What’s New!

What’s New!

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!

Extremely Rare Surgeons Letter from Andersonville Georgia Prison – Brigade Surgeon T. A. Warren Writes to Chief Surgeon E. J. Eldridge in Macon, Ga. – Eldridge Writes His Response on the Reverse

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! 

One of the Rarest Souvenirs “Sent Home” – A Confederate Manuscript C Button with Original Period Ink Tag 

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 Souvenir from Secession Hall where the Ordnance of Secession was Signed on December 20th, 1860

An Actual Piece of Professor Lowe’s Balloon which was Destroyed during the Peninsula Campaign of 1862

I send you some Reb tobacco” – George H. Stubbs, Co. K, 148th New York Infantry

You will find enclosed a piece of covering that was on a chair in the Rebel Congress.” – S. Fuller, 4th New York Heavy Artillery, City Point Hospital, April 10th, 1865

2 Soldier Carved “Relics” Sent Home from the Yorktown, Va. Battlefield.  They were carved from the hollow tree that Sharpshooter “California Joe” hid in and shot from! – With Patriotic Stationery Letter Written by Henry F. Gladding, 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Collection of 4 Historical Relics along with Newspaper Article from 1932 regarding their display on Memorial Day – Includes a Rosewood Civil War Fife!

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

7th Michigan Infantry – Corpl. Cyril H. Tyler Describes the Retreat During the Seven Days Battles & Describes the Battle of White Oak Swamp Which Occurred on June 30th, 1862 –  “I NEVER SAW THE AIR QUITE SO FULL OF LEAD AS IT WAS FOR A WHILE AT THAT PLACE.”

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

Copy of Yankee Robinsons “Beautiful Amazon Songster” – Yankee Robinson was a Theatrical Showman Claiming the Largest Show in America after the Civil War.  Colorful Paper Cover Published in 1870

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.

Carried in Custer’s Charge at Gettysburg – The Presentation Sword of Col. W. D. Mann, 7th Michigan Cavalry

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

The American Home Missionary Society Commissions Rev. Alonzo H. Quint Prior to the Civil War – Quint Would Later Become the Famous Chaplain of the 2nd Mass. Vol. Infantry

101st IN. Inf. – John H. Gray Writes His Little Sister On Christmas 1863 About God’s Great Mercies – Read His Touching Comments

John H. Gray, 101st Indiana Vols. Writes of the Great Revival Taking Place – “TWENTY-FOUR WERE BURIED WITH CHRIST IN BAPTISM IN THE BLOODY CHICKAMAUGA. THE SAME CREEK THAT THE HARD FOUGHT BATTLE OF SEPT 19 & 20, 1863 WAS FOUGHT OVER.”

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

Photograph (Stereoview) of the Confederate Steamer The Planter which was Commandeered by Slave Robert Smalls in Making his Escape in Charleston, S.C.

4 Nice “Army & Navy” 1863 Civil War Tokens

Following the Confederate Takeover of Fort Sumter, Ordnance Supplies are Sent to the Fort via the Boat of Future Confederate General R. S. Ripley.  This Boat, The Steamer Planter was the One that Slave Robert Smalls would Steal on his Voyage to Freedom Just 17 Days Later

One of the Most Famous Poets in the Civil War whose Pen Name was “Asa Hartz” Writes One of his Admirers from Johnson’s Island Prison in Lake Erie

Photograph (Stereoview) of the Confederate Steamer The Planter which was Commandeered by Slave Robert Smalls in Making his Escape in Charleston, S.C.

Confederate Surgeon’s Appointment – Moved from Sumter Hospital in Andersonville to Camp Lawton – October 30th, 1864

The Amazing Civil War Art of Surgeon Lucius Manlius Sargent, Jr., 1st Mass. Cavalry – Chasing Mosby!

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.”


