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Best described by our photo illustrations, this outstanding and rarely seen <B>Confederate Navy</B> CDV back-marked in the war time Confederate sanctuary of Halifax, Nova Scota by the Civil War vintage photo gallery <I>’Parish & Co. - 122 Hollis Street - Opposite Variety Hall -  Halifax N. S.’</I>.   ( see: Isaac Parish at this address, 1864 Halifax NS Directory / also listed, same year, at same address as Parish & Co.)  Our subject is seated with <U>cane in hand</U> (wish we knew the story) wearing a <U>Confederate Navy regulation Lieutenant Cap and C S N regulation service dress <I>monkey</I> jacket.</U>  An opportunity to acquire a rare and desirable Civil War, Confederate Navy 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>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 Best dscribed by our photo illustrations, 18th early 19th century tobacco <I>box</I> measures 3 5/16 inches in diameter and stands 3 3/8 inches.  Wood pegged to its base with a unique cut and fitted side seam, the body of this wonderful old primitive is of birch bark with its original press fit wood cover.  All with an eye appealing deep age patina this attractive 1700s early 1800s container will make a wonderful companion set with any period tobacco pipe.  A desirable item for the early American primitives 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>     Measuring 8 ¾ inches in total length with a 4 5/8 inch clip point blade, this well used old fixed blade knife bears the identification of its previous owner with <B>A. L. Brock</B> neatly stamped on one side of the grip and with clearly period initials <B> A. L. B.</B> hand inscribed on the opposite side.  Mid 19th century construction is set forth by well-worn pewter mounted black walnut grips pinned in place on a full tapered tang.   Acquired some years ago with a verbal history of having emanated from a defunct Franklin Mass G. A. R. hall, our research produced a single period <I>A. L. B.</I> from the area and that was <B>Albert L. Brock</B> who lived in Franklin after the Civil War and was a member of Post 60 Department of Massachusetts G. A. R. located in Franklin, Mass. 

   Albert L. Brock was a 21 year old resident of Holden Mass. when he enlisted and was mustered in on July 19, 1861 as a Private of Co. E <B>21st Massachusetts Infantry</B>. During his tenure with the hard fought 21st MVM, Pvt. Brock’s Regiment was engaged in the battles of Roanoke Island, Feb. 8, Newbern, Mar. 14, and Camden, April 19, losing in these three actions in North Carolina 40 officers and men killed or mortally wounded.  They were present  at 2d Bull Run, Aug. 30, suffering slight loss, but at Chantilly, Sept. 1, it was heavily engaged and lost 38 men killed or mortally wounded. The 21st was engaged near Fox's Gap then at Antietam, at Burnside Bridge where the 21st lost heavily.  It was here on September 17th, 1862 that Pvt. Brock was wounded. was discharged for wounds at Frederick, Maryland on March 4, 1863 ( Research sources: Historical Data Systems - Mass. Soldiers & Sailors in the Civil War – – – Walcott’s History of the 21st Mass. Infantry )

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

(1818-69) Born near Stanford, Kentucky, he was elected to the Indiana State Legislature in 1844. He served with distinction during the Mexican War as a captain of the 2nd Indiana Volunteers, which he led at the Battle of Buena Vista, where he helped rally the Indiana troops at a key point in the battle. He was a member of the Indiana State Senate from 1847 to 1849. He then went to Louisville, Kentucky, to practice law, and in 1860 was elected to the Kentucky State Senate. A dedicated opponent of secession, as the Civil War was becoming more and more likely, Rousseau decided in favor of maintaining state government in Kentucky and helped keep it from seceding from the Union. He resigned from his seat in the senate in June 1861, and applied for a commission to raise volunteers. Against the opposition of many prominent figures in Kentucky, he succeeded in raising two regiments composed entirely of Kentuckians at Camp Joe Holt, across the Ohio River from Louisville in Jeffersonville, Indiana. They were known as the "Louisville Legion." With the help of a battalion of the "Louisville Home Guard," the regiments saved Louisville from being captured by Confederate troops. On September 9, 1861, he was mustered in as colonel of the 3rd Kentucky Infantry. Promoted to brigadier general on October 1st, and major general on October 22, 1862, he commanded a brigade at the bloody battle of Shiloh, and gallantly led a division at the battle of Perryville, Ky. He also served with distinction as a division commander at Murfreesboro, and in the Tullahoma campaign. He afterwards commanded the districts of Nashville and of Tennessee. On the orders of General William T. Sherman, Rousseau carried out a very successful raid on the Montgomery and West Point Railroad in July 1864. Rousseau was elected as an "Unconditional Unionist" to the United States Congress serving from 1865-1866. As a former military officer, he served on the Committee on Military Affairs. In June 1866, relations between Rousseau and Iowa Congressman Josiah Bushnell Grinnell became very tense. The two had a series of debates over a bill intended to give more power to the Freedman's Bureau. Rousseau opposed it having seen and heard about rebellious and illegal actions by agents working for the bureau, whereas Grinnell strongly supported the bill as a former active abolitionist, and aide to runaway slaves. The debates eventually turned into mudslinging, Grinnell questioning General Rousseau's military record and insulting his performance in battle as well as a few comments on his state of Kentucky. On June 14, 1866, Rousseau approached Grinnell in the east portico of the capitol building after a session of congress. He told Grinnell that he wanted an apology from him for the insults he made about him before the House. Grinnell pretended not to know what Rousseau was talking about, enraging Rousseau who struck him repeatedly with the iron handle of his cane until it broke. He struck him mainly in the face, but a few blows hit Grinnell's hand and shoulder. A committee was organized to investigate the incident which was composed of Nathaniel P. Banks, Henry J. Raymond, Rufus P. Spalding, M. Russell Thayer and John Hogan. General Rousseau was reprimanded for his actions and later resigned. He was elected back the same year to fill the vacancy caused by himself and continued to serve until 1867. After leaving the United States Congress, Rousseau was appointed brigadier general in the U.S. Army with the brevet rank of major general, and was assigned to duty in Alaska on March 27, 1867. General Rousseau played a key role in the transfer of Alaska from the Russian Empire to the United States on October 18, 1867, today celebrated as Alaska Day. On July 28, 1868, he was placed in command of the Department of Louisiana. He died in this capacity in New Orleans, Louisiana, on January 7, 1869. 

<u>Signature with Rank</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 1/8, in ink, Lovell H. Rousseau, Brig. & Bvt. Maj. Genl., U.S. Army. Excellent autograph.

Halifax, Nova Scotia - Confederate Navy $325.00


early primitive BIRCH BARK TOBACCO BOX $135.00


Civil War vintage - 21st Mass. Infantry $155.00


Autograph, General Lovell H. Rousseau $75.00

<b>United States Congressman from New York

He made national headlines when he alerted anti-slavery activists to the plight of more than 70 slaves who had attempted to escape Washington, D.C. aboard a ship!</b>

(1804-1861) Born in Jerusalem, Albany County, N.Y., he attended the public schools, and was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was a member of the New York State Assembly in 1843-1844. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-49. In 1848, Slingerland made national headlines when he alerted anti-slavery activists to the plight of more than 70 slaves who had attempted to escape Washington aboard a ship, The Pearl. Slave owners and slave traders recaptured the escapees and sold many of them to owners in the deep South, making it more difficult for them to escape again. The publicity Slingerland helped generate had the effect of causing abolitionists to increase their efforts to end the slave trade in Washington, D.C. Slingerland became a Republican when the party was founded in 1855, and campaigned for John C. Fremont for president in 1856. Served again as a member of the New York State Assembly, in 1860-61. 

<u>Signature</u>: John I. Slingerland, in ink. Mounted to 5 1/4 x 2 1/2 partial autograph album page.  <b>of Facts for an Award of a Cross of Military Service</b>

4 pages, 8 1/2 x 14, blank imprinted document. This was the form that was used by the UNITED DAUGHTERS OF THE CONFEDERACY as a Memorandum of Facts for an Award of a CROSS OF MILITARY SERVICE, for the ancestor of a Confederate Veteran who served honorably in a Foreign War. Very fine. Nice document to pair up with one of these commemorative medals.

WBTS TRIVIA: The United Daughters of the Confederacy was established on September 10, 1894, in Nashville, Tennessee. These patriotic Southern women were responsible for organizing burials of Confederate soldiers, establishing permanent care of these cemeteries, organizing commemorative ceremonies, and sponsoring the erection of monuments. The Southern Cross of Honor was a commemorative medal established by the U.D.C. for members of the United Confederate Veterans, and was established in 1898.

The Cross of Military Service is awarded by the United Daughters of the Confederacy as a testimonial to the patriotic devotion of worthy descendants of Confederate Soldiers and Sailors, and is considered the most prestigious award presented by the U.D.C. It was originally issued to U.S. Veterans of Confederate lineage that fought in the Spanish-American War (1898-99), the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902), and World War I (1914-19), all of which are printed as options to be filled in on page one of the document. This dates the form to be from the early 1900's. In later years, the U.D.C. extended the issue of this medal to include World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam Conflict, and the Global War on Terror.    

<b>United States Congressman from New York

Gott gave an impassioned speech to the U.S. House of Representatives against the proposed emancipation of slavery in the District of Columbia!</b>

(1794-1864) Born in Hebron, near New London, Connecticut. He attended the public schools, and at the age of sixteen taught school. He moved to Pompey, N.Y., in 1817; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1819, and commenced practice in Pompey. Served in the U.S. Congress, 1847-1851. In 1848, he gave an impassioned speech to the U.S. House of Representatives against the proposed emancipation of slaves in the District of Columbia. Gott described the actions of abolitionists  of the northern states as "impertinent interference with the slaves" and "impertinently intruding themselves into the domestic and delicate concerns of the South, understanding neither the malady to be corrected nor the remedy to be applied." He moved to Syracuse, N.Y., in 1853, and resumed his law practice. He died in Syracuse, and was interred in Pompey Hill Cemetery, Pompey, N.Y.

