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.