Civil War
Letters-Documents-Confederate
CS Partisan Rangers-Gen Wheeler's Escort Letter
Item #: NEW-0017382

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This is a four page letter written from Alexandria Tennessee by W T Lokey of General Wheeler's Escort who named his company the "Wild Tigers. In the letter he explains to his father about the forming of an elite partisan ranger outfit.

Eleven Texas Rangers
Captain Reese
"Tennessee Campaign"
 Gallatin
Carthage
Early Lokey

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36th Tn Infantry-Cleveland Tn-Letter
Item #: NEW-0017227

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Four page letter written by Henry Cate, a Confederate soldier from a family in Cleveland Tennessee which was split in their loyalties.  Henry had a brother who fought for the Union and a father who provided a lot of provisions (possibly reluctantly) to the Union Army when they occupied Cleveland.  Henry Glaze Cate was a Captain with Company C 36th Tennessee Infantry. Here is the content of the letter:

                                                                  Montgomery Ala
                                                                   July 18, 1863

My dear Father,

As this is Sunday I have nothing else to do.  I will again write you.  Every day develops new and remarkable features in terrible crisis through which we are now passing.  Our land is now ? As it were through an ordeal of fire.  The tocsin of war has been sounded and situated and no means are to be left untried to turn back the invaders.  The conscription of all between 18 & 45 is now going on and efforts are being made to organize all the old men and boys into companies & battalions for local & state defense.  The entire strength is to be marshaled in arms and then the death struggle for I am in hopes Republican Independence.  Such are my hopes but my fears are different.  Already the Richmond Enquirer is a lengthy article advocates that the entire force old & young be put into camps and the country ruled with despotic powers.  It will be observed that this paper is the organ of the administration and says that this state of things should last only for the time being but without conjecture as to whether such will as will not be the case such state of government excites my worst fears.  The history of the world shows few instances in which men who have been clothed with powers as those delegated or assumed are willing to relinquish any part of it till forced.  All the clerks in office have detected men in government works are being urged to organize and drill and be ready for a fight.  There appears to be no fighting going on at present except at Charleston.  The bombardment still continues.  There is little but the Yankees are determined upon taking the city and it is not certain they will not succeed.  Johnson has, it is stated, fallen back to Meridian.  I do not know for certain that it is so but think it is. 

General Hardee is going on now to take the place of Pemberton in the Vicksburg army while General D H Hill will take his place in the Army of Tennessee.  Confederate money I am credibly informed is selling here at ten to one.  If you have nay you had better make the best investment you can.  If it is worth so little there as here and you can buy a State Bank of Tennessee at 2, 3, or even 4 it will be as good if not better than to buy gold.  No kind of property is worth anything now except land or hard money.  State money may be worth something as yet.  I had seen men of my acquaintance from Jackson who related the destruction of property & misery among the inhabitants as indescribable.  Every Negro that will go, that last pound of meat are taken.  All or very near all the wearing apparel and every article of furniture are taken or destroyed.  All the gold that can be procured whether in coin or jewelry plated ware or other wise is taken by a wanton soldiery.  All the works of art and the various kinds of ornamental pictures are alike destroyed.  Those who were wealthy yesterday and those in modest circumstances are today alike poor and in many instances drawing rations from the Federal Commissary.  Women tat used to ride in carriages with good horses and servants to drive are seen riding on ?  Many bear and get away many are unable to leave.  Refugees from New Orleans frequently stop at my office impoverished and exiled from home and ask transportation being unable to pay their way further.  Comparatively speaking we have never felt he war in E Tenn and hope and trust that the people of my state the land of my home will never be subject to the same senseless and and inhuman pillage and devastation as has the Miss Valley.  Though I cn not expect that it will not along with other sections of the Confederacy be overrun by Federal Soldiery but its natural strength may make it about the last place.  Cross writing on a portion of the last page.  Everyone should keep cool and look well to their own interest.  J A Cate is buying Negroes.  Signed H Cate     

36th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)

36th Infantry Regiment was formed at Knoxville, Tennessee, during February, 1862. Men of this command were from Knoxville and Bradley, Hamilton, and Marion counties. It served in the Department of East Tennessee and took part in the Cumberland Gap operations. In June it disbanded; some of its members were then transferred to the 35th, 43rd, and 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiments. The field officers were Colonel Robert J. Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel John A. Dunn, and Major William A. Camp.

Note:  The 36th was disbanded very early in the war due to excessive desertions.  Undoubtedly Henry joined one of the three Regiments listed but is unknown which one.


-Henry Cate-Cleveland Tn

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Letter-Archibald D Norris-Off to War+
Item #: NEW-0017151

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I purchased this from a  picker who obtained a portion of a family estate.  The first listing is a letter written by A D Norris describing how he was mustered into the 7th Infantry Regiment.  He later gained fame for saving the company's flag at Gettysburg.  The second letter is from a friend of the family who gives the latest news of the battles. An image of Norris can be found in my Sold category.  


Here is the transcript of the Norris letter, presumably the first written as a new recruit.

                                                                                      Richland Station, Sumner Co July 22nd

Dear Father,

     We arrived here last night about two o’clock and having nothing particular to do today I avail   myself of this opportunity to write you a few lines to give you my idea of the times and circumstances by which we are surrounded.    An immense concourse of people were assembled in Lebanon on Monday morning to witness the departure of the troops.  A great deal of feeling was manifested by the citizens, there being but few dry eyes in the place.  We left about eight o’clock.  Took dinner at the sister’s at green hill and arrived in Nashville about three.  The buggies carriages and wagons conveying the troops and their friends numbered one hundred and fifty eight.  The Handkerchiefs and waving hats with which we were greeted all along the route had a tendency to dispel the gloomy depression relating to the parting of friends and relatives.  The procession proceeded around the square and through the principal streets of Nashville and then repaired to the fair grounds where we were mustered into service by taking an oath to offer our services in defense for twelve months.
I then went to see Grandma Leyons (?)stayed a short time, slept at the Commercial Hotel with Wilson Phillips who went down with the procession.  I was quite unwell during the night in consequence of having eaten too heartedly of preserved soft peaches at dinner and adding these onto a hearty dinner.  Was all right yesterday morning.  We were drilled a little yesterday morning after which I called on Mrs Rosser’s friends to whom I had letters of introduction.  Had a very pleasant visit and received a letter of introduction to Captain Creghead of Company B of the Rock City Guards which I will soon present to him.

Yesterday evening we marched from the fairgrounds to the depot a distance away we went up about three miles.  We got on the cars before seven but it was after ten before we left edgefield.
We had a short of "rough and tumble” side to this place, one or two of the cars became detached and causing delay.  We pitched our tents and sometime after three o’clock lay down and slept till about five.  

I do not feel near the fatigue that I expected to from exposure and loss of sleep.  Last night was my first in the "tented fields”. I like it very well just from the novelty.At present my health is good and spirits hopeful.

We will probably remain here a day or two and then go to the general encampment a few miles from this place, beyond this nothing certain, just conjecture.  I must close, I will write again when I get to a place where I think where we will remain long enough to get an answer. Your affectionate son, Archie

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Archibald Debow Norris and the men of the 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment

Follow in the footsteps of Archibald Debow Norris and the 7th Tennessee Infantry Regiment.  This regiment was formed in late May of 1861 near Gallatin, Tennessee.  Among its companies were those boasting names such as "The Hurricane Rifles” and "The Statesville Tigers.”  Norris graduated first in the class of 1860 from Allegheny College in Pennsylvania.  He returned home after college to find his home state embroiled in discussions of secession.  He himself supported the preservation of the Union and was not afraid to share his sentiments in public.  However, once the state seceded he joined the 7th Tennessee in 1861 at the age of twenty-one.  At Gettysburg he fought with the regiment on July 1st and 3rd where he displayed conspicuous bravery despite the chaos of combat.  Another soldier would later remember…

"I can recall Capt. A. Norris… when the right was being enveloped and hope gone, tearing the flag from the staff, and retreating with a fragment of his company under a fire so destructive that his escape seemed miraculous.  There was no better officer in the Seventh or in any other regiment”

Here is the second letter from Doug Yoke, a long time resident of Wilson County

 Cherry Valley,

Feb 7th 1862  A D Norris Your letter from camp near Romney came to hand the this inst I assure you it was received with much pleasure not only by me but by the whole of our small family.  I landed home from Russleville the 1st inst (instant?) have been on a visit there to see the boys, friends, and acquaintances.  I found Jno & Alek with bad colds but mending   met Tobe coming home for the first time since he left he is well and weigns 167 pounds  he starts back to camps this morning.  I found ?Rasser very low with fever  he says he is some better  Mrs. Rasser is there with him.  Russelville was a very handsome place before the soldiers were posted there  now it is the muddiest place I ever saw  the forces there is estimated at 20,000 & more coming  the prospect of a fight of a fight at Bowling Green I think is ? for the present tho Russelville is threatened  about 8,000 Lincolnites came across green river at Carrolton & was fortifying for 15 or 20 days but Jno writes me since I got home that they are gone from there but does not know where.  The news papers say they are coming up Cumberland of Tnnessee rivers as far as fort Donelson on the cumberland and fort Henry on the Tenn  rumor has it that they were fighting at the latter place day before yesterday, I think we will hear tonight the danger lies in that direction now I think  They are aiming for our Railroads if they destroy the bridges they cut off our supplies from Bowling green to Russelville.  I suppose you have heard of our defeat at fishing creek under general Crittenden.  it was not near us as bad as it was at first reported but was bad enough  the best information is we lost about 200 killed & 300 prisoners among the killed general  (Felix) (Zollicoffer) Zolicoffer, Col (George) raines and the Col Baley (Bailey) Peyton

The Lincolnites call it bull run for Crittenden is called everything but a patriot by some I suppose our generals were deceived as to the strength of the enemy  they were in 2 divisions on either side of fishing creek  the creek very much swollen supposed to be impossible.  our generals continued to attack the division in between the river and creek made a force march of 20 miles in the night and joined the other division in the fork which made their forces double as strong as was expected  Zolicoffer was decoy ? up to a  Indiana  Regiment by a Confederate flag hoisted by them and was shot in the early part of the engagement (Tenn is in mourning his loss) The remains of Zolicoffer & Rains was interred at Nashville last Saturday that of Peyton at galiton (Gallatin) the same day with military honor  all the good waggons & teams have been pressed to supply the loss at fishing Creek yankees state their loss as great as our own men.

