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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: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to Germany

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
385
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 385, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyCamp Verde Tex. to Fulda, Germany, Camp Verde Tex. to Fulda, GermanyCamp Verde Tex. to Fulda, Germany. Yellow cover from Confederate officer Albert Moye to Frau Ed. Moye in Fulda, pencil receipt docketing "d.d. Camp Verde 10 X 61" (Oct. 10, 1861) gives origin and date, carried across the Rio Grande from Eagle Pass to Piedras Negras, then to Tampico, "F. Claussen & Co. Tampico" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, entered British Mails with red "Tampico DE 30 1861" circular datestamp on back and manuscript "2/5" rate, red "London E.C. JA 29 62" transit backstamp, red "Seebrief per England und Aachen 30/1 B" (Jan. 30) and Frankfurt (Jan. 31) transit backstamps, 28sg postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT CAMP VERDE, TEXAS -- THE SITE OF THE FAMOUS CAMEL CORPS -- TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE BETWEEN EAGLE PASS AND PIEDRAS NEGRAS, THEN BY ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

Camp

Verde was surrendered to Confederate forces on March 7, 1861. When captured, the fort was home to eighty camels, which were part of the so-called Camel Corps, which was organized in 1856 as part of the U.S. military strategy in the southwest territory. Some of the camels captured by the Confederates were used to haul cotton to Mexico over the overland route. Each camel carried two bales, one on each side, to Matamoros and returned with a load of salt.

This cover was carried on the RMSP Clyde, departing Tampico Dec. 31, 1861, arriving St. Thomas Jan. 12, 1862, then by RMSP La Plata, departing St. Thomas Jan. 14, arriving Southampton Jan. 29.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 162).

E. 1,500-2,000
1,600
386
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 386, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyCamp Verde Tex. to Kassel, Germany, Camp Verde Tex. to Kassel, GermanyCamp Verde Tex. to Kassel, Germany. Yellow cover from Confederate officer Albert Moye to his mother in Kassel, pencil receipt docketing "31 I 62" (Jan. 31, 1862) gives date of origin (believed to be Camp Verde at this date), carried across the Rio Grande to Matamoros, "Droege Oetling & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, entered British Mails with "Havana MR 9 1862" circular datestamp on back and manuscript "1/4" rate, red "London MR 31 62" transit backstamp, red "Seebrief per England und Aachen 1/4 B" (Apr. 1) and Cassel (Mar. 2) transit backstamps, 20sg postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT CAMP VERDE, TEXAS -- THE SITE OF THE FAMOUS CAMEL CORPS -- TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO MATAMOROS, THEN BY ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

Camp

Verde was surrendered to Confederate forces on March 7, 1861. When captured, the fort was home to eighty camels, which were part of the so-called Camel Corps, which was organized in 1856 as part of the U.S. military strategy in the southwest territory. Some of the camels captured by the Confederates were used to haul cotton to Mexico over the overland route. Each camel carried two bales, one on each side, to Matamoros and returned with a load of salt.

This cover was carried on the RMSP Thames, departing Havana Mar. 9, 1862, arriving St. Thomas Mar. 16, then by RMSP La Plata, departing St. Thomas Mar. 17, arriving Southampton Mar. 30.

E. 1,500-2,000
1,500
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387
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 387, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany, Fort Brown Tex. to Kassel, GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany. Buff cover from Confederate officer Albert Moye to his mother in Kassel, pencil receipt docketing "d. d. Matamoros I 62" (Jan. 1862) gives date and place of origin, no forwarder markings, entered mails with red "Zeebrief Rotterdam 11/7 1862" (Jul. 11) oval datestamp, "Emmerich/Oberhausen 11 7 W" framed datestamp and "Cassel 12/7 1862" receiving datestamp on back, postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO MATAMOROS, THEN UNDER COVER TO ROTTERDAM WHERE IT RECEIVED THE SHIP-LETTER ENTRY MARKING.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

Without

markings applied en route, it is impossible to determine how this cover reached Europe. It was received at Rotterdam as a private ship letter ("Zeebrief") and entered the mails to Germany.

