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.
63rd Pa. Document with 3 Great, Great Autographs on it – Col. William S. Kirkwood who Died from Wounds at Chancellorsville; Col. Charles H. T. Collis, MOH Fredericksburg & Major Gen. David B. Birney 3rd Corps Division Commander at Gettysburg where he was Wounded Twice
Major James Cornell Biddle, An Important Member of General Meade’s Staff Writes Home Telling the Death of John Buford! – “HE WAS ALWAYS ON THE SKIRMISH LINE IN BATTLE AND WITH HIS PIPE IN HIS MOUTH, ALLOWED THE BULLETS OF THE ENEMY TO FLY PAST HIM WITHOUT IN THE LEAST DISTURBING HIS SERENITY.”
Captain Lucius M. Sargent, Jr. of the 1st Mass. Cavalry Sends Home Some of his Sketches Including a Full Legal-Size Drawing of the 1st Mass. Bathing in the River While “Mister Mosby” & His Men are seen Approaching in the Background! While Sargent was a Medical Surgeon, he chose rather to fight… until Killed 1 year after writing this letter
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.”
136th Pa. Infantry Battle Letter – 12/28/62 Wounded at Fredericksburg & in the Hospital – “A SHELL STRUCK ABOUT THREE FEET IN FRONT OF ME, FILLING MY FACE WITH MUD, AND A PIECE OF IT PASSED OVER MY SHOULDER AND TOOK OFF THE CORNER OF MY KNAPSACK. ANOTHER PIECE BROKE A MAN’S ARM RIGHT NEXT TO ME.”
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.”
CDV of Charles E. Capehart, 1st West Virginia Cavalry – MOH Gettysburg – Signed in Ink on the Reverse. Capehart was in Farnsworth’s Charge at Gettysburg, & Took Charge of the Regiment when Farnsworth was Killed
6th Wisconsin Graphic Battle Letter – The Wilderness, Laurel Hill & Spotsylvania Court House, May 5 – 13, 1864. The Writer Mair Pointon of Company A Describes the Bullets Piercing his Blanket & Portfolio AND ONE GOING THROUGH THE LETTERSHEET HE IS WRITING ON! – The Finest Battle Letter We Have Owned
Confederate Soldier Letter – James C. McGaughy of Richards’ Company, Mississippi Light Artillery (Later attached to Prague’s Battalion, under Pender at Gettysburg) DESCRIBES THE BATTLE OF BRISTOE STATION & BEING SOAKED WITH BLOOD!
Confederate Letter Written by Col. Charles H. Olmstead – Fort Wagner, Morris Island, July 14th, 1863 – THIS WAS THE CONFEDERATE COMMANDER THAT REPULSED THE 1ST UNION ATTACK ON JULY 10TH & THE CHARGE OF THE 54TH MASS. COLORED REGIMENT ON JULY 18TH!
Battle Letter: PERRYSVILLE, KY. – William Wallace of the 105th Ohio Infantry Describes the Action “THEY DROVE US BACK AND WE DROVE THEM AGAIN. WE FIRED SOME 10 ROUNDS AND SOME MORE.” “I BURIED MY CAPTAIN (L. Dwight Kee) YESTERDAY AND 4 OF OUR MEN. I HELPED TO BURY 42 OF OUR REGIMENT.”
Extremely Rare “Regimental” Entitled Life in Camp: A History of the Nine Months’ Service of the Fourteenth Vermont Regiment, from October 21, 1862, when it was Mustered into the U.S. Service, to July 21, 1863, including the Battle of Gettysburg.
The Situation in Charleston, S.C. in July 1865 – The North is Requiring Former Confederates to Pay Penalty Taxes or Lose their property – Some of the Former Slaves do not want to Leave… Read what they said!
11th Miss. Confederate Soldiers Letter – The Battle of Ball’s Bluff – Written by Major Samuel F. Butler, Who Would Later be Mortally Wounded at Antietam – “The Yankees crossed in ferry boats & in their hurry to recross they sunk their boats & many of them were drowned.”
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.”
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.”
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!
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.”
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.”
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!
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”
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
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.”