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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.


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

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


# 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.


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.



# 7513

Confederate Brigadier General – Alabama

After early-war service with the 3rd, 11th, and 43rd Alabama Infantries, Gracie saw action in the Kentucky campaign and at Chickamauga. Transferred east, he served under Beauregard in the May 1864 James River campaigns and in the trenches at Petersburg, where he was killed by an exploding artillery shell on December 2, 1864.

War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, 1 ¼” x 3”, removed from a larger document dealing with deceased Confederate soldiers (from text on the reverse).

“Approved, A. Gracie, Jr., Brig[adier] Gen[era]l.”

There is old glue staining on the reverse, and the slip of paper has been clipped diagonally at the left and right edges.

Price: $1750.00

HAMPTON, WADE (1818-1902)

# 7515

Confederate Lieutenant General– South Carolina; Governor of South Carolina – 1876-79; Democratic U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1879-91

Hampton served with distinction from First Manassas through the surrender of Joseph Johnston in North Carolina, becoming, along with Nathan Bedford Forrest and Richard Taylor, one of only three civilians to attain the rank of lieutenant general.

War-Date Signature & Rank

Civil War-Date Signature, with rank, “Wade Hampton, Brig. Genl.” on a ½” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate requisition document.



# 6814

Confederate Brigadier General – Kentucky; Brother-in-Law of Abraham Lincoln

A West Point graduate, attorney, and antebellum Kentucky state legislator, Helm married the half sister of Mary Todd Lincoln in 1856. When the Civil War broke out five years later, he declined a position in the Federal Army, offered by President Lincoln; instead joining the Confederate cause, Helm organized and led the 1st Kentucky Cavalry. Promoted brigadier general just before the battle of Shiloh, Helm saw action at Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, and Chickamauga, where he was mortally wounded while leading a brigade under Confederate Major General John C. Breckinridge in the Army of Tennessee.

War-Date Signature, “B.H. Helm, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[ing],” an extremely rare example on a 1 ½” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a letter.



# 7838

(3) Documents, the largest 8 ½ x 9”, two others 7 ¾” x 7 ¾”, partly printed forms, Tampa, Florida, imprinted “REDEMPTION CERTIFICATE, STATE OF FLORIDA, Hillsborough County.” Concerning land in Tampa, Florida that was sold for non-payment of taxes, and signed SECRETARIALLY for Circuit Court Clerk Henry L. Mitchell, former governor of Florida, two documents are dated December 27, 1900, and convey “…Lot 8 Mugges sub…of Mitchells sub” to “J. Henry Krause.” Dated November 11, 1898, the largest of the three conveys “Lot 10, Blk. 17, Highland Park” to the same individual.

Born in Germany, John Henry Krause settled in Tampa in 1855, worked as a blacksmith and wagon manufacturer, and served in the 7th Florida Infantry, Confederate, during the Civil War. He was involved in numerous business ventures afterward, most notably as a partner in the Hava-Tampa Cigar Company.

The family of Henry Laurens Mitchell moved from near Birmingham, Alabama to Tampa, Florida when young Mitchell was fifteen years old. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at the age of eighteen. He enlisted in the Confederate Army at Tampa on June 6, 1861 as first lieutenant, rising to the rank of captain in the 4th Florida Infantry before resigning to take his elected seat in the Florida House of Representatives in 1863. He was re-elected in 1873 and 1875, served as associate justice in the Florida Supreme Court, 1888-91, Florida governor, 1893-97, and circuit court clerk and treasurer for Hillsborough County until his death in 1903.

Worthy of further research as to the disposition of the land, the documents exhibit the expected horizontal folds, along with several minor stains and small edge nicks and tears. As illustrated, one of the smaller documents has paper loss in the left margin, not affecting the text of the document.

Was: $125.00  SALE Price:  $75.00
List Price: $125.00

HUNTON, EPPA (1822-1908)

# 7523

Confederate Brigadier General – Virginia; U.S. Congressman – Virginia – 1873-81; U.S. Senator – Virginia – 1892-95

After entering Confederate service as colonel of the 8th Virginia Infantry, Hunton served with the Army of Northern Virginia from First Manassas until his capture at Sayler’s Creek in 1865. He was wounded-in-action in Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863. After the war, Hunton resumed the practice of law and served in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Signature, possibly war-date, with the rank Hunton held from August 9, 1863 through war’s end, “Eppa Hunton, Brig. Genl.,” on a 1” x 3 ½” slip of paper.

Boldly signed, with minor show-through of old glue staining on the reverse.

Price: $650.00


# 6840

Wife of Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson

Autograph Letter Signed, two pages, on individual 5” x 8” sheets, with social content to a recipient identified only as Mrs. Norcross. It is very likely that Mrs. Jackson was in California at this time to be near her daughter, Julia Jackson Christian, shortly before she gave birth to a daughter, also named Julia, on June 5, 1887.

