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By Bruce S. Bazelon and William F. McGuinn. Published by REF Typesetting & Publishing Inc., Manassas, Virginia, 1990. Blue cloth hardcovers, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, with gold illustrated imprint on the front, 180 pages, illustrated. A comprehensive listing and discussion of the makers and suppliers of military goods in America during the period from 1785-1915. Selected contractors are included for the period 1817-1865. This directory also covers selected makers and dealers of military goods in the Confederate States of America. Excellent reference book.  


<b>Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills</b>


This is a late 1800's or early 1900's advertising imprint (NOT a modern reproduction) utilizing the T-67, 1864 Confederate $20 note, with vignettes of the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee, and Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens on the obverse. The reverse is an advertisement imprint for Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. It reads as follows: This is presented to you in order to impress on your mind the fact that DR. MORSE'S INDIAN ROOT PILLS Have been before the public for more than sixty years, and today are the most popular family Pill in the market. To those who have used them we need not say one word- they stand on their merit. To those who have not used them we simply say they are the best Pill that skill, money and experience can produce. They are a specific cure for most of the Blood, Stomach and Liver Diseases. They absolutely remove all Dyspepsia, Giddiness, Headache, and are most useful in female disorders. Don't forget! Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills. W.H. Comstock, Sole Proprietor, Morristown, St. Lawrence Co., N.Y. There are several small tears along the edges of the note which have been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. Very interesting antique advertising imprint. Very scarce.


WBTS Trivia: William Henry Comstock, was the son of Edwin P. Comstock, who founded a drug company in New York City sometime before 1833. The Indian Root Pills were first formulated and manufactured in 1854, and Dr. Morse's Indian Root Pills were one of the most successful products to be manufactured in North America as part of the patent medical industry. The manufacturer of these pills claimed that they would cleanse the blood which was thought to be the cause of many diseases.  

 


<b>Awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Civil War at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Mo., in 1861</b> 


(1836-1918) Wherry was awarded the Medal of Honor for distinguished gallantry at the battle of Wilson's Creek, Missouri, August 10, 1861. He was brevetted for gallantry for his actions in the Atlanta campaign, at Franklin and Nashville, Tenn., and at Wilmington, N.C., receiving promotion to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865. He was the bearer of the rolls and terms of surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston's Army to Washington, D.C. He fought in the Spanish American War participating in the battle of San Juan Hill and the capture of Santiago.


<u>Document Signed</u>: 6 1/4 x 9 1/2, imprint signed in ink. 


Headquarters Military Division of the Pacific, 


San Francisco, Cal., January 13, 1872


Special Orders, No. 10 


I..Lieutenant Colonel Cuvier Grover, 3d Cavalry, will proceed to Omaha, Nebraska, and report in person to the commanding general, Department of the Platte.


II..Second Lieutenant A.D. Bache Smead, Company "C," 3d Cavalry, has authority to remain in this city till his company arrives from the Department of Arizona.

 

By Order Of Major General Schofield


J.C. KELTON, 

Assistant Adjutant General 


Very nice, large ink signature at the bottom, Wm. M. Wherry, above his printed title as Aide-de-Camp


Rubber stamped in blue at bottom right of the document, Capt. G.C. Smith, A.Q.M., San Francisco, Jan. 15, 1872.


Addressed in red ink at bottom left, G.C. Smith, A.Q.M.


Light age toning and wear. Tiny paper chips at the bottom corners.    



Lieutenant Colonel Cuvier Grover, the subject of the first section of this order, served as a volunteer Union general with a very commendable record during the Civil War. He graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1850. His most important antebellum duty was in connection with the Northern Pacific Railroad exploration in 1853-54; he also served in the Mormon expedition and in frontier garrison duty. At the outbreak of the Civil War he was a captain of the 10th U.S. Infantry, stationed at Fort Union, New Mexico. He was appointed a brigadier general, April 14, 1862, and won two brevets in the Regular Army for his gallant conduct during the Peninsular campaign, where he led a brigade of Hooker's division, in Heintzelman's corps. Grover's Brigade sustained 486 casualties in the 2nd Bull Run campaign, mainly at Groveton, in the assault on Stonewall Jackson's position. Transferred west, he led the right wing of General Banks' army during the Port Hudson campaign. Returning east, he fought at Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, where he was wounded. His gallantry earned him the brevet of major general. At the end of the war he commanded the District of Savannah, Ga.  


<b>Plus voucher for travelling expenses from Washington, D.C. to New York</b>


Pair of related documents that were issued upon the discharge of Private Delivan Hutchens, Co. C, 92nd New York Infantry. #1: 7 1/2 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This is the Certificate To Be Given To Volunteers At The Time Of Their Discharge To Enable Them To Receive Their Pay, &c. Includes description of the soldier, date of his last pay check, and that he was discharged at Washington, on the 26th day of April 1862, by Command of Gen. Wadsworth. #2: 8 x 10, imprinted form, filled out in ink. This document is a voucher for Private Hutchens travel expenses from Washington to Potsdam, N.Y. It is glued at the corner to the back of the first document. You can lift up the first document to view the second document. Age toning, staining, wear, edge chips and fold tears have been repaired on the reverse with archival document tape. 


Delivan Hutchens was 21 years old when he enlisted at Potsdam, New York, as a private, and was mustered into Co. C, 92nd New York Infantry. He was discharged for disability on April 26, 1862, at Washington, D.C.

A Directory Of American Military Goods D

 

Confederate Facsimile $20 Advertising No $15.00

 

Autograph, General William M. Wherry $50.00

 

Certificate Issued at Discharge, 92nd Ne $15.00




<b>Journalist, Famous Poet and U.S. Army officer during the Civil War


War Date Document Signed</b>


(1826-1904) Born near Penn Yan, New York, he moved with his parents to Ohio in 1840. He studied law with Thomas Corwin, was admitted to the bar in 1856, and practiced in Cincinnati as a partner of Thomas Spooner. However, a few years earlier, he had written a poem titled, "Rain on the Roof," which first appeared in the Cincinnati Great West. Its extraordinary merit was instantly recognized and the seeds of a literary pursuit had been sown in Kinney's heart. He gave up the law and became editor of The West Liberty Banner. He later became editor of a literary magazine called the Genius of the West. When the Civil War broke out he was elected captain of a company that was raised in Greene County, but before he could be mustered in, President Lincoln, through the recommendation of Salmon P. Chase, appointed Kinney, Major & Paymaster, U.S. Army. He was commissioned on June 1, 1861, and he served throughout the war being mustered out of service on November 15, 1865, with the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel. After the war he became owner and editor of the Xenia Tourchlight, and was subsequently the editor of the Cincinnati Times, and he also wrote for the Ohio State Journal. He later became owner and editor of the Springfield Globe Republic. He was elected as a delegate of the Republican National Convention in Chicago that nominated Ulysses S. Grant for president, and served as the Ohio State Secretary for the convention. He served as an Ohio State Senator, 1882-83. Kinney's career in civil and military life entitles him to the high rank that Ohio has given him among her distinguished sons. His attainments as a classical student, critic and thinker, exhibited by his strong, clear writings in prose, and his eloquent speeches, give him a high position among American scholars, writers and orators. But his reputation rests mainly on his extraordinary originality as a poet. His "Rain on the Roof," "Emma Stuart," "End of the Rainbow," "Discontent," "Threnody," belong to popular literature. A volume titled, "Lyrics of the Ideal and the Real," contain some of his best productions. Source: Dictionary of American Biography. 


<u>War Date Document Signed</u>: 8 x 3, imprinted check with female figure holding sword and shield, filled out in ink.


Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 12, 1864. Third National Bank of Cincinnati, Designated Depositary of the U.S. Pay to C.F. Adae & Co., or bearer, Nine Hundred & Fifty three and 80/100 Dollars. $953.80. Coates Kinney, Paymaster, U.S.A. Small punch hole cancellation at the center. Very fine.      


Confederate envelope with partial Charlotte, N.C. postmark and Scott #11, 10 cents, Confederate States of America postage stamp, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Addressed to Mr. W. Robinson, Goldsboro, North Carolina. The handwritten ink address has faded but it is all readable. Age toning. Fine, war period, postally used, stamped Confederate envelope.   


