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Item #67689 Sixth plate daguerreotype of a young cadet from the Norfolk Military Academy. This one surfaced in Richmond not long ago. He sits dressed in his cadet's uniform. This view was taken by the famed Tyler & Co of Richmond. The south's most prominent photographer Charles Rees would later partner which Tyler & Co before completely taking over the studio in 1858. Seen here is the chair which would later become one of the iconic symbols of Rees's studio and which would seat many a southern warrior during the war years. This view however pre-dates Rees's involvement with Tyler & Co. Unfortunately he is not identified but one can assume that almost certainly he took up arms with the Confederacy when war came to Virginia just a few years later. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1250.00

Item #89765 rare ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the famed Hillard Legion out of Alabama. In April of 1862, Colonel Henry Washington Hillard was authorized to raise one complete legion. Hillard's Legion was unique in that consisted of all branches of the military. It was a combined force of infantry, artillery and cavalry. The entire legion comprised almost 3000 men. They would play a significant role in Tennessee during the Siege of Cumberland Gap. That Battle of Chickamuaga would be their undoing. As they tried to wrestle control for Snod Grass Hill they would suffer a 45% casualty rate out of the 902 men from the unit sent into battle. The 1st Battalion itself was decimated losing 169 men out of 239. In November of that year the unit would be disbanded and the remaining men split up among the 59th and 60th Alabama as well as the 23rd Alabama Battalion Sharpshooters. This young soldier is dressed in a dark jacket and sporting a large red, white and blue cockade with the words "HILLARD LEGION". Only the "D" being visible for Hillard. This is probably the 3rd image I have seen from this battalion wearing this cockade so I presume they were most likely all done by the same photographer very early in their organization. This one comes housed in a mint thermoplastic case. $1500.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #23913 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified rebel. He may have served in a artillery battery but I tend to think this is more than likely an infantryman from the state of Mississippi. The uniform for troops that hailed from the state were determined in early 1861. Prescribed were grey jackets with crimson trim denoting the infantry branch.  This soldier is in fact dressed in a grey rough spun jacket with the collar trimmed in crimson and sporting crimson cloth shoulder straps. An officer of some undetermined rank perhaps. Great look to this tough as nails rebel. Housed in a full leatherette case. Nice looking image with a new price. $1650.00

Item #45123 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified rebel. He's dressed in a dark blue triple breasted frock and matching trousers. Very unique frock with a sweeping front. Two small pistols are tucked into a roller buckle type belt one of which is sporting ivory handles. No id on this guy but I would guess he was probably from Georgia. Some minor mat rubs but otherwise fine. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. Very nice crystal clear image.$1100.00 SALE PENDING!


Item #11278 Sixth plate tintype of staunch abolitionist and politician John R. French. A resident of New Hampshire, French first went to work for the newspaper "The Herald of Freedom". The first antislavery newspaper in New England. Later he began working for the "New Hampshire Statesman". Another antislavery newspaper which would eventually plant it's seed for his later determination in the work of abolishing slavery. In 1854 French moved with his family to Painesville, Ohio and began work as an editor for the Painesville Telegraph. During that time he would become a vigorous supporter of presidential nominee John C. Fremont. His antislavery activities and support for Fremont would eventually lead to his election to the Ohio House of Representatives serving as a Republican in 1858 and 59'. It was here that French began a lasting friendship with Salmon P. Chase. When Lincoln later appointed Chase as his treasury secretary, Chase summoned John to Washington to take a position in the treasury department. Towards the closing months of the war Lincoln appointed French as a collector of federal taxes in North Carolina. In 1868 as North Carolina formed a constitutional convention anticipating readmission back into the Union, French one a seat in the U.S. Senate representing North Carolina. Residents of the state still angry over the war were not very fond of outsiders representing the state. John French was especially unwelcome among them not only for being an outsider but a federal tax-collector to boot! In one instance while French was campaigning for the House seat a heckler tackled French and savagely beat him with a heavy object before being wrestled to the ground. Despite being largely unpopular French would become one of the first representatives from the state to take the oath after the states readmission. Accomplishing little during his time in that position he would seek new employment and in 1869 he would be elected the Senates 9th sergeant at arms. He would remain in that position for the next 10 years. 10 of the most turbulent years the Senate would ever see. When Democrats took control of the Senate in 1879, French would lose his position. He would instead be appointed as a secretary of a special commission tasked with investigating and settling problems with Ute Indians in Colorado. After it's conclusion he would move to Nebraska, work as a newspaper editor and assist the territory in it's preparations for statehood. In 1890 he would work to help elect Republican Willis Sweet as Idaho's first member to the U.S. House of Representatives. At 71 years of age his tireless years of work caught up with him. Exhausted from his work with Sweet he fell ill and on October 2, 1890 after putting in a full days work he died in his home. This one is housed in a full thermoplastic case with an old newspaper clipping about French glued to the pad. $450.00

