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Our photos will likely do best to describe this extra nice Sons of Union Veterans hat device.  All original and period, this G. A. R. auxiliary hat device is of gold wash, finely die struck brass in the <I>extra rich</I> false bullion style.  All complete and original with safety clasp pin and silvered <B>SUV</I> with Post # <B>46</B>.  (The numbers are easily removed but we would leave this fine condition piece as is.)  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 !  A great size for display, this 15 ¼ X 5 1/8 inch sheet brass marking stencil is for the <B>RULOFSON & De GARMO’S  IMPROVED  STRAIGHT DRAFT PLOW  PATENTED MARCH 12, 1861</B>.  The stencil sports a rich natural patina with good evidence of age, originality and period use.  It bears the marking of the stencil cutter <I>H. J. HOGGSON  NEW HAVEN Ct.</I>; fore-runner to the later <I>J. J. Hoggson & Pettis Manufacturing Co.</I>, New Haven makers of stamps and marking devices. (see: spring 1861 <I>RURAL NEW YORKER</I> for particulars on this Pat. 1861 plow)  An eye-catching Civil War vintage agricultural, rural Americana item. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

 This attractive 19th century drover whip measures just under 9 feet in length and retains the original <B>Weaver & Bardall / Drover Whip</B> copper plate on the butt.  The whip remains in pleasing condition, flexible with especially nice display eye appeal.  With good age and evidence of originality, our illustrations will do best to describe this piece  except to offer a word about the makers. Longtime local Allegheny, Pennsylvania whip manufacturer  Charles A. Weaver became the moving force in the firm of Weaver & Bardall, when it set up shop in Moundsville, West Virginia in 1877.  Here the firm had secured a contract with the <B>West Virginia State Penitentiary</B> to <U> operate within the prison walls utilizing convict labor.</U>  An interesting article on  West Virginia’s use of Penitentiary labor, management conditions and inmates in the April 18, 1886 <I>Wheeling Register</I> article <I>Tales of Lawless Life Told by Life Prisoners</I> Etc.  by Special Correspondence of the Sunday Register. An outstanding piece of 19th century Americana.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Boldly marked on one side for vertical display this colorful U. C. V. banner measures 12 inches wide at the top and is 22 inches in total length.   Stencil printed on cotton in the fashion common to the turn of the century the banner remains solid with some tattering yet bright in color and appears never to have been exposed to the weather or bright sun while offering good evidence of age and originality. Just rediscovered as we rummage through our long ago tucked away <I>stuff</I>, this old banner was recovered as part of a small grouping from, of all places, the attic remains of a long ago defunct <I>Yankee</I> G. A. R. hall. (Those were the days!) How the banner came to Maine Civil War veteran hall storage can only be left to the imagination though it seems more than likely that the piece was a souvenir of a trip South for one of the joint G. A. R. – U. C. V. reunions common in the waning years of first generation Civil War veterans.  <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!

period - Sons of Union Veterans - HAT DE $50.00


Large period agricultural stencil – Pate $225.00


19th century - West Virginia Penitentiar $345.00


Late 1880s / early 1900s UNITED CONFEDER $195.00

(1815-1872) Graduated 3rd in the West Point class of 1839. An assistant professor while still an undergraduate at the Military Academy, he first worked upon the fortifications of New York Harbor, and in 1844 inspected those of France. Upon his return to the U.S., he wrote a Report on the Means of National Defence, which was published by Congress and won him an invitation from the Lowell Institute of Boston to deliver a series of lectures. These were published as Elements of Military Art and Science, a work which enjoyed wide circulation among soldiers for many years. He received a brevet as captain in the Mexican War. At the beginning of the Civil War, General Winfield Scott recommended to Abraham Lincoln that Halleck be appointed major general in the regular service. In November 1861, Halleck relieved General Fremont at St. Louis and in a demonstration of his talents as an administrator quickly brought order out of the chaos in which his predecessor had plunged the Department of the Missouri. A series of successes by his subordinates at Forts Henry & Donelson, Pea Ridge, Island No. 10 and Shiloh, caused Halleck to shine in reflective glory, and his domain enlarged to include Ohio and Kansas. President Lincoln later recalled him to Washington to serve as general in chief of the U.S. Armies. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Standing view of Halleck in uniform with rank of major general striking a Napoleonic pose. Backmark: D. Appleton & Co., 443 & 445 Broadway, N.Y., A.A. Turner, Photographer. "Genl. Halleck" is written in period script on the reverse. Very fine view of the Union general nicknamed "Old Brains."  

<b>Front page articles on the death of General George Armstrong Custer at the battle of the Little Big Horn & the death of Mexican General and President Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna who led the Mexican Army at the battle of The Alamo!</b>

Bellefonte, Pa., July 14, 1876. Just below the ornate masthead is the slogan, "State Rights And Federal Union." The front page of the newspaper includes lengthy stories about the death of General George A. Custer, the famous Civil War general who was killed in the great Indian battle fought at the Little Big Horn, in Montana Territory; the death of General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna the famous Mexican general and president who led the Mexican Army at the historic battle at The Alamo. Santa Anna was later captured by General Sam Houston at the battle of San Jacinto. Another front page story is about Judge David Davis, an intimate friend of President Abraham Lincoln, and the politics that Davis is involved in at this time. There is also an interesting story about Fred Grant, the son of President U.S. Grant that says, "Fred Grant never saw a single day of actual service since he entered the army and does nothing but loaf around Washington, yet the President has sent his name to the Senate for promotion over the heads of distinguished soldiers and Indian fighters. Was it for this that the gallant CUSTER and his brave men died? O, Shame! where is thy blush?" Another front page story is about The Kansas Land and Immigrant Association; another is titled, A Correct Idea of the Radical Platform, and there is much more. The interior pages also have some very interesting and lengthy articles about Governor Samuel J. Tilden; Governor Thomas A. Hendricks of Indiana; and Remarks of the Honorable Edward McPherson. There is another excellent lengthy story about General Custer inside of the newspaper with the headlines, CUSTER'S DEATH. Full Particulars of the Terrible Catastrophe. Five Companies of Cavalry Annihilated. The Guard Dies But Never Surrenders. Custer's Body Found Surrounded by a Dozen Dead Defenders. Much more news. Very fine and desirable item from America's Centennial anniversary year!       

Time Life Books, Alexandria, Va., 1996. 10 1/4 x 10 1/4, hardcover with dust jacket, 168 pages, illustrated, index. New condition.

This book is by and of the soldiers and civilians who experienced the Atlanta campaign. Through their words and images you can relive the emotions, the terrifying rush of events, the horrors- and even the human comedy- of one of the Civil War's major campaigns. Thus, you hold in your hands an album of personal recollections from letters, diaries, photographs, sketches and artifacts.

To compile this special volume, we combed hundreds of sources, both published and unpublished.  We were able to assemble a dramatic narrative told from many perspectives; manuscript letters and journals- some previously unpublished- regimental histories, privately printed memoirs, articles in little known historical society publications, and more. Then, we set about the painstaking task of locating photographs of the soldiers and townsfolk to accompany their personal accounts. 

That so many firsthand accounts survived is due to a few accidents of history. Soldiers could mail a letter home for only three cents. And the mail system set up by the opposing armies were amazingly reliable. Mail packets were even exchanged across enemy lines. A surprising number of recruits could write, and write vividly. Sam Watkins of the 1st Tennessee Infantry described the beginning of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, "It seemed that the arch-angel of Death stood and looked on with outstretched wings, while all the earth was silent, when all at once a hundred guns from the Federal line opened upon us, and for more than an hour they poured their solid shot, grape and shrapnel right upon this salient point, defended by our regiment alone..."

Field sketches abound, too. Before photoengraving was developed to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines, periodicals such as Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and Harper's Weekly employed artists who traveled with the army to depict events for readers. These correspondents, or "specials," drew virtually everything of possible interest; pitched battles, lounging soldiers, the odd piece of military equipment. Sketches dashed off in a few moments during a battle- often at great personal peril- were taken by courier to the publication, where they were transformed into woodblock engravings suitable for printing.

Another element that adds to the unique texture of this album is the photographs. Technical innovations during the 1850's brought the fledgling craft into its own, and the Civil War was the first in history to be extensively recorded by the camera. In the blockaded South, photographers lacked supplies and equipment and rarely covered the action. The North's activities, by contrast, are extensively chronicled, thanks to the efforts of men who endured great hardship. Travel was tedious with cumbersome equipment and portable darkrooms mounted on wagon beds. But photographers like Mathew Brady and his assistants spent months following the army, etching with light the brave faces of the soldiers, as well as the bodies stiffened on the field. When Brady's stark photographs of the dead were first exhibited in New York City in 1862, the public thought, albeit briefly, that such horrific images could actually bring the war to an end.

So you hold in your hands living testimony from the battlefields that led to the fall of the South's Gate City. As you look into the eyes of these husbands and wives, sons and daughters, as you read the words of soldiers and civilians dazed by the violence around them or the grief that follows the fighting, perhaps it will be possible to perceive more clearly the shattering experience that was the Atlanta campaign.

Front cover illustration: A scene at the intersection of Peachtree Street and the Georgia Railroad tracks shows some of the damage that was wrought in Atlanta after Sherman's troops ravaged the business district in mid November 1864.        

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that has been hand tinted in color and was published in the June 13, 1863 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: A Group of Union Prisoners Escorted Through A Rebel Town. 15 x 11. Drawn by the famous illustrator Thomas Nast with his signature printed at the lower right corner of the print. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.

CDV, General Henry W. Halleck $95.00


The Democratic Watchman, July 14, 1876


Voices of the Civil War, Atlanta $35.00


A Group of Union Prisoners Escorted Thro

<b>4th Regiment Mississippi Infantry Volunteers

Signed by their gallant Colonel Joseph Drake commanding the regiment, who was captured at the fall of Fort Donelson!</b>

7 1/4 x 12, imprinted Confederate form on blue paper, filled out and signed in ink.

Form No. 3. Officers' Pay Account. The Confederate States to Lt. A.M. Reasons. For pay as a Lt. from 24th Aug. to 1st Dec., 1861. Co. F, 4th Regt. Miss. Vols. For 3 months and 8 days. Pay Per Month, 80.00. Amount 261.33. Stationed at Fort Henry with the account dated Dec. 22nd, 1861. There is a large imprinted paragraph at the center of the document certifying the accuracy of this account, etc.....It continues, "that I am not in arrears with the Confederate States on any account whatsoever; and that the last payment I received was from Paymaster was mustered into Service and to the 24 day of Aug. 1861. I at the same time acknowledge that I have received of H.T. Massengale Paymaster, this 24 day of Dec., 1861, the sum of Two Hundred Sixty One, 261, and 33 cents, being the amount in full of said account.

The document has a large A.E.S. as follows, "Approved, Joseph Drake, Col. 4th Regmt. Miss. Vols."

Signed very nicely at the bottom of the form by the officer whose pay account this is as, "A.M. Reasons, 3rd Lieut., 4th Reg. Miss. Vols."

Content on the reverse:

No. 382

Form No.3.

Officers' Pay Account.

A.M. Reasons

2 Lt.

From 24 Aug/61

To 1 Dec/61


Ornate Confederate imprinted form in excellent condition. Rare document from Fort Henry, Tennessee only about 6 weeks before the fort was captured by the Federal forces commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant. This was the first important Union victory in the western theater and it was the start of General Grant's star rising in the Northern press and among its citizenry. Very desirable Confederate document.

