R. J. Gatling Autograph Letter Signed, on "Office of Gatling Gun Company" letterhead (which includes an engraving of a Gatling Gun!), 1p., 8.5" x 11", Hartford, Connecticut, February 4, 1879. Written to "My Dear Mr. Welles" (in part): "My Dear Mr. Welles I see from the Scientific American that the Sub-Treasury, N.Y. is to be fortified with a Gatling Gun, &c. I desire that you see Secretary [of the Treasury John] Sherman about supplying Gatling guns not only in the Sub-Treasury N.Y., but also one or more should be kept in the Treasury Building in Washington. The improved Gatling gun would furnish the best possible means of protecting the immense amount of treasure kept on hand belonging to the govt and especially would this be the case when the multiball cartridges are used. Possible Secty Sherman will purchase 3 or 4 guns for above purpose. None but the best improved Gatlings should be used...Yours truly R J Gatling."

    With the outbreak of the Civil War, Gatling built and patented a crank-driven rapid-fire gun consisting of 10 barrels clustered around a revolving shaft, with an automatic feed and ejection mechanism. The rapid-firing Gatling gun, which could fire 350 rounds per minute (later 1,200 rounds per minute), was tested with great success by the War Department and was officially adopted in 1866 for the U.S. Army. Here, Gatling suggests his new and improved rapid-firing gun to guard one of the most important buildings in the nation's capital. Minor separation repaired with tape at the horizontal fold; otherwise, near fine condition.

    Fees, Shipping, and Handling Description: Flat Material, Small (view shipping information)

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2007
    16th-17th Monday-Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 5
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 703

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Floor auctions

    Open for bidding: (View All)

    Fine Art
    Ends on 01/30/2018

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2018 June 9 The Glen Swanson Collection of Indian War Relics, Including Little Big Horn Legends of the West - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    2017 December 10 Arms & Armor, Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,735,414