Civil War Soldiers Valentine with Envelope – Charles H. Lane 127th New York Infantry
Private Charles Lane sends this colorful 5 x 7 inch Valentine showing a flag covered tent which opens to a scene of a soldier writing the Valentine home to his sweetheart or loved one. For display purposes this looks great with a photograph of the interior beside the outside view. Very often Valentines were sent anonymously… as in “guess who”, but in this case, Charles has written in ink on the reverse, “From your brother Chas. H. Lane”.

The envelope which is a bit tattered, but much better than most examples we have seen, has a Washington, D.C. postmark over a 3 cent Washington stamp in the left hand corner. Together the Valentine and envelope display beautifully.

Charles H. Lane was in Company K of the 127th New York Infantry. He enlisted on August 25th, 1862 at Riverhead, New York at the age of 21 and served the rest if the war.

In postal history auctions we have seen this same Valentine with envelope consistently sell for over $1,500.

#A432 - Price $695