VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN ENORMOUSLY RARE REGIMENTAL PATRIOTIC, PRODUCED EARLY IN THE WAR.
We surveyed more than 40 different sale catalogues and reference books and located only six examples of this distinctive Crescent Rifles patriotic, including the cover offered in this sale. Four are used from Tudor Hall, including: 1) Oct. 13, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, same correspondence as the cover offered here, ex Kimmel (Siegel Sale 492, lot 934); 2) Nov. 9, 1861 datestamp and "Due 10", to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, ex Howard Green (Siegel Sale 822, lot 229); 3) Dec. ? datestamp to Mrs. Harry T. Hays, the cover offered here; 4) Mar. 4, 1862 datestamp, to Ella P. Rind, New Orleans, "Adv.1" handstamp, illustrated in Wishnietsky book, p. 117. In addition to these four Tudor Hall covers, which are genuine usages from members of the 7th Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers, there are two others: 5) a Federal usage of the envelope with a 3c 1861 tied by Washington D.C. Mar. 13, 1862 datestamp and marked "Found at Manassas" (Wishnietsky book, p. 117); and 6) a cover with 10c Die B barely tied by town datestamp, possibly not originating, ex Kohn (Siegel Sale 382, lot 1470).
As a Colonel, Harry T. Hays was the original commander of the 7th Louisiana Volunteers, which was called the Pelican Regiment. Although composed of farmers, laborers and clerks, the Louisiana 7th Regiment was described as a "crack regiment" by Gen. Richard Taylor. Hays went on to become a General. [Source: www.panix.com]