<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/2 x 3/4, in ink, Daniel Gott.



Includes 8 x 10, black & white advertisement photograph featuring stars of the movie, Martin Sheen, as General Robert E. Lee, Tom Berenger, as General James Longstreet, & Stephen Lang, as General George E. Pickett all wearing their Confederate uniforms. Advertising imprint below the images, GETTYSBURG, the Turner Pictures Civil War epic whose scale, drama and moving performances touched audiences and critics alike, comes to TNT in its full theatrical length as a two-part miniseries. The sweeping film adaption of Michael Shaara's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Killer Angels, stars Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen and Sam Elliott. GETTYSBURG.  <u>PREMIER</u>: Part I, Sunday, June 26, 8:00 PM (ET). Part II, Monday, June 27, 8:00 PM (ET). 1992 Turner Pictures, Inc. Photos by Erik Heinila. TNT. Comes with a pair of large size Gettysburg note cards, 5 x 7 when folded in half, featuring the color image of the Confederate and Union battle lines, flags flying, facing off against each other. This was the advertising photo used inside the movie theaters, on posters, television ads, DVD's and CD's of the movie and film score. 2 blank interior pages give you plenty of room for writing notes. The back page of the card has the advertising imprint from the movie, GETTYSBURG, which includes the names of the star actors, producing, directing, screenplay, music credits, and much more. Group lot of three very nice Gettysburg items.

<u>Includes a bonus item</u>: Vintage postcard published by Blocher's, Gettysburg, Pa., of the Virginia Monument which features a bronze equestrian statue of General Robert E. Lee, Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia. General Lee sits proudly atop his gallant war horse, "Traveller," on a granite pedestal, with depictions below in bronze of the sons of Virginia represented by seven soldiers who came from various occupations to join the Artillery, Cavalry and Infantry of the Confederate Army. The statue was created by sculptor Frederick Sievers, and on June 8, 1917, Virginia governor Henry C. Stuart presented the completed memorial to the Assistant U.S. Secretary of War. This iconic equestrian memorial, the largest Confederate monument on the battlefield, is located on West Confederate Avenue, Gettysburg National Military Park.

Autograph, John I. Slingerland


United Daughters of the Confederacy Memo $15.00


Autograph, Daniel Gott


Gettysburg Advertisement Lot $35.00

4 x 6 5/8, imprint.

War Department,

Adjutant General's Office,

Washington, August 1, 1863


No. 258

All applications of quartermasters, commissaries, and paymasters, for changes of stations, or to be exempted from the operation of orders of assignment to stations, on the score of ill health, will be hereafter taken as confessions of inability to perform official duty on account of physical incapacity, and equivalent to tenders of resignations. The officers concerned will, in ordinary course, be mustered out of service hereupon as in cases of accepted resignations.



Assistant Adjutant General

Very fine 1863 War Department orders.  

(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, in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and at the battle of Antietam, the bloodiest single day in American military history. He was the Democratic nominee for president in 1864, and was defeated by President Abraham Lincoln. 

<u>Ellen Mary Marcy</u>: (1836-1915) Was the daughter of General Randolph B. Marcy, McClellan's former commander, and future subordinate. Ellen, known to her family and friends as "Elly," had turned down George's first proposal of marriage. A very popular young lady, she was courted by several young men and received some nine marriage proposals, one of which came from McClellan's West Point classmate and future Confederate General A.P. Hill. Nelly had actually accepted Hill's proposal in 1856, but her family did not approve of the Virginian, so he withdrew. Ellen and George B. McClellan were eventually married at the Cavalry Church, in New York City, on May 22, 1860.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. General McClellan, seated and holding a newspaper, is in uniform with rank of major general. His wife Ellen is standing behind him. Backmark: Published by Thurston, Herline & Co., Nos. 630 & 632 Chestnut St., Philadelphia. Card is trimmed. Light age toning and wear.  

<b>Delegate to the 1861 Virginia Secession Convention

Colonel of the 27th Virginia Infantry of the "Stonewall Brigade"

Severely wounded at the 1st Battle of Kernstown, Virginia in 1862</b>

(1823-96) Born at Lynchburg, Va., he graduated from Washington College, [later named Washington & Lee] Lexington, Va., studied law at Harvard, and was admitted to the bar in 1843. He served as attorney to the Commonwealth of Virginia, was a member of the Virginia General Assembly, and a delegate to the Virginia secession convention in 1861. A tall imposing man, standing 6 feet, 4 inches tall, Echols quickly became a leader among his peers. At the 1st battle of Manassas, Echols commanded the 27th Virginia Infantry, of the Stonewall Brigade, and he was seriously wounded at Kernstown during General Jackson's famous 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Promoted to brigadier general to rank from April 16, 1862, he served in western Virginia until 1864, as commander of the Department of Southwestern Virginia, and later as a brigade commander under General John C. Breckenridge. He took part in the Confederate victory at the battle of New Market, Va., in May 1864, where the gallant actions of the cadets of the Virginia Military Institute forever recorded their name in the highest annals of American military history. General Echols also saw action with General R.E. Lee's army at Cold Harbor, Va., during the Petersburg campaign. On April 2, Echols, with nearly 7,000 men, began a hasty march to unite with General Lee. He reached Christiansburg, Virginia, on April 10, where he received a telegram announcing General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. At a solemn council of war, General Echols decided to march to unite with General Joseph E. Johnston's army, and he led two brigades southward towards North Carolina. Subsequently, he accompanied President Jefferson Davis to Augusta, Georgia. He served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1878–1881.  

<u>Signature</u>: 3 1/4 x 1 1/2, bold autograph, Jno. Echols.  

<b>Colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry

Severely wounded at the battle of Belmont, Missouri in 1861</b>

(1813-67) Commissioned as colonel of the 7th Iowa Infantry, on July 11, 1861. He served under General Ulysses S. Grant, and was severely wounded while cutting through the Confederate lines at the battle of Belmont, Mo., on November 7, 1861. He distinguished himself at the capture of Fort Donelson, where, in command of a brigade of General Charles F. Smith's division, he was one of the first to enter the Confederate works. For his gallantry he was appointed brigadier general. At the battle of Shiloh, he commanded a brigade of General Stephen Hurlbut's division, which sustained 458 casualties. During the Vicksburg campaign he directed the 4th Division of the 16th Corps. Lauman accompanied General William T. Sherman's forces on it's mission to capture Jackson, Miss. and his men were badly cut to pieces by the intrenched Confederates, one of his brigades losing 465 out of 880 men present for duty. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of brigadier general. Backmark: E. & H.T. Anthony, New York, made from a photographic negative in Brady's National Portrait Gallery. Bottom of the mount is trimmed. Very sharp image. Rare.

Change of Stations for Quartermasters, C $5.00


CDV, General George B. McClellan & Wife $50.00


Autograph, General John Echols $85.00


CDV, General Jacob G. Lauman $150.00

<b>United States Congressman from New York

Delegate to the Constitutional-Union National Convention in 1860

Delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876</b>

(1808-1890) Born in Sharon, Connecticut, October 8, 1808; engaged in mercantile pursuits and the real estate business at Monticello, N.Y., in 1831; member of the New York State Assembly in 1840; served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-1849; delegate to the Constitutional-Union National Convention in 1860; Member of the New York State Senate in 1875; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1876; chief registrar in the banking department of New York State; died in New York City, February 18, 1890; interment in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Newburgh, N.Y.

<u>Signature with place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, D.B. St. John, Monticello, New York.  

Stereoscopic, cabinet size photographs of the National President Abraham Lincoln Monument in Springfield, Illinois. Features a full standing statue of President Lincoln on a pedestal flanked by statues of a cavalry group, and a stone obelisk rising up from behind Lincoln. Imprint on the reverse, National Lincoln Monument, Springfield, Illinois with descriptive text. Photographed by J.A.W. Pittman, for J.C. Power. Signed in print by the Executive Committee, and dated April 18, 1882. Wear to the edges of the card mount with some chipping. 7 x 4 1/2. Sharp images.   Acquired by us some years ago from a highly respected Portland, Maine antiquarian book dealer who purchased it in the later 1940s from a small Portland area 19th century playhouse cleanout, this prompt book bears <U>two</U> penned identifications on the title page <B><I>Wilkes Booth</I></B> and <B><I>J. Wilkes Booth</I></B>.  A second J. W. Booth signed prompt book emanating from the same source was acquired by  the Boothbay Theater Museum to be included in their prestigious theatrical history collection.  While the circumstances that brought Booth’s prompt books to Portland have been lost in time, we know that the actor spent several weeks in Portland, Maine in the spring of 1861, leaving the city upon word of the firing upon Fort Sumter. 

     An extremely rare item (the J. W. Booth Collection : Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas claims <I><U> the only prompt book of John Wilkes Booth's known to still exist)</I></U> this <I>French’s Standard Drama No. XXXIII</I> prompt book is titled <I>A NEW WAY TO PAY OLD DEBTS</I> and is a five part comedy by Philip Massinger published in New York by Samuel French.  It measures approximately 4 ½ X 7 3/8 inches and bears the book seller / stationer stamp of T. B. Pugh, <I>cor. Sixth & Chestnut, Phila</I> ( see: 1850s / 1860s directories).  The prompt book is of 75 pages, tight at the string binding and all complete with no condition issues save normal wear and age.  The soft cover is as seen here, complete with no tears, repairs or stains yet with some separation at the spine.

