Confederate Colt Revolver from William Albaughs personal collection and illustrated in his book on Confederate weapons.


Made by Mitchell and Tyler in Richmond, Virginia with the most spectacular carved ivory grips known to exist on a Confederate gun

Confederate Colt navy .36 cal six shot cylinder brass backstrap and trigger guard with gold front site – Virginia State seal bas relief carved into the grips with the state motto “ Sic Semper Tyrannis” in a banner with a beautifully carved ‘CS’ a top, the opposite grip has a large 5-point brass Star with 8 brass rivets, the grips are marked Mitchell & Tyler.

Certainly, the finest Confederate revolver existent, and this would have been carried by a high-ranking Virginia officer or member of the Confederate government one can only imagine which notable Confederate carried this gun, this was William Albaugh’s favorite gun out of his entire collection of Confederate weapons. A Unique showpiece in excellent condition


CS Navy “Signal Flag” from John McIntosh Kell 1st Officer onboard the CSS Sumter and later the CSS Alabama under Raphael Semmes 1861-65


An Early Wool Naval Signal Flag from 1st Officer Lt. Kell in New Orleans in 1861

CSS Sumter was fitted out for the Confederate Navy in New Orleans in April 1861, where Lt. J. M. Kell presented this signal flag to a local family, the brass snap hooks on the hoist are stamped REESE who was a flag maker in the Philadelphia Ship Yards where the CSS Sumter was originally built in 1859 and soon delivered to McConnells for his Havana, Cuba ship line, based in New Orleans and then converted by the Confederate Navy into the Raider. Very Fine condition with staining at center 30 x 36 inches with lanyard rope intact


Confederate ‘CS’ Army of Tennessee style brass belt plate.


Well struck with two hooks intact, they just don’t come much sharper than this a perfect showpiece


“Stonewalls” letter reporting that the Union Army is in position to attack the Confederate Capitol in 1862


General T. J. Stonewall Jackson’s battlefield letter to General Joseph Johnston reporting Union General George McClellan’s massive Union Armies are in position to attack the Confederate Capitol in Richmond and that he will draw Union General Banks into battle. Completely written in Stonewall Jackson’s hand as follows;

“Head Quarters April 1, 1862 – My Dear General - All is good on the Front, but it is believed that (Union General) Banks will Advance on me as soon as his supplies arrive. Very truly yours T J Jackson”.

This was one of Stonewalls greatest single contributions to the Southern cause when he drew General Banks away from reinforcing General McClellan in their attempt to capture the Confederate Capitol in 1862 otherwise, Richmond may have fallen and the war would have been over just a year after it started. Stonewall led this campaign against a Union Army more than twice his size, driving them back to the Potomac River which in turn threatened the US Capitol in Washington DC. This is regarded by many to be the most brilliant military strategy of the war. In this communication he advises that he has in fact drawn Union General Banks into battle thus preventing him from reinforcing McClellan, which saved the Confederate capitol.

Condition: well written in dark ink, with folds where courier delivered it Beautifully framed by Ken Laurence with hand tinted engraving of Stonewall, map of the battle, and Confederate Seal all on a Gray velvet background. Frame size 20 x 30 inches.


General Longstreet to D.H. Hill during the Battle of Fair Oaks Where 6,000 Union and 8,000 Confederate troops died


General James Longstreet battlefield hand written letter to General D.H. Hill just after the famous battle of Fair Oaks during the Peninsular Campaign to capture the Confederate Capitol in Richmond as follows:

“Headquarters June 16, 1862 – General; I will send a patrol in as you wish. The Yankee’s are reported down the Erwin, and (General) Ripley reports chasing at Fair Oaks Station as though reinforcement were getting in. Most Respectfully, James Longstreet Maj. Gen’l”.

This letter was hand written by Gen’l Longstreet when his military fortunes were at an all time low, as just two weeks earlier his misunderstanding of orders contributed to the Confederate defeat at Seven Pines. Latter in 1863 his delay at Gettysburg was believed to have cost Lee the battle. A rare battlefield communication between these two high-ranking Confederate generals. Beautifully framed, a Showpiece.


