VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND BOLD SIGNATURE APPLIED BY GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO MAIL CARRIED BY MILITARY COURIER.
Trimble was appointed Brigadier General on Aug. 6, 1861, and was promoted to Major General on Jan. 17, 1863. On July 3, 1863, Trimble lost a leg and was captured during Pickett's charge at Gettysburg. He remained a prisoner until February 1865. The docketing on this cover refers to his promotion to Major General; therefore, it probably dates to January 1863.
With 1981 C.S.A. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. THE ONLY RECORDED LENOIR PROVISIONAL TIED BY THE "PAID 2" RATE HANDSTAMP. AN IMPORTANT RARITY IN SUPERB CONDITION.
Of the approximately 29 known Lenoir provisional covers, perhaps four or five have the stamp tied by the town datestamp. This is the only known Lenoir provisional cover on which the rate marking was used as a canceller. The remaining Lenoir covers in our records are cancelled by pen markings (some tied). Accompanied by a second cover bearing four-margin example of Scott No. 4 with similar cancels (color slightly oxidized).
Ex Emerson, Caspary, Haas and Gross. Scott Retail $22,500.00
VERY FINE APPEARING EXAMPLE OF THE COLORFUL LENOIR POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ADHESIVE.