ORDNANCE DOCUMENT ON THE SPRINGFIELD RIFLE
MUSKETS - Ordnance document (August, 1864) explaining
how to order repair parts for the Springfield Rifle Muskets.
This explains the difference between the Model 1855, 1861,
1863 and 1864 Rifles. Great piece for the Springfield
collector. (8.15" X 10.1") All pre-printed and in Very Good
7TH VERMONT INFANTRY - ABSTRACT OF MATERIALS -
2nd Qtr., 1864 - Shows the expenditure of ammunition - 500
.58 cal. cartridges used in practice firing and guard duty.
Signed by Lt. Gilbert and is in Very Good Condition.
(40) FORTY DOCUMENTS U.S. SIGNAL CORPS -
WAR DEPT. CONCERNING THE ALPENA,
MICHIGAN LIGHTHOUSE STATION - All dating
from January to December of 1883 communications
from the War Department to the Signal Officer at
the Signal Station, Alpena, Michigan. Back then the
Signal Corps was in charge of the Great Lakes
LightHouses. All are in very good condidtion only
several have separation at folds and several have
64TH OHIO INFANTRY - Handwritten Special Orders No.
131 from Headquarters - Army of the Ohio at Huntsville,
Alabama August 12, 1862. Accepting the resignation of
Lieut. A.M. Goldsboro. Good condition but does have an
20TH INDIANA INFANTRY MUSTER OUT ROLL -
Document approx. 10 1/2"x 30 1/2" mustering out
3 soldiers from Satterlee U.S. Army hospital in
Philadelphia by hospital Surgeon and a V.R.C.
Captain. It is dated May 24, 1865 and contains the
names of Edmund B. Gainey, Orin Bryant and
Jeremiah Hammel. According to records, Bryant
was wounded at Spottsylvania Court House and
Hammel was wounded at Petersburg. It is unknown
as to why Gainey was in. Document is in very good
CIVIL WAR RELICS
CIVIL WAR AND HISTORICAL MEMORABILIA
EARLY NEW YORK MILITIA ENLISTMENT
DOCUMENT - 1848 - 7 3/4" x 12 3/8" document for the
enlistment of L.D. Simons to Private in Company D of
the Thirteenth Regiment of Infantry - Washington Life
Guards dated September 14, 1848. Document has
several pages - one being Extracts from the Laws of the
State of New York pertaining to military regiments.
Blue paper with some lighter spotted areas - very good
CONFEDERATE PAROLE OF HONOR - Pre-printed on
crude brown CS paper, unissued, these were filled out
for Union prisoners on their capture promising not to
bear arms, etc. until regularly exchanged. Very good
GUARANTEE OF PROTECTION DOCUMENT- Unissued
Guarantee Dated August, 1863 - Shelbyville, Tennessee.
Handwritten document that has empty space for name to be
filled in at a later date. These documents were issued to loyal
citizens to the US and provided them and their property full
consideration and respect by Union forces. Very good condition.
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT - Approx. 7 3/4" x 9
5/8" dated February 13, 1864 this is a list of Clothing, Camp and
Garrison Equipage preprinted document - list of items include
lined blouses, Paris booters (don't ask), boots and haversacks.
All for use by the 2nd Minnesota Infantry. Very good condition.
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT - Approx. 7 3/4" x 9 5/8"
dated September 28, 1862 this is an invoice of Clothing, Camp and
Garrison Equipage hand written document - Listed are pants, shoes,
shirts, socks, drawers,canteens, hats, blankets and blouses . Very
2nd MINNESOTA INFANTRY DOCUMENT SIGNED BY COLONEL
PHILIP GEORGE - Approx. 7 3/4" x 12 1/4" dated for the month of
July, 1863 this a hand written List of Articles Lost or Destroyed
document. The list includes camp kettles, camp hatchets and shelter
tents that were destroyed while stored at Manchester, Tennessee.
Very good condition.
13TH REGT. RHODE ISLAND MILITIA DOCUMENT- Approx. 4 1/4" x
7 1/4" document ordering James Dockray to appear for Battalion
Parade. Dockray was originally in the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry, was
wounded at 1st Bull Run and discharged for disability in Nov., 1862. He
obviously wanted to continue serving his country by joining the local
Militia group after his discharge as shown by this October, 1863
document. This was at one time mounted in a Rhode Island related
scrapbook. Good condition.
2ND RHODE ISLAND DOCUMENT- Small (approx. 3 3/8" x 5") hand
written document allowing one James Dockray to march in the rear of
the column until he has recovered from his lameness. Dockray enlisted
in the 2nd RI in June, 1861 and was discharged for disability in Nov.,
1862. He was wounded at 1st Bull Run. The note is not dated so hard to
know if this was a result of the Bull Run wound. This was at one time
mounted in a Rhode Island related scrapbook. Good condition.
