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The Destruction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0910 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 9.8 x 11.8 cm

Two rails are laying atop a pile of wooden ties, the rails bent centrally to be rendered useless. As far back as the eye can see in this image, similar piles are seen. Inscription on verso: "Destruction of Orange & Alexandria RR." Numeric Notation on verso: "9."

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