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photo A 9¾” x 5" pre-printed document completed in black ink on blue paper ,it accounts for two cases of copper shipped on the Brig New Hanover from the Port of Philadelphia to Savannah by nathan Trotter to Choen & Miller for the sum of $2. The document is dated 30 April 1836 and signed by Charles Carty. The upper left corner shows a drawing of an eagle astride an oval with sailing ships inside. A handsome receipt.
photoAddressed only to “Colonel,” this 8½” x 5½” document is dated 7 October 1863 and is the request of one Dr. Back, Medical Director, for nine wagons, earlier requisitioned, to be sent to his office to transport rations and hospital supplies. This is a handwritten note suggesting some urgency. No other information is available, but the nature of the request makes this an interesting document. There is a pencilled notation at the bottom saying the paper was found in some Presbyterian church, but I can’t quite make it all out. The document is in excellent condition.
photoThis pay-at-discharge document was issued to Private Thomas Sheldon of ”B” Company, 188th Ohio Vol Inf., providing for his pay from 1 January 1863 to 16 March 1863 in the amount of $32.93 and pay to travel from Cincinnati to McDoneld Township in Hardin County. He received a total of $38.14 on 18 March 1863 from Major B. Ruse, Paymaster. The document is signed by both Ruse and Sheldon and is in very good condition. Sheldon was 28 years old at the time of his enlistment and was discharged by reason of disability. I will include the interesting history of the 188th with this document. They served early on in the Lexington, KY region and were heavily engaged at the Battle of Mossy Creek.
photoPrepared by Lieut Thomas Waters, Reg Q.M. U.S. Army stationed at Nashville and issued to Captain W. O. Rickmann, “H” Co, Cavalry division, this list includes primarily articles of cavalry clothing: jackets, trousers, shirts, boots, great coats along wiith blankets and assorted camp tools. The document measures 10" x 8" and is in excellent condition, but the handwriting is uncommonly poor for a quarter master. Waters enlisted as a private in August 1862 in the 5th Tennessee Cavalry. He was subsequently promoted to 1st Lieutenant, Captain and to Major in 1865 when he was transferred to the 4th Tennessee Mounted Infantry. Rickman was 29 years old when he enlisted with the 5th TN Cavalry. The 5th was engaged in battle at Stone’s River, Manchester Pike and Lookout Mountain, I have the soldier and regimental histories to include with this document
photoThis is a nice, original warrant, the usual 10" x 14¾" printed on unbleached stock. It was issued to Sergeant Job B. Savery "H" Company 40th Mass Volunteer Inf. Savery was a 21-year-old farmer residing in Allteboro Mass, when he enlisted and was mustered in on 1 September 1862 as a Private. He served with this regt until it was mustered out at Chapin's Farm near Richmond at the close of the war. This warrant provides for his promotion to Sergeant on 23 December 1864. The document is signed by Captain John Pollack, regimental commander and 1st Lt. Charles E. Whiting as Company Commander. Whiting was wounded at Drewry's Bluff in May 1864. During his term of service, Savery's regiment saw action in the trenches at Fort Wagner. At Hilton Head they were reorganized as a regiment of mounted infantry, part of the Light Brigade, and participated in the campaign at St. Mary's Creek, Olustee and Cedar Run in the Florida campaign. They were also engaged at Bermuda Hundred, Cold Harbor and Petersburg, and Sgt. Savery would have been among the first of the Union troops to enter Richmond as the 40th entered the city on the morning of April 3 after the evacuation. This is a very scarce document in excellent condition.
This is an 1878 Massachusetts’ document requesting personal information “regarding the humblest of those who were numbered with the restorers of the Union…” Three men, John Cooke, Nat Foster and James Mullikin, are undertaking the task of writing a brief history of the lives of those who served. What follows is the response of Robert Walter Walker who enlisted on 11 August 1862 at North Brookfield, Mass at the age of 25. He was mustered into the 34th Mass Vol Inf as a 2nd Lieut and served until his discharge on 4 November 1864. He avers that he was promoted to 1st Lieut, but because of wounds & capture, that promotion was never realized. He was wounded 15 May 1864 at New Market, captured by the Rebels and taken to Harrisonburg, VA and kept until 24 July 1864 then sent to Libby Prison in Richmond. “I was half starved in Libby Prison the prison authorities were brutal the doctors were as fine gentlemen and skilled surgeons as I ever saw.” I will include a brief history of the 34th Mass with this document along with a map of the Battle of New Market and an account written by Colonel Lincoln in a letter published in the Richmond State newspaper in 1888 noting that Walker was believed to have been mortally wounded. I also have Walker’s soldier history with a copy of his likeness. The document is in excellent condition and this is, indeed, an interesting piece of post-war history.
photoDated 11 August 1865 at Stevenson Depot, “Certificate 213" is a pre-printed form completed in black ink, the receipt for sale of one bay horse to A. Clendenen for the sum of $2.50. The hose was sold as “unserviceable government property.” and the receipt is signed by James F. Wray, Captain and Acting Quarter Master. I have his soldier history to include with the receipt. The document measures 7¾” x 3¾” and is in excellent condition.
