Description: [ Americana ] Extremely scarce Confederate Passport, 1p. 10.75x17, Richmond, October 17, 1863, issued to Thomas W. Bell and signed at bottom by Confederate Secretary of State Judah P. Benjamin and by Bell. Document gives complete physical description of Bell, and is the 352nd passport issued by the Confederate government. Wonderful embossed seal of the Confederate States at bottom center. Folds, else Fine.......plus; original transmittal cover for this passport, addressed to Bell.......plus; Partly printed Document Signed by Prize Commissioner E.C. Howe, Key West, January 11, 1864, and reads in part: DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES...T.W. Bell, late of the Brige Schooner Ringdove is discharged from further attendance upon the District Court of the United States, for the Southern District of Florida, on behalf of the United States... VG......plus; Partly Printed Document Signed, 1p. octavo, October 22, 1864, Havana, Cuba, being a travel permission document......plus; Business Card for Bell which reads: T.W. Bell, (Late of Virginia) with WM. I. PEAKE & CO., Importers and Jobbers of DRY GOODS, 48 & 50 WHITE STREET, Between Broadway and Church Street, NEW-YORK. VG.......plus; Manuscript History, May 6, 1835, which reads: History given me by Dr. Alfred B. Clayton of Bedford, Va. Thos. W. Bell of Bedford son of Alfred A. Bell was Major in Blackhorse Cavalry (Confederate) at 18 yrs of age. At the fight at Brandy Station was cut from his saddle by a Union sabre. Unable to enter war again was sent to Fla. by Confederate Government to buy provisions for Confed Army. Went as a supposed Englishman. In speaking to a Yankee Officer said Dog gone it - was arrested as a Virginian for this reason & as a spy - Put in Dry Tortugas Prison... escaped...to Cuba. Bought Provisions there until end of war. Died aged 40 at Galveston, Texas of ruptured aneurysm brought on by above sabre cut & is buried at Bedford...' An outstanding group, with extremely scarce CSA passport.
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