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10-06-20 - Seated Custer CDV by John Golden of Washington, DC - This is an outstanding cdv of Custer in full regalia. He is stately seated with his arm resting on the back of the posing chair, with his other gently placed on his leg. He has his slouch hat cocked just so, in order to show off his well attended hair. He sports his identifiable mustache and goatee. The edges have been trimmed, but the image is very sharp, with strong contrast. $1,450.00

 

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10-06-021 - Samual Saul of the 201st Pennsylvania Vols. CDV - On 8/18/1864 he mustered into “F” Co. PA 201st Infantry. It was the first ready for duty of the ten regiments furnished by the state under the president’s call of July 18, 1864, for 500,000 men, been recruited to the maximum strength in less than 30 days. Co. F was sent to McConnellsburg, where it was employed during the fall and winter in arresting and forwarding deserters, the main body of the regiment performed guard duty on the Manassas gap railroad near Gainesville and Thoroughfare gap until Nov. 13, and was then placed in Camp Slough, Alexandria, on guard duty. On May 26 1865, it was ordered to Fort Delaware, where it remained until the close of its term. It was mustered out at Harrisburg on June 21, 1865. The back of this CDV has the mans name “Sam Saul” in pencil, and in ink below “Mrs. Richard Earnest wrote to this lad during the Civil War. Very likely her lover.” $125.00

 

 

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10-06-022 - Seated Sheridan CDV - This is from Brady’s Washington DC photo studio, and shows a stern looking Sheridan with his Two Star uniform, and non regulation cap. A nice rare Sheridan pose. $265.00

 

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10-06-023 - CDV of Colonel Charles Henry VanWyck 56th NY - This regiment, recruited by Col. Charles H. Van Wyck,received its numerical designation and was organized October 15, 1861, at Newburgh, and there mustered in the service of the United States for three years October 28, 1861. It consisted of eleven companies, and with it were also recruited two light batteries and two troops of cavalry, the whole being known as the 10th Legion. The light batteries became the 7th and 8th Independent Batteries, and the two troops of cavalry were assigned to the 1st Mounted Rifles. The eleventh company, L, of the regiment was also known as the 5th Company, New York Sharpshooters, and 10th Legion Sharpshooters. They spent their time fighting through VA and SC and had heavy losses at Fair Oaks, Honey Hill, and Dingle’s Mill. This cdv is marked from “BOGARDUS New York” and in pencil on the back it says “Col. Chas VanWick 56th N.Y. Id’d by Roger Hunt” $259.00

 

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10-06-024 CDV of Brig. General Simon Goodell Griffin, he enlisted on 5/27/1861 as a Captain. On 6/1/1861 he was commissioned into “B” Co. NH 2nd Infantry, On 10/26/1861 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NH 6th Infantry, and on 5/12/1864 he was commissioned into US Volunteers General Staff he made Brig-General 5/12/1864 and then Major-Gen 4/2/1865 by Brevet. While Simon was with the 6th NH he led them to battle at many important battles, and they saw heavy losses at 2nd Bull Run, and Gettysburg. With 43 killed and 239 wounded at these two battles. This CDV is autographed on the front in ink, though the bottom portion of his writing has been clipped off. The backmark is from Whitehurst Gallery in Washington, DC with M. J. Powers as the photographer. $250.00

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10-06-025 - This is a rarity. Col. Daniel W. McConnell of the 3rd Reg. Mich. Infantry. The regiment left Grand Rapids June 13, 1861, for Washington, D. C., to join the army of the Potomac, and one month afterward took part in the action at Blackburn’s Ford, Va. Col. McConnell resigned Oct. 22. 1861, and Major Champlin
was commissioned Colonel Oct. 28, 1861, and under his command the Third went Into winter quarters at Alexandria, Va.,until the following March, when It was assigned to General Berry’s Brigade. Third Division, Third Corps, and entered upon the Peninsula campaign conducted by General McClellan 1862.
The front is a dedication “Col. D. W. McConnell 3rd Regt Mich Vols to Major Williams 2d Mich Vols” and on the back he signs it “D McConnell Col 3d Reg Mich Infantry” This was likely given to his friend Adolphus Wesley Williams who was the Major in the 2nd Michigan. $350.00