Item #98675 Sixth plate tintype identified as Benjamin Jones of the famed 149th Pennsylvania Bucktails! This one is identified inside the case reading "149 PA Benjamin Jones". Benjamin would enlist as a corporal in Co. D starting in August, 1862. He would serve the entire war and somehow manage to survive despite the regiments impressive battle honors. On July 3rd at Gettysburg the regiment would lose 336 men alone. The regiment was extensively mauled during the Wilderness Campaign as well. In February, 1865 the regiment would fight it's last battle at Dabney's Mill after which they were sent to Elmira, New York to guard the prison camp there. Jones sits here wearing his corporal's rank. Pinned to the front of his cap is the letter "D" for his company. A silver id shield is pinned to his breast which is almost certainly floating around somewhere. There is another photo of him located on the HDS confirming the identity. This one comes housed in a half thermoplastic case that is in some extremely rough shape. $1150.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #57565 Early ninth plate ambrotype of an unknown member of the 13th New York National Guard. These guys were a 3 month unit that served in and around Annapolis and Baltimore, Maryland. A good many of the men from this unit would later re-enlist and form the 87th New York Volunteers. He is dressed in the classic New York grey uniform trimmed with black. His cap rests on the table beside him with the numeral "13" pinned to the front. He does wear a New York militia, brass clipped corner waist plate with his company letter "C" in the center with the words ""National Guard" above and below his company letter. Nice early war image. These guys would leave the state and head for Washington just 11 days after the firing on Fort Sumter. Housed in a half case. $350.00


Item #89981 Rare and wonderful war date letter written by John H. Magruder of Turner Ashby's 7th Virginia Cavalry. John would muster with the 7th Cavalry in June, 1861 at the mere age of 14 years old! He would serve briefly as a 1st lieutenant but would be promoted to captain after just a year at the age of 15! I would assume that John was most likely the youngest soldier to hold such a rank in the Confederate Army. John writes this letter to his sister while he was encamped at Flowing Spring, Virginia on June 14th, 1861. This one is 3 pages long written in pencil on a blueish grey paper. It is very legible and condition is superb with no tears or foxing. It does come with the original cover with an extremely rare postmark from "CHARLESTOWN, VA OCT. 23". Very easy to read. John was obviously well educated which may have had something to to with his quick rise among the ranks. John would capture an aide to a Union general at Jack's Shop Virginia on September 22, 1863. It would however be one of his final acts. The next day he would be killed in action at Liberty Mills still just a mere boy. Extremely rare. $750.00


Item #89801 Drop dead gorgeous Confederate read shell. One of the nicest dug examples I have ever seen if not the nicest. This one was recovered out of Confederate General Rosser's 1864 winter camp. There were in fact two of these located at that time almost side by side. 3 inch, copper time fused projectile. These used a paper time fuse that was inserted into the fuse holder at the top of the shell. This one has been fired with the copper sabot remaining entirely intact. You can clearly see the rifled grooves on the sabot from the rifling on the cannon. Pitting to this one is almost entirely non-existent. One small piece missing out of the copper fuse resulting from the impact. This one is so nice you can see the machine grooves on it! You won't find a nicer example! $795.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #22176 Rare Gettysburg relic desk set by John Good. This is one of his earlier desk sets. Later sets would be marked "Gettysburg" along the front. Oak base measures 6" x 3.75". John Good was a furniture maker living in Gettysburg with a shop located on Race Horse Alley. This example has a number of projectiles nailed to the base. To the right is a Confederate .58 Gardner bullet and a .58 three ring minie ball on the left. A couple of lead musket balls, a canister round, shell fragment, fired .58 cal minie ball and a part of a broken bayonet are also shown. In the center is a brass object with a firing cap nailed to it. On the reverse in the original paper tag identifying where the objects were found. The wood base coming from Culp's Hill and the shell fragment from Little Round Top. Neat little item. These are getting harder and harder to find! $650.00

Item #89700 Quarter plate tintype of a Federal artillery officer and his wife. This officer holds the rank of 2nd lieutenant with the bars tinted red. His wife stands at his side with her arm resting on his shoulder. She's dressed in this dark silk hoop skirt covered in white polka dots. It is not identified but behind the case is written, "April 1863 Taken at ????". I am unable to make out the name of the location. The scratch you see there is barely visible in hand. Housed in a half leatherette case. $400.00

