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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Union Naval Commander Samuel Francis Du Pont War Date ALS

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Civil War-dated ALS signed “S. F. Du Pont,” one page, 5.25 x 8, November 9, 1864. Letter to Admiral Porter, in part: “I believe Mr. Sawyer has already presented himself to you. It gives me pleasure however to say that I knew him well while I commanded the South Atl. Squadron, and that I always found him an intelligent gentleman, accurate in his reports, and ever desirous…in all matters connected with them.” In fine condition. Highly suitable for framing.

Union naval officer (1803–1865) who made significant contributions to the modernization of the US Navy, despite being blamed for the Union’s failure at Charleston.

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Union Major General James Birdseye McPherson War-Date Signed

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Killed in Action Civil War Union Major General James Birdseye McPherson War-Date Signed. General McPherson was one of the more popular Generals to serve for the Union. His quick rise in rank was a testament to the trust commanders had in him. He was killed on July 22, 1864 during the Battle of Atlanta while fighting former classmate John Bell Hood’s Confederate forces. Included in this lot are:

– LARGE Scarce War-date signature on thin album paper, mostly likely taken from an war time autograph album. This cut measures approximately 5″ x 2 1/2″ and reads:”Yours Truly / Js. B. McPherson / Maj. Genl”. This is the one of the larger signatures of McPherson I have come across and the ink is still strong for its age.

– 4” x 6” reproduction color photograph of General McPherson. Would look great framed with the cut signature.

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Admiral David D. Porter War-Date Autograph Letter Signed


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Civil War-dated ALS, one page, lightly-lined, 8 x 10, October 24, 1863. Letter to the superintendent of the Eaglewood Military Academy, in part: “I enclose you a check for 48 61/100…for clothing…for my son Theodoric…I will send him a double barrel gun if it is not against the rules of the school or academy. Will you please let me know.” Attractively double-matted and framed with an engraved portrait of Porter. In fine condition. 

Admiral (1813–1891) who helped improve the Navy as the superintendent of the US Naval Academy after significant service in the American Civil War. 

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General Joseph Hooker War Date AES

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Major General Joseph Hooker War-date autograph endorsement signed as Major Genl. comdg., with original CDV and engraving. Overall fine. Nicely framed and presented to an overall size of 19.5 X 16.5 and ready for your wall. The frame itself has some minor wear. 

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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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Union General William S. Rosecrans Signature

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In ink, “W. S. Rosecrans,” on a slip measuring 4 X 3”. Overall fine. Verso has some notations and a glued piece of paper that has no affect on signature. Nice item for framing.

William Starke Rosecrans (September 6, 1819 – March 11, 1898) was an American inventor, coal-oil company executive, diplomat, politician, and U.S. Army officer. He gained fame for his role as a Union general during the American Civil War. He was the victor at prominent Western Theater battles, but his military career was effectively ended following his disastrous defeat at the Battle of Chickamauga in 1863.

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General George Stoneman Card Signed with Rank

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Featured here is a nice card signed by George Stoneman signed “Maj. General U.S.A.” Card measures 4 X 2.5″. Ink is bold and crisp. Overall very fine. Photo not included. 

George Stoneman, Jr. (August 8, 1822 – September 5, 1894) was a United States Army cavalry officer, trained at West Point, where his room-mate was Stonewall Jackson. In the Civil War, he became Adjutant to George B. McClellan, who did not appreciate the use of centralized cavalry, and was therefore outperformed by the Confederates, who did.

At Chancellorsville, under Joseph Hooker, Stoneman failed in an ambitious attempt to penetrate behind enemy lines, getting bogged down at an important river crossing. Hooker’s sharp criticism of Stoneman may have been partly aimed at deflecting the heavy blame being directed at himself for the loss of this major battle that most generals believed to be winnable.

While commanding cavalry under William Tecumseh Sherman in Georgia, Stoneman was captured, but soon exchanged. In the last weeks of the war, he led raids into North Carolina and Virginia that inspired the song “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”.

Stoneman was governor of California between 1883 and 1887.

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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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Civil War General and Indian Fighter Alfred H. Terry Autograph Letter Signed

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Featured is a very scarce ALS written by Alfred H. Terry, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.25 x 8, March 12, 1871. Letter to General Thomas H. Ruger, in part: “I was sorry to be obliged to take three of your companies for South Carolina but things looked very badly there and yours were the only troops available. I hope to return them to you within a fortnight. I expect to send four companies of Cavalry to that state…Should they and the four companies of your regiment…be insufficient to preserve the peace, I will send a part of the 4th Infantry when it arrives. I expect the first installment of the Cavalry within three Days.” In fine condition, with partial separations to central vertical and horizontal folds. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in his own hand. I have only seen a handful of Terry letters over the years, and none with the quality of content and depth this one contains.

Union general (1827–1890) who fought at First Bull Run and Port Royale, and who, after the war, became commander of the expedition against the Sioux during which Custer met his end at Little Bighorn.

