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  1. Very nice estate grouping belonging to Kirke Moses of the 30th Regiment, Maine Volunteer Infantry.  The grouping consists of a signed CDV of Kirke Moses and two CDV's of his wife, two extensive "Muster Roll" like regimental documents, and most importantly, a beautiful silver pocket watch belonging to Kirke Moses with a Civil War soldier engraved on one side and a fort scene engraved on the other.  The engraved silver pocket watch is one of the prettier ones I have seen.--$895 for the entire estate.

  2. This is an absolutely incredible estate grouping of letters and documents belonging to Monroe McColister of the 6th Ohio Cavalry.  The estate grouping consists of approximately 35 letters - several documents - some poetry - two photographs - and one booklet.  In the grouping of material is one of the finest, most descriptive letters of the Battle of Shiloh that I have seen.  Excerpt from Shiloh/Ft. Donelson letter:  "We have seen some pretty hard sights at the Ft. Donelson fight and in the Battle of Shiloh --- to see the soldiers lying around --- some with head and arms shot off and others with legs and arms off --- some half dead and some dying.  I've seen them lie around in all kinds of shapes and form.  Many of our Company was taken prisoner last week while out on picket ... I have seen some pretty hard times since I left home dear cousin.  I think if them boys that are starting to war now had seen as much of it as I have, they would stay at home, but it is right that they go for this rebellion must be put down."  Excerpt from Dumfries, VA, April, 1863, letter informing his wife of her husband's death:  "Dear Madam, it is with regret and pain that I attempt to inform you of the death of your husband.  He departed this life on the 17th day of this month --- I believe he was sick four weeks from the day he took sick till the day he died.  He had the Black Measles and took cold and then Typhoid fever set in."  In another letter, "I have marked out the number of soldiers that are by him there.  It is in the open field with two trees by the side of the graves.  The largest board is your husband's grave - there is no fence there.   --- I don't think that our troops have got possession of the place there --- if you can get someone to come I will go with them after him and I will be sure to get his remains."  This estate is so extensive, there is room for many months research.  This is an incredible and heart wrenching Civil War estate.--$2,950 for the entire estate.SOLD

  3. 1863 date Bible containing both Old and New Testaments.  The Bible has a notation inside the front cover that it was, "Found on board the ship, U.S.S. Kearsarge - The Conqueror of The Alabama."  The Bible was printed in New York by the American Bible Society and dated 1863.  It remains complete, but the covers have become unattached.  There is 150-year-old 4-leaf clover remaining pressed inside.--$150.SOLD

  4. HUGE 1864 issue, Confederate $1000 Equestrian bond.  This bond was "actually issued" and is number 9512 rather than an unissued leftover as most that you encounter are.  The bond remains complete with all 60 coupons remaining intact.  There are a couple of old water stains and a small crack or two, but the bond will frame and display beautifully.--$195.SOLD

  5. I just got in a very nice little local C.S. grouping, but I need some help from my "crack ability" research buddies out there.  Here is what I know --  The actual spelling of this young man's name is "James D. Jeffress", but it is spelled 3 or 4 different ways on these documents.  He was from Bedford CO., TN. and was listed on the 1860 Bedford County census with that spelling, and listed as 18 years old at the time.  The family still resides in Bedford CO. (Shelbyville, TN.) yet today.  From the documents we know that James was captured at some point, and was in prison at Point Lookout, MD. when the Civil War ended.  We know that he was 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall - light complexion - dark hair - and grey eyes.  We have his Prison release document - his Oath of Allegiance - and his side knife.  Any help in learning more about this young Confederate would be GREATLY appreciated.  Thank You very much guys !!!  James D. Jeffress was a member of CO. "J" - 23RD REG. TENN. VOL. INF. and served with the Regiment through the entire Civil War.  He was present for EVERY MAJOR BATTLE  (Shiloh - Perryville - Stones River - Hoover's Gap - Chickamauga - Drewry's Bluff, VA. - Petersburg, VA.)  that the Regiment was involved in through the entire Civil War until he was captured at Petersburg on April 2, 1865, and sent to Point Lookout, MD.  Prison.  He was released from Point Lookout, MD. prison on June 11, 1865 and took the Oath on June 16, 1865 (with the Civil War over) and returned home to Shelbyville, TN. (where his descendants yet live today).  This excellent grouping consists of his side knife - his Certificate of release from Point Lookout Federal Prison - and his original "Oath of Allegiance".--$475. for all-SOLD

  6. High Grade Museum quality grouping belonging to ALBERT H. BENHAM of Co. "B" - 29TH REGT. - OHIO VOLUNTEER INFANTRY consisting of his THREE WAR DATE CIVIL WAR DIARYS (1863 - 1864 - 1865) and his "1863 DATE" three band SPRINGFIELD RIFLED MUSKET.  The diarys remain in very nice condition - are clearly legible - and document some of the most important Civil War events that shaped our nation's future.  The diaries detail the following battles -- CHANCELLORSVILLE - GETTYSBURG - KENNESAW MOUNTAIN -  THE MARCH TO THE SEA - and LEE'S SURRENDER.  He describes his first day of fighting at Gettysburg -- "JULY 2, 1863 (THURSDAY) -- The Battle raged all this PM on our left and center - but they found us to much for them there, and at dusk they attempted to turn our right, but did not succeed - although they did drive us back a few rods and occupy our rifle pits."  Endless interesting entries - "MAY 15th (Monday) -- Moved at the usual hour - Passed through Spotsylvania C.H. and over Grant's Battlefield.  Also our old Chancellorsville Field.  We found everything just as we had left it ... Very few of our killed had been buried and thier remains lay around on top of the ground ...  Crossed the Rappahannock and we camped near it ..."  "SEPTEMBER 18th - 1863 - (Friday)  "Two men out of the 78th NYV were shot this PM for desertion"  "JULY 8th - 1863 (Wednesday)  Started at 5AM and passed through Frederick City about 10 - Went by the tree where a spy was hung last Sunday - HE WAS HANGING THERE STILL".  A massive and historically enlightening estate and a book could be easily written from this fantastic grouping who just happened to see many of the events FIRST HAND that have shaped our current nation.--$6,850.SOLD

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

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

  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.SOLD

  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. 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. 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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