Item #46451 Beauty of an 8th plate ambrotype of a Federal infantryman. Great view of this yank photographed in a makeshift camp studio. Dressed in his frock and newly issued accouterments. The light is just shining off of that new leather and those bright brass accouterment plates. Armed with his 
Austrian Lorenz rifle at his side with the bayonet attached. You can see the tompion visible in the end of the barrel. He stands on a wood plank floor and you can see the fresh mud laying on the floor that he just tracked in. Great view. This is one of the nicer 8th plates I have seen. It does come housed in a mint full leatherette case as well which are hard to find themselves. $750.00

Item #57381 Absolutely killer sixth plate tintype of this double armed early war reb. Seated with a steely eyed gaze he is double armed with a little Bacon pocket revolver and his musket. This image is so clear you can actually read the stamping on the lock plate of the musket! Nice large felt slouch cap too. This guy looks plenty ready to handle the business of war! Just a killer pose and one of the clearest tins I have ever seen. Housed in a full case. Flawless! $4500.00

Item #09823 Killer sixth plate ambrotype of this triple armed reb out of Texas. Dressed in this very simple grey frock with bone buttons. Made of very thin material. Home made no doubt. His trousers are very unique. They appear to be grey but upon closer examination but they are completely striped. Almost like a corduroy but with the stripes running horizontal. The belt plate is most likely a US plate. Looking at it from the back I can make out an "S" but nothing more. A large knife is tucked into his belt on one side and a heavy revolver on the other. Out in front of him is a M1842 smooth bore. Slight tinting to the hands and face. Just a great view of a hard fighting reb! Spotting to this one as you can see but still a great image. Housed in a half leatherette case. $3500.00

Item #78779 Sixth plate ambrotype of a young Federal infantryman casually posing for the camera and smoking on a cigar. Dressed in his frock which he wears completely unbuttoned. Clenched in his teeth is a half smoked cigar while he stands squinting at the camera. This one comes housed in a patriotic leatherette case with a split spine. $275.00


Item #45451 Half plate tintype identified as Colonel George G. Briggs of the 7th Michigan Cavalry, Co. A. Briggs would join Custer's 7th Cavalry as a lieutenant in October, 1862. Over the next 3 years he would rise through the ranks to adjutant, captain, major, lieutenant colonel and finally full colonel in May, 1865. He wears the rank of captain in this view which he attained in late March, 1864. He would only hold that rank for 2 months before being promoted to major that May. He is shown here sporting the begining of his distinctive salt and pepper lamb chop side burns. His cap rests on the table with crossed cavalry insignia with the numeral "7" and an ostrich plume. He is photographed in another view wearing this identical cap. Briggs would be captured at Buckland's Mills in October 19th, 1863. He managed to escape 2 days later by running the guards to freedom and back to his lines. During one of the last battles of the war he would be wounded in the left leg at the Battle of Five Forks. It was Briggs who saw the first flag of truce offered by Major R. M. Simms of General Longstreet's staff  at Appomattox and it was Briggs who escorted him to Custer. There is a great account of the incident written in "To Appomattox: Nine April Days, 1865". A portion of that Confederate "flag of truce" which was given to Custer was later sent to Briggs by Custer's wife Libby. He was a close personal friend of both Custer and his wife and remained a close friend with Libby even after Custer's death. There are a number of other artifacts pertaining to Briggs out there in circulation with a great grouping of items pertaining to Briggs sold by James Julia Auctions several years ago. This one comes with a small signature of Briggs which was found behind the image. The image itself does have some crazing which is enhanced in the scan. The emulsion is very sound. It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $3500.00

Item #89878 Killlerrr pair of double cased sixth plate tintypes! These are two separate views taken of Federal troops around a small barrel spring. These are believed to be New Jersey troops based on a known carte view taken at this location with a New Jersey back mark. The first view shows two enlisted men and one officer. A sentry stands off to the left. Perhaps to guard the well for safe keeping and to prevent unauthorized use. An enlisted man stoops down with his tin cup in hand while an officer leans on his sword awaiting his turn to fill his cup. The top half of a barrel can be seen off to the left in the foreground which I presume was used to cover the well when not in use. In the second view a lone infantryman stands on a board next to the well to keep the men out of the mud. Armed with his musket he wears his knapsack and bedroll. I would presume he is there to either fill his canteen before a long march or perhaps quenching his thirst after a long march back to camp. I believe the man shown stooping down in the first image is the same man shown in the second. Nice subtle tinting to both of these views with the overgrown brush on the hillside tinted green. These comes housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. There are a couple of period newspaper clippings behind both images but unfortunately they give no indication as to where or who these men might actually be. Absolutely fantastic grouping! $2750.00

Item #445461 Beautiful two piece "Virginia Style" waist plate. This example was dug in Confederate General Rosser's 1864 cavalry camp. Beautiful green patina on this one. Matching halves that fit together wonderfully. This one is about 50 mm in diameter and 84 mm from keeper to keeper. Also dug with this plate and included are the belt hook, ring and strap studs. Additionally there are a couple Richmond spur fragments and a friction primer included that were also dug at this same camp. Wonderful dug example! $2650.00

