CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
ROBERT TODD LINCOLN - Son of President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of
War under President James Garfield and Minister to Great Britain under
President Benjamin Harrison. This note was written as Minister to Great
Britain to Miss Florence Ruth Sherman in London, March 3, 1893. Someone
in Sherman's family probably added the notation on the bottom outlining
Lincoln's life to that point. For a displayable autograph, this is a nice one.
1864 UNION LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION TICKET - Years back a good number
of these from Ohio surfaced. They used to bring well over $200 but since the discovery have
dropped to a more reasonable rate. This is one of those, a Mahoning County, Ohio ballot
but it has been altered for use in Lake County. It is in very good and clean condition with a
small stain in upper left corner. (approx. 3 3/8" x 7 1/2")
1960 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - JOHN F. KENNEDY - PT-109 -
Approx. 1 3/4" in length - Jacket pin in the shape of the famous Torpedo
Boat PT-109 that John F. Kennedy served on during World War II. This
was made for the 1960 Presidential election and has "KENNEDY 60" on
the side. VGC
1860 LINCOLN - HAMLIN FERROTYPE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION- Approx. .730"
(Just Under 3/4") in diameter - one of the smallest of the ferrotype portraits for this early
1860 campaign. Most of what's seen are the larger (approx. 1" in diameter) and these
smaller 3/4" are not often encountered. This is the first I've owned in almost 40 years in
dealing. Both sides have "LINCOLN & HAMLIN * * * " along the outer edge with the
ferrotype of the beardless Lincoln on one side and Hamlin on the other. Unfortunately the
ferrotype portraits are anything but perfect and there is damage in varying degrees to both
- as can be seen in the 'Additional Images'.
PRESIDENT WILLIAM McKINLEY - SPAN-AM WAR COMMISSION - Very
strong signature on military commission for 2nd Lieut. of Cavalry to Guy
Cushman. Dated December 6, 1899 to rank from April 10, 1899. Cushman
was originally in the 1st Missouri Volunteer Infantry then transferred to the 1st
Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, appointed to 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in
April, 1899 then transferred to the 2nd U.S. Cavalry in May, 1899. In the Ohio
Cavalry hee didn't make it out of the country during the Spanish American
War but in the U.S. service was stationed at Placetas Barracks in Placetas,
Cuba. Document is vellum and in extremely nice condition - clean. Again,
strong McKinley signature and Elihu Root signature. War Office seal still
intact. Approx. 15 3/4" x 19 1/2"
PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN CIVIL WAR COMMISSION FOR
INDIANA EX-ACTING LT. GOVERNOR - Approx. 23" x 27" frame
containing Abraham Lincoln signed Military Commission dated July 2, 1862
(to rank from June 30, 1862) for Additional Paymaster to John Robert
Cravens of Indiana. Cravens was an Ex-acting Lieut. Governor of Indiana at
the beginning of the War. He was also an Organizer of the Republican Party,
Indiana State Senator, President of the Madison & Indianapolis Railway and
President of the Shelbyville & Columbus Railway. The document of vellum is
in very good condition but the filled in ink and signatures are light. Signed
with full name of President Abraham Lincoln, Secretary of War Edwin
Stanton and Adj. Gen. Lorenzo Thomas. Information from previous owner has
document in acid-free mounting with UV protected glass. This is an original
document that our celebrated President Lincoln actually held in his hand and
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT APPOINTMENT FOR ASSISTANT
SECRETARY OF WAR - Approx. 17 1/2" x 21 3/4" on heavy paper stock
dated December 21, 1901 - Theodore Roosevelt signed appointment for
Assistant Secretary of War, William Cary Sanger. Sanger graduated from
Harvard in 1874 and Columbia Law School in 1878. He held many offices in
the military for the State of New York. During the War with Spain, Sanger
volunteered and was commissioned Lt. Colonel of the 203rd Volunteer
Infantry, USA. When William McKinley was elected, he appointed Sanger as
Assistant Secretary of War under Elihu Root but McKinley was assassinated
before he was able to sign the appointment, thus Theodore Roosevelt signed it
just three months after McKinley's assassination. The document is in
extremely nice condition with very strong signatures to the point of them
bleeding through the paper and seen on the back.
