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Sale 764A — Autographs and Historical Documents

Sale Date — Saturday, 10 December, 1994

Category — Civil War, Union Generals

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
345
 
Robert Anderson. Signature on carte-de-visite with Bogardus imprint on back, handsome image of the "Hero of Ft. Sumter", tiny edge creasing entirely in margin at R., still Very Fine and choice

E. 1,500-2,000
1,050
346
 
Don Carlos Buell. Two signatures on two pieces, one with "Pension Agent, June 27, `89" beneath it, other is "I suppose it must be true. Very respectfully, D.C. Buel Airdrie, Aug. 13, `97", Fine

E. 150-200
115
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347
 
John A. Dix. ALS, 1-1/2pp, dated March 17, 1853, to President Franklin Pierce, giving his endorsement of Frederick Lansing for Marshall of the Northern District of N.Y., Fine

E. 100-150
85
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348
 
John C. Fremont. ALS, 1-1/4pp, dated May 17, 1890, to the Hon. John Ambrose, thanking him for his letter "with the reminiscences of the old campaign of 1856, always most agreeable to me to have revived. If any of the playmates and friends to whom you refer are still with you pray offer them my regards for them as comrades in the good fight we made together. Thankking you for the friendly feeling which dictated your letter to me. I am Yours truly John C. Fremont." Faint toning at edges, Fine letter written shortly before he died

E. 250-350
250
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349
 
Henry W. Halleck. ALS, 1 page, dated St. Louis Feb. 24, 1862, to his chief of staff, Genl. George Washington Cullum at Cairo: "Send troops to Genl. Pope till his command amounts to ten thousand- the infantry Artillery & cavalry being in due proportion. I cannot ascertain what he has got or what he is doing. Why don't he report by Cape Girardeau? H.W. Halleck Major Genl."; tiny ink smear above "W", still Very Fine

E. 400-500
525
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350
 
Winfield Scott Hancock. ALS, 2pp., as Lieutenant writing from Fort Washita, Jan. 21, 1847, to Genl. Jessup, discussing improvements he has made with his commander's consent, signed in a small neat hand characteristic of this early period, with integral address leaf with Fort Towson postmark and ms. "10" rate and "on service", Very Fine

E. 200-250
200
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351
 
Charles A. Heckman. Signed CDV, with pencil note on back: "A present from Genl. Heckman February 22, 1864", and beneath that a 2nd signature, "C.A. Heckman Brig. Genl. Commdg." clipped from a letter and mounted

E. 200-250
230
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352
 
Joseph Hooker. ALS, on back of postal card dated Garden City, N.Y., Aug. 1, 1879, to J.E. Kelly: "Letter of today recd. Retain the book ["The Battle of Gettysburg" by Samuel Bates, 1875] as long as it will be of service to you. Please say to Genl. Doublday that I regret that is not in his power to see a work that Proff. Bates is engaged on before the publication of his narrative regarding myself, as it will be likely to make some disclosures which even an old soldier like himself will not be likely to anticipate. The book will be out in a few months." This card is tipped to a page from the Bates book, inscribed, ""To Maj. Genl. Jos. Hooker with the Warmest Regards of the Publishers. T.H. Davis & Co."; it is presumed that Mr. Kelly never returned the book as Genl. Hooker died 3 months later. The book was recently discovered in Connecticut- the page with the letter has been sensibly removed, but the original book (faulty) accompanies the lot- its illustrations incl. 15 engravings incl. Hooker, Lee, A.P. Hill, Meade, etc., the engravings are in sound condition, the ALS has minor soiling but is otherwise Fine, offered for the first time

E. 500-600
400
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353
 
Oliver O. Howard. Very bold signature with rank, dated 1892 on large card with Governor's Island imprint, also small card with singature & rank, ms. "Governor's Island, N.Y. City", Fine pair

E. 150-200
0
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354
 
J. Warren Keifer. Brevett Major General, 4 page pencil draft in his hand (unsigned), datelined "Camp five miles from Appomattox Ct. Hse Va. April 10/65", addressed to "Major" and listing those men "who by their gallantry and meritorious conduct on the 2nd of April 1865 deserve special consideration & rewards at the hands of those in high authority," etc. The most significant entry occurs on page 2: "Corporal John W. Mauk & Daniel Wolfer of Co. F.- who were the first to reach and tear up railing on the Southside Rail Road. Corporal Maruk it is believe killed Lt. Genl. A.P. Hill upon his return from the southside R.R. He states that two men on horseback, appearing to be officers rode upon him & private Wolfer demanded their surrender & that both fired The corporal killed one of the men, the other escaped. That being alone & fearing that others of the enemy might be at hand they fell back to the other troops." etc. Very Fine, an important letter documenting the death of this famous Confederate general

