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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 — Flag-of-Truce Mail

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1213
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1213, Flag-of-Truce MailSalisbury Prison, N.C, Salisbury Prison, N.CSalisbury Prison, N.C. Prisoner-of-war inner cover to Providence R.I., made from printed addressed envelope to "Lieut. Armstrong S. Baily", endorsed "Care Com. Ould, Com of Exchange, Richmond Va" and "By flag of truce", manuscript "Exd" censor mark, entered U.S. mails with "Old Point Comfort Va. Jan. 14" (1865) double-circle datestamp, pencil "No. 3" docketing on front erased, fresh and Very Fine, a very attractive prisoner-of-war adversity cover from Salisbury Prison, Lt. Armstrong S. Baily enlisted and then was promoted to officer in Company E of the 45th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, he was captured at Peeble's Farm Va. on September 30, 1864, taken to Richmond from Petersburg on October 3, and then to Salisbury Prison on October 8, he was transferred back to Richmond in February 1865 and finally paroled at James River Va. on February 22, ex Birkinbine and Walske

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E. 750-1,000
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1214
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1214, Flag-of-Truce MailPoint Lookout, Md, Point Lookout, MdPoint Lookout, Md. Flag-of-truce cover addressed to Mr. Harvey Setzer of the "8th Division" at Point Lookout Md., 3c Rose (65) tied by segmented cork, used with 10c Blue, Die B (12), full to huge margins, tied by "Catawba Station N.C. Feb. 13" circular datestamp, exchanged through Fortress Monroe with clear "Old Point Comfort Va. Mar. 31" double circle datestamp and manuscript "G" examiner's mark, cover is unsealed with blue inner lining, Extremely Fine mixed-franking flag-of-truce cover to Point Lookout, an exceptionally choice example, ex Richey and Muzzy, with 2000 C.S.A. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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1215
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1215, Flag-of-Truce Mail3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Tied by quartered cork cancel over paper and mucilage used to affix 3c coin on inner South-to-North flag-of-truce cover to Washington D.C., "Old Point Comfort Va. Nov. 26" double-circle datestamp struck at exchange point, where outer cover with Confederate postage was discarded, manuscript "Ex E.B.B." censor's marking, horizontal crease thru stamp, otherwise Very Fine, ex "Summit"

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E. 200-300
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1216
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1216, Flag-of-Truce MailNorthbound Civilian Flag-of-Truce, Northbound Civilian Flag-of-TruceNorthbound Civilian Flag-of-Truce. Oatmeal inner cover bearing 5c Inland Exchange, Perforated (R27c), tied by "Due 6" in circle and addressed to Franklin Ky., endorsed "by Flag of Truce", exchanged via Fortress Monroe, entered U.S. mails with "Old Point Comfort Va. Jul. 18" double-circle datestamp, outer cover with Confederate postage discarded at exchange point, slightly reduced at bottom, some cover toning, still Very Fine and very unusual, a rare attempted usage of a Revenue stamp on a civilian flag-of-truce northbound cover, the stamp was not accepted for U.S. postage, ex Cunliffe

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E. 500-750
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1217
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1217, Flag-of-Truce Mail5c Deep Blue, Local (7), 5c Deep Blue, Local (7)5c Deep Blue, Local (7). Three large margins, in at left, dark shade, tied by "Richmond Va. Sep. 29, 1863" circular datestamp on unsealed mourning envelope sent by flag-of-truce at the printed circular rate to Petersburg Va., sender's endorsement "By Flag of Truce" at lower left, neatly docketed, exchanged through Fortress Monroe and Richmond, outer cover bearing U.S. postage would have been discarded at the exchange point, Very Fine and unusual, the regular letter rate in September 1863 was 10c, this probably contained a printed death notice and was accepted at the 2c circular rate (overpaid by 3c), ex Birkinbine and Walske

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E. 400-500
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1218
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1218, Flag-of-Truce MailMilitary District of Washington D.C, Military District of Washington D.CMilitary District of Washington D.C. Red "Approved by/Provost Marshal/Washington D.C." examiner's handstamp and censor's signature on cover to Greenwood Depot Va., U.S. stamp removed in transit and "Richmond Va. Nov. 16, 1863" circular datestamp struck in its place, "Due 10" straightline for C.S.A. postage, endorsed "per flag of truce boat Via Fortress Monroe" at left, Very Fine

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E. 750-1,000
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1219
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1219, Flag-of-Truce MailLibby Prison, Richmond Va, Libby Prison, Richmond VaLibby Prison, Richmond Va. Pinkish cover and a letter from the same correspondence to Libbie Scudder in Middlebury Pa., both from Aaron Scudder, a Union prisoner at Libby Prison, the cover was carried across the lines and free franked by U.S. Senator James Harlan, "Washington D.C. Oct. 21, '64" double-circle datestamp, the letter is datelined "Libby Prison, Richmond Va., March 5th 1864" so it probably came from a different cover, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, a rare prisoner-of-war cover that apparently crossed the lines outside of the normal flag-of-truce channels (without censorship) and was free-franked by an obliging senator, ex Birkinbine and Walske

