VERY FINE. POSTMARKED AT CHARLESTON ON DECEMBER 21, 1860, THE FIRST FULL DAY AFTER SOUTH CAROLINA'S SECESSION FROM THE UNION.
Although December 20, 1860, is recognized as the first day of the Southern Rebellion, the secession vote took place in Charleston at 1:15 p.m., and the Ordinance of Secession was signed by 171 delegates at 7:00 p.m., which means that letters postmarked during the day on December 20 were technically still United States mail. The following day, December 21, is the first full day of South Carolina's status as an independent state, and covers postmarked on the 21st are significant for this reason.
Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 1). Ex Howard Green
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING "FIRST DAY OF THE CONFEDERACY" COVER, POSTMARKED AT MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, WHERE THE CONFEDERATE GOVERNMENT WAS OFFICIALLY FORMED ON THIS DATE, FEBRUARY 4, 1861.
Illustrated in Special Routes (p. 2). Ex Birkinbine
EXTREMELY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND BEAUTIFUL JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION COVER FROM ARKANSAS DURING ITS TWELVE DAYS AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE.
This cover is addressed in the same hand as lot 27 in this sale, another cover from Washington, Arkansas, which contains a letter written by B. F. Hempstead. In his letter, dated May 21, 1861, Hempstead, a lawyer and slaveowner, expresses strong secessionist sentiments.
With 1997 C.S.A. certificate