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Parade scene with large groups of soldiers and spectators

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.0972 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10.3 x 6.2 cm

Thin red border on recto. Image shows a parade of United States soldiers passing large crowds with USA bunting and flags hanging from the buildings. Graphite inscription on verso "View of the late procession" "$115" "4940.3."

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