inner cover to Litchfield Conn., most likely originated in a Charleston S.C. prison (similar known from Roper Hospital), manuscript "Exd"
censor's mark and endorsed "Soldiers letter, Stewart L. Woodford Lt. Col. 127 NYR, agent of exchange"
(at Hilton Head S.C.), entered U.S. mails with "Port Royal S.C. Sep. 30, 1864" double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp, slightly reduced at right, fresh and Very Fine, a very scarce flag-of-truce cover sent via Pocotaligo and Port Royal -- from July 1864 until February 1865, Union P.O.W. mail from Charleston, Savannah and Florence prisons was carried from Pocotaligo S.C. (on the Charleston & Savannah R.R. line) to Union-held Port Royal, the route was closed by the Federal capture of Pocotaligo on January 14, 1865 -- flag-of-truce mail via South Carolina is considerably rarer than flag-of-truce mail via Virginia, the "agent of exchange" Lt. Col. Woodford who signed this was the subject of an interesting article by Frank Crown in the Jan-Feb. 1978 Confederate Philatelist
, he apparently had no authority to act as an agent of exchange
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