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Sale 940 — The Buck Boshwit Collection of Confederate States

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 September, 2007

Category — Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
569
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 569, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersTullahoma Ten. Mar. 15, 1863, Tullahoma Ten. Mar. 15, 1863Tullahoma Ten. Mar. 15, 1863. Clear strike of circular datestamp with "Paid 10" handstamp on light yellow cover to Mt. Solon Va., ms. "Per Flag of Truce", back of cover with ms. "Approved by order of Major Gen'l Rosecrans, Wm. M. Miles, Pro. Marshal Genl.", some slight wear, Very Fine, unusual usage

E. 400-500
1,200
570
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 570, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersMacon Ga, Macon GaMacon Ga. Yellow cover bearing 5c Olive Green, Stone 1 (1c) tied by "Knoxville Tenn. 9 June 1862" circular datestamp, addressed to James Monroe Meeks at Macon Ga., ms. "Prisoner" at bottom left and censor's mark "Examined and found all right" at top, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, repaired along edges, otherwise Fine, unusual usage, research by Galen Harrison has determined that the recipient was a former member of the Tennessee legislature with Unionist leanings who was arrested by Col. Churchwell and sent to the prison camp at Macon Ga. on charges of encouraging others to join the Union army -- this cover is illustrated in Harrison book (p. 27) -- with 1987 P.F. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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571
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 571, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners10c Blue, Paterson (2), 10c Blue, Paterson (2)10c Blue, Paterson (2). Large even margins, tied by bold "Little Rock Ark. Jun. 16" double-circle datestamp on orange cover to McKinney Tex., ms. "Approved Sebe Hatley Maj. Gen. Commanding nr. Sorel Horse (?)" indicating censorship by Confederate officer, cover tear affects address and ms. marking, otherwise Very Fine, this is the only recorded Confederate censor's cover from Arkansas, Alf Johnson's Spy Company was the only reinforcement to reach Arkansas Post when the fort was under attack and were forced to surrender, they were released in May 1863

E. 2,000-3,000
1,200
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572
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 572, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersCivilian Flag of Truce, Civilian Flag of TruceCivilian Flag of Truce. Red ms. endorsement "Via Fortress Monroe and Flag of Truce" on 1864 orange cover to Gainesville Ala., U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by duplex target and "Memphis Tenn. Jan. 31" double-circle datestamp, Confederate postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), large margins except ragged at top and small piece out at left, tied by "Richmond Va. Feb. 18" circular datestamp, small scuff at upper left, Very Fine appearance, colorful and scarce civilian flag-of-truce mail from Memphis, illustrated in Shenfield (p. 37), ex Everett

E. 750-1,000
950
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573
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 573, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners10c Rose (5), 10c Rose (5)10c Rose (5). Bright color, full to large margins all around, tied by bold "Chattanooga Ten. Aug. 5, 1862" circular datestamp on turned prisoner's cover addressed to Mrs. Josephine Wilson at Atapulgus Ga., the inside originally contained $1.00 in gold held by yellow paper and addressed to a prisoner-of-war at Johnson's Island, ms. "By Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe"

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING AND PROBABLY UNIQUE USE OF THE 10-CENT ROSE LITHOGRAPH ON A TURNED FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER TO A CONFEDERATE PRISONER HELD AT JOHNSON'S ISLAND.

A genuine gold coin accompanies the cover. Signed and with Ashbrook handstamp. Ex Walcott, Emerson and Murphy

E. 3,000-4,000
3,500
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574
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 574, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersJohnson's Island, Johnson's IslandJohnson's Island. Ms. censor's marking at top left of orange cover to Carter's Depot Tenn., bearing U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Sandusky O. Sep. 24, 1864" double-circle datestamp, endorsed "Via Fort Monroe & Flag Truce", mixed franking with 10c Blue, Die B (12), cut in, tied by "Richmond Va. Oct. 14" circular datestamp, missing top flap and some edge flaws, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
600
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575
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 575, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersJohnson's Island, Johnson's IslandJohnson's Island. Inbound cover bearing U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by "Columbia Ten. May 30, 1862" double-circle datestamp, endorsed at left "Prisoner of war, Prisoner's Depot, Johnson's Island, Sandusky Ohio", with original enclosure, minor edgewear, Very Fine usage sent during Union occupation of Columbia

E. 300-400
400
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576
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 576, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersCamp Chase, Camp ChaseCamp Chase. Ms. examiner's mark "Examined A. S. Ballard, Major 74th Regt OVUSA Camp Chase" on yellow cover to Memphis Tenn., prisoner's endorsement "Lt. Col. Avery, prisoner of war", bold "Moscow Tenn. May 4" circular datestamp on front and back, blue ms. "Due 5 cts.", "Due 5" handstamp applied at Memphis, sender's instructions "Please forward to Holly Springs Miss.", note on backflap "Mrs. Nancy Causler, Pops Station Panola Miss.", some overall wear and soiling incl. tear at top, otherwise Fine, exceedingly scarce usage, at this time Camp Chase held many political prisoners called "Copperheads" (see Harrison, p. 180), ex Matz

E. 500-750
425
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577
c
Sale Number 940, Lot Number 577, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersTennessee State Penitentiary, Nashville, Tennessee State Penitentiary, NashvilleTennessee State Penitentiary, Nashville. U.S. 3c Rose (65) tied by target, "Nashville Ten. Jul. 12, 1863" double-circle datestamp on cover to Shelbyville Tenn., endorsed at left "Prisoner's Letter, Approved Joel A. Fife Lt. Comm. Military Prison, Nashville Tenn, Per Graham O.S.", with original enclosures comprising two letters dated July 4, 5 and 10, 1863, from a Walter Ryall to his father, in the earliest he states "I arrived here yesterday evening", in the latest he states "I am still here. We leave I understand on next Tuesday", remarks "Penitentiary life is rather confining", and asks "Do the negros still stay contentedly on the farm?", slightly reduced at right, stamp and cover with minor faults flaws, otherwise Fine, this is the only recorded cover from this Nashville prison according to Harrison (illustrated in his book on p. 208)

E. 750-1,000
1,900
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