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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Luman Wadhams of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Wadhams enlisted in August, 1862 and died on June 3, 1864 of wounds
received at Cold Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut.
Wadhams of Co. A / 19th Conn. Regt. 1863 / He was promoted to / Capt /
wounded at Cold Har / bor on Wednesday June 1st / Died June 1864". Good
condition but some smudging (perhaps water) on the right border.
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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY - KIA - Image of Elisha S. Kellogg of
the 19th Connecticut Infantry. There is no photographer's back mark on the
reverse. Kellogg enlisted in August, 1862 and was killed on June 1, 1864 at Cold
Harbor, Va. Image has a period pencil ID on reverse "Lieut. Col. Kellogg / 19th
Conn. V. 1863 / Promoted to (to) sic Col.". Very good condition.
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CDV - 19th CONNECTICUT INFANTRY / 2nd CONN. HEAVY ART. - Image of
Eben L. Oakes of the 19th Connecticut Infantry / 2nd Connecticut Heavy
Artillery. There is an Alexandria, Va. photographer's back mark on the reverse.
Oakes enlisted in July, 1862 and was mustered out July, 1865. Image has a
period pencil ID on reverse "Age 21 1863 / Oben L. Oakes / Company A 2nd
C.V.A.". Nice armed shot. Very good condition.
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CONFEDERATE TELEGRAPH - 28TH MISSISSIPPI CAVALRY -
Approx 4 1/4" x 8" Southern Telegraph Company message to Capt
J. Shelby (Capt. E.J. Shelby) of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry
(Mayson Dragoons). Through research I'm finding this is the only
CS Captain Shelby that works for location, name and date. It is not
dated by month, only the day, 5, 1864. From Jonesboro (GA), to
Capt Shelby and reads: "Hasten articles for exchange can do much
with cotton & salt. Speculations are forestalling us = send more
wagons" and is simply signed "Orr". More research indicates that
this would be Capt. Charles W. Orr of the 3rd Mississippi Cavalry
(killed at Atlanta July 22, 1864) which would date this telegraph to
July 5, 1864 as the 28th Miss Cav was in Fayetteville, Ga (approx. 6
miles from Jonesboro. Good condition with some light fading of the
pre-printed area on right side.
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1884- JAMES G. BLAINE CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Blaine with "JAMES
G. BLAINE" and on the reverse "REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR
PRESIDENT 1884 / BORN 1830 / IN (Relief of G. Washington) CO. /
PENNA." Overall good condition but does show wear on high reliefs.
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LEE COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE DOCUMENT - 1815 - Approx. 7
1/2" x 12 1/4"  Appears to be an assessment on the land and property
for tax purposes for a Stephen Thompson and his 353 acres land
known as 'Little Kentuck'. Mentions 2 slaves, one male and one
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WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1849 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4 1/8"  Small hand written receipt on taxes for
Martha Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
condition.
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WARWICK COUNTY VIRGINIA SLAVE TAX RECEIPT - 1842 -
Approx. 1 1/2" x 4"  Small hand written receipt on taxes for Martha
Harwood of Warwick County, Va. Mentions 9 slaves. Very good
condition.
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BU-138
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN BROS & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'Horstmann Bro. &
Allien NY' rmdc back mark. Button shows wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
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BU-139
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - HORSTMANN & SONS - Approx. 21
mm. Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.H. Horstmann & Sons Phi.'
rmdc back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high relief
points and is in VGC.
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BU-140
RIFLEMAN - OFFICER'S - STEELE & JOHNSON - Approx.
22+ mm. Rifleman's button with 'Steele & Johnson' back mark.
Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and is in
VGC.
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BU-141
DRAGOON - OFFICER'S - W.G. MINTZER - Approx. 21 mm.
Pre-War Dragoon with 'W.G. MINTZER - PHILD' rmdc back
mark. Button shows very minor wear on the high relief points and
is in VGC.
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BU-142
KENTUCKY STATE SEAL - HORSTMANN & ALLIEN -
Approx. 23 mm. KY1D War period 1860-65 'Horstmann & Allien
N.Y.' flat back back mark. Button shows minor wear on the high
relief points and is in VGC. Difficult to find this border state
button with a War dated back mark.
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ARMY OF THE POTOMAC MEMBERSHIP RIBBON - Ribbon for the members
of the Army of the Potomac, which has seen better days (which is the reason for
the price). The ribbon itself has a stain on the bottom and has several separations
in the ribbon. Will look alright in a case. Original 'safety pin' is attached to the
back of the bow.
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1860 - LINCOLN / HAMLIN REPUBLICAN TICKET - Approx. 3 3/4" X
5 3/4" - For the 1860 campaign that basically started the War (not seen
as often as the 1864 campaign tickets). Paper is solid but is a bit
'wrinkled' and does have staining or age toning as can be seen in the
photos.
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PERIOD MOUTH (OR JEWS) HARP - Unusual design of a
liar on the body of this harp - two piece construction with very
visible file markings on the reed. Body is cast metal. Popular
with the soldiers in camp. These have been around for over 400
years with the first known written account in 1595 England.
