Tag: 1860s

The White House during the Civil War

The White House Before Fences and Security

Can you even believe this photo. This dude is just sitting on what appears to be a low stone wall on the south side...
Negro laborers at Alexandria, near coal wharf

Negro Laborers at Alexandria Wharf

This photo was posted by the National Archives and labeled as "negro laborers, near coal wharf." This beautiful old photo shows the faces of...
May 1865. "Another artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury." Wet plate glass negative by Mathew Brady.

See the End of the Civil War in D.C.

This stunning old photo shows the city of Washington in May of 1865.
Chain Bridge in 1861

Stunning 1861 Photo of Chain Bridge

We wrote a great post about Chain Bridge a while back. That shared a few images of it, but we recently came across this...

The Horror of an Alexandria Slave Pen

The sad truth is that slave pens existed in and around all of Washington. This photo shows one of those in Alexandria...
Alexandria, Va. Steam frigate Pensacola. Photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy -- the Federal Navy, 1861-1865.

Civil War Steam Frigate Near Alexandria

These old Civil War photos of Alexandria are amazing. This one shows the steam frigate Pensacola in 1861, the beginning of the war. Click...
View on Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, D.C.[Soldiers, civilians and children stand in front of a large brick corner building.]

Regular Life on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1865

This photo is a great moment in time, showing life on Pennsylvania Avenue in 1865, right at the end of the Civil War. Source: New...
F St. in the 1860s

Where Is This on F St. in 1865?

This wonderful old image from the 1860s shows F St. near the end of the Civil War. The details are quite incredible when you...
Treasury Building in 1860

The Treasury Building in 1860, Before the Civil War

Do you recognize the Treasury Building? This photo shows it back in 1860, before the Civil War. Source: Library of Congress
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

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....
Washington during the Civil War

Do You Recognize Washington During the Civil War?

Check out this cool photo of the city back in 1861. Click on it for a larger version. Source: Library of Congress
Hall and Elvans' subdivision of Meridian Hill in 1867

Unrealized 1867 Vision for Meridian Hill

We posted a cool old property map of Columbia Heights the other day. Today, we're showing you something that we dug up...
Sherman's subdivision of Columbia Heights in 1869

Cool 1869 Property Map of Columbia Heights

This property map of Columbia Heights from 1869 shows John Sherman's subdivision with the old street names (learn about the street names...
Smithsonian Institution Building, “The Castle,” c. 1867.

The Smithsonian Castle in 1867

Amazing old photograph of the Smithsonian Castle back in 1867, a couple years after the Civil War. Source: Smithsonian
Capito Dome under construction in 1860s

Incredibly Rare 1860s Photo of Capitol Dome Construction

This very rare photo of the Capitol Dome under construction shows it as it looked during the early days of the Civil War. Source: Library...

Orange and Alexandria Railroad Roundhouse

I love old railroad photos like this. You're looking at a couple photos of the Alexandria railroad roundhouse back during the Civil War. They're...
Fort Stevens in 1864

Civil War Reaches Tennallytown

Some of you may recall the naming debates we posted about Tenleytown some time ago. We did some more history sleuthing for some good...
1861 Civil War map of Virginia

Civil War Reconnaissance Map of Arlington

Here is an old Civil War map of Arlington. This map was for reconnaissance, done by Benjamin Church. The orientation is a little different...

Incredible 1863 Photo of Downtown Washington – “Views of War”

Here is a great old photo from 1863 showing Alexander Gardner's photo gallery at 7th and D. Click the image for a detailed version. Source:...
1864 map of the Washington Aqueduct

Civil War Map of Washington Aqueduct

This is a terrific old map from the Civil War, showing the Washington Aqueduct and Chesapeake & Ohio Canal.   Source: LIbrary of Congress