20c Green, Horizontal Half Used as 10c (13d).
Bottom half with large margins and deep shade, well-tied by "Natchitoches La." double-circle datestamp on yellow turned
cover (front and one flap) from Lieut. Joseph Aycock to his wife at Opelousas La., the sender was the Military Court Clerk for Trans-Mississippi Dept., his routing instructions "per Courier",
other side used first, from Mrs. Aycock to her husband at Houston Tex. with full military title, vertical pair of 5c Blue, Local (7), large margins to slightly in, tied by "Alexandria La. May. 6" (1864) circular datestamp, three flaps removed and slightly trimmed around edges, few small scuffs
A FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE ADVERSITY USAGE WITH THE 20-CENT BISECT. CARRIED BY MILITARY COURIER FROM THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT AT HOUSTON TO THE NATCHITOCHES POST OFFICE.
Alexandria and Natchitoches, Louisiana, are both located west of the Mississippi River. Assuming that Mrs. Aycock was writing from Opelousas, this cover was probably sent by courier north to Alexandria. On its return trip, Lieut. Aycock used a military courier to bring the letter to Natchitoches where it entered the mails with the 20c bisect.
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