Confederate handstamp Paid 10
Confederate handstamp Paid 10 cancel on cover with Flat Rock, North Carolina, August 16, circular date stamp, on an envelope addressed to Richmond, Virginia. Docketing on the front of the cover indicates the year 1862.
Early in the war, Union blockades prevented the importation of supplies to the South, which contributed to occasional shortages of stamps in the Confederate states. In such an event, postmasters resorted to other, temporary replacements. A handstamp, which was applied to the letter upon receipt of payment, was one such substitute.