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Georgia's Confederate Sons-Vol I-Wiggins
Item #: NEW-0017257

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This is a soft bound book which is in demand. I have priced it lower than the few I found on the web. Assembled by David Wiggins, the book has 176 pages mostly photos of Georgia Confederate soldiers. Some minor wear.

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POW Letter-Johnson's Island-1st Lt. 8th La Inf
Item #: NEW-0017140

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This is the best POW letter I have ever had.  It is written on one page as required and addressed to John B Lindsey, Esquire in Frankfort Kentucky. It is dated June 8, 1865. April 9th was the date that Robert E Lee surrendered so the war was clearly at end.  The letter as written by Robert S Perry.1st Lt 8th Louisiana Infantry. Perry was struggling with his future as to whether or not he should sign the Loyalty Oath to the US 

 Dear Johnnie, Yours May 2nd answered 14th same month.  Enclosed is a likeness of myself.  I then, answered, as near as I could your questions as to my instructions for the future.  Since that time grave events vitally affecting that future have happened, and today I find myself without a government, nay without a country, for I shall not indulge in hypocritical ?.  The Confederacy has ceased to exist and I presume I must now submit to an inevitable conclusion, and ask for amnesty.  In this matter I think I have gone as far as honor and duty expected of me.  I now regard myself as at liberty, if I choose, to give my allegiance to the U.S.

     As to the moral propriety of my doing so I have no doubt.  The sacrifice of political principle involved is such as has been made, without crime by some peoples, at different stages the the world’s great history, as such a sacrifice as thousands of republicans living under monarchies and taking oaths to support them & vice versa.  Were I not convinced of the morality of the course I should remain here a long time yet.  There is a question of duress.  But for that I am not responsible nor do I have any ? upon it.  

This being my conclusion, I desire you to get my release at once, and by any means in your power.  But very few are being liberated, and those only upon representations specially made by funds at Washington.  You will be able, without difficulty, to learn how to proceed in the processes.  I hope you will write me at once on this subject and that you will not allow the grass to grow under your feet.  I remain your friend Robert S Perry. 1st Lt.  8th La Infantry.  

The photo shows Perry and a comrade.  He is the one on the right hand side.  I don't have the photo.

        

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40th Tn Confederate Rgt-Fort Pillow Camp Letters
Item #: NEW-0016643

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This lot consists of two letters written from Fort Pillow Camp.  This site later became notorious for the massacre of more than 300 African American soldiers by the Confederate Army.  The 40th Tennessee had a brief and confusing history.  It was also known as the 5th Confederate Infantry Regiment.   Company E was known as the Alabama Hickorys and even later became the 15th Arkansas Infantry Regiment.  

The 40th was organized in October 1861, was captured at Island No 10, released on parole at Vicksburg September 1862.  It was disbanded and companies distributed to other regiments in September 1862.

This is as complete a transcript as I was able to do.  I have corrected some of the spelling but left others as an examples.  The spelling of the names were corrected by the use of the Civil War Data System.

                                                                                                          Fort Pillow Tenn Nov 21 1861

Dear Father & Mother Brother & Sister

I set myself down this morning to drop you a few lines to let you now  I am well & very well satisfied.  We left Memphis past Tuesday and landed here. Seen a great many new sites to me since I left home.  Memphis is one of the finest looking places perhaps is very near & large as Somerville as we came through their streets lined with people.  I seen more people there than I have seen in all my life before.  Their was 15 steam boats some of them was 500 feet long as we came up it rained and blowed  in on me & some more of the boys got wet their Several of our boys sick with the measles  We left John Tunsill, Will Draper, Peyton Cryer, Bill & Dick Draper,  (Richard E Draper William G Draper) and E G Denton  (all members of E company-matched with the official roster) in Memphis at the Southern mothers til they get well.  They are waited on by women.  Their M T Chunn, John Smith, Frank , and two more I couldn't match but they had measles.  Three of them are in the hospital here  We have got to the highest mountain I ever seen  We are on top of it we can see for 5 miles up the river blockaded  Below us our cannons are planted on the edge of the bluff next to the river  The river is about four or five miles wide  hear this is a ditch all around us that no yankey can cross  Their is three thousand negroes working on the fort this is one of the best forts hear that is in the Southern Confederacy on the side of us is the ditch that no one can cross if they come over our cannons
we can whip fifty thousand men with our regiment  Their is some of the steepest hollers you ever seen the ? guard is a mile and a half from the camp.  I have not stud gard(stood guard) but one twenty for hours yet we have five tents  Theyre floored with planks.  The floor is about 2 feet off the ground  I have two of the finest blankets you ever seen and I hate to lie them down on the floor to get them dirty  if I had any way of sending them home I would have done it.  We have plenty to eat here and nothing to do  I want you to right we all the news  How are getting along with your cotton and write what John Stuart is doing whether he is making a camp or not.  Tell Bill ? he had better come to us  We have fine officers Bill is one of the finest little fellow I ever seen  The boys are all very well pleased   Closing comments and signed W H H Hagy

