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What’s New!

BULLET STRUCK LETTER FROM THE BATTLE OF FREDERICKSBURG Featured in America’s Civil War Magazine – A Graphic Content Letter Describing the 97th New York’s Action on December 13th, 1862 – “WE ADVANCED INTO A CORNFIELD… SOME ALONG THE LINES WERE HIT BY BULLETS & SOME BY GRAPE & SHELLS.” “SOME TOOK OFF THEIR KNAPSACKS, AND I WAS ONE AND LAY MY HEAD ON THE BLANKET PART, ALLOWING THE OTHER TO STICK UP ABOVE MY HEAD FOR DEFENSE. IT WAS THEN PROBABLY THAT MY KNAPSACK GOT ITS WOUND.”  “THE REBS FROM THEIR ENTRENCHMENTS IN THE WOODS, POURING THE BALLS & BUCK SHOTS INTO US. MEN WHEN HIT WOULD NOT FALL SUDDENLY & STIFFLY AS I HAD IMAGINED, BUT WOULD RATHER SETTLE DOWN APPARENTLY SELECTING A PLACE WHERE TO LIE OR SET DOWN.”

A Remarkable Letter Concerning the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg – “I WAS SHOCKED TO SEE SOLDIERS’ SKULLS & SOMETIMES NEARLY WHOLE SETS OF BONES LAYING ON THE GROUND & SOMETIMES SAW TOES OF SHOES FROM JUTTING OUT OF THE GROUND WHERE THE SOLDIERS WERE HASTILY BURIED IN TRENCHES. THE SIGHTS WERE SICKENING THE CRATER HAS BEEN ENCLOSED BY THE OWNER OF THE LAND & NOW VISITORS PAY 25 CTS. ADMISSION TO SEE THE SAME.”

Excavated I.D. Disc from the 126th Ohio Infantry – A Rare One, Edward Mathess, Missing at the Battle of Monocacy, MD.

Christopher Connolly of the 67th New York Infantry Describes Being Shot During the Battle of Seven Pines – “YOU MAY BELIEVE IT WOULD MAKE US CRINGE WHEN WE WOULD HEAR THE WHIZ OF A 20 POUNDER GO OVER US, OR A HALF A DOZEN SHELL BURST OVER US.” – “AFTER FIRING FOR OVER AN HOUR, I WAS SHOT. A NUMBNESS RAN THROUGH MY ARM, THEN UP IN MY HEAD, AND I FELL ON THE TOP OF MY HEAD. I GOT UP AND MY HAND WAS TWISTED IN TOWARDS MY ELBOW AND IT SHUT UP. I TRIED TO OPEN IT BUT COULD NOT.”

I.D. Disc or “Dog Tag” from the Famous 2nd New York – Harris Light Cavalry – George P. Gantz

One of the Finest Condition Appomattox Paroles we have Observed… and this one with Great Gettysburg Significance:  Stuart’s Horse Artillery!

Colorful Certificate of Membership in the Philadelphia Fire Zouaves, Col De Witt C. Baxter’s 72nd Pa. Vols. – Made out to John W. Garvin, A MEMBER OF THE BAND + TWO REGIMENTAL DISCHARGES, the 72nd Signed by Theodore Hesser, Lieut. Col. Killed a Year Later at Mine Run, Va. 

4th North Carolina Infantry – Albert M. White of Company C Writes Home from the Hospital in Richmond, Va. – Nice Description of Hospital Life PLUS HIS ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF SEVEN PINES WHERE HE WAS WOUNDED

Famous 26th North Carolina Infantry – Two Postally Used Covers:  One from E. R. Richardson & One from B. J. Richardson – BOTH KILLED AT THE SAME BATTLE IN 1864 ! – The 26th N.C. had the greatest loss of any Confederate Regiment in the Civil War

18th Mass. Infantry – Charles F. Lee of Company A, Writes Home During the Peninsula Campaign – “THE WORST OF ALL ARE THE FLIES AND MOSQUITOES. SOME OF THE LATTER ARE AS LARGE AS BEES AND A GREAT DEAL MORE FEROCIOUS. IT IS NOT SAFE FOR A PERSON TO GO TO SLEEP WITHOUT BEING TIED TO THE TENT POLE. A FEW NIGHTS SINCE I FOUND MYSELF OUT OF MY TENT, THEY STILL CARRYING ME ALONG WHEN I AWOKE.”