While at Russelville I came across a young man a native of Kentucky who went to VA last spring was in the hospital when the battle was fought at Manassas has never been well since they went to Russsleville.  they have been scouring the green & mud river country ever since they went up there  Jno A Basses hand has cured up but can not use it yet  Captain Phillips is well and is very popular in his company he lost a fine horse while I was up there worth $200  Understand that general Anderson is at Nashville trying to get his brigade orders to Tenn or Ky if you come let us hear from you as you pass.  When your letters come to pass there is a scramble between Polly & Jake who will read it first  pardon my scribling and I will not intrude on you patience longer, write soon and often and remember your friends, Doke Young.   closing personal remarks signed D Y.   Note:  Doke Young was a long time resident of Wilson County

Seventh Tennessee Infantry

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Court Martial-Army of Tennessee-Cowardice
Item #: NEW-0016307

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This is an interesting document of a trial being held with 2nd Lt. J (John) W Butler of Company F, 9th Mississippi Regiment involving four charges.  The first charge was that he "absented himself when his company engaged in the Battle of Murfreesboro.  The second charge was that on the second day when his brigade was ordered to take the lead that he "carry with him a spade to entrench himself".  The third charge was when his company halted, and before his company did commence that "he did commence to dig a hole in the ground in rear of his company for his own protection." resulting in some of his troops remarking "Look out boys, Butler is entrenching; there is going to be a fight."  The last charge is that he carried his spade with him and when the company again halted that he commenced building another hole.  During the trial he was found guilty on the first and fourth charge.  Consequently he was cashiered for cowardice on the battle field and that it be posted in the newspapers in and about camps in the State of Mississippi.

The document is on light rag paper with a stain that runs down the right hand side of the paper, caused by a strip of paper that it was glued to.  The document measures nine and a half by five and a half inches.  The heading reads Head Quarters, Army of Tennessee, General Orders No 66, Tullahoma Tennessee, March 29, 1863,

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John W. Butler

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted as a 2nd Lieutenant (date unknown).




He also had service in:
"A" Co. MS 9th Infantry 


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
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Confederate Broadside-Kirby Smith-1862-Kentucky
Item #: NEW-0016289

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Neat little broadside that is listed as 1091 in Confederate Imprints, by Parrish and Willingham.  Wording by General Kirby Smith to warn and placate the citizens of Kentucky, promising that they have come as liberators rather than invaders.  Four of these are identified in the holdings of institutions.  Presumed to be scarce.  It was framed when I bought it and it was not a surprise to find that it had not been framed to archival standards.  The top was affixed with some kind of very sticky substance.  I had no choice but to trim a half inch off the top border.  The original measurements are given as 21 X 22 cm, which being old means nothing to me.  I still deal in inches.  I should have measured it when I removed it from the frame but I didn't.  It is six inches by six and a half inches showing in the frame and you can compare it to the second scan as to how much of the border is present.  There is some foxing and quite a few folds which can be seen better in the last scan.  I encapsulated the broadside between mylar and affixed it at the top with a removable strip so that it is fully protected now.  The third scan shows the frame but of course some of the frame was too large for the scanner.

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Libby Prison Guard Lt-Dick Turner's Escape
Item #: NEW-0015887

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Sorry for the cutoff scans due to the legal sized letter (12 1/2 by 8) written by Sgt William Hunt Goff 24th Massachusetts company H while he was a guard at Libby Prison.William became the rank of Full Sergt. on the 1st March 1865.  This is a four page letter.  I have only shown what I could of the first page which has you can see is fairly able to read, although there are some rough spots.  The second scan shown the accounting of the escape of Dick Turner and some of it is impossible to read. See end of listing for more on Dick Turner.


Note:  This was one of four letters offered by a eBay seller, who has provided information about Goff.  The signature on the bottom is too hard to read, though you can see the ff 


Richmond Virginia

May 11th 1865

 This is one letter from the extensive collection of the letters of William Hunt Goff.  If you google his name it will bring up all of his letters.

Dear sister

 

You may think it strange that I have not writing to you before in fact I received one or two letters from you about a week ago and have tried to answer them once or twice before but could not call my thoughts together so I let them go until the present time and as I am on guard at Libby today I can take part of the night to write this letter in since writing my last we have had two or three grand military displays the first was on the fifth of this month when the second and fifth Army Corp. of the Army of the Potomac passed in (?) Through the city it was a grand site and they was five hours and a half pairing a giving point it made a good money of the southern people open their eyes some to see some of the powers of Uncle Sam yesterday we had the pleasure of seeing Gen. Sherman Army passed through while today the 19th and 20th Corps of Gen. Sherman Army poured through and tomorrow the 15th and 17th Corps of the same Army per through any will not have many set chances in his life time to see - many troops in so that a time they camp the Army a mile or two outside of Manchester for a few days before marching them through the city so all to give a good many a chance to come across the river and take a stroll over Libby and other places for a good many of them have been in Libby prison sometime during the war and they like to take back at the place before they go north all of the armies have marched by both Castle thunder and Libby prison both places here yet large many hung and so that all can see them has been large crowds here for the last week or so and whoever is on guard at the prison here all that he can do showing them and their here been a good many from the north today and I have heard to play the ayre able to them they all want to take away with them something to show their friends Their prisoners at the North and I remember the place by such a piece of a brick or would or a nail or something of that kind.  We have had a pretty hard thunder pretty hard but under showers tonight the first of many account that we have had this spring I see in the paper the other night that the Army of the ? was to remain in Virginia per the present to do some provost duty and one thing and another I do not think that I shall get a choice to get here much before full allotment we cannot tell you tell me that I must mind and sparing of my money will I go that I shall be I did not have  but five dollars when I came in the city and that was ? so I do not think that I shall spend much more for the present and they say that we are not going to have any more pay at the present.

 

I receive mothers and grandma pictures the other day and I think that they are first rate ? we have not got there notes that I wrote you about some time ago and there is order not to send any more clothing so that we shall not have (?) Get M of the rest of the pickings and are looking gay.

 

May 12th 

 

Dick Turner made his escape from the prison last night we did not find it out  till this morning at night ( HARD TO READ LINE)  through it rather strange that he did not hear any one the(?) And when he comes to look and he found it empty. He had removed one of the bars of the window that looked out from the cell one to the street was taken out he had made his way out up onto the street the (?) That was taking out we found to be nothing but would and at (?) And all that he was waiting for was a dark and rainy night and last night was the first the time I hear that they have offered a reward of 1000 to any one that will take him I am well and in good health with love yours truly 

Will

Regarding the escape of Dick Turner 

Memorable Incident in the Life of R. R. Turner,

A LIBBY PRISON OFFICIAL.

Mistaken for the Commandant, He Was About to Be Court-martialed.

Escaped from the Guards After Being Given the Enclosure, and Managed to Reach the House of a Friend - Opportunity Presenting Itself, He Slipped Away from Richmond - Died Last Week.

The death of Mr. R. R. Turner, which occurred in Isle of Wight county on Thursday, recalls a memorable incident in his life, which took place in Richmond some thirty-five years ago.

During the civil war, and at its close, Mr. Turner was commissary of the famous Libby Prison, in this city, where a large number of Union prisoners of war were confined. The commandant of the prison was his cousin, Captain Thomas Turner. By his rigid discipline, which was absolutely necessary under the circumstances, Captain Turner naturally incurred the ill-will of the men in his keeping, who charged him with cruelty and freely circulated this report among their northern relatives and friends.

As a matter of fact, the inmates of Libby prison received better treatment than Confederate prisoners in northern prisons. The rations may at times have been scanty, but in this they fared as well as the Confederate soldiers who were guarding them, receiving exactly the same amount and quality of food.

When Richmond was evacuated, and the Union troops came in, one of the first men they searched for was Captain Thomas Turner. The report that he had been the commandant of the famous Libby prison had gone all over the North. Fortunately, Captain Turner had left the city.

WRONG MAN ARRESTED.

His cousin, Mr. R. R. Turner, was found, however, and the fact that in appearance, he was like his relative; that he had been at Libby prison and that he was certainly named Turner, led to his being mistaken for Captain Thomas Turner. He was placed in the State penitentiary to be tried by court-martial. With feeling running high, as it did in the days following the evacuation, courts-martial did not make nice distinctions in matters of identity. Captain Wirz, the commandant of the Andersonville prison, was arrested about the same time, and executed, after having been court-martialed upon the same charge as that preferred against Mr. R. R. Turner.

Turner’s chances were small indeed. With friends and acquaintances scattered, it was practically impossible for him to at once establish that he was not the Turner wanted. No delay would have been granted him. There was no such thing as appeal to the civil courts. The military authority was supreme and in full control. He had no friends in positions of influence.