Unused 5 1/2 x 2 1/4, imprint. Sutler's Office, 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers. Paymaster U.S.A. for 6th Regt. Ohio Volunteers pay to the order of E. Kelsey, Sutler..........Dollars, and deduct the amount from pay due me. Excellent condition. These checks were filled out by soldiers of the 6th Ohio Volunteers as an I.O.U. to the regimental sutler towards the purchase of his goods. Then on pay day the appropriate amount would be deducted from that particular soldier's pay and given to the sutler. The hard fought 6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers saw action at Fort Donelson, Nashville, Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone's River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and Resaca, to name a few places. Desirable.  


Authentic, original woodcut engravings that have been hand tinted in color and published in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. #1: Caption: The Rebels Robbing The Flour Mills in Maryland. #2: Caption: The Rebels Pillaging at the Hagerstown Depot. 10 1/2 x 4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.

Autograph, Lieutenant Colonel Coates Kin $25.00

 

Stamped Confederate Cover Postmarked at $75.00

 

6th Regiment Ohio Volunteers Sutler Chec $50.00

 

The Rebel Army Robbing & Pillaging in Ma




<b>Signed by an officer of the Association who marched in the funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.</b>


4 7/8 x 2 3/4, imprint, filled out in ink. New Orleans, November 1884. Receipt for dues and fines for S. Le Gardeur of Guibet's Battery Benevolent Ass'n. This Association was composed of members of Guibet's Battery who served with General P.G.T. Beauregard at Charleston, S.C. Signed by R.B. Flores, Coll.[ector]. Very fine early Confederate Veteran's item. Age toning and a very tiny punch hole cancellation at the center.


WBTS Trivia: Members of Guibet's Battery marched in the celebrated funeral procession of Confederate President Jefferson Davis in 1889 in the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. A delegation of twenty five members were in line including several officers of the organization; B. Rouen, President; J.F. Meunier, Vice President; L.F. Boisdore, Recording Secretary; L. Aleix, Financial Secretary; L.A. Dupont, Treasurer; and R.B. Flores, Collector. The funeral of Jefferson Davis was one of the largest ever held in the South. Davis was first entombed at the Army of Northern Virginia Tomb at Metairie Cemetery, in New Orleans. Mrs. Varina Howell Davis then had her husband's remains reinterred at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Va., in 1893.    


<b>Colonel of the 37th & 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments


Mortally wounded in action during the Atlanta campaign</b>


(1820-64) Born in Williamson County, Tennessee, he was the nephew of U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton. He later settled in Holly Springs, Mississippi where he became a prominent lawyer, politician, and publisher of The Mississippi Times newspaper. He served in the Mississippi State Legislature and was a member of the 1861 secession convention where Mississippi voted to secede from the Union. When war broke out in early 1861, he served as captain of the old 9th Mississippi Infantry, a 12 months regiment. Elected colonel of the 37th Mississippi Infantry in early 1862, later reorganized as the 34th Mississippi Infantry, he served under General Earl Van Dorn during the Corinth, Miss. campaign, and the battle of Shiloh, Tenn., where Benton and his regiment earned high praise. The 34th Mississippi Infantry then accompanied General Braxton Bragg's army to Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 1862, then in August they joined Major General William J. Hardee's Corps in Middle Tennessee, and into Kentucky, where they fought at the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky. The 34th again fought gallantly but at a great cost. Benton was wounded, and his lieutenant colonel and major were both permanently disabled. After recovering from his wounds, Benton was back in command at the Battle of Lookout Mountain, where the regiment was on the picket line at the base of the mountain. The 34th was overrun by four columns of Union infantry, and around 200 men were captured. In the Atlanta Campaign, he commanded the 29th, 30th and 34th Mississippi Infantry Regiments at the Battle of Alt's Gap, then the 34th in Major General Edward C. Walthall's brigade at the Battle of Resaca. The brigade was flanked by Union artillery, and the war has few if any cases of greater losses (unit-proportional) by artillery fire than Walthall's Brigade at Resaca. But the brigade was immovable and gallantly defended the position for two days. When Major General Walthall was promoted to division command, Colonel Benton was given command of the brigade. At the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, 1864, while commanding the brigade, he was severely wounded in the chest by a shell fragment and wounded in the right foot, causing the loss of his leg. He died six days later at a hospital in Griffin, Georgia. He had been promoted to brigadier general two days before his death, but the promotion never reached him before he died.      


Antique silver print photograph, 2 3/8 x 3 3/8. Chest up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.  


<b>Autographed Limited Edition</b>


By Richard J.S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman. Published by Hired Hand Press, Dover, Massachusetts, 1979. Published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies of which this is No. 79. Nicely signed in ink at the back of the book, below the above imprint, by its authors, Richard J.S. Gutman and Kellie O. Gutman. 87 pages, illustrated with every known view of Lincoln Assassin and famous 19th century actor, John Wilkes Booth. Includes an introduction, notes relating to the photographs, a chapter titled, "Photography and John Wilkes Booth," a great section titled "Catalog of the Photographs," giving details of each of the images, and of course the photographs of the notorious John Wilkes Booth which are beautifully reproduced in a sepia tone with each one being numbered to correspond with their descriptive text. Also includes an appendix giving a further explanation of several of the photographs, and one photograph in particular is reproduced front and back because of its direct ties to the assassination. It belonged to William B. Wilson, a military telegraph operator for the War Department, which was sent to him in the field during the manhunt for Booth the assassin. This pose was widely circulated while Booth was on the run and appeared on the official wanted posters. 8 1/2 x 8 1/2, tan cloth hardcover with gold embossed imprint of the title of the book on the front cover and a full standing photograph of John Wilkes Booth. The title of the book, its authors and the publisher are also printed in gold lettering on the spine. Includes the original illustrated dust jacket. The jacket shows light edge wear with some minor chipping and very small tears. The book itself is in excellent condition. The pages are very clean and unmarked and in great condition, while the spine is very tight. Extremely desirable book and the bible on the photographs of Lincoln Assassin John Wilkes Booth. RARE!      


5 x 8, imprint.


Headquarters, Department of the South,

Hilton Head, S.C., Feb. 9, 1865


General Orders,

No. 17


The following named Officers are hereby announced on the Staff of the Major General Commanding, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly. Lists 16 officers by name, rank and position held on General Gillmore's staff. By Command Of Major General Q.A. Gillmore, W.L.M. Burger, Assistant Adjutant General. Staining around the edges. Light edge wear. Uncommon Department of the South imprint.

Guibet's Battery Benevolent Association $25.00

 

Photograph, General Samuel Benton $25.00

 

John Wilkes Booth Himself $295.00

 

General Quincy A. Gillmore Announces His $15.00




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


(1806-85) Born in Winnsboro, Fairfield County, South Carolina, he graduated from the University of South Carolina at Columbia, studied law, was admitted to the bar and began a practice. Served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1834-35, and 1840-41. Was a United States Congressman from 1843-53. Declining to be a candidate for reelection, he moved to Talladega, Alabama where he practiced law until his death.


<u>Signature</u>: 5 1/4 x 3/4, in ink, J.A. Woodward.  


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


(1803-48) Born in Brunswick County, Va., he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; was graduated from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y., in 1823, and he read law with General Dromgoole in Brunswick Co., Va. where he practiced. He moved to South Carolina in 1826 and settled in Darlington where he took charge of the Darlington Academy. He was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1829 and began a practice in Darlington. He served as a member of the South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1840-43. Elected as a Democrat to the 29th and 30th Congresses, he served from 1845 until his death, after having been reelected in 1848 to the 31st Congress. He is buried in the First Baptist Cemetery, Darlington, S.C.


<u>Signature</u>: 4 1/4 x 5/8, in ink, A.D. Sims.    


