Items for Sale - Miscellaneous - Section One


(Leatherwood, Va.) “Mrs. Matilda F. Gravely Dec 2nd 1864” (Benjamin F. Gravely was postmaster at Leatherwood and owner of large tobacco farm) to frequent correspondent “C.Y. Thomas Esq, Martinsville Henry Co Va”. Either this is a handcarried envelope from Postmaster Gravely or an illegal use is was known with these correspondents; used on turned unused green embossed cameo corner card of “Allegheny Springs Virginia Booth Calhoun & Co Proprietors.” Ex Tobias.

$ 425


Impression from the original Archer & Daly steel plate. The cracked steel plate was in the possession of August Dietz and this impression was included as the centerpiece of the deluxe version of his 1929 opus,The Postal Service of The Confederate States of America.  The soft piece of steel shows an intaglio of Archer & Daly’s 10¢ and appears to have served as a matrix for trial impressions of the 20¢ transfer roll as well as parts of a 20¢ note of the Planters Insurance Trust and Loan Company. Archer & Daly produced a number of Southern banknotes. There is a faint bend at one end of the impression. A wonderfully collectible showpiece. CCV $175.

Also listed in the CSA 11, CSA 13 and Proof sections

$ 180


Baltimore Section and Columbus Section of Ten Cent Altered plate – proof of each on opposite sides of paper. The altered plates, the 2¢ and the 10¢, were shipped through the blockade to Richmond. De La Rue did not print any stamps from these plates. When the plates arrived in the Confederacy, they were never used by the Confederacy. The subsequent history is speculation. One theory is that they were were captured by the North during battle. Supposedly, a federal soldier took the 10¢ altered plate and cut it into sections to give as Rebel souvenirs to friends. According to August Dietz. Frank Baptist - who printed the 5-cent stamps for Archer & Daly in 1863 - positively identified the plates. He superintended the souvenir printings of the Altered Plate. The "Columbus Section" was so called because it was moved to the Ohio State Museum in Columbus. Through the years, there have been many printings from various sections of the original plate. The Columbus Section is one of the most well known and common, the Baltimore section much more scarce. CCV $125. $125.

Also listed in the CSA 6 and Proof sections

$ 125


Carte de Visite of Robert E. Lee by E. & H.T. Anthony. The waist-length image of Lee in uniform is a little light and background is uneven, with a couple small edge chips to photo. From a CDV album that belonged to Miss Nora du Rack of St. Louis, Missouri in the 1860s. $300.

Because of his reputation as one of the finest officers in the U.S. Army, President Lincoln offered Lee the command of the Federal forces in April 1861. Lee declined and tendered his resignation from the army when the state of Virginia seceded on April 17, arguing that he could not fight against his own people. The rest, as they say, is history. The most famous of the Confederate generals.

$ 300


U.S. 3¢ Star Die entire #U26 -  American Letter Express Co. southbound to Mann S. Valentine in Richmond Va., sender's routing "Via Nashville, Tenn.", manuscript "Collect Chgs 55¢ Due Winston & Johnston" and "Pd 2/- Ch" (two bits, or 25¢ express fee), This originated in Europe, based on the two enclosures: an envelope addressed to "Mrs. E. A. V. Gray, Care of M. S. Valentine, Richmond, Va., America" and slip of paper with notation "Pay postage 30¢, Express charge 25 [Total] 55. John P. Winston". Very Fine. An outstanding Southbound thru-the lines express cover that originated in Europe and was carried by the American Letter Express Company from Louisville to Nashville . Based on the "Pay postage 30¢" notation on the enclosure, it is surmised that the original letter was mailed from Europe to the United States. It was directed to Winston & Johnston, who are listed in the 1861 Williams' Cincinnati directory ("WINSTON & JOHNSTON, John P. W. & AVm. B.J., Wholesale Dry Goods, 113 W. Pearl"). John P. Winston apparently arranged to have the American Letter Express Company carry the letter across the lines to Nashville, where it entered the C.S.A. mails for Richmond. The addressee, Mrs. Elizabeth Ann Valentine Gray, was the daughter of Mann S. Valentine and the wife of William Gray. Later in the war, letters were sent by blockade runners from Europe to Mann S. Valentine, Elizabeth A. V. Gray and William Gray.Special Routes Census No. S-AX-26. Ex Walske. $2,500.

$ 2,500


Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard carte-de-visite ¾ pose in full uniform (pre-war U.S.), arms crossed, by Anthony, New York, Very Fine $150.

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Louisiana-born author, civil servant, politician, inventor, and first prominent general for the Confederacy.  Beauregard was trained as a civil engineer at the United States Military Academy and served with distinction as an engineer in the Mexican-American War.  Following an extremely brief tenure as the superintendent of the Military Academy in 1861, he became the first Confederate brigadier general and commanded the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina, for the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.  Three months later he was the victor at the First Battle of Bull Run. However, his influence over Confederate strategy was marred by his poor relationships with President Jefferson Davis and other generals.

$ 150


Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard carte-de-visite ¾ pose in full uniform (pre-war U.S.), arms crossed, couple little chips at edges otherwise Fine $60.

Pierre Gustave Toutant Beauregard was a Louisiana-born author, civil servant, politician, inventor, and first prominent general for the Confederacy.  Beauregard was trained as a civil engineer at the United States Military Academy and served with distinction as an engineer in the Mexican-American War.  Following an extremely brief tenure as the superintendent of the Military Academy in 1861, he became the first Confederate brigadier general and commanded the defenses of Charleston, South Carolina, for the start of the Civil War at Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861.  Three months later he was the victor at the First Battle of Bull Run. However, his influence over Confederate strategy was marred by his poor relationships with President Jefferson Davis and other generals.

