Confederate Stamp Alliance


The CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE sponsors an annual CSA Philatelic Convention and Exhibition held at various WSP Shows across the country. The CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE Convention and Exhibition is the major annual gathering of Confederate collectors and features spectacular exhibits of Confederate stamps and covers. The famous Southern Supper is a major philatelic event. Each year at the Southern Supper, the Confederate Stamp Alliance Awards are presented. These consist of the Haydn Myer Award (service to the Alliance), the CP Writers Award (best article in the Confederate Philatelist since the last convention), and the August Dietz Award (research and writing since the last convention). Click the award name to review a listing of past recipients. In addition to these three awards, the exhibitors at the convention are recognized with a series of various exhibiting awards the most prestigious being the CSA Trophy for the best Confederate Exhibit. The awards presentations are always a highlight of the Southern Supper.

The original inscribed plaque of the Haydn Meyer Award is on display at the APRL (American Philatelic Research Library) in the APS Match Factory Headquarters at Bellefonte, Pa. The archives of the Alliance were moved to the APRL in 2002 and are available for research and study.

26 OCT 2021 -- The 2021 Civil War Philatelic Society Convention was held 22-24 OCT 2021 in Tysons Corner, Virginia, in conjunction with the NAPEX 2021 Show. Click PHOTOS to see some pictures from the convention. The 75th Southern Supper was held Friday 22 OCT 2019 at the American Prime steak house with 41 members and guests in attendance and with President Larry Baum presiding. Thanks go to the convention host, Randy Smith, who planned and coordinated the entire event.

The following awards were presented:

  • The CSA Trophy was presented to Ronald E. Majors. 
  • The Haydn-Myer Award for Service was presented to Dwayne Littaur for his legal counsel and support during the transition to the Civil War Philatelic Society.
  • The August Dietz Award was presented to Richard F. Winter for his research on North Carolina Confederate postal history and post office data, as published on the North Carolina Postal History website.
  • The CP Writers Award was presented to Kevin Anderson for his article Confederate Postal Markings of Petersburg, Virginia (CP 3rd Qrtr 2020) and Steve Feller for his article Thomas De La Rue: Confederate Stamp Printer (CP 4th Qrtr 2020)

Exhibits and Awards:

  • "Rally 'Round the Flag" by Randy Smith -- CWPS Trustee's Research Trophy, APS Large Gold, NAPEX Stephen Luster Award.
  • "West Virginia Stampless Postal History" by Wayne Farley -- CWPS Robert A. Siegel Memorial Award, APS Large Gold  and Reserve Grand.
  • "Arkansas Under Two Flags: Postal History of Conflict Union and Confederate, 1861-1865" (one frame) by Rodney Kelley -- CWPS General's Award, APS Large Vermeil.
  • "Ten-Cent Copper Plate Engraved Stamps of the Rebel States" (one frame) by Daniel Ryterband -- CWPS President's Trophy, CWPS Jack E. Molesworth Award, APS Large Gold.
  • "Confederate Patriotic Letter Sheets and Captured Union Stationery" by James Milgram MD -- CWPS John W. Kaufmann Memorial Award, APS Large Gold, APS Research Medal.
  • "Antebellum Richmond, Va: An Ad Cover Study of its Commerce" by Larry Baum -- CWPS Robert A. Siegel Memorial Award, APS Gold, Virginia Philatelic Award for Excellence.
  • "US Postal Service in the Southern States" by Jerry Wells -- CWPS William A. Bogg Memorial Award, APS Large Vermeil.
  • "Canada / BNA - Union & Confederate Postal Correspondence in the U.S. Civil War Era" by Ronald E. Majors -- CWPS Trophy, APS Large Gold, Postal History Society Award.
  • "Confederate Postmaster Uses of Provisional Hand Stamps, Adhesives and Press-Printed Stationery to pay the Postage" (one frame) by Daniel Knowles MD --  CWPS John H. Reagan Confederate Postmaster General Award, APS Vermeil.
  • "Tudor Hall, Va: Post Office for the Confederate Army" by Stefan Jaronski -- CWPS General's Award, APS Large Vermeil.
  • "United States Demonetization and Transition to the 1861 Issue Stamps: by Daniel Knowles MD -- CWPS Conrad L. Bush Memorial Award. APS Large Gold.

Our thanks to Tom Lera and Mike O'Reilly for judging the Confederate exhibits for the CSA awards.

Presentations given by CSA members --

  • "Chattanooga during the Civil War" -- Richard Livingston
  • "Civil War Patriotic Stationery" -- James Milgram MD
  • "The American Civil War in 31 Covers" -- Daniel M. Knowles MD

CSA Generals in Attendance  -- Gen John Kimbrough MD, Gen Rich Murphy, Gen Larry Baum, Gen Trish Kaufmann. Gen Jerry Palazolo, Gen Frank Crown, Gen Stefan Jaronski, Gen Deane Briggs MD.

The Annual General Membership Business Meeting was held Saturday 23 OCT 2021 with President Larry Baum presiding. The Alliance is strong financially. Sites of possible future meetings and conventions were announced with details to follow as they become available. John Walker of England was promoted to the honorary rank of General. He was not able to attend the convention, so his medal will be award at the next convention. A new slate of officers and trustees will take office 1 JAN 2022.The full report of the General Membership Meeting in cluding the voting results for the new slate of officers will appear in the next issue of  The Civil War Philatelist in accordance with the By-Laws.

Reports and Photos from Previous CSA Conventions
1999 -- Sarasota, Fla 2000 -- Dallas, Tex 2001 -- Virginia Beach, Va
2002 -- Charlotte NC 2003 -- St. Louis, Mo 2004 -- Sarasota, Fla
2005 -- Tysons Corner, Va 2006 -- New York City 2007 -- Williamsburg, Va
2008 -- Charlotte NC 2009 -- Orlando, Fla 2010 -- Richmond, Va
2011 -- San Francisco, Ca 2012 -- Tysons Corner, Va 2013 -- Cleveland, Ohio
2014 -- Sarasota, Fla 2015 -- London, England 2016 -- St. Louis, Mo
2017 -- Richmond, Va 2018 -- Columbus, Ohio 2019 -- Sarasota, Fla
2020 -- Not Held 2021 -- Tysons Corner, Va

Future Sites of CWPS (CSA) Conventions are --
  • The 2022 annual convention is planned for the Balpex show in Baltimore, Maryland, 2-4 SEP 2022.  Show Site is the Delta Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley MD 21031. For a reservation at the show site hotel, call Delynn Powelson at 410-785-3908. The show rate is $125 per night (+ tax) single or double. The CWPS Dinner will be Friday evening 2 SEP 2022 and the CWPS General Membership Meeting will be Saturday morning 3 SEP 2022 (Locations and Details to be announced). Exhibit prospectus available on the BALPEX website.
  • The 2023 Convention is planned for the Sarasota National Stamp Exhibition in Sarasota, Florida, 20-22 JAN 2023.