The 5-cent Battle of The Wilderness commemorative stamp, the fourth in the series of five stamps marking the Civil War Centennial, was first placed on sale through the Fredericksburg, Virginia, post office on May 5, 1964. This stamp was designed by Harold Christenson, the winner of the Post Office Department's art competition among the nine runners up in the previous year's Battle of Gettysburg stamp contest.
The stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (April 9, 1964).