AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SAUNDERS & SON FORWARDER HANDSTAMP.
Col. Miller Hallowes was born in England in 1799 (died in Georgia in 1877). He fought with Simon Bolivar from 1818 to 1830. He was in his 60's when this was sent to him, probably from England. If so, then carried on Cunarder China, dep. Liverpool Aug. 1, 1863, arr. New York Aug. 11; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Aug. 15, arr. Nassau Aug. 19; then blockade-runner Alice, dep. Nassau Sep. 8, arr. Wilmington Sep. 12. The Alice was owned by the Importing & Exporting Co. of South Carolina (William C. Bee); active May 1863 to Mar. 1865, 24 for 24 in successful trips; survived the war.
With 1989 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM BERMUDA AND ESPECIALLY DESIRABLE WITH THE SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT AND THE ORIGINAL LETTER CONTENTS.
Carried on blockade-runner Flora II, dep. St. Georges Oct. 4, arr. Wilmington Oct. 8. The Flora II was active Aug. 1863 to Jan. 1864, 9 for 10 in successful trips; sank at sea Jan. 11, 1864.
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE DOUBLE-RATE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO RICHMOND VIA NASSAU AND WILMINGTON.
Carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Nov. 21, 1863, arr. New York Dec. 4; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Dec. 7, arr. Nassau Dec. 11; then blockade-runner Syren, dep. Nassau Dec. 12, arr. Wilmington Dec. 16. The Syren was owned by the Charleston Importing & Exporting Co.; active Oct. 1863 to Feb. 1865, 33 for 33 in successful trips; captured in Charleston harbor Feb. 1865. Characterized by Stephen Wise as one of "the most successful" blockade runners.
Ex Everett. With 1979 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM NASSAU WITH ALL OF THE "ESSENTIAL" ELEMENTS IN PLACE -- WILMINGTON MODIFIED RATE DATESTAMP, "SHIP" HANDSTAMP AND SHIP-NAME ENDORSEMENT.
Carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Nov. 21, 1863, arr. New York Dec. 4; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Dec. 7, arr. Nassau Dec. 11; then blockade-runner Fannie, dep. Nassau Dec. 13, arr. Wilmington Dec. 19. The Fannie was owned by the Importing & Exporting Company of South Carolina (William C. Bee); active May 1863 to Apr. 1865, 20 for 20 in successful trips; survived the war.
Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 134)
VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH THE WILMINGTON MODIFIED RATE DATESTAMP AND "SHIP" STRAIGHTLINE.
Carried on Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool Dec. 19, 1863, arr. New York Dec. 31; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Jan. 4, 1864, arr. Nassau Jan. 8; then blockade-runner Heroine, dep. Nassau Jan. 15, arr. Wilmington Jan. 19. The Heroine was owned by John Fraser & Co. (handled in Nassau by Adderley & Co., Fraser's agent); active Nov. 1863 to July 1864, 5 for 5 in successful trips; trapped in Mobile Bay in Aug. 1864. This is a late use of the Wilmington "Ship" straightline.
EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SHIP'S NAME AND CONFEDERATE STAMP FOR INTERNAL POSTAGE.
This cover was carried to Wilmington on board the blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Nassau Mar. 11, arr. Wilmington Mar. 15. It was probably transmitted in a package of letters sent to C. C. Hudson in Wilmington (a copy of a blockade-running document signed by Hudson at Wilmington accompanies). Hudson held the letter and posted it 8 days later. The ship fee was paid on the package of letters, thus not marked on each cover individually. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off of Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.
VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM BERMUDA WITH FASCINATING MILITARY ASSOCIATION.
Carried on Cunarder Canada, dep. Liverpool Feb. 20, 1864, arr. Halifax N.S. Mar. 3; then Cunarder Alpha, dep. Halifax Mar. 4, arr. St. Georges Mar. 9; then blockade-runner Greyhound, dep. St. Georges Mar. 29, arr. Wilmington Apr. 6. The Greyhound was active Mar. to May 1864, 1 for 2 in successful trips; captured off coast of Wilmington by U.S.S. Connecticut in May 1864.
Lieutenant John Grimball's early career included service on the C.S.S. Arkansas, an ironclad operating near Vicksburg and reputed to be the most feared ship of the C.S. Navy. The Arkansas ran aground and was burned by the crew. Lt. Grimball was assigned to service abroad on Jan. 6, 1864, and this was probably sent by Grimball from England on Feb. 17, 1864. He was appointed to the famed C.S.S. Shenandoah on Oct. 8, 1864. The Shenandoah's exploits continued months after the end of the war, as she captured whalers for prize. Lt. Grimball was present when the first and last shots of the war were fired.
Ex Kohn, Haas and Birkinbine.
