Notes from the Past

Confederate States. History in Covers

Confederate stamps and covers are always interesting, particularly the latter as they frequently reflect the tides of war and the effects of the struggle in the South.

In the early days of the war, soldiers wrote home speaking freely of their engagements and other matters which might be of intense interest to the opposing side, but as time went on, this freedom was somewhat curbed and soon town postmarks on letters from soldiers with the armies began to disappear.  Letters from the men in the field no longer indicated by their postmarks the city, town or locality where the troops might be encamped, and the stamps were cancelled merely with a target or gridiron, nothing else.

The folks at home were not unaware of the privation and when supplies of various kinds became difficult to obtain -- and one of those was paper -- we frequently find envelopes turned inside out and refolded for re-use.  Eventually wall paper, and printed circulars, blank on one side were fashioned into envelopes and used in regular correspondence.

- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
September 7, 1935
Posted October 12, 1999

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