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


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


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

 Measuring approximately 4 1/8 inches in length with a <U>flared lip</U> and <U>open pontil</U> this <I>medical</I> bottle dates from approximately 1845 with use into the Civil War.  The bottle bears a bold <B> Dr. McMunnís Elixir of Opium</B> embossing and remains in excellent condition with only a very minor flake on the flared lip.  Not to be confused with more common, post pontiled, examples of the later 1800s, the earlier open pontil container was fashioned in two neck types, a <U>rolled lip</U> and the more delicate <U>flared lip</U>.  Fragile as they were, the flared lip type seldom survived intact.   A mainstay pain killer of the 19th century medical bag, extract of opium and its offspring <I>laudanum</I> (a tincture of opium mixed with alcohol and water) were all too available in the period as the <I>pure</I> elixir of opium and dilute <I>medical remedies</I> were offered over the counter by apothecaries, hawked from the back of medicine wagons and offered <I>under the counter</I> by the most popular camp sutlers North and South. (See: <I>SS Republic Artifacts & Treasures</I> for relics of the Civil War era sidewheeler <I>Tennessee</I> lost in a hurricane off the Georgia coast in 1865.)  As is true of this offering, most surviving, intact examples of these desirable little bottles are found in the walls of period dwellings where small cashes accumulated as individual <I>empties</I> were poked through a crack in the wall and discarded away from prying eyes.  A nice companion item for the Civil War medical enthusiast and an attractive period conversation piece for the personal item collector.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 This attractive antique <I>sticking tommy</I> or <I><U>minerís</U>sticking tommy</I> as they are frequently referred to measures approximately 8 3/8 inches in length and is blacksmith forged with an unmistakable rich natural age patina. (Not to be confused with artificially aged more modern examples.)  Fashioned with the benefit of a lantern hook or, when reversed a hook for hanging the candle on a beam, ladder, chair back or other for handy light placement, this antique <I>sticking tommy</I> candle holder will please the lighting collector and will lay in nicely with any period antique grouping.  Especially well appreciated by antique gold mining collectors and <I>Old West</I> enthusiasts.  As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 Offered here, individually price for the collector who would like a single example, are tinned sheet iron, brass capped, spouts for use in country tin shops in the fabrication of earlier to mid 19th century tin ware.  Not a big deal to most as we are not sure if there are any folks out there besides Gunsight Antiques who collect 19th century country tin, but if so, here is your chance to acquire a neat, period fabricated, spout as was sold by tinsmith suppliers who carried all manner of material necessary to country tinsmiths.  Besides tinned sheet iron stock, lead solder &c, spouts such as this, cast lid knobs and the like whoís fabrication required more intricate equipment and special tools than was commonly found in small country tinsmith shops. A neat item to lay in with any 19th century tin grouping or occupational display.  Seldom seen today, these are the only pre utilization examples of such we have ever seen.  If you are new to our catalog and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!!

General Ambrose Powell Hill $25.00

 

early Open Pontil -Dr. McMunnís ELIXIR O $75.00

 

Antique ĎSticking Tommyí - Candle Holder $135.00

 

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

Not to be confused with later copies this original Civil War 9th Corps Badge is one of the few surviving surplus 9th corps badges that were so plentiful in the 1950s and 1960s.  From the old and established collection of Dr. Francis Lord who authored the pioneer reference <I>Lordís Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia</I> this beautiful period example has the additional advantage of extra crisp detail not replicated in the post Civil War restrikes and offers an unmistakable natural age patina to both the brass surface and lead solder. Of interest to the collector and preserved in our accompanying letter will be the fact that we  acquired this piece several years ago  when we were fortunate enough to purchase several groupings from the personal collection of our longtime friend, Dr. Francis Lord.  A pioneer Civil War collector from a day when nearly no one else paid much attention to the details of many now valued Civil War collectable categories, Francis authored the  widely known, multi volume, pioneer reference,  <I>Lordís CIVIL WAR COLLECTORS ENCYCLOPEDIA</I>.  While a lot of detailed knowledge has been gained as the interest and <U>value</U> of Civil War collectibles increased so dramatically over the years, Dr. Lordís first and second volumes in particular and his <I>Civil War Sutlers & Their Wares</I> continue to offer valuable and reliable reference to Civil War collectors.  (Use <I>Lord</I> in our search feature to find other Lord collection items.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 A scarce find for the outdoorsman as well as the antique lighting enthusiast, this <B>Patent 1878</B> <I><B>Ferguson's Universal Reflecting Lamp</I></B> oil lamp was merchandised to hunters and fisherman by Thomas J. Conroy of New York as <I>perfect for hunting, fishing, traveling, or driving at night</I>.   Offered here complete even to itís cap harness and in pleasing all original condition, this neat old lamp retains a good measure of its original black enamel finish.  Standing approximately 9 inches Fergusonís <I>Universal Reflecting Lamp</I> offered a myriad of carrying options with fastening provisions to an included head harness, suspension ring for hanging, bail handles and belt suspension. (Kind of a 19th century <I>Swiss Army Knife</> of oil lanterns.)  A nice companion piece for the outdoorsman collection, this piece will also fit well in any antique lighting display.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Equally in their proper place on a Revolutionary War / War of 1812 Artillery Carriage or suspended from the side of a western bound prairie schooner, the 1700s early 1800s with use into the Civil War era grease horn was an integral utility used in the day to store and carry lubricant for applicant to the heavy wooden wheel hubs.   Intact examples such as are offered here are seldom encountered on todayís collector market as discarded or stored horn pairs invited insect and animal damage all attracted by the <I>grease</I> once contained within.  Hand crafted from steer horn and blacksmith bound in black iron with forged attachment suspension chain, the mouth of each horn was plugged with a small corked access hole for application and refilling.  Stoutly made for rough usage and exposure to the elements this all original pair of grease horns measure 18 from tip to butt and remain as found with good evidence of period use and a deep natural age patina to iron and horn.  The exceptional iron work with fancy integral chain will set this pair will set them in good stead in any period display.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


