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Item #22419 Nice early war sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman. He almost looks as though he is dressed in a frock. Unusual for a cavalryman if it is indeed so. Wearing his slouch cap with the rain cover over it. An eagle waist plate is worn with a large Colt Army tucked into it. Knee high cavalry boots cover up most of what appear to be non-issue trousers. His sword remains seated in the scabbard as he displays the basket and pommel to the camera. This one comes housed in a fairly decent full thermoplastic case. $900.00

Item #89701 Sixth plate melainotype of a Federal infantryman. He looks like the man in black dressed in this rare variation of the greatcoat. A frock is worn underneath along with dark trousers and knee high cavalry boots. Behind him is draped this drop dead beautiful flag which hangs from a wooden staff. This back drop is associated with a number of images known to have been taken in the Washington area early in the war. Wonderful view housed in a full thermoplastic case. Hard to top that flag! $750.00

Item #99219 Sharp looking sixth plate tintype of a Confederate artilleryman. Dressed in a Richmond Depot Type I jacket trimmed in red tape along the collar, shoulder straps and almost certainly the cuffs as well although they are not visible. Corporal's chevrons worn on the sleeves. There are a number of known views of men attributed to Parker's Virginia Battery shown dressed in this exact jacket. I also sold a nearly identical view last year. Poking out from the front of the jacket is a watch fob chain that looks to have been braided from human hair. Super nice image with great clarity. Some slight solarization around the edges but it is minimal. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. Super looking reb image. $1000.00

Item #68622 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of a solemn looking Federal infantryman. Seated pose dressed in his infantry frock. Absolutely wonderful tinting to this one. The frock is tinted a deep blue with the piping a light blue as are the trousers. Around the neck is worn a checkered cravat which has been tinted a deep scarlet. Piercing blue eyes look as though they long for home. A really nice looking image. Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $275.00

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. $650.00


Item #89234 Id'd Casey's Tactics Manual. This is one of the nicer examples I have seen. Published by D. Van Nostrand of New York in 1862. Absolutely complete with all 16 of the original fold-out diagrams still in place. The binding is as tight as they come with no loose pages what so ever. All 279 pages intact and accounted for. This example belonged to Luther Lawrence of the 11th Maine Infantry. Luther would muster with Co. H in November of 1861. A very adept soldier he would see rapid promotions from private to sergeant to 1st lieutenant and finally to captain all in the span of one year. Luther would see considerable action along with the rest of the regiment. In August, 1864 while the men were engaged at Deep Bottom Run Luther would receive a single gunshot wound to the chest on August 16, 1864. Sent to the Chesapeake Army Hospital at Fortress Monroe he would succumb to the wounding on September 3, 1864. Luther is well accounted for in the regimental history and is noted as having been a well respected and gallant officer. A detailed account of his service and his wounding is also listed there. A known view of Luther does exist if you could get a hold of one and pair the two up. The front leaf is inscribed in period ink "11th Regt. ME. Vols. Co.H Luther Lawrence". Super nice example! $165.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #57565 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal heavy artilleryman. Seated pose dressed in his heavy artilleryman's frock. His red corporals chevrons are affixed to the the sleeve and you can see the red piping there on the cuff. I'm not familiar with this back drop but I would presume it is most likely from somewhere around Washington. Housed in a half thermoplastic case. $175.00

Item #22699 Rare sixth plate tintype of one of the countless casualties of war. This veteran sits dressed in his frock holding onto his son who appears to be less than thrilled with the prospect of having his photo taken. His father sits dressed in his frock coat with an empty coat sleeve resting on his thigh. Unfortunately his id or where he lost the unfortunate limb is unknown. It's not very often you see these amputee views. Most likely taken upon his return home after being discharge from the hospital ward. This one does come housed in a very nice thermoplastic case. Rare view! $1800.00

