Stamp Announcement 12-26: The Civil War: 1862

Stamp Announcement 12-26: Civil War: 1862

On April 24, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana, the Postal Service™ will issue a The Civil War: 1862 (Forever® priced at 45 cents) commemorative se-tenant pair (two designs) in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 12 stamps (Item 577000). The $5.40 The Civil War: 1862 sou­venir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 24, 2012.

With this 2012 issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® con­tinues its series commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, joining others across the country in paying tribute to the American experience during the tumultuous years from 1861 to 1865. A souvenir sheet of two stamps is being issued each year through 2015. For 2012, one stamp depicts the Battle of New Orleans, the first signifi­cant achievement of the U.S. Navy in the war, while the other depicts the Battle of Antietam, which marked the bloodiest day of the war and a major turning point. The stamp sheet, designed by art director Phil Jordan, includes comments on the war by David G. Farragut, James C. Steele, Walt Whitman, and the New York Times. It also includes some of Charles Carroll Sawyer’s lyrics from the popular 1862 song, “Weeping, Sad and Lonely” (music composed by Henry Tucker).

Distribution: Item 577000, $5.40, The Civil War: 1862 (Forever priced at 45 cents) Commemorative PSA Souvenir Sheet of 12 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 1,400 panes (16,800 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before April 10, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 577000 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder addi­tional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

The Civil War: 1862 Stamp
PO Box 50336
New Orleans, LA 70150-0036

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by June 24, 2012.

How to Order First Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items post­marked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 577063*, First Day Cover Set of 2, $1.78.

n 577064*, Full Pane Cancelled, $7.90.

n 577068*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 2, $3.20.

n 577071, Folio Year 1862, $15.95.

n 577084, Uncut Press Sheet, $32.40.

n 577091*, Ceremony Program (Random Stamp), $6.95.

n 577092*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 577094*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Post­mark, $1.95.

n 577097*, Set of 2 Panels, $16.95.

n 577099, Cancellation Keepsake (DCP Set of 2 w/Pane), $8.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



The Civil War: 1862

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Souvenir Sheet of 12 (2 designs)


Civil War Sesquicentennial

Issue Date & City:

April 24, 2012, New Orleans, LA 70113


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:





Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

2.0005 x 1.0578 in./50.81 x 26.87 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

2.1405 x 1.1978 in./54.37 x 30.42 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.88 x 6.75 in./225.55 x 171.45 mm



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 8 (Warm Gray), PMS 6 (Warm Gray), PMS 10 (Warm Gray), PMS 072 (Blue), PMS 193 (Red)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 6 (Warm Gray), PMS 10 (Warm Gray), PMS 072 (Blue), PMS 193 (Red)

Plate Size:

72 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Header: “THE CIVIL WAR, 1862, A Nation Touched with Fire” Verso-text


© 2011 USPS Header: “THE CIVIL WAR, 1862, A Nation Touched with Fire” Verso-text USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (577000) at bottom right corner of pane
Promotional text at bottom of pane