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Auction Description for RR Auction: RR Auction: The Civil War Auction
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RR Auction: The Civil War Auction (482 Lots)

by RR Auction

482 lots with images

July 25, 2013

Amherst, NH, USA

Jefferson Davis

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Description: Choice original 2.25 x 3.75 carte-de-visite bust portrait of Davis as president of the Confederacy circa 1864, boldly signed at the bottom of the image in black ink, "Jeffer. Davis." Published by Vannerson & Jones of Richmond, bearing an 1866 copyright notice to the lower border. In fine to very fine condition. An essentially pristine example-likely the finest extant-featuring an exceptionally bold signature.

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Gettysburg: Lewis Armistead

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Description: Confederate general (1817-1863) mortally wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg, where he courageously led his brigade into battle-he fixed his hat to the tip of his saber and urged his men onward. The location where Armistead fell-known as 'the Angle'-is regarded by many as the 'high-water mark' of the Confederacy. Rare crisp ink signature, "L. A. Armistead, Bvt. Mj. 6th Infy," on an off-white 4.25 x 1.5 slip clipped from a document. Attractively matted with two images and a biographical plaque to an overall size of 20 x 16. In fine condition. A remarkably clean example of one of the rarest Confederate signatures.

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Gettysburg: Birkett Fry

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Description: Confederate brigadier general (1822-1891) who, while a colonel, was wounded at Seven Pines, Antietam, Chancellorsville, and finally Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg where he was also captured. After his exchange he was promoted to general in May 1864. Partly-printed DS, signed "B. D. Fry, Brig Ben," one page, 17.5 x 12.5, October 31, 1864. Payroll for "Non-Commissioned Officers, Artificers, Musicians, and Privates on Detailed Service," for six soldiers, each receiving $20 for the month of October 1864, with each one signing for their pay. Signed at the bottom, "Examined, B. D. Fry, Brig. Gen, Com Post." Central horizontal and vertical folds, uniform toning, and a few edge chips, otherwise fine condition.

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Gettysburg: Richard B. Garnett

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Description: Well-known confederate general (1817-1863) killed during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg. Civil War-dated ALS signed "R. B. Garnett Brig. Gen'l Comdg.," one page both sides, 8 x 5, Hd. Qr. Garnett's Command, April 3, 1863. Letter to a general. In full: "I rec'd a dispatch from Lt. Col. Towns, Griffins Cary, dated April 2d, 5 P. M., stating that the enemy had certainly reinforced at Plymouth, but to what extent was not known. It was certain that the 3d N. Y. Cav'y had arrived at P-. Col. Singletary informs me that he has no men acquainted with Hyde Co. I have directed Col. Ferebee to dispatch some of his squadron at Bath, to give the desired information to the people of Hyde. I fear from the lack of transportation in the Co., and having to cross Pungo River in boats, it will be hard to get the meat out. The enemy have been very busy strengthening their works in town, it is reported. From the firing of their Gunboat Louisiana, she still seems to be intact. I will open on the enemy's works if you desire it with my smoothbores, but I have been loath to do so, as with their long range guns, the enemy can inflict more injury on us then we can on him. Capt. Stan thinks he can do little damage at the distance he is stationed, which is the best point by far for art'y. Col. Ferebee has rec'd a report that all is quiet at Bath. No enemy to be seen or heard of in that direction. Lt. Stevenson reports the bridge over Trenton Creek will be finished at 10 A. M. today." In very good condition, with two partially separated tape-repaired vertical folds (with separation passing between first two letters of Garnett's signature), and overall wrinkling. In this remarkable letter Garnett demonstrates a keen awareness of his surroundings and an interest in developing thorough strategies-two months later, however, it was tactical failure that cost him his life. At Gettysburg, Garnett ignored advice from fellow officers and charged into battle on horseback, making him a conspicuous target for Union riflemen-an opportunity taken advantage of when Garnett was mortally wounded after being struck in the head by a bullet.

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Gettysburg: J. Johnston Pettigrew

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Description: Confederate general (1828-1863) who helped lead Pickett's Charge and was killed in battle just two weeks later. Civil War-dated ALS in pencil signed "J. J. Pettigrew," one page, lightly-lined both sides, 7.25 x 7, Opposite New Bern, Saturday, 9 A. M., [March 1863]. Battlefield dispatch to General Daniel Harvey Hill. In part: "After the bursting of 20 pounders this morning and the breaking of the carriage...with the rapid waste of ammunition, and the exceedingly small impression made I thought proper to withdraw the artillery. The Parrots were worse than nothing, and I have already lost several men by the shelling of a boat down the river, which I cannot reach. I fear I shall have to withdraw the whole, I am truly sorry, but it would be folly to keep the men thus exposed." Pettigrew adds a postscript to the reverse, signed "J. J. P.," in full: "I think it probable, that I could carry the place by storm, but the place has to be taken in front, being flanked by a swamp, and I know not what I should do with the number of wounded I should suffer." In good to very good condition, with intersecting folds (complete tape-repaired separation to lower horizontal fold, passing through one line of writing), and moderate scattered toning and staining. General Longstreet had ordered Hill to retake New Bern, and on March 14, Pettigrew engaged Union troops and began to bombard their fort-as he refers to in this letter. However, the Union was able to repel Pettigrew's troops with gunboats, forcing a retreat after four hours-it was a complete disaster for Pettigrew, as his men suffered sixty casualties to the Union's six. An incredibly rare letter from the courageous Confederate general, just months before his final attack in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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