Excavated I.D. Disc from the Battle of Gettysburg – Thomas J. Wood, Co. I, 2nd Delaware Infantry – He was wounded on July 2nd, 1863 – “WHEN ALL THE OFFICERS OF HIS REGIMENT WERE DISABLED OR KILLED, HE ACTED AS COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT”
ALS War Date Letter of Confederate General Richard Griffith – Writing from Leesburg, Virginia on January 16th, 1862, He Describes the Presentation of the Mississippi Confederate Flags! Griffith would be Killed 5 Weeks Later at the Battle of Savage’s Station
The Greatest Battle of Chancellorsville Letter that We Know Of – Written by Joseph Moody, Co. H 140th Pa. Infantry – “The Rebels are piled up & not buried. Many of the wounded have been burnt” – “many found who not being able to get out of way have had to suffer untold torture” – “they were fed whiskey & gun powder, maddened & kept up by their Cavalry with drawn swords to urge them on.”
“JACKSON RODE UP TO WITHIN ABOUT 200 YARDS OF THEM AND WAVING HIS HANDKERCHIEF CALLED ON THEM TO SURRENDER.” – Confederate Letter Written by Randolph C. Fairfax of the Rockbridge Light Artillery – (A FAMOUS VIRGINIA FAMILY) – He would be Killed at Fredericksburg 3 Months Later
Great Letter from the “REPUBLIC OF SOUTH CAROLINA” – Charleston January 24th, 1861 – James A. Carter, Co. F 23rd S.C. Infantry – “I had the pleasure of seeing the “Star of the West” driven from our Harbour” !
MUSEUM QUALITY EXAMPLE OF CIVIL WAR CALLIGRAPHY – Especially for the Navy or Theater Collector. Headline: UNION AQUATIC THEATRE ON BOARD U.S. STEAM GUN BOAT PORT ROYAL HARBOR OF APALACHICOLA. – Includes the letter sending it home
Historic Letter at a New Price
Fort Sumter March 21st, 1861 – Major Anderson & his men are isolated. Steamers have failed to bring aid to the fort. Dr. Samuel W. Crawford writes to the Post Master in New York concerning mail that he has not received.
Important ALS from William Drayton Concerning the Committee of the South Carolina Society for Promoting & Improving Agriculture… He wrote a Letter to George Washington making him the First Honorary Member of the Society!
LS of States Rights Gist – South Carolina General who was Killed at the Battle of Franklin – Asking Col. Manigault, Ordnance Officer to Send a Cannon to Knoxville, Tennessee… the Endorsement on the Reverse is Cooler than the Front ! They Wrote out what was Stamped on the Barrel of the Cannon !! (You’ve just got to see our photo)
Historic Letter & Cover from the U.S.S. Minnesota, Hampton Roads, Va. – Edward J. Cahill – The cover is especially nice! 15 days later the Minnesota would be badly damaged in the battle of Hampton Roads. Interestingly, the letter mentions the famous revival that started at Fulton Street in New York & spread throughout the East Coast!
Albert M. White & George W. White of the 4th North Carolina Infantry write home to their Father following BOTH OF THEM being wounded in battle! – “I WAS STRUCK 4 TIMES” “OUR CAPT. HAD ONE LEG SHOT OFF.” “OUR GENERAL RAMSEUR WAS WOUNDED AND COLONEL GRIMES SLIGHTLY WOUNDED.”
4th North Carolina Private Albert M. White Writes from Yorktown, Virginia – “THEY THROWED ONE OVER HERE THAT WEIGHED 34 LBS. IT WENT 10 FEET IN THE GROUND WHEN IT HIT.”, “WE CAN GIVE THEM SOME THAT WEIGHS 140 LBS. AND LOTS OF THEM.”, “THE ENEMY STARTED A BALLOON UP CLOSE TO THE LINE, AND OUR MEN FIRED ON IT… THEY MADE THE BALLOON MAN COME DOWN IN A HURRY.”
8 Page Letter in Ink Describing J.E.B. Stuart’s Raid on Chambersburg, Pa. – “THERE WERE UPWARD OF TWO THOUSAND OF THEM ALL MOUNTED, WITH SIX PIECES OF ARTILLERY. THE CONFUSION OF SOUNDS BEGAN AGAIN, MINGLED WITH THE TUNES OF DIXIE’S LAND AND “MY MARYLAND,” – “HEADED BY GENERAL STUART BEARING A FLAG OF TRUCE. THEY RODE TO THE JUDGE’S OFFICE AND DEMANDED THE SURRENDER OF THE TOWN.”
