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Item # Quarter plate ruby ambrotype of three yank infantryman. The trio stand shoulder to shoulder with not a one of them wearing the same thing other. They appear to be dressed in a mix of both civilian and military attire. These fellows are definitely not new recruits and the uniforms the men were originally issued have long since been exchanged for whatever could be found to replace them. I would presume probably Western Theater yanks. The chap standing the center has stains all over the legs of his trousers. Each man stands resting his hand on the muzzle of his musket. The soldier to the far left is armed with a M1855 rifle-musket and the other two with M1809 Potsdam muskets. This one does have some solarization around the outside edges as you can see. Still a great shot of some hard marching veterans. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $700.00

Item #77797 Immaculate quarter plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteers. Standing pose taken in a photographers canvas tent. Dressed in a four button sack coat and outfitted with a full set of accouterments. A brass infantry horn is pinned to the top of his cap along with the numeral "14" and the letters N.H.V. Those new Hampshire troops loved that hat brass! He stands at attention with his musket held at his side and wearing gauntlets. It accompanied by a sixth plate image of him later in the war but is does have considerable crazing to it. This one however is about as mint as they come. The quarter plate comes housed in a full leatherette case and the accompanying sixth plate in a half case. $1000.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #97709 Quarter plate tintype of a pair of Federal cavalryman. The two horseman stand dressed in their cavalry shell jackets and light blue trousers. Each stands with his sword unsheathed and displayed for the camera. One of the men has a holstered revolver worn on his hip. The cavalryman on the left wears the seldom seen horseshoe insignia which was reserved for ferrier's. Very seldom do you actually see that rank worn. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $750.00

Item #61121 Extremely rare sixth plate tintype of a war date US Marine. These are easily more rare than Confederate views. The number of US Marines during the war never exceeded 3800 men. This stern looking Marine is posed in his enlisted undress uniform which consisted of a fitted frock. The sky blue trousers which he wears here were worn only during the winter months with white trousers worn during the summer. He also wears the the white buff cross belts issued to enlisted Marines with the unadorned oval breast plate and white buff waist belt with the unadorned belt plate. His French style kepi rests on the table with the brass infantry horn pinned to the front. In the center of the horn would be the letter "M" although it is gilded over here. It does appear that he is wearing the leather neck stock here also which is very unique to see. Beautiful tinting to this one by the photographer which I think is evidence he was aware of the impotance the of the sitter. This one does have some slight crazing to the surface which in my opion is over shadowed by the importance of this rare view. This one does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00

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 SALE PENDING!

Item #56499 Nice pair of dug Confederate brass spurs. These are a pair of Starn's pattern spurs made in Richmond. Nice patina on these. One is missing the trowel entirely while the other partially remains. These were located in Colonial Heights, Virginia and were dug in the 1864 winter camp of the Laurel Brigade's cavalry camp several years ago. Nice clean pair of genuine reb spurs. $500.00

Item #98121 Sweet little Andersonville mess set that recently came out of New York. This would be the "Union Army Knife" which was manufactured by Naugatuck. Both of which is stamped on the knife and fork. This one features wood handles and has the ability to slide apart for ease in using the utensil. One side contains the knife and the other the fork and spoon. This one is in really nice shape and functions well. Accompanied by an old note written in 1913 which identifies the owner as "Jossiah" who was captured and spent time in several Confederate prison camps. The note reads in full "1 Webster St. Newark, NJ Feb 23rd, 1913 This set given to me by my cousin Jossiah. It was carried by him all through the Civil War and through his imprisonment at Libby Prison 30 days, Andersonville over four months on. Libby prison to Talaoose, Florida. All full there then to Andersonville Ga. Was prisoner 6 mo 12 days. Was near when Lee surrendered and entered Richmond & was in the Grand Parade 21-22-23 May 1865 at the disbanding of the Army Savanna Ga. Paroled at Savanna, reentered his regiment and was sent out with 27 others as sharpshooters. Was near to Lincoln at Richmond" Research indicates only 4 men by the name of Josiah were paroled from Andersonville at Savannah. One of them was held captive for 1 year. Another for just 3 months. The third escaped, boarded a ship never to be heard from again. The last one was Josiah Clarke of the 101st Pennsylvania Infantry. He was captured April 20, 1864 at Plymouth, North Carolina and was paroled that November making him a prisoner for 7 months. He would rejoin his regiment and serve until June 15, 1865. This is most likely our guy based on the information provided in the accompanying note and corresponding dates but could use some further research. Pretty killer war relic! $850.00

