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Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) Portrait of Breckinridge with uniform painted on. [1858 ca.]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0369 Author/Creator: Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1858 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 17.3 x 23.2 cm

The large format image shows Breckinridge in generals uniform that has been painted over his civilian clothes.

Likely John C.Breckinridge (1821-1875), a Confederate general during the Civil War.

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