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Sale 1065 — The Richard L. Calhoun Collection of Charleston, S.C.

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 February, 2014

Category — Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee Cover

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
482
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 482, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverConfederate States Court House, Official Business, Confederate States Court House, Official BusinessConfederate States Court House, Official Business. Imprint in oval frame at upper right of buff legal-size cover addressed to Col. James Connor, privately carried, some wear incl. vertical file folds (one affects design), still Very Fine, an extremely rare semi-official Confederate judicial imprint

E. 300-400
650
483
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 483, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverCharleston S.C. Feb. 8, 1861, Charleston S.C. Feb. 8, 1861Charleston S.C. Feb. 8, 1861. Double-circle datestamp, two 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) tied by grid cancels on legal-size yellow cover with "State of South Carolina, Head Quarters" semi-official imprint with Palmetto design at center, addressed to Governor Brown in Milledgeville Ga., docketing indicates sent by Governor Pickens of South Carolina, expertly repaired and gently cleaned, Very Fine appearance, the contents (do not accompany) no doubt discussed the newly-formed Confederacy which was only four days old

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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484
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 484, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverCharleston S.C. Jan. 20, 1861, Charleston S.C. Jan. 20, 1861Charleston S.C. Jan. 20, 1861. Double-circle datestamp, 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) cancelled by grid on "Surgeon General's Department, State of South Carolina" imprint cover to Richmond Va., some slight edgewear incl. small pieces out at two corners, still Very Fine use of this semi-official imprint on a cover sent after Ordinance of Secession was passed and before admission to the Confederacy

E. 400-500
225
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485
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 485, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverState of South Carolina, Head Quarters, State of South Carolina, Head QuartersState of South Carolina, Head Quarters. Illustrated official imprint cover with Palmetto tree, addressed to General Beauregard and sent from Governor Francis Pickens, endorsed "By Mr. Green" who was an aide to the governor, copy of original enclosure accompanies asking Beauregard to dinner, slightly reduced at left, some minor edgewear and age spots, still Very Fine and scarce hand-carried use to General Beauregard

E. 400-500
550
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486
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 486, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverCharleston S.C. Mar. 15, 1862, Charleston S.C. Mar. 15, 1862Charleston S.C. Mar. 15, 1862. Neat circular datestamp with "Paid 5" in circle handstamp on brown legal-size cover with manuscript "Official Business, Medical Procurement Office" at top, to Camp Simons, missing top flap, barely reduced at right, some slight edgewear, Very Fine semi-official use

E. 200-300
130
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487
 
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 487, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverFrancis W. Pickens, Francis W. PickensFrancis W. Pickens. One-page autograph letter signed "F. W. Pickens" and datelined "Executive Dept., Charleston, Jany. 21, 1861", addressed to the Senate, discusses nomination of several officers to positions in state artillery and infantry regiments, trivial toning along edges, Very Fine

E. 150-200
80
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488
c
Sale Number 1065, Lot Number 488, Official Imprints and Robert E. Lee CoverRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Confederate general and commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, autograph endorsement "Official business R.E. Lee Genl. Commg." on buff cover addressed in his hand to "Honble Wm. Porcher Miles Charles S.C.", mailed shortly after Lee arrived in Savannah to supervise coastal defenses (Nov. 8, 1861), the cover was postmarked with "Savannah Geo. Nov." circular datestamp (small style with stars, date not legible) and "Paid 5" in oval handstamp at upper left, then returned from Charleston to Savannah with "Charleston S.C. Nov. 24, 1861" double-circle datestamp and red crayon "fw 5", readdressed to Richmond in early 1862 with large style "Savannah Ga. Paid" datestamp applied over first datestamp, red "Due 5" in oval applied but then struck out by black grid cancel, backflap missing, mended nicks at top from opening (clear of endorsement and markings)

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AUTOGRAPH FIELD ENDORSEMENT FROM ROBERT E. LEE DURING HIS SHORT TENURE AT SAVANNAH, GEORGIA, AND A REMARKABLE RETURNED AND FORWARDED POSTAL USE BETWEEN CHARLESTON AND SAVANNAH.

Since this cover entered the market several years ago (Siegel Sale 760A, lot 3374), it remains the only recorded example in private hands of Robert E. Lee's endorsement from this location.

William Porcher Miles (1822-1899) was a pro-slavery States' Rights advocate -- one of the so-called "Fire-Eaters" who pushed hard for secession. Miles served as mayor of Charleston (elected in 1855) and as a U.S. congressman from 1857 until South Carolina seceded in December 1860. He was a member of the Secession Convention, a S.C. representative at the Confederate Convention in Montgomery, and a C.S.A. congressman during the war.

E. 15,000-20,000
9,000
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