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3 1/4 x 2 1/4, imprinted card on thick cardstock with full color vignette of a G.A.R. membership badge. C.B. Holcomb, West Andover, Ohio. Senior Vice Commander, Hiram Kile Post, No. 80, G.A.R. Signed in pencil on the reverse, William G. Wyatt, Westford, Crawford, [Co.] Pa. Light staining, age toning and wear.

William G. Wyatt, was a resident of Crawford County, Pennsylvania, when he enlisted on August 27, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Company H, 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was mustered out of the service on September 20, 1864.

The 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry was one of the best regiments in the Union army. Their first colonel was Strong Vincent who was mortally wounded at Gettysburg. Just prior to Gettysburg, Colonel Vincent, was elevated to brigade command. In his Gettysburg battle report, Captain O.S. Woodward, who commanded the regiment, wrote, "I have the honor to report the following as to the operations of my command. At about 2:30 p.m. was ordered into position on our extreme left, the 44th New York on my right, the 20th Maine on my left. At 3:15 p.m. the enemy advanced and engaged my skirmishers, pressing on in force, with bayonets fixed. They soon drove in my skirmishers and engaged my regiment, posted behind rocks and stones hastily thrown up for defense. The contest continued lively until nearly 6 p.m., when the enemy fell back. I instantly threw forward a strong line of skirmishers, who captured between 50 and 60 prisoners and 250 stands of arms. My men and officers acted splendidly. All did so well. My loss amounted to 10 killed and 45 wounded. I deem it but proper to state that but for the prompt and skillful disposition made by Colonel Vincent of the troops under his command, the 3rd Brigade, the enemy would have succeeded in turning our left. I regret to state that Colonel Vincent was severely wounded. My command, his regiment, esteemed him highly as a gentleman, scholar, and soldier, and bitterly avenged his injury." The action Woodward described took place on Little Round Top, Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.   

<b>Free frank signature with rank on Engineer Department cover</b>

(1788-1864) The tenth graduate of the U.S. Military Academy. He was commissioned second lieutenant, Corps of Engineers, on July 1, 1805. During the War of 1812, he won the brevets of major and lieutenant colonel. After years of distinguished engineering service, he became chief engineer of the army. In the Mexican War he operated as Winfield Scott's chief engineer during the siege of Vera Cruz and was brevetted brigadier general. During the Civil War he continued as chief engineer of the army until his sudden death in Washington, on April 22, 1864. 

<u>Free Franked Engineer Department Envelope</u>: 5 1/2 x 3 1/8, imprinted cover, "Engineer Department, Official Business" signed in ink, J.G. Totten, above printed rank of B't Brig. Gen. & Col. Eng'rs. Addressed to Jno. S. Putnam, Esqr., Cornish, N.H. Partial "free frank" cancellation. Light age toning and wear.  

(1816-1894) He was Speaker of the Massachusetts House, presided over the Constitutional Convention of 1853, and the same year was elected to Congress, the first of ten terms. Elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1856, Banks showed moderation in deciding among factions during the bitter slavery debates. In 1858 he was elected Governor of Massachusetts, serving until January 1861, when Abraham Lincoln appointed him a Major General of volunteers after Banks offered his services. Many West Point officers could not understand this appointment considering that Banks had substandard military qualifications for the job of a field commander. He did contibute immeasurably in recruits, morale, money and propaganda to the Federal cause however. He was defeated by Stonewall Jackson in the celebrated Valley campaign with the loss of 30% of his force, and again by Jackson at Cedar Mountain. Banks commanded the siege and capture of Port Hudson, La., and also commanded the Red River campaign. After the war Banks returned to his political career.

Portrait engraving of a seated General Banks in uniform with rank of major general with epaulets, his sword cradled over his arm, and high black leather boots with his chapeau hat sitting on top of the table at his side. Executed from the original painting by Alonzo Chappel, circa 1863. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Overall size is 5 1/2 x 8 1/4.   

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

Bust view portrait engraving. Designed and engraved by William E. Marshall for "Around The World With General Grant." Copyright 1879. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Overall size is 7 1/4 x 10 1/2. Light age toning.

Grand Army of the Republic Card $25.00


Autograph, General Joseph G. Totten $65.00


General Nathaniel P. Banks $15.00


General & United States President Ulysse $20.00

The sauce boat presented measures 8 inches long by 5 inches tall.  It was made in the W. Taylor pottery whose backstamp  appears beneath the vessel.

This is Wheat and Hops Shape.  Wheat stalks, foliates and berries provide the decoration.

It's in great shape - no chips or cracks.   This practical blue transferware platter looks as if it has graced many a table.  There are no chips or cracks to the ironstone platter.  The metal parts do show some wear.  What a practical idea for a meat platter.  Below is a chamber for hot water.  It would have been added just at serving time so keep the meat warm.  Note the pour hole both for pouring and later draining and the lid which would also help keep the meat warm. The platter has a well-and-tree embossed shape to collect juices.  

The interior of the domed metal lid bears the manufacturer's mark, Richard Perry and Sons, No. 1200 Wolverhampton.  This is not the pottery of the platter, however.  Since the platter is enclosed in the metal base, I cannot see the backstamp to identify it.

It is large enough for a medium sized turkey or large roast beef.  It measures  15 1/2 inches long by 12 inches wide. The handles add another 2 1/2 inches to the length. Note the distinctive crazing and the pretty ribbon and rose transfer pattern.  This very rare Staffordshire serving dish and cover are transfer printed in three colors - green pink and blue.  This is quite unique.  Additionally, the earthenware body is sharply embossed with flourishes and bordering.  It has a beautiful backstamp that I cannot find in my many reference books.  Collectors of early transferware, I would love to know if you can identify this. The stamp features a horse figure above a crown.  Below it is "No. 13"  and the term, "Vitrescent Stone China." I love the floral pattern, especially because it is printed in the bottom of the base as well as the usual places - sides of base and domed lid.  Also special is a large and beautifully shaped looped finial and ruffled rim.  The transfer work is very sharp.  Something else unique - it has a vent hole beneath the finial.

It measures 12 inches long by 6 inches high with domed lid in place.  Damage includes flakes on the outer rim  and inner lid ledge as well as a missing foot.  I does maintain balance without it.

When I acquired this early piece, I planned on finding a replacement foot that I could have professionally attached to so I could keep it for my personal collection.  However, I never found a piece that I could use to restore it.  Now, when I must free up space, I would like to pass this on to someone who would appreciate it. 


4 x 6 1/2, imprint.

