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The "Patrick" Collection
of Naval Militaria, History & Related


Naval Ship Covers




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Lot 3036

U.S.S. Althea, Converted Tug Gunboat, cover franked with a target-canceled 3¢ rose (65) postmarked Philadelphia, Sep 18, 1864, with a straightline "U.S. SHIP"; addressed to "Mrs. John G. Douglas, Peterboro, N.Y."; opened somewhat roughly at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $50


John G Douglass enlisted in the Union Navy at New York on April 1, 1864. His records indicate he was a "colored" landsman assigned to the yet-to-be-commissioned
Althea as a cook. Althea muster records show him present in September of 1864. The U.S. SHIP (fewer than 100 known - Milgram) was applied in Philadelphia where the letter arrived on the 20th aboard the U.S.S. Bermuda, a captured blockade-runner used as a supply ship operating between the Gulf and Philadelphia. At the time, Althea was operating on the west coast of Florida. Peterboro, N.Y., was an abolitionist town and a stop on the Underground Railroad, a safe place for the wife of a black sailor.

Althea was a screw steamer used by the Navy as an armed tugboat. She briefly assisted with the C.S.S. Albemarle threat before reaching Mobile Bay the day of Farragut's victory. A mine sank her six months later, resulting in the loss of most of her records. She was subsequently salvaged.
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Lot 3037

U.S.S. Brandywine, Frigate, cover addressed to "Paymaster Thos. H. Looker U.S.N., U.S. Frigate 'Brandywine', Off Fortress Monroe, Old Point, Va." franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a target cancel and a Nov 11 (1861) New York c.d.s.; includes the original three-page letter from Looker's wife, datelined Hoboken, N.J., Nov 10; very roughly opened at the top with part of top flap missing, Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Originally built in 1825 as the 44-gun frigate
Susquehanna , her first task was to transport the Marquis de Lafayette back to France. She was renamed Brandywine in honor of the battle in which Lafayette was wounded while fighting with American forces. She was later recommissioned a number of times for service in various theaters, finally in October 1861, when she joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, most of the time stationed off of Fortress Monroe.
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Lot 3038

U.S.S. Colorado, Screw Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Ship 'Colorado'", franked with a pair of cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a partial 1863 New York c.d.s., to Winchester, Mass.; reduced slightly at the left; stamps extend just beyond edge at the top, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Colorado joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron in June 1861 taking blockade-runners and conducting raids. She was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in October 1864 and participated in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C., in January 1865.
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Lot 3039

U.S.S. Colorado, Screw Frigate, cover addressed to "Dr. Robert Willard, Assist. Surg U.S.N., U.S. Frigate Colorado, Fortress Monroe, Hampton Roads, Va.", franked with a neatly cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a red May 25 (1861?) Boston c.d.s., Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Colorado joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron in June 1861 taking blockade-runners and conducting raids. She was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in October 1864 and participated in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C., in January 1865.
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Lot 3040

U.S.S. Colorado, Screw Frigate, 3¢ entire (U35) with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Frigate Colorado", cork-canceled and postmarked with a mostly clear Jan 8 Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s., to Freetown, Maine; edge flaws, Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Colorado joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron in June 1861 taking blockade-runners and conducting raids. She was reassigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron in October 1864 and participated in the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Wilmington, N.C., in January 1865.
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Lot 3041

U.S.S. Commodore McDonough, Side-Wheel Gunboat, cover addressed to "Joseph W. Goodwin, U.S. Steamer Comor. McDonough, Port Royal or Eslewhere, S.C.", franked with a target-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with mostly clear Feb 15 South Berwick Junction, Me. c.d.s.; reduced slightly at the left, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $120


Commodore McDonough, with a complement of 75, started life as a New York City ferry. Converted to a gunboat, she served blockade operations and in the rivers of South Caroloina covering troop landings, conducting reconnaissance and bombarding shore installations.
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Lot 3042

U.S.S. Commodore McDonough, Side-Wheel Gunboat, cover addressed to "Mr. Joseph W. Goodwin, U.S.Sh. Commodore Mcdonough, Port Royal or Elsewhere, S.C.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by one of two strikes Oct 7 North Berwick, R.I. c.d.s.'s, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Commodore McDonough was a sidewheel ferryboat acquired by the Navy and refitted as a gunboat. She was commissioned in November 1862 and in December of that year joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, where she remained, primarily off Charleston, for the duration of the war. Due to her shallow draft, as a former ferry, she often cruised up the many rivers of the region, bombarding shore installations and supporting troop operations.
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Lot 3043

U.S.S. Contoocook, Screw Sloop of War, cover with a red Adams Express Co. illustrated corner card featuring Mercury/Hermes addressed to "Lt Comd W.R. Bridgeman, U. S. S. Contoocook, Norfolk Navy Yard, Va.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by an elaborate cork cancel and postmarked with a light Aug 12 Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s.; two small repairs at the top where it is reduced slightly (no top flap), perforation damage due to stamps' edge-placement, Very Fine appearance. A handsome cover with a very rare Adams Express corner card, .
Suggested Bid $100


Contoocook was launched December 3, 1864, at Portsmouth Navy Yard and commissioned March 14, 1868, commanded by Captain George Balch. Her first cruise, as flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, took her to the West Indies, where she patrolled extensively for the protection of American interests during 1868 and 1869.
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Lot 3044

U.S.S. Daylight, Screw Steamer, small cover addressed to "Henry A. Phelan Comd'g., U. S. Str. Daylight, James River, Va.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) with a neat circle-of-Vs cancel and a light Norwich, Con. c.d.s., Nov 24, 1864; reduced just a tad at the left, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $120


Daylight, with a complement of 57, was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She spent most of her time on guard and picket duty on the James River.
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Lot 3045

U.S.S. Emma, Steel Hull Screw Steamer, small lady's envelope addressed to "Mr. William H. Manning, U S Steamer Emma, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, Beaufort, N.C.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a light Deerfield, N.J. c.d.s., Mar 4 (1864); reduced slightly at the right, F.-V.F., Ex-Walske.
Suggested Bid $75


Emma was a captured Southern blockade-runner that was purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court in September 1863 and commissioned in November 1863, joining the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She took part in both Battles of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865. On April 26, 1865, Emma sailed from Fort Caswell, N.C., with an urgent message from General Sherman to Rear Admiral Dahlgren, commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, warning the Admiral that Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, not yet located, might attempt to escape to Cuba by way of Florida.
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Lot 3046

U.S.S. Emma, Steel Hull Screw Steamer, small lady's envelope addressed to "Mr. William H. Manning, Beaufort, North Carolina at (…), U S Steamer Emma, North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, N.C.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a light Deerfield, N.J. c.d.s., Jan 14 (1865), reduced slightly at the right, Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Emma was a captured Southern blockade-runner that was purchased by the Navy from the New York Prize Court in September 1863 and commissioned in November 1863, joining the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She took part in both Battles of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and January 1865. On April 26, 1865, Emma sailed from Fort Caswell, N.C., with an urgent message from General Sherman to Rear Admiral Dahlgren, commander of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, warning the Admiral that Jefferson Davis and his cabinet, not yet located, might attempt to escape to Cuba by way of Florida.
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Lot 3047

