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Sale 954 — U.S. and C.S.A. Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 10 April, 2008

Category — Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3387
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3387, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersNorfolk Va. Jan. 17, 1862, Norfolk Va. Jan. 17, 1862Norfolk Va. Jan. 17, 1862. Blue double-circle datestamp and "Paid 5c" in circle on North-to-South flag-of-truce cover to Lieut. George W. Kenney, prisoner of war at Richmond Va., "Care of Genl. Winder", red ms. "Ed. SC" censor's marking, Very Fine, notes indicate Lt. Kenney was held prisoner at Liggon's Warehouse after capture at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, flag-of-truce covers sent via Norfolk are scarce

E. 500-750
750
3388
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3388, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersSalisbury N.C, Salisbury N.CSalisbury N.C. Buff cover addressed to Joseph L. Parry, prisoner of war at Salisbury N.C., blue "Petersburg Va. Jul. 13" (1862) circular datestamp, matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps, pencil "Exd" and another "Ex WPJ" examiner's marking, neat pencil receipt docketing, Extremely Fine, an immaculate North-to-South flag-of-truce cover via Petersburg, which was the post office nearest Aiken's Landing Va., the exchange point for prisoners and mail between May and September 1862, examples of flag-of-truce mail sent via Petersburg are very scarce due to the short period it near was the exchange point

E. 500-750
750
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3389
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3389, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Choice centering, tied by "New-York Jun. 23" double-circle datestamp on buff cover endorsed "Prisoner of War Letter" from a Confederate prisoner held in a Federal prison in New York City to St. Lawrence N.C., pencil "Ex" examiner's mark covered by blue "Petersburg Va. Jul. 17" (1862) circular datestamp, matching "10" due handstamp for C.S.A. postage, slight wear and minor edge faults, still Very Fine, a scarce cover sent by flag-of-truce via Petersburg during the brief period (May-September 1862) when prisoners and mail were exchanged at Aiken's Landing Va. (near Petersburg), with 1979 C.S.A. certificate

E. 750-1,000
1,200
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3390
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3390, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Several clipped perfs, tied by grid and "Rockville Ind. Nov. 17" circular datestamp on North-to-South civilian flag-of-truce cover to Rockbridge Baths Va., sender's routing "By Flag of Truce", "Lord, Capt & ADC" examiner's marking, blue "Petersburg Va. Dec. 7" circular datestamp and matching "10" due handstamp for C.S.A. postage, Fine, a very rare flag-of-truce cover sent via Petersburg rather than Richmond or Norfolk

E. 500-750
900
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3391
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3391, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Full to large margins except bottom left corner slightly clipped, used with U.S. 3c Rose (65), both stamps tied by blue "Petersburg Va. May 20" (1862) circular datestamp on North-to-South flag-of-truce cover to Hanover C.H. Va., sender's routing "to go by flag of truce", minor edge wear and stain at bottom right corner, backflap removed

VERY FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER EXCHANGED AT AIKEN'S LANDING, VIRGINIA, WITH UNITED STATES AND CONFEDERATE STATES STAMPS CANCELLED AT PETERSBURG.

Aiken's Landing Va. (near Petersburg) was the regular exchange point for flag-of-truce mail from May to September 1862, when U.S. authorities stopped prisoners' mail exchange. Because Petersburg was the entry post office for flag-of-truce mail for only a few months, covers carried on this route are rare.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
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3392
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3392, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a), 10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a)10c Milky Blue, Die B (12a). Full margins to slightly cut in, beautiful shade from first printing, tied by blue "Petersburg Va. Jul. 5" (1863) circular datestamp on flag-of-truce cover addressed to Julien C. Ruffin, a member of the famous Ruffin family, at Garysville Va., instructions at top in the hand of Capt. P. P. Oldershaw, Assistant Adjutant-General to Major General Thomas L. Crittenden, commander of the 21st Army Corps in the Department of the Cumberland, "Maj. Genl. Crittenden requests that the Pro Marshal will forward this the first opportunity. Oldershaw AAG", the back is endorsed "Approved, Office Prov Marshal Gen. Dept Cumberland, Wm. L. King Clk." (U.S. Provost Marshal's censor marking) and "Examined H.A.C." (C.S.A. censor marking), the Confederate examiner also wrote "Chg Box 589 HAC" on the front and the post office applied the 10c stamp, small piece out of flap and mucilage smears where sealed after censorship

VERY FINE. AN EXTRAORDINARY NORTH-TO-SOUTH FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER, WHICH ENTERED THE CONFEDERATE MAILS AT PETERSBURG FRANKED WITH A GENERAL ISSUE STAMP.

Aiken's Landing Va. (near Petersburg) was the regular exchange point for flag-of-truce mail from May to September 1862, when U.S. authorities stopped prisoners' mail exchange. Because Petersburg was the entry post office for flag-of-truce mail for only a few months, covers carried on this route are rare. This civilian flag-of-truce cover with Major General Crittenden's AAG's instructions to expedite delivery was carried in July 1863. By this time Union prisons filled up again, and prisoners' mail increased in volume. However, the exchange point had been moved to City Point Va., near Richmond (the entry point for C.S.A. mail). This North-to-South flag-of-truce cover was handled through the U.S. Provost Marshal's office and entered the C.S.A. postal system at Petersburg. The use of a Confederate stamp on a North-to-South flag-of-truce cover is very unusual. Almost invariably, such covers show a due marking for C.S.A. postage.

