Dave's United States Postage Stamp Collection
Independence Sesquicentennial: 2 Cent Carmine Rose. Issued in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial Exposition held in Philadelphia, this stamp celebrates 150 years of independence. Although freedom was not actually won until Cornwallis surrender in 1783. America dates her independence from the Signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.
Ericsson Memorial: 5 Cent Gray Lilac. In honor of John Ericsson, the Swedish born builder of the inon clad turret ship "Monitor". The battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac during the Civil War, was the first between two iron clad ships. This stamp was issued in connection with the unveiling of Ericsson's statue by the Crown Prince of Sweden at Washington, D.C.
Battle of White Plains: 2 Cent Carmine Rose. Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Battle of White Plains in which George Washington was confronted by Lord Howe. The British suffered 300 casualties to 200 American casualties, but Howe gained strategic ground. While Howe waited for reinforcements, Washington withdrew without being noticed.
Vermont Sesquicentennial: 2 Cent Carmine Rose. Celebrates the 150th anniversary of the independence of Vermont and the Battle of Bennington. For 18 years Vermont governed itself as an independent state with its own constitution. It was not until March 1791, that it was recognized by the Congress of the United States and admitted to the Union as the 14th state.
Burgoyne Campaign: 2 Cent Carmine Rose. This issue commemorates the Battles of Fort Stanwiz, Oriskany, Bennington and Saratoga. Each of these battles ended in victory for the Americans. At the Battle of Saratoga, General Gates surrendered what was left of his once proud British Redcoats.