Sale 2Completed: June 8, 2024

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Lots 1394—1426

CSA General Issues on Cover

  • Lot 1394

    1861, 5¢ green, large margins all around, tied by "Charleston S.C. Mar 11, 186" cds on light buff overpaid drop-rate cover, 1862 docketing at left, Very Fine and choice overpaid drop use.

    Scott No. 1   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $500.

    The earliest known use of the first CSA 2¢ stamp, the 2¢ green lithograph Andrew Jackson, is March 21, 1862. This overpaid drop-rate cover was used only ten before.
  • Lot 1395

    1861, 5¢ green, Stone 2, Position 16 and 23, left large margins to touched, right four margins, tied by bold "New Orleans La. 19 Jan" cds on buff cover to Lewis Thompson, Bertie City N.C., Very Fine use at the 10¢ rate over 500 miles.

    Scott No. 1 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    Lewis Thompson (1808-1867) was a prominent landowner and politician. He served in the North Carolina legislature pre-war and as a trustee of the University of North Carolina. He owned plantations in both North Carolina and Louisiana.

    Realized: $210

  • Lot 1396

    1862, 2¢ green, huge margins including portions of adjacent stamp at left, tied by clear strike of "Charleston S.C. Jun 20, 1862" cds on blue drop-rate cover made from printed receipt form, docketing at left, Very Fine, Warren Census No. SC-018, ex-Judd, Brooks, Wishnietsky .

    Scott No. 3   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $3,500.

  • Lot 1397

    1862, 2¢ green, full to large margins, tied by bold strike of "Richmond Va. Oct 12, 1862" cds on large part of multicolored floral wallpaper wrapper to Thomasville N.C., bottom portion of wrapper missing though well clear of address and stamp, Very Fine, ex-Murphy, Zimmerman, Brandon .

    Scott No. 3   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.

  • Lot 1398

    1862, 2¢ green, large margins to clear at right, tied by bold "Richmond Va. Dec 8, 1862" cds on " Confederate States of America Treasury Department " semi-official imprint drop cover, worn with sealed tears, backflap replaced, Fine appearance, still a very presentable and extremely rare combination of 2c Green on cover with the Treasury Dept. imprint, Warren census no. VA-046 ; signed Kimbrough.

    Scott No. 3   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $3,500.

    Realized: $475

  • Lot 1399

    1862, 2¢ green, position 4 showing dot in margin variety, three large margins, touched at top, tied by blurred Richmond Va. cds on newspaper wrapper made from printed form to Darlington Heights Va. at the 2¢ circular rate; portion of wrapper cut and folded down for display, stamp with vertical crease and couple tiny scuffs, Fine and rare use at the 2¢ circular rate; with 2006 C.S.A. certificate.

    Scott No. 3   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $3,500 on normal cover.


    Realized: $1800

  • Lot 1400

    1862, 2¢ green, four large to full margins, bright shade, tied by neat "Savannah Ga. Jul 5" cds on flaps of Savannah, Albany & Gulf Railroad Company freight bill locally addressed to G.B. Lamar; stamp neatly slit horizontally from use as flap seal, otherwise Very Fine and outstanding drop-rate use, ex-Innella ; with 1983 C.S.A. certificate.

    Scott No. 3   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $3,500.

    George Bugg Lamar (1798-1874) was a steamboat pioneer from Georgia who went on to found a Wall Street bank. After the start of the war, he returned to his native Georgia and became active in banking and supporting the war effort in several ways including founding the Importing and Exporting Company of Georgia, one of the blockade runners of the American Civil War.

    Realized: $500

  • Lot 1401

    1862, 5¢ blue, large margins to in at left, partly broken crease, tied by "Salem Ala. Jun 10" cds on small cover to Mobile Ala., neat " ADV. 2 " advertised 2¢ due handstamp; small edge tear, F.-V.F.; with 2014 P.F. certificate.

