CONFEDERATE POSTAL HISTORY
PART 6

VIRGINIA -- Part II

New Covers Added 20 JUL 2024

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VA3106

CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) Pen-Canceled and the BLUE Fancy Hill, VA CDS in the left upper corner 3 FEB. Address a little faded but still legible to Thomas C. Watson Jr, Pittsylvania Ct House, Virginia. The Watson family owned a large plantation in Pittsylvania County. Very clean cover.
$125.00
VA3107

CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS 24 JAN. Coarse borwn paper cover obviously homemade with a bit of an odd shape. Small but complete cover addressed to Mrs. Mary H. Tabb, Mathews C(ourt) H(ouse), Mathews County, Va. Very clean cover. Mathews County is located in the Hampton Roads area on the middle peninsula north of Norfolk. Not much Confederate mail is known either into or out of Mathews County because of its location and proximity to the Union Army. Very clean cover. $100.00
VA3109

CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by the BLUE New London, Va balloon CDS 12 NOV (1863). Light coarse brown paper cover with lengthy Military Address to "Mr. Bluford Creasy to the care of Capt O W Spriggs Co D 42 Reg Va Vol 2 Brigade first division major g Johnson commanding, Culpeper Court House, Virginia." Clean Cover.

Bluford (Buford) Creasy enlisted as a private in Co D 42nd Va Inf 5/31/1861. He was hospitalized twice in 1861 for disease and is listed as AWOL 11/15/1861 at Huntersville, Va. He was arrested and returned to his unit 2/12/1862 and detailed as a teamster. He was wounded at Fisher's Hill (Va) 9/22/1864 losing his right eye. Listed as absent 10/31/1864 with no further record.

Oscar W. Spriggs enlisted as a private in Co D 42nd Va Inf 5/31/1861. He was soon promoted 1st Sergt and then commissioned Lieut in December 1861 and promoted Capt in December 1862. He is listed as captured as a POW at Spotsylvania Court House (Va) and confined at Fort Delaware until his Oath of Allegiance and release 6/16/1865.
$150.00
VA3113

CSA #12c (AD) Greenish-Blue (margin touches at the left) tied by the Scottsville, Va CDS 2 DEC. Full Military Address to Mr. Skipwith Wilmer, Signal Corps, Johnson's Division, 2nd Army Corps, Army Northern Va, Richmond (Va). Part of top back flap missing, otherwise a very clean cover.

Skipwith Wilmer (1843-1901) served in the Confederate Army in the CS Signal Corps first as a Sergeant until commissioned 2nd Lieut 2/19/1864. After the war, he practiced law in Baltimore. His father, Rev Dr. Wilmer, was the Protestant Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana.
$150.00
VA3115

CSA #1 Stone 2 (not plated) (4-Margin with a little gum toning) tied by the samll single rim Gordonsville VA CDS 13 MAY (1862). Small but complete commercially made cover addressed to the Mr. Andrew Hoke, Newton NC. Minor reduction at the left where opened. Very clean cover.

According to the Census of 1860, Andrew Hoke of Cawtaba County NC had a son, Julius Benton Hoke (1844-1933), serving as a private in Co A 12th NC Inf (an ANV unit). Pvt Hoke served the entire war with his unit from his enlistment on 4/27/1861 (prior to NC secession) through to the Appomattox surrrender 4/9/1865. Pvt Hoke was most likely the sender of this cover home to his father.
$150.00
VA3117

CSA #4 Stone 2 Position 43 (4-Margin with some edge gum toning and a pre-affixing crease at the lower left) tied by the BLUE Danville, Va CDS 26 JUN  (1862). Addressed to Mrs. Mary D. Corbin, Amherst Ct H., Virginia. $125.00
VA3129


Turned Cover -
First Use: Pre-war USA #25 pen-canceled and the manuscript postal marking at the left upper corner "Waverly Station Va Feby 5th 1859." Addressed to John N. Bain Esqr, Wakefield Station, Va. Both Waverly Station and Wakefield Station in Sussex County were pre-war stops on the Norfolk and Petersburg Railroad. Most of this railroad was captured and used by the Union at various times during the war.

Second Use: CSA #7 Horz Pair (margins just in at top center and at the right lower corner) pen-canceled and the postal marking to the left which ties the stamps "Wakefield Va Mar 25th." Addressed to Mr Henry B. Coker, Edwards Depot, Miss. Edwards Depot in Hind County, Mississippi, was a stop on the Alabama and Vicksburg Railroad.

Coarse brown paper cover which is complete and very clean. It has not been cut for display but has instead been completely unfolded. Minor fold reinforcements with archival tape. Notation on the reverse signed by Brian Green but he misidentifies the the USA stamp as a #26. The stamp is the Type I USA #25.
$250.00
VA3134

CSA #7 Horz Pair affixed on the reverse to seal the back flap (some damage to the stamps) tied by a partial strike of the Floyd C H, Va CDS with a second strike of the same CDS on the face of the cover dated 16 FEB (1864). Military Address to Dr. T. Henry Howard, 14th Regt Va Inf, Barton's Brigade, Picketts Division, Kinston NC. Turned Cover with an inside use handcarried outside the postal system with the same military address. Clean cover.

Thomas Henry Howard (1834-1910) was commissioned Asst Surgeon of the 14th Va Inf  12/15/1863 and transferred to the 30th Va Inf 5 /24/1864. After the war, he lived in Floyd County, Virginia.
$150.00 
VA3138

CSA #4 Over Inked Dark Blue Stone 2 Position 37 (4-Margin) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3b (broken "N" of "JUN") 12 JUN 1862. Dark brown coarse paper cover addressed to Dr. John A. Barksdale, Laurens C(ourt) H(ouse), So. Ca. Very clean cover and a beautiful stamp. $225.00
VA3139

CSA #7 Horz Pair (large clip at the bottom left of the left stamp) pen-canceled and the manuscript postal marking at the left "Greenway Va Apr 29 1863." Addressed to Dr. I. L. Twyman, Buckingham C(ourt) H(ouse), Virginia. The cover is obviously period, and the addressee was a real varifiable person. But the problem is that there is no town in Virginia named "Greenway" that had a listed post office during the Civil War. "Greenway" does not appear on any list of CSA or Union Virginia post offices in 1862. A collector has informed me that Greenway, Virginia, is listed in the VPHS catalog (Virginia Postal History Society) as having a manuscript postal marking. This cover is the listing cover for the VPHS manuscript used in April 1863. There is also a second different manuscript listed for Greenway in August 1864. The VPHS identifies Greenway as being located in Nelson County. So there must have been a functioning CSA post office named "Greenway" at that location in Nelson County even though it appears on no official lists of post offices. Greenway in Nelson County, Virginia, is identified today as only a small unincorporated area. Cover is complete with just a little light foxing. $150.00
VA3140

CSA #7 Pair (4-Margin) barely tied at the top by the small single rim Whitlock, Va CDS (very scarce Virginia postmark from Halifax County) 26 DEC. Somewhat faded but legible Military Address to Lieut A. Whitlock Hoge, Ringgold Battery, Ransom's Division, Dublin Depot, Va, V T RR (Virginia & Tennessee Railroad).  Instruction at lower left "PM at Dublin please forward." Edge wear, a little light soiling, and top back flap missing. But a rarely seen Virginia postmark. Ex- Scott Gallagher.

Achilles Whitlock Hoge (1846-1864) enlisted as a private in Co G 20th Va Inf  5/26/1861 at the age of 14. He was discharged 9/19/1861. He entered service again 2/15/1862 as a Lieutenant in Co B 13th Va Battalion Light Artillery (Ringgold's Battery). He was killed in action at Cloyd's Mountain (Va) 5/9/1864. His older brother Private Moses Hoge (1833-1864) in the same unit was killed in the same action.
$200.00
VA3141

CSA #7 two singles (margins tight) tied together and to the cover by an escellent strike of the VIOLET Lynchburg, Va CDS 17 JUN (1863). Addressed to John A. Langhorne, Shawsville, Montgomery County, Va. Very clean cover.

The addressee, John Archer Langhorne, was the father of Pvt Jacob Kent Langhorne (1845-1863) of Co B 2nd Va Cav. Private Langhorne attended VMI 1862-1863 but dropped out of school to enlist in February 1863. He is listed as mortally wounded at Brandy Station, Va 6/9/1863 (his first and only engagement and the largest cavalry battle of the war) and died a few days later. He is buried at the Crocker-Kent Cemetery near Shawsville, Va. Cover was sent some days after his death, so Pvt Langhorne could not have sent the cover. But perhaps the cover contained a letter from a friend informing the father of his son's death. Not possible to know for sure since there is no enclosure.
$200.00
VA3143

CSA #11 (AD) Light Blue (4-Margin) tied by a partial strike of the small double circle BLUE Charlottesville, Va CDS (date not fully apparent). Small lady's type cover addressed to Miss M. L. Harris, Cartersville, Cumberland, Va. Very clean cover with a missing top back flap. $75.00
VA3144

CSA #11 (AD) (stamp is 4-Margin with a little edge gum toning and a spectacular Short Transfer where the right side of the stamp is only partially printed) tied by the small double circle BLACK Charlottesville, Va CDS 20 Jun 1864. Blue paper commercially made cover with embossed flowers on the back flap addressed to Mrs. W. S. Martin, Linksville, Rockingham Co, N. Carolina. Very Fine.

The cover was sent by William Sydnor Martin (1833-1908) home to his wife. On the Federal Census of 1860, he is listed as a Medical Student living in Leaksville NC with his wife. He was serving in the ranks as a Quartermaster Sergeant for the 45th NC Inf at the time of this cover.
$225.00
VA3146

CSA #7 two overlapping singles (margins irregular) pen-canceled and the postal manuscript "Rep(ublican) Grove (Va) Feby 9 / 64" at the left. Addressed to Miss R. E. W. Carndale, Providence PO, Halifax Co., Va. Republican Grove is a very obscure listed CSA post office in Halifax County. Republican Grove still exists today but is defined only as a "Populated Area" and no longer has its own post office. This cover is reportedly the listing cover for Republican Grove that appears in the VPHS (Virginia Postal History Society) catalog. Republican Grove is not listed in the CSA catalog. The cover shows wear and some soiling but is still quite presentable. This cover may very possibly be one of the very few if not the only remaining cover from this obscure post office.

This is also a Turned Cover with an inside use (stamp missing) with the Richmond, Va CDS 10 NOV 1862 addressed to Miss Mary J. Chasm, Mount Airy, Pittsylvania Co., Va.
$150.00
VA3147

CSA #1 Stone 1 Position 3 (4-Margin) tied by the RED Smithfield, Va CDS with an APR 1862 date. From the Hamilton Correspondence addressed to Mrs. D. H. Hamilton Jr, Hillsboro NC. The cover was sent by Major D. H. Hamilton Jr of the 3rd NC Inf home to his wife. Back flap opening tears and a small sealed edge tear at top center. 

Daniel Heyward Hamilton Jr (1838-1908), a graduate of The Citadel, was originally from Charleston SC. When the war began, he was an instructor at the Hillsboro NC Military Academy. On 5/26/1861, he was commissioned Major in the 3rd NC Volunteers. From May 1861 until April 1862, the regiment was assigned to the Department of Norfolk and remained in the Norfolk, Va area. Major Hamilton was discharged from the service on 4/26/1862 during the army reorganization when he was defeated for re-election in the regiment. He later served for a time in the 1st SC Infantry, a regiment commanded by his father Col D. H. Hamilton Sr. Major Hamilton was wounded at Boteler's Ford 9/20/1862 which ended his field service. At the end of the war, he was serving as Provost Marshall at Columbia SC. After the war, he made his home in Hillsboro NC. The 3rd NC Volunteers was redesignated as the 13th NC Infantry on 14 NOV 1861 and saw distinguished service for the remainder of the war as part of the ANV. 
$225.00
VA3149

CSA #1 (two singles) (both stamps are 4-Margin and are affixed upside down with respect to each other) (both stamps are the same Light Green color and come from the same sheet. The left stamp is Stone 1 Position 45. The right stamp is Stone 1 but not able to plate it to a position. The stamps are pen-cancelled, and the matching manuscript "Ruther Glen Va Aug 30" is at the left. Addressed to Robert W. Adams, Richmond City, Va. Very Fine. $250.00
VA3153

Stampless Paid cover with the small double circle Norfolk, Va CDS with handstamp PAID 5 Type D all in BLUE 26 AUG 1861. Addressed to S. Barton, Bartonsville NC. Orange paper cover with a top back flap opening tear, otherwise Very Fine. $175.00
VA3154

CSA #6 Horz Pair (just touches along the top and the stamps are affixed upside down) tied by the BLACK Lynchburg, Va CDS 18 MAY. Semi-OfficialI imprinted cover "Confederate States of America, War Department, Nitre and Mining Bureau, Official Business" (CC Catalog Type WD-NM-06). Addressed to W. F. James Esq, Youngs Store PO, Franklin Cy (Va). Minor foxing, otherwise Very Fine. $500.00
VA3158

Official imprinted cover "Confederate States of America, Post Office Department Official Business, Chief of the Appointment Bureau" Type APP-06 but unsigned. Cover was handcarried outside the postal system addressed locally to Hon G. W. Munford, Sec(retary) of Commonwealth. A little period ink smearing in the address, otherwise a clean cover. Ex-Billy Matz. $150.00
VA3162


Two Covers -- Same Correspondence (Lieut Albert Davidson, Virginia Letcher Light Artillery)

First Cover -- Stampless cover with a partial strike of the small single rim Guineys, Va CDS (date not apparent). The small Guineys postmark is not often seen and was used only in 1862. No PAID or DUE mark which is cataloged as Type Pk in the new CSA Catalog. Light pencil manuscript right upper corner "April 1862" which appears to be period receiving docketing which dates the cover. Presumably sent as a "Due" as there is a military endorsement at the upper left "A. Davidson Letcher L(ight) Artillery." Addressed to Mrs. J. D. Davidson, Lexington, Va. Very clean coarse brown paper cover.