<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 1/4 pages, 7 3/4 x 10, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, Richmond, June 26th, 1863</b></u>


Dear wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am well and hope these few lines may find you enjoying the same blessing.  We arrived here on Tuesday but there has been no chance of sending a letter until now.  Brother Brady [1] is here and expects to leave tomorrow and I send this by him to Washington.  We have plenty to eat of plain fare but no extras.  Our captors have treated us very well, but it is very tiresome here and I do hope that they will exchange us or parole us soon.  It is not much difference which for I am coming home to stay as soon as I get away from here and the sooner they let me off the sooner they will have one less in the army.  There is about 250 officers here in prisoners.  There is about 30 of our men here, among them is Evans, [2], Adams, [3], Booth, [4], Beardmore, [5], Preshaw [6], and a number of others.  Capt. Arckenoe [7] is dead.  [Sgt.] Heck [8] and two others are wounded.  I must stop for the present.  May the good Lord bless you and keep you safe through the many trials you have to endure is the daily prayer of your loving husband.


Lt. Levi Lupton


I want you to write soon and direct to Libby Prison, Richmond and then enclose it in another envelope and direct to Colonel Ludlow, Commissioner of Exchange, Washington City.


Yours,


Lt. Lupton   


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.


[1] Ebenezer Walker Brady, was the chaplain of the 116th Ohio Infantry and was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va. He resigned on October 28, 1863.


[2] Private Eli Evans, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863.


[3] Musician Clarkson W. Adams, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 6, 1863.


[4] Private Miller Booth, was captured on June 14, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863.


[5] Corporal Emon H. Beardmore, was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863. He was wounded in action at Piedmont, Va., on June 5, 1864.


[6] Private James H. Preshaw, was captured on June 15, 1863, at Winchester, Va., and was exchanged on November 2, 1863. He was wounded in action on June 5, 1864, at Piedmont, Va.


[7] Captain Frederick H. Arckenoe, was killed in action on June 14, 1863, at the battle of Winchester, Va. He is buried in the Winchester National Cemetery, Gravesite- Sec. 20.


[8] Sergeant Oswald Heck, was wounded in action on June 14, 1863, at the battle of Winchester, Va. He died from his wounds on June 23, 1863.      Not to be confused with later and more common examples with the wire keeper, this shako pom-pom is fitted with a wooden keeper shaft and will go appropriately with the 1820’s through Mexican War era leather shako.  A <I>find</I> for the military headgear enthusiast as the majority of surviving period shakos are missing the pom-pom and individual examples are seldom available.  This one remains in excellent condition with no mothing issues.  The wool is a bit dingy with age and while it will clean to the condition appropriate to the finest condition, we have left that to the discretion of the of the buyer. <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, Joseph A. Woodward $10.00

 

Autograph, Alexander D. Sims $10.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

earlier to mid-19th century - wool SHAK $175.00

This original manufacturer’s bundle of graphite and natural cedar pencils retains 11 pencils of its original dozen Benjamin Ball writing instruments offered here as a lot for the collector / historian who would like the bundle for display.  Per the Harvard, Mass. Historical Society Benjamin Ball set up shop in Harvard in 1830 as the <I>Ball Pen and Paper Co.</I>.  His little two story mill manufactured paper  on one floor and pencils on the other until shortly before the Civil War.  Ball’s pencils were sold in bundles of a dozen cedar pencils with square leads,  The pencils were tied together with thread and with a paper label that reads <B>Superior Warranted Black Lead Pencils Manufactured by B. Ball, Harvard, Mass.</B>.   The pencils, which are shorter and thinner than the standard pencil produced today, are only approximately round, and no two have the same cross-section. While the leads in some of the pencils are approximately centered, some of the leads are well off center suggesting that there was a component of individual hand crafting in the making of Ball’s pencils.    Mass production of lead pencils began in the U.S. after the Civil War.  <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!


 One of the special thrills of the truly appreciative collector / historian is to hold one of those distinct period photographs in hand and admire that crisp detail and rich contrast that seems to give life to a long past moment in time.  In this image, such quality has frozen the moment of the shutter flash as it allowed the detail of our subjects image to be preserved such that he nearly comes to life as he peers from under a sheet of glass back toward his admirer.   This will all sound a bit overdone to all but the true aficionado of quality antique photo portraiture.  We usually simply say <I> Our illustrations will do best to describe this one</I> and let it go at that.  Please forgive our enthusiasm with respect to this 6th plate ruby-glass ambrotype of a serious looking middle aged troop as he sits before the camera in his regulation mounted jacket with its lightly tinted but distinctive crimson embellishment of a light artillery bugler.  Acquired from an old collection where it had been maintained untouched and as is, still nestled in its case, we were pleased to find a light penciled notation on the case behind the ambrotype identifying the photographer as <I>Griswold Photographic Artist, Racine, Wis.</I>   Some diligent research of Wisconsin light artillery buglers may be fruitful as it would seem a good chance that our subject’s obvious middle age (late 30s / mid to later 40s) may set him aside from most if not all others.  <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!



 We have a small stock of original Civil War vintage regimental numerals in numbers <B>12</B>, <B> 58</B>, <B> 64</B> and <B>70</B> and are offering them priced by the individual set for the insignia collector or specific regiment enthusiast who would like one for display or for that special uniform cap.  These difficult to find double numerals measure ¾ inch high and are of die struck sheet brass, un-used and period, in fine condition with the original attachment wires. A nice find!  (Use key word <B>letters</B> or <B>numerals</B> in our search to find other examples.) Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


 Prepared by  Nottingham chemist H. J. MANFULL, this scarlet crystal dye in its attractive little stoneware bottle will set well in any 19th century grouping in any number of collector categories and will be of special interest to vintage textile, needle work, and sewing enthusiasts. The original label offers mixing instructions and advises that the dye is for <I>Silks, Ribbons, Woolen Goods &c. &c.</I>   please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

Original! c. 1830 / 1861 Ball, Harvard, $150.00

 

6th plate ruby-glass - Wisconsin photogr $295.00

 

Original Civil War - REGIMENTAL NUMERALS $45.00

 

original! 19th century STONEWARE DYE BOT $55.00




Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was hand tinted in color and published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Rebels Retreating With Their Plunder Across The Potomac River. 10 x 3 1/2. Although undated, this illustration appeared in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly.  


Scott #11. 10 cents, Confederate States of America, with bust of President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Unused condition.  


<b>Former Union General writes to a former Confederate Colonel


Autograph Letter Signed</b>


(1823-1917) Born in Wilkesville, Vinton County, Ohio, he was an early pioneer of Minnesota. William G. Leduc was promoted to brevet brigadier general in the Union Army in March 1865 for his "efficiency, intelligence and zeal in the discharge of his duties" as Chief Quartermaster of the 11th and 20th Corps. He served as United States Commissioner of Agriculture in the President Rutherford B. Hayes administration. In 1862, during the Civil War, Leduc started construction of a Gothic Revival Mansion in Hastings, Minnesota. It is one of the finest examples of its kind in the midwest and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When General LeDuc's life in public service ended, he moved his family from Washington, D.C. back to their home in Hastings. His family dabbled in spiritualism and it is said that many spirits reside in the home including that of General Leduc himself.    


2 pages, 5 3/4 x 7 1/2, A.L.S. in ink, written by ex-Union General William LeDuc to ex-Confederate Colonel Charles W. Broadfoot.


