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This page is reserved for past sold items. It contains some of the more historically significant images which I have sold in the past and also serves as an excellent online database of some of the countless number of uniforms which saw service during the the 4 years of conflict as well as those searching for images of long lost relatives which I get requests for from time to time. 


Item #36635 Extremely rare and museum quality view of renowned orator, statesman and abolitionist Frederick Douglas. Taken in Dubuque, Iowa, the former slave is believed to have sat for this view sometime between April 19th and the 21st of 1866. Currently there only 2 other views known to exist that were taken during this sitting. One residing in the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History located in New York. The other resides in a private collection. Douglas would first arrive in Dubuque towards the end of April, 1866 where he would present a lecture on the need for Reconstruction and African-American suffrage. It is known that Douglas gave his speech on the 20th of April. It is also known that he departed Dubuque on the 21st on the 10:00 AM train as he headed to Anamosa. Whether he arrived in town on the 19th or the 20th is not certain but it is documented that he was there on the 20th and 21st. This view is back marked by "S. ROOT Photographer 166 Main St. Dubuque, Iowa". Root himself was a very prolific and famous photographer who had taken a number of well known views of famous individuals such as Henry Clay, Tom Thumb and P.T. Barnum among others. Root would move his studio location from the Main St. address to his home in late 1867 giving further evidence to the time frame in which this view was taken. This particular view came from the personal album of Captain Jacob B. Casebeer who would serve in the 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Following the war, Casebeer would become a doctor and renowned minister of the M.E. Church located in Dubuque from 1865 through late 1866. Presumably Casebeer would have been present during one of Douglas's speeches. Douglas is shown here well dressed and giving the appearance of a very confident and proud man as he grasps his gold handled walking stick. This view is slightly trimmed along both the top and bottom due to being housed in Casebeer's album. The rarity and importance of the view however outweighs the simple trimming of the image in my opinion. Exceptional clarity and beautiful deep tone to this image as well. $4500.00 SOLD!

Item #25144 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal drummer. This one is a beauty! This musician stands dressed in a infantry frock as opposed to a musicians frock. A sash is tied around the waist which has been tinted red. A revolver is tucked into the sash and a militia sword is worn on the hip housed in the leather scabbard. A superb regulation eagle drum hangs from around his neck with drum sticks held in hand ready to beat out marching orders. Wonderful faint blue tinting to the frock coat. Not a scratch on this one. Just a real beauty! Housed in a full leatherette case. $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #89811 Super nice sixth plate ambrotype of an unidentified South Carolina infantryman. Seated pose of this soldier with legs crossed and dressed in a very plain and light weight grey frock. No ornamentation on this frock at all and made of very rough spun material. The buttons have all been gilded over but they all domed buttons so presumably all South Carolina state seal buttons. This view is taken in the studio of George S. Cook of Charleston. Cook is credited with taking the first combat photograph ever when he photographed Union gunboats firing on Fort Moultrie. Flawless view housed in a mint thermoplastic case. $1850.00 SOLD!

Item #22109 Pretty killer sixth plate ambrotype of this rebel infantryman. More than likely hailing from the state of Tennessee. Dressed in this very tight fitting, dark grey service jacket and matching grey trousers. The collar is trimmed in black as are the cloth shoulder tabs. The cuffs are trimmed with these unique black bands which swoop up towards the forearm. Sporting this wonderful black felt slouch cap as well. Armed with his musket which he displays for the camera across his mid section with the hammer cocked and finger on the trigger. Real sharp looking image. $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #89002 Outstanding and exceptional rare identified view of a member of the 1st Minnesota Infantry. Minnesota views are virtually impossible to locate. This view is identified as Sergeant Matthew Marvin on Company K. Matthew would muster with the regiment at Fort Snelling in late April, 1861. The regiment would subsequently see action in some of the war's most deadly engagements. Matthew would see his first action at Bull Run in July, 1861. He would also see his first wounding when he received a ball through his foot during the engagement. That December he would be promoted to corporal. He would recover from the wound and rejoin the regiment only to be accidently wounded again at Harrison's Landing in August, 1862. While sitting in his tent a soldier from the 5th New Hampshire accidently discharged his rifle. The ball would travel through Matthew's tent and strike him in the upper thigh near the groin. He would be sent to New York to convalesce at the Coney Island General Hospital before returning to the regiment in early November, 1862. He would be present at Fredericksburg and would note in his diary regarding the Confederate artillery fire, "...if ever I dug a hole in the ground with my nose it was that day". He would rise to the rank of 1st sergeant by the time Gettysburg rolled around. On July 2nd, he would be wounded again. As the regiment made their famous charge he would receive a painful wound in the foot when the ball entered the front of his foot, traveling the length of the foot and exciting at the heel. Matthew would manage to crawl back to where the regiment initially began their charge before a fellow friend and member of the regiment found him and assisted him back to a field hospital. This wounding would be his last and would effectively put an end to his military career. He would suffer considerably for the rest of his life as a result of the wounding. This view was most likely taken after that wounding while he convalesced in a general hospital in Chicago. Period pencil inscription across the front bottom reading "Sarg Matthew Marvin 1st Minn Infantry Co. K" The reverse is also singed in period ink reading "Sergt. Matthew Marvin Co. K 1st Minnesota Inft Vol Addrep St. Charles Kane Co Ill". Really a fantastic view and if you are ever able to google him it's worth a read. Extremely rare view. $3250.00 SOLD!

Item #32991 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of this rebel soldier dressed in a very simple uniform. He sports this very natty home spun jacket of very thin material. Nice, clear image enough so that you can clearly see the cotton fuzzballs from the material used. The vest worn underneath is of the very same material as are the trousers. Large brass coin buttons run down the face of the jacket. Definitely a very shoddy uniform. I would suspect he probably hailed from North Carolina. A collared shirt is worn underneath with a very simple necktie which appears to have been improvised from a cut piece of material. He rests his arm on the table beside him in order to support this deadly .22 cal pocket revolver which he displays for the camera. Sharp looking image with not a blemish on it. Housed in a half leatherette case. $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #92411 Very rare war date carte view of Confederate General George E. Pickett. Wonderful vignette view of the general dressed in his splendid grey, double breasted frock. He is shown here wearing non-regulation collar rank but the three stars shown surrounded by a wreath clearly indicate his elevated rank.  The general is of course most remembered for the failed assault on the Union center at Cemetery Ridge during the final day's fight at Gettysburg known as "Pickett's Charge". This view bears the very desirable Vannerson & Jones, Richmond back mark. There is an old ink inscription on the reverse reading "George E. Pickett Maj. Genl., C.S.A.". Rounded corners on this one from being housed in album at one time. One small spot of paper loss on the reverse from a piece of applied tape at one time. Very small nick next to his left ear otherwise a fine example. Views of the general are hard to come by in any condition. Very nice view! $600.00 SOLD!

Item #22167 Killer sixth plate ambrotype of a very angry looking Louisiana rebel. He stands dressed in this splendid grey frock with a rounded skirt and dark collar. A thin leather waist belt is worn with a single roller buckle. Armed with a Colt revolver and a seldom seen Sharp's 4-barrel pocket pistol. This fantastic Confederate manufactured tin drum canteen in worn on the hip hanging off the shoulder by a very heavy duty canteen sling. The cork stopper can clearly be seen sticking out of the spout. A silver star and crescent badge which is associated with New Orleans is worn pinned high up on the breast. While this subject is not identified he possibly a member of the 7th Louisiana Infantry. The regiment would be raised from men recruited from New Orleans, Baton Rouge and others and men from that regiment are known to have worn this identical badge. It does have a crack through the plate running horizontally across the bottom portion but it has been professionally restored and remains solid. The content and quality of the images far outweighs the fracture in my opinion. Fantastic view from a state that doesn't come up to often. Housed in a full leatherette case. $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #90333 Beautiful pair of sixth plate images of a Georgia reb and his wife. Outstanding view of this triple armed rebel outfitted for a long march. A very determined pose as he stares intently into the camera while gripping his musket. He is dressed in a grey frock and matching trousers. In February, 1861 the Adjutant General issued General Orders No. 4 which established the uniform regulation for the infantry regiments. Non-commissioned officers and enlisted men were to be issued frock coats and pants made of "Georgia Cadet gray" cloth with black cord trim located on the collar and black three-pointed sleeve patches. A matching gray cap is also worn with the letters "HG" pinned to the front. This soldier most likely was part of the "Home Guards" which made up Company D of the 3rd Georgia infantry as this uniform was only issued to a handful of early units that made up the Georgia Army. Ready to march, he is shown which his newly issued knapsack strapped across his chest and a cloth blanket rolled up on top. A silver handled Sheffield knife is tucked into his belt along with a small revolver. His wife is shown wearing this wonderful dress with the collar and cuffs trimmed in white lace and the mid section adorned with these silk fringed tassels. A large brooch is worn at the neck which shows a hooded figure with a staff leading a small child by the hand. It appears to possibly be a depiction of Jesus. Wonderful pair of views which very nice clarity. These do come housed in a double sided thermoplastic case. $4000.00 SOLD!

Item #28812 Rare carte view identified as Lafayette W. Bush of the 44th Tennessee Infantry. Lafayette would originally muster as a corporal in the 55th Tennessee Infantry in January, 1862. The 55th would be consolidated with 44th Tennessee in April of that year to form the 44th Consolidated Tennessee Infantry. This was due to the fact that just prior the 44th had been engaged at Shiloh. Of the 470 men sent into the battle, only a 120 would be present at roll call two days later. They would be heavily engaged once again at Murfreesboro where they would lose 174 out of 509 engaged. Another 113 would be lost at Chickamauga. The regiment would see significant action throughout the war starting with Fort Donelson. Shiloh would follow. Lafayette would continue to fight at Perryville, Stones River and numerous others. On September 29, 1864 Lafayette would enter into the fray at Fort Harrison, Virginia. It would however be his last fight. He would be killed in action here. This view shows Lafayette dressed in this very worn out commutation jacket. Several buttons are missing, There are holes worn in the cuff's of his sleeves and worn of the cloth shoulder tabs has torn loose and hangs at the shoulder. The Tennessee State Library and Archives holds an identical carte view of Lafayette which is housed in their collection. This view has an old pencil inscription on the reverse reading "Lafayette Bush killed in battle during Civil War". This view also bears a very desirable Virginia back mark by Vannerson. Very rare view. $1350.00 SOLD!

Item #46555 Beautiful sixth plate tintype of this unidentified Louisiana officer. Dressed in this splendid dark, double breasted frock. He wears the rank of 2nd lieutenant which can be seen on the collar with the corresponding rank shown on the sleeve. A matching dark cap is worn with the crown slouched forward and a small brass pelican pinned to the top. Super, nice clear image. Housed in a half leatherette case. $2350.00 SOLD!

Item #11321 Superb sixth plate ambrotype of this triple armed reb sporting a rare Hall carbine. More than likely a Tennessee trooper dressed in this frock with the collar and cuffs trimmed. Sporting this wonderful wheel cap. A leather belt is worn with double roller buckles shown. A small and outdated pocket pistol is tucked into his belt with a larger and more practical revolver tucked into the belt on the opposite hip. He is posed with this fantastic view of a M1843 Hall carbine which rests on his shoulder. Very seldom seen carbine with a fantastic view of the action on this one. This one is a bit on the light side as you can see but a rare view of this seldom seen carbine. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $3700.00 SOLD!

Item #79800 Early sixth plate ambrotype of a young rebel soldier posed with a small First National Confederate parade flag. This young blue eyed rebel sits dressed in a grey military frock. The cap appears to have been a light blue or perhaps grey in color. The top two buttons of the frock have been left open and a small parade flag is tucked into the jacket. The tinting on the flag has faded some but the red top and bottom bar are visible with the white bar located in the center. A small circle of stars has been added as well making this the First National Flag of the Confederacy. This is believed to have been a Georgia photographer as the few identified images photographed with this small parade flag have all been from Georgia. Some solarization to this one but you don't see these images with the small Confederate flag very often. Housed in a leatherette case. Neat image. $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #83281 Superb quarter plate tintype of this early war Illinois volunteer. Dressed in one of the grey uniforms which many of the early volunteers from the state would receive. He wears the grey, 8 button jacket issued to the men which featured cloth shoulder tabs and a rounded front. He is also shown wearing the matching grey trousers and blue cap known to have been issued to Illinois troops. The trousers appear to have been recently issued as you can still see the crease down the face of the pant leg. By 1862 the Federal government would take over supplying Illinois troops with the standard blue infantry uniform and this uniform would no longer be seen. This soldier wears the rank of corporal evident by the very rudimentary field chevrons worn on the sleeve. The classic Illinois drum canteen is worn over the shoulder with the multi-colored linen strap. A US waist belt is worn which he has on upside down. His cap box is worn as well as his empty bayonet scabbard. Posed with his musket held at his side. This is a really superb example of this uniform which is consistently  misidentified as a reb. Housed in a beautiful full thermoplastic case. SOLD!

Item #38332 Very rare sixth plate ambrotype by Richmond photographer Charles Rees of Captain Digges Poynor from Brunswick County, Virginia. Named after his father, Digges would join the famed Virginia Military Institute on July 24, 1856. A very adept student he would graduate 4th in his class of 41 just prior to the outbreak of war on July 4, 1860. Following his graduation from V.M.I., Digges would be appointed as Drill Master at Fort Powhatan during the spring of 1861. Not long after hostilities commenced he would head to Alabama to take a position with the University of Alabama. There he would be commissioned a captain and work as a the Professor of Tactics at the University of Alabama for the duration of the war. Not content to sit in the classroom he would also lead the Alabama Corps of Cadets into the field on numerous occasions. Following the war Digges would remain in Eutaw, Alabama for the remainder of his life working as a lawyer, teacher and farmer. He grave resides in the Mesopotamia Cemetery in Eutaw following his death in April, 1916. This view shows Digges dressed in this exquisite double breasted grey frock with the collar and cuffs trimmed in light blue. The rank of captain visible on the collar. He also sports this wonderful light blue chasseur cap. This one is signed by Rees with just a simple "R" which he did on occasion rather than the full last name. The image is identified by a period inscription located inside the case behind the image and is also accompanied by a signed letter from a descendant. Rare view. $5500.00 SOLD!

Item #28690 Outstanding quarter plate ambrotype of this dashing Federal officer. This one came out of southern Ohio. Seated pose of this unidentified officer dressed in a tailored frock and wearing the rank of captain. Magnificently clear image. An eagle waist belt is worn over his sash while he cradles his sword in his lap. Sporting this superb M1851 Hardee hat with large embroidered infantry insignia worn on the front of the hat and this wonderful ostrich plume pinned to the side. It looks like possibly the numeral "9" in the center of the infantry horn. He makes for quite the dashing officer. I have thus far been unsuccessful in identifying this officer. Housed in a full case. Just a stunningly beautiful image! $1350.00 SOLD!

Item #23989 Absolutely fantastic quarter plate tintype which appears to show an entire company photographed during winter quarters. There most be at least 50 men photographed in this view. There's so much going on in this view it's almost impossible to describe all of the intricate details. A number of men are shown holding axes. Perhaps taking a break from constructing the log hut shown in the back ground. The photographer apparently caught the group of men during chow time as quite a few are shown holding their tin cups and plates. A young boy who appears to be about 10 years old sits in the front row dressed in his uniform. Perhaps the drummer for the company. Just about every manner of clothing can be seen worn here. The hills off in the distance are obscured by either fog or perhaps smoke from the countless camp fires that come with a large encampment. A rickety log hut stands behind the men if not only barely. Looks to be quite a structure with plenty of holes in it to let the wind blow through it instead of blowing it over. Quite a spectacular image. Housed in a full thermoplastic case with the unique convex cover glass. $2700.00 SOLD!

Item #47654 Sixth plate tintype of an unidentified member of the 4th Virginia Infantry, "Liberty Hall Volunteers". Wonderful view of this soldier dressed in the distinctive blouse worn by members of this unit. Wearing the unit's grey wool blouse with a false pockets located on either side of the breast. Both the pockets and facing of the blouse were trimmed in black. There is a nice example located in the LOC of an identified soldier from this unit dressed in the blouse as well. These guys would take a hell of a beating during the war. They would lose 49% of the men engaged at Chancellorsville and another 50% in their next battle of Gettysburg. Super nice view. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #55732 Super little ninth plate ambrotype of a reb sporting this unique uniform. Dressed in a grey jacket with the collar and face of the jacket trimmed in black cloth tape. The jacket also features false shoulder bars, each adorned with a Virginia button and a small slash pocket located at the mid section. Large Virginia buttons run down the front of the jacket while a rectangular 1850's eagle militia plate is worn around the waist. A matching grey cap with a lower band of black completes the ensemble. This uniform has been identified to the "Chesterfield Central Guards" who made up Company D of the 14th Virginia Infantry. A second image is known of this same soldier held in another private collection which shows him dressed in this identical uniform with the exception of the initials "C C G" pinned to the front of his cap. A scan of that image will be included with the sale for reference. The 14th Virginia would fight in a number of significant battles including Gettysburg where the regiment lost over a quarter of the 422 men that went into the battle. Great little image with this very unique uniform. Housed in a half leatherette case. $1000.00 SOLD!

Item #90265 Beautiful ninth plate ambrotype identified as private B. B. Brockenbrough of Virginia. This one was purchased directly from the family located in the Shenandoah Valley. He would muster with the 9th Virginia Cavalry at the end of January, 1863. The young horse soldier is shown here dressed in a British imported grey, greatcoat and cape. Seldom seen in Confederate images. The 9th Virginia would fight with the Army of Northern Virginia in some of the wars most significant battles. Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and a dozen more. At wars end they would surrender with 1 officer and 26 men. Brockenbrough appears to have been suffering from illness for a good part of his enlistment throughout 1863 and 64'. He is shown absent or sick on 3 separate occasions during the first year and a half. He was however present when the final role was taken in October, 1864. Super nice image housed in a half leatherette case. $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #44644 Killer triple armed sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman! Rare view of this horseman armed with a Sharps Carbine. Don't see carbine images to often and rarely do they give such an excellent view of the firearm as shown here. Dressed in a state issue service jacket and wearing his blue kepi. Crystal clear M1851 eagle waist belt is worn. He apparently likes to live dangerously as this fellow sports a Colt Navy tucked into his belt with the hammer cocked. Brandishing his heavy cavalry saber for the camera as well. Nice, clear image. You can see some rub marks there on the stock of his carbine where it's been rubbing up against his saddle. Some moderate solarization to this one but carbine images are quite seldom seen. Great view of this cavalryman armed to the teeth and looking for a fight! Housed in a leatherette case. $3500.00 SOLD!

Item #89975 Extremely rare carte view of the National flag for the 2nd Wisconsin Infantry who served as part of the Iron Brigade. This view of the flag was photographed after the Battle of Gettysburg and shows the damage from the hell storm that the 2nd Wisconsin would weather during the battle. The flag was carried into battle by Philo Wright of Company C. Philo had just been promoted to first sergeant and was tasked with carrying the colors just days before the battle on June 30, 1863. He had previously been severely injured during the Battle of Second Bull Run. After his recovery he was offered a position as a surgeon's aid but turned it down in order to return to his regiment. The 2nd Wisconsin entered the battle with only 300 men remaining out of the 1000 that had left the state two years earlier. As the regiment arrived at Gettysburg on July 1 it was immediately ordered to run over a mile across the battlefield to McPherson's Ridge and hold that point at all costs. Philo and the men of the 2nd Wisconsin slammed into Archer's Brigade pushing the rebels back capturing hundreds of rebels including General Archer himself. The 2nd Wisconsin would not survive the fight unscathed. Philo himself was shot through the leg which split his thigh bone. Two more minie balls passed though his cap. He had flesh wounds on both arms and the flag staff was shot in two and the socket was shot off. As he fell to the ground with the flag he looked around for the men of his color guard in order to hand the flag off. There were none to be found. All 8 had been shot down. He eventually handed the colors off to a man in Company H and then began to crawl his way across the battlefield. Philo eventually came to a small farm house and crawled inside only to find it full of wounded men. One of the men was sergeant Spencer Train who was Philo's tent mate. As the battle raged and the Confederate lines closed in on the farm house most of the wounded men fled to avoid capture. Train had been to badly wounded to move any further. Wright would not leave his friends side and as shot and shell began to riddle the house the pair found a latch to the cellar of the house and crawled in. They would remain there all night and were awoken the next morning by foot steps on the floor above. Unsure if the men above were friend or foe, the pair needed desperate help and Philo called out to the men above. Luckily the men above proved to be pickets from a New Jersey regiment. Philo and Spencer were loaded into separate ambulances and parted ways. Spencer would succumb to his wounds on August 12th. Surgeons attempted to amputate Wright's leg but he adamantly refused. He would manage to survive and was later discharged for a disability of may 25, 1864. Philo would settle in Grand Rapids, Michigan after the war and work as doctor and surgeon. His bullet riddled cap from the battle is currently held at the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. The 2nd Wisconsin had effectively been annihilated during the fight. On the evening of July 1 atop Cemetery Hill only 34 men remained. In Wright's company only 1 officer and 2 men remained. This one is back marked by the Whitehurst Gallery of Washington. Extremely rare view. $900.00 SOLD!