Item #78798 Super nice sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a very young lad with the 72nd Pennsylvania Baxter's Fire Zouaves. This one is identified as Joseph H. Jones. He is dressed in the distinctive uniform worn by the regiment with the dark blue jacket, rounded in the front and trimmed in scarlet braid. A US waist belt is worn around the outside of the jacket with a cap box and empty bayonet scabbard. Joseph would enlist in late April, 1864 when a number of new recruits were added to the regiment. His muster out date or reason is not listed. Nor is it listed for the majority of the other men who joined during the spring of 1864. The veterans of the regiment however would muster out that August. Those men remaining transferred into the 183rd Pennsylvania Infantry although he doesn't appear to be listed there. Joseph doesn't appear to be more than 15 years old here. The image is identified by an old period ink id tag which was glued to the back side of the case. Great view of this young soldier and this very hard fought and historic unit! $650.00

Item #25611 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman. Striking a statuesque pose as he stares off into the distance appearing to be in some deep though. Dressed in this tailored frock and slouch cap. Nice clear image housed in leatherette case that's in some rough shape. $350.00

Item #56576 Killerrrrr sixth plate tintype of young drummer boy. Camp pose taken in a photographers studio tent as he stands on the bare ground. Dressed in his frock he leans against his large snare drum which rests on a simple wooden chair. You can see the sheen from the freshly applied lacquer on that brand new drum. Nice, typical design on the sides made from brass tacks. You can see his drum sticks laying up there on top of the drum. Not content to wage war with his drum alone he also has a pistol tucked into his belt. Subtle blue tinting to his trousers. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case with patriotic matting. Extremely nice drummer view! $1100.00

Item #35464 Extremely nice ninth plate tintype of a triple armed Federal cavalryman. Dressed in cavalry shell jacket with a lace handkerchief tucked into the buttons. Most likely a memento from some fair maiden. Sporting an eagle waist belt with a silver handled Sheffield knife tucked into one side and a Root revolver on the other. Gripping his cavalry saber at his side. Nice clear image housed in a mint patriotic thermoplastic case. $425.00

Item #55657 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman from the 8th Regiment. Dressed in his cavalry uniform and resting on his sword. If that Hardee hat were a little bigger he could probably go swimming in it. He has one side pinned up with cavalry insignia on the front along with the numeral 8 and company letter C. Patriotic brass mat on this one and it does come housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $550.00

Item #44691 Nice grouping of dug artifacts recovered from Confederate General Thomas Rosser's 1864 winter camp located in Colonial Heights, VA. Group consists of 5 bullets in wood remnants, a couple unfired Spencer rounds, tompion and a few other items. The group comes housed in a riker case for display. $350.00

Item #98712 Pristine quarter plate tintype of a young Federal cavalryman. Sporting his cavalry jacket, gauntlets and a cap that looks to be a couple sizes to big for him.Very nice tinting to this one with his trousers and neck tie tinted with subtle shades of light blue. He is triple armed with a heavy cavalry saber, a small Root revolver and coffin handled Sheffield side knife. Posed in front of this elaborate back drop which is thought to have been used by a photographer in Baltimore. You can see Fort McHenry in the scene directly behind the soldier. Absolutely superb view. It does come housed in a full leatherette case as well. $1750.00

Item #81891 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman wearing this killer ca. 1850 eagle militia panel plate. Without question probably the clearest example of this plate I have seen. Double armed with a little Bacon Arms pocket pistol and a silver handled Sheffield knife. This one has a modern id tag behind the image identifying this soldier as "Grandfather of Deb. Franklin Herbert Civil War". There were two Franklin Herbert's to serve during the war. Both from Ohio. They may in fact be the same individual. The first serving in the 4th Ohio Infantry from June, 1861 up until June, 1864. The other serving in the 197th Ohio Infantry from April to July, 1865. If you have this belt plate this would be the image you need to accompany it! Housed in a half leatherette case. $800.00

