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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Laredo-Nuevo Laredo

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
383
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 383, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Laredo-Nuevo Laredo5c Blue, Local (7), 5c Blue, Local (7)5c Blue, Local (7). Ample margins to just touched, tied by "San Antonio Tex. Nov. 14" (1864) circular datestamp on blue folded letter carried from Paras to San Antonio via Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo and Laredo, datelined "Parras Obre. 23 de 1864" from Antero Perez to Ezequiel Bustamante in San Antonio, "L. Oliver Hos. Monterey 3 Nov. 1864" forwarder's double oval backstamp, file-fold fold barely creases bottom of stamp

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE COVER ROUTED VIA MONTERREY IN MEXICO, THEN CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE BETWEEN NUEVO LAREDO AND LAREDO AND PUT INTO THE CONFEDERATE POST OFFICE AT SAN ANTONIO AS A DROP-RATE LETTER.

Mail from Mexico to San Antonio that crossed further down the Rio Grande and entered the C.S.A. post offices at Brownsville or Eagle Pass was usually franked with 10c C.S.A. postage. In this case, the letter crossed between Nuevo Laredo and Laredo and was brought directly to the San Antonio post office. The 5c stamp overpays the 2c drop-letter rate.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,600
384
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 384, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: Laredo-Nuevo Laredo10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c)10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c). Ample to large margins, bright greenish shade, tied by bold "San Antonio Tex. Jul. 4" (1864) circular datestamp on blue folded cover from San Luis Potosi to Boerne Tex. via Monterrey, Laredo and San Antonio, addressed to G. W. Kendall in Boerne Tex., oval handstamp of Chabot Hermanos in San Luis Potosi, minor toned spots

VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE AND RARE TRANS-RIO GRANDE ROUTING, CROSSING FROM NUEVO LAREDO IN MEXICO TO LAREDO IN CONFEDERATE TEXAS.

The addressee, George Wilkins Kendall, co-founded the New Orleans Picayune. Through this newspaper, Kendall provided readers with accounts of his travels. Kendall joined an expedition from Austin, Texas, to Santa Fe, New Mexico, that claimed to be searching for new trade routes in the west. However, the party was captured by Mexican officials and forced to march to Mexico City, where the members of the expedition would spend the next two years in prison. Narrative of the Texan Santa Fe Expedition Comprising a Description of a Tour Through Texas (1844) is based on Kendall's experiences during this time. War between the United States and Mexico was declared in 1846, and Kendall sent news from the front lines back to the New Orleans Picayune. Kendall attached himself, at various times, to the Texas Rangers under Ben McCullough and to Generals Taylor, Worth and Scott. He is the first known war correspondent. His manuscript, The War Between the United States and Mexico Illustrated (1851), is an account of his experiences during this time. After traveling extensively in Europe and living in Paris, where he met his wife Adeline de Valcourt, he and his family moved back to the United States; first to New Orleans, where the family only spent one year, and then to New Braunfels, Texas, in 1856. About 1860 the family once again moved, this time to Boerne, Texas, where Kendall would take up sheep ranching and introduce Merinos sheep to the region. He died at his ranch in Boerne from pneumonia on October 21, 1867 (source: http://library.uta.edu/findingAids/AR376.jsp).

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 157).

E. 1,500-2,000
2,200
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