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Sale 1186 — The Kilbourne Collection of Confederate States Stamps and Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — Historic Dates

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
501
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 501, Historic DatesCharleston S.C. Dec. 20, 1860 - The Date of South Carolina's Secession and The Beginning of The Civil War, Charleston S.C. Dec. 20, 1860 - The Date of South Carolina's Secession and The Beginning of The Civil WarCharleston S.C. Dec. 20, 1860 - The Date of South Carolina's Secession and The Beginning of The Civil War. Bold circular datestamp, matching grid cancel ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on 3c Red Star Die entire (U26) to Upton Mass., paying the double rate, stamp with light corner crease

VERY FINE. A RARE AND IMPORTANT COVER DATED DECEMBER 20, 1860, WHICH IS THE DATE SOUTH CAROLINA VOTED TO SECEDE FROM THE UNION BY UNANIMOUS VOTE, PROPELLING THE NATION INTO CIVIL WAR.

On December 20, 1860, a secession convention called by the South Carolina legislature voted unanimously, 169-0, to secede from the United States.

Illustrated in color in 1986 Dietz catalog (p. 145)

E. 2,000-3,000
3,750
502
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 502, Historic DatesCharleston S.C. Feb. 4, 1861 -- Provisional Confederate Government Formed at Montgomery Ala, Charleston S.C. Feb. 4, 1861 -- Provisional Confederate Government Formed at Montgomery AlaCharleston S.C. Feb. 4, 1861 -- Provisional Confederate Government Formed at Montgomery Ala. Clear strike of circular datestamp, matching grid cancel ties 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) on buff cover to Lafayette Ala., missing backflap, thinning and holes on side flaps, slight waterstaining at top of cover, Very Fine appearance and scarce, used on the day the six seceded states formed the Confederate government in Montgomery, Alabama, sent from the state that seceded first

E. 750-1,000
800
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503
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 503, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Clear signature "R. E. Lee Genl." on yellow military courier cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Genl. Ewell Commd", with original autograph letter signed, orders from General Lee to General Ewell phrased in Lee's inimitable style, both the cover and letter in pristine condition

EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLE AND RARE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD LETTER AND COVER TO GENERAL RICHARD S. EWELL, ORDERING HIM NOT TO SEND MAJOR CRITTENDEN INTO CULPEPER, VIRGINIA.

The letter reads:

Genl, I dislike to send Major Crittenden into Culpepper. If captured, it would be extremely unpleasant & they would treat him different from our other scouts. He had better not go. He is bold & fearless & would expose himself I fear.

I will consider about the transportation -- there is nothing new since I wrote this mng.

Very truly

R. E. Lee

G

Genl Ewell

Commd.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl", as seen here. The letters and other important papers were carried by military courier, often to Richmond to another officer under Lee's command, and in this case to the headquarters of General Richard S. Ewell. It was surmised by Charles Kilbourne that this was written in the days before the Battle of Cedar Mountain (Aug. 9, 1862) which took place in Culpeper County, Virginia. General Ewell at that time commanded a division under General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Field covers from Lee, when they appear at auction, are normally bereft of their contents. This is an extremely rare and desirable combination of cover and letter.

Ex Bogg. With 1966 certificate of authenticity from Gordon T. Banks

E. 15,000-20,000
17,000
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