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Hornby and Freiberg [Photograph of the gravestone of the Wait Family]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08284.003 Author/Creator: Hornby and Freiberg Place Written: Springfield, Massachusetts Type: Photograph Date: 1916 Pagination:

Summary of Content: One undated photograph of the Wait Family gravestone. The stone reads, "

People: Wait, Horatio Loomis, 1836-1916

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesNavyFunerals

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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