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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 — Fort Sumter, Pensacola Blockade

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1191
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1191, Fort Sumter, Pensacola Blockade, "At Ft. Sumter, Jan. 5th & 6th 1861". Pencil notation on yellow cover with 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26) cancelled by pencil "X" and addressed to Mrs. Adelaide Talbot in Washington D.C., with copy of part of the letter from her son, 1st Lieut. Theodore Talbot (original is in Library of Congress), which notes: "Capt. Foster having decided rather suddenly to send his wife away from here I avail myself of the chance to send you a few lines. The So. Car. are determined it seems to cut off our communications and make us as uncomfortable as it is possible for them to do so.", stamp with piece out at upper right and some cover edge flaws

FINE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EXAMPLE OF MAIL CARRIED COVERTLY FROM FORT SUMTER AFTER CONFEDERATE FORCES CUT OFF COMMUNICATIONS IN JANUARY 1861.

In retaliation for Union forces moving from Fort Moultrie to Fort Sumter, the governor of South Carolina ordered all mail communication with Fort Sumter suspended on January 1, 1861, but mail exchange was allowed to resume on January 14. This cover was carried privately, as indicated in the copy of the letter (the original is located in the Library of Congress).

Illustrated and described in Confederate Philatelist, Jul.-Aug. 1983, p. 117 (copy accompanies). Ex Calhoun

Bid on this lot

E. 1,000-1,500
Future Sale
1192
c
Sale Number 1241, Lot Number 1192, Fort Sumter, Pensacola Blockade3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26)3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26). Tied by bold strike of "Montgomery Ala. Mar. 24, 1861" circular datestamp on cover addressed to Mrs. Looker in Cincinnati O., through-the-lines from the U.S. Steamer Brooklyn on blockade of Pensacola, several letter enclosures datelined between March 12 and March 18 "on-board the U.S. Str. Brooklyn off Ft. Pickens near Pensacola Fla.," two describe how to send return letters through the Warrington Fla. postmaster, who was a friend of the writer, including drawings of how the front of the cover should look (omitting any mention of the recipient's name or ship), contents also include a fascinating discussion of the impending Civil War, cover with small mended backflap tears

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING AND VERY EARLY COVERT THROUGH-THE-LINES COVER FROM THE UNION BLOCKADE OF PENSACOLA, CARRIED THROUGH CONFEDERATE FLORIDA AND MAILED FROM THE STILL-OPERATING U.S. POST OFFICE IN MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA.

This is a rare and very early covert through-the-lines use as well as a Confederate post office use of U.S. postage. It was facilitated by Warrington postmaster W. H. Lamberton and posted at Montgomery Ala., as the U.S. post offices at Pensacola and Warrington had both been closed by Jan. 29, 1861. Shortly after this was sent, any assistance for the Union blockade ships, including correspondence going north, was strictly forbidden by General Braxton Bragg in a General Order dated March 18, 1861.

Ex Dr. Briggs. Accompanied by a Feb. 17, 1860 postmarked 3c Nesbitt entire from Warrington Fla. to Cincinnati from the same correspondence, with letter enclosure datelined "On Shore. Warrington Navy Yard." Also accompanied by an article from The Confederate Philatelist (Oct.-Dec. 2012) describing this correspondence.

Bid on this lot

E. 1,500-2,000
Future Sale
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