EXTREMELY FINE. AN IMMACULATE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE NORTHERN DEAD LETTER OFFICE MARKING APPLIED TO SOUTHBOUND MAIL AFTER JUNE 1, 1861. THE ONLY DEAD LETTER OFFICE COVER IN OUR RECORDS ORIGINATING IN KENTUCKY.
Mail originating in the South between June 1st and August 26th was allowed to cross the lines via Louisville - any prepayment was ignored, thus the purpose of the "Southern Letter Unpaid" marking. However, mail addressed from the North to any of the Confederate States was intercepted and sent to the Dead Letter Office. Examples of such letters are rare, and this is the only one we have located that originated in the border state of Kentucky.
VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE "MAILS SUSPENDED" TREATMENT OF MAIL TO THE CONFEDERATE COMMISSARY GENERAL OF PRISONERS. WITH ORIGINAL ENCLOSURE AND POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT RETURNED-LETTER ENVELOPE.
The sender, a self-described "Widowed Mother", was evidently not familiar with the procedure for locating Union soldiers taken prisoner by the Confederates. Rather than follow the formal civilian "Flag of Truce" mail procedure, she simply addressed her letter to Brigadier General Winder at Richmond. This attempt to send mail across the lines was rejected and the cover was sent to the Dead Letter Office.
VERY FINE AND COLORFUL ATTEMPTED TRANSATLANTIC MAILING TO THE CONFEDERATE CAPITAL THREE YEARS INTO THE WAR. AN EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE "MAILS SUSPENDED" OVAL ON A TRANSATLANTIC COVER.
The "Mails Suspended" oval was probably applied at the Washington D.C. Dead Letter Office, but there is also the possibility that New York City had the device as well.
THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THIS "MAILS SUSPENDED" STRAIGHTLINE APPLIED AT NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE.
Atlanta was captured by Sherman on September 2, 1864. It is likely that this cover was mailed from Illinois in the belief that the postal service in the city would be maintained under Federal occupation, but delivery was not permitted and the letter was stopped at Nashville. Ex MacBride