The second letter is headed Fort Pillow, December 5th 1861

I take the present opportunity of droping (sic) you a few lines this evening as I have an answer? yet  I am not more than able to wright this.  I have had the measels again but I am getting tolerable stout again.  I staying in the hospitale from Sunday til to day as I would not stay any longer   They would not gives me anything to eat  I think I will be able to help the boys about our horses.  We wish to stay hear this winter  we are all buillding us a cabin to winter in very near all of the boys that came from Morgan has had to get the mesales.  I can not wright very much this eaving as I am very weak but I will give you one of the letters in short time  I have a grate deal to wright you  There is not any more illness in camp but measels  You have no idea how I would like to see you all for a short time if I can keep my health I can do finely  I have not stood gard but once since I left home but it has not been on the account of sickness. This is a tolerable fine place hear out guns came hear last night  Their is more cannons and more balls of grape shot and blank shells than a few our men are practicing every day with the cannon   Their was one of our boats tried to pass without landing and we fired a blank cartridge at her and she did not notice it and then we turned lose a ball just before her   you ought to have seen her begin to make her way back to shore  The order here is not to let no boat pass withou landing  I believe that is all i can wright you.  How are your hogs getting along and cotten and wheather  it is worth anything or not matter.  I will tink of what you told me as long as I live  I can not wright nay more  tell all the boys howdy  tell marther and brother I will wright to them soon  give my love to John B Stuart thir is something els I have to tel you if I can not pay postage hear for letters as their is no post office hear and letters are passed by hand to us you must wright soon without fail...  Signed W H. H. Hagy  Direct your letter to t Pillow Tenn in the care of Capt. Whitfield, L M Walker Regiment 

W. H. H. Hagy

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted on 10/1/1861 as a Private.

On 10/1/1861 he mustered into "E" Co. TN 40th Infantry 
(date and method of discharge not given)
 (Estimated date of enlistment)


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 

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Samuel Griswold- Civil War Receipt
Item #: NEW-0016599

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Here is a nice go with for someone who has a sword made by Samuel Griswold of Griswoldville Georgia.  It is a Confederate imprint dated 10-7-1861.  This receipt is for $112/50 for one saw ?.  Signed by Griswold's agent R. Johnson.  Writing on the back shows that the purchase was made by William Daniel.

Here is a wikipedia link to Griswold's history:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Griswold



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Camden Ark Confederate Veterans Parade Postcard
Item #: NEW-0016593

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Pristine card which was not mailed.  This gathering was for Decoration Day in Arkansas.  Clearly one of the most beautiful UCV cards made.  

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Virginia Secession Cockade
Item #: NEW-0016572

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This rare item is mounted on a velvet board.  It is not pasted down and the shank is sticking out the other side of the tiny button.  The velvet ribbon is somewhat worn as to be be expected.  The whole item measures about two and a quarter inches.  You don't get an opportunity to buy an authentic cockade ribbon very often. Paypal will not be accepted on this item though payment plans can be arranged.

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Seven Pines-Inscribed Stick From Battlefield
Item #: NEW-0016225

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This stick was purchased by me from a dealer who had sold me three Confederate images from a family member in Lithonia Georgia.  He found this stick and spent time cleaning it to find the ink writing which he deciphered to read "cut in the center of 7 pines battlefield where 1500 soldiers were killed May 31, 186- that fought by Lee & McClellan and field officer J E Lyne"  I can agree with some of the translation but not all. My research can not find a likely person by that name.   Better eyes and research may be able to do better.

The woman who sold the images was a direct descendant of only one of the soldiers, who was Elijah Lazarus Anderson.  She also had a powder flask belonging to him so I am guessing that this also belonged to him.  All three images have been sold. 

Note: I am relisting this item as someone has provided me information about the stick.

http://canequest.com/seven-pines-malvern-hill-battlefield-twig-canes-carved-by-captain-james-e-lyne/ 

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http://www.saverichmondbattlefields.org/pdf/v10_n1_2011_Winter.pdf  



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John Breckinridge-John Hunt Morgan Celluloid-Ribbon-1901 UCV
Item #: NEW-0016193

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I consider this the most magnificent item in my United Confederate Veterans Reunion collection.  This item is from the Louisville Ky convention which was held in October 22-23 in  1901. Nice condition on this two and a quarter inch celluloid. With the ribbon, the total length is seven and a half inches.  The top of the ribbon is dingy or it may be ink.  There also is a small dark area of the ribbon on the left side of the ribbon just above the top of the button, which also may be ink.  Finally there is a slit separation on the right side of the ribbon at the bottom and two tiny spots on the right edge.  I'm listing all these small defects but they hardly detract from the overall impression   

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Macon Ga UCV Reunion-Colorful Poster
Item #: NEW-0016172

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This great display item measures 33 by 10 inches.  Despite heavy folds, this item looks great.  It was issued by the Cotton Belt Route to entice veterans and others to attend this United Confederate Veteran National Reunion which was held in Macon Georgia in 1912.  It will not be mailed in the frame but folded along the original folds for easy and economic mailing. 

