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<b>Killed in battle at Spotsylvania, Virginia in 1864</b> 


(1813-1864) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. Won two brevets in the Mexican War. Sedgwick saw action in the Peninsular campaign until his wounding at the battle of Glendale. He distinguished himself at the battle of Antietam, and was wounded three times before being carried off the field unconscious. He later fought at Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and the Wilderness. At Spotsylvania, on May 9, 1864, his aides cautioned him about the unnecessary risks he was taking in exposing himself to the enemy. Sedgwick, replied, "they couldn't hit an elephant at this distance!" Moments later a Confederate sharpshooter found his mark and killed him instantly! It was a terrible loss to the Union army as "Papa John" Sedgwick as he was known was not only a capable general, he was loved by his men.


Antique portrait engraving of Sedgwick in uniform with rank of major general. "Maj. Gen. John Sedgwick" printed below his likeness. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. 5 x 8 1/4. 

 


<b>18th President of the United States</b>


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


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 2 1/8, in ink, boldly signed in large letters, U.S. Grant. Very desirable.   Considered by many to be the first officer to fall as a causality of the Civil War, the image of young Zouave Colonel Elmer Ellsworth became a center piece among Union sympathizers after he was shot and killed as he removed a Confederate flag from the Marshal House in Alexandria, Virginia.   Badges such as this one featuring a <I>gem</I> size tintype of Col. Ellsworth were worn by military and civilian citizens in the patriotic fervor of the early Civil War. (see cover: <I>MILITARY IMAGES</I> Autumn 2017 p.32 )   A scarce period example, our illustration will do best to describe this attractive offering.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 A nice item for the lighting enthusiast, Indian War era personal item collector or 19th century Americana fan, this little oil lamp is offered untouched and just as it came out of decades of storage.  Remaining entirely original, complete and in fine condition yet with an eye pleasing natural age patina on its brass components, this little finger lamp is marked <B> *  PATENTED * OCTOBER 28, 1873*</B> <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 !!

General John Sedgwick $20.00

 

Autograph, General Ulysses S. Grant $595.00

 

Early Civil War - Col. Elmer Ellsworth P $295.00

 

Patent 1873 FINGER LAMP $75.00

A classic of common life seldom surviving to reach todays collector of Civil War mess gear or personal items, the vast majority of these cans were crushed and cast away once they had served their purpose.  Telltale of the period is the extremely thin sheet iron material, over lapping lead soldered seams and the spot of solder sealing what had served as a vent hole in the top of the can.  The period preservation process required that full cans be heated with the small vent hole then sealed with a spot of lead solder.  (The heating and resulting vacuum resulting from sealing off the vent before the content was entirely cool offered some considerable shelf life in the days before refrigeration.)  This rare intact example somehow avoided the crushing boot and trash heap and just for effect comes with a good old cast spoon of the same era.  A simple period pair that will add a finishing touch to any Civil War personal or winter camp 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 This neat little tin recorder or <I>penny whistle</I> as they were so commonly called dates from the Civil War era and demonstrates the classic design and construction of the period with its rolled and lapped tinned sheet iron body to its mouthpiece with wooden mouthpiece insert.  The little musical instrument measures just under 10 inches in length and is illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison.  A popular item around the camp fire or in winter quarters this old <I>penny whistle</I> remains in pleasing condition and will lay in nicely with any Civil War personal item or musical 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 !!  This attractive little traveling ink measures approximately 1 inch in diameter, stands about 1 7/8 inch high and remains in an eye appealing as found and untouched condition just as it came out after decades of storage.  The body and original screw cap offer that rich chocolate patina that is so desirous in this material and comes only with good honest age.  A neat piece for inclusion in any Civil War vintage grouping, writing instrument enthusiast. (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  <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 much to say about this offering not better said by our illustrations.  Suffice it to say this neat old spirit bottle stands approximately 11 inches and retains a good portion of  its original <I>Superior Bay Rum</I> label along with the period revenue stamp on its base and foil seal material at the lip.  All original with no chips or cracks, this nice old rum bottle will go well in any Civil War era 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

original! Civil War vintage TIN CAN & SP $75.00

 

Civil War era tin PENNY WHISTLE $65.00

 

Civil War era HARD RUBBER TRAVELING INK $65.00

 

all original Civil War era SUPERIOR BAY

H 30in. x W 138in.  H 17in. x W 17in.  


<b>Wounded during Pickett's Charge during the battle of Gettysburg</b>


(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. Played a gallant role in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the 1862 Maryland campaign which climaxed into the battle of Antietam. He greatly distinguished himself in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped to save the strategic Culp's Hill for General Meade's army. On July 3rd, his corps became the focal point for the celebrated Pickett's Charge in which he was seriously wounded. After his recovery, he went on to fight in the bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned the sobriquet "Hancock The Superb." In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. He was narrowly defeated by another ex-Civil War General, the soon to be assassinated, James A. Garfield.