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 16, 1863

General Orders

No. 222

The reward of five dollars, with transportation and reasonable expenses, for the arrest and delivery, at the nearest military post or depot, of any officer or private soldier, fit for duty, who may be found absent from his command without just cause, is hereby increased to ten dollars. Paragraph 156, Revised Regulations, and Paragraph V, General Orders, No. 92, are modified accordingly.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Taylor White Ironstone Sauce Boat, Wheat $50.00


Blue Transferware Lidded Hot Water Servi $60.00


Very Rare Three Color Transferware Serv $60.00


Reward Announced For The Arrest of AWOL $15.00

Measuring approximately 5 ½ X 4 1/8 inches this small preprinted and hand completed receipt confirms the extensive utilization of slave labor on <B><I>fortifications at and near the City</I></B> as Richmond prepared for the Seven Days Battles that would soon swirl around the Capitol City. The slave <I>Booker</I> was provided by <I>Anne Belle Leftwich</I>, child bride of [destined to be Colonel] <I>Alexander Hamilton Leftwich</I> who would serve in Co. B <B>VMI Corps of Cadets</B> at the <I><B>Battle of Newmarket</I></B>.  Ordered by regular Confederate Engineer, <B>Lt. Col. W. H. Stevens</B> who was responsible for Richmond’s fortifications. He was promoted to Brig. General in August 1864 and is said to have been the last man to cross the Mayo Bridge the night Richmond was evacuated.  All original and in pleasing condition with no rips, tears or repairs.   <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 U.S. quarter for size comparison, this neat little period whistle remains in excellent all original period condition will lay in well in any period personal grouping.  Difficult to find in this condition, Civil War site <I>digger</I>/historians have well documented the use of these whistles by camp and field site excavations.  (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  


(1822-72) Born in Franklin County, Tenn. He studied and practiced medicine in Hernando County, Miss., from where he raised and commanded the 1st Battalion Mississippi Rifles in the Mexican War as their lieutenant colonel. After serving a term in the Mississippi State House of Representatives, he was appointed United States marshal for Washington Territory by President Franklin Pierce. Was United States Congressman from Washington Territory, 1855-57. He was appointed governor of the territory by President James Buchanan in 1857 but declined the office. He was a member of the First Confederate Provisional Congress. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Anderson was in Florida and served as a member of the Florida state secession convention. Commissioned colonel of the 1st Florida Infantry, his first Civil War action was with General Braxton Bragg at Pensacola. Promoted to brigadier general on Feb. 10, 1862, he fought gallantly as a brigade and division commander at the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Chattanooga, and was promoted to major general, Feb. 17, 1864. He participated in the Atlanta campaign battles of Ezra Church and Jonesboro, being severely wounded at the latter place. He rejoined the army during the North Carolina campaign and surrendered at Greensboro. 

Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Light age toning and wear. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find.  H 64in. x W 27in.

rare! 1862 Slave Labor Receipt for: FORT $435.00


Civil War era Pewter Whistle $55.00


Photograph, General James Patton Anderso $10.00


H 64in. x W 27in. $0.00

H 20in. x W 26in.  This nice original earlier to mid 19th century W. Smith & Son sail makers needle packet still contains 9 period needles in a variety of stout sizes.  A neat item for the Civil War era and collector, these heavy, hand cut needles will clean up nicely however they are offered here just as they came to us after decades of storage and likely just as they were carried in an original W. Smith & Son needle case. A necessary utility to the soldier in the field for repair of shelter half, Sibly tent, or leather accoutrement, these heavy steel needles were a staple among entrepreneurial soldiers and sailors who considered them a primary tool as they cut fanciful scrimshaw decorations in beef, whale bone or ivory for trade, sale or to send back home.  A nice original and as found period personal item. (If you would like a single example  of a slightly smaller #12 needle use the search word <B>needle</B> see our Item # 900 ) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !   A fine condition early design <I>Goodyear’s Patent</I> antique hard rubber cup <U>complete</U>and in its original blue lacquered tin travel case.  The case lid is embossed <B>INDIA RUBBER – TELESCOPING TUMBLER – MADE BY – THE INDIA RUBBER – COMB C</B>.  The original case remains in pleasing condition and retains a good amount of its period blue finish.  Difficult to find as they frequently lost a section and were cast aside in the period, this design pre dated the Niles Patent 1860 cup which added a base flange to prevent separation and a cover to make the cup self-contained. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  A nice item for the Civil War <I>smalls</I>, personal item or hard rubber collector.  <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 US quarter for size comparison is a post Civil War veteran’s <B>7th Army Corps</B> badge.  Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lord’s CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lord’s first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

H 20in. x W 26in. $0.00




early India Rubber TELESCOPING CUP with $175.00


Lord collection - post Civil War - Veter $95.00

This nice stained bone mounted, two tine fork and matching knife will be best described by our photographs.  All in nice original condition with no cracks in the classic green stained bone, this later 18th century / early 19th century will make an attractive companion set laid in a Revolutionary War era haversack or with a period mess 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 !  

            Standing 25 ¾ inches high on its cast plaster pedestal, this classic eagle flag staff finial offers a wing spread of 10 ¾ inches and sports the regimental number <B>9</B> [<B>9th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>] on its breast.  Acquired by us years ago with a family history of having been returned to descendants by the <B>Nathan Cutler G.A.R. Post #48 </B>upon the passing 9th Maine Civil War veteran Thomas Belcher in 1898.  Belcher had been a resident of the Togus, Maine <B> Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers </B> where Post # 48 was located.          

      Commensurate with our lifelong interest in history and special passion for digging into the history of Maine related Civil War finds (see: we set to work with the fragment of verbal history and the number <B>9</B> on the eagle finial and base as a starting point.  Not a lot to go on but we put together the basics and then, after the advent of the internet and the wealth of material made available, we were able to document the story of our unlikely hero Thomas Belcher and his Civil War trophy.  Our research notes will be provided as support of the following:

      We first caught up with Thomas Belcher in the 1860 US Census where we found him doing a stretch in the <B>State Prison</B> in Thomaston, Maine.  The offence was recorded as<I>larceny</I>,  It appears that Thomas had paid his debt to society by late spring of 1861 when he is recorded as a 25 year old Bangor, Maine resident enlisting as a Private of Co. I <B> 2nd Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  (Considering the relatively short prison stint for the crime of larceny, one wonders if Belchers enlistment wasn’t a condition of his release.)   For some inexplicable reason Belcher was transferred to Co F of the <B>2nd New York Infantry </B> on October 3, 1861 where he served until August 8, 1862 when he was transferred to Co. H back in the <B>2nd Maine Infantry</B>.  While the Maine AG report has Belcher mustering out with the 2nd Regiment back in Portland, Maine on June 9th of 1863, other records brand him as a <B><I>mutineer</I></B>.   (see: Jim Mundy’s regimental history <I>Second To None</I>) One wonders if he hadn’t been one of those of the 2nd Maine that had famously refused to take up arms with Chamberlain’s 20th Maine on the road to Gettysburg?  Clearly there are more shadows to be cleared away by additional research.    

