US Postal Service will release this stamp in 2012.With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans later came to view as the nation’s “Second War of Independence.”For the stamp design, the Postal Service selected a long-admired painting of the famed USS Constitution by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803. Constitution acquired the nickname “Old Ironsides” during a victorious battle with a ship of the Royal Navy at the beginning of the War of 1812. The majestic warship — which is today docked at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard in Massachusetts — became a symbol of the young nation’s naval power and fierce independence.
Notable incidents in the War of 1812 included Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory over a British flotilla in the Battle of Lake Erie on September 10, 1813; the British offensive the following year against Washington, D.C., that resulted in the burning of the White House and other public buildings; the stubborn defense put up by the garrison at Fort McHenry in Baltimore Harbor during the night of September 13-14, 1814, that inspired Francis Scott Key to write “The Star-Spangled Banner”; and Andrew Jackson’s triumph at the Battle of New Orleans on January 8, 1815.Greg Breeding served as art director and designer for the project.The War of 1812: USS Constitution is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.