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What’s New!

Original Prisoner of War Drawing by John Jacob Omenhausser, Private Co. A, 46th Virginia Infantry C.S.A. – Imprisoned at Point Lookout, Maryland

Great Souvenir from the Battlefield of Fredericksburg – Lt. George A. McIntire of the 3rd Maine Infantry Claims a Folding Knife, Fork & Spoon & has it Beautifully Engraved

Albumen 5 x 8 Inch Photo By Charleston, S.C. Photographer J. R. Foster of the Multitude of Tents Pitched on the Sand of Morris Island – “Camp of the 9th Maine Volunteers”

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.”

“Souvenir” from the Battlefield of Gaines Mills, Va. – Sgt. A. F. Bunker of the 1st Mass. Light Artillery Takes a One Dollar Southern Note Out of the Knapsack of a Dead Confederate

Collapsible Metal Drinking Cup with Soldiers I.D. on Bottom – Belonged to Soldier in 145th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

A Souvenir from a Rebel who “Escaped” at Appomattox – William H. Arehart, 12th Virginia Cavalry – Two Dollar Confederate Note with Period Ink (Great!) Inscription

Captain Charles F. Linthicum of 8th Virginia Infantry Fame Writes from Bristow, Va. on November 13th, 1860, Prior to the War when he was a Traveling Evangelist.  The Revival Started at Fulton Street in N.Y.C. had been Spreading throughout the South.  Exciting Christian Content!

Colorado Gold Rush Document – Near Central City, Colorado – A Claim on the “Elkhart County Lode” by John Cree, July 14th, 1860

Medal We Found in Savannah, Ga. – Erection of Statue Sgt. William Jasper in 1888 – Price $25

Graphic Union Soldiers Letter (Adult Content) – George W. Reifsnyder, Company D, 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery

Confederate Soldiers Letter, T. B. Burriss, 4th S.C. Infantry Describing the Siege of Petersburg, July 13th, 1864 – “MANY OF MY COMRADES IN ARMS HAVE BEEN CALLED TO EXCHANGE WORLDS… MANY ARE STRETCHED UPON BEDS OF LANGUISHING AND PAIN.” – “THE YANKEES ARE A WEAK AND UNSTABLE RACE, FIGHTING WITHOUT ANY OBJECT IN VIEW”

Unusual Relic Excavated Near the Battlefield of Shiloh – An Artillery Chain that the Root of a Tree has “Engulfed”

An Unusual “Relic” Kept as a Souvenir of the Fall of Savannah, Ga. by Franklin S. Wilson of Company I in the 88th Indiana Infantry

 

Rare Lithograph Print: The Attack of French’s Division Upon the Rebel Flank at the Battle of Chancellorsville 8 A.M. Sunday, May 3, 1863

An Important Letter from Abigail Almira Hawes of Castine, Maine:  Teacher, Historian & Admirer of Capt. Charles Tilden of the 16th Maine – Letter to the Captain October 13th, 1861

Several Important Artifacts from the Famous “Swamp Angel” Battery on Morris Island:  Rare Newspaper, Letter on Imprinted Stationery, & War Date Photo by Haas & Peale – Offered Individually or as a Collection

Facing Confederate “Torpedoes” During the Peninsula Campaign – Letter By Captain Charles W. Tilden, who would go on to lead the 16th Maine at Gettysburg

A Grouping of 3 “Southern” Bank Notes that have Vignettes of Slave Laborers

Two I.D.’d Relics from the Battlefield of Kelly’s Ford. Va., Nov. 7 & 8, 1863 – From the Scrapbook of E. M. Barton, Relief Worker Related to Clara Barton!

An Amazing CDV from Capt. H. Rees Whiting of the Famous 24th Michigan “Iron Brigade” – Great Inscriptions!

“From the apple tree under which Gen. Lee surrendered at Appomattox C. H. Va.” – Lt. Charles G. Blake of the 34th Mass. Infantry Sends Home a Carved 24th Corps Badge WITH Letter Giving Provenance… A GREAT, MUST READ LETTER!

