than thoughts, for they were undefinable. It was the first time that I had ever been called upon to face death." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the Union armies to depict events for readers. Present on the Peninsula were some of the best Northern sketch artists, men such as Alfred R. Waud and Winslow Homer. Their sketches, dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing. In addition to the professionals were gifted soldier artists, such as Robert K. Sneden of the U.S. Army Engineers.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covred the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men, who endured great hardship. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants, who spent months following the army. 


So here you find living testimony of the battles attendant on the first serious Union threat against the Confederate capital. As you look into the eyes and read the words of the soldiers and seamen who fought on the Peninsula, perhaps it will be possible to understand how their minds and souls were as sorely tested as their bodies by the brutal fight.


Cover Photograph: Officers of the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery pose besides their 13 inch seacoast mortars in Battery No. 4 at Yorktown. The 8 1/2 ton giants could hurl a 220 pound shell in a 4,300 yard arc. The Federals constructed 14 batteries of siege artillery to reduce the Yorktown defenses, but the Confederates evacuated their works before most of the Union gunners could fire a shot.  


<b>United States Senator From Massachusetts


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1811-74) After graduating from Harvard, he became a lawyer. A staunch abolitionist, he was violently opposed to the extension of slave territory, and was elected Senator in 1851 on this ticket. In 1856 he delivered an invective laden speech called "The Crime Against Kansas" in which he insulted a South Carolina senator who was not present. Two days later, Representative Preston Brooks, of S.C., a relative of the reviled man, attacked Sumner viciously with a cane. Sumner did not recover for three years, although he continued to hold his Senate seat. After secession he refused to let the Senate consider a compromise between the sections and constantly urged emancipation and equal rights for negroes. He was one of the people in the room when President Lincoln died. Although he had supported Lincoln, he was one of the most important leaders in the impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, Charles Sumner, Mass. An important autograph for any U.S. political collection! 

 


<b>United States Senator from Oregon


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1827-1903) Born in Westboro, Mass., he moved with his parents to White Creek, Washington County, New York in 1831. Engaged in mercantile pursuits in Cambridge, N.Y., he then moved to New York City in 1843 where he was employed in the mercantile business until 1851. He went with a stock of goods around Cape Horn to Portland, Oregon, and was engaged in a general merchandising business, later changing to wholesale hardware, and afterwards he was largely interested in banking, railroads, building and investments. Was the Portland city treasurer and a member of the city council, and chairman of the Republican State central committee. Served as U.S. Senator from 1867-73, which included being a member of the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2, in ink, H.W. Corbett, Oregon.

c. 1860 Abraham Lincoln - FOLK ART OIL P $875.00

 

Voices of the Civil War, The Peninsula

 

Autograph, Charles Sumner $65.00

 

Autograph, Henry W. Corbett




<b>Civil War Congressman from California


United States Senator from California


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1822-1924) Born in Lodi, Seneca County, N.Y., he graduated from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn., in 1847. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Auburn, N.Y., in 1848. Moving to California in 1849 during the "California Gold Rush," he worked for a year in the gold mines. He moved to San Francisco in 1850 where he commenced a law practice, and in 1851 he relocated to Sacramento where he served as district attorney of the city of Sacramento as well as the County of Sacramento, from 1859-62. He served as a member of the Republican National Committee, from 1856-60. During the Civil War he was commissioned as a captain in the Union army in 1863. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1863-65. Served as U.S. Senator, 1867-73, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was the chairman of the Committee on Appropriations. 


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 3/8 x 2 3/4, in ink, Cornelius Cole, Cal.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1998. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers who fought the Battles of the Seven Days. Through their words and images you can relieve the intense emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the humor- of the efforts of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia to defend Richmond against the advance of the Federal Army of the Potomac under Major General George B. McClellan. You hold in your hands an album of personal recollections, embellished with drawings, maps, photographs of artifacts, and especially, the images of people. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable.  Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Private David E. Johnston of the 7th Virginia Infantry described the fierce fighting at Glendale: "There is no hanging back, no thought but to push ahead. The leaden hail now comes...but the push is forward, men grip their guns, their eyes flash, and with a yell, on to the battery they rush, bayonetting the cannoneers at their posts. The Federal infantry supports give way precipitately- then follows that famous bone-searching rebel yell of triumph."  