 Weíll let our photographs speak for this nice Civil War 6th plate tintype except to say it is as nice as it looks.  The case is solid and pleasing to look at but appears to have had some repair at the hinge.  A really nice patriotic photograph!  <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!

original Civil War 9th Army Corps BADGE $295.00

 

Pat. 1878 ĎFerguson's Universal Reflect $275.00

 

18th early 19th century iron bound GREA $325.00

 

nice Civil War TINTYPE - Troop with US F




<b>1863 Signature With Rank</b>


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


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

 


7 3/8 x 12, in ink.


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


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


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


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


James E. Berry, Capt.

Comdg. Comp.


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


Amount $41.06

Deduct for clothing overdrawn 14.50

Balance paid 26.56


Light age toning and wear.


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


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


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


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


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


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

Autograph, General Henry W. Slocum $100.00

 

Notice of the Death of a Private in the $125.00

 

General James Longstreet $25.00

 

General Henry W. Slocum




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


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


<b>Signature with Rank</b>


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


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


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


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


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


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

General Lew Wallace

 

Autograph, General George G. Meade $225.00

 

General Richard S. Ewell $20.00

 

General William T. Sherman




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


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

 


(1834-1922) Born in Henderson, Kentucky, he moved to Burnet County, Texas in 1854, then to the far western frontier where he was a well known surveyor, Indian fighter and Overland Mail station contractor. Returning east in 1861, he served as a scout for the legendary Confederate cavalryman  Nathan Bedford Forrest, and he later escaped from Fort Donelson, Tenn. with General John B. Floyd. His daring activities as a partisan ranger within the Federal lines in Kentucky earned him promotion to colonel in August 1862, and brigadier general on June 1, 1864. One of his greatest exploits was the capture of Newburgh, Indiana, from a large Federal force, with only the help of twelve men and two joints of stovepipe which were mounted on an old wagon. This adventure won him the nickname of "Stovepipe," a moniker that he became known for throughout the Confederacy. When General John Hunt Morgan's forces were surrounded and cut off at Buffington Island during their daring raid into Indiana and Ohio, Johnson and a number of his command escaped by swimming the Ohio River. On August 21, 1864, he was shot by his own men during the dawn attack of a Union encampment at Grubbs Crossroads, Kentucky. The devastating injury resulted in the loss of both of his eyes making him totally blind. After the war he lived in Texas where he founded the town of Marble Falls, and he became one of the most prominent men in Central Texas.


Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 1/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.    


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


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


<b>United States Congressman from South Carolina


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


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


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


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

General Winfield S. Hancock

 

Photograph, General Adam R. Johnson $20.00

 

General Robert Anderson

 

Autograph, Richard F. Simpson $45.00




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


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


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


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


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


<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 1/3 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 


<b><u>Libby Prison, October 9th, 1863</b></u>


My Dear wife and Children,


It is with my heart filled with sadness and my eyes with tears that I endeavor to write you a few lines for I am still here in prison and donít know when I shall get out, but hope can yet.  Was not for that hope I donít know what I should do.  I am in very good health and hope that you may have the same blessing but fear otherwise.  I have not heard from you since the 4th last month and then Mother and Maggy were both sick.  I am very anxious to hear from home and almost dread to get a letter for fear of hearing of you being sick or suffering, but I try to put my trust in you and pray to him that he will keep you safe and grant that we may soon meet again.  Pray for me my dear and may the good Lord give you health and strength to comfort you through the trials that you have to endure is the prayer of your ever loving husband.


Lieut. L. Lupton


[To] Mrs. E.H. Lupton


Scattered staining, age toning 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.  


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


<u>Signature</u>: 3 3/4 x 3/4, in ink, Lew Wallace.

Autograph, General Ambrose E. Burnside $75.00

 

Patriotic Cover Signed by Massachusetts $45.00

 

116th Ohio Infantry Letter $135.00

 

Autograph, General Lew Wallace $75.00




(1826-85) Graduated in the West Point class of 1846 and fought in the Mexican War. Hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the "Young Napoleon," he proved to be a brilliant military organizer, administrator, and trainer of men, but an officer totally lacking in the essential qualities of successful command of large forces in battle. He saw action at Rich Mountain, W.V., in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American history. He was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.


