Archive of sixty three (63) 19th century Tennessee and Alabama Civil War related items, including McMinn County TN related Confederate Soldier Ambrotype, Alabama Civil War era autograph album, forty-five (45) envelopes postmarked to and from Blount County, Tennessee and Johnson's Island Union prison, Sandusky, Ohio, and more. 1st item: Ninth plate ambrotype depicting an unidentified Civil War Confederate McMinn County, Tennessee soldier, seated in his coat with a revolver in a holster at his waist, tinting to his cheeks. Housed in a partial decorative gutta percha case. 3" H x 2 1/2" W. 2nd item: Civil War era autograph album belonging to Laura Burtwell, Florence, Alabama, dated August 11, 1858, containing signatures, poems, and drawings, many dated circa 1860-1864. Most written directly onto the paper with one (1) cut signature. Album titled Casket of Mementos, published by Moss and Brothers, Philadelphia. Comprised of gilt edged pages, engraved frontispiece with tissue paper guard, hardbound in black and tan leather covers with blindstamp decorations and gilt lettering to covers and spine. 8 1/8" H x 6 5/8" W x 3/4" D. Note: Laura C. Burtwell was born in Florence, Alabama in 1848, and lived in Nashville for 46 years until her death in 1943. She had two brothers who served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. John Robertson Bedford Burtwell was a graduate of West Point and rose to the rank of Colonel by the end of the War, and the other brother James Burtwell served as a private in 16th Alabama Infantry. 3rd-30th items: Twenty-seven (27) envelopes addressed to Mr. William Hall, Prisoner of War, Johnson's Island, Block 9, Mess 2, near Sandusky, Ohio, postmarked in various places in East Tennessee, dated between circa January 2-December 11 1864-1865, two (2) with illegible dates. Seven (7) with ink stamp indicating that the letter had been examined by a Johnson's Island official. All with red George Washington 3 cent stamps. Approximately 3 1/4" H x 5 5/8" W. 31st-55th items: Twenty five (25) envelopes addressed to Mrs. Elvira Hall, Knoxville, Greenback, and areas around Loudon and Blount County, Tennessee, eighteen (18) postmarked in Sandusky, Ohio, dated primarily between circa January 8-December 28, 1864-1865, one (1) postmarked December 22, 1879, one (1) postmarked May 11, 1895, and five (5) with illegible dates, no dates, or unclear dates. Nine (9) with ink stamp indicating that the letter had been examined by a Johnson's Island official. Twenty (20) with red George Washington 3 cent stamps, three (3) with blue locomotive 3 cent stamps, one (1) with a green George Washington 3 cent stamp, and one (1) with a red George Washington 2 cent stamp. One (1) envelope contains six (6) circa 1893 Columbian Commemorative stamps, including five (5) red Landing of Columbus 2 cent stamps, one (1) postmarked April 10, 1894, and one (1) blue Columbus in Sight of Land 1 cent stamp. Approximately 3 1/4" H x 5 5/8" W. 56th-57th items: Two (2) envelopes, one (1) addressed to Miss C. M. Howard, Four Mile Branch, Monroe County, East Tennessee, dated May 25, 1864, and one (1) addressed to W. R. Kerr, Knoxville Tennessee, dated June or July 1864, both postmarked in Sandusky, Ohio. Both with red George Washington 3 cent stamps. Approximately 3 1/4" H x 5 5/8" W. Note: William S. Hall resided in Blount County, Tennessee with his wife Elvira (listed on the 1860 census records as Nancy E). Hall enlisted in Company H, 62nd Tennessee Infantry on September 26, 1862. Hall's records are incomplete, however it is likely that he was captured at Vicksburg with the 62nd and was paroled but never reported to the parole camp in Mississippi. On September 13, 1863 he was arrested as a citizen and sent to Johnson's Island. Burial records show that William and Elvira are buried in Pine Grove Presbyterian Cemetery in Greenback, Loudoun County, Tennessee. (additional documentation available upon request).(Research courtesy of Bill Floyd). 58th-63rd items: Six (6) documents pertaining to East Tennessee Baptist churches, including one (1) related to The Baptist Church of Christ at Cedar Fork, Claiborne County, Tennessee, dated 1846, two (2) related to The Baptist Church of Meigs County, Tennessee, one (1) dated circa November 1860 and one (1) dated November 2, 1862, one (1) related to the New Hopewell United Baptist Church, Tennessee, dated circa May 1866, and two (2) unidentified, including one (1) dated November 1, 1841 and one (1) dated May 4 1866. Ranging in size from 3" H x 7 5/8" W to 7" H x 8" W. CONDITION: 1st item: Image in overall very good, visible condition. Cover of case is not intact. 2nd item: Worn condition with rubbing to edges and corners, 5/8" area of peeling to spine. Pages in overall good, legible condition. 3rd-63rd items: Overall good condition with tears,areas of dampstaining, foxing spots, etc. to be expected from age.
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