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Sale 1151 — The Civil War and Confederate States

Sale Date — Friday, 3 March, 2017

Category — Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1844
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1844, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailAdams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville, Ky. * Aug. 7, 1861. Circular datestamp ties faulty 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), also tied by "Paid 10" in circle, matching "Richmond Va. Aug. 4, 1861" circular datestamp on buff prisoner-of-war cover from Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse to Vernon Vt., a second 3c stamp tied by blue grid with matching "Louisville Ky. Aug. 7, 1861" double-circle datestamp, slightly reduced at left, repaired at upper left corner

FINE APPEARING AND VERY EARLY PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER FROM A UNION SOLDIER CAPTURED AT THE FIRST BATTLE OF BULL RUN AND HELD AT LIGON'S TOBACCO WAREHOUSE IN RICHMOND. ONLY THREE ACROSS-THE-LINES EXPRESS COVERS FROM PRISONERS ARE RECORDED -- ALL NORTHBOUND FROM UNION CAPTIVES IN THE CONFEDERATE PRISON AT RICHMOND.

This and two other covers are the earliest examples of mail sent from Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse in Richmond, where Union captives from First Manassas were held by Confederates. The three covers are Special Routes Census Nos. N-AD-53 (Richmond Aug. 3, Louisville Aug. 6, ex Dr. Brandon), N-AD-55 (letter dated July 24 to Vernon Vt., Richmond date unclear, Louisville Aug. 7, ex Chase, Antrim and Walske), and N-AD-56 (Richmond Aug. 4, Louisville Aug. 7, the cover offered here). The July 24 letter in N-AD-55, also addressed to Vernon Vt., provides a definite date of origin and confirms this cover as a Ligon's prisoner use. The three covers were apparently postmarked on at least two different days at the Richmond post office.

Special Routes Census No. N-AD-56. Ex Wiltsee, Antrim, Everett and Gallagher. Antrim notes on the back. With 1998 C.S.A. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
2,700
1845
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1845, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailNorfolk Va. Feb. 14, 1862, Norfolk Va. Feb. 14, 1862Norfolk Va. Feb. 14, 1862. Blue double-circle datestamp (year inverted) with matching "Paid 5c" in circle handstamp on unsealed inner civilian flag-of-truce cover to Hon. Mitchell King in Charleston S.C., sender's routing "Per Fortress Monroe", manuscript "xd D.W.C." at top with pencil note in a third hand "Postage inside" (probably in the form of a half dime) and "Care of Genl. Huger", Extremely Fine, a scarce civilian flag-of-truce cover exchanged through Confederate controlled Norfolk early in the War, Norfolk fell to Union troops on May 9, 1862

E. 500-750
450
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1846
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1846, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailLigon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond Va, Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond VaLigon's Tobacco Warehouse, Richmond Va. Bold strikes of blue "Norfolk Va. Dec. 20, 1861" double-circle datestamp and "Paid 5c" in circle on North-to-South flag-of-truce cover to Lieut. George W. Kenney, "Prisoner of War Care Genl. Winder, Richmond Va.", manuscript censor's marking at top "Exd. D.W.C.", and "By Flag of Truce", barely reduced at top, fresh and Very Fine, an unusually choice cover, Lt. Kenney was held prisoner at Ligon's Tobacco Warehouse after capture at the Battle of Ball's Bluff (he was exchanged on Feb. 19, 1862 and subsequently killed in action on June 30 at White Oak Swamp), any covers to or from Ligon's are elusive and flag-of-truce covers sent via Confederate controlled Norfolk are particularly scarce, ex Walske, accompanied by background material including photocopy of signed "Casualty Sheet", reporting the death of Lt. Kenney

E. 500-750
750
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1847
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1847, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailHedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.C, Hedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.CHedrick Correspondence, Mail from the Confederacy to Washington D.C. Two covers, first with University of North Carolina all-over design, 3c Rose (65), faulty top left corner, grid cancel and "Old Point Comfort Va. Aug. 3" double-circle datestamp, second with two 3c Rose (65), faults, tied by target and partly clear strike of Old Point Comfort double-circle datestamp, Fine appearing pair of covers, this correspondence is known for the variety of ways letters took to reach Professor and Mrs. Hedrick, including by flag-of-truce and blockade-run

E. 400-500
850
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1848
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1848, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailKinston N.C. Oct. 21, Kinston N.C. Oct. 21Kinston N.C. Oct. 21. Circular datestamp on cover to Wadesboro N.C., manuscript "By Flag of Truce" at bottom left and with J.B. Lyons's examiner's marking at top right, missent to Wilmington N.C., "Missent" and "Due 10" handstamps, additional censor's marking at top left (probably Union), Very Fine, unusual missent civilian flag-of-truce use, ex Powell, accompanied by second cover with No. 11 half peeled off, tied by indistinct Kinston N.C. circular datestamp on cover to Marleys Mills N.C., two examined markings, appears Fine

E. 400-500
375
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1849
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1849, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailHalifax N.C. Feb. 24, Halifax N.C. Feb. 24Halifax N.C. Feb. 24. Circular datestamp and "10" in circle rate on prisoner's flag-of-truce cover to Catawba Springs N.C., soldier's endorsement at top including "Prisoner War", also note for Catawba postmaster to "please forward to Miss. if absent or nearest friend", couple tiny tears at top, missing backflap, still Very Fine and unusual flag-of-truce use, probably sent by a prisoner being shipped north by Union forces

E. 300-400
375
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1850
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1850, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailFort Delaware, Delaware City, Fort Delaware, Delaware CityFort Delaware, Delaware City. Buff prisoner-of-war cover to Fishersville Va., endorsed "Care of Comd. Officer Fortress Monroe by Flag of Truce", no censor markings, 3c Rose (65) and 10c Blue, Die B (12), tied together by "Delaware City Del. Jan. 11" circular datestamp and by "Richmond Va. Jan. 20" circular datestamp, 3c stamp faulty top left corner, otherwise Fine and desirable prisoner-of-war use with both the U.S. and C.S.A. stamps tied by Union and Confederate postmarks, with clear 1993 C.S.A. certificate

E. 500-750
650
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1851
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1851, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailPoint Lookout, Md, Point Lookout, MdPoint Lookout, Md. Buff cover to Richmond Va., endorsed "Per Flag Truce Boat via Fortress Monroe" and with soldier's name in 2nd Regt. Va. Cavalry, examiner's octagonal handstamp "Prisoner's Letter Examined", 3c Rose (65) tied by target with "Point Lookout Md. Sep. ?" circular datestamp, also "DUE 2" drop letter rate arc handstamp struck in Richmond, some wear and corner repair at bottom right, otherwise Very Fine, the "Due 2" marking is scarce on prisoner-of-war mail

E. 500-750
600
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1852
c
Sale Number 1151, Lot Number 1852, Flag-of-Truce and Prisoner-of-War MailPrisoner-of-War Balance, Prisoner-of-War BalancePrisoner-of-War Balance. Three items, first two are fronts only but show mixed frankings with 3c Rose (65) and 10c Blue (12), both addressed to Point Lookout Md., few minor stamp flaws, Fine appearance and attractive pair, third item is complete 1864 cover made from an obsolete U.S. entire bearing 3c Rose (65) from Rock Creek N.C. to Point Lookout, red "Rebel Archives" backstamp, stamp and cover with faults, appears Fine

E. 400-500
375
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