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 #46411 Neat little ninth plate ambrotype yank infantryman. Seated pose dressed in his frock. Packing a pair of pistols for battle. A really nice shot of a holstered Smith & Wesson Model 1 along with Remington Beals revolver. Using a bit of soldier's ingenuity this yank has taken an eagle breast plate and turned it into a waist plate for his waist belt. Sharp little image. This one comes housed ina full leatherette case with a split spine. $350.00 SALE PENDING!

Item #78911 Ninth plate tintype of a pistol pack'in Texas rebel. This one came from the former collection of John McWilliams who probably had the most significant Texas related collection in the country. Dressed in this dark "battleshirt" with two massive revolvers crossed across is chest. One a Colt Navy and the other a Colt Army. Holding each with his finger on the trigger and his thumb ready to cock the hammers back. One bad hombre. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1300.00

Item #89292 Sharp looking half plate tintype of a Federal infantry soldier. Standing on a wood floor dressed in his sky blue great coat and cape with his trousers tucked into a pair of knee high boots. Armed with his musket which rests with the butt on the floor and tucked into his shoulder. A dark cap rests on his head and he sports one big lopsided ear. Really neat camp scene back drop which I have not seen before with rows of large white canvas tents. This one has a really nice look to it and in the larger half plate size as well. Very nice full thermoplastic case as well. $750.00

Item #57511 Sixth plate tintype of a tough as nails looking yank! This guy looks like he was one unsavory character and ready for a brawl. Dressed in a Federal frock he stands with his musket at "the shoulder". A US waist belt is worn with a well used cap box and a bayonet scabbard which holds his bayonet. His cartridge box is worn with unusual linen sling. Possibly a field alteration after the original sling broke although I have seen a couple of examples of Illinois troops with linen cartridge box sligs. He wears a dark kepi that looks like it would better serve as a frisbee than a cap. This veteran definitely has put some miles under foot. Housed in a full leatherette case. $650.00

Item #45891 Beautiful ninth plate ambrotype of a young musician from New Hampshire. Early war image of this fresh recruit. This was part of a group of other images identified to New Hampshire. Absolutely crystal clear and not a flaw on this one. Dressed in his civilan clothes and sporting a two tone kepi. Killer view of this saxhorn! The image is so clear you can count the dents in the brass. Nice up close detail of all the working parts as well. Still retains the original seals too! Housed in a minty little thermioplastic case as well. Great view! $300.00

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! $3800.00

Item #90899 Sixth plate tintype of a pair of yankee pards striking a casual pose. The two sit dressed in frocks with one resting his hand on the others shoulder. His partner wears a small, grey pork pie hat which he has cocked to the side. One of the men holds a rare and very small Prescott revolver in .38 caliber. The two men most have been enjoying some down time in camp as both are sporting very classy two-tone camp shoes. Very nice view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $385.00

Item #90129 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal captian with a cavalry unit. Dressed in a frock and wearing a set of captains shoulder bars. Wonderful black felt cap with brass cavalry insignia pinned to the front. He has then taken an enormous ostrich plume and stuck it in behind the insignia. Acorn tassles can be seen draped over the brim of the cap. Nice looking image. It does come housed in a full leathertette case. $375.00

Item #67129 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal sergeant of infantry. Dressed in his frock and sporting a pair of light blue sergeants chevrons. A slight bit of crazing to this one but nothing that distracts. Very nice clear view. Housed ina full leatherette case. $150.00


Item #18912 Sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalry soldier armed with a rare French Lefaucheux pinfire revolver. Seated pose dressed in his cavalry jacket. US waist belt worn with the holster for the revolver shown on his hip. He holds the revolver across his chest with the hammer cocked and his finger on the trigger. Cap is worn with the visor flipped up and I'm not sure if that's an ostrich plume or a bucktail he has pinned on the back side of the cap. Great view of this revolver though. If you have one of these revolvers in your collection this image would marry up nicely with it. It does come housed in a nice thermoplastic case with the green velvet. $900.00


