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    Pair of Colt Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolvers Inscribed to Confederate Brigadier General and U.S. Senator R. L. Gibson and Contained in Rare English Lap-Desk Casing. Serial nos. 252675 and 304492, .31 caliber. 4-inch octagonal barrels with New York addresses. British proofs. Varnished walnut grips. Backstraps inscribed: Gen. R.L. Gibson C.S.A./New Orleans. Together with rare period non-Colt English lap-desk casing. Black leather-covered exterior, the top with concealed folding brass handle. Black leather interior, the lid compartment cover marked: W. Leuchars/38 Picadilly London. Brass circular turn lock marked: Leuchar's/Patent/M/592. Case with side compartment containing original cases, one gold-stamped Ink and the other a matchcase marked Light. Also included is a pen with case marked: Leroy W. Fairchild, Maker. Main compartment with folding covers, one forming a silk-lined portfolio, the other retaining three ivory-mounted writing tools. French-style navy blue velvet fitted interior retaining revolvers, unmarked brass powder flask, steel Colt's Patent two-cavity bullet mold, screwdriver and Eley cap tin. Sold with the lot is a voluminous archive of General Gibson's papers including: 1) An official copy of his Presidential pardon, dated September 25, 1866 and signed by President Andrew Johnson together with a certification signed by Secretary of State William H. Seward attesting that this is a true copy of the original on file in Washington; 2) Photocopies from various publications dealing with battles in which General Gibson participated. 4) One framed print of Gibson and friend Paul Tulane and one copy photo of General Gibson in later life. 5) The General's holographic receipt book from the 1870s. 6) Two of the General's personal bank books from the 1870s. 7) Two orders, dated 1861 and 1862, from the General. 8) Two letters, one from Captain E.M. Duboce[?] of the Louisiana Volunteers and Robert Puch of the 5th Washington Artillery, both dealing with the Battle of Shiloh and the part played by General Gibson. During the battle, General Braxton Bragg ordered General Gibson to lead his brigade in three unsupported attacks on the "Hornet's Nest". The brigade was decimated and could make no impression on the Union forces. Angered by his failure, General Bragg called General Gibson "an arrant coward". Both letters support General Gibson, one stating: "I have never witnessed such a heavy and constant fire as was sustained by your brigade...." 9) Approximately 85 other post-Civil War documents including personal letters, business cards, invoices, legal letters and documents. Condition: Revolvers, very good. Both showing brown-grey patina with slight traces of blue and case-hardening, and areas of light pitting. Grips retaining most varnish with numerous small dents and bruises. Both revolvers are mechanically crisp. Case excellent and showing a few minor scuffs and blemishes. All accessories are very good to excellent. Many documents have been laminated to protect against handling. Note: General Randall Lee Gibson was born in Kentucky in 1832, the son of a wealthy planter. At the outbreak of the war, he served as aide-de-camp to the governor of Louisiana; in March of 1861 he was commissioned as Captain of the 1st Louisiana Artillery; in August of 1861 he was promoted to Colonel of the 13th Louisiana Volunteers; he was acting Brigadier General at the Battles of Shiloh, Murfreesboro and Chickamauga; promoted to Brigadier General on January 11, 1864; distinguished himself in the Atlanta campaign and Hood's invasion of Tennessee. After the War he became an attorney, served as a Representative in the 43rd through the 47th Congress and was elected U.S. Senator in 1882. He died in 1892.

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    Apr-May, 2012
    30th-1st Monday-Tuesday
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