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. Despite severe bouts of fever contracted in the malarial swamps of Virginia's Peninsula, brothers Alfred and William Waud captured on their sketchbooks many scenes of the Federal retreat from the Chickahominy to the James River. Such sketches, dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covred the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are well chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men, who endured great hardship. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, capturing powerful images of battlefields already transformed into hallowed ground.


So here you find living testimony of the clashes that confounded the first serious Union threat against the Confederate capital and marked the beginning of Robert E. Lee's rise to greatness. As you look into the eyes and read the words of those who experienced the Seven Days' Battles, perhaps it will be possible to understand how their minds and souls were as sorely tested as their bodies by the brutal fight.


Cover Photograph: Portrait of General Robert E. Lee. 


His reorganization of the army, his seizing of the initiative from his overcautious opponent, and his dynamic leadership during the Seven Days' Battles saved Richmond from capture by a superior force brought ruination to George McClellan's vaunted Peninsula campaign.  This set of 6 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This set of 6 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

Autograph, Cornelius Cole

 

Voices of the Civil War, The Seven Days

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $32.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $30.00

This set of 11 antique  vegetable ivory buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U>two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition and are of a nice size comparable to those used with the period frock or coat.  This set will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 7 earlier to mid 1800s shirt or blouse buttons (illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison) were fashioned from natural <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and will make an attractive addition to any period garment restoration project or simply to display with period sewing or personal things.  They will go especially well with Civil War period material.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut</I> vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.)  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This set of 9 antique  burl walnut buttons will be distinctive to the vintage clothing enthusiast as they were fashioned in the classic 18th early 19th century design with <U> two holes on the back and a single hole on the front.</U>  All are matching and remain in excellent condition with the exception of one which has a period chip.  A nice size comparable to those used with the period military frock or waist coat, these buttons would go especially well on a Southern style garment.  We have acquired a limited few sets of antique buttons of <I>butternut </I>vegetable ivory and have scattered them through the site. (Enter <B>buttons</B> in our search to see all.) Ideal for restoration of vintage clothing of all design, these buttons will go especially well on southern made garments.  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

1700s early 1800s VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTO $35.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $35.00

 

antique natural VEGETABLE IVORY BUTTON s $25.00

 

late 1700s early 1800s hand-cut BURL WA $35.00

We have acquired a nice lot of original antique black iron <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here individually priced for the collector / historian who would like an example for use or display.  Originally emanating from the clean out of 19th century harness and leather work shop where the harness maker cut the buckles from used leather and threw them into a large wood box for reuse.   From this mix we have separated a number of classic <I>roller buckles</I> and are offering them here in <U>two sizes</U> all remaining in pleasing <I>as found</I> and usable condition many even retaining remnants period black paint finish.  We have buckles sized to accept 1 3/8 and 1 ¼ inch wide straps so <U>be sure and note the size you need</U> when ordering.  Wider waist belts were frequently cut down on the leading end to accept the standard 1 3/8 inch buckle.  (<I>see illustration</I>)   A classic design of the Civil War era we have seen these heavy black-iron roller buckles in use back to the Mexican War vintage <I>Grimsley</> U. S. Dragoon saddles.   Wide Civil War military use on all manner of leather accoutrements, horse equipment, waist belts and more has been well documented. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  Lots of folks may file this offering under <I>who cares</I> but for the serious mess gear collectors offering will be meaningful.  A nice all original and period example of F. Grosgean’s <B>Patent January 28, 1862</B> two piece mess spoon.  Fashioned from light, tinned sheet iron, die struck with overlapping sections of the handle and bowl soldered together to form the finished spoon.  Grosgean’s design claimed a stronger yet lighter eating utensil.  This rarely surviving example remains in pleasing all original condition yet with good evidence of age and period originality.  (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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!  An unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.   (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>    <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!

