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  1. Extremely rare and historic, three page letter written by Confederate President Jefferson Davis (all completely in his hand) with a beautiful bold Jefferson Davis signature.  This very historic letter was written December 28, 1868, shortly after President Davis had been released from prison.  Following President Davis' release from prison, he and his family had traveled to Europe partly for pleasure and health and partly in search of the right situation where he could write an anticipated history of the Confederacy.  After staying two years in Europe, President Davis and his family eventually returned to the United States and settled at Beauvoir, located near Biloxi, Mississippi.  It was here that President Davis would pen the historic two volume Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.  Jefferson Davis' citizenship to the United States was not restored until 1978 with a resolution from President Jimmy Carter.  You will not often have the chance to own such a beautiful and historic piece of our Southern heritage.--$1,850.SOLD

  2. 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.

  3. Richmond, VA, Confederate newspaper "The Richmond Sentinel Daily."  This is issue #147, dated Monday, June 20, 1864.  There is extensive content concerning fighting around Petersburg, VA.  Also in this issue is a listing of reported Confederate killed and wounded around Petersburg.  This is very reminiscent of the scene in Gone with the Wind where all the wives, mothers, and fathers huddled around the newspaper office waiting to see the list of killed and wounded.  Overall good condition and a nice record of current Civil War happenings around Richmond, VA.--$125.SOLD

  4. Extremely rare, PAIR of Confederate letters written from the famous or infamous "Fort Pillow," Tennessee.  The letters were written in late April, 1862, while Fort Pillow was still under Confederate occupation.  They  have very good content describing the Union artillery as having thrown multi thousand shells at them.  (I never realized what a grand place to relic hunt for artillery that Fort Pillow would be.)  He describes in the letters the death of numerous comrades along with his attempts to send the corpses home.  From the letters, it sounds like "measles" became an even greater enemy than the Yankees.  This is a couple of really good Confederate letters describing "Fort Pillow," and it is rare to encounter Confederate letters from this site.--$295.SOLD

  5. Very nice condition, historic, February 20, 1863, $1000 bond with Stonewall Jackson pictured in the center.  The bond has eight coupons remaining and is going to frame beautifully.--$195.SOLD

  6. Very desirable Feb. 17, 1864 Confederate $1,000. bond known among Civil War collectors as the Confederate $1,000. Equestrian Bond.  This example is in excellent condition and has 55 of the original coupons remaining intact.  The motif on this bond is the statue of General George Washington.  The colors remain bright and vivid, and the edges strong.--$225.SOLD

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 1992 Printing of "Pictorial Encyclopedia of Civil War Medical Instruments and Equipment" by Dr. Gordon Dammann.  This is a very useful reference book.--$25.
  24. 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
  25. Presented signature of Union Major General William D. Whipple.--$50.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.

  28. 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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