Sale 1238 — Civil War Special Mail Routes

Sale Date — Wednesday, 23 June, 2021

Category — Blockade-Run Mail

Cat./Est. Value
Sale 1238, Lot 351, Blockade-Run MailGalveston Tex. to Vermont via Havana. Wallpaper cover with original letter datelined "G- May 13th, 1864" from Philip C. Tucker Jr. in Galveston to his mother and brother in Vergennes Vt. (some biographical information on Tucker can be found on the internet in connection with his Masonic membership), most likely carried by the Susanna from Galveston to Havana, then by non-contract steamer to New York, partly clear "Steamship 10" in circle handstamp applied at New York, Oct. 3 receipt docketing, faint stains, Fine; the blockade-runner Susanna was originally built and operated as the Mail, which was captured in October 1863, condemned and sold to private interests, who returned her to blockade-running under the name Susanna; active only in the Gulf from April to November 1864, 11 for 12 in successful trips; captured by the U.S.S. Metacomet on November 27, 1864, coming out of Galveston; only four covers are recorded that ran the blockade from Galveston, Special Routes census no. BO-Hav-12, ex Walske

E. 1,000-1,500