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 Inland Waterways Mail to & from Arkansas 1865-1870 Minimize

After the war, there was still a period when the packet boats were major mail carriers. There are nearly as many packet mail covers from this period as in the stampless period. By 1870, enough railroads had been built in the state to cause a rapid decline in the number of letters carried on the rivers. The following table contains packet boats that are known to have served Arkansas ports; the specific covers often have no point of origin indicated, and should not be assumed to have originated in Arkansas.

New Cover added: 2016-07-20 Celeste


    
 IW covers to & from Arkansas, 1865-1870 Minimize
 Boat NameSorted By Boat Name In Ascending OrderDateOrigin/DestinationRiver(s)CommentCover Image & Source
Camden, Steamer1868-03-10Not Given/Not shownOuachitaDouble Circle Handstamp on 3c Pink StationarySteamer Camden 1868-03-10 HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot477.jpg
Celeste, Memphis & Arkansas River Regular Passenger Packet186x-10-08Cincinnati Ohio to Oxford OhioOhio, Mississippi, ArkansasPair of US #65Celeste, Memphis & Arkansas River Regular Passanger Packet US 65x2 Hherst Sale 195 Lot 4653.jpg
Creole Steamer1866-05-08Little Rock AR to Pascagoula, MSArkansas, MississippiBeautiful cover with Hsps of Boat Name, LR company name and LR CDS tying US 65Creole Steamer LR 1866-05-08 SRumsey_Sale26_Lot626.jpg
Creole, Steamer1866-04-30Little Rock/Pascagoula, MississippiArkansas, MississippiDual Circle Black Handstamp, 3c Pink stationary tied by Dbl Circle Little Rock CDS + targetSteamer Creaole LR 4-30- 1866 from Rod Kelly 5-4-08.jpg
Crfeole SteamerNot givenUnknown/Handsboro MississippiArkansasOn Scott #U58Creole Steamer to Miss on U58 MBennettSale206 Lot 486.jpg
Emma Dean, Regular Packet Unknown/Van Buren ArkansasArkansasNo date given, Bold circular HandstampEmma Dean Regular Packet to Van Buren Nutmeg_Sale128_Lot3169.jpg
Frank Paragould, Steamer1868-08-01Columbia Ark/New Orleans LAMississippiDbl Oval struck on 3c pink stationaryFrank Paragould Steamer 1868-08-01 Columbia to NO SPB Sale4090 Lot160.jpg
Frank Pargoud, Steamer1868-05-09Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaBold Blue Dbl Oval on 3c Pink StationarySteamer Frank Paragoud 5-9-1868 APS Richmond 8-13-10.jpg
Glide No 3, Regular Memphis & Arkansas River Packet Steamer1865-10-16New Orleans LA to PennsylvaniaMississippi, ArkansasNot mailed to Arkansas, but important boatGlide No 3, Steamer 1865-10-16 BRoberts Collection.jpg
Gov. Allen Steamer1868-03-30Columbia Ark/New OrleansMississippiOn 3c Pink U59Gov.Allen Str. 1868-03-30 Columbia to NO MBennettSale206 Lot 531.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachita River PacketNot ClearNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaOval Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Idaho HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot602.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachita River PacketNot givenNot Clear/New OrleansOuachitaOval Handstamp on 3c Pink stationaryOuachita Packet Idaho HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot603.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachita River PacketNot GivenNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaBold Red Oval on 3c Pink Stationary Ouachita River Packet IDAHOE BLANKS Master in red dbl oval APS Richmond 8-13-10.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachita River PacketNot GivenNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaBold Black Oval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita River Packet IDAHOE in black oval APS Richmond 8-13-10.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachita River PacketNot givenNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaFaint Oval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita River Packet IDAHOE SPB S-49 Lot 1301.jpg
Idahoe, Ouachtia River Packet186x-04-22New Orleans/Not ShownOuachitaBold Oval on 3c Pink Stationary with New Orleans CDSOuachita River Packet IDAHOE SPB S-49 Lot 1303.jpg
Judge Fletcher, Ouachita PacketNot givenCamden/New OrleansOuachitaCallaway & Wright Commission Merchants ccOuachita Packet Judge Fletcher with Camden CC APS Richmond 8-13-10 cropped.jpg
Legal Tender, Memphis & White River Independnt Packet1869-08-28St Charles AR/Barnards. Ville. E. TennWhite, MississippiStrip of 3 US #73 tied Legal Tender CDS, 2 strikes St Charles Ark on coverLegal Tender Memphis & White River Independent Packet Str St Charles AR MBennettSale206 Lot561.jpg
Liberty No. 2186x-01-31Memphis TN/Little Rock ARMississippi & ArkansasAd for Memphis & White River Packet Company, US #65 tied by blue Memphis CDSLiberty No 2 Memphis to LR RfrajolaWebSite-Liberty-2.jpg
Magenta, Mississippi PacketNot givenColumbia/New OrleansMississippiauction text only. on U58Magenta Mississippi Packet ms on U58 from Columbia Nutmeg BabySale29 Lot12637 text only.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita Raiver Packet1870-01-10Not Clear/New OrleansOuachtiaBold oval on 3c Pink stationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1870-01-10 SPB S-49 Lot1418.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1869-04-23Not given/New OrleansOuachitaBold black oval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1869-04-23 SPB S-49 Lot1416.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1869-11-29Not given/New OrleansOuachitaBold Black Oval Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1869-11-29 RFrajola 20130205.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1869-04-23Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaOval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1869-04-23 HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot660.