Civil War

1967 5¢ National Grange
December 4, 1867

Founding of the National Grange 

On December 4, 1867, Oliver Hudson Kelley established the National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry. The Grange organized America’s farmers into a powerful political and economic group that lobbied for “Granger Laws.”

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1922-25 $5 America, carmine and blue
December 2, 1863

Statue of Freedom Completed 

On December 2, 1863, the Statue of Freedom was placed atop the US Capitol to a 35-gun salute. The ceremony was held in the midst of the Civil War – President Lincoln had insisted the Capitol be completed as a symbol of American unity.

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1937 4¢ Army and Navy: Lee and Jackson, Stratford Hall
October 12, 1870

Death of Robert E. Lee 

On October 12, 1870, Confederate General Robert E. Lee died in Lexington, Virginia. Lee had a distinguished 32-year career with the US military before joining the Confederacy in the Civil War. After the war, he stood as a symbol of reconciliation.

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1958 4¢ Overland Mail
October 10, 1858

First Overland Mail Delivery 

On October 10, 1858, the first shipment of overland mail arrived in San Francisco. It completed its journey in 23 days, a vast improvement over previous services.

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 US #1281 was issued on Parkman’s 144th birthday.  Click image to order.
September 16, 1823

Birth of Francis Parkman 

American historian Francis Parkman was born on September 16, 1823, in Boston, Massachusetts. His books have often been praised as both useful historical texts and enjoyable literature.

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2011 $1.30 Second Battle of Bull Run
August 28, 1862

2nd Battle of Bull of Run

On August 28, 1862, Union and Confederate forces met a second time at Bull Run (also known as Manassas Junction) in a bloody three-day battle.

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Series of 1902 13¢ Harrison
August 20, 1833

Birth of Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, on August 20, 1833. America’s 23rd president, he was also a Civil War veteran and lawyer.

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1861 1¢ Benjamin Franklin, blue
August 17, 1861

Civil War-Era Stamps Enter Usage

On August 17, 1861, the first of several Civil War-era stamps was used for the first time. New stamps were prepared to prevent the South from profiting off the sale of US stamps.

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2014 49¢ Civil War Sesquicentennial, 1864: The Battle of Mobile Bay
August 5, 1864

Battle of Mobile Bay Begins

On August 5, 1864, Admiral David Farragut led a successful naval attack that led to a Union victory at Mobile Bay, Alabama. Though the important city of Mobile remained part of the Confederacy, Mobile Bay was in Union hands and closed to blockade-runners.

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