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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL549: 1862 Letter to Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia

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1862 Letter to Joseph E. Brown, Governor of Georgia

Extremely rare communication detailing "a plan for making a new kind of [Confederate] gun that we will call a packet cannon!"

2 pages, 7 3/8 x 9 1/2, in ink, written by J. Henry Hammond, (12th Georgia Artillery) to Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, with a diagram of the gun at the center of page 1.

Camp Jackson, Savannah, [Ga.], Feb. 24th, 1862

To his Excellency

Jos. E. Brown

Dear Sir,

Below find a plan for making a new kind of gun that we will call a "Packet Cannon." It...  

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2nd Mississippi Cavalry Letter

"Tell Bob he ought to have been with us at Corinth. He thought he heard the cannons roar up in Tennessee, but he did not hear anything to what it was up at Corinth."

3 pages, 6 1/4 x 8, written in a bold and neat pencil hand by Sergeant B.J. Caldwell, Co. G, 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, to his wife.

Camp Near Salem, [Miss.], October the 16th, 1862

Dear Wife,

I again take my pencil in hand to drop you a few lines to let you hear from me again. I have no news to write on. Tom [is] well & doing very...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL546: Extremely Rare 1861 Letter, Sex in the Civil War Era

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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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL547: 1862 Confederate Business Letter From Augusta, Georgia

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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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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL545: 1863 Confederate Artillery Letter, Ashland, Virginia Light

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1863 Confederate Artillery Letter, Ashland, Virginia Light Artillery

Writes of the Great Christian Revival in the Army of Northern Virginia not long after the battle of Gettysburg!


4 pages, 5 x 7 1/4, in ink, written by Private Philip Samuel Mosby, to his sister, Polly G. Woodson. Very neat and well written Confederate letter.

Orange Ct. House, [Virginia] Aug.19th, 1863

My Dear Sister,

I joyfully received you kind favor of the 22nd of July and hasten to reply the morning after getting it. I got one of the same date from Nancy, and it really looked to me that...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL521: 1864 Letter Concerning the North Carolina Secretary of State

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1864 Letter Concerning the North Carolina Secretary of State

2 pages, 8 x 6, in ink.

Raleigh, [N.C.], August 19th, 1864

My Dear Sir,

I frequently ask your advice and then are governed by my own judgment. I have been advised by an influential friend to run before the next Genl. Assembly for Secty. Of State. It is the opinion of many that I can easily defeat the present Secty. Col. Russ. [1]. He has made himself obnoxious to many of the [?] men, but whether he can be beaten or not remains to be seen. The office is a prominent one and is on that account desirable. I have many...  

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Click here to enlarge image and see more about item CL500: Pair of Confederate P.O.W. Letters From Rock Island Prison

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Pair of Confederate P.O.W. Letters From Rock Island Prison

#1: 6 x 7 1/2, in ink, written by J.T. Eubank.

Febry. 17th/64, Military Prison, Rock Island, Ill., Hospital Ward 8

Dear Cousin,

I have a young Alabama friend here (Dr. Mims) who has charge of Hospital Ward 8 attending to our sick. He is very much in need of clothing, is very far from home & friends, consequently I thought I would ask of you to send him a few articles. I would not ask the kindness of you, but for my Fatherís having contributed so much already & knowing you were much more able to meet the demands. Dr. Mims...  

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Confederate Prisoner of War Letter From Fort Warren, Boston

For a soldier that rode with General Nathan Bedford Forrest, who donned woman's clothing to spy on the Yankees in Nashville, Tenn., and who was held in a Northern prison in irons as a hostage for a Union officer who was condemned to death for being a spy!

2 pages, 5 1/4 x 7 1/4, in ink, written by Frank Battle.

Fort Warren, [Boston Harbor], Aug. 29th [1864]

My dear Friend,

I have sat down to write you a letter. I am in good spirits about exchange. I donít think that I will be here long. One of my roommates...  

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Pair of Confederate Prisoner of War Letters Written by a Lieutenant of the 41st Tennessee Infantry

From Camp Chase Prison and Columbus, Ohio in 1862

"This attempt to escape- in obedience to the first instinct of nature, has nearly dissipated any hope which I might have entertained of a parole."

"I desired to see you for it was in relation to a parole, & having as I thought incurred to no small degree the displeasure of commandant of the post by my attempt to escape."


#1: 5 3/8 x 8 1/2, in ink, written by Lieutenant T.D. Overton.

Camp...  

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