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Triple Armed Confederate Soldier-Ninth Plate
Item #: NEW-0016121

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This is a ninth plate which packs a mighty wallop due to the pose which fills the whole frame.  It was found in Texas and really I think it probably is a Texan.  Note the color decorated hearts on the shirt which was probably home made by a Mother or wife.  Other areas are tinted pink as well.  This is a ruby ambrotype.  It was published in Military Images in the march/april 2008 issue.  There are two revolvers and a huge knife.  The thermoplastic case is also in very good condition.

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Stonewall Song Book-Fifth Edition
Item #: NEW-0016110

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This is an incredibility rare songster.  It was printed in 1864 by West & Johnson in Richmond, Virginia.  It is small, measuring six by three and a half inches. The back end paper is missing but with 72 pages, it is complete and intact.  Stains and foxing, as can be seen in the scan. Reference, Parrish and Willingham
  
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UCV Reunion-Macon Ga-Gorgeous Envelope
Item #: NEW-0016083

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Legal sized envelope with beautiful graphics.  Confederate Veterans Reunion-1912.  They don't make them like this anymore.  Creasing on top right hand side and smaller one on bottom left corner.

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Macon Ga-Civil War Vets-Posed with Cannon
Item #: NEW-0016053

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This is a great sepia mounted photograph which measures 10 X 8 inches. It is in excellent condition.  It is likely that the photo made  by L.S.Hill of Macon Ga during the 1912 Confederate Reunion in Macon.  It came with a UCV certificate of Thomas L Massenburg so I imagine he is one of the men pictured. (this is not available) Writing on the edge of the flag reads "Jackson's Artillery."  You can see two UCV banners faintly under magnification.  The clarity of the photo is good on the old vets and the store front signage.

1912 Confederate Reunion
Macon Ga 


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Here's Your Mule-Early War Nashville Imprint
Item #: NEW-0015983

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This is a rare camp song printed in 1862 by C D Benson in the District Court of Middle Tennessee.  This is not a Confederate imprint since Nashville was occupied by 1862.  Despite this, Nashville sheet music publishers continued to print pro Confederate sheet music.  This is an off shoot of a well known camp song which has several interpretations as to the meaning of the song.  This was believed to be removed from an unknown book as evidenced by part of the book stuck on the back.  Someone in the past tried to remove it by pulling at it, leaving some bad places in the rag paper.  The graphics are unique to the song and inspires much interpretation.  The song is supposed to be about a farmer who lost his horse but the fashionably dressed subject on this sheet is clearly not a farmer. I feel the man has a strong resemblance to Andrew Jackson, who faced the first threat to the Union in his administration with the South Carolina nullification issue.  Of course Andrew Jackson had died 16 years earlier and someone who knows more than me pointed out that it would be more likely Andrew Johnson even though he stated that folk art drawings are not reliable as to identifying subjects. The donkey kicking would represent the Democratic Party in my view.  Of note also is the overturned basket of eleven eggs.  Tennessee was the eleventh state to secede.  Anyway I believe this song was more complex than a farmer wandering around civil war camp sites looking for his mule.  The item measures 14 and a half by 9 inches.  The last chorus mentions John (Hunt) Morgan so this identifies the sheet as having Confederate leanings. Other sheets were published leaving the last Chorus off.  Thanks to Ashley McAnulty and Robert Curtis for their thoughts on this item.

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Confederate Veteran Photo-Wearing UCV Badges
Item #: NEW-0015947

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Great clarity and content in this mounted silver print (I think).  The photo itself measures 9 and a half by almost 8 inches.  The board on the right side has a big tear, the corners are worn, and other tears where the photo is mounted which has tape over it.  That has not affected the photo at all.  I am able to read the print on the bar which says Huntsville Alabama so that would have been where the ribbon and the R E Lee celluloid was worn in the United Confederate Veterans Reunion.  I don't know who this man is but he looks important. Perhaps someone with a Huntsville program can tell me who he is.

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Gen Charles Dahlgren-Patriotic Cover Lot-Rare
Item #: NEW-0015897

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This is a lot of three Confederate patriotic covers, all three addressed and hand delivered to General Dahlgren of the 3rd Mississippi Brigade.  All of the backs are absent so the price has been adjusted accordingly. 

 The first cover is addressed to Genl C G Dahlgren with the rare and desirable graphic of Camp C G Dahlgren which was hand carried to him there.  This specific cover is not listed in Confederate States of America Catalog and Handbook by Kaufmann although similar graphic images are shown. 
 The second image shows a rare and desirable Our Flag sticker cover.  Seven stars.  It is on page 442 and is titled ST-1. This letter was hand delivered to the General in New Orleans "Care of Foley Avery?”

 The final cover is listed as FM-1 Page 437.  It is the Mississippi Confederate State Seal with "Mississippi" on top. This one was addressed to the General and hand carried to his headquarters at Natchez Mississippi.  

Please view the scans to see the additional wear, especially on the Our Flag cover.  

