after the battle was over, some with good intent others just pilfering for what ever they could find. Sgt Russell Glenn, Co. A 14th Connecticut Infantry always had good intentions. He came across many items to include one of the rarest relics of the battle of Gettysburg. Russell Glenn survived the war and went on to be a Truant Officer in Bridgeport Conn after the war and was very active in the GAR and with his old unit.
It came with the calling card of Russell Glenn tied to it with a piece of old cotton string. The back of the card reads. "Buckle received from a Confederate Soldier at Fredericksburg by First Sergt Russell Glenn Co. A 14th C.V. The front of the card reads. Russell Glenn Bridgeport Conn. Truant Officer
was well known to pickup souvenirs on the battlefield and found one of the rarest items from Gettysburg. He was very active in the GAR and the Society of the 14th Connecticut Infantry
of the 14th Connecticut defended Cemetery Ridge during Pickett's Charge. The next day, he ventured out beyond his lines to survey the awful scene and probably to comfort wounded Confederates. Perhaps, too, he aimed to grab a war trophy, not an uncommon activity of soldiers on both sides. Here is the story in his own words.
Here is a link that tells the complete story of The Rebel Girl.
where I secured this picture and I prize it as the most valuable relic of my war experience. It was on the morning of July 4th, 1863, that I went among the Confederate dead who fell during the previous day's fight. I, with others, was searching for the sick and wounded who were being conveyed to the rear for treatment. I had hardly entered that terrible valley of death when I beheld a handsome, noble looking youth, lying prone upon his back; his eyes wide open and staring towards heaven. His countenance wore the most beseeching expression that I ever beheld. At first, I thought the youth was alive and was about to speak to him when I observed that he held something in his hand that lay upon his left breast.
that he had been shot through the heart and probably did not live more than thirty seconds after the fatal bullet hit him. In his hand was a daguerreotype of the above profile, the case of which had been shattered by the deadly ball, but, marvelously as it may seem, the profile remained uninjured. It is certain that the poor fellow lived but an instant after being hit, but in that short space of time his thought was of the picture -- probably the face of his sweetheart -- and, taking it from his breast pocket, he saw the shattered case, but was permitted to gaze on the features of a loved one as his soul took its immortal flight. I took the picture from the rigid grasp of the dead soldier, and taking the skirt of his coat, wiped off the blood from the glass and carefully placed it in my pocket, intending, if possible, to find the original owner, but as yet have not been successful."
This is a very unique piece of Civil War history and would make a welcome addition to any collection.
served in the Union Army during the Civil War. It was organized in Parkersburg Virginia (now West Virginia) during September 1861. Most of the original members of this regiment were from southeastern Ohio, and planners thought that this regiment would become the 4th Ohio Cavalry. Their application was rejected by the governor of Ohio, so the unit became the 2nd Regiment of Loyal Virginia Volunteer Cavalry. The "Loyal Virginia" part of the name was replaced with "West Virginia" after the state of West Virginia was created in 1863. Today, the NPS lists them as 2nd Regiment, West Virginia Cavalry under a heading of Union West Virginia Volunteers.
happened in early January 1862 in northeastern Kentucky, where they assisted the command of Colonel James Garfield (Future President of the United States). For the next two years, most of the regiment's fighting was in the mountainous backwoods of what later became the southern portion of West Virginia, especially the Kanawha River Valley. During the Kanawha Campaign in September 1862, the 2nd Regiment of Loyal Virginia Volunteer Cavalry cleared away Confederate cavalry that intended to prevent a retreating Union Army from reaching the safety of Ohio. By 1864, the regiment was part of the Army of West Virginia, and spent much of its time fighting in the western portion of today's state of Virginia. It participated in General David's Hunters unsuccessful raid on Lynchburg.. It also participated in Union General Philip Sheridan's Shenandoah Valley Campaign, playing an important part in the Third Battle of Winchester.
3rd Division, Cavalry Corps—which, along with another division, remained under the command of General Sheridan. Sheridan's two cavalry divisions continued to fight in the Shenandoah Valley, and were responsible for eliminating Confederate General Jubal Early's Army of the Valley from the war. During March 1865, Sheridan moved his two divisions eastward toward Peterburg Virginia. The regiment, as part of Capehart's Fighting Brigade in Custer's division, was part of a crucial cavalry charge in the Union victory at the Battle of Sailor's Creek. The regiment was also present during the Appomattox Campaign and the surrender of Confederate General Robert E Lee's Army of Northern Virginia. After the war, the 2nd West Virginia Cavalry participated in the Grand Review of the Armies, and was mustered out on June 30, 1865. Four men from the regiment received the United States of America's highest military award, the Medal of Honor.
