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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Independent and C.S.A. Usages

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
301
c
Richmond Va. May 1, 1861. Cds ties 3c Dull Red (26) on orange cover with commission merchants blind embossing, to Mountain Grove Va., fresh and Fine, ex Dietz

E. 100-150
135
302
c
Richmond Va. May 31, 1861 - Last Day of U.S. Rates. Bold "Richmond Va. May 31, 1861" cds ties vertical pair of 3c Dull Red (26) on light lavender cover to Norfolk Va., cover torn at right and repaired, small edge tear at left, still Fine double-rate usage from Richmond which became the capital of the Confederacy on May 29, rare usage from the new Confederate capital on the last day that U.S. stamps were valid

E. 200-300
325
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303
c
Selma Ala. Jul. 17 (1861). Cds on uncancelled 3c Star Die entire to Marion Ala., marked "Due 10" in ms., small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, colector's note "Confederate in the opinion of Stanley B. Ashbrook; see his letter", the letter does not accompany but we agree with his opinion

E. 200-300
0
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304
c
(Talladega Al.) "IE/PAID" and "10". Clear strikes of rate handstamps, "I.E." initials for Postmaster Isaac Estell, on small oblong cover to surgeon with 7th Ala. Regt. at Bowling Green Ky., waterstains, otherwise Very Fine, the existence of unused examples of this marking is considered by some to be evidence of provisional status - very rare, ex MacBride

E. 300-400
150
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305
c
Uniontown Ala. 5 Aug. Cds, matching "5" in octagon and "Paid" handstamps on buff cover to Marion Ala., with original 1861-dated contents to Col. Jos. S. Smith regarding the general state of a newly formed regiment: "Will you not be surprised when I inform you that there is not a 'commissioned officer' belonging to my company? It is a company consisting chiefly of gentleman over 45 years and organized to suit ourselves...I hope sir that you understand exactly the nature of my company, being nothing but a `home guard'...", cover opened roughly at right, still Fine, interesting contents

E. 200-300
100
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306
c
Warrington Fla. Feb. 6. Cds, matching "Paid" and "10" on cover addressed to North Carolina and missent to Va., boxed "Missent" hs, reduced at right, repaired and with edge tears, missing top flap, still an unusual usage

E. 150-200
210
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307
c
Kingston Ga. Oct. 9. Cds with matching "Paid" and "10" in circle on cover to Culpepper C.H. Va., light staining at left edge, Fine and rare, only seven recorded, ex Emerson, Solomon, Lounsbery

E. 150-200
110
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308
c
Manassas Ga. Jul. 25, 1862. Blue cds, matching "Paid 10" in arc on homemade cover to military address (Barton's Brigade) in Knoxville Tenn., ms. box charge no., with original contents which discusses Morgan's campaigns in Ky. and Battle of Murfreesborough, cover shows some slight wear, Fine, ex Emerson

E. 100-150
230
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309
c
Manassas Ga. Sep. 17, 1862. Perfectly struck blue cds, matching "Paid 10" in arc on small buff homemade cover addressed to Barton's Brigade at Tazewell Va., ms. box charge no., with original contents which state in part "I am afraid the Yankees by burning off the mountain are preparing to fight...I suppose it is now certain that a portion of the Confederate Army is in Maryland. May she soon be freed from her thraldom!", cover shows some wear and gum soaks from the homemade cover, still Fine

E. 100-150
105
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310
c
West Point Ga. 24 Apr.. Cds, matching boxed "Paid" with ms. "9" on courthouse cover to LaGrange Ga., 1861 docketing, some edge wear, Very Fine and rare triple 3c U.S. rate used in the Confederacy, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 250-300
125
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311
c
Homer C.H. La. Jul. 5 (1861) Cds and "Paid 3" in Circle. Clear strikes of both markings, the "Paid 3" evidently applied to envelope as a provisional prior to June 1, mailed to New Orleans on July 5 after C.S.A. postal system was created and handstamped "5" for new 5c rate, skillfully restored edge wear and flap tears, still Very Fine, this appears to be an unlisted Confederate postmaster's U.S.-rated provisional

E. 500-750
375
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312
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 312, Independent and C.S.A. UsagesMonroe La. Nov. 27, Monroe La. Nov. 27Monroe La. Nov. 27. Bold cds, matching "DUE 10" in arc on cover carried by soldier in Co. E, 1st Texas Inf., for mailing at Monroe, to Marshall Tex., edge wear and missing top flap, some toning, otherwise Fine and interesting Trans-Mississippi usage, signed Brian Green

E. 750-1,000
0
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313
c
New Orleans La. Apr. 24, 1862. Double-circle ds and "Steam 7" straightline hs on incoming buff cover to Carroll Hoy & Co., ms. "B/L" (bill of lading), usual filing pinholes

A VERY FINE AND IMPORTANT HISTORICAL COVER, CARRIED BY STEAMBOAT INTO NEW ORLEANS AT THE CLIMAX OF THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS.

