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O'Sullivan, Timothy Fairfax Court House. Fairfax, Va. [June 1863]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0253 Author/Creator: O'Sullivan, Timothy Place Written: Fairfax, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: 1863/06, 1865 Pagination: 1 photograph 40 x 31.1 cm

Negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. "Incidents of the War" series. Published in Gardner's "Photo Sketchbook of the Civil War," with accompanying panel of text. Published by Phip & Solomon. A group of mounted Federal soldiers stand in front of the Courthouse. An officer poses next to the copula on the roof.

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