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4078
CHARLOTTESVILLE / VA. // OCT / 22 / 1861 blue double circle cancel with matching blue handstamped PAID 5 to "Buckston Station, Man.G.R.R. (Manassas Gap Rail Road) on homemade cover, Nice address! Ex Engstler.
$170
 

4097
HOWARDSVILLE / VA. cds with matching PAID 5 in blue, Dietz type Ia, Very Fine, Ex Handy, Ex Kohn, MacBride notes on verso.
$160
 

4175
FARMVILLE / Va. // OCT / 17 cds and handstamped PAID with 5 in manuscript. This is the Dietz type II "PAID" and not listed with the 5¢ rate; to "Capt. William A. Perkins Cumberland Troop, Yorktown, Va." on small ladies envelope; under the back flap is written "Write as soon as you get this. I am so anxious about you." 
$150
 

1240

ARRINGTON / VA. handstamped PAID 5 on neat cover, slightly reduced at right, addressed "Care of Capt. T. C. Jordan" to Jamestown Island, Va. 

$150
 

1259
PORTSMOUTH / VA. // AUG / 6 / 1861 / 10 PAID integral rated handstamped paid cover to Georgia. Also small manuscript Pd. 10. Dietz type III.
$135
 

4549

PETERSBURG / VA. // FEB / 14 blue cds with UNLISTED matching handstamped PAID 5 on homemade cover to "Mrs. E. A. Preot, Care of A. Preot, Esq., Farmville, Va." This was Mrs. Eduard Arnaud Preot. Preot was born in Lille, France, emigrated to the U.S. and served on faculty of several female colleges. He was more illustrious in death than in life. In 1873 a keg of Preot's beer exploded in his face and killed him. Complete and interesting biography with likeness accompanies.  

$120
 

6408

“North Garden, Va. Sept 30th 1861 Paid 5” all in manuscript on commercial cover addressed to “J. C. Rutherford Esqr., Healing Springs, Bath County, Va” where forwarded with a manuscript “Ford 5” directly under the paid marking with the HEALING SPRINGS /VA / OCT/ 5 (1861) cds and redirected to Lock Lomond. Wonderful use. 

$230
 

6648

"Belfast Mills, Va. Nov. 9.1861 Paid 5", all in manuscript on pristine cover to well-known nurseryman in Staunton, Va., Extremely Fine. Ex Tobias

$180
 

6650

"Belmead Mills March 4 62 Va Paid 5", all in manuscript on pristine cover to “Mrs. E. L. Harris, Goochland Cty, Va., Rarity 8 town, Ex Tobias

$180
 

6651

Breckenridge Va Feb 20 Paid 5 John F. Padigo 18th Feb 1862 (Postmaster at the time), addressed to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.” . C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. A number of covers from this correspondence are known sent to Thomas by illegal postmaster free frank from various different towns. Flap opening tear. Scarce town, Ex Tobias 

$200
 

6652

"Cascade, Va. Dec. 12th [1861], Paid 5", all in manuscript, docketed “Mrs. A E. Thornton 10 Dec 1861” on cover to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.” . C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. Flap opening tear. Scarce town, Ex Tobias 

$190
 

6658

Leatherwood Va Feb 14 [1862] Paid 5 to to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.”  C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. Valentine’s Day posting and docketing of contents: “Geo W. Bell, 13th Feb 1862”. Usual flap opening tear characteristic of this correspondence, cover staining, chip out of top right of cover face, Ex Tobias.

$140
 

6660

Mossingford, Va. Decr 18 (1861) Paid 5, all in manuscript on folded business and personal letter to “Mr. William Gray, Richmond, Va.” from his nephew John E. Cook, file folds, Rarity 4 town, Ex Tobias 

$190
 

6665

Pleasant Gap Pd 5 Jan 1 [1862], all in manuscript on blue folded letter from William Walton to “William Orender Esq, Fulton Post Office, Surry County, North Carolina” re hiring of his “boys” and difficulty collecting debts, very fragile with splits at folds reinforced with hinges, Scarce town, ex Tobias. 

$190
 

6668

Sunny Side Va June 27th 1861 Paid 5, all in manuscript on folded letter to “Ro. H. Gills, Esq Comr in Chancery Curdsville, Buckingham County, Virginia” from Edward J. Brown regarding the disposition of slaves, part of which says “This woman belonged to the Estate of Henry J. Brown and on the 9th May 1859 she with other slaves were divided among his children. That year she was hired at the Institute for $75.” Amazing letter regarding the trading of slaves.