Item #92654  Beautiful silver id shield belonging to Barney Shanker of the 26th Kentucky Infantry. Barney would muster with Company F in October, 1861. He would re-enlist in January 1864 and that April Barney would transfer into Co. B. This one dates to sometime after his re-enlistment. Inscribed on the front "B. Shanker Co. B. 26 Ky V.V.I." The regiment would see heavy fighting at Shiloh and took a small part in the battles of Corinth and Perryville. After their re-enlistment they would become a mounted unit and served in the protection of Kentucky. They would see action in a number of other engagements including the Battle of Nashville in which they took part in the charge on Hood's Army. This one shows lots of wear from continuous use. One small push up at the top. Still retains the pin on the reverse as well. Now this one does still come in the original box from the jeweler that Shanker purchased this tag from which you never see! Beautiful piece. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #90243 Very desirable carte view of Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson. Wonderful profile view of the general by Vannerson & Jones of Richmond. You can see the faint out line of an albumen page on this one in which it was housed for many, many years. Neat little period pencil inscription on this one which reads, "The Idol of his Country" across the top. Along the bottom is written, "Genl. Stonewall Jackson C.S.A Died May 10th, 1863". A little foxing otherwise fine. Pretty neat little view. $350.00 SOLD!

Item #97812 Wonderful sixth plate Neff's Patent melainotype identified as private John Emmet Wilson of Alabama. Wonderful view of this rebel soldier. John would serve with Co. D. of the 42nd Alabama Infantry after a handful of regiments were consolidated forming the regiment during the spring of 1862. The regiment would see their first action at Corinth where they would suffer a casualty rate of nearly 50%. During late 1862 and into early 1863 John and the men of the 42nd would be sent to Vicksburg to form part of the garrison positioned there. He would be counted among the unfortunate number of men who fell into Union hands when Vicksburg fell in July, 1863. Paroled 6 days later he would rejoin the regiment only to be captured again a little over a year later on July 6, 1864 near Atlanta. After his capture he would be sent to a Union prison in Louisville. From there he would be transferred to Camp Chase, Ohio and then to Point Lookout. John would be paroled in mid March, 1865. He would go on to live a long, healthy life passing in 1922. John is shown here dressed in this peppered grey or butternut jacket with the front and collar trimmed in a very thin black cord. Two very large pockets are located on either side of the mid section while sporting this fantastic large black felt hat. A lock of braided red hair resides in the case along with the image. This one was obtained directly from the family by the previous owner and is accompanied by a signed letter attesting to it's authenticity and lineage. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $3300.00 SOLD!

Item #17983 Rare quarter plate tintype of a unidentified sharpshooter. He is dressed in this unique great coat and cape which was specifically worn by members of Berdan's Sharpshooters. Constructed of grey felt cloth and edged in green cloth tape. It was completely seamless and designed to be entirely waterproof. These were issued very early on during the sharpshooters initial start up. They did however see very limited use. They would become very stiff once they got wet and Berdan didn't care for the grey color as it looked to similar to Confederate uniforms and so they went by the way side. Underneath the coat is worn a four button sack coat. He does appear to be wearing the traditional green trousers the sharpshooters were noted for. A US waist belt is worn along with a cap box. A Smith & Wesson is tucked into his belt and he has a small knife sticking out between the buttons on his sack coat. Very seldom do you see these coats. This is only the second one I have ever owned. It does come housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #28991 Outstanding sixth plate tintype of a pair of yanks acting out a scene for the camera. This yank has apparently captured himself a rebel prisoner and holds him at gun point to prevent his escape. Dressed in full Federal regalia this infantryman stands next to his foe with is hand on his neck with is revolver pointed directly at his face. Gun safety? Never heard of it.. His prisoner sits in a camp chair dressed in an elaborate shirt and light trousers. Presumably to give the impression of a Confederate soldier. His head is slightly blurred as he wheels around in surprise at his unexpected capture. Wonderful view. Don't see these types of scenes very often. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. Killer image! $2250.00 SOLD!

Item #28954 Beautifully clear ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a Confederate infantryman giving the camera a steely eyed glare.. Dressed in a grey jacket with the collar trimmed in black. A row of large domed buttons line the front of the jacket. There is one button which lies under the mat that was not gilded over. It does appear to be a Virginia button but I am not 100% positive. Sporting a dark cap with brass letters " C G" pinned to the front. Two large buttons are on either side of the cap and these do appear to be Virginia buttons as well. There were a number of regiments from Virginia with those initials unfortunately. Armed with his musket which he displays for the camera with the hammer cocked. Extremely clear image. So much so you can clearly see the weave of the jean cloth the jacket was made from. Housed in a full leatherette case. Super reb image. $1900.00 SOLD!

Item #89121 Fantastic ninth plate tintype of a Tarheel rebel infantryman. Dressed in a grey jacket trimmed with black cloth shoulder tabs. He wears this fantastic grey, wide brimmed felt cap which you often see among worn among North Carolina troops. A US waist plate is worn around the outside of the jacket. A common accouterment seen worn by Confederate troops. He's armed with a revolver that he holds across his mid section with the hammer cocked and his finger on the trigger. Down right sweet little image! This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #89132 Magnificent carte view of Colonel John W. Hinsdale of the 72nd North Carolina Infantry. Hinsdale would begin the war in 1861 serving as a 2nd lieutenant in the 8th North Carolina Infantry and would serve as an aide de camp on the staff of his uncle Brigadier General T. H. Holmes up until January, 1862. Following his service with Holmes he would next serve as Adjutant-General on the staff of Brigadier General J. J. Pettigrew. After Pettigrew's capture Hinsdale would serve in the same capacity with Brigadier General W. D. Pender. In June, 1862 Hinsdale would be severely wounded during a charge upon enemy works at the Battle of Seven Pines. Following his recovery he would join his uncle once more serving as Adjutant-General in the Trans-Mississippi Department. Here he would fight with distinction during the Battle of Helena. He would serve along side Holmes until January, 1865. It was then that he was elected colonel of the North Carolina 3rd Regiment, Junior Reserves. Hinsdale would command the regiment during the battles of both Kinston and Bentonville but was forced to surrender along side General Johnston at High Point near the end of the war. This is a beautiful vignette view of Hinsdale taken during his time serving as a lieutenant. There are a number of various view of Hinsdale out there. Nice clear view which is absolutely mint. Wonderful back mark on this one as well from Watson's Photographic & Fine Arts Studio located in Raleigh, North Carolina. Super sharp looking carte! $650.00 SOLD!

Item #21761 Wonderful sixth plate tintype of Jackson Lyon of the 64th New York Infantry. Jackson would muster with Co. D. in mid August, 1862. In mid April, 1863 he would be promoted to drum major. This view dates to sometime after that as he wears the rank of drum major here. Extremely rare view of this rank. You almost never see it. He is posed holding his cap in his hand with the crown decorated in braid and a wonderful 2nd Corps, 1st Division badge pinned to the top. If you like insignia this one has it! Jackson would serve up until the regiment was mustered out of service at the end of May, 1865. The 64th would fight in every major battle in which the Army of the Potomac was engaged. Nearly 20 battles in all. Fantastic view and a very rare image to boot! This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #68777 Certainly one of the more unique and interesting views I have had over the years. This is a sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal soldier seated and holding a cannonball in his lap. Looks like probably a 3 pound solid shot. Dressed in a sack coat and sporting his kepi. I'm guessing he was probably part of a gun crew. Possibly in charge of the limber and who's job it was to retrieve whichever round was being called for. Extremely unique to say the least and quite rare as I have never seen such content before. Pretty killer image and probably the only one you will ever find. Housed in a full leatherette case with a split spine. $775.00 SOLD!

Item #78231 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. Beautifully tinted view of this Federal cavalryman from either Merrill's Horse Cavalry or the 3rd Ohio Cavalry. Both units wore jackets with this distinctive diamond pattern. I tend to think this horseman was probably from the 3rd Ohio as Merrill's men were issued grey caps rather than the blue seen here. Regardless it is a stunning portrait with beautiful color. Housed in a full patriotic thermoplastic case. $475.00 SOLD!

Item #89341 Sixth plate ambrotype of this Confederate officer. Possibly from the state of Alabama. Dressed in this dark blue frock which appears to be based off the Federal infantry frock. The cuffs and collar are trimmed in light blue just like the Federal frock but feature a broader cloth tape than that seen on the Federal version. Light blue shoulder boards are worn but of a much more crude fashion than that of their Federal counterparts. The front of the jacket bears what appears to be 9 large eagle buttons while the waist belt in just a polished, plain brass plate with no features. The butt of a pistol can be seen poking out from his side. He also sports a grey cap with a thin band of leather running around the base of the cap. This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $2750.00 SOLD!

Item #90211 Ninth plate ambrotype of this fearsome rebel soldier armed with an incredibly massive D-Guard bowie knife. Probably from the Trans-Mississippi area. Dressed in this grey wool "battleshirt" front in what was probably a red cloth strip. He rests this enormous knife on his shoulder. That blade is as wide as his hand and I'm sure weighed every bit of 10 pounds. Just a classic rebel view with the iconic rebel D-Guard! $3300.00 SOLD

Item #89719 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype. Condition wise they don't come much nicer. These two men are Louis and Ludwig Reifsteck of Missouri. The two brothers are handsomely dressed in grey greatcoats and sporting red caps. Which brother is which I'm not exactly sure but a little research could answer that question as one brother is noticably taller than the other. One brother sports a buff white two-piece waist belt with his sash tied around the waist. The scabbard hangs at his side for the ornamental sword which he shoulders. The other wears a US waist belt with a shiney new cap box and an empty bayonet scabbard. A small pocket knife which he has unfolded and open is tucked into his belt. The two brothers would head off to war together serving in the Gasconade Missouri Home Guard which would morph into the 4th Missouri Infantry. The regiment was made up almost entirely by German immigrants. This view probably dates to around that time as the unit was raised during the winter of 1861 and early part of January, 1862. About one of the nicest ambro's you will ever own. This one comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1200.00 SOLD!

Item #22298 Absolutely stunning quarter plate ruby ambrotype of an early Rhode Island volunteer. Identified as David A. Sheldon of the 4th Rhode Island Infantry. Sheldon would enlist with Co. B of the 4th Rhode Island in September, 1861. He would serve with the regiment throughout it's term and re-enlist in January, 1864. That October, Sheldon would transfer into the 7th Rhode Island Infantry and work as a teamer on detached service at the Corps Headquarters. In February he would return to his regiment and eventually be mustered out along with the rest of his company. This view dates to his service with the 4th. He is dressed in the classic Rhode island blouse and sports a wonderful M1851 Hardee hat which dwarf's his head. Infantry insignia is pinned to the front with the numeral "4" in it's center. Below are brass insginia "R I V". I have had a couple views from this regiment taken at this studio. I believe this was probably taken while the regiment was encamped at either Camp Sprague or Camp Casey in the northern suburbs of Washington. The regiment would spend two months there starting in October, 1861 performing drills, parades and reviews. Just a stunning view with beautiful tinting. This one still retains all of the original seals as well. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. Love that hat brass!! $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #22621 Absolutely wonderful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of this Confederate infantryman. Probably an officer I would presume. Mississippi or Louisiana would be my guess. He definitely has that Creole appearence. Dressed in this 8 button grey frock with a large breast pocket cut on an angle. You can see where he had a large tear in the flap of the jacket there by his thigh and it was repaired. Matching grey trousers and this fantastic grey felt cap which he holds in his lap. Wearing a two piece interlocking waist plate. It's either an eagle or a pelican on the front. I believe it's a M1845 two piece eagle militia plate but I'm not entirely certain. Both the buttons and face of the plate are heavily gilded. His hand rests on an early militia sword positioned at his side. One small blemish by his face but otherwise a killer image! Housed in a full leatherette case. $3200.00 SOLD!

Item #89119 Beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype! Probably a Western Theater cavalryman. He casually wears a four button sack coat over a heavy wool overshirt and a nice, big silk cravat. Wonderful head piece with this brimmed, black felt slouch cap. Around the waist he wears a M1851 eagle waist belt with a cap box just visible. Although not an artilleryman he's headed into battle with two big cannons! He sports a pair of rare Remington-Beals Navy revolvers in .36 caliber. This is a wonderful, crystal clear image. Nary a scratch on this one either. It comes housed in a half leatherette case. Wonderful view of this revolver. $1395.00 SOLD! 

Item #89121 Beautiful and rare carte view of the "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock" Robert Henry Hendershott. Dubbed the "Drummer Boy of the Rappahannock" after reportedly volunteering to cross the Rappahannock into Fredericksburg during the onset of the battle. Although his claim to fame came into scrutiny following the war. He was 13 at the time of the supposed exploit into the Fredericksburg battle. He was eventually discharged for epilepsy. Regardless of whether or not he actually took part in the crossing of the Rappahannock he became a national celebrity and toured both the country and France. During that time he pose for a number of different views. This view dates to his time in Poughkeepsie, New York following his 8 week stint peforming with P.T. Barnum's Museum. The Eastman Business College located in Poughkeepsie had rewarded Hendershott with a scholarship for his heroism. He was however not a very likeable person according to most accounts and known to exaggerate his stories if not fabricate them completely. Robert is shown here dressed in this elaborate uniform and posed with his drum. He holds his drumsticks with his arm resting on the drum next to his cap. Two US flags present a very patriotic scene of this famed drummer boy. This one is front marked by C. Gullman of Poughkeepsie. Great and rare view. $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #78791 Beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype staright out of the Shenandoah Valley. This image originated from the estate of Grace Emeline Brubaker of New Market. The daughter of John William Brubaker and Sallie Bushong Brubaker. Sallie's grandparents Anderson M. Bushong and Elizabeth A. Swartz were the owned the farm where the Battle of New Market took place. It is thought that this is possibly an early war view of Daniel R. Brubaker who served in the Dixie Light Artillery although more research is needed to confirm that. Seated pose dressed in a very course grey, wool suit and sporting this wonderful D-Guard bowie. This is a classic view by Charles Rees of Richmond however it is not signed. He did do a small number of ruby ambrotypes although I have only seen a few. Wonderful crystal clear view without a mark on this one. Just a beautiful view. This one does come with some paperwork on the family and the estate from which this wa sold. Housed in a full leatherette case. SOLD!

Item #56764 Killer ninth plate ambrotype of Federal cavalry sergeant. Seated with his arms and legs crossed he strikes this very defiant pose. It looks as though the artist took some liberty in adding the sergeants stripes as he doesn't appear to be actually wearing the rank on his sleeve. Sporting a McDowell pattern cap with cavalry insignia pinned to the front. And how about that flag used as the backdrop! Doesn't get much more patriotic than that! This is the first example I have seen with this flag used as the back drop. Crystal clear image and what a great look! This one comes housed in a full, gold embossed leatherette case. $900.00 SOLD!

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 SOLD!

Item #68791 Absolutely killer and rare view of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. Most certainly one of kind. Rare from life view of Booth leaning against a pedestal taken in the Rhode island studio of Black & Case. This is one of the more rare views taken during this sitting. What makes this view even more rare is the fact that somebody has taken an ink pen and drew a noose around Booth's neck. The reverse was then inscribed "Booth the Assassin". The tax stamp on the reverse dates the image to just 5 days after Lincoln's assassination and the depiction of Booth hanging from a noose gives a very clear idea as to the sentiment of many at the time. Extremely rare and intriguing view. Absolutely mint condition as well. $1100.00 SOLD!

Item #90987 Drop dead beautiful sixth plate tintype of a Federal infantryman identified as Louis Norquist of the 57th Illinois Infantry. Beautiful view. Absolutely flawless and crystal clear. Sporting a brand new frock Louis sits with his hand across his breast and piercing blue eyes. Norquist would enlist with Co. D. on Christmas Day, 1861. The 57th would have their baptism by fire just months later at Shiloh and it was a hell of a baptism. They would lose 187 officers and men during the engagement. Louis would manage to survive all three years of the regiments service despite the regiments participation in numerous engagements. Louis would see his last day as an infantryman on December 26th, 1865 when he would be mustered out. One of the clearest tintypes I have seen. This one comes housed in a half leatherette case. $295.00 SOLD!

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

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

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

Item #22177 Beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified member of the 7th Tennessee Cavalry. Dressed in quite the uniform. He wears a jacket made entirely out of velvet with white lace herring bone trim and two rows of eagle buttons. The jacket is also trimmed with white shoulder bars made out of the same white lace. A large silk cravat completes the look. While he is not identified the uniform is well documented as having been worn by the 7th Tennessee. It most likely dates to the spring or early summer of 1862 when the regiment was initially raised. They would see action at Franklin, Nashville, Alabama and in and around Tennessee. Beautiful image and housed in a full thermoplastic case. SOLD!

Item #67213 Absolutely immaculate sixth plate ruby ambrotype! Beautiful view of this rebel soldier straight out of South Carolina. He's dressed in what I tend to think was a green frock. The collar and cuffs are trimmed with white facings fringed in lace. The buttons are for the most part gilded over but if you look close enough there's no doubt those are palmetto trees gracing the front of those buttons! He wears a very unique belt which is hand stitched with a zig zag pattern and crosses. There is an oval belt plate present which is turned off to his side out of view. A small caliber holstered revolver is also present. I think South Carolina probably had more variations of uniforms than any other state! This image is a 10 out of 10 as far as condition is concerned. Flawless in every regard! It does come housed in a mint full thermoplastic case as well. $2350.00 SOLD!

Item #68777 Sixth plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. This rebel officer sits dressed in a service jacket with the rank of 2nd lieutenant. Matching blue trousers with a wide seam running down the trouser leg. His slouch cap rests on the table with the brim pinned up with a 5 pointed star. More than likely one of the handful of Texas regiments of Hood's Brigade that were assembled in Richmond during the summer of 1861 including the famed 1st Texas Infantry. This one did in fact come out of Kaufman, Texas so his ties to a Texas regiment during the early stages of the war are highly probable. This one is unsigned by Rees but has all of his hallmarks. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. Beautiful image. $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #57654 Killer ninth plate ambortype! More than likely this dashing soldier was a member of the 1st or 2nd Virginia Cavalry. There are several known views attributed to these units dressed exactly in this same manner. Early on Virginia subscribed the the U.S. Army's 1858 uniform regulations consisting of dark blue uniforms and Hardee hats. This cavalryman is wearing the Hardee hat of all Hardee hats! Page 107 of "Confederate Faces in Color" has an identically dressed Virginian from the 1st Virginia Cavalry. This one is inscribed behind the image inside the case "Staunton 1861". Beautiful view of this reb cavalryman! SOLD!

Item #47563 Absolutely killer ninth plate ambrotype of a North Carolina rebel troop. Stunning view. He is unidentified however that is a back drop associated with North Carolina. This soldier sits dressed in a grey jacket of very light construction. The jacket is trimmed in a light blue tape which runs down the front of the jacket, along the cuffs and collar with dual, pointed breast pockets. He is armed with a comb which he has tucked into his breast pocket and a rather intimidating Bowie knife. A rather dashing looking fellow with his bowler style felt cap with one side pinned up what was probably a North Carolina button turned into a hat pin. Exceptional image! SOLD! 

Item #29289 Simply beautiful sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal cavalry trooper seated with his young daughter. Dressed in his cavalry jacket he cradles the child in his lap while she grasps onto his finger. Perhaps as a reminder for her later in life should he not return. Absolutely pristine view of this steely eyed horse soldier. In a short matter of time he would be engaged in the life and death struggle of war yet here he displays the delicate touch of a loving father to his young child. Wonderful and poignant view. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1300.00 SOLD!

