Lot 525Confederacy, Letterman General Hospital, two covers from captured Southern "Capt. B. F. Little" and addressed to his wife at Little's Mill, Richmond County, North Carolina, the first cover is written from Letterman General Hospital near Gettysburg, franked with United States 3¢ rose (65) tied by blue "Gettysburg, Pa./Jul. 24, 1863" double circle postmark in combination with CSA 10¢ blue tied by "Richmond, Va./Aug. 4, 1863" cds, cover with manuscript notation at left "Through the Commanding Officer/Fortress Monroe, Va." with "Ex, F.R.K." examiner's initials alongside, second cover sent from Ft. McHenry in Baltimore franked with United States 3¢ rose (65) tied by blue target duplexed with "Baltimore, Md., Dec. 10, 1863" double-circle postmark in combination with CSA 10¢ blue tied by "Richmond, Va., Dec. 18, 1863" cds, cover with manuscript notation at left "Through the Commanding Officer, Fortress Monroe from, Prisoner of War, B.F. Little, Capt., Co. 52nd N.C. Regt." with examiners initials and "via Flag of Truce" endorsement alongside; second cover with small bit of flap torn away, Extremely Fine, the Letterman Hospital cover is pictured in the Harrison book on Prisoner's Mail; second cover with 1981 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
A VERY RARE AND HISTORIC PAIR OF LETTERMAN GENERAL HOSPITAL COVERS.
The Letterman General Hospital was set-up on July 20 after the Battle of Gettysburg in an effort to consolidate the wounded and provide more effective treatment. Prior to that the wounded were scattered throughout dozens of field hospitals. The hospital was located in Camp Letterman, about one mile east of Gettysburg on the George Wolf farm.
Lot 526Confederacy, Northern Prison, small pink cover addressed to Mrs. Chas. Howard in Baltimore, in the top right corner is a full impression of half dime coin which was formerly affixed to the cover to pay the Union postage on this cover from a prisoner of war, the cover was sent by Charles Howard to his wife, endorsed with manuscript "Exd" and "ExJ" Examiner's marking, minor edge wear and small part of flap torn away, Very Fine and rare.
Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A SIGNIFICANT HISTORICAL COVER FROM A POLITICAL PRISONER WITH ONE OF THE CLEAREST IMPRESSIONS OF AN ATTACHED COIN EVER SEEN ON A COVER.
Charles Howard (1802-1869), a member of an old colonial Baltimore family, was President of the Baltimore Board of Police at the outbreak of the war. He was arrested by U.S. Military Authorities on suspicion of Confederate sympathies on 7/1/1861 and was held as a Prisoner of State (Political Prisoner) at Fort McHenry (Md.), Fort Lafayette (N.Y.) and finally Fort Warren (Mass.) until his release on 11/27/1862.
His wife, Elizabeth Phoebe Key, was the daughter of Frances Scott Key. Charles Howard's son, Frances Key Howard (1826-1872) was likewise arrested and held as a Prisoner of State at the same locations and at the same time as his father. A second son, John Eager Howard, served the Confederacy as a Captain on the Confederate States General Staff.
Lot 527Confederacy, Salisbury Prison, Salisbury, N.C., "Prisoner of war letter" endorsed homemade cover to Philadelphia Pa. bearing 5¢ blue (4), edge flaws, in combination with U.S. 1861, 3¢ rose, both tied by "Salisbury, N.C., Jun 23" cds, 3¢ additionally tied by "Old Point Comfort, Va., Jul 12" cds, light pencil "Ex NK" examiner's marking; reduced slightly at left with minor corner flaw, fresh and Very Fine; with 2009 C.S.A. certificate.
Scott No. 4 + U.S. 65 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
A RARE COMBINATION USAGE FROM THIS CONFEDERATE PRISON.