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United States Civil War

Lots 2292-2301 Lots 2302-2304

Lot 2292    

1863 Draft Dodger Writes from Canada to Friends in Akron, Ohio, orange cover bearing Canada, 1859, 10c Brown (17b; SG 36) tied by target to Akron Oh., also with "Akron O. 9 Sep." double-circle datestamp and "ADVERTISED" handstamp, with original enclosure dated "August the 30 1863" which includes "…Glad that I skaddled from war. I live happy and free and I have my meals three times a day and a good bed to sleep. Money or not I will stay in Canada…"; typed transcript accompanies, cover slightly reduced at right and minor wear, stamp with tiny tear and light corner crease, F.-V.F., a rare draft-dodger letter.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

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Current Opening Bid: $240

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Lot 2293    

Addressed to John Brown as Prisoner at Charlestown Prison, circa 1859 3¢ red (U10) buff Nesbitt entire cancelled by "Baltimore Md. Nov 20" cds addressed to "John Brown Esq., Charlestown Va." and endorsed "Charlestown Prison" at bottom left, docketed by Brown at left "Anonymous, Baltimore Rescue"; slight soiling, Very Fine and rare, ex-Antrim.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

A RARE 1859 USE ADDRESSED TO JOHN BROWN AS PRISONER AT CHARLESTOWN PRISON.

John Brown was an ardent abolitionist who believed it was his duty to fight pro-slavery settlers in Kansas. He hoped that a dramatic act would inspire a slave revolt and led 20 men in an attack on the Union Army Arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Va. on October 16, 1859. He was captured two days later and hung December 2, 1859 after being convicted of treason.

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Current Opening Bid: $375

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Lot 2294    

"Brought to Brooklyn, from Bull's Run, Va., July 20, By A.S. Wheeler, of 106 Fulton Ave.", printed imprint on flap of cover postmarked "Brooklyn, N.Y. Jul 22" cds with "C.H. Van Wyck, M.C." free frank to Tully N.Y., Very Fine and unusual.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 2295    

Chattanooga, Tenn., July, 1864, blue box date stamp with matching "Due 3" in circle handstamp on soldier's cover to Gordon, O., with original 1864 enclosure on "Cincinnati Sanitary Commission to our brave Soldiers." letterhead datelined "New Paris, Kentucky", Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

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Current Opening Bid: $70

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Lot 2296    

Clara Barton at Hilton Head S.C., two covers, first addressed to "Miss Clara H. Barton, Hilton Head, Port Royal, South Carolina", pencil docketed "Sam Barton Wife, Just Home Letter, J.B.H.", accompanied by "Gen'l Sherman's Headquarters, Hilton Head, S.C." purple patriotic design showing soldier's and buildings, on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by grid cancel duplexed with "Louisville Ky., Aug 24, 1863" cds to Benton Ind.; small flaws, Very Fine pair of covers.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Clarrisa Harlowe Barton (1821-1912) was a pioneering American nurse who founded the American Red Cross. She was a hospital nurse in the American Civil War, a teacher, and patent clerk. Nursing education was not very formalized at that time and she did not attend nursing school, so she provided self-taught nursing care. During the war she filled a void left by the U.S. Government, the U.S. Sanitary Commission and the U.S. Christian Commission, to supply wounded and suffering Union soldiers with their basic needs in nutrition, clothes and medical attention.

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Current Opening Bid: $190

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Lot 2297    

James B. McPherson, free frank "Jos. B. McPherson, Maj. Genl." signature on legal-size "Head-Quarters Seventeenth Army Corps" official business imprint cover to Brig. Gen. J.M. Tutle, Commanding 3rd Division 15th A.C., Very Fine and rare killed-in-battle General.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

James Birdseye McPherson (1828-1864) was a career United States Army officer who served as a General in the Union Army during the American Civil War. McPherson was on the General's staff of Henry Halleck and later, of Ulysses S. Grant and was with Grant at the Battle of Shiloh. He was killed at the Battle of Atlanta, facing the army of his old West Point classmate John Bell Hood, who paid a warm tribute to his character. He was the second-highest-ranking Union officer killed in action during the war.

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Current Opening Bid: $150

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Lot 2298    

(Military Address) "Soldier's Letter, R.L. McCook, Col. 9th O. Reg.", endorsement at lower left of orange cover with Louisville Ky. blue "DUE 3" rating handstamp to Theodore Racek at Watertown Wisc., pencil "4 May 1862" docketing; reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine and scarce future General's signature.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Robert Latimer McCook was one of the "Fighting McCook's" from New Lisbon, Ohio. This families offspring had a total of 15 in the Union Army, six of which reached the rank of Brigadier General. The northern version of Robert's death near Huntsville, Alabama on August 6th 1862 states that he had been wounded and was lying helpless in an ambulance when Confederate Guerillas from the 4th Alabama Cavalry came and shot him in the intestines. He died in agony the next day.

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Lot 2299    

Mississippi River Ram Floatilla., Official Business., imprint on cover addressed by Br. Gen. Alfred W. Ellet, Commander of the Mississippi Marine Brigade to his wife Sarah, franked with 1861, 3¢ rose canceled by grid handstamp, matching Round City, Ill., Oct 23 cds, Very Fine.
Scott No. 65    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Lot 2300    

U.S. Steamer Adela, hand-drawn multicolor patriotic illustration showing steamship on 130x73mm card framed and mounted on backing paper inscribed below "On blockading service of the coast of Florida, winter of 1863, George H. Rogers", who was a Naval Apothecary on the Adela, Very Fine and attractive.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

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Current Opening Bid: $200

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Lot 2301    

U.S.S. Housatonic, manuscript endorsement on cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) pair tied by circle of wedges fancy cancel duplexed with "New-York, Feb 3" cds on buff cover to Williamsburgh, Long Island N.Y.; edge wear and rounded corners, Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

On February 17, 1864, the Confederate submarine "Hunley" sank a blockader, the USS "Housatonic" off Charleston S.C., marking the first wartime sinking of a ship by a submarine. The addressee was one of 21 officers and 129 men rescued by the "Canandaigua" following the sinking of the "Housatonic". The February 16th use was posted one day before the USS "Housatonic" sunk. The Congdon correspondence is known however virtually all the covers are addressed from the Housatonic to Congdon's wife in Long Island.

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