U.S. Mail Steamer Marion.
3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), two, tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Chicago Ills. Jul. 31" (1861) circular datestamp on bright buff cover to Lieut. William Montrose Graham, 1st Regt. U.S. Artillery, at Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Florida,
sender's route and ship-name directive "via Havana. By the U.S. Mail Steam-ship Marion to sail from New York August 3d",
redirected to the care of the Adjutant General, Washington D.C., "U.S. Ship 3 cts."
oval handstamp applied by route agent, "Washington D.C. Dec. 7, 1861" circular datestamp on back, Very Fine, scarce use from the start of the Civil War, Fort Jefferson was occupied by federal forces on Jan. 18, 1861, but the post office was not opened until October, ex "Sevenoaks"
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