$280
 

6669

"Ty(e) R(iver) W(are)house Aug 21 1861 Pd 5" all in manuscript on pristine homemade cover addressed to “Dr. Arthur Lee Brent, Bremo Bluff PO, Fluvanna, Va”; soldier records show Arthur Lee Brent as a 40 year-old physician who enlisted on June 6, 1861 as a captain into 1st Co Virginia Fluvanna 1st Light Artillery. He resigned only weeks later. Of note is that he was married to Sallie Cocke, the daughter of Gen. John Hartwell Cocke. Rarity 6 town; Ex Tobias.

$190
 

6796

"Plantersville, Va. 30 July, 62 Pd 10" , all in manuscript on small homemade cover to “Mr. E. J. Gregory, Richmond, Virginia Co A 46th Reg Va Vols Wise’s Brigade”; soldier and regimental history included. Edward J. Gregory enlisted as a private and rose to 1st Lieut by 1863. In 1862 he was listed for postal clerkship, variously sick with dysentery 1863, surgery 1864 and then wounded at Petersburg July 30, 1864 at the Battle of the Crater which cost the Union around 3,793 killed, wounded, and captured, while the Confederates incurred around 1,500. Surrendered at Appomattox April 9, 1865. Ex Tobias. 

$225
 

6775

"Millboro Springs (Bath County, Va) Paid 10¢" 11th March (6)3 on pristine homemade cover to “W. Davis, Nurseryman, Staunton, Va.”, Ex Tobias 

$150
 

6777

MONTEREY / Va // Oct [1861] cds with handstamped PAID 5, Dietz type I) on cover to Drakes Branch, Va. Monterey is in the Allegheny Mountains on the western upland side of the Shenandoah Valley, ex Tobias.

$150
 

6780

"Nelly’s Ford (Va) April 4th / 63 Paid 10" all in manuscript on cover to “Franklin Davis Esq, Staunton Nurseries, Staunton, Augusta Co., Va.”, ex Tobias

$180
 

6803

"Old Church, Va Aug 7th / 61 Paid 5," all in manuscript on clean cover to “Mrs. Fanny B. C. Brown, Loving Creek, Bedford Co., Va”, part top back flap missing otherwise Very Fine, Ex Tobias 

$150
 

7046

DANVILLE / VA. handstamped PAID 5, Dietz type V, on cover  to Salem, N.C., Very Fine, signed Brian Green, Ex Gunter

$170
 

7049

RICHMOND / Va. // FEB. 5, 1862 cds with matching PAID 2 handstamp on locally addressed cover, ms. note on back "W.G. Sikes 2nd Geo. hospital Feb 5th 1862", letter gives an account of his illness and begs Mr. Stephens to procure for him a furlough for 30 days, Very Fine and interesting drop rate use, top back flap missing, ex Howard Green and Erin Gunter  

$900
 

7146

“Cascade, Va Feby the 27th [1862] Paid 5”, all in manuscript on cover to “C.Y. Thomas Esq., Richmond, Va.”, part of top back flap missing. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers.

$190
 

C1136

NORFOLK / VA // JUL / 9 / 1861 blue dc cancel with matching encircled PAID and 10 on small cover to “Miss Fanny Carry, Oglethorpe, Ga.”, reduced a bit at left otherwise Very Fine 

$120
 

C1138

TUDOR HALL / Va. // SEP / 14 / 1861 cds with matching PAID 5 on fresh cover to “Mrs. Wm H. Harman, Staunton, Va.” and “Mr. Miller” at bottom left.

$110
 

7710

RICHMOND / VA. // NOV / 21 / 1862 cds (Powell type 2b) on drop rate cover addressed “To Vice President A.H. Stephens or Hon. M. J. Crawford, Richmond Va. Care of Capt Mangham” with straight line "PAID 2" handstamp; interesting 1861 docketing on reverse regarding Col. W. Ector, Camp Dickinson, Kanawha River who "Enumerates the grievances of his men. Wants to be ordered from N.W. Virginia to some more agreeable climate for the winter.", expert corner repair at top left (just affecting postmark), missing bottom flap, Very Fine, a very scarce rate handstamp. $575.

