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President Lincoln and McClellan in McClellan's tent

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1115 Author/Creator: Place Written: Sharpsburg, Md. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.9 x 9.5 cm

Summary of Content: McClellan and Lincoln are seated facing each other at a cluttered table. There is a bed and a table draped with the American flag behind Lincoln, upon which rests his hat. Graphite inscription on verso: "President Lincoln and McClellan in McClellan's tent." Numeric notation on verso: "104." Numeric notation scratched into negative: "602."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesPresidentUnion GeneralMilitary CampAmerican Flag

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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