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h01 Raphael Semmes
  • Confederate Navy – CSS Alabama Admiral Raphael Semmes.

  • CSS Alabama Admiral Raphael Semmes large signature of the most famous Confederate Naval Commander of the Civil War – the daring “ Admiral Semmes” who sailed the 5 seas attacking Union shipping. This wonderful and large signature by Semmes is accompanied by a “copy” photo of Semmes and his crew on the deck of the CSS Alabama. A wonderful display.

  • H01 - $175
h02 Ashby ambulance
  • Confederate General Turner Ashby
    "United States" X’d out and written in "Confederate States"
    Requisition signed by the famous general for a Cavalry Ambulance!

  • A wonderful signed requisition by the famous CSA Gen Turner Ashby by him in the Shenandoah Valley just months before he was killed in action. He requisitions a Ambulance (wagon) from Phillip Hansucker of Winchester, VA on March 1st, 1862. Boldly signed by General Ashby at top and countersigned by his Quartermaster William Miller to spend $250 in Confederate money for an Ambulance made by a local wagon maker. An unusual medical related document signed by this southern hero 8 x 10 inches excellent condition.

  • H02 - $850
h03 Lee
h03 Lee Fund
  • Confederate General Robert E. Lee photograph -- Lee Endowment Fund of Washington College, photograph of a signed photograph ( a copy ) of the famous image of General Lee as President of Washington & Lee College used to raise money for the Lee endowment fund in 1870.

  • Nothing could be more cherished than owning a photograph signed by the General of the Confederacy. Shortly after Gen’l Lee’s death an endowment fund was established to raise money for Washington College where Lee was President after the Civil War. A wonderful image of the famous signed photograph by him shortly after the civil war. The reverse has the Washington College logo and a manuscript ink notation on it that Mr. A. G. Christian had donated $8000. to the Lee fund, a large sum of money in post civil war America. An interesting and early W & L item.

  • H03 - $250
h04 Mosby
  • Confederate Raider Colonel John S. Mosby – war date photograph in Confederate Cavalry uniform “ The Gray Ghost of the Confederacy”

  • The most famous Partisan/Guerilla cavalry officer of the Army of Northern Virginia his exploits behind enemy lines are legendary. Proudly seated in his cavalry uniform and a clear image of the famous “ Gray Ghost of the Confederacy “. A CDV photograph with his name written below in pencil and no backmark, he served through out the war including under JEB Stuart . Very Fine image.

  • H04 - $350
h06 Imboden
  • Confederate General John Imboden – war date signed partial requisition on verso of a AWOL order for the arrest of a Confederate soldier who decided to go home in 1863

  • General Imboden was one of the great heroes of Lee’s Army, a very fine well written endorsement to arrest a deserter from the 41st Virginia Battalion of the Confederate Army in 1863. The balance of endorsements are mounted on reverse all in October and November of 1863 sighed by C H Lee as AAG, and Major Robert White as commander of the 41st Virginia near New Market, VA. A nice entourage of war date signatures.

  • H06 - $250
h07 Pegram
  • Confederate Colonel W J Pegram – war date signed requisition for 328 of his men during the very last days of the war in April 1865 to draw coffee and sugar

  • Colonel Pegram was killed just a few days after signing this requisition written on dark brown Confederate made necessity (home made ) paper as the commander of Pegram’s Battalion of Artillery during the last days of the Civil War. His meteoric rise in rank from Private to Colonel was unheard of in the artillery corps of Lee’s Army. A famous young officer who gave his life the very last week of the civil war.

  • H07 - $150
h08 TurnerAshby2
  • Confederate General Turner Ashby – war date signed requisition for “1 Horse for my Artillery” which he bought from a local farmer for $150 in December 1861

  • General Turner Ashby commanded all of Stonewall Jackson’s Cavalry during the early days of the war, only requisitions signed by him such this as are that still exist to memorialize him as he was killed in action in 1862. Countersigned by his Chief of Artillery R. P Chew on December 13th, 1861 in the foot hills of what is now West Virginia in Martinsburg and written on dark brown home made Confederate paper. A superb document signed by Ashby.