Very good condition.
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R-67
M-1840 CAVALRY SWORD - SPANISH FORT, AL -
Full length M-1840 Cavalry sword with a steel guard
(highly suggesting this was a product of Tiffany). It was
recovered from the Spanish Fort, Alabama area. All metal
parts are present (with exception of the wrap). Guard and
blade have a good amount of pitting on them as would be
expected but there are areas of minor pitting also. What
remains of the wood grips have been wired on.
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SOUVENIR SPOON - 1902 NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT- Approx. 4 1/4" in length,
plated but doesn't appear to be a silver plate - made for the 1902 GAR National
Encampment in Washington, DC. Produced by the George E. Homer Company in
Boston. Contains the mottoes "We Drank Together from the Same Canteen" and
"Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot". Good condition.
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CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - 2nd Lieut. Vivian K. Spear.
No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the  38th and
was discharged in November, 1863. He was wounded on June 14, 1863 at Port
battles of Port Hudson, La.,  Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek,
Va. and Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "V.K.
Spear / 2nd Lieut. 38th Mass Vols". Good condition with light contrast on the
image.
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CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Capt. J. Henry Wyman. No
photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the  38th and was
discharged for disability in October, 1864. Nice shot cradling his sword in his
arms. The 38th fought in both theatres of the War and participated in the battles
of Port Hudson, La.,  Brashear City, La., Winchester, Va., Cedar Creek, Va. and
Fisher's Hill, Va., among others. Signed in period ink on reverse "J.H. Wyman /
Capt. Co. B / 38th M Vol". Good condition with good contrast on the image.
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7TH MAINE INFANTRY - CAMP ABRAHAM LINCOLN - Two page letter
in period ink from Henry Welch of Co. F, 7th Maine Infantry written on
March 25, 1863. Welch would later be killed in action on May 12, 1864 at
Spotsylvania Court House, Va. Average letter home from camp speaking of
drilling and meals Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
good condition.
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69TH NEW YORK INFANTRY (IRISH BRIGADE) - Two page letter written
December 7, 1863 in period pencil and addressed to Col. Grimshaw of the
4th Delaware Infantry from three men who had intended to enlist in the
69th NYI and were instead placed into the 39th NYI. They, as a group are
asking that this be rectified and that they be placed into the 69th. On the
back, in period ink is the message that the letter was forwarded to Gen.
Corcoran. It looks that nothing was ever done in this matter as the three
remained in the 39th. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very
good condition.
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CONFEDERATE P.O.W. LETTER - 10TH VIRGINIA CAVALRY - 1 +
page letter written December 27, 1863 Wheeling, Va. in period ink from
Lieut. Daniel Greene Martz to his wife as he was being transported to Camp
Chase. He spends the majority of the short letter trying to comfort her fears
and is expecting to be exchanged soon. Martz was captured in Rockingham
County, Va on December 17, 1863 and confined in Wheeling on Dec. 20,
Camp Chase on Jan. 15, 1864, Fort Delaware on April 15, 1864 and finally
exchanged on Oct. 11, 1864 and Paroled on April 20, 1865 at New Market,
Va. Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Very good condition.
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STATE OF FLORIDA - 10 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TEN' overprint. Excellent Condition on
this desirable Florida note.
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STATE OF FLORIDA - 25 cent note - February 2, 1863 - No
engraver or printer. Blue 'TWENTY-FIVE' overprint. Excellent
Condition on this desirable Florida note.
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CONFEDERATE TIN DRUM CANTEEN - RECOVERED AT 2ND
MANASSAS
- About 30-35 years ago when I was collecting 2nd Manassas
(Bull Run) items, I had the opportunity to purchase items that were dug by
Sydney Kerksis, author of the Belt Plate Book. Along with plates and other
items was this completely flattened CS canteen. The nice thing about his
recoveries was that he would always mark the battle and location of the
recovery. This was recovered in 1954 north of the Railroad Cut and so marked
on the tape. This same canteen (along with other items from my collection) is
also shown in the Time-Life book - "Voices of the Civil War - Second
Manassas", when they published that series. The canteen is solid, with holes
and a great relic from 2nd Bull Run.
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CDV - CONFEDERATE QUAKER GUNS AT CENTREVILLE - This
shot is by Mathew Brady in 1862 of the "Fortifications on the Heights
of Centreville" and designated as No. 300 in Brady's Album Gallery.
On the front in period ink is 'Lee Rebs Wooden Guns'. These fake
cannon gave Lee extra time to evacuate the fortifications, while several
nicks on the edges.
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CDV - THE SULTANA - TAKEN 19 HOURS BEFORE EXPLOSION
- Parker's City Gallery, Cairo, Ill back mark with tax stamp. This
photograph, taken while docked in Memphis just 19 hours before the
explosion that took just under 1200 lives. The Sultana was carrying
ex-POW's back from southern prisons in April, 1865. It was designed
to carry less than 400 people yet it was loaded with 2,300 Union POW's
heading home to the north. Seven miles upriver on April 27, 1865 the
Sultana would explode, killing so many that had gone through so
much to outlast the War. Image is in very good condition and rarely
seen for sale.
