Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stamping Out the Civil War

From the Jan. 4, 2011 Natinal Parks Traveler by Bob Janiskee.

I had posted earlier about the Fort Sumter stamp coming out this new year in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the start of it.

there will be two stamps coming out this year. One will be for Fort Sumter, the opening action of the war. But, coming out the same day, April 12th, will also be a stamp for the First Battle Of Bull Run (or First Battle of Manassas as Southerners call it).

The Fort Sumter stamp is the famous Currier & Ives lithograph. First Bull Run is the 1964 painting by Sidney E. King's "The Capture of Rickett's Battery.

I'm not exactly sure what a stamp panel is, but it will have comments by Lincoln, Frederick Douglas, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson along with some of the lines from the song "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier. The pane background is of an 1861 Union regiment nears Falls Church, Virginia.

Looking forward to these two stamps. There will be two new ones a year for the duration of the sesquicentennial.

Wish there Would Be More. --Old B-Runner

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