<u>Joseph Drake</u>: (1806-78) He was a lawyer, judge, and plantation owner, Confederate Colonel during the War Between the States, who led a brigade in two important battles, and served as a member of the Mississippi State Legislature before and during the war. His grandfather, Joseph Drake, was one of Daniel Boone's Kentucky "Long Hunters" who was killed by Indians near Boonesborough, Kentucky, in August of 1778. He attended Washington College in Lexington, Virginia in 1825-26, studied law, and was sworn in as an attorney in Carroll County, Mississippi in 1834. In 1835, Drake served as district attorney of the Circuit Court of the county, and he represented Carroll County in the Mississippi State House of Representatives from 1838–39, and served as probate Judge of Carroll County, from 1855-61. Drake was elected Captain of Company H, "Carroll County Rebels," which mustered into the  Mississippi State service at Carrollton, on August 24, 1861, and was organized at Grenada, Mississippi, as the 4th Regiment Mississippi Infantry, in the Second Brigade, Army of Mississippi, and they were enlisted for twelve months. He was elected Colonel of the regiment on September 11, 1861, in a camp near Trenton, Tennessee. The 4th Mississippi Infantry was then put under General Earl Van Dorn's command. After being promoted to major general on September 19, 1861, Van Dorn was transferred to Virginia under General Joseph E. Johnston. The 4th Mississippi infantry, which had been detached from Van Dorn's division was one of the two regiments at Fort Henry which were experienced in war, and the men conducted themselves as veterans. Colonel Joseph Drake sent two companies of Mississippians to meet the first advance of the enemy on February 4th, who held the rifle-pits alone until reinforced. During the bombardment of the 6th, which resulted in the surrender of Fort Henry, Colonel Drake commanded General Tilghman's 2nd Brigade. After the naval attack compelled the surrender of Fort Henry, Drake retreated to Fort Donelson, where he commanded General Bushrod Johnson's 3rd brigade. The 4th Mississippi was under fire in the trenches at Donelson during February 13th and 14th, and participated in the assault which was made on the 15th for the purpose of opening a line of retreat. General Johnson reported that Drake's Brigade, under its very gallant, steady and efficient commander, moved in admirable precision, almost constantly under fire, driving the enemy slowly from hill to hill until about 1 p.m., when he was instructed to return to the rifle pits. This left Drake's Brigade unsupported for a time, until Colonel Nathan Bedford Forrest went to Drake's support and advised him to fall back, which he did without disorder. Colonel Smith's brigade advanced a short distance up the hill, repeatedly rushing and then falling to the ground in the prone position, all the while listening to taunts from Drake's Confederate Brigade opposing them. The surrender of Fort Donelson followed on the 16th. It is said that Colonel Drake broke his sword and threw it in the river when told of the surrender. Colonel Drake went on a monumental journey after his capture initially being imprisoned at Johnson's Island; he was then admitted to the Prison Hospital, at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Illinois, on February 21, 1862; then transferred to Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio, on March 1st; transferred again on March 6th, to Fort Warren, Boston Harbor; and was released on parole on April 7, 1862, for the purpose of being exchanged for Union Colonel Milton Cogswell, of the 42nd New York Volunteers. He retired from the Confederate army after he was exchanged on August 27, 1862, considered to be too old for active service at 56 years of age. Colonel Joseph Drake then returned to his plantation and served as a member the Mississippi State Senate from Carroll County in 1864. He had a son, John Breckenridge Drake, (1840–1922) who served in Company K, of the 30th Mississippi Infantry, and who  surrendered on April 26, 1865, at Durham Station, North Carolina.

A.M. Reasons, enlisted on August 1, 1861, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. F, 4th Mississippi Infantry. He resigned on June 17, 1862. On September 1, 1862, he was commissioned captain in Co. F, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers Cavalry. His date of discharge is not known. 



 This attractive little hand lamp was constructed from lead soldered, tinned sheet iron with a broad die truck base and classic long brass burner tube for use with camphene.  All original and untouched just as it was set aside decades ago. Most popularly in use in the 1840s & 1850s, camphene lighting fuel from, highly refined turpentine produced a bright clean light. Largely replaced in lighting by coal oil in the 1860s, camphene was extremely volatile necessitating the small diameter wick and longer burner tubes than were used with whale oil lighting fuel.  The longer burner tube, with a broad base were all common safety features of these  camphene finger lamps.  A nice all original little lamp illustrated here with a quarter for size comparison.   <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 !

 Our illustrations will do best to describe this grouping of seven original Indian Wars era <I>general service</I> uniform coat buttons except to advise that they are all back marked by <I>HORSTMAN</I>.  A nice grouping at a reasonable price. <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 !!  

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

1 plus pages, 5 x 8, in bold pencil hand, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. 

<b><u>Danville, [Virginia] May 9th, 1864</b></u>

Dear wife,

After my love to you I will inform you that I recd. a letter from you date the 4th of April which found me in pretty good health. I was very sorry to hear that the children was sick for it does seem that you have trouble on all sides. I will now tell you of my troubles. On last Friday they paroled a lot of us and started us to the North and I felt sure of getting home. We got about 40 miles when from some cause the order was to turn back and back they brought us to Richmond and on Saturday they sent us to this place, but I do hope it won't be long before I get home. May God uphold you is the prayer of your loving husband.  

Lt. Levi Lupton

Written on the reverse side is: 

Dear wife,

Direct to Lt. L. Lupton, Prisoner of War, Danville, Va.

From Lt. Levi Lupton to Mrs. E.H. Lupton, Jerusalem, Monroe Co., Ohio

Light wear, tiny paper chip at left edge of the stationary, and age toning. This looks to be the first letter that Lieutenant Lupton wrote to his wife after being transferred from Richmond where he had been held in captivity at Libby Prison since June of 1863. One can only imagine the distress and utter disappointment and helplessness that Lieutenant Lupton suffered when at first he thought he was going home having travelled some 40 miles from Richmond, only to have the order countermanded and the Union prisoners he was with turned around and sent even further south!  

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

Brief history of Danville, Virginia during the War Between the States:

During the four years of war, the town was transformed into a strategic center of Confederate activity. Local planter and industrialist William T. Sutherlin was named quartermaster of its depot, the rail center being critical for supplying Confederate forces, and a hospital station was established there for Confederate wounded. A network of batteries, breastworks, redoubts and rifle pits defended the town.

A prison camp was established here, by converting several tobacco warehouses, including one owned by Sutherlin, for use to hold Yankee prisoners of war. At one time they held more than 5,000 captured Federal soldiers. Starvation and dysentery, plus a smallpox epidemic in 1864, caused the death of 1,314 of these prisoners. Their remains have been interred in the Danville National Cemetery.

The Richmond and Danville Railroad was the main supply route into Petersburg, where General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia was holding the defensive line to protect Richmond. The Danville supply trains ran until General George Stoneman's Yankee cavalry tore up the railroad tracks. This event was immortalized in the song, "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down."

Danville became the last headquarters of the Confederate States of America. President Jefferson Davis stayed at the Sutherlin mansion from April 3rd to the 10th, of 1865. It was here that he wrote and issued his last Presidential Proclamation. 

The final Confederate Cabinet meeting was held at the Benedict House in Danville. Davis and members of his cabinet left Danville when they learned of General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, and moved to Greensboro, North Carolina. On the day they left, Virginia Governor William Smith arrived there from Lynchburg to establish his headquarters.

Confederate Officer's Pay Account From F $250.00


c. 1840 / 1850 tin HAND LAMP $135.00


lot of 7 Indian War era Horstman EAGLE B $55.00


116th Ohio Infantry Letter $125.00

<b>Written on "Union" patriotic letter sheet

"We see in almost every paper that [General Stonewall] Jackson is coming on to us with a very large force, but we ain’t scared much. Wilson, you had better think that cannon balls make a loud noise. I seen one strike near a man. He walked along a few steps when another struck in a few feet of him then he ran, the thought, it was time to get away. When a shell strikes the ground it makes the dirt fly in every direction."</b>

4 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, on patriotic letter sheet, with an illustration of Columbia seated next to an American shield with a sword on the ground, and the motto "UNION" printed below the vignette. Written by Private William R. Tittle, to his brother, future Union private, Samuel Wilson Tittle. Comes with the rare imprinted regimental envelope. Addressed to Mr. Samuel W. Tittle, Melmore, Seneca Co., Ohio, C.D.S., Winchester, Va., Jul. 2, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp Scott #64]. Imprinted regimental imprint at the top of the cover, "From 55th Regiment O.V., U.S.A. Docket written at the bottom of the envelope indicating the place and date of the letter, "Cedar Creek, Va., June 30/62." 

<b><u>Camp on Cedar Creek, [Virginia], June 30th, 1862</b></u>

Dear Brother,

I received Allen’s letter 28 and was glad to hear that Sarah was getting better and hope that she is well before this time and hope these few lines may find you all well.  I was surprised to hear that you had not heard from me from the 21st of May.  It is sure I had never wrote home from [when] we left Franklin till we came back to Mt. Jackson.  There I wrote home.  This was the first chance I had to write.  We couldn’t get paper and we didn’t have time.  When we did stop we was all so tired that we didn’t care much about writing, but at the same time we are always glad to hear from our friends at all times tired or rested.  Then I wrote a week ago yesterday from Strasburg.  I give an account of our fight as near as I could and marching.  We made some hard days marches since we left Franklin.  I have got all my letters that was sent to me lately.  We didn’t get any mail for one week after we left Petersburg and since then we have got it middling regular.  I have never got a letter from Benjamin and I would like to know what is the reason  he don’t write.  Wilson, I would like to know whether any of you has any notion of enlisting.  If you should mind, and consider all things, for there is a great many that didn’t and you may easily know how such ones like it by this time.  It is not playing war here like it was at Camp McClellan.  I have got the first time to fall out of the ranks yet, but the 2 day of June we stopped at one o’clock and there was only 12 to stack arms in Co. H and another Co. was about the same and I couldn’t of went 1 mile further.  Now I would like to know what officers gain in running men so fast, but I am satisfied to do all I can.  Our train came yesterday about 1 o’clock with our tents and cooking utensils and knapsacks.  We soon had our tents up and sleeped in them last night.  Very soon after we had them up it commenced to rain.  It appears like living again, but it is not likely that we will stay here long.  We see in almost every paper that [General Stonewall] Jackson is coming on to us with a very large force, but we ain’t scared much.  Wilson, you had better think that cannon balls make a loud noise.  I seen one strike near a man.  He walked along a few steps when another struck in a few feet of him then he ran, the thought, it was time to get away.  When a shell strikes the ground it makes the dirt fly in every direction.  This is a fine valley.  There is a large crop of wheat standing here and I think the most of it will not be cut for there is not men enough here to cut it and there is a large crop of corn, but very little of it is worked any.  There isn’t one acre out of ten that is cultivated.  Our clothing has got through to the poor house.  They have lost a good deal more than they ought to have done.  They made a mistake at New Creek about the weight.  The whole thing cost somewhere about 3 dollars and Clay Holtz [1] the other fellow they sent along is likely taken prisoner.  He was left at Franklin and that is the last we have heard of him.  There was some of the boys that was left there taken.  There is a good many officers belonging to the 55th Regt. resigning on account of poor health.  The officers belonging to Co. H is all right yet.  Mr. Tallman [2] and Riker [3] and several others didn’t come here.  They was sent on to the post hospital 12 miles from Cumberland.  Ed Holmes [4] and Lewis Perkley [5] have been quite poorly.  They was overheated by marching.  All that Ralph has to do is to stop and get their things at Folkners.  I will pay my part here.  I must close for this time and hope these few lines may find you all well.

From your Brother,


Wm. R. Tittle to S.W. Tittle

Light staining. Misspelled words. Very fine patriotic letter sheet. Excellent content. Rare imprinted regimental cover. Bold and neatly written.

The hard fought 55th Ohio Infantry saw action at McDowell, Va., Franklin, Va., Luray, Va., Cedar Mountain, Va., 2nd Bull Run, Va., Chancellorsville, Va., Gettysburg, Pa., Aldie, Va., Bristoe Station, Va., Missionary Ridge, Tenn., Resaca, Ga., New Hope Church, Ga., Kennesaw Mountain, Ga., Marietta, Ga., Peach Tree Creek, Ga., Atlanta, Ga., Savannah, Ga., Averysboro, N.C., Bentonville, N.C., and Goldsboro, N.C.