Second Cover -- Stampless Paid cover with the small single rim Dublin, Va CDS and handstamp PAID (no rate) Type A 22 MAR (1863). Addressed to Miss Mary Davidson Care of J. D. Davidson Esq, Lexington, Va with routing instruction at lower left "via Bonsacks." Light pencil manuscript at the bottom right "Mar 22, 1863" which appears to be period receiving docketing which dates the cover. Minor reduction on the right, otherwise Very Fine. Prior collector's handstamp on the back flap "J. P. Smyth 512 E North Ave."

Albert L. Davidson (1841-1865) began service as a Sergt in Co D 10th Va Cav 5/15/1861. The company was disbanded 10/15/1861. He then mustered into the Virginia Letcher Light Artillery 3/1/1862 and was commissioned as a Lieut and assigned to the Camp of Instruction at Dublin, Va. The only other listing in his record is that he was wounded 4/3/1865 while attempting to arrest deserters. He died in 1865, but cause of death not given. May have been secondary to wounds received in April 1865. He is buried in Lexington, Va. The inscription on the gravestone is "Lieut. & Adj., C.S.A." One borther, Greenlee Davidson (Capt Letcher's Va Light Art), was killed at Chancellorsville. Another brother, Frederick Davidson (Pvt Rockbridge Rifles Co B 5th Va Inf), was killed at First Manassas. Another brother, Charles Andrew Davidson (1839-1879), was Capt of Co E 1st Va Inf Batt. And a fourth brother, William W. Davidson (1844-1869) was a Lieut in Co I 26th Va Inf Batt. The first cover is addressed to Lieut Davidson's mother. The second cover is addressed to his sister in care of his father. The handwriting appears to be just somewhat different on the two covers. It is possible that the second cover may have been sent by one of the brothers.
$225.00
Two
Covers
VA3166

Stampless Paid cover with the small single rim Franklin Depot, Va (Southampton County) CDS and handstamp PAID 5 Type A all in BLUE 31 DEC 1861. Franklin Depot was an important Confederate supply station on the Seaboard & Roanoke Railroad which ran from Portsmouth, Va to the Roanoke River in North Carolina. Orange paper cover from the Pettigrew correspondence addressed to William S. Pettigrew Esq, Raleigh, No. Ca. Period receiving docketing at the left indicates that the cover was from Charles L. Pettigrew, a brother of the addressee. Very Fine. Ex-Bogg.

The addressee, William Shepard Pettigrew (1818-1881), was the brother of famed CSA General James Johnston Pettigrew who commanded a division during Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg and was killed a few days later during the retreat from Gettysburg. During the war, William S. Pettigrew operated the family's plantations in North Carolina and was later ordained an Episcopal minister in 1869. Charles Lockhart Pettigrew (1816-1873), the oldest Pettigrew brother, operated a plantation known as Bonarva located on Lake Phelps in North Carolina.
$150.00
VA3168

Stampless Paid cover with the Churchland, Va (Norfolk County) CDS 24 DEC (1861) and handstamp PAID 10 Type C all in RED (double rate over 500 miles). Addressed to Mrs. Jno R. Binion, Island Creek PO, Hancock (County), Ga. Minor reduction on the left where opened, otherwise Very Fine.

The addressee appears to be the wife of Captain John Robert Binion (1819-1887) a wealthy planter of Hancock County, Georgia who lived in Island Creek. There are references to his being an officer in the Confederate Army, but there is no record of a John R. Binion having served in the Confederate Army. So the rank that he is listed with was either a state rank or a prior rank or honorary rank not related to the Confederate Army. And he had no sons of an age to have served in the army. So the sender of the cover is not identified.
$150.00
VA3169

Stampless Paid cover with the Danville, Va CDS and handstamp PAID 5 Type G 12 JUL (1861). Addressed to Mr. Thomas C. Williams Care Patteson Z. Williams, Richmond, Va. Very clean cover. $125.00
VA3172

CSA #7 Horz Pair (margin just touches at lower left) tied by a partial strike of the New Market, Va CDS (date not apparent). Addressed to Surgeon J. W. Tracey (name is mispelled in the address as should be “Tracy”), Hospital No 7, Raleigh NC.Very clean orange paper cover with a small sealed edge tear at the upper left and sealed back flap opening tears.

The addressee was Dr. James Wright Tracy (1819-1896), a very prominent North Carolina physician and a signer of the North Carolina Ordinance of Secession, was at the time of this cover the surgeon at the Fair Ground Hospital in Raleigh (Hospital #7) which was a military hospital for North Carolina soldiers. Cover must date after April 1864 as that was when Dr. Tracy was transferred to Raleigh. Dr. Tracy started the war as the Asst Surgeon for the 37th NC Inf and was later the Surgeon of the 14th NC Inf. Period notation at upper left “Shaffner” probably refers to the sender as the records list a John Francis Shaffner (1838-1908), another very prominent North Carolina physician, as an Asst Surgeon and Surgeon in the Confederate Army who served in various NC regiments. In mid 1864, Dr. Shaffner was the Surgeon of the 4th NC Inf which was assigned to the Valley District in the area of New Market, Va which fits a mid 1864 date for this cover. Dr. James Wright Tracy was featured in an article in the March 2009 issue of the ASD&C magazine by Patricia A. Kaufmann in which this cover was used as an illustration.
$275.00
VA3174

Official Imprinted Cover "Confederate States of America, General Post Office Department, Auditor's Office (CC AUD-07a) and the B. Baker signature. Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2a 31 OCT 1861 with handstamp FREE Type AA. The postmark is placed over the signature. Addressed to Daniel Wine Esq, Sangerville, Augusta Co., Va. The addressee was the Sangerville postmaster. The current CSA catalog listing for this imprint subtype is marked as "unsupported" with an unknown type of envelope and is unpriced. This cover was previously reported as the only known example of this imprint subtype, but I am unable to confirm that statement. This cover is a regular commercial envelope, and the cover certainly supports the listing. Ex-Brian Green, Ex-John Hill. Very Fine. $650.00
VA3177

CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin with just a little very light toning) tied by a partial strike of the Orange CH, Va CDS 9 SEP. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to H. J. Spicer Esq, Trap Hill, Wilkes Co., NC. Clean and complete cover. $100.00
VA3178

CSA #4a Dark Blue Stone 2 Position 6 (margin just in at the right and with a random inked printing flaw in the "S" of "POSTAGE") tied by the Richmond, Va (1862 date not fully apparent). Addressed to Miss Trittie A. Bush, Burnt Ordinary, Va. Back flap opening tears, otherwise a very clean cover. $175.00
VA3184

CSA #6 Single Use Prior to the Rate Change (just barely touches left at top) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3b (broken “N” of “JUN”) 23 JUN 1862. Overall Green Advertising Cover for Harvey, Armistead & Williams Tobacco Exchange Building Wholesale Grocers and Commission Merchants Virginia St, Richmond, Va. Addressed to B. Friend Esqr, Drakes Branch, Charlotte County, Va. Very Fine. $750.00
VA3186

CSA #1 Stone 1 (not plated) tied by the usual weak strike of the Fredericksburg, Va PAID CDS 8 DEC (1861). Addressed to R. H. Chowning Esq, Hagen, Va. Very clean cover. $250.00
VA3187

CSA #2 Paterson Stone Y (4-Margin corner crease upper left) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3g (broken "O' in "OCT") 17 OCT 1862. Addressed to James Hemphill Esqr, Chester CH, So. Ca. The addressee, James Hemphill (1813-1902), was a prominent lawyer in the Chester District. Adversity Cover made from a printed boat schedule. Very clean cover.
$650.00
VA3190

Turned Cover - 1st Use (inside) CSA #1c Olive Green Stone A/B (good margins but just a little close at top center and bottom left) tied by a full strike of the BLUE large single rim Norfolk, Va CDS 26 NOV 1861. The inside use also has a colorless embossed advertising oval for the Citizen's Bank of Va in Norfolk. Addressed to R. Chapman Esquire, Cashier, Tarboro, N. Carolina. 2nd Use (outside) CSA #1 Stone 2 Position 38. Addressed to Messers A & J M Donnan, Petersburg, Virginia. Orange paper cover folded out and also flapped up from the left lower corner to display both stamps. Small very well done edge repair at the top left. Unsigned note on the reverse by Van Dyk MacBride. Ex-Tate.
$850.00
VA3191

TURNED COVER -- First Use (inside) manuscript "Earlysville (Va) April 15 (1863)" (obscure use from Albemarle County). The first use originally had a pair of CSA #7 stamps applied on the back to seal the back flap. These stamps have been partially torn away. Full Military Address to Mr. Joseph H. Phaup, Co C 18th Va Regt, Pickett's Division, Garnett's Brigade, Petersburg. For the Second Use (outside), the cover was refolded inside out and a Vertical Pair of CSA #7 stamps were applied on the back to seal the back flap. The stamps of the second use were placed over the remnants of the stamps from the first use. The second use stamps are tied by the BLUE Franklin Depot, Va CDS 6 MAY (1863). The second use is addressed to Mr. William Phaup, Skin Quarter PO, Chesterfield Co., Va. The cover has a little edge water staining but is intact and is very presentable showing excellent postal use.

The cover is dated shortly before Gettysburg. The 18th Va Inf, as part of Pickett's Division, fought at Gettysburg and was part of Pickett's Charge. The brigade commander mentioned in the address, Gen Garnett, was killed at Pickett's Charge. Joseph H. Phaup (1837-1895) is listed as a 23 year old farmer at the time of enlistment as a private in Co C on 4/23/1861. He is listed as wounded at Seven Pines 6/1/1862 but recovered. He was with his regiment at Gettysburg and is listed as wounded and captured as a POW at Pickett's Charge 7/3/1863. He survived and was paroled at David's Island NY 8/24/1863 and rejoined his unit. He was promoted 3rd Sergt on 4/1/1864 and still on the army rolls as late as 3/31/1865. The cover is an excellent historical item associated with a soldier wounded and captured at Pickett's Charge.
$500.00
VA3195

CSA #12c (AD) Greenish-Blue (4-Margin) with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 2 AUG 1863. Full Military Address to Lieut D. A. Timberlake Co G 4th Va Cavalry, Gen Fitz Lee's Brigade, Culpeper C. House, Va. Coarse brown paper cover which may be homemade. Very Fine.

David Algenon Timberlake (1833-1901) enlisted as a private in Co G 4th Va Cav 5/9/1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieut 4/25/1862 and promoted Capt 10/11/1863. He is listed as wounded at Fisher's Hill (Va) 10/9/1864 and hospitalized in Richmond returning to his unit 1/1/1865. He was paroled at Richmond 5/1/1865.

