VA2414 CSA #11c (AD) (4-Margin Greenish-Blue) tied the RED Petersburg, Va CDS 20 SEP (1864). Coarse brown paper cover which appears to be homemade addressed to Capt W. O. Harrelson, Craigsville PO, Gaston County, NC. Craigsville NC apparently no longer exists as it cannot be found on a current map of North Carolina, and Craigsville is not listed as a Confederate post office. However, Craigsville appears on the 1862 list of USA post offices in Gaston County. The red Petersburg mark is well struck and clear which is unusual for this mark. Very Fine cover.

William Oliver Harrelson (1830-1925) enlisted as a private in Co E 34th NC Inf on 9/11/1861. He was promoted 1st Sergt, Commissioned 2nd Lieut, and promoted 1st Lieut a few weeks later, and finally Capt all in early 1862. He is listed as wounded and captured as a POW at Gaines' Mill, Va 6/27/1862 and confined at Fort Columbus NY and Fort Warren in Boston Harbor until exchanged 8/5/1862. He resigned for disability (presumably because of his wounds) 12/13/1862. Capt Harrelson had a brother, James Franklin Harrelson (1821-1890), who served as a Corpl in the 11th NC Inf and was present at the Siege of Petersburg and is the most likely sender of this cover.

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