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The July 8-9, 2017 Manuscript, Space, Collectibles & Stamp Auction


U.S. Civil War
 
 
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Lot 169
Beauregard, Pierre Gustave Toutant - Early ALS as a Cadet at West Point (1818-1893) U.S. military officer who became the first prominent general of the Confederate States Army, best known for ordering the first shots of the Civil War during the bombardment of Fort Sumter. He studied civil engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, graduating second in his class in 1838, and served as an engineer during the Mexican-American War. After the Civil War, he served as a railway executive, as supervisor of the Louisiana Lottery and in various governmental positions in Louisiana.

Autograph letter signed "G. Toutant" as a student at the U.S. Military Academy, one page plus integral address leaf, 10 x 8, West Point, May 24, 1836. To Charles P. Leveriche of New York, a wealthy career banker and agent to the largest cotton and sugar plantations in the Antebellum South. In part, "I received yesterday evening your letter of the 21st inst. at the same time with one from my father, in which he tells me that he intends to set from New Orleans at the beginning of this month, on board of the Steam-boat Henry Clay for Louisville, so that we may safely expect him for about the first of next month….As to the money you refered to in your letter, I only need about $20, for as my father will soon be here it would be useless for me to trouble you for more…." Address leaf has red circular "WEST-POINT, May 24, N.Y." postmark with manuscript postage. A very early Beauregard letter in fine condition. Estimate Value $600 - 900
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$1,440
Lot 170
Civil War Mourning Memento--Ribbon With Circular Hair Braid--In an Autograph Album. Autograph album titled Gems from Flora, with two women's names: "Elizabeth Arbuckle. Lewistown Penna. 1853" and "Lulu McConnell, Watkins, Iowa, 1885," on the first end page. Containing friendly sentiments, poems, etc., some from the early 1850s, but most from the 1880s. Toward the middle of the album is a white ribbon tied in a bow and attached to a small circular braid of human hair. Below is a paragraph from a newspaper noting "the death of another of Marengo's young men, John Arbuckle. He was a member of the 24th Infantry, and was killed in one of the recent engagements in the Shanandoah [sic] Valley…" on the facing page is a poem, "In the memory of my cousin John Arbuckle." Foxing and some staining throughout. Good to very good. Estimate Value $75 - 100
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Lot 171
Civil War Officers, G.A.R Officers, Two Lincoln Cabinet Members, & More. Group of autographs, some with titles and/or dates, most on small cards, a couple on album pages. Overall very good.

Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy;
Horatio King, Lincoln's Postmaster General;
A.H. Garland, CSA Attorney General;
Benjamin Butler, Union general;
F.P. Blair, influencial MOC and senator from Missouri, Union major general;
W.A. Harris, MOC and senator from Kansas, adjutant general;
Henry G. Davis, Union general (2)
William Lawrence, Union col.;
James Tanner, C.G. Burton, S.S. Burdell, Thomas G. Lawler, and A.G. Weissert, Commanders-in-Chief of the G.A.R.;
Maggie Mitchell, entertained CSA Gov't and troops;
J. Knox Walker, nephew and private secretary of President James K. Polk. Estimate Value $250 - 300
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$156
Lot 172
Civil War-Date Autograph Letters Signed by Generals George W. Morgan & H. W. Benham. George Washington Morgan (1820-93) fought in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican-American War; he was a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Autograph letter signed "George W. Morgan," one page, ruled paper, 9¾ x 7¾", Mount Vernon O[hio], May 16, 1864. To L.J. List, Esq, Chairman of the Autograph Committee. In part: "…The heroism of our troops has won undying fame for our arms, and magnanimity on the part of our statesmen, can now secure the blessings of peace and Union to our unhappy country. With earnest prayers for the triumph of our cause, and the re-establishment of the bond of brother-hood between the States north and south…."

