Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Confederate Letters and Ephemera

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
591
 
"A list of what the Federals destroyed and carryed off." Autograph manuscript on the back of printed form, 4to, undated and unsigned, and which begins: A Barn a hundred feet long and 50 feet wide just a year since it was built, in it a 150 bushels of corn...6 tons of Hay...a fine carriage - a wheat fan - in the under part was 2 waggons - plows harrows rakes forks shovels - all Burned in the morning - in the Evening they burned a stable 100 feet square frame - in that was 2 sets of waggons gear and plow gear a Buggy," etc. There is also a list, "What they took from the House," which includes clothing, jewelry, cutlery, food, even baby diapers, with the last lines reading: "now don't you think we have every reason to fear starvation and death if they make us another visit,"; some staining in text, still Fine, a remarkable document, sad and insightful

E. 200-250
150
592
 
Pass for an Army Spy. Undated letter, possibly Confederate, from Capt. S. Perkins Jr., A.Q.M., to Capt. Boyd, A.Q.M. at Bridgeport (Va.): "I introduce Mr. Thatcher, who passes your camp on business connected with army movements. If in your power please furnish him with a saddle horse without brand I will be responsible for the safe return. Mr. Thatcher is on very urgent business & any attention which you may show him will be duly appreciated." In pencil (bold), Very Fine

E. 200-250
150
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593
 
Texas Amnesty Oath. Part-printed document, 9-7/8 x 8 in., dated July 6, 1865 at Galveston, signed by Thomas M. Jack, an attorney before the war, who served on the staff of General Albert Sidney Johnston and was present at the final surrender of Texas troops by Genl. Kirby Smith, Fine

E. 100-150
180
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594
 
[Confederate]. Correspondence between Joseph Rhea and his sweetheart Mary Bell. Rhea was a professor at Mossey Creek College in Tennessee and joined the Confederate Army in 1861 as a private in Co. F., 62nd Tenn. Regt. There are 51 war-dated letters, mostly from Joseph, and another 40 letters which are either undated or pre-war, many with original envelopes. Frankings when present are for the most part routine and include one with two No. 1s and one with No. 2, but there is an interesting later group showing various forms of flag of truce transmittal including ms. examiners markings. In addition there are some interesting printed enclosures, 1863 part-printed "Decriptive List and Account of Pay and Clothing," at Vicksburg, Miss., 1865 Oath of Allegiance, etc. There is some evidence that Joe and Mary were secretly married in 1863. The previous owner of these letters theorized that this was done to protect her from Union reprisals and her neighbors as she lived in Union occupied territory for much of the war. For those who like happy endings, the couple lived into the 20th century, with Joseph Rhea dying in May, 1925 at the age of 88. The lot includes color snapshots of two ambrotypes of Joseph, probably taken just before the war, and a pair of photos (reproduced) of the couple in the 1870s. A very interesting and Fine lot

E. 2,500-3,000
3,250
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595
c
[Confederate]. 11-1/2pp soldier's letter from "Camp Hanging Rock Hampshire Co. Va., Janny 30th 1862," in an uncommon leisurely style, with entertaining details about securing quarters for the night from sympathetic ladies, preparations for battle, waiting for Joe Johnston, references to Col. (later Genl.) Maney, etc., with original envelope (faulty) postmarked Winchester Va. and military endorsement as a member of Maney's Tenn. Vols., Fine

E. 150-200
350
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596
 
The Papers of Sgt. R.R. Leonard. 26 pieces from this Confederate soldier, includes seven page journal describing his journey home after Appomatox and accompanied by a tintype of CSA soldier in uniform (this was found with the papers and is presumably Sgt. Leonard), also five different "Morning Report" of Co. "C" 48th Regt. N.C. Troops, their muster roll (part-printed), two different ms. lists of company members, hospital letter from one of his brothers, three railroad passes dated Apr. 6, 1865, several accounts by two brothers of their co's movements during the war, part-printed certificate for extension of furlough, with bit faded autograph of Maj. Genl. Henry Heth and trace of Wm. Walker's signature and one Lt. Genl.'s signature which is unreadable (and mostly faded), oath of allegiance to the U.S., two part-printed passes (By command of B.T. Johnson), mixed condition but a most desirable lot for the North Carolina specialist

E. 750-1,000
5,250
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597
 
Correspondence of the Department of State, In Relation to The British Consuls Resident In the Confederate Staes. Richmond, 1863, 55p, paper wraps as issued, front cover with small paper loss in T.R. corner and along spine, still Fine, scarce

E. 75-100
90
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598
 
Confederate Documents and Related. Eight pieces, mostly from North Carolina, includes order for purchase of mule; 1863 receipt for burial plot in Raleigh; two account sheets for 24lbs of bacon; Apr. 5, 1865 order to accompany "Federal Deserters" to Salisbury including "Rations for three men three days" by order of Johnson; 1865 oath of allegiance; touching seven page 1866 letter from Elizabeth City describing hardships in state after the war including man "shot down in the streets of this place by a negro soldier...without any provocation" and list of friends who died (Thos. R. Cobb etc.), Fine lot

E. 200-250
250
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599
 
Confederate Literature. Two books, The New Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Surveys of the Confederate Postmasters' Provisionals edited by Crown (with dust jacket), Very Fine

E. 100-150
220
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600
 
Confederate Balance. 16 pieces, includes LS (with cover) from Chas Carrington to postmaster of Amherst C.H. regarding "the danger which now threatens the State of Virginia"; cover with No. 2 from Columbia S.C. with 1862 letter from businessman trying to build a mill there; good soldier's letter from Camp Wigfall (Tudor Hall "Due 10" arc hs); AL of Confederate poet Henry Timrod plus clip of his signature; part-printed 1863 document for interest in the capital stock of the Schooner Alert of Mobile; CSA lettersheet "captured" by Pa. soldier; 1863 request from Bank of Chester, S.C. for $5000 in Treasury notes from Winnsboro; soldier's letter enclosing sample of "ceacesh" money (50c Farmers Savings Bank note); railroad & stage co. passes, etc., Fine lot

E. 300-400
2,100
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601
 
Confederate, Ephemera Balance. Few hundred items, includes four slave documents (all pre-war), group of soldiers letters (mostly Confederate - all different correspondences), group of Texas covers including advertising & illustrated, two unused CSA patriotics (Davis Medallion, 7-Star flag), odd and ends, very mixed condition

E. 750-1,000
2,100
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