<b><u>Hastings, Minn., May 3rd, 1900,

Col. Chas. W. Broadfoot, Fayetteville, N.C.</b></u>

 

Dear Col.,

 

I want to meet you and have a viva vole concert, and can’t accomplish it in any way but by pen and ink and some old cotton rags macerated in a form called paper.  Why you have been specially on my mind at this time I don’t know but you have all the same, and the thought has been what can I do to give pleasure to Col. Broadfoot if anything.  Are you vibrating any of the Hertzia waves of the ambient ether in my direction with your wireless mental auditors, or how else may I account for this persistent desire to greet you.  No matter, such is and for the past two or three days has been my wish to hear from and concerning you and yours.  In a letter from Col. Starr he told me you put him wise about Mrs. Slocum’s ride in 1778 or thereabouts when Flora’s husband was captured which was a comfort to me who had forgotten the name, altho I might have associated it with that of the Fayetteville Mrs. Slocum of the present days.  I am very sorry for Col. Starr’s disability in sight and fear I may come to a singular misfortune as I have but one eye now that is serviceable, the other being covered with [a] cataract the result of being killed by a street car in Los Angeles in 1899 or thereabout.  I manage to get along with the one thus far.  Yesterday asking myself what if anything I could do to pleasure anybody in the world, I was overhauling some papers and with you in my [mind], that naturally your daughter Kate came and I said to myself if I send this little bundle to Miss Kate maybe she can see the plot for a little story in them, if she is writing any stories for magazines or papers, any how it may interest her parents as well as herself and "Aunt Fanny" enough to read.  To have been complete, I should have kept a copy of my letters to those people on the James, but I only have a copy of one written to the daughter to read to her mother while she was in the hospital, poor woman and if Miss Kate don’t like the one sided correspondence she can put herself in my place and write the letters as she thinks I ought to have written them to a memory of the frightened child whose slumbers I disturbed that August midnight in 1882 down in Virginia.  I have her in my mind as a beautiful maid just blossoming into womanhood and she is a grandmother as you will see. She offered to send me a photo of herself taken now which I declined as I wish to remember her as she was then.  After Miss Kate has gotten all the pleasure from the perusal of the papers they are capable of giving, if the value thereof has been equal to that of return postage she may please return them. If I had a Wright Bros. flying apparatus handy I might "lite out" and go down to see you all someday.  Meanwhile commend me to your excellent wife & family and believe me as of old, your friend.


Wm. G. Leduc


Light age toning, staining and wear.


The recipient of this letter, Colonel 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.     

 


<b>Colonel 1st Florida Infantry, C.S.A.


Wounded in action during the Atlanta campaign</b>


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


Antique silver print photograph, 2 3/8 x 3 1/2. Chest up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.

The Rebels Retreating With Their Plunder

 

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso $20.00

 

Autograph, General William G. LeDuc

 

Photograph, General James Patton Anderso




Civil War cover addressed to Miss Natalie R. Stacy, Chester, Delaware Co., Penna., C.D.S., New Orleans, La.,  Aug. 4, 1863, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Very fine.  


By Carl Sandburg. Illustrated Edition. Copyright 1954 by Carl Sandburg, 1970, The Reader's Digest Association, Pleasantville, New York & The Reader's Digest Association LTD, Montreal, Canada. 640 pages, index, illustrated. Gold gilt printing on the spine and the front cover which includes a large gold A. Lincoln facsimile autograph on the front cover. Large 8 1/2 x 11 hard cover edition. Excellent condition.


What sort of man was Abraham Lincoln? What mysterious force was there in the pioneer farm boy that made him America's most beloved President? Why did so many cartoonists attack him, or a European diplomat declare "you Americans don't appreciate your President?" How did a man so gentle endure some of the greatest burdens ever placed on any man's shoulders?


Thousands of books have been written to answer these questions. But amongst them all, one book stands out as the best and truest portrait: Carl Sandburg's immortal Abraham Lincoln. Originally published in six volumes, it was a nation wide best seller, hailed as one of the finest books of our time. The final one volume version was rewritten by Sandburg himself; critics and readers alike have found it the author's crowning achievement and a truly unforgettable book.


"Poet that he is, Carl Sandburg comes as close as could any mortal man to sensing the soul qualities and penetrating the impenetrable. His portrait of Abraham Lincoln is a monument that will stand forever- a monument to subject and author alike. Robert E. Sherwood."


"Throughout this book, by multitudinous human touches, the author builds up his overshadowing image of a great people in resolution, agony and triumph. Allan Nevins."    H 30in. x W 24in. x W 9in.  H 62in. x D 25in.

1863 Envelope Postmarked at New Orleans, $10.00

 

Abraham Lincoln, The Prairie Years & The

 

H 30in. x W 24in. x W 9in. $0.00

 

H 62in. x D 25in. $0.00




<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, 7 1/2 x 9, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison Hospital, March 13th, 1864</b></u>


My Dear Wife,


After my love to you I will inform you that I am still in the Hospital but mending slowly.  The most I need now is fresh air and out of door exercise which I hope I shall be able to get soon.  I expected when I wrote on last week to have been on my way home before this but was disappointed as usual, but I do hope that the time is drawing near when I shall be released and I think that perhaps I shall get off in the course of this week.  Try dear and keep your spirits up and don’t fret about me if you can help it.  Pray for me and may the good Lord bless you and my dear children and have you in his Holy keeping is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lieut. Levi Lupton


Addressed on the reverse: [To] Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio. 

      

Scattered staining and fold 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.     


Unused Civil War patriotic envelope with the above title below a vignette of a man riding on an alligator's tail with a box on top of its back with the imprint, "For New Orleans And A Market." Mounting traces on the reverse. Uncommon.   


<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina


Delegate to the North Carolina State secession convention in 1861</b>


(1820-67) Born in New Bern, he attended New Bern Academy and Yale College, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1839, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1840, and commenced practice in New Bern. He served as a U.S. Congressman 1847-49. Donnell was a delegate to the North Carolina State secession convention in 1861, and to the State constitutional convention in 1865. Served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons during the War Between the States in 1862 and 1864, and served as speaker.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/2 x 1 1/2, in ink, R.S. Donnell, New Berne, North Carolina.  


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


(1806-68) Born near Windsor, N.C., he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1824; studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1825, and commenced practice in Windsor. He served as a member of the North Carolina State House of Representatives, 1831-34, 1854, and 1858. Was a delegate to the North Carolina State constitutional convention at Raleigh in 1835, and to the Whig National Convention in 1844. Outlaw served as Colonel of the Bertie County Regiment of State Militia. Served as U.S. Congressman from 1847-53. He was a North Carolina State Senator in 1860 and 1866.


<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, David Outlaw, Windsor, N. Carolina.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

Patriotic Cover, Running The Blockade

 

Autograph, Richard S. Donnell $25.00

 

Autograph, David Outlaw $15.00




Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly which has been hand tinted in color. Caption: The Rebels Destroying The Chesapeake And Ohio Canal. 9 3/8 x 7 1/2. Although undated, this illustration appeared in the July 30, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly.  


2 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written to Lieutenant Charles W. Broadfoot, by his Mother.


<b><u>April 18th</b></u>


My Dear Son,


After anxiously looking for a letter from you I have received yours from Camden.  I was glad to know that the worst of your journey was over, but disappointed that you had not reached Little Rock long before.  I have just been putting up some biscuits &c., & send to George & wishing that I could send some to you.  G.[eorge] has gone to Bertie County.  I do not know what for, but I am doubly anxious now about the war knowing that fighting will be going on everywhere, yet I believe that will end the war sooner than anything else.  George has been paid off & sent me $00 of his $100.  His rations have been cut down to ¼ lb. of meat a day, but he is in a plentiful country & can buy provisions.  There is a chance of his being detail Apothecary to the Regt.  Lieut. Nott tells me it will add a little to his pay.  It gives me great pleasure to hear such good accounts of G.[eorge].  We are getting along much as usual- all well & hearty- times harder- provisions higher- yet we do very well & have no cause to complain.  There was a threatened raid among the women, some 200 of them last week, but it passed off.  I really felt that I wanted the ring leaders, whoever they were, punished, for the women of Cumberland County have no cause for complaint.  Your Father has no time to stay at home now.  His new office of Depositary keeps him busy.  He does not know what it may be worth, more I hope than the Pension Agency was.  James Baker wants William to go to school.  I do not know whether he will go or not.  Your cousin George expects to marry Miss Kate Miller (daughter of the late Henry M- of Raleigh) this week.  They will make a bridal visit here.  You may know Mat is busy & things will be good & nice at your Aunty’s.  We are planting the garden with unusual corn & I hope it will pay us.  If you had been home the last month you might have seen hams on my table, not salt enough- not of my curing however, but bought.  I have eaten very little of my bacon- want to save it as long as possible.  We got an extra hog a few days since & enjoyed the sausage &c.  Hardy has a calf so we will have milk & some butter which is a great help.  Grandma sends love to you.  She hopes to come down next month.  Willie Hybert is in the Hospital in Raleigh sick.  Did you give me your water proof coat if there is no danger of its ever being wanted by you or the other boys.  I might cut it up for something else.  I have sent Uncle Jon 2 pieces of factory cloth & twice as much dress homespun as he wrote for, thinking he might be glad to get it or could dispose of it to some friend.  We have not had a shad this season & it is nearly over.  The prices are so terribly high& there is such a demand for them.  I spent a day at Mrs. Hybert’s a week or two since & enjoyed it very much.  Met Lieut. Lutterbols there who is quite attentive to Miss F.  You know she is thought to be engaged to Dr. Sandford.  Mrs. Deal made May a present of a pr. of shoes which are a treasure coarse as they are.  I do wish you would see her.  All will be obliged.  The girls have become quite industrious making their own dresses.  Do write as I know you will.  Love to the **Gen.  & the boys.


