Confederate General Robert E. Lee War Date Clip Signature

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Large War date clip signature, Richmond, (VA), 5 Sept.’ 64. Very fine. Measures 2.5 X 3.75. Perfect item for framing. 

Robert E. Lee (1807-70), General, CSA. Legendary ANV Commander.

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Civil War Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase War Date ALS

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Autograph letter signed at the bottom “S.P. Chase” as Secretary of the Treasury. 1 Page in ink, January 4th, 1862. From the treasury department. The letter is written on extremely thin and fragile paper and contains folds, toning and wear. Signature is bold and crisp. Wonderful item for framing. Photo not included.

About:

(January 13, 1808 – May 7, 1873) was an American politician and jurist who served as the sixth Chief Justice of the United States. He also served as the 23rd Governor of Ohio, represented Ohio in the United States Senate, and served as the 25th United States Secretary of the Treasury. Chase was U.S. Secretary of the Treasury for the first three years of Abraham Lincoln’s term, after which Lincoln appointed him to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. In that role Chase presided over the 1868 impeachment trial of president Andrew Johnson.

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Civil War General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick War Date LS

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Civil War–dated LS boldy signed “Respectfully submitted, J. Kilpatrick, Lt. Col. Commanding,” three pages on two sheets, 7.75 x 10, April 20, 1862. This letter features altogether remarkable content from Kilpatrick’s first engagement with the rebel forces. This report was submitted to the governor of New York and reads in part written in another hand: “I have the honor to report that in the march from Catlett’s Station to Falmouth—a distance of 28 miles—the 2d New York Cavalry (popularly known as the Harris Light Cavalry) had the ‘front,’ and, as you have already learned, no doubt, met the enemy’s cavalry about 3 miles south of the Spotted Tavern, where my advanced guard received the first fire and charge of the Rebels, and where our men proved that they could not only receive, sustain, but return a charge. It was but a rush and a blow, and we saw the backs of our foe from that point to within a mile of Col. Lee’s camp. We skirmished with the enemy, driving him before us. Col. Lee’s whole force had left his camp to give us battle. I ordered Major Davies with his Battalion forward. Although this Battalion had not yet been engaged, they charged at a run and Lee’s cavalry was forced on fences into the woods in all directions to avoid the rush of our men and their biting sabres. We took several prisoners, killed and wounded five, and captured many horses. I regret to state that Lieut. Nelson J. Decker, of Co. D, fell at the head of his men, at the site of the rebel camp—a brave soldier and more gallant gentleman the Army does not furnish.”

In fine condition. This is a fantastic piece of history and would be a welcome addition to any collection.

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General Robert E. Lee Framed Signature with CDV

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Crisp ink signature, “R. E. Lee,” on an off-white 2.5 x .75 lightly-lined slip affixed to a slightly larger card. Nicely mounted, matted, and framed with a carte-de-visite of Lee to an overall size of 10.25 x 13. In fine condition. 

Note: There is a small nick on the upper left frame itself but the rest of the frame is in perfect condition. This is an impressively nice display piece for your collection. 

A full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA can be purchased for this item for an additional fee of $100. The LOA will be shipped within 14 days of item purchase. Please contact me for details either prior to purchase or after. Thank you. 

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General William Barksdale Cut Signature


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Clip autograph, dated 1/6/58 as U.S. Member of Congress. Very fine. Rare. 

William Barksdale (1821-63), Brig. General, CSA (TN/MS). 1st Manassas, Peninsula campaign, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg (MWIA).

 

 

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President John Adams Handwritten Document

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Featured here is a desirable, lengthy example from this sought-after founding father beautifully custom framed with photo. Unsigned handwritten document, one page, 6 x 7.5, 1767. An itemized bill for work done by Benjamin Tirrillo on a boat belonging to William Price, penned entirely in Adams’s hand. He writes out sixteen lines of expenses incurred by Tirrillo, including “To a strap for the Stern and two long spikes,” “To Spikes & Deck Nails and a strap for mast,” “To working on your boat 10 days,” “To a journey to Boston,” and “To sixty feet Boards.” Adams adds up the figures for a total owed of £4.4.9. In fine condition, with tiny edge separations to vertical folds. With it is a nice high quality glossy 8×10 reprint photo of John Adams from an original oil painting. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials. Overall size framed is 22.25 x 16.5″. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger. A full Letter of Authenticity from PSA/DNA will accompany this piece. 

