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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Confederate Occupation of New Mexico

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2069
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2069, Confederate Occupation of New MexicoMesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862), Mesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862)Mesilla N.M. Jan. 20 (1862). Full clear strike of circular datestamp with manuscript "Due 10c" on turned cover to Homer Tex. from William Jones, a member of Co. K, 1st Regiment, Sibley's Brigade, inside with "Nacogdoches Tex. Jan. 14" circular datestamp (probably 1863) and 5c Blue, Local (7) pair (defective) and addressed to Rusk Tex., cover very lightly toned, bottom flap separated and reattached

A FINE AND VERY RARE COVER MAILED DURING THE CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE NEWLY-FORMED TERRITORY OF ARIZONA.

In July 1861 Lt. Col. John Baylor raised the Confederate flag at Fort Bliss, later occupying Fort Fillmore and the town of Mesilla. On August 1st he issued a proclamation establishing the Confederate Territory of Arizona, naming Mesilla as its capital. In January 1862, at about the time this cover was postmarked, the Confederate Congress passed a bill establishing the Territory of Arizona. President Davis signed the bill in January and issued his presidential proclamation shortly thereafter.

During this period in which the Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed, Brigadier General Henry Sibley raised three regiments, designated the Army of New Mexico, comprising the 4th, 5th and 7th Texas regiments. The 4th was known unofficially as the 1st Regiment of Sibley's Brigade, to which the sender of this letter, William Jones, belonged.

According to specialists in Arizona and New Mexico postal history, there are fewer than ten examples known of the Mesilla N.M. occupation marking.

Ex Murphy and Walske.

E. 7,500-10,000
8,000
2070
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2070, Confederate Occupation of New MexicoMesilla N.M. Feb. 2 (1862), Mesilla N.M. Feb. 2 (1862)Mesilla N.M. Feb. 2 (1862). Clear strike of circular datestamp on cover to Col. J. F. Word in Palestine Tex., endorsed "J. J. Word Capt., Gardner's Co., Steele's Regt., Sibley's Brigade" at left, slightly reduced at right where some professional restoration

FINE APPEARANCE. A VERY RARE COVER MAILED DURING THE CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION OF NEW MEXICO FROM THE NEWLY-FORMED TERRITORY OF ARIZONA.

In July 1861 Lt. Col. John Baylor raised the Confederate flag at Fort Bliss, later occupying Fort Fillmore and the town of Mesilla. On August 1st he issued a proclamation establishing the Confederate Territory of Arizona, naming Mesilla as its capital. On January 13, 1862 the Confederate Congress passed a bill establishing the Territory of Arizona. President Davis signed the bill in January and issued his presidential proclamation shortly thereafter.

During this period in which the Confederate Territory of Arizona was formed, Brigadier General Henry Sibley raised three regiments, designated the Army of New Mexico, comprising the 4th, 5th and 7th Texas regiments. The 4th was known unofficially as the 1st Regiment of Sibley's Brigade, to which the sender of this letter, Captain J. J. Word, belonged. Two other covers from the Word correspondence are also offered in this sale.

According to specialists in Arizona and New Mexico postal history, there are fewer than ten examples known of the Mesilla N.M. occupation marking.

Ex Dr. Warren. See Confederate Philatelist No. 337, Nov.-Dec. 2003, for an article on the Word correspondence. See also lots 2057 and 2058

E. 7,500-10,000
5,250
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