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Sale 1016 — Confederate States, U.S. Postal History, General Foreign

Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 15-17 November, 2011

Category — Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: Kentucky

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
540
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 540, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyNashville Ten., Sep. 11, 1861, Nashville Ten., Sep. 11, 1861Nashville Ten., Sep. 11, 1861. Circular datestamp perfectly struck in blue with matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps on buff cover originating in Confederate-occupied Columbus Kentucky and sent to C.S.A. Vice President Alexander Stephens in Richmond, carried to Nashville where it entered the C.S.A. mails, back with ms. "John. G. Burch Columbus Ky., Sept 9th 1861 - Desires a change of position in the Army", missing backflap as usual with Stephens covers, Extremely Fine, Kentucky proclaimed its policy of neutrality on May 20, 1861, but the pro-Confederate and pro-Union citizens within the state were wary of an invasion force throughout the summer months, with each side accusing the other of breaching neutrality, finally, to preempt a Federal occupation of Columbus, General Leonidas Polk ordered General Gideon Pillow to move on Sep. 3 on Hickman and Columbus

E. 750-1,000
650
541
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 541, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyMemphis Ten. Dec. 25, 1861, Memphis Ten. Dec. 25, 1861Memphis Ten. Dec. 25, 1861. Bold circular datestamp with yeardate inverted, ms. "Due 2c" on blue commission merchant's corner card cover from Hickman Ky., carried from Hickman and placed into mails at Memphis as a drop letter, small waterstain at bottom left, otherwise Very Fine, an extremely rare cover from Kentucky into the Confederate city of Memphis

E. 1,500-2,000
1,900
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542
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 542, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyBowling Green K.Y. Oct. 29 (1861), Bowling Green K.Y. Oct. 29 (1861)Bowling Green K.Y. Oct. 29 (1861). Bold blue circular datestamp with inverted date, ms. "Due 10" with "10" changed to "5", on cover to Columbus Miss., soldier's endorsement at top "C.C. Malone, Co. K, 14th Miss. Regt." (Beauregard Rifles), with original letter (split in two) in which Malone writes of his company being reduced by sickness, very cold and in need of shoes, some minor edge toning, Very Fine use with original content from the Confederate post office at Bowling Green (occupied Sep. 18)

E. 750-1,000
650
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543
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 543, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyBowling Green Ky., Dec. 7 (1861), Bowling Green Ky., Dec. 7 (1861)Bowling Green Ky., Dec. 7 (1861). Blue circular datestamp with black "Due 5" handstamp applied in Memphis en route and struck over ms. "Due 5" on orange cover to Osceola Ark., soldier's endorsement at top left, missing part of top flap, Very Fine usage during Confederate military occupation of Bowling Green, ex Boshwit

E. 500-750
650
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544
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 544, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: Kentucky"Bowling Green Ky. Feb. 19th" (1862) -- Earliest Reported Federal Use After Occupation, "Bowling Green Ky. Feb. 19th" (1862) -- Earliest Reported Federal Use After Occupation"Bowling Green Ky. Feb. 19th" (1862) -- Earliest Reported Federal Use After Occupation. Manuscript postmark on U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire to Williamstown Mass., endorsed "Soldiers letter & no new stamps -- H.H.S. Ast Surgeon", obsolete embossed stamp cancelled by Louisville "DUE 3" straightline handstamp applied in transit, backflap removed, Very Fine, ex Schwartz, this is the earliest reported cover posted at Bowling Green after U.S. occupation, the Confederates evacuated completely by February 14, 1862, this was mailed just five days later

E. 1,000-1,500
800
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545
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 545, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: Kentucky"Camp Beauregard Ky, "Camp Beauregard Ky"Camp Beauregard Ky." Ms. postmark with matching "Paid 5c" on brown Jefferson Davis Medallion and Verse patriotic cover to Warren Ark., light strike of "Columbus Ky." circular datestamp and "Paid" in oval handstamp, with ms. "5" rate, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, some staining at top, otherwise Fine, ex Boshwit, mail from Camp Beauregard was brought to the nearby post office at Columbus

E. 750-1,000
0
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546
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 546, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyColumbus Ky. Nov. 20? (1861), Columbus Ky. Nov. 20? (1861)Columbus Ky. Nov. 20? (1861). Circular datestamp with matching "Paid" lozenge handstamp and ms. "20" on Capt. G.K. Miller correspondence cover to Equality S.C., pencil dating on back "Nov. 14th, 1861", some mended edges, otherwise Very Fine and scarce usage from Confederate Kentucky, the destination was over 500 miles so this represents a double rate cover

E. 400-500
550
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547
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 547, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyHickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861, Hickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861Hickman Ky. Sep. 5, 1861. Double-circle datestamp with manuscript "Pd 5" C.S.A. rate on small cover to Laconia Ark., pencil soldier's endorsement "John B. Abercombie, Fourth Reg. Tenn. Vol.", rate overstruck "DUE 5" at Memphis, backflap partially removed and small mended nicks at top

THE EARLIEST RECORDED COVER FROM CONFEDERATE KENTUCKY, POSTMARKED JUST TWO DAYS AFTER THE SEPTEMBER 3, 1861, INVASION OF KENTUCKY BY THE CONFEDERATE ARMY.

Kentucky proclaimed its policy of neutrality on May 20, 1861, but the pro-Confederate and pro-Union citizens within the state were wary of an invasion force throughout the summer months, with each side accusing the other of breaching neutrality. Finally, to preempt a Federal occupation of Columbus, General Leonidas Polk ordered General Gideon Pillow to move on Hickman and Columbus; Pillow's troops entered Hickman on the morning of September 3. In response, General Ulysses S. Grant seized Paducah on September 6, and the Unionist movement in Kentucky gained momentum, ending neutrality.

This cover, postmarked at Hickman on September 5, is an extremely early Confederate occupation date. There is no record of an earlier postmark from any Confederate post office in Kentucky.

Ex Gallagher, Agre and Schwartz.

E. 1,000-1,500
850
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548
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 548, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: Kentucky"Moscow Ky. Jan. 10" (1862), "Moscow Ky. Jan. 10" (1862)"Moscow Ky. Jan. 10" (1862). Manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 10" on Capt. G.K. Miller correspondence cover to Equality S.C., edge wear and staining, still Fine and scarce use from Confederate Kentucky and reported to be the only known example from Moscow

E. 300-400
400
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549
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 549, Confederate States: Handstamped Paid and Due: KentuckyRussellville Ky. Jan. 27 (1862), Russellville Ky. Jan. 27 (1862)Russellville Ky. Jan. 27 (1862). Circular datestamp clearly struck on brown cover to Handeboro Miss., soldier's letter endorsement from member of 20th Regt. Miss. Vol., sender's directive "Via New Orleans La." -- a circuitous route down the Memphis, Clarksville & Louisville R.R. and back up the Mississippi (Federal troops controlled the upper portion of the river) -- two-line "DUE/10" handstamp applied at Memphis, blue crayon "Due 10", overall dampstaining but still Very Fine, a rare Confederate cover from Russellville, the site of the first Confederate convention of the provisional government of Kentucky, ex Gallagher

E. 750-1,000
950
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