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Union and Confederate States Civil War Covers continued...

Confederate States Prisoner Letters and Covers
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
2745 image1864 Camp Oglethorpe Prison Letter, envelope addressed to "Mrs E R McNary/ Washington Pa" with US 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by cork killer with a nice strike of "Old Point Comfort Va Jul 24" cds alongside, ms on back side "Pa's prisoner letters/ May 4th 1864" and with the original enclosure datelined "Macon Georgia/ May 4 1864" (home of the Camp Oglethorpe Prison), Very Fine and choice; the Oglethorpe prison did not open until May 1, 1864, likely making this letter the earliest known from the prison.rnThis cover pictured and described, along with other covers in the McNary correspondence, in "Confederate Philatelist" Vol 6 No 10 (Oct 1961, the original journal is included with the lot). Lt. McNary's service in the Pennsylvania 103rd Regiment Volunteers is also described in detail including his capture during action at Plymouth NC, transport to Andersonville Prison, and subsequent transfer to Oglethorpe. rnrnCamp Oglethorpe Prison was located near Macon, Georgia. It was used to confine Union military officers during the last full year of the Civil War, 1864. The officers survived well. No ill-treatment was noted by the over 1,600 officers confined at Macon. Only one officer was shot and killed by a Confederate sentinel for crossing the dead line. The camp was located south of Macon on a sandy incline formerly used as the county fairgrounds. Shelter was provided for the Union prisoners as well as water and wood for heating. The old Floral Hall, a one-story frame building located in the center of the fairground, was used to house 200 men. A stockade 16 feet high and similar in construction to the Andersonville stockade, surrounded the enclosure.rnrnA raid on Macon in late July by General George Stoneman's cavalry persuaded Confederate authorities to remove prisoners from Macon to Charleston and Savannah. By the end of September 1864, the prison virtually ceased operation. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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500

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-09, 06:07 PM
2746 imageLibby Prison, Richmond Va., orange buff inner cover endorsed "From Libby Prison by a Prisoner of War" at upper left, entered mails and with crisp strike of "Old Point Comfort Va. May 3" double circle datestamp, addressed to "Capt. Ezra Clark, Middletown Conn", Very Fine and choice, covers actually endorsed "Libby Prison" are scarce; signed KaufmannrnrnLibby Prison was used almost exclusively for officers, though it was also the receiving depot for prisoners through Richmond. Thus, enlisted men would come to Libby Prison, be registered as POWs, and then be transferred elsewhere (Belle Isle, Pemberton, etc). The officers who stayed at Libby were crowded inside a three-story former tobacco factory in sparsely furnished rooms that exposed them to the elements; they often also suffered from severe food shortages. Shortly after a Feb 1864 prison break, Confederate officials began transferring Libby's population to Georgia, with the facility being used as a place of temporary confinement for the next year. After Richmond fell on April 2, 1865, former Confederate officials became Libby's newest inmates (Image 1)

