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Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton Correspondence

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
306
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 306, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton CorrespondenceLiverpool to Macon Ga. via. St. Georges and Wilmington, Liverpool to Macon Ga. via. St. Georges and WilmingtonLiverpool to Macon Ga. via. St. Georges and Wilmington. Cover addressed to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories, Macon Ga., in care of Col. Gorgas (C.S.A. Chief of Ordnance), the letter (held in the Yale University archives) datelined "Liverpool 11 June 1864 via Bermuda" from Fraser Trenholm & Co. regarding delivery of rifle-making machinery to Bermuda from Greenwood & Batley, sender's notation "Duplicate June 11", further endorsed with ship name "Lilian", manuscript "12" rate applied at Wilmington (10c plus 2c ship fee), no datestamp, manuscript "Exd" Wilmington Provost Marshal censor's marking under "12", pencil receipt docketing "Recd July 13th J.H.B."

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM THE OFFICIAL BURTON CORRESPONDENCE -- CARRIED FROM BERMUDA, ENDORSED WITH THE BLOCKADE-RUNNER'S NAME "LILLIAN" AND THE WILMINGTON PROVOST MARSHAL'S CENSOR MARKING.

Carried on Cunarder Africa, dep. Liverpool Jun. 11, 1864, arr. Halifax N.S. Jun. 22; then Cunarder Alpha, dep. Halifax Jun. 23, arr. St. Georges Jun. 28; then blockade-runner Lilian, dep. St. Georges Jul. 2, arr. Wilmington Jul. 6. The Lilian was owned by the Importing & Exporting Company of Georgia; active May 1864 to August 1864, 5 for 6 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Keystone State coming out of Wilmington Aug. 24, 1864.

The Lilian was commanded by Lt. John N. Maffitt, who previously served on the blockade-runners Cecile and Nassau, and then was promoted to commander when he ran the cruiser Florida through the blockade at Mobile. His reputation was second only to Raphael Semmes of the Alabama. Lt. Maffitt was given command of the Florie (named after his daughter) and Lilian. After a brief tenure as commander of the ironclad Albemarle, he returned to Wilmington to command the blockade runner Owl, in which he made some of the last runs into Wilmington and Galveston.

E. 4,000-5,000
2,000
307
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 307, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton Correspondence10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c)10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c). Ample to large margins, tied by bold "Wilmington N.C. Jul. 9" (1864) circular datestamp on cover addressed to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories, Macon Ga., in care of Col. Gorgas (C.S.A. Chief of Ordnance), sender's notation "Original June 15", the letter (held in the Yale University archives) datelined "Liverpool 11 June 1864 via Bermuda" (the "June 15" notation is probably a clerical error) from Fraser Trenholm & Co. regarding delivery of rifle-making machinery to Bermuda from Greenwood & Batley, manuscript "Exd" Wilmington Provost Marshal censor's marking, pencil receipt docketing "Recd July 13th J.H.B."

EXTREMELY FINE. A WONDERFUL BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM THE OFFICIAL BURTON CORRESPONDENCE. THIS WAS CARRIED FROM BERMUDA, EXAMINED BY THE PROVOST MARSHAL, STAMPED AND PUT INTO THE WILMINGTON POST OFFICE.

This and lot XX were mailed by Fraser Trenholm & Co. at the same time. They were carried on the Cunarder Africa, dep. Liverpool Jun. 11, 1864, arr. Halifax N.S. Jun. 22; then Cunarder Alpha, dep. Halifax Jun. 23, arr. St. Georges Jun. 28. At St. Georges, the forwarder chose to send this on an alternate blockade-runner, the Florie, dep. St. Georges on the same day as the Lilian, Jul. 2, arr. Wilmington Jul. 6. The Florie was owned by the Importing & Exporting Company of Georgia; active Feb. 1864 to Oct. 1864, 6 for 8 in successful trips; impressed by the C.S. Navy for use in the Point Lookout Expedition in Aug. 1864; ran aground inside the Cape Fear River in Oct. 1864. She was named after Lt. John N. Maffitt's daughter (he commanded both the Lilian and Florie)

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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308
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 308, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton CorrespondenceLiverpool to Macon Ga. via Nassau and Wilmington, Liverpool to Macon Ga. via Nassau and WilmingtonLiverpool to Macon Ga. via Nassau and Wilmington. "Fraser, Trenholm and Compy. Liverpool" oval embossed seal on flap of cover addressed to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories, Macon Ga., manuscript "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) and "Exd" Provost Marshal's censor marking applied at Wilmington, pencil receipt docketing "Recd. July 13th J.M.B." (1864)

VERY FINE. A RARE INCOMING BLOCKADE COVER FROM THE BURTON CORRESPONDENCE.

