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Lot 1565

c. 1838, letter from Pierre Chouteau discussing the Creek Nation enslaved, folded letter sheet carried outside the postal service, manuscript "Private", addressed to Saint Louis MO; two-page letter discussing enslavement of the Creek Nation, and his ownership of slaves; scarce & historic; splits at folds, some reinforced, Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Jean-Pierre Chouteau was a French Creole fur trader, merchant, politician, and slaveholder. An early settler of St. Louis from New Orleans, he became one its most prominent citizens. Jean-Pierre and his half-brother Auguste Chouteau, known as the "river barons," adjusted to the many political changes which came about as the town changed from Spanish rule to becoming part of the United States. They continued to create political alliances with numerous parties. For a long time, they held monopoly rights on the lucrative fur trade with the Osage, and they expanded their St. Louis businesses to many parts of the emerging economy. As US Indian agent, Chouteau negotiated the Osage Treaty of 1808 on behalf of the United States government, by which the Osage agreed to sell large portions of their lands in present-day Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for Federal annuities.

Current Bid$250
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Lot 1566
1839, document from Pierre Chouteau about the sale of a mulatto girl, one-page document: "For sale for one dollar a mulatto girl, named Deborah, aged about thirty one or two", dated 8 May 1839; splits along folds, some repaired, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750

Jean-Pierre Chouteau was a French Creole fur trader, merchant, politician and slaveholder. An early settler of St. Louis from New Orleans, he became one its most prominent citizens. Jean-Pierre and his half-brother Auguste, known as the "river barons," created political alliances with numerous parties. For a long time, they held monopoly rights on the lucrative fur trade with the Osage, and expanded their St. Louis businesses to many parts of the emerging economy. As US Indian agent, Chouteau negotiated the Osage Treaty of 1808 on behalf of the federal government, by which the Osage agreed to sell large portions of their lands in present-day Missouri and Arkansas in exchange for Federal annuities
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Current Bid$250
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Lot 1567

c. 1861, "7 MI House O.", oval handstamp with manuscript June 4 date, on buff cover with 3¢ rose (#65) addressed to Reedtown, Ohio, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

During the time of the Underground Railroad, fugitive slaves were transported from the old Omar Tavern in Seneca County to Seven Mile House, on their way to Lake Erie, where they could cross to freedom in Canada. This is a wonderful historical cover.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 1568

1861, Adams Express Company Port Royal, S. C., 3¢ rose (#65) tied by target cancel on violet Civil War patriotic cover illustrated with wagon full of packages and four horses (similar in style to Bischel lot 5782); double-circle "PORT ROYAL SC MAR 14" postmark at left; cover with minor toned spots and light wrinkling, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 1569

1861, "MAILS SUSPENDED", 3¢ rose (#65) tied by "North Middletown KY May" town cancel on cover addressed to Kesnick (Depot), Va; manuscript "O & A R R" at lower left and lightly struck oval light blue marking at center; stamp somewhat faded and with a horizontal crease, cover with a sealed tear at upper left, otherwise Fine, extremely scarce usage and seldom seen, with 1998 C.S.A. certificate.
Estimate $1,000 - 1,500.
Current Bid$500
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Lot 1570

1861-65, Old Point Comfort & Fortress Monroe postal history, presented in an album with slipcase, five pages of writeup, and 25 covers; includes 1863 cover addressed to Cherry Flats, PA, with 4-page letter with war content; U.S. Christian Commission corner ad cover to Providence, RI; forwarded cover from Port Huron to Parmer, MI; cover with corner ad "Head Quarters/Dept of Virginia & North Carolina/Official Business"; and many fancy cancels, Fine to Very Fine, scarce & attractive.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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Lot 1571

1862 (Apr.), cover to Master Mate U.S.S. Steamer Patroon, 1¢ (#63) & 3¢ (#65) tied by target and New York NY c.d.s., with manuscript "7" for additional ship rate, on cover addressed to "S.G. Slayton/Master Mate U.S. Steamer Patroon/Fortress Monroe VA", with manuscript "If gone please forward"; missing backflap, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

USS
Patroon (1859) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the Civil War to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries .
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1572

