Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Missouri in the Confederacy

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
513°
 
Sale 779, Lot 513, Missouri in the Confederacy[Missouri]. Interesting letter dated May 30, 1858 from postmaster W.S. Wells of West Point, Mo. to Governor Denver, regarding James Montgomery: "Made a speech...stated what robberies he had committed and what he intended doing and that was to drive every proslavery man and all free state men who would not join him out of the country. He has the sympathies of a large body of men down here. I have certain and reliable information this morning that a body of men started out yesterday after him and his men...five of Montgomeries men was killed and [?] others mortally wounded...Missourians are very much excited but have taken no action yet they anticipate an attack on this place or some point near here every hour. I fear before this reaches you that there will be bloody work carried on the settlers who have been driven out are determined to return and they will not spare any of the ontgomery Party. The anti Montgomery party took a wagon load of guns and ammunition...Montgomery's part have a written pledge to carry on these damnable deeds." etc. With original cover with ms. "Westpoint Mo. May 20" postmark and postmaster's free frank, Very Fine

E. 300-400
350
514°
c
Sale 779, Lot 514, Missouri in the ConfederacyMails Suspended. Bold strike of this oval handstamp on yellow cover addressed to Marshfield, Webster Co., Mo., with 3c Dull Red (26) tied by bold "Columbus Wis. 4 Sep., 1861" double-circle ds, stamp with top perfs scissor trimmed

A "MAILS SUSPENDED" COVER ADDRESSED TO CONFEDERATE-HELD MISSOURI.

On August 10, 1861, Confederate forces drove Nathaniel Lyon's Union army from the field at Wilson's Creek near Springfield, Missouri. Their withdrawal carried all the way to Rolla, some 80 miles to the northeast, leaving southern Missouri in the hands of the Rebels and making delivery of this letter to Webster County impossible

A very rare Missouri usage and an exceptional example of this auxiliary marking. With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 3,500-4,000
3,250
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515°
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Sale 779, Lot 515, Missouri in the ConfederacyRolla Mo. Nov. 22. Clear cds with matching "PAID" in frame on patriotic with all-over Union banner design, to Oswego Ill., R. Hawley imprint at bottom, slightly reduced at L., not affecting design, Fine and very scarce

E. 150-200
130
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516
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Rolla Mo. Cds on 3c Red on White Star Die and Buff Star Die Entires (U26, U27) to Louisville, Jun. 11 & 26, 1861, first with reduction at R., just touching oval, last with 3c pen-cancelled, Fine lot

E. 75-100
80
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517°
c
Sale 779, Lot 517, Missouri in the ConfederacyMissouri into Confederate Arkansas. 3c Red on White Entire (U9) to a Dr. Snyder in Camden Ark., clear "Bolivar Mo. Apr. 30" cds and additional "Camden Ark. Jun. 5" cds and ms. "For./5 due" at left, waterstains at right, otherwise Fine, very unusual usage. As the cover was not readdressed, the forwarding notation indicates that the U.S. 3c was not recognized, and that mail was being held pending the return (or a new address) of Dr. Synder

E. 250-300
550
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518°
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Sale 779, Lot 518, Missouri in the ConfederacyClarksville Tex. Dec. 17. Clear cds and pencil "due 10" on cover with ms. endorsement "Soldiers Letter/Ritchey/Shelbys Division" and addressed to Pittsburgh, Texas, cover slightly reduced at L., clear of endorsement, Fine, the sender, Lt. Samuel Ritchey, was a member of Jackman's Brigade. Endorsements with famed Missouri general Joe Shelby's name are exceedingly scarce, ex Green

E. 200-250
200
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519°
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Sale 779, Lot 519, Missouri in the ConfederacyHolly Springs Miss. Oct. 30. Cds and pencil "10" on cover to Richmond with rare endorsement: "Soldier's Letter/Robt. McCulloch/Col. Comdg./2nd Regt. Mo. Cav", minor soiling, still Very Fine, very desirable usage

E. 200-250
350
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520
 
Missouri Volunteers. Part-printed Feb. 1865 appointment as corporal, 1st Reg., Mo. Volunteers, eagle vignette at top, Fine

E. 75-100
0
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521
 
Missouri Ephemera. Fascinating group of newspapers and magazines, 38 items, all with lead articles or some mention of Missouri, including nine HARPER'S WEEKLY,several war-dated issues of THE MISSOURI DEMOCRAT, an unusual flyer FOR THE HANNIBAL AND ST. JOSEPH RAILROAD COMPANY with large map and various articles, "Missouri Is a Free State!" and ""Prices of Labor paid in Northern Missouri", etc., also some early (1819) Washington papers with mention of Missouri expeditions, etc., Fine

E. 400-500
450
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