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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355
 
J. Warren Keifer. LS as Bvt. Brig. Genl., 2-1/2pp, dated Apr. 9, 1865, listing the officers he feels "were particularly conspicuous for gallantry and good conduct in the assualt upon the Enemy's works in front of fort Welsh on the morning of April 2nd 1865," Very Fine

E. 1,000-1,250
0
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356
 
John A. Logan. clipped signature mounted on CDV, small tear at right center edge, Fine

E. 150-200
50
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357
c
George McClellan. Frank ("Hd Qts of the Army/Geo McClellan/Maj. Enl Comdg." on white envelope to Hartford, partial Washington postmark dated Jan. 20, (1862), Fine. Because of his rank (he replaced Scott as commanding general Nov. 1, '61), and because Scott's frank was recognized, it was probably assumed by Washington clerks that McClellan had the same privlege, but no mention is made in any of the official summaries in this period. To his credit, McClellan did not use the word "Free"; nevertheless the cover was postmarked and went through the mails without any Due markings. One other such cover, franked by Grant, is recorded by the ASCC, Vol. II, but the introduction to that section states: "No authority for Scott's Civil War era sucessors, McClellan and Halleck, has been found, nor have their franked covers been seen." A remarkable, and possibly unique war time signature

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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358
 
Alexander McDowell McCook. LS ("A. McDowell McCook"), 1 page, dated Nov. 6, 1894 , on "Headquarters Dept. of the Colorado" stationery, thanking Maj. W.C. Shaw for his congratulations on McCook's promotion to Major General, Fine

E. 100-150
80
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359
 
George Meade. Four pieces. Includes ANS, undated, to John Babcock, a scout and secret service agent who worked closely with the General: "I send a rebel mail from Honey Creek captured this P.M. Please examine it & report if any information is extracted. Geo. G. Meade Maj. Gen."; also unmounted CDV of Meade and signed note by Babcock himself indentifying the photo as "presented" to him in 1862, and describing himself as a "confidential agent"; also original obituary of Babcock; first with tear into signature, each piece silked, Fine

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
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360
 
John Pope. Four pieces, includes ALS, 2pp., dated Mar. 23 1864, on Dept. of Northwest stationery, Milwaukee, to Genl. E.A. Hitchcock. Pope writes (in part): I have read with profound interest & satisfaction your very thorough and exhaustive analysis of McClellan's report as published in the N.Y. Times & I may safely congratulate the Army and the country that the character and conduct of the military & political anti-Christ of the U.S. are being thus made manifest. If you continue the series as you have begun it McClellan's neck will be broken." This letter is followed by an ALS of Hitchcock's dated March 28th from Washington, accepting his congratulations but giving credit for the Times article to a Mr. Wm. Swinton, who interviewed Hitchcock: "I talked freely with him and made some suggestions to him. I went even a little further and permitted him to see and to use some few written notes of mine, touching [on] the causes of the detention of McDowell & c....History will give you the credit of beating the rebel army in front of Washington so far as your own plans and arrangements were concerned. You beat them, at any rate, but would have crushed them had your orders been obeyed. McClellans entire merit consisted in organizing the freshly raised troops, as they arrived here in the beginning of the war. The moment he attempted to handle the troops, he proved himself entirely unequal to the task. I hope this is the worst that can be said of him, for it is painful to suspect anything beyond that." etc. In a 3rd ALS, dated April 4th, Pope thanks Hitchcock for his "flattering view" and goes on to say, "I may at least assert with confidence that whatever mistake was made in that campaign, I, at least, did the best I knew how to do...If there were mistakes committed by me,they were due to erroneous judgement only & I am very grateful for the given opinion of an offiver of such high character & thorough military knowledge as yourself...I repeat, that in my judgement the vital point of McClellan as a patriot & unhonorable man will be found in his conduct at Alexandria. He stands there by his own record convicted not alone of military incompetency but of plain & manifest treachery to his country & to the army which was being slaughtered within his hearing." etc. Also included is a National Intelligencer editorial of May 1866 about Swinton's "Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac", with a 3-page anonymous ms. letter sent in but never published, criticizing Swinton's defense of Fitz John Porter. Very Fine, a remarkable and important series of letters that begin in frankness, and end in indiscretion and vanity - those qualities that led Pope to be "put on the shelf" in the Dept. of the Northwest

