Civil war patriotic covers, philatelic. INTERESTING PLAY ON BEN FRANKLIN'S'JOIN OR DIE' CARTOON. There probably aren't many patriotic covers where it is possible to narrow down the date of printing to a closer range than this. This envelope, printed in Charleston, SC, quotes Jefferson Davis and appeals to "slave states" to "preserve our slave property, or what we prize more than life, our LIBERTY" by forming a Union with each other. After South Carolina's early action, there was a several week pause, and then the next 3 (Mississippi, Jan 9; Florida, Jan 10; and Alabama, Jan 11) seceded on consecutive days.
In all likelihood, this envelope wasn't printed until after the secession of multiple states. In fact, Davis's speech quoted on the envelope probably wasn't given until after his January 21 resignation from the US Senate. Yet, by February 8, 1861, the Confederacy had been formed. In all likelihood this envelope was printed between those dates.It is interesting how both sides appealed to the Founders to support their cause. The Union appealed to the Constitution, laws, tradition, and nationalist heroes like Washington, Jackson, Franklin, and Webster to argue that the Union is permanent and indivisible. The south instead cited the Declaration (the right of the people to alter or abolish a government when it becomes oppressive) and cited the role of the Founders as revolutionaries. The item "Civil war patriotic covers, Unite or Die, segmented snake, Confederate nation" is in sale since Monday, April 26, 2021. This item is in the category "Stamps\United States\Covers\Postal History". The seller is "patriotic_covers12" and is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.