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Sale 1117 — U.S. & Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday-Friday, 17-18 December, 2015

Category — Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, others

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
4473
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4473, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. Free frank "F. Jeff Davis U.S.S." as U.S. Senator on cover addressed in his hand to Saxton's River Vt., red "Free Washington D.C. Aug. 4" circular datestamp, intact wax seal on back but indistinct impression, fresh and Very Fine, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 750-1,000
2,900
4474
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4474, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersJefferson Davis as Prisoner of War to his Wife, Jefferson Davis as Prisoner of War to his WifeJefferson Davis as Prisoner of War to his Wife. Cover addressed in the hand of the former President to his wife, "Mrs. Varina Davis, Augusta, Georgia," additionally Davis writes, "Politeness of Hon J. Speed U.S. Atty. Genl." in a tiny hand, Speed's signature is at upper right, "J. Speed Atty genl", which served as both free frank and censor's mark, originally datestamped Nov. 25, 1865, in Washington D.C., it was shortly thereafter marked "Advertised Dec. 5" and "UNCLAIMED", apparently by the Augusta office, though it eventually found its way to Mrs. Davis as there is an Augusta circular datestamp dated Jan. 5 on back, and the cover, according to Earl Antrim, was in the collection of Davis's grandson, Mr. Jefferson Hayes-Davis; cover with expertly repaired tear above Washington postmark, small restored nick at top right corner and some other cosmetic repairs along right edge

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A REMARKABLE CIVIL WAR USAGE, SENT BY JEFFERSON DAVIS, FORMER CONFEDERATE PRESIDENT AND IMPRISONED LEADER OF THE SOUTHERN REBELLION. ONE OF ONLY THREE KNOWN POSTALLY USED LETTERS SENT BY JEFFERSON DAVIS AS A PRISONER OF WAR.

A fourth example is known, but it was privately carried outside of the mails.

Ex Dr. Robertson. Illustrated in Antrim, page 97.

E. 5,000-7,500
16,500
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4475
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4475, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Endorsement "R E Lee" under "Engineer Department" written in another hand on 1837 folded cover as member of the Corps of Engineers, to Yuckertown N.J., red "Washington City D.C. Apr. 26" circular datestamp and matching "Free" handstamp, cover addressed and endorsed (in a different hand) "War Dept." and signed at top left, light file folds affect signature, Very Fine, Lee did not enjoy free franking privileges, he signed it as member of the Engineer Department but the free franking was allowed under the War Dept. franking signature, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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4476
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4476, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Field letter endorsement "R.E. Lee Genl." on undated orange cover to Genl. J.E.B. Stuart as Commander of Cavalry, marked "Confidential" at upper left indicating that the content was of military significance, all in Lee's hand, flap faults and light wrinkling

VERY FINE. A RARE FIELD COVER FROM CONFEDERATE GENERAL ROBERT E. LEE TO GENERAL J.E.B. STUART.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were carried by military courier, usually to Richmond to another officer under Lee's command. James Ewell Brown Stuart, the recipient, was a trusted Confederate Cavalry General and excelled in major conflicts such as the Peninsular Campaign and the Battle of Chancellorsville. He was killed at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864

Ex Dr. Robertson.

E. 7,500-10,000
13,500
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4477
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4477, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersHenry E. McCulloch, Henry E. McCullochHenry E. McCulloch. Pencil signature along left edge on blue semi-official "Head Quarters, Northern Sub-District of Texas, Official Business" imprint cover, "Bonham, Texas, Jan. 17 (1864)" circular datestamp, addressed to Col. B.H. Emmerson in Clarksville, manuscript "Paid 10c", Very Fine, McCulloch was a solider in the Texas Revolution, Texas Ranger and eventually a brigadier general in the Confederate army, ex Corwin

E. 300-400
1,500
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4478
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4478, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersJohn H. Reagan, John H. ReaganJohn H. Reagan. Postmaster General of the Confederate States, free frank "Jno H Reagan MC" as Congressman from Texas on buff cover to Austin Tex., no postal markings, slight wrinkles, Very Fine, ex Matz and Dr. Robertson

E. 400-500
475
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4479
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4479, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersRobert Toombs, Robert ToombsRobert Toombs. Signed "R. Toombs Brig Genl., 1 Brig. Div. A.P." on cover addressed in his hand to Vice President Stephens in Richmond with partial "Tudor Hall Va. Mar. 6, 1862" circular datestamp and "Due 5" in arc, large pencil "1" indicating Richmond carrier service, 1862 docketing on back by Stephens, small ink erosion spot at top left and edge tear at top left, backflap missing as usually found, Fine and scarce, Toombs was nearly elected President over Jefferson Davis, served as the first Secretary of State and eventually became a brigadier general, ex Corwin

E. 400-500
225
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4480
c
Sale Number 1117, Lot Number 4480, Confederate States: Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, othersRobert Toombs, Robert ToombsRobert Toombs. Signed "R. Toombs Bg Genl." on cover addressed in his hand to Vice President Stephens in Richmond with "Orange C.H. Va. Mar. 24" circular datestamp and "Due 5" in arc, large pencil "1" indicating Richmond carrier service, 1862 docketing on back by Stephens, edge faults incl. light water staining at right just touching last letter in his signature, scarce, ex Dr. Robertson

E. 300-400
300
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