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American Artifacts Preview: Liljenquist Family Civil War Photo Collection

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Uploaded on Jul 11, 2011

Fifteen years ago, Tom Liljenquist and two of his young sons found a civil war bullet in a park near their Virginia home. The find sparked an interest in the conflict, and they soon began collecting photographs of ordinary Union and Confederate soldiers.

In 2010, the family decided to donate more than 700 of these ambrotypes and tintypes to the Library of Congress. "The Last Full Measure: Civil War Photographs from the Liljenquist Family" is an exhibit of 379 of these images. American History TV visited the exhibit to learn more about the unique collection.

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