This is an incredible photograph from the Civil War, showing three men at the Washington Arsenal. By the way, don’t forget to read our guest post by GoDCer Andrew on the explosion that killed 21 at the Arsenal.

Washington, D.C. Park of Wiard guns at the Arsenal; H.L. Stuart, Nathaniel P. Willis, and Gen. Daniel E. Sickles at right
Washington, D.C. Park of Wiard guns at the Arsenal; H.L. Stuart, Nathaniel P. Willis, and Gen. Daniel E. Sickles at right
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Source: Library of Congress

Oh, the guy on the right, Sickles, is a pretty famous historical figure. He was quite a controversial figure, shooting and killing Philip Barton Key II, the son of Francis Scott Key and district attorney, right in Lafayette Square. He discovered that Key was having an affair with his wife, and went into a rage, shooting Key. Interestingly, he was acquitted and his defense was the first in U.S. history to use temporary insanity.

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.
  • Popeye D. Saylorman

    One of the best Civil War photos I have ever seen. Expand it and look at the clarity. Most photos back then were out of focus.