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

SetView Color ThumbnailsIn
Stock
321Slave Auction
8 pieces
$180
323SC Coastal Artillery (Barbette Carriage)
9 pieces
$210
325Regimental Muster
21 pieces
$390$312
327Clinch Rifles, Georgia Militia
8 pieces
$180$144
329Morgan Continental Guards of Virginia
8 pieces
$180$144
331Charleston Zouave Cadets
8 pieces
$180$144
333Alabama Volunteer Corps
8 pieces
$180$144
335Washington Artillery of New Orleans
8 pieces
$180$144
337Maryland Guard
8 pieces
$180$144
339Louisiana (Coppen's) Zouave Battalion
8 pieces
$180$144
341Confederate Infantry Column
15 pieces
$360
343Confederate Infantry Marching
8 pieces
$180
345Confederate Infantry Marching (Butternut)
8 pieces
$180$144
347Confederate Infantry Band
10 pieces
$210
349Confederate Cavalry
5 pieces
$180$144
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$152
359Confederate 10-in Mortar & Crew
9 pieces
$190
361Gen. Robert E. Lee & Traveller
1 pieces
$40
363Confederate Infantry in Action
15 pieces
$360
365Confederate Infantry Firing
8 pieces
$180$144
367Confederate Infantry Firing (Butternut)
8 pieces
$180
369Texas Brigade Rushing
8 pieces
$190
371Confederate Infantry Advancing
8 pieces
$180$144
373Louisiana (Wheats) Tiger Rifles
8 pieces
$180$144
379Confederate Cavalry Charging
10 pieces
$190
381Virginia Cavalry
5 pieces
$180
383Confederate Supply Wagon
7 pieces
$280$224

Types of The Union Army

322Abolitionists
9 pieces
$180
324US Coastal Artillery (Casemate Carriage)
10 pieces
$210
326Recruitment Parade (Union)
22 pieces
$390$312
328New York City Guard
8 pieces
$180$144
330US (Ellsworth's) Zouave Cadets
8 pieces
$180$144
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$144
33811th Indiana (Wallace) Zouaves
8 pieces
$180$144
340Union Infantry Column
15 pieces
$360
342Union Infantry Marching
8 pieces
$180$144
344Union Infantry Column (Full Dress)
15 pieces
$360$288
346Union Infantry Marching (Overcoats)
8 pieces
$180$144
348Union Infantry Band
10 pieces
$210
350Union Cavalry (Rush's Lancers)
5 pieces
$180$144
352Union Field Artillery (Walking )
11 pieces
$360
354Union Field Artillery Galloping
11 pieces
$360
356Union 10-pdr Parrott & Crew
7 pieces
$190$152
358Union 100-pdr Parrott Rifle
9 pieces
$210
360Union 13-in Mortar & Crew
9 pieces

$210$168
362President Abraham Lincoln
2 pieces
$40
364Union Infantry in Action
15 pieces
$360$288
366Union Infantry Firing
8 pieces
$180$144
368Iron Brigade Rushing
8 pieces
$180$144
370Irish Brigade Rushing (Overcoats)
8 pieces
$190$152
372Union Infantry Advancing
8 pieces
$180$144
374Union Zouaves Advancing
8 pieces
$180
375Union Zouaves Firing
8 pieces
$180
37611th NY (Ellsworths) Fire Zouaves
8 pieces
$190
377Union Zouaves Charging
8 pieces
$180$144
3785th NY (Duryee) Zouaves
8 pieces
$200
380Union Cavalry Charging
5 pieces
$180$144
382Berdan Sharpshooters
8 pieces
$180$144
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

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