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Guesner General view of refugee homes, barracks, and tents [Camp Nelson]. [1864 ca.]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0214 Author/Creator: Guesner Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1864 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph ; 34.9 x 26.7 cm

View of buildings in the distance with wooded hill in the foreground. Larger buildings to the left side of the image. Most of the structures have a uniform appearance. Tents can be seen throughout the camp. Camp Nelson was a recruiting and training station for Federal soldiers during the war.

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