FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE INCOMING BLOCKADE-RUN COVER ENDORSED BY BERMUDA AGENT MAJOR NORMAN S. WALKER.
Major Norman S. Walker was the senior Confederate agent in Bermuda from February 1863 until June 27, 1864. The yellow fever epidemic caused him and his family to leave the island; his wife and children for England, and Major Walker to the Confederate States on government business. After an abandoned effort to establish Halifax as a principal port for blockade-running, Major Walker and his family traveled to Bermuda and eventually returned to England (source: Rev. William Parkes, "Per Walker: Major Norman S. Walker and Bermuda Blockade Mail", Confederate Philatelist, May-June 1982 and July-Aug. 1982, Nos. 207-208).
Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-50
EXTREMELY FINE AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER WITH SHIP'S NAME AND CONFEDERATE STAMP FOR INTERNAL POSTAGE.
This cover was carried from Nassau on board the blockade-runner General Whiting, arriving Charleston August 3, 1864. An earlier and nearly identical cover from the Steven Walske collection (Sale 988, lot 325, realized $4,000 hammer) was carried on the Lucy from Nassau to Wilmington N.C. and handled by a forwarder. This cover was almost certainly handled the same way.
Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-60. Ex Karras
EXTREMELY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY RARE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER, ENDORSED WITH THE SHIP'S NAME AND TREATED AS A DROP LETTER IN CHARLESTON -- EACH ELEMENT OF THIS COVER IS NOTEWORTHY.
The Little Hattie (W. S. Lebby, Master) made 12 attempts at running the blockade with 10 successful voyages from June 1864 to February 1865. This cover was carried thru the blockade into Charleston, but the absence of a date makes it impossible to determine which trip was involved. Although blockade-run covers addressed to the port of arrival are usually rated 6c, in this case the letter appears to have been carried by someone and brought to the post office where 2c was paid for the drop-letter rate. We know of no other example of this use.
With 2003 P.F. certificate
EXTREMELY FINE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER TO CHARLESTON S.C. FROM RHODE ISLAND, WITH A BOLD IN-PORT RATE MARKING.
Special Routes census no. BI-Ch-52. Ex Walske
VERY FINE. ONLY THREE BLOCKADE-RUN COVERS ARE REPORTED WITH AN EMBOSSED FORWARDER'S MARKING -- ALL WERE APPLIED BY CHAMBERS & COMPANY IN NASSAU, BAHAMAS.
This cover originated in Liverpool and was carried on the Cunarder China on March 12, 1864, arriving in New York on March 23. From New York it was carried on the Cunard branch line to Nassau. It was part of the mail transported to Wilmington on the blockade-runner Syren, departing April 10 and arriving on April 13.
Embossed markings applied by forwarders are very rare on blockade-run mail. The other two reported examples are on covers arriving at Wilmington in May and July 1864; both are Chambers & Co. ovals.
Special Routes census no. BI-Oth-4. Ex Walske. With 1986 P.F. certificate.
VERY FINE. A RARE COVER FROM A CONFEDERATE OFFICER AT FORT BROWN, TEXAS TO GERMANY, CARRIED ACROSS THE RIO GRANDE TO MATAMOROS, THEN VIA HAVANA AND NEW YORK WHERE IT ENTERED THE PRUSSIAN CLOSED MAILS.
During the Civil War, Albert Carl Moye, an immigrant from Kassel, Germany, was a Lieutenant and then Captain of Company B, 3rd Texas Infantry of the Confederate Army. The 3rd Infantry, raised in San Antonio, saw limited involvement in the war, being stationed mostly along the Mexican border. For a biography of Moye and a picture of his home, go to http://kingwilliamassociation.org/joomla/images/newsletters/july08.pdf This
Thiscover was sent by Droege Oetling & Co. to another forwarder in Havana with the intention that it would catch the December 7 regular Royal Mail Steam Packet sailing. It apparently arrived too late for that departure, and rather than hold it for the next monthly sailing on January 7, it was sent to New York for the earliest available packet carrying mail for Europe. It was carried on the HAPAG Hammonia, departing New York Jan. 10, arriving Southampton Jan. 23.
Ex Walske. Illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 161).