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Brady CDV of Major General A. A. Humphreys w His Signed Business Card
Major General Andrew Atkinson Humphreys (November 2, 1810 – December 27, 1883)
A career United States Army officer, civil engineer, and a Union General in the American Civil War. He served in senior positions in the Army of the Potomac, including Division command, Chief of Staff, and Corps command, and was Chief Engineer of the U.S. Army.
Andrew Atkinson Humphreys was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to a family with Quaker ancestry. His grandfather, Joshua, was the "Father of the American Navy", who had served as chief naval constructor from 1794-1801 and designed the first U.S. warship, including the USS Constitution ("Old Ironsides") and her sister ships.
Humphreys entered the United States Military Academy (West Point) at the age of seventeen. He graduated from the Academy on July 1, 1831. Upon graduation Humphreys joined the second artillery regiment at Fort Moultrie in South Carolina. Near the beginning of the Seminole Wars he followed his regiment in the summer of 1836 to Florida where he received his first combat experience.
A nice CDV and signature of a significant Union General. Price $295
Image of Humphreys shown standing left of tent pole in camp at Antietam with Pres. Lincoln
Circa 1882 Albumin Copy of Old Libby Prison - Richmond - Made from an Original Charles Rees Image of August 1863 - The printer added a “CSA” to the foreground Tent
Libby Prison served as the headquarters for the Confederate States Military Prisons since the first of the year 1863 and was the depot prison to which all prisoners were brought before being transferred to other facilities in or outside the city. Each day more prisoners were brought in than would leave, thus increasing the prison population at Libby.
After a short lull during the prisoner exchange program, the population quickly rose to over 4,000 and was never less than 1,200 prisoners on each floor, or an average of 400 to each room.
The building was 3 stories at the front, 4 stories in the rear, and measured almost 45,000 square feet. The inside was divided into 3 sections by thick walls that extended up from the basement to the roof. There was 100 prisoners in each room.
During the capture of Richmond April 3 1865, Rees’s Studio / Negtives were mostly destroyed by fire. Albumin is 10 x 8 inches - antique frame is 14.5 x 12.5 inches. Price $395
Four men in foreground – Wm D. Turner, Clerk Erasmus Ross, Jailer Richard Turner, & Commandant Thomas Turner and a small Child to the left of Ross. Printer added CSA letters to the tent. Charles Rees's original image on stereocard below.
Mint Condition Washington Light Infantry Medal - Pre Civil War July 4 1860 South Carolina Militia Medal & Col. Simonton Signed Soldier Pass to Go to Charleston Dated 1863 Price $2200
This item is a beautiful WLI (Washington Light Infantry) bronze medal (39mm diameter) and was issued in the fall of 1860 following the annual 4th of July parade in downtown Charleston, for which the Washington Light Infantry had raised the enlistment role to 144 men divided into two companies (A and B). The WLI was the premier militia unit of the city enlisted mostly sons of wealthy families and is considered rare today - it is estimated less than 12 - 14 of the original 144 issued medals still exist today.
The Obverse of the medal features an excellent engraving of the WLI’s crest – an angel (or winged Victory) with horn flying above the clouds. The unit’s motto “Virtue and Valor” appears above the angel with the initials” W.L.I.” below. Immediately under the clouds in very small letters are the diesinker’s initials “R.L.” – Robert Lovett – and his address “Phila.” for Philadelphia. Lovett made the famous Confederate Cent.
The Washington Light Infantry was formed on June 22, 1807 following the British attack on the U.S. Chesapeake. (Many such militia units took Washington's birthday as their "fictitious" founding date.) The unit was the ancestor of today's 188th Infantry Regiment.
The Reverse of the medal features a rendition of the state seal of South Carolina above the following inscription. W.L.I. / Capt. Simonton / 144 Men / 4th July / 1860. Around this inscription is a long ribbon with the date 22d. Feb, 1807 and the following names: Lowndes, Cross, Crafts, Simons, Miller, Gilchrist, Ravenel, Lee, Jervey, Porter, Walker and Hatch. These are the names of the first twelve commanders of the WLI and the date of the WLI’s founding.
Charleston Captain Charles H. Simonton (the group’s commander from 1857 to 1862 until he became Colonel of the 25th SC Regiment) presented 144 militia men with rifles- with each man receiving a medal in late 1860.