photoThis return was prepared for the month of August 1864. Among the commissioned officers accounted for by name are Captain John F. Casner, discharged; 2nd Lieut Theodore Snyder, detached at Philadelphia 7-21-63; 1st Lieut William H, Carpenter, transferred by promotion to Co "D." Private John Dort was discharged on July 12th by reason of a surgeon's certificate of disability, and Private Peter Abbott was transferred into K company by order of court martial. On the obverse the complete return of Casner's K Co has been prepared by Colonel E M Gregory and accounts for 1 officer, 43 enlisted men present, 28 sick and a list of 9 men assigned by name for extra duty with details about what that duty involved and a list of absent enlisted men (27). The document measures 16" x 10¼" and is in excellent condition.
photoThis is a most interesting document, handwritten on lined paper (8" x 10"). Across the top it reads, "Report of Number of Beef Cattle Slaughtered and of Hides, Horns &c turned in from 3rd Division 3rd Corps during the week ending Sept 12th 1863. Below is a list of the Captains of the Commissaries for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Brigades with a total of 30 catle having been slaughtered to feed the men. The document was prepared by Captain R. W. Thompson and signed by E. M. Buchanan, Captain and C.S.(Commissary of Subsistance) of the 3rd Division. What makes this document of singular interest is a note found in Jeffrey Wert's book Mosby's Rangers noting that "Capt. Evan M. Buchanan, commissary of subsistence, Third Division, Sixth Corps, was murdered on the 30th day of September, 1864, by a party under the leadership of Charles McDonough, of Charlestown, Va, a bushwhacker and assassin" and another note from Stevenson noting, "I have this morning received positive information of the fate of Captain Buchanan and his orderly. He was murdered by his captors near Brook's Furnace on the Shenandoah River by two men by the name of Charles McDonough and Wirt Ashby, who had captured him…." The document is in excellent condition. SOLD
photoThis is the official muster out for Private James A. Bell of "E" Company 104th NY Vols., under the command of Lieut Colones John R. Strang. Bell was 21 when he enlisted 21 August 1862 at Canadagua, NY for a period of three years. Notations on the muster indicate that Bell was sent to the hospital 14 May 1865 and returned to duty 28 June 1865. He was mustered out near Washington 29 June 1865 under the provisions of General Order 225 Army of the Potomac. The document has been signed by Thomas Bates, 1st Lieut 104th NY and Willis Chester, Captain and mustering officer. This is a very large (39½" x 10½") document in excellent condition.
photo John Croker, age 22, volunteered and mustered into “B” Company of the 59th Reg’t of the Penna Vols on 27 April 1864 at Lancaster, PA. The mustering officer who signed him in (and prepared and signed this document) was Daniel Webster Burke who, himself, had an incredible war record. He enlisted as a private in 1858 and was promoted through the ranks to brigadier general. He received a medal for gallantry and meritorious service in the Battle of Gettysburg where he was wounded in action 2 July 1863. In 1892 he was awarded the medal of Honor for gallantry in action at Shepherdstown, WVa 20 September 1862 for voluntarily attempting to spike a gun in the face of the enemy while serving as 1st Sergt in “B” Co, 2nd Infantry. On the document’s reverse is the notation that Crocker received $325 in bounty money; later records show that he took the money and jumped bounty. All in all, pretty interesting.
photoThis is an incredible, five-page document prepared by Henry Ede, QM of the 81st Illinois Infantry at Spanish Fort, AL in April 1865. First he describes the circumstances under which the articles were lost. In December 1864, in compliance with Special Orders #2, Eades placed all surplus property pertaining to the 81st Ill in store at Nashville, TN. The regiment moved on to Clifton TN and then to Eastport, MISS. In January Captain Samuel Campbell was sent to retrieve the property, which he did. One entire box of clothing, however, was missing. He proceeded to check with other regiments to see if the missing items had turned up elsewhere, but with no luck. He finishes his statement by certifying that the articles are missing through no fault of his and lists the items to include hats, uniform jackets, trousers, shirts, stockings, blankets &c, and signs certifying the correctness of the statement: Henry Eade, 1st Lieut RQM 81st Ill Inftry. On a separate sheet is the written and signed testimony of Captain Samuel L Campbell telling how he went to Nashville to retrieve the property, trusted that the guard would know what belonged to the 81st, saw the items safely placed on a boat where they were shipped to Eastport. He certifies that he is in no way responsible for the lost property. The final page is the statement written by the Sergeant QM of the 81st Ill Cyrus Corgan certifying that under Lt. Ede's orders he placed said property in storage, having packed the missing box himself and attesting to the correctness of Ede's itemized list. This document is countersigned by Andrew W. Rogers, Lieut Col of the 81st. In all, a most interesting and detailed story here. Each page measures 8" x 12¼" and all are in very fine condition. With this document I will include an eight-page regimental history and the soldier history for Ede, Campbell, Corgan and Rogers. A comprehensive and interesting packet.
