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Sale 801 — Confederate States

Sale Date — Tuesday, 9 June, 1998

Category — Kentucky Military Postmarks and Related Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
131
c
Zollicoffers Brigade Ky, Jan. 18. Ms. postmark (1862) with matching "X" cancels on 5c Light Green, Stone 2 (1a), two margins to cut in, on light buff cover to Rogersville Tenn., backflap removed, slightly reduced at right, small opening tear at top

A REMARKABLE COVER WITH THE RARE "ZOLLICOFFER'S BRIGADE" MILITARY POSTMARK DATED JANUARY 18, 1862, ONE DAY BEFORE THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS, IN WHICH BRIGADIER GENERAL FELIX K. ZOLLICOFFER WAS KILLED.

The Battle of Mill Springs was a significant defeat for the Confederates, because it was the first breach in their Kentucky defense line. It was during this battle, on January 19, that Brig. Gen. Zollicoffer was killed after becoming confused and riding his horse into Union lines, thinking he was among Confederate forces. Wearing a white raincoat, his identity was not immediately recognized, but as soon as it was, he was shot dead in the saddle.

The rare "Zollicoffers Brigade" military postmark should not be confused with the Zollicoffer Tenn. postmark (following lot).

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
132
c
Zollicoffer Tenn. May 24. Ms. pmk. with matching cancel on 10c Blue, Die A (11) on brown cover with 11-Star Confederae Flag and Verse Patriotic cover to Gainseville Ga., minor wrinkles and flap tear, still Very Fine, this Tennessee post office changed its name from Union Depot to Zollicoffer in his honor

E. 500-750
425
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133
 
[Zollicoffer] Union Soldier's Letters. Two Jan. 1862 letters from Union soldier named Felix K. Zollicoffer to his wife, incl. one headed Camp Green with eagle & snake letterhead, each with reference to this general: "Our men have had a fight with old Zollicoffer and the report is that our men have killed the old devil," etc., the second repeats this, with the rumor they'd "broke up his army," mentions 500 dead rebels, 1000 prisoners, etc., Very Fine, very scarce reference to the death of Gen. Zollicoffer

E. 100-150
180
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134
c
Barren Plain Ten. June 27 (1861). Ms. pmk. and "Paid 5" rate on cover to Clarksville Ten., from a mail contractor giving notice he can no longer carry mail to Hopkinsville Ky., minor opening tears, Fine

E. 100-150
50
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135
c
Gallatin Ten. Sep. 25, 1861. Circular datestamp (day inverted) with "Paid" in circle and "5" rate hs on cover to member of 24th Regt., Tenn. Vol., at Hopkinsville Ky., earliest known cover to Confederate troops in Kentucky, a bit toned, bottom left corner repaired and part of backflap missing, Fine appearance, rare usage

E. 400-500
200
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136
c
Quitman Miss. 27 Dec. Partly clear cds with "Paid 5" hs rate on homemade cover crudely addressed to member of 14th Miss. Regt. at Bowling Green Ky., refolded to improve appearance, Fine and scarce, ex Kohn

E. 200-300
160
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137
c
Shelbyville Ten. Jun. 11, 1862. Double-circle ds and "Due 5" in circle (altered "3") on small oblong cover with hand-drawn mourning border to Clay Village Ky., pencil soldier's endorsement, Very Fine

E. 150-200
325
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138
c
5c Olive Green, Stone A-B (1c). Irregular margins cutting in, tied by blue "Nashville Ten. Dec. 7, 1861" cds on cover to Hopkinsville Ky., sealed tear, otherwise Fine, rare usage to Hopkinsville

E. 100-150
180
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139
c
Allegheny City Penitentiary. Buff cover with 3c Rose (65) tied by circle of wedges, "Pittsburgh Pa. Oct. 13, 1863" double-circle ds, ms. examiner's mark, to Miss Namie Lyne at Keene Ky. from one of Morgan's Raiders, Lieut. Van J. Sellers, with original photograph enclosed - a carte-de-visite of Lieut. Sellers taken in Pittsburgh (imprint on back), signed at bottom "Van J. Sellers C.S.A." and dedicated on back - letter enclosed and datelined "State Prison, Allegheny City Penna., Octo. 12th 1863", mentions photograph and Col. A. R. Johnson "who is in command of the remnant of Morgan's Division", Very Fine trio from one of the officer's in the celebrated Morgan's Raiders

E. 1,000-1,500
2,500
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140
c
1c Blue, Ty. V, 1c Blue (24, 63). Two No. 24's, all three off center with minor flaws, tied by quartered cork cancels, "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec. 19" double-circle ds on flag-of-truce cover from a Kentucky soldier in the 4th Kentucky Reg., Louis's Brigade - the so-called "Orphan's Brigade" - to Lockport Ky. with original letter datelined at Dalton Ga., Dec. 1, 1863, cover slightly soiled and wrinkled, still Fine, a remarkable flag-of-truce usage with demonetized stamps accepted at Old Point Comfort and Lockport Ky.

