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Union Military Address Cover
Occupied Florida

Parker envelope

This cover was addressed to a Federal officer stationed at Fort Pickens in Pensacola, Florida. Fort Pickens was a large military base that protected an important Union naval shipyard. Unlike Fort Sumter, Fort Pickens never surrendered to the South. The loss of the shipyard was a serious blow to the fledgling Confederate navy. Captain Charles E. Parker commanded Co. E, 7th Vermont Infantry when it organized Feb. 12, 1862. He resigned 19 months later on October 22, 1863. Notice that the letter was routed through New Orleans, a large and wealthy Southern port captured in 1862 by naval forces. The 1863 date of usage of the cover was established utilizing the regimental history of the 7th Vermont.


Type: scarce Union military address cover to occupied area in Florida.

Cancel: blue-green Prophetstown, Ill.; May 7, (1863) CDS plus tied target cancel.

Condition: stamp (Scott #65): VG; cover: VF


Capt. Chas. E. Parker
Co.E, 7th V(ermon)t Infantry
Pensacola, Florida
via New Orleans, Louis(iana)

Cover, background and technical details courtesy of Jim Bennetch,, or

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