VA2852 Stampless PAID 5 Type D with the small double circle Norfolk, Va CDS all in BLUE (double strikes) 1 JUN 1861 (year in the CDS and confirmed by period docketing) FIRST DAY of the Confederate Postal Service. Orange paper cover from the Blackford Correspondence addressed to Lancelot M. Blackford, Box No 6, Lynchburg, Va. Period docketing at the left indicates that the cover is from the addressee's brother, B. L. Blackford. Launcelot (Lancelot) Minor Blackford (1837-1914), an 1859 graduate of the University of Virginia, enlisted in the Rockbridge Artillery 9/2/1861. He was later commissioned and served for a time as an advocate in the military court system of Longstreet’s Corps. Later in 1864, he was transferred to the 24th Va Inf where he served as the adjutant. Benjamin Lewis Blackford (1835-1908) enlisted as a private in Co G 11th Va Inf 4/23/1861. and was commissioned Lieut of Engineers 5/25/1861 and was on duty in Norfolk at the time of this cover. Very Fine example of a First Day CSA Postal Service cover. Signed by Brian Green and Patricia A. Kaufmann.$1,500.00

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