 

 An unusual and desirable item for the Civil War era mess equipment and personal item enthusiast is this <B>J. Fallows Patent 1865</B> mess spoon was constructed of die-struck tined sheet iron in accordance with the direction offered by the Fallows patent (see illustration).  The spoon handle is formed from two thin iron sheets with the top sheet crimped over the lower with the two piece handle crimped and soldered to the bowl.   (Patent markings are barely discernable on the spoon handle.)  The design resulted in a stronger spoon while utilizing lighter material.  This rarely surviving example remains in excellent original condition yet with good evidence of period originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping.     (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>   <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!

Original! Antique! ROLLER BUCKLES $32.00

 

F. Grosgean’s Patent 1862 – two piece t $85.00

 

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 – table spoo $65.00

 

Scarce J. FALLOWS PAT. 1865 - MESS SPOON $85.00

Clearly for the <I>deep dish</I> Civil War mess equipment enthusiast, this offering is for a rarely found <B>Parker & Perkins</B> Meriden, Connecticut, <B>PATENT APR. 1, 1862</B> mess spoon.  Fashioned according to the 1862 Pat. essentials (see illustrations) this sturdily constructed mess spoon is die-struck in two pieces, with the <I>handle</I> and spoon secured by a single iron rivet.   Lead solder was applied and the piece was <I>tinned</I>.  This scarcely surviving period example remains excellent condition yet with good evidence of period age and originality.  An especially nice personal item, this piece will lay in well with any quality Civil War grouping. (<U> We currently have a number of collectable Civil War era mess spoon variations from an old collection.  Use <I>spoon</I> in our search box to see them all.</U>  <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!  Painting depicting a seated girl holding flowers done by Romanian artist Sandu Liberman using oil paints.  20th century in age.  


<b>Written by an officer who was captured at Winchester, Va., and who died as a P.O.W.!


"There is some squads of cavalry scouting about which alarms our pickets once in a while."</b>


4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on regimental patriotic stationary, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Head Quarters, 116th Reg't Ohio Inf., Co. C, Camp Fort Ackenoe, June 3d, 1863</b></u>


My Dear and loving wife,


With my love to you I will inform you that I am in very good health at this time and hope these few lines may find you and the children well.  I recd. a letter from you dated the 28th of March day before yesterday which was the first I had heard from you since A. Morris came back which was just one week and it was a very long week to me for when I do not hear from you for a week it seems a long time.  Well Dear you say Jerry had got home and said he did not know when he would come back again.  I don’t think that he will ever come back to the Regiment and if I was in his place I don’t think that I would either for he has resigned but under such circumstances that is not much to his credit.  Well Dear, I am sorry and have you to thank that I do not want to get home for indeed it is not the case for I don’t think there is anybody that wants to get home worse than I do, but under the present circumstances I cannot get off without acting in a way that I would be ashamed of and I think that you would be ashamed to have me to do as some have done to get off, but I think the way they have arranged matters if they carry their arrangement out I will have a just and reasonable excuse and one that they cannot refuse me on and that before long.  Well I think that I will try and come home any how pretty soon although I did not want to until we were paid off which Colonel Washburn told me he thought would be before long as they have already paid part of our brigade and it will be our turn next.  Well I was not surprised to hear that old Katie and Mr. Lawrence had dissolved partnership for I expected they would not pull together very long.  I got a letter from Uncle George Lupton yesterday in which he told me about being to see you and also about Josiah being drowned.  They are all well at this time.  It seems that John was pretty badly hurt by that horse as he is a good while getting well. I was glad to hear of Mrs. Wiley being to see you.  How does she seem to enjoy herself and how does she seem to be reconciled to the way matters is at home.  I reckon that they had a pretty big time when Alex got married and now I should like him to be drafted and have to roll out the dimes for a substitute for I think it would be about fair.  I suppose Rachel thinks that a light rider rides with a long whip from what you stated about her appearance.  I should like to see J. Lloyd and Mr. Lawrence since they got back.  Well we have had no fighting here yet and does not seem to be much prospect of any very soon and I am glad of it.  There is some squads of cavalry scouting about which alarms our pickets once in a while but do not come in sight of us.  We had that sort of alarm on Tuesday night.  Well dear I must conclude for my paper is full so good by and may the good Lord bless you is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. L. Lupton           


Light age toning, staining and wear. Scarce regimental letter sheet. 


