CORPS BADGE (2nd CORPS) OF WILLAIM D. LYTLE OF THE 105TH
PENNSYLVANIA INF. - Badge is made of sheet silver with a T-bar pin approx. 1 1/4"(H)
x 1 5/16"(W) and has the black tarnishing in places. Inscribed "Co. C / 105th / P.V/ W.D.
Lytle". Lytle was originally in the 2nd US Sharpshooters from 10/1/61 to 12/24/63.
During that time the regiment was in every major battle with the Army of the Potomac,
including Gettysburg. He transferred to the 105th PV on 12/24/63 and was discharged on
ID'd GROUPING OF SGT. BENJAMIN F. BLATCHFORD - 50th
MASSACHUSETTS INF. & 2nd MASSACHUSETTS HEAVY ARTILLERY -
Fantastic patriotic housewife, 19th corps badge and diary. Housewife has
name and 50th MA ID sewn into the cover and a nice flag pocket that holds
some rubber buttons and needles. The 19th Corps badge (looks to be
post-War) does not have his name on it but does have the regiment and
Department of the Gulf stamped in. Has a Boston maker's name on the back
of the pinbar. The diary is an 1864 diary when Blatchford was in the 2nd MA
Heavy Artillery. His name and regiment is in the front of the diary and
someone else's is in the back. I would guess at this maybe being 10% filled in
as far as entries. Most of the diary is empty (as seen in the final photo). He
does write and mention the battles or actions at: Laurel Hill, Petersburg, Cox
Bridge, Wilmington, bombardment of Fort Fisher as well as the execution of
a deserter by firing squad. He only gives the bare minimum for information
when he writes. Most is in period ink. Nice small grouping of a Massachusetts
SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR PRESENTATION SWORD - M-1872 Cavalry
Officer's sword with a beautiful presentation to Adj. Taylor C. Power of the 158th
Indiana Infantry from the Citizens of Indianapolis in 1898. It is etched on both
the sword and the scabbard. Grip has a few chips out of the shark skin, blade is
bright with nice etching. Scabbard has ornate mounts for the rings and still
retains the strap snap rings. Unfortunately the 158th Indiana didn't leave the
States, but a very nice piece regardless.
WILLIAM W. MARSTON THREE BARREL DERINGER - Interesting .32
cal., 4" barrel pistol. Only approx. 3,300 made. Nice markings "Wm. W.
Marston / Patented May 26, 1857 / New York City / Improved 1864" on side
of brass frame. Good percentage of original blue on barrels. Barrel selector
switch on right side of frame (this needs attention as it does not operate
correctly). Very nice looking pistol.
16TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF GAINES MILL, VA - Dated July 7, 1862
from Camp near James River written by William Simmons of Co. E, Stockton's Mich.
Regt. (16th Mi). Simmons would later die of wounds received at 2nd Manassas. Terrific
letter, writes of fighting till 10pm, 300 in the regiment killed or wounded, the Colonel
killed (actually was captured), how the rebels had captured all their food, tents and
clothing. They went back to the battlefield and through the woods to find the
Confederate dead piled up like cords of wood and hearing the wounded crying out at
night still on the battlefield. McClellan rides through every day and new troops are
arriving. They can't wait to make the secesh pay for what they have done. Great solid
letter in very good condition. Written in period ink.
96TH ILLINOIS INF. POW - LIBBY PRISON LETTER - Written by Lt. Charles H.
Yates (POW at Missionary Ridge) on Jan. 10, 1864 to Colonel John C. Smith letting the
Col. know of his fate. "I am happy to address you although I am in prison and no hope
of getting out . . .I cannot write army news . . . I find there is 9 of my men here in
Richmond four in the hospital and ten have been taken to Danville, Va. Good bye,
Yours truly / Lt. C H Yates / 96th Ill Vol / Prisoner of War Libby Prison / Richmond,
Va". Letter is in excellent condition.
MEXICAN WAR - FIRST HAND ACCOUNT - 2ND DAY'S BATTLE OF BUENA VISTA
= Soldier's graphic account of the February 23, 1847 days Battle of Buena Vista. Letter is
unsigned and appears to be a continuation of a more complete work. Probably an Illinois
soldier as the 2nd Illinois Regt is mentioned and this was found in the papers of former
Illinois Civil War Governor Richard Yates. Transcription in full is shown with the
'Additional Images". Period ink and just a bit ragged on the left margin. Writing is
choppy but a historically significant letter.
LAFAYETTE C. BAKER - HEAD OF LINCOLN'S DETECTIVE POLICE - I have
yet to see this autograph on the market for sale. ALS of Baker dated Aug. 21, 1862
on National Detective Police stationery and signed by Baker as Chief of Gov't
Detective Police. The content of the letter is asking the Chief of Staff of General
Wool a pass for a friend to make it through the lines. Letter is in very good
condition. Very first Chief of the now Secret Service!!