  • H08 - $550
h09 Taylor-Wickham
  • Confederate General’s Fitz Lee – W. H. Taylor and W C Wickham endorsements on 4th Virginia Cavalry document June 27, 1864.

  • A great group of endorsements “ Head Quarter’s Lee’s Cavalry Division” to hold a election of officers for Company C, 4th Virginia Cavalry. Very exhibitable.

  • H09 - $250
h10 DH Hill
  • Confederate General D H Hill – after the battle of Bull Run June 24, 1861 describing the Confederate Victory “ Never did a set of Rogues get so complete a Thrashing in the world”.

  • A famous Confederate General ALS written by him during the 1st days of the Civil War, describes the Battle of 1st Bull Run and that 6000 more troops from North Carolina have just come in to join their army. Well written entirely in his hand to his wife from Yorktown, (VA) June 24, 1861. Letters by General Hill are scarce a early letter such as this announcing the Confederate Victory during the 1st battle of the Civil War at Bull Run is historically important and quite Rare.

  • H10 - $750
h11 GrumbleJones
  • Confederate General W E ‘Grumble’ Jones – Texas prewar requisition from Fort Ewell, TX July 1853 for Dragoon Saddles and fresh horses after crossing the Rio Frio in west Texas.

  • A famous Confederate General and a large folio requisition signed by him to supply his cavalry dragoons on the Texas frontier after losing horses and supplies while crossing the Rio Frio. Very exhibitable pre war signed document from the Texas frontier.

  • H11 - $250
h12 JohnHood
  • Confederate General John Hood – prewar requisition signed by him as a young lieutenant on the western frontier.

  • The famous Confederate General of the Texas brigade, prewar requisition signed by him at Fort Jones, California in February 1855. Hood went on to become one of the most famous of all confederate commanders and was among the last to surrender after the ill-fated battle of Franklin in 1864 where his command was virtually wiped out. A scarce signature.

  • H12 - $175
h13 Longstreet
  • Confederate General James Longstreet – war date letter to Gen’l Beauregard in 1861 which is also docketed by Beauregard, and headed Taylor’s Virginia.

  • The famous Confederate General Longstreet writes completely in his hand to General Beauregard that he has built “ Redoubts for his artillery batteries reinforced with blackened logs, with sheds on top and that if Beauregard wishes more to advise him” Beauregard dockets the bottom of the letter in his own hand “ Answer all to be Garrisoned by the 2nd Division – GTB” as they prepare for the battles of Seven Pines and Williamsburg. Gen’l Longstreet’s letter is head just “Taylor’s” which could be a farm nearby that they were both familiar with. A great 1 page letter between these two leaders of the Confederate Army as they entrench against the oncoming Union soldiers. A superb ALS by Longstreet to Beauregard.

  • H13 - $950
h14 Beauregard
  • Confederate General G. T. B. Beauregard – to the Adjutant General of the Confederate Army in Richmond, Samuel Cooper – preparing for the final battle with Union General US Grant at Petersburg, VA as he lays siege to the city in the summer of 1864.

  • Beauregard requests to be transferred back to his command at Charleston, SC as he suggests “Grant’s operations are reduced to those of a slow and regular siege, which will require weeks if not months to complete” 1 pg. ALS written all in his hand in pencil on Confederate States’ letterhead and datelined ‘In the field near Petersburg, VA July 19, 1864.

  • H14 - $550
h15 FitzLee
  • Confederate General Fitz Lee – “Look Here” as he rips into a local newspaper editor commenting on the Confederate Cavalry.

  • An angry commander of the ANV Cavalry lashes out against a newspaper editor for incorrect statements and closing with “You don’t even know how to spell Cavalry” in May 1890 as president of the Rockbridge Company, his letter closes with “ for goodness sake deny this scrap”, Nephew of Gen R E Lee - Fitzhugh Lee commanded ANV Cavalry during the war. Unusual.