This Historic Colt was issued to a member of Co. H, 2nd WV Cavalry in 1863. It is listed in the Springfield Research Services data base and is a Great piece of Civil War History as this unit rode with not only future President James Garfield but with General George A Custer as well.
This 1851 Colt is in Great condition and has all matching serial # to include the wedge. According to the serial # it was manufactured in early 1865. Come with a custom built glass case.
Here is a fantastic grouping of items that belonged to Sgt W Floyd of the 2nd Georgia Cavalry. The tintype show him wearing a regulation Georgia Cavalry Uniform with him holding an 1841 Colt Root Revolver. The 2nd Ga Cav was part of Confederate General Joe Wheeler's Cavalry.
Beside the rare tintype, there is a Wheeler Cavalry Corp Association badge & ribbon which was part of the United Confederate Veterans Association. It has the original shipping envelope and mounting card for the ribbon. Elizabeth Crawford who was very big in the Maids of the UCV sent this Col John Prather who was the commander of the Wheeler Cav Association and one of Gen Wheeler's Brigade Commanders during the war. This group also has his UDC Southern Cross of Honor and a Commander In Chief CNC hat badge.
"Gifts from Will David Floyd Sponsor Wheeler Cavalry Corp and the shipping envelope from the ribbon maker Whithead & Hoag was sent by Miss Crawford to Col Prather in 1916. Why she sent them to him is a mystery that is lost to time. Very interesting group of rare Confederate items with a GREAT History
This grouping consist of the tintype, Wheeler Cavalry Association Camp A ribbon, The Shipping card, Shipping enelope from Whitehead & Hoag, The CNC Commander In Chief hat badge and his UDC Southern Cross of Honor medal.
received a federal letter order for 58,000 .58 caliber Model 1861 Springfield rifled muskets. In February the order was reduced to 25,000. In June of 1862, he signed a contract with Parkers’ Snow & Co. to produce the guns. William H. Miller, with twenty years of gun manufacturing experience, was hired to superintend gun production, and his younger brother, George W., with ten years gun manufacturing experience, was hired to produce the locks. Converting the Cherry Street machine making and foundry operation into a gun works took time, and the first 5,502 rifles with “Parker Snow & Co.” and “1863” stamped on the locks were not completed until October 31, 1863.
and may have been assigned to Savage Revolving Firearms Co. An additional contract for 15,000 rifled muskets was signed with Parkers’ Snow & Co. on September 28, 1863. All 15,000 guns were completed and are marked identical to the first Parkers’ Snow & Co. rifled muskets, except that “1864” is stamped on the locks of these guns.
Charles Parker again renamed the Cherry Street operation. The new name was “Meriden Manufacturing Co.” and, on January 9, 1865, the operation was restructured as a joint stock company with all non-Parker interest being conveyed to Charles, John, and Edmund Parker. Charles retained controlling ownership interest. It was under this name, that Parker’s breech-loading conversion system for rifled muskets (the William H. and George W. Miller patented system), the Triplett & Scott repeating rifles and carbines, and the first Parker shotguns were made in 1865. There were only 2000 of the Miller Conversions produced and they were all converted from the original 5000 that are marked 1863.
Here is your opportunity to own a very Rare Parker's & Snow Miller Breach Conversion.
This 25mm coat button is in great dug condition with just a small nick on the side but is still a solid button. It still retains some of its original gold gilt and displays VERY well. The back-mark is the early Young & Smith New York. This button is So RARE that there was no known example of it for both Albert's and Tice's button books when they were published. This would have been the first button ordered for The University Alabama as its in Latin and would date to the late 1830's or early 1840's. I personally dug this button at a plantation site here in Marengo County Alabama. It comes with the wooden case. Roll Tide!
Here is a very rare excavated pre Civil War Confederate Alabama Mobile Volunteer Corp Button. This 16mm kepi or cuff button is in Great condition with NO dents, dings but does have a VERY small push below the M. It still retains some of its gold gilt. It has the pre war Scovill Mfg Co back-mark. Its listed in Albert's button book as AB 5 Av. This button is from my personnel dug collection and was dug by me in Confederate camp here in Alabama. These buttons were ordered for the MVC in 1859 - 60 before the war started.