God bless you,

Your aff. Mother


Very fine condition. Well written letter circa 1863.


** The General that Mrs. Broadfoot is referring to is General Theophilus H. Holmes. He was commander of the Trans-Mississippi Department and later the District of Arkansas and her son Charles served on the general's staff.


The George that Mrs. Broadfoot is referring to in her letter was George B. Broadfoot, her other son in the Confederate army, and the brother of Charles. George was a 17 year old student when he enlisted on June 19, 1862, and was mustered into the Confederate army as a private in Company A, 5th North Carolina Cavalry. He was transferred out of this regiment on May 4, 1864, and was mustered into Company B, 13th Battalion North Carolina Light Artillery. He was paroled on April 29, 1865 at Greensboro, N.C.


The father of Charles and George Broadfoot was W.G. Broadfoot, a Confederate official in the C.S.A. Depository at Fayetteville, North Carolina. 


The recipient of this letter, 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.         

  <b>Eugene Blackford, 5th Alabama Infantry


One of the famous Blackford brothers of Virginia!


Commander of the 5th Alabama Sharpshooters</b>


Confederate war date envelope endorsed and addressed in the hand of "Capt. Eugene Blackford, 5th Ala. Regt." sent to his father, "Wm. M. Blackford, Esq., Lynchburg, Va." The cover has a partial 1861 Tudor Hall, Va. postmark, and hand stamped Due 5. Light staining and wear. The envelope bears the authentication docket on the reverse of one of the country's leading Confederate philatelic experts, Brian Green. Extremely desirable Confederate autograph in war date format with rank and regiment!! Comes with a glossy copy photograph of Blackford in his Confederate uniform holding sword. 




Who was Eugene Blackford?


Eugene Blackford was an aristocratic young Virginian who served throughout the Civil War and wrote about much of what he saw. A prolific correspondent, his remarkably complete set of letters spans most of the war and provide a unique opportunity for the modern reader to see the conflict in Virginia through the eyes of someone who lived it. 


Blackford left vivid accounts of the battles at First Manassas, Seven Pines, Gaines’s Mill, Malvern Hill, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg. He also described the 1864 Shenandoah campaign, including the raid on Washington; the battles of Second Kernstown, Third Winchester, and Cedar Creek; and a host of smaller actions.

                

The battles, however, are only a part of the story. Blackford also wrote about camp life, food, foraging, the hardships of the picket line and the marches, and much more. He makes candid, often acerbic, comments on his leaders at all levels, and is not shy about criticizing the ones he finds wanting, such as Earl Van Dorn, D.H. Hill, and Jubal Early. He is, however, unstinting in praise of those he admires, especially generals Robert E. Lee and Robert Rodes. Blackford and Rodes, both Virginians serving in an Alabama regiment, formed a friendship early on that was severed only by Rodes’s death at Third Winchester in the fall of 1864. 

                

Blackford also gives the modern reader a rare inside look at regimental politics–the competing personalities, the elections, and the jockeying for rank and position. Although usually portrayed after the war as selfless bands of brothers interested only in serving their country, Civil War regiments were often anything but. Many of their officers were strong-willed, ambitious men: captains who wanted to be colonels, and colonels who wanted a general’s stars. This hunger for advancement often put Blackford, who was genuinely devoted to his duty and as a gentleman disdained the grubby business of politics, at a disadvantage. 

                 

The bad blood that developed between Blackford and another of his superiors eventually led to his being court-martialed and cashiered for trumped-up charges of misconduct at Cedar Creek in the fall of 1864, which was followed by a lengthy and ultimately successful effort for reinstatement, although the war ended before Blackford could secure the promotion he sought to lieutenant colonel. 


One of the most interesting and important matters Blackford was involved with was the formation and training of the Army of Northern Virginia’s light infantry sharpshooters. Blackford organized the first battalion in January 1863, at the behest of General Rodes. Drawn from the best men in the brigade and intended for scouting, screening, and picketing, the sharpshooters assiduously practiced skirmish drill and marksmanship, attaining an unprecedented level of skill and proficiency. Blackford and Rodes worked closely together on the sharpshooters, which were eventually organized as a "demi-brigade" of four to five battalions at division level. Blackford became "chief of outposts" for Rodes’s division, responsible for its security in the presence of the enemy. Therefore, his letters and diary/memoir form an invaluable source of information about these important but hitherto virtually forgotten units. They also give us a close look at general Robert Rodes, one of the army’s best combat leaders.


Source: Sharpshooter: The Selected Letters and Papers of Major Eugene Blackford, C.S.A., by Fred L. Ray.




An article of interest about Major Eugene Blackford:



Battle of Gettysburg: Major Eugene Blackford and the Fifth Alabama Sharpshooters


On the hot afternoon of July 1, 1863, a 24-year-old Confederate officer and his elite unit stood very much in harm’s way. Major Eugene Blackford ordered his corps of sharpshooters to deploy off the eastern side of Oak Hill to screen and protect the division of Major General Robert Rodes as it tackled the Union I Corps west of Gettysburg. Along with the brigade of Brigadier General George Doles, Blackford’s men had to maintain a connection across more than a mile of open valley floor that stretched eastward to the Harrisburg-Heidlersburg Road, the avenue of approach for Major General Jubal Early’s division. The Federal XI Corps, determined to prevent the capture of the town, advanced north of Gettysburg to contest the Confederate assault.


Blackford was a Virginian by birth, born in Lynchburg, and was the youngest of five brothers, all of whom rose to positions of rank and responsibility in the Confederate military. Miraculously, they would all survive the Civil War. He moved to Alabama before the conflict, beginning his Southern military service on May 15, 1861, as a captain in Company K of the 5th Alabama Infantry, just 10 days after the regiment was organized at Montgomery. He was made major of the regiment on July 17, 1862. In an era when a certain amount of flamboyance seemed required of regimental officers, Blackford carried out his duties with quiet competence. The few mentions of him in The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies are positive and praiseworthy. In a memoir of Stonewall Jackson, James Power Smith speaks approvingly of the ‘well-trained skirmishers of Rodes’ division, under Major Eugene Blackford,’ and he places Blackford alongside Jackson when Stonewall gave his fateful order to Rodes at Chancellorsville: ‘You can go forward then.’


By the Battle of Gettysburg, Blackford had been placed in charge of a select battalion of marksmen culled from the ranks of the 5th. The first day of that fight may have been his finest hour as a combat commander. His sharpshooters were instrumental in driving back Colonel Thomas C. Devin’s cavalry videttes thrown north of the town to guard the approaches from Carlisle, Harrisburg and York. Throughout the early afternoon, Blackford’s thin screen did yeomen’s work parrying efforts by the XI Corps to gain advantageous positions north of town. In the general attack begun upon Early’s arrival on the field, Blackford’s command initially assisted Brig. Gen. John B. Gordon’s brigade, entered the town and then attached itself to Brig. Gen. Stephen Ramseur’s brigade. After standing in reserve during most of July 2, the sharpshooters were slated to take part in Rodes’ miscarried attempt to launch an attack on the east face of Cemetery Hill. Blackford’s handpicked men then earned their pay by infiltrating and occupying homes as close as possible to the enemy’s lines during the night, and at dawn on July 3 opening a galling fire upon Union artillery and skirmishers. In his report of the action, Blackford claims his men even drove off a Federal battery after they shot down most of its crew.