$ 60


Gen. G[eorge] B. McClellan & Wife CDV  $110.

George Brinton McClellan is often remembered as the great organizer of the Union Army of the Potomac.  Nicknamed "Young Napoleon," "Little Mac" was immensely popular with the men who served under his command.  His military command style, however, put him at odds with President Abraham Lincoln who ultimately upset his political ambitions, defeating him in the 1864 presidential election.

$ 110


CSA General: “Sincerely Yours,  Joseph Wheeler” signed clipped card. Fightin’ Joe Wheeler” commanded the entire cavalry of the Army of Tennessee, was wounded 3 times and it is said 16 horses shot out from under him and with 36 of his staff officers killed.  $90.

$ 90


Post Office Receipt for letters from Woodlawn to Augusta, Ga dated Jan 2, 1863 with printed name of James M. Smythe, P.M. and blue handstamped B. F. Hall, P.M.; shows amount paid for stamps and money on that date, usual spindle hole and crease at center as well as edge faults.  [GA] $30.

$ 30


PRIZE COURT, Claim for Prize Money filed by John a. Sutton, Quarter Gunner, U.S.S. Brooklyn for the year 1864 in the capture of the Tennessee, Selma, Gaines, Florida, Ivanhoe, Ingoman, 3 Scows and Cargoes. Wonderful two-page document (back and front of one sheet) to which two U.S. 5¢ Internal Revenue stamps are affixed as well as official seals. Magenta pen notations that will be familiar to collectors of Prize Court covers. Sutton’s discharge was dated September 11, 1867 which was mislaid or lost by his Paymaster. It is sworn that he is 35 years old, a native of Albany, New York, enlisted at New York City 8 April 1864 as a Seaman. He was 5’ 8 ⅗” tall, dark complexion, dark hair and grey eyes. Filed by Isaac Hackett, Attorney and Claim Advocate. A total of 23 sailors and marines earned the Medal of Honor while served aboard the Brooklyn. She served the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and participated in the broadly termed “Mobile Bay captures.”   $225.

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$ 225


DANIEL RUGGLES: Major General in Confederate army, small one-page ALS (autograph letter signed) "Daniel Ruggles" from Grenada and dated June 15 [1862], addressed to General Beauregard at Tupelo Miss., contents reads "Telegram received & continue to press the evacuation of Grenada. On reaching Jackson request permission to go to Richmond. Please answer.", Very Fine. On orders of President Davis, Genl Pierre G. T. Beauregard was replaced with Gen. Bragg on June 20, 1862. $425.

$ 425


EDMUND KIRBY SMITH: one-page ALS (autograph letter signed) "E. Kirby Smith" and datelined "Sewanee Nov. 23, 1891", few file folds, Very Fine, Smith was the oldest surviving full general of the Confederacy. $425.

Edmund Kirby Smith was born in St. Augustine Florida and attended the U.S. Military Academy, where he graduated in 1845. After graduation, he served in the Mexican-American War with distinction. After the war, he was a Professor of Mathematics at West Point before being sent west to participate in the Indian Campaigns. Smith was in Texas with the 2nd Cavalry when war broke out in 1861. At first Smith refused to surrender to Texas militia, but his loyalties changed once Florida seceded. Smith resigned from the U.S. Army and entered the Confederate army with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He  was quickly commissioned as a brigadier general within the Confederate army.

$ 425


ROBERT BARNWELL RHETT ALS. Ardent secessionist and fire-eater who advocated secession as early as 1850, editor of Charleston Mercury, one-page autograph letter signed (ALS), dated Feb. 6, 1874, gives basic summary of when he was elected to House of Representatives, fresh and Very Fine, desirable piece from this ardent secessionist and critic of Jefferson Davis. Lightly cleaned. $300.

$ 300


Lincoln / Johnson 1864 U.S. National Union presidential ballot from Morgan County, Ohio illustrated with Lady Liberty. War Democrats had joined with Republicans to form the National Union Party with Lincoln at the head of the ticket. Lincoln won by more than 400,000 popular votes on the strength of the soldier vote and military successes such as the Battle of Atlanta. Lincoln was highly popular with soldiers and they in turn recommended him to their family back home. Usual creasing and spindle hole at center where used to tally votes. A nice highly collectable Lincoln item. $300.

$ 300


1862 CIVIL WAR LETTER written by an Englishman residing in Jersey Shore, PA to his cousin in England. Amazing articulate content regarding the war. Letter only, full transcription (no cover). Important to note that this long 4-page letter has been laminated to preserve it. $500.

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This letter was written by James Wilson (1801-1878), a native of England, who was residing in Jersey Shore, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, when he penned this letter to a cousin residing in Skipton, Yorkshire County, England. James was married twice. His first marriage was in 1827 at Jersey Shore to Mary Ann Appleton (1810-1828). With her he had one child -- James Appleton Wilson (1828-1902). His second was Catherine R. Babb (1810-1895). With her he had at least seven children: Fountain Wilson (1838-1903), Harry Wilson (1841-1871), Mary Wilson (b. 1842), Francis T. Wilson (1844-1908), William Babb Wilson (1849-1880), Helen Wilson (b. 1852), and James T. Wilson (1855-1879).

James Wilson emigrated to the United States in 1824 aboard the ship Robert Edwards. He was 23 years old. It is presumed that he came from the vicinity of Skipton, Yorkshire County -- some 25 miles northwest of Leeds. From the letter we learn that James had a sister living in the United States as well. Her name was Isabella (Wilson) Morrison (1798-1860), the wife of William Morrison (1786-1850). Their children were James Fountain Morrison (died before 1862), Benjamin W. Morrison (1819-bef1862), William Wilson Morrison (1821-1885), Charles Stewart Morrison (1822-1881), Isabella Morrison (1831-1893), and L. Mayes Morrison (1839-1898). At least three of James' sons served in the Civil War. Lt. Fountain Wilson, who served in Co. A., 34th Pennsylvania Infantry, is mentioned in this letter; Pvt. Harry Wilson and Capt. Francis Wilson served later in the war.

