Battle of Gettysburg stamps go on sale

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The U.S. Postal Service has begun selling Forever Stamps commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The stamp is a reproduction of an 1887
chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup, a Swedish-born
artist who became an illustrator for Harper's Weekly after the Civil
War.

The Gettysburg stamp is paired with one that marks the Battle of Vicksburg, a reproduction of an 1863 lithograph by
Currier & Ives titled “Admiral Porter's Fleet Running the Rebel
Blockade of the Mississippi at Vicksburg, April 16th, 1863.”

The two stamps are the third of a five-year series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The Postal Service began the Civil War Sesquicentennial Forever stamp series in 2011 with the issuance of the Fort Sumter and Battle of Bull Run stamps.

Last year, stamps memorializing the Battles of Antietam and New Orleans were issued.

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