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Full color vignette of a star burst, spread winged eagle, American flags and interlocking U.S.A. in an oval. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Feb. 13, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. Sarah G. Ewell, Rockville, Maine. Light age toning. Very fine war date used patriotic envelope.  


Raleigh, Oct. 4th, 1861. Very fine plus.  Nestled in its 29 X 36 inch gilt frame, our photo illustrations will provide the best description of this impressive Battle of Waterloo oil on canvas except to advise that the work dates in the first half of the 20th century and remains in excellent, ready to hang, condition with strong color and no condition issues.  

      A mounted Napoleon Bonaparte is astride his favorite horse Marengo and is accompanied by his staff of officers  as they move through the tumult of the Battle of Waterloo.  A popular subject of artists through the decades since the historic defeat of Napoleon’s French army at the Battle of Waterloo 1815, this rendering captures the color and diversity period military attire.   <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 nice DEPUTY SHERIFF badge measures approximately 2 ¼ X 1 9/16 inches and remains in pleasing all original condition with good evidence of age and period use.  Maker marked <I>Iver Johnson Co. Boston</I> on the back.  An attractive companion piece set in a gun collection, this turn of the century police badge will go well in any law enforcement collection.  <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>

1863 Patriotic Cover Postmarked at New O

 

1861 State of North Carolina $2 Note

 

Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Water $695.00

 

c. 1890’s Iver Johnson - DEPUTY SHERIFF

Measuring approximately 7/16 inch square, we have the advantage of being able to unquestionably date the period of these hand cut bone dice by virtue of the remains the faint* <B>CROWN</B>&</B> G. R.</B> marking on each of the two gaming pieces.  (These marks were required by British export law during the American Civil War era to record and enforce payment of export tax on gaming devices sent to the American market.)  A staple of the Civil War camp, period saloon or gambling parlor, this original pair remain in excellent condition and yet demonstrate all the characteristics of period hand cut bone gaming pieces.  Clearly hand cut with dots that are somewhat irregular and a natural age patina, these dice will be quickly recognized for what they are in your collection display.  [ *Please note that these original CROWN & GR tariff marks were small and were impressed into the bone with red pigment rubbed into the light impression.  With time and use most if not all of the original red pigment has been worn away in most cases leaving the faintest trace of the original CROWN & GR.  Identification of the remaining tariff marking will requiring close examination of the rare old hand cut die.]  A scarce find! <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Difficult to find in a travel case, this little chloroform bottle will go especially well in any Civil War through Indian wars medical grouping.  An especially nice companion piece for a period medical bag, amputation or field surgeons kit.  While the glass bottle and stopper remain in perfect condition with no chips or cracks, the leather covering and slip case show some staining with shrinkage at the seams.  Solid and pleasing in condition all offer good evidence of age, originality and period use and carrying.  A scarce medical / surgical item!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  As seen in Campbell & O’Donnell’s reference <I> American Military Headgear Insignia</I> (Fig. 290) this <I>false bullion </I> or <I>false embroidered</I> die struck brass artillery device remains in exceptional original condition.  While offering a subtle patina as unmistakable evidence of age and originality, this piece retains a full measure of its original rich gold wash over the finely detailed crossed cannon device.  Additionally, the device retains all four attachment wires.  An exceptional example of a high quality private purchase type.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 


5 x 7 3/4, imprint.


Headquarters Department of the Gulf,

New Orleans, May 28, 1862


General Orders No. 34


The Commanders of all Regiments and Corps will make their Muster Rolls for payment up to the 1st of May, and forward them immediately to Major Locke and Hill, at the Quartermaster's Office.


The promptness and correctness with which the proper Rolls are furnished will insure priority of payment. 


By Command of MAJOR GENERAL BUTLER


R.S. DAVIS, CAPT. AND A.A.A.G.


Excellent condition. Scarce.

Civil War era tariff marked BONE DICE $65.00

 

19th century traveling CHLOROFORM DRIPPE

 

extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00

 

General Butler Orders His Commanders To $15.00




Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Catherine Stebbins, Rochester, New York, with partial C.D.S., Natchez, Miss., Oct. 21/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington (Scott #64) postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Back flap is torn where the envelope was opened.   


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


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


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


<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 12th/64</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am still in reasonable health although I don’t think confinement agrees with my constitution so well as exercise in the open air, but I ought not to complain, but oh, I am so anxious about you that I don’t see much peace.  I see you in my dreams every night and only awake disappointed to think of you by day.  We have acquired a supply of provisions from the Sanitary Mission and I have enough to do me a month or six weeks, but I do hope and pray that I may not have to stay here until it is gone.  We have had a very cold spell of weather for about 10 days, but we are very comfortable, but I fear some of our poor soldiers must suffer from cold if not soon exchanged.  We have a bible class that meets once every day which helps to pass the time.  We are daily in expectations of hearing from our government, but there has been no beat up since Christmas, but expect one today.  I write a letter each week to you but they don’t go very regular.  Pray for me dear and may the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lt. Levi Lupton


Addressed to: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Age toning, staining and light wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the war!


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


<b>Written by an officer wounded in action during the battle of Gettysburg</b>


1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Captain Ezra S. Farnsworth, to Chaplain James Eastwood.


<b><u>Head Quarters, 3d Brigade, 1st Div., 5th Corps, March 10th, 1865, Near Hatcher's Run, Va.</b></u>


Friend Eastwood,


I arrived from Mass.[achusetts] on the 1st day of March and here I am ready for action again.* I should have called and seen you on my return if I had had time, but I did not have the time. Everything seems about the same in Mass. as usual. I am still at these Hd. Qtrs. Brevet Major General Jos. J. Bartlett is in command now. If you should desire, the bearer will bring up a package for the 32nd [Mass.]. If you have one of those nice quilts to spare you may loan it to me, or if you will take pay for it, & if so you can send it by the bearer. Do not send it unless you have one to spare. When you come this way call and see me. I shall be glad to see you at any time, and when I visit City Point I will call on you.


Yours truly,

From your friend,

E.S. Farnsworth

Capt. & A.A.A.G.


P.S. Just as I was closing up my letter I received a large package from you. I will see that it gets to the 32nd [Mass.].


Yours &c,

E.S.F.


Very neatly written letter from this Massachusetts officer who was wounded at Gettysburg in 1863, and at Laurel Hill, Va. in 1864. Very desirable.


Ezra S. Farnsworth, was a 32 year old broker from Newton, Mass., when he enlisted on July 14, 1862, as a 1st sergeant, and was mustered into Co. K, 32nd Massachusetts Infantry. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, March 19, 1863; was wounded in action at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863;** wounded in action on May 12, 1864, at the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.; promoted to 1st lieutenant, June 15, 1864; promoted to captain, July 20, 1864; promoted to brevet major, April 9, 1865; discharged from the service, May 30, 1865.


The recipient of this letter was the Reverend James Eastwood, a Chaplain at City Point, Va., who served as part of the Soldiers Mission of the Massachusetts Universalist Convention. Eastwood supplied the troops with not only religious material, but also "comfort bags" containing much needed personal items which made him extremely popular with the men.     


*Farnsworth had been convalescing in Massachusetts after having been wounded for the second time in the war, this coming on May 12, 1864, during the battle of Laurel Hill, Va.


**During the second day's battle at Gettysburg, Pa., on July 2, 1863, the 32nd Massachusetts Infantry was heavily engaged while supporting the 3rd Corps in the Devil's Den area. Out of the 227 men that went into action that day, the 32nd Mass. lost 81 men, 22 of whom were either killed or mortally wounded. 


The 32nd Massachusetts Infantry saw action at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Bristoe Station, Mine Run, the Wilderness, North Anna River, Shady Grove Church Road, Bethesda Church, Va., Petersburg, Weldon Railroad, Poplar Springs Church, Cedar Creek, Hatcher's Run, and Five Forks, Va.  


Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1863. State Capitol at center. Very fine plus.

1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Missis $7.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $100.00

 

32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter $100.00

 

1863 State of North Carolina $2 Note




<b>The True Story of a Great Life. The History and Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln</b> 


By William H. Herndon, For Twenty Years His Friend and Law Partner, and Jesse William Weik, A.M. Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 of a 3 volume set. Belford-Clarke Co., Chicago, 1890. Copyright, 1889, By Belford, Clarke & Company. Illustrated front piece of a beardless Mr. Lincoln from the photograph by Hesler, Chicago, 1860, with a printed facsimile inscription and signature of Lincoln below his portrait. Other illustrations in both volumes. Blue cloth hard covers with gold embossed signature of A. Lincoln on the front cover, and gold embossed illustration of Lincoln on the spine. Vol. 1 is 199 pages, and Vol. 2 is 213 pages. Gold gilt end pages on the top. Patterned endpapers. The pages are evenly, lightly age toned, and the covers show light wear. Very tight bindings. Very nice pair.  


Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. J. Pike, East Salisbury, Mass. C.D.S., New Orleans, La., May 26, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  All in fine original condition after decades of local attic storage, this pair of 1700 very early 1800s bronze shoe buckles measure approximately 2 7/16 inches by 1 3/8 inch wide.  With that eye appealing natural age color that comes to bronze only with time, these wonderful old buckles clearly saw little period use as evident by the crisp corners and bold hand tool marks of the period maker. (see: <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I> by Newmann & Kravic ) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This nice looking early Civil War import leather shako, (see: <I>RALLY ROUND THE FLAG / Uniforms of the Union Volunteers of 1861</I> by Ron Field)  unlike so many found today, retains its shape and is complete with  original die struck brass American eagle over infantry horn plate as illustrated in Stanley Philip’s, <I> Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields & Campsites of the Civil War</I>.  All original and complete, this example even retains the chin strap with original strap retainer in the crown.  Both original features are generally long since gone.  Known to have been imported early in the Civil War, the use of this handsome shako has been well established by virtue of camp site and battle field excavations with records of use by Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and New York regiments.   A <I>showy</I> example of Civil War era headgear, this <I>as found</I> all original leather shako offers good evidence of age and originality yet remains in pleasing condition with nice original finish and solid construction even to its original 2 ¾ inch wide sweat band.  An attractive piece of Civil War head gear at a reasonable price!  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

Herndon's Lincoln

 

1863 Civil War Cover Postmarked at New O $10.00

 

original ! 18th century bronze SHOE BUCK $135.00

 

Civil War IMPORT INFANTRY SHAKO $750.00

Patented as a <I>medical / invalid</I> spoon, this scarce and desirable item for the 19th century medical collector, the maker marking on this medicine spoon, <B>PAT. 1885 – HOLMES, BOOTH & HAYDENS </B>, will be familiar to period collectors in a number of fields. Incorporated in 1853, Holmes, Booth & Haydens of Waterbury, Connecticut were instrumental in the manufacture of lighting equipmentmen, all manner of table ware and silver plate, photography items such as daguerreotype plates, photo cases, mats & frames and all manner of die-cut and embossed items such as paper fasteners, tokens, buttons and more. Unpolished and in nice original condition, this neat old silver plate special purpose spoon will fit well in any period medical collection or as an association piece in any number of collecting fields. <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>


 All in nice apparently unused condition, this little antique oven is a bit of an enigma.   Is it a journeyman tinsmith test piece commonly constructed to demonstrate skill in the trade?  Was it intended as a drummer’s sales sample, or is it intended for use as an easy to carry personal size oven for warming a morsel of meat or biscuit on a camp hearth or open fire?  Whatever the intent, this scarce example of earlier to mid 1800 tinned sheet iron ware offers a wonderful demonstration of period tinsmith method and skill.  Will fit well in any earlier 19th century through Civil War era collection.  <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 10 ¾ inches these eye appealing Civil War brogans are offered untouched and just as they came out after decades of attic trunk storage.  Recognizing some minor construction variation, one with another and with consideration that they were set aside and saved as a pair we’d guess these well-worn brogans were likely a <I>make-do pair </I>field recovered and pressed into service by need.  Not an uncommon circumstance to the Civil War historian familiar with the supply challenges every foot soldier faced.  Make of this what you will, this honest old <I>pair</I> will best be described by our illustrations. Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of gathering up Civil War period treasures.  


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This piece of coverlet was owned by Colonel Elijah W. Penny who had service in three Indiana Union regiments and was wounded six times. The period note that came with this relic identifies the coverlet as being taken out of Stonewall Jackson's house after the "U.S. Civil War in 1865." A Xerox copy of the original note is included with the COA. Colonel Perry was discharged in Charlotte, N.C. in late 1865 and obviously obtained this souvenir during his return home west either personally or from an officer friend. During the Civil War the house was vacant or possibly rented, but no evidence is known to state Mary Anna Jackson rented it during the war, but she did later as records show. General David Hunter's troops raided Lexington, Va. in June 1864, but there is no evidence that they entered the house. Penny would have passed through Lexington or nearby as the 130th Indiana Infantry Regiment headed home from the Carolinas in late 1865. A vacant house of a notable Confederate General would have been a temptation for troops to enter into looking for souvenirs.


The house was constructed in 1800, by Cornelius Dorman. Dr. Archibald Graham purchased the house and significantly expanded it in 1845 by adding a stone addition on the rear and remodeling the front and interior to accommodate his medical practice.  Dr. Graham sold the house to then Major Thomas J. Jackson, a professor at the nearby Virginia Military Institute, on November 4, 1858, for $3,000. It is the only house Jackson ever owned. He lived in the brick and stone house with his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, until the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. It housed Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital from 1907 until 1954; when it was converted into a museum. In 1979 the house was carefully restored to its appearance at the time of the Jackson's occupancy. The house and garden are owned and operated as a museum by the Virginia Military Institute.


11 x 14, display, doubled matted in Confederate gray and red archival mat boards. The coverlet is nicely displayed at the center with copy photographs of General Jackson, his wife and daughter, and the house above, and descriptive text below. Comes with COA. Shrink wrapped. Please note that this handsome display has complete full borders.

Holmes, Booth & Haydens – Pat. 1885 MEDI $65.00

 

earlier through mid 1800s downscaled OPE $135.00

 

Civil War era BROGANS

 

Souvenir From Confederate General Stonew $250.00




Relic card with 3 brass pins and 1 ceramic button recovered from the wreck of the Georgiana. 5 x 3, gray card with illustration of a sailing ship at the top left, and imprint that reads: Georgiana. Brass sewing pins and ceramic button that were manufactured in England and taken from the wreck of the CSA blockade runner named the "Georgiana" which sank off the South Carolina coast in 1863 while trying to run the Federal blockade into Charleston from Bermuda. Brass pins were unavailable in the South and imported pins were a prized commodity. 


The reverse of the card has a printed history of the Georgiana as follows. "The Georgiana was built in 1862-63 in England for the Confederate States. She escaped from British jurisdiction for Nassau on January 22, 1863. She was detected trying to run the blockade into Charleston on March 22nd, 1863. Her Captain ran her ashore on Long Island Beach off the South Carolina coast. Her valuable cargo being arms and supplies was mostly lost due to shelling. Aside from the cargo loss, the destruction of the Georgiana was a blow to the Confederacy as she was the fastest cruiser and would have made a superb man-of-war."  


Confederate marine relics are considered rare and quite desirable. 

 


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


(1793-1853) Born near Elizabethtown, Bladen County, N.C., he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced a law practice in N.C. Appointed United States attorney for the district of North Carolina in 1817. Served in the North Carolina State Senate, 1815-19, 1822, 1826, and 1830. Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1831-49. Was Chairman of the Committee on Military Affairs, and also served on the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads, the Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War, and the Committee on Ways and Means.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/8 x 1 1/4, in ink, Jas. I. McKay, Slade Co., N. Carolina.  


Raleigh, Sept. 1, 1862. Uncirculated condition.  


<b>Turned cover using the blank side of a bond</b>


[P]aid 3 cents, Fayetteville, N.C., Sept. 22, 1865. Lt. Col. C.W. Broadfoot, Care of Rev[eren]d T.G. Haughton, Salisbury, N.C., Direct Via Raleigh. This homemade cover was implemented by using a printed bond and reversing it and folding it to create an envelope. Edge wear and small tears. 


The recipient of this envelope, Charles W. Broadfoot, was an 18 year old student when he enlisted as a private on July 15, 1861, and was mustered into Company H, 1st North Carolina Infantry. He was mustered out of this regiment on November 12, 1861. He then served in Company D, 43rd North Carolina Infantry, and was discharged for promotion on September 7, 1862, being commissioned 1st Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on the staff of General Theophilus H. Holmes. On July 1, 1864, he was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Reserve Infantry, with rank of lieutenant colonel and colonel. His date and method of discharge are unknown.


Salisbury, North Carolina was a major railroad hub, military depot and home to Salisbury Prison during the Civil War.

