Stampless Covers - Virginia and West Virginia - Section One

4078

CHARLOTTESVILLE / VA. // OCT / 22 / 1861 blue double circle cancel with matching blue handstamped PAID 5 to "Buckston Station, Man.G.R.R. (Manassas Gap Rail Road) on homemade cover, Nice address! Ex Engstler.

$ 170

4097

HOWARDSVILLE / VA. cds with matching PAID 5 in blue, Dietz type Ia, Very Fine, Ex Handy, Ex Kohn, MacBride notes on verso.

$ 160

4175

FARMVILLE / Va. // OCT / 17 cds and handstamped PAID with 5 in manuscript. This is the Dietz type II "PAID" and not listed with the 5¢ rate; to "Capt. William A. Perkins Cumberland Troop, Yorktown, Va." on small ladies envelope; under the back flap is written "Write as soon as you get this. I am so anxious about you." 

$ 150

1240

ARRINGTON / VA. handstamped PAID 5 on neat cover, slightly reduced at right, addressed "Care of Capt. T. C. Jordan" to Jamestown Island, Va. 

$ 150

1259

PORTSMOUTH / VA. // AUG / 6 / 1861 / 10 PAID integral rated handstamped paid cover to Georgia. Also small manuscript Pd. 10. Dietz type III.

$ 135

4549

PETERSBURG / VA. // FEB / 14 blue cds with UNLISTED matching handstamped PAID 5 on homemade cover to "Mrs. E. A. Preot, Care of A. Preot, Esq., Farmville, Va." This was Mrs. Eduard Arnaud Preot. Preot was born in Lille, France, emigrated to the U.S. and served on faculty of several female colleges. He was more illustrious in death than in life. In 1873 a keg of Preot's beer exploded in his face and killed him. Complete and interesting biography with likeness accompanies.  

$ 120

6648

"Belfast Mills, Va. Nov. 9.1861 Paid 5", all in manuscript on pristine cover to well-known nurseryman in Staunton, Va., Extremely Fine. Ex Tobias

$ 180

6650

"Belmead Mills March 4 62 Va Paid 5", all in manuscript on pristine cover to “Mrs. E. L. Harris, Goochland Cty, Va., Rarity 8 town, Ex Tobias

$ 180

6651

Breckenridge Va Feb 20 Paid 5 John F. Padigo 18th Feb 1862 (Postmaster at the time), addressed to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.” . C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. A number of covers from this correspondence are known sent to Thomas by illegal postmaster free frank from various different towns. Flap opening tear. Scarce town, Ex Tobias 

$ 200

6652

"Cascade, Va. Dec. 12th [1861], Paid 5", all in manuscript, docketed “Mrs. A E. Thornton 10 Dec 1861” on cover to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.” . C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. Flap opening tear. Scarce town, Ex Tobias 

$ 190

6658

Leatherwood Va Feb 14 [1862] Paid 5 to to “C. Y. Thomas, Esq., Richmond, Va.”  C. Y. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers. Valentine’s Day posting and docketing of contents: “Geo W. Bell, 13th Feb 1862”. Usual flap opening tear characteristic of this correspondence, cover staining, chip out of top right of cover face, Ex Tobias.

$ 140

6660

Mossingford, Va. Decr 18 (1861) Paid 5, all in manuscript on folded business and personal letter to “Mr. William Gray, Richmond, Va.” from his nephew John E. Cook, file folds, Rarity 4 town, Ex Tobias 

$ 190

6665

Pleasant Gap Pd 5 Jan 1 [1862], all in manuscript on blue folded letter from William Walton to “William Orender Esq, Fulton Post Office, Surry County, North Carolina” re hiring of his “boys” and difficulty collecting debts, very fragile with splits at folds reinforced with hinges, Scarce town, ex Tobias. 

$ 190

6668

Sunny Side Va June 27th 1861 Paid 5, all in manuscript on folded letter to “Ro. H. Gills, Esq Comr in Chancery Curdsville, Buckingham County, Virginia” from Edward J. Brown regarding the disposition of slaves, part of which says “This woman belonged to the Estate of Henry J. Brown and on the 9th May 1859 she with other slaves were divided among his children. That year she was hired at the Institute for $75.” Amazing letter regarding the trading of slaves.

$ 280

6669

"Ty(e) R(iver) W(are)house Aug 21 1861 Pd 5" all in manuscript on pristine homemade cover addressed to “Dr. Arthur Lee Brent, Bremo Bluff PO, Fluvanna, Va”; soldier records show Arthur Lee Brent as a 40 year-old physician who enlisted on June 6, 1861 as a captain into 1st Co Virginia Fluvanna 1st Light Artillery. He resigned only weeks later. Of note is that he was married to Sallie Cocke, the daughter of Gen. John Hartwell Cocke. Rarity 6 town; Ex Tobias.

