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  1. Incredible, museum worthy archive of material pertaining to John J. Bray, 1st New Jersey Cavalry, 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, Army of the Potomac.  This excellent grouping of material consists of John Bray's 1864 diary, a very rare and crystal clear 1/2 plate, fully cased tintype housed in a beautiful, patriotic, gutta percha full case.  With these items comes an original, war date, Harpers Weekly magazine with a full, multi-page account of Bray's escape from Confederate prison in Richmond and his ordeal in making his way back to Union lines.  With these war date items come two hard-back regimental history type books also detailing Bray's escape from prison.  This is an absolutely incredible group of material.--SOLD

  2. Very nice condition, original Centennial edition from the "Nashville Tennessean".  One hundred years ago, Battle of Nashville, the end came on Shy's Hill.  This particular paper is dated Sunday, December 6, 1964.  This issue has an in-depth breakdown of the Battle of Nashville along with a full page, color map that I have personally used many times in relic hunting at the Battle of Nashville.  Also found in the same old house, a 50-year-old Kurtz & Allison print of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Arkansas.  The print has aged to an attractive, cream/tan color and will frame nicely for your relic room.--$38 plus shipping for both items.

  3. Original, very nice condition, Confederate States of America newspaper.  This is the Friday, July 12, 1861, issue of "The Daily Journal - Wilmington, North Carolina".  Content is quite varied, including numerous medical miracle drugs and quite a number of "arms" for sale, including Smith & Wesson, Allen & Wheelock, pistols with bowie attached, and Maynard rifles all offered for cash.  With this newspaper, you are reading exactly the same news that a citizen would have been in 1861.--$125.

  4. Original, historic, "General Order #92" dated May 12, 1864.  In this General Order, a slave by the name of "Abe" was brought before the court accused of raping a white lady named Mrs. Creger of Blount County, Tennessee.  The court found the man guilty of rape, and he was sentenced "to be hanged by the neck until he is dead".  During the Civil War Era, this was about as serious a charge as you could get.--$95.SOLD

  5. Being offered are two very rare, "Old South" documents.  The first is an extremely rare, hand-written, war date, (November 17, 1863) pass for John Butler to go through our lines of guards and pickets until November 30th (1863).  Noting that Mr. Butler is "a man of undoubted loyalty", this pass was issued by Lt. Col. W. R. Sellon of the 2nd Alabama Volunteer Infantry (OF AFRICAN DESCENT - U.S.A.).  The second document is a full page description and bill of sale for a 20-year-old Negro girl and her 3-month-old baby.  This document is dated "4th Day of January 1830".  The two slaves were sold by Josiah Gollespie to Mr. John Butler for the sum of three hundred and sixty dollars and fifty cents in hand.  The slaves were guaranteed to be of sound body and mind.--$425. for both historic documents.---SOLD

  6. Beautifully framed, original, March 1864, Confederate $1,000 Equestrian Bond.  This bond is one that was actually issued, and is serial number 1504.  It has been archivally framed using acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  It is ready to hang and would be a beautiful addition to any study or relic room, "or in my case, the den".--Only $275.

  7. Extremely rare, Confederate military telegram sent February 24, 1862, from Confederate General Leonidus Polk to Confederate General Pgt. Beauregard.  The super rare element of this telegram is that it is written in a Confederate "coded" message.  The telegram has been deciphered with the deciphered correct letter beside each coded letter.  Once deciphered, the telegram reads, "To General Beauregard,  Just in - says enemy is moving from Paducah - though not in cars, his intention is to attack as soon as practical.  Signed, General Polk."  This extremely rare, coded Confederate telegram has been archively framed with acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  With the framed, coded Confederate telegram, is a framed, original Civil War date CDV of Confederate General Pgt. Beauregard.  On over 40 years of dealing in Civil War artifacts, this is only the second coded Confederate message that I have ever had come through the shop.  This is an artifact that most, even advanced Civil War collections, do not have an example of.--$595.SOLD

