Lot 1967Major Robert Anderson Turned Cover, addressed in the hand of Major Robert Anderson, Commander of Fort Sumter, to New York City, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red (lower right corner nick) canceled by grid handstamp, matching "Charleston, S.C., Feb 6, 1861" cds, with original signed enclosure datelined "Fort Sumter, S.C., Feby. 5, 1861", with inside of cover initially addressed and hand-carried to "Majr. Robert Anderson, Fort Sumter" in the hand of David F. Jamison - President of the Secession Convention; small cover tear at top, accompanied by a second cover addressed in the hand of Major Robert Anderson to Westchester, N.Y. on January 15, 1861 which is probably the first postmark date after mail service resumed from the fort (non-contemporary docketing and slight soiling), F.-V.F.; signed Brian Green, with 2014 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 26 Estimate $2,500 - 3,500.
A RARE AUTOGRAPHED LETTER AND COVER SENT BY MAJOR ROBERT ANDERSON DURING THE SIEGE OF FORT SUMTER.
On December 26, 1860, Major Robert Anderson of the U.S. Army surreptitiously moved his small command from the vulnerable Fort Moultrie on Sullivan's Island to Fort Sumter, a substantial fortress built on an island controlling the entrance of Charleston Harbor. An attempt by U.S. President James Buchanan to reinforce and resupply Anderson using the unarmed merchant ship Star of the West failed when it was fired upon by shore batteries on January 9, 1861. Mail exchange was stopped by the Confederates from Fort Sumter from January 1st to the 14th and resumed thereafter.
Lot 1968Col. Geary, portrait patriotic design on cover to N.J., franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by "Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 25, 1863" cds; cover tears, Fine.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $100 - 150.
Lot 1969The Constitution, red and blue design with "United We Stand, Divided We Fall." below, on cover to San Juan, Cal., franked with 1859, 10¢ green, type V tied by red "Hancock, Mi" cds and segmented target handstamp, Very Fine, a scarce patriotic usage to California; with 1991 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 35 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1970Flag, red and blue design with "The War For The Union" slogan alongside, on cover to Connecticut, "New Orleans, La., Apr 6, 1863" cds with matching "Held For Postage" oval handstamp, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by targets with additional June New Orleans cds, reverse with "This Letter was dropped in the Post Office without stamp…" label on backflap; light cover soiling and edge wear, F.-V.F., an unusual usage.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1971From Company #3. 1st Vet. Cavalry, N.Y.S. Vols., illustrated soldier and horse with camp in foreground design on cover to Campbelltown, N.Y., franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by "Washington D.C., Dec 17, '63" cds and target duplex, with matching illustrated letterhead datelined from Camp Stoneman, D.C. and mentioning Harlin's Express Co., with additional Adams Express Co. receipt, Very Fine and choice.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 1972Generals - Illustrated Lettersheet Proofs, set of 10 different Union Generals in black, blue and red, portrait designs with allegorical frame used for patriotic lettersheets, most with J.G. Wells imprint below, each on glazed card, most with block impressions from other prints, Very Fine, a rare patriotic lettersheet proof set.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 1973The Girl Not Left Behind, battlefield scene design showing Women Attending to Wounded Soldier, on cover franked with 1861, 3¢ rose tied by "Washington D.C., Oct 4, 1862" cds, Wells imprint on backflap, Very Fine.
Scott No. 65 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 1974Lincoln & Davis in 5 Rounds, the complete set of five unused patriotic covers depicting caricature battle between the North & South, printed by J.H. Tinley, Very Fine, a rare and popular caricature patriotic set.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.