Stampless Covers - Tennessee



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SOMERVILLE / TEN // NOV / 15 / 1861 double circle cancel with matching handstamped PAID 10 on cover addressed to Taylor’s Creek, S.C., small piece of flap missing, otherwise Very Fine, Ex Boshwit. $300.


SOMERVILLE / TEN // SEP / 17 / 1861 double circle cancel with matching handstamped PAID 10addressed on narrow cover to “Miss Abbie Powers, Media, White Post, Clark Co, Virginia, C.S.A.”, underinking makes it appear as Sayerville but this is not the case, Very Fine Ex Kohn and Boshwit. $300.


NASHVILLE / Ten. // SEP / 26 / 1861 blue cds with matching handstamped PAID 5; (CSA Catalog type C) one “5” is lightly struck and then a second one more properly struck, on cover to Mess. M Williams & Roberts, Griffin, Georgia, Very Fine, Ex Boshwit.  $300.


STRAWBERRY PLAINS / TEN // 5 / AUG / 1861 cds with manuscript Paid 5 on cover to Col. Robert Love, Elizabethton Tenn,  flap tears extending over top of cover at upper left, Scarce town, Ex Boshwit. $300.



STRAWBERRY PLAINS / TEN // 1 / OCT [1861] boldly struck neat cds with manuscript “Pd 5” rate on cover to Mrs. Linda W. Kennedy, Emory, Virginia; Scarce town marking. $350.



LEBANON / TEN. // AUG / 27 / 1861 cds with matching handstamped PAID 5 on cover to Col. G. W. Gordon, Columbia, Tennessee, bit of staining, provenance two of the greatest Tennessee collections of recent times: Ex Gallagher and Boshwit. $350.



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FREEDOM / TEN // APR / 14 bold neat cds with manuscript “Paid 10” on cover to O. P. Stout, Vicksburg, Mississippi with endorsement of “Co. A 81st Reg. E. T. Vols, Vaughn’s Brigade” (East Tennessee). Original contents were noted as being from E. G. Neal before the letter and cover separated although the only Neal I can find from Tenn. is Edward M. Neal with 7th Tenn. Infty. There is an Erastus G. Neal listed in Va 21st Cavalry but seems to have no connection with this.  Somewhat war-weary but quite a scarce town marking. CCV $500. $400.



DRESDEN / TEN // SEP / 25 [1861] cds with matching PAID 10, CSA Catalog type A on cover to Honl. W. S. Pettigrew, Scuppernong, N.C. with contents docketing up left side “Sept 22, 1861 Alfred Gardner.”  CCV $300. $250.



Soldier’s DUE 10 curved handstamped on homemade cover endorsed “Private J. W. Barrow, Scogins Battery, Army of Tenn.” to “AM. Barrow, Griffin,Ga.”, John W. Barrow was in the Griffin Light Artillery, Ex Crouch. $140.


TULLAHOMA / TEN // NOV / 3 cds, 36mm BALLOON postmark with ms “Due 10” on homemade cover endorsed by “A. M. Barrow, Private in Gibsons Battery Jackson’s Brigade H Division” to Mr. E. D. Barrow, Esq, Griffin, Ga”, faded docketing at lower left that was crossed out in the same original ink as soldier’s endorsement; Alexander M. Barrow was in the Griffin Light Artillery, Ex-Crouch. $250.


SHELBYVILLE / Te // APR / 14 [1862] cds with matching DUE [5] endorsed from J.C. Scales Co G 51st Ala Regt P[artisan] R[angers] on homemade cover addressed to “Mrs. Sarah Scales, Tuscaloosa, Ala.” Scales was taken prisoner, date and place not stated, but he is buried in Indianapolis at Crown Hill National Cemetery, so likely he was sent to and died at Camp Morton as a POW where many prisoners died and were buried in mass graves there. The 51st (from Tuscaloosa) was placed under Gen'l Nathan Bedford Forrest, then under Wheeler and Morgan. This Army of Tennessee unit was active in the conflicts at Murfreesboro, Shelbyville, Chickamauga, Maryville, Knoxville, Decatur, and Jonesboro. It was at the fight at Shelbyville where half of the regiment were either killed or captured and where Scales likely met his fate. Original soldier’s letter to his mother enclosed which directs her to send mail to Shelbyville care of Capt S. T. Palmer Co G, 51st Alabama Partisan Rangers. $450.



