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What’s New!

Two Portions of Flags, One US & One Captured CS, Brought Back from the Battle of Shiloh by Thomas J. Stone, Color Bearer of the 13th Ohio Infantry – With Great Period Ink I.D. & CDV of Stone

Brady CDV of Union General Edwin H. Stoughton – Mosby Slapped Him on the Rear… the general shouted, “Do you know who I am?” Mosby quickly replied, “Do you know Mosby, general?” “Yes! Have you got the rascal?” “No but he has got you!”  THIS CDV COMES WITH A LETTER DATED MARVH 22ND, 1863 FROM “CAMP NEAR FAIRFAX STATION” IN WHICH THE GENERALS CAPTURE IS TOLD BY RUSSEL C. WHITFORD, CO. D, 14TH REGT. VT. VOL.

14 Page Battle Letter from Fredericksburg – Col. Clark Edwards of the 5th Maine Infantry – Amazing Battle Descriptions & the Failure of Union Doctors “THEIR LIMBS AMPUTATED BY SOME DRUNKEN SURGEON…” “IT WAS THROUGH GRAPE & CANISTER & SMALL SHOT. THOUSANDS FELL AS THEY ADVANCED AND WERE TRODDEN UNDER FOOT AS THEY WERE COMPELLED TO FALL BACK.” “HUNDREDS AND PERHAPS THOUSANDS DIED BY EXPOSURE. IT IS OR WAS THE MOST CRUEL THING I EVER KNEW. AS I LAY NIGHTS, I COULD HEAR THE GROANS AND WAILS OF THE WOUNDED & DYING, BUT THEY WERE BEYOND OUR REACH. THEY LAY BETWEEN THE TWO LINES.”

Lt. Dabney Cosby, Jr. of the 53rd Virginia Infantry – 4 Page Letter in Ink with Original Envelope – AMAZING CONTENT DESCRIBING CONFEDERATE SPY BELLE BOYD!

Confederate Letter Written By John T. Heflin Company A of the Fauquier Artillery (38th Battalion Virginia Artillery) – DESCRIBING THE CRATER EXPLOSION AT PETERSBURG! – “THE NEGROES HOLLERED OUT “NO QUARTERS!” AND SAID, “REMEMBER FORT PILLOW,” AND THEY SAID THAT OUR MEN DIDN’T SHOW THEM ANY QUARTERS, BUT JUST SHOT THEM DOWN LIKE DOGS.” “…THEY SAW BLOOD IN THE TRENCHES RUNNING ABOUT TWO INCHES DEEP.”

Nice Little Example of a Pickett’s “Parole/Countersign” – This one from “Head Quarters, Post of Springfield, Mo. Feb. 20th, 1863”

State of Louisiana $3 Bill Dated Feb. 24th, 1862 – Printed on the Reverse of other Colorful Bank Notes! 

Relics Collected by Captain Henry L. Pasco, Co. A, 16th Connecticut Infantry – Two Relics from the Battle of Antietam

Relics Collected by Captain Henry L. Pasco, Co. A, 16th Connecticut Infantry – A Piece from the Confederate Locomotive “The General”

Relics Collected by Captain Henry L. Pasco, Co. A, 16th Connecticut Infantry – Two Relics from Appomattox Court House

Taken Off a Dead Rebel at Fredericksburg, is what David B. Boynton Says as he Writes Home to his sister, Sending her that Souvenir

Mississippi “I” Button Cut from the Coat of a Dead Rebel at the Battle of Camden. N.C. by Samuel P. Bancroft, 6th N.H. Infantry

“Souvenir” brought back by William C. Harris, Co. H, 71st Pa. Infantry after being released from Prison in Richmond, Va. – He had been captured in the Ball’s Bluff Disaster

Colorful Examples of Confederate Patriotic Flag Stationery & an Extremely Rare Patriotic Envelope – Both with Period Ink Inscriptions

A Faithful $2 Bill Carried through the Seven Days Battles before Richmond by William L. Keely of the 1st Regiment Pa. Reserve Corps

A Scarce Newspaper Printed “For the Benefit of the Sick and Wounded in Hammond General Hospital, Point Lookout, Md.”