<u>Card Signature With Date And Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 3, in ink, Governor's Island, N. York, November 11, 1882, Winfd. S. Hancock.    

       A desirable photo on its original 10 x 12 in. mount, imprinted <I> Photographed by GORMAN & JORDAN</I> on the front and on the back, <B><I>Gorman & Jordan, Army Photographers, Alexandria, Va.</I></B> with inked negative number <I>255</>and dated <I>April 1864</I>.   This photograph is an original example of Gorman & Jordan's only known war time images rendered of <B>5th Corps headquarters</B> at <B>Rappahannock Station </B>.  This image remains in fine original condition depicting enlisted men, officers, quarters and <U>regimental flag</U> of the <I>18th Massachusetts Infantry </B> at Corps Headquarters in the spring of 1864.  Precisely in the center, flanked by a staff officer on either side, stands Colonel, soon to be, <B>Brigadier General Joseph Hayes</B>.  As set in a period pencil notation on the mount back, Gen. Hayes was a graduate of Harvard class of 1855.  He mustered as Major of the 18th Mass Vols. on Aug. 24, 1861 and was promoted to Lt. Col. in August of 1862 then Colonel Nov. 30, I862.   He saw action with the 18th Massachusetts, in the Peninsula and Wilderness Campaigns suffering a head wound at the Battle of the Wilderness.  Commissioned Brigadier General of U.S. Volunteers on May 12, 1864.  He was taken prisoner at Weldon Rail Road. Breveted as Major General of U.S. Vols. in March 1865, Gen. Hayes commanded an advanced Brigade of 5th Army Corps in pursuit of Lee's forces in April 1865.

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H 30in. x W 138in. $0.00

 

H 17in. x W 17in. $0.00

 

Autograph, General Winfield S. Hancock $195.00

 

Civil War Photograph -18th Mass. Col. - $235.00

Penned on a single 8 X 10 sheet folded to offer 3  pages of cursive script laying out the <I>British & European Law</I> of <I> Uniform System of Night Signals</I> with a matching brown ink penned notation on the 4th page originally folded to serve as a cover. That notation is simply directed <I>Capt.</I> and advises <I>Night signaling as is required in British waters.  Per order:  <B>Adml. Semmes C. S. N.</B></I>  <U>Not a signature</U> but clearly an effort to pass along with emphasis the requirements of night signaling while sailing in British and European waters, to a ship’s Captain unfamiliar with sailing in such locations.  The particular circumstances of this interesting communication has been lost in time and must be left to the speculation.  A neat remnant of the Confederate Navy effort to keep the <I>homeland</I> supplied with the necessities of war, we would guess that the document was aimed in some fashion toward blockade running operations.  A neat item for the Confederate Navy and blockade running.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Most frequently referred to by collectors simply as a <I>foot warmer</I> these attractive portable warmers were in actuality  as versatile as the imagination and need to ward off the chill of winter.  Under the heavy blanket or buffalo robe of carriage or sleigh, family pew of a drafty church in winter, or in a sick room, these hand crafted ember <I>stoves</I> offered much comfort in a wide variety of circumstances.  This one measures approximately 8 inches square and stands about 5 ½ inches high not counting the wire bale carrier.  The new owner will likely wish a light cleaning and a bit of wax polish as we were fortunate enough to acquire the piece as you see it here untouched and as found after decades of attic storage.  A rarity in this condition, we chose to leave it pure and as found..  Complete even to include the original sheet iron <I>ember-holder</I> which is nearly always missing, this example remains in especially nice condition with no breaks, repairs or condition issues.   A classic of the type the wood frame sports turned columns with mortis and tenon joints all without the use of nails or metal brads.  The pierce decorated body is of tinned sheet iron, lead soldered with classic hinged door and wire latch.  The beveled ember container is of the classic design with a slightly curved up at the center bottom so as to allow air circulation  preventing overheating and eventual burning through at the bottom.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Illustrated here with a U. S. quarter for size comparison, this c.1850s photography trade token advertises <B>  M.A. Roots Daguerrian Gallery 140 Chestnut St. Philada.</B> on one side with <B> UNITED STATES OF AMERICA</B> and the figure of an American Eagle on the other.  Root worked as a successful daguerreotypist at his Chestnut Street, New York City Gallery from 1849 to 1857.  A nice companion item for the collector of American daguerreotypes.  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 fare but we thought someone would like this little Wheaton Bottle as a nice display item without spending a lot of money.  Standing a mear 3 inches from base to its original cork and remaining in excellent condition with no chips cracks or other damage, this attractive little cobalt bottle is embossed <B>A. LANCASTER’S INDIAN VEGETABLE JAUNDICE BITTERS   COL. SAM JOHNSON PROPRIETOR  RICHMOND, VA.   1852</B>  Devoted mostly to the making of pharmaceutical glass bottles since inception in 1888, the Wheaton Glass works has fascinated the collector market for decades manufacturing, in addition to their usual commercial products, a line of commemorative bottles and reproductions of all manner of attractive collectable bottles until today <I>Wheaton Bottles</I> have become a popular collector category all to itself. (see: Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center, NJ)   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

