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Cover Sent by Major James T. Clancy, 45th Pennsylvania Infantry

Part of the Pennsylvania "Emergency Troops" called into action by Governor Curtin during the 1863 Gettysburg campaign!

With Chambersburg, Pa. postmark


War period envelope addressed to Miss Mary J. Flack, Doylestown, Pa., Bucks Co., Penn. Return address is signed at the left edge: Soldiers Letter, James T. Clancy, Major 45th Regt. P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers], "in haste" is written at the bottom left corner. C.D.S. Jul. 13, Chambersburg, Pa. and stamped in black Due 3 at upper right. Typical tears to the back flap...  

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Cover Addressed to Yankee Major in New Orleans, La.

Sent to Major in the 11th New York Cavalry

Stamped Civil War envelope addressed to Maj. G.W. Richardson, Box 420, New Orleans, La., with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with C.D.S., Aurora, N.Y., Feb. 28.

George W. Richardson, age 36 years; enrolled on December 16, 1861, at New York City, to serve 3 years; mustered in as Captain, Co. K, 11th New York Cavalry, March 19, 1862; as Major, November 1, 1862; mustered out, July 21, 1865, at Memphis, Tennessee; not commissioned Captain; commissioned Major, March 1, 1864,...  

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Autograph, General Ferdinand Van Derveer

Colonel of the 35th Ohio Infantry

War Date Envelope Signed With Rank as Colonel and Brigade Commander


(1823-92) Born in Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, he was educated at Farmer's College, studied law, and had begun a law practice when he enlisted to fight in the Mexican War. On May 31, 1846, he was mustered in as first sergeant in the 1st Ohio Infantry and served with this regiment until being mustered out on June 12, 1847, having been promoted to first lieutenant on Sept. 2, 1846, and to captain on Oct. 5th of the same year. During...  

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1862 Cover Sent From New Orleans, La. to U.S. Officer Stationed in New York City Harbor

Civil War date envelope with C.D.S. New Orleans, Sep. 4, 1862, with 3 cents George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] with bulls eye cancellation. Addressed to Lieut. M.H. Stacey, Fort Hamilton, New York. The envelope is torn along the upper edges where it was opened. Red wax seal on the back flap.

May Humphreys Stacey, a Pennsylvania native, enlisted on May 14, 1861, as a 1st lieutenant, and was commissioned into the 12th U.S. Infantry. He was promoted to captain on August 18, 1864,...  

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1864 Cover Postmarked at Natchez, Mississippi

Civil War envelope addressed to Mrs. Catherine Stebbins, Rochester, New York, with partial C.D.S., Natchez, Miss., Oct. 21/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington (Scott #64) postage stamp with bulls eye cancellation. Back flap is torn where the envelope was opened.  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item Mem7852: 1864 Cover From New Orleans, La. Sent to Ohio Captain

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1864 Cover From New Orleans, La. Sent to Ohio Captain

Addressed to Capt. Josiah Martin, Shreve, Wayne Co., Ohio, with C.D.S., New Orleans, Mar. 16/64, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64) with bulls eye cancellation. Light age toning and edge wear.

Josiah Martin served in the 16th and 166th Ohio Infantry Regiments, 1861-64.  

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War Date Envelope Addressed to Lieutenant 95th Illinois Infantry

Addressed to Lieut. J. B. Babcock, Co. A, 95th Regt. Ills. Vols. Via Cairo, Illinois, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp (Scott #64), with cancellation, and C.D.S., Marengo, Ill., Nov. 11, 1863. Light wear at right edge where the envelope was originally opened. Very fine Civil War used cover. It no doubt carried an important epistle to this Illinois officer in the field of war from a loved one at home in 1863.

John B. Babcok, was a 32 year old clerk from Marengo, IL., when he enlisted on August 8, 1862, at Marengo, as a 1st Sergeant,...  

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Autograph, General Clark S. Edwards

Colonel of the 5th Maine Infantry

Commander of the regiment during the battle of Gettysburg!

War Date Autograph Cover Signed


(1824-1903) Edwards was 37 years old when the news of the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter reached the small town of Bethel, Maine. He was high on a ladder shingling his roof and he immediately climbed down, obtained permission from the appropriate authorities to form a company of volunteers, and set out to gather recruits from Bethel and the surrounding towns. This group of men became Company I, of...  

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War Date N.Y. Surgeon's Envelope Sent From New Orleans, La.

C.D.S., New Orleans, La., Feb. 21, 1863. The large black stamped "3" at the center indicates that 3 cents postage was due on the mailing of this envelope. Docketed at left edge, "Soldier's Letter, A.J. Willets, Surgeon, 176th Regt. N.Y. Vol." Addressed to, "George Leacole, care of Thaddeus Davids & Co., 127 William St., New York." Edge wear. Fine war date cover sent by a New York surgeon from New Orleans, Louisiana.

WBTS Trivia: The 176th New York Infantry Volunteers were known as the "Ironsides"...  

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Civil War Envelope With Portsmouth, Virginia Postmark

Addressed in ink to Miss Ruth Bradley, Meredith, Deleware Co., N.Y., with blue military postmark, Portsmouth, Va., Oct. 17, with 3 cents rose George Washington postage stamp [Scott #64] which has been cancelled. Very fine war period example that no doubt once contained a soldier's letter.  

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Franked Cover From V.M.I. Cadet Legh Wilber Reid

Served as a Confederate officer during the War Between the States being twice wounded, one resulting in the amputation of his leg!

Legh Wilber Reid, was born near Brentsville, Va., on April 15, 1833. He graduated #2 in the Virginia Military Institute class of 1858, thus one of his professors would have been Thomas J. Jackson, soon to be immortalized as "Stonewall" Jackson. A civil engineer by occupation, Reid was General Superintendent of the Great Kanawha Coal & Oil Co. Upon the outbreak of the War Between the States, he was...  

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Rutherford B. Hayes Personal Imprinted Cover Addressed In His Hand

Civil War General and 19th President of the United States


(1822-93) A lawyer by profession, he practiced in Cincinnati where he became successful in both law and local politics. When the Civil War broke out, he made patriotic speeches and helped to recruit the 23rd Ohio Infantry becoming their major in June 1861. He was severely wounded at South Mountain, Md., where he led a charge, helped to capture Confederate General John Hunt Morgan during his raid into Ohio, led his brigade in storming strongly held Confederate...  

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