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ANDERSON, ROBERT (1805-71) Union Brigadier General - Kentucky

# 8288

The “Hero of Ft. Sumter” refused Confederate demands for surrender, precipitating the artillery assault which began the Civil War. 

Signature, with sentiment, “Your’s Respectfully, Robert Anderson,” on a 1 ¼” x 2 ¾” slip of lined paper. 

Lightly toned and affixed to heavier stock of the same dimension.


NewANDREWS, GEORGE LIPPITT (1828-1920) U.S. Army Officer – Brevetted Lieutenant Colonel & Colonel in the 17th U.S. Infantry for gallantry at the Battles of Second Bull Run and Chancellorsville

# 8289

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, on a 3 ¼” x 5 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document, stamped “Army Potomac, 1863” above.

 “H[ea]d Q[uar]ters…17th Inf[antr]y, May 18, 1863.  No officers absent with leave.  Respectfully Recommended and forwarded.  Geo. L. Andrews, Maj[or] 17th Inf[antr]y.

Dated just two weeks after the battle of Chancellorsville, Andrews’s endorsement concerns the request of 17th Infantry Lieutenant George Washington Green for a ten-day leave of absence.  Green would be brevetted major for gallant and meritorious service at the upcoming battle of Gettysburg, later lieutenant colonel for gallant and meritorious service during the war.  He died of disease on January 8, 1866.   

Lightly and evenly toned; diagonally clipped at the upper left corner.



# 9111

Original Steel Engraving, 8” x 10 ¾” overall, imprinted “ATTACK ON FORT WAGNER, From the original painting by Nast, in the possession of the publishers,” with a 5 ½” x 7 ¼” image depicting the assault of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, black troops under the command of Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, on July 18, 1863; dated “A.D. 1864” in print below.

A seldom-seen image in excellent condition, with light, even toning and a few superficial stains and light surface creases in the margins.


NewBANKS, NATHANIEL P. (1816-94) Union Major General – Massachusetts; Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives – 1855-57; Governor of Massachusetts – 1858-61

# 8290

After being routed by Stonewall Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley campaign and the battle of Cedar Mountain in 1862, Banks commanded during the campaign and subsequent surrender of Port Hudson, Louisiana. A longtime politician from Massachusetts, he was elected to multiple terms in Congress, both before and after the war. 

Civil War-Date Letter Signed, one page, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”.  Writing to “General Thomas Hillhouse, Adjutant General, State of New York,” Banks requests information relating to troops for his upcoming assignment as commander of the Department of the Gulf in New Orleans.

“Albany, Nov[ember] 1st 1862…General, I will esteem it a favor if you will notify me at Astor House, New York by telegraph of the time of the departure and probable arrival at New York of the Regiments for my expedition.  Instructions have been given to provide suitable camp ground and supplies.  I am General, With Much Respect, Your Ob[e]d[ien]t Serv[an]t, N.P. Banks, M[ajor] G[eneral] C[ommanding].

Lightly and evenly toned, with clean paper separation at several of the expected folds.

Price: $325.00

NewBLENKER, LOUIS (1812-63) Union Brigadier General – New York

# 8291

War-Date Letter Signed –
Appointing a Surgeon in the 8th New York State Volunteers

A German immigrant, Blenker covered the Union withdrawal at First Bull Run, an invaluable service for which he was commissioned brigadier general.  He led a brigade against Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Campaign and died on October 31, 1863 as a result of injuries suffered in a fall from his horse. 

Civil War-Date Letter Signed, one page, on the imprinted 7 ¾” x 9 ¾” stationery of the 1st German Rifle Regiment, New York State Volunteers, informing the adjutant general of his appointment of a surgeon in the 8th New York State Volunteers.

“New York, May 24th 1861.  To the Adjutant General J. Meredith Read, Jr. of Albany, N.Y.  D[octo]r Rudolph Welcker, who has received the unanimous approval of the examining Board has been appointed by me, Surgeon in the eight Regiment New York State Volunteers (First German Rifles) and I hereby respectfully request that his commission may be issued forthwith.  Louis Blenker, Colonel 8th Reg[imen]t N[ew] Y[ork] S[tate] Vol[unteer]s.” 

Somewhat heavier wear and toning at two horizontal folds, clean separation at the upper having an old repair on the reverse.


NewBONSALL, SPENCER (1816-88) Union Hospital Steward – 81st Pennsylvania Infantry; Saw action during the Peninsula Campaign and at Fredericksburg and Gettysburg, where he was seriously injured.

# 8292

Signature, with date, “Spencer Bonsall, 1857,” on a 1 ¼” x 2 ½” slip of paper.

Lightly and evenly toned.

Price: $35.00

NewBRADLEY, THOMAS W. (1844-1920) Union Captain – 124th New York Infantry, the “Orange Blossoms” Regiment; Wounded at the Civil War Battles of Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Boydton Plank Road

# 8296

Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for action at the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863; U.S. Representative – New York – 1903-13

Typed Letter Signed, on the imprinted 5 ¼” x 8” stationery of the Military Affairs Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, to “Hon[orable] A.H.F. Seeger, Newburgh, New York.”

