VERY FINE. AN HISTORIC COVER POSTMARKED AT VICKSBURG ON THE DAY THE CONFEDERATE STATES GOVERNMENT WAS FORMALLY ORGANIZED IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA. BELIEVED TO BE UNIQUE WITH THE MISSISSIPPI INDEPENDENT STATEHOOD DESIGN AND UNITED STATES POSTAGE.
The Montgomery convention convened on February 4, 1861, marking the formal beginning of the Confederate States of America. This allegorical Mississippi Independent Statehood design with the January 9 secession date is extremely rare in any form, but this is believed to be the only recorded example dated on February 4, 1861.
VERY FINE. THIS IS BY FAR THE FINEST STRIKE OF THE CONFEDERATE "DEAD LETTER OFFICE" OVAL AMONG ONLY SIX RECORDED EXAMPLES. THIS IS ALSO THE EARLIEST KNOWN USE OF THE HANDSTAMP AND THE ONLY USE ON A COVER ADDRESSED TO A CONFEDERATE STATE.
Van Dyk MacBride illustrated four examples of the Confederate States Dead Letter Office oval in his 1944 Congress Book article. We record one other which is pictured in the Special Routes book on page 12. These five strikes (earliest dated Aug. 23, 1861) are on covers sent from the South to a Union state which were intercepted after the closure of mail routes and sent to the Dead Letter Office. The date in the Dead Letter Office oval indicates when it was released, rather than when it arrived.
This sixth example is the only known use on cover to a Confederate state. It is not clear from the datestamp when it was mailed, or whether it originated in a Confederate or a Union state (prior to June 1, 1861, it could have been either and been franked with U.S. stamps), but it is apparent from the "Advertised" marking that it found its way to the Dead Letter Office because it was undeliverable, rather than intercepted. It most likely contained money or other items of value.
C.S.A. Catalogue value $5,000.00