Confederate handstamp Paid 10
Confederate handstamp blue Paid 10 with matching Nashville, Tennessee, August 3, 1861, circular date stamp with inverted date, on an envelope addressed to Cobham, Virginia.
The first Confederate stamps—lithographed, imperforate 5-cent sheets printed by Hoyer & Ludwig—were not available until October 1861. During the months prior to that, southern postmasters improvised methods of handling the prepayment of postage. By creating provisional stamps or using handstamps, postmasters were able to continue mail service in absence of a government-issued postage stamp. This cover is one such example.
Written on the face of the cover, apparently by the sender:
"Prepay & chge me. WNH" and "via Nashville & Lynchburg".