1924 MOURNING CARD - WITH AUTOGRAPH OF FLORENCE KLING
HARDING - Approx. 3 3/8" x 5" - Sent after the death of Warren G. Harding
to a gentleman from Mt. Vernon, NY who had requested autographs of both
the President and First Lady. Mrs. Harding signed the envelope but the
Presidents which was once in the cover, is now missing from the group. Typed
by Mrs. Harding's secretary, she asks that he not let his friends know she sent
this as she had so few of the President's autographs left. Very good condition
but has remnants of black paper on back of envelope from a scrapbook.
1963 MOURNING THANK YOU CARD - FROM JACQUELINE KENNEDY -
Approx. 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" - Sent after the death of John F. Kennedy to a woman
from Seattle, Washington who had sent her condolences on the death of the
President. Very good condition.
1873 INAUGURAL BALL INVITATION FOR PRESIDENT U.S. GRANT -
Invitation sent from the Secretary of War at the time - William Belknap to Mrs.
Thomas W. Ruger (wife of the Superintendent of West Point) for the March 4,
1873 Inaugural Ball. Invitation has a seal with the initials of Grant and Henry
Wilson (VP). Also lists the Managers of the Ball which includes a Who's Who
of the political world at the time. Names like William T. Sherman, James
Garfield, Benjamin Butler, William Scott Hancock, etc., etc.. Includes the
envelope and the Secretary of War's business card. Very good condition.
1868 U.S. GRANT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in diameter and made
of brass. Obverse has a relief of Grant with "GENERAL U.S. GRANT / 1868" and
"I PROPOSE TO FIGHT IT OUT ON THIS LINE / IF IT TAKES ALL
SUMMER" on the reverse. Some discoloration on the reverse but overall very good
1852 GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1 1/8"
in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Scott with "GEN
WINFIELD SCOTT / FIRST IN WAR / FIRST IN PEACE" and a nice spread eagle
relief with "SCOTT & GRAHAM / UNION & CONSTITUTION" on the reverse.
Mellow patina and overall good condition.
1844 HENRY CLAY CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 7/8" in diameter and
made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Clay with "HENRY CLAY / THE ASHLAND
FARMER / BORN APRIL 22, 1777 / 1844" and a nice balance scale relief with
"WEIGHTED IN THE BALANCE AND FOUND WANTING / DEMOCRATS &
WHIGS" on the reverse. Mellow patina with much wear - overall fair condition.
1880- WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Hancock in uniform with
"WINFIELD S. HANCOCK" and a Civil War 2nd Corps badge relief with "2 / A /
C " in the clover leafs along with "A SUPER SOLDIER / A MODEL
PRESIDENT" along the border on the reverse. Good original gilting seen in spots -
overall very good condition.
WILLIAM McKINLEY MEMORIAM TABLET - Approx. 9 1/2" X 12" and up
to 5/8" in thickness - white plaster. Nice memoriam relief of McKinley wearing
what is clearly a GAR membership pin on his lapel (doesn't show up well in the
photos) and wreaths that adorn the lower edge of bust. No cracks or chips but
there are dirty areas as can be seen in the photos. Amazing it lasted this long in
FDR SHEET MUSIC - 1939 CAMPAIGN - Nice piece of sheet music,
coptrighted in 1939 with the urge to have Roosevelt run for yet a unprecedented
third term (of course he was the only and will be the only President to get four
terms). Condition is good but a little 'wear' dirt on the back cover.
CDV - STEPHEN DOUGLAS - Famous for his pro-slavery stance and his debates with
Abraham Lincoln. Democratic Presidential candidate running against Lincoln. E. & H.T.
Anthony, New York back mark. Has a blemish to the right of his head which seems to be in
the photographic plate and not in the CDV itself. Very good condition.
