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VERY FINE. A FRESH AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE MIXED-FRANKING NORTHBOUND CIVILIAN FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER FROM NEW ORLEANS, SENT VIA NORFOLK AND OLD POINT COMFORT. THE FEW MIXED-FRANKING COVERS KNOWN
FROM THIS PERIOD REPRESENT THE EARLIEST POSSIBLE EXAMPLES OF MIXED UNITED STATES AND CONFEDERATE STATES POSTAGE, WHICH WERE ONLY POSSIBLE FOR A BRIEF PERIOD.
Mixed-franking U.S.-Confederate States covers are rare and highly sought after by
collectors. As a mixed franking on a civilian flag-of-truce cover, during the short window that some were allowed to use the Norfolk-Old Point Comfort route, this is an extremely important artifact of postal history. Shortly after this cover was
mailed, civilian flag-of-truce mail sent North was diverted to the U.S. Dead Letter Office, per U.S. General Order No. 7. This order followed an announcement in the January 1862 U.S. Mail & Post Office Assistant that stated, "The facilities
afforded by sending letters to the rebel states under a flag-of-truce are not intended, and cannot be permitted, to cover general correspondence."
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A FINE AND SPECTACULAR FLAG-OF-TRUCE LETTER THROUGH FORTRESS MONROE AND NORFOLK, VIRGINIA, WITH CONFEDERATE AND UNITED STATES POSTAGE
PREPAID AT THE POINT OF MAILING BY COINS AND A 3-CENT 1861 STAMP.
This southbound flag-of-truce letter was exchanged on the C.S.A. side at Norfolk, before U.S. forces captured the city in May 1862. Flag-of-truce covers via Norfolk are very
scarce, and only a few have evidence of Confederate postage paid by coins. Based on the letter writer's statement and the appearance of the cover, this was apparently part of a group sent from Washington D.C. inside another envelope, and the U.S. 3c
1861 stamp escaped cancellation in the U.S. postal system. When the letter reached Norfolk, the datestamp was applied over the U.S. stamp.
With MacBride note on back.
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A FINE AND EXTREMELY
RARE COVER FROM A UNION PRISONER HELD AT CAMP BOGGS NEAR SHREVEPORT, LOUISIANA, SENT VIA THE SHREVEPORT-NEW ORLEANS FLAG-OF-TRUCE ROUTE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER FROM CAMP BOGGS.
Alexander (later Reverend) Reed was captured at Sabine
Crossroads in 1864 and taken to the prison camp at Tyler Texas. His story contains a riveting series of prison escapes including vaulting over and digging under fences, night travel, recapture and re-confinement -- with stays at Camp Ford, Camp Gross
Tex. (escaped), Hempstead Tex. (escaped), Camp Boggs and finally back to Camp Ford. In addition to a rare Shreveport-New Orleans route flag-of-truce cover, this is the only recorded cover from Camp Boggs.
Illustrated in Harrison on p. 36.
Accompanied by background information on Reed and his escapes as well as three of his enlistment and discharge documents. (Image)
A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON A PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER FROM SALISBURY,
With original letter enclosure from D. M. Dill datelined "Salisbury N.C. June 10, 1862". Dill is is seemingly quite content with life at Salisbury, "as we are having the easiest time since entering the Army." At
this point Salisbury held no more than 600 prisoners, who were well fed and housed under satisfactory conditions. Two years later, 10,000 prisoners arrived and turned Salisbury into the "Most lothsome dunguns in Rebeldom".
There are 65 covers
from Salisbury recorded in the Harrison book, but very few of these have the 5c Blue Lithograph, and even fewer have a combination franking (Image)
VERY FINE. ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH.
original letter enclosure from D. M. Dill, datelined "Salisbury N.C. July 30, 1862", from a prisoner asking for news regarding his Company, and from the neighborhood. At this point Salisbury held no more than 600 prisoners, who were well fed
and housed under satisfactory conditions. Two years later, 10,000 prisoners arrived and turned Salisbury into the "Most lothsome dunguns in Rebeldom". (Image)