Items for Sale - CSA 13, 20¢ Green Intaglio on Cover


CSA 13, 20¢ green, roughly torn from the sheet but large margin showing part of adjacent stamp at left, neat tied by bold WOODSTOCK / VA. cds on cover to "Mr. W. P. White, Atlanta G.A… Company A 29 Rgt NC Troops Eatons Brigade", top back flap missing, Most Attractive use

$ 650


CSA 13, 20¢ green, tied by RICHMOND / VA / Jul 20 cds on cover to "Mr. Thos C. Brown, Ballsville, Powhatan County, Va." with second neat strike below, with original 1864 business enclosure asking if addressee can furnish 3 sugar cane crushers, some light toning, Fine. Confederate Patent Office records show a patent issued to Brown for this new machine on February 8, 1864. A piece of machine history.

$ 750


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied red PETERSBURG / VA. cds on cover with embossed seal on back flap, addressed to Woodville, Miss., red cancels are scarce on this issue, Ex Tobias, SCV $1,450. 

$ 500


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied by indistinct town cancel on cover to “Miss Lilly P. McDowell, Lexington, Va.” Lilly P(reston). McDowell married Major Bernard Wolff of the Confederate Army. Lilly was one of nine children of James McDowell who was governor of Virginia 1843-1846 and a member of Congress from 1846-1851. The McDowell estate was named “Colalto” near Lexington, Va.; Ex Katz, 1986 CSA certificate, SCV $1,250. 

$ 600


CSA 13, 20¢ green with small faults, tied neat RICHMOND / VA  cds on small cover to “Miss Mary B. Cocke, Care Dr. C. C. Cocke, Bremo Bluff Fluvanna Co., part of back flap missing and cover edge tear at left. Dr. Cary Charles Cocke (1814-1888) was a physician. His father was Confederate General John Hartwell Cocke - Virginia planter, reformer, general, and statesman as well as a director of the James River and Kanawha Company and a member of the board of visitors of the University of Virginia.

$ 600


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied Army of Northern Virginia field cancel, type ANV-2T, on fresh neat homemade cover missing top back flap, addressed to “Col. Eli Wishart, Lumberton, N.C.”, Wm. Weiss 2009 certificate, SCV $1,250.

$ 625


CSA 13d, 20¢ green diagonal bisect tied AUGUSTA / Ga. // OCT / 6 [1864] cds on cover to “Mrs. Albert Smith, Care Lieut Col. A. J. (or G.) Smith, Chief of Pay Department, Macon, Georgia”, scuffs along top right and down middle of cds where someone tried to scrape off what appears to have been residue of some sort. With a name like Smith, you’ll have to do the research on the officer yourself, but nice address.  $1,450

$ 1,450


CSA 13a, 20¢ yellow green top sheet margin with lightly struck BLUE PETERSBURG / Va. cds on cover addressed to Miss Ella Norman, Care Rev G. G. Norman, Washington, Georgia, light file fold across bottom, signed by Dietz and with 1945 Royal Philatelic Society certificate #26936. $900

$ 900


CSA 13, 20¢ Green, slight pre-use crease, tied by RICHMOND / Va. cds on linen-lined “money envelope” to Miss Mary F. Branch, Ballsville, Powhatan Co Va., July 11, 1864 docketing, folded over at top, Fine, SCV $1,250. 475

$ 475


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied by RICHMOND / Va. // OCT / 1 / 1863 with red crayon “Due 10” on no doubt overweight legal size cover addressed to Mrs. A. H. Sanders, Lexington, Virginia with docketing up left “after Reid’s capture 1863 & 4”, slightly reduced at top and small stamp and cover faults at upper right. Fascinating back-story - this addressed to Anna J. Sanders.  Her husband George N. Sanders was a Confederate operative who went into exile for several years after the Civil War. Sanders’ sons Reid and Lewis also undertook secret missions for the Confederacy, and Reid’s imprisonment in 1863 by Union authorities at Fort Warren in Boston, MA led to his death in 1864. Will be the topic of an article in the American Stamp Dealer and Collector. $700.

$ 700


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied red PETERSBURG / Va. // SEP / 24 [1864] on cover to Miss Kate Harrison, Lacys Springs, Va; reduced slightly at left. The most recent research shows that the Petersburg cancel was used in red only September 5 – December 24, 1864,  SCV $1,450. $625

$ 625


CSA 13b, 20¢ dark green, exceptionally large margin horizontal pair by LIBERTY / VA // MAY / 6 cds., stamps with deep color; small tone spot at left and sealed tear at right, tied to almost legal-size cover addressed to John W. Jones, Esqr and Capt. N. P. Thaxton, Thaxton's, Va, Bedford County, Va small pieces missing from back, very fine appearance; pairs are not often found on covers that do not pay the Trans-Mississippi rate; a rare cover. 2014 SCV $4,500. $2,500.

Nathaniel P. Thaxton was in Company B, 10th Virginia Battalion Heavy Artillery, Army Northern Virginia. Much more information on linked page.

