Lot 2459Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medallion With Tennessee Flag Lettersheet, patriotic design in red with verse no. 31, entered mails with manuscript "Mooresburg, Tenn., Dec 11" postmark and pencil "Pd 5" rating at upper right to Miss E.D. Dickson in Salem, N.C., with original blue and red Tennessee 11-Star Flag design lettersheet (F11-8) datelined Dec. 10 with some interesting content…There was a gathering of Lincolnites in Hancock County a week or so ago, but soldiers went over there and attacked them and defeated them. The prisoners staid all night with us last night…The commander of the Hancock Lincolnites was Mr. Bird, one of the prisoners here last night was his son Elihu. I think that they will hang him. His gun flashed twice in the fight, a Very Fine and rare patriotic cover and enclosure.
C.S.A. Catalog No. JD-1A Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
AN OUTSTANDING PATRIOTIC ITEM SHOWING TWO DIFFERENT DESIGNS ON THE COVER AND LETTERSHEET.
Mooresburg, Tenn. is unlisted in the new CSA catalog. William Dickson was the postmaster here prior to the Civil War and is writing to his sister.
Current Opening Bid: $950
Lot 2460Confederacy, Jefferson Davis Medallion, design in black on cover to Glen Allen, Va., franked with large margin 1863, 10¢ blue tied by "Richmond, Va., Jan 1" cds; cover fold, tear under stamp and paper clip rust stain, Very Fine and attractive; with 2010 C.S.A. certificate. Scott No. 11.
C.S.A. Catalog No. JD-1B Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Opening Bid: $500
Lot 2461Confederacy, Mounted Dragoon and Verse, illustrated Patriotic design (Dietz SM-1) on cover to Fort Hembree, N.C., franked with two 1861 5¢ green (both large margins, minor gum staining) tied by blue "Newbern, N.C./Mar. 10" (1862) cds with manuscript routing endorsement "Via Augusta, Ga." at bottom left, Very Fine and attractive, ex-Tate.
Scott No. 1 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Opening Bid: $625
Lot 2462Confederacy, Tent & 11-Star Confederate Flag, Patriotic design in red, white and blue with "T.S. Reynolds" imprint 5 on cover bearing 5¢ green (1), large margins, tiny gum soak in left margin, tied by "Chattanooga, Ten." cds to La Grange Ga., Extremely Fine and choice, ex-Haas, Judd & Tate; with clear 1988 P.F. certificate.
C.S.A. Catalog No. TF-1 Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A GORGEOUS GEM USE OF THIS DESIRABLE TENT PATRIOTIC DESIGN ON COVER BEARING THE 1861 5¢ GREEN ISSUE.
Current Opening Bid: $750
Lot 2463Confederacy, (Blockade Mail) Summerville S.C. to Liverpool via Wilmington and Nassau, small outbound blockade-run cover addressed to Mrs. C. L. Burckmyer, in care of Fraser Trenholm & Co. in Liverpool, England, entered British Mails with "Bahamas AP 16, 1864" double-arc datestamp on back, manuscript "2/-" schilling due rating comprising 1sh packet postage to England and 1sh penalty fee, blue crayon "1/5 + 7 = 2/" accounting (1p plus half of penalty retained by Bahamas P.O.), "Liverpool, 28 MY 64" arrival cds, minor edgewear and backflap tears, Very Fine, ex-Myers; with 2004 P.F. certificate.
Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
The famous Burckmyer correspondence extensively written up in The Confederate Philatelist.
Current Opening Bid: $1,350
Lot 2464Confederacy, (Trans-Mississippi) Army of Tennessee, "Nov. 2, 1863" Date Handstamp, Field Cancel tying 10¢ blue (11) block of 4, small corner nick at top left, right pair with small fault, on Trans-Mississippi cover to Fairfield, Texas with pencil manuscript "via Meriden, Miss." routing instruction and soldier endorsement at left; cover with small corner repair at bottom right, Very Fine, ex-Solomon; with clear 1982 C.S.A. certificate.
Estimate $5,000 - 7,500.
ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COVERS IN EXISTENCE. THE COMBINATION OF A BLOCK OF 4 PAYING THE 40¢ RATE TIED BY THE ARMY OF TENNESSEE DATE HANDSTAMP ON A TRANS-MISSISSIPPI COVER IS A UNIQUE USAGE.
The Mississippi River and inland waterway routes were essential lifelines within the Confederacy. Early in the war, Federal naval strategy focused on control of the Mississippi, and, by the spring of 1862, key port cities were captured by Federal forces, giving them control of the river. With the Southern states divided between East and West, the Confederate government was forced to devise special measures to maintain transportation and communication along the trans-Mississippi routes. Surreptitious traffic across the river was carried on by private and government couriers, and the post office was authorized to appoint agents to ensure that the mail lines remained open. In April 1863 the Confederate Congress authorized a "preferred mail" across the Mississippi River and established a 50¢ rate per half-ounce. The act was revised to create an "express mail" without a fixed rate of postage, but instead limited to no more than a dollar per half ounce. By October 1863, Postmaster General Reagan secured a contract to have mail carried across the Mississippi at the rate of 40¢ per half ounce. Meridian and Brandon, Mississippi, were chosen as the eastern terminal points. Shreveport and Alexandria, Louisiana, were chosen as the western terminal points.
Current Opening Bid: $4,000