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1870-01-10Not Given/Not ClearOuachitaBold oval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1870-01-10 HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot658.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1870-02-11Not Clear/New OrleansOuachitaBlurry Oval on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1870-02-11 eBay 2012-09-02.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1869-03-26Not given/New OrleansOuachitaBold Dbl Circle Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita River Packet Mayflower 1869-03-26 SPB S-49 Lot1417.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1870-03-03Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaBlue Double Oval Handstamp-Text only auction descriptionOuachita River Packet Mayflower 1870-03-03 SPB S-49 Lot 1420 text only.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1870-07-12Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaBlue Oval Handstamp on 3c Pink entire. auction text onlyOuachita River Packet Mayflower 1870-07-12 SPB S-49 Lot 1419 text only.jpg
Mayflower, Ouachita River Packet1869-06-11Not given/New OrleansOuachitaDouble Circle Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryOuachita Packet Mayflower 1869-06-11rsiegel_sale751_lot1055.jpg
New Era Steamer1867to Camden ArkansasOuachitaFancy filigree around STEAMER NEW ERA in redNew Era Steamer to Camden 1867 SRumsey_Sale26_Lot741.jpg
Pauline Carroll, Steamer186xHelena/Natchez MississippiMississippiFance Scroll ad for Atlantic & Mississippi Steamship Company, Helena CDS ties US #65Pauline Carroll Steamer Helena AR US 65 rfrajolasale05lot100.jpg
Rose Franks, Ouachita Packet1864Not Clear/Not ClearOuachita3 Line Handstamp on 3c Pink Stationary. Date from docketingOuachita Packet Rose Franks SPB S-49 Lot1595.jpg
Saint Marys1869-09-XColumbia AR/New OrleansMississippiBlue Double Circle on 3c Pink StationarySt Marys Columbia AR 9-X-1869 U60 eBay 5-31-11.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orelans & Camden Packet1869-03-13to New OrleansOuachitaBold blue oval with boat nameNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 3-13-1869 APS Richmond 8-13-10.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1870-03-10to New OrleansOuachitaTwo strikes in blue of steamer name in circleNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 3-10-1870 Atlanta 2013-01-26.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1868-12-28to New OrleansOuachitaText OnlyNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1868-12-28 SPB S-49 Lot1613.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1869-01-24to New OrleansOuachtiaText OnlyNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1869-01-24 text only SPB S-49 Lot1611.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1869-02-12 Ouachita New Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1869-02-12 SPB S-49 Lot1610.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1870-01-24to New OrleansOuachitaText OnlyNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1870-01-24 text only SPB S-49 Lot1614.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1869-02-07to El Dorado Landing AROuachitaBold clear Boat name in oval in B&W photoNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys to El Dorado Landing 2-7-1869 AZimmerman_Sale44_Lot104.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camden Packet1869-05-13Camden AR/New OrleansOuachitaBlue Oval Handstamp on 3c Pink Stationary. Origin from auction descriptionNew Orleans & Camden Packet Saint Marys 1869-05-13 RfrajolaWebSite-PacketStMarys from Camden.jpg
Saint Marys, New Orleans & Camdent Packet1869-01-10Not Given/New OrleansOuachitaBold blue oval handstamp on 3c Pink stationaryNew Orleans & Camden Packet St Marys 1869-01-10 SRumsey_Sale26_Lot790.jpg
St Marys, New Orleans & Vicksburg Packet from Columbia ARMississippiVery faint unreadable strike-name from auction descriptionNew Orleans-Vicksburg Packet St Mary Columbia AR SPB S-49 Lot1659.jpg
United States, Cincinnati & Louisville Mail Line Steamer Louisville KY to Little Rock AROhio, Mississippi, ArkansasPrinted cc of the boat, US65 tied by Louisville CDSCincinnati & Louisville Mail Line Steamer United States to Little Rock SPB S-49 Lot1717.jpg
W.B. Dance , Regular Ouachita Packet1868-02-02Hamburg Ark/New Orleans LAOuachitaPartial Dbl Oval strike on Scott U59W B Dance Packet 1868-02-02 Hamburg to NO SPB Sale4090 Lot451.jpg
W.B.Dance, Regular Ouachita PacketNot GivenNot Given/Not ClearOuachitaOval Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryRegular Ouachita Packet W.B.Dance 1864 HRHarmer_Sale1889_Lot835.jpg
W.B.Dance, Regular Ouachita PacketNot GivenHamburg AR/New OrelansOuachitaBold olval Handstamp on 3c Pink StationaryRegular Ouachita Packet W.B.Dance Hamburg AR SPB S-49 Lot1739.jpg
Wade Hampton, NO & Camden Packet1870-05-13Not Given/New Orleans LouisianaOuachitaVery Fine Blue Oval on 3c Pink StationaryWade Hampton NO & Camden Weekly Packet 1870-05-13 SRumsey_Sale26_Lot827.jpg
Wade Hampton, NO & Camden Weekly Saturday Packet1870-04-29Not given/Not clearOuachitaOval cancel on 3 cent Pink StationaryNO & Camden Packet Wade Hampton 1870-04-29 SPB S-49 Lot1728.jpg
Wade Hampton, NO and Camden Weekly Saturday Packet1870-05-xNot Given/Not visibleOuachitaBlurry Handstamp, envelope not illustratedWade Hampton Camden & NO Packet 1870-05-x hspellman_sale25_lot4110.jpg
Welcome, Regular NO & Camden PacketNot GivenNot Given/New OrleansOuachitaBlue Oval on 3 cent Pink Stationary. Auction Text onlyRegular NO & Camden Packet Welcome to NO text only SPB S-49 Lot1744.jpg