$ 500


CONFEDERATE NAVY: CSA 6, 5¢ light blue pair tied by neat AUGUSTA / GA. // AUG / 6 [1862] dcds on homemade cover addressed to "Asst. Paymaster, George H. O'Neal C.S.N., Savannah Georgia", missing top flap, vertical file fold not affecting stamps. Appointed from Florida, O’Neal was stationed on the ironclad CSS Georgia, which defended the river channels below Savannah; she was destroyed by the Confederates during the evacuation of Savannah on December 21, 1864 because she lacked effective locomotive power. Ex Monroe and Myerson. $550.

$ 550


CONFEDERATE NAVY: TALLAHASSEE / FLA // SEP / 25 cds with matching PAID 10 (rate in manuscript – CC Type A) on cover to Sergeant N. W. Eppes, Howel[l] Guards Capt. [Richard] Parkhill, Hon S. R. Mallory, Sec’ry Navy, Richmond, Virginia. Slightly reduced at left. Scarce use to a member of Howell Guards, a Florida Infantry unit. Military records of Eppes and Parkhill and brief bio of Mallory included. Ex Monroe and Myerson. $600.

Nicholas Ware Eppes (1843-1904) was 19 years old when he was mustered in to Co. M, Florida 2nd Infantry, Rain’s Brigade, Army of Peninsula, as a Sergeant. He also served in Co. C, Florida 5th Infantry, Longstreet’s Division, ANV, and Co. H, Florida 1st Cavalry, ATN. He rose in the ranks to 2nd Lieutenant. He was described a 6’ with florid complexion, dark eyes and hair.

Richard C. Parkhill was 23 years old when he enlisted at Tallahassee as a 3rd Lieut and was commissioned into Co. M, Florida 2nd Infantry. He resigned due to disability on 1-13-63. He was severely wounded in the shoulder 6-30-62 at Frazier’s Farm, VA, shortly after his promotion to Captain. Stephen R. Mallory (1812-1873) was the Secretary of the Navy of the Confederate States of America. More information linked herewith.

$ 600


CONFEDERATE NAVY: CSA 11a, 10¢ milky blue, 3 huge margins including bottom sheet margin, stuck to cover with red sealing wafer, tied by beautifully struck neat MONTGOMERY / ALA. // AUG /23 cds on adversity COVER MADE FROM PRINTED U.S. NAVY YARD FORM PENSACOLA FLORIDA, addressed to Mrs. V. C. Kilpatrick, Chocktaw (sic) Corner, Clarke County, Alabama; some toning at bottom, Scarce use. This navy yard surrendered to the Confederacy January 12, 1861, and was reoccupied by Federal forces on May 10, 1862, thus this form was probably carried around for some time before doing duty as a cover. Ex Monroe and Myerson. $550.

$ 550


Confederate Brigadier General Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross: war dated document, back and front, all in secretary’s hand. Headed “HdQrs attacking forces. Attacking Yazoo City Mar 5 1864” addressed to “Major Comdg Redoubt on Benton Road” demanding unconditional surrender of the forces holding the redoubt. “You are surrounded on all sides and cannot possibly effect a retreat. I have no terms to offer other than that you shall receive the treatment due to prisoners of war. A suspension of the firing upon your position for 10 minutes will be allowed in order than your answer may be received. Resply & Co L. S. Rose, Brig Genl.” On the other side, it is addressed to Maj. McKee saying his reply just received and “I regret for the sake of humanity that you do not find it consistent with your feelings of duty to your Government to surrender the Redoubt which I can certainly storm and take. As to the treatment of your men & yourself I will try to have them protected if they surrender during the charge. But you may expect much Bloodshed if you have no reply to make we will resume operations when the white flag is thrown down from your line & mine. Reply L. S. Ross, Brig. Genl.” Although this is a secretarial copy, it is nonetheless historical content and appears contemporaneous. The Yazoo City battle was his first against African-American soldiers. After bitter fighting, the Confederates were victorious. $250.

Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross served as Colonel in command of the 6th Texas Cavalry. In 1886, he was elected Governor of Texas; he was also president of what is now Texas A&M University. Much more information linked herewith.

$ 250


SOLDIER’S LETTER: headed “Camp Security, Darien Ga, February 12th 1862” to his cousin, in which he says in part, The health of our company is improving. We have lost two men from this batallion since I wrote to you last. We have a desease here called “Tonselital” which is a swelling of the throat which is so severe with some that they cannot swallow…and sometimes choke to death...We have been in service nearly seven months and have just succeeded in electing a Colonel Mr. Young of Thomasville. Ours is the 29th Georgia Regiment Georgia Volunteers, we are in the Confederate service and enlisted for twelve months…I was at home to see sister Jane and had the measles fever on me when I left camp and did not know it and i came very near dying two or three times as i had two cases and then a relapse. Every one in this place white and black had them but were very near well when I left. I guess you could get in this company if you wished. I have a negro boy to wait on and cook for me and if you were here you could tent and men with me…Suppose you come down and join our company you cannot get a gun but you can get a pike or spear…There is about one hundred men in ours [company], Capt. G. J. Rockwells Company…I liked to have forgotten to tell you I am going (if I live to see next September) to be married…there is a probability of our being moved from here and sent to Ft. Pulaski. None of the company in Savannah would volunteer to go there and ours has done volunteered but have not heard whether we are accepted.” It is signed but really can’t make it out—looks like “Gussie.”  $400.