1862, cover to a cavalry officer at a camp near Richmond, Va., 3¢ rose (#65) tied by straightline "REGISTERED" on cover with "PHILADELPHIA Pa AUG 1 1862" town mark at left on cover addressed to "Chief Bugler A. W. Simons, 5th Regular Cavalry, Camp near Harrison's Landing, above Richmond Virginia", includes original letter, plus a later letter datelined Aug 20; cover with light splitting along the bottom edge, otherwise Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Current Bid$150
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Lot 1573

c. 1862, looking to recover money paid for a sick slave, 3¢ (#65) cancelled by circular grid with Ripley, OH, c.d.s., addressed to Germantown, KY; asking for refund for purchased girl who was sick and died in service, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1574

1863, Camp Dennison, Ohio cover, 3¢ (#65) tied by target cancel with "Miamiville P.O. Camp Dennison/Apr 16/1863" c.d.s. on cover addressed to Franklin Mills, OH; also includes allover design patriotic with Art Ward, Jr.'s, speech on front, and camp scene on reverse with soldiers using a stump dressed as Jeff Davis for target practice; strong strike, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Current Bid$130
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Lot 1575

1863, cover to U.S. Hospital Boat, 3¢ (#65) pen-cancelled with manuscript "Staceyville Iowa/Aug 1st 1863" on cover addressed to U.S. Hospital Boat at Cairo, IL; straightline "Unclaimed" and manuscript "Refused" on front; backstamped Vicksburg MISS and Cairo, IL, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
Current Bid$200
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Lot 1576

c. 1863, Union wallpaper cover, 3¢ (#65) tied by leaf cancel and Nashville, TN, c.d.s. on wallpaper cover addressed to Philadelphia; top of cover missing, Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1577

1864, cover addressed to Western Virginia, three 1¢ (#63) and a 3¢ (#65), tied by Cleveland, OH, c.d.s. and circular grid to cover addressed to Co. A, 23rd Ohio Reg, Kanawha Valley, Western VA (now West Virginia), Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 1578

1864, cover from U.S. Ram Avenger, cover posted from the Avenger on Aug 11, 1864; postmarked Cairo, IL and addressed to Washington, DC, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

On December 7, 1863, the U.S. War Department transferred to the Navy two wooden-hulled, side-wheel rams then being built at New Albany, Indiana, for the Army's Mississippi Marine Brigade. On taking possession of the still-unfinished vessels, Rear Admiral David Dixon Porter—then commanding the Mississippi Squadron—suggested that they be named
Avenger and Vindicator. On December 19, Avenger was assigned to the Mississippi River Squadron's Third District, responsible for controlling the river between Natchez, MS, and the mouth of the Red River. Completed late February 1864, the ship was commissioned at Cairo, IL, on Feb. 29, Acting Volunteer Lt. Charles A. Wright in command. In May 1864, Avenger was stationed at Morganza, LA, and carried out blockading duties between Morganza and Donaldsonville through November, when she was ordered to help patrol the river between Vicksburg and Natchez.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1579

c. 1864, hand-illustrated cover of black gentleman & child, 3¢ (#65) with grid cancel and adjacent New Berne, NC, c.d.s., on hand-illustrated cover with man in tails with child; addressed to Beaufort, NC; with contents and transcript; reduced at right affecting the stamp, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1580

1867, cover from Macon, GA with interesting content, 3¢ rose, tied by Macon Ga fancy shield cancel with bars at top (not noted in Skinner-Eno) on 1867 ruled blue folded letter addressed to Columbus Ga; writer of letter mentions "the war closed us out of our negro property and left us without a dime"; cover with minor edge flaws, otherwise Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1581

1873, three covers to 36th Colored Corps Veterans, from Fort Monroe in Virginia, all from Lieut. James Curry at Fort Monroe, to veterans of the Corp Company "D" 36th Group or their widows, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

The 36th U.S. Colored Infantry was organized February 8, 1864, from the 2nd North Carolina Colored Infantry for three-year service under the command of Colonel Alonzo G. Draper.

