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Postal History continued...

Confederate Civil War Postal History
LotNo. Symbol CatNo. Lot Description
2656 cover   imageFlag of Truce Mail - Via Charleston, S.C., small civilian cover endorsed Flag Truce and franked with a 10¢ milky blue type II (Archer & Daly) tied by a partial Charleston S.C. c.d.s., Dec 5 (1864) to Loyds [Lloyd's] Post Office, Va.; under ultraviolet light, the stamp's margins are of unusual appearance (noted for accuracy), still Very Fine.


As Union forces began to occupy more areas in the South, cities such as Charleston were employed as exchange points for mails crossing the lines. This cover would have been franked and mailed unsealed inside a larger envelope addressed to the commanding officer at Union-occupied Charleston. His office would have removed the inner envelope, inspected the letter, then sealed it and placed it into the mails at Charleston for dispatch to Virginia.
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Estimate $250-350
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2657 cover   imageCannon & Flag, "Our Father's faith…", double rate cover (C.S.A. Catalog CN-3), verse 33, imprint 17 var. ("Made by" instead of "Man'td by"), franked with two large-margined 10¢ type I (Archer & Daly; #11) tied by a blurry Apr 17 Wilmington, N.C. c.d.s., to Pittsboro, N.C.; vertical and horizontal file folds, top flap missing, both stamps with light creases, Fine.
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Estimate $500-750
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
2658 cover   imageLouisiana Relief Committee - Smuggled Mail, small cover franked with a 10¢ type II (Keatinge & Ball) tied by an incomplete Mobile, Ala. double-circle datestamp, addressed to "Ernest Landry, Beauregard La Battery, S C Siege Train, Charleston, S.C., Care of C.D. Bardot"; at Charleston the cover was redirected with penciled notation to "Capt. Bridger, Green Pond" S.C. and a three-margin 1861 10¢ Paterson (#2, faults) was added for forwarding postage and tied by a May 27 Charleston c.d.s.; docketed "9 May No. 63" (possibly indicating the 63rd letter sent by the L.R.C.); sealed opening tear to the left of the right-hand stamp, Fine and rare.


Research into the recipient's (Landry) family correspondence has proved that this cover was smuggled out of Union-occupied New Orleans by the mails there. The Louisiana Relief Committee was surreptitiously founded jointly by citizens of New Orleans and Mobile to affect secret transmittal of mail to and from New Orleans after the city's fall on April 25, 1862.
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Estimate $1,500-2,000
CLOSED
Will close during Public Auction
2659 cover   imageLate Use - Pine Bluff, Ark., July 25, 1863, folded letter franked with a 10¢ type II (Archer & Daly) tied by a mostly clear Pine Bluff c.d.s., Jul 25, 1863, to Benton, Ark.; the three-page letter between friends contains excellent War content, relating, among other things, "…we are somewhat low spirited here on account of our recent disaster [referring to the fall of Vicksburg, Miss., on July 4] ...we are very uneasy about Lee's position...we have reason to believe our state is now or will shortly be invaded by a hearty federal force...we cannot possibly muster much of a force to resist..."; stamp with internal crease, Fine to Very Fine, signed Kimbrough. (Image) (Image2) (Image3) (Image4) (Image5)

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Estimate $500-750
SOLD for $300.00
Will close during Public Auction
2660 cover   imageOld Capitol Prison, Washington D.C., Prisoner-of-War Cover, 10¢ type I (Archer & Daly, #12) tied by a Richmond c.d.s. on cover from a prisoner to Elk Creek, Va. with the circular handstamp "Passed/W.P. Wood/Supt./Military Prison" (C.S.A. PWH-02) and manuscript endorsement, "By flag truce boat"; carried on flag of truce boat and placed into the regular mail at Richmond, Va.; stamp with damage and crease at upper right, but a Fine to Very Fine cover.


A very uncommon routing using a Confederate stamp and being carried on a Flag of Truce boat to Richmond, where it was placed in the regular mail.
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Estimate $300-400
SOLD for $170.00
Will close during Public Auction
2661 cover   imageLate Use - Greenwood, S.C. April 17, 1865, sheet margin 10¢ milky blue type II (Archer & Daly) pen-canceled on a folded letter postmarked with a Greenwood, S.C. c.d.s. Apr 17 (1865) c.d.s. eight days after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and nine days before General Joseph E. Johnston surrendered to General Sherman at Greensboro, N.C.; stamp slightly toned and with multiple faults including tears at right, otherwise Very Fine, signed Kimbrough.


The letter, datelined "War Rest near Greenwood SCa, April 14, 1865", is to the Bank of Charleston in Greenville, S.C., and concerns bank business.
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Estimate $350-500
SOLD for $200.00
Will close during Public Auction

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