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Sale 875 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 27 April, 2004

Category — Confederate States (Free Franks and Ephemera)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
201
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Sale Number 875, Lot Number 201, Confederate States (Free Franks and Ephemera)Robert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top right of brown homemade cover addressed in his hand to "Col. Fitz Lee, 1st Cavy", light wrinkles and faint edge toning

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST OF ALL RECORDED ROBERT E. LEE AUTOGRAPHED FIELD COVERS. AN OUTSTANDING HISTORICAL COVER.

General Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were carried by military courier, usually to Richmond to another officer under Lee's command.

Lee assumed command of the Army of Northern Virginia on June 1, 1862. This is the historical starting point for all of Lee's signed field covers. Records indicate that Lee's nephew, Fitz Hugh Lee, received his commission as Brigadier General on July 25, 1862. Therefore, this cover, addressed to Fitz Hugh Lee as Colonel, must have been sent sometime in June or July 1862, making it the earliest of all recorded signed Lee field covers.

Accompanied by a copy of the Confederate Philatelist article (Jan.-Feb. 1981) documenting this cover and providing a transcript of the letter that originated with the cover. Ex Telep.

E. 6,000-8,000
0
202
 
Sale Number 875, Lot Number 202, Confederate States (Free Franks and Ephemera)Jefferson Davis Electoral Ticket, Jefferson Davis Electoral TicketJefferson Davis Electoral Ticket. 1861 electoral ticket from Va. showing candidates for all sixteen districts and major offices, some ink erosion, non-contemporary ink on back barely shows thru at bottom left, still a Fine collateral item

E. 100-150
325
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203
 
Slavery-Related Documents. Two, first is receipt for purchase of slaves from 1856, second is invoice from jailor at Americus Ga. for catching, holding and punishing a runaway slave, Very Fine

E. 200-300
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