$ 2,500


CSA 13d, 20¢ green, diagonal bisect used as 10¢ tied across cut by AUGUSTA / GA. cds on red brown cover to "Lieut. A.W. Walton, care of Capt. Rye, Thunderbolt, Savannah Ga.", readdressed to Mrs. A. W. Walton in Augusta with CSA 11, 10¢ blue "battlefield" copy with bottom sheet margin and faults, affixed over bisect and tied by SAVANNAH GA. // PAID / OCT / 4 cds, flap removed, very worn around edges but intact and restorable, VERY RARE AND UNUSUAL USE! Ex Everett. $1,950.

$ 1,950


CSA 13, 20¢ green horizontal pair, damaged, just tied CHARLESTON / S.C. dcds on linen-lined legal size envelope to Douglas B. DeSaussure, Esq., Columbia S.C. This was likely overpaid as it was FORWARDED to Thomas Thompson, Esq. in Abbeville S.C. with a 10¢ blue pair, CSA 11, (four margins) tied by lightly struck blue COLUMBIA S.C. cds. UNUSUAL COMBINATION OF STAMPS. Manuscript “[Legal] Opinion” up left side as well as legal case names up right side. Ex Harry McDowell from his Grand Award winning collection. The DeSaussure family was well-known and respected in South Carolina; the family papers are in the SC Historical Society. Douglas served in the 1st SC Regulars Infantry. $600.  Extra shipping charges apply.

Listed in both CSA 13 and CSA 11 sections.

$ 600


CSA 13d, 20¢ green diagonal bisect tied CHARLESTON / S.C. // OCT / 24 cds and grid on cover front only to John L. Faber, Winnsboro, South Carolina; other side bearing CSA 11-AD, 10¢ blue tied blue COLUMBIA / S.C. // OCT / 15 cds and addressed to Henry Horlbeck, Charleston, S.C. 1980 PF Certificate #82728, Ex Cantey. SAID TO BE THE ONLY RECORDED BISECT ON A TURNED COVER, to which I cannot attest but in any case is very rare and desirable. $2,900.    Listed in both CSA 13 and CSA 11 sections. 

Horlbeck Brothers records, 1824-1860, are in the South Carolina Historical Society. They were architects and builders, the business usually cited as H. Horlbeck and Brothers (three brothers – Henry, Edward Daniel and John). Boone Hall was the family plantation.

$ 2,900


CSA 13, 20 ¢ green with large margins all around, tied by RED PETERSBURG / Va. // SEP / 18 cds on cover to S. M. Carter, Milledgeville, Ga; back flap missing, ex DuPuy. SCV $1,450. $700

$ 700


CSA 13, 20 ¢ green with 3 large margins, clear at top, slight crease at bottom, tied by scarcer BLACK PETERSBURG / Va. // Feb / 12 [1865] cds on neat homemade cover to Mrs. A. C. Hopkins, Painesville, Va. from her husband who was Stonewall Jackson’s personal chaplain, light contemporary docketing at top “1st letter received after visit in Feb. 1865” during the Siegel of Petersburg. Excellent LATE WAR USE about six weeks before Petersburg fell April 2 and Lee surrendered April 9, 1865. Black Petersburg postmarks only used late in the war. $575

Abner Crump Hopkins (1835-1911) was Chaplain of the 2nd Virginia Regiment, Genl Paxton’s Brigade in Genl T. J. Jackson’s Army of the Valley of Virginia. Much more information on linked page.

$ 575


CSA 13d, 20¢ green diagonal bisect with somewhat clipped corners, tied light BROWNSVILLE / TEX. / 3 MAY cds with second fuller strike at left on cover to Miss Sallie A. McGehee, Prairie Lea Texas. During the Civil War, men from Prairie Lea served with Hood's Texas Brigade and took part in the ill-fated Sibley Campaign in New Mexico. Residents raised money to send for the abandoned and destitute troops. A tax was imposed to raise funds for local families who had lost their breadwinners in the war. Slightly reduced at left and a bit worn.  $700

$ 700


CSA 13a, 20¢ yellow green (3 margins), tied by beautifully struck WINDSOR / N.C. // MAR / 26 cds on homemade cover to William H. Badgett, Jackson Hill, N.C., 1996 CSA certificate, SCV $1,250 for regular shade on cover. $750.

$ 750


CSA 13, 20¢ green (4 margins, pres-use crease) tied by light strike WILMINGTON / N.C. cds on cover to Miss Mary Willis, Dr. F. T. Willis, Savannah, Ga, Ex Dietz collection. SCV $1,250. $600.

$ 600


CSA 13, 20¢ green (4 big margins) tied bold neat LYNCHBURG / Va. // JUL / 30 cds on fresh cover to Mrs. H. S. Wilkmon, Buckingham C.H., Va. with manuscript directive “via Farmville.” Top back flap missing, and small cover tear at top edge, Pretty use. SCV $1,250. $800.

