Sale 1272 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Wednesday-Thursday, 14-15 December, 2022

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Category — Robert E. Lee Correspondence

Lot
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Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
3173
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Sale 1272, Lot 3173, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Small envelope addressed to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Arlington, near Alexandria D.C., U.S. America" in Lee's hand--the addressee is of course his wife and her name here is written exactly the same as Lee would write his own name as a free frank or field signature--clear strike of "VERA CRUZ/MEXICO MARCH 20" (1848) boxed datestamp, pencil ship notation "1848 City of Mexico 15 March 1848" at top, repeated inside the boxed handstamp, manuscript "10" due, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), minor faults but overall good condition

AN EXCEPTIONAL COVER TO MARY ANNA CUSTIS LEE, IN THE HAND OF HER HUSBAND, UNITED STATES ARMY COLONEL ROBERT E. LEE, SENT IN 1848 DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR, WITH THE "VERA CRUZ" BOXED HANDSTAMP.

Lee was promoted to Brevet Colonel on Sep. 13, 1847--the highest rank he would achieve in the United Sates Army. He became a permanent Colonel in March 1861, shortly before resigning his commission and joining the Confederacy. Covers from Lee during his active service in the Mexican War are extremely rare--in fact, prior to this sale we have never offered another, nor do we recall any other being offered in a different venue.

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E. 4,000-5,000
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3174
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Sale 1272, Lot 3174, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Envelope addressed to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, care of G.W.P. Custis Esq., Arlington, near Alexandria D.C." in Lee's hand--the addressee is of course his wife and her name here is written exactly the same as Lee would write his own name as a free frank or field signature--August 13, 1846 docketing at right and "New Orleans La. Sep. 19" circular datestamp, "STEAM" straightline handstamp and "10" due handstamp, also docketed at top "13 August an important letter", blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), edgewear and missing backflap

AN OUTSTANDING COVER TO MARY ANNA CUSTIS LEE, IN THE HAND OF HER HUSBAND, UNITED STATES ARMY CAPTAIN ROBERT E. LEE, SENT IN 1846 DURING THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR.

This cover was sent the month after the Battle of Monterey. At this time Lee was a Captain in the Corps of Engineers. He would be promoted to Brevet Major on April 18, 1847. Covers from Lee during his active service in the Mexican War are extremely rare--in fact, prior to this sale we have never offered another, nor do we recall any other being offered in a different venue.

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E. 3,000-4,000
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3175
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Sale 1272, Lot 3175, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Dark buff envelope addressed to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Arlington, near Alexandria Virginia" in Lee's hand--the addressee is of course his wife and her name here is written exactly the same as Lee would write his own name as a free frank or field signature--pencil "25th August 1847" at bottom and "Perote Mexico", additional "Mexico" at top, red "West Point N.Y. Aug. 31" circular datestamp and matching "10" due, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), some wear and irregularly folded edges, Fine and desirable cover to Mrs. Mary Anna Custis Lee from her husband, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Lee, sent during the Mexican War, Lee was promoted only five days before sending this cover--covers from Lee during his active service in the Mexican War are extremely rare--in fact, prior to this sale we have never offered another, nor do we recall any other being offered in a different venue

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3176
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Sale 1272, Lot 3176, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Folded cover addressed "For Mrs. Lee, G.W.P. Custis Esqr., Arlington, near Alexandria D.C." in Lee's hand, "4th September" (1846) docketing at top and left, partly clear strike of red "Savannah Ga. Sep. 5" circular datestamp with matching "10" in circle due and "STEAM BOAT" straightline, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), missing part of lettersheet but address panel, -3/4 of back and side flap complete, Very Fine cover in Lee's hand sent to his wife during the Mexican-American War, at this time Lee was a Captain in the Corps of Engineers, he would be promoted to Brevet Major on April 18, 1847--covers from Lee during his active service in the Mexican War are extremely rare--in fact, prior to this sale we have never offered another, nor do we recall any other being offered in a different venue

