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On the Day He was Promoted to Rear Admiral, Farragut Writes from His Flagship During the Bombardment of Vicksburg, Mississippi

DAVID FARRAGUT, Letter Signed, to J.C. Febriger. Vicksburg, Miss., aboard the “U.S. Flag Ship Hartford. Below Vicksburg,” July 16, 1862. 1 p., 8 x 10 in. With the original transmittal envelope.


Unaware of his promotion, Farragut writes as “Flag Officer” to Lieutenant Commander J. C. Febriger of the U.S.S. Kanawha reminding him of ordnance protocols and reports.

Item #23548, $3,900

Union Victory Divinely Ordained, Says Broadside:
“God Has Saved the Union - Glorious News - Gen. Lee Surrenders”

[CIVIL WAR], Broadside. Hand-lettered. “God Has Saved the Union. Glorious News. Gen. Lee Surrenders.” [Newburgh, N.Y., April 10, 1865]. 1 p., 30 x 24½ in. In bold black lettering, ghosting from contemporary folding.


On the afternoon of April 9, 1865, Robert E. Lee surrendered to U.S. Grant at Appomattox, effectively ending the Civil War. This hand-lettered broadside relays the exciting news as it spread across the nation. The immediacy of its hand-lettering is apparent and dramatic, and a contemporary manuscript note on the verso provides details of how it was displayed in a Newburgh, New York, newsstand as news of the long-awaited victory was received.

Item #23427, $6,800

Lincoln and Grant Pursue the War, McClellan Wants to Call off the Attack: An 1864 Re-Election Cartoon

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Print. “The Old Bull Dog on the Right Track.” New York, Currier & Ives, 1864. 18 x 13½ in.


Item #22703, $1,400

An Eloquent Farewell to His Troops from a Massachusetts General Who Marched to the Sea with Sherman and Fought in the Civil War’s Last Battle

WILLIAM COGSWELL. CIVIL WAR, Manuscript Document Signed. General Orders No. 14. [Farewell to the Army of Georgia], Near Washington, D.C., June 9, 1865. 1 p., 7¾ x 12 in.


Brigadier General William Cogswell offers a dramatic farewell message to the troops under his command in the Army of Georgia. A Salem, Massachusetts lawyer, Cogswell turned his law office into a recruiting station after learning the 6th Massachusetts had been attacked in Baltimore. He was first in, last out, in his Civil War service: In 24 hours, he raised the first full company of the war (Company C, 2nd Massachusetts Volunteers) and his brigade fought in the final battle of the war in Bentonville, North Carolina. Despite his relative obscurity, Cogswell’s eloquence rivals the great farewell messages in military history.

Item #23320, $10,500

An Iconic Image of Robert E. Lee is Passed
Between Two Cousins

ROBERT E. LEE, Signed Photograph. [ca-1864-65]. Richmond, Va., Vannerson and Sons. Oval bust image is 1½ x 2¼ in., photographic surface 2¼ x 3½ card overall is 2½ x 4 in.


Signed “R.E. Lee / Genl.,” a Southern cousin presents the image to his (presumably) Northern counterpart:“Norman Walker / from his rebel / cousin David Walker.”

Item #22938, $7,000

A Confederate General Warns His Commanders
Not to Harass the Locals

[CONFEDERACY]. JOHN ECHOLS, Broadside. General Orders. Dublin [Virginia], September 5, 1864. 12 x 10 ½ in.


Foraging during wartime often pits an army against its supporters in the civilian population. In his final month of departmental command before returning to the Army of Northern Virginia, Confederate Brigadier General John Nichols warning his soldiers not to molest citizens or their property.

Item #23271, $2,600

Rogers Group: Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations

JOHN ROGERS, Painted plaster sculpture, “Taking the Oath and Drawing Rations,” on front of base; “Patented / Jan 30 1866” on rear. Base measures 8.5 x 13 in., height is 23 in.


Item #21673, $1,500

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper with United States Colored Troop (USCT) Images

[AFRICAN-AMERICAN SOLDIERS], Newspapers. Frank Leslie’s Illustrated, December 13, and December 20, 1862, 16 pp. each. (Two issues)


Two war-dated newspapers showing African Americans in the Civil War:

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated, December 20, 1862: “The South Carolina Loyal Colored Regiment in Action,” including “Picking off Rebel Sharpshooters.”  And, “The Negro Drivers of the Baggage Train.”

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated, December 13, 1862: Contrabands looking on at “Camp at Stafford’s Store Virginia.”

Item #22483.01-.02, $375

Civil War Sketch Book of Pennsylvania Engineer John Geyser

JOHN B. GEYSER. CIVIL WAR, Manuscript Documents Signed. Sketch Book. Allegheny, Pa. [1862]. Inscribed on the front pastedown: “John B. Geyser’s Book/Co. D. U.S. Engineers/US/Received Jan 25th 1862/From the Proprietors of the /New York Illustrated News.”


Item #23145, $29,000

The Army of the Potomac Arriving at Yorktown from Williamsburg

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, September 6, 1862.


