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The Brandon Collection of Confederate States, Part 2 continued...

Flag-of-Truce Mail: Federal Prisons
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
593 c Image"Immortal 600", Morris Island S.C. Inner prisoner-of-war orange cover to Liberty Va., endorsed "Capt. H.C. Dickinson Co. A 2nd Va Cavalry & prisoner of war", addressed to his wife, "Charleston S.C. Oct. 6 1864" circular datestamp and large "10" C.S.A. due handstamp, manuscript "(pr. flag of truce)", unsealed for censoring, fresh and Very Fine use from one of the 600 Confederate officers held in open barracks as "human shields" under direct shelling from Confederate forces in retaliation for Union prisoners being held in Charleston under shelling from U.S. forces (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,100.00
Will close during Public Auction
594 c Image"Immortal 600", Fort Pulaski Ga. Inner prisoner-of-war orange cover to Liberty Va., endorsed "Capt. H.C. Dickinson Co. A 2nd Va Cavalry & pris. of war", addressed to his wife, "Savannah Ga. Nov. 6?" circular datestamp and "10" C.S.A. due handstamp, manuscript "Examined L. Jaqueline Smith Capt. Arty." censor marking and "pr. flag of truce via Charleston", unsealed for censoring, some wear top left corner, still Very Fine, from the same prisoner as the prior Morris Island lot and an excellent companion to that cover, in late October 1864 the prisoners from Morris Island, who had been exposed to mortar fire from their Confederate batteries, were moved to Fort Pulaski at the mouth of the Savannah River, conditions were not much better there as they were forced to subsist on a near starvation diet (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
595 c ImageLetterman General Hospital, Gettysburg Pa. Manuscript "R.W. Martin Lt. Col. 53 Va. Vols." endorsement on unsealed inner prisoner-of-war cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va. from Pickett's Charge leader Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin at Letterman General Hospital, Gettysburg, pair 5c Blue Local (7) uncancelled with ragged margins pays Confederate postage, outer cover with U.S. postage discarded at exchange point, flap with manuscript "Send answer to care of R. W. Falls, Southern Express, Richmond Va.", original enclosure dated Sep. 25, 1863 discusses his wounds, states that he sees no prospect of exchange, and references the battle of Chickamauga, couple small toning spots, Very Fine appearance, an outstanding Confederate prisoner-of-war cover, Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin of the 53rd Virginia Volunteers (Armistead's Brigade) was wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was by certain accounts the first man over the wall during that climactic battle, he survived and lived nearly another 50 years after writing this letter, after three months at the field hospital at Gettysburg he was transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and then to Point Lookout before he was exchanged in May 1864 (see following lots for later Col. Martin covers) (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $2,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
596 c ImageFort McHenry, Baltimore Md. Manuscript "From R.W. Martin Lt. Col. 53 Va. Vols." endorsement on orange prisoner-of-war cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va. from Pickett's Charge leader Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin, 3c Rose (65) tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Jan. 20 '64" double-circle datestamp with matching target, no evidence of Confederate postage paid or due, manuscript "Pr. Flag of Truce through Commanding Off. Fortress Monroe" and "Examined G. Wiard Lt. & P. Adjt." censor marking, original enclosure dated Jan. 17th, 1864, light cover fold near top, Very Fine, Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin of the 53rd Virginia Volunteers (Armistead's Brigade) was wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was by certain accounts the first man over the wall during that climactic battle, he survived and lived nearly another 50 years after writing this letter, after three months at the field hospital at Gettysburg he was transferred to Fort McHenry and then to Point Lookout before he was exchanged in May 1864 (see previous and following lots for other Col. Martin covers) (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,700.00
Will close during Public Auction
597 c ImagePoint Lookout, Md. 3c Rose (65), tied by target cancel, "Point Lookout Md. Feb. 24" circular datestamp on 1864 unsealed orange prisoner-of-war cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va., manuscript prisoner and flag of truce endorsements from Pickett's Charge leader Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin, large oval "Approved J. N. Patterson Capt. & Provost Marshal Point Lookout, Md." handstamp (Ty. 1), exchanged via Old Point Comfort and Richmond with "Due 10" for Confederate postage and perfect strike of "Richmond Va. Mar. 10" circular datestamp which ties the 3c stamp, Extremely Fine, an absolutely pristine prisoner-of-war cover and rare in this condition, a description of Point Lookout Prison can be found at the William L. Clements Library website (http://www.clements.umich.edu/Webguides/Schoff/NP/Point.html) (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $1,900.00
Will close during Public Auction
598 c ImagePoint Lookout, Md. Manuscript "R.W. Martin Lt. Col. 53 Va. Vols." endorsement on orange prisoner-of-war cover to Pittsylvania C.H. Va. from Pickett's Charge leader Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin, 3c Rose (65) tied by target with "Point Lookout Md. Apr. 21 '64" double-circle datestamp, exchanged through Fortress Monroe and Richmond with "Richmond Va. May 6" circular datestamp and "Due 10" straightline, manuscript "By Flag of Truce through Commanding Off. Fortress Monroe" and "App. H.G. Weymouth Maj. & Pro. Mar." censor marking, original enclosure dated April 28, 1864, states "Exchange seems to have become a myth", (he would in fact be exchanged the next month), fresh and Extremely Fine cover and letter, Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin of the 53rd Virginia Volunteers (Armistead's Brigade) was wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was by certain accounts the first man over the wall during that climactic battle, he survived and lived nearly another 50 years after writing this letter, after three months at the field hospital at Gettysburg he was transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and then to Point Lookout before he was exchanged in May 1864 (see previous and following lots for other Col. Martin covers) (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $950.00
Will close during Public Auction
599 c ImageColumbia S.C. Prison. Buff legal-size cover addressed to "Lt. Col. R.W. Martin Comdg. Prison Columbia S.C.", endorsed "O.B." at top, carried outside the mails, folded at left and edgewear at right, otherwise Very Fine, Lt. Col. Rawley White Martin of the 53rd Virginia Volunteers (Armistead's Brigade) was wounded during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was by certain accounts the first man over the wall during that climactic battle, he survived and lived nearly another 50 years, after three months at the field hospital at Gettysburg he was transferred to Fort McHenry in Baltimore and then to Point Lookout before he was exchanged in May 1864, after being exchanged he served as director of Columbia S.C. prisons from 1864-65, the Martin papers are held at the University of North Carolina Libraries and many are available on UNC's website (http://www2.lib.unc.edu/mss/inv/m/Martin,Rawley_White.html) (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
600 c ImageFort Delaware, Delaware City. Orange prisoner-of-war cover to Fancy Grove Va. endorsed "By Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe, care Maj. Jno. E. Mulford", clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter Examined. Fort Delaware Del." (Ty. I) oval handstamp, "Delaware City Del. Aug. 29" circular datestamp, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, "TEN" (9), large margins, light pre-use vertical crease, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 13" circular datestamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), couple tiny edge flaws, tied by target, some staining near bottom and slight overall soiling

