Sale 933 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday, 25 April, 2007

Category — Louisiana Relief Committee

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1042
c
Sale 933, Lot 1042, Louisiana Relief Committee"Forwarded by La. Relief Committee at Mobile". Manuscript endorsement along top of small cover to Tuscaloosa Ala., 10c Greenish Blue (12c), large margins to touching, pre-use crease and small tear at top right, tied by "Mobile Ala. Jul. 8" double-circle datestamp, ms. "Examined" mark on back, backflap removed and slightly reduced at top

VERY FINE USAGE SENT VIA THE LOUISIANA RELIEF COMMITTEE AT MOBILE.

During the Federal occupation of New Orleans from May 1862 to the end of the war, there were many residents of the city who wished to continue corresponding with family and associates in the Confederate States. To circumvent the Federal post office, letters were smuggled out of New Orleans to Mobile where the Louisiana Relief Committee was situated. Provost Marshal J. C. Denis, a member of the committee and the officer responsible for official flag-of-truce mail through Mobile, endorsed at least some of the covers smuggled to and from New Orleans. In this case, the "Examined" censor marking is probably in another hand.

Ex Green. With 2000 P.F. certificate.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,000
1043
c
Sale 933, Lot 1043, Louisiana Relief CommitteeSmuggled Mail from Federal-Occupied New Orleans. Brown cover addressed to "Emile H. Reynes, care Capt. Gistave LeGardeur, Orleans Guards Battery, Charleston S.C.", with sender's directive "Office Prov. Mar. Genl Demopolis, Ala." and "Charge box 71", "Demopolis Ala. Jun. 4" (ca. 1863) circular datestamp and ms. "Paid 10", Very Fine, an extremely rare cover from the well-known Reynes correspondence -- the sender used covert means to carry mail from Federal-occupied New Orleans to the Confederate Provost Marshal at Demopolis, where the letter entered the mails and 10c postage was charged to a box account, ex Skinner

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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