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NewPASCO, SAMUEL (1834-1917)

# 7764

Confederate Soldier – 3rd Florida Infantry; Wounded and taken prisoner at Missionary Ridge, Tennessee – November 25, 1863; U.S. Senator – Florida – 1887-99; Appointed to the Isthmian Canal Commission by President William McKinley on June 9, 1899; Principal of Waukeenah Academy, near Monticello, Florida – 1860-61 & 1865-66; Namesake of Pasco County, Florida

Typed Letter Signed, as U.S. Senator on imprinted 8 ½” x 11” stationery. In a concise communication, Senator Pasco refers one Ellis D. Robb of Eldorado, Georgia to the War and Navy Departments for the addresses of several military officers, Medal of Honor recipient and Spanish-American War Major General William R. Shafter only being mentioned by name.

“Washington, D.C., Feb[ruary] 18, 1899. Ellis D. Robb, Esq[uire], Eldorado, Georgia. Dear Sir; Yours of the 17th, making inquiry relative to Gen. Shafter and others, has been received. So far as I know none of these officers are in Florida. If you wish to get letters to them, you can address the army officers in care of the War Department and the Naval officer in care of the Navy Department, at Washington; and I feel sure that if thus addressed they will be forwarded to them, wherever they may be. Yours very truly, S. Pasco."

The letter is lightly and evenly toned with scattered stains, as well as several nicks, tears, and small breaks in the paper at the margins and edges. There is weakness and clean separation at the edges of a horizontal fold at the center, along with bleeding to the ink in Pasco’s signature.



# 6855

Confederate Governor of South Carolina – 1860-62; U.S. Congressman – South Carolina – 1834-43

Civil War-Date Autograph Letter Signed, 8” x 10”, on imprinted stationery as Confederate Governor of South Carolina. Shortly after the outbreak of war, Pickens instructs the commissary general in the payment and distribution of rations for troops in the new South Carolina regiments.

4 June 1861To Commissary Gen[era]l Walker. Sir, I rec[eive]d yours of this inst[ant]. Capt[ain] Elliot’s company appear to have rec[eive]d rations at 40 c[en]ts – and the service was for twenty four days – and the highest Army ration is 30 c[en]ts. The $488.10 is the highest one paid. This of course includes beef & vegetables, & the bill for $151.75 cannot be allowed. As to temporary supplies to Gen[era]l Garlington, Col[one]l Rion, and Col[one]l Blandings command, you might furnish for a day or so. Please see that the supplies left by Cash’s reg[imen]t at Florence are taken care of & held or brought to the city, & so of Burns & Jenkins & all the other reg[imen]ts. F.W. Pickens.”

There is light, even toning, along with two horizontal folds and smudging of ink to several letters of text.


PRESTON, JOHN S. (1809-81)

# 7533

Confederate Brigadier General - Virginia

A Virginia native and pre-war attorney, Preston served on the staff of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard during the bombardment of Ft. Sumter and at the battle of First Manassas. He later served in command of conscript and prison camps, and as superintendant of the Confederate Bureau of Conscription in Richmond.

War-Date Signature

Civil War-Date Signature, with the rank Preston held from April 23, 1863 until June 10, 1864 in another hand, Jno. S. Preston, Col[onel] A[ssistant] A[djutant] Genl. Com[man]d[in]g,” on a 2” x 4 ½” slip of paper.



# 6751

U.S. Senator – South Carolina – 1833-42 – Nullifier & Whig Parties

A contemporary who served alongside John C. Calhoun as a U.S. Senator from South Carolina, Preston shared Calhoun’s views on nullification and states’ rights.

Autograph Letter Signed, 5” x 8”, undated, to a “Mrs. Gilman.”

“…My dear Madam, I am very sorry that our engagement at 5 o’clock this evening denies me the pleasure of accepting your polite invitation, which I should have been glad to do on many accounts. I promise myself to see you before I leave town. In the meantime I send a [?] and beg you to believe me D[ea]r Madam with great respect Y[ou]r ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, Wm. C. Preston.”

The letter-sheet bears light, even toning, light wear, and two horizontal folds.


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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