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Civil War Manuals:

We presently have the following Manuals for sale.

Item 3001 - Period-style reprint of  Hardee's Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics for the Instruction, Exercises and Manoevers of Riflemen and Light Infantry Including School of the Soldier and School of the Company  by Brevet Lieutenant W. J. Hardee. The manual also includes "Duties of Non-commissioned Officers, Military Honors to be Paid by Troops, and the Articles of War. This manual was one of the standard sources for information for drilling troops during the American Civi War. The original version of this work was published by J. O. Kane of New York in 1862. This undated modern reprint was printed by C and D Jarnagin of Corinth, Mississippi. The reprint is suitable for the period re-enactor or living historian to study in the field or carry in his haversack, or for the historian to study for information on the drilling of troops. This copy is in excellent condition except for some roughness in the corner of the front cover (where someone removed a price tag in the past?). It is softbound in a white cover with the title printed on the cover in black lettering. 158 Pages. 4" x 5.5"!

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Books (other than Official Records volumes):

We presently have the following books, booklets, etc., for sale

Item 3003 - Reprint of  Memorial Service for Three Hundred Thousand Union Soldiers, With the Commemorative Discourse  by Joseph P. Thompson, D.D. The publication was published by the Loyal Publication Society in New York in 1866. It contains the actual service provided to honor the Union dead at the Broadway Tabernacle church on December 10, 1865, even inlcuding the names of all musical pieces performed. 28 Pages. 5.75" x 9"!

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Item 3005 - Major General John F. Reynolds - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (July, 1959) containing  an article entitled "The Military Record of General John F. Reynolds" written by Reynolds' noted biographer Edward J. Nichols.  The article is 15 pages long and includes a photo of Reynolds and also an 1868 view of his family home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The article covers Reynolds' career from his time at West Point through the Mexican War, and through the Civil War until his death at Gettsyburg. Other articles included in the Journal are "Harrison Township Retraced"  (4 pages) by John Ward Willson Loose; "Games and Amusements in Olden Days," (4 pages) by M. Luther Heisey, and a "Short History of Lancaster Fire Department Since 1882" (12 pages)  by Claude E. Villee. The latter articles contains several photos and a chronology of major fires in Lancaster City from 1882-1956.  This is an original copy of the July , 1959 publication, not a reprint. It is in good condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3006 -Christian Riots/Civil War artillery - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Spring, 1961) containing two articles related to the Civil War.  The first is entitled "The Christiana Riot: An Evaluation of Its National Significance"  by Roderick Nash (the Christiana Riot, an 1851 skirmish between slaveowners and those opposed to them, is considered by historians to be be the first action of the impending Civil War).  The second article is entitled "Postscript to the Old Buck Cannon" by M. Luther Heisey recounts the final 1882 destruction of the famed Griffen Gun provided to the Democrats of Lancaster by its inventor, John Griffen. The first article is 26 pages long, and the second is 2 pages long (including endnotes in both cases).  This is an original copy of the Spring , 1961 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3008 - Thaddeus Stevens, Congressman - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Michaelmas, 1974) containing an article on Congressman Thaddeus Stevens.  The article is entitled "Thaddeus Stevens as a Lancaster Politician 1842-1868"  by Robert J. Hoelscher. It exhaustively covers the career of this famous powerful Representative of the Civil War Congress.  The article is 56 pages long (including endnotes).  This is an original copy of the 1974 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3009 -Christiana Riot -  Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Michaelmas, 1964) containing an article on the Christiana Riot of 1851, considered by some to be the opening shots of the Civil War. The article is entitled "The Christiana Riot of 1851: A Reappraisal" by Richard Grau. The riot involved a clash over escaped slaves who had found their way north, the slaveowner chasing them and the Quakers who defended them.  It addresses the history of the event, resistance to slavery in the area of Christiana, PA , and the reaction to the event. The article is 28 pages long (including endnotes).  This is an original copy of the 1964 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3010 - 79th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry/Professor Koeppen - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Summer, 1962) containing two articles related to the Civil War. The first is about  the history of the 79th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, raised mainly in Lancaster, County, PA. The article is entitled "Gallant 79th" by M. Luther Heisey. The unit served as part of the Army of the Cumberland, seeing heavy action at Perryville, KY and also Chickamauga, GA. The article is 22 pages long (including endnotes).  The second article, entitled "Professor Koeppen: Right or Wrong?" concerns the views of Professor Adolphus Koeppen of Lancaster's Franklin and Marshall College (1853-1861) and his view of the similarity between the North-South conflcit and the Athens-Sparta conflict. The 3 page article was written by Lawrence Van Horn. This is an original copy of the 1962 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3011 - Monuments to President Buchanan - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Hilarymas, 1974) containing an article entitled "Two Monuments for the Fifteenth President of the United States" by Homer Rosenberger. The article concerns the monument to Buchanan in Washington, DC's Meridian Hill Park and the monument at his birthplace in Mercersburg, Franklin County, PA  The article is 28 pages long. This is an original copy of the 1974 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3012 - Buchanan Records - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Trinity, 1968) containing an article entitled "Protecting the Buchanan Papers" by Homer Rosenberger. The article concerns the efforts in the 1870's and 1880's to preserve the papers of James Buchanan, many of which are a defense of his public policies. The article is 32 pages long. This is an original copy of the 1968 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Item 3013 - Artillery, Gettysburg 125th Anniversary - The Artilleryman (Fall, 1988, Vol. 9, No. 4) containing articles  on various topicss including Black powder Load Test, Artillery at Gettysburg Re-enactment 1988, Making a Pole Yoke, CSA Naval Museum, Rhode Island's Gettysburg Gun, Gunners Level, National Park Service Gettysburg Program. This is an original copy of the 1988 publication, not a reprint. It is used but in good conditon!

