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Fort Monroe [VA], with lighthouse and bell tower in background along a sandy strip and a man sitting on a barrel in immediate foreground.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0790 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: 1862-1865 ca. Pagination: 1 photograph 10.2 x 12.1 cm

Summary of Content: Inscription on verso: "Light House, Bell Tower." The forts walls loom in the background and two sets of rail road tracks run through the image. Numeric notation on verso: "12."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaFortificationLighthouseBattle of PetersburgBattle

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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