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

Sale Date — Tuesday, 6 March, 2001

Category — Trans-Mississippi Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1362
c
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 1362, Trans-Mississippi ExpressAgency Post Office Dept., Trans-Miss., Official Business, Agency Post Office Dept., Trans-Miss., Official BusinessAgency Post Office Dept., Trans-Miss., Official Business. Signed J.H. Starr on 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to "John Macdonald Esq. Postmaster, Opelousas St. Landry Par. Louisiana", Marshall Tex. circular datestamp

VERY FINE. A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE TRANS-MISSISIPPI POST OFFICE DEPARTMENT IMPRINT.

On May 2, 1864, Confederate Postmaster General John H. Reagan petitioned Congress for the creation of this department due to difficulties communicating between states East and West of the Mississippi River after its control was lost to the Union during the losses of New Orleans, Vicksburg and Port Hudson (April 1862-July 1863). The department was created in an act of Congress on Feb. 16th, 1864 and commenced operations on Mar. 12, 1864 in Marshall Texas with Dr. J.H. Starr as its head. Reagan had the envelopes prepared, stuffed with a printed circular and preaddressed for immediate mailing by Starr to each postmaster, special and route agent west of the Mississippi.

Ex Dietz (illustrated on p. 294 of his book) and Judd

E. 1,500-2,000
1,050
1363
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 1363, Trans-Mississippi Express10c Deep Blue, Die B, Keatinge & Ball (12), 10c Deep Blue, Die B, Keatinge & Ball (12)10c Deep Blue, Die B, Keatinge & Ball (12). Horizontal strip of four, huge margins incl. right sheet margin, tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 27" (1864) circular datestamps on rebacked blue cover front to Jefferson Tex., stamps affected by toned spots, minor scuffs, otherwise Fine, a rare Trans-Mississippi Express usage, ex Mueller

E. 750-1,000
1,100
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