Really Old Pre-Civil War Photo of Washington

Now this is a really super old photo of Washington from around 1857. Click on it for a much larger version to study it. I believe this is a view looking southeast, and the Washington Monument would be just out of the frame on the right.

Washington, D.C., view with Smithsonian in the distance
Washington, D.C., view with Smithsonian in the distance – Source: Library of Congress

Correct me if I’m mistaken. Also, you should be able to make out the Smithsonian in the distance.

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