Item #89098 Quarter plate tintype of two yankee pards. Taken in camp the pair dress very casually for this view. Light blue trousers with button up shirts and suspenders. They have apparently shed the heavy wool uniform in this view for some cooler, lighter attire. Nice military themed back drop with a number of white canvas tents and a couple of Zouave soldiers standing guard. Housed in a half leatherette case. $225.00

Item #78121 Beautiful quarter plate tintype of a Federal musician. Dressed in his frock with the rank of what appears to be a 2nd lieutenant. He cradles this massive over the shoulder sax horn in his arms. You can see the light just glaring off of that brass horn. Nice up close and personal view of this musician and his horn. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. Rare view $1650.00

Item #68900 Sharp looking sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Dressed in a dark blue nine button Michigan shell jacket. US waist belt plate with his cap box and cartridge box worn on the belt. His bayonet rests in the scabbard but he has pulled it about half way out for display. A M1858 smooth side canteen hangs from a thin leather sling worn over the shoulder with the stopper and attached chain visible. Armed with his musket which rests at his side. This one comes housed in a nice full thermoplastic case. Very nice image! $650.00

Item #68712 Sixth plate early war melainotype of a Pennsylvania cavalryman. Dressed in his cavalry uniform with brass shoulder scales and his forage cap. Company and regiment id are pinned to the top but I am unable to read it. This back drop with the flag is known to be from a Pennsylvania photographer. He stands wearing his leather gauntlets while brandishing his heavy cavalry saber in one hand and holding onto the scabbard with the other. His M1851 sword belt rig is worn with a small unsheathed side knife tucked into the front of his belt. Beautiful flag floating behind him tinted in red, white and blue featuring the star pattern in the field of blue. Really a great image. This one comes housed in a full patriotic leatherette case as well. $650.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #26532 Pair of to images taken of the same unidentified Confederate officer. The first image is a sixth plate tintype and the second a ninth plate ambrotype. The ninth plate being the earlier of the two. He sits dressed in a single breasted frock coat with a red collar trimmed in gold braid in the ninth plate and wearing a chasseur cap. The second image shows him dressed in a very rough spun double breasted frock with drooped wing eagle buttons. His actual rank is indiscernible. The single breasted frock is reminiscent of some Tennessee troops although who knows where he hailed from. These both come housed in full leatherette cases with separated spines. $1250.00

Item #89871 Neat sixth plate tintype of a Federal sergeant photographed with his young child sitting in his lap. The numerals on his cap look to be "94". Dressed in his frock with large infantry chevrons on his sleeve. His cartridge box is worn over one shoulder and a canteen over the other. His daughter probably not more than a year old sits in his lap wearing a small polka dot dress and her riding cap. In her hand is held a small riding crop. A little on the dark side but a pretty neat image. It comes housed in a full patriotic leatherette case with a split spine. $750.00

Item #81332 Nice sixth plate ambrotype of a dismounted cavalryman. He's dressed in this newly issued infantry frock with eagle buttons running down the front but his cap has cavalry insignia pinned to the front. Presumably he belonged to a cavalry unit which had recently been dismounted and changed to an infantry unit. This one has "R. Adams scratched into the emulsion above his head. There's about 215 men by that name if anybody if anybody would like a little research project. Nice image housed in a full leatherette case. $165.00

Item #67876 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a Federal 1st sergeant of a cavalry unit. Photographed in this unique profile view which is seldom seen. His uniform has been tinted this gorgeous shade of blue with his crimson sash tinted a soft shade of red. Leaning on his sword while he looks off to the side appearing to be in some deep thought. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. Wonderful image! $1100.00

Item #56574 Super nice sixth plate tintype of this Federal infantry corporal. Seated pose dressed in his frock with corporal's chevrons. US waist belt with a really nice shot of that cap box and his musket which is held out in front. Interesting back drop with a couple of steamboats sailing on a river. Very nice view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $950.00

Item #67601 Quarter plate tintype of this yankee cavalryman carrying around enough iron to break his poor horses back! Dressed in his cavalry jacket with brass shoulder scales and doning a forage cap. Armed with two massive M1860 Colt Army revolvers with one tucked in his belt and the other displayed for the camera with the hammer cocked. He also brandishes his heavy cavalry saber. Holding up all that steel for the camera gets a little tiring and as a result both the revolver and sword are blurred. A large US flag is draped behind him in the background. A really great shot of that massive revolver. Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $695.00

