Lot 2079Confederacy, 1864 (Dec. 15) Confederate Senate Bill No. 16, original printing of the 1864 Confederate Senate Bill No. 16, it was a plaintive rallying cry from the Congress, issued at a time when defeat of the Confederacy was imminent, it reaffirms the dedicated intention of Congress to support the War effort against all odds to achieve to achieve Confederate independence, issued and printed on Dec. 15, 1864 one week before the close of their regular 1864 session, it was one of the last broadsides ever issued by the Confederate Congress. The Civil War ended with the demise of the Confederacy before Congress was scheduled to reconvene in regular session on July 1, 1865., Very Fine.
Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 2080Confederacy, Addressed To John Brown As Prisoner At Charlestown Prison, 3¢ red on buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Waukegan Ill. Nov 14" (1859) cds and addressed to "Capt. John Brown in prison, Charlestown, Jefferson Co, V.A.", docketed by Brown at left "John Gage, Illinois"; repair above indicia, F.-V.F. and rare.
Estimate $600 - 800.
John Brown was an ardent abolitionist who believed it was his duty to fight pro-slavery settlors in Kansas. He hoped that a dramatic act would inspire a slave revolt and led 20 men in an attack on the Union Army Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. on October 16, 1859. He was captured two days later and hung December 2, 1859 after being convicted of treason.
Lot 2081Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens, free frank "Free, Alexander H. Stephens, M.C." signature on buff cover addressed to his father John L. Stephens at La Grange Ga., red "Washington D.C. Apr 15" cds with attached "Free" rating, small corner tear; accompanied by unused Davis and Stevens 7-Star CSA flag patriotic envelope (his name misspelled), 1861 use to Stephen as CSA vice president with postage removed, and U.S. #73 used on homemade brown cover to his brother Linton at Crawfordville Ga., Very Fine and interesting group.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2082Confederacy, [Civil War] James S. Rains, two page ALS datelined "Quitman Texas, April 2nd 1865" to Thomas C. Reynolds, Confederate Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Mo., "…return to you my grateful thank for your warm endorsement of my application, your other letter…intimating so generously your willingness to back me in an Expedition to Mo…One letter from Arkansas River informs me, that the country is full of southern men, "all anxious to rally to the Standard of the Confederacy if borne by Genl Rains." This letter also informs me that Genl Jeff. Thompson has been appointed to command everything north of the Arkansas River this news bothers and confuses me, knowing that Genl Thompson is but a State Genl, and my Junior, according to what Genl Smith told us, could not command Confederate Troops… I can and will bring forward a Brigade that will do good service, and one that will greatly contribute to the good of our bleeding cause…", signed "James. S. Rain, Brig Genl 8th Cav. M.S.G.", Very Fine, This was written only one month before the end of the war.
Estimate $200 - 300.
On May 18, 1861, Governor Claiborne Jackson of Missouri appointed Rains brigadier general of the 8th Division of the Missouri State Guard. While he was an excellent recruiter, the new brigadier was completely unfit for military command. His failure to instill organization and discipline led to derisive nicknames such as "Rains' Blackberry Cavalry" and routs referred to as "Rains' Scares." He was wounded at the Battle of Pea Ridge and ran afoul of the commander of the Confederate forces, Earl Van Dorn, during the retreat. Rains did not accompany the Missouri forces across the river into Mississippi in April 1862. He remained behind with other Missouri State Guard forces who did not wish to leave the Trans-Mississippi. Major General Thomas Hindman placed Rains in command of the mixed guard and Confederate forces in Northwest Arkansas. Hindman relieved Rains of command in October 1862 for "incompetence and insobriety." Rains moved to Texas to recover his health. In 1864 he returned to Missouri at the command of Confederate Governor Thomas C. Reynolds to recruit during Price's Missouri Raid. With the end of the raid, Rains withdrew.
Lot 2083Confederacy, Confederate States Marine Corps, blue cover with "Paid" handstamp addressed to Lieut. Edward Crenshaw C.S.M.C. (Confederate States Marine Corps), Drewry's Bluff Va., original letter datelined "C.S. Str. Tallahassee, Wilmington NC Oct 19th, 1864" sent by Private Joseph S. Jones C.S.M.C. thanking the Lieut. for helping him get paid; no flap, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Lieut. Crenshaw was the commander of the C.S. marine contingent on the CSS Tallahassee before transferring to Drewrys Bluff in early October 1863. Drewrys Bluff Va. was the headquarters for the CS Marines. The Confederate States Marine Corps was a very small service with an authorized strength of only 1,026 enlisted men and 65 officers. However, the Corps never approached its full authorized strength. The main duties of the CSMC were to act as guards at naval stations, man shore defenses, and serve on CS warships. Some CS marines also served late in the war with the famed Naval Brigade attached to the Confederate Army. Private Jones was later captured at Fort Fisher on Jan. 1st 1865 and confined as POW at Point Lookout.
Lot 2084Confederacy, Jefferson Davis and His Generals, unusual horizontal CDV showing Pres. Jefferson Davis and ten Confederate Generals including Robert E. Lee, Beauregard, Cobb and R.E. Colson with the Stars and Bars flying beside the tent, Extremely Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 2085Confederacy, "Jeffn Davis, Sec. of War", free frank on folded letter sheet A.C. Wood, U.S. Army at Baltimore Md., "Washington D.C. 'Free' May 24" cds, top edge tear; accompanied by multicolor handpainted Magnus song sheet "Oh Jeff! Oh Jeff! Where are you know?"; F.-V.F.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Jefferson Finis Davis (1808 - 1889) was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and fought in the Mexican-American War as the colonel of a volunteer regiment. He served as the United States Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce (1853-1858), and served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Mississippi.
Lot 2086Confederacy, November 1864 CSA Trans-Mississippi Dept. Contract For Carrying Texas Mails, original 3 page document signed by James H. Starr, Agent of the Post Office for "Route #103 from Shelbyville to Marshall, Texas, by Hilliard's, Woods, Carthage, Grand Bluff and Glade Springs, once a week each way…", includes all departure and arrival times and payment terms, etc.; some light fold creasing and tears have repaired, F.-V.F. appearance, One of only two recorded, a rare CSA postal document.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.