Current Bid$100
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Lot 1582

1878, "Official Business" covers from Fortress Monroe, VA, three in total, one with corner imprint "Office A.C.S./Fort Monroe VA/Official Business", and two with printed instructions for return to Lieut. James Curry if undeliverable, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Current Bid$80
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Lot 1583

Covers to & from U.S.S. Ossipee, consisting of a cover addressed to U.S.S. Steamer Ossipee, Washington, DC, from East Freetown, MA, and a cover addressed to Auburn, NH, with manuscript "From the US Ship Ossipee"; two-page article on the ship included, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300.
Current Bid$100
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Lot 1584

Civil War covers addressed to naval ships, a fleet of 14, including Ship Hope Captain Hancock; Capt. Joseph Garten, Steamer Kennebec; Act. 3rd Asst. Engineer, U.S. Str Geranniss; Lieut. H.A. Bartlet, US Recg Ship North Carolina; U.S. Steamer Commodore Perry, Plymouth, NC, via Roanoke Island; and Fleet Captain's Clerk Flag Ship Philadelphia, South Atlantic Block Squadron; mixed condition, all franked with #65, Fine to Very Fine, some rare addresses present.
Estimate $600 - 800.
Current Bid$300
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Lot 1585

Civil War adversity covers, 7 covers, includes wallpaper cover with Thomasville, GA, c.d.s. addressed to Savannah, GA; adversity cover made from receipt; cover to Black Rock, NY, turned and sent to Bellevue, MI; cover from Galveston, TX to Philadelphia; and turned cover with overall ad for San Francisco clipper line, turned and sent to Cardington, OH, Fine to Very Fine, scarce material reasonably priced.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1586

Civil War covers with enclosures, includes April 5, 1865, letter from Richmond describing being in the city after surrender; May 20, 1864, letter datelined U.S. Steam Frigate with war news; September 26, 1861, on Patriotic letter sheet describing Battle of Falls Church; also a letter with a carte de visite of the letter-writer, Silas Wood; many have news of the war or camp life, Fine to Very Fine, excellent lot for research.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1587

Civil War covers, selection of 50, a wonderful holding, with addresses such as "1st Lt A Henry/Co E 25th REG USS/(Colored) Fort Pickens FL", "Company C first Kentucky/Regt 22nd Brigade Gen Nelson/Division Athens Alabama", "Camp Parole Hospital/Near Annapolis/Md", and "Rev. E.y. Warner/Chaplain 3rd O.V.C./On Tenn River/Gen Words Division"; some interesting destinations, please review, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1588

Civil War adversity covers, 7 covers: Flag of Truce cover to Camp Martin, Indianapolis, IN; cover made from lined paper from Louisville, KY, to Bellefountaine, OH; cover made from document from Foxboro, MA, to Cambridgeport, MA; cover made from ad from Jersey City, NJ, to Uxbridge, MA; local cover made from bank statement in Charleston, SC; homemade cover from Halifax C.H., VA used locally, and turned cover from Washington, DC, to Middlesex, VT, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1589

Civil War-Era cover balance, 17 in all, including 1862 hand-drawn Patriotic cover with letter; 1863 letter with camp life news; 1864 valentine cover; 1864 cover concerning state aid; four covers to Samuel Newton in Vicksburg, MS; cover addressed to Joseph Holt, Judge Advocate during the Lincoln assassination trial; fancy cancel of Albany, NY, "Lincoln" in field of stars (S-E LC-NP 15); etc.; mixed condition, Fine to Very Fine, great range of material.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1590

Civil War postal history balance, approximately 40 items with the ubiquitous #65, including a strip of five on corner ad cover to Roxbury, NY; single tied by "Crockett TX" c.d.s. on folded letter sheet to Houston; single tied by solid star fancy cancel & Galveston, TX, c.d.s. to folded letter sheet to New York; one tied by Salt Lake City, UT, c.d.s. to cover to Canaan, NH; a hand-drawn cover & letter sheet with copy tied by blue c.d.s. addressed to East Jaffrey, NH; single tied by target cancel and "Oneida NY" c.d.s. on bank draft to Rome, NY; #R15 cancelled on cover with manuscript "Held for postage"; #65 tied over #73 by East Corinth, ME, c.d.s. to East Cambridge, MA; and much more; should bring many times our low estimate; mixed condition, please peruse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
Current Bid$250
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Lot 1591

Civil War field cancels, 7, includes blue "Bank's Division" c.d.s., blue "G.B.D./Mar 6" straightline and "Chattanooga Tenn/January 13" straightline; an excellent grouping, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Current Bid$180
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