“Washington, May 27, 1911.  My dear Judge: Regarding the expiration of the term of the postmaster as mentioned in my last letter, 1914 should be corrected to read 1912.  With best wishes, Very truly yours, Thos. W. Bradley, 20th [District] N.Y.”

With Bradley’s handwritten, initialed postscript at the conclusion, “—My secretary was in error in reporting 1914 to me.  I will not, however, give any consideration whatever at this time to 1912 appointments. B–"

Lightly and evenly toned, with a horizontal fold at the center.


NewBUELL, DON CARLOS (1818-98) Union Major General - Ohio

# 8293

Buell was instrumental in the Federal victories at Ft. Donelson and Shiloh, where his arrival late in the first day saved Grant from the Confederate attack.  He was replaced by Rosecrans due to his hesitance in pursuing Confederate General Bragg after the October 1862 battle of Perryville. 

Signature, with rank, “D.C. Buell, Major General,” on a 1 ½” x 4” slip of paper.

Excellent, with light, even toning.


BUTLER, BENJAMIN F. (1818-93) Union Major General – Massachusetts; U.S. Congressman – Massachusetts – 1867-75 & 1877-79; Governor of Massachusetts – 1883-84; U.S. Presidential Candidate – Greenback Party - 1884

# 8295

Known as “Beast Butler” for his harsh treatment of civilians in New Orleans, Butler had, ironically, nominated Jefferson Davis for the presidency on the 1860 Democratic ticket. 

Signature, as U.S. Congressman, “Benj. F. Butler, Mass[achusetts],” on a 2 ¾” x 5” album page.

Lightly and evenly toned.


CAMERON, SIMON (1799-1889)

# 6941

U.S. Secretary of War - 1861-62

As a contender for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1860, Cameron threw his support to Lincoln when promised a cabinet seat. His brief tenure as Secretary of War was so marked by corruption that he was forced to resign in 1862.

Signature, “Simon Cameron,” on a 1 ½” x 4” slip of paper.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a small tear at the upper edge, well away from the signature.


CAMERON, SIMON (1799-1889)

# 7846

U.S. Secretary of War – 1861-62, during the American Civil War; U.S. Senator – Pennsylvania – 1845-49, 1857-61 & 1867-77

Autograph Letter Signed, 7 ¾” x 9 ¾”. In this early letter, Cameron recommends a Dr. Charles Moswell for appointment as assistant surgeon in the U.S. Navy to Navy Secretary Mahlon Dickerson.

                                                                                                                                               Middleton, Penn[sylvani]a
                                                                                                                                                           Aug[ust] 11, 1835.


I have been requested by Mr. Jno. C. Boyd, a highly respectable citizen of North county, to write you in behalf of Dr. Chas. D. Moswell, who is an applicant for the situation [of] Assistant Surgeon in the Navy. I have not the pleasure of a personal acquaintance with Mr. Moswell, but from the character of his connections in the State, and the representations of Mr. Boyd, I feel confident that the appointment would be a good one, and I should be much gratified if he could succeed.

                                                                                                                                                Very respectfully,
                                                                                                                                                           Simon Cameron

The integral leaf is also addressed by Cameron, to “Hon[orable] M. Dickerson, Secretary Navy, Washington C[i]ty, D.C.” In very good condition overall, the letter has somewhat heavier toning at the right edge, numerous tiny ink stains, a few nicks at the edges, and the usual folds.


CANBY, EDWARD R.S. (1817-73)

# 7817

Union Major General

A veteran of the Mexican and Second Seminole Wars, Canby served in New Mexico in opposition to Confederate General Henry H. Sibley during the American Civil War. Subsequently transferred east, he took command of the Military Division of West Mississippi and was involved in the late-war actions at Mobile, Alabama. In 1873, he was killed by Modoc Indians in California.

Document Signed, an endorsement on the reverse of an imprinted 9 ¾” x 16 ¼” U.S. Army form, “Examined & approved, Ed. R.S. Canby, M[ajor] G[eneral] Com[mandin]g,” approving expenditures for the month of November 1867.

The document is in excellent overall condition, with the expected folds.

Price: $195.00

CARR, JOSEPH B. (1828-95)

# 6961

Union Brigadier General - New York

A colonel of New York militia when the Civil War broke out, Carr led the 2nd New York Infantry at Big Bethel, commanded a brigade at the Peninsula and Second Manassas, and saw action at Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. Afterward, he was assigned command of a division of Black troops in Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James, the unit serving in the Union defenses on the York and James Rivers.

Signed Card, with rank, "J.B. Carr, B[revet] Major Genl. U.S. V[olunteers].”


