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||Rare view of Future President of the US James Garfield by Photographer E
Decker of Cleveland Ohio. First local image of Garfield I have ever seen.
||Ultra-rare CDV of Famed Confederate Cavalry Commander Joseph Shelby.
Joseph Orville Shelby was a Confederate major general from Missouri who
is recognized as perhaps the most accomplished Confederate cavalryman in
the Trans-Mississippi Theater. He was involved in most of the Civil War
campaigns that took place in Arkansas.
Joseph Orville Shelby was born on December 12, 1830, in Lexington,
Kentucky, to a wealthy, aristocratic family that boasted veterans of the
American Revolution. In 1852, he moved to Waverly, Missouri, and
established a rope-making operation that soon made him a wealthy man.
The slave-owning Shelby was actively embroiled in the border war with
abolitionist Kansans, taking part in cross-border raids in the late 1850s.
As civil war became imminent, Shelby raised a company of troops, the
Lafayette County Cavalry, at his own expense and offered them for service
to Missouri’s governor, Claiborne F. Jackson. Shelby saw action at Carthage
and Wilson’s Creek, Missouri, in 1861 before retiring to northwest Arkansas
with Sterling Price’s Missouri State Guard in February 1862, then fighting
with the Confederate Army of the West at the Battle of Pea Ridge in March.
His cavalry company was dismounted, and Shelby led them east of the
Mississippi River with the rest of the Confederate army in April 1862. He
soon returned to the west, however, and received a colonel’s commission on
October 27, 1862, after recruiting the nucleus of what would later be known
as his Iron Brigade.
||ohn Harris (May 20, 1793 – May 12, 1864) was the sixth Commandant of the
Marine Corps. He served in the Marine Corps for over 50 years, attaining
the rank of colonel. During Harris' term as Commandant shortly before the
outbreak of the Civil War, nearly half of his officers resigned to serve the
Confederate States and he labored to reconstitute the weakened Corps.
During the early days of the Civil War, when contraband traffic began to flow
from Maryland, Colonel Harris detailed an entire battalion of Marines to
serve as United States Secret Service operators in the troubled area, with
the result that the situation was well in hand within a brief period.
Services rendered to the Union by Marines under Harris were varied and
many. Few, however, have been recorded as outstanding. This may be
attributed to the fact that the Marine Corps of that period was composed of
relatively few men in comparison with the strength of the Army or the regular
Navy. The relatively minor role of the Navy in the Civil War (memorable
almost exclusively for its land battles) may be a factor as well.
||Ultra-rare view of Confederate General Rufus Barringer by Baumgarten
Charlotte NC. "When North Carolina seceded from the Union in May 1861,
Barringer's first loyalty was to his state, even though he'd been opposed to
secession. He raised a company of 100 horsemen, the "Cabarrus Rangers,"
who were designated as Company F of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry with
Barringer as their captain. The regiment performed picket and scouting duty
under J.E.B. Stuart during the Peninsula Campaign, the Seven Days Battles,
Second Manassas and the Maryland Campaign in 1862. Barringer led his
company during the 1863 Gettysburg Campaign, where he was severely
wounded in the face at the Battle of Brandy Station, an injury that took five
months for his recovery. He was promoted to major for his gallantry and
served in the Bristoe Campaign, where he was slightly wounded on October
14, 1863. During the winter, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel and
assigned temporary command of the 4th North Carolina Cavalry.
Barringer was promoted to brigadier general on June 6, 1864, and assigned
command of North Carolina's cavalry brigade until his capture during the
Battle of Namozine Church in Virginia on April 3, 1865. After a brief interview
with President Abraham Lincoln behind Union lines at City Point, Virginia, he
was sent to Fort Delaware as a prisoner of war. Lincoln, a personal friend
and former Congressional colleague of Barringer's brother, provided a note
to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton asking for special treatment for
Barringer in captivity. Unfortunately, Lincoln's favor backfired. After his
assassination, Barringer fell under suspicion due to his brief meeting with
Lincoln less than two weeks prior. He was repeatedly questioned regarding
any role he may have played in the conspiracy. He wasn't released from
custody until late July, months after most other Confederate prisoners had
been freed. During the war, he had fought in seventy-six engagements and
had suffered three separate wounds.
||CDV of the Battleflag of the 3rd New Jersey Volunteers. It was recruited and
mustered into Federal service in May 1861, and was brigaded with the 1st
New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, the 2nd New Jersey Volunteer Infantry, and
the 4th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry to make up what became famed as
the "First New Jersey Brigade". Early on, the regiment participated in small
actions such as the Bog Wallow Ambush in Northern Virginia. The regiment
and brigade served as the 1st Brigade of the 1st Division of the VI Corps,
and participated in numerous battles from the June 27, 1862, Battle of
Gaines Mill, Virginia, to the final Union assaults on Confederate positions at
Petersburg, Virginia, in April 1865. The remnants of the 3rd New Jersey
Volunteer Infantry were mustered out at Hall's Hill, Virginia, on June 29, 1865
||CDV of the Battleflag of the 7th Pennsylvania Reserves. "The 7th
Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, also known as the 36th Pennsylvania
Volunteer Infantry Regiment, was an infantry regiment that served in the
Union Army during the American Civil War. It was part of the 2nd Brigade of
the Pennsylvania Reserves division. At the Battle of the Wilderness, on May
5, 1864, most of the regiment became surrounded by the enemy and was
forced to surrender. The captives were sent to Confederate prisoner-of-war
camps where they were kept until the final months of the war."
