CIVIL WAR ILLUSTRATED PATRIOTIC COVERS AND LETTER, LOT OF EIGHT, comprising examples of Weiss numbers C-A-E-7, C-A-R-26, C-P-J-27, one similar to numbers C-A-D-28 through C-A-D-35; an example satirizing the trial of Jefferson Davis, captioned "A chance for his life. / Jeff. Can't play Yankee Doodle to save his life." with the former President of the Confederate States holding a fiddle with hangman standing behind him; an unlisted example with a jug, captioned "Southern Ammunition"; and a Weiss number F-SI-90, postally-used with letter, the cover addressed to "Mr. John Engler / Weaversville Po. / Northampton Co. / Pa. / In haste." and the letter to "Dear father," dated November 9th, 1862, sent from "Camp near Gainesville, Virginia." describing the writer's unit moving from Washington, D.C. south into Virginia, and requesting that any mail be sent to "Washington, D.C. / 153 Reg., Col. Glantz, Company D." Each unused, except the specified example. Third quarter 19th century. Literature: William R. Weiss, Jr - The Catalog of Union Civil War Patriotic Covers, pp. 355, 359, 369, 429, and 627. Provenance: From the collection of Cameron C. Nickels, author of "Civil War Humor." Catalogue Note: Colonel Glantz led the 153rd Pennsylvania in the battle of Chancellorsville, May 2nd, 1863, and was captured there, but later was paroled and returned to the 153rd.
Unused examples in very good condition overall, with minor edge and corner wear, and some light staining, mostly to backs; used example with moderate edge wear, opened along the left edge, with light water stain along the bottom edge, and loss associated with the stamp being removed; letter in excellent condition, clearly legible.