Sometimes we can never really know exactly why letters were handcarried. We can only speculate that many people in the South considered handcarried service to be safer, faster and more reliable than the regular postal service.

11-STARS ***

Handcarried item to Blountsville, Alabama. The adhesive on the cover is not a postage stamp but a "Patriotic Sticker" used simply to express support for the Confederacy. (CSA Certificate #580.)

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