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.”

Printed Document, Cumberland, Maryland April 7th, 1864 – Captain Peter D. Ranke Co. C, 14th Pa. Cav. – Tried for Desertion – Read his sentence including being marked with a large “D”! – Inexpensive!

Excavated I.D. Disc from the Famous 6th Michigan Cavalry

A Colorful Example of One of the Confederacy’s Most Famous Songs – God Save the Southern Land

John F. Chase, MOH Gettysburg – His “Calling Card”

Confederate Soldiers Ticket from the Famous Petersburg Railroad:  Weldon to Petersburg

Major James Cornell Biddle, An Important Member of General Meade’s Staff, Writes Home.  “Head Quarters 5th Corps Stoneman’s Station, Va. May 23rd, 1863” – “We ought to have gained a great victory and we failed for the want of a General.” Biddle Praises Meade & Has a Low Opinion of Sickles! – Read what the gossip of the day was about Sickles!

101st PA. Infantry Battle of Seven Pines Letter on Stationery Showing the Capitol in D.C.

Battle of Williamsburg, Va. with Amazing Hand-Drawn Map – Lt. John J. Knox, Co. D, 5th Michigan Infantry – “WE REACHED THE TRENCHES AND BAYONETED THOSE WHO WOULD NOT THROW DOWN THEIR ARMS” “FOUND SOME WOUNDED THAT HAD LAID 48 HOURS AND EVEN LONGER WITHOUT ATTRACTING ATTENTION OF ANYONE.”

Two Patriotic Letter Sheets… for the Price of One! ($110) – George W. Wood of the 72nd New York Infantry Sent Home Letters in “Diary” Form.  These two have some interesting content regarding POINT LOOK OUT

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.”

The Battle of Sailor’s Creek & the Surrender at Appomattox – William Shepardson Company A, 37th Mass. Infantry

Fredericksburg Battle Letter – Col. Charles Tilden of the 16th Maine Writes an 8-Page Letter to his Wife

Confederate Relic Collectors… Here is an unusual one.  A Wrapper off of a Pack of Confederate Enfield Cartridges!

The 1862-64 Battle Letters of Col. Clark Edwards of the 5th Maine Infantry… The Finest, Most Descriptive Writer that We Have Encountered

Battle of Petersburg Letter Written by Lt. William Henry Mix Co. I, 19th U. S. Colored Troops Infantry – Wounded at Gettysburg & Twice a P.O.W.

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.”

82nd New York Infantry Letter, Peninsula Campaign – “ONE OR TWO HAS BEEN BROUGHT IN WITH THEIR THROATS CUT FROM EAR TO EAR AND STRIPPED OF CLOTHING.” “THE ENEMY BEFORE LEAVING PLANTED A NUMBER OF TORPEDOES AND TRIED TO DESTROY US IN THAT WAY”

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!

One of Our Best Confederate Covers Along with a Captured Union Patriotic Letter Sheet – Abram C. Pendleton Co. K, 50th Virginia Infantry

The Confederate Commander on Fort Sumter, Col. Alfred Rhett Writes to Col. Butler at Fort Moultrie!

48th Georgia Confederate Battle Letter – Dorsey W. Binion Graphically Describes the Battle of the Crater at Petersburg – “IT WAS FILLED WITH NEGROES AND YANKS CRYING OUT NO QUARTERS, WHEN A HAND-TO-HAND CONFLICT ENSUED WITH THE BREECH OF OUR GUNS AND BAYONETS…” – “THE WHOLE FACE OF THE EARTH WAS LITERALLY STREWN WITH DEAD NEGROES, YANKS AND OUR MEN, THE DREADFULEST SCENE I EVER WITNESSED.” – “OUR BOYS ARE GREAT ON PLUNDERING DEAD YANKS.”

