Sale 288

The Mark Gordon Collection
of American Civil War Era Covers


Prisoner of War Covers: Confederate Prisons
 
 
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Lot 310

Andersonville, Ga., manuscript examination mark "Ex H W" for Henry Wirz on cover to Dayton, Oh., bearing "Old Point Comfort Va. Jul 18" c.d.s. and circled "Due 6" handstamp, light toning, Very Fine usage from a rare prison.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Expertization: 1988 C.S.A. Certificate.
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Lot 311

Camp Asylum, S.C., manuscript examiner's mark "Exd J.C. Martin, Capt Comdr" on cover to Erie, Pa. by flag of truce, bearing 5¢ blue, local, De La Rue paper (7 var.) horizontal pair, four margins, tied by pencil "Exd" used with 3¢ rose (65) tied by cork cancellation, additional "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec 16" c.d.s., endorsed "St. Col. McCreary, Prisoner of War, Columbia S.C."; 3¢ with pre-use nick at left, minor toning, a Very Fine and rare combination usage from Camp Asylum with a total of only eight Camp Asylum usages recorded by Harrison.
Estimate 1,500 - 2,000
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Lot 312

Camp Asylum, S.C., cover bearing 20¢ green (13) faults, uncancelled but tied by mucilage stains on cover to Dennysville, Me., "Old Point Comfort Va. Oct. 17" c.d.s. and circled "Due 6" handstamp for U.S. postage due, prisoner's endorsement "Lieut. John Sheahan, Prisoner of War" and "Care of Hon. R. T. Ould, Commissioner of Exchange, Richmond Va.", Fine, an extremely rare usage of the 20¢ green on a prisoner of war cover.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Expertization: 1969 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Hall.

The official prisoner of war records show that John P Sheahan of the 31st Regiment Maine Vols. was captured at Petersburg, Va. on July 30, 1864 and was confined at Camp Asylum Columbia, S.C. He escaped and reported for duty March 25, 1865.

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Lot 313

Camp Sorghum, S.C., manuscript "Ex Lieu Williams 32 Ga" examiner's mark on reverse of buff cover from prisoner Benj. Calef, Lt. to New York, N.Y., bearing 10¢ blue, die A (11) large margins to barely touching at bottom right, tied by blue "Columbia S.C. Nov 7" c.d.s., partial strike of "Old Point Comfort Va. Dec 14" c.d.s. and circled "Due 6" for U.S. postage due, docketed on reverse "Rec'd the day of his return Dec 16th '64", Very Fine and choice.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Provenance: Green.
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Lot 314

Castle Thunder, Va., cover sent by Capt. Theodore Howland to his brother "Geo. W. Holand, Castle Thunder, Richmond, Va." with manuscript "Via Flag of Truce" and "Care Brig. Gen. S.A. Meredith / Com. of Exchange / Fortress Monroe, Virginia", Jan 30, 1864 pencil docketing, not postally used, frequently "inside covers" were sent by the War department instead of through the Post Office with the outer envelope having the U.S. postage, Very Fine, a rare usage to Castle Thunder with only 10 covers recorded according to Harrison.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 315

Danville, Va., yellow turned cover bearing 10¢ greenish blue, die B (12c) four margins, tied by "Danville, Va." c.d.s. addressed to Lynchburgh, Va., where struck with red "Advertised 2" handstamp and matching Dec 2 c.d.s. on reverse, original usage with "Druckler, N.Y. Sep 12, 1864" c.d.s. addressed to "Prisoner of War, Libby Prison, Richmond, Va.", enclosed letter datelined "Danville, Va. Nov. 22 '64" from a soldier in the 116th regiment Pa. vols. with interesting content including "second time having been a prisoner", stamp hinged in place as original placed over edge, opened on two sides with edge wear, Fine, an unusual prisoner turned cover.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500
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Lot 316

Libby Prison, Va., unsealed envelope to Norwich, Conn., bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by four-ring cancellation with matching "Old Point Comfort Va. Sep 25" c.d.s., endorsed "by flag of truce", enclosed letter datelined "Libby Prison Richmond Va, Sept 25th, 1863" from Joseph Rockwell to his brother, who had offered to exchange places with him, "I am very well considering my situation which, to tell the truth, is not the most agreeable", Very Fine.
Estimate 300 - 400

