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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — C.S.A. Patriotics Used from Federal P.O.`s in Kentucky

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
7
c
3c Dull Red (26). Tied by "Clarksville Ten. Apr. 24, 1861" cds on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to the editor of a Whig newspaper in Quincy Ill., with original letter enclosed, datelined "Steamer `Runyan', Paducah Apl. 23" from a fervent secessionist who writes "Hurrah for the Southern Confederacy. Send on your swarms of nigger-stealers. We will soon be ready to bury them like hogs. This is for your private pipe" (sealed splits along folds) - the sender has added seven state abbreviations below the flag "N.C., Mo., Ky., Va., Md., Ark., Tenn & c." for anticipated Confederate states

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE TYPE OF CONFEDERATE FLAG DESIGN AND REMARKABLE USAGE. WRITTEN ON BOARD A STEAMBOAT AT PADUCAH, KENTUCKY, ON ITS WAY UP THE CUMBERLAND RIVER AND POSTED AT CLARKSVILLE, TENNESSEE.

Ex MacBride

E. 3,000-4,000
4,250
8
c
3c Dull Red (26). Portion of top right corner added, tied by target, "Owensboro Ky. Jul. 9, 1861" double-circle ds on red and blue Overall 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Carlisle Ky., both Owensboro and Carlisle were pro-Southern towns - several post offices in this region were closed in August 1861 due to suspected disloyalty of postmasters (reopened when Grant moved from Cairo Ill. into Kentucky in September) - Very Fine appearance (stamp repaired) and attractive, ex MacBride

E. 750-1,000
850
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9
c
3c Dull Red (26). Minor gum toning and perf flaws, tied by blue grid, matching "Louisville Ky. Apr. 28, 1861" double-circle ds on red and blue 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover to Norwich Conn., backflap removed, sealed tear into flag and small mended hole at bottom, very scarce and attractive

E. 300-400
280
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10
c
3c Dull Red (26). Tied by "Clarksville Ten. May 20, 1861" double-circle ds on 7-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic cover in solid blue, to Adairville Ky., a pro-Confederate area, an eighth star for Virginia added by hand, also a list of seceded states (incl. Tennessee and Kentucky) and Union states to the right, minor repaired nick at right, Fine and unusual, postmarked on the day the Kentucky legislature adopted its neutrality policy

E. 300-400
375
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11
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 11, C.S.A. Patriotics Used from Federal P.O.`s in Kentucky3c Dull Red (26), 3c Dull Red (26)3c Dull Red (26). Uncancelled, on hand-carried cover to Lexington Ky. with red and blue 10-Star Confederate Flag Patriotic Design with "T" for Tennessee, inaccurately represented as the tenth Confederate State (North Carolina was admitted May 27, Tennessee July 3), minor edge wear, Fine, probably carried outside the mails to evade Federal postal spies

E. 400-500
200
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12
c
3c Dull Red (26). Straddle pane margin, tied by small dotted grid, "Military Institute Ky. Feb. 7" cds on small cover to "Republic of Texas" - the Second Republic of Texas after Feb. 1 secession but before Mar. 6 - cover worn with minor opening tears at top, otherwise Fine, any reference to the Republic of Texas during the brief Independent Statehood period is rare (only one postmark using this title is known)

E. 200-300
200
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13
c
3c Dull Red (26). Rich color, tied by bluish-black "Eddyville Ky. Apr. 30" (1861) cds on cover to "Hon. J. N. [sic] Stephens, Vice President, Montgomery, Alabama", docketing on back "O. M. Jenkins, Eddyville Ky., Position of Kentucky &c", probably related to postmaster's appointment, flap removed as usual for this correspondence, Very Fine

E. 100-150
80
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14
c
Shelbyville Ky. May 4 (1861). Cds boldy struck with "Paid" hs and ms. "3" U.S. rate on cover to Fork Union Va., forwarded to Charlottesville with ms. "Forwd from Fork Union May 13th" pmk. and "Paid 3" with 3 over-written in same hand by "5" ms. C.S.A. rate, an unusual anticipatory rating after Virginia entered C.S.A. on May 7, small faint stain at upper left, Very Fine, ex Kimmel

E. 300-400
0
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