Feb 17
Seventh Issue of notes issued
Fourth Session, First Confederate Congress adjourns

May 2
First Session, Second Confederate Congress convenes

May 5-6
Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia

June 14
First Session, Second Confederate Congress adjourns

Aug 5
Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama

Sep 2
Atlanta, Georgia occupied by Union

Nov 7
Earliest use of CS11KB and CS12KB

Second Session, Second Confederate Congress, convenes

Nov 8
Lincoln re-elected

Nov 16-Dec 21
Sherman's March to the Sea

December 21
Savannah, Georgia occupied by Union


Feb 17
Fall of Columbia, South Carolina

Mar 18
Final Session of Confederate Congress Adjourns

April 9
Lee surrenders at Appomattox

Apr 14
Lincoln shot by John Wilkes Booth

May 22
Geniune Confederate stamp usage ends

Confederate Stamps -- 1864-1865

Provisionals     1861     1862     1863

Engraved Issues

In 1864, with Richmond endangered by the close proximity of the Union armies, the Confederate authorities transferred the printing of currency and postage stamps from Richmond to Columbia, South Carolina.

CS11KB Ten cents
Jefferson Davis
The four ten cent plates (CS11 and CS12) made by Archer and Daly were turned over to Keatinge & Ball of Columbia. Earliest use November 7, 1864.

CS12KB Platebock of 12 with the Keatinge & Ball imprint

Keatinge & Ball continued to print stamps until Columbia fell to Sherman's forces on February 17, 1865.

Postmaster General John Reagan fled Richmond with Jefferson Davis just before Lee's surrender at Appomatox. During their journey Reagan was also appointed Secretary of the Treasury.

He was arrested with President Davis on May 8, 1865, and was imprisoned at Ft. Warren in Boston Harbor. Reagan was pardoned and released from prison almost two years later. He returned to his home state of Texas. He eventually made it back to Congress, where he became chairman of the Committee on Post Offices and Post Roads.

Genuine usage of the Confederate postal system ended on May 22, 1865, after the surrender of General Kirby-Smith's Trans-Mississippi forces.

As Union troops regained southern territories, federal mail service began to be restored. By the end of 1865, almost 500 routes had been restored. By November 1, 1866, almost half of the post offices in the south had been returned to federal service.

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