LEGENDS OF THE CIVIL WAR #2975 Pane of 20 x 32¢ US Postage Stamps

Monday, January 9, 2012

LEGENDS OF THE CIVIL WAR #2975 Pane of 20 x 32¢ US Postage Stamps


The release of the 20 Civil War stamps in 1995, marked the most extensive effort in the history of the U.S. Postal Service to review and verify the historical accuracy of stamp subjects. Each of the 16 individuals and four battles featured were chosen from a master list of 50 subjects, which included Presidents, generals, major battles, rank-and-file soldiers, women, African and Native Americans, and abolitionists. The goal of the U.S.P.S. was to show the wide variety of people who participated in the Civil War Those prepresenting the Union were: Abraham Lincoln, America's 26th President; Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant; Major General William Tecumseh Sherman; Major General Winfield Scott Hancock; Vice Admiral David Glasgow Farragut; Clara Harlowe Barton, volunteer nurse and founder of the American Red Cross; abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman, who helped slaves escape the South through the "Underground Railroad;" journalist and orator Frederick Douglass. Confederate honorees included: Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederacy; General Robert Edward Lee; Lieutenant General Thomas Jonathan Jackson; General Joseph Eggleston Johnston; Phoebe Yates Pember, who administered the Confederate hospital in Chimborazo; Rear Admiral Raphael Semmes; Mary Chestnut, a wealthy plantation owner's wife, whose diary is an excellent source of historical information; Brigadier General Stand Watie, the Native American who fought the South's last military engagement - and won. Four battles were also chosen. Shiloh was the first great battle of the war. More Americans died in the two days of fighting at the Battle of Shiloh than in all the American wars up to that time. Chancellorsville was a stunning victory for the South, despite the fact that the Confederacy lost Stonewall Jackson in that fight. The Battle of Gettysburg, which raged for three days, resulted in a Union victory and turned the tide of the war. Never again was the South able to launch another aggressive attack.




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