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 The CSA Transmississippi Express-Summary Minimize

Following the fall of Vicksburg, the CSA, mail delivery from the eastern CSA states to points west of the river became much more difficult.  On May 1, 1863 a bill establishing an Express mail across the river was signed by President Davis.  Initially the rate was set at 50 cents, and later reduced to 40 cents.

In his studies on the Transmississippi Mail (The Trans-Mississippi Mails After the Fall of Vicksburg,1984, Addendum, 1986), Richard Kruger had this summary of all Transmississippi covers, including stamps on piece:

From the West of the Mississippi, 30 covers/pieces.
From East of the Mississippi: 86 covers/pieces.
Total Covers carried in the Transmississippi Express reported by 1986: 116.

Interestingly, Camden Arkansas was a postoffice designated as a "safe, convenient and accessible point" for the collection of Transmississippi mail (Kruger, p15).

The tables below show the covers moving to and from Arkansas.  Additionally, covers carried by private courier companies addressed to or from Arkansas are also presented, although these were not part of the Official Express system.  As a group, the two reported west to east covers from Arkansas are the rarest of all CSA classification from Arkansas.

Updated: 2-25-2010


    
 Transmississippi covers mailed from Arkansas Minimize

    
 Transmississippi covers mailed to Arkansas Minimize
 Date MailedSorted By Date Mailed In Ascending OrderOriginating Post OfficeFrankingDestination & RoutingCover Scan & Source
1863-09-17Richmond, Virginiasingle 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11) Kruger calls this an Official letter at regular rateLittle Rock, Arkansas 
1863-10-30Shelby Springs, Alabama4 Singles, 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11)General Price's Division, ArkansasShelby Springs AL 1863-10-18 to Maj Gen Prices Division Arkansas RSiegel_Sale1104 Lot2404.jpg
1863-11-29Jasper Co, Georgia via Nacogdoches, TexasSingle 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA 11) tied by Nacogdoches CDSBenton, Arkansas (by now under Union control) via Camden Ark.Nacogdoches TX CSA 11 to Benton Ark via Camden RSiegel_Sale_927_Lot_1658.jpg
1864-01-06Fayetteville, North CarolinaStrip of 4 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11)Camp Bragg, ArkansasFayetteville NC 1863-X-06 Transmississippi 40c rate to Camp Bragg Ark RSiegelSale1084 Lot 548.jpg
1864-01-19Canton, MississippiStrip of 3 + Single 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11)Lake Village, ArkansasCanton Miss 1-14-1864 Transmiss Express to Lake Village ConradBuschCollection.jpg
1864-04-07Aberdeen, MississippiTwo singles, 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11) Underpaid TransmissArkadelphia, Arkansas 
1864-04-09Elyton, AlabamaPaid 40 manuscriptLamartine, Columbia County, ArkansasElyton, AL 4-9-1864 to Lamartine Paid 40 ms RSiegel_Sale1011_Lot1745.jpg
1864-07-09Richmond, VirginiaStrip of 3 + Single 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #12)Lewisville, Arkansas "via Brandon or Meridian, Miss"Richmond Va CSA 12 x 4 to Lewisville Ark Transmiss RSiegel_Sale_927_Lot_1656.jpg
1864-07-27Montgomery, AlabamaDue 10 (4 stamps stripped from back of cover, likely #11s or #12s)Lamartine, Arkansas "via Brandon, Miss" 
1864-08-20Columbus, MississippiStrip of 3 & single, 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #12), wallpaper coverWashington, Arkansas "via Meridian Miss"Columbus Miss 8-20-1864 CSA 12 x 4 to Washington TME wallpaper RSiegel_Sale_927_Lot_1657.jpg
1864-09-23Augusta, GeorgiaVertical Strip of 4, 10 cent Jeff Davis (Scott #11)Hillsboro, Arkansas "via Grenada, Miss"Georgia 9-23-6x CSA 12 x 4 to Hillsboro Ark Transmiss rfrajolasale45lot672.jpg
1864-10-15Rockingham, Georgia4 singles, 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #12)Lewisville, Arkansas "via Meridian, Miss" 
186x-05-09Columbus, MississippiStrip of 3 + Single 10 cent Jeff Davis (CSA #11)Washington, Arkansas "via Express Mail, Meridian, Miss"Columbus Miss CSA 11x4 to Washington Ark Transmiss RSiegel_Sale_927_Lot_1655.jpg

    
 Private Express Covers from Arkansas Minimize
 Date MailedOriginating Post OfficeSorted By Originating Post Office In Ascending OrderFrankingDestination & RoutingCover Scan & Source
1864-10-12Washington, Arkansas(Due) 10 plus EW Black Express Paid $1.00Arkadelphia, ArkansasWashington 10-12-1864 EW Black Transmiss RSiegel_Sale_1016_Lot535.jpg
1864-12-2Washington, Arkansas(Due) 10 + EW Black Paid $1.00Arkadelphia, ArkansasWashington 12-2-1864 E.W Black's Transmississippi express RSiegel_Sale810_Lot2412.jpg
12-1-1864Washington, Arkansas(due) 10 + EW Black Paid $1.00 expressArkadelphia, ArkansasWashington 12-7-1864 EW Black Express RSiegel_Sale907_Lot3049.jpg