August Catalog 2017

The only known Washington Artillery Presentation Sword Presented to flag bearer Sgt. L.M. Montgomery

Presented to him in Richmond, Virginia by his friends at The Daily Delta newspaper May 31st,1861

A Magnificent Presentation to the Color Guard of the elite Washington Artillery of New Orleans

    CW 100

This is the only known Confederate presentation sword to a member of the famous Washington Artillery of New Orleans, Louisiana. The actual presentation of this sword was published in the New Orleans Daily Delta Newspaper on May 31, 1861 as follows:

“A merited compliment – A splendid sword obtained in Paris has been received, and we learn forwarded to Richmond, to be presented to our reportorial predecessor, Sergeant L.M. Montgomery. His friends were very much disappointed to not receiving it in time for presentation before his departure; but its reception by him at Richmond will be none the less gratifying. As one of our contemporaries justly remarks, the sword will be honorably Borne as it was Merited”

Color Sergeant Montgomery had worked as a news reporter for the Daily Delta and his fellow newspaper men bought this gold-gilt sword from France and beautifully inscribed their presentation to him to show their esteem of his gallantry. The Washington Artillery was the most famous artillery unit of the military at that time, composed of the elite men of New Orleans they gained their distinct reputation twenty years earlier during the Mexican War, led by Jefferson Davis and Zachary Taylor. When the Civil War began they volunteered to go east and were mustered into service on May 26th, 1861 in Lafayette Square in New Orleans, they left in a special train with a 12 piece band, their French chef Edouard and various servants and joined General R.E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and served bravely in Lee’s army throughout the entire war, only returning to their homes in New Orleans in 1865. The inscription reads as follows:

“To L.M. Montgomery, Color Sergt, N.C.Staff, Washington Artillery,

                        from your friends at The Daily Delta”

Color Sergeant Louis Montgomery survived the war and rose to the commissioned rank of Captain (his referral as N.C. Staff, is Non-Commissioned Staff which was his rank at the beginning of the war when he received this sword) – accompanied by his military records in which he is identified on all the records as the Color Sergeant of the Washington Artillery, also a letter documenting that this sword was sold at auction New Orleans, then latter sold to a collector. Presentation swords to Flag bearers are quite rare and this one is unique and the only known Confederate Presentation Sword to a member of the famous Washington Artillery. A magnificent showpiece (accompanied by his military records, and excerpts from the New Orleans Newspapers Daily Delta and the Picayune about Montgomery, and a first-hand account of the discovery of this wonderful and unique sword)


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General William Mahone Presentation Sword February 2nd, 1864 The Hero of the Battle/Siege of Petersburg

A Magnificent Presentation Sword to one of the Highest-Ranking Generals in Army

    CW 101

Major General William Mahone – famous Virginian, Railroad Builder, Engineer and the Confederate General that saved the city of Petersburg, Va. from U.S. Grants siege & invasion force. A remarkable and historically important Confederate Generals presentation sword, being a M 1850 Foot Officers sword imported from France, beautiful Gold Gilt and excellent 30” blade and matching scabbard.

General Mahone was promoted on the spot by General R.E. Lee to major general for saving the city of Petersburg from Grant’s onslaught using the same siege tactics he did at Vicksburg as well as mining underneath the Confederate Army using Pennsylvania Coal Miners to tunnel into the Confederate lines of Defense and Blowing it up with a ton of dynamite. Mahone as an engineer understood what Grant was attempting to do and withstood the explosion then decimated Grants siege army during their attack after the explosion of the mine. This sword has an equally important collection history, discovered by the late John Heflin from Mahone’s grand-daughter in England, who then sold it to the famous collector William “Bill” Bond, whose collection was sold at auction in 1994. A important Rarity. Accompanied by Letter from Mahone’s Granddaughter dated 1968, Bill of Sale to Bill Bond in 1968, copy of William Bond Auction catalog where this sword is illustrated and sold in 1994.


