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Unknown Fort Negley, Nashville, Tenn. [1864 ca.] [oversize composite photograph]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0477 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Nashville, Tn. Type: Photograph Date: 1864 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 38.7 x 78.7 cm

A large panoramic image made by joining two large-format photographs. "Designed & built on the German Polygonal System in 1862 - 63 by Gen. St. Clair Morton, Capt. of Engineers." View of the interior of the fort with the city of Nashville visible in the distance. Eight men pose in a group on the left side of the image. On the right side of the image, five men pose in various locations around the fort. Mounted on cloth.

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