    Scott No. 4   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $750 - 1,000.

    Advertised Mail (Act of February 23, 1861 and 1859 PL&R) regarded letters that remained unclaimed in a post office beyond a specific period of time were advertised in the local newspaper. The frequency of such advertisements depended on the quarterly gross receipts of an office. The period ranged from once each week at the largest offices to once in six weeks at the smallest offices. Such mail was charged an additional fee of 2¢ to be paid by the recipient.

    There are twelve advertised markings listed in the Confederate Handbook, only two of which are abbreviated.

    Realized: $1100

  • Lot 1402

    1862, 5¢ blue, Stone 2, horizontal strip of six , positions 2-7 on the transfer stone, tied by multiple strikes of "Mobile Ala. Jul 31, 1862" double-circle datestamp on legal-size cover to the "Register in Chancery", Marion Va., manuscript " Due 40 cts " ties strip and repeated below for apparent overweight contents, docketing on front and back including "Rec'd from Post Office and filed in office Aug. 4, 1862, registrar"; three stamps faulty, refolded at left for display, Fine, ex-Kilbourne .

    Scott No. 4   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.


    ** Reference: Illustrated in 1986 Dietz catalog on page 130.

    Realized: $1300

  • Lot 1403

    1862, 5¢ light blue, De La Rue printing, large margins, lightly creased as flap seal, tied by "Charleston S.C. Jun 26" on adversity cover made from blue-lined writing paper datelined "24th Jun 1862, Forte Artilery" from Artillery Solider in the State Militia addressed locally to his Uncle, sender was writing from Fort Johnson in Charleston Harbor requesting "I want to join your Sharp Shooting Company if there is any chance to do so"; couple small mounting stains, F.-V.F. and rare State Militia Soldier overpaid 2¢ drop use.

    Scott No. 6   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $750 - 1,000.

    The sender was in the South Carolina State Militia and CSA postal rules did not permit state militia soldiers to send mail collect. The 5¢ stamp overpaid the 2¢ drop letter fee.
  • Lot 1404

    1862, 5¢ light blue, De La Rue printing, top sheet margin single tied by "Richmond Va. Aug 15, 1862" cds on brown wrapper to Greenville Va. endorsed " Two Papers " over edge; refolded with stamp lightly creased from use, Very Fine and exceptionally rare wrapper 5¢ use overpaying the 4¢ double newspaper rate, ex-Hastings .

    Scott No. 6   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $300 - 400.


    Realized: $275

  • Lot 1405

    1862, 5¢ light blue, De La Rue printing, full to large margins, tied by "Richmond Va., Ju 13, 1862" cds on cover to local military address of Lieut. Thomas P. Shirley, Co E 18th Regt Va Volunteers, Richmond Va.; bit of flap missing, Very Fine and choice overpaid drop letter use, ex-Hastings .

    Scott No. 6   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $250.

    Realized: $150

  • Lot 1406

    1862, 5¢ light blue, De La Rue printing, horizontal pair, margins to in, tied by "Abingdon Va. Oct 8" cds on local cover to Mrs. Martha C. Hopkins; pair slightly affected from edge placement, flap torn, F.-V.F., a scarce pair used on an overpaid drop cover .

    Scott No. 6   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.

    Realized: $120

  • Lot 1407

    1851, 1¢ blue, type Ia, two right sheet margin singles with large margins all around, neat affixed on left and right flaps and tied by "Richmond Va. Aug 12, 1862" cds on homemade cover to Blue Ridge Va., Extremely Fine and unusual.

    Scott No. 6   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.

    Realized: $120

  • Lot 1408

    1862, 5¢ blue, Archer & Daly printing, tied by "Richmond Va. Apr 24" cds on civilian flag-of-truce inner cover carried into Richmond and posted as a drop letter, endorsed " pr flag of truce " at top in same hand as address, no censor markings or indication of origin, letter went unclaimed, reverse with "Richmond Va. Apr 29" cds and " Advertised 2 " in notched oval handstamp; stamp affixed slightly over edge of cover affecting corner, light soiling, otherwise Very Fine and scarce.

