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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2014-11-20
The Brandon Collection, Part 2: General Issues and Postal History
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Sale Number 1087, Lot Number 43, Suspension of Mail RoutesDead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 30, 1861, Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 30, 1861Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 30, 1861. Clear strike of oval datestamp with magenta manuscript "M-116-1" record notation on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to New York City, "Wilmington N.C. May 11" (day inverted) circular datestamp clearly struck on embossed stamp, repaired opening tears at top

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE HANDSTAMP ON A COVER DIVERTED AFTER THE MAIL ROUTE BETWEEN RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON D.C. WAS TERMINATED.

Northbound mail from the eastern Confederate States to the U.S. was normally carried via Richmond and Washington D.C. until May 23, 1861. The Federal military occupation of Alexandria, Virginia, closed this route on the evening of May 23, so northbound mail was diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office at Richmond from May 24 until June 1.

Fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office marking (either type) are known. This cover is very unusual, because it originated in North Carolina before the state delegates voted for secession on May 20. It was mailed on May 11, well before the route between Richmond and Washington D.C. was closed. As a U.S. Post Office letter, it should not have been diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office. The Dead Letter Office marking is dated the day of release (August 30). Although earlier D.L.O. dates are recorded, the May 11 origin date is probably the earliest for a cover diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office.

Ex Judd

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2010-05-27
The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes
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Sale Number 988, Lot Number 24, Suspension of U.S. Post Office Across-the-Lines RoutesDead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861, Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861. Clear strike of oval datestamp with magenta manuscript "M-78-1" record notation on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26) to Baltimore, "Athens Ga. May 22" circular datestamp and grid cancel, with original enclosure on "Bank of the State of Georgia" printed form, backflap removed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE HANDSTAMP ON A LETTER DIVERTED AFTER THE MAIL ROUTE BETWEEN RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON D.C. WAS TERMINATED.

Northbound mail from the eastern Confederate States to the U.S. was normally carried via Richmond and Washington D.C. until May 23, 1861. The Federal military occupation of Alexandria, Virginia, closed this route on the evening of May 23, so northbound mail was diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office at Richmond from May 24 until June 1. Fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office marking (either type) are known.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 12). Ex Weatherly and Kilbourne

E. 2,000-3,000
5,000
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2010-05-27
The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes
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Sale Number 988, Lot Number 25, Suspension of U.S. Post Office Across-the-Lines RoutesDead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861, Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861Dead Letter Office, Confederate States of America, Aug. 23, 1861. Mostly readable oval datestamp with magenta manuscript "S-79-1" record notation on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Philadelphia, "Wilmington N.C. 25 May [inverted]" circular datestamp during North Carolina's 7-day Independent Statehood (May 21-27), narrow piece restored along top edge just above datestamps but not affecting them

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE NORTH CAROLINA INDEPENDENT STATE USE OF THE UNITED STATES STAR DIE ENTIRE, WHICH WAS DIVERTED TO THE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE AFTER THE MAIL ROUTE BETWEEN RICHMOND AND WASHINGTON D.C. WAS TERMINATED.

Northbound mail from the eastern Confederate States to the U.S. was normally carried via Richmond and Washington D.C. until May 23, 1861. The Federal military occupation of Alexandria, Virginia, closed this route on the evening of May 23, so northbound mail was diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office at Richmond from May 24 until June 1. Fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office marking (either type) are known.

Ex Dietz. With 1990 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
4,250
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2010-05-27
The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes
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Sale Number 988, Lot Number 26, Suspension of U.S. Post Office Across-the-Lines Routes"P.O.D. Dead Letter Office, 2 Sept, "P.O.D. Dead Letter Office, 2 Sept"P.O.D. Dead Letter Office, 2 Sept. 1861 K-78-1" Confederate States Dead Letter Office marking and record number in bright red manuscript on 3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U9) with printed address crossed out and re-addressed to Kissam & Taylor in New York City, red "Newberry C.H. S.C. May 30, 1861" double-circle datestamp at upper left beneath D.L.O. marking, cover neatly opened at top, lighted toned spots

VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE CONFEDERATE DEAD LETTER OFFICE COVER WITH THE MANUSCRIPT MARKING, WHICH WAS USED CONCURRENTLY WITH THE HANDSTAMPED OVAL FOR APPPROXIMATELY TEN DAYS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

Once the mail routes between the U.S. and C.S.A. were suspended, northbound mail was diverted to the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office. Fewer than ten examples of the C.S.A. Dead Letter Office markings (handstamp or manuscript) are reported, all diverted to the D.L.O. between May 24 and June 1, 1861.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 12). Ex Birkinbine

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2010-05-27
The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes
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Sale Number 988, Lot Number 49, Mails Suspended MarkingsSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY, SENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERYSENT BACK TO ENGLAND/WITHOUT A REASON/FOR NON-DELIVERY. Three-line handstamp in frame boldly struck in red on cover from Great Britain to New Iberia La., G.B. 1sh Green tied by "London E.C. 2 SP 30 62" duplex datestamp and oval grid, red "21 Cents" credit handstamp, red "N.York Am. Pkt. Paid 24 1862 Oct. 14" credit datestamp, manuscript "Received June 23rd, 1863" in the same hand as address, no backstamps, tiny tear at top

VERY FINE. AN UNUSUAL USE OF THE RARE "SENT BACK TO ENGLAND" HANDSTAMP ON MAIL ADDRESSED TO LOUISIANA IN THE FALL OF 1862.

