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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

                      Confederate Custom Clearance Form for the 1st Ship                                  To Sail After Fall of Ft. Sumter Dated April 15 1861                               A very significant Document from the start of the Civil War


                             Titled : Confederate States District and Port of Charleston SC

                       Custom House Port of Clearance Form  *   Price: $2200


                                    Issued to Commander B.F. Pickens of the Schooner "Challenge"       ON-HOLD

                                    Sailing from Freetown MA to Darien GA

              * Formerly from L. Leigh Collection                          

The first ship to leave the Port of Charleston Harbor following the bombardment and surrender of Fort Sumter by Major Anderson to Confederate forces. The ship was on routine port of call when the attack of Ft. Sumter began on April 12 1861 and was trapped until allowed to leave three days later.


The CSA Custom Form (13 1/4" x 7 3/4") is signed and seal embossed by:


 William F. Colcock (1804-1889) - an important South Carolina attorney

  • Member of SC House of Representatives 1831-1848

  • SC House Speaker 1841-1848

  • Member of US Representatives 1849-1853

  • Chief Collector of Port of Charleston 1853-1865


John Laurens- Naval Officer for Port of Charleston CS, originally from NC


The Confederate Custom Clearance Form comes in fine glass, gold finished wood frame (29" x 21") with detail cutouts of historical information and images including a reference to a January 1861 NY Times article of "HOW VESSELS ARE CLEARED AT THE CHARLESTON CUSTOM-HOUSE".

It states Colcock and Laurens are lining out with a pen on the US Treasury Department Form the words "Independence of the United States of America" and writing in "Independence of the State of South Carolina".

Note : Both men have their owned embossed notary seal of a Palmetto Tree and Sailing Ship.

The documentation practice was stopped when the new Confederate Custom Form for the Port of Charleston was initiated after the fall of Fort Sumter.


Note: records show that when the ship "Challenge" left port on April 15 1861, Confederate forces on the opposite side of the harbor did not receive any messages that the ship was free to sail, and fired several cannon rounds but missed hitting the ship.   


A truly fine historical document from the beginning of the Civil War, worthy of any collection of memorabilia.

Mint Condition Washington Light Infantry Medal - Pre Civil War 1860 South Carolina Militia Artifact  Price $2200  ON-HOLD

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.   


Signed CDV of Pvt. Hall T. McGee in Co. A 18th SC Artillery Battery "Palmetto Guards"

Also Known as Manigault’s Battalion – 18th SC Heavy Siege Train Artillery     SOLD


At age 20 Private McGee joined the Palmetto Guard (PG)  in Charleston. The PG fought at Fort Sumter, Grimball’s Landing on Stono River, Battery Wagner, James and Johns Island. The PG is the only land group to capture a Union Gunboat (USS Navy Issac Smith) on Jan. 30, 1863 at the Stono River near Charleston.

Assigned on Dec. 1863 as an aid with SC Gen. Johnson Hagood's staff, Pvt. McGee participated and wrote a graphic diary about CSA forces fighting during the siege of Petersburg VA and the Battle at the Crater. In Sept. 1864 Pvt. McGee rejoined the PG in North Carolina to fight against Sherman’s Carolina Campaign, surrendered at Greensboro in 1865. He returned to home in Charleston SC and lived out his life. 

This original photograph is signed on the front by Pvt. McGee and also is written on the reverse by him: "Jany 30th 1863 Capture of Gun Boat I Smith on Stono River".  McGee was present when his unit captured the boat. The image also shows McGee's Kepi on a table with the letters "PG" below a cockade type insignia.

On January 30, 1863 the Union gunboat, the Isaac P. Smith, was firing at Battery White from the Stono River around Charleston.  Men of the 18th SC Artillery went to Grimball’s Landing, hid their artillery under the hay stacks and caught the boat in the cross fire.  It is believed to be the only time that land troops have seized a waterborne boat. That day she was caught in a cross fire from masked shore batteries. Disabled by accurate fire and with her deck covered with wounded men, her captain surrendered the ship rather than risk their lives. Eight men were dead and 17 were wounded.


The Isaac P. Smith went on to serve as a blockade runner for the Confederacy.  

A famous image of the Palmetto Artillery group drilling with a 12 lb cannon taken on the Stono River in 1863 appears to show Pvt. McGee standing to the right side of the right cannon wheel sporting his mustache and large sideburns as seen in his CDV.

A great signed South Carolina artillery soldier image. Comes with military record and other related documentation & copy of photos.   Price $2600


Recent Image of Hall T. McGee, possibly post war, from an auction sale that sold for $4300 plus buyer fee.