MADE HIS ESCAPE.

For some reason, probably because of the large number of duties devolving upon the recently installed local military authorities, the court-martial was not held for several days. Mr. Turner had been in prison about eight or ten days, when, being given the privilege of the grounds within its walls, he escaped, and made his way to the residence of Mr. John Tyree, a friend, at the corner of Monroe and Marshall streets, where he was concealed for a week or two.

Mr. Tyree, a few weeks later, slipped him out of the lower end of the city. Being well acquainted with all the roads leading from the city, he soon made his way through the country to the home of his relatives and friends in Isle of Wight, where he remained until the excitement incident to the affair had died out.

It is asserted as an undeniable fact by those who were acquainted with the circumstances that so great was Mr. Turner’s anxiety concerning the position in which he was placed, that the color of his hair changed from a raven-black into gray in one night.

This is the link: Turner: http://www.civilwarrichmond.com/written-accounts/newspapers/richmond-dispatch/2299-1901-12-08-richmond-dispatch-description-of-the-escape-of-richard-r-dick-turner-from-libby-prison-after-the-close-of-the-war-includes-engraving-of-turner

William H. Goff


Residence Attleboro MA; an 18 year-old Farmer.


Enlisted on 10/21/1861 as a Private.


On 10/23/1861 he mustered into "H" Co. MA 24th Infantry 

He Re-enlisted on 1/4/1864

He was Mustered Out on 1/20/1866 at Richmond, VA



Promotions:

* Corpl 9/3/1864 

* Sergt 3/1/1865 



Other Information:

born in Rehobeth, MA

Member of GAR Post # 145 (William A. Streeter) in Attleborough, MA

Held GAR Offices:

* Post Commander # 145

died 4/2/1916


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:


 - Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War

 - Photo courtesy of Massachusetts Commandery of MOLLUS

 - GAR Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947 (Sargent)

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19th Tn Reg-Letter-Wild Cat Battle Content
Item #: NEW-0015392

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This is a two plus page letter from Peter E Roberts mentioning the Battle of Wildcat. Folds, wear and difficult reading.  See scans.  

The letter is dated November 6. 1861. Campbell County.  Camp Zollicoffer,  Jacksborough (Jacksboro Tn).

"I recon you have herd all a bout the the fight at the Wild Cat den.  We lef camp buckner on the 29 of Sept drived here on the 5 of November and is now fortying this place  I don’t no how long we will stay her we may stay her all winter and we may leave her in a few days.” "it is interesting that we got her on saterday and one Sunday the ? was to cum on sunday the people of N. Jacksboro was looking for them but I guess they did not com  We will see them and help them thrue with it but I don’t think they will try it   We has ? 8 of them since we have been here  We coat (caught) one yesterday he was up on the mountin looken down at us  he was going home on a furlow from Wildcat but did not get go home .  I her your old friend Smith is ded  I was sory to her it  We has lost 2 out of our company John Burden (?) and S George  a good many are home sick  ther is right smart sickness her at this time but it is cold from them measels  We hav 6 in our mess and 3 of them is sick .... more camp news follows but it is either not that interesting or I can’t read.  

Direct your letters to Jacksborough Campbell Count Tenn by the care of Capten Snapp col Cumines 19 regiment Tenn Vol from Peter E Roberts. 

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Camp_Wildcat

The Battle of Camp Wildcat (also known as Wildcat Mountain and Camp Wild Cat) was one of the early engagements of the American Civil War (Civil War). It occurred October 21, 1861, in northern Laurel County, Kentucky during the campaign known as the Kentucky Confederate Offensive or Operations in Eastern Kentucky (1861).[note 1] The battle is considered one of the first Union victories of the Civil War, and marked the second engagement of troops in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Peter E. Roberts

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted on 6/1/1861 as a Private.

On 6/1/1861 he mustered into "C" Co. TN 19th Infantry 
(date and method of discharge not given)
 (Estimated date of enlistment)


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Index to Compiled Confederate Military Service Records
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campbell Count Tenn by the care of Capten Snapp col 






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Confederate Imprint-BH-Intelligencer Office-Macon Ga
Item #: NEW-0015333

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The Daily Intelligencer was an Atlanta paper dated was begun in 1849.  Toward the end of the Civil War the paper moved to Macon Ga due to the limited paper supply. Jared Whitaker was the proprietor. Once the war was over the paper moved back to Atlanta making it the only paper to survive the war.  This billhead is dated October 24, 1864.  The billhead has folds and is brown, due to staining or cheap paper that was available at the time.  The ink writing is faint.

Note: I have a very rare copy of this paper on my website also

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CSA Soldier Letter-Turned Cover-1st SC Rifles
Item #: NEW-0014894

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This is a confederate cover addressed to D Wardlaw in Abbeville South Carolina.  Due 5 stamp and hand written note that it was a soldier’s letter, Co B Orr Rifles.  I cut the side to show the letter which was sent back to Sgt L A Woodlaw, Capt Pereins Co Willtown Bluff, Adams Run PO S C  "Care of Col Black”  Lewis  A Wardlaw was  assigned to SC 1st Orr’s Rifles Infantry. Five cent stamp with cancel for Charleston, S C.

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Lt-Bonsack's Depot Va-Confederate
Item #: NEW-0014838

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This is a very long letter dated Jan 24, 1863 and is filled on both sides of  legal sized stationary.  The content of the letter is some kind of dispute over slaves which I’m tired of trying to read.  The letter is addressed to Col. Joel McPherson Lewisburg, Greenbrier County Virginia.  (This county actually was part of West Virginia after the state split in 1861).  The letter was from A A Mayo (I think) who was writing from Bonsack’s Depot, a DPO. (Discontinued Post Office.  I was only able to read part of the cancel but noted that Mayo was writing from Bonsack’s Depot.  There is information on the web about Col McPherson who was an important figure. 

 Please view the scans to see the condition.  It has been encapsulated which can be easily removed by the buyer, if desired.  Although the content is of interest for the diligent transcriber, most of the value may be in the confederate stamp usage and the fact that it was canceled from a discontinued town which seems to have disappeared from history.  

This is a link with info on the addressee.
http://files.usgwarchives.net/wv/greenbrier/bios/hardesty/m2160001.txt

Col. Joel McPherson
Discontinued Post Office
Bonsack’s Depot

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Confederate Special Order No 8-Petersburg Va
Item #: NEW-0014779

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Brief Special Order dated March 7, 1863, issued by Major General S G French and signed by his Asst Adjutant General Captain Charles D Myers.  The order revokes Order No 7 which relieved Capt H A Cannon from duty at the Camp of Paroled Prisoners.  This was a copy for Captain N March Co "F" 27th Va Regt.

The Paroled Prisoner camp referred to was Camp Castle Thunder #1, VA. Petersburg City, VA.,  a converted tobacco warehouse.which held Federal POWs. It was named by the prisoners for the sound of artillery fire during the long siege. 

 

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2nd SC Volunteers-Death Payment-Confederate
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Official form from the Treasury Department of the Confederate States, Richmond Virginia, dated December 18,1863.  Payment was made to Jane E. Chamblin, mother of the soldier J T Chamblin who was a Pvt. Co E, 2nd South Carolina Volunteers who died on July 1, 1862.  His death was worth $62.76. Slight crumpling and folds.

Note:  Scan has magnified the color of the slight bleaching on the light blue rag paper. It doesn't look like the scan.

2nd South Carolina Volunteers.

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Confederate Letter-Greensborough NC
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There are two items in this lot.  There is a Confederate cover hand stamped "Paid 5" Greensborough North Carolina.  The cover is worn with ragged edges.  There is a letter from a prominent minister who preached to the troops and counseled the civilians.  His papers were preserved and cover his entire career.

A full transcript of the two page letter will be provided but I have omitted the personal content.

                                                                                                                                                                                     Greensboro, N C
                                                     June 24, 1862

Dear Hayly, 

He begins this letter discussing the stormy weather on his way to High Point N C:  

…the best winter we have had yet…in the nick of time for the "Burnside Expedition” against the Easter part of our state.  The news today are unfavorable from Kentucky.  The death of Zollicoffer , the defeat of his command and the loss of several hundred killed, with baggage, provisions, camp equipment.  But it will all come right, Jackson is doing favorable and successfully in he Northern part of the valley…personal, family content follows…plans to preach, funeral.  Love from us to all affectionately yours J Henry Smith.  Please view the scan to see the condition.  Some stains.

J Henry Smith

Greensborough North Carolina

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Marshall T Polk- Confederate Requisition-Whiskey
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This "Special Requisition" was made in the field for "good whiskey" to treat the sick and wounded.  Dated April 30,1863, from Shelbyville Tn. Marshall T Polk was the nephew of James K Polk and was related to General Leonidas Polk as well.  His career came to an ignoble end when he was found guilty of embezzling funds from the State of Tennessee when he was the treasurer and he served time in prison.  The requisition is signed on the back by Marshall T Polk, Lt Col Commanding. 

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Camp Chase-Confederate POW Letter-1865
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Two page letter on note paper written from an unknown soldier since his name was born out.  It is likely that this was done by a censor.  This letter, however came with a lot of other POW letters from a Williamson County Tennessee family.