Fitzhugh Lee (1835-1905), a nephew of Robert E. Lee and an 1856 graduate of West Point, was a very prominent CSA cavalry general during the war. After the war, he was elected governor of Virginia in 1885 and was appointed later as consul-general in Havana in 1893 by President Grover Cleveland. When war with Spain broke out, he was commissioned Maj-Gen of Volunteers and served in the US Army until he retired in 1901.
$150.00
VA3196

CSA #4 Horz Pair Stone 2 Positions 27-28 (4-Margin) tied by the small single rim Churchville, Va CDS 2 AUG (1862) with a second strike of the same CDS to the right which also ties the stamps. Small but complete lady's type cover addressed to Miss Fannie Snyder, Ivy Depot, Albemarle County, Virginia. The address is a bit light but still very legible. The cover is otherwise Very Fine. $400.00
VA3198

USA #26 affixed sideways and prn-cancelled. Manuscript postal marklings top left "Fords (Depot) Va May15 / 61" USA Used in CSA Virginia. Addressed to Miss Norman E, Smithson, Macfarlands, Lunenberg Co., Va. Ford's Depot was a stop on the South Side Railroad in Dinwiddie County. Very clean cover and quite an obscure postal use. Ex-Thayer. $350.00
VA3199

CSA #2 Paterson Stone Y (margin in at the bottom left) tied by the BLUE Lynchburg, Va CDS 29 SEP. Coarse brown paper cover from the Bagby Correspondence addressed to Dr. Geo W. Bagby, Richmond, Virginia. Very clean cover.

George William Bagby (1828-1883) graduated with a MD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1846 and relocated to Lynchburg, Va. However, his real passion was literary as he edited the Lynchburg Express (newspaper) for three years and then edited the Southern Literary Messenger (magazine) in Richmond beginning in 1860. He became widely known as a writer, journalist, editor, lecturer (he very vigorously supported the Southern cause) and was considered as one of the last true Southern humorists. Although a physician, he enlisted as a private in Co A 11th Va Inf 4/25/1861 but only served a few months and was discharged 9/23/1861 for health reasons. He served later in Co F 3rd Va Battalion Reserves.
$250.00
VA3200

CSA #1 Stone 2 Position 16 (4-Margin) tied by the Yorktown, Va CDS 20 APR (1862). Coarse brown paper cover from the Blackford Correspondence addressed to Mrs. Mary B. Blackford, Box 6, Lynchburg, Virginia. Minor period stain at the upper right not affecting anything, otherwise a very clean cover.

The addressee, Mary Berkeley Blackford (1802-1896) was the wife of William Matthews Blackford  (1801-1864). The Blackford family was a very prominent Lynchburg family. She was the mother of five sons who all served in the Confederate Army and all survived the war. But the sender of this cover is not identified.
$200.00
VA3201

CSA #2 Paterson Stone Y (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3a 7 MAY 1862. Addressed to Miss Libbie Tuthill Care of Mr. Geo. A. Tuthill, Mobile, Alabama. George Augustus Tuthill (1807-1883) was a very wealthy Mobile cotton broker. Part of top back flap missing, otherwise Very Fine.
$350.00
VA3202

CSA #4 Stone 2 Position 46 (margins close at left and top and a light vertical pre-affixing crease) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS (date not fully apparent). Addressed to Mr. David L. Williams, Tawboro NC. The addressee was a very wealthy Edgecombe County planter. Handwritten patriotic verse on the face of the cover in pencil which may or may not be period. The verse is the same as is found on a number of CSA patriotic covers. Stand firmly by your cannon / Let ball and grapeshot fly / Trust in God and Davis / And keep your powder dry. Very clean cover. $250.00
VA3203

CSA #1 Stone 2 Position 47 (4-Margin but close in spots) tied by the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 21 JAN (1862). The stamp has a short horizontal streak at the lower left whcih appears to be a random printing stone flaw. Folded Letter (business) written on blue lined paper addressed to Dr. Sterling Neblett, Brickland, Lunenburg Co., Va. Very well done unobtrusive corner repair at the lower right to a very fine appearance. $200.00
VA3205

CSA #12d (AD) Dark Blue (4-Margin) tied by the RED-BROWN Lynchburg, Va CDS 26 MAR. Light coarse paper cover addressed to Sgt Jas. W. Rodden, Chalk Level, Virginia. Sgt James Wilson Rodden (1823-1900) had service in Co C 1st Va Artillery. Very clean cover. $200.00
VA3207

South-to-North Through-the-Line Civilian (non POW) Cover from Petersburg, Va. This is the inside envelope with the Union double ring Old Point Comfort, Va CDS 6 OCT (1863) with the Union circular DUE 6 handstamp to assess the Union postage as the cover was sent with the Union postage unpaid. The outer envelope which would have had the Confederate postage from Petersburg to the transfer point would have been discarded at the transfer point. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Miss Kittie Emmons, Kirkwood, Broome Co. N(ew) Y(ork). The original letter remains with the cover written by one George W. Emmons, a Pvt in Co C 12th Va Inf detailed as a hospital steward, to his sister in New York. In the one page letter, he informs his sister that he is about to be married to Fannie. Intact through-the-lines civilian covers, especially with the original letter, at this time (not POW covers) are quite scarce. Very Fine. Molesworth note on the back.

George W. Emmons (1836-1903) enlisted in Petersburg as a private in Co C 12th Va Inf 4/24/1861. He was detailed as a hospital steward in Norfolk, Va, 6/25/1862 and at the time of this letter was serving as a hospital steward in Petersburg, Va. He mentions in his letter to his sister in New York that he was still at the same hospital. He is listed as having deserted at Petersburg 12/28/1864, took the Oath of Allegiance, and made his way to New York where he lived out his life with his wife Fannie and family in Kirkwood, New York. (Broome County). 
$750.00
VA3208

CSA #1 Horz Pair Stone 1 (not plated) (margin close at bottom right and partial short transfers at the bottom corners of both stamps and a large random overinking flaw in "AMERICA" of the right stamp) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2b 24 DEC 1861 (Christmas Eve cover). Addressed to Col John B. Lamar, Macon, Geo. Period notation at lower left "If Col Lamar is not in town hand to Mrs. Whittle." Period receiving docketing at left in red which identifies the sender Dr. J. M. Green. Part of top back flap missing, and a small sealed edge tear at top center. Exceptionally clean cover.

John Basil Lamar (1812-1862), a Georgia politician and a wealthy Georgia planter, served as a staff officer (Voluntary ADC) to his brother-in-law Brig-Gen (later Maj-Gen) Howell Cobb. Col Lamar was mortally wounded at the Battle of Cramptons Gap (part of the Battle of South Mountain, Maryland) 9/15/1862 and died of his wounds the next day.
$400.00
VA3209

Stampless cover with the Fairfax, Va balloon CDS and manucript "Pd 5" 28 AUG (1861). Addressed to Miss Anna Isbell, Stone Wall Mills, Appoattox Co., Va. Hotel Adverstising Cover with a boxed printed corner card at the upper left "Piedmont House, Opposite Va. & Tenn. Railroad Depot, Lynchburg, VA. L. Wilkes, Proprietor." The Piedmont House was a riverfront hotel in Lynchburg and was gone by the late 1870's. Very Fine. $500.00
VA3212

Two Covers from the Randolph Correspondence (no contents) -- Both covers have CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin stamps) tied by two different Richmond, Va, postmarks. The first cover dated 29 AUG 1863 has a full Military Address to Capt M. L. Randolph, Signal Officer Gen Rodes’ Staff, Gen Ewell’s Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. The second cover dated 8 NOV is addressed to Miss Sarah Randolph Care of Thos. Jeff. Randolph Esqr, Keswick Depot, Albemarle Co., Va. Minor back flap opening tears, still a Very Fine pair of covers from a very prominent Virginia family. Ex-Randy Neil Exhibit. Covers will only be sold as a pair.

Meriwether Lewis Randolph (1845-1871) and Sarah Randolph (1839-1892) were brother and sister. Their father, Thomas Jefferson Randolph (1792-1875), was a grandson of Thomas Jefferson and the inheritor of Monticello. He was a very prominent Virginia planter and politician Their uncle was George Wyeth Randolph (1818-1867) CSA Secretary of War in 1862. Capt Meriwether Lewis Randolph served on the staffs of various CSA Generals including D. H. Hill, Rodes, Ramseur, and Grimes. He died at a young age of consumption (tuberculosis) and is buried at Monticello.
$750.00
Two
Covers
VA3213

CSA #12 (AD) (4-Margin and affixed at the upper left corner) tied by the Abingdon, Va CDS 20 MAR. Addressed to Mr. John H. Cook, New Market Depot G & C RR (Greenville and Columbia Railroad), Abbeville District, South Carolina. In manuscript at lower left “PM please forward by the Millway Carrier.”  The address and notations on the cover are just a bit light but are still perfectly legible. The cover is otherwise Very Fine.

This is also a Turned Cover with an inside use -- CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue tied by a partial strike of the large single rim Winchester, Va CDS (date not apparent). Addressed to Corpl J. P. Cook, Washington Hospital, Abingdon, Virginia. Corpl J. P. Cook served in Co G 2nd SC Cav which was with the ANV in 1863 and 1864. Could find no information on Corpl Cook as to why he was in the hospital, but he apparently used this cover that he received to send a letter home to his father by way of the Millway Carrier.

The “Millway Carrier” notation has always been somewhat of a mystery. Even though the cover originates in Virginia, the mark is associated with the Millway SC post office. Pre-war and CSA covers are both known with the “Millway Carrier” notation. “Millway” was also the name of a plantation in that area. Noted CSA Philatelist Dick Krieger wrote a two-part article on the “Millway Carrier” notation which appeared in the May-June and July-August 1988 issues of the Confederate Philatelist. In his article, he outlines the very confusing mail routes in the Millway region of the Abbeville District and points out that the “Millway Carrier” notation is seen only on covers addressed to New Market SC. New Market was a depot on the Greenville and Columbia Railroad some 15-20 miles distant from Millway. Neither New Market nor Millway appear on a current map of South Carolina. He further concluded that the notation was a routing instruction applied by the sender to make certain that the letters were carried on to Millway by the official government mail routes. In other words, this was not a private carrier service. There has been some speculation among SC Postal Historians that a slave from the plantation may have been used at least part of the time to bring the mail from New Market to Millway, but this remains as speculation and has not been proven.
$500.00
VA3214

Turned Cover -- 2nd Use (outside) CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by two strikes of the greasy GREEN Lynchburg, Va CDS (date not fully apparent). Coarse brown paper cover whcih appears to be homemade addressed to Messers Coons & Morris, Amherst Court H(ouse), Amherst Co., Va. Notation at the top "From J. E. Caldwell. 1st Use (inside) CSA #7 (2 singles) tied by the small double circle Knoxville, Ten CDS and addressed to Col J. E. Caldwell, Lynchburg, Va. No Col Caldwell associated with the Confederate Army, so the title is most likely honorary. Very clean cover and a very good example of the not commonly seen green postmark. This turned cover has not been folded for display. Ex-Randy Neil Exhibit. $400.00
VA3215

Turned Cover -- 1st Use CSA #12 (AD) with a beautiful color with an opaline sheen (4-Margin) tied by a much better than average strike of the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 5 JUN (1863). Addressed to Colo C. R. Baird, San Marino, Dinwiddie Cty., Va. No Col C. R. Baird associated with the Confederate Army, so the title is most likely honorary. 2nd Use (outside) stampless with the manuscript postal marking "San Marino (Va) June 6/63" and manuscript "Paid 10c." Addressed to Mr. Alexander Donnan, Petersburg, Va. Alexander Donnan was a lawyer in Petersburg. San Marino is listed as a CSA post office in Dinwiddie County, but no trace of it remains today. Coarse brown paper homemade cover with one back flap missing. Very clean cover. Ex-Randy Neil Exhibit. $350.00
VA3216

CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue (4-Margin with a lower sheet margin) tied by the GOODSON (Va) Straight Line cancel CC SL-03C with the month removed (late state). Light coarse paper cover addressed to Mrs. J. Adair Pleasants, Box No 762, Richmond, Va. Sealed back flap opening tear just extending to the top right of the front of the cover not affecting the stamp or the postmark. Very clean appearing cover. Nice example of this straight line cancel. Ex-Bush.