      As we thin out part of our fifty year plus personal accumulation, we have looked toward our Abraham Lincoln memorabilia treasures (which include a full lock of the fallen presidents hair (see our <FONT COLOR=#0000FF><B>MaineLegacy</B></FONT>.com museum site), and we have decided to offer this important play prompt book from the group to a deserving new home.  An important item and a major purchase, <U>we have made every effort here to offer illustrations sufficient to making accurate evaluation of the prompt book and signatures</U>.  <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>

 Standing approximately 5 inches and measuring about 4 inches in diameter this rarely surviving sheet iron ration can remains in excellent original and untouched condition with a <U>light</U> surface rust and chocolate patina that the new owner will want to leave as found.  With good evidence of age and period construction in the form of its surface and material, with led soldered, <I>lap</I> seams, and telltale <I>spot</I> <U>final seal*</I> of led solder, this rare example of the all-important common <I>tin</I> can will make a wonderful seldom seen companion to any Civil War grouping.  ( <B>*</B> The secret of maintaining the vacuum seal necessary to preservation was to heat the filled can and applying a spot of molten led solder sealing a small vent hole in the lid.  As the can cooled a sealed food preserving vacuum was created.)  We note to the charm of the <I>knife opened</I> top as evidence of period <I>pre-can-opener</I> utilization.   <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, Daniel B. St. John


President Abraham Lincoln Monument, Spri $15.00


JOHN WILKES BOOTH – Identified PLAY PROM $3500.00


rarely surviving Civil War vintage - RAT $125.00

While we don’t regularly offer images that are as rough as this one, we have made an exception in this instance because we felt the subject made this little tintype worthy of a good home.  Rough with some flaking emulsion yet clearly discernible is the case that for whatever the reason, this young union soldier chose to document a severely injured eye as he sits before the photographer’s lenses.  No telling how our subject received his injury though it seems reasonable to surmise that that given his choice to record his rough looking <I>shiner</I> the cause was an honorable one.  Seated in his regulation enlisted frock with his waist belt with it’s US oval plate worn over the top so as to be prominently in view our man likely paid extra for the patriotic photo mat.  Found in a <I>tumble-down</I> and long abandoned house where the occupants appear to have simply walked away from home and worldly goods, except for cleaning the glass this long surviving tintype is offered as it was found in an old crate of period books and papers.    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> <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  This desirable old grease /<I>lard</I> lamp stands approximately 7 1/2 inches and remains in pleasing all original and <I>as used</I>.  A neat old country lighting device will be familiar to collectors as a scarce example of the Samuel Davis Pat. May 6, 1856 Grease Lamp  ( US Patent 14806).  With a full complement of its original japanning turned dark with age and period use, the original wick adjusting iron <I>pick</I> remains with the lamp.  A small museum inventory number remains on the base underside.   <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 mark of the Victorian genteel , the mid 19th century smoking cap was an especially comforting accessory to many a socially minded officer of the more leisurely geared life of winter camp.  A demonstration of individuality with a frequently rich gaudiness, the smoking cap offered a popular respite from mundane military garb. Examples of these highly prized <I>camp</I> or smoking caps may be seen in the more advanced public and private collections with published illustrations appearing in both of Time Life’s <B>Echoes of Glory</B> Civil War volumes.  This offering is of velvet construction with quilted liner and is  set off by colorful hand needlework embellishment.   The cap is in excellent all original condition with no mothing, loose seams or other condition issues while offering good evidence of age and period originality. An especially nice display item for the Victorian headgear enthusiast military or nonmilitary.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>


<b>United States Congressman from North Carolina

Presidential elector on the 1860 Democratic ticket for John C. Breckenridge

Served in the Confederate Congress, 1861-1864</b>

(1799-1876) Born in Springfield, Prince Edward County, Va., October 17, 1799; graduated from Hampden-Sidney College, in Va., in 1816; studied medicine for two years; was graduated from Princeton College in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821, and commenced practice in Prince Edward and Mecklenburg Counties, Va. He moved to North Carolina in 1829; served as a presidential elector in 1832, 1836 and 1844. Served as United States Congressman, 1847-1853, and was a presidential elector on the 1860 Democratic ticket of John C. Breckinridge, and Joseph Lane. Served as a  delegate from the State of North Carolina to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861; and as a member of the House of Representatives of the Confederate States Congress, 1862-1864; died in Oxford, N.C., on February 24, 1876; interment in the Shiloh Presbyterian Churchyard, Granville County, N.C.

<u>Signature with place</u>: 5 3/4 x 2, in ink, A.W. Venable, Brownsville, Granville, [County], N. Carolina.

Injured Union Soldier - 9th plate tintyp


Museum Deaccession - Samuel Davis Pat. M $225.00


Victorian era - SMOKING CAP $235.00


Autograph, Abraham W. Venable $35.00

<b>Colonel 23rd Illinois Infantry of the "Irish Brigade"

Mortally wounded at the 2nd battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Virginia in July 1864

As Mulligan's life blood was being spilled  on the field of battle, he saw that the colors were about to be captured by the Confederates, and he shouted to his men, "Lay me down and save the flag!"</b>

(1830-1864) Born in Utica, N.Y., his parents immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland. Moving to Chicago, he studied law in the offices of Isaac N. Arnold, a U.S. Representative from that city, and was admitted to the bar in 1856. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the "Chicago Shield Guards," and was appointed Colonel of the 23rd Illinois Infantry, of the western "Irish Brigade," a regiment which he raised. Captured at Lexington, Missouri, September 20, 1861, he was not exchanged until November 1862. He served as the Commander of Camp Douglas Military Prison in Chicago in 1862. At the 2nd battle of Kernstown, near Winchester, Va., on July 24, 1864, Mulligan was wounded in action. With Confederates closing in from all sides, Mulligan stood up in his saddle to spur his men on, and Confederate sharpshooters concealed in a nearby stream bed managed to hit the Union commander. As his men were removing him from the field, he saw that the colors were about to be captured and shouted, "Lay me down and save the flag!" As they hesitated, he repeated his cry. His men reluctantly obeyed, but before they could return he was captured, and died from his wounds 3 days later while in Confederate hands. On February 20, 1865, the United States Senate confirmed the posthumous appointment of Mulligan to the rank of brevet brigadier general of U.S. Volunteers to rank from July 23, 1864. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bottom corners of the mount have been trimmed. Seated view, in civilian attire. Mulligan appears to be holding what may be a small pistol, with a hat resting on his lap. Backmark: Charles D. Fredricks & Co., New York, Habana and Paris. Light creasing to the card surface. Light age toning. There are no known from life images of Mulligan in uniform. Scarce and desirable Union officer.   


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

(1829-1896) Born in Lancaster, Ohio, he was the brother of Generals' Charles Ewing, and Hugh B. Ewing, and foster brother of the famous Union Civil War General William T. Sherman, who later became his brother-in-law when General Sherman married Ewing's sister, Eleanor. At the age of 19, while his father was U.S. Secretary of the Interior, he became the private secretary of President Zachary Taylor, from 1849-1850. He then studied law, graduated from the Cincinnati Law School, and commenced a practice in Cincinnati. In 1856, Ewing moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where he was an antislavery advocate and had much to do with preventing the admission of Kansas to the Union as a slave state. He served as a member of the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention of 1858, and was a delegate from Kansas at the Peace Conference of 1861 in Washington, D.C., which attempted to prevent the Civil War. Ewing was the first Chief Justice of the Kansas State Supreme Court. In 1862, he recruited and became colonel of the 11th Kansas Cavalry seeing action at Cane Hill and Prairie Grove, Arkansas. On March 13, 1863, he was promoted to rank of brigadier general, and soon took command of the District of the Border, comprising Kansas and western Missouri. In an effort to suppress the bushwhackers who roamed that area, General Ewing issued his notorious Order #11, which decreed expulsion of the inhabitants, loyal or disloyal, from the Missouri counties of Jackson, Cass, Vernon, and Bates. It was issued in retaliation for Confederate guerrilla leader William Quantrill's raid on Lawrence, Kansas, where 450 raiders shot and killed 150 civilians. During Confederate General Sterling Price's famous Missouri Raid in 1864, General Ewing distinguished himself at the battle of Pilot Knob. On February 23, 1865, Ewing resigned his army commission to return to his law practice, tendering his resignation directly to his good friend, and confidant, President Abraham Lincoln, a little over a month before President Lincoln's assassination. Ewing was founder and first president of the Ohio Society of New York, a trustee of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home. He served as U.S. Congressman from Ohio, 1877-1881.

<u>Signature with place</u>: 4 1/8 x 2, in ink, Thomas Ewing, Lancaster, O.[hio].  

