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Michigan Postmaster Stunned to Receive Civil War Letters

Michigan Postmaster Stunned to Receive Civil War Letters It was an April morning in 2015 when Lori Boes received an envelope addressed simply: Postmaster, Newaygo, Michigan 49337When she opened it she was stunned to find several letters apparently written by a young soldier during the Civil War, more than 150 years ago. The letters were likely saved by the soldier’s family. By the 1970s, the letters found their way to an antique dealer in Muskegon, MI who’s widow later found the letters and dropped them into the mail confident that the USPS™ would get them to the right place.“I was floored,” said Boes. “I was shaking and just in awe of what I was holding in my hands. I just could not believe I was holding something so old, yet so well preserved.”Unsure of what to do with the mysterious letters, she contacted USPS Historian Jenny Lynch for guidance in authenticating and preserving the letters. Once the images of the letters arrived in Washington, D.C., Lynch’s staff transcribed them, compared the details in the letters with other historical accounts, and placed them in chronological order.Steve Kochersperger, a USPS research analyst, tracked down the historical record discovering new facts and forming a surprising personal connection. “I identified with him as a boy off to see the world,” said Kochersperger. “I could also identify with his parents, since I have five kids of my own.”Lynch also contacted Dan Piazza, Chief Curator of Philately at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, who verified the letters were genuine.The story behind the Civil War letters The letters had been sent by Private Nelson Shephard, a member of the 26th Michigan Volunteer Regiment, to his family back home during a pivotal period of the war. Shephard offered his account of some of the major battles. The routines of camp life as well as occasional skirmishes were described, along with the adventures of a homesick boy, far from his Michigan home and family.The 26th Michigan Volunteer Regiment joined in the assault at Petersburg on June 16, 1864. During one of the battles, Shephard was captured by Confederate forces. Sick, cold and starving, Shephard died in the Confederate prison at Salisbury, North Carolina, on December 19, 1864. He was 21 years old.We know the names of Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and William Tecumseh Sherman. We know their stories. Nelson Shephard was not a decorated war hero. He was an ordinary soldier; a young man like 3 million others, who donned his country’s uniform and traveled far from home.
Experiences preserved for future generationsAll we know about Private Shephard is what he wrote in his own words, in a few letters that were saved and then sent anonymously to the Postmaster of Newaygo, Michigan, near his parent’s old home town. Their importance is not lost on Postmaster Lori Boes, who said, “I am so honored to have played a small part in getting these letters preserved.”In November 2015, the letters written by Private Nelson Shephard were accepted into the collection of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, where they joined thousands of other artifacts that help tell the story of our nation.

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Postal Exam Information

Most federal civil service positions require that you pass a specialized exam to qualify for the job. Applicants to the U.S. Postal Service are usually required to take at least one of several pre-employment exams to assess their aptitude for the position. The most common exam, Exam 473 for mail handlers and mail carriers, is now taken using computers. It is offered both online and in proctored test-taking settings.

Exams Are Part of the Application Process
In the USPS eCareer system, you are scheduled to take the appropriate exam as a part of the application process for a specific position. You must take the exam to move forward in the application process unless you have already taken it. If you have already taken that exam within the retest time period (120 days for Exam 473) when you apply for the job, then the earlier score is automatically used. If the retest time period has passed, then you have the option to take the exam again or use your earlier score.

Material Covered in Exam 473
Exam 473 for mail handlers and mail carriers is divided into Parts A through D. Part A covers address checking, or comparing whether two addresses are the same. Part B is forms completion — the ability to understand and fill out forms used by USPS. Part C has two sections: coding and memory. In the coding test, you identify the correct code for an address. In the memory test you memorize codes to be assigned to addresses. Part D is designed to assess job-related experiences and tendencies.

Preparing for a Postal Exam
The USPS strongly recommends that you use the official USPS Test 473 Orientation Guide and not the postal exam preparation guides offered by a number of private companies. The official orientation guide includes a great deal of valuable information about the exam as well as sample questions and answers. USPS also recommends being well rested when taking the exam, and eating a light meal a couple of hours beforehand. If you are taking the exam at a testing center, you will need to bring a valid government ID and the login and password information you were sent by email.

Exam Results
The exam results are sent to the email address you submitted with your application as soon as you complete the test. Exam scores remain valid until the date on your notice of rating. Exam 473 scores remain valid for six years if you are not hired. Passing a postal exam does not mean you will be hired. Scores are modified by various criteria, including veteran status, and hiring is conducted based on the modified scores.

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How To Get A Tracking Number

The majority of shipping companies offer package tracking. When you purchase postage that includes tracking, you will get a unique number that you can use to track your package online, by text or by phone. You can request a tracking number from an online retailer if they are using any major shipping companies.

1. Keep a copy of all emails and communication made with the sender. As soon as you buy something online, make sure you get an email confirmation and a receipt. These are essential for finding packages, dealing with disputes, and tracking your order. If you have not received an email within 24 hours, email the seller requesting confirmation of payment and shipment.
Check your spam and trash folders as well, as most confirmation messages are sent automatically the second you place your order.

2. Read any emails from the seller for a tracking number. Most sites will send you a tracking number as soon as they ship the package. If they do, you can use this number on the carrier’s website (USPS, FedEx, etc.) to keep up to date with your order. Note, however, that you can not get a tracking number until the order is actually shipped. If there is a handling period or your order still needs to be made, you will not see a tracking number until it is shipped.

3. Check the online store you bought from for tracking information. Under “My Orders” on Amazon, for example, you can see a detailed breakdown of your order status, including if it has shipped, where it is now, and what the tracking number is.

4. Contact customer service for your order if you don’t have a tracking number within a day of shipment. If you are sure your package is in the mail, but still don’t have a tracking number, call or email the company you purchased the product from requesting. Be sure to have any customer ID or receipt numbers handy so that they representative can quickly bring up your order.
If you’ve lost a tracking number, the customer service team for the company you ordered from should have one on file.

5. Plug the tracking number into the appropriate delivery system to see where your package is. If you have a FedEx tracking number, go online to FedEx and type it in under “Track Package.’ This will help you see your package’s current location and when it should arrive.
If you lose a tracking number, and can’t get in touch with the company, call your local post office. They may have records of the package if it is delivered by the USPS. Otherwise, call your local UPS, FedEx, or DHL branch and see if they can help you, though it is a long shot.

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