Civil War - Petersburg
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Civil War - Petersburg Dgn 510

Sc. 4910 Civil War - Petersburg on a 5”x7 Dragon Card reproducing a Currier & Ives print of the battle, possibly from 1865. We colored the black-and-white print and added a photo of Gen. James Ledlie. A known alcoholic, Leslie was given command of the unit that was to lead the charge after the huge underground explosion under Confederate lines. He either was too drunk to understand his orders or to drunk to properly impart them to his subordinates, and his unit ended up in the crater, instead of going around it. He spent the Battle of the Crater in an aid tent, drinking “medicinal spirits.” For this reason, we have added the Sc. 1927 Alcoholism stamp, tied by the Petersburg pictorial first day hand cancel. The stamps were issued on the exact 150th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater, which might have shortened the war by 9 months but for Ledlie and other poor leaders. Great for a Civil War- or military-on-stamps collection!

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