|Date of Issue||April 9, 2015|
First-Class Mail Forever
|Perforation or Dimension||2.10 x 1.20 in./53.45 x 30.42 mm|
|Series||Civil War Sesquicentennial|
|Series Time Span||2011 - 2015|
|Issue Location||Appomattox, VA 24522|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On April 9, 2015, in Appomattox, VA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Civil War: 1865 (Forever® priced at 49 cents) commemorative se-tenant First-Class Mail® stamp pair in two designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 12 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide April 9, 2015. The U.S. Postal Service concludes its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of The Civil War with this souvenir sheet, which includes two new stamps.
The Civil War (1861-1865), the most wrenching chapter in American history, claimed the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers and brought vast changes to the country. The Postal Service™ concludes its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the war by issuing a souvenir sheet with two new stamp designs for 2015.
One stamp depicts the Battle of Five Forks, near Petersburg, Virginia, on April 1, 1865. The other stamp depicts Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9.
Art director Phil Jordan selected historic paintings for the stamp designs. The Battle of Five Forks stamp is a reproduction of a painting, circa 1885, by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux. The Appomattox Court House stamp is a reproduction of the 1895 painting “Peace in Union” by Thomas Nast, depicting Robert E. Lee’s surrender.
For the background image on the souvenir sheet, Jordan used a photograph of a number of Federal rifles stacked in the vicinity of Petersburg, Virginia, during the siege.
The 12-stamp souvenir sheet includes comments on the war by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and Union General Joshua L. Chamberlain. It also includes lines parodying the lyrics of Patrick S. Gilmore’s famous Civil War song, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
The Battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox Court House stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. These Forever® stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.