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The Civil War
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PAROLE AND OATH OF ALLEGIANCE FOR A MEMBER OF THE 21ST MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY

7251 - PAROLE AND OATH OF ALLEGIANCE FOR SERGEANT ROBERT CURRY BLAILOCK, Co. G. 21st Mississippi, "Madison Guards." Parole, 4.5" X 7", pre-printed and filled in Point Lookout, MD. Dated June 9th, 1865, ornate seal with eagle to upper left; Oath of Allegiance, 4.5" X 6.5", pre-printed and filled-in. There is a pen notation on verso "Meridian July 10th, 1865 transportation to Jackson." Blailock is described as being of dark complexion, dark brown hair, gray eyes, and 5'8 1/4" in height. He enlisted June 1st, 1861 in Company G, 21st Mississippi Infantry. The 21st was engaged in numerous eastern front battles such as Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg and at Chickamauga in the West. Point Lookout Federal POW prison was opened after Gettysburg and operated until June 1865. Over 55,000 soldiers and civilians were held there resulting in 14,000 deaths due to the extreme conditions the prisoners experienced being housed in only old Sibley tents. Blailock was probably captured in one of the 1864 battles in the east that the 21st fought reaching the rank of Sergeant before his capture. Both documents have good embellishments, some archival restoration on verso at several old folds. There is some light tone at folds. A corner restored on the oat of allegiance. A nice combination of documents for a member of the 21st who fought from 1861 until his late capture including the Battle of Gettysburg......................................................$895.00/pair


2085 - A RARE TEXAS CONFEDERATE NEWSPAPER FROM HOUSTON WITH AN EXTENDED ARTICLE ON THE GUERILLA QUANTRILL
, THE HOUSTON DAILY TELEGRAPH, March 11th, 1864. 2 pages, 11" X 15 1/2", printed on coarse necessity paper. Page 2 has an extensive article on the Confederate guerilla Quantrill and his men, news about Sherman's movements, late news of the war from New Orleans, the condition of the Southern Confederacy. The paper is complete, some archival restoration in one small area, otherwise solid and a rare issue with so much content devoted to Quantrill............................
$275.00


8019 - LOUISIANA TIGER, 7TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY, Postal cover from Private A. B. Briant, Co. B, 7th LA. "Baton Rouge Fencibles," postmarked October 16th, 1861 RICHMOND, VA. Addressed to East Baton Rouge Parish, LA. DUE 10 stamped in black. Docketed by Briant at the top of the cover. Briant joined the 7th Louisiana in 1861 and served with that unit until his parole in May 1865. Twice captured at Rappahannock Station November 7th, 1863 and again at Spottsylvania Court House May 11th, 1864, spend time in Point Lookout, Elmira, and Belle Plains Unlon prisons. At Gettysburg, he was one of the Louisiana Tigers that charged Ripley's Battery on Cemetery Heights and captured two cannons. Later the mayor of St. Francisville, LA, died in 1918. Embellishments bold, fine.............................................$125.00

7026 - APPLICATION TO BECOME A SURGEON IN THE SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TROOPS ADDRESSED TO GOVERNOR FRANCIS PICKENS, Two pages on beautiful patriotic stationary, large imprint of a South Carolina State flag in blue. Dated at Charleston, SC, February 21st, 1861, to Governor F. W. Pickens from Dr. Abler Lewis Hammond MD. He relates in part, "The state of the times with my desire for a place in the coming events is the only apology I offer for this trespass." "Being the son and the only immediate representative of the late General Samuel Hammond of the Revolution, the friend and companion of your illustrious grand sire, I feel that I ought and am entitled to have some place in the "picture." Should South Carolina, whose soil has been moistened by the blood of my father from seaboard to the mountains refuse me a "showing" I shall always think she should not have done so. Under the promptings of such feelings I solicit a birth as a surgeon in one of the regiments of State troops or regular army of the south. I have had near twenty years practical experience as to my professional ability; can offer the highest medical authority in Europe and America. No names are recommendatory are mentioned as I would be under no obligation to a third party. Abner Lewis Hammond." South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. By this time Pickens was organizing state troops in preparations to defend the state. An outstanding letter from a member of an old and illustrious South Carolina family. Choice condition..............................................SOLD

5159 - CONFEDERATE APPLICATION FOR DUE PAY OF A DECEASED SOUTH CAROLINA SOLDIER, Richmond, VA, July 13th, 1864, pink paper, pre-printed and filled-in 8" X 10" document affirming that the Father of Private Martin Casey in Smith's Company, 1st South Carolina Infantry, Rufus Casey has applied for the pay in arrears due said Private Casey who was deceased. The document was addressed to E. Haygood, Pickens Courthouse, SC. This document was printed on the same pink paper used for many Confederate bonds. Light fading, filled-in with the data clear and distinct...................................$95.00

5163 - COLONEL QUINTON PEACHER, 6TH INFANTRY MISSOURI STATE GUARDS, Commanded the 6th Infantry at Pea Ridge where he lost 33 men in that battle. December 3rd, 1863, Beff River, a short note all in his hand addressed to a courier..."To the courier, you must not delay with the mails...You must go knight [tonight] today rain or shine...there is a complaint from headquarters, please forward promptly...Col. Quinton Peacher." 4" X 5" manuscript note. By this time the Missouri State Guards had been assimilated into Price's Confederate Army of Missouri but Peacher may have stayed with Van Dorn - Fine.......................................................$125.00


A  COLLECTION OF JEFFERSON DAVIS ITEMS

3300 - A RARE DONATION CARD RECEIPT FOR THE FAMILY OF JEFFERSON DAVIS PRINTED ON THE BACK OF A CDV CARD, Ladies' Southern Aid Association, [Richmond 1865], 10 X 6 cm, "Respectfully solicit your aid in behalf of the family of Jefferson Davis," signed by J. H. Towne, received $1.00. This association raised funds while Davis was imprisoned in Fortress Monroe or the well being of his family. It is printed on the verso of a gold bordered carte de visite card. The Ladies' Southern Aid Association was incorporated in December of 1865 to assist the family of the former Confederate president. Fine, light tone, RARE...........................$395.00

As Davis and his entourage fled south through Georgia the Union troops spurred on by a $100,000 reward for his capture quickly pursued him. The early of May 10th, 1865 morning the Davis' camp was awakened by a pop of gunfire and within minutes was surrounded by members of the First Wisconsin and Fourth Michigan cavalries. Not one shot was fired by the Confederates. Through some confusion Davis made a quick dash towards the creek. He had thrown his wife's raglan, or overcoat, on his shoulders. This led to the persistent rumor that he attempted to flee in women's clothes. A popular song of the era was "Jeff in Petticoats," and the major tabloids featured artists' renderings of the fallen leader dressed in everything from a wig to a hoop skirt. That popular story was embellished in the north and cartoons showing Davis in women's clothing were quickly published

3303 - JEFF'S LAST SHIFT, Dated 1865 by J. H. Buford, Boston, MA., lithograph print uncolored as issued, 13" X 18" overall, 9.50" X 13.0" actual size. The Capture of Jeff Davis May 10th, 1865, Irwinsville, GA. A large cartoon of Jeff Davis dressed in a woman's garb welding a knife, Mrs. Davis in the background, several Union soldiers aiming guns at the fleeing Davis, Mrs. Davis exclaims..."the men better not provoke the President as he might hurt some of em." A rare very large cartoon print, wide margins with some small edge chips totally not affecting the print whatsoever................................................$295.00

3304 - THE HEAD OF THE CONFEDERACY ON A NEW BASE, New York, Hilton & Co. [1865] lithographic print, 40 X 30 cm, [12" X 15.5"], uniform toning, very fine, Weitenkamp,  pg. 149, "Ambiguous sexuality is a major recurring theme in the cartoons of the Davis Capture. The Union soldiers' assault portrayed in this example carried boldly sexual overtones for period viewers with earthly tastes. Surprisingly overt, it shows the victim's skirt pulled back in an assaulting position in front of Davis' spread legs. Davis' sword protruded between his legs as a striking symbol of incongruous manliness" - Neely and Boritt, The Confederate Image page 87. Mrs. Davis shouts. "Don't provoke the President or you may get, very fine............................................................$295.00

3305 - THE CAPTURE OF JEFFERSON DAVIS, HIS LAST OFFICIAL ACT, Giles. John Lawrence, "The Adaption of a New Rebel uniform" "He attempts to clear his skirts, but finds it all up in Dixie." New York, published at 111 Nassau St. [1865]. Lithograph signed in the stone, 41.5 X 32 cm [13" X 16"]. Light toning. The scene depicts Davis wearing women's clothing and holding a dagger as he runs from Union soldiers pursuing him on horseback. On the bottom of the left boot, the words. "Blockade Runner" can be seen, behind Davis his wife shakes a finger admonishing a soldier. A horse in the background has a large bag labeled "Confederate Gold." Quite nice........................................$295.00

3306 - JEFF'S LAST SKEDADDLE, OFF TO THE LAST DITCH, Welcker, F. How Jeff in his extremity put his naval affairs and ram parts under petticoat protection, [1865] Lithographic print 35.5 X 51 cm. [14" X 20"]. Light toning, minor edge chips to edge which are trivial, Weitenkamp 149, Depicts Davis with a tear in his eye in women's clothing clutching a dagger running from Union troops on horseback. A semi-dressed young woman tries to detract his pursuers saying, "Please gentlemen do not disturb the privacy of the ladies before they have time to dress." A soldier replied, "All right madam we can't wait until you have your duds on." Very good...........................................................$295.00




3307 - JEFF DAVIS' LAMENT
, Small satirical broadside, [Philadelphia - Johnson] c. 1861 - 1863, 14 X 20 cm, [5.5" X 8"], Wolf American song sheets #1098, Worldcat locates only one copy, Satiric song to Carry me back to Old Virginia shore," three verses. "I spect we'll get cotched. And de next we we'll know, we'll dangle side by side...," trivial archival repair to verso corner, crisp and fresh paper, ornate border....................
$200.00




3308 - JEFF DAVIS' DREAM
, Frank Spear, Philadelphia, PA. Anner Song Printer, 1862 - 63, Broadside 14.5 X 23 cm, [5.5" X 9"], Rare Worldcat locates two copies, Wolf American Song sheets #1097A, A five stanza poem about Davis selling his soul to the devil. "I'll make you a king of the Southern Confederacy." Bright yellow paper, crisp and very fresh...........................................
$250.00




3309 - THE CAPTURE OF SALLY DAVIS
, John P. Larkin, "The Capture of Sally Davis," New York, H. DeMarsan. 1865, Broadside with attractive pictorial border of a Negro playing a banjo, a Negro mother watches her children dancing, a fiddler and a jester [Davis], very rare, Wolf American Song sheets 251b, Satirical verse to be sung to the tune of Kingdom Coming in four stanzas and chorus, "O ladies have you seen Jefferson Davis?, He changed his name as of late; he ran away the other day from old Virginia State. 6.5" X 9.75", 16 X 12.5 cm. A rare pictorial broadside showing jubilant Negroes celebrating the capture of Davis and the new of an new era without slavery. Very rare, crisp paper.....................................
$275.00


2912 - A LOUISIANA TIGER IS SPARED THE DEATH PENALTY AFTER HIS CASE IS REVISITED
, Special Order #152, Richmond, VA, June 29th, 1862, 8" X 10", imprinted Adjutant and Inspector General's Office. Sergeant Joseph E. Cox had been convicted of desertion in May 1862 and sentenced to death by a General Court Martial convened at Conrad's Store in Rockingham County Virginia. 13 months later the Secretary of War issued this special order on June 9th, 1863 remitting the sentence. Cox had served in New Co. E. 1st Special Battalion Wheat's Louisiana Infantry known as the "Louisiana Tigers." When Major Chatham R. Wheat was seriously wounded at the 1st Battle of Bull Run, with the end result of his death that began the demise of that regiment which by 1862 had  been reduced to less than 100 men and disbanded as 'unmanageable.' Signed by John Withers, AAG the top assistant to General Samuel Cooper. A very rare "Louisiana Tiger" document. Very fine.................................
$395.00



11176 - WAR IS BREWING, THE MILITARY COMPANIES ARE GATHERING, MACON, GA. JANUARY 1861
, January 12th, 1861, Macon, GA, 2 pages in bold pencil by James LeCoute. He relates in part, I continue to think of the future of our country. The continual telegrams from Charleston and Savannah keep up a constant excitement here. The military companies are equipping themselves expected any day to be ordered to Savannah to prevent invasion or to relieve the guard at Fort Pulaski. The seceding party had 50 votes in a majority that decided Georgia position. A day or two have brought the news that Mississippi, Florida, Alabama have adapted a secession ordinance and Louisiana will soon do the same. All of the forts along the coasts of these states are in possession of the states and intend to hold them at all costs. Well written, an excellent letter on the political feelings and climate in Georgia in early 1861................................................
$150.00

2090 - TREMENDOUS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI LETTER REGARDING SUPPLIES FOR THE CONFEDERATE SIGNAL CORPS IN WESTERN LOUISIANA - MAKING TORCHES FOR SIGNALING AND TELESCOPES, August 3rd, 1863. Two page letter 8"X 10" from Captain and Chief Signal Officer Evan Jones to Lt. Stephen Routh, Signal Officer District of Western Louisiana written at Alexandria, LA. A well written letter mentioning a Colonel Harrison who had deserted and not been cooperative with the Signal Corps Officer Routh before his desertion. Jones had been advised of the desertion by a telegraph by General Herbert. He asks the Lt. if he can buy and copper for the purpose of making torches (signal lanterns) as nothing can be gotten from Richmond. If he cannot get made in Alexandria, ship the copper to Jones and he can get them made locally (probably in Shreveport). While he was in Alexandria, he had sent another order to the Lt. to buy glasses. He questions if he was able to supply enough to supply his department (referring to binoculars or telescopes for the signal corps). A rare Trans-Mississippi letter regarding the Confederate Signal Corps obtaining needed equipment locally as help from Richmond was out of the question by August 1863 with the communication to the east cut off by the recent losses on the Mississippi River. Very fine.....WAS $650.00    NOW...............................................$550.00


1115 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, A SOLDIER LAMENTS ON BEING AWAY FROM HIS WIFE AND THE LACK OF LETTERS HE RECEIVES, November 2nd, 1862, 3+ 8" X 10" pages in ink Pvt. William [Willie] Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry [Wheeler's Cavalry] to his wife Henrie, Camp Direction, Chattanooga, TN. A long letter complaining about the lack of letters he receives from her, he is constantly sending letters, asking her if she has received the $40 he mailed from Atlanta, advises her to get help in bringing her letters to the office, is concerned if she will have enough salt to save her pork, she must continue to feed them well, mentions a guard on the post accidentally shooting himself in the hand. Presley survived the war and moved to Texas after the war. Well written in ink, some stains some edge repair at the bottom of a page. Scarce Unit. 1st (First) Alabama Cavalry was raised at Montgomery, Alabama, in November 1861. Ordered to Tennessee, the regiment fought at the Battle of Shiloh in April of 1862. It then fought at the Battle of Boonville, Mississippi and Blackland. In Kentucky with General Joseph Wheeler, it was engaged at the Battle of Perryville in October of 1862. Returning to middle Tennessee, the regiment lost many men at the Second Battle of Murfreesboro, Battle of Stones River in December of 1862 and January of 1863. On the retreat to Tullahoma and Chattanooga, it again lost many men at Duck River. In September of 1863, the regiment fought at the Battle of Chickamauga. In east Tennessee with Longstreet, it fought at Clinton, Knoxville, and Mossy Creek. It was part of the force on the Sequatchee raid, fought at Dandridge. During Sherman's Atlanta Campaign, the regiment harassed the enemy. Again, in Tennessee, it fought at Waynesboro, and at Fiddler's Pond. Then, it fought at Kilpatrick, Averysboro, and Bentonville. Near Raleigh, North Carolina, a few days before Lee's surrender, the regiment drove back the enemy. It then surrendered as part of William W. Allen's division at Salisbury, North Carolina, about 150 strong....................................................$150.00

1116 - WHEELER'S TENNESSEE CAVALRY RAID OCTOBER 1863, Gaylesville, GA. October 28th, 1863, 1st Alabama Cavalry, 4 pages in very bold pencil to Dearest Henrie [his wife] by Pvt. William [Willie] Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry. He relates in part describing Wheelers Tennessee Cavalry raid during the previous weeks...I sit down and answer your letter of the 27th of September that was handed to me this evening. We just got to the wagon camp this evening and I was proud to read it even if it was a month old. We had a pretty tight time on our raid into Tennessee though we were very successful and rode night and day. The best sleep that I got was on my horse while we were marching. On the 3rd of October we charged into the Yank's wagon train and burned about 600 or 700 of them loaded with commissaries and sutler stores and ordnance stores. We captured a large number of prisoners and about 3000 or 4000 mules. On the 4th we took McMinnville with about 1000 prisoners and an immense quantity of commissary stores that had been sent here for the Yankee army that was crossing down to Chattanooga to reinforce Rosecrans. On the 5th we tore up the railroad near Murfreesboro and captured about 50 prisoners. On the 6th we had a hard fight at Farmington where we suffered a right smart loss on our side though people who live up here say we killed more of the Yanks than our men, though it was a hot fire as I was ever was in for a short time! I am in command of the company and was all through the raids. Colonel Blakley put me in charge of the company October 1sst and I carried them into a fight on the 3rd and again on the 6th. The boys seem to be perfectly satisfied now as they have wanted me to be elected Lieutenant for a long time. I do not believe I have an enemy in the company. The Captain was sick and I led them on the raids. Please write as I will tell you were to send letters. I got two hats in Yankeedom for Augustus and Fate. I have to carry them in my saddlebags. It is getting so dark I cannot see the lines. I think I will spend Christmas with you and the children...your affectionate Willie [William Willie Presley]. Wheelers Tennessee Raid - Wheeler set out on October 1 with the divisions of Brig. Gen. Frank Crawford Armstrong and Maj. Gen. William T. Martin, plus part of Maj. Gen. John A. Wharton's division. He quickly broke through the screen of Brig. Gen. George Crook's 2nd Cavalry Division near Decatur, Tennessee, and rode toward Walden's Ridge. On October 2 at Anderson's Cross Roads, Wheeler surprised a train of 800 mule-drawn wagons, plus sutler's wagons. The Southern horsemen easily overwhelmed the few guards and began to carry out their orders to "kill the mules and burn the wagons." Soon, whiskey was discovered in the sutler's wagons and Wheeler's men began pillaging the wagons for new clothing and other booty. The officers were either unvilling or unable to stop what became an eight hour orgy of plundering. Soon, Col. Edward M. McCook arrived with his brigade of Union cavalry. In a series of skirmishes, McCook lost 70 men while recapturing 800 mules and a few wagons and inflicting 270 losses on the tipsy Southerners. Wharton rode to McMinnville, Tennessee, which was captured with a loss of 388 Federals and 23 Confederates. Meanwhile, Crook was able to deflect Wheeler's main body away from the supply base at Murfreesboro, Tennessee. By October 7, Brig. Gen. Robert Byington Mitchell concentrated McCook and Crook at Shelbyville, Tennessee. That day, Crook mauled Henry B. Davidson's brigade of Wharton near Farmington, losing 75 Federals while inflicting a loss of 310. The pursuit continued in foul weather as some elements of Union cavalry rode as many as 57 miles. Wheeler escaped across the Tennessee River on October 9 at Rogersville, Alabama, but not before another 95 of his horsemen was overwhelmed near Pulaski, Tennessee. Wheeler inflicted significant damage to the Army of the Cumberland's supply line. He destroyed 500 wagons by Rosecran's estimate and claimed killing 1,000 mules, however, during the pursuit, his command was badly roughed up by the Union horsemen, "his once proud command all but wrecked." In the face of the aggressive Northern cavalry, Brig. Gen. Phillip Roddey cut short his follow up raid. Another planned cavalry raid by Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Lee was canceled after he found out that Wheeler's command was no longer in the field. Excellent content.........................................................$395.00


6193 - CONFEDERATES NOT CAPTURED AT VICKSBURG MOVING NORTHEAST OF JACKSON, Manuscript note dated at Minton [Morton], Miss., July 20th, 1863, one page note addressed to Captain John S. Noble by Major Alfred M. Borbaw ordering him to turn over his supply train to Captain Moore and report to him in person for duty. This town was east of the Jackson area and were remnants of Confederate forces moving away after the fall of Vicksburg. Fine...............................................................$89.00

