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6055

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OHIO: U.S. #65, 3¢ rose canceled by grid with matching NEW YORK / OCT / 15 cds and manuscript examiner’s marking "Ex O W" (probably Oscar F. White, 128th O.V.I.) on yellow cover to "Captain C.R. Rhodes, Prisoner of War, Johnson's Island, Ohio, Care of Col. C.W. Hill, near Sandusky, Ohio". The addressee was a member of the 8th Alabama Cavalry, Co. G, and captured at Roger's Gap, Tenn., on Aug. 31, 1862, In the “oops” department, in a report headed June 30, 1864 by Col. Charles P. Ball, Commanding the Brigade, he writes of his regiments attack on La Fayette, Ga. that, “My officers and men acted with great gallantry and coolness, with some exceptions. Among the latter I am compelled to mention Capt. E. C. Rhodes… “

$375
 

6062

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OHIO: U.S. #65, 3¢ rose) tied target with matching Sandusky, O. Oct 27 ‘64 double circle with neat bold oval "Prisoner's Letter/Examined/F.W.R./Johnson's Island, O." handstamp on cover addressed to “Miss Kate Williams, College Hill, Hamilton County, Ohio” with docketing at lower left “Prisoner’s Letter/Johnson’s Island. Fine.

$300
 

7072

JOHNSON’S ISLAND: U.S. 65, 3¢ rose tied by Sandusky, O Aug 2 double circle  as well as Richmond Aug 13 cds and handstamped DUE 10 Confederate rate; “Ex(amined) B” to “Mr. A. C. Mitchell, Glennville Bonbour Co, Ala”  with routing “For Flag of Truce Via Old Point Comfort, Va.” and solider endorsement of “J. B. Mitchell Co B 34th Ala. Inf.”, small cover tear at bottom otherwise Fine. Sketchy military info online just indicating that he was a 1st Lieut. in Manigault’s Brigade. Colonel - Julius C.B. Mitchell of Montgomery; detached. The Papers of Jefferson Davis indicate that Mitchell was away from his regiment half to 2/3 of the time which gave cause for officers and privates to talk. Clearly, there is an interesting story to research on this officer! He also served in the 13th Alabama. Ex-Gunter

$600
 

7073

JOHNSON’S ISLAND: U.S. 65, 3¢ rose tied by blue Sandusky, O Apr 19, 1865 dc and target cancel on cover with "Summit Miss." large dateless circle handstamp where it entered the C.S.A. mails, ms. "due 3¢" U.S. rate rather than 10¢ Confederate rate (Lee surrendered ten days before this was mailed), some restorations and repairs but still a fascinating use. It was sent as a thru-the-lines prisoner-of-war letter, but by the time it reached Summit, the Confederate postal system was no longer operating, thus it was charged U.S. postage. Johnson's Island O. oval examiner's handstamp "Prisoner's Letter, Johnsons Island, Examined, Jarvis" to “Mrs. T. E. Ellis (care of E. P. Ellis Esq.) Amite City La. N.O. & J. R. R. St. Helena Parish, Louisiana”, flag-of-truce endorsements including "Care of Comdg Officer U.S. Forces at Vicksburg, Miss" and “From E. J. Ellis, Capt 16th La Regt & Prisoner of War”. Ex-Gunter. 

 

As a measure of how incomplete the official military records are, they show Ezekiel J(ohn) Ellis (1840-89) as having enlisted as a captain and serving in Companies F and H of the 16th Louisiana Infantry. That’s it - no record of being a prisoner. Further online searching easily turns up the Ellis family papers at Louisiana State University. Ezekiel Park Ellis of Amite was a judge and member of the Louisiana legislature. He was married to Tabitha Emily Warner, daughter of Louisiana Judge Thomas C. Warner. The POW letters of E. J. Ellis (no doubt including the one that belonged to this cover) show him as serving in the 16th LA and being confined to Johnson’s Island. After the war, E. J. Ellis was admitted to the bar in 1866 and became a U.S. representative from Louisiana. Congressional bio included.

$1,750
 

7260

HART'S ISLAND, N.Y., PRISON CAMP 27, cover to “Mr. James Morey, Prisoner of War, Camp 27, Harts Island:, franked with cork canceled U.S. 2¢ Blackjack #73 with "NEW YORK CITY, MAY 9" cds alongside, 1865 docketing at left, Very Fine, a rare Northern prison with only 22 covers recorded by Harrison, all from this correspondence, with 2004 C.S.A. certificate #4494. 