Item #45461 Quarter plate tintype of a triple armed yank infantryman. Dressed in his infantry frock and cap. His musket rests at his side with bayonet attached. An earlier militia style two-piece belt is worn around the waist with a Colt M1849 revolver tucked into his waist along with a decent sized Sheffield knife. Both of which were more than likely supplied by the photographer. Beautiful clarity to this one. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $775.00

Item #67668 Wonderful quarter plate tintype of a lone Federal Infantryman on picket duty. Looks to have been taken during their winter camp as the trees are all bare with leaves littering the ground. A handful of white canvas tents can be seen in the back ground scattered in among the trees. He stands next to a large oak tree with his bayoneted musket at the ready to fend off any enemy marauders. Some solarization to this one but I love the content on this one! It comes housed in a half leatherette case. $1600.00

Item #45541 Very nice signed letter by Colonel Charles H. T. Collis commanding the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry, Collis Zouaves. This one was written in response to a letter received by Collis asking for his autograph. In reply he sent this letter with  his signature reading "Charles H. T. Collis. Col commdg 114 Pa Vols. Bvt. Major Genl Vols" Very bold ink inscription and dated to March 1, 1892. Measures 5 1/2" x 6 1/2". This would make for a nice display to coincide with a view of one of the members of the Collis Zouaves. No tears to this one. Very nice! $150.00

Item #67541 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed Federal cavalryman.  Seated pose dressed in his cavalry uniform. Brass insignia is pinned to the top of his cap with the numeral "14" and company letter "L". In one hand he holds his heavy M1840 saber and in the other a seldom seem double action Starr revolver. Don't see those very often showing up in images. It is highly possible that this is a member of the 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry as they were the only 14th regiment that were predominantly issued this weapon. The 14th would see it's fair share of action serving in the Department of West Virginia. This one is a tad on the dark side as you can see but you seldom see this weapon show up in images no less displayed so prominently. Housed in a full leatherette case. rare view. $800.00 

Item #57699 Ninth plate tintype identified as Chauncey Mixter of the 2nd New York Heavy Artillery. Chauncey would enlist in with Company M in November, 1861. He would only serve 3 months however before being discharged for a disability. He is posed here wearing his cap and artillery jacket while holding what looks to be a rare Bacon Navy revolver across his chest. This one has a bunch of notes stuck to the back of the image identifying it. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $325.00

Item #57132 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype. Perhaps a yank or Confederate although that will most likely never be known. Dressed in this cotton blouse and wearing the scare baby size US waist plate. Of note is the fact that this gentleman is missing his index and middle finger on the one hand. An old war wound perhaps. I'm not sure what is won around the neck. It might possibly be attached to a pocket watch which he has tucked into his trousers. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $325.00

Item #51216 Neat quarter plate tintype of what is probably a Western Theater yank. Wonderful tinting to this one. Looking every bit the part of a western yank dressed in this mixed attire. Wearing blue trousers with a red polka-dot shirt with a large slash pocket. Looks like he has maybe a diary and a bible tucked in there. Wonderful beehive slouch hat with this huge brim on it. He stands on the bare ground gripping a pistol which is tucked into his belt. Military themed back drop behind him with rows of Sibly tents and soldiers milling about. Neat looking image. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. $650.00

Item #51421 Sixth plate ambrotype and accompanying 1/16th tintype. Both of the same individual hailing from Michigan. The first view shows the subject dressed in civilian attire. The velvet pad is marked with the photographers imprint "D. H. Spencer Hudson, MI". The second view shows the man dressed in a four button sack coat which has been tinted a slight shade of light blue. Unfortunately the soldier is not identified. Nice Michigan pairing regardless. $150.00

Item #89712 Quarter plate tintype of a Federal infantry soldier. This back drop is attributed to members of the 3rd Corps taken during early to mid 1863. A number of Sharpshooters are shown photographed in front of this back drop as well as a good many other units. He stands dressed in a frock with his musket held out in front. Painted on the actual back drop are the words "US PICTURE TENT" which you can partially see down in the right hand corner. This one does have some crazing to the emulsion but is very sound with no risk of flaking. No case for this one. $350.00

Item #77879 Absolutely beautiful half late tintype of two yank pards. Stunning tinting job to this view! The two men sit opposite of each other with a table in between the pair. The gentleman to the right has a large patch sewn on the knee of his trousers. This view was taken at Gallops Island in January, 1865 which was located in Boston Harbor. The island served as a training and mustering out camp. These two more than likely were in the process of being mustered out after their term had expired. Beautifully tinted view housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #67543 Sixth plate tintype of a two Federal artilleryman. The pair hail from the 9th regiment as evidenced by the numeral "9" which is pinned to the front of each members hat. The pair stand side by side dressed in a artillery shell jackets, trousers and knee high boots. Each man is armed with a saber with one of the men displaying a large Colt Army across his chest. These men would hail from either Indiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, New York or Wisconsin. Unfortunately they are not identified to know from which state they actually belonged. This one comes housed in a neat patriotic leatherette case that is embossed with cannons, flags and an eagle perched atop a shield. $500.00