U.S.S. Flag, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Mr. Henry S. Robinson, Asst Engineer on, Steamer Flag, Hampton Roads", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a bold Worcester, Mass. c.d.s., Nov 1 (1861); reduced slightly at the left, F.-V.F. Henry Robinson's commission was revoked in March 1862, meaning this letter would have been 1861., .
Suggested Bid $120


Flag, as part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, captured or shared in the capture/destruction of many blockade-runners. Along with Seneca and Pocahontas, she took possession of Tybee Island, from where the Union Army was able to bombard and capture Fort Pulaski. She participated in the capture of Fernandina, Fla., in March 1862, and in the general engagement of the fleet with the forts in Charleston Harbor in April 1863 .
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Lot 3048

U.S.S. Flag, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "Ship Letter, From U.S. Steamer, Flag", handstamped with a partial "(Du)e 3" and marked with a red crayon "3" for good measure, to Philadelphia; reduced irregularly at the right.
Suggested Bid $100


Flag, as part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, captured or shared in the capture/destruction of many blockade-runners. Along with Seneca and Pocahontas, she took possession of Tybee Island, from where the Union Army was able to bombard and capture Fort Pulaski. She participated in the capture of Fernandina, Fla., in March 1862, and in the general engagement of the fleet with the forts in Charleston Harbor in April 1863 .
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Lot 3049

U.S.S. Flag, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "from U.S. gunboat flag" franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a Jun 14 Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s., to Wenham, Mass.; expertly repaired, Very Fine appearance.
Suggested Bid $75


Flag, as part of the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, captured or shared in the capture/destruction of many blockade-runners. Along with Seneca and Pocahontas, she took possession of Tybee Island, from where the Union Army was able to bombard and capture Fort Pulaski. She participated in the capture of Fernandina, Fla., in March 1862, and in the general engagement of the fleet with the forts in Charleston Harbor in April 1863 .
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Lot 3050

U.S.S. Flambeau, Screw Steamer, cover to Georgetown, Del. with three-page letter datelined "U S Stmr Flambeau, off Murrells Inlet, June 18/63"; cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a straightline "U. S. SHIP" with a Philadelphia c.d.s., Jun 20, 1863; the letter, from a Joseph Layton to his father, mentions an acquaintance of his father's, one Capt. Upshaw, and that "Gen Lee is an uncle to his wife" and that he is "inclined to be of the Peace Party now starting up in the north", and is "awfully opposed to what he terms the abolitionists."; cover reduced just a bit at the left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Flambeau was built for coastal China Trade. With a complement of 92 she was acquired in November of 1861. She operated with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron for her entire career, taking four prizes. She was decommissioned in June 1865 and later stranded and lost off the coast of North Carolina in 1867.
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Lot 3051

U.S.S. Florida, Side-Wheel Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "Naval letter, R W Scott, Lt. & Ex[ecutive] Officer", postmarked with a blue Apr 3 Baltimore, Md. c.d.s. and a matching boxed "6"; slight edge wear, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Florida was acquired by the Navy in October 1861 and converted to a cruiser. She was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron and participated in the operations that took Port Royal and positions in northern Florida and Georgia. She was later assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, where she was successful in the capture or destruction of several blockade-runners.
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Lot 3052

U.S.S. Forest Rose, Stern-Wheel Gunboat, cover addressed to "Symmes(?) E. Browne Esq, Ensign U.S. Navy Missi. Squadn. Gun Boat 'Forest Rose', Via Cairo, Ills.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a blue Cincinnati grid duplex, Dec 30 (1863), Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Forest Rose, also known as Tinclad No. 9, was commissioned in December 1862 and assigned to the Mississippi River Squadron. She participated in the capture of Fort Hindman and was active on the Yazoo River and in the Red River Expedition.
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Lot 3053

U.S.S. Galatea, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Wm. Baas U.S. Steamer Galatea, Cape Haytien, West Indies, in care of D.B. Allen Esq., No 5 Bowling Green, New York City", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a Feb 27 (1864 or '65) Erie, Pa. c.d.s.; there is no indication of how the letter would have gotten from New York to Cap-Haitien—perhaps it was hand-carried; also included is an earlier letter written by Baas to his wife in Erie, datelined "Detroit, Septr 11th 1863", while he served, judging from the content, aboard a Lake Erie steamer; front and back of the cover are separated, otherwise F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $70


Galatea was a large screw combatant with a complement of 164. She entered service in January 1864 and served her whole career with the West Indies Squadron. She served escort duty in the Caribbean for California Steamers and ships carrying gold and mail between Colon, Panama, and New York.
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Lot 3054

U.S.S. Geranium, Converted Tug Gunboat, cover addressed to "Mr. George E. Norris, Act. 3rd Asst. Engineer, U.S. Str. Geranium, Port Royal, S.C.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a fancy radial cancel with a May 15 Wenham, Mass. c.d.s., Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $120


Geranium (ex John A. Dix), with a complement of 39 to 45, was commissioned in 1863 and joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She served as a picket, dispatch and light supply ship. She participated in operations on Bull's Bay and diversionary amphibious operations that hastened the evacuation of Charleston.
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Lot 3055

U.S.S. Glide (II), Tinclad (No. 43) Gunboat, cover addressed to "Capt. Steamer Glide, Present" and endorsed "Official", unfranked and presumably hand-delivered; reduced somewhat at the right, otherwise Very Fine. Penciled notations, perhaps docketing, read, "Written on board the Flag Ship 'Sunnyside, Oct 17, 1862. Jno. A. Duble Commanding Gun Boat Flotilla." The date is consistent with both the service of Glide and the availability of Duble, but there is no record of a Sunnyside as either a Union or a Confederate ship.
Suggested Bid $75


Glide operated in Louisiana blockading Berwick Bay. She was in service for less than two years.
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Lot 3056

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, cover to New York with manuscript endorsement "U.S.S. Huntsville" and "C.O.D. 4 cts", anticipating a drop letter charge of 3¢ + 1¢; however it entered the mails with a "Due 3" handstamp and was then corrected in pencil to "Paid 4 cts"; docketed as received "July 7/62"; reduced a bit at the left, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While at Tampa Bay, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3057

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, 3¢ pink entire (U35) postmarked Key West, Fla, Aug 20 (1863) to Philadelphia with original three-page letter datelined "U S Steamer Huntsville, Tampa Bay Florida, August 13th 1863", from Huntsville engineer, Joseph L. Parry, to his wife, noting that he is "blockading here and do not know when we will be relieved" and that they are expecting overdue prize money to arrive "in every mail."; cover reduced a bit at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While there, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3058

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "Naval Letter, Thos. R. Harril, 1st Lieut., U.S.S. Huntsville" and redundant endorsement "from U.S.S. Huntsville" with handstamped "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle, to New York City and docketed in pencil "Dec 7/62"; small tear at the left, Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While there, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3059

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "H.H. Whitehead, on Board U.S. Gunboat Huntsville, Florida Keywest or Any Place Else", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a fancy circular geometric with a New York c.d.s., Nov 14, 1862, alongside; slightly damaged at the right in opening, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While at Tampa Bay, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3060

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "Naval Letter" and "from U.S.S. Huntsville" with handstamped "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle, to New York City and docketed in pencil "Jany 12/63"; edge damage, mainly at the left, otherwise Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While there, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3061

