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

Flag-of-Truce Mail: Federal Prisons continued...
Lot Sym. Lot Description  
604 c ImageRock Island Barracks, Ill. Two covers showing each of the two main styles of censor handstamps, first buff cover to Davenport Iowa, clear strike of large Ty. 1b censor handstamp, 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Rock Island Ill. Mar. 1, '64" double-circle datestamp, slight stain, still Very Fine, second an orange cover with Ty. II censor handstamp, addressed to Nashville Tenn., 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Rock Island Ill. Jul. 6 '64" double-circle datestamp, no C.S.A. postage as Nashville was under Union control, some wear and stamp with small flaws, appears Very Fine, a nice pair of covers (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $550.00
Will close during Public Auction
605 c ImageState Penitentiary, Alton Ill. 3c Rose (65) tied by blue target cancel with matching "Alton Ill. Jul. 23, 1862" double-circle datestamp on prisoner-of-war buff cover to Jackson Tenn., sent to the care of noted Union Gen. John A. Logan (who later served as congressman, senator and vice presidential candidate), manuscript "Ex JBM" examiner's marking (recorded only from July 21-26, 1862), no C.S.A. postage necessary as Jackson was in occupied Union territory, with original letter from Henry Brown, mentions 600-800 prisoners in camp, backflap removed, a bit worn with small edge tears, still Fine and rare prisoner cover from Alton Penitentiary, only 12 are recorded in the Harrison book (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $400.00
Will close during Public Auction
606 c ImageCamp Morton Ind. 3c Rose (65), cancelled by grid with matching "Indianapolis Ind. Feb. 25, 1862" circular datestamp on small prisoner-of-war cover with red Eagle and Shield Union Patriotic design, addressed to Hopkins County Ky., original enclosure with similar Eagle design and "The Union and the Constitution", no censor markings, stamp with faults and overall cover soiling, Fine appearance, an extremely rare use of a Union Patriotic cover and lettersheet by a Confederate prisoner, the sender, William H. Brown was a sergeant in the 8th Kentucky Regiment (C.S.A.), he was held at Camp Morton after his regiment surrendered to General Grant at Fort Donelson on Feb. 16, 1862 (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $1,200.00
Will close during Public Auction
607 c ImageCamp Morton Ind. 3c Rose (65), cancelled by target with matching "Indianapolis Ind. Aug. 4, 1862" double-circle datestamp on prisoner-of-war cover to Madisonville Ky., "Prisoners Letter Inspected A. Evans" manuscript censor marking applied by Lt. Andrew H. Evans, 2nd Indiana Cavalry, original contents relate to flu deaths, stamp with faults from placement at edge, still Fine, the sender, William H. Brown was a sergeant in the 8th Kentucky Regiment (C.S.A.), he was held at Camp Morton after his regiment surrendered to General Grant at Fort Donelson on Feb. 16, 1862 (Image)

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E. $ 300-400

SOLD for $160.00
Will close during Public Auction
608 c ImagePoint Lookout, Md. Incoming orange inner cover addressed to Mr. Armistead Thompson at Point Lookout, care of Provost Marshal A. G. Brady, entered U.S. mails with 3c Rose (65), natural s.e. and centerline at right, tied by cork cancel with "Old Point Comfort Va. Jan. 17" (1865) circular datestamp, censor marking indicating $1.00 enclosed, minor edge nicks, missing backflap, still Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 200-300

SOLD for $130.00
Will close during Public Auction
609 c ImagePoint Lookout, Md. Narrow prisoner-of-war cover to Salem Va., endorsed "By Flag of Truce", "Prisoner's Letter Examined." octagonal censor's handstamp (Ty. IIa), mixed franking with U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), tied by target cancel with "Point Lookout Md. Jun. ? '64" circular datestamp, Confederate postage paid by pair 5c Blue, Local (7), tied by "Richmond Va. Jul. 23" circular datestamp, edgewear and small mend at top just into Point Lookout datestamp, missing backflap, Fine appearing and scarce mixed-franking prisoner cover (Image)