$5 Note from the State of Georgia Milledgeville, April 6th, 1864 – One of the Notes from the Estate of Mzl Fuller

Small “The Central Bank of a Virginia, Staunton, July 4th, 1862” Note – Reprinted on the back of a larger note!

Our Finest Appomattox Court House Letter dated April 14th, 1865 describing the Apple Tree under which General Lee Initially met U. S. Grant & Sending a Piece of that Tree!

One of the Rarest Style of Civil War I.D. Discs  – Offered to Men who Fought at the Battle of  Antietam, Sep. 17th, 1862 – M. Duffy, Co. C, 51st New York Volunteers

Highly Desirable Civil War Cavalry Captain’s Shoulder Straps – The Real Deal, Not Later Indian War Period Straps

Pair of Civil War Infantry, ACTUALLY WORN Major Shoulder Straps – Excellent!

Full ALS of South Carolina Governor Francis Pickens + His CDV – He Writes to Col. A. M. Manigault an Important Directive Regarding ENFIELD MUSKETS THAT JUST ARRIVED FROM ENGLAND

“Captured at Wilmington, N.C. Feb. 22nd, 1865” was what is Written in Period Ink on the Back of this Scarce Confederate $10 T-24 Note

Button that William L. Howorth Used to Smuggle a Letter Out of Libby Prison – Sent to the Commander of the U. S. Gun Ship Steamer Conemaugh

I.D. Disc from the 14th Brooklyn, “The Red Legged Devil’s” – Julius Scudder, Co. C

The Battle of Kennesaw Mountain – Henry C. Laybourn, Company A, 66th Ohio Infantry Gives a Long Graphic Description – Confederate General Leonidas Polk is Killed – “WE HAD TO GO RIGHT OVER A HILL IN THE HOTTEST OF THE FIRE.” – “THE BULLETS JUST CUT ALL AROUND ME, BUT FORTUNATELY I DID NOT GET HIT” – “I USED MY OLD ENFIELD PRETTY BRISK.” – “THE REBS STUCK UP A FLAG IN THEIR WORKS IN PLAIN VIEW. I TOOK DEAD AIM AT IT SEVERAL TIMES & AM PRETTY CERTAIN THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE HOLE IN IT.

Capt. John J. Knox, Co. D, 5th Michigan Infantry Writes Home on the Battlefield of Chancellorsville!

The Colonel of the 5th Maine Volunteers Writes to the Parents of One of the Men he has Just Lost in Battle:  Sergt. Washington F. Brown of Co. I Killed in the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va. “MANY TEARS HAS TRICKLED DOWN MY CHEEK SINCE I COMMENCED THIS LETTER.” – Col. Clark Edwards Describes Going with the 5th Maine Chaplain to Comfort the Wounded and Dying… Truly Amazing Content! 

Luther R. Witman, Co. F, the Lochiel Gray’s, 25th Pa. Inf., Writes Home Sending THE MOST FAMOUS PATRIOTIC STATIONERY & ENVELOPE USED IN THE CIVIL WAR: THE ROSE OF WASHINGTON

Lieut. William W. Wells, Co. F, 58th Pa. Infantry Writes from “Camp Suffolk, Va.” in December 1862 – He Describes & DRAWS A MAP of their Expedition to the Blackwater River – “IF THERE’S ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE A MAN DODGE, IT IS A PARROT SHELL” – “A CURIOUS SOUND THEIR PARROT SHELLS HAVE. SOMETHING LIKE A RAILROAD CAR UNDER FULL MOTION” – “THEY CAME THICKER AND FASTER, BURSTING ALL AROUND US, TEARING OFF LARGE BRANCHES OF TREES AND STRIKING IN AMONG US.”