U.S.S. Huntsville, Screw Steamer, cover to New York with manuscript endorsement from "U.S.S. Huntsville" with a very clear "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle handstamp and docketed as received "Jan 2d/63"; reduced a bit at the left, small repair at the right and somewhat soiled, otherwise Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Huntsville participated in the assault on Tampa Bay, landing troops and providing support. While at Tampa Bay, Yellow Fever struck her crew and more than half died.
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Lot 3062

U.S.S. Huron, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover postmarked Old Point Comfort, Va., Nov 17 (1864) to Bath, Me. with original three-page letter datelined "U S S. Huron, Hampton Roads, Nov. 15th/64", from a "W.H.H. Curtis, U.S.N." giving details of everyday life including hunting wild game on shore; cover opening faults at the top, letter Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Huron was initially assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron with a complement of 114. In 1864 she was re-assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron, participating in both assaults on Fort Fisher, and then moved south to search for Jefferson Davis.
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Lot 3063

U.S.S. Jacob Bell, Side-Wheel Steamer, cover addressed to "George G. Lydston, U.S. Gunboat Jacob Bell, Washington Naval Yard, D.C." franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a neat grid with a clear Nashua, N.H. c.d.s., Jun 27, 1862; reduced a bit at the left with a small back repair, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Jacob Bell, with a complement of 49, served primarily with the Potomac River Flotilla enforcing the blockade. She also supported McClellan's withdrawal after the Seven Days Battles concluded at Malvern Hill ending the Peninsula Campaign.
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Lot 3064

U.S.S. James L. Davis, Bark, cover addressed to "Dr. J.F. Alleyne Adams, Acting Asst. Surgeon U.S.N., Bark 'Jas. L. Davis', East Gulf Squadron, Key West, Fla." franked with a straight-edged 3¢ rose (65) tied by a segmented cork cancel and a red Boston c.d.s., docketed on the reverse "June 17th 64"; stamp missing perforations along right edge, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


James L. Davis was a bark-rigged, wooden sailing vessel used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the south. She arrived in Cedar Keys, Florida, in March 1862. During her time with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron she served as a blockader, supply ship, troop-landing vessel and conducted raids on salt works.
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Lot 3065

U.S.S. James L. Davis, Bark, neat lady's envelope addressed to "Surgeon J.F. Alleyne Adams, U.S. Bark 'Jas. L. Davis', East Gulf Squadron, Key West, Florida" franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a clear Portland, Me. target duplex, Jun 3, 1864; stamp missing perforations along right edge, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $95


James L. Davis was a bark-rigged, wooden sailing vessel used by the Navy to patrol navigable waterways of the south. She arrived in Cedar Keys, Florida, in March 1862. During her time with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron she served as a blockader, supply ship, troop-landing vessel and conducted raids on salt works.
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Lot 3066

U.S.S. Jamestown, Sloop, cover addressed to "C. Powell, On Board the Receiving[crossed out] Ship Jamestown, Philadelphia, Pen.", franked with a 1¢ blue (63) tied by one of two strikes of a Philadelphia "U.S. PENNY MAIL" octagonal datestamp, Aug 28, 1862; reduced at left with edge wear and soiling.
Suggested Bid $100


Jamestown was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at the opening of the war. She operated off the southern coast and took five prizes before being transferred to the West Coast and the East India Squadron in 1862 to protect commerce.
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Lot 3067

U.S.S. Jamestown, Sloop, three-page letter datelined "U S S. Jamestown, Philada., Sept. 15, 1862", from a Jonathan Ashton noting that the ship has a crew of 135 more men than she was designed to carry and everyone doing "as much as they can to avoid going on the New Ironsides", now here for alterations." and goes on to describe the New Ironsides as a bad sea-boat - steers badly - is a tight, illy ventilated hulk, and now leaks badly"; the cover is franked with a 1¢ blue & 3¢ rose (63, 65) (for Carrier pick-up) tied by a Sep 15 Philadelphia c.d.s., to a doctor at Mill Creek Hospital, Fortress Monroe, Va.; opening tears at the top.
Suggested Bid $75


Jamestown was assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron at the opening of the war. She operated off the southern coast and took five prizes before being transferred to the West Coast and East India Squadron in 1862 to protect commerce.
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Lot 3068

U.S.S. John Griffith, Mortar Schooner, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U S Ship, John Griffith, in haste", franked with a target-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked New Orleans, Mar 30, 1863, to Middletown, Conn.; small piece of front missing at the lower right, otherwise F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


John Griffith, with a complement of 39, served with Porter's flotilla at New Orleans and then joined Farragut moving up the Mississippi to Vicksburg. She served with the West Gulf Blockading Squadron until May 1864. After refit she served the remainder of the war with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3069

S.S. Kennebec Side-Wheel Steam Transport, cover addressed to "Captain Joseph Garton, U.S.Steam Transport Kennebec, Baltimore, M.D.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a neat New Orleans target duplex, Jan 28, 1864; reduced just a tad at the left, exceptionally fresh, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Very little is known about the history of the steamer
Kennebec , which is not to be confused with the Unadilla-Class Gunboat of the same name.
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Lot 3070

U.S.S. Kensington, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Dr. J.F. Alleyne Adams, Acting Asst. Surgeon U.S.N., U. S. Steamer Kensington, Brooklyn Navy Yard, N.Y.", franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a partial red Boston c.d.s., Mar 10 (1864 - docketed on the reverse); minor opening tear at the lower left, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Kensington served from February 1862 to May 1865 with a crew of 72. She was a water supply ship and resupplied Farragut at New Orleans, as well as to blockaders off Texas and Louisiana. She also served as a bombardment ship and took or participated in the taking of nine blockade-runners.
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Lot 3071

U.S.S. Kineo, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Gun Boat Kineo", the cover, a 3¢ pink entire (U59) is up-rated with a 3¢ rose (65) and canceled circle-of-Vs and a weak New York c.d.s.; reduced slightly at the left with slight edge wear, Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Kineo battled her way past Forts Jackson and Saint Philip. Though hit by cannon fire, she participated in the capture of New Orleans. She operated on the lower Mississippi taking part in engagements at Grand Gulf, Baton Rouge, Donaldsonville and Port Hudson. She led the Hartford at Baton Rouge.
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Lot 3072

U.S.S. Lancaster, Screw Sloop, small cover with manuscript endorsement "from the U S. Str Lancaster" and "For the U States" and postmarked with a circular "STEAMSHIP/10" due handstamp, indicating carriage by a contract vessel; some staining, F.-V.F. This 28mm "STEAMSHIP/10" with space between the "S" & "H" was used in New York and dates this cover between 1858 and 1867., .
Suggested Bid $100


Lancaster was the flagship of the Pacific Squadron during the war. In November 1864, members of her crew captured Confederates aboard the Salvador planning to seize her to take Union gold shipments.
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Lot 3073

U.S.S. Macedonian, Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "Fro. U. S Ship Macedonian" postmarked with a circular "STEAMSHIP/20" due handstamp with additional manuscript "Due 20. cts.", indicating carriage by a contract vessel - either double weight or more than 2,500 miles, to Tewkbury, Mass.; bit of light staining, Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Macedonian, with a complement of 489, operated in the Gulf, West Indies and hunted Raiders during the war. From 1864 to 1870 she was a practice and training ship at the Naval Academy.
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Lot 3074

