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Vintage photos of:
1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Hibernian Hall (with columns; 105 Meeting Street), place of meeting after the burning of Secession Hall. Photograph of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy." View full size. Left half of wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph.