US Naval Forces in the Civil War

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GregCiesielski Marion 18610731 1 Front.jpg

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1861-07-31
Grid cancel
Chicago IL

Mail to USA Officer
USS MARION
(1839-1897)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
U.S. Mail Steamer MARION. 3c Dull Red, Ty. III (26), two, tied by blue grid cancels, matching "Chicago Ills. Jul. 31" (1861) circular datestamp on bright buff cover to Lieut. William Montrose Graham, 1st Regt. U.S. Artillery, at Fort Jefferson, Tortugas, Florida, sender's route and ship-name directive "via Havana. By the U.S. Mail Steam-ship Marion to sail from New York August 3d", redirected to the care of the Adjutant General, Washington D.C., "U.S. Ship 3 cts." oval handstamp applied by route agent, "Washington D.C. Dec. 7, 1861" circular datestamp on back, Very Fine, scarce use from the start of the Civil War, Fort Jefferson was occupied by federal forces on Jan. 18, 1861, but the post office was not opened until October.


 

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GregCiesielski AdolphHugel 18620424 1 Front.jpg

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1862-04-24
Grid cancel
Castine ME

Mail to USN Sailor
USS ADOLPH HUGEL
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
U.S. Yard Boat ADOLPH HUGEL. 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel, "Castine Me. Apr. 24" circular datestamp (date in manuscript) on red and blue Washington and Union Flag Patriotic cover to a sailor "on board the U.S. yard boat Adolph Hugel, Alexandria Va.", part of side flap trimmed and repaired corner fault, still Fine and presentable, the schooner Adolph Hugel was commissioned in 1862 and served in the Mortar Flotilla during the bombardment of New Orleans and further action against Mobile.


 

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GregCiesielski Bainbridge 18620702 1 Front.jpg

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1862-07-02
Grid cancel
Brooklyn NY

Mail to USN Sailor
USS BAINBRIDGE
(1842-1863)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S. Brig 'BAINBRIDGE' New York". Sender's manuscript endorsement on colorless embossed General McClellan and Flag Patriotic cover to Newton Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by grid cancel, "Brooklyn N.Y. Jul. 2, 1862" double-circle datestamp, red and blue trim on flaps, stamp with small piece out at left from separation by sender, otherwise Very Fine, built in 1842 the Bainbridge was commissioned at the start of the war to protect Union shipping through Panama and in 1862 joined the Gulf Blockading Squadron.


 

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GregCiesielski EathanAllen 1863 1 Front.jpg

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c 1863
"US Ship" circular marking

Sailor's Mail
USS ETHAN ALLEN
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"From U.S. Barque Eathan Allen." Sender's manuscript endorsement on cover to Charlestown Mass., clearly struck "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, red "Charlestown Mass." straightline handstamp, Very Fine incoming naval ship letter, the bark Ethan Allen I patrolled the Gulf of Mexico from 1861 to 1863, cruised along the New England coast June-October 1863 and then joined the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron in November 1863.


 

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GregCiesielski Housatonic 1863 1 Front.jpg

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c 1863-10-07
Target Cancel
New York NY

Sailor Mail
USS HOUSATONIC
(1862-1864)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S.S. HOUSATONIC". Congdon correspondence to Williamsburgh N.Y., with a pair of 3c Rose (65), related to the U.S.S. Housatonic, tied by target cancel and "New-York 7 Oct." double-circle datestamp with printed "U.S.S. Housatonic" ship endorsement, some slight wear and toning.


 

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GregCiesielski Housatonic 18640217 1 Front.jpg

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1864-02-17
Double-Circle Cancel
Old Point Comfort, VA

Sailor Mail
USS HOUSATONIC
(1862-1864)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S.S. HOUSATONIC". Congdon correspondence to Williamsburgh N.Y., with a pair of 3c Rose (65), tied by segmented cork cancel and an "Old Point Comfort Va. Feb. 17" (1864) double-circle datestamp with manuscript "U.S.S. Housatonic" endorsement, used the day the ship was sunk.


 

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GregCiesielski Canandaigua 18640917 1 Front.jpg

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1864-09-17
Duplex Cancel
Philadelphia, PA

Sailor Mail
USS CANANDAIGUA
(1862-1875)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"USS CANANDAIGUA". Congdon correspondence to Williamsburgh N.Y., with a pair of 3c Rose (65), manuscript "U.S.S. Canandaigua" endorsement, "Phila Pa. Sep. 17, 1864" duplex datestamp with "U.S. SHIP" handstamp. Mailed by a survivor of the USS Housatonic sinking, who was picked up by the USS Canandaigua.


