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Sale 74: The Westpex Auction

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Military & War-Related - Forts & Misc.

Lots 1175-1184 Lots 1185-1189

Lot 1175    

(Forts) F-Adams, July 26 (Mississippi), partial straightline with red red manuscript "Way 52" rating on folded letter datelined "Bayou Sarah July 24th 1805" to Washington Pa., some edge wear, F.-V.F. and scarce Territorial use.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Lot 1176    

(Forts) F. Adams, Nov - 18. (Mississippi Territory), straightline postmark and red manuscript "25" cent rating on 1805 folded letter to Washington Pa., letter datelined "Bayou Sarah, Nov 3rd 1805" (Spanish West Florida) from David Bradford, a prominent leader of the Pennsylvania Whiskey Rebellion of 1794, to prominent statesman David Redick, letter refers to traveler going through Kentucky, Very Fine.
Estimate    $600 - 800.

The 1794 rebellion was subdued by forces sent by President George Washington with Bradford escaping to Spanish West Florida.

Realized: $650

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Lot 1177    

(Forts) (Fort Buchanan, Arizona) 1860 (c., Jun. 28) New York N.Y. to Fort Buchanan, Arizona, cover endorsed "Overland Mail Via St. Louis" bearing three 3¢ dull red (26) singles, minor nicks, tied by two strikes of "New-York Jun 28" cds; refolded at top and reduced at left, Very Fine and attractive use.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

Fort Buchanan existed for only five years 1856 to 1861 and was part of New Mexico Territory as Arizona was not a separate territory until February 24, 1863. It was under constant threat from Apaches. This cover was carried along the Butterfield Overland Mail route from St. Louis to Arizona.

Realized: $500

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Lot 1178    

(Forts) Fort Leavenworth, Mo. May "21", cds with manuscript day and matching "10" rating on 1846 folded letter endorsed "On Public Service" and to Brig. General R. Jones, Adjutant General, U.S. Army, Washington D.C., letter from commanding officer concerning barrack deserter who surrendered, clean and Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Fort Leavenworth was part of unorganized territory from establishment in 1828 until 1854 when Nebraska Territory became a state.

Realized: $200

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Lot 1179    

(Forts) Fort McKinney, Wyo. T. 5 Jun 1884, cds duplexed with circular grid cancel ties 2¢ red brown (210) on cover to New York City; part of flap missing, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $120

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Lot 1180    

(Forts) "Fort Snelling, March 3" (Unorganized Territory), manuscript postmark with matching "Paid 10" on 1847 folded letter to Louisville Mo., non-contemporary year date below postmark., trivial toning around edges, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $600 - 800.

Fort Snelling was at various times part of Michigan, Wisconsin and Iowa Territories, from Dec. 28, 1846, to Mar. 2, 1849, it was considered part of the unorganized territory in the Louisiana Purchase region (Second Period, listed in ASCC under Minnesota).

Realized: $700

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Lot 1181    

(Forts) "Fort Snelling, May 2" (Iowa Territory), manuscript postmark and "25" cent rating on circa 1839 folded cover to Washington Conn., noted as 1839; paper fold and small edge tear, Fine, At this time Fort Snelling was part of Iowa Territory (Jul. 4, 1838 to Dec. 27, 1846). ASCC $600.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $575

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Lot 1182    

(Forts) Fort Totten Dakota Oct 4 1881, sharply struck bluish black cds duplexed with star cancel that ties 3¢ bluish green (207) on cover to Philadelphia Pa.; reduced slightly at right, tiny edge tear, still immaculate and Very Fine, ex-David Jarrett.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $170

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Lot 1183    

(Forts) "Fort Wilkinson, 26th June 1798" (Georgia), manuscript postmark with matching "25 cts Paid, J.Whitney P.M." rating on folded letter from Fort Sutler to Snow Hill Md., contents concern sale of land by Indians, "…white persons who have settled amongst them (the Indians) and who from their long residence there and natural corrupt hearts have become more savage than the real Muskogee…tired of the Indian business"; tong and reinforced fold separations, Fine.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

THE EARLIEST RECORDED UNITED STATES FORT POSTMARK.

Fort Wilkinson was named for General James Wilkinson located on Oconee River four miles south of Milledgeville site of negotiation of June 1802 land treaty with Creeks. Fort Sutler's letter.

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Lot 1184    

(Forts) Fort Wingate N. Mex., Sep 4 1882, complete strike of cds and circled star cancel on 3¢ green entire to Chicago Ill., original enclosure datelined "Fort Wingate N.M. Sept 4th '82" reading in part: "…Since writing last nothing has occurred. I stay in camp all day… Tomorrow morning 5 of the party stand for the Indian town to stay two month. Judging from the descriptions I hear in camp of the dirt, lice & filth of these towns. I have no desire to spend any length of time in them…Mr. Stevenson who came from Washington on Saturday is going to take a party to the San Juan county (south west of him)…"; reduced slightly at left, otherwise Very Fine and scarce Territorial Fort use.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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