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<b>United States Congressman from Louisiana, 1846-1851


Major 10th Louisiana Infantry, C.S.A.


Chief Quartermaster, Trans-Mississippi Department, Confederate States Army</b>


(1802-82) He was born on the island of Santo Domingo, in 1802, and moved with his parents to New Orleans, La., about 1805. Elected sheriff of the Parish of New Orleans in 1840, he served in this position for several years. He was a U.S. Congressman from 1846 to 1851, serving as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department. During the War Between the States, he fought in the Confederate Army, as major of the 10th Louisiana Infantry. Afterwards he served as the Chief Quartermaster of the Trans-Mississippi Department. He was chairman of the Democratic State Central Committee for more than fifteen years. Served as president of the Tehuantepec Railroad Co., in Mexico. He was interred in the Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, in 1882. Among the notables buried here are Confederate Generals P.G.T. Beauregard, and John Bell Hood. Others include William C. C. Claiborne, the first Governor of Louisiana, and Mel Ott, Baseball Hall of Fame player from the New York Giants, (1926-47), and member of the 500 Home Run Club.


<u>Signature with City</u>: 6 x 1 3/4, in ink, Emile La Sere, New Orleans.  How often have those of us who enjoy such things have read in a Civil War soldierís letter, a page from a winter camp journal or other first-hand life account, where the writer  phrases the arrival of a carefully got up package of home preserves, or has lamented the fact that he received such but alas the glass preserve jar had been broken in transit? This offering of a quart size preserve jar, boldly marked <B> MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT JAR</B> on one side and  <B>WHITALLíS PATENT JUNE 18th 1861</B> on the other will make a wonderful companion piece in any Civil War collection and will go especially well in any winter camp, medical and sanitary fair grouping.  Much more difficult to find than the more common MASON preserve jar of the period, this nicely marked and dated jar retains its equally well marked and dated glass lid with its cast iron lid clamp.  All in nice condition with that pretty light aqua bubbled glass, the jar remains in fine condition with no chips.  A scarce collectable complete with original components each as collectable as the jar its self.   An exceptional example of period everyday life seldom seen today.  <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>  Measuring approximately 3 5/8 x 1 5/8 in diameter, this little turned wood matchbox  bares the original label, <I>Swift & Courtney's/ Parlor Matches,/ Wilmington, Delaware/ New York Office, 141 Maiden Lane.</I> retains a Civil War vintage revenue stamp.  With a full complement of abrasion material on the bottom and examples of the period <I>stick</I> matches inside, this rather crudely turned matchbox will serve the Civil War personal item enthusiast, period tobacciana or lighting collector well. note:  Per Horace Greelyís <I>The Great Industries of the United States</I> while a form of the company (Tatnall, Swift & Courtney) began manufacture in 1854 Tatnal sold out in July 1861 thus creating Swift & Courtney which manufactured as such  until a May 1870 merger.

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 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this little waist coat button reflects the period popularity of the <I>Swedish Nightingale</I>, Jenny Lind whoís 1850-1852 tour of the United Stated under contract with P. T. Barnum was such a sensation that glass houses made glass inserts with her image to be marketed to button makers for inclusion in the period three piece buttons. Remaining in nice all original condition this scarce remnant of the just pre Civil War with use through the 1860s will make a nice addition to any period sewing basket or as a female remembrance in a soldiers <I>house wife</I> sewing kit.

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Autograph, Emile La Sere $20.00

 

Pat. 1861 - MILLVILLE ATMOSPHERIC FRUIT $165.00

 

Civil War era revenue marked Ė Match Box $70.00

 

original c. 1850ís early 1860ís - Jenny $35.00

           Another relic of our fifty plus years of gathering up Maine related Civil War treasures (those were the days) this Civil War vintage  signet ring will best be described here by our illustrations.  Hand crafted from horn with a pinned on escutcheon bearing the script engraved initials <B><I>A. McG</B></I>.  Attached is a tag with the penned notation: <B><I>íremoved from the finger of Andrew McGraw 9/19/1863   MORRIS ISLAND S.C.í</B></I>   A veteran of Fort Wagner along with his two sons, all enlisting to serve in Co. A of the <B>9th Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>, (Andrew Jr. was wounded at Wagner), records show that Andrew McGraw Sr died in the regimental hospital of typhoid fever, 19, September 1863.  His government marker remains in place in the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort County, South Carolina. (Document illustrations internet available)