$ 400


Confederate Texas document, dated San Antonio, February 1, 1865, approximately 8” x 19” written on blue paper, includes text on both sides of paper. Front message written twice on both ends of page: Headquarters Con. Sert. 1st Con. Dict. Texas S. Antonio Feb 1st / 1865 Capt. I have the honor to acknowledge receipt of your communication of January 19th with three hundred and thirty (330) copies of form No. 1, twenty five (25) copies of form No 2 and three hundred (300) copies of form No.-“ This exact statement is repeated at bottom of page. Additional pencil notes regarding supplies paid for and reference to ratio of Confederate money to specie. Reverse is headed index and on the left from top to bottom a listing of categories including Aliens, Conscript Appeals, Detailed Men, Enrollments, Reserve Corps and the like. On the right side appear to be the names of various men and dates and military unit references. Entire page is interlined with additional notes in brownish ink. At the very base is a nearly indistinguishable pencil notation that includes a reference to Cibolo. Overall condition is sound with folds, stains and edge wear. $200.

$ 200


SPRINGFIELD FACSIMILES – PARTIAL SET of 11 SHEETS of 25, quite scarce. Missing sheets for CSA 6, 12, 14. See Springfield Facsimiles of Confederate Postage Stamps by Steven M. Roth, Francis J. Crown, Jr., Patricia A. Kaufmann. $55.

$ 55


TASCO EDUCATIONAL BOOKLET published by Tatham Stamp & Coin Company, Springfield, Mass., with complete set of Springfield facsimiles, produced in 1934. See Springfield Facsimiles of Confederate Postage Stamps by Steven M. Roth, Francis J. Crown, Jr., Patricia A. Kaufmann. $55.

$ 55


CONFEDERATE STATES CONGRESSIONAL ACT FOR CASES OF SLAVES ABDUCTED OR HARBORED BY THE ENEMY, original one-page original printed document headed "An Act, To Perpetuate Testimony in Cases of Slaves Abducted or Harbored by the Enemy, and of other Property Seized, Wasted, or Destroyed by them. No. 270." enacted by the Congress of the Confederate States of America, approved August 30, 1861. Scarce and desirable. $400.

$ 400


CSA 1, 5¢ green (rounded corner upper right) tied AIKEN / S.C. // MAR / 7 [1862] cds on small ladies cover to “Dr. Richard F. Sams, Beaufort V. Artillery, Hardeeville, S.C.” with excellent 3-page ORIGINAL LETTER headed “Aiken, March 6th 62” from his wife, Carrie. In it she says, in part, “Why did you take so much of your letter to convince me of the utility of your volunteering? I am not opposed to it and am glad you have done so if the President thinks it best now. I once thought we might be annihilated but never subjugated but now do not look on the latter as impossible. When we see 12,000 men surrendering as prisoners of war, towns and cities surrendering shamefully and the men in the very seat of secession submitting to a dishonorable draft, I cannot feel that this is a people that can never be subjugated.” $250.

Dr. Richard Fuller Sams served in Co. A, SC 11th Infantry (AKA 9th Regt SC Infantry) and is also shown in SC Beaufort Light Artillery, Co. C; he was a Hospital Steward at McPhersonville 20 March 1863. Much more information on linked page.

$ 250


CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish blue (peruse tear at bottom) tied CHARLESTON / S.C. // FEB / 6 / 1864 double-circle datestamp on commercially made cover to “A. J. Rumbly, Newbury (sic) C.H., S. Ca.” with ORIGINAL SOLDIER’S LETTER with inventive spelling headed James Island [Charleston Harbor] Febuary the 4 1864” saying Rumbly should come down as there is “a heep of money afloat now…five more of our men gon to the Yankes last Saturday nite (deserters).” Signed J. R. Cramer. Unsure which Cramer this is; more research needed. $125.

$ 125


SLAVE BILL OF SALE: 7 ¼” x 4” document, List of slaves owned by Daniel Michaux on the first day of April 1815 being in the County of Wythe and within the first district of the State of Virginia—twenty one slaves of the following description: Males 5 between 12 and 50 years, 4 under 12, Females 6 between 12 and 50, 6 under 12 years Valued at $5,700.” $250.

$ 250


HUGH JUDSON KILPATRICK autographed letter signed, dated April 12, 1871 on Rathbun House stationery to the Commander of the G.A.R. saying, “I will lecture for you on Monday the 24th ‘Sherman’s March to the Sea’ or ‘Incidents & Battle Scenes of the Rebellion.’” Signed simply “Kilpatrick.” Roughly 8” x 8” square. $200.

Hugh Judson Kilpatrick was one of General Sherman’s most dynamic officers in the Union Cavalry during the Civil War. His aggressiveness earned him the name “Kill Cavalry” from the way he threw his men at the enemy. Much more information on linked page.

$ 200


WINCHESTER [VA] NOV 5 1864 headed UNION SOLDIER’S LETTER to brother to sister (can’t read his signature, perhaps Albert but no last name) saying, in part, We left Cedar Creek Near Strasburg where the late Battle was fought to escort Genl Sheridan down to Martinsburg. We passed Winchester and got about 10 miles beyond and Sheridan was taken sick and we fell back to Winchester. They had to send for an ambulance to carry him a part of the way. They say his sickness was cause by eating some cheese that was given him at a house a little North of here…[Winchester] must have been a very pretty town before the war…Wallace was killed about a mile from here.” First person account of General Sheridan falling ill. $80.  

US Major General Philip Sheridan was noted for his rapid rise to major general and close association with General-in-chief Ulysses S. Grant. He was one of the first to use the “scorched earth” tactics in war. In 1865, his cavalry pursed General Robert E. Lee and was instrumental in forcing his surrender at Appomattox. Much more information on linked page.

