Civil War
Patriotic Covers/Postal History
Confederate Cover-Unused-Texas-Defiant Message
Item #: NEW-0014206

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"Our Lone Star Flag has been flung to the breeze, and now bids defiance to the enemies of the South"  This may be the only example of this cover.

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Confederate Cover-Memphis Provisional Stamp-Mailed
Item #: NEW-0014205

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Those who know much more about Confederate covers know that this provisional stamp is quite rare but reproductions were made after the war's end.  This was purchased from a dealer who is highly respected and knowledgeable according to the person who brokered the purchase for me.  I would advise anyone who is not knowledgeable to take a  pass on this one.  I will offer a lifetime guarantee as usual  but if returned, the buyer will have to absorb the postage and insurance cost to mail it back.   

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Patriotic LS-Cover-Panorama of Nashville in Color
Item #: NEW-0014159

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Unused Magnus stationary and cover in good condition.

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Nashville Scenes-Patriotic Cover Lot-Magnus
Item #: NEW-0014156

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Three covers in this lot.  Excellent appearance to the fronts but glue stains in four corners on the backs. No tears, just stains

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Confederate Cover-Qmaster-Generals Office-Ga
Item #: NEW-0014136

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This cover from the Quartermaster Generals Office  was trimmed at the top.  Addressed to Captain J A R Hanks, Macon Georgia. Here is Hanks official record.  He was a lawyer in private life, I believe from Dalton Georgia.

J A. R. Hanks

Residence was not listed; 
Enlisted on 7/19/1861 as a Asst Qtr Master.


He Resigned, disability on 6/17/1862


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia 1861-1865
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com  

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4th Va Cover-James Umbarger-Stonewall Brig
Item #: NEW-0013772

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This little cover is addressed to James L Umbarger who was with the 4th Virginia Infantry-Stonewall Brigade "by way of New Market, Buckingham County Va.  Part of the cancel is hard to read but what you can read indicates that it is Wytheville Va.  See scan to view the condition. Torn back flap where the cover was open.

James L. Umbarger

Residence was not listed; a 32 year-old Farmer.

Enlisted on 4/17/1861 as a Private.

On 4/17/1861 he mustered into "A" Co. VA 4th Infantry 
(date and method of discharge not given)


He was listed as:
* POW 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA
* Wounded 7/3/1863 Gettysburg, PA (In cheek)
* Exchanged 8/28/1863 (place not stated)
* Absent without leave 9/1/1863 (place not stated) (Estimated day)
* On rolls 12/15/1864 (place not stated)


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* Sergt 4/17/1862 
* Priv 12/15/1862 (Reduced to ranks, estimated day)
* Sergt 1/1/1863 
* Priv 10/15/1863 (Reduced to ranks)


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com

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Camp Zollicoffer Soldier Letter-Cover-Cancel
Item #: NEW-0013672

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One + page letter with some stains, especially at the top.  The letter is headed Sullivan Tennessee (Sullivan County) Camp near Carter (Carter County) September 28th 1863 (I think)  Complete with Confederate Cover-Cancel-Due Stamp

I am still in a muddle as to who the soldier is and what unit he was in.  There are some clues but nothing has come together.

Dear Sister Fannie,

According to promise I embrace the present opportunity of writing you a few lines to inform you that I am well & hoping that these few lines may find you all enjoying the same great blessings.  I stood the march much better than expected I could   the Yankees left here the night before we got here  it is thought that we will follow ? them.  We had a little fight with them at Zolicoffer  (Zollicoffer) as we came on here the boys are all in good health & seem anxious to keep forward  I think the time is near at a hand when we will drive the Yankees all out of Tennessee again  thus many of us fall yet before it is done   the 29 lost two killed and five of her brave wounded at Zolicoffer  I saw Adelphus ? Morehead & brother James Morehead & a great many of my relations & friends at Zolicoffer they were all well  the report is in camp that Bragg has whipped the yanks very badly which I hope is true.  Tell Ma if she has any clover seed to sell please to save me one hushel and I will pay as much as any body. closing comments  Signed   J L ? Capell

The cover has a cancel from Petersburg Va and is addressed to Fannie Yance, Wytheville Va.  There is a large year on the right edge which can be seen in the scan.  One of the side flaps is missing on the back.  Carried by John Jones 11 Virginia ?  Due 10 cents stamp.


Camp Zollicoffer

Sullivan County Tennessee


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133rd Ohio Inf-Letter-Cover-Fancy Cancel
Item #: NEW-0013637

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Four page letter dated July 7th 1864 from William O Guitner who was with the 133rd.  The letter was addressed to his brother whom he thought lived in Westerville Ohio which was forwarded.  Cancel from Greencastle Pa with a due 3 notation.  Fancy cancel which I have never seen before. Old Point Comfort Fort

Guitner describes movements and criticizes his Col.  Gustavus Innis.  Pencil handwriting and hard to read in places  I’ve done the best I could.