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Item 3014 - African-American economic historical study - Journal of the Lancaster County Historical Society (Easter, 1968) containing an article entitled "In Recognition of Their Prominence: A Case Study of the Economic and Social backgrounds of an Antebellum Negro Business and Farming Class in Lancaster County" by Carl Oblinger. The article studies a portion of  the Lancaster Black community of 1850-1860 through available records. The article is 18 pages long. This is an original copy of the 1968 publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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A cross section through MONITOR showing the turret, turret mechanism, boiler and even interior woodwork (from Item 3015, "The Monitors" by John Ericsson)

Item 3015 - The MONITOR by its inventor, John Ericsson and A survivor tells of its sinking - Reprint of two extremely interesting articles from the December, 1885 issue of  The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine related to the ironclad warship, MONITOR. The first is "The Monitors: Their Construction and Work" by John Ericsson, the man who designed and cosntructed the MONITOR. The article focusses on the construction of the original MONITOR, its use, reasons for its sinking, and how it operated. The article includes great images, including drawn partial cross sections of the ship, views of monitors in action. Ericsson also addresses other monitors such as DESTROYER, DICTATOR, etc. The second article is "The Loss of the Monitor by a survivor" by Francis B. Butts. This article is a first hand account of the sinking of the MONITOR in December, 1862.  The article is 20 pages long. The second article is 4 pages long.  6 3/4" x 9 3/4"!

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Item 3016 - "Andersonville - Diary of  Prisoner - Reprint of a rare diary attributed to Sgt. Mjr. Alfred Letteer of the 77th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. The diary covers the time period from June 29, 1864 to September 14, 1864, when the author was paroled. He mentions items such as the threat of another prisoner to kill him, the costs of various food items, of seeing a scaffold built for executions, serving on a committee to send a petition to the U.S. authorities regarding paroles (?), deaths of  soldiers, comments on incoming prisoners from Stoneman's and Sherman's forces,  rumors heard of Union advances, etc. t. This is a reprint from The Historical Magazine, January 1871 and is 6 pages in length.