Henry Washington Benham (1813 July 1, 1884) was an American soldier and civil engineer who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Autograph letter signed "H.W. Benham," one page, 9¾ x 7¾ ", Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug. 3, 1861. To the Hon. A. Gould, regarding a probate case. In part: "…I have been with this army the last three months and have not been able to bring up my papers as I would desire to….so we have not been able to close the proceedings as yet." At the top left, he writes: "address me to 'case of U.S. Qr Master' Grafton Va.'" Both letters are very good to fine. Estimate Value $200 - 250
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$250
Lot 173
Davis, Jefferson - Autograph Letter Signed (1808-89) President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65). Autograph letter signed "Jefferson Davis", one page, ruled paper, 8 x 5", Beauvoir, Mississippi, Feb. 9, 1880. To Reverend Jesse L. Gilbert, "I did accidentally delay, but did not neglect your complimentary regards. I remember to have you an autograph on a blank card and with it your card endorsed by me, so as to connect my name with yours, if you should choose to keep that card in your private collection. For better security I now send another, and am with fraternal regard yours…" Written in purple ink. Affixed to a slightly larger piece of card stock; glue remnants visible at lower edge. Another hand noted "President of the Confederacy" in lower right corner. Light toning and minor soiling do not affect text legibility or the bold signature.

After his capture, Davis was accused of treason and imprisoned in Fort Monroe for two years. He was never tried, probably from fear of making him a martyr and also to allow the nation to heal, and he was released after two years. In 1878, a wealthy widow willed Beauvois, her estate in Biloxi, Mississippi, to Davis and he lived there until his death in 1889. With COA. Estimate Value $1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 174
Grand Army of the Republic - Group of Memorabilia, Approximately 35 Items. The Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) was a fraternal organization composed of veterans of the Union Army Navy, Marines, and the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service who served in the American Civil War. It was founded in 1866 grew to include hundreds of posts across the country. When the last survivor, Albert Woolson, died in 1956, the organization was dissolved.

The group consists of and invitations announcements regarding encampments and reunions, dinners, receptions, etc., from various parts of the country. Items include: a poem entitled "Gettysburg…Dedicated to General Meade"; a program for "Gettysburg. Blue and Gray Reunion. 75th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg 1938"; Dedication Pennsylvania Monuments, Chattanooga, Tennessee. November 15th 1897"; an invitation to an 1878 reception for the Society Army of the Potomac";a 1900 invitation to the 34th annual encampment of the GAR in Chicago; a ticket for an 1879 banquet in Chicago for the Society of the Army of the Tennessee; a card for a 1915 dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of Gen. Lee's surrender; an invitation to a 1903 joint banquet for the Army of the Tennessee, the Army of the Ohio, the Army of the Cumberland, and the Army of the Potomac on the occasion of the dedication of the statue of Gen. W.T. Sherman; an 1882 (envelope is postmarked) engraved announcement: "The General of the Army & Mrs. Sherman at home…Army reception," etc. Estimate Value $200 - 300
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$204
Lot 175
Group of Approximately 70 Civil-War-Date Letters and Documents. Many are addressed to the Paymaster General and regard payment due soldiers, many being certifications from officers regarding mustering of men in their companies who were absent/ in the hospital due to illness or injury. We note letters from officers of companies in regiments belonging to the Massachusetts Volunteers, New York Volunteers, Rhode Island Volunteers, and others. Overall condition very good. Should be examined personally. Estimate Value $300 - 500
Ex. Academy Stamp Company.
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$324
Lot 176
Hunter, Robert M.T. - CSA Secretary of State and Senator, Autograph Letter Signed (1809-87) Before the Civil War, he served as U.S. Representative, and U.S. Senator (1847-1861). After the war, he served as Treasurer of Virginia and customs collector. Autograph letter signed "R.M.T. Hunter," one page, 5 x 8", no place, no date. To the Hon. Robt. J. Walker, who served as U.S. Senate from Mississippi (1835-1845), as Secretary of the Treasury (1845-1849) under President James K. Polk, and as Territorial Governor of Kansas in 1857, enclosing a letter (not present). In part: "I enclose you a letter from the Virginia subsection or most of them." He mentions two gentlemen who had already left the city when the letter was written but who had expressed their wishes toward the application, the outline of which Hunter had communicted to them." Estimate Value $200 - 250
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$120
Lot 177
Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed (1808-1889) President of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (1861-65). He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and was Secretary of War under President Franklin Pierce (1853-57). ALS, as president of Carolina Life Insurance Company, 1¼ pages, 10½ x 8", on office stationery, Memphis, Tenn., July 15, 1870. To E.H. Myers, Esq., of Macon, Ga., thanking him for "the memorial of the Hon. Howell Cobb. He was among my most valued friends and his death was a loss to the country….circumstances have prevented me from making the contemplated visit to Ga. It is probable that I may do so next fall then I shall hope to have the pleasure of seeing you…."