John Adair Pleasants (1826-1893), a Virginia planter and farmer, served as a clerk in the Treasury Department in Richmond during the war. He evacuated Richmond on the train with the contents of the Treasury Department and Jefferson Davis and other government officials when the city fell. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
$850.00
VA3217

CSA #11c Greenish-Blue (AD) (margin touches at the bottom, small short transfer at top center, minor edge gum toning at the bottom) pen-cancelled and the manuscript postal markings to the left "Mattoax (Va) March 8th". Richmond Female Institute overall illustrated College Cover in Light Gray. The cover is from the well-known and well-documented Winston Correspondence addressed to Chas H. Winston, Charleston SC. The Winston Correspondence is the source of these college covers as he was the president of the college. The school was closed at the beginning of the war and the buildings used as General Hospital #4 for Confederate officers. The Winstons continued to use these covers for their personal correspondence. Charles Winston, a chemist, used his skills to help provide munitions for the CSA government. Very Fine. $500.00
VA3219

CSA #12 (AD) Opaline (margin touches at the bottom) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS partially struck off the cover with a JUL date. Very coarse paper Adversity Cover made from a printed but unused lined ledger sheet. Addressed to Mrs. Frances Brockenbrough, Tapphannock, Essex Co., Va. Very clean cover.
$300.00
VA3220

CSA #9 T-E-N (stamp cut close on all four sides) tied by the Staunton, Va CDS 26 APR. Coarse brown paper cover which appears to be homemade addressed to Miss Mattie J. Trevillian, Trevillian's Depot, Louisa Co., Va. Trevil(l)ian's Depot was a station on the Virginia Central Railroad and the site of a cavalry battle in June 1864. Very minor reduction at the left where opened. Very clean cover. $600.00
VA3222

CSA #12c Greenish-Blue (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS 3 MAY (1864). Commercially made Mourning Cover with a railroad address to Miss Mattie Trevillian, Trevillian's Depot, V & C R R (Virginia Central Railroad), Virginia. Light central vertical crease, and part of top back flap missing. Still a very clean appearing mourning cover. $450.00
VA3224

CSA #12c (AD) Greenish-Blue (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5f 31 JUL 1864. Latest date recorded by Powell for this Richmond postmark. Addressed to Mrs. Peter B. Law Care of Rev C. C. Chaplin, Danville, Virginia. Minor back flap opening tear. Very Fine.

Peter Burwell Law (1833-1918) had service as a Sergt in Co D 3rd Va Local Defense Infantry. This unit was assigned to the local defense of Richmond in 1864 and early 1865. This cover was possibly sent by Sergt Law home to his wife in Danville. After the war, he lived in Danville and is listed as a Commission Merchant on the Federal Census of 1870.

Rev Charles Crawford Chaplin (1831-1884), a Baptist clergyman in Danville, was married to the sister of Sergt Law's wife. Mrs. Law was very likely staying with her sister while her husband was away in Richmond. In 1877, Rev Chaplin relocated to Texas and became very prominent in the Texas Baptist Church.
$150.00
VA3225

CSA #12 (AD) tied by the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 2 SEP. Orange paper cover addressed to Mrs. G. W. Bradley, Pickensville PO, Pickens District SC. Very Fine. $150.00
VA3227

CSA #5 with a beautiful Deep Rose color (margin close at the top right corner) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3b (broken "N" of "JUN") 20 JUN 1862. The stamp color could be considered by some to be very close to a Carmine. Addressed to Mrs. W. T. Walthall, Greenville, Alabama. CSA Certificate 2007 which confirms the Deep Rose color and notes a retouched surface scuff (stamp) at the lower right which is unobtrusive. Very Fine appearance. Ex-Kaufmann.

The cover was most likely sent by Capt William T. Walthall (1820-1899) of Co I 12th Ala Inf home to his wife. Capt Walthall's war record is sketchy. He is refered to as Major Walthall after the war but there is no record that could be found of an actual promotion. He was an educator and a writer and was the editor of the Mobile, Ala, newspaper for a time after the war. He also assisted Jefferson Davis in writing his history of the Confederacy and may have ghost written some of Davis' history. He also wrote a sketch of Jefferson Davis' life.
$850.00
VA3228

CSA #12 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5a 20 JUN 1863. Blue paper Semi-Official imprinted cover "Confederate States of America WAR DEPARTMENT Engineer Bureau, Official Business" (WD-EN-03). Addressed to Mr. James Fitz, Keswick Depot, Albemarle Co., Va. Keswick Depot was a station on the Virginia Central Railroad. Very Fine. Ex-Kaufmann.

James Fitz (b1806) was a prominent Albermarle County, Virginia planter. He had a son also named James Fitz (1839-1904) who served in the 2nd Va Cav, but has no military record after 1862. Not sure if the cover is addressed to either the father or the son as neither appear to have had any connection to the War Department Engineer Bureau.
$650.00
VA3229

CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by the McGaheysville, Va 23 SEP. From the well-known West Virginia Mauzy Correspondence addressed to Mrs. Mary Edgar Mauzy, Lewisburg, Greenbrier Co., Va. Cover originated in Confederate Virginia and sent into a Confederate controlled area of the Union State of West Virginia formed in 1863. Many of the CSA covers in and out of West Virginia come from the Mauzy Correspondence. Greenbrier County is a border county with Virginia in the southern part of the state. A little light foxing and a back flap opening tear. Still a Very Fine appearing cover. $200.00
VA3230

CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va 9 APR (1864). Official Post Office Department Imprinted Cover Chief of the Appointment Bureau (unsigned). Stamp placed over the imprint indicating private use. Addressed to Col W. D. Coleman, Postmaster, Danville, Va Pittsylvania Co. The addressee was the Confederate postmaster of Danville (1861-1865) and the "Col" title was apparently a Virginia militia commission. He was also the editor and publisher of the local newspaper. The original letter is included which is from a friend and could benefit from a transcription as much of the letter deals with tobacco. Very clean appearing cover but with some edge tear repair work at the top center involving part of the imprint, and part of top back flap missing. Ex-Wiseman. $300.00
VA3233

CSA #12 (KB) (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6q 27 JAN (1865). Addressed to Mr. A. J. Bondurant, Buckingham CH, Va. "OB" at top center for "Official Business."  Reduced at left not affecting anything. Very clean cover with an 1865 postal use. $175.00
VA3234

CSA #1c Olive Green Horz Pair Stone A/B (not plated but does not plate to Stone 1 with just a little gum toning) lightly pen-cancelled and tied by the Tudor Hall, Va CDS 2 NOV 1861 (very early use). Addressed to Miss Clerind Butler, Stone Mountain, Ga. Soldier's endorsement at left which goes under the stamps and is crossed out "Private T. C. Butler, Comp E 7th Regt (Ga Inf)." It appears as though Pvt Butler started to prepare the letter as a soldier's due and then acquired the stamps and had no need to send the letter as a "Due" and crossed out his endorsement. Very clean cover. Ex-Kaufmann.

Thomas Curry Butler enlisted as a private in Co E 7th Ga Inf 5/29/1861. He is listed as having "Died of Disease" 6/4/1862 and is buried in the Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
$550.00
VA3235

CSA #4a Dark Blue Stone 2 Position 24 (4-Margin) pen-cancelled (not tied) with the matching manuscript "Walton Mills Va April 15 1862" postal markings. Walton Mills is a listed post office in Cumberland County, Va. Military Address to Lt John Wm Turner, Jamestown Island, Va. Jamestown Island apparently had a small post office to service the soldiers in the area, but it must have been unofficial as it is not listed. Unsigned and undated pencil notation on the reverse "Island office opened during war for troops defending James River." I am unable to confirm that statement. Very small but complete cover. A little minor foxing and a small corner fault at the upper right. Overall a very clean appearing cover and a very obscure postal use.

John William Turner (b1833) enlisted as a 2nd Lieut in Co C Va 10th Battn Heavy Artillery. Company C was known as "Allen's Artillery." The unit was assigned to the defenses of Richmond and fortified Jamestown Island to defend the James River. He was promoted 1st Lieut 2/10/1863 and later assigned to recuiting duty. He was back on the unit rolls  8/31/1864. Near the end of the war, he was captured as a POW at Sailor's Vreek (va) 4/6/1865 and confined at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington DC before being transferred to Johnson's Island. He was released from Johnson's Island after taking the Oath of Allegiance 6/20/1865.
$400.00
VA3237

Stampless Soldiers Due cover with the Tudor Hall, Va CDS 14 NOV 1861 and handstamp Due 5 Type D. Yellow paper cover addressed to Miss J. A. Gregory, Culpeper CH (Va). Endorsed at top right "W. B. Gregory Asst Surg 12th Ala Vol." Minor reduction at the left where opened. Very clean cover. $150.00
VA3239

CSA #4b Light Milky Blue (4-Margin but a little close at the bottom) (possibly Stone 3 but not plated) tied by the large single rim Winchester, Va CDS 14 (month not discernable) 1862. Addressed to Miss Jessie W. Smith, Spartanburg, South Carolina Care of Peter Smith Esqr. Colorless embossing around the edges. An old note on the back identifies the cover as a possible Valentines Day use likely because of the embossing. But the month in the CDS cannot be determined. Sealed back flap tears. Very clean appearing cover. Ex-Myerson. $275.00
VA3240

CSA #1c Deep Olive Green Stone A/B (4-Margin but a little close in spots) tied by the RED Smithfield, Va CDS 26 NOV (1861). Addressed to Mrs. Roulhac, Hillsborough, Orange County, North Carolina. Very Fine with a very nice stamp.
$350.00
VA3242

CSA #1c Horz Pair Deep Olive Green Stone A/B (4-Margin with a light vertical pre-affixing crease between the stamp and a small surface scuff at the upper left corner of the right stamp) tied by the small double circle BLUE Norfolk, Va CDS 19 NOV (1861). Small lady's type cover addressed to Mrs. D. Borland Care of Carroll Hoy & Co., New Orleans (La). Small reduction at the left where opened. $450.00
VA3243

CSA #1 Stone 1 Position 46 (4-Margin) tied by a bold strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3a 28 FEB 1862. Addressed to Mr. William E. Johnson, Petersburg, Va. Very clean appearing cover. $225.00
VA3244

CSA #12d (AD) Dark Blue (4-Margin) tied by an excellent strike of the RED Petersburg, Va CDS 17 NOV (1864). Addressed to Mrs Harry Hammond Care of H. H. Cumming Esqr, Augusta, Georgia. Small reduction at the left where opened. Very clean cover.

The addressee, Emily Harford Cumming Hammond (1834-1911), was the daughter of Henry Harford Cumming (1799-1866), a very prominent Augusta attorney. Her brother was CSA Brig-Gen Alfred Cumming (1829-1910). Her husband was James Henry "Harry" Hammond (1832-1916) who was the most likely sender of this cover. Major "Harry" Hammond of Columbia SC was an ANV staff officer (Quartermaster). His wife stayed with her father in Augusta, Georgia, while her husband was away with the army. After the war, they returned to South Carolina where Major Hammond was a prominent planter and agricultualist.
$150.00
VA3245

CSA #4 Vert Pair Stone 2 Positions 20, 30 (4-Margin with just a little edge gum toning) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS 22 JUN (1862) Powell Type 3b (broken "N' of "JUN"). Addressed to Mr. Eli McDaniel, Yellow River PO, Ga. Most likely sent by a Georgia soldier home to a relative but am not able to identify the sender. Very clean appearing cover with only a little light staining. $225.00
VA3247

USA #26 tied by the BLUE Portsmouth, Va CDS 23 APR 1861 (year is in the CDS) Virginia Independent State. College Cover with colorless embossed fancy corner card at the upper left "Collegiate Seminary for Young Ladies Rev A. J. Leavenworth Pirncipal Petersburg Va." Addressed to Miss Nellie C. Wordin Care of Rev A. J. Leavenworth, Petersburg, Va. This cover is the listing cover and the one illustrated in the College Cover section of the CSA Catalog (CC VA-05). Very Fine.

The school was founded in 1855 but did not survive the war. The addressee, Nellie Wordin (b1845), was from a wealthy Connecticut family and was a student at the school 1860-1861 returning to Connecticut at the start of the war. Rev A. J. Leavenworth (1803-1869), a Presbyterian clergyman, was her uncle.
$750.00
VA3248

Stampless Soldiers Due cover with the Tudor Hall, Va CDS with the handstamp DUE 10 Type E 13 DEC 1861. Addressed to Miss L. Minnie Smith Care Maj E. P. Smith, Glenn Springs PO, South Carolia. Endorsed at top right "From Private E. C. Smith Co G 5th Regt SCV (South Carolina Volunteers)." Reduced at left where opened not affecting anything. Very clean cover.

Eliphas C. Smith (1836-1888) enlisted as a private in Co G 5th SC Inf 4/13/1861. He is listed as absent due to illness 7/1/1862 and was hospitalized in Richmond but later rejoined his unit in June 1862. No further military record. At his death in 1888, he was known as a prominent citizen and farmer landowner who bore the honory title of "Major" used in his death notice. Pvt Smith is writing to his sister, Minnie (1842-1926), in care of his father Maj Elihu Penquite Smith (1804-1878), a prominent local South Carolina politician having served multiple terms in the South Carolina Legislature. The Smith family was very prominent in the Spartanburg District and were landowners.
$175.00
VA3249

CSA #1 Stone 1 (not plated) (4-Margin) pen-cancelled and manuscript postal markings at upper left "Barboursville (Va) (Orange County) Jany 22 (1862)." Military Address to Capt William S. Parran, Com F, 13th Va Regt, Manassas Junction, Va." Very Fine.

