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Sat, Oct 7, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 585

Three Framed Civil War Passes, incl. Burke's Station, VA, Military Telegraph Pass

Estimate: $200 - $300

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Grouping of three Civil War Passes framed together. 1st item: a United States Military Telegraph pass granting James H. Rice passage through Burke's Station in Fairfax County, Virginia. Sight: 3 " H x 5" W. Note: Burke's Station played an important role during the Civil War. Several skirmishes occurred in and around the town of Burke, including Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's Christmas Raid of 1862. Stuart sent his famous telegram to the Union Quartermaster General in which he complained that the mules his men had recently stolen from the Union Army were of inferior quality and asked him to please furnish better mules in the future. Additionally, African-American wood choppers and teamsters (many of them escaped slaves) cut thousands of acres of forest along the Orange and Alexandria railroad, including Burke's Station. The wood was taken by train to Alexandria, where it was used by the Union Army for railroad ties, bridge trusses, stockades, and firewood. (Adapted from Burke Historical Society) 2nd item: Provost Marshal's Office pass granting James H. Rice passage "out and in the lines of Alexandria," dated October 3 [?], 1862. Signed by Captain John C. Wyman, Provost Marshal. Sight 3 1/2" H x 4 1/2" W. 3rd item: Provost Marshal's Office pass granting James H. Rice passage and return through Washington, dated Sept. 27, 1862. Signed by Captain John C. Wyman, Provost Marshal. Sight: 3" H x 5" W. All housed together under plexiglass in a wooden frame with ivory mat. Frame: 15" H x 13" W.


Staining and creasing to all three items, with foxing to 3rd item.

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