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Postal Service to unveil Civil War stamps

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Updated: 5/17/2013 12:31 pm
VICKSBURG, Miss. (WTVA) -- The U. S. Postal Service is releasing commemorative stamps for the 150th anniversary of the Seige of Vicksburg and the Battle of Gettysburg.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place May 23 at 10 p.m. at the Vicksburg National Military Park, with a similar ceremony taking place at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

The battles were both major victories for the Union Army and are considered the turning point in the Civil War.

Art Director Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia created the stamps.

The Vicksburg stamp is a recreation of an 1863 lithograph by Currier and Ives titled "Admiral Porter's Fleet Running the Rebel Blockage of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863."

The Battle of Gettysburg stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thurstrup, an illustrator for Harper's Weekly.

The Civil War Sesquicentennial Forever stamp series was launched in 2011 with the issuance of the Fort Sumter and First Bull Run stamps.

In 2012 the series continued with the issuance of the Battle of New Orleans and the Battle of Antietam stamps.

Battles for the remainder of the series will be announced at a later date.
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