Period newspaper indicates that July 4th 1860 was the occasion for a grand military parade in Charleston in which many local units participated. Among those groups was the Washington Light Infantry under Capt. Simonton.
When the Civil War broke out the WLI became part of the 25th SC Regiment (Eutaw Battalion - Co's A & B) in Feb. 1862 serving with high distinction in the Charleston area (Secessionville, James Island, Battery Wagner and Fort Sumter). Company B of the 25th SC Regiment was later sent to Petersburg VA and Fort Fisher NC where they fought with bravery.
The medal also comes with a paper military pass dated June 6 1863 from Secessionville James Island for Capt. N.Z. Mazyck to see Lt. Duc in Charleston and is signed by Col. Simonton, 25th SC. Subject - Private Business. It also comes with several pieces of supporting and informational documents including two photocopies of the WLI in camp during the war with a WLI lettering on a soldier's kepi and of the current WLI headquarters building in Charleston.
1873 Bronze Electrotype Copy of The Great Seal of The Confederacy
A extremely fine example of the Confederate Great Seal electro copy and its well preserved leather covered, wood protective display case with snap latch - one of the best existing case! Price $2800 Acceptable Offers Considered
On April 30, 1863, the Confederate Congress decreed a Great Seal would be created showing the great Richmond bronze equestrian monument of George Washington as the Center and the Date/Motto “FEBRUARY 22 1862 – DEO VINDICE” (With God As Our Defender).
The Great Seal was made in England by master engraver Joseph Wyon with Secretary of State Judah Benjamin in charge of its creation.
The Seal was made of almost pure Silver - came with an ivory handle, screw press and other supplies, and was ready for delivery in mid 1864.
The SEAL was 3 5/8 inch Diameter, ¾ inch Thick, 3 Troy Oz Weight. After a few attempts, Lt. Robert Chapman managed to bring the Seal from Bermuda through the Union blockade at Wilmington NC, arriving in Richmond in the fall of 1864.
Near the end of the Civil War, Sec. Benjamin asked his chief clerk William Bromwell to hide the Confederate State Department official documents and the GREAT SEAL. Bromwell arrived in Charlotte on April 1 1865 and placed the material in a local court house.
In 1866 the location of the Seal was only known to Bromwell and his Washington DC employer, lawyer Col. John T. Pickett (no relation to Gen. Pickett). In 1868 Pickett persuaded Bromwell to sell the Confederate State Department paperwork to the Federal Government for $500,000 but in 1871 the United States agreed to only $75,000.
When news broke of the sale of Confederate documents in the South, Col. John Pickett of DC was vilified! To redeem himself, in the Spring of 1873 Pickett quietly borrowed the Great Seal to make in New York City 1000 - 100% accurate hollow electrotype replicas in Gold – Silver – Bronze to sell on behalf of Southern widows and orphans. One of the best electrotypers at that time, S.H. Black of New York, was employed. There were 400 Bronze, 350 Silver and 250 Gold plated copies made. The electrotype copies were sold in a velvet-lined, leather-covered wood presentation case with the electro copy mounted in a brass ring with a protective glass bezel.
Group of 1840-1860 Civilian Images Created As Either Daquerreotype (D), Ambrotype (A), or Tintype (T) Photographs All Images are in full or half leather cases. 50% OFF shown price below.
1. Older Woman (T) w Book Framed w Cloth Half case $100
2. Two Cloth Framed Images (T) - Child w Book in Hands 1/6th & Man/Woman Couple 1/9th - Possible CW Soldier Half Case $140
3. Young Woman with curled locks (A) 1/9th $80
Repaired case seam on full case
CDV Image of Confederate Lt. Wm W. Etter of Tenn
Born 1838 - enlisted as private in Co.K, 19th TN May 1861, then was promoted to Lt. on June 1 1861. Wounded in GA campaign. Died 1898 in Palmar AK. Comes with various literature shown. Price $500
Brother to Wm Etter was Columbus C. Etter killed at Shiloh in April 1862 shown above.
CDV Image of Confederate Thomas A. Symington of MD - Served in VA Latham Battery & VA 38th Heavy Artillery
Thomas Symington was born in Baltimore MD (1842-1900) and enlisted May 24 1861 in Latham's Batty (10th VA Cavalry, Co. E) and then joined VA 38th Heavy Artillery, Co. D Sept. 9 1862. He also served as an Ord. Sergt. (Feb. 6 1863) and later AAG to General James Dearing. Made Captain on Dearing's Staff through Oct. 1864. Comes with various literature shown. His brother was Staff Officer Lt. & Capt. Wm Stuart Symington who served in different capacities with Gen. Pickett. Price $1200
Capt. Wm S Symington - brother to Thomas Symington shown right.