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A Cook and Brother Confederate Rifle with CS Flag on the Lock Plate Athens, Georgia 1864

    CW 102

Cook & Brother Athens, Georgia Confederate Rifle with CS Flag on the Lock serial # 4676, in .60 caliber with a 33-inch barrel and excellent walnut wood stock. With a 1st National Confederate Flag stamped into the lock plate along with the serial number and Cook & Bros Athens, Georgia markings. Also, marked Cook & Brother Athens, Ga and matching serial # 4676 on top of the barrel. A scarce Confederate gun as only 1,000 were made under contract for the Confederate Government. Cook was originally based in New Orleans but with the fall of that city in 1862 to the Union Navy, they moved their gun factory to Athens, Georgia for the rest of the war where they produced weapons for the Confederacy as well as the State of Alabama. Two brothers from England formed this gun factory, Ferdinand Cook was soon killed in the battle at Griswoldville, Ga. protecting the Confederate armament factories, Francis Cook survived the war and returned to England after the war with a pardon due to his British citizenship. A rare Confederate weapon by these two brothers who joined in with the Confederacy from New Orleans to Athens, Georgia, very attractive and one of the few weapons with the patriotic CS Flag stamped on the lock plate. A showpiece


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General Forrest Escort Battle Flag ‘The Stainless Banner’ Confederate 2nd National Flag

Beautifully made flag carried by Capt. Hooper Forrest Escort Buford’s Division, Forrest’s Cavalry

A Important ‘Confederate 2nd National Battle Flag’ carried
by Forrest’s Cavalry

    CW 103

Captain Charles Hooper, Forrest Escort No. 2, rode with Gen. Forrest as his personal Escort from 1863 to the surrender in 1865 carrying this Battle Flag – made of homespun linen measuring 30 x 57 inches, handsewn eyelets on the white linen hoist, 13 white Five-Pointed Stars form the St Andrews Cross against a red and blue wool field, hand appliqued to form the Battle Flag design. Carried by Ensign James H. Fulton of Atlanta, Georgia in Captain Hooper’s Cavalry Company that served as Forrest Escort and Scouts. The history of how they became Forrest’s Escort is published in The Confederate Veteran, Hooper formed a company of wounded men for the defense of Rome, Ga. Each man supplied his own horse and weapons and Hooper was chosen its captain per chance they met up with Gen. Forrest who enlisted their help in capturing Union General Streight who had raided Rome, Ga. Forrest latter asked them to what command they belonged, Hooper replied none and Forrest enlisted them on the spot as his Escort, they rode with Forrest all the way to Surrender at Gainesville, Ala. and surrendered with him on May 10, 1865. Accompanied by Howard Madaus Letter of Authenticity and Research, as well as UCV Photographs of Hooper and his men in 1915 on horseback, also Ensign Fulton’s Surrender papers from Gainesville, Alabama dated May 10, 1865 docketed on verso his requisition of one brown mare to ride home to Atlanta. The Flag is archivally framed and a Showpiece.


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South Carolina Battle Flag ‘Palmetto Tree & Crescent Moon’ The 1st Confederate Flag after Secession

Hand Embroidered in Gold Thread on Blue Silk Beautifully made flag by the Nuns of Carmelite Order in Charleston SC being 1 of 6 made

A Magnificent Confederate Flag made for the 1st of
Six Regiments formed in SC

    CW 104

The State of South Carolina ordered 6 of these flags to be made for the 1st six regiments that answered the call for Volunteers upon the Secession of South Carolina from the United States on December 20, 1860. Beautifully made by the Nuns of the Carmelite Order in Charleston, SC, hand embroidered in bright Gold thread of the Palmetto Tree and the Crescent Moon on a bright blue silk field, with woven gold fringe and remnants on verso of the white silk banner that would have had the Regimental name on it that has worn off. Large and very displayable and amazing embroidery with a 28 inch tall Gold Palmetto Tree. Three of these flags are still known to exist the 1st SC and the 8th SC and this one, certainly one of the most remarkable Confederate Flags that in existence. Accompanied by Howard Madaus Letter of Authenticity and Research, the flag is 55 x 60 inches and is archivally framed, a Showpiece


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

    CW 105

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.


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22nd Louisiana Colonel’s Uniform/Kepi with
Louisiana State Buttons

    CW 106

A remarkable Assemblage of a Louisiana Colonel’s Uniform, including the crown of his Kepi and chin strap with Louisiana buttons still attached, as well as his collar insignia, 14 Louisiana Confederate State Pelican buttons, all mounted on a large part of his grey uniform, with quatrefoil from his sleeves sewn in a circle making this an ornate memento for his family after the war, but a loss to the collecting community as they not only cut up his uniform, but his hat too to make this display! After the war, the southern states were under military occupation and Confederate uniforms and insignia were banned which may explain this assemblage who is identified to the 22nd Louisiana Infantry. All mounted on 19th century paste board 20 inches tall.