Levi Lupton, was 39 years old, when he enlisted on July 25, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio, as a 2nd lieutenant. He was commissioned into Co. C, 116th Ohio Infantry, on September 19, 1862, at Gallipolis, Ohio. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant on June 13, 1863, but was never mustered at that rank because he was captured the next day, June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He spent time confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., and at Macon, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., where he died on September 12, 1864.     


<b>Autograph Document Signed</b>


(1809-73) A planter and lawyer in Clarke County, Va., Underwood was a Free-Soiler in politics and was virtually driven from Virginia for his attacks on slavery during the presidential campaign of 1856. A Republican office holder during the Civil War, he became a U.S. district court judge in Virginia, in 1864. In this capacity he asserted the right of the United States to confiscate property of persons in rebellion and treated Confederate President Jefferson Davis with great harshness during and after Davis' indictment for treason in 1866. He presided over the Virginia constitutional convention which met at Richmond in December 1867.


<u>Autograph Document Signed</u>: 8 x 2 3/4, manuscript in ink. Received of Mrs. E.E. Jackson one hundred eighteen Dollars & seventy five cents it being a portion of four hundred & seventy five Dollars recently received by her from the estate of Col. George Jackson for the benefit of her children. John C. Underwood for Maria G. Underwood. 


Light age toning and wear.


E.E. Jackson and Col. George Jackson were kinfolk of Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. This document came out of a Jackson family collection I had many years ago. 


Comes with an original newspaper clipping titled, "The Funeral of Judge Underwood," that is dated Washington, Dec. 14, 1873.

rarely surviving! Patent 1862 – two pie $95.00

 

Girl with flowers painting by Sandu Libe $195.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Autograph, John C. Underwood $75.00




3 pages, 5 3/8 x 8 3/4, imprint.


House.....No. 8


Commonwealth of Massachusetts


Office of Pension Agent, 29 Pemberton Square

Boston, January 1, 1894


To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled:


I have the honor to submit my sixth annual report for the year ending December 31, 1893.


The business of this office, since the change of administration, is much more perplexing than it has been in previous years. One reason is from the fact that many claims which had been prosecuted, claimants examined, and the testimony necessary to establish the claim under the Act of June 27, 1890, had been forwarded to the Department and placed upon the completed files ready for the certificates to be issued, the rulings of the new Commissioner, in which a different construction was placed upon the Act of June 27, 1890, made it necessary for these claimants to again furnish the testimony with some additions to comply with the new ruling of the Commissioner.


Much more content including a detailed statement of the business of the office during the year. Signed in print by J.B. PARSONS, State Pension Agent. Click on the enlargements to see the complete content of the document.


Light wear. There is a small chip out of the paper at the upper corner of the last page which does not affect any of the content. Interesting Massachusetts pension document concerning Civil War soldiers and their families.  


HT-66. The obverse has a vignette of the phoenix rising from the flames with the date Nov'r 1837. "Substitute For Shin Plasters" is printed around the edges. The flames symbolize that the only use for paper money, "shin plasters," was for it to be burned.  The rising of the phoenix was meant to symbolizes the resumption of specie payments. The reverse side of the token has a wreath design with the date "May Tenth 1837." The slogan "Specie Payments Suspended" is printed around the edges. Very fine.  


Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.


This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Battle of Shiloh. Through their words and images you can relieve the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major campaigns. Thus you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches and artifacts. 


To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We had invaluable help from an extensive network of consultants. Using our own diverse resources and historical materials in libraries and archives around the United States, we were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives: manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories and privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of these soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their accounts.