  8. Very, very rare, 206-year-old newspaper from Georgetown, District of Columbia, and dated October 20, 1813.  This newspaper is titled, "Federal Republican and Commercial Gazette".  The ads in this newspaper are truly eye-opening.  For example, "$50 reward for runaway near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland.  A Negro slave who calls himself, Bill, about 5' 6" or 7" high, rather of a lighter complexion than the generality of blacks -- extremely awkward and ungraceful in his address and particularly his walk, and has a wild, suspicious stare when approached."  There are many more ads of this nature pertaining to slave runaways.--$95.

  9. Original Civil War Soldier's Discharge.  This discharge is to Private Charles Joy of the 44th Regiment - MASS. VOL. INF. and is dated June 18, 1863, and is discharged due to expiration of his term of service.  This document will frame up very nicely.--$65.

  10. Excellent condition, framed original Federal soldier's discharge from service.  The discharge is for Private William H. H. Badkin.  Private Badkin was a member of the 58th Regiment of Indiana Volunteers.  He was discharged on January 24, 1864, at Loudon, Tennessee.  Private Badkin was being discharged so that he could reenlist as a Veteran Volunteer.  Private Badkin was 21 years of age, 5 ft. 11 in. tall, with light complexion, light hair, and blue eyes.  This document would be a very nice addition to your collection.--$75.

  11. Civil War Discharge and Pay Voucher dated March 12, 1862 for Private Edwin Teal.  Teal served from Jan.1, 1862 until  March 12, 1862.  He was discharged due to disability.  Private Teal was in Co. "B" - 4th New York Cavalry Regiment.  There are two documents.--$45. for both

  12. Very interesting, hand-written letter from L. W. Webb who was the Official Auditor of the State of Virginia CONFEDERATE Senate written to a friend from the CONFEDERATE "Hall of the Convention" in Alexandria, Virginia, December 12, 1864.  This is actually a quite rare document in that it was written from the Convention Hall and is Civil War dated.--$125.

  13. Nicely framed, Southwestern Telegraph Company Confederate telegram from New Orleans, dated August 21, 1861.  This telegram reads, "August 21, 1861 - New Orleans - To Col. French (Col. Chester, Samuel, Bassett French CSA).  We have 204 bags buck shot suitable for cartridges (buck and ball) at 20 cents per pound if you need any.  Answer as we cannot hold it over tomorrow -- cash.  Bostick and Seymeur."--$95.SOLD

  14. Very nice condition, $50 Civil War Confederate Loan document.  The document is dated March 10, 1863.  This loan bond was actually issued and is serial number 2537, and the last interest coupon redeemed was January 1, 1865.  This is a very nice piece of Confederate and Civil War history and will frame beautifully.--$150.

  15. STATE OF TEXAS, Gonzalez County, quite rare, four large page, dated January, 1851, legal document settling the estate of George E. Norwood.  Within this estate settlement document is description and dispersion of numerous individual slaves and also several slave families.  Mid-1800 era "Texas slave related documents" are quite scarce.--$150.SOLD

  16. War date Civil War letter (June 6, 1863) written from a father to his daughter.  The father is in Chicago attending a National Medical Conference, and he is writing his daughter back in Philadelphia, PA.  The letter is written in old brown ink and gives general news of the father's visit to Chicago for the National Medical Conference.  The letter remains in its original, stamped envelope and is in very nice condition.--$25.

  17. Very nice condition group of four Civil War documents pertaining to John Harner.  The documents consist of one military appointment document, two discharges, and one Treasury Dept. document.  John Harner was a member of Co. G, 4th Regiment, US Cavalry for most of the duration of the war.  John Harner, along with his regiment, was at one time posted here at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and also participated in both Battles of Franklin, Tennessee, on November 30, 1864, and Nashville, Tennessee on December 15, 1864.  All four documents remain in good condition, are easily legible, and will frame up beautifully.  For all four documents--$295.