Item #80561 Extremely rare Confederate Recipe Book. Not to many of these left. These were produced in Richmond by West & Johnson in 1863. It's titled "RECEIPT BOOK" but contains recipes and other useful tips to help those living in the south as well as soldiers in camp cope with the tightening blockade and shortage of every day items. There are a total of 28 pages bound in dotted wallpaper. There are a number of helpful tips included and instructions on how to make "Confederate candles". Instructions on how to make medical remedies, a number of beer recipes, how to substitute acorns for use in making coffee, instructions for making catsup, apple pie without the apples and how to make bread rise without using yeast to name a few. One of my favorites are instructions on how to cure a felon. To cure thirst while on the march it instructs soldiers to put a couple coffee beans in the mouth. Quite an interesting piece and incredibly rare! $800.00 SOLD!

Item #29978 Outstanding pair of sixth plate ruby ambrotypes of a couple of good ole Tennessee boys. These originated out of the same estate and I would presume they are brothers based on the similar facial appearance. The first image shows an officer dressed in the blue uniform issued to Tennessee state troops early in 1861. This uniform was later replaced by the grey/butternut uniform see in the bottom view towards the end of 1861. He is dressed in wonderful new blue jacket with cuff trim and his M1851 sword belt plate worn. This is probably one of the most exceptional ambrotypes I have ever seen. The quality is phenomenal. The second image shows an infantryman dressed in this grey frock and matching grey trousers with a black stripe down the trouser seem. He wears a simple frame buckle and his cartridge box with the breast plate removed. You can see the two slits in the sling where the breast plate was attached at one time. He's armed with a imported French musket and wears this great felt slouch cap. The image of the officer is simply identified behind the case with the initials "E.E.P". Initial research has found only one officer from Tennessee serving which matches those initials. Lieutenant Edward Elam Pate formerly of the 1st Tennessee Infantry which in turn became the 27th Tennessee Infantry. Edward would fight at Shiloh and later be wounded and captured at Perryville. He would be swapped in a prisoner exchange at Vicksburg. He would go on to survive the war. Edward was accompanied in the fight by his brother James Franklin Pate who served in the 19th Tennessee Infantry beginning in June, 1861. Coincidentally members of the 19th Tennessee are known to have been wearing this exact uniform during the spring of 1862. They are also known to have been outfitted with a mix of converted muskets including French muskets like the one he holds here. The 19th Tennessee was also comprised from a number of men belonging to Meigs County. The very same county in which the Pate's were living at that time. I couldn't locate much information on James service however after his initial enlistment. It is known that the family gave away a number of items pertaining to Elam several years ago. His Southern Cross of Honor was found in a flea market not long ago. Superb image grouping that warrants further research. Both of these are housed in leatherette cases with a lock of hair behind each. $3800.00 SOLD!

Item #67530 Absolutely outstanding carte view of officers from the 19th Kentucky Infantry taken in camp. This would be at their encampment in Baton Rouge where they returned after the dismal failure of the Red River Campaign. They would remain here until being ordered back to Louisville for the purpose of being mustered out of service. Wonderful view of this encampment which looks to be within the town itself. The regiment remained here from May, 1864 until January, 1865. You can see numerous canvas tents with a white picket fence and more building's further to the rear. The large tent to the left looks to be possibly the mess hall. A number of muskets are stacked in the foreground along with the national and regimental colors. Off to the right are 8 officers from the regiment. The gentleman seated to the far left is General Albert Lindey Lee. Seated in the center is the colonel of the regiment Colonel William Jennings Landram who would receive a brevet to brig-general in March of 1865. I'm not sure who the other officers are but a little investigating could probably turn up the id's of most of them. Very nice tinting to this one with the flags and even then leaves on the tree's colored. Nice period ink id on the front of the page. This came from the personal album Nimrod Hendren who served as a corporal with the regiment. Just a killer carte view that I highly doubt you will ever find another of! $1000.00 SOLD!

Item #48989 Interesting carte view of a number of men and officers grouped around the opening to a large tent. This one is identified on the reverse in old period pencil as having been taken on Morris Island on October 6, 1863. In the center is a young man seated at a large field desk full of papers and ledgers and everything else one would expect to see. What's really neat is just above his head resting on top of the desk is a cased hard image of an officer holding his sword in front of him! He sits with pen in hand some report or other type of dictation. To his right an officer stands reading a book while being flanked by a sergeant. To the far left stands a soldier with some type of document held in his hand while another officer stands staring off into the distance. Each of the men has a corresponding number below him but there is no key identifying the men. An old period pencil id on the reverse reads, "home operations office Morris Island October 6, 1863" Rare and wonderful view. Back marked by Brady. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #57623 Beautiful sixth plate tintype identified as Richard H. McKaughan of the 16th Battalion North Carolina Cavalry. Richard's service originally started in the 7th Battalion Confederate Cavalry. That unit was later merged and became the 16th North Carolina Cavalry in the summer of 1864. They were active skirmishing with Federal troops in the eastern part of North Carolina and the vicinity of the James River. They were also active during the Appomattox Campaign in which Richard would be captured. Richard would fall into enemy hands at Dinwiddie Court house just 11 days before Lee's surrender at Appomattox. He would be sent to Hart's Island in New York Harbor and held as a POW until June 18, 1865 when he would sign the Oath of Allegiance and return home. Richard is dressed here in a Richmond Dept Type II jacket with the wooden buttons and a matching grey cap. The image is identified inside the case with his name and regiment info. This one is absolutely pristine and crystal clear. All around beautiful image! $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #28674 Sixth plate ambrotype identified as John W. Helms of Floyd, Virginia serving with the 24th Virginia Infantry. A former barkeeper, Helms mustered with Co. A known as the "Floyd Rifleman" in mid May, 1861. Sent to Lynchburg, Virginia on the 14th of May the men would be mustered into service for the term of one year while at Camp Davis which was located at the fairgrounds on Fifth Street two miles west of Lynchburg. He would serve a mere 4 months before being hospitalized at the Confederate General Hospital located at Charlottesville, Virginia with typhoid fever. Helms would remain hospitalized until December, 18th before returning to his unit. On the 10th of May of that following year Helms would receive a promotion to 3rd sergeant. That August, he would find himself on the field of battle at 2nd Manassas fighting in Kemper's Brigade. He would be wounded here on the 29th although the nature of that wound is unknown. Presumably the wound was slight as by October he is shown present for duty. Helms and the rest of the 24th spent the first part of 1863 recovering from the previous year's campaigns doing picket duty in parts of Virginia and North Carolina. That would all change of the 24th of June when the regiment packed up and headed north for what would become the wars most famous engagement. The Battle of Gettysburg. Here they would earn immortality on July 3rd as they marched across an open field which came to be known as Pickett's Charge. They would form the extreme right of Pickett's line taking and took a pummeling from Federal artillery positioned on Little Round Top. Despite taking terrible casualties members of the 24th were one of the few to actually reach the wall and make it over the top. They however paid the price losing 202 men during the failed attempt including Helms himself who was wounded during the charge. He would be sent home on furlough to recover from the wound and would not return until January of 1864. Near the end of February, 1864 Helms would transfer into Co. G. of the 21st Cavalry. He would serve here fighting in the Valley Campaigns of 1864 in the Shenandoah Valley and the battle of Five Forks. After his transfer his records go cold but he is shown on the rolls dated April 15, 1865. Helms is shown here dressed in a Richmond Depot Type II jacket with a black felt slouch cap resting on his knee. A pencil inscription written behind the image reads, "My Eliza ??? Keep this in remembrance of me J. W. Helms". Eliza was John's sister and in turn below the inscription she penciled "Yes I will my brother boy". This one does come housed in a full leatherette case along with his service records. $2250.00 SOLD!

Item #89811 Beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype of an unidentified member of the Mount Vernon Guards which would become the 17th Virginia Infantry in June, 1861. The company letter "D" pinned to the front of this individuals cap indicates that he belonged to "The Fairfax Rifles" which composed Co. D of the 17th Virginia. They were initially formed at the Fairfax Court House by Captain William H. Dulany in December, 1859 and were attached to the 60th Regiment Virginia Militia. On April 25, 1861 they were under the command of of Lieutenant William A. Barnes and moved to the barracks located on Prince Street near Fairfax Street. The 17th Virginia would go on to see action in no less than 24 engagements. From Bull Run to Appomattox and every where in between. Of the 733 men present for duty on June 30, 1861 only 46 would remain at their surrender at Appomattox. Only 4 men out of 76 would remain out of the Fairfax Rifles. This Johnny is dressed in a grey triple breasted frock with a plastron fronted shirt. The front is adorned with 3 rows of large eagle buttons with the same buttons present on the collar as well. Striped cuff trim can be seen just poking out under the mat. There is a photo attributed to the Mount Vernon Guards published in More Confederate Faces in which the subject is dressed in this identical uniform. Rare view of this Virginia regiment housed in a half leatherette case. $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #89132 Wonderful quarter plate mealinotype of this Federal soldier posed with his trusty mount. Beautiful clarity to this one. He stands along the horse in this view holding it by the bridle while intently staring into the lens. It's interesting that the photographer appears to have been higher than the subject he was photographing and is looking down on him. The soldier stands in muddy boots with a simple sack coat and a pork pie cap. He does wear a holstered revolver on his hip as well. Great view of that McClellan saddle resting on the horses back. In the back ground you can see a make shift fence with what appears to be a mattress draped over it and a small structure of some sort. This one is really sharp. It comes in a half leatherette case. $1100.00 SOLD!

Item #57721 Absolutely wonderful quarter plate ambrotype of two Confederate artilleryman from one of the Virginia Heavy Artillery batteries. I don't believe I have ever seen a pair of rebs posed in this manner before. It is certainly a unique and spectacular view. These two good time Charlie's sit dressed in grey double breasted frocks and trousers trimmed in red. One of the men has his cap resting in his lap with the letters "H A" pinned to the top. Unfortunately the numerical designation cannot be seen. The two sit each holding a glass full of wine with one of the men wrapping his arm around his fellow cohort preparing to top off his glass from a bottle. We see this type of scene played out often in images of Federal troops but I can't recall ever seeing such an example of Confederate troops doing so. Very unique content for sure. One of the men has an "X" scratched into the emulsion above his head. I would presume this was an indication he may not have survived the war. Unfortunately neither of the men are identified. Rare and wonderful gem! $3500.00 SOLD!

Item #68754 Fantastic carte view of Federal officers enjoying some refreshments outside of Petersburg. The men sit around a table with a number of bottles of alcohol resting on it's top and 3 glasses which are each half full. A pipe can also be seen laying on the table. Two of the men are relaxed in their chairs with their feet kicked up on a makeshift foot stool. A colored servant stands next to the table appearing to be in the process of popping the cork on another bottle of booze. As if the three bottles already on the table aren't enough. Seige work can be boring work apparently. Obviously these men were enjoying a much better time than their counterparts within the city. An old pencil inscription on the reverse identifies the scene "Taken behind yankee lines (1864) at Petersburg, VA". This one is by Brady. Pretty neat view. $295.00 SOLD!

Item #33376 Absolutely killer carte view! This one is labeled on the reverse in old period pencil as "Fortifications of Washington". I believe this may more accurately be members of the 4th New York Heavy Artillery taken at Fort Corcoran near Arlington Heights during the early part of 1862. The scene shows a six man crew standing ready at their gun with an officer leaning up against the powder shelter. The gun itself is a 24-pounder. The two forward gunners stand at the front of the gun ready to run the sponge down the gun's bore. Towards the rear of the gun you can see the two rear gunners with their handspikes in the correct "at rest" pose. The one standing on the far side of the gun has a white canvas pouch worn over his shoulder. I would assume it's probably the tube pouch which contained the friction-tubes and lanyards. The chief gunner stands at the rear of the gun in the act of stopping the vent. You can see he is wearing the gunners pouch as it is supposed to be on the right hip. The soldier at the far rear of the cannon probably had the job of fetching the cartridges from the powder magazine which the officer at left is resting against. This one is just a tad larger than your normal sized cdv. Wonderful view and by Brady no less. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #21991 Beautiful sixth plate ambrotype of a Federal cavalryman dressed in a brand spanking new uniform. Wonderful clarity to this image. I would assume this trooper was just outfitted with the new uniform and made a beeline straight to the photographer. He sits gazing out with piercing blue eyes and holding a stunning Hardee hat which rests in his lap. Cavalry insignia pinned to the front with the hat badge holding up the brim on one side and an ostrich plume on the other. Simple yet a very poignant view. This one does have the convex cover glass which you very seldom see. Housed in a full leatherette case. $800.00 SOLD!

Item #90078 Beautiful id tag belonging to Charles W. Kopke of the 24th New York Volunteer Cavalry. Charles enlisted with Co. D in late December, 1863 when the regiment was organized at Auburn, New York. Kopke would serve along side two of his brothers who also served in the 24th. They would see fighting at the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, North Anna, Totopotomy Creek, Cold Harbor and Bethesda Church. At Petersburg the 24th suffered some of the most severe losses of any regiment engaged losing losing 38 killed, 156 wounded and another 3 missing. Prior to that they had just lost another 84 at Cold Harbor. They would go on to fight in a dozen or more engagements before it was all said and done including the Appomattox Campaign. How Charles and both his brothers managed to all survive unscathed is a miracle. In July, 1865 the 24th consolidated with the 10th New York cavalry to become the 1st Provisional New York Cavalry. Charles would serve for another month before mustering out on August 19, 1865. This is an exceptional example. It retains about 95% of it's original gold wash. The opposite side features a bust of Abraham Lincoln. The other is stamped "CHA's W. KOPKE Co. D 24th N.Y. V. Cav. LANCASTER N.Y." It is then stamped "TO MY FATHER" as instructions to who it should be given if he were killed in battle. Very, very nice tag! $700.00 SOLD!

Item #68754 Probably two of the rarest and most exceptional carte views I have ever had the pleasure to have in. This is a matching pair of George and Martha Washington views. Each hand tinted by the grand daughter of George and Martha and wife to Confederate General Robert E. Lee, Miss Mary Custis Lee. Both have been hand tinted in vivid colors using water colors and colored pencil. They are both hand signed on the reverse by Mary Custis and were taken from the original oil portraits which hung at Mount Vernon and later at Arlington. The view of Mary was taken from the oil portrait which was painted by John Wollaston in 1757. This portrait now hangs in the Lee Chapel and Museum. The view of Washington was taken from the painting by Rembrandt Peale done in 1772. This is the earliest known view of Washington showing him dressed in his colonel's uniform while serving with the Virginia Regiment during the French and Indian Wars. This painting is also now held at the Lee Chapel. Both views are back marked by the famed Lee Gallery of Richmond and carry this red white and blue hallmark in brilliant color reminiscent of the Confederate flag. The view of Martha is inscribed in period ink, "Martha Washington from an original portrait by Wollastan that hung first at Mt. Vernon then at Arlington". The back of George's view reads, "George Washington from an original portrait in the provincial uniform by Rembrandt Peale". Each view is then sign by Mary. Quite possibly one of a kind views. Certainly rare at the very least! $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #67100 This is an absolutely killer cabinet card of some Ohio GAR members. There is so much going on in this image you really have to just sit down and examine it. It is titled the "Buckeye Cannon" which was presented to the GAR Post in Baltimore, Ohio in 1888. These are probably members of the 2nd Ohio Heavy Artillery of which Henry was a member during the war. The center piece is this large cannon completely covered in buckeye's. I believe that is probably Henry standing at the rear of the cannon as he wears a bowler hat covered in buckeyes and wielding a hatchet! All of them men are wearing a GAR badge pinned to their jackets. Snare drummers lounge on the ground off to the left holding their drum sticks with one gentleman wearing sunglasses! Muskets are stacked directly in front of the cannon with cartridge boxes hung from the bayonets. One veteran sits in the front with a sword in his hand while the bass drummers are off to the right. There are two small signs on the cannon. The one I can't read. The other looks to say Basil, 1888. Just a super cool cabinet card of these buckeye veterans! $250.00 SOLD!

Item #68733 I absolutely love this image! Ninth plate ruby ambrotype of Chaplain Charles Babbidge. The chaplain would see service with the 6th Massachusetts Infantry where he served for a 3 month term before mustering in with the 26th Massachusetts. At 54 Charles was serving as a pastor at the Unitarian Church in Pepperell, Massachusetts when war came. As men from all around the state were quickly answering the call to arms, Babbidge himself would become the first clergyman called into actual service for the war effort. Just 10 days after the firing on Fort Sumter he would be commissioned into the 6th Massachusetts. The 6th would later be fired upon as they tried to navigate through Baltimore on their way to Washington during the famous Baltimore Riots. He would serve a 3 month term and be discharged in August of 1861. In November he would once again join the ranks. This time with the 26th Massachusetts where he would serve a 3 year term. His services were no doubt called upon during his tenure there. He strikes this interesting "sleeping" pose in this view. Dressed in his early grey Massachusetts uniform and wearing this wonderful tri-corner cap, he sits with arms folded and eyes closed giving the impression of taking a peaceful nap. There is another known view of him taken during this same sitting where he is holding the same pose except he is looking skyward. His engraved revolver which was sold by James Julie Auctions in 2012 is also out there somewhere. There are two small period notes affixed to the velvet pad which identify the chaplain and date the image to 1861. Extremely unique and interesting view. It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #67812 Wonderful carte view of two Federal officers enjoying a nip of refreshments. Red wine perhaps. The two men are William B. Arnold and Lieutenant Jonathon C. Kingsley of the 86th Illinois Infantry. Arnold stands next to a seated Kingsley holding a half full glass in his hand while Lieutenant Kingsley himself grips a brown glass flask in his lap. Arnold would be discharged from the 86th on January 23rd, 1863. That same day he would be mustered into the Mississippi Marine Brigade which was just being formed. The unit consisted of no more than 350 men and officers which operated a total of 9 small, lightly armored vessels which were fitted with rams. The men acted as Marines but under the jurisdiction of the army rather than the navy. They worked patrolling the Mississippi River seeing action at Richmond, Louisiana and in the bombardment of Vicksburg among others. Arnold would finally be discharged in February, 1865. Lieutenant Kingsley would serve his entire term with the 86th Illinois seeing his fair share of action as well at such places as Buzzards Roost, Kennesaw Mountain, Peachtree Creek and several others. He would be discharged in June, 1865. This one does have an ink signature on the back by Arnold. It then has in period pencil "W Arnold standing Lt. Kingsley sitting Alexandria, Va 1865. Very rare unit. Probably not to many views floating around attributed to the Mississippi Marine Brigade. No back mark on this one. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #22091 Rare carte view of Almon D. Griffin of the famed 1st U.S.S.S. His enlistment began on November 11, 1861 serving as a musician. 3 days later he would muster into Co.F of the 1st United States Sharpshooters. He would serve with that unit until March 22, 1862 when he is reported as having deserted the unit. Corporal Charles B. Mead of the company noted in his diary on the 23rd of March that he written out a statement in regards to Griffin's court martial case. Whatever the nature of the case or the reason for the desertion I do not know but that following March Almon returned to Co. F. Two months later he would be wounded at Chancellorsville on May, 4th. He would survive and return to the unit only to be wounded once again at Cold Harbor on June 12, 1864. Almon would survive that wound as well but his time it was serious enough to earn a discharge for disability in October, 1864. This one is hand signed in period ink across the front bottom by Almon. It is back marked out of Philadelphia. Most likely it was taken during one of his hospital stays while recovering from one of the wounding's. It is slightly trimmed along the top but I do not think it effects the overall awesomeness of this view! $475.00 SOLD!

Item #22781  Absolutely wonderful carte view of a Federal cavalryman posed with a young black child seated in his lap. This is a copy from a period hard image but the content is phenomenal. He sits with the child resting on one leg and his saber on the other with a big grin on his face. I think the image itself and the look on his face speaks volumes. An old pencil inscription on the reverse reads, "Civil War soldier who brought back a negro orphan. This often happened". This one is back marked out of Seneca Falls, New York. I would love to know where the original image is now located if it is even still in existence. Phenomenal view and quite possibly the only one you will ever see! $650.00 SOLD! 

Item #90981 Outstanding carte view of General Robert E. Lee. You will be hard pressed to find another of these. This one carries the very desirable Lee Gallery imprint which was located in Richmond. Vignette profile view of Lee. This particular view was hand tinted by Lee's wife Mary Custis Lee. She would do these on occasion for various charity events and friends. This one has an inscription in period ink by Mary which reads, "Tinted for the benefit of the Memorial Church at Lexington, Va by Mary Custis Lee". She also signed the front of the card with a likeness of Lee's own signature. In this example she has tinted his cheeks red and tinted his hair and beard a blueish grey. This one is a pristine example. Extremely rare piece of work by Mary Custis Lee! $1350.00 SOLD!

