WebCat October 2020


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Dave Taylor

P.O. Box 87
Sylvania, Ohio 43560
(419) 842-1863 weekdays EST


20-10-01  Lucius Marshall 2nd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery



Vignette bust view in uniform sporting a 70s style porn-star ‘stache.  He has turned down the collar of his frock coat and added a bowtie for the photographer. The fittings for shoulder scales are visible. Paige, Washington, DC, backmark. Period ink identification reverse” Lucias Marshall / Carbondale Pa / Batty M. In the records as Lucius Marshal, Battery M, 2nd PA Heavy Artillery. Enlisted 8/19/62 as a private and mustered into Co. M 2nd PA Heavy Artillery 8/19/62. Discharged 6/20/65. The regiment was organized in 1862 and did duty in Maryland until ordered to Washington in early 1864 and then called into the field as infantry for the 1864 campaign. It was a large regiment that was divided into battalions for service and there was also a “second provisional heavy artillery formed from it. They took heavy casualties in the siege of Petersburg and its associated battles.   $65.00            (plus $4 postage uninsured or $8 insured and tracked.)



20-10-02  Albumen Photo Charles Sumner 1860 Civil War


A very clear large format albumen portrait of Charles Sumner taken from life roughly 7 inches tall.   This was trimmed during the period for mounting in an oval frame. Sumner is identified in period pencil on the reverse.Sumner (1811-1874) was a senator from Massachusetts and an ardent abolitionist. A member of the Whig and Free Soil parties in the 1840s, he joined the Republican Party in the 1850s. In 1856 several southern members of the House barged into the senate chamber, one of them (Preston Brooks)  beating Sumner with a cane and severely injuring him.  After that event some Congressmen armed themselves before entering the capitol.  He was reelected to the senate several times.  During the war he was chairman of the senate foreign relations committee and worked to block any British or French interference in the war. After the war he worked on behalf of civil and voting rights for freedmen. He fell out of favor with Grant in the 1870s, blocking Grant’s proposed annexation of Santo Domingo. He died in 1874. This is a very clear portrait of one of the period’s most famous statesmen, and is a subject rarely found in From-Life albumen views. $295.00

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Hamptons Pennsylvania Battery Grouping.  US Buckle, Tagged Shell,

Confederate Buttons. friction primer box etc….

I have owned this wonderful Civil War group of relics forever.  They are from the famed Hampton’s Battery of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.   I purchased it directly from the family in Louisville, KY along with a captured Confederate CSA Froelich staff officer’s sword and scabbard. I sold the sword immediately so these relics were free and I have kept them on constant display in my office until now.


Here is a history of the unit…

BATTERY F. – Capts., R. B. Hampton, Nathaniel Irish, Edward R. Geary.  Battery F was recruited at Pittsburg and

mustered into the service of the United States at Williamsport, Md., Dec. 7, 1861, for three years.  It joined Gen. Banks’ army

on the upper Potomac, participated in the action at Dam No. 5 in December and at Hancock, Md. early in Jan. 1862.  In the re-

peated skirmishes between the forces of Gen. Banks and Stonewall Jackson in April, 1862, the battery was actively employed,

but after the closing engagement at Winchester was stationed at Front Royal for three months and was not again in active serv-

ice until late in August.  With Gen. Pope’s army, it participated in the fierce struggles of Bull Run and Chantilly and in

the minor engagements preceding them.  Its guns boomed at South mountain and Antietam, after which it was posted at Harper’s

Ferry with the 12th corps.  At Charlestown in November and Winchester the following month the battery was active, but it arrived too late for a share in the battle at Fredericksburg. Winter quarters were established at Acquia creek.  In the battle at Chancellorsville the command played an important part and on the last day of the fight Capt. Hampton was killed.  On account of the heavy losses sustained the battery was consolidated with Battery C early in June and the two batteries were united during the remainder of the year.  One member of the battery received The Medal of Honor for his actions at Gettysburg.   In the spring of 1864, a number of recruits was received sufficiently large to enable both batteries to become independent organizations.  At Camp Barry, Washington, Battery F was refitted and became a part of the defenses of the city until ordered to Harper’s Ferry on July 4 and remained in that vicinity until April.

