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Unknown Robert Anderson button with his tintype portrait [fastener has fallen off]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0507 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1861 ca. Pagination: 1 coin 2 x 2 cm

Summary of Content: Measure is diameter of the button. A youthful portrait of Anderson. The raised inscription on the button around the image reads: "Stand by the stars and stripes."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesFort SumterBattle of Fort SumterAmerican FlagPatriotism

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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