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Four soldiers on railroad tracks

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05111.01.0939 Author/Creator: Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photograph Date: Pagination: 1 photograph 12.4 x 8.3 cm

Summary of Content: Four soldiers guarding a long series of train parts. Numeric notation: "543."

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryUnion ForcesRailroad

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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