      While information posted on <I>findagrave</I> indicates that McGraw Sr. enlisted in Co. A 9th Maine Infantry with his <U>three</U> sons (Barney, Andrew Jr. & Thomas) Maine Adjutant Reports show only Andrew and Thomas as having enlisted with their father on September 22, 1861. All the same a prophetic relic of the Civil War service of the McGraw family, likely brought home and tagged by one of the two sons.  An especially nice item for the Fort Wagner enthusiast as a representative relic of a father and his two sons all present at Wagner, one being wounded there.  <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>Sunk in 1862 off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina.</b>


The "Minho" ran the Union blockade between Charleston, S.C., and Bermuda. On October 2nd, 1862, she ran aground and was struck by a shell from the U.S.S. "Flambeau," while trying to enter Charleston Harbor. Her cargo consisted of arms for the Confederate Army.


This lot includes a .577 caliber Confederate Enfield bullet, and a brass percussion cap.


Confederate marine relics are rare and quite desirable. 

 


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


(1812-66) Born on St. Bridget plantation, near Thibodeaux, Terrebonne Parish, La., he was the son of Governor Henry S. Thibodaux. He studied law in Hagerstown, Md.; was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Lafourche and Terrebonne Parishes, La. Was a member of the Louisiana State constitutional convention in 1845 and 1852. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1845-49. After his term in congress Thibodaux resumed his law practice in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, La., and was also engaged as a sugar planter and manufacturer. 


<u>Signature with State</u>: 6 1/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, Bannon G. Thibodaux, Louisiana.   H 30in. x D 17in.

especially desirable! Civil War 9th Mai $395.00

 

Relics from the Confederate Blockade Run $20.00

 

Autograph, Bannon G. Thibodaux $15.00

 

Arts and Crafts pendant light $1500.00

H 28in. x D 19in.  H 38in. x D 21in.  H 28in. x D 16in.  H 28in. x D 20in.

pendant light $1200.00

 

Antique 4 arm pan fixture $650.00

 

5 Arm Pendant Fixture $750.00

 

4 Arm Pan Fixture $650.00

H 37in. x D 21in.  H 14in. x W 11in. x D 9in.


Cast Brass  H 26in. x D 16in.  H 28in. x D 12in.

Price per pair

1920's Hanging light $1250.00

 

Solid Brass Wall Sconces. . Pair $1800.00

 

antique pendant light $850.00

 

Iron pendants X2 $500.00

H 32in. x D 10in.  H 29in. x D 18in.  


<b>Inventor of the famous Dahlgren gun!</b>


(1809-70) Appointed Midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1826, he served as an ordnance officer for 16 years, during which time he invented the "Dahlgren Gun," a rifled cannon, which became one of the standard weapons used by the Civil War navies, and he also set in motion major advances in gunnery. Dahlgren was given command of the Washington Naval Yard on April 22, 1861, a post previously held by Captain Franklin Buchanan, one of the most experienced Federal naval officers, and the first commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy, when he decided to throw his lot in with the Confederacy. During this early war period, Dahlgren established a good friendship with President Abraham Lincoln, who would often come to the Navy Yard to watch Dahlgren test-fire his ordnance guns. Dahlgren, who had established the U.S. Navy's Ordnance Department, was appointed Chief of the Ordnance Bureau in 1862. Promoted to Rear Admiral on February 7, 1863, he took command of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. His main task was to seal off Charleston Harbor, and his efforts contributed greatly to the capture of both Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga.


<u>Signature with closing from a letter</u>: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink- hear from Allan sometimes and wish I had him out here- it would be of service to him. Most truly yours, J.A. Dahlgren. There is content on the opposite side of the paper which reads as follows- capital somewhere or else his Generalship will come to a small figure some day. Light wear. Possibly C.W. date.  

 


<b>He surrendered Vicksburg, Mississippi, on July 4, 1863 to General Ulysses S. Grant!</b>


(1814-81) He graduated in the West Point class of 1837, and was commissioned an officer in the 4th U.S. Artillery. His roommate and closest friend at the Military Academy was future Union General George G. Meade, who defeated Confederate General Robert E. Lee at Gettysburg, July 1,2,3, 1863. 