6190 - 16TH MISSISSIPPI VOL. VACCINATIONS IN CAMP FOR SMALL POX, THINKS THE YANKEES SENT BY THE DOCTOR BAD "MATTER" TO BE USED IN THE SOLDIERS, GRANT AND LEE IN VIRGINIA, HUGE LOSSES FOR GRANT, LEE DRIVING HIM BACK, June 2 - 3rd, 1864, Abbeville, Lafayette County, Miss., 3 large pages in pencil to his wife by James Currin, Company I, 16th Mississippi. He writes in part..."We are all very well except for some very sore arms due to vaccinations. I have not been vaccinated yet and won't unless better matter is used here for the business. I will send this lesser by Robert Macklin. We have just received orders to pack four days rations as we do not know if we will go north or south. If we go north Major Macklin will accompany us. Kate you should have all of the children vaccinated but be certain the matter used does not come from a person who is not healthy. They have been using pock matter here that is very dangerous and does no good in keeping the small pox. The matter that is being used here the Doctor got from Jackson, Tennessee. I suspect it was sent there by the Yankees to be spread among as many of our men as possible. It is possible that I would rather have the small pox than to have that kind of matter put into my arm. We had one case of the small pox in our regiment but he was sent to the hospital as soon as caught. We have heard no news from Virginia and Georgia. I must rest awhile...June 3rd, 1864...As Major Macklin is not gone I thought I would write more...we think Grant has lost 65,000 men in the fighting in Virginia...we are expecting a big fight between Grant and Lee, there is a rumor in camp that Lee has driven Grant 35 miles back towards Washington City. Since the eight days fight Captain Russell is better and is expected back in camp this evening. Anderson Johnson and Tobe [Tobias] Burke are well. No news from General Johnson's army. He has sent for paper and envelopes, envelopes cost $8 a pack, butter $1 a pound, a dollar for a piece of chicken, 25 cents for onions, can't write to everyone so show this letter around."...James F. Currin. While he apparently datelines a town in Mississippi he obviously writes the letter from wher the 16th is in service that being in Virginia to his home which is Abbeville in Lafayette County, Mississippi. In his letter he mentions they may move down to Tennessee which indicates he is well north of Mississippi at this writing. Well written, light in spots here and there but quite bold in others. Complete transcript included. Excellent letter regarding the battles in Virginia and the fright of small pox vaccinations......................................................$295.00

6192 - AN ACCOUNT OF THOUSANDS OF POUNDS OF BACON CAPTURED BY UNION FORCES UPON THE SURRENDER OF VICKSBURG, 10" X 20", hand-ruled large manuscript document written by Captain Marcus W. Johnson of the Quartermaster Staff stating that 38,239 pounds of bacon that was captured upon the surrender of Lt. General John C. Pemberton of the city of Vicksburg to enemy forces. This amount was in his possession in the city in July 1863. It is interesting that these provisions were available in July 1863 while reports of the period stated that the civilians were eating rats and cats to survive the siege with little supplies arriving. Light stains, well written. Written by Johnson after his obvious parole listing the seized bacon stores. Fine..................................................$195.00

6192A - CONFEDERATE TEXAS SOLDIER'S DISCHARGE, SPAIGHT'S BATTALION, 7.5" X 10", a printed form with SOLDIER'S DISCHARGE as a heading. ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES, a discharge dated at Beaumont, Texas, January 6th, 1863 for Corporal John Brown, Company H, Spaight's Battalion of Texas Volunteers, PACS, who had enlisted the 21st of April, 1862. He was honorably discharged after procuring a "substitute" named R. S. Holland. Brown was described as being born in Chambers County, Texas, 29 years of age, 5' 10 3/4", dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair and was a farmer at enlistment. Signed by Lt. Colonel A. W. Spaight's. Some pinholes at folds, otherwise the paper is firm and embellishments well written and in dark ink. Rare.............................................SOLD


4016 - BLOODY KANSAS, KANSAS EMIGRATING AID COMPANY, A LOUISIANA PRO SLAVE EMIGRATION COMPANY'S FORM TO SOLICIT DONORS TO SEND PRO SLAVERY EMIGRANTS TO KANSAS, Desoto Parish, Louisiana, September 30th, 1856, 8" X 13" manuscript document stating that the undersigned promised to pledge a certain amount to the treasurer of the Kansas Emigrating Aid Company, Hamilton Stone. The document stated that the purpose of the organization was to aid immigrants to travel and settle in Kansas until at least the political organization of the territory was stabilized into a state. There are no pledges notated on this document as this may have been the manuscript draft for the printer to print forms. Bleeding Kansas, Bloody Kansas or the Border War was a series of violent political confrontations in the United States involving anti-slavery Free-Stators and pro-slavery "Border Ruffian" elements, that took place in the Kansas Territory and the neighboring towns of the State of Missouri between 1854 and 1861. The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 called for the "popular sovereignty" - that is, the decision about slavery was to be made by the settlers (rather than outsiders). It would be decided by votes - or more exactly which side had more votes counted by officials. At the heart of the conflict was the question of whether Kansas would allow or outlaw slavery, and thus enter the Union as a slave state or a free state. Proslavery forces said every settler had the right to bring his own property, including slaves, into the territory. Antislavery "free soil" forces said the rich slave-owners would buy up all the good farmland and work them with black slaves, leaving little or no opportunity for non-slave-owners. As such, Bleeding Kansas was a proxy war between antislavery forces in the North and proslavery forces from the South over the issue of slavery in the United States. The term "Bleeding Kansas" was coined by Republican Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune, its violence indicated that compromise was unlikely and thus it presaged the Civil War. Both sides had emigration aid Companies to increase their voter support to bolster their cause in the election. This is a very rare example of a Southern pro-slavery company recruiting donations in Louisiana in 1856. Well written, a possible unique Southern aid company document, fine, minor blems.......................$295.00


3601 - TENNESSEE CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC CARD
, 3" X 5", "We have planted the Standard", 10 Star Confederate first national flag flying, red/blue, below "Tennessee is in the fold." Used in political rallies and often seen on photos and this vintage 10 star flag was used briefly in 1861. Near mint condition..............................................
$225.00


3612 - PAYMENT TO A PLANTATION OWNER FOR TWO MULES TO BE USED BY GENERAL JOHNSTON'S MISSISSIPPI ARMY
, 5" X 7" manuscript payment form on blue paper paying John G. English at Meridian, MS, June 19th, 1863 for two of his mules valued at $237.00 each. Signed by Captain John H. Young, AQM. English dockets the verso verifying that he has received payment. English owned Egypt Plantation near Aberdeen, Mississippi, fine..................................................................
$95.00

3614 - THE UNION ARMY ADVANCING ON BRISTOL, TENNESSEE, October 21st, 1864, Bristol [Tenn.], 2 page 8" X 10" letter to his daughter Mary by John King. He relates in part to her, Providence has saved me from evils; the loss of property has not affected me. Major Johnson had been living in the old house for months; hopefully he would have gone to bring you letters. Letters would that have given you a view of the most trying scenes we have had to pass through, but Major Johnson is now at Richmond and is not likely to make it back here. For two days and nights we were momentarily expecting the Yankee army which had reached Zollincoffer. Few soldiers were here as the soldiers had left to protect the salt works. The town is deserted with just me and a few others. After several days they fell back and they are now between Bulls Gap and Knoxville. Our troops are pressing them closely. For the moment all is quiet and secure. Yesterday I assisted in the burial of Colonel John Preston who was 84 years of age. The Methodist Conference is here and the town is full of preachers...Your Father Jo. King. "Two months later in the Battle of Kingsport (December 13, 1864) a force of 300 Confederates under Colonel Richard Morgan (1836 - 1918) stopped a larger Union force for nearly two days. An army of over 5,500 troops under command of Major General George Stoneman (1822 - 1894) had left Knoxville, Tennessee, to raid Confederate targets in Virginia: the salt works at Saltville, the lead works at Wytheville and the iron works in Marion. While Col. Morgan's small band held off a main Union force under Major General Cullem Gillem on the opposite side the Holston River, Col. Samuel Patton took a force of cavalry to a ford in the river 2.5 miles (4.0 km) north and came down behind the Confederates. Out-numbered, out-flanked and demoralized by the bitter winter weather, Col. Morgan surrendered. The Confederates suffered 18 dead, and 84 prisoners of war were sent to a Union prison in Knoxville. Very fine.............................$175.00


2400 - GENERAL JOHN L. LEWIS, LOUISIANA MILITIA COMMANDER, LS December 23rd, 1861, 2 pages 8" X 10", Louisiana Militia General 1861-62, disbanded the Native Guard after the Federals captured the City of New Orleans and told them to hide their uniforms and guns [Colored regiment of Free Blacks]. Letter signed to Colonel Numa Augustin. Headquarters 1st Division Louisiana Volunteer Troops, New Orleans, [Augustin was commander of the Orleans Guard of the Louisiana Legion Troops]. A letter to Colonel Augustin to the effect of whose authority the French Legion was under, the Louisiana Militia or the Confederates States. Lewis had consulted with the Governor [Moore] and the consensus was that a recent order would not allow organizations of foreign residents to be included in the 1st Louisiana Division being included in the army of the Confederate States. More on the actions of the commander of the French Legion, Major Rocheran. An interesting commentary on the inclusion of foreign nationals in Confederate service at the beginning of the war from the several militia units composed of these nationals. Well written, corner trip of page restored, trivial ink burn, fine otherwise....................................$250.00

2404 - A SOLDIER WANTS HIS WIFE TO ENLIST HIS BROTHER'S NEGROES TO HELP HERE BACK AT HOME, HIS COMPANY IS LOW ON OFFICERS, MAY TRANSFER IF HIS COMPANY HAS TO BECOME INFANTRY, Camp at Courier Post near Middleton, TN, Bedford County, May 11th, 1863, 4 pages in pencil, W. T. Presley 1st Alabama Cavalry. He relates in part, "am glad that your two heifers were not dead, can't you get Brother Evan's Negroes to look after them for you by paying RED and LEE or some of them you can put some confidence in...Henrie you asked me if I was prepared to die, if I should be called from this life - I am not ashamed to ask you to pray for me...have no Captain or officer just one Sergeant acting as a Lt. but he is so stuffed up on account of his office that he is above his business. If he is made a Lt. I will apply for a transfer. I will leave this company if I have to go to the infantry. He wants a pair of boots made but is concerned how she will get them to him. Willie." W. T. Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry.............................................$185.00



2409 - CONFEDERATE SHEET MUSIC, BY B. DUNCAN OF COLUMBIA, SC, The Exotics, O Give me a home by the sea," "Flowers of song transplanted by Southern Soil," 10" X 14", attractive green lithographed cover, two pages of verses, published in Augusta, GA. by Blackmar, printed by B. Duncan of Columbia, SC, [printer of CSA notes] 186 -, Crandall #3697, Parrish & Willingham #7309, light age tone, have seen examples offered at $80, fine........................$50.00

 


14230 - PALMETTO SHARPSHOOTERS, PVT. JAMES A. JAMES, Scottsville, VA, September 22, 1862. Three pages in ink to his father...He relates in part, I take this opportunity to write you as I have been sick for the past three weeks and have not been in the late Virginia battles and am on the way to rejoin my regiment. I was sent to the hospital but did not stay there long but a night as a kind gentleman took in his house and kindly attended to me. I met with some fine friends but would rejoice to be home again. I hope this wicked war will soon be brought to a close so all can return to their homes and enjoy peace and the pursuit of happiness once more. I have not drawn any money since I wrote you and would like you to send me a pair of drawers and two pair of sox in my next letter. I will let you know where to send them. Things are selling here very high owing to great army in Virginia that has nearly consumed everything like corn is selling for $2 a bushel, wheat $2.90, oats $3 per bushel and all other things in proportion with dry goods scarce. Shirting is .75 per yard, shoes $10 per pair, I will write again when I reach my regiment...your affectionate son, James A. James. Interesting well written letter from a scarce South Carolina Regiment, Palmetto Sharpshooters...............................................$150.00

14231 - 4TH SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY, A. J. JAMES, DENIES SENDING COUNTERFEIT MONEY TO A FRIEND, Camp Pritchard, March 2nd, 1863, 3 pages in bold ink to his brother James. He writes in part, "I think we will be attacked pretty soon, received a letter from home from Richard Young with a $10 bill that he says is not good [counterfeit note], he never got that money from me and he is mistaken as he got that from somebody else - I did not ever think he would play such a trick on me to put his dead money on me. I have never seen this money till now." The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment was a regiment of cavalry in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. They were from the state of South Carolina and served primarily in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment was organized on December 16, 1862, by consolidating the 10th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry and the 12th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry. The 10th Cavalry Battalion (also called the 3rd Battalion) was organized in the spring of 1862 with five companies, and Major James P. Adams and Major William Stokes were the commanding officers. The 12th Cavalry Battalion had also been known as the 4th Cavalry Battalion. Very good, minor separation repair on verso......................................................$125.00

14232 - 4TH SOUTH CAROLINA CAVALRY, SOLDIER DENIES HE SENT COUNTERFEIT MONEY TO A FRIEND AND WARNS HIM TO LEAVE HIM ALONE ABOUT IT, Camp Pritchard, March 29th, 1863, 2 page in letter with postal cover with partial 10 cent stamp by Pvt. A . J James 4th SC Cavalry. He relates in part, "I am very much surprised that you were trying to still out that money on me yet as I never had that money and I don't intent to take that back and send you more as you need to do the best you can with it, you may prove just what you please as I can prove that I never had such money...don't waste any more of your time writing as I am not afraid of you as I want you to be cautious how you talk about me as I will be with you soon, be careful how you talk about me Richard as I do not want to injure you in any way...I do not intend to pay you good money for your old bill and take your old bill to someone else - I will see you in hell before I do it...A. J. James." The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment was a regiment of cavalry in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. They were from the state of South Carolina and served primarily in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War. The 4th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment was organized on December 16, 1862, by consolidating the 10th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry and the 12th Battalion South Carolina Cavalry. The 10th Cavalry Battalion (also called the 3rd Battalion) was organized in the spring of 1862 with five companies, and Major James P. Adams and Major William Stokes were the commanding officers. The 12th Cavalry Battalion had also been known as the 4th Cavalry Battalion. Very good, an interesting content letter regarding Confederate counterfeit money...................................................$125.00

14235 - CALHOUN'S LIGHT ARTILLERY BATTERY, OFF TO THE VALLEY TO BE WITH STONEWALL JACKSON, Pvt. J. A. James, Calhoun's Battery, 1st SC Light Artillery, Camp Lee, Camp near Richmond, August 12th, 1862, two page letter in bold pencil to his father. He relates in part, there has been fierce fighting with 6 or 7 miles of us, tomorrow we have to start up to STONEWALL JACKSON IN THE VALLEY, it you have any brandy left I wish you cupid save some for me as we have had just half rations since we have been here. I received your letter when I was in Camp Hampton, tell John to stay at home as long as he can, when I get to a place I can station I will write again. Tell Emaline that I am well and am satisfied with the circumstances, I would like very much to see her and the rest of you and you must eat my share of the peaches this year...I will close now, again I remain yours J.A. James. Bold manuscript...........................................$150.00

14236 - CALHOUN'S LIGHT ARTILLERY BATTERY, Columbia, SC, Pvt. J. A. James, Calhoun's Battery, 1st SC Light Artillery, August 13th, 1863 to his father & mother. He relates in part, "have a bad boil on me, waiting for the box and I check the depot each day, am satisfied in camp, we will not stay here long I reckon, wants to know if they have sold his fiddle yet and if so give the money to Emaline. If John wants to go to war this is a good company and if so I will get it arranged for him with Captain Calhoun. Your son J. A. James." Very good..............................................$100.00

14237 - CALHOUN'S LIGHT ARTILLERY BATTERY, Pvt. J. A. James, Calhoun's Battery, 1st SC Light Artillery, August 20th, 1863, 2+ pages in ink to his father & mother, "thanks his parents for the box of provisions just received, had sent home a box that contained a coat that belonged to Richard Young who had run away to Virginia, he would not transfer to Griffin James' unit, the only way he would transfer is to go home. I have good officers here and if Griffin James wants to transfer I can get him one here. I hear there is firing every day at Charleston and they are at it now, will try and get a furlough before I leave here but wants another box...Camp near Columbia, Captain Calhoun's Light Artillery, J. A. James to his father and mother." Very good...................................................$125.00

14240 - HAMPTON'S LEGION, CAPTAIN JOHN K. JAMES, 2 pages in ink to his father by Captain John K. James, Co. C, Hampton's Legion. He relates in part, "He wants to know how his family is, wants to know if brother James' discharge papers from Virginia have arrived and to forward them to him, wants some provisions sent to him, has not seen brother James since he was taken out. He wants his wife to send him a lock of their baby's hair, wants his sister to come there, more on family matters." Fine..........................................$100.00

14241 - CAPTAIN CALHOUN'S COMPANY, FERGUSON'S LIGHT ARTILLERY, YANKEE PRISONERS DYING, THEY DESERVE DEATH AND LET THEM DIE, 4 pages in ink by Pvt. J. A. James, Ferguson's Light Artillery, Atlanta, GA, October 20th, 1863 to his father. He relates in part, "I take the opportunity to make you aware of my whereabouts, my health is very good and we are stationed in Atlanta for a few days, we will not stay long and will soon leave for Chattanooga. Atlanta is quite a lively place now with a great many sick and wounded here. There are eight hospitals here and they are all filled with sick and wounded and they all get very good attention - been in them. There are a good many Yankee prisoners here but they have sent a good many off and a great many have died and I would not mind if the others followed suit. There is not but a few here now except those not able to be sent off. I don't care if they never get able - you may think I am hard hearted but it is so - they deserve death and let them die! Brother John and John Chapman left camp on the 13th; I expect they have gone home. They left in the night about 10 o'clock and they hunted for them. I want to go home as bad as anyone but I will never go if I have to desert as I would rather die than to be called a deserter. Times are hard here as we do not get much to eat. We have no bread for breakfast, supper, or dinner. We have not drawn any money yet and I do not know when we will get any...direct your letters to Captain Calhoun's Light Artillery, Ferguson's Battery, Atlanta, GA." An excellent commentary about Atlanta, prisoners, deserters. Fine.....................................................$295.00

14242 - FERGUSON'S LIGHT ARTILLERY, I WISH TO SEE MY BABY ONE MORE TIME, November 3rd, 1863, Atlanta, GA, 2 pages in ink from J. A. James. He relates in part to his wife Nancy...wants to know when companies cousins are in and who the Captains are so he can write them, wants to know how she is getting along home with provisions, would like to get in Cousin Jacks company as they may send him back to Charleston as he has been unable to drill, tells his wife to write him as quick as possible as they may leave Atlanta soon. I hope we will meet in a better world, if I could come home I would like to see my baby one more time. J. A. James to Nancy James. Newsy Confederate letter from a soldier who is oon to be transferred to Beauregard's Company, Ferguson Light Artillery. Fine..........................$100.00

14243 - FERGUSON'S LIGHT ARTILLERY, THE PEOPLE ARE MEAN IN ATLANTA, PRICES HIGH ON EVERYTHING, LITTLE TO EAT, 2 pages in ink, Atlanta, GA, November 12th, 1863, J. A. James to his father. He relates in part...my health is not very good at this time, I was taken with the chills and have had the chills and have had them ever since and am hardly able to move about but I keep up some. I have not received any answer to my letters I have sent - why have you not written. I drew $134 Our fare is might rough - we get little corn bread grain and some boiled beef twice a day. As soon as I can get to get to a magistrate I am going. I want to swear that they have the ugliest people in Atlanta and the meanest, everything and you can now get anything less than $2.00, and everything is $2.00. I am obliged to swear! We are still in Atlanta and expect to stay sometime. Write me about recruits...Your loving son J. A. James. Interesting commentary on affair in Atlanta in the early winter of 1863, fine....................................................$145.00

14247 - THE YANKEES ARE ABOUT 8 MILES AWAY, Private J. A. James, Ferguson's Light Artillery, Dalton, GA, December 27th, 1863, two pages in bold ink to his father and mother. He relates in part...We have got here on Sunday and have had bad time too, it rained on us all the way here and we had a muddy time, came through mud up to the wagon axels and it is still raining yet, the Yankees are about 8 miles from us and I do not know how quick they will come on. If you have not sent me anything yet send me a scarf, gloves, sox and something to eat. Sheep meat is good for clear and hog meat we get. We won't steal but will take little things that won't be long to us and out them away, do not be surprised when you hear this as those rugged Rebels will all do that. Direct letters to Dalton, GA. Captain J. B. Ferguson's Battery Lite Artillery, Gist Brigade, Walker's Division. J. A. James to John James. Fine, well written letter...................................................$165.00

14248 - HIS FATHER WILL TRAVEL FROM SOUTH CAROLINA TO VISIT HIM, PRIVATE J. A. JAMES FERGUSON'S BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY, January 18th, 1864, camp near Dalton, GA to his father by Private J. A. James Ferguson's Battery. He relates in part, Times are hard and more is coming, heard we may move back down to Kingston, but I do not know that for certain. If you come I will try and see you some way, I will tell the agent at the depot that we are there, it is pretty bad about, it is very muddy but I will find you some place to stay, we are stationed about 7 miles from Dalton to the right as you come up. You can go to Greenville to have your papers fixed to come on and have them fixed liked I was sick. He wants other family members to come with him, the Captain is not here so I can't do nothing but you can go to the clerk that way I will get a chance to see you. Mentions article of clothing he wants, sox, pants, drawers, coat, also flower dry fruit and some butter. I have to pay $1 per pound for flower here and I am glad to pay it. Also bring me some red pepper, also one good brat of bread from home. We can't really cook here and the beef we draw we have to lean it up against a tree and shoot it or prop it up with rails. It is one pound of beef and ten pounds of bones. Come to Branchville and inquire about the Augusta train, and then to the Atlanta depot and then to Dalton. You better stay there if you arrive in the night. He gives more info on the trip from South Carolina with more information on the connections to be made. When you come to Dalton you can inquire about the road that leads to Spring - a place they call Spring Place...quit writing if you are coming as it will take a month on the road [letters]. The Battery is on the left hand side of the Spring Place road as you come and on the right hand side if you come from Dalton as you come up. Inquire for Martin's Battalion...J. A. James to John James and mother. Interesting details on a Father visiting his soldier son just south of Chattanooga in January 1864. Fine................................................................$165.00

