||CSA #6 (margin just in at the right) tied to small piece by a full strike of the Pensacola, Fla CDS 22 MAY (1862). The postmark is dated 12 days after the fall of
Pensacola to the Union and represents an example of the Pensacola Evacuation postmark.
The Pensacola postmaster evacuated north with the Confederate Army
toward Pollard, Ala when the city fell to the Union and took his
postmarking device with him. He serviced army mail only for a very
period of time in late MAY 1862 along the evacuation route. Refer to
Page 202 of the Collector’s
Guide to Confederate Philately Second Edition
for more information on the Pensacola and Warrington postmarks found on
Military Mail after the Union occupation of those towns. There are
currently only four recorded Pensacola evacuation full covers and are
dated 20, 24, 25, 28 MAY
1862. This example dated 25 MAY (1862) is currently believed to be the
only example of the Pensacola Evacuation postmark on a stamp that is
not on a full cover and the only example on a Typograph stamp. But it is possble that other examples could exist
that are not as yet identified. PF Certificate 1984.