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Fall Fine Art & Antiques Auction - Day 2

Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 581

TN Civil War Related Autographs, Ephemera, 11 items

Estimate: $350 - $450

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Group of Tennessee Civil War related items including autographs of Generals T.B. Smith, CSA; Union Gen. Emery Upton; Col. James E. Bailey, Lt. R.C. Bone, and more. 1st item: Gen. Thomas Benton Smith, aka T.B. Smith,1891 ALS, 4 pp, with envelope addressed to Mrs. Josephine Farrel, Hardware Merchant, Nashville Tenn. from "Poor Genl. Smith". General Smith suffered a significant head wound during the Battle of Nashville and as a result, spent the latter part of his life confined to a mental institution, where he penned this rambling, mostly nonsensical letter. He does make brief mention of a connection between himself and Josephine: "I value the old block of your house because it was made by some of my kinfolk the silversmith Elliston Josephine's Farrel's Grandfather" [Joseph Thorpe Elliston, a silversmith who also served as Nashville's mayor]. Stamp missing. Includes old newspaper article on Smith. Rare. 2nd item: Union Maj. General Emery Upton signed requisition document dated June 1, 1865, Nashville, on a form printed by the Government Printing House in Union-occupied Nashville. 3rd item: 1865 letter written at Murfreesboro, TN by Union soldier William Henry Fox, "188 Regt. Co. D.O.V. I" (possibly Indiana), to his wife, telling her of the end of the war and his desire to return home to her and their baby and to meet his in-laws. 4 pp. 4th item: Tennessee Civil War Gov. Isham Harris signed receipt of the Resignation of James Edmund Bailey on Military and Financial Board letterhead dated Nashville, Dec. 20, 1861. Bailey resigned in order to organize a company of soldiers that would become Company A, 49th Infantry Regt. TN Volunteers. After the war, Bailey became a U.S. Senator. 5th item: Illegibly signed and partially printed ticket allowing Mrs. Elizabeth C. Grissom to pass within Federal Lines, dated Gallatin Tn, July 7, 1864. 6th item: H.H. Harris signed partially printed note that Bartley Griffin of Knoxville, TN "has furnished proof of loyalty," dated Jan. 26, 1864. 7th item: Telegraph message dated June 15, 1861, Humboldt, Tennessee, to General Gideon Pillow, stating "Will you send arms for that company if so when" and signed "Algee." 8th item: CSA Lt. R.C. Bone (1st Lt. Co. D, 11th Tennessee) signed note verifying a payment of $1500 for a horse belonging to C.S. Dillon, killed in action near Readiville TN on Sept. 6, 1864 (losses to top edge, 1/4" hole upper right of page). 9th item: Small lithographed print of the Soldier's Home at Memphis Tenn, established 1863, by Chas. Vogt after A. McLean. 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". (Foxing and staining, unevenly trimmed). 10th item: Lithographic print: "Action of the Gunboats at Memphis," published 1868 by Johnson, Fry and Co. after the painting by Chappel. 10 1/2" x 7". (Unevenly trimmed). 11th item: Small lithographed map showing the area around Fort Donelson, published by Burk and McFetridge, c. 1880. Size with mat: 13" x 11".


All items overall good condition with expected fading, toning, scattered spots of foxing, unless otherwise noted above.

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