$575
 



7989

LEXINGTON / Va. // MAR / 22 [1864] cds with matching handstamped PAID 10 on an adversity cover fashioned from a land auction broadside addressed to “Lt. W. W. Davidson, Dublin Depot, Pulaski Co., Va.” with original 3-page letter headed Lexington, March 21st 1864 to “My Dear Son” from his mother saying, in part, “The Yankees had not troubled him (William). His negro boy Lewis went off two years ago and is in the Yankee Army…my dear child I am afraid I will not have anything to send you. Every thing is so scarce. We have not been able to get a pound of butter since Charlie left us…Dorman Campbell is still with us. He had hoped to get a place at the Camp of Instruction but did not succeed. He does not know what he will do.” A nice duo. Only first page of the letter is shown. $250.

$250
 

8375

“Lowry, Va. Dec 24th // 61 Paid 5” manuscript cancel on fresh homemade cover to “John F. Baugh, Esq, Merchants Bank, Lynchburgh, Va.”, the illustrating copy in the Virginia Postal History Society  Catalog. Said by a prior owner to be the only recorded marking for this town before or during the Civil War, which I have not confirmed. Scarce Bedford County town. $200.

$200
 

8498

NORFOLK / Va. // SEP / 21 / 1861 blue cds with matching handstamped PAID 10 on small fresh narrow commercially made cover to “Miss E. J. Goelet, Demopolis, Ala.”, Very Fine, ex Kaplan $200.

$200
 

8817

[Petersburg, Virginia] blue straightline PAID and red crayon “2” drop rate on cavalry soldier’s letter to “Miss Agnes Lyon Care of Maj D. Lyon, Petersburg, Va”. Unevenly opened at right. Letter is from Thomas Boisseau Booth, who was a 21 year-old farmer and 1860 graduate of VMI when he enlisted in Co. I 3rd Virginia Cavalry. He was a courier for Gen. Semmes and wounded 5-9-62 in the retreat up peninsula. Scarce drop rate and excellent letter contents. $600.

 

Long soldier’s letter of 8 pages headed “Cavalry Camp September 8th, 1861” – full typed transcription accompanies. Some rather amusing contents, to wit, “A man from Prince George by the name of L. L. Lee and about half crocked came to our camp just before the burning of Hampton. Stayed with us about two days and went off somewhere I know not where. To my surprise as we passed Bethel on our way to Hampton who should I see but Mr. Lee. He followed us down and while we were down there he got off some way or other and went towards Old Point where he was taken and carried to the Rip Raps as a prisoner. None of us knew he had gone there until a few days ago he came to out camp and told us he was just from Fortress Monroe. Upon being asked how he managed to get away he said he preached, wrote and talked to them so often and so much they had to turn him out to get rid of him. He says he has nearly converted Old Wool and he thinks a few more visits down there will convert him and he will come to General Magruder and ask his pardon for the sin he has committed in taking up arms against him. And finally he says he has made the Yankees open their eyes by telling them God is against them and he will fight our battles for us. I think they have had evidence enough of this already.”

$600
 

8054

WYTHEVILLE / VA dateless double circle cancel, two strikes at upper left with third ghost strike, matching double strike of PAID handstamped on fresh cover addressed in peacock blue ink to Mrs. Sophia Buchanan, Rural Retreat, Wyth[e] Co Va, 1989 CSA certificate #01844 as handstamped paid (no doubt submitted as potential provisional), Very Fine and unusual  $250.

$250
 

14103

OLD CHURCH / VA. // JUN / 2, cds with manuscript PAID & handstamped "5" rate, CSA Catalog type A on outer folded lettersheet to Dr. Charles Cocke, Bremo Bluff, Va with notation at lower left “Mrs. C will please open this, if the Dr. is not at home”, Very Fine, ex Thayer. CCV $200. $160.

$160

14107

LEWISBURGH / [WEST] VA. // JAN / 31 bold cds on clean cover to Capt. Asa Holland, Post Master, Halesford, Va., no rate marking, part back flap missing. “Post Master” is underlined in the address, thus this likely a postal matter which would have been free, although not so marked. Capt. Asa Holland was not a Confederate soldier. He was born in 1801. He was a merchant, postmaster, farmer, and plantation owner. His papers are in the Library of Virginia. $200.

$200

17640

RICHMOND / Va. // APR / 22 / 1862 beautifully struck cancel on pristine cover with manuscript pencil “Due 2” drop rate to Mrs. Duncan G. Campbell, Richmond endorsed “D.G. Campbell, Lt Eng[ineer] Corps CSA” to his wife – dropped at the Richmond PO just as McClellan was beginning his peninsular campaign. Slightly reduced at right, Superb use with great provenance of ex Myerson and Wiseman. Duncan Green Campbell (1835-1889) was an engineering officer on the staff of several Generals during the war including Smith, Kershaw, McLaws, and Beauregard. Choice use! $450.

$450

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