US Postal Service releases new Civil War stamps marking 1862 battles at New Orleans, Antietam

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Article courtesy of: Washingtonpost.com, Published April 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is releasing two new stamps paying tribute to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, specifically the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Antietam.

The “Civil War: 1862” stamps were released Tuesday. The stamps mark the first significant achievement of the U.S. Navy in the war during the Battle of New Orleans and the bloodiest day of the conflict at Antietam.

The New Orleans stamp is a reproduction of an 1862 color lithograph titled “The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862.” The Antietam stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 painting by Thure de Thulstrup.

Postal Service Vice President Dean Granholm says the stamps help Americans pause and remember a period of history that had a lasting effect on the nation.

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The Battle of Gettysburg and Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address represent two of the most significant milestones in American history. One changed the course of America’s bloodiest conflict – when the fighting ended, the brutal three-day battle left behind more than 51,000 killed, wounded, captured, or missing – the other encapsulated the significance of American democracy and paved the way for reconciliation and healing. Music Celebrations International (MCI) provides unique performance and educational opportunities to performing groups around the globe. MCI is an exclusive licensee with Gettysburg 150. The aim of Gettysburg 150 and MCI is to invite performance ensembles from every corner of the United States to participate in ceremonies marking the anniversary, and to conduct commemorative performances at the battlefield site where so many Americans lost their lives, and where Lincoln’s immortal words became enshrined in history.
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