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ALLEN, HENRY W. (1820-66)

# 7530

Confederate Brigadier General; Confederate Governor of Louisiana - 1864-65

A Virginia native and Louisiana state legislator, Allen led the 4th Louisiana Infantry at Shiloh and Baton Rouge, being wounded at both battles. He was elected Confederate governor of Louisiana in early 1864, serving until the conclusion of the war.

Signature, on a 1 ¼ x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a letter, “Henry W. Allen, Gov[ernor] L[ouisian]a.” This autograph is probably of war date, as Allen became Confederate governor of Louisiana in January 1864, and fled to Mexico immediately after the surrender of the Confederate Department of the Trans-Mississippi on June 2, 1865.  

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BARTON, SETH M. (1829-1900)

# 7546

Confederate Brigadier General

A West Point graduate, Barton began his Confederate service as lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Arkansas Infantry, afterward serving under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley District. He was captured at Vicksburg and exchanged, and was again taken prisoner on April 6, 1865 at Sayler’s Creek, Virginia.

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ¼”, with Confederate rank also in Barton’s hand, “S.M. Barton, late Brig. Genl. C.S.A.”

The card bears light soiling and wear, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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BEAUREGARD, PIERRE G.T. (1818-93)

# 6868

Confederate General - Louisiana

Beauregard commanded the forces which started the Civil War by shelling Fort Sumter, and he went on to serve with distinction at First Manassas, Shiloh, and in the defense of Richmond.

Signature, “G.T. Beauregard, 1879,” on a 2 ¾” x 5 ¼” slip of paper, with the collector’s notation “General G.T. Beauregard, February 4th 1879on the reverse.

The autograph is accompanied by a period steel engraving, depicting Beauregard in Confederate uniform.

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BEAUREGARD, PIERRE G.T. (1818-93)

# 7150

Confederate General - Louisiana

Beauregard commanded the forces which started the Civil War by shelling Fort Sumter, and he went on to serve with distinction at First Manassas, Shiloh, and in the defense of Richmond.

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, front and reverse of a 5 ½” x 9” sheet. Responding to an invitation to take part in a veterans’ tour of the battlefield of First Manassas, Beauregard lists twelve of the Confederate commanders engaged in the battle.


New Orleans, June 20/ [18]88.

Mr. J.H. Tourjee, Norwich, Connecticut.

Dear Sir,

Your favor of the 17th inst[ant] has been received. I think quite favorably of the project you refer to, of an excursion to the Battle field of the 1st Manassas * by the survivors of both Armies, North & South, who participated in that first great battle of the late War. Should my engagements permit it, I would be glad to be present on that interesting occasion.

*on July 21st 1889

I have not time to give you many names of those who were prominent in that battle, but here are a few:

Gen. Jos. E. Johnston, Washington, D.C.; Wade Hampton, U.S. Senate; M.L. Bonham, Columbia, S.C.; J.B. Kershaw; G.W. Smith…New York City; Thos. Jordan, 61 Broadway, [New York City]; Col. A.R. Chisholm; Govr. F.T. Nichols, Baton Rouge, La.; Col. D.B. Penn, New Orleans; Judge S.D. McEnery, Supreme Court; [Judge] H.B. Kelly, Court of Appeals.

I am, y[ou]rs very truly,
G.T. Beauregard


The sheet is lightly and evenly toned, with minor separation at the edges of two horizontal folds, and there is heavier wear and soiling along the folds on the reverse.

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BEE, HAMILTON P. (1822-97)

# 7541

Confederate Brigadier General – Texas; Brother of Killed-in-Action Confederate General Barnard Bee; Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives – 1855-57

A resident of Texas from an early age, Bee served in the Mexican War as lieutenant of Texas Rangers. Elected to the Texas State Legislature in 1849, he served a term as house speaker, 1855-57. Bee was stationed in southern Texas during the early years of the Civil War, and went on to serve in the 1864 Red River Campaign and in Indian Territory at the war’s end.

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¾”, with rank and the command Bee held after the death of Confederate General Thomas Green in the fighting at Blair’s Landing, Louisiana on April 12, 1864 also in Bee's hand - thus, erroneously dated “1862” in an unidentified hand in the lower left corner,

“Hamilton P. Bee, Brigadier General C.S.A., Bee’[s] Division Cavalry, Green’s Corps.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few stains, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

Price: $595.00
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BROOKS, PRESTON S. (1819-57)

# 6683

U.S. Congressman – South Carolina – 1853-57

A Mexican War veteran and two-term Democratic representative from South Carolina, Brooks is most remembered for severely beating abolitionist Massachusetts Senator Charles Sumner in the Senate chamber on May 22, 1856, two days after Sumner’s impassioned speech denouncing the Kansas-Nebraska Act.

Signature, as antebellum U.S. Congressman from South Carolina, P.S. Brooks, Ninety Six. So[uth] Carolina,” on a 1 ¾” x 5 ¾” portion of an album page.