      Returning to his native Bangor after the stint with the 2nd Maine, it appears that the fortunes of civilian life held little promises for our man as by the close of October 1863 he had been mustered once more, this time as a <I>substitute</I> in Co. I <B>9th Maine Infantry</B>.  One can easily imagine the wayward veteran accepting payment from a desperate draftee to fill his spot as a substitute.  Before his discharge from the 9th Maine on August 7th 1865 Thomas Belcher would be recorded as having been wounded,(gunshot left side) taken prisoner then paroled.  <U>He would be awarded the</U> <B>Congressional Medal of Honor</B></U> for his action at Chapins’s Farm, Virginia. </U> The formal report recorded in the <I>Official Records</I> advises that: <I>Private Thomas Belcher, Company I, Ninth Maine, has honorable mention and <B>will be made color-sergeant of his regiment.</B> He took a guideon from the hands of Private Parker, who was mortally wounded, and carried it nearer Battery Gilmer than any other man. He is recommended to the Secretary of War for a medal.</I>  How the subject <B>9th Flag Staff Eagle</B> came to be mounted on the existing pedestal and in the care of the unlikely Medal of Honor recipient has been lost in history.  

It seems that Veteran Belcher’s potential as a civilian had not changed as he again fades from any record we could find.  That is until 1867 where we found a penned notation in the <I>U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914</I> of his enlistment as Private in the <B>45th Infantry, US Army</B>.  He was discharged for disability July 1869 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  Once again the record of civilian Thomas Belcher becomes faint.  We do know he returned to his native Bangor where it seems he drifted between vagrant in that city and patient resident at the <B>Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers</B> at Togus.  It is reasonable to expect he was, if not a member, well known to Bangor veterans of the <B>B. H. Beal G.A.R. Post #12</B> there as well as the <B> Nathan Cutler Post #48</B> at the Togus facility.  We found a period report listing the Medal of Honor hero as having received support at Bangor’s <I>Alms House</I> for the poor in addition to record of frequent admittance and release from the Togus Veterans Medical Facility.  He died and was buried there in the Federal cemetery in 1898. 

An impressive display item with the history of a most reluctant Civil War hero!  <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!


<b>Document Signed</b> 

(1837-1910) Commissioned 2nd lieutenant, 31st New York Infantry, January 2, 1862; 1st lieutenant, May 9, 1862; captain, A.A.G., March 11, 1863; major, A.A.G., July 15, 1864; brevet lieutenant colonel, January 23, 1865; brevet colonel and brigadier general, March 13, 1865. Cited for gallantry during the battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Va., and Monocacy, Md. King served on the staffs of Generals' Calvin E. Pratt, Henry D. Terry, James B. Ricketts, Christopher C. Augur, and Winfield S. Hancock respectively.

<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 3/4 x 9, imprint, signed in ink. 

Head-Quarters, Middle Military Department 

Baltimore, June 29th, 1866 

Special Orders, No. 129 

1. Leave of absence is hereby granted the following named officer:

1st Lieutenant George B. Rodney, 4th United States Artillery, for ten (10) days.

2. The men on detached service at these Headquarters will be mustered for pay tomorrow, June 30th, by Brevet Lieutenant Colonel H.H. Bingham, Judge Advocate, 1t 11 o'clock, A.M. 

By command of Major General W.S. Hancock


Assistant Adjutant General


Adam E. King

Assistant Adjutant General

Signed in ink by King. Staining at bottom of the document.

George B. Rodney, enlisted on April 24, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Heavy Artillery. He was mustered out on August 5, 1861. On August 5, 1861, he was commissioned 1st lieutenant, 4th U.S. Light Artillery. Promoted to captain by brevet on December 31, 1862, for Stone River, Tenn.; and major by brevet on September 20, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga.

Henry H. Bingham, Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of the Wilderness, Va.

Wounded three times during the war!

(1841-1912) Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he graduated from Jefferson College in 1862. He enlisted on Aug. 22, 1862, and was commissioned 1st Lieutenant, in the 140th Pennsylvania Infantry, and was soon promoted to Captain, on Sept. 9, 1862. During the battle of Gettysburg, in July 1863, he was serving as Judge Advocate on the staff of General Winfield S. Hancock, when he was wounded on July 2nd. The next day he witnessed Pickett's Charge, from a position near the "Angle" where the Confederates reached what is now called the "High Water Mark." He received the personal effects from Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead, whoo lie mortally wounded, and carried the sad news to General Hancock, Armistead's dear friend from before the war. Bingham was a Mason, as was Armistead, and the story of how he provided assistance to his dying fellow Mason, was used in Masonic literature. Today, near the Gettysburg National Cemetery, is a monument which is titled, "Friend to Friend," which depicts Captain Henry H. Bingham, assisting General Lewis A. Armistead. During the battle of the Wilderness, on May 6, 1864, Bingham rallied and led into action a portion of the troops who had given way under fierce Confederate assaults, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his conspicuous bravery. On May 12, 1864, at the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., he was wounded for the second time during the war, and he was wounded for the third time on April 7, 1865, at Farmville, Va. He was promoted to Brevet Brigadier General, on April 9, 1865. Bingham was appointed postmaster of Philadelphia, by President Andrew Johnson, in March 1867, and served until December 1872. He was a delegate to the Republican National Conventions of 1872 though 1900, and was elected United States Congressman in 1878, and served until his death. In Congress, he served as Chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, and on the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department.


<b>Brevetted for gallantry at the battles of Beverly Ford and Deep Bottom, Virginia 

Includes listing for his black servant</b>

17 x 11, two sided imprinted form, filled out in ink. For 1st Lieutenant Gustavus Urban. "the last payment I received was from Paymaster Maj. J.W. Nicholls, and to the 30 day of April 1865. I at that time acknowledge that I have Received of Maj. J.W. Nicholls, Paymaster U.S. Army this 31 day of May, 1865, the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Seven dollars and Sixty six cents, being the amount and in full of said account. The document has been signed by Gustavus Urban as 1st Lieut. 5th Cavy., Comdg. Co. I. Includes a listing for his black servant. Light age toning and wear. Some archival tape repairs on the folds. Small paper chip at the bottom edge of the center fold which does not affect any of the content.

