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Sale 834 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Civil War Autographs and Historical Letters

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
87
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 87, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersJohn Brown, John BrownJohn Brown. Cover addressed to "Capt. John Brown (State's Prisoner), Charlestown, Virginia", bearing 3c Dull Red (26) tied by "Paid" in circle, light strike of red Boston Nov. circular datestamp, docketing at left in John Brown's hand reads "Jacob Howe/Job Stuff/I Think-", some slight overall wear, Very Fine and choice, Brown was captured on Oct. 18, and he was hanged on Dec. 2, 1859

E. 750-1,000
2,100
88
 
Howell Cobb. Signature as Secretary of the Treasury Second of transfer document dated Oct. 27, 1859, payable to Asst. Treasurer at San Francisco and endorsed by him to Wells, Fargo, Very Fine

E. 150-200
100
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89
 
Letter from Howell Cobb to Gen. Wofford. Autograph letter signed and datelined "Macon Ga. April 21st 1865", contents read "I have the honor to inform you that an Armistice has been agreed upon by Genls. Sherman and Johnston and that all military operations have ceased -- for the present & will not be resumed, except on forty-eight hours notice. In my opinion they will not be resumed at all", few toned spots, otherwise Fine, a significant Cobb war letter

E. 300-400
2,600
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90
 
Howell Cobb. Two beautiful well-filled volumes of Howell Cobb-related material, including covers both to and from Cobb, correspondence, etc., comprehensive coverage of his entire carreer from time as a Representative from Georgia, to Speaker of the House, thru all different phases of the Confederacy, selected highlights incl. several Cobb free franks as Member of Congress incl. ALS to his wife, some free franks addressed to Cobb from Alexander Stephens, Stephen A. Douglas, ALS as Secretary of the Treasury, few other ALS's in Confederate time period, several handstamped Paid covers both to and from Cobb, Provisional cover bearing pair of 62X3 to Cobb, few General Issues on cover incl. No. 1, No. 5, few imprint covers, turned cover, few adversity usages, all neatly mounted on quadrille pages and with extensive historical notes and with most letters transcribed, few faults to be expected, overall Fine-Very Fine, a fascinating collection relating to one of the key figures of the Confederacy

E. 5,000-7,500
10,500
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91
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 91, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. Free frank "Jeffer. Davis Sec. of War" on cover to Jackson Miss., "Washington D.C. Jan. 4, 1855 Free" circular datestamp, accompanied by Monthly Record of Current Events, some cover staining, slightly reduced and with some edge wear, still a Fine free frank of Jefferson Davis as Secretary of War under Pres. Pierce, illustrated in History of Free Franking on p. 94

E. 500-750
1,050
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92
 
Jefferson Davis. Autograph letter signed and datelined "Memphis T. 14th Dec. 1869", addressed to Mrs. Howell Cobb, discusses religion -- "Like yourself I have a preference for the church of which I am a member, but I have no objection to seeing my children embraced in the communion of any other Christian church which they prefer to than mine." -- accompanied by original cover bearing 3c Ultramarine (114) and with Memphis circular datestamp, some overall toning, still an interesting post-war letter written and signed by Jefferson Davis, accompanied by typed transcript

E. 750-1,000
800
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93
 
Letter from Mrs. Varina Davis to Mrs. Cobb. 6pp autograph letter signed, in tight script, datelined "Jan. 26th 1870 18 Upper Gloucester Place, Inset Square, London", some better contents incl. "When I wrote you last I fully expected to go to Mr. Davis this spring and find a home...The mark of Cain seems to be upon me without his sin...Mr. Davis has not taken a house and seems to think it best not to do so, and as the children are studying well here, I have thought it best to keep them here until we have a house in America", accompanied by original cover bearing G.B. 3p tied by "London JA. 31, 1870" duplex, edge tears, contents with some splitting along folds, still Very Fine, interesting letter between two good friends who were married to major figures of the South, also accompanied by second letter from same correspondence dated March 20, 1870, typed transcript accompanies

