Camp Mimbres (Inbound).
3¢ Rose (65) tied by Leaf cancel, “Sacramento Cal. Apr. 2, 1864” double-circle datestamp on buff cover addressed to “Mr. E. C. Priest, Co. C 1st Cav. Cal. Vol., Fort Bowie, Apache Pass, A.T.”
, back with two impressions of “E. C. Priest” straightline
(appears to be stencil) and manuscript “Camp Mimbres N.M. May 12th/64”
(either a correspondence notation or possibly a form of receiving mark), backflap missing, small repaired opening fault at top, Very Fine appearance, John Birkinbine reports this is the only known cover to or from Camp Mimbres, which was a supply depot located about two miles southwest of Apache Pass--carried by mail stage from Sacramento to Los Angeles, then by Vedette Mail
to Fort Yuma, Tucson and Fort Bowie, and military express to Apache Pass and Camp Mimbres, Corp. Eli C. Priest was stationed at Camp Mimbres from August 13, 1863, to May 31, 1864
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