 This rich amber Whitney Glass Works, internal thread flask, stands approximately 8 inches, retains its original Whitney Patent January 1861 threaded glass stopper and sports an eye catching <U>period</U> <B>Eagle Bourbon</B> <I>For Medicinal & Family Use</I> label applied from our personal collection.  A rare war time flask with an even harder to find period label all remaining in fine condition, this combination will be of special interest to the Civil War era glass enthusiast as well as the period 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 really nice personal size Civil War vintage stencil kit offers a complete alphabet with numbers, each character cut in thin sheet brass.  The group also includes a stencil ink tin with marking ink, application brush and sponge.  All original, untouched and as found, housed in an oval Pat. 1857 / 1865 Davidson Rubber Syringe box. A really nice Civil War utility from the bowels of our 50+ year accumulation, this personal grouping will make an interesting addition to any Civil War era 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>

CDV, General James A. Mulligan $125.00


Autograph, General Thomas Ewing $50.00


scarce! Whitney Glass Works - Pat. Jan. $225.00


period, as found – Civil War personal ST

Literally at the foot of every Civil War infantryman’s daily effort, original hand knit socks of the period are no question among the most difficult of items for the discriminating personal item collector to acquire.  Constantly in demand in the period as is testified by letters home with thank yous or reminders of needs <I>in the next box from home</I> an all important but lowly pair of cotton socks would all too quickly be repaired beyond use and cast aside. Even at home the every day pair of home knit sox had a measured life.  All original and period this approximately size 10 to 12 pair of men’s socks show good age and originality while remaining in excellent condition with no holes or repairs.  A scarce find to fill out the content of a Civil War knapsack or haversack, this pair would go equally as well atop a period sewing basket. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

       Best described here by our illustrations this exceptionally nice Grand Army of the Republic uniform consists of trousers, vest, coat and slouch hat complete with War time wool 6th Corps device as stitched in place by then Civil War veteran Bvt. Brigadier General Stephen Hart Manning.  Emanating from direct descendants of the General along with his ink signed CDV as <B><I>Col. & Chif. Q. M. Dept. of Texas</B></I> and family lore regarding the 6th Corps device, this magnificent GAR uniform offers the General’s identification in the right shoulder lining along with the label of the General’s home town Lewiston, Maine clothier. 

      Born in 1834 to a family of <I>poor patronage</I>  Stephen H. Manning was largely self-educated until 1858 when the industrious Lewiston, Maine youngster entered Bowdoin College as a sophomore in 1858, leaving college in April 1861 to join the <B>1st Maine Volunteer Infantry</B>.  Entering service as a Private Manning would be named Quarter Master Sargent of the 1st  Maine and would, notwithstanding his absence, be awarded a full diploma from Bowdoin’s  class of 1861.    In September 1861 he was Commissioned by the Governor as 1st Lieut. and Regimental Qr. Master of the <B>5th Maine Infantry</B> a position held until August 1862 when he was appointed acting Quarter Master, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, 6th Corps, Army of the Potomac.  In October 1862 the fast rising Manning was named acting Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps’ 1st Division and on November 26, 1862 was <B>Commissioned by President Abraham Lincoln</B> as Captain and A. Q. M., U. S. Volunteers, a position he held until May 1864 when he was appointed acting <I>Chief Quarter Master, 6th Army Corps</B>.  Brevetted Major by Lincoln <I>for faithful and meritorious service in the campaigns before Richmond and in the Shenandoah Valley</I>, Manning would continue his rise to Lieut. Colonel and Chief Q. M. of the 6th Corps then Chief Q. M. <I>Provisional Corps</I> Army of the Potomac.  Appointed Colonel and <B>Chief Q. M. Dept. of Texas</B>.  Breveted to <B>Brig. General</B> to date from March 13, 1865, upon his mustering out on October 5, 1866 Gen. Manning had <U>participated in all the Civil War battles of the Army of the Potomac in which the 6th Corps had been active.</U>   Some short time after the Civil War Gen. Manning located in Wilmington, North Carolina where he operated a merchandising business until 1874 when he was elected <B>Sheriff of New Hanover County</B>   Gen. Manning eventually returned to his family home in Lewiston, Maine where he was an active member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion, the Grand Army of the Republic and the 5th Maine Regimental Association.   He died in 1911 at age seventy-six.

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<b>United States Congressman from New York</b>

(1816-1882) Born in Freeport, Cortland County, N.Y. He attended the local academy at Cortland, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1844, and commenced practice in Cortland. He was the owner and editor of the Cortland County Whig newspaper, from 1840-1845. Served as U.S. Congressman, 1847-1851. He moved to Janesville, Wisconsin in 1855, and continued his law practice, and then served as Judge of the Circuit Court, from 1870-1882.

<u>Signature with place</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 5/8, in ink, H.S. Conger, Cortland, N.Y.  

<b>The Major League Baseball capital of the world !</b>

6 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted form on blue paper, filled out in ink. No. 50. Cooperstown, N.Y., Nov. 22d, 1861. Otsego County Bank, Pay Self or, Bearer, One Hundred & One Dollars, 45 Cents. $101.45. J. Joshua Story. Circular cancellation. Very fine. Desirable Cooperstown, N.Y., Civil War dated document.

Historical Trivia: Cooperstown, N.Y., established in 1786, is a small village, located at the southern end of historic Otsego Lake in Central New York State, and is the county seat of Otsego County. Cooperstown is best known for being the home of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum which was established there in 1944. It is located on what was once farm land that had been owned by the famous American author, James Fenimore Cooper.

19th century home knit men’s COTTON SOCK


complete! G. A. R. / Civil War Veteran $1895.00


Autograph, Harmon S. Conger


Civil War Dated Check from Cooperstown, $15.00

<b>Commander of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry of the famed "Iron Brigade" at the epic battle of Gettysburg, where he was very severely wounded resulting in the amputation of his arm!

3 term Governor of Wisconsin</b>

(1831-96) He enlisted 5 days after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, S.C., as a private in the 1st Wisconsin Infantry. Later elected captain, he took part in the skirmish at Falling Waters, Va., against General Thomas J. Jackson's "Stonewall Brigade." In August 1861, he became lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry, which won fame as a unit in the celebrated "Iron Brigade." He greatly distinguished himself at the battles of 2nd Bull Run, South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg & Chancellorsville. On July 1st, at Gettysburg, Fairchild now colonel of the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry,  distinguished himself at Seminary Ridge during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1, 1863, his regiment being the first infantry troops to make close contact with the Confederate Army. During the fighting, the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry delivered a striking blow by capturing the very first Confederate general of the war, General James J. Archer. Almost immediately after their success, the regiment was ambushed by an attack on their right flank, losing 77 percent of their ranks, including most officers. Fairchild had his left arm badly shattered, requiring amputation, and he was captured by the Confederates. After attending to his wounds the Confederates released him back through the lines to the Union army. He was promoted to brigadier general to rank from October 19, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln, but saw no further active field service due to his wounds and resigned his commission in November 1863. He was soon appointed Secretary of State of Wisconsin, serving from 1864–1866, and then was elected as a three term Governor of Wisconsin, serving from 1866–1872. Afterwards he was appointed U.S. Consul to Liverpool in 1871, and U.S. Minister to Spain, 1880-1881. Fairchild served as Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1886–1887, and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, 1893-1895.

<u>Check Signed as Secretary of State of Wisconsin</u>: 7 x 3 1/4, imprinted form filled out in ink. $25.00. Madison, April 10th, 1865. TO THE STATE TREASURER: Hon. Wm. Palmer of the Assembly, is entitled to per diem for ten days, from the first day of April to the tenth day of April 1865, inclusive. Attest, John S. Dean, Chief Clerk. Wm. W. Field, Speaker. Countersigned, L. Fairchild, Secretary of State. No. 3410. Payable from the General Fund. On the reverse is: PER DIEM OF THE ASSEMBLY. $25.00. Received, Madison, April 10th, from the State Treasurer, the amount of the within Certificate. Wm. Palmer, with 2 cents orange, George Washington Internal Revenue stamp. There is a small punch hole cancellation. Slightly irregular left edge from when this check was torn out of the check book. This affects the first letter of 2 words which you can still easily figure out ("entitled" and "to"). Light staining. Very desirable "Iron Brigade," and Gettysburg general severely wounded in the great battle that was one of the major turning points of the Civil War.

WBTS Trivia: This check was drawn the day after General Robert E. Lee surrendered his Army of Northern Virginia, to General Ulysses S. Grant, at Appomattox Court House, Va.    

3 3/4 x 6, imprint. Copyrighted 1887 By W.H. Tipton, with his trademark logo which incorporates the interlocking initials "W.H.T.," and "Established 1859, Artistic Photography." Below the logo is their archival photograph number and title, "No. 734. John L. Burns." It continues with a detailed biographical description regarding Mr. Burns: "At the commencement of the Battle of Gettysburg, July 1st, 1863, John L. Burns, then past 70 years of age and a citizen of the place, inspired by the spirit of true patriotism, shouldered his trusty flint-lock rifle and went out to meet the enemy, who were then advancing toward Gettysburg, and within a short distance of the town. Entering the ranks of the 7th Wisconsin regiment, he fought with unflinching bravery. In the early part of the engagement he was wounded twice, and although suffering greatly from his wounds, he faltered not, but pressed on, taking an active part until near 4 o'clock, P.M., when he fell badly wounded by a ball in the ankle. Soon after his fall the loyal army retreated, leaving him on the field in the enemy's lines, where he remained until the following morning.

John Burns was for many years the Borough Constable of Gettysburg, and was very strong willed and positive. He died February 4, 1872, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

In his official report General Doubleday says: "My thanks are specially due to a citizen of Gettysburg named John Burns, who although over seventy years of age, shouldered his musket and offered his services to Colonel Wister, 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Colonel Wister advised him to fight in the woods, as there was more shelter there; but he preferred to join our line of skirmishers in the open fields. When the troops retired he fought with the Iron Brigade." 

This picture has been prepared from our original card photograph taken of him before full recovery from his wounds.


The Battlefield Photographer, Gettysburg, Pa.

Choice condition. This original unused photographic label was meant to be affixed to the back of the John L. Burns photograph described above. It's dual purpose was to advertise for both the Burns image as well as W.H. Tipton's Gettysburg gallery, and enhance his reputation as the Gettysburg Battlefield photographer. Very desirable Gettysburg related imprint.

WBTS Trivia: William H. Tipton, was born in Gettysburg, and was most noted for his extensive early photography of the Gettysburg Battlefield, and the borough of Gettysburg, Pa. Becoming quite popular, he probably took more images at Gettysburg than any other photographer, and was considered one of America's best known landscape and portrait photographers. Tipton served on Gettysburg's town council, and also in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.        