William Sellman Parran (1834-1862) of Barboursville, Va, enrolled in VMI in 1852 but was only there a short time and did not graduate. His biography says he transferred to West Point in 1853 but also did not graduate but there is no actual record of his West Point attendance. He later attended both Winchester (Va) Medical College and the Baltimore Medical College (now the University of Maryland) and graduated as an MD in April 1857. In 1859 he organized and became the Captain of a battery of militia artillery. In April 1861 he took his battery to Harpers Ferry where troops were organizing and was mustered into service with his unit as Capt of Co F 13th Va Inf 4/17/1861. In December 1861, he bcame ill with jaundice and resigned his commission in April 1862. But he recovered enough to serve as the Assistant Surgeon (contract physician) of an artillery battalion (Courtney's Battalion of Artillery). Dr. Parran was on the field at the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) 9/17/1862 and was Killed-in-Action in the battle while serving as a volunteer gunner in an undermanned artillery battery of the Washington Artillery.
$350.00
VA3250

Stampless PAID cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2b and the handstamp PAID 5cts Type F 15 DEC 1861. Military Address to Capt R. V. Scott Care Col Kirby, 21st NC (Inf), Manassas, Va.  Endorsed at upper left "CB Gibson Sur(geon) PACS (Provisional Army of the Confederate States)." Period receiving docketing at the right "Tho C Shottin no answer required." Printed "OFFICIAL BUSINESS" at upper right with no indication of a specific office or department. Considering the presence of a PACS Surgeon's endorsement, the cover may have come from the Surgeon General's office. An imprinted cover with only OFFICIAL BUSINESS and not an accompanying office or department is not commonly seen. Very Fine. Signed by Brian Green.

There is no Capt R. V. Scott listed on the roster of the 21st NC Inf. The only R. Scott listed on the roster is Robert Scott in Company A (enlisted and not an officer). Perhaps the rank is incorrect on the cover as there is no Capt R. V. Scott listed anywhere as having served in the Confederate Army including as a staff officer. "Col Kirby" in the address is an error as the colonel of the 21st NC Inf at this time was William W. Kirkland, a similar name which could explain the confusion. The endorsement is that of Charles Bell Gibson PACS (1816-1865) who was the Surgeon-in-Charge of General Hospital (military hospital) No. 1 in Richmond. He also had the additional duty of examining sick or wounded soldiers to determine fitness for duty and disposition such as return to duty, discharge, furlough, etc. It is possible that Surgeon Gibson, for whatever reason, found Capt Scott unfit for duty and recommended discharge with this cover containing the Surgeon's recommendation. If that is the case, then that would be a reason for Capt Scott not making the official regimental roster.
$350.00
VA3251

Stampless Soldiers (Due) cover with a full strike of the Tudor Hall, Va CDS and handstamp (Due) 10 Type F 20 OCT 1861. Addressed to Mr. J. R. Minter, Mt Tabor, Union District SC. Endorsed at left "A. N. Minter 5th Regt SC Vol." Minor back flap opening tear, otherwise Very Fine.

A. N. Minter was a musician assigned to Co G 5th SC Inf. He later served as a muscian in the band of the 6th SC Inf. He survived the war and was paroled at the end of the war. No futher information.
$175.00
VA3252
4/9/2023
CSA #12b (AD) Light Blue (4-Margin with a small upper sheet margin and just a little edge gum toning) tied by the small single rim Montgomery Springs, Va CDS (date not apparent). Light green paper cover addressed to Honorable F. J. Moses, Sumter S. Ca. Period receiving docketing at left. Very clean cover.

The addressee, Franklin J. Moses Sr (1804-1877), was a respected South Carolina jurist who served for 30 years in the South Carolina State Senate (1836-1866). After the war he was elected as Chief Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court 1868-1877. His son, Franklin J. Moses Jr (1838-1906) was elected a Reconstruction governor of South Carolina 1872-1874. 
$125.00
VA3255

CSA #65x1 5c Red Petersburg Provisional from Position 2 (margins close left and top) tied to cover by the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 19 NOV (1861). Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mr. William Wyatt, Poplar Mount, Va. The original letter remains with the cover which is high quality stationery with the embossed mark of a London, England, stationer. Short one-page letter dealing with the renewal of a monetary note that has come due. Very clean cover with minor edge wear at the top. $1,900.00
VA3256

Stampless PAID cover with the Tudor Hall, Va CDS and handstamp PAID 5 Type B 25 NOV 1861. Light coarse brown paper cover with railroad address to Mr. Geo T. Whittington Care of T. M. Lake Esq, Rectortown (Station) M. G. R. R. (Manassas Gap Railroad) (Fauquier County), Va. The Manassas Gap Railroad was a 90 mile narrow gauge line from Manassas Junction to Mount Jackson and served 20 stations. The line was used by the Confederacy to move troops. Rectortown was one of the stations located 30 miles from Manassas Junction. Cover most likely sent by a Virginia soldier as most of the mail through Tudor Hall at this time was military related as the army was camped nearby. But I am unable to identify the sender. Part of top back flap missing, otherwise Very Fine. $150.00
VA3258

USA Star Die with patent lines and overprinted with Official POD Imprint "Confederate States of America, Post Office Department, Official Business signed by H St Geo Offutt Chief of the Contract Bureau" Type CON-06a listed variety with the "CO" of "CONTRACT" missing. Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5f 20 JUL (1864) and handstamp FREE Type AA. Addressed to Postmaster, Oak Shade, Culpeper Co., Va. Very Fine. $500.00
VA3259

CSA #5 Position 2 (4-Margin with a top sheet margin) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS 28 JUL 1862. Orange paper cover addressed to Mrs. W. Eugene Webster Care of Rev Mr Crosby, Halifax C. H., Virginia. Back flap opening tear. Very clean cover and a very nice stamp. APS Certificate 2007.

The addressee was the wife of William Eugene Webster (1831-1862) a civil engineer from Maryland (born in Connecticut) who was a cousin of Mary Custis Lee. Local tradition had it that he was also a nephew of Daniel Webster. He attended West Point but did not graduate. Webster served the CSA as a Lieut of Infantry staff officer at the Richmond Arsenal beginning in November 1861. In May 1862, he was ordered to report to CSA Gen Josiah Gorgas (Chief of Confederate Ordnance) as a Lieut of Artillery. Lieut Webster (may have been promoted Captain) was Killed-in-Action at Gaines Mills (Va) 6/27/1862 while serving as a VADC to CSA General Rodes. This cover could not be from Lieut Webster as it is dated after his death but perhaps from another family member or friend.
$575.00
VA3260

CSA #11 (AD) (margin just a little irregular at the left) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS (date not fully apparent). Commercial envelope Semi-Official Imprint "Confederate States of America Treasury Department" (CC  TD-01). Addressed to John W. Kirkland Esq, Depository, Hillsboro NC. Minor back flap opening tear, otherwise Very Fine. $300.00
VA3263

CSA #4 Stone 2 Position 41 (faults but still a decent appearance) and CSA #6 (4-Margin but a little edge nick at left center) used in combination to make the 10c rate for distance greater than 500 miles. Stamps tied together and to the cover by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS with a MAY 1862 date. Addressed to Mr. J. K. Aiton, Phoenix SC. Joseph K. Aiton (1809-1887) of Greenwood County SC is listed as a fairly wealthy farmer on the Federal Census of 1860. Cover with a little foxing and minor soiling but still a decent representative example of a nice combination use. Minor reduction at the right where opened. Ex-Milgram. $350.00
VA3264

CSA #11a (AD) Milky Blue (4-Margin) tied by a bold strike of the Culpeper CH, Va CDS 11 AUG. Addressed to Mrs. Catherine Small, Harrington PO, Harnett Cty, N. Carolina. Very clean cover.

According to the 1860 Federal Census, Catherine Small (b1799) of Harnett County, North Carolina, had a son, Malcom Small (b1840) who enlisted as a private in Co A 5th NC Cav 7/2/1862. The 5th NC Cav was an ANV unit. Pvt Small could very well have sent this cover from Virginia home to his mother. Pvt Small is listed as wounded in the right knee (place and time not given) but he was hospitalized in Richmond 8/17/1864 during the early phases of the Siege of Petersburg. He was furloughed in September 1864 with no further record. But in the later Federal Censuses after the war, he had returned to Harnett County and continued farming.
$150.00

VA3266
7/7/2023
CSA #1 Stone 2 (not plated) (margin just in at the top center and a somewhat dry printing with multiple random printing flaws) and CSA #4 Stone 2 Position 38 (4-Margin with a large random printing flaw in the "E" of "CENTS" CC 4-2-v9). Stamps used in combination to make the 10c rate and tied together and to the cover by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5a 19 JUN 1863 (late use for a lithograph combination). Very small cover from the well-known Rives Correspondence addressed to Mrs. W. C. Rives, Cobham, Albemarle County, Va. Back flap opening tears, part of top back flap missing, a minor edge fault at lower right, and a minor sealed edge tear at upper right. Otherwise, a clean appearing cover and an excellent example of a 5c Green and 5c Blue Lithograph combination use. CSA Certificate 1986 "Genuine in all respects" and identifies the 5c Blue Lithograph as the "White Triangle" variety noted and named in the 1986 Dietz Catalog but in the current 2012 CSA Catalog noted as a transient printing flaw and not named.

The addressee was the mother of Lt Col (later Col) Alfred Landon Rives (1830-1903) who was promoted Lt Col in May 1863 and Col in March 1864. He served in Richmond mainly as the second ranking officer in the Engineer Bureau. The addressee's husband was William Cabell Rives (1793-1868) who was a lawyer and a politician and served as a Virginia Confederate Congressman. The cover has no enclosure and does not appear to be from either her son or her husband. Lady's type cover most likely from a relative or lady friend in Richmond.
$1,000.00
VA3268

CSA #4 Stone 2 Position 38 (4-Margin) pen-cancelled and manuscript "Afton Va June 28th (1861)" two days before the rate change. Obscure use from Nelson County. Afton was a station on the Virginia Central Railroad. Coarse brown paper cover with Military Address to Mr. William M. Mayo Care of Capt Marmaduke Johnson, Light Artillery, Richmond, Va. Very Fine. Ex-Kohn, Ex-Galen Harrision Collection.

Marmaduke Johnson (1826-1871), a renowned Richmond criminal lawyer, a pre-war Virginia Commonwealth Attorney, and a member of the Virginia Secession Convention, entered service as Capt of the Va Johnson Light Artillery (also known as the Va Jackson Flying Artillery) in March 1862. He surrendered at Appomattox Court House 4/9/1865 as a Lt Col having served in every campaign and battle of the ANV from the Seven Days to Appomattox attached to Gen A. P. Hill's Light Division. After the war, he returned to the practice of law in Richmond and operated the Richmond Davis House Hotel.

William W. Mayo does not appear on the roster of Capt Johnson's unit. However, there is a Joseph R. Mayo on the roster. William may be a relative, and rosters are often known to be incomplete. There are instances when men were known to have joined a relative in a unit without ever officially enlisting.
$325.00
VA3269

CSA #1 (not plated) (margins a little tight in spots and with small pre-affixing faults) pen-cancelled and manuscript "Wellville, Va Mar 3 (1862)." Very obscure use from a small village in Nottoway County. Military Address to Lieut J. Y. Phillips Care of Capt C. D. Dickerson, Williamsburg, Va. Small lady's type cover with embossed flowers on the back flap. Very clean cover. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

Lieut Joseph Y. Phillips (1840-1911) was the 3rd Lieut of Co D Va Montague's Infantry Battalion assigned to the Department of the Peninsula. The unit consoldated with several other small units into the 53rd Va Inf as Co C in December 1861. Lieut Phillips failed re-election and was discharged 5/5/1862 with no further service.

