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Unknown Confederate blockade runner "Teaser" on the James River. [1861-1862 ca.]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0345 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1861-1862 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 27.9 x 22.9 cm

Ink inscription on verso: "Naval 20." Graphite inscription on verso: "Confederate blockade runner "Teaser." and "414-XXV." Orange crayon inscription on verso: "164/33" The "Teaser" was captured by U.S.S. Maratanza on July 4, 1862.

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