SHELBYVILLE / TEN. // JAN / 26 cds with manuscript Due 10 on cover addressed to his sister. Miss Ruth Nicholson, Bastrop, Texas with mandated endorsement of [Private] Wm Nicholson, Terry’s Reg. Texas Rangers. See The illustrious Rangers distinguished themselves throughout the war by their skill and willingness to fight. Because of their abilities, and the arms they carried, they were regarded as a "charging regiment," frequently called upon to act as a form of shock troops. Cover a bit roughly opened at left. Wonderful piece of postal history. $400.


William Nicholson was born at Staten Island, NY around 1840. Resided at Bastrop, Bastrop County, TX in 1860 with relatives; occupied as a clerk. Mustered into Company D at Houston, TX on September 7, 1861. Suffered slight forehead wound near Mossy Creek, TN on December 29, 1863. Present in February 1864. Killed near Rome, GA on October 13, 1864. Buried near Coosaville, GA. Source: which has transcripts of numerous wartime letters with simply awesome historic military content. 1860 census shows Mollie (Mary) as 17 years old.



KINGSTON / TEN. // NOV / 6 cds with matching manuscript Due 10 on cover to Mr. Saxon Anderson, Talladega, Ala; endorsed by Pri[vate] J. L. Anderson Co A 2d Reg Ala & Miss Cava[lry]; slight edge faults at top, ex Boshwit $250.


The Second Alabama Cavalry was organized at Montgomery in May, 1862; was in north Alabama for a short time and was then sent to Florida, where it was employed for a time; sent to Jackson, Miss., in April, 1863, and fought Grierson; was employed in Mississippi until October of that year, when it was sent to northern Alabama and Tennessee. It was in Chalmers' brigade continuously after August, 1863. In General Wheeler's cavalry corps, this regiment did arduous duty in the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, losing heavily in the battle of July 22d before Atlanta. It skirmished in Sherman's rear, fighting almost daily, and followed him to Greensboro, N.C.; it formed part of the escort of President Davis to Georgia, where it surrendered at Forsyth.



LEBANON / Ten. // FEB / 4 [1862] cds with matching PAID 5 (CSA Catalog type B) on cover to S. Cabiness (sic), Esq, Huntsville Ala., with original letter from D. Cook, Jr. who is trying to settle the affairs of his recently deceased brother, George. This cover and addressee will be the subject of a column in The American Stamp Dealer and Collector. CCV $300. $300.

Septimus Douglass Cabaniss (1815-1889) bio on linked page as well as image of letter.


MADISONVILLE / TEN // MAY / 23 light cds with manuscript “Paid 5” rate on tiny stampless cover to Mrs. E. T. Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee; Elijah T. Hall was a judge of the Knoxville circuit court; his wife was born Martha A. Stakely. The Hall-Stakely family papers are in the Knox Country Archives. Ex Sam Zimmerman. $250.


SHELBYVILLE / Ten // JUN / 11 cds with bold matching PAID 10 (CSA Catalog type C) on commercially made envelope to Miss Lou[isa] Young, Columbus, Miss. / Care Col. G. H. Young. Ex Judd. CCV $300. $300.

Col. George Hampton Young (1799-1880) bio on linked page.



“Montvale Tenn, 20th June 1861 / Pd 5 Cts” on cover to “Hon. Howell Cobb, Richmond, Virginia.” CSA Catalog listed Tennessee Independent State Use - RARE. CSA Catalog Value $500 – quite scarce and often misunderstood secession information - detailed explanation on linked page. $450.



CHICAMAUGA [TENN] postmark at lower center of adversity cover with NOV / 14 / 1863 3-line straightline at top right and manuscript “Due 10” from “Private P[hillip] M. Thurmond, Company I, 24th Regiment S.C.V.” to “Mrs. P.M. Thurmond, Edgefield District, Cold Spring P.O., So Ca”. The cover is fashioned from a printed “Order for Daily Morning and Evening Prayer, according to the use of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of [America].” Large sealed tear at left side extending to the center (sealed inside with archival document tape) and left back flap missing. THIS IS THE LATEST KNOWN USE OF THIS RARE CANCELING DEVICE. Thurmond was part of Gist’s Corps, Walker’s Division, Longstreet’s Corp, the Army of Tennessee. $1,300.


STRAWBERRY PLAINS / Tenn. bold cds with matching DUE 10 (CSA Catalog type A, CCV $300) on cover to Mrs. Eliza R. Ashurst, Middleburg, East Florida, on cover endorsed by “Private W. Ashurst, Marion Light Artillery, Capt. John M. Martin, Fla. Brigade.” Cover slightly reduced at right with bit of staining. $230.

Watson Ashurst served in Company C, Florida 1st Infantry (Capt. Powell’s Company) and Florida Marion Light Artillery Company (Capt. Perry). Much more detailed information on linked page.


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