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Prior to 1864 presidential election, McClellan’s former groomsman tries to even the field

SETH WILLIAMS, Manuscript Letter Signed, to Marsena R. Patrick, October 4, 1864. 1 p.

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Assistant Adjutant General Seth Williams writes to Provost Marshal M. R. Patrick that he will ask Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant to establish regulations to govern political agents in the camps prior to the 1864 elections.

Item #21386.03, $950

Senator Judah P. Benjamin of Louisiana 1859 speech supporting acquisition of Cuba

JUDAH P. BENJAMIN, Pamphlet, “Speech of Hon. J.P. Benjamin of Louisiana, on the Acquisition of Cuba. Delivered in Senate U.S. Friday February 11, 1859.” Includes original envelope, 7¼ x 3¾ in., free franked in the upper right by N.J. Senator John Thomson (1800-1862). 16 pp., 6 x 9½ in.

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in the expansion of our system we seek no conquest, subjugate no people, impose our laws on no unwilling subjects. When new territory is brought under our jurisdiction, the inhabitants are admitted to all the rights of self-government.

In a speech in the United States Senate, Benjamin supports the annexation of Cuba with no hint of irony in his declaration that the people of the United States “impose our laws on no unwilling subjects.” His speech also conveys his states’-rights perspective on the nature of the Union that he championed while later serving in Jefferson Davis’ Confederate cabinet.

Item #24466, $1,400

Recruiting a Light Cavalry Regiment in New York that Eventually Captured John Wilkes Booth

[CIVIL WAR], Printed Broadside, Sprague Light Cavalry Head-Quarters, New York, [1863]. 1 p., 12 x 14 in.

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Broadside assembled from two printed leaves, features a large hand-colored spread wing eagle with patriotic shield, calling for men to join the Sprague Light Cavalry in New York, which became part of the 16th New York Cavalry. On April 26, 1865, a detachment from the 16th New York cornered John Wilkes Booth and David Herold in a tobacco barn near Port Royal, Virginia. Herold surrendered, but Sergeant Boston Corbet, a member of the 16th New York Cavalry shot and killed Booth.

Item #24511, $2,500

Quartermaster of New York Regiment Anticipates the Assault on Fort Wagner; Mentions the 54th Massachusetts

[CIVIL WAR]. CHARLES E. WALBRIDGE, Autograph Letter Signed, to “George,” July 17, 1863, Folly Island, South Carolina. 5 pp., 7¾ x 9¾ in.

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I cannot but think constantly of the approaching battle tomorrow; just think if we get Charleston! Vicksburg is fallen, Richmond at our last accounts was seriously threatened, Lee was in chancery up in Maryland, and now if we can only take this accursed city.

Item #24474, $2,250

“…we shall cross at the same place at the time of the Balls Bluff disaster… ancious to avenge the death of our many fallen comerads.”

MARK KENNEY, Autograph Letter Signed, Camp Stone, January 24, 1862. 4 pp. 8 vo. Some tears with no loss of text.

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Item #21265.05, $250

New Jersey Soldier Expects Battle Soon

ALBERT [M. RUNYON*], Autograph Letter Signed, to his parents [George and Mary Runyon*], October 31, 1863, 4 pp.

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I hardly think old Lee will show fight. During this Campain without he is forced, we may have a brush with him when we get down the Rappahanock.

Item #21265.08, $200

New York Soldier Reports on Fort Sumter before It Was Taken

ABRAM BOGART, Autograph Letter Signed, to a “friend,” South Carolina, October 10, 1863, 4 pp. 8vo.

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I am quite lame with the kidney complaint but not bad enough to fetch me home yet for they wont let a man go home as long as he can go and then they had rather he would die here for they die here every day....if you have got any friends that talk of coming tell him to join the masons or odfellows or some other d n d disorder and stay at home

Item #21265.06, $375

After Successfully Taking Fort Wagner with the Help of African American Troops, Union Consolidates Firepower on Fort Sumter and Charleston

CALVIN SHEDD, Autograph Letter, to his wife Sarah A. Shedd, with original envelope, General Hospital, Hilton Head, South Carolina, September 20, 1863. 4 pp. 4vo.

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Fts Wagner & Gregg are being put in a state of defence & a new one of large size commenced at this end of the Island so that a small force can hold it against anything the Rebs can do; that will leave the remainder of the Troops for service at some other point.

Item #21265.07, $275

A Middle-Aged Private in the 140th New York ‘Rochester Race Horses’ Writes His Wife

ERASTUS U. POLLAY, Autograph Letter Signed, to Julia A. Pollay, May 31, 1863, Falmouth, VA, 2 pp, 8vo., one slight fold cut (text not affected), otherwise fine condition.

