Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond Va.
Small cover and original letter datelined "Military Prison, Richmond Va. Jan. 26, 1862"
from Lieut. Andrews to his father in Saratoga Springs N.Y., carried across the lines by an exchanged Union officer
with a short note added to letter that begins "I left your son at Richmond..."
and signed Lt. M. A. Parks, interesting content regarding the release of officers and war news, the cover is endorsed by Lieut. Andrews and free franked by Alfred Ely,
a congressman and former inmate who was captured while observing the First Battle of Bull Run (Lt. Parks and Congressman Ely were held at Ligon's together), "Washington D.C. Jan. 30, 1862" circular datestamp, the letter has a minor repaired tear, the cover has a small tear at bottom left and glue smear, still Very Fine, a rare example of mail from Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse prison that was smuggled across the lines rather than properly carried by flag of truce, this cover was the subject of "Alfred Ely P.O.W. Covers", Francis J. Crown Jr., Confederate Philatelist
(Jul.-Aug. 1975, No. 166), illustrated in Special Routes
(p. 65), ex Birkinbine
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