At 2nd Bull the regiment lost 18 killed, 36 wounded, and 2 were captured; at Chancellorsville, they lost 19 killed, 63 wounded and had 37 men captured; at Gettysburg, they lost 7 killed, 18 wounded and 10 were captured; at Resaca, Ga., they lost 19 killed, and 29 wounded; at Averysboro, N.C., they lost 4 killed and 13 wounded; and at Bentonville, N.C., they had 2 killed, 16 wounded and 1 captured.  

William R. Tittle, the letter writer, was 25 years old when he enlisted on December 30, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to corporal on October 3, 1862, and sergeant on August 1, 1863. He was mustered out of the service on December 29, 1864.

Samuel Wilson Tittle, the recipient of this letter, was 19 years old when he enlisted on May 2, 1864, as a private, and was mustered into Co. B, 164th Ohio Infantry. He was mustered out of the service on August 27, 1864, at Cleveland, Ohio. 

[1] Clay Holtz was 19 years old when he enlisted on October 5, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was captured on May 27, 1862, at Franklin, Va. He was mustered out of the service on October 23, 1864.

[2] Edward Tallman was 42 years old when he enlisted on September 25, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was discharged disability on August 29, 1862, at Cumberland, Maryland.

[3] Jeremiah Riker was 39 years old when he enlisted on September 17, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was discharged for disability on October 19, 1862, at Fairfax Seminary Hospital, Va.

[4] Edwin Holmes was 26 years old when he enlisted on September 16, 1863, as a private, and was mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was discharged for disability on October 19, 1862, at Columbus, Ohio.

[5] Lewis Perkley was 19 years old when he enlisted on September 28, 1861, as a private, and mustered into Co. H, 55th Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to corporal on May 1, 1863, and was killed in action on May 15, 1864, at the battle of Resaca, Georgia, during the Atlanta campaign. 



Civil War patriotic imprint with a  full color illustration of an eagle in flight carrying an American flag in its beak. Verse printed below the illustration as follows: "Woe, woe, to the traitorous children of Mars, Who challenge this bird, with his banner of stars; We will teach them th's lesson, that truth and the right Are ever Triumphant, and must win the fight." Light discoloration. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item. 


(1814-1879) Graduated in the West Point class of 1837. He displayed a gallant record in the Mexican War. A solid combat officer, Hooker fought in the Peninsular campaign, the Seven Days battles, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, where he commanded the Army of the Potomac, and the Atlanta campaign. His sobriquet was, "Fighting Joe" Hooker.

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Bust view in uniform with rank of major general. Backmark: Henry Ulke, 278 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C. Sharp image. Excellent.  

Multi-color lithograph done by Kurz & Allison, Art Publishers, Chicago, U.S.A., Copyright 1888. Titled, "Battle Of Fredericksburg." Imprint below the illustration at lower left, "The Army Of Potomac Crossing The Rappahannock In The Morning Of Dec. 13, 1862, Under Comd. Of Gen's Burnside, Sumner, Hooker & Franklin." Overall size is approximately 23 1/4 x 17 3/4. This is a reprint of the original Kurz & Allison 1888 edition done on heavy paper stock with vivid colors. There are wide 1 plus inch white borders on all sides. Circa 1960. It is my understanding that these were printed around the time of the Civil War Centennial celebrations using the original plates to print these. There were other reprints done much later (1979) of these Kurz & Allison Civil War battle scenes which are much smaller in size (about 12 x 15). Light edge wear in the border area that does not affect the content of the print in anyway, and which can easily be matted out. Very fine Fredericksburg lithograph that would look great framed.

55th Ohio Infantry Letter with Imprinted


Eagle and American Flag


CDV, General Joseph Hooker


Lithograph, The Battle of Fredericksburg

(1815-83) He was born in Cooperstown, N.Y., his maternal grandfather was a general during the Revolutionary War, and his father was a major general in the N.Y. State Militia, and at the time of his death was chief justice of the Michigan State Supreme Court. Morell graduated #1 in the West Point class of 1835. In the early part of 1861, he served as colonel and quartermaster on the staff of the major general commanding the New York militia, organizing and forwarding regiments to the seat of war. He then served in the Washington defenses and on August 9, 1861, was commissioned brigadier general of volunteers. He commanded a brigade of General Fitz John Porter's division of the 5th Corps during the 1862 Virginia Peninsular campaign, and rose to division command when Porter took over the corps. He fought gallantly and skillfully in the Seven Days battles, at 2nd Bull Run and Antietam, and was promoted to major general to rank from July 4, 1862. However, the court martial of Fitz John Porter destroyed Morell's career. It has been said that Porter was ruined because of his devotion to McClellan. It could equally be said that Morell was ruined because of his devotion to Porter. 

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 3 3/4 card. Chest up view in uniform with rank of colonel. Backmark: Larcombe, Photographist, No. 25 Public Square, (S.W. Corner), Nashville, Tenn. The card has been trimmed and there is a horizontal crease which goes through the face of the subject. There is a small area of loss to the albumen paper at the upper right corner of the card which does not affect the subject. If this card were in excellent condition it would easily be priced somewhere between $150.00 and $250.00.  

Authentic, original woodcut engravings that were hand tinted in color and published in the July 20, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. Titled, "The Eleventh Indiana Regiment Of Zouaves, Colonel L. Wallace." Includes five individual illustrations: #1- Camp Recreations From Tattoo Till Taps. #2- Camp Recreations- Just After Dress Parade. #3- Deployed as Skirmishers- From a Photograph. #4- Rallying By Fours- From a Photograph. #5- Formed in Hollow Square- From a Photograph. 10 1/2 x 15 1/4. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. Desirable regiment.   

<b>With a front page map of the Capture of Fort Hindman and an illustration of the inside of the fort</b>

New York, Sunday, January 25, 1863. 8 pages. Front page map, The Capture Of Fort Hindman. The Combined Military and Naval Victory on the Arkansas River. Includes notes of reference below the map. There is also a detailed illustration of the Inside Of Fort Hindman on the front page. Headlines and stories on the front page: IMPORTANT FROM ARKANSAS. Operations On The White River. Capture of St. Charles, Duval's Bluff and Des Arc. Highly Interesting Details of the Assault and Capture of Post of Arkansas. Investment of Fort Hindman by Gen. McClernand's Army. The Fight Around The Rebel Works. Splendid Operations of the Army of the Mississippi. Admiral Porter's Mississippi Squadron in the Fight. Glory Of The Gunboats. Surrender Of The Fort. The Rebel General Churchill and Seven Thousand Prisoners Captured. The Dash Up The White River. The Post of Arkansas Victory. The Mississippi River Expedition. A Brilliant Night Bombardment. Capture of Prisoners. The Battle. Operations of the Navy. Other news: Interesting From the South. Rebel Opinion of Governor Seymour and His Intended Operations. Southern View of Memphis and St. Louis. THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC. Visit of Gen. Burnside to the President and Secretary Stanton. Affairs on the Rappahannock. The Condition of the Roads Improved. An Early Advance Anticipated. Our Fifth Army Corps. The Rebel News From The Mississippi. A Battle at Port Hudson Expected. Preparation for Resistance. General Johnston Forgiving Rebel Deserters if They Report for Duty. Department of the East. The Seaboard Fortifications. News From General Wool's Headquarters. News From Washington. The 37th Congress, and much more news. Light edge wear and a few scattered small archival tape repairs. Overall a very fine 1863 newspaper with two front page illustrations and excellent war news.    

<b>Written by Major Clark S. Edwards, future Colonel of the regiment

He commanded the 5th Maine Infantry during the battle of Gettysburg!

Promoted to Brevet Brigadier General for gallant conduct during the Civil War!

1862 eight page letter with original cover signed twice by Major Edwards with excellent content defending the Army of the Potomac and citing some of their recent battles!

"we had one hundred & fifty thousand men, the finest army the world ever saw, but where is it now.  The remnants are here, but the largest half is gone, their bones are now whitening in every county, town and village on the Peninsula, and thousands of them are left at So. Mt., Crampton Pass, and Antietam."</b>

(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine.  He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns.  This group of men became Company I, of the 5th Maine Volunteer Infantry, with Edwards commissioned as their captain on June 24, 1861.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed colonel of the regiment, on January 8, 1863, commanding the 5th Maine Infantry from that date forward. He was promoted to brevet brigadier general, on March 13, 1865, for his gallant and meritorious Civil War service record.

The 5th Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry was one of the first Maine regiments to be mustered into the Union Army.  They fought in many battles from 1st Bull Run to Petersburg.  During the battle of Rappahannock Station the regiment is credited with capturing 4 Confederate battleflags and 1,200 prisoners.  Known as one of Maine's best fighting regiments, it captured more prisoners than the entire number of men who served in the regiment, and three times the number of battle flags than any other Maine regiment.  After three long years of hard fought service only 193 men were mustered out of the regiment when their term of service expired.  Among their battle honors are written the names of 1st Bull Run, Gaines' Mill, 2nd Bull Run, Crampton's Gap, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Rappahannock Station, Rapidan Crossing, Mine Run, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg.

8 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by Major Clark S. Edwards, to his wife. Comes with the original envelope which has been signed twice by Edwards, once with rank. Addressed in the hand of Major Edwards to his wife, "Mrs. C.S. Edwards, Bethel, Maine." Edwards has franked the envelope at the upper right corner, "Soldiers Letter, C.S. Edwards, Maj. 5th Me. Vo[l]." Manuscript "due" is written below his signature for postage due on the letter. Docketed at the upper left edge as the letter was in route to Maine, "Keedysville, Md., Oct. 31st." The docket at the left edge of the envelope, "Oct. 30th/62" was written by Mrs. Edwards. It was her habit to write the dates on the envelopes that her husband's letters were written on. This made it easier for her if she was looking for a letter from a certain date or time period.   


<b><u>Thursday Afternoon, Near Bakersville, Md., Oct. 30, 1862</b></u>

We are still on the old camp, but left it yesterday and went on picket at dawn [at] No. 4, but was relieved in the night by one of the Mass. Regts. and got into camp about midnight and I found a letter from you dated Oct. 21st, so you see it takes a full week for a letter to reach us.  Our mail matters is very bad or irregular of late.  I am very glad to hear the little ones are better.  I am glad you have become reconciled to my staying a time longer or at least are willing.  I should do what I thought for the best.  I am sorry to hear you are breaking down or getting worn out.  The little boys are old enough to do considerable in the way of chores.  I am sorry to hear of Dr. Luce’s  troubles, but it’s different from what it would have been if he had been killed in battle and left on here with our unknown as thousands are.  In regard to his good wishes towards me I am thankful of them, but in regard to my next promotion I know nothing about it or no more than you do and I presume not as much.  I am glad to hear that Mary is getting along well.  What is her opinion about having babies now, not so very bad after all.  Tell her she has got her hand in and she must keep it up.  You think I judged wrong in regard to the Bethel folks feeling bad because no more is killed.  I did not mean Bethel in particular, all the North.  <b>We of the Potomac Army are now called the stand still army by these Northern croakers.  Is it not enough to raise the indignation of any people after going through what we have since the first of Apl. [April] last, than we had one hundred & fifty thousand men, the finest army the world ever saw, but where is it now.  The remnants are here, but the largest half is gone, their bones are now whitening in every county, town and village on the [Virginia] Peninsula and thousands of them are left at So.[South] Mt. [Mountain], Crampton Pass, and Antietam, more than sixty thousand are left.  We have marched and countermarched for thousands of miles and fought the greatest battles this country ever have, and still because the great object is not obtained, that is the taking of Richmond, why the Potomac Army has done nothing in the mind of those that is all the time finding fault.  If Richmond had been taken in the first part of the season what then, why their army that has been opposing us would have been somewhere else to fight us where there would have been as much or more at stake.  The Rebels loss in Va. & Md. the past season cannot amount to less than one hundred & twenty thousand.  If Richmond was in our possession, what then?  Why that is one place out of ten thousand.  We hold more now than we can take care of.  A large part of Tenn. & Kentucky we have lost within the past year, but I will say no more on the subject as I may say too much.</b>  In regard to the New York ladies I think they will not compare with the Maine women.  I would not fear to have you come here and if we go into camp near the R.R. I will send for you.

