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2015 Civil War Commemorative Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service has released the designs for the 2015 Civil War commemorative stamps, the fifth and final issues in the series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  This year’s stamps...

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Visiting Vicksburg National Military Park

From the outset of the Civil War, both sides realized that control of the Mississippi River was essential to victory. The Union army and navy had success on the river in the first half...

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General Ulysses S. Grant Takes Paducah Kentucky

When the Civil War began in 1861, the state of Kentucky was officially neutral.  Though this border state had slavery and a large number of Confederate sympathizers,  Kentucky leaned slightly more toward the Union,...