    Scott No. 7   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $500 - 750.

    The Richmond cds is Powell type 6, which was not used until 1863, making this a late civilian flag-of-truce cover.
  • Lot 1409

    1862, 5¢ blue, Archer & Daly printing, horizontal pair, large margins, tied by indistinct Ala. datestamp on adversity cover made from printed notice to Dayton Ala., flap can be opened for display; left stamp with tiny scissor-cut top left margin clear of design, fresh and Very Fine adversity use.

    Scott No. 7   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    William E. Clark was a veteran of the War of 1812, an attorney and a member of Alabama's 1861 Secession Convention who voted in favor of the ordinance.

    Realized: $180

  • Lot 1410

    1862, 5¢ blue, Archer & Daly printing, two singles, large margins to just touched, tied by red "Chester C.H. S.C., Feb 14" Valentines Day cds on turned cover to military address Capt. J.S. Wilson, 1st Regt. S.C. Cavalry, Charleston S.C., inside use with 10¢ blue (12) , full margins, tied by "Richmond Va., Jan. 26" cds to Chester C.H., Very Fine and attractive turned use, ex-Kohn ; with 1985 P.F. certificate.

    Scott No. 7   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    Captain John S. Wilson, probate judge of Chester Country since 1890, is a native of that county, born in 1820, and graduated at the South Carolina College in 1842. Three years later he was admitted to the practice of law, but was mainly engaged in planting until 1861, when he organized a company for the military service, which in August was assigned to the First regiment, South Carolina cavalry. Of this company he was first lieutenant, and was promoted to captain in the summer of 1863. With Hampton's cavalry in Virginia he participated in the famous battle of Brandy Station, and the cavalry fight at Gettysburg, where his company was badly cut up. During the retreat to Virginia and the subsequent campaigning he was at the front. In March, 1864, the First and Second cavalry were ordered home to recruit. He brought back but thirty-one of the ninety seven who had gone into Virginia in his company. After filling up the command he was on duty on the coast, and later with part of his regiment was in temporary command at Florence. His service ended with Johnston's surrender at Greensboro.

    Realized: $275

  • Lot 1411

    1863, 2¢ brown red, large margins to just in where separated a bit unevenly, tied by "Charleston S.C. Aug 19, 1864" cds on tan-striped wallpaper cover used locally, with original Aug. 18th enclosure from Sarah Pogson Smith concerning family and business matters describing inflation and the war, " …I hope wars difficulties will be lessened - and all its horrors over and people once more assemble at their own homes… "; opened for display, Very Fine, ex-Brandon .

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.


    Sarah Pogson Smith was born in Essex, England and emigrated to South Carolina together with her brother Milward and sister Frances. She arrived in the city on 10 May 1793. Sarah was an early American female novelist. She was always known as Sarah Pogson Smith following her marriage to Judge Peter Smith and her nieces and nephews called her "Aunt Smith". This marriage was said to be an unhappy one ending in separation. Sarah survived her husband and lived for a time in Philadelphia before returning to Charleston in her old age, where she was living in that city during the Civil War.

    Realized: $3500

  • Lot 1412

    1863, 2¢ brown red, full to large margins, tied by "Mobile Ala. Nov 2" cds on 1863 cover from New Orleans La. to Mobile Ala. where entering mails as a drop letter, manuscript " Mailed by La Relief Committee, 34 North Royal Street " endorsement at top; backflap removed, top edge repaired, sealed cuts around 2¢ stamp, still Fine appearance and rare use, ex-Gunter .

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.


    *In May of 1863, Union General Nathaniel P. Banks ordered the deportation of all New Orleans citizens who had refused to take the oath of allegiance to the United States. Approximately 700 New Orleans families were forced to move to Mobile, Alabama with little but the clothes on their backs. Prominent citizens of Mobile organized a Relief Committee to supply food, medical care, shelter and transportation for these refugees.