Miss Lizzie, Nothing is so unfortunate as to be captured by your enemys (sic) and confined in prison: and nothing else would have induced me to "boldness sufficient” to address you by letter only that same misfortune.  I am a prisoner now at Camp Chase, that delightful little village of white houses constructed purposely for a temporary residence of southern gentlemen traveling in the north. And Oh! who is it that would not forego their liberty to be in so charming a place as prison.,,,but delightful as I would have you believe this place to be, it will not compare very favorably to a residence in Tenn, and especially to one in old Williamson or Davidson, even though your board here is gratis.  You have seen me laugh good humoredly and content ? the girls on the Harpeth (river) but..Large tear.(if I get back there?) you will think being a prisoner has not, or did not sour my temper much for I never intend to frown again, unless some one says I wish you were "a prisoner at Camp Chase.”  Miss Lizzie it is the loneliest place that I have ever seen or hope to see.  And tell your sisters  Fannie, Cassie, and Mollie, in mercy’s name  to remember B. H. and write to him 1st.  Tell Leidia that I would like to hear from her but that I can hardly have the gall to ask her to write after giving her a horse and then letting the Yankees get it before she ever saw it.  Oh to be confined is horrible ! there is men here that so restless they have walked around this pen until they are right ? and present the appearance of wild animals instead of men, they get plenty to eat too, and good enough.  I am limited to two pages, you are not, write immediately, all of you.  I was very unwell last night but am better today..I remain as ever your friend.  The next page has a huge tear out of it and you can only read Camp Chase Ohio, Prison No. B ?17  Pen scratching and finally Be Certain to write all of you.      

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Camp Zollicoffer Soldier Letter-Cover-Cancel
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One + page letter with some stains, especially at the top.  The letter is headed Sullivan Tennessee (Sullivan County) Camp near Carter (Carter County) September 28th 1863 (I think)  Complete with Confederate Cover-Cancel-Due Stamp

I am still in a muddle as to who the soldier is and what unit he was in.  There are some clues but nothing has come together.

Dear Sister Fannie,

According to promise I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to inform you that I am well & hoping that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same great blessings.  I stood the march much better than expected I could   the Yankees left here the night before we got here  it is thought that we will follow ? them.  We had a little fight with them at Zolicoffer  (Zollicoffer) as we came on here the boys are all in good health & seem anxious to keep forward  I think the time is near at a hand when we will drive the Yankees all out of Tennessee again  thus many of us fall yet before it is done   the 29 lost two killed and five of her brave wounded at Zolicoffer  I saw Adelphus ? Morehead & brother James Morehead & a great many of my relations & friends at Zolicoffer they were all well  the report is in camp that Bragg has whipped the yanks very badly which I hope is true.  Tell Ma if she has any clover seed to sell please to save me one hushel and I will pay as much as any body. closing comments  Signed   J L ? Capell

The cover has a cancel from Petersburg Va and is addressed to Fannie Yance, Wytheville Va.  There is a large year on the right edge which can be seen in the scan.  One of the side flaps is missing on the back.  Carried by John Jones 11 Virginia ?  Due 10 cents stamp.


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Greensboro Parole-1st Consolidated Ga Reg
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This is an end of the war parole for Private A B Cone, Co F in the 1st Consolidated Georgia Regiment Volunteers.  He formerly was in the Georgia 57th Infantry, enrolling in Thomas County.  Some wear and stains to the folds. One tear at the top fold.

A B Cone 1st Consolidated Georgia Regiment Volunteers

Greensboro Parole
Georgia 57th Infantry
 

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Confederate Invoice-Columbus Ga
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This establishment was originally based in Alabama but evidently relocated to Columbus Ga.  Blue rag paper and dated March 8th, 1862. The invoice was for 17 bales of  cotton and the total was $529.53. The cotton was sold for another person but I can't read the names.  The agents were King, Allen, & Camak. One has to wonder whether or not the cotton got through the Union blockade.

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8th Georgia-Parole-J S Humphries
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This end of the war parole is dated May 17th, 1865 and issued by the Head-Quarters Cavalry Corps, Mississippi Division.  See scan to view the condition. 

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ALS General Stephen D Lee
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This is a two page letter on the masthead of The Mississippi Historical Society, Columbus which Lee headed. The letter is dated Dec. 16, 1901 and is addressed to Judge J P Young (7th Tennessee Cavalry) Lee is unhappy with mistakes he feels were made in a recent article by Young.

My Dear Comrade,

     I enclose a letter from Cap’t Dinkins, it appears he wrote me and misdirected the letter to Columbus, Ohio.  My paper will be in Picayune (newspaper) next Sunday (Dec 21).  

While it is true, your 1892 article in the Scimitar may have been written to ascertain where Gen Cleburne fell, still it states specifically that such troops were engaged and that Lee’s (S D) Corps was not and ? division was omitted.  I had hoped thought that the correction would have been made  in the Scimitar and although I never doubted your intention to do full justice, I feel you have done in your book (unpublished); still it has been 10 years since the omission was made and I feel since Capt Dinkins fiasco (he is referring to Dinkins book,-"By an Old Johnnie") has resulted from the correction not being made at the time, so my dear friend I feel you should exert yourself in ( writing is a little jumbled but he is anxious over the correction being made and the rest of the content is about this)

The letter is signed Stephen D Lee

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This is a two page letter written by Confederate General Stephen D Lee.  It is on the letterhead of the Mississippi Historical Society in Columbus Mississippi, which Lee was President of.  The letter is dated December24, 1902 and is addressed to J P Young, a fellow Confederate officer and author of the regimental history of his unit, "The Seventh Tennessee Cavalry.”

This is one in a series of letters exchanged between Lee and Young.  It is interesting example of commentaries between the old soldiers which continued for years following the Civil War with blame being placed, events revisited and altered by the would be historians.  

Here is the transcript of what I was able to read.  Lee’s hand writing is very difficult to read so the transcription may have some errors.

"I am glad to hear the Scimitar will print my Picayune article.  I am much disillusioned by Capt Dinkins’ (James) rejoinder; it looks to me as if he has done himself injury as a writer in charge of the Confederate column.  He even yet maintains Johnson was in reserve (?) and at times introduces additional comments to show he was & says or virtually says he made no  omissions, but (he?) did and claims  that …‘my division was in the whole thing at Franklin.’  He says of his paper ‘There is not a ? in it-every statement it contains can be verified by official records”-  That is,  that only Cheatham & Stewarts’s Corps was in reserve and were not engaged.:  I will not notice his rejoinder myself, it is not worthy of notice-is "wishy washy”  I  could not think more highly of his two corps of Cheatham & Stewart,  than in the beginning of my article.  I see the Vicksburg  Herald (25) goes for him in a delicate way in the same paper, in which June 1892 article appeared.  I feel since you will fully understand my feelings in the matter in the desire to do justice to a gallant division of my Corps and the memory of the heroic dead.  

I hope too, you will in your monograph of Spring Hill, also include Franklin and the correction you have made to Johnson’s division.  
 
Closing comments , your comrade & friend, Stephen D Lee.  

Here is a link giving information about Lee on the website of the Stephen D Lee Institute: http://www.stephendleeinstitute.com/about-sd-lee.html

Here are some of the organizations that Lee was associated with:  The Mississippi Historical Society, President. United Confederate Veterans, General Commanding, Agricultural and Mechanical College Mississippi, President and War Department, Vicksburg National Military Park Commission. 


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ALS Gen S D Lee to J P Young
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Two page letter on the masthead of The Mississippi Historical Society which Lee was President of. The letter is dated December 9, 1902.  Minor wear.  See scans. The letter is addressed to J P Young, an author and officer with the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry. This is one in a series of letters to Young that I purchased. Lee was a very capable commander who had sterling reputation post war as well.

My Dear Comrade,
 In the Memphis Evening Scimitar Dec 179’ 1892, you gave your account of the Battle of Franklin,  and left out Johnson’s division of S D Lee’s Corps (referring to Ed Johnson)  In a letter May 1894 you say " to make reparations to your splendid Corps for omission in my article 2 years ago.”  I called your attention to one omission and you have intended ever since to make the reparations. If you have intended ever since to make the reparations, & no doubt have done so in your ms (manuscript) which has never been published.  I have felt you should have corrected your article in the Scimitar if you did I never heard of it.

I mail you today an article in the Daily Picayune, written by Captain James Dinkins which resembles your article very much. (omissions & all) (This is underlined) I have felt I could not wait longer for your manuscript to be published (for I see now) because you have not-the omission of my division ? has virtually  gone.  Under these circumstances, had I quote from you, would it be out of good taste for you to emphasize my article and the fact of the omission in Dinkins papers. 
…more about Dinkins whom he does not think much of and accuses him of altering his paper and other complains.  He signs with his full signature Stephen D Lee.   

Here is a link giving information about Lee on the website of the Stephen D Lee Institute: http://www.stephendleeinstitute.com/about-sd-lee.html

Here are some of the organizations that Lee was associated with:  The Mississippi Historical Society, President. United Confederate Veterans, General Commanding, Agricultural and Mechanical College Mississippi, President and War Department, Vicksburg National Military Park Commission. 

