Sale 1263 — The George J. Kramer Collection of U.S. & C.S.A. Telegraph Covers

Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022

Category — Civil War -- Post-War

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
94
c
Sale 1263, Lot 94, Civil War -- Post-WarUnited States Military Telegraph. Imprint on cover to Germantown N.C. with 10c Blue, Die B (12), faults, tied by "Montgomery Ala. Jan. 2?" circular datestamp, some toning and wear, missing part of left flap, still Very Fine and scarce use of this captured telegraph envelope, ex Dr. Brandon

E. 500-750
300
95
c
Sale 1263, Lot 95, Civil War -- Post-WarIllinois & Mississippi Telegraph Caton Lines. Imprint on oatmeal cover addressed to Canton, original telegram enclosure dated at Chicago on April 10, 1865, states "Lee & Army surrendered yesterday to Genl. Grant", cover with faults and telegram with some edge tears, otherwise Fine and wonderful item to close the telegraph history of the Civil War, Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House took place the day before on April 9, 1865

E. 500-750
1,500
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96
c
Sale 1263, Lot 96, Civil War -- Post-WarUnited States Military Telegraph Operating in the Former Confederate States. Two covers and two matching telegrams which nicely illustrate the final chapter in Civil War telegraphic history, first cover with "American Telegraph Co. South, Under Control and Supervision of United States Military Telegraph" imprint, the "United States Military Telegraph" in larger type than the rest of the imprint, with matching imprint on telegram dated July 21, 1865, second cover with similar imprint but reversed emphasis with the first part larger, "American Telegraph Company Southern District, Under Control and Supervision of U.S. Military Telegraph" imprint and "The Southern Telegraph Companies" telegram dated July 25, 1865, requests an accounting of seven absent commissioned Confederate officers, Very Fine, the U.S. Military Telegraph Commission remained and operated in the former Confederate States for a brief period following the end of the war, the second telegram here demonstrates that they continued to use the Confederate stock of imprint sheets on hand, the imprints on these two covers demonstrate the regaining of the telegraph lines by the American Telegraph Company, latter two items illustrated in Confederate Philatelist (No. 311, p. 181), see our website PDF for a complete scan

E. 750-1,000
400
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97
c
Sale 1263, Lot 97, Civil War -- Post-WarUnited States Military Telegraph Operating in the Former Confederate States. Cover with "American Telegraph Company Southern District, Under Control and Supervision of U.S. Military Telegraph" imprint, addressed to former Confederate Georgia Governor Joseph E. Brown, with original telegram from President Andrew Johnson dated at Washington on August 7, 1865, message to Gov. Brown states "You are authorized to visit Washington City on your parole, Andrew Johnson Pres't U.S.", Brown did indeed visit Washington and may have used this document as a passport -- the cover has pencil "Passport" written at left -- he was pardoned by President Johnson on September 7, 1865 and supported Johnson's Reconstruction policies, cover with couple minor edge tears, still Very Fine and fascinating historical documents

E. 750-1,000
650
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