British and European UNIFORM SYSTEM OF N $245.00

 

c. 1700s through mid 1800s portable - W $245.00

 

M. A. ROOTS – DAGUERRIAN – Phila. / Ph $55.00

 

Lancaster's Indian Vegetable Bitters - R $55.00

H 30in. x W 32in. x D 24in.  H 12in. x W 15in. x W 15in.  H 22in. x W 27in. x D 40in.  H 20in. x W 18in. x D 3in.

H 30in. x W 32in. x D 24in. $0.00

 

H 12in. x W 15in. x W 15in. $0.00

 

H 22in. x W 27in. x D 40in. $0.00

 

H 20in. x W 18in. x D 3in. $0.00

H 40in. x W 60in.  H 17in. x W 15in. x D 8in.  H 63in. x W 18in. x D 1/2in.  H 56in. x W 28in.

H 40in. x W 60in. $0.00

 

H 17in. x W 15in. x D 8in. $0.00

 

H 63in. x W 18in. x D 1 / 2in. $0.00

 

H 56in. x W 28in. $0.00

H 323in. x W 29in.  H 46in. x W 22in. x D 54in.  H 50in. x W 52in. x D 6in.  H 20in. x D 10in.

H 323in. x W 29in. $0.00

 

H 46in. x W 22in. x D 54in. $0.00

 

H 50in. x W 52in. x D 6in. $0.00

 

H 20in. x D 10in. $0.00

H 48in. x W 32in.  


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient</b>


(1830-1909) Graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1846. Was appointed Colonel of the 3rd Maine Infantry, in June 1861. He saw action at 1st Bull Run, Yorktown, and Fair Oaks where he received two serious wounds and lost his right arm. He later fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the Atlanta campaign. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions at Fair Oaks, and the Thanks of Congress for Gettysburg. He founded Howard University for negroes in Washington, D.C., and served as it's president from 1869-74. Continuing in the Regular Army, he was peace commissioner to the Apaches, participated in Indian fighting and served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy.


Antique portrait engraving of Howard in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed title, "Gen. Oliver O. Howard" below his likeness. 6 1/4 x 9 3/4.

 <b>at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor</b>


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


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 3, 1863


General Orders

No. 205


Outlines the charges, specifications and sentence of Lance Corporal John Clary, Company A, Permanent Party, at a court martial that convened at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, Headquarters, Department of the East.


Charge I- "Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline."  


Specification 1st- "being on duty in the Quartermaster and Commissary Department at Fort Columbus, New York harbor, did, at various times from, on, or about May 19, 1862, to the 19th day of March, 1863, steal from the Quartermaster's storehouse at said post, and from various other places at said post, various articles of Government property, consisting in part of the following, viz: seven bed sacks, one soldier's overcoat, two pairs trowsers, one tent cover, twenty bed sacks, six blankets, five dozen knives, five dozen forks, twenty six bars soap, two tents, four Regimental Record Books of 8th Infantry, United States Army, one hatchet, one telescope and case, all property of the United States, and one dress hat and epaulettes, the property of Captain Marston, 1st Infantry; and did feloniously take and remove the said property from said post during the time aforesaid, and secrete the same in a certain house in the city of Brooklyn. All this at Fort Columbus, New York harbor, and at the city of Brooklyn, Long Island, where said property was found to the value of $50 and upwards." 


Specification 2d- "did feloniously take and remove from Fort Columbus, New York harbor, about twenty nine pairs of trowsers, the property of the United States, and which was found in his possession in Brooklyn, whither he had carried it with an intent to steal and dispose of the same."


Charge II- "Desertion." 


Specification- "In this, said Lance Corporl John Clary, did desert the service of the United States on or about March 18th, and did remain absent till on or about March 19th, when he was apprehended by a member of the Metropolitan Police and delivered at this post."


Sentence- "And the Court does therefore sentence him to be dishonorably discharged the service, forfeiting all pay and allowances now due, or that may become due, and to be confined for five years in the Penitentiary in the District of Columbia." 