Relics From The Confederate Blockade Run $15.00

 

Autograph, James I. McKay $15.00

 

1862 State of North Carolina $1 Note

 

Cover Addressed to Confederate Lieutenan $95.00




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


(1802-68) Born near Halifax, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1821, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1823, and commenced a law practice in Halifax. Served as a member of the North Carolina House of Commons, 1832-34, and as a U.S. Congressman, 1841-53. He was the chairman of the Committee on Claims. He moved to Louisiana in 1860 and settled near Shreveport where he resumed his law practice and also was engaged in planting.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 3/8, in ink, J.R.J. Daniel, Halifax, N.C.    


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


From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>


1 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, Dec. 4th/63</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 15th on yesterday and I also recd. that box today although it had been here for 8 days, but I suppose they could not get them distributed any sooner although some few things had got moldy, but be sure I was very glad to get it although we have had plenty to eat from boxes got by others of our mess.  Well Dear I fear that we are not going to get out of this very soon which is no very pleasant feeling for none can tell except they were in the same place.  How bad I want to get out.  Dear try and keep your spirits up hoping that it is all for the best and may the good Lord give you help in this your hour of need.  I have had a very bad cold for a few days but it is getting better although I am quite nervous today.  Pray for me my dear wife and may the Lord bless you and the children is the prayer of your ever loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed to: Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Light age toning, staining and wear.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the war!


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


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


(1804-75) Born in Columbia, Hamilton County, Ohio, he studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Batavia, Ohio. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-51.


<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 3/4, in ink, J.D. Morris.    


(1805-86) American historian and linguist. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he was one of the founders of the Providence Athenaeum, and was a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In 1842, he helped Albert Gallatin found the American Ethnology Society. Bartlett is well known in the field of lexicography for his "Dictionary of Americanisms," a pioneering work that is still a valuable tool today. He served as the U.S. Boundary Commissioner from 1850-53, and was responsible for surveying the boundary between the United States and Mexico. He published "A Personal Narrative of Explorations and Incidents in Texas, New Mexico, California, Sonora and Chihuahua" which contains much valuable scientific and historical material. He served as Secretary of Rhode Island from 1855-72.  He was the father of John Russell Bartlett, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, who served in the Civil War and the Spanish American War.


Authentic, original 19th century portrait engraving with printed facsimile signature below his likeness. Engraved by J.C. Buttre from a photo by R.A. Lewis. 6 x 9 1/4. Excellent.

Autograph, John R. J. Daniel $15.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Autograph, Jonathan D. Morris $10.00

 

John Russell Bartlett $10.00




Raleigh, Jany. 1, 1863. Vignette of Ceres at left. Very fine.  


Scott #7. Top edge, block of 2, five cents Confederate postage stamps, blue, with "Confederate States" printed at the top of the stamps, and "Five Cents" printed at the bottom, and features a bust view of President Jefferson Davis. There is a 3/4 inch portion of the original sheet at the top of the stamps. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.        Complete and entirely original is this <B>COLORED SERVANT’S TICKET issued by WILMINGTON & WELDON RAIL ROAD Co.</B> for <I>ONE SEAT FROM WILMINGTON, N.C., to NEW YORK </I>.  The ticket measures approximately 17 ½ x 4 5/8 inches wide printed on one side only on yellow newspaper type stock .  With  a small <I>chip</I> of the upper left corner and some period horizontal folds (all visible in our illustrations) the ticket remains entirely original with no rips, tears, separations, repairs or stains.  The top section of the ticket provides space for the ticket holder’s <I>Name, Color, Age, Height, Marks,<B>Owner’s Name</B> </I> and <I>With whom traveling</I>.  The ticket was printed by the <I>Daily Journal Job Office, Wilmington, N.C.</I>.  The ticket provides for nine transfers necessary for rail travel from Wilmington, North Carolina to New York, the appropriate section to be cut from the ticket and retained by a rail road agent at each transfer site. 

      Well known to American Rail Road enthusiasts, antique collectors, antebellum South and Civil War collector / historians, the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad was, at the time of its completion in 1841, the longest railroad in the world.  A key Confederate resource throughout the American Civil War, students of the Union siege of Petersburg will be familiar with the part taken by the Wilmington & Weldon Rail Road in that action.  An outstanding Americana collectable, this offering will frame up nicely or will lay in to enhance any number of collectable categories. 

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 Our photos should offer the best description of this desirable period cooking outfit, so suffice it to say here that it consists of a large bail handle camp cook pot that stands approximately 10 ¼ inches not including the bail, and is 11 inches in diameter.   This master pot <U>houses a complement of seven pieces</U> of period mess gear.  All components are original to the period and except the forged iron skillet,  are crafted from tinned sheet iron, lead soldered and iron riveted, in the classic fashion of the Civil War era tin-smith.  The content of the master cook pot consists of a forged black iron <U>hanging skillet</U>, a large 6 inch diameter <U>cook / eating tin</U> with cup handle, a tin <U>drinking cup / dipper</U>, an issue size tin <U>boiler / cup</U> with lid, a <U>condiment tin</U> with lid for flower or cornmeal and an oval lidded <U>cook or storage tin</U> for salt pork or what have you and finally a  <U>shaker</U> for salt, cinnamon &c.  A wonderful display item common in the period but nearly always broken up and seldom found intact.  <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>

1863 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $40.00

 

Pair of Five Cents Confederate Jeff Davi

 

Antebellum SLAVE SERVANT’S - WILMINGTON $550.00

 

Original and as found! Civil War vintag $575.00

This exceptional ring is hand carved of beef bone with the red diamond of the hard fought Union Army’s , 3rd Corps, 1st Division.  A popular folk art form of the Civil War soldier who utilized readily available beef bone to carve all manner of decorative fair to include pendants, fobs, rings and other trinkets either for personal use, to send home or to trade with fellow soldiers.  In some cases an enterprising artisan would colorfully embellish his work by melting stationer’s sealing wax into the bone design.  In the instance of this ring, red sealing wax was applied to the carved diamond of the 3rd Army corps to designate the device as 1st Division.   All in nice original condition with good evidence of age.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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 All original and period, this 21 inch hard rubber ladies neck and cross pendant remain in pleasing to the eye with no cracks, chips or other condition issues and with that nice dark chocolate patina that comes to this material with honest age and originality.  A nice lady’s accessory for the period hard rubber enthusiast , mourning jewelry collector or simply for a lady who would appreciate an original Civil War piece to wear.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 With good remnants of the old <B> LAMSON & GOODNOW MFG. Co. – PATENTED MARCH 6. 1860 </B> markings on the knife blade this bone mounted knife and fork set was made by the forerunner to Lamsom, Goodnow & Yale who held Union arms contracts during the Civil War for manufacture of the <I>'L.G. & Y'</I> rifled musket.  A matching set, each piece with attractive age colored bone grips pinned to tapered shanks.  Bone mountings <U>remain solid</U> with a single shrinkage crack along the bottom side of the fork grip as evidence of age and period use. 

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<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Presided over the hanging of the Lincoln conspirators!


Document Signed regarding a War of 1812 Veteran!</b>


(1830-89) A lawyer by profession, at the beginning of the Civil War he was colonel of the 4th Pennsylvania Infantry. Hartranft was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for gallantry at the 1st battle of Bull Run. He then undertook the organization of the 51st Pennsylvania Infantry, and was commissioned their colonel on Nov. 16, 1861, and led them in General Ambrose E. Burnside's expedition to the North Carolina coast in 1862. He was promoted to brigadier general on May 12, 1864, for gallant services rendered at the battle of Spotsylvania, and commanded a division during the Petersburg campaign. He was appointed special provost marshal for the trial of the President Lincoln conspirators, and presided over their hanging on July 7, 1865.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted form, filled out in ink.


Auditor General's Office

Harrisburg, Pa., Aug. 15, 1866


To William H. Kemble,

State Treasurer:


Application having been made to me by Catharine Freyberger, widow of George Fryberger of Berks Co., a soldier of the war of 1812, for the Gratuity and Annuity authorized by the act of March 30, 1866, entitled, "An Act to provide for the payment of Gratuities and Annuities to the soldiers of the war of 1812." I hereby certify, agreeably to the provisions of said act, that she has furnished satisfactory evidence to me that she is entitled to the benefits of said act, and the State Treasurer will please pay to her order Forty Dollars Gratuity, and Twenty Dollars Annuity, for six months due July 1, 1866. 


J.F. Hartranft

Auditor General


There are dockets on the reverse of the document.


The document has been cut cancelled in three places. None of them touch upon the autograph of General Hartranft which is very large and bold.


Desirable Medal of Honor and Lincoln Conspirators related autograph.

