Stamp Announcement 14-33: Civil War: 1864 Stamps

Stamp Announcemnet 14-33: Civil War: 1864 Stamp

On July 30, 2014, in Petersburg, Virginia at the Peters­burg National Battlefield, and in Mobile, Alabama at the History Museum of Mobile, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue a Civil War: 1864 (Forever® priced at 49 cents) com­memorative se-tenant First–Class Mail stamp pair (two designs) in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 12 stamps (Item 587300). The $5.88 Civil War: 1864 souvenir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide July 30, 2014.

In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service continues its five-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with this souvenir sheet, which includes two stamps. One depicts the 22nd United States Colored Troops engaged in the June 15-18, 1864, assault on Petersburg, Virginia, at the beginning of the Petersburg Campaign. The stamp is a reproduction of a painting, dated 1892, by J. André Castaigne (painting courtesy of the West Point Museum, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York). The other stamp depicts Admiral David G. Farragut’s fleet at the Battle of Mobile Bay (Alabama) on August 5, 1864. The background image on the pane is a photograph of Bat­tery A, 2nd U.S. Colored Artillery (Light), Department of the Cumberland, 1864 (photograph courtesy of the Chicago History Museum, ICHi-07774). The souvenir sheet also includes period quotes and lyrics from a Negro spiritual. The Civil War Sesquicentennial series was designed by art director Phil Jordan.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 587300, $5.88, Civil War: 1864 (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Souvenir Sheet of 12 Stamps

The Binghamton, Kansas City, and Dulles Stamp Distri­bution Centers (SDCs) will receive an automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 12 stamps. Distributions for panes are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 1,400 panes. The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 12 ($5.88).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make a subsequent automatic push distribution to premier Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribu­tion quantities for the automatic push distribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Man­agement SDC webpage at Post Offices may preorder these stamps prior to the FDOI through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

Special Dedication Postmarks

Only the following pictorial postmark is permitted for the Civil War: 1864 stamps. The word “Station” or the abbreviation “STA” is required somewhere in the design, because it will be a temporary station.

Guidelines for Finalizing the Civil War: 1864 Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Civil War: 1864 Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Civil War: 1864 Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Civil War: 1864 Pictorial Postmark Art

Guidelines for Finalizing the Civil War: 1864 Pictorial Postmark Art

To finalize the Civil War: 1864 stamps pictorial postmark art, insert the date, city, state, and ZIP™ Code of the phys­ical location of your event adjacent to the stamp image. Overall dimensions of the pictorial postmark must not exceed 4 inches horizontally by 2 inches vertically. Collec­tors prefer the dimensions 3-1/2 inches by 1.

The Postal Service™ must make all special postmarks known to collectors through advance publicity in the Postal Bulletin. Therefore, all special dedication cancellations must be reported to Stamp Services four weeks before the events using PS Form 413, Pictorial Postmark Announce­ment/Report. To get a copy of the form, go to

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:

Civil War: 1864 (Mobile, AL)
Supervisor Customer Service Support
250 Saint Joseph Street
Mobile, AL 36601-9998

Civil War: 1864 (Petersburg, VA)
Retail Manager – Richmond District
1801 Brook Road
Richmond, VA 23232-9640

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by September 28, 2014.

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 eleven philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 587306* Press Sheet w/Die cuts, $35.28
(print quantity 1,500).

n 587308* Press Sheet w/o Die cuts, $35.28
(print quantity 2,500).

n 587310* Keepsake w/Digital Color Postmark
(Set of 2), $9.95.

n 587316* First-Day Cover (Set of 2), $1.86.

n 587319* First-Day Cancelled Full Sheet, $8.38.

n 587321* Digital Color Postmark (Set of 2), $3.28.

n 587324* Framed Art, $39.95.

n 587327* Folio, $16.95.

n 587330* Ceremony Program
(2 stamps, 2 cancels), $6.95.

n 587331* Stamped Deck Card, $0.95.

n 587332* Stamped Deck Card w/Digital Color
Postmark (2 stamps, 2 cancels), $2.98.

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.



Civil War: 1864 Stamps

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 12 (2 designs)


Civil War Sesquicentennial

Issue Date & City:

July 30, 2014, Petersburg, VA 23803 (Petersburg National Battlefield) and Mobile, AL 36601 (History Museum of Mobile)


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

10,800,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Warm Grey 6

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

2.0 x 1.06 in./50.81 x 26.87 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

2.10 x 1.20 in./53.45 x 30.42 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.88 x 6.75 in./225.55 x 171.45 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

17.89 x 20.5 in./ 454.28 x 520.70 mm

Plate Size:

72 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Civil War 1864 Bio© • Plate Grid
• UPC Code • USPS Logo
• Copyright date 2013 USPS