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

Sale Date — Thursday, 27 May, 2010

Category — Covert Mail Routes

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
300
c
Sale 988, Lot 300, Covert Mail RoutesLibby Prison, Richmond Va. Pinkish cover and a letter from the same correspondence to Libbie Scudder in Middlebury Pa., both from Aaron Scudder, a Union prisoner at Libby Prison, the cover was carried across the lines and free franked by U.S. Senator James Harlan, "Washington D.C. Oct. 21, '64" double-circle datestamp, the letter is datelined "Libby Prison, Richmond Va., March 5th 1864" so it probably came from a different cover, slightly reduced at left, Very Fine, a rare prisoner-of-war cover that apparently crossed the lines outside of the normal flag-of-truce channels (without censorship) and was free-franked by an obliging senator, ex Birkinbine

E. 1,000-1,500
750