VERY FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED FRAMELINE COVERS HANDLED BY THE LOUISIANA RELIEF COMMITTEE AT MOBILE.
During the Federal occupation of New Orleans from May 1862 to the end of the war, there were many residents of the city who wished to continue corresponding with family and associates in the Confederate States. To circumvent the Federal post office, letters were smuggled out of New Orleans to Mobile where the Louisiana Relief Committee was situated. Provost Marshal J. C. Denis, a member of the committee and the officer responsible for official flag-of-truce mail through Mobile, endorsed at least some of the covers smuggled to and from New Orleans. In this case, the letter was probably sent to the care of Mr. DuBowe without a stamp, and he affixed the 10c Frameline for regular mail service to Uniontown, Alabama. Only two other Frameline covers handled by the Louisiana Relief Committee are known to us. One is similar to this cover, and the other was sold in our Apr. 9-10, 1997, auction (Sale 787); it is a flag-of-truce cover from a prisoner held in New Orlean, postmarked at Mobile on July 30, 1863. Unlike the prisoner-of-war cover, which was transported through official channels, the cover offered in this lot was contraband carried by hand (Mr. Comtin) across the lines, an act punishable by imprisonment if discovered by the Federals.
Although this cover has been sold on several occasions as a Frameline usage, its true identity is established here for the first time. An exciting discovery.