The Metal Toy Soldiers of Wm. Hocker, Proprietor


Here presented is the epic American struggle to end slavery, reaffirm national interest over states' rights and hold together the diverging culture and economy of the nation's agrarian south and newly industrial north.

By the mid-1800s, slavery, long abandoned in the north, becomes a moral cause fueling fervent abolitionists and an underground railroad bringing slaves to freedom (and to northern factories). The proposed admission of new states to the Union raises the issue to the level of policy. The young Republican party would deny slavery in new states. Democrats propose legislation letting each new state decide, but even this is too much federal interference for many southerners. In November, 1860, third party candidates fracture the Democratic vote and Lincoln, a Republican, is elected. By January, 1861, seven slave states secede from the Union, electing Jefferson Davis as president of their Confederacy. Both presidents call for army volunteers, and the great variety of America's decentralized military (local militias and state volunteer forces each with its own distinctive uniforms and traditions) muster and recruit to join their side of the cause. In April, Davis orders his commander, Beauregard, to take the still federally held Ft. Sumter in Charleston Harbor. After futile resistance, the garrison surrenders; the war has begun. Five more states secede. By July, with great fanfare and high expectation of a quick victory, each army assembles and marches off to war.

Just beyond that glorious horizon lie Bull Run, Shiloh, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Vicksburg, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, the Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Petersburg, Atlanta, Richmond, Appomattox, four years of war, 600,000 dead and a cultural divide that still exists 150 years later.

Types of The Confederate Army

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321Slave Auction
8 pieces
$180$162
323SC Coastal Artillery (Barbette Carriage)
9 pieces
$210
325Regimental Muster
21 pieces
$390
327Clinch Rifles, Georgia Militia
8 pieces
$180$162
329Morgan Continental Guards of Virginia
8 pieces
$180$162
331Charleston Zouave Cadets
8 pieces
$180
333Alabama Volunteer Corps
8 pieces
$180$162
335Washington Artillery of New Orleans
8 pieces
$180$162
337Maryland Guard
8 pieces
$180
339Louisiana (Coppen's) Zouave Battalion
8 pieces
$180
341Confederate Infantry Column
15 pieces
$360
343Confederate Infantry Marching
8 pieces
$180
345Confederate Infantry Marching (Butternut)
8 pieces
$180$162
347Confederate Infantry Band
10 pieces
$210
349Confederate Cavalry
5 pieces
$180$162
351Confederate Field Artillery (Walking)
11 pieces
$360
353Confederate Field Artillery Galloping
11 pieces
$360
355Confederate 10-pdr Parrott & Crew
7 pieces
$190
357Confederate 24-pdr Siege Artillery
7 pieces
$190
359Confederate 10-in Mortar & Crew
9 pieces
$190$171
361Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller
1 pieces
$40
363Confederate Infantry in Action
15 pieces
$360
365Confederate Infantry Firing
8 pieces
$180$162
367Confederate Infantry Firing (Butternut)
8 pieces
$180
369Texas Brigade Rushing
8 pieces
$190
371Confederate Infantry Advancing
8 pieces
$180$162
373Louisiana (Wheats) Tiger Rifles
8 pieces
$180
379Confederate Cavalry Charging
10 pieces
$190
381Virginia Cavalry
5 pieces
$180
383Confederate Supply Wagon
7 pieces
$280

Types of The Union Army

322Abolitionists
9 pieces
$180
324US Coastal Artillery (Casemate Carriage)
10 pieces
$210
326Recruitment Parade (Union)
22 pieces
$390
328New York City Guard
8 pieces
$180$162
330US (Ellsworth's) Zouave Cadets
8 pieces
$180$162
3327th New York State Militia
8 pieces
$180
33439th NY Volunteer Infantry (Garibaldi Guard)
8 pieces
$180
33679th New York State Militia
8 pieces
$180$162
33811th Indiana (Wallace) Zouaves
8 pieces
$180$162
340Union Infantry Column
15 pieces
$360
342Union Infantry Marching
8 pieces
$180$162
344Union Infantry Column (Full Dress)
15 pieces
$360$324
346Union Infantry Marching (Overcoats)
8 pieces
$180$162
348Union Infantry Band
10 pieces
$210
350Union Cavalry (Rush's Lancers)
5 pieces
$180$162
352Union Field Artillery (Walking )
11 pieces
$360
354Union Field Artillery Galloping
11 pieces
$360
356Union 10-pdr Parrott & Crew
7 pieces
$190$171
358Union 100-pdr Parrott Rifle
9 pieces
$210
360Union 13-in Mortar & Crew
9 pieces

$210
362President Abraham Lincoln
2 pieces
$40
364Union Infantry in Action
15 pieces
$360$324
366Union Infantry Firing
8 pieces
$180$162
368Iron Brigade Rushing
8 pieces
$180
370Irish Brigade Rushing (Overcoats)
8 pieces
$190$171
372Union Infantry Advancing
8 pieces
$180$162
374Union Zouaves Advancing
8 pieces
$180
375Union Zouaves Firing
8 pieces
$180$162
37611th NY (Ellsworths) Fire Zouaves
8 pieces
$190$171
377Union Zouaves Charging
8 pieces
$180$162
3785th NY (Duryee) Zouaves
8 pieces
$200
380Union Cavalry Charging
5 pieces
$180$162
382Berdan Sharpshooters
8 pieces
$180$162
384Union Ambulance Wagon and Surgeon
9 pieces
(not yet ready for orders)
$280
385General Grant & Photographer
3 pieces
$50
387Band of (114th Penn) Collis' Zouaves
10 pieces
$210
388US Navy Dahlgren Boat Howitzer & Crew
7pieces
$190$171

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