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CDV - ELMIRA PRISON CAMP - ELMIRA, NY - Moulton & Larkin,
Elmira, NY back mark with tax stamp. This photograph, taken from
an elevated position to show over the stockade and into the camp
showing the masses of Confederate prisoners and the Union guards on
the stockade walls. The prison was only in existence from July, 1864 to
July, 1865 and housed approximately 12, 100 prisoners of which 2,970
died while in captivity, mainly from disease. It was dubbed by the
prisoners "Hellmira". Carte does have several minor issues, a nick on
the edge of the mount and a few small wrinkles on the albumen paper,
otherwise very nice.
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CDV - TENNESSEE STATE CAPITOL BUILDING IN NASHVILLE -
Morse's Gallery of the Cumberland, Nashville back mark with tax
stamp. This well known photograph, taken of the Capitol Building on
the hill in Nashville, which if you have ever been there appears to be
the highest elevation in the city proper. There are similar views that
show troops and tents on the grounds but this appears to have been
taken after the troops left, as there are what looks like boxes strewn
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CDV - IDENTIFIED PLANTATION VIEW - No Photographer's back
mark. This is an image with subject matter that few have the
opportunity to obtain. They are rarely offered for sale. This is a view of
a Plantation grounds with over 50 slaves (to my count) and what looks
like perhaps 3 soldiers (one slave appears to be wearing a kepi). There
is a very faint ID in period pencil on the reverse which looks to be
either "Bucland (or Bulland) Plantation / 1864". On the 'Additional
Images' page I have experimented with contrast adjustments on the
scans to try and draw out better clarity - you may decide for yourself.
There was a well known North Carolina Plantation known as
'Buckland' but of course without something better in the image to
compare, it is tough to say for certain.
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CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP CARD - 4TH
MICHIGAN CAVALRY
- Approx 2 1/4" x 3 1/2" Membership card
for the Catholic organization made out for Benjamin F. Sherman,
Company C, 4th Michigan Cavalry. Sherman was drafted on
November 2, 1863 at the age of 27, joined the regiment on February
28, 1864 and was mustered out on August 15, 1865. He is listed as
present on the expedition that captured Jefferson Davis. The
membership card is dated June, 1865 and signed by the Chaplain,
C.S. Armstrong. Front has wear as shown causing it to look a bit
dingy. This is the only one of these I recall ever seeing.
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LINCOLN ASSASSINATION MEMORIAM POEM - MAGNUS -
Approx 5" x 8" Poem 'THE NATION MOURNS' published by
Charles Magnus of New york - a popular publisher of music song
verse sheets, patriotic covers, leaflets, etc., well known for the quality
of their graphics and printing. Has a beautiful header showing
women and a soldier in mourning. In very good condition but does
strip of tape on the strip of tape on the
rear siderear side top. It looks
like someone had  top. It looks like someone had used it to used it to
keep the sheet in place, perhaps in a frame or display. Nicely done
memoriam of the recently assassinated President.
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JAMES A. GARFIELD - 1876 - DS (approx. 10" x 16") dated
BLUE' ( a post-War political Union Veterans organization). Good
clean signature of Garfield, who as 'President' is the second most
difficult 'Presidential' signature to obtain - due to his
assassination in 1881. Certificate is made out for Robert W. Healy
who enlisted as a Captain in the 58th Illinois Infantry and rose
through the ranks to Brevet Brigadier General. Cowan's Auction
House sold one of these in April of 2012 for over $1100 in not
nearly as good condition. Very good to near excellent condition
with only small separations on folds near the edges..
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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
good condition.
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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.
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ULYSSES S. GRANT - PRESIDENTIAL APPOINTMENT - 1871
- DS (approx. 10 3/4" x 15 1/2") dated February 28, 1871 an
appointment for Robert W. Healy (late officer in the 58th Illinois
Infantry and Bvt. Brigadier general) for Marshal of the Southern
District of Alabama for a period of four years. Along with the
appointment are 7 letters of endorsement addressed to President
Andrew Johnson (who was in office when this process began) and
others. These letters are period copies (of course since xerox
machines weren't around back then, when you sent off an
important letter, you wrote two of them, one being for your own
near excellent condition with a strong Grant signature.
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ALBUMEN - 150TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - WIA - Beautiful 8
3/8" x 10" mount with albumen of Lt. Charles P. Barlow, ID'd in
period ink around perimeter of image. Barlow was in the 150th
from Sept., 1862 to June, 1865. He was wounded in action on July
20, 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, Georgia. The 150th NY was a also
good Gettysburg Regiment. Very good large format image with only
light scuffing on mount.
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ALBUMEN - 150TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - WIA - Beautiful 8
3/8" x 10" mount with albumen of Lt. William H. Bartlett, ID'd in
period ink around perimeter of image. Bartlett was in the 150th
from Sept., 1862 to June, 1865. He was wounded in action on June
22, 1864 at Culp's Farm, Georgia. The 150th NY was also a good
Gettysburg Regiment. Very good large format image with only light
scuffing on mount.
