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The Civil War

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Prisoner of War Covers

Imahe graphic 65 – Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Del. 9037
3c Rose, tied by Delaware City Del Apr 7th duplex CDS to cover addressed to Mrs. Benjamin s. Hedrick, Washington, D.C., U.S. Patent Office. No examined markings, but clearly a POW cover; well-known correspondence of North Carolina abolitionist living in the North during the war. He corresponded heavily with Confederate prisoners during the war and was known to send them small amounts of money. $50.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio 9038
3c Rose, tied by “prison bar grid” cancel”, Columbus Nov 9th CDS accompanies, on cover to Mrs. Alfred Hughes, Wheeling (west) Virginia. The ink on the address is faded; strong manuscript: “Exmd Peter Zinn Major Com Post”. He husband, Alfred, was a political prisoner, considered a traitor to the Union for refusing to recognize West Virginia as a state. He remained in camp chare for eight months, until his release in December 1862. He was then elected to the Virginia legislature. Opened on three sides. $150.00

Imahe graphic  65 – Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Del. 9039
3c Rose, tied by “six bar grid” cancel, Delaware City Del Sept 17th CDS accompanies on cover addressed to: Mrs. Mary f. Bullock, Lexington, Ky. Prisoner’s Letter examining mark. Her husband, Major Robert Bullock, 8th Kentucky Cavalry, was a member of Morgan’s Raiders. Write-up includes his capture, and progression of Northern prisons where the major was incarcerated. $250.00

Imahe graphic 65 - Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Del. 9040
3c Rose, tied by Delaware City Del Dec 19th duplex CDS on cover addressed to: Mrs. Celinda Turner, Marysville, Ohio. Somehow it escaped proper examining markings. This was sent by A. Toland Turner, to his sister; he was a member of the 15th Louisiana Regiment, 2nd Army Corps, ANV. He was captured at Spotsylvania on May 12, 1864. Celinda married Col. MC. Lawrence of the 121st OVI after the war. He became a senator from Ohio. $100.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Elmira, New York 9041
3c Rose, tied by Elmira Oct 6th, 1864 CDS to cover going to Washington, D.C., with oval examiner’s marking in the center. Light pencil docketing along left edge: 916 Exchange Bank, N.Y. Transcript of original letter included. Written by John T. Weaver and headed: “Prison camp, Elmira, N.Y., Barracks #3, Oct 4, 1864, Ward 37”, in which he pleads for monetary assistance from Hedrick, a well-known North Carolina abolitionist who would financially assist Confederate prisoners during the war. Docketing may refer to Hedrick sending money. $200.00

Imahe graphic U10 - Elmira, New York 9042
3c Pink entire, with indistinct CDS and censor’s examined oval at the center on inbound cover to: James M. Cornett, Ward 3, Prisoners Camp Care of Major Colt, Elmira, New York. He was in the Co. F, VA 4th Infantry, captured at Spotsylvania Court House, on May 12th, 1864, sent to Elmira and exchanged October 29th, 1864. Reduced at left, rebacked, sealed tears and soiling. $50.00

65 – Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio 9043
3c Rose, tied by “prison bar grid” cancel”, Columbus Oct 27th CDS accompanies, on cover to Mrs. Alfred Hughes, Wheeling (west) Virginia. The ink on the address is faded; strong manuscript: “Exmd Peter Zinn Major Com Post”. He husband, Alfred, was a political prisoner, considered a traitor to the Union for refusing to recognize West Virginia as a state. He remained in camp chare for eight months, until his release in December 1862. He was then elected to the Virginia legislature. A second cover from this correspondence. $125.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio inbound 9044
3c Rose, tied by “waffle grid” cancel. Old Point comfort, Va May 10th CDs accompanies on inbound cover to: Lt. James I. Metts Prisoner War, 3rd NCT (North Carolina Troops) Johnson’s Island, Ohio, Care Genl B.F. Butler Fortress Monroe. Examine mark; “Ex. R”, only used for a couple of days, routing grossed out in blue pencil. Heavily water soiled cover but scarce desirable use. Mett’s was wounded at Gettysburg on July 2nd, captured and sent to Johnson’s Island. $200.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio 9045
3c Rose, tied by Sandusky Dec 24, ’64 CDS to cover going to W. W. Welch, Esq., Gowanda, New York. Oval prison examined mark at the left. Nice eye appeal. $200.00

