Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    JEFFERSON DAVIS APPOINTS FRANKLIN BUCHANAN, FORMER SUPERINTENDENT OF THE UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, A CAPTAIN IN THE CONFEDERATE NAVY. Buchanan had resigned his commission in the Federal Service in the belief that his native Maryland would secede from the Union. In September 1861, in what is purported to be the first Confederate naval appointment, Davis awards Buchanan a captaincy. His first assignment was the famed ironclad warship the C.S.S. Virginia, a refitted version of the Union vessel Merrimack. Buchanan commanded the Virginia in its determined attempt to break the Union blockade by assaulting the Federal fleet headquartered at Fort Monroe, Virginia. The ship came under heavy fire, and Buchanan was seriously wounded in the famed Battle of Hampton Roads, for which he would be promoted to admiral by Jefferson Davis. Buchanan was forced to relinquish command, and the Virginia was battled to a draw by the Union ironclad Monitor the following day in one of the most famous engagements of the War.

    This historically important appointment is unfortunately faded, with both the printed text somewhat light and the Davis signature and other handwritten entries significantly so. Light overall age browning detracts minimally. While not the right item for a condition fanatic, this remains an important Confederate artifact. It has been elegantly custom matted and framed for display, along with a fine Davis signed card. The document itself measures 10.5" x 6.75", and the entire framed display is 17.5" x 22.5".

    Provenance: See Admiral Buchanan's Confederate Flag Lot #72374


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2007
    1st Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 4,269

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

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

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    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
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2020 March 29 Vintage Guitars & Musical Instruments Musical Instruments Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    AZ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 8 Civil War, Militaria, Arms & Armor Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $950,931