War of 1812

1998 32¢ Uncle Sam stamp
September 7, 1813

The Origins of “Uncle Sam”

On September 7, 1813, a newspaper referred to the United States as “Uncle Sam.”  The name reportedly came from Troy, New York’s Uncle Sam Wilson, and has since become one of America’s most enduring national symbols.

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1978 15¢ Americana Series: Fort McHenry Flag stamp
August 11, 1939

Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine

On August 11, 1939, Congress established Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. The monument honors and preserves this historic fort where our national anthem was born. It’s also the only place in the National Park system to be designated a Historic Shrine.

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1945 Coast Guard stamp
August 4, 1790

Creation of the U.S. Coast Guard

On August 4, 1790, President George Washington passed a new Tariff Act that created the United States Revenue Cutter Service, the forerunner of the US Coast Guard. The Revenue Cutter Service was America’s only armed maritime service until the Navy was formed in 1798.

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1903 $1 Farragut stamp
July 5, 1801

Birth of David Farragut 

David Glasgow Farragut was born in Campbell’s Station (now Farragut), Tennessee, on July 5, 1801.  A Civil War naval commander, the rank of admiral was created specifically for him.

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 US #791 honors Macdonough and his ship Saratoga. It also honors Stephen Decatur and his ship United States.
December 31, 1783

Birth of Thomas Macdonough

Thomas Macdonough (born McDonough) Jr. was born on December 31, 1783, in New Castle County, Delaware.  The town in which he was born was later named McDonough in his honor. 

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 US #951 was issued for the Constitution’s 150th anniversary.
December 29, 1812

Another Victory for Old Ironsides 

On December 29, 1812, the USS Constitution scored another American victory at sea in the War of 1812.

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 US #1935 was issued for the 150th anniversary of Hoban’s death.
December 8, 1831

Death of James Hoban

On December 8, 1831, White House architect James Hoban died in Washington, DC.

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 US #2559f – from the 1941: World at War Sheet
October 31, 1941

Sinking of the USS Reuben James

On October 31, 1941, a German submarine torpedoed the USS Reuben James – the first US Navy ship destroyed during World War II.

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 US #166 from the Bank Note Series, printed by Continental.
August 23, 1785

Birth of Oliver Perry 

Oliver Hazard Perry was born on August 23, 1785, in South Kingstown, Rhode Island.

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