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  1. This wonderful estate comes from Albert Benham a soldier in the 29th Ohio. Included in this estate are three diaries and the musket carried by Albert Benham. The musket has a nice attic appearance and is all authentic (except for the sling).  It is an 1863 Muir. The diaries were professionally restored several years ago, so they are in excellent condition. These diaries, unlike so many other diaries on the market, are not in  danger of falling apart and have been transcribed.  Albert describes being at the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg (1863), Kennesaw and Peachtree Creek (1864), and Savannah and South Carolina (1865). He describes seeing a hanged rebel spy and men executed for desertion. This estate is a great treasure and will be a centerpiece of any collection.--$5,800. 

    Diary excerpts:  

    May 4th, Monday

    Moved back about one fourth of a mile this morning + laid in the woods until almost night where we moved up into the Rifle Pits + relived the 149th NY. There has been no fighting of account of any account today. All of Co B accept two are accounted for. There were Two slightly wounded.

    May 5th, Tuesday

    Lay in the Rifle pits all day + until about One oclock PM when we moved back a few rods into the woods + built some big fires. It began to rain about Four oclock PM + continued nearly all night. The artillery all left about Eleven oclock PM + moved down toward the ford.

    May 6th, Wednesday

    Evacuated our positions at daylight this morning + moved down across the ford. The Army all crossed safely + started for their old camps. We marched back to where we laid the night after we left Alquia Creek + camped for the night.

    July 2nd, Thursday (Gettysburg)

    The battle raged all this PM on our left + center but they found us to much for them there and at dusk they attempted to turn our right but did not succeed though they did drive us back a few rods + occupy our rifle pits.

    July 3rd, Friday (Gettysburg)

    Our division engaged the enemy at daylight this morning + drove them off the ground they gained last night. The battle continued till about noon when they retired leaving only a few sharpshooters in our front. They tried our right again this PM but were driven back with great los

    July 4th, Saturday (Gettysburg)

    There was no firing during the night + contrary to our expectations it did not begin at daylight this morn. We sent out a line of skirmishers + found “ Johnny Reb” had got a belly full + retreated during the night

  2. Excellent condition original Civil War soldier's letter written "from the field" by Jacob Donham of Co. "A" - 34th Ohio Volunteer Infantry on Oct. 31, 1861.  Very patriotic and inspiring content -- "If I do not return - Think of me and how I died fighting for the Constitution and the Stars and Stripes - and for our beloved homes....If it is required of me to die on the Battlefield, I am going to sell my life as dear as I can....I have thought that the Lord saved my life in that last fight we had and I live in hopes that he will shield me in all the Battles that we have to come and I hope that I may come out safe in the end.  I put my trust in him ...."  A fine letter showing the typical soldier's fears and feelings.--$75.SOLD

  3. Very nice condition original 1863 Civil War diary that was kept by Lieutenant William S. Carter.  Lieut. Carter only sporatically kept the diary with only about 35 entries.  He does give a nice description of their ship arriving at New Orleans.  In addition to the diary there are two postal covers and one letter home.  One reason that more of the 1863 diary isn't filled out is that Lieut. William Carter died on June 15th, 1863.  Additional research would certainly reveal if Lieut. Carter was killed in Battle or died of disease.  An extremely cool piece of Civil War history at a very fair price.--$475. for all

  4. This estate is from two brothers and cousin and only one of them survived the war. The estate consists of 150 transcribed letters from the surviving brother John L. Hebron who served with the 2nd Ohio Infantry. Included in this estate is a “dog tag” owned by John which was made out of a penny after the battle of Chickamauga (and described in one of the letters), his personal bible, his discharge papers, four hard images, two of John and one each of his brother and cousin who did not survive the war. The saber included with this estate was owned by the younger brother of John who served in the 13th Ohio Cavalry and died in City Point, Va.  To top off this estate it contains modern photos of the grave of John’s cousin.  From this massive estate, a literal regimental history could be written on the 2nd Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.--$7,250.SOLD

  5. Small "1861" date book entitled Poems of Womanhood.  There are poems in this booklet that every woman should read, such as "She Was a Phantom of Delight" and "The Widow to Her Hourglass", or maybe "Be Gentle, Husband"!!--$75.