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I have bin Down to the River this Morning and had A good wash and my Body is Clan Enough to sleep with a Woman but that Cant be So I must be Content untill I get out of this War and then I will see you About that

Item #21265.12, $250

Union Brown Water Navy Celebrates the Fourth of July by Bombarding Vicksburg

WILLIAM H. KINNEY, Autograph Letter Signed, July 13, 1862, “U.S.S. Gunboat Benton, Off Vicksburg,” 4 pp., 5 x 8 in.

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We had quite a time on the fourth of this month  we commenced to celebrate the day with our morters by throwing shell into the City of Vicksburge  we knocked down quite a number of buildings during the day. At 12 oclock we fired a salute of 100 guns from the gun boats, and a national salute with the morters into the City.

Item #21265.22, $450

Civil War Song Sheet: When Johnny Comes Marching Home

[PATRICK GILMORE], Broadside, “When Johnny comes marching home.” Philadelphia, Johnson & Co., Song Publishers. [1863-65]. 6 x 9 in., 1 p.

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When Johnny comes marching home again, Hurrah! Hurrah! / We’ll give him a hearty welcome then, Hurrah! Hurrah!...

Item #22946, $375

Union Soldier Hopes the Draft Will Replenish His Devastated Regiment

L. A. GRAHAM, Autograph Letter Signed, on patriotic letterhead, to his sister, August 18, 1862, Paterson’s Park Hospital, Baltimore, 3 pp.

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i think that I shal go to my rigment in a weak or to they hant but 73 men left in my rigment so the paper says so that i dont no as i could find them if i should try to....i am glad they are a goen to draft so they will be apt to get som of them that is a fraid they will half to sleap on the ground

Item #21265.29, $150

Battling Mosquitoes and Confederates at the Mouth of Charleston Harbor

CHARLES BRANT, Autograph Letter Signed, October 11, 1863, Folly Island, 3 pp. large 8vo.

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“[I am] still alive and hearty although the mosquitoes have half eaten me. Charleston is not yet taken!!!

Item #21265.28, $200

Evacuating Elizabeth City and Leaving Nothing for the Rebels, to the Dismay of Freedpeople and Unionists

THOMAS BOURNE, Autograph Letter Signed, April 18, 1863, Elizabeth City, [North Carolina]. 2 pp., 8vo.

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this place is to be evacuated all the troops and the gunboats leave with us there is a general move of the darkeys they all want to go with us they do not dare to stay here after we leave for fear of the guerrillas I believe we are to take every thing with us that can be of use to the rebs

Item #21265.25, $300

On the Lookout for Joseph Wheeler’s Johneys as Sherman Closes on Atlanta

WILLIAM HELSLEY, Autograph Letter Signed, August 29, [1864], Chattanooga, Tennessee, 3 pp. 8vo.

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a scout came in and told us that old Wheeler had crossed the river above with three thousand and was comming down to burn the Bridge and we went to work and built some works to protect us and keep the devils at bay and hold them untill we got reinforced and then we put out pickets and I went out about one mile and was out all night and looked for the Johneys but we looked in vain

Item #21265.24, $200

God, Prayer, and Heavy Ordnance Will Help 10th Connecticut Take Charleston

BENJAMIN WRIGHT, Autograph Letter Signed, to his wife Abbie, August 2, 1863, Morris Island, S.C., 4 pp.

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I think Charleston must fall this time but we need something beside men and heavy ordinance. we need the help of God if we go forth in his name and strength, he will lead us to victory.

Item #21265.23, $275

Union Soldier’s Letter to his Cousin from Embattled Washington

GEORGE BOWERS, Autograph Letter Signed, September 10, 1861, Washington, D.C. 3 pp., on patriotic stationery; with partial patriotic cover from Birney’s Regiment.

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Item #21265.21, $250

One of Five Brothers in the Union Army Sees His Duty

AUSTIN LAMPREY, Autograph Letter Signed, to his mother, Bridget P. Lamprey, December 16, 1864, McClellan Hospital, Hampton, Virginia. 4 pp., 8vo. with envelope.

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Some one has got to do this Work I might as Well do it as any one els but just as they think not as I care I Stood it two years in the feld most I gess I can Stand Nine months more…

Item #21265.20, $250

Union Messenger Describes Battle of Fredericksburg

UNION SOLDIER, Fragment of Autograph Letter, December 6-16, 1862, 3 pp.

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I had to ride among the flying of Shells and Balls…

Item #21265.18, $175

Unusual Caricatures of Southern Aristocrats by Union Soldier on Letter to Parents

SAMUEL HYDE, Fragment of an Autograph Letter Signed, to his parents, no date [1861-1865], with his drawing of a “Suthern lady.” 2 pp.

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…the woods was ful of ded rebs

Item #21265.17, $225
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