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Water Battery near Yorktown, Va. [split stereocard]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1180 Author/Creator: Place Written: nr. Yorktown, Virginia Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.9 x 8.9 cm

Image of a solitary soldier standing sentry on a point overlooking several water battery fortifications. Graphite inscription on verso: "Water Battery." Numeric notation on verso: "507." Photographers imprint on verso: "Published by E & H T Anthony & Co, New York. Negative by Brady & Co, Washington."

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