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Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Lodge of the Sanitary Commision

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0443 Author/Creator: Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Place Written: Washington D.C. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 10.8 x 12.7 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0443 Author/Creator: Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Place Written: Washington D.C. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 10.8 x 12.7 cm

Title from inscription on verso. Image of three hospital buildings, two on the left side of the image and one on the right side. Recuperating soldiers occupy the center of the image. Inscription on verso: "Gardner." Numeric notation: "1201 XXIX."

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