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Sale 1189 — The John Birkinbine II Collection of Arizona and New Mexico Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Category — U.S. Military Camps and Forts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1105
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1105, U.S. Military Camps and FortsApache Pass, Apache PassApache Pass. Two covers: pair of 3¢ Rose (65), part of margin missing at bottom right, tied by target cancels, “Mesilla N.M. Nov. 26” (1866) circular datestamp on yellow cover addressed in red manuscript (indicating official military use) to Mr. D. Marrow in Paterson N.J., route directive “Apache Pass, Arizona”, Very Fine, carried by military express to Mesilla (Apache Pass post office not opened until Dec. 11, 1866), then by Santa Fe Stage Co. to Santa Fe and on to Kansas City, Mo.; second with 3¢ Red F. Grill (94) tied by target cancel, “Apache Pass Ariz. Jun. 12” (1868) circular datestamp on buff cover to Fort Monroe, Va., Bassel correspondence, reduced at left, Fine, carried from Fort Bowie to nearby Apache Pass post office--both ex Dr. Dike (latter also ex Darlington), the cover with Apache Pass directive is a great rarity and worth most of our estimate

E. 1,000-1,500
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1106
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1106, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Crittenden, Camp CrittendenCamp Crittenden. 3¢ Ultramarine (114) vertical pair, pre-use crease, tied by dotted cork cancels, “Tucson Ariz. Nov. 25” (1869) circular datestamp on cover addressed to Des Moines, Iowa, with original letter datelined “Camp Crittenden AT, Nov. 25 ‘69”, with route directive “Via San Francisco” in a different hand than address, carried by military express to Tucson and posted there, then by mail stage to Yuma and San Francisco, small light stain spot ties stamps, Dec. 22 receipt docketing, excellent letter content including “...all these 100 Indians well posted in rocks and with the arms and ammuniation they had taken from the stage finely armed. He fought them with 35 men from noon until night & gained but little ground so had to retire with the loss of two men killed, one officer and two men wounded & kill or wounding of 8 horses. He killed 18 Indians and must have wounded many more”, Very Fine, a rare use of the 1869 Pictorial Issue from an Arizona fort with a great letter describing engagement with Apache Indians

E. 1,000-1,500
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1107
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1107, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort Goodwin, Fort GoodwinFort Goodwin. 3¢ Rose (65) cancelled by grid cancel applied at Socorro on buff cover addressed to Fernando de Taos, New Mexico Territory, originated at Fort Goodwin, soldier’s endorsement “Soldiers Letter, S. H. Simpson, Capt. 1st NM Infantry”, military express to old Dragoon Butterfield station, then by Vedette Mail to Mesilla and on to Socorro, entered U.S. mails there and delivered by stage to Fernando de Taos, with original letter datelined “Fort Goodwin AT, Dec 11th 1864” from Capt. Smith H. Simpson, who refers to “this God forsaken Country”, some small edge tears and wear, still Fine, reported to be the only cover known from Fort Goodwin, accompanied by two other related items--a cover forwarded to Camp Goodwin (Bassel correspondence with original letter) with stamp replaced and a letter datelined “Camp Goodwin, Sunday June 12th” from F. K. Upham--also see lot 1137

E. 500-750
550
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1108
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1108, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Grant, Camp GrantCamp Grant. Originally Fort Stanford, then Fort Breckinridge, renamed Camp Grant Nov. 1, 1865, “Camp Grant A.T. Oct 31st 1868” manuscript postmark on bright orange-buff cover to John S. Camp at Durham, Conn., sent by camp commander Lt. Frederick Camp (32nd Infantry), carried by military express and put into the mails with blue “Tucson Ari. Nov. 2” circular datestamp, matching target cancel ties 3¢ Rose (65), receipt docketing in a different hand, small tear at right, Very Fine, one of two reported Camp Grant covers, ex Jarrett

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1109
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1109, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Grant, Camp GrantCamp Grant. Originally Fort Stanford, then Fort Breckinridge, renamed Camp Grant Nov. 1, 1865, “Camp Grant A.T. Nov. 6th 1868” manuscript postmark on bright orange-buff cover to John S. Camp at Durham, Conn., sent by camp commander Lt. Frederick Camp (32nd Infantry), carried by military express and put into the mails with blue “Tucson Ari. Nov. 8” circular datestamp, matching target cancel ties 3¢ Rose (65), receipt docketing in a different hand, Very Fine, one of two reported Camp Grant covers, ex Longfellow