34th Regiment New York Infantry – Letter from Philip Crewell – “ALL YOU CAN HEAR A SOLDIER SAY IS ONWARD TO VICTORY AND STRIKE THE DEATHBLOW TO THIS CURSED REBELLION.”, “AND ALL THE SOLDIER WANTS IS REVENGE. THAT’S ALL HE LOOKS FOR.”, “WE ARE HERE LIKE CLOUDS ON THE SKY, AND OUR CAMPFIRES ARE LIKE STARS IN THE HEAVENS.”
Antietam Battle Letter – Written by William H. Trisler, Co. K, 14th Indiana Infantry… Their Brigade never gave way during the battle & earned the title “The Gibraltar Brigade” – Trisler describes being hit 3 times! – “THERE IS FIVE ACRES COVERED WITH DEAD REBS. SUCH A SMELL I COULD HARDLY STAND IT.”
6th Michigan Cavalry Letter, Gettysburg Campaign – Great Descriptions by William G. Whitworth of Company A – ONE OF CUSTER’S WOLVERINES – “I THINK IF WE HAD PULLED OUR SPENCERS AT THEM, THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN GLAD TO HAVE LEFT.” – He died a POW at Andersonville, Ga. & we visited his grave!
Confederate Battle Letter: 48th North Carolina Soldier Fights at the Sight of Dunker Church, ANTIETAM Maryland – “THE GROUND WAS BLOODY FROM THE DYING AND WOUNDED SOLDIERS. THERE WERE A GREAT MANY DEAD SOLDIERS A LYING ABOUT, SOME WITH THEIR BRAINS SHOT OUT, I SAW ONE MAN WHO HAD HIS HEAD SHOT OFF, ANOTHER WITH LOWER JAW SHOT OFF…”
Confederate Surgeon Caspar C. Henkel, 37th Virginia Infantry Writes to His Father Dr. L. G. Henkel – The Valley was “WAITING THE APPROACH OF THE VILE INVADERS OF OUR COUNTRY” – “THEY MAY TAKE OUR PROPERTY, OUR HOMES, OUR LIVES, BUT THEY CANNOT DEPRIVE US OF THAT INHERITANCE PREPARED FOR US ABOVE.” – “YOU WILL PLEASE DESTROY THIS LETTER FOR FEAR IT MAY FALL INTO IMPROPER HANDS.”
Confederate Soldiers Letter – Randolph C. Fairfax, Rockbridge, Va. Light Artillery – (A FAMOUS VIRGINIA FAMILY) – Killed at Fredericksburg 12/13/62. This letter was written 3 months earlier from Martinsburg – “WHEN THE YANKEE BRIGADE WAS BEING DRIVEN BACK BY OUR ARTILLERY FIRE, JACKSON RODE UP TO WITHIN ABOUT 200 YARDS OF THEM AND WAVING HIS HANDKERCHIEF CALLED ON THEM TO SURRENDER.”
One of the Rarest Sheets of Regimental Stationery: “Camp of Instruction Berdan’s U.S. Sharp Shooters Washington, D.C.” – A Camp Scene of Tents, Pickets, & D.C. in the Background. Letter Written by Lieut. John Wilson, 1st Berdan Sharp Shooters
16th Maine Soldiers Letter – Albert C. Brown Gives a Graphic Description of the Battle of Laurel Hill, Virginia – “THE BULLETS BEGAN TO WHISTLE ABOUT OUR EARS AND THE SHELLS TO BURST OVER OUR HEADS AND THE SOLID SHOT TO PLOUGH UP THE GROUND AND CUT OFF THE TREES ALL ABOUT US.”
Letter Describing One of the Last Battles in the Civil War – April 9th, 1865 the Battle of Dingle’s Mill in S.C. (The same date that Lee was surrendering at Appomattox C. H.) – Jonathan E. Pillsworth, Co. A, 56th New York Infantry Describes the Action. They fought along with the famous 54th Mass. Black Regiment! You have got to see the photo of the politically “incorrect” historical marker we found!
The 124th Illinois Infantry in Vicksburg, Mississippi – Letter by Edward Kelley of Company D – All about the 1864 Election: “I THINK THE POLITICAL HORIZON LOOKS BRIGHT FOR LINCOLN AND DARK AND GLOOMY FOR LITTLE MAC.” “COL. J. H. HOWE AND CHAPLAIN HOWARD MADE SPEECHES IN FAVOR OF THE OLD RAIL SPLITTER.”
Battle Letter from the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery, Famous Unit that had “the Dictator” – Major Thomas S. Trumbull Writes on May 31st, 1864 – “JUST AFTER I LEFT MY TENT A SHELL BURST IN MY REDOUBT, THROWING A FRAGMENT THROUGH THE MIDDLE OF MY TENT FROM SIDE TO SIDE. ANOTHER STRUCK ONE OF MY MEN IN THE CHEST KILLING HIM INSTANTLY.”
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.”