Lot 4040(Old Point Comfort to Baltimore Route 4973) Richland Jail, Columbia S.C., cover with "Old Point Comfort Va. Jan 21" cds and "Due 6" in circle handstamp to Hannover Pa., carried by Route 4973 from Old Point Comfort to Baltimore, manuscript "Examined R.D. Senn Capt. Gd." examiner's marking at left, endorsed "For Flag of Truce" at top, with original letter datelined "Richland Prison, Columbia S.C. Dec. 13, 1863"; cover with few light creases, Fine, Harrison records 39 covers for Richland Jail.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Letter was from Lt. Charles L. Bittinger from Company D of the 76th Pennsylvania Infantry. Bittinger was wounded and captured at Gettysburg and sent to Richland Jail in Columbia, S.C. He mentions, "Our Gov. has sent to that to that place some ten thousand suits, for the clothing of our destitute soldiers in confinement there. We have heard that the Rev. H. Clay Trumbull, Champlain of the 10th Conn. Regt. has reached his home in Hartford, Conn.; and that the letters we entrusted to his care have been forwarded by him to their respective destinations… Do not forget to enclose a dime for postage through the Confederacy…".