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Fort Stevens in 1864

Civil War Reaches Tennallytown

The Civil War reached the outer edges of Washington in 1864. It was so close that President Lincoln rode near the front lines of Fort Stevens and came under fire.

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 of the White House. This would be E St. today and if you even came close to the fence today, you’re going to have an unpleasant experience with the Secret Service. […]

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 regular African-Americans in the 1860s, living and working around Alexandria. Photos like this really make you wonder who these individuals are, what their lives were like, and what happened to them. […]

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 gem. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of Congress

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 during the 1860s. We dug these up at the Library of Congress. Source: Library of Congress

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 on it for some incredible details. Source: Library of Congress We also came across some amazing old photos of the frigate here.

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 click on the photo. I’m a little confused as to where this is exactly. The building in the background could be either the old patent office of the post office. But, […]

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. 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 […]

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 showing an alternate view of what Meridian Hill could have looked like, starting back in 1867. A few of the street names are the same, like Columbia Rd. and Crescent St. Others like […]

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 here). Make sure you click on it for more details because it’s very interesting. For some reference, Kennesaw Ave. is now Irving St., which runs right by DC USA (aka, Best Buy and […]

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 just beautiful photos, frozen in time, so make sure you click on them for a larger, more detailed version. You’ll love them. Source: Library of Congress Source: Library of Congress

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 with north being down and to the right. Click on it for a larger version to study it. Source: Library of Congress

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

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