The 1st Delaware Volunteers at America’s Bloodiest One Day Battle, Antietam – “ALL THE COLOR GUARD WAS EITHER KILLED OR WOUNDED. THE STATE FLAG WAS ALMOST SHOT TO PIECES, THE STAFF CUT INTO TWO BY A BALL.”


ALS Charles Frederick Taylor, Kane’s First Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Reserves “Bucktails”) Killed July 2nd, 1863 at Gettysburg


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 


Unusual (And Cheap) Document – CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION FOR A DRAFTED PERSON ON ACCOUNT OF DISABILITY – Lincoln’s Famous Draft Act of 1863 Has Occurred… Here is how to get out of it! 


3 WWII Relics Brought Home by an Ashland, Ohio GI – New Price!


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


6th Connecticut Infantry – Halsey Bartlett’s Last Letter Home + His Mother’s Last Letter to Him that He Never Got a Chance to Read + the Notification Letter to the Mother


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”


$500 Reward Offered for the 1st Page of this Letter… Or You Can Buy Our 2/3’s of the Letter for $500! – Col. Clark S. Edwards Writes a Graphic Letter at the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 16th-19th, 1862


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”


Rare & Desirable Autograph of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Indian on General Grant’s Staff who was with Him at the Appomattox Surrender


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


15th Mass. Private Roland E. Bowen, Captured at Gettysburg, Writes to a Friend from Belle Island Prison


15th Mass. – Roland E. Bowen is released from Belle Island Prison & Writes his Full Story from Camp Parole in Annapolis, Md. – “I AVERAGED ONE HOUR EVERY DAY IN PICKING LICE” – “MY BLOUSE WAS HALF EATEN UP BY THE WORMS” – “I WAS CALLED A BELLE ISLAND SPECULATOR” (You have got to read his money making efforts!)


15th Mass. Roland E. Bowen, Waiting to Be Exchanged, Writes Much Detail about his Capture at Gettysburg & His Journey to Richmond


2 Letters from West Point Written by Southerners Who Would Leave to Join the Confederacy – THEY FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME – Capt. William O. Winston, Jr. from Alabama & Col. Llewellyn G. Hoxton from South Carolina 


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


Letter from Captain Edward Dale, Chattanooga, TN. December 30th, 1864 – Tells of Confederate Atrocities – “One of the rebs placed his pistol at the old man’s face & shot him.” – “The poor fellow lay there until his body was burnt almost to a crisp.” – “In searching amongst the ashes where the old man lay, we scratched up the remains of his pocket book… he had also 2 $50 in confederate money….i send you one of the $50 confederate bills as a curiosity which you must take care of.” [AND THAT $50 CONFEDERATE BILL IS PRESENT WITH THE LETTER!]


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


A Great “Diary Type” Item from the 101st Indiana Infantry – John H. Gray Writes a 36 Page Summary of his War Experiences from August 1861 through September 1863 – “STILL THEY POURED THEIR SHELL INTO US BURSTING ON EVERY SIDE.” – “WE DROVE OUR CARRIAGES OVER THE DEAD AND DYING AS IT WAS TOO HOT TO TURN ASIDE FOR THEM.” NOTE: John Gray’s descriptions are so detailed about camp life that this material could (and should) be used in a magazine article or be included in a regimental history… it’s that good!


An Amazing Letter from Private Richard C. Johnson, Hampton Legion Cavalry – You’ve Got to See How “Hard Up” He was for Paper! 


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”


8th Virginia Infantry Letter on the Death of Stonewall Jackson! – Lt. Col. Charles B. Tebbs Writes from Richmond, May 11th, 1863 – “HE IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS HERE, AND MAYBE GOD TOOK HIM BECAUSE WE WERE DEPENDING MORE UPON A SOLDIER AND OUR GENERALS FOR VICTORY THAN UPON GOD.”


1st New York Mounted Rifles – Letter from Henry C. Smith – “Head Quarters Army of the James” – INCLUDES A DRAWING OF THEIR LOG HOUSE 


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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