 
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CAMPBELL, JOHN A. (1811-89)

# 7544

Confederate Assistant Secretary of War; U.S. Supreme Court Justice – 1853-61

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, “A[djutant] G[eneral] For attention. By order of Sec[retar]y of War, J.A. Campbell, A[ssistant] S[ecretary] [of] W[ar], 23 June [18]63,” on a 1 ¾” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate document.

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DAVIDSON, HENRY B. (1831-99)

# 7520

Confederate Brigadier General – Tennessee

A Mexican War veteran and West Point graduate, Davidson served at Ft. Donelson, and was captured by Union forces under John Pope at Island No. 10. Subsequently exchanged, he led a brigade in Joseph Wheeler’s Confederate Cavalry during the Chattanooga campaign, and held a late-war cavalry command under Jubal Early.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with closing and rank also in Davidson’s hand “I have the honor to be Very Respectfully, Your Ob[edien]t S[er]v[an]t, H.B. Davidson, Col[onel] Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 2” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a letter. 

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DAVIS, VARINA HOWELL (1826-1906)

# 6602

First Lady of the Confederacy


DAVIS, VARINA ANNE (1864-1898)  Daughter of Jefferson & Varina Davis; Known as the “Daughter of the Confederacy”

Signed Album Page, 4” x 7”, “Varina Jefferson Davis.,” also signed and dated by the Davis’s daughter, Winnie, at their Mississippi home, “Varina Anne Davis, Beauvoir, Miss., Nov 5th 1893,” with the collector’s biographical notations in the lower margin.

Overall condition is excellent, with light, even toning.

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FALCONER, KINLOCH (1838-78)

# 7545

Confederate Major & Assistant Adjutant General; Served on the Staffs of Confederate Generals John B. Villepigue, Joseph Johnston & Braxton Bragg

Signature, with Falconer’s Confederate rank also in his hand, "Kinloch Falconer, A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral],” on a 1” x 3” slip of paper.

The paper is lightly and evenly toned, with old glue staining on the reverse.

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NewFORREST, NATHAN BEDFORD (1821-77)

# 7510

Confederate Lieutenant General – Tennessee

Forrest rose from private in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry to lieutenant general, and is often regarded as the foremost cavalry commander in American history.

Signature, “N.B. Forrest, Memphis,” an exceptional example on a 2 ¼” x 4 ¼” portion of an album page.

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FORREST, NATHAN BEDFORD (1821-77)

# 7512

Confederate Lieutenant General – Tennessee

Forrest rose from private in the 7th Tennessee Cavalry to lieutenant general, and is often regarded as the foremost cavalry commander in American history.

Signature, “N.B. Forrest,” on a ½” x 3” portion of a larger document, probably a check.

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FRY, BIRKETT D. (1822-91)

# 6826

Confederate Brigadier General – Alabama

A Mexican War veteran who had attended both Virginia Military Institute and West Point, Fry led the 13th Alabama at Seven Pines, Sharpsburg, and Chancellorsville. After recovering from wounds received in all three battles, Fry participated in Pickett’s charge at Gettysburg, where he was again wounded and captured. He was exchanged and returned to service before the siege of Petersburg and commanded a district in Georgia, headquartered at Augusta.

War-Date Document Signed, 8” x 13”, Augusta, Georgia, October 12, 1864, “B.D. Fry, Brig[adier] Gen[eral] Commanding Post,a partly printed clothing requisition for soldiers confined in the hospital there. Of the eight Confederates listed, two of the four from Florida regiments were wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, a third at Atlanta. Most notably, Fourth Florida Infantry Private James Herndon, wounded at Chickamauga, was later captured and confined at Camp Chase, Ohio, where he died of disease on April 4, 1865.

There are three vertical folds and several small holes in the center and in the upper margin, none affecting the text of the document.

Price: $2450.00
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GARROTT, ISHAM W. (1816-63)

# 7536

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

A North Carolina native, Garrott moved to Alabama in 1840, serving two terms in the state legislature. When the Civil War broke out, he recruited and was named colonel of the 20th Alabama Infantry. Garrott saw action with the unit at Port Gibson and Vicksburg, where he was killed-in-action in the city’s defenses on June 17, 1863.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¼” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

“Approved & respectfully forwarded, I.W. Garrott, Col[onel] 20th Reg[imen]t Al[abam]a Vol[unteer]s.

The paper bears general soiling and wear, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

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GARTRELL, LUCIUS J. (1821-91)

# 7519

Confederate Brigadier General – Georgia; Confederate Congressman - Georgia; U.S. Congressman – Georgia – 1857-61

A pre-war U.S. Congressman, Gartrell organized & led the 7th Georgia Infantry at First Manassas. He subsequently served a term in the Confederate Congress, returned to military service in 1864, and was wounded while opposing William Tecumseh Sherman’s late-war advance into South Carolina.

Signature, with closing also in Gartrell’s hand, "Very Respectfully, Your ob[edian]t serv[an]t, Lucius J. Gartrell,” on a 1 ¾” x 4” slip of paper, removed from a handwritten letter as pre-war U.S. Congressman from Georgia. The dated heading, “House of Rep[resentative]s, Dec[embe]r 9, 1858,” also in Gartrell’s hand on a 1 ¼” x 4” portion of the letter, is included.

