Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Union Notables

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
197°
 
Clara Barton. ALS, 1 page (5-1/4 x 6-1/4 in.), dated July 14, 1911, to Mrs. Alice Keyes of the Deborah Sampson Chapter of the D.A.R., dark writing on fresh paper, Very Fine

E. 350-450
300
198°
 
Edward Bates. Attorney General. ALS, 1 page, on his stationery, dated Oct. 2, 1863 to President Lincoln, pertaining to the promotion of Brig. Genl. J.W. Davidson, referring to his "brilliant & successful" activities in Arkansas, Very Fine. Bates was the first cabinet official ever appointed from west of the Mississippi. He resigned in November 1864

E. 500-600
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199°
 
Montgomery Blair. Signature as Postmaster General on Apr. 3, 1861 postmaster appointment at Ashburnham, Fine

E. 250-350
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200°
 
Sale 779, Lot 200, Union NotablesJohn Brown. Two ALSs, one on each side of the same paper, dated May 1851 and signed "Perkins & Brown." They are representative of John Brown's legal and financial troubles from the days before he became an abolition insurrection leader. At the time Brown was in business with his partner Simon Perksins, running Perkins & Brown, a firm created for the sale of wool here and abroad. After some initial success, it began to collapse as Perkins and Brown began to have trouble collecting and making payments. Perkin's son blamed the failure on Brown's being "impractical" and "obstinate." It was during this time that he became deeply involved with the underground railraod. In these letters, the firm attempts to recoup some of the money owed them. The first letter: "...you had over drawn your account (by expecting a better sale than was in our power to make.)" In the second letter, to a Sarah Brown, he says: "If you think best to discontinue the suit do so, & get all you can out of Pickergill & Co., in the way of compromise." Fine

E. 2,500-3,000
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201
 
George Cadwalader. Union General. ALS, 1 page, dated Sept. 6, 1873, to the Executive Committee, Society of the Army of the Cumberland, including General James S. Negley, regretting that he cannot attend a meeting in Pittsburgh, as he has "a previous engagement to meet the surviving officers of the Army & Navy during the War with Mexico," in New York, Very Fine, with engraving

E. 150-200
115
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202°
 
Samuel P. Chase. LS, 1 page, dated May 3, 1864, on Treasury Dept. stationery, to a Henry Bowen: "Should I be in New York it will give me great pleasure to attend the Congregational Reunion on the 12th of May. It is very uncertain, however, whether I shall be able to leave the city at that time. If I should happen to be present, I should very much prefer to be a listener and not a speaker." Fine

E. 250-350
200
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203°
 
Sale 779, Lot 203, Union NotablesGiuseppe Garibaldi. Italian Nationalist Leader and patriot. ALS, 1 page (8-1/4 x 5-1/4 in.) dated March 21, 1861, to General Winfield Scott: "My dear General Scott: I am proud and gratefull of your letter - commending Mr. Robertson - I wish no alteration in the integrity of my adoptive country the great Republic - and I am your friend G. Garibaldi"; accompanied by Italian cover from La Maddalena, addressed to "General Winfield Scott/Head quarters United States Army/New York", received at New York Apr. 22nd; letter with small separation at left fold, cover with one stamp missing, Fine, a very desirable and unusual Civil War-related autograph - one patriot's heartfelt note to another - in transit as the Civil War began to unfold

E. 2,000-2,500
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204°
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Sale 779, Lot 204, Union NotablesUlysses S. Grant. Signature as President ("U.S. Grant") on part-printed envelope, "From the President of the United States" in Long Branch, N.J. (his summer residence) to Hon. W.A. Richardson, Asst. Sec. of the Treasury, addressed entirely in his hand, cover with small stain at B.L., far from signature and address, Fine and attractive usage