Civil War vintage - 3rd CORPS 1st DIVISI $195.00

 

Civil War era Lady’s Hard Rubber CHAIN & $95.00

 

Pat. 1860 Lamson & Goodnow Mfg. Co. MES $45.00

 

Autograph, General John F. Hartranft $95.00




Raleigh, Sept. 1, 1862. Vignette of Ceres at left. Fine.  


Addressed to Capt. Josiah Martin, Shreve, Wayne Co., Ohio, with C.D.S., New Orleans, Mar. 16/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Light age toning and edge wear.


Josiah Martin served in the 16th and 166th Ohio Infantry Regiments, 1861-64.  


<b>United States Senator from Georgia


Attorney General of the U.S. in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson</b>


(1781-1856) Born at Rocky Hill, near Princeton, N.J., he graduated from Princeton in 1796, studied law in Savannah, Ga., was admitted to the bar and practiced in Louisville. Served as judge of the eastern judicial circuit of Georgia, 1810-21. Was captain of the Georgia Hussars, a Savannah volunteer company that fought in the War of 1812. Served as a member of the Georgia State Senate, 1822-23, and was elected as a Jacksonian to the U.S. Senate and served from 1825-29. Was appointed Attorney General of the U.S. in the Cabinet of President Andrew Jackson and served from 1829-31. He served again as a U.S. Senator from 1841-45, and 1845-52. Was chairman of the Committee on Judiciary during the 20th, 26th and 27th Congresses. He was the president of the American Party convention at Milledgeville, Ga. in 1855.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Jn. Macpherson Berrien.    Born in New York, Dr. Lorenzo Traver was a Massachusetts resident who opens his service journal as he receives his commission from Gideon Wells in the U. S. Mail on November 23, 1861.  Dr. Traver would remain in the Union Navy through the Civil War and beyond receiving his discharge on October 18, 1868.  A fine penman and an articulate writer, readers of Dr. Traver’s daily journal will agree that he possessed an exceptional ability to capture the detail and drama of his Civil War service aboard the USS DELAWARE, USS BIBB, USS PROTEUS and USS TALLAPOOSA in the East Gulf Squadron, Gulf Squadron and the Potomac Flotilla.  Surgeon Traver’s 411 page bound journal is penned entirely in the author’s easily read hand.  The journal measures approximately 8 ¼ X 10 inches X 1 1/16 thick with an embossed leather spine, <B>American Rebellion Journal – U. S. Navy – 1861 / 68 – Traver</B>.   An important Civil War Navy journal with excellent content, Dr. Traver was ever a meticulous observer who chronicled daily activity of note and many important military actions.  Active in veteran groups in the post Civil War years, Surgeon Traver read his <I> Burnside Expedition in North Carolina : Battles of Roanoke Island and Elizabeth City</I> from  personal narratives before the <B>Rhode Island Soldiers & Sailors Historical Society</B>.  Published by N. B, Williams & Co. in 1880 the original of that work is held by the Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, NC.  Surgeon Traver’s war recollections are quoted in <I> BLOOD & WAR AT MY DOORSTEP</I> by Brenda Chambers McKean and <I> DIVIDED WATERS</I> by Ivan Musicant.  Traver’s Civil War journal will come with a signed album card mount <I>gem</I> tintype portrait a word document transcription and a photocopy of his Burnside Expedition paper noted earlier.   Below we are including some excerpts from journal entries simply as a guide with respect to writing style and quality of Traver’s work.  They were selected at random from early entries in an effort to do some modicum of justice to Travers chronicling effort in this limited presentation.  If the reader likes what is offered in these limited excerpts we feel confident a review of the journal will be positive.  As protection of content, the word document transcription will be forwarded to the purchaser after our usual three day inspection policy is concluded. (See <B>no questions asked</B> return below.)


