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Plunkett Sergeant Plunkett, standing full-length portrait

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1288 Author/Creator: Plunkett Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1288 Author/Creator: Plunkett Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite

Summary of Content: Subject has lost both arms. He is standing between an empty chair and a tattered flag. Graphite inscription on verso "He lost both arms carring the flag." Photographers imprint on verso: "J. W. Black. 173 Washington St. Boston."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesAmerican FlagInjury or WoundHealth and Medical

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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