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CL546

Extremely Rare 1861 Letter, Sex in the Civil War Era

The author of this letter attended and witnessed and writes about a "Whore Ball" in Huntsville, Alabama!

Also includes content regarding famous Presbyterian clergyman, Frederick A. Ross, who had a national feud with the famous Methodist preacher William G. Brownlow of Tennessee!


4 pages, 5 1/8 x 8 1/4, in in ink, written by W. Mastin to his friend Tom.

Huntsville, [Alabama], Jany. 18th [1861]

Dear Tom,

I suppose you think Bob Shields* was very near true when he said I was a very poor...  

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1862 Confederate Business Letter From Augusta, Georgia Regarding Cotton

Folded letter used as the envelope to mail the correspondence from Augusta, Ga. to Graniteville, S.C.


7 1/2 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by B.S. Dunbar to Messrs. J.J. Gregg & Co. in Graniteville, South Carolina. The letter which bears the date line of Augusta, (Ga.), Dec. 3d, 1862 discusses the cotton business. It is signed, "Very Truly, B.S. Dunbar." The letter was folded in such a way as to create a blank panel that was used in the same way that an envelope would be used to address the letter to the recipient....  

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1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale

7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.

Warren County, December 30th, 1842

For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.

Given under our hands & seals the date above.

Signed by the administrators.

Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver...  

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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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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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Autograph, Daniel Webster

U.S. Congressman, Senator & Secretary of State

One of the greatest orators of the 19th century!

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(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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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 Colonel Leonard A. Harris

Colonel of the 2nd and 137th Ohio Infantry Regiments

Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1863-67

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(1824-90) He enlisted on April 17, 1861, as captain, and was commissioned into the 2nd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to colonel, on August 6, 1861 but resigned on December 24, 1862 due to poor health. In the meantime, he was elected mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1863 serving in that capicity until 1867. He distinguished himself by advising Governor Brough regarding the drafting of the "100 day men," which...  

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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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Autograph Jonas Mills Bundy

Newspaper Editor, Civil War Officer, Author and Advisor to Presidents' Grant, Garfield and Arthur

(1835-91) Jonas Mills Bundy, was born at Colebrook, N.H., and moved with his parents as a child to Beloit, Wisconsin. He graduated from Beloit College, in 1853, then went to Harvard Law School, was admitted to the bar, but never practiced law, his tastes leading him instead to adopt journalism as his profession. His first experience in newspaper work was on the Milwaukee Daily Wisconsin, and he later joined the staff of the Milwaukee Sentinel....  

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68th Ohio Infantry Veteran Applies for Bond

He was wounded in the battle of Champion's Hill, in the 1863 Vicksburg campaign!

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 12 1/2, manuscript in ink.

The State of Ohio
Henry Co.

Before me, S.M. Hague, a Notary Public, in and for said county, personally came Gilbert F.W. Fuller, who makes oath and says that he is the identical person who re-enlisted in Co. "I," 68th Regiment Ohio Vet. Vols. Infty., on the 10th of December 1863, and was mustered into the service of the United States, January 4, 1864, and credited to the 10th...  

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Civil War Veteran of 90th Ohio Infantry Writes to His Congressman

2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by George Borden, to Ohio Congressman William C. Cooper.

Galena, Delaware Co., Ohio, July 8th, 1886

Hon. Wm. C. Cooper, Washington, D.C.
Friend and Comrade, Dear Sir,

In a conversation today with Mr. J. Hildreth, of Mt. Vernon, this state, I told him that I had a claim for Pension pending at Washington, and, he (Mr. Hildreth) told me that he thought that if I would write to you that you would do what you could to help my claim on. I made application for Pension in 1882, and have just...  

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