CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA

STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY

Introduction to Confederate States
Stamps and Postal History

Many of you who are browsing the philatelic web while being experienced collectors may nevertheless be new to Confederate collecting.

In 1996, I wrote a pamphlet titled "Introduction to Confederate States Stamps and Postal History" to help collectors get started in the field. My thanks to John Hotchner for giving my little pamphlet an excellent review in the Philatelic Exhibitor magazine in early 1997. Since then, the pamphlet has been rewritten into an illustrated magazine article which appeared in the January 1999 issue of Scott's Stamp Monthly. Presented here is the full article with illustrations. This article is aimed specifically at the beginning CSA Collector, but even the most advanced collector may find it to be useful. Just click on the title to bring up the document and feel free to print it out (9-10 pages depending on your browser) for later use.

-- Introduction to CSA Stamps and Postal History --

Ever since the above pamphlet was written and then expanded into the larger article, collectors have been asking for a full book size Introduction to Confederate Philately. We have listened to the collectors and are happy to announce that after 5 years of research and 1 year of actual writing our new book Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately was published in 2002.

The Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately Color Companion volume to the original Guidebook was published in 2003.

These two books were phenomenally successful and are now sold out and out-of-print. But they can still be obtained occasionally on the secondary market.

UPDATE -- 11 FEB 2012 -- The decision was made some time ago that a second edition of the Guidebook would be published as the demand appears to be there and is very real.  After over one year of work and preparation, The Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately Second Edition is now finished and is ready to ship. The new second edition is a complete revision of the original book with updated and added new material and is a full 100 pages longer. The original edition was Black & White and soft cover spiral bound with approximately 550 illustrations. The second edition is a formal hardbound book in full color on glossy paper with over 750 illustrations. Please use the Guidebook Order Form if you wish to order the book or click the link immediately below for more information. Price of the new Second Edition is $95.00 postpaid anywhere within the USA by Media Mail. For shipping outside the USA, please contact me by E-Mail JLKCSA@aol.com for shipping information and costs.

4 JUN 2012 -- NAPEX 2012 -- Gold Medal and Grand Award

-- Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately --

Enlarged illustrations of the 14 major Confederate General Issue Stamps are presented below. Included are the images of the 1929 Dietz Die Proofs as well as images of the genuine stamps themselves for reference purposes only.

Included with the images are all the pertinent facts about each stamp. These "Stamp Facts" are courtesy of Conrad L. Bush. The "Stamp Facts" (#1, #2, #3, #11, #12, #14) were recently updated (10 DEC 2001) with regard to the largest known unused multiples using information contained in the Robert A. Siegel Auction Catalog for Sale #840 (The Hall Collection Confederate States). The large multiples that were part of this collection had not been seen in many years and in some cases were not known to exist until the collection was made available for sale.

Just click on the Scott Number to bring up the images with the "Stamp Facts" and use the back button to return to this page. These "Stamp Facts" can also be accessed within the "Introduction" article above. Please be advised that these scans (especially of the rare strips) are the property of myself and Conrad L. Bush and are not to be downloaded and used without our permission.

CSA General Issue Stamps

CSA #1
CSA #2
CSA #3
CSA #4
CSA #5
CSA #6
CSA #7
CSA #8
CSA #9
CSA #10
CSA #11
CSA #12
CSA #13
CSA #14
CSA #11 and CSA #12 Color Shades
Strip of 4 of the Frame-Line Stamp from the Bush Collection
Strip of 4 of the 2c Green with Color Dot from the Bush Collection

My very first Confederate Cover from the Kimbrough Collection
Robert E. Lee Cover and Photograph from the Kimbrough Collection
Jefferson Davis Executive Dept Cover from the Royster Collection

Listed below are 22 articles which I wrote. I hope they will be of interest to both beginning and advanced CSA Collectors (JLK).

  1. -- CSA Stamp Printing Methods and a Short History
    We have prepared thanks to the research of Conrad Bush a summary of the three methods used to print the Confederate stamps (Stone Lithography, Typography, Intaglio) with a short history of how these stamps were created.

  2. -- "Seguin, Texas, June 4, 1865: Latest Known Legitimate Confederate Postal Usage"
    The May-Jun 1995 issue of the Confederate Philatelist journal contains an article that I wrote concerning the discovery of a Texas cover holding the distinction of being the latest known Confederate cover. (Update 5/4/2008 -- as of this date, this cover still holds that distinction as to my knowledge a cover dated later than 6/4/1865 with CSA postal usage from Texas or anywhere else has not as yet been confirmed -- JLK.)

  3. -- "A Prisoner's Story"
    The Jan-Feb 1997 issue of the Confederate Philatelist journal contains an article that I wrote concerning an important new find of a CSA POW Correspondence between a prisoner at Fort Delaware and his wife in Hillsville, Va. The photos of seven of the covers originally published with the article are now available for viewing on-line within the document. The correspondence was shown as a one-frame exhibit at the Confederate Stamp Alliance (CSA) Annual Convention at ROMPEX '97 and was the winner of the CSA "Trustee's Trophy" award.

  4. -- "A Prisoner's Story Revisited"
    Since "A Prisoner's Story" was initially published in early 1997, four additional covers in the Smith POW Correspondence have been discovered. This followup article with pictures of the four newly discovered covers was published in the Mar-Apr 1999 issue of the Confederate Philatelist.

