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Posted 07/09/2013   09:26 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Now before you ask, this is not mine and it also carries a really hefty price-tag but I am in love with it! Can anyone explain the "Rebel Archive" auxiliary marking on the cover please? I have never seen anything like this before and likely won't again. Anyway here is the image I am referring to-

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Posted 07/09/2013   09:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add doug2222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The "Rebel Archives" handstamp came much later, presumably after the Civil War; it is not part of the postal markings. When Richmond fell on April 2, 1865, no doubt tons of Confederate documents were captured, then sent to Washington for analysis and as evidence for war crimes, reparations, pardons, etc.

Years later, they may have been sold as scrap paper, without regard to philatelic content. This is just my theory.
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Edited by doug2222 - 07/09/2013 09:55 am
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Posted 07/09/2013   10:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
That seems logical and seems to fit the details of the cover. I think you got it if not then at least is in the same ball field. Wow! though, I would just love to run across something like that. (one that I could afford anyway!)
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Posted 07/09/2013   10:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add ncbuckeye to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Wow. Very interesting cover! Here is some info I gathered on the internet.
The "Rebel Archives" was a common name for the Federal records pertaining to the Confederate States. Here is a web site pertaining to that: http://www.archives.gov/research/gu...ups/109.html.
This pdf file has a reference to the oval stamp: http://www.archives.gov/research/mi...ilm/m909.pdf
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Posted 07/21/2013   06:14 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add I_Love_Stamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you. I wish I owned that bad boy but I don't..oh well the search continues!
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