E. 750-1,000
0
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141
c
5c Green, Stone 1 (1). War-weary stamp tied by "Old Point Comfort Va. Jul. 18" double-circle ds on brown homemade flag-of-truce cover from one of Morgan's Raider's to his sister in Hopkinsville Wy., 1862 usage, endorsed "Per Flag of Truce" but no evidence of U.S. postage or censoring, opening faults and small stains - this rare relic could use professional restoration

E. 400-500
450
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142
c
3c Rose (65). Tied by "Knoxville Ten. Feb. ? '64" double-circle ds on brown homemade flag-of-truce cover to Louisville via Knoxville, ms. "Forwd. S. P. Carter Brig. Genl & PMG..." examiner's mark, Very Fine, rare routing

E. 400-500
350
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143
c
Lou. & Fran. & Lex. & Fran. R.R. Paynes Jun. 14. Clearly struck blue route agent's cds on 3c Pink entire to prisoner at Camp Chase, pencil "Ex Gray" examiner's mark, ms. "Releasee", Very Fine, the discovery example of this rare Paynes Station cds of the Louisville-Frankfort-Lexington Railroad

E. 400-500
675
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144
c
Fort Delaware. Oval "Prisoner's Letter Examined Fort Delaware, Del." oval hs, 3c Rose (65), s.e., tied by grid, "Delaware City Del. Jul. 25" cds on buff cover to Springfield Ky., Very Fine

E. 100-150
0
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145
c
Fort Pulaski Ga. 3c Rose (65) tied by target, "Paris Ky. Nov. 12 '64" double-circle ds on cover to Confederate prisoner at Fort Pulaski, red notation indicating currency enclosed, beautiful handwriting with full routing instructions, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
525
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146
c
Johnsons Island O. Oval "Prisoner's Letter Johnsons Island O. Examined J.J." handstamp, 3c Rose (65) tied by target, "Sandusky O. Mar. 24 '65" double-circle ds on cover to Cynthiana Ky., with prisoner's letter enclosed, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine

E. 100-150
230
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147
c
Johnson's Island. Oval examiner's "G.S.B." hs on back of cover to officer with 8th Va. Regt., 3c Rose (65) tied by "New Haven Ky. May 2" cds and target, Very Fine, marking struck on side flap (could be opened and shown), interesting usage from Kentucky to a Confederate prisoner

E. 100-150
170
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148
c
Adams Express Company. Imprint on buff cover, 3c Rose (65) tied by "Columbia Ten. Jul. 7, 1862" double-circle ds, addressed to Confederate captain held as prisoner at Johnson's Island O., in care of Maj. Pearson, enclosure is a transmittal letter left out of shipment of money with agent's note "Major Pearson, The above letter should have been sent with the package of money sent by the Express company July 2, 1862 J.M.A. agent", minor wrinkles and reduced at left, stamp toned and faulty, Fine and unusual

E. 200-300
150
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149
c
Rock Island Barracks. Bold blue oval "R. I. Barracks Prisoner's Letter Examined" hs on cover to a prisoner, 3c Rose (65) tied by blue target, matching "Louisville Ky. Nov. 7 '64" double-circle ds, backflap removed, Fine

E. 150-200
150
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150
c
Rock Island Barracks. Faint blue oval examiner's hs, 3c Rose (65) tied by circle of wedges, "Lawrenceburg Ky. Dec. 27" cds on cover to prisoner, Fine

E. 100-150
80
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151
c
Rock Island Barracks. Blurry blue oval examiner's hs on cover to prisoner at right I. Barracks, 3c Rose (65), pen cancel, "Poplar Plains Ky. Dec. 15" cds, tiny edge nicks, slightly reduced at right, Fine

E. 100-150
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