By the time of this document Adams was established as a well-respected lawyer in Boston and had recently emerged on the political stage as a leader of the opposition to the Stamp Act of 1765. 

 John Adams, Jr. (October 30 [O.S. October 19] 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as thesecond President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–97),[1] and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.[2] Adams was a political theorist in the Age of Enlightenment who promoted republicanism and a strong central government. His innovative ideas were frequently published. He was also a dedicated diarist and correspondent, particularly with his wife and key advisor Abigail.

 

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President James Garfield ALS

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Featured here is a nice Autograph Letter Signed, “Ja. Garfield,” one page, 7.25 x 8.75, on April 18, 1870. Letter to S. B. Harmer, in full: “Yours of the 16th is received. The address of Genl. James B. Steedman is Toledo, Ohio; that of Don Carlos Buell I cannot learn. He is a native of Ohio, but was appointed from Indiana; where he at present resides I have no means of knowing.”

This item is nicely cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and an engraved plaque to an overall size of 27.25 x 25. Oversized. In fine condition, with intersecting folds and all handwriting just a shade light. A beautiful piece and quite large.

James A. Garfield was the 20th President of the U.S. until his assassination in 1881. He played a very active role commanding Union forces during the Civil War in such battles as Corinth, Middle Creek, Shiloh, and Chickamauga.

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20th Maine Commander Ellis Spear War Date Autograph Note Signed

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Superb and exceedingly rare War dated battlefield note in pencil, 1 page, both sides. Written by Major Ellis Spear of the 20th Maine, scribbled during the Battle of Cold Harbor in 1864. The note was written at Bethesda Church, but not during the battle that took place on May 30th. The date of this letter would be June 3rd, during the Battle of Cold Harbor. In Spear’s diary, he wrote on June 3rd, “Bethesda Church Woke early. Enemy enfiladed our line from the left. The line faced north & west making a right angle. The right of our brigade. Sweitzer’s swung around to the left & connected with Burnside. Lost heavily. Placed in charge of Brigade picket. Enemy advanced & pushed back the line slightly but I sent for reinforcements & regained the line”. The note also lists 3rd Brigade, which was Bartlett’s brigade. With it is an original CDV photo of him taken from his personal album. Overall fine condition with scattered soiling and folds. 

The document reads in full:

“Lieutenant,

I have the honor to report that the right of my line was forced back by strong supports of the enemy. The skirmishers of the first Mich. & 22nd Mass. (now in front of the 18th Mass.) came in. I have advanced and recovered the ground. Lieut. Richards in resp. your obdt svt (obedient servant) Ellis Spear, Maj Comdg. Picket.”

This piece has been beautifully and archivally framed using Mahogany Wood and double sided glass. Overall size is 15.5″ X 12.” Spear played a pivotal role in commanding the extreme left of the 20th Maine line at Little Round Top, Gettysburg, repulsing repeated attacks by the 15th Alabama. He was also present during Lee’s surrender at Appomattox and many other battles. A truly special and rare piece indeed.

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Civil War Dated ALS-Abraham Lincoln

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Civil War–dated ALS signed “Wm. Henry Shelton,” three pages both sides, 5 x 7.5, April 9, 1864. Letter describing an encounter with Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre. In part: “Monday evening I heard Edwin Forest as Macbeth at Ford’s theater. The royal family occupied a box and formed the main attraction between the scenes. Mrs. Lincoln had a lady friend with her and each was clad in a real ermine cape surmounted by a white hat and feather…It is not expected that I should speak of the clothes of Abraham the father…I was a little surprised on the next evening at the German Opera to see the Lincoln family again. A gentleman who sat next to me said rather sneeringly that he believed the president attended the theater instead of going to church. I told him that perhaps we ought to be at church instead. He said every man was his own judge of that, and added ‘old Abe included.’”

