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“Capture of Richmond and Petersburg” Ballad

[G. P. HARDWICK], Broadside Poem, Respectfully Dedicated to the Army of the Potomac. Washington, 1865. 1 p. in blue and red ink. 8 ¾ x 13⅜ in.

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“Well sing the doom and the final fall/Of the boasting chivalry, one and all:/And how Grant drove them to the wall,/ Way down in Old Virginia”

This poem and broadside celebrated the capture of Richmond and Petersburg that ultimately ended the Civil War. The poem describes how General U.S. Grant defeated General  Lee and Longstreet and also pokes fun at Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

Item #21896, $600

“Separating the Loyal from the Disloyal”
in Reconstruction North Carolina

[CIVIL WAR], Archive of materials relating to the administering of loyalty oaths in North Carolina after the Civil War during presidential Reconstruction. 1865-1866.

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Item #21814, $4,500

Great Union Soldier’s Letter about Sherman’s “Retreat on Savannah”

JOHN B. COOPER, Autograph Letter Signed, to his wife Mary Cooper. Fort Alexander Hays, VA, December 21, 1864, 3 pp.

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Item #21265.02, $300

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

Order Directing a Captain to Detach
from Command of the Kearsage

GIDEON WELLES, Document Signed by Gideon Welles, November 23, 1864, 8 x 10 in., 1 p.

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An order from Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles to Captain John A. Winslow in Boston, directing that he is relieved of his command.

Item #22251, $1,750

Kentucky Union Soldier Discusses the Presidential Election in the Field

WILLIAM A. BALLEW, Autograph Letter Signed, to Thomas Hopkins, November 12, 1864, Springhill, Tennessee, 3 pp. 8vo.

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I donot know who would make the best president but I think that if the election is carried on every whare like it was in Nashville that abe will be reelected for the negroes had the same privilege of voteing that the white man has thare was 5000 of the negroes that voted for abe at Nashville

Item #21265.30, $450

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 G. Brown, and Seneca Warner Jr. Petersburg, Virginia, October 21, 1864. 1 p., 8 x 12½ in. With printed envelope restating affidavit’s claim on the outside, and additional affidavit of “Unregistered Soldier’s Voucher.”

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Item #21264.06, $375

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 Jerome B. Parmenter, and Captain Joseph H. Allen. Richmond, Virginia, October 18, 1864. 1 p., 8 x 12½ in. With printed envelope restating affidavit’s claim on the outside.

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Item #21264.05, $375

‘Rally round the Flag, Boys!’ President Lincoln Centerfold

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, October 1, 1864. 16 pp., complete, disbound.

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This October, 1864 issue of Harper’s Weekly has a magnificent centerfold engraving of President Lincoln—perfect for framing—with a patriotic poem below.

Item #H 10-1-1864, $225

Keeping Track of Oats, Pencils, and Hammers in the Union Army

[22nd MASSACHUSETTS VOLUNTEER INFANTRY], Partially Printed Document Signed by William H. Steele as acting regimental quartermaster. Monthly Return of Quartermaster’s Stores. City Point, Virginia, September 30, 1864. 8 pp.

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Item #21264.10, $75

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.

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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

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

At Petersburg, CT Volunteer Artillery 18th Corps Was Unequaled “in Artillery firing”

[WILLIAM FARRAR SMITH], Official Copy of a Letter, Signed Secretarially by C. A. Truesdell, Lieut. 1st Connecticut Volunteer Artillery, to J. H. Burton, Capt. of the 18th Stonington, Connecticut, August 20, 1864. 2 pp.

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Item #21263.02, $250

The Orders that Began the Battle of Mobile Bay: Admiral Farragut’s Signal Orders Sent by Lt. John C. Kinney

[DAVID G. FARRAGUT], Manuscript Document. Orders signaled by Lt. John Kinney for Farragut aboard the U.S.S. Hartford at Mobile, Alabama, August 5, 1864. [Washington, D.C.]. 2 separate pp., 5¼ x 8¼ in. Docketed by Gideon Welles.

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Sent the morning of Battle of Mobile Bay, these orders were relayed via signal flag from Farragut’s flagship, the U.S.S. Hartford, to the captains of the U.S.S. Brooklyn, Lackawanna, and Winnebago. The correspondence records Farragut’s orders moving his fleet past the forts at the entrance of Mobile Bay. They give a blow-by-blow of the opening salvo along with the loss of the Union ironclad Tecumseh.

Item #23551, $12,500

Union Soldier from Kentucky Writes to a Young Girlfriend during the Siege of Atlanta

SAMUEL V. FRY, Autograph Letter Signed, to Ruth Jane Sapp, July 31, 1864, Camp near Atlanta, Georgia, 3 pp.

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i think i will come out safe  i still live in hopes if i die in disspare and when this wore is over you may look for me to pay you a viset and i dont think that will be long”

Item #21265.16, $200

Ledger Report by Colored Sergeant, U.S.C.T.,
“Selling Government horse & bridle...” &c.

WILLIAM BUCKNER, Manuscript Document Signed. July 18, 1864. “Report of Sergeant [William] Buckner of Co. B 46 U.S. Inf.” 2 pp. folio.

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Scarce signed colored officer’s report listing several entries, including “selling of Government horse and bridle and saddles sold.” Report also mentions barrels of whiskey. William Buckner was a sergeant in the 46th Regiment of United States Colored Troops. From April through November 1864, this regiment was stationed in the District of Vicksburg at Milliken’s Bend. Sergeant William Buckner’s African American Civil War Memorial plaque number is C-59.

Item #21800, $800

Rebel Deserters Coming within the Union Lines

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

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

Lincoln Proclaims a National Day of Humiliation and Prayer

[ABRAHAM LINCOLN], Broadside, “A Proclamation for a Day of Humiliation and Prayer,” July 7, 1864, printed under a forwarding Proclamation by Governor John Andrew of Massachusetts, July 28, 1864. 1 p. 18¼ x 27¾ in.

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The president calls on loyal citizens to implore the “Supreme Ruler of the World, not to destroy us as a people.

Item #24675, $5,500

The Success of Black Troops At Petersburg, Virginia, Under Butler

[CIVIL WAR], Broadside. New England Loyal Publication Society No. 200. Boston, Mass., June 27, 1864. 1 p., 9 x 10¾ in.

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“They grinned and pushed on, and with a yell that told the southern chivalry their doom, [they] rolled irresistibly over and into the work.”

Item #23626, $750

Lincoln, the War, and Emancipation

[EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION], Newspaper. Harper’s Weekly, June 11, 1864. 16 pp., complete, disbound.

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Featuring illustrations of Philadelphia Sanitary Fair Central buildings, and Generals Gouverneur Warren and Horatio Wright on the front page. “Belle Plain, Virginia General Grant’s Late Base of Supplies”; “Army of the Potomac—General Warren Rallying the Marylanders”; “President Lincoln and His Secretaries”; Centerfold: “Army of the Potomac—Struggle for the Salient, near Spottsylvania [sic], Virginia, May 12, 1864”; three illustrations of the environs of Spottsylvania [sic] Court House; “Sherman’s Advance—General Logan’s Skirmishes Advancing Toward: the Railroad at Resaca”; and “Sherman’s Advance—Position of Osterhau’s Division on Bald Hill.”

Item #H 6-11-1864, $150
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