Confederate Cancels

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by redsox81, Apr 29, 2014.

  1. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    I'm curious if such stamps exist used by Confederate States in the start of the war before provisional... tied by a Confederate "type" cancel? I remember reading that Confederate PO never used any type of fancy cancels ect... I have a #70 (which is not a Confederate stamp) on cover, postmarked Texas that may have been used right around the start of the war. Has an unmistakable "C" cancel which I have never seen before, which makes me a bit more curious if ever postmarks of such exist.
     
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  2. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    The 1861 stamps came out in August long after the South established their own postal service and all the old stamps were demonetized by the North. I doubt it saw postal use in the Confederacy as there never was any stock of 1861 stamps. A "C" cancel might just refer to a station. Here in San Francisco we used to have Stations A, B, C, D, E and so forth for many years until very recently. Actually it could represent any number of things: carrier, collections, censor etc..
     
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  3. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    I didn't think the Confederacy had anything to do with the cancel, but with so many variations and uncommon practice of cancels Its usually quite the challenge for me. Wouldve loved to have a union stamp cancelled by a Confederate PO. If such a stamp could even possibly exist!
     
  4. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    There are so many variation of markings, cancels, routings on mail over the many years, both the U.S. and Confederacy, it is really a specialists field. I wish I knew more about the speciality, I have to defer to someone more knowledgeable.
     
  5. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    You said it! Know one could possibly know unless they r certain enough to disregard but I think you have the right idea Hoch. As always... your knowledge is more so... I'm gonna attach a scan anyhow.. quite lovely, although kinda socked!
     

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  6. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Redsox81 that's a great cover! George Saxon is a very important person in the history of Tallahassee, Fla. here is a picture of the family home.

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    "Dry goods store owner George W. Saxon began making loans to farmers during the 1880s which led him to filing for a bank charter in 1895. The bank grew and by 1975, Saxon's great grandson and bank director, DuBose Ausley, began formation of several banks into one group. Capital City Bank now has 70 banking offices and serves people as far north as Valley, Alabama and Macon, Georgia to Prt Richey, Florida in the south."

    http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/10556
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Tallahassee,_Florida

    The addressee is no less famous. R. A. Whitfield had a small cotton plantation before the Civil War adjacent to the large La Grange plantation. As the cover notes he was also a lawyer. He assembled a list of plantations in Leon Country and also has a family home I found.

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_House_Place_Plantation
    http://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/10622
    http://genealogytrails.com/fla/leon/plantations_1860.html
     
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  7. redsox81

    redsox81 Active Member

    And this is exactly what I love most about collecting. Its like opening a time capsule. Very interesting Hoch. I was able to find George Saxon from around the same time period who's sister was I believe the first lady to McKinley, and brother coincidentally had his hand in banking, but this Georve Saxon) died of gunshot in 1898. I think he was from Ohio and not Florida. I sure wish this cover had a letter of some sort. I love reading old letters!
     
  8. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    Correspondence is a bonus always, unfortunately most of the time it's not there. It would be interesting to know if the letter was simply a dry goods bill or whether it contained a legal matter.
     
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