 

James M. Morey (1844 – 1923) mustered into Company D of the 32nd Tennessee Infantry as a corporal. He was listed as a POW 2/15/1865 in Orangeburg, S.C.  He was born in Jonesboro, TN and died in Greeneville, TN.

$1,400

 

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7263

RICHLAND JAIL, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA: prisoner of war cover to Tonawanda, N.Y., with "Old Point Comfort, Va." cds and "Due 3" handstamp, with manuscript "Exam, R.D. Senn, Capt. Guard" examiner at left and “Prisoner of War letter By Flag of Truce from Richmond Care Genl Winder at Richmond” at top; cover slightly reduced at the top, a rare use from Richland Jail, with only 39 covers recorded in Harrison. There are numerous POWs named Payne, but a diligent search could no doubt turn up the proper soldier.

$2,000
 

C1046

IMMORTAL 600": U.S. 65, 3¢ rose tied by Nashville, Ten. / Nov. 16 (1864) target duplex on cover addressed to "Lieut. John W. Hoobery, Regst. Prisoner of War, Co. I 44th Tenn. Infty, Division Six, Fort Pulaski, Georgia" with endorsement "Contains $2 U.S. Bill" and magenta manuscript "No. 113" (control number) in top left corner, cover with pencil "Ex” and “C" censor's examined marking and blue “Dep” no doubt signifying that it was deposited to an account from which the prisoner could draw, Extremely Fine. See my article for full explanation of this sad chapter in the Civil War at ASDAPR09.pdf   

 

Lt. John W. Hooberry was born circa 1841 in Tennessee and enlisted as a private on December 30, 1861 in John L. McEwen’s Company, 55th Tennessee Infantry (McKoin’s). Much more information on linked page.

$4.250
 

7451

JOHNSON’S ISLAND: U.S. 65, 3¢ rose used with Sandusky, Ohio cds and target plus Richmond, Va. Feb 10 (1864) cds and matching straightline DUE 10 on north to south POW cover with Prisoner’s Letter Examined G.S.B. oval of Johnson’s Island (Corpl George S. Brown of 128th Ohio Volunteer Infantry according to Harrison). Endorsed at upper left “R. Ferguson Adjt 18th Va Prisoner of War” with manuscript “Per Flag of Truce” at lower left and addressed to “Miss Pattie Ferguson, New Plymouth PO, Lunenburg Co, Virginia”. A bit of foxing but a lovely use of both sides with great military history behind it.

$650
 
 

7770
POINT LOOKOUT, MD: RICHMOND / Va. / FEB / 11 (Powell type 5f) cds with matching straightline DUE 10 and POINT LOOKOUT JAN 2X cds, all bold strikes. Mandated endorsement of H. S. McDade Co G 11c Vol. Reg. (NC Infantry – Bethel Regiment). Military record included shows that Henry (Lee) McDade (b. 5 Sep 1838 - d. 6 Jul 1913) was 24 years old at enlistment as a sergeant from Orange County, NC; he surrendered at Appomattox – part of the Army of Northern Virginia, A.P. Hill’s Division. He was taken prisoner at Martinsburg West Va 7-23-63; confined to Fort McHenry, MD; transferred to Point Lookout on 11-1-63 and paroled 2-14-65 when he was transferred to Cox’s Landing, James River and exchanged the following day. Small tear at top and top and left flaps missing.  $400
$400
 

7791

CAMP CHASE, COLUMBUS, OHIO: U.S. 3¢ rose tied square jail-bar grid on POW cover from Dr. Alfred Hughes, who was imprisoned for signing the ordnance of secession. It is addressed to his wife in Wheeling, West Virginia which state Hughes refused to acknowledge as U.S.. The cover is manuscript “Ex(a)m(ine)d CWB Allison, Col.” (Charles W. B. Allison who commanded the Camp Chase Hoffman Guard Battalion. The pencil docketing indicates that this was letter #64 written September 14, 1862. The correspondence has been well written up over the years. $160.