    Since communications between Union occupied New Orleans and the Confederacy was forbidden, the Relief Committee also smuggled letters in small vessels along the Mississippi Sound to ensure communication with the struggling citizens of New Orleans. The Louisiana Relief Committee was in operation from June 1863 until early September 1864.
    • Reference: Illustrated as the Louisiana Relief Committee example in the 1986 New Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Handbook on page 201.

      The Confederate Two-Cent Red-Jack Intaglio Stamp, Brian M. Green, described and illustrated, fig. 23, pp. 17-18.

    Realized: $2300

  • Lot 1413

    1863, 2¢ brown red, huge margins except cut in at right, corner crease, tied by "Richmond, Va. Mar 27" cds on unusual 1864 across-the-lines rebacked cover front with manuscript " By Flag of Truce Steamer " addressed to "Major John Taylor, C.S.A., care of General Lawton, C.S.A., Quarter Master General, Richmond, Va."; repaired including adding top and right edges, Fine and attractive appearance, ex-Bleuler, Roth ; with 2007 P.F. certificate.

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $1,500.


    Gordon Bleuler speculated that this was probably official military mail and that the Richmond post office probably had monies furnished in a military account for unpaid mail received and addressed to officers.

    The Union side-wheel steamer
    New York was used extensively on the James River in Virginia as a Flag of Truce boat to transfer both Northern and Southern prisoners. The trip was usually between Airken's Landing Va. and Fort Monroe Va. The New York also carried the vast majority of all Civil War Flag of Truce mail.

    Realized: $600

  • Lot 1414

    1863, 2¢ brown red, large margins to just in at right, tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 18" cds on 1863 printed Quartermaster General's Dept. receipt for pay returns, accomplished in hand with signature of Major Quartermaster Richard Cox, official business endorsement and addressed to Captain in the 44th Virginia Regt., forwarded from Richmond with 10¢ greenish blue, Die B (12) , margins to in, corner of stamp folded over when tied by "Richmond Va. Dec. 18" cds, redirected in another hand to "Care Genl Lee near Orange C.H."; light inconsequential staining, otherwise Fine and a remarkable usage, ex, F.-V.F., a remarkable forwarded drop use , ex-Peters, Finney, Everett .

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.

    Realized: $1700

  • Lot 1415

    1863, 2¢ brown red, tied by "Richmond Va. Jul 23" cds on gray cover to Bollings Landing Va., endorsed " Printed Matter " at top; slight ink smudging or staining touches stamp at top, missing part of backflap, small edge tears and top right corner repaired, otherwise Very Fine circular-rate use, ex-Gimelson ; signed Dietz.

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $1,500.

    Realized: $400

  • Lot 1416

    1863, 2¢ brown red, ample margins to touched, tied by "Richmond Va." cds with unclear date on unsealed cover endorsed " Circular " to Lynchburg Va., addressed to Capt. Fleming Saunders who was an assistant quartermaster for the 42nd Virginia; light cover crease at top barely affects stamp, Very Fine and scarce printed circular use marked such.

    Scott No. 8   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $1,500.

    Captain Fleming Saunders (1829-1907) was an assistant quartermaster for the CSA Army in the 42nd Virginia Infantry, commissioned May 31st 1861 at Yellow Branch, Campbell Co Va. as a 1st Lieut. Promoted to Quartermaster on Sept. 1st.

    Realized: $375

  • Lot 1417

    1863, 2¢ brown red, double transfer, clear double transfer in "Two Cents", tight margins, tied by "Augusta Ga. Sep 1" cds on small drop cover, fresh and Very Fine, ex-Weatherly, Pegram ; with 2010 C.S.A. certificate.

    Scott No. 8 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  $1,500 as normal on cover.