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E. $ 1,000-1,500

SOLD for $850.00
Will close during Public Auction
610 c ImagePoint Lookout, Md. 3c Rose (65), tied by target cancel, "Point Lookout Md. Oct. 10 '64" double-circle datestamp on unsealed orange prisoner-of-war cover to Lexington Va., manuscript prisoner and flag-of-truce endorsements, "Prisoner's Letter Examined." octagonal censor handstamp (Ty. IIa), exchanged via Old Point Comfort and Richmond with "Due 10" straightline for Confederate postage, "Due 2" handstamp overstruck with grid cancel, original contents enclosed, Very Fine (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $425.00
Will close during Public Auction
611 c ImageCamp Parole, Annapolis Md. Buff cover from parolee D.H. Shriver of the 11th Pennsylvania Cavalry to his brother in York Pa., original letter datelined "Camp Parole Annapolis April 10th, 1863", vertical pair and single 1c Blue (63), top stamp nicked in corner, tied by "Annapolis Md. Apr. 10, 1863" double-circle datestamps, "care of Jno. A. Weiser" docketing at bottom, Very Fine and rare, for a period of time captured soldiers were sometimes paroled in the field, which meant that they gave their word (on penalty of death) not to bear arms again until exchanged for a comparable number of paroled soldiers from the other side, soldiers were paroled to avoid the inconvenience of processing them through the P.O.W. system, or because their captors were unable to transport them to a prison, when parolees returned to their own side they were held in special parole camps in their own territory until they were exchanged, relatively little parole camp mail survives (no covers are known from C.S.A. parole camps), letters to or from U.S. parole camps can be identified by addresses, endorsements or letter contents, with 2000 C.S.A. certificate and accompanied by extensive information on the parolee (Image)

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E. $ 750-1,000

SOLD for $700.00
Will close during Public Auction
612 c ImageFort Warren, Boston Mass. 3c Rose (65) tied by "Paid" in frame, red "Boston Mass. May 16" circular datestamp on prisoner-of-war cover to Covington Ky., endorsed "No. 35 Fort Warren May 14th 1862" at top, "35" erased and "36" written below, lengthy original contents from C.S.A. Major Samuel Hays to his wife including fascinating commentary on ways she can ensure her letters might reach him, by bypassing the "petty...and base" post office officials at Covington, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, Fort Warren was first used in November 1861 for the incarceration of political prisoners and also held C.S.A. prisoners (Image)

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E. $ 400-500

SOLD for $250.00
Will close during Public Auction
613 c ImageHart's Island N.Y. Incoming unsealed cover addressed to James Morey "Prison Camp Harts Is., New York Harbor Camp 27", 3c Rose (65) tied by circle of wedges cancel with "Jersey City N.J. Jun. 7" circular datestamp, original enclosure dated June 5, 1865 from Morey's mother, who is anxiously awaiting his return, she comments, "when you become loyal in name as I hope you are already in sentiment", referring to the policy of releasing prisoners when they pledged their allegiance, cover with docketing but no examined markings, Fine and rare, the Hart's Island camp was in operation for only four months and was possibly the last one established by the Union, Harrison reports all 22 covers known from Hart's Island are from the Morey correspondence, James Morey was a member of the 32nd Tennessee Infantry and was captured on February 12, 1865, at Orangeburg S.C. (Image)

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E. $ 500-750

SOLD for $475.00
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614 c ImageDavid's Island, DeCamp General Hospital, Pelham N.Y. Prisoner-of-war cover from C.O. Wheeler to Mayesville S.C., original letter datelined "David's Island N.Y. July 27th, 1863", mixed franking with C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), tied by bold strike of "Richmond Va. Aug. 7, 1863" circular datestamp, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), tied by target with matching "Pelham N.Y. Aug. 1" circular datestamp, cover with toning

VERY FINE APPEARING MIXED-FRANKING FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER FROM DAVID'S ISLAND PRISON IN NEW YORK. A RARE COVER, AS THE PRISON WAS OPEN FOR ONLY FOUR MONTHS TO HOLD CONFEDERATE PRISONERS CAPTURED IN THE BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG.

Wheeler, of Company D of the 2nd S.C. Infantry (Kershaw's Brigade, McLaws's Division, Longstreet's 1st Corps) was wounded and captured at the Battle of Gettysburg.

The May 8, 1862, New York Times contained a story about the new David's Island hospital: "A hospital for sick and wounded Union soldiers, will be established on David's Island, 25 miles up the East River. Suitable buildings are now in the course of erection under the superintendence of the United States Quartermaster's Department." From Portals to Hell: Military Prisons of the Civil War by Lonnie Speer, "Until the Gettysburg battle, David's Island had served as a medical facility for only Union troops. Being a previously established and equipped facility surrounded by water, Union authorities saw it as an excellent place to hold extremely ill prisoners or those who were still suffering from battle wounds. Located in Long Island Sound just off the coast of what is today the New York suburb of New Rochelle, this eighty-acre site would eventually hold more than 2,500 Confederate prisoners at a time." (Image)

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E. $ 1,500-2,000

SOLD for $1,800.00
Will close during Public Auction

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