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36th Tn Infantry--Cleveland Tn-Letter
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Four page letter written by Henry Cate, a Confederate soldier from a family in Cleveland Tennessee which was split in their loyalties.  Henry had a brother who fought for the Union and a father who provided a lot of provisions (possibly reluctantly) to the Union Army when they occupied Cleveland.  Henry Glaze Cate was a Captain with Company C 36th Tennessee Infantry. Here is the content of the letter:

                                                                  Montgomery Ala
                                                                   July 18, 1863

My dear Father,

As this is Sunday I have nothing else to do.  I will again write you.  Every day develops new and remarkable features in terrible crisis through which we are now passing.  Our land is now ? As it were through an ordeal of fire.  The tocsin of war has been sounded and situated and no means are to be left untried to turn back the invaders.  The conscription of all between 18 & 45 is now going on and efforts are being made to organize all the old men and boys into companies & battalions for local & state defense.  The entire strength is to be marshaled in arms and then the death struggle for I am in hopes Republican Independence.  Such are my hopes but my fears are different.  Already the Richmond Enquirer is a lengthy article advocates that the entire force old & young be put into camps and the country ruled with despotic powers.  It will be observed that this paper is the organ of the administration and says that this state of things should last only for the time being but without conjecture as to whether such will as will not be the case such state of government excites my worst fears.  The history of the world shows few instances in which men who have been clothed with powers as those delegated or assumed are willing to relinquish any part of it till forced.  All the clerks in office have detected men in government works are being urged to organize and drill and be ready for a fight.  There appears to be no fighting going on at present except at Charleston.  The bombardment still continues.  There is little but the Yankees are determined upon taking the city and it is not certain they will not succeed.  Johnson has, it is stated, fallen back to Meridian.  I do not know for certain that it is so but think it is. 

General Hardee is going on now to take the place of Pemberton in the Vicksburg army while General D H Hill will take his place in the Army of Tennessee.  Confederate money I am credibly informed is selling here at ten to one.  If you have nay you had better make the best investment you can.  If it is worth so little there as here and you can buy a State Bank of Tennessee at 2, 3, or even 4 it will be as good if not better than to buy gold.  No kind of property is worth anything now except land or hard money.  State money may be worth something as yet.  I had seen men of my acquaintance from Jackson who related the destruction of property & misery among the inhabitants as indescribable.  Every Negro that will go, that last pound of meat are taken.  All or very near all the wearing apparel and every article of furniture are taken or destroyed.  All the gold that can be procured whether in coin or jewelry plated ware or other wise is taken by a wanton soldiery.  All the works of art and the various kinds of ornamental pictures are alike destroyed.  Those who were wealthy yesterday and those in modest circumstances are today alike poor and in many instances drawing rations from the Federal Commissary.  Women tat used to ride in carriages with good horses and servants to drive are seen riding on ?  Many bear and get away many are unable to leave.  Refugees from New Orleans frequently stop at my office impoverished and exiled from home and ask transportation being unable to pay their way further.  Comparatively speaking we have never felt he war in E Tenn and hope and trust that the people of my state the land of my home will never be subject to the same senseless and and inhuman pillage and devastation as has the Miss Valley.  Though I cn not expect that it will not along with other sections of the Confederacy be overrun by Federal Soldiery but its natural strength may make it about the last place.  Cross writing on a portion of the last page.  Everyone should keep cool and look well to their own interest.  J A Cate is buying Negroes.  Signed H Cate     

36th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)

36th Infantry Regiment was formed at Knoxville, Tennessee, during February, 1862. Men of this command were from Knoxville and Bradley, Hamilton, and Marion counties. It served in the Department of East Tennessee and took part in the Cumberland Gap operations. In June it disbanded; some of its members were then transferred to the 35th, 43rd, and 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiments. The field officers were Colonel Robert J. Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel John A. Dunn, and Major William A. Camp.

Note:  The 36th was disbanded very early in the war due to excessive desertions.  Undoubtedly Henry joined one of the three Regiments listed but is unknown which one.



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36th Tn Confederate Officer Letter
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This letter has four pages of content written by Henry Glaze Cate who was a Captain with Company C-36th Tennessee Infantry.  The Cate family lived in Bradley County and the family was split by one brother fighting with the Confederacy and the other for the Union.

Letter is headed Montgomery Alabama, July 12th 1863

Mr Wm Cate

My dear Father, since my last writing nothing except what is of a military character, has transpired to attract attention.  There has been much excitement here about the fall of Vicksburg, some contending that it had; and some that it had not fallen.  There are some yet, I believe that contend that the garrison has not surrendered, but I believe most are convinced of the fact.  Sometime since I wrote you that the war had progressed to a period where the subsequent pending battles must be decisive of some good or bad result to our army.  We have been heretofore battling with the foe with favorable prospects of success, still both party has lost immensely and had to call for reinforcements.  We have called for reinforcement & finally conscripted our able bodied men and have now the last available additions we can make to our army.  

What a spectacle! The fall of Vicksburg, the retreat of Bragg, the weakness of Johnston and I fear the late news from Va all indicate that we are too weak.  No one thinks it improbable that Port Hudson, Mobile Miss valley may fall into the possession of our enemy in a few months. Even here, there are many who would rejoice at it, from principle, and some few even who are Southern, so tired are they of the war believing it the speediest measure of making peace would be glad.  I have been deceived to some extent about the order of the Southern states.  Tenn is no more disloyal than other states: Miss is said to contain more union men than E Tenn.  Rosecrans’s movement seems to be to flank Bragg by per McMinnville, Sparta and so on into E Tenn perhaps by way of Kingston.  There is a good road and little interruption unless met by a superior force, except in the way of moving heavy artillery in that way you can all look out.  I shall not be astonished if the valley of E Tenn is yet bleached with the bones of the slain in battle.  Should such a thing occur, I think it will be at Chattanooga or somewhere on the Tenn river between there and Kingston perchance it may be in the Sequatchie Valley: but it is more probable that Bragg will retreat judging the future by the past, than advance.  Fighting has been going on at Jackson & Charleston: but nothing is known definitely of the result.  I think Charleston will hold out, but think likely Johnston will pull back.  Gen Johnston is not to blame, as I think in any way, for the retreat of Bragg,  or the fall of Vicksburg.  He was ordered here without a command, with no power to draw troops from either Pemberton or Bragg and when the power was delegated to him it was too late, and the men at his disposal too few.  I don’t think now he has more than twenty of twenty five thousand men.  The picture at present is dark, but may get brighter.  The movements of large armies are slow and tedious, we must be patient and wait for results.  
The price of sugar has advanced forty or fifty cents per found, in the last few days.  An evening or two since I rode in the country four or five hours in the direction of the prairie I never saw such corn fields.  It is one vast landscape as for as the eye can see, covered with the finest looking corn.  Farmers say it is not so good as it would have been had not the season been so wet. ..more non war related content and closing comments. H Cate

36 Tennessee Infantry
Henry Glaze Cate 
Bradley County Tennessee


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Letters-Brothers-Split Loyalties-Cleveland Tn
Item #: NEW-0012521

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This two letter lot was taken from a larger lot which contains letters from two brothers from Cleveland Tennessee-Bradley County.  The Confederate soldier was Henry Glaze Cate who was a Captain with Company C-36th Tennessee Infantry.  His brother was Gustavus A Cate who was with the 12th Tennessee Cavalry, a Union Regiment. History of the two units can be found at the end of the listing.

The listing begins with "H Cate" who writes from Knoxville on December 10th 1862 to his father, William Cate.  I have included the most interesting content.  "You seem to have quite singular notions about me having nothing to eat.  You are much mistaken, I am living very well but much obliged for your kindness.  Tell Ma that I have had a pair of pants made off of my jeans..." "We have had a couple of cases of smallpox here they are getting well.  I have vaccine matter in each of my arms now.  I will send you enough..to vaccinate all the family.  There is no panic here not half so much danger as Cleveland I expect. I have heard that salt is arriving at Cleveland.  I hop you will be able to get through.  Be sure to get your back rations and all you are allowed now"... I think E Tennessee will be held till the last should the enemy over run the entire county and Tennessee will be the last. 
Respectfully H Cate." Condition includes folds and small holes along some of the folds.

The second letter is written from Camp Griffin, 12th Tennessee Cavalry, May 10th 1864 written to his sister Morlena Cate. Letter opens with personal content.  "I have been stationed at Nashville for the last three months until the last few days we moved down to Section 51 on the Nashville and Northern ? Railroad ? from Nashville to Memphis.  We have nothing to do here but drink  We have to scout a little occasionally there is some few bushwhackers back here though not a great many..."I am sorry to hear of Father's having to go to work though the time has come when every man must do something. When I left home I did not expect to be gone but a very short time though I have had a right smart wild goose chase of it  I have waited a right smart while before I concluded to join the army  I was exposed a right smart to the weather and the danger crossing the mountain.  I did not know when I would get home.  I thought that I would be about as safe in the army as out of it  I expect you would rather I had not joined the army through taking everything in consideration I don't know as I could have done much better. We see some very jolly times and some very hard ones though I think I can stand it.  I have not had one day sickness since I left home.(goes on to discuss how Small Pox has affected the men) and closing comments.  Signed Your Brother G A Cate.   Condition is good except for the folds and writing is not as light as the scan shows.

                                                     The 12th Tennessee Cavalry (Union)
Organized at Nashville, Tenn., August 24, 1863. Attached to District of Nashville, Dept. of the Cumberland, to January, 1864. Defences of Nashville & Northwestern Railroad to April, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, Cavalry Corps, Dept. of the Cumberland, to October, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to December, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 5th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to February, 1865. 1st Brigade, 5th Division, Cavalry Corps, Military Division Mississippi, to May, 1865. Dept. of the Missouri to October, 1865.

