Archive of twelve (12) mostly Civil War related items, including signatures of seven (7) Generals and a letter alleging forced Union recruitment. 1st item: Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881), major general, railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from Rhode Island, cut signature. 2" H x 3 3/8" W. 2nd item: George Brinton McClellan (1826-1885), major general, civil engineer, railroad executive, and politician, cut signature, date illegible. Later pencil inscriptions, top left, and lower right. 2 7/8" H x 4" W. 3rd item: Joseph Hooker (1814-1879), major general, cut signature from a letter. Housed in a small archival sleeve. Cut signature – 5/8" H x 3" W. 4th item: Nelson Appleton Miles (1839-1925), general and last Commanding General of the United States Army, cut signature from a letter. Later ink and pencil inscriptions across lower edge. Housed in a small archival sleeve. Cut signature – 2 1/2" H x 2 3/8" W. 5th item: Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818-1893), major general, politician, lawyer, and businessman, cut signature from a letter. Includes steel cut engraving by H. B. Hall after the painting by Thomas Nast (New York/New Jersey/Ecuador, 1840-1902). Gilt metal placard with Butler's name, dates, and rank, centered under cut signature. Matted and housed together under glass in a wooden frame. Sights range in size from 2 1/4" H x 4 1/4" W to 5 3/4" H x 4 1/4" W. Framed – 17 5/8" H x 11 3/4" W. 6th item: Alexander Stewart Webb (1835-1911), general and president of the City College of New York, signed letter. Secured (not taped) to board and sealed under plastic shrink wrap together with photocopy of Webb's portrait. Letter – 7 1/4" H x 8 5/8" W. Board – 12 5/8" H x 10 5/8" W x 1/4" D. 7th item: Albert James Myer (1828-1880), surgeon, general, and father of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, signed and inscribed booklet titled Annual Report of the Chief Signal Officer Made to The Secretary of War for the Year 1870, printed by the Government Printing Office, 1870. Ink inscription and signature with later pencil inscription, top right. 9 1/8" H x 6" W x 1/8" D. 8th item: ALS. One page handwritten double sided letter. From Frank and Mary Hamby, Lynn, Massachusetts, recipient unidentified, dated September 1, 1864. Letter regarding the forced enlistment of their 14 year old son John Charles Hamby into the Union Army detailing their attempts to find him in Boston and Salem and their son's subsequent journey from Gallops Island, Concord and Lebanon, New Hampshire. According to the letter, their son was forced to sign papers attesting that another man was his guardian and that his name was George Garnett, 5th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry. They conclude the letter by writing "…General Scholer have [written] to the A. I. General of the U. S. and if you wrote to try all your [influence] to get him back as the all say that he is to [sic] young to go into the Army…". Housed in a plastic archival sleeve. 8 1/2" H x 10 1/8" W. 9th-10th items: Two (2) Pre Civil War receipts, including one (1) for taxes on slaves, horses, clocks, and watches along with county tax for Captain John Dundar payable to Stephen Hernsberger, SRC totaling $24.58, dated circa 1845 and one (1) for state, county levy, and parish levy for John Henry payable to the Sheriff of Frederick County, MD totaling $310, dated 1858. Both housed in plastic archival sleeves. Ranging in size from 1 5/8" H x 6 1/2" W to 2" H x 6 3/8" W. 11th item: Muster Out Roll, No. 430, for Private Nathaniel Nichols, Massachusetts Infantry, 59th Regiment, Company H, mustered into service December 31, 1864 and mustered out July 28, 1865, signed by Captain W. W. Hughes and C. H. Chamberlain. Records his pay roll for the amount of $408.29. 10 3/4" H x 40 1/4" W. 12th item: "Attack on Fort Sumpter [sic] by the Monitor Fleet" woodblock engraving. 6" H x 8 5/8" W. All items mid 19th century. Provenance: The Estate of Celia (Cece) Webb, Nashville, TN. CONDITION: All items in overall good condition with toning, foxing spots, areas of dampstaining, tears, etc. to be expected from age. All signatures in legible condition unless stated. 2nd item: 3/4" x 1 1/8" area of staining to center, slightly affects signature. 5th item: Stains, largest 1/2" x 1/2", to cut signature, does not affect signature. Not examined outside of frame. 6th item: Not examined outside of shrink wrap.
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