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The Civil War

                                                Page last updated: 1-21-2011

 

Newly Added From Our Newsletter 57
 


65 – Chattanooga, TN typeset straight-line

January 6th straight-line to Westford, Mass. and forwarded to Portland, Maine. (PH57-16) $150.00


65 – Mjr. John W. Roper, 2nd Fla Cavelry – P.O.W. – Fort Delaware
Inner envelope, money letter, docketed: “$10 U.S. Currency”, also marked with a “C” and “Ex”. Sent via flag-of-truce, via Fortress Monroe. (PH57-20) $300.00


65 – H. P. Bettiea – P.O.W. – Camp Chase
Inner envelope, money letter, docketed: “$10 U.S. Currency”, also marked with a “C” in red. Sent via Fortress Monroe flag-of-truce boat. (PH56-23) $300.00


65 – Capt. George Allen Wardlaw – P.O.W. - Fort Delaware
Inner envelope, money letter, docketed: “$50 U.S. Notes”, also marked with a “C” and “Ex” in blue. Sent by flag-of-truce. He died in Savannah, GA on July 9, 1865. (PH57-24) $300.00


65 – Ben H. Bounds – P.O.W. – Fort Delaware
Inner envelope, money letter, docketed: “$1 U.S. Currency”, also marked with a “C” in red and “Ex” with “Exchanges” marking.. An adversity use made of ruled paper. (PH57-25) $300.00


65 – To the wife of a Morgan’s Raider
Envelope from Maj. R.S. Bullock, 8th Ky cavalry who was captured at Buffington Island and was first held in the Ohio Penitentiary. Docketed: “Ex, name of officer, A.D.C.” (PH57-26) $200.00


65 – Used from occupied Georgia
Savannah, GA duplex CDS with fancy killer used fro occupied Georgia with U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card. (PH57-49) $75.00

 

 


Civil War Letters and Covers

Civil War & Sanitary Fair and Commission Letters

Northern Iowa Sanitary Fair letter and printed circular
The letter is dated May 21st, 1864 and talks of various donations that can be made to the Fair. It is signed by Austin Adams, secretary. Adam's was one of the Fair organizers and later was named to the Iowa Supreme Court. The printed circular is dated March 10th, 1864 and provides background on a Fair to be held in Dubuque, June21st, 1864. (Ex-Kantor) $150.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission Historical Bureau - letter and envelope
Printed 1866 letter acknowledging receipt of something. Envelope with Sanitary Commission corner card, stamp tied by duplex New York CDS. (Ex-Kantor) $95.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card envelope with four page letter
Cover franked with 3c stamp struck with quarter cork killer, Annapolis, MD CDS. Letter datelined: March 11, 1865 and not much on content. (Ex-Kantor) $50.00

U.S. Christian Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
Cover franked with 3c stamp tied with fancy Washington, D.C. duplex. CDS.  Letter datelined: Patrick, VA, March 10, 1865. two pages to wife, talks of how he is tiring of war. (Ex-Kantor) $75.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
Cover franked with 3c stamp tied with fancy Annapolis, MD, Apr. 17 (1865) duplex. CDS. Six and half page letter talks about: war's end, hope that Johnston will surrender, parole of prisoners, and returning home to the farm. $125.00

War Claim Agency envelope and letterhead
Stamp tied by Chicago, Ill duplex CDS. Elaborate letterhead dated June 2nd, 1865. Letter talks of power of attorney. A portion of the corner card is filled in. $95.00

U.S. Christian Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
Four page letter datelined Sutherland Hospital, April8th, 1865. Describes his last battle on March 31st. $125.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
Soldier's "Due" letter with Washington, DC 1864 CDS. Letter is datelined: Ninth Army Cory Hospital City VA Aug 14 and written by Frederic J. Johnson, Co. D, 32nd Maine. Talks about the slaughter of his company at Petersburg in the mine explosion. $125.00

U.S. Christian Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
The stamp had fallen off the envelope and has been hinged back in place. Letter datelined: "Camp of the 100th PA near Petersburg, Jan. 28, 1865". Talks about life in a winter siege camp. $95.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission corner card envelope with matching letterhead
Letter datelined: "City Point, VA, April 13, 1865". Soldier is in the hospital but talks about turning in guns and possible discharge. Includes two other letters from the same person and a reply envelope with the his hospital address on it. $95.00

 

Member of Congress Favor Free Franks

Favor free franks were applied to blank envelopes by congressmen and passed out to the troops for their personal use. This allowed a soldier to send a letter home at no cost to him.

U.S. Sanitary Commission cover with Burt Van Horn free frank
Cover was roughly opened at along the left edge, Washington, D.C., Sep 17, 1862 double circle CDS. Attractive. (Ex-Kantor) $35.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission shield imprint with A. H. Rice free frank
Nice clean cover with clear free frank and red Boston, Mass, Dec 20, double circle CDS. A gem! (Ex-Kantor) $125.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission shield imprint with A. H. Rice free frank
Another Rice cover with clear free frank and red Boston, Mass, Feb. 7, double circle CDS. Reduced 1/4 inch at right. Docketed: San. Com., Feb 1, 1865. (Ex-Kantor) $95.00

U.S. Christian Commission imprint with G. C. Crawford free frank
Cover reduced at the left and right. Washington, D.C. Jan. 23, '63 double circle C DS and "Due 3" marking. One can assume the postmaster did not honor the congressional free frank. (Ex-Kantor) $75.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission imprint with J. N. Rice free frank
Full cover with some edge tears and surface dirt. Washington, D.C. Dec. 25, 1862 double circle CDS. (Ex-Steele, Kantor) $35.00

 

Sanitary Fairs Covers

from the Robert and Marjorie Sered Kantor Collection

We recently acquired the balance of this great collection directly from the Kantor's. You may recall that the heart of the collection was sold in a Robert A. Siegel sale (no. 766A) in 1995. Much of this material came from the collections principally formed by Elliott Perry, Dr. Ludwig Simon, William W. Steele, J. william Middendorf II, and Vincent Domanski. In addition to the proofs and stamps there are about 400 covers from the Great Central Fair, Metropolitan Fair, and with various sanitary commission corner cards which are offered here. You may want to bookmark this page to watch for future additions.

