RICHARD NAPOLEON BATCHELDER - DS - Civil War
General and Medal of Honor Winner. 1883 QM
Document signed by Batchelder. Chief Quartermaster of
the Army of the Potomac. Medal of Honor won at Fairfax
Station, Va (Oct. 13-15, 1863) - successfully fighting
against heavy odds and bringing his wagons through
without the loss of a wagon. Document is in Good
Condition. Medal of Honor winners signatures very
OLIVER OTIS HOWARD - SC - Was Colonel of 3rd
Maine Inf. As General commanded a Brigade in the 2nd
Corps, lost his right arm at Battle of Seven Pines (obvious
card is signed as a lefty), he was Commander on the field
on the first day of Gettysburg after Gen. Reynolds was
killed, was also instrumental in establishing Howard
MAJ. GEN. ROGER JONES - Jones began his career as
a Lieutenant in the Marines in 1809 and remained as
such until the War of 1812. He then was commissioned
Captain of Artillery in the Army. He held the rank of
U.S. Adjutant General from 1825 till his death in July,
1852. This document dated April 16, 1850 is written in
period ink and signed as Adjutant General is written to
the widow of a soldier killed in the Mexican War
instructing her on who to contact concerning extra pay
due her late husband. Letter is in Very Good Condition.
A signature not easily obtained.
GENERAL AMIEL WEEKS WHIPPLE - ALS -
1858 letter in his hand as Capt. in Topographical
Engineers. Clear period ink (7 3/4" x 9 3/4") Very
Good Condition. Whipple as a General in the Civil
War was killed at Chancellorsville in 1863.
Graduated from West Point in 1841, became an
officer in the Top. Eng's.. Surveyed the U.S.
-Mexican and Canadian Boundries, Surveyed the
railroad route through Arizona to California and when
Arizona became a Territory the seat of Government
was named Fort Whipple or Whipple Barracks in his
Honor. In the 1850's he was in the Great Lakes
Region removing obstacles for navigation and
overseeing the Light-House building and supplying.
As a General in the War was under the command of
McDowell and Hooker. Letter is written from Detroit
from the Engineers Office of the Tenth Light-House
District. His signature desirable for his
accomplishments in a short life. Some folds and
staining mainly on reverse. Otherwise good condition.
ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Dated August 6, 1861 - Signed
commission appointing John Schuyler Crosby to 2nd
Lieut. of the 1st Regiment of U.S. Artillery. Also signed
by Simon Cameron and General Lorenzo Thomas.
Vellum is somewhat wavy due to moisture at one time.
Document is in an old oak frame with old bubbled glass
and has been there for ages. The print is somewhat faded
but Lincoln's signature remains strong. War Department
Seal is intact, upper edge is a bit ragged and document is
missing a small wedge of vellum in the upper left corner.
Crosby by the end of the War had made it up to Bvt. Lt.
Col and his promotions were due to gallantry at Fort
Bisland, La. and Pleasant Hill, La. . Good Lincoln
signature without paying the 8-10K some dealers are
EDWARD O.C. ORD - Endorsement with rank on a
41st U.S. Colored Troop Inventory & Inspection Report
Dated March 8, 1865. Severely wounded at Corinth,
took part in Vicksburg and Fort Harrison where he was
again severely wounded. Very good condition with some
minor separations at the folds and some light staining
at several folds.
civil war autographs
THORNTON A. JENKINS - Naval Lieutenant during the
Mexican War, Admiral Farragut's Chief of Staff during
the Civil War and Rear Admiral in 1870 along with
Naval Secretary of the Light House Board. Letter
signed is on Light House Board Stationery written April
2, 1870. The letters content has to do with procuring
oils to use for testing the oil at Detroit delivered by
contractors. Letter has age toning around edges and
some minor soiling.
CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
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!!
MAJOR GENERAL SETH WILLIAMS - Letter dated
Sept. 5, 1862 on Army of the Potomac stationery.
Williams writes on request of General McClellan that
preparations be made for the visit of George H. Stewart
- Chairman of the U.S. Christian Commission to the
Army of the Potomac. It is signed S. Williams
Assistant Adjutant General. Williams was Adjutant
General for the Army of the Potomac under Generals
McClellan, Burnside, Hooker, Meade and when Grant
became commander he made Williams his Inspector
General. Letter is in very good condition.
CS GENERAL MILLEDGE LUKE BONHAM - Approx. 1 1/2" x
4 1/2" cut from a autograph album. Resigned from the US
Congress at secession to become Maj. General, resigned to fill
a seat in the First Confederate Congress, which he resigned to
become Gov. of South Carolina. At the end of this term he was
again appointed as Brig. General in 1865. Paper is waterstained
and ink is light but legible.
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.
MAJOR GENERAL STEPHEN A. HURLBUT - (3 3/8" x 3 3/4") Clipped
from a document dated April 15, 1863, he is recommending an officer
to fill the position of another just court martialed. He commanded the
4th Division of the Army of Tennessee at the battles of Shiloh and
Corinth and later commanded the Department of the Gulf. He was the
first commander of the G.A.R. Scan came out grainy - ink is actually
legible and unbroken.
GENERAL DON CARLOS BUELL - Approx. 2 1/2" x 5 1/2" cut
from a letter (?). Dated Airdrie, August 13, 1897. Buell served
during the Indian War in Florida, the Mexican War (severely
wounded at Churubusco), fought at Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville
and resigned his commission in 1864. He died in 1898 in
Airdrie, Kentucky. Good solid condition and dark ink.