SERVICE.-Scout to Florence, Ala., July 20-25, 1863 (Detachment). Duty at Nashville and on Nashville & Northwestern Railroad at Pulaski, Tenn., till November, 1864. Duck River April 22, 1864. Scout in Hickman and Maury Counties May 2-12. Lincoln County June 14. Scout from Pulaski to Florence, Ala., July 20-25 (Detachment). Triune August 3-4. Florence August 10. Operations against Forest in North Alabama and Middle Tennessee September 16-October 10. Richland Creek, near Pulaski, September 26. Pulaski September 26-27. Nashville Campaign November-December. On line of Shoal Creek November 5-20. Campbellsville and Lynnville November 24. In front of Columbia November 24-27. FranklinNovember 30. Battle of Nashville December 15-16. Pursuit of Hood to the Tennessee River December 17-28. West Harpeth River December 17. Spring Hill December 18. Rutherford Creek December 19. Curtis Creek December 19. Lawrenceburg December 22. Lynnville and Richland Creek December 24. King's Gap, near Pulaski, December 25. At Gravelly Springs, Ala., till February, 1865. At Eastport, Miss., till May. Moved to St. Louis, Mo., May 15-17, thence to Rolla, Mo., June 20-26, and to Fort Riley, Kan., June 29-July 8. Powder River Expedition July to September. Mustered out October 7, 1865.

Regiment lost during service 5 Officers and 28 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 2 Officers and 191 Enlisted men by disease. Total 226.

36th Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate)

36th Infantry Regiment was formed at Knoxville, Tennessee, during February, 1862. Men of this command were from Knoxville and Bradley, Hamilton, and Marion counties. It served in the Department of East Tennessee and took part in the Cumberland Gap operations. In June it disbanded; some of its members were then transferred to the 35th, 43rd, and 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiments. The field officers were Colonel Robert J. Morgan, Lieutenant Colonel John A. Dunn, and Major William A. Camp.

Note:  The 36th was disbanded very early in the war due to excessive desertions.  Undoubtedly Henry joined one of the three Regiments listed but is unknown which one.

 


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1st Va Battn Light Artillery-Court Martial Trial
Item #: NEW-0012197

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This is a one page plus which is the statement of Pvt. Thomas R Dodson of Co. C 1st Va Battalion Light Artillery (Hardaway-Moseley) regarding an incident where an officer ordered a soldier to drill and the soldier charged the officer.  Here is the transcript of this undated document. The signature is on the back of the scanned front.

"I was standing close by when the hands were at work at the building and I heard Mr Saunders say to the men who were standing in the embrasure and some men around the gun, 'is that the way you all drill men?'  He then asked who was captain of that gun.  They told him that Sergeant Davis was the captain of the gun.  He then called to Mr. Davis to go into drilling and the men spoke and said that Mr. Davis was with them and then Mr. Saunders called in Mr Connor to take charge of the men and go to drilling.  Then Mr. Connor took his place at the gun and Mr. Saunders told him to go on drilling, and some of the men proceeded to drill and some others did not.  Then Mr. Saunders told them if they did not go to drilling he would put them in the guard house, and from that Mr. Connor threw off his coat and ran at Mr. Saunders and told him that no God damned words he ? should put him in the guard house.  Then Mr. Baskerville asked Mr. Saunders why did not he ask him to correct the men, and Mr. Saunders replied why should he ask him to correct the men when he was standing there looking at them.  When the men crowded around Mr. Saunders he told Mr. Baskerville then to stand off and to to drilling.  I did not see Lieut Baskerville encourage the men against Mr. Saunders, but he told them to go on with their artillery and the men obeyed him.  None of the men except Connor showed any disposition to have any ? except Conner and Lieut Baskerville stopped him as soon as he could."  Thomas R.  Dodson.   On the back of the statement someone has written "Statement of Private Dodson."    

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11th Tn Officer Commission-Capt William R Green
Item #: NEW-0012030

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This great document issued and signed by Governor Isham Harris, who was later to become a Confederate General.  This commission was for Captain William R Green who was assigned to the Eleventh Regiment of the Provisional Force of Tennessee Volunteers.  It is dated May 15th of 1861.  These early documents are scarce as hen's teeth.  It is on high quality paper, folds,and  some light crumpling.  Captain, later Major, was mortally wounded at the Battle of Missionary Ridge, was captured and then died from his wounds.  The document measures thirteen and a half by 11 inches. See scans.

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46th Ga-8th Ga Regiment-Field Document
Item #: NEW-0011864

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This worn document (see scan) is a field promotion from the 46th Regiment of the Georgia National Guard.    The following is a transcript of the manuscript.

                                                                                                                                                                            Headquarters Georgia Militia   
                                                                                                                                                                            Clinton Jones Co.  May 17, 1862
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Calvin Broch (Broach)                                                         Greeting




Possessing special trust and confidence in your patriotism valor conduct and fidelity do by all these present consent and appoint you 1st Lt. of the 361 District of the upper Battalion 46th Reg
And you are hereby required to do and perform all and ? Your duties as such obeying all ? Officers and you are to be obeyed and respected accordingly before proceeding ? And subscribe the following oath.

                                    Robert H Barron
                                    Col Commanding
                                    46th Regiment G N G (Ga National Guard)


                                  Oath

I Calvin Broach do solemnly sear that I will bear me faith and allegiance to the State of Georgia and to the utmost of my power and ability and observe conform to and support and defend the constitution thereof without any reservation or equivocation whatsoever and the constitution of the Confederate States.  

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 17th day of May 1862.

Roland F ? Ordinary                    Signed by Calvin Broach


Rare Confederate Field Promotion

Calvin Broach entered the war with the 8th Georgia Cavalry Batallion which were State Guards.  He evidently served with the 46th Regiment National Guard during his wartime service.  He did however end the war in the 8th Georgia Cavalry.    

 

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End Of War Parole-Macon Ga-Calvin Broach
Item #: NEW-0011862

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Very rare parole dated May 17, 1865 given to C Broach (Calvin) of the 8th Milita, Co. H. Parole was given by the Headquarters Cavalry Corps, M.D.M, (Military District of Mississippi.  By order of Maj General Wilson, who was the occupation officer of Macon.  Calvin Broach was a citizen of Jones County. Wear to the pardon as is usual since they were required to always have it on their person.  Folds, edge tears and some foxing.  See scan. 

8th Georgia Militia

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Ft Boggs-Fall of Fort Pulaski-12th Georgia Cavalry
Item #: NEW-0011439

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This letter is signed by J R Bivins.  Searching the Soldier Sailor system I found only one Bivins who was involved in the defense of Savannah.  His name was John Bivins, no middle initial indicated.  He was with the 12th Regiment Georgia Cavalry.  The cover that comes with the letter was not with this particular letter but was in the grouping of the soldier's papers  Ragged left edge and note that Bivins cut off the end of the paper.  Paper was very scarce doing the war and this was a common practice.

The letter is headed Fort Boggs, April 10th 1862.  I am transcribing the battle content and other meaningful content  of the letter. I've pretty much transcribed it with spelling and grammatical error intact..

"Lieut Daniel & Private ? was sent to the hospital yesterday evening they are quite sick.  Sidney Smith is complaining has been bad several days.  TheYankees has attacked Fort Pulaski  the firing commenced this morning about 8 o clock and is still going as we can hear the roar of the cannons but can't see any thing from this place  I have just returned from ? Bluff about two miles below here  I could see from this the smoke from the canons and see some of the shells burst some of them wold burst several hundred fet high some say that they cant take the fort 

Joseph E (probably Johnson)  is still here trying to get the soldiers to reinlist he now offers 30 days furlough & $50. I don't think he will get many they have not forgotten general jacksons laws refusing a friend to go home with the dead body of his friend  the governor tells us we can go home 30 days with $50 dollars and make our famileys comfortable & return to our post  he must think we are all fools fifty dollars would buy one hundred lbs of bacon and mabey ten bushels of corn  he says if we don't enlist we are cowards  it is now about two o clock the cannons is still to be heard  they are firing ? sundown  the firing still continues  it appears to be more frequent & heavens I am afrade the Fort will have to ? under it is hard that so many friends have to stand and  look on & can't help their friends.  I expect to start home on the 21st or 22 nd if I live to see that time you may have us all before that time if they don't I will let you know where to send to Milledgeville for the  canon still continues to rour in thunder ?  Closing J R Bivins. 

Fort Pulaski
Savannah
12th Regiment Georgia Cavalry

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Andrew Johnson Pardon-True Signature
Item #: NEW-0011405

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This wonderful document on vellum bears the personal signature of Andrew Johnson who was known to have used a stamp for many documents due to an injury to his hand.  This is not a stamped signature and I guarantee it's authenticity.  Some separations at the folds, the worst being near Johnson's signature which can be seen in the scan.  Large edge tears on the right edge with the document being folded back in two places.  

The pardon was issued to John Miller of Petersburg Virginia who "by taking part in the late rebellion against the Government of the United States" was pardoned on the twentieth-sixth day of June 1865. Note that the document does not contain the signature of Secretary of State Seward as usual as he was still recuperating from his assassination attempt wounds from April 14th. 

There are over 100 John Millers in Virginia Confederate Regiments.

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Washington Light Infantry Div-Charleston S C
Item #: NEW-0010828

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Nice small hand written Confederate receipt from Charleston South Carolina on Feb. 22, 1862.  Mr. Henry Willis ? To the Washington Light Infantry Division  For (can't quite make it out) Received payment Donald W Queen, Secretary & Treasurer.  Measures five by five and a half.

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Deposit Form-Confederate States of America
Item #: NEW-009643

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Legal sized paper with condition problems. One half inch tear at top and some smaller tears.  Cluster of pin holes at top  Large tear at left edge.  Also tears at bottom which can't be seen in the scan and missing area at bottom  Other missing area on left edge can be seen in the scan. Rough fold. This item may be of interest to to currency and scrip collectors.

This information was obtained from the website of Scripophily.  Deposit Form for bonds purchased from the Confederate States of America Deposit Form issued in 1883. This document summarized CSA bonds deposited with the National Safe Deposit Company, Limited of England.