Captain William W. Blackford, the oldest of the Blackford boys, served on the staff of Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart at the time of the Gettysburg battle, and the cavalry commander ordered him to take a message to General Robert E. Lee on July 3. After delivering the communication, the elder Blackford rode into the Confederate-controlled town, where he managed to find Eugene and his marksmen. William recounted their visit in his memoir, War Years With Jeb Stuart, remembering that he encountered his brother and his fellow officers in a home along ‘main street on the side next Cemetery Ridge’ where, in a room ‘pervaded by the smell of powder … and the growl of musketry,’ they were incongruously ‘lolling on the sofas,’ enjoying wine and ‘all sorts of delicacies taken from a sideboard.’


After sharing some of the food and drink with his brother, Eugene obligingly took him on a tour of the sharpshooting lair, which consisted of the second floors of several houses. William described the location in detail: ‘Eugene’s men had cut passways through the partition walls so that they could walk through the houses all the way from one cross street to the other. From the windows of the back rooms, against which were piled beds and mattresses, and through holes punched in the outside back wall, there was kept up a continuous rattle of musketry by men stripped to the waist and blackened with powder. It was a strange sight to see these men fighting in these neatly … furnished rooms, while those not on duty reclined on elegant sofas, or … upon handsome carpets.’


Cavalryman Blackford also noted that feathers pervaded every room, the results, he concluded, of Federal shells exploding in the upper floors and shredding feather-stuffed mattresses. Union snipers had also been worrying the Alabamians with gunfire, and the ‘pools of blood’ William noted on the floors and carpets indicated that some of their shots had been true.


After Gettysburg, Eugene Blackford receded into the curious anonymity that had cloaked him prior to the battle. Following the Battle of Cedar Creek in October 1864, he was relieved from his command for poor conduct during the fight, but was reinstated by Confederate President Jefferson Davis, who was heavily lobbied by Blackford’s peers, subordinates and superiors. Although the 5th Alabama surrendered at Appomattox Court House, Blackford’s name does not appear on the parole roster for either the regiment or the brigade. After the war he settled in Maryland, working as a farmer and a teacher, before dying on February 4, 1908.


The following excerpt of Eugene Blackford’s memoir is located in the Civil War Miscellaneous Collection of the United States Military History Institute in Carlisle, Pa. It details the activities of a promising young officer and the marksmen of the 5th Alabama sharpshooters.


July 1st 1863. At 7 a.m. we moved on and about 10 heard firing in front, tho’ some miles away. An hour after I was sent for hastily by Gen. R[odes] who told me that we were close up on the enemy in the town of Gettysburg and that [Lt. Gen. A.P.] Hill had blundered, and it was feared w[oul]d bring on a general engagement before any body was up. Early’s Division was 15 miles behind and [Maj. Gen. Edward] Johnson’s nine. I was directed to deploy my corps across the valley to our left, and do my best to make the enemy believe that we had heavy infantry supports, whereas there was not a man.


This we did driving off the cavalry opposing us in the pike. They repeatedly charged but my men rallying coolly & promptly sent them back every time with more empty saddles. Repeatedly during the day would they advance lines of battle against us, but our men knowing what was at stake, stood firm behind a fence, and made so determined a front that the Yankees were persuaded that we were heavily supported. All this could be seen by the whole Div. in the hills to our right, whose position would have been turned at once if the enemy had gotten [wind of] this. I was afterwards mentioned in Gen. R[odes]’s report of this battle. Thus did we fight it out until the sun was well nigh down, and I almost exhausted by running up & down the line exhorting the men, and making a target of myself. My loss was considerable, mostly however in wounded.


About 6 o’clock the enemy advanced a triple line on my left. I rushed up there and did my best, but it was useless to do more than give them what we had, and then run for it. So we kept up a terrible popping until they came within 200 yards, the Yankees not firing again, expecting to meet a heavy force of rebels over the hill. Then sounding the retreat away we went at our best speed. I was much concerned, but could do nothing against that mass. We had not gone more than 100 or so yards, when ‘Halt, Halt’ was heard, and just in front of me to my infinite delight could be seen a long line of skirmishers of Early’s Division sweeping on to the front.


Soon afterwards we met his dusty columns hurrying up. I knew then that all was safe. Sounding the rally my men were soon around me, and allowing them a little time to [rest], I too went to the front close after Early. We overtook them as they were entering the town, and my men took their own share in the plundering that went on. I employed myself with the aid of such men as I had with me in destroying whiskey, of which there was an enormous quantity in the town. [In] half an hour many men were dead drunk, and others were wild with excitement. It was truly a wild scene, rushing through the town capturing prisoners by hundreds; a squad of us would run down a street and come to a corner just as a whole mass of frightened Yanks were rushing up another. A few shots made the whole surrender, and so on until we caught them all.


In what was the great error committed the troops should have been pushed on, but no, no one was there to take the responsibility, and in the morning the enemy were strongly fortified. The result of this day had been glorious, 5,000 prisoners for us, and much plunder. That night I slept with my men in a barn in the outskirts of the town. In it there were countless [illegible], of which we made a great soup, thickened with artichoke. This was made in the boiler used to prepare food for the cattle, but it was as good as any I ever saw.


In the morning [July 2] the enemy now crowded on the heights, our lines were drawn around, and my men thrown out into the meadow between the lines. Here we lay in the broiling sun until about 1 p.m. when beginning to feel hungry, I sent a detail to catch chickens, which they cooked in a large pot found in a cottage, thro’ which my line went. This soup contained about 60 chickens, and the entire contents of the garden in the way of onions & potatoes. Saw it was necessary to feed the men as no rations had been issued since the morning before, and none could be obtained soon. As soon as it was ready a detail from each company came up and received its share. Thus were 150 men fed.


Just after we had eaten it, that awful cannonade began between our batteries and those of the enemy, we being just between them, received the benefit of all the’shorts,’ and had a vast number of shell to pass away [over] us. I have never in my life seen such things so awful. Many of the men … went to the side to get out of the range. At 6 p.m. it cleared, and I restored my line. About dusk I was recalled and joined the column marched towards the town from the heights.


I must state however an incident which occurred just after I had re-established my line as I have stated. I went back on the heights in my rear where our line had been stationed, and found that very little damage had been done by the artillery fire of the enemy, tho’ as we afterwards learned, ours being converging was fearfully destructive. I went at once to a fine house on the Cashtown Road, which I had visited in the morning under these circumstances: I went to the well to get water, and noticing a greenhouse, I stopped to admire some flowers. The ladies within, observing this mark of humanity in a smoke-begrimed soldier, and being ready to grasp at straws eagerly, now sought my protection against some of the Yankee soldiers wounded within; their feeling were very intense, one had drawn his pistol and threatened to shoot them, the poor creatures were too much scared to see what they had but to keep out of the room where he lay and they would be safe enough as he had lost a leg.


I went in however and had then discovered it to be a hospital, whereat they were very artful; upon inquiring my name they were very much struck by it, and asked me at once if I were related to Mrs. Caroline B. of Lynchburg. They there told me that their name was Smooker and that they were related to the Steenburgers. After some [time] passed I asked them did they not dread the artillery fire?; this was a new idea, and threw them into much consternation. I advised them [what] … was best to be done, I asked if they had any yellow flannel, whereof a hospital flag could be made. After much search they produced a red flannel petticoat inch, which I connected to the top of the house and tied it to the lightning rod, whence I afterwards saw it waving from afar. The presence of one of the Yankees within too dangerously wounded to be moved justified me in this. I would not otherwise have done it, even for the protection of the women. From the top of the house I had a splendid view of the position of the enemy and would have enjoyed it had I not been a mark for the enemy’s sharpshooters.


In the evening when I returned after the cannonade I found the house deserted. The enemy rarely respected the red flag, and indeed conducted the war in an altogether barbarous manner. I should here mention that when we advanced into the town the evening before I captured a beautiful Solinger saber, very light and elegantly made. It belonged to a Yankee Col. of infantry who surrendered it twice. I soon valued this blade more than all my other possessions, and wore it constantly until the end of the war, when I was enabled to preserve it safely.


