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Pair Five Cents Dark Blue (csa#7-r); Folded Letter; Marksville, La, 1863 For Sale
PAIR FIVE CENTS DARK BLUE JEFFERSON DAVIS TYPOGRAPHED GENERAL ISSUEON FOLDED LETTER; MARKSVILLE, LA., 1863
Stamped folded letter mailed at MARKSVILLE, LA, CSA, APR 16 (1863) withscarce black rimless circular datestamp—only known between mid-April and July, 1863—tieing pair of five cents dark blue Jefferson Davistypographed general issue adhesives (CSA 7-R, Scott #7)—piece missing lower left corner (visible in scan). ...Dateline on letter, *Mansura, Avoyelles (Parish), La., (about 5 miles from Marksville). …Addressed to Houston, Texas.
Portions of letter: “…The government is buying cotton 16 to 17¢ & I have a pretty large quantity, but I would not like to sell but I would give it in exchange for goods if you prefer it to confederate notes…"
This planter appears to be dealing with Houston, TX instead of New Orleans, which issuffering Union occupation. During the war, Texas basically was
a supply state for Confederate forces ‘til mid-1863, when the Union capture of the Mississippi River made large movements of men, horses or cattleimpossible. Some cotton was sold in Mexico, but most of the crop eventually became useless because of the Federal naval blockade of Galveston and other ports. …Good, historicalCSA content fromLouisiana,w/scarce postmark.
*Mansura hosted Confederate soldiers from Texas in late-1862;sight of the Battle of Mansura during the Banks' Red River Campaign. ...(Confederate stronghold, Fort DeRussy).
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Pair Five Cents Dark Blue (csa#7-r); Folded Letter; Marksville, La, 1863 : $181