E. 2,000-3,000
4,250
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3393
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3393, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b), 5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b)5c Light Milky Blue, Stone 2 (4b). Horizontal pair, beautiful pastel shade, ample margins to slightly in, tiny corner crease, tied by "Richmond Va. Nov. 26" circular datestamp on bluish gray North-to-South flag-of-truce cover to Charlotte N.C., sender's endorsement "Via Flag of Truce", minor edgewear, Fine, this was carried to the exchange point inside another envelope with Union postage, ex MacBride

E. 750-1,000
750
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3394
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3394, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c)10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Ample to large margins, tied by red "Petersburg Va. Nov. 13" circular datestamp, used with U.S. 3c Rose (65), torn across top right corner, tied by Maltese Cross cancel (applied at Old Point Comfort Va., but without datestamp) on homemade cover to Confederate prisoner of war at Point Lookout Md., red ms. "17th March Exchanged (No. 44)", pencil "ex" examiner's mark, Very Fine appearance, attractive mixed franking with Confederate stamp cancelled in red, with 1983 C.S.A. certificate (not noting the tear in 3c stamp)

E. 500-750
1,100
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3395
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3395, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Ample to large margins, tied by red "Petersburg Va. Oct. 21" (1864) circular datestamp on yellow cover to a Confederate prisoner of war at Elmira N.Y., manuscript notations "Ex" and "Exchanged", money content indicated by "$5 Greenback" and "Dep" (deposit?), Extremely Fine, an exceptionally colorful usage, letters addressed to exchanged prisoners containing money are scarce, ex Judd

E. 750-1,000
3,250
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3396
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3396, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersNashville Ten. Jun. 13, 1863, Nashville Ten. Jun. 13, 1863Nashville Ten. Jun. 13, 1863. Blue double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp on buff cover Union Wis. with prisoner-of-war endorsement, "Prisoner of War, Soldier's Letter, Lieut. Col. Van Horn", some cover faults, otherwise Fine, sent from a Union prisoner in a Confederate prison, entered mails at Nashville and possibly from a prison located there or nearby, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
325
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3397
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3397, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners"Prison Hospital Nashville, July 13" (1863), "Prison Hospital Nashville, July 13" (1863)"Prison Hospital Nashville, July 13" (1863). Dateline on letter from an injured Confederate prisoner, Willie Gordon, to his sister in Columbia Tenn., good content, accompanied by transmittal cover addressed in another hand and marked "Aug. 14th 1863, Approved, Henry R. Mizner, Col. Commdg", no postal markings, reduced and slightly repaired at left, stain at upper right, still Fine, very rare prisoner-of-war usage, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
425
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3398
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3398, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersOld Capitol Prison, Old Capitol PrisonOld Capitol Prison. Four-line boxed handstamp "Approved by Order of/Henry B. Todd,/ Capt. & Prov. Marshal/C.W.T. [initialled Charles W. Thompson]/Lieut. & Adjutant", 2c Black (73) tied by target and "Washington D.C. Dec. 22 '63" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to examiner of Patent Office in Washington D.C., slight discoloration along top, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce use of the 2c Black Jack on a cover sent from Old Capitol Prison, with 1980 P.F. and 2004 C.S.A. certificates

E. 1,000-1,500
1,600
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3399
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3399, Flag-of-Truce and PrisonersFederal Prisons, Federal PrisonsFederal Prisons. Six covers, five from Confederate prisoners held in Federal prisons, incl. Camp Douglas (two), Rock Island Barracks, Johnsons Island, Fort Delaware, one to Old Capitol Prison, minor faults, generally Fine, nice group

E. 400-500
1,100
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3400
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3400, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners"Libby Prison, Richmond Va., Jan. 20/64", "Libby Prison, Richmond Va., Jan. 20/64""Libby Prison, Richmond Va., Jan. 20/64". Dateline on letter from Union prisoner with buff cover to Philadelphia, sender's endorsement "Officer's Letter, Prisoner of War, per Flag of Truce via Ft. Monroe", "Old Point Comfort Va. Feb. 23" circular datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp, reduced at top, minor wear, otherwise Fine

E. 300-400
800
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3401
c
Sale Number 954, Lot Number 3401, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoners3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by unusual Maltese Cross in Circle fancy cancel, matching "Petersburgh Va. Nov. 13" (ca. 1865) circular datestamp on adversity cover made from illustrated advertising form and with Female College corner card, to Shrevesport La., endorsed "Via New Orleans" at bottom left, opened for display and with white tape around opening, stamp lifted and hinged in place and with some soiling, otherwise Very Fine, attractive and rare post-war usage

E. 200-300
375
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