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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Confederate Navy in Kentucky

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
129
c
10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Ample margins to slightly in along frameline only, gum toning and sealed tear at right, tied by "Columbus Ky." circular datestamp on pale gray lithographed pre-war advertising cover for "Nashville & New Orleans Passenger Packet `Red Rover', Wm. Strong, Master", all civilian words crossed out, the military title "C.S. Steamer" added before "Red Rover", addressed to Mrs. Louisa S. Guthrie at Portsmouth Va., all in the hand of Lt. John J. Guthrie C.S.N., commander of the Red Rover, slightly reduced at right, faint staining

ONE OF THE MOST REMARKABLE CONFEDERATE NAVAL COVERS EXTANT - A CIVILIAN ADVERTISING COVER MODIFIED BY THE COMMANDER OF THE RED ROVER AND USED FROM COLUMBUS, KENTUCKY, WITH THE 10-CENT HOYER & LUDWIG.

This cover was the subject of an article by Brian M. Green, published in The American Philatelist (copy accompanies lot). The Red Rover (see Figure E) was built in 1859 and purchased by the Confederacy at New Orleans in November 1861 to serve as a barracks and accomodations ship for the crew of the New Orleans. Lieut. Guthrie had command of both ships. The Red Rover participated in defending Columbus - this cover was mailed from there - and it later saw action on the Mississippi River. In March 1862 the Red Rover was captured by Union forces and converted to a navy hospital ship, the first of its kind to carry women nurses.

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
130
c
10c Dark Blue, Hoyer & Ludwig (2b). Large margins, slight corner crease, tied by "Macon Ga. Feb. 10" (1862) double-circle ds on small cover to Asst. Surgeon Charles M. Morfit, C.S. Navy, C.S. Steamer "Ivy" at New Orleans, forwarded from there to Dr. Morfit at Columbus Ky.; Fort Donelson fell on Feb. 16 and Columbus was evacuated on Feb. 20 - this cover was sent to the Confederate stronghold at New Madrid Mo. where marked "Recd Feby. 27th 1862, New Madrid Mo." and initialed A.Q.M.(?) - naval gunboats were positioned at Island No. 10 north of New Madrid and it is possible this cover reached Dr. Morfit there - reduced at top, otherwise Very Fine, an outstanding Confederate naval cover, ex MacBride

E. 750-1,000
525
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