Lot 2898Confederacy, Confederate States of America, Executive Department, Official Business., imprint on legal size cover to Maj. Gen. Howell Cobb in Quincy, Fla., franked with 1863, 10¢ blue tied by "Richmond, Va., Jun 17, 1863" cds; light edge soiling and wear, Very Fine. Scott No. 11.
C.S.A. Catalog No. ED-06 Estimate $250 - 350.
Lot 2899Confederacy, Confederate States of America, Surgeon General's Office, Official Business, imprinted on buff cover bearing 5¢ blue (7) pair tied by "Richmond Va. Sep 5 1863" cds to Lancelor M. Blackford, Office of Court Martial, Head Qrs., Gen. Longstreets' Division, Army No. Va., receipt docketing at left ties pair, original letter datelined "Surgeon General's Office, Richmond Va. Sept. 5th 1863" from George S. Barnsley to a friend written very eloquently concerning war and romance; small stamp flaws, Very Fine and rare imprint.
C.S.A. Catalog No. WD-MD-08 Estimate $300 - 400.
George S. Barnsley (1837-1918) was from Woodlands Plantation Ga. He was a Confederate solider, hospital steward, medical student, and assistant surgeon in the 8th Georgia Regiment. He enlisted with his brother Lucian in Company A of the 8th Ga. Regiment, participating in the First Battle of Manassas.
Lot 2900Confederacy, Headquarters, Conscript Department, Columbia, S.C. Official Business., semi-official imprint on orange cover to Henry Summer, Newberry S.C. with blue "Columbia S.C. Jun 9" cds and matching blue "Paid" in circle handstamp with pencil "20" cent rating; small faults including reduced at left and refolded at top, Very Fine, A scarce CSA semi-official imprint., ex-Kohn.
C.S.A. Catalog No. WD-CN-11 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 2901Confederacy, M.S.K. Office, Atlanta Arsenal, Official, handstamp imprint on legal size cover addressed local to ordinance officer Capt. A.F. Pope, Very Fine, an extremely rare unlisted semi-official imprint.
C.S.A. Catalog No. unlisted Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 2902Confederacy, Nitre & Mining Bureau Semi-Official Exhibit Collection, of 25 covers, a front and a couple ephemera items mostly mounted on exhibit pages in binder, a comprehensive study of semi-official imprint envelopes including nearly all the major printed imprint types as well as an early manuscript and several new imprint varieties; with highlights including provisional manuscript imprint cover franked with Mobile, Ala., 1861, 5¢ blue, vertical line through "O" of "POST" (MOB-AL-B02b), ample to large margins, tied by neat "Mobile, Ala., Dec 18, 1861" cds (probably the earliest official business cover from this independent bureau prior to it's official formation in April of 1862), the only recorded example of the type WD-NM-01 imprint, type WD-NM-07 imprint on legal size cover franked with 1863, 20¢ green (13) from Richmond, Va. (only recorded usage of the 20¢ issue on a Nitre & Mining Bureau imprint cover), nice type WD-NM-08 imprint cover franked with 1862, 5¢ blue, Stone 3 (4) accompanied by a second cover with a unlisted variety of the imprint (mixed serif/sans serif fonts), type WD-NM-09 imprint cover showing a unique turned cover usage (Scott #6 pair usages both sides), fresh type WD-NM-10 imprint cover franked with 1863, 10¢ blue (11) tied by violet Augusta, Ga. town postmark, the unique WD-NM-15 "Disbursing Office" imprint on hand-carried cover to Capt R.C. Morton noting to contain "500 Postage Stamps", interesting turned cover with manuscript notation "Proposal to build Nitre Shead", two related semi-official covers from the Central Laboratory in Macon, Ga. (WD-OD-19) and the Charleston Arsenal (WD-OD-14), ephemera items including a 1864 Nitre & Mining Service C.S., 6th Dist. check; a wonderful collection of these scarce imprints with many important semi-official imprint items throughout, condition well above the norm overall, Very Fine and choice.
Estimate $7,500 - 10,000.
On April 11, 1862, an Act of Congress established the Nitre Corps as the independent Nitre and Mining Bureau under the War Department, for the purpose of supervising the mining of materials needed for military purposes.