Here is information on General Dahlgren, who is listed in Generals in Gray. He evidently had a short career after being put in charge of the Mississippi State troops.  He led the Third Brigade which protected the Mississippi coast line and resigned after another General was put in charge of his troops by Davis.

ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_G._Dahlgren

Charles Gustavus Ulrich Dahlgren (August 13, 1811 – December 18, 1888) was a Confederate brigadier general during the American Civil War. He commanded the 3rd Brigade, Army of Mississippi, before a dispute with the President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis, cost him his career.

Following Mississippi's passage of the ordinance of secession and the subsequent outbreak of the Civil War, Dahlgren raised two regiments of state-sponsored volunteer infantry (the 3rd and 7th Mississippi Infantry) by his own means. When his brigade was transferred from state service to the Provisional Army of the Confederate States, he lost his command. Dahlgren was known for a short temper and strong opinions, and strongly opposed this transfer. His outspoken opposition to the nationalization of his men cost him his command and sparked a feud with the family of Jefferson Davis.

ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_G._Dahlgren 

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Forbes Bivouac-Confederate Monument-PC-Clarksville Tn
Item #: NEW-0015494

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Ultra rare card showing the Confederate Veterans grouped in front of the Confederate Monument.  Never mailed and minor tip wear. 

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Unveiling of Confederate Monument-La Grange Ga Postcard
Item #: NEW-0015493

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Rare card from Lagrange Georgia.  Mailed with LaGrange cancel, I believe the year is 1907. Minor wear


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Confederate Soldier-Colt Dragoon Ambrotype
Item #: NEW-0015380

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This is a sixth plate ambrotype  featuring a soldier holding a 3rd generation Colt Dragoon pistol.  The image was found in Tazewell Virginia.  Some loss of the image on the bottom right hand corner and a little on the top right hand corner.

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Robert E Lee Signature-Washington College Report Card
Item #: NEW-0015335

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This is a report card for Hardy B Branner dated May 31, 1867.  At the time Robert E Lee was President of Washington College in Virginia, later to be known as Washington and Lee.  Hardy B Branner was the Mayor in Knoxville Tennessee.  Please view the scan to see the condition of the report card-rough left edge, folds and light staining on the folds except for the top and bottom which is more prominent. 

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Confederate Sheet Music-The Palmetto Song
Item #: NEW-0015242

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Published by J.A. McClure of Nashville and Memphis.  Evenly browned.  It has a number in ink in the upper left corner and an inscription in pencil in upper right.  Quite rare; PW indicates only one in public holdings.  Complete sheet

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Confederate Sheet Music-Drummer Boy of Shiloh
Item #: NEW-0015213

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Published by Blackmar in Augusta Ga in 1863.  Sung by the First Tennessee Concert Troup.  Complete sheet with some wear and heavy stains

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Color-Confederate Sheet-Never Surrender Quick Step
Item #: NEW-0015201

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Beautiful Confederate imprint by Edward O Eaton and published by Blackmar in Augusta Ga in 1863.  Complete sheet.  See scan

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Confederates Grand March-1862 Sheet Music
Item #: NEW-0015200

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Complete Confederate imprint by Wm H Hartwell Augusta Ga.  Published by Blackmar.  4th Edition is meaningless.  Sheet music publishers made the sheet seem more popular by putting higher numbers on the Edition. Listed in Parrish & Willingham.  Color in the scan is not true.  It is light tan not gray.

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Flag of the South-Occupied Nashville Sheet Music
Item #: NEW-0015147

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This beautiful sheet was published in Nashville in 1861, written by Anna K Hearn.  C D Benson was the publisher.  Note the heavy stains on the cover.  Technically this would not be a Confederate imprint as Nashville had not yet joined the Confederacy.  Please view the scans to see the condition.

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Occupied Nashville Sheet Music-John Morgan
Item #: NEW-0015146

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This is a desirable sheet despite the fact that Nashville was occupied early in the war and this example was published in 1864.  It is my understanding that there is a sheet which varies a little that was a Confederate sheet.  This is a pretty clean sheet as can be seen in the scans.  Complete title is "How are You John Morgan." 

How Are You John Morgan?



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Presentation Box-Embossed Confederate Note-Memminger
Item #: NEW-0015132

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This item is believed to possibly be an item presented to the first Confederate Secretary of Treasury, Christopher Gustavus Memminger.  The box is small measuring five by 3 and a half inches, possibly made to fit a small New Testament bible.  It is too small to fit most of the Confederate notes, which one would assume might have be made for that purpose.   

The box is wrapped in light tan leather and is constructed of a light sturdy wood.  There is some staining as can be seen in the scan.  There is a separation at the fold but the cover is not loose.  The box bears the impression "Confederate States of America  Richmond  December 2nd 1862” and followed by the embossed signature of Christopher Memminger, Secretary of Treasury” which is a match for most of the Confederate Bank Notes. Across the bottom is the bible verse Hebrews 11.1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”  The inside of the box is lined with the kind of paper seen in early Civil War books. 

The box was originally acquired in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia from a noted antique dealer between Staunton & Harrisonburg, Virginia.  