FRANCIS HOPKINSON - DECLARATION OF
INDEPENDENCE SIGNER - Approx. 3 1/2" x 7 3/8" Bill of
Exchange as Secretary of Loans for the United States. Dated
July 28, 1779. This signature is priced hundreds of dollars
below his normal rate as the note does have some flaws. The
signature was originally cut from the document then
reattached with tape on the reverse side. Also there is glue
toning visible as it has been glued to a brown paper on the
corners and the old glue has stained the paper. The note has
also been trimmed on the left margin into the print. This is
one of the bills on the French Loan that helped to finance the
Revolutionary War. Along with signing the Declaration of
Independence as a New Jersey Delegate, Hopkinson was
credited with helping design the first U.S. flag.
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
MAJ. GENERAL JOHN M. SCHOFIELD- Approx. 2 5/8" x 5"
paper, sig with rank. Major in the 1st Missouri Inf., Chief of
Staff to Gen. Lyon at Wilson's Creek, during Sherman's March
to the Sea he commanded the 23rd Corps. Clean sig but paper a
MAJ. GENERAL JOHN E. WOOL- Approx. 2" x 2 1/2" Post War
(Nov. 15, 1867) signed card with rank. Oldest active officer of the
War, fought in the War of 1812, Mexican War & Civil War.
Commanded the Department of Virginia until retiring in 1863.
GENERAL JOHN BASIL TURCHIN - Autograph letter (3 pg) signed
written after the War (June 18, 1889) to General John C. Smith. Seems
that Smith wrote to Turchin about getting a copy of Turchin's book and
this is in reply. In the letter Turchin comments on wanting to be
instrumental on bringing the true worth and glory the Army of the
Cumberland displayed at the Battle of Chickamauga. Letter is in very
good condition but does have some discoloration on the last page
probably due to exposure to light.
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.
BVT. BRIG. GEN. LANGDON C. EASTON- From Missouri. Signed as Lt.
Colonel and Chief Quartermaster on a 2nd Minnesota Inventory and
Inspection Report document dated June 8, 1864. Graduated West Point in
1838, served in the Seminole and Mexican Wars with QM experience and
was William T. Sherman's Chief Quartermaster on the March to the Sea.
CLIPPED AUTOGRAPHS OF 3 RHODE ISLAND GOVERNORS -
Clipped from documents, three autographs of Pre-War Rhode Island
Governors William W. Hoppin - Whig (May, 1854 - May, 1857),
Elisha Dyer - Republican (May, 1857 - May, 1859) and Thomas G.
Turner - Republican (May, 1859 - May, 1860). These were at one time
mounted in a Rhode Island related scrapbook. Good condition.
CONFEDERATE GENERAL PIERRE G.T. BEAUREGARD - Approx.
5" x 7" - New Orleans - June 16, 1867 Autographed note signed,
written to a woman (girl) in Aiken, SC in response to her request
for Beauregard's autograph. He also mentions that he has none of
the other General's signatures to send her also. Along with his
General status in the Confederate Army, he was also a West point
graduate and one time Superintendent of West point. Paper does
have very light staining - shown in photos. This is a folded sheet of
paper (basically for a 4 page letter) and had been mounted with tape
as seen in photos, but tape was on '4th' sheet - which is not on the
reverse side of the letter. Small bit of separation on the center fold
at the top edge.
AUTOGRAPH OF CS PRISONER AT FORT WARREN - One page
approx. 4 7/8" x 7 5/8" signed in period ink by "John F. Gray / Maj.
48th Tenn Regt / Centreville / Tennessee / Surrendered at Fort
Donelson / Tennessee Feby 16th 1862 / Fort Warren June 20th
1862". This probably coming from a guard's autograph book.
Excellent condition except for light discoloring at edges.
TWICE SIGNED DOCUMENT - FONTAINE BECKHAM
- MAYOR OF HARPERS FERRY, VA - KILLED BY
JOHN BROWN IN 1859 RAID - Approx. 6" x 7 1/2"
Jefferson County legal document dated May 13, 1847
which has 2 signatures of future Harper's Ferry Mayor
Fontaine Beckham. Beckham was one of four civilians
killed during John Brown's raid on the Harper's Ferry
Arsenal in 1859. Many consider this action by John
Brown as one of the stimulants of the Civil War to
come. Document is in good condition.
SURGEON CHARLES H. CRANE - LINCOLN
ASSASSINATION ATTENDING SURGEON - Assistant
Surgeon General Charles Henry Crane (later Surgeon
General) on document dated May 28, 1864 to surgeon of 56th
Colored Troops Infantry (5" x 7 1/2"). When Abraham
Lincoln was shot and taken to the Peterson House, there
were three surgeons attending him that had all probed
Lincoln's brain for the bullet. Crane was one of those three.
E. Lawrence Abel in his book, "A Finger in Lincoln's Brain -
What Modern Science Reveals About Lincoln . . ." has a very
good description and time line on what occurred during those
hours. Document is in good condition with age toning on
several edges. This was in a Civil War Surgeons personal
privately bound book of printed orders that he was involved
with, some signed by various surgeons. The binding was
falling apart with some damage to a number of the
BRIGADIER GENERAL BENJAMIN ALVORD - Document
on Paymaster General's Office stationery when Alvord was
Paymaster General, dated March 20, 1875 addressed to
Maj. J.W. Nichols, Paymaster at Fort Brown, Texas.
Pre-printed document concerning disbursements. Signed by
Benjamin Alvord as Paymaster General. Alvord graduated
from West Point in 1833, participated in the Seminole War
as an officer in the 4th US Infantry, In the Mexican War
he fought in the battles of Palo Alto, Resaca de la Palma
and Mexico City. In 1862 he was promoted Brigadier
General of Volunteers and placed in command of the
District of Oregon where his issues with the Nez Perces
Indians forced him to be relieved of his command in
March, 1865. He was promoted to Paymaster of the US in
1872 and Brigadier General in 1876