  18. Very nice condition, March 1863, Confederate $50 Bond.  This bond was actually issued and interest coupons redeemed until the war's end, and the next available coupon was July 1865, and of course there was no need to go to the Treasurer's Office at this date as the war was over, and the Confederate Bond was worthless.  This bond will frame up beautifully.--$125.

  19. Beautifully archival framed, February, 1863, Stonewall Jackson $1,000 bond and an excellent condition, February 17, 1864, Stonewall Jackson $500 note.  Both items are framed with acid-free matting and light filtering glass.  This item will be extremely difficult and expensive to ship and would be much better picked up at the shop or at a show.--$850.SOLD

  20. Quite rare, Civil War date (August 27, 1861), receipt from Providence Tool Company for the purchase of one bar of Zagnall iron weighing 225 pounds.  It is very likely that this iron would be used for the manufacture of muskets and sabers for the American Civil War as Providence Tool Company had contracts for both.--$48.

  21. Very nice condition, small book entitled, "Children of the Bible", published in 1860 by Fisher and Brother.  The book has a faint marking in the back of "Chas. Mimmick - AD. 1864".  Small religious books of this type were quite common around Civil War camps.  This little book will make an excellent addition to someone's Civil War camp scene display.--$95.

  22. Quite rare Confederate newspaper -- "Richmond Daily Dispatch" dated Wednesday morning, September 18, 1861.  Lots of very interesting reading, reports of Reconnaissance balloons are floating high above such locales as Hampton Crossroads.  The newspaper measures 16 inches wide by 23 inches tall for framing purposes.  The neutrality of Kentucky is being called out in one of the articles.  The "wanted" and "for sale" listings, for example - "Information wanted --- is Robert J. Griffith, 8th Regiment South Carolina Volunteers, at any of the public or private hospitals in the city.  If so, the person having charge of said hospital will please inform me at the dispatch office."  Another entry - "Having heard of remarks prejudicial to my school in consequence of the recent occupancy of one of the rooms by a few sick soldiers under the care of some of the ladies in this vicinity.  I hereby take occasion to say that this room has been used especially for the convalescence . . . . . experience no ill affect from the presence of the disabled men, and all the rooms are being thoroughly cleaned and whitewashed."--$125.SOLD

  23. Original discharge from military service for Levi Lyons of the 4th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Independent Cavalry.  Levi was discharged by reason of expiration of his time of service.  Levi was 5 feet 10 inches tall with fair complexion - gray eyes - and light hair - and was 18 years of age.  Discharge documents have always been very popular because they frame up so beautifully.--$95.

  24. Official document from the State of Rhode Island dated August 28, 1862, authorizing the purchase of 6 dozen iron hand cuffs to be purchased from Providence Tool Company.  This is a very nice condition, war date, State of Rhode Island document.--$75.

  25. Excellent condition, September 17, 1862, purchase document with ornate heading for Providence Tool Company to purchase one buff calf skin from James Davis, manufacturer of leather belting.  This buff leather was likely to be used in the manufacture of musket slings and/or Federal waist belt assemblies.--$75.

  26. Quite rare, $1000 Confederate Loan Bond authorized on May 1, 1861, from Montgomery, Alabama.  There are fourteen uncut coupons remaining.  The note remains in nice condition and has green over-print.  It will frame up beautifully.--$150.

  27. Beautiful condition, 1840 land grant from President Martin Van Buren.  This grant contains 40 acres and is for land located near Edwardsville, Illinois.  This land grant retains the original Presidential Seal and is certificate number 19691 and is dated January 1, 1840.--$250.

  28. 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.

  29. Perfect like new condition, rare, out of print, Plates and Buckles of the American Military 1795 - 1874, by Sydney C. Kerksis.  This is one of the best and most sought after of all reference books.--$95.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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
  38. Presented signature of Union Major General William D. Whipple.--$50.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.

  41. 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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