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1842 Slave Auction Bill of Sale

7 1/2 x 6 1/4, manuscript in ink.

Warren County, December 30th, 1842

For and in consideration of the sum of seven hundred and forty dollars in hand paid- We have bargained, sold & delivered [to] James M. Brabston, negroe slaves Warrick and Ester Duncan, his wife- he being the highest & best bidder thereof at public sale for cash, of the property of the late Alexdr. McNeill.

Given under our hands & seals the date above.

Signed by the administrators.

Written on the reverse: For value received I transfer, assign & deliver...  

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Letter Written by Mrs. Lucy E. Polk

Regarding the career of her husband, the Honorable William Hawkins Polk, and the Confederate Monument in Warren County, N.C. she was responsible for erecting!

6 pages, 5 x 8, in ink. Comes with a 2 3/8 x 2 3/8, diagram of the proposed Confederate memorial with a written description.

Mrs. Lucy Eugenia Polk, was the wife of William Hawkins Polk, a Mexican War veteran, U.S. Statesman & Congressman from Tennessee. William H. Polk was the youngest brother of United States President James K. Polk.

Warrenton, [North Carolina],...  

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Correspondence Between Naval Commander & Secretary of the Navy

Regarding an incident that happened at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841

5 pages, 8 x 12 1/2, in ink. These are contemporary handwritten copies of a correspondence that took place between Andrew W. Johnson, Commander, U.S. Navy, and George M. Robeson, U.S. Secretary of the Navy, concerning an incident that occurred when Johnson was a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1841. There are two letters from A.W. Johnson to Secretary Robeson, and one from Robeson to Johnson. Based on examples of Commander Johnson's signature, those on his two...  

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1847 Account, Sale of Estate Including Eight Slaves

7 3/4 x 10, manuscript in ink.

Account Sales of part of the personal property of the Estate of Edward C. Melke, Deceased. Sold on the 4th day of Jany. 1847. Negro Boy Crump sold to A. Burwell- 500.00. Negro Boy Washington sold to C. Ryan- 605.00. Negro Boy Nelson, Diana & 4 Children sold to H.C. Vale- 1,600.00. $2,705.00. A.H. Laurin, Administrator of E.C. Melke, Decd.

Light age toning and wear.

Edward C. Melke lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  

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1781 Receipt For Items Issued to Connecticut Line of the Continental Army

7 1/2 x 12, in ink.

Received, Middletown, 8th Feby. 1781, of the Select Men of the Town of Colebrook: 4 linen shirts, 4 pair woolen stockings, 2 pair mittens and 2 pair shoes. For the use of the Connecticut Line of the Army, which is valued at seven pounds, twelve shillings, State money on Acct. of Elijah Hubbard, S.[tate] Comss., In whom behalf I am, Daniel Pohonnot. Light age toning and wear. Archival tape repair on fold on the reverse. Desirable Revolutionary War document regarding the Connecticut Line of the...  

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Autograph Colonel Leonard A. Harris

Colonel of the 2nd and 137th Ohio Infantry Regiments

Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1863-67

Autograph Letter Signed


(1824-90) He enlisted on April 17, 1861, as captain, and was commissioned into the 2nd Ohio Infantry. He was promoted to colonel, on August 6, 1861 but resigned on December 24, 1862 due to poor health. In the meantime, he was elected mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1863 serving in that capicity until 1867. He distinguished himself by advising Governor Brough regarding the drafting of the "100 day men," which...  

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Autograph General Robert H. Hall

Autograph Letter Signed

Robert H. Hall graduated in the West Point class of 1860. Military service record: brevet 2nd Lieutenant, 5th U.S. Infantry, July 1, 1860; 2nd Lieutenant, 10th U.S. Infantry, Jan. 23, 1861; 1st Lieutenant, June 1, 1861; Captain, Aug. 31, 1863. Brevet Major, Nov. 24, 1863, for gallantry in the battle of Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Brevet Lieutenant Colonel, Aug. 19, 1864, for gallantry, battle of the Weldon R.R., Va. Brigadier General Vols., May 27, 1898. Brigadier General, U.S.A., Feb. 5, 1901.

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Maryland Union Civil War Veteran Writes About Conventions

Served as Lieutenant of the 1st Maryland Potomac Home Brigade Cavalry

Wounded and captured at Hagerstown, Md., and escaped from a Rebel prison!


1 1/2 pages, (page one) is 5 x 8, (page 2) is 5 x 4 1/2, in ink, written by Alexander M. Briscoe.

Baltimore, June 19th, 1868

D[ea]r. Col.,

It has been some time since I have seen you, yet I thought you ought to know how the Soldiers and Sailors Convention is getting along. We are prospering very fine and anticipate a large gathering on the 25 inst.

Col., tonight,...  

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Autograph Jonas Mills Bundy

Newspaper Editor, Civil War Officer, Author and Advisor to Presidents' Grant, Garfield and Arthur

(1835-91) Jonas Mills Bundy, was born at Colebrook, N.H., and moved with his parents as a child to Beloit, Wisconsin. He graduated from Beloit College, in 1853, then went to Harvard Law School, was admitted to the bar, but never practiced law, his tastes leading him instead to adopt journalism as his profession. His first experience in newspaper work was on the Milwaukee Daily Wisconsin, and he later joined the staff of the Milwaukee Sentinel....  

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68th Ohio Infantry Veteran Applies for Bond

He was wounded in the battle of Champion's Hill, in the 1863 Vicksburg campaign!

1 1/2 pages, 7 3/4 x 12 1/2, manuscript in ink.

The State of Ohio
Henry Co.

Before me, S.M. Hague, a Notary Public, in and for said county, personally came Gilbert F.W. Fuller, who makes oath and says that he is the identical person who re-enlisted in Co. "I," 68th Regiment Ohio Vet. Vols. Infty., on the 10th of December 1863, and was mustered into the service of the United States, January 4, 1864, and credited to the 10th...  

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Civil War Veteran of 90th Ohio Infantry Writes to His Congressman

2 pages, 5 x 8, in ink, written by George Borden, to Ohio Congressman William C. Cooper.

Galena, Delaware Co., Ohio, July 8th, 1886

Hon. Wm. C. Cooper, Washington, D.C.
Friend and Comrade, Dear Sir,

In a conversation today with Mr. J. Hildreth, of Mt. Vernon, this state, I told him that I had a claim for Pension pending at Washington, and, he (Mr. Hildreth) told me that he thought that if I would write to you that you would do what you could to help my claim on. I made application for Pension in 1882, and have just...  

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Letter Regarding Veteran of 58th Ohio Infantry

7 3/4 x 9 3/4, in ink.

Columbus, Ohio
June 22d, 1866

P.A. Bishop, Esq.
Elyia, O.[hio]

Dear Sir,

I have to respectfully call your attention to the following:

Christian Bauman, Late Pri.[vate] Co. "A" 58th Ohio Vols. has left a claim in my office for extra duty as teamster of Co. "A" aforesaid Regiment from Feb. 20/62 to September 20/62 (inclusive) 213 days at 25 cents. $53.25. He has the necessary vouchers &c, & the certificate of his Captain of the Service, and now the Department. Your...  

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