E. 200-300
675
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94
c
Letter from Mrs. Davis to Mrs. Cobb. Letter datelined "18 Upper Gloucester Place, Inset Square, London, Dec. 12th 1869", interesting contents discuss death of Mr. Cobb and other items, incl. "Some times I have attributed your silence to my Husband not having replied to the letter of Mr. Cobb's biographer asking a sketch from his pen. It was not that he grudged any tribute...but at the time he could not write a page of letter paper without utter prostration of mind and body...but since he has recovered measurably from the severe fall which reduced him to this condition, neither he nor I object to giving you the reason", with original cover bearing G.B. 6p tied by "London DE 16, 1869" duplex, some edge tears, an interesting letter, accompanied by typed transcript

E. 200-300
105
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95
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 95, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersNathaniel Bedford Forrest, Nathaniel Bedford ForrestNathaniel Bedford Forrest. Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad Company bond for $1,000 from 1869, signed by Nathaniel B. Forrest as President of the railroad, with three revenue imprints, missing a few coupons at bottom, fresh and Very Fine, very rare and attractive bond signed by this ex-Confederate general and founder of the Ku Klux Klan

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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96
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 96, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Autograph endorsement "R E Lee Genl" on field cover from Petersburg, addressed in his hand to Mrs. Hetty Pegram in Richmond

ROBERT E. LEE WRITES TO THE WIDOW OF GENERAL JOHN PEGRAM

Hetty Pegram was once described by Henry Kyd Douglas as "the most beautiful woman of her day and generation," but her marriage to General Pegram was attended by several omens, including the bride breaking a mirror on her dressing table, and when President Davis sent his private carriage and horses to take the couple to church, the horses stubbornly refused to go forward. Three weeks later Genl. Pegram was killed at Hatcher's Run on Feb. 6, 1865. This cover once contained a letter of condolence, dated Feb. 11, 1865 at Petersburg, which is now part of the collection of the Virginia Historical Society. On the day of Pegram's death, Lee was given command of all the armies of the Confederacy.

Cover originally with small nick at T.L. from opening, and which has been very skillfully repaired (along with two tiny tears), beautiful appearance

Accompanied by 1967 Goodspeed certificate and a photocopy of Lee's letter to Hetty Pegram

E. 7,500-10,000
5,500
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97
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 97, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Field endorsement "R.E. Lee Genl" on yellow cover addressed to General Howell Cobb at Richmond Va., cover slightly reduced and with restored piece at upper left and across backflap

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND BOLD MANUSCRIPT EXAMPLE OF LEE'S OFFICIAL MILITARY COURIER SERVICE.

Ex Dietz, Frazier and Everett. With 1994 C.S.A. certificate

E. 6,000-8,000
4,500
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98
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 98, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersJames Longstreet, James LongstreetJames Longstreet. Confederate General, signature on small piece, Extremely Fine

E. 200-300
425
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99
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 99, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersI.T. Mosley, 3rd Texas Cavalry Texas, I.T. Mosley, 3rd Texas Cavalry TexasI.T. Mosley, 3rd Texas Cavalry Texas. Ms. endorsement at left of cover, also "Brigade Maury's Div. AW" (Army of the West) on soldier's letter addressed to Sam Mosley at Jefferson Tex., additional "Favor of Capt. Dunn" at B.L., some edge wear and tears, still Fine and extremely scarce usage, this cover was likely hand-carried from somewhere in New Mexico or Arizona during the Confederate invasion

E. 150-200
160
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100
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 100, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersJohn H. Reagan, John H. ReaganJohn H. Reagan. Free frank "Free John H. Reagan" on cover to Jasper Tex., light strike of "Henderson Tex. May 14" circular datestamp, 1859 docketing at left, faint toning spots, Very Fine and very rare, franked by Reagan as Postmaster of Henderson Tex.

