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RANSOM, MATTHEW W. (1826-1904)

# 6825
Confederate Brigadier General -
North Carolina; U.S. Senator – North Carolina – 1875-92   
After enlisting as a private in the 1st North Carolina shortly after war broke out, Ransom led the 35th North Carolina from Seven Pines through the siege of Petersburg. He was wounded three times during the war, afterward serving as U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1872-95.
“Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough…”
War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, on two 8 ½” x 10 ¾” sheets. 
From the Confederate encampment in northern Virginia, Ransom sorrowfully writes to his wife just a few days before Christmas of the war’s first winter, discussing gifts for her and their children, the death of their daughter, and his loneliness at being away during the holiday. Ransom’s very detailed instructions for the operation of his North Carolina plantation include treatment of the slaves, in part – “…Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough. And tell Dr. Roberts to put everything at the neck in charge of Jack until the new overseer comes… Tell Mr. Cox to see that all my sheep are gathered up & to give an order that no other Negroes are to come on the place during the Holidays…”
In full:                                                                   Camp Bee, Dec. 21st [18]61

My precious wife -
Yesterday I wrote you a short note from Fredericksburg. I hope the Geese will go safely & amuse the dear boys. There was nothing in the place to send them for Christmas. I trust tho that you can get something for them. I can not find a nice shoe here for you. Mr. Schlop tho’ will surely get them for you. I ordered from Messrs. Donnan & Johnston, Petersburg 30 lbs. nice white sugar to be sent you. I guess you will need some candles, etc., if so let me know and I will send you the money, or you can write immediately to Messrs. D & J & direct them to send me the bill. Be sure & have what you wish. I wish so much that your sister may come up. There is no danger from the sickness.
I can not tell you how sadly disappointed I am in not being to see you at Christmas. Col. Stokes wishes to go home & as I have been absent since he was, it is right that I should give way.
You must not think of it tho, darling, for the time will soon pass and we will be together. As soon as he returns I will go & that will not be very long. And yet for me I almost dread to go home. I hate so much to undergo afresh the pangs the place will revive. And that sorrow has been so heavy that this disappointment, bitter as it is, seems like nothing. I am not, precious, like I was at all. This grief has changed the face of the whole world to me and I can not recover from it. I fear now that I can see but little more pleasure in anything, but I will try very hard to do right and that will make everything better. How dark the House must now be to you, My own dearest child, that sweet light removed forever. But it will be so blessed to meet her in a brighter world, as I pray we all may. But I am too sad this morning to write you. I still love you, Sweetest, more sacredly & true than ever. But Oh, I do miss our little daughter so much.
I am greatly provoked at Mr. Branch. But tell Dr. Roberts (the overseer), if Allen is not seriously injured, to sell Mr. B. two mules - at $150 each - either Molly, Jolly, Bet, Fan, Ruben, Prince, Jim, Kate, or Jenny Ribbons. He can take any two of them at $300. I will not part with the others.
Let the Negroes have Christmas until Monday, that is long enough. And tell Dr. Roberts to put everything at the neck in charge of Jack until the new overseer comes.
Tell Dr. Roberts to make Mr. Branch get up all the tools, etc. & give him a list of them.
I will send you the balance of Mr. B's pay in a few days, unless Allen is injured; if he is I do not mean to pay him.
Tell Mr. Cox to keep on with me. He & I will bargain when I get home.
If the New Overseer at the neck has no bedding, You must do the best you can for him, but ask the Dr. to persuade him to furnish his own furniture, if I have to pay $25 extra for it, or even more.
Make them at both places (the two plantations) go right on & save the crop after Christmas.
I shall write to Mr. Newsum to hire Crawford again. After Christmas, Jarrall & Allen must both return to the River.
I do not wish the hogs killed until I go home.
If Rom sends his mare to our house have her well attended to & not used.
Tell Mr. Cox to see that all my sheep are gotten up & to give an order that no other Negroes are to come on the place during the Holidays.
Ask Dr. Roberts to drive down every day to the neck & see that the mules are fed & watered & the hogs attended to. A few days neglect will ruin them.
And in everything, my precious darling, do the best you can & just as you wish. 
I am feeling too badly this morning to write. I will be home surely by 1st Feb. 
Kiss the darling boys for me & tell them how I love them. 
Do write very often. I am very well today, but sad. 
I will write you almost daily.
With my whole soul.
                                                                          Yours forever,
                                                                          M.W. Ransom

Both sheets bear light soiling and wear, and several tears, mostly at or near the usual folds, have been neatly repaired with archival tape on their reverses.

Price: $2700.00

SHELLEY, CHARLES M. (1833-1907)

# 6819

Confederate Brigadier General - Alabama

A Tennessee native, Shelley recruited and led the 30th Alabama Infantry during the campaign and siege of Vicksburg, where he was captured and paroled. He subsequently saw action in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga through Franklin, having been appointed brigadier general from September 17, 1864. After the war, Shelley served four consecutive terms as a Democratic U.S. Congressman from Alabama.

War-Date Endorsement Signed, “Approved & Respectfully forwarded. C.M. Shelley, Col[onel] Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 1 ¾” x 3 ¼” portion of a Confederate document.

While post-war autographs of Shelley are common, war-date pieces are rarely encountered. There is light, even toning, along with heavy mounting remnants on the reverse.

Price: $750.00


# 6476

Confederate Vice President - Georgia

Despite his unionist stance as congressman from Georgia, Stephens followed his native state to the Confederacy, becoming a representative in the Provisional Congress, a position he retained even after assuming the Vice Presidency. After the war, he returned to the U.S. House of Representatives from 1873 through 1882. 