Thursday Evening

As I have a few leisure moments I will close this.  It is now seven o’clock and I am in my tent alone as the Dr. is out.  We have orders to move in the morning at five o’clock, but I cannot tell you anything about where we go, but by the order about our baggage we are going on one of our long marches again, perhaps before this reaches you we will see more fighting, but the sooner it comes the sooner [its] over.  Our camp is all alive as the boys are fixing up to leave at an early hour, but we little know what we are going into.  I think we shall go into winter quarters within two or three weeks if the fall’s rains come on as early as usual, then as I have always write you.  I will try to go home.  I think you must be glad that I did not go at the time I first talked of.  If I had gone then I should not been in the two last fights and you know it is an honor to anyone to be in a fight.  You can see that by the way the 7th [Maine Infantry] was received in Portland.   We are in a beautiful camp here and I do not like the idea of moving, but we go as we are bid to go.  Our camp is in a beautiful grove and just outside the army tents is the grave of some poor soldier.  I did not notice it till after I put up my [tent] and as it was hardly finished I had it fixed up and a stone put at the head & foot.  It is within twenty feet of my [?].  I do not know the history of the poor fellow but as [the] Fourth Division was in camp on this ground I presumed it was one of them, perhaps one of that immortal 7th.  We think but little of camping down with the dead.  I find its any different from what I expected that is in myself in regard to these things, but after a man has been in the army a year & a half he can do most anything.  I must close this soon as I have got some packing up to do so to leave early.  I wish it was towards Maine and the whole Regt. was to go, but I do not know when that will be.  I will write you again as soon as we get to a place so I can.  I do not know how I will get along tomorrow as Mc [Mac] is lame and Findley, about every horse in the Regt. is at this time.  It is a sort of a disease among the horses, something like the scratches only a good deal worse.  You may say to [?] that I think they can have the sutlership of the Regt.  I will write them as soon as I get time.  I know they can make more money out of it, but it wants two to carry it on, one to buy & haul in, the other to sell.  If they think of coming it must be done soon as we shall have a sutler as soon as we go into winter quarters.  My love to all the little ones and regards to all.


Very fine 8 page letter. Excellent content with references to the recently fought  battles that the Army of the Potomac and the 5th Maine Infantry had participated in, and much more interesting news! Comes with the original cover bearing 2 signatures of Major Clark S. Edwards, one with rank. The cover shows edge wear from when it was originally opened and some edge chipping.

CDV General George W. Morell $10.00


The Eleventh Indiana Regiment of Zouaves


The New York Herald, January 25, 1863


5th Maine Infantry Letter $250.00

Authentic, original woodcut engraving hand tinted in color that was published in the April 19, 1862 issue of Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper. Caption: The War On The Mississippi- The U.S. Transport Terry Pushing Her Way Through The Swamps And Bayous, Back Of Island No. 10, To The Assistance Of Gen. Pope At New Madrid. From a Sketch by Our Special Artist. 10 3/4 x 15 3/4. Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper and date are printed in the margin.    This attractive hand made antique checker board measures approximately 8 5/8 X 11 7/8 and was fashioned from a white pine board with the inscribed and milk painted game board on its face.  The game board retains a full compliment of hand crafted checkers in board matching colors.  Some period dings and wear along with a pleasing natural age patina front and back, offer good evidence of age, originality and period use.  A neat companion piece with any Civil War era personal grouping, no harm would come to this old game board if put to originally intended use. please note:   <B>ALL ITEMS ARE CURRENT & AVAILABLE UNLESS MARKED SOLD!!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !!

 This attractive 8 ½ inch pewter mess plate remains in honest, untouched condition with that deep gray patina that comes to pewter only with the decades.  Faint but discernable on the back is the once bold block letter <I>LONDON</I> in banner mark as seen on import pewter by Thomas Swanson, of that city.  (Swanson began exporting his wares to Boston in 1732.)  A nice honest piece just the proper size for the Revolutionary War haversack, this handsome old pewter plate will go well in any  Colonial era grouping.  <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>

 Tender with some tattering as  good evidence of age and originality, yet nicely displayable with lots of eye appeal, this approximately 10 X 13 inch, July 16, 1864 weekly issue of <I>The Scientific American</I> is complete and contains an account of George Custer’s U. S. Patent <I>improved</I> horse shoe design.  An appealing design line drawing is presented over the bold heading <B>CUSTER’S HORSE-SHOE</B> with an accompanying description of the design and intended <I>improvement</I> over the old standard design.  The little known <B>George Armstrong Custer</B> effort in the patent arena has been largely forgotten and lost in time with what may have been a <I>nail in the coffin</I> with respect to historical credit being a subsequent transcription error from period hand written 1870 U. S. Census records.  Very simply the name of George <B>A.</B> Custer was mistakenly transcribed in a research reference as <I>George <B>C</B> Custer</I>.  This simple transcription inaccuracy from the original record led to a conclusion published in Mike O’Keefe’s <I>Custer, the Seventh Cavalry & the Little Big Horn</I> that the subject patent was not issued by George A. Custer but another George Custer.  A look at renderings of original hand written census records will show that George A. Custer <U>was the only George Custer with a Monroe, Michigan</U> address as provided in official U. S. Patent documents.  (This offering will come with <U>convincing</U> research notes with respect to the above.)  Framed up or simply laid out with Civil War or Western Indian War material, this piece will add  A neat piece of Americana!   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

The U. S. Transport Terry Pushing Through


hand crafted - antique CHECKER BOARD & C $135.00


18th Century Pewter Mess Plate $85.00


July 16 1864 Scientific American - C $95.00

A reminder of the <I>good old days</I> when such treasures were still surviving in New England attics where they were set aside from the trophies of returned Civil War veterans or stored away from collections of defunct  G. A. R. veteran halls that dotted the countryside, we acquired this <B><I>Gettysburg</B></I> relic <I>make-do</I> brogan years ago in one of our <I>antiquing</I> jaunts.   With considerable period wear and the fact that it appears to have been pressed into service as a brogan from a cut down boot, this relic offers corroboration  of the Confederates desperate need of footwear as they marched toward Gettysburg and the battle that awaited them there. Found only in the earliest relic collections of veteran collectors who traveled to battle sites in the recent post-Civil War time when such relics still scattered the ground.  Referred to by today’s <I>digger</I> historians as <I>eye-ballers</I> many of these early collectors were (fortunately) fond of documenting the location of their finds with such milk-paint notations as we see on this wonderful old brogan.  ( For an example of such a shoe cut down from a boot see Mike O’Donnell’s <B><I> Gettysburg Battlefield Relics & Souvenirs</I></B> page 254. ) Seldom available on today’s market and seldom seen outside of the better public and private collections it is time to pass this treasure on to an appreciative home.  <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 nice Civil War vintage telescoping pewter cup, all original and in excellent condition with its japanned tin carrying case.  Un-polished and as found, the pewter displays a wonderful original luster and the base of the cup is marked <B>H. J. WOODMAN</B>.  The tin pocket case retains a substantial amount of its the original japanned lacquer finish. Though somewhat fragile, these soft pewter traveling cups were a popular item in the soldiers collection of personal items. Period examples are popular with collectors and are hard to find in this condition. <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


<b>With large front page map, "The Battles in Tennessee and Georgia"

Includes 2nd map inside titled, "Lookout Mountain"</b>

New York, Saturday, November 28, 1863- Triple Sheet. 12 pages. Stories include: GRANT'S ARMY. Great Victories Near Chattanooga. The Rout of the Rebels Complete. Bragg's Rebel Army Crumbling to Pieces. Their Arms Thrown Down in Despair. The Progress of Our Troops Illuminated by the Enemy's Burning Magazines. More Artillery and Prisoners Captured. Important Cavalry Expedition. Portion of the East Tennessee Railroad Destroyed. Longstreet's Retreat From Knoxville Cut Off. Nice map on page three titled, "Lookout Mountain." The Richmond Prisoners. Statement of the Union Surgeons Just Released From Libby Prison. Barbarity of the Rebel Authorities. Dreadful Mortality Among the Prisoners. MEADE'S ARMY. Advance of the Army of the Potomac. All Our Troops on the South Side of the Rapidan. No Opposition at the River Fords. Heavy Firing Heard All Day Yesterday. The Position and Strength of the Rebels. Capture of a Train by Mosby's Guerrillas. A Great Day For Ireland. Miles O'Reilly at the White House. Mr. Lincoln, the Cabinet and the Foreign Diplomatic Body. Deeply Interesting Ceremonial. Songs to Suit Everybody. Mr. Lincoln Tells His Best Story. Speeches by General Meagher, Father Murphy, the Count Mercier and Lord Lyons. Messrs. Chase and Seward Have a Sparing Match. Army Candidates For The Presidency. War Clouds Between France and England. Mr. Lincoln Tells Another Story. The French Minister Proposes Joint Action on the Part of France, Ireland and America. Seizure of Over Eleven Hundred African Negroes Off the Coast of Cuba. News From the Bahamas. Trade of the Anglo-Rebel Blockade Runner Steam Fleet. Execution at Freehold, N.J. Hanging of Peter E. Slocum for the Murder of His Wife, and much more news in this expanded 12 page addition. There is a small hole about an inch wide and 1/2 inch high on the front page. It is in the left column and it causes the loss of some printed content on page 1 (some local election listings) and page 2 (advertisements). Otherwise this is a very fine issue with great war content and two important maps.  

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published in Harper's Weekly. Caption: Major Knipe Winging a Secessionist. Sketched by Our Special Artist. 10 1/2 x 7 1/8. Although undated, I know that this illustration was originally published in the July 20, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly.

Gettysburg relic - Battlefield Pickup BR


Extra nice! Civil War vintage cased TEL $95.00


The New York Herald, November 28, 1863


Major Knipe Winging a Secessionist

<b>25th North Carolina Infantry

Later commanded Confederate Cavalry

He was endeavoring to raise negro troops for the Confederacy in 1865!

Colonel Dearing personally wrote to President Andrew Johnson in 1865 seeking executive clemency!</b>

Born in Georgia in 1833, St. Clair Dearing was commissioned lieutenant in the 4th U.S. Infantry on June 7, 1855. He was transferred to the 2nd U.S. Artillery on March 17, 1858, and resigned his commission on February 7, 1861, shortly after his native state of Georgia seceded from the Union. He was commissioned lieutenant colonel of the 25th North Carolina Infantry, on August 15, 1861. Being a professional soldier, Dearing was given the task of training and drilling the raw North Carolina recruits of the 25th regiment, and he skillfully taught them how to function as a cohesive fighting unit. He declined re-election in April 1862, with what he later called "petulance," but he was known as a hard drinker and he decided to resign his commission on April 29, 1862. However, Dearing's Civil War military career was far from over. He served as a Confederate staff officer during the 1863 Charleston, S.C. campaign, and is mentioned several times in battle reports. He later commanded Confederate cavalry and was endeavoring to raise colored troops in Georgia in 1865. He signed an oath of allegiance to the United States in Clark County, Georgia, on August 22, 1865. He also wrote a personal letter to President Andrew Johnson seeking executive clemency. In his letter he mentions that he served for seven years in the U.S. Army and although he had formed friendships and ties that were difficult to sever, he resigned his commission at the invitation of his native state of Georgia. "I served the greater portion of four years in the Confederate Armies, and I trust did my duty in accordance with the principles I had adopted and what I deemed duty to the State in which I was born." He goes on to say that he recognizes the existing state of affairs and desires "once again to be admitted to the rights and privileges of an American citizen. I have an aged Mother ruined by the events of the war, now dependent on my exertions for support, and for her sake, rather than my own, I trust you may not think it inconsistent with the public good to admit this my petition for Executive Clemency and by restoring the ability to engage in some honest pursuit to enable me to become a useful citizen rather than remain a drone in the great [?] of the Commonwealth."

Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 1/2 x 4 1/8 card. Spectacular full standing view of the 5 foot, 11 inch Colonel St. Clair Dearing, wearing a shell jacket with gold tinted collar rank and buttons, belt with two piece buckle and holster attached, gauntlets, and knee high leather boots. He poses next to a studio column and painted background holding his kepi with quatrefoil, but one of the most remarkable details of this photograph is that Colonel Dearing is holding a Scottish basket hilt rapier sword. No imprint. Corners of the card are very slightly trimmed. Magnificent Confederate image! Very rare!!

An original 1850's daguerreotype of Lieutenant St. Clair Dearing in his U.S. Army dress uniform is in the collection of Duke University. They also have an original, handmade deck of playing cards made by Colonel Dearing in 1864.  <b>Commander of the famed "Sussex Light Dragoons" of Virginia</b>

7 1/4 x 9 3/4, in ink, written to Captain Belsches on imprinted letter sheet, and signed by Washington Lafayette Riddick, who was the Assistant Adjutant General of General Albert G. Blanchard at this time.

Head Quarters Military Division. The words "Military Division" have been crossed out with slanted pen strokes, and written in above is "3d Brigade." The imprint continues Portsmouth, Va., with the month and day written in ink, "Sept. 16th" and the year 1861 imprinted on the letter sheet. 

The content of the letter is as follows:

Capt. B.W. Belsches

Sussex Cavalry


In answer to your communication of this date, asking extension of leave of absence on account of your health, I am directed to say that the request is granted, and until such time as the condition of your health will prevent you to return to active duty.

You will however make weekly reports of your condition to these Head Quarters, accompanied by the certificate of your attending physician. 

Respty. Yr. Obt. Sevt.

W.L. Riddick

A. Adjt. Genl.

Sent by mail to Waverly Station [Virginia]

Light staining along the left edge of the paper, and some minor overall wear. Bold and neatly written. Very desirable and scarce document regarding the elite "Sussex Light Dragoons" of Virginia, and its commander Captain Benjamin W. Belsches. 

WBTS Trivia: During The War Between the States, Sussex Country, Virginia was the site of much military activity. The "Sussex Light Dragoons" adopted their name from an American Revolutionary War unit that also hailed from Sussex County, Virginia. The "Sussex Light Dragoons" were known as a wealthy organization and it is said that each member of the company had his own servant with him.   

The "Sussex Light Dragoons" wore a most distinctive uniform, their kepi being of such a height as to almost qualify it as a "shako," made of blue cloth with yellow braid, it bore a brass badge of the letters "S.L.D." over crossed sabres. Officers wore a variation of the regulation frock coat, but considerably longer than usual. Other ranks wore shirts with "plastron" style front panels, which may have been reversible to show a yellow panel for full dress. They were also known as bib-fronted battle shirts. Trousers for all ranks were dark blue. They were armed with the usual weapons of the sabre and revolver. [Source: Mine Creek Battlefield; American Uniforms].

Benjamin W. Belsches, was 43 years old when he enlisted on April 24, 1861, at Waverly, Virginia, as a captain. He was the commander of the famed "Sussex Light Dragoons." He also had service in Co. C, 5th Virginia Cavalry, and either the 13th Virginia Cavalry [see page 364 of Units of the Confederate States Army] or 15th Virginia Cavalry [see The Historical Data Systems, Inc.]. He was promoted to major on June 26, 1862. His date and method of discharge are unknown. He did however survive the war and died on October 13, 1872, and is buried in the Family Cemetery, in Sussex County, Virginia.

Washington Lafayette Riddick, was a 36 year old resident of Suffolk, Va., when he enlisted on June 24, 1861, at Suffolk, as a 2nd lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. G, 5th Virginia Cavalry. On August 15, 1861, he was commissioned as a Confederate States Staff Officer, and assigned to the headquarters staff of General Albert G. Blanchard, as 1st lieutenant and adjutant. He was promoted to the rank of captain in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States of America, on October 5, 1861. He was wounded on June 1, 1862, at the battle of Seven Pines, Va.; he was assigned to Camp Lee, Richmond, Va., as Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, on August 15, 1863; assigned to the staff of General James L. Kemper as Assistant Adjutant General, on January 15, 1865; assigned to R.H. Anderson's Artillery, as Assistant Adjutant General, on January 28, 1865; and was paroled on May 2, 1865, at Richmond, Va. He died on February 3, 1871, in New Orleans, Louisiana.  


Authentic, original wood cut engraving that has been hand tinted in color from the September 6, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Battle of Baton Rouge. Sketched From the Camp of the Indiana Regiment. 15 x 10 3/4. Small stained area at upper right corner in the border area. This does not affect the content of the print in any way.  

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

(1798-1856) Born in La Plata, Md., he graduated from Yale in 1817, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1819 and commenced practice at Port Tobacco, Charles County, Md. He served as a member of the Maryland State House of Delegates from 1824-1832, and from 1843-1844, serving as speaker 1826-29, and again in 1844. Was a member of the Maryland State Senate, 1832-36, serving as president of that body from 1833-1836. He also served in the Maryland State Militia. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Maryland in 1844. Served as a United States Congressman, from 1845-49, and was the chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia. Afterwards he resumed his law practice in Port Tobacco, and was the president of the State constitutional convention in 1851.

<u>Signature With State</u>: 5 1/4 x 1, in ink, J.G. Chapman, Maryland.

CDV, Colonel St. Clair Dearing $600.00


1861 Letter Written to Captain Benjamin $150.00


The Battle of Baton Rouge, Louisiana


Autograph, John Grant Chapman $15.00

<b>On a very rare patriotic letter sheet with Union gunboats and a quote from the Rebel newspaper, The Richmond Dispatch</b>

2 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 1/2, in ink, and signed with regimental identification.

There is a battle scene at the top of the letter sheet with Union ironclad gunboats bombarding a Confederate fort. Includes the following imprint: "There is no disaster of the present war which it is so difficult to bear with any degree of patience or philosophy, as the almost uniform success of the enemy's gunboats on our land batteries. It is a thing absolutely unprecedented in the history of warfare! Richmond Dispatch, Feb. 21, 1862."

<b><u>Franklin, Pendleton Co., Va.

May the 24th A.D., 1862</b></u>

Dear Sister,

I am well at present hoping these few words will find you enjoying the same blessing.  I received a letter from mother the other day and I was very glad to hear from home once more.  I wrote a letter to William yesterday tho[ugh] I thought I would write another today.  I get very lonesome without doing something.  We had a fight on the 8 day of May [1] and we are exempt 30 days from duty and we have nothing to do for 30 days.  It is very warm weather here now.  I have wrote several letters since we came here to Franklin.  It is the county seat of Pendleton County.  It is a nice little place.  I will send Emma a nice present, a little breast pin, and Sis and Dennis a few cents to buy candy for themselves.  I believe I must come to a close.  I have nothing more to write at this time so write soon.  Good to all; mother, sisters and brothers.  When you write to me Direct your letters to Franklin, Pendleton County, Virginia, 32 Regiment. Company F, in care Captain Potts, [2] O.[hio] V.[olunteers], U.S.A.

The letter is signed with a single initial.  I believe it is either an "L" or an "S." [3] 

I have to send the letters without paying postage on them.  There is no post stamps to get here.

Very neatly written letter by a soldier of Company F, 32nd Ohio Infantry, on a very rare illustrated gunboat patriotic letter sheet with quote from the Richmond Dispatch.

[1] On May 8, 1862, the date referred to in this letter, the 32nd Ohio Infantry participated in the battle of McDowell, Virginia, part of the celebrated 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. In the regiment's history compiled in "The Union Army, Vol. 2," it states that "at the battle of McDowell the 32nd [Ohio] lost 6 killed and 53 wounded, some mortally, being the last regiment to leave the field."

[2] Benjamin Franklin Potts, was a 32 year old lawyer when he enlisted on September 4, 1861, as a captain, and was commissioned into Company F, 32nd Ohio Infantry. He was captured on September 15, 1862, at Harper's Ferry, during the Antietam campaign.  Promoted to lieutenant colonel, November 21, 1862; colonel, December 25, 1862; brigadier general, January 16, 1865; and brevet major general, March 13, 1865. He was mustered out of the service on January 16, 1866. He served as the Governor of Montana, 1870-82. He died on June 17, 1887 in Helena, Montana.

[3] It was not uncommon for Civil War soldiers to sign a letter written home to a family member with initials or their first name only, or even their family title or possibly a nickname since the recipients knew who the author of the letter was. If the original envelope had come with this letter that would have given us another way to fully identify him, but unfortunately the letter did not come with an envelope. What we do know for certain is that the letter writer served in Co. F, 32nd Ohio Infantry, but his name is lost to history. In my opinion the very rare patriotic gunboat letter sheet more than make up for that fact. Maybe someone else out there has other letters written by this same soldier and can shed some light as to his identification.   


Civil War patriotic imprint with a full color vignette of General George Washington holding his sword aloft while holding an American flag in his opposite hand. Motto at the left edge, "Success To Our Volunteers." Slogan at the top, "Never Surrender." Imprint with lines to write in the name of the recipient, as well as the Regt., Co., Capt., State Volunteers, Col. Com'ding and Camp. Staining and light edge wear. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  


T-66. Richmond, Feb. 17, 1864. Bust view of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Fancy blue reverse. Very tiny chip at bottom center edge. With red Treasury Seal stamped on obverse and reverse corners. Crisp note that is in about uncirculated condition. 


<b>Features front page map of The Field Of Contest In Virginia </b> 

16 pages, 10 x 14 1/2, with illustrated masthead depicting a spread winged eagle on and American shield with a riband and the motto, "E. Pluribus Unum." Vol. I. No. 38. New York, Saturday, May 14, 1864. Five Dollars Per Year. Single Copies Ten Cents.

<u>Articles Include</u>:

The Campaign In Virginia; The Battle Of The Wilderness; The Virginia Campaign, Official Dispatches, Secretary Stanton to Major General Dix; Official Dispatch of Major General Butler; List Of Casualties Amongst The Officers; Story On Brigadier General Alexander Hays; Story On Brigadier General James Wadsworth; Story On Colonel Alfred B. Chapman; Obituary Of Captain A. Richmond Rawson, 14th Rhode Island Heavy Artillery; The Grand Campaign; The Plan Of The Advance Of Lieutenant General Grant; Story On Major General John Sedgwick; Rebel Reports And Comments; Mr. Jefferson Davis's Message; The Firing Of Washington, N.C.; Appointments By The President; Medical Department; Notice To Marines; and much more very interesting Civil War news. [Please note that the newspaper is larger than it shows in our illustration on the website as it is too large to fit on our scanner bed. The exact dimensions of the paper are noted at the beginning of this listing and it has full borders]. Very desirable 1864 newspaper with front page map.

