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Cover Type: USA domestic with stamp(s)
Entered by: dwsnow
Added on:Mar 24, 21
Edited on:Mar 24, 21
Postmark: Feb 3, 1863
Origin: Port Royal, South Carolina, UNITED STATES
Destination: Brooklyn, New York, UNITED STATES

Union-occupied southern port. "Port Royal, S.C. Feb. 3 1863" circular datestamp on cover franked with 1861 3c rose (65) with target cancel to street address in Brooklyn, N.Y.  Docketing: "Feb. 10/ 63". Brooklyn at that time had carrier service; recipient paid 1c carrier fee when delivered.  No markings on back.

The Battle of Port Royal was one of the earliest amphibious operations of the American Civil War, in which a U.S. Navy fleet and U.S. Army expeditionary force captured Port Royal Sound, South Carolina between Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina on November 7, 1861. The sound was guarded by two forts on opposite sides of the entrance, Fort Walker on Hilton Head Island to the south and Fort Beauregard on Phillip's Island to the north. A small Confederate force of four gunboats supported the forts, but did not materially affect the battle.

When Fort Walker fell, the commander of Fort Beauregard across the sound feared that his soldiers would soon be cut off with no way to escape, so he ordered them to abandon the fort. Another landing party took possession of the fort and raised the Union flag the next day.

Occupying Port Royal Harbor, the Union’s South Atlantic Blockading Squadron could then be monitored by rebel lookouts disbursed from Bluffton’s substantial picket headquarters. Bluffton’s geographic location resulted in it being the only strategic position on the east coast where the Confederates could gather direct intelligence on the Union squadron, which conducted crucial blockade operations along the southern coastline in the aftermath of the battle.

Owner's ID: 2437
Certificate? No
For Sale? No
Stampless? No
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[SNS 18] SNS# 18 [1861 3¢ Rose - USA Stamps 1861-1865 Issue]