Antique portrait engraving of "Little Mac" in uniform with rank of major general. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. 5 1/4 x 8 1/4. Very fine.  


(1831-88) A prominent Civil War commander, he graduated in the West Point class of 1853. Appointed brigadier general of volunteers, Sept. 13, 1862, and major general, March 16, 1863. Fought in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Shenandoah Valley and Appomattox campaigns, to name but a few. Sheridan also saw action against the Plains Indians in the 1870's.


Antique portrait engraving of "Little Phil" Sheridan in uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by A.H. Ritchie. Printed facsimile autograph below the portrait. 5 1/4 x 8 1/4. Very fine.  


Criswell #70. Authorized by the Act of Congress C.S.A. of August 19, 1861. Illustration of the Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens at top center. Issued by the Register of the C.S.A. Treasury at Richmond on the 24 day of Feb. 1863. Includes 26 coupons still attached at the bottom of the bond. Rarity 7. Only 1,971 issued. Very nice condition.  This exceptional pair of carriage lamps show little if any evidence of use while offering unquestionable age and originality both in condition and unmistakable mid 19th century tinsmith construction of the matching lantern bodies.  Each lamp measures approximately 12 inches in height with heavy, approximately ľ inch thick, beveled glass <I>lenses</I> measuring 3 7/16 X  3 7/8 inches each.  Outer surfaces are of black enamel with naturally patinated brass trim and chimney.  Internal reflector surfaces are bright nickel silver plate with plated burner marked <B>E. MILLER & Co. Meriden, Conn. </B>  [ Edward Miller began manufacturing and selling camphene and lantern fluid burners in Meriden, Connecticut in the 1840's.  By the 1860ís  <I>E. Miller & Co.</I> had become a successful manufacturer and marketer in the kerosene lamp and lamp burner business with the latter being merchandized to private lighting makers.  In 1866 Miller reorganized under the name <I>Edward Miller & Co.</I> or <I>E M & Co</I>. ]  Easily displayed utilizing original mounting sockets, this exceptional matching pair of carriage lamps remain complete and in exceptional condition with pleasing evidence of age and originality.  <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>

General George B. McClellan $20.00

 

General Philip H. Sheridan

 

1861 Confederate $500 Bond, Vice Preside $125.00

 

exceptionally nice mid 1800s CARRIAGE LA $325.00

Measuring approximately 19 inches in length and remaining in immaculate all original condition with a pleasing smooth age patina, these desirable old pipe or <I>ember</I> tongs offer an interesting combination of two very different utilitarian tools.  The idea of <I>combination</I> of purpose in tools of the period, especially such diverse purpose as demonstrated here, makes one wonder if this combination was truly intended for dual purpose or were these pipe tongs simply made by an artisan who made sugar nippers.  At any rate a rare form that will go well on the hearth or 18th century kitchen. <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 left this charming old Civil War vintage meerschaum just as we acquired it after decades of attic storage.  Well smoked in the period and laid aside just as it was last enjoyed, the old meerschaum tobacco pipe retains its silver furniture with turned horn and wood stem.  The pipe even retains its original lanyard with decorative tassels.  A truly honest example of a the Civil War era tobacco pipe popular in its day with those who could afford such, this all original and well used example will set in well with a period officers grouping or just to display alone as an honest period use example of the 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!  A very scares and desirable item for the Civil War collector who has a special interest in medical related items or uniform insignia, this little known and seldom seen <I>Army Hospital Patient Tassel</I> was issued to patients to be worn as a badge of their status and quick identification as such by staff members.  Clearly seeing very limited use for a short period or in a small number of facilities, reference to use of such and existing examples is extremely limited.  Our introduction to the existence of the badge came many years ago when we acquired an identified tintype of a hospitalized 20th Maine troop wounded on Little Round Top, Gettysburg.  Though we knew our man had been wounded, the significance of the light colored tassel wasnít immediately known to us. It wasnít until sometime later when our old friend Dr. Francis Lord published Vol. III of his <I>Civil War Collectors Encyclopedia</I> that such a badge became known to us.  Some years later we were fortunate enough to acquire a large lot of Civil War surplus insignia that had been set aside from the inventory of the defunct Philadelphia <I>Army Surplus</I> firm of <B>Stokes / Kirk</B>.  All items remained in as new, unissued condition many remaining in the original wrapping. In the latter was a bright orange / yellow wool tassel suspended from a blue cord.  The paper wrapper bore a period penned notation <B><I>U.S. Army Hospital Badge</I></B>.  That identified tassel was <U>identical to the example offered here</U> and will come with our letter to preserve the above.  This original example remains in fine, as new and unissued condition.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison is an original tortoise shell mounted folding surgical retractor as seen in the period traveling surgical instrument kits. (see: <I>Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments & Equipment</I> by Damman )  This example is <I>Sheffield</I> marked and  remains in fine original condition. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

1700ís very early 1800s SUGAR NIPPER / $195.00

 

Civil War vintage MEERSCHAUM

 

Rare! original - Civil War Army Hospital $365.00

 

Civil War vintage SURGICAL RETRACTOR $65.00




Antique portrait engraving of our 16th President "Honest Abe" Lincoln. Engraved by W. Wellstood & Co. from the 1863 photograph commonly referred to as the $5 bill pose. Printed facsimile signature, "A. Lincoln," below his portrait with the title, "President 1861-1865." 5 3/4 x 9 1/4. Some age toning at the edges. Very popular illustration.   


