Wheeling [West] Va. May 20, 1861.
Clear strike of blue circular datestamp (yeardate inverted), matching grid cancel on 3c Red on White Nesbitt entire (U9)
to Baltimore Md. with red and blue "The Constitution" and American Flag Patriotic design,
"Intelligencer Pr., Wheeling" imprint at bottom, Very Fine, an extremely rare early use of a Union patriotic design on Nesbitt entire, western Virginia was fundamentally pro-Union and anti-secession, Unionists convened the first session of the Wheeling Convention on May 13-15, 1861, in opposition to Virginia's vote to secede, this pro-Union patriotic cover was mailed shortly after the convention, ex Wiseman
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