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My grandmother gave me some military stuff I want more info on and an approximate value.

The first item is an original unused application to join the Grand Army of the Republic, it appears to be fully intact and I believe it is from the late 1800s

The second item is a promotion document promoting a man to corporal during the civil war. It is for a Michigan based Regiment I believe.

The third is an old book bound with a single piece of string.  Its fully intact and it is titled Poor Richards almanac for 1856 & has a sketch of Benjamin Franklin on the cover.  It was published by Brother Jonathan out of New York

If you could help me identify and put a value on these items I would appreciate it very much.

The value of all of these depends on the condition of the items. You need to take them to an antique dealer to find out.

If I had to guess, I'd say that the GAR application would be of little value, but your Civil War promotion document may be worth something. As for the book, its condition is the determining factor. Any used book dealer would know.  

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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