The Civil War 150: National Postal Museum

The National Postal Museum, a division of the Smithsonian, is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War with several online and physical exhibits. View the collection via this website: National Postal Museum: The Civil War: 150 years. The collection includes commemorative stamps, reproductions of civil war era stamps, a series of letters written during the Civil War, and many, many more. It’s an amazing Civil War showcases. It’s well worth a peek!

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2 thoughts on “The Civil War 150: National Postal Museum

  1. Jim Wheeler

    A worthy post, this one. I hadn’t thought about the aspect of mail in the Civil War. It is interesting to consider its importance to life in that time, particularly between the home and the war front. No telephones then, nor radio, and the telegraph was still new. The human need to communicate was irrepressible.

    What a contrast to today when cursive handwriting is on the endangered list, soldiers visit with their families by satellite video, and Congressmen are toppled by tweets! Is it all progress, or part devolution?

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    1. Jennifer Lockett Post author

      Yes, it is amazing how much we forget about the fundamental importance the postal service served throughout the history of our country. Stamps are the only other form of currency that we recognize in the U.S. I hadn’t even considered the fact that the Confederacy established its own postal service!
      Thanks for the thoughtful comments!

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