Letter Written by a Soldier in the 32nd $125.00


Success To Our Volunteers, Never Surrend $5.00


1864 Confederate $50 Note $75.00


Army and Navy Journal, May 14, 1864

<b>Front page map of the Battle of Fair Oaks, Virginia</b>

8 pages. New York, Friday, June 13, 1862. Caption on the map: Plan Of The Battle Of Fair Oaks. Sketch of the Battle-ground of "Fair Oaks," or the Seven Pines, on May 31, 1862, by Lieut. E. Walter West, A.D.C., to Brigadier General Casey. Drawn Especially for the New York Times. Front page headlines: THE PURSUIT OF JACKSON. Further Particulars of the Battle of Cross Keys. Jackson Very Badly Defeated by Gen. Fremont. The Dead and Wounded Left on the Field. Flight of the Rebels on Sunday Night. Advance of Gen. Fremont to Port Republic on Monday. Communication with General Shields to be Opened. The Casualties in the Battle of Sunday. Report of Gen. Fremont. List of Killed and Wounded, Stahl's Brigade. List of Killed, Wounded and Missing of the Twenty Seventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Col. A. Burbeck Commanding. List of Officers and Men of the DeKalb Regiment Killed, Wounded and Missing. Wounded and Missing in the Garibaldi Guard. Pennsylvania Bucktails Detailed to Gen. Stahl's Command. Department of the Shenandoah. Gen. Banks' Headquarters at Winchester. Jackson's Force 60,000 Strong. The Ninth Regiment New York State Volunteers. Important From the Gulf. The City of Galveston Summoned to Surrender. A Bombardment Threatened. News From the Mississippi. Favorable Conditions of Affairs at Memphis. Cotton Beginning to Come Forward. Opening of Trade on the Mississippi. Commodore Farragut's Fleet at Vicksburg. The Demand of the Surrender of the City. Other stories: The War in North Carolina. Threatened Movement on Washington, N.C. The Rebels Attacked and Dislodged. A Bush Fight and a Skedaddle. List of the Killed and Wounded. News From Washington. The Secretary of the Navy on Armored Vessels. Owen Lovejoy at Cooper Institute. From Gen. McClellan's Army. The Behavior of Casey's Division at the Battle of Fair Oaks. Gen. McClellan's First Decision Modified. Our Correspondence From the Advance. Lieut. Perkins Released-An Interesting and Important Statement Regarding Affairs in Richmond. The Excelsior Brigade Win Fresh Laurels. Three Days and Three Nights on Duty. Drafting in New York. Affairs on the Mississippi. Gen. Negley's Expedition. Complete Success of the Expedition in East Tennessee. Items of Rebel News and more. Very fine issue with front page battle map.   

Authentic, original wood cut engraving that has been hand tinted in color from the May 7, 1864 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Repulse of the Rebels at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana. 15 3/4 x 11. Staining in the upper right corner of the border area which does not affect the print. Small ink burn on the head of the dead horse in the center foreground of the illustration.  

Used Civil War envelope that has been addressed to Mrs. Mary Varnam, Lawrence, Mass., with bold stamped "Due 3." At the top of the cover is written, "Soldier Letter, A.P. Browne, Adjt. 40th Mass." Light wear from being opened. 

Able Parker Browne, who mailed this envelope was a 26 year old clerk from Salem, Mass., when he enlisted on May 26, 1862, as a 1st sergeant, and was mustered into the Salem Cadets Massachusetts Volunteer Militia. On May 25, 1862, Union Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton, sent out an alarm for militia troops from various states to be sent to Washington, D.C. immediately because of the route of the forces of General Nathaniel P. Banks by Confederate General Stonewall Jackson stating that the enemy were in large force and advancing on Washington. The Salem Cadets were one of the organizations called upon in this emergency. Browne was discharged for promotion on August 25, 1862, and on September 5, 1862, he was commissioned into the field and staff of the 40th Massachusetts Infantry serving as 1st Lieutenant and Adjutant of the regiment. He was promoted to major on August 26, 1863, and resigned his commission on March 5, 1864. After the war he was a member of G.A.R. Post #113, the Edward W. Kinsely Post, in Boston, Mass.  

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

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>

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

<b><u>Libby Prison, July 18th, 1863</b></u>

Dear and loving wife,

After my love to you and the children and all my friends I will just say that I am well and hope these few lines may find you in good health, but I am very tired with the place and I pray that it may please the good Lord to hasten the day when I can leave and come home to stay and I think that the time is not far distant and I want you to try and keep in good heart and trust to the Lord for strength for he has promised to give to all that ask of Him.  I hope to hear from you soon for I have not heard a word from you since I left Winchester.  Good-by Dear.  May the Lord bless you is my prayer.  If you write Direct to Libby Prison, Richmond, and put an extra envelope on it and direct to Col. Ludlow, Commissioner at Washington.

Lt. Levi Lupton

Light wear, age toning, and scattered light staining. The pencil is light in places and a few words are hard to read where the paper is stained, but I was able to view the letter under magnification and read it all. The letter comes with a complete type written transcription. This letter was written about a month after Lieutenant Lupton's capture at Winchester, Va., and is one of his earliest letters written home from Libby Prison. In it you can feel Lupton's nervous concern because he hasn't heard from his wife since his capture and implores her to write soon. 

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

The York Times, June 13, 1862


Repulse of the Rebels at Pleasant Hill,


Cover Sent by Adjutant of the 40th Massa $15.00


116th Ohio Infantry Letter

<b>Confederate General from Texas who died in 1862</b>

(1806-62) Born in Morgan County, Georgia, he moved as a 12 year old boy with his parents to Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, where he lived as a planter until 1839, when he moved to Texas. He had meanwhile attained a license to practice law, and also took an interest in politics and was elected to the congress of the Republic of Texas. Hogg fought in the ranks during the Mexican War, and soon after was elected to the Texas State Senate representing Cherokee County, his new home, and where he had established his law practice. In the 1850's he was an active participant in sponsoring the building of railroads in Texas gaining prominence in the state. He was elected to the Texas Secession Convention and cast his vote for Texas to secede from the Union. He soon was appointed a colonel by the governor and was kept busy organizing and recruiting Texas troops for the Confederacy. Appointed a brigadier general in the Provisional Army of the Confederate States on February 14, 1862, he was ordered to Corinth, Mississippi. He arrived there in May 1862, and fell victim to the dysentery outbreak that was raging in General Beauregard's army. He died on May 16, 1862. First buried near Mount Holly School House, his remains were later reinterred in the Confederate Cemetery at Corinth. His son, James S. Hogg, served as Governor of Texas from 1892 to 1896.

Antique silver print photograph, waist up view in Confederate uniform. No imprint. Circa early 1900's. No known photograph of Joseph Lewis Hogg is known to exist. This portrait is believed to be an artist rendition based on a pre war painting of Hogg adding on the Confederate uniform. Rare to find in any war period images.      

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

From Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia</b>

1 1/2 pages, 5 x 8, in pencil, written by Lieutenant Levi Lupton, to his wife. Due to a shortage of writing paper he had, he wrote his letter on the back of a letter written to him by his daughter Maggie. Maggie's portion of the letter is written in ink. 

<b><u>Libby Prison, June 25th/63</b></u>

Dear wife,

We arrived here on Tuesday.  I am in good health and hope these few lines may find you the same.  Our captors have treated us very well.  We have plenty to eat of plain wholesome food but it is very tiresome staying here and I hope they will soon parole us for I do want to get home for I am very tired of the war and I want to resign as soon as I get home, but don’t say anything about it to any one.  I hope you have heard from me before this time.  Brother Brady was to write to you for me at Winchester.  Well I must conclude as this is all the paper I have.  It is a part of Maggy’s letter.  May the good Lord bless you and give you strength is the prayer of your loving husband and may we soon meet again.

Lieut. Levi Lupton

[Written on the reverse is the ending of a letter written to him by his daughter Maggie.  He refers to it in his letter to his wife saying that this was the only paper he had].

Page 6:

there is two of us goes to school all the time.  Nick Gampas was here day before yesterday and he said that when we wrote to you to give his best respects to you, but I guess I will draw my letter to a close for I have no news to tell you for we write so often.  Write as soon [as] you can and I will do the same, so good-by.

From your affectionate Daughter Maggie P. Lupton to Pap 

Light wear, age toning, and scattered staining. Two small tape repairs on the reverse. No doubt this is one of Lieutenant Lupton's first letters written home as a prisoner of war. 

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

<b>With 2 front page Battle of Vicksburg maps

Story about the Sinking of the Famous Union Ironclad Warship, "The Monitor"</b>

8 pages. New York, Monday, January 5, 1863. Front page map #1: The Battle At Vicksburg; Map Showing Vicksburg, the Mississippi and the Yazoo. Map #2: Map Showing Vicksburg And The Rebel Batteries. Front page headlines: THE MURFREESBORO STRUGGLE. More Particulars of the Tremendous Fighting Between Generals Rosecrans and Johnston. The Casualties. Our Loss in Killed, Wounded and Prisoners About Seven Thousand. The Rebels Estimate Their Loss at Five or Six Thousand. The Battle on Friday. The Fight Renewed on Saturday. Rebel Accounts of the Battle. Sketches of the Killed, Wounded and Captured. Rebel Accounts of the Battle; A Victory Claimed- The Union Forces Reported Without Railroad or Telegraphic Communication with Their Rear- Large Numbers of Union Prisoners Said to Have Been Captured- God Has Blessed Them with a Happy New Year. Another Successful Rebel Raid. Dumfries Again Emptied by Stuart's Cavalry- Capture of Public Stores and Sutlers' Wagons. General Grant's Order Expelling the Jews From Paducah, Ky. The Vicksburg Struggle. Ten Days Hard Fighting on the Banks of the Mississippi. Attack on the Rebel Intrenchments. Our Success in Turning the Right Flank of the Enemy. The Rebel Accounts One Week Later. The Fight Still Going On. Is Murfreesboro to be Outdone in Obstinacy? What The Rebels Claim To Have Done. Sketches (meaning stories about) of General Sherman and Commander Gwin. What Has Been Done at Vicksburg? Operations of the Gunboats. Stirring News Expected From Suffolk. Other news: New York State Government. The Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Official of the State. The Contest for United States Senator, The Crisis in our National Affairs. Amusements of the Army. The Campaign in the Southwest and its Tremendous Importance. The Reassembling of Congress and the Currency Question. THE MONITOR DISASTER; Additional Details of the Loss of this Celebrated Ironclad. Names of the Officers and Men Drowned. Admiral Lee's Dispatch to Secretary Welles. The Proclamation in the Churches. Reverend Henry Ward Beecher on the Proclamation. Important News From Europe and much more. There are some edge chips with paper loss on some of the pages, none of which affect any of the excellent content of this newspaper. Some creasing.     

<b>Signed by their Colonel who was  killed in action in 1862 while carrying the regimental battleflag and leading a charge at the battle of Gaines' Mill, Va.!

Also signed by an officer who was severely wounded in 1862 at the battle of Frayser's Farm, Virginia </b> 

8 x 7 1/4, in ink. Provision Return for Captain McCauley's Company I, Seventh Regiment North Carolina State Troops, Commencing January 8th and ending January 16th, 1862, at Camp Graham. Itemized account for 58 men and interestingly for 1 woman, and for rations of beef, pork, flour, rice, coffee, sugar, vinegar, candles, soap, and salt. Signed by Lieut. Wm. N. Dickey. The document also has an autograph endorsement signed by Colonel R.P. Campbell, as follows: "The A.C.S. will issue agreeably to the above, R.P. Campbell, Col. 7th N.C.T. Light age toning and wear. Very fine manuscript. Extremely desirable regiment.

Reuben P. Campbell, was a 43 year old resident of Iredell County, N.C., when he enlisted on May 16, 1861, as a colonel, and was commissioned into the 7th North Carolina Infantry. He was killed in action on June 27, 1862, at Gaines' Mills, Va., while carrying the regimental colors, and leading a charge against the Union lines. Campbell had been a graduate of the United States Military Academy in 1840, and was commissioned 2nd lieutenant of the 2nd U.S. Dragoons. He was promoted to the rank of 1st lieutenant on November 3, 1845, and brevet captain, on February 23, 1847, for gallantry in the Mexican War battle of Buena Vista. Promoted to captain on August 8, 1851, Campbell resigned his commission in the U.S. Army, on May 11, 1861, to join the Confederate army, and was commissioned colonel of the 7th North Carolina Infantry with the further particulars as mentioned above.

William N. Dickey, was a 27 year old school teacher from Mecklenburg County, N.C., when he enlisted as a first lieutenant, on May 16, 1861, and was commissioned into Co. I, 7th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in action on June 30, 1862, shot in the right thigh at the battle of Frayser's Farm, Va. He resigned from the Confederate army on February 23, 1863, as a result of the wound he had received in battle.