On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was mortally wounded at Ford's Theater, on 10th Street, Washington, D.C., by the famous actor John Wilkes Booth. President Lincoln was carried across the street  to a back bedroom in the Petersen boarding house where he died at 7:22 A.M. on April 15th.


Included in this display is a fragment of a gauze bandage that was used in the care of President Lincoln which shows a "dark-colored spotting reminiscent of blood." The bandage fragment originated from the Herman Rudd Collection in Buffalo, New York, and was previously in the collection of the Holland Purchase Historical Society where they presently have another piece matching this example. This fragment measures approximately 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch. 


Also included in the display are some small pieces of hair that originated from a lock of Lincoln's hair sold at Christie's in 2002 from the famous Forbes Collection. 


This handsome display measures 11 x 14 and is double matted in scarlet suede and gold Florentine trim. The relics are housed in small magnifying cases, and the display is nicely highlighted with a copy photograph of a seated President Lincoln at the upper left, and a copy portrait engraving of the famous Lincoln death bed scene at the upper right.


Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Please note that the display has nice full borders. The image on the website is cropped because the display is larger than our scanner bed. Very desirable President Lincoln collectible.  


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Rare full first name signature with rank of Major General</b>


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


<u>Card Signature With Rank</u>: 3 1/2 x 2, boldly signed in ink, Oliver O. Howard, Major General U.S. Army. Excellent condition. Rare full first name (Oliver) signature. Most of the autographs you find of Howard are signed with his initials, "O.O."

 


(1818-1902) He served in both houses of the South Carolina legislature, 1852-61. In 1861, he was reputed to be the largest landowner in the South. He organized and equipped at his own expense the famed "Hampton Legion," taking them to Virginia in time to fight in the battle of 1st Manassas, where he was wounded. He commanded an infantry brigade in the Virginia Peninsular campaign, and then in the summer of 1862, was assigned a cavalry command under General J.E.B. Stuart. He participated in most of their actions from 1862-64, and was seriously wounded at Gettysburg. After the death of Stuart, Hampton took over command of the cavalry corps. In the post war South, he was elected Governor of South Carolina in 1876, and later U.S. Senator, 1879-91.


<u>Signature With State</u>: 7 1/2 x 3 1/4, in ink, Wade Hampton, So. Ca. Excellent.

President Abraham Lincoln

 

President Abraham Lincoln's Hair & Death $550.00

 

Autograph, General Oliver O. Howard $100.00

 

Autograph, General Wade Hampton $250.00




<b>Killed in action at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee</b>


(1825-64) Born in Nashville, Tenn., he graduated from West Point in 1846, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant in the 1st U.S. Dragoons. He fought with this regiment during the Mexican War receiving a brevet for gallantry at the battle of Santa Cruz de Rosales. Afterwards he served on frontier duty in Minnesota, California and in the Southwest. Promoted to captain on November 30, 1856. He resigned from the U.S. Army on May 31, 1861, and was at once appointed a captain of cavalry in the Regular Confederate Army and assigned to command at Memphis. He was promoted to colonel in May 1862, and was commissioned brigadier general to rank from December 20th of that same year. Given command of General Lloyd Tilghman's old brigade of Mississippi regiments, he led this brigade under General Joseph E. Johnston during the Vicksburg campaign, and under Lieutenant General Leonidas Polk in Mississippi. Adams later joined the Army of Tennessee at Resaca, Georgia, and fought with great distinction throughout the Atlanta campaign. He accompanied General John Bell Hood to Tennessee, and on November 30, 1864, at the bloody battle of Franklin, was seriously wounded in the right arm. Refusing to leave the field, he led his troops up to the Federal breastworks where he attempted to jump over the works on horseback. General Adams was riddled with Yankee lead and fell dead on the battlefield while at the head of the Rebel assault.     


Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 1/8. Chest up view in civilian attire. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. Scarce general to find any photographs of.  


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


War Department

Adjutant General's Office

Washington, July 28, 1863


General Orders

No. 239


In mustering troops into the service of the United States, the non-commissioned officers of Companies must not be mustered in until their respective Companies have the number of enlisted men required by General Orders, No. 110, current series, from this Office.


Until the muster of a Company (under par. 86, Mustering Regulations) has been completed, the non-commissioned officers thereof cannot be appointed. (See par. 73, page 18, Army Regulations of 1861).


BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E.D. TOWNSEND

Assistant Adjutant General


Very fine.  


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


Antique portrait engraving of General Beauregard in his Confederate uniform with rank of major general. Engraved by H.B. Hall, Jr. 4 1/8 x 5 7/8. Mounted to a piece of archival mat board.

 


<b>Severely wounded at Gettysburg resulting in the amputation of his leg


Medal of Honor Recipient</b>


(1819-1914) Controversial New York State senator and congressman. He first achieved national notoriety in 1859 when he shot down, in the shadow of the White House, his young wife's lover, Philip Barton Key, II, who was the son of the author of the "Star Spangled Banner." His lawyer during the lurid trial was none other than Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's future Secretary of War, who got him off. During the Civil War, Sickles fought in the Virginia Peninsular, Antietam, and Fredericksburg campaigns. At Gettysburg he commanded the 3rd Corps, Army of the Potomac, and was severely wounded on July 2, 1863, the result being the amputation of his right leg. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in the battle of Gettysburg. He was very instrumental in forming the Gettysburg National Military Park.


<u>Signature</u>: 2 x 1, in ink, D.E. Sickles, mounted to 3 3/8 x 2 period card. Desirable Gettysburg personality.

Photograph, General John Adams $10.00

 

Mustering Of Troops Into The Union Army $10.00

 

General P. G. T. Beauregard

 

Autograph, General Daniel E. Sickles $75.00




<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>


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


<b><u>Libby Prison, Jan. 21st, 1864</b></u>


Dear Wife,


After my love to you and the children I will inform you that I am in reasonable health at present.  I recíd two letters from you yesterday which was a great treat to me for I had not heard from you for some time and was dated on the 23rd of Dec., the other on the 1st of this month.  I was very sorry to hear of your sickness and I am afraid that you have suffered more than you stated in your letter, but I can do nothing for you but pray to our Heavenly Father that he will make you well again.  Tell Susan Tipton I am much obliged to her for her information in regard to those marriages, but I do think that Wes Thomas was certainly in a great hurry considering his situation and besides the girl must be very young.  Tell the children that I thought of them on Christmas and will bring their gifts when I come if that time ever comes.  Give my good wishes to Amanda Laurence and I thank her for her good will to me.  Dear you wanted to know what kind of fire we have here.  We use wood stoves all together.  I get up in the morning, make some coffee, fry some meat or boil some potatoes for breakfast and about the same for dinner, but besides I have the fruit and butter that you sent me so that I live well enough if that was all.  I recíd a letter from brother George, one from sister Lydia and from Capt. Mann, and one from Father.  He wants to know how we spend our time.  Well playing cards, chess, checkers, backgammon, dice & dominoes, and we have a Lyceum Court of Common Pleas, preaching, prayer meeting, a bible class, English grammar, French & Latin classes, theatrical performances, dancing and fencing school and whatever else can be thought of, but it is a very dull place after all.  Oh how I want to hear little L.L. say pop.  The Lord only knows how, but I want to see you all so good by my Dear wife.  May the good Lord bless you and keep you safe is the prayer of your loving husband.


Lt. Levi Lupton


P.S. Dear, I am not so weak but that I could make a good dayís march if I had the privilege in going home.  Dear, I did not find my postage stamps until today.


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

      

Scattered 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.


WBTS Trivia: Prisoner of War letters were usually limited to 1 page by order of the captors so this letter is unusual in its length.    


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


Portrait engraving of a seated General Banks in uniform with rank of major general with epaulets, his sword cradled over his arm, and high black leather boots with his chapeau hat sitting on top of the table at his side. Executed from the original painting by Alonzo Chappel. Printed facsimile autograph below his portrait. Imprint below that reads, "Likeness from a recent Photograph from life. Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers, New York. Entered according to Act of Congress A.D. 1863 by Johnson, Fry & Co. in the clerks office of the district court for the southern district of N.Y." Overall size is 8 x 10 1/2. Very fine.   


<b>Medal of Honor Recipient


Signed on the back of the business card of former Colonel George H. Starr, 104th New York Infantry, who was captured at Gettysburg! Starr escaped from 3 different Rebel prisons!</b>


(1837-1921) Born in Huntingdon, Pa., he was the son of David R. Porter, a Governor of Pennsylvania, and was the first cousin of, Andrew Porter, a Union Civil War general. He graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1860. During the Civil War he served as Chief of Ordnance of the Army of the Potomac, the Department of the Ohio, and the Army of the Cumberland. He also served as aide-de-camp on the staff of General Ulysses S. Grant. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry in the battle of Chickamauga, Ga., Sept. 20, 1863. He was able to rally enough men to hold the ground at a critical moment in the battle when the Union lines had been broken. Exposed to heavy fire by the enemy, Porter held his position long enough to facilitate the escape of numerous wagon trains and batteries. Besides the MOH, Porter was cited for gallantry in the siege of Fort Pulaski, Ga.; the battle of the Wilderness, Va.; and in the action at New Market Heights, Va. He received promotion to brevet brigadier general, March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War services in the field. After the war, he served as Private Secretary to President U.S. Grant, 1869-73; Vice President of the Pullman Palace Car Company; was President of the Union League Club of New York, 1893-97, being a major influence in the construction of Grant's Tomb, in N.Y.C.; and was the United States Ambassador to France, 1897-1905. He was awarded the Legion of Honor, by the French government in 1904. Porter was also the author of two books, "Campaigning With Grant," and "West Point Life."


