||CSA #12b (AD) Light Blue (4-Margin) tied by the RED Petersburg, Va
CDS NOV 1864. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mr. F. M. Stovall
Care of Col M. P. Stovall, Augusta, Georgia. On arrival in Augusta, the
cover was forwarded to a Military Address Care of Capt W. H. Milton, Co A 5th Fla Battn Cavalry, Marianna, Fla. A CSA #11 (AD) stamp was affixed at the upper right to pay the forwarding fee and tied by the large single rim Augusta, Ga
CDS 12 NOV (1864). The same Augusta postmark was also used to tie the
original CSA #12 stamp as the RED Petersburg postmark did not
adequately cancel the stamp. The cover was delivered to Col M. P.
Stovall in Augusta, the addressee’s father, who then forwarded it to
his son after opening the cover and adding a notation of his own on the
inside of the back flap. Col M. P. Stovall was a wealthy factor and
commission merchant in Augusta, so the title of “Col” was honorary. Pvt
Frank M. Stovall (1845-1865), the addressee, mustered into Co A 5th Fla Batt Cav
1/25/1864. He is listed as killed 3/23/1865 (details not known). Cover
most likely originally sent by a soldier at the Siege of Petersburg who
was either a relative or friend of Pvt Stovall. Very Fine.