1918 Palmetto Iron Works Letter Columbia SC

Same Facility the Famous Wm Glaze Palmetto Armory Made Weapons for SC in 1851-1853

Letter is a response to an inquiry if the plant was same configuration that made famous weapons, and its states that the "dies and other forms used were destroyed when Sherman went through" and nothing is around that "would ever tell it was used for such work". 

The letter gives the line of succession from Wm Glaze, Shields & Glaze, and finally Mr. Geo. A. Shields who died at 92 around 1911. Letter signed by David King, an employee and possible current owner. 

Price $275






Group of 1840-1860 Civilian Images Created As Either Daquerreotype (D), Ambrotype (A), or Tintype (T) Photographs    (Discount Given on Two or More Images) All Images are in full intact leather cases. *1/6th size, ^ 1/9th size 

1. Mullato Servant Woman w Striped Dress (A) $175*

2. Young Gentleman (D) by S.W. Colton $150*

Note: Photographer is a woman - Sabine W. Colton of Phil.  

3. Girl Child on chair (A) $100*

4. Young Woman in white collar and cuffs (A) $75*

5. Young Man with bow tie & stripe vest (D) $100*

6. Mother w Young Boy (D) $80*

7. Young Woman with curled locks (A) $75^ 

Major Robert Anderson Hand Written Letter Dated May 30 1861 - Written 46 Days After the Surrender of Ft. Sumter – 15 Days After Promotion to Brig. General 


An artillery major while commanding the doomed Fort Sumter, Anderson became a true hero after its fall and was a made Brigadier General by Pres. Lincoln when he penned this letter. Major Anderson was a West Point Graduate in 1825.

Robert Anderson's actions during the 4 months siege of Fort Sumter made him an immediate national hero. Anderson took the fort's 33-star flag with him to New York City, where he participated in a Union Square patriotic rally that was the largest public gathering in North America up to that time. During the war the flag was used throughout the North to symbolize American nationalism and rejection of secessionism. The flag was transformed into a sacred symbol of patriotism.

The two page folded letter was written completely by Anderson from Cincinnati Ohio, May 31 1861, to Col. George Washington Cullum in DC, aid de camp to Gen. Winfield Scott. Anderson was along time friend to Gen. Scott going back to the 2nd Seminole War and Mexican War. The letter was written to introduce his brother's son/his nephew, Lt./Capt. Thomas M Anderson, to Gen. Scott, the current Chief of the US Army.

The letter reads as follows:

"My nephew Lt. T. M. Anderson will hand you this - He goes on to report for duty with his Regt 22 (actually 2nd US ) Cavalry. He is a young man of excellent character and as he has a very commendable ambition to serve our country, I hope that you shall make a good soldier of him. I do not hand him a letter to my friend the general because I know that if the Genl (Gen. Winfield Scott) can see him you will introduce him. My Doctors have spoken to me very plainly about the absolute necessity for my avoiding all excitement and have advised me to ask to be relieved from duty. Present my affect(ions) to the General. Yours Sincerely Robert Anderson USA"

Anderson's health had been an chronic problem since his wounding during the Mexican War, and he was likely physically and mentally drained from the Ft. Sumter experience and surrender. He accepted a disability type leave from the Army in Oct. 1863 at age 57, but continued on staff in the Eastern Dept. till 1869. The letter foretells his eventual semi-retirement. Anderson did raise the original Ft. Sumter Flag at the fort on April 14 1865.

Born near Louisville, Kentucky, his father, Richard Clough Anderson Sr. (1750–1826), served in the Continental Army as an aide-de-camp to the Marquis de Lafayette during the American Revolutionary War, and was a charter member of the Society of the Cincinnati; his mother, Sarah Marshall (1779–1854), was a cousin of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States.


A great war time letter from a Civil War Hero. The letter is very fine condition on quality stationary with normal folds, 8 3/4" x 7" 

Price $2100 Now $1500

Note: The image of Anderson is for illustration only showing he was crowned a HERO in 1861 by Photographer Abbott of New York among other officials and groups of that time.


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

I also have available a war dated CDV of Johnny Clem with his real signature on the back. Make inquiry for more detail.

This printed history is on the back of the CDV of Clem

1/9th Ambrotype Image of Mass. Militia Soldier from "Sutton Light Infantry"

The circa 1855 clear image is in an ornate hard rubber case marked inside 1856 LittleField, Parsons & Co. The soldier's two piece ornate waist belt buckle is one of the largest ever created and was used by this militia per O'Donnell's Book on plates. See photo below. Price $395 


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 $5400

Original Gold 1861 Leesburg Medal shown above.

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