Civil War CDV Image of Sergt. Johnny Clem
Famous 12 Year Old Drummer Boy of 22nd Mich. Infantry - Circa Oct. 1863
Clem served as a drummer boy for the 22nd Michigan at the Battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 1863. He is said to have ridden an artillery caisson to the front and wielded a musket trimmed to his size. In the course of a Union retreat, he shot a Confederate colonel who had demanded his surrender. After the battle, the "Drummer Boy of Chickamauga" was promoted to sergeant, the youngest soldier ever to be a noncommissioned officer in the United States Army.
This Image comes in a Riker Case with an original page from Feb. 6 1864 Harper's Weekly which used the same image in an article "Our Youngest Soldier" and reviewed his meeting General Rosecrans and Clem's killing of a Confederate Colonel at Battle of Chickamauga . Reverse of CDV also gives a short summary of service in the Army with reference to his participation at Battle of Chickamauga.
In October 1863, Clem was captured in Georgia by Confederate cavalry men while detailed as a train guard. The Confederates confiscated his U.S. uniform, which reportedly upset him terribly, including his cap, which had three bullet holes in it. He was included in a prisoner exchange a short time later, but the Confederate newspapers used his age and celebrity status for propaganda purposes, to show "what sore straits the Yankees are driven, when they have to send their babies out to fight us." After participating with the Army of the Cumberland in many other battles, serving as a mounted orderly, he was discharged in September 1864. Clem was wounded in combat twice during the war.
Clem Signature on CDV is a copy. Price $1100 Now $750
There is also have available a war dated CDV of Johnny Clem with his real signature on the back. Make inquiry for more detail / see below.
This printed history above is on the back of the CDV of Clem
A second CDV by Brady of a standing Johnny Clem (left) in uniform is available - back of card is signed with compliments by Johnny to
Maj. Gen. Abner Doubleday Price $3800
SOUTH CAROLINA MEDAL TO GENERAL NATHAN GEORGE EVANS - Dated 1861 - 57mm Bronze
Captain Nathan George "Shanks" Evans, South Carolina native son, played a key role in the Confederate victory at 1st Bull Run as commander of a small brigade. He was promoted to Colonel and by October of 1861, was in command of Confederate troops at Leesburg, Virginia. On October 21st, 1861.
Union General C. P. Stone authorized Col. E. Baker to move against Confederate forces opposing the Potomac river crossing fords near Poolesville. Evans intercepted, ambushed and decimated Baker’s command (Union losses 921 men Confederate losses of 149).
Evans was given the Confederate Thanks of Congress and promoted Brigadier General.
Anxious to honor one of their own, the South Carolina General Assembly commissioned this medal in gold for General Evans. The original gold medal is housed in a box imprinted with the name of James Allan & Company, Charleston, SC. and exists in the Confederate Museum in Richmond. The medal was authorized by the SC Congress between Nov. 30 - Dec. 2 1861. This was one of the first Confederate medals issued during the war.
The obverse inscription is the state motto ANIMIS * OPIBUSQUE * PARATI meaning "Prepared in Mind and Resource" around a lone palmetto tree with a mountainous landscape in the distance. Below the tree are two bundles of broken arrows and a broken tree branch. Reverse inscription in 14 lines. AWARDED/ BY A / CONCURRENT RESOLUTION/ OF THE/ GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE/ STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA/ TO/ BRIGADIER GENERAL/ NATHAN GEORGE EVANS/ FOR/ CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY/ AT/ LEESBURG, VA./ 1861
This medal is in pristine condition and came from famed collector Lewis Leigh's collection. Reportedly there was a silver one was struck and 2-3 bronze copies in existence, possibly given to the SC legislative sponsors of the bill . Price $4800
Original Gold 1861 Leesburg Medal shown above.