That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail systems set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable.  Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Samuel T. Carrico of the 61st Illinois Infantry described his introduction to battle at Shiloh: "I did not realize a sense of danger until a man named Robinett, in Co. G, a few feet to my right, fell dead with a bullet through his brain, for I had for some time been looking for bees, not knowing, being a green soldier, that the buzzing and zips were made by bullets." 


Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, drew virtually everything of possible interest: pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication; where they were transferred into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.


Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are extensively chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. Photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end. 

 

So you hold in your hands living testimony from the Shiloh battlefield.  As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or by the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was Shiloh.


Cover photograph: Private W.J. Coker of the Confederate 3d Tennessee was captured at Fort Donelson in February 1862. He spent several grueling months as a prisoner before being exchanged after the Shiloh campaign. In the photograph Coker holds a Model 1822 smoothbore musket converted from flintlock to percussion.  Whether you prefer to consider them <I>child’s</I> or, in consideration of their adult style and apparently unworn condition, as <I>sales samples</I>,this exceptionally nice pair of Civil War vintage boots measure 6 3/8 inches heel to toe and stand 9 ½  inches high.  With classic Civil War period design and construction that will be familiar to collectors of period military ware, these boots will serve well as a demonstration of the larger examples worn into the Civil War.  Remaining in exceptional original condition, with no evidence of wear, these boots sport the <B>Pat. Nov. 29, 1853 </B> marked brass toe caps as found in so many Civil War site excavations. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)   While there are no maker markings, the classic style with the toe caps and set in patent leather panels with <I> Warranted</I> embossing, are most consistent with the work from the John Batchelder Holliston, Mass. <I>’ten by ten’*</I> cobbler shop.  (So called by 1850s and first half 1860s locals of Holliston, Mass. where nearly one half of the working population labored in a number of small 10 X 10 foot cobbler shops that dotted the countryside.)   Typically as many as a half dozen artisans plied their trade in each <I>ten X ten</I> making boots and shoes under the direction of the owner who marketed the footwear.  In excellent original condition with no <I>issues</I>, this classily styled pair of Civil War era boots are sure to please!  <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!

Report of the State Pension Agent of Mas $10.00

 

1837 Hard Times Token, Substitute For Sh

 

Voices of the Civil War; Shiloh

 

outstanding! Civil War era ‘Quarter Size $425.00




<b>Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives


Governor of Iowa


Member of the 1861 Peace Convention


United States Senator from Iowa


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1816-72) Born in Deering, N.H., he graduated from Hampton Academy, attended Dartmouth College, studied law, moved west and commenced practice in the "Black Hawk Purchase," Wisconsin Territory. Member of the Iowa Territorial House of Representatives, 1838-39, and 1843-44. Governor of Iowa, 1854-58. He was a member of the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C. which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Served as U.S. Senator from Iowa, 1859-69, including the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress. Was the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia, and also served on the Committee on Naval Affairs.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, J.W. Grimes, Iowa.  


6 x 2, imprint. Lottery of the State of Kentucky. Covington, Ky. June 27, 1863. The winning numbers on this ticket were 7, 18 and 73. Uncommon.  


Plate CXLIII. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored topographical map of South Carolina and Georgia. 29 x 18 1/2.  


<b>Governor of Rhode Island


United States Senator from Rhode Island


Member of the President Andrew Johnson Impeachment Congress</b>


(1815-84) Born in Coventry, R.I., he graduated from Brown University in 1833. Was editor of the Providence Journal in 1838, and afterwards became one of its owners. Served as Governor of Rhode Island, 1849-50. Served as U.S. Senator, from 1859-84, including the President Andrew Johnson impeachment congress. He was President pro tempore of the Senate (41st to 43rd Congresses) was chairman of the Republican Conference (37th to 49th Congresses) and served on the Committee on Revolutionary Claims.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 2 3/8, in ink, H.B. Anthony, R.I.

Autograph, James W. Grimes $25.00

 

1863 State of Kentucky Lottery Ticket $35.00

 

Civil War Topographical Map of South Car

 

Autograph, Henry B. Anthony $25.00




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