FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS LARGE FORMAT 10-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG DESIGN.
This design, with the large style flag and tassels is similar to F7-16, F8-12 and F9-3, with stars added to the center and the corners. The "Lawrence Rifles" unit designation adds to its desirability
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN OUTSTANDING DESIGN AND ONE OF THE RAREST CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVERS WITH ONLY TWO EXAMPLES RECORDED.
Camp Stephens was named for the Vice President of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens. Confederate troops from Georgia trained at this camp and at Calvary Camp Milner. The Confederate Tent Patriotic designs with Standing Soldiers (TF-2-TF-4) are among the rarest of all Patriotic covers. The Camp Stephens woodcut design offered here comes without the tree, as in this example, and with the tree (it was removed, not added). Both versions are extremely rare.
Ex Dr. Brandon. Illustrated in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 116 where it is stated "one reported", though we believe there are two
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND RARE REGIMENTAL PATRIOTIC DESIGN, PRODUCED EARLY IN THE WAR.
Our survey of decades of Confederate sale catalogues and reference books located only seven examples of this distinctive Crescent Rifles patriotic, including the two covers offered in Kilbourne Part One (Siegel Sale 1186) and the example offered here. Five are used from Tudor Hall, including:
1) Tudor Hall Oct. 23, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., ex Kimmel (Siegel Sale 492, lot 934)
2) Tudor Hall Oct. ?, 1861 and “10”, to M. Harris, New Orleans, Siegel Sale 1182, lot 466
3) Tudor Hall Nov. 9, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., Kilbourne Part One, Siegel Sale 1186, lot 588
4) Tudor Hall Dec. ?, 1861 datestamp, with 10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig, to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, Dover Miss., Siegel Sale 1167, lot 2482
5) Tudor Hall Mar. 4, 1862 datestamp, to Ella P. Rind, New Orleans, "Adv.1" handstamp, illustrated in Wishnietsky book on p. 117, the cover offered here
In addition to these five Tudor Hall covers, which are genuine uses from members of the 7th Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers, there are two others:
6) Federal usage of the envelope with a 3c 1861 tied by Washington D.C. Mar. 13, 1862 datestamp and marked "Found at Manassas", Kilbourne Part One, Siegel Sale 1186, lot 589
7) Cover with 10c Die B barely tied by town datestamp, possibly not originating, ex Kohn (Siegel Sale 382, lot 1470)
As a Colonel, Harry T. Hays was the original commander of the 7th Louisiana Volunteers, which was called the Pelican Regiment. Although composed of farmers, laborers and clerks, the Louisiana 7th Regiment was described as a "crack regiment" by Gen. Richard Taylor. Hays went on to become a General. [Source: www.panix.com].
Ex Antrim, from whom the Kilbournes bought the cover privately in 1960 (for $150). Illustrated in 1959 Dietz Catalog on p. 203 and in Wishnietsky's Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages on p. 117
FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS LARGE FORMAT 9-STAR CONFEDERATE FLAG. ONE OF THE MOST ELUSIVE OF THE FEW RECORDED 9-STAR PATRIOTIC DESIGNS.
The ninth star represents the admission of Arkansas, which was followed only three days later by North Carolina. Due to the short time period there were fewer 9-Star Confederate Patriotic designs produced than any other flag designs (7 thru 13 stars). Surviving examples are rare and are normally found with the F9-2 design. This design, with the large style flag, tassels and "Lawrence Rifles" unit designation (F9-3) is on a similar order of rarity to the other listed 9-Star design (F9-1).
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF THIS LEFT-WAVING 11-STAR FLAG DESIGN.
Both of the rate markings on this cover are known from Tudor Hall. This may have been prepaid 5c by the sender, but when the postmaster realized the distance was more than 500 miles, he struck the "Due 10" handstamp and it became a soldier's due cover.