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.
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
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.
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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."
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.
Soldier Letter-4th Ga Brigade-Phillips Legion-Camp Brown-Marietta
Item #: NEW-0014108
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Two and a half page letter on Confederate patriotic stationary and cover. The letter is from Camp Brown-4th Brigade-Camp Brown which was in Marietta Tennessee. The soldier is R A Jones whom I was able to find in the Civil War Data Base. His record is not complete as he was in what was a camp of instruction. He later enrolled as a Lt. in "B" Co. GA 15th Infantry. His military career ended early due to his hospitalization. The letter is interesting as he is telling his wife that Brown wanted to keep the Georgia troops in Georgia which was a continuing controversy between Brown and Jefferson Davis.
The rare seven star cover was mailed with a U S Stamp (though upside down) and through no date is visible it clearly belonged to some other correspondence which was later than the letter in this listing. It is addressed to Mrs. M E Jones of Carnesville- Franklin County Georgia. The R A Jones in the record attached was from Franklin County so I feel certain it is one and the same soldier. Here is a transcript of the eight star Confederate stationary letter.
Head Quarters "4" Brigade
I embrace this opportunity of writing (sic) you a few lines. I am in good health and hope that you are enjoying (sic) the same blessings of Providence. ( will correct words from now on) I think that the Longato (Lougoto ?) blues are advancing in military tactics as fast as any company in the camp. I never saw as much union in as large a crowd as there is here in my life. They are as a band of Brothers.
I have not saw but one drunk man since I came here and he was in the guard house in five minutes. Joseph E Brownn was here on the 30th and spent a day and night-he is the man for the times in my judgment. The ladies of Marietta gave a fine dinner to the officers of the fourth Brigade it was a nice treat. I do not know what day we will start for home. General Phillips intends that we shall be drilled throughly and I think that it is one of the best things that Georgia can do. Brown stated in his speech here that this Brigade should be kept for the defense of Georgia until he was satisfied that she would not be invaded and if called in to service that we should go as a Brigade which is in my judgment the best organization in the state and men trained under God fearing men such as we have need not fear. I would love to be a home at my farm and enjoy your presence but this is not a time to count dollars & cents. I have no doubt but that you are conducting that as well as you can. I have not received no letter from you write soon.. Closing comment May 3rd 1861 Your obedient husband R A Jones
Residence Franklin County GA;
Enlisted on 7/14/1861 as a 1st Lieutenant.
On 7/14/1861 he was commissioned into "B" Co. GA 15th Infantry
Appomattox Parole-Mobile Steamer-Hugh P Davis-12th Mississippi Inf
Item #: NEW-0013733
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This lot consists of two items: The first item is parole for Pvt. Hugh P Davis of the 12th Miss Infantry, (Co I Satartin Rifles) which was executed at Appomattox on April 10th 1865. Also included in the lot is a form from the Office Provost Marshal in Mobile Alabama dated May 3rd, 1865, which gave permission for Davis to return home by steamer. This was the day before the official surrender of the Confederate departments of Alabama, Mississippi and East Louisiana regiments. This grouping was under the command of General Richard Taylor but his subordinate Col. J Q. Chenowith surrendered the Department in Mobile on May 4th at Citronelle Alabama. Davis also served in F Co according to his records.
I have given a great deal of thought as to why one paper was issued at Appomattox and why the transportation form is from Mobile, almost a month later. My best guess is that the Office of Provost Marshall form was used as it was available and that the main purpose was to transport the soldiers back to their homes. I believe the steamers arrived with forms on hand. There was a delay between the dates the parole was issued, possibility due to the confusion over the Union Army's responsibility in helping the soldiers get home. General Lee felt that he had a side agreement with Grant to transport the soldiers home but Grant did not always approve such plans. The soldiers in prison camps were all provided transportation but the policy relating to soldiers in the field was more murky. At any rate, in this case the steamers arrived to transport them to Mobile or possibly New Orleans to take some of the soldiers up the Mississippi. See this link which describes some of the issues involved in the transportation of soldiers home: http://www.history-sites.com/cgi-bin/bbs62x/alcwmb/arch_config.pl?md=read;id=35993
Both documents have some wear as can be seen in the scans. The Mobile form has been mended with archival tape on the back. The body of the document reads that H P Davis "has permission to proceed by steamer to his home is Holmes Mississippi."
Here is Davis's record. I also have his complete record which will be sent with the paroles. It does show that he was wounded on June 7, 1864, likely at Cold Harbor.
Hugh P. Davis
Residence was not listed;
Enlisted on 4/1/1861 as a Private.
On 4/1/1861 he mustered into "I" Co. MS 12th Infantry
He was Surrendered on 4/9/1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA
(Estimated date of enlistment)
Historical Data Systems, Inc.
The 12th Mississippi was a very active regiment, engaging in many major battles at great overall loss of lives. A cursory web check has not turned up any post war information about Davis.
17th Texas Vol Infantry Regiment-Letters-Theodore A Supple
Item #: NEW-0013665
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This lot consists of five items, though only partial scans are shown.