Item #89912 Drop dead beautiful early war ninth plate melainotype. Exceptional example of an infantry musician. He's dressed in this dark blue jacket with cloth shoulder straps. Most likely hailing from the state of Michigan. The front is adorned with this beautifully tinted light blue herring bone trim which extends up to the collar. Wearing his cap with infantry insignia on the front. This is really a very sharp looking image so somebody better snatch it up quick before I decide to keep it. It housed with this patriotic matting and comes in a full patriotic leatherette case with the American flag embossed on the front. Super nice! $425.00 SOLD!

Item #23554 Superb ninth plate tintype of a North Carolina tarheel! Dressed in the classic North Carolina six button, gray sack coat with black epaulettes specified by the North Carolina adjutant general in 1861. A Colt M1849 pocket revolver is displayed across his chest with the hammer cocked. This one has a pencil id inside the case with the name H. A. Mintz. Presumably this is Henry Mints (Mintz) of the 10th North Carolina State Troop, 1st North Carolina Light Artillery. These guy's saw a lot of action in some of the hottest fights of the war. Seven Pines, Savage Station, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg just to name a few. After receiving news of the surrender at Appomattox the men disassembled their guns and burned the carriages after they buried the cannons themselves. The majority of the men from the regiment were never officially paroled. That doesn't seem to be the case with Henry. At some point he must have been captured but where I'm not sure. Records indicate that he signed the Oath of Allegiance at Bermuda Hundred in October, 1864. Two days later he was transferred to Philadelphia and he appears to disappear after that. Regardless and superb and beautiful view! This one comes in a full case but with a split spine. $2200.00 SOLD!

Item #68675 Wonderful quarter plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman posed with trusty old mount. This bearded cavalryman stands in front of his mount holding him by the reins. Great shot taken in camp. You can see tents in the back ground along with boxes and other indistinguishable items laying about. There's a large pile of pine branches with other rubbish all piled up directly behind the horse. Those cavalry boots look damn near to being waders and he sports this great Hardee hat with a feather plume. The horse has been tinted brown and the image is so clear you can see the matted hair on the horses side where the cavalryman's legs are constantly rubbing. Slight red tint to the horizon in the back grand as well. Really a wonderful view. There is some minor crazing in the upper right hand corner but it's very minimal. This one comes framed in a period wall mount wood frame. This one looks super nice. Really a great view! $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #67768 Pretty killer sixth plate ruby ambrotype. Early war view of this reb. He's dressed in this very ruff spun grey battle shirt and matching grey trousers. The shirt sports two large pockets on the front. One of them is bulging with whatever he has stuffed in there. What's really interesting is the silk Sicilian style cap he is wearing. It's sort of a mix between a forage cap and Sicilian cap. The initials "OR" are actually sewn to the front of the cap with several small stars below that. This style cap was popular among a number of Virginia regiments. Company L of the 39th Virginia Infantry was known as the Onancock Rifles however there were a number of other units from Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Louisiana that also shared the same initials. What state he actually hails from I couldn't say. Great view however you look at it. It's housed in a full leatherette case. $3200.00 SOLD!

Item #56578 Beautiful sixth plate early war melainotype of a Confederate lieutenant colonel. Dressed in this magnificent frock trimmed in gold edging. He wears two metal stars on either side of his collar and colonels shoulder boards. His cap rests on the table beside him heavily adorned in gold braid. Most likely this officer hails from Louisiana and he certainly has that Creole/French look about him. Unfortunately I have not yet been able to identify him but he looks to be someone of prominence with some influential background. The image itself is absolutely pristine. Wonderful blue tinting to the table cloth as well as his red sash. Just an all around beautiful image. A little research my turn up his identity. Beautiful image housed in a full thermoplastic case. $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #23912 Beautiful quarter plate tintype! Very unique image. Father and son both serving in the Union army posed together. The father with his hand resting on his sons shoulder. I think those of us with children of our own have a better sense of the bond which these two share here. The father has a tintype which hangs from the button of his blouse of a women in a large hoop dress. I can only assume that it is his wife and the mother to his son. Really a superb and moving image and it is absolutely flawless. Unfortunately their names are not known. Housed in a half leatherette case. $800.00 SOLD!

Item #68776 Sixth plate ambrotype of a very disheveled looking reb armed with a rare Hall carbine. This is only the second image I have ever had of a reb armed with this particular carbine. Really great shot of this weapon in this view. He's dressed in this very unusual frock that appears to be made from white canvas. Very thin material with what appear to be coin buttons. Now the last reb image I had in with a Hall carbine was identified out of Texas and I would say based on this guy's dress that is also a very good possibility in this case. He's got a good sized side knife in the scabbard hanging from his waist as well. Not too often you see reb images armed with carbines. This one does come housed in a full leatherette case with the nice plush emerald green velvet. $3800.00 SOLD!

Item #45612 Killer ninth plate tintype of a member of the North Carolina Troop. Dressed in the early state issue grey sack coat with black shoulder straps identifying him as a member of an infantry unit. This Tar Heel is identified Charles L. Poteat of Company G, 22nd North Carolina State Troops, "Caswell Rifles". Charles would sign up with the unit in late May of 1861. It wasn't until the end of July that enough recruits had enlisted to form a company. They were assigned to the 12th North Carolina but were redesignated the 22nd 3 months later. Posed here Charles displays a large clip-point Bowie knife while sporting a newly issued North Carolina sack coat. The 22nd would serve in the Army of Northern Virginia and participate in every major battle in which the army fought. They would pay a heavy price losing 50% of the men from the regiment between Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Charles is shown as "present or accounted for" as late as October, 1864. After that any trace of him vanishes. There is no record of him post war either in census reports or anywhere else which tends to make be believe he died at some point during his service. This image along with several others was purchased from the family in 1994. That year it was also published widely distributed Confederate Calendar for the month of April. This one does come with a copy of that calendar as well as service records on Charles and a print out on the history of the 22nd. Just an all around superb image. It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $2800.00 SOLD!

Item #89891 Extremely rare and historically important view! If you saw the most recent issue of Military Images magazine you may recognize this view. Ninth plate ambrotype of VMI cadet Jonathan Edwards Woodbridge. Jonathan entered VMI in 1861 following in the footsteps of both his father and grandfather. By early 1864 Jonathan was the highest-ranking non-commissioned officer serving in the corps with the rank of sergeant major. It was while holding that rank that he chose to pose for this photograph. On May 10, 1864 the cadets were aroused from their beds and issued orders to join Confederate forces near Stauton, Virginia. A 70 mile march lay ahead of them and on May 11th the boys struck out for their destination. Major General Franz Sigel was moving up the Shenandoah with a Federal force 10,000 strong. Confederate General John Breckinridge intended to stop their advance although heavily outnumbered. Breckinridge was hesitant to send the young men into battle despite their requests to allow them to do so. As the Battle of New Market began to unfold Breckinridge realized that he could not spare the boys any longer. The order was given to form ranks. As the cadets marched out Woodbridge ran out in front of the main line some 40 paces ahead of the colors. While a gallant move it was also a foolish and dangerous decision in the face of a vastly superior enemy. He was quickly ordered back to the main line. Exploiting a gap in the enemy line where a Union battery had been mistakenly withdrawn the boys surged forward. Sigel's defense collapsed and withdrew after a 6 hour fight. The cadets became ecstatic with the color bearing  leaping onto one of the captured caisson's and waving the flag announcing their victory. Despite the triumphant first showing they did not leave unscathed. 8 cadets were killed with another 44 wounded. For his action Johnathan would receive a promotion to Adjutant of the Corps of Cadets. They returned to Richmond and were reviewed by Jefferson Davis before striking out for Lexington. By the time they arrived however VMI had been shelled and burned by Federal forces. His whereabouts after that are for the most part unknown until April, 1865 when he appears on the rolls. The cadets were recalled to Richmond to help fill trenches. Woodbridge and a number of other cadets instead chose to follow Lee's army towards Appomattox finally catching up with the men on April 8th. He however left before the surrender and headed on towards Lynchburg. He would return to VMI in mid 1865 graduating 10th in his class. Afterwards he moved north and settled in Chester, Pennsylvania working in the ship building business. In 1910 Woodbridge commissioned an oil painting of the very view which now hangs in the Preston Library located at VMI. He would live to the ripe old age of 91 finally passing on May 23, 1935. The image itself has one prominent spot off to right and the spot you see up in the left hand corner is just an area where the photographer failed to apply any emulsion for whatever reason. Truly an exceptional and historically important view. $6500.00 SOLD

Item #89713 Incredibly rare and historical sixth plate ambrotype of John Thomas Willingham of Clarke County, Virginia. In mid October of 1862, John would enlist with Co. A. of the soon to be famed 39th Battalion Virginia Cavalry in Winchester, Virginia. The 39th would eventually serve as Robert E. Lee's personal cavalry command working as scouts, guides and couriers. All told the unit was made up of 80 men and 1 officer so the rarity of this image goes without saying. During the Battle of Gettysburg, Willingham and other members would relay information back and forth between A. P. Hill's Corps and Lee's Headquarters. Some evidence even suggests that Willingham accompanied Capt. Johnson on his pre-dawn recon of Union lines on July 2nd. After Lee's defeat and withdrawal back into Virginia, John would transfer into the 6th Virginia Cavalry in October of 1863. The following month he was reported as AWOL. Unbeknownst to his officers he had left the 6th Cavalry behind and joined up with Mosby's Rangers without proper authority. He would remain with the 43rd Battalion Virginia Cavalry under Mosby's command for the remainder of the war participating in a countless number of raids and engagements including the capture of Brig. Gen. Edwin H. Stoughton who was captured sleeping in his bed! The 43rd never formally surrendered but disbanded on April 21, 1865. On the 24th John would however be paroled in Winchester after returning home. John is posed here on March 27th, 1863 while he was still serving as one of Lee's scouts. He's dressed in this very plain grey frock and sporting a felt cap which he has molded the sides up on to his own liking. In his lap rests a Confederate K'ville sword which he has partially exposed from the scabbard. Inside the case is about as killer and rock solid of an id as you are going to find! This one does come with complete service records for John as well as a first edition copy of the regimental history on the 39th Battalion Cavalry. Exceptional provenance and unbelievably rare view of a Confederate cavalryman that served in what is arguably the top two Confederate units to serve during the war!

Item #87601 This is a pretty killer cabinet card out of Reading, Pennsylvania displaying a number of artifacts. In the back ground are two heavily worn flags which if they bore any honors or identifications on them they had long since been torn away in battle at the time this photo was taken. A haversack with a tin cup, canteen, sword and sash as well as an eagle waist belt all hang from the wall. To the right rests a haversack with a bedroll strapped to it's top and a frying pan. To the other side is a camp chair on which a bugle rests along with a service jacket and a cap with artillery insignia pinned to the top and the letter "D". Pinned to the jacket is a silver identification badge with two cannons on it. Just a hunch but I believe these artifacts probably belonged to the famed Ringgold Light Artillery raised in Berks County were Reading, PA resides. This one is about as nice as they come. Absolutely crystal clear with zero flaws. Measure's roughly 4" x 6 1/2". Back marked by Dietrich on the corner of 7th and Penn St. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #27187 This is a pretty sweet half plate tintype. Looks to be a whole company of Federal infantryman. The entire group stands at order arms dressed in kersey blue trousers and sack coats with every last one of those fellows sporting M1851 Hardee hats. The officer for the group stands off to the right side about 4 or 5 guys in. The men stand out on this open plain with numerous pine trees in the back ground. I would presume this was taken in some southern location. The photographer has taken the liberty of doing a wonderful tinting job to the image. All of the trees and the grass in the foreground has been tinted green. The bare ground has been colored brown with the sky shades of blue and pink. All of the men's trousers have also been tinted along with their accouterment plates. There is some swirling in the emulsion but it does not hurt the image. Pretty sweet view. It comes housed in a full leatherette case. SOLD!

Item #57172 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of double armed reb officer. Dressed in a grey frock with black shoulder straps and a small amount of trim located on the collar and cuffs. Virginia perhaps but I'm not entirely certain. Around the waist is worn a beautiful early rectangular militia waist plate bearing an eagle with spread wings. A holstered revolver rests to one side of his belt while he grips the handle of a D-guard or possibly a sword on the other. A matching grey cap is worn with a lower band of black and a very large set of brass laurels pinned to the front which is very interesting. The buttons have all been gilded over so no help there but he certainly gives off a Virginia vibe. This one comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. Super nice image! SOLD!

Item #56712 Rare carte view of a Federal soldier posed with a M1859 New Model Sharps rifle. This guy was either a heavy artilleryman or perhaps a member of a rifle company based on the trim of that frock. He is wearing the proper bayonet scabbard in this view so I am pretty sure that is not a photographers prop. I can tell you I have not seen to many carte views with a Sharps carbine and this one is mint! No back mark on this one however. Rare view. $350.00 SOLD!

Item #29093 Outstanding and simply gorgeous quarter plate tintype of a member of the Veteran Reserve Corps. Beautiful image of this soldier dressed in the very distinctive uniform worn by members of that corps. Outstanding tinting job to this one which really brings out the color of the uniform. This veteran stands here equipped with a US waist belt and wearing his sword baldric while leaning on a M1840 NCO sword. A Starr revolver is tucked into the front of his belt which he has removed from the holster seen at his side. He stands with piercing eyes. A very old piece of paper with quite a bit of writing on it is behind the image. A lot of it I am unable to decipher but the word "Winchester" is written repeatedly. There is also a name written although I am not certain the id is correct. There is a chance that this is Matthew Canning of the 149th Pennsylvania Infantry. Canning was later wounded at the Wilderness and transferred into the VRC in October of 1864. Simply a beautiful image in mint condition! Housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00 SOLD!

Item #45412 Rare is an understatement in this case. Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a Confederate naval midshipman. There are only a handful of hard images known in existence. Extreeemely rare! The Confederacy's only naval academy operated on board the CSS Patrick Henry anchored in the James River outside of Richmond. It existed for only 2 years. From 1863 until 1865. During that time a mere 180 men served on board the ship so as you can imagine the number of images which exist are relatively few. This fellow stands dressed in his double breasted naval frock and appears to have something tucked into an interior pocket. The cuffs are adorned with buttons bearing the insiginia for naval midshipmen. Most likely this view is the work of famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees as a number of the views are by him. This one does have a vertical scratch just off center but the rarity of the image overrides the slight blemish. This one does come housed in a full case as well. Not to many of these floating around I can assure you! $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #88979 Outstanding sixth plate reb ambrotype! I just love the look of this guy and his steely eyed gaze. Most likely a field officer. Dressed in this dark triple breasted frock with interesting cuff trim tinted red. I would assume it was to indicate his rank at some level. He wears this matching wheel cap which he has tilted to one side. His simple accouterments consist eagle waist belt and a M1840 NCO sword which he holds a tight grip on. Probably hailing from the state of Virginia. Beautiful image with great poise! It comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1950.00 SOLD!

Item #59812 Phenomenal quarter plate ambrotype!! One of the finest quality images I think I have ever had almost to the point of being lifelike. Beautiful image of this rather short Federal infantryman dressed in his frock with full accouterments and armed with his musket. He is identified inside the case as George Glass. He also identified where the image was taken in Strasburg across from Coolbough's Paint Shop. Coolbough's business was located in Strasburg, Pennsylvania and George almost certainly hailed from that state. There are 3 possible matches and with a little research his identity shouldn't be difficult to ascertain. Absolutely beautiful image! I have a hard time letting this one go. Housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1250.00 SOLD! 

Item #80012 Killer ninth plate ruby ambrotype!! Beautiful early war image. Dressed in an interesting frock. I know I have seen this uniform before but I can't place it's origin. Buff white cartridge box sling with breast plate and a matching buff white leather belt with a M1839 "baby" US belt plate. Killer Hardee hat with infantry insignia pinned to the front and an ostrich plume to the side. Behind him is the US flag which is draped from a flag staff and tinted in light shades of red, white and blue. Just an all around beautiful image! Housed in a mint full thermoplastic case as well. $950.00 SOLD!

Item #21543 This is quite an interesting view. Sixth plate ambrotype of a number of officers and men encamped among some coastal sand dunes with a light house in the background. This is actually North Island, South Carolina and that light house is still standing today! During the spring of 1862 Confederate forces manning the coastal batteries located on the island were recalled and Union forces were quick to occupy the island. In May, 1862 the USS Albatross and USS Norwich landed an occupation force on the island. Once in Union hands they then sailed up the Waccamaw River where they raided a handful of plantations and a mill carrying of some 80 slaves back to the island. From here Union forces conducted a number of raids into the surrounding country and the island became home to more than a thousand freed slaves. In this view a white canvas tent is pitched in among the sand dunes as a party of men seems to be enjoying a meal. A number of Union officers can be seen sitting about along with a naval captain and some black servants. A solitary soldier stands to the rear holding his horse by the reins and looking on while the light houses rises from the dunes. This island is now a wilderness area and is almost as undisturbed as it was in 1862. The lighthouse still stands and one can take trips to the island and most likely stand in this very location! Incredible view and quite possibly one of a kind! Housed in a full leatherette case. SOLD!

Item #35461 Outstanding ninth plate tintype of what appears to be a beautiful young women dressed in a cavalry uniform. She is photographed with such delicate poise.  Worn over her wavy brown hair is a wonderful Hardee hat with both sides pinned up  with prominent cavalry insignia. Something about this view I think is almost calming and it's hard to take your eyes off of it. Some light wipe marks but they do not detract. Housed in a full leatherette case and patriotic mat. Beautiful image. $500.00 SOLD!

Item #67121 Superb carte view of Lieutenant Frederick A. Sawyer of the 17th Maine, Co. E. This is a magnificent view of Sawyer. Frederick would join the 17th Maine along with his brother Ellis who served as the captain for Co. E. They would fight along side each other during the hell storm at Gettysburg which would become known as the Wheatfield. Both would survive the battle. Four months later both Frederick and his brother would be engaged in the Battle of Orange Grove. They would not fair so lucky here as they did at Gettysburg. Frederick would be wounded there. His brother Ellis would be killed. Frederick would recover, rejoin his regiment and go on to continue the fight. Six month later he would be wounded again. This time in the hell that was to be called Cold Harbor. Again he would survive but his fighting days were done. Several months after the wounding he was discharged for disability in September, 1864. This is a pristine view showing sawyer seated and dressed in his frock. His cap rests in his lap. On top can be seen a fantastic view of his III Corps badge with the numeral "17" in the center. Across the front bottom is a beautiful period ink inscription reading, "F. A. Sawyer Co. E 17th Maine Regt. Vols". Beautiful view back marked out of Portland by A. M. McKenney. Top notch! $475.00 SOLD!

Item #79909 Beautiful quarter plate ruby ambrotype of a Rhode Island infantryman. Just about as pretty an image you could ever find. Standing view of this chap dressed in his frock and holding his musket at order arms. US waist belt and a killer Hardee hat with one side pinned up. "R I V" is on the front of the hat in brass letters along with his infantry horn with regimental numerals in the center. There's a wonderful curtain hanging behind him which has been skillfully tinted by the photographer. Really a super sharp looking image! Housed in a full case. $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #78612 Killer carte view of officers from the 24th Massachusetts Infantry. In total there are 24 men shown. Many lay lounge about on the ground or up against fellow officers. A number of these men would not survive the war. They had quite an extensive service and participated in a number of battles in the Carolina's and Florida. The card stock which was used to mount this view is rather interesting. It's mounted to a party invitation at Stoughton Hall located at Harvard for "Class Day" dated June 19th, 1863. Class Day was an affair given to honor the graduating class which has been held at Harvard for countless years. Whether these men were present at that event I don't know but I am sure somebody somewhere knows the history behind this view. Superb carte view! $650.00 SOLD! 

Item #12006 This is an image I've had for about the last 15 years. Ninth plate ambrotype. Identified as Charles L. Flint of Massachusetts. Charles would muster in mid June 1861 as a musician with the 9th Massachusetts Infantry. He served there up until regimental bands were abolished in the summer of 1862. Mustered out in August of 1862 he would sit on the sidelines until the following fall when he would then muster with the 3rd Massachusetts Heavy Artillery. He would finish his service there eventually mustering out in September, 1865. This view however pre-dates his service with both units. An inscription inside the case reads, "Taken at Newburyport in the summer of 1860 Charlie L. Flint 19 yrs' He then dated when the inscription was written. "Mar 6th, 1862" Likewise he inscribed the back of the plate with his name and the March date. Charlie is shown here dressed in his double breasted musician's uniform front with Massachusetts buttons and wearing a Massachusetts state seal belt plate. Fringed epaulet's which appear to have been red in color are worn with his shako and pom pom. The letters "LBC" are pinned to the front surrounded by brass laurels. Not sure what the "L" stands for but the rest is probably "Company Band". He sits holding his horn in one hand and his music book open in the other. Wonderful little image housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $400.00 SOLD!