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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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General John Sedgwick Autograph Endorsement Signed  


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Featured here is a beautifully framed war time autograph endorsement signed by General John Sedgwick. In bold letters he writes: “Approved John Sedgwick Maj. General” Overall size is 11.5 X 15. Archivally framed and ready for the wall. 

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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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General Don Carlos Buell Card Signed

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Beautiful card signed “D.C. Buell” with date. Affixed to a slightly larger card. Overall very fine with bold, crisp ink. Overall measurement of card is 4” x 2 ½” . Superb.

American military officer (1818–1898) who served in the Seminole, Mexican-American, and Civil Wars. His actions in the last were the source of much controversy, and he was ultimately relieved of command for his failure to pursue Bragg’s withdrawal following the Battle of Perryville in 1862.

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Union General George B. McClellan Autograph Letter Signed

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George B. McClellan Autograph Letter signed, one page, 5 X 8 dated April 20th, 1871. Overall fine with intersecting folds. Nice clear and bold ink. Would be a great item for framing. 

Union general (1826–1885) hailed at the beginning of the Civil War as the ‘Young Napoleon,’ who was defeated for the presidency in 1864 by Abraham Lincoln.

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General Dan Sickles Card Signed with Rank

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Featured here is a boldly card signed by Dan Sickles. It reads: “Major General U. S. Army Ret’d, New York November 26th 1909.” Card measures 3.75 X 2.25″. Included is a nice black and white 8 X 10 high quality reproduction photo. Overall very fine.

Controversial and colorful American politician and military officer (1819–1914). After discovering his young wife was having an affair, Sickles shot the man, the son of Francis Scott Key, and managed to secure an acquittal with the then-novel defense of temporary insanity. During the Civil War, Sickles served as a general and lost his leg in a famous incident at the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Union 1st Lieutenant James Byrne Carte de Visite Signed

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Here is a wonderful CDV beautifully written: “Respectfully / Yours &c Byrne.” Measuring 2.5″ x 4″ it features a waist-up view of the young Union officer.  The reverse bears the photographer’s imprint-E. E. Henry of Leavenworth, Kansas. Overall very clean with identification notations on the reverse. Quite rare, the first I have seen. A nice crisp image with bold handwriting, perfect for your collection.

Byrne, a native of Ireland, was possibly the youngest general in the U.S. Army during the Civil War. As a member of Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks‘s Army of the Gulf, he saw extensive action in Louisiana during the Red River campaign of 1864. Byrne was brevetted to brigadier general for gallantry at the battles of Pleasant Hill and Campti and to major general for his conduct at the battles of Moore’s Plantation (May 5–6, 1864) and Yellow Bayou (May 18, 1864), both brevets being issued on March 13, 1865.

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Capt. Charles W. Lowell, 80th USCT Infantry Signed CDV

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Sitting view in Uniform of Capt. Charles W. Lowell, Co. B, 80th USCT Infantry Signed CDV. Carte signed in ink on verso with rank. Trimmed upper corners.

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General Montgomery C. Meigs Card Signed

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Boldly signed in ink, measuring 4.5 X 2.5”. “M. C. Meigs, Qur Ma Genl, USA Retd Bvt Major General”. Overall very fine.

Career U.S. Army officer, civil engineer, construction engineer for a number of facilities in Washington, D.C., and Quartermaster General of the US Army during and after the American Civil War. His management of the immense logistical requirements of the war was a significant contribution to the Union victory. 

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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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THOMAS D. CHAMBERLAIN WAR-DATE SIGNED EAGLE DISCHARGE 20th MAINE



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Featured is a beautifully framed original Eagle Discharge signed by Brevet Major Thomas D. Chamberlain, brother of Joshua L. Chamberlain written for a soldier from the 198th PA Infantry, 1st Sergeant Henry M. Clayton. This example is the nicest I have ever seen anywhere of his. Thomas D. Chamberlain served with distinction throughout the war in battles such as Fredericksburg, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Five forks and the Battle of Appomattox court house. He can also be credited for helping save his brother Joshua’s life after he fell from a critical wound at Petersburg. Thirty-five years later, Joshua Chamberlain wrote that, after the surgeons had finished: “Tom stood over me like a brother, and such a one as he was.”

The Eagle Discharge has been framed with a high quality reproduction glossy photo that was scanned from an original double signed CDV of his generously provided by a long-time collector and dealer here in Maine. The photo is acid-free to prevent yellowing and damage to the document. Overall size of this magnificent piece is 16 X 19.5. Slight soiling in the lower left corner with minor folds and toning. Overall in extremely fine condition. This is a beautiful wall hanger and would fit nicely into your Civil War/20th Maine collection.

The piece has been beautifully and professionally custom framed, air tight, using only museum quality materials i.e. acid free mat board and backing, ultra-violet protection glass, etc. The frame is made with high quality, beautifully finished mahogany wood.