Capt Henry D. Dickerson (1829-1876) was the Captain of Co D Va Mongue's Infantry Battalion and consolidated into the 53rd Va Inf in December 1861 as Co C. He was also discharged 5/5/1862 having failed re-election. He had later service in Co K 18th Va Inf as an enlisted man beginning in January 1864. He is listed as captured as a POW at Sailor's Creek (Va) 4/6/1865 and confined at Point Lookout until released 6/11/1865.
$400.00
VA3270

Stampless Cover with postal markings all in manuscript "Timber Ridge Va July 30th 1861 Paid 5.'" Very obscure use from Rockbridge County. From the Franklin Davis Correspondence addressed to Mr. Davis the Nursery Man, Staunton, Va. Part of top back flap missing. Very clean cover. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection. $225.00
VA3271

CSA #7 Horz Pair (just touches at the right upper corner) Pen-cancelled and manuscript "B(eaver) D(am) Depot Va Jany 20th (1863)." Beaver Dam Depot was a station on the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad in Hanover County. From the well-known Blackford Correspondence addressed to Launcelot M. Blackford, Box No 6, Lynchburg, Va. A little edge and corner wear but still a clean cover. Receiving docketing at the left indicates the cover was from C.N.B Minor. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

Launcelot (Lancelot) Minor Blackford (1837-1914), an 1859 graduate of the University of Virginia, enlisted in the Rockbridge Artillery 9/2/1861. He was later commissioned and served for a time as an advocate in the military court system of Longstreet’s Corps. Later in 1864, he was transferred to the 24th Va Inf where he served as the adjutant.

Carter Nelson Berkeley Minor (1842-1930) (Launcelot Blackford and Carter Minor were cousins) entered service as a private in the Va Rockbridge Light Artillery 7/27/1861. He is listed as wounded at Winchester 5/25/1861, wounded twice at Fredericksburg 12/13/1862 and 12/14/1862, and wounded again at Gettysburg 7/3/1863. He transferred from the artillery into Co I Va 1st Engineers in April 1864 and was soon thereafter commissioned 2nd Lieut and served to the end of the war surrendering at Appomattox Court House 4/9/1865.
$325.00
VA3272

Stampless Cover with postal markings all in manuscript "Beaver Dam Depot Nov 29th 1861 Paid 5." Beaver Dam Depot was a station on the Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac Railroad in Hanover County. From the well-known Franklin Davis, Staunton, Virginia Correspondence. The signature at left "W. C. Winston" is in the same ink and handwriting as the postal markings and would indicate that the sender was the Beaver Dam Depot postmaster. Very Fine. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection. $275.00
VA3274

Stampless cover with the single rim Mossingford, Va CDS (listed in the CSA Catalog as brown but looks more like a degraded black) and manuscript "Paid 5" 5 AUG (1861). Military Address to Capt Wm Townes Care Col Edmonds 38th Reg (Va), Manassas Junction (Va). Included with the cover is a very lengthy 4 page letter from Capt Townes' wife. The letter, with some cross writing at the end, seems to be filled with family and local news and could definitely benefit from a transcription. Cover shows a little wear at both bottom corners but overall a very clean cover with a nice postmark. The letter is Very Fine. Ex-Brian Green with his note on the back identifying the postmark as brown. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

William Townes Jr (1834-1910) entered service as Captain of Co G 38th Va Inf 5/18/1861. He was dropped from the rolls 4/29/1862 when he failed re-election. No record of any further service.

Edward Claxton Edmonds (1835-1863), an 1858 graduate of VMI and principal of the Danville Military Academy at the beginning of the war, was Colonel of the 38th Va Inf beginning 6/12/1861. He is listed as wounded at Seven Pines (Va) 6/1/1862 and Killed-in-Action leading his regiment at Gettysburg Pickett's Charge 7/3/1863 (Armistead's Brigade, Pickett's Division).
$300.00
VA3275

CSA #5 Dull Rose (4-Margin with some gum toning and pre-affixing faults affixed sideways) Pen-cancelled and manuscript "Yellow Sul(phur) Spr(in)g(s) Aug 13 (1862)." Very obscure use from Montgomery County. Addressed to Miss Pattie W. Leach, Farmville, Va. Appears to be an Adversity Cover made from an old letter with handwriting inside and out (very difficult to try and read) and missing both side flaps. Very interesting cover. A little staining left and right. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

Yellow Sulphur Springs (near Blacksburg and Christiansburg) was a popular resort and health spa of the day in Montgomery County where the antebellum wealthy went to "take the waters." The post office was established in the late 1850's. The resort closed in 1863 because of the war but the post office continued until 1866. The resort was somewhat revived in the 1870's into the early 20th century under various owners, and a post office was evidently re-established but was at some point discontinued as there is no post office there today. The spring itself still exists today, and the area was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.
$500.00
VA3276

CSA #11 (AD) (margin just touches at the right but with part of the adjacent stamp visible at the bottom) Pen-cancelled and manuscript "7 Mile ford Va Dec 11." Seven Mile Ford is on the Holston River in Smyth County. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Leonidas Baugh Esqr, Abingdon, Va. Very Fine Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

Leonidas Baugh (1816-1884) was a prominent businessman in Abingdon, Virginia, and for a time editor of the Abingdon Democrat newspaper. His extensive papers are archived for research at the University of Virginia Library.
$125.00
VA3277

CSA #11 AD (4-Margin Position 10 stamp with upper and right sheet margins and light gum toning) Pen-Cancelled and manuscript "News Ferry (Va) June 20 1864." News Ferry was on the Dan River in Halifax County. Light coarse paper cover made from recycled paper addressed to Mr. Wm H. Simms, Clover Depot, V(a). Clover Depot was a station on the Richmond and Danville Railroad in Halifax County. Very Fine Ex-Galen Harrison Collection. $250.00
VA3278

Cover covertly privately carried across Chesapeake Bay from CSA controlled Virginia and put in the Union mail in Lakesville, Md (Dorchester County) located on the Maryland shore of Chesapeake Bay north of Point Comfort with final destination in Baltimore. -- US #65 (nice stamp) Pen-Cancelled and manuscript "Lakesville, Md Oct 11 1864." Addressed to Mrs. Catherine E. Webb, No 50 North Green St, Baltimore, Md. Pencil notation which may or may not be period "From L. S. W. C. S. A." Very Fine. Ex-Galen Harrison Collection.

Galen Harrison documents in his research that the cover contained a letter datelined "Fort Maryland, Petersburg Sept. 10, 1864" from the Siege of Petersburg. Unfortunately, the letter appears no longer to be with the cover. There is no evidence that this cover officially went through-the-lines as there are no examiner's marks and no evidence of CSA postage. The only way this cover could have traveled from Petersburg, Va, to Lakesville, Md where it was posted in the Union mail system was to have been carried privately and covertly across Chesapeake Bay to Lakesville, Md, located on the shore of the Bay. No other covers are known to have taken this route from CSA Virginia through Lakesville, Maryland, to a Union address.

The addressee, Mrs Catherine E. Webb, was the mother of Pvt Lewis S. Webb (b1837) of the 1st Maryland Light Artillery (CSA) who sent this cover to his mother. Pvt Webb enlisted at Richmond in this CSA unit 6/1/1861 and served throughout the war in Virginia surrendering at Appomattox Court House 4/9/1865 and was present at the Siege of Petersburg. According to the Federal Census of 1860, the Webb family were Southerners (father from Georgia and mother from Virginia) and ran a successful Grocery Store in Baltimore in 1860 where Lewis worked as a clerk. Estimated family worth was $15,000.00 ($550,000.00 in today's money).
$750.00
SOLD
VA3281

CSA #7 (London Paper) Horz Pair (4-Margin with a little edge gum toning) pen-cancelled and tied by one of the pen strokes and manuscript "Moores Ordy (Ordinary) Va June 2/63" (Prince Edward County). Full Military Address to Capt Richard H. Watkins, Co K 3rd Regt 2nd Brigade, Stuarts Cavalry Care Genl Fitzhugh Lee, Richmond, Va. The address names two very prominent cavalry Generals. Note on the back signed by Brian Green. Very Fine.

Richard Henry Watkins (1825-1905), a lawyer by profession and also a wealthy farmer planter) entered service as a private in Co K 3rd Va Cav 6/24/1861. He was commissioned 2nd Lieut 4/15/1862 and promoted Capt 10/15/1862. He is listed as wounded with a saber cut to the head at Mountsville (Va) 10/31/1862 and had a horse killed under him at Kelly's Ford (Va) 3/17/1863.  He was wounded a second time in the left hand at Tom's Brook (Va) requiring hospitalization at Gordonsville and Farmville. He was later transferred to the Invalid Corps and paroled at Danville (Va) 5/12/1865. After the war, he returned to his home in Prince Edward County. Cover most likely sent by his wife, Mary Watkins, whom he married in 1858.

$400.00
VA3282

Stampless PAID cover with manuscript "Gladesboro, Va Oct 27th 1862 Paid 10 Cts" (Carroll County). Addressed to Mrs. Allie Yonce, Wytheville, Va. Adversity Cover made from an unused printed US Post Office Department Letter Bill form displayed flapped up from the lower right. Very Fine. Ex-Kaufmann. $250.00
VA3287

CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue (4 Large Margins) pen-cancelled and the matching manuscript postal markings to the left "7 Mile Ford Va Nov 18." Seven Mile Ford is on the Holston River in Smyth County. Light coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mr. L. Baugh, Abingdon, Virginia. Very clean cover and a very nice stamp.

Leonidas Baugh (1816-1884) was a prominent businessman in Abingdon, Virginia, and for a time editor of the Abingdon Democrat newspaper. His extensive papers are archived for research at the University of Virginia Library.
$125.00
VA3288

Stampless DUE cover with a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS 23 JAN 1862 and handstamp DUE 10 Type Q. The cover is entirely in the hand of Howell Cobb. Endorsed at top right "Howell Cobb MC (Member of Congress)." Addressed to Mrs. Howell Cobb, Macon, Georgia. The cover, therefore, shows both a direct and an indirect example of Howell Cobb's signature. Address is a bit light but still legible, and the cover is clean. Minor reduction at the right where opened.

Howell Cobb (1815-1868) was a major political figure of the day. Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, former Governor of Georgia, and former Secretary of the Treasury under Buchanan, Howell Cobb was a founder of the Confederacy and served as the President of the Secession Convention in 1861 as well as President of the Provisional Confederate Congress until he resigned to join the military reaching the rank of Major General. He was also a serious candidate for the Confederate presidency but was defeated by Jefferson Davis. Pre-war as a member of the US Congress, Howell Cobb had the franking privilege. But that was not the case in the Confederacy as the Confederate postal regulations abolished the franking privilege altogether. He must have known that, but for whatever reason, he sent this cover through to his wife unpaid. Hence the application of the "Due 10" handstamp.
$250.00

VA3291
4/20/2024
CSA #12 (AD) (margin close on the right) pen-cancelled and manuscript "Cranberry Plains (Va) Jan 15" at the left. Very obscure use from Carroll County. Addressed to Dr. J. Haller, Wytheville, Va. Semi-Official imprinted cover "Confederate States of America, Nitre and Mining Service. Official Business." (CC WD-NM-14). The entire imprint is lined through indicating private use and not official business. Reduced a bit at left where opened which cuts off the first letter of the imprint, and a small edge piece missing at left center. Still a clean and presentable cover with a scarce use from a listed post office. $150.00

VA3292
4/20/2024
CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5a 16 JUL 1863. Addressed to Mr. Thos E. McNeill, Petersburg, Va. Semi-Official imprinted cover "Confederate States of America, War Department, Nitre and Mining Bureau, Official Business." (CC WD-NM-04). Period light pencil notations on the reverse which appear to be railroad milages. Minor corner repair at the lower left. Very clean cover. $450.00

VA3293
6/23/2024
CSA #1 Stone 1 (not plated) (margin close at the top center and a light diagonal preaffixing crease at top center and a small surface scuff at top right) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2b 8 NOV 1861. "Confederate States of America War Department" semi-official imprint (CC WD-03). "War Department" is lined through and the stamp is placed over the imprint indicating private use and not official business. Addressed to Mrs Anne H. L---- Care Dr. J. Prosser Tabb, Gloucester Ct House, Virginia. Cover with a missing top back flap, a little light foxing, and small edge tears at the top edge.$125.00

VA3294
6/23/2024
CSA #1 Stone 1 (not plated) (4-Margin and showing a very dry printing) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2c 23 OCT 1861, “Confederate States of America Department of State” Semi-Official Imprint (CC DS-01). Signed underneath the imprint “Wm M. Browne.” Military Address in the same hand as the signature to Colonel Howell Cobb, 16th Regt Georgia Vols, Yorktown, Va. Cover a bit reduced at the bottom just into the last line of the address with the bottom backflap missing. Still a very clean and attractive cover. Department of State imprinted covers are rarely seen and even more unusual to see a signature endorsement on an imprinted cover that required postage. Ex-Tate Collection.

Howell Cobb (1815-1868) was a major political figure of the day. Former Speaker of the US House of Representatives and former Governor of Georgia and former Secretary of the Treasury under Buchanan, Howell Cobb was a founder of the Confederacy and served as the President of the Secession Convention in 1861 as well as President of the Provisional Confederate Congress until he resigned to join the military reaching the rank of Major General. He was also a serious candidate for the Confederate presidency but was defeated by Jefferson Davis. At the time of this cover early in the war, Howell Cobb was serving as Colonel of the 16th Ga Inf.