The very small note sized letter is from Supple to his wife, Mary Supple and is two pages long. This letter is dated November 25th, 1863 from Alexandria Louisiana. The cover is addressed to Mrs. Mary F Supple Belton, Bell County Texas. Also written on the over is 17th Regiment, T V I, Lowrey's Brigade Walker's Division. There are two confederate stamps on the cover with no signs of cancellation. Here is some of the content:
Letter opens with instructions to his wife on how to make a sack coat. Some further husband talk. " We are still post guard at this place. Our division is on the Miss about 90 miles from here, firing on gun boats, transport and with about 30 pieces of artillery we sunk one transport and fired into two others which run back. The groans of the wounded on those two was horrible. They are now paroling about 670 prisoners 3 miles from this place. They were so delighted at the thoughts of being paroled that they slept none the first night they heard it and not much since, about half of them say if they could ever get home they would never return to their army any more. They say they would be protected at home. I don't like to talk to them. They are so ? that there is no satisfaction in conversing with them. It is a matter of wonder to the boys to see their ignorance, even Captains knowing comparatively nothing. One or two of them say they will kill me if they ever have an opportunity. I told them I would not own a negro who had not more intelligence than the average of them" rest is family talk. Signed T A Supple.
The second item is a blue rag legal sized paper with writing on both sides. "My dear husband" and signed Mrs. F Supple, no doubt another family member. Date but no year given. "I received a letter from Ma yesterday.." James (?) was drafted will leave soon. They did no know where they would go. Captain Pratt gave him a fine horse. Ma had an Indian Squaw there these days. She had been taken prisoner and ran away from them and came to Ma's in the night. More but very difficult to read so I give up. James she referred to is probably JJ Supple who was also with the 17th.
The third item is as a three page letter written on rag paper to Mary from her Mother. This letter is badly stained and the misspellings and phonetic words makes it difficult to read. She does mention that the "Lampasas Company is to be mustered out today and then James will be home." The letter was mailed as a stampless cover but there are no postal markings on it. The letter was roughly opened causing a strip of lost content toward the end.
Additional items are a cover addressed to Mary Supple in Belton, Bell Country Texas. It has a confederate stamp on it. There is a date written on it October 15th 1862 in another hand. I don't know if the postmaster would have written that or not but there are no cancels on the cover.
The last item is an envelope relating to Mary Supple's husband's confederate pension. Hard fold and almost separated.
Clearly all these items came from some one's estate and I've done the best I can to sort it out.
Great sixth plate ambrotype in a worn and separated case. There is some damage to the image which can be seen in the scans. He is holding one gun and has another in the same area probably stuck in his belt. He has a dagger stuck in his belt as well and he appears to be holding the hilt of a sword, the rest of which cannot be seen. The soldier has the stare of a man that has seen battle. I can provide no history on this soldier. No paypal on this item though payment plans can be arranged.
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The listing includes the diary of James F Newman, a tintype of him in his uniform, and a collection of letters written to his wife. Newman fought at Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chancellorsville and was involved in several skirmishes.
The first scan shows a sixth plate tintype of Newman in his uniform. Complete case but detached. Good condition except for the partial outline from a previous case preserver.
The next item is the diary of Newman who enlisted on March 14 1862 in Crenshaw’s Battery-Pegram’s Artillery Battalion- 3rd Corps-Army of Northern Virginia. He was enrolled as a corporal but was reduced to a private after an illness. At some point, he joined Captain Fry’s Virginia Light Artillery. Newman served until his capture at Five Forks when he was imprisoned at Point Lookout until Lee’s surrender. Newman was a policeman before his enlistment and after the war served as an assembly member.
The diary is small as can be seen in the scan and is battered from being carried in the war. It is confusing as with most old diaries it was also used by children scribbling, in this case drawings as well as notations prior to and after the war.
There are 45 pages of his war entries in the first part of the book and it continues after non relevant pages toward the back of the book for a few pages. Strangely these are not entries later in the war, but earlier. The handwriting was difficult at times but mostly legible.
The diary covers the dates Oct 12 1862 through December 25, 1863. Much of the diary is taken up with the difficult marches, lack of food, camp and personal news but there is battle content, including Fredericksburg and Gettysburg.
This is this a four page letter addressed to "My Dear Col:” The letter is dated June 15th, 1871. Two pages (3 + of content) on the graphic letterhead of Nashville’s most famous hotel, The Maxwell House. The Maxwell House was the gathering place for the national leaders visiting Nashville. My best guess is that Gordon and Nathan Bedford Forrest were meeting there to discuss their upcoming appearance before a Congressional Committee investigating the activities of the KKK. Gordon was known to be the titular leader of the early organization of the KKK but he denied this charge. Forrest, of course, also denied that he was the founder of the Ku Klux Klan before the committee.
The letter is actually a summation of Gordon’s activities during the Civil War. He was, of course, known for his ferocious leadership of the men who served with him.
Here is the complete transcript: I have not scanned the entire letter in which he is responding to a request from the "Col” to summarize his Civil War service.
