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Cover Type: CSA with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Dec 5, 19
Edited on:Dec 6, 19
 
Postmark: Sep 29, 1864
Origin: Okolona, Mississippi, UNITED STATES
Destination: Lovejoy, Georgia, UNITED STATES
 
Description:

10c rose (CSA #5) tied by "Okolona Miss. Sep. 29" (1864) circular datestamp on U.S. 3c red on buff Nesbitt entire (U10) to Capt. N. Blackwell 43rd Miss. Regt., Adams' Brigade, Loring's Div., Army of Tenn. at Lovejoy Ga., turned and re-addressed by Capt. Blackwell to his sister in New Albany, Miss (no postmark), with letter datelined "Near Decatur Ala., Oct. 28th 1864" which mentions "We get mails occasionally . . . We have destroyed a great deal of railroad . . . and captured a good many prisoners . . . ". A remarkable use - a 10c rose used on an obsolete 3c Nesbitt entire is rare enough, but this turned use from a Confederate officer with the original letter is truly outstanding, ex-Dr. Ralph Brandon.
Transcript of letter:
Near Decatur Ala. Oct. 28th 1864
Dear Sister,
As Lieut. Prinell does not start till in the morning I write you a few lines to acknowledge the receipt of yours of 27th Sept. I have no news at all to write you. I started a letter to Amanda yesterday evening, & we were ordered to move & I had to stop writing, sealed the letter & gave it to the Lt. We were called out to meet the enemy. It was thought they were coming out to attack us, but proved to be a false alarm. Our division is now in reserve.
I hope we will soon get out where communication will be open with the balance of the world. However we get mails occasionally. Send me some dried fruit by Willis if convenient. Be sure to send some pants and shirts. Send Willis back as soon as possible. When he does come, he will have to come through Corinth. Rations are pretty scarce now. Corn is selling in camp this morning at fifty cents an ear, but the many rains recently are worse than anything else, as we have to march day and night. We have had only two days rest in  more than a month. We have destroyed a great deal of rail road in that time and captured a good many prisoners. I do not know what point will be our base of supplies after this, But suppose it will be on the Memphis & Charleston R.R.
My love to Ma, Bro. Charles, Sallie & all the children. Write often. Affectionately, N. Blackwell.  I have not rec'd any of your long letters. They come better mailed at Pontotoc rather than Okolona.  N.B.

Owner's ID: 2221
 
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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