Item #90812 Absolutely beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal musician. This thing is a beauty! Crystal clear image. Simple standing pose with one hand resting on his hip and holding his cap in the other hand. Dressed in this wonderful musicians frock with the herring bone trim. Gorgeous image! Housed in a full leatherette case. $450.00

Item #57612 Minty sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. Standing pose with his sword displayed at his front with the scabbard hanging at his side. A very casual pose and dress. He also wears an Hardee hat with an ostrich plume pinned to the side and cavalry insignia on the front. Company letter "K" is at the top and the numeral "2" at the bottom. Beautiful image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #36991 Eight plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman. He stands in front of this military themed back drop with a fort on the hill and artillery. This is one of the Benton Barracks back drops. Simple pose just armed with his cavalry saber. Some scratches to this one as you can see. It does come housed in a half leatherette case. $200.00

Item #45343 Sixth plate ambrotype of a New York militiaman. Wearing shoulder boards of an undetermined rank with some unique cuff trim. The belt plate is a rectangular New York state seal plate with a beautiful eagle's head pommel sword hanging from the belt. Nice, clear image housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00

Item #22198 Outstanding quarter plate tintype identified as Jacob Hoffman of the 2nd Missouri Cavalry "Merrill's Horse Cavalry". Taken in front of the iconic Benton Barracks backdrop where the regiment was raised during the final months of 1861. Jacob stands armed with his sword which is drawn from the scabbard and a large revolver which he has tucked into his belt. The front of his cap is adorned with cavalry insignia, the numeral "2" and his company as well. Merrill's Horse Cavalry saw action in no less than 20 engagements. The image is accompanied by a period note which is located behind the image identifying Hoffmon. There is also a small tintype of his wife Katherine behind the image as well. The image comes housed in this pristine wall mount thermoplastic case. Beautiful image of one of the wars most famous cavalry units. $1650.00

Item #22967 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of this yank infantryman. Dressed in a four button sack coat with a US waist belt and sporting a dark blue kepi. This is the wooden US plate was carved so that the letters would appear in the correct order when the subject was photographed. He holds his musket diagonally across his chest. Nice crystal clear image of this yank. Housed in a half leatherette case. $550.00

Item #68744 Wonderful quarter plate melainotype of a Federal drummer. One of the nicer examples I have had in. This one looks better in hand. He's dressed in his frock and cap with his drum hanging from the baldric worn over his shoulder which has been tinted red. He stands with drum sticks in hand ready to beat out the call to arms. Very nice view. Unfortunately he is not identified. Beautiful view though that comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $2500.00

Item #89881 Sixth plate tintype of two cavalryman dressed in stable frocks. Very rare example of this coat. These were constructed out of white canvas to be worn while grooming horses. The canvas allowed for the horse hair to be much more easily removed as compared to the wool uniforms. Some units such as the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry actually wore the coats as fatigue uniforms while in camp. During the spring of 1864 members of the 2nd Maine were issued an order that "enlisted men on stable duty will wear their stable frocks". Both men look as though their forearms are bandaged. Those are probably false sleeves being worn for protection but why they are wearing them I have no idea unless it is to keep the white sleeves of the coat from becoming soiled. One of the men has his pant legs pulled up over the top of his boots. The other has done the same with one pant leg falling down. I would presume this was done to keep the bottom of the trousers out of the horse s**t and mud as the boots of both men are filthy dirty. This is shown in the publication "US Army in the West" published in 1995. Rare view of these two men who were probably returning from stable duty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00

Item #68754 8th plate ambrotype of a very tall yank infantryman. Very unusual to see this size in an ambrotype format. I've had maybe just a couple in 15 years that have been ambrotype's as opposed to tintypes. This Federal foot soldier stands dressed in his frock decorated with some very generic sergeants strips. He wears a US waist belt and a cartridge box that could use a few extra inches on that sling. His musket is held at his side with one hand and I'n not sure what he's doing with the other. Wearing knee high cavalry boots and his cap with the visor flipped up like Benny Hill. This one looks a heck of a lot better in hand. It does come in a full thermoplastic case but is missing a chunk out of one corner. Great image none the less! $450.00
Item #21010 Civil War discharge signed by Thomas Chamberlain of the famed 20th Maine and brother to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain. This one is for Jacob Hacker of the 198th Pennsylvania. He also had earlier service in the 9th Pennsylvania Infantry. Chamberlain's signature is nice and bold. After the war Thomas would suffer from the mental effects that the war brought on. What we now know as PTSD. He really had a difficult time in the years following the war and if it were not for his brother Joshua looking after him things could have been much worse. This is a very nice example. Crease marks and some light staining but otherwise fine. It is not framed but I can have it professionally framed if you so desire for an additional charge. Very nice. $450.00
Item #11219 Neat little item. This is a piece of grape shot picked up from the Battle of Fort Davidson probably sometime in the 1960's. Mounted to a wood base with a nice brass identification plate that's well tarnished so it's been on there for quite a while. The bottom of the base has a short history on the battle. Pretty neat little relic. $75.00