Writing Home on Very Unusual Stationery… A Blank Confederate Stock Certificate: Chester Hotel & Mining Co. – Horace Sisson Co. K, 1st New York Mounted Rifles Writing from City Point, Virginia May 11th, 1864 – “NEVER SINCE I HAVE BEEN IN THE ARMY HAVE I HAD SHELLS BURST AND BULLETS BUZZ SO CLOSE TO ME”


Letter & Cover from Confederate Soldier G. W. Flowers, A Prisoner at Rock Island Prison – Great “Examined” Cover & Letter

Story H. Gates A.A.G. to Capt. Charles H. Herbert of the 16th New Hampshire Infantry Writes Home Enclosing “THE LAST RELIC OF SECESSIA AT NEW ORLEANS” – A Beautiful Sheet of Confederate Patriotic Stationery with 11 Star Confederate Flag

4th New York Infantry Soldier William Stow Sends Home the Most “Colorful” Souvenirs We Have Seen

Wonderful Letter from the Man who was Killed on the Very Day of Surrender at Appomattox Court House, April 9th, 1864 – Hiram Clark, Co. G, 185th New York Infantry

Beautiful Used Union Patriotic Cover with Large Photo of Elmer Ellsworth – Nicest We Have Seen

Captured Stationery – Confederate 11 Star Flag with Annotations: “Not Long May it Wave”… “God Dam the thing”

Out of a Soldier’s Scrapbook, a Curious Front of a CS Patriotic Envelope – Addressed “Genl. R. E. Lee, Richmond, Va.”

Confederate 5th Texas, Hood’s Brigade Letter Written on 2 Sheets of Confederate Patriotic Stationery – Shows the Patriotic Fervor of Hood’s Men:   WE ARE FIGHTING FOR OUR COUNTRY’S RIGHTS, THE RIGHT OUR FOREFATHERS BEQUEATHED US. OUR MEN WILL FIGHT WITHOUT PAY. THERE’S FIGHT FOR MONEY, FOR BREAD. OURS FOR FREEDOM

Original Soldier Art -William Ku Russell, Co. E 22nd N. Y. Volunteers in “Camping in the Woods”

THE JOURNAL OF ADJT. HENRY W. CAMP, 10TH CONNECTICUT VOL. INFANTRY – RICHLAND JAIL (COLUMBIA, S.C.) JAN. 14TH, 1864 – “THE POSSIBILITY OF ESCAPE WAS A SUBJECT OF THOUGHT AND CONVERSATION AMONG US, QUITE EARLY IN OUR IMPRISONMENT… I MADE UP MY MIND TO TRY THE EXPERIMENT JUST AS SOON AS MATTERS SEEMED RIGHT FOR IT.”

From Our Johnson’s Island Collection – A Rare Piece of Sheet Music Entitled “Star of My Future Life” Written By Asa Hartz.  PLUS:  5 Poems Written by Hartz on Johnson’s Island & 1 Poem by CS General Jeff Thompson – Dated 1864

In addition to collecting letters with great content over the past 50 years, we assembled a collection of letters where the soldier sends home a “souvenir” or “relic”.  You will see many of these letters listed.  Hope you appreciate them as much as we have! 

A Rare & Desirable Piece of Civil War Dramatic Theater & Excellent Example of War Period Calligraphy:  A Hand Done Broadside Announcing The “Union Aquatic Theater, Onboard U. S. Steam Gunboat PORT ROYAL, Harbor of Apalachicola (FL) April 17th, 1863” + 2 Letters from John A. Stammers who sent it to his friend

$5 Confederate Note with the Poem by Confederate Major Sidney Alroy Jonas Printed in Hand on the Back

4 Souvenirs Picked Up in April 1865 at the Fall of Richmond, Va.

“For Sale of Slaves & Transfer of Stock… a Charge of $2.00” – Estates had to pay a tax to the “Ordinary’s Office” in Charleston, S.C.

One of Our Finest Pieces of Confederate Postal History – POW Cover from Lieut. James B. Miller Co. A 18th Virginia Regiment – Shot 3 Times in Pickett’s Charge & Dies from his Wounds in Prison

3 California Gold Rush Letters, Each with Great Postal Markings: “SAN FRANCISCO, Cal.”, SEP., OCT. & NOV. 1851 – “TELL THE MAJOR NOT TO COME DOWN YET. THE VIGILANCE COMMITTEE ARE STILL IN SESSION, AND THEY ARREST PEOPLE HERE UPON THEIR LOOKS.”

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