Blue River PO offers special battle postmark
by Jack Latta
BLUE RIVER — For a limited time, those wanting to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Middle Creek can do so with a commemorative cancellation stamp.
One hundred fifty years ago, Union troops followed Humphrey Marshal’s Confederate army from the Middle Creek Battlefield to a point near the present Blue River Post Office on Route 404 (The Floyd County Civil War Highway). In commemoration of this year’s 150th anniversary of that battle, the Blue River Post Office and the Friends of Middle Creek have worked to obtain approval for an official cancellation stamp designated “Battle of Middle Creek Station,” which was used with this year’s event.
According to Floyd Davis, Cheryl Shepherd, postmaster of the Blue River Post Office, was actually at the battlefield during this year’s reenactment commemoration and took mail and sold stamps and operated a regular post office.
U.S. Postal Service Regulations will not allow the cancellation stamp to be used after Oct. 7, although letters stamped with the cancellation may be mailed at any time.
If you would like to have personal mail stamped with the Battle of Middle Creek Station stamp, or if you would like stamped envelopes as mementos or collectibles please forward to Battle of Middle Creek Station, P.O. Box 9998, Blue River, Ky 41607-9998. Series One or Two Civil War Stamps are available if desired. Enclose a check or postal money order for postage.
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