Summer Auction 2019 Sale 76
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/31/2019
Rare prisoner's postal cover from the notorious Union P.O.W. camp at Elmira, New York. The 5 1/2" x 3 1/4" cover was sent by Confederate P.O.W. J. D. Chapman to a relative in Baltimore County, Md. It bears a rare Elmira Prison censor's stamp at bottom, as well as a Dec. 5, 1864 Elmira cancel on the three cent postage stamp. Small 1/2" tear at right, edge wear, else very good. The prison camp, in use from July 6, 1864, until July 11, 1865, was dubbed "Hellmira" by its inmates. During those 12 months, 2,970 of the 12,100 prisoners died from a combination of malnutrition, continued exposure to harsh winter weather, and disease from the poor sanitary conditions on Foster's Pond combined with a lack of medical care.
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $140.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $475.00
Estimate: $300 - $400
Auction closed on Wednesday, July 31, 2019.
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