Provenance: McCarren.
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Lot 317

Richland Jail, S.C., manuscript examiner's mark "Exd R D Senn, Capt Post Gd" on yellow cover with red, blue and green 9th Corps, 4th Division Union Patriotic design with Magee imprint (Walcott 1555 var.) to Warsaw, N.Y., endorsed "Care of Col. H. T. Oulde, Commissioner of Exchange", bearing 3¢ rose (65) cancelled by cork, additional "Old Point Comfort Va. Aug 25" c.d.s., 1864 receipt docketing, enclosure datelined "In Prison, Columbia S.C. August 12th 1864" from Lt. William H. Mix to his mother, Very Fine.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FEW RECORDED UNION PATRIOTIC COVERS USED FROM A CONFEDERATE PRISON.

Literature:
Illustrated, Civil War Prisons and their Covers, Earl Antrim, 1961, p. 132.
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Lot 318

Richland Jail, S.C., manuscript examiner's mark "Examined R D Senn, Comd. Post Guard" on cover to Miss Marie Porter, New York, N.Y., endorsed "From Prisoner of War per Flag of Truce via Richmond" and "Care Genl. Wilder C.S.A.", bearing "Old Point Comfort Va. Mar 1" c.d.s. and "Due 3" handstamp, pencil docketing 1864 docketing, accompanied by another Porter correspondence cover addressed to the wife of Gen. Fitz-John Porter bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. Feb 23" c.d.s. with pencil notation that letter originally contained a CDV of General McClellan, Very Fine pair.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

Provenance: McCarren.
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Lot 319

Richland Jail, S.C., manuscript examiner's mark "Examd R.D. Senn Capt. Gd." on an adversity cover fashioned from a printed bank form, bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by large segmented grid cancellation, addressed to Nobleboro, Me., "Old Point Comfort Va. Sep 26" c.d.s., endorsed "by flag of truce" and "Care Robt. Ould, Commissioner of Exchange, Richmond, Va.", light toning, Fine, a rare adversity cover from a prisoner.
Estimate 500 - 750

Provenance: Hall.
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Lot 320

Richmond, Va., prisoner's endorsement "Prisoners letter, Lt. I.P. Rockwell, Richmond, Va" on unsealed flag of truce cover to Norwich, Ct., "Old Point Comfort Va. Mar 1" c.d.s. and "Due 3" handstamp, few tiny edge tears at bottom, Very Fine and fresh usage.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 321

Roper's Hospital, S.C., manuscript examiner's mark "Exd" on buff cover to Newport, R.I., prisoner endorsement "Wm. We. Dinfee Jr., Lieut. CO. A 5th R.I. Arty." and "Soldier's letter Stewart L Woodford, Lt. Col. Agent of Exchange", entered the mails with "Port Royal S.C. Oct 6, 1864" c.d.s. and received in "Newport R.I. Oct 17 '64" and "Due 3" handstamp for U.S. postage due; reduced at right, Very Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000

Provenance: Hall.
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Lot 322

Salisbury, N.C., manuscript examiners marks "Ex. NK" and "W B Haslett" (Postmaster Army of the Potomac), bearing 10¢ rose (5) with full upper left corner sheet margin, tied by "Salisbury Jul 10, 1862" on cover to Gray, Me., endorsed "From a prisoner of war", manuscript "Due 3" for U.S. postage due, original 1862 letter mentioning that conditions were good at the camp; stamp with light pre-use crease and gum soak, Very Fine.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

POSSIBLY ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED PRISONER OF WAR COVERS WITH THE 10¢ ROSE LITHOGRAPH.

The other 10¢ rose lithograph prisoner of war cover we have noted is illustrated in Earl Antrim's
Civil War Prisons and Their Covers on page 154. It is used from Salisbury Prison on July 17, 1862 to Philadelphia, Pa. Antrim noted this 10¢ rose lithographed stamp as perhaps the most desirable of all the Confederate prisoner of war covers.

Literature:
Illustrated in Prisoners' Mail from the Civil War, Galen D. Harrison, p. 41.
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