VERY FINE. A RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LIVERPOOL TO RICHMOND ROUTED VIA HALIFAX, ST. GEORGES AND WILMINGTON, BEARING THE "EXD" CONFEDERATE CENSOR MARKING APPLIED AT WILMINGTON.
Carried on Cunarder Arabia, dep. Liverpool Mar. 5, 1864, arr. Halifax N.S. Mar. 16; then Cunarder Alpha, dep. Halifax Mar. 31, arr. St. Georges Apr. 7; then blockade-runner Atalanta, dep. St. Georges Apr. 27, arr. Wilmington May 3. The Atalanta was active April 1864 to July 1864, at which point it was sold to the C.S. Navy, renamed C.S.S. Tallahassee and went on a commerce raid. It returned and was renamed C.S.S. Olustee in Oct. 1864. In Dec. 1864 she was converted back to blockade running and appropriately named Chameleon. In Apr. 1865 she went to Liverpool. The addressee, Major Francis W. Smith, was superintendent of Virginia Military Institute. Bacon & Baskerville were wholesale grocers and commission merchants. Their warehouse was converted to a hospital during the war (Bacon and Baskerville hospital, Receiving and Wayside Hospital, Receiving and Way Hospital, General Hospital No. 7).
Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 125). With 1981 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A RARE INBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM BERMUDA WITH CONFEDERATE FRANKING AND EXAMINER'S MARKING APPLIED AT WILMINGTON.
Carried on blockade-runner Lynx, dep. St. Georges May 24, 1864, arr. Wilmington May 28. The Lynx was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active May 1864 to Sep. 1864, 9 for 10 in successful trips. This cover was hand-carried or carried in another packet from Bermuda. On arrival the letter was examined by the Provost Marshal and marked "Exd". Howell & Harris stamped it and mailed it May 29 (1864).
VERY FINE. A FASCINATING COVER FROM THE WIFE OF MAJOR NORMAN S. WALKER, CARRIED BY BLOCKADE-RUNNER FROM BERMUDA TO WILMINGTON.
Carried on blockade-runner Lynx, dep. St. Georges May 24, 1864, arr. Wilmington May 28. The Lynx was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active May 1864 to Sep. 1864, 9 for 10 in successful trips; chased ashore and destroyed by the U.S.S. Howquah and the Niphon after leaving Wilmington Sep. 25, 1864.
The addressee's husband, Clement Claiborne Clay Jr., served as a U.S. senator before the war and was sent to Canada in 1864 as a member of the Peace Commission. Georgiana F. Walker arrived in Bermuda on Mar. 24, 1863, and left for England with her children on June 27, 1864, to escape the yellow fever epidemic. She returned to Bermuda on Jan. 17, 1865, and, with the end of the war, the Walkers left for England on May 13, 1865.
With 1996 C.S.A. certificate
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE EXAMPLE OF CHAMBERS & COMPANY'S EMBOSSED FORWARDER MARK ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM LONDON TO THE GOVERNOR OF GEORGIA VIA NASSAU AND WILMINGTON.
Carried on Cunarder Australasian, dep. Queenstown Jul. 3, 1864, arr. New York Jul. 13; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Jul. 15, arr. Nassau Jul. 20; then blockade-runner Will of the Wisp, dep. Nassau Jul. 26, arr. Wilmington Jul. 30. 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. The sender, Charles H. Reid, was one-third owner in five blockade runners.
VERY FINE. A PRISTINE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER AND LETTER WRITTEN FROM THE BAHAMAS TO GOVERNOR BROWN OF GEORGIA.
Carried on blockade-runner Blenheim, dep. Nassau Dec. 2, 1864, arr. Wilmington Dec. 6. The Blenheim was active Oct. 1864 to Jan. 1865, 4 for 5 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Tristram Shandy at Wilmington on Jan. 25, 1865.
FINE. A VERY UNUSUAL AND LATE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER ADDRESSED TO A CONFEDERATE PRISON CAMP IN RICHMOND.
This was carried on a relatively late blockade run into Wilmington. Although the origin is not indicated, the address provides a clue. James B. Timberlake with the 1st Virginia Reserves was a clerk at a prison camp Castle Thunder (Eastern Military Prison). Capt. Lucien W. Richardson was commandant of Castle Thunder prison camp. From October 18 to 22, 1864, there was a bazaar in Liverpool to aid the Southern Prisoners' Relief Fund. If this cover is related to that event, then it was probably carried on the Cunarder Persia, dep. Liverpool Oct. 22, 1864, arr. New York Nov. 2; then by Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Nov. 7, arr. Nassau on Nov. 11. From Nassau it would have been carried on the blockade-runner Banshee II, dep. Nassau Nov. 30, arr. Wilmington Dec. 4. The Banshee II was owned by the Anglo-Confederate Trading Co.; active Sep. 1864 to May 1865, 8 for 8 in successful trips; survived the war.