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    Historic Civil War Photo and Document Archives of Capt. Alonzo H. Russell, 19th Wisconsin Inf. It was Russell who, as acting Provost Marshal at Warrenton, Va. on July 26, 1865, issued and retained the Amnesty Oaths to Col. John Singleton Mosby and Gen./Gov. 'Extra' Billy Smith, listed elsewhere in this catalog. The group contains the following: Two CDVs of Russell, one a bust portrait, the other full length in uniform with sword, slouch hat, etc. Both images very fine with period ink script signature ID. A 2¾" x 3¼" tintype album containing forty gem size tintypes in gilt brass frames of members of the 19th Wisconsin, including Russell. All bust portraits, all in uniform, many with headgear, and most with period ink script ID. Album showing wear but all images excellent.

    Russell's 4¾" X 7¾" leather covered diary, in lined ledger format. Apparently originally used by a US Navy officer with his name in the front, but used by Russell for the period 1 Jan. to 14 Nov. 1863 with lengthy intro by Russell. 34 ink script pages, every line filled with entries for every day, many of them quite lengthy. Aside from the normal weather/camp life there are many entries with details of fighting etc. The entry for Jan. 1st, the first in the diary, written in Norfolk and exemplary of the observations Russell records, described a "Holiday for the Darkies.....some five thousand head of southern chattels as they are called by their shivalrous [sic] owners congregated and paraded through the streets very much to the annoyance of their previous owners who was compelled to look on quietly or hide themselves inside their doors". Very nice diary, legible, bright and crisp with excellent content.

    Fifteen manuscript orders, muster rolls etc. all associated with Russell during his term of service. All fine condition and all Civil War. Nine manuscript letters from Russell, most to his brother, covering the period Aug. 24, 1862 to Nov. 16, 1864, one pencil the others ink. The Feb 9, 1864 letter describes in detail an engagement near New Berne, N. C. involving Pickett's Div. Russell refers to "noises from a thousand throats of Jeff Davis imps." Letters very newsy and very cleverly written with loads of information on fighting and movements. All bright and crisp. Six large commissions, from Oct. 31, 1861 to May 23, 1865, his commission as captain, covering Russell's career. Two are signed by the regimental Colonel with eagle mast heads and three are signed by the governor of Wisconsin with state seals etc. Also a commission from Aug. 2, 1877 appointing Russell as captain of the "Guppy Guard" (honest) signed by the governor. All perfect bright crisp condition and very displayable.

    Russell's non-reg foot officer's sword. Steel hilt with cut out and engraved spread wing eagle and US. Sharkskin grip and triple wire wrap about perfect. 32" blade etched for 2/3 its length with floral scroll motifs with eagle on the obverse and maker's logo "Miller & Co. New York". On the ricasso. Reverse with similar motifs and a large intertwined script US in the center. All metal smooth and gray, untouched. There is no scabbard. Also included is a huge quantity of material related to Russell's post war years, including photographs, documents etc. A wonderful grouping, desirable for its historic significance in both the photographic and manuscript categories.


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    November, 2008
    20th-21st Thursday-Friday
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