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The crater at Petersburg

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1093 Author/Creator: Place Written: Petersburg, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.2 x 8.3 cm

Summary of Content: The image shows seven men in suits in various positions around a bomb crater, with a white dog in the photo, and a field lined by trees in the distance. Four buildings also sit in the background. Inscription on verso: "Petersburg Va the Crater."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaBattle of PetersburgBattlePets

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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