Lot 1962Confederacy, Adams Ex. Co. * Louisville Ky. * Jul. 23, 1861, clear strike of circular datestamp on light buff cover with Confederate "Germantown, Ten. Jul 6" cds and matching "PAID" handstamp with ms. "5 cts" rating to Temple N.H., entered U.S. mails with 3¢ dull red (26), fresh color, tied by blue "Louisville Ky., Jul 9, 1861" duplex with circular grid cancel, endorsed "By Adams Express" at top; tone spot at bottom, 3¢ corner affected by edge placement, otherwise Very Fine through-the-lines cover carried by Adams Express to the North.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
A SCARCE C.S.A.-UNION COMBINATION THROUGH-THE-LINES COVER CARRIED BY ADAMS EXPRESS TO THE NORTH.
Unlisted in the Walske-Trepel Census. This use is the only recorded from the small Confederate Tennessee town of Germantown (population 200-250) that was founded along the Chickasaw Trace on a ridge between the Wolf River and Nonconnah Creek, about 16 miles east of the Mississippi River. It is currently a city of nearly 40,000 located within the Greater Memphis area. Most Adams Express Co. northbound combination uses show origins of Nashville, Richmond and other larger cities.
Lot 1963Confederacy, Nashville Ten. Aug 9, 1861, blue cds with matching "Paid" and "5" ratings on yellow cover to University of Virginia, docketed "Am. Letter Express" at left; flap torn, F.-V.F. and unusual, ex-Brandon.
Estimate $300 - 400.