Matted and framed with a plaque and partial transcription to an overall size of 26 x 13, with a window in the backing for viewing the reverse. The frame itself has some marks and wear and is not new. In fine condition.

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Confederate General John Bowen War Date Endorsement Signed

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Featured here is a wardate clip ES as brig. Genl. Comdg. (Circa 1862). Very fine. Perfect item for framing. Measures 1.25 X 3. This is an extremely rare signature.

John Bowen: Major General 1830-1863. A west point graduate, General Bowen was wounded at the Battle of Shiloh. He is noted for his distinguished service at Port Gibson, Mississippi, where he opposed General Grant. He also fought with distinction at Vicksburg, but became ill with dysentery and died a paroled prisoner of war on July 13th, 1863.

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Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee CDV & War-Date Endorsement Signed

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Civil War Confederate Major General Fitzhugh Lee CDV & War-Date Endorsement Signed. Fitz Lee was one of the most popular Confederate Generals during the war. His post-war signed items are quite plentiful, with him usually signing those items “Fitzhugh Lee”. War-Date items such as this are very scarce. During the war, Lee’s signed military documents with the shorter “Fitz Lee”.  Included in this lot are:

– Carte de visite photograph, half length pose of Lee in the uniform of a Confederate General. Backstamp by Anthony, New York.

– Scarce War-date A.E.S. cut from a document, 2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″, in full:”Hdqtrs Lees Cav Div / June 27 1864 / Respect forwarded with recommendation that election be confirmed / Fitz Lee / Maj Gen Comdg”.

This item was professionally framed to a size of 13″ x 11″. It is double matted, with conservation glass, and photo corners, NOT tape were used to secure the items in place.

 

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Confederate General P. G. T. Beauregard ALS

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ALS signed “G. T. Beauregard,” one page, lightly lined, 4.5 x 7, October 5, 1866. Letter to Mrs. Charles O’Conner, in part: “I beg to enclose you my photograph as promised. I hope it may reach you…it was taken lately in Paris—Hoping to receive yours & Mr. O’Conner’s at New Orleans before long.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds. Perfect item for framing.

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Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles War Date LS

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Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles War-date Letter Signed on Navy Department stationery. Nicely framed with an original engraving and presented to an overall size of 24 X 18 and ready for your wall. Some folds. 

 

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General Robert E. Lee Document Signed

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General Robert E. Lee document signed. Louisville: 25 April 1855. Document signed “R.E. Lee” as Lt. Colonel of the 2nd Cavalry, the text also in Lee’s hand acknowledging receipt of a circular. 4 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches (11.5 x 9 cm); framed with an original engraving to an overall size of 12 X 5.5. The document is trimmed close and possibly clipped, with show through of adhesive on verso. A lengthy handwriting example from the famed General. 

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Union General Winfield Scott Hancock War Date ANS

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Winfield S. Hancock (1824-86), Major General, USA  & Presidential candidate (1880). Pennsylvania. Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg (WIA), Petersburg.

Autograph Note Signed (ANS) signed with rank as Maj. Genl. Comdg.

“I am not well acquainted with the merits of the officer.” Overall Very fine condition. Perfect item for framing. 

 

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General David McMurtrie Gregg & Col. Charles H. Smith War-Date Signed

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Civil War Union Brigadier General David McMurtrie Gregg & Colonel (Medal of Honor) Charles H. Smith War-Date Endorsements Signed. This item was professionally framed with a reproduction photograph of General Gregg to a size of 18.5″ x 13.5″. It is double matted, with conservation glass, and photo corners were used to secure the item in place.

