Sale 1146 — U.S. and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 15 December, 2016

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Category — Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and Autographs

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1584
 
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1584, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. autograph letter signed dated 18 Nov. 1857, business contents, light folds, Very Fine use as Senator after serving as Secretary of War under Pierce

E. 500-750
325
1585
 
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1585, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsJefferson Davis, Jefferson DavisJefferson Davis. Free frank "Jeffers. Davis U.S.S." as U.S. Senator on large part of cover front only to Philadelphia, some soiling and wear, still Very Fine

E. 300-400
150
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1586
c
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1586, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold autograph endorsement "R E Lee Genl" on field cover from Petersburg Va., addressed in his hand to Mrs. Hetty Pegram in Richmond, small nick at top left from opening has been skillfully repaired (along with two tiny tears)

VERY FINE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD ENDORSEMENT ON COVER TO THE WIDOW OF GENERAL JOHN PEGRAM.

Hetty Pegram was once described by Henry Kyd Douglas as "the most beautiful woman of her day and generation," but her marriage to General Pegram was attended by several omens, including the bride breaking a mirror on her dressing table. When President Davis sent his private carriage and horses to take the couple to church, the horses stubbornly refused to go forward. Three weeks later, on February 6, 1865, General Pegram was killed at Hatcher's Run. On the day of Pegram's death, Lee was given command of all the armies of the Confederacy.

This cover once contained a letter of condolence, dated Feb. 11, 1865 at Petersburg, which is now part of the collection of the Virginia Historical Society (photocopy accompanies). Ex Walske. With 1967 Gordon T. Banks (Goodspeed) certificate.

E. 10,000-15,000
10,500
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1587
c
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1587, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. 3c entire addressed to General Porter Alexander as a professor at the University of South Carolina in the hand of Robert E. Lee, Lexington Va. postmark, Very Fine, with 1995 Charles Hamilton certificate (manuscript and handwriting expert)

E. 400-500
475
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1588
 
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1588, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsNathan Bedford Forrest, Nathan Bedford ForrestNathan Bedford Forrest. Confederate cavalry lieutenant general, one of the most accomplished and controversial officers of the Confederacy who gained infamy after the war for his involvement in the creation of the Ku Klux Klux, signature "N B Forrest" as company president on Selma, Marion and Memphis Railroad Company $1,000.00 Bond, 17 x 12 in. green and black on white with additional unclipped coupons below (Nos. 1-7 removed, 8-40 intact), two impressions of 5c Orange (RN-P5) on back, one of $1.00 Orange (RN-W2) on face, horizontal and vertical folds, small hole in juncture of crossing folds, still Very Fine, a great item for the revenue or bond specialist or collector of Civil War generals, ex Tolman

E. 1,000-1,500
900
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1589
 
Confederate-Related Autographs. Nine items, including Reagan autograph letter signed from 1858, W.T. Sherman autograph letter signed from 1884, Cabell signature at bottom of 1893 United Confederate Veterans stationery, 1901 TLS by Pettus, 1874 signature from G.W. Gordon, 1864 pass signed by Winder, few navy-related including Forrest and Maury signatures, autograph cuts of Gen. Burnside, Hooker, possible Robert E. Lee handwriting on handstamp paid cover, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 2,000-3,000
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1590°
 
Sale Number 1146, Lot Number 1590, Civil War: Confederate Free Franks and AutographsC.S.A. Belt Buckle, C.S.A. Belt BuckleC.S.A. Belt Buckle. Rectangular belt buckle with "C.S.A.", Virginia style, nice patina, exhibiting some of the wear one would expect to see, intact hooks, fresh and Very Fine, scarce

E. 2,000-3,000
2,100
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