Extensive research might reveal that this box was presented to Memminger thanking him for the time of his service in the Confederate White House at Richmond.  If it did not belong to him, it is hard to imagine what other purpose such a box might have been created.  At any rate, it is clearly a one of the kind Confederate item made during the Civil War. The paper that came with the item shows a small box in the photograph.


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Nathan Bedford Forrest-Gadsden Al UCV Ribbon
Item #: NEW-0015123

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This item measures about six and a half inches long.  The celluloid drop measures almost 2 inches in diameter and has foxing.  See scan.  This reunion was held in Gadsden in 1922 and it was the 22nd Annual Reunion of the Alabama Division of the United Confederate Veterans.  The Delegate bar has come off a third of the pin due to fraying and there is a small tear at the bottom of the ribbon across from the year. These State Reunion souvenirs are more scarce than items from the National reunions.  

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Calling Card-Confederate Flag-Bradford Nicol-Cheatham Bivouac
Item #: NEW-0015118

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Neat calling card for Bradford Nicol.  Here is his history found on the web on a family site:

At the outbreak of the Civil War he joined Company A, 1st Tennessee Light Artillery (Rutledge Battery) as a Corporal. He was newly promoted to platoon sergeant when his platoon leader disappeared just before the Battle of Shiloh, leaving him in command. He so distinguished himself commanding the rear guard artillery of his division's (Bate's) withdrawal from Shiloh, that General Polk gave him a battlefield commission. When the battery's twelve month enlistment period ran out just after Shiloh, Bradford transferred to the Ordnance Corps. He subsequently took part in over thirty battles or engagements including Chickamauga, Atlanta, Nashville, Murfreesboro and Missionary Ridge. In none of these was he wounded or captured in spite of having two horses killed beneath him. He was commissioned a Major of Artillery in the Regular Army 3 April 1865, and was serving as Chief Ordnance Officer of Bate's Division near Bentonville, North Carolina, at war's end. 

Upon his return to Nashville after the war, he returned to school, and later opened the Bradford Nichol Furniture Company. This business was very successful and made him quite a wealthy man for a time until a general business depression in Nashville forced him to close its doors. Nichol had a distinguished career in Nashville and was Grand Master of the General Grand Council of the United States. He wrote a memoir of his service in the Civil War and was very active in Confederate veteran affairs, and a member of the Frank Cheatham Bivouac. Nichol died in 1913 having been struck by a street card while crossing the street. 

      


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Jefferson Davis Ferrotype in Oreo Case
Item #: NEW-0015112

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This is a well known pose of Confederate President, Jeff  Davis which appears in different formats.  The original pose was copied by Abbott from the original ambrotype of Davis.  Abbott put out several copies of famous people in 1861.  It is presumed that this item was cut to fit into an oreo photographic case. I replaced the oreo case and it was broken in several places. The case measures one and 3/4 inch in diameter.  There are some missing areas in the decorative rim but this does not detract from the presentation.  There is a line over Davis's left eyebrow visible under magnification. The last scan shows the paper found in the back of the image.

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Southern Recorder-Milledgeville Ga-1861 Confederate Paper
Item #: NEW-0015111

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This is a large format paper which measures 19 by 25 and a half inches and opens up.  It was published on 8/13/1861.  R M Orme & son were the editors.  Volume XLII.    Four pages of war content. There are proclamations by Governor Joseph Brown. a list of the Georgia Volunteer Regiments, "in the service of the Confederacy, a speech by John Breckinridge, a run- away slave ad, To Arms! notice with James Grubbs trying to raise a unit in Summerville, and that's just the first page. There is much more interesting content in the rest of the paper.  

Condition:  Some glue residue on the left side where the paper was no doubt removed from a binding.  There are tears in  both margins which extends somewhat into the content.  The right edge has the most tears, see the scan. Wear along the middle fold and a small tear at the middle of the middle fold.  Light to moderate foxing.

Southern Recorder Milledgeville Georgia newspaper

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1904 Nashville Confederate Reunion Invitation
Item #: NEW-0015098

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This item measures 8 X 7 inches, has two pages between the covers and features General John B Gordon image.  This is actually a very fancy invitation for the United Confederate Veteran Reunion which was held in Nashville in 1904.  This is a very rare item, in fact the only example I have ever seen.  Some diginess. The first page in an invitation for Mrs. Judge John Allison to attend.  The next page is a list of all the members of the General Committee.  On the back of the back cover is a list of all the members of the Executive Committee and of the Invitation Committee.  It, of course, is a listings of very prominent men of Nashville 

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Sixth Plate-Confederate Soldier-Ringgold Georgia,
Item #: NEW-0015078

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I purchased this image along with another image in a antique mall in Ringgold Ga in 2000.  The image of two brothers, only identified as "Williams brothers” sold recently.  This image came from the same dealer who said it was a cousin to the Williams brothers.  These images were published in the Confederate Calendar in 2002.  The research was done by Keith Bohannon and I did no further research.  There were four men named Williams who enlisted in Confederate Army units from Catoosa County, Ga, Lewis C Williams, joined Company F, 39th Ga Infantry on March 4, 1862 and was surrendered at Greensboro.  The other three enlisted on the same day and I tend to believe that it was the two brothers and their cousin.  Their unit was 2nd Company D, 1st Confederate Infantry.  Amos Williams compiled service record shows him present on Feb 29, 1864, although Henderson’s Roster of Georgia Soldiers claims that he died of disease after that time on an unknown date.  George W Williams deserted at Fort Gaines, Alabama on Nov 26,1862.  William N Williams received a wound on Aug 8, 1864 during the siege of Atlanta and there is no further record of him.  