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3177
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Sale 1272, Lot 3177, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Clear signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top of cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Care Genl. G. W. Custis Lee, Richmond Va.", 10c Blue, Die A (11), huge margins all around with portion of adjoining stamp at right, tied by Army of Northern Virginia 10-Bar Open Grid cancel, blue crayon notation written over pencil docketing of Nov. 13, 1862 (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence applied later), minor small toning spots, missing backflap

VERY FINE. AN EXCEPTIONAL ROBERT E. LEE FIELD SIGNATURE ON AN 1862 COVER TO HIS WIFE, SENT THROUGH THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED DIE A ISSUE TIED BY THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA FIELD GRID CANCEL. THE HIGHLIGHT OF THIS NEWLY EMERGED GROUP OF LEE COVERS.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were often carried by military courier, and sometimes through the Confederate postal system. Letters sent through the postal system with postage affixed are scarcer and more desirable. This cover, with the stamp tied by the Army of Northern Virginia 10-Bar Open Grid, is truly exceptional.

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E. 10,000-15,000
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3178
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Sale 1272, Lot 3178, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Clear signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top of cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Honble Jas. Caskie, Richmond Va.", 10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by "Richmond Va. Oct. 27" (1863) circular datestamp with second strike at bottom, blue crayon notations written over pencil docketing of Dec. 5, 1863 (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence applied later), minor small toning spots

VERY FINE. AN OUTSTANDING ROBERT E. LEE FIELD SIGNATURE ON AN 1863 COVER TO HIS WIFE, SENT THROUGH THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED DIE A ISSUE.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were often carried by military courier, and sometimes through the Confederate postal system. Letters sent through the postal system with postage affixed are scarcer and more desirable.

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E. 7,500-10,000
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3179
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Sale 1272, Lot 3179, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Beautifully bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top of small cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Miss Agnes Lee, Genl. G. W. Custis Lee, Richmond Va.", 10c Blue, Die A (11) with large margins all around, uncancelled but "tied" by blue crayon that matches the notations seen on this and other covers from this group (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence applied later), pencil "4th May / 64" docketing, outstanding condition

EXTREMELY FINE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD SIGNATURE ON AN 1864 COVER TO HIS THIRD DAUGHTER, CARE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON CUSTIS LEE, HIS ELDEST SON, WITH THE 10-CENT ENGRAVED DIE A ISSUE.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were often carried by military courier, and sometimes through the Confederate postal system. While this cover is franked with a 10c Die A issue, which undoubtedly originates, there are no postal markings, indicating it may have been carried by courier.

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E. 5,000-7,500
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3180
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Sale 1272, Lot 3180, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top of cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Franklin St./28th, Richmond (Va.)" manuscript "with a bag" at bottom, blue crayon notations indicating April 3, 1864 origin or receipt date (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence applied later), outstanding condition

VERY FINE AND CHOICE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD SIGNATURE ON AN 1864 COVER TO HIS WIFE.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were often carried by military courier, as with this cover, and sometimes through the Confederate postal system.

Bid on this lot

E. 5,000-7,500
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3181
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Sale 1272, Lot 3181, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Beautifully bold signature "R. E. Lee Genl" at top of buff cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Care of Dr. C. C. Corke, Bremo Bluff, Fluvanna Co., Virginia", blue crayon notations indicating Feb. 14, 1864 origin or receipt date (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence applied later, along with pencil "Letters received during the war"), minor corner wear

VERY FINE. A CHOICE ROBERT E. LEE FIELD SIGNATURE ON AN 1864 COVER TO HIS WIFE.

Robert E. Lee's letters sent from the field were enclosed in envelopes signed "R. E. Lee Genl". The letters and other important papers were often carried by military courier, as with this cover, and sometimes through the Confederate postal system.

