Read This Book / 25.01.2012

This is a great book if you're interested in some local Washington history. Jeanne Fogle does an excellent job highlighting sites in the District that are less known to tourists and residents alike. I tore through this book on a recent flight to California and was inspired to add no less than two dozen ideas to my list of places to research. If you're a D.C. history nerd like I am -- I assume you are because you're reading this blog -- then you should read this book.
Historical Events, Read This Book / 10.01.2012

Buy this book and then read it (I bought the Kindle version). It is an excellent window into life in Washington City in the days after the fall of Fort Sumter. It chronicles life in the District starting April 14th, 1861. Word had spread to Washington that the Union flag was lowered over Fort Sumter. Lincoln and his cabinet feel it is imminent that Beauregard is going to invade the city. Fear and panic grip the city as Lincoln issues an emergency order to call on 75,000 Union volunteers. Jefferson Davis' public response to this proclamation quite harsh.
Fort Sumter is ours, and nobody is hurt. With mortar, Paixhan, and petard, we tender 'Old Abe' our Beau-regard.
An advertisement ran in the Mobile paper that day asking for proposals to supply the Confederacy with 75,000 black coffins -- and no proposals would be accepted from north of the Mason-Dixon Line (of course).