Effect of Civil War on the Mails
By: Dan Knowles

May 14 , 2013

Dr. Daniel Knowles spoke at our May 14 meeting on the topic “The Effect of the Civil War on the Mails”.  Dan talked about the many ways that the war impacted mail service in both the north and south, including: suspension of mail service between the two sides; the demonetization of USA stamps; the initiation of the CSA postal service; the creation of CSA provisionals and then CSA stamps; patriotic envelopes; civilian and POW flag of truce mail; Trans-Mississippi express mail, and in-coming and out-going blockade mail.

The many great examples of postal history included: Star Die cover used on first day of Confederacy; Southern Letter Unpaid markings; Confederate DLO marking; June 1 (first day) Confederate cover; fabulous college cameo illustration with Confederate stampless postal markings; Autaugaville PM provisional handstamp on cover and a Charleston, SC press-printed marking.

Other fabulous covers (all in very fine condition) included: illustrated Southern Confederacy corner card from Danville, VA; Confederate patriotic cover with five cent New Orleans provisional stamp; cover with Spartenburg, SC provisional stamp; Old Stamps Not Recognized marking on covers from Chicago and Philadelphia; express mail and civilian flag of truce covers; POW covers from Sandusky, OH and Andersonville, GA; example of 40 cent Trans-Mississippi rate; and a couple of rare blockade-run covers.