Bid on this lot

E. 5,000-7,500
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3182
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Sale 1272, Lot 3182, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Pencil "R. E. Lee Genl." signature at top right, complete but paper around it torn and reduced from opening, on oatmeal cover written in Lee's hand to "Miss Mildred C. Lee, Raleigh North Carolina," vertical pair of 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), vertical crease, tied by "Rapid Ann Station Va. Jul. 23" circular datestamp, pencil docketing "25 Dec/ 62" at left, blue crayon notation (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), faults at top and torn at center where roughly opened by his youngest child--Mildred was only 16 years old at the time and one can imagine her excitement upon receiving a letter from her father and her impatience to get to the contents (other covers to her are in similar condition)--still Fine and desirable Lee field signature on cover with 5c Typograph stamps

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3183
 
Sale 1272, Lot 3183, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Envelope addressed to "Mrs. R. E. Lee, Honble Jas. Caskie, Clay & 11' sts., Richmond Va." in Lee's hand--the addressee is his wife and her name here is written exactly the same as Lee would write his own name as a field signature--10c Blue, Die A (11) tied by pencil cross-hatching, matching "June 26th 62" manuscript at left, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), clip from top right missing (may have contained Lee's field signature), minor wear and missing backflap, still Fine and desirable cover written in Lee's hand to his wife

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3184
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Sale 1272, Lot 3184, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Bold "R. E. Lee Genl." signature at top right, unfortunately about half of it torn off, on yellow cover written in Lee's hand to "Miss Mildred C. Lee, near Raleigh North Carolina," vertical pair of 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), bottom stamp tear, tied by faint strike of blue handstamp, pencil docketing "3 Nov/ 62" at left, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), faults at top where roughly opened by his youngest child--Mildred was only 16 years old at the time and one can imagine her excitement upon receiving a letter from her father and her impatience to get to the contents (other covers to her are in similar condition)--still Fine and desirable Lee field signature on cover with 5c Typograph stamps

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3185
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Sale 1272, Lot 3185, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Orange-buff cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Miss Mildred C. Lee, Raleigh North Carolina," horizontal pair of 5c Light Blue, De La Rue (6), "AH" manuscript cancel, blue crayon notation written over pencil July 27, 1863 docketing, clip from top right missing--no doubt where Lee's field signature resided--other edge faults, otherwise Fine cover written in Lee's hand to his youngest child

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E. 500-750
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3186
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Sale 1272, Lot 3186, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Small envelope addressed in Lee's hand to "Miss Annie C. Lee, White House, Tunstalls Depot P.O., New Kent Co. Virginia", 5c Green (1) with pen cancels, gum staining around edges ties it to the envelope, manuscript "Coosawhatchie (S.C.) Dec. 9 due 5" postmark, pencil "8 Dec/61" 1861 docketing, blue crayon notations (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), edgewear and small tear at top, otherwise Very Fine, choice use of the 5c Lithograph on a cover written in Lee's hand to his second daughter

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E. 1,000-1,500
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3187
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Sale 1272, Lot 3187, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Brown envelope addressed in Lee's hand to "Miss Annie Lee, Marlborough, Hanover (Va.)", pencil docketing "14 May/62" at left, no postage indicated, blue crayon notation (likely filing notes for Lee family correspondence), edgewear and tears, missing backflap, otherwise Fine field cover addressed in Lee's hand to his second daughter