$ 80


[UNION GENERAL] A. J. SMITH autographed document, undated, saying, “Write me at St. Louis direct as follows, A. J. Smith, Care of Dr. Robert Simpson N.W., Cor of 3rd … St Louis Mo and believe me Yours Truly, A. J. Smith.” This is likely (but not a certainty) during the war, as he was the chief in command of cavalry in the Department of Missouri. $125.  

US General Andrew Jackson Smith bore a conspicuous share in the crowning victory at the Battle of Nashville, there being brevetted major general. Much more information on linked page.

$ 125


Old Dominion Trading Company / * Richmond, Va. * / 1863 – blind embossed blue commercially made envelope illustrated with steamship. Old Dominion Trading Co. was incorporated in the by an Act of the General Assembly of the State of Virginia on March 25, 1863, “for the purpose of owning, navigating and freighting ships and other vessels engaged in foreign and domestic commerce, trading from the ports of the Confederate States of American, and with powers to purchase and sell and otherwise deal in the products and commodities so freighted. The capital stock of said company shall not be less than one hundred thousand dollars nor more than two million dollars, and shall be held in shares of five hundred dollars each.” Wonderful impression of this BLOCKADE-RUNNING COMPANY LOGO with vessel at the center; nice collateral addition to blockade-run mail collection or page. $75.

Listed in both Blockade and Miscellaneous


$ 75


SMUGGLED MAIL: WOODVILLE / Mi // DEC / 27 [1863] cds and matching [due] 10 (CSA catalog type C with CV $250 – black and white tracing so this marking never seen by current editors) on clean homemade cover to Thomas A. Person, Esq, Louisburg, Franklin Co, North Carolina, with endorsement of “Theophilus Perry, Captain, Co. F. 28 Texas Cavalry D[ismounted]” Undoubtedly SMUGGLED ACROSS THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER and entered the Confederate Mails at Woodville. See the linked letter (not part of this lot but explains this scenario) to Brig. Gen. Ruggles from “D. Ferguson, State Courier for La, Woodville, Miss.” in which Ferguson explains the courier line of which he is a part. Very interesting use. $600. 

Captain Theophilus Perry was killed in action during the battle of Pleasant Hill, La. Detailed bio enclosed, as well as history of the 28th Texas Cavalry and copy of the Courier letter. Much more information on linked page.

Listed in both  Miscellaneous and Mississippi

$ 600


SOUTHERN EXPRESS CO. / MACON / GA. // OCT / 11 bold double circle (CSA catalog type C, CCV $2,500) to Miss Helen Barnwell, Care Capt. Geo. P. Elliott, Grahamville, S.C.  Manuscript “Paid $1.00.” and “Va $100” indicating a money letter which was exempt from CSA postage. Reduced slightly at top, sealed tear at left, top back flap missing. Ex Brown collection. $1,200.

George P. Elliott had service in Confederate General & Staff and is noted as being a commander of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery (Stuart’s Battery). Much more information on linked page.

$ 1,200


Springfield Facsimiles in blocks of four, mounted in 1941 H.E. MacIntosh sales booklet (TASCO). Nice clean complete set in original booklet.   $75.

$ 75


Springfield Facsimiles in blocks of four, produced in 1941 by H.E. MacIntosh (TASCO). Nice clean complete set, unmounted.  $60.

$ 60


Estate Appraisal Inventory of Reuben Dodson, decast (deceased) July 19, 1860, 4 pages bound at top by pink ribbon, 12” x 7 ½” in peacock blue ink, admitted to probate August 6, 1860, by Moses McGuire, Judge of Probate, State of Alabama. Lists all effect of Dodson, e.g., livestock, furniture and 21 NEGRO SLAVES by name and value, ranging from $250 to $1,600. $150.

$ 150


Civil War dated sailor’s letter headed “Calcutta 20th Sept 1861” signed “Your Afft (affectionate) Father, D. Jamsin.” Letter measures 10 ½” x 8 ½” then folded in half to make 4-page letter to Etta. He speaks of accounts of Bull Run (Manassas) in which he states, “the later accts from the U. States seem to contradict the horrible massacres at Bull Run, they have got the whole number of killed down to 150 which is certainly a very small number, compared to the hosts engaged, say from 100 to 150 thousand men the accts all go to prove that the Federal Army proved recreant & cowardly, a fact which spread a gloom over every true American, and is a disgrace to the North.” Today, First Bull Run casualties for the North are estimated at about 3,000 and for the South at about 1,750. The letter continues and is fascinating throughout. He makes mention that war news,  “has a sad effect on trade, particularly on Am. ships as the officer will not take a risk at any rate, particularly to China. Consequently, I am hung up for I don’t know how long…I hope the Yankees will pluck up the courage and not let those Southerners overrun the Country…You know my fate when I come home; consequently, my only way is to keep away as long as possible. Were I there now, I suppose they would think me too old for either the Army or Navy—or Merchant service—at any rate I could get employment South in privateering and I dare say the Boston merchants would drive me to that extremity.” Jamsin may have been an employee of the Indian Rubber Company or working on a ship delivering goods for them. He makes (self?) mention of “Quarter Master Jamsin.” And he says, “I am far more comfortable on board than ashore.” Thin writing paper with expected wrinkling and minor edge damage. It could be that he is serving on the vessel Calcutta or that he is aboard another vessel in Calcutta, India. One of the most interesting letters I’ve read in a long time. $300.