Item #45564 Beautiful carte view of Captain Ira B. Munson of the 126th New York Infantry. During the late summer of 1862, Munson would muster with Co. F of the 126th New York as a 1st Lieutenant. Munson I am quite sure must hold the record for the shortest amount of time from initial enlistment to a prisoner of war. Commissioned with the regiment on September 10th, he was captured just 5 days later at Harper's Ferry. Munson was part of the force that took a beating at Harper's Ferry just days into his enlistment. The entire garrison there was forced to surrender after the 126th bore the brunt of the attack. I'm sure it was quite an eye opener for him. They were however paroled the next day and sent to a camp in Chicago to await notice of their exchange. That following summer they were heavily engaged at Gettysburg where they won honorable distinction for their actions there. They managed to capture 5 stands of colors. They paid a heavy price for it losing over 200 men. Their next fight would come at Bristoe Station and then the Wilderness where the suffered severely in both engagements. While the regiment would go on to fight in numerous other engagements Munson's last fight would come at Po River. Severely wounded there on May 10, 1864 he would linger for 4 days before eventually succumbing to his wounds. This is a wonderful view of Ira seated with his sword resting against his thigh. The numerals "126" can clearly be seen on the front of his hat. Nice deep color tones to this one. Back marked out of North Utica, New York. $375.00 SOLD!

Item #89787 Very nice ninth plate ambrotype of a fifer. This guy hails from a Connecticut regiment dressed in his black or extremely dark blue frock and matching trousers. He's even got a bit of mud there on his kneecap. He sits holding his fife in his hand with his other tucked in between a row of Connecticut state buttons. Nice, clear image housed in a full leatherette case. $350.00 SOLD!

Item #54412 Killer quarter plate tintype! This came from the estate of Captain Albert A Nickerson who served with the 7th Maine Infantry and later the 1st Maine Veteran Infantry. According to the family Nickerson served with the 3rd Maine Infantry which would coincide with all of the 3rd Corps badges which are seen being worn here but I could find no instance of him serving in that regiment. Regardless the image is exceptional. Seven Federal infantryman dressed in great coats and frocks all sporting the red diamond for the 3rd Corps. It would appear to be 6 privates and one 1st sergeant. Nickerson would serve all four years of the war and be wounded while fighting at the Wilderness. I believe that may actually be Albert standing in the back row second from the left based on another view of him held at the Maryland State Library. Absolutely killer view in beautiful condition! It comes housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $2200.00 SOLD!

Item #79812 Beautiful carte view of Lieutenant Aaron F. Walcott. A former bookkeeper Walcott joined ranks with the 2nd Massachusetts Light Artillery in July of 1861. He would serve 3 months before being transferred out and into the 3rd Massachusetts Light Artillery where he would serve for the next 3 years. During the Battle of Gettysburg Walcott occupied a position just to the left and out in front of Little Round Top. As advancing rebel lines attacked his position he fired double canister rounds into their ranks. Ultimately the rebels overtook his position. Walcott had no choice but to spike his guns and retreat leaving his battery in the hands of the enemy. He would serve until September, 1864. Wonderful view of Lieut. Walcott leaning on his sword. Nice deep tones to this one. It is singed in ink across the front by Walcott also. Back marked by Brady. $800.00 SOLD!

Item #90012 Quarter plate ambrotype. This is a rare view of an unidentified member of the 1st USSS dressed in the great coat and cape that was issued to the sharpshooters. Great view of this coat which is seldom seen. Beautiful mint view of this soldier with rosey red cheeks. Superb example! $750.00 SOLD!

Item #55521 Absolutely stunning quarter plate ambrotype  of an unidentified member of the 12th Illinois 1st Scottish Regiment. Outstanding in every regard! Our subject sits dressed in a sky blue great coat and cape with a US buckle worn around the waist firmly grasping his Springfield M1861. Unique to the regiment is the Scottish tam which the regiment wore to honor their first colonel John McArthur. The regiment saw extensive service which began at Fort Donelson where the regiment was hit hard. At Shiloh it fared no better taking heavy casualties once again. They fought on through Resaca, Atlanta, Jonesboro and Sherman's March to the Sea among many others battles serving with distinction the entire way! He is also armed in this view with a very extremely rare and seldom seen US Model 1855 Harpers Ferry 58-cal rifle. This would be the Type II version sporting the saber bayonet which is attached. There were roughly 3700 of these rifles made and they are extremely rare!
 This is an exceptional early war view from a unit you don't see too often armed with an even more rare weapon! It does come housed in a full patriotic leatherette case as well. This one's a beauty and very rare!!! $1600.00 SOLD!

Item #79122 Extremely rare sixth plate tintype of a colored soldier from a cavalry unit. Images of colored soldiers of infantry units are rare enough but cavalry even more so. There were only 5 cavalry units made up of colored troops which served during the war. This rare trooper even holds the rank of corporal making it that much more desirable. He sits dressed in a cavalry shell jacket and sporting a US waist belt. A revolver can be seen in the holster which rests at his side. He wears a unique cap as well which may be attributed to a specific unit. Written in pencil above his head is simply the name "Charley". Unfortunately no further information is known on him. Extremely rare view! It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #90912 Beautiful sixth plate ambrotype of a Confederate captain with an infantry regiment. He is unfortunately unidentified but I would surmise he was most likely from the state of Virginia. Dressed in a wonderful double breasted frock. All of the buttons have been gilded over preventing any identification. Beautiful cuff braid and the cuffs have ever so slightly been tinted a light blue which has probably faded over time. A very dashing and handsome appearing Confederate officer who most likely served with the Army of Northern Virginia. Just beautiful! $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #87134 Horizontal format quarter plate tintype of a mother and son. This is an interesting view as she appears to be pregnant. Very seldom seen in images from this time period. She's dressed in this beautiful shawl to help hide her enlarged belly but she appears to be very well along. Her son sits dressed in a frock and cap with insignia pinned to the top. Most of it I can't make out due to the angle of the top of the cap but he does have wreath laurels pinned up there and I can clearly make out the company letter "F". Beautiful mint image and great content! Housed in a half leatherette case. $325.00 SOLD!

Item #79899 Pristine sixth plate ruby ambrotype! This one is a beauty! Not a flaw on it. I believe this is a Michigan soldier dressed in the state issue jacket with nine buttons and the cloth shoulder straps. Beautiful coloring to this image. Wearing a matching cap with his company letter pinned to the front. It comes with the really great patriotic brass mat as well. Really a sharp looking image! $500.00 SOLD!

Item #90900 Sixth plate ruby ambrotype of a young baby faced infantryman from the state of Ohio. He doesn't look to be more than 13 or 14 years old. He stands dressed in a state issue jacket and cap while brandishing a Colt revolver across his chest. Great looking image. This one comes housed in a full case. Pretty sweet image! $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #68133 Wonderful carte view of Captain Washington F. Sydnor of the 41st Virginia Infantry. Very rare view straight from the family album. Washington came from a very affluent family located in Petersburg. He attended VMI graduating there in 1860 and was one of the cadets present at the hanging of John Brown in 1859. There is another view of Washington on display at VMI dressed in his uniform taken around the time of his graduation. His official service with the Confederacy began on May 29th, 1861 when he mustered with the 41st as a 2nd Lieut. in his home town. In July he was detailed to serve as an adjutant on Craney Island. Presumably a result of his previous profession working as a civil engineer. Craney Island lay just down stream from the vital Gosport Shipyard which now lay in Confederate hands and where construction of the first Confederate Ironclad, CSS Virginia began it's birth. He remained on Craney Island until May of 1862 when for some unknown reason he was dropped from the rolls. In April of 1863 he would re-enlist with the 41st commissioned as a 1st Lieut. The next month he was promoted to captain only to be severely wounded by a shell fragment in the thigh at Chancellorsville that very same day! Seven days later after his wounding he lay in a Richmond hospital bed before eventually being transferred to his home town of Petersburg. The wound refused to heal and sidelined him for the remainder of the war. Washington eventually resigned his commission in February of 1865 as a result of the wound. He stands here dressed in his double breasted frock with a slouch hat resting on the table at his side with one side pinned up with 5 pointed star. This view came from the family photograph album which is included and which is just completely full of other family views. The majority of which being back marked out of Richmond and Petersburg. The view of Washington is not back marked but does bear a period pencil id across the front bottom which I would presume is in his hand. Wonderful view with superb history! $400.00 SOLD!

Item #21096 Wonderful carte view Captain Lewis C. Bisbee of the 16th Maine Infantry. Bisbee would enlist with Co. I of the 16th Maine as a private in the summer of 1862. A promotion to 1st lieutenant would follow 3 days later. Present during the fight at Fredericksburg he somehow managed to survive despite the fact that regiment was nearly annihilated there losing half their strength. He would not be so lucky at Gettysburg. The regiment was given the task of covering the withdrawal of the 1st Corps after the 11th Corps collapse on the first days fight. All told the regiment numbered 275 men and officers fighting against an entire Confederate Corps. They were eventually over run near the Railroad Cut. It took 74 casualties during the fight. Bisbee was among them. Another 11 officers and 148 men were taken prisoner. Lewis was first sent to Libby Prison and then transferred to Macon, GA and Columbia, SC. He would not be released until March 15, 1865. Hand signed in ink on the reverse by Bisbee. Formerly of the Tom MacDonald collection with a tag identifying Bisbee from Tom. Extremely nice card! $1100.00 SOLD!

Item #1515 Extremely rare view of Brig-General John Rogers Cook. If your looking for another one of these good luck. This is an extremely hard to find view! Originally colonel of the 27th North Carolina Infantry he was later promoted to Brig-General on November 1st, 1862. Leading by example the entire way he was wounded at Antietam, Fredricksburg, Bristoe Station, Spotsylvania. Seven times in all!! In this view you can still see the scar above his left eye where a Union minie ball smashed into his forehead and fractured his skull at Fredricksburg! He somehow managed to survive the war and later became one of the founders of the Confederate Soldiers Home in Richmond where he would later succumb to old age. He is buried in the famed Hollywood Cemetary in Richmond. This view is extremely fine with zero flaws. Back marked and front marked by Anderson & Co. of Richmond, Virginia. Extremely rare view! $950.00 SOLD!

Item #69812 Extremely rare carte view of Brig. General Edward Washburn Whitaker. I don't even know where to begin with this guy. His list of accomplishments is a mile long. At 19 years old he began his military career as a sergeant in the 1st Connecticut Infantry, Rifle Company A just 10 days after the firing on Fort Sumter. After a 3 month stint he then mustered into the Connecticut 1st Cavalry Squad. Over the next 4 years he would rise through the ranks with incredible speed to hold the rank of Brig. General by March of 1865. He would do so at the age of 23 making him the youngest general during the war. How he actually managed to survive is beyond me. He saw action in no less than 82 engagements! During that time he was wounded only twice. Slightly by shrapnel while engaged at Falling Waters and a second time while riding his horse at a gallop at Five Forks when his horse fell on top of him causing him back and groin injuries. A few of his other minor accomplishments involved serving as the Chief of Staff to Custer and winning the Medal of Honor for action at Ream's Station. The citation for which reads, "While acting as an aide voluntarily carried dispatches from the commanding general to Gen, Meade, forcing his way with a single troop of cavalry, through an infantry division of the enemy in the most distinguished manner, though he lost half of his escort". His most important role came at Appomattox Court House when he entered the Confederate lines under a flag a truce. In doing so he became the first Union soldier to learn of General Lee's intention to surrender his army. As a result he was able to notify commanders in time to arrange a cease fire and advert a planned assault against Confederate lines and thus bring a close to the war! This view is hand signed in period ink on both the front and the back by Edward himself with a wonderful inscription on the reverse. Simply superb! $1350.00 SOLD!

Item #57612 Wonderful carte view of a dashing Lieut. Colonel John B. Gandolfo. His service began as a sergeant with the famed 9th New York Infantry "Hawkin's Zouaves" starting in May of 1861. John served with the regiment seeing action in a couple of smaller engagements before it's first major battle at Antietam. John would be wounded during the engagement but live to fight another day. Mustering out with the regiment in May, 1863 he then enlisted with the 178th New York Infantry known as the "Second Regiment, Hawkin's Zouaves". John would muster as a captain but would attain the rank of Lieut. Colonel in early 1865. Serving with the regiment through the rest of the war he would see see a number of other engagements including the disastrous Red River Campaign. His service would end in mid May, 1866. Gandolfo strikes a very confident pose here dressed in a waist length double breasted jacket. His pantaloons are tucked into his over-the-knee boots which he has turned down in a swashbuckling fashion while still wearing his spurs! He stands defiantly with his hand resting on his hip while wearing his gauntlets with his cap displayed in his other hand. Probably one of the most wonderful poses I have seen. This view is signed by Gandolfo on the reverse in period ink and bears a New Orleans back mark. There is a slight crease with runs at a slight angle along the bottom which you can see here but is it barely visible from the front. Wonderful view! $375.00 SOLD!

Item #80080 Neat little Lincoln mourning badge. Still affixed to the original display mount which would have used in the store display at the time of his death. The card stock is the same size as a carte view. The badge itself is roughly 2 1/2" in diameter with a small paper board gemtype of Lincoln in the center. These gemtypes are believed to have possibly been made for his 1864 re-election but were later used on a number of different mourning badges. Unique and very rare item! $500.00 SOLD!

Item #69810 Exquisitely rare ninth plate ambrotype of private William Keith Skinker of the famed "Black Horse Cavalry" 4th Virginia Cavalry, Co. H. William, a resident of historic Fauquier County, enlisted not long after the firing on Fort Sumter joining the 4th Virginia on April 25th, 1861. Co. H would subsequently serve as Stonewall Jackson's personal bodyguards up until his death. In November of 1862 William would be captured when he and a fellow cavalryman stopped at a farm house in search of food and stumbled upon a detachment of Federals already there. He would be exchanged that same month rejoining the regiment. For a month starting in March of 1864 William would be on detached service searching for new mounts for the regiment. He returned in April and would remain with the regiment until war's end seeing extensive action in some of the war's bloodiest battles including Gettysburg and Cold Harbor where William had his horse killed. He would be reimbursed $1600 by the Confederacy for the loss. Paroled in May of 1865 he would head back home to Fauquier County. His eventual death would come in 1918 when he fell from a horse carriage. William sits here dressed in his service uniform and wearing the classic "Stonewall" slouch cap. A period ink note is attached to the velvet pad put there by William's half brother. Accompanying this image are several pages of documentation including 4 or 5 pages which recount William's war time experiences. Superb image with phenomenal history! SOLD!

Item #22312 Wonderful pair of carte views! To the right is the Rev. Moses Jasper Nichols of Co. F, 16th Tennessee Infantry. To the left stands Lieut. Isaac Croom Madding of Co. B., 16th Alabama Infantry. I will start with Rev. Nichols. Nichols mustered with the 16th Tennessee starting on June 1st, 1861 after enlisting at Camp Trousdale as a 2nd Lieut. His term of enlistment was to last until December 31st, 1862. He never made it that far. During the slug fest at Perryville, Kentucky he was shot in both legs and his left arm which was later amputated. I could not find his date of discharge but he managed to survive his wounds and ended up in Georgia. There he taught school in Penfield. While teaching there he was convicted of "sin" and locked in his room for 3 days and 3 nights without water. The nature of the "sin" I do not know. Afterwards he returned to Tennessee and became a Methodist minister.
  Madding left home in 1861 taking along a family slave named Josh. Mustering with the 16th Alabama around July 18, 1861 Madding was elected to 2nd Lieut. I couldn't find much in the way of his service records but he was promoted to 1st Lieut. at some point. Possibly after taking command of Co. B to fill the void after the death of Capt. Fred Ashcroft killed at Franklin. Madding himself would fall victim at Chickamauga. The Confederate Veteran recalled Madding's death years afterwards. "Lieutenant Madding, in command of the company, stepped to the front, waving his sword and calling on his men to follow. The next instant he received a bullet to the brain." His body was carried to a field hospital where the family slave Josh located the body. "When he found his young master dead at the field hospital he got permission to remove the body to a farm house. He then went some 3 miles to a mill to procure plank for a box. The captain detailed a man to go with him, and they carried the plank on their shoulders. Extracting nails from an old plank fence, they made a crude coffin and buried him in the yard under a tree". Madding's brother would later retrieve the body after the war. 
  Both of these views are housed in the same album page front to back. Nichols is identified on the other side just as Madding is here. The reverse side of carte view of Madding is inscribed with a poem which was written by the Rev. Abram J. Ryan. It reads, "Land where the victors flag waves, Where only the dead are the free! Each link of the chain that enslaves, But binds us to them and to thee!". Nichols is dated 1869 on the reverse by Robinson & Murhy of Hunstville, Alabama. Madding is back marked by B. Moses of New Orleans. Two spectacular identified views with impeccable history! $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #89012 Killer sixth plate tintype of this triple armed yank. This guy is by no means a fresh recruit. He looks like he just stopped in to have his photo taken after a long march. Dressed in a well worn 4 button sack coat and a cap that has obviously seen better days. A cartridge box which has long since lost it's new luster is worn over his shoulder. A canteen with an extremely fuzzy covering is worn over the other shoulder with the linen strap knotted to shorten the length. A US waist belt is worn around the waist with a cap box and sheathed bayonet in place along with a pair of matching Colt M1849 revolvers tucked in tight. He stands staring into the camera with a pair of piercing blue eyes while his musket is held upright at his side. Wonderful example of what a soldier actually looked like in the field. His hands are so dirty they are black! Super image which comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #79812 Exceptional and very rare carte view of an unidentified officer displaying his amputated left hand. Extremely scarce view. Great view of this officer wearing an extremely fine and unique sword belt rig with decorative stitching along the belt and shoulder strap. Unfortunately he is not identified. Back marked out of New Orleans. Don't often see these type of views! $475.00 SOLD!

Item #57611 Extremely rare carte view of Lieutenant Herman Tuerk of the 12th Missouri Infantry. Tuerk originally enlisted with Co. G of the 4th Missouri Infantry for 3 months were he served as an Orderly Sergeant and Sergeant Major before the expiration of his term. He then enlisted with the 12th Missouri as a 2nd Lieut in August of 1861. He would see action at Camp Jackson, Bentonville, Leetown and finally at Pea Ridge when a ball slammed into his face taking out both eyes on March 8th, 1862. He survived the wound and was discharged for disability in August of that same year. After his discharge a number of generals sent commendatory papers to both Lincoln and the US Congress giving high praise for Tuerk and his actions. As a result a special pension was granted by Congress to Tuerk with Lincoln speaking on his behalf in front of Congress. This rare view shows Tuerk dressed in his uniform with a black blindfold covering both eyes. An old period ink inscription on the reverse reads "photographed 1862" with this most likely being one of the original images of Tuerk taken from life. Extremely rare view back marked out of St. Louis. $700.00 SOLD!

Item #55144 Pretty killer sixth plate tintype of a young Federal infantryman. This kid doesn't look more than 15 years old. Dressed in a New York state issue jacket. His cap barely fits his head. Full accouterments with his musket propped up against the table. Not only was this young lad fighting a war before the ago of 18 but he also appears to have been an avid smoker. A pipe stem and a pouch of tobacco can be seen sticking out from his breast pocket. Unfortunately his identity is unknown. I would have been very interested to know what happen to this young boy. Beautiful image with not a flaw in it. Nice early war image. Housed in a full leatherette case. $1200.00 SOLD!

Item #19789 Another rare carte view of an amputee from the war. This unidentified infantryman most likely hails from Connecticut. Dressed in his frock and cap with the arm sleeve shortened and pinned up. Looks like he lost the arm right at the shoulder. Unfortunately we have no idea where he received the wound. He is however back marked by Jennings out of Norwich, Connecticut so he most likely hales from that state. Very nice view. $325.00 SOLD!