<b>Written by a Confederate soldier killed in action near Dalton, Ga. in 1864</b>

1 1/2 pages, 7 1/2 x 9 3/4, in ink, written by Hiram Talbert Holt, to his wife Carrie.


Things seem all right save in one respect, ______ not here. The little birds are singing merrily overhead and the breeze blowing gently with a pleasant, but lonely murmur! The Bay of the Southland is frosted over with the thousands of little mad caps- made uneasy by the winds. The mullet are springing aloft & sinking again in the watery deep. The cast man’s canoe is lightly skimming the deep in pursuit of food. Vegetation is growing luxuriously all around me, while to make the scene more Heaven inspiring. The voice of T__ners Daughter is sweetly singing the strain of Missouri with a lonesome and pathetic air, probably she too is thinking of a lover far away perhaps in pools of blood. Oh! How I love to listen to her song as she pathetically repeats:

Weep not dearest, weep not,

When on the field I lie,

Weep not dearest, weep not,

When I shall fall to die.

Yes there is a tender emotion filling the breast of man which speaks eloquently to his better nature, and teaches him that he was not born to die, to sleep forever, but that this feeling shall be translated with him in some other region unkenned  & unscarred by big mortal eye, the land of hope, of peace, of love, where angels live & never die, bereft of the low- weak passions of this world. Carrie, you was a little too late with your letter as to advising about office. However, I acted according to my convictions of right & wrong & feel happy from it. I am happy to say to you that little suffering ______ elected 3rd Lieutenant. I could easily have got had I so wished. There will be another chance soon however when I shall certainly go in for it. Carrie, I should not have written to you today as I wrote yesterday had it not been that De Loach[1] could hand it in so easily. So write often while I remain,

Devoted Husband,


Trivia: The word "unkenned" means  unfamiliar, unknown, or strange. The last name "Holt" is Danish, Norwegian, and German, so Holt must have returned to his heritage for a moment, and used this particular word while writing to his wife.

[1] De Loach was a member of the 38th Alabama Infantry who is apparently going home on a leave.

Written on a blue lined letter sheet which is in poor condition. There is a hole in the paper at the upper left which causes the loss of a couple of words, and some very small paper chips at the folds near the bottom of the paper, with some edge wear and chipping. Two pieces of old archival tape are visible on the front page which do not prevent you from reading any of the content. Tears in the paper have been repaired with archival document tape on the reverse. The letter is boldly and neatly written Based on the content when Talbert mentions the "Bay," and "mullet," this letter may have been penned while Holt was stationed at Fort Morgan in Mobile Bay.

Hiram Talbert Holt is an old friend. I purchased a very large group of his letters many years ago, and got to know him intimately through his very well written epistles. "Talbert" as he was affectionately known to his family and friends, was one of the most eloquent writers I have ever come across in the thousands of Civil War letters I have handled over the years. His letters sold extremely well. While rummaging through an old box which hasn't been opened since I moved to Florida from Gettysburg, I came across this very recognizable Holt letter written to his beloved wife Carrie. Way back when, I tossed it in a box because it needed to be repaired, and I didn't want to fool with it at the time, and there it remained unknown to me for the last 25 plus years. It's never been offered for sale before. I guarantee it was written by Hiram Talbert Holt, of the 38th Alabama Infantry.

Before the Civil War, Hiram Talbert Holt, was a school teacher, and very highly educated. He joined the "Suggsville Grays," a volunteer company, from Clarke County, Alabama, before the firing on Fort Sumter, South Carolina in April 1861. He then served with the 38th Alabama Infantry, from April 1861, until he was killed in action on February 24, 1864, near Dalton, Georgia, seeing action in most of the battles of the hard fought Confederate Army of Tennessee. 

If you want to add an inexpensive Confederate letter to your collection, written by an Alabama soldier killed in action during the War Between the States, and you like your memorabilia to look and feel old, this one just might be for you. Although it has some archival tape repairs on the reverse, the letter sheet is still solid and is by no means falling apart. Of course as always the letter will come displayed in a quality archival sheet protector, so you want have to handle the letter itself.  

 A bit late for our usual fare but a nice piece for the tobacciana collector, this <I>as-new</I> condition, period stock label will make a nice companion collectable in any number of categories without spending a bunch of money.   Finally closed in the mid-1980s, the Byfield Snuff Co. was the <U>oldest and perhaps the last water powered snuff mill in the country.</U>  The Pearson manufacturing legacy began in 1647 when John Pearson built the first fulling mill in the country.  The founder was followed by ten generations of Pearson’s in operation of the Byfield Snuff Co. in Byfield, Massachusetts.  This crimson label is printed on period typical thin stock and will date to the company turn of the century roll-out of <B>PEARSON’S – RED TOP SNUFF</B>  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 !

Autograph, General Lucius Fairchild


Imprint, W. H. Tipton, The Gettysburg Bat $10.00


38th Alabama Infantry Letter


turn of the century – Byfield Snuff Co. $15.00

An especially nice pair of protective goggles of the Civil War era, this original example is fashioned with fine wire mesh side protection and green tinted glass lenses.   Sometimes referred to as <I>artillerist’s glasses</I> due to their use as eye protection by mounted artillery,  these goggles were frequently used by an eye injured wearer to protect against further damage.  An example of such use may be seen in a period portrait of nearly blind <B> Confederate General Adam R. Johnson</B>.  (see: Time / Life <I>TOUCHED by FIRE</I> vol. II page 248 )   There is also a period photograph by Gardner of Blackfoot Indian Chief <B><I>Sitting Crow</I></B> wearing a pair of these goggles no doubt simply as a fashion statement.  (see: D. Mark Katz - <I>Life & Photographs of ALEXANDER GARDNER</I>   This pair remain in pleasing condition with period adjustable cord and good evidence of period use and carrying while remaining in excellent condition with original black lacquer finish.  A nice item for the optical or medical collector as well as the general Civil War era collector.   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 !  

(1815-86) Graduated in the West Point class of 1835. He served in the Washington defenses during the first winter of the war, and was promoted to rank of brigadier general on February 12, 1862. In General George B. McClellan's 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign Naglee commanded a brigade of General Eramus D. Keyes's, 4th Army Corps. Upon the retirement of the Army of the Potomac from the Richmond vicinity, General Naglee was retained in the Departments of North and South Carolina, and Virginia and North Carolina. In the summer of 1863, he was in command of the District of Virginia at Norfolk. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Chest up view in uniform with rank of brigadier general, and wearing his overcoat. Backmark: F. Gutekunst, Philadelphia. Very fine image. Uncommon.  

<b>This regiment was later changed from infantry to artillery and became the very hard fought 3rd Vermont Heavy Artillery who suffered heavy casualties during the Civil War!</b>

7 x 2 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink.

This Order Is To Be Signed By A Member Of The Soldier's Family, And to be held by the Selectmen until called for. $7.00. Monkton, Oct. 27, 1863. Received of the selectmen of the town of Monkton, Vermont, Seven dollars, the same being one months "Extra Pay," due to Julius Stilson, a soldier now in the service of the United States in Company B, of 11 Regiment Vermont Volunteers. Signed by Mary E. Stilson, probably the soldier's wife. Staining and light wear.

Julius Stilson, a resident of Monkton, Vermont, enlisted on August 7, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. B, 11th Vermont Volunteers. The regiment was later changed to heavy artillery, becoming the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery. He was mustered out of the  service on June 29, 1865. 


The 11th Vermont Volunteers were originally organized in the summer of 1862, as an infantry regiment. They were assigned to duty in the defenses of Washington, and mainly employed in constructing and garrisoning the 3 well known fortifications; Fort Slocum, Fort Stevens, and Fort Totten. The 11th Vermont Regiment became noted for its high proficiency in drill and discipline. They were later changed from infantry to heavy artillery by order of the War Department, and were outfitted with red chevrons and shoulder straps of the artillery branch of service, and added an artillery flag to its colors, with crossed cannons on a yellow field. Their enlargement to the heavy artillery standard was then authorized. Further recruiting took place giving them twelve companies, called batteries, each with 150 men, 3 Majors, and 4 Lieutenants to each battery.


The 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery saw action at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, the Weldon Railroad, Fort Stevens, D.C., Charles Town, W.V., Opequan, Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.

This hard fought Union heavy artillery regiment suffered tremendous casualties during the Civil War, all during a 2 year period. 

<u>Casualties of the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery, 1864-1865</u>

Spotsylvania, Va.: 24 wounded

Cold Harbor, Va.: 24 killed, 159 wounded

Petersburg, Va.: 7 killed, 72 wounded

Weldon Railroad, Va.: 9 killed, 28 wounded, 266 captured

Charles Town, W.V.: 5 killed, 25 wounded

Opequan, Va.: 7 killed, 81 wounded

Cedar Creek, Va.: 15 killed, 77 wounded, 20 captured    

<b>Written by the Adjutant of the post Albert C. Johnston

Adjutant Johnston had the distinction of disinterring "Old Baldy," General George G. Meade's gallant war horse, who was put on display in the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia</b>

6 x 9 1/2, in ink, written on an imprinted letter sheet with the logo of Meade GAR Post 1, Philadelphia at upper left. A.L.S., A.C. Johnston, Adjutant of the Post. Also comes with a vintage postcard published by Blocher's, Gettysburg, Pa., of General George G. Meade, Commander of the Army of the Potomac during the battle of Gettysburg. General Meade sits proudly atop his gallant war horse, "Old Baldy." Erected by the State of Pennsylvania, on June 5, 1896, this iconic equestrian memorial is located on Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg National Military Park. Please note that the 1863 black & white image of "Old Baldy" is for display purposes only. It is not for sale. 


