VA2602 CSA #1 Stone 1 Position 7 (irregular margins but with a large upper sheet margin) tied by the small double circle BLUE Norfolk, Va CDS 7 FEB 1862. From the Wise Correspondence addressed to Mrs. George D. Wise Care of Hon A. Atkinson, Smithfield, Isle of Wight Co., Va. Cover with sealed opening tears at top center and top left.

George D. Wise (1831-1908), a Richmond Lawyer, in 1862 was a Lt of Inf and VADC to his uncle Gen Henry H. Wise, a former Governor of Virginia. Later he was in various staff assignments. He was taken as a POW at the Vicksburg surrender in 1863 and paroled and exchanged to be later wounded at Resaca, Ga in 1864. After the war, he resumed law practice in Richmond and is buried at Hollywood Cemetery. Gen Wise had two nephews both named George Douglas Wise and both born in 1831 who served at various times on his staff. The second nephew was wounded at Petersburg 6/17/1864 and died of his wounds 7/5/1864. Not sure which George D. Wise this cover refers to as both were on Gen Wise’s staff in 1862.

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