Bush Estate - Miscellaneous Items

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15 NOV 2017 -- Below is a selection of miscellaneous items, some are Confederate and some are not, from the estate of my late partner Conrad L. Bush who passed away in February, 2017. The proceeds from the sale of these items will benefit the Bush family. Items will be added to this listing from time to time as they become available for sale. Last item added 18 JAN 2020. CSA member and dealer discounts do apply to these items.

15 MAR 2018 -- Books from the Bush Estate Library added to the listing. CSA member and dealer discounts do not apply to books.


"Child on Globe with Stars and Bars and Snake" UNUSED Patriotic Cover with Slogan "The Sunny South Our Country" Type MS-6. Cover is probably of Northern manufacture, but there is one recorded CSA postal use of this design. Old mounting marks on the back.

Stars and Bars Confederate Patriotic Cover UNUSED Type F11-3 with Imprint 23 "R. Coburn, Bookseller, N.O." Printed in New Orleans. Very Fine.

Manuscript Slave Document from Alabama dated at Cahaba May 17, 1854. The document is a receipt from the State of Alabama for the payment of $79.00 which was the cost of keeping "Bobb a Slave" in jail for 244 days. Does not state why the slave was in jail. Very Fine and Very Unusual.

CSA #2 Paterson (very faulty stamp) pen-canceled on folded letter complete written on a lined ledger sheet. Stamp is pen-cancelled and no postmark. Addressed to E.  R. Means Esq, Beach Branch SC. The letter is datelined "HeadQuarters Barnwell CH (SC) Nov 15, 1862." The letter is short and concerns an exemption from military service for a postmaster. "Dear Sir - If you hold a commission from the Confederate States as Post Master of Beach Branch, you are not liable to military duty in this command & upon your exhibiting said commission to the Captain of your company, he is hereby authorized to take your name off his list. Respectfully yours, J. H. Ryan." Countersigned "Exempt" E. S. Kiley Captain Co I 11th Regt of Reserves. Beach Branch is a listed CSA post office in the Beaufort District. CSA Certificate 1999.

Adversity Cover undated handcarried outside the postal system addressed to Maj Gen Howell Cobb, Macon, Georgia. At lower left "politeness of Major Lamar Cobb. The cover is made from a profusely illustrated unused insurance policy form from Philadelphia. Howell Cobb (1815-1868) was the most prominent Georgia politician of his day, and his history is well known. Former Speaker of the USA House of Representatives, former Governor of Georgia among other offices, and later a CSA Major-General. Lamar Cobb (1840-1907) was Howell Cobb's son. Lamar Cobb entered service as a private in Co B 2nd Batt Ga Inf in April 1861 and was soon appointed Sergt-Maj of the 16th Ga Inf. In Sept 1862, he was commssioned as 1st Lieut (promoted Capt in June 1863 and Maj in December 1863) and served on his father's staff as an ADC and AAG. Because of the use of the "Major" rank. this cover most likely dates some time in 1864. Few edge faults and small sealed tears. Still a very attractive cover. $250.00

Unused blue paper cover with a colorless embossed seal of the Old Dominion Trading Company Richmond, Va 1863. The center of the seal shows a steamship. This company was incorporated in Richmond in March 1863 as a freight company and engaged in blockade running. Very Fine. $60.00

Abraham Lincoln Mourning Cover (1865) Unused with a portrait of the assassinated president. Very Fine appearance but with old mounting marks in the four corners on the back only. $125.00

Embossed colorless seal of the Confederate States of America Treasury Department. Light mounting marks on the back only. $50.00

Lower Quality Printing in Black of the 2c Altered Plate Block of 16 on heavy paper. Possibly by Dietz in 1955. $15.00

Period 1862 engraved portrait of Union Major General John C. Fremont by Elias Dexter, 562 Broadway (New York City) on card  2 1/2 x 4 inches Very Fine. $25.00

Head Quarters Army of No. Virginia  General Order No. 9 Robert E Lee's Farewell to his Troops which is the most famous document of the Civil War. An original is hugely expensive. This is a very high quality facsimile of the order prepared for Brig-Gen W. H. Stevens Chief Engr ANV produced by the Lakeside Press and is suitable for framing. $100.00

