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Lot 1542

1859-65, Major General Thomas Howard Ruger correspondence, 18 covers addressed to Cadet or Lieutenant Ruger, includes nine stampless, eight franked and an "Official Business" cover with manuscript "B.F. Hopkins M.C.", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Ruger was appointed lieutenant colonel of the 3rd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment in June 1861, and promoted to colonel on August 20. Ruger commanded his regiment in Maryland and the Shenandoah Valley campaigns. He participated in the Battle of Antietam, in which he was wounded while acting commander of a brigade in the 1st Division, XII Corps. Commissioned brigadier general of volunteers in November 1862, Ruger led his brigade of the XII Corps, Army of the Potomac, in the Battle of Chancellorsville, and commanded the division of Brig. Gen. Alpheus Williams temporarily at Gettysburg. (Col. Silas Colgrove led the brigade in that battle, participating in the defense of Culp's Hill.) In the summer of 1863, Ruger was in New York City, where he aided in suppressing draft riots.

Ruger led a brigade of XX Corps in Maj. Gen. William T. Sherman's Atlanta Campaign until November 1864, and with a division of XXIII Corps took part in the campaign against General John B. Hood's army in Tennessee. He was appointed a brevet major general of volunteers, November 30, 1864, for services at the Battle of Franklin. Ruger organized a division at Nashville and led his command to North Carolina in June 1865, and then had charge of the department of that state until June 1866. He was mustered out of his volunteer commission, accepting a regular army commission as colonel, July 28, 1866, and on March 2, 1867, was breveted brigadier general, regular army, for his services at Gettysburg
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Realized $144.
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Lot 1543

1860-1865, General N.C. McLean correspondence, 8 covers, one on Headquarters First Division Eleventh Corps, Army of the Potomac Official Business envelope, others with "Due 3" straight line, most with manuscript "Soldier's Letter", Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600.
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Lot 1544

1860-1900, General John G Barnard correspondence, 25 covers to General John G. Barnard who was appointed by President Abraham Lincoln to the grade of brigadier general, U.S. Volunteers, where he was the chief engineer throughout the war, there are (11) covers addressed to the General, the rest to members of his family, a few interesting includes a cover franked with (10) #65 from New York City to Washington DC, and a cover with a 10¢ #35 from San Francisco to New York City, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $192.
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Lot 1545

1860-65, correspondence with fancy cancels, 17 covers all addressed to Charles Taylor from his sister in Bristol CT. (14) with contents with some home front news, all with negative star cancels except for one with "3 Paid" (S-E PM-PNc 28), interesting reading, please peruse, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400.
Realized $204.
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Lot 1546

1861-65, Civil War Era postal history, 19 covers, with better Kanawha Salines WV (S/R 4), Head Quarters 12th Regiment Me Volunteers Official Business cover, several "Due 3" straight lines, a few Old Point Comfort VA, mixed condition, inspection urged, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
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Lot 1547

1861-65, Civil War soldiers' letters, two covers, the first with "Old Point Comfort VA/Jul 10" c.d.s. with straight line "Due 3" on cover with "Head Quarters, 3rd Brig, 2nd Div. Cavalry Corp" imprint, addressed to Lewiston ME, the second with "Old Point Comfort VA/Aug 4" c.d.s. with "Due/6" rate, on cover addressed to Monmouth IL, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
Realized $132.
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Lot 1548

1861-65, Civil War soldier's letters, 12 covers, most with manuscript "Soldier's Letter", many with "Due 3" manuscript, includes a "Pay Dept U.S. Army" cover, mixed condition, review is urged, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 1549

1861-65, Old Point Comfort & Fortress Monroe postal history, presented in an album with slipcase, five pages of writeup, and 25 covers, includes 1863 cover addressed to Cherry Flats PA with 4 page letter with war content, U.S. Christian Commission corner ad cover to Providence RI, forwarded cover from Port Huron to Parmer MI, cover with corner ad "Head Quarters/Dept of Virginia & North Carolina/Official Business", and many fancy cancels, scarce & attractive, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $500 - 750.
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Lot 1550

1862, Adams Express Company cover from Old Point Comfort VA, pair 3¢ (65) tied by "Old Point Comfort VA/Mar 5" c.d.s. on express cover, addressed to Boston MA, slightly reduced at right, Very Fine.
Estimate $350 - 500.
Realized $480.
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Lot 1551

1862, cover addressed to U.S. Gunboat Chippewa , 3¢ (65) & 1¢ (63) tied by 1862 Philadelphia c.d.s., on cover addressed to the gunboat at the Washington Navy Yard, with three page letter re: construction of gunboats, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

The third USS Chippewa was a Unadilla-class gunboat which saw service with the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War.

