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CDV - COLONEL WILLIAM P. INNES - 1ST MICHIGAN ENGINEERS &
MECHANICS - Image of Innes as a full bird Colonel. B/M of T.M. Schleier of
Nashville, Tn. Period ink ID on both front and reverse - very good condition.
Innes was commissioned in December, 1861 and mustered out in October, 1864
and was commissioned Bvt. Brigadier General in 1865. The 1st Michigan
Engineers & Mechanics took part in many battles including Mill Springs, Ky.,
Perryville, Ky., Stones River, Murfreesboro and Bentonville among others.
MID 1700'S .79 CAL. BULLET MOLD FOR THE EARLY
BROWN BESS MUSKET - Great piece to accompany the
early Brown Bess .79 cal. musket. The cavity is absolutely
huge on this. No markings seen anywhere. The previous
owner had picked this up in Scotland. Dark patina and for
its age I would say this is in very good condition including
3 PIECE SHALER BULLET - COMPLETE - DUG - Years ago I
purchased a large relic collection which included almost 13,000 dug
bullets - just about everything you could imagine. In that group were
three complete Shalers of several different variations. I sold one right
away, kept one for my own collection and have now placed the third up
for sale. A digger is lucky to get even one piece of a Shaler let alone
the entire 3 piece bullet. They fit nicely together but of course due to
their travels don't fit completely into one another. Rarely seen!!
Recovered in Virginia.
DUG TOURNEQUIT STARAP CLAMP- Great for a Civil War Medical
display. Still retains the four rollers and shows why it was discarded on
the battlefield - the threaded hole for the thumbscrew had cracked,
probably rendering it useless. Nice piece to show the desperate struggle
to save lives due to the wound. Good patina.
GAR REUNION RIBBON - 103RD OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY - Ribbon for
the 40th reunion of the 103rd Ohio Volunteer Infantry held in Randall's Grove on
August 21-28, 1906. The 103rd were present at the Battles of; Blue Springs and
Dandridge, Tn., Resaca, Dallas, Marietta, Kennesaw Mountain and Atlanta, Georgia
among others. Ribbon is solid with exception ofthe small pin holes where the Veteran
had it attached to his clothing and a small hole just below the town's name. Has
several areas of staining that can be seen in the photos.
GAR HAT BADGE WITH THE POST # 18 - GAR metal wreath with
GAR center placed on the typical swatch of black felt which would be
sewn on the hat. This also has two applied letters '18' which no doubt
indicated the Post number. The one has a period repair of thread
holding the bottom of the '1' on where the brass pin appeared to break.
Some discoloration in places on the metal .
47TH NATIONAL ENCAMPMENT - 1913 CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE -
Badge for 'Member of Staff' of the 47th National Encampment in Chattanooga,
Tennessee held on September 15-20, 1913. Badge has a relief of Commander
Alfred B. Beers. Ribbon has a small tear just under the pin bar on the right side
and the metal components have several areas of discoloration - otherwise in solid
TEXAS STATE FAIR - PIN FOR CIVIL WAR VETERANS OF THE GAR -
Nice 1" diameter celluloid pin for which must have been GAR Day at the
Texas State Fair - October 23, 1911. Made by the Fred Lake Company in
Dallas Texas. Good condition.
ARMY OF THE CUMBERLAND REUNION RIBBON - GRAND RAPIDS,
MICHIGAN 1885 - Wide "Aids to Assistant Marshal ribbon for the 17th
Annual Reunion of the Army of the Cumberland held in Grand Rapids,
Michigan on September 16-17, 1885. Ribbon is in good solid condition but
the combination of black print on red silky ribbon wasn't great for show.
1896 REUNION RECEPTION COMMITTEE RIBBON - Unfortunately there is no
location of this reunion shown but judging by the names on the badge it was an
important reunion. It reads: Reception / Committee / Gens. / Alger / Sickles /
Howard / Stewart / Marden / Corp. Tanner / Oct. 20, 1896. Ribbon is in very good
LORAIN COUNTY, OHIO SOLDIERS & SAILORS - Nice ribbon for the August
11, 1898 20th Reunion of the Soldiers and Sailors of Lorain County held in
Grafton, Ohio. Ribbon in very good condition but has a red stain in the lower left
U.S. NAVY VETERANS MOMUMENT DEDICATION - This is an "it is what it
is" ribbon. Condition is not good. Overall the ribbon is fairly strong but it is
discolored (or stained) and there is tape across the top and bottom of the back side
(so it doesn't affect the front of the ribbon itself. The top tape helps to hold on to
the pin on the back side. BUT, not often do you see reunion or in this case,
Monument Dedication ribbons for the U.S. Navy Veterans. Most everything is Army
related. This is for the Monument Dedication in New Haven, Connecticut on June
REMINGTON .44 CAL. ARMY REVOLVER - Recovery site unknown
but must have had a violent end probably during reloading as the gun
is in half cock position, empty cylinder and both the loading lever and
cylinder pin are both broken with the broken end of the cylinder pin
still holding in the cylinder and the ram portion of the loading lever
still in the hole. Trigger guard also missing. Heavily rusted condition
as would be expected. A relic any hunter would die to pull out of the
ILLINOIS ADJUTANT GENERALS REPORT - VOL. 6 - 106TH ILL - 131ST
ILL - Springfield, Il. - 1900 - Soldier's rosters of the 106th Illinois Infantry
through the 131st Illinois Infantry. Lists the soldiers of each mentioned regiment
along with their residence,date of enlistment and rank, date of muster and
remarks, such as date of discharge, killed, wounded or missing along with
where. Book has tight binding but does have scuffs on the covers as would be
expected with a 118 year old book.
LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SHEET MUSIC - 1865 - 'THE NATION
MOURNS - FUNERAL MARCH TO THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM
LINCOLN - THE MARTYR PRESIDENT'. Published in 1865. Nice
portrait of Lincoln on cover. Separation on the bound end as it was
once bound in a volume. Would look great in a frame.
LINCOLN ASSASSINATION SHEET MUSIC - 1865 - 'IN
MEMORIAM - IN HONOR OF PRESIDENT LINCOLN'. Published in
1865. Separation on the bound end as it was once bound in a volume.
Would look great in a frame.
CDV - 15th MICHIGAN INFANTRY - WOUNDED AT SHILOH - Image of Lt.
