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    Confederate P.O.W. Cover From Elmira to Point Lookout. A nearly illegible Elmira, New York postmark ties a rose 3-cent U.S. stamp to this cover bearing a faint "PRISONER'S LETTER EXAMINED, ELMIRA" hand stamp. The cover, dated February 7, 1865 along the left margin, is penned by inmate John W. Keefe and addressed to John H. Leathers, a Confederate held at the military prison at Point Lookout, Maryland. On dark yellow stock, missing back panel and overall in good condition. Keefe, the sender, served with the 2nd Virginia and was sent to Point Lookout on May 18, 1864 before being transferred to Elmira. The addressee, Leathers, was also in the 2nd Virginia and landed at Point Lookout the same day Keefe entered the prison. It's highly likely the two were friends and maintained a correspondence following their capture. Leathers, incidentally, was from Louisville, Kentucky and became a highly respected banker in the Bluegrass State after the war. He died in 1923.

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    December, 2006
    1st-2nd Friday-Saturday
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