$ 300


Strother [SC] P 5 Aug 14 ‘61” (not so listed in CSA Catalog, “P 5” instead of listed “Pd 5) all in manuscript on 4-page folded letter to Honorable F. W. Pickens, Governor of South Carolina Columbia from William Strother Lyle who is confined at home with a spinal disease and spends most of the letter speculating on the subject of guns and arms in great detail, a very interesting read. The letter is one sheet folded to make four pages. It has a large Eagle watermark. Each of the four pages are 7.75” by 9.75 inches” and folded as mailed is 4.625” x 3.125.”  $350.

Governor Francis Wilkinson Pickens was governor during first part of Civil War. William Strother Lyles was a doctor and surgeon in Fairfield County, SC. Much more information on linked page.

Listed in both  Miscellaneous and S. Carolina

$ 350


John Quincy Marr Document Signed (DS), bank draft (usual official “canceled” bank cuts) dated “Warrenton, Fauq[uier County] Va, Jany 21st 1859” to Cashier of Farmers Bank and signed John Q Marr – the  FIRST CONFEDERATE SOLDIER (and officer) KILLED IN ACTION during the Civil War. VERY RARE AUTOGRAPH. From the John A. Washington files. Extensive documentation on Marr accompanies. $900. 

John Quincy Marr was a graduate and former faculty member of the Virginia Military Institute, Marr had been sent to the field with the Warrenton Rifles, which he had raised after John Brown's raid. Col. Richard S. Ewell stationed Marr's company at the Fairfax Court House, and on June 1, 1861, Company B, 2nd U.S. Cavalry passed through the town, firing a few random shots. After a defense was prepared and the Union forces driven off, it was noticed that Marr was missing. He was later found dead from a wound in the chest. Much more information on linked page.

$ 900


Small note written on front and back by Confederate Dr. William Davis Ewing (4” x 1 ½”) asking that some clothes and a trunk (if it can be locked) be sent to him by express office and to be sure to get a receipt, should they be lost. Instructs it be directed to W. D. Ewing, [Lynchburg] Wayside Hospital, Care of Dr. Bass, Surgeon in Charge. He is afraid of his clothes being stolen, as that is a common problem in the camps. Heavily detailed and interesting bio included. Subject of one of my columns for January 2019. $100.   

William Davis Ewing and Wayside Hospitals - Much detailed information on linked page. Subject of one of my forthcoming columns.

$ 100


Military Courier: cover endorsed “Important: Hd Qrs 4th Regt. La. Cavalry near Simmport [La.] Nov 7th/64” and addressed to Mrs. L. A. Bringier near Chicot, Parish of St. Landry with manuscript directive at bottom, “If Mrs. Bringier be not at home Miss Tureaud will please open this letter & comply with the writer’s request. Lt. B.” $300.

Louis Amádée Bringier was an aide de camp to Colonel John S. Scott in the 4th Louisiana Cavalry, then served as Lt. Colonel of 7th Louisiana Cavalry Regiment 1864 – 1865 and as Colonel and commander of 7th Louisiana Cavalry Regiment, 1865. Many more interesting details on linked page.

$ 300


BROWNSVILLE / TEX // JAN / 20 [1865] rimless cds on CROSS-BORDER folded letter to Jno. Twohigg, Esqr., San Antonio, Texas, from Richard Nugent, headed “Matamoros, January 16, 1865” saying “Your reference is asked to the accompanying circular and doubt not you will be pleased to hear I am well satisfied which tho’ not making me a partner (which I did not desire) will I think afford me sufficient means to support my family comfortably, and educate my children but not in Yankee land.” Some internal tear and faults not affecting content. ORIGINAL PRINTED CIRCULAR headed “Matamoros, January 10, 1865.” from “Hanson & Co., Corner Matamoros and Montezuma Sts.” explaining that they have “made arrangements for receiving and shipping or selling Cotton, as well as filling all orders for general merchandise and Plantation supplies. Mr. Richard Nugent, formerly of New Orleans, has charge of the Cotton department.” On the back of the circular is written a letter highly recommending J. W. Hanson, who is well known and respected in Maryland. Nice TRANS-RIO GRANDE USE carried from Mexico. $1,100.

$ 1,100


CHARLESTON PENNY POST: NINETY SIX / S.C. // JUL / 23 [1861] light blue cds with matching PAID 5 handstamp on cover to “Mrs. Mary C. Gayes, Charlotte St. two doors from Meeting St. Charleston, S.C.” Sender's directive "Care of Penny Post" at lower left, few tiny edge and larger flap tear. Very Fine and Scarce CHARLESTON PENNY POST use during Confederate period. Ex Nielsen and Calhoun. ONLY 5 CHARLESTON CARRIERS ARE LISTED IN THE SIEGEL CENSUS. CSA Catalog #CS-01, CV $3,500.  $2,200.

$ 2,200


“Richland Sta[tion] Ten July 9 / Paid 10 [1861]” on cover to “Edward Stratton, Lexington, Missouri” with blue crayon “Lafayette Co[unty, Missouri].” at lower left and up the side “Opened by order of Col. Comdg. Ironton Mo.” Subject of a Kaufmann article in the July 2019 American Stamp Dealer & Collector. The cover was part of captured mail (no federal or Missouri postal markings), Richland Station was in Sumner County, Tennessee, the 10¢ rate was for a distance farther than 500 miles. The year of use must be 1861, since this area was in federal hands by July 1862 and the rest of the war. Ex Gallagher, Persson and Littlejohn. Extremely RARE ACROSS-THE-LINES EARLY USE FROM CONFEDERATE TENNESSEE TO UNION-HELD MISSOURI. $4,000.

$ 4,000


New 7-23-19

John H. Reagan post-war cut signature (4 ⅛” x 1 ⅛”) with typed Very respectfully, above it. John Henninger Reagan (1818-1905), from the State of Texas, was Confederate Postmaster General during the Civil War. He had a long and illustrious political career before and after the Civil War.   $200. 