During Pemberton's antebellum military career he served in the 2nd Seminole War in Florida, and aided in the campaigns against the Cherokees in the west before serving under General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War where he earned two brevets for gallantry; at Monterey, and Molino del Rey. 


A native of Pennsylvania, he married a Norfolk, Virginia gal, Martha Thompson, which resulted in his resignation from the U.S. Army, on April 24, 1861. 


Soon afterwards he was commissioned a brigadier general in the Confederate Army, and appointed commander of the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He was promoted to major general to rank from January 14, 1862, and lieutenant general to rank from October 10, 1862. He was then assigned to command the Department of Mississippi and Eastern Louisiana, an area which included the extremely important Confederate stronghold of Vicksburg, which he was ordered to hold at all costs. Pemberton diligently expended a great deal of energy in revamping the city's defenses, as well as improving the defenses along the Mississippi River, but in spite of these laborious efforts, and after his troops put up a very stubborn defense of the city, his efforts ultimately were unsuccessful. After two failed attempts by General Grant's army to take the city by direct assault which demonstrated the strength of Vicksburg's defenses, Grant decided to lay siege to the city which lasted for 46 days with a steady Federal bombardment forcing the citizens and soldiers to dig caves to live in. Completely surrounded, Pemberton's army now totally lacked supplies, and starvation eventually took a heavy toll forcing him to surrender the garrison with 2,166 officers, 27,230 men, 172 cannon, and almost 60,000 muskets and rifles. 


He surrendered on Independence Day, July 4, 1863, to his old army acquaintance, General U.S. Grant, whom he had served with in the Mexican War. When the two commanders met on the Jackson Road on the afternoon of July 3rd, to discuss the surrender terms, Grant remembered his old comrade with a warm greeting. Grant, ever the conciliator, out of respect for the Vicksburg defenders who had fought so long and valiantly, allowed them to march out of their defenses and stack their arms and regimental colors in a formal ceremony. The Northern troops looked on with admiration at their defeated Southern foes, and there was no exulting or cheering heard from the Union lines, but instead there was an almost reverential silence that hung over the battlefield. General Grant would not have had it any other way! After the surrender of Vicksburg, the city refused to celebrate Independence Day, July 4th, for 81 years!


General Pemberton's Confederate military reputation never fully recovered after the surrender of Vicksburg. Fairly, or unfairly, the blame for the loss of Vicksburg was laid at his feet. What also must be considered though is the part played by Pemberton's superior, General Joseph E. Johnston, who reassigned General Pemberton's cavalry forces to the Army of Tennessee in May 1863. Thus, during a crucial phase of the campaign, Pemberton's Vicksburg's defenders were deprived of their cavalry's eyes and ears, and vital intelligence about the whereabouts of General Grant's army was not forthcoming. Poor communications, and a lack of coordination with General Johnston, also contributed, and despite the constant pleas to Johnston for aid, Pemberton was left completely isolated in a hopeless situation. 


Pemberton finished out the Civil War serving as commander of the Confederate Artillery that defended  Richmond, Virginia.


<u>War Period Signature With Closing and Rank</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/2, I am very respty., Yr. obd. svt., J.C. Pemberton, Maj. Genl., C.[ommanding].  Excellent bold signature on blue paper circa 1862. Very desirable Confederate autograph that is essential for any Vicksburg collection, and one I haven't had for quite some time!

Brass Pendant Light $750.00

 

3 Arm Pendant Light 1920s $750.00

 

Autograph, Admiral John A. Dahlgren, U. S $100.00

 

Autograph, General John C. Pemberton $395.00

H 44in. x D 12in.  H 36in. x D 30in.  H 10in. x W 5in. x D 7in.


priced per pair  H 20in. x D 16in.

Bronze pendant fixture $1200.00

 

Brass chandlier $1850.00

 

Wall Sconces $550.00

 

Ceiling Light $950.00

H 30in. x D 10in.  H 11in. x D 8in.


price per item  H 28in. x D 18in.  H 36in.x D 14in.

pendant light with old glass $750.00

 

MCM pendant lights 3823 3824 3825 $550.00

 

Hanging pendent light $700.00

 

Pendent Light $750.00

H 32in. x D 24in.  H 24in. x D 6in.  H 30in. x D 20in.  H 22in. x D 5in.