San Diego, California, March 21st 1887. My dear Mrs. Norcross, Yours of the 13th has just found me in California! as you will see from the heading of my letter. I am very sorry that we missed seeing you as you passed through Richmond, for it would have given both my daughter and myself sincere pleasure to meet you again. This is a changing and uncertain world. We had no idea one year ago that we would now be in this far off land, but Providence seemed to guide us here, and we find a most charming climate, and have been blest with good health. We hope our sojourn here may be only temporary, and that we may be permitted to return to Virginia in a few years at best. We will trust to be more fortunate in meeting you the next time you come south. With our kind regards and best wishes, I am Sincerely yours, M.A. Jackson. P.O. Box 312.”

Both sheets are lightly and evenly toned, with the usual horizontal folds.



# 7035

Confederate Lieutenant General – Virginia

After entering Confederate service as Colonel of Virginia Militia, Jackson earned the sobriquet "Stonewall" at First Manassas, serving brilliantly from the Valley Campaign through Second Manassas, Sharpsburg, and Chancellorsville. He was accidentally wounded by his own troops while returning from a personal reconnaissance of the Union position at Chancellorsville, and died on May 10, 1863.

War-Date Document Signed, 4 ½” x 6 ½”, May 1, 1861, as early-war colonel of Virginia Volunteers, “T.J. Jackson, Col. Va. Vols.,” a partly printed field-press requisition for pens and pen holders, accomplished in another hand.

There is slightly heavier toning along the right edge, with two horizontal folds, and the document is closely trimmed at the bottom, affecting several letters in Jackson’s rank.


NewJACKSON, THOMAS J. "STONEWALL” (1824-63) Confederate Lieutenant General – Virginia; Mortally Wounded at The Battle of Chancellorsville

# 7884

Original Steel Engraving, 8” x 10 ¼” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 5 ½” x 7 ½” image of Jackson in Confederate uniform.

Lightly and evenly toned, with several light stains and creases in the margins.


KANSAS-NEBRASKA ACT – Southern Congressmen Petition the Attorney General for a Pro-Slavery Judicial Appointment in the New Territories

# 6833

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, a manuscript petition signed by five Democratic U.S. Congressmen from the South: James L. Seward - Georgia; Elijah W. Chastain - Georgia; Alfred H. Colquitt - Georgia; William B.W. Dent - Georgia; Sampson W. Harris – Alabama. Addressing Attorney General Caleb Cushing just two days after the U.S. Senate approved the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the letter recommends the appointment of Edward R. Harden, formerly a Democratic state congressman in Georgia, to a judicial post in the new territories.

Washington City, March 6, 1854. Hon[orable] Caleb Cushing. The undersigned beg leave to recommend to your favorable consideration Edward R. Harden of Georgia as worthy of an appointment to the office of Associate Judge for the territory of Nebraska or Kansas in the event of the organization of those Territories. Mr. Harden is a man of high character & distinguished legal ability & would fill this office with honor to himself & to the Country. It will not be improper to say that Mr. Harden is a democrat & a warm & ardent friend of the administration, and we hope it will be consistent with your views of the public interest to confer upon him the appointment asked. Respectfully, James L. Seward, E.W. Chastain, Alfred H. Colquitt, Wm. B.W. Dent, Sampson W. Harris.
Passed by the U.S. Senate on the morning of March 4, 1854, destined for approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, and signed by pro-southern President Franklin Pierce on May 30, 1854, the Kansas-Nebraska Act introduced the provision of popular sovereignty, allowing the issue of slavery to be decided by a vote of the settlers in the new territories. Immigrants on both sides of the slavery question soon converged on Kansas and Nebraska, setting the stage for clashes, some violent, between the factions. Likewise, the signers of this petition immediately seized the opportunity to influence the territorial judiciary. Their effort was amply rewarded, as Harden was soon appointed justice on the Nebraska Territory Supreme Court, serving from 1854 to 1857.

During the Civil War, Edward Harden served as Confederate colonel, Elijah Chastain served as lieutenant colonel of the First Georgia Infantry, and Alfred Colquitt rose to the rank of brigadier general in Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia.

Condition is excellent, with the expected light toning and folds.



# 7538

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

An 1836 West Point graduate and officer of engineers, Leadbetter's primary function during the Civil War was in the construction of defenses and fortifications, most notably at Mobile, Chattanooga, and Knoxville.

Document Signed, 2” x 7 ½”, Mobile, Alabama, "D. Leadbetter, Col[onel] & Eng[inee]r,” with the manuscript portion of the date also accomplished by Leadbetter, “Feby. 23, 1861,a printed early Confederate receipt for stores received from Alabama Quartermaster General Duff Green - less than two months before the outbreak of the Civil War.

Price: $495.00

LEE, FITZHUGH (1835-1905)

# 7518

Confederate Major General - Virginia

A nephew of Robert E. Lee, Fitzhugh Lee directed cavalry during Jeb Stuart’s ride around McClellan, and fought from Antietam and Gettysburg through Appomattox. He served as post-war Governor of Virginia.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¼” x 4” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

“Approved, Fitz Lee, Brig[adier] Gen[era]l Com[man]d[in]g.”