photoThis is a nice, single sheet, printed copy of the general orders issued from the Department of the Gulf HQ 27 June 1865 re-publishing an order issued from the War Department in Washington 12 days earlier permitting "soldiers honorably discharged [to] be permitted to retain, without charge, their knapsacks, haversacks and canteens." This was ordered by Major General Canby and posted by Brevet Lt. Col J. Schuyler Crosby. This is the standard size 4⅞" x 7⅞" in excellent condition.
photoIssued from the Chief Quarter Master's office in the Department of the Cumberland 4 June 1865, this order fixes the maximum amount allowed as pay for every sort of occupation from cashier to woodchopper -- all by order of General George Thomas. This one makes for some interesting comparisons and is in excellent condition.
photoThis is a most interesting three-page document, handwritten and prepared at the HQ of the 48th Regt Infantry NYS Vols stationed near Petersburg, VA 14 September 1864. In it Captain James Barrett, Cmdg explains the circumstance surrounding his regiment’s loss of equipment. In the first instance 2 Enfield Rifle Muskets and 2 sergeant’s swords had been inspected and found wanting and subsequently had to be left behind when the regiment moved from Gloucester Point, VA. On the 7th of May the regiment “engaged in the battle on Petersburg and Richmond Rail which one man was killed and one severely wounded.”On the 16th at Drewry’s Bluff five more of his men were severely wounded and on the 1st and 2nd of June at Cold Harbor another of his men was killed and a sergeant and four more men severely wounded. In each case, their weapons and accouterments could not be recovered because the enemy secured the field. At the end he recapitulates all items lost or abandoned. Barrett signed the document and it is witnessed by 2nd Lieut J. M. Williams, Acting Adjutant, and Henry Miller a private in “H” Co and Co clerk. The three pages are neatly secured at the top with a ribbon. This document represents a tremendous amount of history. With this I will include the regimental history and Barrett’s soldier history (which is quite impressive) and a copy of his likeness.
photoA closely written, two-page manuscript, this was written in Gibbon, Nebraska in 1928 for the 90 year old veteran Samuel Watson. It describes his military service including his wounding in July 1864, at which time he weighed 182 pounds. By the time of his recovery at the end of September he weighed 95 pounds! His memories of war service are rich with detail. He served with "I" Company of the 17th Ill. He volunteered 1 April 1861, but didn't enlist until October, when the wheat had been harvested. He saw action eight days after enlisting near Cape Girardeau, MO, then went down the Mississippi by boat to Fort Donaldson and saw battle there from February 12 to 15, 1862. His third battle was at Shilo and then Vicksburg. He gives good details about his wounding and his "buggy ride" away from the battlefield. Watson signed his name at the top of the handwritten manuscript. There is also a typed version (probably dating back to 1928 judging from the type writer. The typed version contains an additional story about a "trick" the Johnny Rebs played on the Yanks, a trick "Mr. Watson thought...wrong and forcibaly [sic] said so." This is an interesting recollection and in very readable, good condition. There are stitch marks to the very left where the pages had once been bound. This was part of the original “Boos collection” of soldier reminiscences. Most desirable. I have the history of the 17th Ill and Watson's soldier history which I will include with the document.
photoThis is the official pension document issued according to an Act of Congress 27 June 1890. The central vignette shows Lady Liberty with her flag; to her right is a pyramid of cannon balls and a stand of muskets; to her left a cannon barrel and two sheep. The pension was issued to Samuel Cumberledge who was a private in "M" Company of the 6th West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. He was awarded $12 per month beginning on the 31st of July for "disease of respiratory organs, heart and eyes. The document was signed by John W. Noble, Secretary of the Interior and Green Berry Raum, Commissioner of Pensions. During the War, Raum enlisted as a Major in the 56th Ill and was promoted to Lt. Col, Colonel, Major-General and Brigadier-General. Raum was wounded at the assault on Missionary Ridge and led a brigade of the 15th Corps during Sherman's March to the Sea. The document is in a four-page folio with printing on the two outer sides. It is in excellent condition. I will include his personal history with this document. I was not able to turn up too much information on Cumberledge, but I will include what I found on him and on the 6th Wva. Original pension documents are not often seen and, of course, Raum's signature makes this one particularly desirable.
photoPrepared on official stationery headed "U.S. Mustering & Disbursing Office / State of Ohio / Columbus, O" and written in black ink, the order is dated 18 August 1864. It is addressed to Captain James Thompson of the 2nd Artillery in Cincinnati, Ohio and provides, on the order of Colonel Potter, that "certain parties who have not been mustered in have, nevertheless, rendered military service to the government in the regiment" be duly mustered in with the date of their muster to coincide with the beginning of their service. After this has been done, Thompson is ordered to muster the regiment out of service. The order is signed by S. H. Starr, Major of the 6th Cavalry. Starr commanded the 6th Cavalry in the battle west of Gettysburg to delay Confederate reinforcements. Most of the unit suffered casualties and was cited for heroism. The document is in excellent condition
photoThis telegram was sent via The American Telegraph Company on 22 November 1861 to the Providence Tool Co. One William Borden inquires as to when the work requested for ten carriages will arrive. We have come across very few telegraph documents in the past, and this one is in excellent condition. The terms and conditions for transmission are printed at the top; the message is handwritten. Borden was the purchasing agent for Providence Tool.

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