Antique hanging light $3500.00

 

Brass Foyer fixture $600.00

 

Sheffield hanging light $2400.00

 

Amber glass pendent lght $600.00

H 34in. x D 14in.  H 36in. x D 18in.  H 24in. x D 15in.  H 32in. x D 6in.


price per item

Classic pendent light $750.00

 

1940's Pendent light $650.00

 

Hanging Candlealbra light $800.00

 

Single pendent lights #2326 2328 2346 $300.00

H 40in. x D 14in.  This Civil War period ladies broach with its classic <I>T-back</I> fastener and photo portrait of <B>Union General Christopher C. Augur</B> will best be described here by photo illustrations.  With a military history and Lincoln assignation connection too extensive to detail here suffice it to say that Christopher Auger graduated from West Point (with U. S. Grant) in 1839, served as aide-de-camp to Generals Hopping and Cushing in the Mexican War before taking an active part in the Indian campaigns of the western frontier in the 1850s.  Entering the Civil War as a Major Augur was quickly promoted serving through the majority of the war as Brevet Brigadier then Major General.  Of note is that he was present at the <I>Peterson House</I> with Sec. of War Edwin Stanton the night <U>Pres. Abraham Lincoln was taken there after being mortally wounded at Fordís Theater</U> and was part of the escort taking Lincolnís body back to the White House on the morning of April 15, 1865.  Under his command, General Auger was instrumental in mobilizing troops to pursue assassin John Wilkes Booth including detailing the detachment of the <I>16th Regiment New York Volunteer Cavalry</I> that tracked down President Lincoln's assassin in a tobacco barn near Port Royal, Virginia.  After the Civil War Auger served again in the West where a fort in the Wyoming Territory was named for him. Gen. Christopher C. Augur retired in 1885. 

      While the history of this broach, who owned it and under what circumstances was it worn, has been lost in time it remains an intriguing piece of Americana that will appeal to enthusiasts in a number of collecting fields to include antique ladies jewelry.  <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>United States Congressman from Louisiana


Attorney General of Louisiana</b>


(1809-66) Born in Attakapas, La., he attended the Norwich (Vermont) Military Academy, and later graduated from Harvard in 1829. He studied law; was admitted to the bar, and practiced in New Orleans, La., and St. Martinville, La., 1835-42. He was a member of the Louisiana State Senate, 1842-44. He served as United States Congressman, 1844-51, and was the chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1848; served as Attorney General of Louisiana 1853-1855; and was appointed by President Franklin Pierce in 1856, as one of two special commissioners to New Granada to negotiate affairs concerning the transit of citizens, officers, soldiers, and seamen of the United States across the Isthmus of Panama.


<u>Signature with State</u>: 4 3/4 x 1, in ink, Isaac E. Morse, La.  


<b>Major General in the Ohio Militia


United States Congressman from Ohio</b>


(1805-70) Born in Stafford County, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. He studied law in Washington, D.C., was admitted to the bar in 1828, and commenced practice in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1829. An active member of the Ohio militia for years, he was a division commander in 1844, with the rank of Major General, and during the Mexican War he raised volunteer troops for the U.S. Service. He served as a U.S. Congressman from Ohio, from 1847-55. As a congressman, and native Virginian, he voted for laws allowing owners to reclaim escaped slaves, and against the repeal of the Missouri Compromise. After his time in congress, he returned to his law practice. During the Civil War, he had a change of heart, and abandoned his pro-slavery views, and became an ardent supporter of the Union.  In May, 1870, while working at the U.S. Department of the Interior, he died unexpectedly at his desk. He was buried at the Taylor family estate, in Louisa County, Virginia.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/2 x 1, in ink, J.L. Taylor.

Pendent Light $1200.00

 

Civil War vintage Gen. Christopher Augur

 

Autograph, Isaac E. Morse $15.00

 

Autograph, John L. Taylor




<b>United States Senator from Maine


Attorney General of Maine</b>


(1811-69) Born in Waterville, Kennebec County, Maine, he graduated from Waterville College, attended Dane Law School, in Cambridge, Mass., was admitted to the bar in 1835, and commenced a practice in his hometown. Was a member of the Maine State House of Representatives in 1839; served as Attorney General of Maine, 1844-48. He was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1848 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Fairfield. He was the superintendent of the construction of a railroad from Waterville to Bangor, Maine; and was appointed by President James Buchanan as Consul General to the British North American Provinces, 1857-1861, after which he returned to his law practice in Waterville.