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2747 imageRock Island Barracks (Rock Island, Ill.), inbound money letter cover to prisoner John W. Howell in "Barracks 43", franked with CSA 1863 10 Blue (Scott 12) and + US 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65, faulty) but both uncancelled, ms "$5 U.S. Currency" with pencilled "Through the lines" endorsement above erased, pencil "ex" examiner's marking below stamps and light "C" in red crayon indicating cover containing currency; cover reduced and with erasures (cleaning) at left, Fine use; accompanied by with detailed biography of Howell "... a rather indifferent soldier in one of the Confederacy's most remarkable regiments" & 1999 C.S.A. certificate.rnThe Rock Island Barracks was established in December 1863 to hold Confederate prisoners of war. It occupied a 12 acre site with 84 wood framed barracks and surrounded by a 12 foot fence. A separate hospital complex housed the sick prisoners. A total of 12,192 prisoners were housed at the barracks and 1,964 of those died at the camp and were buried at the Confederate Cemetery. At the peak some 8694 prisoners were kept at the camp and were guarded by 2388 guards. The barracks held prisoners until July 1865. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2748 imageSalisbury Prison, Salisbury N.C., two strikes of blue "Cornish Flat N.H. April 28" cds on 1862 cover with stamp (US 1861 3c Rose) replaced at upper right, addressed to "Albert S. Hall, Prisoner of War, Salisbury, N. Carolina, via Norfolk, Virginia"; top back flap missing and slight soiling, Fine appearance; mainly because of the relatively smaller prison populations, early mail from the Sept 1861 -May 1862 routed via Norfolk is rarer than POW mail after 1862, Hall was paroled shortly after this envelope was posted.rnrnPrivate Albert L. Hall was a 21-year-old Cornish NH resident when he enlisted in May of 1861 in Co. I, NH 2nd Infantry. He was taken prisoner at Bull Run (1st Manassas). Military records show him confined at Richmond and then sent to New Orleans, La. Confederate government bought land for the prison on November 2, 1861, and the first prisoners arrived on December 9, 1861. Records show Hall as released 5-24-62 (place not stated).rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Confederate States Blockade-Run Mails
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
2749 imageIncoming Blockade-Run folded letter sheet addressed to "James Wright/ Oswichee Alabama/ care John Fraser & Co/ Charleston" with the bottom two lines of address penciled out as it was forwarded by the shipowner to Oswichee, the letter sheet departed Nassau Bahamas Sept 26 1862 for Charleston by blockade-runner "Kate", arriving on Sept 29, black oval "STEAM-SHIP" marking and an ms "22" due (double ship rate), Very Fine; ex-Kimmel, Walske (with his analysis of the use on the back)rnThe "Kate" was a 165-foot wooden sidewheel steamer that made 20 successful blockade runs. She was owned by John Fraser & Co. and ran aground Nov 18 1862.rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2750 imageIncoming Blockade Cover addressed to "Miss N.P. Barron/ Capt J. Barron Hope/ Qr Mr Gen's Office/ Richmond" with "Wilmington N.C./ 5 Paid/ Dec 8" cds and ms "Due 12", back side with the notation "Forwarded by your friend Wm. B. Reed, Richmond Post Office/ I hope you are well", restored upper left corner, Very Fine appearancernJames Barron Hope (1829-87) was a US, and later Confederate naval officer, acting as a representative in Europe for the Confederacy during the Civil War. Born into a very patriotic family, Mr. Hope-+s great-grandfather, the elder James Barron, organized the Virginia Colonial Navy, of which he was commander-in-chief during the Revolutionary War. When Virginia seceded from the union in 1861, Mr. Hope served as the acting quartermaster in Smith-+s Battery of Artillery and also with the Confederate War Department. He obtained the rank of Captain and was paroled at the capitulation of Johnston-+s Army in 1865 at Greensboro, NC. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Civil War Covers - Union Soldier's Covers and Letters
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2751 image"Miamiville P.O./ Camp Dennison O/ Sep 28 1863" 35mm cds on an envelope addressed to Munnsville Ohio, an 1861 3c Rose (65) is tied by target cancels, opened and slightly reduced at right, Fine usernCamp Dennison served as a recruitment and training facility as well as a supply and medical post for the Union army during the Civil War. Founded in 1861 the camp saw 75,000 - 100,000 soldiers come through on their way to and from the war. One of the Camp's most notable achievements involved facing down feared Confederate raider, John Hunt Morgan. The camp also included a small prisoner of war camp. Most prisoners remained for only a brief time before Northern authorities sent them to other POW installations located at Camp Chase in Columbus, Ohio, or to Johnson-+s Island in Lake Erie. At least thirty-one Confederate soldiers died in the camp. rn (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2752 image"Soldiers Letter/ 24th Regt Mass. Vol./ N.E.G.", bold strike of the marking on an envelope addressed to Boston, "Due 3" handstamp, envelope small faults but still an eye-catching coverrn24th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was a Union Army infantry regiment during the Civil War. The regiment served with the Coast Division commanded by Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside. It was deployed in January 1862 for operations on the coast of North Carolina and participated in the Battle of Roanoke Island and the Battle of New Bern among other engagements. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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Civil War Covers - Union Patriotic Covers
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2753 imageSoldier with Sabre and Flag patriotic envelope franked with 1861 3c Rose (65) tied by Glenn's Falls NY cds, addressed to Pitstown Corners NY, well-centered stamp on an envelope with small hinge sealed break at the top, Very Fine (Walcott 2020, Weiss M-R39) (Image 1)

