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Rebel Deserters Coming within the Union Lines

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


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

A Wisconsin Volunteer Earns a Field Promotion to Sergeant

[CIVIL WAR], Partially Printed Document Signed. Promotion for Thomas Croft. “Camp near Chattanooga,” December 2, 1863. 1 p 15 x 10 in.


Item #21264.08, $350

Recovering after the Kilpatrick-Dahlgren Raid

[HUGH JUDSON KILPATRICK], Manuscript Document Signed by Adjutant, to Lt. Col. Addison W. Preston, March 8, 1864. 2 pp., 7¾ x 9¾ in.


On your way you will thoroughly scout the country on either side of your route, arresting all white citizens able to bear arms. You will make every effort to bring along with your command as many negrows as possible.

At the end of February 1864, Brigadier General H. Judson Kilpatrick launched a raid to rescue prisoners of war held in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. The raid turned into a disaster when Kilpatrick’s men were stopped northwest of the city and a supporting force of infantry under Colonel Ulric Dahlgren was routed by Confederates. Dahlgren was killed, and papers found on his body detailed plans to burn Richmond and assassinate Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Richmond newspapers published the papers, and the southern public called for the execution of Union prisoners. Kilpatrick escaped with some of his cavalry to join General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James on the Virginia Peninsula, though he lost more than 1,300 men killed and taken prisoner.

Here, Kilpatrick orders Preston and the 1st Vermont Cavalry to move on West Point, Virginia, at the confluence where the Mattaponi and Pamunkey Rivers form the York River. Kilpatrick was soon transferred to the Western Theater as part of General William T. Sherman’s army.

Item #23879.04, $375

Future Medal of Honor Winner and Boy General Orders the 1st Vermont Cavalry to Report

EDWARD W. WHITAKER, Autograph Letter Signed, to Lt. Col. Addison W. Preston, March 26, 1864. 1 p., 8 x 10 in.


I am directed by the Commanding General to say that you will turn over your orders to the bearer and report in camp with your command so soon as relieved.

Item #23879.03, $375

Civil War General and Later U.S. Commissioner of Patents Explains Troop Delays

MORTIMER D. LEGGETT, Autograph Letter Signed as Brig Gen. to Colonel W.T. Clark, A.A.G. Canton, [Mississippi], Headquarters 3d Division 17th Army Corps, [Army of the Tennessee] February 28, 1864. An explanation on delays in troop backup.


Item #21386.11, $375

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

John Adams Dix, Autographed Carte De Visite

[CIVIL WAR – UNION], Signed Carte de visite, signed on verso “John A. Dix,” and dated “Paris, 13, April, 1869.” Photograph by Black, 163 Washington St. Boston.


Item #22375, $375

“Free Pass... Constitutional Purifying Association”

[COPPERHEADS], Broadside, “A FREE PASS. Entitling the holder to the tender mercies of the CONSTITUTIONAL PURIFYING ASSOCIATION, Who will guarantee to cleanse every particle of Copperheadism from our nature - so you will be able to VOTE for an honest man without prejudice...” with several illustrations depicting “THE PURIFYING PROCESS.” [1864]. 6 x 9 in.


Item #21986.03, $400

A New York Soldier’s Affidavit Allowing
a Proxy to Vote in the 1864 Election

[CIVIL WAR], Partially Printed Document Signed by James M. Smith, countersigned by J.B. Parmenten, and I. H. Allen. Richmond, Va., October 18, 1864. 1 p., 8 x 12 ½ in. With printed envelop restating affidavit’s claim on the outside.


Item #21264.05, $400

New York Cavalry Trooper from Elmira - Six Months Before It Became “Hellmira”

[CIVIL WAR – UNION]]. ARTEMAS WOOD, Autograph Letter Signed to Jacob Dudden, January 25, 1864, Elmira, NY, 4 pp., 5 x 8 in. With original stamped envelope.


A New York cavalry private writes home about arriving in Elmira shortly after enlisting. The commandant briefly placed him in charge of one barracks before he traveled to Virginia, where he was mortally wounded in action before the end of the year.

Item #22400, $400

Ordnance Returns from Atlanta Campaign

[CIVIL WAR], Five partly-printed documents for the 102nd New York Regiment, Companies D, E and F, dated between May 15 and September 30, 1864. The forms list inventories and expenditures of ammunition and weapons used during the Atlanta Campaign.


