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
249
c
Sale 988, Lot 249, Flag-of-Truce Mail: Other RoutesCamp Oglethorpe, Macon Ga. Brown cover from Camp Oglethorpe Prison to Union-held Cleveland, East Tennessee, C.S.A. postage paid by 5c Blue, Stone 2 (4), three full margins, in at left, tied by "Macon Ga (June) 26 (1862)" circular datestamp, manuscript "Passed L.H. Carter Adjt. Prisoner's Guard", some light water staining

VERY FINE. AN EARLY AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE PRISONER-OF-WAR COVER FROM THE FIRST CAMP OGLETHORPE. APPROXIMATELY FIVE ARE KNOWN.

The first Camp Oglethorpe was open for prisoners as early as May 1862. Approximately 900 Federal troops captured at the Battle of Shiloh were processed through the prison. As a result of the formal exchange cartel agreed to by the U.S. and C.S.A. governments in July 1862, the camp was discontinued, to be replaced by a stockade for Union officers in 1864.

Illustrated in Antrim (p. 140)

E. 2,000-3,000
1,700