5c Blue, Local (7).
Vertical pair, large margins to full, tied by neat strike of "Mobile Ala. Aug. 4" double-circle datestamp on overall green lithographed Independent Packet James Battle steamboat advertising
cover, beautiful sidewheeler illustration, below which is the captain's name and sailing times between Mobile and Montgomery, to Macon Ga., routed "Care of Macon Arsenal"
at lower left, possibly carried by packet from Mobile to Montgomery on the Alabama River, and from there by train on the Montgomery & West Point R.R. to Macon -- weeks later Federal forces would take complete control of the Southern waterways -- slightly reduced at left, professionally cleaned to remove waterstain
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A COLORFUL AND RARE CONFEDERATE STEAMBOAT COVER.
The Confederate packet James Battle advertised service on the Alabama River from Mobile and Montgomery. It was captured as a blockade runner in November 1863 and put into service for the North.
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