<u>Card Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 2 1/4, boldly signed in ink, Horace Porter. This autograph was signed on the reverse of the imprinted business card of George H. Starr, a New York attorney, and former Civil War officer who served in the 104th New York Infantry, and was captured at Gettysburg. The imprint reads: "Geo. H. Starr, Counsellor at Law, 56 Pine Street, New York City."  Very fine. Desirable item related to both the battle of Gettysburg and General Ulysses S. Grant!


Colonel George H. Starr, enlisted as a private at Geneseo, N.Y., on November 23, 1861, and was mustered into Co. D, 104th New York Infantry. He was promoted to sergeant on the same day; 2nd lieutenant, on March 6, 1862; and captain, on September 12, 1862. He was captured in action at the battle of Gettysburg, on July 1, 1863, and confined at Libby Prison, in Richmond, Va. Starr was one of the over 100 men who escaped through a tunnel on February 9, 1864, but was recaptured. He was then sent to Macon, Ga., where he was confined on April 1, 1864, and once again escaped, this coming on August 15, 1864. He was re-captured a third time, and confined at Camp Sorghum, Columbia, S.C., on September 1, 1864. He escaped again on October 10, 1864, after having been moved to Charleston, S.C.  He was discharged from the army on January 6, 1865; and promoted Colonel, N.Y. Volunteers, by brevet. After the war Starr studied law and practiced in New York City, and in Yonkers, N.Y.  


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


Antique portrait engraving of General Meade in uniform with rank of major general. Printed facsimile autograph with rank below his portrait, "Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl., U.S.A."  Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 5 1/2 x 9. Very nice.

116th Ohio Infantry Infantry $150.00

 

General Nathaniel P. Banks $20.00

 

Autograph, General Horace Porter $100.00

 

General George G. Meade




(1807-1870) Born at Stratford, in Westmoreland County, Va. Son of the legendary Revolutionary War hero, "Lighthorse Harry" Lee. Graduated #2 in the West Point class of 1829 without a single demerit to his name in 4 years! He emerged from the Mexican War with one wound, three brevets for gallantry, a brilliant reputation, and the ever lasting esteem of the commanding General of the U.S.A., Winfield Scott, who said Lee was "the very best soldier that I ever saw in the field." Served as Superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy, 1852-55, and commanded the detachment that captured John Brown at Harper's Ferry in 1859. Turned down the command of the Union Army in 1861, as he said he could never raise his sword against his native Virginia. Instead he was appointed commander of all military forces of Virginia, and soon after general in the Regular Army of the Confederate States of America. During the War Between The States, he commanded the Army of Northern Virginia at such battlefields as 2nd Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Richmond and Appomattox. His reputation became legendary and he might very well be the most famous soldier in American history! In the last years of his life, he served as president of Washington College at Lexington, Va. (now Washington & Lee Univ.) where he is buried in the chapel.


Antique portrait engraving of General Lee in his Confederate uniform with Gen. R.E. Lee printed below. Engraved by Neill, N.Y. Published by C.B. Richardson. 4 3/4 x 8 3/4. Light scattered age toning.  


Antique engraving published by J.W. Orr, Sr., N.Y., titled "Gathering Cane." Scene of slaves picking cane and loading it into a mule driven wagon. 6 x 7. Light age toning.  


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


Imprinted Union eagle discharge with vignette of a spread winged eagle on top of shield with American flags, and stars in the background. 8 1/2 x 11, filled out in ink. For Sergeant Lewis S. Gingrich, of Captain Jacob P. Embich's Co. A, 93rd Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers, who was enrolled on the seventeenth day of September, 1861, to serve three years, is hereby Discharged from the service of the United States this second day of October 1864, in the field, by reason of expiration of term of service. Said Lewis S. Gingrich was born in Lebanon in the State of Pennsylvania, is twenty years of age, five feet 4 1/2 inches high, light complexion, hazel eyes, dark hair. Given in the field this second day of October 1864. The discharge has been signed by Robert L. Orr, Capt. & A.C.M., 2nd Div., 6th A.C., Mustering Officer, by Joseph Houck, 1st Lieut., 93 Pa. Vols., Comdg. Co., and at the top right next to the illustration by William M. Wiley, P.[ay] M.[aster] as being Paid in full, Oct. 13, 1864. Rubber stamped in blue at the upper right by C. Holmes, P.M., U.S.A., indicating that Gingrich's additional bounty as per an Act dated July 28, 1863 has been paid. Age toning, fold and edge wear, a couple of tiny edge chips, and light remnants of archival mounting tape at the upper edge. One small piece of clear archival document tape can be found on a fold on the reverse.