  • H15 - $175
h16 JBGordon
  • Confederate General John B Gordon – Gen’l Lee attempted to lead my men in person at the Bloody Angle when I grabbed his bridle and turned him back” written to a newspaper recounting the events of the war in 1903.

  • A letter in which he describes Lee trying to lead Gordon’s men into battle only to be turned back by Gordon who lead his own men himself. Still fighting and reliving the civil war General Gordon elaborates on the Bloody Angle battle.

  • H16 - $125
h17 Lee 1863
  • Confederate General S. D. Lee – Confederate Spies at Vicksburg 1863 - 1st Mississippi Cavalry letter to Union General Grant trying to save the lives of his scouts who Grant claimed were Spies not Scouts and to be executed.

  • A letter in which Col Pinson commanding the 1st Mississippi Cavalry describes to opposing General US Grant that his men were Scouts wearing Confederate uniforms and not Spies and should not be executed. Vicksburg had already fallen to Grant and CSA General S D Lee adds his notes from Pontotoc, Miss. at the bottom to Grant saying Col Pinson is correct his men were not Spies but Scouts in Confederate uniforms and he wishes to save the lives of these 2 gallant and bold soldiers - S D Lee Maj Gen’l . Obviously Grant had planned on executing these men as spies perhaps Lee’s appeal to Grant was accepted and they would become POW’s further research could determine the outcome. A Very Rare between the lines communication between the Confederate and Union commanders of the siege of Vicksburg. They don’t come any better than this.

  • H17 - $950
h18 SamJones
  • Confederate General Sam Jones – Congratulates Gen’l Lee on his Victory over Union Forces at the 2nd battle of Manassas in 1862

  • A great patriotic letter in which General Jones writes General Braxton Bragg about Lee’s Victory, stating that he has issued Congratulatory Orders to his men in Chattanooga on September 2, 1862 upon Gen’l Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia’s Victory, he closes with saying to Bragg “ I trust that with the Blessing of God, the Army under your command will soon gain as signal a victory as has been awarded to the Army of Virginia”.

  • H18 - $950
h19 JeffThompson
  • Confederate General Jeff Thompson of Missouri
    great patriotic content: “Our father’s fathers were all Rebel’s -
    our Mothers Fathers were Rebels too”
    Written from the Prison of War camp at Fort Delaware, in 1864 . General Thompson extolls the Southern cause as a continued American Revolution.

  • A great patriotic letter in tiny writing, he must have written this under a magnifying glass and had it smuggled out of the prison camp “ So when the South called out her soldiers we buckled on our father’s sabre’s, and struck a blow for Southern freedom, we won’t back down by-God ! ” Superb & war date.

  • H19 - $450
h20 McCausland
  • Confederate General John McCausland – great content “at 2 Mile Camp” July 18, 1861 - “ Be vigilant and watchful you may expect an attack at any time – especially tonight “.

  • A great letter as the war begins he tells General (Captain) Henry Wise to be ready for battle at any moment. Completely in his hand and delivered by a battlefield courier from McCausland to Wise as they prepare for immediate battle. Early war date and Rare.

  • H20 - $250
h21 Paxton
  • Confederate General E F “Bull” Paxton – great content “ HQ F D” October 20th, 1862 - to his commander General Jubal Early, Commanding Division.

  • A medical related letter as the war becomes intense with camp fever he tells General Jubal Early his men are infected and sick and left in a camp near Burks Hill and in need of food and water. Paxton latter commanded the famed ‘ Stonewall Brigade” a fine letter signed by this southern hero.

  • H21 - $250
h22 Gorgas
  • Confederate General Josiah Gorgas – great content “Twenty 32 pdr Cannons to be delivered for the protection of the Georgia Coast” early in 1861 when the Confederate capitol was still in Montgomery, Alabama ( Before Richmond).