$ 190

6796

"Plantersville, Va. 30 July, 62 Pd 10" , all in manuscript on small homemade cover to “Mr. E. J. Gregory, Richmond, Virginia Co A 46th Reg Va Vols Wise’s Brigade”; soldier and regimental history included. Edward J. Gregory enlisted as a private and rose to 1st Lieut by 1863. In 1862 he was listed for postal clerkship, variously sick with dysentery 1863, surgery 1864 and then wounded at Petersburg July 30, 1864 at the Battle of the Crater which cost the Union around 3,793 killed, wounded, and captured, while the Confederates incurred around 1,500. Surrendered at Appomattox April 9, 1865. Ex Tobias. 

$ 225

6775

"Millboro Springs (Bath County, Va) Paid 10¢" 11th March (6)3 on pristine homemade cover to “W. Davis, Nurseryman, Staunton, Va.”, Ex Tobias 

$ 150

6777

MONTEREY / Va // Oct [1861] cds with handstamped PAID 5, Dietz type I) on cover to Drakes Branch, Va. Monterey is in the Allegheny Mountains on the western upland side of the Shenandoah Valley, ex Tobias.

$ 150

6780

"Nelly’s Ford (Va) April 4th / 63 Paid 10" all in manuscript on cover to “Franklin Davis Esq, Staunton Nurseries, Staunton, Augusta Co., Va.”, ex Tobias

$ 180

6803

"Old Church, Va Aug 7th / 61 Paid 5," all in manuscript on clean cover to “Mrs. Fanny B. C. Brown, Loving Creek, Bedford Co., Va”, part top back flap missing otherwise Very Fine, Ex Tobias 

$ 150

7046

DANVILLE / VA. handstamped PAID 5, Dietz type V, on cover  to Salem, N.C., Very Fine, signed Brian Green, Ex Gunter

$ 170

7049

RICHMOND / Va. // FEB. 5, 1862 cds with matching PAID 2 handstamp on locally addressed cover, ms. note on back "W.G. Sikes 2nd Geo. hospital Feb 5th 1862", letter gives an account of his illness and begs Mr. Stephens to procure for him a furlough for 30 days, Very Fine and interesting drop rate use, top back flap missing, ex Howard Green and Erin Gunter  

$ 900

7146

“Cascade, Va Feby the 27th [1862] Paid 5”, all in manuscript on cover to “C.Y. Thomas Esq., Richmond, Va.”, part of top back flap missing. Thomas was a man of more than ordinary distinction in Virginia, an attorney of ability who served in the Virginia senate before the War and struggled in vain against secession. Despite this, he held the office of commonwealth attorney during the War and was appointed by the Confederacy to distribute supplies to the needy families of Confederate soldiers.

$ 190

c1136

NORFOLK / VA // JUL / 9 / 1861 blue dc cancel with matching encircled PAID and 10 on small cover to “Miss Fanny Carry, Oglethorpe, Ga.”, reduced a bit at left otherwise Very Fine 

$ 120

c1138

TUDOR HALL / Va. // SEP / 14 / 1861 cds with matching PAID 5 on fresh cover to “Mrs. Wm H. Harman, Staunton, Va.” and “Mr. Miller” at bottom left.

$ 110

7710

RICHMOND / VA. // NOV / 21 / 1862 cds (Powell type 2b) on drop rate cover addressed “To Vice President A.H. Stephens or Hon. M. J. Crawford, Richmond Va. Care of Capt Mangham” with straight line "PAID 2" handstamp; interesting 1861 docketing on reverse regarding Col. W. Ector, Camp Dickinson, Kanawha River who "Enumerates the grievances of his men. Wants to be ordered from N.W. Virginia to some more agreeable climate for the winter.", expert corner repair at top left (just affecting postmark), missing bottom flap, Very Fine, a very scarce rate handstamp. $575.

$ 575

8375

“Lowry, Va. Dec 24th // 61 Paid 5” manuscript cancel on fresh homemade cover to “John F. Baugh, Esq, Merchants Bank, Lynchburgh, Va.”, the illustrating copy in the Virginia Postal History Society  Catalog. Said by a prior owner to be the only recorded marking for this town before or during the Civil War, which I have not confirmed. Scarce Bedford County town. $200.

$ 200

8498

NORFOLK / Va. // SEP / 21 / 1861 blue cds with matching handstamped PAID 10 on small fresh narrow commercially made cover to “Miss E. J. Goelet, Demopolis, Ala.”, Very Fine, ex Kaplan $200.

$ 200

8817

[Petersburg, Virginia] blue straightline PAID and red crayon “2” drop rate on cavalry soldier’s letter to “Miss Agnes Lyon Care of Maj D. Lyon, Petersburg, Va”. Unevenly opened at right. Letter is from Thomas Boisseau Booth, who was a 21 year-old farmer and 1860 graduate of VMI when he enlisted in Co. I 3rd Virginia Cavalry. He was a courier for Gen. Semmes and wounded 5-9-62 in the retreat up peninsula. Scarce drop rate and excellent letter contents. $600.

