Stamps to mark Gettysburg's 150th
Clate Dolinger was a boy when he first saw the black-and-white Civil War photograph of relatives that his grandmother stored away in the family picture box.
On Thursday, the 73-year-old Virginia barber will stand for the first time on the hallowed ground where the image was taken nearly 150 years ago.
The image of three Confederate soldiers, taken by the first photojournalist, Mathew Brady, appears as the backdrop of the U.S. Postal Service's “Civil War 1863 Battle of Gettysburg and Battle of Vicksburg Forever stamp sheet,” the latest in a series of stamps commemorating the Civil War sesquicentennial.
“I think I'll feel pretty proud that my family is getting recognized,” said Dolinger, who will attend the official dedication at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center.
Union soldiers during the Battle of Gettysburg on July 3, 1863, captured Dolinger's great, great grandfather Andrew Blevins, of the North Carolina 30th Infantry Regiment; his son, Ephraim, of North Carolina's 37th Infantry Regiment; and the Virginia 50th Infantry Regiment's John Baldwin, a great, great uncle on his grandmother's side.
Dolinger said his grandmother showed him the photograph and told him about the men in it when he was about 10.
“I thought it was fascinating to see a picture of my granddaddy's granddaddy,” Dolinger said.
Jason Cato is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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