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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Kentucky in the Civil War

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
254°
c
10c Rose (5). Mostly large margins, clear at lower right, faint gum toning and pre-use crease, tied by light strike of "Morristown Ten. Oct. 6" (1862) circular datestamp, repeated at lower left, ms. "Bardstown Ky Sept. 27th /62" Confederate occupation postmark at upper left of cover to Clinton Miss.

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER, SENT FROM BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY, DURING THE BRIEF OCCUPATION BY CONFEDERATE FORCES UNDER GENERAL BRAGG - SEPTEMBER 23 THROUGH OCTOBER 3, 1862.

Generals Bragg and Kirby-Smith led the Confederate invasion of Kentucky that began in August 1862. Bragg's forces withrew to Bardstown, Kentucky, and occupied the city from September 23rd through October 3rd. It appears that this cover originated at a field post office and was carried to Morristown, Tennessee, where it was placed into the regular mails. The use of a 10c Rose Lithograph on a cover originating in Kentucky is extremely rare.

E. 2,500-3,500
7,350
255°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 7 (1862). Unusually well-struck cds in mixtures of blue and brown ink with matching "5" in circle due hs on blue Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse Patriotic cover addressed in blue to Hicksville N.C., soldier's endorsement from member of 9th Ark. Regt., two faint cellophane tape stains - old tape has been removed and resealed with archival tape - otherwise Very Fine, very rare use of patriotic from Confederate post office at Bowling Green

E. 2,000-2,500
1,900
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256°
c
Hopkinsville Ky. Dec. 12, 1861. Partly clear double-circle ds with ms. "Due 5" on blue on buff Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse Patriotic cover to Elm Grove Miss., soldier's endorsement from member of 7th Regt. Miss. Vol., "DUE/5" two-line hs applied in transit at Memphis, with original letter, slight wear at left and faint waterstain at bottom right, still Very Fine, a rare and extremely choice patriotic from one of the few Confederate post offices in Kentucky

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
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257°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Nov. 25 (1861). Partly clear blue cds and ms. "Due 10" on buff cover to Bastrop Tex. with red and blue 11-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic design, Sutterly New Orleans imprint, soldier's endorsement from member of Terry's Regt., Texas Rangers, slightly reduced at right, tiny mend at upper right corner, Very Fine, attractive and rare Kentucky patriotic usage

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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258°
c
Columbus Ky. Nov. 9 (1861). Partly clear cds with "Paid" in oval and ms. "5" on cover to Miss. with red and blue 12-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic, "M" (for Missouri) and 12th Star at Center, with verse (Dietz F12-5), reduced and torn at left (repaired with part of flagpole drawn in), otherwise Fine, extremely rare design showing Missouri as 12th star, ex Kohn

E. 1,000-1,500
1,350
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259°
c
Columbus Ky. Clearly struck cds with unreadable date, "Paid" in oval and ms. "5" rate on small cover to Jenkin's Depot Tenn. with light purple Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse Patriotic design, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, choice and extremely rare use from Confederate Kentucky

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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260°
c
Paducah Ky. Apr. 18, 1861. Double-circle ds, matching small grid with hollow center cancelling 3c Dull Red (26), on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Waverly Tenn., sender has written "Ky" in white bar, most of backflap removed, reduced at top, the edges have been reinforced with archival tape with small mends where frayed, some light staining - Fine and handsome appearance despite these condition factors, an extremely rare Confederate Flag patriotic from pro-Confederate Kentucky to the still-Union state of Tennessee (secession referendum May 6th)

E. 750-1,000
950
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261°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Oct. 20 (1861). Unusually bold blue cds and ms. "pd 10" on cover to Monticello Ark. with blind-embossed Memphis hotel corner card, from the Slemons family correspondence, photocopy of original enclosure accompanies, a letter from Col. Slemons, who commanded the 2nd Arkansas Cavalry, datelined Cave City Ky. with mention of march on Greensburg where there are "2000 Lincolnites", small piece of backflap missing, Very Fine

E. 500-750
575
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262°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 262, Kentucky in the Civil WarBowling Green Ky. 22 Oct. (1861), Bowling Green Ky. 22 Oct. (1861)Bowling Green Ky. 22 Oct. (1861). Unusually bold blue cds with ms. "pd 5" rate on small cover to Mifflin Tenn., negigible toning at bottom right, Very Fine, scarce and seldom struck so clearly

E. 400-500
325
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263°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Oct. 25 (1861). Unusually bold blue cds and ms. "paid 10" on legal-size buff cover with Headquarters Western Department, Official Business imprint (Dietz Ty. I), to Washington Ga., numerous small tears around edges, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare Kentucky usage

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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264°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 264, Kentucky in the Civil WarBowling Green Ky. Nov. 9 (1861), Bowling Green Ky. Nov. 9 (1861)Bowling Green Ky. Nov. 9 (1861). Mostly clear blue cds and ms. "paid 10" on buff cover with Headquarters Western Department, Official Business imprint (Dietz Ty. I), crossed out in ms., to Washington Ga., minor opening tear at top right, otherwise Very Fine, extremely rare Kentucky usage