14250 - CAMP NEAR DALTON, GA, FERGUSON'S BATTERY LIGHT ARTILLERY, 27th Day of April 1864, two pages in ink to his mother and father by Private J. A. James. He relates in part, he is relieved to have heard from his mother and father again as it has been three months and I thought you thought hard of me. You say that you have had hard times back in Carolina and I must say there are hard times here as if there are not hard times here I do not know what hard times are. I have little news here but we expect a big fight near soon as the baggage has been sent to the rear and all furloughs stopped and I do not know when they will start again. I really want to get home but I am out of hart of going home...I will close nothing more till death J. A. James. The Battle of Rocky Face started the campaign a few weeks later. Well written by Private James. Very fine.........................................$150.00

14251 - ATLANTA CAMPAIGN, FERGUSON'S LIGHT ARTILLERY, 2 pages in ink by Private J. A. James, April 28th, 1864, Camp near Dalton, GA to his sisters. He relates in part...we have hard times and more on the way, we have little to eat by bread for the last few days, we get one-third of a pound a day, some days we get none, discussing a Tom and his wife...wants to know if Tom can lie in the bed without pissing on the bread and if they have quit pinning rags to him each night. Hope peace will be made but I don't think it will stop soon. I would like you wait until I get home to marry though you may have to wait a long time. I want you to send me a lock of his hair to put in a gourd to put water in it for the rats to drink and kill them. The rats are very bad here and that is a plan I have to get rid of them. An interesting letter especially the last portion as it appears that James was not particularly fond of his future brother-in-law. Well written............................................$145.00

14252 - THE WOUNDED ARE COMING IN DAILY, MEN DYING, THEY TAKE THEM OUT OF THE DEAD HOUSE EVERY DAY, ATLANTA CAMPAIGN, FERGUSON'S LIGHT ARTILLERY, 4 pages in ink, Atlanta, GA, June 20th, 1864, #2 Fair Grounds Hospital, Ward #19, from Private J. A. James. He relates in part to his father...I am well as can be expected, no news to report as they are still fighting up here, wounded and dying are coming in each day, there are between 10 and 15 taken out of the dead house every day, it has been raining for 4 weeks, you can come if you want, others have come from further, if you come please ring some fruit in a packet, would be glad to see you and stay with you, nobody cares for me here and I care for nobody. I do not know if I will ever come home, things will get worse here. The wounded were coming from the late battles around Marietta and Pickett's Mill. Ink trifle weak in spots but quite readable - complete typed transcript included........................$195.00

LETTERS OF PRIVATE THOMAS E. JAMES 1ST SOUTH CAROLINA STATE TROOPS SERVING AT AND NEAR CHARLESTON

14254 -  THE BLOCKADER CAME IN THE OTHER NIGHT AND I EXPECT TO GO WITH THEM TO NASSAU THEN TO ENGLAND, 2 pages in ink to his sister by Private Thomas E. James, 1st South Carolina State Troops, Charleston, SC, January 7th, 1863. He relates to her in part...sorry that you had asked for a bottle of oil, some paregoric, and some sulfur and be sent by old Rowen, I have not had 5 cents but will have shortly and will send it to you. He mentions a mother who lied about the age of her son to te Captain. I do not know when I will come home as the blockader came in the other night and I expect to go with them and I think I will go. There is no war there and I would stay there until peace is made. I expect to start on the 20th of the month. If I do not go I shall join the company that John is in. If I do not do that I will run the blockade and come home and see the girls, hug, kiss, and feelum tits! I was a guard on the northeastern train and borrowed an oil cloth blanket that was worth $40 but left it on my seat when I went on to Wilmington and expect to have to pay $20 for it...more about somebody named Miles in Charleston owing him some shoes, he vividly discusses a girl back home he is involved with and tells his sister she may have another sister when he comes home, but if I go to Nassau you will not see me soon. The girl had written that she was ready for me "in arms," longs to sleep if I come home, she will lay there whether she sleeps or not, write soon, Thomas E. James to Nancy E. James. Thomas obviously has found a new love at home among the ladies he left behind and longs for one of them if he does not travel on the blockader to Nassau. Interesting commentary.................................................$225.00

14255 - DESCRIBES THE BOMBARDMENT OF THE FORTS NEAR CHARLESTON ON SULLIVAN'S ISLAND, FORT MOULTRIE, FORT WAGNER, BATTERY GREGG, 2 page letter in ink from Pvt. Thomas E. James, 1st South Carolina State Troops, Charleston, SC, Third Military District, November 25th, 1863 to the James Family. He relates in part, I have been over to the island [Sullivan's Island] all I can say that there is an afoul time on that island, they have shelled it Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday and still at it this morning. I was over there yesterday and I can tell you it was hot times from 8 to 12 as there were about 50 or 60 shells shot at Battery Gregg, Cummings Point, and Battery Wagner all land batteries without much damage done. Three were wounded at Fort Moultrie and 2 slightly wounded and one mortally wounded and one Captain at Fort Sumter. I can tell you when Sullivan's Isle and James Isle batteries opened up if you had been there you have never heard so much thunder before the shells bust all around us every way, John and I were lying in a bomb proof all day until they quit firing, shells hit about 10 feet from us but there was no change of them hitting us. He mentions a soldier in the guard house for killing a soldier. Me and Matt are with the officers, send gloves. Thomas E. James to the family of James. Great commentary on a Federal bombardment of fortifications near Charleston...................$350.00

14256 - A SOLDIER OFFER HIM $200 TO TAKE HIS PLACE SO HE CAN COME HOME, HIGH PRICES IN CHARLESTON FOR PROVISIONS, NOT SAFE FOR HER TO TRAVEL TO CHARLESTON, 2 pages in ink with the front of a postal cover PM Charleston paid 10 stamp, Charleston, SC, December 7th, 1863, 3rd Military District, from Pvt. Thomas E. James 1st SC State Troops to his parents. He relates...You misunderstood me think that John Loveland and I were coming home, I do not expect to come home until the 1st of February, the Captain gave John a furlough to come home between then and Christmas - not me also. I have been offered $200 by a soldier in another company to swap for one month and I may take him up on it. No ear bobs here for less than 10 or 15 dollars, shoes selling for 30 - 50 dollars, salt $18, rice a bushel $16, cloth 10 to 30 dollars per yard, socks 3 to 4 dollars per pair, send me my shoes at first chance and knit me a pair of fingered gloves can't drill without those, you had better not come down here as it is not safe. Thomas James to John James' family. Newsy letter from James describing a furlough swap for $200, the cost of provisions in Charleston at are ever rising due to the blockade and bombardments of the city....................................................$165.00

14262 - I HAVE BEEN WORKING ON CASTLE PINCKNEY, Charleston, SC, January 27th, 1864 by Private Thomas E. James, 1st SC State Troops to his sister Nancy. He relates in part, I drop you a few lines to let you know I am well, I have been detailed to work at Castle Pinckney but I am off now. I have bought some salt and started it home but could not buy any rice as the price is too high. A man owes him money and is scarce to pay him, mentions another soldier very ill but not as bad as before. Thomas James to Nancy James. A short letter from a soldier trying to by provisions to send home from Charleston with prices ever rising due to the blockade and the bombardment/siege. Fine....................................$125.00

1421 - PASS SIGNED BY GENERAL BEAUREGARD'S SON, LT. RENE T. BEAUREGARD COMMANDING FERGUSON'S BATTERY, SOUTH CAROLINA LIGHT ARTILLERY, ALLOWING TWO SOLDIERS TO PASS THE LINES TO DALTON, GA, 3" X 6.5", manuscript pass allowing Corporal James and Private Young of Captain's Ferguson's Battery to go to Dalton and return by 4 PM, dated April 20th, 1864. Signed R. T. Beauregard, 1st Lt. Commanding. Beauregard enlisted with Slocomb's Battery, Fifth Company, Washington Artillery. Soon made a 1st Lieutenant in the South Carolina Regulars. Formed Ferguson's Battery (South Carolina Light Artillery), and became Captain of the battery upon the death of Commander Ferguson. He was in the Western campaigns under Johnston, Hood, and Beauregard. He was in almost every battle of note during the long siege, his bravery and fortitude being especially noted at Franklin, Missionary Ridge, Lookout Mountain, and on the fields of western Tennessee. During the close of the war he was elevated to the rank of Major. Very scarce autograph.................................................$150.00

1425 - PASS TO LEAVE SULLIVAN'S ISLE AND ENTER CHARLESTON, 3" X 6.5" manuscript pass issued by the Provost Marshal of Sullivan's Isle, May 7th, 1863 for Francis and Elizabeth James to visit the City [Charleston]. Written non blue paper, some paper restoration to bottom not affecting manuscript........................................$75.00

1426 - CONFEDERATE PASS TO ENTER CHARLESTON FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA SOLDIER, June 14th, 1862, Camp Evans, Private James [Thomas E. James] is given permission to pass the lines into the City of Charleston. James was on duty with the 1st South Carolina State Troops. Signed by General Evan's AAG A. L. Evans. Camp Evans was a CSA camp at Church Flats along the Stono River, near Stono Ferry. Written on blue paper, 4" X 7". Irregular at bottom, no missing text.................................................$100.00

1427 - OATH OF ALLEGIANCE FOR A SOUTH CAROLINA FATHER OF TWO SOLDIERS, 3.5" X 7", pre-printed and filled-in, Provost Marshal's Office, Headquarters United States Forces, Greenville, SC, August 14th, 1865, John James signs his oath of allegiance to the United States. James was the Father of J. A. James and Thomas E. James who had served in the Confederate Army and survived the war. J. A. James in the Palmetto Sharpshooters/Ferguson's Battery and the 1st South Carolina State troops. Old stain at fold, age tone, very good overall...................................................$100.00

1431 - FROM SULLIVAN'S ISLE, 1ST SOUTH CAROLINA INFANTRY, A SOLDIER JOKES ABOUT HIS COUSIN NOT BEING MUCH OF A LOVER TO HIS NEW WIFE - RARE CONTENT, 2 pages in ink, J. H. Loveland, 1st South Carolina Infantry on Sullivan's Island, April 18th, 1864, date lined Battery Bee, to his cousin. He relates in part, "I want to see you real bad but I want to see your wife a heep more as I don't think you can break her for no saddle. I did not think you were married when I wished her more joy than I do you and she shall have it. If I ever get to come home she shall have it. I want you to do best you can do until I come and then I will help you all that I can as I am not sure you can do family duty and I hate to see a nice lady disappointed. I wish I could take you place in a month. I don't think your wife would have anything more use for you. I want you to remember the promises we made to one another. I want the wedding that is depending to wait until I come. I do not want you to think hard of my dry jokes for they are all in good fun...J. H. Loveland." An interesting sexual oriented letter apparently in jest contesting his cousin's ability to be a proper lover to his new wife. Rare content.......................................$225.00


100810 - WALLER'S REGIMENT OF TEXAS CAVALRY, March 7th, 1864, Camp Grace, Texas. A note for $50 due Travis Hensley from L. K. Dubois both members of Waller's Texas Cavalry, small manuscript 4" X 7", Hensley was named after William Barret Travis after the fall at the Alamo by his Father who was a close friend of Travis. Some age tone. Very good.................................................$65.00

100811 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, July 24th, 1863, 3" X 7" manuscript stating of $100 by the AAQM John S. Hirschfield dated at St. Martinsville, LA. Very good.....................$65.00

100818 - BATTERY DANTZLER, November 26th, 1864, 4 pages in ink by Thaddeus A. Clay, Heavy Artillery, Epes Company, an interesting love letter to his sweetheart who is also his cousin. He divulges his feelings for her and has wanted to write her since he left Petersburg, it is his first attempt to write a young lady in this respect and hopes she will agree to correspond with him. Hopes the Yankees will not cut them off from one another...we have been shelled nearly every day by the Yankees at my battery, more.....................................WAS $250.00         NOW $150.00

100820 - VIRGINIA SHARPSHOOTERS, WHARTON'S BRIGADE, 30th Virginia Battalion Sharpshooters, March 25th, 1864, letter to Colonel J. Lyle Clark commanding the 30th Virginia Battalion requesting that three men be sent to Jonesboro and they will be returned to General Wharton's Brigade as soon as cavalrymen can be received from the cavalry. The 30th Virginia fought in East Tennessee under Longstreet and in the Shenandoah Valley. After the battle of Wayneborough the unit was disbanded. Well written in brown ink on gray paper, scarce sharpshooter correspondence..........................................WAS $295.00                NOW $215.00

100821 - 2ND SOUTH CAROLINA VOLS, A SOLDIER PUT INTO THE INVALID CORPS, November 15th, 1864, New Market, VA, 14" X 20" descriptive list detailing the pay and clothing given to Private Duncan McRa. It was noted he was wounded October 15th, 1864 near Strasburg, VA. There is a large notation written by the Surgeon stating that the soldier was placed in the Invalid Corps, April 14th, 1865 at Columbia, SC. Written on brown necessity paper. Very good..........................................................$195.00

100821A - NEW ORLEANS CRESCENT REGIMENT, January 30th, 1865, 8.5" X 11" manuscript Special Order #24, Captain David Collie, Crescent Regiment, appointed to the court martial by order of Lt. General Buckner signed by his AAG John N. Galleger, Headquarters Department of Western Louisiana, Natchitoches, LA on gray paper, fine.........................$75.00


7043 - FODDER FOR THE ARMY, MONROE, LOUISIANA, 1862, 8" X 13" pre-printed and filled in document paying Samuel Patterson $65.98 for 4399 pounds of fodder for the Confederate army dated November 26th, 1862 being a receipt signed for the above fodder by Captain N. A. Birge Quartermaster CSA. Some fold strengthening on verso, otherwise very good and crisp paper, scarce locale............................................$75.00

7044 - LOUISIANA CONFEDERATE DOCUMENT SIGNED BY FUTURE LOUISIANA GOVERNOR SAMUEL D. MCENERY, 7" X 13" pre-printed and filled in document for forage supplies for 4 horses at the Conscript camp at Monroe, Louisiana, November 26th, 1862 for fodder and corn. Signed by Lt. S. D. McEnery who later became the 30th Governor of Louisiana 1881 - 1888. Very fine...............................................$100.00


2145 - 57TH GEORGIA REGIMENT, BARKALOO'S REGIMENT, 5" X 13", pre-printed and filled-in, blue paper. Provision return for Captain Byington's Company dated June 25th, 1862 for 71 men and one woman and outlining all the supplies allotted to the company. During this period, the regiment was in East Tennessee & Kentucky. Later it fought at Champion Hill and was captured at Vicksburg in July 1863. It was exchanged and placed in Mercer's command and had 54 causalities at Atlanta, only a few surrendered in April 1864, very fine, quite detailed................................................$125.00


1082 - CONFEDERATE STAMPED POSTAL COVER ADDRESSED TO COLONEL JAMES A. R. HANKS FORMERLY OF THE 22ND GEORGIA, AT CUTHBUT, GEORGIA, Hand-made cover, addressed on the front and sealed on the verso with a 10 cent Scott #11, blue Jefferson Davis Confederate postal stamp. Fine, decent margins on stamp tied with an indistinct cancellation. Hanks served on the staff of the 22nd Georgia and was discharged for disability on June 1862........................................$85.00

1085 - CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA, CONFEDERATE BONDS FOR THE SOUTH WESTERN RR BANK, 4" X 6", imprinted interim depository receipt issued at Charleston, SC, March 18th, 1864 for $100 in new Confederate bonds amounting to $100 to be delivered from the act of February 17th, 1864. Printed by Jewitt Printer, 347 King Street. Gray paper. Fine............................................$65.00

72034 - CONFEDERATE SOLDIER'S RAILROAD TICKET, Issued by the Richmond & Danville RR, ticket #1617 allows 23 soldiers to travel from Richmond to Danville, VA. It was issued by the Asst. Quartermaster of the CSA at Richmond and the fare to be paid by the Confederate States upon presentation of this coupon ticket. Printer "Soldier's Ticket." Probably all 23 were from the same company. No date. Bold print and manuscript, Top right corner tipped slightly affecting no text. While Confederate era railroad tickets are scarce, actual imprinted soldier's tickets are rare. An example of a group of soldiers being assigned to a new area. Very good.....................................................$125.00

72036 - 11TH TEXAS INFANTRY LETTER, Bradford Fitzgerald, 11th Texas Infantry, Headquarters Ordnance Train, Walker's Division, July 1st, 1864, 2 pages in ink to friend Willie. He relates in part, I cannot write long as I am making up my quarertly that under very "desaperable" circumstances for yesterday evening as I was entering voucher #79, a Minnie ball struck the desk within six inches of my pate [old English for head]. In short within 10 minutes two more companions did visit my headquarters. He continues to give Willie advice on a love affair. I am at the front with no possibility of post duty. He continues discussing affairs of the heart as he has formed quite an attachment for Miss Ella. He relates that Willie Ewin [John H. Ewin's son] had his leg shot off a few days ago...he commanded Will Foster's Company...your cousin Bradford. At this time the 11th Texas Infantry had been fighting in Louisiana and Arkansas chasing General Steel's forces back towards Little Rock. A well written letter. Texas letters from the field are very scarce.....................................$295.00

72037 - LOUISIANA TIGERS, WHEAT'S BATTALION, 1ST LOUISIANA SPECIAL BATTALION, COMPANY E, WHEAT'S LIFE GUARDS, ALS by Major Robert M. Grinnell, dated January 5th, 1864 to Captain Robert Beale Davis, Headquarters Walker's Division, letter regarding provisions for Union prisoners under the care of Captain Davis [later killed in a charge near Petersburg, VA]. Grinnell at that time was AAG for General Henry Heth. Grinnell had enlisted as a Lt. in Company E, 1st Louisiana Special Battalion, Wheat's Battalion, also known as the Louisiana Tigers. He was captured at an unknown site in Virginia in 1862 and later exchanged on August 27th, 1862 for David G. McNaughton of the 42nd PA Major Wheat was killed at the Battle of Gaines Mill and the unit disbanded on August 15th, 1862 due to a severe reduction in strength after the Peninsular Campaign. After his exchange, Grinnell served on Heth's staff. Blue paper, 1 page ALS, comes with a hand-carried cover addressed to Captain Davis at Mt. Jackson, two items.....................................................$250.00

72039 - 31ST LOUISIANA INFANTRY, August 10th, 1862, 8" X 7" pre-printed Provisional return, filled-in for 73 men and two female cooks for two days including rations of pork, beef, flour, molasses, and salt. The 31st Louisiana was organized at Vicksburg during the summer of 1862 and assigned to Baldwin's Brigade. The unit lost 9 killed and 16 wounded at Chickasaw bluffs and was captured defending Vicksburg. After being exchanged it fought in Thomas' Brigade in various conflicts in Louisiana. By the early 1862 date on this document it was most probably written near Vicksburg. Light tone spots, otherwise very good.......................$125.00


8055 - COLONEL LATER GENERAL T. C. HINDMAN WANTS TO KNOW WHERE TO STATION HIS TROOPS, Confederate Telegram, 5" X 7" October 12th, 1861, South - Western Telegraph CO., to General Pillow. "I have just arrived from McCulloch's camp under orders to report my command - can you inform me where I should go in order to get with Hardee. Answer...T. C. Hindman, Col. C.S.A. By the time of this telegraph Albert Sidney Johnston had become the Commander of the Western Army. He had begun to establish a defensive line to guard the Tennessee and Mississippi Rivers. Union troops movements had alerted General Polk who commanded the Confederate forces at Columbus. General Polk who commanded the Confederate forces at Columbus. General Polk had sent 4 regiments under General Pillow to reinforce Belmont, Missouri. Colonel Hindman was inquiring of General Pillow where to station his troops - near Belmont or move to another point on the defensive line with General Hardee. Some light age tone at edge at top, otherwise very good.......................................................................$125.00

8056 - ALBERT SIDNEY JOHNSTON REVOKES THE ORDER FOR PILLOW TO MOVE TO STRENGTHEN THE CONFEDERATE LINE AT COLUMBUS, KY, Confederate Telegram, 5" X 7", South - Western Telegraph CO., addressed to General Polk at Columbus, KY, November 15th, 1861 from Bowling Green, KY by William W. Mackall AAG to General Albert Sidney Johnston. He relates to Polk, "Retain general Pillow's command at Columbus, Genl Johnston revokes the order for his movement on Clarksville and send at once a return of your troops by regiments and independent companies. W. W. Makall, AA Genl." Eight days after the Battle of Belmont, Missouri finds that General Pillow has returned to Columbus, KY after his poor performance during the battle. General Polk, commanding the Confederate forces at Columbus orders General Pillow to Clarksville, TN to lengthen the Confederate defensive line. Johnston revoked the order in order to maintain the Confederate strength at Columbus. Very fine..........................................................$150.00

