VA2550  USA #65 with Union fancy cork cancel and the Old Point Comfort, Va double circle CDS partially struck off the cover 25 JAN (1864 by docketting on the reverse). “Flag of Truce” manuscript at upper left. Addressed to Mrs. Mary F. Hunter Care of Dr. French, Alexandria, Virginia. This is the inside envelope from a South-to-North Civilian Flag of Truce Cover transferred through Old Point Comfort. No indication from where in the Confederacy the cover originated as is usually the case with these covers when there is no enclosure. The Alexandria address is in Union occupied territory. The addressee, Mary Frances Hunter, was the wife of Major Bushrod Washington Hunter (1807-1888) of the prominent Virginia Hunter family from Alexandria. Major Hunter served as a USN Lieutenant during the Mexican War and as a Major of Heavy Artillery on the staff of General Huger during the Civil War. Mary and Bushrod had a son, Alexander (1843-1914), who had service in the 17th Va Inf and the 4th Va Cav. Pvt Alexander Hunter had an extremely colorful Civil War carreer having been captured as a POW several times (Fraziers Farm 6/30/1862, Sharpsburg 9/17/1862, Warrenton 1/1/1864) and escaping from Point Lookout 2/7/1864 only to be recaptured the next day. He spent time in at least seven different prisons. After his exchange in 1864, he was wounded twice later that year. Very Fine Civilian South-to-North Through-the-Lines Cover of a type that is not commonly seen. $500.00

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