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Sale 850 — The Dr. Karl Agre Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 September, 2002

Category — Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
5229
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5229, Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 23, Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 23Bowling Green Ky. Jan. 23. Blurry but readable strike in dark bluish black with clearly struck "Paid" and "5" in circle handstamp on buff cover to Hamburg Tenn., restored at edges and cleaned, attractive, and the only example recorded of a 5c handstamped Paid recorded by Everett (1987), ex Everett

E. 150-200
210
5230
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5230, Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)Bowling Green Ky Jan. 21, Bowling Green Ky Jan. 21Bowling Green Ky Jan. 21. Blue circular datestamp with matching bold "Paid 10" in circle handstamp on orange cover to New Orleans La., slightly reduced at left and repaired tears, Fine appearance, scarce usage

E. 150-200
210
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5231
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5231, Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)Columbus Ky., Columbus Ky.Columbus Ky.. Circular datestamp with unreadable date, well-struck "Paid" in oval and ms. "10" on cover to Hallsboro P.O. Va., slightly reduced at left and minor wear, Fine, with 1992 C.S.A. certificate

E. 200-300
220
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5232
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5232, Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)Hickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861, Hickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861Hickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861. Double-circle datestamp with ms. "Pd 5" C.S.A. rate on small cover to Laconia Ark., pencil soldier's endorsement "John B. Abercombie, Fourth Reg. Tenn. Vol.", rate overstruck "DUE 5"at Memphis, backflap partially removed and small mended nicks at top

THE EARLIEST RECORDED COVER FROM CONFEDERATE KENTUCKY, POSTMARKED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 3, 1861, INVASION OF KENTUCKY BY THE CONFEDERATE ARMY.

Kentucky proclaimed its policy of neutrality on May 20, 1861, but the pro-Confederate and pro-Union citizens within the state were wary of an invasion force throughout the summer months, with each side accusing the other of breaching neutrality. Finally, to preempt a Federal occupation of Columbus, General Leonidas Polk ordered General Gideon Pillow to move on Hickman and Columbus; Pillow's troops entered Hickman on the morning of September 3. In response, General Ulysses S. Grant seized Paducah on September 6, and the Unionist movement in Kentucky gained momentum, ending neutrality.

This cover, postmarked at Hickman on September 5, is an extremely early Confederate occupation date. There is no record of an earlier postmark from any Confederate post office in Kentucky. Ex Gallagher.

E. 750-1,000
2,200
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5233
c
Sale Number 850, Lot Number 5233, Handstamped Paid and Due Markings (Kentucky)Hopkinsville Ky. Jan. 22, 1861, Hopkinsville Ky. Jan. 22, 1861Hopkinsville Ky. Jan. 22, 1861. Double-circle datestamp with "Paid 10" handstamp on buff cover to Lexington Va., barely reduced at right and some slight wear, Fine and rare, this cover is the basis for the Dietz listing and is believed to be the only known use of the "Paid 10" marking from Hopkinsville

E. 200-300
550
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