 

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GregCiesielski Huntsville 18621224 1 Front.jpg

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1862-12-24
"US SHIP" circular marking

Sailor Mail
USS HUNTSVILLE
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, with pencil docketing date "Dec. 24, 1862" to New York City, sender's endorsement "from U.S.S. Huntsville".


 

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GregCiesielski Kittatinny 18630601 1 Front.jpg

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1863-06-01
"US SHIP" circular marking

Sailor Mail
USS KITTATINNY
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, to Elizabeth N.J., sender's endorsement "From the U.S. Gunboat 'Kittatinny'". Blue circular marking from "Pension Office" dated 1 June 1863.


 

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GregCiesielski Katahdin 18650724 1 Front.jpg

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c 1865-07-24
Double-Circle Cancel
Boston MA

Sailor Mail
USS KATAHDIN
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
U.S. Steam Gun boat Katahdin". Sender's manuscript endorsement on buff cover to Cambridgeport Mass., clear strikes of "Boston Mass. Jul. 24" double-circle datestamp, "SHIP" and "Due 3 cents." straightline handstamps, the Unadilla class ("90-day gunboat") Katahdin I served in Farragut's fleet during the assault on New Orleans, she then operated on the Mississippi River and in 1863 joined the blockade of the Texas coast, the Boston "Ship" marking is scarce on naval mail.


 

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GregCiesielski Lehigh 18640413 1 Front.jpg

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1864-04-13
Double-Circle Cancel
Port Royal SC

Sailor Mail
USS LEHIGH
(1863-1898)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"FLAG SHIP, So. Atl. Bl. Squadron". Two-line imprint from the US Flagship Lehigh on cover with beautiful printed address to Mary L. Forrest in Baltimore from her husband, Lt. Moreau Forrest, 3c Rose (65) tied by target cancel with "Port Royal S.C. Apr. 13, '64" double-circle datestamp, with original letter datelined "Lehigh, April 8, 1864" , stamp torn at left from separation, slightly reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine cover, the Lehigh was a single-turret monitor which participated in major campaigns during the war.


 

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GregCiesielski Macedonian 18640824 1 Front.jpg

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1864-08-24
Circular Datestamp
Norwichtown CT

Mail to a Sailor
USS MACEDONIAN
(1836-1871)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
USS Macedonian. Small cover addressed to a midshipman on board the USS Macedonian at Gardiner's Bay, "via Greenport, Long Island", "Norwichtown Ct. Aug. 24" (1864?) circular datestamp and "FREE" handstamp, franked "L F S Foster", neat receipt docketing at left, Very Fine, from the beginning of 1864 the frigate USS Macedonia was stationed at Gardiner’s Bay for naval practice and patrol along the Long Island Sound.


 

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GregCiesielski Marmora 18640301 1 Front.jpg

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1864-03-01
Target Cancel
Cairo IL

Sailors mail
USS MARMORA
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S. Gunboat Marmora, Mississippi Squadron". Two-line imprint on cover to Waterboro Me. with 3c Rose (65), straight edge at right, tied by target cancel and "Cairo Ill. Mar. 1 '64" circular datestamp, few small stained spots, Very Fine, the Marmora was a stern wheel steamer in the Mississippi Squadron, notably she participated in operations against the Confederate stronghold at Vicksburg and in the attack on Fort Hindman, Arkansas.


 

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GregCiesielski Miami 18620226 1 Front.jpg

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1862-02-26
Circular Datestamp
Baltimore MD

Sailors mail
USS MIAMI
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"From the USS Gun Boat Miami". Sender's endorsement on small cover to Philadelphia, blue "Baltimore Md. Feb. 26" (1862) circular datestamp and matching "Due 3" in circle handstamp, large blue crayon "3" due rate, pencil docketing on back with Feb. 26, 1862 date, slight wear at upper right, Very Fine, at this date the Miami I was on her way to join the Mortar Flotilla in Admiral Farragut's impending attack on New Orleans, this is a scarce naval endorsement and also a scarce entry into the mails at Baltimore.


