Items for Sale - Blockade-Run Mail - Item#19846
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Item# 19846

19846 Incoming blockade-run mail on small cover carried by the British blockade-runner Banshee, handstamped "SHIP" with a manuscript "12" (cents due), addressed to "Major Daniel E. Huger, Hendersonville, N. Carolina, C.S. America", postmarked with a partial May 29 Wilmington, N.C., CDS and endorsed "favoured by Capt. Stiles;" top flap missing, repaired tear at the top, Fine. Capt. Stiles is a misidentification of Banshee's Capt. Steele, pinpointing the year to 1863. $1,800.

Banshee made seven successful blockade runs between the Caribbean and Wilmington before she was captured in November 1863. She would have carried this cover from Nassau to Wilmington She was purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court, converted to a Gunboat and commissioned USS Banshee in June 1864. She served in the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and the Potomac River Flotilla. 

Daniel Elliott Huger (1836-1904) enlisted 1861 in Company A, 3rd Alabama Infantry, CSA. He later became colonel of the 62nd Alabama. Postwar, Huger was president of the Mobile cotton exchange and well known throughout the south. He was married to Harriet Brevard Withers (1838-1908); they had 2 children. Maj. Huger was a Aid-de-Camp to his father-in-law, Maj. Gen. J.P. Withers.

Price: $1800