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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: Suspension of Mail Service

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
526
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 526, Confederate States: Suspension of Mail ServiceVicksburg Miss. Jun. 8 (1861), Vicksburg Miss. Jun. 8 (1861)Vicksburg Miss. Jun. 8 (1861). Clear strike of double-circle datestamp with "Paid" and "10" handstamps, "10" crossed out and re-rated "5 cts." in manuscript on yellow cover to New Bloomfield Pa., U.S. postage paid by U.S. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) crossed out in manuscript

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING COVER WHICH WAS ONE OF THE LAST PIECES OF REGULAR MAIL TO CROSS THE BORDER FROM THE CONFEDERATE STATES INTO THE UNITED STATES, SHOWING THE POSTAGE RATES OF BOTH GOVERNMENTS.

This cover was mailed from Vicksburg on June 8, seven days after the establishment of the Confederate postal system. It would normally have passed through Memphis, Tennessee. However, since the U.S. suspended service at that office on June 6, the letter was routed through Nashville, most likely arriving on June 10. It then went through Louisville on June 12 and to its destination in Pa. without penalty (there are other covers with almost the same dates that were diverted to the Dead Letter office after leaving Louisville). On June 12, 1861, the U.S. suspended service at the Nashville post office, which effectively closed down the last remaining northbound mail route from the Confederate States. The Nashville postmaster continued to forward northbound mail, but letters were stopped at Louisville starting on June 13, one day after this cover was allowed to go through.

From a new find. With 2009 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
2,700
527
c
Sale Number 1016, Lot Number 527, Confederate States: Suspension of Mail ServiceAdams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 4, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 4, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Aug. 4, 1861. Circular datestamp cancels U.S. 3c Red Star Die entire (U27) to Moorfield Va., blue "Nashville Ten. Aug. 6, 1861" circular datestamp with matching "Paid" and "10" handstamps (over 500-miles rate), original four-page letter enclosed, missing part of top flap and small corner repair at top right does not affect the 3c embossed stamp, still Very Fine, with 1986 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,000-1,500
1,000
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