Henry F. Wallace - Company I, 15th Michigan Infantry. He enlisted on
December 2, 1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on January 1, 1862. He was
listed as wounded at Shiloh on April 6, 1862 and discharged due to those injuries
on August 2, 1862. Carte is id'd nicely on the reverse in period ink, "Lt. F.
Wallace / Lt. US Vol / Corunna / Mich". Overall condition is very good but does
have some smudges on the card.
MARYLAND COLONIAL CURRENCY - 1776 CC-45 - Approx. 2
3/4" x 3 9/16" Two and two thirds dollar note issue date of August 14,
1776, only 41 days after the Declaration of Independence. Printed by
F. Green - Annapolis 1776. Good Condition.
M-1860 COLT ARMY REVOLVER - 1863 - Nice Colt .44
Cal. Army revolver - manufactured in 1863 and has all
matching serial numbers including the wedge. Cartouche
are visible on both grips, cylinder scene is very good. Overall
gun metal gray with often seen brown staining,
mechanically works. Has often seen nicks and light dents,
no real pitting, just the brown stains.
HMS HOOD SOUVENIR ASHTRAY FROM GANGWAY -
There isn't a more epic and devastating naval battle during
World War 2 than the one against the British Fleet including
the H.M.S. Hood and the German battleship Bismark. The
Bismark placed a perfect shell that completely destroyed the
H.M.S. Hood with heavy loss of life. This does not include the
original box that it was packaged in but that box label states
that on the final voyage, the gangway was left behind and
these commemorative ashtrays were made from the brass treads
of that gangway. Just this past September one was sold on
Ebay for over $300 with the box. This one, without the box and
in need of cleaning (if desired) is much less. Made by Greatrex,
Ltd. in England.
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.
ADMIRAL DEWEY PAPERWEIGHT - Approx. 2 1/2" x 4" x3/4"
glass paperweight with insert of Admiral Dewey and the Battleship
Olympia. No chips or cracks. Would be perfect for the desk of a
PRE-CIVIL WAR MISSISSIPPI JUG - SIGNED - Approx. 10 1/2" high x 4 5/8"in
diameter. Glazed jug signed by F.A. MEYER. Francois A. Meyer is listed as a potter
in Biloxi, Mississippi from approx. 1857-60. Rim of spout has chips and is a bit
rough and there are several areas where the glaze has been worn off and has
stained areas which you often see with these type of containers. "F A MEYER" is
struck deep on the upper cone portion of the jug. Has it's flaws, but a good
pre-Civil War item.
PATRIOTIC COVER - GENERAL BURNSIDE - Patriotic envelope
with engraving of General Ambrose Burnside, Commanding the
Burnside Expedition. Printed by Magee in Philadelphia. Good
condition but does have staining along the left edge.
72nd INDIANA GROUPING - WILDER'S LIGHTNING BRIGADE -
Group of items from Captain Arius U. Craven, Co. D, 72nd Indiana of
the famous John Wilder's "Lightning Brigade". Group consists of a
Wilder's Brigade GAR reunion ribbon (has issues, some weak areas
and some substance that got stuck on it & stained), post-War CDV of
Craven (modern ID on reverse), copy of a photo of Craven in uniform,
a business card of Cravens' and two 72nd Indiana War time receipts
for supplies , both signed by Craven. Not the prettiest grouping but
72nd Indiana none the less.
GLOWING TESTAMENT TO THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE JAMES
RIFLE CANNON - Four page letter hand written copy on March 1, 1862 by
the Adjutant General of Illinois originally written on February 20, 1862 by
Capt. Jasper M. Dresser of the Illinois Light Artillery, Company 'A' to
Governor Richard Yates just after the battle of Fort Donelson that describes
the battle in very good detail and his battery's effectiveness using the James
Rifle Cannon against the Confederate forces. Transcription is on the
'Additional Images' link.
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"
2ND MICHIGAN INFANTRY - BATTLE OF FIRST BULL RUN - Eight page
letter from Alfred Jeffery of the 2nd Michigan Infantry written on August 2,
1861 on patriotic stationery. The letter chronicles the regiments step by step
movements from the time they left Detroit, the passing through Baltimore and
through the First Battle of Bull Run. Very detailed and graphic in places.
Transcription is on the 'Additional Images' link. Excellent letter.
ORIGINAL GATLING GUN CRATE WITH 9 PACKAGES
OF BLANK CARTRIDGES - This is a marked Frankford
Arsenal crate for 1000 Gatling Gun blank cartridges.
Included are 9 packages of Gatling Gun blank cartridges,
each containing 20 cartridges (wrapped in plastic wrap to
keep them from damage). Crate is missing the top but has
the internal sheet metal intact. It has been cut open - as I
understand it, these they were repacked in 1905 (after so
long the black powder deteriorates and the ammunition is
scheduled for repacking). These were repacked in January,
1905 and each packet along with the crate are marked with
that packing date - no original manufacturing date is
shown, or visible. Blanks for the Gatling Guns were also
used to train horses for battlefield gunfire. The nine
cartridge packets are all solid but have varying degrees of
stains, smudges, etc. These will not be shipped so delivery
will have to be worked out.
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
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.
CDV - CONFEDERATE REV. BENJAMIN MORGAN PALMER - Image of The
Rev. Benjamin M. Palmer who was the 1st Moderator of the Presbyterian
Church in the Confederate States of America in New Orleans, La., gave a
lengthy and heated sermon on November 29, 1860 defending slavery as an
institution. The sermon was widely distributed in the South and had a huge
influence when it came time for Louisiana to vote on joining the Confederacy.
The image has a pencil inscription on the front "Rev. Dr. Palmer / Kansas
Rebel". The Palmer is correct, Kansas not so much. E & HT Anthony, New
York back mark. CDV has light contrast and top corners are slightly clipped. An
important figure in the Louisiana secession movement.
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 good condition.
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 seams.
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100TH INDIANA INFANTRY - Ribbon for the 36th Reunion of the 100th Indiana
Volunteer Infantry "Persimmon Regiment". Ribbon in good condition but has a
stain in the upper portion as can be seen in photos. The 100th participated in the
Battles of Missionary Ridge, Jackson, Ms., Dallas, Ga., Atlanta and Jonesboro,
CDV - 93rd OHIO INFANTRY - TRANSFERRED TO VRC - Image of Pvt.