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GATES, ELIJAH (1827-1915)

# 6989

Confederate Colonel – 1st Missouri Cavalry; U.S. Marshal – Western District of Missouri; Missouri State Treasurer-1877-81

A Kentucky native and Buchanan County, Missouri resident, Gates led the 1st Missouri Cavalry under Sterling Price, later Confederate Generals Bowen, Forney, and French. He had four horses shot from under him during the war, being captured three times and wounded five times, losing an arm at the Battle of Franklin. After the war, Gates returned to Missouri, serving as Buchanan County Sheriff, U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Missouri, and State Treasurer.

War-Date Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¼”, as 1st Missouri Cavalry Commander, “Elijah Gates, Col. Commanding 1st Mo. Cavalry C.S.A.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few small stains.

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GIBSON, RANDALL L. (1832-92)

# 6823

Confederate Brigadier General – Louisiana; U.S. Senator – Louisiana – 1883-92

As colonel, Gibson led the 13th Louisiana Infantry at Shiloh, in the Kentucky campaign, and at Chickamauga. Subsequently promoted to brigadier general, he served with distinction at Atlanta, during Hood's late-war invasion of Tennessee, and in the defense of Spanish Fort, Alabama. An attorney by profession, Gibson served as U.S. Congressman, Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, and president of the board of administrators for Tulane University after the war.

Rounding up Deserters from the 13th Louisiana for the Battles of Franklin and Nashville

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, on the reverse of a letter, 8” x 10”, directing 13th Louisiana Captain James Lingan to Jackson, Mississippi to apprehend “absentees and deserters” from the regiment. The officer to whom Captain Lingan is ordered to report, Major Michael O. Tracey, was severely wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro on December 31, 1862, requiring the amputation of his right leg.


“H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs Gibson’s Brigade, Florence, Ala[bama], Nov[ember] 10th 1864. Captain James Lingan will proceed to Mobile or to any other point than Jackson at which he may ascertain Major Tracy to be stationed. R.L. Gibson, Brig. Genl.”
The field order to which Gibson is responding, desirably imprinted from the Army of Tennessee Headquarters of Commanding General John B. Hood, through Confederate Lieutenant General Stephen D. Lee, in full:

“Head-Quarters Army of Tennessee. In the Field, November 9th 1864. Field Special Orders No. 144…The following named Officers of Gibson’s Brigade are detailed for Sixty (60) days, and will report to Major M.O. Tracy, 13th La. Regt., at Jackson, Miss. for the purpose of collecting all absentees and deserters from Gibson’s Brigade. Captain James Lingan, Co. B., Austin’s Battalion. By Command of General Hood, Jas. Cooper, Capt. & A.A.A.G.”


Forced from Atlanta by Union General William Tecumseh Sherman two months earlier, Hood’s Army of Tennessee had by late October 1864 moved into northern Alabama, capturing Florence and positioning itself to strike at Nashville. Aware of his desperate situation, Hood attempts in this order to gather all remaining men available for the upcoming offensive. Just three weeks later, Hood’s army was nearly destroyed at the battle of Franklin, where Generals Cleburne, Gist, Adams, Strahl, Carter, and Granbury were killed or mortally wounded.

Several junior officers and adjutants have further endorsed the document, and there are three official stamps from the Quartermasters Department in Selma, Alabama at mid-left. There is general soiling and wear throughout, and crude archival tape reinforcement of two folds on the letter side, opposite Gibson’s endorsement, could easily be repaired by a professional conservator.

Price: $1600.00
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GILMER, JEREMY F. (1818-83)

# 7552

Confederate Major General – North Carolina

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Gilmer was wounded at the battle of Shiloh while serving as chief engineer to Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, who was killed in the first day’s fighting. Afterward, he served as chief engineer in the Department of Northern Virginia and of the Confederate War Department.

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, “Returned disapp[rove]d. J.F. Gilmer, Maj. Genl,” on a 2 ½” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger Confederate document. Above Gilmer’s endorsement is the initialed notation of Confederate War Secretary James Seddon, “Not accepted. J.S.S. 22 Sep[tember] [18]64.”

The paper has general soiling and wear, and it has been tipped to a slightly larger sheet.

Price: $950.00
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GOODMAN, WALTER A. (?-?)

# 7531

Confederate Captain; Staff Officer to General James Chalmers; Delivered Nathan Bedford Forrest’s Demand for the Surrender of the Union Garrison at Ft. Pillow

Signed Card, 1 ½” x 3 ½”, Walter A. Goodman, Capt[ain] & A[ssistant] A[djutant] Gen[era]l, Forrest’s Cavalry."

Overall condition is very good, with a small surface abrasion in the lower right corner, along with old glue staining on the reverse.

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GORDON, JOHN B. (1832-1904)

# 7516

Confederate Major General - Georgia

Gordon served with distinction in the Army of Northern Virginia from First Manassas through Appomattox. After the war, he served as Georgia Governor and as United States Senator from the state.

Signature, “J.B. Gordon,” on a 1 ¼” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

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