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View of exterior wall of Fort Sumter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.02.1340 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 carte de visite 10 x 6.3 cm

Summary of Content: Image shows four men, two seated on a large camera with the other two standing, in front of the exterior wall of Fort Sumter. Graphite inscription on verso "**Book" "Fort Sumter." Photographers imprint on verso: "H. C. Foster, Photographer, Morris Island, S. C."


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesFortificationFort SumterBattle of Fort SumterPhotography

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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