 

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Civil War General John Pope War Date ALS

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War-dated ALS signed “Jno. Pope,” one page, 8” x 7.5”, embossed Head-Quarters, Department of the Northwest, Milwaukee, Wisconsin letterhead, January 12, 1864. Pope writes to General Hamilton from his sick bed in Milwaukee. In a letter to General S. Hamilton, Pope writes, in part: “I have just received your note of yesterday. Myers & myself will go up on Monday unless something happens which I do not now anticipate—I have been confined to my house for several days with influenza and I am not yet quite recovered but I hope with confidence to be with you on Monday.” In very good condition, with intersecting folds, light creasing and toning, a few small tears along the edges, and a pencil notation to the top edge. Highly suitable for framing. Photo not included.

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General Ambrose Burnside War-Date Autograph Letter Signed

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Here is a nice Civil War-dated ALS signed “A. E. Burnside,” one page, 4.75 x 7.5, dated August 17, 1864. Letter to General Patrick, in part: “Thank you for your photograph—it is excellent—Please accept enclosed.” Scattered soiling, restored paper loss to upper right corner, and a tape repair to reverse along fold, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a carte-de-visite portrait of Burnside identified in the lower border in an unknown hand and affixed to a 5 x 7 sheet. This is perfect for framing.

Union general and one-time commander of the Army of the Potomac (1824–1881); the distinctive whiskers he sported gave rise to the word ‘sideburns.’

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Union General Julius H. Stahel CDV and Note Signed

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This is a fantastic piece of history from a Civil War Medal of Honor recipient. The Brady CDV (2.5″ x 4″) features the Hungarian-born general in uniform with sword. The reverse bears the imprint of publisher E. & H. T. Anthony. Ink annotations on the reverse identify Stahel and given more information about him. Some minor stains. The ANS (4.25″ x 2.5″) reads, “May the memories of the war inspire every American with a full realization of the blessings of union and peace. [Signed] Julius H. Stahel.” Very clean overall and quite rare. This would look great framed together and would make a perfect wall hanger.

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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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Union General William T. Sherman War Date Document Signed

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Here is a nice War–dated manuscript DS, signed “W. T. Sherman, Maj. Genl,” one page, 15.5 x 9.75, May 1862. Featuring a document headed “Roll of a private on extra duty as Teamster at Head Quarters 5th Division Army of the Tenn,” giving the private’s name, rank, company, regiment, by whose order employed, nature and term of service, and rate of pay. There are intersecting folds with small chips and separations at edges, and scattered soiling, otherwise fine condition.  

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Civil War General William T. Sherman ALS

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Here is an autograph letter signed (ALS) measuring10” x 8” 1 page, both sides written by Civil War General William T. Sherman. Addressed to L.P. Lackey or Lachey on November 25, 1872 of Massachusetts. Written on Headquarters of the Army of the United States stationary, General William T. Sherman writes a letter to Mr. L.P. Lackey or Lachey. In part Sherman writes: “Your note of the 23rd regiment came to me this moment”…etc. The letter is mounted on hearty card stock and is written in a nice bold hand. This would look great framed up with a double sided glass frame and photo.

There are typical folds with some toning and tape on the margins on the verso without text. There are some pencil marks from the previous owner on this same side. There is minor pink soiling on the top right hand corner of the verso.

Sherman, William T. (1820-1891). Major General of the United States Army.

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General Hiram Berdan ALS

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ALS signed “H. Berdan,” one page, 5 x 8.25, November 3, 1867. Letter to a general, in part: “I have had a full talk with Mr. Rumwich & he desires…you to send him the Allin Patent, also the English patent shown him by Mr. Richard that is something like the Bolt gun.” In fine condition. Perfect item for framing. Photo not included. 

Engineer, inventor, and Civil War officer (1824–1893) who was a world-renowned marksman and the inventor of the Berdan rifle and other weapons.

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20th Maine Lt. Col. Walter G. Morrill War Date ALS *MOH*


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Featured here is a wonderful Autograph Letter Signed, written by Medal of Honor winner and 20th Maine commander Walter G. Morrill. Signed at the bottom as “Lieut Col Comdg 20th Maine Vols.” Morrill was a Captain and commanded company B of the 20th Maine during the battle of Gettysburg and fought valiantly on Little Round Top on July 2nd 1863. The document pertains to a furlough. Anything from the 20th Maine is rare and desirable, especially from Walter G. Morrill. He earned the MOH for action on 11/7/1863 at Rappahannock Station, VA by volunteering to join a storming party where he gallantly and effectively rendered service. He was also wounded at the Wilderness, VA on 5/5/ 1864. The overall size of this framed piece is 13 X 18.5.

Accompanying this fine document is a high quality reproduction photo with gloss finish, heavy-weight professional paper with acid free materials to prevent yellowing. An original CDV of Morrill from a private collection here in Maine was used to create this great reproduction photograph.

All comes beautifully and professionally custom framed, air tight, using only museum quality materials i.e. acid free mat board and backing, ultra-violet protection glass, etc. The frame is made with high quality, beautifully finished mahogany wood. Ready for your wall! 

 

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