VERY FINE. BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS WITH FOREIGN STAMPS ARE EXCEEDINGLY RARE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED EXAMPLE OF THE BAHAMAS 6-PENCE USED ON A BLOCKADE-RUN COVER.
The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "In Camp" on Jan. 12, 1864, from Private Edward L. Wells, a private in the Charleston Light Dragoons, Co. J., 4th S.C. Cavalry (he published a history of the unit in the 1880's).
Carried on blockade-runner Lucy, dep. Wilmington May 1, 1864, arr. Nassau May 7; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau May 9, arr. New York May 13. The rate from the Bahamas to New York was 4p, but in this case the forwarder in Nassau applied a 6p stamp. It is the only recorded blockade-run cover with this value. The Lucy was owned by Fraser Trenholm & Co.; active Nov. 1863 to Nov. 1864, 21 for 23 in successful trips; captured by U.S.S. Santiago de Cuba on Nov. 3, 1864, off Wilmington. A detailed history of the C.S.S. Lucy appears in the Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1972.
Ex Birkinbine. With 2003 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND UNUSUALLY BEAUTIFUL OUTBOUND BLOCKADE-RUN COVER FROM CHARLESTON TO NEW YORK VIA WILMINGTON AND NASSAU.
The letter that was contained in this envelope (which no longer accompanies) is datelined "Charleston 21 Jan. 1864". Charleston was closed to blockade-running Sep. 19, 1863, to March 1864 because the U.S. forces had captured Morris Island and the Confederates mined the harbor to prevent the Union Navy from entering. Carried on blockade-runner Wild Dayrell, dep. Wilmington Jan. 24, 1864, arr. Nassau Jan. 28. This was held at Nassau by the forwarder and not posted until Apr. 9, 1864. Forwarder paid 4p rate in cash and sent it on Cunarder Corsica, dep. Nassau Apr. 11, arr. New York Apr. 15. The Wild Dayrell was owned by The Anglo-Confederate Trading Co.; active Dec. 1863 to Feb. 1864, 4 for 5 in successful trips; chased aground and destroyed by the U.S.S. Sassacus on Feb. 1, 1864, while trying to enter Wilmington; this was carried on the last successful trip.