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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
773
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 773, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce MailAndersonville Ga, Andersonville GaAndersonville Ga. Handstamp on guard's letter addressed to "Lieut. G.R. Wells, Stone Mountain Ga.", sender's company designation (Company K 2nd Regt. Georgia Reserves) and matching "Paid 10", back of cover bears trace of 20c Green (13) which must have been a bisect based on sender's "Paid 10" notation, marked "Due 10" in pencil, with original enclosure datelined "Camp Sumter June the 5th 64" the contents state in part "...I am satisfied that if we stay here we will all die for the weather is as hot hear now as it is there in August...they would send us to the front their and sa it is a gave up case if we stay hear.", closing line sums up his attitude: "I remain your True Brother as ever until death", cover with some foxing, a Very Fine and extremely unusual usage, with 1985 C.S.A. certificate not mentioning 20c stamp remnant on backflap

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
774
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 774, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce Mail(Andersonville Ga.), (Andersonville Ga.)(Andersonville Ga.). 3c Rose (65) tied by target over place where pair of 5c Blue, Local (7) was affixed and peeled off, "Old Point Comfort Va. Oct. 3" double-circle ds in same position on uncancelled 3c Red Star Die entire to Westhampton Mass., Judd correspondence, part of 3c margin torn away to show traces of 5c, minor opening tears, otherwise Very Fine; a note from Brian M. Green accompanies, in which he identifies the sender and reveals that the soldier was captured in May 1864 and sent to Andersonville prison (unfortunately, the research notes have been misplaced) - an intriguing cover worth further research

E. 300-400
240
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775
c
Houston Tex. Small cover with prisoner's endorsement "From M. L. Burney, Federal Prisoner of Late U.S. Str. Clifton" to Warwick R.I., additional "Ford & Examnd. by..." sender's notation, but this was not completed by examiner, instead "Examined, W. Hyllested, Maj. & Prov M Genl Texas" examiner's mark applied to back, entered Federal mails with "New Orleans La. Feb. 6, '64" double-circle datestamp and "Due 6" in circle, slightly reduced at right

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FROM A PRISONER CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF SABINE PASS, TEXAS.

Despite an overwhelming advantage in force against a small Confederate garrison, the Federals suffered a humiliating defeat in the battle at Sabine Pass, Texas, on September 8, 1863. Two gunboats were grounded and surrendered - the U.S.S. Sachem and Clifton - and captured men were moved to prisons at Houston, Hempstead (Camp Groce) and Tyler (Camp Ford). Based on the fewer than ten known covers from prisoners captured at Sabine Pass, it appears that they were moved between these locations over a period of six months. The endorsements, postmark dates and censor markings help identify mail from these prisons. In this case, the February New Orleans datestamp and endorsements point to the prison at Houston.

From a new find and offered for the first time

E. 1,500-2,000
2,800
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776
c
Salisbury 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. 1,000-1,500
2,100
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777
c
Salisbury 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. 2,000-3,000
3,750
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778
c
Salisbury N.C. 10c Blue, Die B (12), rough separation, tied by partly struck Salisbury N.C. cds on prisoner's cover to Mountville Pa. "By Flag of Truce", pencil "Examined" mark, 3c Rose (65) tied by segmented cork and "Old Point Comfort Va. Jan. 18" (1864) cds, backflap removed, light soiling, Fine, Salisbury combination covers are rare

E. 400-500
450
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779
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 779, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce Mail(Flag-of-Truce), (Flag-of-Truce)(Flag-of-Truce). 3c Dull Red (26) vertical strip of three, creased before use, tied by multiple strikes of "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec. 14" (1861) double-circle ds on 3c Red Star Die entire to Georgetown D.C., pencil "E" to left of strip and tiny ms. "Exd." above embossed stamp, the 3c 1857 stamps are used well after demonetization, the presence of examiner markings and Old Point Comfort routing lead to the inescapable conclusion that this is a flag-of-truce cover, backflap removed, otherwise Very Fine - an intriguing cover

