||CSA #11 (AD) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6m 27 MAY (1864). Addressed to Jno. Phillips Esqr, Charleston, So. Ca. Endorsed at upper left "Wm Porcher Miles MC (Member of Congress)."
Members of the Confederate Congress did not have the franking privilege
and had to pay the postage. William Porcher Miles (1822-1899), a former
Mayor of Charleston, member of the US House of Representatives, and
delegate to the South Carolina Secession Convention, was a "fire-eater"
secessionist who served in the Confederate Provisional Congress and
later in the regular Confederate Congress 1862-1865 representing South
Carolina. He is credited with designing the flag that would later be
adopted by the Army of Northern Virginia as its battle flag. He also
served for a time in 1861 as an VADC to Gen Beauregard in Charleston
with the rank of Colonel which may have been a state rank. Very Fine.