Arago: U.S. Postal Issue Used in the Confederacy

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U.S. Postal Issue Used in the Confederacy

Covers bearing clear dates of usage and postmarked after the date of a state’s admission into the Confederacy through May 31, 1861, are referred to as 'Confederate State Usage of U.S. Stamps'. Until June 1, 1861, the postal system in the seceded states remained under the nominal control of the United States Post Office Department. Surprisingly, the mails between the North and the South went through with few interruptions during this transitional period, although there was much confusion within the postal system itself.