 

Mint Sanitary Fairs Covers & Ephemera

Louisiana Lottery Stamps
These two stamps come from the Kantor collection. The only information they could provide was that they come from a lottery held in Louisiana for the benefit of the troops. More research required. $100.00

WV8 Metropolitan Fair stamp
Three large margins and just clears at the top. Strong crisp impression. Catalogs: $325.00, net $250.00

Great Central Fair (Black)
Unused example in black on white wove paper envelope. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $100.00

Great Central Fair (Black) - Large no. 10 size
Unused example in black on white laid paper envelope. (Ex-Kantor) $125.00

 

Great Central Fair Covers

63 - Great Central Fair (Violet)
63 straddle pane copy with pane divider guide line tied by Philadelphia CDS. Local use made "Return" in pencil. Repaired tear in design at top left. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $350.00

65 - Great Central Fair (Black) - Due 6
65 tied by 1864 Philadelphia duplex CDS. Should have been paid at the double rate since it was over 1/2 ounce. It was rated "Due 6" which was twice the deficient postage. Cover going to Washington, DE. Edge wear and some erosion toward bottom right of cover. That said a marvelous postage due use! (Ex-Kantor) $275.00

65 - Great Central Fair (Black)
65 tied by Philadelphia 1864 CDS, addressed to Gettysburg, PA. Interesting docketing on face: "direction as to forwarding bones of shells shot from battery to Central Fair." A great piece of Civil War history. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $750.00

65 - Great Central Fair (Purple)
65 tied by Philadelphia 1864 duplex CDS. Blind embossed cameo on back flap (can be folded up to show): Robert C. Davis Druggist and Apothecary. Back stamped with Phila. Station receiving mark. Minor toning along left edge, tiny tear at top. A marvelous cover. (Ex-Kantor) $750.00

. 65 - Great Central Fair (Black)
65 tied by Philadelphia 1864 duplex CDS. Roughly opened along top, edge tears at right. (Ex-Kantor) $250.00

Great Central Fair (Gray) on 2c Blackjack entire
U17 with fair corner card design in gray and cancelled with double circle Philadelphia CDS. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $500.00

Great Central Fair (Black) on 2c Blackjack entire
U17
with fair corner card design in black and cancelled with Philadelphia CDS. Carrier use, fresh and clean. (Ex-Kantor) $500.00

 

Northern Ohio Sanitary Fair

1864 Northern Ohio Sanitary Fair, Cleveland, O, Feb. 22nd with enclosure
Cover endorsed by U.S. Senator which allowed it travel free though the post. These were done on a favor bases. Enclosure: receipt for boxes received from the Norwalk, Ohio Union Society. Roughly opened at right, reduced 1/2". (Ex-Kantor)  $100.00

1864 Northern Ohio Sanitary Fair, Cleveland, O, Feb. 22nd
Cover endorsed by U.S. Senator which allowed it travel free though the post. These were done on a favor bases. (Ex-Kantor) $100.00

 

Northwestern Fair - Chicago

73 - Northwestern Fair - Chicago
73 tied by black cork killer to Northwestern Fair envelope. This fair was held in Chicago in 1865 after the end of the Civil War. Great circular rate use to Maine. (Ex-Kantor) $500.00

 

Sanitary Commission Covers

65 - Cincinnati Branch - U.S. Sanitary Commission
65 tied by blue Cincinnati duplex CDS. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $30.00

65 - Cincinnati Branch - U.S. Sanitary Commission
65 tied by blue Cincinnati duplex CDS. (Ex-Perry, Kantor) $30.00

Branch Sanitary Commission - Cleveland
Sent free with U.S. Senator's free frank. Addressed to secretary of the Aid Society of Randolph, Ohio. Letter datelined Nov. 25, 1864, refers to the work of the Commission. receipt for five kegs of pickles. (Ex-Kantor) $175.00

Soldiers' Aid Society - Cleveland
Sent free with Member of Congress free frank. Cleveland CDS. Reduced 1/2" at left. (Ex-Kantor) $35.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission - Cleveland
Sent free with Member of Congress free frank. Cleveland CDS. Roughly opened at left.  (Ex-Kantor) $50.00

Sanitary commission money package with American Express label
Money letter envelope with an Adams Express wax seal on  the back and an American Express - Cleveland orange and black express label on the front. (Ex-Kantor) $100.00

U.S. Christian Commission - Mobile
65 tied by Mobile, AL CDS. Since Mobile did not surrender until three days after the war ended this is probably a post war use. (Ex-Kantor) $35.00

U.S. Sanitary Commission - NYC - triple rate
Large size envelope franked with three 65's paying triple weight from New York City to Washington, D.C.
Surface dirt, edge wear and a couple of edge tears. O.C. Bullard was a very prominent leader in the Sanitary Fair movement. (Ex-Kantor) $50.00

 

                                        

                                     

                                     

 

 

 

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