E. 500-750
150
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101
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 101, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersWinfield Scott, Winfield ScottWinfield Scott. Free frank "Winfield Scott Lieut. Genl." on cover with printed "Head-Quarters of the Army, Official Business" corner card, to Philadelphia, neat "Washington D.C. Aug. 31, 1861" circular datestamp, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
410
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102
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 102, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersWilliam Tecumseh Sherman, William Tecumseh ShermanWilliam Tecumseh Sherman. Free frank "W. T. Sherman General" on official imprint cover from "Headquarters Army of the United States Official Business" to Lancaster O., neat "Washington D.C. 26 May Free" circular datestamp, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, still fresh and Very Fine, though not officially granted the free-franking privilege, a special provision must have been made for Sherman

E. 200-300
350
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103
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 103, Civil War Autographs and Historical LettersConfederate Bond, Confederate BondConfederate Bond. Illustrated non-taxable bond certificate for $1,000 "payable two years after ratification of a treaty of Peace with the United States", dated Sept. 21, 1864, some edge wear, Very Fine and unusual item

E. 200-300
220
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104
 
Confederate Bond. $50 bond No. 225, issued at Montgomery on May 14, 1861, bearing portrait of Howell Cobb at center, payable on Sept. 18, 1871, fresh and Very Fine

E. 200-300
1,300
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105
c
Civil War-Related Free Franks. Seven, incl. cover from General Banks' Division with "G.B.D./Sep.22" handstamp; John H. Reagan free frank as member of Congress; free frank sent to Howell Cobb, Benjamin Butler free frank as member of Congress; Charles Sumner free frank; Colfax free frank as Vice President with National and Ohio Union tickets; also incl. two soldier's letters marked Due 3, all are Very Fine, interesting group

E. 400-500
525
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106
c
Confederate Letters and Covers. Covers and letters in album, most covers bear General Issues, highlights incl. one handstamped paid from Talladega Ala. on adversity cover made from hand-drawn map, also No. 9 "TEN" on cover, a desirable group of letters incl. good content, few faults to be expected, most are Fine, interesting group

E. 750-1,000
2,200
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107
 
Civil War Albumen Prints. Two, one 8-3/4 x 10 in. mounted on 10 x 12 in. paper showing house front with ms. caption "H'd Qrs. Maj. Gens. Grant, Sherman and Thomas, Nashville Tenn., West Side N. High St.", and signed on back "Geo. W. Shaw", other a full-face portrait of what appears to be General Robert Seaman Granger, surrounded by smaller similar portraits of his staff incl. one man identified as Geo. Shaw, usual soiling, Very Good-Fine, this may be the same Shaw who advertised ambrotypes in West Brookfield Mass. in 1860

E. 300-400
300
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108
 
Civil War Diary, 1863-64. Two small leatherclad volumes (one for each year) from a soldier, contents discuss what must have been the rainiest years in history, guard duty, getting new shoes, etc., some wear to be expected, nice glimpse at the daily life of a foot soldier

E. 300-400
800
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109
c
Civil War Letters. Large album of covers and letters arranged chronologically, from 1860 thru 1865, virtually all from Union soldiers, a significant number are on patriotic covers or with illustrated enclosures, first is datelined "S. Shaftsbury (Vt.) Decr. 23, 1860" with contents discussing South Carolina's secession, some with fascinating contents incl. one dated Charlestown Va., July 20, 1861 and reading in part "...only for Colonel Clark, blast him, we might have been there yet, but the boys got so sick of him they went right to his and gave 3 groans for him and 3 cheers for Lieut. Col. Seward. But he is played out now, for they have him under arrest ever since we got to Martinsburg.", many others also have interesting content regarding troop movements, popular opinion and other interesting details, most all have typed transcriptions, few faults to be expected, a Very Fine and fascinating glimpse at the Civil War though the eyes of those who lived it

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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110
c
Confederate Soldier's Letter. 1p soldier's letter in adversity cover made from druggist form to Williamstown carried "By the politeness of Mr. Slater", letter datelined "James Island June 19th 1862" regarding the battle "on the Island that ended in the complete route of the yankees", letter with complete written transcription, Very Fine

E. 150-200
150
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111
 
Confederate-Related Literature. Two volumes, both small: first is Science of War, published in Richmond Va. 1861 with "H. Cobb" in pencil inside front cover, some wear; second is Hardees Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics Vol. 2 published in Philadelphia 1860 with ms. "John A. Cobb Oct. 26th 1860" on title page, cover split and somewhat battle-worn, both are fascinating military books

E. 300-400
375
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112
 
Confederate Literature. Five items, incl. 1959 Dietz, An Official Guide of the Confederate Government (34pp), few other pamphlets

E. 100-150
95
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