 

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10-06-026 - CDV of General John White Geary of the 28th PA Infantry. In April, 1862, Col. Geary was made a brigadier-general, but the regiment remained under his command. It was attached in May to Gen Banks’ division and took part in the battle of Front Royal. Soon, however, it was again assigned to Gen. Geary’s command and became part of the 2nd brigade, 1st division, 2nd corps. Under Gen. Pope, in the Army of Virginia, the regiment fought bravely at Cedar mountain and the second Bull Run. It was engaged at Antietam and in various strategic movements that followed to Harper’s Ferry, Leesburg, Winchester, etc. From Jan. to April, 1863, the 28th was stationed at Acquia creek. Then followed the Chancellorsville campaign, in which it lost a third of its number in the three days, battle. On May 5, it returned to Acquia creek remaining there until June I3, when it marched to Gettysburg and participated in the battle. The regiment remained with the Army of the Potomac until September, when it was ordered to join the Army of the Cumberland. At Murfreesboro it engaged the enemy; remained guarding the road from Murfreesboro to Tullahoma for two weeks; arrived at Bridgeport, Ala., late in October; took part in the battle of Lookout mountain; and in the next few days participated in the battles of Missionary ridge and Ringgold. On Nov 29, Gen. Grant reviewed the troops who fought at Lookout mountain and praised them highly for their courage and discipline. Winter quarters were established at Bridgeport, where the men re-enlisted as a veteran regiment and were furloughed. After their return to the front the regiment fought at Guntersville Triana Rocky Face ridge, Resaca, Pumpkin Vine creek, New Hope Church, Pine knob, Lost mountain, Muddy creek, Nose’s creek, Kolb’s farm, Kennesaw mountain, and Marietta. Almost daily engaged, the army won its way to Atlanta. The 28th followed Sherman’s army through the Atlanta campaign, the march to the sea, and all its varied service until mustered out on July 18, 1865, near Alexandria, Va.
This is backmarked “Henszey & Co. PHOTOGRAPHERS Philadelphia” and is identified in pencil on the back. A great CDV for any PA collectors out there. $85.00

 

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10-06-027 - Medical CDV of Surgeon - This was taken by “R.A. Lewis of New York” and shows a 3/4 view of a well dressed Surgeon with his Medical Staff Sword at his hip, and holding his slouch hat with its hat cords. He also has his sash around his waist to complement the rest of the uniform. Not sure who this man is, but he seems to be a man of high station. $100.00

 

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10-06-028 - CDV of Brig. General Giles Alexander Smith - Enlisted on 6/14/1861 as a Captain and was commissioned into “D” Co. MO 8th Infantry. On 8/4/1863 he was commissioned into US Volunteers General Staff and finally mustered out on 2/1/1866.
Promotions: * Brig-General 8/4/1863 * Major-Gen 9/1/1864 by Brevet (Atlanta & Savannah, GA)* Major-Gen 11/24/1865.
In a field report from Gen. John McDonald “ Company D, Capt. Giles A. Smith commanding, deserves great credit for his coolness and the condition in which he held his men during the fight. This CDV does not have a backmark, and the front has a few smudges on it, but is otherwise clear and sharp. $195.00 AJJ

