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CSA Patriotic Stars and Bars Postal Cover - Confederate States of America - 1861. 
Confederate States of America 1861 - Patriotic Envelope - 3c Washington (Scott #26) - Atchison, Kan to Montgomery, Alabama, CSA - Atchison KAN CDS tied to stamp - CSA Patriotic Cover (1st National Flag of CSA incl's names of Jeff. Davis-Pres and Alex. H Stephens-Vice Pres in script - Verso incl's ink notation " Anonymous, Atchison Kansas against coercion April 1861" -, Worn, ragged, discolored, stains, tears, chips and damaged stamp. , Extremely scarce (ref unused envelope not previously recorded on Pg 4 of John L Kimbrough website - jlkstamps) postal cover for Philately, Postal History, Civil War, Border War and Bleeding Kansas collectors. Early patriotic cover is addressed to "Hon Alex Stephens" (VP of the CSA) at the CSAs temporary Capital of Montgomery and was mailed same month as attack on Ft Sumter, which marked the beginning of the U.S. Civil War. Sender mailed this during the wind down of the "Bleeding Kansas" era from Atchison, KS, a city founded pro-slavery in 1854 which became anti-slavery in 1858 though citizen violence continued through 1861. The illustrated flag is the CSAs first official flag, the 7-star version used from 4 Mar - 6 May 1861. Until the unused finding by Kimbrough, this was truly a one-of-a-kind. Scott '89; value on patriotic cover; $1200
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