$ 200


New 7-23-19

Military courier-carried cover to Maj. Genl. Howell Cobb, Commanding Dept of Florida, Quincy, Fla. with Favored by Capt. John Hull at lower left, pristine. $75.

$ 75


New 7-23-19

PRIZE COURT MAIL presented as evidence of a legal seizure of a blockade-runner. ANDERSON / S.C. // AUG / 26 [1861] with matching handstamped PAID 5, magenta manuscript court docket of “A No 7 / HHE” (Henry H. Elliot), the NEW YORK PRIZE COURT commissioner who initialed it as evidence in the case. This was one of the early prize court cases of the Civil War. Addressed to Emilio Puig, Esqr., Care of Spanish Consul, Charleston S.C. Puig was a Spanish citizen and prominent Catalán businessman who lived in Charleston and was involved in Prize Court cases both in 1861 and 1863. He more than once smuggled mail and important dispatches from Charleston to Cuba aboard blockade vessels.  Under the back flap (flap reinforced with archival document tape) is a note in Spanish to Puig signed “Malga” translating, “Emilio, If Mr. Hall is in Charleston, deliver the enclosed letter to him immediately and if he is not, send it without any delay to Aiken, as it is an important letter.”  Victor Malga was a cousin of Emilio Puig. V. Malga & Co. of Havana was in the import / export business and was connected with the W. P. Hall Co. Malga was a brother-in-law of Hall. Their companies were involved in shipping, maritime trade and blockade running in and out of Charleston during the Civil War. William Peroy Hall was born in Cuba in 1835 (1880 census).  Highlighted in an article in La Posta and a longer article in the American Philatelist  $4,000.

$ 4,000


New 7-24-19

DOBBINS CORRESPONDENCE, FIVE SOLDIERS’ COVERS, all from Phillips Legion Georgia Volunteers, Army of Northern Virginia. William H. Dobbins (1841-1862) was mustered into Phillips’ Legion, Company C, Rifle Battalion, Georgia Volunteers at age 20 on June 11, 1861. He was wounded near Boonsboro, Maryland, September 14, 1862, during the Maryland Campaign and died of his wounds on or about September 15. A death claim was filed in August 1863 by his father, John S. Dobbins, who was a moderately wealthy merchant, planter and statesman from Calhoun, Ga. According to published military history, Phillips’ Legion wasn’t even in the Maryland Campaign yet suffered 113 casualties at Fox’s Gap on September 14, 1862. This appears to be because neither General Drayton nor any of the regimental commanders ever filed a battle report. William was originally reported MIA, which was later corrected to KIA. Casualties suffered at Fox’s Gap by Phillips’ Legion are in the compiled service records and 1906 Georgia Roster Commission records at the Georgia State Archives. There is far more to the story, which you’ll find out when I write up this fascinating story in one of my columns. Five covers as a unit, individual descriptions included on linked page. $800.                     

$ 800


New 9-18-19

6-PAGE SOLDIER'S LETTER: CSA 12, 10¢ blue (4 large margins, LL corner tear) tied AMERICUS / Ga. // OCT / 17 cds on cover to Mrs. E. H. Rutherford, Newberry, South Carolina. Long 6-page soldier’s letter from Elijah to his Aunt Eliza, dated Selma (Ala) Oct 4th / 63. Appears to be the same correspondence but slightly earlier (next letter and cover are from Selma). It says, in part: I suppose you have heard before this of another affliction that has befallen us, the death of my dear brother… It was such a shock to us. We first heard  through Tom Jefferson, who was slightly wounded and came home, that he and dear Samp[son]  fought side-by-side and that he left him at his post still fighting but a few hours had elapsed when another young man came home wounded and brought us the sad intelligence of his death. We heard through Smith Lucy that he was badly wounded in the foot and was getting to the rear when he was struck by a cannon ball. I have been just as anxious as possible about Alfred, but feel somewhat relieved since seeing the list of casualties in the Third South Carolina regiment and his name was not among them.  Poor Samp was so anxious to get a furlough to come home, particularly after William Ship’s death.  I wrote to you some time ago and in the letter to you, I sent one for you to direct to Alfred, and at the same time asking you for his address, so that we could write to him.  It is sad that Clanton’s Legion will be sent to North Alabama now. The boys are delighted at the idea. … George Phillip’s wife and child are out here. She was afraid of being cut off from communicating with George, who is a surgeon in the army, so came out here until after the war George has just left here, has been in a visit to his wife and other relations. Write soon to your affectionate Elij Much more conveyed about other soldiers and their status, both good and bad. Few file splits and tiny piece missing, but a very nice soldier’s letter. $280. LL Listed in both Miscellaneous-1 and CSA 12 Covers, Section 3

Private Elijah Rutherford served ub Company A, South Carolina 22nd Infantry. Much more information on linked page as well as scans of full letter.