1/2 Ambrotype Plate in Leather Complete Case
Image shows five friends that appear to be soldiers - Union vs Confederate? Center man has a resemblance to Confederate John Mosby or perhaps a relative. The image has some loss at the top of the glass plate and adhesive tape was used to reinforce the spine. Price $150
Civil War Silver 9th Corps Shield Type Soldier Badge - Identified to John Pearson - 14th New York Heavy Artillery Co. A - 1st Division Price $2300
Die stamped silver 9th Corps Badge, commercially manufactured and inscribed around the edge, "J. Pearson 14th NY H. A." and "Co. A" on the cannon barrel. 1 3/8" high, 1 3/16" wide with T-bar pin back. The area surrounding the insignia is filled with red enamel designating 1st Division. A few chips on the red enamel, otherwise perfect and untouched.
The metal badge is stamped in a shield shape with recessed center bearing the crossed anchor and cannon of the 9th corps in relief and a red enamel background designating the first division.
This pin was owned by John Pearson, who enlisted in Company A at Oswegatchie NY on 7/28/63 when the regiment was being organized. He mustered in as private and served throughout the war, only being discharged for disability (syphilis) on 5/26/65 at Alexandria.
The regiment, organized in Rochester, spent its entire service in the first division of the 9th Corps and was one the regiments recruited as heavy artillery but drilled also as infantry and called into the field for Grant's 1864 campaign.
The Regiment was hotly engaged many times and took part in the following battles:
Wilderness, Spotsylvania, the North Anna, Bethesda Church, Cold Harbor, first assault on Petersburg, the Crater mine explosion, Weldon railroad, Peebles' farm, Lee’s attempted breakout at Fort Stedman, and the fall of Petersburg. The regiment was also present at Ny River, Totopotomy, Boydton road, and Hatcher's run.
The total enrollment of the regiment was 2,506 officers and men - total of killed and wounded 861; killed and mortally wounded 226; died of disease and other causes 301; died in Confederate prisons, 84. It was one of the nine heavy artillery regiments whose loss in killed exceeded 200. A great example of a Union Soldier ID Corps badge actually used in the war.
At the Battle of the Crater mine explosion on July 30 1864, General Burnside 9th Corps was present and the 14th NY HA regiment was selected to lead the assault at the crater and was the first to plant its colors on the enemy's works where it captured a Confederate flag. Its casualties in this action were 10 killed, 44 wounded and 78 missing; total = 132.
Position of 14th NY HA at the Battle of the Crater shown with blue arrow
Corps Badge Advertisement from NY Vendor showing identical example of John Pearson's badge - possibly he bought it from this vendor.
Pine Hill Cemetery Oswegatchie NY
Headquarters of 14th NY HA at Petersburg 1864
Large Framed (14" x 12") Albumin Image - John Henry Hillyer* - Private - 98th Ohio Volunteers - Co.F
Muster date: 8/19/1862 - Age at Muster: 17 - Place Captured: Chickamauga Georgia -Date Captured: 9/20/1864
Status: Died at Andersonville Oct. 16 1864 - Cause of Death: Diarrhea
From the American Civil War Data Base:
John H. Hillyer Residence was not listed; 17 years old
Enlisted on 8/19/1862 as a Private
On 8/20/1862 he mustered into "F" Co. OH 98th Infantry
He died of disease as POW on 10/16/1864 at Andersonville, GA
He was listed as: * POW 9/20/1863 Chickamauga, GA
Other Information: Buried: Andersonville National Cemetery Andersonville, GA - Gravesite: 11029 Price $1800 ON-HOLD
* Family documentation on back of image - Comes 1890 newspaper antedote & five letters by Hillyer
This regiment was organized at Steubenville, Aug. 20 and 21, 1862, to serve for three years. It left Camp Mingo for Covington, Ky., where it received its arms, and then moved on to Lexington. In October it marched on the Bardstown turnpike and took a prominent part in the bloody battle of Perryville, losing 230 in killed and wounded. During the next year its operations were mostly in Tennessee.
It participated in the battle of Chickamauga, going into the engagement with 196 men and 11 officers, and lost 50 killed and wounded and 2 taken prisoners which included Hillyer.
It was with Sherman's army in the Atlanta campaign, participating in the engagements at Buzzard Roost Gap, Resaca, Rome, Dallas, and Kennesaw mountain, losing in the last named battle 34 men killed and wounded. It also lost several men in the battle of Peachtree creek, and at Jonesboro it lost 41 killed and wounded.
It proceeded with Sherman's army in its march to the sea and up through the Carolinas and took part in the fierce fight at Bentonville, N. C. The regiment was mustered out on June 1, 1865.
Family notation written on back of image shown above.