Excellent overall, with minor show-through of old glue staining from the reverse.

Price: $650.00

LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 6212

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Returning the Remains of a Young Lieutenant Who Died in Texas to His Father in Pennsylvania

Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, to John Dick, a prominent Pennsylvania banker and businessman, later a U.S. Congressman from 1853 to 1859. While in command of his first fort, Camp Cooper, established in northern Texas to protect the frontier from hostile Indians, Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee resends information relating to the return of the remains of Dick’s son, 2nd Lieutenant George McGunnigle Dick, in light of the possible loss of his previous letter on the subject. That communication, Lee suspects, may have been carried aboard the steamer Louisiana, when it burned and sank in the harbor of Galveston, Texas on May 31, 1857.

“Hon[ora]ble John Dick, Meadville, P[ennsylvani]a. Camp in Clear fork of Brazos, 13 July 1857. Dear Sir, Having seen a statement in the papers that the letters that had reached Indianola from about the 20 to the 30 May had all been lost in the mails shipped aboard the Steamer Louisiana, & as my letter to you of the 6 May should have been at Indianola about that time, I have determined to send to you a Copy, that you might see why your letter of 10 Sept. [18]’56 had been so long unack[nowledge]d, should the original have been lost, & that I had given such attention to your inquiries as I was able. I hope my letter of the 19th May reached you safely, & that you will have rec[eive]d w[ith] this the remains of your Son, forw[arde]d at that time to the Messrs. Thorps, who were also written to. I made arrangements for their shipment from Indianola, & have heard of their safe passage through San Antonio. With Sentiments of esteem & respect I am very resp[ectfull]y your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, R.E. Lee.”

During a forty-day expedition which scouted the headwaters of the Colorado, Brazos, and Wichita rivers, begun in early June, 1856, the four cavalry squadrons in Lee’s command had several encounters with hostile Comanche Indians. The available records indicate that Lieutenant Dick died at Camp Cooper on July 31, 1856 - just eight days after Lee’s return.  It is unknown if he died of wounds received during the expedition, or due to an illness or an injury that occurred at the notoriously harsh Camp Cooper.

The letter is in excellent condition, with slight discoloration along portions of the usual folds and superficial paper breaks at their intersections.


LEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70)

# 7506

Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

Document Signed, 8” x 10 ½”, as President of Washington College, Lexington Virginia, April 28, 1867, “R.E. Lee,” the partly printed report card for a student, “Mr. Edwin T. Dumble,” in the subjects of Latin, Greek, and Mathematics.

Born in Madison, Indiana in 1852, Edwin Dumble moved to Galveston, Texas with his family as an infant. His education at Washington College was twice interrupted by reversals in his father’s cotton and lumber businesses. He later served as an executive in several oil companies – most notably the Southern Pacific, the Rio Bravo, and the East Coast Oil Companies - and as Texas State Geologist from 1887 to 1897. In 1924, Dumble received a doctorate of science from his early alma mater, now Washington and Lee University, before retiring to Virginia. He died in 1927.

In excellent condition overall, the document is lightly and evenly toned, with a few superficial stains. There are two small pinholes along one of the usual folds, none of which passes through Lee’s signature.


NewLEE, ROBERT E. (1807-70) Confederate General & Commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

# 7854

Original Steel Engraving, 6 ½” x 10” overall, with a printed facsimile letter closing and signature beneath an exquisite, pristine 3 ¾” x 5” image of Lee in Confederate uniform, imprinted “New York, D. Appleton & Co.”

Price: $60.00


# 6923

Confederate Lieutenant General – South Carolina

Longstreet saw action from First Manassas through Appomattox, becoming Lee’s senior lieutenant general in the Army of Northern Virginia. He held post-war positions in the Grant, McKinley, and Roosevelt administrations.

An Autograph for a Collector – at the Thirtieth Anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg

Signature, with sentiment, “Yours Truly, James Longstreet,” on the third page of a folded 5” x 8” letter-sheet. The autograph has been executed for one Edgar T. Read, whose letter requesting Longstreet’s signature is situated on the first letter-sheet page. Interestingly, Read’s query was made on the thirtieth anniversary of the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg.

314 N. Monroe Street, Baltimore, July 1, 1893. General James Longstreet, Gainesville, G[eorgi]a. Sir: I take the liberty of writing, and asking of you a favor. I am endeavoring to obtain a small collection of autographic letters &c. of Confederate Generals. The late Gen. Beauregard was kind enough to be the first of my collection. If it is not too much trouble, may I hope for a reply from You? Yours respectfully, Edgar T. Read.”

The letter-sheet is lightly and evenly toned, with several superficial edge chips, and there are old mounting remnants on the second page; slightly heavier toning around Longstreet’s signature detracts very little.

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