"Yours directed to Atlanta has been forwarded to me here and I give you as nearly I can remember the dates of my commissions.
I was promoted to the rank of Col in April 1862. To Brig Gen after the battle of Sharpsburg in Maryland-in which battle I was shot 5 times .I do not remember the precise date of this commission.
My promotion to Maj General was in consequence of my repulse of Hancock at Spotsylvania C H.-when he broke our lines & captured Gen Ed Johnson 7 command-12th May 1864,
I was then place in command of the 2nd Corps in December 1864 & commanded it until the end of the war & after the retreat from Petersburg & Richmond . I commanded one half of the Army of Longstreet ??at the surrender. Should you desire any further information, you will find the most correct acct in Pollard’s book-”Lee & His Lieutenants”- I think it is called. While not correct as I learn in many respects his acct of my services are more accurate than any I have seen any where else.
With the hope that the delay consequence of my absence from my house may not inconvenience you, I am truly yours, J B Gordon.
Gordon then adds this P.S.
My Brigade was composed of 6 Ga Regts-13th-26th-31st-60th.
My Div was composed at first of my old Brigade, afterwards commanded by Brig Gen C A Evans of GA-the Va Brigade formerly commanded by Gen Pegram, then by Gen Terry of Va-and Johnson’s N Carolina Brig-caused by Brig Gen Robt Johnson of N. C. to which was added the La Brigade of Hayes & Stafford consolidated & commanded by Brig Gen York.
My Corps was Jackson’s-the 2nd Army Corps-composed of my old Div, just given above commanded by Gen Evans-of the Div formerly commanded by Gen Rodes and the old "Stonewall” Div of Virginians, commanded by Gen Jno Pegram & after his death by Gen Ramseur of N.C. & afterwards by Gen Bryan Grimes-N.C.
To my corps were added on the retreat from Petersburg the remnants of several divisions-giving me nearly half of the army.
Condition: One small tear at mid edge. Both pages are slightly tacked to another sheet of paper at the left edge.
ALS-John Mosby-Partisan Ranger-Great Content-Post War
Item #: NEW-0013094
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Five pages of content on a letter to "Gaston", dated July 19,1904, signed by Jno S Mosby. The letter is on the letterhead of the Department of Justice, Washington D C. Here is a partial transcription. I have omitted the personal content. Included in the listing is the circular announcing "Recollections of a Mosby Guerrilla" for the September issue of the periodical Munsey written by John W Munson, including a letter from Col. Mosby to Munson." Of course Munson later published a book with the title of Recollections of a Mosby Guerrilla. Some edge tears.
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As I write the date of this I am reminded that on this date, 43 years ago I was a private in the First Va Cavalry marching with Joe Johnston from the Shenandoah Valley to join Beauregard at Mannassas. How little I then thought that I would ever hold an office under the U S Government. I enclose a circular which I want you to give to my friend ? Freeman...I suppose of course the South will be solid for Parker (Alton)T. She is joined to her idols. I think our friend Teddy (Roosevelt) did some injustice in connection with my appointment. I told you that in my presence he dictated a letter to the Attorney General that he desired my appointment. It was not made. I was sent to Alabama. I then doubted his sincerity. I do not not doubt it now. The hitch was at the Dept of Justice-not at the White House. why I do not know. I had no idea when I left Montgomery that I was not to be returning in a few weeks. I had no intention of making any attempt to get a transfer but some of my friends here-without my knowledge saw the President and got it done. (there is more on this issue of him being transferred that I have omitted).
"I have just received a most urgent invitation to a great reunion of the Blue and Gray in Boston on August 13. The President is expected and they expect 25 Confederates....In reply I have given a very indefinite answer. The truth is I have no idea of going. My old battalion also has a reunion on August 12th at Berryville in the Shenandoah Valley. I will not go to it. You know my aversion to such things...personal content and closing with his signature on the last page.
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There is no date on the ticket but is post war as his title is given as President of S M & M RR which is Selma, Marion, Memphis Railroad. Heavy stock which is typical of this era railroad passes. This came out of a long time collection. No condition problems. Paypal will not be accepted on this item, though payment plans can be set up.
1895 Detailed Letter-Sketches-Battle of Franklin-Johnny to a Reb
Item #: NEW-0012889
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This lot consists of a two page letter which contains a great deal of information by a participant on the Union side who is writing to a former Confederate officer. The handwriting is perfectly legible but the second page is a strain to read due to the smaller handwriting. Also included are six pages of drawings and written information. The writer seemed to be obsessed with determining the layout of the battle field and where all the regiments were stationed. The information was mailed to J P Young who was a Captain and author of his regimental history, The Seventh Tennessee Cavalry as well as other books. All of the pages have W D Thompson at the top left. Since he mentions "my boys” in the letter I assume that he was in the Battle of Franklin. Civil War records do show a Sgt. William D Thompson with the Ohio 97th Infantry which was engaged at Franklin.
I will not be transcribing the complete letter but here is some of the content. It is evident from the content that the two men had exchanged previous letters regarding "the tragic events of Franklin.”