William Montague Browne (1823-1883) was born in Ireland but lived in Georgia at the start of the war. He was a friend and favorite of both Alexander H. Stephens and Jefferson Davis and a personal friend of Howell Cobb. He was newsman and a politician and was appointed by Jefferson Davis to the CSA State Department as an Assistant Secretary of State in 1861, a post he held at the time of this cover. He was the interim Acting Secretary of State February - March 1862 when he resigned from the department to become a military ADC to President Davis with the rank of Colonel of Cavalry and also commanded a unit of the local defense force. He received a temporary promotion to Brig-Gen in November 1864, but the promotion was never confirmed by the CSA Senate. After the war, he practiced law in Athens, Georgia, and became the editor of the Southern Banner newspaper.
$500.00
Sale
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VA3295
6/23/2024
CSA #7 Horiz Pair (margin a little close on the left) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6d with an APR 1863 date. “Confederate States of America, War Department. Engineer Bureau. Official Business” Semi-Official Imprint (CC WD-EN-02). Addressed to Wm M. Taylor, Chief Clerk Engineer Office Care Maj D. B. Harris, Charleston SC. Cover with minor edge faults and some light edge staining but still quite presentable.

David Bullock Harris (1814-1864) attended West Point and served in the US Army 1833-1835. He was a tobacco farmer in Goochland County, Va., at the start of the war. He entered Confederate Service as a staff Engineering Officer (Captain) in May 1861. At the time of this cover, he had been assigned to the staff of Gen Beauregard in Charleston as a Major. He ultimately was promoted Lt Colonel in May 1863 and Colonel in October 1863. He died of Yellow Fever in October 1864 and is buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond. No information on the addressee Wm M. Taylor. 
$200.00

VA3296
6/23/2024
Stampless PAID cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2b and handstamp PAID 5cts Type F 9 SEP 1861. “Confederate States of America, Treasury Department," Semi-Official Imprint (CC TD-08). Addressed to Edward McCrady Sr, Charleston SC. The addressee, Edward McCrady Sr (1802-1892), was a Yale graduate and a prominent Charleston attorney and a signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. Clean appearing cover with a little light edge staining at the upper left, a corner repair at the upper left not affecting the postmark, and the top back flap is missing.$125.00

VA3297
6/23/2024
CSA #12c (AD) Greenish-Blue (margin a little tight on the left) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 8 AUG 1863. Manuscript "Treasury Department CSA Second Auditors Office Off(icial) Business" indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business. Addressed to W. M. Mason Esq, White Chimneys, Caroline Co., Va. White Chimneys was an obscure listed CSA post office in Caroline County but apparently no longer exists today. Vertical and horizontal file creases most likely caused by the enclosure which is no longer present. The cover still has a very clean appearance Ex-Bogg.$150.00

VA3298
6/23/2024
CSA #12c (AD) Dark Greenish-Blue ( margin just in at the left) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 11 AUG 1863. Blue paper cover “Confederate States of America, War Department, Engineer Bureau. Official Business.” Semi-Official Imprint (CC WD-EN-03). Military Address to Capt John McCrady In charge of Fortifications, Savannah, Georgia. Very minor edge faults at top which do not detract from a very fine appearance.

Captain (later Major) John McCrady (1831-1881) was from the prominent Charleston McCrady family and the oldest son of Edward McCrady Sr, a signer of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. He served as an engineering officer who spent the entire war in Savannah developing the highly successful Savannah fortifications and also constructed Fort McAllister as the anchor of the fortifications. After the war, he held several high level academic positions.
$350.00

VA3299
6/23/2024
CSA #12 (AD) (stamp clipped at the left upper corner prior to affixing) tied by a weak but recognizable strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6i 29 MAR (1864). “Confederate States of America, War Department, Engineer Bureau.” Semi-Official Imprint (CC WD-EN-01). Unusual to see the imprint at the lower left. Military Address to Lt Claude B. Denson, Co A 2nd Regt Engr Troops, Wilmington NC. Sealed back flap opening tears. Very clean cover.

Lt Claude B. Denson (1838-1903) as an engineering officer worked on various assignments in Virginia and North Carolina. He is particularly noted for his work on Fort Fisher in Wilmington NC.
$200.00

VA3300
6/23/2024
CSA #11 AD (margin touches at top) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 18 AUG 1863. "Office of the Commisioner of Taxes." Semi-Official Imprint (CC TD-13). Addressed to Messrs A. C. Harris, Isaac H. Davis et als, Sassafras Fork NC. Period receiving docketing in light pencil at left. Top back flap missing. Very clean cover.$200.00

VA3301
6/25/2024
CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6m 3 APR (1864). Manuscript "Treasury Department 2nd Auditors Office Off(icial) Business" indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to William H. Leathers Esqr Care of E. Hughs Esq, Horse Shoe PO, Pickens Dist, So Ca. Very clean cover. $150.00

VA3302
6/25/2024
CSA #11 (AD) (4-Margin) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 11 SEP 1863. Manuscript "Treasury Department Second Auditors Office"indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business. Addressed to Jesse E. Finley Esqr, Jerusalem PO, Davie Co., NC. Very light water staining at the lower right and minor back flap opening tears but still with quite a clean appearance. $125.00

VA3303
6/25/2024
CSA #11 (AD) (margin a little close on the left) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 7 NOV 1863. Manuscript "Treasury Department 2nd Auditor's Office Official Business" indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business. Addressed to Christopher Y. Thomas Esqr, Henry County Co. Ho., Va. Back flap opening tear, otherwise Very Fine.

As an immediate pre-war Virginia state senator, Christopher Yancy Thomas (1818-1879) was against secession and tried to keep Virginia in the Union. In spite of this, he served during the war as the Virginia Commonwealth Attorney and was an agent for the distribution of supplies to needy families of Confederate soldiers.
$150.00

VA3304
6/25/2024
CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue (margin close on the left and just barely touching on the right) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6i 13 NOV (1863). This particular Richmond postmark was used NOV 1863 to APR 1864. The date on this cover, 13 NOV 1863, is the only day in Novemeber 1863 that is recorded for the Type 6i postmark. This postmark was not used again until January 1864.  "Office of the Commisioner of Taxes." Semi-Official Imprint (CC TD-13). Addressed to J. W. Pleasants Esq, Goochland CH, Va. Top back flap missing and some foxing on the back only. Few minor repaired edge tears but otherwise a clean cover and excellent postal use. $175.00

VA3305
6/25/2024
Stampless cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2b and handstamp PAID 10 (overweight legal size cover) Type H 28 SEP (1861). "Confederate States of America, Adjutant and Inspector General's Office, Official Business." Semi-Official Imprint (CC WD-AG-09). Addressed to Mrs Catherine Rowland Care of Mr. John Foote, Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va. The cover appears to have been missent to Fairfax CH, Virginia, by the clerk quickly misreading the handwriting of the address. The Fairfax C. H., Va CDS 9 OCT (1861) was applied, and the cover was then sent on to its destination. Forwarding missent mail did not require extra postage. Minor edge wear, otherwise Very Fine and a nice example of missent mail.$300.00

VA3306
6/25/2024
CSA #11c (AD) Greenish-Blue (margin just in at the top) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6i 6 JAN (1864). "Office of the Commisioner of Taxes." Semi-Official Imprint (CC TD-13). Blue paper legal size cover addressed to Alexander McMillan Esq, Collector C S Taxes, Dundarrack NC. Sealed edge tear at top center. Very clean cover.$125.00

VA3308
6/25/2024
CSA #12  (KB) (4-Margin but close on the left) tied by a full strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5g 14 MAR (1865) late use about three weeks prior to the Fall of Richmond. Manuscript "Treasury Department CSA Second Auditor's Office" indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business. Addressed to Solomon Ingold Esqr, Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina. Vertical file fold at the right, otherwise Very Fine. $150.00

VA3309
6/25/2024
CSA #12 (KB) (margin just in at the right) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5g 27 MAR (1865) very late use only eight days prior to the Fall of Richmond. Manuscript "Treasury Department CSA Second Auditor's Office" indicating that the cover was used to conduct government business even only days prior to the fall of the city. Addressed to W. B. McMillan Esqr, Mox(ck)sville, Davie County, North Carolina. Few vertical file folds and edge faults at the bottom right.$125.00

VA3310
6/25/2024
Stampless cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 1a and handstamp PAID 10 Type H 21 JUN 1861. "Confederate States of America Treasury Department" Semi-Official Imprint (CC-TD-11). Notation at the upper left "Chg Sec Treas." Addressed to Mr. W. B. Johnston, Macon, Ga. Rated 10c for over 500 miles. Very clean cover.$200.00

VA3311
6/28/2024
CSA #4 three singles Stone 2 Positions (left to right) 9, 19, 6  (one stamp 4-Margin and the other two stamps with somewhat irrgular margins with the Position 9 stamp showing a large top sheet margin) tied together and to the cover by three partial strikes of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3a 21 APR 1862. Orange paper cover addressed to Mr. W. R. Johnson, Petersburg, Va. Very clean cover showing a scarce 3x rate (Overweight). Ex-Myerson, Ex-Tate, Ex-Kaufmann.$600.00

VA3312
6/28/2024
CSA #4 Horz Pair Stone 2 Positions 39-40 (4-Margin) pen-cancelled and the manuscript postal markings to the left "Chula Depot (Va) July 3". Chula Depot was a stop on the Richmond and Danville Railroad in Amelia County. Richmond Female Institute overall illustrated College Advertising Cover in Light Pink. The cover is from the well-known and well-documented Winston Correspondence addressed to Mr Charles H. Winston, Richmond, Virginia. The Winston Correspondence is the source of these college covers as he was the president of the college. The school was closed at the beginning of the war and the buildings used as General Hospital #4 for Confederate officers. The Winstons continued to use these covers for their personal correspondence. Charles Winston, a chemist, used his skills to help provide munitions for the CSA government. Small clip to the upper right corner of the cover and a small edge nick at bottom right. Otherwise a very clean cover with a very nice pair of stamps.  Ex-Tate.$650.00

VA3313
6/28/2024
CSA #65x1 Petersburg, Va 5c Red Provisional Position 6 affixed sideways (margin quite irregular at the right into the design but with left and bottom sheet margins) tied by the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 5 FEB (1862). Listed on the Calhoun Census of Petersburg Provisional covers. Military Address to Capt James R. Branch, Lee Life Guard, Crany Island, Norfolk Co., Va. Clean appearing cover but with a surface scuff at the lower right but still a very decent example of the Petersburg provisional stamp on cover.

James Read Branch (1828-1869), a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and a Petersburg merchant, entered service as Capt of  Co K 16th Va Inf 5/11/1861 known as Lee's Life Guard. The company was transferred to artillery service in March 1862 as the Va Petersburg Artillery Battery with Capt Branch in command. He was promoted Major in May 1863 and Lt Col in August 1863. He is listed as wounded at Plymouth NC in April 1864 and resigned in March 1865 presumably because of his wounds. After the war, he was a broker and a banker in Richmond. He was killed in the tragedy of the Richmond Vauxhall Bridge Collapse 7/2/1869.
$750.00

VA3314
6/28/2024
CSA #1 Stone 1 (not plated) (margin in at the right) and CSA #7 (4-Margin) used in combination to make the 10c rate tied together and to the cover by the Winchester, Va CDS 12 NOV (1862). Light coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mrs. Jennie W. Warren, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Sealed back flap opening tear. Very clean cover. Ex-Kohn, Ex-Brandon.$600.00

VA3315
6/28/2024
CSA #1 Stone 1 Position 12 (4-Margin with small pre-affixing scissors cut lower left and showing a transient Acid Flaw variety in "E' of "CENTS" CC 1-1-v7) and CSA #6 (margin tight at bottom left) used in combination to make the 10c rate tied together and to the cover by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3a 16 JUL 1862. Blue paper cover addressed to Col George Blow Sr, Littleton, Sussex County, Virginia. Period notation under the top back flap in the same hand as the address "The small new stamp is a perfect likeness of Jeff Davis." Very Fine Ex-Brian Green.

