Sale 988 — The Steven C. Walske Collection of Civil War Special Routes

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Flag-of-Truce Mail: Other Routes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
246
c
Sale 988, Lot 246, Flag-of-Truce Mail: Other RoutesFort Delaware, Delaware City. Small prisoner-of-war cover to Mrs. Wm. F. Witcher in Hayneville Ala., "By Flag of Truce" endorsement at top left and matching "Approved, Henry L. Pensen Jr. AAG" (Assistant Adjutant General) censor mark on back (Harrison book lists Pensen at Ft. Delaware in early 1862), also manuscript "Examd" in a different hand on back, franked with 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), large margins, tied by blurry "Mobile Ala." double-circle datestamp, "5" in circle handstamp for 5c due (10c rate in effect after July 1, 1862), short tear at right, stamp lifted and reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. AN EXTREMELY RARE FLAG-OF-TRUCE COVER SENT VIA MOBILE, ALABAMA.

We believe this originated from Ft. Delaware in 1862 based on the Pensen censor marking and the use of a 5c stamp. It is likely that this cover was sent via flag-of-truce to Petersburg and carried outside the mails to Mobile, which is only approximately 150 miles south-west of Hayneville.

Ex Krieger. With 1987 A.P.S. certificate

E. 2,000-3,000
1,500