||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|