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Antique & Collectible letters, stamps, and correspondence.

Many are perfect period pieces to add authenticity to the Living History campsite. 

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NOTE: Many of these items are original antique pieces and it is important to keep in mind that they are over 150 years old. Each has seen many owners and has been handled many times over the course of its existence and as a result the piece has developed a history of its own. They rarely distract from the piece and often add to the overall character of the item. Keep in mind when you receive your item that you are not handling a modern copy, you are holding a piece of history, an item that has been around for a very long time and will, with proper care, be around for a long time to come.

Letter18631222Page1_SM
$250.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War letter written and signed by Private Daniel Eddleman, 58th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co C on December 22, 1863 in Washington NC. 4 pages plus transcript.

Daniel writes his mother, sister and brother about successful raid they conducted on the confederates.

"...we had orders to charge so we of on ful run with a charge baynet right for the camp we got to the shanties and we up with the buts of our guns and busted the dors in and thay dident know a thing about till we was in there shanties we got them all and all there horse and every thing thay had this is some paper that i got and this is a rebels invelap...you must excuse my bad writing for this is rebel paper and it just like them good for nothing..."

One of 4 letters from Daniel Eddleman. Eddleman was promoted to Corporal September 1, 1864. He was killed in action at Fort Harrison September 29, 1864. 

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Letter18620530Page1_SM
$195.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War letter written and signed by Private Daniel Eddleman, 58th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co C on May 30, 1862 near Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth Virginia. 4 pages plus transcript.

Daniel writes his father, mother, sister and brother about the breastworks and canon lining the road to mount a defense against the confederates should they retreat from Richmond. He mentions that Washington is again in danger and that the home guard and five or six regiments of volunteers from New York have been sent to protect it.

One of 4 letters from Daniel Eddleman. Eddleman was promoted to Corporal September 1, 1864. He was killed in action at Fort Harrison September 29, 1864. 

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Letter18610924FortTaylor1_SM
$250.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War letter written and signed by J. Crater to his brother on September 24, 1861 from Fort Taylor Virginia. Fort Taylor was part of the Arlington Line of fortifications to protect the City of Washington during the Civil War. 4 pages plus transcript.

J. Crater documents the work on the fortifications and gun mounting at the fort. He describes the three Confederate forts being built within the sight of Fort Taylor. He mentions the positive comments made by General Kearny regarding the New Jersey volunteers.

"...Gineral Kearney sais that them new regements are no good and wont have them with us attal they are the dumest set of men that he ever saw ... he sais that the first seckond third are the best drilled Vollenteers he ever sean he sais we ar as good as regulars..."

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Letter18620519Page1_SM
$125.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War letter written and signed by Private Daniel Eddleman, 58th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co C on May 19, 1862 Gosport Navy Yard, Portsmouth Virginia. 4 pages plus transcript.

Daniel writes his father, mother, sister and brother about the camp neat Grosport Navy Yard and its complete destruction by the confederates. Daniel indicates they will march 160 miles to Richmond. He worries about carrying his knapsack as it has cut his shoulder on a short march.

One of 4 letters from Daniel Eddleman. Eddleman was promoted to Corporal September 1, 1864. He was killed in action at Fort Harrison September 29, 1864. 

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Letter18640508Page1_SM
$150.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War letter written and signed by Private Daniel Eddleman, 58th Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Co C on May 8, 1864 near Petersburg. 4 pages plus transcript.

Daniel writes his mother, sister and brother that he is now in an army of 60,000 men - first division third brigade eighteenth army corps. He describes their evacuation of Washington and subsequent travel via boat and roads to Petersburg where they wait for battle.

One of 4 letters from Daniel Eddleman. Eddleman was promoted to Corporal September 1, 1864. He was killed in action at Fort Harrison September 29, 1864. 

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DocSwords18641004_SM
$125.00

Fine ORIGINAL antique Civil War documents pertaining to Henry L Swords.

12/28/1863: Special order 1318. Head Quarters, Boston. Lt Henry L Swords of 59th Regt (4th Veterans) is authorized to recruit for the Regiments of the Massachusetts Volunteers in the city of Charlestown upon the request of the mayor of said city. By order of his excellency John A Andrew, Governor and Commander-in-Chief. Nehemiah Brown Asst Adjutant General

10/4/1864: Special order No. 85. Head Quarters, First Division, Ninth Army Corps. Near Peebles House VA.  Appoints Lt Henry L Swords acting Ordnance Officer of the Division as 1st Lt George A Wills has been mustered out of the service. By command of Brig. Gen G. B. Wilcox.

Henry L. Swords was wounded May 24, 1864 at the Battle of North Anna River. He was captured March 25, 1865 at Fort Steadman VA.

Additional information regarding the 59th Regt. Mass. Vol. Inf. and the fall of Fort Steadman is included.

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MapCWAutoTour_SM
$10.00

Sinclair Oil Civil War Centennial Map. United States Map featuring Civil War Battlefields and Sites. 1961.

Vintage and collectible 25 x 36 inch Civil War themed modern United States folding road map, with battlefields and sites indicated on the map; there are text and illustrations about the war on the reverse side.

Map in very good condition: no rips but edges are dogeared from use, no ink, pencil or highlighting marks, no stains. 

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ArticleCWLastGun_SM
$1.00

Reader's Digest Article Last Gun of the Confederacy. April 1963

6 pages.

Vintage and collectible

Excellent condition: no rips , no ink, pencil or highlighting marks, no stains. 

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