$ 800


CSA 13, 20¢ green, tied neat RICHMOND / VA cds on overpaid cover to Edward W. Brown, Powhatan Court House, Virginia, with most interesting 2-page LETTER signed Mary S. Harwood, headed Richmond, August 25, 1864, letter file fold splits neatly repaired with archival tape. Writer requests Brown’s legal advice solicited by her mother regarding the sale of one of her servants (euphemism for slave), Harriett, because of her (bad) conduct. She wants to give the sale proceeds to the writer and her sister and does not want to buy any more servants, given the current political climate. She is wondering about the legalities of such a transaction and if it is necessary to inform the court of the sale or if she can dispose of the money as she wishes, with the securities being exempt. She declares the “servants” (slaves) are such “troublesome creatures.” Also says, We hear roar of cannon day & night, almost constantly. Last night about 2 O’clock we heard very rapid firing not withstanding it was dark & rainy, down toward Petersburg.” This was during the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign, 1988 CSA certificate 01728 opining genuine overpayment of single letter rate, Ex P.W.W. Powell. SCV $1,250 just for a single rate use and no letter, back flap missing and small edge tears at top. $450.

Edward Smith Brown (1818-1908) came from good stock in every sense of the word, for his parents were more than ordinary people in a community of the highest social advantages until after the close of the Civil War. Very detailed bio on linked page.

Listed in both CSA 13 and Miscellaneous-2 LL

$ 450


CSA 13, 20¢ green tied by RICHMOND / VA. // OCT / 10 CDS on thick bordered MOURNING cover to Edward S. Brown, Ballsville, Powhatan County, Va. Ex Henry G. Gibson (Ward sale 12). $1,000.

Listed in both Mourning Cover and CSA 13 sections

$ 1,000


CSA 13, 20¢ green (4 clear to large margins) tied by indistinct S.C. circle datestamp on cover to W. K. McElvein (sic – s/b McElveen), Kingstree, So.Ca., slightly reduced at top, 1995 CSA Certificate. $500.

$ 500


CSA 13, 20¢ green (3 nice margins, slightly irregularly separated at right) tied neatly tied MILLEDGEVILLE / Ga. // JUN / 16 [1864] cds on cover to Miss Emily Ferguson, Selma, Alabama. Tiny distinctive Dietz signature on top back flap, SCV $1,250.  $600.

$ 600


CSA 13, 20¢ green (3 nice margins, lower right corner crease) tied light RICHMOND / VA cds on cover to Mrs. Julia M. Reese, Care of Doct. H. W. Reese, Demopolis, Alabama. Slightly reduced at left and small stains. Wonderful, if sad, tale of his son, Ex Matz. $500.

$ 500


EASTBOUND TRANS-MISSISSIPPI 10¢ RATE: CSA 13d, 20¢ green diagonal BISECT tied with pen stroke on small commercially-made envelope to “Mrs. Adèle Allston, Society Hill, S. Ca. or Morven N. Carolina,” used to make 10-cent rate. On the back flaps in very light pencil is interesting routing note, “Ans[wer] me back B.A. of Austin (?) within ten days to Lt. Col. W.C. 8th Army Brig. Comd. Officer at Post at Meridian.” How incredible is it that in those days you could address something to someone in either North or South Carolina and manage to have it follow her and get to the addressee? This was sent by Col. Benjamin Allston to his mother. He also had a sister named Adèle, who went by Della. Numerous Trans-Mississippi covers are from the Allston correspondence, most traveling East to West. The first Trans-Mississippi Express Mail route was approved on May 1, 1863, with a set rate of 40¢ per half ounce. It took several months to establish the route and make arrangements for the necessary services. The recorded uses range from October 1863 to April 1865. The 20¢ green was issued June 1, 1863. THERE ARE FEWER THAN 200 RECORDED EXPRESS MAIL COVERS AND, OF THOSE, FEWER THAN 50 ARE EASTBOUND. This use was most likely before the official service began or it is a regular 10¢ Trans-Mississippi Rate, as the regular rate was still valid but received lower priority handling. Such uses are listed in the CSA catalog as TMW-07 Eastbound and TMW-09 Westbound. Owing to the note of urgency on the back flaps, I believe this was the former instance. Included is copy of his 1865 parole, housed in the National Archives and signed by Col. Benjamin Allston in the same hand as the address panel of this cover to his mother. Article in the April 2019 ASDA magazine. $1,800.

Biographical information on COL. BENJAMIN ALLSTON,  Robert Francis Withers Allston and Adèle Petigru Allston on the linked page.

$ 1,800


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CSA 13, 20¢ green, closely cut on both sides, tied RICHMOND / VA. cds on cover with boxed CORNER CARD of R.&P.R.R. Co. / Company’s Business. which has been crossed out and replaced with “Official Business,” addressed to Mr. C.O. Sanford, Prest. R.&P.R.R. Co., Petersburg, Virginia. The Richmond and Petersburg Railroad moved passengers and goods between those two cities from 1838 to 1898. It survived the war and eventually merged into the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in 1900. Much information is available online. $600.

$ 600

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