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E. 750-1,000
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1220
 
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1220, Flag-of-Truce Mail2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Tied by "Washington D.C. Dec. 27, 1863" double-circle datestamp and target cancel on cover front pasted to sheet with docketing to Carroll Prison in Washington D.C., statement on front reads "The prisoner whose name is on the back of this letter has been released on taking the oath of allegiance. W.P.W. Supt. O.C.P.", official docketing on back, Very Fine, a rare prisoner-of-war use with a Black Jack with a note from the superintendent of Old Capitol Prison, ex Dr. Rorke and Faust, with 1978 P.F. certificate

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E. 400-500
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1221
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1221, Flag-of-Truce Mail2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Centered to bottom right, tied by circle of wedges cancel, "New-York City May 31" circular datestamp on buff cover to "Prison Camp, Harts Island, New York Harbor, Camp 27", 1865 docketing at left where slightly reduced, minor soiling, Fine, a rare use of a Black Jack on a prisoner cover, Hart Island was used as a prison camp for four months in 1865, ex Dr. Rorke and Faust

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E. 400-500
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1222
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1222, Flag-of-Truce Mail2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Tied by target cancel and "Sandusky O. Mar. 11, '65" double-circle datestamp on buff cover locally addressed, clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island, O. Examined G.E.Y." oval handstamp, Very Fine, drop-rate mail from Johnson's Island is rare, ex Judd, Dr. Rorke and Faust

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E. 400-500
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1223
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1223, Flag-of-Truce Mail2c Black (73), 2c Black (73)2c Black (73). Straight edge at left, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Jul. 18" circular datestamp on drop-rate cover to street address, manuscript "Examined/A.M./A.D.C. & Post Adjt." examiner's marking from Fort McHenry, with original 1864-dated enclosure, fresh and Very Fine, very rare Black Jack use from this Union prison, ex Antrim, Dr. Rorke and Faust

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E. 400-500
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1224
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1224, Flag-of-Truce MailJackson Miss, Jackson MissJackson Miss. Inner flag-of-truce cover to Brandon Miss., possibly from prisoner at Johnson's Island Prison in Sandusky O., censored at Vicksburg with red manuscript "Examined and Approved JB Weeks Lt. and A.D.C.", C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die A (11), large margins, tied by "Jackson Miss Apr" (1865) circular datestamp, cover with tears and missing part of backflap, some edge restoration, still Fine and rare example of southbound mail carried via the Vicksburg-Jackson flag-of-truce route, illustrated in Special Routes book (p. 78), ex Walske

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E. 400-500
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1225
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1225, Flag-of-Truce MailRome Ga, Rome GaRome Ga. Flag-of-truce cover to Williamsburgh N.Y., 3c Rose (65) tied by one of two strikes of "Nashville Ten. Oct. 4, 1864" circular datestamp, manuscript "Ex and approved Josiah Robbins Jr Provost Marshal Rome Geo Sept 26 1864", stamp with piece missing from bottom, cover with couple tears and one backflap missing, Fine appearance, a rare flag-of-truce cover, Federal troops under General Sherman occupied Rome beginning in May 1864, ex Walske

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E. 300-400
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1226
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1226, Flag-of-Truce MailKinston N.C, Kinston N.CKinston N.C. Inner flag-of-truce cover from a "Galvanized Yankee" soldier (a former Confederate soldier) at Norfolk Va. to Marley Mills N.C., manuscript examiner's mark of C.S.A. censor, C.S.A. postage paid by 10c Blue, Die B (12), large margins, tied by "Kinston N.C. Jan. 9" (1865) circular datestamp, exchanged through New Bern and Kinston N.C., stamp with small hole and cover slightly reduced at left, still Very Fine, civilian mail sent by exchange points other than those in southeastern Virginia are very scarce, Kinston was closer to New Bern than Goldsborough and was used by the C.S.A. as a flag-of-truce exchange point when it was not threatened by Federal troops, this cover was sent by Pvt. Marshall S. Rains, a "Galvanized Yankee" who had been a Confederate soldier in the 22nd N.C. captured at Gettysburg, he took the oath of allegiance and joined the U.S. 1st Volunteer Infantry in 1864, illustrated and correspondence discussed in Confederate Philatelist (No. 240, Nov. 1987), ex Walske

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E. 500-750
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1227
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1227, Flag-of-Truce MailHelena Ark, Helena ArkHelena Ark. Civilian cover from Philadelphia Pa. to Laconia Ark. sent via Helena Ark. flag-of-truce route, U.S. postage paid by 3c Rose (65), cancelled by target with matching "Phila. Pa. Aug. 22, 1864" circular datestamp, endorsed "Care of General N. Buford Commandant of Post Helena Arkansas", no C.S.A. postage or postmarks, back with Sep. 6 receipt docketing and censored "Approved & permitted/ Wm Crook/ Col. 6th Minn Infy/ Comd. Dist", Very Fine and attractive, civilian flag-of-truce mail sent by routes other than Old Point Comfort and southeastern Virginia is very rare, Napoleon Bonaparte Buford was a Union general and the half-brother of Cavalry General John Buford of Gettysburg fame, at the time this cover was mailed he was serving as commander of the Eastern District of Arkansas

