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Sale 1241 — United States and Civil War Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday-Wednesday, 28-29 September, 2021

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Category — Express to/from Washington D.C.

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1193
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1193, Express to/from Washington D.C.FREE./For the 7th Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO, FREE./For the 7th Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS COFREE./For the 7th Regiment/ADAMS EXPRESS CO./Per HOEY Four-line handstamp in greenish blue (without period after "Hoey"), mostly bold strike on bluish folded letter datelined "New York, Apr. 29, 1861", addressed to Henry Sand, Engineer Corps, 7th Regt. N.Y.S.M. at Washington D.C., from his 16-year old brother, a 3-1/2 pp letter with interesting comments (see below for contents)

VERY FINE STRIKE OF THIS RARE EARLY EXPRESS MARKING, WHICH WAS USED ON MAIL CARRIED FREE OF CHARGE BETWEEN NEW YORK AND REGIMENTS GUARDING THE CAPITAL UNDER LINCOLN'S AUTHORITY DURING THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR.

The Adams Express "Free for the 7th Regiment" and "Free for the Regiment" markings were used briefly in April-May 1861 on mail carried free of charge between New York and regiments guarding the capital after Lincoln's call for volunteers to suppress the Southern rebellion. Only six examples of the "For the 7th Regiment" version are recorded (with and without period after "Hoey"). This example, without the period, follows the examples with the period in date of use.

The letter from Henry Sand's brother offered here contains fascinating content, including a reference to the special Adams express "That special messenger must have taken a long time to come here for it took three days longer than the other"; descriptions of Zouaves "Today the Firemen Zouaves leave for Washington...They are a very queer set of fellows. Their dress is a bluish grey flannel jacket & pantaloons, with a felt hat. Their cuffs & the edge of the coat are bound with red & blue. The pantaloons also have a stripe."; paraphrased editorial from the Herald "there are 300,000 men in the North who will fight just for the spoils, & spoils they are determined to have & that they will not be satisfied till they have a farm & a nigger apiece. Traitors beware!"; typical teenage enthusiasm over warfare "I understand that your sidearms are to be taken away on account of the many accidents, so you will have to dispatch rebels with your bayonet" and naive patriotism "Jeff. Davis seems to be in a pretty tight place now & he will be forced to give up soon. I never believed the Secessionists could stand the pressure long & am now & always was of the opinion that before the year was out every seceded state would be back in again in the Union. As there being 2 Confederacies I think it absurd."; a final prediction, typical of the prevailing Northern attitude prior to the humbling battlefield experience of Manassas, "If 18,000,000 freemen with plenty of money, can not whip 600,000 pennyless wretches, don't think we deserve the name of Americans (for the northerners are the real Americans, not the Southerners,"

For a detailed history of the Adams Express service to and from Washington D.C. during this time see Scott Trepel's article "Mail to and from the United States Forces Protecting the Capital in April-June 1861" (Chronicle 244, pp. 323-339). Ex Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
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1194
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1194, Express to/from Washington D.C.Adams Express Co. N-Y, Adams Express Co. N-YAdams Express Co. N-Y. Clear strike of blue double-circle with manuscript "May 10, 1861" date at center on small cover to a member of the New York 7th Regiment at Washington D.C., Very Fine, a choice example of this Adams handstamp, used on mail to the regiments guarding Washington D.C. early in the war, this marking followed immediately after the latest recorded "Free for the Regiment" handstamp (dated May 8) and is also rare with only nine examples recorded, at a certain point Adams must have stopped using the "Free for the Regiment" handstamp and started marking the free regimental mail in the same way they marked other express mail during this period; if an Adams cover dated in May-June 1861 is addressed to a member of the regiments protecting the capital, one can assume it was handled free of charge, even though the cover is not marked "Free", illustrated in Chronicle 244 (p. 334), ex Walske

Bid on this lot

E. 750-1,000
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1195
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1195, Express to/from Washington D.C.Adams Express Company N-Y, Adams Express Company N-YAdams Express Company N-Y. Dateless blue double-circle handstamp on back of buff cover addressed "Care Adams' Express, to forward to the Headquarters of the 8th Regt N.Y.S. Troops, somewhere on the 'sacred soil' of Virginia", excellent civilian contents from New York dated May 29, 1861, mentions hearing sermon for Ellsworth's funeral, comments about "Fort Sumpter" as reported by an acquaintance back from Charleston, description of various troops including Highland Guard, return of the 7th Regiment NYSM, etc., Very Fine, ex Hahn, illustrated in Chronicle 244 (p. 336)

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E. 500-750
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1196
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Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1196, Express to/from Washington D.C.Forwarded by Harnden Express from Washington D.C, Forwarded by Harnden Express from Washington D.CForwarded by Harnden Express from Washington D.C. Vermilion label affixed to money envelope (manuscript contents "$16") addressed to York Pa., "Paid 4/1" express charge and docketing from 16th N.Y. Cav., roughly opened at left, otherwise Fine, scarce use of this label on mail from troops defending U.S. capital, with 1990 P.S.E. certificate

Bid on this lot

E. 200-300
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