Pvt. Hillyer in full uniform is well equipped with his waist belt and buckle, musket, bayonet w scabbard, cap box, cartridge box and sling, breast plate, and pocket type pistol in his belt.
Grave marker shown on left from Andersonville Prison.
Newspaper article shown on right by Comrade Sergt. John L. Erwin from 1890 who also served in the Co. F 98th Ohio about Hillyer's performance at Battle of Chickamauga. A confederate soldier surprised him during the fight, ordered him to lay down his gun and was told to move on. Hillyer saw a lost musket on the ground and once his captor passed by the gun, John sprung back, seized the cocked / loaded musket and shot him and returned to his company.
Hillyer was lucky the musket operated properly.
The image of Pvt. John H. Hillyer comes with five letters he wrote - one in 1862 and four in 1863. Letters contain 2- 4 sides each. The spelling, sentence construction and penmanship reflect limited abilities, minor tears but overall good condition.
Items 1-4 to John’s Father - Item 5 to John’s Sister
1. Feb. 28 (1863) Franklin Tenn - Patriotic stationary
2. May 24 1863 Camp near Franklin Tenn - Patriotic stationary
3. May 31 1863 Camp near Franklin
4. Aug 25 (1863) Wartrace Tenn
5. Dec. 13 Monday (no location or date - probably 1862)
(Dec. 13 1862 was a Saturday – in Dec. 1863 he would have been a prisoner of war and probably could not send a letter.
Letters have family content and discuss the war situation, duty activities, the 98th company works the hardest compared to other regiments, references to Grant, Hooker, Bragg and Balls Bluff. Two close friends or relatives, Charles and James, died and in his letter back to his sister he expresses grief for his mother in her declining years and he wished he could be with her. Image comes with a packet of research information.
First Generation Cabinet Card Image of Samuel S. Boggs - Co. E - 21st IL Upon Release from Confederate Andersonville Prison Price $1200 SOLD
The card (4 ¼ x 6 ½) was probably given /sold by Boggs with his book published in 1889 “Eighteen Months A Prisoner Under The Rebel Flag” to a recipient who then wrote on the card:
(Samuel) "Boggs, E 21st ILL after 18 months in Rebel prison / weight when captured 167 pounds / reduced by starvation to 72
not sick but starved / now 55 years old."
Note: Boggs was born in 1838 – this card is probably from ~1893
Samuel S. Boggs was a POW captured at Battle of Chickamauga in 1863 and served his last 9 months out of 18 months in Andersonville Prison after being initially at Belle Isle and Libby Prisons. Cabinet card comes with a package of research information. This particular identified image is not one commonly found and is probably be very scarce.
Samuel Boggs in later life
Boggs' Book above written in 1889 (modern republication) - Boggs homestead in Kansas ~1871 left - Grave Marker right
Moultrie County IL Historical & Genealogical Society - Samuel S. Boggs, a civil war vet from Lovington IL, Sam was born in 1838 in Pennsylvania. He came to Illinois as a young boy with his parents. They settled first in Shelby Co. but by 1858 he was a resident of Lovington.
He had many occupations & adventures during his life. He joined the IL 21st Co. E in June 1861 as a Corporal - later became a Seargent. He was injured during the battle of Stone Mt. and at Chickamauga. At the latter in 1863 he was captured and with 1000s of other Union soldiers sent to Richmond, VA, where he was incarcerated first at both Belle Island & Libby prison. He then was sent south to Andersonville GA until the end of the war.
He wrote a book in 1889 of these years "18 Months a Prisoner Under The Rebel Flag" which sold for $5.
When he was released at the end of war he weighed 97 lbs because of starvation diet and conditions as a POW. He returned to Lovington and married Margaret Hostettler in 1867. Shortly thereafter they joined many others traveling west to the open prairie lands to homestead. Most of their 7 children were born in Kansas.
While in Kansas Mr. Boggs became prominent in politics and served in several minor offices and 1 or 2 terms in Kansas legislature. They returned to Lovington about 1885 where Sam become a businessman, farmer and active in community affairs.
His "spirit of unrest" led him to travel far and wide as he shared his adventures of his Civil War days in captivity. He even went to Alaskan gold fields. He would eventually buy an additional farm near Vicksburg, MS, and travel annually between there and Lovington. He died at his Vicksburg farm in 1911. His body was brought home for burial at Keller Cemetery. He was an active member of the Lovington IL GAR and Masons.