Prisoner of War Covers
65 – Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio
3c Rose, tied by duplex Sandusky O. Oct 12, ’64 CDS to cover addressed
to Knoxville, East Tennessee. Manuscript examiner’s marking: “Ex-HWR”.
Cover slightly reduced at the left, with tiny edge tear. Nice appearing.
Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio
3c Rose, tied by duplex Sandusky O. Aug 19, ’64 CDS to cover
addressed to occupied New Orleans, La. Manuscript examiner’s marking:
“Ex GSB” (Cpl. George S. Brown, 128th O.V.I.). Cover toning.
Nice appearing. $300.00
65 – Old
Point comfort – “Per Flag of Truce”
3c Rose, tied by “waffle grid” cancel and Old Point comfort Va Jan
25 CDS on cover going to Walton, N.Y. Docketing at the top reads: “R.B.
White Oct 1863” and “W----- in army”. It will take some more research to
find the records for R.B. White. Another possibility is a civilian flag
of truce. $450.00
– Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Del.
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.
65 - Fort Delaware, Delaware City, Del.
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.
65 – Camp Chase, Columbus, Ohio
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.
65 – Johnson’s Island, Sandusky, Ohio inbound
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.
65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound
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
65 – Point Lookout, Maryland
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.
65 – Point Lookout, Maryland inbound
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
65 – Civilian Flag of Truce
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
Union Postal History
65 – Official Business
Full envelope with the imprint blocked out with red ink-brush
stroke. Port Royal May 30 ’65 CDS ties the stamp along with cork cancel.
Ex-William “Bill” Fox
65 - Beaufort, S.C., Feb. 12, 1862 CDS 9191
Early occupation marking, applied with captured device used by the
Union postmaster. This marking is relatively scarce and was only used in
early until a devise was sent from Washington. I have not seen one
65 – Beaufort, S. C.
(Weiss no. F-F-168) with stamp tied by target cancel, Beaufort, Jun
18, 1862 CDS accompanies. Beaufort was occupied by Union forces shortly
after the November 7, 1861 invasion of Port Royal Sound. Full cover with
opening nick at top left. $175.00
65 – U.S.S. Wissahickon
Sent from Lords Bridge, Ct., Jul 20 ’63. On 8 July, she captured
blockade running schooner Pocahontas off Charleston laden with cotton.
sent to Port Royal, in 1863, as part of the South Atlantic Blockading
Squadron. She destroyed one blockade runner (the SS Georgiana). During
the summer, she bombarded Forts Wagner and Sumter, off Charleston, South
65 – U.S.S. Constitution – Outbound from Port Royal, S.C.
Sent from Port Royal, Dec 2, 1862 to a midshipman on the U.S.S.
Constitution at Newport, R.I. This cover would have been sent at the end
of the third week of the Port Royal invasion, thus an early use. Sealed
tear at the bottom.
65 – U.S. Gunboat “Seneca”
Sent from Newark, N.J., Mar 31, 1864, to Lt. Comdr. James Picken
stationed at Port royal. She was an Unadilla class gunboat and took part
in the bombardment of Fort Wagner.
65 – U.S.S. “Flag” – Inbound
Cover addressed to 3rd Asst. Engineer, Henry S. Robinson. There are
notes, in pencil, on the back about “coaling” the ship. “USS Flag spent
her Civil War career blockading the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia
and eastern Florida, participating in the capture or destruction of
several would-be blockade runners, among them three steamers. She also
was involved in several operations against enemy shore positions,
including the occupation of Tybee Island, Georgia, in November 1861, the
capture of Fernandina, Florida, in March 1862 and operations against the
fortifications protecting Charleston, South Carolina, in 1863.”
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.
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.
65 – Ship
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.
J. E. Hayes design, Weiss No. C-A-O-42, one of the great caricature
patriotics in red and blue.
John P. Charlton, Philadelphia design, Weiss No. O-S-18, in red and
D. Murphy’s & Son, New York design, Weiss No. C-A-O-57, in red and
Capitol Washington No. 1B
Magnus bronze design, Weiss No. DC-129.
Red & Blue two panel design (Weiss No. F-L-45)
Rose of Washington
Red & Black C. Heerbrandt 201 William Street New York Publisher
(Weiss No. DC-134) $150.00
Black Berlin & Jones design (Weiss No. C-P-R-6)
Black Berlin & Jones design (Weiss No. C-A-D-26)
Ninth Army Corp
Bronze Magnus design (Weiss No. CO-25)
Hand color Magnus design (Weiss No. M-L-31)
State of Ohio
Hand colored Magnus design, mounting remnants on back (Weiss No.
State of Missouri
Hand colored Magnus design, much deeper colors than the previous
Missouri (Weiss No. ST-213)
State of Delaware
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. ST-186)
State of Pennsylvania
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. ST-229)
State of New Hampshire
Purple Magnus design (Weiss No. ST-215)
The Rebel State of North Carolina
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No.
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 5 A
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. NW-112)
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 5 C
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. NW-114)
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 5 B
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. NW-113)
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 5 B
Hand colored Magnus design, more color (Weiss No. NW-113)
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 2 C
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. NW-108)
Bird’s Eye of Alexandria, Va. No. 3 A
Hand colored Magnus design (Weiss No. NW-101)
Confederate Postal History
CSA 11 –
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.
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