<B>November 23rd 1861</B>  This A.M. received by mail from Secre¬tary Wells, my commission as Acting Surgeon in the U.S. Navy, ----------------------------------------  -Dec. 16th.  I received --- a full and ample supply of instruments, medicines, surgical appliances &c consisting of the following articles, a beautiful amputating case which cost some $55.00, a pocket case, seven tourniquets, lint, cotton cloth for bandages, flannel, materials for splints, medicines, a great variety, a book of formulas &c, the whole costing the snug little sum of $212.  ------------------  <B>Dec. 26th. </B>   Rumor says we are to make one of the Burnside expedition, our destination is of course kept a profound secret. We have removed one of our 32 pounders and substituted an 80 pounder rifle gun, which is quite a formidable looking weapon.  ----------------------------------------  <B>Dec. 29th. </B>   7 o'clock A.M. orders came from Flagship Minnesota for us to get immediately underway, and proceed toward Norfolk to engage a rebel steamer that had run down ---- a federal schooner and was with its prize steaming for Norfolk.  Accordingly, we slipped our anchor and in company with seven other gunboats started in chase.  Unfortunately, the rebels had to much the start of us, for before we could overhaul them, they with their prize were safely in port under the guns of their batteries.  In the meantime, four batteries opened fire upon our little fleet.  We immediately engaged their fortifications and had a smart skirmish for two hours. ---------------------------------------------------------- <B> Jan. 10th. </B>   We are still lying at Newport News directly opposite to Camp Butler.  The <I>secesh</I> schooners that are continually plying to and fro on the opposite side of the river are a perfect eye sore to us.  They have batteries along the banks.  -------------------------------------- <B>Jan. 12th. </B>   Today all is bustle, occasioned by the arrival of numerous gunboats, crafts of all kinds, transports & c.  I should think there are at least 1800 or 2000 troops lying in the stream on board the transports.  All of these are designed for the Burnside Expedition.  It is a beautiful sight at night to witness these numerous vessels that lay at anchor upon the smooth surface of the water.  These numerous lights reflecting upon the water gives the whole bay the appearance of one field of light, intermingled with the soft strains of martial music which comes floating over the water from a thousand instruments ------------------------------------------ February 7th   Are still lying at anchor, cloudy and some little fog.  9 A.M.  It is now clearing, warm and fair prospects for a fair day.  10 A.M.  Are now underway running up to make an attack.  The enemy is in sight with their steamers, some say there are eight in number, others twelve.  Com. Goldsborough has just signaled and repeated the following, <I>Our country expects every man to do his duty. </I>   11 A.M.  Are proceeding along slowly.  Our Capt. has just been signaled and received the following order.  If the Captain of a certain gunboat did not come up as fast as he ought, to turn around and go back and have him put in irons".  11 1/2 A.M.  The first gun has just been fired from the flagship.  12 N - We are close to them.  They have fired some half dozen shots but all fell short of us.  We can see eight steamers and four schooners.  The rebel shots still fall short of us.  Some of ours strike very near their masked batteries.  The Delaware fired her first gun at 15 minutes past 12.  The firing is rapidly increasing and the day is beautiful.  The crew are in excellent spirits, having had an extra supply of grog.  Their jokes and laughter can be distinctly heard between the discharge of the artillery.  My room is full of smoke caused by the repeated discharge of our 32 pounder, which makes the whole vessel shake.  The air is pregnant with the odorous fumes of burning gun powder, anything however, but disagreeable.  The second discharge of our 32 pounder jarred the skylight out, which came tumbling down on my head as I sat writing.  My first thought was that the rebels made a good shot that time.  No damage was done Ä we have not been hit as yet, but several shot and shells struck within a few feet of us.   Mr. Hammond's last shot cut the rebel's flagstaff off.  Three cheers for Hammond.   12 1/2 P.M.  A huge shell has just burst over our vessel, no was injured.  It is getting to be pretty hot work.   12 3/4 P.M.  We have just taken one of the rebel schooners and cut away the fore rigging of one of the steamers.  I have just been up on deck, saw a shell strike within a rod of the Steamer Morse.  Two of the launches has started.  All of the rebel steamers keep close under the protection or cover of their batteries.  It is one continuous roar of cannon and the deafening noise produced by the bursting of shells.  The rebels are running from their batteries and it is said that they have hauled down their flag.  Gen. Burnside is here with his fleet, and will land as soon as the batteries are silenced.  Two new forts have just opened fire on us, making five in all.  I have just been up on deck to see the burning fort, it is a grand sight.  The burning fort was one of the masked ones.  It is now 1 1/2 P.M.  We are anxious to get through before night so as to land the soldiers.  No one hurt on the Delaware as yet.  The rebels succeeded in quenching the fire in the Fort but at 2 P.M. another shell burst in it and in a few minutes the whole fort was in a blaze.  The burning fort is some one half mile from where we lay.  The rebels have several large Columbiads and they are working them with good effect.  3 1/2 P.M.  The battle still continues and we are now lying two rods from the shore.  One of our small boats has just returned from the shore with a rebel tent taken from the Island.   4 1/2 P.M.  The troops are now landing.  One shot struck under our wheel but did no damage.  I just learned that one had been killed and one wounded on the gunboat "Hetzel".  There are several buildings near where the troops are landing that were occupied by the rebels cavalry, who fled on our approach. Soon after the action commenced the rebel fleet retreated some four miles from their batteries; and of course could not render them any assistance.  It was evidently their intentions to cooperate with the batteries. 6 P.M.  The rebels, as well as our gunboats keep up the firing.  7 P.M.  It being dark, all firing has ceased.  The action today continued eight hours and it will no doubt be renewed on the return of daylight.  Some 5000 or 6000 troops have landed and their campfires are burning which makes a beautiful sight in the darkness.  We have just moved up to a large steamer and taken some 800 troops aboard which we will land on the Island.  The troops on shore will tomorrow move up towards the batteries and attack them in the rear, and if the rebels stand this, they are made of very different material from what I think they are.  I understand that one of our steamers is somewhat disabled, most of us however escaped without injury.  During the action one of the quarter gunners who has charge of the magazines had a key which fitted the spirit room, unlocked the door and helped himself.  I chanced to go below and found him and another gunner intoxicated, using threatening language about blowing the ship up.  I hauled him out and shut the door; they were reported to the Captain, who had them put in double irons.  Fortunately, no accident occurred, but the thoughts of having an intoxicated man in the magazine is anything but pleasant.  They no doubt will receive a punishment in proportion  to their offence.  Our Capt. is very strict and enforces naval discipline to the very letter.  We landed some 800 troops from our vessel, and covered the landing of 5000 more; we ran close to the shore and lay there until the rebels began to get pretty correct range of us, then we left.  In action the boats are kept in motion, hence the difficulty in hitting them.  While this bombardment by the warships and gunboats was going on, the transports were landing, near the southern end of the island, the army which was to cooperate with the fleet.  A boat, with a reconnoitering party had first been sent towards the shore. They were fired upon by the rebels, concealed in the forest.  The Delaware instantly pitched a few dozen of nine inch shrapnel shell into the woods.  No mortals could stand this and the rebels fled like sheep before the hound and the disembarkation continued unmolested.  Two thousand rebels with rifles and three heavy guns had stationed themselves at this point to prevent the landing.  The shrapnels of the Delaware were so destructive that in their flight the rebels abandoned their cannon and even threw away many of their muskets, that they might run more swiftly. ----------------------------------<B> February 8th</B>   The weather is warm and rainy.  The landing of troops continued all last night and towards morning the whole 18,000 were encamped near the shore.  We lay a short distance off to protect them.  9 A.M.  The rebels made an attack upon our troops.  The noise from thousands of muskets and field pieces could be distinctly heard from where we lay.  The rebels have masked batteries in the woods.   Our Paymaster's Steward and one or two others went ashore and reported that one man had been killed, and one with his arm shot off.  We have one more fort to take and expect some hard fighting today.  Gen. Burnside will make his attack in the rear.  I learned this A.M. that the engineer on board of the U.S.S. Seymour had his let shot off in yesterday’s action.  Gen. Burnside and staff paid us a visit this morning.  Two of our boats were ashore this morning reconnoitering. They found numerous relics, such as guns, canteens, bridles, powder horns &c.  One of the party presented me with a powder horn minus the cap and a rebel pipe.  12 N. News has just been received that our troops have been victorious and taken all the rebel batteries, also that Col. Jefferies has been killed.  From our vessel, we can see the soldiers busy carrying off the wounded.  They are mostly conveyed to the building which was occupied by the rebels and have been converted into temporary hospital.  Also, the wounded are being put aboard the Steamer Cadett to be conveyed out in the stream to the New Brunswick which is to be used as a hospital ship for the present. The Cadett lays near us.  This P.M. the Capt. gave me permission to go aboard of her and help attend to the wounded.  While I was on the Cadett, our Paymaster went up to the house on shore above mentioned.  There he found some 40 or 50 wounded in every conceivable manner and no Surgeon or anyone to attend them except the Chaplain who was doing all that his very feeble power would admit of in administering to their wants.  I regretted very much that the Capt. had not sent me there instead of sending me to the Steamer Cadett.   After taking the masked batteries above mentioned, the troops of Gen. Burnside and Foster marched up to the fort which we bombarded, came upon them rather suddenly and immediately demanded Gen. Hill's sword, shook hands and complied with the request, and remarked to Gen. Burnside that all of Roanoke Island was his.  One of the forts which they surrendered we expected to take tomorrow.  The rebels blew up one fort on the opposite side of the island, about the time Gen. Burnside was raising the "Stars and Stripes" over the one he had taken.  In the meantime, the rebels had set fire to one of their disabled steamers and burnt it to the water’s edge.  The coast is clear.  Roanoke Island is ours, including some 2000 prisoners. Rumor says that ex. Governor Wise and son were here. The gallant Governor escaped, his son less fortunate, was mortally wounded.  We expect to move on up to Elizabeth City and take possession there, and then "on to Richmond" if possible. ------------ <B>Sunday Feb. 9th </B> We work today, we scarcely know of such an institution here as Sunday.  This A.M. a steamer ran along side of the Delaware and put a man aboard for me to attend to.  This man is a gunner and in yesterday's action while ramming down a cartridge the gun was prematurely discharged with ramrod in hand. His forearm was badly burned, and some of his fingers of his right hand were numb and he could with difficulty, raise his arm.  On further examination, I found his shoulder was dislocated forward and downward in the axilla.   I reduced the dislocation by placing the heel of my right foot in his axilla, pulling forward and downward, the same time carrying his arm across his body.  I slung his arm up in the most approved manner and he is doing well.  -----------------------------------  We had but 30 killed at Roanoke Island and took 2000 prisoners.  In the distance we see three rebel steamers and the whole fleet are in pursuit.  7 P.M.  It is now dark and we have given up the chase and shall lay at anchor in a position to watch their movements during the night.  8 P.M.  Our fleet, consisting of 14 gunboats, have come to anchor in the mouth of Pasqoutank River, 15 miles below Elizabeth City.  Tomorrow we will probably pay them a visit.   February 10th  7 o'clock A.M.  We left our anchorage and now 8 1/2 A.M. we are in sight of the fort and seven rebel steamers. The rebels have opened fire on us but the distance prevents them from doing us any serious damage.     ----------------------         Directly opposite this fort on the other side of the river there was a sort of floating battery, mounting two rifled guns.  Through this narrow passage but half a mile in width, the fleet must pass to reach the rebel gunboats.       The flagship "Delaware" led the van and paying no regard to fort or battery, plunged through the gauntlet of their shot, followed by the whole national troops with shouts and sabre blows and bayonet plunges were upon their decks.  It was a short but a bloody conflict.  It lasted but fifteen minutes.  Nearly every rebel was killed or captured with the exception of a very few who set fire to their vessels and escaped to the shore in their boats.  The Union loss in this truly heroic action was but two killed and twelve wounded.  ------------------------------------<B>February 11th</B>  (Albermarle Sound N. C) The two rebel steamers that have a mark across them, were burned and sunk by the rebels.  The one nearest to Cobbs Point is the "Fanny", which vessel was captured from us last summer.  ------------------------Elizabeth City<B> Feb. 12th</B>   Truly things are in a deplorable state here. The people threaten to burn the city, the whites are fleeing in the country panic stricken, the negroes  are coming in from the country and help themselves to the personal property of their rebel masters, a general rising of the slaves is feared. -------------------------------------------- <B>Feb. 13th   </B>     4 gunboats to get underway and go down to North River and from thence proceeds up the Albemarle and Chesapeake Canal to capture a boat and destroy the locks.  On arriving there they found the mouth of the canal blockaded and a company of rebel Cavalry along the banks.  A few shells were thrown among them killing several and putting the remainder to flight.  -------------------------          We are now near the Virginia line.  The river here is very narrow and crooked with beautiful plantations lining its banks as far as the eye can reach.  The little negroes are running to and fro as if undetermined what to make of the gunboats.  This expedition is a private one that is it is unknown to the remainder of the fleet.     The officers of the Delaware being all on deck including myself and Col. Hawkins of Hawkins Zouaves. His regiment was on the rear vessel, viewing the scenery along the banks and looking at the country with their glasses.  Col. Hawkins being at the mast head cried out rebels ahead and came down.  We immediately went below for safety. The same time a shower of rifle balls came tumbling down from some 500 rebels secreted behind the hill and in the woods.   -----------------------------           At the point where the attack was made a small schooner had been drawn up on the beach, and near it stood an old colored woman, from whom we afterwards ascertained that the rebels had forced her to remain there for a decoy, thinking we of course would land and then we would fall  an easy prey to their treachery.  -----------------<B>Feb 22d.</B>  We are still at the Island, but shall leave as soon as the mail arrives which is expected every moment by the Str. Stars and Stripes.  I have just returned from a schooner where I have been buying provisions for our mess.  I have paid out some $400. for that purpose, since leaving Philadelphia.  I find the papers give very incorrect account of the doings here; give credit where no credit is due and leaving many things unnoticed which are the most deserving of praise.  As an example, the Str. Stars and Stripes is said to have done fearful execution at the battle of Roanoke Island. She being aground during most of the action and out of the range of the enemy's shot, she fired but few shots and they falling far short of their mark.  I do not wish to complain, but believe in giving unto Ceasar the things that are Ceasar's.  I went ashore a few days ago to visit the ruins and uninjured forts on the Island.  In some places, there was indelible marks of hard fighting.  I visited one very strongly built and heavily fortified fort which was surrounded without firing a gun. It contained 12 large guns besides some few smaller ones.<B>Feb. 26th</B> This A.M. there are some twenty vessels coming up the harbor with troops to reinforce Gen. Burnside.  After they are landed we will probably make a dessent upon some one of the numerous places down in rebeldom.   I had a talk with Dr. Mann of the Valley City this morning in relation the wounded --------  I am informed that the amount of rebel property destroyed in taking Elizabeth City will amount to some $221.000, my share of the prize money will amount to some $400. or $500.  -----------------------------------------------------<B>March 1st </B>   After we return from Middleton we, in connection with 12,000 troops, will make another excursion up Chowan River for the purpose of destroying the bridge on the Seaboard and Roanoke R. Road.  This Sunday March 2d.  We take aboard two small schooners and 4 men dressed in the garb of fishermen.  It was a great mystery to me who and what they were.  10 A.M. the Capt. was ordered to get underway and with sealed orders was to start on a secret expedition with orders to run ten knots per hour.  We left 10:10 A.M. for Pamlico Sound.  Arrived at Hatteras 2 P.M. distance 45 miles and left immediately for the mouth of Neuse River where we arrived  at 6 P.M. distance 40 miles. We accomplished our object and immediately started for Hatteras, passing the town of Portsmouth where there were several rebel steamers and was fearful they might attempt to cut off our return as we were alone,      ----------------------------------------------  <B>March 4th</B>  We are now on our way down to Pamlico Sound, are going to finish up our secret expedition which we commenced on the 2d. inst.  This affair is kept a secret to all. The men we took aboard are going up Neuse and Trent rivers to carry into execution a little plan which if proves successful, they will be rewarded with several thousand dollars, the risk however is in proportion to the pay for if caught they would undoubtedly be hung.  --------------------------------------------------------   The former was the Captain of the nameless prize, was a unique specimen of Southern Chivalry.  His long, flowing locks, his fierce moustache and beard, his aspect a la <I>John Brown</I>, his venerable age (sixty five) and his <I>tout ensemble</I>, reminding one of a hero of that class which boys love to search after in that prohibited literature known as <I>Yeller Rivers</I>.   The negro who served as mate, cook and crew, it is useless for me to describe.  Like all slaves uncared for by their masters, his clothing of the coarsest kind, was somewhat similar to the celebrated <I>lime kiln man of your city</I>, all <I>tattered and torn</I>, but the information which we obtained from him was invaluable and I think can be relied upon.  He seems delighted at the idea of obtaining his freedom and the only request he makes is that we will not send him back to  <I> Massa Insle, Kase all he broderes and sisters be dune gone (to Hatteras) and he been trying right smart chance to get dare he self</I>.  <B>March 9th</B>  This A.M. we weighed anchor, took a cruise around the harbor and  bought a supply of provisions and  then returned to our old anchorage for the night.  The object of the secret expedition above mentioned was to destroy the Railroad Bridge across the Trent River thereby cutting off the retreat of the rebel army.  The bridge was well guarded and to destroy it was an undertaking requiring much caution and courage.  The four men why came on our vessel dressed as fishermen, as above mentioned, were the party employed to do the work.  After landing they proceeded up the river in two small boats, traveling always by night.  On the approach of daylight, they drew their boats out of the water and secreted them and themselves in the grass and shrubbery a short distance from shore.  In this way they finally reached the bridge undiscovered and after executing their errand, they dropped down the stream and escaped, traveling under the cover of darkness.  Unfortunately for the success of the expedition the sentries who were watching the bridge discovered the flames and gave the alarm in time to extinguish the fire before much damage was done.   <B>March 12th  </B>     ----------------------------------- 6 1/2 A.M. We are all making preparation for a start, The gunboats are arranging themselves in diversions and the transports in the rear.  We are ordered to proceed ahead as fast as steam well carry us and anchor at the mouth of the Neuse River. Com. Goldsborough left for Fortress Monroe last evening and Com. Rowan is in command of the expedition, which consists of 13 gunboats, including transports, coal boats &c 65.  The day is warm and beautiful, not a ripple is seen upon the placid surface of the briny waters. As we proceed majestically along, it is a beautiful sight to look through the fleet and witness the movements of the  numerous crafts and the perfection of their arrangements.  10 A.M.  We are some three miles in advance of the remainder of the fleet and making good headway.  4 P.M.  We are now slowly proceeding up Neuce River in which we learned the rebels have planted torpedoes for the purpose of elevating our ideas, if not ourselves, a few degrees.  Fires were built along the banks as signals to inform the rebels of our approach.  These signals are made by lighting a fire at one point and as soon as it is seen at another point nearer the city another one is set and so on to the end of the chapter.  5 P.M.  We discovered a small schooner ahead and gave chase. She ran under the protection of rebel batteries.  About this time another small sail was seen near the shore. We fired a shot across her bow.  She immediately lowered her sails and remained stationary.  Another shot producing no effect, she commenced to move toward the shore, when a second gunboat coming up gave her a shot and started towards her.  She however, being so close to the shore we did not deem it prudent to go after her for fear she might have been placed there as a decoy in front of a masked battery.  At different points along the shore flags of truce could be seen, for what purpose they were exhibited were unable to tell, as we paid no attention to them.  8 P.M.  We have anchored for the night some ten miles below the city of .  It is a calm, beautiful moonlight evening. All Nature is hushed to quietness, not even a ripple is to be seen ruffling the smooth surface of the water.  Our fleet lies within the circuit of a mile like a floating city up the sluggish waters of the Neuse.  A sound is heard in the distance, nearer and clearer as it floats over the water until the whole atmosphere is impregnated with sweet sounds.  The regimental bands has struck up and the soul stirring air Star Spangled Banner is elevating the spirits of all the inhabitants of our floating town, followed by Columbia and other National airs.


