Lot 4285(Route 10405) "St. Louis & Memphis Mail Route, May 21, 64", manuscript route agent postmark on orange buff cover to Marietta Oh. bearing 3¢ rose (65), small flaws, canceled by matching manuscript, put onto Route 10405 to Cairo for transfer to the Ohio River; some edgewear, F.-V.F., a scarce route agent marking.
Towle No. M-1-c Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 4286(Route 10405) St. Lo. & Memphis S-B Dec 2, route agent cds and manuscript "Due 3cts" rating on yellow soldier's cover addressed to Milan Ind., endorsed "Army Letter, W. Strickland, Maj. 52d Reg. Ind. vols" at top, put onto Route 10405 to Cairo for transfer to the Ohio River; cover professionally restored, Very Fine appearance, a rare marking, ex-Kramer.
Towle No. M-1-e Estimate $300 - 400.
Route 10405 between Memphis and St. Louis was contracted to Barton Able at $7,350 a year for twice weekly service in June 1862. This contract was made as soon as Union forces had taken Memphis on June 6th 1862.