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Civil War Stamp collection introduced by the US Postal Service today

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Civil War Stamp collection introduced by the US Postal Service today

Civil War Stamps series issued April 12, 2011

(Best Syndication News) - The Civil War is being commemorated with several series of stamp collections with the first in the series being issued by the US Postal Service today. The American Civil War was the bloodiest war that the United States dealt with. The Civil War started 150 years ago which happened at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor on April 12-13, 1861.

The US Postal Service held a special first-day-of-issue ceremony for the Civil War Stamp collection on April 12, 2011. The ceremony was held at Liberty Square in Charleston which is near Ft. Sumter where the Civil War began.

The first pane of the Civil War stamp series was issued today, April 12, 2011 with each new Civil War Stamp series of the collection being issued every year up through 2015. The postage is using the Forever Stamps promotion. The pane has 12 stamps on both sides of the sheet.

There are two stamp designs for the current stamp series commemorating the battle at Fort Sumter and the first major battle near Manassas, Virginia, The First Battle of Bull Run.

The Civil war lasted 4 years and ended on April 9, 1865 after Confederate commander Robert E. Lee surrendered to the Union's General Ulysses S. Grant.

Forever Stamps will always be treated for the current rate of first class postage. So if you have the stamp for ten years and it cost you 44 cents when you first purchased it, even though the rates went up, you don't have to add any postage to keep up with the current rate. The US Postal Service will mail you letter without asking for more postage if you use the Forever Stamps for first class letters.

BY: N Wilson

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