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Unknown [fern leaves in wooden frame]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05136.54 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: s.l. Type: Object Date: no date Pagination: 1 wooden frame ; 4.9 x 4.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Fern leaves in small, thin, handmade wooden frame with cardboard backing. Inscription on verso: "Ferns from the Boquet [sic] on the Flag Staff upon which was raised the National Flag at Ft. Sumpter [sic] at the close of the Civil War in April, 1865."

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
Brady, Mathew B., 1823-1896

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PhotographyUnion ForcesCivil WarFort SumterFortificationBattle of Fort SumterAmerican FlagConfederate States of America

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