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General Robert E. Lee writes President Jefferson Davis that he has sent JEB Stuart’s Cavalry to protect the Confederate Capitol after the Battle of Gettysburg

    CW 107

General R.E. Lee writes to President Jefferson Davis at the Confederate Capitol in Richmond regarding Gen. JEB Stuart’s brave attack on Meade’s pursuing cavalry after the Battle of Gettysburg, in which Stuart defeated a cavalry force three times his size This is the most important Lee letter to come on the market in many years.

General Lee writes to President Davis regarding JEB Stuart, sending cannons to defend the capitol, and spies operating in the Confederate War department. Well written completely in Lee’s hand from his Winter Head Quarters in Orange CH, VA September 14th, 1863 (just after the Battle of Gettysburg) as follows:

His Excellency, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America –

Mr. President;
The guns (cannons) of the battalions of Artillery have been called forward to go with General Longstreet to Richmond. With that objective, before they go it should be ascertained if they can obtain horses for them in that region, if it cannot be done it would be worse than useless to carry them, they would not only undergo wear and tear of transportation, but we might possibly lose them.

A little after Midnight on Sept. 13th General Stuart received notice of an intended Advance by the enemies cavalry and made his preparations accordingly. On the morning of that day, they came in full, having crossed the Rappahannock at all the fords from Stuart’s to Kelley’s, They were supported by a force of Infantry, he skirmished with them all day and by 6 o’clock was pressed back to Cedar Mountain, with loss I regret to say of 3 pieces of Artillery. From this point he fell back to the Rapidan to prevent being turned and to obtain supplies. He was greatly out numbered, the enemy had 3 Divisions of cavalry with infantry, and he having 3 Brigades, the fourth being Fitz Lee’s is still at Fredericksburg. He reports that his men behaved with bravery, and that his men took a considerable number of prisoners. He left a picket force in front of the enemy at Cedar Mountain. It may be a reconnaissance force, but I have preparations incase it should be an Advance of his (Meade’s) whole force.

I have been informed that the New York Herald of the 9th contained the movement of Longstreet’s Corps in the order in which his Divisions moved and even contained the announcement that two of his brigades will probably stay in Richmond and Wise & Jenkins take their places? I only communicated this movement to the Quartermaster General on the night of the 6th, and it must have been received in New York on the 7th. I fear that there has been great imprudence in “talking” on the part of our people or that there may be improper persons among the office clerks. I am with Great Respect. R.E. Lee General

Condition: well written and completely in Lee’s hand to the President of the Confederacy about JEB Stuart protecting the Capitol of the Confederacy, in dark ink and in good condition. Beautifully displayed in a large “Ken Laurence” custom designed frame, Lee’s letter is within a hinged panel so both sides can be easily read. Mounted with portraits of both Lee and Davis and Confederate Currency, with Letter of Authenticity on verso a historical Iconic display


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15th Alabama Confederate Uniform Capt. Stanford CSA Artillery Officer’s Uniform worn by Capt. Francis A. Stanford discovered in his antebellum home “St. Elmo” in Columbus, Georgia

    CW 108

A stunning Confederate Artillery Captain’s Uniform – Frock Coat and his Trousers’, worn by Capt./Surgeon Francis A Stanford of the 15th Alabama Volunteers, latter surgeon for General Joseph Wheeler’s Army of Tennessee Cavalry Corps. This uniform and those of his brother-in-laws were all discovered in the antebellum home of “St. Elmo” (namesake of the famous literary work) certainly one of the last great discoveries of 3 Confederate uniforms in one Family! Captain Stanford had married one of the Fontaine girls, her brother Theophilus Fontaine was a commander in the 3rd Georgia Cavalry (his Confederate uniform was discovered at the same time) and latter in the 20th Georgia in Lee’s Army and fought from Gettysburg to the surrender at Appomattox. Their father was the mayor of Columbus, Georgia, and they all lived in the magnificent antebellum home of St. Elmo. The uniform has triple quatrefoil running up each sleeve to near the shoulder, his captain’s bar’s are neatly sewn onto his bright red collar, cuff’s are matching bright red, with fourteen Eagle Staff buttons on the double breasted front, and three small eagle staff cuff buttons on each cuff, and tail buttons. Capt. Stanford has signed the waist band inside his trousers’ which are a darker shade of grey, with same bright red piping down each leg, with bone button closures. Condition is bright color yet some mothing as to be expected. Great set originally discovered by Steve Mulinax (his Frock Coat and Trousers)


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

    CW 109

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.