8057 - GOVERNOR HARRIS OF TENNESSEE INFORMS GENERAL PILLOW THAT 10,000 ENFIELD RIFLES HAVE BEEN SHIPPED TO HIM, Confederate Telegram, South - Western Telegraph CO., addressed to General G. J. Pillow from Governor Isham Harris at Nashville, November 24th, 1861. He relates to Pillow, "Ten thousand Enfield rifles shipped to you for the regiments named, let the companies go to general rendezvous at Memphis or Jackson as soon as organized into regiments and arrived. I will subject them to your order. Isham H. Harris." Before the Confederate State Government could supply the troops local state governments, out of necessity, had to supply their volunteers. Acquiring rifles to replace shotguns, squirrel guns, and flintlocks was a difficult task. Fine................................$145.00

8058 - 39TH TENNESSEE INFANTRY, OFFICER WANTS TO KNOW WHERE TO REPORT, Confederate Telegraph, 5" X 7", December 3rd, 1861, from Fort Pillow to Columbus, KY, to Colonel W. F. Avery, care of General Pillow. This telegram concerns the organization of the 39th Tennessee Infantry [also called the 4th Confederate Infantry]. Colonel W. T. Avery had been given the command of the regiment but its organization not completed. It was ordered to Fort Pillow but General W. H. Carroll complained to the Secretary of War that this regiment belonged to his command and should not report to Fort Pillow. Captain Joseph Barbiere of CO. A is attempting to ascertain where to report especially with Captain John Farrabee of CO. H having left for Fort Pillow. Fine...............................................$100.00

8059 - GENERAL CHEATHAM WILL SEND GENERAL HILL'S 35TH REGIMENT INSTEAD OF PRESTON SMITH'S 154TH TENNESSEE, Confederate Telegram, 5" X 7", South - Western Telegraph CO. from Hickman, KY to General Pillow, "I have everything on guard & will be off in a half hour. Chann has left. I will send Hill for Smith, Cheatham." By the end of November 1861, there was heavy skirmishing almost every day along the Confederate defensive line from Fort Donelson on the Cumberland River to Fishing Creek in East Tennessee. General Pillow was moving troops to strengthen his defensive line. General Pillow previously ordered General Cheatham to send a regiment to a certain destination. Now General Cheatham is notifying General Pillow that he is sending Benjamin Hill's 35th Tennessee Infantry instead of Preston Smith's 154th Tennessee Infantry. Very fine.............................................................................$125.00

8060 - DIFFICULTY IN GETTING CREWS FOR MILITARY TRANSPORTS AND COAL ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, Confederate Telegraph, 5" X 7", December 4th, 1861, South - Western Telegraph CO., from Memphis, TN to Columbus, KY to General Pillow from Captain John Adams, CSA commanding. He relates, "A boat was sent three days since to you Manassas said boat is disabled another boat is steaming up to go up to President's bar 35 miles below where Manassas is, two boats have started for Columbus have gone to Napoleon for coal great difficulty in getting crew for Columbus hope to send boats to you today with all the coal that can be got in Memphis. John Adams Capt. CSA, Comdg." The State of Tennessee endeavored to guard against invasion by way of the Tennessee and Cumberland Rivers. To do so, they established a line of defense [about 300 miles long from Southeastern Kentucky to Bowling Green, to Fort Henry and Donelson, to Columbus, KY. The Union had already initiated movement along this line which included the Battle of Belmont. In December 1861, the movement was continuing which the Confederates had to counter. To do this they needed supplies carried by riverboats, the riverboats and other small vessels needed coal which had to come from either Nashville or Memphis. The telegram mentions that all the coal available in Memphis had been sent to General Pillow in Columbus. To further complicate the situation, the Confederate Navy was recruiting sailors for the fleet which was to defend Nashville and Memphis. Therefore, it was difficult to find sailors for the riverboat transports. Very fine............................................$145.00

8061 - ONE OF THE IMMORTAL 600, CAPTAIN GEORGE W. NELSON, TESTIFIES THAT 25,000 PISTOL CAPS WERE STOLEN BY NEGRO TEAMSTERS, March 25th, 1863, 8" X 10", ALS by Captain George W. Nelson, Captain & AIG on General Pendleton's Corps, Voucher #24, detailing the loss of 25,000 pistol caps which were found in the possession of Negro teamsters. Nelson concludes that no blame should be attached to the officer in charge as no guard is allowed to the ordnance train and every effort was used to recover the caps. The caps were found in the quarters of Negro teamsters but not all the caps were found. Nelson was on Pendleton's Staff, captured at Millwood, VA, October 26th, 1863, sent to Fort Delaware and became one of the "Immortal 600." He was released on June 12th, 1865 and took the oath. In 1864, the Confederate Army imprisoned 50 Union Army officers as human shields against federal artillery in the city of Charleston in an attempt to stop Union artillery from firing upon civilians in the city. In retaliation, United States Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton ordered 600 captured Confederate officers to be taken to Morris Island, South Carolina at the entrance to Charleston Harbor and used as human shields for 45 days in an attempt to silence the Confederate gunners manning Fort Sumter. These men became known in the South as the Immortal Six Hundred. At one point, General Foster planned an exchange of the 600 but it was stopped by General Grant who had previously terminated all prisoner of war exchanges and wrote, "in no circumstances will he be allowed to make exchanges of prisoners of war." Three died from subsistence on starvation rations issued as retaliation for the conditions found by the Union at Andersonville, Georgia and Salisbury, North Carolina prisons. Upon an outbreak of yellow fever in Charleston, the Union officers were removed from the city limits, and in response the Union army then transferred the Immortal Six Hundred to Fort Pulaski just outside of Savannah, Georgia. There they were crowded into the fort's cold, damp casemates. For 42 days, a "retaliation ration" of 10 ounces of moldy cornmeal and half a pint of soured onion pickles was the only food issued to the prisoners. The starving men were reduced to supplementing their rations with the occasional rat or stray cat. Thirteen men died there of preventable diseases such as dysentery and scurvy. At Fort Pulaski, the prisoners organized "The Relief Association of Fort Pulaski for Aid and Relief of the Sick and Less Fortunate Prisoners" on December 13, 1864. Col. Abram Fulkerson of the 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment was elected president. Out of their sparse funds, the prisoners collected and expended eleven dollars, according to a report filed by Fulkerson on December 28, 1864. Five later died at Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The remaining prisoners were returned to Fort Delaware on March 12, 1865, where an additional twenty-five died. Very fine....................................$395.00

8063 - 51ST GEORGIA TROOPS INVOLVED IN A TRAIN WRECK, Lynchburg, Infantry to his father describing the train wreck that 8 members of Company I of the 51st Georgia were recently involved in. He relates in part, "I and the company are in the city of Lynchburg this morning but a sad accident happened to us yesterday. The train ran off the track yesterday 78 miles west of this place. The front car was thrown perpendicular off the track, making a Perfect smash of it and the second car. Sergt. A. J. White's thigh was broken, Sgt. J. W. Fulwood's left leg was broken, old Joe Mann's right leg was broken, Sgt. John Lindsey was seriously wounded. The doctor's think he will not recover. Three others [named] also were slightly injured. None were killed and but strange to say only members of our company. I was not hurt. The injured were left in four miles of White Sulphur Springs, Montgomery County, VA and at the residence of Mr. Jo Anderson. We are on the way to Charlottesville, VA." The 51st Georgia was very active from Second Manassas to Gettysburg, later Knoxville, and finally Cold Harbor, the Wilderness, and Spotsylvania. At this writing, the regiment was heading east towards fighting in those later mentioned battles. Webb was killed in action in June of 1864 at Cold Harbor. The letter comes with biographies of all the mentioned injured soldiers. Many were captured at later dates. Letter is accompanied by a nice archive of research material.....................................................$295.00


30700 - GENERAL RUGGLES ORDERS THE RAILS BE TORN UP AND THE COTTON BURNED IN THE ADVANCE OF THE YANKEES IN MISSISSIPPI, EDMONDSON LATER COMMANDED A REGIMENT UNDER FORREST, June 15th, 1862, 4 pages in bold pencil to General Daniel Ruggles in Grenada, MS by Captain James H. Edmondson of the 154th Tennessee in Hernando, MS. Edmondson writes in part, "Your orders have been received...I do not fully understand your order to tear up railroad above this point...if it is your wish that the iron be taken a group of Negroes from the Plantations to do the work...if only if you wish only the trestles and bridges burned I can have this done by my own resources...the Depot will be destroyed today...With regard to burning cotton I have been doing all I could but the order you sent me embraces a very extensive area of the country and will require an additional force of fifty to one hundred Cavalry...I have information again from Memphis...the force of the enemy is being increased daily as they now have a great many cavalry...J. H. Edmondson, Captain CSA." Edmondson served as Captain in the Bluff City Grays in the 154th Tennessee Infantry, AIG to Colonel Preston Smith, the 3rd Tennessee Cavalry. Edmondson became Colonel of the 11th Tennessee Cavalry under Forrest in February 1863. This regiment was formed by order of Brigadier General N. B. Forrest over the bitter protest of the company officers of both Holman's and Douglass's Battalions because they were not allowed to elect their own field officers. General Forrest appointed James H. Edmondson as colonel and Daniel W. Holman as lieutenant colonel. The regiment took an active part in the conflicts at Brentwood and Chickamauga, then was involved in the Atlanta Campaign and Hood's operations in Tennessee. During January, 1865, it was consolidated with the 10th Tennessee Cavalry Regiment and in May contained 30 officers and 280 men. Serving in Alabama, it surrendered with the Department of Alabama, Mississippi, and East Louisiana. On May 30th, Confederate forces under Beauregard had headed South from Corinth, the Confederates had deserted Fort Pillow on June 5th, Memphis fell on June 6th. Federal troops had landed and began building up a force there. Ruggles in command in Mississippi was trying to disrupt the entry of Federal forces south from Memphis and destroy cotton before it fell into Union hands. Edmondson served until the end of  the War. A well written letter to Ruggles by a future commander under Forrest, fine...........................................................................$395.00

1239 - 1860 CONFEDERATE ELECTION BALLOT FOR JEFFERSON DAVIS AND ALEXANDER STEPHENS, FOR PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS OF MISSISSIPPI AND ALEX H. STEPHENS OF GEORGIA, VIRGINIA ELECTORAL TICKET. 3.75" X 5", light gray paper, also lists all the District electors. This ballot was actually used as it is signed on the verso by Thomas J. Hallen. Davis was elected for a six year term in 1860 in accordance with the Confederate Constitution, near mint condition.....................................................$550.00


11143 - HE WAS LATER TO DIE AT GETTYSBURG, WANTS TO HELP DRIVE THE YANKS OUT OF NEWBERN, 2ND NORTH CAROLINA INFANTRY, 2 pages in bold pencil, Camp McIntoch, NC, April 2nd, 1862 by Furnifold H. Heritage, Lt. 2nd NC Infantry. He relates in part to his Brother...I am glad to hear from you. Robert is in camp and I will read a few things from him. I have not been very well with a cold and my arm is sore from being vaccinated. We had a general review yesterday and showed very well. We had between 6000 and 7000 on hand. When General Holmes passed the Elm City Camp, he told them He would carry them home before long. I judge that Newbern will be attacked before long. I am ready and willing to march at any time to march there and drive the Yankee out. I hope that none of your Negroes will leave you. I want to write home but do not know where to direct them. I hope that General Holmes will carry us down to Newbern. F. Heritage. Heritage was later a POW at Chancellorsville [5/3/63] and paroled from the Old capital prison at Washington. He was killed in battle at Gettysburg on July 1st, 1863............................................................$250.00

11144 - BRECKENRIDGE AT HIS STAUNTON HEADQUARTERS PREPARES FOR THE BATTLE OF NEW MARKET, Headquarters, Valley District, Staunton, VA, 8" X 10", 1 page in ink, May 10th, 1864, Special Orders #3 by Command of General Breckenridge to Lt. Colonel J. Lyle Clark of the 30th VA Battalion Sharpshooters, written for Colonel J. Stoddard Johnston, Breckenridge's AAG. The order details that "Wharton's Brigade will camp on Winchester Road two miles from Staunton. The men are to be kept closely in camp ready to move at a moment's notice. Guards to be deployed at the gates of the enclosures to prevent stock from getting out. The strictest care will be taken to avoid fencing to be destroyed which officers will be held accountable." The Battle of New Market was a battle fought on May 15, 1864 in Virginia during Valley Campaigns of 1864 in the American Civil War. Cadets from the Virginia Military Institute (WMI) fought alongside the Confederate Army and forced Union General Franz Sigel and his army out of the Shenandoah Valley. May 10th is the same day Breckenridge sent word to VMI that their Cadets may be needed to assist him in the upcoming battle. The 30th VA Sharpshooters were a significant force in the victory at New Market driving the enemy back..........................................................$225.00


HISTORY OF THE EVENT IN NEW ORLEANS

On April 25, 1862, as Union Navy ships approached Confederate New Orleans, Commander David Farragut ordered two officers to send a message to Mayor John T. Monroe requesting removal of Confederate flags from the local customhouse, mint, and city hall and the placement of U.S. flags. Monroe refused, claiming it was beyond his jurisdiction. On April 26, Captain Henry W. Morris sent ashore Marines from the USS Pocahontas to raise the U.S. flag over the mint. Morris did so without any order from Farragut, who was still trying to receive an official surrender from the mayor. As the marines raised the flag, a number of locals gathered around in anger and the marines told the population the Pocahontas would fire on anyone attempting to remove the flag. However, a group of seven individuals, including Mumford, decided to remove the flag from the mint. The Pocahontas fired and Mumford was injured by a flying piece of brick. With cheers from local onlookers, Mumford carried the flag to the mayor at city hall, but onlookers tore at it as he walked, reducing it to stub. Three days later Union Army Major General Benjamin Butler, the commander of the Union ground forces, heard about the incident and decided to arrest and punish Mumford. When the Union Army occupied the city on May 1, Mumford was arrested and charged with "high crimes and misdemeanors against the laws of the United States, and the peace and dignity thereof and the Law Martial." On May 30, he was tried before a military tribunal and was convicted even though there was no clear attempt to determine whether the city was actually occupied when the event occurred. On June 5, Butler issued the following Special Order No. 70:     William B. Mumford, a citizen of New Orleans, having been convicted before a military commission of treason and an overt act thereof, tearing down the United States flag from a public building of the United States, after said flag was placed there by Commander Farragut, of the United States Navy. It is ordered that he be executed according to sentence of said military commission on Saturday, June 7, inst., between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 a.m. under the directions of the provost-marshal of the District of New Orleans, and for so doing this shall be his sufficient warrant. On June 7, a little before noon, Mumford was taken to be hanged in the courtyard of the mint itself; a place that Butler had decided "according to the Spanish custom" would be the ideal place. Many people came to the spot, and Mumford was allowed to give a final speech in which he spoke of his patriotism for the Confederacy and his love for what he considered the true meaning of the U.S. flag, a symbol he had fought under in the Seminole and Mexican-American wars. After he was hanged, on June 18, Confederate Governor of Louisiana Thomas Overton Moore issued a statement declaring Mumford a hero and a model. Robert E. Lee demanded that Union General- in-Chief Henry Wager Halleck explain how execution could have occurred for a crime committed before New Orleans was occupied. Confederate President Jefferson Davis issued a proclamation stating Benjamin Butler should be considered a criminal and worthy of hanging. However, later on, Butler assisted Mumford's wife and helped her find a job in Washington.


 
7080 - WE HAVE JUST ARRIVED AT HARPERS FERRY, THE ABOLITIONISTS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO TAKE IT, May 22nd, 1861, Harpers Ferry, VA. 1 large page in ink to Mr. Caldwell from Lt. Samuel A. Campbell, Company I, 2nd Mississippi Infantry, "Cherry Creek Rifles". He relates in part...We have just arrived at Harpers Ferry, it is impregnable and can't be taken by the abolitionists, the mountains are alive with men, many became sick and were left along the road, Ben [Ben Caldwell] is well, he says he does not want to come home until this is settled as his heart is in Mississippi, send regards to all at home...S.A. Campbell. Colonel Faulkner writes in a report in June, "The measles and mumps have been among my men for two months, but now the regiment is fast improving and in ten days will be all right again. We have 200 convalescents, who will report for duty in a few days." A well written very early Mississippi war letter from one of the first units in Virginia from the Deep South.............................................................................$195.00

7092 - CAMP OF THE 22ND MISSISSIPPI INFANTRY NEWTON STATION, MS, August 15th, 1863, Newton Station [Miss]. 4 pages in ink from M. L. Pounce to his sister Sally Caldwell. He relates in part...I am still in the old infantry, the officers say we will be back, he has shed tears over the troubles at home, asks if she received money for his horse [that he had sold], mentions that John is in Forney's Brigade, he hears no talk of any fight, mentions that flower is 50 cents a pound, they draw a little flour and bacon every once in a while...he had a dinner of beef liver and heart, stirred with cornbread and peaches, mentions that Mt. Golding is the Sutler. M. L. Pounce. The 22nd Mississippi had just escaped from Vicksburg heading eastward away from Union forces. Well written..............................$165.00

7109 - HUGE ATLANTA CAMPAIGN DOCUMENT GIVING CLOTHING TO COLONEL BENJAMIN HILL'S MEN AFTER THEY LOST THEIR CLOTHING ON THE RETREAT FROM DALTON, GA, July 1st, 1864. Hill [later Brig. General] requests jackets, pants, shirts, drawers, shoes, socks, and hats for his men after their hasty retreat from Dalton, GA. 17' X 20", pre-printed and filled in [printed in Atlanta]. The men Hill lists were from the following regiments under his cavalry command: Captain Butt's Company of Louisiana Cavalry [known as the Red River Rangers], the 2nd Texas Cavalry [also known as the 2nd Mounted Rifles], and the last group belonged to various commands of General John Hunt Morgan. 34 men are listed with signatures as to what clothing they drew. Signed by Hill's adj. and approved by Colonel B. S. Ewell, Adj. General to General Joe Johnston. Colonel Hill was appointed Provost Marshal of the Army of the Tennessee in late 1863. He had fought with distinction at Shiloh, Bragg's Kentucky Campaigns, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga. Hill authorized this huge document for clothing for his Provost Guards who had traveled with the army from Dalton to Atlanta. The provost guards in this list were all part of Colonel Hill's Cavalry. General Wheeler was not about to part with any of his command so on January 19th, 1864 Colonel Hill detached experienced cavalry to his command. These soldiers had recently been exchanged at City Point and send south to rejoin their commands [accompanying this huge document is data on all these soldiers in Hill's command detailing where they fought and were initially captured before the exchange. There is a tremendous amount of research that is included. Very fine, small tip off at right bottom corner [scan only shows part of this huge document]..................................................$350.00


5068 - CONFEDERATE NEW ORLEANS MARCH 1861, Small Merchant's broadside, 5" X 7" printed on heavy cardstock dated March 30th, 1861 offering at auction. 300 HHDS of prime New Orleans Sugar and 415 barrels of New Orleans Molasses on Pier 2 by L. M. Hoffman & Co. The lots of sugar and molasses are noted as to who the planter was by the emblem to the left [i.e. "W. T. P", etc.]. The broadside was misdated March 31st and corrected in pen to March 30th. Louisiana had recently at that date seceded from the Union and joined the Confederacy. Near mint condition and obviously a remainder and never put up as advertising........................................................................$125.00


4246 - THE STARS AND BARS
, 5" X 7" song sheet broadside, NOTED AS "Rebel Poetry", Air: The Star Spangled Banner, 8 verses to the music of the Star Spangled Banner, "On the field at Manassas where Southerners stood, land fought like Spartans, that banner waved over them." Most probably printed in Baltimore in late 1861. Not listed in Crandall, fine condition and rare.....................................................................
$250.00

4247 - THE 13TH AND 16TH LOUISIANA INFANTRY, June 18th, 1863, Jackson, MS. Report on the outcome of a military investigation of Captain John Daly of the 13th LA, signed by Colonel Daniel Gober commanding the 16th Louisiana. Gober outlines the disposition of the military board recommending Daly to be honorably retired without pay as the President may see fit. Daly's records [included] shows him to be ill from March 1863 to February 1865. Gober took command of the 16th Louisiana in July 1862, later sent to East Louisiana under orders from General Johnston. 8" X 10", manuscript, accompanied by records. Written on blue paper, trifle light but legible with some water stains, paper crisp. In February, 1862, the 16th LA Regiment went to Corinth, MS as part of General Daniel Ruggles' brigade. The regiment took 330 men into the Battle of Shiloh, April 6 and suffered 90 casualties during the attack. On May 9, the men fought in an engagement at Farmington, MS, 14 men were killed or wounded. The regiment was part of General Daniel W. Adams' Louisiana brigade during the invasion of Kentucky, August - October. On October 8, the men participated in the Battle of Perryville and apparently had few casualties. The army went into winter quarters at Tullahoma, TN. Near there, General Braxton Bragg consolidated the regiment into five companies and merged it with the 25th Louisiana Regiment on November 30, 1862 [16th - 25th Regiment Infantry]. Even though the officers of both regiments were part of a new unit, they received promotions as though they were still in their original regiments. On February 3, 1865, the consolidated unit was broken up, and the remnants of the 16th Louisiana were combined with those of the 1st Louisiana Regulars and 20th Louisiana Regiment. The men fought in the Siege of Spanish Fort, AL, March 27 - April 8. Following the evacuation of Mobile, the men of the 16th Louisiana were placed in a new consolidated unit called the Chalmette Regiment; they surrendered with it as Gaineville on May 8...........................................................$100.00