Model 1860 Light Cavalry Sword by Hammond – pre-war contract with the State of Virginia


A Very Fine Cavalry Sabre in original iron scabbard Brass Guard – 33 inch curved bright blade, with Hammond clearly struck on the ricasso of the blade. Hammond never received a government contract to produce swords for the US cavalry, but the State of Virginia did contract to purchase swords from him before the Civil War began and this type sword is illustrated in William Albaugh’s 1st book on Confederate edged weapons. In very Fine condition with original grips and scabbard.


An Appointment for an officer in a NY regiment to be signed by the Mayor of NY City and the Governor of New York in 1863 endorsed by General Meade


Promotion signed by 3 Union Generals – Gen. George Meade, Gen. George Sykes, and Gen. Seth Williams – on verso of letter from the Head Quarters 2nd US Infantry at Henry House, Virginia requesting a Promotion for a soldier from private to lieutenant. The generals comment that the Mayor of NY City and the Governor of the State of New York must approve the promotion, just months before the Battle of Gettysburg an excellent signature of General Meade.


Confederate General A.P. Hill cashes his check in Washington DC to go South in 1861


Confederate General A.P. Hill – one of the highest-ranking Confederate Generals takes money out of his Washington, DC Bank account – still in the US Army AP Hill soon after writing this check he resigned and went south and joins R.E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia. Signed two times by him in 1861 taking his money out of the Bank of the Metropolis. He was killed at the battle of Petersburg in 1865.


US Army Infantry – Union Enlisted Mans “Great Coat”


US Army Infantry “Great Coat”, a completely original and wonderful heavy winter coat, with Eagle buttons, and Cape. Some mothing to be expected and soiling from field use yet, attractive and bright fresh color and in otherwise excellent condition.


A Magnificent Union Officers Presentation Sword with Seminole Indian in Silver ca.1861


Presentation US Staff Officer’s sword with an amazing silver repousse casting in solid silver of a Seminole Indian Warrior, depicted full-standing under a Palm Tree with his bowie knife in his belt, in native attire and wearing a US Peace Medal.

Made by Emerson & Silver sword makers in New Jersey, with a Clauberg,Germany imported 31 ½ “blade that has a beautiful Gold wash and etched blade with patriotic motifs of the American Eagle with the words E. Pluribus Unum in a ribbon held in its beak, American Flags and Liberty Cap and large etched panel “UNION FOREVER”. A Truly remarkable sword with Political overtones of 1861 throughout beginning with the Native American Indian wearing a Presidential Peace Medal signifying allegiance to the US Government after the Seminole Indian War that culminated just twenty years earlier, and the motto ‘Union Forever’ is all too clear a commentary on the South’s recent secession from the Union, usage of the Liberty Cap design from the American Revolution just 80 years earlier brings into perspective the passion of the first year of the American Civil War.

The Pommel cap of this sword has a beautiful large Amethyst, and the scabbard is equally a work of Art, it is Silver plated with ornate mounts which are also richly Gold-plated. The sword is in excellent condition with brilliant Gold & Silver throughout, it is one of the best presentation swords still in private hands and a remarkable Museum Showpiece in perfect condition.


Capt. William B. Allen 46th Missouri Infantry - Ornate Silver hilt presentation sword 1864


Capt. Allen 46th Missouri Infantry, Springfield, Mo 1864 his Staff and Field Officers sword with beautiful embossed silver hilt with ornate stippled ‘US’ guard and bright Clauberg import blade ca. 1863

Made by G.W. Simmons & Bro. Philadelphia, PA with their name beautifully etched on the ricasso an Eagle with Ruby eyes is on the quillion, the ‘US’ is stippled in the embossed guard. The scabbard is equally superb with high relief fleur-de-lis heavy brass mounts and the engraved presentation between the top mounts “Presented to Wm. B. Allen May 6th, 1863 From his Friends of Union Mills”. The 46th Missouri was composed of local militia men that were called up to defend their state against Quantrill’s Guerrillas, in the Ozark Mountains of Missouri and Arkansas a rare western regiment, this was their second ‘Call to Arms in May of 1863’ to defend their state. The beautiful full luster 32-inch blade is etched with American Patriotic motifs that together make this a Very Rare and Striking Civil War sword carried by a Missouri Union officer.


