Has anyone else noticed that the stamps released thus far by the United States Postal Service reflect a clear bias? Perhaps it should come as no surprise that an agency of the federal government would favor the United States during the Civil War. Next month the USPS’s Forever stamp marking the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg will be released. It is based on Thure de Thulstrup’s 1887 chromolithograph and once again depicts the Union line as opposed to the more popular Confederate perspective on July 3.
Stamps marking the anniversaries of Bull Run and Antietam also features Union positions while the New Orleans stamp features Union gunboats. And let’s not forget the Emancipation commemorative stamp. I suspect that this bias is intentional and that it will continue to the end of the sesquicentennial. We may not see a Rebel until we get to Appomattox.
At this rate I am willing to wager that they release a stamp marking Sherman’s March?