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Flag-of-Truce & Prisoner of War Covers

Lots 2286-2292

Lot 2286    

Confederacy, (Flag-of-Truce Mail) Parkersburg, Va. 26 Mar 1862, yellow inner cover from the South to Albany N.Y., three bold manuscript examiner's marks, "Examined G.M. Bascom, Capt & AAG U.S." by Union Captain of Ohio Volunteers Gustavus Murray Bascom, "Examined Andrew R. Barless Provost Marshal C.S.A." and "Examined John B (illegible)", U.S. postage paid by 3¢ Rose (65) tied by "Parkersburg Va. 26 Mar 1862" cds, some edge tears, otherwise Fine and attractive, A scarce Flag-of-Truce Use via Parkersburg, ex-Walske.
Estimate    $500 - 750.

References: Illustrated in Walske Special Routes on p. 93.

Realized: $850

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Lot 2287    

Confederacy, Camp Chase, Ohio, manuscript endorsement on buff Prisoner of War cover bearing uncanceled 3¢ rose (65) to Benton, Arkansas, additional "Lt. Col. Miller 11th Regt Arks, Prisoner of War" and "Politeness of Mrs. Clark" endorsements, Very Fine.
Estimate    $1,000 - 1,500.

Cynthia Charlotte "Lottie" Moon (1828-1895) was born in Danville, Virginia on August 10, 1828. She and her sister, Virginia "Ginnie" Moon are best known for their role as Confederate spies during the American Civil War. As spies for the Confederacy, Lottie and Ginnie smuggled information and medicine from North to South.

After the fall of Fort Donelson, Lottie heard that one of her brothers was at Camp Chase and she traveled there. Upon discovering that none of her relations were incarcerated at Camp Chase, Lottie Clark remained at the prison to improve the Southerners' condition. According to the Virginia Historical Society, she also volunteered to serve as courier by taking prisoners' mail to Richmond, Virginia, and allowing Confederate authorities to distribute it from the capital to the captives' native states. For some reason, a large group of 170 letters mostly slated to be carried by Lottie Clark did not connect with her and ended up in Ohio long-term storage. 112 of the letters made their way to the Virginia Historical Society, and only a few are held in private hands.

References: Kaufmann, Trish, "Confederate Mail Runner and Spy, Lottie Moon Clark", The Confederate Philatelist, 4th Qtr 2016, pp. 4-19.

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Lot 2288    

Confederacy, Point Lookout Md., mostly clear strike of "Prisoner's Letter, Aug 8, 1864, Examined" octagon handstamp (CSA type C, EKU) on cover bearing U.S. 3¢ rose (65) tied by four-ring cancel duplexed with "Point Lookout Md. Aug 8 '64" cds and C.S.A. 10¢ greenish blue (12c), large margins, tied by "Richmond Va. Aug 24" cds, addressed to Eagle Falls N.C., endorsed "Via Flag of Truce" at left; some light toning and stains, Fine and scarce combination use.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

According to Galen Harrison's book, this is the earliest strike of the "Prisoner's Letter, Examined" type c handstamp. We offered a second example of this EKU date in our sale 92 lot 2472.

Realized: $1,050

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Lot 2289    

Confederacy, Johnson's Island Prison, Ohio, manuscript examiner's marking on orange cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by target duplex "Sandusky O. May 6, 1864" double-circle datestamp to Cartersville Geo. and forwarded to Penfield Ga., endorsed "For Flag of Truce via Fortress Monroe & City Point Va.", "Richmond Va. Jun 2" cds, two different types of Confederate "Due 10" handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $600 - 800.

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Lot 2290    

Confederacy, Johnson's Island Prison, Ohio, 3¢ pink (U35) buff entire canceled by manuscript and matching "Morehead Ky. 19th Febr." postmark to Wilbourn Amburgy Prisoner, Johnson Island, Sandusky Ohio, Union "DUE 3" oval handstamp, magenta "See Officer Camp" and pencil "$2-00" notations, apparently forwarded by mail in a bundle with only top cover addressed from Johnson's Island to Point Lookout Md., the addressee presumably having been transferred there, note on flap "Received of Capt Paterson, two Dollars from W B Cornett, April 13, 1864" who was the Provost Marshall at Point Lookout; reduced at right affecting indicia, Fine and unusual Kentucky money letter to Confederate Prisoner, ex-Graham.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The border state of Kentucky had about as many soldiers in the Confederate Army as had the Union. While Kentucky remained, nominally, in the Union, so mails services were not discontinued statewide in May 1861, and some post offices were operated until Confederate occupation early in the war. Mail to Confederate soldiers in Union prison camps could be sent at the usual 3¢ rate and not censored until destination. In additional, Union greenbacks in small denominations to the prisoners.

Captain Joab N. Patterson, 2nd N.H. Vol. Inf., was appointed Provost Marshal of the Point Lookout prison, established after the Battle of Gettysburg. He served until April 15, 1864, although promoted to Lt. Col. on 4 June 1863.

Realized: $450

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Lot 2291    

Confederacy, Rock Island Barracks, Rock Island, Ill., prisoner's cover bearing U.S. 3¢ rose (65), small faults, tied by "Rock Island, Ill, May 23 '64" duplex on orange cover to Natchez, Miss., clear strike of "R.I. Barracks, Prisoner's Letter, Examined" oval examiner's handstamp, Very Fine.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

Realized: $325

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Lot 2292    

Confederacy, Northern Prisoner of War Cover Group, small group of three comprising two Fort Delaware prisoner covers with letters and one Johnson's Island, Sandusky, O. across-the-lines use, each with examiner oval handstamps, F.-V.F. group.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

Realized: $700

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Lots 2286-2292

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