62nd North Carolina Troops - Colt Nickle-plated pocket model pistol Presented to the Confederate Officer that led them in Battle


Confederate Colonel R.G.A. Love, 62nd N.C.T. a beautifully inscribed Colt Model 1849 Pocket Model serial #81516 retains much of its nickel-plated finish all matching numbers including the cylinder which retains its engraved scene.

Formed in the mountains of western North Carolina, Col Love was one of the founding field officers, his regiment was stationed in the rugged terrain of East Tennessee near the Cumberland Gap, often outnumbered with many of his men captured, he made his last stand during the Battle of Asheville on April 6th,1865. Most of the 62nd never surrendered they merely went home at wars end after they successfully defended that city from 1100 Union Cavalry. Colonel Love had numerous other family members in the Confederate Army including in Thomas Legion of Cherokee Indians and Mountaineers. A superb Colt revolver, fully functional and in extremely fine condition carried by a commander of Mountain Men that fought for the Confederacy.


General Charles Ewing ornate Silver hilt sword, brother-in-law of General Sherman ca.1863


General Charles Ewing, 13th US Infantry, the Siege of Vicksburg, his Staff and Field Officers sword, beautiful wire wrapped Silver hilt with ornate ‘US’ guard

A Superb sword made by James P. Fitch, NY with General Ewing’s initials “C.W.E.” on the ornately engraved top mount which is of unusual high copper content brass. This sword was certainly carried by him at Vicksburg when he led his regiment of Infantry against the entrenched Confederate fortifications there in Sherman’s XV Corps. His regiment was front and center in the line of battle, the siege of Vicksburg is legendary, refusing to surrender the Confederate soldiers and the citizens of Vicksburg hung on for weeks of frontal assaults and bombardment. General Ewing arrived on June 18th during the height of the siege, Vicksburg fell on July 4th, 1863 and the Confederacy was forever divided in half. Ewing went on to serve on General Sherman’s Staff during the “Atlanta Campaign & The March to the Sea”. This sword could speak volumes of history from Vicksburg to Atlanta to Sherman’s scorched earth policy during his March to the Sea and finally the Surrender of the Army of Tennessee. A bright and full luster 32” etched and gold wash blade Provenance: acquired from his family in Ohio.


A Superb US Cavalry Officers presentation grade silver hilt ‘Minerva Head’ sword ca. 1861


A rare US Cavalry Officers sword with the head of Minerva on the pommel in high relief, with a magnificent etched blade of ‘US’ in a large panel and E Pluribus Unum over a wing spread American Eagle on the other side of the blade. The spiral guard is deeply engraved and enameled inside, the fleur-de-lis heavy brass mounts on the steel scabbard are extremely fine and the 34 ¾ inch blade is lustrous. This sword certainly would have been carried by an important US Cavalry officer, Superb in every respect


Colonel John C. McQuiston, 123rd Indiana Infantry, his spiral silver hilt presentation sword with Battle Honors engraved on the scabbard from his Atlanta Campaign 1864


Col. McQuiston commanded the 123rd Indiana Infantry during their hard-fought Atlanta Campaign and latter against General Hood at the Battle of Franklin, he was also at the Army of Tennessee’s Surrender to Sherman in 1865.

A amazing Civil War Presentation sword with rarely seen ‘Battle Honors of their Atlanta Campaign’. A beautiful Staff & Field Officer’s sword made by Emerson & Silver with a heavily embossed gold-gilt guard and pommel surmounted with an Eagle, and a very unusual spiral silver engraved hilt. The 31 ¾ Blade is beautifully etched with patriotic scenes, and the motto “Be Just and Fear Not” along with the silver scabbard with not only his presentation, but also listing his battles in and around Atlanta & Nashville in 1864. It is most certain that Col. McQuiston carried this sword with him in the field, he was just 40 years old and in his prime when he led his Indiana men into battle with this very sword, which still retains his officer’s sword knot. A showpiece.


A Union Artillery Shell Jacket in mint condition ca. 1863


This Beautiful Union Artilleryman’s shell jacket is US Army Arsenal made, trimmed in red for artillery with chevrons on cuffs and the high stand up collar, with bright US Eagle buttons down the front and on the cuff’s and collar. It has a fine grey wool blue jean lining that is completely intact and the Shell Jacket is in pristine condition inside and outside it is a showpiece and reasonably priced.
Note: I have a Union Great Coat in a light almost turquoise blue that would be a good pair with this available for $3750.