James W. Johnston - Company G, 93rd Ohio Infantry. He enlisted on December
2, 1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on July 25, 1862. He was transferred
out on January 15, 1864 to the VRC. The 93rd fought in the battles of Stones
River, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge before his transfer and though the
rosters don't show him as wounded, his transfer may have been the result of one
of these battles. Nice period ink ID on reverse. Some smudging.
CDV - 100th OHIO INFANTRY - TRANSFERRED TO VRC - Image of Pvt.
Henry H. Fisher - Company G, 100th Ohio Infantry. He enlisted on December 2,
1861 and was commissioned into Co. I on August 10, 1862. He was transferred
out on October 1, 1864 to the VRC. The 100th fought in the battles of Dallas,
Kenesaw Mountain and Atlanta before his transfer and though the rosters don't
show him as wounded, his transfer may have been the result of one of these
battles. Nice period ink ID on reverse. Some smudging.
RARE BERDAN'S SHARPSHOOTERS RUBBER BUTTON - Approx. 20mm+.
General pattern GI-94 General Service button made of rubber. B/M - N.R. Co. /
Goodyear's P=T 1851. These were used strictly by the two regiments of Berdan's
U.S. Sharpshooters. Button shows minor wear on the high relief points, small
crazing around edges and is in VGC.
BOYLE, GAMBLE & MacFEE SABER BAYONET WITH
SCABBARD - This is an unmarked bayoney as is mostly
encountered. Blade is 20 1/2" in length and has an
unstopped fuller. For these bayonets, the blade is in very
nice condition with only very minor surface rust. The only
marking is a two digit bench mark "13" on the bottom of
the mortised slot. The clip locking button is frozen. The
patina on this is choice! It has that deep reddish brown color
that only 150 years and Confederate brass can give. The
scabbard does not belong to this bayonet but the patina is
darn near a perfect match to the bayonet grip showing that
the pair has been together for nearly forever and is probably
the reason the blade is in such good condition. The leather
is in very good condition with just very minor surface cracks
and a solid seam.
9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Brass badge with white
enamel (indicating the 2nd Division of the 9th Corps) with a T-Bar pin
back. This badge can be seen on page 52 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL
WAR CORPS BADGES" book (the one in the book has red enamel for
the 1st Division). The 9th Corps fought not only with the Army of the
Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd Division contained
such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th, 50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th &
12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th & 35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st NY
Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th & 118th Ind. Inf., as well as Batteries
L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt. Art., along with Batteries from the 2nd NY
Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th Ind. Art. as well as others. Very good condition.
CDV - 127th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Image of John B. Westendorf of the 127th
Illinois Infantry. He mustered in on August 20, 1862 and was discharged on
June 5, 1865. It is signed in period ink on the front and has a St. Louis
photographer's back mark. The 127th fought in the battles of Arkansas Post,
Vicksburg, Resaca, Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain, Atlanta, Ezra Church,
Jonesboro and Fayetteville, among others. Image has some smudges but
otherwise in very good condition.
CDV - 11th & 8th MICHIGAN CAVALRY - Image of Thomas H. Wright -
Saddler - 11th Michigan Cavalry and also (for several months before mustering
out) in the 8th Michigan Cavalry. He enlisted on November 3, 1863 and was
mustered out on July 20, 1865. The 11th fought in the battles of Mount Sterling
and Cynthiana, Ky., Saltville, Wytheville and Marion, Va. along with numerous
other small battles and skirmishes. Carte is signed in period pencil on the front
either as 'Mr. H. Wright' or 'Thos. H. Wright' - hard to distinguish. On the
reverse near the top very lightly you can make out ' ___ Wright / 11 Mich
Cavalry'. Carte has some light smudging and ID is light but otherwise in very
CDV - 36th INDIANA INFANTRY - Image of 1st Lieut. and Adj. Zene C.
Bohrer, 36th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on October 29, 1861 as a Sgt. Major
into Co. E, 36th Ind. Inf. and was mustered out on October 21, 1864. The 36th
fought in the battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Ringgold, Resaca,
Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta. Carte has a later pencil ID and a
Nashville photographer's back mark. There is a period pencil inscription
indicating the image was taken in May, 1863 in Nashville. Some light smudging
otherwise very good condition.
CDV - 36th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of 1st Lieut. and Adj. Zene C.
Bohrer, 36th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on October 29, 1861 as a Sgt. Major
into Co. E, 36th Ind. Inf. and was mustered out on October 21, 1864. The 36th
fought in the battles of Shiloh, Stones River, Chickamauga, Ringgold, Resaca,
Dallas, Kennesaw Mountain and Marietta. Carte has a later pencil ID and a
'MORSE & PEASLEE, ARMY PHOTOGRAPHER, DEPARTMENT of the
CUMBERLAND' photographer's back mark. There is a period pencil inscription
indicating the image was taken in December, 1863 in Bridgeport, Alabama.
Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
1868 U.S. GRANT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 1" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Grant with
"GENERAL U.S. GRANT / 1868" and "I PROPOSE TO FIGHT IT
OUT ON THIS LINE / IF IT TAKES ALL SUMMER" on the reverse.
Some discoloration on the reverse but overall very good condition.
1852 GENERAL WINFIELD SCOTT CAMPAIGN MEDALLION -
Approx. 1 1/8" in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of
Scott with "GEN WINFIELD SCOTT / FIRST IN WAR / FIRST IN
PEACE" and a nice spread eagle relief with "SCOTT & GRAHAM /
UNION & CONSTITUTION" on the reverse. Mellow patina and
overall good condition.
1844 HENRY CLAY CAMPAIGN MEDALLION - Approx. 7/8" in
diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of Clay with
"HENRY CLAY / THE ASHLAND FARMER / BORN APRIL 22,
1777 / 1844" and a nice balance scale relief with "WEIGHTED IN
THE BALANCE AND FOUND WANTING / DEMOCRATS &
WHIGS" on the reverse. Mellow patina with much wear - overall fair
45th ILLINOIS INFANTRY - GAR ID TAG - GAR ID tag (approx. 1"
in diameter and made out of what appears to be German silver) for
Francis M. Armstrong of Company D, 45th Illinois Infantry. The
address on the tag states Eagle Grove, Ia which is where he moved to
after the War and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Eagle Grove.
