CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
1864 UNION McCLELLAN - PENDLETON DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
TICKET - This ballot is for Darke County, Ohio and is in good condition with only some
light staining. Approx. 2 1/2" x 5 3/8".
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")
PRESIDENT THEODORE ROOSEVELT - Large document (approx. 16 7/8" x
22") appointment of Carlos Burroughs for Postmaster of Collinwood in
Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Document is dated January 16, 1902 and signed on
February 5, 1902. Roosevelt's signature is good and reasonably strong. Post
Office Department foil seal and ribbon still intact - many times you see these
missing. Document has some discoloration, some small tears alond edges and
several chipped edges which can be seen in photos. Roosevelt was one of our
most admired Presidents. During the Spanish American War he was of course,
Lt. Colonel of the Rough Riders, famous for their charge of San Juan. As a
conservationist he set aside large amounts of land for National Forests and Parks
and also won the Nobel Peace Prize. Roosevelt was a big game hunter and
naturalist. He enjoyed quoting the proverb "Speak softly and carry a big stick"
and also felt that the President was a 'steward of the people'.
GENERAL ULYSSES S. GRANT - Approx. 2 5/8" x 4 1/4" page from a friend of
Grant's autograph album. There were actually two in the album, one with rank
and this one without that had a slight smudge - may be the reason he did two.
Fought so well in the western theatre that Lincoln gave him the Army of the
Potomac, forced Lee to surrender, Supreme Commander of all US forces, 18th
President of the United States. Very good condition.
MARTIN VAN BUREN - 8TH PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. - DOUBLE
SIGNED!! - Approx. 5 1/2" x 7 5/8" dated Sept. 7 in the 33rd year of our
Independence (1809) when Van Buren was a lawyer. Signed twice by Van Buren
as Attorney - once on front and again on the reverse of the document. Very good
condition on laid paper.
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT - (3 1/4" X 5 1/8") signed card. Won 1908 Presidential
election. Card is signed and dated Sept. 1, 1924. Very good condition with only a small
tear on upper edge.
GENERAL DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER AS SUPREME COMMANDER OF ALLIED
FORCES (and two term President) - signed card (2 5/8" x 4 1/2") with the seal of the
Supreme Allied Commander along with it's own letter of authenticity (how often does
this come along). Letter (5 3/4" x 7 3/4") is addressed to Miss Darla Barth of Charleroi,
Pa., from and signed by Lt. Col. C. Craig Cannon (Aide to Gen. Eisenhower) attesting
that General Eisenhower has signed the enclosed card. The letter is written on the
letterhead of "Allied Powers Europe / Office of the Supreme Commander" and dated 1
May, 1952, the same year Eisenhower would win the first of two elections for President
of the United States. Both letter and card are in very good condition.
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 signed.
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.