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Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Union officers sitting for a meal with camp scene behind

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1040 Author/Creator: Gardner, Alexander (1821-1882) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 10.5 x 10.5 cm

Summary of Content: The image shows 5 Union officers seated at a table drinking, with two young African-American men standing behind them and what appears to be a white cook with an apron. Various white and black soldiers stand in the background among the A-frame tents. Numeric notation on image: "220." Inscription on verso: "Ordway Gardner Coll." Numeric notations on verso: "VIII" and "220."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesMilitary CampServantAfrican American HistoryContrabandsMilitary Provisions

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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