EARLY STATE OF TEXAS DOCUMENT - 1848 - 7 3/4" X 8" Hand
written document concerning of a parcel of land in Lamar County,
Texas. Few holes and a small amount of paper missing at a few folds
but not bad. Fair condition.
1865 CALIFORNIA MILITARY COMMISSION - Approx 15 7/8"
x 19 5/8" rarely seen as they had so few troops in the military.
Dated April 17, 1865 to rank from February 17, 1865 for Captain
Stephen Parker in the Sherman Guard, Second Brigade of the
California Militia. This unit was out of San Francisco. Signed by
Governor Frederick F. Low. Retains the gold seal of the State of
California and looks like it had another that was removed to see
the entire document although in that area it does feel embossed.
There is one important drawback with this document as it has
been dry mounted to an old acidic and brittle board. It was
mounted well, if there is such a thing when they do this, as it has
absolutely no wrinkles and looks to be solidly 100% glued to the
board. Edges have been trimmed.
21ST MICHIGAN INFANTRY CAPTAIN'S COMMISSION -
ARTHUR C. PRINCE - Very nice commission with Michigan
State Seal intact, signed by Governor Austin Blair for Capt.
Arthur C. Prince, dated September 11, 1863. Prince enlisted
into Co. E of the 21st on August 12, 1862 as Sergeant and rose
through the ranks to Captain and was given a Brevet Major's
commission in 1865.He mustered out on June 8, 1865. The
21st michigan was involved in the battles of Perryville,
Lavergne, Stewart's Creek, Stone River, Tullahoma, Elk
River, Chickamauga, Chattanooga and battles on Sherman's
March to the Sea and through the Carolinas. A few small
separations at edges of the folds but otherwise in VGC.
118th US COLORED INFANTRY DISCHARGE (and 148th
NYI) - Private Charles B. Randolph was in the 148th New York
Infantry from December, 1863 to December, 1864 and during
this time was taken prisoner at Petersburg, Va., paroled and
promoted to Sergeant. In April, 1865 he was commissioned as
Captain in the 118th USCT until he mustered out in February,
1866. While in the 118th USCT the regiment took part in the
siege operations of Petersburg and Richmond before moving to
Bravos Santiago, Texas until the expiration of service.
Document is in good condition and is signed by Bvt. Brig.
General John C. Moon who was Captain in the 85th and 88th
Ohio Infantry then Colonel in the 118th USCT. Document is in
3rd NEW YORK CAVALRY STATE
COMMISSION TO SECOND LIEUTENANT -
Handsome vellum certificate (approx. 11 3/4" x
16 5/8") dated December 1, 1864 promoting
Jonathan W. Kent to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant
of the 2nd NYC (this was a mistake as Kent was
actually in the 3rd New York Cavalry). This may
be the reason that the certificate has 'Duplicate'
written vertically across the middle of the
document. Filled in writing is a bit weak as is
Governor Horatio Seymour's signature. Still
retains the State Seal - good looking document.
24TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY OF THE IRON
BRIGADE - KILLED AT GETTYSBURG -
Certificate (approx. 4 3/8" x 8") dated August 9,
1864 signed by Michigan Adjutant General John
Robertson attesting to Sergeant George Pettinger's
service in the 24th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted
on August 7, 1862 at Detroit. He was killed in action
on July 1, 1863 and is buried at the Soldier's
National Cemetery at Gettysburg. Not going to
sugar coat this, it is ugly, folded, wrinkled, has been
taped (long ago) as can be seen on the reverse, with
some tape residue on the front. Also across the
front, in faint red period ink are those desirable
words, "KILLED IN ACTION GETTYSBURG, PA /
JULY 1st 1863"
5TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY PRE-PRINTED
PASS - Not often kept by soldiers as they were
generally handed back to the guards when
returning. (approx. 2 3/4" x 3 1/2") dated Oct. 22,
1861 from Camp Jackson in Concord, NH. Made out
for Simon Dorr and hand signed by Capt. Edward E.
Sturtevant (who was wounded at Fair Oaks and
killed at Fredericksburg, Va. Signed in print by Col
Edward E. Cross who was wounded 3 times at Fair
Oaks, Antietam and Fredericksburg and died of
wounds at Gettysburg.
96TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY PASS - FRANKLIN, TN
- Written one month after the battle of Franklin,
this half page hand written pass allows Major John
C. Smith and men to procure lumber for use at a
hospital in Franklin. The 96th Illinois was involved
in the Battle of Franklin with minor casualties.
Smith would go on to become a Brevet Brigadier
General. By the looks of the back of the pass, it was
folded and in the bottom of his baggage for a while.