U.S.S. Macedonian, Frigate, cover addressed to "Wm. L. Richmond, U.S. Ship Macedonian, New London, Con." franked with a neatly canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a clear Jul 31 Mattapoisett, Mass. c.d.s.; stamp with pre-use clipped perforations, cover reduced somewhat at the left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Macedonian, with a complement of 489, operated in the Gulf, West Indies and hunted Raiders during the war. From 1864 to 1870 she was a practice and training ship at the Naval Academy.
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Lot 3075

U.S.S. Massasoit, Side-Wheel Gunboat, cover with manuscript endorsement simply "(Massasoit)", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a New Berne, N.C. target duplex, May 13 (1865); includes original three-page letter headed (but not dated) "USS Massasoit, Newberne N.C."; the letter, however, tells of all the crew being discharged in the upcoming days, indicating that the year would be 1865; reduced slightly at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Massasoit was commissioned in 1864. She was part of the fleet assembled to engage CSS Ablemarle. After Cushing's raid she resumed picket duty on the James River.
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Lot 3076

U.S.A.T. McClellan, Armed Steam Transport, small lady's envelope with manuscript endorsement "pr U. S. St. 'McClellan'", franked with a smudge-canceled pair of 3¢ rose (65), to "Major G.C. Strong, Genl. Butler's Staff, New Orleans, La."; one stamp wrapped around the end of the cover, small opening tears in the top corners, Fine. General Benjamin Butler was in New Orleans from May to December of 1862, .
Suggested Bid $75


McClellan transported troops in 1861 and 1862. She landed a battalion of Marines at Fernandina. Off the mouth of the Mississippi River she drove off a Confederate naval force attacking the grounded Vincennes and Richmond.
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Lot 3077

U.S.S. Metacomet, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "James Atkins, Engineer, United States Steamer Metacomet, New York", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a clear partial Augusta, Me. c.d.s., Jan 13, 1864; reduced slightly and somewhat irregularly at the left, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Metacomet was commissioned in January 1864. She participated in the blockade of Mobile Bay then in the battle. Six of her crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor for their efforts in rescuing Tecumseh's crew.
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Lot 3078

U.S.S. Midnight, Bark, cover with manuscript endorsement "Ships Letter U.S. Barque Midnight", handstamped "Due 3" with a mostly clear Port Royal, S.C. c.d.s., Feb 2, 1863, to Plattsburgh, N.Y. and docketed in pencil "Jan 21/63"; reduced just a tad at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Midnight, with a complement of 70, was purchased in 1861 and after a brief period with the Gulf Blockading Squadron, was assigned to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in 1862. In February of 1864 she captured British schooner Defy. After repairs she finished the war with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron participating in the Navy's systematic destruction of salt processing facilities.
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Lot 3079

U.S.S. Minnesota, Colorado-Class Steam Frigate, cover from one naval doctor to another with original letter datelined "U S Steam Frigate Minnesota, Off Fortress Monroe, May 17, 1862"; cover franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a May 17 Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s. to the Washington D.C. Navy Yard; small stain at the upper left also "ties" the stamp; letter speaks briefly about ships running up the James River "to shell out the Batteries located at Days Point", F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Minnesota replaced Wabash as flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. At the Battle of Hampton Roads she engaged the Jamestown, Patrick Henry, and Virginia. She participated in both Battles of Fort Fisher.
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Lot 3080

U.S.S. Minnesota, Colorado-Class Steam Frigate, cover addressed to "Lieut. Comdr. James Parker, U.S. Frigate 'Minnesota', 'Old Point Comfort', Virginia.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked Newark, N.J., Aug 8, 1863; reduced slightly at the left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Minnesota replaced Wabash as flagship of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. At the Battle of Hampton Roads she engaged the Jamestown, Patrick Henry, and Virginia. She participated in both Battles of Fort Fisher.
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Lot 3081

MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON/Office of Fleet Paymaster, corner card on a cover to Lt. Cmdr. John Charles Phillips de Krafft at the Washington Naval Yard, franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a Cairo, Ill. grid duplex, Sep 4, 1863, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75
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Lot 3082

U.S.S. Montgomery, Screw Steamer, small lady's envelope with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Ship 'Montgomery'"" and postmarked with "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle, to Angelica, N.Y.; upper right & lower right corners repaired, otherwise F.-V.F., Ex-Walske.
Suggested Bid $75


Montgomery, with a complement of 143, served with both the West Gulf Blockading Squadron and the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Her many prizes included the Pet and the Bat (later the USS Bat) .
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Lot 3083

U.S.S. Monticello, Screw Steamer, cover originally addressed to "Capt. Henry A. Phelan, Ex. Officer U.S. Ironclad Atlanta, off Fort Powhatan, James River, Va." and forwarded to "U.S.S. Monticello, Off Wilmington", franked with a target canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with two Aug 4 Feeding Hills, Mass. c.d.s.'s; couple small opening tears at the top and reduced just a tad at the left, F.-V.F. An unusual cover, redirected from one Naval Ship to another, .
Suggested Bid $100


Monticello, briefly named Star, with a complement of 137 participated in blockading the James River, the taking of Hatteras Inlet, the blockade of Wilmington and both Battles of Fort Fisher .
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Lot 3084

U.S.S. Moose, Tinclad Stern-Wheel Gunboat, cover addressed to "A. A. Paymaster James W. Clark, U.S.S. Moose, Mound City, Ill.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) with a clear Meriden, Con. c.d.s., Aug 15, 1865; reduced just a tad at the right`, Very Fine. When this letter arrived in Mound City, Moose had been decommissioned and Clark was awaiting discharge orders at home in Meriden, Conn.; the letter was forwarded (returned) there., .
Suggested Bid $100


Moose, ex Florence Miller No. 2, with a complement of about 60, operated in the mid-Mississippi River region against geurrilla and raiding party activities. She was Fitch's flagship at the Battle of Buffington Island and the rout of CSA General John Hunt Morgan's raiding party.
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Lot 3085

U.S.S. Muscoota, Side-Wheel Steamer, cover to Boston with original eight-page letter datelined "U.S.Str. Muscoota, Key West, Fla., July 23d, 1865", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by an Aug New York grid and c.d.s.; the letter notes that several Confederate prisoners aboard Muscoota "Won't believe that Jeff. was taken in woman's clothes" and "One fiery little South Carolinian in a rage declared that he would not believe it if Jesus Christ should tell him." also noting that "not a single shot has been fired in earnest from this ship since she has been commissioned"; cover reduced slightly at the left with a bit of the left back and lower left corner missing, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Muscoota, with a complement of 190, wasn't commissioned until January 1865. Posted to Norfolk, she was one of the ships sent to Key West in search of CSA President Jefferson Davis to prevent him from fleeing the country after the fall of Richmond. She was only in service for seven months during the war.

Davis and his wife, Varna, were captured on May 10, 1865, near Irwinville, Ga. When they were cornered by troops from the 4th Michigan Cavalry, Davis was covered in his wife's black shawl. Both Davis, and especially Varna, insisted that he was ill and only wearing the shawl to protect against a chill in the air.