Lincoln 1860 Campaign Illustrated Lettersheet with the scarce Split Rail Fence Design, beardless portrait of Lincoln, and Flat Boat. Printer's Imprint from Chicago. Interesting pre-war letter from 1860 talking about a devastating tornado in the area and attending a Mormon preacher's service talking about how all Gentiles are going to Hell. Typed transcript of the letter included. The letter is signed "I. Jones" but is not datelined. The Great Tornado of 1860 involving Iowa and Illinois and causing much destruction occurred June 3, 1860 therefore dating this letter to June 1860. The letter is believed to have originated in the Chicago area because of the described tornado and as covers with this design are known used from Chicago and that is where the design was printed. Minor edge fold splits sealed with archival tape. A wonderful item for the Lincoln collector.$300.00

Folded Letter Complete handcarried outside the postal system and dated 20 NOV 1861 but no town identified. Addressed to Dr. Morris and carried by A. C. Horne. Short letter on blue lined notebook paper: "Sir: Carrie is better this morning. Free from headach; Another glorious victory reported in Kentucky - Slidell & Mason taken from on board a British vessel and now in Fortress Monroe. With all respect (cannot decipher the signature)."  Not sure as to what the victory in Kentucky refers to as there apparently was only skirmishing in Kentucky at this time. Mason and Slidell (the "Trent Affair" which is well known) were taken from the British ship on 11/8/1861. Interesting item.$150.00

Confederate 4-Page Patriotic Lettersheet (no cover) with the Stars and Bars in black (CC F11-16 with Verse 13 and Slogan 24). Very lengthy camp letter from a soldier to his mother datelined "Fredericksburg, Va January 10th 1863." The letter was written by Corp Fred A. Merrill of Co B 11th Ala Inf, Wilcox Brigade, Anderson's Division, Longstreet's Corp about one month after the Battle of Fredericksburg but does not mention the battle. In the letter, the writer talks about the death of "Stevie" who was his brother, Joseph Steven Merrill, in the same unit. And much more. A typed transcript of the letter is included as well as a short history of the 11th Ala Inf. Very Fine. Ex-Milgram.

Frederick A. Merrill (1831-1864) enlisted as a private (later promoted corporal) in Co B 11th Alabama Infantry 10/8/1861. He took part in all the major engagements of the ANV (wounded at Salem Church, Va 5/3/1863 and missed Gettysburg because of his wound but later rejoined his unit) until he was killed while on picket duty 6/29/1864 during the early stages of the Siege of Petersburg.

Joseph Steven Merrill (1840-1862) enlisted as a private in Co B 11th Alabama Infantry 5/271861. He was wounded at Gaines Mill (Va) 6/27/1862 and wounded again at Sharpsburg (Md) 9/16/1862. He was hospitalized at Winchester, Va where he died of his Sharpsburg wounds 10/31/1862.

CSA Treasury Office Mobile (Ala) March 17, 1864. Receipt for the purchase of a $500 bond at 4% per annum interest.$125.00

CSA Assistant Treasurer's Office Charleston SC March 18th 1864. Receipt for the purchase of a $100 bond at 4% per annum interest.$100.00

CSA Depository Office Mobile (Ala) June 4, 1864. Receipt for the purchase of a $100 bond at 4% per annum interest.$125.00

Group of 4 Fractional Notes (5c, 10c, 25c, 50c) with different designs from the Summit County Bank in Cuyahoga Falls, O(hio). 1862. Unissued and Uncirculated remainders.$75.00
Four Notes

Union Civil War Propaganda Patriotic Cover Unused -- Contains the poem "Neath a ragged Palmetto, a Southerner sat,..." with a matchng silhoette design. The anti-Southern poem, which by today's standards is very politically incorrect, was written by a Northern newspaper columnist at the beginning of the war in 1861 and widely published at the time even being used on propaganda type patriotic covers. The author meant to show his disdain for the Southerners. I doubt it would be published today, but it can be found on the Internet. Cover has a little wrinkling possibly caused by storage under humid conditions.$25.00

