“ONWARD CHRISTIAN SOLDIERS MARCHING AS TO WAR” SABINE BARING-GOULD. British author of the lyrics of the hymn “Onward Christian Soldiers” (the music was written by Arthur Sullivan of Gilbert & Sullivan fame). Autograph Manuscript Signed, S. Baring-Gould, full page, legal folio, undated. He has penned five stanzas of eight lines each, of one of the … [ Read More ]
Signatures of Famous Military Leaders
Military leaders normally had careers during which they signed many letters and documents, and the most famous and popular were asked for their autograph signatures. Beginning with Frederick the Great, who is surprisingly available in signed letters, military leaders were required to address the details of their armies and navies, and to give approval to numerous transactions. Napoleon Bonaparte, whose signed letters are frequently offered, personally, was aware of almost every detail of the French army. The British admiral who defeated Napoleon's navy, Horatio Nelson, is rare in signed letters and signed documents due of his early death at the Battle of Trafalgar. The Duke of Wellington, who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, lived a long life, was Prime Minister of England after his military career, and was perhaps the most famous and popular person in England in the early 19th century. He signed letters concerning all types of affairs, and though his autograph signature is difficult to read, his signed letters were preserved and are available today. Few American or British generals during the American Revolution are available in signed letters or signed documents, as this area of military autographs has been very aggressively collected by institutional libraries for decades. The American Civil War is a much more fertile area for collectors. Generals, and particularly Union generals, had long careers after the war and were asked for their autograph signature very frequently, which they were happy to give on cards. The principal Union generals, Ulysses S. Grant, Philip Sheridan, William Tecumseh Sherman, and others, were all famous enough to be saved by succeeding generations. The Confederate generals are much scarcer, mainly because they did not have careers after the war, with a few exceptions. The scarcest of Civil War autograph signatures are of those who were killed during the war, notably, Stonewall Jackson.
Please browse our selection of military autographs, signatures and signed memorabilia or you may search our entire inventory alphabetically, by name or by category.
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 ]
American admiral; served extensively in the Civil War. Autograph Letter Signed, D.G. Farragut, two full pages, quarto, U.S. Ship Brooklyn Pensacola N[aval] Yard, July 19, 1859. To Ed. G. Tilton, with the integral blank leaf attached and the original envelope. Together with Tilton’s letter to T. Carroll’s father informing him of David Farragut’s concern. Fine … [ 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 ]
THE ‘DA VINCI CODE’ AND THE KNIGHTS TEMPLAR FOURTEENTH CENTURY CONFIRMATION OF THE ROYAL CHARTERS TO THE KNIGHTS TEMPLARS Confirmation of the Royal Charters to the Knights Templars by King Charles IV of France, July 1326, officially transcribed by the Garde de la Prevoste de Paris, Hugues Aubirot, February 20, 1372. On vellum, 17 by … [ Read More ]
Lawrence of Arabia. British archaeologist, soldier and writer. Document Signed, T.E. Shaw A/c, two pages, quarto, September 6, 1933. A Royal Air Force engine test form, recording data concerning oil pressure, water and oil temperature, and fuel consumption. The sheets were used in the testing of marine engines that powered dinghies used to shuttle air … [ Read More ]
“…THE STEPS BEING TAKEN ARE WEAK…THE STUDENTS AND INHABITANTS OF UTRECHT WHO JEERED AT THE PATROLS BE ARRESTED AT ONCE AND TRIED BY A MILITARY COMMISSION.” NAPOLEON I. Emperor of France. Letter Signed, Np, one page, quarto, Paris, March 18, 1811. To the minister of war [General Henri Jacques Guillaume Clarke], the Duke of Feltre. … [ Read More ]
“THE PRINTER’S PROPERTY BROUGHT BY THE ANDES ARMY… BELONGS TO THE STATE OF THE UNITED PROVINCES OF SOUTH AMERICA.” JOSÉ DE SAN MARTIN. South American statesman. Letter Signed, José de Sn. Martin, one page, legal folio, Santo Headquarters, June 6, 1817. Notated in the left margin, Visit to the Fiscal Ministry. With the response of … [ Read More ]
British Army commander during the Napoleonic Wars; defeated Napoleon at Waterloo; later Prime Minister. Autograph Letter Signed, Wn, (Duke of Wellington) three pages, quarto, London, February 23, 1829. From the Duke of Wellington. To Betsy. “You are in good health and moreover you are a reasonable woman; and I therefore select you as the person … [ Read More ]
British general; killed at Quebec in battle against the French under Montcalm, thereby winning Canada for England. Document Signed, Jam: Wolfe, one page, narrow oblong quarto, Glasgow, June 27, 1752. A check, addressed to William Adair, Pall Mall, London, authorizing payment of £30 “eight days after Sight…to the order of Robert Finlay…for value received and … [ Read More ]