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Sale 90: Gems of Philately

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Forts & Military Outposts - Utah & Wyoming

Lots 117-124

Lot 117    

Army in Utah, Great Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, address on cover to Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry, franked with 1857, 1¢ blue, type V, three singles tied by "Greencastle, Ind., Jun 13, 1858" cds's, reverse with allover illustrated "Indiana Asbury University" advertising design, cover eventually taken to Camp Floyd for delivery, Very Fine.
Scott No. 24    Estimate $300 - 400.

It was divulged that Federal troops were on their way to remove Brigham Young as governor, as well as all other Mormon officials. Young threatened to burn Salt Lake City if troops came into the city, and indeed he removed all the in habitants. The troops arrived, but stopped east of the city at Camp Scott. A compromise was reached in mid-June 1858, by which the troops moved straight through to the west on June 28 in order to establish Camp Floyd. This fort, ironically, was named after the Secretary of War, which had been a vigorous proponent of the strife.

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Lot 118    

Camp Floyd, U.T., February 11, Paid 3, exceptional strike of homemade fancy integral rate postmark tying 1857, 3¢ dull red on cover to Portland, Me., pencil "Rec'd March 21, 1859" and docketed "Lieut Jno Edwards, Jr., 3rd Reg U.S. Artillery, Camp Floyd, U.T., via St. Joseph" on reverse; stamp with small margin nick and professionally restored cover tear at top, Very Fine appearance, a rare example of this provisional integral rate postmark, ex-Beals.
Scott No. 26    Estimate $400 - 600.

Within a week, the "Paid 3" was no longer used integrally with the townmark and was later to used independently in conjunction with this Camp Floyd postmark.

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Lot 119 ()   

Fort Bridger, U.T., March 1, 1858, clear two-line handstamp on rebacked cover front to Concord, N.H., franked with 1851, 3¢ dull red, horizontal pair tied by second light strike of postmark, manuscript "Due 3" rate and "Recd April 8" docketing; light stain spots, Very Fine appearance; with 1997 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 11    Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.

ONE OF THE FEW EXAMPLES OF THE FORT BRIDGER STRAIGHT LINE DATE STAMP AND THE ONLY USED ON THE 1851 ISSUE.

The fort was burned by the Mormons in October of 1857 at the beginning of "The Mormon War". Bridger than leased the land to the U.S. military, which rebuilt it with an official opening of June 7th 1858. This marking was struck while the fort was still under construction.

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Lot 120    

Fort Bridger, Utah, address destination on cover to Lieutenant in the U.S. Infantry, with manuscript "Via Ft. Leavenworth and Larame" routing endorsement at bottom, franked with 1857, 3¢ dull red (s.e. at right) tied by blue "Centralia, Ill., May 11" cds, Very Fine, a scarce three fort addressing, ex-Beals, Rosenthal.
Scott No. 26    Estimate $400 - 600.

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Lot 121    

Fort Bridger, U.T., Feb 21, bold sharp cds on ca. 1856 legal size cover to Columbia, Mo., matching straight line "Paid" handstamp and "6" double rating; cover reduced at right refolded at other sides, Very Fine appearance, from 1853 until October 1857 the Mormons occupied this fort.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Originally an emigrant stop, by this period, Ft. Bridger was almost 100 miles out of the way. However, unlike the rest of the region, this spot had plenty of trees and fresh water. Thus, it was an ideal spot for the overland mails.

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Lot 122    

(Wyoming) Fort Laramie, June 30th, 1849, dateline on folded letter to Maumee City, O., carried to Fort Leavenworth and placed on Missouri river steamboat with red straight line "Steam 10" handstamp, with lengthy letter from immigrant to California with interesting content regarding size of various wagon trains, "no danger apprehended from the Indians" as there are so many on the road, mentions travelers lightening loads "here and about Fort Laramie, heaps and pile on tons of provisions and all other kind of valuables are thrown away…Everything but what can be packed and their mules"…"We shall now probably take the Salt Lake and Mormon City and Humbolt River route", etc.; some edge staining, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

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Lot 123    

(Wyoming) Fort Laramie, Wg. Ty., Dec 4, clear cds and matching target handstamp canceling 1861, 3¢ rose on cover to Newton, Mass., Very Fine.
Scott No. 65    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 124    

(Wyoming) Fort Fred Steele, Wy Ty, Apr 6, relatively clear cds and target canceled 1861, 3¢ rose on cover to Centreville, Mich.; minor corner wear, F.-V.F., probably an 1869 use since the Post Office at this fort was established in July of 1868., ex-Rosenthal.
Scott No. 65    Estimate $100 - 150.

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