By Order Of The Secretary Of War:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General  


(1824-1897) Graduated from West Point in the class of 1844. In 1846 he was awarded the brevet of first lieutenant for gallantry in the Mexican War. He later served on the Indian frontier and in Florida against the Seminoles as an officer of the United States  dragoons. Distinguished service in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign gained him notoriety and a promotion to brigadier general. He commanded a division of the Cavalry Corps in the Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville campaigns. Promoted to major general in June 1863, he took over command of the Cavalry Corps and directed 10,000 Federal horsemen in the battle of Brandy Station, Va., the biggest cavalry fight of the Civil War. The battle was said to have made the Union Cavalry. He served in the Gettysburg campaign, and also led the cavalry corps at Beverly Ford, Aldie, Middleburg, Upperville, Culpeper Court House and went west in 1864 to the Department of Missouri. Pleasanton resigned from the U.S. Army in 1868 and served as Commissioner of the Internal Revenue under President Ulysses S. Grant.


<u>Signature With Title</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, Very respectfully, A. Pleasanton, Commissioner.

H 48in. x W 32in. $0.00

 

General Oliver O. Howard

 

Court Martial of a Lance Corporal for Th

 

Autograph, General Alfred Pleasanton $95.00




(1836-81) Born near Deckertown, N.J., he graduated in the West Point class of May 1861. He had the distinction of being the first Regular officer to be wounded in action during the Civil War, this coming in June 1861, at the battle of Big Bethel, Va. In September 1861, he became the lieutenant colonel, and in December, colonel of the 2nd New York Cavalry. He successively commanded his regiment, a brigade, and later a division of cavalry in the Army of the Potomac, playing a creditable role in virtually every important cavalry action in the eastern theater of war, including Beverly Ford, Stoneman's raid, and Gettysburg. He was promoted to brigadier general, June 14, 1863. In Feb. 1864, he commanded the celebrated Richmond raid which was to free the Union prisoners there, but instead resulted in a fiasco and the death of Colonel Ulric Dahlgren. Sent south by General U.S. Grant, he was wounded in the early part of the Atlanta campaign, at Resaca, Ga. He returned to duty in late July 1864 to finish that campaign which included several raids and skirmishes against his old classmate, General Joseph Wheeler. He then took part in Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. General William T. Sherman was quoted as saying, I want just that sort of man to command my cavalry in this expedition! 



Antique portrait engraving of Kilpatrick in uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by O'Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. Printed facsimile autograph with rank below his portrait, J. Kilpatrick, Bt. Major Genl. Vol. 5 1/2 x 9.  


(1816-94) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. After fighting against the Seminoles, he resigned to study law and afterwards began practice in Rocky Mount, Va. He became a member of the house of delagates, and the commonwealth's attorney, and when war broke out with Mexico he was a major of Virginia volunteers. At the start of the Civil War he was promptly appointed as colonel of the 24th Va. Inf., which he led at 1st Manassas. He was promoted to rank of brigadier general to rank from July 21, 1861, and took part in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862-64. Promoted to major general to rank from Jan. 17, 1863, he was prominent at Salem Church during the Chancellorsville campaign, and at Gettysburg. At the Wilderness he commanded Gen. A.P. Hill's corps for a time, and was promoted to lieutenant general from May 31, 1864. He later saw action in the Shenandoah Valley at Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.


Antique portrait engraving of Early in his Confederate general's uniform. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness. Imprint at bottom, Engraved by H.B. Hall's Sons, New York. 5 1/8 x 7 1/2.  The Civil War record of Maine’s Charles W. Tilden will best be viewed beginning on page 41 of our personal collection presentation at <B>MaineLegacy.com</B> but suffice it to say here that, as he appears in this rare locally produced photograph, Tilden entered the military on May 28, 1861 when he was commissioned 1st Lieutenant of Co. B <B>2nd Maine Infantry</B>.  Quickly promoted to Captain in just under a month with the 2nd Maine, by the end of June 1862 Tilden had been commissioned  Lt. Colonel of the <B>16th Maine Infantry</B>.  On January 8, 1863 Tilden was promoted Colonel of the 16th Maine and would command the Regiment at Gettysburg where he was captured to be confined at Macon, Georgia then at the Confederate prison at Columbia, South Carolina before being moved to <B>Libby Prison</B> in Richmond, Virginia.  On February 9, 1864 Col. Tilden escaped from <I>Libby</I>.  On March 13, 1865 he was breveted to the rank of Brigadier General.  He mustered out on June 5, 1865 at Arlington Heights, Virginia.  A duplicate of our own that appears in <I>MaineLegacy.com</I> this circa 1861 Cart de Visite is back-marked by Yarmouth, Maine photographer J. O. Durgan.  The particulars of the photograph are best determined by our illustrations.  A scarce image!

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(1818-93) The 4th highest ranking officer in the Confederacy. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1838. 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. 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.


<u>Card Signature With Year</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/8, in ink, G.T. Beauregard, 1888. Mounted to archival mat board. Excellent and very desirable Confederate autograph.

