Postal Service stamp commemorates Gettysburg

Forever stamp marks 150th anniversary of pivotal battle

Published: May 17 2013 12:21:34 PM EDT
New stamp commemorates Battle of Gettysburg
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a special stamp commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The stamps will first be issued at a ceremony at Gettysburg National Military Park on Thursday, a day before they are scheduled to go on sale across the rest of the country.

The stamp depicts a painted image of a chaotic battlefield, with smoke rising from fired rifles.

The three-day battle in July 1863 was the largest of the Civil War. It is considered the war's pivotal moment after Northern forces turned away a Confederate advance.

The Postal Service has been commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a series of stamps.

A stamp commemorating the Battle of Vicksburg will also be released next week in Mississippi.

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