Item #67921 Rare half plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. Identified as Lieutenant Colonel William P. Milton, which was obtained directly from the family. This was probably taken sometime after his promotion to captain during the summer of 1862. Milton initially enlisted in the 11th Georgia Infantry as a 1st lieutenant in July, 1861. He would serve with Co. D. until his resignation that following July after being elected captain of the 39th Georgia. Milton would be counted among the many unfortunate Confederate troops taken prisoner on July 4, 1863 after the capture of Vicksburg. He would remain a prisoner only 4 days before receiving his parole. Milton would rejoin his unit and just days before the end of the war he was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the combined 39th and 56th Georgia. He would fight on in the Caolina's but would eventually surrender in Greensboro on April 26, 1865. William is shown here photographed in the Rees studio standing next to the iconic pedestal. He is dressed in a grey double breasted frock with a two piece waist belt and wearing his sword and sash. Milton would survive the war but he would meet an untimely end at his home on April 16, 1872. That night while sitting at the dinner table and talking with his wife and children an unknown assailant fired a shot through a window as Milton was rising from the table killing him. The murderer was never caught but it was believed to have been committed by two scoundrels who William had reprimanded earlier in the day inside the Cobb & Milton Store which was located next door. This one does come with a signed letter of provenance from the family descendant from whom the image was acquired. Also included is some documentation on Milton and his death. The image is cracked as you can see but it has been professionally restored by the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts. All of the pieces have been put back into place and resealed so there are no loose pieces. It comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case as well. Wonderful, rare view from the Confederacies most famed photographer. $4800.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #89765 Very nice document pertaining to the 72nd U.S.C.T dated May 1st, 1865. Special Order No. 1 issued by Captain R. C. Hubbard from the headquarters of 72nd stationed in Bloomfield, Kentucky. The order is for Co. C to immediately proceed to Louisville for the purpose of setting up quartermaster and commissary stores for the remainder of the regiment which will follow. No tears in this one with nice bold ink and easily legible. Signed by Captain R. C. Hubbard. Measures about 10" x 8" roughly. Very nice document. $150.00

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 #50191 Beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified Confederate officer. This dashing officer wears the rank of captain although only one bar has been tinted on the collar on either side. Dressed in a grey double breasted frock with what look to be Confederate staff officers buttons. Wonderful, crystal clear image with is piercing blue eyes. Quite the handsome officer. I am sure he was the envy of many a southern bell in his magnificent uniform. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. Gorgeous image! $2850.00 SALE PENDING!

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. $500.00

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. $500.00

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. $500.00 

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 #78771 Sixth plate tintype identified as Benjamin Jones of the 149th Pennsylvania also known as the 2nd Bucktail Regiment. Due to the success of the 1st Bucktail Regiment, Secretary of War Edwin Stanton desired to raise an entire brigade made up of men of the same characteristics. 20 companies were eventually raised which became the 149th and 150th Pennsylvania. This one is identified by an old pencil inscription behind the image which reads "Benjamin Jones 149 PA" Jones would enlist with the regiment as a corporal in August, 1862. The 149th's greatest claim to fame came at Gettysburg where the regiment was nearly annihilated losing 336 men out of the 450 that started the battle that day. Whether Jones was there on that fateful day is unknown. The roster for the month simply states "Not Stated" as to whether he was present or absent. Around May, 1864 he was detailed as a clerk at the Army of the Potomac's headquarters. The following February Jones was detailed for temporary duty serving in the Bureau of Military Justice in D.C. He was eventually discharged in July, 1865. Jones is shown here wearing his corporals stripes with a silver id shield pinned to his breast. The letter "D" is pinned to the top of his cap which he has spun around so that's its facing the proper direction. It does come housed in a half thermoplastic case that's in some pretty rough shape. $1250.00

Item #89800 Beautiful half plate melainotype. Early war view of this somber looking young soldier. Seated pose in his uniform with the American flag draped over his shoulder. I'm sure it was at one time vividly tinted but the blue field and red stripes have faded over time. You can still see the hues of the flag however. Wonderful view and in the hard to find half plate size. It does come housed in a full leatherette case as well. $2750.00

Item #46454 This is a neat little item. It's a memorial card for the funeral of Captain William V. Mott who passed away in Norfolk, Virginia on January 20th, 1889. Mott would enlist in the 10th Virginia Cavalry as a 2nd lieutenant in June, 1861. He would resign his commission at the end of March, 1862. Now I could find no record of William achieving the rank of captain during his Civil War service so it may just have been a soldiers tall tale that he achieved that rank. Regardless a neat piece. This one is the same size as a cabinet card with no bends in it. Very nice card. $110.00