US Artillery “Bugler’s” Shell Jacket with bold ‘Red & Black Checkerboard’ lining ca. 1863


The most unusual lining that I have ever seen on a Civil War uniform, in a bold red and black checkerboard design on this Artillery ‘Bugler’s’ uniform. In near mint condition with US Eagle buttons down the front herringbone design piped in red for artillery, and on the high standing collar and cuffs. A remarkable US Arsenal made Civil War uniform for a musician. Beautiful.


US Cavalry “Bugler’s” Shell Jacket in pristine condition with ‘Calico’ lining ca. 1863


A beautiful Civil War Bugler’s uniform, shell jacket with bright yellow for cavalry colorful herringbone piping full front, collar and cuffs. The Calico lining is exceptional with an interesting design, the uniform is just as displayable inside as it is out. It has US Eagle buttons down the front which has a herringbone design trimmed in yellow for cavalry and on the high standing collar and cuffs. US Arsenal made and issued to the cavalry company bugler who sounded the Charge into battle. Exquisite musicians uniform.


Union Mississippi River Gunboat Flag and Manuscript Archive from the USS Grammage in 1864


“Shooting of a Freed Slave from a Louisiana Plantation by the Ship’s Captain and his Trial for killing the Freed Slave on the banks of the Mississippi”

Flag and Documents from the USS Garmage, Captain William Neil assigned to seize Confederate property from Plantations along the Mississippi River to supply the Union Army. This would be a remarkable museum display of the flag and the documents written onboard while ransacking Southern Plantations all along the river. Over 100 documents pertaining to taking Confederate goods and a lengthy manuscript file including the actual Court Case signed by witnesses of why he shot and killed a Freed Slave from one of the Plantations.

A little known or studied facet of the American Civil War of Union soldiers/sailors ordered to take crops & supplies from Southern Plantations for the Union Army of Occupation. Even less known or understood is the interaction of the Freedmen to their Union Liberators. It seems this freedman tried to get onboard the USS Garmage and against warnings, he persisted and Captain Neil shot and killed him in the water while he was trying to climb onboard. The Military Court documents are very interesting in that the only witnesses to the shooting were the US Navy sailors onboard the USS Garmage and they were all new recruits and immigrants mostly from Ireland and could not read or write, the ship captain prevailed and charges were dismissed but it was a dramatic trial. The Union Navy flag is of wool bunting and 13 Stars as was common with Union Boat flags, well used, torn and repaired onboard it is 3 x 5 ft. in size. A Historical & Unique display when exhibited together with the documents.


New Hampshire Civil War hand painted “Lafayette Artillery” Flag ca. 1864


Magnificently painted with blue grey Crossed Canons and 13 Gold Stars indicating the original American Colonies with bright red orange sun rays in the background, and painted red ribbons with ‘Lafayette Artillery’ in gold lettering all on white silk with gold twisted fringe. A famous New Hampshire Artillery regiment that was founded in 1804, they were called up for duty in 1864 and spent their time training locally during the time of the famous Confederate Raid on St. Albans which was the 1st Bank Robbery in American History accomplished by Confederate Raiders attacking New England from Canada, no one was killed but the Confederate Bank robbers did get away with the money. Painted locally in New Hampshire and very exhibitable 25 x 26 inches and still in remarkably nice condition for a silk flag. A Unique Civil War Artillery Flag


A Tiffany “Roman Helmet” silver hilt presentation sword to the 150th New York Volunteers who fought in the 1st days battle of Gettysburg in 1863


Captain Platt M. Thorn, 150th NYSV a remarkable Tiffany presentation sword of this famous 12th Army Corps Regiment that fought it’s very 1st battle at Gettysburg and later served under Sherman during the Atlanta campaign and the March to the Sea.

A beautiful US presentation sword with a deeply etched blade that depicts a US soldier full standing with musket on one side and a US Army officer full standing with sword and flags on the other, with patriotic motifs throughout. The pommel of the sword features the rare Roman helmet and Body Armor design with the Tiffany Lion Head quillion. It is presented on the top mount inside an oval shield “Capt. Platt M. Thorn, 150th NYSV” with the Federal Eagle great seal engraved on the opposite side of the mount on its leather scabbard. A Historical Showpiece of Tiffany’s sword production carried in all the battles from Gettysburg to The March to the Sea and last Confederate Surrender. With a deeply engraved Collins 31-inch bright blade a remarkable and historical American sword.


