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Blair House at Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0747 Author/Creator: Place Written: Silver Spring, Md. Type: Photograph Date: 1861-1865 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 9.5 x 11.4 cm

Summary of Content: Inscription on verso: "Blair's House Silver Spring, Maryland." Front of house from the right side with trees in foreground and soldiers standing and sitting infront of house. Numeric Notation on verso: "70."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesLincoln's CabinetArchitectureWartime Pillaging and Destruction

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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