The Collection is a Visual Banquet of Early American Craftsmanship, Comprised of Hospital Equipment, Soldier and Officers Personally Used Artifacts, and Battle Used Weapons and Equipment.


For Immediate Release:

(Los Angeles) (May 27, 2015): A massive collection of (500+) Civil War era field hospital equipment, Soldier and Officer’s personally used artifacts, and battle-used weapons and equipment— a selection of which was displayed at the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum as part of the highly successful exhibit entitled “A. Lincoln: From Railsplitter to Rushmore” capturing over 183,000 visitors during its 4-month run–highlights Profiles in History’s Historical Auction 75 taking place on June 11, 2015. The collection is expected to procure over $40,000+.

“Through these artifacts, in their totality, one gets an inside look at how men and women, civilians, soldiers, officers, doctors and nurses lived over 150 years ago” said Joseph Maddalena, President and CEO Of Profiles in History. “This collection is a showcase of early American craftsmanship and ingenuity at their finest revealing significant historical personal details about the Civil War period.”

Profiles in History’s Historical Auction features an extensive compilation of historical artifacts, a collection of rare documents, personal letters, photographs, manuscripts and ephemera from some of the world’s key history changing icons including John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, James Monroe, Thomas Stonewall Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, William T. Sherman and many other significant World figures. Additional Key Highlights include:


  • From William T. Sherman: A signed historic autograph letter, General Sherman’s final demand for Joseph Johnston’s surrender of the Confederate Army, fifteen days after Robert E Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, the final conclusion of the Civil War. ($30,000+)
  • Thomas J. Stonewall Jackson autograph letter to Major Thomas G. Rhett demanding the return of a horse that he captured at Harper’s Ferry that would become his personal mount named Little Sorrel-the horse he was shot on. ($20,000+)
  • Robert E Lee’s General Order No. 9 Signed: A Historic manuscript document signed of Lee’s General Order No.9 signed, his eloquent farewell to his vanquished army, marking the end of the Civil War. ($60,000+)
  • From John Stafford Smith, the extremely rare and very first printing of the tune known as “The Star Spangled Banner.” ($15,000+) The first New York edition and third printing is also being offered at a pre-auction estimate of ($40,000+)


Other highly significant pieces (previously announced) include the Historic engrossed copy of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution signed by 125 members of Congress calling on the abolition of slavery (80,000+) and General George Patton S. Jr.’s personally owned Colt .45 revolver with provenance from grandson Robert H. Patton ($60,000+).

Qualified bidders can participate in person, by telephone, submit absentee bids or participate online in real time from anywhere with Internet access across the globe. For more information, please visit

Auction Details: Thursday June 11, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. PST

Location: Profiles in History Offices

26662 Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; Phone: 310-859-7701



About Profiles In History: Founded in 1985 by Joseph Maddalena, Profiles in History is the world’s largest auctioneer & dealer of original Hollywood Memorabilia, historical autographs, letters, documents, vintage signed photographs and manuscripts.