The hard fought 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry saw action at Williamsburg, Fair Oaks, Malvern Hill, Salem Heights (Chancellorsville campaign), Gettysburg, Brandy Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Opequan, Winchester, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek. They were also present at Antietam and Fredericksburg serving in a reserve role.



Joseph Houck was a resident of Lebanon Co., Pa., when he enlisted on September 21, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 93rd Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to 1st sergeant, July 22, 1862; 1st lieutenant, December 26, 1862; and was mustered out of the Union army on October 15, 1864.



William M. Wiley, a native Pennsylvanian, was a Paymaster of U.S. Volunteers from September 7, 1861, until his discharge from the service on March 15, 1866. He was promoted to the rank of brevet lieutenant colonel on March 13, 1865, for his faithful and meritorious Civil War record. He died on November 21, 1875.


WBTS Trivia: Captain Jacob P. Embich, whose company Lewis S. Gingrich served in, was mortally wounded in action at Petersburg, Va., on June 18, 1864. He died from his wounds the next day.

General Robert E. Lee $25.00

 

Slaves Gathering Cane

 

1863 Confederate Postage Stamp- Jefferso $20.00

 

93rd Pennsylvania Infantry Discharge $95.00




7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.


Warren County, December 30th, 1842


For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.


Given under our hands & seals the date above.


Signed by the administrators.


Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver the within named slaves to Mrs. Ann Brabston.  Witness my hand & seal this 29th day of December, 1843.


Jas. M. Brabston


Light age toning and wear. 

 


Criswell #122. Richmond, February 20, 1863. Vignette of the legendary Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, and steamboat at the bottom. Printed on pink paper by Archer & Daly of Richmond, Va. 7 of the original coupons still attached. Very fine. One of the most popular Confederate bonds.  


T-66. Richmond, Feb. 17, 1864. Bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Reddish network background. Fancy blue reverse. Very fine.  


Vol. XVI. No. 5, May 1908. Front page illustration of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Published Monthly In The Interest Of Confederate Veterans And Kindred Topics. S.A. Cunningham, Proprietor, Nashville, Tenn. 7 3/4 x 10 1/2. 64 pages, illustrated. Articles include: Jefferson Davis Home Association. The Birthplace of Jefferson Davis. The Hundredth Birthday of President Davis. Birmingham Reunion. Major Henry Wirz, The Commander of Andersonville Prison (article includes a very fine full standing portrait of Wirz in his Confederate uniform). Medical Officers Association. Southern History; Tennessee. United Confederate Choirs of America. Forrest's Cavalry Corps in Birmingham. Glimpses of Birmingham, Alabama. Rules For Burying The Dead Of The Enemy. Address of Brig. Gen. James E. Rains. (includes a portrait of Gen. Rains in his Confederate uniform with the article). General Rains's Speech. Objects to U.S. Pensions of Confederates. Monument at Corsicana, Texas. St. Andrew's Cross poem. The Bail Bond of Jefferson Davis (includes printed facsimile of the historic document). New Englander on Jefferson Davis. Vivid Experiences In Prison by A.J. Cantrell, McMinnville, Tenn. Union Prisoners at Andersonville. Extracts From Captain Page's Book. Photograph of Louis Schade, Voluntary Attorney For Major Wirz. The Trial of Major Wirz. Union Officer On Johnson's Island Prison. What General Thomas Wrote Gov. Letcher. Experience in Richmond Hospitals. The Illinois Confederate Company. Battle of Perryville, Ky. by Col. Thomas Claiborne, Nashville, Tenn. Ordnance Matters At The Close. Dead Angle, Rules For Burial Of Dead. Great War Song. Forrest's Chief of Artillery. Battle of Marks Mills, Arkansas. Memorial Day- Wilson's Creek Fight. Dr. R.D. Baskervill, A Virginian. Reunions, State and General, in Virginia. The Confederate Bible Association. The Last Roll. Judge John W. Childress. Colonel George E. Purvis. The Artillery Of Forrest's Cavalry Projected History by Capt. John W. Morton. (includes an illustration of Capt. Morton in his C.S.A. uniform). General Ashby, The Centaur of the South. Robert E. Lee. About Lee And His Cause. The True Story of Andersonville Prison, and much more. There is a small chip out of the upper right corner of the front cover which does not affect any content. Light age toning and wear. Superb content.

