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

Letters & Documents

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Lot 130

Confederate States, Soldier's Letter, wonderful five-page letter datelined "Magnuts Hill [La.], May 1st 64", written by Private J. A. Frierson, describing, in part, an engagement with "2 Gun Boats and 3 transports." The lead gunboat passed but "we bursted the boiler of one transport so we captured her, we crippled another which the other Gun Boat towed up the River…"; he also notes that nearly 200 "negroes" died from scalding when the boiler on the first transport burst and "we had fine fun (if so it might be termed) shooting the yankees as they would jump off the transport and move up the bank."; includes the cover of transmittal to Kingston, La. endorsed "Private - J. Alison Frierson, Co. G. 27th Regt. La. Vol.", franked with a pen-canceled 5¢ blue (7) and postmarked with a clear May 6 Mansfield, La. c.d.s., Very Fine.
Estimate $400 - 600

Commodore Thomas Selfridge in his report identifies the five boats as the gunboats
Cricket, Juliet and Fort Hindmen with two transports, the Champion #3 and #5. Champion #3's boiler exploded killing the captain and 193 others. The lead gunboat, Cricket, with Rear Admiral Porter on board suffered 60% casualties including the pilot. Porter took over under fire, guiding the severely damaged boat out of danger. The other gunboats were also heavily damaged by the 20 Confederate artillery pieces.
Realized $375.
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Lot 131

Confederate States, Mississippi River Flotilla - Battle of Sabine Pass, letter datelined San Augustine (Texas), Oct 5, 1863, from one Samuel Wilson, recounting the battle, which took place a month earlier on Sep 8, the relevant passage, "We have had a fight latterly, at Sabine Pass, killed about 50 yankees & took 300 prisoners & two gun boats, & we never lost a man"; includes the cover of transmittal, franked with a pair of 5¢ Davis tied by an Oct 30 Canton, Miss. c.d.s. and addressed to Sunny Side P.O., Va.; cover missing bottom flap, both the cover and the letter with edge wear, Fine. The cover was apparently hand-carried across the Mississippi and entered the mails at Canton.
Estimate $200 - 300

Sabine River Pass was the most lopsided Confederate victory of the war. Forty-four Confederate gunners who had been sent to the abandoned Fort Griffin as punishment defeated Banks' expeditionary force of 5000 men, 18 transports and four gunboats. The Navy lost the gunboats
Sachem and Clifton. Banks withdrew leaving 50 dead and 300 prisoners. The Confederates had no casualties.
Realized $325.
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Lot 132

Confederate States, Folded Letter from New Orleans to Spain, July 2, 1861, datelined New Orleans and carried by Adams Express Co. to New York (no Express markings) where it was delivered to forwarding agents Galway, Casado & Teller (blue oval handstamp on the reverse) who took the letter to the Post Office and paid the NEW YORK Br. Pkt. rate (partial red Jul 17 c.d.s.); carried by Cunard's Persia and backstamped London (Jul 27), handstamp "4.Rs." due and backstamped Junquera (Jul 30) and Reus (Jul 31); letter is in Spanish and sent to the Director of Cotton Manufacturing in Reus, Very Fine.
Estimate $200 - 300

Adams Express Co. normally put mail into the Post Office at Louisville, so Confederate mail from New Orleans through New York is quite rare.

Realized $550.
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