Confederate Letter & Two Postal Covers from Augustine T. Smythe Who Served in the CONFEDERATE SIGNAL CORPS & ON THE C.S.S. PALMETTO STATE !!

Rare broadside entitled, “CAMP OF 5th VIRGINIA VOL. INFANTRY U.S.A.” – “OUR CHAPLAIN” – Shows the Chaplain playing his hand organ as the men sing along!

Excellent Confederate Letter from the 26th Virginia Infantry – Lt. Alexander Frederick Fleet of Company I, stationed near Charleston, S.C. Writes of the Union Bombardment & Gives Great Description of Beauregard!

Major Rufus Dawes, Commanding the 6th Wisconsin Volunteers Made Recommendations for Promotion – Written on Beautiful Wisconsin Stationery, the Military Secretary Writes Him Back…

Broadside from the Fifth Maine Regiment Association – Concerning their 1894 Reunion in Portland Harbor, ME.

The Battle of Fredericksburg – Letters by William B. Glass Co. F, 155th Pa. Infantry

Spectacular Hand-Drawn Map + 3-Page Letter, Siege of Yorktown, Va. by Lt. John J. Knox Company D, 5th Michigan Infantry

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…”

Graphic Description of Battle of Malvern Hill by Joseph R. Manson 12th Virginia Infantry – “IT WAS A SAD SIGHT TO WALK OVER THE FIELD OF BATTLE AND GATHER UP THE DEAD TO BE PLACED WITHOUT COFFIN OR SHROUD UNDER A FEW INCHES OF DIRT.  THERE WE PLACED THE DARK-SKINNED CREOLE FROM THE SWAMPS OF LOUISIANA WITH THE INVADERS FROM THE OLD GRANITE & GREEN MOUNTAIN STATES OF THE NORTH…”

An Amazing 10-Page (Legal Size) Letter on the June 13-15, 1863 BATTLE OF WINCHESTER, VA… AND LIFE AT LIBBY PRISON AFTER CAPTURE!  Written by Timothy Parker – 18th Connecticut Infantry

December 22nd, 1860 – Letter from Charleston, S.C. WITH ORIGINAL STAMPED ENVELOPE (Pristine Condition)

One of the Actors in the UNION AQUATIC THEATRE ON BOARD U.S. STEAM GUN BOAT PORT ROYAL HARBOR OF APALACHICOLA Writes Home Sending a Hand-Drawn Playbill… AMAZING CALLIGRAPHY!

“Republic of South Carolina” Letter – 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

The Finest Kennesaw Mountain Battle Letter We Have Seen – Lieut. Frank B. James of the 52nd Ohio Infantry Writes Home

Fancy Silver I.D. Pin – Beautifully Engraved – Josiah M. Morrill, 13th Mass. Infantry – Captured at Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863 

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.”

Striking Scrapbook Page from Sailor Joseph Watson, USS Montgomery – Watson has mounted a number of colorful labels from wine bottles “CAPTURED FROM THE REBEL STEAMER PET”

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.”

Ephraim Tuttle of the 45th Ohio Infantry Writes from Kentucky & the Torments of Confederate General Kirby Smith

Early Confederate War Department “Regulations Concerning Substitutes in the Army” – Richmond October 20th, 1861 – SIGNED IN TYPE BY JUDAH P. BENJAMIN, Acting Sec. of War

Inexpensive Example of the Printed Telegraph Form Used by the Army of the Potomac:  The American Telegraph Company, North, South, East and West

Letters Actually Written from Fort Sumter are Especially Desirable.  Offered are 3 Action Filled Letters Written by Alonzo A. Vanderford, 21st S.C. when stationed there in March of 1864

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!

Battle of New Bern, N.C. Letter – Written by Hugh E. McAulay, 37th N.C. Infantry – “THE GROUND WAS COVERED WITH BLOOD OF THE HORSES, AND THE CANNON PLAYING ON US ALL THE TIME”

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.”

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

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!)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

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

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

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!


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