Union Civil War Propaganda Patriotic Cover Unused -- This is the well-known and politically incorrect by today's standards "Washwoman Davis" in blue. Jefferson Davis in a Stars and Bars dress at the clothesline with hanging napkins labeled with the names of the Confederate States (Arkansas is missing) exclaiming "Lor' bless my soul, how these blacks are flying! they'll dirty all my clothes" as stick figures of black slaves are flying away.Cover has a wrinkle through the design possibly caused by storage under humid conditions. $25.00

Philatelically prepared envelope with the Confederate Veterans Reunion October 5, 1948 at Montgomery, Ala cache. A period 1863 Alabama $1.00 note is affixed to the envelope with the left side of the note folded over the edge of the envelope onto the back. The note is tied by the cache. The Montgomery, Ala postmark ties the note and $1.10 in postage. The envelope is unaddressed and did not go through the mails. Souvenir of the 1948 UCV Reunion. The final UCV Reunion was held in Norfolk, Va in 1951.$25.00



Listed below in no particular order are individual books from the personal library of my late partner Conrad L. Bush which are now for sale. The books are related to Confederate philately, USA philately, or to Civil War history in general. All books are in very usable condition and many have barely been touched. For each book, please add $5.00 for Media Mail shipping within the USA. For shipping outside the USA, please contact me at JLKCSA@aol.com for a shipping quote. Books can be ordered using the Confederate Order Form link below. Books are mostly hardbound. Those that are softcover or paperback are so designated.