$160
 

7946

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY ISLAND, OHIO: Flag of Truce Mail: North to South use with U.S. stamp removed, possibly while in transit - with Sandusky Dec 19 ‘ 65 double circle cancel remains. Confederate DUE 10 straightline with RICHMOND / VA / JAN / 17 cds on POW cover endorsed “Wilkens Stovall, Lt 55th NC Regt, Prisoner of War” to “Miss Lucie W. Stovall, Care of Jno W. Stovall Esqr, Sassafras Fork, Granville, County, N. Carolina” with interesting manuscript routing “For Flag of Truce boat Fortress Monroe Via City Point or Charleston Care of General Comdg Dept of Va. & N.C.” with Johnson’s Island oval examined marking. This cover is illustrated in a March-April 1975 Confederate Philatelist article re such routings (copy enclosed as well as Stovall’s military record). Stovall was a 25 year old farmer when he enlisted as a private (promoted to 1st Lieut) into Co D 12th NC Infantry – he later transferred to Co K 55th NC. He was wounded at Gettysburg and taken prisoner at Falling Waters, MD. He was first confined to Old Capitol Prison in D.C. and transferred to Johnson’s Island a few weeks later where he remained for almost two years. Most interesting cover in wonderful condition but for the missing stamp. $750.

$750
 

8655

CASTLE MORGAN, CAHABA, ALABAMA: Prisoner-of-war cover to “David W. Wyckoff, Bushnell Ills”, endorsed "Prisoner's Letter", manuscript censor mark on back "Approved Capt. & Asst. Commr of Exchange C.S.A."; entered U.S. mails with instinct "Vicksburg Miss.” dc cancel and "DUE 6" handstamp for unpaid mail, Very Fine, the Jackson-Vicksburg flag-of-truce route was opened in mid-1864, Harrison records only 10 covers from Cahaba (p. 17; this cover illustrated on p.18). Called Castle Morgan in honor of Confederate General John Hunt Morgan, the Cahaba Prison opened its gates in June of 1863. It quickly filled with more men that it was designed to hold. There were 432 bunks, but by 1865 the prison held more than 3,000 men. The POW was likely David Lambert Wyckoff - only 18 when he enlisted on May 11, 1864 - whose residence is appropriately listed as Bushnell. Military records (enclosed along with photocopy of him in uniform) show he died in 1864 and was a POW when “mustered out” 9/24/64. He was the only Wyckoff listed as a POW from Illinois, so the information fits. $1,500.

$1,500
 

8573

POINT LOOKOUT, MARYLAND: U.S. 65, 3¢ rose used with target cancel (upper right corner rounded) and matching Point Lookout double circle cancel, light strike of octagonal examined marking, addressed to “John T. Hipp, Esq., Norfolk, Va Care of Mr. Peter H. Whitehurst”, some tiny edge tears at left otherwise Fine $350.

$350
 

8580

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, OHIO: U.S. 3¢ rose #65 (small crease) tied target with matching Sandusky, Ohio Feb 8 ’65 double circle cancel and Richmond, Va DUE 10 paying postage of both sides on cover to “Mr. A. E. Mitchell, Glennville Barbour Co, Ala.” with neat oval examined marking and mandated endorsement of “J. B. Mitchell Lt. 34th Ala Inf[an]t[ry].” Military records show no more than endorsement and do not mention him being taken prisoner. Military records are notoriously incomplete. Regimental records show many captured at Missionary Ridge and this could have been his fate. One online source shows record of letters from James B. Mitchell in Company F of the 34th Alabama. Mitchell was in Manigault's Brigade, Hindman's / Anderson's/ D.H. Hill’s Division, 2nd Corps Army of Tennessee. $900.
$900
 

8972

PRISONER / FLAG OF TRUCE: CSA #12, 10¢ blue tied RICHMOND / VA // FEB / 11 cds on POW cover addressed to Mrs. Mary AShuliberinger, Miranda, Rowan Co, NC with “Flag of Truce” manuscript routing at lower left corner, small cover stains. Mary had two sons who were POWs at the time.  $300.

 

John L. Shulibaringer (his spelling – 18 years old when enlisted 1862) Co. C, 57th N.C. Infantry and also in Co. G, 42nd NC Infantry, was captured 6 Feb 1865 at Petersburg and incarcerated at Point Lookout.  He was released on oath June 20, 1865. 

 

William S. Shuliberringer (his spelling – 19 year old farmer when enlisted 1861) Co. G, 6th N.C. Infantry was wounded at Sharpsburg and captured at Winchester July 20, 1864.  He was sent to Camp Chase until exchanged in March 1865. Full military records included on both.