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 10-CENT "TEN" GENERAL ISSUE STAMP ON A MIXED-FRANKING PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER. THIS IS THE FINEST CONDITION OF ONLY THREE FULL COVER USES KNOWN TO US. .

We record only three "TEN" general issue stamps on prisoner-of-war covers plus a front only (used from Point Lookout). Of the other full covers, one is faulty with tears, stains, and a replaced backflap (used from Johnson's Island). The other has a "TEN" stamp that has been trimmed to shape (used from Fort Delaware). This cover, with only slight cosmetic issues is the finest of the three (Image)

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E. $ 3,000-4,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction
601 c ImageFort Delaware, Delaware City. Cover addressed to Dr. Edward S. Sharp, "Political Prisoner, Fort Delaware", 3c Rose (65) tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Aug. 31" circular datestamp, with 2-page "Prisoner's Love Song" penned by Dr. Sharp (not the enclosure from this cover), stamp and cover toned, some cover edge flaws, otherwise Fine, according to the book The Union Prison at Fort Delaware: A Perfect Hell on Earth, Sharp was a doctor from Salem N.J. who was overheard on a steamboat criticizing President Lincoln's war policies, he was arrested and taken to Fort Delaware where he was held prisoner for three weeks (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $225.00
Will close during Public Auction
602 c ImageCamp Douglas, Chicago Ill. 3c Rose, bright color, tied by bold strike of blue segmented cork with matching "Chicago Ill. RA Sep. 27" double-circle datestamp on buff prisoner-of-war cover to Covington Ky., clear strike of "Camp Douglas, Prisoners Letter, Examined" oval handstamp (Ty. I), original letter datelined Sep. 20 addressed to the prisoner's mother, backflap with tear and small piece out, fresh and Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $350.00
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603 c ImageRock Island Ill. Blue oval "R.I. Barracks, Prisoner's Letter, Examined" handstamp, 3c Rose (65) cancelled by target, "Rock Island Ill. Oct. 4 '64" double-circle datestamp on unsealed yellow cover to Louisville Ky., docketing on back, transcript of original letter relating to clothing request, stamp with couple minor perf flaws from placement at edge, Fine (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction

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