Regular Saturday Packet/ Alice Vivian/ Capt. S.W. Abels/ For Demopolis &/ Merriwether's Landing.
Clear strike of blue double-line oval handstamp on 3c Red on Buff Nesbitt entire (U10)
to Demopolis Ala., pencil docketing dated Feb. 9, 1861 and indicating Mobile origin is partly erased but readable, entire slightly reduced at top and missing most of flap, Very Fine appearance, a rare name-of-boat marking in the early Confederate period, we have not offered another example in our auctions since the Kilbournes acquired this cover in 1994 (Sale 758, lot 905), after plying the waters of the Alabama and Tombigee Rivers, the Alice Vivian
was captured by the Federal blockader De Soto
in August 1863 in the Gulf of Mexico, with 580 bales of cotton, her cargo was taken to New York and the ship to New Orleans as a prize (New York Times
Aug. 22, 1863)
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