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Portrait of Black soldier Private Co. I, 54th Mass. Infantry [ambrotype image]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03027 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1863 ca. Pagination: 1 cased image 11.2 x 8.6 cm

Unidentified soldier. (Identification based on insignia pinned on hat: "I 54".) Full length standing portrait of man sporting a moustache and carrying a bayonet and ammunition pouch on his belt. Paper and wood (floral design) case lacking cover. Brass mat by Dean & Emerson.

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