General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick

 

General Jubal A. Early

 

rare early Civil War CDV ! 16th Maine

 

Autograph, General P. G. T. Beauregard $350.00




<b>United States Congressmen from Tennessee</b>


<u>Thomas Jefferson Campbell</u>: (1786-1850) Born in Rhea County, Tenn., he served as Assistant Inspector General to Major General Cole's Division of the East Tennessee Militia during the War of 1812. Was clerk of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1817-19, 1821, and 1825-31. Served as a Tennessee State Congressman, 1833-37, and a U.S. Congressman, 1841-43. Elected Clerk of the United States House of Representatives, 1847-50.


<u>Washington Barrow</u>: (1807-66) Born in Davidson County, Tenn., he was a lawyer; Minister to Portugal, 1841-44; newspaper editor; U.S. Congressman, 1847-49; and a member of the Tennessee State Senate, 1860-61.


<u>Autographs</u>: 4 1/4 x 5/8, in ink, Tho. J. Campbell. Cut closely at the bottom. On the reverse side of the paper, also written in ink is, Washington Barrow. Pair of U.S. Congressmen from Tennessee.


 


<b>Severely wounded at the battles of Gettysburg and Chickamauga</b>


(1831-79) Graduated in the West Point class of 1853. He resigned his U.S. Army commission on April 17, 1861, and thereafter distinguished himself on many Civil War battlefields as a regimental, brigade, division and Confederate army commander. The hard fighting Hood saw action in the Virginia peninsular campaign, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, he was severely wounded at Gettysburg, lost a leg at Chickamauga, and later fought at Atlanta, Franklin and Nashville. He died of yellow fever at New Orleans, La., together with his wife and one of their children, on Aug. 30, 1879.


Antique portrait engraving of Hood in his Confederate general's uniform. Engraved by H.B. Hall, Jr. Printed title below his likeness, "General John B. Hood." 7 1/4 x 10 1/2. Excellent. Very desirable Confederate general.

 H 76in. x W 48in. x D 40in.  H 24in. x D 1in.

Autographs, Thomas Jefferson Campbell & $10.00

 

General John Bell Hood

 

H 76in. x W 48in. x D 40in. $0.00

 

H 24in. x D 1in. $0.00

H 52in. x D 14in.  


<b>Governor of Massachusetts</b>


(1847-1900) Born in Boston, Mass., he was descended from Connecticut Founding Father Oliver Wolcott, and his older brother was killed in the Civil War. He graduated from Harvard in 1870, attended Harvard Law School, graduated in 1874, and was admitted to the Suffolk County bar the same year. Wolcott opened a law office in Boston in 1875. He won a seat on the Boston Common Council in 1877, a position which he held for three years. He served as a member of the Massachusetts State Legislature from 1881–1884, and was offered the Republican Party nomination for Mayor of Boston in 1885, but refused on account of his father's poor health. Wolcott cared for his father until his death in 1891. He served as the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1893-97, and Governor of Massachusetts from 1897-1900. When the Spanish–American War broke out in 1898, Wolcott immediately put Massachusetts on a war footing, securing legislative authorization for military expenditures in just 25 minutes. The state was one of the first to supply militia troops to the war effort. In 1899, Wolcott decided not to run for reelection, and was offered a variety of diplomatic posts by President William McKinley, but refused them, and embarked on a trip to Europe with his family in May 1900. After his return he campaigned for Republicans in the 1900 elections. He fell ill with typhoid fever in mid-November, and died in Boston on December 21, 1900.


Antique photogravure, 2/3 standing view with one hand posed on top of an open book. Copyright, 1900, by E.C. Chickering. Published by A.W. Elson & Co., Boston. Printed facsimile autograph below his likeness and the imprint below, "Engraved for The Colonial Society of Massachusetts from a portrait from life." 4 x 6 5/8, tipped to an album page with hand drawn black ink borders. Overall page size is 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent portrait.   


<b>Killed at the battle of Petersburg, Virginia</b>


(1847-1865) Graduated in the West Point class of 1847, and served in the Mexican & Seminole Wars. Colonel 13th Virginia Infantry in 1861. Appointed brigadier general on February 26, 1862; distinguished himself at Williamsburg and in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign; during the 7 Days battles his command was a tower of strength; he fought at Cedar Mountain; Sharpsburg; Fredericksburg; Chancellorsville; Gettysburg; the Wilderness; Petersburg; and Cold Harbor. He was killed on April 2, 1865, during the fall of Petersburg, Va.


Antique portrait engraving of Hill in Confederate uniform. Published by Neill, N.Y. Printed title, "Gen. A.P. Hill" below the portrait. 5 1/2 x 8 1/4.  

