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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Autographs and Historical Ephemera

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
c
Jefferson Davis. Folded cover with "Emory Ms. July 22" ms. pmk. and matching "Paid 10" addressed to Jefferson Davis at Richmond Va., docketed and signed on back in Davis's hand, reads "Enquiring whether they as tanners are exempt from military service Confederate and State, Respectfully referred to Gov. Pettus for such action as may be proper in this case." dated Aug. 2, 1862, Very Fine and very rare, this is the only recorded example used from the Emory post office, with 1993 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
1,150
c
Jefferson Davis. C.S.A. President, free frank "Jeffer. Davis U.S.S." as U.S. senator on cover to Concord N.H., "Washington City D.C. Free Jan. 17, 1860" cds, part of backflap used for crude patch at top affecting top of letter "J" in signature, still presentable and desirable

E. 200-300
280
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3
 
No Lot.
0
0
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c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 4, Autographs and Historical EphemeraRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Confederate general and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia

A VERY FINE AND RARE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD COVER TO HIS WIFE AT RICHMOND. A DOUBLE SIGNATURE.

Autograph endorsement "R. E. Lee Genl" on brown field cover addressed in his hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee" on Franklin Street in Richmond. Faint water spot at left. As choice as the double-signature field cover sold in our December 1995 auction for $14,300.

E. 10,000-12,000
11,000
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 5, Autographs and Historical EphemeraRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold endorsement "R. E. Lee Genl" on white envelope addressed in his hand to "Gen'l Lawton QrMr Gen.", cover with tiny embossed allegorical scene on backflap (torn upon opening) and minute edge nicks at left and bottom

VERY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH AND CHOICE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD COVER.

General Lawton was placed in command of the Quartermaster General's department in the fall of 1863, after being wounded at Sharpsburg. He remained in that position until the end of the war.

E. 10,000-12,000
0
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 6, Autographs and Historical EphemeraRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top right of yellow cover addressed in his hand to Dr. Orlando Fairfax in Richmond Virginia, the cover also bears horizontal pair of 5c Blue, De La Rue (6) tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 31, 1862" cds, expertly repaired horizontal file fold at top

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF LEE'S SIGNATURE IN COMBINATION WITH CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE STAMPS.

The original enclosure, not included, was a letter of condolence for the death of Randolph Fairfax, who was killed at Fredericksburgh.

E. 7,500-10,000
4,750
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General Beauregard. Pencil notation: "Telegram, Pelham N.C., April 15/65, Approved G.T.B." on back of letter written by William Smith (Governor of Virginia), contents datelined Pelham, Apr. 15th and reads "You will please leave the destruction of the bridges at Danville to my order. No enemy is near or advancing & at present no public object is to be effected by their destruction. Telegram me at Danville at once." and signed, Fine and important letter written and approved after Appomatox and before the surrender of the Army of the Tennessee

E. 300-400
475
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Burton N. Harrison. ALS by President Davis's personal secretary to the Secretary of the Senate, states in part "approved and signed a Joint Resolution (27) of thanks to Captain Raphael Semmes of the Confederate States war steamer Alabama and the officers and crew under his command." dated Feb. 14, 1865 and also authorizing an act appointing a Commissary General with the rank of Brigadier General, Very Fine, rare reference to the famous Confederate raider Alabama

E. 150-200
550
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[General J.E. Johnston]. Official copy of General Order No. 4 written in the hand of Major Kinloch Falconer his A.A.G., datelined "HdQrs, Army of Tennessee, July 17, 1864", contents state "In obedience to orders of the War Department, I turn over to General Hood the command of the Army and Department of Tennessee. I cannot leave this noble Army without expressing my admiration of the high military qualities it has displayed. A long and arduous campaign has made conspicuous every soldierly virtue...You, Soldiers, have never argued but from your courage, and never counted your foes. No longer your leader, I will still watch your career, and will rejoice in your victories. To one and all I offer assurances of my friendship, and bid an affectionate farewell." light age spotting, tape marks on back, a Fine and important official document - Johnston took command of the Army of the Tennessee after Bragg's disaster at Chattanooga in November 1863; General Hood took over command at Atlanta on July 17 (the date of this letter) after Johnston's plan for strategic retreat from Sherman met with an unfavorable response from Davis. Curiously, he died in 1891, supposedly after contracting an illness while marching bareheaded at Sherman's funeral

E. 400-500
600
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10°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 10, Autographs and Historical EphemeraStephen R. Mallory, Stephen R. MalloryStephen R. Mallory. Secretary of Confederate States Navy. 1p ALS signed "S. R. Mallory", on Navy Department letterhead datelined Richmond, Oct. 6, 1863, to Mrs. Blanche M. Kell at Macon Ga., with transmittal envelope, legal-size with C.S. Navy Dept. imprint, 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Oct. 7, 1863" cds, light folds and soiling

AN IMPORTANT AND HISTORICAL LETTER FROM STEPHEN R. MALLORY, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, REFERRING TO THE FAMOUS CONFEDERATE RAIDER "ALABAMA".

