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Union League of Philadelphia [Commemoration card of the Union League of Philadelphia, including information regarding a 4 July celebration]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02608.03 Author/Creator: Union League of Philadelphia Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Ephemera Date: 4 July 1866 Pagination: 2 p. ; 9.3 x 14.1 cm

Summary of Content: Printed by King & Baird. One side of this card depicts the Union League. A print of a cannon and other weapons, an eagle, and three American flags are included on verso. Surrounding the image, text states "Union League of Philadelphia. Salute The State Colors. 100 Guns served by the Keystone Battery. July 4th, 1866."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryAmerican FlagAmerican Symbols and SealsArtilleryUnion ForcesHolidays and CelebrationsFourth of July

Sub Era: Reconstruction

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