 Measuring approximately 4 1/8 inches in length with a <U>flared lip</U> and <U>open pontil</U> this <I>medical</I> bottle dates from approximately 1845 with use into the Civil War.  The bottle bears a bold <B> Dr. McMunn’s Elixir of Opium</B> embossing and remains in excellent condition with only a very minor flake on the flared lip.  Not to be confused with more common, post pontiled, examples of the later 1800s, the earlier open pontil container was fashioned in two neck types, a <U>rolled lip</U> and the more delicate <U>flared lip</U>.  Fragile as they were, the flared lip type seldom survived intact.   A mainstay pain killer of the 19th century medical bag, extract of opium and its offspring <I>laudanum</I> (a tincture of opium mixed with alcohol and water) were all too available in the period as the <I>pure</I> elixir of opium and dilute <I>medical remedies</I> were offered over the counter by apothecaries, hawked from the back of medicine wagons and offered <I>under the counter</I> by the most popular camp sutlers North and South. (See: <I>SS Republic Artifacts & Treasures</I> for relics of the Civil War era sidewheeler <I>Tennessee</I> lost in a hurricane off the Georgia coast in 1865.)  As is true of this offering, most surviving, intact examples of these desirable little bottles are found in the walls of period dwellings where small cashes accumulated as individual <I>empties</I> were poked through a crack in the wall and discarded away from prying eyes.  A nice companion item for the Civil War medical enthusiast and an attractive period conversation piece for the personal item 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

H 52in. x D 14in. $0.00

 

Photogravure, Roger Wolcott $20.00

 

General Ambrose Powell Hill

 

early Open Pontil -Dr. McMunn’s ELIXIR O $75.00

Offered here, individually price for the collector who would like a single example, are tinned sheet iron, brass capped, spouts for use in country tin shops in the fabrication of earlier to mid 19th century tin ware.  Not a big deal to most as we are not sure if there are any folks out there besides Gunsight Antiques who collect 19th century country tin, but if so, here is your chance to acquire a neat, period fabricated, spout as was sold by tinsmith suppliers who carried all manner of material necessary to country tinsmiths.  Besides tinned sheet iron stock, lead solder &c, spouts such as this, cast lid knobs and the like who’s fabrication required more intricate equipment and special tools than was commonly found in small country tinsmith shops. A neat item to lay in with any 19th century tin grouping or occupational display.  Seldom seen today, these are the only pre utilization examples of such we have ever seen.  If you are new to our catalog and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!  A scarce find for the outdoorsman as well as the antique lighting enthusiast, this <B>Patent 1878</B> <I><B>Ferguson's Universal Reflecting Lamp</I></B> oil lamp was merchandised to hunters and fisherman by Thomas J. Conroy of New York as <I>perfect for hunting, fishing, traveling, or driving at night</I>.   Offered here complete even to it’s cap harness and in pleasing all original condition, this neat old lamp retains a good measure of its original black enamel finish.  Standing approximately 9 inches Ferguson’s <I>Universal Reflecting Lamp</I> offered a myriad of carrying options with fastening provisions to an included head harness, suspension ring for hanging, bail handles and belt suspension. (Kind of a 19th century <I>Swiss Army Knife</> of oil lanterns.)  A nice companion piece for the outdoorsman collection, this piece will also fit well in any antique lighting display.  <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Equally in their proper place on a Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Artillery Carriage or suspended from the side of a western bound prairie schooner, the 1700s early 1800s with use into the Civil War era grease horn was an integral utility used in the day to store and carry lubricant for applicant to the heavy wooden wheel hubs.   Intact examples such as are offered here are seldom encountered on today’s collector market as discarded or stored horn pairs invited insect and animal damage all attracted by the <I>grease</I> once contained within.  Hand crafted from steer horn and blacksmith bound in black iron with forged attachment suspension chain, the mouth of each horn was plugged with a small corked access hole for application and refilling.  Stoutly made for rough usage and exposure to the elements this all original pair of grease horns measure 18 from tip to butt and remain as found with good evidence of period use and a deep natural age patina to iron and horn.  The exceptional iron work with fancy integral chain will set this pair will set them in good stead in any period display.   <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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 


<b>1863 Signature With Rank</b>


(1827-1894) He graduated in the West Point Class of 1852. Commissioned Colonel 27th New York Infantry in May 1861. He fought at 1st Bull Run where he was wounded, and later commanded a division in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the battles of 2nd Bull Run and Antietam. Promoted to the command of the XII Corps, Gen. Slocum led them at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He went west to command the District of Vicksburg, and then took part in the Atlanta campaign, General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. Slocum served as a U.S. Congressman from 1869-73, and 1883-85.


<u>War Date Signature With Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 3 3/4, in ink, on a piece of imprinted letter sheet paper. Headquarters Twelfth Corps D'Armee, Army Of The Potomac, 1863, Yours Truly, H.W. Slocum, Maj. Gen. Vols. Mounted to a piece of archival mat board. Staining at the edges. Light wear.

country tin smith – lamp oil tin &c: CAP $30.00

 

Pat. 1878 ‘Ferguson's Universal Reflect $275.00

 

18th early 19th century iron bound GREA $325.00

 

Autograph, General Henry W. Slocum




7 3/8 x 12, in ink.