||Spectacular and new to the marketplade, fully complete with documents
Officers desk of " This desk belonged to Jacob
Widaman, Company G, 8th Indiana Infantry. The desk has his name
& unit penciled on the side of the desk w/ "New Orleans" below
where he must have obtained the desk. The desk contains well over
500 documents, letters, broadsides, general orders, muster roles,
discharges, ordnance reports. etc... The documents date from Dec.
1861 & end in 1865. There are a handful of post war documents
concerning Widaman's pension application & other personal items.
This desk has been retained by a Nebraska family & is being offered
for the first time. The 8th Indiana saw many theaters of war & the
documents contained pretty well follow their history starting in
Indianapolis, moving into western Virginia mid 1861, moving to St.
Louis in Sept., Arkansas in early 1862, taking part in the Battle of
Pea Ridge in March, then moving into Missouri, then into Louisiana
& in April moving up the Mississippi River to Vicksburg taking part in
the June 22nd 1863 assault on the Confederate Works at Vicksburg
sustaining 117 casualties that 1 day including 2 color bearers. There
is a good descriptive letter citing both KIA color bearers John
Swafford & Harrison Webb for gallantry. In the desk there is a grape
shot & a fired minie ball which, though not tagged are thought to be
from this Vicksburg fight. After the surrender of Vicksburg, the 8th
took a steamer back to New Orleans staying for a couple weeks
before leaving for Texas. The 8th was sent to Washington DC on
August 2nd 1864 & were soon assigned to the Shenandoah Valley
where they took part in the Battles of Fisher's Hill & Cedar Creek.
The regiment left the valley on January 6th 1865 & arrived in
Savannah, Georgia where it remained on duty in southern Georgia
until being mustered out August the 28th. The fighting 8th Indiana
lost 269 dead during the war. Widaman retained most if not all of his
general orders, many being field printed. A few of the imprints noted
were Batesville, Ark., Camp Arno, Ark., Camp Pittsburg Landing,
Tn., Camp Corinth Road, Miss., Algiers, La., Ligerville, La., Brasher
City, La., Indianola, Tx., Fort Esperanzos, Tx., Brownsville, Tx. & a
||Rare CDV of Oliver Wendall Holmes III of Boston before enlisting in the 20th
Mass Vols. Served during the war, was wounded 3 times and eventually
became the leading Jurist in US history as the head of the Supreme Court.
Black of Boston bm.
||Sharp view of Custer's favorite photograph of himself published by
||Ultra-rare view of Colonel Henry W Kingsbury, Colonel of the 11th
Connecticut Vols killed at Antietam. "Civil War Union Army Officer. He
graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York
in May 1861, and was posted as a 1st Lieutenant in the 5th United States
Regular Artillery. From June to December 1861 he served as an acting
Aide-de-Camp on the staff of Major General Irvin McDowell. On April 25,
1862 he was commissioned as Colonel and commander of the 11th
Connecticut Volunteer Infantry, which he led through to the September 17,
1862. In that battle he was killed in action while leading his men against
Confederate positions at the Burnside's Bridge area. He was interred in Oak
Hill Cemetery, Washington, DC, and a cenotaph was erected for him in the
North Lyme Cemetery, Lyme, Connecticut."
||Composite views of the Officers of the 107th NYVI including Colonel Nirom
Crane. "The following is taken from The Union army: a history of military affairs in the loyal states,
1861-65 -- records of the regiments in the Union army -- cyclopedia of battles -- memoirs of
commanders and soldiers. Madison, WI: Federal Pub. Co., 1908. volume II.
