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Butler's House in Beaufort, South Carolina, with a group of Federal soldiers on porch and barn in background.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0782 Author/Creator: Place Written: Beaufort, South Carolina Type: Photograph Date: 1863-1865 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 10.2 x 8.9 cm

Summary of Content: Inscription on verso: "Butler's House Beaufort, S.C." The stately home of General Matthew C. Butler in Beaufort South Carolina. Numeric notation on verso: "55."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesConfederate General or LeaderArchitectureConfederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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