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100

SOLD for $100.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-09, 06:14 PM
Civil War Covers - Union Flag of Truce Mail
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2754 imageJohnsons Island POW, adversity cover addressed to "Lt. James T Metts, 3rd NCT (No Carolina Troops), Johnson's Island, Ohio, Care Gen. B.F. Butler, Fortress Monroe", 3c (65) tied by segmented cork cancel, Old Point Comfort, Va. 5/10/(64) date stamp, ms. "EX R"examiner's docketing, blue crayon obliterating Gen. Butler and Fortress Monroe, stamp with faults, cover with typical soiling including water damage, still impressive and scarce, with useful research on Metts. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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United States Postal History

Civil War Covers - Union Prisoner of War Mail
Lot Symbol Lot Description CV or Estimate
2755 image"Camp Parole Sept 8th 1863" dateline on a soldier's letter to his mother in Williamsburgh NY, cover franked with US 1861 3c Rose (Scott 65) tied by Annapolis Md double circle date stamp, disturbing (by today's standards) contents in the letter with "...if they sent back today that We will not exchange unless they would give a n------- for a white man. Probably we will hear in two or three days...", F-VF, interesting letterrnDuring the civil war, to avoid being burdened with large numbers of prisoners, armies in the field would -½parole-+ soldiers that they had captured, releasing them on their oath that they would perform no military service until formally exchanged for prisoners of war held or paroled by the other side. In the early part of the war, many paroled men would simply go home, or elsewhere, not to be found when time came for the exchange. Originally intended as a -½camp of instruction,-+ a camp for paroled prisoners was established near Annapolis, Maryland, in the summer of 1862 and came to be known as Camp Parole. The camp was gradually transformed into a way station for paroled men and exchanged prisoners moving to their homes or to other camps. Many remained as hospital patients until they died or were able to travel. Camp Parole was vacated by July 18, 1865. (Image 1)

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WW II Covers
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2756 image1941 Cover to State Dept Official, Chicago Dec 1 1941 slogan cancel ties 901 to envelope addressed to "David W Lamm/ Foreign Mailing Room/ Dept of State/ Washington DC", the address is crossed out in pencil and two "Return to Sender (over)" handstamps applied, the "David" also crossed out and ms "Donald?" inserted, the "over" refers to a multi-line handstamp on back side stating "Department of State cannot forward because pouch service to post of addressee suspended. However, if sender desires, Department will forward this letter on exchange vessel which is being sent soon from U.S. and on which addressee is expected to return to U.S. In this event sender should sign in space below and return letter and envelope to Department under cover of outer envelope addressed to "Secretary of State, Washington, D.C."/ I wish this letter forwarded on the exchange vessel" and the original sender added his signature, also on back is a Washington DC Feb 19 1942 machine cancel and a "Division of Foreign/ Service Administration/ Feb 18 1942/ Department of State" handstamp, Very FinernDonald W Lamm (1914-96) was a Vice-Consul stationed in Tokyo from 1939-42 and later served as Vice Consul in Pernambuco, 1942-47; US Consul in Lourenco Marques, 1949-52; US Consul General in Lourenco Marques, as of 1952; Accra, as of 1954 and US Charge d'Affaires to Ghana 1957-58. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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100

SOLD for $575.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-09, 06:15 PM
2757 image1943 "MS Grispsholm" Related Covers, three covers; Aug 1943 censored to a civilian American internee at the Davao Internment Camp in The Philippines with a typed ""The Gripsholm" at lower left and ms "St Tomas"; Oct 1943 addressed to "Brayton Meyer/ repatriate on MS Grisholm/ c/o The American Embassy/ Rio De Janeiro/ Brazil" with censor tape and handstamp, C27, C30 franking; Nov 1943 censored (multiple tapes and handstamp) to USA with printed "Motorship Gripsholm" cc and Brazilian franking, usual postal wear/ opening flaws but Fine overallrnThe M.S. Gripsholm was a Swedish cruise ship chartered by the U.S. government to transport civilians and POWs caught behind enemy lines during World War II. Between 1942 and 1946, the "Mercy Ship" participated in a dozen exchanges between the U.S. and its wartime enemies; Germany, Italy and Japan. There were just two exchanges of civilians with Japan in June 1942 and September 1943. (Image 1)

