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  This section only offers actual railroad markings. There are many other covers in other sections that have manuscript railroad route markings, adversity covers fashioned from railroad bank notes or receipts, station depot towns and more. There are also railroad markings on off-cover stamps.
 

6801
REDUCED TO NET $375

CSA 11-AD, 10¢ blue, pen canceled with railroad cancellation of VA. C. R. R. / COBHAM on cover to “Col. Alfred L. Rives, Engineer Bureau, War Department, Richmond, Va.” with pencil docketing up the left side about shipment by freight train. Undercataloged in 2008 SCV at $265, CCV $750. Rives is well known by Confederate students as one of the four chiefs of the Corps of Engineers during the War. A graduate of VMI, he had an illustrious career before and after the war. Ex Tobias.

$450

 

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11472

REDUCED TO NET $375

CSA 11a-AD, 10¢ milky blue used on cover with light COBHAM / VA C.R.R. // 20 / JUx cds on small commercially made envelope addressed to “Lt. Col. Alfred L. Rives, Engineer Office, War Department, Richmond, Virginia”. Light pencil docketing “Mama 20 July 1863” up left edge; part of top back flap missing and small tar at top; Nice small cover. Ex Thacker. CCV $750. $450.

 

William Cabell Rives was the distinguished minister to France before the war. Alfred Landon Rives was born in 1830 in Paris, France, the son of W. C. Rives. During the War, Alfred was acting chief engineer for the State of Virginia and later for the Confederate States, which position he held until the end of the War as a Colonel. He was one of the two Chiefs of the Corps of Engineers to General Robert E. Lee.

$450
 

11798
REDUCED TO NET $375

CSA 11, 10¢ blue used with manuscript cancel and light cancel of VA C.R.R. / COBHAM on cover addressed to “Col. Alfred L. Rives, Engineer Bureau, War Department, Richmond, Virginia” with routing endorsement “Via Lynchburg”. Scarce Virginia Central Rail Road use. CCV $750. $700.

 

William Cabell Rives was the distinguished minister to France before the war. Alfred Landon Rives was born in 1830 in Paris, France, the son of W. C. Rives. During the War, Alfred was acting chief engineer for the State of Virginia and later for the Confederate States, which position he held until the end of the War as a Colonel. He was one of the two Chiefs of the Corps of Engineers to General Robert E. Lee.

$700
 


14521

CSA 11-AD, 10¢ blue used with manuscript cancel and light strike of COBHAM / VA C.R.R. // xx / MAY on pristine cover addressed to Col. Alfred L. Rives, Engineer Bureau, War Department, Richmond, Va. Cobham was an Albemarle County stop on the Virginia Central Rail Road, CCV $750. $375.

 

Alfred Landon Rives was born in 1830 in Paris, France, the son of William Cabell Rives, the distinguished minister to France. During the War, he was acting chief engineer for the State of Virginia and later for the Confederate States, which position he held until the end of the War as a Colonel. He was one of the two Chiefs of the Corps of Engineers to General Robert E. Lee.

 

William Cabell Rives (1793 - 1868) was a US Representative and a Senator from Virginia almost continuously from 1832 until the War; Minister to France 1829-1832 and again 1849-53; delegate in 1861 from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress in Montgomery, Ala., and Richmond, Va. Member of the House of Representatives from Virginia in the Second Confederate Congress.

$375


11790

CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue pair – left stamp with bottom frame line not printed at bottom – a transient printing variety (CSA Catalog 7-R-v8) – used with manuscript cancel on outer folded lettersheet with VA C.R.R. / COBHAM cds, addressed to Francis B. Deane, Jr. Esq., Lynchburg, Va. with receiving docketing on back “Wm C. Rives / Feby 6, 1863” and tiny E.H.W. ( E. H. Wyche) handstamp below it. Francis B. Deane, Jr. was head of a local foundry that cast shot and shell during both the Mexican War and the Civil War. William Cabell Rives was a distinguished US Senator from Virginia, minister to France, and a delegate from VA to the Confederate Provisional Congress. More biographical info’ included. Nice Railroad use as well as listed printing variety. CCV $750. $750.

 

William Cabell Rives (1793 - 1868) was a US Representative and a Senator from Virginia almost continuously from 1832 until the War; attended Hampden-Sidney College and graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va. in 1809; studied law; admitted to the bar about 1814 and commenced practice in Charlottesville, Albemarle County; moved to “Castle Hill,” Albemarle County in 1821 where he is buried; Minister to France 1829-1832 and again 1849-53; delegate in 1861 from Virginia to the Confederate Provisional Congress in Montgomery, Ala., and Richmond, Va., member of the house of representatives from Virginia in the Second Confederate Congress.

$750
 


16299
REDUCED TO NET $400

CSA 12, 10¢ blue (3 margins) tied railroad cancel of BRISTOL / V.& T.R.R dateless circle datestamp(CCV $750) on clean homemade cover to Surgeon W. L. Hilliard, Ashville, North Carolina; reduced a bit at top. Plantation Collection.  $500.

Surgeon William Lewis Hilliard served in Field & Staff of the 1st North Carolina Cavalry in Sorrel Hospital, Asheville, NC. Much more detailed information on linked page.

$500


16663
REDUCED TO NET $900

WARTRACE N. & C.R.R. / MAY / 14 / 1863 (Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad) with soldier’s DUE handstamp (no rate), usual blurry strike on cover to Col. John Duncan, Jackson, Miss., with endorsement of “Conner, Co. A, 45 Miss Regt.” Duncan’s rank was strictly honorary and not associated with the army. Docketing at left shows May 13/63 date and May 25/63 with “Return from prison…” Van Dyk MacBride notes on verso, Ex David Kohn. CSA catalog value $1,000. $1,000.


Thomas P. Conner
served in Co. A, 45th Mississippi Infantry. More detailed information on linked page.

$1,000


16664

CSA 11, 10¢ bluish green (4 large margins, roughly torn) tied beautifully struck neat BRISTOL / V & T. (R. R.) cancel on neat blue commercially made watermarked laid paper cover to Miss Missouria H. Stokes, Decatur, Ga. with docketing up left side “Jan 28th 1864,” Ex Judd, signed J.M. Bartels. CSA catalog value $750. $850.


Missouri Horton Stokes
(1837-1910) was a well-known temperance worker, teacher and lecturer. More detailed information on linked page.

$850


16818

CSA 12-ADc, 10¢ greenish blue tied light BRISTOL V.&T.R.R. dateless railroad cancel (CCV $750) on cover to Miss Alice Caperton Care Mrs Gaston Caperton, Union Monroe Cty, Va.; slightly reduced at left. CSA catalog value $750. $375.      

$375


17491

CSA 7-R, 5¢ blue pair (sealed tear in left stamp) tied WARTRACE / N.&C.R.R. / MAY 1 / 1863 on cover to Virginia A. Hoyal, Washington, Tennessee. Bit of light foxing and faded address. Scarce marking. Ex Fisher. CCV $1,000. $500.

$500

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