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February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Secret Service officers at Army of the Potomac winter headquarters: Col. George H. Sharpe, John G. Babcock, unidentified and Lt. Col. John McEntee. 8x10 glass-plate negative from a collection compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size. Alternate caption information, which records the date of creation/publication as August 1863: "Bealeton, Va. Members of the Bureau of Military Information."
September 15, 1913. Frederick Schnell and father-in-law Ardolph Kline, a president of the New York City board of aldermen who served as NYC mayor for three months following the unexpected death, five days before this picture was taken, of William Jay Gaynor. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.