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  • 2014 Issues
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    Year of the Horse (page 1)
    Star-Spangled Banner (page 2)
    Shirley Chisholm (page 2)
    Hummingbird (page 3)
    Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (page 3)
    Lincoln Memorial Statue (page 4)
    Ralph Ellison (page 4)
    Chief Anderson (page 4)
    Jimi Hendrix (page 7)
    Songbirds (page 5)
    Hot Rods (page 5)
    Civil War 1864 (this page)
    Farmers' Markets (page 7)
    Janis Joplin (page 7)
    Woodstock (page 7)
    Fiddler On The Roof (Israel) (page 7)
    Fort McHenry/War of 1812 (page 7)
    Celebrity Chefs (page 8)
    Batman (page 8)
    Winter Fun (page 8)
    Wilt Chamberlain (page 8)

    Civil War 1864

    Dgn 507

    Dgn 507: Sc. 4910-11 Civil War - 1864 — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing an 1864 political cartoon contrasting Democratic presidential candidate George B. McClellan’s military accomplishments against those of his successor as commander of the Army of the Potamac, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant. President Lincoln badly needed some Union victories if he was to win reelection. The cartoon references the siege of Petersburg, so the pair of stamps has the Petersburg Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Dgn 508

    Dgn 508: Sc. 4911 Civil War - Mobile Bay — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print from 1864 of the battle. Mobile Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

    Dgn 508a

    Dgn 508a: Sc. 4911 Civil War - Mobile Bay — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print from 1864 of the battle. The new stamps and Sc. 2975g David Farragut, the hero of Mobile Bay, are tied by the Mobile pictorial first-day hand cancel — larger illustration (new window)...$4.00

    Dgn 509

    Dgn 509: Sc. 4910 Civil War - Petersburg — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print of the battle, possibly from 1865. We colored the black-and-white print. Petersburg Digital Color Postmark — larger illustration (new window)...$3.50

    Dgn 509a

    Dgn 509a: Sc. 4910 Civil War - Petersburg — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print of the battle, possibly from 1865. We colored the black-and-white print, and added an extra Clara Barton stamp we had. Just one produced. Circular date stamp hand cancel — larger illustration (new window).
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    Dgn 510

    Dgn 510: Sc. 4910 Civil War - Petersburg — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print of the battle, possibly from 1865. We colored the black-and-white print and added a photo of Gen. James Ledlie.A known alcoholic, Ledlie was given command of the unit that was to lead the charge after the huge underground explosion under Confederate lines. He either was too drunk to understand his orders or to drunk to properly impart them to his subordinates, and his unit ended up in the crater, instead of going around it. He spent the Battle of the Crater in an aid tent, drinking “medicinal spirits.” For this reason, we have added the Sc. 1927 Alcoholism stamp, tied by the Petersburg pictorial first day hand cancel. The stamps were issued on the exact 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater, which might have shortened the war by 9 months but for Ledlie and other poor leaders. — larger illustration (new window)...$3.00

    Dgn 511

    Dgn 511: Sc. 4910 Civil War - Petersburg — 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing an 1864 Matthew Brady photograph of one of the seven military hospitals in City Point, Va. An 1866 photo of Clara Barton is inset. She came to prominence during the Civil War, and was in charge of nurses at the X Corps hospital during much of the Petersburg campaign. Petersburg Digital Color Postmark ties the Petersburg stamp and Clara Barton stamps Sc. 967 and 2975c — larger illustration (new window).
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