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Lot 3086

U.S.S. Mystic, Steam Screw Gunboat, pre-war cover to Brooklyn, N.Y. with original three-page letter datelined "U.S. Steamer Memphis, Pernambuco, Brazil, Mar 19", manuscript instruction "Per Brig 'Brandywine'" with straightline "SHIP" & "5" handstamps and Philadelphia octagonal datestamp, Jun 5, 1859, then redirected and forwarded to Columbus, Ky. with a 3¢ dull red (26) tied by a Jun 6 Brooklyn c.d.s.; the stamp covers the "5" and the "SHIP" is crossed out; reduced just a tad at the left, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Mystic was launched as the Mount Savage in 1853. She was renamed Memphis in 1857 and then chartered by the Navy in September 1858 to serve as part of President Buchanan's 1858-59 Paraguayan Expedition. She was ultimately purchased by the Navy in May 1859 and renamed Mystic a few weeks later. The letter is written while Memphis was on her return voyage from South America after an "amicable" settlement was reached in the "Paraguay difficulty." After a brief service with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron she was assigned to the Potomac Flotilla until sold in 1865.
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Lot 3087

U.S.S. Nereus, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Act. Asst Surgeon, D.P. Goodhue, U S S Nereus, Off Wilmington, Via Beaufort, N.C.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a fancy geometric cork cancel with a Sep 25 Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s. (1864 - the only September Nereus was in service; the cover was forwarded to New York, for which port Nereus had departed on Sep 26, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Nereus, with a complement of 164, was only in service for 13 months, operating with the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She participated in both attacks on Fort Fisher and searched for the Confederate raiders Tallahassee and Shenandoah.
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Lot 3088

U.S.S. New Era, Tinclad (No. 7) Gunboat, small lady's envelope addressed to "Mr. P. M. S., U.S. Gun Boat No. 7, Cairo, Ills.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by two illegible strikes of a blue double-lined c.d.s., F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


New Era was commissioned in December 1862 and served the whole war with the Mississippi River Flotilla. She participated in the White River expedition, the bombardment and capture of Fort Hindman and the defense of Fort Pillow.
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Lot 3089

U.S.S. New Ironsides, Ocean-Going Ironclad, cover addressed to "Mr. John B. Osborn, U.S. Frigate Ironsides, Off Charleston, S.C.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a partial "PAID" in circle with a Salem, Mass. c.d.s., Nov 30 (1863) alongside; reduced just a bit at the left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


New Ironsides was one of three ships authorized by the Ironclad board to counter the Virginia (Merrimack). Her heavy broadside battery made her an ideal bombardment ship, and in 1863 she went operational with a complement of 460. She served in the South and North Atlantic Blockading Squadrons. She participated at Charleston and Fort Wagner and Commodore William Radford commanded the armored ship during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December of 1864 and January 1865. In April he took command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3090

U.S.S. New Ironsides, Ocean-Going Ironclad, small lady's envelope addressed to "Capt. H.A. Bartlette, U.S.M.C, U.S.S. New Ironsides, Off Charleston, S.C.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) with a red Boston c.d.s., Dec 28 (1863 - the only December New Ironsides would have been off Charleston); reduced just a tad at the right, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


New Ironsides was one of three ships authorized by the Ironclad board to counter the Virginia (Merrimack). Her heavy broadside battery made her an ideal bombardment ship, and in 1863 she went operational with a complement of 460. She served in the South and North Atlantic Blockading Squadrons. She participated at Charleston and Fort Wagner and Commodore William Radford commanded the armored ship during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December of 1864 and January 1865. In April he took command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3091

U.S.S. New Ironsides, Ocean-Going Ironclad, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S.S. New Ironsides", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by an Oct 12, Old Point Comfort, Va. c.d.s., F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


New Ironsides was one of three ships authorized by the Ironclad board to counter the Virginia (Merrimack). Her heavy broadside battery made her an ideal bombardment ship, and in 1863 she went operational with a complement of 460. She served in the South and North Atlantic Blockading Squadrons. She participated at Charleston and Fort Wagner and Commodore William Radford commanded the armored ship during Union attacks on Fort Fisher in December of 1864 and January 1865. In April he took command of the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3092

U.S.S. Niagara, Screw Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "From the U.S. Steam Frigate Niagara", handstamped with straightline "SHIP", "DUE" & "3" with a Philadelphia octagonal datestamp, Aug 5, 1861, to Monmouth, Me.; reduced just a bit at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Prior to the war
Niagara participated in laying the first Trans-Atlantic Cable. She served as flagship for the Gulf Blockading Squadron, then the East Gulf Blockading Squadron until June 1862. After refit, she patrolled for CSA warships outfitting in Europe. In 1864-65 she was stationed out of Antwerp, Belgium, searching the English Channel and Bay of Biscay for raiders. She captured the Georgia in August 1864.
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Lot 3093

U.S.S. Niagara, Screw Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "From the U. S. Flag Ship Niagara", postmarked with a nice strike of the oval handstamp "U.S. SHIP/3cts." and a small blue straightline "SHIP" with penciled "1861", to Monmouth, Me.; edge flaws, Fine, Ex-Franklin Roosevelt and handstamped to that effect front & back.
Suggested Bid $100


Prior to the war
Niagara participated in laying the first Trans-Atlantic Cable. She served as flagship for the Gulf Blockading Squadron, then the East Gulf Blockading Squadron until June 1862. After refit, she patrolled for CSA warships outfitting in Europe. In 1864-65 she was stationed out of Antwerp, Belgium, searching the English Channel and Bay of Biscay for raiders. She captured the Georgia in August 1864.
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Lot 3094

U.S.S. Niagara, Screw Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S.S. Niagara", franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked New London, Con., Sep 24, 1864, to Haverhill, Mass.; reduced just a tad at the right affecting perforations, some staining, about Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Prior to the war
Niagara participated in laying the first Trans-Atlantic Cable. She served as flagship for the Gulf Blockading Squadron, then the East Gulf Blockading Squadron until June 1862. After refit, she patrolled for CSA warships outfitting in Europe. In 1864-65 she was stationed out of Antwerp, Belgium, searching the English Channel and Bay of Biscay for raiders. She captured the Georgia in August 1864.
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Lot 3095

U.S.S. Nipsic, Screw Gunboat, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S.S. Nipsic", franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a partial red Boston c.d.s., Oct 26 (1863), to New Orleans "Via Cairo Ill."; stamp with light perforation toning, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Nipsic was commissioned September 2, 1863, under Lt. Commander George Bacon. She joined the blockade at Charleston November 5, 1865, where she served until the end of the war. In June 1864 she took the schooner Julia as the blockade-runner attempted to enter the port. She then primarily served with the South Atlantic Blockading squadron off the coast of Brazil and in the West Indies to protect American commerce until she was decommissioned in 1873.
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Lot 3096

U.S.S. Nipsic, Screw Gunboat, cover addressed to "R.B. Plotts, Esq., U.S.S. 'Nipsic', U.S.N., S. A. B. Squadron (near), Port Royal, S.C." franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a Mar 25 New York four-point star-in-circle duplex; some staining at the lower right, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Nipsic was commissioned September 2, 1863, under Lt. Commander George Bacon. She joined the blockade at Charleston November 5, 1865, where she served until the end of the war. In June 1864 she took the schooner Julia as the blockade-runner attempted to enter the port. She then primarily served with the South Atlantic Blockading squadron off the coast of Brazil and in the West Indies to protect American commerce until she was decommissioned in 1873.
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Lot 3097

U.S.S. North Carolina, Ship of the Line, cover addressed to "Dr. J.F. Alleyne Adams, Act. Ass't Surgeon U.S.N., U.S.S. 'North Carolina', Brooklyn Navy Yard, N.Y.", franked with a cork-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a clear red Feb 19 Boston c.d.s., docketed 1864 on the reverse, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