Item #78700 Grouping attributed to Henry Clay Jones of the 2nd Vermont Infantry, Co. D. Henry would serve with the regiment beginning in June, 1861 and serve until his discharge in June of 1864. He would be wounded once while engaged at the Wilderness. The grouping consists of a post war photograph of Henry dressed in his GAR uniform accompanied by two very nice GAR badges. The family CDV album in pristine condition holding 30 views including one of Henry in civilian dress. Many of them identified. His original appointment to 3rd sergeant dated August, 1862 and signed by the regiment's major who would later be killed at the Wilderness. Also included in his certificate from the state of Vermont acknowledging his service. His original acceptence letter from the Bureau of Pensions granting his pension still in the original envelope. Henry's personal portfolio of Military and Civil War History which records his service in detail. A family history book which records the family history from 1750 through 1898 and an envelope full of misc documents relating to Henry's estate. Very nice grouping of a Vermont veteran. $550.00 

Item #34199 Set of two US Infantry & Rifle Tactics manuals. Both published by J. B. Lippincott & Co. in 1861. One is identified inside the back cover to "James Huston Burnside Barracks Indianapolis, Indiana". The other one has two names written inside. "George Paige" and "James Free???". Both of these obviously saw extensive use by their owners. All of the fold outs are present. Bindings and pages are secure. One of the manuals has an old leaf pressed between the pages. Wear to the edges as to be expected. $195.00 for the pair.

Item #12912 Quarter plate tintype of two late war yanks that came out of New Market, Maryland many years ago. Very casual pose of these two men. One of the men stands with his frock unbuttoned and resting his hand on the other's shoulder. The other is seated sporting camp shoes and service stripes located on the coat sleeves. Mint view which this scan does not do justice. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $500.00

Item #98132 Killer grouping of this 1/16th plate tintype and corps badge. This unidentified New York soldier sits dressed in a state issue jacket with a silver id shield pinned to his breast as well as a 6th Corps badge for the 1st Division. Accompanying the view is the actual badge which is being worn in the image. Unfortunately I do not have the id shield as well. The badge itself is about 1 1/4" x 1 1/4" and is made from coin silver with a red felt center representing the 1st Division. T-bar pin on the reverse is perfect. The 6th Corps was one of the Army of the Potomac's hardest fought units of the war. The image is however uncased. Killer grouping none the less! $850.00

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 #21992 Half plate thermoplastic case. This one is in pretty decent shape overall. Hinges are all nice and tight and the closure tabs are secure. A few hairline cracks along the edges as to be expected but a pretty solid case in the hard to find half plate size. $275.00

Item #78111 Silver id badge belonging to Corporal John B. Morton of the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteers. Beautifully engraved "Jno. B. Morton Co. H 79 P.V.V" with wonderful scroll work. This one measures 1 7/16" across by an 1 1/4" tall. It does still retain the original T-pin on the reverse. Just missing the closure tab. A resident of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Morton would enlist with Co. H. as a corporal in Septermber, 1861. He would re-enlist in February, 1864 and continue to serve up until July, 1865. He would be no stranger to the battlefield fighting with the Army of the Ohio. They would take a beating at Perryville. Fight at Murfeesboro, Lookout Mountain and a good many more. Very nice badge from the flag bearer of a very hard fought unit. $3250.00

Item #42781 Eighth plate tintype of what is most likely a late war veteran volunteer. Dressed in this short jacket with a flair for unique trim which seems to be a characteristic of late war veterans of the Western Theater. The jacket sports elaborate cuff trim light colored, broad shoulder tabs. He also sports sergeants chevrons. A little crazing to the surface of this one. No case either. $150.00

Item #67671 Double cased sixth plate tintypes. The first is probably an early war view of a Federal infantryman. He's dressed in a frock with some very crude corporals chevrons on the sleeve while he grips his musket with one hand. The second view is that of his wife and their young child no doubt. This one does have a pencil id written behind the soldier's image but I cannot make it out. "Mr. Sum??ter" or something to that effect. These do come housed in a double cased thermoplastic case. $200.00

