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Sale 1043 — Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 18-19 April, 2013

Category — Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2599
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2599, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Horizontal strip of four, large margin at bottom, other sides clear to in, tied by two light strikes of "Marshall Tex." double-circle datestamp on cover addressed to "Co. E 4th Texas regt. Vol. inft., Gregg's Brigade, Longstreet's Corps, Richmond Va.," manuscript "Express Via Shreveport La." at top left, cover repaired and backflap added, sealed tears at top of second stamp, crease affects strip

FINE APPEARING WEST-TO-EAST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER. EASTBOUND COVERS ARE SCARCER THAN WESTBOUND COVERS.

Ex Telep and Felton. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate.

E. 2,000-3,000
1,400
2600
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2600, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Horizontal strip of four, fresh color, full margins to touched at sides, tied by two of three bold strikes of "Jackson Miss. Aug." (1864) circular datestamp on cover to Waco Texas, manuscript "Via Jackson Miss-- By Express" and "South Bosque" (near Waco), minor repairs to corners and small sealed tears

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER.

While this cover has no letter content, it most likely originated from somewhere other than Jackson, given the route directive. Jackson was occupied by Union troops during the Vicksburg Campaign in May-July 1863, but was not permanently held. It became a station on the Trans-Mississippi route in 1864, though very few 40c covers are recorded postmarked in Jackson.

Krieger No. E30. Ex Brooks and Hill

E. 3,000-4,000
2,600
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2601
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2601, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. CommissionArthur H. Edey's Express, Arthur H. Edey's ExpressArthur H. Edey's Express. Black on white newsprint label "FORWARDED BY/ARTHUR H. EDEY, Agent, Fifth Reg't Texas Volunteers." affixed with mucilage to back of orange cover originating east of the Mississippi River and carried by Edey's 5th Texas Regiment Trans-Mississippi express, regular Confederate postage paid by two 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), ample margins to just touching, tied by blue "Hempstead Tex. Sep. 20" (1862) circular datestamp, addressed to Mrs. S. R. Bostick, Columbus Tex., endorsed by S. R. Bostwick of the 5th Regt. Texas Volunteers, his name at left trimmed away upon opening

FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF OF THE FINEST OF THE EIGHT RECORDED COVERS WITH EDEY'S EXPRESS LABEL, OF WHICH HALF ARE AFFIXED TO THE BACKS. EDEY'S EXPRESS OPERATED BRIEFLY FROM JUNE UNTIL LATE OCTOBER 1862.

Arthur H. Edey provided mail service between members of the 5th Regiment, Texas Volunteers, serving east of the Mississippi and their correspondents back home. Our records contain eight examples of Edey's label, including a few heavily stained or defective covers. The earliest is dated June 1862, and the latest October 1862. This is one of the finest in terms of overall condition.

Ex Green. Illustrated in Shenfield book (p. 80). C.S.A. Catalogue value $7,500.00

E. 5,000-7,500
7,500
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2602
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2602, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1), 5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1)5c Green, Stone 1-2 (1). Full margins, tied by "Charleston S.C. Oct. 23, 1863" circular datestamp and bold "5" due handstamp on folded letter datelined "New Orleans, 19 September 1863", to Emile H. Reynes, care of Amedee Guyol in Augusta Ga., some minor toning on back

VERY FINE. A FASCINATING COVER FROM THE WELL-KNOWN REYNES CORRESPONDENCE THAT WAS SMUGGLED OUT OF NEW ORLEANS AND POSTED AT CHARLESTON.

The Emile H. Reynes correspondence is famous for covers smuggled out of New Orleans and carried to their destination by various means, including by the Louisiana Relief Committee. The correspondence was discussed at length by Leonard Huber in a 1951 American Philatelist article. This cover was discussed in a 1993 Confederate Philatelist article by Conrad Bush, which also translates the letter, written in French, about the birth of Reynes's son (copy included).