North Carolina was commissioned in 1824 and served as flagship of the Mediterranean and Pacific Squadrons. She was New York Naval Ship Yard's receiving ship from 1839 until replaced by the Vermont in 1866.
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Lot 3098

U.S.S. North Carolina, Ship of the Line, sailor's three-page letter datelined "U. S. Ship North Carolina, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Feb 18, 1865" with the accompanying cover to Matinicus, Me. franked with a 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked New York, Feb 20; letter notes "If Sherman gets to Charleston it wont last long." (as it happens, the day this letter was written is the day that Charleston was surrendered) and mentions how happy everyone was when Fort Fisher fell a month earlier; cover reduced slightly at the right, just cutting into the stamp, otherwise F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


North Carolina was commissioned in 1824 and served as flagship of the Mediterranean and Pacific Squadrons. She was New York Naval Ship Yard's receiving ship from 1839 until replaced by the Vermont in 1866.
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Lot 3099

U.S.S. Ohio, Ship of the Line, cover addressed to "Wm H Drury, U S R S Ohio, Navy Yd Charlestown, Mass.", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a neat blue Aug 5 Ellsworth, Ill. circle-of-wedges duplex; reduced slightly at the right, Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Ohio was launched in 1820 but not placed in service until 1838. She served in the Mexican-American war and briefly as flagship of the Pacific Squadron. She spent most of her career as the receiving ship at Boston Naval Yard. Her size made her well-suited for the role.
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Lot 3100

U.S.S. Osceola, Side-Wheel Sloop, cover addressed to "Passed Asst. Paymaster, Jared Linsly Jr, U. S. Steamer 'Osceola', Care U. S. Consul, St. Thomas, W.I.", franked with a 10¢ green (68) tied by a elaborate (New York) grid (Skinner & Eno GE-E 60), backstamped St. Thomas, Jul 27 (1865); damp stain across bottom, otherwise Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Osceola, with a complement of about 163, was in commission from 1864 to mid-1865. She served with the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron and was at both Battles of Fort Fisher. She was badly damaged in the second battle and after repairs was assigned to the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3101

U.S.S. Ossippee, Screw Sloop, small cover addressed to "Mr. Samuel A. Macomber, U. S. Sloop of War Ossipee, Hamton Roads, Va., or Else Where", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) canceled by an unusual circular killer and postmarked with a bold Springfield, Mass. double-circle datestamp, Apr 13 (1863); reduced a bit at the right, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Ossipee was commissioned in 1862 with a complement of 160. She served blockade duty with the North Atlantic Blockade Squadron from 1862-63. In May of 1863 she was transferred to the West Gulf Blockade Squadron where she took part in the battle of Mobile Bay.
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Lot 3102

U.S.S. Pembina, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover addressed to "J.F. Bingham U.S.N., U.S.S. Gunboat Pembina, West Gulf Squadron, N. Orleans", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and tied by a New York c.d.s., Feb 17, 1864; bit of very light damp stain at the upper left, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Pembina participated in the reconnaissance and taking of Port Royal Sound and Beaufort. In 1863 she was transferred to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron blockading first Mobile Bay and later the coast of Texas.
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Lot 3103

U.S.S. Philadelphia, Side-Wheel Steamer, cover addressed to "Charles Barton, Fleet Captain's Clerk, Flag Ship Philadelphia, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron"; franked with a 3¢ rose (63, 65) tied by a Philadelphia target duplex, Oct 20 (1863); opened roughly at the left, damaging the 3¢ stamp, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $75


Philadelphia was a trading vessel with a complement of only 24 operating on the Upper Potomac until seized at the outbreak of the war and outfitted as a Naval ship. She operated on the Potomac River as a supply ship, ordinance transport ship and troop transport until transferred to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. She was then transferred to the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron where she served as its flagship under Rear Admiral Dahlgren from August 1863 through 1865. In 1863 she participated in the operations against Charleston.
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Lot 3104

U.S.S. Pinola, Unadilla-Class Gunboat, cover addressed to "Mr. William H. Jordan, U. S. Gun Boat Pinola, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Mobile Bay or else where", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by two incomplete Charleston, Me. c.d.s. with manuscript "1865" (docketing); reduced slightly at the left and slightly soiled, Fine. Pinola was in Mobile Bay from August 1864 until her decommissioning in July 1865, .
Suggested Bid $50


Pinola, with a complement of 114, along with Itasca and Kineo opened the battle for New Orleans by breaking the chain that blocked the Mississippi below the forts. She was damaged passed the forts and remained below. She later ran the batteries at Vicksburg.
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Lot 3105

U.S.S. Preble, Sloop of War, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U.S.S. Preble", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a light New Orleans c.d.s., Oct 11, 1862, to Chelsea, Mass.; docketed in pencil "Recd Oct 24th" and, in the same hand on the reverse, "Word of the capture of New Orleans by Federal Troops";, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Preble was commissioned in 1840. She operated with the Gulf Blockading Squadron blockading the Mississippi River before being assigned to the East Gulf Blockading Squadron. She was a guard ship for Pensacola in April 1863 when she caught fire, exploded and sank.
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Lot 3106

U.S.S. Princess Royal, Screw Steamer, cover addressed to "Ensign T.H. Pa…, U.S. Steamer Princis [sic] Royal, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, New Orleans, La.", franked with a grid-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked Bath, Me., Feb 26, 1864; lightly toned and slightly reduced at the left, Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Princess Royal, a British steamer, was the first CSA government attempt to directly ship are materials. She was captured on her first attempt to run the Union blockade in January 1863. She was purchased by the Navy from a Philadelphia Prize Court in March 1863 and was refit as a war ship assigned to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron. She took seven prizes.
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Lot 3107

U.S.S. R. R. Cuyler, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "from U.S. Str. R.R. Cuyler", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a grid cancel and a Sep 30 Portsmouth, N.H. c.d.s., to Bridgewater, Mass.; ragged opening at the right and somewhat stained, about Fine.
Suggested Bid $70


R.R. Cuyler was launched at New York sometime in 1860. She was acquired by the Navy in May 1861, was refitted as a gunboat and commissioned in June 1861. As part of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron until the end of 1863, she was at least partly responsible for the capture of 15 blockade-runners. In 1864 she joined the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron and took part in the First Battle of Fort Fisher in December 1864 and the capture of Fort Anderson in February 1865.
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Lot 3108

U.S.S. Release, Bark, cover with manuscript endorsement "Per U S Barque Release", postmarked with a nice Jun 19 "NEW-YORK/ SHIP/5 cts" c.d.s. and an additional handstamped "5", F.-V.F. The 5¢ markings suggest 1855-61 use of the 2¢ Ship fee + 3¢ Inland postage., .
Suggested Bid $100


Release served as a supply/store ship for the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron. Later she joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron as an ordinance ship finishing the war with the East Gulf Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3109

U.S.S. Relief, Brig, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S. Store Ship Relief, A.A. McEry Ex. Officer", postmarked with a Providence, R.I. c.d.s., Nov 11, 1864, and a straightline "SHIP" with a manuscript "8"; slightly reduced and repaired at both ends, Fine appearance. Carried by a non-contract ship, the 8¢ paid double the inland postage plus the 2¢ ship fee., .
Suggested Bid $50


