Lot 4041(Old Point Comfort to Baltimore Route 4973) Richland Jail, Columbia S.C., with "Old Point Comfort Va Oct 3" cds and matching "Due 6" circled rating handstamp on wallpaper cover with floral design in pale bluish gray, addressed to a Col. Otis in Manchester Ct., manuscript examiner's mark and endorsed "Prisoner of War's Letter" at top, original Sept. 7, 1863 datelined enclosure from Chaplain H.C. Trumbull; flap opened for display, Very Fine and choice, Harrison records 39 covers for Richland Jail.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
AN EXCEPTIONALLY RARE SOUTHERN PRISON WALLPAPER USE CARRIED ALONG STEAMBOAT ROUTE 4973 TO BALTIMORE.
Letters from Union officers imprisoned at Richland County Jail in Columbus S.C. were taken through the lines under "Flag of Truce" agreements to be carried north from Old Point Comfort on Route 4973 operated by the Baltimore Steam Packet Co.
Letter concerns recount of Chaplain Trumbull's capture at Fort Wagner and reads, "Doubtless you were surprised to learn of our capture when you returned to, or heard from, your command. We can assure you it greatly surprised us. On Sunday, July 19th, just before noon at the suggestion of Maj. Greely and with the approbation of Lt. Col. Leggett, I went out into the field before Wagner to aid the wounded who were then being removed…." He goes on to state only ten minutes later they were held for 7 hours of consultation and then sent to South Carolina.