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Water Battery in gunports overlooking Yorktown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0884 Author/Creator: Place Written: Yorktown, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 10.2 x 11.8 cm

Summary of Content: The twin masts of a ship are visible beyond the gun fortifications overlooking Yorktown. Inscription on verso: "Water Battery Yorktown." Numeric notation on verso: "45."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesMaritimeBattle (Siege, Surrender) of YorktownBattleFortification

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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