$300
 

13252

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OHIO: U.S. #65, 3¢ rose tied neat SANDUSKY O. //JAN / 27 [1864] cds on POW cover docketed “Wm. N. Berkeley Capt 8th Va” to “Maj. Richard S. Cox, Richmond, Va., Care Maj. Gen Butler Comdg Old Point Comfort” with manuscript examined markings and manuscript “By Flag of Truce Boat”. Neat cover with top back flap missing. $450.

 

William Noland Berkeley (1826-1907) was Field & Staff Virginia 8th Infantry. Much more information on linked page.

Major Richard Smith Cox was Confederate Paymaster and formerly the U.S. Paymaster before the war and in early 1861. Cox held also the commission of Colonel of the 8th Regiment of the District Militia.Much more information on linked page.

$450


11882

FLAG OF TRUCE: CSA 12, 10¢ blue approaching milky shade with partial imprint at bottom, tied RICHMOND / VA // AUG / 16 cds on narrow commercially made cover to Oliver H. Middleton, Esq, Columbia, South Carolina with “per Flag of Truce” endorsement at lower left. $450.

 

Oliver Hering Middleton (1798-1892) was born at Clifton, Gloucestershire, England; educated at South Carolina College; entered U. S. Naval Academy but resigned and retired to his estates and the life of an opulent planter on Edisto Island, Charleston. His son was part of the Charleston Light Dragoons and mortally wounded at Cold Harbor May 30, 1864.

$450


13607

POINT LOOKOUT, MARYLAND (Camp Hoffman): U.S. 3¢ rose #65 (tiny faults) tied RICHMOND / VA // MAR / 10 [1864] cds on POW cover to Mrs. R. W. Steger, Care of Jno O Steger P Master, City of Richmond, Virginia; clear black CDS Point Lookout MD MAR 2 [1864] at left and Confederate DUE 10, thus postage paid on both sides. Full strike of the desirable large oval J. N. Patterson  approved Examiner’s handstamp (Harrison Type 1) (CSA Catalog type PWH-16 A). In as much as it was Richmond to Richmond, this is an OVERPAID DROP use; ms “Per Flag Truce Boat” up left side. The letter was sent to his wife care of his father by Roger Williams Steger, VMI class of 1854, who was captured as a POW near Fredericksburg Virginia on 1 OCT 1863. Captain Steger was named Assistant Quarter Master officer for General J.E.B. Stuart’s first cavalry brigade in 1861. Slightly reduced at top and bit of edge wear but a nice use of both sides. $950.

$950


13609

POINT LOOKOUT, MARYLAND (Camp Hoffman): U.S. 3¢ rose #65 tied target with matching POINT LOOKOUT / MD. // APR / 13 cds as well as CSA 12a, 10¢ milky blue (called “opaline” by old-time students) tied by RICHMOND / VA // MAY / 6 [1864] cds on POW cover to Mrs. Martha J. Parrish, Pittsylvania C.H., Virginia and ms Via Flag Truce with scarce large oval J. N. Patterson  approved Examiner’s handstamp (Harrison Type 1) (CSA Catalog type PWH-16 A). Prior owner asserts this is the next to last known use of this examiner’s handstamp. Ex Powell. A real “looker” – scarce use with both Union and Confederate adhesives. Although it needs verification and further research, it appears that this could have been from Abraham N. Parrish of both the 6th VA Cavalry and 21st VA Infantry. Some online records indicate he was married to Martha Parrish. $1,800.

$1,800


13610

POINT LOOKOUT, MARYLAND (Camp Hoffman): U.S. 3¢ rose #65 tied POINT LOOKOUT / MD. // APR / 27 / ‘64 cds with matching target cancel, also tied RICHMOND / VA // MAY cds with matching Confederate DUE 10 paying the CSA postage. Major H. G. Weymouth became the Provost Marshall at the Point Lookout Prison on 15 APR 1864 and would hold that position until the final months of the war. Major Weymouth’s approval signature appears on cover on only one known date, this one. Galen Harrison has confirmed that this cover is the one that he used as the listing cover for the Weymouth “Approval” manuscript.  There is a misprint in his book on page 153 as April 21, 1864 was listed – it is incorrect and should be April 27, 1864. The cover is endorsed “C. B. Latham Co H 1st Regt. N.C. Troops”. Top back flap missing. Addressed to H.H. Bowen, Plymouth, N.C. Nice use both US and CSA postage. Military records included. $1,600.

