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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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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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CALL, WILKINSON (1834-1910)

# 7843

U.S. Senator – Florida – 1879-97; Nephew of Richard Call, Florida Territorial Governor – 1836-39 & 1841-44; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

JONES, JAMES KIMBROUGH (1839-1908) U.S. Senator – Arkansas – 1885-1903; U.S. Representative – Arkansas – 1881-85; Served in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War

Two Former Confederates in the U.S. Senate

Signature, as U.S. Senator, “Wilkinson Call, Florida,” on a 3” x 7 ½” portion of an album page, with the signature of Arkansas Senator James Kimbrough Jones on the reverse.

The paper is lightly toned, with small binding holes at the edge.

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COBB, THOMAS R.R. (1823-62) Confederate Brigadier General – Georgia; Killed-in-Action at the Battle of Fredericksburg, Virginia – December 13, 1862

# 8121

Original Engraving, 4 ½” x 8” overall, with a 3” x 3 ¼” image of Cobb in Confederate uniform, imprinted “Gen. T.R.R. Cobb. Killed at Maryes Hill, Va.”

Lightly toned, with several small stains.

Price: $20.00
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CONFEDERATE GENERALS

# 8009

Original Steel Engraving, 6” x 9 ½” overall, imprinted “Eng[rave]d by J.C. Buttre, New York,” and dated “1864” in print below the oval images of Confederate Generals Thomas J. Jackson; John C. Breckinridge; Sterling Price; Robert E. Lee; Joseph E. Johnston; P.G.T. Beauregard; Braxton Bragg; Simon B. Buckner; Leonidas Polk; Albert Sidney Johnston; John C. Pemberton; and James Longstreet.

Excellent, with barely discernible staining in the margins.

Price: $55.00
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DAVIS, JEFFERSON F. (1808-89) Confederate President – 1861-65; U.S. Secretary of War – 1853-57; U.S. Senator – Mississippi – 1847-51 & 1857-61; U.S. Congressman – Mississippi – 1845-46; Colonel of the First Mississippi Volunteers during the Mexican War

# 7986

Original Steel Engraving, 6” x 9” overall, with a 4 ½” x 5” image of the Confederate President, imprinted “Eng[rave]d by H.B. Hall, N.Y…Engraved expressly for the ‘Lost Cause’ by E.A. Pollard.” The reverse is dated and signed by New York State Senator George H. Sanford (1836-71), the assumed owner of the book in which the engraving was published.

Lightly toned, with a few faint foxing stains and tiny edge nicks and tears. There is minor show-through of ink from the signature on the reverse.

Price: $75.00
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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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EARLY, JUBAL A. (1816-94)

# 7811

Confederate Lieutenant General – Virginia

After graduating from West Point in 1837 and serving in the Mexican War, Early entered the Confederate Army in 1861 and subsequently took part in all the engagements of the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 through 1864. After the Wilderness and Cold Harbor, Early’s cavalry fought in the Shenandoah Valley until March of 1865.

Signed Card, 2 ¼” x 3 ¾”, “J.A. Early, Lynchburg, Virginia.”

The card is lightly and evenly toned, with a few minor stains, and there are old biographical notes in pencil on the reverse.

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FORREST, 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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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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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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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA – LAND CONVEYANCE INVOLVING TWO 19th CENTURY PIONEERS OF TAMPA

# 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
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JACKSON, MARY ANNA MORRISON (1831-1915)

# 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.

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JACKSON, THOMAS J. "STONEWALL” (1824-63)

# 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.

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JACKSON, 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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LEE, 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.”

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LONGSTREET, JAMES (1821-1904)

# 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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LONGSTREET, JAMES (1821-1904)

# 7517

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.

War-Date Endorsement Signed

Civil War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 1 ¾” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

Respectfully forwarded, J. Longstreet, L[ieutenan]t Gen[era]l.”

While post-war manuscripts by Longstreet are readily available, war-date examples are seldom encountered. This endorsement, distinctly signed by Longstreet with his right hand, can be dated to the war-time period before the Battle of the Wilderness, May 5 & 6, 1864, where a severe wound forced Longstreet to use his left hand for writing for many years afterward.

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MYERS, ABRAHAM C. (1833-89)

# 6915

Confederate Colonel & Quartermaster General; When Established in 1850, Ft. Myers, Florida was Named in His Honor

A South Carolina native and West Point graduate, Myers was twice brevetted for gallantry in the Mexican War, also seeing action in the Florida Seminole Wars; the new post of Ft. Myers, Florida was named in his honor by his father-in-law, General David E. Twiggs, when it was permanently established in 1850. Myers was appointed quartermaster general of the Confederacy in early 1861. As the highest ranking Jewish Confederate officer of the war, he served in that capacity until replaced by Jefferson Davis in mid-1863, and saw no Confederate service thereafter. After the war, Myers became a tobacco merchant in Georgia.

Letter Signed, 8” x 10”. As Assistant Quartermaster in the U.S. Army, Myers sends information concerning the shipment of clothing to “Lieut[enant] D.B. Forsythe, Recruiting Service, Chicago,” the notation “Received Chicago, Illinois, June 12th 1857,” also in a clerical hand, confirming its arrival.

“Ass[istan]t Q[ua]r[ter]m[aster]s Office, New York, June 9th 1857. Sir, I have forwarded to your address by The New York and Erie Rail Road the packages of Clothing described in the enclosed Invoice and Bill [of] Lading and will thank you to advice me of their receipt. I am Sir Very Respectfully Your Ob[edien]t Serv[an]t, A.C. Myers…

The letter has light wear and scattered foxing, along with a few small edge tears; there are four small holes, from past binding, in the left margin.

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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.

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PICKENS, FRANCIS W. (1805-69)

# 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.

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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.

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REBEL OFFICERS

# 8050

Original Steel Engraving, 5 ½” x 9” overall, titled “REBEL OFFICERS” and imprinted “H. Wright Smith.” An oval image of Confederate President Jefferson Davis is encircled by those of Generals P.G.T. Beauregard; Joseph E. Johnston; Robert E. Lee; Albert Sidney Johnston; Braxton Bragg; Simon B. Buckner; and Navy Commander George N. Hollins.

Excellent, with a few minor stains.

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STEPHENS, ALEXANDER H. (1812-83)

# 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.

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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.

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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.

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