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Large group of soldiers lined up in a curve, one man wearing a medal

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05137.211 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Photograph Date: 1861-1865 ca. Pagination: 1 stereocard

Twenty-eight soldiers visable in the photograph. The men are lined up single file with a gradual curve so that the men at the left hand side of the photograph is very close to the camera and the men on the right is far away. The soldier fifth from the left is wearing a medal.

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