 

C. B. Latham had service in Co H 1st Regt. N.C. Troops as well as Co H 17th NC Infantry. He was captured at Fort Hatteras NC 8-29-61 and confined to Fort Columbus, NY and Fort Warren (Boston). Much more information on linked page.

$1,600


13612

CAMP CHASE, COLUMBUS, OHIO: U.S. 3¢ rose tied square prison-bar grid with matching COLUMBUS / O // JUL / 10 double circle cancel on POW cover from Dr. Alfred Hughes to his wife in Wheeling, West Virginia. Dr. Hughes was imprisoned for signing the ordnance of secession and refusing to recognize West Virginia as a state. He remained at Camp Chase as a political prisoner (Copperhead) for 8 months.  After his release in December 1862, he was elected a member of the Virginia legislature and so remained until the fall of Richmond. He was a pioneer in homeopathy.  The cover is manuscript “Ex(a)m(ine)d CWB Allison, Col.” (Charles W. B. Allison who commanded the Camp Chase Hoffman Guard Battalion) The correspondence has been well written up over the years. Signed Brian Green. $300.

$300


13614

OHIO PENITENTIARY, COLUMBUS, OHO: US #65, 3¢ rose tied by target with matching COLUMBUS / O // OCT / 14 [1863] double circle cancel on cover to Mrs. Mary F. Bullock, Care Rev. John G. Simsall, Lexington, Ky., Censored “Ex Geo S Lester / ADC” (4th O.V.I. and mail examiner Aug. 30-Dec. 9, 1863). Harrison records only 43 covers from this prison. Very Fine. $900.

 

Major Robert Bullock was a member of the infamous Morgan's Raiders, specifically the 8th Kentucky Cavalry. Much more information on linked page.

$900


13616

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OHIO: 3¢ rose#65 tied target with matching SANDUSKY / O // OCT / 21 / ’64 double circle cancel as well as RICHMOND / VA // JAN / 24 [1865] cds and DUE 10 on POW cover to Mrs Sarah F. Jones, Spring Garden P.O., Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Johnsons Island O. Prisoner’s Letter examined handstamp with replaceable initials (Harrison Type I) (CSA Catalog type PWH-25 A).  The initials of this examiner, “F.W.R.” were those of Pvt. Frank W. Rittman 128th O.V.I.  His oval handstamp was recorded as used Oct.-Dec. 1864. Mandated endorsement of Geo. W. Jones Lt., Co I. 18th Va Regt. Manuscript routing “By Flag of Truce  Care of the Commd Officer Fortress Monroe via Aikins Landing.”  Wonderful use of postage of both Union and Confederacy. Military records included. $850.

 

George Washington Jones (1832-1910) enlisted as a sergeant on 4/24/1861 at Pittsylvania County, VA and mustered into Co I. 18th Va Regt. Much more information on linked page.

$850


13618

THE IMMORTAL 600, MORRIS ISLAND, CHARLESTON HARBOR S.C.  This was an island held by the Union forces, where all but forty (who had been sent to Beaufort Hospital because they were so ill) of the 600 Confederate Officers, “THE IMMORTAL 600”, were sent to be placed under fire of their own guns where they were held until 24 October 1864 when they were moved to Fort Pulaski near Savannah.  Endorsed from “Lt S D Bland, Co. A. 18th Va. Cav.” (he had previously served in the 1st Regt Va. Partisan Rangers, subsequently the 62nd Regt VA Infantry) and sent to Miss Kate Paul,  Bridge Water Augusta County Virginia. Manuscript routing  “By flag of Truce via Charleston S.C.” CHARLESTON / S.C // OCT / 6 [1864] cds with a manuscript “due”  and large handstamp “10”The Immortal Six Hundred by Maj. J. Ogden Murray, CSA on page 327 shows that Lt. S. D. Bland, Co. A. 18th Virginia Cavalry was captured in Pendleton County, West Va, in January 1863. He was first held at Fort Delaware and then moved to Morris Island from 7 September to 23 October 1864.  On 24 October 1864 he was with the contingent moved to Fort Pulaski.  Lt. Stewart Dolly Bland (1839-1918)survived the war, married Virginia Harper (1842-1927) and had seven children. Bland is also listed at http://www.csa-dixie.com/csa/prisoners/t56.htm from the list in the Southern Historical Society Papers. Many of his military records are shown at http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=10348000 . THERE ARE 24 COVERS RECORDED FOR THIS POW STOCKADE. See my article on the subject   $3,000.