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E. 500-750
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1228
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1228, Flag-of-Truce MailFort Delaware, Delaware City, Fort Delaware, Delaware CityFort Delaware, Delaware City. Small prisoner-of-war cover to Mrs. Wm. F. Witcher in Hayneville Ala., "By Flag of Truce" endorsement at top left and matching "Approved, Henry L. Pensen Jr. AAG" (Assistant Adjutant General) censor mark on back (Harrison book lists Pensen at Ft. Delaware in early 1862), also manuscript "Examd" in a different hand on back, franked with 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), large margins, tied by blurry "Mobile Ala." double-circle datestamp, "5" in circle handstamp for 5c due (10c rate in effect after July 1, 1862), short tear at right, stamp lifted and reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER SENT VIA MOBILE, ALABAMA.

We believe this originated from Ft. Delaware in 1862 based on the Pensen censor marking and the use of a 5c stamp. It is likely that this cover was sent via flag-of-truce to Petersburg and carried outside the mails to Mobile, which is only approximately 150 miles south-west of Hayneville.

Ex Krieger and Walske. With 1987 A.P.S. certificate

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E. 1,500-2,000
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1229
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1229, Flag-of-Truce MailProvost Marshal General of East Tennessee, Provost Marshal General of East TennesseeProvost Marshal General of East Tennessee. Colorless embossed seal on flap on buff cover to Blountville Tenn., sender's routing "By flag of truce", manuscript "Ex & forwarded H. H. Thomas" at lower left (third line unreadable), 10c Greenish Blue, Die A (11c), large margins, slightly creased, uncancelled, very slight wear and minor flap tear not affecting seal, still Very Fine, extremely rare District of East Tennessee Provost Marshal seal

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E. 500-750
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1230
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1230, Flag-of-Truce MailMacon Ga, Macon GaMacon Ga. Orange-buff cover bearing 5c Olive Green, Stone 1 (1c) tied by "Knoxville Tenn. 9 June 1862" circular datestamp, addressed to James Monroe Meeks at Macon Ga., manuscript "Prisoner" at bottom left and censored "Examined and found all right" at top, slightly reduced at top and missing top flap, repaired along edges, otherwise Fine and a most unusual use, research by Galen Harrison has determined that the recipient was a former member of the Tennessee legislature with Unionist leanings, who was arrested by Col. Churchwell and sent to the prison camp at Macon Ga. on charges of encouraging others to join the Union army, illustrated in Harrison book (p. 27), ex Dr. Agre and Boshwit, with 1987 P.F. certificate

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E. 750-1,000
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1231
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1231, Flag-of-Truce Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large to huge margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Aug. ?, 1863" circular datestamp on small cover to Chattanooga Tenn. and forwarded to Bragg Hospital in Newnan Ga., forwarding postage paid by additional 10c Blue, Die B (12), margins to in and tied by "Chattanooga Ten. Nov. 19" datestamp, manuscript "Ex" and signed, some slight soiling, appears Very Fine, the manuscript examiner's mark may indicate that this was an inside cover sent from a Confederate prisoner in the north (outer cover discarded at the exchange point), ex Powell

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E. 400-500
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1232
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1232, Flag-of-Truce Mail10c Blue, Die A (11), 10c Blue, Die A (11)10c Blue, Die A (11). Large margins to close from irregular separation, pre-use corner crease, tied by Wytheville Va. circular datestamp with second part strike at center on flag-of-truce cover to Natural Bridge Va., manuscript "Examined & permitted LA Gratz, Major & aaag" Union examiner's marking, docketing at left indicates the cover was in transit from Nov. 15, 1864 until receipt on Feb. 1, 1865 and came from Dr. John W. Paxton, who was Captain of Company E of the Confederate "Knoxville Grays", Very Fine and fascinating piece of through-the-lines Civil War mail, this was exchanged at Union-controlled Knoxville, where Major Gratz, who was examiner and acting assistant adjutant general for the District of East Tennessee Provost Marshal, was located, it is not clear if Paxton (who was a prominent pro-secession Knoxville physician at the start of the war) was a prisoner or managed to send this cover as a civilian flag-of-truce letter, the cover entered the Confederate mails at Wytheville, which lies approximately 185 miles from Knoxville on a direct route to Natural Bridge -- 100 miles further to the north-east on modern day I-81, ex Hastings

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E. 750-1,000
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1233
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1233, Flag-of-Truce Mail3c Rose (65), 3c Rose (65)3c Rose (65). Straight edge at top and bottom and radically misperfed diagonally, tied by target cancel, "Natchez Miss. Jan. 27, 1864" double-circle datestamp on folded letter from Union-occupied Natchez to New York City, writer requests medicine to be sent by express, red manuscript "Approved by order of Capt. Walken, Pro Mar" censor marking, vertical file fold affects stamp, otherwise Fine, scarce example of censored mail from a resident of a Union-occupied city

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E. 300-400
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