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Wagon fording the Rappahannock River

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0926 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 10.8 x 9.8 cm Order a Copy

A wagon, loaded with people and pulled by oxen, is emerging from fording the Rappahannock River, while what appears to be a colored regiment stands guard. Inscription on verso: "Fugitive Negroes fording Rappahannock River." Numeric notation on verso: "83."

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