This Day in History

This Day in History… May 8, 1864

Battle of Spotsylvania Court House

Antigua and Barbuda #2538c pictures the fighting at Spotsylvania.

On May 8, 1864, the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House began.

On May 7, the Union Army realized they could not win the Battle of the Wilderness, so Ulysses S. Grant turned his forces southeast to the crossroads at Spotsylvania Court House, hoping to get between the Confederate Army and Richmond.

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This Day in History… May 7, 1833

Postmaster Lincoln

US #1113 pictures Lincoln in 1860 shortly after he was elected president. Click image to order.

On May 7, 1833, future President Abraham Lincoln took a job as postmaster for New Salem, Illinois.

In 1831, 22-year-old Lincoln joined with a couple of friends in floating a flatboat down the Sangamon River to New Orleans.  He was working as a bow hand, ferrying surplus farm products to the South.

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This Day in History… May 6, 1863

Battle of Chancellorsville 

US #2975p pictures two Union artillery batteries facing an overwhelming Confederate infantry.  Click image to order.

On May 6, 1863, the Battle of Chancellorsville ended in a Confederate victory.

Robert E. Lee delivered the Union a stunning defeat at Fredericksburg in December 1862.  But Joseph Hooker used the months that followed to reorganize and reinvigorate his troops.  Proclaiming he had created “the finest Army on the Planet,” Hooker devised an elaborate plan to turn the left flank of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia.  The rebel troops, who were outnumbered and starving, were camped near Fredericksburg in the spring of 1863 as Hooker prepared to spring his trap.

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This Day in History… May 5, 1956

Wildlife Conservation Series

US #1077 – Robert W. Hines, an artist for the Fish and Wildlife Service, designed the first four stamps.

On May 5, 1956, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in a 22-year series calling attention to the importance of wildlife conservation.

Initially, the series began in 1956 with three separate stamps honoring examples of successful conservation work carried out by the federal and state governments.

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This Day in History… May 4, 2005

American Scientists Series

US #3906-09 were issued on this day in 2005.

On May 4, 2005, the USPS issued the first set of stamps in the American Scientists Series.

For several years, the USPS had received requests for stamps honoring various scientists.  In 2005, they combined those ideas to create the American Scientists Series.

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This Day in History… May 3, 2000

Distinguished Servicemen Series

US #3393-96 was issued on this day in 2000. Click image to order.

On May 3, 2000, the USPS issued the first stamps in the Distinguished Servicemen Series.

The USPS developed these stamps to honor not just these four World War I and World War II veterans, but all soldiers.  While the USPS admitted they couldn’t honor every US serviceman, these stamps were a tribute to all of them.

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