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.
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