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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 20, 17
Edited on:Mar 20, 17
Postmark: circa Jan 15, 1865 (Dakota Territory)
Origin: Ft. Abercrombie, North Dakota, UNITED STATES
Destination: Deerfield, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES

1861 issue 3c rose with target cancel and "Ft. Abercrombie D.T. Jan 15" circular datestamp on orange cover to Deerfield, Mass.

Fort Abercrombie, in North Dakota, was an American fort established by authority of an Act of Congress, approved March 3, 1857. The act allocated twenty-five square miles of land on the Red River of the North in Dakota Territory to be used for a military outpost, but the exact location was left to the discretion of Lieutenant Colonel John J. Abercrombie. The fort was constructed in the year 1858. It was the first permanent military settlement in what became North Dakota, and is thus known as "The Gateway to the Dakotas".

Because the original location was prone to flooding, a new fort was built at a higher location in 1860, north of the original location. It was besieged by the Dakota (Sioux) Indians for more than six weeks during the Dakota War of 1862. The fort served as a transportation hub as it guarded the Red River Trails used by the Red River ox cart trains of the late fur trade, military supply wagon trains, stagecoach routes, and steamboat traffic on the Red River. The post office at Ft. Abercrombie was established in 1860.

The fort was abandoned in 1877 and the town of Abercrombie, North Dakota, was founded a half mile west in 1884.

Owner's ID: 1387
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For Sale? No
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[SNS 18] SNS# 18 [1861 3¢ Rose - USA Stamps 1861-1865 Issue]