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Missing Civil War Documents

Civil War Saddle Makers Letter

Letter to Major Laidley, FranKfurt Arsenal from R. Nece, dated December 21 or 31, 1862.

Frankfort Arsenal

Original Civil War Saddle Makers Letter, dated October 21, 1862


Other Missing Documents

A handwritten note from a Confederate soldier

This letter to the Union forces near Fredericksburg, VA. offers to trade tobacco for coffee. The note is dated March 6th - year is unknown.

Text is handwritten in pencil on paper about 3 ¾-inches by 2 ½-inches wide.

At the time of the theft, the paper was encapsulated in sealed plastic and mounted on a wooden backing. The backing was mounted inside a gilt-edged frame measuring 6-inches by 4 ¾-inches wide, and there was clear UF3 Plexiglas over the paper inside the frame.

Before display, the frame had been repaired at the corners. A permalife dust cover was fastened to the rear of the frame.

The photograph above was taken in December, 1971, before conservation with yellow Plexiglass over the note and the frame chipped at the corners.

Message stating: “March the 6th “I send you some tobacco and expect some coffee in return. Send me some postage stamps and you will oblige yours rebel”.


Missing Items

Daggar and Scabbard

Dagger and scabbard (item #560b&c).  The dagger has a gold hilt with 4 diamonds of .5 carats each in the pommel, surrounding a 2.5 carat emerald.  The lower grip has 15 small diamonds surrounding an oval 3 carat ruby.  The scabbard is gold with 4 rubies at the throat and an 8.5 carat emerald over a 3 carat ruby surrounded by 12 small diamonds.  At the tip is a 3 carat ruby surrounded by 12 small diamonds. It was a state gift to President Truman from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Saud. 

Presentation Sword

Presentation Sword (item #576 b&c).  It was a state gift to President Truman from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Saud.  It is 38" long has gold grips and a gold chain connecting the hand guard with the pommel grip.  It is decorated with 4 diamonds.  The hand guard also has a diamond.  The scabbard is gold and black leather decorated with 15 diamonds.  (The gold rope and tassels shown in the photo were not stolen.) 

Sword and Scabbard

Sword and scabbard (item #577 b&c).  It was a state gift to President Truman from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Saud.  The sword is just under 38" long.  It has a curved steel blade with ivory grips and a gold decoration chain leading from the hand guard to the pommel.  It has multiple diamonds and rubies throughout both the grips and the scabbard. 

Dagger, Scabbard, and Belt

Dagger, scabbard, and belt (item #574 b-d).  It was a state gift to President Truman from Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Saud.  The dagger has a gold hilt, steel blade, and is decorated with 9 diamonds on its grip.  The scabbard is gold decorated with 4 diamonds.  The belt has a gold buckle and woven gold thread.

Sword and Scabbard

Sword and scabbard (item #578 b&c).  It was a gift from the Shah of Iran.  The primary materials are silver and steel. 


"The Fokker Spider, 1912" Print by Charles H. Hubbell

The text reads:

The Fokker "Spider" — 1912 Anthony Fokker built his first airplane in 1912 using a corner of the Zeppelin shed at Baden-Baden as his workshop. Nicknamed the "Spider" it was a far cry from the trim little fighters which were to bring fame to the Fokker name in the world war. The design of the "Spider" showed much originality. It was a wire-braced low-wing monoplane constructed largely of steel tubing. The wing section was flat except for a sharp downward curve at the leading edge. Ailerons were eliminated and inherent stability was obtained by generous use of a sweep-back and dihedral. The later model "Spider" with a 100 h.p. Argus engine performed well, flying in windy weather and making sharp turns with all the dexterity of its aileron-equipped competitors. It claims at least one world's record. The Russian aviatrix Mlle. Galanshikoff piloted the "Spider" to the women's altitude record of 7900 feet in 1912.

“The Fokker Spider, 1912” by Charles H. Hubbell

This print should have “1842 HSTL” written on the back.


LBJ's Class Ring

Made by Balfour, 1964 class ring from US Coast Guard Academy; Engraved “LBJ.”  It is yellow sapphire in 14K gold setting, with a bas-relief ship on one side and crest on the other.

LBJ Class Ring

Profile of the 1964 class ring from the US Coast Guard Acadmey.


FDR's Portrait

An official portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) painted by artist Ellen Emmett Rand in 1934. 


Pender Transmittal Letter

Transmittal of Letter from W.D. Pender complaining of detail, dated December 9, 1857.

Transmittal of Letter from Pender

Transmittal of Letter from W.D. Pender complaining of detail, dated December 9, 1857.


Hiroshima Target Map

Map of Target Area 90-30-748, Hiroshima Area, A-2 Section, XXI Bomber Command, June 1945. It was created by the Army Air Corps to plan the dropping of an Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima, Japan during World War II.

Hiroshima Target Map

Map of Target Area 90-30-748, Hiroshima Area.


Nagasaki Target Map

Map of Target Area 90-36-542, Hiroshima Area, Target Unit, Intell Section, XX Bomber Command, April1945. It was created by the Army Air Corps to plan the dropping of an Atomic Bomb on Nagasaki, Japan during World War II.

Nagasaki Target Map

Map of Target Area 90-36-542, Hiroshima Area.


Eli Whitney Cotton Gin Patent

Drawing made ca. 1804 in response to a court case in Georgia.

Eli Whitney Cotton Gin Patent

Drawing made ca. 1804 in response to a court case in Georgia.


Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Patent

Application #821,393, submitted by Orville and Wilbur Wright to the U.S. Patent Office in 1903.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Patent

The Patent Oath.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Patent

The Patent drawing.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Patent

The Patent Register.

Wright Brothers' Flying Machine Patent

The Patent Petition.


President Abraham Lincoln Telegrams

Five telegrams collected by the Office of the Secretary of War in the hand of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. The telegrams were written by President Lincoln on Executive Office stationery and compiled in a volume by the Secretary of War. They are dated:

  • April 29, 1864 (Annotated on top right hand corner with the number 42)
  • June 19, 1864 (Annotated on top right hand corner with the number 78)
  • June 24, 1864 (Annotated on top right hand corner with the number 80)
  • July 9, 1864 (Annotated on top right hand corner with the number 91)

Also missing is the second page of an undated telegram (Annotated on top right hand corner with the number 94).

Lincoln Telegram

A telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln dated April 29, 1864.

Lincoln Telegram

A telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln dated June 19, 1864.

Lincoln Telegram

A telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln dated June 24, 1864.

Lincoln Telegram

A telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln dated July 9, 1864.

Lincoln Telegram

Second page of a telegram signed by Abraham Lincoln

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