5082 - TEXAS OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, 5" X 7.5", pre-printed and filled in, Galveston County, TX, June 23rd, 1866. An attractive Galveston County printed Oath of Allegiance for a James Clark swearing allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and will faithfully support all laws and proclamations that have been made during the existing Rebellion in regard to the Emancipation of Slaves. Clark obviously returned to the state and to Galveston at the end of the war and wanted to get his citizenship restored. There were 18 James Clarks in Confederate service thus it is impossible to tie this James Clark to a particular regiment in the service of Texas. Printed by "Flakes Bulletin Steam Press." Choice condition and rare........................................................$325.00

5083 - PASS FOR A MEMBER OF WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, 13TH TEXAS CAVALRY BATTALION, January 31st, 1865, 4" X 7" manuscript pass dated at Jackson, MS for Private Travis Hensley, Company E. Waller's Texas Cavalry Regiment to pass through the Department of Mississippi and Louisiana, by command of General William T. Martin, signed by his Adj. Major W. Holt. Well written, some old water staining in one area of a fold, strong manuscript...RARE. Travis Hensley was the son of William Hensley a Texas patriot who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto without the benefit of enlistment. His son, Travis, was named after William Barret Travis who died at the Alamo as William Hensley and Travis were close friends..................................................$175.00

5084 - FORT CLARK, TEXAS A SUTLER WRITES TO WILLIAM MENGER FIRST TEXAS BREWER ABOUT THE LOSS OF THE 3RD REGIMENT AT THE FORT AND HIS INABILITY TO PAY HIS BILLS AS PROMISED, 8" X 10", May 1st, 1861, Sutler D. H. Brown asks William Menger for terms on his debt as the 3rd US Infantry has left the fort and he is at present unable to pay his debt to Menger. Menger was in San Antonio where he ran the first brewery in Texas. In February 1861, Texas voted to secede form the Union, and almost immediately state troops began demanding the surrender of United States posts in Texas. On March 19, Capt W. H. T. Brooks, with three companies of United States Third Infantry, surrendered Fort Clark to a small company of the Provisional Army of Texas. In June 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Fort Clark was garrisoned by companies C and H, Second Regiment of Texas Mounted Rifles, with Capt. H. A. Hamner as post commander. A very rare TEXAS Sutler related document, some old water stains, blue paper. Ink is quite bold and distinct...........................................$150.00

5086 - IMPRINT, SEDDON'S DIRECT ORDER TO GENERAL JOE JOHNSTON ON NEW REGULATIONS ON RELIEVING UNQUALIFIED AND INCOMPETENT OFFICERS FROM THE ARMY, "Confederate States of Secretary of War" James Seddon directs General Joe Johnston to follow the new regulations approved by Congress in removing disqualified, disabled, incompetent, and unqualified officers from the Confederate Army. Notes all the new provisions of the laws enacted, fine....................................................$95.00

5087 - RARE CONFEDERATE PASS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, 3" X 6.5", pre-printed and filled in pass, Columbia, SC. February 15th, 1864 on gray paper reused from another form on the verso to the family of Mrs. McRa to pass Chester, SC and it states that they are not to communicate with the enemy. The McRa's were traveling to visit their wounded relative Duncan McRa of the 2nd South Carolina Vol. Fine, slight age tone in one area, signed by D. H. Hamilton provost Marshal.................$165.00


5088 - A DYING CONFEDERATE'S LAST WORDS
, 5" X 9" small broadside poem, six stanza poem describing by verse the last words of a dying Confederate soldier who states that he fought for liberty and right, signed "Maryland". Choice condition. Printed in Baltimore in late 1861 or early 1862. Very rare.....................................
$250.00


5089 - ATTENTION! SMALL PRINTED BROADSIDE, BALTIMORE 1861
, White paper 4" X 5.5" with a printer's border, dated at Baltimore October 16th, 1861. A six stanza poem of general support for the South, "See Abe Lincoln's prospects darken." "The Southrons will not turn back," written after the first Confederate success at 1st Manassas, signed by "B". This poem has been seen on another broadside with the title "An appeal for Maryland" and is dated 1862 [Maryland Historical Magazine, 1943], trimmed at edge irregularity. Very rare.................................................
$150.00

4244 - A PAROLED TENNESSEE OFFICER AT VICKSBURG ASKS FOR A LEAVE DUE TO HIS RECENT MARRIAGE, Opelika, AL, August 24th, 1863, Captain James Wiggs, Chief of Artillery, 3rd Brigade, Smiths Divisions applies for a leave extension to the Commander of Paroled prisoners at Demopolis, AL, due to his recent marriage and to find suitable housing for his wife. He states that he has just arrived from the Vicinity of Vicksburg [where he had been paroled after the surrender of the City]. On the verso of this 8" X 10" document shows the chain of command it was sent through until it was approved on August 29th by General Stevenson. James A. Wiggs, the recipient of this document, was born on May 17, 1837, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he enlisted on May 15, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 4th Tennessee Infantry. Governor Isham G. Harris soon promoted him to the position of Assistant Quartermaster General of Tennessee, on June 21, 1861. Afterwards he served the Confederacy in various positions including, Chief of Ordinance, on the staff of General Stephen D. Lee; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Francis A Shoup; he surrendered with the garrison at Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863; was captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery; Chief of Staff, of General Bryan M. Thomas; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Marcus J. Wright, in the District of North Mississippi and West Tennessee; and he surrendered with the forces of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, to Union General E. R. S. Canby, and was paroled at Jackson, Mississippi, on May 12, 1865. He died at Starkville, Mississippi, on January 27, 1911, and was buried in Vicksburg. His obituary and photo can be found in the Confederate Veteran issue of February 1913, where he was described as having a "brilliant record for service and bravery during the four year's struggle." Well written by Captain Wiggs..........................................$170.00

4246 - DEFENSES OF MOBILE, AL, FEBRUARY 8TH, 1865, CAPTAIN WIGGS TRANSFERRED, 1ST TENNESSEE ARTILLERY, Headquarters Right Wing, Defenses of Mobile, February 8th, 1865, 5" X 6.5" manuscript ordering Captain James Wiggs, 1st Tennessee Artillery to be relieved from duty at this headquarters and will report to Colonel M. Smith by order of General Thomas. At this time Mobile was under siege from Farragut's fleet and an advancing Union army under Canby from the East. Well written and in very fine condition. James A. Wiggs, the recipient of this document, was born on May 17, 1837, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he enlisted on May 15, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 4th Tennessee Infantry. Governor Isham G. Harris soon promoted him to the position of Assistant Quartermaster General of Tennessee, on June 21, 1861. Afterwards he served the Confederacy in various positions including, Chief of Ordinance, on the staff of General Stephen D. Lee; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Francis A Shoup; he surrendered with the garrison at Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863; was captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery; Chief of Staff, of General Bryan M. Thomas; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Marcus J. Wright, in the District of North Mississippi and West Tennessee; and he surrendered with the forces of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, to Union General E. R. S. Canby, and was paroled at Jackson, Mississippi, on May 12, 1865. He died at Starkville, Mississippi, on January 27, 1911, and was buried in Vicksburg. His obituary and photo can be found in the Confederate Veteran issue of February 1913, where he was described as having a "brilliant record for service and bravery during the four year's struggle." ............................................................$155.00

4247 - DEFENSES OF MOBILE, SPANISH FORT CAMPAIGN, Mobile, AL, March 31st, 1865, imprinted stationary on blue paper, Headquarters District of the Gulf, Order #90 by command of General Dabney Maury Captain James A. Wiggs is relieved of duty with Colonel Smith and will report for duty immediately to Lt. Col. Winder for assignment for duty at "Battery Missouri". Wiggs was Captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery and Battery Missouri was part of the artillery defenses of Mobile during the land offenses by Canby [Operations against Spanish Fort]. James A. Wiggs, the recipient of this document, was born on May 17, 1837, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he enlisted on May 15, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 4th Tennessee Infantry. Governor Isham G. Harris soon promoted him to the position of Assistant Quartermaster General of Tennessee, on June 21, 1861. Afterwards he served the Confederacy in various positions including, Chief of Ordinance, on the staff of General Stephen D. Lee; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Francis A Shoup; he surrendered with the garrison at Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863; was captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery; Chief of Staff, of General Bryan M. Thomas; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Marcus J. Wright, in the District of North Mississippi and West Tennessee; and he surrendered with the forces of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, to Union General E. R. S. Canby, and was paroled at Jackson, Mississippi, on May 12, 1865. He died at Starkville, Mississippi, on January 27, 1911, and was buried in Vicksburg. His obituary and photo can be found in the Confederate Veteran issue of February 1913, where he was described as having a "brilliant record for service and bravery during the four year's struggle."  Very fine.....................................................$195.00

James A. Wiggs, the recipient of this document, was born on May 17, 1837, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Shortly after the Civil War broke out, he enlisted on May 15, 1861, as a private, and was mustered into the 4th Tennessee Infantry. Governor Isham G. Harris soon promoted him to the position of Assistant Quartermaster General of Tennessee, on June 21, 1861. Afterwards he served the Confederacy in various positions including, Chief of Ordinance, on the staff of General Stephen D. Lee; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Francis A Shoup; he surrendered with the garrison at Vicksburg, on July 4, 1863; was captain in the 1st Tennessee Artillery; Chief of Staff, of General Bryan M. Thomas; Chief of Artillery, on the staff of General Marcus J. Wright, in the District of North Mississippi and West Tennessee; and he surrendered with the forces of Lieutenant General Richard Taylor, to Union General E. R. S. Canby, and was paroled at Jackson, Mississippi, on May 12, 1865. He died at Starkville, Mississippi, on January 27, 1911, and was buried in Vicksburg. His obituary and photo can be found in the Confederate Veteran issue of February 1913, where he was described as having a "brilliant record for service and bravery during the four year's struggle."

4250 - KEEPING NEGROES OFF THE STREETS DURING THE SMALLPOX EPIDEMIC EX-CONFEDERATE CAPTAIN JAMES WIGGS OF THE 1ST TENNESSEE ARTILLERY IS GIVEN THE JOB OF RUNNING A PATROL SQUAD AFTER THE WAR, Un-datelined, Wiggs retired to the Memphis Area after his parole. One page manuscript [Memphis] September  21st, 1865. Order by City Marshall T. D. Patterson. Wiggs was given command of a group of men to patrol the area of the city bounded by the River, east of Orange Street [near the Orange mound area of South Memphis that had a heavy concentration of Negroes] and south of Board St. He was instructed to do this until the "small pox disappears". In 1865 - 1866 due to the lack of work on plantations, Negroes flocked to the Border States and larger cities to secure work and assistance from the government. Due to the destitute conditions the government provided assistance in many camps set up to house these freed slaves in many cases the conditions were conducive to the advance of smallpox. Memphis was a natural gathering place for these freed slaves and these partrols were used to keep Negroes in their camps at least for the night. In Washington, DC over 10,000 freed slaves were vaccinated during this period which practically eliminated the spread of this disease. A rare document from Memphis during this early period of Negro freedom. At one fold there is some paper loss that affects several words but not the message of the text [some restoration done], paper otherwise crisp with bold manuscript.........................................$200.00


2162 - SUPPLIES FOR THE 11TH TEXAS INFANTRY, March 20th, 1862. 6" X 7". One page manuscript in ink for supplies for Capt. James H. Jones later Colonel of the 11th Texas Infantry. Lists corn and fodder for the benefit of the Company of Captain James H. Jones. Very fine.................................................................$115.00

2163 - MISSIONARY RIDGE IN FRONT OF CHATTANOOGA, TN, November 3rd, 1863. 4 page letter in ink to Mrs. M.L. Hubbard, his wife. Hubbard was serving with the 34th Mississippi Company G. He relates in part...Had received two letters and he is well, they are laying here in front of Chattanooga where we can see the whole Yankee army. It seems that there are 100,000 tents, in fact I can see the whole army. We are on picket duty every two or three days. He relates to his wife the costs of sugar, bacon, coffee $10, molasses...the soldiers are in fine spirits. Please direct your letters to Chattanooga, 34th Miss, Waltham's Brigade as you by mistake sent the others to Anderson's Brigade. We have no Lt. Colonel yet and Major Pegram wants his chance. Will send the letter home through another soldier named Renard who will forward it to Dunbar's Mill, much more news about family, camp Missionary Ridge is a geographic feature in Chattanooga, TN, site of the Battle of Missionary Ridge, a battle in the American Civil War, fought on November 25, 1863. Union forces under Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, and George H. Thomas routed Confederate forces under General Braxton Bragg and lifted the siege of the city. The four page letter is written on blue paper, light but quite readable, some archival restoration........................................$225.00


2082 CONFEDERATE PRISONERS RELEASED FROM THE MILITARY PRISON AT LYNCHBURG, FOUGHT GALLANTLY AT THE LATE BATTLE OF LYNCHBURG AND WILL BE RETURNED TO THEIR REGIMENTS WITHOUT FURTHER INVESTIGATION OF CHARGES OR PUNISHMENT, Headquarters Lynchburg, VA, August 6th, 1864, 8" X 10" pre- printed and filled in on brown necessity paper by Order of General Colston in essence reads... SPECIAL ORDERS July 30th, 1864 at Richmond, VA. In consideration of the meritorious of the battalion of soldiers lately released from the military prison at Lynchburg and their good conduct during the late operations of the enemy in the immediate vicinity of that city, the President directs that as soon as their present organization is broken up, the men be returned to their respective commands without further investigation or punishment of the offenses with which they are individually charged...by command of the Secretary of War...in manuscript is added to the body "Private Ball, 37th VA. Co." not known, Stuart's Brigade, Battle of Lynchburg June 17-18th, 1864. From Lexington, Maj. Gen. David Hunter advanced against the Confederate rail and canal depots and the hospital complex at Lynchburg. Reaching the outskirts of town on June 17th, his first tentative attacks were thwarted by the timely arrival by rail of Lt. Gen. Jubal A. Early II Corps vanguard from Charlottesville. Hunter withdrew the next day after sporadic fighting because of a critical shortage of supplies. His line of retreat went through West Virginia took his army out of the war for nearly a month and opened the Shenandoah Valley for a Confederate advance into Maryland. Due to the fear of a lack of reinforcements Confederate military prisoners in the Lynchburg Prison were released into a special prisoner battalion and fought with distinction which than resulted in a release from prison without any further punishment for the prisoners per this rare Special Order from President Jefferson Davis. Very fine, very rare content......................................................................$695.00

21004 - A CONFEDERATE DOCTOR TRAVELS TO FIND HIS ILL SON, VISITS ANOTHER NEAR PETERSBURG, GIVES MEDICAL ADVISE TO HIS WIFE TO USE LOCAL REMEDIES TO TREAT THEIR SON WHO RETURNED HOME, July 29th, 1864. Four long ink pages to his wife who he addresses as 'Mother'. Written from his hospital in Wilson, NC. He relates in part...He is healthy but there are some very sick with him [under his care]. He traveled to Lynchburg on the 21st to look after William [his son] but found he had just missed him as he had started home. The hospital he was in did not expect him to live and he would not had he stayed there as he was in a pretty hard place...he instructs his wife that he must remain quiet and take a light diet and use nothing that will make his bowels la. Use such astringents as white oak, sweet gum, and pine twigs may be serviceable. Parch corn is also good. Abstain from fruits unless very ripe or cooked. Strong bitters of popular, wild cherry bark in liquor taken freely, will strengthen him. On the way to Lynchburg, I halted a day and a night with Romulus [son] at Petersburg and he was in camp a mile from the depot and near the extreme right at battle. I found him in entrenchments on the bank of a large ditch. He was dirty but cheerful but poor of flesh. He has gone through enough to kill any ordinary man. Captain Goslin is unfit for duty as his nervous system is shattered. I fear he suffers from incipient paralysis. There are few officers left in the regiment [52nd NC]. They are on duty day and night. After I returned from Lynchburg, I returned to their camp and learned that the entire division received orders to move to Chapin's Farm north of the James and near Drewry's Bluff. Within an half hour of the order, they were on the march. I went with Captain Goslin to Petersburg. He mentions several soldiers he knew in Ward #2 and #5 at Lynchburg. The boys from Company K were well but thin of flesh. A very interesting letter from a Confederate Doctor describing the Petersburg lines. Well written on cream colored paper, some minor archival tape at seam, otherwise very good.........................................................$295.00


1290 - A CONFEDERATE OFFICER TAKES THE OATH AND SERVED AS A CAPTAIN IN BUTLER'S RIVER GUARD, Lt. William E. Gordon enlisted as a 3rd Lt. in Company H, Louisiana Confederate Guards Infantry. He was promoted to 1st Lt., Company C, 3rd Regiment, 1st Brigade, 1st Division Louisiana Militia on October 28th, 1861. He was captured at the surrender of New Orleans in April 1862 and took the Federal Parole and was made a Captain in the "River Guard Police" whose purpose was to stop insurgents in the river and surrounding lake after the Federals under General Benjamin Butler took control of the City. Gordon moved to Baltimore after the War and in 1869 wrote to Benjamin Butler in hopes of Butler aiding him to obtaining a Federal Government position. This archive consists of the following documents [a]. Officer's Commission in the Confederate Service of Louisiana as a 1st Lt. in the Louisiana Confederate Guard Infantry signed by Confederate T.O. Moore, large seal, 16" X 20", [b]. a letter signed by Butler as Major General stating that William E. Gordon was a master of the River Police in New Orleans during our occupation there and was of undoubted loyalty and efficiency...Benj. F. Butler Maj. Genl. [c]. 1866 document 8" X 10" printed and filled in appointing Gordon as a clerk in the appeal court signed by the Mayor of Baltimore John Lee Chapman, [d]. another of the same for the year 1867, two page letter from Gordon to Butler in January 189 requesting Butler's aid in obtaining a job in the Treasury Department referring to his service to Butler in New Orleans during the occupation of the City as Captain of the River Guard giving his qualifications. Butler dockets the verso of the document stating "this man is a good man and true can you not give him a place in the Treasury and obliged...yours truly Benj. Butler". [e]. a letter signed by [f] a franked large envelope signed Benj. F. Butler M.C. mailed to William E. Gordon in Baltimore postmarked Feb. 2 [1869]. The archive contains the rare Confederate officer's commission and three signed items by Benjamin Butler. The commission has some fold restoration on the verso but paper is fresh and clean, other items fine. A rare example of a Confederate officer switching sides and serving for the Federal cause, the grouping [Louisiana Commissions usually sell for $500 alone.]...............................$695.00

1177 - 6TH ALABAMA CAVALRY NEAR CHINA GROVE, AL. MEN ARE LYING ILL FROM LAYING IN THE WEEDS OF THE CAMP, China Grove, AL, April 16th [1863]. 4 pages in ink to his sister Louisa by Lt. George Washington Wright formerly of the 1st Florida Rgt. and now in the 6th Alabama Cavalry. He relates...asks his sister to send him colored shirts that are better for camp life than white ones as do not show the dirt, they are away from the City which frees the men from temptations and allurements that cause delinquencies among the men...they are no women and civilized attractions keeping the men at work as they have no place to go. The water is good but with a brownish tinge...all our tents are pitched in a decent grove of poisonous weeks that has poisoned the men in such a fashion they appear to have been in a big mess and got their eyes banged up and some have their eyes closed and all have their lips swollen some the size of a hen's egg. It was caused by the men lying in the weeds until the tents could be erected. I have escaped most of the problems and have been more fortunate than the rest. My mouth is swollen a little. Not much is though of our commander who chose this place. G.W. Wright, Major Colvin's Battery, Captain Armstrong's Company, Clanton's Legion. It is obvious that Wright's Company bedded down in a patch of Poison Ivy. Wright enlisted in November 1861 as a member of the 1st Florida Cavalry. Records provided shows he was a POW at Lexington, KY on October 17th, 1862 and confined at Cairo on November 18th, 1862. He reappears in the service of the 6th Alabama Cavalry, Company A. The following year, appointed 1st Lt. in August 1864 and later Captain in that unit which was part of Clanton's Brigade. He survived the war and owned a large mill operation in North Florida until his death in 1918. Well written.........................$295.00

