What’s New!

What’s New!

“War of 1861” I.D. Disc from the 6th U.S. Cavalry – Famous for their fight on the South Cavalry Field along Emmitsburg Road in Gettysburg

Pair of Smith’s Patent Infantry Colonel’s Shoulder Straps Featuring a Silver Eagle on Each

Important Diary from the 127th New York Infantry – The Siege for Fort Sumter in 1864!

Original Civil War Soldier Art Done by Michael Brennan, Co. B, 7th R.I. Infantry – Near Petersburg, Va. Nov. 1864 He was “Commissioned” by Officers Stone, McKay and Johnson of the 7th R.I.

6th Wisconsin, Iron Brigade Letter Written by Lt. Col. Commanding, Rufus R. Dawes + Endorsements by Brig. Gen. Edward S. Bragg & Brig. Gen. Lysander Cutler!

Original Civil War Sailor Art Drawn by George H. Rogers of the USS’ ‘Adela’ – Presented in the Winter of 1863 to his friend James W. Browning

Sergt. George J. Sager of the 149th New York Infantry Writes Home & Draws a Full-Page Illustration, “This is the way we are now suffering for ‘Our Country” (Getting Stuck in the Mud while Marching!)

Letters Actually Written from Fort Sumter are Especially Desirable.  Offered are 4 Action Filled Letters Written by Alonzo A. Vanderford, 21st S.C. when stationed there in March of 1864

Lt. Alonzo A. Vanderford of the 21st S.C. Writes Home from Fort Johnson, Defenses of Charleston, August 26th, 1863 – Written on C. & D. Rail-Road Stationery

Lt. Alonzo A. Vanderford of the 21st S.C. Infantry – His Last 5 Letters Home Before Being Mortally Wounded + the Last Letter His Wife Sent Him (Probably never read by him) + the Letter to His Wife Telling Her of Her Husband’s Amputation… He Died 4 Days Later

Private John M. Hammond of the 44th New York Infantry (Ellsworth’s Avengers) Writes on a Piece of Captured Confederate Patriotic Stationery – Yorktown, Va. May 18, 1862 & Mentions the LAND MINES THE CONFEDERATES HAVE BURIED IN THE GROUND! – He Would be Killed 2 Months Later

ALS of Confederate General Richard Griffith – Written 3 Months before being Mortally Wounded during the Battle of Savage’s Station – “OUR ALL IS ENLISTED AND OUR MOTTO SHOULD BE NOTHING BUT VICTORY OR DEATH. YOU MAY LIVE TO MOURN MY LOSS – NEVER MY DISGRACE -AN UNSTAINED HERITAGE I HOPE TO LEAVE MY FAMILY.

The Battle of Gaines’ Mill, Va. – The Asst. Surgeon of the 11th Mississippi Infantry Writes Home on Colorful Captured Union Stationery Showing Lincoln & McClellan on Horseback – “OUR REGT. FOUGHT WITH THAT DESPERATION CHARACTERIZING MISSISSIPPIANS FIGHTING FOR ALL THAT THEY HOLD DEAR ON EARTH.”

Relic from the Fall of Vicksburg – Col. Frederick Starring of the 72nd Illinois Infantry Collected a Piece of Slate from the Famous Court House Roof! – Great Period Ink Tag

For the Advanced Custer Collector… or the Collector of Medical “Curiosities” – A Calling Card from the Doctor who died with Custer!

Shiloh Battle Letter – Andrew Tuttle, 77th Pa. Infantry – “THE GROUND WAS ALMOST COVERED WITH DEAD BODIES, SOME WITH THEIR HEADS SHOT OFF AND SOME ALL TORN TO PIECES.”

Great Description of the Work that Berdan Sharp Shooter “California Joe” did in Yorktown, Virginia in Killing the Enemy – Capt. Harry C. Fay, Co. H 92nd N.Y. Infantry, Yorktown, Va. July 6, 1862

Civil War Confederate Blockade Runner Bond – This one from the Charleston Importing and Exporting Company – Signed by the President of the Company Henry Cobia

Fine CDV of Union Cavalry General Phil Sheridan along with a Patriotic Letter Sheet “Sheridan’s Ride”

A Grieving Mother’s Letter + the Letter from Her Pastor to Chaplain Alonzo H. Quint of the 2nd Mass. Inquiring of her Son

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

27th Virginia (Stonewall Brigade) Confederate Letter Written on Captured “Yankee Paper” (A Beautiful Patriotic Sheet) along with Captured Union Patriotic Cover! – Mentions the Incident of “Brother Fighting Brother”, the 1st Maryland CS Meeting the 1st Maryland US!

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.”

Col. John S. Crocker of the 93rd New York Infantry Writes from Salisbury Prison in N.C. – Great Content Including being Forced to “Draw Lots” for Prisoners to be Placed as Hostages

Stunning Applied Wreath NCO Saber Belt Plate

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!

Pair of American Indian Vintage Sterling Silver Spoons – One 6 inch & one 4 inch

Letter Written by Arthur Veazie, Bugler, 1st D.C. Cavalry – Describes their Henry Rifles! – “THEY CARRY 15 BULLETS AT ONCE LOADING. YOU CAN FIRE 15 TIMES WITHOUT TAKING HER DOWN FROM YOUR SHOULDER. WE DON’T HAVE TO USE ANY CAPS TO FIRE HER OFF WITH. THERE IS SOME KIND OF POWDER IN THE CARTRIDGE THAT MAKES HER GO OFF.”

Rare Confederate Pass for the “Richmond, Fredericksaburg and Potomac Railroad and Washington and Potomac Steamboat Co.” – This is the line that carried Stonewall Jackson’s body

Historic Railroad Pass at the Start of the Civil War in South Carolina – The Charleston & Savannah Railroad – Made out to W. F. Colcock – Read on to see why this little pass is so significant! 

A Beautiful Little Piece of Americana – An 1860 Soap or Snuff Tin with Old Sailing Ship Motif

Pass for the James River Canal Boat & Stage –  “From Staunton to Lynchburg”

Early 1861 Pass from HEAD QUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC … By Command of Major General McClellan & Signed by Future General James A. Hardie

Fighting Guerillas on the Mississippi River After the Fall of Vicksburg – Sgt. W. Jewett Likely, 33rd Wisconsin Infantry

The 33rd Wisconsin Volunteers & the Fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi – Sgt. W. Jewett Likely: “THEY WERE LIVING ON MULES WHEN WE TOOK POSSESSION.”

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.”

The Battle of Fourth Winchester – A Great Escape – Action Filled Letter by William H. Sanger of the 2nd New York Cavalry Under Custer – “THE CUT-THROATS WERE CLOSE BEHIND ME YELLING, ‘KILL THE YANKEE SON OF A B— —H.  SHOW THE BLUE BELLIED YANKEE SON OF A BITCH NO QUARTER…’”

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.”

Great Appomattox “Souvenir” Presented by the Acting Chief Quartermaster, A. B. Lawrence – A $10 Confederate Note on Official Stationery from Appomattox, Virginia!

Gettysburg Medal of Honor Recipient General Alexander S. Webb Sends Home a Souvenir from the Battlefield of Fair Oaks, Virginia, May 1862 – NOTE & AUTOGRAPH ALL IN HIS HAND!

Excavated from Dirt from the Historic District in Charleston, S.C. –  A Brass 3 x 2 inch Tag that was once Mounted on a Charleston Trolley

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.”

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

“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

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

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!

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

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

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

“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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