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Unknown Unidentified private, with rifle and bayonet [tintype]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0500 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 tintype 8.3 x 6.3 cm

Summary of Content: Standing full length portrait. The soldier wears an S-hook belt buckle and a unique insignia on his hat. He stands in front of a heavily illustrated backdrop showing an infantry charge and cannon.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary History

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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