Civil War
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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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