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1862 State of North Carolina 25 Cents No $35.00

 

1864 Cover From New Orleans, La. Sent to $15.00

 

Autograph, John Macpherson Berrien

 

OUTSTANDING !! Dr. Lorenzo Traver - Civi $4250.00




Raleigh, Jany. 1, 1863. Illustration of a large sailing ship at the center. About uncirculated.  


<b>From a Vermont soldier who died during the Civil War</b>


Vignette of Columbia holding an American flag and pointing to a large star burst at the upper center of the envelope with the motto, "Save The Union." C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Jun. 9, 1862, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Mrs. L.W. Streeter, Danbury, Rutland Co., Vt. Light edge wear and staining. Desirable war date, used patriotic envelope with stamp.


WBTS Trivia: The sender of this envelope was Civil War soldier, Private Lucius W. Streeter, a resident of Huntington, Vt., who enlisted on January 16, 1862, and was mustered into Co. E, 7th Vermont Infantry. He died of disease on September 26, 1862.  


<b>United States Congressman from Tennessee


Member of the 1st Confederate Congress, 1862-64</b>


(1806-84) Born in King and Queen County, Virginia, he moved with his parents to Tennessee and settled in Fayetteville where he received a common school education, and became an apprentice in the saddler's trade. He then served as justice of the peace, 1832-35; was a member of the Tennessee State House of Representatives, 1835-39; and the Tennessee State Senate, 1839-41. He was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Congress serving, 1843-59. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Rules, and he also served on the Committee on Roads and Canals. He was a delegate to the peace convention of 1861 in Washington, D.C. which was held in an effort to prevent the start of the cataclysmic American Civil War. He was elected from Tennessee as a Member of the House of Representatives in the First Confederate Congress, and served from February 18, 1862, to February 18, 1864. He died in Fayetteville, Tenn., and is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1/2, in ink, G.W. Jones, Fayetteville. The paper is cut slightly irregular but this does not affect any of the letters in the autograph.     