  5. -- "Through-The Lines West Tennessee to North Carolina"
    How important is it to keep the original letters with the CSA Covers and not separate the two? Read this report written only for this website and find out. The letter by documenting details of the cover's usage turns a very ordinary looking cover into one of significance.

  6. -- "A Strange Premonition"
    This article which I wrote appears in the Nov-Dec 2000 issue of the Confederate Philatelist. It tells the story of a premature announcement of Gen Patrick Cleburne's death found in a newspaper clipping within a Mobile, Ala CSA cover dated 19 SEP 1864.

  7. -- "New Earliest Known Usage for the 5c Blue Lithograph Stone 2"
    Another article which I wrote reports on a new discovery earliest known usage (EKU) for the CSA #4 Stone 2 stamp and appeared in the Mar-Apr 2003 issue of the Confederate Philatelist.

  8. --"Transatlantic CSA Patriotic Covers"
    In 2003 and in 2006, two covers were discovered which traveled from Georgia to England in the Spring of 1861 and which are currently the only known examples of Confederate Patriotic Covers used in the Confederate Period to a foreign country. Read about this important find in an article I wrote which appeared in the July-September 2006 issue of the Confederate Philatelist.

  9. --"Jefferson Davis Death Mask Cover"
    This well known unique item of CSA Postal History was first noted in 1946. August Dietz included it in his 1959 Catalog and it also appears in the 1986 New Dietz Catalog as "A Prounouced Freak." Read the story behind this exceptional cover which appeared in the Apr-Jun 2008 issue of the Confederate Philatelist.

  10. --"Confederate Missouri"
    Read the story behind a very scarce cover of Confederate Missouri Military Postal History from a soldier in the 16th Missouri Infantry Confederate to another soldier in the 2nd Texas Cavalry Partison Rangers. This article appeared in the Apr-Jun 2009 issue of the Confederate Philatelist.

  11. --"The General Issue Stamps of the Confederate States of America" This article appeared in the October 2011 issue of the British philatelic magazine Stanley Gibbons Monthly and gives a capsule history of each of the CSA General Issue Stamps. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  12.  --"Civilian Through-the-Lines Mail Accepted and Rejected -- An Overview" This first part of this article appeared in the Oct-Dec 2011 issue of the Confederate Philatelist and the second part in the Apr-Jun 2012 issue. Read the complete article here. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  13. --"Eagle Furnace, Tennessee -- The Clack Estate" This article appeared in the Apr-Jun 2012 issue of the Confederate Philatelist. Read abount what is believed to be the only recorded CSA cover from Eagle Furnace, Tennessee found in the estate of Private William R. Clack of Co B 43rd Tennessee Infantry. -- 9 JUN 2013 -- Updated with additional information. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  14. --"The De La Rue Stamps of the Confederacy" This article appeared in the October 2012 issue of the British magazine Stanley Gibbons Monthly and tells the story of the Confederate stamps printed in London, England. This article was adapted from the award winning book Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately Second Edition. The book can only be ordered from this website. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  15. --"Andersonville - Letter to Union Colonel William H. Noble, A Prisoner at Andersonville" This article appeared in the Jan-Mar 2013 issue of the Confederate Philatelist. Read the story of the highest ranking Union officer held at Andersonville and the newly discovered through-the-lines postal route through Union Jacksonville, Florida and Confederate Lake City, Florida. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  16. --"The Gray Ghost: A Prisoner of War Cover -- John Singleton Mosby's Famed Partisan Rangers" This article appeared in the March 2013 issue of the American Stamp Dealer & Collector magazine. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  17. --"Confederate States of America -- The 10c and 2c Altered Plates" This article appeared in the November 2013 issue of the British magazine Stanley Gibbons Monthly and tells the story of the Altered Plates, an area of Confederate philately that is very often misunderstood. This article was adapted from the award winning book Collector's Guide to Confederate Philately Second Edition. The book can only be ordered from this website. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  18. --"Skirmish at Falmouth, Virginia April 1862" This article appeared in the 1st Quarter 2014 issue of the Confederate Philatelist about a cover with a letter containing a first person account of this action near Fredericksburg, Va. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  19. --"Confederate Provisional Stamps of New Orleans" This article appeared in the May 2015 issue of the British magazine Stanley Gibbons Monthly and gives an overview of the New Orleans provisional stamps and the fakes associated with these stamps. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  20. --"A May 20, 1865, Grenada, Mississippi Cover and Letter" This article appeared in the Second Quarter 2016 issue of the Confederate Philatelist and is a report of a newly discovered latest known Confederate use of a General Issue stamp East of the Mississippi River. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  21.  --"CSAAS: Tye River Warehouse, Virginia" This article appeared in the Fourth Quarter 2017 issue of the Confederate Philatelist and is a report of a cover that came through the Authentication Service that was listed in the CSA ctalog for many decades as Confederate but was found to be pre-war instead. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

  22.  --"Stampless Provisional Covers Having Charge Box or Similar Notations" Co-Authored with Steven M. Roth. This article appeared in the Second Quarter 2018 issue of the Confederate Philatelist and is an important about a topic that caused great confusion in the new 2012 CSA catalog. This article is in .pdf format and requires Adobe Acrobat to open and read.

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