“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

Original Art from the Album of Livingston T. Perrine who Served in Co. F of the 89th Regt., Ohio Vol. Infantry

Confederate Patriotic Envelope Picked up at Yorktown, Va. in May 1862 by J. Warren Conard, Livingston’s Battery K. 3rd U.S. Artillery

Beautiful 9th Corps “Soldier Art” – Hand Colored Corps Badge Done On Envelope

“Souvenir” from the Fall of Richmond in 1865 – Taken from the Bank of Richmond

Excavated Louisiana Rectangular Waist Belt Plate with an Amazing 10/10 Appearance

Collar Rank Insignia Taken Off a Dead Confederate Captain by Sergt. Waldo T. Davis of the 88th Ohio Volunteer Infantry

Hand Drawn Picture of Johnson’s Island Military Prison Done By Confederate Topographical Engineer, Captain James T. Hogane

Perhaps the Most Amazing “Souvenir” Collected by any Soldier in the Civil War – An Artillery Shell Carried All the Way to Johnson’s Island Prisoner of War Camp by a Confederate Soldier – Capt. A. G. Williams, Co. C, 20th Battalion, Heavy Artillery C.S.A.

20 Confederate Stamps Taken By Col. Alexander Warner from the Post Office in New Orleans when the City Fell to the Union

From Our Johnson’s Island Collection – A Rare Piece of Sheet Music Entitled “Star of My Future Life” Written By Asa Hartz.  PLUS:  4 Poems Written by Hartz on Johnson’s Island & 1 Poem by CS General Jeff Thompson – Dated 1864

WWI “Thank You” Sent Out by Commander in Chief, John J. Pershing – France February 28th, 1919

Actual Letter Written by “California Joe” (Truman Head) After He “Retired” to California in 1864 – He Writes His Old Comrades of Co. C, 1st Regt., Berdan Sharpshooters!

11th Georgia Infantry – Thomas E. Goudelock – “I was barefooted about two months.”  “The great Battle of Chickamauga which took place on the 19th & 20th of Sept. It was one of the hardest battles of the war. We lost many of our men”

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! 

2 Early War “Souvenirs” from the 8th Massachusetts Infantry, “The Salem Zouaves” – A Confederate Patriotic Card & a “Bill of Fair” from the Marshall House where Ellsworth was Killed

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

Letter Written to Slave Broker Z. B. Oakes in Charleston, S.C.  – He was the dealer that ran the SLAVE PEN… which became the “Old Slave Mart Museum”! – THIS LETTER WAS FOUND AND KEPT AS A SOUVENIR WHEN CHARLESTON FELL TO THE UNION ARMY IN MARCH OF 1865

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

The Greatest Excavated Weapon in Our Collection:  Rigdon & Ansley Confederate Revolver

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

Letter from the Famous 6th Wisconsin Vols. – Milo G. Sage Company F – Camp at Fredericksburg, Va. May 18th, 1862 – “Since I wrote you before, we have drawn new hats instead of caps, and we have got a big black feather, and we have got leggings too.  It makes us look bold as lions.”

“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.

Excavated in Fredericksburg, Va. – 25 Pistol Bullets, Mainly 44 Caliber Colt Armies

Rare West Virginia Broadside – “CAMP OF 5th VIRGINIA VOL. INFANTRY U.S.A.” – “OUR CHAPLAIN”

Important 8 Page Letter Written from Fancy Hill Plantation – Sallie C. Conrad Describes Atrocities Committed by Yankees Including “Savage looking Negroes, most of them rode white horses” — Sallie Had Two of Her Boys Taken From Her!

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

Original Letter from Fort Sumter, June 22nd, 1861 – Remember the Ship that Slave Robert Smalls “Commandeered” on his Flight to Freedom?  It was The Planter… and it’s Mentioned in this Letter!

One Page, Frameable ALS (Autograph Letter Signed) from the Civil War’s Most Famous Nurse:  Dorothea Dix – Topic:  GETTYSBURG

Naval Battle Letter – Captain Albert Phillips, U.S.S. Iroquois – With Cover – Great Description of the Battle of New Orleans, May 1st, 1862

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.”

California Gold Rush Letter – Colorma, Alta California March 10th, 1850 – Fred Snyder & His Brother Seek Gold Riches – “The mineral wealth of California has not been exaggerated. There is a great deal of gold here, but flesh and blood suffer to obtain it.”