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Item 3017 - 1857 Copy of Waverly Novel - This book, in excellent condition, is an 1857 copy of the Waverley Novels, Household Edition, Volume II. The book was printed in Boston by Ticknor and Fields. Waverley was the famous novel written anonymously by Sir Walter Scott. The novel, set in 1745 during the Jacobite rebellion, is a combination of fictionalized Scottish history and romance was immensely popular. This book features a beautiful frontispiece of the character Fergus MacIver, with musket and full Scottish kilt and regalia. The book is bound in brown bookcloth. The cover features two Scottish broadswords crossed on a shield embossed in gold. The back cover features a crest with the words “Weel Watch.” The book has some minor wear, and the spine is faded, but otherwise it is in good shape. It’s a great period book for the Civil War re-enactor to read in the field! 7 1/2" x 4 3/4', 369 pages

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Item 3018 - Civil War - First Hand Accounts - This book provides first-hand accounts of many of the war's battles and events. It is entitled America - Great Crises in Our History Told by Its Makers, Vol. III, The Civil War, 1861-1865.  The books includes accounts of approximately forty events, from Lincoln's Inauguration to Lincoln's assassination. In between are such events as Alexander Stephens and Joseph Johnston on Bull Run, the Battle of the Ironclads by medical director Charles Martin, U.S. Grant asking for a Commission in the army, Farragut's account of the capture of New Orleans and Mobile Bay, Second Bull Run by "Stonewall Jackson," How the Emanicaption proclamation was drafted by Francis Carpenter, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge by George H. Thomas, sinking of the ALABAMA by Raphael Semmes, the Hampton Roads Conference by Alexander Stephens, Lee's surrender by Gen. Grant, Lee's last stand by John Gordon, Davis' flight from Richmod by Jeffereson Davis, and Lincoln's assassination by John Hay. The frontispiece is the surrender of Lee from a painting by Thomas Nast. The book was published by the Veterans of  Foreign Wars in 1925. The book is bound in brown leather.  The cover has an eagle in flight past the Capitol dome embossed on it, as well as the symbol of VFW, both in gold. The title, vol. , etc. are embossed on the spine in gold also. The book has wear on the edges, and some loss of the leather at the base of the spine. Overall, the book is in good condition and the binding is firm. The paper appears to be high quality. Many leaves of the book have never been cut!  318 pages, 6 1/4"x 8 1/2".

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Item 9005 - Artillery, Lee's Artillery Officers, Borman Fuse cutters, etc. The Artilleryman (Summer, 1989, Vol.  10,  No.3) containing articles  on various topics including Atlanta Arsenal Cache, Lee's Artillery Officers, Peace River Artillery, Borman Fuze Cutter, 3.3 inch Parrott Rifles, Big Hole Battlefield in Montana., Governor's Island NY. This is an original copy of the 1989 publication, not a reprint. It is used but in good conditon!

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Item 9006 - Artillery - Lee's Horse Shortage, etc.  The Artilleryman (Fall, 1989, Vol.  10,  No.4) containing articles  on various topics including Carronades,  Krupp Restoration,  Fort Moultrie,  Lee Plagued By Horse Shortage, and John Read. This is an original copy of the 1989 publication, not a reprint. It is used but in good conditon!

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Item 10016 - David McNeely Stauffer - Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society  (Vol. LVI, No. 7) containing the article entitled “David McNeely Stauffer” by Elizabeth Clarke Kieffer – Franklin & Marshall College graduate and Civil War veteran, Stauffer served at Antietam with the 2nd Pennsylvania Emergency Regiment, then with Battery I, Pennsylvania Light Artillery, and finally aboard the USS ALEXANDRIA as a Masters Mate. Having also served in railroads, following the war, Stauffer became a Civil Engineer and bridge designer. Late he also became the editor of the Engineering News. He  eventually married Florence Scribner, with whom he was briefly shipwrecked when the vessel he was on scouting the Nicaraguan Canal was destroyed. 14 pages. This is an original copy of the 1952  publication, not a reprint. It is in excellent condition.  6" x 9"!

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Offiicial Records of the Union and Confederate Armies:

We presently have the following volumes of this immense set for sale. These are volumes of the 130 volume set of recrds of the war. All reports, correspondence, etc., that survived the war were published by the government in this set. The Official Records are the prime source of data for virtually all research on the war itself.

Each of these volumes is for sale for $25.00 per volume unless otherwise marked. To order, click here!

