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Collins FDC Catalog

P5401

P5401 / Scott 4981

Civil War Sesquicentennial

Surrender at Appomattox Court House


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General Robert E. Lee was a top graduate of the United States Military Academy. He became an exceptional officer and engineer in the U.S. Army for 32 years. Lee distinguished himself during the Mexican-American War and also served as Superintendent of West Point.


When Virginia left the Union in 1861, Lee chose to leave the Army and return to his home state. Once he took command of the main Confederate Army, he gained a deserved reputation of a shrewd tactician and masterful battlefield commander. He won most of his battles against far superior Union forces in terms of troop numbers and equipment.


After the South suffered a series of defeats, Lee attempted some desperate offensive attacks but to no avail. The Supreme Commander of all remaining Confederate Armies, Robert E. Lee then surrendered his entire military force to Ulysses S. Grant on April 19, 1865. This historic moment which preserved the Union, took place in the Appomattox Court House. Below the scene are the Stars and Stripes of the North and the Stars and Bars of the South.


My individually hand painted cachet depicts the historic brick building. The large stamp shows Grant and Lee shaking hands after the surrender. It is tied to the envelope with an Appomattox, Virginia bullseye first day of issue postmark 150 years to the month after the historic event.


Appomattox Court House is now ready. Collins #P5401 - $15.00.


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