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1110
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1110, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort Mason, Fort MasonFort Mason. Blue folded letter datelined “Fort Mason Oct. 15. 1865” and addressed “To His Excellency Gov. Jno. N. Goodwin, Prescott, A.T.”, carried by military express 12 miles north to Tubac, then by stage to Prescott, 3¢ Rose (65) cancelled by pen “#” with “Tubac Oct 16” manuscript postmark applied by Postmaster William E. Herrick, fascinating letter from H. S. Washburn, inquiring if the governor will authorize a reward for the capture of famed Apache chief Cochise, vertical file fold, Very Fine, outstanding military express cover from this Arizona fort--John Birkinbine reports two known from Fort Mason and this as the earliest cover from Tubac in Arizona Territory

E. 1,000-1,500
600
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1111
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1111, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort Mason, Fort MasonFort Mason. 3¢ Rose (65), piece out at bottom, cancelled by two pen strokes, “Fort Mason A.T. April 5th 1866” manuscript postmark on small cover to Sarah Huggins in Glasgow, Kentucky, from Private Ephraim Huggins, Co. G, 7th Regt., carried by military express to Tubac, mail sack carried to La Paz and opened there, manuscript “La Paz 19/4 66” April 19 transit postmark (Postmaster Peter Doll was a German immigrant who used European date format), carried to Santa Fe via Prescott by stage on Route 14466, Very Fine, reported to be the only Fort Mason postmark, this fort was in existence for only 13 months and was plagued by malarial infections, deaths and desertions, the sender was a member of the 7th Regiment, known as the “gold diggers” regiment of Arizona, because they were recruited to prospect for gold in southern Arizona in 1865, ex Longfellow

E. 1,500-2,000
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1112
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1112, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort McDowell, Fort McDowellFort McDowell. 3¢ Rose (65), faint stain (possibly re-used stamp), cancelled by two pen strokes, “Maricopa Wells AT, May 30 1866” manuscript postmark on bright buff cover to Santa Clara, Cal., with original letter on blue stationery datelined “Fort McDowell A.T., May 27th 1866”, from 1st Lieut. and Post Adjutant William A. Hancock, 1st Regiment, Arizona Volunteers, carried by military express to Maricopa Wells where postmarked by Postmaster Luke D. Chadwick, sent by mail stage to Santa Clara, letter has some splits, right edge of cover expertly restored, Very Fine appearance, reported to be the earliest known Maricopa Wells postmark

E. 1,000-1,500
550
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1113
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1113, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort McDowell (Inbound), Fort McDowell (Inbound)Fort McDowell (Inbound). 3¢ Rose (65), cancelled by two pen strokes, “La Paz 1/6 66” June 1 manuscript postmark (Postmaster Peter Doll was a German immigrant who used European date format) on buff cover to Col. C. E. Bennett (who named fort in honor of his commander, Gen. Irwin McDowell), carried from La Paz to Wickenburg on Route 14666, then to Maricopa Wells on Route 14467a, and finally by military express to Fort McDowell, restored opening tear at upper right, stamp has corner fault, otherwise Fine

E. 500-750
300
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1114
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1114, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort McDowell, Fort McDowellFort McDowell. Cover signed and addressed by Major General Irwin McDowell as Commander Department of Pacific to his wife in San Francisco while he inspected military installations (Oct. 31, 1867, to June 22, 1868), 3¢ Rose (65) tied by blue “Maricopa Wells A.T. dec 26” (1867) small circular datestamp with ornament, carried by military express from Camp McDowell to Maricopa Wells, then by express to Fort Yuma and by contract mail stages to San Francisco, expertly repaired opening tear in flap and top edge, Very Fine appearance, ex Knapp (his note on back) and Dr. Dike

