Issued yesterday, these two stamps continue the U.S.P.S. series honoring the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The war stamps aren't my cup of tea, but I appreciate them from a historical and educational point of veiw. Still digging the non-white edge on them as well.
From Beyond the Perf: One stamp depicts the Battle of Gettysburg, the largest battle of the war, while the other depicts the Battle of Vicksburg, a complex Union campaign to gain control of the Mississippi River.
Art director Phil Jordan created the stamps using iconic images of the battles. The "Battle of Gettysburg" stamp is a reproduction of an 1887 chromolithograph by Thure de Thulstrup (1848-1930), a Swedish-born artist who became an illustrator for Harper's Weekly after the Civil War. Thulstrup’s work was one of a series of popular prints commissioned in the 1880s by Boston publisher Louis Prang & Co. to commemorate the Civil War.
The "Battle of Vicksburg" stamp is 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.”