Price: $17,500 American author of the Red Badge of Courage. Autograph Sentiment Signed and dated by the author: Yours sincerely Stephen Crane Athens May 11, 1897. A fine example. Framed in sand, sienna, and gilt with a studio photo of the author Stephen Crane. Framed dimensions: 13 inches wide by 12 inches high. This item … [ Read More ]
Collectible Autographs from the American Civil War
Popular interest in the American Civil War has always been very strong, and this interest has been reflected in the collecting of Civil War autographs, signatures, signed letters, and documents. Many Civil War generals had long life spans and were in administrative positions where it was necessary that they sign many letters and documents. Additionally, Civil War generals were very well known after the war, and many people sought their autographs and signatures, which they readily gave. Many of these were written in autograph albums that were devoted to Civil War personalities. As a general rule, autographs and signatures of the Confederate generals and leaders are much scarcer than those of the Union leaders. This is primarily because the Union generals had prominent positions after the war while the Confederates did not. Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are available in signatures and signed letters and documents. Both are very popular figures, and their prices reflect the interests of collectors. The Confederate President Jefferson Davis is mostly available in his role as Secretary of War under Franklin Pierce, and in postwar letters written after he returned from exile. The Confederate General Stonewall Jackson is the rarest and most sought after of the Confederate generals, as is Nathan B. Forrest. Other Confederate generals are eagerly sought after, such as P.G.T. Beauregard, Jeb Stuart, James Longstreet, Joseph E. Johnston, Albert Sidney Johnston, Jubal A. Early, Braxton Bragg, and Joseph Wheeler. John S. Mosby, the Gray Ghost, the most famous of the Confederate raiders, can occasionally be found on signature cards from the late 19th century or in business letters from that same period of time.
After Ulysses S. Grant, the most popularly sought after Union general is William Tecumseh Sherman who is available in both signed cards and letters after the war. Philip H. Sheridan, who blocked Lee's retreat at Appomattox, can usually be found on signed cards, as can "Fighting" Joe Hooker. Signed letters of Henry W. Halleck and George B. McClellan can be obtained, and autograph material of Admiral David G. Farragut and David D. Porter was also saved by collectors at the time.
Please browse our selection of American Civil War autographed memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically or by name.
Price: $12,500 Union general in the Civil War and Indian fighter; killed at the battle of Little Big Horn. Autograph Letter Signed, G.A. Custer, full page, quarto, West Point Barracks, [New York], September 20, 1857. As a cadet of the U.S. Military Academy, to Cha[rle]s C. Wil[l]son. “In my conversation with you on the cars … [ Read More ]
Price: $17,500 Union general in the Civil War and Indian fighter; killed at the battle of Little Big Horn. Autograph Document Signed, G.A. Custer, one page, oblong octavo, Boonsboro, Maryland, July 10, 1863. In pencil. “Recd from William Miller (2) two tons of hay for the war of the United States.” Appointed Brigadier General on … [ Read More ]
Price: $67,500 President of the Confederate States of America. Autograph Letter Signed, Jeffn Davis, one and one-third pages, quarto, Montgomery, Alabama, April 18, 1861. As provisional president of the Confederate States, to D. F. Jamison, president of the South Carolina Convention. “I have the pleasure to receive your letter of the 9th inst[ant] enclosing a … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 United States President; Union General in the Civil War. Document Signed, Ulysses S. Grant, one and one-half pages, quarto, Washington, March 3, 1875. “House Bill No. 3341, is herewith returned without my approval for the reasons; first, that it appropriates from the treasury a large sum of money at a time when the … [ Read More ]
Price: $1,750 American journalist and political leader. Autograph Quotation Signed, two lines from Milton on an octavo sheet, New York, December 15, 1863. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” This item is associated with these categories in our inventory: Civil War Literature – American Western Americana