This correspondence between Fraser Trenholm & Co. and Col. Burton concerned equipment shipped via Nassau. The letter that was contained in this envelope (held in the Yale University archives) is datelined "Liverpool 6 May 1864 via Nassau". The receipt docketing is dated July 13, 1864.

Carried on Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool May 7, 1864, arr. New York May 18; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York May 21, arr. Nassau May 25; then blockade-runner Will of the Wisp, dep. Nassau May 26, arr. Wilmington May 30. The delay between the May 30 arrival date in Wilmington and the July 13 receipt date in Macon was probably due to the advancing Federal forces in Georgia under General Sherman's command.

The Will of the Wisp was owned by the Anglo-Confederate Trading Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Feb. 1865, 12 for 15 in successful trips; ran aground and destroyed on Feb. 9, 1865, at Galveston.

E. 2,000-3,000
0
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309
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 309, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton CorrespondenceWilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 2 (1864), Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 2 (1864)Wilmington N.C. 5 Paid Apr. 2 (1864). Unusually sharp strike of modified integral-rate circular datestamp with manuscript "12" rate (10c plus 2c ship fee) on cover to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories, Macon Ga., pencil receipt docketing "Recd. April 7th /64 J.H.B."

EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONALLY FRESH AND CHOICE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER, PROBABLY SENT VIA BERMUDA.

The origin of this cover to Col. James H. Burton is unknown. It was probably carried from Bermuda on the blockade-runner Index, dep. St. Georges Mar. 29, 1864, arr. Wilmington Apr. 1. The Index was owned by Alexander Collie & Co.; active Jan. 1864 to June 1864, 8 for 8 in successful trips; it was deemed too slow for blockade service and returned to London.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,300
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310
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 310, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. Dec. 2 (1864), Charleston S.C. Dec. 2 (1864)Charleston S.C. Dec. 2 (1864). Bold double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "32" rate (30c triple rate plus 2c ship fee) on blue cover to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories in Macon Ga., pencil docketing "Recd. Dec. 10th 64 J.H.B."

VERY FINE. A RARE TRIPLE-RATE COVER FROM THE BURTON CORRESPONDENCE.

The original letter is contained in the Yale University archives. It is datelined Liverpool Oct. 22, 1864, from Fraser, Trenholm & Co. to Burton regarding shipment (see http://www.csarmory.org for Burton's diary and letters).

Carried on Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool Oct. 22, 1864, arr. New York Nov. 2; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Nov. 7, arr. Nassau Nov. 11; then blockade-runner Kate Gregg, dep. Nassau Nov. 27, arr. Charleston Dec. 1. The Kate Gregg was owned by the Atlantic Steam Packet Company of Charleston; active Aug. 1864 to Jan. 1865, 4 for 4 in successful trips; survived the war.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,800
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311
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 311, Blockade-Run Mail: Inbound - The Burton CorrespondenceCharleston S.C. Dec. 3 (1864), Charleston S.C. Dec. 3 (1864)Charleston S.C. Dec. 3 (1864). Bold double-circle datestamp and "STEAM-SHIP"%$ in oval handstamp with pencil "Due 22" rate (20c double rate plus 2c ship fee) on blue legal-size cover to Col. James H. Burton, Superintendent of Armories in Macon Ga., embossed seal on flap "Greenwood & Batley, Machinists, Leeds", pencil docketing "No. 10 Recd. Dec. 9th/64 J.H.B.", minor wrinkles around edges

VERY FINE. A RARE DOUBLE-RATE COVER FROM THE BURTON CORRESPONDENCE.

The cover offered here and the preceding lot were handled around the same time, but sent on separate ships. The original letter is contained in the Yale University archives. It is datelined "Leeds 6 Octr. 1864 No. 10".

Carried on Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool Oct. 22, 1864, arr. New York Nov. 2; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Nov. 7, arr. Nassau Nov. 11; then blockade-runner Laurel, dep. Nassau Nov. 27, arr. Charleston Dec. 2. The Laurel was owned by the C.S.A. Navy; active Nov. 1864 to Jan. 1865, 2 for 2 trips; survived the war.

E. 2,000-3,000
850
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