E. 1,000-1,500
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1115
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1115, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Mimbres (Inbound), Camp Mimbres (Inbound)Camp Mimbres (Inbound). 3¢ Rose (65) tied by Leaf cancel, “Sacramento Cal. Apr. 2, 1864” double-circle datestamp on buff cover addressed to “Mr. E. C. Priest, Co. C 1st Cav. Cal. Vol., Fort Bowie, Apache Pass, A.T.”, back with two impressions of “E. C. Priest” straightline (appears to be stencil) and manuscript “Camp Mimbres N.M. May 12th/64” (either a correspondence notation or possibly a form of receiving mark), backflap missing, small repaired opening fault at top, Very Fine appearance, John Birkinbine reports this is the only known cover to or from Camp Mimbres, which was a supply depot located about two miles southwest of Apache Pass--carried by mail stage from Sacramento to Los Angeles, then by Vedette Mail to Fort Yuma, Tucson and Fort Bowie, and military express to Apache Pass and Camp Mimbres, Corp. Eli C. Priest was stationed at Camp Mimbres from August 13, 1863, to May 31, 1864

E. 1,000-1,500
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1116
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1116, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Mogollon, Camp MogollonCamp Mogollon. Letter from F. K. Upham datelined “Camp Mogollon 10th Sept.” (1870) during 42-day period when this fort was named Camp Mogollon--it was changed from Camp Ord to Camp Mogollon on August 1, 1870, then changed to Camp Thomas on September 12, 1870, while this letter was in transit--with cover addressed to Lt. James Bassel at Fort Monroe, Virginia, carried by military express to Apache Pass where it entered mails, 3¢ Ultramarine (114) cancelled by target with clear strike of “Apache Pass Ariz. Sep. 20” circular datestamp, minor splits in letter, cover slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, an important cover, reported to be the only one known from Camp Mogollon--the 3¢ 1869 is also very rare used from Arizona Territory (Apache Pass is one of only three post offices to receive 3¢ 1869 stamps)--ex Jarrett

E. 1,500-2,000
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1117
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1117, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Mohave, Camp MohaveCamp Mohave. Two covers from Edward D. Tuttle at house just north of Mohave City townsite and half-mile from camp, 3¢ Pink on White entire (U34) to his sister Catherine V. Slade in Auburn, Cal., carried by military express from camp to post office, “Los Angeles Cal. May 23” (1864) circular datestamp, accompanied by second entire to her, carried by express and entered mails with manuscript “Wilmington Cal. Sep. 18, 1864” postmark, both covers opened roughly at right, otherwise Fine, the May cover is reported to be the earliest from Camp Mohave--original letters are in University of Arizona Special Collections

E. 300-400
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1118
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1118, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Mohave, Camp MohaveCamp Mohave. 3¢ Rose (65) cancelled by two pen strokes, manuscript “La Paz AT 30/3 66” March 30, 1866 postmark (Postmaster Peter Doll was a German immigrant who used European date format) on legal-size cover to Lieut. F. J. Franks, 4th Regiment, California Volunteers, at San Francisco, notation at left “Q.M. Receipts”, red “NOT CALLED FOR” straightline handstamp, back with “Adv Apt 18” manuscript advertised notation re-dated “June 20”, “San Francisco Jul. 21” double-circle datestamp on back (date released), blue crayon “3” postage due, reduced at top and repaired at top right, some edge faults, otherwise Fine and presentable, a very unusual cover, carried by military express from Camp Mohave to La Paz, entered mails and carried by contract stages to San Bernardino and on to San Francisco

E. 200-300
150
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1119
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1119, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort Mohave, Fort MohaveFort Mohave. Letter datelined “Post Hospital, Fort Mojave Arizona Territory, 12th October 1866” from Pvt. John Stack, Co. K, 1st Cavalry Regt., California Vols., to Prof. Benjamin Silliman at New Haven, Conn., carried by express to Wilmington, Cal., entered mails with “Wilmington Cal. Oct. 31” double-circle datestamp, 3¢ Rose (65) tied by target cancel, Very Fine, letter concerns mining properties in Arizona, ex Jessup

E. 500-750
350
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1120
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1120, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Mohave, Camp MohaveCamp Mohave. Cover originating at Camp Mohave from May Humphreys Stacey (whose journal of “Uncle Sam’s Camels” is a famous historical account) to his sister in Chester Pa., carried by military express to Fort Yuma and on to Wilmington, Cal.--this route was used due to flooding of the Mohave Road--entered mails with 3¢ Red, F. Grill (94) tied by blue Star and Rays fancy cancel, matching “Wilmington Cal. May 24” small double-circle datestamp, Very Fine, a rare and unusual cover

