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      Lt. George A. Custer has photo taken with ex-classmate, friend and captured Confederate prisoner, Lt. J.B. Washington, aide to Gen. Johnston at Fair Oaks.Civil War Photography

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      runforyourlifeifyoucan writes: Lt. J. B. Washington and Second Lt. George Custer. Double cute. This picture was taken after Washington was c...

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      U.S. Civil War photo - Lt. George A. Custer has photo taken with ex-classmate, friend, and captured Confederate prisoner, Lt. J.B. Washington, aide to Gen. Johnston at Fair Oaks. - Date: May 31, 1862 (published 1911); Source: File from The Photographic History of The Civil War in Ten Volumes: Volume One, The Opening Battles. The Review of Reviews Co., New York. 1911. p. 289. (Author: Unknown)

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