This is a very special item that is signed by two of the Union’s best Cavalrymen. Brigadier General Gregg was one of the most underrated Calvary General’s of the war who fought in many major engagements, to include Gettysburg. His war-date signatures are quite scarce. The second endorsement belongs to one of the Union’s most dependable and steady Cavalryman, Colonel Charles H. Smith. Smith served most famously as commander of the 1st Maine Calvary and earned the Medal of Honor for his actions at St. Mary’s Church, VA on June 23rd, 1864. For his service, he was given Brevets to Brigadier & Major General on March 13th, 1865. These endorsements were excised from a larger document and translated they read:

Head Qrs. 2nd Cav. Div

Jan. 14 – 1864

John H. Kemper, late Major 10th N York Cavalry, when in service sustained the reputation

of being an intelligent and efficient officer. The within recommendation of the Commanding officer of

the 10th NY. Cav is fully endorsed by me.

D M M Gregg

Brig Gen Vols

Comg 2 Cav Div

I confidently endorse

the above.

C.H. Smith

Col. 1st Me (Maine) Calvary

Comdg 2 Brig 2 Cav Div

 

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General Adelbert Ames Signed Cabinet Card

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Here is a beautiful signed Cabinet Card of General Adelbert Ames, former commander of the 20th Maine and Medal of Honor Recipient. He signs boldy with all ranks. Studio is Marion out of Lowell, MA. There is some surface wear, light soiling and scattered toning.  Overall fine. Measurements of this beautiful item are 10 ½ X 12 3/4 . Perfect wall hanger.

All comes professional custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc.

Adelbert Ames (October 31, 1835 – April 13, 1933) was an American sailor, soldier, and politician. He served with distinction as a Union Army general during the American Civil War. As a Radical Republican, he was military governor, Senator and civilian governor in Reconstruction-era Mississippi. In 1898 he served as a United States Army general during the Spanish–American Warames3

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General George Meade War-Date Autograph Letter Signed


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Featured here is a superb war-date ALS signed by General George G. Meade, dated January 8th, 1864, on his Headquarters Army Of The Potomac stationary. Measuring 5″ X 7″ it is one page in dark ink thanking B. F. Wilson for his patent Tent stove for army use which was delivered. Genl. Wilson is not mentioned as a purveyor of military supplies during the War but may have been a representative of a manufacturer. Sibley stoves were used throughout the War so it is unlikely it was the standard Sibley stove Meade was writing about. Overall a very fine letter, well written and a very scarce war date ALS with great content. Very Fine. All comes professionally custom matted and framed using only the best archival materials and high quality mahogany wood. Encased under UV protected glass, etc. Beautiful piece and a wonderful wall hanger! Overall size of the framed piece is 21″ X 14″.

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Confederate Generals Bryan Grimes and John B. Gordon War Date DS, 6th Alabama.

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Very rare and desirable Confederate document form. Document Signed (DS), 2 pages, 8 X 10, Army of the Confederate States, Certificate of Disability for Discharge imprint for 6th Alabama Infantry soldier (Samuel G. Miller, Co. G). Reason for the discharge given by the Asst. Surgeon and the Captain of the unit G.H. Thompson. Various Rodes Divison officers signatures including Bryan Grimes (Hd. Qts. Rodes Div. 20 Feb. 1865) signed with rank as Brig. Genl. Comg.); John B. Gordon (Head Qts, 2 A. Corps, Feb. 21, 1865, signed with rank as Maj. Genl. Comdg.); Col. Walter Taylor by order of Genl. Lee. and others. Bryan Grimes is an exceptionally rare autograph.

Bryan Grimes (1828-80), Maj. General, CSA (NC). Seven Days, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville (WIA), Gettysburg, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, Appomattox campaign.

John B. Gordon (1831-1901), Maj. General, CSA (GA). Sharpsburg (WIA), Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, Monocacy, Cedar Creek, Appomattox.

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General Joseph Hooker War Date ALS

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Civil War-dated ALS, one page both sides, 5 x 8, April 13, 1863. Letter to Franklin Philip, in full: “I have just received & paid my respects to one bottle of the box of splendid punch you have had the kindness to forward to my address. Please accept my sincere & grateful thanks for this evidence of your good feeling towards me. May this find you as well as I wish you to be.” In fine condition, with rusty paperclip impressions and light soiling to the first page.

