A true understanding of handcarried letters outside the regular postal service is absolutely essential to the Postal History of the South. Many rural areas in the southern states had either no postal service or at best the postal service was erratic. Letters were often carried as a favor by friends or relatives during their travels.


Handcarried item to Massie's Mill, Va. Very often the name of the individual who carried the cover can be seen as is the case at the upper right "E.E. Jefferson Sept 9, 1861."(CSA Certificate #601)

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