||CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) Pen-Canceled with the matching manuscript "Pineville (SC) 22 Sept" at top center. Addressed to Mrs R. Y. Dwight Care of Dr. Henry Ravenel, Monck's Corner SC. Endorsed at the top "R. Y. D. Asst Surg PACS (Provisional Army of the Confederate States)." Period manuscript at lower left "Pinopolis." Richard Yeadon Dwight (1837-1919) initially served in the ranks as a Private and then a Lieutenant in Holcombe's Legion and the 1st SC Inf
before being appointed Asst Surgeon in Confederate Service in 1862. Dr.
Dwight was an 1856 graduate of the South Carolina Military Academy in
Charleston and saw extensive service throughout the war in various
positions. The meaning of "Pinopolis" at the lower left is a mystery.
At the time of the war, Pinopolis was a small community near Charleston
and Monck's Corner. This could be a routing notation, but Pinoplis is
not listed as having a Confederate post office and would not have been
on a postal route. Others have speculated that "Pinopolis" could refer
to a canal boat that plied the rivers and canals in that area. There is
a note on the back of the cover by Jack Molesworth which suggests that
possibility. However, there is no evidence that such a boat ever
existed. Certainly bears further study. Slightly reduced at the top
with minor edge repair, and a small corner repair at the lower left. ||$300.00|