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Smokestack from the CSS Virginia II

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0987 Author/Creator: Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.9 x 8.6 cm

The image is the smokestack of the destroyed CSS Virginia II. It was photographed after the capture of Richmond by the Union. Numeric notation on recto: "264." Inscription on verso: "Smokestack of the Rebel ram "Virginia." Numeric notations on verso: "80" "264" and "75."

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