E. W. Black's Trans-Mississippi Express.
Ms. "Paid $1.00"
with matching endorsement "Soldier's Letter, Alex E. Spence Capt., Co. `B' 1st Ark. Regt., Cleburne's Division, Army of Tenn."
on homemade cover to Arkadelphia Ark., "Washington Ark. Oct. 12" cds and "10" due hs, with photocopy of letter datelined "Camp 1st Ark. Regiment on the Atlanta & West Point R. Road near Palmetto Geo, Sep. 25th 1864",
letter begins "I have just learned of an opportunity of sending letters to Arks..."
and continues with battle reports etc.
THE EARLIER OF TWO RECORDED EXAMPLES OF E. W. BLACK'S EXPRESS.
E. W. Black operated a one-man trans-Mississippi service that appears to have existed briefly in the fall of 1864, carrying mail between Arkansas troops with the Army of Tennessee and correspondents across the river (reference: Stefan T. Jaronski, "Another Private Trans-Mississippi Express Service Uncovered", Confederate Philatelist, No. 241). This cover, from a correspondence new to the market, shows the $1.00 fee charged by Black.
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