Sale 1262 — United States Stamps and Postal History
Sale Date — Tuesday-Thursday, 26-28 July, 2022
Category — Blockade, Trans-Mississippi, Flag-of-Truce, Balances
VERY FINE. AN ATTRACTIVE BLOCKADE-RUN COVER ORIGINATING IN GERMANY AND SENT TO RICHMOND VIA NASSAU AND CHARLESTON.
Carried on Cunarder Scotia, dep. Liverpool Jun. 6, 1863, arr. New York Jun. 16; then Cunarder Corsica, dep. New York Jun. 20, arr. Nassau Jun. 24; then blockade-runner Fannie, dep. Nassau Jun. 24, arr. Charleston Jun. 28. The Fannie was owned by the Importing & Exporting Company of South Carolina (William C. Bee); active May 1863 to April 1865, 20 for 20 in successful trips; survived the war.
VERY FINE APPEARING EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COVER WITH THE SCARCE DATELESS MERIDIAN TERMINUS HANDSTAMP.
This cover comes from the same correspondence as the iconic captured Union Patriotic from the Morris Everett collection (Sale 754, lot 450), mailed by Lt. Holt after the battle of Chickamauga, and is from the same sender as another Trans-Mississippi captured Union Patriotic (ex Middendorf and Dr. Brandon, Sale 1225, lot 303). This must originate from early 1864 as Gen. Bragg's Army of the Tennessee was in the Dalton area at that time.
"Mills Regiment" refers to the 10th Texas Infantry which was commanded by Col. Roger Q. Mills. The sender of this cover, Lt. John F. Holt, was a member of Company D of the 6th Texas Infantry. The 6th Texas Infantry, known as the "Matagorda Coast Guards," was mustered into service in 1861 and served throughout the entire war. In January 1863 the 6th Texas fought in the battle of Arkansas Post (or Fort Hindman), where a large number of its members were captured, including Lt. Holt (he was exchanged six months later). The 6th Texas was reorganized in July 1863 and transferred to the Army of Tennessee (consolidated into the 10th).
Unlisted in Krieger census as this cover emerged in recent years.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE EAST-TO-WEST TRANS-MISSISSIPPI EXPRESS COVER, BEARING A PAIR OF THE 20-CENT GENERAL ISSUE, AND ADDRESSED TO THE TRANS-MISSISSIPPI DEPARTMENT.
No more than 20 covers with a pair of the 20c Green paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi Express rate are known. A majority of the known covers are heavily stained and damaged. This cover is one of several known from the Col. Ben Austin correspondence, each paying the 40c Trans-Mississippi rate
Ex Felton. Scott value $4,500.00