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Antique Books 2
Civil War, Prisoner Of War Autograph Book, Point Lookout Prison, Maryland
The autograph book of Carrie C. Morfit, Baltimore, Maryland
This small, 6 by 3.75”, 82-page book, contains the autographs and annotations of approximately 157 Confederate company grade officers held prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland. Many of the names are those of officers captured at Cheshire, Ohio while serving in General John Hunt Morgan’s division. During this fruitless “raid”, which occurred July 2 – 26th, 1863, most of Morgan’s force was captured, killed or reported missing. There are also the names of officers who were captured at Shiloh in 1862, as well as Gettysburg, Spotsylvania Court House, Petersburg and places in between.
In spite of the miserable conditions they were subjected to, the remarkable spirit of these men shines through in their short messages:
W. Kendall, 1st Lieut., Co.A, 3rd Ky Cav. From Pilot Point, Denton County, Texas had a wife and 3 children “...from whom I have not heard since the 18th of Jan 1863: but am content knowing that they are in the hands of Him by whose aid we expect eventually to succeed in the present struggle for independence...”
Benj. J. Lancaster, Lieut., Co. K, 8th Ky Cav. From Lebanon, Kentucky:
“...When the war is o’er
And not before
Will I go home
Base cowards shrink
Fools stop to think
Till Freedom is gone”
John D. Boyan, 1st Lieut., Co. A, 6th Regt. Ky Cav. From Danville, Boyle Co. Ky.
“...I am twenty six years at age unmarried, but hope soon to see the independence of my country recognized, peace established when I can ask some fair one to accompany me along the remaining portion of life’s journey.”
Francis A Boyle, 1st Lt & Adjt, 32 N.C. I. From Plymouth, N.C.
“There are three things that I desire with an exceeding longing – a Sword, a Wife, and my Freedom”
There is even a note that may clear up how Miss Morfit, a lady living in Baltimore, came to be in possession of this wonderful little book.
Lieutenant Bills of the 32nd Miss. Vol. Regt. Wrote:
“...was captured near Lafayette, Ga on the 10th of Sept / ’63 while on picket – Have been a beneficiary of the generous kindness of the many lady friends of Confed. [sic] Prisoners and feel truly grateful.”
Many, on both sides, regarded Baltimore as a Southern city and there were many living there who sympathized with the Confederate cause. Perhaps Miss Carrie C. Morfit was one of them.
US Infantry & Rifle Tactics Complete, 1861, Hardee’s Tactics, Standard War Dept. Manual
J.B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia
A good primer to understanding the Civil War military experience
(5.5 by 3.5 by 1.5”)
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Books, Civil War Related
From left to right:
Book, 14th Regiment, Connecticut
1906 - SOLD
Book, The Life of General Phillip Sheridan
Burr and Hutton, 1888 - SOLD
Book, New Hampshire in the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865
Claremont, New Hampshire - SOLD
Book, Recollections of a Private
Goss - SOLD
Book, War Lyrics and other Poems
Brownell, 1866 - SOLD
Book, The Sixth Mass Regiment
Cambridge Press - SOLD
Book, Prison Pen Captures and Escapes
Missing title page - SOLD
Book, Andersonville Diary List of Escaped and Dead
Ransom, 1881 - SOLD
Book, Nurse and Spy in the Union Army
Edmonds - SOLD
Book, Massachusetts in the Rebellion
Headley - SOLD
Book, My Story of War, etc.
Mary Livermore Hartford, 1889 - SOLD
Book, History of the Forty Second Regiment, Mass Volume
Boston, 1886 - SOLD
Book, Sketches and Echoes, 1861 to 1865
King, Richardson, 1880 - SOLD
Book, Life and Death in Rebel Prisons
1867 - SOLD
Book, Parson Brownlow's Book, Secession
Phil, 1862 - SOLD
Book, Birds Eye View of our Civil War
Dodge Students Edition
Boston, 1911 - SOLD
Book, Bullet and Shell as the Soldier Saw It
William, 1882 - SOLD
Infantry Drill Regulations
United States Army
Copyright 1891 - SOLD
Soft cover, faded blue covers, owner's name inscribed on cover and title page, cover soiled and creased, good to very good.
110-336 - SOLD
Infantry Tactics by Brigadier General Silas Casey, Vol. I
1862 - SOLD
Green cloth cover, front and back with blind stamped eagle, spine with gold lettering, lightly inscribed in pencil "A. W. Eames / Aug 1866 / Leicester Mass."
Condition: flyleaf diagram has tear in one fold and foxing on front and back cover pages otherwise very good, volume I only.
Dimensions: 5.25 by 3.75-inches.
110-329 - SOLD
1854 Book Signed By Union General Hiram Berdan
Inventor, crack rifleman, creator of two Civil War Sharp Shooter regiments - SOLD
Hiram S. Berdan Autograph, Commander of Berdan's Sharpshooters - Copy of The Works of Washington Irving, Volume IX, 1854, signed on inside of end paper "H. Berdan." The inside cover page has a Francis Marion Crawford bookplate; Marion Crawford was a very popular American author who married Hiram Berdan's daughter Elizabeth in 1884. Hiram S. Berdan (1824 - 1893) was a millionaire who formed a unit of expert marksmen that became famous as "Berdan's Sharpshooters" during the Civil War. Berdan's autograph is uncommon.
110-289 - SOLD