1884- JAMES G. BLAINE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in diameter
and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Blaine with "JAMES G. BLAINE" and
on the reverse "REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENT 1884 / BORN
1830 / IN (Relief of G. Washington) CO. / PENNA." Overall good condition but
does show wear on high reliefs.
1860 - LINCOLN / HAMLIN REPUBLICAN TICKET - Approx. 3 3/4" X 5 3/4" -
For the 1860 campaign that basically started the War (not seen as often as the 1864
campaign tickets). Paper is solid but is a bit 'wrinkled' and does have staining or
age toning as can be seen in the photos.
LINCOLN ASSASSINATION MEMORIAM POEM - MAGNUS - Approx 5" x
8" Poem 'THE NATION MOURNS' published by Charles Magnus of New
york - a popular publisher of music song verse sheets, patriotic covers, leaflets,
etc., well known for the quality of their graphics and printing. Has a beautiful
header showing women and a soldier in mourning. In very good condition but
does have a strip of tape on the rear side top. It looks like someone had used it
to keep the sheet in place, perhaps in a frame or display. Nicely done
memoriam of the recently assassinated President.
JAMES A. GARFIELD - 1876 - DS (approx. 10" x 16") dated September
16, 1876 a certificate for 'THE ARMY OF BOYS IN BLUE' ( a post-War
political Union Veterans organization). Good clean signature of Garfield,
who as 'President' is the second most difficult 'Presidential' signature to
obtain - due to his assassination in 1881. Certificate is made out for
Robert W. Healy who enlisted as a Captain in the 58th Illinois Infantry
and rose through the ranks to Brevet Brigadier General. Cowan's Auction
House sold one of these in April of 2012 for over $1100 in not nearly as
good condition. Very good to near excellent condition with only small
separations on folds near the edges..
ULYSSES S. GRANT - PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT - 1871 - DS
(approx. 10 3/4" x 15 1/2") dated February 28, 1871 an appointment for
Robert W. Healy (late officer in the 58th Illinois Infantry and Bvt.
Brigadier general) for Marshal of the Southern District of Alabama for a
period of four years. Along with the appointment are 7 letters of
endorsement addressed to President Andrew Johnson (who was in office
when this process began) and others. These letters are period copies (of
course since xerox machines weren't around back then, when you sent off
an important letter, you wrote two of them, one being for your own
records) of those sent by various notables in Illinois. Very good to near
excellent condition with a strong Grant signature.
MEMORIAM RIBBON FOR THE 1885 DEATH OF GENERAL AND PRESIDENT U.S.
GRANT - 2 1/8" x 4 1/2" memoriam ribbon for the death of President U.S. Grant. Portion of
black cloth bar across the top is missing otherwise in very good condition.
1900 - WILLIAM McKINLEY CAMPAIGN RIBBON - Approx. 1 3/4" X 5" - For the 1900
campaign and of course a year before McKinley's assassination. Ribbon has a few weak areas
on top where the pin would have been, separating as can be seen in the photos.
THEODORE ROOSEVELT CAMPAIGN STICK PIN - Approx. 1/2" in diameter
making for a very small medallion as can be seen in photo next to a penny. Front has
a relief of Roosevelt with 'Theodore Roosevelt' along the rim and the reverse side has
the Lord's Prayer. Pin shows evidence of use by the slight bends.
FUNERAL ORATION FOR ABRAHAM LINCOLN - COOPER INSTITUTE -
1865 New York - wraps 28 pages - Approx. 5 3/4" x 9". This was the oration
given by Emma Hardinge on April 16, 1865 (given very short notice) at Cooper
Institute, New York. It was at Cooper Institute in 1860 where Lincoln had the
famous Cooper Institute photographs taken (these can be seen in the 'Images'
category - while still available). It was said that these photographs helped to
gain Lincoln the election. Completely intact, with the exception of normal
wear and scuffing / dirt item is in fairly good condition.
