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    "Confederate Fortifications, Yorktown", Stereoview. 6.75" x 3.25", on a yellow mount, featuring a view from the Confederate fort at Yorktown. A Confederate soldier is seen gazing across the harbor, along with a cannon and stacked cannonballs. From the Photographic Incidents of the War Series, No. 461, published by E. & H.T. Anthony, New York from a negative by G.N. Barnard from Gardner's Gallery. The printed label on the reverse reads in part, "CONFEDERATE FORTIFICATIONS, YORKTOWN, Built on the site where Cornwallis delivered up his sword."

    Major General John B. Magruder led the Confederate forces at Yorktown, and they used the old Revolutionary War fortifications as a base for building up their own defenses. Trenches that had been originally dug by Cornwallis in 1781 were used to create a defensive line that would block the width of the Virginia Peninsula that General McClellan sought to use as a route to Richmond. Yorktown would ultimately be the site of a month-long siege that lasted from April 5 to May 4, 1862. From the Bret J. Formichi American Civil War Rarities Collection.

    Condition: Light toning and foxing throughout, with minor wear at the corners. Foxing on the paper label on verso, along with a pencil notation and staining from tape residue. Overall good.


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    October, 2019
    26th Saturday
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