Fort Powhatan, Dear Brother

"We had been ordered to the White House but it was countermanded and went directly to Bermuda hundred from Washington; from thence to Point Rocks on the Appomattox river.  We had been ordered here thirty six hours before we came.  Had we have left Point of Rocks when ordered we would have gotten into "that brush”…”

"We are still staying at the fort. Day after tomorrow it will be three weeks we arrived here.  I suppose we will stay here until the first of August then break for Ohio.  The rebs are in possession of Martinsburg I hear.  If we were at New Creek now we would be rushed into the fight I suppose.  We surely ought to keep that railroad open…We cannot go home the way we came unless the rebs are? And the railroad are built…Col Innis is commander of the post here.  The old fellow gives us no confidence.  They almost down on him.  On the 4th we were to have a review at half past six in the morning.  After review was over he told Col Ewing to "put” em through a couple of battalion moves.  After the Lt Col gave a few commands, he took command and deployed columns as usual.  And kept us all in the dust and until after the time for guard? 8’oclock.  Most of the guards were out on reviews.  He has now ordered squad company and battalion drill every day…more.

OHIO 
ONE HUNDRED and THIRTY-THIRD INFANTRY 
(Three Years) 

     One Hundred and Thirty-third Infantry. - Col., Gustavus S. Innis; Lieut.-Col., William Ewing; Maj., Joseph M. Clark.  This 
regiment was organized at Camp Chase, May 6, 1864, to serve for 100 days.  It was composed of two companies of the 58th Battalion
The regiment was immediately ordered to Parkersburg,  W. Va., where it arrived on May 8.  From this place it was ordered to New Creek
 thence to Washington, D. C., and on June 7 was ordered to Bermuda Hundred, where it arrived on June 12.  On June 16 the brigade to which
 it was assigned was ordered to destroy the Richmond & Petersburg railroad.  The regiment was assigned to the support of a battery, which 
opened a cannonade on the enemy and then with other troops, succeeded in holding the Confederates in check for 5 hours.  On July 17
 it embarked at Point of Rocks and proceeded to Fort Powhatan, where it was employed on work on the fortifications and in repairing
telegraph lines.  On Aug. 10 it proceeded to Washington, thence to Camp Chase, where it was mustered out on Aug. 20, 1864. 

William O. Guitner

Residence was not listed; 19 years old.

Enlisted on 5/2/1864 as a Corporal.

On 5/6/1864 he mustered into "C" Co. OH 133rd Infantry 
He was Mustered Out on 8/20/1864 at Camp Chase, OH


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Official Roster of the Soldiers of the State of Ohio
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com


Old Point Comfort Fort
William O Guitner





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Confederate Cover-Clinton Texas-Paid 5
Item #: NEW-0013628

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See scans.  A mouse or bugs have chewed off one corner and the side has been roughly opened.  Nice clear cancels though. Civilian letter.

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Confederate Cover-Jasper Tx-1st Texas Legion
Item #: NEW-0013627

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This cover is in very poor condition but since a good one is valued at $500 this might be desirable to someone.  The envelope bears "from N W Ware Co "C' 1st Texas Legion Ross Brigade"  It is addressed to Mary Ware San Augustine Texas.  The only thing good you can say about this rare cover is that the cancel from Jasper Texas and the Due 10 is very clear.   The cover has tears and holes and is held together with the back with scotch tape which extends at bottom on both sides,  The other two sides are separated. There are also some stains that look like rusted paper chips were taken off the cover. In the case of the middle stained lines, there is a long tear which extends through most of this cover.  There is a pen notation on the back that says some one would be back by San Augustine to get answers "to these letters". There is also a date on the back which reads no 30-Sept 27 64.

N W Ware
1st Texas Legion Ross Brigade
Mary Ware
Jasper Texas

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Scott #8-Andrew Jackson Stamps
Item #: NEW-0011291

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This lot consists of four unused stamps, one first Printing of Scott #8, and three of the second Printing.  The first stamp shown is the first printing (I think) and it is unused with glue on the back and remnants of a stamp hinge.  However there is a large corner crease and a disruption in his hair area. It has a richer color than the other three.  The second stamp is the best example of the four except for a close margin on the right hand side.  Some glue on the back.  The third has some small stains, the most prominent in his hair.  A little glue on the back.  The fourth has a large border on one side and a vertical crease which runs down the entire stamp.  Most of the glue on the back.  I should mention that both of the creases I mentioned have weakened the stamps.