Item #19600 Absolutely superb HALF plate mounted tintype!! The scene shows a Federal officer mounted in the saddle on a beautiful dark mare while grasping the reins. His pistols are slung over the pommel of the saddle while he strikes this jaunty pose. Crystal clear image. Generally you see some loss of focus in these mounted views as a result of the movement of the horse but not in this case. Some faint buildings are just visible in the distance. One minor wipe mark that you can see here off to the left side clear of the main content of the image. Seldom seen half plate mounted view. Just absolutely fantastic! Housed in a full leatherette case as well. Best deal your going to find on a HALF PLATE mounted image!! $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #78132 Beautiful early war ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a Federal sergeant. Dressed in his frock and sporting brass shoulder scales. He cradles in his arm a magnificent Hardee hat with an ostrich plume pinned to the side and crystal clear infantry horn with the company letter K pinned to the front. Some minor mat rubs but otherwise a stunning view! Housed in a full leatherette case with a separated spine. $300.00 SOLD!

Item #57198 Seldom seen carte view of a member of the Signal Corps. He's dressed in a tailored 4 button sack coat with three external pouch pockets. His Signal Corps insignia is perfectly visible along with a shield pattern id badge below the insignia. Beautiful and hard to find view. This one was published in Military Images magazine a while back. No back mark on it but it does have a revenue stamp on the reverse. $275.00 SOLD!

Item #57612 Extremely rare carte view of Captain Samuel Schlagle of the 19th Indiana Infantry which made of part of the famed Iron Brigade. Schlagle would enlist at the end of July 1861 mustering with the rank of 1st Sergeant. Promotions would come in the form of 2nd Lieut. towards the end of 1862 and to 1st Lieut. in early 1863 and later to Captain. The regiment was in the thick of it right out of the gate seeing their first action just a month and a half after being mustered into service and it would not let up having a hand in every single major battle the Army of the Potomac would be engaged in. On July 1st at Gettysburg the regiment slugged it out along Willoughby Run and and Seminary Ridge losing 210 men of out the 288 that went into the fight. Schlagle was among the missing. Shot through both legs he lay of the field of battle for 4 days before eventually being found and removed to a hospital. He was later discharged that year as a result of the wound and would live but a few years longer eventually succumbing to the wound. His story is told on page 306 of "On many a Bloody Battlefield, 4 years in the Iron Brigade". Hand singed in period ink across the front bottom, "Yours Truley S. B. Schlagle". Light staining to the bottom corner front and back. No back mark. Very rare view from a highly respected unit. $1350.00 SOLD!

Item #68473 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of an early Illinois infantryman. He sits dressed in a grey Illinois state issued uniform with a brand new set of full accouterments. He shows off his weaponry for the camera brandishing a hefty musket with a small side knife tucked into his belt. Atop his heads sits a rare Loomis cap with it's odd shape and side flaps that could be folded up or down. These were manufactured in Chicago and issued to numbers of Illinois troops early on but fell out of favor rather quickly. Extremely rare to see one of these in an image. Fantastic early war image housed in a full thermoplastic case. $1750.00 SOLD!

Item #19657 Rare carte view by Brady of Colonel Henry A. V. Post of the 2nd USSS. Henry would be commissioned into the 2nd United States Sharp Shooters on the 1st of January, 1862 by special order from the War Department. Prior to that he was serving as the Lieut. Colonel to the regiment. He would not serve in that position long. While leading his men during the Battle of Antietam a ball struck him in the upper arm traveling down the length of the arm and exiting at the elbow. He was carried back to the famed Stone Church on the Sharpsburg Road before eventually making his way back to a hospital in Washington. As a result of that wounding he would receive a discharge on November 18th, 1862. The back bears a period ink inscription written by post which reads, "For Laura & Maria with Papa's best love and a bushel of apples Washington Nov. 12 1862" Laura and Maria being his two daughters from his first marriage. Written just days before his discharge in Washington. There is also a short run down on his service written in pencil on the reverse as well. Very nice view and seldom seen from one of the most renowned units! Service records and a ton of documentation come with this view. $1250.00 SOLD!

Item #56132 This is an extremely neat little item. Two Confederate postage stamps affixed to a small note which reads, "These two stamps were found on the body of Gen Hill and given to E. S. Hunter by Mrs Joe Bailey". A. P. Hill was killed just 7 days before Lee's surrender at the Third Battle of Petersburg. Measures almost 4" long by 2 1/4 wide. Certainly a one of a kind relic! $450.00 SOLD!

Item #17524 Superb carte view of Surgeon Charles A. Griswold of the 93rd Illinois Infantry. Charles would enlist as an Assistant Surgeon in October of 1862 and was later promoted to Surgeon on December 21st, 1864. Griswold would tend to the wounded at Yazoo Pass, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta and others and was present at the surrender of Vicksburg and marched with the regiment during Sherman's March to the Sea. This image does come with a bunch of related paper ephemera related to Griswold. Included is an original newspaper clipping discussing the raising of the regiment and listing the names of the various captains for each company, colonels and so forth including Griswold who is listed as the Assist. Surgeon for the regiment. One of Giswold's calling cards, a large newspaper clipping dated June 1, 1886 regarding Memorial Day services in which Charles addressed the crowd, as well as another large newspaper clipping of the obituary for Charles. There are also 3 letters. One is dated May 17th, 1868 and the other is dated December 17th, 1874. Both letters are addressed to Charle's wife Alice from her cousin. The third letter is also addressed to Alice and is dated May 24, 1863 and details the escape of her cousin from "Dixie" and "Rebeldom" as she put it, making their way from Mississippi to Brooklyn. Really a wonderful grouping and an exceptional quality carte view back marked by Ramsay & Capron's of Chicago. $650.00 SOLD!

Item #99810 Extremely nice carte view of Captain Woodbury Wheeler of the 10th Battalion North Carolina Artillery. He began his military service as an Adjutant on the Field and Staff of the 16th North Carolina Infantry beginning in June, 1861. He additionally served in the 33rd North Carolina Infantry before resigning in mid January of 1862. In April of 1863 he took a commission as captain of Co. D., 10th Battalion Artillery. He was later engaged during the Battle of Bentonville where he fell into enemy hands and became a POW. Wheeler was then sent to Johnson's Island Prison before being transferred to Governors Island, New York. Paroled at the end of April, 1865 he would return to civilian life in North Carolina. The coat which Wheeler is shown wearing here is now housed at The National Museum of American History as is his dispatch bag. This view has an old pencil inscription across the front bottom reading, "W. Wheeler Capt. N. C. Arty." Back marked by Gardner with a tax stamp on the reverse. Extremely fine view. $950.00 SOLD!

Item #89121 Very rare hand signed carte view of Lieut. William B. Cushing of the United States Navy. Cushing was a brilliant military man and he became legendary for his fearlessness and cool head under fire. He however almost missed his chance. He was expelled from the Naval Academy for bad grades and being a prankster. He appealed to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Wells in person and won his case. He saw action at Fort Fisher and Hampton Roads but his real claim to fame was sinking the CSS Albemarle in a daring raid. The Albemarle was causing a great inconvenience for Federal forces along the Roanoke River. Cushing devised a plan involving two small picket boats which he found in New York. To each he mounted a 12 pound Howitzer and a 14 foot spar projecting from the bow of each boat. His plan was to ram the Albemarle and sink her. One boat was lost at sea but the second made it to the mouth of the Roanoke and was fitted with a lanyard detonated torpedo. On the 27th Of October 1864 Cushing put his plan into effect slowly beginning to move up the Roanoke River. On the 28th as they approached the Albemarle they were spotted by both troops on the dock and the men aboard the Albemarle and came under fire. Cushing wasted no time and went full steam ahead riding over a log boom laid to protect the Albemarle and slammed into her hull. Cushing jumped to the bow and yanked the lanyard. The massive explosion rocked the Albemarle and threw William and all his men into the water. The Albemarle sank immediately with a hole in her hull "big enough to drive a wagon in". Cushing swam to shore and evaded capture until he stole a small skiff, paddled back down river and rejoined Federal forces at the mouth of the river. He received the "Thanks of Congress" for his actions. This view is hand signed in period ink in Cushing's own hand. Extremely rare hand signed view in mint condition. Back marked by Brady. $900.00 SOLD!

Item #57120 Beautiful sixth plate early war melainotype of an officer posed with his young daughter. I absolutely love this photo! It has so much character and such a poignant pose of these two. This little girl is just adorable! She is the spitting image of her father. The officer sits dressed in light trousers with a a welt of yellow running down the seam and a tailored jacket with what appear to be 2nd Lieut. shoulder boards. Just a wonderful view. It does come housed in a full leatherette case as well. $650.00 SOLD!

Item #58190 Without question on of the finest quality images I have ever owned! An absolutely phenomenal half plate ruby ambrotype. What is truly unique about this image is the backdrop which is all painted directly onto the plate itself. Featured is a hunter dressed in a dark plastron fronted shirt. Over the shoulder is worn a spectacular game bag and a very large brass powder horn for the double barreled shotgun which is held upright at his side. Just an absolutely superb museum quality image in every regard! $4500.00 SOLD!

Item #20098 Very nice carte view of Thaddeous Doane of Co. B, 11th New Jersey Infantry. Thaddeous mustered as a private in Co. B on August 16th, 1862. During the fight at Chancellorsville he would receive his first wound although apparently slight. He would continue to serve along side his fellow New Jersey troops until July 2nd, 1863 when he would be severely injured by a shell fragment that struck him in the skull during the fight at Gettysburg. The regiment lost a total of 154 men on that day with Thaddeous among the number. After a long recovery he transferred into the Veteran Reserve Corps in mid February of 1864. He would serve in that position until his eventual discharge at the end of June, 1865. This view is signed by Doane while serving with the VRC. A period ink inscription on the reverse reads, "Turely yours Thaddeous Doane Sargt of Co. D. 20th V.R.C". Clipped corners but otherwise fine. $550.00 SOLD!

Item #68712 Superb and exceedingly rare carte view of Lieut. Colonel James H. Rion, 7th Battalion South Carolina Infantry. Originally commissioned into the Field and Staff of the 22nd South Carolina Infantry in January, 1862. A month later he took a commission into the 7th Battalion which served in the Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and were active in the Pocotaligo and Charleston area. It moved to Virginia in early 1864 under Hagood's Brigade and took part in the fight at Drewry's Bluff, Cold Harbor and the siege of Petersburg. Rion himself was wounded at Morris Island. He stands here ready for action with his haversack worn over the shoulder from which a tin cup hangs. A binocular case hangs across the opposite shoulder with the binoculars themselves held in his hand. A large holstered revolver is worn in the front. Wonderful tinting to this view with an old period ink date of "1865" located in the corner. Extremely rare Wearn & Hix backmark out of Columbia, South Carolina. Flawless and a true rarity!! $2000.00 SOLD!

Item #89121 Killer ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a New Hampshire volunteer holding the characteristic pose often times associated with these New Hampshire troops. Several other civilian images accompany this view which identify the subject as Alfred Y. Gale of Co. E., 10th New Hampshire Infantry. He does however in this view have the numeral "12" pinned to the cap instead of a "10". There are no men with the last name of Gale that served in Co. E of the 12th New Hampshire but based on the accompanying id'd photo's this is definitely Alfred Gale. So whether he borrowed this cap for the photo or what the actual circumstances are remain a mystery. He would serve just over a year beginning in early September, 1862 but would be discharged for disability in December of 1863. Two additional views of Gale, one of his wife and a gemtype of a child also accompany this image. Housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case. $450.00 SOLD!

Item #68198 Flat out killer early war sixth plate ambrotype of a very well equipped rebel. Probably from Mississippi would be a good bet. Dressed in a grey frock with matching trousers and cap. Large trimmed cuffs with a collar and cap of matching trim which I believe was probably crimson in color. It's definitely not black and the branch trim color specified for Mississippi troops was to be crimson for both infantryman and rifleman.  He is armed with some very elaborate weaponry indicating he was most likely a rifleman. Trousers for these troops were to be grey with a one inch wide black band down the trouser seam. This trooper sits armed with a target rifle held diagonally across his chest and one hell of a fancy D-Guard with either ivory or mother of pearl inlay. A cartridge box is slung over one shoulder and a wood drum canteen over the other. Around the waist is worn an extremely rare CS eggshell waist plate with the CS clearly visible. It will be a long time before you see another one of those! It comes housed in a full thermoplastic case with unique convex cover glass. $5300.00 SOLD!

Item #89988 Beautiful ninth plate tintype in the oval format. This thing is minty! A pencil id behind the image identifies the soldier as Joseph Bascom Griswold originally of the 2nd Michigan Cavalry. He was discharged in August of 1862 for disability after serving not quite a year. By mid November of 1864 his health must have improved. He mustered into the field and staff of the 4th Michigan Infantry as an assistant surgeon. He would be muster out in late May of 1866 after a promotion to surgeon 5 months earlier. Super image. Not a flaw in this thing and it comes housed in a very nice full thermoplastic case as well. $225.00 SOLD!

Item #78712 Mint! Mint! Mint! Quarter plate ambrotype of an Mississippi infantryman. He stands dressed in a uniform which has been colored a very light shade of blue with a coat that bears Mississippi buttons. He is equipped with full accouterments along with his musket and some type of short sword that appears to be possibly European. His cap has a band of red that wraps around the lower portion of the cap and the letters "GW" pinned to the front. Only one regiment out of Mississippi wore those initials. "Gaines Warriors" which served as Co. A of the 24th Mississippi Infantry. The 24th saw a considerable amount of action and took quite a severe loss at Chickamauga and Chattanooga as well as a number of other battles. The regiment could only muster about 25 men at the time of surrender. Whether or not this man survived is unknown as he is not identified. A wonderful early war image from this hard fought Confederate unit. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. SOLD!

Item #57612 Superb quarter plate ambrotype of a mounted officer in the field. Seated atop a magnificent black horse he stands among a field of wild flowers. A group of soldiers is seen huddled together under a tree just to his rear with a large encampment of canvas tents further off in the distance. A pencil notation behind the image reads, "Co. D 17th New York". Only one staff officer was serving in Co. D and that was Charles Adams Johnson. Charles began his military service serving as a captain with the 14th New York in May of 1861. Interestingly enough the numeral 14 can be seen on the side of the saddle blanket. 11 days after his commission with the 14th  he was discharged to take a promotion with Co. D of the 17th New York. Less than 5 months later he was transferred into the 25th New York which places the date of this image sometime between May, 21st 1861 and October, 4th 1861. I believe this was probably taken while the regiment was encamped at Fort Ellsworth near Alexandria. During his term he would be wounded once at Hanover Court House and would eventually rise to the rank of Brig-General by brevet in March of 1865. The image is absolutely flawless! One of the finest mounted images I have ever had if not the finest. It does come housed in a full leatherette case as well. Museum quality view! SOLD!

Item #46521 Extremely nice carte view of Confederate Major General John S. Marmaduke. Originally serving as a colonel in the Missouri State Guard he resigned his commission after being angry with his troops when they broke and ran after 20 minutes of battle during the Battle of Boonville. He headed to Richmond and took a commission as a 1st Lieut. before being elected to lieutenant colonel of the 1st Arkansas Battalion. He was wounded during the Battle of Shiloh which sidelined him for several months. What he is probably remembered for best is a duel with Major Gen. Lucius M. Walker after Maraduke accused him of cowardice in action for not being on the field with his men during the defeat at the Battle of Cape Girardeau. That duel ended with Walker being shot and killed by Marmaduke. Controversy followed him again after the Battle of Poison Spring when his men were accused of murdering some of the African-American troops belonging to the Federal Army. He passed off the blame onto some Choctaw Indians that were fighting alongside rebel troops. Several African-American troops were in fact murdered and scalped. He was eventually captured at the Battle of Mine Creek in Missouri in 1864 and sent to Johnson's Island prison. He would receive his promotion to Major General while in captivity but never gained his release until after the war had ended. This view shows Marmaduke dressed in civilian clothes and is back marked by Fredricks out of New York. Overall condition is flawless with just two clipped corners at the top. Otherwise a superb view. $500.00 SOLD!

Item #86741 Exceptional half plate ambrotype of Colonel John A. Baker taken when he was serving as a 1st Lieut. not long after his enlistment. John enlisted on May 16th, 1861 as a 1st Lieut. and was commissioned into Co. E of the 1st North Carolina Light Artillery known as the "Wilmington Light Artillery". He served there until discharged for a promotion to captain and was commissioned into the North Carolina Local Defense in early April, 1862. In early September of that year he was promoted to colonel and took a position with the 3rd North Carolina Cavalry where he led several raids into parts of Virginia and North Carolina. A year later he was serving in the 41st North Carolina Infantry and the Army of Northern Virginia as an Aide-de-Camp on the staff of Major General S. G. French. Captured in Richmond on June 21st of 1864 he bounced around from one prison to another before eventually landing on Morris Island where he earned the unfortunate moniker as one of the "Immortal 600". Baker survived the bombardment and his prison stay eventually signing the Oath of Allegiance on March 6th, 1865. This view is published in Greg Mast's book, "State Troops & Volunteers A Photographic Record of North Carolina's Civil War Soldiers" on page 134. Superb and rare view of one of the "Immortal 600". It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case. $4500.00 SOLD!

Item #67143 Wonderful sixth plate ambrotype of a young lad dressed in a very elaborate uniform. Dressed in a grey uniform sporting cloth epaulette's, New York buttons and trimmed with a tombeaux pattern about mid waist. The jacket is trimmed entirely in red with a matching trouser seam. Identified by an old note as, "C. W. Campbell". Young Christopher was a newly arrived Irish immigrant and as it appears also an orphan. Shortly after his arrival he enlisted with Co. F of the 63rd New York Infantry. Part of the famed Irish Brigade. His service began on October 1st, 1861 at a mere 15 years of age. Described as 5 feet tall with grey eyes and red hair he marched off to war serving as the company musician. He sits here with an abnormally swollen cheek. Either from a large piece of chaw or most likely from an abscessed tooth. His service and his stay here in America were short lived. While marching to Manassas Christopher was accidentally shot on March 12th, 1862. He lingered in a hospital in Alexandria until the 21st eventually succumbing to the wound. This view does come housed in a full leatherette case as well as his service records. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #85766 This is a killer grouping that just came directly from the family estate. Samuel K. Thompson of Co. F of the 5th Kansas Cavalry. Samuel mustered with the 5th Kansas in July of 1861. For the next 2 years he served with the 5th receiving a promotion to corporal during that time. In late August, 1863 he was discharged for a promotion to 2nd Lieut. of Co. B of the 54th USCT Infantry. He rose to the rank of major before mustering out in August, 1866. He had subsequent service in the Army from 1867 until 1877. The 5th Kansas served mainly in Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas during Samuel's time there and saw considerable action. The colonel himself pierced by 9 bullets at Morristown. Both of these views date to Samuel's service with that regiment. The first is an absolutely mint quarter plate tintype presumably not long after Samuel's enlistment. He stands dressed in a an undersized cavalry jacket with a sword drawn in one hand and a large frame revolver in the other which appears to be a Whitney Navy. A decent sized Bowie knife hangs from his belt while his scabbard hangs loose at his side. The second view is a sixth plate tintype showing Samuel holding the rank of corporal. Very nicely tinted he stands with his arm resting on a table over which the American flag is draped. Also included in this group is a ninth plate ambrotype of Samuel taken when he was probably 16 or 17 as well as a post war tintype of Samuel dressed in his uniform and posed with his wife Alice. A single tintype view of Alice is also included. The two post war views are identified on the paper sleeve in which they are held. There is an entirely different carte view of Samuel shown on the Civil War Database so there is at least one other view of him out there floating around. All 3 of the cased images come in full leatherette cases. This is a killer grouping of images never before offered to the public! $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #19087 Absolutely superb one of a kind view of Jefferson Davis! This is a post war view of Davis and is believed to be the only known example of this view! It has been viewed by both the MOC and the Valentine Museum neither of which report having ever seen this view. The view has also been published in a new book on Lee photographs by Dr. Hopkins. Back marked by the Lee Gallery of Richmond. Exquisite view in mint condition! $1200.00 SOLD!

Item #76223 Exquisite early ninth plate ambrotype of a young reb sergeant of infantry. Seated pose holding a double barrel shotgun missing the ramrod. Most likely a photographers prop. This guy just has that look that comes to mind when picturing an early rebel trooper. Dressed in a grey blouse or "battleshirt" as they are commonly called with the collar, cuffs and pockets trimmed in what now appears green in color. Originally this color was probably blue but which has oxidized to this greenish hue we see now. His sergeants stripes have also been colored as well and how about those trousers. Now those are fancy! The artist has applied and matching stripe down the trouser seam. Just a killer view of this young Confederate soldier. Crystal clear image. This one comes housed in a half thermoplastic case. $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #65121 Killer sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalryman! Wonderful view of this trooper cradling his sword. Dressed in his shell jacket with brass shoulder scales and sporting a super pair of gauntlets. Light glistens from the rain cover he has worn over his cap. He's got his pistol tucked into his M1851 eagle waist belt with the hammer cocked back and wears two cap boxes. A pencil inscription behind the image lists the name "Frank Pepperman" but no such individual is found serving anywhere. I think however that name may be who this image was supposed to be delivered to based on the inscription. There are a handful of Pepperman's listed all of which either served in the Pennsylvania cavalry regiments. Fantastic view housed in a full leatherette case. $850.00 SOLD!

