VERY FINE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING CONFEDERATE PATRIOTIC COVERS KNOWN FROM KENTUCKY -- A RARE DESIGN AND ONE OF THE FEW COVERS FROM BOWLING GREEN WITH GENERAL ISSUE STAMPS.
Ex MacBride and Gallagher. With 2008 P.F. certificate
VERY FINE. A SPECTACULAR BETHEL COLLEGE COVER WITH THE 5-CENT GREEN GENERAL ISSUE AND THE ONLY REPORTED USE OF THIS DESIGN. BETHEL COLLEGE WAS THE LOCATION WHERE THE KENTUCKY ORDINANCE OF SECESSION WAS PASSED ON NOVEMBER 20, 1861.
While the elected government of Kentucky remained loyal to the Union, a shadow government was formed which passed the secession ordinance at Russellville. This remarkable cover combines several desirable attributes, including a scarce Confederate Kentucky use to Virginia, a college cover and a beautiful lithographed design.
Ex Skinner. Illustrated in 1986 Dietz Catalogue on p. 236
A REMARKABLE COVER WITH THE RARE "ZOLLICOFFER'S BRIGADE" MILITARY POSTMARK DATED JANUARY 18, 1862, ONE DAY BEFORE THE BATTLE OF MILL SPRINGS, IN WHICH BRIGADIER GENERAL FELIX K. ZOLLICOFFER WAS KILLED.
The Battle of Mill Springs was a significant defeat for the Confederates, because it was the first breach in their Kentucky defense line. It was during this battle, on January 19, that Brig. Gen. Zollicoffer was killed after becoming confused and riding his horse into Union lines, thinking he was among Confederate forces. Wearing a white raincoat, his identity was not immediately recognized, but as soon as it was, he was shot dead in the saddle.
Ex Gallagher and Walske