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Sale 107: Gems of Philately

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The United States Civil War

Lot 2421    

Confederacy, (Military Addresses) "Camp 4 Miles South of Woodstock Va. April 6th 1862", dateline on war content letter with unused CSA 5¢ green (1) affixed at top left, interesting content reads in part "… The enemy has kept within sight of us all the time since the battle of Winchester, and as we have advanced they have seemed to feel constrained to retire through modesty or otherwise. Light skirmishing has been kept up each day during the past two weeks now and then killing a man or two from our midst by their careless shells and we returning the compliment with interest. Our progress is necessarily slow on account of keeping enough provisions along for the sustenance of the troops, and at the same time it has been necessary so far to move slow in order to give time for the accomplishment of certain ends elsewhere. We are now seventy miles from the Potomac following the westerly branch of the Shenandoah, which at this point makes an abrupt turn and with a tributary now forms the dividing line between the Rebel and our forces. Woodstock is the county seat of Shenandoah county and is a town of considerable importance but like most Virginia towns, it bears unpleasant marks of decay. Here the Manassas Gap R. R. follows on in its course, ending a few miles to the south of us. It is of no use to us for the Rebels have destroyed all they could of it in their retreat, by burning several fine bridges. It is of not much loss to us for it does not extend far enough to be of use very long…This part of the valley of the Shenandoah is rich in agriculture but as a large army has infested this region so long, it has been worse than the blight of locusts of old…I send you a specimen of C. S. Postage stamps which is a fair sample in point of execution of the most of their handiwork unaided by the "cursed Yankees."…" with mailing directions of "Co. "A" 39th Regt. Ill. Vol. 2nd Brigade, Shields Division, Washington, D. C.", accompanied by original mailing envelope addressed to Susquehanna Depot Pa. with stamp cut off and partial Banks Division cds, Extremely Fine.
Estimate    $500 - 750.


Realized: $425

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