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

U.S. Postal Issue Used in the Confederacy

Confederate cover

Scott Catalogue USA: U26

United States 3-cent George Washington stamped envelope cancelled by a black seven-bar gridiron. Envelope is postmarked by Charleston, South Carolina, February 26, 1861, concentric circle date stamp on white envelope addressed to Washington, District of Columbia.

The sender of this envelope is thought to have been 1st Lt. Theodore Talbot of the 1st Regiment of Artillery of the garrison within Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor.

South Carolina was admitted to the Confederacy on February 4, 1861, and therefore this represents Confederate State usage of United States postage.

Mail continued to travel uninterrupted under the service of the U.S. Post Office Department until the Confederate Post Office Department officially began service on June 1, 1861. A 3-cent stamp paid the letter rate for a distance less than 3,000 miles.

February 26, 1861
Charleston, S.C., Type 4 (Dietz) [town postmark]
paper; ink
7.5 x 13.5 cm (2 15/16 x 5 5/16 in.)
Museum ID:
South Carolina

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