Notorious and aggressive Union general (1814–1879) who distinguished himself at the Battle of Williamsburg in 1862 and as a result was promoted to major general; later that year he led troops into battle at the Second Battle of Bull Run and Antietam.

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Sixth Plate Double Armed Union Soldier

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Sixth-plate tintype of soldier of short stature with “A” on cap, holding his musket and bayonet. He’s got one, possibly two knives in his belt. Posed before great scenic backdrop. On left we see into an open tent with a Map of Missouri hanging off of the table with an inkwell and quill pen nearby. Then there’s a USA saddlebag and canteen. Also further back is a cartridge box with U.S. on it. On the other side we see an ironclad vessel, cannon, cannon balls and a flag. Housed in a full geometric Union case.

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Confederate General Jubal A. Early War Time Clip Autograph

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Jubal A. Early (1816-94), Lt. General, CSA (VA). Wartime clip as Maj. Genl. from verso letter. Overall very fine. A nice example and highly suitable for framing. 

Jubal Anderson Early (November 3, 1816 – March 2, 1894) was a lawyer and Confederate general in the American Civil War. He served in the Eastern Theater of the war for the entire conflict, as a division commander under Stonewall Jackson and Richard Stoddert Ewell, and in later actions commanded a corps. He was the Confederate commander in key battles of the Valley Campaigns of 1864, including a daring raid to the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The articles written by him for the Southern Historical Society in the 1870s established theLost Cause point of view as a long-lasting literary and cultural phenomenon.

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Stereoview Photograph of the dead at Antietam-Gardner 1862

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Taken from a well-known Alexander Gardner photograph, this stereoview, measuring 6.75″ x 3.25″, shows the corpses of three men, all of whom are Confederate soldiers, lying before a fence. Number 566 of the series “Photographic Incidents of the War.” The images show spots of foxing; the corners of the mount are rubbed.

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Union General George G. Meade ALS

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Autograph Letter Signed, “Geo. G. Meade, Maj. Genl. U.S.A.,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, Headquarters, Department of the East letterhead, October 31, 1867. Letter to Assistant Secretary of the Treasury J. F. Hartley. In part: “I am advised by my sister…of your great kindness when in the offer of an appointment as clerk in the Treasury Dept.; and I desire to return my most sincere thanks for your generosity & consideration for my sister, in whose welfare I take great interest.” In fine condition.

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Confederate General James Longstreet War Date ALS

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Here is a superb early-war dated Autograph Letter Signed (ALS), 1 page, 8vo., Taylor’s (Manassas,VA area), 12/6/61 with notation by Genl. G.T. Beauregard and signed with his initials at the bottom. Very Fine overall and would be absolutely a gem to frame. Great piece of history with two important Confederate Generals signing!

 

“My Dear General

                        But two of the Redouts have been set apart for the batteries of My Division. I have ordered sheds over the embrasures of these and blackened logs (fake) put in there: no others. If you desire me to have others fixed please advise me.

                                                                                        Very Sincerely Yours

                                                                                                         J.Longstreet

                                                                                                               Maj.Genl.

Genl. G. T. Beauregard

Ans. arrange all to be garrisoned by the 2nd Division. G.T.B. (Beauregard).”

 

About Longstreet:

James Longstreet (1821-1904), Lieutenant General, CSA (SC/GA) Lee’s “War Horse”. 1st Manassas, Peninsula campaign, Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Knoxville, Wilderness (WIA), Appomattox.

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General Ulysses S. Grant War Date Endorsement

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Self-contained war-dated endorsement, signed “U. S. Grant,” one page, 3.25 x 6.25, dated September 14, 1864. Written in another hand, Grant recommends New York Governor Horatio Seymour approve a general’s request, in full: “Respectfully forwarded to his Exc’y Horatio Seymour Governor of the State of New York, with the recommendation that for the good of the service, and to promote the efficiency of the Engineer Brigade, the requests of Gen. Benham be granted.” Boldly signed at the conclusion by Grant. In very good to fine condition, with light show-through from mounting remnants to reverse. Included also is a nice 5 X 7 high quality reproduction photo of Grant at Cold Harbor in June 1864 (taken just a few months prior to signing this endorsement).