Item #H-9-6-1862, $250

The Massacre at Fort Pillow

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, April 30, 1864.


Item #H-4-30-1864, $250

Rebel Deserters Coming within the Union Lines

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, July 16, 1864.


Item #H-7-16-1864, $350

Seesaw - Gloucester, MA - Drawn by Winslow Homer

[HARPER’S WEEKLY], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, September 12, 1874.


Item #H-9-12-1874, $295

Judah Benjamin Charges General Braxton Bragg with Alabama’s Coastal Defenses

JUDAH P. BENJAMIN. [CIVIL WAR], Autograph Letter Signed as acting Secretary of War, to Braxton Bragg. Richmond, Va., October 6, 1861. 4 pp., 7¾ x 10 in. On War Department letterhead.


Writing as acting Confederate Secretary of War, Judah P. Benjamin denies Major General Braxton Bragg the possibility of a transfer to a more active post. Instead, Benjamin gives Bragg additional responsibilities, including defending Alabama. Bragg must have become tired of inaction, as three days after Benjamin wrote this letter, Bragg ordered the Confederate assault on Fort Pickens at the Battle of Santa Rosa Island.

Item #23285, $12,500

Robert E. Lee’s General Order #9—Farewell to His Troops

ROBERT E. LEE, Manuscript Document Signed, “General Order No. 9, ” Head Quarters, Army of N. Va., April 10, 1865, 1 p., 7¾ x 9¾ in. Appears to have been erroneously titled “General Order No 10” and then corrected, also erroneously, to “19.” With minor textual differences from official transcript.


Lee’s farewell order to his troops, written the day after his surrender to Grant, reflects Lee’s respect and admiration for his men and his unwillingness to continue to sacrifice so many for a lost cause. On April 7, 1865, Ulysses S. Grant sent a message to Lee proposing the surrender of Lee’s Army. By that time, Petersburg, Richmond, and almost every other major Southern city had fallen to the Union forces. Lee accepted Grant’s terms on April 9, 1865.

Item #23297, $150,000

Hingham, Massachusetts Raises Troops
Under Lincoln’s Draft Call

CIVIL WAR, Broadside. “War Meeting! An Adjourned Meeting of Citizens liable to be Drafted into the Military Service of the United States...” Hingham, Mass., February 13, 1864. 1 p., approximately 11¼ x 16¾ in., matted and framed to 18¾ x 24¼ in.


On February 1, 1864, Lincoln called for an additional 200,000 men to fill Union ranks. The town of Hingham needed 34 men to meet their quota, and used this broadside to advertise the muster.

Item #23272, $2,750

Union General U. S. Grant Writes
to Fellow General Ambrose Burnside

ULYSSES S. GRANT, Autograph Letter Signed, to Ambrose Burnside. City Point, Virginia, July 11, 1864. 1 p., 7¾ x 4¾ in.


Written from Grant’s headquarters at City Point, Virginia, the Union commander instructs General Ambrose Burnside to arrange for Congressman James M. Ashley’s transportation a visit. Grant and Burnside's troops had just started the Siege of Petersburg in June 1864, and lasted until March of the next year.

Item #23248, $6,750

A Civil War Soldier Celebrates Thanksgiving
at Ft. Pulaski, Georgia

JAMES HIMROD. [CIVIL WAR], Broadside and Autograph Letter Signed. Fort Pulaski, Ga., November 30, 1862. 6 pp., 6½ x 8 in. Broadside 7½ x 9¾ in.


Union soldier James Himrod sends his niece a broadside and letter describing the Thanksgiving festivities at Fort Pulaski, Georgia. After describing the food and festivities, he comments on the scandalous behavior of some of the officers and offers his opinion of commanding Generals McClellan and Burnside.

Item #23231, $1,750

Rare Gettysburg Battlefield Map Published in 1863

[GETTYSBURG], Map. “Field of Gettysburg.” T. Ditterline’s chromolithographed map of the battle, 16½ x 20 in. Inscribed in ink: “‘On the field of Gettysburg.’ / August 17th 1865.” in upper left-hand border.


This map of the Gettysburg battlefield, printed the same year as the battle and likely the first of its kind, is accompanied by a printed testimonial dated October 23, 1863 from George W. Childs, noted philanthropist and publisher of the influential Philadelphia Public Ledger. Childs expresses his high opinion of the map “which is shared by several officers in the battle.”  The map shows Gettysburg and environs in a scaled oval, with green shaded areas denoting woods and troop placement in Union blue and Confederate red, along with the town and all principle roads.

Item #23302, $12,500

Announcing Surrender of Confederate Armies in South Carolina, Georgia, and Ordering the US Army in Florida
to “Cease All Hostilities”

[CIVIL WAR], Printed Document. Battlefield Orders, Federal Circular No. 5, issued by General Vodges and signed by his Aide-de-Camp Headquarters, District of Florida, Dept of the South, Jacksonville, Florida, May 8, 1865. 1 p.5 x 8 in.


Item #22912, $1,800
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