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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

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Framed April 20 1866 Pres. Andrew Johnson/Edwin Stanton Commission Given to Albert F. Rittenhouse of the 6th Maryland Regiment & Framed Identified Color Albumen of 1st Lt. Rittenhouse  Price $1250 A nice group of identified Maryland officer artifacts / comes with a series of references. 

1st Captain Albert F. Rittenhouse

  • Enlisted Aug. 11 1862 – Mustered Out June 2 1865

  • Entered as Sergeant - Promoted to 2nd Lt. then promoted to 1st Lt. Jan. 1 1865

  • Brevet Captain April 2 1865 for "gallant & meritorious services during siege of Petersburg VA" per his commission - signed by Pres. Johnson and Sec. of War Stanton 

  • Wounded on Oct. 19 1864 Battle of Cedar Creek

  • Severely Wounded in Leg Storming Enemy Works South of Petersburg April 2 1865

The 6th MD Regiment was transferred to the 6th Corps on March 23 1864 and took its place in line of battle with the celebrated fighting corps of the Army of the Potomac in the battle of the Wilderness May 5 1864. The 6th Regiment participated in all the battles that followed the Battle of the Wilderness and at Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor and Petersburg - it behaved with great gallantry, suffering severely.

​This MD regiment along with the 6th Army Corps took a part in the Union victories under General Sheridan that crowned the efforts of this army at Winchester Virginia on September 19, Fisher's Hill Va. on September 22, and Cedar Creek Va. on October 19, 1864.

After the destruction of all the Confederate armies in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, the 6th MD Regiment with the 6th Army Corps returned to General Grant's army in front of Petersburg in the latter part of 1864. The regiment participated again with the 6th Corps in the assault and capture of Petersburg Va. April 2 as well as the battle of Sailor's Creek April 6 and at the final surrender of Lee's army at Appomattox Court House Va., April 9, 1865.

In an April 16 1865 Report by Lt. Col. J.C. Hill - Commander of the 6th Maryland Volunteers - "On the morning of the 2d (April) we filed out of our main works and formed the center of the first battle line of the 2nd Brigade. At about 5 am the command to advance was given and the line moved forward, completely routing and capturing the entire picket line of the enemy in our front, after which this command dashed forward and succeeded in planting the first colors on the enemy's works in our front. The regiment being formed we charged straight down the enemy's works, capturing many prisoners and assisted in capturing a battery of four guns. We then charged the second battery and succeeded in driving the enemy from their guns, but being unsupported were driven from their works. During this temporary reverse 1st Lt. Samuel W. Angel was mortally wounded while attempting to rally his men. We again formed with other portions of the brigade and retook the above-named battery. While forming the line for this charge, First Lieut​. A.F. Rittenhouse was severely wounded in the leg." 

Framed commission document is  23.5 x 19.5 inches. 

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Grave of Captain Rittenhouse Loudon Park Cemetery Baltimore Md

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Shown below Captain Albert F. Rittenhouse name on the commission document noting his gallant services at Petersburg and above the notation showing his rank 1st Lt. 6 Md Vols written on the document as well.

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Framed color image of 1st Lt. Rittenhouse below left and his name written on the back of the image (top line left) along with other pencil information on the right. Image has a repaired top right corner using archival tape. Frame is 14.5 x 12.5 inches

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Civil War Albumen Print of "Rebel Winter Quarters At Centreville Va. 1862"

$975 Now $800

Published by Taylor & Huntington "The War for The Union Series - Photographic History"

The albumen is in very fine condition with clear definition and a few light aging marks around the outer border. It totally measures 11 x 9 inches. It is placed in a nice antique wood frame 12 x 14 inches. The reverse of the photograph has a list of all the images available by Taylor & Huntington from negatives of Civil War photographers M. Brady and Alex. Gardner, and a copy of their reverse list is attached to the back of the frame. The albumens original cost 75 cents each. A very nice image.

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The picture on the left show reflections near the bottom from the glass and are not part of the image.

Back of Albumen lists other Civil War images offered by Taylor & Huntington above.

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.

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Brady Image - Cumberland Landing above

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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.

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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 

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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

The gold medal and limited bronze copies were issued around 1882 after Gen. Evans had died. They were made in Charleston SC.

This medal is in pristine condition and came from famed collector Lewis Leigh's collection. Reportedly there was a silver one was struck and 3-10 bronze copies in existence, possibly given to the SC legislative sponsors of the bill .   Price $4800

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Original Gold 1861 Leesburg Medal shown above.

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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.  

