Montgomery Area Stamp Club to donate historical marker to downtown Confederate Post Office | Events
A Historic Marker will be placed at the building known as the Confederate Post Office on the corner of So Perry St and 111 Washington Ave at Noon on November 29, 2012. This Marker is being donated by the Montgomery Area Stamp Club. There will be a short program before the unveiling of the Marker. The public is invited to attend.
Only a suite of offices were used by the Confederacy and much to many people’s surprise, this was neither the public Post Office nor the Office where the mail was sorted. These were done in offices around the present Civic Center. But this Office was the National Office of the Confederate Postmaster General, John Henninger Reagan - a US Congressman who resigned when it
was obvious that his home state of Texas would join the Confederate States of America.
Reagan ran the Postal Service so efficiently that it is known as the only Post Office to have ever broken even. Stamps during the Civil War were 2 to 10 cents and there were many, many different cancellations used. Collectors find many counterfeits. After the Civil War Reagan eventually returned to Texas, served in the US Congress and died on March 6, 1905 as the last surviving member of the Confederate Cabinet.
This Historic Marker is being placed to mark this important spot by the Montgomery Area Stamp Club, founded in 1973. Currently the Club meets in the Crump Center on Congressman Dickinson Drive twice a month. The meetings begin at 7 PM on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Besides programs presented by members, the group has stamp swaps on the fourth Thursday. It also sponsors two Regional Stamp Shows with vendors from all over the US. The next stamp show will be held on April 14th, 2013 at Camellia Baptist Church in Prattville. The public is welcomed to join the Club at both meetings and Shows.
Information Source: Montgomery Area Stamp Club