The 45th fought in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Champion
Hill, Vickburg and others. Very good condition.
CDV - 85th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of Major Robert E. Craig, 85th
Indiana Infantry from Newport, Indiana. He enlisted on September 4, 1862, and
was placed in Field & Staff position and also Provost Marshal in Murfreesboro,
Tn. He died of disease in Murfreesboro on April 2, 1864. The carte is inscribed
in period ink on the front 'Your Obt Servt / Robt. E. Craig, Maj. / & Provost
Marshal of / Murfreesboro, Tenn.' and on the reverse 'To / Jos. A. Jones P.M. /
Terre Haute / Indiana'. The photographer's back mark is "Butler, Bonsall & Co.
/ Army Photographers / General Rousseau's Division'. The 85th fought in the
battles of Thompson's Station, Resaca, Dallas, Kennasaw Mountain, Atlanta as
well as others. Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
CDV - UNIDENTIFIED LIGHT ARTILLERY CORPORAL - Full length image
of a Light Artillery Corporal carrying a light artillery sword and a holstered
pistol. Washington, D.C. Photographer. Some smudging, small tear at bottom
center which enters the albumen paper and some damage in that area.
CDV - 47th INDIANA INFANTRY - Bust image of Captain William M. Henley,
47th Indiana Infantry. He enlisted on April 1, 1862 and was mustered out on
December 29, 1864. The 47th fought in the battles of Port Gibson, Champion
Hill, Vickburg and Jackson, Mississippi along with Alexandria and Spanish
Fort, Alabama as well as others. There is no photographer's back mark. There is
a period ink inscription on the front ' W.M. Henley / Capt. Co. I 47th Indiana'.
Some light smudging and slightly clipped corners but otherwise very good
CDV - 10th MAINE INFANTRY - Bust image of 2nd Lieut. Henry Francis
Smith, 10th Maine Infantry. He enlisted on October 4, 1861 into Co. E, 10th
Me, Inf. and was mustered out on May 8, 1863. The 10th fought in the battles
of Winchester, Cedar Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville.
Carte has a Portland, Maine photographer's back mark. There is a period ink
inscription on the front 'Henry F. Smith' and an ink inscription on the reverse -
probably post War 'Henry Francis Smith / 2nd Lieut Co E 10th Me / about 1863
/ Moved to San Diego, Cal.'. Carte is very clean and in very good condition.
CDV - 33rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Seated view of James L. Dayton of the 33rd
Illinois Infantry. He enlisted on August 24, 1861 into Co. E, 33rd Ill. Inf. with
no date of discharge given. It is inscribed on the front in period ink 'J.L.
Dayton' and on the reverse 'LaMoille / Bureau Co. / Ills'. The 33rd fought in the
battles of Magnolia Hills, Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge
and Vickburg, Mississippi. Carte has a New Orleans photographer's back mark.
Some light smudging otherwise very good condition.
CDV - 10th & 1st MAINE INFANTRY - Bust image of Captain Elijah Morrill
Shaw, 10th Maine Infantry (and 2nd Lt. in 1st Maine Inf). He enlisted on May
3, 1861 to August 5, 1861 in the 1st Maine Inf. then in the 10th Maine from
October 1, 1861 - ?. The 10th fought in the battles of Winchester, Cedar
Mountain, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and Chancellorsville. Carte has a Lawrence,
Maine photographer's back mark. There is a period ink inscription on the front
'Truly yours / E.M. Shaw' and an ink inscription on the reverse - 'Adjutant at
First / Capt. Co. H. 10th Maine / Elijah Morrill Shaw / 2d Lieut 1st Maine /
Adjutant 10th Maine'. Carte is clean, contrast is very light, good condition.
CDV - 33rd ILLINOIS INFANTRY - Full standing view of Dennis E. Dayton
(probably a relative of James L. below) of the 33rd Illinois Infantry. He enlisted
on August 24, 1861 into Co. E, 33rd Ill. Inf., re-enlisted January 1, 1864 and
mustered out November 24, 1865 at Vicksburg . It is inscribed on the reverse in
period ink 'Denis E. Dayton'. The 33rd fought in the battles of Magnolia Hills,
Port Gibson, Champion's Hill, Big Black River Bridge and Vickburg,
Mississippi. Carte has a Princeton, Illinois photographer's back mark. Carte is in
very good condition.
CDV - 53rd MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - Seated armed view of Harlan P.
Partridge of the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry. He enlisted on August 25, 1862
into Co. B, 53rd Mass. Inf. and mustered out September 8, 1863. It is inscribed
on the front in period ink 'H.P. Partridge' and on the reverse 'Harlan P.
Partridge / Sergeant Major / 53 Reg Mass'. The 53rd fought in the battles of
Fort Bisland and Port Hudson, La.. Carte has no photographer's back mark.
Carte has some staining on the mount otherwise in very good condition.
CDV - 2nd INDIANA CAVALRY - KIA - Bust image of Asa S. Smith, 2nd
Indiana Cavalry - Wayne County, Indiana. He enlisted on September 13, 1861
and re-enlisted January 10, 1864. The 2nd fought in the battles of Gallatin,
Hartsville, Stones River, Chickamauga, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta as well as
others. Smith was killed in action at the battle of Scottsville, Alabama on April
2, 1865. There is a Richmond, In. photographer's back mark. There is a period
ink inscription on the reverse ' Asa S. Smith / Co. C 2nd Ind / Cavly'. Some
light staining on mount but otherwise very good condition.
CDV - 13th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - ANTIETAM - Bust image
of William B. Barron, 13th Massachusetts Infantry - Boston, Mass. He enlisted
on June 29, 1861 and was discharged on November 25, 1862 due to wounds
received at Antietam on September 17, 1862. There is a great 13th Regiment
Mass. Vol. photographer's back mark. There is a period ink inscription on the
front ' Yours Truly / Wm B. Barron / Co. F 13th Regt'. Some light staining and
smudges on mount along with very light contrast & fading on the image.
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
TOWN OF READFIELD, MAINE WAR BOND - Approx. 10" x 11"
Bond approved on February 17, 1865 and issued January 1, 1870
for the Town of Readfield, Maine to raise $31,000 to cover the War
Debt. The bond amount is $100. and still retains 6 of the interest
coupons. Towns, Cities and States would issue these to cover the
debt of things like bounties for soldier enlistment, aid to soldier's
families, etc. Very good condition.