1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale $250.00

 

1863 Confederate $1, 000 Bond, General St $185.00

 

1864 Confederate $50 Note

 

Confederate Veteran Magazine, May 1908




8 pages. THE LATE REBEL RAID. Rumored Interception by Our Forces. Capture of Prisoners and Wagons. The Retreat-The Pursuit-Probable Fighting-Rebel Losses. Rebel Raid Into Kentucky. The Enemy in Strong Force. Preparations to Repel the Invasion. Eastern Kentucky Again Alarmed. Late Rebel News. News From Sherman's Army. The Defense of Atlanta. Guerrillas in Missouri. Sacking of Parkville, Mo., by Bushwackers. Atrocities Committed by Them. A Fight in Prospect. A Rebel View of the Situation. Attack on A.J. Smith Repulsed. Grant Can Have His Own Way. Aid For The South. Ship Building in New York, Brooklyn and Jersey City. Indian Atrocities. Call For Five Hundred Thousand Men by the President of the United States. The Case of the Stolen Negroes. The Kearsarge Watching the Rebel Steamers. Kentucky Loyalty. Fourth of July at the House That Jeff Built. The Great West. The Emigrants and Settlers Guide to the New States and Territories. Arrival of the Sick and Wounded. (List of many soldiers by name, company and regiment). How to End the War. The Workingmen of New York. Protest Against Mayor Gunther. Much more war news. Light edge chipping. Very fine.  


4 pages with an illustration of an American flag at the upper left hand corner of the front page. EXTRA. GRANT'S ARMY. Official Dispatch from Secretary Stanton. Late & Important News. Dispatches from General Grant's Headquarters. General Attack Upon Our Lines and Repulse of the Rebels. Gen. Stannard Wounded. Arrival of Reinforcements. News From Sherman. BEFORE RICHMOND. A Battle On Friday. The Rebel Lines Assaulted. The Enemy Driven Within Their Intrenchments. The Ground Gained Held by Our Troops. Three Hundred Prisoners Taken. Our Loss About Three Thousand. Gen. R.O. Tyler Wounded. The Fighting of Tuesday and Wednesday. The Enemy's Dead and Wounded Left on the Battlefield. Gen. Butler's Army. A Skirmish Wednesday. The Fight of Thursday. The Rebels Make a Dash at our Rifle Pits. How the Dash Was Circumvented and the Rebels Captured. Deserters Coming In By Squads. The Ninth Army Corps. Incidents of the Battlefield. Death of Lieut. Col. Chandler. The March Across the Pamunkey. Department of the Gulf. Great Fire in New Orleans. Eight Steamers Burned. The Constitutional Convention. The Speech of Gen. Banks. The Meeting Yesterday. The Nation's Gratitude to Its Brave Defenders. The War to be Fought Out on This Line to the End. Letter from President Lincoln, Speeches, Etc. Much more excellent war news. This newspaper is incomplete. It includes the front page with much battle news and bold headlines, page 4, page 5 and page 8. Light age toning and wear. Although incomplete, this is still a very nice partial 1864 newspaper filled with much battle news from General Ulysses S. Grant's  1864 Virginia campaign! If complete this would easily be a $45.00 newspaper. Priced accordingly.   


Unused patriotic envelope with illustration of President Abraham Lincoln with his name printed below his likeness. Very fine.  A neat Civil War vintage advertising broadside for <B>HOLLISíS, Vegetable Pectoral Syrup</B>, a cure for Coughs, Colds, Hooping Cough. (see: 1863 Boston Business Directory)  In a nice size for easy display (8" X 7") and in fine original condition after decades of storage, this boldly printed (one side only for posting) broadside will set well in any period grouping.  We are pleased to offer a "no questions asked" three day inspection with return as purchased  guarantee ! please note:  ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!.  If you are new to Gunsight Antiques and wish additional information or just to learn who we are, please check out our home page.   Thanks for visiting our on-line store !!

New York Daily Tribune, July 19, 1864

 

The New York Times, June 5, 1864 $15.00

 

Patriotic Cover, President Abraham Linco

 

Civil War vintage MEDICAL CURE BROADSIDE $65.00

Another remnant of our nearly fifty years of seeking out and setting aside such, this outstanding mid 1800s two drawer, wooden bodied telescope remains in excellent condition with lots of period finish on the brass components and fine optics with all the original finish on the wood.  Measuring 8 ľ inches closed and 19 inches fully drawn, this wonderful old telescope remains in near new, unused condition yet with good evidence of age and originality. A good size for personal field use in the Civil War era military, this piece will also fit well with mid 19th century nautical collectables.  An especially nice vintage telescope!  <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!


 Our illustration will likely do best to describe this nice old open hearth or camp fire hanging fry pan except to advise that it is completely original even to a telltale period<I>crust</I> on the underside.  A hard accumulation from many a meal from over an open fire.  The sheet iron pan measures approximately12 3/4 inches across the mouth with 2 Ĺ  inch sides tapering to an 10 5/8  inch diameter bottom.  The heavy hand forged black iron handle is fitted with a swiveling iron ring to facilitate occasional turning of the pan while cooking or serving.  An attractive piece of antique cookware appropriate to a period ranging from a colonial open hearth to a 49ers camp on through use in a Civil War troop bivouac or winter camp. A classic piece of antique forged cookware pure and untouched.  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 !


 


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.

Extra nice, original! Civil War era TE

 

earlier to mid 1800s hanging FRY PAN $145.00

 

A Directory Of American Military Goods D

 

Confederate Facsimile $20 Advertising No $15.00




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