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Today I have three cards, two forts that are National Monuments, and a National Historic Site, all from darkestperu on the Postcrossing forum.

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First is the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. Charles Pinckney was one of the framers of the U.S. Constitution in the 18th century; he later went on to be the Governor of South Carolina as well as a U.S. Senator and member of the House of Representatives. The site preserves a portion of his farm, though the house shown here was actually built in 1828, four years after he died. Today is the 190th anniversary of Pinckney’s death.

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Next is Fort Frederica National Monument, located on St. Simon’s Island in the state of Georgia. The fort was built between 1736 and 1748 to protect the British colony from the Spanish. The fort was named after Frederick, who was then the Prince of Wales. The fort and nearby town were abandoned in the 1750s and all that remains today are ruins.

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And finally, Fort Moultrie, which is part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. The fort was built to protect the city of Charleston. It was built out of palmetto logs, which inspired the flag and nickname of South Carolina, The Palmetto State. The writer Edgar Allen Poe was stationed at this fort in 1827 and served there for two years as an artificer, one who prepared artillery shells. The fort continued to be used for defense through World War II and was finally decommissioned in 1947.

Darkestperu used some great stamps from the U.S. Postal Service that were released this year:

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These first two are from the Songbirds series released in April, 2014.

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And this stamp is from the Vintage Circus Poster series released in May.

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