The requesting officer, Henry W. Benham, commanded the engineer brigade of the Army of the Potomac and was an expert in the construction of pontoon bridges. As he oversaw companies of New York engineers, his request to the state’s governor was presumably for increased manpower or supplies. During this period Benham and his men were very active in the Siege of Petersburg, where they were key participants in enabling Union troop movements via bridges. Ironically, the recipient of this letter would come to play a crucial role in Grant’s political career four years later as the Democratic presidential nominee in the 1868 presidential election.

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Confederate General Adley Gladden War Time Cut Signature 

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Large clip autograph as Brig. Genl. Comdg. 1st Brigade (Withers Division). Overall very good with toning, soiling and small folds. Measures 3 X 2. Gladden was mortally wounded at the Battle of Shiloh in April 1862. Photo not included. 

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Confederate General Williams Carter Wickham War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

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A fascinating Civil War-dated ALS signed “W. C. Wickham,” four pages, lightly-lined on two adjoining sheets, 7.75 x 9.75, no date but circa 1863. A letter to Lucy, in part:

“I have received orders to move up to Culpepper C. H. to be held in reserve in case a large cavalry force should be required there. It is awful use then in which to move and as my wagons are all out I shall wait a day or two before I get out, not leaving here before Thursday or Friday morning. You can not tell how painful this order was to me as it takes me so much further from you all. Where I am I feel as if you are near me all the time…I must make the best I can of it and be contented. My pen and ink get on so laboriously that I have to move to the pencil. On yesterday I went down to see Gen. Stuart and stayed with him yesterday on account of the storm, coming back today. I had a very pleasant visit. I am very fond of the Gen. and like him more and more every time am with him. Cook had been to Hayfield a few days before and says your uncle Wm. is better but quite feeble. The Yankees are withdrawing a large portion, if not the whole of their forces from before Fredericksburg but what is their purpose I have no idea. Stuart is evidently anxious for a northward trip but I do not think he has force enough to do anything efficient. Gen. Lee through he has unbounded influence over him outside of his powers to control him will keep him in check and not allow him to make the expedition unless he is satisfied that it will be right.”wickham5

In fine condition with scattered toning, staining and paper loss. This letter provides an incredible window into the Virginia Campaign and is an important piece of history. Rarely do we get such a detailed and personal glimpse into the life of an important Confederate Cavalry Commander such as this. Photo not included.

After incurring wounds at Williamsburg and then later at Sharpsburg, a convalescing Wickham and his regiment marched headlong into the battles of Chancellorsville, Brandy Station and Gettysburg. Ordered to move to the Culpepper Court House as a means of support for Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart’s headquarters, Wickham was promoted to brigadier general in September of 1863. 

Wickham was a Judge, politician, and an important Confederate cavalry general (1820–1888) who fought in the Virginia campaigns during the Civil War.

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Civil War Tintype Union Corporal with Hardee Hat

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Here is a fine tintype of a Union corporal wearing a Hardee hat with infantry insignia, Co. B insignia, and the regimental number, though it is tough to decipher.  He stands with his musket on one side and a tinted red and blue American flag on the other.  Housed in a rare CDV-sized case (actually slightly less than CDV-sized, with 2-1/8 x 3-3/8 in. of space for an image), cataloged by Berg as 3-57. Image and case are both in excellent condition.  hardee2

 

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General Earl Van Dorn War Date Cut Signature with Rank

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Cut autograph, in ink; “Earl Van Dorn, Maj. Genl”. Clip measures: 4” x 1 ½” Overall fine with vertical folds passing through his name. Scattered toning. Rare. 

The general was a West Point graduate and like many of his contemporaries, saw service in the Mexican War as well as on the Texas frontier. The general’s Civil War military prowess was certainly subject to criticism but his reputation for being a lady’s man was never questioned. 

The emotional Confederate general was murdered on May 7, 1863 at his Tennessee headquarters by a civilian doctor who claimed that Van Dorn had an affair with is wife.

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