MEXICAN BORDER WAR MEDALLION - Approx. 1 7/16" in
diameter copper medallion with relief on the front of a US soldier
kneeling while aiming his rifle with 'In Memory of My Life on the
Mexican Border' and on the reverse is a beautiful American Eagle with
'Trust in the Lord and Keep Your Powder Dry'. This all took place
along the border with Mexico from the years 1910-1919 in battles with
Pancho Villa and took 523 American soldiers and 427 civilians and
857 Mexican soldiers and 400+ civilians. Some light wear.
MICHIGAN STATE SEAL BUTTONS - GODDARD &
BRO. - EXTRA - Two Michigan State Seal Buttons - one
coat, one cuff - dug, recovered from battlefield of Mine
Run, Va. in the location of the 4th and 5th Michigan
Infantry position. Faces are relatively good, the reverse,
especially on the coat size is difficult to read the back
mark but there is enough to figure out the back mark.
1781 CONNECTICUT REVOLUTIONARY WAR
SOLDIER'S PAY DOCUMENT - From the State
Pay-Table Office November 7, 1781, the order to pay a
Captain Ebenizer Bernard G__. Document is approx. 3
7/8" x 6 1/4". Signed by the Pay Table Committee signers
Eleazer Wales and Fenn Wadsworth. Does have one small
archival tape tack on reverse, good condition.
1938 NAZI GERMANY - AUSTRIA DISTRICT COUNCIL BADGE -
NSDAP "One People, One Reich, One Leader - 1938" labeled on a
ribbon draped across the map of Germany and Austria. Made of zinc
and manufacturer's marking on the reverse of F. Mannheim. Pin is
intact, reverse in good condition while front contains the typical zinc
oxidation. Much of black finish around map relief is worn out. Not
pristine but an honest piece.
GAR MEMBERSHIP BADGE - STAR NUMBERED - Standard type 3 GAR
membership badge. Star is numbered M8428. Badge has faded ribbon but is
in very good condition.
GAR DRESS UNIFORM BELT & PLATE - Nice quality
stitched leather belt with the more uncommon GAR plate
having the GAR intertwined letters and the crossed sabers,
rifles, cannons and anchor in the corners. Also has an extra
sizing buckle in the rear taking up extra belt. Leather is folded
over with seam in back. Leather is stiff as you can see in the
additional images it will stand separated. Does have black
smudges of old dirt, ink, ??
GAR DRESS UNIFORM BELT & PLATE - Fancy quality
material bullion & leather belt with the GAR plate having the
GAR cresting the GAR Star over a stippled back round. Inside
of belt is the typical stitched black leather that has a partially
worn off finish. Leather and material are somewhat supple.
Other that the expected wear, this belt is in very nice condition.
First belt of this quality I have seen.
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.
15TH PENNSYLVANIA CAVALRY MANUAL - ANDERSON'S
CAVALRY - by Brig. Gen. Philip St. George Cooke - Washington - 1862
- This rather WELL USED manual is identified to Company 'M' of
Anderson's Cavalry which was the 15th Pennsylvania Cavalry (or the
160th PA. Regt). It is marked in period ink on the inside cover
"Sergeants & / Corporals / Co M / Anderson Cavalry" and then again on
the title page "Co. M". The 15th Cav. had losses in the battles of Charles
City Cross Roads, Va., Antietam, Nashville, Stones River, Lavergne,
Dandridge, Mossy Creek, Lynchburg among other numerous skirmishes.
The manual is beaten but intact and spine is still strong for the use
shown. Waterstained, some cloth missing on back cover.
TINTYPE - UNION SERGEANT - FREDERICK, MD - a hair under 1/6
plate size tintype of a Union Sergeant with slight tinting to his cheeks.
There is a card under the image - an 1858 card for the Frederick County
Agricultural Society with period ink writing on the reverse "Frederick MD /
Jan 29, 62" and in period pencil "Rec Thursday Feb. 6th / from my
husband". Unfortunately no ID. Looks to have a rain cover on his kepi.
Image is a little dark but not bad, a few small minor spots on the image,
has a full case but spine is detached. The light line near his collar is a
reflection and not in the image.
AMBROTYPE - ID AS CHARLES STONE 47TH & 59TH MASS INF - 1/9
plate size ambrotype of a Union soldier seated wearing a frock coat with
slight tinting to his cheeks. Under the image written in a more modern
pencil is " Prv Charles Stone / Co. E 47 Mass". He is listed as serving in
the 47th Mass. Inf. from September, 1862 to September, 1863 and in the
59th Mass. fromJanuary, 1864 to May, 1865 then in the VRC until August,
1865. He is also listed as wounded in action at Petersburg on 6/17/1864. I
had no reason to doubt the ID but always would like to see that nice period
ink instead of later pencil. Has a full case that has the spine repaired with
black tape (and a very nice job), The light line from shoulder to shoulder is
actually a reflection and is not in the image.
TINTYPE OF 3 UNION SOLDIERS - 1/6 plate size tintype of three Union
soldiers seated and wearing frock coats, all with kepis. Ever so light blue
tinting to the trousers and with slight tinting to their cheeks. Don't know if
they're brothers but more than likely close friends as they each are holding
hands with hands also on the shoulders. Has a full case but original spine is
weak. The light line about chin height is a reflection and not in the image
An image out of the ordinary.
INTERLOCKED BULLETS - Years ago I purchased a huge collection of
dug items which included darn near everything you could imagine in
relics, much of which I still have in inventory. In this grouping were aver
12,000 dug bullets. This was separated from the main group and at first
thought it was a CS Gardner peeling away from the insert. On closer
examination see that the insert does not have a cavity (it does look and is
slightly recessed but not the Gardner style cavity). It appears to be a .54
cal. (?) carbine bullet that has been hit from behind by a .44 cal pistol
bullet (measurements bear this out). Immediately started thinking of the
old 'mid-air' collision but couldn't figure a pistol bullet 'catching up' to
the carbine bullet from behind. I believe what happened here was the
carbine bullet may have struck something (tree, fence post, etc.), then by
a stroke of luck the pistol bullet hit it from behind - just a bit off center,
in fact if it had gone any more off center it probably would have split
the carbine bullet and never stayed together. A neat oddity.