All the small items were stored inside the friction primer box. We have C.C. Arensberg’s oval US buckle with stud hooks (easily worth $350). Also his crossed cannon hat insignia ($250 value).  A fine condition tin friction primer box nicely embossed (worth $300).  A deactivated Parott artillery shell he brought home.tagged from the battle of Chancellorsville (Capt. Hampton was killed here.)  and signed by Arensberg. (Certainly worth 350 to 500)   And three Confederate buttons with notes. (value  $700 to $1000)  The Arensberg family felt the Confederate Infantry Button and Artillery button had a value of 75 cents when they put them on display over a hundred years ago. The block I button is a solid cast example worth 200. The lined A button has a blank back and is worth 300. The CSA button is the standard surplus Superior Quality backmark variety, worth 125.  The entire lot as brought home by C.C. Arensberg…  $1,950.00

(I have some tagged bullets also from the family. Call or email)









Materials, Packing, and UPS Shipping on this lot is $50.00 because of the weight and imbalance of the shell. Signature required service is $5.25. Insurance is $1.50 per hundred dollars in value. UPS now charges 5.25 to over $6 for the signature required service, depending on your address.




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20-10-04 Civil War GAR National Encampment Medal 1906


Excellent specimen of the Delegate\’s medal or badge from the GAR national reunion, encampment, in Minneapolis, Minnesota in August 1906. VG condition. Gold ribbon has some tears. Very pretty. Each year the Union Army Civil War veterans held National Encampments in different cities across the country. Tens of thousands attended from the late 1800s into the early 1900s. By the 1930s and 1940s the ranks of the vets had thinned so much that there were very few members attending the encampments. Consequently the later year medals can be extremely rare. All National Encampment badges are very collectible.   $85.00






















20-10-05   Four Identified Soldier CDV Photos

Michigan and Ohio Combat Units

These Civil War cdv photos were taken when the men entered the famed Hancocks Veterans Corps after serving in state volunteer combat units. Created by General Orders No. 287 in November 1864, the First Veteran Army Corps is not to be confused with the old First Army Corps or the Veteran Reserve Corps. It was to consist of able-bodied men with at least two years of army service organized into regiments under the command of Winfield Scott Hancock, former commander of the Second Army Corps. I have owned this album for several years. All are members of Co. A, 8th USVV, identified in period ink,some with name, rank and regiment, some with just the name. Many are backmarked by Bell and Hall of Washington, DC. The regiment was organized 2/1/65 and mustered out 7/28/66. All of the men had prior service and merit more research, but we were able to determine some units from pension index cards. Several of the men were from Michigan, and at least three were from Battery G, 1st Michigan Light Artillery. Please see our other lots from this album as well.

1. John Allen signed ink front. Prior service G 1st Mich Lt Art, enlisting at Sturgis, MI, at age 19 on 10/29/61 and mustering into Battery G as a private on 1/17/62. He was taken prisoner and paroled at a date not stated. Discharged 1/28/65 at Jackson, MI. Member of the C.O, Loomis Post No. 2 in Quincy. Died in the Soldiers Home in Grand Rapids. The battery served in the 13th Army Corps, losing 5 officers and men killed or mortally wounded. The battery was commanded by Charles H. Lanphere. While in service it had encountered the enemy at Tazewell, Tenn., 1862; Caney Bottom, Ky., 1862; Chickasaw Bayou, Miss., December 28 and 29, 1862; Arkansas Post, Ark., January 6, 1863; Grand Gulf, Miss., April 28, 1863; Fort Gibson, Miss., May 1, 1863; Champion Hill, Miss., May 16, 1863; Big Black River, Miss., May 17, 1863; siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 19 to July 4, 1863; Jackson, Miss., July 11 to 18, 1863; Fort Esparanza, Texas, November 29, 1863; Mobile, Ala., April 10, 1865.


2. Herman Bruggeman, Co. A 8th Regt USVV ink rev, in cap and jacket, trenton nj bm. Prior service Co. B 10th Ohio Infanty.(also listed as Hermon; Braggaman, Braggamon, Braggerman, Braggimin: died 6/28/1914 Dayton OH. He enlisted in the 10th Ohio, Co. B, at age 24 on 4/22/61. This was a three-month unit and he mustered out 6/3/61. He then reenlisted with the regiment for its three-year service on 6/3/61 and served until muster out 6/17/64, having been wounded at Perryville 10/8/62 (variant spelling Bargeman.) The regiment served in the Army of West Virginia, Army of Ohio, Army of the Cumberland. They lost 89 officers and men killed or mortally wounded in engagements such as Carnifex Ferry and Perryville.