Thompson writes that he has continued his research of the battle, including an intense study of the Official Records (some of which information he thinks is false), several communications with some of the participants. "I trust that the future historians will give that the full prominence to which it is entitled (Battle of Franklin), as an example of American heroism.
" Two of Col M B Carter’s sons (the former owner and occupant of the Carter House) live at Clay Center Kansas, 50 miles from me, whose acquaintances I have made and with one of them I have had an interesting correspondence. The latter was about 10 years old at the close of the war, was in the old mansion Nov 30, 18694 and well remembers many things on that faithful day.” He goes on to say he expects a visit soon from one of them and that he will try to get a sketch from him of the old place.”
He further writes by a careful reading of the "Report” I find it not difficult to locate the Regiments engaged on the Federal side…”
"I met 69 of "my boys” at Colfax’s home and learned some things from them which shed light on events of the battle, as they were all engaged & some wounded.”
Thompson goes on to give and lists the battalions, officers, and their locations. The information is very detailed.
As mentioned there are six pages of drawings also including information about the divisions. Only one scan is attached to this listing as well as only the first page of the letter.
Field Document-2nd Arkansas Mounted Rifles-Signed 3 Generals
Item #: NEW-0012853
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This is a legal sized double page document. Folds have some small separations on the first page but the second page which bears the signatures of three Generals also contains some separations, including a very long one. The appearance of the second page back is quite dark in one area which can be seen in the scan. The heavily stained area does not contain the signatures. The document has been placed loosely between two sheets of mylar to protect it.
The document has been signed by Daniel Harris Reynolds. He has signed D H Reynolds Brig General (see scan). The second signature is by Edward Cary Walthall, Maj General. The third signature is by A P (Alexander Peter) Steward, Lieut General. The document is also signed in two places by Major James P. Eagle, later to become a colonel. When viewing the scans you may see some reflections from the mylar.
The document is headed Headquartesr 2nd Ark Mounted Rifles Verona Mississippi, January 19th 1865. The content of the document relates to a fifty five day furlough being awarded, through lottery to Private SA Allen, Co H. Toward the end of the war desertions became rampant in the Confederate forces. Furloughs were awarded through need and lottery, partially in the hopes that soldiers would be more likely to return from a furlough. The document covers the conditions that are necessary for granting the furlough to Hempstead County. It is signed on the first page by J P Eagle. Eagle was wounded and captured at Murfreesboro, sent to Camp Chase, then to City Point Va where he was exchanged. In July of 1865 he was again wounded at Moores' Mill near Atlanta.
The second scan shows the pass that the soldier would be required to carry and show to all those demanding it. It has identifying information as well as the private's history and is signed A G Moore, 1st Lt.
The third scan shows the condition of the autographs as described earlier. The middle area has Stewart's signature at the top and a summary of the furlough requirements with pencil notation ""By Order of General Hood.." (not signed by him). The light area of the third page involves rations being given to the soldier and signed by a couple of other officers whose names I'm not sure of.
Paypal will not be accepted on this item. There is a limited warranty of two weeks during which the item can be returned for any reason. Since this is on consignment I cannot give my usual lifetime guarantee. There have also been questions as to the authenticity of the Cleburne signature. More on this later in this listing.
Delicate rag paper with some separations at the fold but it is intact. Folds and slight crumpling along with edge wear and tears. See the scan which shows the envelope the document was found in.
This incredible document, is dated Sept 30, 1863 and was written in the field. General Daniel Govan is requesting an escort of 2 officers & 12 men from the 2nd Arkansas Regiment be allowed to accompany to Ringgold Georgia the remains of Lt Col Reuben F Harvey who had died of wounds and disease. Written by the adjutant general but signed by Govan. Handwritten notation by Lt. Col George W Brent, "Approved by command of General Bragg".
The back of the document bears two signatures of Brig General St John R Liddell, one in which he approves the request and then adds a personal note which is signed by him. I don't believe the note was written by him but it is signed by him. "This lamented officer is acknowledged to have been one of the bravest of my command. His untimely death saddens us all. He has served from the beginning of the war in all the battles in which his regt has been engaged-Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Liberty Gap, Chickamauga, and all over combats. Religious by nature, zealous in our cause, but weak in constitution he was scarcely able on account of sickness to get through the battle of Chickamauga and at its close went to a sick bed, whilst lying there he heard that an attack was to be made upon the lines of the enemy at Chattanooga He left his bed to join in the ? upon the place. The effort proved fatal to him. He may well be said to have died in harness for the good of the county. I respectfully request that the proper ceremonies for his burial be allowed as set forth. Signed by S John R Liddell. Following this is a pencil note written by Brent but signed by General Patrick Cleburne. "H Q Cleburne,s Sept 30 1863 "If compatible with the interest of the services I strongly recommend that this tribute to one of the bravest officers I ever knew be accorded." P R Cleburne.
