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for many items under ID antebellumcovers (click underlined link)

including general orders, Confederate and Union documents, Civil War patriotic envelopes,

Paper Americana, US Postal History, US and Foreign Stamps, artifacts, and much more. 

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Original drawings, caricatures, and sketches drawn by Civil War soldiers (Union and Confederate)

for a new book.   I will purchase your items OR accept high resolution files (at least 300 DPI)

for consideration to be included in the book with appropriate attribution.

Early German covers postmarked Meiningen; also Meininger Beer advertising!

AND information, pictures, etc. on Christian Meininger, boot and shoe maker, Washington DC. 

His shop was at 2025 14th Street, NW and he made boots and shoes for President Theodore

Roosevelt as President.  Christian was our great grandfather!   He and the President were friends

 and rode their bikes together around Washington, DC and in Rock Creek Park. 

Waynesboro, PA covers and paper Americana plus any references to Henry Eichholz and Eichholz Flowers.  He was our grandfather.    The florist business is still thriving today!


If you like A Cappella music, visit these websites  New album now available for $10 on ITunes! and

AND the latest





Many items are on display and for sale at Journey’s End Antiques located in

Town and Country Antiques Mall, (11:00 AM – 5:30 PM Tues-Sat)

206 N Sandhills Blvd, Aberdeen, NC 28315  Contact Paul Brill  910-944-3359 (Shop) 910-638-4542 (Cell)


The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers:  William R. Weiss, HB, 839 pp. 8.5x11,

superb reference book, 1995, only comprehensive work of its kind. 

Limited Edition!  Comes with a value guide.  Shipped book rate as it is quite heavy. Drop shipped from the publisher .

$115 includes shipping from the publisher.  One of our best sellers!



Robert E. Lee, document signed as Lieutenant of Engineers, June 1838, and in charge of approving purchases and rental of equipment used for the restoration in the Harbor of St. Louis Missouri, document size approximately 3 by 8 inches, printed and filled in on both sides.   On the back Lee signs “R.E. Lee Lt Engs” in bold ink.   Document is superb in all respects.   Lee is approving a stage harness for $20 and a whip for 75 cents, for use of mules to operate pile engine.   Pic1   Pic2   Pic3    $2750 (subject to prior sale) SALE PENDING


Before the Civil War, Robert E. Lee Served for 26 Years as an Officer in the Corps of Engineers

Robert E. Lee was a United States Army engineer officer from 1829 to 1855. Born on 19 January 1807 in Stratford Hall, Westmoreland County, Virginia, Lee’s father was Revolutionary War hero Henry "Light-Horse Harry" Lee. Home-schooled by his parents until he was thirteen, he then entered an academy in Alexandria, Virginia. After a year at a Quaker prep school, he entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York on 1 July 1825. An excellent student, Lee graduated number two in the class of 1829 and entered the Corps of Engineers.

His first assignment was as assistant engineer of fortification work on Cockspur Island in the Savannah River. For a time he worked under the command of Lieutenant Joseph Mansfield, Corps of Engineers, who would be killed at Antietam leading a Union Army corps. In 1831 Lee went to Fort Monroe, Virginia, as assistant engineer responsible for the outworks and approaches to Fort Monroe and preparatory work for construction of Fort Calhoun, now Fort Wool, Virginia.

Lee went to the Chief of Engineers Office as administrative assistant in 1834 and, in 1837 as supervising engineer of navigation work on the Mississippi River to St. Louis, Missouri. His assistant engineer at St. Louis was Lieutenant Montgomery Meigs, later Union Quartermaster General in the Civil War. From 1841 to 1846 Lee was supervising engineer for repair of the forts in New York harbor.

In 1846 Robert E. Lee went to war for the first time. Initially he was General Wool’s chief engineer in the campaign in northern Mexico. Assigned as an engineer staff officer to General Winfield Scott in 1847, he participated in all the main battles from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. Recognized for his daring reconnaissance and suggestions on battlefield tactics, he received three brevets: Major at Cerro Gordo, Lieutenant Colonel at Contreras and Churubusco, and Colonel at Chapultepec.

From 1848 to 1852 Lee was supervising engineer for construction of Fort Carroll near Baltimore, Maryland. In 1852 he accepted an assignment as Superintendent at the United States Military Academy, a position reserved for Corps of Engineer officers until 1866. While at the Academy, Lee encountered cadets who would be prominent in the coming Civil War to include Union generals James McPherson, Philip Sheridan, and O.O. Howard, and Confederate generals John B. Hood and Jeb Stuart. Lee left the Corps of Engineers in 1855 when he accepted an assignment as a Lieutenant Colonel in the 2d Cavalry Regiment.

Douglas Southall Freeman, his biographer, said of Lee that his mind was mathematical and his imagination that of an engineer, and that it was his advantage as a strategist to be an engineer. Lee’s engineer recognition extended to his opponents. Asked to name the best Union general, Lee answered George B. McClellan, commander of the Army of the Potomac and Corps of Engineers officer from the West Point class of 1846.

Patrick Ronayne Clebure, illustrated autograph document signed by he and Hector M Grant, his drug store partner, 26 January 1860 promissory note for $1947 to John W Parrish, his attorney, probably for the purchase of land, three nice illustrations, two hole punches, 3 folds, overall fine with a bold Cleburne signature as well as Hector M. Grant below his.  Pre-war documents signed are very RARE and extremely hard to obtain.  

Pic1   Pic2   $3995 (subject to prior sale)

Enlisted as a colonel, commissioned into the CS General Staff, wounded on 8/30/62 at Richmond Kentucky, killed at Franklin Tennessee on 11/30/64, promoted to brig general and finally major general, also had service in 15th Arkansas Infantry.  The wonderful story about Cleburne’s early life and his connection to Hector Grant can be read at this link:

Abraham Lincoln –War Date Autograph Note Signed August 20, 1864 that states “I shall be glad if any Department or Bureau can give Mr. Waugh the desired clerkship, A. Lincoln Aug 20, 1864”  Pic1   Pic2   Pic3   Pic4   $8450  Lincoln is responding to a letter received by Sec. of War Stanton on August 20, 1864 from Mr. Waugh in Georgetown DC stating that “…he is from Bainbridge Decatur County Georgia…is a refugee without means or employment…desires clerkship…”    Overall frame is 17x29 inches, matted area about an inch smaller all around with 4 insets of engraving, legend, Lincoln’s ANS on back of letter, and laser copy of letter to which Lincoln is replying back to Stanton.  This item is investment grade and of the highest quality.  A similar ANS on the web right now is priced at $16,000.  It is interesting to note that Lincoln replied on the same day the letter was written so it must have been hand carried to Stanton from Georgetown. DC. This item is fantastic and ready to hang.  Consignor will consider a partial trade.


Ulysses S. Grant – War Date Autograph Letter Signed  One page, 7.75x9.75 inches, February 9, 1865.  Pic1  Pic2  Pic3  Pic4  Pic5  $4950   Grant writes from City Point, Virginia to Maj. Gen(s) Ord and Meade.  In full “City Point Va, Feb 9, 1865, I will leave here at 12 m. for Washington to remain absent four or five days unless sooner recalled.  Please inform Col. Bowers of all movements or changes so that he may keep me advised., U S Grant, Lt. Gen.”  He adds the word in upper left “Cipher” indicating letter was to be encoded before transmittal, also a pencil note upper right “11 am” in a different hand.  At bottom is a copy print of Grant and his two generals.  Details surrounding the date Grant wrote this letter are described in the Certificate of Authenticity.  Fabulously framed 16x21 inches and ready to hang.



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