Item #29091 Nice quarter plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman. Dressed in a unique service jacket which appears to lack any trim and sports a slash pocket located on the breast of the jacket. Wearing gauntlets he rests on his sword with the scabbard hanging at his side. A Colt revolver is tucked into his belt and he wears a fur cossack style hat. Fantastic military themed backdrop with rows of canvas tents, artillery and a fort up on the hill. This one comes in a full leatherette case. $575.00

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. $475.00

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. $900.00


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. $1950.00

Item #90129 Here is a really neat mounted view of a Federal cavalryman. Quarter plate tintype of this rough looking trooper sitting atop his mount. Double armed with a holstered revolver and a carbine rifle which hangs from the sling. He's posed before an old clapboard building with several broadsides pasted to the wall. You can see the remains of several others that were once on the wall as well. You can plainly see that one of them is advertising for the sale of horses. It is very likely that this cavalryman has just purchased a new mount and no better time to pose for a photograph than right after you just bought a new set of wheels! This one does have some condition issues but the content is pretty killer! It comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1000.00

Item #57612 Beautiful 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. Minor mat rubs but otherwise a real beauty. Housed in a full leatherette case. $550.00

Item #89124 Very nice sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a pair of brothers seated in an embrace. One dressed in his military frock and the other in civilian clothes. The resembalance of the two men is uncanny. The brother in uniform wears the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Looks to be either an artillery and cavalry officer. Crystal clear image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $325.00

Item #46454 Post war GAR kepi that came out of either the New Jersey or Pennsylvania Post #22. GAR buttons on the strap and the liner and sweatband are intact. Everything is pretty tight on this one. Brass insignia pinned to the front with the numeral "22" and crossed rifles. Makers label by C.A. Hart, 133 N. Third St., Philadelphia, PA. Minimal moth damage to this one. Overall a very nice post war GAR cap. $225.00

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 #84321 Ninth plate tintype of what is probably an early recruit photographed before being issued a complete uniform. His only resembalance of a soldier is the blue kepi he wears. Dressed in a checkered shirt and holding a small US flag in his lap in a display of his patriotism. A small Colt revolver is held across his chest which almost certainly was a prop. A nice innocent view of this young soldier before the reality of war sank in. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $425.00

Item #44876 Sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalry soldier. He's posed on a very open plain with what looks to be very little vegitation. Seated in the saddle gripping the reins on this black stallion! Saddle bags are behind him and you can see the holster slung over the pommel for that cannon of a revolver he has in his hand. Looks like it might be a Dragoon because that is one big, bad pistol. There is some yellow haloing in the upper right. That is due to a heavy coating of varish the photographer applied there. Nice patriotic matting on this one. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. Nice mounted image. $1050.00

Item #61217 Sixth plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. Done in the relievo style for which he is most noted for. Dressed in a grey uniform sporting black epaulettes and a collar trimmed in black cloth tape. This rebel is not identified but this is the uniform worn by the Richmond Grey's. They would see action in a number of battles fighting with the Army of Northern Virginia. More than half of them men from this regiment that went into the fight at Gettysburg didn't return. This one is not signed by Rees unfortunately but still a wonderful example of his work. This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2500.00

Item #57642 Ninth plate ambrotype. Looks like maybe a partisan ranger. Certainly from the Trans-Mississippi area. Dressed in this flamboyant shirt often referred to as a "battle shirt" and wearing a black overcoat with large coin buttons. I've seen these types of jackets on a number of images associated with Texas in the past. He armed with a small dirk which he has tucked into his belt and it appears to be another larger knife there as well that's got a few scratches on the handle. Housed in a full thermoplastic case with the green velvet. $875.00

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. $250.00

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 "44". 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 of 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. $700.00

Item #87121 Rare ninth plate ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 1st or 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 base of the cap. Company letter "F" is pinned to the front. 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 #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 #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 #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. $950.00

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. $195.00

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". $150.00


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. $1850.00

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 #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. $500.00

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. $600.00

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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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 #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



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