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Receipt For Dinners For a Confederate Major

7 3/4 x 2, manuscript document written in ink. "Master Howard, To Ann Beaumont, Dr. To 39 dinners- $9.75. From 30th of Oct. to 17th of Dec. Rec'd pay't A. Beaumont. Light age toning and wear.

"Master Howard," the person for whom this receipt was made, was Charles Howard. During the War Between The States, Charles Howard served as a major in the Confederate Army. Howard served from 1862-64, on the staff of Generals' Elzey & Lomax respectively. This receipt came from the Major Charles Howard family archives.  

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1858 Letter Written by Davidson College, S.C. Student

A future private of the 13th North Carolina Infantry who was twice wounded during the War Between The States

4 pages, 4 3/4 x 7 3/4, in ink, written by John Thompson to his uncle.

Davidson College, N.C., Oct. 4th, 1858

Dear Uncle,

I have seated myself tonight to write you a few lines though I have nothing of interest to write. My health is and has been good since I left home. I found it pretty hard to set into close study after a recess of so long a time, but I believe I am getting pretty well used to it...  

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Letter Written by Mrs. Lucy E. Polk

Regarding the career of her husband, the Honorable William Hawkins Polk, and the Confederate Monument in Warren County, North Carolina she was responsible for erecting!

6 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with a 2 3/8 x 2 3/8, diagram of the proposed Confederate memorial with a written description.

Mrs. Lucy Eugenia Polk, was the wife of William Hawkins Polk, a Mexican War veteran, U.S. Statesman & Congressman from Tennessee. William H. Polk was the youngest brother of United States President James K. Polk.

Warrenton, [North...  

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1811 Promissory Note, John Smith T

The notorious Missouri duelist who was supposed to have killed 15 men!

John Smith T

John Smith "T" first settled in Saint Genevieve, Missouri in about 1800 then later moved to Shibboleth, in what is now Washington County. He was a wealthy, well educated and prominent Missouri businessman. Smith "T's" principal business was mining but he also manufactured guns and his weapons were considered the finest in the country. He was originally from Georgia and after residing in Tennessee he came to Missouri. Having a...  

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Correspondence Between Naval Commander & Secretary of the Navy

Regarding an incident that happened at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841

5 pages, 8 x 12 1/2, in ink. These are contemporary handwritten copies of a correspondence that took place between Andrew W. Johnson, Commander, U.S. Navy, and George M. Robeson, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, concerning an incident that occurred when Johnson was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. There are two letters from A.W. Johnson to Secretary Robeson, and one from Robeson to Johnson. Based on examples of Commander Johnson's signature, those on his two...  

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1847 Account Sales of Estate Including Eight Slaves

7 3/4 x 10, manuscript in ink.

Account Sales of part of the personal property of the Estate of Edward C. Melke, Deceased. Sold on the 4th day of Jany. 1847. Negro Boy Crump sold to A. Burwell- 500.00. Negro Boy Washington sold to C. Ryan- 605.00. Negro Boy Nelson, Diana & 4 Children sold to H.C. Vale- 1,600.00. $2,705.00. A.H. Laurin, Administrator of E.C. Melke, Decd.

Light age toning. Very fine.

Edward C. Melke lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  

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1854 Payment Receipt For Overseer on a Plantation

7 1/2 x 3 1/4, in ink.

Recd. Jan. 20th, 1854 of Mrs. Morgan Two hundred and sixty two 50/100 Dollars for services tendered her by D.F. Tucker as over seer on her plantation nine months in the year 1853. H.F. Matthews for Martha A. Tucker. Very fine slave related manuscript.  

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William De Ryee Sells a Horse in Texas

State Chemist of Texas, was in charge of the Texas Percussion Cap Factory in Austin, and he served with the Confederate Nitre and Mining Bureau during the War Between The States

(1825-1903) Born in Bavaria, he was educated at the University of Munich and participated in the 1848 revolution against the king. He later emigrated to the United States and settled in Kingston, Tennessee where he built a cottonseed oil mill. In 1856, DeRyee moved to New Braunfels, Texas, and while there he experimented with photographic systems that did not use...  

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Autograph, Daniel Webster

U.S. Congressman, Senator & Secretary of State

One of the greatest orators of the 19th century!

Autograph Letter Signed


(1782-1852) American statesman, lawyer and orator. Served as a United States Congresman, 1813-17, and 1823-27; United States Senator, 1827-41, and 1845-50; and United States Secretary of State, 1841-43, and 1850-52. He was one of the greatest orators of his time, well known for his brilliant speeches and eloquent public addresses. His son was Colonel Fletcher Webster, who served in the 12th Massachusetts...  

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1781 Receipt For Items Issued to Connecticut Line of the Continental Army

7 1/2 x 12, in ink.

Received, Middletown, 8th Feby. 1781, of the Select Men of the Town of Colebrook: 4 linen shirts, 4 pair woolen stockings, 2 pair mittens and 2 pair shoes. For the use of the Connecticut Line of the Army, which is valued at seven pounds, twelve shillings, State money on Acct. of Elijah Hubbard, S.[tate] Comss., In whom behalf I am, Daniel Pohonnot. Light age toning and wear. Archival tape repair on fold on the reverse. Desirable Revolutionary War document regarding the Connecticut Line of the...  

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1852 South Carolina Slave Bill of Sale

Huge sale naming 31 Slaves!

9 x 15, in ink, with blue paper seal affixed at bottom right.

The State of South Carolina

Know all men by these presents, That I Alexander Fraser of Saint Bartholomews Parish, in the State aforesaid, Physician, for and in consideration of the sum of Fifteen thousand dollars, to me in hand paid, at and before the sealing and delivery of these Presents, by James O'Hear and Emanuel Weitsell, (the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge) have bargained and sold, and by these Presents, doth bargain, sell...  

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Autograph General Robert H. Hall

Autograph Letter Signed

Robert H. Hall graduated in the West Point class of 1860. Military service record: brevet 2nd Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Infantry, July 1, 1860; 2nd Lieutenant, 10th U.S. Infantry, Jan. 23, 1861; 1st Lieutenant, June 1, 1861; Captain, Aug. 31, 1863. Brevet Major, Nov. 24, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 19, 1864, for gallantry, battle of the Weldon R.R., Va. Brigadier General Vols., May 27, 1898. Brigadier General, U.S.A., Feb. 5, 1901.

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