DUV (DAUGHTERS OF UNION VETERANS) COFFEE /
TEA CUP - Daughters of Union Veterans china coffee or tea
cup with gold logo, and trim around the rim and handle.
Decent size cup measuring approx. 3 1/2" across the rim and
2 1/2" in height. There is no manufacturer's marking. There
are no chips or cracks but bottom rim is ever so slightly rough
from sitting. Very good condition.
CIVIL WAR SHEET MUSIC - THE UNION ARMY MARCH
Published in 1861. Nice color cover with a dedicated to the
Commanders, Officers & Privates of the Union Army theme,
showing Generals McClellan, Rosecrans, Wool, Sigel and Blenker. 8
pages complete with rough binding edge as it was once in a privately
bound volume. Very good condition.
1880- WINFIELD SCOTT HANCOCK CAMPAIGN MEDALLION -
Approx. 1" in diameter and made of brass. Obverse has a relief of
Hancock in uniform with "WINFIELD S. HANCOCK" and a Civil War
2nd Corps badge relief with "2 / A / C " in the clover leafs along with "A
SUPER SOLDIER / A MODEL PRESIDENT" along the border on the
reverse. Good original gilting seen in spots - overall very good condition.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF MASSACHUSETTS RECORDS OF
ANNUAL MEETINGS - Blue cloth bound hardcover books
approx. 5 3/4" x 9" with gold lettering and rather thin -
having only about 50-90 pages each. They have photos of
Veterans in their GAR uniforms (maybe 1 or 2 per volume).
Have 12 of these from different years in the 30's & 40's.
Several have minor cover conditions which I can furnish on
The years available are: 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937,
1938, 1940, 1941, 1942 and 1944.
9TH CORPS - PERIOD CORPS BADGE - Heavy gauge stamped brass
badge , high relief, approx. 1 5/8" x 1 3/4". This badge can be seen
on page 51 of the Stanley Phillips' "CIVIL WAR CORPS BADGES".
There are no loops or pin on reverse - may not have been issued (or
purchased). The 9th Corps fought not only with the Army of the
Potomac but also in the Western Theatre. The 2nd Division contained
such Regiments as 6th & 9th NH Inf., 48th, 50th & 51st Pa Inf., 7th
& 12th RI Inf, 2nd MD Inf., 21st, 29th & 35th Mass Inf., 46th & 51st
NY Inf., 86th & 129th Ohio Inf., 116th & 118th Ind. Inf., as well as
Batteries L & M of the 1st Mich. Lt. Art., along with Batteries from
the 2nd NY Art., 2nd U.S. Art., 15th Ind. Art. as well as others. Very
good condition just a few dark spots.
4TH MICHIGAN INFANTRY KIA GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR
PERIOD MESS CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in diameter and 4
1/2" in height, soldered construction and has the typical flat bottom
and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a good Civil War
cup. This is basically no more than a regular drinking cup that had
the wire hanger and lid added to it. NOW THE INTERESTING PART
!! Several years ago I purchased a massive collection. This was a
collection that came from a Civil War dealer / collector that had passed
away. In that collection was a huge box of tin mess gear - some Civil
War, some later period that included this mess cup and the drinking
cup also listed here. I am just now getting around to going through it
and while cleaning this piece I see scratched in the bottom what I think
is a '4'. Now, using a magnifying glass I can clearly see "4th / Mich /
Benson" (the Mich is more difficult to make out but can). I checked
the Michigan rosters for Benson and the only Benson that was in any
of the '4th' Michigan Regiments (Inf., Cav. or Artillery) was Adelbert
Benson of the 4th Michigan Infantry. Records show that he enlisted in
the 4th Michigan - Company A at Adrian in June, 1861 and was Killed
at Gettysburg on July 2, 1863 (no doubt in the Wheatfield). I have
added a photo of the bottom but is difficult to make out in the photos
but it is definitely old scratching and the rust is seen through the
CIVIL WAR PERIOD DRINKING CUP - Heavy gauge tin approx 4" in
diameter and 4" in height, soldered construction and has the typical
flat bottom and looped pin handle construction you like to see in a
good Civil War cup. There is something scratched into the bottom of
the cup but unfortunately I can not decipher anything through the
rough finish that is left. Perhaps something might if enough time was
spent on it but . . . I doubt it. looks like it may have had a hard life as
it is bent out of the round shape at the top and has a blackish color
almost as though it had been in a fire. A good honest Civil War
CIVIL WAR STYLE COFFEE POT - Heavy gauge tin approx 9" in
diameter at the bottom and 10" in height, soldered construction and
has the typical flat bottom. They made this style for a long period of
time so it's hard to say if it is as old as the Civil War. I did come across
a photo of 3 soldiers who had a pot very similar that included the
rolled 'stripes' (for lack of a better word) as are on this pot. I had felt
that these were of a slightly later period but I guess I stand corrected.
There are solder remnants of where a plaque was at one time.
CIVIL WAR CAP BOX - Well used and still good finish. No makers
stamp. Owner had carved his initials on the back 'JT' and inside
the flap with a 'XX'. Some light spotting on the one side where it
appears something may have splashed on it and would probably be
covered with a light rubbing of dark brown shoe polish but I rather
the final owner make that choice. No wool or pick.
CIVIL WAR PISTOL CARTRIDGE BOX - Nice solid pistol box
made by Joseph Davy & Co. of Trenton, NJ and so marked. Also
has some remains of the Federal Inspectors stamps. Most of
finish worn off of closing strap as should be expected on a used
ORIGINAL OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS - GREENE CARBINE -
Approx. 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" 'DIRECTIONS FOR USING GREENE'S
CARBINE' on very thin paper and distributed by the Massachusetts Arms
Company. The Greene carbine was manufactured by Massachusetts
Arms between 1855-57 and total quantity was only 300 for the US and
another 2,000 for Great Britain. The instructions are probably as rare as
the guns. Excellent condition.
M-1818 STARR CAVALRY SABER - Nathan Starr
Model 1818 saber, clip point and very clean blade, very
little pitting. Marked well with the 'US / P / LS / N.
STARR' although the last 'R' in Starr is only half visible.