April 24 marked the climax of the Battle of New Orleans in which Federal gunboats under Admiral Farragut's command effectively defeated Confederate defending forces. The refusal of Mayor John Monroe and Confederate Gen. Mansfield Lovell to formally surrender, coupled with Lovell's decision to withdraw his troops, resulted in days of military skirmishing and widespread chaos as citizens of the undefended city panicked. On April 25 Farragut's forces anchored off the New Orleans waterfront watched as the wharf was set afire by the city's own residents - a young girl wrote in her diary "We are conquered but not subdued." (The Civil War: Day by Day, p. 204).

On May 1 Maj. General Benjamin F. Butler began his command and administration of New Orleans. Butler's harsh command earned him the sobriquet "Beast" Butler. After April 24 there was no regular Confederate postal activity in New Orleans, which effectively makes this a last day cover of the most important port city's post office in the Confederacy. During Federal occupation letters were smuggled between residents of New Orleans and relations in the Confederate States.

With 1983 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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314
c
New Orleans La., Jan. 27, 1862. Double-circle datestamp, matching "Steam 7" handstamp (5c postage plus 2c ship captain's fee) on small cover addressed to Carroll Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, small edge tear, otherwise Very Fine

E. 500-750
575
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315
c
Corinth Miss. May 12. Bold cds on back of 1862 folded letter from "J. W. Fuller Capt. Bassio Cavalry" at Corinth to Bossier Parish La., "DUE/5" hs, good content re soldiering, Very Fine

E. 150-200
180
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316
c
Summit Miss. Bold cds, matching "Paid" with ms. "9" rate marking on yellow courthouse cover to LaGrange Ga., extensive docketing indicates probably May 6, 1861 usage, some edge wear, Fine and extremely rare triple 3c rate cover used in the Confederacy, ex Krieger, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 300-400
150
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317
c
Kinston N.C. Sep. 8. Cds, matching "Paid" on orange cover to Raleigh N.C., 1862 docketing at left, Very Fine

E. 100-150
75
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318
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 318, Independent and C.S.A. UsagesCharleston S.C. Mar. 21, 186-, Charleston S.C. Mar. 21, 186-Charleston S.C. Mar. 21, 186-. Bold cds, matching large "10" hs on soldier's due adversity cover made from legal form to Manchester P.O. S.C., 1864 receipt docketing at left, opened for display, Very Fine

E. 100-150
160
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319
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 319, Independent and C.S.A. UsagesCharleston S.C. Jul. 23, Charleston S.C. Jul. 23Charleston S.C. Jul. 23. Double-circle ds, matching "Paid 10" in circle on adversity cover made from printed military order form, addressed to Gov. Jno L. Manning in Manchester S.C., box charge no. at top, 1863 receipt docketing, trivial insect nibbles, a Very Fine and attractive usage

E. 100-150
160
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320
c
Charleston S.C. Aug. 23. Double-circle ds, matching "10" on blue cover to Savannah Ga., 1863 docketing, sender's docketing "Mailed by Chas. H. Olmstead Col. 1st Vol. Ga. Regt", fresh and Very Fine, Charles Olmstead had commanded Fort Pulaski which guarded Charleston Harbor, until it was shelled and taken by the Union on April 11, 1862

E. 75-100
110
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321
c
Columbia S.C., Jul. 11. Blue cds, matching "Paid" and large "10" on buff cover to Anderson C.H. S.C., box charge no. at top, slightly reduced at left and some overall wear, Fine

E. 50-75
60
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322
c
Manning S.C. Dec. 4. Neat cds, matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps on buff homemade cover to Columbia S.C., 1862 docketing at left, some stains, otherwise Very Fine strikes, ex Stonewall

E. 75-100
60
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323
 
Houston Tex. Partly struck cds on Feb. 5, 1864 issue of Tri-Weekly Telegraph newspaper, unaddressed, slight edge wear, Fine and rare paying the 1-cent newspaper rate

