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Sale 795 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 28 October, 1997

Category — Prisoner-of-War Mail from Confederate Prisons

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1445°
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1445, Prisoner-of-War Mail from Confederate PrisonsColumbia S.C. (Camp Sorgum), Columbia S.C. (Camp Sorgum)Columbia S.C. (Camp Sorgum). Ms. examiner's mark "Exd. By T. J. Holland Lt. 1s S-R" (a few letters are difficult to read) on buff cover to Elba N.Y., prisoner's endorsement "From Lieut. Wm. Henry Raymond, Co. H., N.Y. Vol. Arty. Prisoner of War, C.S. Military Prison, Columbia S.C. Per Flag of Truce Boat", 10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a), full margins to just touched, gum stains, uncancelled but tied by ms. docketing, bold "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec. 16" (1864) cds and "Due 6" in cirlce, Very Fine, there were three prisons in Columbia - the attribution to Camp Sorgum is based on military records researched by Brian Green (signed on back) - Camp Sorgum covers are extremely rare

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
1446°
c
Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1446, Prisoner-of-War Mail from Confederate PrisonsLibby Prison (Richmond Va.), Libby Prison (Richmond Va.)Libby Prison (Richmond Va.). Ms. notation "From Libby Prison, Richmond Va." on top of buff cover to Battle Creek Mich., "Old Point Comfort Va. May 10" (1861) double-circle ds and "Due 3" hs, with original prisoner-of-war letter from an officer, mentions flood inside prison, fresh and Extremely Fine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,100
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1447, Prisoner-of-War Mail from Confederate PrisonsSalisbury N.C, Salisbury N.CSalisbury N.C. "Salisbury N.C. Jul. 10, 1861 [sic]" circular datestamp - used in 1862, but the old year date left in place - bold strike ties 10c Rose (5) with full corner sheet margins and huge margins all around, a phenomenal stamp, small sealed selvage tear, faint pre-use crease and minor gum soaks, paying new 10c rate on small prisoner's cover to Gray, Maine, endorsed "From a prisoner of war", ms. "ExNK" and "W B Haslett" examiners' marks, ms. "Due 3" for unpaid U.S. postage

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARING AND SPECTACULAR STAMP. ONE OF TWO RECORDED PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS WITH THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH. THE OTHER, KNOWN TO ANTRIM AND PICTURED IN HIS BOOK, WAS DESCRIBED AS "PERHAPS THE MOST DESIRABLE OF ALL THE CONFEDERATE PRISONER-OF-WAR COVERS.

With the original letter enclosure, datelined "Salisbury N.C. June 20, '62", from a prisoner quite content with life at Salisbury. At this point Salisbury held no more than 600 prisoners, who were well fed and housed under satisfactory conditions. Two years later, 10,000 prisoners arrived and turned Salisbury into the "Most lothsome dunguns in Rebeldom". The letter informs his correspondent to leave envelopes unsealed for censoring by U.S. authorities.

From the Dill correspondence and offered for the first time at auction

E. 5,000-7,500
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Sale Number 795, Lot Number 1448, Prisoner-of-War Mail from Confederate PrisonsSalisbury N.C, Salisbury N.CSalisbury N.C. "Salisbury N.C. Jun. 8, 1861 [sic]" circular datestamp used in 1862 but the old year date left in place, a perfect bold strike ties 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), in at right, others sides mostly clear to ample, trivial gum stain, on small prisoner's cover to Gray, Maine, pencil "Exd." and ms. "From a Prisoner of War, John A. Durling A.D.C." examiner's endorsement, "Due 3" hs for unpaid U.S. postage, opened at right

A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE USE OF THE 5-CENT BLUE LITHOGRAPH ON A PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER FROM SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA.

With original letter enclosure datelined "Salisbury N.C. June 6, '62". Similar content to previous lot (a later letter), but the prisoner adds "I send a Confederate postage stamp which must be put on with ours." There are perhaps fifteen to twenty covers known from Salisbury, but fewer than six have the 5c Blue Lithograph.

From the Dill correspondence and offered at auction for the first time

E. 2,000-3,000
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