Petersburg First Day Ceremony Photos

Courtesy the U.S. Postal Service.

petersburg_saunders02The audience inside the tent. VSC member Foster Miller is at the center of the photograph, second row. Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_afzal05Chief U.S. Postal Service Inspector Guy Cottrell dedicated the stamps just yards from the location of an underground explosion — that took place150 years ago, on July 30, 1864 — which created a huge depression in the earth and led to the battle being named “Battle of the Crater.” Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal10Lewis Rogers, Superintendent, Petersburg National Battlefield. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_saunders00L to R: Living history reenactor Charles Harris, Sgt. 22nd United States Colored Troops Company A; Chris Bryce, Chief of Interpretation, Petersburg National Battlefield; Colonel Paul K. Brooks, Garrison Commander, Fort Lee Army Base; Guy Cottrell, Chief Postal Inspector, United States Postal Service; Lewis Rogers, Superintendent, Petersburg National Battlefield; Dr. Malcom Beech, President USCTLHA; James Blankenship Historian, Petersburg National Battlefield. Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_afzal04Chris Bryce, Chief of Interpretation, Petersburg National Battlefield. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal03Colonel Paul K. Brooks, Garrison Commander, Fort Lee Army Base. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal08Dr. Malcom Beech, President USCTLHA and the 22nd United States Color Troops Company A. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_saunders06Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_saunders09Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_saunders08Stamp sales and cancellations tent. Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_saunders05Two reenactors examine a first day ceremony program. Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

petersburg_afzal02Reenactors portray a Confederate artillery crew: L to R: John Schmidt, Scissel Morris, Andrew Manning and Charlie Helmer of the Pegram’s Company of VA Light Artillery. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal01Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal06U.S. Colored Troops (Union Army) reenactors. L to R: Leon Vaughan, Ludger K. Balan and Charles Harris Sgt. 22nd USCT (United States Colored Troops) Company A. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_afzal11Reenactor Bill Savage, 46th VA Infantry Company F C.S.A. Photo by Daniel Afzal, USPS.

petersburg_saunders10An inside view of stamp sales. Photo by Mark Saunders, USPS.

2 thoughts on “Petersburg First Day Ceremony Photos

  1. In the photo of the ceremony attendees, Otto Thamasett is to my left; Neal Parr and Rollin Berger to my right, and Bob Fields and others from ESPER in the row in front of me.

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