<b>GEN. LEWIS A. ARMISTEAD, CSA


Autographed by the author</b>


By Wayne E. Motts. Afterword by: Lewis B. Armistead. Published 1994, Farnsworth House Military Impressions, Gettysburg, Pa. Soft covers, 64 pages,  illustrated, notes. Signed and presented on the title page to "Len Rosa, I hope you like this small volume. Best Wishes, Wayne E. Motts, 17 Nov. 1994." An excellent work on Confederate General Lewis A. Armistead who was mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge, on July 3, 1863. This book was given to me by my friend Wayne back in the days when he was working at the Gettysburg National Military Park as a licensed battlefield guide. During the winter months, after the invasion of tourists had left, and our sleepy little town returned to its peaceful serenity, the monuments on the battlefield were always a vivid reminder to us of what momentous actions occurred here on these hallowed Pennsylvania farmlands in July 1863. Wayne and I use to spend hours talking about the whys and what ifs about the epic battle of Gettysburg. I remember the many years that I lived in Gettysburg with much fondness.

1863 State of North Carolina 50 Cents No

 

1862 Union Patriotic Cover Mailed From N $45.00

 

Autograph, George Washington Jones $35.00

 

Trust In God And Fear Nothing




Addressed to Lieut. J. B. Babcock, Co. A, 95th Regt. Ills. Vols. Via Cairo, Illinois, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64), with cancellation, and C.D.S., Marengo, Ill., Nov. 11, 1863. Light wear at right edge where the envelope was originally opened. Very fine Civil War used cover. It no doubt carried an important epistle to this Illinois officer in the field of war from a loved one at home in 1863.


John B. Babcok, was a 32 year old clerk from Marengo, IL., when he enlisted on August 8, 1862, at Marengo, as a 1st Sergeant, and was mustered into Co. A, 95th Illinois Infantry. Babcock stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall, and had fair complexion, blue eyes and black hair.  He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant, on January 24, 1863, and 1st lieutenant on June 18, 1863. He resigned from the service on January 29, 1864. After the war he served as a member of G.A.R. Post 169 in Marengo, Illinois. He died on March 15, 1910.


<u><b>Highlights of the Civil War Record of the 95th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry</u></b>:


It held an important position in its brigade during the charge of May 19th on the works at Vicksburg.


During the assault of May 22nd it gained an advanced position on the crest of the ridge near the enemy's works and encountered one of the most sweeping and destructive fires to which troops were ever exposed.  The total loss to the regiment in these two charges, was 25 killed, 124 wounded and 10 missing.


It was engaged in the capture of Fort De Russy and in the battles of Old River, Cloutierville, Mansura, Yellow Bayou and all the movements of the Red River expedition, fighting a portion of the time in the battle of Yellow Bayou under one of the severest fires of artillery it ever experienced in a field fight. 


It was in the thickest of the fray at Guntown and fought with undaunted bravery.  Finally both flanks of the regiment were turned by overpowering numbers of the enemy and it was obliged to fall back or suffer entire capture.  In this engagement the 95th was nearly annihilated and on this account it was given a few weeks' rest on its return to Memphis.  


It took part in the battle of Nashville and in the pursuit of Hood's defeated army to the Tennessee River. During the summer of 1864 a detachment of the regiment, 100 men, participated in the battles of Kennesaw Mountain, Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, Ezra Church, Jonesboro and Lovejoy's Station. 


Source: The Union Army, Vol. 3

  




   This unusual old camp fry-pan measures approximately 9 1/8 inches across its mouth tapering to about 6 7/8 inches in diameter at the base.  The pan is formed of a medium gauge sheet iron so as to be lighter in the pack than the traditional cast iron pan and sports a folding handle held in place by iron rivets.  This neat old camp fry-pan remains in excellent original condition with a pleasing age patina set off by a period blackening from an open fire.  A nice camp mess item with good age, this unusual cook pan demonstrated all the characteristics that will fit well in any later 1800s personal or camp gear 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 !!

   


 All in nice original condition with no alterations or repairs yet with pleasing evidence of period use and wear this U. S. Army regulation <I>5 button</I> blouse is offered with its original, as worn, 1st Lt. of Infantry officer straps still intact.  (Most frequently removed for separate sale, we like to see things stay together.) With its full complement of <I>HORSTMAN</I> back marked buttons, this unlined version (except for the sleeves) is a regulation example of the light weight Army wool blouse issued to troops serving in warm climates such as the American Southwest and later in Cuba, the Philippines and Puerto Rico. No fading, nice dark blue material and a scarce US Army sack coat of the late 1880’s, these lighter versions generally got <I>used up</I> in service with few surviving to reach todays collector market.  A rare opportunity to acquire an honest to goodness period used but not abused 5 button blouse. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  This scarce original Civil War edition of the <B> National Anti-Slavery Standard</B> is dated July 20, 1861 and was published in New York by the <I>American Anti-Slavery Society</I> and the <I>Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society</I>. the newspaper remains complete and in pleasing condition with no tears or stains. It contains a host of contemporary Abolition material to include a complete transcript of William Lloyd Garrison, July 4th 1861 (his first public oration in over ten months).  Lengthy articles such as <I>What The Contraband Doctrine Will Do?, The South As Seen By A Resident </I> and <I> The Real Condition Of The South</I> offer considerable insight into period opinion of the Northern Abolitionist.  Articles such as <I>Conduct of the War,  The Cotton Supply</I> the latest from correspondents in England offer interesting reading.    Military and political news is well addressed with an especially interesting <I>Obituary</I> section which offers an account of the passing of <I> Elizabeth Barrett Browning</I> as well as a detailed account of the passing of the wife of <I>Henry Wadsworth Longfellow</I> to include the details of the tragic fire that took her life and left the Poet severely burned. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques

War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenan $25.00

 

19th century folding – FRY PAN $95.00

 

Indian War era U. S. Army Fatigue Blouse $725.00

 

July 1861 paper: National Anti-Slavery S $65.00

Our photo illustrations will likely offer the best description of this outstanding figural clay tobacco pipe of the 1820s through late 1840s  American political leader, Kentuckian, Henry Clay.  In excellent all original condition with absolutely no condition issues yet offering good evidence of age and originality.  Henry Clay (1777-1852) served in both the U. S. Senate and House of Representatives.  He served three non-consecutive terms as Speaker of the House of Representatives and was also Secretary of State from 1825 to 1829.  Clay ran for President in 1824, 1832 and 1844.  An outstanding item for the Political Americana collector or  antique tobacciana  enthusiast.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an exceptionally nice little antique hard rubber pocket match safe complete with original vintage sheet matches.  Popular in the Civil War era for the manufacture of combs, buttons, drinking cups, flasks, medical syringes and all manner of utilitarian personal items period hard rubber things have become a collectors category unto themselves.  (see: <I>India-Rubber & Gutta-Percha In The Civil War Era</I> by Mike Woshner )  This period match safe remains in excellent condition with no cracks, chips or other condition issues while offering good evidence of age and originality careful period use and carrying. A nice period item! <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 !!


