Arago: 1962 Civil War Centennial Issue

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1962 Civil War Centennial Issue

The Department issued this 4-cent Battle of Shiloh commemorative stamp, the second in the series of five stamps marking the Civil War Centennial, on April 7, 1962, through the Shiloh, Tennessee, post office.

Designed by Noel Sickles, the stamp features a sketch of a Civil War rifleman crouching behind a tree stump. The drawing style suggests a rapid battlefield sketch, similar to those of Winslow Homer and other combat artists of the period, rather than a toned, completed drawing. The peach blossom paper suggests the fact that an important phase of the Shiloh battle was fought in a peach orchard.

The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (March 22, 1962).


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