Camp Douglas, Ill.
Union patriotic cover depicting a turtle following a man in front of a palm tree headlined "A Copper-Head Butternut alias Peace Democrat."
sent by a prisoner-of-war to Nicholasville Ky., oval censor handstamp "Camp Douglas, Prisoner's Letter, Examined" (Ty. II), 3c Rose (65), pre-use tear, tied by blue
8-point star with matching "Chicago Ill. Oct. 2 '64" double-circle datestamp, some edgewear and small stain on back
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE PRISONER-OF-WAR USAGE OF AN ILLUSTRATED POLITICAL CARTOON COVER.
"Copperheads" was a derogatory term for a vocal group of northern Democrats who opposed the Civil War and pushed for a cessation of hostilities and a peace settlement with the Confederacy. This satirical design is rather scarce by itself. As a prisoner-of-war cover from a U.S. prison, it quite remarkable.
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