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Regimental U.S. Artillery Flag hand painted
“Crossed Canon’s” Gold Silk

    CW 110

Ultra Rare and quite large US Artillery Regimental flag, this being the central section of a silk regimental size Artillery flag with Gold hand painted lettering “U.S. REGIMENT ART.” inside red ribbons with gold trim over crossed cannon. The flag has fringe on top and bottom, and lacks the fly and the hoist of flag. Beautifully hand painted and very exhibitable. Quite large, framed approximately 4 x 6 feet. (plus shipping)


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US Army Infantry – Union Enlisted Mans “Great Coat”

    CW 111

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.


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A First-Hand account of Meeting President Elect Abraham Lincoln by a pretty Young Lady

    CW 112

President Elect Abraham Lincoln on the eve of his Election as the Republican President of the United States. A wonderful and candid letter by a very smart young lady, although unable to vote in the Presidential Election of 1860 she offers a keen insight into Mr. Lincoln and his character. 8 pages well written by Mary Ann Martin immediately after her meeting the President Elect, very attractive with long brown hair, perhaps only 20 years old she was as charmed by Mr. Lincoln as he was with her in this amazing meeting she had with him just after he was elected the next President of the United States. The letter is headed Springfield, Ill Nov. 8, 1860 and is addressed to her mother brief excerpts as follows:

“We walked around the room to look at various curiosities that had been sent by admiring friends to Mr. Lincoln. There was a chain whittled from a rail to which Mr. L remarked it was not one of the rails he once split. Another was an axe and a couple of wedges made of the very finest steel from Pennsylvania, which led to more amusing remarks by Mr. L regarding rail splitting. Judge Harris asked Mr. Lincoln for his autograph for me, Mr. Lincoln smiled said “with pleasure” and seated himself wrote first the date and then my name and underneath that” below is my signature which you do me the honor to request. A. Lincoln”

The finest first-hand account I have seen about Abraham Lincoln, by a young lady, accompanied by her large tintype, the envelop this letter was mailed in, and a Pass for her from St. Louis.


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

    CW 113

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.


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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

    CW 114

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.


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A ‘Military Pass thru the Lines’ New Bern, N.C. signed by Confederate General Kemper

    CW 115

Safe Conduct Pass, for a North Carolina Plantation owner to visit his farm in Union Occupied area near the Neuse River – endorsed on verso “Approved J.L. Kemper, Brigadier General” a scarce signature by the famous Confederate general who was badly wounded while leading his men in Pickets Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. An interesting Pass thru the Lines” as a Plantation owner needed to check his property to see what is left of his plantation after the battle of New Bern as follows:

“Mr. Jno. T. Lane is an old highly respected loyal citizen of Craven County whose farm is about 25 miles below here on the Neuse river – south side of the river - he is a Refugee. The enemy have committed heavy depredation upon his property since the fall of New Bern. He desires to visit his Plantation. It is below our lines.

Kinston, NC March 28, 1863 - W. Dumfries, Provost Marshal”

The collateral damage of war waged on civilian land, many Plantation Owners lost everything during the Civil War, here this North Carolinian travels into enemy lines to see what was left of his Plantation. Folds and age tone as he would have carried this in his pocket to cross into Union lines.


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A Springfield Rifle musket dated 1860 behind the hammer and U.S. in front

    CW 016

Famous Springfield rifle was the gun issued to the Union Army to fight with – .58 caliber with a long 40-inch barrel it has a functioning Maynard tape priming system and the lock plate shows clear winged eagle on the primer door. Produced at the Springfield Massachusetts Armory it has the correct 1860 model patch box in the butt stock. This was the first gun carried into the Civil War by the US Army and Volunteers that were issued government guns. A Fine Civil War gun, and the workhorse of the Union Army.


