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General Joseph Wheeler ALS-Wants A Duel
Item #: NEW-0014418

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One page letter written and signed by Joseph Wheeler to his bitter enemy William M Lowe in which he is pursuing his earlier challenge to duel Lowe. The letter is dated July and I believe he is giving the time, 10:02.  This vitriolic feud is covered in John P Dyer's book, Joseph Wheeler on pages 226 and 267.  Their rivalry arose from a contested Congressional election in Alabama. "When the House finally decided Lowe was the eligible one to represent the Eight District of Alabama, Wheeler left Washington immediately for his plantation home, there to begin a campaign of vindication.  Throughout the summer of 1882 he was busy writing letters, holding conferences, and it was rumored, preparing for a duel with Lowe.  He ordered a quantity of revolver ammunition and his friends said went to the mountains near by for target practice.  The duel never occurred, however, for Lowe came home to Huntsville in the last stages of tuberculosis and was not able to leave his house before his death in October 1881."   

Here is a transcript of the letter which is extremely difficult to read:

Hon Wm M Lowe                                                                    July 1, 1002

If your agent and your friends are correct in their assertions your health is now restored or so much improved that I am justified in making no further delay in requesting that you designate a time and a place where we can meet and by correspondence arrange necessary preliminaries.

My friend who delivers this is authorized to receive your reply and I will be at any point you designate as quickly as cars will convey me.

  With proper respect, Joe Wheeler

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General A P Stewart-Signed Card-1895
Item #: NEW-0013744

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This is a calling card type stock signed by Confederate General Alex P Stewart.  He has added "(in 1865) Lieut General C S Army)"  A cluster of small stains at the mid bottom.  The back has remnants of scrapbook paper on the back. 

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Gen Thomas Benton Smith ALS
Item #: NEW-0013349

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This is the most significant of the letters of Smith that I have offered as he mentions his sword which was used to bash in his head at the Battle of Nashville, causing him to spend 47 years of his life in an "insane asylum."  Following the transcription there is a history of Smith, one of the youngest and most promising Confederate Generals and his sad end.

 This is a two page letter on note sized paper, front to back address to Will Carter dated March 25th 1903.  The content of the letter reflects his mental condition.

Here is the content of the letter:

Will Carter

"You weighed me and Ludy Woodord on your patent scales in the store built by James Turbiville a soldier of the 20th and 81st Tennessee."

"Wounded at the Battle of Nashville when I left my horse bridle saddle sword and side arms with General W B Bate Dec 16 1864.  When I went north to make peace between the Confederate soldiers of American and the United States of America as printed on all Confederate bills and President Jeff Davis the Democrat, served 2 years in Fortress Monroe and was release a hero by ? Bend while I was conductor N & C RR I order Thomas Dickerson to take my"... (rest is impossible to read)

Signed Tom Benton Smith President SA Cunningham Vice President March 25th 1903

Smith was born in Mechanicsville Tennessee in 1838. A bright young man with a gift of mechanical inventiveness, he received a patent for a locomotive pilot at the age of 15. He enrolled in the Nashville Military Academy (Western Military Institute) He was working for the Nashville & Decatur Railroad when the war broke out. He gave up that job to help raise a company of volunteers in and around Triune. That company merged with a group raised by Joel A Battle and eventually became Company B of the 20th Tennessee Infantry. 

Smith saw combat action in the Battle of Mill Springs and Shiloh. Smith was promoted to Colonel at the age of 22. Wounded seriously in the Battle of Murfreesboro-Stones River and was out of action for much of 1863. He resumed field duties and led his troops at Baton Rouge, Hoover's Gap & Chickamauga when he was again wounded. He was promoted to Brigadier General on July 29,1864 becoming the youngest General in the Army of Tennessee. At the battle of Franklin, his staff officer Tod Carter was killed within sight of his home and Smith informed the parents and searched the battlefield for his body. During the battle of Nashville, Smith surrendered and was captured by Union Colonel William L McMillan who beat Smith about the head with Smith's own sword, leaving his brain exposed and in a comma. Smith was not expected to live but recovered only to become a prisoner at Fort Warren. Released July 24th, 1865. Smith did some railroad work after the Civil War and ran for a seat in the U S Congress in 1870, but lost. Struggling with the permanent damage he suffered to his brain, Smith spent his last 47 years in an insane asylum in Nashville, appearing occasionally at UCV reunions.

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General Thomas Benton Smith

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ALS General Stephen D Lee
Item #: NEW-0012907

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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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ALS Gen Stephen D Lee-Great War Content
Item #: NEW-0012898

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Two and a half pages on the masthead of the Agricultural and Mechanical College in Mississippi, of which Lee was President. The letter is addressed to J P Young who fought with the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry and wrote a regimental history of the Seventh along with other books.  This letter is the first in a series of letters between the two old soldiers recalling the events that they were both engaged in.

