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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
624
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 624, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailSalisbury Prison, N.C, Salisbury Prison, N.CSalisbury Prison, N.C. Prisoner's yellow cover from Charles Thompson, a civilian from Connecticut who was captured on board a mail boat from Norfolk and held hostage by Confederate forces, addressed to his wife in South Windham, Conn., endorsed "A Prisoners Letter by Flag of Truce Boat", 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), huge margins all around, superb, tied by partly struck Salisbury N.C. circular datestamp, clear strike of "Old Point Comfort Va. Apr. 19" (1864) double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp, envelope unsealed for censor and pencil "Exd" left of Old Point Comfort datestamp

EXTREMELY FINE. A RARE PRISONER'S COVER FROM SALISBURY, WHICH AT THIS LATE DATE WAS ONE OF THE MOST OVERCROWDED AND POORLY MAINTAINED PRISONER CAMPS IN THE SOUTH. THIS COVER IS OFFERED TO THE PHILATELIC MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME.

In the edition of the North Carolina Postal Historian with articles on Salisbury prison (Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 2000), Galen Harrison reports that Charles Thompson was a civilian from Connecticut who was captured when "the mail boat out of occupied Norfolk fell into Confederate hands [and with two others] had been retained as hostages for the safety of Confederate citizens held in Union prisons." This cover and the others offered in the following lots come from correspondence held by the family for generations.

E. 1,500-2,000
2,300
625
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 625, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailSalisbury Prison, N.C, Salisbury Prison, N.CSalisbury Prison, N.C. Prisoner's yellow cover from Charles Thompson, a civilian from Connecticut who was captured on board a mail boat from Norfolk and held hostage by Confederate forces, addressed to his wife in South Windham, Conn., endorsed "A Prisoners letter by Flag of Truce", 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins to clear at right, tied by "Salisbury N.C." circular datestamp, "Old Point Comfort Va. Jun. 4" (1864) double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp, envelope unsealed for censor and pencil "Exd" beneath Old Point Comfort datestamp, stamp slightly creased at top from overlapping edge of cover, still Very Fine, in the edition of the North Carolina Postal Historian with articles on Salisbury prison (Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 2000), Galen Harrison reports that Charles Thompson was a civilian from Connecticut who was captured when "the mail boat out of occupied Norfolk fell into Confederate hands [and with two others] had been retained as hostages for the safety of Confederate citizens held in Union prisons" -- this cover and the others offered in this sale come from correspondence held by the family for generations

E. 750-1,000
1,300
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626
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 626, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailSalisbury Prison, N.C, Salisbury Prison, N.CSalisbury Prison, N.C. Prisoner's yellow cover from Charles Thompson, a civilian from Connecticut who was captured on board a mail boat from Norfolk and held hostage by Confederate forces, addressed to his wife in South Windham, Conn., endorsed "By Flag of Truce. A Prisoners Letter", 10c Greenish Blue, Die B (12c), large margins to in at right with slight toning along right margin, tied by partly struck Salisbury N.C. circular datestamp, "Old Point Comfort Va. May 3" (1864) double-circle datestamp and "Due 3" handstamp, envelope unsealed for censor and pencil "Exd" left of Old Point Comfort datestamp, Very Fine, in the edition of the North Carolina Postal Historian with articles on Salisbury prison (Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 2000), Galen Harrison reports that Charles Thompson was a civilian from Connecticut who was captured when "the mail boat out of occupied Norfolk fell into Confederate hands [and with two others] had been retained as hostages for the safety of Confederate citizens held in Union prisons" -- this cover and the others offered in this sale come from correspondence held by the family for generations

E. 500-750
450
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627
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 627, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailCastle Thunder, Richmond Va, Castle Thunder, Richmond VaCastle Thunder, Richmond Va. Prisoner's yellow cover from Charles Thompson, a civilian from Connecticut who was captured on board a mail boat from Norfolk and held hostage by Confederate forces, addressed to his wife in South Windham, Conn., endorsed "A Prisoners Letter from Castle Thunder" and "by Flag of Truce Boat" along left edge, 3c Rose (65) cancelled by segmented cork with matching "Old Point Comfort Va. Nov. 26" (1864) double-circle datestamp, Harrison records only 11 covers known from Castle Thunder (this is not one of them), the prison was also known as Grainer Tobacco Warehouse, it received its nickname "Castle Thunder" because it was near cannons defending the city -- in the edition of the North Carolina Postal Historian with articles on Salisbury prison (Vol. 19, No. 3, Fall 2000), Harrison reports that Charles Thompson was a civilian from Connecticut who was captured when "the mail boat out of occupied Norfolk fell into Confederate hands [and with two others] had been retained as hostages for the safety of Confederate citizens held in Union prisons" -- this cover and the others offered in this sale come from correspondence held by the family for generations