65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound 9046
3C Rose, tied by “wedge” cancel and Old Point Comfort, VA Feb 7th CDS to inbound cover front addressed to John Lumpkin, Prisoner of War, Point Lookout, Maryland. Docketed in red pen: “Dec. 6, 1864” and source of contents, examined marking in pencil. Letters to those who died, escaped, or were released, were filed by the prison mail clerk under the initial for the last name (note the blue “L”), and the date and sender indicated. Ex-Dietz & Hedin. $50.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Point Lookout, Maryland 9047
3c Rose, struck with “four-ring target” cancel, Point Lookout, Sep 216th ’64 CDS accompanies, on prisoner’s cover to Wm Deaton, Caledonia, Moore county, N.C. With dateless, type IIa octagonal examined marking, Confederate “Due 10” and Richmond CDS. Prisoner Noah Deaton was in Co. H, NC 26th Infantry and was captured at Bristoe Station, Va on Oct 14th, 1863 after surviving Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. Includes military bio. $495.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound 9048
3c Rose, tied by “quartered cork” cancel and Old Point Comfort, VA Mar 27th CDS to inbound cover front addressed to: “Thomas J. Hughes, Point Lookout Maryland, Co. F 3d division”. Red ink docketing: March 1, 1865, From Thomas Hughes, Va”. Examined marking “G”. Letters to those who died, escaped, or were released, were filed by the prison mail clerk under the initial for the last name (note the blue “H”), and the date and sender indicated, neatly rebacked. $125.00

Imahe graphic 65 - Point Lookout, Maryland inbound 9049
3c Rose, tied by Sandusky, Ohio duplex Dec 1864 CDS, oval Johnson’s Island censor hand stamp on cover front going to a prisoner at Point Lookout, Maryland: W. A. J---- Prisoner War, Point Lookout, Md. Co. “I” 8th division”. Nice use between two POW officers. Letters to those who died, escaped, or were released, were filed by the prison mail clerk under the initial for the last name and the date and sender indicated. Red pen docketing: “Dec. 11, 1864 M.H. Cox, Prisoner of War, Johnson’s Island, Ohio”. $75.00

Imahe graphic 65 - Point Lookout, Maryland 9050
3c Rose, tied by Point Lookout, Jul 3, ’64 duplex CDS to small neat cover going to B.S. Hedrick, Washington, D.C. another cover from the Hedrick correspondence in which was probably asking for monetary assistance from Hedrick, a well-known North Carolina abolitionist who would financially assist Confederate prisoners during the war. No examining marks. $50.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound 9051
3c Rose, tied by “waffle grid” cancel and Old Point Comfort, VA Jun 20th CDS to inbound cover front addressed to: Nathan Petty (sometimes seen as Pettie) Point Lookout, MD, Prisoner Camp, in care of Matthew Brady, 3 Division Company F”. He was wounded and taken prisoner at Gettysburg and Harper’s Farm and sent to Point Lookout and Fort Delaware. Docketed: “released”. Letters to those who died, escaped, or were released, were filed by the prison mail clerk under the initial for the last name in blue pencil (“P”) and the date and sender indicated. Red pen docketing: “June – From A.E. Pettie, Spartanburg, So. C.” $25.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound 9052
3c Rose, tied by and Eastville, VA Juan 17th CDS to inbound cover front addressed to: James H. Williams, Co. F, 11th Div., Point Lookout, Md. Letters to those who died, escaped, or were released, were filed by the prison mail clerk under the initial for the last name in blue pencil (“W”) and the date and sender indicated. Red pen docketing: “Jan. 13/65 J.A. Nottingham, Va.” Examiner’s mark: (Letter) “to Long” Jan. 24, 65”. $20.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Civilian Flag of Truce 9053
3c Rose, tied by “quartered cork” cancel and Old Point Comfort, VA Jan 17thCDS accompanies to cover addressed to Prof. B. S. Hedrick Washington D.C. Small opening tear at top. Well-known correspondence to North Carolina Southern abolitionist living in the North during the war, this cover noted as being from his family in Capel Hill in November 1864. $50.00

Imahe graphic 65 - Camp Douglas Chicago inbound 9054
3c rose, tied by “five-ring target” cancel, Simpsonville, Ky, Aug 23rd CDS accompanies on cover to Sergt. JA. McCardel, Prisoner of War, Co. K, 8th Ky, Camp Douglas, Chicago”. With a fairly well struck “Camp Douglas, Prisoner Letter, examined” making. Cover reduced ½” at left, opened on 3 ½ side refracted. $175.00

