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    Another Rare Tyson Brothers Image, This One of Meade's Headquarters, The Leister Farm House, Probably August 1863. Although one would assume the Tyson's did a brisk business selling views of the the important points on the battlefield to the throngs of early "tourists," the images from this series are very scarce with only a handful of known surviving specimens. Mrs. Lydia A. Leister abandoned her farm, on the Taneytown Road, July 1st with the commencement of the battle. Several hours before dawn on July 2, Union commander Major General George Gordon Meade arrived on the field and selected this centrally located farm house as his headquarters, where he remained through July 3. Mrs. Leister returned to her farm shortly after the battle to a scene of utter devastation. The earthen mounds, in front of the house, are either the result of burying dead horses or redigging the farm house well which, according to Mrs. Leister's account, was tainted by the decomposing carcasses scattered about the yard. A number of views of the Leister farm were executed by Gardner/ O'Sullivan, as well as the Tysons, this being one of the scarcest. Very fine condition, with Tyson imprint on the verso.

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    29th-30th Sunday-Monday
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