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The Rare ‘Cadet Rifle’ by Springfield only 2500 were made

    CW 017

Model 1858 Springfield Cadet Rifle musket – .58 caliber with a 38-inch barrel and 50-inch stock. This is the rarer and smaller version of the famous Springfield 1855 Rifle musket of which only 2500 were made. The lock plate is dated 1859, it has a short-based rear sight and a functioning action. A Fine example of this rare military gun.


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A Rare Joslyn Breech Loading Cartridge Rifle. 50 caliber single shot made in early 1865 just before the end of the Civil War it was the 1st breech loading cartridge rifle

    CW 018

A unusual and rare end of the war production rifle made by Springfield Armory only 3,000 were produced – in .50 caliber ‘cartridge ‘serial # 1271 with a 35 ½ long round barrel and walnut stock with a shell extractor. Produced in early 1865 just before the end of the Civil War, only 3,000 were ever made. They were the first breech loading cartridge rifle produced by a US Armory. Smooth metal finish, good bore and clear markings and the same mechanism as used on the Joslyn Carbine.


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Rare Confederate Robinson Conversion of an 1818 Flintlock Musket, Richmond, Va. 1863

    CW 019

A unusual and rare Confederate conversion from Flintlock to Percussion in 1863 – in .69 caliber long barrel shortened to a musketoon length above the second barrel band and a brazed-on brass percussion bolster. This rare gun was made by S. C. Robinson in Richmond, Va. under a contract with the Confederate Government to supply much needed weapons for the Confederate Army. Good weapons for the CSA army was always in short supply, enough so that out of necessity they converted old flintlocks into percussion to be used in battle by Confederate Troops. (see Dr. Murphy’s book on these Robinson conversions). The gun has a clean bore and a good functional action.


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A Gwynnn & Campbell Carbine only 8200 were produced beginning in 1863

    CW 020

Civil War ’Cavalry’ Carbine made in 1863 by Gwynn & Campbell – in .52 caliber with a 20-inch barrel, serial # 386 with a walnut shoulder stock. 8200 of these carbines were produced between 1863 and 1864 and issued to Union Cavalry Regiments in the field. Clear marking’s but pitted from exposure on the barrel. A Fine US Cavalry carbine.


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Ball Carbine only 1002 were made, 1863 to 1864

    CW 021

Civil War Carbine in .52 cal. rimfire made by Lamson & Co in Windsor, Vermont – 7 shot magazine with 20 ½ barrel, marked “E.G. Lamson & Co, Windsor, VT – U.S. Ball Patent, June 23, 1863 and March 15, 1864. Good condition with smooth metal and visible cartouche and functioning action. A scarce Civil War carbine.


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Hall Rifle – a percussion conversion similar in style to the Texas conversion of these famous Western Rifles that were 1st issued to US Dragoons on the Western Frontier

    CW 022

Hall Breech Loading Rifle dated 1831 but converted to percussion for the Civil War – in .58 cal. with 32 5/8-inch round barrel. Smooth metal and functioning action. One of the rarest US Military guns that saw extended service from the Mexican War to the Civil War.


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6th Regiment of Veteran Volunteers – Hancock’s Corps - Sharps 1863 New Model

    CW 023

Sharps New Model Rifle 1863 – in .52 caliber with 30-inch barrel serial # C 37652, this serial number range matches to Company G, 6th Veteran Volunteers also known as General Winfield Scott Hancock’s Corps as he formed 9 regiments of Veterans willing to re-enlist for the war in 1865. Smooth metal, clear markings on the barrel and the lock plate with a good bore.


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Battle of Baton Rouge – 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery – Merrill .54 caliber Breech Loading Rifle only 770 of these guns were ever made

    CW 024

A Rare I’d gun from the Battles of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson in 1863 – in .54 caliber serial # 2450 breech loading long barrel and 48 ½ inch overall length with brass mounts but with a rare Iron patch box. Only 770 of these guns were made and are rarely encountered, to have one identified to the soldier and carried in the Battles of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson is extremely rare! Pvt. Nelson Duzan of the 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery carried this gun into these battles where he was severely wounded. He also took part in the Expedition to Sabine Pass, in Texas in 1864. A Fine weapon with an equally fine Battle history, accompanied by Duzan’s military records. A showpiece


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Battle of Baton Rouge – 1st Indiana Heavy Artillery – Mounted Infantry ‘Greatcoat’ Cavalry double breasted uniform coat with an extra-long cape