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, three pages on a folded 4” x 6 ¼” letter-sheet, as Confederate Vice President, recommending a young engineer, Assistant Master of the Confederate Armory at Richmond, Virginia, Amassa Ring, formerly in the employ of the armory at Harpers Ferry, to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown. 

“Richmond, Va., 29 March 1862, His Excellency Joseph E. Brown, Milledgeville, Ga. Dear Sir, Mr. Amassa W. Ring, a engineer who is now 1st Ass[istan]t Master of the Confederate States Armory in this city wishes to get employment in the manufacture of arms in our state. I consider him well qualified – superior quality to Mr. Jones who I understand is now in the Service of the State. Mr. Ring is quite a mechanical genius – sober, young [?] comprehensive and combining in business some of the rarest and best qualities of a artful & practical man I ever saw combined in any one character. He was in the U.S. Coast Survey up to the secession of Ga. He after that went to Harpers Ferry & from there to this city. I feel assured if you have any business for such a man a better or fitter one cannot be got in the Confederacy if in the Government. Yours truly, Alexander H. Stephens.”

Just two weeks earlier, Union General George B. McClellan had begun floating the enormous Federal Army of the Potomac down the Chesapeake to the tip of the York-James Peninsula. Anticipating the imminent campaign to take Richmond, along with the possible evacuation of the city and abandonment of its military stores and production facilities, Stephens predictably takes a position favorable to his native state by suggesting Ring to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown. Despite McClellan’s failure to take Richmond in the spring of 1862, much of the South’s war industry was soon shifted to less threatened areas, most notably to the Confederate States Armory at Macon, Georgia.

Lightly and evenly toned, with the usual folds; brushing, spotting and offsetting of ink throughout.



# 7547

Confederate Major General - Virginia

After entering Confederate service with the 53rd Virginia, Stevenson fought in the Kentucky campaign, at Vicksburg, and in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee from Chattanooga through Bentonville, except Franklin.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, “Resp[ectfull]y forwarded, C.L. Stevenson, Major Genl. Com[man]d[ing],” on a 1 ¾” x 3” slip of paper, removed from a larger Confederate document.


THOMAS, WILLIAM H. (1805-93)

# 6780

Confederate Colonel - North Carolina; Commanded Thomas’s Cherokee Legion; White Chief of the Oconaluftee Cherokee

Document Signed, Charleston, South Carolina, June 13, 1838, “Wm. H. Thomas,” a partly printed 3 ¼” x 7” promissory note, payable to James W.Y. Watson for $258.82.

The document has light toning, soiling, and wear, along with the expected folds.


VOLCK, ADALBERT J. (1828-1912)

# 7182

Bavarian-Born Political Cartoonist & Caricaturist

A dentist by vocation, Volck supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. He savaged President Lincoln and the Union cause in political cartoons, acted as a courier for Confederate President Jefferson Davis, and smuggled goods for the Confederate Army.

Autograph Document Signed, 4 ¼” x 7”, Baltimore, Maryland, April 26, 1878, “A.J. Volck,” a partly printed receipt for $37 on Volck’s Baltimore dental practice, received from a Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Neville; also fully accomplished by Volck, thus bearing a second signature in the heading.

The receipt is lightly and evenly toned, with light vertical folds.


WALKER, HENRY H. (1832-1912)

# 7542

Confederate Brigadier General – Virginia

A Virginia native and West Point graduate, Walker led the 40th Virginia Infantry during the Seven Days, where he was wounded twice at Gaines’ Mill. Returning to his unit after recovering from the wounds, he saw action at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House, where a severe wound caused the amputation of his foot.  Unfit for further field duty, Walker held a command defending the Richmond & Danville Railroad during the final weeks of the war.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with rank in another hand, "H.H. Walker, Brig. General,on a 1” x 3 ¾” slip of paper, removed from a larger letter or document.

There is old glue staining on the reverse, which bears the military docketing, “Aug. 1, 1863,” in an unidentified hand.

Price: $595.00

WAYNE, HENRY C. (1815-83)

# 6822

Confederate Brigadier General – Georgia

A West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, Wayne’s primary Civil War service was as adjutant and inspector general of Georgia.

War-Date Document Signed, Milledgeville, Georgia, August 10, 1863, “Henry C. Wayne,” as adjutant and inspector general of Confederate Georgia, an imprinted 8 ½” x 11” form informing “Lt. J[ames M.] Smith, Talbotton, Geo[rgia]” of his appointment to “2nd Lieut[enant] of the old Guard in the Six months troops for local defence” by Governor Joseph Brown.

The document is evenly toned, with several folds and light creases, along with a few superficial edge tears.

Price: $695.00

WHARTON, JOHN A. (1828-65)

# 7532

Confederate Major General - Texas

Born in Tennessee, Wharton moved to Texas with his family at an early age. He was a member of the state secession convention, and entered Confederate service as captain in a company of the 8th Texas Cavalry – Colonel B.F. Terry’s Texas Rangers. Wharton was wounded at the battle of Shiloh, served in the Kentucky campaign of 1862, held a cavalry command under Forrest and Wheeler at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and served in the Trans-Mississippi near the war’s end. He was killed on April 6, 1865 by 2nd Texas Cavalry Colonel George W. Baylor in a quarrel at a Houston, Texas hotel.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, Jno. A. Wharton, Brig. Genl. Com[man]d[in]g Cav[alry] Brig[ade],” on a ¾” x 4 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a Confederate letter or document.

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