Gustavus Urban, enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 18, 1855, as a private, and was mustered into Co. B, 2nd U.S. Cavalry. He was discharged for promotion on September 16, 1861, and was commissioned captain & assistant adjutant general, U.S. Volunteers, Adjutant General's Department. He resigned on January 30, 1863. On July 17, 1862, he was commissioned 1st lieutenant, 5th U.S. Cavalry. He was brevetted captain on June 9, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Beverly Ford, Va., and brevetted major on July 28, 1864, for gallantry at the battle of Deep Bottom, Va. He continued to serve in the U.S. Army until his death on January 11, 1871.

mid to late 1700s through early 1800s K $65.00


Civil War Medal of Honor recipient’s - 9 $1495.00


Autograph, General Adam E. King $25.00


5th U. S. Cavalry Officer's Pay Voucher $20.00

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

2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton. 

<b><u>Fort Ackenoe, Winchester, Va., Monday, May 4th/63</b></u>

M.J. Lupton,

Dear Daughter,

After my love to you and the rest I will inform you that I rec’d your letter of the 28th which found me well and I do wish that these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  I was very glad to hear that Laura was getting along so well but sorry to hear that your Dear Mother was so poorly but am in hopes that if she could get a little rest that it might help her but it seems that she has but a poor chance to rest while there is so much sickness in the family. I wish she would keep a girl for a while until she gets her garden made if she does not do that tell her to try and hire some person to make her garden for her even if she has to pay pretty big wages for I think it would be the best plan for her but I am satisfied that she will do the best she can but I am afraid she will do too much work.  Well I wish I could have been at home to see the commencement of your Sunday school although I should not have cared about going myself so that I might have been at home for I would do almost anything that was decent for the sake of getting home again with my little family.  Just as I got done writing to Mother yesterday our Company had orders to move up into a new fort that was about 1/2 mile from our camp.  We started right off and moved all together.  We have a beautiful place for to stay and we will not have to go out scouting while we are here and I think we will stay here as long as there is any troops left here which I think will be all summer.  Well M. Davis makes a pretty good soldier for a boy.  Oh how I wish that I was near enough to have little Levi call Pap, but he will have to call very loud.  Good by.  Write often.

Lieut. Lupton       

Light age toning 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.     A neat item simply as a Civil War era personal item or period medical component, the bottle collector will quickly recognize the rare embossing variation <B>E. HARTSHORN & SON</B> [singular] /<B> ESTABLISHED 1850</B> / <B>BOSTON, MASS</B> instead of the usual <I> E HARTSHORN & SONS</I> [plural with a reverse order of: ] <I>BOSTON MASS. - ESTABLISHED 1850</I> as seen on these bottles. (The only such variation example we have found.)  Likely an important feature with respect to desirability for the bottle collector, though as Civil War era collectors we were most pleased with the presence of the original label.   Dr. Edward Hartshorn was born in Gloucester, Mass. 1817 and graduated from the Harvard Medical School in 1840.  After practicing medicine for some time Dr. Hartshorn turned his attention to pharmaceuticals taking his sons aboard each in turn as they reached the age of majority.   The bottle is in pleasing condition and the label, as you can see remains in excellent condition.  A neat display item! 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 !  

Photographs of Confederates. By William A. Albaugh, III. Published by Broadfoot Publishing Co., Wilmington, N.C., 1993. Hardcover with dust jacket. 233 pages, illustrated. New condition. Second of two books done by the pioneer of Confederate image collecting, William A. Albaugh, III. A must have for any collector of Confederate photography!


Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union sailor in uniform standing on a rope ladder and waving his cap. A large American flag is seen behind him. Motto below, "Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue." 5 3/8 x 3. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $50.00




More Confederate Faces $50.00


Three Cheers for the Red, White & Blue $10.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a soldier standing at attention wearing a shako with plume, crossed belts, and holding his musket with fixed bayonet. Behind him is a flag pole with waving American flags, tents and the U.S. Capitol building flying American flags in the background. Motto: "Our Flag Is Still There." 5 1/4 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

(1828-92) Born in Warren County, N.C., he graduated in the West Point class of 1850 and before the Civil War served on the western frontier. He resigned his U.S. Army commission to join the Confederacy and was appointed colonel of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from March 1, 1862, he commanded a brigade under General James Longstreet in the Seven Days battles, in the Sharpsburg campaign, and at Fredericksburg. Later transferred to North Carolina, he was promoted to major general to rank from May 26, 1863, and defended the Weldon Railroad, and was then given charge of the district which included the Appomattox and Blackwater Rivers. He later commanded in Richmond and East Tennessee. He served with General P.G.T. Beauregard at Drewry's Bluff against the assaults of General Ben Butler, and he commanded General Jubal Early's cavalry forces during the raid on Washington. Falling ill, he saw no further field service. He was the younger brother of Confederate General Matt W. Ransom.

Antique photograph, 4 1/2 x 6 3/4, bust view in Confederate uniform. Light age toning and wear. Circa 1800's post Civil War print.  

(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy, and one of the best known Confederate Generals to come out of the War Between The States. He graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838, and was brevetted captain and major for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was in command at Charleston, S.C., in April 1861, during the bombardment and capture of Fort Sumter, and rose to instant fame in the Confederacy. He also saw action at 1st Manassas, Shiloh, the 1863-64 Charleston, S.C. campaign, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg, Va. Beauregard was a railroad executive in the 1860's and early 1870's and later served as Commissioner of public works in New Orleans, and Adjutant General of Louisiana.

Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 4, bust view in Confederate uniform. This is a late 1800's copy photo that was made of a cdv that was published by W. Washburn in New Orleans, La., and autographed by Beauregard in 1872. Light age toning and wear.    

The photograph measures 9 1/4 x 9, while the overall size in the mat measures, 14 x 11. Imprint below the image: Copyright, 1910, by Patriot Publishing Co., Springfield, Mass. From the Photographic History of the Civil War, Published by Review of Review Co. Printed text description below the  photograph: "The Price of War- Union Dead at Gettysburg, the Greatest Battle Since Waterloo. What argument for peace could equal this photograph? It was taken on July 4, 1863, the morrow of the awful third day at Gettysburg that sealed the doom of the Southern Confederacy. With Waterloo, Gettysburg shares preeminence among the battles of the Nineteenth Century, both for fatalities (practically the same in both cases) and for influence on history. The poor fellows in the photograph form an insignificant fraction of the 3,063 Northern soldiers killed in the three days fighting. These perished in the death-strewn "Wheatfield," to the left of the Union center, where the fighting raged fiercest. From these pitiful dead the shoes, cartridge belts and canteens had been removed to supply the needy living. A Union soldier describes a similar scene: "All around me lay the Confederate dead- undersized men with sallow, hatchet faces. As I looked down on the poor, pinched faces, worn with marching and scant fare, all enmity died out. That night we went to sleep lying where we had stood, living Yankee and dead Confederate side by side and undistinguishable." It is a grim reality, this warfare- not mere uniform and ceremony. In all, 51,000 men lay dead or wounded or were made prisoners at Gettysburg that nation might live. This photograph was published in 1910 as part of an advertisement portfolio issued in advance of the monumental work, "The Photographic History of the Civil War." The left and right borders of the mat measure 2 3/8 inches, while the upper and lower borders measure 1 inch. There is a light stain at the top of the mat where an old label had once been glued there. Light age toning and wear.