Captain James R. McCauley, whose company this provision return was made out for, was also a school teacher. He was 25 years old resident of Burke Co., N.C., when he enlisted as a captain on May 16, 1862, and was commissioned into Co. I, 7th North Carolina Infantry. He was wounded in action on June 27, 1862, at the battle of Gaines' Mill, Va.; was wounded a second time, this happening at the battle of Chancellorsville, Va., on May 3, 1863; and McCauley met his ultimate fate on the battlefield at Reams' Station, Va., when he was killed on August 25, 1862.    

The hard fought 7th North Carolina Infantry took an active part in the fight at New Bern, N.C., then moved to Virginia where they became part of the Army of Northern Virginia. After fighting at Hanover Court House, the regiment participated in the various campaigns of the A.N.V. from the Seven Days Battles to Cold Harbor, and were also involved in the devastating siege of Petersburg, Va. They suffered 51 casualties at New Bern, 253 out of the 450 engaged during the Seven Days Battles, 69 at 2nd Manassas, 52 at Sharpsburg, 86 at Fredericksburg, 37 killed and 127 wounded at Chancellorsville, of the 291 engaged at Gettysburg, 31 per cent fell, 5 were killed and 62 wounded in the Wilderness, and 11 were killed and 28 wounded at Spotsylvania. On February 26, 1865, the regiment was sent back to North Carolina where they eventually surrendered with the Army of Tennessee with 13 officers and 139 men. A detachment of the unit had also been left with the A.N.V., and they surrendered with only 1 officer and 18 men left.

Photograph, General Joseph L. Hogg


116th Ohio Infantry Letter


The New York Herald, January 5, 1863


1862 Provision Return, 7th North Carolin $250.00

Civil War patriotic imprint with a vignette of Miss Liberty and a flag on a standard with the word "Union" and stars in the field, and a liberty cap on the top end of the standard. Slogan at the top, Onward to Victory. Light age toning and wear. 

***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.  

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

(1783-1882) Born in Winchendon, Worcester County, Mass., he worked on a farm, taught school in Hingham, Mass., from 1804-14, and became interested in the manufacture of the cotton gin in Bridgewater, Mass. He served as a member of the Massachusetts State House of Representatives in 1824, 1825, 1827, and 1828. He then served in the Massachusetts State Senate in 1833 and 1834. He served again in the Massachusetts State House from 1838-42. He was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1853. He was elected as a Whig to the U.S. Congress and served from 1845-49. Was a presidential elector on the Lincoln-Johnson Republican ticket in 1864.

<u>Signature With Place</u>; 6 1/8 x 2, in ink, Artemas Hale, Bridgewater, Mass.



8 pages. Front page headlines: GREAT VICTORY. The Rebel Army in Full Flight Out of Maryland. The Dead and Wounded Left Behind. Our Cavalry Pushing Them Across the Potomac. The Whole National Army in Good Condition. Further Details of the Great Battle of Wednesday. Official Dispatches from Gen. McClellan. He Announces a Complete Victory. Latest Reports From Headquarters. The Great Battle of Wednesday. Gen. Mansfield. Col. McNeil. Battle of Antietam Creek. Full Particulars from our Special Correspondent. The Most Stupendous Struggle of Modern Times. The Battle Won By Consummate Generalship. The Rebel Losses Estimated as High as Thirty Thousand. A Great Number of Prisoners Captured. The Battle of Antietam. The Enemy's Left Was Forced Back. Gen. Sedgwick's Command. French's Division. Richardson's Division. The Irish Brigade. Another Detailed Account of the Great Battle. Other news; New Jersey; The Military Camp at Newark. The Battles in Maryland; A Glorious Victory. Financial Weakness in Rebeldom. Have We a Reverse in Kentucky? Honor to Pennsylvania. The Indian Difficulties. Col. Sibley's Correspondence. List of Killed and Wounded. Remains of Colonel Miles,. The Funeral of General Reno. The Remains of General Mansfield. Important From Kentucky. Surrender of Munfordsville to the Rebels. Five Thousand Troops and Ten Pieces of Artillery Gone. Bragg's Forces Estimated at 30,000 Men. The Guerrillas in Missouri. The War on the Mississippi and more. Light wear. Excellent Battle of Antietam issue! 

WBTS Trivia: September 17, 1862, the day the main battle of Antietam was fought, is the bloodiest single day in American history.   

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

(1818-88) Born in Elkton, Cecil County, Md., he attended the public schools, was a civil engineer's assistant; attended the local academy at Elkton; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1845 and commenced practice in Elkton; served as a Whig U.S. Congressman from Maryland, 1847-53.

<u>Signature With Place</u>: 6 1/4 x 1 1/2, in ink, Alexander Evans, Elkton, Maryland.

Onward to Victory $5.00


Autograph, Artemas Hale $15.00


The New York Times, September 20, 1862


Autograph, Alexander Evans $10.00

<b>For The Army in 1781

American Revolutionary War Document</b>

6 1/2 x 3 5/8, imprinted receipt, filled out in ink. State Of Connecticut. Pay-Table Office, Hartford, Oct. 9, 1781. Sir, Pay unto Ralph Pomeroy, Esq. D.Q.M. or Order, Three Pounds in Lawful Silver Money, out of the Tax of Two Shillings and Six Pence on the ground, granted by the General Assembly in May last, and charge the State. John Lawrence, Esq., Treasurer. Signed by 3 members of the Committee, on the obverse, William Moseley, Eleazer Wales, and signed vertically by General Samuel Wyllys. Docketed and signed on the reverse by Ralph Pomeroy, No. 6576, L3 order, R. Pomeroy, D.Q.M., Oct. 9, 1781. For Ralph Pomeroy, D.Q.M. William Adams, A.D.Q.M. Very fine and quite desirable Revolutionary War document.

This receipt is dated only 10 days before the British defeat at Yorktown, Virginia, on October 19, 1781.

The military finances for the Colony of Connecticut were handled by the Committee called the Pay-Table during the American Revolution, 1775-1783. Pay Table members during this period included jurist Oliver Ellsworth, attorney Oliver Wolcott, Jr., (a future U.S. Secretary of the Treasury), Hezekiah Rogers (an aide-de-camp to General Jedediah Huntington, who was also a member), William Moseley, Fenn Wadsworth, Eleazer Wales and General Samuel Wyllys. 


Criswell #85. Authorized By The Act of Congress, C.S.A., Of August 18, 1861. Vignette of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and 3 female allegorical figures. Lithographed by B. Duncan, Columbia, S.C. Total number of bonds issued 1,491. Rarity 7. With 10 coupons attached. Very fine.  

Authentic, original woodcut engraving that has been hand tinted in color and was published in the May 25, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Second Reinforcement Of Fort Pickens, On April 16, 1861. 15 1/4 x 10 5/8. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin.  

<b>The author of this letter attended and witnessed and writes about a "Whore Ball" in Huntsville, Alabama!

Also includes content regarding famous Presbyterian clergyman, Frederick A. Ross, who had a national feud with the famous Methodist preacher William G. Brownlow of Tennessee!</b>

4 pages, 5 1/8 x 8 1/4, in in ink, written by W. Mastin to his friend Tom. 

<b><u>Huntsville, [Alabama], Jany. 18th [1861]</b></u>


Dear Tom,

I suppose you think Bob Shields* was very near true when he said I was a very poor correspondent as it has been nearly a week since I recd. your most welcome epistle.  You have heard ere this time that Dr. Patton was joined in holy wedlock with Mrs. Moore a few weeks ago. They took an extensive pleasure trip from here to Savannah and back and Miss Mary Beirne accompanied them.  They had a safe and pleasant journey and have now returned home.  Mrs. Moore looks a little the worst for wear and the Dr. looks fat & hearty rejoicing over his good luck.  The celebrated Dr. F. Ross is in our town and he has set the whole place in commotion.[1] "All must go and hear him" is the constant bawl of some person who busy interest about such foolishness.  I as a matter of course had to hear his lordship Sunday and was not as well pleased with him as I expected to be.  I had heard so much of him that I concurred Daniel Webster [2] would be no "whar" by the side of him.  The Methodist cry for [William G.] Brownlow [3] to come and give him hell. <b><I>We have a great amount of fun now.  We have what we term a stunning party ever Friday night. A crowd of young ladies & boys collect at some house without any invitation and dance until 11 or 12 o’clock then we politely retire and as it is Friday now, we would have one tonight, but for Mr. Ross.</b></I>  All the boys and girls Mothers will make them trot to hear "Brother Ross" as he is affectionately styled by all the Church members.  In my last letter I made several inquiries about Sam Matthews.**  You did not answer them.  How is old Sam coming on.  <b><I>I witnessed a pleasant little circumstance the other night in Huntsville.  We had a regular "Whore Ball" here and some boys got a little drunk and went in to see the dance I among them.  The men would dance to the women throw their arm around their necks, kiss them & hug them and after it broke up no doubt screw them, but I began to get tighter & tighter and drunker until I feared I could not get away and that some old man might find me in such a place so I left.</b></I> Will you give my love to old Sam. Write soon.

Your friend,

W. Mastin

Wat says he will write as soon as he has time. He is keeping book for McCausey and it keeps him very busy as he has acct. the asst. to draw off this month. Old Chris stays with Tobe most all the time now. Charlie Masters is as damned a rascal as ever. He drinks privately yet I am the same old chap. I always was, only I don’t use ardent spirits since my introduction to Mr. Peck.

Very neat and well written letter on blue stationary. This letter is extremely rare to find as moral values being as strict as they were in the 1860's people were discouraged from writing sexual content in their letters, or if they were brave, or brazen enough to ignore the common decency expected of them during this era of history, such letters were usually destroyed so as not to be found among the possessions of the recipients, or in the case of the Civil War, a person would not want to find such a letter among the possessions of a deceased soldier, or amongst the possessions kept by a friend or a loved one of a deceased soldier. It was very common for soldiers to throw away pipes, tobacco, playing cards, dice, and other objects that they didn't want to be sent home with their possessions should they be killed in battle. Sexual content items were even more taboo during this period. In my 39 plus years in business I have never seen a letter referring to a "whore ball" before!! Extremely rare!! Written examples with sexual contact from the Civil War are exceedingly rare to find!!  

Based on the information that was provided to me when I acquired this extremely rare letter, combined with the diligent research I did myself, this is what I know about the letter. It was once in the collection of a now deceased prominent Civil War collector, and out of respect I will not use their name in my description. This letter was found inside of a Confederate envelope that had been endorsed by Captain Thomas F. Spence, of Company E, 2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles who was very probably the recipient of the letter. All of the letters written to Captain Spence during the war period were addressed, "Dear Tom," as was this letter. Captain Spence enlisted on July 15, 1861, as a captain, and was commissioned into the above named regiment. He was killed in action at the battle of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, on December 31, 1862. 

The letter writer, W. Mastin, mentions that it is Friday when he is writing and when I looked at my Civil War almanac the only January 18th that fell on a Friday during the war period was 1861. So Mastin no doubt wrote this letter on January 18, 1861, from Huntsville, Alabama, less than 2 months before the first guns of the war were fired. In researching all of the Mastin's that fought for the Confederacy that came from Alabama, assuming Mastin joined the Confederate army, I was only able to find two possibilities. One was William Mastin who enlisted on November 15, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into Co. A, 4th Alabama Cavalry. The second one was William F. Mastin, who enlisted on May 1, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into Co. D, 7th Alabama Infantry.

[1] <u>Frederick Augustus Ross</u>: (1796-1883) Was a Presbyterian New School clergyman in Huntsville, Alabama, a slave owner, publisher and pro-slavery author of the book, "Slavery As Ordained of God" that was published in 1857. In the late 1840s, Ross began quarreling with Methodist minister and Whig newspaper publisher William G. Brownlow. Ross had earlier "declared war" on Methodism as a co-editor in his Calvinist Magazine, published from 1827 to 1832. Brownlow initially responded to Ross with a running column, "F.A. Ross' Corner," in the Jonesborough Whig. In 1847, he launched a separate paper, the Jonesborough Quarterly Review, which was dedicated to refuting Ross's attacks, and embarked on a speaking tour that summer. He derided Ross as a "habitual adulterer" and the son of a slave, and accused his relatives of stealing and committing indecent acts (Ross's son responded to the latter charge with a death threat). This quarrel between the two men continued until Brownlow moved his newspaper to Knoxville in 1849. Ross would go on to author a book in 1857 (written in response to the earlier 1852 book, "Uncle Tom's Cabin: or Life among the Lowly," by Harriet Beecher Stowe) that he entitled "Slavery As Ordained of God." Abraham Lincoln later read "Slavery As Ordained of God" and found in Ross's interpretation of the divine will pertaining to the national question of slavery as material for a telling passage as to how slavery advocates and owners themselves benefit from slavery within the 1858 Lincoln–Douglas debates. Ross died in Huntsville, Alabama in 1883. 