I believe this to be Cleburne's signature but at least one Civil War autograph expert believes it could be a clever forgery. There is some confusion as to why two of the General's signatures are in ink and only Brent and Cleburne's in pencil. (I have sharpened the scan of Cleburne's signature for better viewing) I would think there could be many reasons why. Perhaps Brent had obtained the signature of Liddell and Cleburne wanted to add a hasty note to honor a man that was clearly admired by his fellow officers. I am confident that this is not a forgery. I personally dug this document and other documents saved by William Summerfield Sawrie (Govan's Adjutant General), out of a box in the basement where it had been left undisturbed for years and years. Many other documents were found preserved, including land deeds dating back to 1808, correspondence, slavery documents etc,all relating to four prominent Tennessee families who intermarried. These items were not found together but in scattered boxes in the basement. I have found out over the years in going through family papers that you learn the character of a family and that is why I find it impossible to believe that anyone in the family would forge Cleburne's name on an authentic document preserved by another family member only to store it.
I am offering this item for what knowledgeable collectors will realize is a great price. If unsold I will advise my consignor to send this to an auction house which I believe will determine it's authenticity for certain and I have no doubt that it will go for a much higher amount than found here.
ALS-Confederate Gen Daniel C Govan-Little Rock UCV Reunion
Item #: NEW-0012428
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One page letter all in the hand of Daniel C Govan dated Nov 18th 1878 to his former Adjutant General William Summerfield Sawrie. The letter has some separations along the folds, two fairly long ones. The scan shows the writing lighter than it actually is. I had some problems transcribing the period writing so there may be some errors.
You will by this time doubtless have heard that it is our intention to have a "Reunion” of my old command in Little Rock in the 7th of Jan next. I need not assure (?) you that it will offer me the greatest pleasure to meet you on that occasion for of all the gallant men of my Brig I know of none, whose conduct was more uniformly gallant and soldierly than your own, amid all the trying scenes and firey ordeals through which you passed and to which you continually subjected during a four years bloody war. Besides you were, very near me as a member of my "staff” on many occasions of that eventful period, and bear me witness, that at least I attempted to do my duty. So you see, that it is particularly incumbent on us to make an extra effort to be present on that occasion. I shall write to Capt Williams, also and to Col and Lieut John Warfield if I cn find out his address. Hutton promised to see you on the subject as he passes through Nashville and deliver my message…the wish that I may see you on that occasion.
1863 Document Liddell's Brigade-Signed General Daniel Govan
Item #: NEW-0012412
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This document signed by General Govan is from the Head Quarter-Liddell Brigade Bird Hill, dated Oct 3. I know that the year was 1863 and it was found with other documents only from that time period. Very rough left edge, folds and a heavy one in one area that needs to be pressed out. "The undersigned (names) assume a command of the brigade and answer to the following gentlemen of the staff will be be obeyed and respected accordingly."
(note: I can't stand by the spelling of these names)
Capt G A Birdwell A G M
Capt J W Smythe A C S
Adj W S Sawrie A A A G
1 Lieut J G Warfield A A A I G
Sergt N I Durbin Acting ? Off
The document is signed by D C Govan, Col Comand Brigade
CDV-Marina Gunter-Putnam County Tennessee Legend & Heronine
Item #: NEW-0012348
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This CDV found in a family estate in Tennessee had an interesting message written on the back. "Marina Gunter of Putnam County Tennessee who killed two Federal soldiers with an ax, and wounded another one while they were in the act of murdering her father. April 1866." Research on the web indicates that the story may have been embellished somewhat.
1883 Great ALS-Charles Todd Quintard-Chaplain-First Tn Regiment
Item #: NEW-0012343
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Three plus page letter all in hand of Charles Todd Quintard, Chaplain of the First Tennessee Regiment on the letterhead of The General Convention of the Protestant Episcopal Church, House of Bishops, dated October 5the 1883 from Philadelphia Pa. Address to "General” Wheless, formerly of the First Tennessee Regiment. Cover is present but has been defaced by someone cutting the stamp off.
My Dear General,
It is to me a matter of profound regret that I am unable to attend the Re-Union of the First Tennessee Regiment on the 8th October. If there were only the ordinary duties connected with a meeting of the House of Bishops, I might be tempted to steal away for a few days-but the gravest questions are to be considered in which I & the Episcopal Church in Tennessee are very deeply interested. I want to ask you therefore, to convey to all who come to the meeting my most cordial salutations. I have so many ? Memories connected to the First Tennessee Regiment from those days when we were dreaming of all the pomp and circumstances of war at Camp Cheatham-to the sad realities of Perryville and Chickamauga & Franklin ? and other fields of blood that my heart clings to the glorious First with the liveliest emotions & with the sincerest friendships- "The boys.” Thanks God, have always been true to the high principles, which they espoused, when they first enlisted-& as I think it all over. I am free to say that under similar circumstances I would walk over the same path, though it is marked with blood-I willingly accept what seems ?defeat knowing that in God’s good providence-though our sweat was as blood-we are being purified to a higher, to a better & a truer civilization. I beg you to salute each member of the Regiment and implore them that I count my intercourse with them, always the happiest of my life and that my prayers go up for each and all of them.