7th VERMONT INFANTRY - ORDNANCE INVOICE -
SPRINGFIELD RIFLES - Hand written Ordnance Invoice dated
October 1, 1863 for Company G of the 7th Vermont Infantry at
Barrancas, Florida. The page is loaded with such items as
Springfield Rifles, Bayonets, NCO Swords, Tompions, Belt Plates,
Gun Slings, etc. Don't often see these this loaded Document is in
19TH MISSOURI INFANTRY / 13TH U.S.
INFANTRY PRE-PRINTED PASS - Pre-printed Pass
made out by the Provost Marshal in St. Louis, dated
December 17, 1861 for Joseph L. Horr who was at
that time a Private in the 13th US Infantry to travel
to Iowa and Illinois. The pass is signed by Horr on
the back along with his physical description and
pledge of allegiance to the Union. The pass is signed
in print by George E. Leighton of the 19th Missouri
Infantry as well as a railroad ticket agent. Pass has
some light staining and some separation at the
6TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY (CUSTER'S CAVALRY
BRIGADE) CAPTAIN'S COMMISSION - JACOB O.
PROBASCO - Very nice commission with Michigan State Seal
intact, signed by Governor Austin Blair for Capt. Jacob O.
Probasco, dated December 10, 1864. Probasco enlisted into Co.
E of the 6th on September 8, 1862 as Corporal and rose
through the ranks to Captain. He transferred on November
16, 1865 into the 1st Michigan cavalry where he was mustered
out on June 6, 1866. The 6th was involved in the battles of
Gettysburg, Falling Waters, Todd's Tavern, Wilderness,
Yellow Tavern, Cold Harbor, Trevillion Station, Winchester,
Front Royal among numerous others. VGC.
12TH INDIANA CAVALRY - CAMP ANDERSON - MICHIGAN
CITY - Approx. 5 7/8" x 7 5/8" Certificate of Enlistment for Pvt.
Isaac Personett in Indian Creek Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
on January 4, 1864 into the 12th Indiana Cavalry. Personett was in
the 12th from Jan., 1864 till Nov. 10, 1865 and took part in the
battles of Huntsville, Alabama and Murfreesboro, Tn. Document is
in good condition.
5TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - CERTIFICATE OF
DISABILITY - Approx. 7" x 8 1/2" Certificate of Disability for
Private James Gould of the 5th New Hampshire Infantry. He was
wounded in action on June 30, 1862 at White Oak Swamp, Va. I
don't know if he took advantage of this certificate as the records
listed him as deserting in April, 1863 and this is the only possible
J.E. Gould listed in the rosters living in Hillsboro County - though
Weare, NH is not listed as his residence. Document is in good
PENNSYLVANIA - DISTRICT 20 ABSTRACT OF (DRAFT)
EXEMPTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF SEPT. 5, 1863 - Approx. 8
1/2" x 13 1/4" Document listing 21 men with the address, draft date
and reason for exemption. Reasons include sending a substitute,
paying $300., alien, under age, only son of a widow, aged parents
and Election of Parents (what this is I don't know). Document has a
3" separation on the middle fold but otherwise is in good condition.
48TH OHIO INFANTRY - CAMP DENNISON - 1862 - Approx. 8"
x 9 3/4" Letter from the Ohio Adjutant General's Office to the
Commandant of the 48th OVI at Camp Dennison, Columbus, Oh.
dated January 11th, 1862. The letter is instructing that the
regiment is to be fitted for the field as rapidly as possible,
transportation will be provided when needed and no leave of
absences shall be granted with exception of emergencies. This letter
shows the dire situation in which the troops were needed. The 48th
took part in the battles of Shiloh, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Sabine
Cross Roads, among others. Letter has several 3/4" areas of
separation on folds but otherwise is in good condition.
2nd GEORGIA (CS) CAVALRY - RECEIPT FOR PURCHASE OF
SHOTGUNS - Approx. 3 3/4" x 5" Hand written receipt issued at
Camp Hood, July 2, 1862 from Colonel William J. Lawton to Capt.
Francis M. Ison for 4 'Double Guns' - no doubt double barrel
shotguns, at a price of $30. each.
INDIAN WARS PERIOD DISCHARGE SIGNED BY 24TH
MICHIGAN INF. (IRON BRIGADE) COMMANDER - Approx. 7
3/4" x 9 3/4" 1882 US Army discharge signed by 24th Michigan
Infantry commander (of the immortal Iron Brigade) - Colonel
Henry A. Morrow. After the Civil War Morrow, who was severely
wounded at Gettysburg, remained in the regular army as Colonel of
the 21st US Infantry at Fort Vancouver, Washington Territory. The
discharge is for Sgt. Frank B. Jones of Attica, New York.
