Designed by art director Phil Jordan, the 2015 Civil War stamps feature the same format as previous issues in the series, including traditional artwork. The Battle of Five Forks stamp pictures an 1885 painting by French artist Paul Dominique Philippoteaux. The Appomattox Court House stamp shows an 1895 painting by Thomas Nast titled Peace in Union.
These stamps were the fifth and final in a five-year series commemorating the Civil War’s major battles. Each year, two significant battles from 150 years prior were honored with sheets similar to this one. Each sheet includes a wartime photo, quotes, and recap of the year’s events.