  6. Quite scarce, original, first edition, "Confederate Edged Weapons" by William A. Albaugh, III.  This is an excellent example with the original dust jacket still intact.--$95.

  7. Excellent condition, January 24, 1862, "Providence Tool Company" document.  This document is a receipt to Providence Tool Company for freight charges for 45 bars of raw iron shipped from New York to Providence Tool Company on the Steamer Ospray.  Providence Tool Company was a manufacturer of both Civil War sabers and muskets.  This raw iron would, no doubt, eventually become Civil War weapons.--$85.

  8. Nice condition, Richmond Daily Dispatch Confederate newspaper for Monday, August 12, 1861.  Military operations from many different areas of the Confederacy are written about.  The price of this newspaper at the time was "one cent".--$125.SOLD

  9. Very ornate, war date (December 30, 1863), shipping document to Providence Tool Company Armory in Providence, Rhode Island, from the Arcade Malt Iron Company.  Providence Tool Company is a well known sword and musket manufacturer during the Civil War, and quite likely, that is what these materials were to be used for.--$95.

  10. Nice condition, ordinance document for Company J, 63rd Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry.  Per this document, Company J of the 63rd Illinois received 69 Prussian muskets with bayonets, gunslings, bayonet scabbards, cartridge boxes, cartridge box plates, cap pouches, belts, and US waist belt plates.  The Prussian muskets that were issued at this time proved to be quite unsatisfactory and were replaced with Springfields as soon as possible.--$48.

  11. Pair of very colorful, unused, but original Union patriotic covers.  Both of these are satirical in nature.--$48.50

  12. Original December 7, 1925, General Order "# 6" from the United Confederate Veteran Headquarters.  And with this original 1925 United Confederate Veteran's Document are two sets of unused United States postal stamps.  One set of stamps is honoring the Federal GAR Veteran's organization, and the other set of stamps is honoring the United Confederate Veteran's Organization.  (I'm thinking that they would be holding ice olympics in hell before this set would be issued today.)--$55.

  13. Original 1921 imprint concerning the origin of Memorial Day.  This document was authored by Federal General Norton P. Chipman (who was Col. of the 2nd Ohio Infantry during the Civil War and was later Judge Advocate for the famous Andersonville Prison trial of Commandant Henry Wirz) and has an original "N. P. Chipman" autograph on the reverse of the document.  This is a very cool document and completely pertinent today.--$55.

  14. Original autograph of Brigadier General Ramsey Potts.  General Potts was one of America's most decorated and successful bomber pilots of the 2nd World War.  Interestingly, during his time, as a bomb group commander, the well know actor, James "Jimmy" Stewart, was his Operations Officer.  At age 27, Potts was promoted to full Colonel and assumed command of the 453rd Bomb Group based in Norfolk.  Among Potts' accolades, he was awarded "The Distinguished Service Cross", two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit medal, three DFCs, the Bronze Star, five Air Medals, and was awarded the British "DFC" for his outstanding courage and heroism.  He retired from the Air Force as a Major General in 1972.  Major General Potts lived to age 89.--$50.

  15. pattersonnotary.JPG (36298 bytes)pattersonnotarysig.JPG (51967 bytes)pattersonnotaryseal.JPG (50254 bytes)pattersonnotaryrev.JPG (41400 bytes)Beautiful condition Tennessee Governor's Commission signed by John W. Morton - then Secretary of State and during the Civil War was General Nathan Bedford Forrest's "Chief of Artillery", and who later authored the definitive book entitled "Forrest's Artillery".  The document is in beautiful, perfect condition and John Morton's signature is clear and perfect.--$150.

  16. remingtonck.JPG (45604 bytes)remingtonsig.JPG (53365 bytes)Very nice condition check from Remington Arms Co. dated Sept. 27, 1854 and signed by Samuel Remington {one of three owners along with brothers Philo and Eliphalet III} during the Civil War era.  Remington Firearms were very well thought of during the Civil War era.--$48.

  17. msgpapers.JPG (47416 bytes)msgpaperscls.JPG (48554 bytes)msgpaperscert.JPG (63813 bytes)Announcement of the compilation of the "1861-1865 -- The Message and Papers of the Confederacy" dated 1905 along with a certificate inviting the named individual the opportunity to subscribe to one set of the Messages and Papers of the Confederacy.  This particular certificate is addressed to H.B.W. Heartsill.--$48.

