The 1863 Civil War Stamp Collection


This year marks the 150th anniversary of key battles that took place in 1863 during the Civil War. The conflict raged on from 1861 through 1865 and claimed the lives of more than 620,000 soldiers.

The stamp set features the Battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) and the Battle of Vicksburg (April 16-July 4, 1863). The Battle of Gettysburg was Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s second campaign into the north. During the conflict, the Union held the line at Gettysburg, forcing General Lee’s army to retreat back to Virginia.

The Battle of Vicksburg was seen as one of the pivotal turning points in the war. Union Major General Ulysses S. Grant was determined to seize Vicksburg, MS, and gain control of the strategically important Mississippi river. After a prolonged siege and with critical supplies exhausted, Confederate Lieutenant General John C. Pemberton surrendered to Grant, giving the Union control of the Mississippi river and effectively splitting Confederate forces in two.
The stamp set will be available for purchase tomorrow in souvenir sheets of 12 (six stamps of each design).


  1. Grannybunny

     /  May 22, 2013

    These Civil War stamps have the most beautiful and informative selvage, as do most of the stamps issued on sheets. I recognize that the stamp itself is the focal point, but sincerely wish that entire sheets would be shown more often. The Rosa Parks stamp, for example, is beautifully and tastefully done — embodying her quiet dignity — but gains added impact from the selvage emblazoned COURAGE, in a shade of green complementary to her suit and hat.

  2. Jonn

     /  May 23, 2013

    I’m going to pick one of these up. It’s good info and well put together. Does anyone else have as hard a time as I do at using stamps on these sheets? I don’t want to mess up the sheet by removing the stamps, so I just end up using flag stamps to mail stuff. Is that odd?

    • Grannybunny

       /  May 23, 2013

      I hate to break up a well-designed sheet, too. I have a sheet of the Miles Davis/Edith Piaf ones that will never be broken up. I’m sure the folks in stamp design hope that alot of sheets are bought, but never used; pure profit for USPS! 🙂

      • Jonn

         /  May 23, 2013

        Whew! I’m glad I’m not the only one. I picked up the Miles Davis and Edith Piaf one last year and the USS Constitution. I kept putting off getting the baseball set and I still don’t have it yet. Is that one still for sale at offices?

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