$3,000


13615

JOHNSON’S ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OHIO: 3¢ rose #65 (small faults and scuff on cover to right of stamp) tied by a light SANDUSKY / O // XX ‘64 with a clear black target to the right.  Manuscript examiner’s marking at upper right.  An example of the infrequently seen mail FROM A POW IN ONE PRISON TO A POW IN ANOTHER PRISON. This letter was sent to Capt. Ben N. Cocke, CSA Officers Camp Point Lookout MD. 2014 CSA Certificate. $600.

 

Benjamin N. Cocke, Captain, acting Capt. B. N. Cocke's Company of Independent Cavalry* Much more information on linked page.

$600


13879

DANVILLE PRISON, VA: pristine unsealed inner cover to W. Willoughby Esq, Alexandria Va., censored "Examined R. C. Smith, Lt. Col. Commdg.", ENTERED U.S. MAILS WITH A PAIR OF 2¢ BLACKJACKS (US #73) tied by cork cancels and "Old Point Comfort Va. Jun. 17" double-circle datestamp, (likely in error for "Jan."), Very Fine; censored by the prison commander, R. C. Smith, who is known at Danville from Oct. 1864 to Jan. 1865, illustrated in Harrison on p. 73. Tarbell correspondence. Doctor (actually his first name) Tarbell was captured by Confederate cavalry on September 21, 1864 near Winchester Va., he was taken to Libby Prison in Richmond, then transferred to Salisbury, NC, then to Danville Prison and then back to Libby again on Feb. 18, 1865 before being paroled a few days later, the major portion of the Tarbell correspondence is at the University of Michigan Library. Detailed bio accompanies. Doctor Tarbell enlisted 5-1-61 as a Sergeant in Co. A NY 32nd Infantry. He rose through the ranks to Brevet Major and was a Commissary of Subsistence.  $2,200.

$2,200


14151

FORT DELAWARE, DELAWARE CITY, DEL: US 3¢ rose #65 tied grid with matching Delaware City Del. Sep 22 [1864] cds on cover to Mrs. Mary F. Bullock, Lexington Ky. "Prisoner's Letter, Examined. Fort Delaware, Del." oval examiner's handstamp; from Major Robert Bullock, a member of the infamous Morgan's Raiders, specifically the 8th Kentucky Cavalry. Irregularly reduced at right slightly into address. $250. 

 

Major Robert Bullock was a member of the infamous Morgan's Raiders, specifically the 8th Kentucky Cavalry. Much more information on linked page.

$250


14152

FORT DELAWARE, DELAWARE CITY, DEL: US 3¢ rose #65 tied grid, addressed to James H. Atkins, Prisoner of War, Charlottesville Artillery, Cutshaw’s Va Battalion, Care of Capt. Alek, Fort Delaware. Penciled “Ward 7” and “Oct 8”. File crease along left side and some gum stains else fresh and Fine. Ex Engstler and Alan Atkins. $350. 

 

James H. Atkins enlisted into Va. Charlottesville Light Artillery on March 15, 1862 as a private. Much more information on linked page. Military records included.

 

Charlottesville Light Artillery was organized with men from Albemarle County in March, 1861, at Charlottesville, Virginia. Much more information on linked page.

$350


14155

JOHNSONS ISLAND, SANDUSKY, OH: US 3¢ rose tied target with matching Sandusky O, Feb 36 '65 duplex on pink-lined prisoner’s cover to Miss Mary H. Wallace, Care J. B. Alexander Esq, St Louis, Missouri with bold JC examined oval at center – noted by Harrison as John Coder and used between January 18-June 20, 1865; part of top back flap missing. Some note these color lined envelopes as wallpaper but they are commercially made and not wallpaper – just pretty. $300.