I trust that arrangements will be made to preserve the records of the Regiment. I am yours very truly
Charles Todd Quintard, Chaplain of the First Tennessee Regiment.
See a war time view of Quintard under Images-Confederate and his book under CW Tennessee Books
Charles Todd Quintard was the second bishop of Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee and the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of the South at Sewanee. He was born in Connecticut, studied medicine at the University Medical College New York University and Bellevue Hospital, and moved to Memphis to teach physiology and pathological anatomy at Memphis Medical College. Under the influence of Bishop James Hervey Otey, Quintard studied for holy orders and entered the priesthood in the 1850's. During the Civil War he was a chaplain and a surgeon in the Confederate Army of Tennessee. He is the author of a highly sought Tennessee Civil War Regimental History-
Manassas Letter-Samuel J C Moore-Officer-Stonewall Brigade
Item #: NEW-0012317W
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Four page letter written on July 27, 1861 by a soldier of the 2nd Virginia Infantry, more famously known as the Stonewall Brigade to his wife. The letter is quite legible and in good condition. I have show the front and last page in the scans.
I have selected the most interesting content to give in this listing though a complete transcript was made and will be sent to the buyer.
The letter is written a few days after the Battle of Manassas I, otherwise known as the Battle of Bull Run, which was a victory for the Confederate forces.
"Never was a poor country so completely stripped of everything as this is-no stores-no houses of entertainment-houses all deserted of their inhabitants and occupied by troops, very many since the battle, as hospitals for the wounded of both-our own and the Federal armies-fences destroyed-fields laid waste-crops such as they had, very poor at best, destroyed and trampled in all there present but a portion of the dreaded effects of war.”
The enemy, with less humanity than ordinarily is found with savage tribes, ran away from the battlefield on Sunday last, leaving many of their wounded and the dead upon the ground, to whom they have since paid no attention. Their wounded have been gathered up by our men, and are cared for like our own-our soldiers too buried many of their killed until their bodies became so offensive as to sicken all who approached them, since which they have left them alone, and many bodies now lie on the field where they fell, a sad spectacle of mortality. It is usual to send a flag of truce to the battlefield after a fight is over, for the purpose of taking care of the wounded and the bodies of the dead. But the Yankees, either from excessive fright or from wont of regard for the fallen, have failed to conform to this custom-hence this state of affairs of which I have spoken.”
"The whole condition of affairs has completely changed since we came here-at first no man dared to put his nose outside of our lines, for fear of being shot or captured by the federal pickets-now our men can roam at large over the country, without the danger of meeting a yankee, unless it be a dead corpse in the fence corner or a half starved refugee begging for quarter or a mouthful to ear-these last they take prisoner and send them to Richmond to swell the trophies of our glorious victory.”
"You can form no idea of the terrific grandeur of the affair of Sunday last-cannons booming, muskets rattling, shells bursting around us in every direction-troops marching, and at last gallant bayonet charges from our brave Southern troops, all tended to excite and stir up our men to brave deeds. Our regiment for nearly, if not quite 3 hours, stood under a raging fire of shots & shells without a falter, animated by the promise that at the proper time they should fire upon the enemy & follow this to be done, instead of ordering us to fire and advance, the Col gave the order to fall back.”
"I regret to say that Col Allen ( Colonel James Walkinson Allen-killed at Gaines Mill) did not display courage or self possession on the battlefield, whether he professes these qualities or not and also that in his official report of the battle, which I have read, he does, to my certain knowledge, make an erroneous statement to screen himself from censure for his course on the field. These facts, of course, destroy all confidence in him, with every true man in his Regiment who knows them, and there is consequently great disaffection in the Regiment, amounting almost to disorganization. I doubt not too, that many trifling men among us, who are not attracted by principle in the war, are taking advantage of the present state of affiars hoping to get out of service entirely-so that altogether we are in an indifferent state-what will be the result of this I know not, but it may end in my throwing up my commission and shouldering a musket as a private in the ranks of some other regiment. After regimenitials on Sunday, I went into the battle with another Regiment, the 18th Virginia Regiment and flatter myself I did some pretty good fighting-but I was among strangers, and had I shown the courage of Julius Caesar, I would not have advanced the object I had in view; my intention has always been at the first battle; if I found I could stand it, to endeavor to do something which would give me an honorable mention of my name in the Colonel’s official report, so that I could make it the basis of an application for a commission in the Confederate States Army. Circumstances, which I have related, prevented this and although I have proof from several individuals that I did not play the coward in the fight, yet I am no nearer my commission that I was before….”
"I hope it may not be long before I get to see you again, The enemy were so completely routed on Sunday that we now have no fears of an attack from them, and our troops are everyday drawing their lines nearer & nearer to Alexandria, without molestation. Soon will come the storming of Arlington Heights and then I think we will pause unless Maryland joins us, when we will whip the Yankees from her border. Some part of our army I think will be forced to the valley to drive the enemy from there…..Yours fondly, Samuel J C Moore.
Moore got his wish and served with another unit with Jubal Early, serving as his adjutant general, whom he did not approve of due to his use of profanity.
