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What’s New!

Following the Confederate Takeover of Fort Sumter, Ordnance Supplies are Sent to the Fort via the Boat of Future Confederate General R. S. Ripley.  This Boat, The Steamer Planter was the One that Slave Robert Smalls would Steal on his Voyage to Freedom Just 17 Days Later

One of the Most Famous Poets in the Civil War whose Pen Name was “Asa Hartz” Writes One of his Admirers from Johnson’s Island Prison in Lake Erie

Photograph (Stereoview) of the Confederate Steamer The Planter which was Commandeered by Slave Robert Smalls in Making his Escape in Charleston, S.C.

Confederate Surgeon’s Appointment – Moved from Sumter Hospital in Andersonville to Camp Lawton – October 30th, 1864

The Amazing Civil War Art of Surgeon Lucius Manlius Sargent, Jr., 1st Mass. Cavalry – Chasing Mosby!

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.”

105th Ohio Infantry – Sergt. William Wallace Sends Home a Hand Drawn Map of the Battle of Perryville, KY.

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.”



The 1st Delaware Volunteers at America’s Bloodiest One Day Battle, Antietam – “ALL THE COLOR GUARD WAS EITHER KILLED OR WOUNDED. THE STATE FLAG WAS ALMOST SHOT TO PIECES, THE STAFF CUT INTO TWO BY A BALL.”


ALS Charles Frederick Taylor, Kane’s First Rifle Regiment of the Pennsylvania Reserve Corps (13th Reserves “Bucktails”) Killed July 2nd, 1863 at Gettysburg



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 



Unusual (And Cheap) Document – CERTIFICATE OF EXEMPTION FOR A DRAFTED PERSON ON ACCOUNT OF DISABILITY – Lincoln’s Famous Draft Act of 1863 Has Occurred… Here is how to get out of it! 



3 WWII Relics Brought Home by an Ashland, Ohio GI – New Price!



SLAVE SALE BROADSIDE “SLAVE ANN ELIZA AND HER CHILD FLORENCE” – TO BE AUCTIONED OFF ON FEB. 14, 1853 AT THE COURTHOUSE IN LOUISVILLE, KY. TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER



6th Connecticut Infantry – Halsey Bartlett’s Last Letter Home + His Mother’s Last Letter to Him that He Never Got a Chance to Read + the Notification Letter to the Mother



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”



$500 Reward Offered for the 1st Page of this Letter… Or You Can Buy Our 2/3’s of the Letter for $500! – Col. Clark S. Edwards Writes a Graphic Letter at the Battle of Antietam, Sept. 16th-19th, 1862



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”



Rare & Desirable Autograph of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Indian on General Grant’s Staff who was with Him at the Appomattox Surrender



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!



15th Mass. Private Roland E. Bowen, Captured at Gettysburg, Writes to a Friend from Belle Island Prison



15th Mass. – Roland E. Bowen is released from Belle Island Prison & Writes his Full Story from Camp Parole in Annapolis, Md. – “I AVERAGED ONE HOUR EVERY DAY IN PICKING LICE” – “MY BLOUSE WAS HALF EATEN UP BY THE WORMS” – “I WAS CALLED A BELLE ISLAND SPECULATOR” (You have got to read his money making efforts!)



15th Mass. Roland E. Bowen, Waiting to Be Exchanged, Writes Much Detail about his Capture at Gettysburg & His Journey to Richmond



2 Letters from West Point Written by Southerners Who Would Leave to Join the Confederacy – THEY FOUND THEMSELVES IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME – Capt. William O. Winston, Jr. from Alabama & Col. Llewellyn G. Hoxton from South Carolina 



Letter from Berdan’s 2nd U.S. Sharpshooters – William B. Greene Writes from “Camp of Instruction, Washington D.C. Feb 7th, 1862”



2 Letters with Drawings from Sergt. George J. Sager, Company I, 149th New York Infantry – Acquia Creek, Va., January 28th & 29th, 1863



Letter from Captain Edward Dale, Chattanooga, TN. December 30th, 1864 – Tells of Confederate Atrocities – “One of the rebs placed his pistol at the old man’s face & shot him.” – “The poor fellow lay there until his body was burnt almost to a crisp.” – “In searching amongst the ashes where the old man lay, we scratched up the remains of his pocket book… he had also 2 $50 in confederate money….i send you one of the $50 confederate bills as a curiosity which you must take care of.” [AND THAT $50 CONFEDERATE BILL IS PRESENT WITH THE LETTER!]



