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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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).