Mallory's letter to the wife of Commander J. M. Kell, second in command of the legendary raider C.S.S. Alabama, is a consoling reply to Mrs. Kell's recent communication in the wake of her young son's death. She was evidently trying to send letters to her husband while he was on board the Alabama. Mallory, in an apologetic and sympathetic tone, writes "...you have my heartfelt sympathy in your great distress...Mr. Kell's ship is not within my reach...your letters are sent to England as, from the last advices from the Alabama, this seems the best means of forwarding."

Contemporary references to one of the most famous of Confederate raiding ships are rare. This direct reference in a letter from the Secretary of the Navy himself is outstanding.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,400
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11°
 
James A. Seddon. ALS, copy in his hand of letter dated May 20th 1865 to President Johnson requesting amnesty, states in part "Having taken an oath of allegiance to the United States, in accordance with the suggestion of an order of General Halleck, of which a copy is subjoined, I now respectfully ___ amnesty and mission of pains and penalties for past transactions...almost completely ruined by the disasters of the War - of infirm health and with a large family of young children, I desire only to live a life of peaceful industry, obeying the Constitution and Laws of the United States..." a Fine and important document written in an emotional and infirm hand, Seddon had resigned his post as Secretary of War in January of 1865 due to ill health

E. 500-750
1,000
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12°
 
James A. Seddon. DS as Secretary of War, dated August 2nd, 1864, for warrant payable, countersigned by the Comptroller, some edgewear incl. sealed tear at bottom clear of signatures, Fine

E. 200-300
230
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13°
c
Alexander H. Stephens. C.S.A. Vice President, free frank "Free Alexander H. Stephens MC" as congressman on cover addressed in his hand to Col. Linton Stephens at Milledgeville Ga., a bit toned at edges, small piece of backflap missing, Fine

E. 75-100
110
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14°
c
Alexander H. Stephens. Five free franked covers as member of Congress, one is folded letter (ALS), from 1844-50, few faults, still a Fine group

E. 400-500
375
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15°
 
Amnesty Oaths. Four, including three granting pardons and amnesty to three citizens of Alabama, one of which is signed by William H. Seward (other two with printed signatures), the fourth is from Texas for a 57-year old farmer named Allen Coward and initialled "A. Coward" at bottom, Fine-Very Fine group

E. 200-300
280
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16°
 
Confederate Bill. Copy of House Bill No. 12, with purple "Rebel Archives" oval handstamp, the bill authorizes "To call out, and place in the service of the Confederate States, during the existing war, such number of able-bodied male slaves in the Confederate States, between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years..." and also provides for compensation of owners, etc, some overall toning, still Fine

E. 75-100
290
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17°
 
Confederate Ephemera. Nine items, incl. sequestration document, small card signed by Alexander Stephens and separate Magnus card depicting him, few unused Quartermaster's Dept. railroad tickets, blank Treasury deposit receipt, blank pay order form, a requisition for stationery and a Quartermaster's account statement, all appear Fine-Very Fine, an interesting group

E. 200-300
280
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18°
 
[Confederate Post Office Dept.] Report of the Postmaster General. Excerpt containing report from Richmond Va. post office dated November 7, 1864, regarding reimbursement to postmasters performing service prior to C.S.A. postal system, Rebel Archives purple oval handstamp, Fine, interesting historical ephemera

E. 100-150
75
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19°
 
Emancipation Proclamation. First official public printing of General Orders No. 1, 3pp., published by the War Dept., Very Fine

E. 150-200
290
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20°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 20, Autographs and Historical Ephemera[John Hunt Morgan], [John Hunt Morgan][John Hunt Morgan]. Broadside, 6-1/4 x 9-3/4 in., datelined Irvine Ky. Sept. 22, 1862: PROCLAMATION! addressed to "the people of Estill and adjoining counties" with a series of polite warnings and ending with this gloves-off threat:

"If any of our men are fired on while passing through the country, I will lay waste the entire surrounding neighborhood. By order of GEN. J.H. MORGAN. R.A. ALSTON. A.A. Genr'l."

Sheet with no folds and the white paper remarkably bright throughout, for the sake of complete accuracy we note only a 22mm sealed tear at left, far from text, still a beautifully preserved piece, Very Fine, rare in any condition

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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21°
 
Printed Directives. Collection of ten items each with purple oval Rebel Archives handstamp, incl. few Treasury Dept. circulars, also a Bill to organize a corps to facilitate communication with the Trans-Mississippi Dept., and Bill to provide for a Secret Service, some toning and light edgewear, a Fine and interesting group

E. 200-300
475
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22°
 
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 22, Autographs and Historical EphemeraSketch Maps, Sketch MapsSketch Maps. Three hand-drawn maps in ink, prepared by A. Clark Baum, Asst. Surgeon, 50th New York Volunteer Engineers, first map is of Battle of Fredericksburg showing Union positions incl. "Old house I used as a temporary hospital", and pontoon bridge locations; second map is of Battle of Chancellorsville which includes such references as "Old canal converted into rifle pit" and "Where we stood and watched the skirmish Sunday night", third map is of Battle of Rappahannock Station showing several details of the battlefield, few small faults, a Very Fine and fascinating group of sketches

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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23°
 
Slave Bill of Sale. Handwritten bill of sale passing title on a 16-year old, from Carthage N.C. and dated January 1, 1845, splitting and wear along folds, Fine

E. 150-200
95
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