If you are looking for a particular volume of this set, email us. We have a large variety in stock, and not all are on this website.

Item #
Description
Binding
Condition
3106 Series I Vol IV - Operations in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Southern Virginia, June 11, 1861 - Febuary 1, 1862. 1972 reprint, 792 pages. (Click here for Vol. summary)
Denim-colored Buckram
Good
3107 Series I Vol. V - Operations in Maryland, Northern Virginia, and West Virginia, August 1, 1861 - March 17, 1862. Carnifex Ferry, Balls Bluff. 1985 reprint, 1204 pages. (Click here for Vol. summary)
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3108 Series I Vol. VIII - Operations in Missouri, Arkansas, Kansas, and indian Territory, Nov 19, 1861 - April 10, 1862. New Medrid, Island No. 10, Pea Ridge. 1985 reprint, 909 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3109 Series I vol. X, Part I, Reports - Operations in Kentucky, Tennessee,Nort Mississippi, North Alabama, and Southwest Virginia, March 4, - June 10. 1862. Shiloh, Corinth. 1985 reprint, 1027 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3105
Series I, Vol. XI, Part 3 - Correspondence, Orders and Returns Relating to the Peninsular Campaign, Virginia, From March 17 to September 2, 1862.(Peninsular Campaign and Seven Days Battles including Gaines Mills, Fair Oaks, Harrisons Landing, and Malvern Hill). 1985 reprint; 751 pages.(Click here for Vol. summary)
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3110 Series I, Vol. XXXVIII, Part II, reports - Operations in North Georgia, etc. May1 - September 8, 1864 relating specially to the Atlanta Campaign. 1985 reprint, 998 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3111 Series I, Vol. XXXVIII, Part III, Reports - Operations in North Georgia, etc. May 1 -September 8, 1864 relating especially to the Atlanta Campaign. 1985 reprint, 1109 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3112 Series I vol XXXVIII, Part IV, Correspondence - Operations in North Georgia, etc., May 1 -September 8, 1864 relating specially to the Atlanta Campaign. 1985 reprint, 871 pages. (Click here for Vol. summary)
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3113 Series I, Vol. XLVIII, Part II - Correspondence Etc.- Operations in Louisiana, and  the Trans-Mississippi States and Territories, April 1- June 30, 1865. 1985 reprint, 1481 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3114 Series I, Vol. LII, Part I, Supplement - Reports, Union Correspondence, Etc. January 1, 1861- June 30 1865. Operations in Southwestern Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, West Florida, Northern Georgia, January 1, 1861- June 30, 1865. 1985 reprint, 862 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent
3102 Series I, Vol. LII, Part 1 - Reports of Operations in SW Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, ALabama, West Florida and Northern Georgia (Jan. - June 30, 1865) Info. included on Shiloh, Corinth and Fort Donelson not included elsewhere. 1972 reprint; 862 pages. Denim-colored Buckram Excellent
3104 Series II, Vol. 1, - "Surrender of Texas" (February-November, 1861),
Early Captures and Arrests in Missouri, (March, 1861-January 1862), Union Policy of Repression in Maryland, (April, 1861-November, 1862), Military Treatment of Captured Fugitive Slaves," (March, 1861-May, 1862), and the Confederate Policy of Repression in East Tennessee (May, 1861 to April, 1862). 1971 reprint; 1044 pages.
Denim-colored Buckram Excellent
3115 Series II, Vol. IV - Items related to Prisoners of War, 1985 reprint, 1016 pages.
Black bookcloth
Excellent


Actual Relics of the Civil War for Those Who Like to Hold History in Their Hands!

Item 3002 - We have an unusual set of relics available at the moment.  Recently our restorers were restoring an original Civil War artillery limber box. Portions of the wood bottom had to be replaced, however, some of the wood remained in good condition.  We have pieces of that wood now available. Pieces vary in size, but are about 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 3/4" thick. Who knows...was it inthis limber box that ammunition was taken to the ill-fated Cushing at Gettysburg, or puleld up Malvern Hill... Each piece comes with a certificate of authenticity

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