Civil War Bird’s Eye View of Washington Area

One of the first GoDCers, John, sent along an awesome old maps site a few days ago, appropriately named Old Maps Online. Poking around the site this past weekend (I was in a big map phase), I came across this gem from the Boston Public Library. Technically, not really a map … more a bird’s eye view of the greater Washington area, as seen from the north at the beginning of the Civil War.

bird's eye view of Washington in 1861
bird’s eye view of Washington in 1861

You can see the original online here.

 

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