Third issue of CSA notes authorized
Forts Clark and Hatteras, North Carolina taken by Union forces
Third issue of notes
Confederate troops enter Kentucky
Lexington, Missouri surrenders to Confederates
CSA Post Office issues Instructions to Postmasters
CSA Major B.F. Ficklin sent to England to buy supplies
CS1 first placed on sale
Jefferson Davis elected regular president of the Confederacy
Earliest use of CS2
Confederate commissioners Mason and Slidell seized on British ship Trent
Missouri admited to Confederacy
Confederate Stamps -- 1861
October 1, 1861: The Confederate Post Office issues "Instructions to Post Masters:
To the Post Master of
SIR,--The following laws, enacted by the Congress of the Confederate States, are transmitted to you for your guidance in the discharge of your duties as Post Master.
Your obedient servant,
B. N. CLEMENTS,
Chief of Appointment Bureau.
On October 16 1861, Confederate general issue postage stamps made their first appearance. Because of the haste involved, the first issue of stamps used the relatively crude printing method of lithography. The first stamps were printed by Hoyer & Ludwig of Richmond, Virginia.
CS 1 Five cents
With the issuance of this stamp on October 16, 1861, Confederate President Jefferson Davis became the first living American to be portrayed on a postage stamp.
Thomas Jefferson of Virginia was the third President of the United States.
Also lithographed by Hoyer & Ludwig. Earliest use November 8, 1861. Later printings were made by J.T. Patterson & Co. of Augusta, Georgia (earliest use July 25, 1862).
CS 2 Ten cents