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  1. Beautiful grouping containing 5 original Confederate Postal stamps.  All 5 have nice crisp color and are all in excellent condition.--$150. for All.SOLD

  2. Very interesting letter dated April 14, 1924, from Mrs. Mary Snyder of Ft. Clinton, Ohio, detailing how her seven brothers and brother-in-law all served in the Union Army, several of which were wounded at Shiloh and Cheat Mountain and one brother who was confined at Andersonville Prison.  Mary states that her brother, Job Kelley, weighed 145 pounds when he entered Andersonville and weighed only 75 pounds and was unable to walk when he was released.  This is quite a moving letter of one family's sacrifice.--$20.

  3. The Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics, by Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell.  This is one of the "must have" Civil War reference books in new condition.--$65.

  4. Excellent condition, CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, "The Daily Journal" printed in Wilmington, North Carolina.  This particular issue is dated Monday, May 27, 1861.  It has numerous Civil War references, including references to the Battle of Ft. Sumter and also numerous recruiting advertisements for various regiments and also various tactic manuals for sale.  This particular issue is four huge pages long and has almost every conceivable content, including numerous ads for Negroes for sale.  The paper remains in excellent condition and will frame beautifully.--$125.

  5. Very nice condition, 8 inch x 10 inch, 2-page letter written by Joshua S. Ramsdell of the MA 29th Infantry.  This letter was written December of 1861 from the United States General Hospital at Fortress Monroe, Virginia.  Joshua is writing his mother from the hospital informing her that he has been very sick for over two months but is now improving and hopes to be allowed to go home before too long.  He compliments the hospital care that he has received, but has bad bed sores on his back sides, and one has an abscess.  He says when he first got to the hospital he was so weak that he could not write nor even read his letters.  Joshua says, "After I got so I could read the letters I had received, I took a great pleasure in reading them, but it would still be greater pleasure if I could have found one from mother, but there was none there.  I hope you will answer this but you must not if you are too feeble."  This letter was written in December, and Joshua was eventually released for disability to go home September 26, 1862.  This is an excellent letter clearly describing medical hardships of the Civil War faced by both Union and Confederate soldiers.--$65.

  6. Very cool, Army of Tennessee Confederate letter written September 14, 1863.  The essence of this letter is that General Bragg has bypassed a Company Commander elected by the men of the regiment for promotion to Command of the Regiment and instead appointed a Regimental Commander of his own choosing.  This person is threatening to resign because of the matter, and his friend is imploring him to remain steadfast, because he says, "General Bragg cannot last forever.  He is too complete a failure.  Hold on quietly.  Do your duty and all will be well."  This is a Confederate letter full of mystery and GREAT research potential.--$125.SOLD

  7. Beautifully written Confederate letter, written April 17, 1864, from camp near Brandy Station, Virginia.  The letter is from N. J. Walker back home to his brothers and sisters.  The letter generally contains camp news and the belief that another campaign will soon begin.  N. J. Walker was an officer with the 9th Louisiana Infantry.  His handwriting is in ink, and not only legible, but near calligraphy.  This letter was apparently on display in a museum at some point, and we are including the museum grade holder with the letter.--$150.SOLD

  8. Very nicely written letter by Lt. Andrew Knox of the 1st CT Heavy Artillery.  The letter was written December 11, 1864, from "before Petersburg, VA".  In this letter home, Lt. Knox is expressing how tremendously he is missing home and his wife and cannot wait for it to all be over.  This is a classic, two-page, late war Civil War letter by a soldier who is worn to a frazzle and ready to be home.--$55.SOLD

  9. Quite hard to come by - 3 out of the 4 Parts of Vol. 34 - Official Records of The War Of The Rebellion.  This is the Trans-Mississippi Set for April - May, 1864.  I can guarantee from personal experience that there are some GREAT Relic Hunting spots hidden within these volumes !!--$65. for all three

  10. Huge Military Atlas that was originally published to accompany the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  The atlas has been reprinted several times and is an absolute must have in doing Civil War research.  Mine is so worn that some of the pages have become dis-attached.  This book was, at one point in time, fairly available to find, but in the last few years has become difficult to get.  This example remains in very nice condition.--$95.

  11. Long out of print - One of the relic hunter classic books detailing what Relic Hunting was REALLY like back in the very earliest days (and with lots of pictures of the finds).  This is "RELIC HUNTER - The field account of Civil War Sites, Artifacts, and Hunting" by Howard Crouch.  I guarantee this book will have you amped, and ready to go digging in the morning !!--$65.

  12. EXTREMELY RARE, Civil War abortion letter.  In this letter, dated September 3, 1862, Townsend Heaton is writing to his brother in relation to a girl that says that she is pregnant by him.  Within this letter, "Town" Heaton, who was an M.D., instructs his brother, Jack, "If you will, you may give her the "med" you got of me, but you must be devilish careful that no one finds out that you are giving her the med for that purpose."  This med was generally tincture of Pennyroyal.  It was used in one of the episodes of "Mercy Street" (a PBS program about a Civil War hospital in Virginia) to cause a miscarriage.  In almost 50 years, this is only the second Civil War letter that I have ever had referencing an herbal abortion.  This is definitely a type letter that you will not see offered for sale very often at all.--$375. (The entire collection of this family's communications consists of about 80 pieces and run from the late 1850's to the end of the Civil War.  If you would like the entire collection of family correspondence--$1,200.)SOLD

  13. Ultra rare, Confederate Sharp Shooter journal/diary.  This diary was kept by Sgt. Landrum C. Ezell of Co. H, 1st Regiment, Palmetto Sharp Shooters, AKA "Jenkins Regiment".  This diary begins on July 28, 1864, and is kept until January 26, 1865.  There were clearly additional pages beyond this in the diary, but are now unfortunately missing.  During the approximate 6 months that this diary covers, it seems like almost every other page is fighting and battle content.  In the early stages of the war, Landrum C. Ezell was wounded in action on June 30, 1861, with a bullet wound through his left arm and hand.  He was absent from the Army recovering until July 28, 1864, which is when this diary/journal begins.  The action content in this diary is virtually non-stop, and this is a diary that, in my opinion, would be fully worth complimenting with additional historical information and publishing.  In almost 50 years, I have never seen another Palmetto Sharp Shooter Confederate diary.  This is directly out of the family and is not a diary/journal that has been around the block.  There is, in addition, a tintype of Sgt. Ezell as a young man in civilian clothes and also a later-in-life albumin of him.--$2,250.SOLD

  14. Very sought after, original 1889 printing of Volume XXIV in all three parts.  This is the "Vicksburg" set and is without question loaded with research information that would result in some good relic hunting locations.--$125.

  15. Massive, 1,525 page, Volume XXXIII, original, 1891 printing of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  It covers from January 1 - April 30, 1864.  This volume covers some excellent relic hunting research areas including Newberne, NC, Mortons Ford, VA, Kilpatrick's Raid, Bunker Hill, WV, Front Royal, VA, Flint Hill, VA, Warrington, VA, Accotink, VA, Ellis Ford, VA, Charlestown, WV, Laurel Creek, WV, Kilpatrick's Expedition, Bristoe Station, VA, Leesburg, VA, Winchester, VA, and an endless amount of others.  This volume of the Official Records will be a treasure trove of research material if you relic hunt in this region.--$58.SOLD

  16. Very sought after, original 1890 printing of the 3-part set of Volume XXXI of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  These are the black cloth bound edition, and Volume XXXI covers the Knoxville, Tennessee, Campaign as well as extensive action in Southeast Tennessee known as the Chattanooga - Ringgold Campaign.  There is a literal gold mine of relic hunting research information in these three books that run approximately 900 pages each.  With some good research work, I can guarantee there are some great relic finds hidden in this three book set of Official Records.--$125.SOLD

  17. Civil War date, August 9, 1861, receipt from Providence Tool Company for 3 bundles of iron weighing 353 pounds.  It is very likely that this wrought iron during the Civil War was on its way to becoming muskets, sabers, or bayonets.  Providence Tool Company itself produced both muskets and sabers during the Civil War.--$45.

  18. Very rare to find, one of the most highly sought after volumes of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  This is the original 1884 printing of Volume X, Parts I & II of the Official Records.  This is the highly sought after "Battle of Shiloh" set of OR's.  I can guarantee that with some hard core research in these two books, some fantastic artifacts wait to be discovered.--$75. for this treasure of research material.SOLD

  19. Quite rare to come by, ORIGINAL, black cloth bound, VOLUME XXII, Parts 1 & 2 of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  This set of Official Records is dated 1888, and primarily covers action in Arkansas, including the Battle of Prairie Grove, Arkansas - Marmaduke's Expedition into Missouri - the Engagement at Cabin Creek - Attack on Helena, Arkansas - Advance upon Little Rock, Arkansas - and many many more.  This set of Official Records will be an invaluable source of research for any of the guys that relic hunt this theater.--$75. for both.SOLD

  20. Quite rare to come by, ORIGINAL, black cloth bound, VOLUME XLV, Parts 1 & 2, of the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion.  This is the original, 1894 printing making this set of books 126 years old.  This is the set of Official Records that covers both the Battles of Franklin and of Nashville.  I have personally recovered thousands of artifacts directly from research done from this set of reference books.  I can 100% guarantee that there are hundreds of sites yet to be discovered that can be found by researching from this set of Official Records.  Both books are complete and reasonably strong for being over 120 years old.--$75. for the pair.SOLD

  21. Very nice condition group of three "Day Orders" for the 33rd Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  All three documents remain in very nice condition and are dated the second half of 1861.--$150 for all three.

  22. Original completely filled out Consolidated Morning Report Document for the 33rd Regiment New York State Volunteer Infantry.  A scarce New York document in very nice framable condition.--$95.

  23. Regimental detail for duties at Camp Granger, July 22, 1861, for the 38th Regiment, New York State Volunteers.  All the camp guards and police for July 22, 1861, are detailed by name in this order.  This hand-written order is signed by R. F. Taylor, Col. commanding the Regiment.--$95.

  24. In 43 years, I can count on one hand the number of original Civil War Election "Pollbooks" that have come through the shop.  This example remains in very nice condition and is for Co. B, 1st Pennsylvania Light Artillery.  The election was to be held on the 8th day of November, being the Tuesday next after the 1st Monday of November in the year 1864.  This artifact is especially relevant in this current year of election.--$275.

  25. Very attractive, $500 Confederate States of America Loan Bond, dated February 20, 1863.  The bond still has seven interest coupons remaining intact.  It was folded for many years and has been supported along one fold line.  This bond is serial number 11125 and pictures a Confederate on Pickett, sitting by a fire.  It will frame up beautifully.--$115.

  26. Very rare Confederate preprinted ordnance document from Guinas Station, VA. dated April 15, 1863.  The document pretains to food and soap for Ramsiur's Brigade at Guinas Station, VA.  Guinas Station, VA. is most famous for being the site where Stonewall Jackson died.--$250.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.SOLD

  31. 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.SOLD

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.SOLD

  40. 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.

  41. 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.

  42. 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.SOLD

  43. 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.

  44. 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.

  45. 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.

  46. 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.

  47. 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.

  48. 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.

  49. 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.

  50. 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.

  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. 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
  54. Presented signature of Union Major General William D. Whipple.--$50.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.

  57. 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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