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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.

Price: $95.00

NewCUBA (REPUBLIC OF) $1000 BOND - 1937

# 7849

Viva la Revolucion!

Castro nationalizes industry and cancels Cuba's foreign debt.

Document, 15” x 19”, July 1, 1937, printed by the American Bank Note Company, a $1000 bond of the Republic of Cuba. Individual unredeemed coupons, dated from 1961 - when Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, president of the National Bank of Cuba, nationalized Cuban industry and cancelled foreign debt - through 1977, remain.

Lightly and evenly toned, with a few minor stains.

Price: $450.00

NewGILLMORE, QUINCY A. (1825-88) Union Major General - Ohio

# 8307

An 1849 graduate of West Point, Gillmore served in the Carolinas and is most noted for the capture of Ft. Pulaski and Morris Island, South Carolina. 

Signature, with rank, “Official Business, Q.A. Gillmore, Maj[or] Gen[era]l” on a 1 ½” x 2 ½” slip of paper. 

Lightly toned, with superficial staining.

Price: $95.00

NewGRANT, ULYSSES S. (1822-85) 18th U.S. President - 1869-77; Union Lieutenant General during the American Civil War; Acting U.S. Secretary of War – 1867-68; Commander in Chief of the U.S. Army – 1864-69

# 8308

Civil War-Date Signature, “U.S. Grant, Maj[or] G[e]n[eral],” on a lightly toned 1” x 3 ¾” slip of paper; from the reverse of a military telegram and also dated by Grant, “Nov[ember] 1st [18]63.”


NewHALLECK, HENRY W. (1815-1872) Union Major General – New York

# 8310

An 1839 West Point graduate, Halleck commanded the Department of the Mississippi early in the Civil War, later serving as general-in-chief and advisor to Lincoln. 

Signature, “H.W. Halleck,” on a lightly toned ½” x 3 ½” slip of paper.

Price: $95.00

NewHAYES, RUTHERFORD B. (1822-93) Nineteenth U.S. President - 1877-81; Union Brigadier General - Ohio

# 8314

Signature, with sentiment, place, and date, “With best wishes, Sincerely, R.B. Hayes, Spiegel Grove, Fremont, O[hio], 10 M[ar]ch, 1884,” on a 4 ½” x 7” sheet.

Evenly toned, with light, scattered foxing and a horizontal fold at the center.


NewHOOKER, JOSEPH (1814-79) Union Major General - Massachusetts

# 8315

Hooker served in the East from the Seven Days through Chancellorsville, where he led the Army of the Potomac to defeat at the hands of Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee. 

Signature, with rank, “Joseph Hooker, Maj[or] Gen[era]l,” on a 2 ¼” x 4” slip of lined paper.

Excellent, with light, even toning.

Price: $250.00

NewHUNTER, DAVID (1802-86) Union Major General

# 8316

A political appointee, Hunter served with little note at First Manassas, Secessionville, and the Piedmont.  He is most remembered for burning Virginia Military Institute in 1864 and presiding at the Lincoln assassination trial. 

Signature, with rank, “D. Hunter, Maj[or] Gen[eral],” on a 2 ¼” x 5” portion of an album page.

Lightly and evenly toned.

Price: $75.00

NewHURLBUT, WILBERFORCE LOVEJOY (1841-64) Union Captain – Fifth Michigan Infantry; Wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; Killed-in-Action at the Battle of the Wilderness, May 6, 1864

# 8606

Son of abolitionist minister Thaddeus Beman Hurlbut; Named for British abolitionist William Wilberforce and Elijah P. Lovejoy, his father’s friend and business partner, murdered by a pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois on November 7, 1837

Original Steel Engraving, 7 ¾” x 10 ½” overall, with a printed facsimile signature beneath a 3 ¼” x 3 ¾” image of Hurlbut in military uniform, imprinted “Eng[raved] by H.B. Hall & Sons, 52 Fulton St., N.Y.”  From a biographical work, published in 1876.



NewMcCLELLAN, GEORGE B. (1826-85) Union Major General, during the American Civil War; U.S. Presidential Candidate – 1864; Governor of New Jersey – 1878-81

# 8321

McClellan graduated second in the West Point class of 1846, served in the Mexican War, and at the outbreak of the Civil War was appointed major general of volunteers.  In August 1861, after the Federal disaster at First Manassas, he assumed command of the Army of the Potomac.  From this point forward, McClellan’s organizational ability was offset by his hesitance in pursuing the enemy, causing Lincoln to permanently relieve him in November 1862 after the battle of Antietam.  He ran unsuccessfully against Lincoln as the Democratic presidential candidate in the election of 1864. 

Signature, with sentiment and date, “Very truly yours, Geo. B. McClellan, New York, Dec[ember] 7/[18]83,” on a 2 ¼” x 5” slip of paper.

Lightly and evenly toned, with staining at the center; old mounting traces on the reverse.

Price: $225.00

NewMcDOWELL, IRVIN (1818-85) Union Major General - Ohio

# 8322

A West Point graduate and Mexican War veteran, McDowell led the Federal Army in its disastrous defeat at First Manassas, the first major land battle of the Civil War.  He led a corps under John Pope at Second Manassas the following year, with a similar outcome.  Subsequently transferred, McDowell commanded the Department of the Pacific and several other posts both during and after the war.

Signed Card, 1 ¾” x 3”, with rank, “Irvin McDowell, Maj[or] Gen[era]l.”

Lightly and evenly toned, with old mounting remnants on the reverse.