The purpose of the British Bondholder Committee was to pool all of the outstanding Confederate Bonds purchased by England with an attempt to collect on them. Bondholders would deposit their bonds into an account and were given a Scrip Certificate in exchange. Payment was never made on the bonds since the Confederacy no longer existed after the War and the U.S. would not honor the payment.

This form is dated 1887.


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Prisoners Lot-Johnson's Island
Item #: NEW-009552

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There are four documents in this grouping of a prominent Macon Georgia citizen.  Captain George Jones was with Company B, 2nd Ga Battalion, Infantry. Jones served during the whole war, was wounded at Gettysburg, was a POW, and was paroled at Appomattox.  Most of these documents are quite worn and were carried along with other items throughout the war. 
 
The first document dated May 9, 1864 and is a Paroled Prisoner Furlough Special Order for 30 days leave.  This is a Confederate document where the soldier was instructed that at the end of thirty days, if exchanged were to report to their commands and if not report to the Camp of Paroled Prisoners nearest their command. "Not to go west of the Mississippi River." Folds, holes at the folds and smeared ink. 
 
The second document is a rare receipt from the prison at Johnson's Island, near Sandusky Ohio.  Dated April 12, 1864.  The small receipt shows that Jones received a letter and check for $25.00 while a prisoner there. 
 
The third document is a Confederate pass for Jones to visit Richmond.  The ink is terribly faded.  It is printed in 1864.
 
The final document is an Oath of Allegiance signed by Jones on August 15, 1865 in Bibb County.  Jones renewed his business and was active for many years in the frequent Confederate reunions. Some items related to the reunions
can be found on my site.

 
Captain George S Jones


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1862 POW Letter-Captain-Wheeler's Scouts
Item #: NEW-009156

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Short letter which appears to have been trimmed. Letter was addressed to Mrs. Susan L Taylor, dated July 25, 1864. Here is the transcript: "Through the kindness of a friend I learned your name and as the fortune of war has so placed me that I am compel to call on some persons for favors as I cannot have communication from home. And it is with much regret that I am compel to ask of your hands for the loan of $20.00 and in blessing my letter I hope some future day to be able to treble pay you for your trouble and expenses." I remain yours respectfully J H Coleman Capt 12th Tennessee Cavalry Division- Fort Delaware In care of Capt A.A.A. Gen Captain John H Cox is listed in the Soldier system as being in the Wheeler's Scouts. He is not listed in the Tennessee index but the muster rolls of this unit were not available. Wheeler's Scouts was designated the 12th Tennessee Cavalry. It's a puzzler as to why Coleman would list his unit as the 12. There has been an attempt to erase the number so he may have simply transposed the number. However, it is interesting to point out that the 12th was organized within the Federal lines in 1863 from Partisan units. These units were often engaged in activities that could be considered as spying . Coleman may have deliberately lied about his unit in the letter to protect himself from Federal censors. This item needs more research.

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Confederate Imprint-Richmond Virginia-1864
Item #: NEW-008937

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Eleven page tract titled, "Report From Conscription Bureau", dated April 30, 1864. This portion was separated from a longer report to the Secretary of War that is listed in Parrish. The Confederate Conscritpion Bureau presents the figures of several states relating to their conscript totals. At this point in the war the various states were pressed to find new enrollments and to keep the soldiers in the ranks.

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32nd Tn Inf-Letters-Lt James O Norton-Died as POW
Item #: NEW-008630

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This listing consists of two letters from Lt. James O Norton who was with the 32nd Tennessee Infantry. The first letter is written as the unit was organizing and seeking arms. This letter has a rare confederate cancel from Decherd Tennessee with a paid 5 stamp. The second letter is written two days later in which Norton reports to his wife that he has arrived in Chattanooga and was in camp there. Norton fought with the 32nd at Fort Donelson and was imprisoned at Camp Chase where he eventually died of pneumonia. Norton was one of the first Officer POW's to die there. Two other letters are being listed separately which cover the fight and his capture. Be sure and read at the end of this listing a tribute for Norton that I found on the web. The first letter is written on blue rag paper, is quite legible although there is a tear where the stampless cover seal was broken. Complete transcript of this letter follows:

Dear Mother, Alto Nov 13th 1861 I write you few lines to let you hear from us. Eliza has been very sick again. She took cold I suppose by the door blowing open at night and had two chills. She is better again She was doing very well till then and is sitting up again…(more about wife’s illness)I will go again this evening but the probability is that we will finally all come home if we cannot get arms. There is some fifty or sixty men from our Regiment out trying to get guns. My time was out last night and I will stop at Fathers tonight from nine till four o’clock if I can arrange it so if we stay and G N wants to join us tell him to write to me and will make the arrangements for him.. ( personal content). Direct your letters to Mitchelville Station Tennessee care of Capt Ikard. Signed Jas O Norton The second letter was written from Chattanooga on Nov 1861. One and a half pages of legal sized paper. Wear along the folds and a rough bottom edge with large tear out of right hand margin. Letter is fully legible for the most part. Signature of Norton and directions as to where to write him. Transcript follows: Dear Wife, I wrote you small note last night which you may not get. When I arrived at Nashville I learned that our Regiment had marching orders so I spent the day in Nashville and as much of the time as I could at Dr. Abernatheys. They were all well. We left Nashville at half past 8 o’clock arrived at Chattanooga this evening put up our tents and eat supper commenced writing. Mrs. Abernathy gave me a snack which I divided with Captain Ikard and that has done me till supper tonight some of our men took on raw bacon in a hurry. We have had no sleep for 2 nights. We had two extra trains to bring us here which took 2 days and one night. There are two companies of our regiment left at Linn Bridge and 2 companies are left at Running Water Bridge and 6 companies are here. There are some 2 regiments here besides our or one is out on the scout. These regiments have been here but a few days. They have taken about fourteen prisoners (union men), which have to take the oath of allegiance or remain prisoners of war. The people are very much pleased of those in favor of the South. The ladies, men and children wave their hats, handkerchiefs at us all the way here since we left Stephenson and learned the bridges and seemed very much pleased We have the man that burnt the bridges a prisoner (so they say) There are five bridges burnt and that is the cause of us all being sent East Tenn. We are 54 miles from home where we were At Camp Trousdale. I want you to try and be satisfied and not allow yourself to fret at little things there will be trouble enough do the best we can. I know you cannot bear things I can but I want you to do the best you can and take care of yourself, not allow yourself to grieve on my account. I am in good health and hope to remain so. If I get sick I will let you know or will come home. I will come anyhow as soon as I can. Captain Ikard wants to come very badly and will come as soon as he can leave (Closes with some personal comments and signs Your devoted husband James Norton. At bottom of letter he has written "Send our reply Lt. James O Norton Chattanooga care of Captain Ikard Regiment Tenn Volunteers.

Here is a brief summary of the 32nd: In the spring and summer of 1861 volunteer companies were organized in Middle Tennessee, reported to the Governor of the State, and were ordered to Camp Trousdale, Sumner county, where they were placed under the command of Col. Bushrod Johnson, with Lt. J. P. McGuire acting temporarily as Adjutant. Ten companies were formed into the 32nd regiment, and offered their services formally to the Confederate Government for twelve months. These companies were from the counties of Giles, Lincoln, Lawrence, Marshall, Williamson, and Franklin. Once organized, the regiment was accepted and mustered into service, and ordered to report to Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston. All of the men were reported to have "the least idea of military life" and had to be fully trained. In the fall of 1861, the regiment was armed with smooth bore muskets and soon ordered to East Tennessee to do patrol duty in Chattanooga and surrounding areas, and to guard bridges from Bridgeport, Alabama to Chattanooga. In December they were ordered to Bowling Green, KY, by rail, and arrived around Christmas, where they went into winter quarters. Around Feb. 1, 1862, the regiment was ordered to Russellville, KY to report to Gen. Buckner. From Russellville, they were ordered, by rail, to Clarksville, TN. There they took the steamer "City of Nashville" to Fort Donelson near Dover, TN. At Fort Donelson, they were in "the line of defense immediately on the right of and supporting Grave’s Kentucky battery." Their position was to the right of the center of the main line of defense and "perhaps a mile and a half from the fort." Here they dug in, fortified their positions and were engaged through the whole battle, only to have General Buckner surrender the army on February 16, 1862. They were put on steam boats and shipped north with the officers being taken to Camp Chase near Columbus, OH and the non-commissioned officers and privates taken to Camp Morton, near Indianapolis, IN. The regiment remained in prison for approximately six months when they were then exchanged at Vicksburg, MS. They were ordered to rendezvous at Jackson, MS, where the regiment was reorganized about October 1, 1862.

Here is a tribute I found on the web for Lt. Norton: Friends, SCV Camp 1535 "the Ripley Camp" will honor the life of Dr. and 1st Lt James O. Norton of Company F.,of the 32nd Tennessee Infantry this year at our annual Camp Chase Memorial located in Columbus, Ohio. It would appear that Lt. Norton contracted Pneumonia at Fort Donelson from the lying in the cold trenches in February of 1862 and was one of the first Confederate officers to die at Camp Chase taken from Ft. Donelson. His official date of death was March 4th 1862. As of this date LT. Norton has no stone marking his gravesite. Like so many others he simply vanished during the War and is NOT remembered. Lt. Norton could have traced his genealogy back to the 1600's when his family arrived in America. At one time his family owned vast land in the Northern Virginia and Maryland area that included the entire area that is now known as Washington DC. Join us if your in the area on Memorial Day of this year at 10:00am to remember the life of Lt. Norton and the thousands of others who died as POW's.