Signed P.O.W. Cover from Rawley White Martin, Lt. Col. 53rd Virginia Volunteers – The Fighting Physician & The First Man Over the Stonewall at Gettysburg, Wounded & Captured


Stonewall Jackson’s Confederate Chaplain Abner C. Hopkins – 1862 Turned Postal Cover Addressed to Him – GREAT MILITARY ADDRESS + On the Reverse a Petersburg Merchants Imprint! 


The Finest Autograph of Col. Hiram Berdan of the 1st U.S.S.S. – A Bold Frank on a Civil War Envelope 


SLAVE SALE BROADSIDE “SLAVE ANN ELIZA AND HER CHILD FLORENCE” – TO BE AUCTIONED OFF ON FEB. 14, 1853 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LOUISVILLE, KY. TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER


One Page ALS War Date Letter from Major General P. H. Sheridan along with a Fine Engraving of the General


Beautiful Union General Phil Sheridan CDV & the Patriotic Letter Sheet “Sheridan’s Ride”


11th Pa. Cavalry – Sgt. Edgar J. Pierce Writes from Hagerstown, Md. Concerning the Confederate Raid on Chambersburg, Pa. & Capturing the Invaders – “WE HAD A FREIGHT TRAIN OF 21 CARS LOADED WITH THE WRETCHES. THEY HAD STOLEN EVERYTHING YOU WILL FIND IN A COUNTRY STORE”


1st D.C. Cavalry – James S. Gray of Co. K Writes from “Camp at Bermuda Hundred May 24th, 1864” – Speaking of their Henry Rifles, “The Rebs hate us like the devils, for we can play the devil upon them with our fifteen shooters.”


1st S.C. Infantry Confederate Report Concerning the Federal Bombardment of Fort Moultrie in November 1864 – “The parapet of Fort Moultrie was very much cut up by the fire of the enemy” – “Some portions of the external slope has slided”


The Confederate Reserve Artillery at Gettysburg – Endorsements by 3 of the Most Famous Leaders: Brig. Genl. & Chief of Artillery, William Nelson Pendleton, Washington Artillery Commander B. F. Eshleman, & Commander of the 3rd Corps Artillery, Col. R. L. Walker



One of Our Favorite Confederate Postal Covers – Surgeon Casper C. Henkel, 37th Virginia Infantry


Beautiful Charleston, S.C. Advertising Cover Dated April 3, 1861 – Inventors’ Exchange, Securing Patents in the Confederate States of America


Letter from Berdan’s 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters – William B. Greene Writes from “Camp of Instruction, Washington D.C. Feb 7th, 1862”


2 Letters with Drawings from Sergt. George J. Sager, Company I, 149th New York Infantry – Acquia Creek, Va., January 28th & 29th, 1863


A Great Piece for the Old West/Gold Rush/Wells Fargo Collector


A Great Item for your “Relic Room” or “Man Cave” – Lee’s General Order Number Nine – Instead of $125,000 Ours is $95


Confederate Letter Written on Captured Union Stationery with Union Patriotic Envelope – From Soldier in the Virginia Salem Flying Light Artillery – William E. Hubbert Writes his Wounded Friend William McCauley of the 42nd Virginia


Long, Large Letter from the 3rd Maine Infantry, Birney’s Brigade – 20 Miles from Richmond – Sgt. Hannibal A. Johnson Writes a Great Letter about the Battle of Williamsburg: “Half of their men were killed by the bayonets of our boys for the rain had rendered half of the guns useless…” – “THE WOUNDED COULD BE HEARD MOANING IN PAIN, FOR IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET OFF ALL OUR WOUNDED” – “THE ROAD AND FIELD WAS COVERED WITH THE BODIES OF FRIENDS AND FOE ALL DEAD” – “Some of these poor fellows were so deep in the mud and water that we could not tell whether they were our men or not”


Stonewall Jackson Related: One of the Coolest Little Items in our Collection – A Ticket on the James River & Kanawha Canal from Lynchburg to Lexington… The Exact Trip of Stonewall Jackson’s “Going Home” after being Killed



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