The majority of Moore’s letters are housed with the University of North Carolina. Post war Moore was a lawyer and planter of Berryville, Clarke County Virginia.
Here's one for the Gray Ghost fans. This studio card was made by an unknown photographer probably in the late 1800's. It was not made from the original negative although the clarity is very sharp. Measures 8 by 5 and a half inches. Slightly bowed with some wear to the corners of the board with one missing tip and one small crease. Back of the board shows the age of this great photograph. Never seen this one before in this large format. No paypal on this image.
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Here's one for the Gray Ghost fans. This studio card was made by an unknown photographer probably in the late 1800's. It was not made from the original negative although the clarity is very sharp. Measures 8 by 5 and a half inches. Slightly bowed with some wear to the corners of the board with one missing tip and one small crease. Back of the board shows the age of this great photograph. Never seen this one before in this large format.
Confederate General Zollicoffer Free Frank War Time Cover
Item #: NEW-0012112
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This listing includes a manuscript Confederate document accepting the resignation of 2nd Lt. E D Hicks of the 1st Bat Tennessee Cavalry, Company A Hicks was Zollicoffer's nephew by marriage. Special Order No 184, dated Oct 19th 1861. Hicks served briefly as Zollicoffer's adjutant general. It was sent in a badly stained cover and note the same stains on some portions of the letter. I am a little confused about the postal markings. I'm wondering why the "paid 5" was required when signed by Zollicoffer. I have verified with a noted autograph dealer that this is indeed Zollicoffer's signature. Zollicoffer was killed very early in the war so I'm sure his signature must be fairly rare during war time. See scans to view the condition of these items.
Civil War Recruiting Broadside-Westbrook-Portland Maine
Item #: NEW-0012052
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This great broadside measures 23 by 19 inches. It is in poor condition but the content trumps the condition. First to address the condition, 1. numerous folds, 2. creases and crumpling, 3. holes, tears and separations, and 4. stains. A previous owner has inserted by hand pencil notations filling in three words that were missing. The item has been encapsulated to protect it from further damage. This can be easily removed, if desired.
Here is the content:
ALL HANDS ON DECK
The time has arrived when every one is called upon to DO something in the work of
WHIPPINGS THE REBELS!
THERE IS but a single choice left to us,
WHIP! OR BE WHIPPED!
And we must decide quickly or we may be too late to make a choice. Private business must be sacrificed and only the public good considered until the crisis is passed.
The Union cause Victorious and ALL IS SAVED ! Defeated all is Lost
Every man of Westbook from 18 to 75 years, are called upon to meet at the TOWN HOUSE, WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, To consider how we may best ACT to help our Government in this great struggle for national life and salvation.
No paypal on this item though payment plans can be arranged. I purchased this interesting image in an antique mall in 1998. The only information that the manager could give me is that it was found in a family estate in Franklin Tennessee. This rugged looking guy is dressed in the interesting Confederate way. His kepi has a white band and a large six point star on it. The top button surrounded by a cockade like decoration was not gilded and it looks like it might be a star as well. He is holding a sword. There is some wear to the ambrotype including some scratches which hopefully can be in the scan. I will send a high resolution scan upon request. The circular area just near his hand is a defect in the ambrotype. The case is not the original case but is a nice leather one. The spine needs to be repaired as the old repair has not held up. The clasps are there but I can't seem to work them.
Note: Recent feedback from other Civil War specialists have suggested that this may be a Union Missouri soldier. Research is on-going.
CDV Lot-Lt Col-Gustavus A Bull-KIA-Seven Pines-35th Georgia
Item #: NEW-0011894
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This lot consists of three CDV's of Confederate Lt. Col Gustavus Bull of LaGrange Georgia who was killed at Seven Pines. One CDV show Bull in his uniform in a studio pose. No back mark but was found in an estate containing images by J M Tomlinson of Le Grange. Note that the CDV has been trimmed at the top. Period ID of Bull at the bottom and a stain on the bottom right corner. The second CDV is also of Bull in uniform. The little scattered white spots are a defect in the photo. Finally, there is a third CDV with a back mark of photographer Tomlinson. I think this may be a photograph of a painting of Bull, probably made by the family after his death. This CDV has been unevenly trimmed at the bottom. Note there is a cast in Bull's eye in the first two images. The following information was taken from the book History of the Doles-Cook Brigade and was available on the web at the following link http://people.virginia.edu/~mmd5f/humane.html
Lieutenant Colonel Gustavus A. Bull was mustered into service as junior second Lieutenant in the LaGrange Light Guards, Company B, Fourth Georgia Regiment,April 26, 1861. Resigned and was promoted lieutenant-colonel of theThirty-fifth Georgia, October 15, 1861. He was born in LaGrange, Ga., 1835, entered Franklin College and was graduated with the first honor in 1854. After teaching school for several years, read law, and located in Newnan, Ga. He soon won a high reputation in his chosen profession, and in 1860 was one of the Breckinridge electors. Senator B.H. Hill pronounced him the most promising young man in the South. He was a strict disciplinarian, but always courteous and kind to his men and thoughtful to their comfort. On the 31st of May, 1862, on the battle-field of Seven Pines, this bright star went down in blood. Early in the engagement General Pettigrew was badly wounded and the command of the brigade devolved upon Colonel E.L. Thomas. Lieutenant-Colonel Bull then assumed command of his regiment and led it in a desperate charge upon a battery which was pouring upon them a murderous fire of grape and cannister. The column halted and began to waver, when, riding in front of it, Colonel Bull gave the command, "forward," and appealed to the men to follow him. At that moment he fell mortally wounded .He died the following day and was buried by the enemy and fills an unknown grave. The whole regiment admired and loved him. One of the members expressed the sentiments of all when he wrote to Colonel Bull's father: "The crushed and broken hearts that mourn the loss of the hero of the Thirty-fifth Georgia are not confined to your family circle." General Pettigrew, commanding the brigade, said: "If there was a better officer in the army than Colonel Bull, and one to whom the prospect of distinction in any department of life was brighter, I did not know him. He was indeed a loss to his country." The soil of the Old Dominion will forever be sacred because in it rests in their bloody gray so many of the hero martyrs of the South. As long as the South is trod by men worthy to be free, all honor will be accorded her sons of the sixties, and heroism and devotion will be an example and inspiration for all time to come."