CHASE, SALMON P. (1808-73)

# 6942

U.S. Treasury Secretary - 1861-64; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice - 1864-73

As Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary, Chase was instrumental in the efforts to finance the war, and was responsible for the issue and acceptance of paper money as legal tender. Continued rivalry and strife with Lincoln precipitated his appointment to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Roger B. Taney in 1864.

Inscribed Signature, as antebellum Governor of Ohio, “For Geo[rge] M. Fowler, Esq[uire]. I have the honor to be Very respectfully Yours & c., S.P. Chase, Columbus, Ap[ri]l 24, 1857,” on a 5” x 7” sheet of embossed stationery. A period engraved image, cut into an oval shape, has been affixed to the upper right corner.

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


CHASE, SALMON P. (1808-73)

# 7045

U.S. Treasury Secretary - 1861-64; U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice - 1864-73

As Lincoln’s Treasury Secretary, Chase was instrumental in the efforts to finance the war and was responsible for the issue and acceptance of paper money as legal tender. Continued rivalry and strife with Lincoln precipitated his appointment to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Roger B. Taney in 1864.

War-Date Signature, with closing and title in another hand, “S.P. Chase,” on a 1 ½” x 4” slip of paper, removed from a letter as U.S. Treasury Secretary, the position Chase held from March 4, 1861 through December 6, 1864; with the pencil notation, “1862” in the lower margin.



# 7840

Union Major General – Kentucky

Though from an aristocratic, slave-holding Kentucky family, Clay established an antislavery newspaper, The True American, in Lexington, Kentucky in 1845. A Mexican War veteran and prominent Republican Party figure, he declined a general’s appointment due to Lincoln’s refusal to abolish slavery in the early Civil War years. Appointed by Lincoln, Clay served as U.S. Minister to Russia, 1861-62 and 1863-69.

Autograph Quotation Signed, with desirable full signature on a 3 ¼” x 4 ¼” slip of blue paper, imprinted “The Lincoln Collection of Autographs. Started by Mr. Lincoln in 1863. JOHN SPARHAWK WURTS, PHILADELPHIA,” in the upper left corner, including Clay’s handwritten attribution to the assassinated sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln.

“White Hall, K[entuck]y, Au[gust] 5, 1897. ‘If Slavery is not wrong Nothing is wrong’ A.L. Cassius Marcellus Clay.”

Exceptional and flawless.


CUSTER, ELIZABETH B. (1842-1933)

# 6784

Wife of 7th Cavalry Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer; Author of Numerous Books on Her Husband and the American West

Mrs. Custer Asks for an Application to Join the Daughters of the American Revolution

Autograph Letter Signed, 1 ½ pages, on two separate 5” x 6 ½” sheets. Well into her eighties, Mrs. Custer writes to obtain an application to join the Daughters of the American Revolution.

71 Park Avenue, N.Y., August 28 [1927]. Miss Blanche Edwards, My dear Miss Edwards, My cousin Mrs. Bingham has long wanted me to be a Daughter of the American Revolution and has been so good as to make it possible by searching records. I shall be glad to have the blanks for application when it is convenient for you to send them. Thanking you in advance I am very sincerely yours, Elizabeth B. Custer.”

Both sheets have a horizontal fold at the center and heavier toning along the edges. The accompanying transmittal envelope, 3 ½” x 5 ¼”, addressed by Mrs. Custer, to “Miss Blanche Edwards, Abiline, Kansas,” has general soiling and wear, along with a tear at the upper edge, near the August 29, 1927, Grand Central Station, New York postmark.


NewDANA, NAPOLEON J.T. (1822-1905) Union Major General; Saw action from Ball’s Bluff to Antietam; Veteran of the Mexican War

# 8300

Signature & Rank, “N.J.T. Dana, Maj[or] Gen[era]l,” on a 2 ¼” x 3 ¾” slip of paper.

Lightly toned, with a light vertical fold at the center.



# 6943

U.S. Postmaster General – 1864-66; Governor of Ohio – 1860-62

Signed Card, 2” x 3 ¼”, “W. Dennison,” with the notation “Post Master General, Feb. 10th 1866in another hand beneath.

Lightly and evenly toned, with mounting traces on the reverse.


DEVIN, THOMAS C. (1822-78)

# 6963

Union Brigadier General – New York

Born in New York City to immigrant Irish parents, Devin served as colonel of the 6th New York Cavalry from the unit’s formation in late 1861 through the battles of Antietam and Fredericksburg. He led a cavalry brigade under Union General John Buford in the first day’s fighting at Gettysburg, and subsequently saw action in Kilpatrick’s raid on Richmond and with Sheridan in the Shenandoah.

War-Date Endorsement Signed, on a 2 ¼” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger document.

“Head Q[uar]t[e]rs, 2nd Brig[ade] 1st Cav[alry] Division, Oct. 23, 1863. Approved & Respectfully forwarded. Thos. C. Devin, Col[onel] Com[man]d[in]g Brig[ade].”

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