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Unknown Down with the traitors' serpent flag!

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08414.5 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: Kankakee Depot, IL Type: Envelope Date: 15 September 1862 Pagination: 1 envelope ; 15 x 8.8 cm.

Summary of Content: features picture of American flag and a picture of the flag with a tree and a serpent across from it.

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarUnion ForcesConfederate States of AmericaPatriotic StationeryTreasonPatriotismAmerican Flag

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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