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[Tennessee State Capitol]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0248 Author/Creator: Place Written: Nashville, Tennessee Type: Photograph Date: 1863 Pagination: 1 albumen print ; 26.8 x 21.5 cm.

A print of a photograph of the Tennesse State Capitol in Nashville, TN. Crisp, detailed image of the state house surrounded by a barren landscape. Log breastworks can be seen surrounding the base of the building. The building was constructed between 1845 and 1859.

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