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TINTYPE - WHITE & BLACK(?) WOMEN WITH AN
INTERESTING RELATIONSHIP
- Crisp tintype of the two women
and a strange note in a somewhat ominous tone, behind the image
in the case. The note is dated August, 1861 and it looks like the
"Louisa, When shall we meet again? Changes must need be in that
I fear changes unlooked for, dark - sorrowful. Whatever, wherever
I may be live thou true to thy womanhood, thy friend and thy God /
M Alice G / Aug 1861 / Hyde Park 1859". Could this be in reference
to the beginning of War, Friendship between races / is slavery
implied? Interesting to say the least! Unfortunately the case is
damaged and cover detached but the note is fine and image near
perfect. More shown in 'Additional Images' link.
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CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope
companies produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters.
Thousands of different types were produced. Few were made for the
Southern cause but there were some such as this. Nearly the entire
front of this cover is of the first national Confederate flag. This one
had been mounted in a period scrap book and I believe I actually
saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into the Nashville show
when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as
I recall about 600 different covers - one of the best groupings I have
seen. I believe it is from that book that this and others I purchased
in a group originated from - due to the greenish blue page residue
on the back of the covers. I recall that book having the same color
pages. Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages
it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope companies
produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of
different types were produced. This has a beautiful engraving of
Washington on horseback with drawn sword and the motto "The
Union Mast and Shall be Preserved". This one had been mounted
in a period scrap book and I believe I actually saw this book about
25 years ago. It walked into the Nashville show when it was held at
the Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as I recall about 600
different covers - one of the best groupings I have seen. I believe it is
of the covers. I recall that book having the same color pages.
Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages it was
mounted to and is also missing a small portion of the lower right
corner.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - MASSACHUSETTS STATE
HOUSE
- During the War envelope companies produced patriotic
envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of different types were
produced. This is dated 1861 and has an engraving of the
Massachusetts State House (Capitol Bldg) with the caption "No
Traitor's Flag Shall Tarnish Thy Golden Dome With It's Rebellious
Shadows". This one had been mounted in a period scrap book and I
believe I actually saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into
the Nashville show when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period
scrapbook that had as I recall about 600 different covers - one of the
best groupings I have seen. I believe it is from that book that this
and others I purchased in a group originated from - due to the
greenish blue page residue on the back of the covers. I recall that
book having the same color pages. Condition of front is good, back
has the remains of the pages it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - SCOTT VS. HARDEE - During the
War envelope companies produced patriotic envelopes for mailing
letters. Thousands of different types were produced. This is dated
1861, published in Cincinnati and shows two soldiers with others in
the back round with the caption Charge Bayonets! Close Quarters /
Scott vs. Hardee / Designed Expressly for Soldiers "Or Any Other
Man"". This one had been mounted in a period scrap book and I
believe I actually saw this book about 25 years ago. It walked into
the Nashville show when it was held at the Fairgrounds. A period
scrapbook that had as I recall about 600 different covers - one of the
best groupings I have seen. I believe it is from that book that this
and others I purchased in a group originated from - due to the
greenish blue page residue on the back of the covers. I recall that
book having the same color pages. Condition of front is good, back
has the remains of the pages it was mounted to.
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UNION PATRIOTIC COVER - During the War envelope companies
produced patriotic envelopes for mailing letters. Thousands of
different types were produced. This was published in New York and
shows an Elephant wearing and carrying the flag and has the
caption "What if a Hungry Rat Should Cross the Path of an
Elephant, Squelch it, By Heaven, Squelch it". The rat wears the
name of 'Jeff' (Jefferson Davis). This one had been mounted in a
period scrap book and I believe I actually saw this book about 25
years ago. It walked into the Nashville show when it was held at the
Fairgrounds. A period scrapbook that had as I recall about 600
different covers - one of the best groupings I have seen. I believe it is
from that book that this and others I purchased in a group
originated from - due to the greenish blue page residue on the back
of the covers. I recall that book having the same color pages.
Condition of front is good, back has the remains of the pages it was
mounted to.
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GROUPING GEORGE A. REED - 24TH, 31ST & 32ND MAINE
INFANTRY
- Nice grouping belonging to George A. Reed of
Richmond, Maine. This group covers several units. He enlisted in
the 24th Maine in October, 1862 and mustered out in August,
1863. In April, 1864 he re-enlisted into Co. G of the 32nd Maine,
transferred out on Dec. 1, 1864 to the 31st Maine where he stayed
until July, 1865. There are 5 pieces in this group. In somewhat
chronological order - No. 1 - His New Testament Bible from the
New York Bible Society, Dated Nov., 1862 and inscribed "George
A. Reed / Co. A 24 Me / Richmond / Me". Bible is in good
condition with scuffs and chips as can be seen in 'Additional
Images'. No. 2 - Folding wallet/housewife(?) - looks like a wallet
without the compartments but doesn't really look like a
housewife. Made of tarred canvas. Has his name written in
period ink and in two places has his stencil "G.A. Reed. / Co. A.
