Historic Civil War Cover from the First Union Vessel to be Sunk by a Confederate Submarine, the U.S.S Housatonic

Offered is a fine-looking cover addressed in the hand of Sailor Joseph W. Congdon to his wife who lived in Williamsburgh, Long Island.  In nice dark ink at the top left of the envelope is written, “U.S.S. Housatonic”.  There are 2 Washington 3 cent stamps with nice cancellations. 

On February 17th, 1864, the Confederate submarine “Hunley” sent out into Charleston Harbor and sank the blockader U.S.S. Housatonic.   Joseph W. Congdon was one of 150 men rescued by the steamer Canandaigua.  We will include a copy of Congdon’s answers when he appeared before the Housatonic Court of Inquiry (very fascinating).  Of course, you can visit the CSS Hunley when you plan a trip to Charleston, South Carolina.  Don’t miss it.   The museum has done a great job after it was raised from the bottom of the ocean. 

There have been a number of Housatonic covers sold over the years.  Some were not in very good condition.  Ours is in very fine condition and would make a great display with a picture of the Hunley and Housatonic. 

#PC402 – Price $225

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