Price: $95.00

NewMcKINLEY WILLIAM (1843-1901) Twenty-Fifth U.S. President - 1897-1901; Governor of Ohio – 1892-96; U.S. Congressman – Ohio – 1877-91

# 8323

Signature, “W. McKinley, Jr.,” as return addressee in the upper left corner of an envelope, also addressed by McKinley, to “J.N. Taylor, Esq[uire] of Knowles, Taylor & K…, East Liverpool, Ohio.” 

Evenly toned, with general soiling and wear; some smearing of ink in the postal markings; minor bleeding of ink at the conclusion of McKinley’s signature and portions of the address.

Price: $295.00

NewMEADE, GEORGE G. (1815-72) Union Major General – Pennsylvania; Commanded the Union Army of the Potomac from Gettysburg to Appomattox

# 8324

Civil War-Date Autograph Endorsement Signed, on a 2 ¾” x 3 ¼” slip of paper, removed from a larger document and stamped “Army Potomac, 1863” at the upper edge, from shortly before the battle of Chancellorsville.

“H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs 5[th] Corps, April 13th [18]65.  Resp[ectfull]y forwarded for the action of the War Dep[artmen]t.  Geo. G. Meade, Maj[or] Gen[era]l.”

Lightly toned, with several stains and red-ink War Department notation.

Price: $575.00

NewMEAGHER, THOMAS F. (1823-67) Union Brigadier General - New York; Governor of Montana Territory – 1865-66

# 8325

A native of Ireland, Meagher organized and led a Zouave company of the 69th New York Militia at First Bull Run.  Promoted to brigadier early the following year, he organized the Irish Brigade, subsequently leading the unit in all the Army of the Potomac battles from the Peninsula Campaign through Chancellorsville, most notably in the charge on the Confederate position on Marye’s Heights at Fredericksburg.  After the war, Meagher served as secretary and governor of territorial Montana.

Signature, with place and date commemorating the evacuation of the British from New York City at the conclusion of the American Revolutionary War, “Thomas Francis Meagher, New York, Nov[ember] 28th/[18]54, Evacuation Day,” on a 4 ¼” x 4 ¾” sheet. 

Excellent, with light, even toning.

Price: $550.00

NewPLEASONTON, ALFRED (1824-97) Union Major General – Washington, D.C.

# 8327

A cavalry officer who fought in the East until Grant became general-in-chief in early 1864, Pleasonton’s most memorable action was at Brandy Station, Virginia, the largest cavalry battle of the war.

Civil War-Date Signature, circa 1861, with rank in another hand, “A. Pleasonton, Capt[ain] 2nd Cavalry, Com[man]d[in]g Co[mpany] ‘H’,” on a 1” x 3 ½” slip of paper, removed from a larger letter or document.

Lightly toned, with minor staining, and there are old mounting remnants on the reverse.

Price: $85.00

NewSEDGWICK, JOHN (1813-64) Union Major General - Connecticut

# 8331

A West Point graduate and veteran of the Seminole and Mexican Wars, Sedgwick served with the Army of the Potomac from the Peninsula through Spotsylvania, where he was killed by a Confederate sharpshooter. 

War-Date Signature, with rank and command in another hand, “John Sedgwick, Major General, Commanding Sixth Corps,on a 1 ¼” x 3 ¾” slip of paper, removed from a larger letter.

Excellent, with light, even toning.


NewSHERIDAN, PHILIP H. (1831-88) Union Major General – New York; U.S. Army General – 1888; Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army – 1883-88

# 8332

As cavalry commander, Sheridan distinguished himself in action from Booneville and Chickamauga to the fighting at Yellow Tavern which resulted in the death of J.E.B. Stuart in 1864. 

Signature, with closing and rank in another hand, Very Respectfully Your Ob[edien]t Ser[van]t, P.H. Sheridan, Major Gen[eral] Com[man]d[in]g,on a 2 ¼” x 3 ¾” slip of paper, removed from a larger letter. 

Lightly toned, with minor brushing of ink to several letters.

Price: $225.00

NewSHERMAN, WILLIAM TECUMSEH (1820-91) Union Major General – Ohio; General and Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Army – 1869-83

# 8333

An 1840 West Point graduate, Sherman was superintendent of what is now LSU when war broke out in 1861.  He resigned when Confederates seized the U.S. arsenal in Baton Rouge, shortly thereafter reentering the army.  Early lack of success in Kentucky was soon offset by distinguished service at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Atlanta, and in the “March to the Sea.” 

Signature, with rank, “W.T. Sherman, General,” on a slip of lightly lined paper, matted to a dimension of 1 ½” x 3 ¼” beneath a 4 ½”x 5 ¼” portrait.  Ready for framing or display, 8 ¼” x 10 ¾” overall.

Lightly toned, with minor staining and a light horizontal fold.

Price: $295.00

NewTHOMAS, GEORGE H. (1816-70) Union Major General during the American Civil War, Known as the “Rock of Chickamauga”

# 8336

An 1840 West Point graduate, Thomas served in the Seminole and Mexican Wars.  As a Virginia native, his decision to remain loyal to the Union created tension both professional and personal – his sisters disavowed him for the rest of their lives.  He saw action at First Manassas, Shiloh, Corinth, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Franklin, and Nashville. 

Signature, with rank, “Geo. H. Thomas, Maj[or] Gen[era]l U.S.A.,” on a 1 ¼” x 3 ½” slip of paper, affixed to slightly larger stock from a period photograph album with the notation “Commanding the Department of the Tennessee” in another hand below. 

Lightly toned, with scattered spotting of ink.

Price: $225.00