Amazing Civil War Photograph of 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

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

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.

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