 

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1862-04-05
Circular Datestamp
Baltimore MD

Sailors mail
USS MINNESOTA
(1857-1868)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"From the US flag ship Minnesota Hampton Roads VA". Sender's manuscript endorsement on light green overall lithographed cover to Red Hook N.Y., 3c Rose (65), rich color, pulled perf, tied by blue "Baltimore Md. Apr. 5" (1862) circular datestamp, original letter on red and blue Patriotic letterhead with Eagle and "Union & Liberty" scroll, datelined Hampton Roads Apr. 3, 1862, one month after the famous naval battle between the Monitor and Merrimack, cover has edge faults mostly along right edge, but Fine and attractive, scarce naval endorsement and entry into mails at Baltimore.


 

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GregCiesielski Montauk 18640610 1 Front.jpg

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1864-06-10
Double-Circle Cancel
New York NY

Sailors mail
USS MONTAUK
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"US Navy Letter, Steamer Montauk". Sender's manuscript endorsement on yellow cover to Cohasset Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by 4-Point Rosette in Circle fancy cancel with "New-York Jun. 10, 1864" double-circle datestamp, stamp has tiny tear at top, still Extremely Fine, an attractive cover and very rare naval ship use, the Montauk I was a single-turret monitor built by John Ericsson that participated in the naval attack on Charleston in 1863, she is most famous for serving as the floating mortuary for John Wilkes Booth's autopsy and temporary prison for his six accomplices in 1865.


 

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GregCiesielski Octorara 18650328 1 Front.jpg

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1865-03-28
Circular Datestamp
New Orleans LA

Sailors mail
USS OCTARARA
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S.S. Octorara, Mobile Bay". Sender's manuscript endorsement on cover addressed to the Fleet Engineer's Office in New Orleans, entered post office there with "New Orleans La. Mar. 28" (1865) circular datestamp, "Due 4" in circle and "Drop Letter" straightline handstamps, pencil year date on back, slightly reduced at left, Extremely Fine, very rare "Drop Letter" marking and an even rarer naval endorsement from a vessel that participated in the Battle of Mobile Bay in 1864.


 

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GregCiesielski Orvetta 18621027 1 Front.jpg

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1862-10-27
Circular Datestamp
New Orleans LA

Sailors mail
USS ORVETTA
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"United states schooner Orvetta". Sender's manuscript endorsement on red and blue Eagle and Shield Patriotic cover to Elberfeld, Prussia, Germany, sender's notation "ships lettres", clear strike of "U.S. Ship 3 cts." in circle handstamp, "New-York Br. Pkt. 23 Oct. 27" 23c debit datestamp, blue manuscript Prussian due marking, red Aachen receiving backstamp (Nov. 12), with original letter datelined "Pensicola den 19 October" in German from Louis Klapp, writer's address instructions "United states schooner Orvetta, Bomb Flotilla, Commandar D. D. Porter by am Brooklyn Navy Yard, New York", overall toning but still attractive and Fine, the Orvetta I was a naval schooner fitted out with mortars for the bomb flotilla organized by David D. Porter in support of Admiral Farragut's assault on New Orleans, this letter was written from Pensacola (circa 1862-63) -- very rare use.


 

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GregCiesielski Pawnee 18620605 1 Front.jpg

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1862-06-05
Circular Datestamp
Port Royal SC

Sailors mail
USS PAWNEE
(1860-1882)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"From the U.S. Steamer Pawnee". Sender's manuscript endorsement at lower left corner of red and blue Liberty, Flag and "The War for the Union" Patriotic cover to Boston Mass., 3c Rose (65), straight edge, tied by target cancel, "Port Royal S.C. Jun. 5" circular datestamp, receiving backstamp, with original letter datelined "US Gunboat Pawnee Sept. 8th 1862" from a sailor recently transferred to the Pawnee and about to embark on blockading patrol, interesting description of armaments, slightly reduced at left, stain spots at right, otherwise Fine, scarce patriotic use from a navy vessel with a storied Civil War career.


 

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GregCiesielski StLouis 18620315 1 Front.jpg

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1862-03-15
Double-Circle Cancel
Boston MA

Sailors mail
USS ST. LOUIS
(1828-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"Naval Letter W. F. Stewart, 1st Lieut. USS St. Louis". Scarce properly endorsed naval cover to Clyde N.Y., beautiful bold strikes of red "Boston Mass. Mar. 15" (ca. 1862) double-circle datestamp, "SHIP" and "Due 6 cts." straightline handstamps, Extremely Fine, at the time of mailing the St. Louis patrolled the Atlantic, the African coast and areas around the Canary Islands and Azores in search of Confederate commerce raiders.


