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Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Headquarters U.S. Engineers Battalion Sept. 1864. (Petersburg Campaign)

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0042 Author/Creator: Brady, Mathew B. (ca. 1823-1896) Place Written: Virginia Type: Photograph Date: September 1864 Pagination: 1 albumen print ; 22.8 x 27.8 cm.

Summary of Content: A print of a photograph taken of a large group of soldiers standing in front of a small house. There are various small tents to the left and right. Two soldiers hold bundles of telegraph wire in the center of the image. The house, presumably the main building of the headquarters, stands shaded by trees in the background. The U.S. Engineers Battalion was attached to the Army of the Potomac and helped breach the fortifications at Petersburg. Title taken from graphite inscription on verso, also inscribed is "XI-II 65." A mounted albumen print.

People: Brady, Mathew B., 1823-1896

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Military CampTelegraphUnion ForcesCivil WarMilitary History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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