Newspaper wrappers and who is this guy anyway?

Simply called newspaper wrappers, these philatelic items have always held my interest.

newspaper wrappers

The unknown periodical’s delivery took place during the Civil War, in Virginia. The address is simply Commandant, 53rd Regiment, Campbell. Inside is the inscription “for Capt. Zachariah Moorman.”

Newspaper wrappers

In stamp collecting, a newspaper wrapper is just a sheet of paper that was wrapped around a rolled up newspaper or some other periodical. It indicated that postage to mail that item had been paid.

Lots of countries used them for many years and in the United States, declining use led to the US Postal Service to cease printing them in 1934. However, their use continued until U.S. supplies were depleted.

They are an interesting piece of postal history and related to one of my collection specialties, newspaper stamps.

This wrapper

There were two 53rd Regiments that operated in Virginia as various times during the Civil War. The 53rd Kentucky Mounted Infantry saw action near Campbell County, Virginia, fighting on the side of the Union.

The other was the 53rd North Carolina Infantry. As a confederate force, they fought all over Virginia and even into Pennsylvania (Battle of Gettysburg).

Which 53rd is it? No clue.

Zachariah Moorman doesn’t hold much of a clue. I found a record of a Zachariah Moorman, and it said:

Moorman, Zachariah;
	Whitson's Centennial History of Grant County 1814 - 1914  pg. 865 Zachariah Moorman, married, living in Jewel Co., Kansas in 1914.  He was a gallant soldier during the Civil War and in one engagement within five minutes time was shot in six different places, and never afterwards has been in good health. Zachariah also had a brother serve in the Civil War.  His name was Stephen and he died while serving.  Both sons of Lewis and Sarah (Thomas) Moorman.

It appears in a book “Civil War Soldiers of Grant County, Indiana,” but provides no further detail.

Like other newspaper wrappers in my collection, the clues are few and far between but they are nice to look at, an interesting piece of history, and a mystery that keeps my interest piqued.

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