E. 1,500-2,000
800
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388
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 388, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Fulda, Germany, Fort Brown Tex. to Fulda, GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Fulda, Germany. Yellow cover sent circa August 1862 from Confederate officer Albert Moye to Frau E. Moye in Fulda, sender's routing "via Matamoros" and "& Tampico" added in another hand, censored at Brownsville with "Examined & Passed, Alex. Young, P. Marshal" Provost Marshal marking, carried across the Rio Grande from Brownsville to Matamoros, "Droege Oetling & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, sent under cover to Germany, "Wm. Droege & Co. Hamburg" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp, entered the mails at Hamburg with "Hamburg Th. & T. 1/10" (Oct. 1, 1862) circular datestamp, Cassel receiving backstamp (Oct. 2, 1862), postage due from addressee with rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS, TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE BETWEEN BROWNSVILLE AND MATAMOROS. EXCEEDINGLY RARE WITH THE CONFEDERATE PROVOST MARSHAL CENSOR MARKING.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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389
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 389, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany, Fort Brown Tex. to Kassel, GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany. Yellow cover from Confederate officer Albert Moye to his mother in Kassel, pencil receipt docketing "1 XII 62" (Dec. 1, 1862) gives date of origin (believed to be Fort Brown at this date), carried across the Rio Grande to Matamoros, "Droege Oetling & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, forwarded to Havana, "Fr. Busing & Co. Havana" forwarder's blue double oval backstamp with manuscript "27/12 62" date and "by first steamer" instructions, sent to New York where it entered the mails with "New York Am. Pkt. Jan. 10" (1863) circular datestamp n back and "28" Prussian Closed Mail rate handstamp on front, red "Aachen 25/1" (Jan. 25), Giessen (Jan. 25) and Cassel (Jan. 26) transit backstamps, postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO MATAMOROS, THEN VIA HAVANA AND NEW YORK WHERE IT ENTERED THE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAILS.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf

This

cover was sent by Droege Oetling & Co. to another forwarder in Havana with the intention that it would catch the December 7 regular Royal Mail Steam Packet sailing. It apparently arrived too late for that departure, and rather than hold it for the next monthly sailing on January 7, it was sent to New York for the earliest available packet carrying mail for Europe. It was carried on the HAPAG Hammonia, departing New York Jan. 10, arriving Southampton Jan. 23.

Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 161).

E. 1,500-2,000
1,700
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390
c
Sale Number 988, Lot Number 390, Trans-Rio Grande Mail: The Moye Correspondence-Texas to GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany, Fort Brown Tex. to Kassel, GermanyFort Brown Tex. to Kassel, Germany. Four-page letter written in German and datelined "Fort Brown March 13th 1863" from Confederate officer Albert Moye to his mother, original buff cover carried across the Rio Grande from Brownsville to Matamoros, "Droege Oetling & Co. Matamoros" forwarder's blue double oval handstamp on back, sent under cover to England and Germany via Tampico, Havana, Ostende (Belgium) and Aachen, manuscript "via Ostende" in a different hand (applied by forwarder), entered the mails with "Manchester MY 14 63" circular datestamp (Droege & Co. had an office in Manchester, which explains the unusual entry point), red "London MY 15 63" backstamp, German transit and receiving backstamps including Aachen and Cassel (May 16), 22sg postage due from addressee with various rate markings in blue manuscript, sealed flap tear

VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS, TO HIS PLACE OF BIRTH IN KASSEL, GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE BETWEEN BROWNSVILLE AND MATAMOROS, THEN BY ROYAL MAIL STEAM PACKET AND PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAIL.

During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf. This letter mentions looting of farms by soldiers and young men fleeing to Monterrey to avoid the draft.

This cover was carried on the RMSP Conway, departing Tampico Mar. 29, 1863, arriving St. Thomas Apr. 11, then by RMSP La Plata, departing St. Thomas Apr. 29, arriving Southampton May 13. It was postmarked at Manchester, where Droege & Co. had an office, on May 14 and went by Prussian Closed Mail via Ostende and Aachen.

Ex Beals and "Camina" (Castillejos)

E. 2,000-3,000
1,600
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