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What’s New!

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!

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

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

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

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

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! 

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.

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!

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 



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


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”





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