The Civil War: 1862 (Forever) STAMPS - souvenir Sheet of 12 Stamps
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.
The capture of New Orleans was a major victory for the Union. It placed the Confederacyâs most vital port in Union hands â affecting southern trade, finance, and shipbuilding.
The Battle of New Orleans stamp is a reproduction of an 1862 colored lithograph by Currier & Ives titled âThe Splendid Naval Triumph on the Mississippi, April 24th, 1862.â
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 Sawyerâs lyrics from the popular 1862 song âWeeping, Sad and Lonely,â which is also known as
âWhen This Cruel War Is Overâ (music composed by Henry Tucker).
Issue Date: April 24, 2012