Item #65499 Two page, war date letter written to John M. Thomas of the 11th Virginia Cavalry from his mother Matilda. This one is dated Feb. 3, 1865. In it she shares news from home and hopes that he will be able to return home safe very soon. John's older brother Richard who had initially enlisted in the 44th Virginia Infantry alongside John has died of pneumonia back in January, 1862. John and his brother Richard originally enlisted in Co. K of the 44th Virginia Infantry back June, 1861. His brother died the following January and John himself was lucky to survive the war suffering from pneumonia around the same time as his brother. He was hospitalized numerous times during his service. If he wasn't in the hospital to recover from illness he was recovering from wounds. Wounded at both Chancellorsville and the Wilderness. After serving 3 years with the 44th Virginia he was sent home on a 60 day furlough in late May, 1864. Not home even a week he was conscripted into the 11th Virginia Cavalry. Hospitalized again for illness several months later he was finally captured at Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865. Confined at both City Point and Point Lookout he would finally get to go home for good after signing the Oath of Allegiance in June, 1865. Nice little letter written in bold ink. No tears to this one but some folds. $200.00
Item #98219 Extremely rare FULL plate ambortype and accompanying carte view of Navy Paymaster Joseph Wilson. It's not very often you get to see a full plate ambrotype! Wilson would enter the Navy as a Paymaster starting in July, 1813 on board the brig "Rattlesnake". During his time as paymaster he would see service on board the "Argus" in 1814 and the "Savannah" in 1815. In 1817 he would serve on the frigate "Macedonian" and the on board the "Shark" for the next 4 years. Another 4 years were spent on board the frigate "Guerriere" followed by the "Preble" in 1840. Next came the "Lexington" for 4 years and finally the steamship the "Powhatan" in 1861. The war years were spent serving as an inspector at the Boston Navy Yard. He would become the oldest Paymaster in the service before being placed on the retired list with the rank of Commodore. Wilson is shown here wearing the Undress Uniform for a Paymaster over 12 years in grade. The uniform was authorized beginning in August, 1856 and remained in use up until July 31, 1862. Two three quarter inch stripes on his sleeve indicate his rank relative to that of a navy commander. The rank gave him the same privileges as a navy commander although he was not in-line to command a navy ship. He could only command other navy paymasters. Now this is quite an impressive image. Full plate ambrotypes incredibly rare. I have had 2 over the years and they never fail to amaze me in their size. This one is accompanied by a carte view of Wilson made from this very ambrotype. A binder of information on Wilson also accompanies the two images. The full plate does come housed in a full reproduction case. Quite an impressive grouping of the longest serving Navy paymaster! $4800.00

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. $350.00

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! $2000.00

Item #29109 Extremely nice quarter plate ruby ambrotype. This heavily bearded officer sits dressed in a unique frock which I have not seen before.A trefoil design adorns each cuff and trimmed in purple. A welt of purple also runs down the front of the jacket along the buttons. Infantry insignia is pinned to the top of the cap and what looks to possibly be the numeral 3. He sits holding a pair of white dress gloves in one hand an a cigar in the other. Certainly an interesting jacket. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case with some damage. $425.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #78769 Confederate supply document for a regiment of Turner Ashby's cavalry stationed at Martinsburg in January, 1862. The requisition is for Captain Samuel B. Myers cavalry company under Ashby requesting fuel for the winter. It shows 58 men and officers present for duty and receiving 8 cords and eleven cubic feet of wood for the month. "Received January 14, 1862 of Capt. Wm. Miller, A.Q.M., C.S.A" It is signed by Captain Myers that it was received in full. Some staining to this one and it does have separation along one fold. This one measures about 8" x 10". $185.00

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 Enfield musket which is held out in front. Interesting back drop with a couple of ironclads sailing on a river firing on a fort in the distance. Very nice view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00


