Monthly Archive: January 2013

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2013 Civil War Commemorative Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has announced the designs for its 2013 Civil War commemorative stamps. During the 2011-2015 Civil War Sesquicentennial,  the Post Office is issuing two stamps each year commemorating significant events in...

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The Sinking of the USS Hatteras

The Union Navy’s USS Hatteras was in the news 150 years after it was sunk in the Gulf of Mexico by the CSS Alabama on January 11th, 1863. A scientific expedition consisting of researchers...

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The Wounding and Death of General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson

On the evening of May 1st, 1863, Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson met to discuss strategy at the intersection of the Plank Road and Furnace Road west of Fredericksburg, Virginia....

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The Battle of Grand Gulf

In mid April 1863, the gunboats, troop transports, and supply barges  of Major General Ulysses S. Grant’s command successfully steamed past the batteries at Vicksburg, Mississippi. With the vessels now on the Mississippi River below...