[2] <u>Daniel Webster</u>: (1782-1852) American statesman, lawyer and orator. Served as a United States Congresman, 1813-17, and 1823-27; United States Senator, 1827-41, and 1845-50; and United States Secretary of State, 1841-43, and 1850-52. He was one of the greatest orators of his time, well known for his brilliant speeches and eloquent public addresses. 

[3] <u>William G. Brownlow</u>: (1805-77) A leading Tennessee Unionist during the Civil War. He was originally a Methodist minister, thus earning the lifelong nickname of "Parson." He became editor of the Knoxville Whig in 1849. Although a strong pro-slavery man, he violently opposed secession in 1861 and soon became a leader of Unionist elements in east Tennessee. Confederate authorities suppressed his newspaper and later imprisoned him for several months during the winter of 1861-62 on suspicion of complicity in the bridge burning that so incensed Jefferson Davis. Later released, he became a firm advocate of a hard war against the South. He was elected governor of Tennessee on the Republican ticket in 1865, and again in 1867. In 1869, he became a U.S. Senator.

* I found a Robert G. Shields, who enlisted on May 1, 1862, as a private, and was mustered into the 37th Alabama Infantry. He was the only one with that last name and the first name of either Bob or Robert that I could find in an Alabama regiment.

** I found a Samuel H.B. Matthews, who served in Co. I, 4th Alabama Cavalry, the same regiment that I found a William Mastin serving in. This Matthews enlisted on October 1, 1862. There is no way to be certain these soldiers are the same men from this letter, but it does add another connecting dot that makes it a possibility.

The Continental Connecticut Quartermaste $100.00


1861 Confederate $1, 000 Bond- Jefferson $150.00


Reinforcement of Fort Pickens, Florida


Extremely Rare 1861 Letter, Sex in the C $350.00


Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was hand tinted in color and published in the April 27, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: The Interior Of Fort Sumter During The Bombardment. 15 1/2 x 10 3/4. Harper's Weekly and the date are printed in the margin. Extremely desirable April 1861 illustration showing the explosions and sheer devastation caused inside of the fort with Union officers and soldiers looking on. 

Spectacular view of the interior of Fort Sumter, while it was under heavy bombardment from the various Confederate batteries around Charleston Harbor, South Carolina. At about 4:30 A.M. on the morning of April 12, 1861, the Confederate States of America fired upon the Union fort, the last bastion representing the United States Government in South Carolina, and one of the fiercest and bloodiest wars in modern history began. When it was all said and done, and the Confederacy laid down their arms and battle flags in defeat in 1865, approximately 622,000 American lives were lost!   <b>Regarding Cotton

Folded letter used as the envelope to mail the correspondence from Augusta, Ga. to Graniteville, S.C.</b>

7 1/2 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by B.S. Dunbar to Messrs. J.J. Gregg & Co. in Graniteville, South Carolina. The letter which bears the date line of Augusta, (Ga.), Dec. 3d, 1862 discusses the cotton business. It is signed, "Very Truly, B.S. Dunbar." The letter was folded in such a way as to create a blank panel that was used in the same way that an envelope would be used to address the letter to the recipient. In this particular instance it is addressed to "Messrs. J.J. Gregg & Co., Graniteville, S.C." This folded letter was mailed through the Confederate States of America postal system as it has a dark blue, Ten Cents, Thomas Jefferson postage stamp, (Paterson 2b) which has been tied on nicely with an Augusta, Ga. postmark. The date "3" is also clearly visible within the oval Augusta, Ga. postmark, so this letter was mailed on (Dec.) 3, (1862) since the letter is dated Dec. 3rd, 1862. There is also a docket on the reverse, "B.S. Dunbar, Dec. 3d, 1862." There is a tiny whole in the paper at the upper left which does not affect any of the content. This was most likely caused by gluing the letter closed and occurred when it was opened. There is also a very small piece of the upper right edge torn off, probably for the same reason. Small area of paper loss at the lower left edge which does not affect any of the content. Fine war date (1862) Confederate postage usage in folded letter format from Augusta, Ga. with a very nice dark blue 10 cents Thomas Jefferson Confederate postage stamp, and mailed to Graniteville, South Carolina.

WBTS Trivia: B.S. Dunbar were buyers of cotton on commission during the War Between the States. J.J. Gregg & Co. were clients of Dunbar who were engaged in the Confederate manufacturing business.     

<b>The First Sitting of Lincoln in Washington, D.C.

Harper's Weekly hand tinted portrait in color!</b>

(1809-1865) An Illinois prairie lawyer, U.S. Congressman, and 16th President of the United States of America, 1861-65. He led the Union through the bloody American Civil War, and was famous for "The Emancipation Proclamation," freeing the slaves, and the "Gettysburg Address," given at the dedication of the Gettysburg National Cemetery on November 19, 1863. His second term in the White House was cut short when he became the first American President to be assassinated. He was shot by the famous actor, John Wilkes Booth, at Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C., on the evening of April 14, 1865, dying early the next morning. Mr. Lincoln is considered by many historians to be the best president in the history of the United States.

Authentic, original wood cut engraving that has been hand tinted in color, and was published in the April 27, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: President Lincoln. Photographed by Brady. Harper's Weekly and date are printed in the margin. 10 3/4 x 15 1/2. Printed to the right of his portrait is a partial article titled, "President Lincoln," which goes into much detail about the new president's life. The opening paragraph reads, "We publish herewith, from a photograph just taken expressly for this paper, a Portrait Of The President. It is the first accurate portrait that has been published of him since he began to grow his beard. The article continues, "HON. ABRAHAM LINCOLN, of Illinois, was born on the 12th February, 1809, in Hardin County, Kentucky. His family, although much respected, were not blessed with much of this world's goods, and he was forced to fight his own way through the opening struggles of life's campaign. In this way he became intimately acquainted with the industrial classes, and they now claim him as one of their number- "The Flat-boatman." It is also reported that he supported himself for a winter by splitting rails for a farmer- whence his sobriquet, "The Rail-splitter." More content.      

Full seated view of President Abraham Lincoln deeply absorbed in thought, an inkwell clearly visible on the studio table at his side as well as a complete view of his trademark black silk top hat.

WBTS Trivia: Exhausted by a train journey during which he had traveled nearly two thousand miles and visited seven states, Lincoln went to Brady's Washington studio, probably on Sunday, February 24, 1861, and sat, absorbed in problems, while Alexander Gardner took five poses. 

Youthful artist George H. Story, friend and associate of Brady, was at the sitting, and fifty five years later recalled: "Mr. Gardner, Mr. Brady's representative in Washington, came to my room and asked me to come and pose Mr. Lincoln for a picture. When I entered the room the President was seated in a chair wholly absorbed in deep thought....I said in an undertone to the operator, "bring your instrument here and take the picture."

Lincoln's right hand is badly swollen in this photograph. During his journey to Washington, Lincoln shook thousands of hands. Throughout the sitting he kept his swollen right hand closed.

Mr. John G. Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's two private secretaries, was quoted as saying that Lincoln had, "that serious far away look." 

As noted above in the Harper's Weekly article that accompanied this portrait, the first sitting in Washington was held for Harper's Weekly, apparently to satisfy public curiosity about Lincoln's beard. The President-elect posed in his best attire. George H. Story recalled that he seemed, "elegant in dress and appearance, his clothes being made of the finest broadcloth." 

In printing an engraving of the photograph (O-52B), Harper's Weekly noted, "We publish herewith, from a photograph just taken expressly for this paper, a PORTRAIT OF THE PRESIDENT...."

Extremely desirable item, this being the first published woodcut engraved portrait of a bearded President Lincoln to be seen by the general public of the United States, it appearing in the April 27, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly. 

Sources: Harper's Weekly and Lincoln in Photographs, by Charles Hamilton and Lloyd Ostendorf.  In a collecting field steeped with variations requiring a specialized appreciation of those variations, there is likely someone out there that will recognize this attractive Zouave fez as indicative to a particular regiment but we will leave that to the experts. With that said our photos will offer the best description of this wonderful crimson red fez.   Fashioned from that classic period wool felt that it seems was most desirable to hungry moths, original examples seldom survive in any kind of condition yet while this example exhibits some minor moth tracking as evidence of age and originality it is solid with no holes and retains its original bright crimson coloration with no fading.  An especially nice, high profile Zouave fez complete with its original leather sweat band and false bullion regimental number, this early Civil War fez will go well on its own or in any period headgear collection.   <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  <FONT COLOR=#0000FF>Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :</FONT COLOR=#0000FF>

The Bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Ca


1862 Confederate Business Letter From Au $150.00


1861 Portrait of President-Elect Abraham


exceptional ! high profile Civil War er $895.00

Measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long and 3 ¼ inches wide, this nice old pouch or <I>poke</I> was hand fashioned from leather with a turned bone spout using a cotton string wound attachment. The poke remains in excellence all original condition and is as found retaining its period cork stopped.  Solid with no condition issues save desirable evidence of age and originality, these earlier to mid 1800’s pokes were at home in a hunting bag, prospector’s pocket or soldier’s haversack.  Ready to use or display!   <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 !!

 Measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long and 3 ¼ inches wide, this nice old pouch or <I>poke</I> was hand fashioned from leather with a turned bone spout using a cotton string wound attachment. The poke remains in excellence all original condition and is as found retaining its period cork stopped.  Solid with no condition issues save desirable evidence of age and originality, these earlier to mid 1800’s pokes were at home in a hunting bag, prospector’s pocket or soldier’s haversack.  Ready to use or display!   <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 !!

 Believed first made for export in the 1850s, the <I>Ring of Rings Puzzle</I> has existed to ancient times in China with the earliest known Western written reference set down by an Italian mathematician associate of Leonardo da Vinci in 1500.  Credited to craftsmen in Canton, China who first fashioned their cow bone <I>Ring of Rings</I> puzzle for export in the 1850s the now rarely surviving puzzle became a popular diversion throughout Europe and the Americas.  This period example remains in excellent original condition with no chips, cracks or stains yet with good evidence of age and period construction. The puzzle remains complete even to its original, period appropriate, <I>rose-head</I> brass wires.  We will send the purchaser an internet link containing the puzzle resolution, that is to remove all nine bone rings trapped on the decoratively carved handle.  (This can be accomplished in 341 steps by following two simple rules.) <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Our photos should do best to describe this nice original die-struck mounted artillery hat device except to offer that it is completely original, in fine unissued condition and is of the Civil War period  The piece measures approximately 1 15/16 inches wide with soldered brass wire fasteners. (Note that 2 wires are missing.)  Of interest to the collector will be that we acquired this piece several years ago now when we were fortunate enough to purchase a number of items brought home by a W. Stokes Kirk clerk when the Philadelphia based Civil War surplus dealer closed up shop in 1976.  Founded in 1874, W. Stokes Kirk like Bannerman in New York purchased large quantities of Civil War surplus at government auction. Seems like an impossibility  now but we can remember wares of the two offering original Civil War material as late as the 1950s.  This piece offers a now rare opportunity to acquire such an item from what for years now has become an ever dwindling and now a nearly nonexistent supply. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

antique turned bone & leather POUCH $65.00


Measuring approximately 6 ¼ inches long $65.00


19th century Antique Cantonese Puzzle – $175.00


W. STOKES KIRK - Civil War surplus - Mou $95.00

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