Tag: 1860s

David L. Yulee (U.S. National Archives)

First Jewish Senator and an Ardent Secessionist

We came across some interesting history while digging through the rabbit hole that is Wikipedia. David Levy Yulee, of Florida, was not only one...
Jefferson and Varina Davis in 1869

Mrs. Jefferson Davis Visits White House in 1866

How fascinating is this article that we dug up in The Baltimore Sun. This is correspondence from Washington, printed on May 25th, 1866. At the time,...
portrait of John Wilkes Booth

John Wilkes Booth Makes His Acting Debut at Ford’s Theatre

Before he committed his heinous act at Ford's Theatre, John Wilkes Booth actually performed on stage. On Monday, November 2nd, 1863, he made his...
Mount Vernon Lager Beer Brewery and Pleasure Garden near the northeast corner of 4th and E Streets NE. (Juenemann Photograph Collection, HSW, ca. 1865-1870)

Pre-Civil War Mount Vernon Beer and Pleasure Garden

This is so cool! The photo is from just after the Civil War and it shows an old beer garden located at 4th and...
inside armory square hospital

Patients in Armory Square Hospital: 1865

Built in 1856, Armory Square Hospital stood for more than a century on Independence Ave and 7th Sts. SW. It was demolished in 1964,...

1864 Civil War Map of Fairfax and Loudoun Counties

This is a great old map that we dug up at the Library of Congress. It shows Fairfax County and the surroundings near the...
Mark Twain by Abdullah Frères, 1867

Mark Twain’s Tale of “The Man Who Stopped At Gadsby’s”

First appearing in Mark Twain's Washington letter to the Territorial Enterprise on March 1, 1868, the story of “The Man Who Stopped at Gadsby’s” was a tale...

The Leg of Ulric Dahlgren

Walking through the Navy Yard a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon an incongruous plaque embedded on the side of a building. The building...
Camp of the Union forces at Centreville, Va. Winter 1861-62

Camp of Union Forces at Centreville During Winter 1861

Here's a terrific detailed photograph of the Union encampment at Centreville during the winter of 1861-1862. Click on it for more details. Source: Library of...
Union soldiers guarding the Potomac River in Washington, DC in 1861. Georgetown University is visible in the background. Photo by George Barnard

Union Soldiers on the Banks of the Potomac

What an incredible photo. We dug this one up thanks to Reddit.
Abraham Lincoln delivers his second inaugural address

Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was sworn in for his second term as president and delivered his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865. There are a...
Old Main Building

Howard University Old Main Building in 1860s

Here are two great old photos of Howard University's Old Main Building.
View from the Capitol Roof

View from the Roof of the Capitol … in 1861

Not many of us get to see Washington, DC from the roof of the Capitol. None of us ever got to see the view...

Strange Notices in the Newspaper on the Day of Lincoln’s Death

This is the Evening Star, published the day President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Obviously, the main headline focuses on his death and the attempted...
Balloon view of Washington, D.C., Harper's Weekly, July 27, 1861, p. 476. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-71022. Smithsonian Institution Building can be seen at the top center east of the Potomac River and Virginia, Washington Canal visible, proceeding from the Potomac River due east and then southeast.

1861 View of Washington From a Balloon

This is a cool print we found on the Library of Congress website. Source: Library of Congress
Plan of the Rebel attack on Washington, D.C., July 11th and 12th, 1864.

Map of Rebel Attack on Washington

Here's a great old map that we found, showing Jubal Early's Rebel attack on Washington. Source: Library of Congress
Harpers Ferry in July 1865

Harpers Ferry and the Potomac River in 1865

This is really stretching it to be included as a GoDC post, but seeing as Harpers Ferry is quite close, and is a reasonable...
Entrance to Washington Water Works, Great Falls, Potomac River - Photograph shows two men standing in a small flat boat near the spillway.

Entrance to the Washington Water Works

What an amazing photograph from the 1860s. This shows the entrance to the Washington Water Works near Great Falls. Source: Library of Congress
Great Falls in 1864

Beautiful 1864 Photo of Great Falls

What an awesome old photograph of Great Falls from 1864. Source: Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. Ex-Confederate iron-clad ram Stonewall at anchor; U.S. Capitol in the background

Wow … Ex-Confederate Ironclad Anchored in Washington

This is an amazing image. It shows the Confederate Ironclad Stonewall in 1865, anchoring in Washington. What's amazing, is right between the masts, you...
Our American Cousin

Friday, April 14th, 1865: Broadside for Our American Cousin

This is incredible. It's the actual broadside advertising the play being held at Ford's Theatre on Friday, April 14th, 1865. This was the play...