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Sale 845 — U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 15 May, 2002

Category — Union Soldiers Mail

Cat./Est. Value
Sale Number 845, Lot Number 777, Union Soldiers Mail"Ship Island Miss. May 6", "Ship Island Miss. May 6""Ship Island Miss. May 6". Ms. postmark and "3" rate on orange cover to Hardwick Mass. with soldier's letter endorsement, enclosed in cover is a blank printed postage-return form (Riddell's name at bottom) with May 5, 1862 date and message "Please excuse non prepayment of postage as I have only Confederate money & stamps", Extremely Fine, the form was probably salvaged from the ransacked post office, ex Skinner

E. 300-400
Ship Island Miss. Three covers with 3c Rose (65), different cancels incl. target and "Ship Island Miss. May 2" balloon cds to Patten Me., one with ms. "X" and "Ship Island Miss." two-line hs and ms. "Apr. 4" to Turner Me., and one with ms. "X" and ms. "Ship Island Miss. May 5th" pmk., red and blue Union patriotic design at left to Hawleyville Ct., Very Fine group

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 845, Lot Number 779, Union Soldiers MailSoldier's Letter 1st. Regt. Douglas Brigade, Soldier's Letter 1st. Regt. Douglas BrigadeSoldier's Letter 1st. Regt. Douglas Brigade. Clear circular handstamp with ms. "WV Roberts" in center on yellow cover to DeKalb, Ill., light "Tilton Md. Nov. 26" cds and ms. "Due 3", slightly reduced at left and two tiny tears at bottom, Fine, very scarce handstamp

E. 150-200
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Sale Number 845, Lot Number 780, Union Soldiers Mail"Genl. Wild's African Brigade near Charleston S.C, "Genl. Wild's African Brigade near Charleston S.C"Genl. Wild's African Brigade near Charleston S.C." Rare ms. instructions on 1863 cover to Lt. Woodbury C. Smith, "1st Rgt. N.C. Vols. Wild's Brigade Near Charleston S.C.," there is a third mention of Wild at the top left corner -- all appear in the same hand, from someone determined not to have this go astray, clear "Worcester Mass. Aug. 30" cds ties 3c Rose (65), Very Fine, Edward Augustus Wild was a zealous abolitionist who commanded regiments of black troops recruited and organized at New Bern N.C. in the spring of 1863

E. 300-400
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Sale Number 845, Lot Number 781, Union Soldiers MailWheeling Island [Union Occupation, West Virginia], Wheeling Island [Union Occupation, West Virginia]Wheeling Island [Union Occupation, West Virginia]. Small folded letter from Scotland to Wheeling, addressed to "Wheeling Island, Quincy Foundry, Virginia, America," clearly struck "Gatehouse Mr 30 1863" rimless cds on back, no U.S. markings nor any rates, presumably carried thru Union blockade, semi-literate letter mentions scarcity of cotton overseas with remark "everyone is praying that the wars with you wer ended...", soiled with minor faults, opened and separated to show letter and postmark, otherwise Fine, interesting transatlantic usage, ex Everett

E. 100-150
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Union-Related Civil War Covers. Approx. 300, range of usages incl. few official imprints, Due 3, few patriotics, Elmira prisoner's letter, mixed condition, few appear Fine

E. 750-1,000
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