Price: $3,750 Author of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Julia Ward Howe. Autograph Quotation Signed, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,” on a 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inch card, dated by the author “January, 1896.” With a printed copy of the first song book appearance of the … [ Read More ]
Price: $27,500 Confederate General, accidentally killed by his own troops at Chancellorsville in 1863. Autograph Note Signed, one page, no date but circa May/June 1862, on lightly lined paper measuring 7 5/8 inches wide by 2 7/8 inches high, to an unidentified recipient. “My information is that Fremonts troops or (15000 ) of them have … [ Read More ]
Price: $12,500 Confederate general. Carte-de-visite photograph of the General, facing right, wearing a suit, vest and tie, Signed, “R E Lee.” The sepia tone photograph measures 2 3/8 inches wide by 4 inches high. Stamped below the signature, “Entered according to act of Congress, in the year 1866, by A. Gardner, in the Clerk’s Office … [ Read More ]
Price: $15,000 Confederate general in the Civil War. Impressive standing carte-de-visite Photograph of Lee, in full uniform with his sword by his side, Signed in the lower left, “R E Lee,” just beneath his sword. The full-length photograph is by Vannerson & Jones (No. 77 & 188 Main Street, Richmond, Va.). Julian Vannerson of Richmond … [ Read More ]
Price: $7,500 President of the United States. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, one page, oblong octavo, undated, framed with a fine signature, Lincoln & Herndon, mounted below. As a young attorney, Abraham Lincoln pens a legal manuscript concerning a case of arson: Besides the title papers, one of which I have, and the other of which, Officers … [ Read More ]
Price: $27,500 President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed, A. Lincoln, one page, octavo, Washington, D.C., November 7, 1863. On imprinted stationery of the Executive Mansion, to Capt. Isaac R. Diller. “I must decline to take charge of Dr. Wetherell’s interests. If he presents a claim to Congress or to the Court of Claims, … [ Read More ]
Price: $37,500 President of the United States. LINCOLN WRITES DURING THE CRITICAL DAYS BEFORE THE OUTBREAK OF THE CIVIL WAR CONCERNING THE SITUATION AT FORT SUMPTER. Autograph Letter Signed as President, one page, octavo, April 6, 1861 to Secretary of Navy Gideon Welles, the letter partially damaged by fire. Abraham Lincoln became President on March … [ Read More ]
Price: $15,000 President of the Unites States. Autograph Letter Signed, A. Lincoln, one page, octavo, Executive Mansion, May 5, 1864. To Hon. Jno. A.J. Creswell. “I shall be pleased to receive the gentleman named at 2 p.m. today.” Abraham Lincoln’s appointment was with one of his staunchest supporters. John Angel James Creswell of Maryland was … [ Read More ]
Price: $20,000 President of the United States. Autograph Letter Signed, A. Lincoln, one page, octavo, April 2, 1862. “I would suggest that Hon. Stephen T. Logan of Springfield, Illinois, and Col. James Mitchell, of Freehob in the same state, be appointed a commissioner to examine into claims etc. at Cairo — the said commissioners to … [ Read More ]
Price: $15,000 American author. Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, Atlanta, Georgia, September 26, 1936. To Almira B. Taylor in Hyde Park, Massachusetts. With the original envelope. “Thank you so much for your letter about ‘Gone With the Wind.’ I appreciated it so much. Authors write books and send them out into the world and … [ Read More ]
Price: $10,000 American author of Gone with the Wind. Typewritten Letter Signed, one page, quarto, Atlanta, Georgia, January 7, 1936. On her name-imprinted stationery, to Dr. Mayos. “Thank you so much for your New Year’s note and all your good wishes. I had it on my mind to send you a Christmas card, but everything … [ Read More ]
Price: $3,750 American author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. An expense account for a dramatic performance of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, one page, small oblong quarto, October 14, 1853. The account, totaling 29 cents, is for sarsaparilla, cigars, apples, raisins, cork and cake for John Taylor. Normal ageing; otherwise fine condition. Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or Life Among … [ Read More ]
Price: $35,000 Autograph Letter Signed, two and one-quarter pages, octavo, H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs Cavalry Division A[rmy] of N[orth] V[irginia], Orange C[ourt] H[ouse], May 11, 1863. As Major General, to My Dear Cousin.” “Let me share with you the deep grief for the fate of your dear boy, whose loss to me is scarcely less than to … [ Read More ]