E. 200-300
0
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780
c
10c Blue, Die A (11). Large even margins, fine impression, used with 3c Rose (65) on flag-of-truce cover to Mount Sterling Ky., 10c tied by "Forkland Ala." brownish-black cds and "Old Point Comfort Va. Oct. 20" double-circle datestamp, 3c (wide s.e.) tied by quartered cork, endorsed "Via Flag of Truce, Richmond Va.", remarkably fresh and choice, Extremely Fine flag-of-truce usage, ex Richey, Shenfield

E. 1,500-2,000
2,500
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781
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 781, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce MailCamp Chase, Camp ChaseCamp Chase. Buff cover from prisoner to Greenville Tenn., flag-of-truce endorsement and examiner's ms. mark, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Columbus O. Jan. 6, 1864" double-circle ds and target, 10c Blue, Die B (12) tied by "Richmond Val. Jan. 18" cds, 3c corner torn off, 10c gum stains, cover has minor wear and small mend at upper left, still Fine and attractive mixed franking

E. 400-500
1,000
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782
c
Camp Chase. Brown cover addressed to a prisoner-of-war in Prison No. 3, sender's routing "By Flag of Truce" and contents identified as "$5 U.S. Currency", faint pencil examiner's marks, 3c Rose (65) at upper right has trimmed perfs and was affixed with glue, leading someone to speculate on back "Stamp cut from encased currency" (a possibility but unprovable), Fine and unusual

E. 200-300
350
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783
c
Camp Elmira. Bluish gray cover to prisoner-of-war at Camp Elmira "Care of Maj. Colt, Provost Marshal", 10c Deep Blue, Die B (12), full margins, pen cancel and tied by pencil "Examined" mark, contents noted across top "50c U.S. Postal Currency", red ms. "Ex" examiner's mark and red pencil "C", directed to Ward C at Elmira, flap unsealed for censors, Very Fine, a choice and very rare cover - though Elmira was one of the larger prisons, from which censored P.O.W. covers are abundant, covers to the camp are scarce, and this example, bearing a Confederate stamp and indication of money contents, is most unusual

E. 500-750
250
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784
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 784, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce MailFort Delaware, Fort DelawareFort Delaware. Perfectly struck oval examiner's hs on buff cover bearing 3c Rose (65) cancelled by grid, matching "Delaware City Del. Jul. 2" cds, to Baltimore Md., ms. "H.G. Cartwright, Div. 23 Officers Barcks, Fort Delaware, June 29th 1864" at bottom left, missing part of bottom flap, Very Fine

E. 200-300
130
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785
c
Approved/T. T. Lawson/Chief Prov. Marshal/Dist. of N.C. Circular handstamp on cover originating at Point Lookout from a Confederate prisoner to New Berne N.C., 3c Rose (65) tied by target, "Point Lookout Md. Aug. 2 '64" double-circle ds, "Richmond Va. Aug. 17" cds and "Due 10" straightline hs, "Prisoner's Letter Examined" in octagon and ms. examiner's mark, with original letter enclosure; undeliverable and returned to Federal Provost Marshal in N.C. where Lawson's circular handstamp was applied, additional "ADVERTISED" straightline in oval, "Sep. 2" ds and ms. "Due 4" (3c plus 1c advertised fee), slight wear, still Fine, a remarkable combination of markings - the Lawson Provost Marshal handstamp is extremely rare, and the advertising for an undeliverable prisoner's letter is quite unusual

E. 1,000-1,500
2,400
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786
c
Sale Number 801, Lot Number 786, P.O.W. and Flag-of-Truce MailWashington D.C. (Prison), Washington D.C. (Prison)Washington D.C. (Prison). Four-line framed hs "Approved by Order of/Henry B. Todd,/Capt. & Prov. Marshal/[signed] J. W. Sturtevant/Lieut. & Adjutant", 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 18" (1864) cds on homemade cover to Catawba Station N.C., prisoner's endorsement from a private in the 48th Regt. N.C. Vol., Very Fine, the use of this Washington D.C. Provost Marshal marking on a cover from a captured Confederate soldier, with a Confederate stamp, is unusual and rare

E. 1,000-1,500
1,150
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