Friday, August 15, 2014

From the 100th to the 150th a look at US postal Stamps

The United States Post Office for the 100th Anniversary of the War Between the States issued a series of Postage Stamps from 1961 though 1965. Again now for the 150th the United States Post Office has issued a series of Stamps from 2011 though 2015. This report is meant to show the comparison of both periods of time. At this time the 2015 stamps have not been issued. (Each stamp is from the author's collection except where noted)

1961 vs 2011

The stamp features a coastal gun at Fort Sumter.

For 2011, one stamp depicts the beginning of the war in April 1861 at Fort Sumter, South Carolina, while the other depicts the first major battle of the war three months later at Bull Run, near Manassas, Virginia.

The First Bull Run stamp is a reproduction of a 1964 painting by Sidney E. King titled “The Capture of Rickett’s Battery.” The painting depicts fierce fighting on Henry Hill over an important Union battery during the Battle of First Bull Run.

For the stamp pane’s background image, Jordan used a photograph dated circa 1861 of a Union regiment assembled near Falls Church, Virginia.

1962 vs 2012

Commemorates the heroic stand of both General Albert Johnston's Confederate troops and the Union soldiers Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the fields of Tennessee. The stamp features an infantryman in action.

First National Confederate Flag on the top right for New Orleans Stamp

On the left the Confederate Flag has been cut off the original painting

One stamp depicts the Battle of New Orleans, which was marked on April 24, 1862, by the heroics of Flag Officer David G. Farragut, soon to become the U.S. Navy’s first full admiral.
The other stamp depicts the Battle of Antietam, Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s invasion of the North that resulted in the bloodiest day of the war on September 17, 1862.

The background image on the souvenir sheet is a photograph of Union soldiers in the vicinity of Fair Oaks, Virginia, circa June 1862.

1963 vs 2013

 The design depicts Union and Confederate soldiers fighting.

A Confederate Battle Flag is shown right in the middle of the Gettysburg stamp.

One stamp depicts the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle of the war, while the other depicts the Battle of Vicksburg, a complex Union campaign to gain control of the Mississippi River.

The background image on the souvenir sheet is a photograph taken by Mathew Brady shortly after the Battle of Gettysburg of captured Confederate soldiers, who reportedly posed for Brady on Seminary Ridge.

1964 vs 2014

Commemorates the fierce battle between the armies of Grant and Lee that took place in densely wooded terrain near fredericksburg. The design shows artillery in action.

Mobile Bay on bottom left shows several 2nd National Confederate Flags.

One stamp depicts the 22nd United States Colored Troops engaged in the June 15-18, 1864, assault on Petersburg, Virginia, at the beginning of the Petersburg Campaign. The other stamp depicts Admiral David G. Farragut’s fleet at the Battle of Mobile Bay (Alabama) on August 5, 1864.

For the background image on the souvenir sheet, Jordan used a photograph of Battery A, 2nd U.S. Colored Artillery (Light), Department of the Cumberland, 1864.

1965 vs 2015

The stamp features a Civil War soldier and rifles. 

2015 to be released


Previously for the last reunion of each Confederate and Union a stamp was issued.

May 30, 1951

August 29, 1949
(not from author's collection)

Source for 100th stamps

Source for the 150th stamps

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