Relief was a Naval Supply Ship originally commissioned in 1836. She took part in Wilkes' two-year-long Exploring Expedition and was nearly lost in a severe storm. With the outbreak of the war she served the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron until July 1862 when she moved to the West Gulf Blockading Squadron at Ship Island. After refit in 1864 she was reassigned to the Pacific.
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Lot 3110

U.S.S. Resolute, Screw Steamer, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S. Steamer 'Resolute', Potomac Flotilla", franked with a target-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked Point Lookout, Md., Sep 18, 1864, to Philadelphia, F.-V.F. Because of her small crew, covers from Resolute are very scarce., .
Suggested Bid $120


Resolute was a converted tugboat with a crew of 18 assigned to the Potomac River Flotilla. She initially operated as gunboat participating in operations at Aquia Creek, Mathis Point and patrolling the rivers of Virginia. She was then assigned as tender to the Roanoke, Merrimack class steam frigate guarding the approach to Washington at the mouth of the Potomac River.
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Lot 3111

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, At Sea, Wednesday July 29, 1863"; cover postmarked with a "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle and bears a small "Received/Boston/Aug/29/1863" c.d.s.; the chatty 20-page letter, written over an 20-day period, is from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée and includes lots of interesting content, including, on the final day of the letter, Rhode Island's August 16th capture of the British blockade-runner Cronstadt north of Man of War Bay, Bahamas with a cargo of "600 bales of cotton, 200 barrels of turpentine, & tobacco." The doctor anticipates prize money of about $1,500, "which will go part way towards setting up house", Very Fine. Despite no indication that the letter was sailor's mail, it was, nonetheless, handled as such with the "U.S. SHIP/3cts." due marking, .
Suggested Bid $100


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3112

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, At Sea, Thursday Dec 10th 1863"; cover postmarked with a Boston "SHIP/4" in arc and bears a small "Received/Boston/Jan/11" c.d.s.; the chatty eight-page letter, written over an eight-day period, is from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée, is mostly general happenings and thoughts including plans to possibly marry when he returns home on leave, the letter having been started on the one-year anniversary of his leaving home, Very Fine. 4¢ was the non-contract ship rate for mail to be delivered in the port of entry, .
Suggested Bid $100


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3113

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Cap-Haitien, Friday Sept. 25th '63"; cover postmarked with a Philadelphia duplex., Oct 17, 1863, and a handstamped "Due 6"; it also bears a small "Received/Boston/Oct/19/1863" c.d.s.; the five-page letter from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée includes interesting content regarding the comings and goings of the West Indies Squadron, Very Fine. The 6¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a non-contract ship and destined for elsewhere., .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3114

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Cape Haytien, Tuesday June 23d '63"; cover postmarked with a New York duplex, Jul 16, 1863, and a manuscript "Due 6"; it also bears a small "Received/Boston/Jul/17/1863" c.d.s.; the 5-page letter is from a Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée and apparently had enclosed $10 as a birthday gift, a fact that is part of the docketing on the envelope; interesting content about going ashore to treat Haitian children and to bring drunken sailors back aboard the ship; the doctor also includes his drawing of a cockroach that was watching him as he wrote; cover opened a bit roughly at the left, otherwise Very Fine. The 6¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a non-contract ship and destined for elsewhere., .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va., to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3115

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, At Sea, July 19th 1863"; cover postmarked with a Port Royal, S.C. c.d.s., Jul 29, 1863, and a handstamped "6"; it also bears a small "Received/Boston/Aug/3" c.d.s.; in the 4-page letter from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée, Dr. Webber writes of losing his first patient ever - a man who was ill when he came aboard (possibly with Yellow Fever) and subsequently died, Very Fine. The 6¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a non-contract ship and destined for elsewhere., .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3116

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Cape Haitien, Aug. 27th 1863"; cover postmarked with a "NEW YORK SHIP LETTER/6" c.d.s. in circle and bears a small "Received/Boston/Dec/29" c.d.s.; the chatty six-page letter is from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée and includes the news that Fort Wagner had been abandoned and that they were "moving the guns from Ft Sumpter", along with the erroneous opinion that "If so Charleston is ours." It also included news "that the natives have risen against the Spaniards on the eastern end of the island" and that "The wounded are to be brought…to Cape Haitien.". This was the beginning of the Dominican Republic's war to restore the Republic to the east end of Hispaniola, which Spain had recolonized 17 years earlier, Very Fine. The 20¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a contract ship or traveled more than 2,500 miles - the letter mentions "receiving the mail from California's Steamer", suggesting the latter, .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3117

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Cape Haytien, Saturday October 2d 1863"; cover postmarked with a New York "STEAMSHIP/20" in circle and bears a small "Received/Boston/Oct/27/1863" c.d.s.; the chatty five-page letter, written over a five-day period, from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée, is mostly just personal reminiscences, Very Fine. The 20¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a contract ship or traveled more than 2,500 miles., .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3118

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, At Sea, Sunday Nov. 29th 1863"; cover postmarked with a New York "STEAMSHIP/20" in circle and bears a small "Received/Boston/Dec/29" c.d.s.; the chatty 12-page letter, written over an eight-day period, is from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée and includes some interesting content, including the crew's war on the cockroaches, Very Fine. The 20¢ rate indicates the letter was carried by a contract ship or traveled more than 2,500 miles - the letter mentions "receiving the mail from California's Steamer", suggesting the latter, .
Suggested Bid $75


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va. to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3119

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Mariquana [Mariguanga, Cuba?], July 7th 1863"; cover postmarked "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle with a small, incomplete Boston receiver (showing only the day: "28" (Jul); the five-page letter, written over a four-day period, from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée, includes interesting content regarding personal feelings and the the comings and goings of the West Indies Squadron; the cover is docketed as having contained a "photo of Christophe's Palace, Cape Haitien".
Suggested Bid $50


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va., to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3120

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, Between Cuba & Haiti, Saturday, July 11th 1863"; cover postmarked Port Royal, S.C., Jul 29, 1863, along with a handstamped "6" and a small Aug 24 Boston receiver; the nine-page letter, written over a four-day period, from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée, includes interesting content regarding personal feelings and the comings and goings of the West Indies Squadron.
Suggested Bid $50


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va., to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3121
 
U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, the last nine pages of a 13-page letter, these pages written aboard Rhode Island between Oct 29 and Nov 5, 1863, by Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée in Boston; includes interesting content regarding personal feelings and the the comings and goings aboard ship including an interesting case involving a seven-year-old circus performer and her family in St. Thomas (apparently the St. Thomas circus was very popular), and an incident aboard ship where a crewman blew off both arms below the elbow when a gun he was loading accidentally discharged (Gilbert goes into detail about the complicated surgery)., Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va., to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3122

U.S.S. Rhode Island, Side-Wheel Steamer, small cover to Boston with letter datelined "U.S. Str. Rhode Island, At Sea, Thursday, Dec 29th 1863"; cover postmarked with a New York "STEAMSHIP/20" circle and a small Jan 6 Boston receiver; the 2½-page letter from Naval doctor, S. Gilbert Webber, to his fiancée.
Suggested Bid $50


