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. Price: $12,500 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.
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 between Cleveland … [ Read More ]
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 June 29, … [ Read More ]
“THEY ALSO SERVE WHO ONLY STAND AND WAIT.” HORACE GREELEY. 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.” Price: $1,750 This item is associated with these categories in our inventory: Civil War Literature – … [ Read More ]
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 Battle Hymn … [ Read More ]
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 returned to … [ Read More ]
President of the United 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 elected to … [ Read More ]
MARGARET MITCHELL. 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 ]
THE PUBLIC REACTION TO “GONE WITH THE WIND” MARGARET MITCHELL. 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 … [ Read More ]
AN EXPENSE ACCOUNT FOR A DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE OF “UNCLE TOM’S CABIN. HARRIET BEECHER STOWE. 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 … [ Read More ]
J. E. B. STUART. 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 … [ Read More ]