A Dahlgren Bayonet Bowie Knife for US Navy in 1861


A rare Dahlgren Knife in its original leather scabbard with gilt brass mounts, a heavy fighting knife with a thick and heavy 12-inch blade which is marked on the ricasso ‘Ames Manfg. Co. Chicopee, Mass’ and dated 1861 on the other side of the blade. This knife/bayonet was for the US Navy Whitney ‘Plymouth’ rifle but also as a fighting knife used for boarding enemy vessels, it rarely comes on the market, this one is in near mint condition.


Ames Model 1832 Short Artillery Sword inscribed to W.A.T. in mint condition with scabbard


Scarce US Army Artillery Short Sword in mint condition made by Ames of Springfield, Mass. It has the initials ‘W.A.T.’ inscribed into the cross guard, with a 19 ¼ blade which is dated 1842 and marked ‘N.P. Ames Springfield’ and ‘United States’ on one side of the riscasso and the military inspector ‘J.C.B.’ and the year ‘1842’ on the other side of the bright & mint triple fullered blade. With an Eagle & Shield stamped into the pommel. This artillery Roman Gladiator style short sword certainly would have seen action during the Mexican War which began in 1846 just after this sword was produced. A remarkable and Superb condition sword which rarely comes on the market.


A Superb Model 1840 ‘Wrist Breaker’ Heavy Cavalry Sword issued to US Cavalry in 1865


Ames Model 1840 US Cavalry Saber in original steel scabbard with near mint blade marked by military inspector ‘G.K.C.’ on the ricasso of the 34 ½ mint blade, the other side is clearly marked ‘1865 - U.S.’ They just don’t come any nicer than this, a Showpiece of this famous sword carried by the US Calvary from the Mexican through the Civil War and perfect for display.
(Note: I have a Model 1860 Light Cavalry sword that would be a perfect pair to this Model 1840 for just 750.)


1st South Carolina Sharpshooters – Confederate Officers Shell jacket worn by Capt. Robert Chisolm custom made for him in Charleston by ‘C. Decau’ with his tailor’s label sewn inside the collar


Confederate Officers Shell Jackets are very rare only a few are known to exist, J.E.B. Stuart had one and was photographed wearing it, but to have one that still has the tailor’s name inside the uniform is Unique. This Confederate uniform has many unique attributes to it, the brass Battle Beads up the back of the sleeves, very wide lapels nearly identical to Robert E. Lee’s uniform, the rare Confederate Eagle CS 36 buttons made in Manchester, England. The grey wool it is made of was blockade run into Charleston from England as are the Confederate buttons which are back marked T.B.- Manchester. Captain Robert Chisolm has a distinguished history with the famous 1st South Carolina Sharpshooters as he commanded Company A during the siege of Charleston in 1863 and helped save the city. He served under General George Pickett and A.P. Hill and Joseph E. Johnston and Beauregard. Captain Chisolm has written his name inside the coat that also has the tailors label, this coat was purchased along with his frock coat from his descendants, accompanied by Provenance and Jensen Letter of Authenticity. If you’re from South Carolina and want to buy one truly great Confederate Officer’s uniform this is the one!


1st Model LeMat serial # 36 among the first made and imported by Blockade Runner into the Confederacy – The most formidable Pistol of the Civil War.


Exceptionally fine and early production 1st Model LeMat serial #36 with a 9 shot .42 caliber cylinder with a single barreled 16-gauge shotgun smoothbore barrel mounted underneath designed for buckshot, made this the most formidable pistol of the Civil War, it had more firepower than any other hand gun. Designed by Dr. LeMat of New Orleans and Confederate General Beauregard they were made in England and France and imported into the Confederate States by Blockade Runner, many high-ranking Confederate officers carried a LeMat including J.E.B. Stuart.

This ultra-rare and early serial #36 LeMat still retains much of its factory blue finish and has been well cared for and is completely original. Accompanying this LeMat is the provenance dating back to 1977 when it was first discovered and sold by Tom Wibberley including a letter by him and his Bill of Sale.