I certify that the within named Isiah F. Letheo, a private of Capt. Jas. E. Berry's Company H, of the 37th Regt. of Va. Vols., born in Washington County in the State of Virginia, aged twenty one years, five feet, eight inches high, dark complexion, black eyes, black hair and by occupation when enlisted a farmer, was enlisted by Lt. Robert Wright at Abbington, Va., on the 14th day of March 1862, to serve three years or the war, and died at Staunton, Va., on the 22nd day of August 1862 of wounds received at Cedar Mountain.


The said Isiah F. Latheo was last paid by Capt. Jas. L. Cole to include the 30th day of April 1862 and has pay due him from that date to the 22nd day of Aug. 1862. There is due him $41.06.


He is indebted to the Confederate States fourteen dollars and fifty cents on account of clothing drawn.


Given in duplicate at Camp Buckner's Neck, Va. this the 25th day of Feb. 1863.


James E. Berry, Capt.

Comdg. Comp.


For pay from the 30th day of April 1862 to the 22nd day of August 1862, being three months and 22 days at eleven dollars per month.


Amount $41.06

Deduct for clothing overdrawn 14.50

Balance paid 26.56


Light age toning and wear.


Before receiving his mortal wound at Cedar Mountain, Va., Isiah F. Letheo, was wounded in action on March 8, 1862, at McDowell, Va., during the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. He is buried at Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Va.


The 37th Virginia Infantry saw action in the Seven Days battles, the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Fort Stedman and Petersburg to name a few places.  


(1821-1904) Old Pete and Lee's Old War Horse were two names commonly used when referring to Confederate General James Longstreet. He commanded the 1st Corps, of General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, for most of the Civil War. He fought at 1st Manassas, in the Virginia Peninsula campaign, at 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg. He was briefly sent west by General Lee to bolster that army and saw action at Chickamauga and Knoxville. Returning east, he fought in the battle of the Wilderness, where he was severely wounded. He later surrendered with General Lee at Appomattox Court House.


Antique portrait engraving of Longstreet in his Confederate general's uniform. Title printed below his portrait, "Lieut. Gen. James Longstreet." Engraved by H.B. Hall, Jr. Published by D. Appleton & Co., New York. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Tiny stain at bottom left corner.  


(1827-1894) He graduated in the West Point Class of 1852. Commissioned Colonel 27th New York Infantry in May 1861. He fought at 1st Bull Run where he was wounded, and later commanded a division in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the battles of 2nd Bull Run and Antietam. Promoted to the command of the XII Corps, Gen. Slocum led them at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He went west to command the District of Vicksburg, and then took part in the Atlanta campaign, General William T. Sherman's March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign.


Antique portrait engraving of Slocum in uniform with rank of major general. Printed facsimile autograph and title, "Henry Warner Slocum, Major General U.S.V.," below his portrait. 5 x 5.  


(1827-1905) He was celebrated as the author of the classic Ben Hur and other literary works. His father was the governor of Indiana. Wallace served in the Mexican War as a lieutenant of the 1st Indiana Infantry. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1849 and in 1856 was elected to the state senate. Upon the bombardment of Fort Sumter he was appointed state adjutant general and on April 25, 1861, was made colonel of the 11th Indiana Infantry. After some service in West Virginia, he was promoted to brigadier general on Sept. 5, 1861, and later took part in the capture of Fort Donelson, Tenn. Promoted to major general to rank from March 21, 1862, he also saw action at Shiloh. In the summer of 1864, with a much smaller force, he was able to stop General Jubal A. Early's Washington bound Confederate army at the Monocacy River avoiding the potential capture of the U.S. capital. In 1865 he was a member of the military commission which tried the Lincoln conspirators and he was president of the court martial which tried and condemned Henry Wirz, commandant at Andersonville Prison. His post war career saw him as governor of New Mexico and U.S. minister to Turkey.


Antique portrait engraving of Wallace in uniform with rank of major general. Published by O'Neill, New York. Printed title, "Gen. Lew Wallace" below the portrait. 4 1/2 x 6 1/4.

Notice of the Death of a Private in the

 

General James Longstreet

 

General Henry W. Slocum

 

General Lew Wallace




<b>Signature with Rank</b>


(1815-1872) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. Won a brevet in the Mexican War. Meade fought in the Peninsular campaign and the Seven Days battles being very severely wounded at Glendale. He recovered in time to see action at 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Elevated to command of the Army of the Potomac, he defeated General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg and went on to fight in all of their battles culminating in the surrender at Appomattox Court House.


<u>Autograph with Rank</u>: 3 1/4 x 1 3/4, in ink, Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl., U.S. The signature is a little light. Reasonably priced Civil War period autograph of the general who defeated General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg!     