 

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GregCiesielski Satellite 18620423 1 Front.jpg

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1862-04-23
Double-Circle Cancel
Washington DC

Sailors mail
USS SATELLITE
(1861-1863)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"U.S.S. 'Satellite', Potomac Flotilla". Sender's endorsement on red and blue Eagle and Shield Patriotic cover to East Haven Conn., two 3c Rose (65) tied by "Washington D.C. (Apr?) 23" (ca 1862) circular datestamp, stamps have toning and small faults, cover slightly worn and soiled, small tear at right, still Fine, rare patriotic use with naval endorsment from the Satellite I on active duty in the Potomac Flotilla.


 

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GregCiesielski SouthCarolina 18621110 1 Front.jpg

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1862-11-10
Circular Datestamp
Philadelphia PA

Sailors mail
USS SOUTH CAROLINA
(1861-1866)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"From U.S. Steamer 'South Carolina', South Atlantic Blockading Squadron". Neatly written sender's endorsement on cover to Newton Mass., 3c Rose (65), perf flaws and toning, tied by bold "Philadelphia Pa. Nov. 10, 1862" circular datestamp, "U.S. SHIP" straightline handstamp, docketed on back, Very Fine, at this time the South Carolina was on blockading duty off Charleston S.C.


 

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GregCiesielski WilliamBacon 186204 1 Front.jpg

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c 1862-04
Double-Circle Cancel
Old Point Comfort, VA

Sailors mail
USS WILLIAM BACON
(1862-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
From U.S. Schr. William Bacon, Porter's Mortar Flotilla". Neatly written sender's endorsement on yellow cover to Medway Mass., 3c Rose (65) tied by "Old Point Comfort Va." double-circle datestamp (date unclear), slightly reduced at right, Very Fine, the schooner William Bacon was assigned in 1862 to the mortar flotilla attached to Flag Officer David G. Farragut's West Gulf Blockading Squadron, this is a very scarce naval endorsement.


 

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GregCiesielski GulfSquad 18620515 1 Front.jpg

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c 1862-05-15
Circular Datestamp
Warrington FL

Sailors mail
GULF SQUADRON
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"Gulf Squadron, U.S. Flag-Ship -- Official Business". Three-line imprint with name of ship left blank, 3c Rose (65) affixed over part of imprint and tied by quartered cork cancel, "Warrington Fla. May 15" circular datestamp on buff cover to Mrs. George H. Rice, presumably from her husband in the U.S. naval forces, reduced half-inch at left, otherwise Fine, scarce imprint.


 

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GregCiesielski MissSquad 18640916 1 Front.jpg

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1864-09-16
Double-Circle Cancel
Cairo IL

Official Business
MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"Office Ordnance Department, U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Cairo, Ills. (Official Business)". Three-line imprint on cover to Philadelphia, 3c Rose (65) tied by target and "Cairo Ill. Sep. 16 '64" double-circle datestamp, immaculate and Extremely Fine, scarce Mississippi Squadron imprint.


 

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GregCiesielski MissSquad 18650208 1 Front.jpg

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1865-02-08
Double-Circle Cancel
Cairo IL

Official Business
MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
"Mississippi Squadron, Inspection of Provisions and Clothing, Mound City Ills. (Official Business)". Three-line imprint on cover to Philadelphia, 3c Rose (65) with target cancel, "Cairo Ill." double-circle datestamp, stamp toned and with pulled perfs, cover slight toned at edges, still Fine, very scarce Mississippi Squadron imprint.


 

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GregCiesielski MissSquad 18640816 1 Front.jpg

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1864-09-19

Official Business
MISSISSIPPI SQUADRON
(1861-1865)

Courtesy of the Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries
Mississippi Squadron Prize Court Papers. Four legal-size covers, all related to the capture of the steamer MATTIE COOK by the USS Neosho, the first cover has "U.S. Mississippi Squadron, Official Business" two-line imprint, addressed to Hon. S. H. Treat, U.S. District Judge, Springfield Ill., with original letter on "Mississippi Squadron, Flag Ship Black Hawk" letterhead, datelined Mound City Ill., Aug. 16, 1864, signed by Capt. Alexander M. Pennock (later Rear Admiral), refers to the reports contained in three other covers, two with Mississippi Squadron Rear Admiral imprints (no contents), one with manuscript endorsement (letter content), Aug. 23 and Sep. 19, 1864 filing notations, Very Fine group.
(One cover shown to document the style of envelope and imprint; Curator)

 


 

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