The LS is the mark of Luther Sage, the inspector. The
wood grip was originally covered with a thin leather but
this (as many are now found) has come off leaving a
nice aged wood. The sword still retains the leather
washer. The scabbard shows obvious damage from use in
the form of dents and one spot below the mid-ring
mount that has actually formed a crack in the metal as
can be seen in the photos. Scabbard is relatively clean.
CIVIL WAR PERIOD TRAVELING CHESS SET - Nice set,
unfortunately missing 5 pieces. Players pieces, both white and red are
made of bone with a base approx. 3/4" and the squares on this wood
board with a cloth lined backing (made for rolling up) are 15/16"
square. Box is approx. 4 1/4" x 9" x 2 3/8" in height. Looks like it
may have been recovered on the inside but difficult to tell. No key for
the lock. On the top is a very light stencilling in gold "CHESS / & /
BOARD". The bottom of the box has that old green paper (some worn
off. Some of the pieces have chips but for the most part are in pretty
good shape. The board, from being rolled for so long will need to be
kept in a flat state for a while if displayed as such as it wants to curl
slightly. This was one of the favorite past times for soldiers in camp,
especially in winter quarters. Great for a camp display.
RARE BURNSIDE EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - One of the rare
plates to dig, this breastplate, known as the Burnside Breast Plate is
smaller than the regular breast plates by about 5mm in diameter
(59.4mm) - a very noticeable difference. This has the typical 'open
leaves' that are typical of these plates. The loops on the back are very
rusted and one of them has completely rusted through on the curve. The
face is in very good condition, has been cleaned but not to where the
patina has come off, only to the point of showing that smoother look, as
though someone had been rubbing it. There is one push or slight dent in
the rim near the eagle's head. Only know that this was dug on a Virginia
battlefield -no exact location.
EAGLE BREAST PLATE - DUG - Normal Union breastplate (65.3mm)
- only nubs left of the loops but a very decent looking plate on the face.
Only know that this was dug on a Virginia battlefield -no exact location.
TEXAS STAR STICK PIN - DALLAS 1906 - Not sure what may have
taken place in Dallas in 1906 but this Texas Star stickpin or perhaps a
hat pin was meant for something. White metal, star approx. 13/16"
across points. Has TEXAS letters on each point and 'DALLAS 1906' in
center. Comes with a postcard (in not such great shape) with a poem
'HELL IN TEXAS' and if you've ever spent time there, especially in the
summer you will be able to relate with this poem. Postcard has nothing
to do with the pin (other than relating to Texas) but it was included
when I purchased it so it goes too.
GETTYSBURG RECOVERED BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice size chunk
of wood approx. 8 5/8" x 3 1/2" x 2 1/4" in height which looks like iot
may have come from a house or barn beam - a felled tree which was
then planed on two sides, maybe a fence post but doubtful on that as I
would think it would be more weathered. Is definitely old wood. It looks
like there are two bullets in this, one dug out to on the wide side and
another visible from the end. With what is uncovered, neither one
resembles a bullet but both do appear to be lead. On the side is written in
pencil "Rock Creek Culp Hill / Dec 7, 1930 / Frank (?)"
BULLET(S) IN WOOD - Nice piece of dense wood approx. 6 3/4" in
length. One good size bullet is crowning through, barely showing a nice
aged lead gray and shows signs of the force splitting and distressing the
wood. The other potential 'bullet' has been dug down to and is a very
white color - even whiter than oxidized lead so I'm hedging against that
one being a bullet.
TINTYPE OF UNION SOLDIER - HARDEE HAT - PATRIOTIC UNION
CASE - 1/6 plate size tintype of a Union soldier wearing a Hardee hat (of
course Iron Brigade comes to mind), can see the infantry bugle and the
Company letter 'G'. Just a tad dark but nice looking image. Patriotic
Union (gutta percha) case with eagle, flag, etc. Just a few nicks on edges
and slightly loose hinge but otherwise in very good condition.
GAR ROCHESTER, NY - 1911 - Heavy souvenir badge for the 1911 GAR
reunion in Rochester, NY. Relief of Genesee Falls. Some enameling.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF INDIANA DELEGATE - 1913 - Large badge for the
annual encampment of the Department of Indiana reunion in Indianapolis in
1913. Small drop has relief of Maj. Gen. R.S. Foster and large drop has relief of
the soldier's memorial.
GAR DEPARTMENT OF NEW YORK DELEGATE - 1913 - Large badge for the
47th annual encampment of the Department of New York reunion in Syracuse
in 1913. Drop has relief of Department Commander Oscar Smith.
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.
FULL SIZE (OR VERY CLOSE TO) NAPOLEON 12 POUNDER
WOOD REPRODUCTION CANNON TUBE - From a distance of 10 feet
you would think you're looking at an original cannon tube. Was either
made for something like a GAR Hall or perhaps a movie prop, this is
something for the artillery fan that wants one in the house for a display
(perhaps to mount upright like you see at the Gettysburg National
Museum). The body of the tube is about the size of a 12 pounder but the
bore is more the size of a six pounder. The tube is approximately 66" in
total length, weighs approx. 65 pounds, 16" from end of one trunion to
the end of the other with each trunion being 3 5/8" in diameter. The tube
has an approx. diameter of 10 1/4" on the 'breech' end and 8" diameter
on the muzzle end and has a 3 5/8" bore that goes 5 3/4" deep. The only
marking on it is '1828' on the end of one of the trunions. One side up
looks very displayable but there are several long cracks (these can be filed
and pained over if desired), the bottom side displayed has a little bit of
damage as can be seen in the photos (there is a larger crack also on this
side). One of the trunions has a crack along the intersecting edge to the
tube but mainly on the 'bad side'. There are also paint scuffs and scrapes
in various spots throughout. The two block stands shown are included. I
will not ship this but will either deliver within 200 miles of Utica, Mi (or
can otherwise work out other arrangements). Great looking indoor display
WWI SHEET MUSIC - CAMP CUSTER MARCH ONE-STEP
Published in 1917 - 4 pages. Nice color cover showing a beautiful
image of General George Armstrong Custer and a scene from Camp
Custer which is just on the outskirts of Battle Creek, Michigan. Very
LADLE RECOVERED AT VALLEY FORGE - Fantastic
relic from the Revolutionary War camp of General George
Washington. A shallow dish ladle which would have
probably been used to melt lead for bullets. I see no lead
residue as the ladle is heavily pitted from ground action but
very solid. In old white paint on the handle is "Valley Forge
1777-1778". Total length is approx. 17 1/4" and bowl
diameter is 4" and 3/4" in depth. Completely hand forged.