$ 280


New 9-18-19

LETTER: CSA 1, 5¢ green, tied peacock blue ink with manuscript postmark of Waynesville G[a] 4 Mch 1862 on folded letter to Miss Gaetnes (?) Mumford, Kingston, Cass Co[unty] Georgia with manuscript directive at lower left Spring Bank. Long 3-page  letter from father to daughter headed Waynesville 1st Mar 62 Sat night saying, in part: The military are on every side me - Capt. A.S.H. at the Tank - Capt. Nichols in the Streets old field & Hopkins is daily receiving large accessions, so that Campbell will soon have a company of his own & of this I am glad for he is a young man the most efficient officer I know. Henry Piles has joined & so has Geor & Daniel Scarlett and some others. L.W.H. & Jas F Th have joined Capt. Lang’s Cavalry Company stationed at present down on the Satilla. Gen[era[l Mercer has gone to Savah (Savannah) & ? now controls everything between the Island and St. Marys…Mr. Atkinson I fear is gradually declining peace meal, our misfortunes of late have distressed him exceedingly and they tell immensely upon us all. But the tide will soon be arrested the next battle at the west will turn in our favor, and yet the losses are to be incalculable & in respect to men irreparable for we shall have none so have to take their places…I had a great talk with all the little negroes about you yesterday. And more. On the outside is written, “This is a ‘Confederate’ stamp and may be some (1491) of value as a souvenir.” I believe the “1491” was erroneously transposed from 1941, as there is an accompanying more modern envelope on which is written in the same hand: One of Precious Father’s letter to me - written in 1862- by his own trembling hand - It has a Jefferson Davis stamps upon it which an old Confederate Veteran tells me is now very valuable. G. M. December 1941. The daughter was well up in years herself by 1941. $675. LL See linked page for links to letter content. Listed in both Miscellaneous-1 and CSA 1 Covers, Section 1

$ 675


New 9-18-19

CSA 4, 5¢ dark blue (4 margins, tiniest edge faults) tied killer with matching SELMA / ALA // MAY / 27 [1862] cds on cover to Mrs. Dr. Thom. Rutherford, Newberry C.H., So Ca Care of Burr Ramage Esq. with long 4-page letter headed Selma May 25th, 1862, to Aunt Elvira in which he says, in part: I have been intending to write for several weeks but the excitement has been so great among the people here, at the prospect of a visit from the “Yankees“ that I too have felt very unsettled though by no means alarmed, for I cannot bring myself to believe they will —— be no fault of theirs as we have 60 of their officers here as prisoners, army through general… Ed has been guarding them now for 24 hours, relieved every two hours. Knows he is mad enough, as last night was very dark and raining a good deal. He went on at nine yesterday morning and is to be off at the same hour this morning. I feel this morning as if I were between two fires. Sampson now is in the fourth regiment Alabama volunteers and they are now within 5 miles of Richmond. Dispatches were received here yesterday that there was heavy skirmishing within 7 miles of Richmond and it is supposed to battle will come off today. Samp is so very thin that he cannot stand the fatigue that he did last summer besides they had very hard times for five weeks. Samp broke down in the March to Yorktown. Some of his friends lent him a horse. And one has just come in as hungry as a wolf. Has not eaten a mouthful since he has been on guard, he is dreadfully trained but has no idea of not going to war. Have just gotten a letter from Samp, he is pretty well and seems to think McClellan will be obliged to fight them soon. Thanks there is no doubt but that we will whip them. (“Samp” was killed in October 1863, per another letter in this same correspondence) The fourth Regiment was not engaged in the battle at Williamsburg. There were three of our Selma boys were wounded and taken prisoner there. They belong to the eighth regiment. Mrs. Calvin Norris‘s son died soon after he was taken prisoner. Mr. Louis Moore‘s son Isaac and Mr. Griffin‘s nephew Sam these are reported dead, though I have not been able to learn positively. Dispatches were received yesterday that there was skirmishing at Corinth and that we had lost one man. It is thought the big fight will come off today. I hope we will be able to hear something of Regt soon.  He has been at Corinth more than two months. I have never heard whether he was in the last battle or not. All we know is that he joined the first Arkansas regiment but that regiment was very…William has just come in to change his coat. He has to stand guard/camp/ till tomorrow morning. You know he will curse, and he thinks this is a fit occasion to make use of an oath. He says he wishes he could see aunt Elvira. He wants to give her one good squeeze. Colonel has just announced to the seventh regiment that orders have come for them to go to Corinth next Saturday. I hope it may be countermanded for it is the greenest set you ever saw, most of them from the upper countries, there have been 10 or 12 cadets from Tuscaloosa here drilling them besides as many from Virginia yet there is a great deal to be done there have been over 100  sometimes in the hospital besides 30 detailed to guard Coosa bridges and the same number to guard the prisoners so they have stood a bad chance of being drilled. Mr. Shepherd was killed at Corinth. This is a partial transcription of less than half the very long and interesting letter. $775. LL  Listed in both Miscellaneous-1 and CSA 4 Covers

Dr. Thomas Brooks Rutherford (1801-1865) of Newberry, S.C., was a physician for 15 years. In 1856-57 he was a member of the State legislature. In 1828, he married Laura Adams (or Atwood - I found conflicting attributions) and together they had five children, one of whom was said to have died in the war October 13, 1864, which is the date of the Battle of Darbytown Road. In the 1860 census slave schedules, Dr. Rutherford was shown as owning 80 slaves. A Rutherford family slave interview is transcribed at I feel there is much to the story that is missing and ripe for research for someone willing to follow the breadcrumbs and sort the accurate from inaccurate information. Elvira Rutherford died at age 75 per Newberry Observer 2-21-1889. The Rutherford men and friends seem to mostly be serving in both Alabama and South Carolina regiments.

$ 775


New 9-18-19

1822 Slave Hire Receipt: Wm Scott May 5th 1822 signed receipt for the hire of slaves Tom, Beck and Israel, hired and received from Joseph G. King at the rate of fifty cents per day. Verso dated 19th August 1822 and signed by King to deliver to Capt. Wm. Scott the within numbered slaves and this shall be your receipt for the same. $250. LL

$ 250


New 9-18-19

1813-1817 Slave Hire Receipt: The Heirs of William Blyth decd (deceased) To Joseph Barnett. Barnett was an attorney for the Heirs of William Blythe. The receipt enumerates monies due for attending to various suits and to hiring out the slaves for the years 1813, 14, 15, 16, 17 and collecting the money for the same 6 per cent, as well as travel to Galatin (sic) Tennessee. $250.  LL

$ 250

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