Overall toning; substantial soiling to verso. Several vertical fold splits; old repair to horizontal fold, not touching text or signature. A vertical fold traverses the "n" in "Jefferson". Boldly written and signed. Estimate Value $600 - 800
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$525
Lot 178
Jefferson Davis Autograph Letter Signed. As president of the Carolina Life Insurance Company, one page, 9 x 6", on office stationery, Memphis, Tenn., May 15, 1872. To an unidentified correspondent: "'I regret my inability to comply with your request for autographs of Genl. A. Sidney Johnston and others. With kind remembrance to your Father…." Small printed description of the letter is stapled at lower left; small repair in upper left corner and on verso of lower left corner; some soiling.

Davis was imprisoned for two years after the Civil War ended, then was released on $100,000 bail. He went to Canada and lived in Quebec until 1868, also traveling to Cuba and Europe in search of work. On Christmas Day of 1868, President Andrew Johnson issued a presidential "pardon and amnesty" for the offense of treason to "every person who directly or indirectly participated in the late insurrection or rebellion" and the case against Davis was dismissed in February 1869. He became president of the company in 1869. Before his death he wrote two books about the Confederacy: The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government (1881) and A Short History of the Confederate States of America (1889). Estimate Value $600 - 800
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$600
Lot 179
Lee, Robert E. - Autograph Endorsement Signed as President of Washington College (1807-70) Legendary Confederate general. After the war ended in 1865, General Lee accepted the job as president of tiny Washington College, which had only 40 students and was on the verge of bankruptcy. He was an excellent administrator, having served as superintendent of West Point before the war. When Lee died in 1870, the school was in the black, had 15 faculty members, and offered ten major areas of study, including a law school. The name of the school was changed to Washington and Lee College after Lee's death.

A Washington College faculty request for leave signed "R E Lee" as president of the college, one page, on ruled paper, 7½ x 5" (Lexington, Virginia), Dec. 14, 1868. Lee grants a request of leave by a teacher, S.T.Hanna Lee writes below Hanna's request, "Granted. R.E.Lee". Minor tonor and one small edge split, else fine. Lee's signature is nice and large. Estimate Value $2,000 - 3,000
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$1,750
Lot 180
Lee, Robert E. - Autograph Letter Signed as President of Washington College. Two separate pages, 9¾ x 7¾", Lexington (Virginia), Dec. 23, 1868. To H.I. Furber, Vice President of the Universal Life Insurance Company, declining an offer to establish a branch of the company in Richmond. In part: "…The proper attention to the business of the Company, the investment of its funds accruing from Southern business, subjects altogether new to me, would require more time than I could devote to it in my present position, and I am unwilling to undertake what I do not feel confident I could properly perform. I consider Life Insurance trusts the most sacred of all deposits. To risk the loss of the property of the dead confided to your care, & which has been accumulated by the labour & self denial of the father & husband for the maintenance of their bereaved families, is the worst of all crimes….I therefore feel constrained respectfully to decline your offer…."

Fine condition. Beautifully scripted and signed by the legendary Confederate general. Part of General Lee's legend is based on the fact that although impoverished after the war, he maintained his integrity and turned down many offers which would have exploited his name and made him wealthy. Estimate Value $3,000 - 5,000
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Realized
$2,750
Lot 181
  Withdrawn Unsold






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