E. 500-750
3,500
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628
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 628, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailBalance of Charles Thompson Civil War and Post-War Correspondence, Balance of Charles Thompson Civil War and Post-War CorrespondenceBalance of Charles Thompson Civil War and Post-War Correspondence. Charles Thompson was a civilian from Connecticut who was captured when the mail boat out of occupied Norfolk fell into Confederate hands, he was held at Salisbury and Castle Thunder prisons in 1863-64, the covers offered in lots 624-627 were sent by Thompson from prison, this balance comprises various covers and paper ephemera including five unsealed covers with Old Point Comfort Va. double-circle datestamps (Sep., Oct. and Feb.) addressed to Mrs. Charles Thompson in South Windham Conn., one with 3c Rose (65) and "A Prisoners Letter By Flag of Truce" endorsement, other four that were undoubtedly inner prisoner's covers but not endorsed so (three with No. 65 and one "Due 6"), two others with flag-of-truce endorsements and No. 65 in very poor condition (one with pencil on back "Recd. in Washington Dec 24/63 by me from a released prisoner of State, Henry B. Todd, Capt. & Provost Marshal" -- unusual use of the term "prisoner of state"), other items include an embossed and printed memorial card for Co. Elmer E. Ellsworth, the Union Zouave who was shot and killed on May 24, 1861, some post-war covers with Postage Due stamps, faults to be expected in an original correspondence of this kind, overall Fine-Very Fine

E. 300-400
2,200
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629
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 629, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce Mail3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Vertical strip of three, tied by "Old Point Comfort, Va. Dec 14" (1861) double-circle datestamp on 3c Red on Buff Star Die entire (U27) to Mrs. Charles Ellet Jr. at Georgetown, D.C., manuscript "Exd" marking above indicia indicating Flag-of-Truce passage, most of backflap missing, minor edge tears, Fine and unusual, the earliest recorded use of this Old Point Comfort datestamp is Dec. 6, 1861, so this must be an 1861 use, accompanied by biographical information on Charles Ellet and extensive correspondence attesting to the 1861 usage (despite a photocopy of an old C.S.A. certificate stating 1860), ex Gimelson

E. 750-1,000
750
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630
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 630, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailCamp Douglas, Ill, Camp Douglas, IllCamp Douglas, Ill. Buff cover to Henderson P.O. Ga., partly clear strike of "Camp Douglas Prisoner's Letter Examined" censor marking (Ty. II), 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel and Richmond Va. circular datestamp, "Chicago Ill. Feb. 2" circular datestamp and "Due 10" straightline for C.S.A. postage, soldier's endorsement from the 55th Georgia, Very Fine, accompanied by biographical information on the sender who was taken prisoner at Cumberland Gap, ex Blueler

E. 300-400
200
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631
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 631, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailCamp Parole, Annapolis Md, Camp Parole, Annapolis MdCamp Parole, Annapolis Md. Cover bearing 3c Rose (65) tied by circle of wedges cancel, "Lawrence Ks. Jan. 30" double-circle datestamp and addressed to nurse Susan L. Phillips at "Parole Camp Annapolis Md.", stamp with tear at top, appears Fine, mail to or from Federal parole camps is scarce and can be identified by addresses, endorsements or letter contents

E. 200-300
110
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632
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 632, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailElmira Prison, N.Y, Elmira Prison, N.YElmira Prison, N.Y. Buff prisoner-of-war cover bearing 3c Rose (65), natural s.e. at right, tied by Elmira N.Y. double-circle datestamp with unclear date to Charlottesville Va., oval "Prisoner's Letter Examined Elmira N.Y." handstamp, endorsed "From Eugene Davis Serg. Maj. 6th Va. Cav." and "Flag of Truce", "Richmond Va. Nov. 10" circular datestamp ties stamp, "Due 10" handstamp and crayon "10" for Confederate postage due, soiling mostly confined to back, stamp with corner bend, Very Fine

E. 500-750
325
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633
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 633, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailFort Delaware, Delaware City, Fort Delaware, Delaware CityFort Delaware, Delaware City. Incoming prisoner-of-war cover addressed to Capt. Albert Cummings "Prisoner of War, Division 34, Officer's Quarters, Fort Delaware," 3c Rose (65) tied by "Onancock Va." circular datestamp, manuscript Mar. 30 mailing date, receipt and answer docketing of Apr. 1865, Fine South-to-North prisoner-of-war incoming cover, Onancock is also a scarce Eastern Shore Virginia town marking, accompanied by biographical information on Cummings