Our Flag is Still There $10.00


General Robert Ransom $20.00


Photograph, General P. G. T. Beauregard


The Union Dead at Gettysburg $15.00

3 3/8 x 5 3/8, soft cover booklet, 14 pages, published by The Nash-Spafford Press, Wolcott, N.Y. Imprint on the front cover with vignette of an eagle in flight carrying an American flag, "Semi-Centennial Roster Of Survivors of the 9th New York Heavy Artillery, September 5, 1924. B. Franklin Raze, Secretary, Camillus, N.Y. Edson D. Gillet, Ass't Secretary, Skaneateles, N.Y. Includes list of officers, Civil War muster and discharge dates with casualty numbers, a roster of the survivors of the regiment listed by company with name and town, a list of deaths reported from 1922-24, giving the names of the men, their company and date of death. Nice little imprint once owned by Private Charles Warren of the regiment with his name written at the top of the title page. Light age toning and wear. 

Found inside of the booklet was a note written by Warren sending the booklet to someone who has asked him for one. He signs it with his name and address in E. Rochester, N.Y.  H 18in. x D 14in.  H 18in. x D 14in.  

Civil War patriotic imprint with full color vignette of a Union Zouave soldier in zouave garb and holding an American flag and musket with fixed bayonet. A wooden signpost in the ground beside him reads, "To Richmond." 5 1/4 x 3.

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this it

Roster of Survivors of the 9th New York


H 18in. x D 14in. $0.00


H 18in. x D 14in. $0.00


Zouave On To Richmond $10.00

Addressed in ink to Miss Ruth Bradley, Meredith, Deleware Co., N.Y., with blue military postmark, Portsmouth, Va., Oct. 17, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp which has been cancelled. Very fine war period example that no doubt once contained a soldier's letter.  

Authentic engraving that measures 10 1/2 x 8 1/2. Imprint below the illustration, Attack On Fredericksburg- Dec. 1862. From the original painting by Chappel in the possession of the publishers. Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1863  By Johnson Fry & Co. in the clerks office of the district court of the southern district of N.Y. Very fine.   I offer  to you a very prized white ironstone item, a Laurel Wreath Sugarbowl.  People who love antique white ironstone usually adore this shape because of its beautiful ribbed design, unique knot finial  and dense ironstone body. It was made in the Elsmore & Forster pottery and bears its circular backstamp which dates it to 1867.   It measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 7 inches wide. Condition is excellent - no chips, cracks, hairlines or restoration.

Sugar bowls, also called sucriers of its era were very large because sugar came in large blocks.  These days, you could use it to set an antique tea service, to decorate a shelf, or to hold flowers.

Now for the embossing.  It has bulging ribs on the bottom, a dramatic wreath design on both sides, thumbprints above.  Next is a band of laurel leaves with more bulging ribs at the top.   The domed lid has the laurel leaf band with thumbprints above and bulging ribs at the top.  The knotted shape finial adds the final touch.  

(1807-1891) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1825. One of his classmates was Robert E. Lee. He served with great distinction in the Seminole and Mexican Wars, in which he was wounded and brevetted repeatedly. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army in May 1861. The forces he commanded at Harpers Ferry linked up in time to fight with General Beauregard at 1st Manassas, turning the tide of battle in favor of the Confederacy. This performance earned him a full generalcy and the command of the Army of Northern Virginia. He fought against McClellan in the Peninsular campaign and was severely wounded at the battle of 7 Pines, Va., in May 1862. He was later given the command of the Army of Tennessee which he led in the early stages of the Atlanta campaign. He later opposed General William T. Sherman in the 1865 Carolina's campaign and eventually surrendered his army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. From 1879-81, Johnston served as a U.S. Congressman from his native state of Virginia, and was U.S. Commissioner of Railroads from 1885-91. He died in Washington, on March 21, 1891, supposedly as a result of a cold contracted while marching bareheaded in the rain in the funeral procession of his old Civil War adversary, General William T. Sherman.

Antique portrait engraving, bust view in Confederate uniform. Overall size is 6 1/2 x 10 1/2. Light bend in the upper right corner which does not affect the subject. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness.

Civil War Envelope With Portsmouth, Virg $8.00


The Attack on Fredericksburg, Virginia $15.00


White Ironstone Sugar Bowl, Laurel Wreat $135.00


General Joseph E. Johnston $15.00

This beautiful 22 inch string of antique salmon coral beads remains on its original fine olive green three strand mounting and is offered as found after decades of storage with an accompanying notation : <I>These coral beads were worn by Delia M. Ting born Sept 1,1843 when she was a small child.</I> and that  <I>They use to think that wearing coral beads aided children in cutting teeth and prevented sore throat etc.</I> Obviously prized as a family heirloom, the penned notation further advises that the beads were likewise worn by Delia’s daughter.  We learned by a rudimentary bit of research that natural coral has been prized in many cultures for centuries for believed medicinal properties.  Small round beads of salmon orange to a deep red were the most prized. It was thought to be effective as an antidote to poison and an efficacious amulet for warding off all manner of negativity.  Coral's protective powers were believed to be especially good for children causing parents to hang tiny coral branches on a child's cradle or place a string of small coral beads around a baby's neck soon after birth to <I>preserve and fasten their teeth</I>.   All in wonderful untouched and original condition these beautiful antique coral beads will fit in any number of categories from antique jewelry to 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!

 An outstanding companion item for the righting instrument enthusiast, this wonderful old <B>American Lead Pencil Co.</B> measures a full 12 15/16 inches in length with the nib in place and sports 99% of its original marbled enamel finish in the shaft.  All in nice original condition with an age patina on the nib and metal components.   One of the first pencil factories in this country, the American Lead Pencil Co. was founded by Edward Weissenborn who immigrated to America in 1854. In 1860 after <U>assisting in the design and construction of the Civil War battleship, </U> the <B> USS Monitor</B>, Edward set up his pencil factory.  His American Pencil Company quickly earned a reputation for producing quality writing instruments and utilized complimentary letters from four members of President Lincoln's cabinet in their advertisements.  Nicely maker marked from the American Lead Pencil Co. this unusual oversize ink pen will clean nicely if you wish but we’d leave it as is with the nice natural age coloring.  Will  display nicely with any writing instrument or antique store display. 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 !

 Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is a heavy cast brass flagstaff finial of the two piece variety. (see: <I>Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I> by Phillips)  This example offers good evidence of use and age yet remains in really nice condition with a good amount of the original gold plating remaining.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  

 Whether called a <I>night stick, Billy club</I> or <I>truncheon</I>, the site of this stout 12 ¾ inch weapon of hand turned lignum vitae would most likely serve as a satisfactory deterrent on any lantern lit waterfront street. In dark alleys though and in different hands many a young man out on the town would feel the sting of such only to come around in the morning as an unintended ships crewman bound for some unknown far away port.  Hand turned variants of the more commonly shaped and finer made Constable of Police are considered to be more than likely the choice of the ruffian in the dark alley than to be a companion of the Law. The weight and density of the exotic lignum vitae wood offered special properties which made it a common material of the ships carpenter shop.  A neat piece for the 18th and 19th century collector of nautical related memorabilia, we have left this example untouched and as found, solid as stone and nearly as heavy with that natural opening at the grain that vintage lignum vitae is known for.  Will polish to an attractive luster if you choose but we would leave the age of the wood and natural patina of the cotton cord just as the decades have put them there.   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

earlier to mid 1800s – MEDICINAL Coral B


rare oversize – American Lead Pencil Co. $125.00


Civil War vintage Flagstaff Finial


antique Lignum Vitae Truncheon $125.00

      Used in the period but not abused, this classic <I>HAPGOOD</I> percussion forager remains in eye pleasing condition, <U>original</U> and with <U>no alterations</U>.  A rarity in this utility grade working gun, we don’t recall seeing another that has not been severely used and or altered from the original.  Though this example offers good evidence of age and period use, it remains in excellent condition with the exception of the original nipple, which has been corroded by use of the period mercuric primers.  We have left the piece just as it was acquired with an attractive rich brown finish from a proper sperm oil wipe on all iron components before being set aside decades ago.  The straight grain American walnut stock and pinned white oak barrel rib with original hickory ramrod all remain in nice used in the period, but not abused condition.  Brass furniture, like the rest remains untouched with a pleasing measure of age patina.  As to dimensions, this field gun measures 51 ½ inches in total length with a 36 1/4 inch 69 bore barrel of, classic for Hapgood’s working grade forager, military surplus origin.

      Thanks to the popularity of modern day Civil War military site excavation we have good evidence of use of the back-action percussion lock foragers by military foragers (see: Howard R. Crouch <I>Civil War Artifacts</I>). Over the years we have seen many a Hapgood percussion fouler here in New England.  Engaged in the firearms business in his home community of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts from 1826-1847, then in Boston until 1864 when he left the business to return to Shrewsbury, Joab Hapgood handled all manner of arms with more than one grade and style half stock carrying <I>J. Hapgood</I> on its percussion lock. His plain utility forager though, with its back action lock and half stock (frequently produced with smooth bore barrels acquired from European military salvage) was by far the old standby here in New England.  If existing remnants of Hapgood’s plainly designed forager seen over the years is any indication, one would think that most New England country farms of the 1830s through the Civil War era had a place for one of Joab Hapgood’s <I> working man’s</I> big bore field and forest guns.  As such one would think existing examples of Hapgood’s gun, as is offered here, would be rather common on today’s market however with the commonality of heavy use and with the gnawing frequency in which examples were severely altered and or abused in later years of obsolescence, there is an extreme scarcity of examples remaining in anything like original condition. An atractive all original piece at a reasonable price. <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!


By Lloyd Ostendorf. Published by The Illinois Historical Society, Springfield, Illinois, 1969. Hard cover, illustrated front cover, 64 pages. This compilation of twenty six photographs is believed to be the first attempt to enumerate and catalog all the photographic likenesses of Mary Todd Lincoln. At least four of these photographs are virtually unknown to historians and Lincoln students and are published here for the first time. Excellent reference book. Rare and extremely desirable.  

By James L. Lowe. A Check List of Lincoln Postcards, Old and New. Autographed by James L. Lowe on title page. Revised edition by Dean and Mrs. Charles W. Brennan. First Revision. Published by Deltiologists of America, Folsom, Pa., 1973. Soft cover, 144 pages, illustrated. Like new condition. An excellent reference work on Abraham Lincoln postcards.  

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

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

<b><u>Camp Ackenoe, Winchester, Va., Monday, May 11th/63</b></u>

My Dear and loving wife,

After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I received a letter dated the 7th and was glad to hear that you were in tolerable health.  It found me well but lonesome for in spite of all the company that I have here there is that aching void that nothing but my little family can fill.  Well dear there is any amount of Lupton’s around here some of them are Secesh and others good Union men.  All those that belong to the friends are loyal.  On Saturday I learned that there was a Quaker meeting about 2 miles from camp and as I was so tired of staying at home I went to the Provost Marshal and got a pass to go out into the country so I went out to the meeting and I found some ten or dozen Lupton’s there.  They were very clever and all of them invited me to go home with them, but I could not go with them all so I went with one, Joel Lupton a man about Father’s age.  He is a widower.  He has lost his wife and 4 daughters in the last 6 months.  He has two sons and two daughters living.  The daughters are about the size of Margy though one of them is a little older.  Their names are Sarah Jane and Mariah.  They are very nice girls.  They have an old aunt that helps them to keep house.  There was a Mary Lupton there, a cousin of the others, quite a nice young woman.  There was also a Rachel Ann Lupton, the widow of Lewis Lupton, and her son, a young man who insisted very strong on my coming to see them.  Well I spent quite a pleasant afternoon with them.  They told me of their troubles and thus have had pretty hard times for the Secesh have robbed them of their grain and horses and often run them off from home to save themselves from being put in the army, but enough of this.  Well dear I think that B. Coates had better off come with me to the army.  It might have cured his liver complaint.  It would have been better for him.  If what you think is true it does seem strange that he must keep some ornery trash on his place all the time just to keep up a fuss, but it seems that he will do it.  I got a letter from Lydia Couplin last week.  They were all as well as common.  I also got one from R. Vallinor on yesterday.  They were all well.  He said that he had thought of writing to you but that Mary E. Eripson was there and was going to start home the next day and he thought she could tell you more than he could write.  Well dear I got a likeness taken on Saturday which I will send to you to look at until I can bring you the original which I hope will be before long.  I wish you would get yours taken if you can get a chance, and little Lewis’s and send them to me, and also a copy of dear little Irena’s.  Indeed I would like to have them all but I don’t suppose I can get them.  Well dear I think of you by day and dream of you by night and as you say that you feel disappointed when you don’t get a letter that is the way I feel although I cannot expect to get one every day.  You talk about me not being able to read your letters.  The trouble is I can read them too quick.  I would like them to be as long as mine are and will fill up for I never get tired of reading them for it seems a little like you were talking to me.  Well I must quit for I don’t think you can read all of this so good by dear wife for today.

