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Georgia, Savannah City Jail Registers, 1855-1873
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Savannah, Chatham, Georgia, 
United States
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Location of Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia
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Record Description
Record Type Correctional institution records
Collection years 1855-1873
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Index and images of registers from the Savannah city jail in Savannah, Georgia.

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