Unfortunately the discharge has water damage and much of the
filled in areas are faded and light. The paper is a bit on the wrinkly
4th PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY PRESIDENTIAL COMMISSION
TO MAJOR - Approx. 15 1/2" x 19 1/4" on vellum. Commission
for John P. Barre of the 4th Pennsylvania Cavalry. Promotion to
Major to rank from March 13, 1865 for "Distinguished Gallantry
During the Campaign Before Richmond, Virginia" and so stated
on the document. Unfortunately the document was exposed to
moisture which wrinkled the vellum and faded the filled in areas so
those areas are weak. Presidential seal is intact and the printed
signature of Andrew Johnson is still strong. Document was issued
May 10, 1866. Damage but still an impressive looking document.
Barre was in the 4th from August, 1862 to July, 1865 and fought in
many battles. To name a few: Antietam, Kelly's Ford, Culpepper,
Cold Harbor, Trevillian Station, Petersburg, Hatcher's Run,
Sailor's Creek and many more.
58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - BATTLE OF QUEEN'S HILL,
MISS. - Approx. 7 5/8" x 12 5/8" voucher List of Camp and
Garrison Equipage Return for February 29, 1864 resulting in the
loss of equipment in the Battle of Queen's Hill, Mississippi (while
on the march to Meridian) on February 4, 1864. Captain Healy of
the 58th (who would later rise to the rank of Brevet Brigadier
General), goes on to list the items lost at that engagement. Very
58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - BATTLE OF PLEASANT HILL,
LA - Approx. 7 3/4" x 9 7/8" voucher List of Camp and Garrison
Equipage Return for April 30, 1864 resulting in the loss of
equipment in the Battle of Pleasant Hill, La. where his Company
lost 6 men on April 9, 1864. Captain Healy of the 58th (who would
later rise to the rank of Brevet Brigadier General), goes on to list the
items lost at that engagement. Very good condition.
58TH ILLINOIS INFANTRY - 6 COMMISSIONS FOR ROBERT
W. HEALY - Robert Healy entered the 58th Illinois Infantry as a
Captain in December, 1861 as Captain and through the years made
it up to Brevet Brigadier General. This grouping contains six of his
commissions for varying ranks. 1) His initial commission at
enlistment for Captain (on paper) (12/24/61) signed by Gov.
Richard Yates (this is the duplicate copy - many times they were
given two). 2) Commission for Major (10/10/64) signed by Gov.
Richard Yates (has some wrinkling on the vellum). 3) Commission
for Lieut. Colonel (on paper) (3/27/65) signed by Gov. Richard
Oglesby. 4) Commission for Lieut. Colonel (on vellum) (3/27/65)
signed by Gov. Richard Oglesby (this is the duplicate copy). 5)
Commission for Colonel (on vellum) (9/5/65) signed by Gov.
Richard Oglesby. 6) Presidential Commission for Brevet Lieut.
Colonel (on vellum) (to rank from March 26, 1865 "For Faithful
and Meritorious Services During the Campaign Against the City of
Mobile and it's Defenses" with a stamped Andrew Johnson
signature. All but the one wrinkled vellum commission are all in
spectacular condition. The 58th Illinois took part in the battles of
Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Corinth, Sabine Cross Roads, La., Pleasant
Hill, La., Nashville, Fort Blakely, Al. as well as with others.
38TH VIRGINIA INFANTRY - KILLED AT PICKETT'S CHARGE
- GETTYSBURG - Confederate Treasury Department document on
thin pink paper for a claim for back pay made by the widow of
John B. Gregory, Company B, 38th Virginia Infantry. Records show
that Gregory was killed on July 3, 1863 (date also shown on the
document) during Pickett's Charge on the 3rd day at Gettysburg.
The 38th was part of Armistead's Brigade and was on the extreme
left of the Brigade during the charge. Armistead himself and men
of the 38th did make it to the stone wall at the Angle. More than
55% of the 38th Virginia were disabled at the Battle of Gettysburg.
This document was dated April 1, 1865, just 8 days before Lee's
surrender so Gregory's wife probably never saw any compensation
for his pay. Document is in good condition but as can be seen in
the photos, some of the ink where filled in is light.
ILLINOIS BROADSIDE LEAFLET PROCLAIMING
THANKSGIVING DAY 1862 - Approx. 7 15/16" x 9 7/8"
Proclamation from Illinois Governor Richard Yates making
Thursday, November 27th, 1862 a day of Thanksgiving to
"acknowledge the manifestations of God's enduring mercy and
loving kindness". He goes on to mention the State's soldiers and
their patriotism and contributions to the War effort. Some folds and
minor separation at some folds.
LINCOLN RELATED COURT JUDGEMENT FOR COLE'S
COUNTY, ILLINOIS- Approx. 7 7/8" x" 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.