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E. 750-1,000
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3188
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Sale 1272, Lot 3188, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Yellow cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mr. Robert E. Lee Jr., Roanoke, near West Point via Yorktown, King William Co., Virginia", with "care B. Stark" at bottom 3c Rose (65) cancelled by blue target with matching blurry strike of circular datestamp (likely Lexington Va.), pencil "1866 Oct" docketing and blue crayon "1866", answer docketing on back of Nov. 6, 1866, small edge tears and piece of back missing, Fine post-war cover written in Lee's hand to Robert E. Lee Jr., covers to Lee's third son are particularly desirable as they include "Robert E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 750-1,000
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3189
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Sale 1272, Lot 3189, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Small cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mrs. Robt. E. Lee, White House, New Kent Co. Va.", 3c Rose (65) uncancelled but tied by some perf tip toning, pencil "Oct 19th / 65" docketing at top and repeated at right, also "Cop'd", some edge faults at left and torn on back, otherwise Fine 1865 post-war cover written in Lee's hand to his wife, covers to Lee's wife are particularly desirable as they include "Robt. E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 1,500-2,000
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3190
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Sale 1272, Lot 3190, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Orange-buff cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mr. Robert E. Lee Jr., care of Honbl. Jas. Caskie, 112 Clay Sts., Richmond, Virginia, 3c Rose (65) tied by blue target with matching "Lexington Va. May. 7" circular datestamp, April 1866 answer docketing and blue crayon "1866", stamp nicked at bottom and some cover edge faults where opened roughly, otherwise Fine post-war cover written in Lee's hand to Robert E. Lee Jr., covers to Lee's third son are particularly desirable as they include "Robert E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 750-1,000
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3191
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Sale 1272, Lot 3191, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Yellow cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mr. Robert E. Lee Jr., Roanoke, care Jas. Caskie Esq., Corner 11th Clay Sts., Richmond Va.", 3c Rose (65) cancelled by manuscript "3", defective from rough opening at top, manuscript "Rockbridge Batty Va. July 30 1866" at top, blue crayon "1866", answer docketing on back of Oct. 11, 1866, a bit rough condition but still desirable post-war cover written in Lee's hand to Robert E. Lee Jr., covers to Lee's third son are particularly desirable as they include "Robert E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 500-750
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3192
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Sale 1272, Lot 3192, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Yellow cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mr. Robert E. Lee Jr., West Point, King William Co. Virginia", 3c Rose (65) cancelled tied by blue handstamp with matching blurry strike of "Lexington Va. Feb. 9" (1867) circular datestamp, answer docketing on back of Feb. 8, 1867, opened roughly at left and stamp with small faults, still desirable post-war cover written in Lee's hand to Robert E. Lee Jr., covers to Lee's third son are particularly desirable as they include "Robert E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 750-1,000
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3193
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Sale 1272, Lot 3193, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Mr. Robert E. Lee Jr., West Point P.O., King William County Virginia", address crossed out and pencil "Genl. W.H.F. Lee" written above, 3c Rose (65) tied by geometric cancel with Va. town datestamp partly torn away, answer docketing on back of Mar. 3, 1869, pencil writing on back may be a partial transcription of contents, opened roughly at top and stamp with slight perf toning, otherwise Fine and desirable post-war cover written in Lee's hand to Robert E. Lee Jr., and forwarded to his second son, William H. Fitzhugh Lee, covers to Lee's third son are particularly desirable as they include "Robert E. Lee" as it would appear in the General's own signature

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E. 400-500
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3194
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Sale 1272, Lot 3194, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Buff cover addressed in Lee's hand to "Miss Mildred C. Lee, care of Mr. George Goldsborough, No. 234 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore Md.", 3c Rose (65) tied by blurry blue cork with "Lexington Va. Feb. 19" circular datestamp, pencil docketing "23 Feb / 67 O.K.", opened a bit roughly at top where nicked and couple tears, Fine post-war cover written in Lee's hand to his youngest child

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E. 400-500
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3195
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Sale 1272, Lot 3195, Robert E. Lee CorrespondenceRobert E. Lee. Balance of three 1866-67 post-war covers written in Lee's hand to Miss Mildred C. Lee, his youngest child, each franked with 3c Rose (65) with blue Lexington Va. circular datestamps, each cover with faults including pieces torn out, still desirable trio showing the distinctive "Lee" as the General would write when signing his own name

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E. 500-750
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