E. 750-1,000
1,600
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205°
 
Sale 779, Lot 205, Union NotablesGeorge B. McClellan. LS, 1 page, dated Aug. 2, 1861, to Lt. Col. Edeward D. Townsend, assist. adj. general to Winfield Scott: "...1st Lt. N.B. Switzer 1st Dragoons, and 1st Lieut. F.C. Armstrong 2d Dragoons be ordered to report to me for duty at as early a day as possible. I desire to appoint them my Aids Dep Camp, their services in that capacity are very much needed at present." Bold signature, "Geo. B. McClellan Maj. Gnl. USA," tipped to sheet, fresh and Very Fine

E. 1,300-1,500
1,050
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206°
 
Hugh McCulluch. Secretary of the Treasury, ALS, 1 page, dated June 9, 1868 on Treasury Dept. stationery, regarding bonds and notes conversions, Very Fine

E. 100-150
80
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207
 
Nelson A. Miles. Signature as Col. of the 5th Infantry, approving 1877 request for furlough, also signed by Alfred Terry, Brig. Genl. Commanding, and Geo. D. Ruggles, Fine

E. 200-250
375
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208°
 
James D. Morgan. ALS, 1 page, dated Quincy (Ill.) Aug. 20, 1870, replying to a request for information on his various promotions in the war, Fine

E. 75-100
65
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209°
 
Andrew Porter. Union General. LS, 1 page (7-3/4 x 9-7/8 in.), dated Apr. 9, 1862, granting a safeguard "to the House property & Family of William B. Martin of York County Va.," etc., Signed with rank, accompanying this is Mr. Martin's promise that "I will not take up arms against the Government of the United States, or give aid or information to the Enemies," etc.; Porter letter signed with rank, small toned spot below signature, not affecting it, Fine

E. 600-800
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210
 
Carl Schurz. ALS ("C. Schurz"), 1 page, with signature and two lines on second page, on Dept. of Interior stationery, dated Dec. 1, 1879, to the Governor of Missouri regarding a recommendation for the marshallship in St. Louis, accompanied by a CDV of the general in uniform, Fine

E. 150-200
140
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211°
 
William H. Seward. ALS, 1 page, dated May 20, 1866 on Dept. of State stationery, complying "very cheerfully with the courteous request made in your letter"; some staining at bottom far from text and signature and faint toned area (also not affecting signature), Fine

E. 100-150
100
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212°
 
Sale 779, Lot 212, Union NotablesWilliam T. Sherman. ALS, 4pp (5 x 8 in.), dated July 30, 1881, to Mary Audenreid, widow of his aide-de-camp Joseph Audenreid. Sherman describes the dying condition of President Garfield, who had been shot by Charles Guiteau just four weeks before: "...Washington is dull enough enow, the more so because the President still lies on his bed of pain & anguish - Think of his Case & Contrast it with your own - I think his life is safe but the Doctors will not fix a time when he can be moved to a safer climate." Sherman encourages Mrs. Audenreid, whose husband had died in June, 1880, to get on with her life and stop wallowing in gloom: "I will not reproach you, for I know you have a loving heart and many noble traits, but as I told you of this you possess something that needs correction. You are not alone, hundreds of good people follow you in their thoughts and would minister to your happiness if you would give them a chance but...you will not believe me." etc. Fresh and Fine

E. 2,000-2,500
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213
 
Edwin Stanton. ALS, 1 page, dated Dec. 6, 1848, to a Genl. Stokely regarding ownership of the Cleveland Bank Claim, ending, "It would gratify me to render you any service in my power." Fine

E. 200-250
180
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214
 
Charles Sumner. ANS, dated Mar. 27, 1865 at Washington: "I hope Mr. Phelan may be appointed. Charles Sumner", Fine

E. 75-100
65
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215°
 
Joseph Gilbert Totten. Union Brig. Genl. DS as breveted Brigadier General, dated Feb. 9, 1860, Engineer Dept. letterhead, informing the Hon. J. M. Beale that the 14th Congressional Dist. "will be entitled to a Cadet appointment," Very Fine

E. 100-150
80
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