George Blow Sr (1787-1870), a veteran of the War of 1812 as an officer in the 4th Virginia Militia, was from a prominent family and was a major plantation owner in Sussex County, Virginia. His title of "Col" comes from the fact that he was a pre-war Colonel of the 15th Virginia Militia for over 20 years. He had no service in the Civil War due to his age.
$750.00

VA3316
6/28/2024
CSA #1 Stone 2 Position 8 (4-Margin) and CSA #6 (margin irregular into the design at the lower right) used in combination to make the 10c rate over 500 miles. The stamps are tied together and to the cover by two strikes of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3a 31 MAY 1862. Addressed to Miss A. C. M----, Dixie PO, Quitman, Brooks Co., Ga. Interesting address as there is no Dixie PO listed in Georgia. Cover reduced at right where opened. Cover is still a very decent representative example of a combination use.$350.00

VA3318
6/28/2024
CSA #4 Stone 2 Postion 17 (4-Margin) pen-cancelled "X" and the manuscript postal markings to the left "Mattoax, Va June 20th". Mattoax was a stop on the Richmond and Danville Railroad in Amelia County. Richmond Female Institute overall illustrated College Advertising Cover in Light Grey. The cover is from the well-known and well-documented Winston Correspondence addressed to Mr Charles H. Winston, Richmond, Virginia. The Winston Correspondence is the source of these college covers as he was the president of the college. The school was closed at the beginning of the war and the buildings used as General Hospital #4 for Confederate officers. The Winstons continued to use these covers for their personal correspondence. Charles Winston, a chemist, used his skills to help provide munitions for the CSA government. Very minor edge fault at upper right. Some cover staining on the back only. It appears that the back of the cover was used to write a period shopping list in light pencil, otherwise a clean appearing cover with a very nice stamp.$400.00

VA3319
6/28/2024
CSA #6 Single Use Prior to the Rate Change (margin a little irregular at the top left but part of the adjacent stamp visible at the left) tied by a nice bold strike of the BLUE Petersburg, Va CDS 30 MAY (1862). Advertising Cover with a printed embossed blue shield on the back flap "Briton & Todd Grocers, Forwarding & Commission Merchants Petersburg, Va." Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mr. Chas M. Phillips, Boydton, Mecklenburg Co. Va. Very clean cover.$350.00

VA3320
6/29/2024
CSA #7 Horz Pair (margins a little close top and bottom) tied by a full strike of the BLUE Lynchburg, Va CDS 30 AUG. Light coarse paper cover addressed to W. H. Dennis Esqr, Aspingwall, Charlotte Coty, Va. Advertising Cover with a boxed printed corner car at the upper left "McCorkle, Son & Co., Grocers & Com'n Merchants, and Manufacturers of Chewing and Smoking Tobacco, No. 113 Main Street, Lynchburg, Va."  Light small stain top center, part of top back flap missing, edge repair top center not affecting the stamps, postmark, or advertising. Cover still has a clean appearance.
$250.00

VA3321
6/29/2024
CSA #6 Horz Pair (small edge fault at the right) tied by a partial strike of a Richmond, Va CDS 4 AUG 1862. Addressed to Mrs. W. T. Field, Arnold's Mills, So. Ca. Light gray overall illustrated Advertising Cover "P. Cantwell Dealer in Choice Family Groceries, Provisions, Wines Liquors. &c &c Corner Opposite State House Columbia S.C." with illustrations of food and liquor bottles." Imprint of a New York City printer. Interesting use of a Columbia SC advertising cover in Richmond, Va. Scarce advertising design which is not listed in the Confederate catalog. Part of top back flap missing. Sealed top edge tears. Overall Very Fine Appearance. Ex-Bush, Ex-Dr.Warren, Ex-Kaufmann.

The cover was sent by Lieut William Thomas Field (1836-1904) home to his wife, Eliza Jane Field (1842-1923). Lieut Field obtained a medical degree prior to the war but did not serve as a army surgeon. He entered service as a Lieutenant of Infantry in the 13th Batt SC Inf (4th SC Inf) which later merged with Hampton's SC Legion (a 1st Corps ANV Unit) and served throughout the war. After the war, he served in the South Carolina State Legislature and was a member of the South Carolina Constitutional Convention in 1896. Lieut Field must have brought some of these advertising covers with him from South Carolina to use to write letters home as there is at least one other example of this advertising cover design from the same correspondence which is a Richmond Soldier's Due stampless cover with Lieut Field's endorsement on the cover also in August 1862. (See VA3076)
$800.00

VA3323
6/29/2024
CSA #8 (margin just in at right affixed upside down) tied by a partial strike of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6p 22 OCT (1864). Richmond Drop Letter. Legal sized cover with manuscript "Treasury Department, Second Auditors Office, Official" at the upper right indicating official business use. Heavy coarse paper cover addressed to Chas B. Jonas (not sure of the last name), Richmond, Virginia. Missing top back flap and minor sealed edge tears at top center. Very clean cover. Ex-Kohn.$450.00

VA3324
6/29/2024
Stampless PAID cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 2a 17 JAN 1862 and handstamp PAID 5cts Type F. The Richmond CDS is clearly a Type 2a (5mm day logo and 3x11.5mm year logo) which Powell states was used only July-October 1861. This use falls well outside of the recorded dates for this postmark. “Confederate States of America, War Department, Ordnance Office, Official Business” Semi-Official Imprint. This imprint is not listed in the current CSA catalog. The imprint is a variation of WD-OD-05 in which "Depratment" is misspelled, but this cover imprint has "Department" spelled correctly. Military Address to Capt Wm A. Perkins Co D 3rd Va Cavalry Farmville, Va. Very Fine.

William Allan Perkins (1817-1889, a farmer and Cumberland County official) entered service as 2nd Lieut Co G 3rd Va Cav 5/14/1861 and was promoted Captain 9/15/1861. He resigned 3/12/1862 due to family hardship as his wife and eight children were without support.
$450.00

VA3325
6/29/2024
CSA #12 (AD) Horz Strip of 3 (margin just in at the bottom) tied by two partial strikes of the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d 19 SEP 1863. Addressed to Mrs James Banon (cannot decipher the last name because of the handwriting) Care of Major S. R. Chisman, Greensboro NC. Major Chisman was a North Carolina Quartermaster in Guilford County. Very clean cover showing a scarce 3x overweight rate.$300.00

VA3326
6/29/2024
USA Star Die with patent lines and overprinted with Official POD Imprint "Confederate States of America, Post Office Department, Official Business signed by B. N. Clements Chief of the Appointment Bureau" Type APP-01. Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5d SEP 1863 and handstamp FREE Type AA. Addressed to PM, Mayo, Rockingham Co., No. Ca. Part of top back flap missing, minor reduction at the top not affecting anything, and an excellent barely noticeable small corner repair at the upper right. Very Fine appearance.$375.00

VA3327
6/29/2024
Stampless FREE cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 5f 31 MAR (1864). POD Official Imprint "Post Office Department, Auditor's Office FREE - Official Business" signed by A. Moise Jr Acting Auditor. This Official Imprint is currently unlisted in the new CSA catalog. Addressed to PM at Bolingreen, Holmes County, Miss. Heavy coarse paper cover which appears to be homemade. Ex-Marcus White Collection Very Fine.  $500.00

VA3328
6/29/2024
CSA #12c Greenish-Blue (4-Margin but close on the left) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS partially struck off the cover Powell Type 7d 5 AUG (1863).  POD Official Imprint "Post Office Department, Official Business, Chief of the Contract Bureau" CON-05. This particular imprint appears in the CSA Catalogue only on a commercial envelope. This example is overprinted on a USA Star Die. There is no signature. "Official Business" and "Chief of the Contract Bureau" are lined through, and the stamp is placed over the imprint indicating postage paid private use and not official business. Addressed to James Hemphill, Chester CH, Chester Dist., So. Ca. James Hemphill (1813-1902) was a lawyer in Chester SC. Period receiving docketing at the left refers to the sender, J. N. Lewis, and dates the cover to 1863. There is a significant repair to the left upper part of the cover for which part of the top back flap was used to construct the repair. The repair matches very well and is not a distraction to a very clean appearance. The repair does not affect the imprint, the address, or the docketing.

The most important part of the cover is the Richmond Type 7d postmark. The Type 6 and Type 7 postmarks are almost indistinguishable, but there are some small differences which are difficult to see. This is all explained in detail in Peter Powell's book on Confederate Richmond postal markings published in 1987. The Type 6 postmark was used beginning in DEC 1863 through to the end of the war. The Type 7 postmark saw very limited use only in March-October 1863. Powell only recorded about 30 covers total using the Type 7d postmark and recorded specific dates of use in his book of which 5 AUG 1863 (confirmed by the period receiving docketing) is one of the recorded dates. This is quite an important cover to a Richmond collector with the private use of an unlisted variation to the official imprint and a scarce Richmond Type 7d postmark.
$500.00

VA3329
6/29/2024
Stampless Soldiers DUE cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3g (broken "O" of "OCT") and handstamp DUE 10 Type Q 27 OCT 1862. Endorsed at left “John W. Hudler, Private of Company D 57 reg NC Troops.” Addressed to Elizabeth Hudler, Winston, Forsyth County NC. Wallpaper Adversity Cover with a Gray, Green, and Cream leaf and floral design with the right lower corner flapped up for display. Very Fine.

John W. Hudler (1836-1863) enlisted as a private in Co D 57 NC Inf 7/17/1862. He is listed as having died of pneumonia in a Richmond hospital 6/6/1863.
$850.00

VA3331
6/29/2024
Stampless FREE cover with the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 6d 25 APR 1863. Legal size cover with Official Imprint "Confederate States of America General Post Office Department Auditor's Office FREE Official Business" Signed B. Baker Auditor Type AUD-04. Blue paper linen lined money envelope designed to send cash through the mail with the linen lining designed so that the banknotes cannot be seen through the cover. Addressed to Leo Laundry Esq, Abbeville, Vermillion Ph (Parish), La. Unusal to see a money envelope used to send cash through the mail with an official POD imprint. Corner wear at the top and bottom where flap opened, otherwise a very clean cover. $350.00

VA3333
7/6/2024
CSA #3 (very nice 4-Margin stamp) tied by the Richmond, Va CDS Powell Type 3f 8 DEC 1862. Richmond Drop Letter use addressed locally to Miss M. T. Jarvis, Richmond. The cover is small size and a Treasury Department government Semi-Official Imprint Type TD-03 at the upper right corner. The 2c Green Lithograph used on a government semi-official imprint cover is very scarce with only a small handful of covers recorded. This cover does appear on the Warren 2c Green cover census. The cover has been partially reflapped (top back flap) for restoration and preservation and underwent a light cleaning and pressing to remove wrinkling. But the cover is still very presentable and can be exhibited as the cover represents a significant rarity. The 2c Green on a Semi-Official imprinted cover is not listed in either the Scott catalogue or the Confederate catalog.$1,250.00

VA3334
7/6/2024
Stampless DUE cover with the Danville, Va CDS and handstamp DUE 2 14 OCT. Postage Due Drop Letter with no endorsement. Addressed locally to Col Wm C. Grasty, Danville, Va. Orange paper cover with a little light foxing, part of backflap missing, trivial edge repair top center, and minor pencil strengthening of the handstamp “2.” This cover is currently believed to be the only recorded example of the Danville “Due 2” handstamp. Ex-Bartels, Ex-Wiseman, Ex-Zimmerman, Ex-Richard Warren.

William Clark Grasty (1817-1901) operated a grocery business in Danville. There is no record of military service, so title of "Col" was most likely honorary. His oldest son, Sergt Samuel Stone Grasty (1839-1862), of Co B 18th Va Inf was Killed-in-Action at the Battle of Gaines Mill (Virginia) 6/27/1862.
$850.00

VA3335
7/19/2024
Stampless PAID cover "Sandy Plains Va March 26th (1865) Pd 10" all in manuscript. Obscure very late use from Patrick County which is in south central Virginia on the North Carolina border. Coarse brown paper cover addressed to Mrs. Mary B. Anderson, Spring Garden, Pittsylvania Co., Va. The original letter from the addressee's sister remains with the cover datelined "Sandy Level March 20th 65" and confirms 1865 as the year of use. Letter contains only family news (kids with Whooping Cough, talks about the crops, and mentions sale of property for $25,000). No war or political news. Seems they were unaware that the end was just around the corner. If that $25,000 sale mentioned in the letter was in Confederate money, it would very soon be quite worthless. Cover with a vertical file fold near the right edge. Still a very clean cover and letter.$200.00
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VA3336
7/20/2024
Stampless PAID cover "Rose Mills Va Apl 14 / 63 Paid 10" all in manuscript (Amherst County). From the well-known Franklin Davis, Stanton, Va., Correspondence. Small folded piece of lined notebook paper which was a folded letter with the page containing the letter removed leaving only thr last line of the letter and the signature of the sender R. M. Waddell. Very clean cover from an obscure Virginia post office.$150.00


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