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

Sale Date — Thursday, 28 June, 2018

Category — Louisiana Relief Committee

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
858
c
Sale Number 1186, Lot Number 858, Louisiana Relief CommitteeLouisiana Relief Committee, Louisiana Relief CommitteeLouisiana Relief Committee. Manuscript sender's endorsement "Forwd. by La. Relief Committee at Mobile" on yellow cover to Woodville Miss., 10c Blue, Die A (11), irregular margins mostly ample to large, tied by "Mobile Ala. Sep. 21" double-circle datestamp, manuscript receipt docketing "La. Relief Committee Sep. 21/64" at left

VERY FINE AND RARE COVER FORWARDED BY THE LOUISIANA RELIEF COMMITTEE.

On May 31, 1863, a group of expatriate New Orleans citizens in Mobile, Alabama, organized a committee to alleviate the suffering of poor citizens who remained in U.S.-occupied New Orleans, Louisiana. With the tacit concurrence of Federal authorities in New Orleans, they arranged shipments of food and clothing to New Orleans and helped citizens leave New Orleans for the Confederate States. These “Louisiana Relief Committee at Mobile” trips between Mobile and New Orleans via Pascagoula ran along the Mississippi Sound and carried letters which were not sanctioned by the U.S. Jules Denis, C.S.A. provost marshal at Mobile, examined the southbound letters. The U.S. also used these trips to transmit P.O.W. flag-of-truce mail to and from prisoners in New Orleans. This is latest known Louisiana Relief Committee cover.

Illustrated in Shenfield (p. 99) and described as the latest known use via the Louisiana Relief Committee, which it is still believed to be. Ex Parks, Lemley and Everett

E. 2,000-3,000
4,500
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