Thursday, May 23, 2013

Battles of Gettysburg and Vickburg Featured on
U.S. Postage Stamps

First Day of Issue: May 23, 2013 - United States

The United States has issued a pair of new postage stamps titled “Civil War: 1863” that feature artistic renderings of the Battle of Gettysburg, largest battle of the war, and the Battle of Vicksburg, a Union attempt to gain control of the Mississippi River.

The Battle of Gettysburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper’s Weekly after the Civil War.

The Battle of Vicksburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1863 lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “Admiral Porter’s Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.”

Learn more at: United States Postal Service

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