  • A great letter moving heavy canon to protect the Georgia Coast on May 25 of 1861 from the Norfolk Naval Yard written entirely in Gorgas handwriting o Virginia Governor John Letcher who responds at bottom note to “Do It”. Lincoln had just begun his blockade of the southern ports and the Georgia coast was open to attack.

  • H22 - $250
h23 Stewart
  • Confederate General A P Stewart – great endorsement by this famous general from his Head Quarters March 3, 1864.

  • An attractive endorsement on bright yellow paper to General Stovall, Ole Pete’ fought in all the battles of the Army of Tennessee. Very exhibtable.

  • H23 - $75
h24 Buchanan
  • Confederate Navy Admiral Franklin Buchanan - great endorsement on his CS navy Stationery Mobile, Alabama December 3, 1862.

  • A attractive and large endorsement on his Naval Commander letterhead and perfect for display by the commander of the Confederate Navy at Mobile Bay in 1862.

  • H24 - $75
h25 FitzhughLee sign
  • Confederate General Fitzhugh Lee – large signature by the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia Cavalry.

  • A attractive and large endorsement on his Naval Commander letterhead and perfect for display by the commander of the Confederate Navy at Mobile Bay in 1862.

  • H25 - $75
h26 WadeHampton
  • Confederate General Wade Hampton – large signature by this famous division commander and high ranking Lt General.

  • A attractive and large signature by the famous Wade Hampton of South Carolina, he was at one time the wealthiest man in the south perfect for display.

  • H26 - $75
h27 SouthCarolina
  • Confederate Soldiers Enlistment into the Army of South Carolina and the Army of the Confederate States in 1861.

  • An attractive and unusual confederate soldiers enlistment document for James Jemison who joins for the war the Army of South Carolina and the Army of the Confederacy ! He was sworn in at Charlotte, NC as a farmer, illiterate he signs with an X, then the recruiting officer B Witherspoon signs as well. These CSA recruiting documents are actually quite rare and perfect for display.

  • H27 - $50
  • More to Civil War documents to Come
h28 HeckThomas
  • US Marshal Heck Thomas – signed requisition for bringing in a prisoner from the lawless Indian Territory to Judge Isaac Parkers court in Fort Smith in 1889.

  • The most famous Lawman of the Indian Territory frontier and Judge Isaac Parker’s court “ The Hanging Judge” at a mere 10 cents per mile US Deputy Marshal Heck Thomas traveled the Oklahoma/Indian territory to bring law and order to the west, on this trip he traveled 900 miles to arrest and bring in James Caesar in August of 1889. A very rare signature of this most famous lawman.

  • H28 - $2,500
h29 JohnSelman arrest
  • US Marshal and Outlaw John Selman – signed “ Arrest Warrant” El Paso, Texas 1894.

  • A famous Lawman and Outlaw he led a life of dual roles, most famous for killing John Wesley Hardin in a shootout in the Acme Saloon in El Paso in 1895 less than a year after signing this warrant. Selman himself was also soon killed in another shoot out in 1896 with fellow Lawman US Marshal Scarborough when they went to an alley behind a saloon to settle an argument with a shootout. Selman’s documents are rare, he served in the Confederate Army with the 22nd Texas cavalry. One of the rarest documents of the Old West and very exhibitable.

  • H29 - $4,500
h30 TempleHouston
  • Temple Houston – Sam Houston’s son – Lawyer/Outlaw 1903.

  • An interesting letter by Temple Houston who gunned down Ed Jennings in a saloon shootout in Indian Territory. He says his sister has their father’s papers in Houston, Texas and that he does not have any of Sam Houston’s documents. 1pg ALS completely in his hand and he is quite rare. Last one of his letters I had was in 1988 (for this same price).

  • H30 - $650
h31 JesseJames poster
  • Jesse James – Movie Poster for Zanuck’s Motion Picture by 20th Century Fox, in full color printed in 1939 - starring Henry Fonda and Tyrone Power.

  • An interesting color poster printed in California but left blank on reverse for local theatres in the Ozark Mountains to print their name on to promote the movie of Americans most famous outlaw in a area where Jesse James grew up ! A similar poster sold at Heritage for 2300. This poster is 16 x 21 inches.