1179 - 6TH ALABAMA CAVALRY POWDER SPRINGS, GA, ENEMY MAKES NIGHT ATTACKS, Powder Springs, GA, May 31st, 1864. Two large pages in ink to his Father by Lt. George Washington Wright of the 6th Alabama Cavalry formerly of the 1st Florida Infantry. He relates to him...he had left 8 yards of cloth with the tailor at a cost of $120 for him to make a suit [uniform] at a cost of 185. Asks his Father if Bruno or Moses [servants] can get the suit to him and he will repay his Father in a month or two as the Government owes him nine months pay. He mentions that his brother Henry is at the front on the Staff of General Finley. He is safe but his command has suffered severely. Fighting and skirmishing have gone on continually for 5-6 days and the enemy has made many night assaults but has always been repulsed with a great loss. Everything is quiet here this morning and the troops are in high spirits especially considering the hard fighting. George W. Wright. Wright enlisted in November 1861 as a member of the 1st Florida Cavalry. Records provided shows he was a POW at Lexington, KY on October 17th, 1862 and confined at Cairo on November 18th, 1862. He reappears in the service of the 6th Alabama Cavalry, Company A. The following year, appointed 1st Lt. in August 1864 and later Captain in that unit which was part of Clanton's Brigade. He survived the war and owned a large mill operation in North Florida until his death in 1918. Well written letter by Wright.................................................$350.00


8288 - TENNESSEE SOLDIER ASKS FOR A COMMISSION FROM THE GOVERNOR, July 28th, 1862. One page letter addressed to Dr. F.H. Hannum by the Adj. General of the State on the behalf of the Governor stating in effect, "Chattanooga, July 28th, 1862, I am instructed by the Governor to reply to your favor that he has not been able to raise any state force. If in the future he shall succeed, he will give your application a respectful consideration, but the position sought is usually considered by the Colonels of regiments. W.C. Whitehome, Adj. Genl. The letter is accompanied by the transmittal stamped cover addressed to Jonesboro, TN. With two Scott #7 that have been torn when opened..............................$250.00

8289 - EXCHANGED AT VICKSBURG AND REORGANIZED AS MOUNTED INFANTRY, August 14th, 1863. Two page letter to Lt. Frank Hannum of the 61st Tennessee at home in Zollincoffer, TN. By S.H. Mellory, he relates...Since I have been home from Vicksburg I have not heard from you. Those of our brigade who were not taken prisoners have since gotten orders to recruit as many of our boys who were competent to recruit were taken [prisoners]. He does not want him to recruit if it will exert him. If you do feel able to recruit you can bet order from General Buckner, Campaign Denny had orders to recruit, come to Zollincoffer, TN. Comes with a stamped cover with a Scott #6 affixed but the stamp was torn in the opening. The 61st Tennessee fought at Chickasaw Bayou, Big Black Bridge, and at Vicksburg where the regiment was captured on July 4th, 1863. After being exchanged the regiment was changed to a mounted infantry and fought in the Knoxville Campaign and the Valley Campaigns. Hannum later became a prisoner of war and in several communications he is addressed by the title of Doctor...2 items......................................$275.00

8293 - A MOTHER WORRIES ABOUT HER SONS AT VICKSBURG, June 19th, 1863. Four page letter on Confederate patriotic stationary made by West and Johnson of Richmond, VA, woodcut of a First National Confederate flag, "Gather around the country's flag". A letter to Lt. Frank Hannum of the 61st Tennessee who along with his brother was near Vicksburg from his Mother, she is disturbed that she has not heard one word from them. Mentions a relative who plans to join the Confederate army as a "missionary", another son will soon travel to Richmond with some business for General Preston. She is worried about her sons being outside the fortifications at Vicksburg and she waits daily for news that Vicksburg has fallen. Much more about family news. Hannum and his regiment were fighting at Big Black Bridge at that time near Vicksburg and were soon to surrender with the entire regiment on July 4th, 1863. A well written letter on large Confederate patriotic stationary.........................................................$350.00

8298 - A RECRUIT IN THE 14TH LOUISIANA IN NEW ORLEANS IS READY TO FIGHT, New Orleans, LA, June 30th, 1861. 3 page letter in ink from Samuel Morrison who would serve in the 14th Louisiana concerning the early war news and excitement in the City. He relates in part, "I see that North Carolina is doing her duty in the struggle with the North and Colonel Hill and the boys are doing their duty in the struggle with the North and have done the right sort of work at Bethel...I am not surprised of the backing out of the named officers of the Blues when they were called in. In fact, I would not like to go into battle with such men at the head of my company. I don't consider any of them capable of commanding a company. I see that Mr. Andrews is raising a company. He understands drilling very well. Such as right face, left face, march, and etc...but when it comes to thinning out the Yankees give me a man like Eliason...the stand that Frank Stockton has taken in this Southern question will give him political reputation. John B. Hagood is in Virginia...he belongs to the Crescent Rifles...Thad Smith is 1st Lieutenant. Thad is a good officer...I am anxious to hear of some good fighting as I can't see the necessity of sending so many men for nothing. The 14th Louisiana was formerly the 1st Regiment, Polish Brigade organized June 16th, 1861 at Camp Pulaski near Amite, LA. The 14th Louisiana was created from this unit in September 1861 and the unit served with distinction in the Army of Northern Virginia until remnants surrendered at Appomattox in April 1865..........................................$275.00

8299 - A TENNESSEE RECRUIT HAS AMMUNITION BUT NO GUNS, Union City, TN, December 15th, 1861. Two pages in ink by Thomas Barnett of the 21st Tennessee which had formed in Union City. He relates in part to relatives that the health is good in the camps but the water is not very good and not plentiful. They will probably be there for the winter as they are building cabins--he expects to stay there until peace is made...they have ammunition but NO GUNS. He believes that the Colonel does not want them to get into any fight, two men have been promoted, one to a Sergeant and the other as Assistant Quartermaster, a chaplain is to preach in the camp...T. Barnett. The 21st Tennessee was reorganized in May 1862 into the 5th Tennessee. Very good.............................................$150.00

8300 - HE SAW THE FIGHT AT HAMPTON ROADS, GRANDEST FIGHT I HAVE EVER SEEN, Two large pages in pencil. Camp near Goldsboro, NC, March 26th 1862 by Captain George S. Jones, 2nd Georgia Battalion. He writes to a friend in Macon in part, "We are in tents a mile from Goldsboro quite a change from our barracks in Norfolk, all are restricted to the camp lines by order of Brig. General Anderson of Tredegar Iron Works notoriety. We were assigned in the brigade along with the 34th and 38th North Carolina, 1st South Carolina, and the 3rd Louisiana Battalion. THE LAST ARE MOSTLY "PLUGS" FROM NEW ORLEANS AND GAVE US A GREAT DEAL OF TROUBLE WHILE ON GUARD IN NORFOLK. I believe they will do good fighting if they get a showing. Howell Cobb's brigade is also here and we all wished to be in it as he stands high in the estimation of the Department and he is a Georgian. Troops arrive daily and it is said about 35,000 have been ordered to this Division [General Holmes']. We are being held here to either go to Wilmington or Newbern. If Burnside does not advance from Newbern he will certainly attack Wilmington. One rumor arrived last night that Burnside was advancing on Kingston, 27 miles from us on the railroad to Newbern which I think is 57 miles from Goldsboro. We just wish to get them away from the water. I WITH NEARLY OR THE WHOLE BATTALION WITNESSED THE FIGHT AT HAMPTON ROADS ON THE 8TH AND 9TH FROM 6-8 MILES DISTANT [MONITOR AND MERRIMAC] OF WHICH YOU HAVE SEEN FULL PARTICULARS IN THE PAPERS. IT WAS THE GRANDEST SIGHT I HAVE EVER WITNESSED OR EVER EXPECT TO WITNESS AGAIN. I HAD A GOOD GLASS AND SAW MOST OF THE FIGHT WITH IT. He relates about promotions within the regiment. Wants some whiskey sent up by Billy Brown...George S. Jones, Co. B, 2nd Georgia Battalion". Jones was wounded at Gettysburg and at Sailor's Creek just before he surrendered at Appomattox. Very interesting content on the "Plugs" of New Orleans in the 3rd Louisiana Battalion. Many "wharf rats" as they were called, were recruited into numerous New Orleans companies and were known for their flair for disregarding discipline but were vicious fighters in battle...............................................$395.00

8302 - NORTHERN INSURGENTS SEEDING UNREST IN SOUTHERN CITIES, Camp Anderson's Division, April 8th, 1863 to Mr. A. McCallie in Macon, GA. 2 page letter in ink by Captain George S. Jones, Co. B, 2nd Georgia Battalion. He relates in part, "He has had an attack of the "gravel" which has kept me in a perfect torment nearly all night and then a fever which lasted several days [kidney stone attack], I am on duty at the General Court Martial as Judge Advocate about 8 miles from camp. Gives the prices of food stuffs in Richmond, prices are high but are somewhat declining. Feels Ground Peas is a safe investment and would advise you to ship all that you can. Cow Peas are $12 a bushel, white beans $16, dried apples $10 - $12, peaches $15 - $16. Hope you received the tobacco I bought in Richmond will try and buy more if the price goes lower. Head a brisk cannonading a few minutes ago but could not make out the direction. WE HEAR THAT WOMEN ARE PLAYING THE DEVIL IN MACON, AUGUSTA, ATLANTA, AND GEORGIA GENERALLY. THEY ARE RAISING MOBS, ETC. A DISGRACEFUL OCCURRED IN RICHMOND LAST WEEK. It is generally thought it is caused by Northern emissaries in our midst to injure our cause at home and aboard. Have heard rumors they are fighting in Charleston. An interesting letter from Captain Jones who was soon to be wounded at Gettysburg and later at Sailor's Creek. His remarks about mayhem in the Southern Cities describe really growing frustration of civilians with lack of supplies and food...............................................................$225.00

7803 - A TEXAS MOTHER WRITES HER SOLDIER SON ON WHAT IS HAPPENING AT HOME AS HE FIGHTS IN LOUISIANA, Falls County, Texas, August 16th, 1864. 4 pages in ink by Catherine Lacey to her son Stephen Lacy as he fights with the 18th Texas in Louisiana. She laments...she was sorry to hear of the fate of her brother's sons that were murdered by the Yanks but they will get their reward...due to illness on September 11th, she continues the letter, illness has made her weak so now she continues. She describes the condition of the county, good crops of corn and wheat, mentions a lone physician now in the county who is an eye doctor but he is good for all diseases, mentions missionary meetings in the area with baptisms at the "Falls", money has little value, no cotton to spin cloth with for the war widows whose husbands are fighting for the liberty of the country. Mr. Brooks came home a few days ago from Gurley's Regt. as he had been gone 15 months and states that the men suffer from lack of food and clothing and he was sent home to get shoes and clothing for the soldiers. Mrs. Wright's husband, who joined Terry's regiment is dead. She had begged him to go with her to Alabama at the beginning of the War, another boy killed in Arkansas. When will this war will cease? Stephen Lacey fought with the 18th LA and survived the War to disband with the 18th Texas at Hempstead, Texas in May 1865. Excellent home front letter...............................................$175.00


51321 - A TEXAS CONFEDERATE IS HEADING HOME AFTER SURRENDERING IN NORTH CAROLINA, RAILROADS PASS FROM MACON TO JACKSON, MS, Private J.E. Cole had surrendered with Joe Johnston's Army on April 26th, 1865 in North Carolina. He had served in Company H, 11th Texas Cavalry in the Army of the Tennessee. Customary was the practice after a soldier was paroled he was given passes to return home on boats and railroads. Cole finally got to Macon, Mississippi and on May 28th, 1865. This pre-printed pass was given to him to pass from Macon, MS to Jackson, MS via railroad (obvious transportation). Cole is described as a "paroled prisoner of war." The pass was printed for Lt. Edward E. Cobb, Post Quartermaster 13th Indiana Cavalry and signed by Lt. Edward F. Reid, 13th Indiana Cavalry. Macon was a railroad hub in northeast Mississippi and Cole had traveled west from North Carolina probably through Chattanooga to reach Macon. Embellishments somewhat light but very discernible, a nice Texas Cavalry pass..............................................$295.00

5149 - CONFEDERATE MISSISSIPPI, Coffeeville, Yalobusha County, MS, June 17th, 1861, 4" X 8" pre-printed draft drawn on the Mechanics Trader Bank of New Orleans for funds due Walker & Snider & CO. Ornate red overprint, stamped paid, small stain at bottom right, otherwise fine, ornate Confederate era draft........................................$65.00

3090 - CONFEDERATE LISTING OF 21 UNION PRISONERS LISTING BY NAME, REGIMENT, AND WHERE CAPTURED, 13" X 16". Hand-lined list of Union prisoners of war listing 21 by name, regiment, rank, company, where captured, when captured from March 3rd, 1865 to March 16th, 1865. The top of the document is actually a oath the prisoners listed were to take attesting that they would not fight against the Confederate States, serve as prisoner guards, or in any other capacity until exchanged. All  the listed prisoners were captured in North and South Carolina except one who was captured at Sweetwater, TN. The Union Troops were from a variety of regiments including the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry, 82nd Indiana, 102nd NY, 27th Mass., 15th Conn., 53rd Indiana, 80th Ohio, 9th Michigan Cavalry, and others. For some reason this large oath was not signed by any of the prisoners. Written on brown necessity paper. Union POW's captured during the last days of the War. Fine, dark ink...................................................$295.00


THE FIRST BLACK TROOPS IN CONFEDERATE SERVICE
THE LOUISIANA NATIVE GUARD

In May of 1861, 1,500 Free Men of Color gathered at an assembly in New Orleans with the intent of assisting the new Confederate Government in the defense of their City. On May 2nd, 1861, Governor Thomas Moore of Louisiana accepted the regiment as part of the Louisiana Militia. All the line officers were men of color and the Governor appointed Militia Colonel Henry D. Ogden as the white commander of the regiment. Creoles had been used in the past by both the French and Spanish as militia troops during the previous century and free men of color fought with Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. These men were educated and most had trades such as doctors, silversmiths, carpenters, architects, tailors, etc. These free men of color were property owners and identified closer to the white population than the non-white sector of the City. They had two grand reviews which took place November 23rd, 1861 and January 7th, 1862. Enthusiasm waned as Confederate authorities gave the regiment few supplies and support. On February 15th, 1862, the Legislature effectively disbanded the unit but they were quickly reinstated by Governor Moore on March 24th as Farragut entered the Mississippi River. On May 1st, 1862, Union forces under Butler occupied the City and the regiment melted into the population. Butler soon became aware of a threat to the City from Confederate forces and asked to create a regiment of the free blacks who had previously been in the Louisiana Militia. On September 27th, 1862, the two regiments of the Louisiana Native Guard were organized to fight for the Union. Colonel Henry D. Ogden upon the surrender of the City had joined the Staff of General Mansfield Lovell and had evacuated with Lovell from New Orleans. He was assigned to Camp Moore, Louisiana and then promoted to Lt. Colonel on Governor Moore's Staff, served in various capacities in the Trans-Mississippi Department in Northern Louisiana. He surrendered at Natchitoches, LA in May 1865 and returned to New Orleans. His involvement in the organizing of the first Black troops to serve the Confederacy is little known, but documented as being the first and only white officer of this unit in 1861-62.

2040 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), April 27th, 1862.  An order written by AAG E.A. Palfrey under the orders of Commanding General Mansfield Lovell to Lt. Colonel H.D. Ogden as Provost Marshal at Camp Moore, LA to have all individuals not belonging to the Army removed from that post and a train be prepared to take them...on printed stationary 5" X 7". Dated April 27th, 1862. This was two days after Lovell had evacuated from New Orleans with his small force of 2800 men by rail to Camp Moore 80 miles away north. (#2).........................................$295.00

2041 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), May 3rd, 1862. South-Western Telegraph Company, telegram from Corinth, MS to Colonel H.D. Ogden advising him to come to Corinth immediately...signed "Armand". General Lovell will leave for Corinth to serve with Beauregard and obviously requested Colonel Ogden to travel to Corinth. The first Corinth campaign had just started (April 29th - June 10th, 1862). At that time, Ogden was Provost Marshal of Camp Moore, LA just 80 miles north of captured New Orleans. (#4)..............................................$165.00

2042 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), May 7th, 1862, South-Western Telegraph Company, telegram from Corinth, MS to Colonel H.D. Ogden advising him to come to Corinth as he is assigned as Provost Marshal when relieved by General Lovell...signed "Armand". General Lovell will leave for Corinth to serve with Beauregard. The first Corinth Campaign had just started (April 29th - June 10th, 1862). At that time Ogden was Provost Marshal of Camp Moore, LA, just 80 miles north of captured New Orleans. (#4)....................................................$165.00

2043 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), May 26th, 1862 to Colonel H.D. Ogden at Camp Moore, LA as Provost Marshal informing him of a citizen of Amite City, LA who had traveled three times to New Orleans without a pass to cross the lines. The anonymous writer states that the subject in question A.B. Tripler claims to be an Englishman and is considered disloyal by local citizens of the town. The writer states that he left for Madisonville by buggy on his way to New Orleans (by boat across the lake) and must be arrested before he reaches home to avoid evil consequences...he implores Ogden to act quickly. Comes with a hand-carried cover addressed to Ogden at Camp Moore a short distance away from Amite City. Confederate authorities north of the City were particularly concerned about disloyal citizens reporting affairs north of the City to Butler in New Orleans. All going to New Orleans needed a Pass from Confederate authorities and this individual was traveling back and forth from the City without a pass. RARE CONTENT, 2 items. (#9)..................................$275.00

2044 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Special Order #129, Camp Moore, LA, May 30th, 1862. 8" X 10" manuscript order relieving Ogden as Provost Marshal of Camp Moore and replacing him with Major Edmund Ivy (on Lovell's Staff). Signed by E.A. Palfrey AAG to General Lovell. Ogden remained in the vicinity of Camp Moore and later carried documents to the Union Army in New Orleans through a flag of truce in June 1862. Very fine. (#11)..................................$295.00

2045 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Colonel Ogden is ordered to carry dispatches to General Benjamin Butler in New Orleans. Special Order #133 by command of General Mansfield Lovell, signed by his AAG E.A. Palfrey. 8" X 10", Headquarters Dept. #1, Jackson, MS, June 4th, 1862. Ogden is ordered to leave the next day for New Orleans under a flag of truce to bring dispatches to General Benjamin F. Butler in command of the occupied City. The Quartermaster was also ordered to provide Ogden transportation to the City and to provide specie for his expenses while within the lines of the US forces. (#12)............................................$350.00

2046 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62). Colonel Ogden is ordered to examine the position of the Confederate pickets near Ponchatoula, LA to sure their efficiency in preventing the passage of spies, disloyal citizens, or persons with passes to and from the City of New Orleans. Special Order #138, Headquarters Department #1, Jackson, MS, June 9th, 1862. 11" X 13" manuscript order by General Mansfield Lovell and signed by Major E.A. Palfrey his AGG. Apparently Ogden was on special assignment by Lovell for a period of time since he was relieved of his duty as Provost Marshal of Camp Moore - handling dispatches for Lovell to Butler and acting as an inspector field officer in the area just north of New Orleans. Very fine and well written. (#13)...............$395.00

2048 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Colonel Ogden is ordered to have all cotton burned that may fall into the hands of the enemy, Headquarters Dept. #1, Jackson, MS, June 9th, 1862. ALS by Major E.A. Palfrey AAG to General Mansfield Lovell, informing Colonel Ogden of the General's wishes to have all Provost Marshal's officers commanding camps, and others in authority to destroy any cotton that may fall in the hands of the enemy. Written on blue paper, 8" X 10". Ogden was acting as Lovell's Staff in the field north of the lake near New Orleans during this period handling dispatches to Butler as well as inspecting Confederate camps and pickets. Very fine (#15)................................................$350.00

2049 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Montgomery, AL, June 13th, 1862. 1 page manuscript letter with courier cover addressed to Lt. Colonel H.D. Ogden, Aide de camp written by Major Ed A. Palfrey AAG to General Lovell. Per General Lovell's orders Ogden was ordered to travel to Jackson, MS and see that all the records and papers of the Department are properly packed and sent to Richmond. The war was closing in on Mississippi in the northern portion of the state and concerns for the safe keeping of the records were obvious here. 2 items, letter and cover (#19)......................................................$175.00

2050 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), UNION AUTHORITIES IN NEW ORLEANS REQUEST THE PRESENCE OF MRS. COLONEL OGDEN FOR AN INTERVIEW, 5" X 7" on Provost Marshal's Stationary, New Orleans, LA, August 1st, 1862..."Mrs. Colonel Ogden will oblige Lt. Colonel Stafford by accompanying the bearer to his residence at #191 Canal Street at her earliest convenience. He regrets the necessity that compels her presence and hopes that will be no occasion for detaining her long." As the wife of an ex Judge in the City and a Confederate Staff officer (Lovell) serving the field she was obviously to be questioned as to determine if she was a threat to the security of the City. Butler made a point of keeping his intelligence officers busy keeping track of Confederate sympathizers in the City. This is the first document of this type we have seen involving the Butler administration. Very fine (#20)............................................$300.00

