Lot 2413Confederacy, Head Quarters, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac, C.S.A., semi-official imprint crossed out on orange cover endorsed "L. Bamsley, Co. A, 8 Ga. Vol" with "Richmond Va., May 3,1862" cds and "Due 10" straightline rating to Kingston Ga.; flap tear, Very Fine.
C.S.A. Catalog No. WD-ZD-08; $500 Estimate $300 - 400.
The Army of the Potomac designation occurred June 2, 1861 when Beauregard took command at Manassas with his 6 brigades being the first corps. Johnston's Army of the Shenandoah with his 4 brigades became the Second Corps of the Army of the Potomac after his arrival July 20, 1861. This cover was sent after the Army had abandoned Manassas for the Peninsula just before the Army of the Potomac became the legendary Army of Northern Virginia when R.E. Lee took command on June 1, 1861.
Francis S. Bartow, was Captain of the Oglethorpe Rifles, an infantry company in Savannah. A detail from this volunteer unit captured Ft. Pulaski and the company became part of the 8th Georgia. Bartow was elected the regiment's Colonel and joined Johnston's Army of the Shenandoah. He was killed leading the 2nd Brigade at 1st Bull Run on July 21, 1861.