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10-06-029 - General George Ranney Myers NY 18th Infantry “The New York State Rifles” - George enlisted as Major in the middle of May 1861 and was commissioned into the Field & Staff of the 18th NY. He was promoted to lt. Colonel in November of 1861, then to Colonel in August of 1862 and he made Brevet Brig-General in March of 1865. While he was leading the 18th NY the regiment was ordered to Alexandria and became a part of the 2nd brigade, 5th division, Army of Northeastern Virginia. It advanced with the army to Manassas, encountered the enemy on the Braddock road, at Fairfax Station and Blackburn’s ford, and participated in the Bull Run battle as support for artillery. It was active at West Point and in the Seven Days’ battles, its loss being heaviest in the battle of Gaines’ mill.
From the Report of Lieut. Col. George R. Myers, Eighteenth New York Infantry, of the battle of Crampton’s Pass.
“I then gave the order to charge, the Thirty-second New York being on my right and the Sixteenth New York on my left. On rising the hill to the road which ran along its side, we received a terrific volley from the enemy. It was here that I met with my heaviest loss, the fire of the enemy being well directed and fatal. At this point the lamented Capt. William Horsfall was killed while gallantly leading his men to the charge, and Lieut. Daniel Daley and William Ellis severely wounded while at the head of their companies, in the same charge. The men staggered for a moment, but, at the command, immediately rushed on the enemy, killing and wounding many of the same.”
This CDV is encased in a hard plastic case and is in excellent condition. The corners are sharp, and the image is strikingly sharp showing Brig-General Myers standing next to a pedestal in his uniform, holding his cap by his side. The back has no photographer markings, and is identified in pencil. $225.00

 

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10-06-030 - CDV of Major General Nathaniel Prentiss Banks USV - This is an Anthony print of a Brady Negative, and shows a 3/4 view of the General in full dress gear. He has on his Epaulets, and is carrying his fanciest dress sword. You can even see the elaborate ring mounts on his scabbard. There are a few nicks on the left side of the backing paper, but the image is in very good condition, with a small stain behind his shoulder. $75.00

 

 

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10-06-031 - CDV of Adrian Starrett - This clipped CDV shows two gentleman seated together on a settee one of whom is smoking his cigar. The backmark is “THEO. LILIENTHAL’S Photographic Gallery, 102 Poydras St., N. O.” The back is marked in ink “A. J. Starret + Friend” and the top is marked with pencil “Acting Master Adrian J Starrett U.S. S. Maria A. Wood W. Gulf Blockading Squadron”. According to online Naval Documents we find that “Sunken obstructions placed in the channel of Blakely River, Mobile Bay, Alabama, were removed by blasting directed by Master Adrian C. Starrett, USS Maria A. Wood, thus clearing navigational hazards from Mobile Bay.” Adrian had been enlisted in 1859 and was a gunner before he became Acting Master in December of 1862. He was a local Ohioan. $175.00

 

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10-06-032 - CDV of Samual F Nevin of 42nd USCT - Enlisted on 9/14/1861 as a Private in “C” Co. PA 87th Infantry. He was discharged for promotion on 10/13/1864 later on 2/1/1865 he was commissioned into “G” Co. US CT 42nd Infantry. He finally was Mustered Out on 1/31/1866. While he was with the 87th Pa, they saw many minor skermishes in the states of Virginia, Maryland, and South Carolina. While he was in the 42nd they were on guard and garrison duty at Chattanooga, Tenn., in District of East Tennessee, and in Dept. of the Cumberland, and Dept. of Georgia during entire term. No backmark on this CDV but it is signed in ink on the back “Truly your Samual F Nevin 2nd Lieut. “G” co 23nd USCT” The vignette image is a nice bust view with good detail. $85.00 DE

 

 

 