Realized $180.
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Lot 1552

1862, cover to Master Mate U.S.S. Steamer Patroon, 1¢ (63) & 3¢ (65) tied by target and New York NY c.d.s., with manuscript "7" rate for additional ship rate, on cover addressed to "S.G. Slayton/Master Mate U.S. Steamer Patroon/Fortress Monroe VA", with manuscript "If gone please forward"; missing backflap, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $300 - 400

USS Patroon (1859) was a steamer acquired by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. She was used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the Confederacy to prevent the South from trading with other countries
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Lot 1553

1862, cover to Steam Frigate New Ironsides, 3¢ (65) cancelled by circular grid with indistinct red c.d.s., on allover design "State of Rhode Island" cover, addressed to the steam frigate off the coast of Charleston SC, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200

USS New Ironsides was a wooden-hulled broadside ironclad built for the United States Navy during the American Civil War. The ship spent most of her career blockading the Confederate ports of Charleston, South Carolina, and Wilmington, North Carolina, in 186365. New Ironsides bombarded the fortifications defending Charleston in 1863 during the First and Second Battles of Charleston Harbor. At the end of 1864 and the beginning of 1865 she bombarded the defenses of Wilmington in the First and Second Battles of Fort Fisher.

Although she was struck many times by Confederate shells, gunfire never significantly damaged the ship or injured the crew. Her only casualty in combat occurred when she was struck by a spar torpedo carried by the CSS David. Eight crewmen were awarded the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Second Battle of Fort Fisher in 1865. The ship was destroyed by fire in 1865 after she was placed in reserve
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Realized $168.
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Lot 1554

1862, letter "…hang Lincoln, McClellan…", 10¢ (68) tied by black grid with "Richmond IND/Aug 4 1862" c.d.s., on cover addressed to Isaac Shoemaker in San Francisco, with lengthy three page letter, reads in part "…hang Lincoln, McClellan & some of the other do little scoundrels…I am utterly disgusted with the whole party….", peruse please, Very Fine.
Estimate $150 - 200.
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Lot 1555

1862, mixed franking flag of truce cover, 3¢ U.S. (65) & 10¢ CSA (11) tied by Richmond VA c.d.s., with "Delaware City DE" c.d.s. and oval "Prisoner's Letter/Examined/Fort Delaware DE", addressed to North Point AL, with manuscript "Via/Fortress Monroe Flag of Truce", especially rare with the mixed franking, Fine to Very Fine, with 2017 C.S.A. certificate.
Estimate $750 - 1,000.
Realized $720.
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Lot 1556

1862-64, Sanitary Commission covers, two covers, first 3¢ (65) tied by blue Martinsburgh WV c.d.s. on U.S. Sanitary Commission cover, addressed to Groton MA, with manuscript "Soldier's Letter" at left, second 3¢ (65) tied by Washington DC c.d.s. on cover addressed to Chambersville PA, with handstamp on reverse "Forwarded By The U.S. Sanitary Commission" in circle, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350.
Realized $156.
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Lot 1557

1873, covers to 36th Colored Corps Veterans, three covers, all from Lieut James Curry at Fort Monroe, to veterans or widows of veterans of the Corp Company "D" 36th Group, Fine to Very Fine.
Estimate $250 - 350

The 36th U.S. Colored Infantry was organized February 8, 1864 from the 2nd North Carolina Colored Infantry for three-year service under the command of Colonel Alonzo G. Draper.

The regiment was attached to U.S. Forces, Norfolk and Portsmouth, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to April 1864. District of St. Marys, Department of Virginia and North Carolina, to June 1864. Unattached, Army of the James, to August 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, XVIII Corps, to December 1864. 1st Brigade, 3rd Division, XXV Corps, December 1864. 1st Brigade, 1st Division, XXV Corps, and Department of Texas, to October 1866.

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