<u>Signature with City and State</u>: 6 x 1, in ink, Wyman B.S. Moor, Bangor, Maine.    Our illustrations will offer the best description except advise that the cards and bone poker chips are period and in excellent condition.  A neat display for the Civil War / early West or gambling enthusiast, this grouping will lay in nicely as a visual companion in any number of  themes. 

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 Best described here by our illustrations, this little 18th early 19th century flintlock priming or early single shot pocket pistol, powder horn remains especially pleasing to the eye with no splits, cracks or other condition issues while offering a most attractive natural age color.   <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>  Best described here by our photo illustrations, we acquired this die struck and script engraved <I>LG</I> monogramed badge from the personal collection of Dr. Francis Lord and <U>is illustrated</U> in his <I>Lordís Civil War Collectorís Encyclopedia</I> Vol. II page 43.  Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of the pioneer Civil War collector / author will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectible categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lordís CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lordís  encyclopedia volumes and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors. <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>

Autograph, Wyman B. S. Moor

 

original 19th century King High Straight $70.00

 

1700s early 1800s Priming or Pistol Horn $65.00

 

Lordís ĎCivil War Collectors Encyclopedi

A fact seldom recognized in todayís political environment, the North was not without its modicum of Confederate sympathizers as is made evident by this obviously <I>Yankee</I> produced Civil War vintage <B>Jefferson Davis</B>  postal cover.

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 While period <I>manufactured</I> black iron dental extractors show up from time to time, this more crudely formed yet hand wrought pair will stand out in any 18th early to mid-19th century medical /dental grouping.  Likely a <I>country</I> remnant from the days when barbers, and <I>back woods</I> entrepreneur (a common enterprise in the Civil War winter camp) as well as dentists were doing extractions.

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 Not sure whatís there today but the last time we visited the Jefferson Davis home in Richmond, Virginia they had one of these string actuated tops set out on display with other period toys in the upstairs Davis children play room. A classic toy of the Civil War era, this period example is a scarce find indeed as unlike most that got used up with the parts separated and eventually thrown out, this one somehow survived intact even to the period string.  All in nice original condition yet with pleasing evidence of period us, this hand crafted wooden top will fit well in any Civil War vintage toy collection and will make a wonderful companion piece period childrenís things.  

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 Illustrated here with a U S quarter for size comparison our photos will offer the best description of this   period U. S. Marine Corps Officers hat insignia except to advise that while the piece offers considerable evidence of age it remains solid and will present no surprises if you like the photo.   Veteran collectors and those familiar with the authoritative publications of pioneer Civil War collector will appreciate the fact that this item emanated from the collection of Dr. Francis Lord several years ago when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend.  A 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>Lordís CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest in Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lordís 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.) <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>

Jefferson Davis Confederate sympathizers $95.00

 

early hand forged Ė Tooth Extractor $125.00

 

19th century toy TOP

 

Lord collection Ė c. 1859 / 1872 U. S. M. $395.00




<b>He became a Northern hero after arresting Confederate diplomats Mason & Slidell in what became known as the famous Trent Affair!</b>


(1798-1877) A distinguished United States naval officer, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman in 1818, was prominent in the department of charts and instruments, and in 1838 commanded a squadron of 6 ships and scientists to Antarctica, where an area there is named "Wilkes Land." Promoted to captain in 1855, he gained national notoriety when he arrested Confederate Commissioners James M. Mason & John Slidell on November 8, 1861. The two Southerners were bound for England on a diplomatic mission aboard the British mail packet "Trent," when they were captured. This episode brought about what is known as the "Trent Affair," which convinced many that war between the United States and England was now inevitable. Wilkes was officially thanked by Congress "for his brave, adroit and patriotic conduct." Promoted to commodore on July 16, 1862, he served with the James River flotilla and later against blockade runners in the West Indies. He was promoted to the rank of rear admiral on July 25, 1866.