Item #43477 Nice full plate tintype. This is a Federal corporal standing in front of the Fredericksburg back drop. This is a period full plate which been made by photographing the smaller, original image. He stands dressed in his frock with corporals chevrons and full accouterments with his musket at his side. The top of his cap is adorned with brass insignia reading "11 PV". He also has a corps badge pinned up there for the 1st Corps. There's an old pencil id on the reverse of the mat which reads "Henry Landis". This is in fact corporal Abraham Landis of the 11th Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co. D. Abraham would muster with the company beginning in November, 1861. He would see no shortage of action. The 11th Pennsylvania would hold the distinction of being the oldest unit in continuous service from the state. They would fight in no less than 16 major engagements and several smaller skirmishes beginning with Hokes Run through the Appomattox Campaign. Abraham's service however would come to an abrupt end on February 6, 1865 when he was wounded while fighting at Hatcher's Run. He is reported as absent at the time the regiment was mustered out. No doubt still recovering from the wound. This back drop dates to late 1863 and early 1864. The 11th remained encamped in this vicinity after the Battle of Fredericksburg and were serving in the 1st Corps at that time. An interesting side note on the 11th's history. The mascot for the regiment was a Staffordshire Terrier by the name of Sally who traveled with the regiment continuously. After the regiment was heavily engaged on the first day's fight at Gettysburg a number of men from the regiment lay dead and dying on the field. Sally proceeded to walk out onto the field of battle and laid down among many of her former comrades until she was later found by other members of the regiment. Sally would later be killed during the Battle of Hatcher's Run. The same battle in which Abraham would be wounded. This is a very nice full plate. They are generally blurry but this one is very well done. Great image from one of the wars most hard fought units! $900.00

Item #46791 Sixth plate tintype of a pair of yank infantryman. They look to be maybe brothers. The pair sit side by side with full accouterments with their muskets pointing in opposite directions. Very cool pose. A little black area right in the middle but it is more noticeable in the scan then when viewing it in hand. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $600.00

Item #89772 Very nice leather cartridge box for the Burnside carbine. This one is stamped by the maker Hoover & Calhoun of New York. This is a very nice box. The leather is very pliable with very little crazing. Both belt loops are intact but it is missing one roller buckle. The closure tab is present and in very good shape. The interior wood block for holding the ammunition is present but there is some wood loss where a mouse got in there. Overall a very solid box. $350.00

Item #78564 Nice tintype of a Western Theater yank. This one is the more seldom seen 8th plate size. This bushy bearded yank is dressed in a four button sack coat with cartridge box, cap box and a US waist belt. Armed with his musket which is held at his side. About as nice an 8th plate as you're going to find and this one comes housed in a mint thermoplastic case as well. $400.00

Item #22100 Wonderful, early quarter plate ambrotype vignette view of a triple armed reb infantryman. He's dressed from head to toe in this matching grey uniform. The frock has the collar and cuffs trimmed in what I presume was blue at the time but which has over time probably faded to this more greenish hue. The cap has a lower band also trimmed in this same blueish green color. A leather belt is worn around the outside of the frock. The belt plate has been to heavily gilded to make any identification of the plate. To one side he has tucked a medium size Bowie knife and on the other a revolver minus the holster. Out in front he displays a very nice Springfield M1855. The Maynard tape primer is so clear you can see the eagle embossed on it. The M1855's were produced at Harper Ferry which fell into Confederate hands in early 1861 along with all of the machinery which was used to produced the M1855's. This one does have the original paper mat rather than the brass mat we normally see. I have seen these used on a number of Confederate images. Unfortunately his identity is unknown. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. There was another nearly identical image for sale on another site recently. Unfortunately it was unidentified as well. Very interesting view with a great shot of that M1855! $3500.00

Item #68711 Silver id shield for the famed 3rd New Jersey Cavalry "Butterfly Hussars". This would have been worn by one of the cavalryman like the one pictured in the image below who served in that regiment. Made out of silver. The center shield is roughly the size of a quarter with the entire piece overall about the size of a 50 cent piece. Still retains the original pin back which is very solid. This one belonged to an un-named member of Co. A. Very nice and rare badge which this photo does not do justice. $1200.00