    CW 024 B (No Photo but like coat CW 111)

A Rare I’d Union Cavalry “Greatcoat” worn by Pvt. George Miller during the Battle of Baton Rouge where he was wounded wearing this Cavalry Greatcoat – Rare double breasted intact with extralong cape for cavalry, worn by Pvt. George Miller during the bombardment of Baton Rouge and the siege of Port Hudson where he was also wounded wearing this uniform coat. The coat has numerous repairs, but his name is clearly stenciled inside the lining. Accompanied by extensive military records of Miller during the Civil War and his regimental history and a copy print photograph of their camp near Port Hudson. A triple rarity in that this is a rare form of the Union Great Coat, worn by a soldier from Indiana and wounded wearing it at the western battles of Baton Rouge and Port Hudson where very few artifacts exist from this crucial battle for the control of the Mississippi River, with the Fall of Port Hudson and Baton Rouge and Vicksburg the Confederacy was divided in half and the Union controlled the all-important Mississippi river. This uniform coat and the above Merrill rifle identified to a fellow Indiana artilleryman would make an important display together. (No Photo but like coat CW 111)


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Model 1841 ‘Mississippi Rifle made by Robbins & Lawrence in 1849

    CW 025

The famous Mississippi Rifle used beginning in the Mexican War by Mississippi troops to the Civil War used by Confederate soldiers – in original .54 caliber with a 33-inch barrel with brass trigger guard and patch box making this an attractive and popular gun. It was made in 1849 by Robbins & Lawrence with the 1849 production date clearly struck on the lock plate. Smooth metal finish with a good bore and wood stock with military cartouche and a functional action. A Very Fine example of this scarce and much sought-after gun.


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Remington Percussion Conversion of a Model 1816 Flintlock Musket in 1858

    CW 026

A scarce conversion from Flintlock to Percussion with a Maynard Tape Primer – in .69 caliber long rifled musket barrel. The primer locks and bolster are made by Remington then assembled by the Frankfort Arsenal for assembly and rifling. Clearly marked REMINGTON, Ilion, NY,1858. Excellent smooth metal finish and a fully functional mechanism with a mirror like excellent bore.


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Sharp Shooter rifle from Bangor, Maine with Joshua Golcher lock plate and Target Sight

    CW 027

A Rare Sharp Shooter rifle from Maine with Unusual target sights – in .40 caliber with octangular 24 ½ barrel, stamped “T. Graves, Bangor, Maine” the Joshua Golcher lock plate is ornate as well as the stock is inlaid with silver and brass along with a silver patch box that still has patches. An attractive and rare gun from Maine with a unusual elevated rear sight.


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2nd Model Virginia Saber – a Confederate altered cavalry sword to 32 ½". A Rare Confederate altered sword, made by Virginia Armory in Richmond in 1822

    CW 028

Virginia Armory heavy cavalry sword originally issued to Virginia troops in 40 ½ length, shortened to 32 ½ when the Civil War broke out and reissued to Confederate Virginia Cavalry – made in Richmond, Virginia in 1822 and reissued to Virginia cavalry by the state during the early days of the Civil War in 1861. The blade is bright and shows no pitting, but has battle nicks in the blade from combat, it is unmarked except for a “1” and a small “o”, no scabbard but a rare sword.


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

    CW 029

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.


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A great Virginia Cavalry Belt Set – Rectangular Virginia Belt Plate “Sic Semper Tyrannis” across the top and “VIRGINIA” across the bottom

    CW 030

A Scarce Cavalry belt set for a Virginia Cavalryman in 1861 – the brass state buckle is benchmarked #904 and the keeper #889 all on an over the shoulder Dragoon style sword belt set for cavalry, that still retains its Cap box as well as all the brass sword hangers with supple leather. The buckle has been bent from use which is only visible from the back, the front of the buckle is excellent. All said a very displayable and rare Virginia Cavalryman’s belt set.


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An Early Henry Rifle .44 made in 1863

    CW 031

Henry Rifle serial # 1426, in .44 cal. rim fire 15 rd magazine, made in 1863 a well used gun that has pitting on the barrel and discolorization on the brass frame from extensive use. A good example and an excellent opportunity to own one of the most famous guns in American History, the Confederates often referred to it as the gun that could shoot all day. The 1st repeating cartridge rifle of the Civil War.


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