E. 1,500-2,000
0
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265°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Nov. 28 (1861). Blue cds (inverted date) and ms. "Due" on buff cover to Bastrop Tex., soldier's endorsement from member of Col. Terry's Regt., Texan Rangers, reduced at right, otherwise Fine

E. 400-500
200
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266°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Dec. 20 (1861). Blue partly readable cds on soldier's blue folded letter to Saltillo Miss., with soldier's endorsement, ms. "Due 5", "Due 5" hs applied at Memphis, interesting letter re camp life, faint age bleach spots, Fine and scarce

E. 500-750
450
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267°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Dec. 26 (1861). Brownish cds partly clear strike with ms. "Paid 5" on yellow cover to Pontotoc Miss., slightly reduced at bottom and right, faint toning, Fine, ex Kohn

E. 200-300
200
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268°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 268, Kentucky in the Civil WarBowling Green Ky. Jan. 7 (1862), Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 7 (1862)Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 7 (1862). Extraordinarily bold strike of blue cds and matching "5" in circle due hs on tiny cover to Randolph Tenn., soldier's endorsement, lightly toned, still Extremely Fine and one of the finest strikes known of the Bowling Green town datestamp (often faint or blurry), ex Emerson

E. 750-1,000
700
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269°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 7 (1862). Usual blurry strike in blue with matching "5" in circle due hs on homemade cover to a lieutenant at Crystal Springs Miss., endorsement of an adjutant (and brother) in 6th Miss. Regt., bold "DUE/10" two-line hs applied in transit at Memphis - unusual re-rating - reduced at top and waterstains, still Fine and rare, with 1981 P.F. certificate

E. 750-1,000
525
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270°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 270, Kentucky in the Civil WarBowling Green Ky. Jan. 19 (1862), Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 19 (1862)Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 19 (1862). Usual light strike in mixture of blue and brown ink, ms. "due 10" on tiny cover to Bastrop Tex., soldier's endorsement from member of Terry's Regt, Texas Rangers, tiny insect nibblings at top, Very Fine, scarce

E. 500-750
0
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271°
c
Bowling Green Ky. Feb. 12 (1862). Lightly struck brownish-black cds and ms. "10" due on tiny cover to Bastrop Tex., soldier's endorsement from member of Terry's Regt., Texas Rangers, small mend at upper left corner, flap removed, otherwise Fine and scarce - Confederate forces began evacuating Bowling Green on February 11th

E. 300-400
290
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272°
c
5c Yellowish Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Horizontal pair, cut in on three sides, pre-use crease, tied by "Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 17" (1862) cds, bolder than usual strike, on cover to Wytheville Va., few toned spots, minor flap fault, still Fine, very scarce

E. 400-500
675
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273°
c
5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Vertical pair, ample to large margins, small internal crease and scuffs visible under close examination, tied by lightly struck brownish "Bowling Green Ky." cds on cover to Church Hill Miss., fresh and Very Fine appearance

E. 300-400
500
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274°
c
10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Ample margins, tied by "Bowling Green Ky. Feb. 8" (1862) cds on narrow cover to Relfs Bluff Ark., a few letters of typically light cancel strengthened in pencil, stamp has small scuff, cover has mended hole and part of sideflap removed, Very Fine appearance, scarce Kentucky usage - Bowling Green evacuated days later - ex Pratt, Everett

E. 500-750
950
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275°
c
Columbus Ky. Nov. 29 (1861). Cds and ms. "Due 5" on soldier's folded letter to Stanton's Depot Tenn., endorsed by member of 12th Regt. Tenn. Vol., minor opening tears in flap, Very Fine

E. 500-750
500
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276°
c
Columbus Ky. Dec - . Partly clear cds and "Paid" in oval, ms. "5" on buff cover to Ark., ms. "Due 5", reduced at left, Fine and unusual re-rated usage

E. 400-500
375
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277°
c
Columbus Ky. Mostly clear strike but date unreadable, "Paid" in oval hs and ms. "10" with "Due 10" crossed out on cover to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual filing pinholes, Very Fine, extremely rare re-rated usage from Confederate Kentucky

E. 750-1,000
500
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278°
c
Columbus Ky. Bold cds with unreadable date on buff cover to Mifflin Tenn., ms. "Due 5" and in the same hand "I Paid 5 Cents postage M.S.E.", soldier's endorsement from member of 13th Regt. Tenn. Vol., bottom right and left corners clipped and repaired, reduced at right, rare and unusual

E. 500-750
500
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279°
c
Columbus Ky. Dec. 10 (1861). Cds with bold "Paid" in oval hs and ms. "5" rate on buff cover to Memphis Tenn., slightly reduced at left, small repair at corner, still Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
240
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280°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 280, Kentucky in the Civil WarColumbus Ky. Dec. 30 (1861), Columbus Ky. Dec. 30 (1861)Columbus Ky. Dec. 30 (1861). Lightly struck cds with "Paid" in oval and ms. "5" on buff cover to Memphis Tenn., soldier's endorsement from a member of 4th Regt. Tenn. Vol., with original 8pp letter datelined "Camp near Columbus Ky." from an extremely articulate and pious soldier to his mother - clearly a privileged youth who is adjusting to a soldier's life and has not yet seen the blood of battle - he writes "Camp life is the place to find out a man, and I must confess the more I know of men the better I like dogs", mentions futility of sending goods, "I don't want you to trouble yourself about sending boxes again as Hamlin men are the only ones now who get them...", mentions Generals Polk and Pillow who "live high & get the best of everything", some talk of impending action, slightly reduced at right, Fine