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Jefferson Davis-Alexander Stephens Ballot
Item #: NEW-008429

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Nice example of a Virginia ballot which has been encapsulated. Signature on back indicates that it was a cast ballot, causing some bleed through of the ink.

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Alabama Confederate Oath of Allegiance
Item #: NEW-007874

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Rare oath from Montgomery County Alabama signed by William F Meador in 1862. Folds, a little chunck out of left edge and ink signature caused smearing when the document was folded before the ink had dried. See scan.

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Confederate Pass-Manassas Va-1861
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Very early Confederate pass given by the Provost Marshal at the Headquarters of Camp Pickens in Manassas Virginia. Dated April 31, 1861. By order of General Beauregard. The soldier is given permission to travel home to South Carolina. Rough condition on this field press pass. Folds, tears and some repairs to the front with archival tape. Regular scotch tape on the back at the four corners but these are just present in thin strips in the margins. Please study the scan.

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Ala Confederate Letter-Former POW
Item #: NEW-007447

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This is a four page letter written in pencil but easy to read. There are separations at the folds which are about one and a half inches long. also some age spots. The letter is signed Henry, written to his wife from Stevenson Alabama ( a major War supply station and staging ground), dated May 11th 1864. The only clues to the identity of the writer is a mention of seeing Bob Warner of the Fifth. I did find one Robert Warner of the Fifth Battalion Tn Cavalry (McCellans's). This outfit did have some skirmishes in Kentucky where the two men could have been taken prisoner. 

 The content of this soldier's letter points to the fact that he was a Confederate Prisoner Of War on his way South from Union prisons and contains interesting observations of his travel through Nashville, Murfreesboro. and Wartrace. Content of letter follows: My Darling and Beloved Wife, "I take this opportunity of writing you a few lines to let you know where I am and how I am getting along. I don't feel any better than I have felt, my back and side troubles me considerable but I could not get any examination any where on the road but if the regt. is stationed in the same place I shall ask for my discharge as soon as I get there and I will get it, but I hope these few lines will find my Darling enjoying first rate health. I hope that you received the letter that I wrote from Louisville the 8th of the month in which I told you about our treatment from Bedloe's Island "(Ft. Wood in N.Y. Harbor, used for Confederate POW prisoners and later a POW hospital, today's Liberty Island) to Cincinati (likely either McLean Barracks or Camp Dennison, both having held Southern prisoners during the War)" but from Cincinati to this place. we was treated a little better, but when we was in Nashville (Tennessee, occupied by Federals) we put up at the largest Hotel in the City it was called the Zollicoffer House (Later known as the famous Maxwell House which was then used as a prison) "but half finished there was no covering on the roof and when it rained it came right down through on to the ground floor we arrived there about half past five in the after noon and staid until the next morning about 11 o'clock when we took the cars (Rail Road) for this place and just outside of Nashville I saw a great many new made graves and for about 4 or 5 miles you could see graves and intrenchments where there had been engagements and when we got to Murfreesboro (TN) there was very strong entrenchments (Federal) which encircled the whole town so the rebs would have a hard time getting in there, there was one place we came through called Wartrace (TN) and it was rightfully named for it showed traces of a war party and as our train came thundering into the Depot there was quite a tumult such as the ringing of bells and gongs which one could hear above the noise of the train, we arrived here about half past 4 in the morning and had to stand around about an hour before we could find out where we was going to put up but at last we found a place and Bob Warner and two other men belonging to the fifth and myself went into quarters together, I have borrowed about 75 cents of Bob to get some paper and stamps so that I could write to you But I don't expect to hear from you until I get some where to stay a spell and then I will want to have you write for it would only be a waste of paper and stamps but I have not got much more to write so I will draw to a close for this time so give my best respects to all and keep all of my love to yourself with 50 millions of kisses So Good Day hoping to see you before long I remain your ever loving and affectionate Husband Henry. To his Darling little Jinks (sp?) You need not write until you hear from me again So Good Day Darling pet." The word "antique" was written near the end of the letter by a later pen as shown.

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Confederate Pardon Signed by Seward-Plus
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Large, attractive two page document with a government seal and signed by Secretary of State William Seward and bearing the stamped autograph of President Andrew Johnson. These executive pardons were reserved for Confederate soldiers of high rank or Confederate officials. Most soldiers and citizens were given a general amnesty by signing a simple form pledging their loyalty to the United States. This pardon was issued to John A Craven of Randolph County North Carolina on June fifteen 1867 which restored all his rights as a citizen. The document itself measures 11 by 18 inches. Heavy paper stock with some stains and two inch tear at the mid fold and other minor wear. The document was mailed to Craven and the original envelope is included. There is a wax seal on the back of the envelope. Also included in this listing is a letter from Craven to his future wife, Harriett Ladd. Stampless covers with personal content to the letters. Considerable wear to the letters with large tears. Finally there is a page of family history. According to my research, Craven was an ex- US and rebel Postmaster. Governor Holden was one of several individuals who recommended Craven's pardon.

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Confederate Pass-Rome Georgia
Item #: NEW-006514

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Nice pass from the Office of the Provost Marshall, signed by Lt. J E Hughes. Dated 1863, can't quite read the month. Heading reads Confederate States of America. Person awarded the pass had to agree that they would not communicate in writing or verbally anything that might be detrimental to the Confederacy.

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Confederate Loyalty Oath-Montgomery Al
Item #: NEW-006129

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Beautiful example of an oath pledging allegiance to observe and support the Constitution of the Confederate States, etc. I have never seen this format before. Signed by F B Carter on March 12, 1863. Embossed paper mark at upper left hand corner of the rag paper. Folds and very minor wear.

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20th Tennessee Infantry-Confederate Document
Item #: NEW-005049

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Poor condition on this encapsulated (temporary protection) document. Multiple folds, separations mended with scotch tape. I removed as much of this tape as possible and then used archival, acid free tape in its place. This document measures seven and a half by six inches. It is headed the Headquarters Department of Richmond, Richmond Va, Oct. 8th 1864. Here is the content: "In Obedience to instructions from the Secretary of War, the following named persons (paroled prisoners) are granted furloughs for forty days, (unless sooner or exchanged) at the expiration of which they will, if exchanged, rejoin their respective commands; otherwise they will report in person, at the Camp of Paroled Prisoners, Richmond Va or Camp of Instruction at Macon Georgia, as may be nearest their commands. Not to go West of the Mississippi River. Quartermaster will furnish transportation. Form is made out to Lt.J W Thomas as best I can read it. 20th Tennessee Infantry Regiment. J W Thomas is listed in Tennesseans in the war and the document was found in an old Nashville estate. Soldiers of the 20th were mostly made up of men from Davidson and surrounding counties. By order of General Ewell and L R Page, A A General. There are two oval stamps on the front, one reads Transportation furnished by Kind Home Transport Richmond. The other stamp reads Quarter Masters Department C S A Charlotte, N. C. Ink writing written across the front of the document reads another soldier's name and then "from Charlotte ? Augusta Georgia  No 321. Hand writing also on the back

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Jefferson Davis's Reinterment-Dick Dowling Camp.
Item #: NEW-004909

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Incomplete letter but the content relates to the role the Dick Dowling Camp, UCV, Houston Texas was to play in the ceremonies surrounding Jefferson Davis's reinterment in Virginia. This letter is dated May 12th, 1893. Note the chipping away of the right hand side of the letter with tears and the two staple holes. Pencil hand writing which is why it is so faint. Letter is addressed to L S Ross, Major General Commanding Division of Texas UCV, College Texas. "I have the honor to submit the following suggestions and then request the appointments therein contained: 1st That the number of veterans from Texas to escort the remains of Jefferson Davis be increased by General Orders from your headquarters. I believe you have full authority to detail as many as may wish to go. If you agree with me in this I would respectfully Comrade W H Crank of this camp for appointment who will gladly go. I would also recommend Judge Norman G Wittrell of this city as a son of a Confederate veteran for similar appointment he wants to go. His father was a surgeon in the CSA. " end of the incomplete letter. The other item in this lot is a from W H Crank formally requesting that he be appointed as an escort from the Dick Dowling Camp to accompany the remains of President Davis from New Orleans to Richmond Virginia....

The second letter is from William H Crank asking for an additional escort from the Dick Dowling camp to accompany the remains of President Davis from NO (New Orleans) to Richmond Va on 27.  I am anxious to go for many reasons one of which is, I am a Virginia born and reared near Richmond and have many friends in that city and my family....I believe it is signed Wm H Crank.

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General Order-Appt to Gen Huger
Item #: NEW-004160

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This is General Order No 57, dated Oct 1, 1861 from Norfolk Virginia. "Thomas Pinckney Esquire is hereby appointed volunteer A D C (Aide de Camp) to the General Commanding. By Command of Brigader General (Benjamin) Huger." Pinckney was evidently kin to Huger as Huger was the son of Francis Kinlock Huger, whose wife was a daughter of Gen. Thomas Pinckney. His father was aide-de-camp to General Wilkinson in 1800, and adjutant-general in the war of 1812.

Thomas Pinckney
Benjamin Huger

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Death of Jefferson Davis-Nashville Newspaper
Item #: CIV-001020

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This is an issue of The Daily American, Nashville, Tennessee, December 6, 1889. It reports the death of Davis that morning. Large article on his life and portrait in black border. Considerable wear along the middle fold with some holes large and small. Flash is shown in the picture and is not on the paper. Not as bad on the next page. Neat Nashville ads on inside and back page. Encapsulated between mylar sheets.

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Georgia Colonial Note-Savannah-Twenty Dollars-1778

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