Thursday, June 20, 2013

Postal Service Issues Gettysburg and Vicksburg Stamps

From the May 25, 2013, Philadelphia Inquirer by Edward Colimore..

On Mat 23rd, a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph made by Thure de Thulestrup was unveiled at the Postal Service's stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Gettysburg fought July 1-3, 1863.  Swedish-born Thulestrup worked for Harper's Weekly after the Civil War.

His work was one of a series of popular prints commissioned in the 1880s by Boston publisher Louis Prang & Company to commemorate the war.  This particular print showed Pickett's Charge on the final day of the battle, the last Confederate attempt to break the Union line.

The other stamp issued May 23rd is a reproduction of the 1863 Currie & Ives lithograph titled  "Admiral Porter's Fleet Running the Rebel Blockade of the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.  (Yes, the Fort Fisher Admiral Porter.)  The Confederate citadel Vicksburg, surrendered the day after the end of the Battle of Gettysburg.

These are Forever Stamps.

I'll Have to Get Me a Sheet of These Stamps.  --Old Secesh

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