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What’s New!

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

Dudley C. Mumford, of the Famous 19th Mass. Infantry, writes of Battle Action near Yorktown, Va. April 22nd, 1862

Sgt. Albert F. Sharp of the 10th Connecticut Infantry Writes Home Describing the Battle of Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, May 21st, 1864.  Sharp would die from wounds 3 months later

Alfred Gilmour of the Famous 72nd Pa. Infantry Writes Home Sending “A picture of my hut”

OVM Buckle & Breastplate – As a Pair or Individually

Autographs of Confederate Officers Captured & Sent to Johnson’s Island – Many Wounded & Captured at Gettysburg Including: 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 40th, 42nd, 53rd, 55th & 56th Virginia; 2nd, 4th, 5th, 12th, 20th, 26th, 38th, 55th, 57th & 59th North Carolina; 3rd, 13th & 38th Georgia; 2nd Florida; 1st, 2nd, 9th, 22nd & 29th Mississippi; 1st Texas; 8th & 51st Tennessee; 4th, 6th, 9th, 13th, 28th & 47th Alabama; 1st Missouri; 3rd & 12th South Carolina; 10th & 23rd Arkansas; 1st, 2nd, 10th, 14th & 16th Louisiana

“I send you $5 in Confederate money.  I and some of our men took it out of a dead rebels pocket.” – George A. Spencer, Co. I, 7th Rhode Island Infantry – Near Spotsylvania C. H., May 20th, 1864

From the Battlefield of Brady Station, Va., Two Confederate Relics that were Dug Together – A Virginia Sword Belt Plate & A Portion of a Dog River Saber

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

“In the field near Petersburg, Va. June 23rd, 1864” – Samuel B. Pierce, Co. C, 6th New York Heavy Artillery Describes the Greatest Siege American History

James A. Parker, Co. E, 100th Pa. Infantry Writes from Hilton Head, S.C. on November 20th, 1861 – He describes the taking of Hilton Head – Parker would be killed 7 months later on James Island

Searching for Gold in Yuba County, California, in 1854 – “THERE IS EVERY KIND OF PEOPLE ON THE EARTH HERE- INDIANS WHERE I AM ARE VERY FRIENDLY. THERE IS APLENTY OF CHINA PEOPLE, MEXICANS, SPANIARDS & FRENCH HERE.” & THERE HAS BEEN BEARS KILLED THAT WEIGHED 1800 & 2000 LBS.

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

Historic Civil War Cover from the First Union Vessel to be Sunk by a Confederate Submarine, the U.S.S Housatonic

Did you know that the Confederacy had an Inventors’ Exchange where patents could be secured? – This Beautiful Charleston, S.C. Advertising Cover Dated April 3, 1861 has a Complete Description of how to Secure Patents in the Confederate States of America!

Confederate General J. E. Johnston Writes to General Beauregard from Manassas:  “THE BALLOON MAY BE USEFUL.  LET US SEND FOR IT. WE CAN SURELY USE IT ADVANTAGEOUSLY ON A DAY OF BATTLE.”

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

Beautiful Sixth Plate Tinted Tintype of Frederick Cape, Co. L,  56th New York Infantry (10th Legion Sharpshooters) – He Wears His Cape Coat, SNY Buckle & Holds His Saber Bayonet + His Discharge & A “Souvenir” He Brought Back from Charleston

7th Connecticut Soldier John Day Sends Home Souvenirs from Morris Island, S.C. & Describes the July 10th, 1863 Charge on Battery Wagner

Wonderful Example of the Crazy Things that Soldiers Send Home as “Souvenirs” in their Letters – Henry F. Jackson Co. A, 121st Ohio Infantry

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

ONE OF THE FEW KNOWN COPIES OF THE NEWSPAPER “THE SWAMP ANGEL” ALONG WITH ORIGINAL PHOTOGRAPH BY HAAS & PEALE

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

Two Confederate Buttons with Original Ink Tag Brought Home By William W. Pearce, Battery B, 1st Rhode Island Light Artillery

One of Col. Lunsford L. Lomax’s Men in J.E.B. Stuart’s Division, James Zachariah McChesney, 11th Virginia Cavalry, Captures a Battery of Union Guns at the Battle of Brandy Station.  This Letter Describes the Battle & Includes “A STAND OF COLORS” Which They Captured!

TWO “SOUVENIRS” FROM THE FALL OF PETERSBURG, VA. IN APRIL, 1865 – A JEFF DAVIS 5-CENT STAMP AND A RARE CONFEDERATE 20-CENT STAMP FEATURING THE IMAGE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON

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.”

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!

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

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

“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

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

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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.”

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