This image is a sixth plate ambrotype.  He was found in a half case and I provided this case for the image.  The pillow is a beautiful dark green, though the scan did not capture that.  The soldier wears a shell type jacket with extensive colored cloth trim.  He is armed with a sword and revolver.  His sash was tinted red by the photographer, and the buttons on his hat and jacked were tinted gold.  Please view the scan to show the condition of the ambrotype.  

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Nathan Bedford Forrest-Double Signature-$1000 Bond
Item #: NEW-0014950

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This double sided bond measures 20 X 17 inches and bears the signature of General Nathan Bedford Forrest on both sides.  The complete bonds are becoming more scarce as many have been cut up to sell Forrest's signatures.  After the war Forrest became President of the Selma, Marion, and Memphis Railroad. No paypal on this item although payment plans can be arranged. The bond is framed but will be removed and mailed without the frame.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest-Memphis UCV Program-11th Reunion
Item #: NEW-0014935

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Nice condition on the 1901 Program featuring Nathan Bedford Forrest, Robert E Lee, and Stonewall Jackson on the cover. Numerous illustrations including buildings in Memphis Tennessee. This is a must have for the Forrest collector.

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Nathan Bedford Forrest Cavalry Corps Badge
Item #: NEW-0014934

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This item is now available due to a failed payment plan. Near perfect specimen of this highly sought badge.  There is a little bit of the blue paint missing from the middle part of the badge.  See scans.  Hate to part with this one from my collection. No paypal on this item though payment plans can be arranged.

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Macon Ga Pennant-1912 UCV Reunion
Item #: NEW-0014919

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This rare pennant measures 25 inches in length.  The red has faded and the glitter has worn off in some places.  Worn paper insert. No holes.  I've never seen another one of these.  United Confederate Veterans. 

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Constitutionalist Daily Paper-Augusta Ga
Item #: NEW-0014876

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This rare paper was printed on April 14, 1865, the day of Lincoln's assassination, but clearly printed before that event.  Although the war was closing, the paper is all confederate, there are even two slave sale ads.  There is a long report of the casualties in Evans brigade, who were from Georgia.  This rag paper is 21 inches by 13 1/2 inches and opens up to four pages of content.  The last two pages are mostly ads.  There is a large stain at the mid top and some staining along the mid vertical fold halfway.  There are two hinges pasted to the top edges where it was inserted in a frame but I've left them as they appear to be acid free hinges which would probably come off with water.

Can be folded along the original folds to mail for a savings 

Confederate paper Augusta Georgia
Daily Constitutionalist newspaper

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Congressional Medal of Honor Paper Lot-Signed Gideon Welles
Item #: NEW-0014828

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This lot consists of two items related to the Medal of Honor award to John H Farrell, a civilian who was the pilot of the U S Monitor Neosho during the Civil War.  This paper work was separated from the actual medal which, of course is illegal to sell and I have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the medal.  I have determined through my research that there are no restrictions to the selling of the paper work. The items consists of the transmittal letter which was signed by Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy.  The second page is blank and is separated through most of one fold.  There is a small separation at this same fold on the cover page.  Some stains of the back.  The letter explaining the heroic act is also on two hand written pages, with the last page mostly showing the signature of S P Lee, who was Samuel Phillips Lee who was the acting rear admiral.  Lee was related to Robert E Lee.  Short separations on the edge of the folds and stains, especially on the last page.    

This can be verified by many sites on the web but this Find-A-Grave entry gives a short summary of the events and provides a photograph of Ferrell.   http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=8085241 Here is the content of the entry:


Birth: Apr. 15, 1829
Death: Apr. 17, 1900

Civil War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served as a Pilot (Captain) in the Union Navy. His citation reads "Served on board the USS Monitor Neosho during the engagement with enemy batteries at Bells Mills, Cumberland River, near Nashville, Tenn., 6 December 1864. Carrying out his duties courageously during the engagement, Ferrell gallantly left the pilothouse after the flag and signal staffs of that vessel had been shot away and, taking the flag which was drooping over the wheelhouse, made it fast to the stump of the highest mast remaining, although the ship was still under a heavy fire from the enemy." (bio by: Don Morfe) 

Here are the transcripts of the two paper items:

The letter of Dec. 19 1864 is headed Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship, Cincinnati Cumberland River and signed by S P Lee,  AR admiral (Acting Rear Admiral)  (Lee was related to Robert E Lee)

Here is the content of the letter:

Sir, My attention has been called by your divisional commander to the gallantry displayed by you in the action of the 6th inst when the "Neosho’s” flag and signal staffs being shot away, and the flag lying drooping over the wheel house, you with sr master Jno Dietzenbach, left the pilot house of that vessel while she was yet under fire of the enemys artillery and musketry and displayed the flag from the stump of the main signal staff, the highest mast remaining.