  • Lot 1418

    1863, 10¢ blue, large margins, small margin cut and light creases, tied by "Jackson Miss. Jan" cds on buff cover to Tallahassee, Florida, " ADVERTISED " straightline and manuscript " 2 " cent due rating, Very Fine, ex-Briggs .

    Scott No. 11   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.


    Realized: $2300

  • Lot 1419

    1863, 10¢ blue, mostly large margins, gum toning, tied by partial S.C. town cds on wallpaper cover with white and gray design addressed to Abbeville C.H., S.C.; some edge wear, F.-V.F.

    Scott No. 11   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $300 - 400.

    Realized: $300

  • Lot 1420

    1863, 10¢ blue, large to huge margins, ties by light "Tarboro N.C., Mar 30" cds on wallpaper cover with magenta and green floral design addressed to New London Va., endorsed "Hasting this on if you please"; small opening tears at top, slight soiling, F.-V.F. and attractive.

    Scott No. 11   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $300 - 400.

    Realized: $500

  • Lot 1421

    1863, 10¢ blue, four margins, tied by "Charleston S.C., Feb 25" double-circle datestamp on blue printed one-page donation request letter to Aiken S.C., Very Fine and unusual overpaid 1¢ circular rate use.

    Scott No. 11   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    John Hamilton Cornish was the rector of St. Thaddaeus Church (Episcopal) in Aiken S.C. The 1¢ circular rate became effective on July 1, 1863.
  • Lot 1422

    1863, 10¢ dark blue, large margins to touched at bottom, tied by "Richmond Va." cds on what was originally a blue legal-size "Confederate States of America, Subsistence Department" semi-official cover to Capt. R.B. Moorman at Commanding Post, Louisburg Va., turned and refolded into small cover, 10¢ greenish blue, Die B (12c) , large margins, tied by "Louisburg Va." cds to Fairfax Va., opened for display, Very Fine and most unusual adversity usage of a semi-official cover.

    Scott No. 11b   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.

    Realized: $160

  • Lot 1423

    1863, 10¢ blue, huge margins, creased tied by "Charleston S.C. Aug 26" double-circle datestamp on overpaid drop-rate adversity cover made from a military form showing "Rank, Corps" etc addressed to Officer of the Charleston & Savannah Railroad, Ravenel S.C. that was part of the Charleston area, second overpaid drop use bearing 10¢ blue (12) , margins to in, tied by "Charleston S.C. Aug 31" cds to local address; envelope cut for display, Very Fine and rare double overpaid drop use, ex-Weiss .

    Scott No. 12   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $400 - 600.

    References: Illustrated in Weiss's book "Adversity Covers of the Confederacy".

    Realized: $300

  • Lot 1424

    1863, 10¢ blue, full to large margins, bright shade with a bit of toning, tied by sharp "Thomasville Ga. Oct 23" cds on multicolor wallpaper with floral design addressed to Albany Ga.; missing top flap, side flaps mostly separated, F.-V.F. and pretty design showing rose flower.

    Scott No. 12   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $300 - 400.

    Realized: $950

  • Lot 1425

    1863, 10¢ blue, Archer & Daly printing, huge margins, tied by face-free partial Weldon N.C. cds on adversity cover made from lined paper addressed locally to Messrs. Thos. Branch & Sons, business letter datelined "Weldon N.C., Dec 7th 1863" and privately carried to Petersburg where posted as overpaid drop letter , Extremely Fine and choice adversity overpaid drop use.

    Scott No. 12 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $200 - 300.

    Realized: $170

  • Lot 1426

    1864, 10¢ deep blue, Keatinge & Ball printing, large margins all around, tied by partial "Sumter S.C. Feb 26" on small overpaid drop cover to Mrs. R.E. Pennal, who was the wife of Sergt. Robert E. Pennal, Co. B 25th S.C. Infantry, Very Fine and scarce KB overpaid drop use.

    Scott No. 12 var.   ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦  Estimate $150 - 200.