EXTREMELY FINE. A SPECTACULAR CAPTURED UNION PATRIOTIC COVER WITH A RARE DESIGN, A BEAUTIFUL CONFEDERATE GENERAL ISSUE STAMP AND A SCARCE BLUE RICHMOND POSTMARK.
Examples of the Richmond post office's dateless circle in blue are reported on covers from May-June 1863. This cover combines everything that can be desired in a postal history artifact from the Civil War. This is a rare Union Patriotic design that would be very desirable as an ordinary piece of U.S. mail. As a Confederate captured use, with a scarce Richmond postmark and the scarce Milky Blue shade of the 10c Engraved stamp, it is immensely more desirable.
EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER.
While this cover has no letter content, it most likely originated from somewhere other than Jackson, given the route directive. Jackson was occupied by Union troops during the Vicksburg Campaign in May-July 1863, but was not permanently held. It became a station on the Trans-Mississippi route in 1864, though very few 40c covers are recorded postmarked in Jackson.
Krieger census no. E30. Ex Brooks, Hill and Hastings. With 2013 P.F. certificate
FINE APPEARING WEST-TO-EAST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. EASTBOUND COVERS ARE SCARCER THAN WESTBOUND COVERS.
Ex Telep, Felton and Hastings. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate.