Union Postal History
Putman’s Improved Spring Bed
"Boston, Massachusetts, September 2. Carrier collection to the
mails. An example of the voluminous correspondence between John Putnam
and his son, Lieutenant Samuel Putnam. Ex- Donald Evans and still on a
portion of his gold medal exhibit page.
Circular for the U.S. Pension and Bounty Land Office
Printed circular dated: “Auburn, Feb. 22nd”, 1862. A rare
circular covering claims for the War of 1812 and the current war as
well. Ex-Wilson Born and still mounted on his exhibit page.
Letter – Louisville, KY
Blue Louisville Mar 10, 1863 CDS with accompanying “DUE 3” on
envelope going to Ohio. Manuscript field grade officer endorsement
reads: “Soldier’s Letter, Capt. D. Barrett, Co. I, 89th OVI”.
Barrett was captured at the Battle of Chickamauga in November of 1863
and sent to Libby Prison. Small edge tears which do not attract.
Letter – Port Royal, SC
Soldier’s Letter – Port Royal, SC, Oct 10, 1863 CDS with
accompanying “Due 3” on envelope going to Connecticut. Manuscript field
grade officer endorsement reads: “Soldier’s Letter, E. Quigley Act Surg,
7th CV”. Foxing.
63 – Old
Strip of three on cover tied by Old Point Comfort, VA, Feb 25th
CDS. Addressed to P.H. Sanders, Co H, 1st Regt., Wis Cav,
Kenosha, Wisconsin. Reduced at right.
65 – Ship
Straight line marking with manuscript “Apr 14” (1862) on cove to
Vermont with two three-cent stamps with pen cancels. Pencil notation on
front reads: “This contains his diary while on board ship when going to
Ship Island”. The diary is no longer inside. However, there are two
letters enclosed dated: Nov 6th and 17th 1861 from
Camp Hamilton to his wife. They dwell on camp life and mention going
south. One is on patriotic letterhead with red and blue piping.
Chattanooga Tenn Straight-line
Typeset and boxed with steel rule, dated: “January ?, 1864”. Once
Union forces captured Chattanooga this make shift cancel was used by the
field post office. An excellent example of this cancelling device.
- St. Helena Island
Hand illustrated cover and letter from a soldier to his sister.
Letter dated: March 12th 1863 describes camp life being quite different
in South Carolina. A lot more “spit and polish” required. The cover
travelled by ship and was posted at Norfolk, VA, Sept 26th ‘63. The
envelope obviously from this correspondence does not date to the letter.
Still a great hand illustrated combination which definitely came from
the same correspondence $400.00
J. E. Hayes design, Weiss No. C-A-O-42, one of the great caricature
patriotics in red and blue.
Magee design, Weiss No. F-SI-61, hand colored.
John P. Charlton, Philadelphia design, Weiss No. O-S-18, in red and
D. Murphy’s & Son, New York design, Weiss No. C-A-O-57, in red and
Capitol Washington No. 1B
Magnus bronze design, Weiss No. DC-129.
Liberty with Eagle, Shield and Flag
F.K. Kimmel, New York design, Weiss No. F-SI-108a, in black.
Porter, Banks, and Rosecranz 2045
Magnus bronze design, Weiss Bo. PM-305.
Confederate Postal History
CSA 2 – Adversity FLS
10c Blue, Paterson (2) right sheet margin copy, large to clear
margins on the other sides, deep rich color, cancelled by blue circular
grid with matching "Ashboro N.C. Jul. 29" circular datestamp on blue
folded letter to Wilmington N.C. Letter is written on a page from a
numbered ledger book, pale blue paper with faint horizontal rules and
column. Great eye appeal. $375.00
CSA 11 –
November 12, 1864 cover addressed to the Hon. Clifford Anderson,
House of Representatives, Confederate Congress, Richmond, VA. He served
in the second Confederate congress of 1864-65.
Point, GA “Due 20” – Turned Cover
Sent with manuscript “Due 10”, from West Point, an additional “Due
10” was added once it reached its destination in Alabama, and totaled as
“20”. This cover appears to have been used prior to the war, with a U.S.
No. 26 cancelled at Augusta, Me to West Point, Ga. Field endorsement:
“From M.S. Ruse, Co. G, 1st Arkansas Reg. of Mt. Riflemen,
Reynolds Brig., Walthalls Div.” This is a very rare Arkansas regimental
Lexington, Ga and Large “PAID 10”
Handmade cover addressed to Lieut. John C. Reid, 8th
Georgia Regt., Anderson’s brigade, Hoods Div., Atlanta, Georgia. Notes
along to edge: “From mother please forward on to the regiment.” Upper
right: “charge box”. Pencil docketing: “Nov 20 63”. Reid was wounded in
the knee on Jul 3rd, 1863 during the Battle at Gettysburg..
He is quoted on 13 pages in the book: A Scythe of Fire: A Civil War
Story of the Eight Georgia Infantry regiment.