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