VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE AND CHOICE BLOCK OF THE FREDERICKSBURG 5-CENT BLUE PROVISIONAL.
This block was featured on the front cover of the Confederate Philatelist No. 296 (Mar.-April 1997)
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THE EARLIEST RECORDED USE OF THE FREDERICKSBURG POSTMASTER'S PROVISIONAL ON COVER.
Reuben Triplett Thom (1782-1868) was 78 when he was appointed to be Confederate postmaster of Fredericksburg on July 20, 1861. Thom had been postmaster since 1840, when he received his first appointment from President Martin Van Buren. Fredericksburg, a Virginia town with an 1860 population of 4,000, was situated on the Fredericksburg & Potomac Railroad between the capital cities of Washington D.C. and Richmond. The town changed hands eleven times and was essentially destroyed during the Civil War, but Postmaster Thom performed his postal duties throughout the conflict