  • H31 - $750
h32 JesseJames grave
  • Jesse James Grave – Cole Younger business card and Free Pass to Jesse James gravesite at Lee’s Summit MO in 1913.

  • The Youngers and the James robbed banks and trains together, it interesting that in his latter years Cole Younger oversaw his fellow outlaw Jesse James grave and actually charged admission for people to visit it . A printed Pass to Jesse James grave with notes in Cole Youngers hand. I have never seen another of these before.

  • H32 - $350
h33 Earp
  • Wyatt Earp’s father N P Earp - an 1870 summons signed as Justice of the Peace at St Louis in 1870.

  • The Earp’s father N P Earp was a lawman in Missouri and his sons the Earp brothers followed in his footsteps after they ventured west to Dodge City from St Louis and latter turned Outlaws. This is the only document I have seen signed by their father. St Louis, Mo 1870.

  • H33 - $450
h34 KingFisher
  • Deputy King Fisher – Uvalde County, Texas 1883-signed subpoena.

  • A rare signature in pencil of this west Texas lawman/outlaw who came to Texas as a cowboy and like so many others lived a dual life in the Old West. He was known as being a gunslinger, and was latter ambushed and killed with Ben Thompson in San Antonio, Texas in 1884 less than a year after he signed this. His documents are rare.

  • H34 - $450
h35 PrintOlive
  • Texas Outlaw and Rancher Print Olive – 1870 signed document and the only example of his signature to ever be offered.

  • A rare signature of this elusive Outlaw/Rancher also known as “Man Burner” as he burned his victims. He killed two rustlers near his ranch by “ Death of the Skins” wrapping them alive inside cowhides that contracted in the heat of the sun which killed the rustlers. Print Olive was himself gunned down in a saloon in Trail City, Colorado in 1886. This is the only example of his signature to ever come on the market, and it is a Bond signed by he and his brother James for Murder in Williamson County, Georgetown, Texas in 1870.

  • H35 - $750
h36 Doolin death
  • Texas Outlaw Bill Doolin photograph in Death – Killed August 25, 1896.

  • A scarce photograph of Doolin with a chest full of Buckshot, although a copy print photograph ca. 1900 it is clear and graphic of the western outlaws final demise. Propped up in a rocking chair with 20 buckshot wounds, he was the leader of the Wild Bunch outlaws and was killed by US Deputy Marshal Heck Thomas.

  • H36 - $250
h37 SamHildebrand
  • Missouri Outlaw Sam Hildebrand – Arrest Warrant for him for Murder 1863.

  • A scarce Missouri warrant for his arrest for murder, he was one of the 1st Outlaws of the West, operating on the Missouri Kansas border, for a while he rode with Quantrill and the James boys. He was thrown out of Quantrill’s Raiders for random killings and eventually was him self-killed sitting in a bar in 1872. He named his gun “Kill Devil” and supposedly killed over a 100 men with it during the Civil War.

  • H37 - $350
h38 SamHouston
  • Sam Houston Election broadside as Governor of Texas – His last election in 1859 he was elected and served during the early years of the Civil War.

  • A scarce Election Broadside printed in Palestine Texas, Sam Houston one of the founding fathers of Texas was a General in The Texas Army, President of the Republic Texas and held every important office from the Texas revolution on. Very nice 8 x 14 inches.

  • H38 - $950
h39 EarlyTexas
  • One of the earliest documents from Texas dated 1824 for a Land Grant.

  • A scarce Early 1pg 1824 letter appeal from a Texas Colonists to the Mexican Governor of Texas Saucedo. Well written by Lewis Holloway from Nacogdoches to Governor Saucedo in Bexar ( San Antonio ) stating that he moved to Texas in 1823 and still does not have a copy of his land purchase. This is as early as it get’s for American Colonist immigration into Texas. Very Fine and rare.

  • H39 - $1,250

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