24 ME.R.". No. 3 - Inside the pocket is a receipt from 1863 from
a clothing store in Maine with notation that this was his clothes
shopping between his terms of service. No. 4 - 1865 Diary
identified to Reed and deep inside on one page he identifies his
unit as the 31st. It is a very abbreviated diary only containing 4
1/3 pages of daily life from January 1 to February 28. He
mentions that he read that Samuel Clements is sentenced to be
shot on February 10th. No. 5 - Sixth plate tintype of Reed in a
frock coat, I'm guessing being taken either as a member of the
32nd or early with the 31st as there is a tax stamp on the back of
the tin and Reed was promoted to Corporal & Sergeant later and
there is no evidence on the coat of either. Nice grouping.
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HANNIBAL HAMLIN - LINCOLN'S FIRST VICE PRESIDENT -
Franked cover (approx. 2 7/8" x 5 1/4") undated , which
apparently held a letter of introduction for a Mr. Isaac H. Merrill.
Cover does have several small smudges but otherwise very good
condition. Hamlin was a US Congressman and Senator before
the War as a Democrat but he left the party and joined the new
Republican Party due to his anti-slavery stance.
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DOLLEY MADISON - WIFE OF PRESIDENT JAMES
MADISON
- Clip (approx. 7/8" x 2 5/8"on a laid paper mount
approx. 2 1/4" x 3 5/8") One of the most beloved First Ladies and
an American Hero during the War of 1812. It was she that
refused to leave the White House when the British were advancing
on the City until she could get Treasures safely removed -
including the portrait of George Washington. This she was
successful with before the British burned the White House. Looks
to be a later signature that was mounted on a piece of laid paper
and displayed for quite a while as the paper shows signs of fading.
Included is a portrait engraving of Dolley that looks like it may
have been displayed with the signature due to the old glue on the
reverse.
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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.
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CDVs - 4TH MICHIGAN CAVALRY - 2 CARTES - Image of Lewis
B. Hopkins from Flushing, Mi. Louisville, Ky. photographer's back
mark - signed and dated 1864 in period pencil. Along with this is
the mount for a R.M. Linn of Gallery Point Lookout - Lookout
Mountain, 1864. Looks as though Hopkins liked the card and
somehow obtained one. He made comments on the card in period
pencil: "Chattanooga, Tenn June 3d, 1865", "Liberty & Union",
"O isant that a pretty flag", "Lewis B. Hopkins". On the opposite
side probably written by a relative: "Chattanooga, Tennessee June
3rd 1865 Brought from Lookout Mountain by L.B. Hopkins when a
soldier in the 4th Mich Cavalry Co. H". Hopkins enlisted in the 4th
on January 4th, 1864 and was discharged on August 15, 1865.
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CDVs - 1ST MICHIGAN LIGHT ARTILLERY (13TH BATTERY) - Image of
Erastus Tower - Washington, DC photographer's back mark - signed  in
period ink. Tower enlisted on August 29, 1864 and was mustered out on July
1, 1865. During Tower's time in the battery he was mainly stationed in
various forts in the DC area. In 1865 they were in Maryland as mounted
cavalry chasing down guerrillas and after the assassination of Lincoln, the
battery, still acting as cavalry patrolled roads in the Dc area and assisted in
the capturing of two conspirators - Harold and Mudd.  
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MERRILL HORSE - MICHIGAN BATTALION RIBBON - Governor Blair of
Michigan at the time not having the authority of accept additional troops, there
were two companies of Cavalry in Battle Creek that then offered their services to
General Fremont and along with troops from Ohio, Missouri and Indiana
formed the Merrill Horse, operating mainly in southern Missouri. The Michigan
men making up Troops ' H ' & ' I '. Ribbon is for the Reunion held in Battle
Creek in 1901. Very good condition.
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PENNSYLVANIA - JOHN W. McLEAN POST 102 - UNION CITY - Double
sided badge for the John W. Mclean GAR Post 102 in Union City, Pennsylvania.
The front side is the standard membership badge and the back side is the Post
Memoriam badge which could be flipped to the front to wear at funerals.
Celluloid pin bar and circular drop. Some stains on flag ribbon and on celluloid.
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NEW YORK - GAR NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT - BUFFALO - 1897 - Badge
appears to be for the New York delegation to the National GAR Convention that
was held in Buffalo in 1897. This is a nicely made badge with a sewn border,
celluloid pin bar and drop, flag ribbon and tassle. It does show it's age and has a
small hole which is located to the lower right of the 'R' in G.A.R.
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INDIANA - DELONG POST 67 - AUBURN- Membership badge for the Delong
Post 67 in Auburn, Indiana. Badge has celluloid pin bar and drop. Good
condition.
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MICHIGAN - 1911 - YPSILANTI - State Delegate badge for the 50 year
anniversary of the start of the Civil War. This state encampment was held in
Ypsilanti, Michigan from June 21-23, 1911. The badge has the reiiefs of the
State Normal college (now Eastern Michigan University) and Governor Blair.
Good condition.
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UNITED CONFEDERATE VETERAN REUNION GLASS - 1899 - Souvenir
glass approx. 3 5/8" in height and 2 3/4" in diameter at the top rim. Has a
frosted etching on the side "Confederate Veterans Reunion / 1899 / Charleston,
S.C." Also has crossed Confederate and South Carolina flags. Very good
condition - no cracks or chips.