E. 1,500-2,000
900
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361
 
John Pope. ANS, 1 page, printed letterhead, "Washington City. D.C. 1862", to his wife: "Meet me in Cincinnati by Tuesday night. I should like to see your father too. JnoPope.", trimmed at sides, Fine

E. 250-350
200
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362
 
Fitz John Porter. ALS, 1 page, dated July 11, 1899 at Morristown, N.J., to James Dangerfield, regarding his interest in letters of Porter's uncle, David Porter Owing to illness (which shows here in small lapses of spelling and word sense) he is unable to comply, but ends with a warm P.S.: "Your name- Dangerfield- brings up the pleasant memory of boyhood Days, Sixty five years since, with companions of several families in Alexandria Va." Nice bold signature, Very Fine

E. 150-200
65
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363
 
William Starke Rosencrans. Two signatures on separate cards, with rank, one is "Bvt. Major Genl. U.S.A.", other Brig. Genl.. U.S. Army", Very Fine pair

E. 100-150
125
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364
 
Winfield Scott. Signature on check made out to "W.S.", dated May 31, 1852, small piece out of top

E. 200-250
140
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365
 
Philip H. Sheridan. ALS, 4pp., 4-1/2 x 6-3/4 in., dated Mar. 13, 1873 from Chicago, and written to ""My dear Genl. Smith" (probably John Eugene Smith), explaining that "the movement of your Regiment to the Salt Lake valley cannot take place this spring," mentions Genl. Sherman and President Grant, ending, "I expect to leave here for Texas with Genl. Belknap on the 1st of April. There is nothing new in Army affairs. Yours truly P.H. Sheridan", folds, Fine, with Appelton engraving

E. 400-500
325
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366
 
William T. Sherman. Signature ("W.T. Sherman") on partly printed 1882 check drawn on Riggs & Co. for the amount of $100, file cuts in signature do not detract, Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
260
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367
 
Franz Siegel. ALS, in pencil, 1 page, datelined "Headquarters McKisicks Farm March 6th 1862 (Two o'clock at morning" The general writes in full: Major Mezaros, Come as soon as you can, without ruining your horses, to join us at Sugar Creek. Go by the road, which leads from Waterses Mill to Sugar Creek, without coming through Bentonville, but passing behind (North) of the town to Sugar Creek. Bentonville may be occupied by the enemy towards evening. Resp. yours F. Siegl. B. Gen." On back is the beginnnings of a map in ms. and which has been crossed out, presumably by Siegel, in pencil, small piece out at bottom and small sealed tears, still Fine, a very scarce war-dated example from Sigel, written the morning of his finest hour - the battle of Pea Ridge, described as "the most one-sided victory won by an outnumbered Union army during the war"

E. 750-1,000
800
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368
 
John E. Wool. ALS, 2pp, dated June 12, 1826 at Detroit, to Col. Bouford in Washington, recommending that he be authorized to dispose of damaged ordnance and stores, etc., with integral address leaf with free frank, Fine

E. 250-350
100
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369
c
John E. Wool. Free frank ("Insp-Genls-Office John E. Wool Brig. Genl. U.S. Army") on immaculate folded cover to Augusta, Ga. with ms. postmark "New Echota Ga. Oct. 20" and matching "Free", accompanying this is a second cover with frank: "Public Service/John E. Wool" with ms. "Forwd by Doct. Hitchcock" also in his hand the latter cover has a tiny sealed tear, still an Extremely Fine exhibit pair, remarkable quality

E. 200-250
85
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370
 
Union Generals. Seven pieces, includes Winfield Hancock clip from closing of letter; John A. Logan free frank as member of Congress; Winfield Scott clip from 1865 letter; Franz Sigel on small slip, late Maj:Genl New York May 12th 1897; Lew Wallace two signatures on small and large pieces; also Joe Hooker cdv (not signed); Fine lot

E. 300-400
375
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371
 
Civil War Group. 11 pieces, includes portion of Joe Hooker ALS, Phil Sheridan signature with rank on card, clips from O.O. Howard (attached to photo), John Logan, Longstreet, Rosencrans, etc., Fine lot

E. 500-600
850
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