Secession’s Mailbag

August 2017

The Confederacy did not spring into life full-blown. First a few states seceded, and then, one by one, others followed them out of the Union. Some wavered but never took the final leap. This surge to rebellion is reflected in the rare and colorful southern patriotic envelopes shown here, which come from the collection of Captain T. S. Dukeshire of Washington, D.C.