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C-1840's TEMPERANCE TOKEN - Approx. 15/16" in diameter,
brass token of 'THE COLD WATER ARMY', a young man's
organization that preached abstaining the use of alcohol. The motto
on one side "We are pledged to abstain from all that can
intoxicate". Shows wear on high reliefs.
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12TH NEW HAMPSHIRE INFANTRY - REUNION CAST IRON
SPRINGFIELD RIFLES
-  Just shy of 16" in length, these very
heavy cast iron, great likeness of a Springfield rifle has on the
reverse side of the stock '12 N H / VOLS' in the casting. These
have been made from two separate castings as there are slight
differences in detail. These are not often encountered - some have
been known to have a bayonet although these don't appear to
have ever had them. Old gold paint, half worn off and some
condition issues as can be seen in photos. These are being sold
separately so if ordering one please designate either the top or
bottom. The 12th New Hampshire Infantry was a hard fought
unit participating in the battles of Fredericksburg,
Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor,
Petersburg, Bermuda Hundred as well as others.
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CAST IRON CAMPAIGN HAT REUNION SOUVENIR - 1915
WASHINGTON, D.C.
-  Approx. 3 1/4" x 4" at the outside edges.
Cast iron souvenir campaign hat for the 1915 Washington, D.C.
National Encampment. Has an applied GAR hat wreath on the
front. Good condition.
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CAST IRON CAMPAIGN HAT GETTYSBURG SOUVENIR - . -  
Approx. 3 1/4" x 4" at the outside edges. Cast iron souvenir
campaign from Gettysburg c-1910-20. Bottom has embossed
"Gettysburg, Pa / '65 Campaign Hat". Good condition.
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AMBROTYPE - HOSPITAL STEWARD - 1/6 plate ambrotype image
of a hospital steward. Full standing view showing both
unmistakable arm bands although the medical caduceus symbol is
not seen due to the angle. Steward is wearing an extremely large
bow tie. Full case with original hinge still intact. Additional images
show that the image has been up against this mat for the full term
as the image is 'oxidized' out under the mat. Good condition but a
tad dark on contrast.
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CONFEDERATE NEWSPAPER - CHARLESTON DAILY
COURIER
- March 8, 1864 newspaper - 1 sheet front & back -
contains War news and slave ad material including a list of slaves
with descriptions for inspection prior to being auctioned off and a
reward notice for a runaway slave. Other news includes the Currency
Act and the reduction of the currency. A lot of interesting news.
Paper in good condition but has a rough left edge as can be seen in
the 'Additional Images'.
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BURNSIDE'S MUD MARCH - 4 page letter dated January 25, 1862 - but
looks to actually be 1863 due to notes shown at the end of the transcript on
the 'Additional Images' page. Could not make out the signed name to check
regiment but looks to have been in the 12th Corps under General Slocum as
is mentioned in the letter along with other hints. He describes in fairly good
detail about the movement and the great difficulty in making the march
due to the rain. He mentions it took them five days instead of three to make
the move - mainly due to the wagons and Artillery ion the mud - men so
covered that you could not recognize the clothes on their backs - interesting
letter. Letter is in good condition but does have separation halfway on one
of the folds.
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26TH MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - 4 page letter from Winchester,
Va., dated March 6, 1865 from Jesse Osgood to his cousin. Thanks everyone
for sending goods then turns to the events of the War. Mentions Confederate
Generals Early and Rosser, troops having to spend the night lying on their
rifles and gear waiting for an attack, prisoners taken and other news. Letter
is in very good condition.
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FIRST MODEL MERRILL CARBINE - Early model
Merrill - less than 14,500 made between the two models.
This one has seen definite use, rifling is clean but worn.
Brass patch box still retains extra nipple and all brass
(butt plate, patch box, trigger guard and barrel band)
have a pleasing aged look. All markings are proper and
legible. Matching serial number is marked both on the
lock plate and the back of the breech lever. Walnut stock
has seen heavy use with nicks and dings but all are old
and aged over. Cartouche can be made out on left side of
stock but very faint. Bolster screw head is broken off but
done ages ago. According to the records it appears that
this serial number (while not a direct hit) falls within the
range of the 1st Kentucky Cavalry and appears to have
been originally issued in June, 1863 then re-issued later
after the War. New information: Can't believe I missed
this but it is so light and with the patina blends in so well
- initials and possible state on the patch box. There are 4
initials in block letters that are very clear "BBTR" on the
lower edge of the patch box (written upside down) and on
the top edge in script, which is extremely light (use of a lit
magnifying glass helps immensely) it looks to be a
definite "B R" then two nondescript letters/numbers what
looks to be "Tenn" - once again you must really look.
Perhaps some persistant research can come up with
something.
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NEW MODEL 1863 SHARPS CARBINE - Approximately
40,000 of this model were produced during the War. This
breech loader was among the more popular weapons
used. This is a good solid carbine with a pleasing,
uniform tone on both the wood and metal but near the
end of the barrel is some light pitting. All markings are
crisp and legible. Two cartouche on left side of stock.