I have said that we moved towards the town about dusk. I soon found that it was for the purpose of making a night attack. When I heard this my heart beat more quickly than I ever knew it to do before, and I had seen some cruel fights. I knew well enough what a night attack would be with troops as badly disciplined as ours, or indeed with any save veterans, and they equipped with white shirts, or some uniform visible at night. When the column was formed we moved silently with bayonets fixed close up beneath the enemy’s works. There in two lines we gave our instructions to the men. I well remember what feelings I had as I fastened my saber knot tightly around my wrist. I knew well that I had seen my last day on earth … .It was to be a bayonet affair, the guns were all inspected to see that none were loaded. Then we lay silently waiting the word to advance, when to my relief I must say, I saw the dark masses of men wheeling to the rear — the idea had been abandoned. I was ordered to remain where I was with my corps & await orders.


In about 1/2 an hour Gen. R[odes] came to me saying that he wished me to draw a skirmish line as closely across the enemy’s works as I possibly could, and when daylight came annoy them within all my power. I was more in my element, and went diligently to work to comprehend the ground, and mature my plan. Meanwhile the men went to sleep; I only keeping one or two with me as a guard. I found that the enemy were on a hill shaped like a V with the apex towards the town, and almost in it … .In that angle where were nearly 100,000 men, all massed densely so that every shot from our side told.


This hill was about as high as the tallest house in the town, I soon laid my plan and began deploying my men at ‘A’ moving on the line designated toward ‘B.’ It became necessary to break passages thro’ nearby houses, and thro’ every thing else we met, so that there was a great deal of labor undergone ere this line was established. By daylight however all was ready. My orders were to fire incessantly without regard to ammunition and began as soon as my bugle sounded.


The day [July 3] broke clear, and as soon as it was light there lay just before us on the slope of the hill a battery of six Napoleons; they were not more than 400 yards off. Men and horses were all there, standing as if on parade. One signal from my bugle and that battery was utterly destroyed. The few survivors ran back to their trenches on up the hill. The poor horses were all killed. The guns did us no good as we could not get there, but they could not be used against our men, and that was a great deal.


The firing now was incessant. To supply them with ammunition I kept a detail busy picking up cartridge boxes full of it, left by hundreds & thousands in the streets. These they brought in a small bakers cart, found in a bakery just across the street. They were then sent along the lines and piled near each marksman. The men soon complained of having their arms & shoulders very much bruised by the continual kicking of the muskets but still there could be no rest for them. The Yankees were as thick as bees not more than 500 yards off and could not do us any great harm as they were afraid to shell us out, lest they should burn up the town, and the brick walls protected us very well from the minnies. If I had a good many casualties, it was a mere trifle compared to with the enormous damage they inflicted. The enemy’s papers alluded [to] this in all their accounts of the battles. I had every thing now in good order, the line was well established, and they … .Many of the men were on the roofs of houses behind chimneys, whence they could pick off the gunners.


Complaint being made that the men had nothing to eat, I detailed my four buglers who had nothing to do to get the bakery in operation and make biscuits. The result was the manufacture of several thousand pretty fair biscuits. They then went in pursuit of meat, and after a while returned loaded with every delicacy for a soldier: hams, cheese, fish, pepper spices — and reported such a strike that I went myself to see. I found a family grocery well stocked which had some how escaped the plunderers. My men took an abundance of sugar, coffee, rice &c to last us some days, and served them out to my poor hungry fellows. I never heard such a cheer as they gave in seeing the sumptuous repast sent them. My Hd Qrs were in a pine house, thro’ which the line ran, and there finding an abundance of crockery, spoons &c, the buglers prepared an elegant dinner for me, for which I wished the officers to come. There we dined luxuriously, and afterwards went to our works with renewed vigor.


About 10 a.m. an officer reported to me from my left saying that he commanded the skirmishers of [Brig. Gen. Harry] Hays’ Louisiana Brig. and had been ordered to receive directions from me. I showed him where to connect with me, and left him. About an hour or more after I went over to see what he was about, and found a truly amusing scene. His quarters were in a very [nice] house, and he had selected the parlor as his own bivouac. Here one was playing the piano, which sounded sadly out of harmony with the roar of musketry. Without several men were laying around on the sofas, and the room was full of prints & engravings which the rude fellows examined, and then threw down on the floor. On the table there was have a doz. brands of wines and liquors of which all partook freely. The commanding officer thought it was very strange that I at once insisted upon his visiting his posts, and making the men fire. I ran rapidly back across the street. A Yankee fired at me, but I was behind the wall in time, the ball having struck the … post & … struck me on the knees, hurting me very much for a trice, but not by any means disabling me.


I could write a month of the nice events of this day, but must stop, only narrating my intense excitement when I saw [Maj. Gen. George] Pickett’s Division during … the charge, their waver, when almost in the works, and finally fall back. How my heart ached when I saw the fearful fire with which they were received. I could scarcely contain myself. The attack made the enemy mass more than ever, and so expose themselves to our fire more plainly. I fired 84 rounds with careful aim into their midst, one gun cooling while the other was in use. My shoulder pad became so sore that I was obliged to rest. Now and then the enemy’s gunners would turn a gun or two on us, and give us a shot, but this was too destructive of the lives of gunners, so it was soon stopped. A Yankee sharpshooter established himself in a pit in the street to which I have alluded, and keeping his gun ready cocked, fired away at any one attempting to cross at our end. Many of the men of mine, and of the adjoining battalion, amused themselves by drawing his fire, running quickly across, seeing how much behind the bullet would be which was sure to follow. At this reckless sort of sport, where a stumble or fall would have been almost certain death, they carried themselves as … children at play.


Thus the sun went down the same steady fire being kept up from my line. This evening also another tremendous cannonade occurred, the [greatest] ever known on this continent certainly, probably the greatest that ever occurred. It is a low estimate to say that 500 pieces were in action. I enjoyed its grandeur this time more than that of the day before, not being under range. At night little was done, I kept up a very vigil watch, making rounds frequently.


Towards day I was awakened by a staff officer, who told me to withdraw my men at daylight, and fall back thro’ the town to the base of the ridge in which the main line was stationed and there deploy. At dawn therefore with a heavy heart I called in the men silently, and sullenly drew slowly out of the town, returning the sour looks of the citizens with others equally as stern. The enemy did not molest us at all, tho’ I was in hope that they would, being in a savage mood. A heavy rain was falling too, and just then I remembered that it was the 4th of July, and that the villains would think more than ever of their wretched Independence Day.


Soon after we formed our new line, a battalion of Yankee skirmishers came out of the town and deployed in our front. They used the bugle, the first I had seen with them. Their signals sounded clear & [distant], thro’ the damp air. I moved against them at once, but they slowly withdrew, and evidently were but overseeing us. A squad of them however came forward and gained unobserved a small house filled with hay midway between our lines, from which they began to annoy us with their fire. Taking a few men I went forward at a run, and came up quite close before the rascals could get out of the rear. They lost no time then in scudding away to their lines, but one of my men brought one down before they reached it … I fired the hay, and soon there was a magnificent blaze.


So we went on all the day, but seeing work ahead of me, I slept most of it away, leaving the command to one of my subordinates. At nine I reported to Gen. R[odes] who directed me to assume command of the sharpshooters from each of the Brigades (4) and line our rear when the army moved, which it would begin to do at midnight. I was to keep my line until day or longer if I saw fit, and then follow keeping a half mile or more in the rear, and acting as rear guard. Accordingly by 11 p.m. the troops all disappeared on the proscribed route and I was left in sole command at Gettysburg. It was the first time I had ever commanded more than one battalion and now I had five. My only embarrassment was in not knowing the officers but this I soon remedied, and got on quite well.