George G. Meade Post, No. 1,

Department Of Pennsylvania, G.A.R.

No. 1100 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, April 15, 1889

Mr. John H. Geissinger,

Dear Sir,

On the above date you was duly elected a member of this Post. You will please report for Muster, on Monday Eve, April 22d at 8 o'clock.


A.C. Johnston


Age toning with some edge and fold wear. Neatly written. The author of this letter has a very interesting background history. 

<u>Some trivia about Adjutant Albert C. Johnston</u>:

Albert C. Johnston, a resident of Philadelphia, served in Co. H, 90th Pennsylvania Infantry during the Civil War.

The 90th Pennsylvania Infantry, saw action at 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Petersburg.

On Decoration Day, May 30, 1891, President Benjamin Harrison came to Philadelphia as the guest of the George G. Meade Post No. 1, G.A.R., to participate in their memorial ceremonies. President Harrison was greeted at the train station by a committee from the Post which included their Adjutant Albert C. Johnston. 

<u>"Old Baldy," General George G. Meade's gallant Civil War horse, and his connection to Adjutant A.C. Johnston</u>:

"Old Baldy" was born and raised on the western frontier and at the start of the Civil War was owned by General David Hunter. His name during this period is unknown. It is said that he was wounded anywhere from 5 to 14 times during the Civil War, starting at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, where he was struck in the nose by a piece of an artillery shell. Soon after, in September 1861, he was purchased from the government by General Meade in Washington, D.C., for $150 and named "Baldy" because of his white face.

Despite "Old Baldy's" unusual, uncomfortable pace, Meade became quite devoted to him and rode him in most of his battles. The horse was wounded in the right hind leg at the 2nd Battle of Bull Run, and at Antietam, he was wounded through the neck and left for dead on the field. He was later treated and the stubborn warrior miraculously survived. At Gettysburg, on July 2, 1863, "Old Baldy" was hit by a bullet that entered his stomach after passing through General Meade's right trouser leg. He staggered and refused to move forward, defying all of Meade's directions. Meade commented, "Baldy is done for this time. This is the first time he has refused to go forward under fire." "Old Baldy" was then sent to the rear for recuperation. In 1864, having returned to duty for the Overland Campaign, and the Siege of Petersburg, was struck in the ribs by a shell at the Weldon Railroad, and General Meade decided that "Old Baldy" should be retired. He was moderately active in retirement and General Meade rode him in several memorial parades. His last parade was as the "rider less horse" in the funeral procession of his old friend General George G. Meade, in Philadelphia. Meade, the 1835 West Point graduate, died in Philadelphia while still on active duty, on November 6, 1872. His elaborate funeral was attended by President Ulysses S. Grant, Generals' William T. Sherman, Philip H. Sheridan, Irvin McDowell and many other notable Civil War figures. A great equestrian statue of General Meade and his beloved "Old Baldy" can be seen on Cemetery Ridge, in the Gettysburg National Military Park. A similar statue honors him in West Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. The United States Army installation, Fort Meade, in Maryland, is named for him. His legacy is commemorated today by the General Meade Society of Philadelphia.  


"Old Baldy," Meade's gallant war horse was euthanized on December 16, 1882, at the age of 30, when he became too feeble to stand. On Christmas Day of that year, two Union Army veterans, <b><i><u>Albert C. Johnston,</b></i></u> (the above letter writer) and H.W.B. Harvey disinterred "Old Baldy's" remains and decapitated him, sending the head to a taxidermist. "Old Baldy's" head was mounted on a plaque and put in a glass case and displayed in the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library in Philadelphia.

Civil War era PROTECTIVE GLASSES $95.00


CDV General Henry M. Naglee $100.00


1863 Extra Pay Voucher, 11th Vermont Vol $20.00


Letter, George G. Meade G. A. R. Post, Phi $35.00

6 x 2 1/2, imprinted form, filled out in ink. WAR TAX RECEIPT. $55.30. Received of Est.[ate] E.D. Divine [?] the sum of Fifty Five 30/100 dollars, being the full amount due by him for the year 1861. R.U. Gould, Collector of War Tax for District No. 29. Dated May 14/61. There are 2 small punch hole cancellations near the top of the document, one of which goes through part of the last name, Divine. [?]. Docket on the reverse, "Voucher No. 1." Minor wear. Fine condition. Printed on what is known as brown necessity paper, a type commonly used in the Confederacy during the war years. Nice early Civil War dated, "War Tax Receipt."   

<b>United States Congressman from Georgia

Speaker of the House of Representatives

Governor of Georgia

United States Secretary of the Treasury

Very strong candidate for president of the Confederacy

Presiding officer at the 1861 Montgomery, Alabama Confederate secession convention  

President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States

Confederate battlefield general</b> 

(1815-68) One of the most prominent figures in Confederate politics! Born in Jefferson County, Ga., he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1834, and was admitted to the bar two years later. He served in the U.S. Congress from 1843 to 1851, and was Speaker of the House from 1849 to 1851, when he was overwhelmingly elected governor of Georgia. He returned to Congress in 1855, and was appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President James Buchanan in 1857. Upon the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States in 1860, Howell Cobb advocated immediate secession.  He was probably best known as one of the founders of the Confederacy being one of the leaders of the secession movement. Delegates of the Southern states declared that they had seceded from the United States and created the Confederate States of America. He was a strong candidate for president of the Confederacy and was the presiding officer at the Montgomery, Alabama convention held on February 4, 1861. He served as President of the Provisional Congress of the Confederate States, and when the war erupted he took to  the field as a soldier, being appointed Colonel of the 16th Georgia Infantry. On February 12, 1862, he was commissioned brigadier general and was assigned command of a brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. During the months of February through June of 1862, he represented the Confederate authorities in their negotiations with Federal authorities trying to reach an agreement on the exchange of prisoners of war.  General Cobb saw action in the 1862 Virginia Peninsula campaign and in the Seven Days battles.  His brigade played a key role in the fighting during the battle of South Mountain, Maryland, especially at Crampton's Gap. Cobb’s brigade arrived at a critical moment and were able to delay the Union army’s advance through the gap which came at a very bloody cost. His men also fought in the single bloodiest day in American military history at the Battle of Sharpsburg, Md., on September 17, 1862. He was promoted to major general on September 9, 1863, and placed in command of the District of Georgia and Florida. He suggested the construction of a prisoner of war camp in southern Georgia, a location thought to be safe from Union invaders, and thus the notorious Andersonville prison, known as "the hellhole" was created. When Union General William Tecumseh Sherman's armies entered Georgia during the 1864 Atlanta campaign and its subsequent March to the Sea, Cobb commanded the Georgia Reserve Corps. General Sherman’s army camped one night near Cobb's plantation. When Sherman discovered that the house he planned to stay in for the night belonged to Cobb, whom Sherman described as "one of the leading rebels of the South, then a general in the Southern army," he dined in Cobb's slave quarters, confiscated Cobb's property and burned the plantation, instructing his subordinates to "spare nothing."  In the spring of 1865, with the Confederacy clearly on their last breath, General Howell Cobb and his troops were sent to Columbus to help in the opposition of General James Wilson's raid, and he led the hopeless Confederate resistance in the battle of Columbus, Georgia, on Easter Sunday, April 16, 1865. General Cobb surrendered 4 days later at Macon, Georgia. After the war he returned home and resumed his law practice. Despite pressure from his former constituents and soldiers, he refused to make any public statements about President Andrew Johnson’s Reconstruction policy until he received a full presidential pardon. He received his pardon in early 1868, and then began vigorously opposing the Reconstruction Acts and made a series of speeches that bitterly denounced its policies. On October 9, 1868, at the age    of 53, while vacationing in New York City, he died of a heart attack. His body was returned to Athens, Georgia, and was buried in Oconee Hill Cemetery. 

<u>Signature with Date</u>: 4 3/4 x 1 1/4, in ink, "Howell Cobb." This is a free frank signature that was cut from the top of an envelope as is evidenced by the imprinted C.D.S., "Jun. 14, 1859, FREE." At the time Cobb signed this he was serving as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. Scattered staining, age toning, and light wear. Large bold autograph. Very desirable Confederate historic figure.

<u>Cobb Family Trivia</u>: 

The Cobb family included many prominent Georgians from before and after the War Between the States. 

Cobb's uncle and namesake, also Howell Cobb, was a United States Congressman from 1807–1812, and served as an officer in the War of 1812.

Cobb's younger brother, Thomas R.R. Cobb, was a politician and soldier. He served as a Confederate General and was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia on December 13, 1862.

Thomas Willis Cobb, a member of the United States Congress and namesake of Georgia's Cobb County, was his cousin.

His niece Mildred Lewis "Miss Millie" Rutherford was a prominent educator and leader in the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 

Howell Cobb's daughter, Mrs. Alexander S. (Mary Ann Lamar Cobb) Erwin, was responsible for creating the United Daughters of the Confederacy's Southern Cross of Honor in 1899, which was awarded to Confederate Veterans.  

<b>Colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry

Represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress</b>

(1816-92) Born in Laurens District, South Carolina, he graduated from South Carolina College in 1834, studied law, and was admitted to the bar. Shortly afterwards he settled in Mississippi where he served for many years as the district attorney of Winston County, and he later served in the Mississippi legislature. He moved to Louisiana in 1851, and was a James Buchannan Presidential Elector in 1856, and a member of the Louisiana state legislature in 1860. When Mississippi seceded from the Union, Gray enlisted as a private in a Mississippi regiment, but his intimate friend, Confederate President Jefferson Davis, recalled him from that duty, and he was elected colonel of the 28th Louisiana Infantry which he organized at the request of the president. Colonel Gray led his regiment at the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill, Louisiana during the Red River campaign, and was at times in brigade command. He was promoted to brigadier general in 1865, and later represented Louisiana in the second Confederate Congress. After serving as a Louisiana state senator after the war, he retired from public life.   

