Sale 779 — Civil War Postal History and Autographs

Sale Date — Wednesday, 10 July, 1996

Category — Prisoner-of-War and Flag of Truce

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
537
c
Sale 779, Lot 537, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceCamp Chase. Orange cover to Covington, Ga. By flag of Truce/Via Fortress Monroe Va.", clear examiner's mark (Dietz Ty. 1c) with 10c Blue Die B (12) just tied at top by cds struck mostly off the cover's edge, U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by target, matching "Columbus O. Feb. 7" double-circle ds, pencil "1865" beneath stamp, 3c bit faded, still attractive, Fine and scarce usage

E. 300-400
270
538
c
Sale 779, Lot 538, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceCamp Chase. Mostly clear strike of circle hs Ty. Ic on orange cover to Huntsville Ala., 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Columbus O. Jan. 18" double-circle ds, Fine

E. 150-200
160
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539
c
Camp Chase. Three prisoner of war covers, addressed to a Dr. Alfred Hughes in Wheeling Va., each with ms. examiner's mark, 3c Rose (65) tied by "prison bar" cancel with "Columbus O." double-circle ds, June-Oct. 1862 usages, small faults, Fine lot

E. 200-250
135
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540
c
Sale 779, Lot 540, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceJohnsons Island. Oval hs with "CHR" examiner, on cover to Alabama, 3c rose (65) tied by target, Sandusky and Richmond postmarks, "DUE 10" hs, Very Fine

E. 150-200
280
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541
c
Sale 779, Lot 541, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceOld Capitol Prison. Bold Ty. I examiner's hs on buff cover to Petersburg, Va., 5c Blue, Local (7) pair tied by "Richmond Va. Mar. 23, 1863" cds, no flap, cover slightly reduced at T., small paper loss at T.L. corner from ink erosion, otherwise clean and Fine, very scarce, choice strike

E. 400-500
450
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542
c
Sale 779, Lot 542, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TrucePoint Lookout. Small octagon examiner's hs on cover to Martinsville, Va. with 10c Blue, Die B (12) tied by Richmond cds and U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by target with Point Lookout double-circle dated Oct. 17, 1864, some toning and light soiling, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
400
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543
c
Sale 779, Lot 543, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TrucePoint Lookout. Large oval examiner's hs on orange cover to South Carolina, 3c Rose (65) with target cancel of Point Look Out but tied by "Richmond Va. May 10" cds, bold "DUE 10" hs, stamp with faults, Fine usage

E. 200-250
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544
c
Sale 779, Lot 544, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceRock Island Barracks. Large triple-circle hs, Ty. Ib, on homemade cover to Indianapolis, 3c Rose (65) tied by double-circle "Rock Island Ill. Mar. 24 `64" ds, Fine and scarce

E. 200-250
170
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545°
c
Sale 779, Lot 545, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceRock Island Barracks. Partly struck blue examiner's oval on cover to the 2nd Auditors Office at Richmond with 10c Greenish Blue, di A (11c) and U.S. 3c Rose (65), both stamps with minor faults, uncancelled but properly used on this prisoner-of-war cover with ms. endorsement, "Care of W.U. Bayles Agt. 5th Texas Depot," letter enclosed datelined "Military Prison Barracks No. 7, Rock Island Ill. Dec. 19th/64", with significant references to Sgt. Bayless and the shipment of privisons to Rock island, the prisoner examiner has crossed out requests for provisions, adding on back, "No provisions will be sent for the prisoners and these letters must not exceed two-thirds of a page of the size of this. H.K. Qm."; intended for flag of truce mails but evidently carried by private courier, the cover is somewhat toned, still Fine and exhibitable, described in the Confederate Philatelist (No. 188, pp. 35-38), ex Everett

E. 400-500
400
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546
c
Sale 779, Lot 546, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceRock Island Barracks. Mostly clear strike of oval on yellow cover to Keene, Ky. with 3c Rose (65) tied by target and Rock Island cds, flap unsealed, Fine

E. 150-200
120
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547
c
Sale 779, Lot 547, Prisoner-of-War and Flag of TruceProvost Marshall General of East Tennessee. Large embossed circular seal on back of cover to Kingsport, E. Tennessee with uncancelled 10c Blue, Die A (11) which is just tied by bit of ms. from examiner's marking, endorsed "Flag of truce" and the awkward, "Via of Richmond through Genl. Winder", original Apr. 30, 1864 from London, Tenn. and addressed to "Mr. `Joe' G. Rhea/Care of Brig. Gen. Vaughan", dried flower attached to top of letter, Fine, very rare and unusual usage, offered for the first time

E. 250-350
375
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548
c
"Flag of truce." Endorsement on small cover to London, E. Tenn., with 3c Rose (65) tied by blue target and "Chattanooga Ten. Feb. 19 `64" double-circle ds, with moving letter from soldier in Montgomery, Alabama to his lover: "I cannot here relate what I have passed through since our forces left London. I made a long trip by Lynchburg, Wilmington and Augusta to Dalton, from Dalton to this place how long I shall stay here I cannot tell. I go willingly wherever ordered and wherever duty calls me. I am in good health and good spirits save when I recollect that you are in the hands of the enemy; but I hope they will treat you with the generosity of a civilized nation at war. Whatever scenes surround you and I know they are dark rely in God for Safe deliverance. Pray always as you promised me you would pray and my spirit shall meet yours at the altar of prayer. May God bless you until peace is restored or the Authorities on both sides will grant us permission to join each other within the lines of the southern army. TIll then I leave the kind care of heaven to guard you. Be to me what you ever have been `Marie' - as I am and will ever be." Includes instructions on replying and a place marked "U.S. Postage", where a 3c stamp was removed. Very Fine, a beautiful example of a flag of truce letter

E. 200-250
290
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