Sixth Plate Ambrotype-Southern Militia Man-What A Hat!
Item #: NEW-0011527
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This is one of the most interesting images I have picked up over the years. As can be seen in the scan, it has great content and great clarity. I was told that it was found in a family estate in the 1970's in Bamberg South Carolina. The person I purchased it from had some hunches about the outfit he might have been with but I have been unable to verify it with my internet research. It was purchased with the sixth plate ambrotype of what is thought to have been the wife. The image has been tinted and unfortunately gilded. I have never seen a shako with such a long plume. He is wearing leather gloves which indicates he was with the cavalry or mounted infantry. When I purchased this image it was in a thermoplastic case and I replaced it with a leather case (mended spine) since I think it is unwise to combine ambrotypes with hard cases. If anyone has any thoughts about the uniform I would be interested. Paypal will not be accepted on this item though payment plans will be accepted.
Rare 1910 Staff UCV Ribbon-Mobile Alabama-General George Harrison
Item #: NEW-0011447
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No paypal on this item though payment plans are welcome. This magnificent ribbon was found in General George Harrison's estate. At the time of this reunion Harrison was in his staff, thus the ribbon is headed Department Staff, George W Gordon Lieutenant General Commanding the Army of Tennessee. The ribbon measures eight and a half inches long. Celluloid bar has a few small brown spots.
This item came out of General George Harrison's estate who was the Commander of the Army of Tennessee. The gilt is so fresh it looks like it was made yesterday. The white ribbon shows the most wear. I can't tell if it is slightly dingy or is just creme colored. Engraved on the top bar is "Commander". No pay pal on this item but payment plans can be arranged.
Post War ALS-Confederate General-Thomas Benton Smith
Item #: NEW-0011354
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This two page letter, front to back is on a small lettersheet. Edge separations at the folds. Please keep in mind as you read the letter, that it reflects his mental confusion due to the devestating head injuries that he received at the Battle of Nashville, attacked by a Union Officer while he was attempting to surrender. The following is the transcript.
March 25, 190?
Miss Nellie Grant Sartoris (General U S Grant's daughter)
The time has come for you and I put our heads together and move Roosevelt (Teddy) and Negro equality out of the White House. (undoubtedly referring to Teddy Roosevelt inviting Booker T Washington to dine with him in the White House). When you married Sartoris General U S Grant and I fought four years to keep the negroes in slavery.
General Washington owned 100 Negro slaves and Jeff Davis owed some 350. 1862 When the Confederate States constitution was adopted.
Archbishop ? can be court martialed or shot for advocating the marriage of negroes and whites the daughters of the Confederated States have issued... Most of the rest is too difficult to read so I'll just note what I could read "the armies of the North & South the Catholic church so fallen? Is rotten the only negroes that are ?are those who have left the United States year 1865 the Catholics must force the United States to go to Africa when they co marry negroes and ? the race we don't wish the legal mixtures under our flag.
Signed by Tom Benton Smith
F D Grant (Grant's son)
Note: This note was written while General Smith was in the "insane” asylum” in Nashville Tennessee.
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. Saw combat action in the Battle of Mill Springs and Shiloh. Later 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.
1916-UCV Reunion Badge-Ribbon-Adjutant General-Chief of Staff-Army of Tn
Item #: NEW-0011320
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Magnificent badge which belonged General George P Harrison and purchased by me many years ago. George Harrison is listed in " More Generals in Gray". Two Celluloid Bars reading Army of Tenn-Adjutant General & Chief of Staff. The drop is pristine but both ribbons are stained. The white ribbon is dingy in appearance.. The whole badge measures nine inches. The reunion was held in 1916. The Adjutant General for this reunion was Bennent Young. George P Harrison succeeded Young in 1917 which accounts for him being allowed to wear this badge in the 1916 reunion.