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1/6 Size Tin Plate Double Image of Civil War Union Soldier in Uniform w Musket Etc. & a Second Image of Same Soldier Sitting w His Brother or Friend in Civilian Clothes - Full Hard Rubber Case Price $595

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Soldier is wearing his Kepi, Cartridge Box/Sling, US Buckle & Breast Plate and Holding His Converted Musket - Same Soldier in Civilian Clothes w Brother or Friend shown below.

April 6 1862 William Lowndes Yancy (Aug. 10 1814 – July 27 1863)  Letter to Confederate Pres. Jefferson Davis Price $3450

Letter is endorsed and initialed by Pres. Davis as “JD” with Davis also writing on the letter "Secty of War, for attention and conference with Secty of Treasy. with a view to consultation &c."

3 ¼ pages - 7 7/8 x 12 3/16 in.  - old folds, light toning and ink staining to back page.

Yancey writes about the procurement of arms from Europe claiming "a full personal knowledge" of the capacities of European manufacturers to supply arms. Yancey points out the conflict between arms procurement agent Caleb Huse's prejudice for "the most superior rifled arms," and the European market's ability to provide those weapons. He notes, however, that there are plenty of smooth bore muskets to be obtained in Europe "if the pains is taken to find them. He advises CSA President Davis that additional officers should be put to the task of obtaining arms contracts with European manufacturers in order to supply the great abundance of arms the Confederacy will need moving forward. He secondly advises that more money will need to be sent in advance to pay and keep these contracts.

 

Yancy was a highly influential and prominent / fire-eater Southern politician and was a very vocal proponent for secession who authored the Alabama Ordinance of Secession which was passed in January of 1861. He was also chosen to head the an unsuccessful commission to present the Confederate cause to the governments of England and France later that year. He was elected to the first Confederate States Senate in February of 1862  - he died the following year at his plantation home near Montgomery Alabama.

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Pres. Davis written comments - signed "JD" above

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Letter Transcription Above

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William Yancy Image

Quarter Size Tin Type of Federal Artillery Officer (1st Lt.) Standing in a Tent Holding an Officer's Sword w Sword Knot in Hard Rubber Case  Price $950 NOW $750

This image is a Quarter Size Tin Type showing a soldier standing in a tent holding a single branch guard artillery sword with hanging sword knot and wearing a 10 button jacket and a kepi having a crossed canons insignia w a letter or number above the insignia. The soldier is wearing a rectangular brass panel plate on red colored leather belt as well as a red color cross breast strap perhaps holding a box on his back.

 

The artilleryman is also showing a patriotic bow on his jacket. His jacket shows red piping on the sleeves & jacket edge next to the button holes. There two horizontal gold stripes on the jacket red collar. 

The hard rubber case has a beautiful matching covers front and back with double latches.

A very nice clear Federal Artillery Officer Image. 

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Identified Ohio Soldier Image (1/9th Tin Type) in Octagonal Hard Case

82nd Ohio Regiment – Co. H - Pvt. William Webster Beardsly (1841 – 1866)

Enlisted 12/7/1861 – Wounded Severely 8/29/1862 at Battle of Groveton VA

Near Manassas VA Resulting in Right Leg Amputated per Am. Civil War Database 

Discharged For Wounds 11/2/1862 at Alexandria VA         Price $600

Blue Tinted Image of W. W. Beardsly in 82nd Ohio Furlough Jacket - a style popular with veteran Ohio troops from the Army of the Tennessee. Interior of double sided ornate octagonal hard case shows in pencil writing his name W.W. Bearsdsly and the town of Hanover Ohio & a second person (female?) of Newark Ohio. There is only one W.W. Beardsly in the Am. Civil War Database. Very clear image - soldier is holding his kepi. Buried in Clairborne Cemetery Union Cty Ohio. Comes with research literature.

Two images of Ohio soldiers wearing a furlough jackets similar to Pvt. Beardsly

1899 33rd GAR National Encampment Philadelphia PA in Original Box - Mint Condition   Price $375 SOLD

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Maker name inside box lid.

Box is 5 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches.

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Post Civil War Ladder Badge - 54th OHIO Co. H for Soldier Loots Johnson  Price $650

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A very nice metal ladder badge for an Ohio Soldier named Loots Johnson. Loots enlisted Feb. 27 1864 as a corporal and mustered out on Aug. 15 1865 in Little Rock Ark. The 54th Ohio engagements are listed for the years 1864 and 1865 when Loots was an active soldier in the regiment. Comes with 5 pages of literature relative to the 54th Ohio and a riker box.

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