Recovered in the 50's but no other information known.
WAR OF 1812 - CAMP HOLLY - MORNING REPORT - ANDREW
STEVENSON'S COMPANY OF ARTILLERY - Large (7 7/8" x 12
3/4") two sided sheet giving the morning reports ranging from
January 18-28, 1815 (technically after the Peace Treaty was signed
but only several weeks after the Battle of New Orleans). Captain
Stevenson's Company of Artillery was a Richmond, Va regiment and
Camp Holly (Camp Holly Springs) was located near the junction of
Newmarket and Long Branch Roads northwest of Malvern Hills,
Virginia. It was established in the Spring of 1813 and occupied until
after the War ('Virginia in the War of 1812' by Sharol Fletcher).
Document is on laid paper and in very good condition.
UCV - 9TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY - LADDER BADGE DROP & POST WAR
PHOTO - Confederate 9th Louisiana Infantry shield drop - missing the pin bar
that would have had the veteran's name. A pin bar and links could be found to
make it look complete. Comes with a very small photo of what I'm told is the
badge's owner in a Post War fraternal uniform (K of C, K of P ??) but with
nothing on the image I can't really confirm this. The 9th Louisiana was
involved in heavy fighting and took part in battles such as Winchester, Cedar
Mountain, 2nd Manassas, Chantilly, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Williamsport,
Rappahannock Station, Wilderness, Spotsylvania Court House, Monocacy and
Cedar Creek among others.
CDV - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 1st Lieut.
George Briggs Russell with a New Orleans photographer's back mark. He
enlisted on August 12, 1862 and served after the War in the US service until
1898. He rose through the ranks to Brevet Lt. Colonel by the end of the War
and was wounded in June, 1863 at Port Hudson, La., after which he served in
the VRC. 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 "G.B.
Russell / 1st Lieut. 38th Mass". Very good condition.
CDV - 22nd & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 1st
Lieut. Frank N. Scott with what I believe is a Boston photographer's back mark.
He enlisted on September 6, 1861 and resigned August 22, 1864. He was
wounded in July, 1862 at Malvern Hill, Va as a member of the 22nd Mass. and
on August 23, 1862 was discharged for Promotion as an officer in the 38th. 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 "Frank N.
Scott / 1st Lieut. Co. B / 38th Mass Regt". Very good condition.
MICHIGAN - SMALL BROADSIDE - "TO THE SOLDIERS OF
OLD WASHTENAW" - Approx 6 3/4" x 8 3/4" Patriotic open letter
to the soldiers of Washtenaw County, Michigan on their right and
important input on the election during the War. Though non-dated
it appears this may have been for the mid-term election in 1862.
Very patriotic. Very good condition though there is a stain in the
upper left corner.
CDV - 1st & 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY - WIA - Image of 2nd Lieut.
William H. Jewell. No photographer's back mark. He enlisted in May, 1861 into
the 1st Mass. Inf. then in August, 1862 commissioned into the 38th and
mustered out in June, 1865. He was wounded in October, 1864 at Cedar Creek,
Va. 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 "W.H.
Jewell / 2nd Lieut. Co. A / 38th Regt Mass Vols". Very good condition with light
stain on reverse.
CDV - ASST. SURGEON - 38th MASSACHUSETTS INFANTRY & 1st MASS.
BATT. CAVALRY - Image of Assistant Surgeon George F. Thomson. No
photographer's back mark. He enlisted in August, 1862 into the 38th as Asst.
Surgeon and in 1865 became Surgeon of the 1st Mass. Battn Cavalry. He
mustered out in June, 1865. 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 "Geo. F. Thomson / Assist. Surgeon / 38th Mass Vols". Very good
WILLIAM McKINLEY MEMORIAM TABLET - Approx. 9 1/2" X
12" and up to 5/8" in thickness - white plaster. Nice memoriam
relief of McKinley wearing what is clearly a GAR membership pin
on his lapel (doesn't show up well in the photos) and wreaths that
adorn the lower edge of bust. No cracks or chips but there are dirty
areas as can be seen in the photos. Amazing it lasted this long in
CDV - 35th OHIO INFANTRY - BUT WHO??? - Image of Vness (or Uness)
Rice (or Reis). Has an Alexandria, Va. photographer's back mark. I have been
unable to find him anywhere but the ID looks right as rain. He is an older
gentleman so I wonder if perhaps he may have been a musician or drummer as
they were not always included in the rosters. Condition is not great, stained and
looks like someone was testing his pen by tapping it on the front of the image
(down around the waist. Signed in period ink on reverse "Vness (or Uness) Rice
(perhaps Reis) / Co D 35 Ohio / Vo Infantery".
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
NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1893 - Reunion ribbon for the
17th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
Weirs (located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee) in August, 1893.
The ribbon has the likeness of Capt. Orlando W. Keyes. Keyes was enlisted in the
12th New Hampshire Infantry and was killed on May 3, 1863 at Chancellorsville.
Badge is in very good condition and still retains the vibrant red color.
NEW HAMPSHIRE VETERANS' REUNION - 1904 - Reunion ribbon for the
28th Annual Encampment of the New Hampshire Veterans' Reunion held at
Weirs (located on the southern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee) in August, 1904.
The photo button has the likeness of David A. Brown. Brown served for one year
in the 3rd New Hampshire Infantry as a musician. His comrades must have
thought a lot of him to name a camp after him. Badge is in good condition
though a little bit of the gold text has come off of 3 letters in the text. The
original Whitehead & Hoag Co. label is still on the reverse side..
FANCY POCKET KNIFE FROM VIRGINIA BATTLEFIELD - While looking
through the many boxes of battlefield relics in stock, I came across this little
gem. This is a very fancy pocket knife - handle only as the blades had been
busted out somehow. it is approx. 4" in length. the middle section is bone
(missing on one side) and the fancy ends look to be brass. When you look in
the sides you can see there are no blades. Unfortunately I don't have the name
of the exact location for this one but as I stated did come from a Virginia