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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (New Orleans La. thru Tellico Plains Tenn.)

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 278, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (New Orleans La. thru Tellico Plains Tenn.)Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black on Bluish (78X2), Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black on Bluish (78X2)Spartanburg S.C., 5c Black on Bluish (78X2). Cut to shape, part of stamp missing (most likely prior to use), tied by neat "Paid" cancel, "Spartanburg S.C. Sep. 2, 1861" double-circle datestamp on cover to "Company K, Spartan Rifles, 5th Palmetto Regt. So. Sar. Volunteers, Col. M. Jenkins Commander, Tudor Hall Near Manassas Junction Virginia", missing top flap


This 5c Spartanburg provisional (Type C as listed in C.S.A. Catalog) has a smaller and thicker "5" handstamped inside the undated town double-circle postmark. It is known on blue paper with horizontal ruled lines (offered here) and on brown wove paper. Our records contain only one example of each, both ex Caspary.

John A. Lee was a prominent merchant who served as postmaster of Spartanburg from 1850 through the end of the war. Residents of Spartanburg remembered him as the "Wartime Postmaster" (John B. O. Landrum, History of Spartanburg County, available at Google Books -- thanks to Vince King for this citation).

Postmaster Lee created his provisional stamps by applying the "5" numeral rate marking inside the "Spartanburg S.C." double-circle datestamp on a sheet of paper. The stamps are known cut square and cut to shape. As one might imagine, the stamps come on a variety of papers. Two types of "5" markings were used, and one example is known with the denomination omitted. Most of the paper and numeral varieties are listed separately in the C.S.A. and Scott catalogues.

Spartanburg S.C. takes its name from the "Spartan Rifles," a group of militia soldiers during the Revolutionary War. The name was adopted by Confederate soldiers from Spartanburg during the Civil War.

Corporal Edward J. Dean and the Dean correspondence were the subjects of an article by the late Daniel M. Gilbert, published in the Confederate Philatelist.

Joseph Walker was enrolled as captain of the Spartan Rifles on April 13, 1861. Micah Jenkins, a resident of Yorkville, South Carolina, was mustered into service as colonel of the 5th South Carolina Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861. He was elected colonel of the Palmetto Sharpshooters Regiment, South Carolina Volunteers, on April 13, 1862, and promoted to brigadier general in July 1862.

Ex Emerson and Caspary.

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