Steamer Genl. Quitman.
Clear strike of greenish-blue oval handstamp with manuscript "1861, 3 May"
date on 3c Red on White Star Die entire (U26)
addressed to Carroll, Hoy & Co. in New Orleans, usual small filing holes for this correspondence and light vertical file fold, Very Fine and rarely struck this clearly (most are faint), we have encountered the General Quitman
Confederate packet boat handstamp on several covers bearing New Orleans Postmaster's Provisionals, but we have seen only a small handful of examples showing Confederate use of a U.S. postal entire, according to the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships,
the General Quitman
is believed to have been built at New Albany, Indiana, in 1859 for a New Orleans ship owner, it was "one of the best and most powerful boats on the river" in 1862 and one of the last to escape from the city on April 24, evacuating upriver "a good many ladies, some officers, and some ordnance stores", ex Knapp and John Hall Sr. (acquired by the Kilbournes in a 1969 H.R. Harmer sale)
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