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2nd Va Cav-POW Cover-Flag of Truce-Ft Delaware
Item #: NEW-0011289

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This is a significant Civil War cover, despite some extensive damage as it was mailed from Delaware City, Fort Delaware through a flag of truce to Richmond Va.  The Confederate stamp has been damaged and the US stamp is missing.  The letter was written by Pris (Prisoner) J Q Dickinson of Company A 2nd Va Cavalry.  James Quincey Dickinson was the brother of the Captain of the 2nd Va Cavalry H C Dickinson who was one of the "Immortal 600" who were left behind at Fort Delaware when other prisoners were transferred to Morris Island. Fort Delaware had deplorable conditions and was considered one of the worst prisons that was operated by Union forces.  The letter is addressed to Mrs. H C Dickinson.  There are two edge tears and some staining. The back is complete.  Please study the scan

Here is some information posted on the web by Patricia Kaufmann, regarding mail service relating to the Flag-of-Truce.When the onset of the American Civil War ended postal service between the North and South, express companies such as Southern Express Company carried mail, primarily civilian business mail, across the lines. The U.S. Post Office Department ordered an end to such traffic, effective August 26, 1861. Thereafter, mail had to be sent by Flag-of-Truce. The U.S. imposed special regulations to control, inhibit, and delay civilian through-the-lines mail and letters to prisoners on the other side. The same inner and outer envelope requirements were mandated that applied to prisoner mail. Mail could only cross the lines at specified exchange points. Mail going from the North to the South passed primarily at City Point, Virginia; mail going from the South to the North passed primarily at Fortress Monroe, Virginia.


2nd Virginia Cavalry

Flag of Truce

Prisoner of War

Fort Delaware



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Color Magnus Patriotic Cover-Camp Scene
Item #: NEW-0010846

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unused condition, small stain and a couple of spots probably caused by the person who painted this.

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Color Magnus Patriotic Cover-Camp Scene
Item #: NEW-0010845

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Great unused condition.

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Color Magnus Patriotic Cover-Camp Scene
Item #: NEW-0010844

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Beautiful unused cover. Good condition.

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GAR 35th National Encampment 1901-Cleveland-Cover
Item #: NEW-0010831

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They don't come any greater than this attractive advertising cover for the Grand Army of the Republic Encampment in Cleveland Ohio.  Produced by Bennet & Fish, Hatters and Men's Furnishers in Cleveland Ohio.  Tears at one area of the top edge and one tear which extends into the front.  See scan.

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1865 Union Soldier Letter-Corps Cover-Postage Due Stamp
Item #: NEW-0010611

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This four page letter was mailed in January 1865 from Camp Wainwright Va.  I can't quite make out the name but it appears to be Chopin.  The addressee appears to have the same last name of the writer.  Cover was cancelled in Washington D C and bears the symbol of the Corps badge of the soldier.  Content has no war news. Readable.  There is a separation on the middle fold which goes through one half and beginning on the other half.

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Civil War Postal Cover-Nashville Tennessee
Item #: NEW-0010366

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Nice clear cancel dated 1864 from occupied Nashville.  Rough bottom edge.

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Wisconsin Corps Patriotic Cover-Richland County Scott Guards
Item #: NEW-0010061

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Nice used cover with a fancy cancel. Faint cancel and I can't read the town but I can read Wis.  This cover does not appear in Weiss's or Walcott's reference on Civil War Patriotic covers.  The Richland County Scott Guards, H Company was a part of the 5th Wisconsin which was a very active unit. See scan to view the condition.  Back flap was cut off.

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1865 Letter-Union Soldier-Nashville
Item #: NEW-0010013

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Letter is dated May 1865 and the signature appears to be S ? Person and is addressed to his sister Harriett Hull from Beverly Washington County Ohio.  Nice clear cancel from Nashville and a fancy cancel I have not seen before-leaf?

Two pages of personal content with only a couple of references to the waning days of the war.  A couple of small holes at the folds. The letter is difficult to read due to phonetic spelling etc. "was glad to hear that ? had got his discharge."  "I have answered every letter that ever got from you even so they must have been lost even it seem like you had forgot me  but still we will make it all wright if i live to get home" "The papers says that all the one years men is to report to there on State Capitol and be mustered out and if this is the case I think we will be home in 6 weeks and then I learned it say that every man could go home and libel to be called in between this then our time is ?" More but I give up.

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Alexandria Virginia-Civil War Patriotic Cover
Item #: NEW-0010002

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Nice, unused cover by Magnus.  Smear on left edge.

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Organization-Confederate Post Office-Montgomery
Item #: NEW-009674

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First edition of this useful reference on the delivery of Confederate mail including the story of the Thomas Welsh Provisional Stamped Envelope.  Published in Montgomery in 1960.  Presentation copy by the author.  Slightly bumped spine and some wear to the dust cover including a large tear on the back cover and smaller wear to the front.

