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).