This cover was carried on the North German Lloyd Hansa, departing Southampton on October 1, 1862, and arriving in New York on October 13. The sender was apparently under the mistaken belief that the capture of New Orleans by Federal forces in April 1862 meant all of Louisiana was under Federal control. New Iberia was occupied briefly by U.S. forces in April and May 1863 during the Teche Campaign, but at the time this cover was received in New York, there was no Federal mail service to this part of Louisiana. It was handstamped with the second type of "Sent Back to England" marking after sitting in the U.S. Dead Letter Office for eight months.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 8). Ex Murphy

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
-
Confederate States and Civil-War Related
2000-04-12
The Howard P. Green Collection of Confederate States
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Sale Number 822, Lot Number 22, First Day of Confederate Postage SystemEngland to Richmond Va, England to Richmond VaEngland to Richmond Va. Well-struck "Liverpool My. 18 61" circular datestamp on folded letter and printed cotton circular to Richmond Va., routed "p America via Cork", "19 Cents" handstamp, bold "Br. Packet Boston 1 Jun. 24" debit datestamp, bold Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. No. July 29, 1861" oval datestamp on back, blue "Due 3" in circle, matching "Baltimore Md. Jul. 30" backstamp, minor aging and splits along folds, still Very Fine, rare transatlantic stopped due to suspension of mail service -- very desirable with the Boston exchange office marking dated June 1, the first day of Confederate postal service

E. 500-750
1,400
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1999-04-27
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale Number 810, Lot Number 1673, Dead Letter Office MailDead Letter Office P.O.Dpt. Jul. 5, 1861, Dead Letter Office P.O.Dpt. Jul. 5, 1861Dead Letter Office P.O.Dpt. Jul. 5, 1861. Double oval ds clearly struck with "DUE 3 cts" straightline on buff cover to New Orleans, 3c Dull Red (26) tied by grid, "Manchester N.H. Jun. 3, 1861" double-circle ds, red Boston Jun. 10 backstamp where intercepted and sent to D.L.O., opened there and marked with sender's name at left, two folds, one thru stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce usage after suspension of mails to seceded states, ex MacBride

E. 500-750
800
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1999-04-27
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Sale Number 810, Lot Number 1674, Dead Letter Office MailDead Letter Office P.O. Dpt, Dead Letter Office P.O. DptDead Letter Office P.O. Dpt. Double oval handstamp with "DUE 6 cts." straightline and "Washington D.C. Feb. 4, 1862" cds on yellow cover to Greenup Ky., attempted use of demonetized 3c 1857, tied by ms. "Springport Ky. Sept. 26" pmk., sent to D.L.O. as per regulations, delivered to addressee postage due with "Greenup Ky. Oct. 23" cds on back, cover cleaned and repaired affecting stamp, Very Fine appearance, a rare "Old Stamps Not Recognized" usage within Kentucky, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
450
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1999-04-27
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
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Post Office Department, Dead Letter Office, Official Business, Chief of the Finance Bureau. Dietz Ty. II signed Jno. F. Harrell on legal-size cover to postmaster of Acworth Ga., "Richmond Va. Dec. 19, 1862" cds and "Free" hs, very slight toning at edges, Very Fine, scarce Dead Letter Office entire

E. 200-300
200
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United States
Confederate States and Civil War-Related
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Confederate States and Civil-War Related
1998-06-09
Confederate States
c
Dead Letter Office P.O. Dept. No. - July 15, 1861. Large bold oval datestamp with "DUE 3 cts" straightline, 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "Carlisle Ky. Jun. 10" circular datestamp on cover to Confederate Governor of Texas, Thomas Lubbock, at Houston, sender's routing "Via Nashville Ten.", attempted thru-the-lines mailing from Kentucky to Texas, D.L.O. identifies sender at left "Thos. S. Morgan, Carlisle, Kentucky", 3c minor corner crease

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE NORTHERN DEAD LETTER OFFICE MARKING APPLIED TO SOUTHBOUND MAIL AFTER SUSPENSION OF MAILS. ONE OF TWO RECORDED WITH THE LARGE OVAL DATESTAMP ON MAIL ORIGINATING IN KENTUCKY.

After Postmaster General Blair's May 27 order prohibiting mail from the North to disloyal Southern States, the mails between Louisville and Nashville continued briefly until ordered stopped on or soon after June 8 (see Brooks American Letter Express Company, p. 16). This cover was sent by Thomas S. Morgan, later a captain in the Confederate army, to the Confederate Governor of Texas, but it was stopped - probably at Louisville - and sent to the Washington D.C. Dead Letter Office. The envelope was opened to identify the sender, then it was returned to him postage due.

Thomas S. Morgan was not related to John Hunt Morgan, the celebrated Confederate raider, but he is mentioned on page 193 of Rebel Raider by James A. Ramage (1986, The University Press of Kentucky). Thomas S. Morgan's sister, Lucy Dorsey, visited him in a prison hospital at Camp Chase one day prior to John Hunt Morgan's escape. Days later she wrote to her grandfather and used words suggesting a coded message of hope for Morgan's safe journey home. As the historian Ramage observes, "There is no proof that Lucy aided the escape, but she may have delivered messages or money through her brother, who was not one of the escapees."

In our Sale 795, we sold a similar D.L.O. cover from Kentucky for $3,500 hammer. At the time our records contained only that example.

E. 2,000-3,000
2,400
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