 We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage regimental numerals (#<B>1</B>) and letters (<B>I</B> and <B>C</B> and are offering them priced individually for the insignia collector who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap.  These are the 1 inch die struck sheet brass type with single loop fastener. (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 All original and complete from front to back, this charming, leather bound, 1814 American printing of Bunyan’s classic <I> Pilgrim’s Progress</I> was published in Philadelphia by <I> B. & T. Kite</I> and printed by <I>Griggs & Dickinsons, Printers</I>.  A period brown ink inscription on the fly leaf offers the menacing omen <B><I> Steal not this book – my honest friend – for the GALLOWS – will be your end. </I></B>   Well-worn with some tattering at page edges, the binding is tight with no loose or missing pages.  Our several photo illustrations will do best to describe condition.  A nice companion piece set in with period Americana.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

rare period Henry Clay FIGURAL TOBACCO P $225.00

 

Civil War vintage Hard Rubber MATCH SAFE

 

Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS $35.00

 

1814 Philadelphia published - PILGRIM’S $95.00

A classic of the Civil War as seen in so many period military photographs, the little <I>pork pie</I> seldom survived to reach todays collector market.   It seems that even more than other headgear styles, all scarce today, the pork pie fit well enough into civilian life that even those that survived the war saw continued use until worn out and cast aside.  This example shows plenty of period wear with a soft spot and a small split in the crown (see photos) and a period crack in the brim all of which along with general period wear only enhance the piece for the sensitive to history Civil War enthusiast.  We have not cleaned the hat but have left it as it came out of a country farm attic years ago preserving even the subtle soiling and period wear to the front right edge of the brim, telltale of a right handed period wearer.  Our description of such details will seem extreme to many but significant to collectors who like ourselves feel a reverence for such.  (see: MaineLegacy.com)  Anyway the relevance of the number 5 on the crown has unfortunately been lost in time.  All we can say is it came out of a period Maine home and is finally offered only as we attempt to clear away some of our many years accumulation.  <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>


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 Acquired from a vintage collection of <B>U. S. S. Constitution</B> 1927-1931 restoration project material, this wonderful old caulking mallet with accompanying calking irons had been maintained with a history of having been used in that well-known dry-dock of <I><B>Old Ironsides</I></B>.  Emanating from a collection primarily of U. S. S. Constitution souvenirs fashioned from wood planking removed during restoration, (gavel sets, walking sticks, desk sets, book-ends, &c) the calking mallet and irons were part of some considerable effort to gather tools necessary to appropriate restoration of the 18th century ship’s hull. (The 1927-1931 restoration was the first time souvenirs made from the ship’s materials were sold to the public to raise funds for her restoration. By the time of the restoration effort, even the tools needed for the restoration were difficult to find. Materials were especially difficult to find until a long-forgotten cash of circa 1850s milled live-oak was uncovered at the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station.) Of interest to the collector will be that the calking mallet is complete, remains in pleasing condition while offering good evidence of period use and conforms with <I><U>U.S. NAVY CAULKING MALLET CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS:</U> The heads of these mallets shall be reinforced at each end with a hardened and tempered tool steel ferrule having a nominal width of 1-3/8 inches and with walls not less than 1/16 inch in thickness. The middle diameter of the head shall be reinforced with two soft steel bands each 1/2 inch wide and not less than 1/16 wall thickness. These soft steel bands shall be spaced not more than 2-1/2 inches center to center and equidistant from the center of handle socket. The bands and ferrules shall be firmly fastened to the mallet head. Each mallet shall be slotted longitudinally in two places, the slots extending through the axis from two ends of the mallet and in the direction of the handle hole.</I>   The calking irons remain in nice original condition with a pleasing age patina.  Each is maker marked with <I>Billings Union Trowel Works</I> of Newark, N.J., <I>J. Tyza – Sheffield</I> and two <I>Drew & Co.</I> of Kingston, Mass. represented.  This grouping will come with our letter as preservation of the above.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!




 This carved folk-art whimsy offers the finely written old cursive inscription: <I><B>’Made by the Capt. of the Ship Herald of the Morning in the North Pacific Ocean August 5th 1868’</I></B> with fine block letter initials <B><I>A W</B></I>.  The product of a past Skinner Auction where it came out of a little decorative box lot containing an assortment of small period carved ivory, hardstone, bone, silver, and wooden trinkets, the period inscription on this piece offers the American Clipper Ship enthusiast fruit for rewarding research.  Thanks to the wonders of Google we found a lot photo and description of this carved whimsy from a 2010 <B>SKINNER</B> Americana & Decorative Arts auction, we also learned the following:  The clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> was built in Medford, Mass. in 1853.  She was one of only few clipper ships with a passage from New York to San Francisco in less than 100 days.  Commencing May 6 through September 1, 1868 the <I>Herald in the Morning</I> under command of <B>Capt. Alexander Winsor</B> of clipper ship <I>FLYING CLOUD</I> notoriety, made passage from New York, around the horn and up the North Pacific to San Francisco.      The period inscription date of <U>August 5th 1868</U> tells us that Capt. Winsor was carving this little <I>do-dad</I> in the closing days of the historic 118 day Clipper <I>Herald of the Morning</I> voyage, New York to San Francisco.  A popular, time passing, hand craft, especially among seaman of the sailing era, existing, original examples of the folk-art form offer an interesting collectable category in and of themselves or set in nicely as companion to nautical Americana items.  This historic example will be a standout in any such collection.  <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 & Senator from Georgia</b>


(1798-1873) Born in Liberty County, Georgia, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1820.  He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822, and commenced practice in Clinton, Jones County, Ga.  He served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives, 1827-30.  He was Judge of the Georgia Superior Court, 1835-37,    and 1850-54.  Served as a Georgia State Senator, 1843-44.  Was a Democratic Presidential Elector in 1844.  Served as a U.S. Congressman, 1847-49, and U.S. Senator, 1855-61.  During his time in the U.S. Senate he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Claims.  When his native state of Georgia passed the Ordinance of Secession, he resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate.  At that time Iverson gave a very defiant farewell speech in which he stated that Southerners would never return to the Union, "short of a full and explicit recognition of the guarantee of the safety of their institution of domestic slavery."  After leaving the senate, Iverson resumed the practice of law in Columbus, Ga. until 1868, when he bought a plantation in Macon, Ga., and was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death in 1873.  His son was Alfred Iverson, Jr., a Confederate General during the War Between The States.


<u>Signature</u>: 6 x 1 3/8, in ink, Alfred Iverson.

Civil War era Pork Pie HA

 

turn of the century Ships Caulking Malle $425.00

 

c. 1868 CARVED WHIMSY - of Capt. Alexan $235.00

 

Autograph, Alfred Iverson, Sr. $25.00




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


From the Libby Prison Hospital, Richmond, Virginia</b>


1 page, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 20th/64</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. your letter of the 4th of this mo. on yesterday.  It found me very much improved in health in fact almost well except that I am weak.  I did expect to start home this week but have been again disappointed but I think I will get off before long.  Well Dear in regard to selling my property you may just do as you and Father think best, but don’t throw yourself out of a home this summer.  I think that I ought to have about sixteen hundred dollars for my property as it is or fifteen at least.  Dear try and keep your spirits up as well as you can and we will hope for the best.  May the good Lord bless you is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed on the reverse: From Lt. Levi Lupton, To Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Light age toning, staining, wear and tiny chip at left edge.  Desirable Yankee officer's P.O.W. letter written from the notorious Libby Prison by one of "the boys in blue" who would not survive the war!


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


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


(1812-60) Born in Lexington, Oglethorpe County, Ga., he attended Franklin College (now the University of Georgia) at Athens, and Yale College, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1834, and commenced practice in Rome, Ga. Served as the private secretary of his uncle, Wilson Lumpkin, Governor of Georgia. Served as a member of the Georgia State House of Representatives and Solicitor General of the Cherokee circuit. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1843-49, and 1855-57. Unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Georgia in 1857. Served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston, S.C., in 1860, which led to the secession of South Carolina from the Union.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 5 3/4 x 1 3/4, in ink, John H. Lumpkin, Rome, Ga.  Measuring approximately 8 ¾ X 4 inches, this silver plated memorial coffin plate bears the deeply struck figure of a Grand Army of the Republic membership medal with a bold <B>G. A. R.</B> the hand engraved <B><I> Benaiah Colby</I> DIED<I> Feb.5, 1893  A  88ys  2ms  5ds</I></B>.

Benaiah (a.k.a Beniah) Colby was a fifty-five year old resident of Franklin, New Hampshire when he enlisted and was mustered in on August 23, 1861 as a Wagoner of Co. H <B>3rd New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry</B>.  He was discharged for disability on May 7, 1862 at Edisto Island, South Carolina.  Colby saw subsequent service in Co. C <B>24th Veteran Reserve Corps</B>.  Colby was interred in the Pine Hill Cemetery, Peterborough, New Hampshire.  The plate is maker marked on the back <I>SARGENT & CO. – USA – NEW HAVEN, CONN.</I>   A nice item for the GAR or 3rd N.H. collector, these <I>coffin plate</I> memorials were passed to the veteran’s family and seldom reach the collector market.

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 Not to be confused with the later flannel stripes, a good look at our illustrations will establish these as the earlier and more desirable type.  Wish we had the pair but this single example will display well when set in with period material.  A nice display item at less than half the price of a pair. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Autograph, John Henry Lumpkin

 

3rd New Hampshire Infantry Civil War Vet

 

Civil War era Cavalry Corporal STRIPES




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