Item #76101 Rare quarter plate tintype of a member of the 3rd New Jersey Cavalry known as the "Butterfly Hussars" dressed in the distinctive uniform worn by this regiment. The regiment was granted special permission for this distinctive dress which helped to bolster it's recruitment during late 1863 and early 1864. The jacket was dark blue trimmed in a knot work of yellow braid which ran across the front, along the cuffs and on the collar which would have been orange.The cap was this visorless oddity which tilted to the left as is clearly evident here. On the front of the cap was the numeral "3" surrounded by a laurel wreath. The trousers were a light blue with a wide stripe of yellow down the trouser seem. This particular example is is identified as Samuel Bennett by an old period tag behind the velvet pad. Samuel would enlist with the regiment in late December, 1863 and serve up until the regiments eventual mustering out in August, 1865. They would see action in a number of battles such as Winchester, Five Forks, Appomattox and several others. This is an exceptional example. They don't come up to often and this one is crystal clear and identified! It does come housed in a full leatherette case but the spine is split. Rare view! $1650.00

Item #89734 Fantastic sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. This one is beautifully tinted. He stands dressed in his cavalry uniform brandishing his heavy cavalry saber in one hand while holding onto the scabbard with the other. M1851 eagle waist belt and sporting brass shoulder scales. He also sports a Hardee hat with cavalry insignia pinned to the front and the letters "S H". I couldn't locate a cavalry regiment with those initials so I'm not sure what they actually stand for. He stands in front of a military themed back drop with rows of canvas tents and the American flag flying behind him. All of which has been tinted. Quite a beautiful image. It does come housed in a near mint thermoplastic case. Splendid view! $850.00

Item #22762 Beautiful non-dug US waist plate. This one is in wonderful condition retaining about 95% of the original finish. No dents or pushes on this one either. Minimal amount of wear to the face. Retains the original lead fill on the back with arrow hooks a tongue. Super sharp plate and I'll even through in a riker display case. $275.00

Item #19023 Relic Colt Army Model 1860. This one was recovered from Raymond, Mississippi around the late 60's or early 70's when a foundation was being dug there for a gymnasium at the junior college. The battle of Raymond, Mississippi was fought on May 12, 1863 during the Vicksburg Campaign. Confederate forces were eventually routed by Major General James McPherson and the XVII Corps. This one has the serial #36618 which put it's production date in 1862. That serial number also falls in the range of Colt Army's issued to Co. D. of the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry. While the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry was not present at the Battle of Raymond, the 4th Ohio Cavalry was and the original designation for the 2nd West Virginia was as the 4th Ohio. They did not become the 2nd West Virginia until after West Virginia was granted statehood in mid 1863. This one was probably discarded as it looks like it took a direct hit to the trigger guard and trigger busting a chunk off the guard and snapping the trigger off. Missing the wedge and the loading lever also. The cylinder does still spin on this one when you pull the hammer back. It also comes with signed documentation from the original owner from when it was originally found. Great relic and battle damaged piece! $950.00

Item #22132 Pretty sweet quarter plate ruby ambrotype. Gotta love that flag!Triple armed Federal infantryman dressed in a sack coat which he has tucked into his trousers. Around the waist is worn a US waist belt. This looks to be one of the carved wood plates that some photographers used to make the "US" appear in the correct order when photographed. A revolver is tucked into the belt along with a saber bayonet. I'm not sure of the make of the revolver. Looks to be maybe a Marston. His M1841 musket is held at "the shoulder". Off to his side is a large pedestal which this beautiful American flag wrapped around it which is tinted red, white and blue. Probably a Pennsylvania fella as this is thought to have operated somewhere in eastern Pennsylvania. Wonderful image which comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1350.00

Item #87121 Ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 2nd New Hampshire. These guys are pretty much misidentified in every single publication I am aware of as being Confederate. He is dressed in the New Hampshire grey greatcoat and cape. The uniform underneath would have also been grey and trimmed in red. The only part of that uniform that is visible here is the grey cap which has a lower band of red that ran around the cap. The letter "F" is pinned to the front of the cap. He stands armed with his musket and brandishing an Allen & Wheelock 32 cal. pocket revolver from under the flap of his cape. Images from this unit are actually very hard to find. These guys fought from the First Battle of Bull Run all the way to Richmond. At Gettysburg they were nearly annihilated. Very hard to find image. Housed in a half case. $850.00

Item #55675 Item #43341 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed infantryman. I'm not sure where he hails from but probably the east coast. Connecticut perhaps. Dressed in a grey service jacket and matching grey cap with a lower band of black. He sports a small belt with a single roller buckle into which he has tucked a waist knife which rests in it's sheath. A Colt pocket revolver is held across his chest with the hammer cocked. Nice early war image. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $850.00


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