(1817-1872) Graduated in the West Point class of 1840, and earned a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. He was commissioned a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederacy on May 7, 1861 and major general on January 24, 1862. He fought with distinction at 1st Manassas, in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign, in the 7 Days battles, and in the 2nd Manassas campaign, where he lost a leg at the battle of Groveton. After the death of Stonewall Jackson, he was promoted to rank of lieutenant general and he commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of Northern Virginia from Gettysburg to Spotsylvania. He was subsequently in charge of the Richmond defenses and was captured at Sayler's Creek, Va., on April 6, 1865. 


Antique portrait engraving of Ewell in his Confederate general's uniform. Engraved by H.B. Hall, Jr. Published by D. Appleton & Co., New York. Printed title below the portrait, Lieut. Gen. Richard S. Ewell. 5 1/4 x 8 1/4.  


(1820-1891) Graduated #6 in the West Point class of 1840. Rising to be one of the Union's most renowned military leaders, Sherman saw action at 1st Bull Run, Shiloh, Chickasaw Bluffs, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, the infamous March to the Sea, and the 1865 Carolina's campaign. He received the surrender of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston's army at Greensboro, N.C., on April 26, 1865. Sherman continued in the Regular Army after the war and became a Lieutenant General on July 25, 1866, and Full General, on March 4, 1869.


Antique engraved portrait of Sherman in uniform with rank of major general. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. 5 x 7. Excellent likeness.  


(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844, and won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. He fought gallantly in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, at the battle of Antietam, and greatly distinguished himself in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped save the strategic position of Culp's Hill for General George G. Meade's army. On July 3rd, his corps became the focal point for the celebrated Pickett's Charge in which he was seriously wounded. After his recovery, he went on to fight in the bloody battles of the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cold Harbor, and earned the sobriquet "Hancock The Superb." In 1880, he was the Democratic nominee for the Presidency of the United States. He was narrowly defeated by another ex-Civil War General, the soon to be assassinated, James A. Garfield.


Antique portrait engraving of Hancock in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Title below the portrait, Brig. Gen. W.S. Hancock. 6 x 9 1/4.

Autograph, General George G. Meade

 

General Richard S. Ewell

 

General William T. Sherman

 

General Winfield S. Hancock




(1805-1871) Graduated in the West Point class of 1825. He participated in the Black Hawk, Florida and Mexican Wars and was twice brevetted for gallantry. In November 1860, he was ordered to Charleston Harbor to command the three United States forts there; Castle Pickney, Fort Moultrie, and Fort Sumter, in the face of South Carolina's imminent secession. Anderson refused a formal demand for his surrender and in the early morning hours of April 12, 1861, Fort Sumter was bombarded, and the Civil War began. His small garrison withstood 36 hours under fire before being compelled to surrender. Anderson became a national hero for his gallant actions. He personally raised the U.S. flag over Fort Sumter on April 14, 1865, exactly four years after he had hauled it down.


Antique portrait engraving of Anderson in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Engraved by J.C. Buttre. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait and the title, Brig. Gen. Robert Anderson. 5 1/2 x 8.   


<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina


Member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession</b>


(1798-1882) Born in Laurens, S.C., he graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1816. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and began practice in Pendleton, S.C. He served as a major during the Seminole War in 1835. Was a member of the South Carolina State Senate, 1835-41. Served as a Democratic U.S. Congressman, 1843-49. He was a member of the Secession Convention in 1860 and signer of the Ordinance of Secession.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 x 5/8, in ink, R.F. Simpson.


WBTS Trivia: The State of South Carolina was the first to secede from the Union when she adopted the ordnance of secession on December 20, 1860.  


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


<u>Autograph With State</u>: 4 3/4 x 2 3/4, in ink, A.E. Burnside, R.I.  


<b>Killed in Action at the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Va.</b>


Postally used patriotic envelope that is trimmed in red and blue with an embossed American shield with spread winged eagle and the motto, Union And Constitution on the reverse of the envelope. Partial postmark from New Orleans, [La.] with the month of Jul visible and it is also stamped [due] 3 at upper right. Addressed to Mr. Danl. H. Cutter, Newburyport, Mass. Signed at left, "Soldier's Letter, F.G. Ogden, Adjt. 48 Regt. Mass." Irregular right edge where the envelope was opened. Very fine.


Francis G. Ogden, the sender and signer of this envelope, was a 23 year old clerk from Boston when he enlisted as a corporal, on October 9, 1861, and was mustered into Co. F, 24th Massachusetts Infantry. He was discharged on March 8, 1863. He was commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 48th Massachusetts Infantry with whom he served until being mustered out of the service on September 3, 1863. He was then commissioned first lieutenant and adjutant of the 58th Massachusetts Infantry on November 27, 1863. He was killed in action during the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., on May 12, 1864.

General Robert Anderson

 

Autograph, Richard F. Simpson $45.00

 

Autograph, General Ambrose E. Burnside $75.00

 

Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts $45.00




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