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At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0411 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1861-1865 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 9.6 x 11 cm

A mound of flat stones and branches occupies the center of the image. More rocks appear to the right of the center mound. The entire are is heavily covered in brush and branches. Inscription on verso: "Genl. Ordway Gardner Coll." Numeric notation: "264 VII"

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