3. F.S. Williams, Adrian Mich bm. Fletcher Williams served in two Michigan units previously. He enlist at 27 on 8/15/61 at Coldwater, MI, and mustered into Co. G 9th Michigan Infantry on 10/15/61. He was discharged for disability 4/18/63 at Murfreesboro, TN. That regiment served in the Army of Ohio and was heavily engaged at Murfreesboro in July 1862. He then re-enlisted in Battery G 1st Mich. Lt. Art., mustering in 8/30/64 and mustering out 8/6/65 at Jackson, MI. That battery encountered the enemy at Tazewell, Tenn., 1862; Caney Bottom, Ky., 1862; Chickasaw Bayou, Miss., December 28 and 29, 1862; Arkansas Post, Ark., January 6, 1863; Grand Gulf, Miss., April 28, 1863; Fort Gibson, Miss., May 1, 1863; Champion Hill, Miss., May 16, 1863; Big Black River, Miss., May 17, 1863; siege of Vicksburg, Miss., May 19 to July 4, 1863; Jackson, Miss., July 11 to 18, 1863; Fort Esparanza, Texas, November 29, 1863; Mobile, Ala., April 10, 1865.



4. T.L. Hewitt (Thomas L. Hewitt) 1st Mich Engineers and Mechanics. Residence Detroit. Enlisted age 39 on 10/8/61 and mustered in as private Co. I 10/29/61. Promoted corporal. Mustered out 10/31/64 at Atlanta, GA. The regiment saw action at Perryville, Stones River, Murfreesboro and many other locations. Hewitt’s Company served in MCCook’s Division, joined Buell’s march to reach Grant at Shiloh, etc. In June, 1864, the regiment, with the exception of the two companies at Stevenson, L and M, and one company, C, at Chattanooga, took up the line of march with the army under General Sherman in its advance to Atlanta, rebuilding bridges, repairing railroads and materially assisting in the advance of the army. The regiment arrived in Atlanta on September 28th, where its headquarters were established. This is a scarce unit to find, one of only a few volunteer engineer units, and very active.  All f9ur carte de visite photos bargain priced at $245.00









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20-10-06  Superb Confederate Fayetteville Infantry Rifle — 100%





-Civil War Confederate Fayetteville infantry rifle in NRA Very Good condition, Confederate Fine condition. 100% original, 100% complete, mechanically perfect. Fresh from an ages old unsung local collection. The collector was the nicest and kindest friend I had. He recently passed away and hid from me the fact that he was terminally ill for over ten years.

I sold this rifle to him fifteen years ago. He had gone to Cowans Auction in Cinti to buy the Fayetteville rifle offered in that days sale. The auction gun brought significantly more than I had quoted him on mine a week earlier, and the auction gun was no better than mine. On the way home, disappointed at being beaten at the auction, he stopped at my old shop in Waterville, Ohio and bought this rifle from me.

The wood has super color and patina and a very visible inspector cartouche. There is a crack as shown on the stock flat opposite the lock. Lines are strong. Steel is uniformly patinated to a pleasant brown. Brass likewise carries undisturbed handsome age patina. Lock is dated 1864, front of lock is pitted, Fayetteville marking is legible. CSA clearly stamped on the butt plate tang. This is a top notch Confederate rifle. $11,500.00











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Very attractive framed veteran’s display put together by the present day family descendants of Alonzo B. Valentine 10th Michigan Vols. The records carry him as Alonzo Valatine. He served most of 1862. This display is contemporary, put up in the late 20th century. Consists of nicely displayed photos and GAR medal surrounded by buttons. 10 veterans GAR buttons (5 on each flank), 1 wartime Eagle I Union infantry officers button at the bottom, Post War Michigan State Seal button at the top. The faded albumen photo at top left is SPECTACULAR ! Shows what appears to be a younger version of our Michigan Yankee soldier astride a horse and completely decked out in Confederate uniform and gear. Image is about 4 inches square. Slightly faded, and unmounted (just the albumen image). Note the striped trousers, classic CSA jacket, sheathed Bowie knife, saddle holster w/ revolver and slung double barrel shotgun on his back (barrels visible behind him. World class subject matter. The image is confusing if the family note is correct and it is indeed A.B. Valentine Sr.


I  checked CSA records for Valentine and did actually find an A.R. Valentine in the 1st Georgia Cavalry.   There is a great story behind this photo somewhere but the records don’t give it up.

The bottom photo of man and woman is likely A.B. Valentine and wife at a GAR reunion or convention in Atlanta in 1897. Though the city name on the ribbon makes one immediately think of Georgia, our Yankee veteran is buried in Atlanta, Michigan.






