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Postal Service Prints Wrong Civil War Date On Commemorative Postcard

July 7, 1995

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) _ The Postal Service has printed the wrong year of a Civil War battle on 100,000 commemorative postcards, turning them into hot-selling collectors’ items.

The postcard lists the Battle of Chancellorsville, Va., as 1883 instead of 1863.

The postcard is included in a $7.95 set of 20 postcards depicting various Civil War battles.

The sets went on sale last week when 300 million postage stamps commemorating the war made their debut, said Robin Wright, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service in Washington.

The postal service does not plan to correct the date because it would cost too much, Wright said, adding that he didn’t think the postcards would be big collectors’ items.

But Dennis Easterday, a trader of Civil War artifacts, said Thursday he disagrees.

``People have been calling me all day long wanting to buy the cards,″ he said.

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Editors: The postcard sets can be ordered by calling (800) Stamp24.

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