E. 500-750
0
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324
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 324, Independent and C.S.A. UsagesSherman Tex. Mar. 12, Sherman Tex. Mar. 12Sherman Tex. Mar. 12. Smudged cds, matching grid cancels 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) with eagle design handstamp on cover to Hunnewell Mo., ms. "Via the overland mail" endorsement, 1861 receipt docketing on back, with original contents which state in part "The over land mail will stop running through this country on the 25th of the present month March 1861...The Texians have succeeded in taking all the forts and arms in Texas without any resistance on the part of the soldiers...", fresh and Very Fine, rare and enigmatic usage (at one time believed to be a packet boat handstamp), ex Meroni, with Weill backstamp and 1994 C.S.A. certificate which declines opinion on the eagle marking

E. 750-1,000
325
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325
c
Lexington Va. Two covers, first bears blue Oct. 10 cds with matching "Paid 5" to military address in Fairfax Station Va., second bears blue Aug. 26 cds and matching "Paid 10" on 1862 folded letter to Amsterdam Va., both are Very Fine

E. 100-150
75
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326
c
Martinsville Va. Jul. 18. Cds, matching "Paid" with ms. "5 Cents" on light blue 1861 folded letter to Leaksville N.C., mostly religious contents but comment on backflap reads "No envelopes yet to be had at ?? C.H. so you will excuse this old-fashioned way of putting up my letter.", fresh and Very Fine

E. 150-200
105
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327
c
Norfolk Va. Sep. 19, 1861. Blue cds, matching "Paid" in circle and "5" on orange cover to Oxford N.C., docketing at left, filing hole, Very Fine

E. 50-75
20
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328
c
Pattonsburgh Va. Oct. 6 (1861). Blue cds, matching "Paid 5" on 3c Star Die entire to military address in Fairfax Va., entire crossed out and defaced in pen, with original enclosure which states in part "Our victory in Missouri was brilliant and even in Kentucky the skies are brightening - I see that John C. Breckenridge has left that state and is now in Abingdon." postscript notes "You will be surprised to see this letter in a 3c envelope but I could not get any other, there are none in town.", light toned spots, Very Fine

E. 150-200
260
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329
c
Portsmouth Va. Jun. 27, 1861. Blue double-circle ds, matching "Paid" and "5" on 1c Star Die entire with design crossed out, addressed to "Supt. Eastern Lunatic Asylum, Williamsburg Va.", receipt docketing at bottom, expertly repaired, missing small part of backflap, appears Very Fine

E. 200-300
125
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330
c
Richmond Va. Jun. 21, 1861. Cds, matching "Paid 5" in circle on unused 3c Star Die entire to Hillsboro N.C., Very Fine and choice, ex Emerson

E. 200-300
100
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331
c
Richmond Va. Jul. 5, 1861. Bold cds and "PAID 5 Cts." two-line italicized rate hs on 3c Red Star Die entire to Fredericksburg Va., sender has crossed out obsolete embossed stamp and marked "Charge Box 260 PRG" indicating box charge for 5c postage, Extremely Fine and unusual usage, ex Emerson, Brugh

E. 200-300
170
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332
c
Richmond Va. Apr. 30, 1863. Bold cds and "Due 10" hs on cover endorsed by David W. Lewis (Member of C.S.A. Congress), to another member, William W. Clark, at Covington Ga., minor insect nibbling at lower left, otherwise Fine, very scarce congressional endorsement

E. 150-200
0
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333
c
Richmond Va. (Apr. 1863). Cds with slug and numeral but no month, "20" cent rate handstamped due marking on cover to Buena Vista Ga., soldier's endorsement, slightly reduced at right, skillfully cleaned and improved edges, Fine appearance, scarce, Brian Green notes on back "Only recorded usage (11/26/83)"

E. 300-400
150
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334
c
Smithfield Va., Jan. 7. Red cds, matching "PAID" and "V" in oval on orange cover to Reidsville N.C., ms. "Paid 5cts" in same hand as address, Fine, ex Weatherly

E. 75-100
0
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335
c
Tudor Hall Va. Sep. 1, 1861. Cds, matching "PAID 5" in arc on small cover to Greenville S.C., slightly uneven at top left from opening, Fine

E. 50-75
35
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336
c
Tudor Hall Va. Sep. 17, 1861. Cds, matching straightline "PAID 10" on orange cover to Lexington Ga., minor edge wear, Fine

E. 50-75
25
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