"I am in receipt of your letter of Jan 18th and can readily see and understand how you overlooked the night charge of Johnson’s division of my Corps.” (Ed Johnson) "as you had in your mind the grand charge of Stewart’s Corps, and two divisions of Cheatham’s Corps, in the afternoon.  It was a grand sight, and was a glorious and a gallant a charge as ever was made in any field of my troops-the bringing in a general description of the battle, to compare with Gettysburg & for that purpose only, it was a natural error, if it was an error. I really think now, you should write an account of the battle in detail-from your research, you are better prepared to complete the description more than any one I know, and I think you should do it.”
"About 12 years ago or longer, I wrote a description of the charge of Johnson’s division but never published it.  It was about the time Cheatham wrote his defense of Spring Hill, after Hood published his book. I thought I would possibly be drawn into the discussion & partially prepared to meet the issue-but I did not go into print-I have hopes, I might not have to write about that campaign as I was most friendly both with Hood and Cheatham.  They are both gone and could make no reply now-I am of opinion however, that the real cause of the failure at Spring Hill, has not come to light yet, it probably never will now but the one who blundered there and the ones who failed there are responsible for the lives lost at Franklin-and the failure of the campaign of Hood.”

I have written Marcus Wright for "data” about that campaign. If I get what I want I may at least write a partial account of Franklin as you did, and mainly describe the charge of Johnson’s division and explain why my corps was not in the battle.  There are several reasons why I should do this, but is with reluctance I write any thing about the war, as I firmly believe no participants can write a perfectly fair and unprejudiced account of battles in which he was engaged.”   Closing comments. Signed S D Lee.   

Here is a link giving information about Lee on the website of the Stephen D Lee Institute:

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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General Stephen D Lee-ALS
Item #: NEW-0012897

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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:

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
Item #: NEW-0012878

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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:

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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William Mahone Stock Certificate Signed
Item #: NEW-0011572

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Beautiful 1871 certificate for the Atlantic Mississippi & Ohio Railroad Company made out to Andrew J Kirby and signed by James E Cathbert and William Mahone.  No cancel marks to mar the signatures.  Measures 11 by 7 inches.  

William Mahone was from Southampton County Virginia and was a Confederate General, civil engineer, teacher, Railroad executive and a US Senator  Small of statue he was nicknamed "Little Billy".  He attended the Virginia Military Institute, worked as a railroad engineer, and was president of the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad.  During the Civil War, he distinguished himself at the Battle of the Crater, leading a successful counterattack that also unfortunately involved the massacre of surrendered black troops.  

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E P Alexander-Signed Bond-Confederate General
Item #: NEW-0011427

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This is a stock certificate issued by the Central Rail Road & Banking Company of Georgia dated 1887. It has been signed by the Confederate General, Edward Porter Alexander. Folds, large crease and a slightly crumpled appearance.  Staple at the top attaching an document that relates to the certificate. Several cancel holes though the signatures, only one affecting Alexander's, affecting the letter N. Alexander is best known as the officer in charge of the massive artillery bombardment preceding Pickett's Charge on the third day of the Battle of Gettysburg, but he is also noted for his early use of signal and observation balloon intelligence in combat and is well regarded for his postwar memoirs and analyses of the war. Measures nine by five inches.

The paper attached to the cancelled bond was issued to Margarita Cress.

The second scan, with the black backing shows where the holes are.

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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.

Civil War Pardon

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Gen Fitz John Porter-ALS-Gen-Barnard Bee
Item #: NEW-007657

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This letter is dated March 20th 1851 from West Point and is signed by Fitz John Porter, then a professor at West Point. He is assuming the debt of one of his friends and former West Pointer, Barnard Elliott Bee. Porter became a General on the Union Side and Bee became a General for the Confederacy. Content is as follows: Sir, Bvt. Capt B E Bee told you or your agent to call upon me for the amount of a bill due you by him, and charged to me. Be pleased to send the amount of the bill and oblige Yours F J Porter. (Debt was $189.84). Condition: Brown ink on tin blue rag paper, folds, glued to the bottom is the old catalogue listing. Pencil and ink markings on the back. Here is a brief history on Porter: FitzJohn Porter was a career United States Army officer and a Union General during the American Civil War. He is most known for his performance at the Second Battle of Bull Run and his subsequent court martial. Although Porter served well in the early battles of the Civil War, his military career was ruined by the controversial trial which was called by his political rivals. Afterwards he worked intensely to restore his tarnished reputation for almost 25 years, when he was finally restored to the army's roll. Here is a brief history on Barnard Elliott Bee: Bee had a distinguished military career following his graduation from West Point in 1845 however he is best known for giving Stonewall Jackson his name Stonewall by pointing to General Jackson’s brigade, "standing like a stone wall". Bee sustained mortal wounds during the Battle of Bull Run (Manassas), the very battle that gave rise to his comment about Jackson

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Engraving and Autograph of Governor Brownlow
Item #: TEN-000954

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Nice clean engraved portrait of W G Brownlow when he was a Tennessee Senator. Included is a note which says, "Bordentown, April 28, 1862 With the kind regards of Very Respectfully W.G Brownlow. Brownlow was the reconstruction governor of Tennessee

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