Details For Cover ID# 28949

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Cover Type: CSA stampless
Entered by: frajola
Added on:Nov 25, 20
Edited on:Nov 26, 20
Postmark: Feb 20, 1864
Origin: Okolona, Mississippi, UNITED STATES
Destination: Columbus, Mississippi, UNITED STATES

[Battle of Okolona, CSA Scout’s Report to James M. Burton (who was on Secret Service for General Ruggles)], a 1p letter in pencil with address leaf Captain Burton, Columbus, Miss, docket in ink on reverse: "Rec'd at Columbus (Miss.) Feby. 20, 1864 at 10 1/2 PM, Report of Scouts"

letter reads:

The enemy occupied West Point late this evening before we reached there. Forest retreated from the place with out a fight in the direction of Starks ville (Starkville). I understand from a Capt. Comdg Co in Col Forest Cond. that the entire force of Genl (N.B.) Forest was in the retreat. While others think Col. Forest and Chalmers are between West Point and Aberdeen. The Capt with whom I conversed was cut off with his Co and is now in camp between Waverly and West Point. He will s(p)end in tonight and will give me the benefit of his information which I will pass upon (along). Respectfully, J.W. Kaudle (sp?)"

An image of a CSA voucher certifying that James Burton has received payment of $105  at Columbus, Miss "for secret service at the Hd Qrs of Brig Genl Ruggles from February 18th 1864 to March 25th 1864, 35 days @ $3 per day, $105" is here:
(thank you to Laura Elliott for discovering this reference).

For information on the Sooy Smith Expedition and the battle of Okolona, in which N.B. Forrest's youngest brother, Colonel Forrest was killed.

One of the most interesting field letters of the Civil War I have seen

Owner's ID: BL508
Certificate? No
For Sale? Yes, for US$ 1500.   Interested in this cover? Contact frajola.
Stampless? Yes