Special Report

Civil War Artifacts in the Smithsonian

The museum collections house many items from the Civil War, including photographs, uniforms and personal diaries

Lincoln's Top Hat (National Museum of American History)

Patriotic Union Cover National Postal Museum

Patriotic Union cover
(National Postal Museum)
In philately, “cover” is a term used to describe an item—usually an envelope with postage—that has passed through the mail system and bears the postmarks and stamps that attest to its travels. Some covers bear elaborate decorations that reflect contemporary social and political events. The artwork emblazoned on this cover proclaims the sender’s fidelity to the Union side of the Civil War.

by Jesse Rhodes


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