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Bomb-damaged river gun, Port Hudson, LA

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.1293 Author/Creator: Place Written: Port Hudson, Louisiana Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 8.6 x 8.6 cm

Summary of Content: The image shows two men standing near the debris of a damaged cannon with fortifications and a river in the background. Inscription on verso: "Seenie's River Gun" and "Port Hudson."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesBattle of Port HudsonWartime Pillaging and DestructionFortificationArtillery

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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