$300


14171


LIBBY PRISON, RICHMOND, VIRGINIA: US 3¢ rose #65 tied cork with matching OLD POINT COMFORT / VA // DEC / 9 [1863] double circle postmark on inner cover addressed to Hiram Marshall, Jeffersonville, Indiana from 1st Sgt. William S. Marshall with contents docketing of Nov 28, 1863 up left side. William S. Marshall was Adjutant of the 51st Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry.He was a prisoner of war continuously from May 3, 1863 to February 14, 1865 except when trying to make good his escape from prison camp near Columbia SC in November 1864. This is the subject of one of my monthly columns “The Confederate Post” in The American Stamp Dealer & Collector. Ex Walske and Hedin. All Southern prisons uses are scarcer than Northern. $950.

 

William S. Marshall was Adjutant of the 51st Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry. Much more information on linked page.

$950


10385

CIVILIAN FLAG OF TRUCE: CSA 12c, 10¢ greenish blue (stamp mostly torn off) tied RICHMOND / VA. // DEC cds on TURNED COVER addressed to “Dr. Wm. Selden, Liberty, Virginia” with manuscript directive at lower left “Capt W. H. Hatch, Assistant Agent for Exchange,” which then appears crossed out. At bottom and upside down is written “Charlotte says be sure to wash this envelope & send it back. We have a mania for economy just now as you perceive.” The inside use bears CSA 11, 10¢ blue tied LIBERTY / Va. cds, to his daughter, Julia Selden (probably from her mother), care of Mrs. J. B. Dunn, Petersburg, judging from the note at the top “The dress has come.” A wonderful example adversity use. $475.

Dr. William Selden served as Surgeon at General Hospital in Liberty, Va., 1863-1864. Much more information on linked page.

$475


10399

FORT DELAWARE, DELAWARE CITY: US #65, 3¢ rose tied by grid with matching DELAWARE CITY / DEL // SEP / 22 cds on cover to Frank S. Collins, Esq. Boston, Mass., Care of Andersn, Isles & Co.; no examined markings, likely from a member of the U.S. prison guards. Small sealed tear at top, back of cover has names of several men, including Private Miles O’Reilly, a pseudonym for Charles Graham Halpine (1829-1868). Halpine was an Irish immigrant who wrote under the name of O’Reilly. Halpine wrote letters and poems that were published in Northern periodicals. His “Sambo’s Right to be Kilt” was useful in calming white soldiers’ objections to the enlistment of black soldiers for a new regiment. Halpin retired from the army in 1864 due to his deteriorating eyesight. Article forthcoming in one of my columns. Ex Hedin. $500.

$500


10417

Listed in both POW-1 and Miscellaneous-2

(Union) COMMISSARY GENERAL OF PRISONERS. OFFICIAL BUSINESS. imprinted envelope with signature of “H. W. Wessels, Com. Genl. of Pris.” Washington, D.C., double-circle cancel, to “Mr. U. A. Denison, 187 4th St. Washington, D.C.,” docketing “Com. Gen. of Prisons,” slightly reduced at left. Scarce cover and signature.  $450.

Brig. Gen. Henry Walton Wessels was one of the officers that were placed under the fire of the Union batteries on Morris island, Charleston Harbor—known as the UNION 50. After he was exchanged he became commissary of prisoners. Much more information on linked page.

$450


10419

CAMP PAROLE, ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND: US #65, 3¢ rose tied Annapolis, Md. Aug 25 / 64 duplex on “U.S. Sanitary Commission, The Soldier’s Shield.” imprinted envelope. These envelopes were passed out to parolees by the Sanitary Commission (similar to the USO of World War II). Addressed to A. C. Hull, M.D., Olive, Ulster Co., New York with ms. docketing across end “First letter after prisoner, Annapolis, Md. Aug 24/64.” Very Fine, Ex Hedin. $750.

$750


10538

ROCK ISLAND BARRACKS, ILLINOIS: US #65, 3¢ rose tied duplex of Rock Island, Ill, MAY 29, ‘65 – EXTREMELY LATE USE with blue CSA catalog Type III oval examined marking used, according to Harrison, August 11-February 21, 1865. Clearly it was used substantially later than that – THIS USE SEVERAL MONTHS LATER AND THUS LIKELY THE LATEST RECORDED USE. Well known correspondence to Miss Mattie Gordon Care [Rev.] N.M. Gordon, Keene, Jessamine County, Kentucky. Van Dyk MacBride notes on verso. The last prisoners were released in July 1865. $350.

$350

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