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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 Now $295
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.
Two Quarter Plate Size Hard Rubber Cases with Tintype Images of Married Couple of Wealth & Southern Woman of Means with Her African Servant
Both cases are in strong condition with 2 minor corner chips on the cherub shooting a deer case. Hinges are fine as well the closing mechanisms. The outside surfaces (front and back) are clean with no scratches or blemishes. The images may show some light camera shadows but are not part of the actual photographs.
The two images of a married couple show persons well dressed reflecting their probable wealth. The gentleman has well groomed hair and beard. His wife is wearing a neck brooch and scarf and has very frilly dress sleeves and waist band.
The photographic case exterior shows a woman sitting on a horse side saddle with a hunting dog lying on the fore ground. The double image case comes with a CDV of the same horse woman image that is molded into the case. Possible this couple raised and rode horses and liked this art creation on the case. Price $475 Now $400
The second image shows a southern woman standing, well dressed with a lace collar and old neck clasp / pin and a gold hanging locket or watch. The lady holds a ribbon decorated hat in her hand her lower part of her dress has nice light and dark stripes. The sitting mulatto woman servant is wearing a tied white scarf on her head, holding a book and has a ring on her right hand. The fact that the elderly mulatto woman is sitting shows the respect the southern woman has for her. Price $1250 SOLD
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. Two Cloth Framed Images (T) - Child w Book in Hands 1/6th & Man/Woman Couple 1/9th - Possible CW Soldier Half Case $140 Now $70
2. Young Woman with curled locks (A) 1/9th $80 Now $40
Group of Civil War Stereoview Cards produced by Taylor & Huntington of Hartford Ct in the 1870's to 1880's period. Each Titled: 1861 - PHOTOGRAPHIC HISTORY - 1865. Very nice condition - priced as marked. Come in a plastic protective cover.
Brady Image - Cumberland Landing above
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 as shown below - 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.
1/6th Tin Plates of Adorable Twin Brother & Sister Price $475
A great pair of identical twin boy and girl images sitting in small chairs. The double images are in a nice condition leather case with the same brass border frames. The boy shows five pointed stars on his shirt and cuffs with brown laced shoes and a pair of buttoned trousers over leggings. The girl is holding a pull string cloth bag or small purse with black laced shoes. She is wearing a dark shirt top and lighter short skirt over an under skirt and leggings. The faces and hair style of each child are identical. A great set of images of twin children from the mid 19th century.
Civil War Silver 9th Corps Shield Type Soldier Badge - Identified to John ON-HOLD Pearson - 14th New York Heavy Artillery Co. A - 1st Division Price $2300 Now $1800
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