Your conduct in thus promptly displaying the national flag in the face of the enemy is worthy of high commendation and I will take pleasure in bringing it to the notice of the navy department, Respectfully yours, S P Lee (written in a different hand) aR admiral, commanding Miss Squadron

The second item is the actual transmittal notice, an official form from the Navy Department Washington, date given as Aug 21, 1865. (presumed) 

Sir, I have the pleasure of transmitting herewith the MEDAL OF HONOR awarded to you by the Secretary of the Navy, in General Order, No 59, dated June 22 1864, for gallant and meritorious conduct whilst serving on board the U S Monitor Neosho, during an engagement at Bell’s Mills, on the Cumberland River, Dec 6, 1864, please acknowledge its receipt, Very Respectfully, Gideon Welles (actual autograph)   
 

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Castle Thunder CDV's-Prison for Civil War Soldiers-Richmond
Item #: NEW-0014824

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There are two CDV's in this lot showing a prison in Richmond which held Union prisoners and after the war Confederate soldiers.  One CDV has been trimmed to just the photograph which gives a different view of the prison as well as displaying a sign which reads Castle Thunder.  

The first CDV has no backmark but reads on the side, "Castle Thunder Rich Va Prison".  The trimmed CDV has a backmark of J Morgan in Concord N H.  

Here is some information found on the web about this prison:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_Thunder_(prison)

Castle Thunder, located in Richmond, Virginia, was a former tobacco warehouse located on Tobacco Row, converted into a prison used by the Confederacy to house civilian prisoners, including captured Union spies, political prisoners and those charged with treason during the American Civil War. A large number of its inmates were sentenced to death. Even though the inmates were sometimes allowed boxes of medicine and other supplies, the prison guards had a reputation for brutality.

After the Union forces captured Richmond, they used the prison for similar purposes. Among those known to have been incarcerated there in this later period was Mollie Bean, a woman who had served for two years in the 47th North Carolina and was twice wounded in action. She had pretended to be a man simply in order to join the Confederate Army, but her Union captors suspected her of being a spy.  Another held for a time in this prison was Dr. Mary E. Walker, the only woman who ever received the Medal of Honor.

 

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Rare Officer Commission-Provisional Army of Tn-Edward D Hicks
Item #: NEW-0014657

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This commission was for Edward D Hicks, prominent citizen of Nashville, who was from a historic pioneer Tennessee family.  Hicks was also the nephew of General Zollicoffer though he resigned after a brief time, serving him as  adjutant general.  Hicks's official record may be incomplete.  There is some evidence that he came back into service at some point and was with Zollicoffer until Zollicoffer's death. 

The Commission has some condition problems with heavy folds and a couple of little holes in the mid fold.  Brown areas less prominent on the front as they are on the back.  Isham Harris has signed the document On July 18,1861. Harris was Governor of Tennessee and was a Confederate General.  See scans. The document measures 14 X 14.

Also included in the listing is an albumen of Hicks.  Hicks was the grandson of John Davis, Surveyor of middle Tennessee and other prominent Tennesseans.  His home, known as Devon Farm remained in family hands until recently when it was sold to Ensworth High School which built on the site. 

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Robert E Lee-Silver Print-Rare Post War Pose
Item #: NEW-0014399

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This scarce post Civil war image was found in a thin black wood frame. The paper on the back is highly acidic and unframed I found that it was backed with wood. The wood has discolored the back of the heavy stock paper. It is a 8 X 10 silver print, otherwise known as a gelatin print. The clarity of the photograph makes me believe it was made from the original negative by Boude and Miley of the Lexington studio. The photograph was made when he was the head of Washington and Lee.  The print was originally made as a model for the sculptor Edward Valentine of Lexington Virginia. I was told the original negative is in the archives of the University of Virginia but have not been able to confirm that.. I do believe that some archive must have the negative for the simple fact that I have not been able to see any for sale on the web. If it was in the hands of a person there would be copies abound.

 I am dating this image from my research and from pure speculation, that it was likely reproduced in the 1920's through the 40's. The fact that the silver has not broken down, it is probably later.  Several people have pointed out to me that the inscription on the photograph is more modern writing.  This, of course would not preclude the inscription being made at a later time.  In short this photograph is still somewhat of a mystery. It is a beautiful print nevertheless and is in excellent condition.

This photograph is on consignment and the consignee suggested this price.  It is subject to change in the future and he may entertain good offers.  