Several dings in the wood but done long ago. Rifling is
worn but clean. Records show that the Sharps in this
serial number range seemed to be scattered among
regiments with many going to Illinois Cavalry regiments
but others going to Maryland and New Hampshire
Cavalry regiments so can't really pin that down. Overall a
pretty nice looking carbine with undoubted War use.
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REVOLUTIONARY WAR RECEIPT FOR ARMS - JULY 5,
1776
- Approx. 3" x 8 1/4" - DATED ONE DAY AFTER THE
SIGNING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE!!
Receipt for two "Country Arms with the Bayonets"  signed by
Edward Ells who was a Captain in the Third Regiment of the
Connecticut Line. The third's general meeting was in
Middletown, Ct., and participated in the battle at Danbury,
took post at West Point, was camped at White Plains with
Washington's Main Army and served under General Heath on
the east side of the Hudson River along with later service.
These receipts are highly desirable when they mention weapons
of accouterments and when dated so close to the signing make
a real focus point in a display.  
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85TH NEW YORK INFANTRY - MAJOR ABIJAH J. WELLMAN - 1861
Regulations for the Army of the United States owned by Major Abijah J.
Wellman of the 85th New York Infantry. Identified in period ink inside
front cover "Liber No. 216 / A.J. Wellman / Friendship / N.Y. /
Sept./61". Looks like he identified it in his personal library. The
booksellers tag is also inside the front cover (Elmira, NY). Inside the back
covers he made notes in period pencil on forms and has notations by
company. Wellman enlisted on Nov. 19, 1861 as a Major and was
mustered out on March 24, 1863. In that time the 85th participated in the
battles of Hartford, NC, Fair Oaks, Va., Savage Station, Va., White Oak
Swamp, Va., Turkey Bend, Va. and Kinston, NC, Manual is in very good
condition with some very light stains.
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GENERAL NELSON MILES RECEIVED GOLD
SWORD FROM ARIZONA TERRITORY
- approx. 5
1/8" x 8 3/8" (mount) albumen showing the ceremony
in Tucson, Arizona Territory on November 8, 1887
when the Territory presented General Miles with a gold
sword "In grateful recognition of his distinguished
services in the subjugation and removal of the hostile
Apaches under the Blood-thirsty Geronimo". Photo is
by Willis P. Haynes, Tucson, A.T. Unfortunately the
image does have some brown spotting as can be seen in
the photos - as though at one time something had
dripped on the image and stained it. If you happen to
have that sword in your collection - this is a must.
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MARYLAND BELT PLATE WITH NEW YORK G.A.R. TAG - It
doesn't get much better than this for a Maryland / Confederate
collector. The Maryland oval state seal plate alone is rare. It is
marked with the maker's name 'E. Gaylord'. The great item that
accompanies the plate is an old tag, legible but a bit tough in
spots and reads " Rebel / Belt Buckle / taken from / E. Gaylord /
Property of / Ab__ Fulkerson (?) / Wm. E. Avery / Post 438". The
William E. Avery Post 438 was located in Farmer's Village /
Interlagen, Seneca County, New York. I did find several
Fulkerson entries in the data base but none I could match.
Fulkerson comically thought that the maker Gaylord was the
name of the Rebel he obtained it from. Tag has been creased and
someone long ago placed tape on the back side to keep it intact.
The 'puppy paw' plate is absolutely gorgeous, amazing detail and
very little wear only on the high relief areas. There are a few nicks
along the edge.
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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.
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24TH MICHIGAN - IRON BRIGADE ID PIN - Approx. 1" in width
and 1 1/8" in height. Silver shield pin belonging to Demain
Wheelhouse of the 24th Michigan. Wheelhouse enlisted in Company
E of the 24th on August 13, 1862 in Detroit at the age of 36. He was
promoted to Corporal on February 13, 1863 and Principal Musician
on July 1, 1863, The first day at Gettysburg when the 24th took very
heavy losses. He died of disease at Rappahannock Station, Va on
November 30, 1863. The badge has the remains of a T-bar pin
(which had been broken) and had been cleaned many years ago but
now has a pleasing silver color. Found in mid-Michigan. Very
desirable Regiment and Brigade.  
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GETTYSBURG BULLSEYE CANTEEN - Interesting story . . .
about a month ago I went to an auction as there were enough items
of interest, including a bullseye canteen with a tag on it that
identified it as a Gettysburg pickup. I never place much faith in
these modern tags without some sort of other verification. I bought
it for stock, get it home and hear something with a dull thud type of
rattling, tried to look in it with a flashlight and saw what I thought
was a rolled up, mummified dead mouse - great, have to find a way
to get it out. Today, finally I go outside with a long pair of needle
nose pliers and over the garbage can try to pull this thing out. Low
and behold it isn't a dead mouse but a paper rolled up like a cigar,
all dry and falling apart as I tried to gently get it out without
sustaining any more damage. No name of ownership as I had hoped
but a sale broadside from a store in downtown Gettysburg. Paper
looks to be from perhaps 1930-50 (?). I carefully unrolled it and
used an iron to flatten it out as best I could then placed it in plastic
sleeves. This gives me a heck of a lot more for believing the modern
tag. That story done, now to get to the canteen. It is a bullseye
without a cover but does retain the original strap which looks to
have been broken and knotted back together. I searched for any ID
on the strap but found none. Does have a few stains that resemble
old blood but don't read too much into that, it would have to be
tested. Not too rusted but has a large dent on one side and the spout
has been mangled a bit too. There are several initials carved into the
spout but no makers markings.