Item #19870 Extremely rare quarter plate tintype view of a Federal soldier displaying the price he paid for helping to preserve the Union. He stands casually dressed in a frock with one hand resting on his hip while the other is nothing more than an empty sleeve. Most likely this was taken while still recovering from his wounds in one of the numerous hospitals. He stands on the bare ground with the canvas wall of the photographers tent seen behind him. Unfortunately his id or the battle which cost him his arm is unknown. A very rare and seldom seen view no less. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #65711 Absolutely immaculate sixth plate ruby ambrotype! This thing is purty! A young reb dressed in a shell jacket of very coarse wool. Presumably a new recruit as his cap looks like it just came off the shelf with that shiny new visor and stiff material. Company letter "A" is pinned to the top of his cap. Unfortunately all the buttons are gilded over. The mat is marked Tyler & Co. which operated out of South Carolina so he may very well be from that state. Crystal clear and just absolutely stunning! Housed in a half leatherette case. $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #76390 Absolutely exquisite sixth plate daguerreotype of Colonel William B. Munson taken while a cadet at the Norwich Military Academy and purchased directly from the Munson estate located in Colchester, Vermont. Munson graduated from the academy in 1854 placing this image no later than that date and making it one of the earliest known images associated with the Norwich Academy. William was later commissioned a Captain in Co. D of the 13th Vermont in early October of 1862. He was commanding the left wing of the regiment on Cemetery Hill during Pickett's Charge when he fell wounded but a large part of the credit in repulsing that charge was given to the 13th Vermont for their action there. Just 20 days after the battle the regiment was mustered out after the expiration of their term. William was later appointed by the Governor of Vermont in July of 1864 to recruit troops for the state of Vermont from Georgia and Alabama. His service concluded he returned to  Colchester to resume farming. Extremely rare view! $4500.00 SOLD!

Item #61217 Outstanding quarter plate tintype! This one shows a Federal soldier seated on a very fine black mount with several men standing about on a rocky outcropping in rear on the mounted soldier. This one comes with a period id which identifies the man as John Losch. The id reads as, "July 4 61 Respectfully John Losch 7 Cavlry Co K". John would muster as a Quarter Master sergeant with the regiment and serve in that position for the remainder of his term of service. The actual image is just a shade darker than it appears here. Killer mounted view housed in a full leatherette case. $2200.00 SOLD!

Item #89572 Absolutely magnificent carte view of General George Custer. This example is immaculate! I'm not going to bother to go into Custer's storied history as I assume everybody is aware of it at this point. This is an exceptional view by Brady and is front and back marked by his studio. This vignetted pose I believe dates to sometime after July of 1863. Period ink id on the front of the view noting it as Custer and an absolutely beautiful period ink inscription on the reverse that reads, "Gen. George Custer Wolverine Brigade 3rd Division Cavalry Corps A of P". Not a flaw on this one. Just absolutely perfect in every regard! $1200.00 SOLD!

Item #67877 Killer sixth plate ambrotype of a Confederate 1st Lieut. of artillery! Fantastic image of this officer dressed in a double breasted grey frock. The cuffs and collar trimmed red as well as the flap of his coat which has been trimmed in red along it's edge. Matching grey trousers with a welt of red down the trouser seam as well. Just a beautiful image! Most of the buttons have been gilded over with the exception of the top button which is only partially obscured. I'm pretty sure those a South Carolina buttons on that coat. Gorgeous image housed in a full thermoplastic case. SOLD!

Item #76812 Wonderful sixth plate tintype of a young boyish faced rebel. Barely old enough to remain in the ranks although I would be skeptical he actually served on the firing line but rather served in some other position. His innocent face has yet seen a razor or the horrors of war which would soon follow after he posed for this view. He's dressed in a double breasted frock and wears a classic "Stonewall" forage cap. The buttons down the front of the jacket have all been gilded over but one of his cuff buttons which is under the mat is clearly a Virginia button. No surprise there. Even without the button this kid screams Virginia. Unfortunately he is not identified. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #73412 Super cool sixth plate tintype of a Federal cavalry officer. The officer stands off to the right of his mount on some very rough looking terrain. Looks to have been taken late in the year as there is no foliage to been seen on any of the scrub brush. The officer stands propped up on his sword sporting gauntlets and a killer pair of cavalry boots! Here's sporting a really neat smoking cap as well. Interesting that the horse did not wander off during the process and appears to have stayed relatively still as he doesn't appear to be tied off to anything. Pretty killer image if you ask me! It does have a very faint crease in it which runs vertically but does not distract. This one does come housed in a half leatherette case. $1950.00 SOLD!

Item #32109 Superb and absolutely flawless half plate ambrotype of five Federal infantryman. All privates with the exception on the corporal seated in the center. Both men in the back are smoking pipes and the man to the right is seen holding something in his hand and displaying it for the camera. It looks like maybe a japanned tobacco tin. Visible pinned to the tops of the caps is the insignia "140" and "B". All five of these men may in fact be related but the 3 in front are almost certainly brothers. After viewing the six regiments which held a regimental designation as the 140th only one shows 3 brothers serving in a Co. B. Adam, George and Price Dilley of Co. B, 140th Pennsylvania Infantry. Of those three brothers only one is listed as holding the rank of corporal. All 3 men enlisted from Mercer County on September 4th, 1862. Adam was wounded before Petersburg on July 4th, 1865 and two months later received his discharge. George was discharged for disability just a month prior to Gettysburg which may in fact have saved his life as this regiment was heavily engaged there. Price who is seen seated in the center would muster as a corporal but he to would be discharged for disability on January 1st, 1865. The two other men may also be brothers but unfortunately there are several pairs of brothers that served in Co. B from Mercer County so their identity will most likely never be known. Superb image worthy of further research. This one does come housed in a full leatherette case as well. $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #65009 I absolutely love this image and the story which it tells. This is an early sixth plate ambrotype of a boyish faced rebel heading of to war. He's dressed in a a very hastily made home spun jacket of what appears to be some very shoddy material. Large buttons adorn his coat with some design present on the face of each button but I believe they are some type of civilian button. He sits holding a large bouquet of flowers and he also has a large rose on his coat with the stem running through the button hole on his jacket! I can just imagine this guy marching down to the train station to board cars as the ladies of the town cheer the men on and shower them with flowers and kisses as we often read of. Unfortunately this soldier is not identified so whether or not he ever returned home is unknown. This image will be published in an upcoming issue of Civil War Times magazine. It does come housed in a full leatherette case. Wonderful image! $1500.00 SOLD!

Item #10978 Outstanding sixth plate ambrotype of Confederate corporal of artillery. This thing is absolutely beautiful! He sits dressed in a grey frock with red piping and matching grey trousers. Great color to this image. The chevrons have been tinted red as well. He also sports a grey cap with artillery insignia pinned to the front and company letter "A". Really just a beautiful image which comes housed in a full leatherette case. $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #98981 Killer ninth plate tin! This thing is a beauty. Seated pose of a Federal infantry sergeant with the Sixth Corps. I just love this pose! Seated with his legs crossed he gives a great view of the wide black welt that runs down the trouser seam. He's got an enormous Sixth Corps/ID badge pinned to the breast of his coat. I would love to know where that thing is today! Just an all around killer view. Now this does come uncased but I do have a absolutely mint thermoplastic cast that this would look great in for an additional $50. Super image! $300.00 SOLD!

Item #62190 Exquisite! Half plate ambrotype by famed Richmond photographer Charles Rees. A true master piece as one would expect from Rees. This image recently surfaced at a West Virginia estate sale and was previously an unknown view. Standing pose of a Confederate major of artillery. His identity has yet to be uncovered but he most certainly served with the Army of Northern Virginia. He's dressed in a double breasted frock with the collar and cuffs trimmed in red. Beautifully tinted as only Charles Rees could do. He stands next to the column shown in many of the Rees views. This view is not signed by Rees but this is without question his work. This would be the center piece to any image collection. It does come housed in a ratty half leatherette case. This is an extremely rare view for the advanced collector with only a handful of examples in existence! $13,000 FIRM! SOLD! 

Item #77745 Fantastic quarter plate tintype of a mounted officer. Really an outstanding mounted view. This Federal officer sits atop a very nice looking black mare grasping the reins in his hands. His saber can be seen hanging down along the at his side. A large wooden building can be seen in the background. A pencil inscription inside the case reads Catherine Beach which is located along the coast in Georgia. The soldier however is not identified. There is a dent to the far right just on the edge of the mat which you can see here in this scan but it does not intrude into the main content of the image. This one does come housed in a half case. Great image! $1950.00 SOLD!

Item #10901 Top notch!!! This is a magnificent sixth plate ambrotype fresh out of South Carolina. I tend to think this guy was probably a Virginian however. Absolutely superb view. Dressed in a grey dirty jacket and matching trousers with a wide black stripe down the trouser seam. The buttons while partially tinted are clearly visible and are the rare "Jeb Stuart" type. The belt plate is to obscured to determine but it looks like some type of two piece plate. A tin drum canteen hangs from a thin leather sling from one shoulder while a linen haversack is strung over the other. His cap rests on the table next to his arm. If there's ever been a soldier showing signs of the 1000 yard stare I'd say this guy is the clear victor. His piercing stare speaks of a man tired and worn. Probably one of the most stunning Confederate views I have had come in. Unfortunately he is not identified. Truly a phenomenal image! Housed in a full leatherette case. SOLD!

Item #20990 Exceptionally rare carte view of Adjutant J. Smith Brown of the 1st Regiment United States Sharp Shooters Berdans! Smith would muster with the 1st USSS in late May of 1861. He quickly rose through the ranks receiving a promotion to Corporal, Sergeant-Major and then Adjutant. He was very close to Berdan himself and is described as being Berdans "agent" as well as his "secretary". He would serve with the 1st USSS up until October 1862 when he was discharged to serve as Adjutant for the 126th New York. This view shows Smith during his service with the 1st USSS as he stands dressed in the green frock for which the regiment was known for. It is hand singed in period ink across the bottom by Smith. A period ink inscription on the reverse in Smith's hand reads, "Mollie Sparr Smith Brown Adjutant 1st Regt Berdans U.S.S.S". He saw a ton of action! While with the 1st USSS he fought at Big Bethel, Yorktown, Gaines Mill, Savage Station, 2nd Bull Run, Antietam and numerous others. His service with the 126th saw it's share of action as well being heavily engaged at Gettysburg and Mine Run. Extremely rare view from one of the most sought after regiments of the war. Exceptional! $2200.00 SOLD!

Item #77684 Absolutely stunning early half plate ambrotype of a Federal captain of cavalry. This is probably one of the most clear images I have ever seen! This captain sits grasping his sword in one hand and cradling his M1855 Hardee hat with the other. A large ostrich plume is pinned to one side with cavalry insignia and the numeral "5" just as clear as a bell on the front of the hat. I believe this is Captain William Bedford Royall of the 5th US Regular Cavalry. The same regiment in which Custer served. William was commissioned into the 5th as a Captain on March 21st, 1861. He fought with distinction at Falling waters, Yorktown, Williamsburg, Hanover Court House and Old Church where he managed to cut through enemy lines to evade capture but not before receiving several saber blows one of which was to his head. That blow disabled him for quite sometime afterwards. He received a promotion to Major by Brevet for his actions at Hanover Court House in May of 1862 and another promotion by Brevet to Lieut. Colonel in June of 1862 for his actions at Old Church. As a result of his wounding he spent most of the rest of the war working as a recruiting officer in Louisville, Kentucky. He eventually received a promotion by Brevet to full Colonel in early 1865. After the war he saw extensive service fighting hostile Indians before finally retiring from service life in 1887. Based on his very clean and tidy appearance I would tend to think he sat for this view very shortly after his commission into the 5th. You really have to hold this image in hand to appreciate the clarity of this view. My scan does not compare to it's actual clarity. It does have a little foggy area down in the right hand corner which is part of the original chemistry of the image but otherwise a superb view of a life long military man that saw extensive action! It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $2000.00 SOLD!

Item #64328 Simply wow! Magnificent early quarter plate ambrotype of a trio of Confederates. I think these men might all be brothers. I simply love this image. The man to the left looks to be possibly a navy ensign although I doubt it based on his appearance. Dressed in a wonderful double breasted frock naval insignia pinned to his lapels! The black straw hat he wears is just killer! Standing next to him is a infantry officer. I would presume probably a lieutenant dressed in a single breasted grey frock. I'm not sure what role this last guy actually served. He's dressed in civilian clothes but sports a forage cap with a couple of numbers pinned to the top. Obviously taken along one of the coastal areas. Possibly Texas as that was a hot bed of naval activity for the Confederacy early on before the blockade really began to tighten it's grip. Unfortunately none of these men are id'd but I can't help but think that there was a great story to be told here. Absolutely superb content and how often do you see Confederate naval personnel.  Not to often. This image is worthy of being published at some point. Just a fantastic view! It does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. Phenomenal! $3000.00 SOLD!

Item #21980 Extremely rare vignette carte view of a young unidentified Confederate sailor. He appears to be a midshipman as I can see no rank apparent. He's dressed in a grey double breasted coat with CSN Navy buttons present. The second button down on the right you can make out the anchor on the button. This view came out of an album related to the Confederate Signal Corps that were operating out of the Houston and Galveston area. This one has an elaborate border unlike the usual solid line border you find on these. Extremely rare back mark out of Houston, Texas as well. I would assume he was working on one of the many blockade runners making their way up and down the Texas coast. Extremely rare view. A war date Texas back mark is almost unheard of. This view is entirely mint with no folds or bends and zero soiling with nice sharp corners. $800.00 SOLD!

Item #01019 Superb sixth plate tintype of a member of the famed Iron Brigade! This one has the initials "JBL" on the back of the plate. This dashing infantryman turns out to be John B. Leidy of Co. F, 2nd Wisconsin Infantry. John sits here dressed in a splendid new uniform and killer cap! An infantry horn is pinned to the front with the numeral "2" in the center and the letter "F" above. Below the horn is a small plate with the letters "WIS". I know several of these small plates have been dug in camps from various states although this is the first time I have ever seen one actually in use! I believe there was even a question as to what these plates were actually used for. Well now we know!  A large ostrich plume completes this wonderful cap. John enlisted with the 2nd Wisconsin just days after Fort Sumter was fired upon and mustered into Co. F on April 23rd of 1861. He served with the regiment up until his death on July 1st, 1863 at Gettysburg. Presumably when the regiment advance upon the enemy being the first to meet it head on and was cut to pieces after receiving the full brunt of a volley fired by the enemy resulting in a 30% loss of it's men. Extremely rare view!! This one is absolutely mint as well. It does come housed in a full patriotic case. SOLD!

Item #75690 This is the one and only opportunity you will probably ever have to acquire this view. The rarity of this carte goes without mention. Colonel Charles Frederick Taylor of the 13th Pennsylvania Bucktails. Charles would muster with Co. H of that regiment with the rank of captain on May 28th, 1861. He would end up a prisoner of war during the Battle of Harrisburg for refusing to leave the side of Colonel Thomas Kane who lay wounded on the field. Later released the regiment found itself in the thick of the fight again at Fredericksburg where Taylor would receive his first wound although slight. On May 1st of 1863 he would receive a promotion to colonel. In early July the 13th found themselves battling it out with Confederate forces around the sleepy town of Gettysburg. It would be Taylor's last fight as he was killed during the battle on Little Round Top. A monument now stands on the field marking the location where he fell in battle. The history of the Pennsylvania Bucktails is extensive during their war time service. They served in the advance of almost every single major engagement from June of 1861 until being mustered out 3 years later in June of 1864. I think there maybe 2 known examples of this view this being the better of the two and nearly flawless. This is a bust view of Taylor with an unusual double lined red border. It is back marked by J. E. McClees of Philidelphia and does carry and cancelled tax stamp on the reverse as well. It is dated by the photographer August, 1864 so it is a war date view. Exceptionally rare with a better example non existent! $4200.00 SOLD!

Item #99219 Extremely rare carte view of Captain Calvin Cally Cogswell Morgan Jr. One of John Hunt Morgans 6 brothers to serve for the state of Kentucky. He served as both a Capt. and an aide-de-camp on the staff of brother-in-law General Basil W. Duke. He was one of the many men captured during Morgan's Great Raid into Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky in early July of 1863. Sent to Fort Delaware for his imprisonment he sat for this photograph while in captivity there. Later released he was among the group of Kentucky loyalists that volunteered to serve as one of Jefferson Davis' escorts during his flight from capture after the collapse of the Confederate government. After the war he became prominent businessman and local politician. He would eventually succumb to heart failure in July of 1882. This view carries a period ink id on the front. It does have clipped corners and some minor indentations along the very top. Back marked by John Gihon who photographed many of the prisoners housed at Fort Delaware. Very rare view! $1650.00 SOLD!

Item #77721 Exceptionally rare view of Confederate Colonel Joseph T. Tucker of the 11th Kentucky Cavalry. Tucker was among several of Morgan's officers that fell into enemy hands during Morgan's Great Raid through Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Originally sent to an Ohio prison after his capture he was soon sent to Fort Delaware along with several other of Morgan's men and posed for this view while imprisoned there. On June 26th, 1864 Tucker along with 50 other Confederate officers were loaded on board the steamer "Dragoon" to be sent to Charleston Harbor to be placed within range of of Confederate guns firing on the city in retaliation for a similar act done by the rebels. After being confined for 5 weeks on board the "Dragoon" Tucker along with the rest of the officers on board were exchanged. Once exchanged he took up active service once more under Breckinridge in West Virginia. He commanded what was to be called the "Kentucky Battalion" and did so until the end of the war. He led his men through the Kentucky mountains to Mt. Sterling and there surrendered his command. This is a superb view with a period ink id along the bottom and of course back marked by Gihon's of Philadelphia. Extremely rare view! $1850.00 SOLD!

Item #51113 Superb early war quarter plate melainotype of a pair of baby faced young rebs! Brothers perhaps. The kid to the left I doubt was over the age of 17 or 18. Both sit dressed in identical button up over shirts with twin breast pockets and grey trousers. You can just make out the the black trouser seam running down the pant leg of the trooper to the left. Both are outfitted with a wonderful wide brimmed black felt hat which each has molded to his own liking. The star sits prominently pinned to the front of one young mans hat. The other looks to have a star pinned to the side of his cap which you can just barely see sticking up above the curled up brim on his hat. The initial thought is that these two men were partisans with Terry's Texas Rangers. They definitely fit the part and are dressed in a nearly identical fashion as other known views of troopers from that regiment. I would be very interested in seeing more research done on this image as I am quite certain these two men were brothers with the possibility of an identity very plausible based on their young age. A wonderful view regardless. This one does come housed in a half leatherette case. $2000.00 SOLD!

Item #11161 Extremely rare carte view of Confederate Brig. General William Ruffin Cox of North Carolina. With the out break of war Cox took it upon himself to raise to and outfit an artillery company known as the "Ellis Artillery Company" in early 1861. He later raised an infantry company before being appointed to major for the 2nd North Carolina by the Governor. He fought at Antietam receiving a promotion to Lieut. Colonel after Colonel Charles Tew was killed during the fight. Wounded 3 times during the Battle of Chancellorsville he stayed with his men until exhaustion forced him to retire to a field hospital. It took him until the fall of 1863 to recover from his wounds only to be wounded again in the face and shoulder during the fight at Kelly's Ford which earned him a 40 day furlough to recuperate. He fought great distinction at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House for which he was later personally commended by Robert E Lee. Cox led his troops again at Cold Harbor and then into the Shenandoah Valley and fought with distinction once more at Monocacy before serving in the trenches surrounding Petersburg and taking part in the counterattack on Fort Stedman. Promoted to Brig. General after Fort Stedman he would lead a division for the final year of the war before surrendering his force at Appomattox Court House. He survived the war and 11 wounds and served for 6 years in the United States Congress. Cox lived until 1919 and became one of the last surviving generals of the Confederate Army. This view is absolutely mint with a very desirable C. C. Giers backmark of Nashville. You will not find another of these. You can probably count on one hand the number of these views in existence. Superb and very rare view! $1000.00 SOLD!