Rhode Island was built in 1860 as the John P. King, then renamed Eagle in early 1861 after being partly destroyed by a fire. She was purchased by the Navy in June 1861 and commissioned as Rhode Island the following month. In December 1862, she was detailed to tow the ironclad, U.S.S. Moinitor, south from Hampton Roads, Va., to Port Royal, S.C. On the way the ships encountered a heavy storm and Monitor, with multiple underwater leaks, sank before her crew could be completely transferred to Rhode Island, taking four officers and 12 enlisted men with her. In January 1863 Rhode Island joined the West Indies Squadron.
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Lot 3123

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, 3¢ pink entire (U58) addressed to "Rezeau B. Pott Esqr., Third Asst. Engineer U.S.S. Richmond, Post Office New Orleans, Louisiana", canceled Williamsport, Pa., Dec 22, 1862; slight edge wear, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3124

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, neat manuscript endorsement "U.S. Str. RICHMOND, New Orleans, Novr. 25th/62" on a 3¢ pink entire (U58) up-rated with a 3¢ rose (65) and canceled by a New Orleans c.d.s., Nov 29, 1862; couple sealed opening tears at the top, otherwise Very Fine.
Suggested Bid $100


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3125

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, cover addressed to "Rezeau B Plotts, USS Richmond Grand Gulf, Miss.", franked with a target-canceled 3¢ rose (65) with a Mount Holly, N.J., Jun 16, 1862, c.d.s. at the left; opened a bit roughly with a few small, lightly tone spots, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3126

U.S.S. Richmond Steam Sloop of War, cover with manuscript endorsement "uss Richmond, Port Hudson La., May 18th 1863", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by a circle-of-wedges and postmarked with an incomplete Jun 3 New York c.d.s., to New Orleans; opened raggedly at the right, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3127

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, cover manuscript endorsement "From U.S.S. 'Richmond'" postmarked "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle; to Brooklyn, N.Y.; opened roughly at the top, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3128

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, 3¢ pink entire (U58) addressed to "Rezeau B. Plotts, Third Asst. Engr. U.S.S. Richmond, Post Office New Orleans", canceled with a not-quite-complete Williamsport, Pa., Feb 7, 1863, c.d.s.; opened a bit roughly with a few small, lightly tone spots, Fine.
Suggested Bid $75


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3129

U.S.S. Richmond, Steam Sloop of War, cover addressed to "Third Asst Engr, Mr. Rezeau B. Plotts, U.S.S. Richmond, West Gulf Blockading Squadron, Via New Orleans, La.", franked with a pen-canceled 3¢ rose (65) and postmarked with a manuscript "Hills Grove Pa., April 9/63"; stamp damage (apparently pre-use) and cover missing a small piece at the upper left with a tear at the upper right, otherwise Fine.
Suggested Bid $50


Richmond participated in every West Gulf Blockading Squadron undertaking - the blockade of the Mississippi; the taking of New Orleans, Port Hudson and Vicksburg; and the battle of Mobile Bay. During the war 33 crewmembers were awarded the Medal of Honor - more than any other ship.
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Lot 3130

S.S. S.R. Spaulding Side-Wheel Steamer, cover addressed to "A. M. Grant, On Steamer S.R. Spaulding, White Home, Va., Care of U.S. Sanitary Commission", franked with a 1¢ blue & a 3¢ rose (63, 65) tied by a bold Philadelphia c.d.s., Jun 3, 1862 with a "U.S. PENNY MAIL" Carrier octagonal datestamp of the same date; top flap and most of the top edge missing, otherwise F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Spaulding was a converted transport used by the Sanitary commission to tend to the sick and wounded. At one point, against the advice of officers on Galena and Monitor, she resuced several hundred wounded soldiers trapped behind the lines.
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Lot 3131

U.S.S. Sabine, Frigate, letter - on patriotic ("Union" with red & blue border) stationery - dated April 20th 1862 in which Seaman William H. Mabury writes, "The Sabine is now getting ready for sea as fast as possible but I do not know where she is going some say she is going to a foreign station and some say the blockade…"; the cover, a matching patriotic envelope, is to his mother in Boston and is franked with a 3¢ rose (65) tied by an Apr 21 New York target duplex, F.-V.F.
Suggested Bid $100


Sabine was one of the first ships to see action in the war relieving of Fort Pickens. A large portion of her crew manned Monitor in her fight with Viriginia. During 1862-63 she hunted the Alabama and Tacony.
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Lot 3132

U.S.S. Sabine, Frigate, cover addressed to "Lieut. I. C. Cash, U. S. Frigate Sabine, Aspinwall, N. Ga." [New Granada]. franked with a pair of 10¢ green, type V (35) tied by a very light Washington D.C. c.d.s.; edge faults and part of top flap missing, Fine. This was probably a pre-war usage, a double weight cover at twice the 10¢ rate to Aspinwall, though pre-1861 U.S. stamps were technically not demonitized until September 1861, .
Suggested Bid $100


Sabine was one of the first ships to see action in the war relieving of Fort Pickens. A large portion of her crew manned Monitor in her fight with Viriginia. During 1862-63 she hunted the Alabama and Tacony.
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Lot 3133

U.S.S. Saint Lawrence, Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "U.S. Frigate, St. Lawrence" franked with an uncanceled 3¢ rose (65) and handstamped "Due 1" as a drop letter, to Philadelphia with a Feb 27 New York target duplex on the reverse; ultimately undeliverable as there is also an incomplete "RETUR(NED)/D.L. OFFI(CE)/MAR 31 (year)" oval handstamp on the reverse; repaired tear at the lower right and small piece added at the upper left, Very Fine appearance.
Suggested Bid $75


St. Lawrence served with the Atlantic and South Atlantic Blockading Squadrons before North Atlantic Blockading Squadrons where, while grounded, she was one of the ships to engage Virginia at Hampton Roads on March 9. Her weapons were no match for Virigina's armor while she was holed just above the waterline. Virginia retired for the day with the intent of destroying her in the morning. In July 1862 she became the flagship of the East Gulf Blockading Squadron where she patrolled off the coast of Florida looking for blockade-runners operating between Cuba and the Gulf Coast. She continued in this capacity until an outbreak of Yellow Fever caused her to return north. In 1863 she was refit as an ordnance ship assigned to the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron.
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Lot 3134

U.S.S. Saranac, Side-Wheel Sloop of War, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Stm'r 'Saranac', Pacific Squadron", franked with a 3¢ rose (65) neatly tied by a San Francisco cogwheel duplex, Oct 1, 1864, to Jeffersonville, Vt.; includes the original one-page letter datelined "U.S.S. 'Saranac', Mare Island Navy Yard, Nov 24th 1865" from Richard Fisher to his father, in which he mentions having returned from the three-month unsuccessful hunt for the C.S.S. Shenandoah; cover soiled and with edge flaws.
Suggested Bid $100


Saranac was assigned to the Pacific Squadron protecting American commerce along the coast of California. She was tasked with searching for the raider CSS Shenandoah, the last belligerent of the war.
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Lot 3135

U.S.S. Savannah, Frigate, cover with manuscript endorsement "From U.S. Ship Savannah" postmarked with a blurred "U.S. SHIP/3cts." in circle, to Boston; includes original two-page letter datelined "Port Royal, January 12th 1862", mostly just chat, but includes "We saw a baloon [sic] going up on hilton head this morning I suppose they were going to twig the Secesh to find out what they were about".
Suggested Bid $100


Savannah was one of nine early frigates with keel laying in 1820 and commissioning in 1842. She carried a complement of 480 and operated off Georgia for less than one year when she was removed from active service in February 1862 to be an instruction and training ship.
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