Organization of the Confederate Post Office at Montgomery

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Cover-Bird's Eye View-Alexandria Va
Item #: NEW-009194

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Beautiful Magnus patriotic cover

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Cover-Fort Federal Hill-Baltimore
Item #: NEW-009193

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Nice patriotic cover

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Fayette Barracks-Baltimore-Cover
Item #: NEW-009192

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unused cover

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Ft Marshall-Baltimore Cover
Item #: NEW-009191

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unused cover

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Magnus Cover-Battle Scene
Item #: NEW-009190

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Unused cover

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Magnus U S Light Artillery-No 1-Cover
Item #: NEW-009189

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Beautiful unused cover

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POW Cover-Ft. Delaware-Prisoner Letter Stamp
Item #: NEW-006396

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Nice prisoner of war cover with cancels, Delaware City and Bulls Eye and a Prisoner of War stamp. Cancel is clear but top went off the edge. Worn condition with a couple of tears at the top edge. Cover has no letter. Letter was addressed to Mrs. Rebah Ellison, Cleveland Tennessee.

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Patriotic Cover Lot-Mill Springs Ky
Item #: NEW-005129

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This is the last six covers from a series of twelve showing scenes from the battle of Mill Springs, also known as Fishing Creek and Logan's Crossroads. Magnus is the publisher of this scarce series. Nice condition except all of the back have four areas of glue when they were place in an album. Brig. Gen. Felix Zollicoffer was killed in this early battle of the Civil War. Mill Springs is located in Pulaski County Kentucky.

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8th Iowa-Capt Alex Clark-Cover- Benton Barracks-Mo
Item #: NEW-004801

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One legal sized letter dated March 30, 1863. Signed Alex  Clark, written to my ever dear Sarah. The letter has the cover which is cancelled from St. Louis with a bulls-eye cancel.  It is addressed to Letter was written to Miss Sara McMillan English Settlement Marion Co Iowa. This is now a discontinued post office. I as able to identify this soldier, who married the addressee after the war.  See his biography which follows the listing. 

   Mention is made of a Col Geddes and a Col. Ferguson who were both with the 8th Iowa Regiment. Here is some of the more interesting content. "We have been detailed to go some place we suppose up the Missouri River where Guerrillas have been doing some mischief..we are ordered to take only 4 days rations so suppose we will not be long gone..."Today we were visited by William Converse and Will Harvey, they came down as guard for prisoners from Springfield." Finally, another exchange of interest. "I don't know how to destroy those letters have clung to them all carrying them in my jackets but now must destroy them, they have been a source of great pleasure, -but must destroy them for fear they may fall into other hands. Have got three photographs one of Col Geddes, one Col. Ferguson and one John Reece..." There is no yellow stain on the letter as appears in the scan. The handwriting is quite legible. During the Civil War, Benton Barracks was an encampment for Union troops and was located in north St. Louis County, 4-5 miles from the City of St. Louis. . "The facility, located on the outskirts of St. Louis, could accommodate 30,000 soldiers and contained a mile of barracks, warehouses, cavalry stables, parade grounds, and a large military hospital. The hospital itself could...serve 2,000 to 3,000 patients." Benton Barracks was situated on land once owned by John O'Fallon who rented the acreage to U.S. Army, and on the grounds of the old State fairgrounds. This area is now part of the City of St. Louis, in the location of Fairgrounds Park (at Grand Ave. and Natural Bridge Rd.) . Camp Benton, which began operations in 1861 had numerous functions: a troop cantonment (replacing Jefferson Barracks after it was converted to a hospital); a parole encampment; a military hospital; and a camp for contraband or refugee slaves. Refugee Unionist (whites) also found sanctuary here. There is also some evidence that a few Confederate guerilla POWs were housed here for a short duration, perhaps awaiting the sentence of execution, in the camp guardhouse.

Here is his soldier record.

Alexander M. Clark

Residence Knoxville IA; 29 years old.

Enlisted on 8/13/1861 as a Sergeant.

On 9/4/1861 he mustered into "E" Co. IA 8th Infantry 
He Re-enlisted on 1/11/1864
He was Mustered Out on 4/20/1866 at Selma, AL


He was listed as:
* POW 4/6/1862 Shiloh, TN


Promotions:
* 1st Sergt 9/1/1862 
* 2nd Lieut 7/4/1863 
* 1st Lieut 1/18/1865 
* Capt 3/3/1865 
* Capt 3/26/1865 by Brevet (As of Vols)


Other Information:
born in Ohio


Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc.:

 - Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
(c) Historical Data Systems, Inc. @ www.civilwardata.com

Here is a link that gives Clark's history http://www.onlinebiographies.info/ia/mar/clark-am.htm


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Confederate Postally Used Cover
Item #: NEW-004684

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See scan for the two large grease spots and ink mark. Back flap is missing as is the letter. I believe the cancel reads Richmond Virginia

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Baltimore Maryland Patriotic Cover
Item #: CIV-003686

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This Magnus cover is in great shape.

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