Item #89781 Pair of two letters attributed to Joseph H. Trundle of the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry. The first letter was written to Joseph from his sister Lizzie in mid January, 1862 from Mount Auburn, Maryland. She writes mainly about her disappointment that he has not returned home yet and her fear that he may never make it back home. She also speaks of family affairs, events back home, some male suitors and her desired for the war to come to a close. She also asks him to be more careful when addressing his mail. That his last letter was delivered to "Mr. B" and that a Federal officer delivered it to him and states how he would have suffered had the contents of the letter been known to the officer. It's interesting that Lizzie takes great care to avoid giving complete names throughout the letter in case it did fall into enemy hands as they were living in Federal occupied Maryland. It does come with the original cover letter addressed "Mr Joseph H. Trundle, Co. B. White's Battalion, Rosser's Brigade, Va". The letter itself is very legible with no tears and is 4 pages. You can see that she took great care to use every inch of the paper fitting words in where she could. The second letter is from Joseph and is addressed to another sister named Rachel, dated July 24, 1864. Written from Warren Co., Virginia. He speaks about the Siege of Petersburg and the conditions there. The Union bombardment of the city and how both sides are now at a stalemate. He also mentions hearing of the death of a cousin due to sickness I presume and that he has heard word that the rebels behaved badly during their time in Maryland and hopes they did not treat her poorly. This one is also 4 pages long and very legible written in bold ink. It does come with the original cover letter addressed to Rachel as well. Also included is a transcribed letter which Joseph wrote to his mother which Cal Packard sold some time ago. I do not have that original letter. Just a transcribed copy. Both letter have been transcribed and are included for ease is reading. Joseph would be paroled on April 22, 1864 and would die at 79 years of age in Frederick, Maryland. $1950.00

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. $2250.00

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 would like a little research project. Nice image housed in a full leatherette case. $150.00


Item #22423 Nice sixth plate size patriotic thermoplastic case. A couple minor chips to some of the corners. Hinges are slightly loose but otherwise fine. Nice plush purple velvet pad. $150.00

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 is much nicer in hand. Comes housed in a full leatherette case. Rare view $1350.00

Item #89645 Pair of two Confederate buttons. The first is a Confederate script "C" cavalry button. The other a block "A" artillery button. Both of these were dug from Confederate General Rosser's 1864 winter camp years ago. Very nice greenish patina to both. No pushes or dent's in either. Nice straight shank to both buttons. The cavalry button is back marked by Isaac Campbell of London. The other is anybody's guess. Couple of nice solid reb buttons. $550.00

Item #99012 War date prisoner of war letter written by Confederate cavalryman Charles Gradison Powell during his internment at Fort Delaware. At 20 years of age Charles would enlist in the 9th Virginia Cavalry on March 1, 1862. A month and a half later he was reported as AWOL and dropped from the rolls as a deserter. He had in fact joined up with the 35th Battalion Virginia Cavalry instead. That following December he would be captured at Leesburg on December 17, 1863. Days later he was imprisoned at Antheneum Military Prison located in Wheeling, West Virginia. Transferred to Camp Chase that same day he would spend the next 3 months residing in the Ohio prison. Around mid March he would be transferred once again. This time to Fort Delaware. He would remain here until June of 1865 when he would finally take the Oath of Allegiance before being released. A little over a month after the writing of this letter Charles would be headed home. Written on May 6, 1865 it is addressed a cousin named "Blanche" located in Richmond. One page letter written in very bold ink in which Charles begins, "I write at great hazard...". In the letter he mentions the that he has learned of his brother's death and hopes that he should be released from the place soon. No tears on this one and it does come with the original cover letter which is quite rare. $550.00

Item #43341 Sixth plate tintype of a double armed infantryman. I'm not exactly sure of his affiliation. Perhaps a reb or a yank. 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 decent sized Bowie knife resting in it's sheath. A Colt pocket revolver is held across his chest with the hammer cocked. Nice early war image. Very good clarity to this one. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $850.00


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 #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. $625.00

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. $2650.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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


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