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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.

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Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - photo taken during the Civil War

Photo of the State Department During the Civil War

We posted a great old photo of the old State Department Building earlier. Here’s another, …

  • ET

    The cows are throwing me off…..

    It looks like there was some construction debris. South Wing of the building was constructed finished up by 1861 but the the West Wing was being worked on between 1862 and 1864.

  • PABrit

    They are oxen used for hauling in the city, particularly building works.