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Summer Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 1

Sat, Jul 8, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 558

2 Middle TN African American Ephemera Items, incl. Civil War & Gov. Signed, 19th C

Estimate: $400 - $450
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1st item: Military pass issued in Union-occupied Nashville allowing an African American man to pass through the military lines. Partially printed document reads "Pass bearer, Mr. Monroe (Colr d [sic]) through our lines to 71 miles on Lebanon Pike [illegible]" by order of Major General Don Carlos Buell and is "good for 20 days." Signed by Provost Marshal Colonel Lewis D. Campbell and also bears the signature "[Illegible] Johnson." 3 3/4" x 7 3/4". 2nd item: Governor's warrant for the arrest of the murderer of an African American resident of Giles County, TN in 1870. The partially printed document explains that an "unknown person or persons having committed a foul and atrocious murder on the 30th day of August 1870 upon the body of John Buck (colored) late of our County of Giles has fled from justice and is now running at large" and that a reward of 500 dollars is offered to anyone "who may apprehend the said guilty party or parties with evidence sufficient to convict." The document is dated September 21, 1870 and is signed by Tennessee Governor DeWitt Clinton Senter and Secretary of State Thomas Harvey Butler. With the embossed seal of the state of Tennessee and directions for publication: "Banner and Pulaski paper, publish 4 times." 13 7/8" x 10". Note: Don Carlos Buell captured Nashville on February 25, 1862, a little over five months prior to this pass's date. Lewis D. Campbell served as U.S. Representative from Ohio from 1849-58 and again from 1871-73; Colonel of the 69th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War; and Ambassador to Mexico from 1866-67.


1st item: Moderate wear including toning, folds, minute tears to edges, and scattered foxing or staining. 2nd item: Excellent condition, with folds and 1/4" tear to central fold, staining including 1 1/2" area to right edge of sheet, and erased pencil text in upper margin.

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