  18. How many of THESE have you ever seen offered for sale.  This is the OFFICIAL REGIMENTAL POLL-BOOK FOR THE MEMBERS OF CO. E - 76 TH REGIMENT PENNSYLVANIA VOLUNTEERS for the 1864 election.  The "Poll-Book" remains in remarkably nice, complete condition.--$250.
  19. Excellent condition and quite rare cover postmarked "Murfreesboro, TN." {March 18, 1850} - hand cancelled - and addressed to "Mr. Robert M. Rucker - University of Virginia".  Robert was a student there from 1849 until 1851, and would be a future Confederate soldier with the Army of Tennessee.  "Rucker Road"- here in Murfreesboro, TN. today is named for this man and his family.  This item is directly out of the family and comes with a copy of a picture of him and a copy of his personal history.  Inexpensive little item, but "loaded with cool".  This is an item that could easily be very appealing to a current "University of Virginia" graduate.--$65.
  20. Now here is an item that you don't see offered for sale every day.  It is an "1842" printing of "The History Of America" in GERMAN and was presented to a soldier in "1864".  The book remains in very nice condition.--$95.
  21. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.
  22. This letter was written from the "Hall of the Convention" in Alexandria, VA on December 12th 1864.  At this "Unionist" convention the Constitution of 1864 was adopted.  This Constitution contains many important laws including: abolishing slavery in the Union controlled parts of Virginia and recognizing the creation of West Virginia.   Members of the Convention proclaimed the new Constitution in effect, rather than submitting it to voters for approval in a popular referendum.  Initially only the areas of northern and eastern Virginia then under Union control recognized the authority of the Constitution of 1864, but after the fall of the Confederacy in May 1865 it became effective for all Virginia and remained in effect until July 1869.  In the above letter, it appears that the writer, L. W. Webb, was trying to run for some type of office or for a seat in the convention.  However, from his comment, "I see very plainly that a Union man stands no show in our department and it is useless to try to do any things, so I have given up all hopes, and will sit down and wait patiently until things do change," and it does look like he was not successful...$65
  23. Presented signature of Union Major General William D. Whipple.--$50.
  24. 6covers.JPG (43874 bytes)6coverspburgva.JPG (44949 bytes)6coverspatriotic.JPG (51660 bytes)Group of 6 Civil War and slightly earlier postal covers.  4 still have the stamps intact and are addressed to "Petersburg, VA."  and one of the six has a pretty patriotic motif.  The entire grouping.--$75.
  25. backcovers.JPG (15126 bytes)backcover1.JPG (15081 bytes)backcover2.JPG (16450 bytes)backcover3.JPG (15098 bytes)backcovereagle.JPG (16589 bytes)Three red, white, and blue patriotic Union covers with ornate Union embossing.  All three covers were actually mailed and have the cancelled 3-cent Union stamps still intact.  Two of the covers were addressed to Rhode Island and one to New York.  All three are in very nice condition.--$85.

  26. Nita and I started the day by heading up to the cabin on the Cumberland Plateau which sits on the site of an 1863 Army of Tennessee camp on their way to the battle of Chickamauga.  Over the past several years, we have recovered about 400 artifacts (mostly bullets of course) from the Confederate camp surrounding the cabin and located their because of the large spring at the site.  Many years ago, there was bulldozer work done clearing the property.  Today, our plan was to load a couple Kubota loads of top soil from one of the dozier brush piles to fill in a sinking area from an old stump.  I had just raked down some fresh top soil, and Nita had scooped up one shovel full when she looked down, and this is what she saw - a beautiful, complete, green Confederate Cavalry spur.  It's hard to believe as many times as we have all hunted the area with detectors that we might just rake out a beautiful Confederate artifact.  We didn't even have the detector with us at all -- HOW 'BOUT THAT!!!!!

  27. buckner.JPG (19286 bytes)bucknergen.JPG (8767 bytes)Nice crisp autograph of Confederate Gen. Simon Bolivar Buckner.  This autograph has for many years been on display at the Lotz House Civil War Museum in Franklin, Tennessee.--$250.

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