One Hundred and Seventh Infantry.—Cols., Robert B. Van Val-kenburgh, Alexander S. Diven, Nirom
M. Crane; Lieut.-Cols., Alexander S. Diven, Gabriel L. Smith, Newton T. Colby, William F. Fox,
Lathrop Baldwin, Allen S. Sill; Majs., Gabriel L. Smith, Newton T. Colby, William F. Fox, Lathrop
Baldwin, Allen S. Sill, Charles J. Fox. This regiment, known as the Campbell Guards, was recruited in
the counties of Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben, rendezvoused at Elmira, and was there mustered
into the U. S. service for three years, Aug. 13, 1862. It was a fine regiment, noted for its efficiency and
discipline, the first regiment from the North organized under the second call, and the first to arrive at
Washington, in acknowledgment of which it received a banner from the state and a personal visit from
the president. It was raised by two patriotic Members' of the legislature, Robert: B. Van Valkenburg,
and Alexander S. Diven, who became colonel and lieutenant-colonel, respectively. It left the state on
Aug. 13, 1862; was stationed in the defenses of Washington for a month; was then assigned to the 1st
division (Williams), 12th corps (Mansfield), and fought its first battle at Antietam, where it was heavily
engaged, losing 63 in killed, wounded and missing. The veteran Gen. Mansfield fell, mortally
wounded at Antietam, and Gen. Henry W. Slocum succeeded to the command of the corps. The
regiment was again heavily engaged at the disastrous battle of Chancellorsville, where the brunt of
the fighting fell on the 3d and 12th corps, and lost in this action 83 killed, wounded and missing,
among the killed being Capt. Nathaniel E. Rutter. The regiment was only slightly en-gaged at
Gettysburg, and after the battle joined with its corps in pursuit of Lee into Virginia, engaging without
loss at Jones' cross-roads and near Williamsport, Md. In September it was ordered with the corps to
Tennessee to reinforce Rosecrans, and was stationed along the railroad from Murfreesboro to
Bridgeport. In April, 1864, the 12th corps was changed to the 20th, but Williams' division retained its
red star. On Dec. 9, 1863, four cos. of the 145th were transferred to the 107th, and in May the
regiment moved on the Atlanta campaign. It fought at Resaca, Cassville, and Dallas, and lost 26
killed and 141 wounded at New Hope Church. From June 9 to July 2 it was engaged about Kennesaw
mountain; fought at Peachtree creek and took part in the siege of Atlanta; moved in November on
Sherman's march to the sea; then took part in the final campaign of the. Carolinas, being engaged at
Rock-ingham, Fayetteville, Averasborp (where it lost 46 killed, wounded and missing), Bentonville, .
Raleigh and Bennett's house. It was mustered out near Washington, D. C., under Col. Crane, June 5,
1865, having lost during its term of service 4 officers and 87 enlisted men, killed and died of wounds;
131 enlisted men died of disease, accidents, in prison, etc., total deaths, 222.
||Rare autographed view of General John King. Colonel 15th US Infy, WIA
Stones River, his brigade at Chickamauga suffered the highest casualty rate
in the Union Army, served in the Atlanta campaign through the end of the
War. Klauber Louisville bm.
||"O.W. BARTLETT COMPANY B, 1ST MAINE CAVALRY. The 1st Maine
Cavalry was one of the hardest fought units of the entire Civil War & lost the
greatest number of soldiers killed in action of any cavalry regiment in the
entire army. Bartlett’s biography indicates that he enlisted at East
Stoneham, Oxford County, Maine on February 20, 1864. He participated in
a great number of engagements until the very end of the war & was always
w/ his men & “Bore a gallant part of all the engagements”. A marvelous
opportunity to own a group of Civil War material from a cavalry trooper who
served in a well fought Maine unit.
1) This wonderful identified group begins w/ a cased sixth plate ambrotype
of Private O.W. Bartlett, a full standing view in uniform w/ cavalry saber. The
image is cased in an embossed paperboard case w/ blue velvet interior.
2) Pinned inside the case is Bartlett’s silver identification badge, a jeweler
made pin, being a shield surmounted by 2 cut out crossed sabers. Within
the shield is hand engraved “O.W. / Bartlett / Co. B / 1st Me. Cav.”.
3) 1858 Regulation US canteen w/ cover & partial strap has Bartlett's
stenciled intiials & unit as seen in photos.
4) Regulation US Cavalry saber maker marked "MANSFIELD & LAMB /
FORESTDALE RI". Opposite side is marked "US / JM / 1864". The hilt has a
pair of intials scratched into quillon which are not Bartlett's (DW).
CONDITION: image is fine w/ good contrast, oxidation halo around edge of
plate. ID pin is also fine w/ silver patina retaining its original T-bar pin &
catch. Canteen is overall very good, sling is tattered & only partial intact,
cover is soiled w/ reductions but painted identification is discernible. Cavalry
saber is very good overall, blade is gray w/ scattered staining, markings are
crisp & easily discerned, grip is complete w/ tight wire wrap, scabbard has
iron patina & a couple lg. dents near drag, brass has light mustard patina.
||Large Albumen by Churchill & Dennison of Albany of Officers and Soldiers
of the famed 44th NY Vols, the Ellsworth Avengers of Gettysburg and many
other battles of the Army of the Potomac. Identified in the photo are;
Captain William Danks, Eugene Douglass, Sgt William Merrills, Royal G
Kinner, Jefferson W Carr, George H Chapman, Charles D Bowen and
Michael Dowling with several additional names. Great Union Army of the
Potomac V Corps Image. 8 by 12.
||Rare large albumen from BBG T Rodenbaugh's personal collection of Union
General Alfred T A Torbert, Union VI Corps and Cavalry command in 1864.
||Large albumen of Sheridan's cavalry Corps in Virginia in 1864. Most likely
unpublished taken for Theo Rodenbaugh's BBG personal collection and
from his album. Rare.