Lee’s Surrender Document Sells for $537,750 in $2.9 Million Heritage Civil War Auction

DALLAS, TEXAS: Heritage Auction Galleries’ most recent auction of Civil War memorabilia, held on December 1, 2007 in Nashville, TN, realized $2,924,413 for 427 lots offered, although after-auction sales are still ongoing, and are expected to push the final total to even higher levels.
 
    “This was another very strong offering of historic Civil War material,” said Gary Hendershott, Director of Civil War auctions for Dallas-based Heritage. “Without a doubt, the star of the show was the lot that included General Robert E. Lee’s signed copies of his correspondence with General Ulysses S. Grant that surrendered the Confederate army and ended the American Civil War in 1865. These are, perhaps, the most important documents of that conflict, as they effectively re-united America as a single nation and ended the practice of slavery in this country forever. After some spirited bidding, these museum-worthy papers sold for $537,750.”
 
    “Also sold in this auction was the most important photograph album in American Civil War history,” Hendershott continued. “The photographs collected by Mary Boykin Chestnut, the South Carolina chronicler of the Civil War, realized $77,675, and was ultimately won by a member of her family. Equally impressive was the ‘First National’ Confederate flag that flew over President Jefferson Davis’ home.  It sold for $22,705 and is being returned to Davis’s home of ‘Beauvoir,’ located in Mississippi, which is currently undergoing restoration following the devastation of hurricane Katrina. Additionally, many important swords and firearms were sold, including a rare Whitworth rifle that set a new world record when it realized a staggering $155,350.”
 
    “Hundreds of collectors, history buffs, and museum curators, participated in this important auction,” Hendershott said. “Heritage already has plans for additional Civil War auctions throughout 2008, and expects to set even more impressive sales records as we continue to make available even more remarkable historical items to the collecting public.”

    For more information regarding Heritage’s upcoming Civil War auctions, please visit www.HA.com

Highlights of the auction included:

Confederate Battle Flag  Captured at Macon, Georgia Arsenal April 2, 1865: REALIZED: $179,250

Exceedingly Rare Conederate Dolphin Head Naval Officer’s Sword and Scabbard of Commander William Lewis Maury C.S.S Georgia: REALIZED: $155,350

Rare Whitworth Patent Civil War Period .450 Whitworth Caliber Percussion Sharpshooter’s Rifle:
REALIZED: $155,350

Very Rare 28th Mississippi Cavalry Inscribed Thomas Griswold & Co. Light Cavalry Officer’s Saber and Brass Scabbard: REALIZED: $83,650

Mary Chestnut’s Civil War Photograph Album: REALIZED: $77,675

Very Rare Leech & Rigdon Two Piece Interlocking Buckle on the Original Sword Belt: REALIZED: $65,725

Confederate General Wade Hampton’s Jewler Made Solid Gold Two Piece Interlocking South Carolina Waist Belt Plate With the Original Keeper and Adjusting Buckle:
REALIZED: $47,800

Supurb Confederate Lieutenant Colonel  of Staff Officer’s Regulation Frock Coat and Sash: REALIZED: $38,837

Jefferson Davis: First National Pattern Confederate Flag That Flew Over His Home, Beauvior, After the War:
REALIZED: $22,705

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