2051 - A CONFEDERATE COLONEL FROM LOUISIANA GIVE A REPORT OF A DESERTER FROM THE 1ST LOUISIANA HEAVY ARTILLERY, Undated but content indicates 1862, note written on a pink postal cover in dark brown ink on both sides by Colonel Charles A. Fuller, 1st Louisiana Heavy Artillery that fortified the forts near New Orleans in 1861-62. He relates..."Badger was a 12 month man of the Louisiana Artillery, his time expired about the 20th of April and refused to reenlist for duty, was confined in the guardhouse on the evacuation of Fort Macomb he was returned to duty in the commissary department and was sent to Manchac with stores, deserted about the 1st of May and has been in New Orleans ever since, was suspected of being unfriendly to the South before deserting, notes from Fort Macomb his character before enlisting bad...C.A. Fuller, Colonel Commanding." The soldier in question was Frank A. Badger of Company G, LA 1st Heavy Artillery. This document was in the possession of Colonel H. D. Ogden as he was a Provost Marshal in the area where Badger deserted and Fuller used this note to report the desertion and whereabouts of Badger to Ogden. Well written on a cover which was used by Fuller probably for lack of stationary. Very fine (#21)........................................$250.00

2052 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Letter to Colonel Henry D. Ogden from Major E.A. Palfrey AAG to General Mansfield Lovell detailing an account of Lovell's Gallantry at Corinth and future movements of Van Dorn's Troops in Mississippi after the defeat at Corinth, Jackson, MS., October 10th (1862). 3 large pages in ink all in Palfrey's hand. He related...My Dear Judge, your letter has reached me and I had already anticipated your feelings for the General (Lovell). I am sure that he would be glad to have you with him especially at this time as he left here some time ago commanding the Western Division of Van Dorn's Army. You may have heard that we made a gallant fight at Corinth against the overwhelming odds of Rosecrans which caused a retreat of our army. In a few days another bloody battle will be fought near Holly Springs between our forces and Rosecrans which have been heavily reinforced from Memphis and Arkansas. All the exchanged prisoners have been forced to reinforce Van Dorn's army and we have hopes of a fine victory. I have issued a letter to Ivy who is AAG on the General's Staff. He wants you to come and I think it best that you come at once unless awaiting orders which may be delayed by our now very irregular mail system. The General has not a full staff. Quitman, Fontielle are here, I know who are with him. I thought I had orders for Richmond, but have now been ordered to stay with Lovell. He has no commissary and needs assistance on his staff. It has been said that he was cited for his gallantry at Corinth throwing himself in the thickness of the battle and he is now the idol of his troops. I am now Chief Paymaster of the District under the command of General Pendleton. It is sad misfortune that we could have not held Corinth. Mentions Van Dorn and Lovell together have enemies engaged in things odious. Come at once and let nothing delay you--Lovell told me so...E.A.P. (Ed A. Palfrey). Although his army had been badly mauled, Van Dorn escaped completely, evading Union troops sent by Grant later on October 5 at the Battle of Hatchie's Bridge, and marching to Holly Springs, MS. He attributed his defeat to the failure of Hebert to open the second-day engagement on time, but nevertheless he was replaced by Maj. Gen. John C. Pemberton immediately after the battle. There were widespread outcries of indignation throughout the South over the senseless casualties at Corinth. Van Dorn requested a court of inquiry to answer charges that he had been drunk on duty at Corinth and that he had neglected his wounded on the retreat. The court cleared him of all blame by unanimous decision. Although Lowell preformed gallantly at Corinth and later at Coffeeville, MS. He was relieved of command for his loss of New Orleans, but he was found innocent in 1863. Well written and an excellent account of Corinth and the movements after Corinth in Mississippi. Very fine (#17)...................................$895.00

2054 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Special Order #36, imprinted Stationary, Headquarters Louisiana Army, Adjutant General's Office, Alexandria, LA, April 20th, 1863. 8" X 10" "Major Ogden of the General Staff is assigned to the command of the infantry forces and will report to Big. General Thomas E. Vick for orders. By command of Thomas O. Moore." Ogden assumes new responsibilities in the Western area of Louisiana threatened by Union forces moving up the Teche. Very fine, a rare imprint showing the "Army of Louisiana", also note his rank as Major being assigned to a Staff position of the Governor. Also imprinted cover from Headquarters Dept #1, 4" X 10" addressed to Ogden while ADC to Lovell in Jackson, 2 items (#23)............................$265.00

2058 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), COLONEL ARISTIDES GERARD GIVES ORDERS ON BLOWING UP A BRIDGE IN THE EVENT OF ANY ENEMY ATTACK TO MAJOR OGDEN. Headquarters Fort DeRussy, April 23rd, 1863. 1 page in ink, 8" X 10". "Major, in order not to interfere with the movements of Major Shannon you will consult with him on the destruction of the bridge. The two pieces of artillery are to be placed in the charge of the infantry. An order to that effect has been issued. It it is not executed Major Shannon will take the necessary measures to have them transported as far as the ferry of Mr. Davis, Red River where they are to be embarked. The present instructions are to be carried out immediately. A Gerard, Lt. Colonel." The bridge in question was below the fort and its destruction would delay Union forces from attacking the fort from the land. Fort DeRussy was an earthen fort on the Red River from Union assaults and finally succumbed to a federal attack in March 1864 which opened the Red River up to Alexandria, LA. Quite scarce to find documents from this Confederate fort. (#29).................................................$325.00

2061 COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62) GENERAL RICHARD TAYLOR AUTHORIZED A PASS FOR MAJOR H.G. OGDEN,  Headquarters District of Western LA., Natchitoches, LA, May 20th, 1863. By command of General Taylor, his AGG writes Major Ogden to pass from Coteau or Alexandria on any boat of government service that he may select. Very fine (32)..............................$150.00

2063 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62), Payment for boarding and lodging for two couriers and supplies paid to C.F. Voorhies on an imprinted 8" X 10", Confederate States #22 letterhead. Payment was $82.50 for boarding from April 10-25, 1863 and for 50 pounds of bacon delivered to Lt. S.M. Routh of the Signal Corps. From the Ogden papers. Very fine (34)................................$195.00

2064 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62), Major H.D. Ogden Aide de Camp to the Governor and Commander in Chief is relieved from duty on the General staff and will report for duty under further orders to General R. Taylor, by command of Thomas O. Moore. On Headquarters Louisiana Army, Special Order #57, Shreveport, May 20th, 1863. Alexandria crossed out and Shreveport entered in manuscript. Docketed on the verso at Natchitoches, LA and signed by Captain E. Sturget AAG on Taylor Staff. Moore had moved the government to Shreveport in fear of Alexandria being captured. Ogden left the Louisiana Army and entered the service of the regular Confederate service. Very fine (35)....................................$225.00

2065 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Commander of the Louisiana Native Guard (1861-62), Major H.D. Ogden is ordered to replace the guard near Washington, LA and relieve detachment of Colonel Green's command at Port Barre...Headquarters, Forces South of the Red River, Vermillionville, LA, June 5th, 1863. 2+ large 8" X 10" pages with detailed instructions, "Proceed to Port Barre to assume command of the post and relieve the detachment from Colonel Green's command at that point at Washington, before turning off on the Port Barre at or near Coteau you will detach a commissioned officer to act as Provost Marshal and a detachment of 30 men to act as Provost Guard at Washington to keep order and repair the post. This guard will keep good order and discipline at this point, arrest all conscripts who owe services, all soldiers who are absent without proper authority, and protect all public property. With the balance of your troops you will proceed to Port Barre, there establish your headquarters, communicate with headquarters by means of couriers, you will connect on the Port Barre road with our line of couriers at this post at Grand Coteau. You will throw out pickets by means of boats or otherwise at least 100 men as far as the banks of the Atchafalaya River with orders to harass, annoy, and if possible capture boats and transports of the enemy. These men must be put under the command of reliable officers who do not retire before the enemy unless necessary. You will send daily reports to these headquarters. BY BRIG. GENERAL A. MOUTON, SIGNED BY Louis Bush, AAG. Louis Bush was a Colonel in the 7th Louisiana Cavalry and also had service in the 18th Louisiana. Ogden had been moved south back towards Washington which had been captured on April 20th by the Federals and vacated when the Federals were recalled to aid in the Port Hudson Campaign. An important letter/orders in mid 1863. Very fine (36)......................$450.00

2066 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X 7". To Major Henry Ogden, 1st Battalion Louisiana State Cavalry requesting a review of the stores that had been purchased at Vermillionville on June 6th, 1863 for the use of the 1st Battalion Louisiana Cavalry. The captain writing the request deemed some portions of the stores as unfit. Signed by Captain E.J. Hall, 1st Bat. LA. State Cavalry. Major Ogden dockets the request in pencil and signs it approving the request for an inquiry. Bold ink, very fine (40)...........................................$150.00

2067 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X 6". A letter written to Major Henry Ogden from Washington, LA on June 11th, 1863. A report on what the detail sent to Washington, LA had accomplished, procuring mules for the army, policing the area, and other duties assigned to the unit at Washington, LA. Hand-carried and folded carried to Ogden by a courier, a little light, but fully readable (42)....................................................$95.00

2068 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X 7". Major Ogden is ordered to bring his forces to Alexandria, LA by Order of General Richard Taylor, Headquarters Forces South of the Red River, June 13th, 1863. Manuscript order sent to Ogden by Captain Louis Bush (7th LA Cavalry, AAG to General Taylor...Ogden is ordered to travel to Alexandria with his three companies of State troops and to report to the Major General Commanding without delay (General Richard Taylor). While the Federals had somewhat retreated from Western Louisiana with their attention on Port Hudson, Taylor was preparing for the return of Federal troops into the area. Very fine (43).....................................................$150.00

2069 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X6". Headquarters Forces South of the Red River, Vermillionville, LA, June 13th, 1863. Captain Louis Bush, AGG to General Mouton requests that Major Ogden send vouchers to the quartermaster for the four mules Ogden is to retain with necessary explanations, addressed to Ogden as Commander of the 1st Battalion Louisiana State Cavalry. Very fine (44)....................................................$125.00

2070 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X 7". Major Henry Ogden is ordered to replace couriers between Opelousas and Alexandria with men from his cavalry unit, Headquarters Forces South of the Red River. Slightly light but quite readable. Opelousas had been captured April 20th and was now back in Confederate hands after the Federals put their attention on Port Hudson. Very good (45)..............................................$135.00

2071 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 8" X 10", 2 pages. MAJOR OGDEN ORDERS THE PLACEMENT OF COURIERS, Camp DeSoto, June 23rd, 1863, Headquarters of the 1st Battalion Louisiana State Cavalry. Ogden orders the following to Lt. J.C. Carter...29 men from Company C will proceed to the line of couriers between Alexandria and Natchez and will relieve the couriers at those spots according to the schedule outlined. The Lt. in charge will change several positions to have them equal distances apart. The said Lt. Carter will be allowed to contract for forage at every post. He will be in charge of the line and must encourage diligence and they take nothing but military dispatches. He is to submit a full report when his assignment is completed. The last paragraph is light but readable, signed by Major Henry Ogden commanding. An extensive report on the changing and replacement of couriers within Confederate lines. Fine (46).................................................$295.00

2072 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). ARMS, AMMUNITION, MULES AND HORSES TAKEN FROM NEGROES. Headquarters District of Western Louisiana, Alexandria, LA, June 23rd, 1863, imprinted blue stationary. Major Ogden was ordered by General Taylor to take a detachment from his command and proceed to the residence of Silas Tolbert six miles below Cheneyville and receive from him 20 head of mules and horses, some arms and ammunition and bring back to Alexandria. They were taken from Negroes after the retreat of the Yankees by the neighbors of Mr. Tolbert and were left with him for safe keeping. The Federal forces had vacated that area devoting their attention to the fight at Port Hudson which was raging at this time. Very fine, great content (47)........................................$325.00

2073 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 5" X 7". A order to keep a orderly always mounted at all times, Order #33, Headquarters Post at Alexandria, LA, June 23rd, 1863. Actually a reprimand why an orderly had not been kept mounted and order #33 reaffirms a previous order. The order was sent to Major H. Ogden, Commanding 1st Battalion LA Cavalry (48)..........................$150.00

2074 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). 8" X 10". KEEPING THE COURIERS POSTED BETWEEN ALEXANDRIA AND NATCHEZ. Post at Alexandria, June 23rd, 1863. Manuscript letter to Major Henry Ogden commanding the 1st Battalion State Cavalry was ordered to proceed on the following day and assign a commissioned officer with a staff of non-commissioned privates to relieve the couriers between that post and Natchez. The commissioned officer will remain in charge of the line. Lt. Haar, commanding Captain Todd's company of cavalry will at the same time detail a commissioned officer who will report to this officer detailed by Major Ogden to take charge now on the posts as they should be relieved and return back to their companies. A report must be made on the compliance of this order, signed Ferjos Fuselier, Adjutant (had service in the Confederate Louisiana Guard). Maintaining this line of communication was critical at this point giving the Trans-Mississippi command news of the fighting at Vicksburg which was about to fall to Grant (49)................................$225.00

2076 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). A DETAILED LETTER GIVING THE POSITIONS AND COURIERS ASSIGNED TO EACH STATION BETWEEN ALEXANDRIA AND NATCHEZ. Fort Beauregard, June 28th, 1863, letter addressed to Major Ogden from Lt. J.C. Carter detailing who he has placed at the 13 courier posts between Alexandria and Natchez which details of the posting as well as distance from post to post. 3+ large 8" X 10" letter on gray paper addressed to Major Ogden who was in charge of the couriers at Alexandria to Natchez. Clark lists the post #, distance from the next post, cost per day to operate, where forage was obtained for each post, and names of couriers assigned to each post. This was the change of couriers as the last list of couriers in this correspondence was made on June 21st, 1863 so the change was made weekly. The couriers on these post brought vital information to the Trans-Mississippi Dept. from the fighting at Vicksburg and Port Hudson, since Natchez was halfway between those fortifications. Boldly written by Clark to Ogden (51)..................................$375.00

2078 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). MAJOR OGDEN IS ORDERED TO SEND MEN TO ESCORT AN ORDNANCE TRAIN DISPATCHED TO GENERAL MOUTON ON BAYOU TECHE. Headquarters Post at Alexandria, LA, June 24th, 1863. 1 page 8" X 10" in manuscript, Clack orders Ogden to provide one non-commissioned officer and two privates from his command fully armed and equipped to report to Major Robertson, Ordnance Officer of this post tomorrow at 9 AM to escort and ordnance train dispatched to General Mouton on Bayou Teche. By command of Major Clack, commander of the post at Alexandria, Ogden was commander of the 1st Battalion Louisiana State Cavalry. While Federal troops were still occupied at Port Hudson, Mouton was south of Alexandria on the Teche as Confederate authorities knew it was just a matter of time before Banks would turn his attention again to Southwest Louisiana and he did in the Fall of 1863 in the Second Bayou Teche Campaign. Written and signed by Ferjus Fuselier Adj. to the Post at Alexandria, LA (Confederate Guard Officer). (55)....................................$250.00

2079 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). MAJOR OGDEN REQUESTS THAT HIS MEN BE REMOVED FROM PICKET DUTY ON THE RED RIVER AS REQUESTED BY THE ALEXANDRIA ARSENAL COMMANDER, Camp DeSoto, June 26th, 1863, one page 8" X 10". Written and signed by Major Henry Ogden to Major Hank Clack commanding the Post at Alexandria, LA. He relates...by orders he had received he had stationed one non-commissioned officer and five privates as pickets on the Red River about 20 miles from Alexandria, LA at the request of the Chief Ordnance Officer. He feels that pickets are unnecessary and as he is in need for these men to return to his service in providing couriers he requests permission to remove his men from that duty. Ogden signs the letter. It is again signed by him on the reverse as well as by Major Clack in approved and then approved the AAG of General Richard Taylor. Ogden was responsible at that time for maintaining the couriers between Alexandria and Natchez providing valuable information for Richard Taylor on the activities to the east at Port Hudson and Vicksburg. Fine with minor fold restoration at edge. Signed twice by Ogden (54).................................................$695.00

2080 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). DISPATCHES HAVE BEEN MISCARRIED, AN OFFICER MUST BE SENT TO INVESTIGATE BY MAJOR OGDEN, Headquarters Post at Alexandria, LA, July 3rd, 1863. One page in ink letter from Adj. Ferjus Fuselier to Major Henry Ogden Commanding, 1st Battalion, Louisiana State Cavalry. Due to miscarried dispatches, Ogden is ordered to send a commissioned officer to the courier post at the Lamourie Bridge and to institute an inquiry whether proper communication has been made with the courier line from that point to Lt. Colonel Fournet's command. The first post on the later line is Polk's Plantation. Dispatches have been miscarried each way on this line. Instructions will be given to courier on the Lamourie Bridge to examine dispatches there received and forward those to Colonel Fournet sent on...at this time news from Vicksburg and Port Hudson was anxiously awaited and this break in the courier line was critical to the Confederate staff in Alexandria as they knew that a Federal invasion was coming once defenses to the East fell. Excellent one page letter (56).............................................$250.00

2082 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). MANUSCRIPT REQUISITION FOR PAPER/ENVELOPES FOR THE 1ST LOUISIANA BATTALION OF CAVALRY, JUNE 1863 SIGNED BY MAJOR HENRY OGDEN COMMANDING STATIONED AT VERMILLIONVILLE, LA. Hand-lined 4" X 7" form for paper and envelopes for the use of the Cavalry battalion under Ogden's command. Signed by Ogden as Major Commanding. On gray paper, a bold signature of Ogden (57b)..........................................$395.00

2083 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). Ogden's signature on a small receipt for supplies received from the post quartermaster for his Cavalry Battalion, April 7th, 1863 at Vermillionville, LA Cavalry battalion under Ogden's command was the 1st Louisiana Cavalry battalion. Signed by Agden as Major Commanding. On gray paper, a bold signature of Ogden (57c).......................$295.00

2084 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). Ogden's signature on a small receipt for supplies received from the post quartermaster for his Cavalry Battalion, June 7th, 1863 at Vermillionville, LA. Cavalry battalion under Ogden's command was the 1st Louisiana Cavalry battalion. Signed by Ogden as Major Commanding. On gray paper, a bold signature of Ogden (57d)........................$295.00

2086 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). LETTER FROM LT. THOMAS PLAYER TO MAJOR OGDEN IN ALEXANDRIA OUTLINING CHANGES MADE IN THE COURIER LINE FROM OPELOUSAS TO ALEXANDRIA. 1 page 8" X 10" in ink addressed to Major Ogden at Alexandria. Player writes on June 29th, 1863, that he has moved couriers along the Opelousas-Alexandria route, lists who is where, moved a courier post from Governor Moore's (plantation), requests funds to pay courier expenses, drew blankets for couriers at Opelousas. Lt. Thomas Player was in Company A, 1st Battalion LA. Cavalry. Extremely well-written letter by player with great details concerning each post changed (59)..................................$375.00

2087 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). MAJOR HENRY OGDEN IS RELIEVED OF DUTY AS A COMMANDER OF A BATTALION OF STATE TROOPS WITH THE APPRECIATION OF MAJOR GENERAL RICHARD TAYLOR. Imprinted Headquarters District of Western Louisiana, stationary Order #192, 8" X 10", Alexandria, LA, July 6th, 1863. Ogden is described as Aide de Camp to the Governor of Louisiana (Thomas O. Moore), who had volunteered his services to the Major General Commanding is relieved from that duty with the gratitude for his services and trust that our cause will not be deprived long of his services. Signed by his A.A. General (Sturget) for General Taylor. Fine (60)................................................$275.00

2088 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). MAJOR HENRY OGDEN IS APPOINTED AID DE CAMP TO GOVERNOR MOORE WITH THE RANK OF LT. COLONEL. Headquarters Louisiana Army, Alexandria, LA, July 15th, 1863, imprinted stationary 8" X 10". Ogden was made a Lt. Colonel on Moore's Staff effective June 21st, 1863 to serve as Aide de Camp to Moore, by command of Governor Moore, signed by D. Conner, Adj. General to Moore. Rare Louisiana Army Stationary. Imprinted Adjutant General's Office, large cover included some tatters at top of cover. Very fine, 2 pieces (61).........................................$350.00

2089 - COLONEL HENRY D. OGDEN, First Command of the Louisiana Native Guards (1861-62). OGDEN IS REQUESTED TO TURN IN A MULE TO THE QUARTERMASTER, August 10th, 1863, Nebitts Bluff. A letter to Ogden requesting when he returns to Alexandria he turn in the mule he has taken possession of to the quartermaster and get a receipt and mail to the writer J.C. Stafford, Major. Ogden was moving from Alexandria to his next assignment and probably used the mule for transportation of person goods and he had just been made a Lt. Colonel on the Staff of Governor Moore. (63)..................................$165.00

2090 - TREMENDOUS TRANS-MISSISSIPPI LETTER REGARDING SUPPLIES FOR THE CONFEDERATE SIGNAL CORPS IN WESTERN LOUISIANA - MAKING TORCHES FOR SIGNALING AND TELESCOPES, August 3rd, 1863. Two page letter 8" X 10" from Captain and Chief Signal Officer Evan Jones to Lt. Stephen Routh, Signal Officer District of Western Louisiana written at Alexandria, LA. A well written letter mentioning a Colonel Harrison who had deserted and not been cooperative with the Signal Corps officer Routh before his desertion. Jones had been advised of the desertion by a telegraph by General Herbert. He asks the Lt. if he can buy and copper for the purpose of making torches (signal lanterns) as nothing can be gotten from Richmond. If he cannot get made in Alexandria, ship the copper to Jones and he can get them made locally (probably in Shreveport). While he was in Alexandria, he had sent another order to the Lt. to buy glasses. He questions if he was able to supply enough to supply his department (referring to binoculars or telescopes for the signal corps.) A rare Trans-Mississippi letter regarding the Confederate Signal Corps obtaining needed equipment locally as help from Richmond was out of the question by August 1863 with the communication to the east cut off by the recent losses on the Mississippi River. Very fine (64).....................................................$650.00 