Imahe graphic 65 – Rock Island Barracks, Rock Island, Ill. 9055
U10 3c Pink entire with Rock island Nov 14th ’64 CDS on outbound cover to Mrs. C. Lac… Natchez, Miss. Blue oval hand stamp “R.I. Barracks, Prisoners Letter, Examined”. Docketed: “Dec 1864” on back. $200.00


Union Postal History

Soldier’s Letter – Louisville, KY
Blue Louisville Mar 10, 1863 CDS with accompanying “DUE 3” on envelope going to Ohio. Manuscript field grade officer endorsement reads: “Soldier’s Letter, Capt. D. Barrett, Co. I, 89th OVI”. Barrett was captured at the Battle of Chickamauga in November of 1863 and sent to Libby Prison. Small edge tears which do not attract. $125.00

Soldier’s Letter – Port Royal, SC
Soldier’s Letter – Port Royal, SC, Oct 10, 1863 CDS with accompanying “Due 3” on envelope going to Connecticut. Manuscript field grade officer endorsement reads: “Soldier’s Letter, E. Quigley Act Surg, 7th CV”. Foxing. $20.00

65 – Ship Island, Miss.
Straight line marking with manuscript “Apr 14” (1862) on cove to Vermont with two three-cent stamps with pen cancels. Pencil notation on front reads: “This contains his diary while on board ship when going to Ship Island”. The diary is no longer inside. However, there are two letters enclosed dated: Nov 6th and 17th 1861 from Camp Hamilton to his wife. They dwell on camp life and mention going south. One is on patriotic letterhead with red and blue piping. $250.00

65 – Chattanooga Tenn Straight-line
Typeset and boxed with steel rule, dated: “January ?, 1864”. Once Union forces captured Chattanooga this make shift cancel was used by the field post office. An excellent example of this cancelling device. $150.00

65 - St. Helena Island
Hand illustrated cover and letter from a soldier to his sister. Letter dated: March 12th 1863 describes camp life being quite different in South Carolina. A lot more “spit and polish” required. The cover travelled by ship and was posted at Norfolk, VA, Sept 26th ‘63. The envelope obviously from this correspondence does not date to the letter. Still a great hand illustrated combination which definitely came from the same correspondence $400.00

 

 Mint Union Patriotics

Southern Menagerie
J. E. Hayes design, Weiss No. C-A-O-42, one of the great caricature patriotics in red and blue. $100.00

Union – Our Country
John P. Charlton, Philadelphia design, Weiss No. O-S-18, in red and blue. $15.00

Secession Web
D. Murphy’s & Son, New York design, Weiss No. C-A-O-57, in red and blue. $50.00

U.S. Capitol Washington No. 1B
Magnus bronze design, Weiss No. DC-129. $100.00

  

Confederate Postal History

CSA 11 – Milledgeville, GA
November 12, 1864 cover addressed to the Hon. Clifford Anderson, House of Representatives, Confederate Congress, Richmond, VA. He served in the second Confederate congress of 1864-65. $300.00

West Point, GA “Due 20” – Turned Cover
Sent with manuscript “Due 10”, from West Point, an additional “Due 10” was added once it reached its destination in Alabama, and totaled as “20”. This cover appears to have been used prior to the war, with a U.S. No. 26 cancelled at Augusta, Me to West Point, Ga. Field endorsement: “From M.S. Ruse, Co. G, 1st Arkansas Reg. of Mt. Riflemen, Reynolds Brig., Walthalls Div.” This is a very rare Arkansas regimental cover. $500.00

Deep Red Lexington, Ga and Large “PAID 10”
Handmade cover addressed to Lieut. John C. Reid, 8th Georgia Regt., Anderson’s brigade, Hoods Div., Atlanta, Georgia. Notes along to edge: “From mother please forward on to the regiment.” Upper right: “charge box”. Pencil docketing: “Nov 20 63”. Reid was wounded in the knee on Jul 3rd, 1863 during the Battle at Gettysburg.. He is quoted on 13 pages in the book: A Scythe of Fire: A Civil War Story of the Eight Georgia Infantry regiment. $300.00

 

 

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