Antique silver print photograph, 2 1/4 x 3 5/8. Bust view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa 1800's, post Civil War period image.  

<b>The famous "Orange Blossoms" Regiment from Goshen, New York</b>

Veteran Henry M. Howell on Gettysburg. 6 x 9 3/4 imprint. Middletown, N.Y., July 12, 1913. Editor Daily Argus. Discusses the action on July 2, 1863, near Devil's Den, making his point that it was the pivotal point in the battle of Gettysburg. Signed in print by H.M. Howell. Excellent condition. From the personal estate of Henry M. Howell. He enlisted in Co. E, 124th New York Infantry, "The Orange Blossoms," on August 9, 1862. He fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg; was wounded in the battle of Spotsylvania, Va., on May 12, 1864; and was mustered out of the service at Lincoln Hospital, Washington, D.C., on June 8, 1865. The 124th New York Infantry was one of the hardest fighting regiments in the entire Union army. Their Colonel Augustus Van Horne Ellis, and their Major James Cromwell, were both killed on July 2, 1863, at Gettysburg. This unit is highly sought after by collectors! Very desirable Gettysburg related imprint. Issued in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.

1861 Civil War Tax Receipt $20.00


Autograph, General Howell Cobb $85.00


Photograph, General Henry Gray $10.00


124th New York Infantry at Gettysburg $15.00

<b>Signed by prominent Pennsylvania merchant, coal operator & land speculator</b>

6 3/4 x 2 3/4, imprinted document, filled out in ink. Drawn on The Pittston Bank, Pittston, Pa., March 19th, 1863. Pay $10.70 Dollars to J.P. Schooley. Signed at lower right by J.B. Schooley. Minor age toning and wear. Cut cancelled. Very fine Civil War dated check from coal mining country in Pennsylvania about 3 1/2 months before the epic battle of Gettysburg.   

WBTS Trivia: Jesse B Schooley, (1811-85). He grew up on a large farm in Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and was a land speculator, merchant, and coal operator in the Wyoming Valley. He had many holdings and agreements in Pittston, Jenkins Township, West Pittson, Exeter, Wyoming, Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County, and many other areas in the state.

Interesting facts about Pittston, Pa.:  Pittston is in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, situated between Scranton and Wilkes-Barre. The city gained prominence in the mid 1800's and early 1900's as an active anthracite coal mining town. 

Located in the Wyoming Valley on the east side of the Susquehanna River, and the south side of the Lackawanna River, it was  named after the famous British statesman William Pitt, and was settled around 1770.

During the Revolutionary War, the Wyoming Valley was an active battleground between the British and the Continental Army. On July 3, 1778, a force of British soldiers, with the assistance of about 700 Indians, attacked and killed nearly 300 American Patriots. Connecticut Continentals, led by Captain Jeremiah Blanchard and Lieutenant Timothy Keyes, held and maintained a fort in Pittstown. On July 4, 1778, one day after the Battle of Wyoming, a group of British soldiers took over the fortress and some of it was destroyed. Two years later, the Continentals stormed the fortification and recaptured it. From then on it was under Patriot control until the end of the war in 1783.

  Measuring approximately 3 9/16 X 5 5/8, this 1864 Vermont Directory & Farmer’s Almanac was published in wraps by S. M. Walton (<I>Walton’s Steam Press</I> and remains in most pleasing condition with no missing, lose or torn pages while offering good evidence of age and originality.  Pocket size and made to carry the fragility of these little guides in combination with their heavy use has left few nice examples for today’s Civil War era personal item collector or period advertising and ephemera enthusiast.   This 128 page Vermont Register & Almanack offers all manner of information to include a roster of the officers of each Vermont Regiment and a listing of State and Federal political figures to include President Abraham Lincoln (lists his salary of $25,000. while recording Maine’s Hannibal Hamlin at $6,000. for VP).  A wealth of period advertising graphics are also included.  <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>

 Dating from the later heyday of the Grand Army of the Republic,  this well aged but solid old 48 star GAR flag is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze and measures a nicely displayable, 18 X 10 1/2 inches.   Recovered from a defunct G A R Civil War veteran hall some years ago and set it aside for its eye appeal and charm of the early printed construction and weather beaten appearance. (After about 1913 these memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)    <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

 Recognizing that beauty and value in antique pewter is in the judgement and eyes of the beholder with most knowledgeable collectors preferring an untouched age patina while others choose a light cleaning and polishing (<I>horrors!</I>), this attractive vintage pewter, lidded creamer, is offered here untouched and period original save a tiny collection inventory number incised on the bottom.  While we’d preserve it as is save a mild soap and water bath we will leave that decision to the new owner.   Unmarked as to maker, this pleasing antique creamer stands approximately 6 inches high and remains in pleasing condition with good evidence of age and originality yet with no <I>dings</I> or gouges and a nicely aligned lid.  <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 Pittston, Pennsylvania Bank Check $10.00


Walton's Vermont Register & Farmer's Alm $38.00


early 48 Star G. A. R. FLAG $65.00


antique PEWTER CREAMER $85.00

<b>1862 Civil War dated image</b>

(1815-81) Graduated #3 in the West Point class of 1835. On August 9, 1861, he was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers and fought throughout the Virginia Peninsular campaign in command of a brigade of General Heintzelman's 3rd Corps. He was military governor of Washington, D.C., and later commanded a division of General "Baldy" Smith's 18th Corps at Cold Harbor, Bermuda Hundred and Petersburg, subsequently commanding the corps itself until health problems forced him to resign. He was brevetted major general for his gallantry at Malvern Hill, Va.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform. 1862, J.E. McClees and R.W. Addis imprint on the front mount. Backmark: J.E. McClee's, Philadelphia. Bottom 2 corners of the mount are slightly trimmed. Very fine.  

<b>Graduate of the Virginia Military Institute

Wounded at the 2nd battle of Manassas, Va.</b> 

(1826-95) Born in Southampton County, Va., he studied engineering and graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Va., in 1847. He then taught military science at the Rappahannock Military Academy, 1848-49. In 1853, the newly established Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad hired Mahone as its chief engineer, and construction began. He designed and built drawbridges across the busy Eastern and Southern Branches of the Elizabeth River near Norfolk. Mahone, who had gained previous experience building plank roads, is credited with the design and implementation of an innovative roadbed through the Great Dismal Swamp near Norfolk, employing a corduroy log foundation laid at right angles beneath the surface of the swamp. Still in use today, his design withstands immense tonnages of coal traffic through the swamp. He is responsible for engineering and building the famous 52 mile-long tangent track between Suffolk and Petersburg. By the time the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad was completed, the clouds of war were quickly forming with Mahone having become the president and superintendent of the railroad. Soon afterwards, he was commissioned colonel of the 6th Virginia Infantry, and participated in the capture of the Norfolk Navy Yard, and he later commanded the Norfolk District until its evacuation. Mahone fought with great distinction in the Army of Northern Virginia from the battle of Seven Pines to the surrender of General Lee's Army at Appomattox Court House. Other battles he participated in were the 1862 Virginia Peninsula campaign, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, and the 1864 Overland campaign. The only time Mahone was absent from his command was when he was convalescing from wounds received at the 2nd battle of Manassas in the summer of 1862. He also played a very prominent role in the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg, Va., on July 30, 1864. General Robert E. Lee had very high praise for General William Mahone, saying he made a large contribution to the organization and command of the Confederate army. After the war ended, he returned to his first love, railroad engineering, and became president of the Norfolk and Western Railroad. He later served in the U.S. Senate from 1881-1887, and was the chairman of the Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee for Public Buildings and Grounds. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 1895, and is buried in Petersburg, Va.

<u>Signature with Title</u>: 4 1/2 x 1 3/8, in ink, Wm. Mahone, next to the imprinted title of President. Vignette of a spread winged eagle sits to the left of Mahone's autograph. This was cut from a railroad bond when he served as president of the company. Large and bold signature. Very desirable Confederate general.     

7 3/4 x 9 3/4, imprinted blank form, with vignette of the Boston City seal with 1636 date and motto at the upper left. Mayor's Office, City Hall, Boston, 1862. Frederic W. Tracy, City Treasurer. Sir: Pay to ____ of BOSTON, a recruit accepted and mustered into the service of the United States by ____ for the ____ Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, the sum of ONE HUNDRED DOLLARS bounty, as per order of the City Council, passed July 14, 1862, he being a part of the quota of troops to be furnished by the City of Boston, for three years, unless sooner discharged by proper authority. There is a place for the Mayor of Boston to sign, and a certification of enlistment information at the bottom of the document. There is an 1862 imprint on the reverse where the recruit would have acknowledged receipt of his bounty. The general condition of this document is very fine with some light wear and archival tape repairs to the folds on the reverse. Desirable 1862 Boston, Massachusetts military related imprinted document.

WBTS Trivia: Joseph M. Wightman, served as the 17th mayor of Boston from January 7, 1861, until January 5, 1863. So Mayor Wightman would have signed this document had it been used.    An outstanding find for any 1800s era personal item or tobacco display, whether a single example or two or three in a period cigar case, we have a small quantity of period hand rolled cigars direct from attic storage where they had remained for decades in their 1800s palmetto marked slide top box.   Well dried out as you would expect of an original hand rolled 19th century cigar, but otherwise solid with lots of character, each is offered by the piece and <U>individually priced</U> for the Civil War era personal item or tobacciana collector who would like a single example for their collection.  Not a big deal at first blush the existence of such on today’s market will represent a rare opportunity to the appreciative 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>

CDV, General John H. Martindale $95.00


Autograph, General William Mahone $75.00


1862 Imprint, Mayor's Office, City of Bo $8.00


rarely encountered! original & individua $30.00

Includes frame of a small buckle which measures 7/8 x 3/4, a cuff size Massachusetts Volunteer Militia uniform button complete with the shank. The face of the button has a vignette of an arm wielding a sword, and Mass. Volunteer Militia around the edges. Manufacturers imprint on the reverse is D. Evans & Co., Extra. Also includes three .58 caliber 3 ring bullets commonly known as minie' balls. These Civil War artifacts were recovered at Secessionville, South Carolina, and come displayed in a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 glass faced case with red velvet interior.