E. 400-500
225
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634
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 634, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailJohnson's Island, Sandusky O, Johnson's Island, Sandusky OJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. Buff cover from prisoner-of-war to Mebanville, N.C., endorsed "Per Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe" at bottom, clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island O. Examined GSR" censor's oval handstamp on back, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65) tied by target cancel and "Sandusky O. Nov. 14" (1864) circular datestamp, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11) with large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Jan. 21" (1865) circular datestamp, minor edge toning, Very Fine, a beautiful mixed-franking prisoner-of-war cover, ex Gimelson

E. 750-1,000
800
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635
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 635, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailJohnson's Island, Sandusky O, Johnson's Island, Sandusky OJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. 3c Rose (65) tied by "Sandusky O. Apr. 23 '64" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Cartersville Ga., endorsed "For Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe and City Point Va." and "Capt T.F. Jones 16th Ga Batt Calvalry", "Ex RPH" at top right from unidentified examiner, "Richmond Va. May 13" circular datestamp and "Due 10" straightline handstamp for Confederate postage, backflap missing, Very Fine

E. 200-300
225
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636
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 636, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailJohnson's Island, Sandusky O, Johnson's Island, Sandusky OJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. 3c Rose (65), small margin faults and cut in at bottom, tied by "Sandusky O. Jul. 27" double-circle datestamp on buff cover to Spring Garden Va., endorsed "By Flag of Truce care of the comd. officer Fortress Monroe" and soldier's endorsement at top from a sergeant taken prisoner at Gettysburg, manuscript examined marking, "Richmond Va. Aug. 13" circular datestamp and "Due 10" straightline handstamp for Confederate postage, Fine appearance

E. 200-300
190
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637
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 637, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailJohnson's Island, Sandusky O, Johnson's Island, Sandusky OJohnson's Island, Sandusky O. Clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island, O. Examined G.S.B." oval handstamp (George S. Brown) on buff cover to Milton Ky., 3c Rose (65) tied by "Sandusky O. May 24, '65" double-circle datestamps, with original enclosure from member of 26th N.C. Infantry, some edgewear affects stamp which has small piece out, otherwise Fine

E. 200-300
110
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638
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 638, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailPoint Lookout Md., Rock Island Ill, Point Lookout Md., Rock Island IllPoint Lookout Md., Rock Island Ill. Two buff prisoner-of-war covers franked with 3c Rose (65), Point Lookout cover is North-to-South and addressed to N.C., "Examined" octagonal handstamp with Richmond circular datestamp and "10" due in C.S.A., some soiling on stamp, still Very Fine, Rock Island cover is incoming from Princeton Kentucky, examined oval ties stamp, from one of John Hunt Morgan's 10th Kentucky Rangers, crayon "50c" probably indicating money enclosed, Very Fine

E. 400-500
275
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639
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 639, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailRock Island Ill, Rock Island IllRock Island Ill. Blue oval "R.I. Barracks, Prisoner's Letter, Examined" handstamp, 3c Rose (65) cancelled by target, "Rock Island Ill. Feb. 21 '65" double-circle datestamp on unsealed buff cover to Miss Fanny Grimes in Bristol Conn., forwarded to Rocky Hill Conn. with manuscript "Ford 3", Very Fine and late prisoner-of-war use, the sender could have been Edward C. Grimes or George Grimes -- both of whom are buried in Rock Island cemetery

E. 200-300
170
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640
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 640, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce Mail3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). S.e. at top and bottom and radically misperfed diagonally, tied by target cancel, "Natchez Miss. Jan. 27, 1864" double-circle datestamp on folded letter from Union-occupied Natchez to New York City, writer requests medicine to be sent by express, red manuscript "Approved by order of Capt. Walken, Pro Mar" censor marking, vertical file fold affects stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce example of censored mail from a resident of a Union-occupied city

E. 300-400
150
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641
 
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 641, Confederate and Civil War: Flag-of-Truce MailArmy of Northern Virginia Parole Pass, Army of Northern Virginia Parole PassArmy of Northern Virginia Parole Pass. Printed document on lined paper, 192 x 70mm affixed to cardboard backing, states "The Bearer, A.L. Glocken, Private of Co. A, 2 Regt. of Md. Vol., a paroled prisoner of the Army of Northern Virginia, has permission to go to his home, and there remain undisturbed," signed "W.L. Palmer, Bvt Maj", April 1865 handstamps including quartermaster at City Point, vertical folds with slight wear, Fine and fascinating piece of Civil War Americana, when Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House, only about 40 men of the 2nd Maryland remained in the Army

E. 500-750
375
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