Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Orleans and Antietam Civil War Battles Featured on Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: April 24, 2012 New Orleans, LA 70113

The Civil War (1861-1865), the most profound conflict in American history, claimed the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers. Continuing its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war, the Postal Service is issuing a souvenir sheet of two stamp designs for 2012.
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.
Art director Phil Jordan created the stamps using . . .
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