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Sale 1225 — Civil War Postal History, featuring the 'Ambassador' Collection

Sale Date — Wednesday, 9 September, 2020

Category — Autographs and Ephemera

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
41
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Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 41, Autographs and EphemeraRobert E. Lee, Robert E. LeeRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R E Lee" on folded cover headed "War Department" to Captain William A. Eliason, Corps of Engineers at Old Point Comfort Va., manuscript "Engineer Department" in a different hand at top and another military endorsement from a Capt. Harris, red "Washington D.C. Apr. 16" (1837) circular datestamp with matching "FREE" straightline, docketing on back dated April 15, 1837, states that the letter was from "Lieut. R. E. Lee" and was an acknowledgement of his receipt of powers of attorney for the first quarter of 1837, slightly toned file folds are inconsequential

VERY FINE ROBERT E. LEE FREE FRANK AS A LIEUTENANT IN THE UNITED STATES ARMY, SENT EARLY IN HIS CAREER.

This cover was franked early in Robert E. Lee's career as a U.S. Army officer. After graduating from West Point in 1829, Lee served in various engineering assignments before he was posted to the chief engineer's office in Washington D.C., from 1834-37. This letter was written near the end of that assignment. Shortly afterward he was assigned to supervise the engineering works for the St. Louis harbor and the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers.

Ex Creighton C. Hart

E. 2,000-3,000
7,500
42
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 42, Autographs and EphemeraJohn H. Reagan, John H. ReaganJohn H. Reagan. Postmaster General of the Confederate States, clear signature at Richmond on January 13, 1864 postmaster appointment (13.75 x 8.3 in.) for William C. Brown at Cork, Florida, some expert restoration along edges, reinforced folds, Very Fine appearance, this is the only recorded example of a Florida Confederate postmaster's commission, the Briggs census records only one cover with a Confederate Cork Fla. postmark (manuscript), and it is held in an institutional collection, ex Dr. Briggs.

E. 1,000-1,500
2,300
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43
 
Sale Number 1225, Lot Number 43, Autographs and EphemeraConfederate Postmaster Manuals, Confederate Postmaster ManualsConfederate Postmaster Manuals. Two printed pamphlets, first is "Confederate States of America Post Office Department. Instructions to Post Masters," dated 1861 in Richmond, second is "Instructions to the Special Agents of the Post Office Department of the Confederate States of America", with purple "Rebel Archives" handstamp, some minor waterstaining on first, Fine and scarce pair of post office manuals, the first is reported to be the Richmond Va. postmaster's personal copy (unverified by us)

E. 400-500
1,300
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