Lot 2862Confederacy, Sparta Ga., Nov 13, red cds with matching "Paid" handstamp in circle overstruck by bold red "10" rate marking (CSA type D) on cover to Private Samuel H. Wiley at Manassas Junction Va., soldier's endorsement of "Co. E, Capt. Smith, 15th Regt. of Georgia Vols., Thomas W. Thomas Commdg.", Very Fine, Similar use from same correspondence pictured in Monroe Book on pg. 11.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2863Confederacy, Mesilla N.M. Dec 21, clear strike of cds and manuscript "Due 10c" rating at left on cover with soldier's endorsement at upper left from "A.N. Alford, Co. A. T.M.R. (Texas Mounted Rifles), C.S.A." and addressed to H.M. Alford, Austin, Texas, endorsed "Via San Antonio", pencil "Received Jany 6 1862" receipt docketing; reduced slightly at right, Very Fine.
Estimate $15,000 - 20,000.
A CHOICE EXAMPLE OF THE RARE "MESILLA N.M." DATESTAMP FROM THE CONFEDERATE OCCUPATION OF NEW MEXICO IN THE NEWLY-FORMED TERRITORY OF ARIZONA.
In July 1861, Lt. Col. John Baylor raised the Confederate flag at Fort Bliss, later occupying Fort Fillmore and the town of Mesilla. On August 1st he issued a proclamation establishing the Confederate Territory of Arizona, naming Mesilla as its capital. In January 1862, the Confederate Congress passed a bill establishing the Territory of Arizona. President Davis signed the bill in January and issued his presidential proclamation shortly thereafter.
Albert Nelson Alford enlisted as a private in Company A, Texas Mounted Rifles, which was organized in May 1861, but reorganized in April 1862 as the 2nd Cavalry Regiment. The regiment was active in various conflicts in New Mexico Territory. In late 1861 and early 1862, it was actually known as the Army of New Mexico, but later well known as part of the Trans-Mississippi Department.
According to specialists in Arizona and New Mexico postal history, there are fewer than ten examples known of the Mesilla, N.M. occupation marking.
Lot 2864Confederacy, "Grand Cane Texas, Oct 31st/61", manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 5" rating on 3¢ red on buff (U27) star die entire to James D. Wilson, Houston Tex.; no flap, otherwise Very Fine and choice, This town is unlisted in the new CSA catalog..
Estimate $400 - 600.