From your loving husband,  

Lieut. L. 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.

rarely found un-altered and all original $425.00


The Photographs of Mary Todd Lincoln $75.00


Lincoln Postcard Catalog


116th Ohio Infantry Letter $75.00

<b>Killed near Bethesda Church by a Yankee Sharpshooter in 1864</b>

(1830-64) Born at Milledgeville, Georgia, he was the captain of a militia company known as the "Baldwin Blues" and the company entered Confederate service in 1861 when they joined the 4th Georgia Infantry. He was elected colonel of the regiment in May 1862 and saw action with the Army of Northern Virginia at South Mountain, and Sharpsburg and was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on November 1, 1862. He went on to fight at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. Considered one of the premier brigadiers in the Confederate army, he was instantly killed by a Yankee sharpshooter on June 2, 1864, near Bethesda Church, while supervising the entrenchments of his line. 

Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 3 1/2, in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's print.  The  hunt scene creamer presented measures 5 1/2 inches wide by 5 1/4 inches tall.  It is an early one from the William Adams and Sons pottery.  By its design and appearance, I would date it to 1820 - 1835 period.

The design is entitled  "Huntsman," a composition featuring two hunters on horseback with three hunting hounds in a mountainous setting.

It is in great antique condition, free of all chips and cracks.  An exceptional barrel or <I>rundlet</I> pattern canteen as was popular from the 1750's - 1830's with use in the American Revolution. Difficult to find these days, examples of such early American fare as this attractive old turned wood canteen examples may be found in any number of quality museum collections to include the Valley Forge museum as well in published references such as Newmann & Kravic’s <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the American Revolution</I>.  Offered here untouched just as it came out of decades of storage, this example retains a full complement of an attractive gold with black finish likely done for decorative purposes sometime in the mid-19th century.     This attractive rundlet measures approximately 6 ¾ inches in length by 4 inches in diameter at its ends with.  Whether referred to as a canteen, keg or rundlet, this example remains in excellent condition and will be sure to please.  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 !

 This early blue tranferware item is a platter drainer measuring 15 1/4 by 10 2/3 inches.  It is in beautiful shape - free of all chips and cracks with bright colors and smooth glaze.  Where has it been for over 180 years?  It is marked with the ribbon cartouche of the pottery which has never been identified.  The scene name, not on the backstamp is identified by the image.

Early transferware dish sets were mammoth by today's standards.  In addition to including doens dishes for in multiple sizes, nested sets of platters were included ranging from the tiny bacon platter to huge platters for serving roasted birds.  Some of them came with drainers to allow juices to collect in the well located in the center.  These "well and tree" designs were topped with drainers such as this.  It would replicate the central scene of the design and would nestle into the platter with the surround and its design as a frame.  

It's great to find one in such fine condition.  Use it as a display, or if you are fortunate enough to have the platter for it, put the two together.

I cannot identify the exact years this was produced because the pottery for this famous historical series has never been identified.  By its characteristics including its pearlware glaze and historical subject matter, we would date it to the 1815 - 1830 period.

Photograph, General George P. Doles $20.00


Early Adams Pottery Cream Pitcher, " $55.00


American Revolutionary War era Rundlet C $245.00


British Scenery Series Platter Drainer, $235.00

<b>Relative of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln!

Mortally wounded at the battle of Chickamauga in 1863</b>

(1831-63) Born in Bardstown, Kentucky, he graduated in the West Point class of 1851. In 1856, he married Emily Todd, the half sister of Mary Todd Lincoln, wife of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. He served in the Kentucky State legislature, 1855-56, and was the commonwealth's attorney, 1856-58. In 1861, he was offered a commission as major in the U.S. Army by President Lincoln but he declined the president's offer and threw his lot in with the Confederacy. He recruited the 1st Kentucky Cavalry, C.S.A., and was commissioned their colonel on October 19, 1861. Promoted to brigadier general, March 14, 1862, he served in the Vicksburg area, and Louisiana until, January 1863, when he was assigned to the command of General R.W. Hanson's old brigade in General John C. Breckenridge's division of the Army of Tennessee. He led them in the operations around Tullahoma, and was at times in command of the division. At the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., on September 19, 1863, in the first assault of General Leonidas Polk's wing on the Union breastworks, General Helm was mortally wounded dying the next day. Initially buried in Atlanta, his remains were returned to his native Kentucky twenty one years later and reinterred in Elizabethtown.

Antique photograph, 2 1/2 x 4, portrait in uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's post Civil War print. Rare.  

<b>United States Congressman from Alabama

Confederate Senator</b>

(1814-63) He practiced law in Alabama, and served in the U.S. Congress, 1844-46, where he became a leader of the Southern "Fire-eaters." He drafted the Alabama Platform in 1848, which asserted that slaveholders had the right to take their slaves with them to the new territories, and later advocated secession. He supported the Southern Democrats in their nomination of John C. Breckinridge for president in 1860, and drafted Alabama's secession ordinance and served in the Confederate Senate from 1861 until his death in 1863.

Antique photograph, 3 3/4 x 5 3/4, chest up view portrait. No imprint. Circa 1800's post Civil War print. Light wear.  

<b>Commander of Waul's Texas Legion</b>

(1813-1903) Born in Sumter District, South Carolina, he studied law in Vicksburg, Mississippi and was admitted to the bar in 1835. He afterwards moved to Gonzales County, Texas where he became a plantation owner and continued to practice law. He was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861 and served until the establishment of the permanent government. At that time he recruited what became known as Waul's Texas Legion and was commissioned their colonel on May 17, 1862. He surrendered with his command at the fall of Vicksburg on July 4, 1863, and after his exchange he was promoted to brigadier general. He commanded a brigade during the 1864 Red River Campaign, fighting in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. Later transferred to Arkansas, he fought at the battle of Jenkins' Ferry. After the close of the war he was elected to the first Texas reconstruction convention and thereafter he practiced law in Galveston.

Antique photograph, 4 1/4 x 6 1/4. Bust view portrait in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Scarce.    Standing approximately 6 ½ inches high this wonderful old country tinsmith fashioned oil lamp remains in pure as found condition with lots of pleasing evidence of age and period use but with no damage or other condition issues.  This attractive old lamp retains its original tin <I>tube wick</>.  This attractive old lighting device will set nicely just out on a counter, writing desk or shelf or, for the early American lighting collector, will offer a difficult to find original example of the type.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I> All direct sales are backed by </I> <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased !</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Photograph, General Benjamin Hardin Helm $45.00


Photograph, William L. Yancey $10.00


Photograph, General Thomas N. Waul $35.00


earlier to mid 1800s tinned sheet-iron O $125.00

H 14in. x W 4in .x D 6in.  

