Lot 946War Dept., 1873, 3¢ rose, tied by "Vancouver, Wash. Jan 31" territorial duplex cancel on small "Headquarters Department of the Columbia, Vancouver Barracks, W.T." imprint cover to Independence, Oregon, redirected to the Dalles, Oreg. with a 3¢ green (158) unnecessarily added for forwarding postage and tied by "Independence, Oreg., Feb 3" cds and target; tiny tear at bottom and reduced slightly at right, 3¢ War nibbed corner, Fine and most unusual Washington Territory use from Vancouver Barracks, ex-Waud, Markovits.
Scott Nos. O85 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Established in 1849, the Vancouver Barracks was the first U.S. Army base located in the Pacific Northwest. Built on a rise 20 feet above the Hudson's Bay Company (HBC) trading station Fort Vancouver. As conflicts between indigenous peoples all around the Pacific Northwest and American settlers escalated and became violent, a number of wars broke out. This series of "Pacific Northwest Indian Wars" lasted from around 1848 until 1879. Forces from Fort Vancouver actively campaigned against the native peoples and were involved in nearly every operation against Native Americans throughout the Pacific Northwest.