<u>Signature with engraving in uniform</u>: 5 1/2 x 8 3/4, original period engraved portrait of Wilkes in naval uniform. Made from an M.B. Brady photograph, and engraved by J.C. Buttre. A beautiful large ink autograph is tipped to the engraving just below his portrait. Signed in ink, Charles Wilkes, U.S. Navy. 4 1/4 x 1 1/2. Excellent and desirable item.  


5 x 8, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf

Ship Island, [Mississippi], March 24, 1862


General Orders No. 4


A Board of Officers, consisting of


1. Col. O.P. Gooding, 31st Mass. Volunteers


2. Lieut. Col. A.B. Farr, 26th Mass. Volunteers


3.  Major David R. Hastings, 12th Maine Volunteers


4. Capt. William Roy, 21st Indiana Volunteers


5. First Lieut. John Brennan, 12th Conn. Volunteers


Will assemble at the Headquarters of the 31st Mass. Volunteers, on the 25th inst., or as soon thereafter as practicable, for the examination of such officers as may be brought before it.


The Board will report upon the capacity, qualifications, property of conduct and efficiency of the officers examined.


By command of MAJOR-GENERAL BUTLER


GEO. C. STRONG, A.A.G.


Excellent. Scarce Ship Island, Mississippi imprint from the Department of the Gulf just prior to the capture of New Orleans.


<u>WBTS Trivia</u>: Ship Island is located about 67 miles south of New Orleans near the mouth of the Mississippi River. It was the only deep-water harbor between Mobile Bay and the mighty Mississippi, and the island served as a vital anchorage for ships. 


Construction of the fort began in 1859, and continued up to the Civil War which the Confederates named Fort Twiggs in honor of Confederate General David E. Twiggs. After Union occupation, the island became a prison camp for Confederate p.o.w.'s, and a base for the U.S. Second Regiment, Louisiana Native Guards, a unit composed of African-American soldiers. On July 9, 1861, a  cannon exchange between Confederates in Fort Twiggs, and the  Federal steamer USS Massachusetts took place. Ship Island was ultimately forced to be abandoned by the Confederates because it could not be adequately garrisoned. The USS Massachusetts took possession of the island, and it later became a valuable Federal base from which to stop the traffic of Confederate vessels traveling between Mobile and New Orleans through the Mississippi Sound.


In 1862, the fort was re-renamed Fort Massachusetts in honor of the Union warship which had seized the Confederate outpost.  


<b>Died in 1863 from injuries received at Warrenton, Virginia</b>


(1812-63) Born in Germany, he belonged to the Bavarian Legion. In 1848, he participated in the revolution against the monarchy and had to seek asylum in Switzerland, but was expelled the following year and came to the United States, settling in Rockland County, New York. His reputation as a revolutionary patriot enabled him to recruit a regiment which was mustered into the Federal service in 1861, as the 8th New York Infantry, with Blenker serving as their colonel. He was appointed brigadier general on August 9, 1861, and at the battle of 1st Bull Run, he had command of a brigade, which was part of Colonel Dixon Miles's division, and performed capably in covering the Union rear on their confused retreat toward Washington. General Blenker later commanded a division in the Shenandoah Valley campaign against Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson. He was mustered out of the U.S. Army on March 31, 1863, and died on October 31, 1863, of injuries sustained while with his command at Warrenton, Virginia, leaving behind his wife, son and three daughters in dire circumstances.


Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 7/16 x 3 7/8 card. The edges of the mount are very slightly trimmed not affecting the albumen print. Superb full standing view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, wearing kepi with hat wreath insignia, a monocle can be seen affixed to his uniform just above his rectangular eagle belt plate, holding gloves, with his sash attached to his belt, and holding his sword in the scabbard at his side. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., New York. Very sharp image. Excellent. This particular view of General Blenker is very scarce.  


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


(1806-73) Born at "Poplar Grove," near Concord, Cabarrus County, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1826; studied law in Hillsboro; was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Concord, N.C., in 1829. Served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons 1829-1834, 1840, and 1842. Member of the State constitutional convention in 1835. Was a Whig Party, U.S. Congressman from North Carolina, 1843-1849. Served on the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of State, and the Committee on Indian Affairs. Appointed Minister to Spain by President Zachary Taylor, and was reappointed by President Millard Fillmore, serving from 1849 to 1853. He was a delegate to the 1861 peace convention held in Washington, D.C., a meeting whose last minute mission was to try and prevent Civil War from breaking out. He served as a delegate to the Union National Convention at Philadelphia, in August 1866. Was chairman of the Democratic State Committee in 1872.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 2 1/2, in ink, D.M. Barringer.

