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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Covert Mail Routes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
296
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 296, Covert Mail RoutesLondon to Richmond via Baltimore, London to Richmond via BaltimoreLondon to Richmond via Baltimore. Folded letter datelined "London 15th July, 1862" to tobacco dealer James Thomas Jr. in care of Lanier Brothers & Co. in Richmond Va., carried from England to Baltimore and opened by forwarding agent who added his post-script to last page: "Balto July 30th 1862. I took the liberty of opening this that I might have a copy to send you by the next opportunity if this failed to reach you.", smuggled across the lines to Richmond where forwarded again to Danville Va. with 10c Light Blue, Paterson (2), large margins to touching, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 30, 1862" circular datestamp, cleaned to remove stains from lettersheet, still Fine and exhibitable, an extraordinary cover documenting the surreptitious conveyance of mail from England to the Confederate States via Chesapeake Bay, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 176), with 1978 P.F. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,400
297
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 297, Covert Mail RoutesNew Orleans La., 5c Red Brown, Bluish (62X4), New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown, Bluish (62X4)New Orleans La., 5c Red Brown, Bluish (62X4). Clear to huge margins, tied by "New Orleans La. 17 Oct." (1861) circular datestamp on cover from a gentleman in Louisville to Miss Elve A. B. Moore, in care of Joseph H. Moore at Morganza La., carried across the lines to New Orleans and placed into the C.S.A. postal system, interesting letter enclosure datelined "Louisville Oct. 4, 1861", the writer states that a friend, Mrs. Tarlton, "kindly volunteered to take and mail this letter in the Confederate States, so that it would most certainly reach its destination. You may ask yourself if she can visit New Orleans, why cannot I? She is a lady and by the influence of a relation procured a pass from Gen. Anderson. Now I do not possess that same amount of good loyal Union influence and consequently am doomed to abide my time...Kentucky is now in a most deplorable condition; overrun by soldiers from the North and South: both parties seeming anxious to secure to themselves the rich prize...For good and sufficient reasons I will not mention in this letter any war news. Know one thing that we now possess very little freedom in the United States. No one is allowed to speak out his sentiments or to criticise the powers that be: if he does not desire to find a resting place in some miserable prison...There is no despotism outside of Turkey more oppressive than the United States at present.", cover with minor splits and small faults along edges, still Fine, a rare example of contraband mail carried across the lines, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 178)

E. 750-1,000
1,000
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298
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 298, Covert Mail RoutesRichmond Va. Mar. 6, 1863, Richmond Va. Mar. 6, 1863Richmond Va. Mar. 6, 1863. Mostly bold strike of circular datestamp and "FORWARDED/10"%$ framed handstamp on small cover to Mrs. Wyche Hunter ("Sallie") in Athens Ga., sent by her sister, who was working at West's Hospital prison in Baltimore and arranged for this letter to be smuggled by an exchanged prisoner into the Confederate States, the enclosed letter to her sister Sallie is datelined "Baltimore Dec. 16th 1862" and explains the circumstances: "I owe this fortunate chance to Lillie, who has discovered in the hospital here, a young officer by the name of Caldwell, from Greene County Georgia. He has been very seriously wounded, but is getting well and expects to be exchanged. If he will only take this letter with him to Georgia, I shall be a happy woman.", the Confederate officer evidently put this into the mails in Richmond, Very Fine, a remarkable and clearly-documented usage, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 180), ex Krieger and Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
1,300
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299
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 299, Covert Mail RoutesLigon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond Va, Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond VaLigon'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

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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300
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 300, Covert Mail RoutesLibby Prison, Richmond Va, Libby Prison, Richmond VaLibby Prison, Richmond Va. Pinkish cover and a letter from the same correspondence to Libbie Scudder in Middlebury Pa., both from Aaron Scudder, a Union prisoner at Libby Prison, the cover was carried across the lines and free franked by U.S. Senator James Harlan, "Washington D.C. Oct. 21, '64" double-circle datestamp, the letter is datelined "Libby Prison, Richmond Va., March 5th 1864" so it probably came from a different cover, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, a rare prisoner-of-war cover that apparently crossed the lines outside of the normal flag-of-truce channels (without censorship) and was free-franked by an obliging senator, ex Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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301
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 301, Covert Mail RoutesJ. B. DUTTON, J. B. DUTTONJ. B. DUTTON. Straightline handstamp, 3c Rose (65) tied by target, "Tecumseh Mich. Aug. 16, '64" double-circle datestamp on small cover to Waterford, Point of Rocks, Maryland, small tear at top and nicked at lower right, stamp has sealed pre-use tear, otherwise Fine, fewer than 20 covers are reported with the "J. B. DUTTON" handstamp, which was applied to southbound mail carried by Dutton between Waterford and Point of Rocks during the period when U.S. forces blockaded the Potomac River to stop incursions by C.S.A. raiders (see Special Routes book, pp. 173-175)

E. 400-500
1,300
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302
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 302, Covert Mail RoutesJ. B. DUTTON, J. B. DUTTONJ. B. DUTTON. Straightline handstamp lightly struck, 3c Rose (65) cancelled by grid, "Wilmington Del. Feb. 28" (1864) circular datestamp on cover to Waterford, Point of Rocks, Maryland, manuscript "Permitted R.C.B." censor marking applied by Capt. Robert C. Bamford, Provost Marshal at Point of Rocks, slightly reduced at left, Fine, fewer than 20 covers are reported with the "J. B. DUTTON" handstamp, which was applied to southbound mail carried by Dutton between Waterford and Point of Rocks during the period when U.S. forces blockaded the Potomac River to stop incursions by C.S.A. raiders, some of this mail was censored, as evidenced by this cover (see Special Routes book, pp. 173-175)

E. 750-1,000
300
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