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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

Old State Department Building, corner 15 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue - photo taken during the Civil War
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We posted a great old photo of the old State Department Building earlier. Here’s another, similar angle photo of the building, but much clearer. Click on it for some amazing details.

Does anyone know why there are a large number of wooden boxes at the main entrance to the building? Those seem too small to be caskets. Any thoughts?

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

Source: Library of Congress

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