US will Release Stamp on The War of 1812

\"\"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.

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