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STONEWALL BRIGADE TEAMSTERS A good war-date Confederate teamster/soldier's letter, 2pp. 4to. by Pvt. Thomas Peyton [WIA First Bull; POW New Market, Va., June 4, 62; DOW 6/17/64], Co. E, 27th Virginia (Stonewall Brigade), Camp Winder, Mar. 3, 1863 to former commander Lt. Charles L. Davis of the 27th Va. In part: "…I had it from a pretty good authority that you had been reported absent without leave and that there was charges of your being a deserter…you remember that you left me here with the wagons the next time I came up with the army was at camp 3 miles north of Leesburg. The army took up its line of march…not feeling very well about that time I remained behind. I didn't attempt to [?]them until the next day when I went down to the river but…owing to the presence of a large body of Yankee cavalry on the opposite side of the river I had to retrace my steps and go across the county a distance of 36 miles to Winchester. A trip I didn't accomplish in a hurry you may imagine…I staid in Winchester about a week was [?] off from there with a squad of men towards Harpers Ferry…and took my time going there…got the news the army had left and gone to Sharpsburg went around by way of Shepardstown and came up with the army two days after Battle of Sharpsburg [and] have been with the army ever since. Had pretty lively times at Fredericksburg avoiding Yankee shells and grape but came out all right. If you see any opening in [the] quartermaster's service…let me know…". A bit and light and hard to read, else very good. Alexander Historical Auctions
404. THEODORE ROOSEVELT Lot of two items, includes a signed page removed from a book: "To Robert Bridges with the very warm regards of his friend the author Theodore Roosevelt Nov. 17th 1900", along with a second page (not signed), apparently penned at the same time, a list of books related to British history: "The Times v. the Man The Long Parliament and the First Civil War (1 or 2) The Second Civil War and the Death of the King The Irish and Scotch Campaigns The Protectorate (2 or 1)". Both pages, obviously removed from a book, bear marginal chips but are otherwise very good. $250 - 350 Alexander Historical Auctions
FIVE EGG CUPS CAPTURED FROM ADOLF HITLER'S TRAIN Set of five silver-plated egg cups captured from Adolf Hitler's private train and brought home by Dwight D. Eisenhower's Executive Officer and aide de camp. Each 2 1/8" tall egg cup bears the engraved letters "D R" for "Deutsches Reichsbahn", and also bears the proper "B" and locomotive hallmark indicating railroad usage. A bit of tarnish, else fine condition. From the estate of the recipient, Col. Ernest "Tex" Lee, who served throughout the war as Eisenhower's Executive Officer and Aide de Camp. Lee joined Ike in June, 1941 and assisted in the planning of the invasions at Normandy and the ultimate defeat of Germany. Accompanied by a letter from Lee's direct descendant indicating how Col. Lee had told his family that these items had originated from Hitler's train, had been shipped home by him, and had remained in Lee's family ever since. Hitler's private train, code named "Amerika", consisted of a locomotive (later two), two armored antiaircraft cars, two baggage cars, Hitler's pullman, conference car with communications, escort car for 22 SS security soldiers, two dining cars, two sleeping cars for entourage, a bath car, three cars for personnel and press, and power-engine cars. Relics from the train are very rare. Alexander Historical Auctions
EDWARD V. RICKENBACKER (1890 - 1973) American aviator and World War I ace credited with 26 "kills", later president of Eastern Air Lines. First day postal cover honoring 1949 Air Mail, Washington, Jan. 18, 1949, signed at bottom: "Capt. Eddie Rickenbacker". Light toning else very good. Alexander Historical Auctions
WILLIAM J. FETTERMAN (1833 - 1866) U.S. Army office during the Civil War and subsequent Red Cloud's War. In November 1866, Fetterman and his regiment were stationed at Fort Phil Kearny, tasked with protecting immigrants traveling to the gold fields of Montana Territory. Fetterman boasted that with 80 soldiers, he could "ride through the Sioux Nation. On December 21, 1866, a large band of Cheyenne and Sioux - which included Crazy Horse - under the leadership of Red Cloud attacked a wood train near the fort. Fetterman, with a group of (ironically) 80 men, pursued the Indians...and found himself facing 2,000 hostiles. He and his command were wiped out to a man. Very rare Civil War-date D.S. 'Wm. J. Fetterman' on Army of the Cumberland letterhead, 1p. 4to., Lookout Mountain, Feb. 1, 1865, Special Orders No. 20: " 1st Lieut. John Miller ... having reported for duty with his Company will take command, he being Senior Officer. II. 2d Lieut. Joseph L. Follett will turn over all Government property in his possession pertaining to Battery 'G' 1st Mo. Light Artillery to Lieut. Miller who will receipt to him for the same. By order of Brig. Gen. King....' Two small holes and light staining from previous binding to left margin, else near fine. A very rare Indian Wars signature! Alexander Historical Auctions
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