The word Atlanta is plainly visible on the ribbons they are wearing. It just adds to the mystery and confusion. The wartime CSA photo and bald man with ribbon are very apparently the same person when scrutinized under magnification, or they may be brothers. The two other GAR vets are unknown. The young family is presumed to be A.B. Valentine Jr. The father resembles the man posed with his wife in Atlanta. I’ve enjoyed this…

now you can play detective.   $250.00














CONFEDERATE POTTS BOWIE KNIFE-BAYONET... These magnificent unmarked bowie bayonets are believed by some to have been made by T.A Potts in New Orleans on the basis of one specimen marked “T.A. Potts New Orleans 1840.” Unfortunately, while that knife is real, the maker’s stamp is spurious in my opinion, added years ago to make it unique and more saleable. Some now believe these “Potts” knives were actually made by Rees Fitzpatrick of Natchez, Mississippi.  Once believed to be a bayonet,  collectors and arms scholars have come to realize that they were probably made as dual purpose weapons as a Bowie knife that can also serve as a polearm spearhead, but never intended for use on a rifle.  The attaching rings are always unfinished on the inside and have no provision to actually attach to a rifle barrel and keep it there, let alone in any one position. It has been rumored that an example surfaced with an old capture note indicating it had been used as a detachable spear point on the staff of a battleflag, but I have not seen the documentation. It does make sense that the loops would be better adapted for a friction fit to a pole, whether for use as a flag finial or pike.  What we know for certain is it is a dead real Confederate sidearm and a very stylish Bowie with swept back clipped-point blade, and swept back attaching rings that accentuate the sleek profile. The brass attaching rings are excellent, so is the grip, and the blade is factory bright, with excellent point and edge, no nicks, and just a few light scratches and some small gray spots near the guard. The knife still has its scabbard, which is even rarer than the knife. Brass throat and tip are in place. The throat still has the fastening button and a small bottom piece of the belt loop that came up at an angle and fastened over it is still sewn to the scabbard edge lower down. The leather scabbard is solid, but does show finish loss and abrasions. It has never been treated with any kind of leather dressing or preservative. Attic condition. A classic Confederate edged weapon, in excellent condition, with its rare original scabbard.  Try and find another priced at…   $2,750.00











Regulation US Model 1861-1863 socket bayonet and its original leather scabbard.  Bayonet has light patina on smooth steel overall.  The US stamping is clear and crisp as is an inspector’s initial on the socket.  The regulation mid war 7-rivet scabbard is overall VG condition and solid without being stiff.  It has good finish with age crackling.  Stamped into the back of the frog is the maker’s name “A.W. DECROW  /  MAKER / BANGOR, ME”   A very representative example at a very livable price…   $245.00










STRONG CONDITION UNION ARMY INFANTRY WAIST BELT.  A nicely marked and strong condition harness leather Yankee belt with clear inspectors cartouche and a visible though worn maker’s stamp.  The brass adjuster / keeper is still in place.  At some point someone sewed two angled straps to this belt and these were later removed.  My guess is that the belt was used after the war by a veteran who added the straps so he could carry his GAR sword in the parades.  I further speculate that a collector in the 1950s or 1960s bought the belt and removed the straps to return the belt to its original wartime configuration.  The man I bought this from is in his 80s and he bought tons of leather in the 1950s and 1960s.  It is where I got the knapsacks and other leather items on this list.  All you need is a nice US oval buckle and you will be in business.  $235.00










Here is a complete, fine condition example of an original standard Federal issue infantry double-bag soft tarred canvas knapsack.  The canvas was coated with tar for waterproofing.  While in storage on Bannerman’s Island the packs began to stick together as hot weather softened the tar, and then cold weather hardened it.  We used to have to use hair dryers to separate these things in the old days.  The pack consists of 2 bags or compartments: a front section that folds into a partial envelope and a rear section made of 4 triangular flaps that tie together.  The top of the pack is fitted with leather loops for the purpose of securing a rolled blanket.  The knapsack is fitted with 2″ wide leather shoulder straps that terminate with brass attachment points, allowing for connection to the armpit and adjustable cross (breast) straps. The leather straps throughout and rawhide-type ties on the inside bag are intact. Same with the brass hardware and japanned roller buckles.  Excellent complete condition,  near perfect,  except for a small spot on the interior where the canvas  pulled apart when they were unstacked and taken from Bannerman’s Island in the 1950s.  I bought all five from one 80+ year old collector who personally got them from Bannerman in the 1950s.  I asked him how many more he had at home, and he said ten.  He once had hundreds but over 60+ years the supply was finally depleted.   When these are gone I have no more, unless I can get the last ten.  Priced Each $225.00

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Outstanding regulation standard issue Union Army M-1858 Canteen complete with cover, strap and stopper.  Top shelf. Has one small wear spot on the back side of the cover near the bottom bracket. Inconsequential.   A truly carried war relic with soldier’s initials stenciled on the cover.  Super example. Impossible to find in this condition these days.  $425.00






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