The 79th Annual CSA Convention was held in Sarasota, Florida, on February 7-9, 2014.

Our annual convention was heldin Sarasota, Florida, in conjunction with the Sarasota National Stamp Show. See some of the happenings on our conventions page.

Our Mid-Year Meeting will be help October 24-25, 2014, in Fredericksburg, VA. More details coming soon.

Confederate Stamp Alliance and Smithsonian National Postal Museum Scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for a scholarship for original research and analysis relating to the design and/or printing of a specific Confederate stamp issue(s), the Confederate Post Office Department, or an aspect of Confederate postal history. The scholarship, for a sum of up to $2,000, will be a contribution towards expenses including travel costs for a trip(s) to Washington DC or library with Confederate States archives.  The scholarship is available for all academic, scientific and philatelic scholars.  It is designed to enable one to spend an uninterrupted block of time doing research in the NPM library, other Washington DC libraries, or libraries with Confederate States archives on their projects and discussing their work with others.

Complete information can be found on our Collector Resources page.


The new Gross Gallery within the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, gives the museum public space at the street level, opened to the public on September 22, 2013. The gallery is the world's premier museum gallery dedicated to philately, the largest in the world. The Gross Stamp Gallery is comprised of five unique sections, resulting in a powerful and engaging experience for museum visitors. Each area showcases the museum's world-class collection of philatelic and postal history objects and provides the public greater access and the Collection greater visibility.

Posing in front of the Confederate "Lost Plate" display in the new Gallery are (left to right) Col. Tom Lera, CSA Treasurer and the Winton M. Bount Chair in Research at the NPM; Council of Philatelists member and past CSA President, Gen'l Trish Kaufmann and Col. Rich Murphy, CSA President.

Peter Powell Named Member Emeritus of the Authentication Service

In recognition of his thirty years of service and detailed knowledge of Confederate stamps and postal history the title of Member Emeritus was bestowed on General Peter W. W. Powell by the Authentication Service.

General Powell recently resigned his position with the Authentication Service. His thirty years of excellent and continuous service to the Authentication Service is an exceptional accomplishment that may never be equaled. The depth of his knowledge of Confederate stamps and postal history has been a positive contribution to the examination process that will be sorely missed.

The NEW Confederate States of America Catalog & Handbook of Stamps and Postal History
a major success.

The much anticipated update, expansion and re-write of August Dietz classical work on Confederate Postal History has gone from "brand new" to "out of print" in only three months.  This six year endeavor on the part of the Confederate Stamp Alliance and its members has been a tremendous success. Congratulations to the editors Patricia A. Kaufmann, Francis J. Crown and Jerry S. Palazolo and to the many other members who contributed to this important contribution to Confederate philately.

For an illustrated and far more in depth look at both the history of prior catalogs and the marvelous changes in this 2012 edition, see A 21st Century Confederate Catalog.

National Postal Museum Announces Launch of Centralized Gateway to World’s Greatest Philatelic Research
The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum announces the launch of the website, a centralized information gateway to the world’s greatest philatelic research. Click here for more information.

About Confederate Philately

Much of the history of that short-lived political experiment, the Confederate States of America, was reflected in its stamps, covers, and other postal mementos. The bitter Civil War spanned the entire life of the Confederacy -- the four years from 1861 to 1865 -- and the marks and record of that great struggle are nowhere found more clearly than in the postal history of the "Lost Cause." All collectors of Confederate stamps come to realize this very early in their pursuit, and this fact has much to do with the fascination that the Confederate collector invariably experiences.

There are hundreds of varieties of stampless, Handstamp Paid and Manuscript covers as well as Provisional adhesive stamps and envelopes used before the Confederate government could issue regular stamps. There are 17 major varieties of regular issue Confederate States stamps -- also minor varieties and endless shades.

There are Prisoner-of-War and Flag-of-Truce covers, Express Company markings, Blockade-Run covers to and from Europe, College covers, Official and Semi-Official envelopes, Packet and Steamboat covers, Patriotic covers with their war mottos, covers showing use of United States stamps in the Confederacy, and many interesting letters.

Nowhere else in philately can one find such strange usages, makeshifts and evidences of desperate shortages. There are envelopes made of wallpaper, envelopes used twice over, and United States stamped envelopes seized and overprinted for the use of the Confederacy.

Today Confederate items are almost 150 years old. Some are scarce and hard to find, but many are within reach of all.

More has been written about Confederate stamps and covers -- and still is being written -- than nearly any other specialized field.

Ever had a question regarding a Confederate philatelic item and wish you knew someone who could give you an answer? Well, the CSA recognizes this need and has established a "Mentor Program" whereby you can call or email a very knowledgeable Confederate philatelist and fellow CSA member with your question.

July Newsletter

We have begun sending our newsletter via email to the majority of our members.  If you somehow missed it, here is a .pdf version.

CSA Annual Convention 2014

It's History!

Our annual convention  in Sarasota, FL, was terrific. Lots of dealers, great exhibits, wonderful fellowship and excellent presentations.  Here is a brief summary and photos.

Join the Confederate Stamp Alliance...

The CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE is a non-sectional, non-political organization for fraternity, research and cooperation among a choice group of hundreds of collectors of Confederate stamps, covers, and postal history. Its members' interests cover all possible phases of the stamps and postal history of the War Between the States, both North and South.

The ALLIANCE'S official publication, THE CONFEDERATE PHILATELIST, is published quarterly and sent to all members. It contains original articles on Confederate philately as well as news of the ALLIANCE and its members.

One of the important services available to members of the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE is its Authentication Service. This panel of experts will issue a formal written opinion on any item submitted by a member for a nominal fee. Any authentication issue should be submitted to the CSA Authentication Service for formal expert review.

Each year the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE holds its Annual Convention and Exhibition, usually in conjunction with a national or regional show. Anyone who is a student of the War for Southern Independence or who collects or is interested in starting a collection of Confederate or Civil War material in any form will find that membership in Confederate philately's national society provides distinct advantages.

Become A Member.
Please accept our cordial invitation to join the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE and participate in the many varied activities in this fascinating philatelic field. All are welcome.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the CONFEDERATE STAMP ALLIANCE, just access the Membership Application Form below and print it out. The directions for filling out the form and mailing it are self-explanatory. Use the back button to return to this page. 1 May 2012 -- Current Membership stands at 688.

CSA Membership Application


Find out about Confederate philately!
Take a look at these fine articles:

"The REBEL POST: Collecting the Confederate Era" by Gen. Patricia A. Kaufmann is an excellent introduction to Confederate philately

The Confederate Stamp Primer Online The Confederate Stamp Primer Online by Patricia A. Kaufmann is a basic guide for those who don't have access to classic philatelic literature on the subject or for those who do, but would like a quick online reference. You may view just the section in which you are interested or read it systematically from one page to the next. This primer deals only with stamps and not the vast area of postal history covered by The Rebel Post. A section called "Trouble Spots" is being added one treatise at a time to cover such common problems as identifying #11 from #12, London print from Local print, altered plate reprints and more.

You might also want to visit the new "Articles" section of Trish Kaufmann's site which includes The Madison, Florida Postmaster Provisionals - Anatomy of a Postal History Research Project

By William S. Parks

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