"Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He has trampled down the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword;
His truth is marching on."
Reflecting the stirring lyrics she wrote in "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," Julia Ward Howe (1819-1910) was a woman of remarkable vision, energy, and accomplishment.
Her popular and enduring song alone assured her a place in history, but Julia Ward Howe also influenced society as a reformer, championing abolitionist causes equal education, and professional and business opportunities for women. She also aided her husband, Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe, in establishing schools and training for the blind and mentally handicapped . . . all while raising six children.
The Postal Service issued the Julia Ward Howe stamp in 1987 as part of the Great Americans Series. Ward Brackett of Westport, Connecticut, designed the stamp.