These self-adhesive stamps are being issued in sheets of 12.
The Civil War: 1862 Forever® postage stamps depict two pivotal Civil War battles from 1862; the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Antietam. In 2011, the U.S. Postal Service® launched a stamp series to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, which engulfed the nation from 1861 to 1865. A souvenir sheet of two stamp designs is being issued through 2015 for each year of the war. Art director Phil Jordan created the stamps using iconic images of Civil War battles.
The capture of New Orleans was a major victory for the Union. It placed the Confederacy’s most vital port in Union hands — affecting southern trade, finance, and shipbuilding. The Battle of New Orleans stamp is a reproduction of an 1862 colored lithograph by Currier & Ives titled “The Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862.”
Antietam was one of the most important military operations of the Civil War. Aside from forestalling foreign recognition of the Confederate states, the battle gave a tremendous boost to Northern morale. Antietam also emboldened Lincoln to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, announcing his decision to free the slaves in areas of rebellion. The Battle of Antietam stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 painting by Thure de Thulstrup. The painting was one of a series of popular prints commissioned in the 1880s by Boston publisher Louis Prang & Co. to commemorate the Civil War.
The souvenir stamp sheet includes comments on the war by David G. Farragut, James C. Steele, Walt Whitman, and the New York Times. It also includes some of Charles Carroll Sawyer’s lyrics from the popular 1862 song “Weeping, Sad and Lonely,” which is also known as “When This Cruel War Is Over” (music composed by Henry Tucker).
The Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Antietam Forever stamps are issued on sheets of 12. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.
Made in the USA.
Issue Date: April 24, 2012
SKUs featured on this page: 577044