Item #54567 If your looking for the best of the best here it is.. Lieutenant Thomas A. Moreland stands here for his photograph while imprisoned at Fort Delaware. Initially Moreland was commissioned as a first lieutenant in company G of the First Kentucky Infantry on June 1 of 1861 serving with that unit until mid May of 1862. He soon joined with General John Hunt Morgan's Cavalry Division and served on the general's personal staff as an Aide-de-camp. Taking part in Morgan's Great Raid throughout Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky during the summer of 1863 he would soon find himself in enemy hands. Sent to Fort Delaware he posed for this photograph while in captivity on May 3rd, 1864. The image is dated on the reverse in period ink and identified as being taken at Fort Delaware. Signed in Moreland's own hand the image was formally part of the personal cdv album of fellow Morgan Raider and Fort Delaware prison inmate Captain Hart Gibson who was also captured during Morgan's Great Raid. Moreland was eventually released and found his way into the Second Kentucky Cavalry serving as a second lieutenant under Morgan's brother-in-law Brigadier General Basil W. Duke. A number of loyal Kentucky cavalry veterans along with Moreland and General Duke himself volunteered to serve as Jefferson Davis' personal bodyguard. Following the collapse of the Confederate Government they attempted to escort President Davis through southern lines in an effort to escape capture. Federal troops eventually caught up with Moreland and on May 9th, 1865 he once again fell into enemy hands at Washington, Georgia. Ten days later he would take the oath of allegiance thus ending his military career. To say this is an extremely rare view would be an understatement. Exquisite carte view from one of the south's most prominent and daring cavalry regiments of the war. Absolutely superb!! $1800.00 SOLD!

Item #10997 Super sixth plate ambrotype of a very young Confederate artilleryman. This kid can't be more 15 years old. Presumably from a very well to do family based on this young soldiers dress. He's outfitted in a tailor made double breasted coat trimmed in red. Unfortunately none of the buttons are able to be discerned. A red welt runs down the trouser seem as well while sporting a pair of knee high cavalry boots. Unfortunately his identity is unknown. The innocence of his boyish face is very captivating given the circumstances under which this image was taken. Just a wonderful image! It does come housed in a full leatherette case. $1200.00 SOLD!

Item #33321 Absolutely killer ninth plate ambrotype of a steely eyed reb infantryman. This one came out of Georgia. Reportedly this trooper was by the last name of Austin and was related to the great Stephen Austin of Texas fame. However that being said this son of the south wears the distinct uniform of the 1st Regiment South Carolina Orr's Rifles which was a grey frock with collar, cuff's and facing's trimmed green and in fact the button just next to his trigger guard is in fact a South Carolina Palmetto. Accouterments are very plain with a cartridge box strap worn across the breast and a small leather belt which is worn on the outside of the coat. His cap box hangs from the belt while a small frame revolver is tucked into the other side. He prominently display his Austrian rifle for the camera with the hammer cocked and finger on the trigger. There is in fact a William Austin listed as serving in the Orr's Rifles who's physical descriptions matches this gentleman almost exactly. Possibly the soldier seen here but we will never know for certain. Superb image! Great content and belonging to one of the south's most well know units! $2250.00 SOLD!

Item #21231 Wonderful carte view of surgeon Edmund Burke Haywood of North Carolina. Originally enlisting as a private in the Raleigh Light Infantry he was elected surgeon of the regiment as a result of his previous medical experience. He was later appointed to surgeon for all North Carolina state troops and saw heavy fighting during the Peninsular Campaign and the Seven Days Battle around Richmond. His compassion for treating both his own troops as well as enemy troops was widely noted. In August of 1862 he was commissioned a surgeon in the Confederate Army and was placed in charge of all military hospitals located in Raleigh and was headquartered at Pettigrew Hospital. He continued to treat sick and wounded men from both sides even as Sherman closed in on the city and continued to do so at his own expense after the south's surrender until all troops had been removed from the hospitals which were under his care. He went on to great accomplishments within the medical field throughout the remainder of his life. This view is exceptional is back marked by Watson's of Raleigh, N.C. A period ink inscription on the reverse reads, "E Burke Haywood M.D. Surgeon N.C. Troops in charge of General Hospital". Rare and exceptional view! $700.00 SOLD!

Item #10932 Exquisite carte view of Gen. John B. Gordon. One of the south's most audacious fighting generals and highly regarded by Robert E. Lee. How this man managed to survive the war is beyond description! During the Seven Days Battle he had the handle shot off of his pistol, a hole shot through his canteen and part of his coat shot off. At Malvern Hill he suffered a wound to the eyes. At Antietam he was assigned with the unenviable task of holding the "Bloody Lane". There a minie ball passed through his calf. Next another ball smashed into the same leg higher up. Next a ball tore through his left arm mangling it to pieces and severing an artery. He refused to go to the rear for treatment and shortly there after another ball tore into his shoulder. Another ball smashed into his face, through his cheek and out his jaw causing Gordon to fall forward with his face landing in his cap. He may have drowned if it weren't for a bullet that pierced his cap allowing the blood to drain out. He would recover in time to take part of the invasion into Pennsylvania in 1863 and on July 1st at Gettysburg his brigade smashed headlong into the XI Corps on Barlow's Knoll. During the fight for Spotsylvania Court House he prevented a Confederate rout by turning back a massive Union assault. He was wounded in the head again at Shepardstown but continued to lead his men and then received another wound in the leg commanding the attack on Fort Stedman. His final action came at Appomattox Court House shortly before the surrender when he led the last charge of for the Army of Northern Virginia. There he captured entrenchments and several pieces of artillery before surrendering to Joshua Lawrence Chamberlin which resulted in the now famous salute given to Gordon and his men by Chamberlin and the troops under his command as Gordon and his men finally laid down their arms. Superb view of one of the south's most famous leaders with a very rare back mark by Tanner & Vanness of Lynchburg, Virginia. $800.00 SOLD!

Item #29667 US cartridge box and cap box. These are no ordinary boxes however. This pair is identified to Sergt. Henry Reese of Co. F, 48th Pennsylvania Infantry. Henry enlisted in with the regiment in October of 1861 serving with the regiment through all 4 years of war. He would receive a promotion to 2nd Lieut. in October of 1863 before mustering out at the end of July, 1865. For those of you who are not familiar with Lieut. Reese he was also know as Henry "Sapper" Reese. He is the man responsible for lighting the fuse in the mine dug under Petersburg which then blew the Confederate earthworks to hell and gone resulting in the Battle of the Crater!! These are the very boxes he was almost certainly wearing at the time! The condition of the cartridge box very good and it remains very pliable with both tins present. The closure tab on the cap box is is almost torn off but is otherwise in very good condition as well. It is minus the wool and vent pick however. These items were purchased from Reese by Sam Leisey sometime during the 1890's when Reese was working as a miner in the area of Shamokin, PA. The items were held in the Leisey collection until his death in 1961 when they were then purchased and housed in the Wietzel collection until recently. The cartridge box is marked inside the frost flap "48th Reg. Penn Vols" although it is a 20th century marking. It does come with an old tag from either Wietzel or from Leisey which documents where the pair came from as well as the 48th's hard fought service. Overall a very nice set. An incredible piece of history! $850.00 SOLD!

Item #44421 Outstanding sixth plate tintype of a double armed yankee cavalryman. This one is identified on the back of the plate as James Absher of Co. F, 2nd Indiana Cavalry. James would enlist in early September 1861 and would serve up until his capture in the area of the Chattahoochie River. James is shown here dressed in his cavalry uniform with a carbine sling over one shoulder and the sling for his sword belt worn over the other. His massive cavalry saber is held up right propped up against his shoulder while he cradles his carbine in the other hand. A killer Hardee hat with cavalry insignia and an ostrich plume rests on the table at his side. After his capture James was sent to the infamous Andersonville Prison. He managed to survive to ordeal and mustered out in mid January 1865. Included with the image is an 1879 copy of the book "Andersonville" which James took the liberty of inscribing his name inside the cover. Inside the book is a Richmond $10 note and along with a .10 cent note. Also included is an old cabinet card of Andersonville survivor E.W. McIntosh which shows McIntosh as he looked when he was finally released from the prison along with a complete story of McIntosh on the reverse of the card. The card in itself is a very unique item. Really a killer grouping of items! SOLD!

Item #41217 This is probably one of the coolest pieces I have ever had in. This is a carte view of Major Waller M. Boyd of Co. G, 19th Virginia Infantry which is retained in it's original albumen sleeve with period ink writing dating it to 1864. This guy has quite the record. Enlisting as a private with the 19th almost immediately after the fall of Sumter he rose through the rank to 1st Lieut. by July of 1861 and then to Captain in April of 62' His record was mostly uneventful up until July 3 of 1863 when he participated in the failed attempt of Pickett's Charge. After Gen. Garnett was killed charging the wall Boyd was next in command and stormed the stone wall. Reportedly becoming the first man to reach the wall before he was shot down where he stood and captured. During his confinement he was sent to Fort McHenry and then to Fort Delaware and finally to the officers prison located at Johnsons Island. He would spend about 7 months there before being sent off to Point Lookout, Maryland to be exchanged. By mid March of 1864 he was back serving with his regiment and in October received his promotion to Major. By April of 1865 he was back in Union hands captured at Sailor's Creek. He was then sent to Old Capital Prison and from there back to his old haunt at Johnsons Island. After a 3 month stay he would eventually sign an Oath of Allegiance in Sandusky, Ohio before heading for home. An absolutely amazing piece of history with a story like none other! $2450.00 SOLD!

Item #6757 Where to even begin with this one! One of the best reb images I have had come in for some time! This guy could be the poster child for the "Confederate Soldier". When we speak of the Confederate soldier the image which first enters our mind is almost certainly a very dashing looking young man brandishing a massive D-guard knife. Well here he his! This is a superb ninth plate ruby ambrotype of a young and very well armed Confederate trooper. This came out of the backwoods of Louisiana some time ago. He's dressed in what was probably a light brown 6 button shell jacket sporting shoulder tabs and a small slash pocket. The buttons appear to be flat coin buttons with no design present. How about that hat! A killer grey felt cap with the sides pinned up. There is a small ribbon of some sort pinned to the one side. Around the waist is worn a huge, plain brass or pewter rectangular belt plate on a very wide leather belt. Tucked into his breast pocket is a Colt M1855 Sidehammer Pocket revolver. In one hand he grasps a massive D-guard Bowie knife and in the other is held a fife. Here is this tuff looking heavily armed young rebel ready to do battle and yet he was determined to have his photograph taken with what was almost certainly one of his most prized possessions, his fife. I think one can picture this young man sitting about camp with his fellow soldiers playing Dixie or some other tune to the cheers of his fellow comrades. Encased between the image and brass mat is a lock of blond hair which I would presume was his. Perhaps cut following his death but we shall never know as this young man remains unidentified. images of this content are getting harder and harder to find these days. Absolutely superb content image! This one does come housed in a full leatherette case case. $3800.00 SOLD!

Item #10787 Awesome outdoor carte view of a Federal cavalryman holding a beautiful black horse by the reins as a woman sits side saddle. His wife I would presume. A large town sits in the background with several intersecting roads running behind the pair. Nice up close view too! Really a super outdoor carte view with no bends at all. No back mark on this one though but who cares. This view is killer! $395.00 SOLD!

Item #4223 Outstanding sixth plate tintype of Captain A. W. Gloster commanding Co. C of the 3rd Confederate Engineer Troops. This is one of those images I like to refer as one of the "10 pecenter's". Of all the images out there a select few have all the qualities necessary to elevate them above the rest. This is one of them. Early in 1861 Gloster headed off to war and joined the Army Of Tennessee. He was sworn into a cavalry company lead by Capt. White along the banks of the Mississippi River in Randolph, TN while standing along side Nathan Bedford Forrest. Their hands resting on the same bible as they were sworn in!! Shortly afterwards Gloster was commissioned by Gov. Harris as a Lieut of engineers and assigned to duty on Brig. General John L. T. Sneed's staff. He would remain on Sneed's staff until the Army of Tennessee was transferred to the Confederate government at which point he was assigned to duty with acting chief engineer of the army Major Minor Meriwether. He was active in assisting with engineering service at Island No. 10., Fort Pillow and Shiloh as well as building fortifications around Corinth. Captured after the fall of Vicksburg he remained at a parole camp in Demopolis, Alabama up until October when he would be exchanged. Ordered to report to the army at Missionary Ridge he was put in command of Co. C., Third Regiment Engineers and sent to Atlanta to build wagons and boats for the pontoon trains of the army. He remained in command until the end of the war helping to build bridges for the Army of Tennessee. Gloster is shown here dressed in a frock with his hat resting on the table with one side pinned up by a seven pointed star and outfitted with an ostrich plume. The image is dated inside the case as being taken April 25th of 1860. There is also a period note behind the image which reads, "April 25th 1860 Left for the war May 27th, 1861". The image is published in William Albaugh's book Confederate Faces on page 150 and does comes with a copy of that book along with a ton of documentation.The image is housed in a full thermoplastic case which is a little warped. This is an exceptional and rare view! $2500.00 SOLD!

Item #4111 Outstanding carte view of G. M. Dodge and staff of the 1st Alabama Infantry USV. He is probably best known for the military execution of Confederate spy Sam Davis. Dodge was so impressed by the mans courage and loyalty that in 1909 he would contribute money to help build a monument commemorating Davis. Dodge was seriously wounded while leading the 16th Corps during the Atlanta Campaign. He returned to duty late in 1864 to command the Dept. of the Missouri and spent the remainder of the war chasing Indians and guerrillas. This is a hard to find view and condition is excellent. This one is backmarked by Howard & Hall of Cornith, Miss. Superb and very rare view. $500.00 SOLD!

Item #9459 If you like mint images they don't come any more mint than this one wow! This image is absolutely flawless and I mean flawless!! Sixth plate ambrotype of a red haired, freckled face young rebel cavalryman. He dressed in a light grey coat with black shoulder tabs and an applied pointed cuff design of the same color as the coat. The buttons are marked "C" for cavalry and several of them are easily visible under a loop. The trousers have been tinted a very light shade of blue which is almost unrecognizable but you are able to see the slight blue hue to the trousers here. In his lap rests a black cap trimmed in gold braid. As far as condition goes you are going to be hard pressed to find a better one. If perfect is 10 this one is above the bar. Absolutely beautiful image! This one comes housed in a full leatherette case. $1850.00 SOLD!

Item #1097 Superb ninth plate ruby ambrotype of an unknown member belonging to the 1st Virginia Cavalry "Berkely Troop". Extremely rare view. Our cavalryman is dressed in a triple breasted grey frock which sports Virginia buttons and trimmed in gold braid. A dark cap is worn with cavalry insignia and the numeral "1" denoting that unit. This unit saw extensive service beginning with the First Battle of Bull Run under J.E.B Stuart. They would see action in no less than 200 engagements of varying degrees. Basically every major battle that you can think of these guys were there. They served up until the surrender at Appomattox with only a single man present from the unit at the surrender. This image was formally owned by the late, great Bill Turner and is accompanied by a note signed by Mr. Turner identifying the image as that of the Berkely Troop. It's housed in a full leatherette case with a short poem written behind the image. "A kiss A kiss, ???? with bliss, I send within this paper" Extremely rare image with only a handful known to exist from this unit! $1950.00 SOLD!

Item #2199 That is one grumpy looking yankee cavalryman. I can only presume due to the fact that he must have herniated his horse with those implements of war he has strapped to his body and was forced to walk the rest of the way.. Two large frame revolvers each holstered. His cavalry saber and belt rig and one hell of a fine example of a Sharps carbine! This guy meant business! This is an outstanding quadruple armed cavalry soldier! Simply phenomenal! It does have some slight solarization but nothing to serious. Just a killer armed to the teeth yank! Comes housed in a full thermoplastic case. $3800.00 SOLD!

Item # 6521 This is a beautiful ninth plate ruby ambrotype. This trooper is believed to be from Georgia. The buttons have all been gilded over but I sold a sixth plate image earlier this year in which the uniform was nearly identical and that uniform did bear Georgia buttons. The only difference between this uniform and the other being single breasted vs's double breasted. The previous image showing this uniform was thought to be an officer accounting for the double breasted coat. That image can be found in the sold section. This view is absolutely mint and comes in a velvet backed full leatherette case. $1000.00 SOLD

Item # 1929 Outstanding quarter plate ambrotype! Wonderful view of a Virginia officer standing with his arm resting on the table next to him. Dressed in an exquisite grey uniform and a two piece Virginia State Seal waist belt. He also wears a very unique Sicilian style cap. These seem to have been popular with many early Virginia regiments. This officer's identity is unknown but I am aware of at least two other images out there featuring this same officer. This image was published in the May/June 2012 issue of Military Images magazine and it does come with a copy of that issue. Some slight spotting to this image but I think they are overshadowed by the outstanding nature of this view! This one does come housed in a full thermoplastic case as well. SOLD!

Item #1277 Stunning sixth plate ambrotype of a double armed Louisiana Confederate infantryman. This is an exceptional example! This heavily bearded rebel is dressed in a Louisiana issue grey frock trimmed in black. Around the waist is worn a wide leather belt with his cap box attached and a Louisiana State Seal belt plate. His sheathed bayonet can be seen under his left arm. This image is so clear you can actually see the stitching on the bayonet scabbard! A wide brimmed felt hat is also worn as well as matching grey trousers. His musket is held upright, possible a Belgium musket while a revolver is tucked into his belt. The pistol is a very rare 1850-51 Wesson and Leavitt Patent Belt Revolver made by the Massachusetts Arms Company. Only about a 1000 of these were made due to a patent infringement filed by Samuel Colt. This image came out of Shreveport, Louisiana and was found in the bottom of a dumpster!! One of the finest rebel images I have ever had! Unfortunately he is not identified. It does come housed in a half leatherette case. This one rates a 10! SOLD!

Item #5231 Beautiful quarter plate tintype of Captain Thomas J. Henderson of Co.K, 29th Indiana Infantry. Henderson enlisted as a 1st Lieut. in September of 1861 receiving a promotion to Captain in January of 1863. This view of Henderson in his uniform is flawless! The numeral "29" can clearly be read on the front of his cap. This unit fought at Shiloh, Stones River and a few others. At Chickamauga the unit took a severe beating losing one half of their number. This is actually a double cased pair of images.The second image shows Henderson in a civilian coat and Zouave style vest. At some point he contracted chronic dysentery and was sent to the hospital and I believe that is when this image may have been taken. He does appear older in this view and somewhat weak in appearance. I do have a scan of that image and if you would like to see it you can contact me. On July 6th of 1863 the disease would claim his life while hospitalized at the Officers General Hospital in Nashville, TN. Both of these images are housed in a full thermoplastic case. The velvet pad was removed so that the view of Henderson in civilian dress could be placed in the same case as the one of him in uniform which leads me to believe it was taken after his promotion to Captain and shortly before his death. There is a small piece of paper behind the image with "Uncle Ed Henderson" written in period ink. There is also an old business card from Indiana with "Thomas Henderson my Mothers brother" written on the reverse. In addition there is a piece of old lined paper with a few lines scribbled on it and dated March 31st, 1862 which was also behind the image. There are some names on it but I cant quite make them out. It appears to be an old promissory note I believe. In either regard the images are impeccable!! A superb pair of cased images with a rock solid id! $850.00 SOLD!

Item #1641 Well here's a dandy fresh out of Texas. Never offered before! This is a sixth plate clear glass ambrotype of a fresh faced young rebel soldier. This image is simply fantastic! I don't know how else to describe it. He's dressed in a Richmond Depot Type II jacket with script "I" infantry buttons which puts this image sometime after mid 1862. Around the waist is worn a wide leather belt with a very large frame buckle just clear as day and a leather cap box with a lead finial making it of Confederate manufacture. Across his chest he holds what appears to be a M1855 Springfield but the real eye catcher is that hat! That has to be about the best hat I have ever seen in a Civil War image! He's making it look cool long before Clint Eastwood ever did. A braided lock of his bright red hair rests inside the case. Possibly an indication that he never returned home. A memento clipped from the field and sent home to the family. Unfortunately he is not identified and there was no information available on who he might have been or where he was originally from. Regardless this image is superb! It's a little light along the bottom as you can see but the overall appeal of this image far outweighs it. I am very firm on the price with this one simply because I would just assume keep it. It is housed in a full leatherette case. Anyone interested can email me for further details.. SOLD!



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