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Cutting Down the Woods on Arlington Heights

Black-and-white illustration from New York Illustrated News of men chopping down trees.

Caption: Cutting Down the Woods on Arlington Heights. Sketched by our special artist. See page 234 [for related story]. / "Any one that has not been on the Virginia side of the Potomac, opposite Washington, within three months, would hardly recognize it now that for woods are laid low and its fertile farms destroyed and changed into fortifications bristling with cannon ... Our sketch represents the soldiers rapidly removing the graceful elms and oaks of this historical spot ..."

Source: Illustration from New York Illustrated News, August 12, 1861, page 229.

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