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1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Breach patched with gabions on the north wall of Fort Sumter." From photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.