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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Confederate Occupation of New Mexico

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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1400°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1400, Confederate Occupation of New MexicoMesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862), Mesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862)Mesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862). Full clear strike of circular datestamp with ms."Due 10c" on turned cover to Homer Tex. from William Jones, a member of Co. K, 1st Regiment, Sibley's Brigade, inside with "Nacogdoches Tex. Jan. 14" cds (probably 1863) and 5c Blue, Local (7) pair (defective) and addressed to Rusk Tex., cover very lightly toned, bottom flap separated and reattached

A FINE AND VERY RARE COVER MAILED DURING THE CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE NEWLY-FORMED TERRITORY OF ARIZONA.

In July 1861 Lt. Col. John Baylor raised the Confederate flag at Fort Bliss, later occupying Fort Fillmore and the town of Mesilla. On August 1st he issued a proclamation establishing the Confederate Territory of Arizona, naming Mesilla as its capital. In January 1862, at about the time this cover was postmarked, the Confederate Congress passed a bill establishing the Territory of Arizona. President Davis signed the bill in January and issued his presidential proclamation shortly thereafter.

During this period in which the Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed, Brigadier Henry Sibley raised three regiments, designated the Army of New Mexico, comprising the 4th, 5th and 7th Texas regiments. The 4th was known unofficially as the 1st Regiment of Sibley's Brigade, to which the sender of this letter, William Jones, belonged.

According to specialists in Arizona and New Mexico postal history, there are fewer than ten examples known of the Mesilla N.M. occupation marking. Please see the following lot for another cover from the Jones correspondence

E. 12,000-15,000
12,000
1401°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1401, Confederate Occupation of New MexicoFort Davis Texas Dec. 6, 1861, Fort Davis Texas Dec. 6, 1861Fort Davis Texas Dec. 6, 1861. Clear strike with "DUE" and "10" handstamps on small cover endorsed "Wm. Jones, Company K, 1st Regiment, Sibley's Brigade" and addressed to Rusk Tex., all in blue ms., original letter to his uncle enclosed, datelined "Fort Davis Texas Territory, November the 30th 1861", describes "long and dusty trip" to El Paso "in wild villainous country", minor toning and edge flaws, small doodles from "Thomas" (a nephew?), still Very Fine, extremely rare usage from this Confederate fort in Texas, Jones was a member of Sibley's Brigade en route to New Mexico and Arizona (see previous lot)

E. 2,000-2,500
2,300
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