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Unknown [Mack J. Leaming]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05080.02 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph signed Date: 1864 March 8 Pagination: 1 carte de visite ; 9.8 x 6 cm. Order a Copy

Leaming is depicted in uniform. An inscription describes Leaming as 1st Lieutenant, Adjutant of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry at Fort Pillow, Tennessee. Inscribed to Eva. E. Goulet of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Leaming served as 1st Lieutenant, Adjutant of the 13th Tennessee Cavalry at Fort Pillow, Tennessee, and was present at the controversial battle which took place there in April 1864. It is estimated that 560 Union troops fought 1,500-2,000 Confederate soldiers in the battle. Most of the Union soldiers killed at Fort Pillow, both during and after the battle, were African American. Much historical controversy exists regarding the facts surrounding Fort Pillow.

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