Popular Civil War Reference Returns

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The gold braid quatrefoil and large embroidered crossed sabers insignia indicate that this was a privately purchased chasseur-style kepi for a cavalry officer, $2,500. Tommy Haas/Paul Goodwin

It’s no secret Civil War artifacts and memorabilia are often highlights at auction houses both large and small, and often the period items most-sought after by collectors of militaria. President Obama’s inauguration also brought national attention to the collecting period with countless references to President Abraham Lincoln, including the “Lincoln Bible” which was used for President Obama’s swearing-in.

While President Lincoln’s legacy was making national news, his original re-election speech generated a flurry of interest and excitement recently when Christie’s auctioned off the 145-year old document. The document, drafted Nov. 10, 1894, is Lincoln’s re-election speech of his second term in office. The item sold for $3.4 million and set a new auction record for American historic manuscripts, according to reports. As is often the case, the excitement generated during an extensive auction lasts well after the auction has concluded; such is the case of the Civil War auction hosted by Heritage Auction Galleries in November. This event generated wide-spread interest in the collecting community and resulted in $4 million in realized prices. Among the broad collection of items sold were a:

• Untouched cedar wood canteen, owned by Confederate soldier John J. Cathey, 20th Tennessee Infantry, killed at the Battle of Fishing Creek – SOLD for $1,314.50

• Pennsylvania Militia recruiting broadside – SOLD for $2,390

• Spencer Caliber 56-56 Seven Shot Repeating Cavalry Carbine, in perfect mechanical condition with mint bore – SOLD for $5,676.25

• 1858 Pattern Cavalry Hardee Hat, with original plume, yellow worsted cavalry hat cord and crossed sabers – SOLD for $6,572.50

Warman's Civil War CollectiblesWhether your interest is firearms, accoutrements, letters and correspondence, uniforms, or countless other areas of Civil War artifacts the new Warman’s Civil War Collectibles, 2nd Edition CD has the answers to your collecting questions, and provides intriguing commentary and historical insight making this resource an interesting read and informative reference. This CD version of the popular book by the same name provides the option of searching by key words or using the detailed index, and allows you to enlarge the PDF pages of by 400 percent for close-up inspection of the descriptions, pricing and 1,000+ photographs. A great resource for your collecting, re-enactment and historical interests, this CD is compatible with personal computers and MAC systems.

Standard Catalog of Civil War FirearmsAnother great new reference to add to your library is the Standard Catalog of Civil War Firearms. A great book for accurately detecting fakes and reproductions among Civil War firearms, this book features meticulous descriptions, color photographs and a rarity scale from one to five for each weapon.

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The painting on this drum is reminiscent of the scene on Federally-contracted pieces, though the most obvious difference is the lack of a ribbon in which the unit's name would be painted, $3,000. S.E.L.L. Antiques/Paul Goodwin
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Pocket diaries were extremely popular with the more literate soldiers. A leather-backed example containing no military content but containing wartime dates, is worth $65-$100. S.E.L.L. Antiques/Paul Goodwin

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