Item #12510, $400

Franklin Buchanan Sends His Autograph – The First Commander of CSS Virginia and the Confederacy’s Only Full Admiral

FRANKLIN BUCHANAN, Autograph Letter Signed, to John Neafie, April 25, 1874. 1 p., 5 x 8 in.


“The only public office I have held since the war was the Presidency of the Maryland Agricultural College which I resigned at the expiration of the first year…”

More than a decade after its destruction, the first commander of the CSS Virginia responds to a request for an autograph. On March 8, 1862, Captain Franklin Buchanan and the crew of the CSS Virginia gave the U.S. Navy its worst defeat to that point, and not eclipsed until the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor nearly eighty years later. Wounded during the battle, Buchanan did not participate in the second day of the Battle of Hampton Roads, when the USS Monitor confronted the CSS Virginia in an hours-long battle of the ironclads.

Item #24006.03, $450

Blistering Border State Speech
against Wartime Confiscation of Slaves

[SLAVERY]. U.S. CONGRESS, Pamphlet. Speech of Hon. John S. Carlile, of Virginia, on the Bill to Confiscate the Property and Free the Slaves of Rebels; Delivered in the Senate …, March 11, 1862. Washington: Congressional Globe Office, 1862. 13 pp.


Item #21856.02, $450

Creating Two New Civil War Military Departments

EDWARD DAVIS TOWNSEND. [CIVIL WAR], Printed Document Signed, “General Orders No. 34.” War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, Washington, D.C., April 4, 1862. 1 p., 5 x 7½ in.


Item #22956, $450

Patriotic Poem by Gov. John A. Andrew

JOHN A. ANDREW, GOVERNOR, Autograph Manuscript Signed. Boston, Massachusetts, November, 1863. 1p., 7¾ x 9⅞ in.


Item #20068, $450

Responding to Grant’s Postwar Request for a Report of Guns Captured at Fort Donelson, His First Success

[ULYSSES S. GRANT]. FRANKLIN D. CALLENDER, Manuscript Letter Signed as Lt. Col of Ordnance and Brevet Brigadier General, to Adam Badeau, Grant’s Military Secretary, St. Louis, Arsenal, Mo., August 1, 1866. 2 pp., 7¾ x 9½ in.


Item #22955, $495

A New York Soldier’s Affidavit Allowing
a Proxy to Vote in the 1864 Election

[CIVIL WAR], Partially Printed Document Signed by Thomas Halligan with his X mark, countersigned by John Brown, and Seneca Warren. Petersburg, Va., October 21, 1864. 1 p., 8 x 12 ½ in. With printed envelop restating affidavit’s claim on the outside, and additional affidavit of “Unregistered Soldier’s Voucher.”


Item #21264.06, $500

A Naval Physician Describes Tension
Between Lincoln and Admiral Goldsborough

A. S. HEATH. [CIVIL WAR], Autograph Letter Signed, to his wife. 4 pp., 7½ x 9¾ in., “U.S. Steamer Daylight, Beaufort Harbor,” Beaufort, [North Carolina], May 23, 1862.


“the President [Lincoln] gives old [Admiral] Goldsborough fits, threatening to cashier him &c &c.  Good for the President. Had he known what I have, about him (G) he would have come to the same conclusion six months ago.”

Item #22958, $500

21st Georgia Cavalry Soldier Orders his Slave Whipped

HENRY T. HARDEE, Autograph Letter Signed, Camp Jackson October 18, 1863, pertaining to a negligent or mischievous slave who Hardee believes should be punished.


Item #12513, $500

Fisk University Co-Founder John Ogden Asks Merriam Publishers if the Gift of a Pictorial Dictionary Was Meant for Him or the University

JOHN OGDEN, Autograph Letter Signed, to George and Charles Merriam. Nashville, Tenn., Oct. 18, 1869. 1 p., 8½ x 5¼ in. On Fisk University letterhead.


In this brief note, Ogden thanks the famous Springfield, Massachusetts dictionary publishers the Merriams for a gift of a copy of their Pictorial Dictionary. Ogden references one “Mr. Gamble” as having stated that the volume was intended as a personal gift, but notes that the dictionary has “the name of our institution inscribed upon, or rather in it, from which I infer you intended it for the institution.” He then asks the Merriams to “decide the quarrel.”

Item #24172.01-.02, $550
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