The Charleston datestamp on this cover has convinced previous owners that it entered the city by blockade runner, and that conclusion is also reached in the Bush article. However, the port of Charleston was closed to blockade running between September 18, 1863, and March 4, 1864, due to the Union occupation of Morris Island and the subsequent mining of the harbor by the Confederacy. In addition, the letter states "I will pass this letter on to Mrs. B, who will add it to the one she will write to her glorious husband." Mrs. B was the wife of Confederate General P.G.T. Beauregard, who was then in charge of Charleston defenses. This letter was entrusted to Mrs. Beauregard, who sent it in a package -- most likely via the Louisiana Relief Committee -- to Charleston. It was mailed from Charleston to Augusta, care of Amedee Guyol, with insufficient postage. Research by Gene Hastings on other letters in the correspondence backs this interpretation. We are grateful to Steven C. Walske for his interpretation.

Signed Brian Green. With 1996 C.S.A. certificate which states "smuggled" but does not opine on how it travelled to Charleston

E. 1,000-1,500
2,000
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2603
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2603, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission2c Brown Red (8), 2c Brown Red (8)2c Brown Red (8). Ample to clear margins, tied by "Mobile Ala. Oct. 28" (1863) double-circle datestamp on mourning cover carried by the Louisiana Relief Committee from New Orleans to Mobile, addressed to Edward H. Caldwell, manuscript "(La. Com.)" applied by agent for Louisiana Relief Committee, pencil "Appd JC Denis PMG." censor marking applied by Mobile Provost Marshal Jules C. Denis on back, missing part of backflap but censor marking unaffected

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE LOUISIANA RELIEF COMMITTEE MOURNING COVER WITH THE 2-CENT RED JACK PAYING DROP-LETTER POSTAGE.

The Louisiana Relief Committee was formed on May 31, 1863, by a group of expatriate New Orleans citizens in Mobile, Alabama, to alleviate the suffering of poor citizens who remained in U.S.-occupied New Orleans. With the tacit concurrence of Federal authorities in New Orleans, they arranged shipments of food and clothing to New Orleans and helped citizens leave New Orleans for the Confederate States. These "Louisiana Relief Committee at Mobile" trips between Mobile and New Orleans via Pascagoula ran along the Mississippi Sound and carried letters which were not sanctioned by the U.S. authorities. Jules C. Denis, C.S.A. provost marshal at Mobile, examined the southbound letters. The U.S. also used these trips to transmit flag-of-truce mail to and from prisoners in New Orleans.

With 2001 P.F. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
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2604
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2604, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins to clear, tied by Mobile Ala. double-circle datestamp on cover carried by the Louisiana Relief Committee from New Orleans to Mobile, addressed to Montgomery Ala., bold manuscript "Forwarded by the Louisiana Committee at Mobile" on back with pencil "Ex." censor marking applied by Mobile Provost Marshal Jules C. Denis, edge wear and some light soiling

VERY FINE AND RARE LOUISIANA RELIEF COMMITTEE COVER FROM OCCUPIED NEW ORLEANS TO MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA, VIA MOBILE.

The Louisiana Relief Committee was formed on May 31, 1863, by a group of expatriate New Orleans citizens in Mobile, Alabama, to alleviate the suffering of poor citizens who remained in U.S.-occupied New Orleans. With the tacit concurrence of Federal authorities in New Orleans, they arranged shipments of food and clothing to New Orleans and helped citizens leave New Orleans for the Confederate States. These "Louisiana Relief Committee at Mobile" trips between Mobile and New Orleans via Pascagoula ran along the Mississippi Sound and carried letters which were not sanctioned by the U.S. authorities. Jules C. Denis, C.S.A. provost marshal at Mobile, examined the southbound letters. The U.S. also used these trips to transmit flag-of-truce mail to and from prisoners in New Orleans.

With 1994 C.S.A. certificate

E. 1,500-2,000
1,800
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2605
c
Sale Number 1043, Lot Number 2605, Trans-Mississippi and other Express, La. Commission10c Blue, Die B (12), 10c Blue, Die B (12)10c Blue, Die B (12). Full to large margins, tied by Mobile Ala. double-circle datestamp on folded letter datelined "New Orleans, 24 June 1864", smuggled out of New Orleans and mailed as an overpaid drop letter at Mobile, docketing at left, fresh and Very Fine, letters bearing Confederate postage stamps from Union-occupied New Orleans are scarce

E. 400-500
1,200
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