A Rare Griswold Confederate 2nd Model Revolver serial # 2974 made in Griswoldville, Georgia in 1864


Griswold & Gunnison Confederate Revolver.36 caliber serial #2974 in excellent condition. The most important Confederate Revolver made in the south, over 3700 were made under contract for the Confederate Government 1862-1864. The Confederate counterpart to the Colt Navy, brass frame with original walnut grips made in June,1864 at Samuel Griswold’s gun factory in Griswoldville, Ga. He was the largest manufacturer of Confederate pistols until his factory was burned by General Sherman’s cavalry in 1864. In Very Fine condition, the brass frame is excellent and has all matching serial #2974 and secondary assembly #4, fully functional with original walnut grips. An important and historical rarity.



A Confederate ‘Richmond’ rifle musket, the workhorse of the Confederate Army 1864.This is the gun every Confederate enlisted infantryman in Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia was issued and carried into battle. This gun was carried by Pvt. Fleming S. Worrell and was recently purchased directly from his descendants. Completely untouched and as they say, ‘In attic find condition’. Pvt. Worrell used his Richmond Musket extensively as the wood by the hammer is burned out from cap sparks during multiple firing of the gun, it is said that the Richmond Musket could be fired 3 times in a minute during battle, this gun certainly saw a lot of battles. It is completely original including having its original Richmond ramrod which were quite often lost in the heat of battle. It is a Richmond Type III .58 caliber with 40-inch barrel and is still functional. Accompanying this Richmond Musket is a photograph of his great grand-daughter holding this gun which she signs and documents the gun with Pvt. Worrell’s name. If you have been looking for a solid gun that really fought the war this is it and perfect for Display.


Confederate Colonel’s Kepi in a rare shade of Blue ex: Mullinax


Confederate Officer’s hats are rarely offered and are missing in most well-known collections including museums, the hats just did not survive the war. This rare kepi in an unusual shade of blue was originally discovered by Steve Mullinax some 20 years ago, when I bought it from him he remarked how the family he got it from said that they had thrown away the box it was in, we always wondered if it was the hat box for this kepi. It has CS 1 Confederate Eagle cuff buttons on each side of the visor, a black stripe calico liner with a tarred pasteboard crown and 3 bands of quatrefoil on the crown and sides. Certainly, one of the finest Confederate Colonel’s kepi’s in an unusual shade of blue. A museum piece.


A Rare Athens, Georgia made Confederate Rifle by Cook & Brother the only rifle made with a Confederate Flag on the lock plate 1864


Made by 2 English brothers that 1st immigrated to America by way of New Orleans at the beginning of the Civil War in 1861 and as opportunity presented itself the Cook Brothers began making guns and swords in New Orleans until that city was captured by the US Navy in April 1862, then the Cook Brothers pulled up stakes and moved their gun factory to Athens, Georgia where they gained a contract to make weapons for the Confederate Government. When Union Cavalry attacked the gun factories in Griswoldville both Cook Brothers fought to protect the Confederate gun factories and the oldest Cook Brother was killed in this battle, the younger brother remained in Athens, Georgia producing weapons for the Confederacy until wars end when he was pardoned because he was still a British citizen and returned to England after his exploits during the American Civil War. One of the most interesting guns made in the Confederate States this .60 caliber serial #4676 with a 33-inch bbl. rifle is clearly marked ‘Cook & Brother Athens Ga 1864’ on both the barrel top and the lock plate which is also die stamped with the emblem of the Confederate 1st National flag the only gun factory to do so. The gun is in excellent original condition with some original finish, the wood stock is equally attractive and in near perfect condition with all original parts. A historical rarity.


College Hill 3 Branch Cavalry Officers sword – Nashville, Tenn. 1862


College Hill Arsenal in Nashville, Tennessee produced this very rare cavalry sword before the city fell on April 1st, of 1862. This is one of the rarest patterns of College Hill swords the Cavalry and Staff officer swords are the most often seen, however unmarked this 33 ½ inch fullered blade Cavalry Officers sword is 1 of only 6 known to exist. It has the high pommel characteristic of this sword maker, single copper wire wrap on the original leather handle, overall 40 inches and in exceptionally fine condition. A important Confederate Sword.


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