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"Arrival of first negroes in the lines."

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0925 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 11.1 x 9.8 cm

Summary of Content: Image of fifteen blacks arriving in a covered wagon at a Union Army Camp. Only one of the men in the group is uniformed, and a second soldier is evident, albeit blurred, on a horse to the rear of the wagon. Inscription on verso: "Arrival of first negroes in the lines." Numeric notation on verso: "84."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesAfrican American TroopsAfrican American HistoryContrabandsMilitary CampSlavery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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