LINCOLN RELATED COURT JUDGEMENT FOR COLE'S COUNTY,
ILLINOIS- Approx. 7 7/8" x 12 1/2" Printed Illinois Supreme Court ruling -
January Term 1859, for a case originating in 1857 concerning a lawsuit in
which the type setter mistakenly set the type for the Attorneys for the
Plaintiff as "Logan & Lincoln". Lincoln was then crossed out and the
name of Linder was written in. Logan of course was Lincoln's law partner
in the 1840's, Lincoln continued practicing law in Cole's County for a time
early in the 1850's and Linder was a good friend of Lincoln also. An
interesting document referencing Lincoln's law career.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN ASSASSINATION MOURNING RIBBON - Approx. 3" x 5
1/4" silk ribbon from the City Councils of Philadelphia with a nice bust view of
Lincoln. Unfortunately someone had at one time glued this (in 5 places) to red felt
and some of that is still on reverse side as can be seen in photos. There are also
several holes, the largest in the lower right corner, second in the upper left corner
and several small places in the vicinity of Lincoln's head. There is archival tape on
the back side stabilizing the ribbon behind Lincoln's head which cannot be seen
from the front - see photos on 'Additional Images' link.
ULYSSES S. GRANT FRAMED - END OF WAR - Approx. 13 3/8" x
12 5/8" frame dimensions. This is an item that a friend asked me to
place on the site. This is a ribbon that appears to be commemorating
the end of the War as well as Grant's main conquests of the War. The
ribbon has Grant's likeness with "Richmond / 1865 / Vickburg / Shilo"
and under the likeness is Grant's quote "I will fight it out on this
line". Nice double matted. Price includes postage.
ULYSSES S. GRANT FRAMED - MOURNING BADGES - Approx.
17" x 15 5/8" frame dimensions. This is an item that a friend asked
me to place on the site. These are badges commemorating the death of
Ulysses S. Grant. The one ribbon is a memoriam ribbon and a
memoriam cockade. There is also a badge showing the Grant Tomb.
Nice double matted. Price includes postage.
CDV OF THE FIRST 18 PRESIDENTS - WASHINGTON THROUGH GRANT - Circa-
late 1860's-early 1870's CDV published by George Stinson & Co. in Portland, Maine and
is titled 'The Presidents of the United States' and indeed has the likenesses of each of the
first 18 Presidents from George Washington through Ulysses S. Grant. Very good
CABINET PHOTO OF CHILD WEARING CLEVELAND / STEVENSON
CAMPAIGN HAT - Cute photo of two children, one of which is wearing what
appears to be perhaps a campaign outfit that includes a hat that quite clearly reads
"CLEVELAND / STEVENSON" which would have been for the 1892 Presidential
Campaign. Card has a Utica, NY photographer's mark.
GAR - 1892 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION PROMOTIONAL -
Approx. 4 1/2" x 7 1/2", 7 page and very colorful pamphlet handed out to the
Veteran's during the 1892 GAR National Encampment held in Washington,
D.C.. The Republican National Committee had these printed to commemorate
the service of the Veterans but to also promote Benjamin Harrison for a second
term as President. Patriotic quotes inside by Benjamin Harrison and Robert G.
Ingersoll. Some age toning on cover as can be seen in photos.
TINTYPE - 1864 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN - McCLELLAN - 1/16 plate tintype in
a half case with a bust view of McClellan meant to promote his Presidential
aspirations. These small images were also meant to be placed on ribbons, pins, etc.
and worn on the clothing as well. This one was placed in an image case. It was
trimmed a tad short so it has a small pad under it to prevent it from sliding around.
SIGNED DEPOSITION ON SUSPECT IN LINCOLN'S ASSASSINATION -
Deposition taken at Camp Butler, Illinois on April 21, 1865. Apparently
everyone was of suspicion and no rock unturned. The deposition states that
William Anderson, a citizen of Sangamon County, Illinois was passing the
residence of Charles Warner on Mechicsburgh Road and heard Warner say to
another man that 'he was gladder of the President's death than he would be to
have found five hundred dollars' or words to that effect. Good strong ink and
very good condition.
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