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MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT CAPT. DANIEL DAVIS
WHEELER - 4TH VERMONT INF.
- Signed document dated
October 11, 1864 as Asst. Provost Marshal, 18th Army Corps
concerning 3 men of the 11th Connecticut Infantry that were
confined. Wheeler was awarded the Medal of Honor for
Distinguished Gallantry in Battle at Salem Heights, Va. May 3,
1863 where he was wounded and had a horse shot out from under
him. Afterwards on June 30, 1864 he was commissioned into the
US Volunteer Adjutant General Department in the 18th Army
Corps where he worked in the Provost Department. The document
is signed as Captain & Asst. Provost Marshal, 18th AC.
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LAFAYETTE - TOUR OF US BUTTON - Approx. 20 mm.
Leavenworth, Hayden & Scovill - 1 piece button with shank.
Recovered in Northern Virginia this button was made to
commemorate the visit of Revolutionary War hero Marquis de
Lafayette in 1824-5. It was his first visit to the US since the War.
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1814 GOVERNMENT PAMPHLET CONCERNING THE
PEACE NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THE US AND GREAT
BRITAIN
- Approx. 6 1/4" x 9 1/4" - 28 pages. This was
printed by President Madison and referred to the Committee of
Foreign Relations with dialog on the negotiations for a treaty
of peace to end the War of 1812. This is an uncut copy,
meaning that the pages are not even on the unbound edge and
also the tops of the pages are still attached and uncut to
separate them fully. Concerning the fact that it is over 200
years old it is in very good condition.
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ENCASED POSTAGE STAMP - Ayer's Sarsaparilla - To Purify
The Blood ad on reverse. In 1862 coinage was being hoarded and
with worry that there may be an issue, John Gault came up with an
idea and received a patent to make these stamp holders that could be
used as us coin determined by the price of the stamp it contained
with a thin sheet of mica protecting the stamp. This example
contains a 10 cent US stamp. The case is marked with the above
mentioned ad and is also embossed with "Pat. Aug 12, 1862 / J.
Gault". Case still retains the original mica though be it cracked as
can be seen in the images.
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2ND VERMONT INFANTRY ID TAG - ID tag made from an 1838
large cent owned by Edger Barber of the 2nd Vermont Infantry.
Barber, from Richmond, Vt., enlisted into the 2nd as a Private on May
7, 1861, about 3 weeks after the surrender of Fort Sumter. He
re-enlisted on Jan. 21, 1864 and was mustered out on July 15, 1865.
He was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant in 1865. The ID tag reads:
"Edgar Barber / Co. G / 2D Regt / VT / Vols / Richmond". The 2nd
was a hard fought regiment recording at least 72 engagements
including 1st Bull Run, Savage's Station, Antietam, Fredericksburg,
Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, North Anna River,
Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Winchester, Cedar Creek, Fort Stedman and
Appomattox Court House. Tag has a lot of wear and has a pleasing
dark brown patina.
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COLLECTION OF 1886 BATTLEFIELD PICKUPS FROM A
MAINE SOLDIER VISITING THE FIELD - BULL RUN
- The
information that came with these is that they were picked up by
a former Maine soldier visiting the battlefields of Manassas.
Each of the 6 pieces has a tag explaining what they are and the
pick-up date of July 26, 1886 as well as where on the field they
were found. Included are a wood artillery sabot, 2 pices of
cartridge box tins, one .58 cal. bullet, one bullet (identified as
'probably Confederate') but looks to be more of a carbine
bullet, a flattened musket ball (which does not quite resembles
a bullet (at least not to me) and a small chip of wood from the
bedstead of Mrs. Henry's bed (who died in the First Bull Run
battle). All are in relatively good condition which would make
sense as they were recovered only 24 years after the battle.
Rarely are relics found with these old tags on them from so
soon after the War.
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COVER - U.S. CHRISTIAN COMMISSION - NEW YORK BRANCH
- Envelope that was meant for soldier's letters for mailing home.
This was addressed to a Mrs. Wiser in Coldwater, Michigan and
postmarked Richmond, Va July 17 (no year). This particular cover
was from the New York Branch of the U.S. Christian Commission.
By the date I would guess that this was sent in 1865 by a member of
occupying troops in Richmond. Right edge ripped open from
original opening.
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WAR OF 1812 - 1814 AGREEMENT PAYING FOR
SUBSTITUTE
- Approx. 8" x 8 3/4" - Memorandum dated
November 11, 1814, drawn up between two men. One paying
the other $30. for six months in the Militia as a substitute. No
state is named. Good condition.
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