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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
285
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 285, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers5c Green, Stone 1 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1 (1)5c Green, Stone 1 (1). Two full to large margins, other sides touching to slightly in, small grid cancel, matching "Fort Smith Ark. Jul. 10, 1862" double-circle datestamp on small cover to Fayetteville Ark. manuscript "via Buren" (Van Buren Ark.?), carried by courier and entered Fort Smith post office shortly after introduction of 10c rate and charged with manuscript "due 5", with original letter datelined "Artillery Brigade Camp, Tupelo Miss, June 22, 1862", indicating that the sender correctly prepaid rate in advance of July 1st change, interesting military content incl. commentary "Beauregard's retreat from Corinth is one of the grandest military moves made since the war began." Very Fine and unusual cover that was carried westward across the Mississippi River and put into the mails in Arkansas

E. 500-750
800
286
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 286, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6)5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6). Large margins to just touched at lower left, tied by manuscript "Drews Corner Texas 9 Aug 1862" postmark and "Due 5" on brown cover to Mrs. Bettie Clay in Independence Tex. from Capt. Tacitus T. Clay, a member of the the 5th Texas Regiment in the Army of Northern Virginia, his endorsement "Kindness of Captain DeWalt, 1st Texas Regiment", carried by Capt. DeWalt across the Mississippi and put into the mails at Drew's Corner, a bit age toned, Fine, this is a rare example of mail carried by Confederate soldiers returning to Texas as a courtesy to fellow troops, this was probably stamped at origin for the prevailing 5c rate but was not posted until weeks later after the new all-inclusive 10c rate took effect, illustrated in Special Routes (p. 115), ex MacBride

E. 400-500
425
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287
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 287, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military CouriersNatchitoches La. Sep. 17 (1862), Natchitoches La. Sep. 17 (1862)Natchitoches La. Sep. 17 (1862). Clear strike of double-circle datestamp and "10" handstamp (manuscript "Due") on buff cover endorsed "S. S. Bryan, Texas Rangers C.S. Army" from a member of the Army of Tennessee, carried west across the Mississippi with "Favor of Mr. Lewis" endorsement, mailed at Natchitoches as an unpaid soldier's letter to Velasco Tex., half of backflap missing, creased, still Fine, scarce example of westbound trans-Mississippi mail carried by private courier

E. 300-400
300
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288
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 288, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Large margins except clipped into design at bottom right, tied by "Shreveport La. Jul. 16, 1864" double-circle datestamp on folded letter from T. Lacy, a soldier with the 3rd Texas Cavalry (Hoods Brigade) "To Home Folks" at San Cosina Tex., datelined "In Camp, Marietta, Georgia, June 21st, 1864" and tiny manuscript "Paid $1.00" next to stamp indicates Trans-Mississippi Courier Rate, letter written in pencil but very readable and fascinating, includes description of casualties, prediction that "Johnson is anxious for Sherman to make the attack & I think will force him to do it yet", remorse over Gen. Polk's death (killed Jun. 14), long commentary on Grant's campaign ("Grant seems to be preparing for another attempt at an 'on to Richmond'") and the consequences of losing Richmond, mention of cousins who "were prisoners at Fort Pillow when Forrest attacked the place. The enemy forced them to carry ammunition to their men in the ditches. Ben was killed & Crocket wounded." The writer even includes a colorful remark about a relative made Provost Marshal -- "Not much to do & a plenty of nice Ladies to pass off the time with. He can't afford to take a 'ride' there, but will wait until he can get back to his native state.", minor toning not detracting from this Fine and very rare usage. Trans-Mississippi courier covers rarely show the express charge or contain such a lengthy war letter, ex Keeling

E. 1,000-1,500
750
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289
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 289, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e), 10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e)10c Blue, Die A, Perforated (11e). Two, each with perfs on three sides, tied by "Alexandria La. Dec. 29" circular datestamp on legal-size cover originating in Mobile and addressed to Judge Burnet (ex-President of Texas Republic) in Richmond Tex., endorsed "Politeness of Maj. R. Howard", neat Jan. 1865 receipt docketing, small mended spot at bottom edge, otherwise Very Fine, rare use of perforated stamps on a cover carried by private courier westward across the Mississippi and put into the mails at Alexandria, Louisiana, this is from the same correspondence as Krieger No. E79B which is docketed from Mobile, ex Keeling

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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290
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 290, Trans-Mississippi Routes: Private and Military Couriers10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c)10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c). Three margins, in at bottom, creased, tied by "Nacogdoches Tex. Jan. 28" (1864) circular datestamp on cover originating in Jasper County, Georgia, and addressed to A. R. Hockersmith in Union-held Benton, Arkansas, carried westward across the Mississippi River by a Confederate courier (ms. "Sent by H. M. Henley" on backflap), entered Confederate mails at Nacogdoches and sent to Camden Ark. where exchanged under flag-of-truce, manuscript "Ex & appd. Maj. W. Percy, Comdg Post" examiner's endorsement applied on arrival at Benton, with original letter dated Nov. 29, 1863, the writer describes his company's part in the Battle of Chickamauga, taking a ball thru the eye, other casualties, amputations and mention of Gen. Bragg fighting and retreating to Dalton, minor stain spots and folds in cover

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE -- OR POSSIBLY UNIQUE -- TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COVER FROM GEORGIA TO ARKANSAS VIA TEXAS. AFTER CROSSING THE MISSISSIPPI, THIS COVER WAS EXCHANGED BY FLAG-OF-TRUCE, EXAMINED BY A UNION OFFICER AND DELIVERED TO THE ADDRESSEE IN BENTON, ARKANSAS.

Ex Clippert

E. 3,000-4,000
2,100
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