Long soldier’s letter of 8 pages headed “Cavalry Camp September 8th, 1861” – full typed transcription accompanies. Some rather amusing contents, to wit, “A man from Prince George by the name of L. L. Lee and about half crocked came to our camp just before the burning of Hampton. Stayed with us about two days and went off somewhere I know not where. To my surprise as we passed Bethel on our way to Hampton who should I see but Mr. Lee. He followed us down and while we were down there he got off some way or other and went towards Old Point where he was taken and carried to the Rip Raps as a prisoner. None of us knew he had gone there until a few days ago he came to out camp and told us he was just from Fortress Monroe. Upon being asked how he managed to get away he said he preached, wrote and talked to them so often and so much they had to turn him out to get rid of him. He says he has nearly converted Old Wool and he thinks a few more visits down there will convert him and he will come to General Magruder and ask his pardon for the sin he has committed in taking up arms against him. And finally he says he has made the Yankees open their eyes by telling them God is against them and he will fight our battles for us. I think they have had evidence enough of this already.”

$ 600

8054

WYTHEVILLE / VA dateless double circle cancel, two strikes at upper left with third ghost strike, matching double strike of PAID handstamped on fresh cover addressed in peacock blue ink to Mrs. Sophia Buchanan, Rural Retreat, Wyth[e] Co Va, 1989 CSA certificate #01844 as handstamped paid (no doubt submitted as potential provisional), Very Fine and unusual  $250.

$ 250

14103

OLD CHURCH / VA. // JUN / 2, cds with manuscript PAID & handstamped "5" rate, CSA Catalog type A on outer folded lettersheet to Dr. Charles Cocke, Bremo Bluff, Va with notation at lower left “Mrs. C will please open this, if the Dr. is not at home”, Very Fine, ex Thayer. CCV $200. $160.

$ 160

14107

LEWISBURGH / [WEST] VA. // JAN / 31 bold cds on clean cover to Capt. Asa Holland, Post Master, Halesford, Va., no rate marking, part back flap missing. “Post Master” is underlined in the address, thus this likely a postal matter which would have been free, although not so marked. Capt. Asa Holland was not a Confederate soldier. He was born in 1801. He was a merchant, postmaster, farmer, and plantation owner. His papers are in the Library of Virginia. $200.

$ 200

18213

New 7-17-19

GUINEY’S / Va. cds with UNLISTED matching [due] 10 on soldier’s cover to James G. Stewart, Mssrs Cawthorne & Soto, Mobile, Ala. with endorsement of A. Ac___, Co., F, 34d Regt. Ala. Not listed thus in CSA catalog but will be in future catalogs. $160.

$ 160

12226

New 7-17-19

RICHMOND / Va. // SEP / 26 / 1861 cds with matching PAID 5Cts. (CSA Catalog type F), on small cover (4 ¾” x 2 ¾”) to Genl. Joseph R. Anderson C.S. Army, Wilmington, North Carolina with Chg box 258 at upper left. Ex Brian Green who collected mail to/from Generals. $150.

General Joseph Reid Anderson was a graduate of West Point, an engineer, and president of Tredegar Iron Works in Richmond. Much more info on linked page.

$ 150

18585

New 7-22-19

Army of Northern Virginia field marking: manuscript blue crayon Due / 5, on cover to his mother Mrs. Susan P. Martin, Lexington, Va with pencil note of “Sept 22, 1861, between Char[l]estown White Sulphur Spgs” on verso (likely from letter heading when contents removed by an heir), endorsement of T. R. Martin, Capt Timberlake, Company F, 1st regiment Cavalry, small reduction at left, Very Fine. $170.

Thomas R. Martin served in the 10th Virginia Cavalry, Army of Northern Virginia (formerly called 1st Virginia Cavalry, Wise Legion and 8th Battalion). More info on linked page.

$ 170

18601

New 7-22-19

[PETERSBURG, VA DUE] 10, beautiful strike of black Army of Northern Virginia field cancel (CSA catalog type ANV-20, CCV $200) on cover to William Cavin, Alexander Co. NC, Stony Point PO with soldier’s endorsement From Privet V. S. Cavin, Co. G, 38 Regt NC troops. $

Virgil S. Cavin (1843-1926), of Alexander County N.C., enlisted as a private on 11-23-64 into Company G, NC 38th Infantry (Rocky Face Rangers). He was taken prisoner at Amelia C.H., Va. on April 3, 1865 and confined at Point Lookout; he was released June 26, 1865. Her widow’s claim (Sarah Webster Lackey Cavin) show her illiterate and he clearly had only rudimentary writing skills. William was his father; his mother was Mary or Mira, depending on source cited.

$ 150

18687

New 8-26-19

Huntersville Va / Sept 5 with matching 5 Due on cover to Miss Frances A. Austin, Buckingham Co[urt] House, Va. with soldier’s endorsement of 2nd Sgt. Austin. Co. E, 21st Regiment Va Volunteers, later WEST VIRGINIA. Small stain at top right, small edge tears at bottom and flap tears. 1973 CSA certificate. $180.

Private Archer Austin served in Company E, Virginia 21st Infantry. More information on linked page.

$ 180

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