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1121
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1121, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Tubac (Inbound), Camp Tubac (Inbound)Camp Tubac (Inbound). Letter signed by Territory of Arizona Governor John Goodwin on official stationery with printed Tucson dateline overwritten “Prescott” and dated “10th Sept. 1865”, to Capt. Hiram A. Messenger, 7th Regiment, commander of Camp Tubac, thanking him for “your courtesy to Gov. Pesquira”, who was given asylum from Napoleon III’s 30,000 active French troops across the border in Mexico--Lincoln and the War Dept. feared a French invasion, and placed troops near the border to discourage or repel an attack--with imprint cover to Capt. Messenger at Tubac, 3¢ Rose (65) cancelled by target, “Prescott A.T. Sep. 28” circular datestamp, reduced at left into imprint, otherwise Very Fine, carried on mail stage from Prescott to Tubac, a rare and historic cover and letter

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1122
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1122, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Tubac, Camp TubacCamp Tubac. 3¢ Rose (65) with “X” pen cancel applied by new postmaster Thomas M. Yerkes on yellow cover addressed in blue to Gertrude Cranston, Lima, N.Y., with directive “Via Santa Fe” (Route 17203 to Prescott, then Santa Fe), reduced at right, Very Fine, postmaster did not follow procedure and failed to apply a postmark (circa Aug. 5, 1867), also see lots 1123 and 1177

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1123
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1123, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Tubac, Camp TubacCamp Tubac. 3¢ Rose (65) with “X” pen cancel, “Tubac A.T. Sept. 16 1867” manuscript postmark applied by Postmaster Thomas M. Yerkes on yellow cover to Gertrude Cranston, Lima, N.Y., with directive “Via Santa Fee” (Route 17203 to Prescott, then Santa Fe), reduced at left, stamp has torn corner, still Very Fine, also see lots 1122 and 1177

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1124
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1124, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Tubac, Camp TubacCamp Tubac. Manuscript “Tubac AT Jan 6 1868” postmark and “X” cancel on 3¢ Rose (65) on yellow cover to Los Angeles, stamp tied by faint illegible “Tucson A T” circular datestamp applied in transit, with original letter datelined “Tubac A.T. Jany 5, 1868” from commanding officer Maj. T. R. Dunkelberger, lamenting that Gen. McDowell does not visit southern Arizona, reduced at left, Very Fine--also see lot 1177

E. 500-750
275
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1125
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1125, U.S. Military Camps and FortsFort Whipple, Fort WhippleFort Whipple. Cover and original letter datelined “Fort Whipple July 22d/66” from Sam to his sweetheart Carrie Young in Cincinnati, most of the letter complains about poor mail service and states “I do not think it would be well for these mail contractors to fall into their (the officers) hands, for they would be very roughly treated”, carried by military courier to Prescott, entered mails with 3¢ Rose (65) cancelled by target, “Prescott Arizona Jul. 27 1866” double-line circle datestamp, then by mail stage to Mesilla and Kansas City, Extremely Fine, Carrie married another man in 1867, so apparently Sam’s letters did not sustain her affections

E. 500-750
375
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1126
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Sale Number 1189, Lot Number 1126, U.S. Military Camps and FortsCamp Willow Grove, Camp Willow GroveCamp Willow Grove. 3¢ Pink on White entire (U58) from Edward D. Tuttle at Camp Willow Grove to his sister Catherine V. Slade in Auburn, Cal., carried by military express from camp to Fort Mohave, then by military courier to Mohave City, manuscript “Mohave Az Oct. 21st 1868” postmark and matching pen strokes on embossed stamp, opened roughly at right and stained at left, nevertheless this the only reported cover from Camp Willow Grove and the earliest known postmark from Mohave City, carried on the first contract mail out of Mohave on route 17209 to La Paz, then Route 17212 to San Bernardino and on to Auburn--the origin is known from the original letters in University of Arizona Special Collections

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1127
 
U.S. Indian Agency. Printed letterhead datelined Sacaton, May 31, 1870, from Capt. F. E. Grossman, regarding offer of employment to Dr. Reuben H. Wilbur (see lots 1183-1185), Sacaton was located near Pima Villages, examples of U.S. Indian Agency correspondence are very rarely offered

E. 750-1,000
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