Autograph, Captain Charles Wilkes $125.00

 

1862 General Ben Butler Order, Ship Isla $15.00

 

CDV, General Louis Blenker $150.00

 

Autograph, Daniel M. Barringer




<b>United States Senator from Delaware</b>


(1785-1863) Born in Kent County, Delaware, he was a delegate to the Delaware State constitutional convention in 1831. Served as a member of the Delaware State Senate in 1828, 1840, and 1846, and was its president. Elected as a Whig to the United States Senate, he served from 1847 to 1853. He died in Smyrna, Delaware, on February 13, 1863, and is buried in the Presbyterian Cemetery in that city.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 x 1 1/4, in ink, P. Spruance. Delaware is written above in a different hand.   


 As common as these mid-19th century <I>wire</I> spectacles seem to be the fine once blued iron frames are generally rusted and in poor condition save a restorative cleanup.  This pair on the other hand, seem to have escaped the ravages of time as they remain in pristine original and untouched condition with all the bright original blue and are housed in their original wool lined Parkerís Pat. 1861 marked carrying case.  An especially nice pair of glasses for the eyewear enthusiast, this pair will lay in nicely in any Civil War period grouping.

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 Rarely encountered in any kind of acceptable condition, this late 19th century <I>I. WILSON EX. SYCAMORE ST. SHEFFIELD ENGLAND</I> marked, fixed blade, working knife remains in fine, unused condition while showing good evidence of age and originality throughout.  Additionally and equally as significant to the historian / collector is that the grip offers the unmistakably original, <U>integral die</U> strike  <B>KANSAS PACIFIC RAILROAD COMPANY</B>.  Commonly referred to by collectors as a <I>fur trade</I> knife, this rarely seen, fine condition, example measures 10 5/8 inches in total length with a 6 1/8 inch blade.  (An article in the  1/20/2014 <I>Tactical Knives Magazine</I> advised that: English I. Wilson <I>Sycamore Street</I> knives migrated to the American frontier in the late 1800s becoming a recognized presence among frontiersman.</I> further that <I>the vast majority most highly prized of the knives sold through the fur-trade supply houses to the mountain men and Indians in the far west were those of I. Wilson.</I> The informative article advises that <I>rather than the monster blades imagined by the modern crowd, period records show 5, 6 and 7 inch models were far more common.</I>)  A principal transportation that link from Kansas City to Denver, the Kansas Pacific Railroad opened up settlement of the central Great Plains, and became a major factor in the support of the buffalo hunting trade from early construction of the railroad line when the Kansas Pacific Railroad hired men like <I>Buffalo Bill</I> Cody to hunt the bison to feed thousands of rail laborers to the late 1800s when trappers who had depleted the beaver populations of the Midwest began trading in buffalo robes and tongues.  This all original, never used and never sharpened Kansas Pacific Railroad Company  marked knife will make an outstanding addition in any number of collecting categories.

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Autograph, Presley Spruance $10.00

 

exceptionally nice - Civil War era Spect

 

as new! original late 1800s - Kansas $595.00

 

NOW IN THE SHADOW OF Mt. RAINIER - WASHI $245.00




<b>United States Senator from Mississippi


United States Secretary of War


President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War


Plus Alabama pro "States Rights," Congressman & Senator, Dixon H. Lewis</b>


(1808-1889) Graduated in the West Point class of 1828. He married the daughter of General and President Zachary Taylor, but she died only 3 months after their marriage. Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1845, he resigned, and fought gallantly in the Mexican War, where he served under General Taylor, and was severely wounded at the battle of Buena Vista. He declined the appointment of brigadier general in the U.S. Army to re-enter politics, serving as U.S. Senator from Mississippi. In 1853, he was appointed Secretary of War by President Franklin Pierce. He was chosen as the provisional president of the Confederacy and inaugurated in February 1861, at Montgomery, Alabama, and was later inaugurated as president of the permanent government at Richmond, on February 22, 1862. Fleeing from Richmond with his cabinet at the end of the war, he was captured on May 10, 1865, at Irwinsville, Ga., and held in prison for 2 years at Fort Monroe, Va. Jeff Davis was the first and only president of the Confederate States of America.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 4 3/8 x 2, in ink, Jeffn. Davis, Miss. The complete word. "Mississippi" is written above in another hand. This autograph was signed by Jeff Davis when he was serving as U.S. Senator from Mississippi. It came out of a 30th United States Congressional autograph album, circa 1847-49. Excellent large signature. Light age toning. Always a very desirable historical autograph!


