5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b).
Three large margins, cut in at left, used with 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6),
full to large margins, tied by bold strike of "Mobile Ala. May 28, 1862"
double-circle datestamp (month inverted) on folded letter covertly carried from Union-occupied New Orleans to Mobile
and placed into mails for Pittsylvania C.H. Va., datelined "Bank of Louisiana, New Orleans 26 May 1862",
receipt docketing on inside, 5c Lithograph toned and creased from vertical file fold, 5c De La Rue has barely noticeable insect nibbling
A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF MAIL SMUGGLED OUT OF NEW ORLEANS JUST ONE MONTH AFTER UNION FORCES CAPTURED THE CITY. ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE MIXED-ISSUE FRANKING.
Examples of mail carried clandestinely to and from New Orleans after the occupation by Union forces in April 1862 are extremely rare. This cover pre-dates the formation of the Louisiana Relief Committee one year later.
Ex Dr. Brandon
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