WBTS Trivia: The Battle of Secessionville, South Carolina was fought on June 16, 1862. In the Union army's only attempt during the war to capture Charleston by land, they were soundly defeated by the well fortified Confederate forces. Union casualties totaled 685 while the Confederates lost 204 in the battle.   

1 3/4 x 1 3/4, two sided, full color, celluloid badge, manufactured by Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. One side has a Union camp scene with officers on horseback, soldiers standing at right with stacked muskets at their side, large flag pole with an American flag flying at the center, and several tents and soldiers in the background. Imprint at the bottom, Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. The opposite side has the New Jersey State Seal with riband below and the motto, Liberty And Prosperity. Imprint at the bottom, Whitehead & Hoag Co., Newark, N.J. Fastening hook at the top. This was part of a larger badge. Very fine New Jersey item. Circa late 1800's.

WBTS Trivia: The horse's head at the top of the state seal represents speed and strength and is the state animal. The seal was designed in 1777.   

<b>A Piece of Civil War History!</b>

Civil War flag fragments display. Nicely set in an 8 x 6 1/4, lucite frame, are original red, white and blue flag fragments, which measure about, 4 x 3 1/2 inches, with descriptive text, and a copy photograph of a Civil War soldier posing next to an American flag. The description reads in part: A Piece of Civil War History. The above red, white and blue flag fragments were once part of a large 34 star United States flag that flew during the Civil War. The 34 star patterns were flown from July 4, 1861, until July 3, 1863, when West Virginia was admitted as a state to the Union. While the flag was in tatters, it measured approximately 10 feet x 16 feet. The copy photo above shows a similar sized flag being used as a background prop. Excellent Civil War relic with large authentic flag fragments.    

<b>Known as "Hancock the Superb!"

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

(1824-1886) Graduated in the West Point class of 1844. He won a brevet for gallantry in the Mexican War. He played a gallant role in the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and in the 1862 Maryland campaign which climaxed into the battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day in American history. He greatly distinguished himself at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. During the battle of Gettysburg, General Hancock commanded the 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac. His decisive actions on July 1, 1863 helped to save the strategic Culp's Hill for General George G. Meade's Army of the Potomac. 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, President James A. Garfield.

<u>Used Postal Cover</u>: 5 1/4 x 4 1/4, addressed in ink in the hand of General Winfield S. Hancock, to W.L. Moore, Esqr., Atlanta, Ga., No. 20 Cane St. C.D.S., New York, Feb. 26, '85, 1 PM, with 2 cents red/brown George Washington postage stamp. (A57-effective date October 1, 1883) with C.D.S. on the reverse, Atlanta, Ga., Rec'd, Feb. 27, 1885, 12 PM. There is a docket, "Hancock," written in a period pencil hand on the reverse. This was written on the recipient's end. The envelope has a slight tear at the upper edge, and shows light wear and age toning. Hancock is one of the most popular Civil War generals of the Union army to collect material on.    

The cover is not signed by Hancock, but it was written in the distinctive style of General Winfield S. Hancock as is evidenced by the many examples of his handwriting that I have owned, or seen for sale over my 42+ years in business. At the time it was written, General Hancock was the Commanding General of the United States Army, Department of the East, and his headquarters were on Governor's Island, in New York City.

Civil War Relics From the Battle of Sece $45.00


New Jersey Celluloid Badge $10.00


Civil War Flag Fragments $50.00


Postal Cover Addressed by General Winfie $40.00

Scott #13, green. Features a full face portrait of Revolutionary War General-in-Chief, and 1st U.S. President George Washington. These stamps were printed by Archer & Daly, in Richmond, Va., and their earliest known use was on June 1, 1863. Very fine.


<b>Lost an arm at Fair Oaks, Virginia

Medal of Honor recipient</b> 

(1830-1909) Graduated #4 in the West Point class of 1846. Was 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, lost his right arm and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. He also fought at Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg [where he was voted the Thanks of Congress] and in the Atlanta campaign. 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 United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

<u>Card Signature</u>: 4 1/2 x 2 3/4, in ink, O.O. Howard. Minor age toning. Small areas of mounting traces at the 4 corners of the reverse. Very nice signature with large borders for framing.  Best described by our photo illustration, this exceptionally well done knife, fork and spoon was carved from birch wood and will lay in nicely in any Civil War era  personal item or mess grouping.   A nice 19th century hand craft!   <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>

 Though examples of Civil War Infantry issue may be found in period photography, shoulder scales emanated out of circa 1850 regulation pressed into early Civil War issue primarily to Cavalry and Mounted Artillery troops.  They fell from the scene fairly early on as the early supply was used up not to be replaced as their lack of popularity practicality became evident.   Maker marked <B>HORSTMAN PHILA.</B> for the well-known period military supplier, this original pair remain un-touched and as found with a soft age patina and good evidence of age and period use.  Best described in detail by our photo illustrations, the pair will <I>wipe-off</I> nicely for display going well on the proper uniform jacket or just laid in with period Civil War accoutrements.  <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 Twenty Cents, George Washington, Co $25.00


Autograph, General Oliver O. Howard $75.00


antique - carved Knife, Fork & Spoon WHI $40.00


Civil War era - SHOULDER SCALES $275.00

Measuring approximately 8 ¼ inches in total length with a 4 ¼ inch spear point blade, this attractive old knife bears the distinctive <U>Civil War</U> vintage marking <B>MAN</B> over <B>HATTAN</B> over <B>CUTLERY Co.</B> with the period initials <B> E P</B> cut into its grip of horn with heavy <I>mother of pearl</I> inletting.  Remaining in untouched <I>battlefield found</I> condition best described by our illustrations, this is one of those <I>’if only it could speak’</I> treasures so frustrating yet coveted by us history enthusiasts. <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>  Seldom seen today save in advanced collections (see: Newman & Kravic's <I>COLLECTOR'S ILLUSTRATED ENCYCLOPEDIA of the AMERICAN REVOLUTION</I>) the lowly flintlock boot was a true <I>personal item</I> individually crafted from hide to fit over the a flintlock action offering protection from rain and snow.  This rare period example was made from untanned deer hide with a natural <I>bug shellac</I> coating inside and out so as to maintain rigidity and improve water resistance.  This rare relic of the past remains in unbelievably nice original condition, the inside surface even retaining sporadic remnants of deer hair imbedded in the shellac waterproofing.  The boot measures approximately 11 ¾ inches in length and retains its period jute cord.  A true rarity!   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! </FONT COLOR=#0000FF>  Measuring 5 7/8 X 5 inches and remaining in its original frame even to the old <I>bubbled</I> glass and vintage textile still applied to the back, our illustrations will likely speak best for this offering.  Offered here pure and as found, this charming little period attempt at pen and ink art offers a pleasing reminisce of Civil War patriotic fervor. <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!  

<b>Civil War Governor of Pennsylvania

United States Congressman from Pennsylvania</b>

(1817-94) A lawyer by occupation, he was active in Whig politics before the Civil War. In 1860, he was the Republican nomination for Governor of Pennsylvania, the hope being that his election would help carry the state for Abraham Lincoln. An active supporter of the Federal government, he supplied many troops and much material for the Union war effort. Curtin organized the Pennsylvania Reserves into combat units, and oversaw the construction of the first Union military camp for training militia. In an effort to coordinate the Union war effort, he convened the Loyal War Governors' Conference, September 24-25, 1862, at Altoona, Pa. This event was one of his most significant contributions during the war. Re-elected in 1863, Curtin was well known for the exceptional care he took of the dependents of his Pennsylvania troops. He formed the Pennsylvania State Agency in Washington, and later formed another branch in Nashville, Tennessee, to provide support for wounded Union soldiers, and also founded the state-funded Orphan's School to aid and educate children of military men who had died for the Union cause. Unlike most Northern governors, he faced the tremendous trauma of the Confederate invasion of his state, this occurring during the 1863 Gettysburg campaign! Curtin was very active in working with Major General Darius N. Couch to delay General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, and try to prevent it from crossing the Susquehanna River. The Rebels were brimming with confidence as they recently had a great victory at Chancellorsville, Va. After the Battle of Gettysburg, Governor Curtin was a principal force behind the establishment of the National Cemetery there. He sat with President Abraham Lincoln on the platform when Lincoln delivered his immortal Gettysburg Address, on November 19, 1863. Shortly after the war, Curtin was elected a Companion of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States in recognition of his support for the Union Army during the Civil War. In his post war career, he served as Minister to Russia in the President Ulysses S. Grant administration, and later served 3 terms as United States Congressman from Pennsylvania, from 1881-87. He served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, and was a member of the Committee on Banking and Currency.

<u>Signature as Governor of Pennsylvania</u>: 3 x 1 1/2, in ink, A.G. Curtin, Gov. Penna. Scattered age toning and staining. Desirable Gettysburg related personality.

Civil War vintage! Manhattan Cutlery C


rarely surviving! 18th early 19th centur $225.00


Civil War era patriotic– Union For Ever $125.00


Autograph, Andrew G. Curtin $35.00

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