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10-06-033 - Group CDV of 5 Soldiers from Taylor’s Battery - The back is labeled in pencil up top, and it was then copied in ink below. It says that these men were “Lawyer Hunt / DO Stickney / DO Reed / Mr. Wentworth / A Onsey - all in Taylor’s Battery - Chicago 1861” So the men are as follows, the first is either Robert J, or Wesley Hunt, then it is Charles W. Stickney, than Hiram, Horace or Jerry Reed, than Samuel F. Wentworth. Taylor’s Battery was organized early in the Civil War by Ezra Taylor as Company B, Chicago Light Artillery. The unit was accepted into Federal service in July as Company B of the First Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Light Artillery. Approximately 207 members from the greater Chicago region fought under Generals William T. Sherman and Ulysses S. Grant and were recognized as one of the finest light artillery units in the Army. The battery’s six guns were heard at most of the great battles of the West, including Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Vicksburg, Chattanooga and Atlanta. The battery was discharged in July of 1864. Seventy One of its members reenlisted for the duration of the war and served with the First Illinois Light Artillery, Company A. If you go to the website www.taylorsbattery.org, you can see some of the other men of the battery. The image we have here is one not previously known from Taylor’s Battery - $300.00

 

 

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10-06-034 - Wonderful Mexican War era American Eagle Pommel Sword: A truly handsome “eagle head” circa 1840, and even more attractive as it resides in the fine original solid brass scabbard. Overall length about 36 inches. Pommel is cast with a ferocious eagle’s head. Grip is carved bone with incised ridges. The blade is profusely etched with military motifs and retains rich traces of the fire-blue finish and gold inlay. Overall very good condition, with grip being just slightly loose. One of the most handsome of all American edged weapons, these early “eagle heads” are still totally affordable and infinitely collectible as there are hundreds of variations to collect. Priced like a common 1863 dated Civil War cavalry saber, here is a great piece to add to your arms collection… Looks super hanging on the wall. $825.00

 

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10-06-035 - Remington - Beals Navy Revolver –
The early Civil War Remington 36 caliber Navy made in 1861 and 1862. Total quantity 14,500. This specimen NRA “very good” save for a small chip out of the spur on the hammer (smoothed now) … otherwise all complete and very nice. serial #11483 Wood Grips are Fine, metal is smooth gun metal grey with good markings. Front sight is early silver cone style. This gun is 100% complete and mechanically perfect. This is a great deal, as they usually go for hundreds more. $995.00

 

 

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10-06-036 - British Enfield Saber Bayonet for the Enfield 2-Band Sergeant’s rifle. Overall very good condition and complete with the scabbard, thought the steel tip is missing from the sheath. The checkered composition grips show some age and wear. A good solid example, priced right. $225.00

 

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10-06-037 - Bullseye Canteen: Standard Union Army “bullseye” canteen, this one bearing nine raised rings. Has all three brackets and the pewter spout which bears a maker’s name. Spout is slightly bent. A real nice Yankee canteen at a real fair price… $175.00

 

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10-06-038- Fine Large Civil War Field or Marine Telescope: A classic four draw telescope which measures eleven inches closed and nearly 35 inches when fully extended. Has perfect optics. Main tube is covered in braided leather IDENTICAL to an identified Michigan officer’s scope I own. Perfect to display with army or navy effects. A dandy and impressive early telescope. $325.00

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10-06-039 - Artillery Shell Jacket : Superb unissued example with a moth nip in the sleeve. Wonderful deep royal blue wool and rich crimson piping. Both sleeve linings intact, no body lining --- but you can't see the lining when you display these any way. Super bargain price $1,395.00

10-06-040 - Excellent Condition Infantry Tactics Manual published by the War Dept in 1861 or 1862 (I forget which) in excellent condition with standard gilt embossed green cloth binding. This book is both volumes of Hardee?s Tactics combined into one "War Department" version with no credit given to Hardee as he was then serving as a general in the Confederate States Army. Superb condition and priced low - $175.00


10-06-041 - Maryland Soldier's Pocket Testament: Rare state issued pocket Bible (Testament) - standard cloth bound type printed in New York by the American Bible Society in 1862, but also having a neat paper label pasted inside the front cover from the Maryland State Bible Society --- who also gave Testaments to soldiers serving in Maryland. Neat Personal item. $150.00


10-07-042 - Soldier's Bible Testament - Same as above but inscribed to a soldier in the 4th New York --- I am typing this description from memory --- call me for details. This one is dated 1864 and signed by the NY soldier with full name and unit. $245.00