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Sale 1104 — Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Wednesday, 24 June, 2015

Category — Flag-of-Truce Mails

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2408
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2408, Flag-of-Truce MailsHouston Tex, Houston TexHouston Tex. Yellow cover endorsed by captured Union prisoner, Capt. A. V. Proctor, to his brother, Lieut. A. E. Proctor in Boston, with space for examiner's signature, but this was not completed, instead marked on back "Examined, W. Hyllested, Maj. & Provo M. Gen'l. of Texas" in Houston, sent via Galveston and exchanged by flag-of-truce with U.S. West Gulf Blockading Squadron, entered Federal mails with "New Orleans La. Feb. 6 '64" double-circle datestamp and "Due 6" in circle, some slight edgewear

VERY FINE AND EXTREMELY RARE COVER FROM A PRISONER CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF SABINE PASS, TEXAS, AND CONFINED AT THE C.S.A. HOUSTON PRISON. SENT VIA FLAG-OF-TRUCE THROUGH GALVESTON AND THE U.S. NAVAL BLOCKADING SQUADRON IN THE GULF.

Despite an overwhelming advantage in force against a small Confederate garrison, the Federals suffered a humiliating defeat in the battle at Sabine Pass on September 8, 1863. Two gunboats were grounded and surrendered -- the U.S.S. Sachem and the Clifton, and captured men were moved to prisons at Houston, Hempstead (Camp Groce) and Tyler (Camp Ford). Based on the fewer than ten known covers from prisoners captured at Sabine Pass, it appears that they were moved between these locations over a period of six months. The endorsements, postmark dates and censor markings help identify mail from these prisons. In this case, the February New Orleans datestamp and endorsements point to the prison at Houston. Harrison records only three covers from the Houston Prison.

Ex "Camina" and Dr. Agre. With 1994 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
4,750
2409
c
Sale Number 1104, Lot Number 2409, Flag-of-Truce MailsJohnson's Island, Johnson's IslandJohnson's Island. 3c Rose (65) tied by target cancel, "Sandusky O. Nov. 5 '64" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Richmond Va., "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island O. Examined GSB" oval handstamp, used with 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Richmond Va. Nov. 24" circular datestamp, endorsed "Via Fortress Monroe per Flag of Truce Boat" at left, vertical file fold well away from stamps, slightly reduced at right, 3c stamp some faults, still Very Fine

E. 750-1,000
800
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