Confederate Order Form

The Postal Service of the Confederate States of America by August Dietz. This is the original 1929 edition in the standard cloth grey binding. Book is in excellent condition with just a little light foxing on the pages inside the cover. $200.00
BBK2 The Postal Service of the Confederate States of America by August Dietz. This is the original 1929 edition in the half-leather (red leather and grey cloth semi-deluxe) binding and signed by the author. Most of the copies of this half-leather edition are in poor condition. This copy is in much better than average condition. $300.00
BBK3 Confederate States of America - The Special Postal Routes by Lawrence L. Shenfield 1961. An important Confederate philatelic reference. $50.00
BBK4 The First Hundred Years of Historic Guilford 1771-1871 by A. Earl Weatherly 1972. Guliford is in North Carolina. $20.00
BBK5 Fiftieth Philatelic Congress Book 1984. This book contains an important Confederate article by Stefan J. Jaronski "The Postal History of the Army of Northern Virginia." $20.00
BBK6 Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages by Benjamin Wishnietsky 1991. Hardcover signed by the author. $35.00
BBK6A Confederate Patriotic Covers and Their Usages by Benjamin Wishnietsky 1991. Softcover. $15.00
BBK7 Confederate Post Offices, Postmasters and Postmarks of the Trans-Mississippi Department by Warren M. Sanders and Erin R. Gunter 2007. $50.00
BBK8 The George Walcott Collection of Used Civil War Patriotic Covers catalog compiled by Robert Laurence 1934 with prices realized. $50.00
BBK9 Prisoner's Mail from the American Civil War by Galen D. Harrison 1997. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $45.00
BBK10 Appletons' United States Postal Guide 1863 (Reprint 2001). Lists all the post offices in the USA during the Civil War including the seceded states. Also contains other information such as the laws and regulations in force at the time. $35.00
BBK11 Civil War Prisons and Their Covers by Earl Antrim 1961. $30.00
BBK12 Absolam Grimes Confederate Mail Runner 1926. An excellent read of the memoirs of a Missouri Confederate mail runner. $40.00
BBK13 Confederate States of Ameica Philatelic Subject Index and Bibliography 1862-1984 (Volume I) by Richard H. Byne 1986. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $25.00
BBK14 Confederate States of Ameica Philatelic Subject Index and Bibliography 1862-1999 (Volume II) by Richard H. Byne 2001. The second volume does not include items already cataloged in the first volume. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $25.00
BBK15 Comprehensive Catalog of Confederate Paper Money by Grover C. Criswell 1996. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $25.00
BBK16 A Guidebook of Southern States Currency (The Official Red Book) by Hugh Shull 2007. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. Spiral bound in excellent condition. $125.00
BBK17 The Civil War Day by Day - An Almanac 1861-1865 by E. B. Long with Barbara Long 1971. Paperback Edition 1987. $5.00
BBK18 The Railroads of the Confederacy by Robert C. Black III 1952. Paperback Edition Reprint 1987. $15.00
BBK19 Confederate and Southern States Bonds Second Edition by Grover C. Criswell 1979. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $50.00
BBK20 Collecting Confederate Paper Money Field Edition 2008 by Pierre Fricke. Conrad Bush's personal copy inscribed and signed by the author directly to Connie. $20.00
BBK21 The Organization of the Confederate Post Office Department at Montgomery by Peter A. Brannon 1960. $12.00
BBK22 Confederate Treasury Notes by Philip H. Chase 1947. $35.00
BBK23 The Types and Plates of the U. S. One Cent 1851-1857 by Stanley B. Ashbrook 1926. Paperback Monograph. $30.00
BBK24 Pictorial Treasury of U.S. Stamps 1974. Like new condition. $10.00
BBK25 The DK Collection of Southern Postmasters' Provisionals of the American Civil War Sale 1022 March 28, 2012. Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Hardbound Auction Catalog. Excellent reference book with hammer prices annotated in pencil for each lot by Connie Bush. $75.00
BBK26 Confederate Stamps, Old Letters and History by Raynor Hubbell  (undated but from the 1950's). Signed by the author. $15.00
BBK27 Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Hand-Book 1959 by August Dietz. Like new condition. $50.00
BBK28 Civil War Patriotic Covers Postally Used Featuring the Collection of Professor Jon E. Bishel. Large paperback Nutmeg Auction Catalog 2000.  Excellent reference with Prices Realized.. $15.00
BBK29 American Illustrated Cover Catalog  - The Collection of John R. Biddle. Large paperback Phillips Auction Catalog 1981 with Prices realized. $15.00
BBK30 Autographs of the Confederacy compiled by Michael Reese II. First Edition 1981. $45.00
BBK31 Confederate Arms by William A. Albaugh III and Edward N. Simmons 1957. Handbook of Confederate firearms, edged weapons, and accoutrements. $20.00
BBK32 The International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Philately by R. Scott Carlton.1997. $25.00
BBK33 The New Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Handbook by Hubert C. Skinner, Erin R. Gunter, and Warren H. Sanders 1986. Original deluxe edition with padded cover and slipcase signed by the three editors and two publishers (all are now deceased) No. 143 of 300. New condition never been used. $75.00
BBK34 Sanitary Fairs - A Philatelic and Historical Study of Civil War Benevolences by Alvin Robert Kantor and Marjorie Sered Kantor 1992. Like new condition. $45.00
BBK35 Confederate Postal History - An Anthology from "The Stamp Specialist" edited by Francis J. Crown., Jr.1976. $35.00
BBK36 A Lifetime of Collecting Confederate States of America Postal History by James L. D. Monroe 2009. $40.00
BBK37 American Illustrated Letter Stationery 1819-1899 by James W. Milgram MD. $45.00
BBK38 Classic United States Imperforate Stamps (Linn's Handbook Series) by Jon Rose 1990. Softcover. $10.00
BBK39 The Rush 1847 Cover Sale 912 May 13, 2006. Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc. Hardbound Auction Catalog. $20.00
BBK40 Who Was Who in the Union by Stewart Sifakis 1988. Softcover. $15.00
BBK41 Who Was Who in the Confederacy by Stewart Sifakis 1988. Softcover. $10.00
BBK42 John Leonard Riddell Scientist-Inventor Melter and Refiner of the New Orleans Mint 1839-1848 Postmaster of New Orleans 1859-1862 by Karlem Riess 1977. Paperback. $10.00
BBK43 Confederate Patriotic Covers Including a Check list of All Known Designs by Van Dyk MacBride 1943. Softcover. $10.00

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