There is a bonus autograph on the reverse which is of Alabama "States Rights," Congressman and Senator Dixon H. Lewis. 4 3/8 x 2, in ink, Dixon H. Lewis of Ala. 


<u>Dixon H. Lewis</u>: (1802-48) Born on Bothwick Plantation, Dinwiddie County, Virginia. He graduated from Mount Zion Academy, and from South Carolina College at Columbia in 1820. He moved to Autauga County, Alabama, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1823, and commenced practice in Montgomery, Ala. Served as a member of the Alabama State House of Representatives, 1826-1828; elected as a States Rights Democrat to the U.S. Congress, and served from March 4, 1829, to April 22, 1844, when he resigned to accept an appointment as a Democratic U.S. Senator in 1844. He was chairman, of the Committee on Indian Affairs, and served as Senator from April 22, 1844, until his death on October 25, 1848. He served as  chairman, of the Committee on Finance, and served as a member of the Committee on Retrenchment.  H 14in. x D 10in.


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Electrified       A rarely surviving example of the period common practice of wearing a single epaulette as insignia of rank by military officers both militia and Regulars<B>*</B>, this silver Captain of Infantry epaulette is accompanied by a Sergeantís epaulette, both offered here as set aside decades ago with the notation <I> from Fatherís uniform 1839 Aroostook War   Lizzie J Longley Rines</I>.  Our research finds <I>Lizzie J Longley Rines</I> as the 1843 Bangor, Maine daughter of Aroostook War<B>**</B> participant then Captain of the Old Town, Maine Militia <B>Capt. Stover Rines</B>.  [As an aside Lizzie Rines died in 1849 at her home in Boston.]  

      <B>*</B> After the Revolution the American system was that General to Major wore two epaulets while others wore one.  Captain on the right, Lieutenant on left with silver designating infantry and dragoons with gold for artillery.   Sergeants frequently wore an abbreviated epaulette held by a button on the right shoulder .

      The <I>Aroostook War</I> occurred in 1838 and 1839 and was centered around a dispute between the U. S. and English over the international boundary between the British colony New Brunswick and the state of Maine.  Simmering over a number of years a second and in the time equally paramount was the issue of navigation rights on the St. John River.  Largely lost in time is the fact that earlier on these issues were responsible for the establishment of a US Army barracks in Hancock, Maine and the service of <B>Robert E. Lee</B> there as an Army surveyor.  In 1839 <B>Capt. Stover Rines</B> and his company of militia was part force of some two hundred men who marched to Aroostook to arrest and imprison <I>trespassers</I> on state land.  Capt. Rines and two other key figures leading the Maine force were ultimately taken captive and jailed in Fredericton, New Brunswick.   The action inflamed both sides.  Additional State troops were authorized and the US Congress raised 50,000 men to repel any actual invasion of American soil.   The Aroostook War ultimately came to a bloodless end when <B>General Winfield Scott</B> was successful in negotiating a settlement between the parties.  One of the officers serving under Gen. Scott at <I> Headquarters, Eastern Division, United States Army, Augusta Maine</I> was <B>Robert Anderson</B> later <I>Major Robert Anderson</I> of Fort Sumter fame.

      While a Google search of <I>Capt. Stover Rines Maine</I> will offer considerably more detail on Capt. Rines and his service on the Maine frontier, we did not find an account of his earlier militia service thus can only assume that the included sergeants epaulette is a remnant progression through the ranks.

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Autograph, Jefferson Davis $595.00

 

Set of 1920's milk glass lights $750.00

 

Gas Wall Sconce $950.00

 

historic 1838 / 1839 - Aroostook Border $595.00




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