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



A Great “Diary Type” Item from the 101st Indiana Infantry – John H. Gray Writes a 36 Page Summary of his War Experiences from August 1861 through September 1863 – “STILL THEY POURED THEIR SHELL INTO US BURSTING ON EVERY SIDE.” – “WE DROVE OUR CARRIAGES OVER THE DEAD AND DYING AS IT WAS TOO HOT TO TURN ASIDE FOR THEM.” NOTE: John Gray’s descriptions are so detailed about camp life that this material could (and should) be used in a magazine article or be included in a regimental history… it’s that good!



An Amazing Letter from Private Richard C. Johnson, Hampton Legion Cavalry – You’ve Got to See How “Hard Up” He was for Paper! 



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”



8th Virginia Infantry Letter on the Death of Stonewall Jackson! – Lt. Col. Charles B. Tebbs Writes from Richmond, May 11th, 1863 – “HE IS FAR BETTER OFF THAN HE WAS HERE, AND MAYBE GOD TOOK HIM BECAUSE WE WERE DEPENDING MORE UPON A SOLDIER AND OUR GENERALS FOR VICTORY THAN UPON GOD.”



1st New York Mounted Rifles – Letter from Henry C. Smith – “Head Quarters Army of the James” – INCLUDES A DRAWING OF THEIR LOG HOUSE 



Letter Written by Workers (Probably Female) at the Confederate Fayetteville Armory in Fayetteville, N.C. August 10th, 1861 – “We are now altering old Hall’s Rifles to Carbines”



Stonewall Jackson Related: One of the Coolest Little Items in our Collection – A Ticket on the James River & Kanawha Canal from Lynchburg to Lexington… The Exact Trip of Stonewall Jackson’s “Going Home” after being Killed



13th Iowa Regiment – John Armsted Writes an Amazing 16 Page Letter from Vicksburg, Miss. September 22nd, 1863 – Describes the Negro’s Role in the Battle of Milliken’s Bend – “The colored troops bursted out on the Rebel horde like a thunderbolt” …in less than 10 minutes had sold possession of the field. “AFTER THE FIGHT WAS OVER, OUR NEGRO SOLDIERS BAYONETTED THE WOUNDED REBS AND THEN (TO USE THE NEGROES STYLE OF SPEAKING) PLANTED THEM.” + Great Mention of Famous Iowa Nurse Annie Turner Wittenmyer



Letter from Corp. Arthur M. Stone, 34th Mass. Infantry: Appomattox Court House, The Death of President Lincoln, “A piece of the apple tree under which General Lee surrendered his sword to General Grant” & “Some Confederate money which I got from some of the prisoners of Lee’s army. Some of them gave it away and some would sell it for a cent on a dollar” – RELICS INCLUDED! 



Estate Document from the Famous Woodbine Plantation along the Banks of the Satilla River in Georgia – One of the Largest Plantations in the 1830’s – Lists Inventory of Equipment including “57 Pair of Negro Shoes”! 



From Our Charleston Collection: 3 Currier & Ives of Great Charleston Themes: 2 Views of the Bombardment of Fort Sumter & 1 View of “The Great Fight at Charleston, S.C. April 7th, 1863” 



96th Pa. Infantry Letter Written After Gettysburg by Daniel Faust – “AT GETTYSBURG… WE WENT DOUBLE QUICK IN THE FIGHT, AND I FEEL I COULD RUN RIGHT THROUGH THE REBELS.”