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UCV Sheet Music-Nathan B Forrest-Robert E Lee-1901
Item #: NEW-0014342

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This is a rare sheet and this is the best example I have ever had or seen for that matter despite the condition problems.  It is titled the United Confederate Veterans UCV March.  The color lithography is very vivid but there are condition problems. It is complete with five pages.  Old use of Scotch Tape to hold it together and it was not assembled correctly so the pages are not even.   There is some chipping to the edges and tears as well on the edges. There is a long tear that extends into the Memphis UCV emblem.  There is a split in the surface at the bottom of the large C in UCV.  There is a tear from the spine almost to the sword. Inked signature of  previous owner. The sheet was produced by O K Houck in Memphis and Little Rock. Date MCMI or 1901 which was the date of the convention in Memphis

Excessive postage paid will be refunded.

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Rare UCV Reunion Postcard-Memphis Tn-1924
Item #: NEW-0014340

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This is quite a rare card.  Beautiful graphics but dark spots and lighter ones are scattered.  See scan.  Some corner tip wear but no creases.  It was not mailed and says on the back, Confederate Veterans' Reunion at Memphis Tenn, June 4, 5, 6. 1924.

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Program-First Annual UCV Convention-1890 Chattanooga Tn
Item #: NEW-0014328

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This beautiful UCV program is from my collection.  It features  General John B Gordon on the cover.  The United Confederate Veteran reunion was held in 1890.  The program has 36 pages.  Complete with minor wear to the covers.  Lithographs of several of the generals in the slightly acidic pages. See scans. Note:  This program has been reproduced but no modern printing can equal the beauty of color lithography.  

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Sam Davis Statue-Photo of Unveiling-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0014272

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This wonderful mounted albumen has many condition problems but falls in the category of try to find another one.  The board has been trimmed to fit the photograph which has chipped corner and edge wear.  Someone way back when wrote in ink "Unveiling Sam Davis Statue State Capitol-Nashville Tenn June 1909."  Someone in later years added May or.  The family members were pointed out by ink additions.  1. Palmer D (Davis) 2 Elizabeth D (little girl standing on the statue base, and 3 Ida D.  Palmer's number can't be seen but he may be the one standing by the ladies with the hats.  Note the policeman standing near Elizabeth.  I was informed that this was originally in the hands of the family which donated it to the UDC, who gave it to a treasured volunteer.  That's as far as I could trace it. The photo measures 9 and a half by 7 and a half inches. 

Davis was captured near Minor Hill, Tennessee, on November 20, 1863, wearing a makeshift Confederate uniform and in possession of Union battle plans. He would not give the name of who gave him the items. For this reason, he was arrested as a spy, and was seen as ineligible for the privileges of a prisoner of war. Instead, he was sentenced by a drumhead military court to die by hanging unless he was willing to divulge the name of his contact. He is purported to have said, "I would rather die a thousand deaths than betray a friend." Another famous quote, reminiscent of Nathan Hale, was, "If I had a thousand lives to live, I would give them all rather than betray a friend or the confidence of my informer.

He was hanged by Union forces in Pulaski, Tennessee on November 27, 1863. As he was trundled along to the hanging site atop his own coffin, Union soldiers alongside the bumpy wagon road shouted out their entreaties for his cooperation, lest they have to watch the grim execution. Supposedly the officer in charge of the execution was discomfited by Davis' youth and calm demeanor and had trouble carrying out his orders. Davis is alleged to have said to him, "Officer, I did my duty. Now, you do yours."
 


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Southern Rights-Jefferson Davis Paper Item
Item #: NEW-0014271

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This broadside measures 8 by 6+ inches and is from the Civil War period.  Some condition problems including a tack hole on  left side, some staining and someone has partially tried to copy Jefferson's name under his name.  The graphics were created by a stamp.  It was taken from an album as can be seen by the back. Likely this was made to hang in Southern homes.    

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Rare CDV-Reconstruction-Ku Klux Klan Costumes
Item #: NEW-0014245

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This CDV has an interesting story behind it.  After the Civil War ended, laws were passed to extinguish the KKK.  This particular image is documented to be Federal soldiers posing as KKK members with the costumes seized by them that were worn in a defiant parade in Huntsville Alabama.   The back verifies this by the writing on the back, "Ku Klux captured at this point by "US" forces Huntsville Alabama."  I have only seen one other image of this and it went quite a bit higher than I have priced it here.  Paypal will not be accepted on this items but payment plans can be arranged. 

See the following link http://www.gutenberg.org/files/31819/31819-h/31819-h.htm  This has a history of the event and an illustration of the types of costumes worn.  Page 7 of the Illustrations.

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The Champion of the South-Hon: Jefferson Davis-Color Graphics
Item #: NEW-0014244

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This stamped item measures 5 by 3 and a half inches.  Made on heavy paper.  Back shows it was in an album.  Nice Confederate patriotic theme that was made during the Civil War.

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Racist-Offensive-Rare Confederate Patriotic Cover
Item #: NEW-0014211

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I wouldn't be surprised if this is the only example of this unmailed cover.  This was included in a very large collection of covers that I purchased and paid too much for. Small cover which measures 4 and 1/4 by 2 1/2 inches.  "Proceeding of the U S Congress for '61 and 62'.  The Nigger, the Whole Nigger, and nothing but the Nigger." See second scan to see that it has glue residue on the back.

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