3208 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY NEAR KNOXVILLE, September 27th, 1862. Four pages in pencil to his wife Hennie by Lt. W.T. Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry. He relates, that after reading her letter he had tears streaming down his cheeks mentions several friends in camp that are in poor shape, one looks like an "old shoe", in two days there is a dreaded march, another man has been ill since he came into the company, will have to march for several days over hilly and rocky areas, many have been excused by the Doctor, another man suffers from a bad cough that hurts him terribly when he coughs. The wound he had gotten has left an ugly scar on his chest, Wright has this yellow powder he is yellow as a pumpkin, more on the condition of his friends at the convalescent camp before he marches out of camp, Good bye dearest Hennie, Willie with transcript.............................................$165.00

3209 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY IN TENNESSEE, W.T. PRESLEY, June 9th, 1863. 2 pages in pen by Lt. W.T. Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry to his wife Hennie. Written "At Courier Post near Middle Bedford, Bedford County, Tennesseee. "He asks his wife to find out what company Will Whitstone and John Sale belong as I want to find out who is their Captain and Colonel is and the number of the regiment they belong to, let me know as soon as possible as I am going to try for a transfer, Bill Moore and I both want to transfer but say nothing about this just find out the information I asked you for as I shall try for the transfer. I will try for a furlough this summer whether I get a transfer or not. Saw Bill Moore yesterday for the first time in six months and his badly hurt about the reports of his deserting...remember do not talk about what I ask of you as it may have a bad effect on me." Willie to Hennie, Prattville, AL, comes with a hand-written poem called "THE ABSENT ONE" that Presley writes to his wife, two pages. Both letter and manuscript dated poem.......................................................$195.00

3210 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, ACTING AS A COURIER IN TENNESSEE, June 15th, 1863. Two large pages in ink to his wife Hennie by Lt. W.T. Presley, at Courier Post near Middletown, Bedford County, Tennessee. He is still acting as a courier and boarding at Grandma Sanders but he will probably have to leave as she is ill, mentions a friend starting for the Army, it is reported that we will be relieved and go to the rear to recruit men and horses, hear so many reports we do not know what to believe. He needs new pair of boots for riding and asks her to have a pair made size #10 in red leather, he will send her a ring that he has made for her, he tells his wife to remember if you forget and forgive in peace you shall live. Some water staining unaffecting the legibility of the manuscript, from Willie to Hennie. Well written in ink............................................$165.00

3211 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, CAPTURED 1500 PRISONERS, WE LIVED HIGH ON OLD ABE'S RATIONS, October 12th, 1863. Three pages in pencil, near Muscle Shoals, Alabama to his wife Hennie by Lt. W.T. Presley. He relates to Hennie...I am tired and wore out from marching as we have been on a raid into middle Tennessee, we have been in our saddles night and day nearly all the time. We crossed the Tennessee River at Muscle Shoals day before yesterday. I never have seen men and horses as near wore out in my life as I have in the past two weeks, we did not average two hours sleep except one night when we slept on our horses as we rode along. I stood the trip finely except I was nearly worn out for sleep. Bob is also well and hearty he stands service life a mule. We burned about 700 of the enemy's wagons loaded with commissaries and captured about 1500 prisoners and between them 4000 mules. We all lived high on old Abe's rations such as crackers, butter, raisons, butternuts and things too tedious to mention, not to mention Yankee clothes by the wagon load. I send you a ring that Bill Moore put in sets for me (you can see the round impression in the paper of the ring). I suspect we will go into Tennessee again before we get settled, my love to the children. An excellent letter by Lt. W.T. Presley................................$395.00

3212 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY IN CAMP NEAR BLUE MOUNTAIN, ALABAMA, April 1st, 1864. Two pages in ink from Lt. W.T. Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry to his wife Hennie. He relates...that Bob is on the way home and he will tell her all the news, tell Bob to take good care of his horse Black Hawk and I want him to recruit all that he can, I want to be able to leave my mare home and ride Black Hawk back...try to fix up some grease to get the lice off of Black Hawk, I think he is the best saddle horse in the Brigade and he carried me over 500 miles, have applied for a furlough and don't know if I will get it but if I don't I have another trick at work, his mare is lame today but it does not seem serious. Well written...................................................$150.00

3213 - 1ST ALABAMA CAVALRY, ATLANTA CAMPAIGN, YANKS ON THE MOVE, May 12th, 1864. Two large pages in ink written to his wife Hennie by Lt. W.T. Presley, 1st Alabama Cavalry, Osstanauba River, eight miles from Rome (GA), on duty at a military ford on that river. He relates that he's upset at the lack of letters he has received since he left home-not one word, he says her warm heart is too generous to be so forgetful, he wishes he could show her how much he loves her...he is command of a picket of 24 men guarding the river, has been there several days without relief, if Colonel Blakely sends him more supplies he would not need relief, he has just been told that General Wheeler has captured a whole bridge of Yankee cavalry, he is afraid to believe the good news, he also heard that General Price has captured all of Steele's army in Louisiana, He heard from General Morgan through Colonel Blakely to keep a sharp lookout for the Yanks as it is thought they will try and force their way across the river last night but they never made an appearance. He then gives strong advise on how to raise the young children back in Prattville, AL. Well written, some age tone in spots. 8" X 10" letter................................................$325.00


1304 - RARE FLORIDA OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, Pre-printed and filled-in Oath of Allegiance for William Crawford of Santa Rosa County, Florida searing his allegiance to the United States on September 4th, 1862. A month later Crawford violated the oath and joined the 3rd Battalion Florida Cavalry on October 4th, 1862 in Santa Rosa County, Florida. In 1863, he shows service in Company F, Confederate States 15th Cavalry, but deserted on September 15th, 1864. He signed another Oath of Allegiance in June of 1865 to the United States at the end of the war. A very early oath issued in 1862, fine............................$295.00

82706 - CAMP OF THE 63RD TENNESSEE NEAR RICHMOND, TIRED OF FIGHTING "NIGS IN VIRGINIA"
, November 6th, 1864. Two pages in ink by James M. Crawford, 63rd Tennessee. "We have no news other than maintaining the lines at the front, no fighting since last week, hope the fighting is done for the winter as we are tired of fighting in Virginia for when we fight we fights the "NIGS", would not like to be taken prisoner by the "NIGS"...would rater be at "Old Scratch and Key" than be taken a prisoner...a friend had written him that the girls were wearing him out at home and that if he were home he could help them out...notes that prisoners from his unit were at Elmira Prison and are all well except three who had died there, Ed Miller, George Helburt, and George W. Dick-he had seen a letter written to Captain A.M. Mallard about the three prisoners being dead...". An unusual and rare mentioning of the Black soldiers fighting at that time in the Petersburg-Richmond area where numerous United States Colored Troops played important roles in those two sieges...............................
$395.00

72002 - CONFEDERATE LETTER FROM BEAUREGARD'S QUARTERMASTER TO THE GOVERNOR OF SOUTH CAROLINA, Charleston, SC, July 1st, 1862. 8" X 10" on blue lined paper addressed to Governor Francis Pickens by Captain Mott C. Pringle, Asst. Quartermaster to Beauregard. Pringle addresses the question for the Commanding General (Beauregard) of a loan of $30,000 that was to be made for the purchase of forage for the troops of the State. Mott states that he has made large contracts for such forage and if the obligation is not paid on a timely manner, he will have difficulty in making future contracts with suppliers. On the verso, Pickens refers the letter to the Treasury Department. Beautifully written. Excellent content regarding problems in paying for supplies in Charleston as early as July 1862. Mint condition.............................................$175.00


The following letters were written by Corporal J.F. Jones, Company G, 9th Alabama Infantry. He apparently was in the medical corps in several capacities from a Secretary to the Surgeon, Ambulance staff, and possibly a pharmacist assistant by the content of his letters from 1861-64

749 - 1861 FILLING THE RANKS IN SOUTH CAROLINA, Headquarters, Columbia, SC, April 25th (1861). Two pages in ink from Private D.M. Simpson of the 1st South Carolina State Troops. He relates...the fighting will now be in Virginia and we are only State volunteers and we are not bound to go...there are presently two regiments in this place numbering 2200 men and we have lively times...there was a call today for volunteers for the Confederate Army, but they only got one entire company and how many more they will get I can hardly tell...the call is for 8000 men, but i don't think they will get 300 and if they fail you are not volunteers may look out Jeff Davis is bound to have troops for his army...some of the men are eating, drinking, smoking, and talking war, playing the fiddle, dancing...have a Negro to cook for us, but he is going home and none of us can cook a bit...I have often heard of war, but have not realized it before...D.M. Simpson. An interesting letter written within two weeks of the firing on Fort Sumter by Confederate forces showing the loyalty to the State, but a hesitance to join the new Confederate Army...................................$275.00 

751 - VIRGINIA SHARPSHOOTERS WHARTON'S BRIGADE, 30th Virginia Battalion Sharpshooters, March 25th, 1864. Letter to Colonel J. Lyle Clark commanding the 30th Virginia Battalion requesting that three men be sent to Jonesboro and that they will be returned to General Wharton's Brigade as soon as cavalrymen can be received from the cavalry. The 30th VA Sharpshooters fought in East Tennessee under Longstreet and in the Shenandoah Valley. After the Battle of Waynesborough, the unit was disbanded. Well-written in brown ink on gray paper. Scarce SHARPSHOOTER correspondence................................$295.00

752 - SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR FRANCIS PICKENS ASKS FOR GUNS FOR HIS TROOPS, October 1st, 1861, STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA HEADQUARTERS stationary, autographed and signed letter from Governor Francis W. Pickens to Mr. A. Huger regarding the acquisition of 200 rifles for flanking companies to each regiment. (These had just come into Charleston on a ship and Governor Pickens states he had told a Mr. Wagner his needs while on the ship). He states that General States Rights Gist understood that two-thirds of the imports belonged to the Confederate Government and that he had immediately made requisitions with General Ripley for supplest for us (the State). He continues to doubt the reports as to just what was on the ship. An interesting letter regarding rifles that had been imported probably from England. Boldly written in Pickens distinctive hand. Under his administration as Governor of South Carolina (1860-1862), the state seceded and demanded the surrender of the Federal forts in Charleston Harbor. He strongly advocated the secession of the Southern states and signed the South Carolina ordinance of secession. He protested against Major Robert Anderson's removal from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, and offered to buy the fort from the Federal Government. On January 9, 1861, Governor Pickens sanctioned the firing upon the relief steamship Star of the West, which was bringing supplies to Anderson's beleaguered garrison. He also approved of the subsequent bombardment of Fort Sumter. He remained a fervent supporter of states rights. 8" X 10", an important early-war letter with Pickens trying to arm his State Troops. Very fine.......................................$650.00

TRADING WITH THE ENEMY

757 - HAVE BEEN THE SADDLE 24 HOURS AND MY REPORT OF BEING KILLED IS FALSE, Springhill, TN, January 6th, 1863. Two pages in bold pencil to my own MICHEE...has been in the saddle continuously and was soaked by the storm and has had nothing to eat, while they were in the hottest part of the fight he remembered her, he wondered why he and the rest of the General and staff were not all killed...he had the talisman that she had given him...he shall keep it as it passed through the dangers with him...reports that he was killed are not true...he has to go up to the Franklin Pike by 12, continues to talk of his deep love and affection for her...Letter was noted to have been carried to her by a servant. Signed Frank W. Armstrong. A Frank Armstrong is lusted as a member of the CS Staff and Field [During this period the Confederates were actively engaged on the Shelbyville Pike near where he writes from]............................................$275.00

761 - WALLER'S REGIMENT OF TEXAS CAVALRY, Camp Grace, March 7th, 1864. Texas promissory note for $50 due Travis Hensley from L.K. Dubois, both members of Waller's Texas Cavalry, small manuscript 4" X 7"......................................$75.00

762 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, July 24th, 1863, 3" X 7" manuscript document stating payment of $100 by the AAQM, John S. Hirshfield, dated at St. Martinsville, LA.......................................................$75.00

763 - WALLER'S TEXAS CAVALRY, January 31st, 1865, 4" X 7" manuscript dated at Jackson, MS. A pass for Private Travis Hensley, Company E, Waller's Regt. Cavalry Regiment to pass through the Department (Mississippi & Louisiana)..................................$200.00

765 - NEWS ABOUT GETTYSBURG, AND THE ACTION IN TENNESSEE, Encamped at Moundville, three miles above Washington, LA, Sunday, August 2nd, 1863. Three large legal sized pages in beautiful script (ink) to his wife home in Texas from Travis Hensley, Waller's Texas Cavalry. He reports that news they have heard about the Battle of Gettysburg was really a victory than a defeat...he has seen a New Orleans Picayune which the Yankees have acknowledged a loss of 19,000 killed and wounded with many prisoners, Lee reports his losses of 12,000 killed or wounded and 4000 prisoners and he has succeeded in bringing out many stores and ammunition...the battle lasted three days and was perhaps the bloodiest of the War...the Yankees say they had 18 Generals killed, wounded, and missing besides many officers and lower rank. In Mississippi and Tennessee, our armies were reported to be retreating slowly before the advance of Grant and Rosecrans and our prospects there appear to be rather gloomy. Banks' army seems to have mysteriously disappeared and no one can imagine where it will turn up...General Greene (Tom Green) has his whole Brigade encamped at this place...the water here is bad and men are falling ill...many of his fellow friends are ill or have requested transfers...Captain Fenner of the 4th Texas Cavalry has brought your letter and package of July 1st...worries the Yankee successes of late will spur on recruitment for them this Fall and Winter...we have no recruits to fill our decimated ranks...General Magruder has made a call for 10,000 more men from Texas...we have heard reports from across the river (Mississippi) of a fight between Johnston and Grant and that the latter was defeated and Johnston was pursuing him. A long and interesting letter from the Trans-Mississippi from Travis Hensley relating news of the War as he heard it-most of it was false.............................................$595.00

MORE CONFEDERATE LETTERS

769 - THE 60TH ALABAMA AT PETERSBURG, THE DESERTER WILL BE SHOT, Camp of the 60th Alabama, Petersburg, VA, December 23rd, 1864. 4 pages in bold pencil written from Pvt. Wyatt J. Bonner, 60th Alabama to his Father...mentions hopes to get a three day Christmas pass to send it in the rear...went over to see some friends in the 3rd Alabama at Swifts Creek about 5 miles away, but no one was there that I knew, mentions two friends that had been captured, another was thought to have been wounded as he would have never let himself be captured, the rest of the regiment seemed to be in good spirits building winter quarters, half of the officers in this regiment are on furlough, gives details on how the furloughs are done, married men get to go home to tend to their families' needs and then return...there has been a great deal of deserting in our regiment, one night 6 went over and 7 went over the next, the Yanks hollowed over for Colonel Troy to come over and take command of his regiment (so many had deserted to the Yank side)...two tried to desert a few nights ago, one Thomas Pendleton started about five minutes before on John Shaw, but Tom P. got over, but as Shaw was about half way over our Pickets saw him and commenced shooting at him calling him to halt, but he kept on going to the Yanks, but soon came back to our lines and was caught and is now in jail in Petersburg-I expect him to be shot. Wyatt (Bonner) 60th Alabama........................................$350.00

771 - CONFEDERATE SOLDIER LETTER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, Edisto, SC, May 11th, 1862. Two page letter in ink to his Mother from, E.S. Whittie. He has not seen any battles there, he found some seeds which he is enclosing in an old Negro house which they evacuated on this island and he wants his Mother to plant them at home. Phonically written in some areas, white paper......................................$125.00

772 - WE HAVE JUST MOVED TO PINCKNEY ISLAND, Confederate soldier's letter dated February 27th, 1863. 2 pages in ink from  E.S. Whittie to his Mother. We have just moved to Pinckney Island, SC, but we will have to move soon as we will soon have a fight, but I know not where or when, thinks the War will last seven years longer. Written somewhat phonically, fine............................................$135.00

776 - AN ABSENT REBEL HAS HIS PROPERTY CONFISCATED IN NEW ORLEANS, August 5th, 1863. One page 8" X 14", all manuscript detailing the confiscation of several pieces of property in New Orleans owned by S.S. Michel of New Orleans described as an absent Rebel. Signed by Benjamin Flanders, Special Agent to the US Treasury in New Orleans, later to become a short-lived Scalawag Governor of Louisiana. Known Southern sympathizers or soldiers in the field serving the Confederate Government were liable to have their property confiscated by the Gov. Fine trifle age tone............................$75.00


TEXAS COLONEL WRITES A RECOMMENDATION FOR THE FIRST BREWER IN TEXAS, San Antonio, TX, March 20th, 1865. One page letter from Colonel Frederick Tate who was on Van Dorn's Staff requesting assistance in Houston for W.A. Menger upon his arrival in the City of Houston. Menger operated the first Brewery in Texas. Tate also served in the 9th Texas Infantry as a Major. Well written Texas correspondence..............................$155.00

REMEMBER ME TO GENERAL PAUL O. HERBERT, San Antonio, TX, March 20th, 1865. Addressed to Capt. Samuel Boyer Davis, AAG to General Paul O. Herbert requesting a detail of troops to be given to the disposal of Mr. William Menger, which detail has been pre-approved. Menger operated the first brewery in Texas before the War and this detail probably was needed to move the property of Menger as the Was was coming to an end. Written by Colonel Frederick Tate on Van Dorn's Staff who asks the Captain to remember him to General P.O. Herbert. Scarce Texas letter...................................................$250.00

FORT CLARK, TEXAS UNDER CONFEDERATE CONTROL, A SUTLER DISCUSSES A DEBT OWED WILL MENGER, 1ST TEXAS BREWER, Fort Clark, TX, May 1st, 1861. A rare letter by a Sutler D.H. Brown asking William Menger for terms for his debt as the (Texas) 3rd Infantry has left the fort and he is at present unable to take care of his debt to Menger. Menger was the first brewer in Texas and supplied beer/ale to Brown. Obviously the members of the 3rd Texas leaving hurt his business at the fort. Unusual early War correspondence.........................................................$150.00

FORT CLARK, TEXAS UNDER CONFEDERATE CONTROL, A SUTLER WRITES WILLIAM MENGER, 1ST TEXAS BREWER, Fort Clark, TX, April 27th, 1861. A rare letter by a Sutler D.H. Brown mentioning a charge to his account. Menger supplied beer/ale to Brown for sale at the fort. Addressed to Menger in San Antonio. Half page in manuscript.......................................................$75.00

RARE LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER OF 'THE CONFEDERACY', Seguin, TX, November 1st, 1861. A letter to William Menger discussing an ad that will be running for Menger in the new paper called the "Confederacy" formerly known as the Seguin Mercury by the publisher D.R. Freeman. Menger operated the 1st brewery in Texas prior to the War. Excellent Confederate era letter regarding a Confederate newspaper..............................$125.00

1ST MISSOURI LIGHT ARTILLERY, New Orleans, LA, December 7th, 1864. Promissory note for $152 signed by 1st Lt. Adolphus Stauber in New Orleans, occupation of New Orleans by Union forces...............................................$32.00

FORGOT THE COLONEL'S TENT, San Antonio, TX, May 27th, 1863. Addressed to Menger's Hotel mentioning the tent of Colonel Kearney being left behind. Menger's Hotel in San Antonio was run by William Menger who also operated the first brewery in Texas. Confederate era correspondence...........................................$58.00

A TEXAS CAVALRY OFFICER COMPLAINS ABOUT HIS HOTEL BILL, May 5th, 1862. Abijah B. Latham, Lt. in the 1st Texas Cavalry, Company H writes to the Menger Hotel in San Antonio contesting his recent bill for a stay at this famous San Antonio, TX landmark. William Menger also ran the 1st brewery in Texas. One page letter in ink, well written................$100.00

TEXAS SOLDIER WRITES WILLIAM MENGER, Houston, TX, September 3rd, 1863. Letter from Captain Phillip Shardine to William Menger regarding a draft sent to him by Menger as his company is about to leave for Nibbits Bluff and is anxious to hear about it. Menger ran the 1st brewery in Texas. Full page in manuscript................................$89.00

TEXAS BREWER WILLIAM MENGER GETS A REQUEST FOR A FRUIT TREE, Washington, TX, January 19th, 1864. Full page letter in ink to William Menger, the writer asks for another specimen of a tree that Menger had given him which he had lost due to a recent freeze. Menger ran the 1st brewery in Texas. Confederate era, Texas letter.......................$85.00

PROVISIONS IN TEXAS, Houston, TX, June 18th, 1863. One page letter in ink to William Menger by James Shaw regarding pickles, whisky, and potatoes. Interesting letter docketed on verso by Menger, 1st Texas brewer. The potatoes were to be divided among several families. Confederate era letter............................................$69.00


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