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 University. VGC
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
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
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
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.
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 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.
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
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
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.
EDWIN STANTON - NOTIFICATION TO THOMAS
McCURDY VINCENT ON HIS PROMOTION TO BVT.
BRIGADIER GENERAL - Typical form letter to Vincent and
signed by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, informing Vincent
that the President has appointed him to Brevet Brigadier
General as of March 13, 1865. Vincent graduated from West
Point in 1849, started as a Captain at the outbreak of the War
in the 2nd U.S. Artillery. He was engaged in the first Battle of
Bull Run and was instrumental in organizational efforts
during and after the War. Stanton himself felt it necessary to
keep him in Washington for as much as possible.
CONFEDERATE GENERAL JAMES LONGSTREET - One
of Lee's Lieutenants, graduated from West Point in 1842 and
fought in the Mexican War. Lee referred to him as "my old
War Horse". He fought in most of the largest battles with the
Army of Northern Virginia and after the War was accused of
loosing the battle at Gettysburg by failing to attack at daylight
of the second day, per Lee's orders. He was also outspoken on
his feelings against Pickett's charge. After the War he was
appointed Minister to Turkey in 1880. Signature is on approx.
2 1/8" x 4 1/4" slip of paper and includes a 1973 billing when
it was sold at the time for a mere $15.
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
GEORGE CLYMER - DOUBLE SIGNER - DECLARATION
OF INDEPENDENCE AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION -
Approx. 7 3/8" x 8 3/4" 3 page ALS - folded cover. 1793 letter
from George Clymer to his Brother-in-law Samuel Merideth
(also a signer of the US Constitution) who at the time was the
U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in New York (cover is addressed
as such). Letter addresses what appears to be personal business
deals (as they were business partners) and other items (see
transcript on 'Additional Images' link). Clymer, as one of the
Founding Fathers was a Delegate from Pennsylvania. Along
with signing the Declaration of Independence, he would later
sign the U.S. Constitution and served as a Representative in
the First Federal Congress from 1789-1791. Letter is in very
good condition, especially considering the age, is written in
period ink on laid paper. There is some separation on the
main fold (approx. 50%) but both sides still intact. Wax from
cover seal is still present. Letter mentions a 'Hamilton' but
unsure whether that is reference to Alexander.
LETTER FROM IOWA GOVERNOR SAMUEL KIRKWOOD
TO ILLINOIS GOVERNOR ASKING FOR ASSISTANCE
FROM POSSIBLE ATTACK - ALS Letter dated May 10, 1861
from Governor Kirkwood of Iowa to Governor Richard Yates
of Illinois asking for mutual military assistance should either
Iowa or Kansas be attacked from southern forces.
Unfortunately Kirkwood's handwriting isn't what I would call
the best so there were several words I could just not quite make
out but the text is shown on the 'Additional Images' link.
Perhaps a fresh set of eyes would help. Great insight as to the
nature of the individual states working together during that
most uncertain time.