E. 500-750
400
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281°
c
Columbus Ky. Jan. - . Cds with month slug only, "Paid" in oval hs and ms. "5" rate on yellow cover to Demopolis Ala., slightly soiled with minor edge tears, reduced at left, still Fine and scarce

E. 200-300
0
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282°
c
Columbus Ky. Feb. - . Partly readable cds on small 1862 cover to Egg's Point Miss. with soldier's endorsement from member of Bolivar Troops, 1st Battalion, Miss. Cavalry, "DUE/5" two-line hs, with original letter which mentions Zollicoffer and action on the Tennessee River, flap removed, otherwise Very Fine

E. 500-750
400
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283°
c
Columbus Ky. Jan. 6. Mostly bold cds and ms. "Due 5" rate on buff cover to Egg's Point Miss., soldier's endorsement "C. Worthington, Bolivar Troop", "DUE/5" handstamp applied at Memphis, reduced at right and corner repaired, otherwise fresh and Fine

E. 400-500
290
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284°
c
Columbus Ky. Jan - . Unusually clear cds without day slug, ms. "Due/5" on buff cover to Lack's Creek Tenn., from a soldier who can barely write or spell, addressed to "Alien" Jones, "DUE/5" two-line hs applied in transit at Memphis, some unskilled patchwork with bottom corners repaired, flap removed and trimmed slightly around three edges, the markings are clear and the cover is very presentable

E. 200-300
325
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285°
c
5c Dull Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Margins slightly in on three sides, large at bottom, tied by bold "Memphis Ten/ Jan. 18, 1862" cds on cover to "Lt. James J. Hall, Woods Company, Neely's Regiment, Columbus, Ky.", redirected to Douglass's Regiment, "Columbus Ky." cds faintly struck, no additional postage charged, Very Fine, very rare Kentucky military usage

E. 750-1,000
1,400
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286°
c
"Demossville Ky. May 9". Ms. pmk. and "Free/A.T." postmaster's free frank on 1861 buff cover to Massie's Mills Va., with letter from postmaster which states "you may live...to see old Virginia flag waving over a Southern republic", reduced slightly at bottom, Fine, Kentucky proclaimed its neutrality on May 20th but passed a secession ordinance in November, the Confederate loyalty is evident in this letter

E. 400-500
300
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287°
c
Memphis Tenn., 5c Red (56X2). Pale shade, cut to shape, tied by bold "Memphis Ten. Dec. 18(?), 1861" cds on small cover to captain with 21st Regt. Tenn. Vol. at Columbus Ky., nicked at top, part of backflap missing, scarce use of provisional to a Confederate post office in Kentucky - accompanied by a second cover to same addressee with No. 1 (repaired at top)

E. 200-300
325
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288°
c
5c Light Green, Stone 1-2 (1a). Two, minor faults, tied by blue "Nashville Ten." cds on cover to a captain in the 1st Kentucky Regiment, at Centreville Va., tear and soiling, still presentable and scarce

E. 200-300
140
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289°
c
Kentucky. Two covers, one has "Columbus Ky." cds and "Paid" in oval with ms. "5", other has "Bowling Green Ky." cds tying one No. 1 (other stamp removed), stains and faults but scarce usages

E. 100-150
220
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290°
c
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Lexington Ky. Black on yellow glazed label (oxidized) on buff Western Union Telegraph Consolidated Lines imprint cover to Danville Ky., pencil "Ex 25" charge, docketed on back "Natchez, May 13th, 1861" indicating war-time usage, flap removed, otherwise Very Fine, rare example of express telegram delivery within Kentucky

E. 200-300
450
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291°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 291, Kentucky in the Civil WarAdams Express Co., Paducah, Ky, Adams Express Co., Paducah, KyAdams Express Co., Paducah, Ky. Black on yellow label affixed with brownish mucilage on small cover to West Stephentown N.Y., red and blue border, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. Sep. 23" (1861?) cds, ms. "Ans" (Answered) notation effectively ties label, flap sealed with same brown glue, slightly reduced at left, small tear at top left, Fine and extremely rare express usage from western Kentucky

E. 750-1,000
800
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292°
c
Forwarded by the Adams Express Co. from Sheppardsville Ky. Black on yellow glazed label affixed to 3c Pink entire to Memphis Tenn., Adams Memphis Jun. 10, 1869 unclaimed valuable label on back - so-called Three Gatherings, in which undelivered express letters were assembled and advertised after the war - with original letter dated Feb. 1, 1867, crude spelling from a sister (?) complaining a lot ("I am not well and I cant stand the work I have to do"), slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, rare Kentucky post-war express usage

E. 500-750
800
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