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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Confederate States of America

Lots 2466-2475 Lots 2476-2478

Lot 2466

Confederacy, 1861 (Aug. 30) Confederate States Congressional Act for cases of Slaves Abducted or Harbored by the Enemy, original one-page original printed document headed "An Act, To Perpetuate Testimony in Cases of Slaves Abducted or Harbored by the Enemy, and of other Property Seized, Wasted, or Destroyed by them. No. 270." enacted by The Congress of the Confederate States of America approved August 30, 1861, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 2467

Confederacy, 1861 (Jul. 31) Act Relating to the Prepayment of Postage in Certain Cases, part-printed circular datelined "Confederate States of America, War Department, Richmond, July 31, 1861" to "Brig. Gen. Jackson" commanding "Forces on Monterey Line, Monterey Va.",with preprinted message from L.P. Walker Sec. of War, docketing note "Will Genl. Jackson please cause this to be published to all of the troops under his command. Resp. C.L. Stevenson, A. Genl.", additional docketing stating "Published - Copies sent to Cols…"; some light aging and minor reinforcing, F.-V.F.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

This act relates to soldiers being able to send letters postage due if properly endorsed, free forwarding to soldiers if lawfully removed, and Members of Congress has free franking privilege.

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War, and the best-known Confederate commander after General Robert E. Lee. His military career includes the Valley Campaign of 1862 and his service as a corps commander in the Army of Northern Virginia, under Robert E. Lee. Confederate pickets accidentally shot him at the Battle of Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, the general survived but lost an arm to amputation and died of complications from pneumonia eight days later. His death was a severe setback for the Confederacy, affecting not only its military prospects, but also the morale of its army and of the general public. Jackson in death became an icon of Southern heroism and commitment, and became a mainstay in the pantheon of the "Lost Cause".

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Lot 2468    

Confederacy, 1863 (Aug. 28) South Carolina Real Estate Deed, blue real estate document executed during the war, recorded post-war in the deed registration office with Stamp Duty label impressed with U.S. Collector seal and signed, uncancelled U.S. 50¢ revenue (R63c) affixed to legitimize the war-time transaction, Very Fine.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 2469    

Confederacy, 1863 (Feb. 9) Head Quarters, Dist. of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona, printed General Orders No. 16, two sided 5.35" x 8.25", datelined "Houston, Texas, February 9th, 1863" for a general court martials that convened at Houston Texas on January 20th; small flaws, Fine and scarce District of Texas, N.M. and Arizona document.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 2470    

Confederacy, 1864-65 Confederate States of America Official Documents, group of three to James S. Turner as administrator of the estate of Thomas Presley, 1864 certificate for $400 of Registered Bonds paying 4% datelined "Depositary Office, Chester SC 9 March 1864" signed by J.L. Hams; 1865 letter datelined "Quartermasters Office, Chester S C March 30th 1865" requesting delivery of corn and fodder; and 1865 official letterhead receipt for the corn and fodder amouting to $4736.13 signed by assist. quartermaster, F.-V.F. trio.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2471

Confederacy, "C.S. Launch No. 1, Grand Caillou, April 1st 1862", dateline on letter Commander Frederick B. Fladden to Flag Officer C.S. Navy, New Orleans", some interesting military and blockade intelligence… "Since send my last report of the 15th inst. I have almost daily visited Last Island and Ship Island Shoals & vicinity; inspecting the neighboring Bayous with close scouting - Yet I have not seen anything of any of the Enemy's cruisers or boats attached to them. The Schooner "Hermosa" laden with Salt and Coffee seen the blockade on the 19th inst., is now lying with safety four miles above the Fort. I offered to send assistance with the Launch which the Master respectfully declined…part of my Crew wish to be transferred. They are good seamen and used to Gunnery. If you will allow the transfer to be made to some of the Gunboats on the River. I can reduce the expenses of the Launch considerably…", Very Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 2472

Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, signature as President on 1862 appointment of William E. Bass as Postmaster of Petersburg Va., dated July 8th 1862, also signed by J. P. Benjamin as Secretary of State, official seal at lower left, imprint of Hoyer & Ludwig at bottom left; fold wear and light staining, professionally framed; accompanied by two part-printed receipts for payment of Box Rent to W.E. Bass as postmaster, Fine.
Estimate    $2,000 - 3,000.

A RARE C.S.A. POSTMASTER APPOINTMENT DOCUMENT SIGNED BY PRESIDENT JEFFERSON DAVIS FOR WILLIAM E. BASS AS POSTMASTER OF PETERSBURG VA.

Jefferson Finis Davis (1808-89) was an American statesman and leader of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and fought in the Mexican-American War as the colonel of a volunteer regiment. He served as the United States Secretary of War under Democratic President Franklin Pierce (1853-1858), and served as a Democratic U.S. Senator from Mississippi.

William E. Bass was the postmaster of Petersburg Va. and had his provisional stamps printed at Andrew F. Crutchfield & Company, publisher of the local Petersburg newspaper, The Daily Express.

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Lot 2473

Confederacy, John H. Reagan Letter Relating to Appointment as Postmaster General and Capture with Pres. Davis, postwar Autographed Signed Letter written from his home, datelined "Palestine, Texas, Nov. 21st 1867" to L.G. Cisk, Esq. of St. Louis, Mo., reading in part "In reply to your letter of the 4th instant I wold say that I was appointed Post Master General of the late Confederate States on the 6th of March 1861; and my duties as such were terminated by my capture along with Mr. Davis, by the federal troops, on the 10th of May 1865. Mr. Trenholm resigned his position, as secretary of the Treasury, the day after we left Charlotte North Carolina, but I don recollect the date, and I was, on that day appointed Acting Secretary of the Treasury and continued to perform the duties of this office, in addition to those of Post Master General, until I was made a prisoner, on the 10th of May 1865, Very respectfully, John H. Reagan"; some fold reinforced tape stains.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

John Henninger Reagan (1818-1905) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A Democrat, Reagan resigned from the U.S. House of Representatives when Texas seceded from the Union and joined the Confederate States of America. He served in the cabinet of Jefferson Davis as Postmaster General. After the Confederate defeat, he called for cooperation with the federal government and thus became unpopular, but returned to public office when his predictions of harsh treatment for resistance were proved correct.

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Lot 2474

Confederacy, Montgomery Ala. Jan 11 1861, perfect bold cds on prewar 1860 post office accounting slip with manuscript note "Alabama Seceded from the U. States this day at 45 minutes past 2 o clock P.M."; partial backing and small tear at left, Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

A REMARKABLE POST OFFICE ARTICLE ON THE DAY OF ALABAMA'S SECESSION.

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Lot 2475    

Confederacy, Prayers and Other Devotions for the Use of the Soldiers of the Army of the Confederate States, 12 pages, undated and has a string binding holding it together. It measures about 7-1/4" x 4-3/8"; some aging, small erosion hole front cover.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lots 2466-2475 Lots 2476-2478

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