At sunrise I quitted my positions, and followed the main body. I continued my route unmolested until about 12 o’clock when some cavalry appeared, but they did not molest us. At 2 p.m. so many came up that I halted and deployed. They then brought up a field piece but did not use it. Seeing that they now wished to molest us, I hit upon this plan. All the front rank men kept their round & fired away, the rear rank men meanwhile retired to some good positions in the rear. I then formed a new line leaving vacancies for those of the first. I here would seize a favorable occasion after the new line was formed, and retreat at a run, suddenly disappearing before the enemy. These would then come in quickly thinking our men had been routed, they would be checked by the fire of the new line, snugly posted behind trees, stone fences &c. My worry had been that when I wished to retire, the enemy would push us so that we were in danger of being broken, but by this arrangement I [avoided] all difficulties — I had read of it in [General Sir William F.P.] Napier’s Peninsular War, as being a dodge of Marshal [Nicolas Jean de Dieu] Soult.


The men towards evening became worn out for food, so seeing that we would not hear from our [commissary] for a week or more, as it had gone to the Potomac, I sent orders to the officer to take all the provisions they could find in the houses by which we passed. In one occasion, riding along at the head of my own battalion marching quickly in retreat, we passed a cottage situated some distance from the main road & not visited by stragglers — around it were countless fowls, my hungry fellows looked eloquently to me for leave, I told the bugler to sound the ‘disperse,’ and then shouted ‘one minute.’ Instantly a hundred cartridges were drawn which thrown skillfully at the heads of the fowls bringing them down by scores; these fellows were used to the work evidently, but now they knew that it was for their actual subsistence as we had nothing, and were following in the rear of a great Army, which would leave us nothing. When the ‘Assembly’ sounded two minutes afterwards, every man had one, two or more chickens slung over his gun, and the march was resumed without delay.

 

Source: This article was written by Noah Andre Trudeau and originally appeared in the July 2001 issue of America’s Civil War magazine.

 

 


Scott #7. Block of 3, 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 Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Printed by Archer & Daly, Richmond, Va. Circa 1862. Unused condition.

The Rebels Destroying The Chesapeake And

 

Letter to Confederate North Carolina Off

 

War Date Cover Endorsed & Addressed by C $185.00

 

Block of 3 Five Cents Confederate Postag $80.00

    All original and complete this massive old leather bound 1456 page 1851 published medical reference shows good age with desirable evidence of period use while remaining in pleasing condition with a tight binding and is complete with no loose or torn pages.  The cover, end papers and fly pages front and back are festooned with period medical notations (mostly prescription formulas) which appear to be in Dr. Morrison’s hand.  Most important are the inscriptions <I><B>Dr. S. B. Morrison</I></B> in the center of the first front fly leaf and Dr. Morrison’s signature on the second fly leaf. 

     Best remembered as being in attendance at the death of Confederate General Thomas <B><I> Stonewall Jackson</I></B>, the presence of Surg. Morrison had been requested as Jackson’s recovery from his wounding and left arm amputation took a marked turn for the worse five days post-surgery.  Summoned not only as relief for the weary Dr. McGuire who performed the amputation and post-operative care, Dr. S. B. Morrison’s presents at Jackson’s bedside was quickly approved by Gen. Robert E. Lee.   Dr. Morrison was a kinsman of Mrs. Jackson and had been the Jackson family physician in the post-Civil War years.  Additionally Surg. Morrison’s medical expertise had been well established when he successfully amputated Confederate Gen. R. S. Ewell’s badly wounded leg after the Battle of Groveton.  Surgeon Morrison  would provide the best of medical aid to the seriously ailing  General Jackson and provide comfort to the fallen General’s wife Mary Anna Jackson and five month-old baby Julia who had been rushed to <I>Stonewall’s</I> bedside..  It would fall to Dr. S. B. Morrison to advise Mrs. Jackson that <I>the end was near</I>.  Educated at Washington College (now Washington & Lee University) and the University of Virginia, Dr. Morrison enlisted in the <B>17th Virginia Cavalry</B> at the outbreak of the Civil War.  Later made Surgeon of the <B>58th Virginia</B> then <U>Chief Surgeon of Gen. R. S. Ewell's Division. </U>  On April 18,1863, he was made <U>Chief Surgeon to Gen. Early's Division</U> then October 10, 1864 assigned as <U>Medical Director Army of the Valley.</U>  After the war, Dr. Morrison established a lucrative medical practice in Kerrs Creek, Virginia.  Dr. S. B. Morrison died in 1870 at Rockbridge Baths, Virginia.

     This historic old medical reference by Wood & Bache was published in 1851 and was the standard pharmaceutical authority of its day.  We acquired the piece years ago when it was brought in at John Dugan’s <I>Virginia Relic Hunters</I> Civil War Show and offered for sale by descendants of Dr. Morrison. We have had it set aside in our fifty plus year accumulation of <I>stuff</I> since that time.

<B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>



 Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison, this attractive old parade torch remains in excellent condition but with good evidence of age and originality.  Fashioned of tinned sheet iron, hand soldered with period telltale flat bottom and lapped seam the torch features a period commercial burner manufactured for sale to tinsmiths for such use.  An iron wire bail allows the body of the torch to remain safely upright while suspended on a pole for carrying.  A nice item for the antique lighting collector, Civil War Americana or political enthusiast.  A classic for the <I>WIDE-AWAKE</I> Lincoln Campaign era!  <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!  All original and in excellent original, even unused, condition save a small shallow dent on one side, (could be pushed out but we’d leave it as found) this little lamp is a bit unusual in that while the body is pewter, the fanciful applied handle is of tinned sheet iron and the bottom of the lamp is also of tinned sheet iron.  The two slender burner tubes are of brass.  Dangerous though it could be due to its volatility, camphene  (a mixture of turpentine and alcohol) gained popularity in the 1850s and early 1860s as it produced a clean burning bright light.  .  The extra length and small diameter of the wick tube offered an extra measure of separation of flame from fuel reservoir and is a telltale feature of the camphene lighting device.  Commonly thought solely to facilitate extinguishing the flame, the little chain secured caps were in actuality primarily for the prevention of evaporation of the fuel when not on use.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B>no questions asked three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !  This hospital steward or nurse’s marking slate measures approximately 9 7/8 X 14 inches in its dovetailed and pegged joint construction wood frame.  The natural slate offers good evidence of period construction methods with the telltale, slightly uneven, surface of earlier to mid 1800s hand planed slate sheet. The slate is deeply inscribed <B>BROADWAY LANDING</B> across the top with a place the <B>WARD No.</B>.  Broadway Landing Army Field Hospital was situated on the south side of the Potomac River a little more than a mile west of City Point and about four miles from the northern end of the Union trenches before Petersburg. (see: <I>Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War</I> p.266 also  PBS / Ken Burns <I>THE CIVIL WAR</I>) We were fortunate enough to acquire a group of period marking slates some years ago with a small number of similarly marked Broadway Landing slates mixed in among plain examples. We have offered them out to collectors over the years keeping a single example for our own collection.   We came across this remaining example from the group this last winter as we have been going through some of our accumulation. A wonderful item for the Civil War medical 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

1851 Dispensatory of CS Surgeon S. B. Mo $875.00

 

pro UNION decorated Civil War vintage PA

 

c. 1850 / 1860s pewter & tin camphene –L $155.00

 

Civil War ARMY HOSPITAL STEWARD SLATE $475.00

A nice display item with its bold <B>LINCOLN</B> embellishment, this silk GAR ribbon measures approximately 2 X 6 inches and remains in nice condition with evidence of age and originality but with no splits. Bearing the dates 1891 and 1892  for the Detroit, Michigan <B>NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT</B>. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!


 


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>

Civil War Vet’s – 1892 Detroit National $75.00

 

1863 Patriotic Cover Postmarked at New O

 

1861 State of North Carolina $2 Note

 

Napoleon Bonaparte & The Battle of Water $695.00

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!  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 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.

Civil War era tariff marked BONE DICE $65.00

 

extra nice! original Civil War - ‘False $195.00

 

General Butler Orders His Commanders To $15.00

 

1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Missis $7.00




<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.

 


<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.

116th Ohio Infantry Letter

 

32nd Massachusetts Infantry Letter $100.00

 

1863 State of North Carolina $2 Note

 

Herndon's Lincoln




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 !


 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>

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

 

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

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>


 


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.    


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.

earlier through mid 1800s downscaled OPE

 

Souvenir From Confederate General Stonew $250.00

 

Relics From The Confederate Blockade Run $15.00

 

Autograph, James I. McKay $15.00




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