The Finest Description of a Civil War Execution that we have read – Letter by James C. Stuart of the 7th Indiana Infantry Witnessing the Execution of a Poor Man in the 19th Indiana “Iron Brigade” for Cowardice – “I HAVE STOOD WHERE BULLETS FLEW THICK & FAST & SEEN MEN LITERALLY TORN TO PIECES, BUT I NEVER FELT AS I DID WHEN THIS POOR MAN WAS MURDERED, FOR I CAN CALL IT NOTHING ELSE.” 



107th Illinois – Letter by Elias Brady – Subject: Chasing Rebel Raider John H. Morgan – “WE SENT THEM BACK THE ROAD THEY CAME WITH SHELLS AND GRAPE SHOT FOLLOWING AFTER THEM”



20th Indiana Infantry – A Hard Fought Regiment Reaches its Final Goal at Appomattox Court House – Letter by David R. Cottrell – “THE SURRENDER WAS MADE APRIL 9TH, AND I DON’T THINK THAT DAY WILL EVER BE FORGOTTEN BY THOSE THAT WERE PRESENT. IT APPEARED TO ME THAT EVERY MAN IN THE ARMY HAD GONE WILD.”



7th Mass. Light Artillery – An Inexpensive Letter Mentioning Christmas & Playing Football! Corporal Newman W. Storer – “Our Regiment had a Christmas dinner, given us by the Colonel’s wife of chickens and butter, and we enjoyed ourselves first rate.”



57th PA. Infantry – Thomas C. Zahniser Gives a Great, Graphic Description of the Start of the Peninsula Campaign – “THEIR LIMBS WERE TORN FROM THEM AND THEIR ENTRAILS WERE HANGING OUT.”



Confederate Vice President Alexander H. Stephens Writes from the First Capitol of the Confederacy, Montgomery, Alabama



100th Pa. Soldier E. F. S. Pinkerton Writes Home on His Way by Ship to South Carolina. “Thought our vessel was gone forever”… He Survived but 9 Months Later Drowned When His Ship Went Down on the Potomac River! “We got lots of Negros as captives. They like it first rate, they know they are free. I will send you a piece of cotton as it grows here.” – And it is enclosed! 



Reunion Souvenir from the 121st New York Volunteers & the 5th Maine Regiment Reunion September 29th, 1885 – They were Brigaded together 



A Very Rare Early War Date (5 days after the war began) ALS by Confederate General States Rights Gist Requesting Arms for the famed Lexington Rifle Corps, which became Co. B., 15th South Carolina Infantry – Gist would be killed at the battle of Franklin, Tennessee



Nice 3rd Rhode Island Volunteer Artillery Document from Hilton Head, S.C. Signed by 2 Captains, the Colonel Commanding the Post & by Major General Quincy A. Gillmore



2 Historic Documents from the City of New York – The “Tweed Ring of Corruption” – Documents Signed by 3 of the 4 Members of the Ring!



Great Little Souvenir Found in Vienna, Va. Camp of the CS General Kershaw’s Palmetto Guard by Robert F. Smith, Co. K, 49th New York Infantry



Original Standard Issue Civil War Cup



Brig. General Q. A. Gillmore’s Official Thanks to the Troops on the Fall of Battery Wagner & Gregg (Where the Black 54th Mass. had Charged)



Our Favorite Runaway Slave Broadside – $50 REWARD for a Slave Named Zada – Dated Nov. 19th, 1852 this Slave is Similar to Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin!



THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG, “BURNSIDES SLAUGHTER HOUSE” – LETTER & HAND DRAWN MAP BY SGT. RICHARD CROCKETT, 19TH MAINE INFANTRY – “MOST OF THE HOUSES BURNT UP OR RIDDLED WITH CANNON BALLS”



Sailor Pardon (Horace) Spencer Writes from the USS Augusta , Port Royal, S.C. – “Hilton Head is a one-horse town”



Great Souvenir – Sent in a Rebel Envelope!  101st Illinois Infantry Soldiers Letter – Savannah, Georgia Has Been Captured – “Our grand reviews have all been held in the streets of this beautiful city” – Praises Discipline of Sherman’s 20th Corps, Slocum, Howard…. and Carelessness of Kilpatrick’s Cavalry “As if they were looking for chickens!” – Meets Sherman Walking in the City!

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