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SOLD for $350.00
Will close during Public Auction before Dec-09, 06:15 PM
2758 image1943 Cover to POW Brig Gen Clifford Bluemel, legal-sized envelope with typed "FREE" plus "Prisoner of War" and Cambridge A Mass Aug 18 1943 machine cancel, addressed to "Brigadier General; Clifford Bluemel/ Prisoner of War of the Japanese/ Taiwan/ Care International Red Cross/ Tokyo, Japan/ Via, New York, N.Y.", Japanese censor mark, censor tape at left, ms "Recd Feb 22, 44", wife's ms return address on backflap, bit roughly opened at right and partially along top and bottom, some tape residue at left, still a Fine usernBrig Gen Clifford Bluemel (1885-1973) commanded the 31st Division during the Battle of Bataan before being captured by Japanese forces. He survived the Bataan Death March, was held as a prisoner of war from Apr 1942 to Aug 1945. He received the Distinguished Service Cross in 1946 before retiring. (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2759 image1944 Cover to Engineer at Oak Ridge Tenn "K25" Plant, beat-up envelope addressed to PFC RJ Vogel at Ohio State Univ (Columbus, Ohio) but address crossed out, correction made to the Ohio State address, then forwarded to "PO Box 92/ Sta 5/ NYC, NY", Caterpillar Tractor printed cc, franked with Peoria, Ill May 1 44 meter, also the ms notations "S.O. 19" and "Par: 2" below the meter (refers to transfer orders), backstamped Columbus, Ohio May 3 1944, enclosure is a 2-page "morale newsletter" with news of Caterpillar employees stationed at various locations in the country, Fine and rare; also includes a copy of a letter assigning Pfc Vogel to the facility in NY City; quite rare with just a handful of covers known to this PO Box in NY City used for the Manhattan Project (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2760 image1944 Los Alamos, New Mexico Soldier Cover, envelope addressed to "S/Sgt Peter Watkins/ Box 1663/ Santa Fe/ New Mexico" franked with 905, tied by Cambria Va Dec 12 1944 machine cancel, censor tape at right partially over the stamp, censor handstamp bottom right corner, Very Fine; PO Box 1663 was used by the personnel and their families at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, one of the sites used for the Manhattan Project (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2761 image1944 Postal Card to American POW in Japan, UX27 cancelled San Francisco Feb 21 1944 but with an ms "Civilian Internee/ Postage Free" notation at top, addressed to "Raymond J Oakes/ American Internee/ Formerly at Shanghai China/ c/o Japanese Red Cross/ Tokyo Japan", US and Japanese censor marks, short hand-written message from his father on back side, typical postal wear, Very Fine (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2762 image1944 Postal Card to Japanese Citizen at Detention Center in New Mexico, UX27 with New York NY 1944 machine cancel and addressed to "Rev Shodo Kawamura/ Barrack 57/ Santa Fe Detention Sta/ Santa Fe New Mexico", back side with framed "Detained Alien Enemy Mail" US censor handstamp, printed message from Scott Stamp & Coin regarding an order, light corner bends upper right but o/w Very Fine (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2763 image1944-45 Los Alamos, New Mexico Soldier Covers, two covers from a soldier stationed at Los Alamos with Santa Fe NM machine cancels and addressed to the soldier's fianc+¼/ wife in the Bronx NY; 1) "PO Box 1663/ Santa Fe, NM" return address on envelope with "USO" logo on backflap, sender was Pfc at the time - Box 1663 was used for the 5000 "residents" at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; 2) "Spec. Eng. Det./ PO Box 166 180/ Santa Fe NM" return address (the "166" is crossed out probably since the sender was used to using the "Box 1663" address), sender now a S/Sgt, envelope marked "Free", - box 180 was opened around the start of 1945 for the members of the special engineering detachment at Los Alamos; neither cover carries any censor markings or tape and there are some minor faults from opening, postal wear, etc., Fine pair (Image 1) (Image 2)

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2764 image1945 "EFM TELEGRAM to USA" with France 473 tied by USARMY POSTAL SERVICE/ APO 51/ Feb 5 1945 cancel on folded form from an Army Sgt to his wife in Oregon, censor handstamp top right, tiny nick at top of form, Fine and scarce; APO 51 was at Malmedy in early February 1945 (Image 1) (Image 2)

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