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

War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 16, 1863

General Orders

No. 218

By direction of the President of the United States, Brigadier General Quincy A. Gillmore is appointed to the command of the Tenth Army Corps, in place of Major General David Hunter, relieved, to date from June 12, 1863.

By Order Of The Secretary Of War:


Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine.  

<b>Killed in the Battle of Mansfield, Louisiana</b>

(1829-64) Born at Opelousas, Louisiana, he was the son of Louisiana Governor and United States Senator Alexander Mouton. He graduated in the West Point class of 1850. Prior to the commencement of the War Between the States he was a railroad construction engineer and brigadier general of Louisiana militia. When the war started he recruited a company in Lafayette Parish, and was elected colonel of the 18th Louisiana Infantry in October 1861. Leading his regiment at the battle of Shiloh he received a near fatal wound and was commended for his gallant actions. Promoted to rank of brigadier general on April 16, 1862, he commanded a brigade of Louisiana regiments in General Richard Taylor's Department, and was frequently commended by Taylor for his ability and skill. On April 8, 1864, while commanding his brigade and that of General Prince de Polignac, he opened the battle of Mansfield in the Red River campaign and was killed while leading a charge.

Antique photograph, 8 x 9 1/2. Bust view portrait in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War print. Rare.  

5 1/4 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by Lieutenant Colonel, Alexander Cassil, 65th Ohio Infantry.

Mt. Vernon, O.[hio], Jany. 29/87

My Dear Col.,

Your kind favor of 27th inst. just recd.  In reply will say, Mrs. Mathery’s name was Rebecca, the Son’s name, Simeon, Co. A, 65th Regt. O.V.I. (My old Co. & Regt).  Henry Belts, Co. K, 195th Regt.  I am afraid that the clause ("in any war in which the United States has been engaged") in the first part of Sec. 2 of the pension bill recently passed would cut Hiram out.  What do you think?  Hope these other cases will come out all right.  Our friend W.C. Cutbertson is very sick.  I fear for the result.  Mental and physical prostration.

Very Respectfully,

A. Cassil

Alexander Cassil, was 35 years old when he enlisted as a captain on October 13, 1861, and was commissioned into Co. A, 65th Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel, August 8, 1862, and resigned on March 22, 1863.

Simeon Mathery, mentioned in this letter, was 18 years old when he enlisted as a private, on November 26, 1861, and was mustered into Co. A, 65th Ohio Infantry. He died of disease on April 15, 1862, at Lebanon, Kentucky. He is buried in the Lebanon National Cemetery, gravesite A-54.

The following is a list of battles in which the 65th Ohio Infantry regiment bore an honorable part, as given in the Official Army Register: Shiloh, Siege of Corinth, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga,  Missionary Ridge, Rocky Face Ridge,  Resaca, Adairsville, New Hope Church, Kennesaw Mountain, Big Shanty, Peachtree Creek, the Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Spring Hill, Franklin and Nashville.  

During the siege of Corinth it was under fire almost hourly. In the engagement at Stone's River it lost 2 officers killed and 8 wounded (one mortally), 38 men killed, 106 wounded, 19 missing. The regiment was under fire throughout the entire engagement. At Chickamauga it lost 3 officers killed and 5 wounded, 13 men killed, 60 wounded and 24 missing; in the battle of Missionary Ridge it had 1 killed and 14 wounded; at Resaca it lost 2 killed and 26 wounded, at Kennesaw Mountain it lost 3 killed and 9 wounded; at Peachtree Creek it lost 4 men wounded and 1 missing; in the battle of Spring Hill it lost 5 killed, 22 wounded and 14 missing; and at Franklin, 1 killed, 22 wounded and 21 missing. 

Source: The Union Army, Vol. 2

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General Gillmore Appointed Commander of $15.00


Photograph, General Jean Jacques Alfred $50.00


Letter From Veteran of 65th Ohio Infantr

By William C. Darrah. Published by Land Yacht Press, Nashville, Tennessee, 1997. 8 1/4 x 11, softcover, 246 pages, index, bibliography, illustrated. Brand new condition.

The World of Stereographs, by William C. Darrah, is the definitive work on stereographs. It remains the place where one starts when dealing with stereo photography.  

(1832-1913) The 29 year old Prince de Polignac came to the Confederacy with a distinguished record in the Crimean War, and was named Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of Staff to General P.G.T. Beauregard on July 16, 1861. After fighting at Corinth, he was named brigadier general on January 10, 1863 and served under General Richard Taylor in the Red River campaign of 1864. Put in command of a Texas Brigade, he met with disapproval, hostility and the nickname, "Polecat." He soon won their respect and admiration as a combat leader moving up to division command at Sabine Cross Roads, and on June 13, 1864 was appointed major general. About 6 foot 4 inches tall, and thin, he was a gallant and talented soldier as well as one of the war's most romantic figures. His statue is on the Sabine Cross Roads battlefield.

Antique photograph, 6 1/2 x 8 1/2. Chest up portrait in uniform wearing kepi. No imprint. Chip out of the upper left and lower left corners of the photograph. Circa early 1900's silver print.  


<b>Served as Lieutenant Colonel of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry and Colonel of the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War

U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania</b>

(1823-76) Born in Old Brighton, Beaver County, Pa., he attended Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and commenced practice in Lancaster. Served as the district attorney of Lancaster County, 1856-59. During the Civil War he was lieutenant colonel of the 10th Pennsylvania Infantry, and colonel of the 12th Pennsylvania Infantry. Served as United States Congressman, 1868-73. Was a delegate to the Pennsylvania State Constitutional Convention of 1873. 

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 1/4 x 3 1/4, in ink, O.J. Dickey, Lancaster, Penna. Very fine.  

Plate CXV. Original atlas map that accompanied the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies, 1861-65. Multi colored, includes nine individual maps on the same side of one large sheet that measures 29 x 18 1/2.

1. Topographical Map of Johnsonville, Tenn. 

2. Topographical Map of Clarksville, Tenn.

3. Map of Franklin, Tenn.

4. Topographical Map of Columbia, Tenn. and Vicinity

5. Map of Gallatin, Tenn.

6. Map of Decatur, Alabama

7. Topographical Sketch of Athens, Alabama

8. Map of Dalton, Georgia

9. Map of Huntsville, Alabama

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Photograph, General Camille Armand Jules


Autograph, Oliver J. Dickey $15.00


Atlas Map, Tennessee, Georgia and Alabam

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